See my live Periscope on what we love to use for gently detoxing at bathtime!
I shared this sleep routine the other day on Instagram and wanted to share it here too! It has been incredible. I literally am so relaxed, I wake up groggy!
Each night before bed, I layer 1 drop of each oil on the bottom of each foot (layer means I put one oil, then the next, then the next, etc):
* Supports healthy cellular integrity by helping to reduce oxidative stress
* Supports healthy cellular function and metabolism
* Protects the body and cells from oxidative stress
* Creates a perfect escape with its calming, renewing fragrance
* Supports restful sleep
* Purifying and detoxifying to the body's systems
* Supports a healthy endocrine system and liver function
* Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system
* Promotes cellular health
Here is a video I did recently on Periscope of me making my famous Elderberry syrup! We love to use this during the winter to keep our immune systems strong. Watch the video below to see how I make it!
Get my recipe by clicking the picture below!
Catch my upcoming live Periscope broadcasts HERE!
I did another Periscope a few weeks ago talking about dealing with Depression - many people loved it and many people wanted to see it but didn't have the chance, so I'm posting it for you here!
I hope this information is helpful for you! If you ever need to talk or want more ideas, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS! I am so sorry the video plays sideways, I don't know how to rotate it!
I'm really enjoying Periscope! It is a fun way to interact with my readers and teach classes. It's an app you can download - download it and come follow me @cleanseyourlife. If you have notifications on, you'll be notified when I start a broadcast. On Periscope, the broadcasts are only available for 24 hours until they're deleted. However, I'll be saving them and uploading them here for your convenience...you're welcome :)
I hope you enjoy this video! It goes along with a post I wrote several years ago on feeding kids healthy. You can read it here! Be sure to watch the video because I give you an update on where my family is now with meal times (hint: they're peaceful!).
I'd love to hear your feedback on this information. Do you have other tips you can add? Or, is there a specific question or situation you have that you'd like ideas about? Chime in below!
The other day I hopped on Periscope for the first time to teach my "Stay Healthy Naturally" class - it was so fun! Periscope definitely has a learning curve so the video is not the highest quality, but many people expressed that they enjoyed the class so much so that I'm posting it here for others to see.
Its Week 2 of my #cleanseyourlifechallenge!
I have to say - I am really pumped about sticking to a budget. I definitely feel that it's rewarding. I am determined to stick to $500 - I still feel nervous but coming in under budget this week really helped me get a little more excited and hopeful!
We have several things leftover from Week 1, such as eggs and cheese, so this trip was mostly a trip to get produce. I still have some various meats in the freezer so I know that when I have to buy meat, the budget will go up a little bit. Keep in mind that my pantry is pretty well stocked with bulk items so that helps keep the budget down this week.
This Week's Real Food Budget
This week I shopped at Sprout's. I don't live nearby but was close to it because of a doctor's appointment (which I'll write about soon), so I decided to stop in. Here's the breakdown of what I purchased:
Organic corn $3.99 each package (2 packages)
Cotton Candy Grapes $6.38 (a total splurge for my kids)
Cucumbers $.96 (2 count)
Yellow bell pepper $1.50
Orange bell pepper $1.50
Red bell pepper $.98
Organic loose golden beets $1.55
Organic baby carrot bag $1.69 (1 lb.)
Organic kale $1.99
Organic rainbow carrot bag $1.50 (2 lbs.)
Organic red potatoes $4.99 (5 lbs.)
Organic yams $3.99 (3 lbs.)
Organic celery $1.69
Organic cilantro $1.29
Sweet mini peppers $2.99
White onions $1.12 (2 count)
Organic rice cakes $3.58
Coconut cream $1.99 each (2 cans)
Suja juice $3.49
Uncured salami $6.99
Baby food (not pictured - for hungry toddlers!) $3.58 (2 count)
Cinnamon chewing gum $1.29
Week 2 Total: $73.76
Monthly Total So Far: $285.39
(My husband stopped in to the store and spent $11 on two bags of organic tortilla chips, lol)
I am so stoked about that total! I am hoping I got enough and won't need to shop until next week. My last trip lasted me a week and a half. I'm anticipating this will last at least until next Monday but hopefully until Wednesday. I am going to try to stretch food as far as possible. I'm really excited that I have still been able to purchase at least 50% organic food this month!
We have been eating a lot of rice and beans lately but we are all satisfied and happy and best of all full!
See my post HERE for what I plan to feed my family during the month and get a FREE printable download if you'd like! And, don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where I'll be posting more of my daily journey with this! You can see all of the previous posts in this series by clicking HERE.
Well today starts my #cleanseyourlifechallenge!! Woot woot!
Here is my first week's shopping haul and GUYS. I went over budget. However, I don't think all is lost. For example, the two cheese blocks I bought will last me much longer than a week (I shredded the mozzarella and it gave me 5 1/2 quart size bags so that will last us MONTHS), the wheat bread for my husband will also last way longer than a week (probably the whole month!), as will the quinoa, olives, frozen fruits, and juice (which I bought to make homemade jello). The chips were a compromise - I probably wouldn't have bought them but my husband really wanted them :) I bought as much organic as I could, making compromises on the cheese. Normally, I would splurge for organic cheese (and I did splurge for the Tillamook white cheddar in order to avoid annatto coloring), but it just wasn't in the budget, obviously. There were probably items that could have been found cheaper at another store, however, I only wanted to make one trip. Spending a slightly higher amount is worth saving a trip, to me. However, maybe I'm going to have to nix that attitude if I want to stay on budget.
Here's what I bought and the price for each item. I shopped at Costco, obvi. There are a couple more things I need to purchase, but I will save those for the end of the week and estimate it'll only be $5-10.
Tillamook White Cheddar $10.79
Quinoa $14.79 (4 lbs)
Cucumbers $3.29 (3 count)
Organic Spinach $3.99 (1 lb)
Organic Zucchini/Yellow Squash $6.49 (3.5 lbs)
Organic Frozen Mangoes $9.69
Romaine Lettuce $3.49 (6 heads)
Organic Gala Apples $8.49 (5ish pounds)
Mixed Bell Peppers $5.99 (6 count)
Brussels Sprouts $4.29 (2 lbs)
Organic Tortilla Chips $4.79
Organic Bananas $1.99
Organic Eggs $6.99/each (18 count, x2)
Unsweetened Almond Milk $7.59 (3 count)
Frozen Strawberries $9.99
Avocados $4.99 (6 count)
Organic Wheat Bread $6.99 (2 loaves)
Organic Chicken Thighs $18.27 ($4.49/lb)
Organic Avocado Hummus $5.99 (large tub)
Organic Peaches $9.99
Olives $8.99 (8 cans)
Mozzarella $12.99 (6 lbs)
Juice $5.99 (2 large bottles)
The GRAND TOTAL was $189.42. <Insert scrunchy emoji here>
UPDATE: I purchased some raw milk to make yogurt.
Raw, grassfed milk $8.29 (1 gallon)
Starter culture $1.69
WEEK ONE TOTAL: $199.70
So, the remaining three weeks will have a budget of $100...can I do it??
Like I mentioned earlier, some of these things are not weekly purchases and will last the entire month. I'm hoping that because of that, my other week's purchases can be under $100 to make up for my overage this week. Yes there were some splurges, like the juice, corn chips, and peaches (but it's peach season, waaaaahhh!).
Here are some of my honest thoughts:
- I hate budgeting. There, I said it. As I walked through Costco, knowing my total would definitely be over $125, I could honestly feel my blood pressure rising!!! $500 might not be feasible for my family, and if it's not, I'm okay with that. I know that even if I spend over that, I will DEFINITELY be spending less than we normally do and THAT right there is a victory!
- I love food and it was REALLY hard not to buy the things I usually do when I'm not thinking about budget. For example, I wanted to buy some coconut water but it was like $18.99 for the box. Normally I would just get it, justifying that we need it because it's healthy and we like it in smoothies. Trying to stick to a budget doesn't allow for those kinds of luxuries, and that annoyed me!
- I feel super anxious and nervous about sticking to $500. But I am glad I'm documenting this because I would probably get overwhelmed and give up. Since I'm putting this out into the open, I am held more accountable and am definitely going to have to keep going even though it'd be easier to fall back into old patterns.
- Even though I spent over my goal amount this week, I felt a sense of victory!! I spent a few hours prepping and cutting everything and that made me feel like some sort of wonder woman! I NEVER prep my food and as a result, we waste a lot of produce :( I felt kind of triumphant getting everything ready (although my hardboiled eggs were a fail and I have NO idea why, so I wasted 18 eggs!!). There is definitely a sense of pride and empowerment that comes from trying really hard and I like that feeling.
So now the trick for this week will be sticking to my meal plan. See my post HERE for what I plan to feed my family this week and get a FREE printable download if you'd like! And, don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where I'll be posting more of my daily journey with this!
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