Friday, February 2, 2018

Young Living Starter Kit

One of the recommendations I've had for my fibromyalgia was to try some holistic methods such as vitamins and essential oils.  I've used a variety of oils from places like Whole Foods or Amazon, but Young Living has always been a company I've wanted to check out.  This week I finally got the chance to grab a Starter Kit, which I wanted to share with you all.
Below I've listed what came in my Premium Starter Kit, along with pictures, so you can get an idea of how many products you get all for $160.  The price may seem steep, but you get a full sized diffuser and 11 essential oils to start you out.  That's not including all the extras!

Young Living Premium Starter Kit
with Dessert Mist Diffuser

The Premium Starter Kit Includes:
  • Dew Drop Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
Top Tray: Young Living Essential Oil Collection
Bottom Tray: NingXia samples, rollerball,
Stress Away, sample bottles, Share It cards, oil samples

I'm super excited about the Lavender and Stress Away for relaxing (hello, rollerballs!) and the PanAway for my fibromyalgia.  Updates will be included here as I try these out more!

Check out Young Living online here.  If you would like to sign up for your own Starter Kit, I'd love for you to shop with me via my affiliate link here.

Leave any questions you have below.  I would also love to hear your favorite Young Living products to use, or any diffuser recipes/combos you love!

Disclaimer:  Young Essential Oils did not pay me or provide compensation for this post.  All products were bought by me, with my own money.  Claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  I am not a medical professional, nor should my statements be evaluated as medical advice.  Use essential oils as directed on instructions, labels, etc.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Disney World Haul - September 2017

We went to Disney World in Florida in October of 2017 and I wanted to share our family haul!  I will try to share the shops or places we got them at if possible as well.

If you're a Disney fan, check out JAMBeauty89's channel, who does a lot of Disney Vlogs and Hauls on YouTube.  I saw a few of these items in her hauls, so I had to scope them out while we were there.  Check out her channel here if you're a Disney or a beauty channel fan and her husband Tyler's travel vlogs on his channel here.

Monsters University Hat - Adult (The Chapeau Hat Shoppe - Magic Kingdom)
Minnie Mouse Sparkle Hat - Kids (Outpost Cart - Entrance, Animal Kingdom)
Chef Mickey Cookbook (Main Street Confectionary {connected to Chapeau} - Magic Kingdom)
Elsa and Anna Flip Doll (The Puffin's Roost - Norway Pavilion - Epcot)
Lady Stuffed Animal (The Marketplace - Disney Beach Club Resort)
Olaf Mug (The Puffin's Roost - Norway Pavilion - Epcot)
Disney Pin Lanyard (The Marketplace - Disney Beach Club Resort)
Pooh and Tigger Pin (Pin Cart - Canada - Epcot)
Lady and the Tramp Pin (Pin Cart - Canada - Epcot)


Elsa Flip Doll, Olaf Mug, Chef Mickey Cookbook
MU Hat, Mickey Hat, Pins and Lanyard
While walking around the Grand Floridian before our reservation at Cítricos, we stopped in at Basin White and picked up three of their Bath Bombs.  They smell amazing and I am waiting to use them in our new house we're building.

Mickey - fresh scent with Mickey Mouse confetti
Birthday Cake - sweet scent, sprinkle filled
Wishes - sandalwood, freesia flower, & champagne

I meant to grab the Mickey Pumpkin Mug, and I regret not getting it now.  I was going to order it on the app, but it sold out before I got a chance.  Next time!  The few items from the app we did pick up were:

Sully Mug
Mrs. Potts and Chip Ornament
Collapsable Measuring Cups
Mickey Hand Measuring Spoons
Pocahontas Fashion Play Set

Let me know below what your favorite purchases and hauls from Disney below.  Also, I love finding new Disney Vloggers so leave your favorites below!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Craft | Kids Thanksgiving Hand-some Turkey

After seeing some cute Turkey day crafts on Pinterest, Baby Beauty and I decided to make these Thankful Thanksgiving Turkeys the other day, so I wanted to share how we made them.  The method I used below makes four sets of Tom Turkey.


Kid's Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
copyright BeautyFreckled

Materials:
- 1 Glue Stick - we used Elmer's Disappearing Purple
- Construction Paper - 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 brown, black, 1 white, plus 2 sheets more in a color of your choice for the backing
- 1 Sharpie
Kid's Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
copyright BeautyFreckled

Instructions:
- Fold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple pieces of construction paper into fourths.
- Trace your child's hand on each color of the rainbow down towards the bottom.
- Cut out the hands.
- Draw Tom the Turkey on the brown paper and cut him out.
- Draw slightly bigger eyes on the white paper, and smaller pupils for the eyes on the black paper.  Cut them out.
- Draw Tom's feet on orange paper and cut them out.
- Assemble each Tom Turkey by fanning out the colors as his plumes behind him, and have the child glue them to his toushie.
- Cut out a heart shape from a piece of construction paper folded in fourths, and glue it to the back of Tom, covering the back of the hands.  I think this looks cute as his back "tail feathers" and kind of acts as his bum.
- On the heart, write who or what they are thankful for - we liked to write names like Grandparents, or Cousins, or Godparents that related to who we were gifting them to.
- Don't forget to add your child's name, their age, and the year they made them so you can watch their little hands grow over the years.


Kid's Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
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Your Thanksgiving craft is complete!  Now go eat some Apple Pie (and try it with a piece of sharp cheddar - it's a fun family tradition of ours).

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook | Review

If you browse your Facebook feed, you are sure to have noticed how recipes by Skinnytaste are shared and reposted a ton.  You may also be a fan of the original blog by Skinnytaste.  I got a chance to check out a copy of the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you.

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The cookbook is broken into these sections: Healthy Mornings; Chilis, Soups and Stews; One Bowl Meals; Zoodles, Squashta, Pasta, and Sauce; Taco Night; Poultry Mains; Meat Lover Mains; Fish and Seafood Mains; Meatless Mains; On the Side; and The Sweeter Side.

The whole idea behind the cookbook is that the recipes are ones you can either make FAST (like on a weeknight or in a pinch) or in a SLOW cooker (which most still don't take long to dump in there).  Not to mention, all these recipes are healthy since that is the brain child behind Skinnytaste - big on flavor, not on your hips.

Our family made the following recipes from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow:

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
My husband is a huge fan of Mexican food...to the extent that eating Chipotle doesn't scare him in the least, even after all of their negative experiences lately.  So when he said he was craving a burrito bowl, I knew just the ticket!


Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle
When my husband thumbed through the book, he picked this recipe as once he was especially interested in.  


Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Hamburger Stroganoff (Hamburger Helper dupe)
Early in our living together days, we usted to make Hamburger Helper a lot.  It was quick, it was easy, and it was cheap.  Well let me tell you, this was just as easy to dump in the crock pot, didn't cost a ton, and was a hundred times more delish.  Plus it doesn't have all the cruddy additives in it.


Slow Cooker Hamburger Stroganoff
Slow Cooker Hamburger Stroganoff
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Give my husband anything super spicy and he's in heaven, so this was one we had to try out too.  We put them on flour taco shells instead of lettuce leaves, and they still were great.  This is the great thing how you can customize any recipe in this book.

The Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook is simply amazing and I can't wait to keep cooking my way through it.  All of the recipes we tried were definite keepers, and none of them tasted "skinny" or like we were missing out.  We will definitely be working our way through this, cooking up a storm.  I plan on getting her first cookbook, The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor, as well.  I will certainly update the blog on that one as well.

I also wanted to mention, there are a good number of vegetarian recipes in here.  I am not a huge meat eater and found these to be very adaptable as well.  For example, for the burrito bowls, I made the meat for my husband but kept mine strictly veggies.  Keep that in mind if you are vegetarian/vegan and make each recipe your own!



A huge thank you to Skinnytaste for sharing a copy of your new cookbook with me.  I can't wait to see what you come up with next!  Check out Skinnytaste's cookbooks on Amazon here and on their blog here.

Disclosure:  Skinnytaste sent me a copy of Skinnytaste Fast and Slow free of charge for my honest review.  I was not otherwise compensated, paid, etc to state my opinions or say nice things.  All my reviews are 100% honest and the above opinions are solely my own.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Summer Infant 3D lite Convenience Stroller | J.L Childress Cargo N Drinks Parent Tray

When we were planning our recent trip to Disney World in Florida, we knew even though baby Beauty was almost four when we went, all the walking was sure to wear her out.  So then we thought about stroller options.  Renting was out - germaphobe central over here wouldn't love that so much.  Bringing our Baby Jogger City Mini GT or Baby Jogger City Select was also a little scary due to possible theft.


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Solution: An Umbrella Stroller.  Requirements: Nothing over $75, in case it did happen to get stolen, but nothing like a cheap $20 that would give baby girl no support and us backaches from bending over it.

Enter: the Summer Infant 3D lite Convenience Stroller

Stats from Summer Infant's website:
The 3D lite® Convenience Stroller is a durable stroller that has a lightweight and stylish aluminum frame and is one of the lightest and most feature rich convenience strollers on the market. With an easy to fold frame and carry strap, you can be on-the-go or stow and go with ease.


  • Durable, stylish frame (12.0 lbs) with large seat area and 5 point safety harness
  • Anti shock front wheels and lockable rear wheels
  • Multi-position recline
  • Extra large storage basket
  • Adjustable and removable canopy with flip out sun visor
  • Rear storage pocket
  • Easy compact 3-D fold w/ carry strap

  • I ordered the 3D lite in Carribean Blue on Amazon and it came with Prime in two days for only $63 (it's often advertised for $89.99) - so it fit the bill perfectly!

    Summer Infant 3D lite Stroller
    The stroller is super sturdy for the price, and our 30-ish pound daughter fits perfectly.  She isn't squished or cramped at all.  Her feet hit the footrest nicely without her knees being up in her face.  The handles are also at a great height for mom and dad (I am only 5' 0") not being super high, but not having to bend over and break our backs either.

    Storage is pretty good on the 3d lite considering it's an umbrella stroller and the basket is a nice mesh on all sides.  You can't get into the basket if the seat is all the way reclined, but I don't see that being a problem for us. 

    Side View - Summer Infant 3D lite
    A big bonus here is the carrying strap, which not all umbrella-style strollers have.  Getting on and off buses or Monorails at Disney, the carrying strap was a huge seller for us.  There is also a handle that you pull up as you hit the disengage button on the right (with your foot or hand) to fold it.  That handle came in handy to pick it up quickly and get on the bus with it.

    There are four recline positions, but we always kept it upright because baby beauty was too animated and excited in the parks to sleep!

    Summer Infant 3D lite Stroller
    The only downside might be the sunshade not being super huge, because we have been spoiled with the size of the sunshades on the Baby Jogger strollers we have.  This shade is still bigger than those on Graco strollers I've seen, or the Jeep stroller we used to have.  There is no peekaboo window to see baby either but that's a non-issue for us.

    We tried out the 3D lite several times around our block before we went to Disney and baby Beauty loved it!  By the time we went to Disney, she knew how to pull the sun shade over her head when it was too bright for her and hopped in and out easily.  Baby Beauty find it's very comfy and we are all very pleased with it.  This was definitely a great choice for the trip.

    Summer Infant's customer service is also top notch!  I ended up calling them twice as: the first stroller had two same sides of velcro to attach the sun shade; the second stroller they replaced it with had a dirty sunshade.  They replaced the first stroller completely, and replaced the shade the second time.  No questions, and they even knew who I was the second time.  Awesome service; super-friendly people on the phone.  A+ Summer Infant!

    Back of Summer Infant 3D lite - with JL Childress Console
    The stroller does come with a removable cup holder on the right side, which you can move down to the child's level as well (but can't fold it with it attached at that level, just at parent height).  We decided to add our J.L. Childress Parent Console we had on our City Select where it wasn't the best fit.  On the 3D lite it's PERFECT.  It's like it was meant to be on an umbrella stroller.  It was perfect for our waters that we brought into the parks, our EPCOT Food and Wine Passport where we could check off which kiosks we had tried, and sunglasses for Baby Beauty.

    Back of Summer Infant 3D lite stroller
    There is a pocket on the back of the stroller behind our parent console, which is plenty big for keys, cellphone, wallet, etc. if you didn't want to add the console.

    Overall, the Summer Infant 3D lite Convenience Stroller is a great fit for us and for any parent travelling, or just wanting a quicker, lighter stroller for errands that doesn't take up the whole darn trunk!

    Check out the 3D lite here on Amazon!

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo

    I was recently contacted by Maple Holistics to see if I wanted to check out their Tea Tree Shampoo.  Being more of an oily haired gal, of course I had to try it!  Tea Tree Oil is great for oily skin and hair and I used to love the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, so this was bound to be right up my ally!

    Maple Holistics makes products that are all made in the United States, cruelty free, sulfate free, and safe for color.

    The Tea Tree Shampoo by Maple Holistics smells amazing - I have always loved the fresh clean scent of tea tree oil so I was super excited about that aspect.  This is a great pick-me-up any time of day and really invigorates your scalp.


    The shampoo really lathered up well and left my hair soft and silky, but still super clean.  I definitely look forward to that kind of a feeling and don't like my hair being weighed down at all, so this worked out great.  Usually sulfate free shampoo doesn't lather up enough for my liking or get my hair clean enough but this one was great!

    I wish they also offered bigger bottles, because with my thicker hair I would definitely use this bottle quickly.  However, I do love that the products are all natural and holistic.  This is an area of beauty I love talking about and finding new products in, so I was so happy to find this company!
    The company has lots of different formulas for different hair textures, like one with Argan Oil if you need a bit more smoothing, Botanical Therapy for super dry hair, or the tea tree for gentle cleansing.  They also have matching shampoo and conditioner sets.

    To order Maple Holistics' Special Formula Tea Tree Shampoo, check it out here.  Shipping is free on orders over $25 which is a great deal!

    They aslo offer a subscription box that features one shampoo, one conditioner, one essential oil, and a bonus product all for $40 which is a great savings as a bundle.

    I am definately looking forward to checking out more of their products including their oils for hair and skin.

    Disclaimer: Maple Holistics sent me their Tee Tree Shampoo to try out for review purposes only.  I was not otherwise compensated or paid to write this post or to give them a positive review.  BeautyFreckled is about 100% honesty...as always.

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Copycat Saladworks Garden Deluxe Salad

    When we used to live in New Jersey, we used to frequent a salad chain called Saladworks quite often.  Think of Panera, but just focused on salads and soups but where you can pick your ingredients from in front of you a la Subway. 

    When we moved to Massachusetts, the chain is no longer near us, but I still found myself craving their big salads and warm side rolls as a lunch or dinner substitute.  One of my favorite salads was their Garden Deluxe Salad, so I decided to recreate it at home.

    Saladworks Garden Deluxe Salad
    romaine lettuce or spring mix
    broccoli florets
    shredded carrots
    cucumber
    sun dried tomato
    pasta, whole wheat (I omitted this at home)
    dressing - I like Newman's Balsamic

    Place a layer of your desired lettuce in a large bowl.  Add broccoli, carrots, cucumber, sun dried tomato, and pasta (white or wheat) on top.  Add dressing and mix up.


    I have another favorite salad from Saladworks that I am working on recreating soon, so keep your eye out if you liked this post!

    What are your favorite soup and salad places?  Do you have a favorite at Saladworks?