Bailey’s Irish Creme Truffles

The only times I’ve had such a sweet and indulgent treat like truffles was at work or if they were given as a gift! What if you could make delicious truffles at home? The Bailey’s Irish Creme Truffles would make a lovely treat for any get-together or even wrapped up as a gift!

Bailey's Irish Creme Truffles

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Girl Scouts Thin Mints Crumble Cookies

Were you a Girl Scout? Do you have daughters who are Girl Scouts? I believe I joined a local Girl Scout troop that my next door neighbor’s mom ran. Our troop was small, but we had so much fun. Before that, I was in the Girl Scout Brownies. I remember doing so many activities.

Girl Scouts Thin Mints Crumble Cookies

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Shapewear: Our Little Secret

Shapewear Our Little Secret

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Let me tell you about shapewear our little secret. Growing up I was never skinny but I was always short, so that makes me look even heavier. I was always made fun of for being overweight and especially in middle school and freshman year of high school. At my heaviest, I was in size 18 clothing and hit about 205lbs being only 4’10 you can imagine how it looked. I battled weight up and down and until the summer of Junior year when my battle with depression came to a head did I lose any significant weight. In the span of 6 months I lost down to 135 lbs and honestly, I looked sick. I finally got healthy and usually stay between 145-155 lbs now.

With that being said I’ve never been “flat chested” either so finding bras that fit is always a chore. It’s either too tight or the cups don’t fit right. I for one detest underwire and can’t stand to have it in a bra, it is like slow torture wearing one all day. Not to mention when the wire snaps and tries to impale you slowly.

Shapewear our little secret

 

So I started looking for a brand that would fit all my needs and that’s when I found Sonsee. Sonsee is for plus size ladies and caters to all their needs. They have sizing experts ready and willing to help you find the perfect fit every time so you don’t have any guesswork.

High Back Bra

Here are my thoughts on the products that I received. First I got the High Back Bra. This bra is a game changer because I’m having no more back pain. It gives support in all the right places and there is NO underwire *happy dance here*. It comes in nude and black and is so soft on your skin. A big win in my opinion.

Shapewear Shorts

The next thing I received was the  Shapewear Shorts. To be honest when I first got them I was like, I’m going to look like an old lady. But then I put it on, and I’m in love! After four kids lets get real there are muscles that are not in the correct spot and are stretched out. The support I felt instantly made me feel so much better. It also helps hide those little problem areas, don’t get me wrong I’m all about self-love but I could use some toning up and the shapewear provides that coverage. The fabric is breathable and great for year round use. The waistband is designed for tummy control and made to not roll down.

Sonsee Shapewear

Sonsee Woman

 

So there you have it, shapewear our little secret weapon. Gives confidence and provides support for those problem areas. Perfect for anyone, having the proper undergarments make all the difference. For more information visit their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Cinnamon Roll Filled Cookies

I remember growing up in the 80s and 90s, and hanging out at the mall was one of the fun things to do! We loved walking around the mall to either shop, hang out with friends, go see a movie, and even visit the food court! I even remember the cinnamon buns place at the mall. Do you?

Get ready for Cinnamon Roll Filled Cookies!

Cinnamon Roll Filled Cookies

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Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are my favorite Disney couple. They are such a cute couple and have the type of love to admire. Are you a Mickey Mouse fan? We are so excited to share our Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies recipe!

Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies

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My Trip to the Local CBD Store

My Trip to a Local CBD Store

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Although I’ve been using CBD for the past several months, I still can’t believe how much it is helping me. It reduces my anxiety and stress levels, improves my skin, and helps manage pain. While my CBD knowledge continues to grow, I still feel like there is a lot to learn. When I was given the chance to try out products from a local CBD store, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to interview the owners. I wanted to learn more about CBD in general, how the products are made, and who could benefit from using them.

Local CBD Store in Ocala

Since my dad lives not too far from Ocala, Fl I took him when dad I went meet with Michael Oliva, the owner of Your CBD Store Ocala. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived. What exactly does a CBD Store look like? Would it have a drugstore feel or look like a doctor’s office? And what would my dad think about this whole CDB thing (more on that later)?

When we walked into Your CBD Store Ocala, we found a beautifully, designed boutique, with a spa-like feel. It was welcoming and modern and really well thought out. All of the different types of CBD products are well organized and easy to find.

Where does your CBD come from?

There are a lot of CBD products on the market, with more coming out every day it seems. But how much do we know about these products? The reality is, not all CBD is equal. Just because you can find it in-stores or online for a cheap price doesn’t mean it’s safe or effective. There is a reason the good stuff has a higher price tag.

If I’m going to put CBD on my body or in my body, I want to know where it comes from and what processes the manufacturer uses to ensure its efficacy and safety. I asked Michael about his CBD based products:

Your CBD Store Ocala

“We get all of our CBD from a farm in Colorado Springs. It is then sent to an FDA-approved facility in Tampa for extraction. We don’t use any chemicals in the process. We use a warm-based CO2 extraction, the most effective process for extracting CBD, to turn the solid product into a liquid form. The extraction process is performed twice. The second time removes any traces of THC.

“The product is then sent for third-party testing at a lab in either Gainesville, FL or Arizona. All of our testing results, for each product, can be found on our website or by scanning the QR code on some of our products. We do this to be completely transparent, so you know exactly what you are getting.”

This is one of the things that set Michael’s CBD store and products apart from others. They want to make sure people are getting the best products so they can experience the most benefit. The ability to be able to go online and see what’s in the product you’ve bought, as well as the lab test results, is both impressive and reassuring.

Finding the right CBD product

CBD can be used to relieve pain, anxiety, depression, migraines, nausea, addiction, insomnia, and seizures, just to name a few. For this reason, CBD products are offered in a variety of formats, from liquid to gummies. The choice for which product is right for you really depends on your lifestyle or needs.

Beauty and Wellness CBD Store Products

Michael’s CBD store offers several, including:

  • Vape cartridge, pen, and vape juice – this is ideal for anyone who deals with triggered anxiety or suffers from panic attacks. Vaping helps provide you with immediate anxiety relief
  • Gummies – these work great for anyone who has sleep issues. They metabolize throughout the night, so they help you fall and stay asleep. Gummies are a great alternative to RX sleep aids because they don’t give those crazy side effects
  • Water soluble (liquid and pill form) – this liquid form of CBD can be put in water, juice, tea, coffee, etc. It’s not as fast acting as vaping but you will begin to feel the effects within 5-10 min. The pill form provides the same relief/benefits as the liquid but takes a little longer to take effect because you have to metabolize it
  • Oil/Tinctures – a liquid form of CBD taken sublingually, or under the tongue, which is absorbed within 30-60 seconds. It’s available in a range of strengths to offer varying degrees of relieve for different conditions. Lower dosages are ideal for stress and anxiety, whereas higher doses are ideal for dealing with cancer pain, ALS, Parkinson, or chronic pain
  • Pet Products – available in treat form or tincture. They help to reduce anxiety, eliminate skin irritations, and other doggy-related health issues.
  • Beauty Products –  available in bath bombs (100 mg of CBD), body lotion, collagen cream, lip balm, and topical pain creams. These products help to soothe and calm the body, improve skin texture, reduce inflammation and encourage skin repair. They are also beneficial for treating eczema, wrinkles, fine lines, and arthritis

 

Trying out Some Local CBD Store Products

 Michael was kind enough to give me a goodie bag of products to try out. My dad also bought a tincture to try and I later ordered him the topical pain cream. Since our meeting, I’ve also bought myself a bottle of their water-soluble CBD. I’ve been using all of the products for a little over a month and they’ve become staples in my beauty and wellness routine.

 

Beauty

CBD Store Sunflora Beauty Products

Let’s first talk about the beauty products. I tried out the Body Lotion, Lip Balm, Collagen Cream, and bath bombs. All of which are now going to be must-haves in my beauty routine. The bath bomb does exactly what it should do, relax and calm. It was a real treat to my once a week, self-care, bubble bath. I will be ordering more very soon.

 

The Body Lotion and the Lip Balm are incredibly healing and soothing. After deciding to wear a pair of booties without socks all day, my feet were on the verge of blisters. I put some body lotion on my feet before I went to bed and woke up to feet that were no longer red or irritated. In other words, my skin loves this stuff. I will definitely be bringing the lotion and the lip balm on my upcoming Disney trip because I know my entire body will need the extra TLC.

 

I’m also enjoying the Collagen Cream. Since it contains Vitamin  E and Marine Collagen, I use it every other morning, as an alternative to my Vitamin C serum. It helps even out the tone and texture of my skin, as well as reduce dryness and soften fine lines.

 

Wellness

CBD Store Edible and Water Soluble products

Next up are the Hard Candies and Water Soluble CBD. First off, the candies taste amazing. You almost forget that they aren’t just a sweet treat, but also another way to take your CBD. These are great for on the go.

 

The Water Soluble CBD in Natural is something I use on a daily basis. I fill up the dropper and add it to my tumbler of water. Ingesting my CBD this way ensures I don’t forget to take it, while also giving me the benefits I need. It improves my overall health and reduces anxiety, stress, and fluctuations in mood. This is something I will continue to use because I notice a difference when I don’t.

 

I’m thankful that I was able to spend some time at Your CBD Store Ocala. Thanks to Michael, I feel like I have an even greater understanding of CBD; the manufacturing process, the variety of products available, and how it can truly benefit mental health, pain management, and general health.

 

If you have any questions or want product recommendations, you can reach out to Michael at ocala@cbdrx4u.com, or visit him at Your CBD Store Ocala, 500 SW 10th St. #107 Ocala, FL 34471, (352) 421-8865.

 

Connect with Your CBD Store Ocala: Website | Facebook

 

Have you been to a CBD Store? Which CBD product would you like to try first?

 

 

 

 

Hand Cream That Hydrates For Cold Weather

Hand Cream That Hydrates For Cold Weather

 

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I’ve always been a warm weather type of person. Sunshine and warmth speak to my soul. However, for most of my life, I’ve lived in a very cold state. The winters in Michigan can be brutal! This winter, we’ve had a state-wide winter emergency due to the cold and snow. Our local school district has had over six snow days so far! Ugh, I’m so over this cold and heaps of snow. I’m freezing and always needing to slather on loads of hand cream…. [read more]

Simple Ways To Aid Your Mental Health Troubles

Simple Ways To Aid Your Mental Health Troubles

From time to time, we all go through things that take their toll on our mental state – yes, even those who are fortunate enough not to have to suffer serious mental health issues. It could easily be work situations that come home with you.  They can easily creep into your home life. It could also be something as small and seemingly so insignificant that it appears ridiculous to be worried about. It happens all over the globe and is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 30th Anniversary, we wanted to celebrate with Mermaid Tail Cupcakes! I remember watching The Little Mermaid growing up. When we went swimming, my friends and I would swim like mermaids! We had such an imagination!

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

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A Natural Deodorant Great for Sensitive Skin

JK Naturals Lavender Deodorant Main Image
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As someone who has sensitive skin, it’s hard finding products that work. Everything from shampoo and conditioner to moisturizers, face masks, lip balms, and even deodorants is a big task. Trying to find a deodorant that won’t irritate my skin or cause migraines has turned into an annoying scavenger hunt. I may have discovered an excellent product from JK Naturals. I recently had the opportunity to test out their natural deodorant in Lavender.

A Natural Deodorant That Does the Job

Lavender is easily my favorite scent, and I wish I could have it in my house. With this natural deodorant, you get 1.76 fl oz of product. While there is no fragrance, there’s a strong scent. Enough so that I did get a migraine. However, if you can’t have perfume in products and scents will not bother you, this is a great deodorant!

The solid deodorant goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I work from home, so I don’t do a lot of moving around throughout the day, but I can tell it works. I feel like it’s working to keep my underarms from having a strong smell, and sweating stays at bay. It’s everything that I’m looking for in a deodorant, I just wish that the lavender scent wasn’t so strong. But please keep in mind, I’m horribly sensitive to scents.

JK Naturals Lavender Deodorant

JK Naturals Lavender Deodorant Side View

A Natural Deodorant That Lasts All Day!

While I don’t do a lot during the week, on the weekend, I’m regularly on the run. Whether I’m running errands, shopping, or going grocery shopping, I need something to keep up with my busy day. This deodorant held up! I wasn’t sweating, nor did I smell at the end of the day.

Try This Natural Deodorant!

If you want a natural deodorant with a fresh scent that works and won’t cause issues, try JK Naturals! At $15.99 for the product, it is pricey, but it’s worth it if you are struggling to find a deodorant that works without irritating your skin.