Health

Skinny Mint TeaTox

January 28, 2015

I’ve done a few posts on Instagram about the SkinnyMint Teatox that I tried at the start of the new year. I’ve tried a few of these types of teas in the past, and this one is my favorite thus far. I decided to incorporate the tea with healthy eating habits and daily exercise, and I thought I would share my thoughts of the tea here on my blog. I plan to do more posts on my meal planning and my exercise routine soon.

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 I’m a HUGE tea drinker!

I have a cup every morning with my breakfast. I loved the flavor of the Morning Boost. It tasted very similar to green tea or yerba mate — which are some of the ingredients in the tea already. I like a small caffeine boost, but coffee is just too strong for me. Many other detox type teas have a strong or unpleasant taste, but I didn’t feel that way about this at all. I really enjoyed the taste of this tea.

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The benefits of a TeaTox can be increased with a clean diet. A healthy diet supports a healthy lifestyle, and you should always have open communication with your doctor about your lifestyle habits. I love to have some fruit and protein every morning for breakfast. It’s the perfect kick starter to my day. This is an example of a morning snack for me. I’m having a handful of almonds, blueberries, blackberries, and a half of a banana with my Morning Boost tea.

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The Night Cleanse is gentle, yet effective. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my digestion, and overall bloat feeling. I don’t think my stomach has been this flat since before I had my son.

I particularly like that it’s not too strong. I don’t feel like I’m running to the toilet every five minutes. Night time cleanses can be quite intimidating, but this one is super gentle. I also thought that the flavor profile of this tea was enjoyable, and superior in taste to other night time/detox teas that I’ve tried. It’s important to note, these types of cleanses should only be temporary and performed once or twice a year. The night time cleanse is 30 days, and then take a break.

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At night I usually diffuse lavender essential oil, put on some hand and foot cream on, and sip the tea while I watch my favorite show or read a book. It’s the perfect night time routine for me, and end to a busy day.

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Overall, I thought this was the most effective TeaTox I’ve tried yet.  You will always get the best results if you pair something like this with a healthier lifestyle, but I definitely think it’s a great kickstart.

www.SkinnyMint.com

thanks to SkinnyMint for partnering with me on this post.

xo, Rachel

Beauty

DIY Detox Bath

January 28, 2015

Epsom salt baths are excellent, and can be super beneficial!

Some of the said benefits of epsom salt baths are relaxing the nervous system, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.

Although some believe in the awesome powers of epsom salt baths, please remember, always discuss your lifestyle choices with you personal doctor first.

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Start with about 2 cups of Epsom Salt. This can be found at any local drugstore for just a few dollars.

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 My favorite blend for my detox bath is lavender and serenity essential oils from Doterra. It makes the entire room smell like a beautiful spa. I put 3-5 drops of each into the container.

note: It’s important to use a glass container when working with therapeutic grade essential oils. I got this one for a few dollars at HomeGoods.

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I’m grate some fresh ginger into the container.

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It’s probably the easiest recipe EVER, and it’s soo amazing!!

I put a generous amount into my bath and soak for 15-20 min.

Recipe

2 Cups Epsom Salt

Doterra Lavender Essential Oil*

Doterra Serenity Essential Oil Blend*

1tsp Grated Ginger

*Wanna know more about Doterra?

How to become a member and get whole sale prices

or

How to sell Doterra and make commission?

 A Guide to Getting Started

Watch My FULL Bath-Time Routine HERE

hope you enjoyed this post.

xo, Rachel

 

Health, Home

Diffusing Essential Oils

January 27, 2015

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I’ve always known about essential oils. I’ve even blogged in the past using the ones I had purchased from Whole Foods. During Christmas I was over at my sister-in-law Melanie’s house, and she had this little round device that looked similar to a humidifier. The room smelled super yummy, and being the curious person I am, I asked “what is that, and what does it do?” She answered “It’s a Doterra essential oil diffuser.” My ears were instantly perked, and I had to learn more. I went home that night and ordered my first essential oil diffuser from Stadler Form.

I started diffusing oils from the store, but I really wanted to try the Doterra and Young Living essential oils that I had been hearing so much about. My sister was gracious enough to let me borrow all of hers (including Young Living), to see which ones I liked best. Now, I know there is tons of debate on which is better, but I personally was drawn to Doterra. Both companies sell oils that are “therapeutic grade”, but I really preferred the Dottera blends the best. I placed an order right away (through my sisters representative). Once I got them in the mail, the obsession grew. I only ordered 3 to start, but started using them every day and every night. I use the  Balance blend in the day time (at my work desk), and I diffuse Lavender while I bathe, and at night while I sleep. I tried diffusing lavender in Oliver’s room for one of his naps, and it was the longest nap he’s ever taken.. haha

Here’s a picture of me diffusing the Balance blend while I edit. It’s such a relaxing smell. It ALWAYS puts me in the BEST mood. It has blue chamomile, blue tansy, and frakincense.

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I knew this was just the beginning. I wanted to purchase a few more diffusers for the house, and a ton more oils. I placed my second order a few days ago for another diffuser and the Frankincense, Purify, Serenity, Whisper, and On Guard blends.

 I am never, I repeat, NEVER a fan of things like this. I remember Mary Kay ect, and in general I tend stay FAR away. I also am NOT an expert. I just know that I personally REALLY love them. I’m discovering more and more uses for the oils every single day.

I decided to become a “representative” mostly so that I can order for myself, my family, friends, and anyone on my blog who is interested. I found ordering to be very confusing when I first started, because you have to order through a representative or representatives link/store. There are so many amazing Doterra representatives, and I would never want to step on anyones toes. If you have a local representative, feel free to order from them. If you are interested in purchasing anything from me, you can shop easily right away using my link.

http://www.mydoterra.com/racheltalbott/

I’m slightly obsessed with it… just a little… kinda… ok .. a lot!! haha ..

If you are interested in becoming a member and getting the discounted price, or selling along side me, check out this easy step-by-step I created:

A Guide to Getting Started

I plan to try out a few different diffusers, and let you know what I think.

More info on diffusing:

http://www.doterra-aromatics.com/info/whyDiffuse.html

HAPPY ESSENTIAL OILING!! xo, Rachel

Beauty, Fashion

Sexy Little Thing

January 27, 2015

 I spent most of 2013 and 2014 wearing maternity and nursing bras. I was so happy to finally be able to wear sexy bras and lingerie again. Last Valentines day actually happened to fall on my six week postpartum date, so I was able to get something special. This valentines day I wanted to try out For Love & Lemons. I was SUPER impressed with the quality and gorgeous style of the bra that I chose. These bras are a perfect, elegant lingerie piece. It also could work as a everyday bra under certain clothing. It’s SUPER comfortable and sexy. I think it’s SO important for a woman to treat herself to beautiful lingerie every once and a while.

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I LOVED the royal blue color of bra. It’s a stunning color in person.

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They come in these mesh bags, which are perfect for storing or traveling.

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 hope you enjoyed this quick post,

and that you have a special valentines day.

xo, Rachel

Family, Health, Home

Salmon Niçoise Salad

January 26, 2015

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Salmon Niçoise Salad

8 Ounces Grilled Salmon (Shredded)

2 Cups Arugula

8 Small Gold Yukon Potatoes (boiled)

1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Red Onion

6 Grilled Tomatoes

1/4 Cup Sliced Kalamata Olives

Dressing:

2-3 Tablespoons Sour Cream

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Lemon Juice

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Mix ingredients together and toss into salad. Enjoy!

hope you enjoyed this post

xo, Rachel