Monday, March 31, 2014

Homemade Coconut Lavender Body Butter

I absolutely LOVE coconut oil!  I make a sugar scrub out of it that totally KILLS my KP.  However, what about when I don't want to scrub?  I just want moisturizer that is amazing and smells delicious.....

OK- simple enough.  Just rub the coconut oil on your body, right?  Yeah, right.  It's hard and clumpy and doesn't spread well.  So.... I decided maybe if I whipped it like whipping cream?

Plus I have a major love for lavender oil right now, so I thought I could add the essential oil to my whipped coconut oil and holy good gracious!

Literally- I scraped the coconut oil out of the jar and put it in my kitchen aid.  Added like 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and turned it on the highest setting for around 10 mins.


<3 <3 <3
I'm in LOVE.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

KP, Psoriasis, Rosecea, Eczema, Acne, Stretch Marks, Scarring.... SOLVED!

If you suffer from: 
  Stretch Marks, or Scarring.......goodness gracious, KEEP READING!  
I have found a skin solution for ALL of the above!


Younique's Facial Cleanser,  'Awake' 
Awake is *first of all* NOT SOAP- therefore, its cleansing abilities gently exfoliate and cleanse impurities without drying the skin or hurting the eyes. Only 1/2 a pea sized amount is necessary to wash the whole face, about the size of 2 peas for face and ENTIRE BODY!
Awake is composed of the following beneficial active ingredients:
Licorice Root Anti-Inflammatory/ Antimicrobial/ Anti-Ulcer Agent
Garden Chrysanthemum Anti-Inflammatory/ Antibacterial/Insecticide- **Doubling 'Awake' as a bug repellant!
Aloe Vera  Antimicrobial/Anti-irritant with cooling, moisturizing & healing properties.

Younique's Gel Moisturizer, 'Brilliant'
Brilliant is not a typical face moisturizer! It is packaged with a small spoon to scoop a lotion ball with surrounding gel out of the container.  I counted them and there are at least 130 applications included! Active Ingredients:
Natural Silver Antibacterial/Antimicrobial with healing properties
Ginseng Natural Stimulant
Pearl Powder - 100% Calcium Carbonate- Acidity regulator, Anti-caking agent, & Stabilizer.

**I almost don't even care what pearls are made of... having them in the moisturizer just sounds fancy!

I am completely overwhelmed with both of these products!  Amazing. Fantastic. Superb. Phenomenal. There's really not enough 'GOOD' adjectives. There's just not.

Here's what you really want to see:

Younique presenter Chloe Kerling used 2 'beads' of Brilliant 2x per day for 1 month on her 1 year old stretch marks.

These results (the after picture) are 3 weeks after stopping the routine!


Brilliant used 2x per day for 2 weeks on 1 year old scar.


Younique presenter, Melissa Fisher- Rare form of Eczema diminished after 3 days of using Brilliant.

Brilliant 2x daily for 2 days on 3 year old's foot.

Brilliant 2x per day for 1 week on elbow for Eczema.




3 week Awake & Brilliant Trial for Under-Eye Circles.

Younique presenter, Melissa after using Awake 2x per day for 2 weeks.

(Previously- tried "everything")


Forehead wrinkles on Younique presenter.

1 Week trial of Awake & Brilliant 2x per day.

**Note: Awake has been reformulated into Illuminate Clean (normal/dry skin) & Illuminate Clear (Oily/Original Awake).  Brilliant has retired and replaced by Divine. If you are interested in a sample of  Younique's products, please contact me!

To purchase anything directly, go to and select my current party!

Ask me how to get them for FREE!

Friday, March 21, 2014

1 Day + $200= 36 Freezer Meals

I had an old friend, Andi contact me in December asking if I had any interest in being 'hired' to make freezer meals for a family member that recently had a baby.  Being that this was a completely new concept to me, I thought about it for .5 seconds and agreed!  A month or so later, I texted her to see if she still wanted this to happen.  She said yes....I created a menu......Shopped..........Froze..........Delivered.

After the fact..... Andi stated that her niece said it was the best thing anyone had ever done for her.  I'm telling you.... in a time of need or crisis. Food to the rescue!  #Winning.

Andi sent me $200 and said: "Go"

I had a plan in my head for what I was going to make.  I went shopping for the main ingredients (mostly meat & the fresh veggies, etc).  My total at the grocery store was ~ $197.  Of course I used some things I already had on hand such as spices, and soy sauce, but I literally was able to make 30 dinners for less than $200!  Not 36 servings... 36 WHOLE MEALS! An average of $5.55 to feed your family with likely leftovers? 

Yes, please.

Now..... If I knew then what I know now, I would have made these over several different days.  But I didn't.  I went shopping on Sunday morning.  Put the meat in the Crockpots when I got home and then tried to work it from there on that day only.  Bad idea.  I was way unorganized and ended up staying up ALL night to complete the job.  Nonetheless.  It got done and I delivered on Monday night to the recipient.

*Note: ALWAYS make 2 of everything you cook from scratch and freeze one.  

This little 'Rule of Multiples' became very helpful this week when I offered to bring some freezer meals to a friend that had a death in her family.  No skin off my back....I literally pulled some stuff out of the freezer and brought it to her!  
Single Effort = Double Outcome

Here are the meals & 'Freezer Cooking' Instructions that I made this round ;)

Tamale Pie (x2)
Thaw during day, Bake @ 375 for 45 mins- 1 hr
Serve with Sour Cream Garnish

Tater Tot Casserole (x2)
Covered, Bake @400 for 30-45 mins, then uncovered for another 15-20 mins. 
Until bubbly and tater tots are crispy and browned.
Mix together 1 lb cooked hamburger, 2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
and 2 cans drained green beans and place in deep casserole dish.  
Generously cover top with tater tot coins.  Cover with tin foil.

Green Chile & Chicken White Enchiladas (x2)
Bake @ 350 for 45 mins- 1hr
Serve with Sour Cream Garnish

Bean, Cheese, & Onion Burritos (x2 Bags of 4)
Bake @375 for 25 mins or microwave

Cover with foil, Bake @375 for 20 mins

Microwave, then toast if you'd like

From frozen, bake at 325 for 18-23 mins

Chicken Pot Pie (x4)
Bake @375 for 45 min- 1 hr 
(cover crust with foil & watch)
Recipe (for 2 pies):
1 cup frozen tater tots (microwaved and broken apart)
2 shredded precooked (crocked with garlic) chicken breasts
1/2-3/4 Cup Frozen Peas & Carrots (Microwave to thaw)
1/2 cup sour cream
3-4 oz cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning, Some salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese blend
Mix all ingredients together and place in pie crust. 
Top with more cheese

Cook in Crock pot on low 4-8 hours
Serve with Steamed Rice

Cook in Crock pot on low 4-8 hours
Then: Mix in 1C Sour Cream
Serve over Egg Noodles or Rice

Cook in Crock pot on low 4-8 hours
Then: Mix thawed noodles into Meat & Sauce

Twice Baked Potatoes (x2 Bags of 4)
Thaw overnight in fridge, then:
Bake at 375 for 45 mins -1 hr

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (x2 Bags of 8)
Heat single portion & Assemble sandwich

Sweet & Sour Meatballs with Rice (x2)
Heat up Meatballs & Sauce in Microwave or pot
Serve over Steamed Rice
- Combine equal parts Heinz Chili Sauce and grape jelly and simmer over low heat.
Toss with precooked meatballs. 

Heat and use

After completing this project, I had such a massive response about how, why etc, that I decided it was time to start my own "FREEZER MEALS SWAP GROUP"

Stay tuned for THOSE posts!  The ladies have all agreed to guest blog their contributions from each swap.

I'd LOVE to hear what your favorite freezer meals are!