Invest in YOU today!

So, you know it’s important to take care of yourself. We also know how hard this is to do in real life 😉

I was just talking this afternoon with a couple friends about this struggle, the need to heal, restore and maintain our own selves so we can be the best women, wives and moms we can be. But, it’s hard to spend the money on “me”. Well, ladies, that is what sales are good for. Below are 3 different opportunities to invest in your self and make a difference in your own life and thereby the lives of those around you, all at a wonderful deal! How can you pass that up? 😉

As always, the links below will use my affiliate links to various products, however, using these links offers me a small bonus when you make a purchase but doesn’t change your price at all, you still the great low prices! I appreciate you using my links and sharing them with your friends as these little things do add up and help me out here at home!

 

 

 

 

First, the Gut Healing e-book and course bundle is happening now through Monday, March 27. Click the logo below to see all the wonderful resources included, there are a variety of topics, from grain free to healing candida to adding good fermented options into your diet. Plus don’t miss the free bonus opportunities, those alone almost cover the cost of the bundle itself!

 

And next, the week is Beth’s birthday, the founder of Fit2B. To celebrate there is sale happening ON FRIDAY MARCH 24 ONLY! However, it’s a good one. The best deal is the premium membership which includes access to all the workouts plus access to all the e-courses as well! Click the logo below to see all the details, all the membership levels and e-courses are on sale if those are more what you need!

And then lastly, below is the copy of a post I posted this week on Facebook. I would love to share more about this product and business opportunity if you are interested. I have a small live Facebook event happening through this week with several very knowledgeable and fantastic individuals who are coming alongside me and helping me learn more and answer any questions you may have. Send me note at jen@claffs.com or click the Facebook link at the end if you would like to join the event and learn more!

What dreams do you have that you are chasing today? When you look around your home where do you want to see yourself, your family and your children in another year, another 5 years, another decade? Sometimes in the busy-ness of the day to day life, this perspective can get lost in the to-do’s of life. But, it’s good to look at and reflect on and keep working toward those long term goals.
I am realizing more and more that taking the time and effort to invest in myself, and to invest in my husband, in turn will become an investment into our children and those we love around us. These investments we make today towards restoring and maintaining our physical body will, Lord-willing, serve us well in the coming decades.
Recently, we have found something so simple, and yet so valuable, that has helped both my husband and I to invest in our health to help both now and in the future so we can function most optimally for each other, for our kids and for serving those around us well into our “older years”
By feeding our body this one whole food every day, we have seen an increase in energy, mental clarity, a decrease in inflammation (and the issues that in itself can cause), and so much more. By naturally restoring our bodies, we have seen it start to naturally self-correct and become more vibrant. It is has also been beneficial to give to our kids so we can know they are getting the nutrition their body needs every day. For us, finding natural, God-given solutions to steward our bodies in the best way possible is important in our day to day lives so that we can continue serving Jesus with our whole selves.
If any of the ramblings of my heart struck a chord or intrigues you, or if you simply just want to know more about our story on this journey, comment below or PM and I’d love to share more with you. Here’s to investing in today, so we can live life to the fullest tomorrow and every day after!

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Infinity Glass Jars {A Review}

So, it’s no secret that I love my essential oils and am rarely anywhere without at least a few. Since I typically dilute my oils for everyday use and use with the kidlings, I tend to collect glass jars and roller bottles. I will put the drops of EO in the glass jar, quantity depending on the use, and then fill it the rest of the way with my carrier oil. This works great for me so I have oil ready to use, already diluted and able to just roll on when and where needed. As I am sitting here typing this, I currently have 4 roller bottles and a spray bottle sitting by my computer screen,  9 roller bottles, 2-15 ml bottles, my new pump bottle and a spray bottle on my bathroom counter and there are 10 roller bottles in small bowl on my counter in the kitchen at all times and since I have a coughing child, there are 3-15 ml bottles and my carrier oil bottle out as well. To say nothing of the stash of oils up in my cabinet plus the ones in my wonderful Sew Grown case in my purse that goes everywhere with me!

The roller bottles offer such ease of use, I highly recommend everyone who uses EO’s to use them. Glass cosmetic bottles such as the pump bottles and spray glass jars are wonderful for insect repellent and hand sanitizer sprays as well. Plus, the small glass cosmetic lotion style bottles come in handy for adding scents to lotions and rubs.

As a busy mom with kids, being able to pre-dilute and prepare my EO’s enables me to use them easily, in diluations I am comfortable with and when I leave them sitting on the counter, it makes it much easier to use as well. 

I often just get my bottles from the local natural food stores or Amazon but when Infinity Jars contacted me about reviewing some of their glass jars I was thrilled to give them a try. Just a quick visit to their website made me realize I could quickly get hooked on their products. Their jars are a beautiful dark glass, a thick glass, a super dark violet color, making them safe from ultra-violet exposure which is such a benefit for your EO’s.

I choose several sizes of glass jars in both glass and steel rollers, a small spray bottle and a glass cosmetic jar with pump to try out. My order came quickly and well packed. Everything arrived in place and not scattered all over the box. I quickly put my new glass jars into use. The pump style jar I had never used before, but had been wanting to try a hair oil/leave in conditioner and thought that would be a good bottle to use. The glass cosmetic jar with pump has been working wonderfully. Pumps easily, doesn’t drip on the counter after use and while my formula mixture is still going through some tweaking, the jar itself is fabulous. The small glass spray bottle I filled with my hand santizer spray mixture and I have it in my purse. I love that this little size fits wonderfully in my Sew Grown case making it easy to pull out and use while the kids and I are out and end up using public bathrooms and spaces. The spray is strong and sure for the little size glass jar, it hasn’t clogged up at all or leaked after spraying. I am eager to see how the spray mechanism holds up over multiple months since they do tend to deteriorate after using for awhile but I am very happy with it so far.

Now, on to the glass jars with rollers, I got them in the 5ml, 10ml and 30 ml sizes. I got one with a glass roller bottle and the other 2 with the steel. Overall, I tend to personally like the steel better but wanted to try them both. As for the rollers, both have performed wonderfully. The 30 ml glass jar I used for my husband’s “Happy Hinges” blend of oils, he goes through this oil rather quickly and I loved the larger size roller jar to make my batches last a bit longer. We did find the roller seemed to release more oil quickly than his smaller and old bottle had, but he adapted quickly to rolling on just what he needed, and its been great. The smaller jars I have with a few oils I use frequently and I have loved them.

Just holding the glass jars in your hand with the typical bottle and you can feel such a difference in the quality it’s amazing. The lids screw on nicely, the ball roll as they are suppose to, no leaks…. I am one happy oiler!

A little bit about the glass jars themselves from the Infinity Jars website:

Infinity Jars can actually slow down the decaying process of organic matter while maintaining the freshness of whatever you put inside. What sets Infinity Jars apart from all other jars is that it blocks out all harmful visible light rays while selectively ALLOWING infrared and UV-A rays.

And this:

Infinity Jars’ special pigmented glass is thicker and more durable than your standard glass; it is smell-proof, blocks harmful UV light and is visually discreet. Furthermore, all of our jar lid systems, the screwtop and glass-on-glass lid, are completely airtight. Your products are totally protected, preserved much like ancient Egyptians- who invented deep violet glass thousands of years ago and preserved precious oils and herbs for centuries in tombs. The integrity of your lotions, essential oils or spices is guaranteed to be protected for over 6 months when you use our products.

I also appreciated the notes included with my order on using the glass jars with rollers the first time. The bottles come so that when you first tighten them down, it seals on firmly. And then when you need to refill, you are able to pop the tops off and put back on again. Plus, as a nice touch, I loved the little cleaning rag included to wipe your exteriors clean before applying the label so it sticks nicely on the jar.

Overall, I am very happy with the Infinity Jars and would definitely order from them again.

I know when I spend good money on quality EO’s I appreciate being able to use just as high a quality glass jar to store them in as I make blends or dilute for everyday use.

Visit Infinity Jar’s store here and I am sure you will be as impressed by their products as I am. You can read more on the science behind their jars and their amazing capabilities here.

Want to try the blends I mentioned above? Both are ones I created and use daily around here. I have included my recipes below!

I was given the above glass jars by Infinity Jars to use and review for this post, however all opinions and thoughts are my own. There may be affiliate links included in this post, when you purchase through on of my links, I get a small commission but your prices always stay the same. I am an independent distributor for Ameo Oils and am happy to share with you more about those anytime!

The Alexapure Filter {A long-over due review & incredible sale}

alexapureOH MY! I just saw this sale come across my email and I almost wished I hadn’t bought my Alexapure a few months back!
 
I absolutely love my Alexapure filter, after months (maybe years!) of running to the grocery store to refill water jugs or replacing old jugs with new water jugs, we received one for our anniversary – best.gift.ever 😉 I truly do not miss visiting frequently with the ladies at the grocery store (who kindly asked ‘no water today’ for weeks after!) – I end up grocery shopping often enough just to keep food in the house 😉
Anyhow – our tap water is technically ok to drink, it’s on a city water system. However, it tastes awful. So, getting a filter has been on my wish list for years.
The Alexapure sits on our counter, the kids water cups nearby and I fill it up around twice a day. Usually, after cleaning up the kitchen in the evening, I make sure I empty out the reservoir filling the coffee pot, water pitcher or water bottles and then fill up the upper reservoir to filter. Typically, it take a 2-3 hours for the upper to completely filter down into the lower reservoir. Then sometime during the day, depending on our water usage, I will top off the upper reservoir and let it filter through. The upper and lower reservoirs hold approximately 2.5 gallons of water each which works out fine, even for our large family. I have filled several gallon jugs I leave in the pantry for the occasional time when I need a lot of water at one time (filling a soup pot, replacing my kombucha water or making a large pot of rice or pasta…..) Then that evening or next morning, I will refill my jug and put back away without draining the entire drinking water supply just before dinner 😉
 
The water filtered out of the Alexapure tastes wonderful, clean and pure. Even my rather particular and taste sensitive husband agrees it is wonderful. And after several months of using it, I cannot hardly stand the taste of our tap water anymore. Plus, knowing that our main beverage around here is water, I know I am supporting my kids bodies well using good water and not water that may have been compromised in some sort.
 
Another added benefit to this filter is its portability. Since it doesn’t permanently install, we can easily take it with us for overnight camping trips, long road trips or when we move. If we were ever faced with a natural disaster such as a wildfire or weather concern and we needed to leave, I could easily put the filter in the car and fill it up with water from anywhere and have fresh and safe water for my family to drink.
 
So seriously, if you have been contemplating a water filter for your family….. THIS IS THE WEEK TO DO IT!!!!!
Now thru November 18 – any Alexapure filter will come with an additional filter – an $97 value FOR FREE! The filter system already comes with one, so this will give you two…. having 2 in the reservoir will speed up the filter time as well as extend the life of both filters (typical lifespan of a filter is 5000 gallons)
 
Click this link below and head to the Alexapure sale page – Sale is NOW thru November 18, 2016

You can also click the below link to find the Alexapure information page for additional information on the product!

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Weekend Sales

Just wanted to take a minute this holiday weekend and share a few sales going on this weekend…… These are all companies I love and support and you have probably heard me talk about them! They are offering some wonderful sales and discounts and if you have been on the fence about their products, this is a great time to try it out!

If you have any questions or need clarifications on any of the below sales, just let me know! I have been blessed by these small business and love to share this information with you too!

Please note that the Fit2 B sale is MONDAY ONLY, in order to let them spend the weekend with their families and not stuck on the computer 😉 BUT – it is a really awesome deal…..so don’t miss it!

Get a year for 69 with code “fit2b69cyber” or join as a monthly member without paying the $19 startup fee with code “fit2b19cyber” – PLUS get 25% all non-membership items in the shop with code “fit2b25cyber”

 

 

Thankful Sale Details 
Sale will run Nov 27th – Dec 1st
Buy and get something free!

  • Core Foundations 10% off + a FREE splint (Reg. $239-244) SALE PRICE- $179.10
  • Prenatal Core Training 10% + a FREE splint (Reg. $189-194) SALE PRICE- $134.10
  • Core Integrations 10% off + a FREE Tummy Crème (Reg. $234) SALE PRICE $179.10
  • 20% OFF All Tummy Crèmes (Reg. $35) SALE PRICE $28

*As a bonus, when customers purchase one of our Core Packages, they receive an additional 15% off, making their savings 25% of the packaged price!

*Our Primed Childbirth Prep introductory prices will stay on sale during this time. 

The Tummy Team

 

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BUY 2 GET 1 FREE!*

Zija Core Nutritionals: SmartMix, SuperMix, XM+ Energy Mix, XMprotein, Daily Tea, Premium Tea

Améo Essential Oils: AGX Men, AGX Women, ProShield™ (15 ml), Muscle Mend™ (5 ml), Gentle Repose (15 ml), Determination™ (15 ml), Gest-Calm (15 ml), Pure Tranquility™ (15 ml), Pür Vie™ (15 ml), Coriander (15 ml), Soothing Aire™ (15 ml), Grapefruit – Organic (15 ml)

Ripstix Fitness Supplements: Ripstix Ignite, Ripstix Fuel, Ripstix Recover, Ripstix Hydrate

*All 3 products must be the same. Recieve PV of first 2 products, but not of free product.

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!

Christmas Morning Breakfast Kit, Améo Holiday Oils, Améo True Lavender Soaking Salts, Améo Ylang Ylang Complete Soaking Salts, Améo Double Fudge Peppermint Brownie Kit, Améo Scents of the Season, Candy Cane Lip Balm, Améo Christmas Wassail Kit

*Both products must be the same

 

For complete holiday item descriptions and photos, click HERE

>>> PLUS – ASK ME about getting an Ameo Starter Kit including 9 oils and blends and a diffuser for $140<<<

Améo is proud to be the leader in essential oil research, development, scientific discovery, and product usability. This includes our strict CERTI-5 quality and purity verification process, our Améo Difference website, our exclusive AGX and Cell Health findings and products, and much more! Thank you all for being #Améozing as we change the essential oil world together!

 

12279191_10207788340257190_2313301878236679023_nI love my Lilla Rose clips and use them daily – this is another great sale and you can see the whole catalog at this link here over now…but you can always use this link for shopping >>>>>….. Lilla Rose Girls of Green Pastures

 

And last but not least….. the prints in our shop make great little gifts for friends and family!TFR-do less 1

Plus, there is a full line of Christmas cards & postcard……email me

for quantity pricing or customizing!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE CHRISTMAS CARDS IN OUR SHOP!

 

 

Moringa Mama

It’s all around us – everywhere we look – your body needs this or that, your struggle with this would be helped with that, the pain you have there is relieved by this, have more energy, sleep better, increase your stamina, loose the pounds, gain time today, relieve your stress, laugh often, play hard, sleep when baby sleeps, clean the house effectively, enjoy the mess, conquer the laundry and master the meals….. cherish the moments…. that’s what we really want, right?

We want to be able to BE THERE, to be able to function and smile and enjoy those little smiles and sticky hands. To sit on floor and play, to ride bikes, take a hike or just jump in the lake. We want to cherish the moments we have been given today.

Today is a gift – yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come – it’s what we do today that matters.

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This moment

As a mama to little ones, homeschooling ones, many years of (what seemed like constant!) pregnancy and nursing under my belt – and the fluff and padding still under that belt 😉 – I desire to keep my body in the best shape I can. Oh, I don’t obsess over it; I’m too busy reading books and making the next meal and keeping the toddlers playing nice together to do that. But I do want to increase my energy, lose a few pounds, be able to walk or run or hike in the years to come. I want to give my body good, real and nourishing foods in order to stay healthy and so it heals from the fatigue and drain of multiple pregnancies. I have so appreciated the ministry and education I have received from Fit2B, letting me know that I am not broken and my body can heal and how to do that and how to strengthen my core to be able to support well the rest of my body.

As I look at information and read about what the body needs to be at it’s optimum function, I often come away discouraged. It’s hard to know if I need more of this vitamin or this mineral or that nutrient or this supplement.  Eating real and unprocessed food is good. An excellent plan and one that I follow the best I can, but it’s also discouraging as you read study after study and articles all over that show that food is just not the same any more, the nutrients we need are getting hard to get even in real and unprocessed foods.

Nutritional deficiency in our food supply in the United States has become an increasing problem over the last few decades. This is a problem for our health and vitality! A study of changes in food composition for 13 nutrients in 43 garden crops from 1950 to 1999 found the following:
A 38% decline in riboflavin A 20% decline in vitamin C A 16% decline in calcium A 15% decline in iron A 9% decline in phosphorus A 6% decline in protein (source)

 

 

 

Gram for gram, Moringa has more vitamins and nutrients that any other plant in the world.

 

 

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA – Delivers anti-inflammatory support; Promotes healthy digestion; Heightens mental clarity; Increases energy; Provides natural anti-aging benefits; Nourishes body’s immune system; Maintains blood glucose levels; Promotes healthy circulation. (source)

I have started taking the Moringa from Zija. It’s a powdered little powerhouse packet of moringa mix that I add to water and drink. I try to take it first thing in the morning since it can have a good metabolic effect that will aid in weight loss by getting it into your system first thing in the morning. But if I forget, I typically will take mid morning/before lunch. I find the drink mix fairly palatable and don’t mind drinking down my 20 ounce water bottle full of it, but you can certainly mix in less water and get it down quicker too.

There are 3 options for the primary moringa supplement – the Super Mix, the Smart Mix and the XM + – it is suggested that you start with the Super Mix – this has the highest moringa content of the 3. The Smart Mix has a slightly lower moringa content but has an added prebiotic in the mix, an excellent combination, but depending on your existing gut issues, it can occasionally cause a little upset tummy till your body gets more balanced. The XM+ adds some oomph to the moringa by adding in a natural caffeine to give yourself a little boost. I have personally taken all 3 and ideally would like to alternate between the Smart and Super Mix on a regular basis with having a little of the XM+ on hand to use on days when I know the added energy will be needed!

As I have learned more about the Moringa, I have found it to be quite fascinating and truly a ‘super food’. I have found other sources of it as well, but the more I learn about Zija as a company and their superior processing of the entire moringa tree and utilizing it in the best form possible, I am becoming more and more convinced this is a excellent source for a true real food multi-vitamin that will benefit your body well.

I have found over the last couple months, I seem to have a more steady and reliable level of stamina….I wouldn’t say I am bursting with energy all day, but my energy level day to day and week to week are more stable. I am also craving less coffee in the morning….something that is encouraging since I know too much coffee isn’t great for adrenal issues (which I know I am struggling with), so being satisfied in the morning with one cup and perhaps a bit of a second one is wonderful after needing 2-3 cups in the morning and often coming back for more thru the day. I also know that my adrenal issues are not something that have developed ‘overnight’ and the years of drain and stress on them will take some time to resolve. This is true of overall health as well, it isn’t built in 2 weeks or a month of clean eating or a new supplement. It’s built over time as you feed your body well, treat your body well and exercise it in the best way for your body as well as giving it the nutrients it needs to build, rebuild and strengthen your body, both internally and externally.

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SO, have I piqued your interest in this whole Moringa plant? Watch the video below for some more information, it’s about 17 minutes and has some excellent information. 

Plus, I am planning on sharing regularly about Moringa and it’s benefits – you can follow me on Facebook or sign up for emailed versions of my posts via the box over in the side column!

 

Another reason I want to share Zija with you goes beyond the Moringa products, they also have the Ripstick products, great for before/during/after workouts as well as a drink for anytime (similar to other sports drinks but without all the nasty additives, chemicals and colors!) and a complete weight management system as well. Zija also has an emerging and growing essential oil line called Ameo as well. The more I am learning about the Ameo oils I am thrilled with their process, purity and potential. If you enjoy essential oils, this is a wonderful line to look at and I will share more about it in the future as well – it needs it own post!

 

Finally, I want to quickly share my dreams for the business and growing side of the Zija products. I am a distributor for the full line of products, you can purchase through me with ‘no strings attached’, ordering just a one time order or a monthly auto ship with the ability to cancel or change at anytime. You can also purchase starter kits with a variety of products to get yourself started with products and the potential for your own business.

Ken Brailsford, founder of Zija
Ken Brailsford, founder of Zija

As I was introduced to Zija, I saw not only a great product – one that would nourish and support my body and my family’s health as well, but I also saw potential for business growth. As you might know, my husband is self employed in the construction/contractor field and has established himself well with a firm foundation of excellence and quality work. But with the ups and downs of any field, the construction field is a challenging one. We often discuss ways we can expand our business, grow our dreams and be able to establish a heritage and business legacy to pass on to our children. Even as I type this, my older boys are helping their dad today at work, cleaning and picking up and coming along side him and learning the value of work. As a family, we have big dreams. We would love to own a little piece of land and build our home on it. Together and with those around us, we desire to establish a home and haven for our family and friends. A place to call our own to serve our God, our family, our community – a place we can pass on to our children and their children. To raise up a generation of established, well rounded educationally, strong men and women. Right now, I know my primary field of work is my home and children, being the wife my husband needs, the mother and teacher my children need, caring and tending to the home as a whole. But I also desire to grow our family business, to be able to possibly bring in a some additional income to start building our dreams and to possibly in some way relieve some of that constant financial pressure so many of us struggle with on a regular basis.

My prayer and desire is not some ‘get rich quick scheme’, it’s a desire to offer a product and source for good nutrition and health; To pass the opportunity on to anyone that might be interested and to help support my family in the process. I welcome your input, your feedback, your questions and your support. Zija has a wonderful team to come along side and work with and I would love to share the vision with you.

As I wrap up this post I would encourage you to watch the video below (it’s 11 minutes!) and learn more about Zija. I would love to answer any questions you may have and when you are ready, I can help you get this product on its way to you. I encourage you to click through the many links I have in the post and write down any of your questions, concerns or thoughts about the product and let’s set up a time to talk either via email (jen@claffs.com) or phone and if I don’t have the answer I know people that do and we can connect with them together!

{And if you received this post as information on Zija from a friend of yours that is also a Zija distributor, please connect with them for more information and ordering…. not that I wouldn’t love to help you as well, but I do want to respect the referral process as we all work together on sharing and educating our friends on this information!}