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

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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.

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.

 

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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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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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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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Delicious Keto Coffee Recipes

Delicious Keto Coffee Recipes - Bullet Proof Coffee - Hala Tree Coffee - Java House Cold Brew Coffee

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First of all, Keto is the latest lifestyle trend because many are having such successful results! Being on the Ketogenic Diet for nearly two months now, I can definitely agree that it has made me feel much better and caused my energy to increase.

In contrast, it took some time for me to get used to such a new way of eating. For example, embracing butter and oils. For my entire life, I can only remember hearing about the benefits of a low fat diet. Adding coconut oil to my coffee and cooking with butter? The horror!… [read more]

Small Steps To Revamp Your Health

When it comes to change, it’s best to take small steps. Small steps to revamp your health will keep you motivated along the way. Let’s us show you a few changes you can make.

Small Steps To Revamp Your Health

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Healthy Drinks to Add to Your Routine

Healthy Drinks to Add to Your Routine

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I don’t like to drink my calories unless I’m having a smoothie or a chai tea latte. Like most people, I try to stick to healthy drinks, like water and tea. Lately, I’ve been into some very unique choices in the form of CBD infused tea and birch water.

Healthy Drinks – Yönalé Birch Water

When I first heard about a drink made from the water flowing through birch trees, I was both intrigued and apprehensive. What exactly is birch water and how does it taste?

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water

To learn more about how Yönalé is made, we first must travel to Finland. Well not actually travel, though it would be nice. I’ve always loved the Scandinavia/Nordic region of Europe. But I digress…

Every spring the roots of Finnish Birch trees begin to absorb the nutrients found in the water and soil. These nutrients, along with the water, accumulate in the sap of the tree. Due to pressurization, the sap begins to flow up the tree towards the leaves. The increase of sap, along with its flow to the top of the tree, is also given a boost by sun and evaporation.

Because this phenomenon is very short-lived, there is only a small window of time to harvest the water from the trees. Regardless, the makers of Yönalé take special care during the extraction process. While they want to harvest as much water as possible, they don’t want to harm the trees. They are big believers in practicing responsible foresting, while also preserving its delicate ecosystem.

Health Benefits of Birch Water

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water Options

Birch water isn’t just another fancy water, it’s loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and prebiotics. Additionally, it may also offer many health benefits, including:

  • Help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Won’t raise insulin levels (low GI)
  • Supports liver and kidney functions
  • Help reduce cellulite & lower cholesterol levels
  • Boosts energy and immunity

Healthy Drinks_Yonale Birch Water flavors

Who knew you could get so much from a tree? Now let’s talk about the taste. Yönalé is available in two flavors, Original and Bilberry. The Bilberry is a bit tarter than the Original, but both are an acquired taste. The flavor is a bit earthy and does take some getting used to at first. I find that the colder the water is, the better the flavor. Regardless, I do find Yönalé to be very hydrating and refreshing, especially after a workout.

Healthy Drinks – Buddha CBD Teas

When I’m not drinking water or smoothies, I like to enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, especially in the winter. It just warms me up, body and soul, with its healthy goodness. Lately, I’ve also been adding some CDB to my healthy drinks.

CBD is all the rage these days, and for good reason. It offers a myriad of health benefits, including pain relief, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, reducing the risk of seizures, and even fighting cancer. You can take CBD in many forms, from tinctures to topical creams. So, of course, I was curious to try a tea infused with CBD.

Healthy Drinks_Buddha Teas CBD

Available in four flavors (Chamomile, Matcha Green, Peppermint, and Turmeric & Ginger), Buddha CBD Teas contain 5 mg of CBD. What does this mean exactly?

Buddha CBD Teas use 100% hemp-derived, water-soluble CBD. Because the CBD particles are nanosized, you actually get the benefits of the CBD because it can dissolve, or be incorporated, into the tea. This doesn’t mean you are going to get high from the teas, as they don’t contain THC. They simply contain the cannabinoid that can help the cannabinoid receptors in your body work better. These receptors are found in the immune system and designed to fight pain and inflammation.

The Benefits of CBD Tea

What I like most about the Buddha CBD Teas is I get more than the just the CBD benefits. I also get to enjoy these tasty healthy drinks, or teas, with their own soothing benefits.

Healthy Drinks_Buddha CBD Teas

  • CBD Peppermint Tea (my favorite) – contains the highest quality peppermint available in non-bleached tea bags. Aids in digestion, reduces stress and cools the body.
  • CBD Matcha Green Tea – sourced from Japan. Reduces free radicals and calm’s the mind and body.
  • CBD Chamomile Blend – paired with healing lemon balm and soothing lavender. Helps soothe and calm the mind and body.
  • CBD Turmeric & Ginger Tea – a combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich turmeric, ginger and black pepper. Helps settle the stomach and calm the mind.

Healthy Drinks_CBD teas

All four of these teas are extremely delicious and soothing. They are a warm beginning to a cold winter day, or a soothing ending to a long, stressful day. While the Peppermint is my favorite, I adore all four teas. Each is full of flavor. If you’re looking for a nice introduction to CBD, I highly recommend Buddha Teas. The 5 mg of CBD is pretty low so you won’t notice any major difference, but over time they may help improve the function of your CBD receptors.

Have you tried Birch Water or CBD Tea? What’s your favorite healthy drink?

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Quick Keto Dinner Recipes

Quick Keto Dinner Recipes

 

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I’m sure you’ve heard about the Keto Diet. I mean, seriously, who hasn’t? It’s everywhere these days!

After reading a few of the incredible success stories of Keto, I was convinced that maybe it wasn’t just a fad. From increased mental clarity to promises of great fertility, there seemed to be many more benefits besides just weight loss…. [read more]

Mystical Fashion For Fitness

I am all about yoga, pilates, and walking lately! I love going for a morning walk (depending on weather). When it’s too cold, I may walk and then do some yoga later in the day. If it’s raining, I may stay in and take a rest day! Are you looking to add a few mystical fashion pieces for your fitness?

Mystical Fashion For Fitness
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I am also inspired to stay motivated when I look and feel great! I love wearing cute fashion pieces, whether it is new clothes, accessories, and shoes! Mermaids are magical and positively inspired clothing is uplifting and unique to wear.

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CBD Wellness And Beyond

CBD Oil can offer so many benefits to people, such as pain relief, healing the body, overall calming, or an extra boost to get through the day. Have you used CBD Oil?

CBD Wellness And Beyond

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