Summer 2017 Favorites

 

 

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great summer. Our weather has been pretty mild here in Minnesota so far…then this week we are near 90 everyday. I won’t complain though. I lived through too many hot humid summers in Texas. LOL

I have gotten some really great products the last month or so and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!

1 ~ Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Cream

I must tell you that I am not big on eye creams mainly because they seem to burn my eyes and I just don’t like that. haha This is really soft and gentle and you only have to use a very small amount. There is no burning and I feel like it is helping with the dark circles under my eyes. Maybe because it is organic…it is a winner with me.

2 ~ Mineral Peel Face

This is the easiest exfoliating face peel that I have ever used. Just a few sprays on your face, rub it around and rinse. Your face comes out baby soft and works so fast. Use it a few times a week and you will love your complexion…it has a brightener in it, too!

3 ~ Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion for your face.

I am horrible about putting sunscreen on my face. I know this is really important no matter what your age. I have tried foundation with sunscreen and I end up just washing it off. Can’t stand the smell and it seems to burn my eyes all day. This is totally different! No smell or that “sunscreeny”…(yes, I made up that word) feeling. It is lightweight and you can put it on under your make-up or wear alone. I promise…you won’t know it’s there.

4 ~ Dead Sea Salt Scrub

This was a birthday gift from my daughter…don’t they always pick the best gifts?!  I keep it in the shower and use it 2 – 3 times a week. With my aging skin I am so much drier than I used to be. This makes my skin feel soft without being too abrasive and it smells really nice. If you are looking for a body scrub (or even if you’re not) this is a good one.

5 ~ Rosarco Milk an amazing leave in conditioner for your hair.

This came in my FabFitFun box and I will be ordering more. The ends of my hair seem to be drier these days and a few sprays of this makes my hair feel soft and silky. There are no sulfates, silicones or parabens in it and that makes me happy to spray in my hair.

I have highlighted the products for you if you are interested…although you may be able to find them cheaper with a little research on Amazon or Ebay.

Everything is my own opinion and I paid for all my products. 🙂

Have an awesome day!

Love, Cindy

 

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I need Essential Oils

I am sharing the first thing that helped me at this phase in my life.

As I talked in my last post, I am in the Peri-menopause stage and it hit me upside the head like a brick. I felt like I could deal with the fatigue and aching by my own sheer will power. After all I am a lady and we can do anything, right?! I mean, I gave birth to four babies…I can do this.

The one thing I absolutely could not…refused to live with was the anxiety.

It is crippling.

Not wanting to leave the house.

I mean going to buy groceries was getting ridiculous. I just prayed I could make it through the store without having to run to the bathroom sick to my stomach. Weekends were getting be a drag because my husband just wanted to get out the door first thing and I had to wait until my stomach was clear and I felt okay (nerves wise) to leave the house. I love to travel and even a car trip was freaking me out.

I tried to hide it and was getting pretty good at making an excuse to delay getting out of the house. This is NOT the right thing to do. Finally opening up to my family and letting them know how I was feeling helped so much!

I went to the Dr for some help and she prescribed me Xanax. Told me that if it continued to be anxious that she would give me something that I would need to take daily. I numbly sat there and took the prescription and got it filled. I will admit that it did help, but after a few hours the feelings would be back. It is highly addictive and I definitely didn’t want to be addicted to a medication. I began doing my own research and found out that during this phase in your life that your body goes a bit nuts. Ha! Hormones  whacked, sweating, depression and the list goes on and on. Oh ya…cholesterol goes up too and the Dr said if I didn’t get it under control in two months she was putting me on yet another drug. Did she tell me how to reduce it? Nope.

I am working with a naturopathic Dr now and she changed most of my vitamins, which I will share more about later. I had blood tests, stool test (yep) and hormone test. Wow! You mean there are natural ways to do this…to get through this awful time in my life? YES!!! If you can go to a natural Dr, I cannot stress how life changing it can be.

Okay…this has been a long story to let you know that I found an essential oil that I will not live without. I do not sell this and I am not a Dr or nutritionist, just a lady who is feeling 99% better and wanted you to know about it. It is Progessense Plus from Young Living. You can look up the oils to help with the change of life and there are a lot of different ones, but this has the mixture already done for you!

I put 2 drops on each forearm morning and night. Rub your arms together and viola! It smells good, too. I very skeptically started this while on a trip and was so busy that I didn’t have much time to really think about it. Just got into a habit of doing this day and night. About a week later I realized that I wasn’t anxious. Hmmmm…the trip home was uneventful and I didn’t need any Xanax.

I started using this oil the end of February and it is now the end of June and I can’t even remember the last time that I felt anxious. All I know is that God gave us all these great herbs and so thankful that there are some super smart people out there that have learned what they do for our bodies. I am all about doing things as natural as possible and feel thankful every single day that I found this essential oil. I did do a lot of research on different brands and found that Young Living is pure and doesn’t use any fillers. They are a little more money than some other brands, but that is why.

I hope this has helped you even just a little and as always if I can help you find an answer, please let me know.

You can find this oil HERE.

It’s an awesome day to have an awesome day!

Love, Cindy

My change of life journey

Ok…hang on. It’s summer. 2017. What the heck?!!

I am sitting outside writing this and looking at the flowers growing on my porch and the tomato plant that looks like it will be loaded soon. Yay!

There has been a lot going on with me health wise and I really have contemplated writing about it for sometime. I feel like I am getting a handle on things and thought I would share it with you and the products I have been using (along with life-style changes) in the chance that it might help someone.

I know I have spent countless hours on the computer researching and looking for remedies. While I don’t claim to have all the answers I know what is working for me and want to share it with you. If you have any questions along the way (I will share in multiple posts) I will do my best to help you out and get an answer. Just one tip for today…if you have been sitting at your computer now for hours…get up and walk around and have a big glass of water. It will help you refocus and feel better. Promise!

All I know is at 50+ it is not fun to wake up not feeling good, no energy, anxiety out the wazoo and feeling depressed about it. I am determined not to let these things rule my life and to enjoy the next 50 years at their fullest.

Sooooo, I just wanted to check in and let you know that I am still alive and doing better and to wish you a fantastic summer full of special times with family, friends, grill days and no mosquito bites! LOL

I would love to hear from you! What are you up to this summer? Going on vacation? Stay-cation? What is your favorite thing about summer?

Much love, Cindy

September Favorites

cereal

I sampled this cereal for you!  Special K comes up with some pretty great flavors. How about the one with chocolate bits in it or strawberry? Anywhoooooo…I like pumpkin and spice and get excited when the flavor debuts every year. I don’t try much of it I must confess. I mean some things like little muffins and packaged things just don’t do it for me. I am more of get a pumpkin spice latte once or twice (ok, I’m lying…three) and make some pumpkin scones. I prefer the homemade goodies…altho’, starbucks has a pretty good pumpkin scone. The icing on the top alone is worth the extra sugar rush. This cereal has a hint of pumpkin, not overwhelming at all. MrD thought it was too sweet, but I didn’t get that at all. Just the right amount of spice and sweet.

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