Get Ready for Summer!

You guys! I am a tad jealous that this incredible deal wasn’t around when I joined. If you’ve been thinking about jumping on board with Advocare as a retail customer or as a distributor yourself getting the automatic 20% discount but haven’t, now is the time to do so. FREE shipping and FREE Spark!! Yes, you heard right. Get your 24-day challenge bundle and even if you aren’t ready to start a 24 day challenge right now, you’ll have it on hand for when you are. This offer is only for a limited time, don’t procrastinate. I’ve ordered mine, let’s order yours. NOW is the time!

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Detox Bath – Cold, Allergy & Sinus

North Carolina is known for experiencing all four seasons to the extreme all within just a week. One day it’ll be sunny and 70, another day it’ll be rainy and 50, then you’ll have your windy and 40 degree days, not leaving out the 28 snow, sleet, and ice days. It’s no wonder so many of us stay sick with colds, allergies, sinusitis, for what seems like forever.

For the past two days I’ve been battling a headache, drainage, sore throat, and coughing. Just not feeling so great. During my lunch break, I gave a detox bath a try and so glad I did!

Ingredients:

  • Epsom salt (2 cups)
  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • Essential Oils (I prefer Young Living because of the seed to seal process)
    • Thieves (4 drops)
    • Peppermint (3 drops)
    • Frankincense (3 drops)
    • Lavender (2 drops)
    • Lemon (2 drops)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients under the faucet in your tub starting with the epsom salt, baking soda, and then the essential oils. I have read that some detox baths also use a carrier oil but for mine, I did not.
  2. Fill the tub with water as hot as your body can stand it.
  3. Soak for 20-40 minutes completely immersing yourself under the water. For those with a standard sized tub, you might have to “flip over” to allow your entire body to be immersed during the detox bath. I spent 15 minutes on both sides. You WILL sweat, that’s a good thing!
  4. Drain the tub and rinse off in cold water. This step is very important because once you’ve finished your detox bath, your pores are open. Rinsing off in cold water helps to not only close your pours but it rinses off the salt so that it doesn’t remain on your skin and potentially dry it out.
  5. Drink a full glass of water. After your detox bath, you might feel light headed, dizzy, and can be dehydrated. Refueling yourself with a glass of water will help.

My experience was wonderful. Literally, immediately after I rinsed off I felt a lot better. Granted, not entirely or completed over the crud but I can definitely tell a big difference than before I gave the detox bath a try. I sweated, a lot (hence the red faced sweaty picture below). There are many different detox bath recipes depending on what you’re wanting to benefit from it. If you’ve given detox baths a try, I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments below.

Happy detoxing!
Hollie

AdvoCare

If you have watched basketball, football or Nascar, then more than likely you’ve seen an advertisement for AdvoCare. If you’ve seen any of my previous posts, there’s a chance you’ve heard me mention AdvoCare.

What is AdvoCare you ask? AdvoCare was founded in Plano, Texas in 1993. They provide nutritional, weigh-management, sports performance, and skin care products that are backed by the latest scientific knowledge and ingredients and created safe and effective. AdvoCare products help to improve lives through superior nutrition and wellness.

How I got started with AdvoCare
A friend of mine offered to share products with me to try and I was instantly hooked on AdvoCare’s Spark. Spark is a vitamin and amino acid supplement energy drink mix. I tried the grape, pink lemonade, and fruit punch flavors. You just mix one service with 8 ounces of water and drink. The amount of focus and energy I had was amazing. No more groggy feeling, I was ready to tackle the day. If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t a fan of the meal replacement shakes, they just aren’t for me. However, Kasey loves them and has one daily. He really enjoys them and their many flavors. Like with all things, one product isn’t going to work for everyone but for me. I knew I would be ordering Spark and I wanted to share Spark with friends and family, so why not get a discount while doing so as well? That’s just what I did. Back in Oct. 2015 I signed up as a distributor so that now when I purchase products for myself or others, they are discounted.


I am still learning more and trying different AdvoCare products. I am currently in a 24-day challenge with the same friend who first shared AdvoCare with me. She has been an amazing accountability partner during the challenge so far and I will share with you more about the challenge once we’ve finished. There is such a wonderful support group and I’ve been able to reconnect with a few ladies that I went to high school with. I am hoping that not only out of a more healthier lifestyle, I will establish long lasting friendships as well.

I am going to add a tab at the top of my site along with my Young Living and Photography business information incase you want to read more about AdvoCare. I will link my site there as well and if you have any questions or would like to try a product on me, please just ask!

Have a day full of sunshine!
Hollie

Vinegar Cucumbers

I am all about changing things up and not eating the same stuff each day, that’s boring to me and it doesn’t fill my tank. If it does yours, that’s great! Me however, I like different on a day to day basis or I feel burnt out and bored with my food. Sunday night when I meal prepped, I made a container of vinegar cucumbers.

I remember being a child and visiting my grandmother, she would always have vinegar cucumbers and I munched on them like they were the greatest thing. Still to this day, she will make them for my youngin’. I attempted to make them myself once before and they were a dud, nothing like grandma’s. However, I found this recipe but tweaked it a little for our batch and they are ah-ma-zing!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1/4 sweet onion
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • pepper (salt if you prefer but I stayed away)

Directions:

  1. Peel the cucumbers and slice to your preferred thickness.
  2. Slice the onion into thin slices (you don’t have to eat the onion but the flavor will be off if you omit them).
  3. Put the sliced cucumbers and onions into your container and pour your vinegar and water over them. 1 cup of each seemed to cover my vegetables just right, you can add more/less depending on the depth of your container. You want the liquid to cover the vegetables.
  4. Season with pepper (and salt if you prefer) just a smidgen.
  5. Cover and refrigerate. Ours was refrigerated for a good 10 hours before we gave them a sampling and they were perfect, just like grandma’s!

We have been munching on them this week and the taste got even better the longer it had been in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have. This will be a staple during the summer months, a quick and tasty (not to mention healthy) treat!

Hollie

Living and Active Challenge


Okay y’all, I’m so excited to share with you this new challenge that I’m going to be a part of starting this Monday, October 5th. It’s the living and active challenge by Clare Smith. For those of you who are not familiar with who that is, she is a fitness instructor who loves Jesus. I have been following her on Instagram for quite some time now and just subscribed to her blog. This is the fourth annual living and active challenge but the first year I’ve decided to participate.

Here are the goals during the 5 week challenge:

  • Physical Challenge – Exercise (with your routine or Clare’s) 4 days a week for the 5 weeks we are in it. (25 minutes is minimum time)
  • Spiritual Challenge – Memorize the new weekly verse/Soul Food (as well as maintaining prior weeks) and do the key challenge.
  • Accountability – Facebook group, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope. Clare will be checking in and it’s our opportunity to ask questions, share information/moments, etc.

I know what you all are wondering, what’s the cost? Guess what, there is no cost. This 5 week challenge is FREE! Head over to her blog to read more and if you would like to have all of the information that will be available in one place, she has a new training guide for purchase that goes along with the challenge but is not mandatory. I am one of those who likes to have everything in one place and that’s easy to access so I have purchased one for myself but definitely don’t feel obligated. You can be a part of this challenge without a penny! OH!! and there are prizes, too. That’s right, there are 3 different grand prize packages with some awesome stuff.

Access her blog by clicking here.
Find more information on the grand prize packages here.
More detail about the challenge itself can be found here!

I hope you’ll join in, challenge starts in t-minus 2 days!

PointsPlus! *Modified 07/20/15*

I am excited to share that I am a member of Weight Watchers. Yep, I’m going to be attending weekly meetings and following the points plus system. Any of you currently in Weight Watchers or thinking of joining? I’d love to have you as a sidekick along this journey. I’ll check in with you all throughout the process and would love for you to do the same!

*Modified 07/20/15*

It’s official guys, tomorrow morning is my first Weight Watchers meeting and I am so excited about this lifestyle change and journey to a better me that I had to update y’all. I even splurged tonight on some of those ooey-gooey Cinnabon delights from Taco Bell. So yeah, kudos to those of you who are also beginning this lifestyle change and I can’t wait to check in with each of you throughout the journey. Happy tracking!!

  

Apple Cookies

This week I’ve been trying to make better food choices and whipped up a delicious snack that I will be eating again. They take a little bit of time to make but so much better than just grabbing a bag of chips. They are very flavorful and was a good filler until lunch. 

 Ingredients:

  • Apple of your choice 
  • Peanut butter (or almond butter would work too!)
  • Peanuts of your choice (I used cashews)

First you want to rinse your apple and then slice it into whatever thickness you desire. I was able to get eight slices out of mine but only used six as a base. Spread your butter of choice on each slice, I used peanut but I’ve heard that almond butter is delicious as well. With the last remaining slices of apple, I cut them into tiny diced pieces and sprinkled them over each apple slice. Chop up your nut of choice and sprinkle over each apple slice and bam! A delicious and filling snack.

Specific serving sizes is really up to you, I used 2 tbsp. of peanut butter total and about an 1/8 cup of nuts total. You can use more or less depending on your preference. Give these a try, you’ll enjoy them! It also makes for a fun snack for kiddos to help make!

Until next time, xo!

I’m a Distributor!

So many exciting things have occurred in just the last few months. One new journey I’ve committed to is being a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. For awhile now I have been looking into essential oils and pinning things pertaining to them on Pinterest. I even was in conversation with a doTERRA representative but until recently, I was just interested and not involved.

I attended a class a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with the idea of using all natural oils to assist in everyday living. There is so much more to essential oils than I ever imagined and I have so much to learn. At this class I was introduced to the Young Living everyday oils, ways to use them, the benefits of essential oils and the impact it can have on my life, and heard testimonials from other users. The reason I chose Young Living over other essential oil products is because of their seed to seal guarantee. You see, Young Living has their very own farms in not only the United States but in France, Ecuador, and Oman as well. Their five step process is the very reason why I chose to get involved with this company and I am so excited about this journey. You can read more about their seed to seal process here: http://www.seedtoseal.com/en/seedtoseal

There are so many benefits to essential oils and I won’t take up this time to go through those, I’ll post more about Young Living in the future. I just wanted you to share in the excitement that my package finally arrived and my journey has officially started as a Young Living Essential Oils user. I’d love to hear your experience if you have used or currently use essential oils.

Happy diffusing, xo!

Move it Monday

Today started our 4-week and daily yoga challenge, how’d you do? The challenge was brutal on my knees, specifically lunges. I absolutely loved every bit of the day 1 yoga video. It was easy to follow and the stretches felt amazing. Did you do either of the challenges or even both? I’d love to hear about your experience. 

Not only did I do a great job starting those, I also kicked butt with my steps today. As of 10:00pm these were my Fitbit stats:

  

Pretty proud of myself. I have only been averaging around 3k/day but I definitely pushed myself harder than ever to reach my goal of 10k and surpassed it! I’m sure I’ll feel it in the days to come.

Even if you haven’t began the challenges, you can still do so. No better time than today! 

Until next time, xo!

4-Week Challenge: Full Body

Here’s a 4-week beginner full body challenge that found on Pinterest. The original website it came from was http://www.skinnymom.com and I revamped the challenge picture. I don’t want to take any credit for the challenge, just the revamped photo. So, I’ll include both:

Original version found on Pinterest:

Revamped version:


Here’s to a good challenge to get myself in shape, are you in?