INGREDIENTS:

  • Organic chicken breasts, cut into cutlets, or organic chicken cutlets
  • 1 tablespoon Chosen Foods avocado + coconut oil blend
  • 1 cup organic bread crumbs, panko, or gluten-free versions of either of those
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon (or less) ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/8 ground garlic powder
  • 1 large heaping Dijon mustard
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 1 tablespoon raw, local honey
  • 2 tablespoons Cowell’s Thundering herd Mandarin Red Wine Vinegar salad dressing or 1/4 teaspoon Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar and a pinch of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh squeezed mandarin or orange juice
  • Pink ground chili powder
  • Sprayable avocado + coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried chives

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, add honey with 1/4 teaspoon hot water until honey thins
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add egg, dressing, oil, Dijon, and honey mix
  3. Add chicken to mustard + honey and let sit for a minimum of 10-20 minutes to marinade chicken.
  4. In a separate bowl, add breadcrumbs / panko, and all seasonings + spices
  5. Once chicken has sat in marinade desired time, pick one piece at a time and dip into breadcrumb mix until chicken cutlet is evenly coated
  6. Add each piece to a large parking pan sprayed with leasable avocado + coconut oil (that tolerates up to 490 degrees F like Chosen Foods)
  7. Bake chicken at 450 F for 25 minutes, or until breadcrumbs / panko is crispy
  8. Remove, let cool, and serve immediately

* leftovers of these little guys are amazing! Just be sure to reheat in a toaster oven so they get crispy again 🙂

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’tis the season for pumpkin spice to move over for Peppermint flavored erryytthhiinnggg.

Tanner and I had a rough week, so we heard homemade donuts make things better, right?

The work week hustle is real; school drop-offs and pick-ups, packing lunches and making breakfast and dinner, bedtimes and bathtime and Christmas concerts and school parties…phew. TGI Saturday.

This new donut recipe is filled with all sorts of healthy ingredients; vital proteins collagen, peppermint tea, organic coconut butter, and love. From our kitchen to yours, we hope you enjoy!

*makes 12 Donuts // need non-stick donut mold

DONUT INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups Bob’s Redmill organic gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut butter, softened
  • 2 flax eggs, 1/2 cup applesauce, or 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons Chosen Foods avocado/coconut oil blend
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup organic vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (yes, really)
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure organic peppermint extract for baking
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup Flavor God Chocolate glazed donut seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup brewed peppermint tea (warm)
  • 1 packer Vital Proteins collagen

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons brewed peppermint tea
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DONUT DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix
  3. In another bowl, add the tea and mix in the collagen
  4. To the tea, add the almond milk and water and mix
  5. Add above ingredients to dry ingredients, and add remaining ingredients. Mix everything together until dough-like consistency forms
  6. Spray donut mold with Chosen Food’s avocado/coconut oil blend
  7. Spoon batter into donut molds until evenly distributed
  8. Bake at 400 F for 12-15 minutes, or until moist but cooked
  9. Remove and let cool for 15-20 minutes
  10. Frost, decorate, and serve!

FROSTING DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and blend until desired consistency forms
  2. For thicker frosting, add less liquid
  3. For thinner frosting, add more liquid

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When it comes to the holiday season, making themed gift guides is one of my favorite things. I find it oddly therapeutic to sit at my computer all night working on rounding up some of my favorite things, plus handpicking items I think other mamas and women would enjoy. Here is my 2017 Modern Woman’s Holiday Gift Guide broken into 5 parts:

  1. Who’s in the Kitchen
  2. Who’s Tredy + Traveling
  3. Who’s Anxious + Needs Grounding
  4. Who Needs Some Love + TLC
  5. Who Has a Sweet Home + Soul  

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, there’s something on this list for everyone! I hope you enjoy playing Santa or Mrs. Clause as much as I do, and from my little family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and HAPPY SHOPPING!

Cheers!

 

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Rose Gold Carry-On: 

Whether you travel often for work, or just for your one allowed vacay a year, every girl needs a hardshell carry-on suitcase. Personally, I can’t ever carry on a suitcase anyway (back problems), but using this size as my only bag on short trips helps me eliminate overpacking. Plus, how cute is this rose gold?!

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Bose Wireless Headphones with Mic

Whether you’re like, so 2017 and running a podcast, working remote and having to dial in for conference calls, or just looking for comfy headphones to listen to music, these gems are not only cute, but super functional since they’re cordless and have a built in mic.

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Mac Highlighter + Bronzer

I don’t stray from makeup favs, so when it comes to blush and bronzers, MAC is my fav. Every other brand seems to cause me to break out. Whether you’re looking to add some color to your cheeks thanks to jet-lag, or freshen up before a hot date, this is a staple every woman needs in her makeup bag.

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big berky

I first heard of this water filtration system thanks to @leefromamerica, and it’s quickly become one of my favs. You can check out all their specks in the link above, but I love that it’s room temp (hi, sensitive teeth; but it’s actually easier for your body to absorb, too); I love that you hardly ever have to replace the filters, AND it’s super modern and sleek looking. Pair with #9 from the “Who’s in the Kitchen” gift guide below, and you’re all set with a trendy (and inexpensive) stand as well.

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Apple TV

It’s like, so 2017 to cancel your cable, amIright?! Lucky for us millennials, canceling your cable to lower your house bills, doesn’t mean giving up our guilty pleasures of reality TV, Stranger Things, or Big Little Lies, because, well, there’s an app for that…with the new Apple TV, you’ll find more apps, quicker stream times, and more user-friendly tools.

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Healing Crystal Quartz Cluster

If you don’t have a crystal on your desk, in your living room, or on your nightstand, are you even living?! Oh wait, I must have lived in Southern California too long…but seriously, even if the “hippie shit” makes you want to pull your hair out, quartz is known to potentially aid Chakra healing and help balance energy, and I don’t know a mom or a woman living in today’s world that can’t use some of that…

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Blue Yeti Mic in Gold

Step 1: *Refer to #2*  Step 2: Be trendy AF and professional AF if you’re starting a new podcast or upgrading a mic that’s not doing your voice justice.

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Plant Stand + Pot

Are you even worthy of Instagramming or Pinteresting your home if it doesn’t have one of these gorg + modern plant stands?!

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Holiday 1L MyBKR Water Bottle

BPA free, check. Pairs perfectly with #4, check. Keeps you hydrated throughout the day, check. Which, in turn, means glowing skin, happy organs, and a healthier, more hydrated you? Check.

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Ceramic Succulent Pot

Every desk or garden needs a succulent. And this gem of a pot is calming, brings a bit of nature inside, and is super cute.

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Tiny tags necklace

Whether you’re a mama wanting to hold your little(s) close to your heart, a newlywed who wants to cherish your anniversary, a proud g-ma doting her grandchildren, or a woman wanting to documenting an empowering phrase or special date, Tiny Tags are our fav gold bar necklaces, hands-down. Oh, and they’re mama owned + operated by our friend’s sister, so go support them.

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Wood + Steel Coffee Table by Emerald Home

I’m crushing on this coffee table SO HARD. Whether you need an office upgrade or new addition to your living room or den, this table is GORG and I love it so much.

 

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Fav-Smelling Anthro Candle

If I could bathe in the scent of this candle, I would. I wish they made it in a car freshener so I could take it everywhere with me. Or turned it into an essential oil since I’m a mom and Tanner likes to poke his little rascally fingers in it and ruin it. So, for now, it’s sitting safely up where he can’t reach (and forgets where it lives) and seriously smells SO EFFING GOOD. Fav Anthro candle scent, hands-down. It’s my go-to housewarming gift for friends, too, and they all agree. Pinky promise.

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CALM Salt soak

Who isn’t anxious these days? and I don’t mean that as a joke, because I really struggle with anxiety (hence the anti-anxiety Christmas list a few sections down…). These bath salts are infused with calming essential oils and magnesium, which can help ease sore muscles. If you can sliver away 20 minutes a couple times a month, soak up the love (and the self-care) with this CALM soak.

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Mustard Must-Have Beanie

Mustard colored clothing and accessories are always a must for fall and winter, and this beanie is the softest, cutest thing ever. Add it to your wardrobe whether you’re just planning on wandering downtown Main Street at Sundance, skiing in Tahoe, or being a snow bunny.

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Creatively Cass Macramé

One of my best friends and ‘neighbors’ makes macrame, and she’s SO talented. She’s local to San Diego, but ships worldwide! Macrame is so in right now, so whether you want to spruce up your own house or your besties, this gift is perfect!

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You are Amazing

I have an issue with commitment. To people, and to books. But I have to admit, I am kind of shallow and do judge a book by its cover – sometimes. So, as my eyes were welling with tears as I wandered my favorite hippie store in Encinitas (Soul Scape), I was looking for a “sign” that something would call to me. The book table did, and this shiny gem was calling “Shelley, Shelley! You need me!” I read the first few pages, and I really did need this. The authors sold me, the cover sold me, and so did the fact it’s only about a cm thick, so I could actually read it (even if my toddler interrupted my quiet time 23485 times and it took me a month….don’t judge me and my book timelines).

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Light is the New Black

Read above paragraph; same story here. LOVE.

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Crystal Muse

I haven’t read this book myself yet, but the reviews are amazing, and it’s a modern crystal-saging-hippie-shit must-have.

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KitchenAid Electric Kettle – Pistachio

Tea is the new coffee. Electric is the new gas-range. Pistachio is the new black.

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Fiddly Fig Tree

Air cleaning, great empty space filler, and one of the prettiest plants I ever did see, I adore fiddly fig trees, and think that empty corner in your room, home, or office really needs this gem. Bring a little nature inside and give some TLC to a plant like this one. But, be sure to talk to her and dust her leaves to help her thrive (seriously). And water her once a week with a gallon of water. You can thank Deb, my favorite Enci plant lady for that tidbit.

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Hipster Coffee Drip

I don’t drink coffee, but all my friends do, and so does my sister. She said my list needed it since so do 98% of other humans. So, this one is the babe of hipster coffee drips so it will look fab on your kitchen counter, and has awesome reviews, too. win-win.

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Young Living Aria Diffuser

This diffuser is expensive AF but so pretty and easy to clean (biggest pet-peeve of other diffusers). I used to have the Bamboo diffuser by YL and hate it, because I’ve had two different ones, both which quit on me only a couple months in. But this Queen is the real deal.

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Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Healing and gorg? Yep!

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Casserole Crockpot

I didn’t even know a crockpot for casseroles existed, but when I stumbled upon this, I instantly knew I had to shout the news from my little blog mountaintop. You’re welcome.

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Christmas Spirit YL Essential Oil

There’s really nothing better than the season of Christmas, the feeling of Christmas, the giving of Christmas, and the smell of Christmas. Luckily YL bottled it up so you can enjoy all month long (or all year long if you’re a rebel like that).

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Scared Mountain YL Essential Oil 

Want to take a trip to the mountains but live too far, can’t afford it, or don’t have a 4WD to get you there? Just drop a few drips of this YL oil in your diffuser, cozy up by the fire, make some hot cocoa, and boom…

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Thieves YL Essential Oil 

’tis the season where kids bring home 234987 bugs from pre-school, and mama aint got NO time to be sick. Fight off germs with Thieves!

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Into the Future YL Essential Oil 

Channeling all good things to come in my vision board AND with this EO.

 

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Certified Reconditioned Vitamix 5300

I took a poll on my Instagram to see if refurbished were 1. shit 2. the shit. Feedback was #2 – every single person said their refurbished models were going 3+ years and were absolutely worth every penny (and saving 40% off the original price!)

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Wood Salt + Pepper Shakers

Every table needs these. They’re so pretty!!

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Wilton 2105-1620 6 Cavity Nonstick Donut Pans (2 Pack)

If you follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my blog, you know I should probably open a baked donut shop with how often I make them. I currently have a silicone mold, but the non-stick function has been a lie. So, these babies are on the upgrade list, and should be on yours, too!

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Lipper International 1145 Large Straight Side Bowl, Acacia

I’d definitely eat more salad if it came served in this gorgeous wood bowl. I didn’t even thing large serving bowls could be so pretty, but look at this beauty!

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Sur La Table Marble and Wood Coasters STW – 3320 C , Set of 4

No one likes the person who doesn’t use a coaster and leaves a ring on the vintage table they inherited from their great grandmother. If you think 99% of coasters sold in stores are ugly and unfunctional (just made up a new word I guess), I agree. But these are the Ritz of the coaster family, and a beautiful accessory to any side or coffee table.

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Copper Measuring Spoons 

If you’ve been using 10-year-old plastic measuring spoons, throw them away (recycle, obviously). You’re probably being poisoned since I doubt they’re BPA free. These copper measuring spoons will pair perfectly with your new donut pans.

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Soup and Cracker Mug or Cereal Bowl by Kitchen Gadgets

I love this for so many reason… 1. Having endo, I basically live off soup. 2. Soup is never filling enough, and should always be served with crackers. 3. Having a soup bowl, you never know where to put a side of bread, toast, crackers, or fruit. 4. This solves almost all your life problems.

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RSVP White Marble Mortar and Pestle

I have no idea what I’d use this for, but it was too pretty to leave off. Be super woman in the kitchen and mash your own herb blends (and bring me some since I’m too lazy to do that).

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30″ Natural Hard Wood Floor Stand

You need this for your Big Berky. Or a plant.

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Chicago Cutlery Elston 16pc Block Set

If you’re reading this, you’re officially a grown up, so do yourself a favor and invest in a GOOD knife set, or ask Santa for them. Get your cute little booty in the kitchen and be inspired to whip up some fresh stir-fry or chop casserole ingredients (see #13 from the 2nd list) with these knives.

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Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Bakeware 10-Piece Set, Latte Brown with Cranberry Red Handle Grips

It’s time to upgrade your bakeware, because this latte brown set is so freaking cute (and the reviews are amaze, and so is Rachael Ray).

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5 Piece Silicone Cooking Utensil Set with Natural Acacia Hard Wood Handle

I get super grossed out when people keep cooking utensils for 25 years, so replace your old bacteria-festering wooden spoons with these beauties that will look pretty on your kitchen counter, andddd work like a gem.

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LL Bean Wicked Good Moc Boots

I’ve been wearing LL Bean mocs since middle school, and in high school, I decided to make it a fashion trend to wear them every day to school in the winter. My feet are wide AF so I secretly hate booties, boots, and sneaks. Hence, the moccasin obsession. Lately, I’m always freezing, so I came across this design (which are actually mens’ and called ‘boots’), and I love that they go up higher on the ankle, eliminating the freezing breeze that always sneaks up from your moccasin into your sweat pants through the little 1″ exposed area of skin.

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doTERRA Deep Blue Rub

Bengal and Icy Hot and their GMO ingredients are so 2001. (I don’t even know if their ingredients are GMO, I’m totally kidding). But, this rub is like Icy Hot, but all natural. Give it a try when you need to soothe sore muscles or relieve cramping.

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“Hippie Kit”

All the sage, all the crystals, all the cleansing.

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Richie House Women’s Plush Soft Warm Fleece Bathrobe Robe RH1591

Who are you if you don’t think robes are like, the best thing ever?! How else to you cozy up for a Netflix marathon or transition from shower to bed?! This robe is snuggly warm and I love the color.

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The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul

If you’re feeling anxious, order this book. Anxiety is often fear of the unknown, fear of the present, or fear of the future. Controlling anxiety is accepting it’s present while also distinguishing what’s just “noise” aka fear vs. real symptoms, thoughts, or situations. This book can help you get to the root of fear and turn it into something else.

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Mind Over Medicine

If you or a loved one is dealing with a chronic illness or debilitating medical situation, this book may help 🙂

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52 Lists for Happiness

Mindfulness, gratitude, and journalling are all shown to reduce anxiety, help us think positively, and thus, be happier human beings. This book makes a workbook style “task” fun with engaging exercises and thoughtful quotes.

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Muscle and Joint Tea

Sick or feeling blue? Try this tea for a relaxing pick-me-up or stress relief.

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Lavender Sleep Mask

Lavender scent is calming and soothing, and a sleep mask is a must-have if you don’t have blackout curtains or have any annoying electronic lights in your room. Cozy up in bed with this sleep mask for a restful night’s sleep.

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Roomba 

After I had back surgery, I literally wasn’t allowed to vacuum for months. and physically couldn’t for almost a YEAR. Seriously. A Roomba was my absolute life-saver. So, if someone you know is too sick or hurt to vacuum, or doesn’t have a lab to pick up all the crumbs on the floor from a toddler, this is an absolute must-have. There are many different Roomba makes and models, so you can find one at almost every price point.

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Makeup Brushes

Even expensive makeup brushes tend to have bristles that fall out and are just pain ‘ol shitty. This huge pack is not only inexpensive, but is super soft, and has like 1000+ amaze reviews.

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HealthyLine Infrared Heating Pad

My naturopath doc and chiropractor recommended this heating pad to me because of it’s healing properties with Jade. Call her witch doctor or not, but anyone suffering from being cold 24/7 or an illness like endo that relies on relief from a heating pad, this is one of the best, and worth the investment.

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Nature’s Blend CBD Rub

Everyone keeps saying CBD rubs for anxiety and illnesses work wonders. Let us know what you think.

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CBD soaking salt

See above but insert into a bath salt?! I haven’t tried this yet, but it combines two favorite things of chronic pain sufferers…magnesium from salt and pain relief from CBD.

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CBD rub

See # 13 🙂 repeat.

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MAC Powder

This powder is the BEST. If you need some TLC or are ill, you know how difficult it is to put on makeup every day, or even feel pretty behind big dark circles or puffy eyes. This powder helps you feel bright, fresh, and beautiful. And lasts forever and pairs well with the brushes listed above.

 

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Stress + Anxiety Crystal Set

I may have lived in San Diego a little too long where crystals and moon circles were the new happy hour, but I don’t think it’s ever a bad thing to ground yourself, find what centers you, and have hope, love, and light when it comes to healing, growth, or strength. These stress + anxiety relief crystals will hopefully bring some peace and grounding to your anxious thoughts.

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“The Cup of Courage” Anti-Anxiety Mug

Everyone needs a little pick-me-up in the morning, especially if you have anxiety, because you most likely don’t drink caffeine. This cute mug has little reminders, mantras, and whimsical cartoons to distract your mind (and your anxiety, hopefully).

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Anxiety Care Cards

These are so cute. Get to the root of your emotions and lay your anxiety down on the table, literally, with these care cards that remind you to nourish yourself, rest when you need it, and give yourself grace through life’s ups and downs.

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5 Minute Journal 

Gratitude can be a wonderful way to help keep anxiety at bay, and so can forming a bedtime routine. Did you know adults need nightly routines just as much as babies?! This 5 Minute Journal reminds you to write things that you’re grateful for, things you’re proud of / accomplished, and things that didn’t go so well so you can aim to improve them. And, each exercise literally just takes you…you guessed it…5 minutes.

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Stress-Relief Kit

Bath and Body works put together this calmly scented stress-relief kit, and it smells divine. Made up of scents said to help ease anxiety, this gift set is a win for an anxiety suffer, or anyone, for that matter.

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Himalayan Salt Lamp

Salt lamps can bring healing, peace, and purity the air. Their soft color also makes for a great night light or mood-setter. Having them in every room can also potentially help with allergies and mold elimination.

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My Story Is Not Over Yet ; Mantra Band

Your story is not over yet…repeat that to yourself. When you feel as if life is swallowing you whole, breathe. Pause for a minute. Grab your 5 minute journal. Remember that this too shall pass, and this is just a season of life you’re passing through to make you stronger.     ;

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Anxiety Rollers

There are SO many brands and so many different types of anxiety blends these days, but I love that these support a small business owner on Etsy, and they smell amazing.

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CBD oil

I’ve been too scared to try CBD oil, because, ya know….anxiety. BUT people swear by the stuff. So if you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, I’ve heard Charlotte’s Web is one of the best brands that brings natural relief (with NO THC!)

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Sound Machine

Take yourself to an imaginary spa with this sound machine. I love this one because it has 12 different sounds. Be forewarned, a couple of them aren’t my fav, but the “relax,” “meditation,” and “calm” are a few of my favs. I turn it on at night (like right now, writing this) to try to eliminate the stressors of the day and calm my mind, body, and spirit.

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Weighted Blankie

I have no idea if these actually work or not, but because I have anxiety, I keep being target-marketed for them. So I read through about 239847 reviews and they were all excellent. So, I’ve decided that I really need one, and so do you.

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Liquid Xanax

I have absolutely NO shame in anti-anxiety meds or anti-depressants, because I truly think (and know) they can save lives when used properly under a psychiatrist’s care and adjustments. But, if you want to go the natural route, try this stuff (but be sure to check with your doc first, as with anything on this list!)

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Spa Finder Gift Card

Whether you’re a stressed out mama, college student, or workin’ woman, there is nothing like the serenity of a spa day to help ease tension, stress, and worry. Spa Finder teams up with a ton of local spas to offer gift cards to various locations, nationwide. Check out if they offer services for a spa near the person you’re shopping for, and if they do, this is a great way to get them a treatment they so deserve.

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Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k

Because when you’re giving too much of a fu*k about others, you’re not giving enough f*cks about yourself.

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Mind Over Mood

Dealing with chronic illness, anxiety, or depression is absolutely debilitating. Especially if you aren’t equipped with the helpful CBT or ACT tools of shifting your mind over your mood. This book is a gem for helping with anxiety, stress, and mood disorders – whether you’ve officially been diagnosed or are just going through a rough patch.

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Unf*ck Yourself 

every single human needs to read this book. Get your confidence back. Get your courage back. Get your peace back. Get your life back.

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When it comes to side dishes, who else votes they all need a delicious glaze?! 🙋🏼‍♀️

Growing up, I’d always request cooked carrots for holidays (who am i?!) but quickly, i got bored of just buttered carrots, so as i grew up and needed to bring sides to festivities and potlucks, i brought cooked carrots to life again.

Here’s my Candied Dijon Carrots 🥕 Even carrot haters love them, so give them a try! From my kitchen to yours, i hope you love them!

Candied Dijon Glazed Carrots 

Ingredients:

• 1 package organic baby carrots (optional to slice them) Pictured – rainbow carrots from my mom’s garden

• 2 tablespoons brown sugar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar

• 1 1/4 tablespoons organic dijon mustard

• 1 tablespoon ghee or organic grass-fed butter (or vegan butter if dairy-free) can also chose to add about 1/2 tablespoon(s) avocado or coconut oil instead, or leave out!

• 1/2 teaspoon organic ground ginger, fresh or dried powdered form (spice rack)

• optional: salt & ground pepper to taste (Dijon makes them perfectly salty enough in my opinion!)

* I recommend doubling or tripling the sauce recipe so you have more if you wish; then you have extra to use as a dressing or sauce for leftovers

Directions:

1 You have 3 different options to cook the carrots; you can either steam them, boil them, or broil them (my fav).

2 If steaming, place in steamer and steam until al-dente, then remove and let dry. Do not oversteam. 

3 If boiling, put carrots with 1/2 cup of water in a stovetop pan and heat until boiling. Once boiling, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until carrots are al-dente. Drain and set aside until dry.

4 If broiling, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add carrots to baking sheet (with edges; this is very important to oil does not leak down into your oven!) Optional: line pan with parchment paper. Cover carrots with avocado oil and ground pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until carrots are al-dente. Remove carrots from oven and set aside.

5 Regardless of how you cooked the carrots, once they are dried, set them aside in a large bowl (something large enough for you to toss them with glaze you are making next).

6 While carrots are cooking, in a medium-sized bowl, mix together your your mustard, syrup/sugar/coconut sugar, and ginger.

7 In a small saucepan, warm ghee/butter/vegan butter on stovetop on low heat.

8 Add mustard + sugar/syrup mix to stovetop pan with ghee/butter and mix everything together.

9 In the bowl the carrots are in, pour glaze over them and toss until evenly coated.

10 Serve immediately and enjoy!

11 TIP: If making this recipe ahead of time to bring to someone’s house, pre-make/roast carrots and leave UNCOATED. Make your sauce separately and bring individually. Ask to warm the sauce, and pop the carrots in the oven to warm (this is why you do NOT want to overcook the carrots initially). Once the carrots and sauce are warm, toss the carrots with the sauce and serve immediately.

12 From my family to yours, ENJOY!

When it comes to donuts, we all know how much i love to bake them. I’m constantly trying to make the best batch better than the last, and these were no exception.

These were definitely an experiment, and i had no idea how they’d come out, but HOLY MOLY THEY ARE SO GOOD.

Winter is citrus season, and we just had our local mandarin festival last weekend. So i was inspired by all the orange and mandarin trees everywhere up here in Northern California for these orange + vanilla creamsicle donuts…and i made two recipe variations; one vegan and gluten free and one healthy(ish) version…

Orange Vanilla Creamsicle Donuts 🍩🍊

Donut Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 Bobs Red Mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour
  • 3 organic and free range eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Chosen Foods avocado + coconut oil blend
  • Zest of three organic oranges
  • 1 cup organic orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar (optional) or just add more coconut sugar, 100% pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon organic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic no hormone ghee, softened to room temp
  • 1/4 cup organic unsweetened almond, cashew, or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Sprayable coconut oil

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla
  • Juice from one organic orange
  • Optional: 4 drops artificial coloring free red + yellow food dyes
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon orange zest

Candied Orange Ingredients:

  • 1 organic orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raw, local honey
  • 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup

Orange Vanilla Creamsicle Donut Directions:

  1. Make candied oranges first (see below for Directions)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. Add all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together
  4. In another large mixing bowl, add all wet ingredients, including eggs and ghee and mix until smooth
  5. Add wet and dry ingredients together and blend until batter-like consistency forms
  6. Spray donut pan with coconut oil
  7. Distribute batter into donut pans. Add about halfway up the donut mold (it’s less than you’d think, as they puff up really tall!)
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven
  9. When a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and let cool
  10. Remove donuts from mold and let cool on baking racks for 30 minutes
  11. Make frosting (Directions below) while you wait for donuts to cool
  12. Optional: add artificial coloring-free and dye-free sprinkles
  13. Frost donuts with glaze and decorate with sprinkles and candied oranges!

Frosting Directions:

  1. Add powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl
  2. Add freshly squeezed orange juice
  3. Add vanilla
  4. Mix until thick. If frosting is too runny, add more OJ. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Candied Orange Slices’ Directions:

  • Slice one organic orange into slices
  • In a large saucepan, add 3 cups water, 2 tablespoons of local, raw honey, 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup, and 1 cup of organic sugar
  • Add water + sugar + honey + syrup to large saucepan and turn burner on high
  • Mix everything together until sugar is melted
  • Once boiling, add orange slices
  • Reduce heat and simmer on low for 35 minutes
  • Remove oranges by pouring them careful into a strainer
  • Place on parchment paper and let dry for about 30 minutes or so

Vegan and Gluten Free Orange Vanilla Creamsicle Donuts 🍩🍊

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups Bobs Red Mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour
  • 3 flax eggs or 3/4 cup organic applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chosen Foods avocado + coconut oil blend
  • Zest of three organic oranges
  • 1 cup organic orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar (optional) or just add more coconut sugar, 100% pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon organic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic vegan/dairy-free butter (or just add 1 extra table spoon of oil)
  • 4 cup organic unsweetened almond, cashew, or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla
  • Juice from one organic orange
  • Optional: 4 drops artificial coloring free red + yellow food dyes
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon organic orange zest (about 1/2 orange)

Candied Orange Ingredients:

  • 1 organic orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup

Donut Directions:

  1. Make candied oranges first (see below for Directions)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. Add all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together
  4. In another large mixing bowl, add all wet ingredients, including applesauce and vegan butter and mix until smooth
  5. Add wet and dry ingredients together and blend until batter-like consistency forms
  6. Spray donut pan with coconut oil
  7. Distribute batter into donut pans. Add about halfway up the donut mold (it’s less than you’d think, as they puff up really tall!)
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven
  9. When a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and let cool
  10. Remove donuts from mold and let cool on baking racks for 30 minutes
  11. Make frosting (Directions below) while you wait for donuts to cool
  12. Optional: add artificial coloring-free and dye-free sprinkles
  13. Frost donuts with glaze and decorate with sprinkles and candied oranges!

Candied Orange Slices’ Directions:

  • Slice one organic orange into slices
  • In a large saucepan, add 3 cups water, 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup, and 1 1/2 cups of organic sugar
  • Add water + sugar + honey + syrup to large saucepan and turn burner on high
  • Mix everything together until sugar is melted
  • Once boiling, add orange slices
  • Reduce heat and simmer on low for 35 minutes
  • Remove oranges by pouring them careful into a strainer
  • Place on parchment paper and let dry for about 30 minutes or so

When it comes to veggies, I’ve been having a hard time digesting them, which I️ loathe because I️ actually really love vegetables of all kinds. Thanks, once again, endometriosis; it’s so kind of you to disrupt my GI tract. But, despite l endo pain, I’ve still been forcing myself to eat a variety as much as I️ can tolerate, because duh, we have to eat to survive.

Today, i figured sweet potatoes would be a good way to sneak in vitamins and minerals, and hoped they’d be somewhat mellow to digest. Sweet potatoes are that one veggie i can never decide if i actually like or not, so today i changed it up with my seasoning on them, and they were SO GOOD. I also find that i prefer yams > sweet potatoes, so i wanted to research the difference – besides just the color – (and share this yummy roasted sweet potato + yam recipe with you). So, if you don’t care about the geeky nutritional info, skip below to the recipe.

If you’re still reading, here’s the low-down on yams vs. sweet potatoes via Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/sweetpotato.html)

Although yams and sweet potatoes are both angiosperms (flowering plants), they are not related botanically. Yams are a monocot (a plant having one embryonic seed leaf) and from the Dioscoreaceae or Yam family. Sweet Potatoes, often called ‘yams’, are a dicot (a plant having two embryonic seed leaves) and are from the Convolvulacea or morning glory family” (Library of Congress, 2017).

Yams

Yams are closely related to lilies and grasses. Native to Africa and Asia, yams vary in size from that of a small potato to a record 130 pounds (as of 1999). There are over 600 varieties of yams and 95% of these crops are grown in Africa. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier (Library of Congress, 2017).

Sweet Potatoes

The many varieties of sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are members of the morning glory family, Convolvulacea. The skin color can range from white to yellow, red, purple or brown. The flesh also ranges in color from white to yellow, orange, or orange-red. Sweet potato varieties are classified as either ‘firm’ or ‘soft’. When cooked, those in the ‘firm’ category remain firm, while ‘soft’ varieties become soft and moist. It is the ‘soft’ varieties that are often labeled as yams in the United States (Library of Congress, 2017).

Why the confusion?

In the United States, firm varieties of sweet potatoes were produced before soft varieties. When soft varieties were first grown commercially, there was a need to differentiate between the two. African slaves had already been calling the ‘soft’ sweet potatoes ‘yams’ because they resembled the yams in Africa. Thus, ‘soft’ sweet potatoes were referred to as ‘yams’ to distinguish them from the ‘firm’ varieties (Library of Congress, 2017).

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ay, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the term ‘sweet potato.’ Unless you specifically search for yams, which are usually found in an international market, you are probably eating sweet potatoes (Library of Congress, 2017).

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Anyway, regardless if you like one of the other, here’s the Roasted Sweet Potato and Yam Recipe:

Ingredients:* If meal prepping these to use all week, consider doubling the recipe 1-2 large organic yam(s), peeled and cubed

  • 1-2 large organic sweet potato(es), peeled and cubed
  • Ground Paprika
  • Ground Garlic Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Avocado Oil, 2-4 tablespoons

Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

  1. Line a large baking sheet (that has edges) with non-stick foil
  2. In a medium sized bowl (or right on the sheet) add sweet potatoes and yams in one layer so none are overlapping
  3. Add oil and seasonings. There are no “official” measurements for the seasonings. Just lightly sprinkle a thin layer atop the potatoes and mix together
  4. Lay potatoes back down on the sheet to one even row where none are on top of another
  5. Bake @400F for 30 minutes, flipping potatoes halfway through
  6. Remove, let cool, and serve as a side, in a Buddha Bowl like this (arugula, over-hard fried egg, yams and sweet potatoes, avocado, and pork) or in a soup like my Savory Fall Soup.
  7. Enjoy!

When fall is in the air, all I want to eat is soup. I get cold so easily, so nothing warms the belly (or the soul) more than homemade soup – especially when it’s a warm, hearty puree.

This is one of my favorite (and new!) fall recipes now that I live in Northern California, so from my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

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  • 1 1/4 – 1  1/2 cup vegetable stock (or chicken stock) depending on consistency desired
  • 1 stick-pack of Vital Protein’s Organic, Free Range, Chicken Bone Broth Collagen
  • 1 pound cubed butternut squash (I buy mine pre-cubed, because #momlife and no time to prep a whole squash). Can also use pumpkin, or a combo of both
  • 1 can of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored, and cubed
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (I like Chosen Foods)
  • 1-2 clove(s) of garlic, minced
  • Pink Himalayan salt + ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne powder (or more depending on your spice-level) to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut, cashew, or almond milk as a thinning agent
  • Optional: garlic + onion powder to taste
  • Optional: Pinch of dried sage, thyme, or oregano
  • Want to garnish your soup? Try topping with pumpkin seeds, fresh chives, fresh parsley, pomegranate, or baked apples

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Grab a large baking sheet and line with parchment paper (make sure to check what the max heat tolerance is)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add your cubed butternut squash + sliced onion
  4. Add avocado oil to bowl and top with salt and pepper
      1. Bake for about 20 minutes
      2. Remove baking sheet from over and add the garlic and apple to the pan with the squash + onion
      3. Bake for another 30 minutes or so, or until apples + squash are tender and soft, being careful to not let garlic burn
      4. Remove baking pan and set aside to cool
      5. Optional: warm broth in a stove-top pan and add Vital Protein’s Bone Broth or Collagen
      6. Now, you can chose to use either a hand-immersion blender or a high-speed blender
      7. Transfer your baked goodies to large pot (if using hand-immersion blender) or to your high-speed blender
      8. Add cayenne + veggie/chicken stock/broth + bone broth collagen + any other spices you wish
      9. BE SURE TO LET ALL CONTENTS COOL OR BE VERYYYYY CAREFUL ADDING HOT INGREDIENTS TO A BLENDER.
      10. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes, or until soup is silky smooth
      11. If consistency is too thick, add more of vegetable stock and/or dairy-free milk (I typically add another cup of veggie stock/broth!)
      12. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary
      13. If you want to serve immediately, if soup cooled down to much, heat in a large pan on the stove
      14. When ready to serve, ladle soup into bowls and serve
      15. For leftovers: refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to one month in an air-tight container

      This week, I’m throwing it back to some of my favorite fun and festive recipes from an #upandautumn challenge I hosted two years ago. Thank you to Timehop for reminding me how cute and yummy this Frankenstein smoothie is! Your little(s) will love it too!

      Frankenstein’s Green with Envy Mint Chocolate Chip Shake

      INGREDIENTS:

      • 1 large handful fresh, organic spinach
      • 3-4 drops mint peppermint extract
      • 1/4 cup soaked (overnight) cashews, drained
      • 1-2 cups organic + unsweetened coconut, almond, or cashew milk
      • 1/2 frozen banana and/or 1/4 avocado
      • 1-2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs or Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
      • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or raw, local honey
      • 3-4 ice cubes
      • Optional dairy: add 1/4 cup coconut, Greek, or whole yogurt
      • Optional extra protein: add scoop of your preferred vegan protein powder (may need to add 1/4 cup water)

      Directions: 

      Add all ingredients in a blender, blend,

      serve and enjoy!

      Tip: turn into a milkshake!!! After blending all

      ingredients, let sit in the freezer for about 1 hour for

      a frosty mint shake! You can also pour “batter” into

      ice cubes until all the way frozen, then add more

      coconut milk and re-blend, or add all blended

      ingredients into an ice-cream maker.

      When it comes to motherhood, it can be hard for us mamas to take care of ourselves before anyone else, especially our children. It’s important for us to remember that we need to treat our bodies and our minds just as well as we treat our family’s. I take care of me for my son, and I start within.

      SimplyBiotix is running a “Taking Care of Us” campaign, and I couldn’t relate to it more. Probiotics are one of my favorite things when it comes to gut health. I’ve recently been diagnosed with endometriosis, and for the last year have suffered from ruptured ovarian cysts. The cysts, which were once “functional cysts” have now begun to form as “complex,” which basically means instead of being filled with fluid, they are filled with a mass or blood…scary. I’ve seen countless doctors, both eastern and western medicine, and one thing that have ALL said the same….overall health starts with good gut health. And you know what each one has recommended? A probiotic.

      “Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called ‘good’ or ‘helpful’ bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy” (webMD, 2017). 

       

      The past few years have definitely been filled with change, stress, emotions, ups, downs, and basically everything in between. I’ve learned just how mandatory it is for my body AND my soul that I start taking care of better care of myself. As a single mom, I don’t have much “free time;” I mean, who does?! But, if there’s one easy way I can start to take care of my gut (with the benefits of other perks, too), it’s happily adding a probiotic into my daily routine.

      Thanks to SimplyBiotix, you can read more about probiotics and learn more about their benefits here. Below is an outline of 10 good reasons to take probiotics via Simply Biotix:

       

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      10 Benefits of Probiotics

      1. Digestive Issues/IBS

      Probiotics are known for treating all kinds of digestive issues including diarrhea and excessive gas and bloating. Probiotics fix the balance of gut bacteria you need for more functional digestion. No one has time for diarrhea or abdominal pain.

      2. Immunity & Colds/Flu

      Supporting the beneficial bacteria in our guts is crucial for immune function. Beneficial bacteria minimize toxic byproducts of bad bacteria in our bowels, which in turn help to block pathogens and other toxins from being reabsorbed into our bodies…and making us very, very sick!

      3. Weight Loss

      The bacteria in our guts influence how we break down foods and absorb nutrients, so a healthy gut means a healthier metabolism. In addition, gut bacteria can influence our food cravings, making us want ice cream over some healthy fruit.

      4. Oral Health

      Our intestines aren’t the only place that bacteria populate, they’re in our mouths too. Probiotics can reduce oral diseases, throat infections, tooth decay, AND bad breath. If mints aren’t doing the trick, try a probiotic lozenge or gum!

      5. Mood

      Why do we think certain moods cause “butterflies” in our stomachs? The connection between our brains and our guts is evident. If our gut bacteria aren’t balanced, our brains won’t be either. Probiotics can aid in treating depression, anxiety, anger, and even ADHD.

      6. Brain Function

      We find ourselves having trouble with focus and concentration on our day-to-day tasks. Well, our gastrointestinal tract is linked to our brain by the vagus nerve, so for our brains to work properly, so must our digestive systems. A healthy digestive system provides us with the nutrients needed for healthy brain function.

      7. Healthy Skin

      When our digestive systems aren’t working very efficiently, wastes can be expelled in other ways, such as through our skin. Probiotics can help eliminate that problem so these toxins are removed through our gastrointestinal tracts rather than through our pores, causing acne and other skin issues.

      8. Allergies

      When our immune system overreacts to an allergen, we suffer from allergies. Both allergies and the immune system have been connected to digestive issues and unbalanced gut bacteria. Probiotics may help reduce allergy symptoms. A benefit of probiotics seen in infants is improved eczema symptoms when mothers take probiotics during pregnancy.

      9. Heart Health

      Probiotic bacteria produce vitamins that your heart needs to stay strong and healthy as well as keep our arteries clear. After we eat food, the bacteria living in our gut produces chemicals that are absorbed into our blood stream. These chemicals support the health of our blood vessels and heart.

      10. Urinary and Vaginal Health

      Beneficial bacteria also reside in the urinary tract and vagina. Without them, excessive pathogenic bacteria and yeast will grow, causing all kinds of uncomfortable issues we just do NOT want to deal with. Taking probiotics can keep the pH balance of the urinary tract and vagina slightly acidic so we don’t have to worry about that.

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      SimplyBiotix is a probiotic line offering the following products:

      • Gutsy
        • Kid-friendly
        • Berry burst flavor
        • Fast melting probiotic powder; no need for water (you take it like a pixie stick – but we cannot say pixie stick)
        • Easy, on-the-go way to get your daily dose of probiotics
        • Supports digestive health and immune health
      • Oral & Sinus
        • Cinnamon flavored lozenge
        • Helps with bad breath
        • Supports ear, nose and throat health, oral health and immune health
        • Many people aren’t aware that probiotics aren’t just for your gut – probiotics live in your mouth too. We also need to promote good bacteria to balance out the bad bacteria, which will result in fresh breath
        • Sugar-free and kid-friendly
      • Gut Health
        • Supports digestive health and immune health
        • This supplement was developed with BIO-Tract Technology. This innovative delivery system protects the 2 billion live cultures of 7 beneficial probiotic strains in Gut Health to ensure these “good” bacteria survive so they arrive in your gut alive.
          • Customers need to be aware of the products they buy – some probiotic products don’t guarantee survival of good bacteria by the time they arrive in your gut and thus is no longer beneficial for them to take!
      • Max Strength
        • Supports digestive health, immune health and women’s vaginal & urinary health
        • Probiotic for those who need extra support
        • This supplement was developed with BIO-Tract Technology
          • Protects the live bacteria from “lava-like” gastric acid in the stomach while also ensuring the live bacteria are evenly distributed to help replenish the health bacteria in your entire digestive tract.

       

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      How do YOU take care of YOU so you can take care of your family?


      This blog post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. 

      This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Simply Biotix. The opinions and text are all mine.

       

       

       

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      It’s been just about a year since I’ve been a medical guinea pig. I’ve seen specialist after specialist and have had just about every test run to try and figure out why I was having (and am still having) such horrible, chronic right-sided pelvic pain. After a long road leading me to a laparoscopic surgery in June, I was diagnosed with endometriosis and ovarian cysts. After my surgery, I felt okay for about three weeks before my same symptoms came right back. And now, they are worse than ever, affecting my daily life, spirit, and well-being (and other organs).

      My friends and family have been as supportive as they know how to be, and after many conversations filled with tears and hugs and the saying “We just want you to get better, Shell,” we’ve all set up a fundraising page to help raise money toward my medical bills. It’s been completely overwhelming seeing how costly a chronic illness is, and how much isn’t covered by insurance.

      Thank you to my loving friends who gave me the courage to accept the idea of a YouCaring fundraising page (same as a GoFund me page, but there is less interest) so I can hopefully be on the way to my next surgery making me feel better. This has been a long road since my endometriosis + GI diagnoses, and everyone who knows me (and myself!) are eager for me to get my life – and my body – BACK. You can click here to leave a note or donate if you wish; at this point, every little bit helps. Feel free to share this link:

      https://www.youcaring.com/shelleycameron-963879

      Thank you so much to everyone who’s kept loving on me, supporting me, and praying for me!

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      xoxo

      If you want to learn more about endometriosis, you can read one of my articles here or this emotional Instagram post with over 100 comments regarding this awful disease.