Citrus Essential Oils – Why You Need It

Making the decision to use Young Living Essential Oils daily was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family. If someone were to ask me what my favorite oil was, I’d have a hard time answering! I mean…I use so many of them for different things. The one only I always have with me is Stress Away. I have two tweens…need I say more?!? Besides stress away, I am also big on using the different citrus essential oils that Young Living has to offer. My favorites being Lemon Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality and Tangerine Vitality.

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils

Young Living, the ONLY brand of essential oils I will use (see their Seed to Seal policy to find out why), has a wide variety of citrus essential oils available. Besides the four I mentioned above, they also offer the following:

  • Lime Vitality
  • Orange Vitality
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality

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Citrus Essential Oil Benefits

So what do I do with my citrus essential oils and why do you need them? I put a few drops in my glass water bottlecitrus essential oils and drink that all day long. I either use Jade Lemon or Lemon by itself, or I like to combine grapefruit essential oils with tangerine (that combo is so good…you must try it)!

**Please note that I will ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils in my water. Their oils are pure, therapeutic essential oils and the oils part of the vitality line are safe to consume. Consuming essential oils from any other brand may not be safe.

 The citrus essential oils are extracted from the peels of the citrus fruits. This is very important to understand. You see, because they are made in this way, they are very high in limonene (D-Limonene) and that is VERY good for our bodies. With me following the Ketogenic diet, it is even MORE important that I drink water with citrus essential oils in it because it helps to balance my body’s pH level. I know that seems crazy, but despite the fact that citrus is acidic, when you consume the citrus oils, it is alkaline forming in the body. The benefits of d-limonene that I like are the fact that it aids in digestion, helps to detoxify the liver and d-limonene also helps to boost your mood. No one wants mama in a bad mood!

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Using a glass water bottle with your pure essential oils is needed. Putting the citrus essential oils in plastic will cause the plastic to break down. You don’t want that in your water! Plus, I don’t know about you, but ice cold water tastes WAY better in a glass bottle than in plastic! It doesn’t matter which citrus essential oils you choose, the benefits are all the same and one that you will want to take advantage of! Just an FYI, Citrus Fresh Essential Oil also contains spearmint. I just wanted to point that out so you are as surprised as I was the first time I tried it. I was NOT expecting a minty flavor!

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, please use the Contact Me form at the top of this page. I would be more than happy to speak with you and go over additional benefits and how you can sign up and take advantage of an amazing 24% discount on your oils!!

Here’s the only water bottle I use (at a good price too!!):

Perfect Gifts for Moms

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and all the fathers in the world are scrambling around with their kids to find perfect gifts for Mothers Day. Most moms out there are probably like me and would say that perfect gifts for moms include kids that don’t fight with one another for 24 hours; the ability to sleep in uninterrupted; have the house cleaned; and to visit the pottery painting place. OK…well it may just be me that wants to visit the pottery painting place! However, just like when my husband says “just being with you and the kids is gift enough“, I still want to buy him something and likewise, fathers want to take their kids shopping to buy their mom something. Well men…I have put together a great list of things that the women in your life will truly love!

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Perfect Gifts for Moms

Does mom start her day with a cup of coffee? If she does, then this Mom Superhero Mugperfect gifts for moms is perfect for her!

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If jewelry is more her thing, then sentimental gifts for mom like this Alex and Ani Because I Love You “Mom” Expandable Braceletperfect gifts for moms is perfect! I’ve not purchased one of these bracelets before, but I see everyone wearing them!

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The best gift I ever received from my husband and kids was my Kindle Paperwhiteperfect gifts for moms. It’s lightweight and the charge lasts for about 1 month (and I read on it every single day, multiple times a day)! If you pick up the Kindle Paperwhite (and you should!!), don’t forget to purchase the caseperfect gifts for moms (I have the Royal Purple).

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I promise, this is the last time I will mention the Kindle Paperwhite, but if you do decide to get it, you NEED to sign mom up for Kindle Unlimited! There are so many books and book series available!

For the new moms out there, this One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Bookperfect gifts for moms is excellent! I wish I would have gotten something like this when my kids were born! This is the ultimate perfect gift for mom! Think about all those funny things your kids say on a day to day basis!

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And finally, if my husband is reading this (and he should be…), I would really like a Himalayan Salt Lampperfect gifts for moms. If you don’t know much about Himalayan Salt Lamps, Google them! Not only do they look really neat, but they have a lot of great benefits too!

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So…what will you be getting for the mom in your life?

KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits CD

My kids love listening to music. We could be walking through a store and there could be zero music playing, but my kids will be singing some song they either like a lot or just heard on the radio. The best was when we were at the grocery store and I heard my son singing, “Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees and people say we monkey around“. I used to LOVE The Monkees! I watched their TV show and went to their concert back in like 1998! I have no idea where he learned that song, but it was still pretty fun to listen him sing it! Both kids really enjoy the KIDZ BOP CD’s, especially the KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits CD!

*I received the following CD for the purpose of this post. All opinions and stories are 100% my own…always*

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I am a huge fan of the KIDZ BOP CD’s because they take the popular songs of today and make them kid friendly. I never have to worry about what my kids are listening to when they have one of these CD’s on.

KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits Track List

  • Happy
  • Uptown Funk
  • Party Rock Anthem
  • Shake It Off
  • Roar
  • Call Me Maybe
  • Thrift Shop
  • Best Day of My Life
  • Gangnam Style
  • Moves Like Jagger
  • All About That Bass
  • The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
  • Bills
  • MAKE SOME NOISE

I would much rather listen to that in the car and hear my kids singing along (and sing along myself) that listen to them bicker and fight…wouldn’t you?!? The KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits CD will be hitting store shelves on April 1, 2016!! You can also find it on iTunes and the KIDZBOPShop.

If your kids are like mine and they are asking to go to a concert, you can take them to the KIDZ BOP KIDS Life of the Party concert. They will be hitting 50+ dates in 2016! Check out KIDZBOP.com for more details!!

What’s your favorite song on that track list?

Eye Brightening Cream by Belli® Skincare

For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an eye brightening cream because I felt like the skin under and around my eyes felt really dry and looked tired all the time. You see, I turned 35 last week. Normally age doesn’t bother me at all. I have never ONCE cared about getting older. Ever. Until I turned 35. I am finding a TON of gray hair. If the gray hair and the tired eyes aren’t bad enough, now when I fill out surveys, I have to check the “35-42” box. So now I could be in my 40’s. Prior to turning 35, when I filled out surveys, I could have been in my 20’s. Feel my pain?

However, a week or so ago, I was asked if I would like to review an under eye brightening cream. I couldn’t believe my luck! Of course I immediately emailed back that I would LOVE to review the Belli eye brightening cream!

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About Belli Eye Brightening Cream

Belli Eye Brightening Cream is a vitamin K and B enriched cream that revives and illuminates tired eyes, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines. Brighten your day and your look with this soothing and restorative refreshment for the eyes.

So why vitamin K and B? Well vitamin K has been scientifically reported to help reduce the appearance of dark circles* and vitamin B3 helps the area around the eye looked restored. This cream is allergy tested. It is free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. It also comes in BPA free packaging.

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My Thoughts

I have used this creameye brightening cream every single day for the last 4 days and I absolutely love it. I’m always hesitant to try new things on my face because I don’t want it to make my skin oil. The Belli Eyey Brightening Cream does not make my skin oily at all. It does, however, make the skin under my eyes feel smooth and hydrated…and, as a result, the entire area looks better!

One thing I would especially like to note is that this eye brightener cream is free of teratogens so it is recommended by OB/GYN’s as safe to use during pregnancy. It is also LactMed screened to avoid ingredients that may be harmful if passed through breast milk. I know it’s been awhile since my kids were babies, but I do remember how tired my eyes looked! This cream would have come in handy then…for sure!

You can purchase the Belli is available at Ulta.com and BelliSkincare.com, as well as other fine retailers nationwide. MSRP $39 for 0.5 oz.

Inventions I Should Have Invented

Do you ever see something on TV or at the store and think, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I invent that?” As a parent, I can’t tell you how many times I have thought that something would make a great invention, but never acted on it. Of course, I then see someone else acted on the great inventions ideas and is now a millionaire. For instance, when I was in high school, I started mixing Ranch and Ketchup together to dip my fries and chicken fingers in. I told everyone I was going to get it bottled and call it Ranch-up. Guess who has that product now…Red Gold. No joke.

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Here are some good inventions I came across that I think are genius!

Are you a new parent? Know someone that is having a baby soon? You have to get them this Baby Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicatorinventions. My daughter, when she was an infant, had the WORST diaper rashes ever. We went through tubes and tubes of diaper rash cream with that child. While diaper cream is relatively easy to apply, there is nothing more annoying or frustrating than getting that diaper cream stuck under your fingernails. How great would be be to use the Baby Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicator and then quickly wash it when you wash your hands after changing the diaper?!? Easy peasy!

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Or how about those plastic plastic bowls for cereal with a strawinventions? Those are genius! You have the ability to lick your plate without actually licking your plate! The day I brought those home for my kids was the best day ever for them! I also happened to have Cocoa Krispies…have your cereal and chocolate milk all at once! Those bowls always got washed by hand. If one child had cereal one day and then used the second bowl the next day, the other child would literally go nuts! Piece of advice, buy extra!

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For those of you that go to the gym, you’ll feel my pain on this one! No matter how careful I am with my earbuds, they always get tangled. With these Zipbudsinventions you can say goodbye to tangled earbud cords! These are already in my Amazon shopping cart waiting for me to checkout! It’s so frustrating to sit there and untangle the earbuds each and every day!

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Aren’t these great inventions?!? So simple, yet they make so much sense! Especially the cereal bowl with a straw. I was a kid that did NOT like to drink milk, however, you put a straw on the bowl and tell me I can get up from the table once my bowl was empty, I’d totally suck down that milk without a second thought! If you have ideas for good inventions, do something about it! Look at all the famous inventions we have…had they thought about it, but not did nothing about it, we would be without some pretty amazing things that we take for granted every single day.

What is inventions seem so silly, yet is so amazing to you?