Keto Update: Day 4

This is my current mind state right now

That cat is me right now, and I’m really craving a cheeseburger and fries. At the end of Day 3, I was getting over some of the excitement. By Day 7 or 8 I’m sure it will feel habitual, but I’m in that limbo phase right now where I just want a cheeseburger.

BUT it’s the beginning of Day 4, and there’s already lots of good things to share! The most exciting of which is… I LOST 3 POUNDS! Based off my recent research, I’m pretty sure this is just water weight, but hey. Pounds are pounds! And I’m super excited my body is responding to the Keto way of life. There are lots of things that have been helping me along the way: Read more

Hello Keto Diet

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It’s officially been 24 hours since Tyler and I started the Keto diet! He’s already in ketosis, that jerk 😉 While my body may be taking longer to respond, I have full faith I’ll hit the keto mark by end of Day 3. Ketosis is “is a metabolic state in which most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides most of the energy.” So basically you’re eating WAY low-carb, high fat, moderate protein to retrain your body on how to burn its energy stores. I Breathe I’m Hungry provides fantastic meal plans, including her 3-day-kickstart which we’re doing now, and so far so good.

As with my whole30 experience, I want to be upfront and totally honest with you during this journey. No sugar coating because a) that’s not real life and b) sugar isn’t allowed on keto 😉 But seriously, my goal is to lose weight and feel awesome inside and out. That doesn’t always mean I’m going to workout 5 days a week. That doesn’t mean I’m going to drop 10lbs in 2 weeks. BUT I will tell you exactly what I’m doing on this keto plan, so you can hopefully replicate my results if you have similar goals to mine. Read more

Young Living Promos: August is Here!

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August is here and it couldn’t be better! Not because of the 110 degree weather (living is the south is hard, y’all), but because Young Living is giving away some AWESOME goodies!

For those interested in oils, this season is a great time to join in the fun. Young Living is spreading the love and doing fairly regular giveaways for new members. This used to happen almost never, certainly not when I was joining! So take advantage now and get your Premium Starter Kit today. It’s absolutely the best way to oil because it’s all right there and accessible in a starter kit. You get:

  • 11 everyday essential oils
  • Dewdrop diffuser
  • Sample packets of oils and exclusive NingXia Red energy blend
  • Travel bottles
  • Learning Literature with helpful tips
  • Access to Essential Rewards program to earn FREE oils
  • 24% discounted wholesale price on all YL products

And if you order your kit in August, they’ll also throw in a 15ml bottle of Cedarwood oil! Check out the graphic for more info on everything this oil can do for you! Visit http://tinyurl.com/haleyreedYL to get started 😀 

 

 

DIY Lavender Oil Trio

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What’s better than DIY health and beauty products? Making those products with lavender oil from Young Living! Last weekend, I just so happened to run out of almost everything, including my moisturizer and face wash. I’d been using an “all natural” face wash from the store, but I had a bottle of lavender oil, so I figured, why not make these myself? Read more

Young Living: Thieves Household Cleaner

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I’m already so excited to get my Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner in a few days. It already has my vote because…

  • I know it’s safe for my home and for the environment
  • It won’t knock me out with its fumes
  • It actually costs me LESS than other eco-conscious brands!

See for yourself, and try Thieves Cleaner along with me!

Climax

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My latest piece with 1:1000 Magazine was probably one of my favorites to write! I’ve struggled with action sequences and using the right humor throughout my pieces, so all in all, this was like a fun workout. I apologize to all the Brads of the world 😉 

Enjoy “Climax”… It’s not what you think.

You can see a list of all my recent publications by visiting the “Publications” tab at the top of this page.

Sharing Young Living: Essential Rewards

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I want to start a fun new series where I share with you all my goodies I get from Young Living each month! Today, I’m focusing on their Essential Rewards program which lets me earn 10% back on every single purchase, and guess what?? It’s increasing to 20% back in September!! These points can be used like cash to help you get free oils, and you can get them too! I got my very first freebie this month 🙂 Check out this video to see what I got this month, and how to get started with Young Living’s Essential Rewards program!

Click here to view the video!

 

 

All About Using Lavender

Over the past few days, I split up an infographic from Young Living to help give you more info on using lavender essential oil, and all the benefits it can provide. Young Living is doing an amazing give away this month, and guess what’s in all the goody bags… That’s right! Lavender! I posted this to Instagram and Facebook, but in case you missed it, here is the full graphic below!

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What are YOUR favorite ways to use lavender? Do you have any new ideas on how to incorporate this super versatile oil into your daily life?

 

Summertime Give Away Winner!!

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Mamie who won the Heart & The Home give away challenge!! She wins a waxed canvas lunch tote, AND a 5ml bottle of Young Living Essential Oil! Choices, choices. Which will you choose, Mamie??

Thanks to everyone who participated with me this month, and give yourselves a HUGE thank you for choosing homemade lunches throughout the month of June. Y’all are awesome!