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Benefits of Massage Therapy

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What is Massage??

Massage is act of pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
  • Hot stone massage.  This massage uses smooth, flat, heated stones that are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. 
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How often do you get massages? Did you know that there are a ton of health benefits to receiving regular massages??

Don't think of massage as a one-time treat, an indulgence, or a reward for a tough week. Regular massage truly elevates your everyday life, smoothing out the rough spots, helping you be your best, and making it easier to deal with life's curve balls.

Studies have shown that massage therapy is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

Studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
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I recently had the pleasure of visiting Massage Heights in Fairview Park Ohio.  I received a 60 minute hot stone massage and it was heaven! Their hot stone massages are usually 90 minutes but I had to get back to the kids #momlife lol! At least I had 60 minutes to myself!! 

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When I walked in I was greeted by very friendly staff members and the lobby was both beautiful and relaxing. I was asked to fill out a medical history form while I waited for my massage therapist.  The lobby had several shelves of awesome products, I took a few pictures for you to see. They have their own proprietary brand of aromatherapy products which is really cool! 

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Those of you who know me know that I am big on living a natural, organic lifestyle and I LOVE companies that focus on being Green! To learn more about natural living visit HEALTHY HUSTLERS

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Massage Heights Green Initiative

At Massage Heights, caring about the environment comes naturally to us. So we are always looking for ways to improve our use of resources in our Retreats. It’s beneficial for our Massage Therapists, our Members and the Earth. Our Green Initiatives include:

  • Biodegradable lotions and massage oils

  • Smoke-free work environment

  • Rechargeable battery-operated faux candles *

  • Paper recycling *

  • Plastic recycling *

  • Earth-friendly retail products

  • Recyclable plastic retail packaging

  • Non-toxic cleaning supplies *

  • VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compound free) paint finishes

*Varies by Retreat

 One of the couples massage rooms at Massage Heights

One of the couples massage rooms at Massage Heights

As I was given a tour of their facility I was really excited to see they had couples massage areas, what a great relaxing date for you and your spouse! I had no clue that there are actual benefits to your relationship from couples massages! 

Some benefits of couples massages include:

  • Helps you and your partner reconnect
  • Increases feeling of affection
  • It may make you want to get it on (seriously that is listed as a benefit! See the full article HERE)
  • Encourages bonding
 This was my massage room!

This was my massage room!

After the tour my massage therapist showed me to my room. I was asked to choose an aromatherapy product (remember that proprietary line I talked about?

I chose the Revive Aromatherapy: Their all-natural proprietary Revive blend is designed to help balance your energy to feel alive and refreshed. Excellent for combating physical and mental fatigue, exhaustion, and sluggishness. Let it revive your senses with freshly harvested organic seaweed and pure essential oils for the perfect fusion of body and mind therapy. The intoxicating blends of lemongrass, sweet basil and lavender will help Revive your skin and balance your energy. 

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If you fall in love with the blend you choose for your massage you can purchase it to take home with you! Heights at Home Product line: use organic emollients, no harsh detergents, no synthetic colors, fragrances or preservatives. Cold-pressed oils. No parabens or chemical additives. All ingredients are derived from plants. 

After I chose my blend my massage therapist left so I could undress and get on the table. She turned on a table warmer so it was all warm and cozy for me. She came back in the room and asked me to take 3 deep breaths as she used the Revive blend for me to breath in. It was heaven. I chose to have a hot stone, deep tissue massage. I could have laid there for hours if I didn't have to get home to the kiddos! 

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Hot Stone Therapy

Relax and melt away tension with a Hot Stone Massage Therapy elevation.

Relieve sore muscles and intensify the restorative properties of your massage with a Hot Stone elevation. The heat from our hot stones helps release tension by relaxing the muscles, making your massage even more effective. Heat also helps expand the blood vessels so that blood can circulate through the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins and help it mend. Add an elevation to any 60-120 minute massage experience.

My massage therapist Cindy was amazing! I definitely recommend her! After my massage ended she left so I could dress then came back with water. It's very important to hydrate after you receive a massage. 

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Drinking water after massage is recommended. One reason is that water will help the kidneys and other organs process the various substances which move through the body on a regular basis and after a massage treatment, a lot of toxins have been released, so you need to flush them out. Read more about this HERE

Connect with Massage Heights Westgate: Website:   https://www.massageheights.com/locations/oh/cleveland-oh/westgate/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MassageHeightsWestgate/

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Those Crazy Anti-Vaxx Moms!

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Did I get your attention???? If you've ever called another mom crazy or an anti-vaxxer I urge you to continue reading and try to see life from our eyes. If you are a crazy anti-vaxx mom then I hope reading my story helps you realize that you are not alone! You are part of my tribe!! At the end of the day aren't we all just trying to do what is best for our children??

How many times have you been called an "anti-vaxxer"? Told that you don't have a medical degree so you can't possibly know anything about vaccines, been called awful names, stupid, ignorant, or worse, told that your child wasn't injured by vaccines, they are perfectly safe, you are just a CRAZYMOTHER! How about being called Dr. Google?? I was once told I was garbage and ridiculous then blocked on FB by a girl I've known my entire life when I said I stopped vaccinating.  I had a grown man on FB recently use very vulgar words towards me on a post I made about vaccines. See below. 

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When did it become ok to talk to a woman like this???

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Did you catch that I said "stopped" vaccinating?? I used to be a pro-vaxx mom, I thought moms who didn't vaccinate their children were crazy and reckless. I thought that if they didn't vaccinate their children then their children would absolutely die from some awful disease. I "thought" what I had been programmed to think. I never thought to question any of it. My 2 older children were fully vaccinated, I remember having anxiety taking them to doctors appointments and holding them down as they screamed during their shots but it never went further then that. I never knew that things like chronic ear infections, chronic strep, autoimmunes, ADHD were adverse reactions of vaccines. I thought they were just part of childhood. 

Vaccines are not treated like other medications. They are labeled as “one size fits all”. Depending on your genetic make up you may not have a reaction,  you may have a small one, or your baby may pass away from a severe reaction. Luckily Anya's reaction was very mild compared to so many others! More on that later.....keep reading. 

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So what prompted me to stop vaccinating?? You know I really wish more "pro-vaxx" people would stop and ask this question instead of getting nasty with us! They are so afraid of something they don't understand but I get it. I was that way for a long time too. They think we just woke up one day and thought "It's so nice outside, I think I'll stop vaccinating little Billy" lol They don't realize the HOURS we spend daily researching and talking about vaccines. Ever wonder why we spend our time talking about this hot topic?? I can tell you it's not because we enjoy being harassed and belittled. We don't want any other mothers to have to go through what we did. We feel a duty to share what we learned like someone did for us. 

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I just found this on my instagram. I was that provaxx mom, until I wasn’t.  I will never stop informing other mamas of vaccine dangers. Everything about this picture is so wrong but I had not clue at the time. I called the doctors after hours line and they told me her reaction was completely normal.

The story behind the pic....Anya screamed for HOURS after her 2 month vaccines, I couldn’t touch her or hold her. I gave her Tylenol per the pediatrician, you don’t know what you don’t know and leaned over her on our bed nursing her without touching her body (she screamed bloody murder when I tried to touch her). The injection site was red and swollen. She finally was so exhausted she fell asleep and slept for hours. A few days later she developed eczema. We are SO lucky it wasn’t any worse. 

I was told by her doctor that this was a normal reaction but it didn’t sit right with me so I started looking into vaccines, I had no clue where to start. I was hesitant about getting her 4mo shots but her doctor convinced to do them. I felt sick leaving the appointment. I knew in my heart this wasn't right.  A friend connected me to one of those anti vaxx moms she knew who was happy to answer my questions and point me in the right direction. I was also blessed to have a girlfriend with a vaccine injured child and an aunt who also helped guide me. Not everyone has the support I did and many are afraid to talk to their friends and family about their decisions on vaccinating. 

Anya will be 2 next month and hasn’t had a single vaccine since 4 months. She’s incredibly healthy and has never been on an antibiotic. We also no longer keep Tylenol in our house, learn more about the dangers of Tylenol HERE  or HERE.  If you continue vaccinating please stop giving your children Tyelnol before or after. Learn more on this HERE. If you are on the fence about vaccines PLEASE keep digging! You can always go back and vaccinate but you can't UNdo them. 

All this aside I am ALL for a parents right to choose and I support parents on either side of this debate! I never get nasty or knock another parent for their decisions. I'm urging everyone reading this to take a step back and listen before judging! We need to support each other and mom shaming NEEDS to stop!! 

 Sadly this is often the way vaccine conversations go. 

Sadly this is often the way vaccine conversations go. 

Please feel free to reach out to me on FACEBOOK or join our online community HEALTHY HUSTLERS

 

 

 

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Why You (And Your Children) Need To Go To The Chiropractor

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Chiropractic care can create optimal function of the nervous system without using drugs or surgery and has been shown to correct conditions that are far removed from their proximity to the spine, creating true health and healing.  ~Dr. Patel

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. In addition, doctors of chiropractic recognize the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient. ~Association of Chiropractic Collages

My children and I visit our chiropractor 2-3 times a month, more if we are sick. Since there are so many misconceptions about chiropractic care I decided to write this blog.

A few of the common misconceptions are:

  1. It hurts
  2. It's not safe
  3. They aren't real doctors
  4. It doesn't work
  5. You only need to see a chiropractor if you have an injury

    To give you a better picture of what a chiropractic adjust looks like I visited my friend Dr. Patel at her new clinic Core Life Chiropractic in Shaker Heights Ohio. You can learn more about Dr. Patel HERE and watch the video of my visit below! 

    One of the best things about chiropractic adjustments is they are a drug-free way to heal your body naturally. Did you know that many chiropractic programs incorporate an entire year of PhD-level advanced nutrition training? Check out this blog about nutrition I did with Dr. Patel last year.

    Chiropractic benefits include helping to naturally improve problems such as:

    • Headaches
    • Strengthen Immune System
    • GI Issues
    • Improved mental clarity
    • Ear Infections (see blog on curing ear infections naturally)
    • Neck pain
    • Sinus problems
    • Arthritis and joint pain
    • Asthma
    • Decrease Blood pressure 
    • Pregnancy
    • Organ function
    • Surgery prevention
    • Sciatica 
    • Colic, Acid Reflux and Ear Infections in children

    In a 2003 study published in the British Medical Journal, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to receive either manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) over the course of a 52-week period. The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. (4)

       Dr. Patel specializes in chiropractic care for women and children. Learn more about the benefits for children  HERE. 

      Dr. Patel specializes in chiropractic care for women and children. Learn more about the benefits for children HERE. 

      Top 5 Reasons To Take Your Child To A Chiropractor

      1. To promote proper growth and development and to limit health challenges such as issues with nursing and reflux.  
      2. To allow a child’s nervous system and spine to grow optimally and without interference. To reduce ear infections, bed wetting, asthma and allergies.  
      3. To improve a child’s immune system and digestive health and to limit colic and constipation.
      4. To encourage nerve and brain development (neural plasticity). To promote proper perception and awareness preventing labels such as ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
      5. To be proactive about your child’s overall health and wellbeing which will limit and support them through colds and infections and allow them to meet their optimal potential.

      Get in touch with Dr. Pooja Patel:

      Website: www.corelifechiro.com  

      Tel: 216.675.1872 

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/corelifechiro/

       

       

       

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      No Shots, No School, Not True!!!

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      Have you been led to believe that if your child isn't fully vaccinated per the CDC vaccine schedule that he or she couldn't attend school??? If so, don't feel bad....I was too with my first two children. I'm here to tell you that you've been LIED to!! 

      Do you know what a vaccine exemption form is? With a vaccine exemption form your child can enter school or daycare WITHOUT having to receive vaccines! Did you know that exemption forms are available in ALL 50 STATES??? 

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      Find exempton forms for your state HERE

      Vaccines carry great risks and dangers. The U.S. government pays out millions of dollars to compensate vaccine injuries and deaths each year through a special vaccine court. You cann read more HERE  BILLIONS of dollars have been paid out to families like the tragic sudden death of a 12-year-old girl in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who died just hours after a Gardasil vaccine. Did you know that doctors receive bonuses based on how many children they vaccinate each year??? You can read more about the Blue Cross Blue Shield bonus program HERE

      It's up to us as parents to research both sides of the vaccine debate and make an informed decision. No one else but you truly has your children's best interest at heart, you are their only voice!!

       No long term studies have been done on the effects of vaccines. As you see above (from the  CDC  website) the CDC does not believe such studies would be practical. According to them it's 'not practical" to learn about the long term effects vaccines have on our health....let that sink in a bit. 

      No long term studies have been done on the effects of vaccines. As you see above (from the CDC website) the CDC does not believe such studies would be practical. According to them it's 'not practical" to learn about the long term effects vaccines have on our health....let that sink in a bit. 

      Did you know that the government and Big Pharma are trying to take away parental choice when it comes to vaccines?? Check out the bill that Ohio is trying to pass HERE 

      Some believe mandatory vaccination is a good thing....if you are believe this let me ask you a question. Do you get a flu shot every year? If you vaccinate your children but decline flu shots then you need to pay attention! Mandatory vaccination would require you to receive ALL of the "required vaccines" including flu shots. 

      All 50 U.S. states still offer vaccine exemptions, some offer more then others. A few states such as CA, MS and WV are more difficult and only allow a medical exemption. Learn your state laws regarding vaccine exemptions and what bills they are trying to pass.   

      We live in Ohio. Ohio allows all 3 vaccine exemptions, Medical, Religious and Reasons of Conscience. 

       This is what a vaccine exemption form looks like. I downloaded this one from THIS site. 

      This is what a vaccine exemption form looks like. I downloaded this one from THIS site. 

      Know your rights and the law, do your own research on vaccines. No shots, no school, not true!

      If you want to learn more about vaccine safety here are a few Facebook groups to join!

      1.  HEALTHY HUSTLERS 
      2. CRAZYMOTHERS 
      3. VACCINATION RE-EDUCATION DISCUSSION FORUM 
      4. VACCINE CHOICES - FACT VS FICTION, CONVERSATIONS & RESEARCH
      5. ARE VACCINES SAFE DISCUSSION FORUM

       

       

       

       

       

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      WHAT'S WITH THESE DETOX BATHS EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT????

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      If you haven't tried a detox bath yet then this blog is for YOU! There are SOOOOO many benefits to taking detox baths. Toxins are everywhere no matter how hard to try to avoid them! Detox baths are a great addition to your natural remedy routine but they are also a very powerful tool when you or your little ones are sick! 

      Check out this clip from Fox 8 News Cleveland! I was on last month talking about natural cold and flu remedies. 

      Ok so what is the deal behind these baths???

      Our bodies are equipped with a natural detoxification system, pretty cool right? However sometimes our body needs a little help ridding itself of all the toxins we are exposed to, especially when we are sick. We are surrounded by toxins on a daily basis, from the air we breathe to chemicals in cleaning products and skincare products, even the food we eat. At the first sign of a cold we always do detox baths at our house!  

      Detox baths open your pores and removes toxins through the skin, helping your liver get a little break.  Did you know that your skin is your largest organ?? Since your pores are open during a detox bath you should avoid soaps or body washes. When Anya or I take detox baths at home we don't use any soaps or shampoo. If you must use something please make sure it's natural. I suggest NYR ORGANICS BABY if you are looking for a natural product for your little ones. 

      BENEFITS:

      • Fights colds quickly
      • Rids your body of toxins
      • Helps you sleep better
      • Reduces stress levels and irritability  
      • Improves focus and alertness (great for kids with ADHD)

      I bet you can't wait to jump in the bath now and want to know how to do it?? Lets start with what you'll need! 

      INGREDIENTS:

      Epsom Salts-We love the Soothe & Sleep for the kids and Relax & Relief for Mike and I. 

      Epsom salt is a powerful tool in home remedies, it has so many benefits. Epsom salt contains high levels of magnesium. Did you know that most Americans are deficient in magnesium?? Soaking in epsom salts can increase magnesium levels enough to skip the need for a magnesium supplement. Magnesium deficiencies can be devastating to the human body.

      Epsom salts also have great healing properties, they been known to greatly reduce inflammation, and can also help heal the many bumps and bruises our little ones seem to constantly be covered in. 

       I love these CBD bath salts from Clean Remedies! Get yours  HERE

      I love these CBD bath salts from Clean Remedies! Get yours HERE

      Baking Soda- Baking soda in my bath?!? YES! 

      A vast majority of our water supply contains chlorine.  A recent study examined the higher-than-normal cases of asthma among swimmers, and found that it was due to their constant exposure to chlorine. In the 1990s, the EPA recognized that people absorb more chemicals, including chlorine, in their bath and shower water than when drinking water contaminated with the same substances.

      Baking soda is very alkaline. You can read why it's important to keep your body at an alkaline state HERE 

      Adding baking soda to your bath will help alkanize the water and neutralize the chemicals, including chlorine

       

      Bentonite Clay

      Bentonite clay is mined from weathered deposits of volcanic ash. When mixed with water, bentonite clay becomes negatively charged,  like a magnet it attracts positively charged metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, bismuth, antimony, and barium. Many heavy metals are classified as cations, which means they carry a positive charge. Bentonite clay is very nutritional and contains components like magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and copper.

      Bentonite clay’s properties can also attract viruses and bacteria. One study found that an active ingredient in bentonite clay can have a bactericidal-type effect on the bacteria that cause staph. 

      Apple Cider Vinegar

      ACV has SO many amazing health benefits! You can learn more about them HERE

      Adding ACV into the bathwater can help balance the pH of the body and promote healing and give your kidneys a boost! It's great for anyone suffering from skin issues. 

      Essential Oils- I love using lavender and chamomile in our detox baths. I use Neal's Yard Remedies Oils! 100% Pure, Certified Organic, Fair Trade and Cruelty Free! When adding oils to your bath please remember that oil and water DON'T MIX so always mix your oils with your epsom salts or coconut oil BEFORE adding them to the bath! You can learn more about the oils I use HERE

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      Now that you have your ingredients it's bath time! 

      Fill the bathtub half way with warm water, I like a very hot bath but make sure it's not too hot for your littles!

      Add 1/2 Cup ACV to the water, 1/4 Cup Bentonite Clay (make sure to remove any clumps), 1 Cup Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts for littles 60lb and under, 1 Cup Epsom Salts for kids 60lbs and over and 2 Cups Epsom Salts for adults. Add a few drops of your essential oils (remember to mix them into your salts or coconut oil first). Mix all ingredients together and you are ready to enjoy your bath! 

      Anya and I like to listen to calming music during our baths and I often keep her entertained with toys. Take a bath for at least 15-20 minutes. Your pores will open and allow your body extract the toxins first, and then start to absorb the minerals. Make sure children do not drink the water, magnesium has a laxative effect. A detox bath can make you very thirsty so make sure you stay hydrated and offer lots of water to your littles! Since magnesium promotes sleep these baths are great to do before bedtime!

      For more information like this make sure to join our FB group HEALTHY HUSTLERS

       

       

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      Homemade Elderberry Syrup

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      Elderberry Syrup is a potent cold and flu remedy! Keep in mind that I am not a doctor, just a mama on a mission to keep my family healthy so please consult your doctor before taking natural remedies or vitamins!! 

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       Copied from WebMD:

      “Elderberry is a plant. The berries are used to make medicine. Do not confuse elderberry with American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder.
      Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) .
      Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.
      Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring.”
      Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu and might reduce inflammation.

      This is a study that was done on Elderyberries and the FLU

      Uploaded by Fox 8 News Cleveland on 2018-01-16.

      Pretty awesome little berries aren't they??

      These are the dried Elderberries I use to make my syrup.

      If you want a smaller bag try these:

      Ok now we are ready make our own Homemade Elderberry Syrup!!! It's really easy and makes your house smell amazing!! It's good for 3-4 weeks in the fridge. We usually use up our whole batch during that time but you can also freeze some for later. 

      Ingredients

      • 1/2 Cup organic elderberries
      • 2 TBS fresh ginger root
      • 4 Whole cloves
      • 3 Cups water
      • 1 Organic cinnamon stick
      • 2 Chinese star anise
      • 1 Cup honey (we only use local honey. If you can't find local honey use raw honey)

      Instructions

      • Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, star anise and cloves (DO NOT ADD HONEY)
      • Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by almost half
      • Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled
      •  Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl
      • Discard the elderberries and spices and let the liquid cool to lukewarm
      • When no longer hot add cup of honey and stir well
      • Once cool pour into a mason jar or glass jar 
      • Store in fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties

      We take it daily for immune support, 1 tablespoon for adults and 1/2 teaspoon for the kids. If cold or flu strikes take the normal dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms disappear. 

      These are the Organic Star Anise I use:

      If making your own Elderberry Syrup isn't for you try this pre-made brand:

      For more recipes like this please join us on Facebook in our group HEALTHY HUSTLERS

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      How to Heal Ear Infections Naturally

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      When I had my first two children (now 10 & 12) I blindly gave them antibiotics anytime the doctor prescribed them.  I've learned so much since having them and my 3rd baby (she's 15 months) has yet to have an antibiotic. I've cured her 2 ear infections naturally with Chiropractic care and Garlic Mullein oil! (under the supervision of her pediatrician, who of course wanted to prescribe antibiotics right away! lol)  I do love that our pediatrician respects my choices to always try a natural route first. 

      Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to the doctor.  They are also the #1 reason antibiotics are OVER prescribed. 

      Ear infections usually occur in the middle ear behind the eardrum. They may be caused by bacteria or by a virus. Doctors often treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. (Antibiotics are strong medicines that kill bacteria and also damage your gut) 

      Antibiotics can have side effects.
      When children take antibiotics at the first sign of an ear infection, they are more likely to have vomiting, diarrhea, and allergic reactions because of the medicine. Also, antibiotics can disrupt their gut microbiome and cause other problems like diarrhea.

      Infants and children sometimes do need antibiotics, but using antibiotics too often can be harmful. Here’s why:

      In most cases, antibiotics are NOT needed..

      • They do not work for ear infections caused by viruses.
      • They do not help the pain.
      • Usually, viral infections and many bacterial infections go away on their own in two to three days, especially in children who are over two years old.

      Doctors usually can't tell if the ear infection is viral or bacterial so most just prescribe antibiotics for all ear infections. 

      Over-use of antibiotics is a problem.
      Antibiotics can help drug-resistant bacteria grow. These bacteria are harder to kill. They can cause illnesses that are harder to cure and more costly to treat, which increases the risk of complications and side effects. 

      UNDERSTANDING EAR INFECTIONS:

      Ear infections can affect the ear canal or the middle ear.

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      Acute otitis externa (AOE) is the scientific name for an infection of the ear canal, which is also called swimmer’s ear.

      Middle ear infections are called Otitis Media, and there are two types of middle ear infections:

      • Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear without pain, pus, fever, or other signs and symptoms of infection.
      • Acute Otitis Media (AOM) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear and is often caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses.

      How are ear infections treated?

      • AOE is usually treated with antibiotic ear drops.
      • OME usually goes away on its own and does not benefit from antibiotics.
      • AOM may not need antibiotics because the body’s immune system can fight off the infection on its own. 

      Watchful Waiting

      • Mild AOM often will get better on its own without antibiotic treatment, so ask your healthcare professional about watchful waiting before they prescribe antibiotics to your child. This means that your provider may wait a few days before deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics, while treating the symptoms of AOM. Watchful waiting gives your child’s own immune system time to fight off the infection first before starting antibiotics. If your child don’t get better in 2–3 days or get worse, your healthcare professional can recommend starting antibiotics.

      Chiropractic Care

       Chiropractic adjustments not only strengthen your immune system but also can do wonders for helping ease your child's ear pain. We see our Chiropractor every 2 weeks (more if we are sick). Lymphatic massage is a great way to help the fluid in the ear drain. It's easy and something you can do at home!! 

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      In our Facebook group HEALTHY HUSTLERS we have several Chiropractors and Naturopathic Doctors that we love to do calls with on popular topics. Today I did a call with Dr. Kyle Wallner from Michigan Family Wellness on Curing Ear Infections Naturally. 

      One product Dr. Wallner recommends is EAR EASE, a device that applies warmth to the ear (see video below).

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      *IF THE EAR IS DRAINING FLUID DO NOT PUT ANYTHING INTO THE EAR AND SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL*

       

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      Why I Fired My Boss.

      I had someone tell me recently that I "don't have a job". At first I was deeply offended by this comment but then I actually thought about their words.... they were 100% right. I don't have a "job" in fact I hated being an employee.  I hated being stuck somewhere from 9-5, I hated someone else controlling my schedule. I hated feeling guilty if I had to call in sick, or worse if one of my children were sick! 

      What I DO have is a LIFESTYLE. I have FREEDOM. I wake up when I want (or should I say when Anya wants) I worked at a "job" until I was 7 months pregnant with Anya. I made the choice to fire my boss and stay home with her.  I am breastfeeding and co-sleeping because I don't have to rush out the door in the morning I don't get stressed out if she's up all night. I have the freedom to nap with her the next day, not sit at my desk chugging coffee struggling to stay awake.

       She's asleep next to me as I'm writing this! 

      She's asleep next to me as I'm writing this! 

      I work WHEN and WHERE I want to. Some days at my desk, others at the pool or zoo with the kids. I make my schedule. I choose my team of people that I WANT to work with! I get to work and travel with my friends!! I mean seriously, how cool is that?? I'm writing my own book not reading someone else's! 

       This was a "work day" for me last month with one of my girlfriends and our kids!  I create my own goals and deadlines and I don't have a boss I don't like breathing down my neck.

      This was a "work day" for me last month with one of my girlfriends and our kids!  I create my own goals and deadlines and I don't have a boss I don't like breathing down my neck.

      I never miss a thing with my children, I never have to say "sorry honey mommy has to work". I decide how much money I want to make! I'm not stuck to a salary! Everything I do helps grow MY business not SOMEONE ELSE'S. The baby will be 1 next month and I haven't left her for anything work related yet....that's not for everyone but it is the choice for ME! Do you get to make your own choices like that at work??

       I was being interviewed with the baby on my lap at my kitchen table! 

      I was being interviewed with the baby on my lap at my kitchen table! 

      So I want to say thank you to the person who pointed out that I don't have a job! You made me remember how lucky I am and how much I love my life! I also want to say thank you to the person who introduced me to Network Marketing and taught me how to take control of my life! Is it always easy? No. But SO worth it! Is working 40 hours (or more) a week easy? No. Is sitting in rush hour easy? No. You have to choose your battles and decide what you truly want out of life!! I choose to control my own destiny, not work my life away for a company then hope that they will take care of me when it's time to retire.  

      Next time you are presented with an opportunity LOOK AT IT!! What do you have to lose besides your alarm clock?!!? If you are curious about what I do or where you can start please don't hesitate to reach out!!

       Working from my family's lake house in The Smokey Mountains

      Working from my family's lake house in The Smokey Mountains

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      The Power of Juicing with Anna in the Raw!!

      Mike and I had to pleasure of visiting Chef Anna at her cafe in Downtown Cleveland Good to Go Cafe. Anna is very passionate about what she does and got started after her father died at a young age.  Visit her website at www.annaintheraw.com

       Chef Anna

      Chef Anna

      So what is Cold Pressed Juice??? 

      Cold Pressed means that no heat gets near the juice, the motor isn't near the actual juice and keeps the integrity of the juice for at least 72 hours.

      When you juice at home it's been exposed to heat (unless you have a industrial juicer like Anna) and therefore must be consumed right away. (withing a half hour) When you juice or make smoothies at home make only enough to consume right away. If you aren't consuming it right away your body processes it like regular sugar.

      How can you tell if a juice you are buying in a store is truly cold pressed?? You CAN'T see through cold pressed juice! Most juices in the store are about 50% water!!

      What should I use to juice??

      When fruit or veggies are about to go that's the best time to use them!!

      You don't need pretty produce so visit your local farmers market and have fun and take advantage of sales!! You can eliminate a lot of waste with juicing!

      Fruit should be eaten in the morning on an empty stomach or mid morning/afternoon. Fruit takes longer to digest and can cause gas and discomfort.

      Read labels and do your homework! Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't trust someone else to do your homework for you, it's your body and your responsibility!

      If you aren't a fan of eating greens juicing is a great way to get your daily serving of greens!! Greens are very alkaline and your body needs a balance of alkaline and acidic.

      Your body regenerates every 7 years, what you feed your cells is what they are gong to produce. You can literally change anything in your body!

      Activated Charcoal is like a magnet and pulls toxins or anything foreign out of your body! Even birth control ladies so be careful taking it if you are on the pill!! Any medicine that your body doesn't recognize.

      Did you know that your bad breath in the morning is a combination of gases from your food digesting?!?! Ewwww right! Drinking warm water with half a lemon every morning when you wake up will alkaline your body and add 10 years to your life!

      To watch the LIVE interview please visit us on Facebook in our group HEALTHY HUSTLERS and search "Juicing"

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      Understanding Nutrition, Call with Dr. Patel

      Meet Dr. Pooja Patel DC:

      Education

      • Life University, College of Chiropractic Marietta, Ga
      • Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic – 2010-2014

      Dr. Patel been serving communities throughout Georgia and Ohio. Dr. Patel has a strong passion to serve the community and educate families. Her vision for Medina is to see families and individuals expressing their optimal potential in life, through regular chiropractic care. Dr. Patel has experience working with all ages from new born infants to senior citizens.

      Our mission at Lifetime Family Chiropractic is to educate and serve
      northern Ohio using the principles of Chiropractic. We want to reach as many families with the ultimate goal being to lead them to a greater state of health as well as deeper appreciation of God.

      http://www.lfcmedina.com/ 

      Tip to implement better nutrition:

      Write down your top 10 health related goals. Example: 1. Drinking water within 1 hour of waking up and 8 glasses per day 2. Do not shop in the middle isles of the grocery store Write down all 10. Implement only 1. Once you have that 1 down, Then move on to 2. Once you get 1 &2 down, move onto 3

      Carbohydrates often get a bad wrap. However carbs alone aren't bad, everyone needs them because carbs are the body's primary source of energy. 

      There are 3 types of Carbohydrates:

      1. Sugar
      2. Starches
      3. Fiber

      Women should consume 25g of Fiber a day and Men 35-40g. A high fiber diet lowers your risk of cancer and other diseases such as IBS. 

      A normal diet should contain 50% Carbs, 20% Protein and 30% Fat. To achieve your weight loss goals you need to figure out your goal weight and keep a food diary. 

       You should consume a colorful diet full of raw fruits and vegetables and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! 

      You should consume a colorful diet full of raw fruits and vegetables and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! 

      One of the keys to understanding nutrition is learning how to read food labels

      • Look at the ingredient list first. If the label has a long list of ingredients or words that you can't pronounce its usually highly processed and should be avoided! 
      • Next check the serving size
      • Look at the calorie content
      • Sodium content- you shouldn't consume more then 800mg of Sodium per serving. 
      • Sugars- make sure you learn all the different words for sugar! 

      How to count Macronutrients instead of calories:

      Macronutrients are carbs, fats, and proteins—the three basic components of every diet. One of the problems with traditional calorie counting is that it doesn’t take into account what you’re eating, just how many calories you take in. You should focus on eating the right thing and it may be more beneficial to focus on macronutrients rather then calories. 

      Try one of these Macronutrient calculators:

      http://macronutrientcalculator.com/ 

      https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macronutrients_calculator.htm 

      Listen to the recorded call with Dr. Patel HERE:  https://fccdl.in/oB32RQnHt

      OR watch live in HEALTHY HUSTLERS

      We hope you enjoy this series on Nutrition!

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      What is Adrenal Fatigue? Call with Dr. Sweetnich

      Adrenal fatigue is caused by a poorly working adrenal gland in people who are under mental, emotional, or physical stress. Your adrenal glands make hormones.

      Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich

      Follow Dr. Sweetnich:
      www.modernhealthblog.com
      www.facebook.com/drsweetnich

      Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich grew up in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While there she completed her internship including a rotation with the Salvation Army.

      Dr. Sweetnich focuses on finding the root cause of disease and treats everyone from a personalized and holistic viewpoint. After being diagnosed and successfully treating herself for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) she developed a passion for women's health, including making women aware that there are other options besides the "traditional" medical solution.Dr. Sweetnich also focuses on autoimmune conditions including but not limited to Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She is an expert in botanical medicine as well as nutritional therapies and is also currently studying to become nutritional IV certified.

      In her spare time Dr. Sweetnich coaches softball. She is an avid gym go-er, from spinning classes to kickboxing to good ole fashion lifting heavy weights, she enjoys it all. When not on the field, in the gym, or in the office, you can find her with her husband, daughter, and dog somewhere in the woods!

      There are so many factors that can affect your Adrenals. Such as stress, which may be the hardest to control! I mean who doesn't have stress in their lives?! An unhealthy lifestyle, toxins, poor diet and more! 

      So what are the signs of Adrenal Fatigue and how do you know if you have it?? Here are a few possible signs:

      • You are excessively tired- You are getting enough sleep but still struggle to get up in the morning or small tasks have become overwhelming.
      •  You crave salt-The reason for salt cravings is low sodium and aldosterone (a steroid hormone) levels in your body.
      • You have a boost of energy in the evening- There’s an energy pattern with AFS— very fatigued in the morning, with more alertness around lunch, a lull in the afternoon, a spike of energy around 6pm and then another wave of fatigue around 9pm.
      • You feel lightheaded if you stand up too fast- Although it's a lesser symptom, This might be attributed to low blood pressure when returning to a standing position.
      • Difficulty dealing with stress-  Long periods of high cortisol from stress can lead to a dip in cortisol due to over stimulation, which makes your body less prepared to deal with stress. This can cause a “burnout” that can decrease your overall tolerance to life events.
      • A weakened immune system causing you to get sick easier- If your cortisol levels drop too low, you can be prone to overreact to pathogens and could end up with inflammation or even auto-immune diseases.

      If any of this sounds familiar please feel free to contact Dr. Sweetnich for an appointment: (855) 829-8315

      LISTEN TO THE RECORDED CALL HERE:  https://fccdl.in/BUh9T5YZt

      AND JOIN US ON FACEBOOK HEALTHY HUSTLERS

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      Keys to Healthy Weight Loss with Loriann Mac!!

      Loriann Mac has been in the Weight Loss industry for over 30 years. She opened Weight No More in Canton Ohio 11 years ago!  Loriann teaches her clients the right ways to lose weight and keep it off through a healthy lifestyle, diet, exercise and supplements. 

      Whether you’ve decided to get in better shape as part of a New Year’s resolution, for summer bathing suit season, lose baby weight after a pregnancy or just boost your normal routine, there’s never a bad time to get fit, shed those last extra pounds and start your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

       You can't out exercise a bad diet! 

      You can't out exercise a bad diet! 

      Keep in mind:

      • Calories count
      • Portions count
      • Nutrition counts
      • Even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits
      • Strive to develop good habits to last a lifetime

      Make sure to eat a colorful diet full of raw fruits and veggies! 

      Find an exercise routine that you can continue for the rest of your life.  Find workouts you enjoy doing and schedule them into your day, break them up throughout the day as needed. Pinterest has a ton of great at home workouts if you don't have time to get to the gym, if your home with a baby like me or to use while traveling! Make sure to incorporate strength training into your routine! 

      Watch the LIVE video in Healthy Hustlers on Facebook! Go to: HEALTHY HUSTLERS and search "Loriann Mac or Weight Loss"

       

       

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      What are Probiotics and why do I need them?? Interview with Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich!

       Did you know that 60-80% of our immune system is found in our gut?!?!

      Did you know that 60-80% of our immune system is found in our gut?!?!

      We had a great call with Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich about Probiotics. Dr. Sweetnich is very knowledgeable and we learned a lot from her on this topic! Thanks again for doing the call for us!! Here is a little background on Dr. Sweetnich and how to connect with her!

      Follow Dr. Sweetnich:
      www.modernhealthblog.com
      www.facebook.com/drsweetnich

      Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich grew up in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While there she completed her internship including a rotation with the Salvation Army. 

      Dr. Sweetnich focuses on finding the root cause of disease and treats everyone from a personalized and holistic viewpoint. After being diagnosed and successfully treating herself for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) she developed a passion for women's health, including making women aware that there are other options besides the "traditional" medical solution. Dr. Sweetnich also focuses on autoimmune conditions including but not limited to Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She is an expert in botanical medicine as well as nutritional therapies and is also currently studying to become nutritional IV certified. 
       

      Our microbiome is made up of of trillions of yeast, bacteria and viruses. We have a 10-1 ratio, we have more bacteria, viruses and yeast then we do cells in our body! Probiotics do so many things for our body like helping us break down food, helping with hormones, they are anti-inflamatory. Everything for your health starts in your gut!  

      The best source of both Pre and Probiotics are found in food! Prebiotics serve as food for probiotics and a few of the best sources are berries and bananas (just to name a few). Probiotics balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut and can be found in fermented foods such as Sauerkraut and Kombucha. Contrary to popular belief yogurt is NOT one of the best sources for probiotics (hear why in the live video below). If you aren't getting enough pre and probiotics in your food you can find them in a supplement form. Dr. Sweetnich tells us what to look for when taking them as a supplement in the live video below.  

      Dr. Sweetnich put together a store that has all of her favorite companies in one place for our FB group HEALTHY HUSTLERS . She is also giving the group 15% off all orders! In order to get the 15% you just have to let her know when you sign up so she can assign you the discount. Pure Encapsulations, Gaia Herbs, Vital Nutrients are just a few of the brands in there. She be adding more supplements into the store so if there is something you don't see feel free to ask!

      www.npscript.com/modernhealth
      Code: MODERNHEALTH

       

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      How Gluten can ruin your health!! Interview with Dr. Peiper

      Meet our good friend Dr. Howard Peiper!  Pulitzer prize nominee and best selling author of over 12 books!  Dr. Peiper has been practicing medicine for over 4 decades and has been featured on numerous TV shows and radio interviews.  

       Dr. Peiper and his wife Meg! 

      Dr. Peiper and his wife Meg! 

      Today Dr. Peiper shares his wisdom on Gluten...exactly what is it, where it comes from and why it should be removed from your diet.  Sit back and take some notes; this information is powerful!  Feel free to share this with your friends on social media and have them join Healthy Hustlers!  

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      Benefits of Co-Bathing and Breast Milk Baths!!

      We don't always bathe with flowers :) This was for our Milk Bath photo shoot! 

      I started co bathing with Anya as soon as her umbilical cord fell off. It was a great way for us to have skin to skin time. She LOVES to nurse while we are in the bath. As she has grown she has a blast splashing around and playing in the bath with mama! I cherish our bath time together and love that she always wants to snuggle for the first few minutes we are in there! I had no clue when we started that there were a ton of health benefits as well!

      Benefits for baby:

      1. Great bonding experience
      2. Promotes skin to skin contact
      3. Relaxing for baby, keeps them calm during bath time
      4. It's more comfortable and warm then a cold baby bath
      5. Encourages breastfeeding

      Benefits for mom:

      1. It's a relaxing way to unwind after a long day
      2. Boosts the hormones that help lactation
      3. Great bonding experience
      4. Stimulates milk letdown
      5. Encourages breastfeeding
      6. It's convenient! We travel a lot and never have to worry about how to bathe her

      Tips for successful co bathing:

      • Make sure water temperature is comfortable for baby and not too hot
      • Add enough milk to make the water cloudy
      • Have towels laid out for you and baby
      • I try to bathe her when someone is home to help me get out of the tub
      • If you are home alone have a bouncer or something next to the tub to set baby in after you wrap them in a towel so you can get out
      • If you are worried about the baby being slippery you can use textured gloves (available at bath and body stores)
      • We like to dim the lights and listen to relaxing music
      • I usually add Lavender and Chamomile Roman to the bath to help us both relax and help her sleep (I love this organic line from Europe!)

      Breast Milk Baths

      When Anya was 2 months old she developed eczema so we started researching Breast Milk baths. I only bathe her 1-2 times a week and a few times a month we add breast milk to our bath. NEVER pump and dump or throw away expired breast milk!!! It can be used in your bath!! Also great if you have high lipase and baby won't drink your stored milk.

       You can take some amazing milk bath photos too!! We took these in our bathroom on an iPhone! 

      You can take some amazing milk bath photos too!! We took these in our bathroom on an iPhone! 

      Benefits of Breast Milk baths

      1. Clears up eczema and other skin problems
      2. Helps clear up pink eye or blocked tear ducts
      3. Soothes and heals diaper rash
      4. Moisturizes the skin
      5. Heals cuts and scrapes
      6. Helps clear up baby acne

      Breast Milk is also great for healing ear infections (placing a few drops inside the ear), clearing up moms acne and rubbing the fatty part of your milk on stretch marks! I'm very into natural remedies and try to avoid antibiotics as much as possible so I'm not going to lie....I've drank my own milk when feeling under the weather! It's natures best nutrition!!

      I've it's very important to use coconut oil on the baby after a breast milk bath to seal in the moisture, I usually add Lavender essential oil to help her sleep.

       

       

       

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      REALITY TV...No Cell Phones or Internet for 3 days!?! Could you do it??

      I wish you all could have seen the look on Mike and the kids faces when I told them that Fox 8 was coming to our house, taking our cells phones and wifi for 3 days and FILMING IT!!! At first they all told me no but I'm a force to be reckoned with! Plus I had already told Melissa Reid that we were in so they didn't have a choice!! haha

       9 year old Kaylee is addicted to YouTube

      9 year old Kaylee is addicted to YouTube

      Mike does business all over the world from his phone so he was worried that this would be very hard for him. I work from home with our 6 month old and do 90% of my business on social media, I blog and have a team of women who count on me!  We both absolutely dreaded the thought of giving up our phones, in fact it did not hit either of us hard until Melissa actually took our phones and locked them into a safe!!

      WATCH PART I:

      I think the first morning was the toughest for Mike, He always wakes up early and works on his laptop and phone. He religiously uses apps like skype, FB messenger and whatsapp to talk to people in Asia.  So he just sat there in the dark and did nothing until everyone woke up lol.  I on the other hand shockingly didn't miss my phone as much as I thought I would. It was nice to spend more quality time with each Mike and all our kids!

       18 year old Austin loves Twitter

      18 year old Austin loves Twitter

      You don't realize how much you use your phone! We had to search for a calculator at one point over the weekend. Mike went to the store and couldn't call me to ask a question about an item on my list. He also had to stop and ask people what time it was several times!! 

       15 year old Lexi has a serious SnapChat addiction

      15 year old Lexi has a serious SnapChat addiction

      We do in home parties and had one planned the same weekend we agreed to do the show so we had to plan the party and just sit and wait to see who showed up! Normally we would be inviting people on FB and text and would have an idea of who was coming!

      WATCH PART II

      After it was all said and done it was a great experience and something I challenge every family to try! Set aside one night a week to put your phones down and spend quality time together! Children are only young once and it goes SO fast! Put the screens down and play with them, you won't regret it! 

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      Mentoring Series: Jeff Weisberg

      This interview will add a COMMA to your check!

      I am excited to share a 3 part series "Interview" style with a legend in the direct sales industry and a VERY good friend of mine for nearly 20 years...Jeff Weisberg.  Jeff has made his fortune in direct sales as a single father of two boys. 

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      Jeff is a NO excuse, NO bullshit, 1000% ACTION kind of guy.  

      Jeff tells it like it is...and his infectious energy and humor makes him a guy everyone in the industry loves to hang out with and learn from when it comes to success.

      Listen to part one of the interview...

      Brandy and I had an awesome trip to Europe last year. We are pictured here with Jeff and and his beautiful girlfiend Sandra. This picture brings back many of our great memories...we had an AMAZING dinner for my birthday in Frankfurt then we drove into Luxembourg for the next few days. The hotel bar was closed but they opened it up to allow us a bottle to celebrate! Traveling the world with friends is priceless.  

      You know what's really neat?  

      Jeff and I both have a mutual mentor, Larry Thompson who is the Co-Founder of Herbalife, a $5 BILLION company still today! You can hear Jeff share his name several times in the interview and for good reason, Larry Thompson is the "Mentor to the Millionaires".  Ironically Larry Thompson mentored and worked with my parents in the late 1960's in a company called Bestline.  Bestline was a company where many legends like Larry got their start...people like Jim Rohn, Les Brown and more!  

       

       Brandy and I with Larry & Taylor Thompson in San Francisco after business we found time to play!   

      Brandy and I with Larry & Taylor Thompson in San Francisco after business we found time to play!

       

      So take Jeff's advice very serious from this call...in fact listen to it again and again if needed before we dive in to the next call on Activity and Leadership.  Jeff is challenging us to make a commitment to personal growth.  

      Jeff's CHALLENGE is simple:

      "Commit to 15-30 minutes of personal growth everyday" 

      • read a book
      • watch a video on YouTube 
      • read a positive article
      • call one of your mentors

      Challenge yourself to do this everyday, starting today! 

      -Motivated Mike 

      If you want to connect with Jeff Weisberg:  www.daddyworksfromhome.com

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      Stop throwing a TIT FIT!!!

      Tits, Breasts, Boobs, Jugs, Tata's, Twins... Whatever you call them they are the mother of double standards!!! Take the image below for example: Both pictures show almost the exact same amount of boob but one is acceptable, even used to sell things and one is considered "wrong" or even "disgusting".  Breastfeeding shaming NEEDS to stop!!!! 

       If the picture on the left offends you but the picture on the right doesn't YOU are part of the problem and should be ashamed of yourself!! 

      If the picture on the left offends you but the picture on the right doesn't YOU are part of the problem and should be ashamed of yourself!! 

      Breastfeeding is the reason we have breasts. PERIOD. It is the reason women were given them and men were not! We do not have them for men to look at, we do not have them to sell things. We have them to feed our babies! Yet so many woman are scorned and treated poorly if they breastfeed their children in public. "Cover up"! "My husband/son etc doesn't need to see that"! "OMG that's gross, can't you do that somewhere else...like the bathroom"?!?! These are just a few of the things that moms hear when they are trying to feed their hungry little one in public. I bet you NONE of the people who say these things to a breastfeeding woman go into Victoria's Secret when they are at the mall and tell them that their displays are disgusting and they should take them down!! So why would they say that to a mother feeding her child?? We need to wake up and STOP shaming moms!!!

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      I am currently breastfeeding my 3rd baby! She is 6 months old and EBF. I breastfed my first baby for 12 months and HATED breastfeeding him in public! I felt like I was doing something wrong and should cover up (my ex husband also didn't like me not using a cover in public so I felt like I had to). Have you ever eaten under a blanket?! It is NOT easy!! Not to mention it's hot under there and if the baby unlatches while your milk is letting down you can't see and end up spraying them with milk! When I had my second baby I was a little more adventurous and stopped using the cover but still felt like I was doing something wrong. Now with my third baby I will breastfeed anywhere, anytime and I DARE someone to say something to me.

      I woke up a few weeks ago to texts from a friend of mine who has a morning radio show, she wanted to call me on air to talk about breastfeeding in public. You can hear my interview below!

      Being a new mom is HARD!!! Babies don't come with an instruction manual and the last thing a new mom needs is to feel ashamed while feeding their baby away from home!! Especially when they are feeding them the way god intended! 

      So many new moms tell me that they are scared to breastfeed in public, that they have anxiety over it. THAT IS AWFUL!  No mother should have to feel that way! It makes me happy to hear that I inspire them to not be ashamed to nurse their babies in public! It hurts my heart to hear stories in the news about strangers hassling moms for breastfeeding. To all the mama's out there breastfeeding your babies I want to tell you that I'M PROUD OF YOU!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! I SUPPORT YOU!!! Breastfeeding is beautiful and amazing and making milk is YOUR superpower!!! 

       "Tree of Life" This picture is from when Anya was only 1 week old. If you want one of these pictures but don't know how to make one please email me for instructions or I'd be happy to create one for you!!! 

      "Tree of Life" This picture is from when Anya was only 1 week old. If you want one of these pictures but don't know how to make one please email me for instructions or I'd be happy to create one for you!!! 

       

      Breastfeeding is HARD on it's own!! Only you can feed your baby, some breastfed babies (like all 3 of mine) never took a bottle! Your boobs are swollen, painful and they LEAK! Breastfed babies don't sleep through the night as easily as formula fed babies, you have to watch what you eat or drink like when you were pregnant. For those of us who practice extended breastfeeding this all can last for a few years! It's physically demanding and EXHAUSTING!! But SO worth it!!

       

      However, we choose to breastfeed because the benefits of breast milk are AMAZING for BOTH mom and baby!!! If you think breastfeeding is wrong or gross then the list below is for you! 

      1. A healthier baby
      "The incidences of pneumonia, gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies," 

      2. Long-term protection, too
      Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.

      3. Stronger bones
      Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. "When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently," "So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy."

      4. Lower SIDS risk
      Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by about HALF.

      5. Fewer problems with weight
      It's more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed him.

      6. A calorie incinerator
      You may have heard that nursing burns up to 500 calories a day. And that's almost right. "Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. "If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that's 400 calories you've swept out of your body."

      7. It's good for the earth
      Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

      8. Better healing postdelivery
      The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.

      9. Less risk of cancer
      Breastfeeding can decrease your baby's risk of some childhood cancers. And you'll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that's on the rise. Breast milk has been found to kill over 40 types of cancerous cells!!!!

      10. An unmatched feeling of power
      It's empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone. Making breast milk truly is a superpower!!! 

      11. A custom-made supply
      Formula isn't able to change its constitution, but your breast milk morphs to meet your baby's changing needs. Colostrum—the "premilk" that comes in after you deliver—is chock-full of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. It's also higher in protein and lower in sugar than 'full' milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby's hunger.

      When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. He needs a lot of calories and frequent feedings to fuel his rapid growth. Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he'll eat often.

      12. A menstruation vacation
      Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula— will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn't triggered.

      Even if you do breastfeed exclusively, your prolactin levels will eventually drop over the course of several months. Many moms who solely nurse will see their periods return between six and eight months after delivery, others don't for a full year.

      13. Less time off work
      Your baby will be ill less often, so that means fewer sick days for you.

      14. It's FREE!
      According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula can range anywhere from $134 to $491 per month. That's $1,608 to $5,892 in one year! OMG!! Other then the costs of your pump (which most insurance plans cover) bottles and nursing pads breastfeeding is free! 

      15. A great way to learn about your baby
      "You have to read your baby's 'satiety cues' a little better, because unlike with a bottle, you can't see how much he's eaten."You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby's behavior to know when your baby is full."

      16. There's nothing more convient
      Simply pull up your shirt and nurse. Breast milk is always available and always at the right temperature. 

      17. Benefits for all
      According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs if 90 percent of U.S. families breastfed their newborns for at least six months.

      So mamas pull those Tata's out and proudly feed your babies ANYWHERE, ANYTIME YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE!!! 

      DID YOU KNOW?? There are actually breastfeeding LAWS in place now to protect us! Each state has their own, I live in Ohio so mine is below! Just google "Breastfeeding Law" and your state.

      Public Breastfeeding Law: A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted. “Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code.

      #FREETHEBOOB

      #NORMALIZEBREASTFEEDING

       

      *Please note* This blog is ONLY intended to support breastfeeding mothers NOT to offend Formula Feeding mothers. How you feed your baby is YOUR decision. Mom shaming of ANY kind NEEDS to stop!!!

      #fedisbest! 

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      Direct Sales = Stay at Home Mom's! Meet superstar Taylor Thompson!

      I love the thought of having time and financial freedom for my family. Years ago like I'm sure many of you have been I was introduced to direct sales but to be honest, I never took the time to look at or understand the industry.   Recently I learned that there are over 100 Million people globally in direct sales and in 2016 the industry produced nearly 200 BILLION in sales! The best part...82% of the ENTIRE DIRECT SALES INDUSTRY ARE FEMALE!!! WOW!! 

      When I met Mike (my man) I learned how his family has been in direct sales since the 1960's! His mom Ruth Lemire is retired from a direct sales company and is STILL earning a substantial multiple six figure RESIDUAL income.  Simply put; every month they earn money based on their efforts from years ago!  His mom started out like everyone else in the industry,  part time to help her family, offer great products, have fun with friends plus earn a little extra money.  She had no idea that she would retire from her little direct sales business one day! 

      This was EYE opening and exciting for me to see as a Mom because I now know this industry is for REAL.  One of the best parts is that it's available to anyone!  Seriously anyone can start their own business through direct sales with VERY LITTLE start up money! Some companies are as little as $50 to get started!!

      One of my exciting ventures in direct sales recently led me also to meet Taylor Thompson...she is an amazing woman and her success story in direct sales is SO inspiring!!! Taylor made me realize the IF SHE CAN DO IT....I CAN TOO!!!  Raising 3 daughters and starting from scratch, Taylor became a part of her company's prestigious millionaires club!  In the video below she tells me how she would go door to door and hand out her info with her babies in tow! I love that no matter what I am doing I can do it with my 5 month old Anya! I'm wearing her in the video below!

      I sat down with Taylor in San Francisco...check it out!  

      Taylor Thompson, Brandy Bright and little Anya (part 1)

      Yes SHE ROCKS! Don't you feel like you can go out and conquer the world after listening to her?!?!  It's amazing woman like Ruth Lemire and Taylor Thompson that motivate and inspire me because IF THEY CAN DO IT THEN I CAN TOO!!! And guess what?? So can YOU!

      So let me share just a few of my TOP REASONS why you must consider Direct Sales...

      REASON #1...Time & Financial FREEDOM!  

      To wake up when you or your children are done sleeping is priceless! My alarm is 5 months old and wakes me up with a smile every morning!  You can't put a value on being in a position to wake up  when you want, work from home in your pjs and not have to drive through insane traffic to go to a job.  Residual Income is built through your customers!  Residual income pays you every month so over time your check will grow.  Imagine if you joined a company 2 years ago and had $3000 or more a month TODAY from residual income?  How would your life be different right now??  

      REASON #2...Travel & Personal Growth!

      My first trip out of the country was not only PAID for but it was because of direct sales.  Traveling is life changing, especially when you get to do it with your spouse and your children...and why pay for vacations when you can earn FREE travel!!  

      Another thing I LOVE about direct sales is the wonderful people Mike and I meet around the world.  Everyone in this industry is working on bettering their health, wealth and becoming a better person...PERSONAL GROWTH! 

      REASON #3...SHARE the products you LOVE!

      Think about your favorite products. When you find something new that you love do you tell your friends about it? We all do! Now imagine that every time your friends tried the products you recommended you GOT PAID!!!  That's direct sales!! Seriously that's it! It really is that simple! The key   is to finding the RIGHT direct sales company with TOP RATED products! 

      • products are shipped right to your home
      • no middle man
      • buying them supports another MOM who sold them to you
      • you get paid to talk about products you love
      • they are a tax write off
      • top rated companies have products that can be used with your entire family

      I could go on and on!  I love so much about this industry it's hard to sum it all up...but I will leave you with this:  I WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS AMAZING INDUSTRY SOONER!  If you are not yet involved in direct sales you should consider it and explore!  If you are involved - don't keep it a secret because there are MOMS everywhere that need you!

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      Got Apple Cider Vinegar? Add HONEY and you will be amazed!

      I'm sure you all have heard by now about the buzz surrounding apple cider vinegar, some of you may have it at your house but have no clue what to do with it or the amazing health benefits it carries. If you have it in your kitchen, you are probably used to using it as a cooking ingredient.  Apple cider vinegar has been credited with everything from curing hiccups and alleviating cold symptoms to aiding in weight loss and helping to prevent heart disease. It's even been known to help clear up acne when used topically on your skin! 

       Bragg Organic AVC is by far the best! 

      Bragg Organic AVC is by far the best! 

      Mike and I started our 60 day ACV challenge on 1/1/2017. We mix it with 1 TBS of Raw Organic Honey to help with the strong bitter taste. I won't lie the first day or so it's hard to get down but it does get better and the benefits are SO worth it and the honey REALLY does help!!  

      Make sure to use RAW ORGANIC HONEY. Raw honey is a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that's been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to  raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup!! 

      We go through quite a bit of raw organic honey in our house! We use in on top of plain greek yogurt, to sweeten tea and even in place of sugar when baking! 

      Here are just a few in a long list of benefits of adding just one tablespoon a day of apple cider vinegar to your diet:

      1. Helps Heartburn and Acid Reflux

      Acid reflux usually results from having too little acid in the stomach. Apple Cider Vinegar is full of antibiotic properties. To improve the acid content of your stomach, drink one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water.

      2. Promotes Healthy Cholesterol

      Not only does apple cider vinegar support healthy cholesterol, studies have shown that it can protect from arterial damage or oxidation,  which is the main risk of high cholesterol.

      3. Can Aid in Healthy Weight Loss

      Yep, apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The acetic acid it contains helps to suppress your appetite, increase your metabolism and reduce water retention — a great combo if you’re looking to lose a few pounds.

      4. Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar

      Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar has strong anit-glycemic properties that support a healthy blood sugar level. The vinegar actually blocks some of the digestion of starch, preventing it from raising your blood sugar.

      5. Has Antioxidant Properties

      Apple Cider Vinegar contains many antioxidants to help keep your body healthy and running smoothly, including catechin, gallic acid, caffeic and chlorogenic acids.

      6. Improves Nutrient Absorption

      The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can increase your body’s absorption of important minerals from the food you eat. Adding vinegar to your salad dressing may also help you absorb more nutrients from your leafy greens!

      GET STARTED! Drink daily for 30-60 days!! 

      1. Don’t reach for just any apple cider vinegar on the shelf. Make sure you are buying organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. We love Braggs (see link below!)
      2. Mix 1 tablespoon into a glass of warm water. I typically use about 4oz of water so I don't have to drink a ton! lol Add a tablespoon of Raw Organic Honey. Honey is a MUST to mask the taste! (see link below)

      Give it a try! What do you have to lose other then weight, health issues, acne or more?! 

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