May 15, 2016

Review ♥ Tree of Life Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

I recently received this beautiful Tree of Life Essential Oil Diffuser necklace to review.
Isn't it beautiful?
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised at the actual quality of the pendant. You basically get a little kit that includes everything but the essential oil or perfumes that you wish to use.
The pendant has some weight to it and that is a good thing!
It isn't heavy; it is just a good quality stainless steel.
You also get 7 different colored, washable and reusable felt pads.
The locket sort of snaps open and allows you to put the felt pad inside.
It opens easily with the little thumb notch but is secure when closed.
You can use whatever oil you choose.
I am completely obsessed with lemongrass!
It is so invigorating to me.
Love it!
All set up and ready to get my aromatherapy on!
Isn't it pretty with the purple felt?
I love the tree of life design and the little crystals all around the pendant.
Here are all but the purple felt pad.
So many colors to provide a backdrop for the tree of life!
Here's my oil! This Now Foods Lemongrass essential oil probably isn't for everyone, but it is one of my favorites.
The chain is a nice 30mm, 23" length and features a lobster claw clasp.
Honestly, the chain isn't the same quality as the pendant in my opinion but it is still nice.
You could easily change the chain if you chose to.
The entire set comes in this cute drawstring bag.
I think the entire thing would make a great gift.
I honestly love everything about this necklace!
Check it out if you get a chance!
Tree of Life Essential oil diffuser necklace on Amazon.

May 14, 2016

One Word Weekend ♥ Namaste

Good Morning and happy Saturday!
I hope this post finds you well.
I am just beginning my journey into the yoga world and I wanted to share a powerful word with you for this weekends 'One Word'.
What does Namaste mean? 
The word Namaste (pronounced "Naa-Maa-Stay") is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation. But here is the best explanation I could find:
"The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you." 
Here, the word ‘Spirit’ has no particular religious connotation. You could use the word ‘Heart’ or ‘Soul’ if you like.
You will see it translated in many different ways but the essence of the phrase is simply that the best part of me wishes you well – in every way. 
I hope you enjoy the One Word Weekends!
Have an amazing day!

May 11, 2016

Recipe Wednesday ♥ Garlic Ginger Chicken

I promise you that I can do more than bake!
Here is one of my favorite dishes. 
Garlic Ginger Chicken
1 lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 lb. Fresh Green Beans
2-3 Tbs. Sesame Oil, or Chicken Stock
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tbs. Fresh Ginger, minced
5 Tbs. Coconut Aminos, or soy sauce
3 Tbs. Rice or Coconut Vinegar
Salt and pepper
 Steam the green beans by placing them in a resealable bag and microwaving on high for about 2 minutes. You want them crisp tender and bright green.
Heat 2 Tbs. of oil or chicken stock in a pan over medium heat. Add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste and cook until heated through. Remove chicken from the pan.
Add remaining oil or stock to the pan and add green beans, garlic and ginger, and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
Add chicken back into the pan.
Add the coconut aminos and vinegar; cook until the mixture begins to thicken
(2-3 minutes should do it.)
Serve, as desired.

{Kitchen Bits}
  • I either use fresh green beans or frozen haricot vert. Both work well.
  • I have only ever used chicken stock. If you prefer to use oil, I am sure it would add a nice flavor to the stir fry.
  • I buy my garlic minced. I get the jars so I don't get stinky hands. Haha! Be sure and check the label.
  • I love, love, love fresh ginger! I use my garlic press to mince it and not miss out on any of the juices. I buy a big chunk, cut it into 2-3 inch portions and keep them in the freezer. Lasts a long time.
  • Coconut Aminos are a soy alternative. It is raw coconut sap that has been aged and blended with sea salt. It is a touch sweeter then soy, but has an amazing flavor. You could use Bragg's Aminos (they are soy based), or soy sauce, if you prefer.
  • If you are able to find it, you should definitely give coconut vinegar a try. I absolutely love it. You can purchase it and the coconut aminos online.
  • If you want to get fancy, go ahead and add some toasted sesame seeds on top.
  • I prefer mine, as is, but I am sure it would be great over rice.
  • Confession: I have never steamed the green beans...I put them in the pan with some extra stock, put the lid on it until they are crisp tender and still bright green. I'm a rebel, what can I say!
I wish you Happy & Healthy baking!