It has been a crazy busy week for me (what else is new? )
Between launches,working on course creation, creating new content, curating Boards, new clients and my every day tasks this week ..well I have been pooched!
So how do I relax after a long day? A nice long soak, a glass of wine and some meditation!
Thankfully one of my tasks this week was testing out some products From an Etsy Store called Georgia Charms.
Some of you may know that before I became a Blogger I had owned a Candle & Gift Store that was mainly handcrafted items. I am a HUGE Etsy fan and love to support smaller businesses , especially ones that focus on handcrafted products. And if they make products similar to the ones I used to make ..well ya, I am a tad bit biased. I love testing out products .. I am a product Junkie!
Fact #1 – I Love Lush Products!
Fact #2 I LOVE Duplications of Lush Products even more!
I find that the smaller store owners really put some love & creativity in to their products. And Georgia Charms has some AMAZEBALLS dupes of some Lush Favorites.
I had the chance to test a few of her gems this past week , which was a really nice end to a long day … a few times!
So How Did The Products Compare?
To be quite honest with you … all of Georgia Charms products were better than the Lush Products that I have tried ..and remember.. I am a Lush Fan. This Girl knows her formulations!
The Giant Volumizing Sea Salt Shampoo did wonders for my hair! I never really had god second day hair and this shampoo not only gave a little lift to my baby fine hair but kept it from getting oily by the next day. Oh and it smells devine!
The bath bombs seemed to fizz forever and the bubble bars created a bubble bath like no other. I only used half as much as I would have of a Lush Bubble Bar and got twice the amount of bubbles! And again the smell … soooo good!The Tardis Bubble Bar was my favorite one of all and is really a Unisex kind of scent. Unicorn Horn was a light feminine fruity smell (Lovespell Dupe) and again crazy bubbles!
The Angel Skin Soapless Cleanser combined with a facial moisturizer by the same name has really evened out my skin tone . I don’t believe she has the moisturizer listed yet but hopefully she will list it soon because it is a winner!
I did an unboxing video which you can find on the sidebar. Do you want a review of the additional products that were in the box? Which Products do you want to try?
A healthier alternative to energy drinks & shots? I honestly didn’t even know that there was such thing as a healthier version. I have always been one who thought that they were all bad for you! Now don’t get me wrong, I have been known to reach for an energy drink once in a blue moon because I feel like I need the extra lift and because I like the taste.
However, as someone who has dealt with anxiety ..well energy drinks can be a definite trigger for me!
So I was really hesitant to try it myself .. but I opted to give the Caffeine Free Version a try but more about that in a minute…
I needed a test subject who wasn’t generally adversely affected by caffeine …cue husband. I also had a second test subject for one of the varieties.
Test Subject 1 – aka “The Husband”
He started with the Caffeine Free variety – He said that he felt it gave him a couple of hours worth of extra energy.
He then tried the double the caffeine and felt that this one was just too much, even for him. Made him very jittery to say the least. The jittery feeling lasted for 20 to 30 minutes and then he felt , in his words, “energized to the max”. The energy he said lasted for approximately 4 hours.
And finally the 1:1 which is the regular variety – This one was the most pleasant of the flavors and gave him several hours of an uplifted energy (also roughly 4 hours). Not at all jittery and just felt like he could accomplish anything that day. So for him the winner was the regular 1:1 .. No Jitters & a more pleasant flavor with about the same energy he felt he got from the one with double the caffeine.
Test Subject 2 – aka “The Son” ( now before anyone gets all in a huff… my son is in his 20’s and volunteered. He is big in to nutrition and pre workouts , so he made a perfect person to test these. Not to mention his affinity to Energy drinks …
He only tried the 1:1 but said it tasted good and he took it one morning on the way to work because he was extremely tired and didn’t even realize right away that he just wasn’t tired anymore. He said that feeling lasted well in to the afternoon. Again the 1:1 got a favorable review.
And finally for my own thoughts on the product. I only tried the caffeine free , one I had already given the 2 bottles I had out to my other two testers and because I am sensitive to caffeine, more than 2 cups in a day and I am jittery and anxious usually, so I thought it best to play it safe with the caffeine free version. I had the perfect opportunity to test it as well. I had been up for a few hours already and honestly was ready to crawl back under the covers! I had absolutely no energy or ambition, then I remembered that I still had the Ruckpack shot. Within about 15 mins I honestly was not tired anymore . I sat for about another 30 minutes to see if I would get tired if I was still sitting and low and behold … nope! I got up got dressed and cleaned my bathroom. A glamorous task, I know but I REALLY did not feel up to it! Not only did I clean that bathroom so good that even Mr Clean would be proud , I got several other tasks accomplished as well. Had it not been for the energy the Ruckpack shot gave me I probably would be fast asleep dreaming that I had the energy to get things done! And of course because it was caffeine free, I did not suffer from any jitters!
The shots are available in the following formulations and flavors:
– Raspberry Grenade: Naturally boost energy, endurance and focus with the only nutritional supplement born on the battlefield. We took out the caffeine and added a bunch of extra vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This multi-vitamin shot boasts the best non-caffeinated blend of taste, energy and focus in the market.
– Strawberry Assault: Naturally boost energy, endurance and focus with the only nutritional supplement born on the battlefield. With 120mg of caffeine and a delightful strawberry flavor, this shot is the perfect blend of taste, energy and focus.
– Citrus Ambush: Naturally boost energy, endurance and focus with the only nutritional supplement born on the battlefield. Natural Caffeine, colors, and flavors. With 240mg of caffeine, this shot is maximum energy for maximum effort.
With all the concern over the dangers of energy drinks and energy shots, it is time to offer the consumers a healthier alternative. With a non-caffeinated and a moderately caffeinated version, RuckPack offers alternatives to the current mega dosing of caffeine that currently exists within the energy shot market. RuckPack® Energizer Nootropic Shots are made with natural sweeteners, colors, and flavors. The caffeinated shot even contains natural caffeine from green tea. No sucralose. No synthetic caffeine. Plus, RuckPack® works to counter the negative effects of caffeine in other ways. Theanine helps blunt caffeine’s attack on the central nervous system while improving focus. Citrulline, a vasodilator is used to counteract the vasoconstriction caused by caffeine. We also add a powerful anti-oxidant, CoQ10, to restore a benefit of coffee lost during caffeine extraction. Now you can get all the benefits of caffeine while minimizing the side effects and bolstering the cognitive benefits! – RuckPack
AlphaSize® Alpha-GPC – AlphaSize Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC) is considered to be one of the most effective brain nutrients in the world, and is used widely in clinical settings around the world to combat memory loss, cognitive dysfunctions, and dementias of various kinds. A-GPC also has utility in “mind-to-muscle” sports nutrition formulations, where it acts to optimize muscular power output, sharpen agility, and also delay mental fatigue. This is a result of the fact that A-GPC helps speed cell to cell communication through neuromuscular optimization, providing enhanced muscular power output and agility for active and athletic individuals. It also promotes the production and maintenance of human growth hormone (HGH), the body’s master hormone for maintaining youth, vitality, and body composition.
Theanine – The RuckPack Energizers use Theanine independently of or symbiotically with natural caffeine. Caffeine and Theanine are a found together in nature – in green tea – and we don’t want to mess with a good thing! Theanine itself has been shown to offer a stimulatory effect on the mind. Studies have shown that Theanine supplementation can result in increased alpha brain wave production, signifying a calm, focused, mentallly alert state. This non-sedating, focused-calm also works to blunt the harsh side-effects caffeine has on the central nervous system. Simply put, Theanine helps mitigate the negative effects of caffeine, while supplementing the positive mental benefits that caffeine has to offer. The Caffeine-Theanine relationship is so positive, it is the most common nootropic pairing for cognitive enhancement.
Tyrosine – Tyrosine is an amino acide used to combat depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), stress, Alzheimer’s, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also sometimes used to improve alertness following sleep deprivation. Tyrosine easily crosses the blood brain barrier to bolster cognitive functioning and it boosts dopamine levels in the body, thereby improving mood and motivation. Tyrosine, like other branched chain amino acids, assists in delaying the onset of fatigue during strenuous activity by minimizing the uptake of tryptophan to the brain.
MicroActive® CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) is a molecule produced in the body. It aids mitochondria during energy production and serves as a powerful anti-oxidant, protecting the body from the damage of free radicals. The Microactive form of CoQ10 maximizes bioavailabilty of this coenzyme, ensuring that the body recieves the maximum dose.
Citrulline Malate – L-Citrulline is used as a sports performance and cardiovascular health supplement and is proven to boost nitric oxide levels and improves the ammonia recycling process. L-Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise. Citrulline malate is a vasodilator that improves blood flow so well that it is has been proven successful in treating some forms of erectile dysfunction.
About The Brand:
Originally founded by Marine Special Operations Forces in the battlefields of Afghanistan, RuckPack is military service-member owned and operated. It’s a brand whose owners live by a code of service to country and community and who uphold the ideals of honor, dedication, and integrity. The RuckPack Team will never fall short of such ideals, and their products serve as an example of this dedication. RuckPack remains committed to their military roots, and everything RuckPack offers is designed with the warfighter in mind. RuckPack is made in the USA and is committed to giving up to 10% of profits back to charity.
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If you have ever dealt with anxiety , you know it can be a beast to tame! here are 13 Ways to Relieve Anxiety & Stress.
What is it like to have anxiety? This condition can manifest as panic attacks, ranging from mild to severe, in which a person experiences trouble breathing, sweating, heart palpitations, dizziness, and feelings of disorientation or impending doom. Depression, insomnia, tension, muscle aches, and twitching are all signs of chronic anxiety.
This is not only a troubling psychological condition, but a physically debilitating one as well. It stresses the cardiovascular, glandular, nervous, and immune systems, and can be a foundational cause of chronic ill-health. Alternative remedies such as essential oils for anxiety, offer a safe, natural solution to encourage a state of relaxation rather than stress.
1. – Essential Oils
Essential oils are a staple in my house! They provide so may therapeutic benefits. The beauty of essential oils is that they are natural, extracted from flowers, leaves, bark or roots of plants. While it’s best to make sure you use pure essential oils, meaning oils that have not been diluted with chemicals or additives, they can provide much needed relief and healing for a variety of ailments, including as a natural remedy for anxiety. Some of my personal favorites are Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Clary Sage & Patchouli. Make sure to get Good Quality Essential oils. I Get many of mine from Melaleuca and off of Amazon. Amazon has some great mixed sets!
2. – Meditation
Take a few minutes to think about all the things you are grateful for. It could be as simple as feeling grateful for the food in your fridge or the way your pet loves you. Take the time to appreciate all the gifts you have in life and how lucky you are to have them. When you show thanks for the good in your life, more good will attract itself to you.I spend 5 minutes every morning meditating on gratitude as soon as I open my eyes. It’s amazing how it always starts me off in such a great mood for the day. I have also purchased some very helpful meditation & law of attraction programs that have worked wonders! Panic Miracle is a great resource! I have also used programs from Brad Yates who teaches E.F.T Techniques ( Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Dr. Steve G Jones.
3. – Alkaline Water
One of the best ways to help ease the symptoms of your anxiety and depression is through the utilization of alkaline water. Negatively charged micro-water (more commonly known as alkaline water) will help to balance the pH level in your system and more importantly in your brain. The pH levels in the blood and fluid in the body can help to turn your depression and your anxiety into a more manageable state. As well, alkaline water helps to detoxify the body and it is said the removing a build up of toxins can aide in anxiety relief. I have tried many different methods (stay tuned for the blog post) but my method of choice is my Santevia Water Cooler System
4. – Greens
When our bodies are stressed, a lack of nutrients and an unhealthy lifestyle will only aggravate the body further. By filling yourself instead with nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, your body can heal from the damage stress can cause as well as help fight it. When juicing for stress, there are certain nutrients present in certain fruits and vegetables that will help you better overcome the side effects of stress. The Easiest way to give your body all the nutrients it needs is with a good quality Greens Product! My Two favorites are Organifi and the line from Progressive.
5. – Gardening
This hobby reduces stress and promotes health and wellness. For many reasons, gardening is a favorite stress management activity.Benefits of Gardening: Gardening reduces stress through exposure to nature.
Exposure to sunlight has been shown to increase serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for keeping our brain balanced and us feeling good. Not only does sunlight increase serotonin but it also increases melatonin, which is the chemical in our brains responsible for inducing sleep.
Fresh air is full of oxygen and it provides health to the cells in our bodies. Fresh air can help us feel more energized and even help us sleep better at night. Being outside in the fresh air promotes a sense of well-being and good mental focus.
Nature sounds like birds singing, waterfalls, bubbling brooks, rustling trees blowing in the wind all help to bring us into balance. The sounds found in nature help us to get outside of our heads and appreciate the earth and all it has to offer. These sounds help bring us into the present moment of the here and now
Don’t have the yard for a garden ? Plant your garden in pots on your deck or grown an indoor garden! There are many options available for gardening in small spaces or indoors.
6. – Supplements
Most people are not getting the vitamins and minerals that their bodies require and anxiety can often be blamed on vitamin/mineral deficiencies. As well, some supplements are geared towards easing stress and clearing the mind.
7. – Exercise
Although Cardio Exercise like running or bike riding is more effective for relieving anxiety, going for a long walk and enjoying nature can work just as well!
8. – Get Rid of Clutter
Feng Shui is the art of creating a serene and relaxing home. Part of this study involves clearing the clutter from your environment. Clutter creates a sense of confusion and chaos. By cleaning up your home, you’re essentially clearing out the clutter from your mind.I feel so much better after doing just a little bit of housekeeping. I find it extremely relaxing to be in a clean home.I personally like getting rid of old clothes. If I haven’t worn them in a year, then they are wasteful clutter and can be given away.
9. – Massage
Take the time to treat yourself to a massage. You deserve it. A massage is not only relaxing, it also promotes healthy blood circulation and overall well-being. You can also use this as a way to connect with your partner which is also stress reducing.
10. – Journal
Sometimes we may not know what is triggering our anxiety and keeping a daily journal can help to pin point what your triggers may be. It could be certain foods causing anxiety ( Gluten is a definite trigger for me) , a certain activity, event or even certain people can induce anxiety.
11. – Diet
Diet can play a very important part when it comes to anxiety. It can be brought on by food allergies ( which can cause a toxic build up in the body and induce anxiety) or it could be from a lack of nutrition altogether. Many have found that eating a diet mainly of fruits, vegetables, healthy nuts & oils and lean protein and forgoing diets high in processed foods, sugar , gluten and dairy . Here are some of my personal recommendations.
12. – Fidget Spinners / Gadgets
Robert Duff, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in Camarillo, California, believes they can help in several ways. “For people who live with anxiety, fidget toys serve a couple different purposes,” he says. “Anxiety often leads to agitation and a desperate yearning to do something about the internal discomfort that anxiety brings. Without a proper outlet of coping strategies, this discomfort can lead to things like skin picking, scratching, or other disruptive behaviors. Putting a fidget toy in someone’s hand can sometimes help them channel this nervous energy into a more constructive outlet,
13. – Drink Herbal Tea
L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea plants. It also promotes relaxation and modifies the stimulating effects of the caffeine present in green tea. Some have found that even small amounts of caffeine can trigger anxiety, so instead opt for caffeine free Herbal Varieties .. my favorites is Chamomile but you can find several different stress relieving varieties on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca ( Honestly .. I do A TON Of shopping on Amazon! I combine it with ebates.com & ebates.ca to earn cash back on all of my online purchases)
I am hoping that one of these helps to relieve your anxiety symptoms. I know all too well what a nightmare it can be! Comment below and tell me if have you tried any of these methods? How did it work for you?
Why should everyone else have all the fun at holiday gatherings?
Everyone around you gets to eat without questioning the hostess about every ingredient and if you get to eat anything, well, it’s probably the least exciting dish out of the bunch.
I totally know how that feels.
We have had to make many dietary changes in this house. I have found that certain foods really make my Fibromyalgia, Nerve & Sciatic Pain flare up and other members of my family have stomach & liver issues, so I am doing my best to completely change the way we eat.
But still, it’s the holidays! I want to enjoy them, be able to eat #alltheyummythings (and I especially don’t want my kids to have to miss out on special foods).
If you’re struggling with food allergies or dietary restrictions, the folks at Ultimate Bundles have put together a bundle just for you (and for the holidays!).
It’s called the Food Allergy Freedom Bundle. And it’s full of luscious recipes, special enough for your celebrations and parties, but lovingly created for those with food allergies or specific dietary needs.
This collection contains 9 cookbooks that will make sure everybody can satisfy their sweet (or savory) tooth this season (but without hives, digestive issues, or trips to the emergency room).
Whether you’re in the mood for Bread Pudding Cakes with “Bourbon” Vanilla Sauce, Savory Sweet Potato Bake, Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Frosting, Spiced Pear Anise Cranberry Quick Bread, Pomegranate Mimosas, or any of the other 280 recipes in this bundle, you’ll be sure to create a holiday spread that will make special memories.
Here’s where it gets really crazy…
Altogether, these eCookbooks are worth $110. But I have a question for you: would you like to buy them at a discount?
If your answer is yes, then I have one more question…
How much of a discount do you want?
That’s the beauty of this Food Allergy Freedom Bundle. Not only do you have the freedom to eat food that’s allergy-friendly, you also have the freedom to pay what you want!
This is how it works:
Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, decide how much you want to spend, and then click the turquoise “Pay what I want!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks.
Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start making delicious, allergy-free meals!
The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 48 hours!
After Tuesday night, November 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.
It’s even backed by a 30-day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.
The holiday season is full of food, friends, and family. No one needs to feel excluded with these recipes that are safe (and delicious) for everyone!
Get what you need to have delicious food this holiday season (without the allergens that make you sick).