Attention Girls,

Let’s talk tampons for a moment shall we. Let’s just clear the air…periods simply suck. I haven’t met a woman yet who looks forward to her monthly, have you?

Wanna know what sucks worse? Using tampons that are filled with toxic chemicals, dyes, synthetics, and fragrances. Yeah I didn’t know that was even a thing!

Yes. It totally is. Conventional cotton accounts for nearly 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used throughout the world. So, the stuff lingering in the tampons we use during Aunt Flow’s week-long visit is damaging our health more than we can see.


As I have begun my journey to removing toxins from my life and home I am looking for alternatives to replace my brand I have used for the last 30 years. Simply I just never thought about toxins in feminine care products, seriously who would have thought!!

I am trying these this month, I found them at my local Target! Funny enough the panty liners were cheaper than the usual brand I purchase and work better and the tampons were the same price but I have not tested them yet so I can’t tell you how well they do or do not work just yet!


I am looking at a monthly subscription box, I haven’t tried it yet but with all the perks I am totally interested in trying it out!! The tampon subscription box is from a company called She which is an organic cotton customizable monthly subscription box. They offer free shipping, free email reminder before your box ships, you can cancel or skip a month at any time and they offer two box sizes 18 count ($10) or 32 count ($15) which you choose how many lite, regular, and super will be in your box. You can get a mix of them or one box with filled with just one size. It’s totally up to your needs. If you have tried them I would love to hear from you!

I encourage you to research what is in your monthly feminine care products and see why I am choosing to go organic on this one!! Did you know tampon and sanitary pad manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients because feminine hygiene products are considered “medical devices.”

I was reading a blog on HuffPost and was shocked by this video that demonstrates what happens when an organic vs. conventional sanitary pad is burned. The 100 percent organic cotton pad, made by Natracare, burns slow and clean, leaving virtually no sooty residue. But the Always Infinity pad with its mostly undisclosed ingredients creates black smoke and thick residue, indicating the pad may contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives. click here to read the full blog!

Do you use organic feminine products? I would love to hear the alternatives you have found to work well for you!

XOXO
Faith

Labels can be Deceiving

When I first started my head first dive into a healthier lifestyle back in 2009 I began with food. Reading labels looking for simple ingredients and if there was an ingredient I wasn’t sure what it was I looked it up. What I found is that if I can’t pronounce it generally it wasn’t good for my body and my health, with the exception of quinoa that one is the only exception! With my new found wisdom I am now in the habit of reading all food labels and that determines if I will buy a product or not. Then I got to thinking just last year what about the cleaners I use, the body wash, shampoo, makeup, lotion, and my face products?The skin is the largest organ of the body after all!! If I am big on taking care of my inside what am I doing to protect the outside?

I started reading ingredients again, this seemed even more complicated than the food because the labels portrayed that I was buying something that was a safe and healthy alternative to all the toxins found in typical products. I knew from research I was looking for products that were paraben free, sulfate free (SLS), free of phthalates, free from dyes, gluten free (for my son who has celiacs), Cocamidopropyl Betaine free, triclosan free, Polysorbate free, Behentrimonium Chloride free, Quaternium-15 free, Retinyl palmitate free, Phenoxyethanol free, and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) free. Why are these not good for you? Let me briefly explain.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
A surfactant found in many cleaning products. Also an insecticide. The sodium and ammonium laureate sulfates are known cancer-causing ingredients. Also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.

Fragrance
Fragrance of any kind isn’t good. It clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity. Also causes endocrine disruption.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
This foaming agent has been associated with skin and eye irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Although the government regards it as safe, many people have negative reactions to it.

Triclosan
With a moderate hazard rating, triclosan should be avoided at all costs. It can accumulate in our fat cells and keep our body in a state of toxicity. It causes irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and causes endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.

Polysorbates
Used to dissolve fragrance or other oil additives. Often found in conditioners. It leaves a residue on the skin and scalp, disrupts the skin’s natural pH and destroys the natural protective barrier of our skin and scalp. Polysorbate-80 is the worst of the bunch – but stay clear of all!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Often found in conditioners, PEG contains dangerous dioxin levels, often found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process in manufacturing. Dioxins have a direct link to cancer, and also cause organ system toxicity.

Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is used as a preservative in hair-care products. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.

Phenoxyethanol
Another preservative used in cosmetics and hair care products. Causes organ system toxicity, and is an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. The FDA even warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.

Dimethicone
Dimethicone is a silicone oil that can make the scalp and skin incredibly dry and irritated. It forms an almost plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin and traps bacteria, sebum and impurities with it. It is also an eye irritant and is non-biodegradable and horrible for the environment.

Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Chloride is a type of ammonium salt used as a preservative and surfactant. It is a toxic compound, with concentrations of 0.1% and higher having been shown to damage the eyes. It is irritating to the skin and causes inflammation.

Quaternium-15
This lovely chemical is another quaternary ammonium salt used as a surfactant and preservative in personal care products. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser and is definitely not safe. Formaldehyde is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs.

PABA
This is an ingredient in many different cosmetics, sunscreen, and other beauty products, stands for para-aminobenzoic acid. Paba is linked to Dermatitis and can lead to a variety of skin abnormalities when applied topically, ranging from discoloration to cancer, Female Infertility, Liver damage, and Vitiligo.

I downloaded the Think Dirty app and to my surprise I found what I had been buying wasn’t better after all. Here is an example of how labels can be misleading and deceptive. I bought this because from the labeling it appeared to be a good alternative, as the label clearly states it contains ZERO sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, propylene glycol. So what is missing? It contains fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, SLS, and iodopropynyl butycarmate. Which on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the most toxic this rates a 9 in the Think Dirty app.  I highly recommend that you download this app and start scanning products in your house that you use everyday, see what’s exactly in them and why they aren’t good for you.

 

 

Why don’t we want fragrance? because it is a Hormone Disruptor, it clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity.

What about Diazolidinyl Urea? it allows chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin and has been shown to release formaldehyde!! Health impacts of this one is skin irritation, may trigger Eczema, and allergies. Did you know The EU commission limit the use of this chemical at .5% because it is a formaldehyde releasing agent which is considered carcinogen.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate this is used as a foaming agent and cause cause skin irritation and Japan has restricted it in the use of cosmetics.

As for Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate it is a water base that was originally used in the wood and paint industries and is now common in cosmetics and personal care products, it has health effects of endocrine disruptors. 

A great place to researching some of these ingredients and more is Pub Med.

After learning all this and still continuing to be shocked when I scan things in the store with the Think Dirty app…This is why I fell in love with Young Living, I don’t have to worry about what
I am putting on my skin, my kids skin, or using on my animals. They only use quality ingredients, that won’t cause harm to our bodies. This is a great option and it makes your hair feel amazing! Plus when I order from Young Living on Essential Rewards I get 25% back in rewards points that I am able to use on more products and as as additional bonus I get many freebies each month just for ordering my everyday products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dish soap, house cleaner, and more. If you already know about Young Living and are ready to order click here (if not read on)

If you would like to Learn More about Young Living visit their seed to seal website. If you would like to know more about essential oils or toxic free living, email me I would be happy to send you the link to my Essential Oils 101 class or Toxic free living recording. If you are on Facebook and would like to join my private Essential Oils group to learn more friend me on Facebook and send me a private message, let’s connect, I want to help you!

Before I end this post I want to share with you about Young Living just incase your like me and need information before you decide anything. I do encourage you to research and if you need help at any time please email me, I sincerely want to help!!

So here is the bottom line when ordering from Young Living; You can buy the oils retail from my site by clicking here However to buy the oils in the most economical way (this is the way I got started and I am all about being frugal) you can become a “wholesale member.” In return you get the oils at a wholesale discount of 24% off retail, plus access to other offers such as Essential Rewards which is the program I mentioned earlier, and Young Living gives you free products when ordering at different price points every month. When you sign up, I get a commission {I think it is super important to be clear on that!}. If – and ONLY if – you choose to sign someone else up, will you get a commission, it’s an option you are not required to sign up anyone at any time. For a whole year, I didn’t actively try to sign anyone up.  (I don’t recommend waiting that long if you love the oils and want to share) You never have to sign anyone up or share the oils.  You can simply enjoy the wholesale pricing with zero strings attached. For real. I recommend starting with the Premium kit because you get lots of oils in actual jars, and a diffuser. {see more below}

But here is where Young Living differs from others other than their Seed to Seal Promise (which is HUGE): There is NO regular purchase commitment! In other words, you don’t have to maintain a certain order amount, and you are not locked into any specific purchase commitment, you can simply order when you need to. (I must state that in order to keep your wholesale membership you do need to purchase 50 PV ($50) per year but this can be anytime in the year) For me, this was the kicker other than the products themselves and the seed to seal promise. When you don’t NEED something, why in the world should you HAVE to buy it? {Of course, you will probably find, like me, that you have a zillion reasons why you need your oils.} which leads me to better explain Essential Rewards.

Young Living does offer a monthly order program I like to call it my monthly box…you know like bark box or birchbox? It’s called Essential Rewards, but this is totally optional. Yay!! I did this from the start because I wanted all the oils. With ER {Essential Rewards}  I like that I get a percentage back in product credit as I build my collection of oils and replace the oils that we run out of every month because we use them everyday, hello Lavender!! In addition Young Living has what I like to call Specials every month, they call them promotions. There are different price points, 100 only on ER, 190, 250, and 300. With each of those price points you are given FREE products and every month is different products. Check out this month’s specials!!

If you’re interested in joining up to purchase wholesale, click here

Step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process. It’s super easy!

2. Wholesale Member will already be selected. Again, this is the wholesale membership…with NO strings attached. It is AMAZING! If you select “Retail Customer” you will not receive wholesale pricing, you won’t have access to starter kits and you will pay retail cost which is 24% more than wholesale. Yikes!

3. Make sure my member number {2588702} is in both the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.

4. PLEASE be sure to include your email address. If you don’t, I have no way to invite you to the Dream Team Oilers University Facebook support group and I can’t support you as you begin your journey with essential oils. I love this FB page and am on there a lot learning more and more everyday how people are using and having success with the oils.

5. Choose the kit you want. {I highly recommend the PREMIUM KIT.} It’s the first kit you see when you are signing up.  Then proceed to checkout. You can skip the Essential Rewards part for now unless you would like to join ER right away. If you would I suggest Thieves Household Cleaner and one of the shampoo’s and conditioners, or some body wash or bar soap.

6. That’s it! Your oils will be on their way to your doorstep! Welcome to Young Living!!!

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is faithfanniel@cox.net

xoxo,
Faith

Young Living Distributor #2588702

 

Why do we need Supplements and Enzymes?

I have been researching supplements and wanted to share a few things I have found, would love to hear what you use and have found as well. Have you heard about Dr. Jim Bob’s Core 4? What about Young Living’s enzymes products?

Dr Jim Bob’s core 4, he recommends this to all his patients; he says everyone should be taking these and I am going to share with you why.
1. Cod Liver
2. Vitamin D: helps thyroid
3. Probiotics: gut health
4. Greens

Why Cod LIver?
It is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D. Anti-Inflammatory, helps to balance cholesterol levels, lower risk for cancer, Arthritis, diabetes, boosts fertility (pregnancy: Helps with Growth and Development), improves brain function, depression, Maintain Bone Health, and improving gastric ulcer healing.

OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10

Why Vitamin D?
Is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Why Probiotics?
Is important for overall digestive health, Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Why is gut health important, our digestive systems are the second largest part of our neurological system. Probiotics aid in boosting immune system, preventing UTI, healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS, improving digestive function, managing eczema in children, and fighting food-borne illnesses.

Life 9 is Young livings probiotic, it does not contain any ingredients derived from dairy.

(NOTE: most probiotics contain ingredients derived from dairy, if you have an allergy or intolerance to dairy there is important)

Why Greens?
Basicly everyone comes up short on the amount of fruits and vegetables our bodies need, so a greens supplement helps to bridge that gap. Greens supplements are alkaline, and one of their main benefits is their ability to improve your body’s acid-base balance. An unbalanced pH may lead to decreased bone health, excessive cortisol, and slightly impaired thyroid function. All green supplements are not made the same, so be sure to read labels.

YL Multigreens is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Consuming enough fruits and vegetables can reduce:
Cardiovascular disease
Various cancers (colon, prostate, breast, cervical, endometrial, gastric, lung, lymphoma, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid)
High blood cholesterol
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Obesity
Stroke
Eye disease
Asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Osteoporosis

In addition, Why are enzymes important to our bodies, what is the difference between them and how do you use them? Lindsay Elmore did a quick video all about it.

https://youtu.be/8zzZxgsuEG0

Why do I need enzymes?
Enzymes are proteins that control the speed of chemical reactions in your body. Without enzymes, these reactions would take place too slowly to keep you alive. Some enzymes, like the ones in your gut, break down large molecules into smaller ones.

Enzymes are so important for digestion.

Enzymes can speed the rate of healing.

Enzymes can help give the body a much needed rest when breaking down foods in the stomach and elsewhere, so the body can continue to give the much needed energy into the area needing for healing and not have to slow down to send energy to the digestive tract.

Enzymes really boost the body when working so hard at getting rid of things it doesn’t need. It also needs support and balancing of the body when doing cleansing.

Here is a chart to help you choose which enzyme supplement is right for you.

If you would like to learn more about Young Living visit me at http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Pink Himalayan Salt DIY’s

I Love Pink Himalayan salt for multiple reasons, but some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into my life is with simple DIY projects to replace a few of our body care products. I wanted to share with you three of my favorite recipes. Bath soak, scrub, and soap but first let’s talk about why I love himalayan salt!

Why Pink Himalayan Salt?

Some of  the benefits of himalayan salt include:

  • Detoxifies the body by balancing systemic pH
  • Improves hydration by providing trace minerals
  • Improves mineral status of the body
  • Reduces muscle cramps by improving minerals and hydration
  • Helps balance blood sugar
  • Supports hormone balance for everyone, no matter what hormonal issues you face
  • Helps balance blood pressure because it provides unrefined, mineral-rich salt in an ionic solution
  • Improves sleep by supporting blood sugar and hormone balance
  • Acts as a powerful antihistamine
  • Supports weight loss by balancing hormones and improving energy
  • Supports thyroid and adrenal function

Pink Himalayan Bath Soak

1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup pink Himalayan salt (this is the one I use Fine Pink Himalayan Salt)
1 tsp organic unrefined coconut oil
essential oils of choice (optional) 10-12 drops

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add epsom salt and himalayan salt into a bowl and mix well
  3. add coconut oil and essential oils, mix well
  4. store in airtight container

add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to warm bath

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Some Suggested Essential oils

Eucalyptus and Peppermint = sinus clearing

Lavender and Bergamot = Relaxation

Lemon and Rosemary = restful mind

Panaway and Lavender = relaxed muscles

Black Pepper, Marjoram, and Rosemary = sore muscle relief

Lavender and Eucalyptus = unwind

 

Pink Himalayan Scrub 

This one I use as a face scrub twice a week, it is also great as a body scrub. I mix mine in a 4 oz mason jar. You will need:
Pink Himalayan Salt
Organic Unrefined Coconut oil
Essential oils of choice (I use Young Living tea tree and Lavender)

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add coconut oil until you’ve reached a creamy consistency, mix well
  3. add essential oils of choice and mix well.

 

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Pink Himalayan scrub shown here next to lavender honey soap.

 

Pink Himalayan Soap

(this will make 4lbs of soap)
22 oz organic unrefined Coconut oil
6 oz Olive oil
2 oz Apricot oil
2 oz Mango Butter (I get mine here Mango Butter)
4-6 oz Pink Himalayan Salt
12 oz Water
4.6 oz lye (I get mine here Lye)
Essential Oils of Choice
mica (I get mine here nurture soap)

I make this as a Hot Process Soap but you can use this for cold process also. I have added mica to give it a pink color, you can add your favorite color choice. Here is two examples of how I have done it in the past. One I added glitter to the top. (always use skin safe glitter)

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2lbs batch

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4lbs batch

*when making soap make sure that the supplies you are using are only used for soap making* You will need a designated crockpot, mixing bowls, stick blender, spatula, kitchen scale, and molds. **If you have never made Hot or Cold Process soap I highly recommend Youtube, there is a ton of videos available to show you the process, also Soap Queen has some great tutorials as well.

  1. measure your coconut oil, olive oil, apricot oil, and mango butter separately and place them in the crockpot. Turn your crock pot on High and allow them to melt. (I usually measure one at a time using the same bowl and just adding to crock pot after each one is measured)
  2. Measure out your water and lye SEPARATELY (I use a disposable red solo cup for my lye, using a new one each time, I throw away after each use. for water I use a glass bowl that is designated for mixing lye)
  3. While oils and butter is melting I mix my water and lye. This is critical NEVER mix water to Lye ALWAYS mix lye to water. slowly mix in a little of the lye at a time I use my spatula, stirring well but slowly. Your water bowl will become hot. Once mixed allow lye water to sit for 5 – 10 min
    *Safety: wear long sleeves, use gloves, and wear a mask when mixing. The fumes that come from the lye will stop within a minute or so. I use the fan from my overhead microwave above stovetop to aid in pulling the fumes out of the house.
  4. Turn your crockpot to low and slowly add in lye water while mixing with stick blender until a thick trace is achieved. *it will look like pudding*
  5. Put your lid on your crockpot and allow soap to cook for 15 min. After 15 min you will want to check your soap to see it’s progress. Your soap will grow in volume, if it starts to spill out of your crockpot stir like crazy to bring it down. It will start to fold in on itself, if you notice browning around the edges stir soap with your spatula so it will cook evenly. Continually check soap every 15 min to see progress. Once your soap looks like mash potatoes your ready for the next step.
    *To ensure that your soap is ready there is two ways to check it. You can use a pH strip to test the levels. It should be showing below a 10 or you can do a zap test, take a small dab of soap and allow it to cool slightly so you won’t burn your tongue. just dab the soap with your tongue if it zaps you it’s not ready and will need to cook a little longer, if you just taste soap it’s ready.
    NOTE: The amount of time that the soap takes in the Crockpot phase can depend on the size and shape of your Crock Pot. The flatter ones meant for roasts may go a bit quicker because the soap will be spread out thinner on the heated surface. For my standard sized Crockpot, 4lbs takes about 50 min to cook.
  6. Turn crockpot off and Add Himalayan salt and stir well to ensure that it’s fully incorporated into your soap. (you will want to work quickly as soap will start to harden)
  7. Add essential oils of choice (or fragrance) for essential oils depending on the essential oil you are using it may take a whole lot for your soap to retain the essential oils scent. To create a candy cane soap I used spearmint and peppermint, it took 30 drops peppermint and 20 drops spearmint. Be sure to stir in well.
  8. Now time to add mica. when using powder mica I use a shot glass add 1/4 full of olive oil and 1-2 scoops mica, mix well. If you want one solid colored soap you may need to add more. There are many ways to add color. One of the simplest ways is to make a small hole in your soap while it’s still in your crockpot and pour in color, then take your spatula a swirl the color making a fairly random pattern. but you have to work quickly.
  9. Using a large spoon or your spatula, transfer the soap into your mold, tapping the mold down on the counter in between each scoop, so you don’t have air pockets in your soap.
  10. Allow your soap to sit in mold for 24 hours.
  11. After 24 hours you may remove from mold and cut, although I find that in the winter even here in AZ you may need to let it sit for another 48 hours once demolded. to allow for it to completely set.

 

XO
Faith

DIY Coffee Scrub

Did you know that coffee scrubs are great for helping to reduce cellulite? They are refreshing, pampering and beneficial. After  K&K posted today about their top tips for reducing cellulite I thought I would share some of my favorite scrub recipe. Coffee Scrubs not only help to reduce cellulite but they smooth and and firm skin.

See Tone it Up 7 tips here :: https://www.toneitup.com/lifestyle/how-to-get-rid-of-cellulite/?utm_campaign=How+To+Get+RID+of+Cellulite%21+%28pvmLUs%29&utm_medium=email&_ke=bGlsbWFtYTIzQGNveC5uZXQ%3D&utm_source=Full+Mailing+List Number 4 is coffee scrub!

First I use essential oils in my scrubs and I only use the best because I am very careful about what I am putting into my body and on my skin…since your skin is your largest organ. Your skin absorbs 60% – 80% of what it comes in contact with. I prefer not to rub chemicals all over me, I eat healthy, workout daily..why would I sabotage myself with chemicals on my skin? I wouldn’t. To see the essential oils I use click here ::  http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

So what oils do I add to my scrubs? here are a few suggestions, I like to switch them up!

  • Grapefruit :: it  detoxifies and helps to remove cellulite. I also eat grapefruit on a weekly basis, it has vitamin c and aids in weight loss.
  • Cypress :: it improves blood circulation, prevents fluid retention, and detoxifies.
  • Germanium ::  not only does this one help with reducing cellulite but it’s also skin toning. I also use this on my face.
  • Rosemary :: because I love the smell for one but it’s great for blood circulation.
  • Cinnamon :: increases circulation and re-enforces connective tissue. I also eat a lot of cinnamon, love it sprinkled on my apples and trail mix.
  • Citrus Fresh ::  this is one of my favorites because it’s great for blood circulation, water retention, tightens skin, and strengthens blood vessels.
  • Lemongrass :: is an awesome oil but it has an amazing way of reducing cellulite.

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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup ground organic coffee
  • 1 Cup organic sugar or salt
  • ½ Cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 6-8 drops essential oil
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
  3. Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).

HOW TO USE

Using a palm full of the scrub, start towards the end of your body (towards your feet) and work your way up exfoliating in a circular motion until you’ve reached your neck. You can use this on your face if you’d like, it just depends on your skin’s sensitivity to exfoliants. (If you have a caffeine sensitivity you may want to use these only in the morning so it doesn’t prevent you from getting to bed on time) Let set for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinse.  Store in an airtight bag or mason jar if you have any leftover.

Note :: be prepared to get really messy in the shower before you get clean, the coffee grounds will go everywhere! But that’s the fun of it, right?

Additional Option :: You can also make individual scrubs. simply add the mix to muffin tin, freeze for about 25-35 minutes, pop them out and then store in airtight container in the freezer until you’re ready to use one. Grab one and head to the shower.

XOXO
Faith

Here we GO!!! Bikini Series Week 2

Are you ready? I am!! Last week was awesome! I use instagram for my check in’s, keeps me accountable and with a huge support team from all the tone it up girls!!

See my instagram check in’s here: https://www.instagram.com/merelyessential/

I am doing the workouts from Beach Babe 4 but there are FREE workouts too. They are posted every Sunday for you, so you have time to prep as you need to. Get your gym clothes for the week laid out, pack them in a bag so you’re ready to go every morning.

To get your videos for the free schedule visit here: https://www.toneitup.com/workouts/bikini-series-week-2-workout-schedule/

To get your daily workout visit here: https://www.toneitup.com/daily-workout/

Have you checked out their phone app? I love it because I can pull up a workout or recipe right on my phone. There is also a large community you can access.

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Tone it up for iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tone-it-up/id556859206?mt=8

Tone it up for Andriod: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toneitup.toneitup&hl=en

 

Food Prep Tips:

Freeze your bananas, I like to slice mine and store them for my smoothies. no need for ice this way and they are much smoother in texture.

Wash and cut your veggies, I like to wash and cut all my veggies for the week. Helps me cut down on the time it takes to make meals throughout the week.

Fruit infused water, I make it every night for the next day. it’s delicious, helps keep my water intake on task. I like to change it up but usually include lemons, limes, ginger, and a variety of fruit.

Overnight oats, I make them on Sunday so I have breakfast ready to go everyday.

Protein, I make what I need on Sunday to last until Wednesday. On Wednesday I make more to get me through Saturday.

Snacks, I prepare those on Sunday’s. Dividing them into proper portions and ready to go containers, so I am never without a snack. I also keep a snack in my purse, usually a think thin bar or 1/4 cup of trail mix.

Here’s to a successful week 2.

xoxo
Faith