Birthday Giveaway Day 5: In A Pikle

Do you ever find yourself in a pikle? Need a safety pin, hair tie, nail file, etc? Well this AMAZING and SUPER CUTE bag has it all!

The “In A Pikle” bag is the perfect companion for the busy person on-the-go. It’s unique patented design is fashionable and functional! PURCHASE with the Starter Pak of essential convenience items or fill it with the things you use most. With over 13 colors and styles, there is sure to be one to match your style.
The “In A Pikle” bag with Starter Pak comes with over 20 convenience items. Everything fits in 4 double-sided, clear, interior pouches. The pouches can be removed for cleaning or for a different cover. Fill it with your favorite gum, lozenges, or cough drops. Don’t forget to add your essential medicine or antacid. There is plenty of room in the “In A Pikle” bag to always have the things you need!
Starter Pak includes:
1 hand sanitizer pen
1 spot remover pen
3 individually wrapped antibacterial wipes
1 credit card size mirror and floss combo
1 pair of tweezers
1 pair of fingernail clippers
2 emery boards
1 travel size sewing kit
1 retractable mini scissors
1 24″ tailor tape
3 hair bands
5 rubber bands
5 bobby pins
5 safety pins
5 paper clips
1 phillips mini screw driver
1 straight mini screw driver
1 mini pen
1 “In A Pikle” sticky notebook
10 adhesive bandages
1 package travel tissues
1 pill box
Order refills quickly and easily and don’t forget to check our new convenience items including: pocket knife, sunscreen, lip balm, comb, eye glass repair kits, and more!

Today you can win your very own!

Here are the newest colors & patterns that just came out YESTERDAY!!

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My friend Laura got one for her daughter to use for her Rainbow Loom, and it’s a HIT!

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I personally use mine in my gym bag, if I forget something running from work to the gym or back it’s in there! I also used mine for my RunDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon, and RunDisney Princess Half Marathon. Both times I was ONE safety-pin short for my race bib!

Enter below to win! You can also host an online party and get your own if you don’t win. Remember to share with your friends!

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Birthday Giveaway Week: Day 3! Thrive

Good Morning,

It’s chilly here in VA this morning, but looking forward to a nice warm afternoon. For breakfast I am going to have some Thrive Steel Cut Oats and Thrive Strawberries! I can’t wait, what are you having for breakfast?

Now what is Thrive Life?

Thrive Life is a company that specializes in food storage and storage rotation. Helping families prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, allowing them to feel confident if disaster strikes and educating people on how to become self-reliant.
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Thrive Life is known for providing unsurpassed quality in all of its products, and their line of food storage is no different. THRIVE Food Storage is a premium name you can trust. Every THRIVE product has been carefully selected based on taste and quality, and we are confident that you will look forward to using THRIVE in your everyday meal planning and emergency food storage. THRIVE features a variety of freeze-dried and dehydrated food options that are perfect for long-term storage.

Freeze-dried products have up to 25 year shelf life if unopened
Dehydrated products have up to 30 year shelf life if unopened
Shelf life varies per can/product (see individual cans for optimum shelf life suggestions)
All items are suitable for vegetarian diets
Wheat can be easily milled into flour, and non-milled kernels can be cooked to make a variety of recipes
Easy re-hydration instructions, useful tips, and recipes on each can

Best Quality
Thrive Life has searched the globe for only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Their foods and have been personally selected based on the strictest of standards. From the farm to your home, they personally oversee the entire THRIVE development process so you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the finest food storage products available.
Best Taste
Because THRIVE was developed for everyday menu planning, they have made it their mission to ensure the foods you’re eating taste great! Unlike other food storage products that get hidden away and never used, our products have been tested time and time again to verify their freshness and great taste. With THRIVE foods, great taste is the standard – not the exception.
Best Value
With a low per serving cost, THRIVE foods are a great way to save money while guaranteeing your family receives the food variety and nutrition they deserve.
Easy Preparation
Easy-to-make recipes are included on every can of THRIVE so you’ll never be left wondering how to use the food storage you buy. Your family can enjoy the best taste and nutrition possible, all of our recipes have been developed specifically for THRIVE products.
Easy Organization
Colour coded cans keep your food conveniently organized while ensuring your diet contains the proper amount of balance and variety. When used in conjunction with our Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are continually rotated, guaranteeing your family receives the freshest food possible.

Today’s giveaway comes from my friend Tiffany who does Thrive,  it’s a bag of Strawberries!

Tiffany was wonderful to give me a recipe that they could be used in, just to give you an idea.

French Vanilla Crepes With White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 c thrive instant milk, prepared
3 T thrive whole egg powder, reconstituted
2 T vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 c thrive white flour
5 T thrive white sugar, divided
1⁄2 t thrive iodized salt
5 T melted butter
1 1⁄2 c thrive freeze dried strawberries, plus rehydrating liquid (water, juice, etc.)
1 3⁄4 c heavy whipping cream
6 oz white chocolate, chopped

Instructions
*In a large bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, 2 T sugar, salt, and melted butter until well-blended.
*Heat a sauté or crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray.
*Pour about 1/4 c of batter into the pan and tip to spread the batter to the edges. When bubbles form on the top and the edges are dry, flip over, and cook until lightly-browned on the other side and edges are golden. Repeat with remaining batter.
*To make mousse, reconstitute freeze dried strawberries for 5-7 minutes in enough hot liquid to cover. Strain mixture into a small bowl. Sweeten by adding remaining sugar, then stir until sugar dissolves. Process in a blender or food processor until sauce runs smooth. Makes 1 c of sauce.
*In a heavy saucepan on low heat, warm 1/4 c heavy cream with white chocolate, stirring constantly until chocolate melts. Let mixture cool until it is lukewarm. Stir in 2 T of strawberry sauce, then transfer to a large bowl.
*In a medium bowl, whip remaining cream into soft peaks. Fold into melted chocolate mixture, one-third at a time, until no streaks remain.
*Layer mousse into crepes, and serve with the sauce.

She also uses them in her Champagne! How smart!

What are your top 3 Thrive Life products that you are interested in learning more about? Leave your comment below!

 

 
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Weekend in Pictures

Our weekend is a little different than the normal Mon-Fri 9 to 5 kind, so for me this is my Monday :)

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How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the weather? We sure did :)

Giving Essential Oils for Wedding & Bridal Shower Gifts

 Many happy couples will be saying their “I do’s” this summer and odds are that most of us will be attending a wedding or two.

Why not use this opportunity to share the power of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade dōTERRA essential oils with the newlyweds in your life by gifting them this home care starter kit filled with natural homemade cleaning supplies?

All items in the gift basket have step-by-step tutorials on this blog. Click on the link in the item list to learn how to make them.

This Home Care Starter Kit Includes:

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Window Cleaner: 16 oz. Spray Bottle, 1 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup distilled water, 8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice

Wood Polish: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 10 drops Wild Orange or Lemon essential oils

All Purpose Cleaner: 16 oz. glass spray bottle, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 3/4 cups water, 30 drops Lemon essential oil, 1 teaspoon borax

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Toilet Soft Scrub: 3/4 rounded cup baking soda, 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 5-10 drops Lemon essential oil

Mattress Cleaner: 1 cup baking soda, 10 drops Lavender essential oil

Air Freshener: 1/4 cup baking soda, 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil

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Dryer Balls

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On Guard Cleaner Concentrate: Item No. 3814

On Guard Foaming Hand Wash with 2 Foaming Dispensers: Item No. 3807

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Make Sure to Include Essential Oils so They Can Make Their Own Cleaning Supplies:

Lemon Essential Oil: Item No. 3012

On Guard Essential Oil: Item No. 3110

Lavender Essential Oil: Item No. 3011

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Item No. 3017

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Assorted Cleaning Supplies:

Towels

Scrub Brush

Sponges

Other Recommended Gift Ideas:

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Family Physical Kit: Item No. 3279

Introductory Kit: Item No. 3218

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dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online,  or connect with me at Alissa.Smith@gmail.com for more information on how to earn 100pv of FREE doTERRA’s products! 

 

Shakeology Recipes for February 4th!

Yesterday was a CRAZY day with the kickoff of Beachbody’s newest workout program, The 21Day Fix. It’s a 30 min a day, 7 day a week program that includes meal planning & portion controlled meals.

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It also includes SHAKEOLOGY! I have to tell you, we got the newest trio flavor box last week and we love it! I was already a huge fan of the new chocolate & vanilla flavors, the strawberry rocks it though. I am not even a strawberry fan, but Jrod let me have a little bit of his and I was hooked! The trio box will be on our monthly order from now on!

 

 

 

 

 

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I 100% understand that putting down all that money upfront for Shakeology is very scary, here is my favorite price breakdown:

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Going to re think that daily Starbucks now?

Now here are our top recipes for the week:

Strawberry Ginger: 

1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. ground ginger, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Strawberry Kiwi: 

1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup water, 1 medium kiwi peeled and cut into pieces, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Almond Fudge: 

1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 Tbsp Almond butter, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Chocolate Covered Cherries: My all time fav!

1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup black cherries (pitted), & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Chai:

1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology, 1 cup brewed Chai tea cooled, 1 tsp raw honey, 1/2 tsp. ground allspice, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Cake Batter: 

1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1/2 cup cherries (pitted), 1/2 cup pineapple & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

What are you top Shakeology Recipes?

Meal Planning with a snow storm

Good Day!

We are on day 2 of lock down here in the Virginia Beach area and I am playing catch up on different projects around the house! If you have to stay home, you might as well buckle down and knock out the non fun stuff so when the weather is better you can enjoy it. That is at least my frame of mind.

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Here is our meals for the week, I am including the ones from earlier in the week just give you all an idea. This weeks grocery list was HUGE due to not shopping for the past two weeks, it was a lot of stocking up on basics/ staples. That is what Jrod eats when I am not around, the emergency food.

Monday: Eggs w/ bacon, Moe’s, Pork Chops w chunky apple sauce & baked beans

Tuesday: Oatmeal, beef & broccoli, Tequila Chicken w/ quinoa, sweet potatoes, & kale

Wednesday: Hash w/ eggs, Burgers on a Pretzel bun w/ sweet potatoes fries, left overs

Thursday: Eggs w/ sweet potatoes cakes, Burgers on a Pretzel bun w/ sweet potatoes fries, Albondigas soup 

Friday: Oatmeal, Pasta w/ veggies in olive oil, Soup

Saturday: Oatmeal, Pasta w/ veggies, Soup

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What is on your plan for the week?

Keep warm during a snow day: Albondigas Soup

Jrod only makes a handful of meal; this is not saying that he can’t cook, because he can & amazing at that, but he just doesn’t want to most of the time. Albondigas soup is a Mexican Meatball Soup, this recipe is adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen, it was the only one my Jrod half way likes. This soup is up there with his Chicken Tortilla Soup, which I am swore to secret to keep the recipe silent.

Secret to this soup: FRESH MINT!

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Albondigas Soup ~ Mexican Meatball Soup
Yield: 12 servings

1 teaspoon  olive oil
1 very large yellow onion, chopped small, about 2 cups
2 large cloves garlic, minced
96 oz beef broth
1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
Fresh MINT chopped
1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
2 eggs
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 carrots bite size
1 bunch of Kale
1 can of Hominy, love this in soup!

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Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onions and saute over medium high heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the onions are lightly browned. Add the broth, tomato sauce, carrots, chili powder and 1 tsp fresh mint and bring to a boil.

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Combine the beef, pork, rice, eggs, remaining mint, salt and pepper. Use your hands to mix it together gently, but thoroughly. Use a teaspoon or a small scoop to make 60-80 small meatballs. Scoop a small amount, roll it into a ball and carefully drop it into the soup pot. Stir very gently after every few meatballs, just to make sure none of them are sitting on the bottom. (Once they start to cook, the meatballs will float on the top.)

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After all the meatballs have been added, simmer an additional 30 minutes. (If you are adding more vegetables, add them at this time, ie: Hominy.) Save the kale for later though!

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When the soup is almost ready, tear up the washed kale into bite size pieces and add for the last couple of minutes. I personal find that I LOVE kale in soups, it replaces the cracker crunch for me completely. Also it’s a sneaky way to get in more vegetables.

Hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do! What is your go to soups on a cold winter day?

 

Banana Strawberry Muffins

Banana Strawberry Muffins

A healthier version of a favorite breakfast treat!

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  • 2 eggs

  • ½ c. unsweetened applesauce

  • ¼ c. canola oil

  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 3 bananas, mashed

  • 4 drops of cinnamon essential oil

  • 1 drop of Wild Orange essential oil

  • 2 c. whole wheat flour

  • 1 c. fresh or frozen sliced strawberries

 

 

Mix first 6 ingredients well.  Stir in essential oils with a wooden spoon, mix well.  Then add flour.  When mixed at sliced strawberries.  Spoon into greased or lined muffin tin.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown or until tops of the muffins spring back when pressed lightly.

Makes 12 servings

Kicking off a Healthy New Year: Wild Orange Mango Smoothies

Wild Orange Mango Smoothies

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Creamy and delicious with the essence of Wild Orange, this sweet treat goes down so smooth!

    • 3 ripe mangoes, pitted and cut into pieces

    • 2 cups vanilla yogurt

    • ⅓ cup granulated sugar or honey

    • 5 drops doTERRA Wild Orange Essential Oil

    • ¾ cup water

    • 8-10 ice cubes

Place mangoes and vanilla yogurt into a blender pitcher. In a cup or small bowl, place sugar (or honey) and Wild Orange Essential oil. Stir well, and add to the blender. Add the water and blend until well incorporated. Add the ice and blend well. Keep chilled until service.

Why doTERRA Wild Orange you ask?

Well, I’ll tell you why!

dōTERRA’s Wild Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) has always been a dōTERRA favorite due to its wonderful citrusy aroma and its ability to uplift mood, but it is also great when added to foods and liquids as a natural flavoring.

Our wild orange essential oil is cold pressed from orange peel.

 Orange essential oil can be added as a flavoring to smoothies, dessert recipes such as orange rolls, frosting, or ice cream, sauces like salad dressing or orange chicken. Wild orange essential oil can be substituted in any recipe that calls for orange juice or orange extract. Simply substitute one drop of wild orange essential oil for one teaspoon orange extract or orange juice.

Some of the therapeutic properties of wild orange oil include: anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, carminative (expells gas from the alimentary canal, to relieve colic and spasmodic pain of bowels), choleretic, digestive, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant, stomachic and tonic.

Common Uses For Wild Orange Oil

Wild orange is one of the most powerful and aromatic of the essential oils. It is excellent for disinfecting and killing fungus and pathogens. It has very effective actions against colds and flu, and is highly recommended for use during their early stages.
Wild orange also supports the elimination toxins from the body, while stimulating the lymphatic system.
It can be both energizing and uplifting and sedative. It does this by instilling feelings of peace. It can be used in the treatment of anorexia.
Wild orange’s main constituent, limonene, has powerful anti-cancer activity, suggesting that this oil might be effective as an anti-cancer agent.
It also supports collagen formation in the skin.

Other Uses For Wild Orange Oil

  1. Diffusing wild orange is very effective at killing pathogens in the air. It provides a very pleasant way to disinfect and kill bacteria, and assists with colds and flu.
  2. Diffusing wild orange can also be beneficial for nervous tension and stress, and is relaxing for children at bedtime.
  3. Diffuse in the car on long trips. It is very calming and uplifting, and relieves stress. Its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-pathogenic activity also enhances the enjoyment of travel.
  4. Put 1-2 drops of wild orange in drinking water. It’s a good diuretic, and is most useful in balancing water retention, and may be helpful with obesity. Its lymphatic-stimulant action further helps to balance water processes, as well as detoxification, aiding the immune system and general well-being.
  5. Blended in massage oil (fractionated coconut oil is best) or added to a bath,wild orange assists with colds and flu, eliminates toxins from the body, boosts the lymphatic and immune system and helps ease nervous tension and stress.
  6. Use in massage for its invigorating, yet calming, properties. Can be very helpful for muscle pain.
  7. Wild orange oil is certified GRAS by the FDA, and is safe for ingestion. Adding 1-2 drops of this oil to ¼ cut of water and drinking can be very helpful for acid reflux or heartburn. It has a powerful alkalizing effect on the system, making it very effective for many digestive issues.
  8. Mix with a carrier oil and massage on an infant’s tummy to sooth stomach ache.
  9. Add to furniture polish, to help protect furniture against damage from insects.
  10. Add several drops of wild orange oil to some water in a spray bottle, shake well, to disperse the oil, and spritz on bed sheets, drapes or upholstery (think Febreze®). May also be sprayed into the air as a fragrant, pathogen-killing air freshener for kitchens and bathrooms.
  11. Mix wild orange oil with water, to wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
For More Info, Pricing, Or To Purchase Wild Orange Or Other Essential Oils and Products From doTERRA visit www.mydoterra.com/alissasmith

My Christmas Wishlist for next year.

Best wishes this Holiday season! I am truly thankful and blessed this year.

As we sit around enjoying our first Christmas at home together in 5 years I have been reflecting on my Christmas wishes for next coming years. I am really hoping we will have someone to share next Christmas with.

December 

Make tons of cookie dough and freeze it

Have a cookie party the second weekend of December

Elf on the Shelf w/ the 12 days of Christmas theme closer to the holiday

Watch Holiday movies on the weekends

Make an ornament each year

Make a special holiday project each year: Gingerbread houses, frosting snowflakes, etc

Camp out in front of the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve eve

Have an Advent Calendar, that is all activities

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Letters to Santa

Drive around and look at Holiday lights

On Christmas Eve:

We will open one gift before going to bed: Holiday PJ’s that match for the whole family.

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Play a board game, watch The Grinch cartoon, read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and get Christmas morning breakfast ready.

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Christmas Day: 

Have a 4 gift rule for everyone in the family, that way we don’t have too much stuff to move with

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Have warm Cinnamon Rolls for the kids when they wake up

Play holiday music while unwrapping gifts

A full day in our P.J.s enjoying all the gifts

Baking Cookies all afternoon

Watching Christmas movies all day long

What traditions do you and your family have?