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Laundry. When you hear that word. How do you feel? 

There’s  four people in my house and I’m appalled at how much laundry I have each week. Have you seen that meme that’s around about how a Mom gets all the laundry done but then she realizes her family is walking around in clothes of course and therefore it means at days end there will be more laundry in those hampers? Yeah, I feel that deep  
Let’s chat about your Laundry Soap for a second. Ever flipped that bottle over and googled those ingredients on the bottle? I have! You should too! I had a close friend many years ago move back home with her parents and started using their laundry soap which is still currently (and maddeningly if I might add the top seller in the US). She started having these really weird skin rashes all over her body. It was awful, she was itchy and red and just felt awful! They couldn’t figure out what it was…even after many doctors appointments. She switched all of her products. Nothing changed. She was still the red, itchy skin girl  Then, she decided to switch laundry soap to an all-natural option (in fact the one I use) and BAM within days no more red itchy skin! 

The scary part here is that not everyone has a reaction you can see, oftentimes laundry soap chemicals show up differently in our body like in asthma, eczema, autoimmune issues and more.   It’s So freaking annoying to have to read every damn label to make sure what I’m buying isn’t going to cause more harm than good to my families health. If you feel this way too, I got you. I found an easy button in all that reading labels stuff and you I’ll share it with you too here.
Did you know if you live in the European Union, 1328 chemicals are banned. That means they can’t be used in personal care or food products. Here in the good old USA, our government has only banned 11. See something wrong with that? Yep, me too! Are you upset about that? Yep, me too! Let’s feel that fire in our bellies and do something about it!
Wonder why Cancer, Auto-immune issues, allergies and hormone imbalances are so much more prevalent today than even 20 years ago? It’s because our chemical exposure everyday. We eat, use or breathe in chemicals from our food or products used within our homes. Check out the Documentary STINK on Netflix, its eye opening. 
I’ve spent the last 3 years of my life learning and educating on all of this and while I don’t think its for everyone (only those that care about their health 💁) I do believe its something we should all be educated on. However, I know many of us are pressed for time these times which is why I have an easy button on all things Natural Living and wellness that you can educate yourself with and or buying products I’ve fully vetted and trust to use on myself and family everyday (this one took me a long time). 
My Easy button on laundry is for everyone. Because while laundry might not be anyone’s favorite chore, it’s gotta be done and we might as well save some of our precious time and money while we do it. 
The only laundry soap I use is Young Living Thieves Laundry Soap, its cost effective, comes right to my door and more importantly, its non-toxic. Here’s how you can get yourself some.

One of the zillion reasons I love this is because its super concentrated that means a little goes a long ways. In fact, I make 3, 32oz bottles of laundry soap out of the one 32 oz bottle that comes right to my door. How’s that for saving some money?!? Oh yeah and I only use one pump for each load. Here are the 32 oz pump bottles I use, 

Everything we use in our household, including laundry soap gets into our body. How many of us wash our clothes in chemicals that we cannot pronounce?
Separate your laundry soap equally into (3) 32oz pump bottles.
Bonus* Add 2 capfuls of Thieves All-purpose Household Cleaner to each for extra cleaning power!! You can also add 10-15 drops of purification or lavender!!
Fill (slowly) with water, gently shake until evenly distributed.
Use 2-5 pumps per large load.
(That’s $7.80 per bottle - ~64 loads each, which means one bottle of the Thieves laundry detergent can do up to 192 loads after diluting! 😱

Can’t beat it that price anywhere, plus it's 100% safe for you and your family! Total win. 

You can check out the video I did breaking all this down here. 

Meal Planning Cheat Sheet for Busy Moms everywhere

Eating real food isn’t complicated at all. Keep it simple. You don’t have to be a culinary chef in the kitchen. You don’t have to buy everything fresh. Who told you that you had to put so much pressure on yourself for every meal to be 5 star quality? 
I hear from busy Mom’s all the time that they can’t research another recipe and spend time and money on ingredients only to find their family won’t eat it. I understand. There is nothing more frustrating than planning a meal, buying the food, preparing it, dirtying dishes and then it’s not a hit with your toddlers and hubby. Been there girlfriend and I still find myself there from time to time now. But, using these tips, dinner is almost always a hit in our house. 
Real Food can be simple. Don’t overcomplicate it. Just because your Mom hand made rolls and breads, doesn’t mean you have to (although I know these are fabulous). 
 Here’s some tips how to meal plan.
Leftovers are key. Don’t like leftovers? Learn to  Seriously though, if you don’t like leftovers try putting a twist on them. Adding some additional veggies some dump ranch LINK, an egg or two to it. Something to change it up if you can’t stomach leftovers. Try really hard to learn how to like them, because it’s a lot easier because then you don’t have to cook every meal, instead you can batch meals  
Batching meals for the week ahead is essential. I like to take a look at our family calendar and see how many nights we will need quick on the go dinners. Then, I make sure I prep those ahead of time. 
Protein is typically the hardest nutrient for us to get into our bodies and yet one of the most important. So, I always recommend when planning ahead of time to ensure you have enough protein cooked or prepared ahead of time for on the go or quick eating. Protein are your lean meats (I swear by buying meat only from here because of their sustainability and standards)
Nuts, etc that are so vital to supporting your body in muscle mass and keeping you feel full and satisfied. 
I’ve created a cheat sheet meal plan recipe list for you and I’m calling it my 1234 method of easy meals for the Modern Day Busy Mom. You can use this for yourself using foods that you will like and fit for your family! This will you a great variety of macronutrients of whole foods; Protein, Carbs, Vegetable and Fat. Easy Peasy.
Click here to get my list I’ve complied of each MacroNutrient. Pick one from each category for each meal you eat and watch as you feel more energized, fuller and less bloat. All because you’re fueling your body with real food that it needs! 

Oh and you can be sure your kids and are getting filled up too with these proper nutrients it won’t have them asking for a snack 10 minutes after a meal….eeeep that used to drive me crazy!

Be sure to also check out my video here for Quick Grocery Shopping Tips

Elderberry Syrup Benefits + Recipe

Elderberry Syrup Benefits + Recipe
Fight colds and flu with this Immune-Boosting Elderberry syrup which is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. These are a kid pleaser and a busy mom hack to keep your kids feeling their best! 
Walk through the cold and flu aisle of any health food store and you’re likely to see elderberry syrup. Why? It’s amazing for helping to boost the immune system. Elderberries are loaded with vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as potassium, vitamin B and other antioxidants. So when my kids start to feel even a bit under the weather, I make sure we have elderberry syrup on hand. It tastes so good and it’s it helps to give them an extra boost of antioxidants.
Elderberries not only help to boost the immune system, there’s actually been a study that shows that it helps to shorten the length of sick days due to the flu. It can also help with nasal congestion related to the cold too. It’s been a fav in our house over the last few years and is definitely something I keep in my Mama Toolbox. 
Elderberry has been used historically for health benefits and culinary purposes. These berries contain several antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that have made the berries an ideal choice for immune support! Several studies have even found that elderberries help reduce cold-like symptoms.
*To enjoy the benefits, make sure to try incorporating elderberry syrup as raw elderberries can cause negative effects including nausea and abdominal cramps.
Elderberry Syrup DIY
Try making this elderberry syrup at home! The infusion of vitality essential oils will provide even more powerful benefits. This will make a large batch to fill a 16oz mason jar.
1 C dried elderberries (you can get these at some health food stores or online through private sellers)
4 cups of water
½ - ¾ C honey (raw and unfiltered, preferably local to your area)
Cinnamon Stick or herbs of your choice (echinacea and rosehip and great options)

Add the elderberries and water to a large saucepan. Bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat and allow the berries to simmer for about an hour (the goal is to have the amount of liquid in the pan half in size, this can take 60+ minutes). Add your choice of herbs. Once liquid has halved in sized, remove from heat and let cool. Separate the berries into a strainer and mash them while collecting the juice. You can do this with a spoon or a spatula, but the key is to catch the elderberry juice that comes from the berry. Once mashed, discard remaining berries. Let the liquid cool and gently stir in the honey and essential oils. Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Serving Size:
1 tsp daily for children
1 tbsp daily for adults

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