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Specific Ways Frankincense Oil Can Help You Sponsored By #NewYorkBiology

specific-ways-frankincense-oil-can-help-you-sponsored-by-newyorkbiologyA huge thank you goes out to the fabulous people at New York Biology for giving us Frankincense oil to play with!  As with all the oils so far, I’ve found tons of awesome uses and am loving my oil!

If you haven’t seen them, we have recently explored uses for lavender oil, peppermint oil, sandalwood, tea tree oil and rosemary oil!  We’ve been pretty busy and are having a great time experimenting and learning a ton of uses!  Can’t wait to start making home and beauty recipes with them!

Air Purity:

Using it in a diffuser helps purify the air by killing germs.

Mouth Care:

Can aide in killing bacteria to freshen breath, help toothaches, cavities, mouth sores and other infections.  Strengthens gums and protects from premature tooth loss.

Beauty Benefits:

Strengthens hair roots and tones, lifts/tightens skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, reduces appearance of scars and stretch marks, promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps cells healthy, eliminates sun spots,

Physical Benefits:

Contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels.  Combats the loss of firmness of intestines, abdominal muscles and limbs due to aging.  Coagulates blood, relieves diarrhea, eliminates gas, helps to relieve abdominal and chest pain, helps with indigestion.  Is benefitial to respiratory, digestive, nervous and excretory stystems, increades strength, boosts immune system, helps heal boils

Benefits for Women:

Reduces obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays the advent of menopause, Helps with PMS symptoms, such as cramps, mood swings, fatigue, headaches and nausea.  Good for uterine health

Wound Care:

Helps to prevent infection, sepsis, and tetanus.

NOT TO BE USED DURING PREGNANCY

Know any additional uses?  

We’d love to learn more!  

Let me know how you use them and I’ll add them to the list!  

I’ll give you credit, of course!

If you are a blogger, let me know and I’ll had a link back to you in your credit.

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Originally posted 2016-09-10 18:05:57.

Protect Your Family with #TheBabyLodge

TV & Furniture MountAccording to today.com, a child is injured by a falling television every 30 seconds.  CBS news estimates it at over 43,000 per year.  Injuries vary from bumps and bruises to head trauma and death.  Unfortunately, when baby proofing homes the television sitting on the entertainment center or wherever is too often overlooked.

The Baby Lodge has made an awesome product to keep this from happening.  In less than five minutes you can anchor your television to your furniture or to the wall and completely eliminate the possibility of injury to someone you love.

Tv-mountDue to some packaging issues, at the time of this post The Baby Lodge has marked down the cost of their TV & Furniture Mount down to 1/3 the original price!  At the moment, they are having issues with the packaging so their loss is your gain.  Check them out!

This is the perfect gift for any new parent or any grandparent!

*I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  As you should all know by now, that will never influence my opinion!

Originally posted 2016-09-09 15:16:52.

34 Uses for Rosemary Oil with #NewYorkBiology

34-uses-for-rosemary-oil-with-newyorkbiologyMy fascination with oils continues!  I am loving all the I’m learning and all the ways the oils are helping me!  I am all for not putting more chemicals in my body when I don’t have to!  New York Biology Rosemary Oil has been great.  It is not food safe, but there are so many uses that don’t require ingesting so it’s all good!  I have tendonitis and am in almost constant pain, even with the brace on all the time.  After doing my research for this post, I rubbed some oil straight onto my wrist with a tissue and the pain was relieved immediately!  I cannot tell you how much value this bit of relief has for me!  I have a ton to do, all of which require my right hand which is getting worse and worse!

As you can tell through the other posts, I’ve worked a lot with New York Biology lately.  I have to say, they are a great company.  They are a small business and sincerely care about their customers.  I’ve always loved supporting small businesses, but having spoken with one of the owners on multiple occasions, I am loving them even more!  I am not sure I’ve ever spoken with a business owner who cared so much about their customers that they’ll sacrifice profit to help ensure their product is affordable to everyone!

Be sure and check out my other recent oil posts, I’ve done lavendar, peppermint, sandalwood and tea tree oil.  There are tons and tons of uses and I’ve made lists of all that I could find.  I’m hoping some of you awesome readers will let me know some more!  This one even gives helps with scars and stretch marks!

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How do you use Rosemary Oil?

I’d love to hear!

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Originally posted 2016-09-07 17:39:51.

33 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil with #NewYorkBiology

As many of you know, I’ve been playing with oils for a little while now.  Today I’m sharing with you

another oil from New York Biology.  Their Peppermint Oil.  The smell is awesome and I am loving the uses it has!  My favorite is that it helps with joint therapy!  I have recently been diagnosed with tendonitis so I’m doing all I can naturally to relieve the pain!

I’ve also recently posted about lavender oil, sandalwood, Tea Tree and there are more oils to come soon so keep checking back!  If I missed some uses, please share with me!  I want to learn all I can about all the uses!

33 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil with New York Biology

Do you use Peppermint Oil?

I’d love to hear all about how you use it!

Did I miss any uses?

How does it work best for for you?

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Originally posted 2016-09-02 14:45:40.

This & That: Getting Rid of Belly Fat with Fitglam #WaistTrimmer!

This & That Getting Rid of Belly Fat with Fitglam WaistTrimmer

These last few months I’ve been on a fitness track.  I want to be thinner, healthier and, most of all, to feel better.  So, I’ve been doing some research.  If you have stomach fat like me, then your belly is probably your worst enemy.  Mine is.  I have back issues, so crunches aren’t an option.  I was pleased to find that crunches and sit-ups, while they will build ab muscle, they don’t actually get rid of fat!  For all those terrible exercises I just saved you (after, of course, you do your own research about it), you are welcome!  That’s just awesome.  The problem is, knowing what doesn’t get rid of it doesn’t help us to get rid of it!
So far, I’ve found that the best workouts to get rid of belly fat are walking briskly, jogging, swimming, aerobics and bicycling.  Also, any high-activity sports, so long as you keep your heart rate in the ‘training zone’ for at least 20 minutes four times per week.   Personally, I have cataplexy which means there are times where I am literally unable to maintain use of my muscles, causing them to all go weak at once and me to hit the floor.  If you have some sort of condition that prevents your ability to do vigorous high impact workouts, I’ve read that you can do yoga to help get rid of ‘visceral’ fat (that belly fat).

I’ll be starting yoga soon, as I want to continue my weight loss but I’ve been having issues with the muscle control (feel free to look up cataplexy on youtube, then you’ll have an idea) I have been unable to do any workouts.

Fitglam #WaistTrimmerWe all know that sweating helps us burn calories, which I will admit was a ton easier when it was 102 outside!  Now though, the temperature has started to cool and I have to work harder to get that sweat.  I tried out the FitGlam Waist Trimmer and really love it!  The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t come in plus sizes.  Fortunately, I’ve lost enough that I could squeeze into one!  The Waist Trimmer really does two things, it helps you maintain your posture similar to the way a back brace does and it helps you to sweat more, therefore burn more calories!  While it’s not a comfort device, it isn’t terribly uncomfortable.  Once you get use to having it on you begin to forget about it.  It also helps to keep the fat still during workouts.  I know that’s sounds gross, but don’t judge me when you know exactly what I’m talking about!  LOL

According to CureJoy.com, these five poses will help us get rid of that fat!

  • Cobra Pose
  • Bow Pose
  • Boat Pose
  • Plank
  • Wind Relieving Pose

So, I’m on to get started on that…

Next up, gotta figure out how to build myself a butt!  Haha.

For real though, any tips on belly fat or butt building?

I’ll take all the help I can get!

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Originally posted 2016-09-01 06:21:46.

How to Use Essential Oils For Scars & Stretch Marks with #NewYorkBiology

As you may have seen, I’ve began playing with essential oils some.  I’m definitely enjoying all that I’veHow to Use Essential Oils for Scars and Stretch Marks learned!  If you haven’t seen, I have posted 36 Uses for Lavender Oil and 21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil.  I’ll be adding more and more as I get further into them!

I had the chance to review New York Biology’s Lavender Oil.  I really think I like their oil more than the others I’ve tried thus far.  The smell seems more clear and strong.  It says that it is 100% Pure and Natural.  Check them out if you have a sec!  Also note, I did receive it for free in exchange for my honest opinion, I won’t sacrifice my integrity for anyone. Ever.

For now, I wanted to spend a little bit of time focusing on HOW
to use oils to treat scars and stretch marks.  Between the cesarean scar, pregnancy and weight loss stretch marks, and the many scars I obtained throughout my life, I felt like it would be a worthwhile bit of research.  And, of course, I will share more and more as I learn them!  For now, I’m posting all the ones I’ve found thus far and will add more if I find them.

I’d love to hear how you use oils for scars and stretch marks!

  • Applying and massaging lavender oil directly on scars helps them fade and in time can completely eliminate scars.
  • Apparently applying olive oil twice a day helps.
  • Mix 1-3 drops with ½ – 1 tsp coconut oil, rub onto scars.

Old Scars

  • A combination of Everlasting (Helichrysum) and Sage Will help old scars and slow healing wounds. Apply 3-6 months for old scars or 2x/day for 10 days on recent wounds.

Everlasting 1 ml

Sage 1 ml

Rose Hip seed oil 15 ml (1/2 oz.)

Hazelnut Oil 15 ml (1/2 oz.)

  • Simple Cream:

1 tsp rose-hip seed or borage oil

1 tsp lotion

1 drop rose, lavender or neroli

Directions:

Combine ingredients

Apply to scar(s) at least twice daily

Simple Daily Scar Moisturizer

Ingredients:

5 tsp jojoba, apricot or peach kernel oil

1-2 drops neroli

1-2 dropsrose

1-2 drops lavender

Combine Ingredients, apply daily as moisturizer

Scar Tissue Oil

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (or two 250 IU vitamin E capsules)
  • 9 tsp sweet almond or sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp rosehip seed oil
  • 30 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender
  • 30 drops myrrh
  • 30 drops sandalwood OR cedarwood

Directions:

  • Add ingredients to a 2 oz (60 ml) glass bottle
  • Shake to blend

(If using vitamin E capsules simply pierce the capsules with the point of a clean, sharp knife and squeeze into your 2 oz bottle)

Treatment:

  • Pour a small amount of your scar tissue oil into the palm of your hand and massage onto scar(s) twice daily.
  • Apply as long as needed (results can take upwards of 6 months, but will often be seen earlier)

STRETCH MARKS

  • Organic raw honey (especially high UMF factor manuka honey) rubbed onto scars twice daily will break up scar tissue and help with healing.
  • Take finely ground, powder-like, coffee and mix it with one of the oils mentioned here. Rub into scars for about 60 seconds and wipe off the coffee grounds with a warm moist towel. Do this about twice a day if possible. You should see noticeable results in a few weeks. This remedy is especially good for stretch mark scars
  • Mix 1/2 tbsp of lavender oil, 1/2 tbsp of chamomile oil with 2 tbsp of almond oil. These ingredients hydrate your skin; improve elasticity and helps cell regeneration to lighten the stretch marks.

Originally posted 2016-08-28 17:25:52.

Slideshop: Blow Any Presentation Out of the Water @slide_shop

Slideshop can has just the right templates for you! School, work, home and more: you’re covered!

Slideshop: Blow Any Presentation Out of the Water!

Not gonna lie, the first time I saw Slideshop I got crazy excited. When working on presentations I’m not a fan of the creative aspects for some reason. I cannot express enough how I wish I’d had it in college!

Slideshop has so many different presentation templates that will take lesson planning, reports, pitches and business meetings to the next level! I love that they even have personal templates, like the family tree (which I’m looking forward to doing soon!). With over 15k to choose from, they’ve got you covered!

 

For Teachers

Make Life Easy with Slideshop!

Teachers, there are so many useful resources on Slideshop that are perfect for you! Templates of charts, diagrams, maps, and even planning are just the beginning of the vast collection! My favorite planning templates are the itineraries! Perfect for school trips or even just to help keep substitutes on track! They’ve even got a ton of calendars that makes life so much easier!

For Students

Presentations for Every Class Projects!Whether you are doing a presentation for class or your favorite club/organization Slideshop has you covered. You’ll spend less time making the slideshow so that you can spend more time making sure you have the best information to present! Definitely A+ presentations that your fellow students will admire and your professors will enjoy!

For Businesses: Corporations, Small Businesses & Wherever

Build Your Career with Slideshop Business Templates!

Easily create strategies, projects, agendas, business plans and so much more in minutes. You’ll work harder on collecting your information than putting together the slideshow! Not to mention how beneficial the professional and innovative slides will be to your company and your career!

For My Fellow Bloggers:

Build Your Blog with Slideshop Templates!This one has me, as you can imagine. I have so many plans to put Slideshop to work for My Crafty Zoo! I love that they have templates for infographics (no more hours on PicMonkey!)! My infographics will take so much less time! I’ll also be doing my own calendars with some of their templates (officially done buying $25+ planners, I can customize one that is perfect for my needs! They’ve even got some fantastic marketing templates!

If you read the section that applies to you above, you can definitely see how fantastic Slideshop is! I’ve got so many projects on my to-do list now that I have this site! So many companies rave about them and I’m certainly getting why!

I highly suggest checking them out, they even have Free Powerpoint Slide Templates! I’m loving the one they have this week! I’m not sure how often they put new ones out, but I do know that just in case I’m downloading the now!

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32 Awesome Uses for Tea Tree Oil with #NewYorkBiology

If you haven’t tried New York Biology Tea Tree Oil, now is the time!  There are so many awesome uses.  I can’t wait to try them all and see which ones I’m over the moon for!

You can also check out my 36 Uses for Lavender Oil and 21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil!  I’m new to the world of oils so I’m enjoying learning so many different uses!

Do you use Tea Tree Oil?

How do you use it???

Teach me!

32 Awesome Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Originally posted 2016-08-25 13:18:20.

21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil with #NewYorkBiology

As I told you before in the 36 Uses for Lavender Oil post, I’m new to essential oils.  I’m having fun learning all the uses and can’t wait to try so many of them!  As I try each new one, I’m sharing with you what I find in my research.  I plan to share my favorite ways to use them eventually, but there are so many and I want to make sure that the blends actually work so that will come later!

I had the opportunity to try out Sandalwood Essential Oil from New York Biology. When I got it in the mail, I placed it on the dining room table and when Chief ZooKeeper saw it he was super excited.  It made me laugh because he reached for it then took his hand back like I’d slapped it, looked at me like a little kid, and asks ‘can I touch it or have you not reviewed it yet?’  LOL.  He recently got in trouble for eating an item I was supposed to review, then couldn’t tell me his thoughts about it so I had to go buy one!

Since I’m so new to oils, all I can say is that this smells amazing!  I am absolutely looking forward to getting a diffuser so that my house can be filled with this awesome smell!  I also plan on using it to make hand scrub for men.  I think that will be a great Christmas gift!

I’d love for you to comment below how you use it and what you use it for!

21 Uses for Sandalwood Oil

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Originally posted 2016-08-25 12:11:37.

Mock Welch’s Strawberry #IcePop Recipe

IceWabanga Ice Pop Molds Review by My Crafty ZooBefore summer is officially over, I thought I’d share this amazing recipe with you!  When I was a kid my Mom would buy Welch’s all fruit popsicles as a special treat from time to time.  This recipe tastes JUST like them.  First bite took me back years!  A quick check in the mirror revealed it was only in my head though.

The Popsicle molds pictured are IceWabanga Fill and Freeze Ice Pop Molds.  There are many reasons I’m loving these!  We’ll start with the thing I look for first: they are dishwasher safe!  I have plenty of items that can’t go in the dishwasher so I like to have the option of popping them in if I’m busy or have a houseful.  I also love that you can take each Mold out of the holder one at a time, so you don’t have to run water over the all the popsicles to get one out, you can make just a couple of ice pops if you like and you can wash them as you use them as opposed to having the top part ready to wash and waiting for the bottom.  I’m always worries about losing them!

They also came with a bonus of 2 silicone ice pop molds.  I think these are going to be great for a push pop type popsicle!  If you are on the market or just hate your current ones, you should definitely check these out.  There aren’t a ton of products like these that I feel like I must have, but these are on that list!

Now, on to the recipe!

Mock Welchs Strawberry PopsIngredients:

4 cups chopped, hulled strawberries

3 Tbsp corn syrup

3 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1.  Puree in blender or food processor all ingredients.
  2. Pour into molds, you don’t need to leave much space as this particular recipe does not expand when it freezes.
  3. Freeze until frozen (like you would have never thought that was next!  LOL)

Please Note: This will yield about 10 pops!

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Originally posted 2016-08-24 21:40:00.