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Must haves

on March 5, 2017

As much as I LOVE to make everything from scratch I sometimes just can not get it done! Between ball schedules, multiple home-based businesses and simply maintaining a happy home and healthy family just takes precedence over preparation No matter how much I wish, (i wish, i wish) I was Super Woman or Mega Mom I’m only human (sigh—there I’ve admitted it).

I feel like over the last year I have pretty much given up with the family member who needs my allergen-free expertise (lol) most. My teenage son is the one who struggles with the endless list of food allergies while my 9yo just deals with the gluten/dairy foods. As a teenager he has way too much freedom! I pack him a lunch everyday and probably 7 out of 10 times he doesn’t return his lunch box (which is an indication he didn’t eat it) or he returns with his entrée, just having eaten the snacks. I don’t know what he eats or how he pays for it because I do NOT give him lunch money (unless for some reason they’re having the one thing he loves most or I need to shop HaHa). I know he has a habit of hanging out at the local Sheetz gas station (big eye roll) and he manages to eat out with friends quite a bit on the weekends (again, no idea HOW) and then there are those away games. They take my child to McDonalds or Taco Bell before their ballgames!!! (Yes, insert ANGRY face)

I had to cave in and be sure that my cabinets always have “snacks” because neither of my children (nor husband) will go to the fridge and/or fix anything. It’s all about convenience with these people. I keep fruits on hand at all times and there are always cut up veggies readily available but for some reason they feel it’s good exercise to unwrap prepacked foods (eye roll).

A few items that I feel have literally saved my life—well, at least my sanity 😉

Nick’s Sticks
100% Grassfed beef and free-range turkey jerky. These are a great protein source and there are several flavors to choose from. I don’t know what I would’ve done without having these handy-dandy snacks on hand. It’s great for quick grab-n-go! Kids can grab on the way out or when they’re working on the farm being pre-packaged they can just stick it in their pockets to carry along. They are not cheap but sometimes run a % off sale and they offer discounts on bulk orders. (If you’re interested and live local to me let me know and we can go in on larger orders to save $$)
nicks-sticks

Kid Clif Z Bars
Organic snack bars and fruit ropes. Now let me preface by saying these little babies ARE “sugar” (and may have gluten) but you know as well as I do that sometimes we just “need” something sweet. Non-GMO, no artificial flavors and NO HFCS.

Van’s Cereals
Gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, egg-free, no artificial flavors or colors and surprisingly delicious. My kids like the Cinnamon and the Honey flavors. This small box (11oz) of cereal will run you about $4 a pop however we save cereal for Sunday mornings only (and occasionally a snack).

Bob’s Red Mill Oats
Seriously!! This is one (healthy) food my son will COOK himself. Oats are naturally gluten-free but due to cross-contamination if you’re a Celiac you definitely want to opt for spending a little more and get the GLUTEN-FREE version.  Typically runs less than $4

Organic Coconut Oil (solid and liquid/fractionated)
WOW! This has changed so many aspects of my life…for real! It’s versatile enough to use in cooking as butter for baking, “frying”, as a hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, make-up remover and as a carrier to mix with essential oils. I try to remember to Oil-pull 1-2x a week but I ain’t gonna lie, if I don’t have a toothache or mouth sore I tend to not think about it. My kids have even come to realize they can relieve these type issues with as little as a 3 minute swish (adding essential oils that meet their particular needs).  Average cost of approximately $20
coconut-oil

Rice Milk
I prefer to use homemade almond milk but that takes time that sometimes I do not have. Usually when I see it starting to get low I’ll go ahead and soak my almonds but the whole straining (& pulp drying) process is the time consuming part. If I haven’t been watching the milk levels I realize when it’s already gone that HELLO it’s already gone therefore we have to have a back up. Most store bought almond milks have carcinogens in it and I’m NOT putting known cancer growing products into these precious bodies.
Rice milk is made by blending milled rice and water. It is a naturally sweeter tasting milk due to the higher carbohydrate content however it very low in nutrient values :/

Essential Oil Diffuser
As an essential oils guru (according to friends/family haha) I use my oils daily, topically and often! Night time is no different! I wanna sleep and don’t wanna set an alarm to wake up for applying lol so I diffuse in order to still get the benefits of my oils without the thought of where/when to apply. Using an essential oil diffuser has allowed me the best of both worlds.  I have multiple different diffusers but hands down this one is my favorite, it runs 4-8 hours, provides a light while offering the perfect scents of essential oils while I’m inhaling beneficial health properties.  Learn more about diffusers with this video 🙂 (no it’s not ME but it sooo could be lol)

Fit Bit
Over the last few years I’ve completely changed my view of exercise. I used to thing “Nah, no need” then that turned to “Hit it, hit it hard” but now I believe in trusting your body’s instincts, focusing less on intensity and more on just moving. A great way to do that is to track your steps. Aiming to get 8,000 plus steps a day is a good goal to reach for. Having a high functioning watch to track this makes it fun and attainable. I prefer a Fitbit Charge and wear it night AND day because not only does it track my steps but it also tracks my sleep patterns.  (As I’ve said before YES, you get to count sex and walking to the mailbox or through the grocery store as exercise HaHa but I also want your heart rate going up for a good 20 mins/day at least 3 days/week)

Next, I’m going to get me a natural (non-synthetic) dry brush!
The lymphatic system is one of the most critical systems of the body and yet we know little about it. However, more and more information is coming out about the importance of our lymphatic system and moving it to create better health.

Given that the lymphatic system has no central pump, we are required to move our fluid through exercise, sweating, massage and any form of movement. Every contraction in your body moves the lymphatic system. If you want to increase your lymphatic flow and get a better glow I’m told to try using a dry brush. Small circular motions on your extremities moving towards your heart is all it takes. Plus it feels like a mini massage and costs less than $10.

This concept of dry brushing recently came about when I was conversing with my Integrative facility about my 9yo having some “soreness/knot” in one of her breasts. (We’ve been using a blend of Frankincense and Protective Blend) Ok, so I realize she’s a girl and that girls start maturing/menstruating at different ages but she’s 9, she cannot be growing breasts yet…can she? It only seems smart that we should start thinking about her lymphatic system

What “healthy” items do you keep on hand and/or just can’t live without?

Have you ever shopped for your speciality and/or allergen-free items online?   It can be expensive when adding shipping costs from several different sites (and somewhat confusing)  I find most of my items at Vitacost.  By shopping through this link you and I BOTH will get $10 off our next $30 purchase!!

I have found even MORE specialty items at Thrive Market.  By shopping through this link each of you will get 15% off and I’ll earn $25 in Thrive Cash when you become a paying member.  Yep you guessed it, the downfall here is that you have to pay a yearly fee for membership (and I ain’t gonna lie, I’m not sure that it’s entirely worth it as I don’t seem to shop here as often as Vitacost)

Now, finally but certainly not least—-who doesn’t yet know the benefits of essential oils and thinks they’re ready to learn??  I would be happy to set a FaceBook event to teach you and your friends/family the basics of oils (what they are, where they come from, how they work).  Know what they are and ready to start earning your own for free?  Then it’s time to jump on board, join & save!  I’ll be sure to add you to our private community to help answer all your oil questions and walk along side you on this journey ❤

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

 

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