Friday Favorites

 

My Glasses

Yay!!! I finally can see….Like for reals!!!

 

 

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It’s been way too long and I am very, very grateful. I broke my last pair not too long after I got them and just never got another pair – I got more contacts – but contacts and I don’t really get a long. It’s kind of amazing the difference in being able to see and not. Seeing someones eyes on the tv and not have it all be so fuzzy!! haha. It’s the little things in life isn’t it? And as I took this picture of myself I am now realizing they obviously did not put on the anti reflective coating I paid for!! I guess I’ll be heading back this weekend. That’s kind of a bummer. :/ But like I mentioned at the start I ¬†truly am grateful for my new glasses. And I think they are pretty cute! ūüôā

New Tahari duvet

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I went to Home Goods a couple days ago and scored this super cute Tahari Duvet cover for my bed. ONLY $25 – super score!!! I LOVE HOME GOODS!!! The bed still needs some love I know with some pillows and such. ¬†But I’m happy with the find.
I have also been debating whether or not to paint my bed possibly a white or super soft grey??? But this is a start towards a little bedroom makeover!!

Adele Track Pants 

 

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I LOVE track pants. They are the comfiest thing in the world.¬†I went in to Cotton On¬†and bought me a maroon pair which they aren’t showing online here! And wore them for like 3 days straight. Heaven – then my husband was running to the mall to pick up his computer and I asked him to grab me another pair. And he came back with not one but 2!!! AWWWW!!! He’s such a sweetheart gotta love a guy who does that. So I now ¬†have 3. Maroon, dark grey/black and the Eva Red Marle (or coral is what I would call it) And hello they are only $15. You can find them HERE

 

My new lovely aromatherapy Necklace 

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A sweet friend Michelle made this necklace for me. On the back of the¬†square peice is a felt pad where you put a¬†few drops of¬†essential oils on it. I really was surprised how long the scent lasts. I have been putting bergamot oil on the pad. It’s one of my favorite oils right now!! Very Calming – purifying and cleansing for the skin. You can add in your tea.

Citrus Coconut Macaroon Cookies

 

 

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These babies are healthy and so easy!!! I got this recipe from Rachel at Clean Food Crush. She has amazing recipes!!! Hers are called Sweet Meyer Lemon Coconut Macaroons.
I did not have a lemon but I did have oranges that Jeff is growing in our basement. {crazy i know – it’s pretty cool – they are the juiciest things ever!!!! So I added juice from an orange and added lemon essential oil. Her recipe does not call for coconut flour I added it because mine seemed a little runny but most likely to how much orange juice I put in.

These really are so good – no sugar and gluten free.

Simple Directions for 12 cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Coat cookie sheet with coconut oil(lightly)

In large bowl combine the following ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
2 egg whites – I just used liquid egg whites.
Juice of half an orange
5-10 drops lemon essential oil (I only use pure essential oils – message me for my recommendations if you like)
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract ‚óŹ
Stevia to taste 25 drops or a tsp or so of the powder.

{Combine all ingredients very well with a fork. Smash into Tablespoon size balls
I used a small cookie scoop.

It’s VERY important to press together firmly, so they keep their shape & not crumble during baking.
Bake at 350 for 12-13 minutes, just until sides begin to brown.

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Much love & wellness
XO, Amy

 

 

Gratitude and Generosity

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Is it just me or does Thanksgiving get the short end of the stick more and more each year.¬†It’s really kind of bugging me!! I went to Target last week hoping to pick up a couple decorations for Thanksgiving and I had envisioned a Give Thanks type of banner for my mantle or on my wall – Um that’s not happening – there was not one decoration that I found – all Christmas. Such a bummer. I mentioned something to the girl at check out and she said they had cleared it all out after Halloween. What??? I don’t get it? I think it’s sad.

I want to tell you about a Gratitude and Generosity series that Tiffany Peterson does every year that I am in love with! I am late in introducing this to you but there is still time to get in on the love and spirit of the Thanksgiving season. Tiffany is a mentor and huge inspiration to me. She is an incredible speaker that I was immediately smitten with her the first time I heard her speak.

Tiffany has a guest each Wednesday in Nov. that she talks with.
 Just go  to www.gratitudeseries.com and enter your email.
You will immediately get last wednesdays call with Ann Webb – love her too.
you will have access to listen to that call until this Wednesday’s new session.
Dan Clark was first week – It was SO¬†good – sorry I’m so late dang it –
(you can purchase session from her though – so you haven’t fully ¬†missed out)
He really was incredible and had some great stories that were tear jerkers for sure!

Tiffany asks for 3 things during this series….

PLAY FULL OUT

1. When you first wake  thank God/Universe for another day of life .

2. Express your gratitude in writing – Write at least 5 things you are thankful for each day.
Either in a specific gratitude journal or a just a notebook.

3. Give back to someone daily. Kind acts for others.
It doesn’t have to be a lot of money – it can be your time.
send¬†thank you notes, or thinking of you notes, buy someones coffee or meal anonymously, ¬†Make dinner for a neighbor, watch their children so they can have a break or go on a date with their loved one, Tell someone how much you appreciate them, what they have done to make a difference in your life, volunteer, leave secret gifts……

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I bought¬†these cards from the store the other day – Hallmark has a .49 cent section! Who knew? This made my day¬†– I have a hard time paying $7 for a card call me crazy – and they really have some cute ones –¬†so again you don’t have to spend a lot it’s the little things that you can do for others. Even just sending a text and telling someone thank you or you have been thinking about them – besides just thinking it – ACTUALLY DO IT!

I am grateful for Tiffany and this series and I am Grateful for YOU.

I would love to hear your feedback from those of you that take the time to listen and join the group.

Again to participate go HERE

Much Love, Wellness AND Gratitude

XO,

Amy

“We can always be grateful and we can always be generous.” Tiffany Peterson


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Let Freedom Ring – Abby Anderson – This song will give you chills! Happy 4th

Happy 4th of July!!! I have to tell you about this song I keep thinking about – (Well actually two of them) – they are so beautiful and sweet!
One for fathers & daughters/brides “Daddy” and one for the 4th of July – “Let Freedom Ring” both by Abby Anderson

I was at my parents house a couple of weeks ago, Fathers Day weekend and my dad was telling me about this “incredible, patriotic song that a 17 year old girl named Abby Anderson sang on Glen Beck the other day! The best rendition he had ever heard” She had re-wrote – rearranged ¬†“My country Tis of Thee” ¬†into ¬† “Let Freedom Ring” ¬†the night before¬†– mind you – she was to sing a song at graduation! Wow. Here it is!

Did I mention she is 17 years old!!!!    Amazing РI love it!
You can download it on itunes for .99 cents and it all goes to charity for veterans and edcuation.

When my dad was trying to pull up the song on you tube – we first found this video of Abby’s called “Daddy” which was so ironic because I was also at my dad’s for our surprise wedding that my fiance Jeff and I had been secretly planning & were going to be having there the next day – My dad and no one else in my family had a¬†clue¬†¬†about – so when this song came on I was trying so hard not to cry & hide my emotions – it was so sweet! My dad hadn’t heard this song before either but we both just sat there and listened and watched this sweet video about a girl and love she had for her dad and new love/husband.
Talk about perfect crazy timing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnUX1CHeDhc

(Details & pics of our surprise wedding will be on the blog  soon)

I’d love to hear what you think of these songs.

Happy 4th of July everyone – Hope it is a great and safe day for everyone!

***Oh and if you have dogs that are scared of the fireworks? Did you know that essential oils can help calm them? Diffusing  lavender oil and calming blends & putting a little oil on their paws, along the spine and rubbing on their chest helps to calm them.
Also if you’re going out, leave¬†the tv on for them with some noise in the house.

Much Love and Wellness,
XO
Amy