How CBD Has Helped Me Get A Good Night of Sleep

Anyone else struggle in the sleep department? Can I sleep normally? Yes. Is it at appropriate times? No. I frequently find myself needing naps durning the day dude to tossing and turning, inability to fall asleep and weird dreams. All of my daily worries always seem to grasp me in. my sleep. And if you really want me to fall asleep, put me on the couch with a movie!

Oh come on, I can’t be the only one!

In all seriousness, my sleep issues have been such a problem for me. Sometimes I skip workouts and order dinner instead of cooking. By the time my older kids are home from school, my mood has plummeted and most nights, we still have practice to get to. When Payton is home, he helps with daily responsibilities as much as possible, but fire life makes it very difficult to count on.

To help, I have begun using Receptra Naturals Serious Rest + Chamomile Tincture 25mg/dose. Using it is so easy and the sleep I get is amazing. I simply use a full dropper 30 minutes before bedtime by holding it my mouth, under my tongue for approximately 60 seconds. Within 30 minutes, I find myself drifting into a peaceful sleep. No more tossing and turning, no more waking up more tired than before bed.

Waking up refreshed daily has been so life changing for me. I have energy to work out, take care of the family, cook and clean (usually not all in one day…hahah)! I don’t find myself snoozing on the couch during Rhett’s nap time, I am able to effectively use the time. The best part? Using CBD for Sleep is so easy! I never wake up with the groggy feeling that other sleep aids have given me.

Have you tried CBD for Sleep yet? If not, now is the time to try Receptra Naturals Serious Rest + Chamomile Tincture. Head on over for more information!

-Laura

Quick Tom Kha Style Soup

Anyone else a lover of Thai food? I am such a fan, Tom Kha is my absolute favorite soup, I frequently order it from a local Thai restaurant. Last week, I decided I would do some research on how difficult it is to make and if I could do it.

Traditional Tom Kha is full of several uncommon ingredients so I decided to mix it up and try a recipe with similar tastes, but more common ingredients. It took a few tried to get the taste exactly where it should be, but I finally perfected the soup to have the perfect flavor.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is you can add whatever meat you want in it (I add when I am eating). I love it with chicken or just vegan with cauliflower rice! Shrimp is a great add to Tom Kha as well.

What Do You Need?

I was able to easily grab everything at my local grocery store. I already had most of the ingredients, but picked up coconut aminos (you can use soy, but we don’t use soy sauce), coconut milk (the fatty kind, it comes in a can – not light), fresh ginger, onion, carrots, cilantro, green onions, mushrooms, garlic cloves and limes.

I already had olive oil, coconut sugar, cayenne pepper, pepper, salt, and vegetable stock. If you don’t have those, make sure you grab them.

How To Prepare Your Soup

This is super simple and quick, thank goodness! Your first step will be to get out a large pot. Add your olive oil and begin warming it. While it heats, mince your garlic. You will also want to cut your onion and prepare your mushrooms. I bought mushrooms that were already sliced, it was much easier. Add all 3 and saute for about 5 minutes.

Next, add your shredded carrots. You can purchase them this way or prepare them on your own. I used all organic ingredients and couldn’t find organic shredded carrots so I did it on my own with a peeler.
Add coconut aminos, ginger, sugar, vegetable stock, salt, pepper, and cayenne. I boiled all together and then reduced heat and covered for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir it frequently.
That is it y’all! Your soup is now read to be served with a bit of lime, green onions and cilantro! As I stated, I added shredded chicken that I made in ginger to my soup and it was amazing!

If you decide to make it, as always, I would love to know what you think of it! Be sure to let me know!

-Laura

Dairy Free St Patricks Day Shamrock Shake Recipe

Anyone else love those delicious green milk shakes that come out at McDonald’s every spring? I LOVE them and decided it would be fun to make a healthier version at home that the kids can help with. Not only were they CHEAP, they turned out amazing and we didn’t use any food coloring.

So How did we make them?

Our Shamrock Shakes were quick, easy, cheap, DAIRY free AND had veggies. That is right, VEGGIES! The kids didn’t even mind.

We used dairy free ice cream (easily found at any grocery store), unsweetened almond milk, mint extract and last, but not least, spinach. The spinach easily turned our Shamrock Shakes green!

Cool, right? No food coloring.

I have always just kind of dumped the ingredients in the blended and pressed go. No matter the amounts, the Shamrock Shakes turn out really yummy, but since this is a blog, I took the time to measure out how much I added. Please note, at any time, you can add more or less of any ingredient, this is a hard recipe to ruin!

  • Laura

Why I Turn To Microban 24 For Household Sanitizing

This post was sponsored by Microban 24 as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As a mom of 5, cleaning is never-ending. On top of having 5 kids, we constantly have neighborhood kids in and out of our home. And on top of that, when the kids aren’t dragging germs or dirt into the house, Payton is. As a fire fighter, he responds to countless medical calls and comes home covered in everything he comes across on his shift.  Keeping my house germ and bacteria free is a constant battle. That is why it is so important for me to have disinfectant spray that works quickly and lasts.

 

 

Microban 24is a game-changing antibacterial home sanitizing product. Literally you guys, I was so impressed with the product after using it once that I will never go back. Microban 24 keeps my surfaces protected from the spread and growth of bacteria for 24 hours. Knowing that Microban 24 LASTS is the biggest relief ever. Not only does it save me time when cleaning, but I feel more at ease knowing my surfaces are protected for a full 24 hours.



While many disinfectants kill 99.9% of bacteria, Microban 24 does this and continues working throughout the day to provide long-lasting protection for surfaces in your home when used as a 24-hour sanitizer. 




Microban 24is so quick and easy to use making it a mom win! As parents, we all know that life is constantly throwing curve balls our way. Microban 24 works the same way every time giving us peace of mind knowing our surfaces are bacteria free for 24 hours. This antibacterial spray is a must-have!

Microban 24 also has a Bathroom Cleaner that is amazing. In addition to providing surface protection against bacteria for 24 hours, the Microban 24Bathroom Cleaner prevents the spread of mold and mildew for up to 7 days. 


It is safe to say that Microban 24is the obvious choice for an antimicrobial spray for any household, with or without children. Knowing that Microban 24 not only works on contact but continues to work for 24 hours gives me an overwhelming peace of mind. 

We will be keeping Microban 24in stocking in our home, will you? Head to Kroger to purchase!

-Laura

Simple DIY Dollar Tree Flower Arrangement

Who doesn’t love a DIY? I love a quick and easy DIY, but if it is going to take too much time, count me out. Is it just me or is there something really exciting about creating a masterpiece yourself (and saving money while doing it)?

I was at Dollar Tree the other days and found a few things that I knew would make a really pretty flower display for my front room. How can I turn down things that aren’t over $1 each? I am going to show you, step by step, how I put together my new flower display for under $10!

What Did I Buy?

 1. I picked up a few bunches of flowers that I wanted to fill my display with. I ended up getting 4 total. 

 2. Flower tin. How cute is this galvanized metal pail that I found? It is perfect for DIY flowers! 

 3. These foam block come in a few different sizes. This one fit perfectly inside of my display. These are perfect to keep your flowers in place. 

 3. Sponges. I have these around all the time. Dollar Tree frequently has small packages made up of different sized sponges.

4. This is everything that I used. You will notice there is white chalk paint. This is not something I picked up from Dollar Tree, I found it at a local discount store and had it already. You can pick up chalk paint and anywhere from Home Depot to Walmart.

Putting It Together

Guys! It literally took me under 30 minutes to put my entire arrangement together! Can’t beat that!

I decided I wanted my container to be chalk white and not the galvanized metal since it matched the mirror frames in the room I wanted to put my arrangement in. I used my sponge to simply spread the paint all over the outside of the container. It dried really quickly so don’t let any spots clump up.

Next, I put my foam block inside of my painted container. It fit perfectly! Also, don’t worry if there is some paint on the inside of the container – your flowers will cover all of this.

Now, I separated my flowers. I did’t add the entire bunch, I cut individual flowers and stuck them into the foam block. There is no particular way to do this, just add them and fill it out to your liking. I mixed in yellow and different white flowers. Along with that, I added a few leafy mixtures into this. 

That is literally it! After that, your DIY flower arrangement is complete! Now, figure out where you you want to display it at and put it out!
– Laura

30 Positive Affirmations For Daily Use

Negative thoughts not only bring you down mentally, they effect how we deal with every situation we encounter. Entering a difficult situation with a negative mindset tends to give you a difficult outcome. Entering a positive situation with negative thoughts in the back of your mind will hinder your ability to fully feel joy. Not only does it bring us down, it brings down the people around you.

Starting new years, I made a promise to myself to work on my mindset. After probably the most difficult year of my life, my mindset was not in the right spot. I was a beacon for negative thoughts and energy. I knew that I was entering a point where I didn’t feel worthy of positive energy. The first thing I needed to do was realize that was the negative taking over.

I found that waking up everyday and turning my negative thoughts into positive thoughts made me approach every day and every moment of the day differently. In moments I would normally feel discouraged, I found myself feeling stronger.

Please note, I NEVER miss a day in taking a moment to myself in the morning to be positive. So today, I am going to share some of my favorite positive affirmation that I use daily. And know, you don’t have to use these ones, you can create your own as you go!

 30 Daily Affirmations

1. I am worthy of happiness. 

2. I will find happiness in all aspects of my life.  

3. I will be thankful for situations that make me stronger. 

4. I will not compare my life to others. 

5. I am in charge of my life. 

6. I deserve what good comes my way today.

7. Today is going to be a good day. 

8. I will not only create joy for myself, I will spread it to others. 

9. I will trust my judgement. 

10. My thoughts do not control me, I control my thoughts. 

11. I can do whatever I put my mind to with hard work and determinations. 

12. Live is a blessing. I am grateful for everyday and every situation I incur. 

13. My potential is limitless. 

14. I will live in the moment. 

15. I am enough, I will always be enough. 

16. I am strong enough to face my fears. 

17. I will celebrate each goal I accomplish. 

18. I will push myself to be the best me I can be. 

19. Everyday is a new beginning.



20. I appreciate those who love me and those I love. 

21. I am thankful for difficult times for leading me to today. 

22. I will forgive myself for past decisions I am not happy with. 

23. I will open doors to new opportunities. 

24. I will love myself today and everyday.

25. Everything I do, I will do with positive thoughts.

26. Each day I will allow myself to grow. 

27. I will find joy in even the smallest things today and everyday. 

28. I will continue to strive to be the best role model for my children. 

29. Today I will have energy to accomplish all of my goals. 

30. I am thankful to be healthy and alive.


As you can see, the options for positive thoughts is endless. Starting you day with just a few, leads you to have the mentality to use the same thought process throughout your day. When you find yourself facing a challenge, take a moment to think. Take a moment to be thankful and to find positives in it. Although the outcome will always be different, radiating positivity throughout each and every step keeps your spirit and energy up. 

I would love to hear if you are using these and how you like them!

-Laura

Valentine’s Themed Cream Cheese Brownies

Guess what today is y’all! It is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day! We are celebrating with some super easy brownies. They are beautiful, but they sure are delicious. I decided to make them fun and add a little Valentine’s Day twist on them.

Throwing everything together was super easy and simple. I basically mixed dry ingredients separately and then combined it all. The first thing I opted to do was combine the butter and chocolate chips. The butter I used is Country Crock Plant Based.

Next, I mixed together the flour, salt and cocoa powder and set aside. I already had organic table salt and Simple Truth Cocoa powder. I did purchase extra Bob’s Redmill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour, I already use this frequently so it wasn’t a new product for me. 

Once that was done, I measured the hot water and espresso and mixed it up. I just set this aside while I combined the sugars and eggs. I used the store brand organic, cages free eggs. Beat this until it gets fluffy then add your other ingredients. Begin with the chocolate mixture, then the espresso and add the vanilla at this time. Last, combine the flour mixture to your brownie batter. 

I spread it in my pan (I actually used 2 small glass pans; size unknown, too lazy to measure). Make sure to grease these pans! Chosen Foods makes an amazing avocado spraythat I use. It was perfect for the Grinch Brownies. I watched it closely in the oven (preheated to 350 degrees). It took 40 min to bake, keep in mind I am aprox 6,000 feet elevation so be sure to watch yours around the 30 min mark. 

Once the brownies had cooled, I added cream cheese frosting to them! I just picked some up at the store, super unhealthy, but so good! Then I threw a few red hots on time and some red sprinkles!!

Be sure to tag me in the in you make them!

-Laura