Saturday, February 10, 2018

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup is an important part of our winter wellness regimen.  With 6 kids, it would cost us a fortune each winter to buy it from the pharmacy.  By making it ourselves we know we are not only saving ourselves a ton of money, but I know we are using the best possible ingredients for our family.  We love to infuse our elderberry syrup with Young Living essential oils for added immune support and a yummy flavor the whole family enjoys.

*1 cup Elderberries (I buy Frontier Organic from Amazon)
*1 cup raw honey (local is best!)
*4 cups Purified water (we love our Berkey!)

1.  Add 1 cup of elderberries to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. 
2.  Simmer for 30-60 minutes, or until liquid has been reduced by half.
3.  Remove from stove and allow to cool.  You want it warm enough that the honey will melt into it, but not so hot that the beneficial properties of the honey and essential oils will be destroyed.
4.  Strain liquid to remove elderberries.
5.  Stir in honey and essential oils.
6.  Store in refrigerator.

We take 1 tsp. per day for adults and 1/2 tsp. per day for children as a maintenance dose.  When we feel like we need more support, we will increase the number of doses we take throughout the day. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Slique in 60 Challenge - Week 4

We are four weeks into the Slique in 60 Challenge.  Everyday for the last four weeks I have taken the Slique CitraSlim Caps as directed, replaced one meal a day with a Slique Shake, and have occasionally enjoyed a cup of Slique Tea.  I’ve slowly been ramping up my exercise and eating mostly whole foods.  By Week 2 I had considerable more energy, which as a busy mom of 6 is priceless.  Week 3 I noticed my strength was beginning to increase.  I have been able to go running with the kids and do some HIIT workouts with my husband, something I have not been able to do these past 18 months!  

The problem is, I’m super competitive (always have been).  So now that I’m feeling able to work out I’m constantly pushing myself more and more.  That’s all fine and good until you wake up feeling 80 years old the next morning 🤣. But thanks to Young Living’s AminoWise electrolyte drink and PanAway Essential Oil to  help me recover, I’ve missed very few days of working out.

The scale still isn’t moving much (down about a half pound), but check out these measurements!

Super pleased with those results!  After nearly 9 straight years of wearing maternity pants and sweats I’m ready for a new wardrobe!!!

I’ve loved hearing the stories of others taking the challenge.  One of Sam’s good friends said he’s down several pounds, feeling great, and should have listened to Sam a year ago.  That’s what this Challenge is all about; encouraging and spurring one another on to a life of wellness.  I love our Young Living Tribe ❤️.  I would love for you to join us on this journey.  Let’s do this!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Slique in 60 Challenge - Week 2

Last year my husband took the Slique in 60 Challenge and said goodbye to 35 pounds.  You can watch my interview with him on YouTube.  I declared 2018 my year to get fit and boost my wellness regimen.  As a busy homeschooling mama of 6 children under the age of 9, it can be hard to find time to take care of myself.  

Perhaps some of you are feeling the same way - struggling with time to fit it all in, wondering if it's worth it, thinking it's impossible...  Only 2 weeks in but I can already confidently say to make the time, it's worth it, and it is possible!!!

The biggest result noticed this week is increased energy, which is far more precious to me than the actual weight loss!  I feel like I gained an extra hour or two in my day and found myself making it through the day without extra cups of coffee.  Before this week I didn't think it was possible to parent or adult without at least two cups of coffee.  I even refer to it as my sanity juice.  Turns out I was wrong!

The Slique CitraSlim Capsules are specifically formulated with antioxidants and micronutrients to support lipolysis, the breakdown of fats into fatty acids to boost metabolism and increase energy.  You can see the infographic below where participants in a 2015 study reported a sharp increase in energy levels.  I knew all the "facts" and studies leading into the challenge, but am still surprised to actually be seeing the results!  It just feels so good!!!

In addition to the increased energy, I also am beginning to see some scale victories.  Week 1 I lost inches but gained weight, so I was excited to see the scale moving in the right direction this week.  Watch my video update to find out just how much!

I would love for you to join me on this journey!  Let's do this!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Slique in 60 Challenge - Week 1 Update

Last year my husband took the Slique in 60 Challenge and said goodbye to 35 pounds.  You can watch my interview with him on YouTube.  I declared 2018 my year to get fit and boost my wellness regimen.  As a busy homeschooling mama of 6 children under the age of 9, it can be hard to find time to take care of myself.

The challenge will require discipline not only in the foods that I eat, but also in time management.  I'm grateful for this journey and look forward to the transformation.

My favorite part of the challenge thus far has been working out as a family. We've had a lot of laughs as we've rocked out to YouTube videos like Refit Rev.  We have also done family squat, push up, and plank challenges, which our older kids kicked our butt on!!!

The girls and I even went on a date to a Cardio Dance class at Studio Barre.  Working out doesn't have to be boring and CAN be done with kids.  

Of course, working out with the kids has left this mama super sore.  I'm not one to let excuses get in my way of achieving my goals, so I've been showing my muscles and joints some extra love and support.

Cool Azul Pain Cream is perfect for massaging on tired, weary, sore muscles and doesn't have the toxic chemicals found in most over the counter pain creams.  It contains naturally occurring methyl salicylate from wintergreen to help alleviate the deep pain in muscles and natural menthol found in peppermint provides a cooling effect.  Thanks to these products to aid in my recovery, I was able to workout everyday this week!  

I also took the Slique products daily as directed.  The results?  Watch my video to find out:

Super excited to be seeing some non-scale victories the first week!!!  Would love for you to join me on this journey!  Let's do this!!!