Bible, Inspiration, Verse, Winter

Winter Hibernation // Don’t Get Lazy On Your Faith!

Here in Michigan, winter has hit us fast & hard. Usually by January we’ve already had a month of bitter cold temperatures to prepare our bodies. However this past December we had a very mild, actually warm winter month which is fantastic!!! But this past week it’s been frigid outside, the snow is falling hard & I am slowly becoming lazier & lazier!

Every winter I go into hibernation mode. I only wear oversized sweatshirts & sweat pants, I eat only junk food, & I never leave the house unless I absolutely have too. But the biggest issue here is I also become very lazy in my prayer life. I hardly pick up the bible, I lack on my church attendance and overall just check out for a couple of months. This is NOT acceptable. I know better. But this winter season I am making a change and digging deeper into the Word of God & embracing every moment I have. I will not allow the enemy to use my weaknesses against me.

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This particular verse I came across and it really gave me motivation. Isaiah 40:8 states that even though everything around us seems to be withering away, the beautiful colors fade, trees and plants are dying, but that HIS word is alive & well!  It’s as beautiful as they come! The Word does not require sunshine, warm weather and beaches to be able to read it. Below are some bible verses that also give us motivation to not become lazy…

Proverbs 13:4 // “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”

Proverbs 6:9 // ” How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from arise from your sleep?”

Proverbs 10:5 // “He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”

So even if we are feeling quite lazy, cold and in a funk, let’s grab a delicious cup of coffee, a warm blanket and our bible and dig deeper into God’s word!!!

Xoxo // God Bless

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Beauty, Natural, Review

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap: 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap

A trip to BetterHealth Market last night turned into going in to buy 2 essential oil bottles (grapefruit & lemon) and walking out with a bag full of goodies!!! I even got my husband to come shopping with me which was so much fun. I want us to start living healthier lifestyles, including eating/using more natural products so that is why I love BetterHealth Market!

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My husband actually came across this line of products from Dr. Bronner’s and was highly interested in it. I’ve been using the peppermint essential oil lately and he loves the smell. So he was intrigued to what this soap would be like. We quickly looked up some reviews on the soap and I saw nothing but great reviews. There was so many uses for this, not just a body wash. It was $9.00 in the store, & I had a 15% coupon.

That night we both took showers & tried this product out. WOW! That is all I can say! It was such an exhilarating experience. To start off this is highly concentrated so a small drop on a loofah will be plenty! It creates such a nice foamy lather that is 100% vegan and organic. After you lather your body, you then feel a tingly, clean feeling that is great!! The peppermint smell takes over your bathroom and smells great. ( it is VERY strong so if you don’t like peppermint you will not enjoy this). However, there is other scents.

After reading more on it, I’ve seen many other uses for it. Including shampoo, face wash, toothpaste, dish soap, laundry soap and even washing your kitchen and bathrooms with it. I am very impressed with this product and can’t wait to try other uses for it!!

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Beauty, Essential Oils, Natural, Oil

First Time Product // NOW Essential Oils

You cannot scroll through your Facebook or Pinterest account without seeing someone post, brag, and try to get the word out about essential oils. These have bloomed in popularity recently and are the new trend! I was sitting at my hair salon when I smelled a beautiful fragrance and noticed a diffuser sitting on one of the tables. I got into a nice conversation with the hair stylist about essential oils, the uses, the benefits and so on and so forth. It intrigued me and I needed to know more and try it out for myself.

I am not an expert, so I am not going to pretend like I am, I am just going to give you the basis of what I do know, and how they have worked in my life so far! I just started using these last week and I can already tell you i’m in love!

There are three ways to use essential oils // let’s call them EO for short
1. Diffuse – you can buy a diffuser that diffuses them into the air. it’s a great way to make your house smell yummy too!
2. Topically – you can rub them right to your skin. This is great for an area on your  body that might have muscle tension, headache, stomach-ache, etc. Some oils can be stronger than others and need a carrier oil (coconut oil or olive oil work good).
3.Digest- You can eat these or add them to your water! They are edible! 

The first three oils that I purchased were Eucalyptus, Clove, and Peppermint. There are SO many uses for each oil and different ways to treat your body using them, but these are the reasons I purchased these three.
Eucalyptus- I diffuse this one in the air to help with the common cold. I had a stuffy nose and this helped great! Just added 2-3 drops to the diffuser with water, and the steam filled the room and my stuffy nose was gone! I’ve also heard this is great to add to bath water!
Peppermint- Great for stomach problems… I will give you a little personal testimony on this particular oil a little later.
Clove- This is a great scent to diffuse to make your house smell delicious. A great winter scent. (Cheaper than candles too!)
Price:: These were all under $7.00 for a 1 oz bottle. I purchased these at BetterHealth Market. // ( http://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/)

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Peppermint Oil//My new love//My stomach-ache savior!

Well this is quite embarrassing but i’m putting it out there, hoping this will help someone else struggling with the same issue! I have been dealing with constipation for as long as I can remember. I just have dealt with not going to the bathroom for a couple of days and dealing with the terrible stomach pains that comes with it. I’m always feeling sick, nauseous and crampy. I’ve tried lots of different medicines but nothing has worked… until now!!!! I mix 4-5 drops of peppermint EO and a spoonful of coconut oil into my hand and rub together until the coconut oil becomes a liquid. Then I massage the mixture on the bottom of my stomach right before I go to bed. By morning I have to go to the bathroom! I am so amazed with this product and am completely sold on EO’s and know they work! What a great, natural alternative to medicine! 

If anyone else has more knowledge on EO’s, tips, suggestions or just want to chat about them please comment & let’s chat! This is my new found love!

God Bless // XO

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Beauty, DIY, Makeup, Review

Sensationail Gel Polish Starter Kit Review // LOVE!

SENSATIONAIL GEL POLISH STARTER KIT:
TARGET // $50 

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Trying new products is one of my favorite excitements. It’s either a very uplifting fun discovery, or a major let down. Sometimes it can be a pricey let down at that! I would call make-up a hobby of mine, and can be looked at as a form of art and a creative outlet for me. I am far from a professional, but I enjoy making myself looking beautiful. One area of make-up that I lack in majorly is my nails. I have terrible, terrible, terrible nails to begin with and I will admit that! I have very short nail beds and my nails look they are on the hands of a seven-year old-young girl. They are brittle & thin, and do not grow long what so ever. Since the age of 16 I have been getting acrylics applied religiously (which is not helping my thin nail problem obviously; this is my own fault.) Shellac manicures started getting popular within the past couple of years and I have yet to try one out. To me, I got acrylics for the length and thickness. Shellac was not going to give me length so I stayed away from trying it. Even though the manicure lasts up to two weeks, it seemed pricey. 

After Christmas I had a gift card to Target and I roamed up and down the cosmetic aisles when I came across the gel nail polish kits that came with the LED lamps included. There was two brands: Sally Hansen or Sensationail. I looked up some reviews on my Iphone and decided to try the Sensationail brand out! Seemed legit and if I kept up with it, I heard it would help make your nails grow longer if you kept polish on them at all times.

I got home that night and opened the package and read the directions. Seemed easy enough. After about a total of 10 minutes, I had a beautiful, smooth, perfect manicure! I was AMAZED. Every time I do my own nails it turns out messy, uneven, and always looks like a child painted my nails. To my surprise, this turned out perfect. My nails are so hard, shiny and smooth. It was so simple to do as well. It took no time at all. 

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The color in this picture is the one that came with the starter kit : Raspberry Wine.

OVERALL OPINION: I am on day six of my gel manicure and I would have say they have held up pretty well. The box says lasts up to two weeks. Mine is starting to just now chip at the top but not anywhere near as bad as regular nail polish. I am very pleased and super excited to run out and buy new colors. They are however more expensive than regular nail polishes. (Around $10/pc) I am very excited I came across this product and I give it two thumbs up!!!

XO // God Bless

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