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Primal Pit Paste, Deodorant Cleanse, Natural Deodorant Giveaway

Not to gross you out but I sweat. I’ve been self conscious about my sweat and any smells that might be associated all my life. A lot of my friends made the switch to no deodorant or natural deodorant awhile ago. But for me, armpit cleansing and ditching my toxin filled deodorant seemed scary. What if I was so disgusting noone would want to be near me?

Despite my fears, I couldn’t ignore the growing statistics and studies that point to how the toxins in our deodorant can cause an increase in cancer. That scares me more than the sweat. After over a year of arguing with myself about when was a good time to start- read will I be able to hide away from the world for a month- I went to ShiftCon and decided enough was enough. 

A few years ago I met the awesome best friend team behind Primal Pit Paste at Expo East. They were at ShiftCon and we chatted again about life and of course their natural, toxin free deodorants. 

Still hesitant, but knowing the switch was best for me and for my future with my family, landed me here. Detoxing off of the junk I have been using for YEARS. 

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Following the tips included on Mamavation for an Armpit Cleanse, I picked up Baking Soda and a loofah.  First step: stop using your current deodorant. Then scrub your armpits with the loofah to remove dead skin and residual toxins. Apply baking soda to wet armpits and then Primal Pit Paste. 

You will notice an odor coming from your pits. It’s your body releasing all the toxins cooped up in your pores. When you smell it, scrub your armpits again adding the baking soda and Primal Pit Paste. It is normal to have to do this a few times a day, with the number decreasing as you continue to detox. Once your body stops smelling (smelling not sweating, sweating is normal!) you no longer have to use the baking soda.

It took about a week for my body to acclimate to the new deodorant and I no longer had to apply the baking soda paste with the deodorant.

Pinky promise it is not as bad or as scary as it sounds! Primal Pit Paste is an awesome product that works even for heavier sweaters is that the right word? like me. Check out their entire Product Line!

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Why should you make the switch to natural deodorant?

Top 10 Reasons to Care About What is in Your Deodorant 

Parabens- Most deodorants, even those marked “natural,” still contain harmful ingredients like parabens that produce cancer-causing estrogens. No Parabens in PPP!

Aluminum- Contained in most deodorants and even disguised in some “healthy/natural” ones, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s. No Aluminum in PPP!

Fragrances- Fragrances are lab-created chemicals that are known to have negative health effects, and also trigger Asthma and allergies. No Fragrances in PPP!

Skin absorbency- It was once thought that our skin was a “barrier,” but with patch technology we now know it is a channel and pathway for detoxification that allows good and bad things in and out of the body. Skin actually absorbs good and healthy ingredients in PPP!

Sweating is good- You want to sweat to release toxins and it is a normal cooling response the body needs. WE LOVE SWEAT! BRING IT!

Odor- Odor is expected with the amount of chemicals we take in and the SAD (Standard American Diet) we eat. NO ODOR with PPP! Lasts, and some people have said for up to 2 days!

Misleading marketing- Some deodorants, even natural and organic ones like crystals and salt sprays, state that they have no aluminum chloride; but if you read the fine print they do have potassium alum. The full chemical name of potassium alum is potassium aluminum sulfate, which is still aluminum. All ingredients are disclosed on PPP and We are what we Say!

Works- More and more people say that most conventional and natural deodorants stop working and don’t last. PPP lasts! Even for extreme athletes in extreme heat! PPP will withstand all sports, endurance races, mud events, any WOD (CrossFit insider word for “work out of the day”), or CrossFit competition.

Staining and clumping- Most other deodorants leave clumps of who knows what on your pit. Or, they won’t wash off in the shower and leave yellow staining on shirts (that’s from the aluminum). NO aluminum, so no yellow stains or clumping on you pit!  PPP rubs in like butter!

Coolness Factor-The top 10 for sure reason to care about your deodorant is no other deodorant is cool and fun! PPP is cool! My Kids Love to use Primal Pit Paste for Kids!

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This post is sponsored by Primal Pit Paste. I received free products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

OshKosh Log, OshKosh B'gosh coupon, #GiveHappy with OshKosh B'gosh

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.

The Holidays are here: lights, cameras, and outfits! With all the parties, school plays, and the family cards everyone needs new outfits. I always find it is easier to dress the kids than myself. One brand stands out to me as the best go to for fashionable, trendy, cute, and durable clothes, OshKosh B’gosh.

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OshKosh B’gosh is one of those brands that is iconic and spans generations. My husband and I wore OshKosh as children and now our children wear it too. I remember hearing my grandmother talk about how durable their clothing has always been. Of course that didn’t mean much to me as a kid but now I get it. With a son who is extremely rough on pretty much everything, I can definitely appreciate how well OshKosh clothing is made! 

For this campaign, I took my daughter to our local OshKosh and she helped me choose outfits for her and her brother. As soon as we walked in we both were drawn to the bright, sparkly display of clothes for girls. 

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She chose glittery silver jeans, a pink Princess shirt, a sparkling star shirt, and this adorable Love sweater. Sass not included.

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For my son, we picked out jeans lined with red fleece, a red and blue plaid button up shirt, a blue and white striped shirt, and a gray zip-up hooded sweater. 

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For the babies in my life and yours, the OshKosh lines for winter are super adorable! One of my favorite outfits for my little man when he was 1 was OshKosh overalls and a thermal shirt. Ahh the cuteness! 

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As you can see, OshKosh’s clothes are fun, fashionable, and durable. As a mom to a girl and a boy I love that I can go to one store and be able to find clothing that works for both kids. The clothes fit well, last a long time, and the variety of styles and colors make it easy to find multiple outfits for any occasion. 

OshKosh B’gosh is not just for little kids either! They offer clothing and accessories for sizes 0-12, awesome right?

More shots of the kids with their outfits and their crazy personalities!

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Use the store locator to find one near you! No OshKosh B’gosh near you? Shop online and score the same discounts and high quality, fashionable clothes!

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Sharing this exclusive coupon is another way you can #GIVEHAPPY!

What are some ways you’re planning to #GIVEHAPPY this holiday season?

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Coconut Lavender Bath Salts, DIY Gift ideas

This post is written by my blogging friend Kristin Novotny of Little Mama Jama. Thank you Kristin for sharing this easy DIY gift! 
 
Coconut Lavender Bath Salts
 
What did you long for in your third trimester of pregnancy? For me, it was relaxation. My body was being stretched in ways I never imagined and I desperately needed comfort. When my sister-in-law announced that she was pregnant, I immediately started thinking of things I could make for her baby shower. I love adding a handmade item to my gifts. It adds an extra element of thoughtfulness.
 
Coconut Lavender Bath Salts, DIY Gift ideas
 
These Coconut Lavender Bath Salts only took five minutes to make. If you’re a perfectionist, most of that time will be spent creating the label! I found this cute glass jar with a spoon at a local craft store. I also purchased chalkboard stickers, a wet chalk marker and ribbon. You will need epsom salt, lavender essential oil and coconut oil for the bath salts.
 
Coconut Lavender Bath Salts, DIY Gift ideas
 
Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in the microwave until it melts (about 20 seconds). Add 5-10 drops of essential oil, depending on how fragrant you would like your bath salts. Fill your jar halfway with epsom salts. Add half of the oil mixture, then cover and shake to distribute oil evenly. Fill your jar the rest of the way, add the remaining oil and shake again. Boom – you’re done!
 
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You’ll have a cute, homemade gift and no one will know how easy it was! 
 
Kristin is a work-at-home mother of two little monsters, ages 3 and 1. Between trips to her Keurig, she writes about lifestyle and special needs parenting at Little Mama Jama. You can find her on Twitter and posting pics of her wine glass on Instagram.


This delicious recipe is from Kendra Frampton, the awesome blogger behind When’s My Vacation. Check her out and be sure to tell her how much you love this dish!

Favorite Fall Recipe: Simple Crock-Pot Beef Stew

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 5 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1’’ pieces
  • 2 lbs of carrots (I use baby carrots and just dump the bag into the crock-pot)
  • 2 Stalks of celery, cut into bite size piece
  • 1 can cream of mushroom (or other flavor) soup
  • 4 cups of beef stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Place meat in crock pot. Add all other ingredients on top. Cook on low for 10 hours. Dinner is served.My kids like to top the stew with a dab of sour cream or plain yogurt. It just adds a little creamy-ness to the stew once it is all mixed in together. Serve it with homemade bread and butter and you have a full delicious meal. This is a hearty meal that will fill you up and warm you from the inside out. It is a perfect weekday meal when you need something hot and ready when you get home, but it is also great for a chilly Sunday afternoon.

I added my beef stock recipe here as well in case you need to try a new one. I do not add any salt so it is a great low sodium alternative to canned stock.

fallbeefstew

Ingredients for Beef Stock

  • 4 pounds of meaty beef soup bones
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 pieces of celery, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium onions, cut into chunks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 4 sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 1 tea dried thyme
  • 1 tea dried marjoram
  • 1 tea dried oregano
  • 3 quarts of cold water

Directions for Beef Stock

  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a large roasting pan place soup bones and bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Add carrots, celery and onions. Bake an additional 30 minutes. Drain the fat.
  • Transfer the bones and vegetables using a slotted spoon into a large Dutch oven. Add the warm water to roasting pan; stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.
  • Transfer the pan juices to Dutch oven on the stove top. Add seasonings and enough cold water just to cover the bones and vegetables. Slowly bring to a boil, about 30 minutes. Reduce the heat; simmer the pot uncovered for about 5 hours. Skim the surface (as needed) when foam rises to the top. If necessary, add very hot water during the first 2 hours to keep ingredients covered.
  • Remove bones and throw away. Strain broth through a cheesecloth-lined colander, discarding vegetables and seasonings. Broth can be covered and refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen 4-6 months. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
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Walt Disney World is truly the most magical place on Earth. Since there is so much to see and experience you might miss some of these hidden treasures of fun perfect for the Disney Kids in your family. 

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These activities are included with your park admission, fun, educational, and gives you a glimpse into often overlooked details and areas of Walt Disney World.

I knew about a few of these when we visited last year. The others I found when the kids and I decided to wander around while Daddy and the Uncles went on rides.

My little man was especially excited to do something special since he was just shy of the magical 40inches needed for most rides. The hands on adventures we went on entertained both the kids and it was a lot of fun solving riddles and finding new areas of the parks to explore! 

1. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

Join the Sorcerers at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. Using Merlin’s magical map, complete missions around the Magic Kingdom and unlock Magic Portals using your Sorcerer Key card. Fight off Hades and his henchmen using your Spell Cards. Watch out for those infamous Disney Villains as they try to thwart you and get to the crystal shards before you!

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2. Pirate Treasure Map Hunt. 

Sign up at the Enlistement Quarters in Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. These maps took us around Adventureland and we discovered hidden magic!

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3. Kidcot Fun Stops in Epcot.

See a Cast Member at any Kidcot Fun Stops to receive your free Duffy the Disney Bear that your child can decorate at each station. As you travel around the World Showcase Kidcot Fun Stops, each Cast Member will share fun facts about their native country, like how to say hello, and give your kids a stamp for their Duffy. World Showcase Passports are also available for purchase.

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4. Wilderness Explorers in Animal Kingdom.

After watching UP we all wanted to be Wilderness Explorers. Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can join the team! Complete each challenge and collect a new sticker to place in your official Wilderness Explorer field guide. Collect all 30 and earn the right the Wilderness Explorers call Caw! Caw! Roar!

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5. The Boneyard.

Found inside DinoLand U.S.A. The Boneyard is place where your little archeologists can run, jump, climb, and dig their way around the past! This place saved the day when little man was devastated he could not ride Dinosaur. We also enjoyed cooling off in the shaded seating area.

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6. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure.

Because who wouldn’t want to feel as tiny as an ant? The Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure is a playground full of super-sized fun that transports you into the movie. Climb on the back of an ant or try to find your way out of a root maze. The whole family will love it!

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7. Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station.

If you are looking for a way to beat the heat, head over to the Storybook Circus inside Fantasyland of Magic Kingdom. The Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is a brightly colored open area that everyone can enjoy. I may have ran through a few times! There is also seating around the Station where parents can take a load off and the family can regroup before their next Magic Kingdom adventure!

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8. The Laughin’ Place Playground.

This was another find when little man didn’t meet a height requirement. Located beside Splash Mountain in a shaded area is this cute little playground. While we waited for Daddy and the Princess, he got to climb, slide, and explore Brer Rabbit’s home. It was also nice to take a break from the sun and sit for a spell. 

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Bonus: If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, each one has their own playground area for the family to enjoy! We loved the Art of Animation’s playground and pool areas, so much to see and do!

What is your favorite Magic Less Traveled experience at the Disney Parks?

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