Saturday, February 28, 2015

Turning 2 Disney Style! Our Royal Disney @Home Birthday Celebration #DisneySide

I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood.   I was a huge Mickey Mouse fan when I was little.  I think that was probably a result of my mother's love of Disney and the fact that she decorated my room with Mickey Mouse.  I remember having a Mickey bedspread on my first big girl bed as a toddler.  We also visited Disney World in Florida when I was little.  I remember being on a serious mission to find and meet Mickey Mouse.  Along the way, we ran into Chip and Dale, who ended up stealing our bag of CHIPS as a prop for our photo opp.

Disney is magical and always has been magical for me.  There's nothing better than curling up on a snowy day, cuddling with my daughter under a warm blanket, hanging out in our PJs watching old Disney Classics.  We definitely have a Disney Side!   My mother and I often talk about the day we'll finally take Emma to Disney World and introduce her to that same old Disney magic that I experienced as a child.  Some day we'll be there!  But for now, we'll show our Disney Side at home!
We threw Emma a Disney Princess party in honor of her big day!
It was a 2 year old Princess's dream party!  And mom's too!  And in honor of Princess Emma's 2nd Birthday, Disney Parks and MomSelect sent us everything we needed to host a DisneySide  @Home Celebration to make Emma's 2nd birthday a memorable, royal celebration to remember!

Here is Princess Emma and her Papa! 
All ready for her party to start!

Plenty of Princess Sofia party crown hats for her guests!

And a meal fit for royalty!

 We prepared a delicious meal for the party with lots of Emma's favorite foods and snacks!

My mom made her delicious caramel corn puffs and her world famous Chex mix!

I made cookie pops by dipping Oreos in almond park and coating with colorful sprinkles!

My amazing sister-in-law brought her delicious Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch!  Just a box of raspberry sherbet and 7-up.  Yummy!   She also makes it with orange sherbet but pink raspberry was perfect for our princess party!

And a fruit pizza that Minnie Mouse herself would be proud of!

And you can't have a Disney Princess birthday without a cake fit for a Queen!
I decorated her cake myself!  Party guests said it was too pretty to eat.  But don't worry, we did.  And it was delicious!

 And don't forget party favors!

I put together fun party favor cups for Emma's friends!  Each of Emma's friends got to take home a reusable Disney Princess cup filled with stickers, lip gloss, princess jewelry, a button from the new Disney Cinderella movie, a magical Princess Sofia wand, a 101 Dalmatians file for manicures and some of our new favorite nail polish.  Non-toxic natural peel off nail polish from Play Love Laugh!  Its veggie and fruit based, non toxic, free of nasty chemicals and peels off without needing polish remover.  Perfect for little Princesses!

Play Love Laugh polished piggies to match her Princess Sofia party dress!

The girls had a blast playing together!

Emma loved playing with her friends, opening presents and reading her cards!

What a wonderful way to turn 2!
We had an amazing time celebrating another year for Emma and had a great time showing our Disney Side!  We can't wait to someday celebrate, experience the magic and show our #DisneySide at Disney Parks!

An Extra Special THANK YOU to:
+ All of our family and friends
 that partied with us Disney style
and helped make this party a day to remember!

This post and party were hosted in honor of Disney Parks, #DisneySide and Momselect.  We were provided with some amazing products to help us host our DisneySide @Home Celebration.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  Thank you so much to Disney Parks and MomSelect for helping make Emma's 2nd birthday a celebration to remember!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Enzo's 100% Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Review

I love green tea!  I drink green tea all the time and until about a year ago, I never realized there was such a thing as Matcha.  Matcha is green tea powder.  Its the whole tea leaf ground up.  Its got great health benefits like metabolism support and its great for energy and for your skin.  Matcha has even more benefits than just drinking green tea because you are ingesting the whole leaf with Matcha.

I tried Enzo's Organic Matcha recently and it was very good!  I added a bit to my coffee and also added it to a batch of homemade bread.  Yeah I'm sure that sounds odd but we had green tea bread!  It was really good surprisingly.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out but some people do baking with Matcha powder and add it to cakes and muffins so I thought why not add it to bread.  I loved using it in my drinks and in my bread so its definitely worth trying!

You can order Enzo's Organic Matcha on Amazon!

Disclosure:I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Adovia 100% Pure Dead Sea Bath Salts Review

I am a huge fan of Adovia products!  I've tried several of their products and have never once been disappointed.  You may know that I am a Young Living Essential Oil distributor and love using essential oils.  I used to buy bath salts that had artificial scents added to them.   But now that I've learned more about how unnatural and unhealthy that stuff is, I've started using more natural products.   I used my Young Living oils to make an awesome bath salt soak with my Adovia salts.

It was easy!  All I did was add some Young Living Lavender essential oil to my bath salts.  I first put them in a glass jar, added about 10 drops of oils and let it sit.  Then I just added the salts to my hot bath.  The salts made my skin feel great and the lavender was great for my skin and made it into a nice relaxing aromatherapy bath.  I still have about half of my bag of salts left so I plan on added some different oils to the rest some other time.  I loved these salts!

You can order Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts on Amazon!

I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle Review + GIVEAWAY!!!

I am super excited to tell you about Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottles!   Some of you may know that I am now an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils.  I'm hooked on essential oils and love being able to use natural, safe and healthy remedies for my families health and wellness.  One thing I do everyday, is add essential oils to my water, hot and iced teas and even to warm milk when were feeling under the weather.  But the thing about essential oils is that its best to drink them from a container made of class or ceramic, not plastic.

Do you know what I normally use to drink my essential oil beverages out of?  A mason jar!  Yep....a mason jar.  Even in the car!  And honestly, drinking from a mason jar in a car can be a little messy and a little annoying.  So I have been keeping my eye out for a good water bottle for my oil beverages.  All I've been finding are plastic bottles.

But then I found Glasstic!

This is....NO JOKE...the best water bottle I've ever had.  I was so ecstatic to get one!  You're probably thinking "why is this chic freaking out over a water bottle?"  Well first off, its shatter proof.  Second, its still glass.  Because its a combination of both glass and BPA free plastic!  But how does that work?  The outer part of the bottle is made of a sturdy BPA free plastic, but on the inside is a thick glass insert.  So the part of the bottle that houses my drink and my essential oils is glass and that's housed inside the protective (and insulating) plastic barrier on the outside.  Super cool!

And the cap is equipped with a handle to hold on to, hook to a backpack or to your bike and the lid is hinged and lockable.  So its totally spill proof!  Trust me, I locked the top, turned it upside down, rolled it, shook it and nothing.  No leaks!

My favorite Young Living Essentials Oils for adding to my water each day: 
Citrus Fresh
and Lemon!
Amazing and refreshing!

And as I said, its shatterproof.  The team at Glasstic stands behind this product so if by some odd chance it does happen to break, the folks at Glasstic will send you a replacement insert anytime within the first year if it gets broken so they totally stand behind their.  I really think that their product and their service is exceptional.  I've had a great experience talking with the Glasstic team!

And all of the bottle components are recyclable too making it ecofriendly to use over and over and ecofriendly when you're done with it too.   You can take it all apart and wash it by hand or its totally dishwasher safe on the top rack.   Easy peasy!   The inner glass insert is 16oz so it holds a good amount of beverage.  You can use it for water, iced tea, fruit infused water or even a fruit smoothie.  So if you prefer glass bottles over plastic but don't want to stress over breaking it, you should get yourself one of these for sure!  And if you're an essential oil lover like I am, then you should definitely get yourself a Glasstic bottle!

And lucky you.....
The Glasstic team is so fabulous that they are offering one lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader, a chance to win a THREE PACK OF GLASSTIC BOTTLES!

Yes, you read that right!  A 3 Pack!  

Giveaway ends 3/12/2015.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.
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I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review or for hosting this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment.  All opinions are my own.

Natural Headache + Pain Relief With Essential Oils

I've been having a lot of headaches lately.  It could be the busy, stressful mom schedule getting to me.  Maybe is the lack of sleep.  Or my toddler in the midst of her crazy twos.  The fact that I live in Iowa and I'm stuck in the house like a hibernating bear when I'd much rather be outside gardening and soaking up the sunshine.  I don't know why.  But I do know that my headaches have been daily and really getting on my nerves!

Ive been on a mission to rid our house of unnatural, chemical junk.  I've been throwing out cleaning products, cosmetics, over the counter and prescription meds.  Trying to live a more natural, healthy, minimalist lifestyle.  I'm tired of filling my body with unnatural crap that in the long run, could cause a lot more damage in the long run than the temporary relief I might get from it now is even worth.  I've been doing a total medicine cabinet makeover.

You might have recently read about my new found love of Young Living Essential Oils.  I am hooked!  I LOVE being able to use a natural remedy for all sorts of ailments.  Not just for me but for my family as well.  My health is important but my family's health?  Well I'm a mom, so naturally my family's health is at the top of my priority list!

Natural Headache + Pain Relief

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
One of my new found Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil!  Its amazing!  The scent is refreshing and uplifting.  It also has an amazing cooling sensation.   I love putting Young Living Peppermint EO in a capsule and taking it with a glass of water to help with indigestion and upset stomach.  But I especially love the way it clears up my headaches...within MINUTES!

Its simple.  Just a dab on my finger and apply to my temples.  My headache is gone in minutes.  And I love the fresh scent of peppermint.  Its calming yet energizing at the same time.  It just a great way to clear your head!

Young Living PanAway Essential Oil Blend
And if you're not a fan of other PanAway Essential Oil Blend!  This one is good for a lot of things relating to pain.  I've had stiffness and pain in my neck and rubbed a bit of PanAway on the back of my neck and the pain was gone.  I was having a weird pinching muscle spasm in my thigh, applied a bit of PanAway and the spasm stopped in just a few minutes.

For my headaches, I like to apply PanAway to three places, depending on where my headache is originating from.  For a tension headache in the back, I apply a dab at the base of my skull.  For headache pain that's more towards the front, I like to apply it to my temples, across my forehead or to my cheekbones or along the sides of my nose for a sinus headache.  The relief is almost instant!  And it smells amazing too.  This one is perfect if you're not a fan of Peppermint.  And PanAway is incredibly versatile.  I've used it for join pain and even used it on cuts.  I also slammed my finger with a hammer and PanAway gave me relief in minutes.  

Both Peppermint and PanAway come in the Premium Starter Kit!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Natural Diatomacious Earth Powder With Calcium Bentonite From Abundant Living - Review

I have discovered an awesome product to add to my collection of natural home products!   I have heard a lot about the many uses of diatomacious earth but had never actually tried it.  I've been making a real effort to rid our house of toxic junk and products and foods that are bad for our health and overall well being so when I was given the chance to try Food Grade Diatomacious Earth Powder With Calcium Bentonite from Abundant Living, I was really really eager to give it a go!

I got a huge 32 ounce container!  Which is awesome because the prize is great for such a big container.  They also sell it in a smaller 8 once container too.   If you're not familiar with Diatomacious Earth, its made from fossilized algae.  Sounds kind of icky huh?  Well, a little.  But honestly, its pretty cool how versatile it is.  Its completely safe to ingest!  The fossilized alga is made into a powder and can be used for your home and for your body.  Its a great natural detox when ingested and also great for uses around the house like moisture and odor control.  Kinda odd how this has such wide varieties of uses but its natural and comes right out of nature.  And this has added calcium bentonite which is a natural mineral.

I used this for a couple of different things.   Since its great for odor and moisture, I dusted my living room carpet with it.  We have a big beautiful doberman and two cats.  I also have a toddler.  So you can imagine all of the spills and smells that our rug has endured.  I dusted my carpets and let it sit a while, then vacuumed.  My carpets are nice a fresh!  And since Diatomacious Earth and Calcium Bentonite and great for a body detox, I filled some capsules and took them with some tea.  Both of these ingredients help flush out your system and help rid your body of heavy metals and toxins.

I really loved using this product and definitely plan on making this a permanent addition to my natural home remedy solutions.  I also plan to use this when the weather gets warm as pest control for my garden!  I've been looking for a natural way to keep our garden pests away!

You can order Natural Diatomacious Earth Powder With Calcium Bentonite From Abundant Living online on the Abundant Living website!

I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Organic MatchaDNA Green Tea Review

I love green tea!   I used to drink green tea sun tea all the time.  I still do but I discovered Matcha Green Tea a while back and love it.  Its great to add to hot drinks and for baking too.  I recently got some Organic MatchaDNA Green Tea and it was delicious!

I love adding this to smoothies!   I love the taste of green tea matcha but love all of the nutrients it has in it.  And if you didn't already know, matcha is even better for you health wise, than just brewing regular green tea.  Because Matcha is actually the whole green tea leaf ground up into a powder.  So instead of just ingesting tea brewed from the leaves, your consuming whole leaves with all of the nutrient benefits.

MatchaDNA Green Tea is great added into smoothies, hot drinks and even baking.  Ever thought about adding Matcha to your cupcake mix?  I love adding this to a smoothie with some strawberries and bananas.  It tastes amazing and is awesome for an extra boost of healthy energy in the morning!   Green tea matcha has lots of nutrients, vitamins and amino acids.  The packaging is also BPA free and the matcha powder is certified Organic.  You can order MatchaDNA Green Tea on Amazon!

I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Majestic Pure Indian Healing Clay Review

I love pampering myself.   I love pampering my skin.  And I really love using products that might seem a little out of the ordinary.  Ya know, not just your typical cleansers and lotions.  I love trying out new and exciting skin care products.  When I saw this Indian Healing Clay from Majestic Pure, I really really wanted to try it out on my skin.

Its 100% pure Sodium Bentonite which is great for cleansing, detoxifying and revitalizing your skin.  I had read a lot about sodium bentonite clay and how great it is for natural skin care.  The clay has no additives.  Its great for oily and even sensitive skin.

I used it to make a facial clay mask.  Whats interesting about sodium bentonite clay is its electromagnetic properties.  Its great for drawing out toxins and metals.  You can use it for a foot soak or clay bath too.  Its even great on cuts, bruises, bug bites and bee stings.  My skin felt great after my clay facial!  It was soft and moisturized.  I have had some dry skin lately since its winter.  But my skin felt new after I used the healing clay on my face.  I just added some water to make a paste and covered my face.  I let it dry on for about 15 minutes and then rinsed it clean.  It was like a spa day at home!

If you want to pamper your skin and try it out, you can order your Indian Healing Clay on Amazon!

I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.