Happy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise

happy pretty messHappy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise was released in February 2017. I have heard many wonderful things about this book! So, when I got the chance to read it for myself I was beyond excited. I am a huge fan of self help books. I found that reading this book was a pure joy. Wise does a great job making this a very uplifting read. Her writing style is careful and thought. She makes this book the perfect resource to read again and again. I think this would be a great gift for the women in your life. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Ever felt like you needed a refresher course on how to be happy in life? Happy Pretty Messy is a modern-day inspirational guidebook for women of all ages seeking to live with beauty and bravery. As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to: Thrive through tragedy, Turn off your inner monologue, and Get “back to brave”.
You’ll also learn Wise’s secrets to enjoying the “everyday arts”—such as keeping home, keeping in touch, and creating memories. Wise writes, “Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearts are broken. We are fragile creatures, really. A heart has to search to set itself aright just about every moment. That is, unless there is an equilibrium we choose. A balancing point, a weight transfer where things even out and we decide to call life in all of its gutsandglory: Enough. What I have is enough. Life is tenuous and precious. I say that with certainty. And I say with even more certainty: that is why I celebrate the every day.” From cultivating your inner self to creating community and the perfect homemade latte, Happy Pretty Messy inspires a life that flourishes with charm, color, caffeine and, most importantly, courage. Finding value in these things might be the most important thing you do, so grab this book and dig in today.

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You Know You’re a Mom – A Book for Moms Who Spend Saturdays at the Soccer Field Instead of the Spa by Harry H. Harrison Jr.

 

_225_350_Book.2206.coverYou Know You’re A Mom – A Book For Moms Who Spend Saturdays at the Soccer Field Instead of the Spa by Harry H. Harrison Jr. is a book that all moms can relate to. I really like the size of this book and although it is small, it is a really great read. You could say that this book is a prefect coffee table book for all moms out there. If you have a day where you are a little stressed, you can read a few pages and laugh at how you know you are not alone. I think this would also be a great gift for a new mom or first time mom. I really enjoyed reading this and found a lot of the sayings to be very funny and relatable. **I received this book for free in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.** You can get your copy of this book HERE.

Synopsis: One day that little plus sign appears on the stick, and you realize your life is about to change forever—you’re going to be a mom! Whether you’re still in the days of 2am feedings and loads of dirty diapers, or you’ve made it to that bittersweet moment of their college graduation, this book will make you laugh out loud with its insightful and funny observations about motherhood.  From the days when you read every parenting book ever written—while your husband plays golf—to the hours you spent polishing up your adult child’s resume, parenting is a roller coaster. Harry H. Harrison Jr. makes it just a little easier with his trademark humor and truisms as you learn that your job as a mom is the most important one you’ll ever have.

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Daily Goodie Box March 2017

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I recently found out about Daily Goodie Box from a friend. This company sends you free samples at absolutely no charge in exchange for your honest opinion of the products. You are not required to enter a credit card it is absolutely free. Each box contains a combination of full and sample size products for you to try out. To receive a Daily Goodie Box, you just go their site and answer a few questions. Whether or not you receive a box is based on several factors. Once you receive your box you simply log on and let them know what you thought of the products. Here is a list of the products I received in the March 2017 box.

Pipcorn Popcorn Mini Sea Salt . I like that it is a healthier snack, but there isn’t much flavor. I don’t think I would purchase it even though I really love popcorn. 

Gertrude Hawk – Peanut Butter Meltaway Bar. I really like this peanut butter chocolate bar. It has a really great chocolate flavor and the peanut butter is really creamy.

True Natural – Benecos Natural Beauty Lip Gloss. The shade I received is rose garden, it is a purple pink color. This lip gloss goes on really smoothly and has great coverage wear. I really like the creamy texture.

Bhakti – Yerba Maté Chai Artisan Tea. I received fourteen tea bags in a lovely metal tin. The smell of this tea is amazing and tastes better then it smells.

Miss Jones – Organic Cookie Mix. I really like that this cookie mix is organic. All you need is one egg and a stick of butter, along with this mix to make yummy chocolate chip cookies. I like that the directions are easy to follow. I will definitely buy these soon.

Elemental Herbs – All Good Organic Skin Food. I applied this after my bath. This coconut oil made my skin feel so soft and smell so good. I did not feel greasy, just silky smooth. This is a great way to prevent dry skin.

Savant Naturals – Savi Crisp Chocolate Protein Bar. This protein bar is more like a sweet afternoon snack then a protein bar. I love the taste and texture of this bar.

Wild Foods – Cocotropic, Chocolate Nootropic Drink. I really like how you can add this to water, tea or coffee for a sweet addition. The taste is really good but not to over powering.

RunGum – Energy Gum. I am a huge fan of this performance gum. I used it before my daily run and felt like it gave me added energy. The taste is ok, not a big fan. I will purchase this for my future runs.

Älsa – Energy Drink Mix.  I like the easy to carry and open packaging. I can carry them with my throughout the day and add to my bottle water.  The taste is really good and very flavorful. A great low calorie addition to your diet!

 

 

 

Safety First for Female Joggers

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I love to run or jog and try to everyday. I feel that this form of exercise is like therapy for me but without the cost. Running helps me to clear my mind and let go of all the stress life sometimes brings. However, this form of exercise can bring some scary moments when you feel volnerable due to being alone without any way of protecting yourself if an assault or attack was to occur. I have come up with a few ideas that could help make your daily run or jog less worrisome. There are many new tech gadgets out there and some are great and keeping you safe. I found the Wearsafe Tag that is a device that you clip onto your running belt or waistband and is connected to an app. If you get into a scary situation then you just click the device. Then the device will send live audio and your location to preselected friends and family. Also, I found Sabre Runner Personal Alarm which is a belt that as an alarm that is so loud it can travel father than your voice. All you have to do is will the ring to activate. This belt is good if you like to run or jog in remote areas or on trails that have spots where there is not a lot of people around. Another item I found is Tomtom Spark 3 Cardio , this tracker as a GPS tracker that tracks your footsteps as you leave them and guides you back to your starting point so you will never get lost again. You can also preload trails in unfamiliar areas. I feel these three devices are a great addition to any runner or joggers routine.

Soothing Cucumber and Avocado Mask

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel

Peel the cucumber and place in the blender. Cut the avocado in half and scoop one half out into the blender. Add the Aloe Vera gel, and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and moisturize  immediately after.

 

Benefits of Matcha Tea

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There are many health benefits of drinking matcha green tea. They include mental alertness/clarity and better immune defense. Matcha promotes relaxation and helps promote prevention and treatment of many medical conditions including but not limited to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, cancer and diabetes. It also helps in maintaining heart health and works as an amazing energy booster which is great for weight loss. Matcha tea bushes are grown inside to reduce the amount of sunlight from reaching the plant which reduces the rate of photosynthesis and helps slow the growth of the tea bush. This makes the leaves a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. By doing this it allows the tea to achieve the maximum of health benefits.  Therefore since you are drinking the whole plant even the leaves (ground to a fine powder) just one cup of matcha equals the benefits of drinking ten cups of green tea. But if drinking Matcha is not really an enjoyable experience you can add it to smoothies, milk shakes, baking, oatmeal, or lattes and adding honey to help sweeten.  I have added the blueberry and raspberry matcha tea to my diet to help aide in my weight loss and better health journey.

Simplicity Teas: Teas with intentions

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I received this wonderful box of teas from Simplicity Teas. Simplicity Teas is a monthly subscription box  ($14.99 a month) that allows you to taste test each tea- for tea lovers they recommend the Tea Enthusiast package. Each purpose themed package comes with three to four .5 oz specialized loose leaf teas. Your first package comes with a unique tea infuser. Each package is created with an intention in mind such as optimized digestion, beauty, detoxification, or getting the best sleep of your life. Each tea is organic, hand curated with herbs to provide a specific purpose (besides just tasting great!) to help improve a certain facet of your life and help you reach your health goals. Discover new and exciting flavors of teas! Simplicity Teas are created in small batches, packaged with love and each package provides you with roughly 15-20 cups of tea.

I really love the Simplicity Tea box because I am a huge tea drinker and love to try new combinations. I love how they have different blends for morning and night. They also have Sweet Tooth Pleaser that tastes like gingersnaps but without all those calories. The Good Choice tea is great to help curb your appetite and reduce those snack cravings. I really enjoyed try all these wonderful teas.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the product.*

Blackberry Dumplings

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  • 1 quart /can of blackberries
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup milk

Combine blackberries with cup of sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil. In a mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly mix in milk with a fork to form a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling fruit. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, the cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Can be served with vanilla ice cream.