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.

 

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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.

Plant Powered Cookies + More

,Plant Powered Cookies + More

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I have a pretty big sweet tooth, which I work hard to control. Of course, every now again I feel the need to indulge. These days it’s easier to enjoy a delicious treat that’s also full of a few nutritious ingredients. I recently experimented with some new protein powders to create a batch of plant powered chocolate chip cookies. Spoiler alert: The cookies are delish.

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Loving Your Body After Having A Baby

Loving Your Body After Having A Baby

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I have always battled with self-image and since having my children it continues to be an issue that I’ve struggled with. I guess I’ve never gotten out of the mindset of from when I was in school, I was always the short overweight oddball. Lately, I’ve decided that it’s time to love the body I have. Now i’m learning how important loving your body after having a baby is. 

Loving your body after having a baby. 

Pregnancy

I have grown and birthed four beautiful children. My skin stretched and warped as they grew, not always returning unhindered. There are stretch marks and not in the same place. I was lucky enough to be able to help create these beautiful lives, how could I not love a body that did that. I’ve also survived a horrific car accident that should have killed me. I broke three out of four limbs, and have had eight surgeries in just over two years. I have massive scaring up my left forearm, where I had a plate and eight screws put in.

While I may not love every inch of my body, My kids don’t see the pain. They don’t see the scars of the past or the scars from the accident. They see mommy, whom they love no matter what I look like. My children don’t care if I’m super skinny, or if my hair is always done. All they want is for me to be present and happy.

So with bathing suit season right around the corner, I’ve been looking for something that is going to flatter what accents I have and hid my issue areas. Look no further then Tempt Me swimsuits. From one piece to bikinis there is something for every body type. I chose two different styles, and the main thing I was looking for was coverage. Other places when you get the coverage you don’t always get style but this is where Tempt Me is different. They strive to do both!

SwimDress

Off The Shoulder

I love the One Piece Polka Falbala Swimdress, it gives me that vintage feel. I love how I can put it on and feel completely comfortable around anyone. The second swimsuit I chose from Tempt Me was the Vintage Off Shoulder Ruffled Swimsuits. I love the bright colors in this swimsuit, and how the black of the base sets off the colors in a pop. To be honest, when ordering online I was a little worried because I don’t usually get the bikini style bottom but I was really impressed by just how much coverage this swimsuit provides.  I usually HATE shopping for swimsuits but Tempt Me made it easy and fast. If you would like more information Be sure to check them out on their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Loving Yourself

Todays Takeaway:

You are beautiful. Learning to love yourself is one of the most empowering things that you can truly do. When those little ones look into your eyes remember that YOU are their entire world. So love your scars, love your stretch marks because you are amazing! Learn to love your body after having a baby.

Can Hemp-Based CBD Products Help you?

Can Hemp-Based CBD Products help you_

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As the legalization of medical/recreational marijuana expands throughout the US, more CBD products are becoming available to the consumer. This new movement has piqued my curiosity about the benefits of using hemp-based CBD products. How they can help? What different types of are available? Are there differences between products?

In addition to trying to find the answers to my questions, I’ve also been experimenting with balms, lotions, powders, and tinctures. Today, I’ll be sharing my insight after using the Curaleaf Hemp lotion and tinctures.

What is Hemp-Based CBD?

Before I talk about hemp-based CBD (cannabidiol), let me clarify one thing, CBD will not get you high. Why? Unlike marijuana, CBD doesn’t contain THC, which is the psychoactive that gives you the “high” feeling.

Hemp-based CBD - Curaleaf Infographic

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Curaleaf Hemp derives its CBD from cannabis sativa plants grown in Kentucky and Colorado. Interestingly enough, CBD is only one of the hundreds of compounds found in the plant.  In order to utilize this compound, Curaleaf Hemp puts its plants through a C02 extraction process, which takes place in Kentucky and Maine.

Before the hemp-based CBD products are delivered to your door or a Curaleaf location near you, they are tested by 3rd party labs. This testing ensures you are receiving the most effective, high-quality ingredients, which are free of toxins, such as pesticides. No matter what CBD products you are using, it is important to know where you CBD comes from and how it is tested. Remember, not all CBD is the same.

How can CBD help?

Hemp-based CBD products from Curaleaf

One of the reasons for the recent rise in hemp-based CBD popularity is its ability to benefit your body’s endocannabinoid system. This system contains receptors which regulate pain, mood, appetite, stress, memory, and the immune system.

When you take CBD, you encourage your body to use more of these receptors, which can help reduce pain, inflammation, and anxiety levels. Some studies have shown that CBD may be to help combat neurological disorders and even cancer.

Topical CBD Lotion

Hemp-based CBD products Menthol lotion

For a variety of reasons, I tend to suffer from neck and shoulder pain. The tension and pain tend to increase after long hours on the computer or when I hit my workouts hard. To treat this pain, I usually use an OTC anti-inflammatory. Occasionally, I will use OTC pain patches in an attempt to avoid taking too many anti-inflammatories, which can be damaging to your liver and digestion. As much as I love these patches, they can be a little challenging to use.

When I discovered CBD topical lotions, I was beyond excited. Topical CBD products typically come in creams, lotions, and even balms. You can use them to treat localized pain by applying the product directly to the skin. The result is fast-acting pain relief.

Hemp-based CBD Products Lotion swatches

I’ve been using the Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion in Menthol for a little over a month to relieve muscle pain and even menstrual cramps. This lotion contains full spectrum CBD oil, in addition to shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It’s not only soothing to the skin, it really does a great job of relieving muscle and joint pain on contact and for several hours after application.

Each time I apply the lotion to my neck, shoulders, back, legs, or even lower stomach, I experience the relief I need. I no longer have to automatically reach for Advil or Tylenol, etc. CBD topical lotion has now become a staple in my muscle, pain relief arsenal.

CBD Tincture Drops

Another popular delivery method for hemp-based CBD is by mouth. It is believed that your body is better able to absorb and metabolize the effects of CBD when taken sublingually or orally.

Curaleaf Hemp offers five different types of tincture drops designed to help with digestion, muscle recovery, energy and focus, stress, and mood. The brand was kind enough to send me their Relieve and Revive drops to try.

Hemp-based CBD products Curaleaf tinctures

  • Relieve
    • A combination of 25 mg of natural derived hemp CBD, 0mg THC, refined coconut oil, hempseed oil, stevia, and lavender sweet orange essential oils
    • The anti-inflammatory benefits and calming properties of the essential oils, combined with CBD, help relieve muscle and joint pain
  • Revive
    • A combination of 25 mg of natural derived hemp CBD, 0mg THC, refined coconut oil, hempseed oil, stevia, and lemon bergamot essential oils
    • The blend of CBD and Vitamin C help improve energy and focus

Hemp-based CBD products tincture dropper

Both tinctures have a citrus flavor with an oily texture. They feature a 1 ML dropper which you use to take the product, either orally or topically. I personally only use the tinctures orally, once a day. While I haven’t had a chance to try the Revive tincture, I have been using the Relieve. (Note: In order to properly test out the tinctures in a timely fashion, I was only able to use one at a time. I will update this post after I finish using Revive.)

I definitely notice a difference in my muscle recovery when I use Relieve. As I mentioned above, I’ve been hitting my workouts a lot harder in the last few months, with the goal of working out six days a week.

Hemp-based CBD Products Tincture swatches

Since I’m not in my twenties, my muscles don’t recover as fast. Using Relieve, does help reduce my muscle and joint pain. It’s not a magical cure all, as my muscles are still sore. However, they are not as sore as they have been and I’m able to more effectively keep up my current fitness routine.

Final thoughts on CBD

CBD can provide you with many benefits, from reducing pain to boosting your mood. If you are considering trying out hemp-based CBD products, check out both the lotion and the tinctures from Curaleaf Hemp. They have both made a noticeable difference in my life.

For more information on CBD, check out all our Beauty Brite CBD posts.

 

Have you tried CBD? Would a lotion or hemp-based CBD tincture work best for you?

 

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