Perfect Bar Minis Review

We were chosen by Moms Meet  to review Perfect Bar Minis. We receive the bars for free for our honest review and opinion.  

These actually came at a perfect time for us because we had been strggling with healthy, quick breakfast ideas that my husband could take to work with him and that I could eat since sometimes as a mom you forget breakfast all together in the chaos of the morning madness. 

Perfect Bar began as a family recipe with a dad who desired to find something that was truly healthy with the best sources of nutrition. The recipe was taken by the kids when their dad passed away and turned their dad's recipe into the business of Perfect Bar. 

What makes Perfect Bars an amazing source of nutrition?

Check the ingredient list. 

If there is one thing I have learned on our journey of wellness including ridding our home of toxic always, always, always read the ingredient list because labels on the front don't always mean everything. 

You will find a lot of natural ingredients such as almond or peanut butter, organic honey and dried superfood powders. There are no chemical preservatives, overly-processed ingredients or emulsifiers...which is why this bar is found in the refrigerated section and must be kept in the fridge in your home. 

You can take them out of the fridge for on the go! They can be out of the fridge for one week but if longer than that the ingredients in the bar begin to separate and the optimal consistency and quality can be lost. 

They are gluten free, soy free including being produced in a gluten and soy free kitchen. 

We were given several of their flavors to try but the Peanut Butter and Almond Butter minis were the main ones for this review. 

The taste is AMAZING. It's true that some products that are out there make you compromise taste for health, but not in this case. Perfect Bars truly are perfect. 

We enjoyed these so much and plan on making a purchase to have more of these in our home. 

You can find out more here:

And the photo below was the bar I enjoyed the most paired with my morning coffee...


Sun Basket Review

As a mom who works from home along with my kids six and under, meal planning is often unchecked on the to-do list if I even remember to write out a to-do list. Sometimes it gets forgotten all together. It's not that I don't want the healthy, nutritious meals for my family. I do. It's just time consuming. And time has proved over and over again to be the most valuable asset to me as I balance my kids, the house and my business.

Enter in Sun Basket.

These meals were delicious and easy to put together. I didn't have to think about a grocery list or take time to find a recipe. It was done for me and delivered straight to my door.

When it arrived the box made me smile. I know the product is worth more but packaging is important to me too. I love details and Sun Basket provided...

The items were packaged perfectly and easy to figure out. Each meal was packaged up in its' own brown paper sack. The meat was on the bottom where more frozen packs were to keep it extra cold.

We decided to dig out the Chicken Fajitas with a Cucumber Radish salsa first.

I'm no professional chef but with I have instructions on how to prepare something like this I sure feel like it!

The end result...

This meal was delicious.

We were also sent another meal but this one was our favorite.

I'm really impressed with this company. I've tried a couple other food subscriptions and this one was my favorite so far. If you'd like to try them out, go HERE to get your first box 50% off!!!!

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Deodorize and Refresh Your Mattress

How many times have you cleaned your mattress?

Let me sit over here in the corner of shame because I can't even remember cleaning a mattress.

It didn't bother me until I started reading up how incredibly gross our mattress can get over time. Dead skin cells. Dust mites. Bacteria. Fungal spores. Pollen. Secretions and Excretions of the I have your attention now?!

I am seriously grossed out.

However it is super, super simple to deodorize and refresh that nasty mattress. You bet I did this when I changed the sheets on the bed! In fact the entire reason I thought about this was because I bought new sheets and a new comforter and thought it would be best if the whole bed felt new. And then cleaning the mattress turned into finding out some really nasty things about that mattress and I knew I couldn't sleep on it again until I had cleaned it. I many times have you had a child pee in your bed? Or woke up next to a sweaty husband? Or shedded  a ton of skin cells?...

Just. Saying.

Again, this is SIMPLE. You'll be doing this every time you wash your sheets.

What you need...

-1-2 cups of baking soda
-A Kitchen Sifter
-Essential Oils (I used Purification, Tea Tree and Lavender)

Put the baking soda in a glass jar with a lid, drop 10-20 drops of essential oil in there of your choosing, shake it up!

Grab your sifter and pour the baking soda mix through it as you move the sifter over your mattress.

Let it sit for around 2 hours.

Vacuum it all up!

Enjoy the fresh smell of your newly deodorized and refreshed mattress!

Easy. Peasy.

Need to get some essential oils? Head over HERE to see the best way to get started!
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The Baby Cubby: 5 Baby Products I Highly Recommend

When you find out you have a baby growing within you lots of emotions sweep in. Or maybe just more emotions on top of the pregnant hormonal mess you already unknowingly were. However one of the most fun emotions that kicked in real quick was the excited, shopping emotion.

You know the one.

This is a new life. A new person. He or she needs all the new things.

I wanted to buy it all, but knew that the budget would not allow for every single item I wanted to place in my real or virtual shopping cart.

So research and reviews.

Reviews and research.

And let's be really honest. I probably did way too much research just because looking up baby items was way more fun that doing dishes, washing laundry, scrubbing a toilet, picking up all....the....things....

I'm a really awful housewife!

So what items did I narrow it down to?

What items would I highly recommend?

1. The Mamaroo. 

Okay at first I really believed this was some highly glorified swing that was three times the price of one that would do the job. I was completely and ignorantly wrong. I did the research. Okay, people love this. I purchased it. I paid HOW MUCH FOR THIS? I birthed the baby and put her in this and it was completely magic.

I'm not kidding.

This thing was fantastic. I mean, if they ever decide to make an adult version I'll be all over it.

2. Boon Grass Counter Top Drying Rack

This thing has been AH-mazing. One of our best baby purchases. We love this little green plastic contraption. It has been fantastic to have in our kitchen for all of those baby, toddler and little kid items that we are constantly have to wash and then rewash and rewash and rewash. It truly helps with the drying time and looks so cute on our countertop. I'm all for things that look bright and fun.

I know that's a really random baby item, but seriously. It still holds its' spot on our counter five years later.

3. Group Baby Shower Gift Set

Can we talk about how perfect this bundle is?! I really would love to create another baby just to purchase this bundle. Since that is a no go, although husband would totally be up for the trying but not being able to succeed part....I'll just have to recommend it to all of you. 

First of all having a wrap of some kind is fantastic for those little ones. You can wrap them up all snug against you and it feels fantastic and warm and that baby just smells so amazing against you especially with that Gentle Baby essential oil on. Oh the memories! This bundle comes with the Happy Wrap which is a great one. I've used both the Happy Baby and Solly wraps. 

Then one of my most favorite EVER things I've had is Freshly Picked moccasins. They are beyond soft, beyond adorable and beyond perfect for little baby's feet. I love that this set incorporates our favorite baby shoe. 

A swaddle blanket in a floral print (the boy's set is dinosaurs!). Swaddle blankets were a must with all three of our babies. Our first loved to be wrapped up super tight and the other two just loved the lightweight feel of these blankets. We had summer babes so these were perfect to toss in the diaper bag and have to cover them up for nursing, over the car seat or stroller to keep the sun out and more. 

And lastly, bottles. I was fortunate to be able to breastfeed my girls but my first, my son I wasn't able to. Having quality bottles is so important. However I would also pump and give bottles to my girls because let's face it...momma needs some momma time or some time with just her man. Being able to have a few hours of freedom every once in awhile was a must. Grace and self love mommas!

Okay...I know. Brand new babies do not need puzzles. But buy this now and be prepared for their first birthday when they are getting all those big, plastic toys that you are already plotting on how to get rid of. I'm a mom. I know these things.

These puzzles by Petite Collage are precious and so much fun for little minds. We adore them.

5. A Fantastic Diaper Bag

This item for some reason always got pushed to the end of my list and I always regretted it. I think having something that is also FOR YOU is extremely important. I would buy what bags I could currently afford but didn't completely love. So I highly, highly recommend you find a bag that makes your heart skip a beat and BUY IT.

This was my dream bag.

Baby Cubby has so many amazing options that you could fill a very large cart with. makes me want another baby!

Baby Cubby is a community. A community were you can find support and guidance to find the perfect resources to prepare you for your baby journey.

What makes them so different?

"The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. Our Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there. We know what it’s like and we are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.  
The way we do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where we do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday - even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide at Baby Cubby and actively engage with parents via social media and our Cubby Community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.
You can read a little bit more about what we're passionate about and why we do what we do on our about us page

You will find yourself in a place where you don't feel completely crazy. Parenting is hard and other parents can make it more difficult OR they can make it more fun like they do at The Baby Cubby. 

Some fun details about shopping at The Baby Cubby. 

Free shipping at $49. YES PLEASE. You had me at free shipping. 

Price matching. Even Amazon. Umm...again. YES!

They have heavily researched until they found the best and safest baby gear out there so you don't have to spend the hundreds of hours I spent researching! Unless you want to avoid housework that case...research on! ;) 

So get to shopping! 

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The Premium Starter Kit: Let's Break It Down

Have a Premium Starter Kit? Want a Premium Starter Kit? Confused of why you would want a Premium Starter Kit?

Let's break it down.

Who wants to sleep better?

Boost their immunity?

Have a solution for everyday stress?

Want a natural solution for feeling better after you work out?

Feel less congested during the nasty season?

Breathe better?

Replace nasty chemicals in their home?

That's just some starter questions...

This kit is packed with power. Seriously.

First of all you get a diffuser.

What is a diffuser? Some fancy humidifier? Well...I mean, it is a humidifier but a diffuser is one of the most amazing ways to benefit everyone who enters your home with essential oils.

A diffuser is a fun little machine that most effectively disperses essential oils in your home so that the therapeutic benefits of the oils stay in tact! True story. It's a cool mist. Thank goodness for that. Do you know how many times my 18 month old or 36 year old has knocked it over? Yeah.

It is a humidifier because it is putting water in the air.

A diffuser breaks down the essential oils into micro molecules and then fills the air with them. As those oils break down around you they freshen the air (hello heavenly scents!), remove odors, improve the quality of the air and provide those health benefits that you get from smelling them!

In short, you need a diffuser.

Next up ELEVEN powerhouse oils.

Yes, I said ELEVEN.

Talk about an amazing amount of natural resources!

You get...


Lavender is known as the Swiss Army knife of essential oils. In other words, it can do it all. We go through so much Lavender in this house. For real. I just want to slather everyone in it. So how can you use Lavender?

Diffuse. Hello peaceful slumber. Hello calming nerves. Goodbye seasonal sniffles. Goodbye anxiety.

Apply topically. Hello soothed and beautiful skin. Hello once again to fantastic sleep. Goodbye scrapes and cuts. Goodbye painful sunburn. Goodbye baby booty rash.

You can also put a drop of Lavender in your mascara for healthy, thick, long lashes. Yes please!

Young Living's Lavender is super STRONG. It takes 27 square feet of Lavender to make a 15 ml bottle. You open the bottle and you can smell that field. It's pure. It's potent. It's amazing.

Lemon Vitality. 

First off this is not lemon juice. Lemon essential oils comes from the rind and it's powerful. It takes 75 lemons to make a 15 ml bottle of this fresh smelling stuff.

Lemon supports your digestive, lymphatic and immune systems.

Add it to your water or to a vegetable capsule to help detox your body naturally.

It helps with seasonal support as well. Yes! Diffuse this with some Lavender and add some Peppermint in there.

Using lemon can help maintain focus and energy.

I obviously need to take some because my focus is all over the place with organizing my lemon thoughts! ;)

Peppermint Vitality. 

Oh Peppermint. Let me take a fantastic whiff of your amazing, energizing self.

Peppermint is fantastic. It has a very earthy smell which is what you want in peppermint. Real peppermint is not distilled for a sugared up candy cane people!

Peppermint is highly regarded and widely known as amazing support for digestion. One drop of peppermint essential oil is as strong as 26 cups of peppermint tea. Chew on that for a second.

What are some uses for Peppermint?

It can help curb your appetite, give you an energy boost, aid in digestion, help with your body's natural response to irritation, help with nausea, relieve head tension, help with seasonal support and it smells fantastic diffused. Actually diffusing it can help you rid your home of ants and other buggy pests. I did that this summer. WARNING: too much peppermint in your diffuser may also rid your home of you. :)

I told you it was strong.


This fantastic oil may be one of the most popular because of where people have heard of it from. Yes, baby Jesus, you were gifted one of the best.

Frankincense was valued more than gold in ancient times and for good reason, it's an oil that is very powerful. From helping with anxiety to making your skin amazing to boosting your immunity...this oil is full of potential to bring your health to the next level.

It is known as a holy anointing oil. Breathing it in instantly makes me feel calmer. Yes, oils can work that way. It's called the limbic lobe which is affected by what we smell. Look it up. Your mind will be blown.

This oil is also known to help with your focus. I like to put a drop on my forehead. It grounds me, focuses me and calms me---all in one.

Frankincense is known to help with pretty much every single skin issue. Just slather some Frankincense on it and you are good to go. This includes scars. What?! Yes. Everything.

Copaiba Vitality.

What is Copaiba? Yeah...I wondered the same thing. But Copaiba is a very powerful oil that is South America known to help with digestion and support the body's natural response to irritation and injury.

It is also known as a magnifier? What does that mean? Add a drop of this to another oil and it magnifies those properties. What? Yes. Crazy but honestly I'm not surprised. Oils amaze me every single day.

This oil is known to help with overall wellness and help your gut (which I think almost everyone on an American diet needs anyway!). So drink up buttercup. Put this in your tea or water and get the benefits of Copaiba.

For all you mommas this one saved us during teething. Did you notice that I said supports the body's natural response to irritation. Rub that stuff on baby's gums and hello silent night (especially if you are diffusing Lavender!).

Thieves Vitality. 

Yes, this oil is called Thieves. Yes, like a thief. Why?

Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves who robbed the bodies of the dead or the dying. The robbers rubbed oil and spices on themselves to boost their immune system. When they were caught for a more lenient punishment they handed over the formula.

This blend is incredible, amazing immune support. In fact this oil is the one that sold me on the power of ALL essential oils.

Thieves contributes to overall wellness from environmental threats. Hello child in school...let me spray you down with Thieves. Ick!

Thieves purifies and disinfects (there is an entire line of Thieves included the Thieves Cleaner which I HIGHLY recommend!).

Thieves supports healthy gums and teeth. Yes, there is a toothpaste, mouthwash and floss.

You will fall in love with Thieves too. I guarantee it.


Just like the name this oil is known to purify the air. It eliminates odors and freshens the air around you. I could diffuse this all day long in my son's bedroom. Oh the smells of boys!

What else can you use it for?

Bug spray. This stuff is magic for a DIY bug spray so you have a natural, chemical free option. Mix some witch hazel, water and some drops of this together in a glass spray bottle and you are good to go. Not to mention you won't smell like all that funky bug spray from the store (we won't even dig into those chemicals).

Add this to your wool dryer balls to freshen your laundry.

Soak your pet's collar in some Purification and water. A natural way to repel those pesky bugs!

You can also diffuse this during the times the air is filled with seasonal junk. Rid your home's air of it so you can breathe better!


This oil is super popular for good reason. It is good for congestion. You know...we are in that time of the year where everyone is coming down with something.

Dilute and apply or diffuse.

This blend helps you breathe better so it is also good for those of you who exercise. I'm not saying I don't but I truly can't say I am a regular. ;)


Speaking of working out or not working out or whatever it is you do...

Panaway is amazing for muscle support.

This is a unique blend that has a stimulating smell. It combines Wintergreen, Helichrysm, Clove and Peppermint essential oils. It smells fantastic!

Do you remember those candy cigarettes as a kid that you pretended you really were using like real cigarettes to pretend you looked cool?.....Just me? smells like that! It's the Wintergreen and Peppermint and maybe the Clove. Whatever it is...I love it and it supports any body soreness I may have naturally.

Since my working out is rare I get some intense soreness afterwards. I love Panaway for that and I love it for head tension.

You can also dilute it and apply on your kids for growing discomfort and pains!

Digize Vitality. 

Digize = Digestive System. Pretty obvious name, huh?

It smells to the high heavens in my opinion but it works in minutes. Food is my weakness therefore my gut does not thank me. However my gut thanks my use of Digize when I need it.

This is one of Young Living's exclusive blends. It combines Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli and Juniper essential oils.

It helps support healthy elimination (that was put together all pretty, right?), supports any times you are uncomfortable with motion and travel, promotes normal detoxification of the body and overall helps your digestion system.

Stress Away. 

Melt your stress away with this fantastic blend. But seriously. I inhale this on the daily.

It's a blend that is created to help with your everyday stress and tension. And I'm pretty sure every single person I know needs it.

Rub it all over. Diffuse it all the time.

Some people use this as their perfume. It does smell fantastic.

You can also use it on anxious pets. My mom has one of those. She used to be my dog and I may have instilled some anxious tendencies in her early on. I probably should gift her a bottle of Stress Away. Sorry pup.

That concludes all eleven oils.

Yes, you get all of those.....

BUT for December you also get a free Christmas Spirit gifted to you!


Yes. Young Living is so nice.

Christmas Spirit is a blend that invokes the spirit of Christmas of course. Read the name. But seriously...we love this blend. It does smell like Christmas and also smells fantastic in a sugar scrub if you think DIY is your thing. It's mine. I like to share about it too.

So yes, you get ALL OF THIS in the Premium Starter Kit plus a few extras like sample bottles, NingXia Red packets to try (an overall health and wellness drink made with NingXia's fantastic! CHILL IT before you drink it), a roller fillament, some sample packets and a membership to Young Living which gives you 24% off all of your future purchases.

It's an easy yes people.

This kit is a must have in every single home.

You get so much support for you and your family with this kit.

It's $160.

How much did you pay last time you had to take your kid to the doctor because their immunities weren't boosted? Or how much did you pay for that medicine to help with your anxiety? Or how much time are you losing out to awful sleep?

I seriously could ask these questions all day. The point is...get this kit.

You will be AMAZED at what it can do for you and your family.

Not only do you get this kit, but you get me and my awesome community of Live J(oil)fully peeps. I run an amazing Facebook usage group where we talk about essential oils, I do giveaways (because I love ya!) and you can ask questions. You get SUPPORT on your oily journey. That's free and priceless.


You should be.

Sign up HERE today and get that kit shipped directly to you.

Make sure you check "member" because you will officially be a Young Living member.

What does that mean? Hello discounts and freebies. Enough said.


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