5 direct to market products I am LOVING

5 direct to market products I am LOVING

As the pandemic became more and more real last year I noticed more and more people gravitating to direct marketing businesses. Some joining companies because they were trying to figure out how to make ends meet, some because they had more time to focus during shuts downs and some I think because they always wanted to; however, with that silly stigma that goes along with it, they didn’t do it, but now seeing so many others doing it….well, they thought why not?

As I saw this happening I decided I was going to make a commitment to engage and support these businesses. It really is no different than buying from your local coffee shop, boutique or grocery store. This is a time where many people need help and if I can help by purchasing products then that’s what I’m going to do. I remember back when I tried out direct sales with a couple different companies and I honestly did not have support – most recognizably from friends and family. And you know what? That sucks! Over the last five or six months I’ve found many new companies and products that I really love! Here are just a few that I want to share with you all today.

1. Dream on Dreamer Journal

This was one of the first things I purchased. I knew I needed to have some sort of outlet to really just “brain dump” in the morning or evening. I had started on regular notebook paper and scrap paper here and there, but then it didn’t continue. When I saw this journal I was like okay, I am going to buy a dedicated journal, that’s pretty, and it will hopefully motivate me to keep writing. You know what? It did the trick! Sits on my nightstand to be grabbed at any time and it’s just a constant flow of writing. Aside from that – this company’s mission is just beyond amazing in my opinion.

2. Me+ology

This is the product that gave me the itch to give direct marketing one more go. Did you know you can get PERSONALIZED supplements? Yeah, me neither! I don’t know about you, but personalized anything really speaks to me – especially when it comes to health and wellness. Everyone’s body and mind is different, so it’s silly to think we should all be taking the same things. I took a quick quiz that a friend of mine sent me, got my recommendations, tried it for a month and I was hooked! I paired this with an adjustment in my nutrition – also recommendation from this same friend – and I can’t tell you how much better I have felt. Energy, mood, stress management, ease in ailments specific to me…. #winning

3. Ergonomic Toilet Brush

Yes, you read that correctly. A toilet brush made my list. But you all – this one is the bomb and here’s why. It dries quickly in it’s holder so no stagnant toilet water sitting at the bottom or on the brush, my bathroom doesn’t smell like pee any more because my brush isn’t gross , it has an extra little pieces built in to get up under the rim better AND it looks pretty darn good sitting next to the toilet. Now when you get your be sure to get one for each bathroom – it just makes sense. You’ll thank me later.

4. Super-Chocolate

Healthy habits are important to be, but so is chocolate!  This is why I rarely cut it out entirely from my diet, allowing myself to have that craving and satisfy it is actually what helps me stay on track.    Why is this chocolate special?  Because it is clean, includes components that could help with metabolism, lower in calories and most important,  it tastes good! Dark chocolate with mint, dark chocolate tangerine and milk chocolate peanut butter are ones to not miss!

5. Mineral Rich Peeling Gel

An exfoliating dream. As a person that has struggled with blackheads my entire life from a young age I’m always searching for a good exfoliating product. Also works great on my rough, disgusting feet! Why do I love this in particular? Natural, safe, non toxic chemicals. Never tested on animals and my favorite part? You can actually see it working. Totally legit – I need to get you all a video.

I have more on my list that I want to try – will be trying. I’ll be sure to share! Make sure you let me know if you try any of these – love to hear what you think. Happy shopping, supporting and trying new things!

with health and happiness – April😘

Why adding quality supplements is a good idea

Why adding quality supplements is a good idea

We all know supplements exist. But why are they a good idea? Do we really need them? What happened to getting our nutrients by eating a balanced diet – isn’t that we learned about in first grade through the food pyramid? I have found that even if we follow “the perfect” balanced diet – we probably still need to supplement some things. Here’s a few reasons why.

Lifestyle Factors

1. Our eating habits suck, leading to poor gut health

Raise your hand if you HAVEN’T heard about how important gut health it is. I mean – it’s everywhere, so I shouldn’t be seeing too many hands. When your gut isn’t in shape – nutrients cannot absorb into your body efficiently and effectively.

2. More stressors out there than ever before

Hello life in a pandemic! See number one. Stress can cause poor gut health. Aside from that – it is possible that stress lessens the amount of vital nutrients in your body such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

3. Not so great habits

It has been found that smoking and drinking alcohol may reduce the amount of vitamin C that is in your body. Smokers actually need twice as much vitamin C as a non-smoker

4. OTC and Rx drugs

If you take aspirin on a semi-regular basis you’re going to need more vitamin C. If you’re on antibiotics you’ll want to up your B vitamins and get some probiotics in you, if you don’t already. Doing hormone replacement therapy taking birth control pills? Add B6, B12, folic acid and zinc to your routine.

Environmental Factors

1. Not all soil is created equal

If foods grow “just okay” in a type of soil or if they’re grown in land that has been farmed a million times over, they may have a reduction in nutrients.

2. Hybrid crops

You can find hybrid crops in many places including organic farms. Hybrid crops are great because they provide more food per acre – more food to feed the world, which is NEVER an issue. But it has been found that these type of crops have a lower volume of nutrients.

3. Fertilizer has changed

The fact is natural fertilizer has been replaced greatly by man-made fertilizers. Again , this is great because they include the right elements to grow a healthy plant; however, they do lack other nutrients that are found in things like manure that transfer to the foods we eat. Now – had I not read this I would never have known. Growing up and living in Wisconsin – manure is quite the staple. I have a farm directly behind me and I am here to tell you – my windows are NOT open a whole lot. Especially when it starts to warm up…fresh baked cow pie is not exactly what I want my kitchen to smell like!

Importance of Quality Supplements

Now we know that our body is missing out on essentials; this is where we make a change and support our body with the nutrition it needs through quality supplements. I will repeat that again because it’s SO important….take QUALITY supplements; not just anything you find on the shelf. Think about it…garbage in garbage out PLUS now you’ve spent money on something that’s done nothing or very little for you, then you get frustrated and try the next and the next…now you’ve just TRIPLED what you would’ve spent on something quality in the first place. (We are currently living this experience in the form of counter stools for our kitchen).

I hope this helped shed some light on why we should look at introducing supplements into our diet.

That being said there’s about 5 gazillion types and brands out there… it’s overwhelming. Because I have dug into this world already , I’d love to save you some time and money .

Allow me to help you understand which specific ones are right for you and why. I’m only an email or comment away!

with health and happiness … April 😘

White Bean Greek Pitas (no cooking required)

White Bean Greek Pitas (no cooking required)

Y’all! I LOVE this new recipe I tried just last night and can’t wait to share it with you! I’ve been doing less meat lately, so I set out to find some plant based protein dishes. Here’s the latest.

What you need

(I do the majority of my shopping at Aldi via Instacart!)

The Sauce:

  • 1/2 c non-fat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

The Filling

  • 1 can cannellini or great northern white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 c feta cheese (I choose reduced fat)
  • 1/2 c peeled and chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 c. halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 c sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbps olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Holding it together:

  • Pita Flatbread (3)
  • Toothpicks

Let’s do this!

Start with the sauce. Mix all three ingredients together and set aside in the fridge to soak up the garlic and lemon goodness. I suggest using a dish you have a lid for to easily store leftovers

Next, prep where you need to. ie: chopping cucumber, onion, tomatoes, etc.

Time saver tip: buy minced garlic and Kalamata olives that are already sliced ready to go

Grab a medium sized bowl – again – having a lid is helpful, so you don’t need to dirty another dish to save any leftovers. Take all the filling items and mix ’em up. Easy peasy.

Time to assemble! Take one pita and spread with about a third of the garlic yogurt sauce. Then take about a third of the filling and place on one side. Fold in half and you are ready to eat!

I cut mine in half and secured with a toothpick. Then served with some fresh fruit. One of my fave meals yet!

Try it out! Let me know what you think? Did you add your own twist to it? I want to know!

😘

Ease the tension…at home

Ease the tension…at home

Who out there could benefit from massage therapy? I’m guessing a lot of you. And who wants work around a schedule, pre-plan and head out to a public place and pay $100 + a month? This was not practical for me and I’m guessing maybe not for some of you either. What if I told you, you can get massage therapy benefits at home, consistently, for one investment of 50 bucks or less? Let me tell you how. The solution to your sore muscles, back pain, neck tension, migraines, etc…..Get yourself a foam roller! ( I also want to preface this with I ADORE my chiropractic care doctor and my massage therapist; have not been replaced – just supplemented – shout out to Heidi and Caleb!)

What and Why?

You literally use a cylinder made from foam to massage your muscles by laying on it in different positions and roll back and forth. You can get them at sporting goods stores, Amazon and if you belong to a gym – they may even sell them. I’ve had mine for gosh….12 years? It’s been super glued and wrapped in duct tape to keep it together, but I’m not letting it go! Why? Because it relieves so much tension exactly when and where I need it. Let’s say I have a tension headache (I work at a computer 8 hours+ a day, so it happens), I can feel it in the back of my head – I just need some relief! Instead having to find an open appointment for a massage or chiropractor visit and possibly wait a few days, I can grab my foam roller and ease the tension immediately (then follow up as needed with my chiropractor and/or massage therapist)

Now, I’m not a physical therapist, I’m not a doctor and do not claim to be either of those, but I can tell you it works for me. I put my neck on the roller where my trigger point is, roll to massage and I feel a release that in turn helps with my headaches. You know the phrase, hurts so good? Well this is what foam rolling is like for some. Here’s a more professional statement from an article on “Request Physical Therapy.” “

“Foam rolling can reduce some discomfort you feel due to delayed onset muscle soreness, and it can help improve your range of motion. When combined with static stretching, a foam roller can be a formidable force towards flexibility and muscle recovery. “

When is a good time to roll?

In my experience – first thing in the morning and before bed, consistently, seems to help. I also try to remember to roll prior to working out – it does help warm up the muscles; much like stretching does. Same for post-workout – helps to include it in your cool down. Other times I find it helpful is if I’m having headaches or muscle pain. Example – I woke up one morning and for whatever reason my back muscles were seriously killing me. Just so tight, not sure if I slept wrong or what. When I finally got myself out of bed and moving, I reached for my roller. I laid back and just went over the whole length of my back and man….could I feel a release right away! Little bit of creaking and cracking too ….After about five minutes of that I then did some stretching and walked around a bit. I can tell you – made all the difference in the world. Tension minimized and I was able to go about my day and do my workout – something I was actually considering skipping due to the pain I woke up with.

How do I use this thing?

So you have this roller or “home chiro-masseuse” as I like to call it. Now, what do I do with it? It is extremely important, as with any exercise or stretch to do it correctly so you do not hurt yourself. Since again, I am not in the medical field, and am a one woman show – do not have a studio, cameras, lighting to show you myself; I’m going to direct you to the resources below.

8 Foam Rolling Moves

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/foam-rolling-how-to

Recommendations

High Density (what I use daily)

Deep Tissue (the husband’s preference)

Share with me

Do you have a foam roller? Do you use it regularly? I want to hear from you!

Are you a first timer and purchased one recently or plan to? I want to hear from you!

We all learn by sharing, so please allow me learn from you.

😘

Routine shapes the day

Routine shapes the day

Rise and shine it’s morning time! How many of you are that perky when you get up? I am some days, today was not one of those days, but because I had my routine of what gets me on the path to a successful day, it was easy for me to turn myself around. Here are a few tips on getting your routine started and what I do with mine.

Get up

Obvious, right? But there’s more to it than that. For instance you want to get up around same time each day; within 10 minutes I’d say. Especially if it’s a day where you need to do things at a specific time. The longer they lay there, the more irritated your’re going to be because you now don’t have enough time to pack in everything you need to in your busy schedule. For me this is around 5am and I try VERY hard not to smash that snooze button. Example – husband was a bit flustered and cranky before he left for working this morning because he his his snooze one too many times – not a fun way to start your day. A while back I learned a very effective tip from motivational speaker, author Mel Robbins. When you know you need to get up count backwards from 5. 5…4…3…2…1….. LIFTOFF! That’s going to help spring you out of bed because that’s the exciting way to launch a shuttle and in this case yourself. Try it.

Must-dos first

We all have certain things we need to do in the morning especially if we have children or pets. Take care of their needs first because if you don’t….guess who will me interrupting your “me time” which comes next? First thing I do is let the woofers out (my 2 dogs) because Lord knows I don’t need any accidents to clean up in the morning. Then it’s time to feed them and the cat along with giving them all their supplements. Yes, even my animals take supplements! I mean, they’re family, right? Then it’s on to the kids. They are early risers so typically they’re up. My are young – almost eight and five – so they still need guidance in the morning. I make sure I get their breakfast ready so they can eat OR they eat when they do get up. My son for example, my son has a protein smoothie every morning Either chocolate pumpkin or chocolate peanut butter. I get that made up and put it in the fridge. Now my daughter is up with me about 98% of the time in the morning and she is HAN-GRY! So I set her up with whatever she’s feeling that day. From there I tell her (every morning) okay, I’m going to workout; I need you to please wash up, get dressed and brush your teeth as soon as you’re done eating before you watch a show you like or play on your tablet for a bit before school. This has been routine enough for her in the last year that she does a great job at following directs; however, I do need to repeat myself every day and not just expect her to know what to do. Easy peasy.

You time

We finally made it to some time for ourselves! And when I say time for ourselves I don’t mean rush around getting ready for work, doing the laundry, dishes, vacuuming (yes, I’ve been known in my past life to vacuum at 6am). What mellows you out? What is something that feels good to start your day with? Is it sitting down with the newspaper? Is it reading through affirmations? or maybe it’s sitting in your room, in the quiet while sipping on a cup of coffee or tea writing in your journal. For me, it’s working out. Now that the must-dos are done, I can go down to my basement and get a good workout in with minimal interruptions. And I make myself do it even if I’m not really feeling it that day – why? Because the endorphins you release during a workout are Ah-mazing! Really get those happy vibes going to start the day. After that it’s protein , greens and supplement time to re-fuel my body and keep those happy vibes going. Head over to my SHOP page to see what I use on the daily.

On with it

Now it’s time to move on with the rest of your day! Whether that’s a continued routine or maybe it’s different day by day, at least the hard part is done – you’ve gotten up and laid a foundation. Your mind and body knows exactly what to expect and will welcome the reassurance of a routine. Having even just an hour of stability in your day – totally worth it.

I want to know

Do you have a morning routine? What do you do for your ‘me time.” I want to know! And if your answer is nothing then I hope you’ve gotten a few ideas to start implementing as soon as tomorrow – and THEN tell me about it 😘