Life[style]: May ’16 – Spring Cleaning from the Inside Out with CitraGreen, Epsoak & Woolite Darks

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Happy Spring!  Love this season of rebirth and renewal.  I like a clean home, but I’m getting more & more into clean living these days.  I really want to be the healthiest version of myself for my family.  No matter if I’m sleep-deprived or overwhelmed emotionally, if I’m feeling healthy & strong I know I can take on the day.  Here are some new products I’ve tried to do a little spring cleaning from the inside out:

CitraGreen:  As a superfood, the potential health benefits of wheatgrass are numerous, but reaping them can be hard to stomach given the supplement’s bitter-tasting notoriety. Enter the world’s first effervescent wheatgrass tablets that transform the superfood into a convenient, palatable superdrink.  CitraGreen wheatgrass supplement reviewThe benefits of this mighty little wheatgrass supplement include:

  • 20 essential nutrients
  • Antioxidant cell protection
  • Immune support
  • B Vitamins for energy
  • Electrolytes for recovery
  • Suitable for vegans and gluten-free
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Re-hydration and recovery both during and post-exercise

In addition, CitraGreen is ultra-easy to use. Simply drop one tablet into a cup (eight ounces) of water, wait one minute and voila. Gritless and mess-free, just literally add water and enjoy.  It’s easy as that & ready to go, with no mixing or stirring required and has a nice natural lemon flavor.

Epsoak:  Any other mamas love a good long bath???  These days, that time to myself enjoying a good soak is basically equalivent to a spa day.  I’ve found that Epsoak Epsom Salt from San Francisco Salt Company offers the best quality epsom salt at the best value. Epsoak epsom salt for bath review

They even make varieties that include essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus!  Epsom salts help soothe muscle pain, cleanse pores, and detoxify the skin and contain Magnesium and Sulfur, which helps:

  • Ease stress and improve sleep and concentration
  • Muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improve oxygen use
  • Flush toxins
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins

Woolite Darks:  And finally, a new product to keep my clothes clean without the worry of fading, shrinking or stretching!  Apparently this Woolite formula has an active ingredient that is especially excellent at preventing color fade and transfer.  Plus, the company recently paired with Dress for Success to create the #ShareConfidence campaign, encouraging women to be confident and pay it forward — check out the heartwarming video here.Woolite darks

Keeping the Faith During an Infertility Struggle

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I imagine going through infertility treatment is very much like going through any other major medical care. While the end-goal here is not to find a life-saving cure for yourself, the similarity lies in that finding a cure still equals life…not for you, but for the potential of life for your future child. You as the patient are bound by the condition of your physical body, the prescribed medical treatment plan, and the will of God/the universe/karma/chaos. –Whatever you chalk it up to, it feels as though powers outside of your control hold your fate.

As evidenced by the title, this post is about leaning into faith in God during an infertility crisis. I know not everyone shares my Christian faith or follows this doctrine, but I personally believe my Savior is in control. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have our faith tested and certainly a negative medical diagnosis can bring even the most devout follower to doubt.  After going through a three-year struggle to become pregnant, here are some personal truths I’ve realized after making it to the light at the end of the tunnel.Pregnancy Announcement #6

God’s ideas were better than mine: It never quite comforted me when a fellow Christ follower would advise, “It may not be the Lord’s will right now” or “God does things in His own time.” While this was disheartening to hear, I forced myself to take comfort in knowing that His plans for me & my family are greater than I could imagine. — After all, how limiting it would be if the extent of our life’s richness was limited to our simple human mind’s own vision! The Bible says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV)

Prayer can give life to His plans: I don’t think we as Christians give enough credit to the power of our prayers, especially during a health crisis when it can feel like our hands are tied. There is life-affirming power in the words we speak and there is weight in the fervent prayer of children to their Father. What’s more, there are instances in the Bible when man’s communication with God appears to persuade Him onto an alternate course of action, i.e. Moses asking to spare the Israelites (Exodus 32:9-14), Abraham speaking on behalf of Sodom (Genesis 18:22-33) and Hezekiah pleading for his own life (2 Kings 20:1-7). While He is sovereign, omnipotent, unchanging and doesn’t bargain, I do believe prayer was an integral factor in my path to pregnancy.

Cling to the Lord’s promises: After receiving the frustrating diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility,’ the fear of the unknown drew me closer to God, my rock. Somehow, in my heart of hearts, I knew that He wanted me to have children and I held steadfast onto that intuition. I wholeheartedly believe our Lord wants us to receive the desires of our hearts…especially when that desire is to build a family. In the end, I think the strongest notion –my saving grace throughout treatment– was the promise conveyed in Luke 11:9 (NLT): “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

National Infertility Awareness Week #StartAsking

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No better time than National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24-30, 2016) to finally begin sharing my personal journey through infertility on social media.  Even after crying tears of joy, making it to some major motherhood milestones —successfully getting pregnant, a smooth birthing experience, and even upon celebrating my daughter’s one year birthday– still, I wasn’t ready to openly discuss it.  Pregnancy Announcement Photo

However, I received an email today about Kaya Singer — entrepreneur, mentor, and author of the book Wiser & Wilder.  Singer says that success comes to those who focus on being authentic, in the right circle of people, in a balanced and actualized way, with a strong voice.  It also means being willing to face the unhealed parts of yourself that hold you back.

I have no reason to remain held back by my infertility, I have beat it once and I can beat it again.  Kaya’s mission is to support visionary women to wake up, stop hiding and invest in themselves so they can reach their true potential and make a bigger difference in the world.  So, I’m following Singer’s advice and facing my experience head-on by sharing that tough part of my life as openly and honestly as possible.  Look out for a more personal post here later this week, as well as one I wrote to go live soon on Austin Moms BlogPregnancy Announcement #4

Back to this being National Infertility Awareness Week:  the theme for this year is #StartAsking.  Awareness is important as there are so many women and men (7.5 million suffers) that don’t know where to begin.  Every day people with infertility are asking real and important questions. “Why me?” “How can we afford this?”  National Infertility Awareness Week is not only an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease, but also motivate all that are touched by infertility to commit to the cause.

#StartAsking

Employers for insurance coverage.
Your lawmakers and legislators to support issues important to the infertility community.
Friends and family to support you.
The media to cover infertility and the real challenges we all face.
Your partner to get involved.
Those who have resolved their infertility to stay involved.
OB/GYN or healthcare provider to talk about YOUR reproductive health.
For affordable care for treatment of a disease.
Legal access to all family building options nationwide.
About men’s reproductive health

Life[style]: April ’16 – Energy edition

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April’s theme is all about sneaking in a little extra energy — to get ya going in the morning, during that afternoon slump, and even at night!  Here are a few products that provide a wonderful little boost:

Morning:  Community Coffee CompanyCommunity Coffee Company private reserve blend review

But first, coffee.  –OF COURSE this would be the first on my list!  As the largest family-owned coffee company in the U.S., Community coffee has an indulgent scent & rich depth of flavor.  From the bold and slightly fruity flavor of the Louisiana Blend to the earthy aroma of Sumatra, Community’s Private Reserve coffee line is made from 100% specialty-grade Arabica beans and reflects the company’s strong relationships with farmers worldwide.

Afternoon:  il Morso Morso chocolates pic

Called ‘Coffee as a Bar,’ il Morso is delicious little afternoon treat and a new alternative to your afternoon coffee or energy drink.  Small enough to carry in a purse or pocket, these little bite-size wonders are super convenient, too.  Basically, they are an all-natural energy food that’s revolutionizing the art of grabbing coffee on-the-go with every one of their 100% organic, fair trade Coffee Bars!  Boasting only 1 g of sugar & 15-25 calories per serving, they are made with organic whole food ingredients that provide just enough boost to help finish the day strong. With flavors like Matcha Green Tea (7 MG caffeine), Mocha (14 MG), Americano (18 MG), or basic Coffee & Cream (16 MG), you can enjoy a dose-able energy kick that’s easy to estimate for any body type.

Night:  Pure Energy Night Cream by Junetics Junetics pic

OK, so this last energizing trick isn’t just for nighttime…there’s a whole regimen with products for both day & night.  Junetics is a new energy-powered skincare line recently hitting the market & I tried out their Pure Energy System with great results!

Their formulas are powered by what they call the “E24 Complex” – a revolutionary combination of Gluco-E, Plant Stem Cells, Copper and Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid and Silicium – creating a system of skincare that works non-stop to boost cellular energy and cell-to-cell communication, which works to refine and strengthen the skin.  After 7 days of using the Pure Energy System, users reported more hydrated, luminous, & smoother skin.  After 28 days:  less lines & wrinkles, more youthful & healthier skin overall.

 

Read more from me on Austin Moms Blog!

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My newest venture?  Regular Contributor to Austin Moms Blog!  After submitting my application & completing a phone interview, I’m honored to have been selected from their largest Contributor Call to-date!  I’ve shared the news on Facebook but wanted to blog a bit about this year-long commitment, too.

Easter Sunday 2016 family pic

Since becoming a mom, I’ve had to reevaluate where & how I spend my time…be more intentional about what I’m doing with any extra energy I can spare.  I’ve got lots to share on the mom-front, but didn’t really feel like Blog Joie de Vivre was the best outlet for all those Mama/Baby feelings.  Plus, AMB gives me access to thousands of new readers and an engaged local audience in my same stage of life.

Mama & baby at Thinkery

AMB is a part of the City Moms Blog Network — is there a “sister city” where you live?  Before I began guest-blogging for them, I was an avid reader and member of one of their local Neighborhood Groups.  It’s been a valuable (and fun!) resource for me thus far in my motherhood journey and I’m honored to now be a part of their writing team.  I just humbly hope that I can add to their mission of connecting moms in all seasons and journeys of motherhood.

Mama & Baby at Preschool

Please click here to check out my first post:  a little introductory bio:)

Embracing my natural hair texture

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The natural hair texture movement has been around for a couple years now but lately it feels like the chemical-free (and even heat-free!) trend is growing stronger than ever.  In fact, yesterday I caught celebrity hair stylist Ken Paves on a TV show saying he now no longer blow dries his clients…saying it’s all about lots of texture these days.  Yep — although chemical relaxers equal sleek straight hair, it looks as though the tide is shifting toward a less invasive approach to hair care.

Music to my ears!  Over the years, I’ve tried all types of salon procedures to tame this mane:

  • Japanese Thermal Straightening:  stick-straight & permanent results but it absolutely fried my strands.
  • Brazilian Blowout:  my favorite but unfortunately –in my experience– you have to go with a modified version of the original one that has still SOME formaldehyde in it for the procedure to be worth your money. The ones that are formaldehyde-free are widely marketed (and safer, presumably) but in my opinion, are just not as effective.Brazilian Blow Out Results
  • Keratin Smoothing Treatments:  chemicals involved aren’t as scary but results just aren’t as successful & long lasting.
  • Blow-outs:  who doesn’t love to be pampered with a professional blow-out?!  I love visiting blow-dry bars like blo or drybar and walking out with sleek, voluminous, bouncy hair.  BUT $40 a pop can really add up over time and results only last until your next wash.professional blow-out results

So, after years of chemically straightening my hair, I’m exploring how manage my locks with air drying, new products, and styling techniques.  There are a few reasons I’m going this route:  I’m still breastfeeding my baby and am scared of harsh chemicals seeping into my scalp, I have less time to heat-style in the mornings (due to said baby), and because I like to be a part of a movement:  embracing the natural texture of your hair is a huge beauty trend right now.

I’ve found that air-drying my hair in braids or buns overnight really helps set a more tame tone for the next day.  Also, “plopping” is a thing…have you heard of it???  I’ve done it overnight three times now and my technique is improving with each try!  There are YouTube videos online that can take ya step-by-step better than I can, but here’s the result:  My Natural Hair Texture

These are the new products I’m trying out to help enhance and maintain a more natural, textured look:

DESSANGE PARIS Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo:  A symbol of French luxury and arbiter of the covetable ‘French Girl’ style, hair care brand DESSANGE Paris is the creator of some of most recognizable hair styles in history including the iconic “Coiffé-Décoiffé” – Brigitte Bardot’s signature tousled undone look.  This shampoo manages to moisturize ends while balancing a healthy scalp with natural green clay.  A pro-vitamin b5 enhanced formula helps to minimize oily roots and produce soft, perfectly balanced hair. dessange shampoo purifying green clay collection

Unwash Dry Cleanser:  Part of the success to this process is not washing your hair everyday…my curls tend to look better on the second day, actually.  When I don’t want to get my head wet, I can refresh & revive my style on the fly with this next-gen dry shampoo.  This superior, lightweight performance formula leaves no residue on tresses and features natural Volcanic Ash to absorb excess oil for second-day fresh hair perfection. Vitamin E and Panthenol provide conditioning and strengthening while plant extracts nurture hair for beautiful bounce, body and healthy shine.products for natural hair texture: next-gem dry shampoo

Invisibobble:  Another tool for keeping a naturally curly texture in tact for a few days in between washes are hair accessories that don’t leave indentions!  Invisibobble is the only traceless hair ring that does not kink or crease hair. The magic trick lies in its peculiar telephone cord shape.  Wrapped around the hair, the invisibobble® places uneven pressure around the ponytail, allowing it to be held strongly without being too tight.  This gives individual hairs more space within the ponytail and leads to a traceless result.embracing natural hair texture with hair ties that don't leave indentions

 

 

Life[style]: March ’16 — Baby edition!

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Any first-time parent knows:  once you become pregnant, navigating the aisles of the baby superstore is a mix of excited confusion and nervous anticipation.  The vast array of options in each department can be overwhelming — there are like 15 kinds of spoons you can add to your baby registry, for example.  Here is a small sample of some products that I’ve tried & loved during baby’s first year:

No-Slip Hair Clips:  Ribbies Hair Accessories.  I’m not into super frilly dresses for my little girl, so I find myself feeling somewhat obliged to put something bow-like on her head, lest she get mistaken for a boy by strangers.  Wether it’s the elastic headbands that are too tight & threaten to leave an indention on her head, the hat that immediately gets pulled off, or the barrettes that just slide right out of her baby-fine hair; baby girl hair accessries are kind of the worst.  However, I was lucky to find local Austin, TX-based and mom-owned company Ribbies Clippies offered bows that actually stay in place all day! FullSizeRender  Each one is made with a special foam strip, a “non-slip grip,” that actually works on even the thinnest & finest of hair.  So far, I’ve been super impressed with the materials (leather & suede, Liberty of London prints, etc.) and the perfect craftsmanship — thanks to Ribbies for these awesome little hair bows!Ribbies 2

Quick & Easy Cradle Cap Cure:  Mustela Baby shampoo.  Forget the messy baby oil/brush approach — this product is basic to apply, high-quality, and smells so fresh.  Not sure what magic lies inside the bottle because it’s not even labeled for the use of healing cradle cap.  It was recommended by a friend on one of my online moms’ groups and figured I’d give it a try.  –Baby girl’s cradle cap was gone after the first wash!  Not only does it instantly clear those sweet lil’ scalps up, we’ve never had an issue with cradle cap again…so it seems to work at keeping it away, too.  –Hello, our new favorite shampoo!  No parabens or phthalates, hypoallergenic, and tear-free formula.Mustela shampoo pic

Boogie Wipes:  From pureed food caked on her cheeks to the occasional super-sneeze = snot blowout move (your kid ever do one of these? –gross, yet hilarious), I feel like I’m constantly wiping her face down.  And ugh, why is it kids hate to have their face wiped?  Regular tissues don’t always cut-it, either…sometimes you need something more wet washcloth-like to clean these toddler-sized messes.  I was recently sent a package of Boogie Wipes to review for the blog and found that these saline-infused wipes are gentle yet effective & great for on-the-go.  What’s more, regular baby wipes can irritate my little one’s face…leaving her skin at risk for becoming  dry, irritated, and chapped.  This winter, we’ve both been happy with how Boogie Wipes get the job done while moisturizing and healing dry skin.Boogie wipes pic

 

His & Hers: Valentine’s Day Gifts

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The perfect gift for HIM:  This year, I decided to get Ryan something functional yet fancy at the Boardroom Salon for Men.  He refuses to let me book him a massage and no way would he be down with joining me for a pedi, so this is about as close as he’ll comfortably get to a ‘day of pampering.’  Plus, he just started a new job and I know he’s focused right now on putting his best foot forward when it comes to looking polished & professional.  He’ll be getting their Benchmark signature service, which includes:

Personal consultation
Tailored Cut
Rejuvenating paraffin hand dip
Energizing shampoo and conditioning
Scalp massage
Pressure-point facial massage
Steamed towel
Stress relieving hand massage
Cleansing rinse
Finishing touch stylingBoardroom

The perfect gift for HER:  I was recently sent this necklace from Helen Ficalora:  a stunning sterling silver “love” disk charm on an 18″ fine chain.  The designer’s inspiration comes from her passion for her friends & family and this collection celebrates those we love and cherish.  Each piece is handcrafted to express an appreciation for beauty, love and peace.  –I adore this piece and the message behind it!  Helen Ficalora 1

Featured frequently in the media, Helen Ficalora pieces are a favorite among celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, Tina Fey and Karlie Kloss, to name a few.  The Valentine’s Day collection is available in Yellow, Pink, and White 14k Gold with select pieces also available in Sterling Silver.  The prices range from $75-$1800, making them the ultimate gift for any budget.  And, how cute is this pink packaging?!?Helen Ficalora 2.JPG

Life[style]: November/December ’15

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We’ve been busy little bees this Fall!  The hubs & I went on our first trip without baby in October…got in some quality couple time and enjoyed a long weekend in Beverly Hills.  The photo below was taken on the last day of our little getaway:  we shopped at Kitson, ran into Ice-T & Coco (us girls talked pregnancy and bought matching Chanel-inspired tees), and then lunched at The Ivy, where they greet you with glasses of champs before showing you to your table…so fancy!

Then, we took baby to the city where her parents got married, Kansas City, to celebrate Halloween with friends & family.  Plus, my husband Ryan resigned from his position after eleven years with his previous company to reinvent himself by joining a Silicon Valley-based tech start-up.  Lots going on and that’s how I like it…wish blogging didn’t get set on the back burner but it’s my hobby and sometimes that’s how hobbies go when life gets busy.  Anyway, here’s November/December’s lifestyle installment!

Scarf

Gifts that Give Back:  The 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog contains more than 250 socially-responsible, poverty-fighting gifts that improve the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world.  This holiday season, give gifts that do double-duty:  purchase beautiful handcrafted jewelry & other pieces for loved ones while providing help where it is needed most.  For example, the Royal Silk Scarf ($95) I’m wearing in the above pic adds a pretty pop of color to any outfit and supports the needs of an impoverished community.  The luxurious lightweight silk fabric is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft.

AMG Naturally:  For the past few months, I’ve been enjoying a new medical-grade skincare routine at home thanks to AMG Naturally.  Founded by nutritionist Linda Lizotte, R.D., her research and firsthand experience led her to create and lead the AMG Naturally brand, a company that believes “we are what we absorb.”  Thus, an anti-aging skin care line for consumers who desire actual natural products was born.  Each product contains no synthetic chemicals and are derived from all-natural plant sources, which makes them unique to the beauty industry.AMG Naturally

“Just because something works, doesn’t mean it’s the best way to use it. In addition, what you put on your skin DOES MATTER. The good and the bad, it all gets absorbed. First, do no harm.” says Lizotte.  The refreshing toner spritzes on easily & the non-greasy moisturizer absorbs quickly — love how these two products work together!

Alfalfa Supplements:  Lately, I’ve been getting a boost of greens in an unexpected place:  with alfalfa supplements from PINES, The Wheat Grass People.  Alfalfa’s name is rooted in the Arabic word that literally means “father of all foods.”  Its roots can grow up to 39 feet in length – extending deep into the earth for a variety of nutrients. PINES’ Alfalfa is a high-potency source of the antioxidant Vitamin A as Beta carotene. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin K, and contains Folic acid, as well as small amounts of Vitamin C, calcium and iron.PINES alfalfa

When you see the word ‘alfalfa,’ you probably think about the sprouts we add to our salads. Although there are some nutrients in these nearly translucent wisps, a more complex source of nutrients and rich chlorophyll actually come from the dark green leaves of the established alfalfa plant months after it germinates and grows to a height of several feet outdoors in soil.  PINES Alfalfa is the ONLY certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified alfalfa leaf.

 

Natural Solutions for Fighting Allergy Symptoms

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Austin, Texas is no doubt an AMAZING city to live in…but we do have to deal with some killer outdoor seasonal allergies.  After living in Houston, Chicago, and Kansas City, I deal with allergens here that I’ve never even heard of.  People here get “Cedar Fever” in January from the abnormally high & aggressive cedar pollen, as well as seeing endless days of categorically high mold spores.  Today’s allergy report, for example:  Typical Austin Allergy Report

I’ve learned that it’s the mold that gets to me and although I by no means have severe allergies, a long outdoor hike in all that mold can leave my energy depleted & my head all congested.  Most days aren’t bad enough to pop a Zyrtec D (I try not to take meds if at all possible anyway) so I’ve been on the hunt to find more natural ways to combat any reaction to allergy symptoms.

So, I guess this is where I should put a legal medical disclaimer…see bottom of this post for that legalese, ok?  Because duh — I’m a housewife, not a doctor.  Here are 5 things I’m using right now to fight off these symptoms and get through the day with the energy my life as a new mom demands:

1.  Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy oral spray:  At the very first sign of any cold-like symptoms, I reach for this quick & easy mouth spritz.  Rather than using traditional over-the-counter drugs for help with the common cold, I’ve been exploring the idea of more homeopathic solutions — all the products I’ve tried from Cold-EEZE haven’t failed me yet.  This stuff is formulated with zinc gluconate and proven to help shorten the duration of the cold by nearly half.  Just two sprays under the tongue and I’m out the door, ready to get on with my day!  Cold-Eeze Cold Remedy Spray

2.  NeilMed SINUS RINSE Complete Kit:  Neti Pots never work for me but this little squeeze bottle system does the trick.  Ugh, you’d be surprised to see what you can rinse out of your sinuses during a cold!  I use it at night to flush out the allergens accumulated from being outside, and then again in the morning to relieve pressure from nighttime stuffiness.  For the warm rinse, I recommend their brand of premixed packets…I’ve purchased drug-store brand generic ones and the solution is never as soothing as the one from NeilMed.

3.  USANA Probiotic stick packs:  I keep reading more & more about the wide array of benefits from taking probiotics.  Not just a digestive aid, they apparently help with all kinds of things, from mood to immunity.  You no longer have to eat a bunch of yogurt, either — I’m seeing them in pill form, liquid shots, etc.  Right now, I’m taking probiotics in powder stick form from USANA that conveniently pour & blend into my favorite drink.  I learned there’s also all different strains of specific probiotic bacteria and I need to do more research into what proprietary types are best for how I intend to use them.  However, the two types contained in this USANA blend claim to modulate the body’s natural immune response.  Plus, they are clinically proven to survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach and remain effective for at least 18 months when stored at room temp.  –Which is great, because I worry the “live & active cultures” in the probiotics I buy refrigerated from the health food store are dead from the heat of my hot car by the time I get home!USANA Probiotic stick packs

4.  Diffuse essential oils:  Yes, I got on the Young Living bandwagon but I’m having fun!  It’s interesting to me to experiment in the world of essential oils.  I mostly just diffuse everything but that can be quite effective for me, anyway.  I hear the essential oil  ‘allergy trio’ is lemon, lavender, and peppermint.  I’ve got lemon diffusing right now, in fact — smells very fresh & energizing.  Also, Thieves is great for mold & RC can help with congestion, so there are more ways I can switch it up in the days ahead.Young Living Dew Drop Diffuser in action

5.  Arbonne Essentials Energy Fizz Sticks:  An on-the-go blend of green tea, guarana and ginseng, combined with B vitamins and chromium that mixes with water to boost energy, help promote alertness, enhance cognitive performance, promote endurance and enhance motor performance.  Adding these little stick packs can be a great kickstarter when feeling sluggish, which is exactly how I feel when these allergy symptoms get me down!  Somehow done without artificial colors or flavors, the Citrus version is a sweet tangerine flavor (not too sour/acidic) and tastes amaze.Arbonne Essentials energy fizz sticks

***Disclaimer:  The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information represents what I, a lifestyle blogger, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family. Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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