Shred

I have been saying for months now I need to focus on me, my health, and my physical activities. I decided to finally do something about it by doing my first ever Shred10 with JuicePlus+. The Shred10® program is a “do-able jump-start to better health”. While completing the Shred program, there are 10 simple guidelines to follow while focusing on “clean living” and flooding my body with “whole food nutrition”. I followed 9/10 guidelines; this mama needs her daily coffee! My 10 day Shred was July 7th – July 16th.

Day 1-5: July 7th-11th

Day 1 was our first day back from spending time away social distancing at my parents lake cabin. We had limited groceries in the house because of this, so I was unsure how my Day 1 would go. Surprisingly, it went pretty well! I had my daily capsules, a Complete Shake for breakfast and lunch, and I had a salad as my dinner. Day 2 through 5 went just as easy. The only struggle I had was curbing my snacking/desserts. I turned to the Shred recipe book and I made Lemon Coconut protein bites, Complete Cookie dough, and I found a new love for sweet peppers dipped in garlic hummus.

Visit the Shred10 website to learn more about this program

Day 6-10: July 12th-16th

I was not doing this for weight loss but decided to step on that dreaded scale and see if there was a number difference to go along with how I felt. And, to my surprise, there was a 4 lbs difference! I was noticing my clothing fitting a bit different and was contributing it to less bloating because I had decreased my beer/wine intake! But, as I sat back and thought about everything I realized I not only decreased my processed food intake while increasing my whole food intake but I also curbed my snacking drastically. Both clean eating and curbing my snacking are both life choices I plan on continuing after these 10 days.

Along with realizing I dropped 4 lbs, these last 5 days were fun for me because I was able to grocery shop based on the yummy Shred meals from the recipe book. My favorite recipe I made was the Veggie Fried Rice. I made some sweet and sour chicken to go along with it for my husband and daughter. I knew it was a hit because my daughter asked for seconds!

Visit the Shred10 website to learn more about this program

I also increased my activity level these last 5 days by either walking or doing yard work during nap to taking the whole family to the local state park to get our miles in. We had dinner outside of the house once this week and I felt terrible and fatigued the rest of the night for the carb/gluten overload that my body was not used to. I followed up the next day with a Complete Shake for breakfast and lunch, water all day, and a salad for dinner and was amazed at how much better I felt.

Today, July 16th is the end of my 10 days. I weighed myself again and I am down a total of 8lbs since I started and can honestly say I feel great! I was unsure of what to expect when completing this Shred10® but I am happy I did this. I am going to continue replace at least one meals a day with Complete Shakes and limit my gluten intake but not completely eliminate it from my diet because I love the way I feel and want to continue to feel this way.

Have you completed a Shred or a diet change that you are continuing because of the positive change you saw? Share with me because I would love to hear about it. Are you interested in completing a Shred10®? Let me know because we have another 10 days lined up in August and would love for you to join!

S’more Love

Everyone has their go to dessert; their guilty pleasure, and mine is a s’more. As soon as it gets warm out; I go and buy supplies so they are on hand whenever we have a spontaneous bonfire. At times, I have been desperate and ‘roasted’ my marshmallow with a lighter and melted it all together with the microwave! #nojudgement

So, when Chalk Couture came out with this Love You S’more transfer I knew I had to have it.

See how I made this here!

I used the Love You S’more transfer, Bright White, Iced Coffee, Black Velvet, Shimmer Gold Chalkology Pastes, mini squeegees, and a 16″ chalk board I found at a local craft store. I had so much fun creating with this transfer and what I used is only part of the transfer so the projects are endless! You might be asking where the Shimmer Gold is. I was out of Bark Chalkology Paste for the chocolate bar so I mixed Black Velvet and Shimmer Gold together to get the perfect shade of chocolate! That is one thing I love about the Chalkology Paste; the color possibilities are endless since you can mix colors together.

How do you make s’mores? The traditional way (graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate bar) or do you mix it up? I have seen s’mores made with cookies instead of graham crackers and I have seen other candy used instead of the traditional chocolate bar. Share how you make yours because I am always up for a new version of my go to dessert!

CAUSEBOX

“Our Mission is to bring sustainable and ethical products to everyone”

I am an annual subscription box member with CAUSEBOX. With this subscription I get to customize each of the 4 boxes I receive during the year. CAUSEBOX has two goals; build a community of women who support women, and to help people like me discover products that are ethical and sustainable. You can find out more on how CAUSEBOX gives back here.

Over the last few weeks, CAUSEBOX has been giving sneak-peaks on their Instagram account of what would be in the Summer Box and to give more information on the products. For the Summer Box, I had 7 different products; 2 products I picked and 5 other products that every box contained. My Summer CAUSEBOX came this week and I want to share what I received!

  1. Pepper+Vetiver Nesting Bowls

These Oceania Nesting Bowls were designed in partnership with a LA based artist Erin Wolf. The 3 bowls are blended with blue-green hues and my photo does not give them justice; they are GORGEOUS! Pepper+Vetiver‘s belief is that your home should be a “safe haven that brings you warmth and serenity.” Each purchase of these nesting bowls “supports the Malala Fund with their effort to provide girls from all cultures and backgrounds with a sense of comfort and opportunity in this world. There are 130 million girls out of school and the Malala Fund works to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to learn and lead”. If you are not following my Instagram page; head over there now to see a picture of these bowls and start following me!

2. Feya Candle Co. Bergamot & Grapefruit Reed Diffuser

This was one of the products of the Summer Box that I was able to customize by picking the scent I would receive. I am so happy with the Bergamot & Grapefuit scent I picked; it is fresh and not over powering. Feya Candle Co. “partners with organizations working to improve communities around the world.” When Feya gives food, they work alongside organizations to boost the local economy, and help in any way they can to serve the food to those who need it most. Love how this company gives back!

3. Savhere Essential Oil Roll-On Duo

These rollers from Savhere were one of my customized items for being an Annual Member. These two rollers have “distinct personalities”. Tracy’s Grace adds a note of calm while Secret Zest provides energy. Every essential oil purchased contributes to “dignified employment for the brave survivors of sexual exploitation in India and the United States”. I am excited to use these; especially Tracy’s Grace at night when it is time to relax and settle into bed.

4. Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

This was a product everyone received in their box. Grace & Stella‘s Hyaluronic Acid Serum helps moisturize and smooth lines while leaving skin radiant. Grace & Stella provides high quality, vegan and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free products that work. I am excited to give this a try as I have never used Hyaluronic Serum before.

5. Altcooking Hub Silicone Stretch Lids

This 6 pack of Silicone Stretch Lids are just what I was looking for to add to my eco-friendly products that I use around my house. Altcooking created these to reduce plastic and food waste. These are leak free, durable, reusable, and dishwasher safe! In the CAUSEBOX Summer magazine, these were shown covering a halved watermelon! I am excited to see how these help my family decrease our food waste!

6. Doctor Rogers RESTORE Healing Balm

Doctor Rogers RESTORE Healing Balm is an all natural alternative that uses only 3 ingredients! This Balm is vegan, plant-based, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free. And this Healing Balm has multiple uses from chapped lips and severe dry skin to tattoo care and baby cream. Head to their website to learn even more uses and more information about the product. Excited to use this on my hands and my eczema.

7. PMD Beauty: Clean

This smart facial cleansing device was one item we were able to customize by choosing the color we received. I was so excited to see this was going to be in the Summer box because I needed a new cleansing device to add to my routine because I knew the facial brush I was using was too harsh on my skin. The PMD Clean uses SonicGlow™ technology that vibrates 7,000 times per minute!! I love the anti-aging massage side when applying my moisturizer because I feel like it is absorbed more by my skin compared to when I applied using a beauty blender.

This Summer box is my 5th box I have received and I am not stopping anytime soon! I love all the products I have received and the background behind all the companies.

Is there a product I received that you want me to provide a review for as I use it more? Let me know, I would be happy to provide my feedback and opinions on these 7 products.

Interested in getting your own box? Sign up here and get $10 off!!

#MomHack

Summer activities means breaking out a sunscreen routine. My daughter, for 2.5 years old, is pretty good at knowing she needs sunscreen before we play outside. I tell her to go sit on the bench in our entryway and she goes all excited knowing she gets to play outside. Then we start the 5-8ish minutes of applying sunscreen. She does pretty good until it comes to her face; then she becomes a wiggle worm! Not sitting still, looking every which way but at me; causing me to spread the sunscreen into her hair and even up her nose one time! Some days are better than others when it comes to her wiggling but other days our poor bench usually has a light layer of sun protection on it from her wiggling.

The sunscreen we use is either Babyganics 50 SPH or Aveeno Kids Continuous Protection. We have had no issues with either brand by following the directions regarding reapplying. We use the Babyganics Sunscreen Stick for applying to our daughter’s face or we have some sunscreen in our hands then apply to her face using our fingers. That process changed today thanks to a #MomHack I came across on Facebook that was shared by a mom named Hali.
She shared how she used a beauty blender to apply her son’s sunscreen and I immediately said “Why didn’t I think of that?!”.

I linked Hali’s original post here

I found a cheap package of beauty blenders and let my daughter pick out the color she wanted me to use; purple. Applying to her face was so much easier! She sat so still while I applied sunscreen to her face and even told my husband about her “new purple sponge” when we got outside! Calling this a win and so glad I came across this mom hack from Hali.

How do your kids handle the sunscreen routine? Have any #momhacks or #dadhacks that have worked for you when applying sun protection? Please share because I am always looking to add to my bag of tricks!

My Top 5 Uses for Reusable Bags

When grocery shopping, I used to always request paper bags when available because those plastic bags are my archnemesis. A big plastic bag filled with smaller ones sits in my garage that I grab once in a while and recycle at one of my local stores. Thankfully, that big bag of plastic has been smaller and, sometimes, nonexistent because I received a reusable, eco-friendly shopping bag in the mail as a giveaway. I use it every shopping trip and I also use it for other things.

Here are my Top 5 Uses for Reusable bags.

  1. Grocery Shopping
  2. Gift Giving
  3. Swim Bag
  4. Picnics
  5. Car diaper station

Grocery Shopping: I have my favorite cooler bags and 5 or 6 eco-friendly/reusable shopping bags with me every grocery trip. I even have a collapsible box one that is sturdy enough for larger items like laundry detergent or multiple canned goods. The store I shop at encourages it too with money off for each bag used. One of my cooler bags, I purchased from the grocery store, is my favorite because it is perfect size for pizzas! I found one online similar to it here!
I realized I had less plastic shopping bags balled up in my garage but I was adding to that ball thanks to the plastic bags from the produce section so I started shopping around for non-plastic produce bags to add to my grocery shopping ‘kit’. I am super particular when it comes to reusable bags for produce. But, I would high recommend these! They are super durable; I am not afraid of them tearing or stretching. The metal clasp was easy for cashier to quickly open to scan produce. I followed the directions upon receiving them and washed them before use. They washed nicely with no issues which is another plus! And, they store small too! I put all the bags into the largest pull close produce bag and store with my other reusable shopping bags.

Gift Giving: I have a box filled with gift bags that we have received that I dig through for each celebration instead of buying a new one. I started using reusable bags when that box did not have one for the needed celebration. They are the right size and there are ones available with the popular characters children love. My daughter received a Disney Frozen one and now she uses all around the house to carry her stuffed animals in; it is the cutest.

Swim Bag: My daughter takes swim lessons, well she did before COVID, she has not been in a pool since March. But, when she did have lessons, I was always running around trying to organize her stuff before running out the door. I had an over night bag we were using for the longest time but it was just so big and I did not need a bag that big. I then decided to try one of my reusable shopping bags and have been using one every lesson now. It is the perfect size to hold her towel, a clean diaper for after lessons, and her goggles. And, when she is in the pool, her clothes and shoes are all in one spot making it easy for me to keep track of and carry. You could easily find a cute beach, pool, fish, or ocean themed one to go along with whatever water activity you have planned.

Picnic: I have always thought picnic baskets were super cute but we have never taken an actual picnic using a picnic basket – mainly because I don’t own one and the ones I find super cute are expensive. I have packed lunches for when we have an all day outing at a park and have used a reusable bag to transport it all. I have one that has a plastic insert for the bottom giving the bag more stability. I layered our food putting our drinks and heavier items on the bottom and topping our bag with chips and fruit. My cooler bags have also been used on hotter days and I take the plastic insert from my other bag and use it in my cooler bag for that extra stability.

Car Diaper Station: Whenever we are out and about I always have my diaper bag with me and it is well stocked (usually). I have had the unlucky experience of needing a diaper while in the middle of errands and not having one so I try to not pull from the diaper bag when at parks or a change in the car in-between errands. I found a smaller reusable bag and I loaded it up with diapers, a pack of wipes, and an extra outfit. This is the bag I use for the in-between store changes and, when we are outside at a park, I can throw in the sunscreen and just carry that bag with me instead of the diaper bag that is loaded with everything else. You can easily find one that matches your child’s favorite things or one that matches something you love.

Do you have a favorite use for a reusable bag? Let me know what it is; always looking for new uses! Thanks for reading and following me!

Break

Last week, June 11th – June 14th, I took a break. My break was from social media and was extremely needed. I also took a step back from messaging and being on my phone all together as well. I made a post on both my Facebook and Instagram accounts and then I shut off notifications to both. Once or twice a day, I opened the apps and checked my notifications for any from my business pages then I closed them again. No scrolling, no checking stories or looking for new posts from certain people. My usage shocked me; I went from an hour or 2 a day on both platforms to 30 minutes or less.

On my post I shared before my break, I said I would be “back” on Monday the 15th. When Monday came, I did not feel the urge to jump right back into my social media use. I checked my notifications on Facebook, searched for a family member who was married over the weekend so I could see their photos, and I posted on my business page. I did even less than that on Instagram; checked notifications, watched a couple stories of other mom’s I follow, and that was it. As of this post, I have not turned notifications back on. I found that when I would get a notification I would check it then scroll away, so trying to limit my “need” to do that.

Since my break and lack of notifications, I have noticed my anxiety and worry has diminished. It is still there but not as bad as it was prior. And this, along with being even more focused and present for my daughter, means more to me than staying up to date on other people and their lives they choose to share. I am going to keep my social media accounts for my Chalk Couture but I am going to leave my notifications off as well as start to unfollow those who I have noticed, in the past, cause an increase in my anxiety or cause me to feel a certain way negatively. No time for that here. With everything going on, I realized I want to surround myself with more positivity and happiness than ever before.

Love following Dani for positive inspiration like this

How I stay on top of cleaning

This saying could not be more accurate. I only have 1 child but I feel like I am constantly picking up something every time I turn around. This past year, we moved from a 2 story house with no storage, aside from the attic, to a 3 story house with storage available on every floor!

Along with figuring out how to organize things, I had find a cleaning schedule that worked for me around my daughter’s schedule. I didn’t want one that took up her whole nap time because I use that time as my ‘me time’ during the day. It took me a week or 2 to tweak the cleaning routine I had from our old house because we added 1 more bedroom and 1 more bathroom to my cleaning duties on top of more square footage.

I finally came up with the schedule that is working for me.

My daily cleaning consists of picking-up, vacuuming the main floor since that is where we primarily are the most during the day, cleaning and picking up the kitchen, and doing any laundry that is needed. The cleaning chore I have noticed I struggle with the most is vacuuming upstairs mainly because I do my cleaning during nap time. But, I have started to work it in on those days after she wakes up from her nap or in the evening before bedtime.

I know I am not the only one who despises cleaning or who struggles with doing it so I thought I would share what is working for me and our household. I am still working on organizing but I always see some new way to store/organize so I am playing around with new ideas until I find the ones that work best for what I need. Even though my routine works, it is still a work in progress so I would love to hear how you handle these chores in your household.

Time to Stop Crossing Oceans

I hate over thinking, it is the worst and it always comes on a low anxiety day causing it to turn into a high anxiety day or an anxiety attack. Usually, I know what caused me to over think. Sometimes it is caused by someone else letting me down, something not going the way I had it planned, wondering what others are saying or thinking about something I said or did, or something sparks it to come out of no where some days. Over thinking also prevents me from saying things I have always wanted to say because of the scenarios developed in my head due to over thinking and my anxiety. This post is one of the things I have been over thinking due to what people may say or think but I need to work past that and say the things that need to be said for me.

Have you ever heard the saying “There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t even jump in puddles for you”? I have and sadly, I need to start incorporating it into my life. I am the type of person who will say “yes” before you even finish asking your question and I am the person who, 99.9% of the time, puts others and their feelings before my own. It took me having our daughter to realize that I need to focus more than that .1% on my own feelings and needs. I needed to start saying “No” and I needed to stop putting effort in crossing those oceans trying to connect to people who only jump in tiny sidewalk puddles to connect with me.

Now, you may be asking what was so hard about saying all that?! Why were you overthinking it? Well, those puddle jumpers aren’t acquaintances or even friends, they are family on both my side and my husbands. Even before children came into the picture I always tried to please everyone. Made sure they received the requested gifts, that they never heard “no”, and I was always the one who started the communication. Now, with children in the picture throughout our family, I feel that all that has been increased because I want to be a part of the children’s lives.

This past week has been super hard on me due to those puddle jumpers. I was crossing huge oceans trying to have conversations with them with not even a drop of conversation back in return. There was a family group message and everyone was responding to it, including those I had reached out to earlier individually. So, knowing they had to of seen my message(s), that was my final straw with the puddle jumpers. I knew I needed to stop crossing those oceans and being the one to start conversations because, to me due to the nature of that family group message, they didn’t see us as important or even family.

My daughter during this week asked me point blankly, “What’s wrong mama?” because I let those puddle jumpers get to me. And those 3 words from her were the sign I needed. Because they are family, I can’t necessarily close the chapter on them like I would say a friend who I had a falling out with. So, I am choosing to distance myself for me and my family because life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. I need to change that 90%. I am going to make that 90% as positive as I can by surrounding myself with people who want to be a part of mine and my family’s life.

She is Awesome

I always wondered what I would say if I had a daughter when it came to encouraging her or boosting her self esteem. Ever since our daughter was born, even when she was still an infant, I was aware of how I was speaking and how I spoke about myself when speaking out loud. I never want her to second guess herself or compare herself because of something she overheard me say about myself. I have no words that describe what it means to me having that little girl in my life. 

When it came time to decorate her room, I knew I wanted positive affirmations incorporated in the decor some how. When Chalk Couture released the You Are Awesome transfer this past spring; I knew that was the exact decoration I was looking for.

The surface is a Wood Painting Panel that I painted an off-white before I applied the You Are Awesome transfer using Chalkology Shimmering Silver. The whole project took me about 30 minutes to complete due to having to wait for the paint to fully dry before applying the transfer.

I hope my daughter never second guesses or forgets how awesome, smart, wonderful, beautiful and loved she is!

Banana Bread

When I am stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious I turn to cooking and baking. I do not know what it is but cooking or baking always makes me feel better. It can be something as simple as making pasta sauce or something with a few more steps like oatmeal cookies or a cake.

Today, I was following my cleaning schedule – bathroom Tuesday here today ugh! – and, when I finished, I was picking up a few of my daughter’s toys she left in the kitchen when I noticed our bananas were not looking so fresh any more. Decided to make some banana bread; perfect recipe to make the house smell yummy on the cold, rainy day we had.

I followed a Juice Plus recipe using Dutch Chocolate Complete for a healthy, plant-based bread.  This isn’t my usual go to recipe as it’s kicked up with the addition of protein! The recipe calls for French Vanilla Complete but I switched up the Complete flavor because we usually add chocolate chips to our banana bread so decided to give it a bit more chocolate flavor with the Complete. Love the options Complete has. Not only can I make delicious smoothies but I can bake with it too!

Find the Recipe here!



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