Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Healthy, Delicious XOcai chocolate

A few months ago, a good friend told me about a chocolate company that her aunt owned and was planning on re-launching it in the near future and wanted me to get on board before it went BIG. I went to a meeting, ate some chocolate and signed up. I will admit, I did it mostly because she is my friend and it was her family's company and I thought it would be great to start at the top. My family and  I  have been eating the chocolate for a few months now and  I can tell you that it is great chocolate and has made a difference in the way we feel and eat. I have way more energy, don't get my headaches that I used to get, and I sleep better. My husbands knee doesn't hurt him like it used to. My daughters skin rashes have cleared up and we haven't gotten sick this winter. Since we eat the chocolate, we don't crave sweets like we use to and I have even lost a few pounds because I am not eating a dessert EVERY night like before! I know, it sounds crazy that ALL this could come from eating chocolate. But I will tell you why, this chocolate is COLD PRESSED, non-alkalized, Antioxidant-rich cacao! This chocolate is made with Belgian chocolate and is infused with a special blend of Acai, Cocoa, and Blueberry powders. All you have to do is google the amazing benefits of acai, cocoa and blueberries to be convinced that this chocolate is incredible.
Total flavonoids: recent studies on cacao have concluded that best results were obtained by consuming daily 600-900mg of Total Flavonoids, plant based antioxidants that help the body's cells resist damage by free radicals. XOcai X Power squares have an astounding 1740mg of Total Flavonoids PER serving!! You would have to eat 5 pounds of grapes, or 23 cups of spinach to get the same amount that are in 3 PIECES of X Power squares! Starting to see why we have felt better?!

I could seriously go on and on about the benefits of dark chocolate, such as heart health benefits, helps protect your skin against the sun, and can actually help your health, but that would be a super long post.

Interested? Check out my website: and see if there is an option that you would like. Its great chocolate and you might be surprised at the price tag, but it adds up to the same price of buying a really good (not the best) chocolate bar a day. I am here to say its WAY easier than eating over 20 cups of spinach a day!

Friday, November 21, 2014

How to become a Spark Naturals affiliate!

I love essential oils and use them everyday for something. Sometimes its for something major and sometimes its just diffusing them. I love all great quality pure oils but Spark oils stood out to me because I know they are 100% pure, so affordable and I don't have to sign up for a monthly auto ship to get them. I can just go to the website online and order, its to easy and convenient! Not only do I have access to high quality oils without having to sign up for anything….but becoming an affiliate with the company has afforded me a financial increase I am so glad to have. If you are interested in how you too can make essential oils “work” for you, or if you've been looking for an opportunity to earn some extra money, I highly recommend that you continue reading.

In addition to offering a website where we can order essential oils without any strings attached, Spark Naturals also offers the opportunity, for those who are interested, to earn an income while sharing their love of EO’s with friends, family and beyond. The Spark Natural Affiliate Program is a straight-forward marketing method similar to the one that was pioneered by Amazon.
In a nutshell, the way affiliate marketing works is this:  you share a product with people and if people buy that product, you get compensated, period. No pressure to perform from an upline, no minimums or monthly auto-ship orders. 
This graphic gives you a general idea of how affiliate marketing works:
How Affiliate Marketing Works
The exciting thing about the Spark Naturals affiliate program is that you don’t have to have your own website to share the products (although it’s definitely a great way to!)
When you become a Spark Naturals affiliate you will receive your own unique coupon code to share (mine is NONI) that not only takes 10% off any order, but anytime anyone uses it, you get a commission. Spark Naturals keeps track of everything and sends you a check every month based on your sales. It’s just that easy! 
You don’t have to have a blog or a large social media following, just share your discount code, along with your enthusiasm for EO’s! You can make as much or as little out of the opportunity as you want. I have been able to share my love of essential oils and get paid to do so! Being a Spark Naturals affiliate has given me opportunity and peace of mind that are impossible to put a price on! 
So, how to get started!? Again, Spark Naturals has made it very simple. Click on the link below to apply online. There is an annual membership fee of $25.00 to cover processing and ongoing affiliate support to help make your business successful.

Spark Naturals Affiliate Application

                                  I hope you consider starting with this great affiliate program! 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY closet that isn't that hard!

We have all seen those DIY closets on Pinterest saying how easy it is, right? Well I am happy to say that it kinda was, once you figure out what you want. So we moved in our 'new' house and the first rooms we worked on was the girls'. They had been sleeping in our room and that got old real fast. We started out using the closet that was in there but quickly discovered that it just wasn't going to cut it. Sorry, old, 100 pound, metal pipe used as a hanging rod, you had to go. L. is always so busy at work that I decided that if I wanted it done soonish, I was going to have to do it myself. I was going to build all the shelves but we lucked out and found the perfect shelf that was $50 at the recycle center that we decided would be waaay easier.

This is the before shot from my phone

I made four hanging compartments. One for dresses, one for skirts and two for their shirts. Also there is enough space under the shirts for when they get bigger. (don't mind my knobless dresser, it was getting a makeover too)

The middle section is the shelf we bought and just painted it and screwed it to the wall  then added the other shelves on the side and put one piece of MDF shelf right on the top of it. I love the added charm the legs that are on the shelf give. And can't believe how perfect it worked!

Put some hooks in for necklaces that are too long or bulky for their jewelry boxes.

The supports under the MDF are 2 1/2 inches and I got 3 from the $.99 rack at the Home Depot. The shelves aren't caulked yet, I put a lamp in there for light, but am going to change it out for something smaller and I will need access to it. 

These are just those MDF shelves that you can get at the Home Depot and measure 13 inches and the rods are away from the wall 11 inches. I also bought 4 closet rods for $9 dollars each.

I loved making it and people are surprised when I tell them that I made it myself. All you need is a level, screw gun, screws, a hand held saw and determination! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY Faux Peony Arrangement

I promised that I would do a DIY on making a faux flower arrangement awhile ago and I can't believe it took me this long since its SOOOO easy! I was looking in on of those amazing high end mags and saw a pretty peony arrangment and wanted it so bad but at $69+ it wasn't going to happen! I knew I could make one for alot cheaper so off to the store I went. I made these 3 for under $30, booyah!! I got the Quick Water and silks from Michales. Micahaels has the best selection of faux flowers that look so real and they have any flower your little heart desires! I will let the pictures do the talking!

Here is what you will need: pliers to cut your flowers, Quick Water Simulated Water for silks, vases and flowers* for your arrangement, a container that you can throw away when you are done, a stick to stir and paper towels just in case you make a mess.

I would suggest figuring out your arrangement first, get it perfect. The Quick Water comes with two parts, A & B

Slowly pour in part A and then part B 

Slowly stir so you don't get bubbles. Stir until it looks clear and the streaks/cloudiness are/ is gone.

Pour "water" into vases, try to pour straight down and don't get it on the sides, if you do, wipe it with your paper towel.I filled 3 different sized vases.

Carefully arrange your flowers, try not to let the stems touch the sides.

Put them in a safe spot and let them dry, and you are done!! I let mine dry for 24 hours.

Wasn't that EASY?! And they last a heck of a lot longer than real ones! (I may have gone overboard with how many I made, but I ended up using them as gifts, which was perfect!)

*I used my 50% off coupon!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Ever heard of dry brushing? Yeah me neither until I started digging into treatments for cellulite. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it's fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. After all, your skin is your biggest organ.The method itself is super easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Here are four things you need to know about dry skin brushing.

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can -- and should -- be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don't get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don't brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red. 

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You'll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. Its awesome because it's one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things you can do for promoting healthy skin.

Here are some great natural options:

So you brush, shower and then lather on lotion. Since your pores are now open and cleared, I would suggest a lotion with natural, simple ingredients. Your body absorbs 60-80% of what ever you put on it, so you don't want your body sucking up all those hormone disrupting chemicals. I use good ol' coconut oil with a few drops of essential oils mixed in, usually lavender and geranium since they are both so good for your skin. I let it absorb for a few minutes while doing my hair, etc. I am trying to do it everyday and already notice a difference in my skin. It feels softer and smoother. Hopefully the cellulite will improve as well if I keep doing it! What do you think, think you would try it?
                 Essential oils from Spark Naturals and use coupon code: wonderlust to save 10%!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Easy Halloween Decor Part II

Round II of Halloween Decor. These are from my sisters house, very different than mine, but still easy and cute ideas!

   The spider web table cover is from Potterybarn. Black cake stands and hand are from our local grocery store. Pottery barn has a similar orange glass pumpkin.

              She spray painted random bottles a flat black and added stickers and wine corks to them.

Wine bottles with sticker labels.   

The knock-off Potterybarn Halloween banner I made for her. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easy Halloween Decor

There are alot of really awesome ideas out there for Halloween. So much stuff you can buy and everything you see on Pinterest. Sometimes I almost get overwhelmed because I want to do everything I see! I usually don't go out and buy a bunch of stuff, I like to use what I already have and then get some pumpkins or dried leaves or corn stalks. Of course I do DIYs as well, pretty much everything. Here is some of my decor this year.

                                                        Simple pumpkins outside

            I found some images online, printed them out, and framed them in old, thrifted frames.

Pretty wine bottles that I glued labels to.

                                                                Branches from outside

                                                                       Another print out

               My daughter put this up when I wasn't looking and I loved it, and thought it was quite fitting.

                                            I bought these a few years ago on clearance.

Apples that we picked.

                                                         Pumpkins, squash and dried sunflowers

So its quite eclectic, a little bit of everything. What do you like to do?