Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Season of Giving

“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:33-34 NLT

"...You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35

I meant to post this before Christmas, but didn't get around to it.  Better late than never, right?  I know we hear it often, but it really is better to give than to receive.  We've given to several organizations this year and I wanted to encourage you to do the same.  Find a cause that is near and dear to your heart and go for it!  If you need some suggestions, here are some I believe in:

The Cradle Fund

Crosspoint of India

Courage House Northern California

Samaritan's Purse

Carry the Future

*I have no affiliation with these organizations.

What organizations do you donate to? Share with us below!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Songcroft Naturals DIY Herbal Medicine Kit and BOGO Sale Announcement!

If you haven't heard of Songcroft Naturals before, I've previously reviewed one of their face moisturizers.  Marilene, the owner, sent me their new DIY Herbal Medicine Kit to try.

The kit includes 5 lesson plans with instructions and all of the essentials you need.  You will have to pick up a few extras if you don't have them on hand.  

You will learn to make the following:

Herbal Infusion

Echinacea Glycerite

Elderberry Syrup

Oil Infusion

Healing Salve

With cold weather approaching, we all know colds and sniffles are upon us.  I always prefer to take the natural/organic route to keep my family healthy. What better way to do that than to make my own herbal remedies, while also saving money in the process!  Think of how quickly it adds up when you go to the store to get a few natural/homeopathic remedies.  I also think this kit is super convenient; you don't have to research and purchase all of the ingredients and supplies individually because it's all prepared for you!  The lessons are simple and informative; perfect for the beginner (that's me!).  

Are you ready to try your hand at herbalism and get your own kit?!  If so, you're in luck! Songcroft is going to have a HUGE BOGO sale from November 28-30!  Upon checkout, one item will show in your cart, but two will ship.  Buy one kit for yourself and gift one to someone else!  Better yet, the sale includes all of the products on their site, so browse around and get some of that shopping done for Christmas :) Also, be sure to sign up for Songcroft's newsletter- email subscribers get additional savings!

I was sent the above for review.  All thoughts are my own!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Organic Beauty Junkie {Review}

Maryann, the owner of Organic Beauty Junkie reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying her all natural deodorant.  I informed her that I'm a bit of a natural deodorant connoisseur, and that I've tried several that haven't cut it.  I was apprehensive, but I decided to go ahead and give it a try- read on to see my thoughts!

First, a little about Maryann: she loved playing with makeup and painting her nails as a child (what girl doesn't?!).  As she grew older, she realized that mainstream products are filled with harmful chemicals.  She became passionate about creating natural products for friends and family.  Something you might not know about Maryann is that she was born with a physical disability.  This has made finding employment difficult.  She hopes to be able to employ others with disabilities one day, and I think that's a great idea!

The deodorant is available in various scents including: Bergamot, Orange, Orange Vanilla, Lavender Vanilla, Tea Tree and Unscented.   It comes packed in a cute canning jar (if you're a sucker for things with charm, you'll love this aspect too!).  I appreciate that you can purchase samples of the deodorant before buying a full size.

Ingredients: organic arrowroot powder, virgin organic coconut oil, aluminum free baking soda, organic essential oils.

I tested the Lavender Vanilla deodorant for two weeks to try it in different scenarios.  The scent is great; If you enjoy both lavender and vanilla, this is perfect for you!  I noticed it is a little crumbly straight out of the jar.  To help with a smooth application, I scooped it out and rubbed it between my fingers to warm it up.  It took a bit of time for the deodorant to be absorbed into the skin, but once that happened I was good to go.  I'm happy to report that it kept me stink free for the whole day!  Please note it does contain baking soda, so if you're prone to irritation you might choose to try a sample first.  I didn't experience any redness or irritation though!

Check out all of the products Organic Beauty Junkie offers on Etsy!  And be sure to connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest!

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Maryann has generously offered free shipping on orders over $20!  This deal is only valid for 24 hours!  Use code "FKIL6IRRV8JG" to make a purchase on

I was sent this product in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own!