Sunday, December 17, 2017

Last Minute Amazon Holiday Gift Guide for any Woman on your list

If you still have shopping to do for a woman in your life (or are just looking for something for yourself), this curated list of last-minute stylish and practical gifts is the answer to your problems.  These items ship for free and will be here in time for Christmas with Amazon Prime.  All of the gifts in this guide are either items that I own and love or are items that are on my personal wishlist.  You can thank me later!

Gifts for women. This curated list of stylish and practical gifts is perfect for any age on your holiday list.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nontoxic Holiday Nail Guide for Women of All Ages

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A fresh manicure can elevate your look and make you feel polished (literally!)  It's like adding an extra accessory to your outfit.  Typically, I like to wear neutral and classic shades, such as solid creme colors in light pinks and nudes.  And I do enjoy the white and gray polish trends that I feel anyone of any age can wear.  But when it comes to the holidays, a festive polish can add a bit of glam to any outfit.  Today, I've picked out some stylish colors that a woman of any age can try out during the holidays.  As a bonus, these polishes are more eco-friendly than most, so you can feel better about using them.  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

An Elegant and Easy Dessert Trifle for Parties

Okay, I'll admit it.  This is hardly a "healthy" recipe.  In fact, some may not even call it a recipe at all.  It's more of an "assembly."  It is a great dessert to take to a dinner party, and the end result is so pretty and delicious that your party hosts and guests won't believe you made it yourself!

Easy and elegant trifle dessert to take to parties.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Quick and Easy Beef Dinner: Korean-Style Rice Bowl

This Korean-inspired beef dish will get dinner on the table in 30 minutes. An original HelloFresh recipe from November 2016,, this quick and easy meal is easy to replicate even when it's not on the meal plan. To save time, we also Dietary Ginger Vitality Essential Oil distilled by Young Living in place of the ginger thumb.  One drop is all you need in the recipe.  On a side-note, we've also used Teriyaki sauce in place of soy sauce if we were out of soy sauce when making this recipe.  We believe the secret ingredient in this dish though is the hoisin sauce. We give this recipe top marks for a rice bowl your family will love.

Korean Rice Bowl. Great for easy dinner
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tips For Women Determined To Stay Fit And Energized, No Matter What Their Age

If hot flashes and night sweats weren’t enough, many women who reach their menopause years have an additional adversary to contend with.

They experience weight gain around the belly and waist, and they quickly learn it’s a struggle to do anything about it.

“Somewhere around menopause, many women find their clothes becoming a size too small,” says Mache Seibel, M.D., a leading American expert on menopause and author of The Estrogen Window 

Tips to Stay Fit and Energized at Any Age

“Why is that? Is it simply an aging issue or is it directly related to menopause and the lack of estrogen?”

Seibel says that part of the problem behind what some people call the “middle-age spread” is visceral fat that lies deep within the abdominal cavity, and is different from the subcutaneous fat that lies directly under the skin. Visceral fat (Seibel says it could just as well be called “vicious fat”) can contribute to a host of diseases that increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, joint disease and type 2 diabetes.

A large number of studies, he says, show that postmenopausal women have greater amounts of visceral fat compared to premenopausal women. One contributing reason is the natural decline of estrogen levels in the body.

And, of course, health problems aren’t the only concern when weight gain starts happening.
“Studies show that being overweight or obese is more than a medical issue,” Seibel says. “It also affects quality of life and self-esteem.”

Seibel suggests that women who want to control the accumulation of visceral fat should explore a regimen that combines diet and exercise efforts with estrogen therapy. Specifically, he says:

• Discuss with your physician the possibility of taking estrogen at the opening of your “estrogen window.” “That will offer the easiest and best solution to controlling an expanding waistline and living a fit and energized life,” Seibel says. The “estrogen window” represents the ideal time to begin estrogen replacement. The window opens the moment a woman enters menopause. Exactly when it closes is more difficult to determine, Seibel says. Generally, it’s a 10-year time frame, but that can vary and women should have ongoing discussions with their physicians, he says.

 • Increase your fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by adding two or three more servings to your daily diet. Broccoli, string beans and cauliflower are good choices for vegetables, and fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut also are recommended.

• Work up to walking 10,000 steps a day. You don’t need to train for a marathon or an Ironman competition to establish a good fitness routine, Seibel says. But by simply injecting a little walking into your daily routine, you help create a healthier you.

• Lowering stress and improving sleep also contribute to feeling better and staying trim.

“Having a fit body and maintaining consistent energy levels in midlife isn’t easy,” Seibel says. “Yes, nature and time are working against you. But doing nothing isn’t an option. That’s why it’s important to create habits and set goals you can stick with. Time spent on you isn't lost; it's invested.” 

And the ROI is a healthier, happier and more vibrant life.

Essentials Oils for your Diffuser/Bath to Help Ease Menopause Symptoms Naturally

In order to receive any therapeutic benefits from Essential Oils, you need to look for natural, quality oils. Our editors use Young Living because of its seed to seal cultivating process. 

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH). The study was done on 22 post-menopausal women in their 50’s, some of which were diagnosed with depression and at the end of the trial the researchers stated that “clary sage oil had a statistically significant effect on lowering cortisol and had an anti-depressant effect improving mood”. The biggest benefit of clary sage is that studies show it helps balance out estrogen production in the body. 

Dragon Time Bath and Shower Gel 

Try the Dragon Time Bath and Shower gel infused with Geranium, Tangerine, Sage and Clary Sage for a calming and soothing bath gel. Young Living also offers the Dragon Time Essential Oil blend that can be used in a diffuser, in the bath or topical with a carrier oil. 

This website is for information purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of a medical professional 

Monday, February 6, 2017

3 Simple and Safe Steps to Better Skincare

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Betty Crocker Tested: Three Pan-Roasted Meals to Make Weeknight Cooking Easier

We all know Betty Crocker isn't real, but regardless, this fictional character has developed countless recipes for more than 90 years. We found three Betty Crocker recipes that help todday's modern family get dinner on the table quickly.

Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Apples 

Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

With this Betty Crocker recipe, pork tenderloin doesn't have to be a Sunday night meal. You can get this recipe on the table in 50 minutes. If you don't have fresh lemons on hand, we have the a recipe substitute, we suggest adding one drop of Young Living's Lemon Dietary Vitality Oil to the maple syrup mixture. Young Living's Vitality Dietary Oils are great staples for your pantry.

Jerk Chicken with Sweet Potatoes 

Jerk Chicken with  Sweet Potatoes

This Better Crocker recipe also uses sweet potatoes, but you can have your jerk chicken with any potato you would like. If you your children like roasted new potatoes then go for it.  But what we do suggest is using Young Living's Ginger, Dietary Essential Oil in place of that hard to peel Gingerroot. You will need just one drop and you'll save yourself loads of time. 

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables 

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables We love the idea of putting everything in the oven and forgetting about it until the timer goes off. This Tuscan Chicken and Vegetable recipe will work with chicken thighs, too. We also suggest adding a drop of Young Living's Oregano Vitality oil to the olive oil mixture. You can do Basil Vitality Oil, too. One drop is all you need and it will boost your meal with healthy flavor. 

More About Young Living's Vitality Dietary Essential Oils 

In our home kitchens, our founder, Leigh Hines, love cooking with Young Living Dietary Essential Oils.Some of the dietary vitality oils we grab most often from our pantries are Ginger, Basil, Oregano, Lemon, and Lime. Explore the Young Living Vitality either at retail or at member prices

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grab Your Fast And Go Healthy: Three Great Juice Recipes

“You can lose at least a pound a day, get rid of foggy brain, and recharge your energy,” says best-selling author and nutritionist Cherie Calbom, known as “The Juice Lady” for her expertise in juicing for health and detoxification 

“Fasting is a great way to restart your metabolism, purify your lymphatic system, and revive your soul, ” says Calbom, author of the new book The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting. “It’s also a way to look younger, clear out the toxins, and restart the systems in your body for optimal health and physical well-being, and to bring restoration to your mind, bod, and spirit.”

People often think of fasting as a fad, she says, but it’s been touted throughout history – by the healer Hippocrates, the philosopher Plato, and scientist and statesman Benjamin 
Franklin, just to name a few. Germany’s famous “fasting therapist,” Otto Buchinger Sr., M.D., called it an “operation without surgery.”

Even those who don’t believe in fasting’s curative powers agree it can help prevent illness. Want to fend off the flu, a cold or bronchitis? Fasting gives your immune system a boost.
“It’s a lot like a threefold spring cleaning, as you dive deep into the areas in your life that don’t always get the attention they need – mentally, physically and spiritually – and you clean them up,” Calbom says. “You rid yourself of toxic influences that hinder growth, clarity, and well-being, and refocus on the future.”

With a liquid fast, you give up solid foods, and enjoy delicious, nutrient-rich beverages. In her book, Calbom provides a variety of fasts to choose from including the smoothie fast, bone-broth fast, 3-day detox fast, and what she says is the most popular of all — the juice fast.  If you crave crunch, she offers the Garden of Eden Fast and the Daniel Fast.

“There’s something for everyone — from a short weekend weight loss fast to a 21-day rejuvenation fast,” she says.

If you’re a list maker (and who isn’t this time of year?), Calbom recommends writing down what you hope to achieve with your fast – losing belly fat, cleansing your liver or boosting your brain power, with brains detox juices for example – in order to find a fast that’s a good fit. 

If you aren’t sure you can hack a liquid fast because you’ll crave flavor, think again. Here are three of Calbom’s favorite recipes, designed to taste great while doing good:

Weight Loss Buddy Juice Cocktail

Juice for Weight Loss

Jerusalem artichoke juice combined with carrot and beet is a traditional remedy for satisfying cravings for sweets and junk food.  They key is to sip it slowly when you get a craving for high-fat or high-carb foods.
1 Jerusalem artichoke, scrubbed well
3-4 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
1 green apple (lower in sugar than red or yellow)
½ cucumber
1-inch chunk ginger root
Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube.  Juice ingredients and stir.  Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.
Serves 1

Beet- Berry Liver Cleanse Juice

Juice for Liver Cleanse

Beets have been used as a natural remedy for liver cleansing.
2 medium beets
1 cup blueberries
1 green apple
1 large carrot
1 broccoli stem
1 lemon, peeled
1-inch chunk ginger
1/2 cup  coconut water
Juice all ingredients.  Add coconut water, stir, and enjoy!
Serves 1-2
Green Muscle Mender

Juice for Strength Training/High in Magnesium

Are you strength training?  Spinach helps your muscles recover due to its high magnesium content—157 mg per cup.
1 large handful spinach
1 green apple
1 cucumber
1-inch chunk ginger root
2-inch piece fresh turmeric root (optional)
Juice all ingredients, stir, and enjoy!
Serves 1

Editor's Note: We recommend using Ginger Vitality Dietary Oil in place of fresh ginger to make things even easier in the kitchen. We've tested ginger vitality oil in many recipes and love it. 

Young Living's Dietary Vitality Oils are perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements, the Vitality™ line of dietary essential oils gives you the freedom to share and explore some of our best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious ways. We invite you to discover Vitality—for food, for family, for life! Learn why we recommend the Young Living brand on our Essential Oils 101 page.