About Jordan

New to blogging, I am a mommy of a four year old girl (in preschool). I have two fur babies; Sophie the Jack Russell and Trisha the Kitten. I'm from North Carolina and I've lived here my whole life. I spend my time practicing photography, taking trips, and doing crafts. I love fashion, natural products, food, and coffee. At any given time you can find me in the mountains of Gatlinburg Tenneessee or the beaches of Topsail Island in North Carolina.

Favorite Must-Have Everyday Accessories

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I hardly ever wear jewelry nor do I have many everyday accessories. I have a terrible time with earrings as my ears are sensitive to most metals. Necklaces are fine but I find myself fidgeting with them.

My daughter, on the other hand, is the Accessory queen. She has an entire jewelry box with everything you could imagine. She’s constantly playing dress up and bringing me items to try on.

What she and I can both agree on are that there are a few staple, Everyday Accessories you must have. Her’s would be a bow or statement headband. My must haves are a good, statement bracelet and a Bluetooth earpiece.

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Beat Post-Workout Sweat with a Detox Skincare Line

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I don’t work out as much as I would like to. I also don’t take care of my skin like I should. When I do either one, I try to use the best products for oily and acne prone skin.

My face is so shiny and so finicky that only certain products can be used. I try to avoid products with excessive amounts of added oils and chemicals. At the same time, I also try to avoid face wash with over-drying properties.

What do you do when you want to scrub off oil, sweat, and dirt without turning into a scaly creature?

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Products to Beat Frizzy Hair

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My daughter and I actively fight our naturally, curly hair. One toe out of line in our daily routine and we’re a frizzy mess. I like to affectionately refer to my air dried curls as my ‘Dolly Parton Hair’ cause man does it have volume!

Most store brands leave horrible build up and leave me oily by the end of the day. Naturalizing or shampoos that strip build up usually leave me with dry, damaged hair. What’s a girl to do?

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Authentic Japanese Snacks Delivered to Your Door

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I love trying new foods and I give it my best shot to try to avoid picky eating. Subscription boxes have been super helpful in aiding me to branch out from my norm and try new options.

One of the areas that I feel was lacking was international foods and snacks within my diet.

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Power Quick Pot Low Country Boil

There’s nothing I love more than a one pot meal. Only having to run one dish through the wash is like, my dream. There’s also nothing I love more than fresh seafood and that beach vacation feel.

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Five Ways to Improve your Physical and Mental Health

Improve Your Overall Mental and Physical Health Naturally

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Over the past year, I have been making the push to go completely natural in both my home and my healthcare. So far, I have managed to switch my cleaning products for my house to completely plant-based. I wanted to incorporate that lifestyle into ways to improve health and wellness.

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Power Quick Pot Easy Apple Dumplings

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Power Quick Pot Easy Apple Dumplings

I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I was raised by my grandmother. A strong, Southern woman who grew up on a tobacco farm. She worked hard and retired after many years in finance and office management. Even after raising two kids (my dad and aunt) she still found it in her to help raise four grandchildren and at the spry age of 70 is still helping me raise my daughter.

Many of my earliest memories revolve around her and us in the kitchen. We’ve made more desserts together than I can count. Most of her recipes come from handwritten index cards or old church cookbooks. When I was little, I used to love to pull them out of the closet and look through them for hours. In fact, I’ve shared one of her recipes before!

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Three Ways to Change Up your Work Day Style

From Statement Pieces to Jewelry; We Find Three Ways to Change up your Work Day Style

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As someone who works in an office, I can tell you from experience that I have a hard time finding outfits that are business casual but also tailored to my style. It seems as though recently, I have fallen into a rut of ordering t-shirts that have our county logo on them and wearing a different color every day.

It also doesn’t help that I carry weight in my middle section/stomach and I have a difficult time finding outfits that I am comfortable in. All the jeans and t-shirts have brought my self-confidence down and I struggle to find ways to look like more than just a mom of a tornado toddler.

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High Quality Glasses with Affordable Low Prices

High Quality Glasses and Sunglasses that Come at an Affordable Low Price

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I’ve been wearing glasses for about four years; conveniently the same amount of time that my daughter has been alive. They weren’t kidding when they said that child birth would take away your best traits. With my little one; it seemed she sucked the iron out of my blood, took all of my Vitamin D, and zapped my eyesight. Unfortunately, I haven’t always had eye insurance so decent vision has been out of the question often.

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Even with eye insurance through my employer, the traditional getting fitted and ordering glasses with the eye doctor was always a long and expensive process. My boyfriend, on the other hand, doesn’t have any insurance and his vision is worse than mine! So when he broke his glasses, having him fitted for glasses was completely off the table with the bills we had at the time.

EyeBuyDirect Offers High Quality Glasses with Affordable Prices

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Most online glasses companies have cheap frames and very few options that complement everyone’s face shape. Glasses should be an extension on one’s personally and should fit like a second pair of skin. EyeBuyDirect has an option to upload a picture of yourself and try on all their frames prior to purchase. If you still aren’t sure which pair to try, take their online quiz to find an awesome pair of frames! Flip through over 1,000 men’s and women’s frames to find one that you like. Once ordered, rest easy knowing you have a 14 day fitting period and a 12 month product replacement guarantee.

I was fortunate to try EyeBuyDirect and was able to order three pairs of eyeglasses and a pair of sunglasses. EyeBuyDirect’s mission statement is to provide everyone with fashionable glasses in different shapes and sizes to be worn for any occasion; all while being affordable. I got two pairs of eyeglasses for myself, one pair of eyeglasses for my boyfriend, and a pair of prescription sunglasses.

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The online order form was easy to follow and came with step by step instructions. I was able to create glasses to fit my exact everyday needs. I ordered a pair with Anti-Glare lenses for driving as well as a pair that reduces Blue Light and decreases Glare from computer screens. Each pair came carefully packed as to ensure there was no damage in transport. They also came with a carrying pouch that can double as a cleaning wipe and a use/care guide.

Even with all the extra’s added, I averaged about $100-$120 per pair which is a HUGE improvement from the usual $250 at the eye doctor!

Buy One Give One; One Action. Enormous Impact

Right now, there are 2.5 billion people who cannot see without aid. EyeBuyDirect offers a program partnered with Vision for Life that offers a new pair of glasses to an individual in need for each pair purchased.

Unfortunately, my boyfriend snapped one of the ear pieces off his glasses about two weeks into wearing them. He has a bad habit of wearing glasses in bed and falling asleep with them on. This time around, he had taken them off in his sleep and tucked them under his pillow. When he rolled over, we heard that dreaded *snap* sound. We ordered him a replacement pair from EyeBuyDirect and the order process was just as seamless and his new pair of glasses will arrive in about 10 days.

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Fuel Your Body and Mind with Mushroom Extracts

Add FreshCap Mushrooms to your Favorite Recipes for a Healthy Boost

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In our area of North Carolina, we’ve been battling bouts of snow and rain producing flood conditions. We’re about two days into a six day run of rain and with the combined temperatures of 40 degrees, we could really use some warming up. It also seems that any time we get wet weather, I have someone in my house come down with a case of the sniffles. I wanted a way to give some comfort in this dreary weather but also boost everyone’s immune system so I pulled out my dad’s Super Easy Chili recipe and tweaked it with my favorite Mushroom Extracts to give it the umph* we need to make it through what appears to be our own little monsoon season. But you know what they say, if you don’t like the weather in North Carolina; give it a minute, it’ll change!

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FreshCap Mushrooms have Mushroom Extracts for all Health Issues

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FreshCap makes the difference in extracts by cultivating from the entire mushroom plant. There are no hard to pronounce ingredients and no additives or chemicals. FreshCap Mushrooms are Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan and Paleo friendly.

-Thrive 6 comes packed with 6 different mushrooms, all designed to aid in healing. With 60 servings in each bag, this powerhouse is ready to be added to coffee, tea, and your favorite meals

  • LIONS MANE for focus, mental clarity and creativity.
  • CORDYCEPS for energy, endurance and athletic performance
  • CHAGA for detoxifying and inner health
  • REISHI the mushroom of immortality
  • TURKEYTAIL for preventing colds and flu.
  • MAITAKE for bolstering the immune system

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  •  100% pure Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract for focus and mental clarity

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  • 100% pure Cordyceps Militaris Mushroom Extract for energy and endurance

Add FreshCap Mushrooms to my Dad’s Super Easy Chili Recipe

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 15 ounce can of Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 15 ounce can of Pinto Beans
  • 1 15 ounce can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 8 ounce can of Sweet Corn (i used half a 15 ounce can because that’s all I had on hand)
  • 1 pound of ground beef (or your preference of ground meat, preferably something that is lean)
  • 1 16 ounce container of beef broth
  • 2 tbs Chili Powder
  • 1 tbs cumin (This is one of my favorites from the Chef’s Collection at Burlap and Barrel)
  • 1 tbs Paprika
  • 1 tbs Oregano
  • 1/2 tbs onion powder
  • 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 scoop of Thrive 6 FreshCap Mushroom Extract
  • If you like spice, add whole chilies until you reach the desired heat index (see my favorite from Burlap and Barrel)
  • salt and pepper to taste

To cook:

  • Brown the ground beef with the above mentioned seasonings (this is why you want something lean, as I typically do not drain fat and cook the meat with seasoning from the start to really impart some flavor)
  • Add the additional canned ingredients and stir
  • Depending on how ‘soupy’ you like your chili, add in the beef broth until you get your desired consistency
  • bring to a boil and reduce to the lowest temperature and simmer for 2-3 hours
  • Serve with CORNBREAD or saltine crackers, sour cream, and cheese.
  • **BONUS – you could put this in the crock pot in the morning and it will be ready for supper at the end of the day

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