Easy Ways to Live a Healthy Life

I don’t know about you, but lately, we have been on a health kick. Meaning, we are trying to live a natural and healthy lifestyle. We have gone gluten-free (read why here). I have always loved the spa, massages, and super girly things. They REALLY do help. I have changed so much over the years since becoming an adult. We evolve and learn what is important.

Here are three easy ways to live a healthy life right now:

-Facial. I use Aveda Cream Cleanser. I do a facial once a month in their location, and then purchase the items that I need to take care of my skin at home. Skincare is just crucial for many different reasons.

Rock Salt Lamp. I got into a rock salt lamp kick last year (insert link), and they have been amazing. I recently went to an in-person rock salt cave. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I felt better both the day of and the day immediately following. You feel so relaxed and improved. It was better than a massage, and I LOVE massages.

-Diet. Your diet is vital; it goes along with the facial. You are what you eat, and if you do not eat healthily, your skin can be affected. I have cut out many foods., read more about our gluten free journey.

Don’t forget to add in some exercise as well. I like to switch it up whenever possible. Sometimes I choose Zumba, sometimes yoga. Changing workouts keeps my interest.

There are so many great ways to live a healthy life, and each person is going to be different. You have to find what you like and want to do.

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Make Your Own Zucchini Chips

With all this talk about our garden, I thought I would share this super easy and healthy recipe with you all!!! We always end up having way more zucchini than we can imagine so I love being able to create fun recipes with them. Here is a great one.

  • Total: 50 min
    Yield: 4 servings, serving size 1/2 cup
    Level: Easy
  • Ingredients
    Cooking spray
    2 medium zucchini (about 1 pound total)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (3/4-ounce)
    1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  1. Slice the zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. In a bowl, toss the zucchini with oil. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Dip each round into the Parmesan mixture and make sure to coat it evenly on both sides. Place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Bake the zucchini rounds until browned and crisp for about 25 to 30 minutes.

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Sack lunches… Unsacked By Marla Bautista

I have a confession, in the past, I was the mom who put the same exact foods in my child’s lunchbox for the entire school year.  Peanut Butter Sandwich… check, fruit snacks… check, Cheez-Its… check, and a Capri Sun.  I felt guilty for being redundant and not giving my children something yummy and different to look forward to during the school day. 

I am excited for school to begin, for more reasons than preparing lunch, of course. In this article, you will learn a few conventional and unconventional ways to make your child’s lunch more exciting, they will be more energetic and attentive after lunch. 

Let’s talk Containers. What do you use to store your child’s lunch?  It’s no secret, I am a sucker for Pottery Barn Kids.  I love their styles, bright colors, and even the personalization of products they offer! However, I have three children, providing Pottery Barn Kids Backpacks, Lunch Boxes, and accessories can become quite costly. There are a lot of other options to choose from.  One of my favorite online shops, Amazon, is a great place to find deals on back to school lunch items. 

If cost is not a factor, check out the PlanetBox, they are amazing! It is eco-friendly, comes with two containers with lids, a carrying case, and is dishwasher safe. I love the colors and unique designs of this lunch box.  Your child will always be able to quickly locate their lunch during field trips.  If you are looking for a more cost effective option, check out one of my go-to lunch boxes, The Bentgo Kids Lunch Box. This compartmentalized lunch box is great for younger kids with smaller appetites and less sturdy balance. These lunches are drop proof! Um… yes, I’ll take one in every color, please! 

What are you putting in your child’s super swanky, top notch lunch boxes? Are you a sandwich, snack, and fruit type, or do you do something different? I learned, over the years, that your child wants to eat something simple, fun, and light. Deli sandwiches and soups can sometimes be heavy and make your child tired after lunch which contributes to them being inattentive and sleepy. 

Try something different, utilize your food groups.  Put in a few slices of cucumber and tomato, a small mixed greens salad, or a variety of their favorite fruits.  Add some deli lunch meat, you’ve rolled with cheese and some grains.  My children love baguettes, So I put one in their lunch box. I have tried making dipping sauces with yogurt or peanut butter, my kids aren’t big fans. What are your thoughts? Are the dipping sauces a hit in your child’s lunch box?

If you do make sandwiches, are you cutting them into fun shapes? Using a different sandwich cutter daily, can help your child’s brain development, it promotes curiosity and critical thinking skills. This assortment of Kazoo Cutters is a great way to make your everyday sack lunch, an intriguing chow time! 

Last but not least, add a note of sentiment, or something to make the lunch and your child’s day special. I have tiny cards I made from multiple colors of construction paper. Just a phrase as simple as; Mommy and Daddy love you and want you to have the best day ever, can motivate your child to their best throughout the school day.  If your child is too young to read, add one of their favorite stickers to the lunch box. 

Going back to school is an amazing new start for children and parents alike.  Let’s be supportive and encouraging, every day! If we are exhibiting positive behaviors and healthy habits, our children will follow, and if we are not, they will follow. Have a great school year, and remember to not only eat healthy, but eat happy as well.  

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Marla Bautista is the published Author of My Thoughts Abandoned, released in January 2017 and the Armed Forces Insurance 2018 Military Spouse of the Year for Fort Drum. She is also a Freelance Writer and Blogger. She has written guest contribution blogs for Multiple companies including, Military Crashpad, Sleepingbaby.com, SoldiersWifeCrazyLife.com, and ArmyWife 101.  She has an Associate’s of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies. Marla is also the Co-Founder of The Bautista Project, a custom décor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of their profits to provide for homeless communities. In her free time, Marla enjoys volunteering within her community.

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EAT BETTER, FEEL BETTER WITH HELLO-FRESH

 

Sticking to your resolution of living a healthier lifestyle this year just got a whole lot easier with fresh, easy to follow recipes from HelloFresh. Eating right doesn’t mean substituting nutrition for flavor; whether it’s Sweet-As-Honey Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos, or Vibrant Veggie Skewers, HelloFresh has easy, delicious, and healthy meals perfect for the individual or family looking to eat better and feel better.

In addition to providing healthy choices, the HelloFresh culinary and sourcing teams search for the most environmentally friendly and sustainable ingredients for each and every one of their recipes. HelloFresh works with some of the best family-owned and operated suppliers in the country, like Del Ray Avocado in California and Sea to Table in New York. Whether it’s seafood, meat, or vegetables, you can rest assured knowing that your meal includes the highest-quality ingredients possible.

Signing up for HelloFresh is as simple as picking a plan that matches your dietary preferences (Veggie, Classic, or Family), selecting your meals (choose from 15 new recipes each week), and scheduling delivery (available 7 days/week). Their flexible subscription model even allows you to skip weeks, modify your plan, and change your weekly menu. Easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info makes cooking for even the most inexperienced chef a breeze. And, because each meal kit contains pre-measured ingredients, you only use what you buy – no more overspending on ingredients at the grocery store that either go bad or wind up in the garbage.

Staying committed to a healthier lifestyle and eating better can be difficult, but HelloFresh is here to help. Say hello to easy, delicious, and healthy home cooking that’s actually fun with HelloFresh. Sign up for HelloFresh today and save $30 on your first box!

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SNACK HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR WITH NATUREBOX

Snacking healthy has never been easier with NatureBox. With NatureBox, you don’t need to sacrifice nutrition for flavor; all of their items are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and MSG. None of the bad stuff, all of the good stuff! From dried fruit to cookies & bars, popcorn & pretzels, and nuts & trail mix, every snacker will love the wide assortment of tasty treats.

Sign up as a new member and get 50% off your first box from Jan. 2 through Jan. 9. Discover your new favorite healthy snacks for the New Year with NatureBox today.

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Siberian Fir is Great For Health!

 Do you love our white fir? I have some good news for you. dōTERRA has just released the Siberian Fir essential oil which will be replacing White Fir. Siberian Fir is more potent and will bring more benefits to your health routine. The Siberian Fir tree is also plentiful. We distilled the essential oil from twigs and branches of the Siberian Fir trees native to Canada and Russia. 

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I know you might be a little disappointed, but hear me out. This essential oil is actually better than White fir because it is more plentiful, so we can continue to have this essential oil for years to come. It is better for relaxation, cardiovascular health, cell support, cleansing, metabolism, respiratory, and immune support. Not only is it more powerful and will have a greater effect on you and your family, but you can use Siberian Fir topically, aromatically, and internally! How exciting is that?!

Our Favorite Uses 

Siberian Fir’s woody scent makes it a pleasant oil to use. See some of our favorite ways below:

  1. If you need a minute to feel more balanced while working through difficult circumstances, keep yourself grounded by diffusing Siberian Fir and reduce anxious feelings and help reduce your stress level.
  2. Diffuse three to four drops to utilize the wonderful Christmas tree scent and make your home inviting during the holidays. You can even add it to salt dough ornaments to hang on your tree.
  3. Soothe your skin from minor skin irritations by applying Siberian Fir, diluting as needed with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  4. Whether you’ve spent the day doing deep-cleaning, running a marathon, or chasing after kids, you can massage Siberian Fir into your skin for soothing comfort after strenuous activity.
  5. Add a few drops to shower melts or two to three drops to a diffuser to promote feelings of easy breathing.

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Which is which?

Do you know how to tell the difference between pine and fir trees? They’re both evergreen conifer trees, but look closer at the needles. If you’ve got a stem with needles in groups of two, three, or five you are likely looking at a pine tree. If the needles are singly on the stem, and the needle feels flat and doesn’t roll between your fingers easily, it’s a fir tree.

Siberian Fir is available now and will replace White Fir in the single oils doTERRA offers.

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Doterra On Guard Mist.

The wait is over, ladies and gentlemen! dōTERRA has released the dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist.dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist has finally been released and we are excited to share it with you.

 

This product is not only good for helping to protect desks but also can be used on hands, yoga mats, shopping carts, and while traveling.  Not only is this product going to bring the amazing aroma of On Guard around anytime you spray it, but it will kill 99.9% of bacteria and other germs without drying out your hands! Could we ask for anything more? Probably not. This 27mL bottle of sanitizing mist is perfect to keep with you at all times in your backpack, your purse, or even in your pocket. The active ingredient is naturally derived, USP Certified ethyl alcohol, which gives the mist antiseptic properties to effectively cleanse and prevent the spread of bacteria.

Our Favorite Uses

The convenient spray-bottle top packaging of the doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist is useful in a variety of situations:

  1. If you’re traveling anywhere, keep the doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist in your carry-on or roadtrip bag to cleanse your hands.
  2. Keep a bottle of the doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist in your gym bag for use after touching gym equipment.
  3. Put a bottle of the doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist in your purse when you’re on the go, or add it your teenager’s backpack at school for convenient easy access.

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Interesting Facts

  • Along with the previously mentioned ingredients, the doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist is infused with a natural apple extract, which naturally moisturizes your hands rather than leaving them dry like other sanitizers. Your hands will feel soft and smooth after use.
  • The doTERRA On Guard blend includes Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary CPTG® essential oils that not only provide protective benefits, but also have an uplifting citrus spice.
  • Also included in the sanitizing mist is the naturally derived ingredient USP Certified ethyl alcohol which gives the mist antiseptic properties to effectively cleanse hands and prevent the spread of bacteria.

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Add a Drop of Copaiba Oil to Your Water!

An exceptional addition to the resinous oils doTERRA offers, Copaiba is extracted from copaiba trees in the Amazon rainforest. The essential oil is steam distilled from the copaiba oleoresin, a substance made up of resin and essential oils. The collection process of the oleoresin is unique among essential oils—it is tapped from the tree in a similar way to how maple trees are for their syrup. The oleoresin is then steam distilled to produce the essential oil.

Copaiba’s main chemical component is beta-caryophyllene, a chemical similar to cannabinoids found in cannabis that may protect nerve cells and have benefits for the cardiovascular and immune systems.*

Our Favorite Uses

Copaiba is a versatile oil. See some of our favorite ways to use Copaiba below:

  1. Keep your skin clear and clean while reducing the appearance of blemishes by adding Copaiba to your toner or by applying it directly to skin before applying moisturizer.
  2.  Copaiba blends well with Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Ylang Ylang. Using any of these oils that appeal to you, create your own personal fragrance in a roller bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  3.  Most of the body can benefit from Copaiba—it supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and immune system.* To take advantage of these benefits for any of these systems, add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea using warm water and honey.
  4. When you’re facing a stressful day ahead or feeling worried, diffusing Copaiba’s woody scent can help calm any anxious feelings you may be experiencing.
  5. Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to take advantage of the antioxidants—the substance that stops potential damage to your cells from oxidation.*
  6. Use in a calming bath by adding two to three drops to body wash before mixing it in the water.

Did you know?

  • The Amazon rainforest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests. doTERRA is proud to partner with a large network of copaiba harvesters that sustainably collect their oleoresin and ensure that the trees will be around for years to come.
  • Copaiba trees can grow to more than 100 feet tall.

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