Check Your Grinch Attitude At The Door!

Jamie Hiiii again friends! A couple of weeks ago I introduced myself and said that I would be here every week sharing about my crunchy granola lifestyle….and then December hit and whoa!  I’m still trying to find out where I hid my elf on a shelf from last year (read: shoved it in a suitcase in some closet where we wouldn’t look for it for another year) because my kids keep asking when he is going to come back.
December hits and I sometimes can’t see up from down, left from right. Am I right?
Thankfully I have found a way to support my immune system, sleep better (when I do get the chance), and keep the Grinch-y attitude at the door. I’m going to circle back to the crunchy granola part of my life… specifically essential oils. I’m thinking that maybe you have heard about them? Are you wondering what the heck they are? How can ‘smelling’ something really help keep you healthy? I thought the same thing. Until I opened that bottle and really figured out how they worked. Since then, I have not looked back and have slowly incorporated them into every facet of my life.
 Young LivingSo the first question I get is…..seriously though, what are they? Essential Oil’s are the very concentrated oils that runs through plants, that can be captured through a distillation process. Huh? They are the life blood of the plant. The oil can be collected from leaves, stems, flowers, or roots. Inside the plant they protect against fungi, insects, predators, they also help attract pollinators. Basically, they do all the things. And when all the things are good for plants, they can also help us friendly and needy humans live a little better. Naturally.  Zero synthetics. Synthetics….. a whole other day, a whole other topic.
But back to the oils for a minute, so we take the life blood of the plant, that operates in synchronicity with our own and just use it? How do we use it? I know, soooo many questions. You can use them aromatically. Strait out the bottle. Just take a whifff, or in an ultrasonic diffusers. Yes, SMELLING something can have a physiological effect of the body. Ever smell something and it takes you back to a place in time from your childhood? Yes, scent is strong. And it connects to parts of your brain. Again, whoa…pump the breaks, a whole other day, a whole other topic. You can also apply them to your skin or in recipes. They are made up of such  tiny particles that they can enter the blood stream and do their thang there. You know, like some of those medical patches? You just place them on your skin and they do their thang? Pretty cool, isn’t it? The third way to use them is to ingest. I put them in my water or coffee and get it right to the source. But please be careful. There are only certain oils and certain oil brands that you can use in this manner.
I should tell you that I only use one brand of oils. That brand is Young Living. I will tell you more as the time comes. But it is important to know that not all oils are created equal. There are very few regulations on how they are grown processed, labeled, marketed, and sold. I will be here and PB&Whine answering any and all questions that you have. Support you and take you from start to finish. In the meantime if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jamie@dragonflyandspruce. Because  I LOVE talking about these oils. I could talk all day long.
In the meantime, we are headed out to get a tree, play some Christmas music….and try to figure out the next resting place for that freaking elf.

HELLO Sunday!! Meet The Newest Peanut! Jamie Burkhalter!

So, last Sunday I made an executive decision to use this day to share photos that The Husband sends from Sandpoint, Idaho. Which IN MY head sounded like the greatest post collection E-V-E-R!  Now, my regular little Peanuts know that I did not just get dubbed Rattle-brained Connie Sue from my Grandma, I EARNED that title. Yeah……….. The Husband is as I type in his truck headed back to Vista, CA. Ummmm but, honey! Pictures!? What now?!

Well, I decided to have a guest poster on Sundays. Someone new to the Assulym of Peanut Butter And Whine. So Everyone… this is Jamie…. Jamie this is well, everyone!!

From picking up Alice at Kindergarten last year and ever since, I have been infatuated (I think kids these days… HAHAHA!! How old do I sound right now!?!?!) call it a girl crush. I didn’t really fit-in with the MOM’s at school (obviously) and I never really clicked with the Grandma’s either. However, this one Mom (spoiler alert it’s Jamie) just had this GLOW! She has the happiest eyes. Seriously, she is one of those people that when she smiles you SMILE!! The day she arrived looking as tired as I felt I approached and asked if she was having the same kind of day I was. Her answer?  I HAVE ON TWO &%$*(#%&%(#& different SHOES!!! I was immediately in love. I want her to marry Zachary.  I want to keep her. She needs to be my daughter-in-law.

Cut to first grade, I finally get the opportunity to introduce Jamie and daughter Selena. INSTANT friendship! Selena is as in love as I am (This will be truly awkward if Jamie is humoring us and truly thinks my family is insane right??) With Selena’s encouragement Jamie and I discussed a collaboration.

Okay, Holy Guacamole Batman, THAT was a long intro…….. for guess what?  AN INTRO!!!

Jamie Oh hey there! I am still trying to figure out how I landed myself into this esteemed role as part of Connie’s asylum. But, eek…..I’ll take it! She is amazing and my cheeks hurt every time we speak, and if someone can make you laugh like that….find a way to hang out with them more often, am I right?
Please let me introduce myself, my name is Jamie Burkhalter. I am by trade an esthetician, it is the greatest job that ever was.

It is only as my daughters have grown that I began to try to weed some extra toxins out of our lives. And what a coincidence, who would have thought that I might be able to combine skin care and natural ingredients that would benefit us all? Once I began to merge the two into a magical alchemy my whole world started to change.

It seems now, that I have a pretty mighty soapbox and love nothing more than sharing with people ways to begin to live in a home with fewer toxins.

And I think (still scratching my head a little) that is why Connie invited me to join you. I would love to write for you once a week, but if we are being honest….those kids keep me pretty busy and it may realistically be twice a month.  I’ll be here sharing my favorite tips, tricks, and recipes to keep your skin glowing and youthful and possibly even some ways that your family can benefit?

Thank you so much for saving a little space for me to share my story and a piece of my heart!

I’m tellin’ y’all I WILL get my Sundays off!!

Now………… Zachary……… MaMa wants to talk to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu  (should we take bets if he actually shows up for Thanksgiving dinner???)

 

Natural Solutions Organic Products Review

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Natural Solutions is a company with some of the best all natural spa products that I have had the great pleasure in trying.  Each and every product is made by hand. That means these are custom made products just for YOU!!

The bath bombs are amazing. Each bath bomb begins with premium ingredients like vitamin E oil, sodium bicarbonate, Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, citric acid, Shea butter, and essential oils.

Natural Solutions bath bombs not only look beautiful, but they are soothing and calming. Each bath bomb has a distinct scent.

I think one of the things that I love the most about these bath bombs is the fact that they encourage me to slow down. The whole ritual of a bath is relaxing. Running the water, adding the bath bomb and watching it fizz away and inhaling that deep rich scent. Light a few candles, playing some quiet music. To me that is heaven. It’s relaxing and recharging all at the same time.
Most bath bombs on the market are made with just Epsom salts.  Natural Solutions have a base of Dead Sea mineral salt as well as Epsom salt. The combination of these two salts intensifies detoxification and  supplements the body with vital minerals and magnesium that many of us are lacking. Having the proper balance of magnesium and minerals in your body allows it to regulate all of its functions more optimally. Ie., absorption, digestion, elimination, circulation, etc.
Natural Solutions blend helps balance the body’s ph which is a necessary part of optimal health. Our bodies tend to be more acidic because of the environment we live in and the food we consume. An acidic environment in the body leads to inflammation, which leads to pain, and disease. These bath bombs relieve aches and pains, lower stress hormones, increases circulation, balance the body’s ph, detoxify, and supplement with magnesium and minerals.

Add to those benefits you have almond oil which helps to moisturize and condition the skin.

Essential oil blends all focus on something more specific.

Chamomile, geranium, lemon: is calming & uplifting to the senses. Chamomile is soothing to the skin and the mind, Geranium is an aphrodisiac and is also another soothing skin tonic, & Lemon is detoxifying, energizing and uplifting for the mind and the body alike.
Peppermint, Sage & Basil: is clarifying & energizing for the mind and the body. Peppermint helps open airways, and relive congestion as well as invigorate tired sore muscles. Sage  also supports respiratory health and helps combat mental fatigue. Basil is energizing and balancing, and it helps give you mental clarify. 
Lemon & Eucalyptus is clarifying. Wonderful if you have a cold or congestion. 
Lavender & Rosemary is calming and clarifying. Rosemary is said to be the plant of remembrance. This blend helps you “remember the importance of relaxing.” 🙂 Excellent for before bed time.

Soon to arrive are the medicinal bath bombs that I am currently creating include organic herbs, roots and flowers as well as the essential oils and the salts. The pain relief bath bomb have organic birch bark, organic valerian root, organic ginger root, organic allspice, organic cinnamon, organic calendula, pure essential oils of neroli, marjoram, birch, and much more. Every ingredient addresses pain relief, and reduction of inflammation. It treats muscle cramps, strains, sprains, and bruises, pms symptoms, and back pain. Reduces swelling, and facilitates healing. It smells delicious too. Earthy, spicy and sweet.

I love the fact that I can pick and choose the scents that I want, from Eucalyptus; perfect for that winter cold!! Lavender to help me relax and sleep. Chamomile, Geranium & Lemon Bath Bombs not only smell divine but are so calming!

Natural Solutions has more than just bath bombs!! Bliss Balm being a favorite!! This balm contains Roman chamomile, patchouli, sweet orange, peppermint, lavender, essential oils, vitamin E oil, aloe, jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil, bees wax, shea butter. Not only does this have anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be used on minor burns and bug bites. The scent is a natural anti-depressant!! I rub a small amount between my palms and then rub the back of my neck, wrists and shoulders. A truly calming jar of heaven!

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Not a single one!! I highly recommend Natural Solutions for a natural way to heal, not just the body but the mind and the soul as well.

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Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com
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