D IS FOR DEEP BLUE RUB 

Part of my Essential Oils From A To Z Series! 

  

Deep Blue Rub is a topical cream infused with wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus, that provides targeted comfort for tired and sore joints and muscles. It’s both warming and cooling, but it isn’t greasy like similar rubs, and it smells amazing! This Deep Blue Rub is a lifesaver after a long day at the salon, a tough workout, or a few hours hunched over my laptop blogging. My little man Aiden, (my beagle) is a huge fan of it too. 

  

Last year Aiden was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in his neck and lower back.  In addition to the laser therapy treatments he gets at the vet, Aiden gets a rub down with Deep Blue after he’s been especially active. We are doing everything possible to hold off on giving him painkillers, because they would eventually shut his liver down; and he loves the rub! 

Order your own Deep Blue Rub here! 

PALEO MOSCOW MULE JELLO SHOTS

Paleo Moscow Mule jello shots made from plain gelatin, ginger beer, lime juice and vodka. 

  

A few weeks ago we entertained some friends and my husband made these.  It is insane how much these taste like a Moscow Mule, it’s like taking a bite of a drink!  These aren’t your run of the mill bachelorette party jello shots either, not only are they a bit classier, they’re A LOT more powerful! You don’t have to serve them in a copper cup, but look how pretty it is! 

Ingredients:

8 and 1/2 ounces ginger beer (We used Fever Tree brand)

1 and 1/2 ounces lime juice

6 ounces of vodka 

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 

2 tsp lime zest

In a small sauce pan combine the ginger beer, and lime juice, sprinkle the gelatin on top and let sit 5 minutes.  (It will form a wrinkled film on top)

Place the mixture over medium heat and warm until the gelatin crystals are fully dissolved, stirring constantly. 

Remove from heat and add the vodka and lime zest.

Pour the liquid into an 8×8 baking dish that has been pretreated with non stick cooking spray. (I cut a piece of parchment to line the bottom as an extra precaution against sticking) Allow to set up in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  When ready to serve, run a knife around the edges and cut into one inch pieces.  If you lined it with parchment you can flip the baking dish over and peel it off, otherwise just carefully remove the pieces from the dish, they might still want to stick a bit.

Enjoy! 

MINI PALEO CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUSTS

Gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, cauliflower pizza crusts, for build your own pizza night! 

 

 What do you do when you have a bunch of random ingredients leftover from a party you threw that need used up? Have a build your own pizza night and use them as toppings! (Duh!) Is it blasphemous if I say that I actually like cauliflower pizza crusts better than regular ones? I don’t care, they’re just so flavorful and crispy, I don’t even miss the cheese!  You can make this recipe into a whole single pizza crust, but these mini ones are so cute! (And great if you can’t make up your mind on the toppings, but just make two different ones! Or three…or six…)

I made a bacon, pineapple and balsamic one, and a bacon, tomato, avocado one!   

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower 

2 eggs

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp Italian seasoning 

Pizza toppings of your choice

*Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In a food processor, grate one head of cauliflower using the shredding attachment (you could also use the large hole side of a grater). Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add the eggs, olive oil and Italian seasoning, mix well.  

Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with a non stick cooking spray.  

Form the “dough” into balls, and flatten on the parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown with crispy edges.

Top with the pizza toppings of your choice! You can pop it back in the oven for about 5 minutes to warm the toppings if you would like! Enjoy! 

THE DEWINO SISTERS

  

I’m excited to announce my new blog collaboration with my sister Mandie: The DeWINO Sisters! We are on the hunt for the best cocktails in Columbus, Ohio.  Check it out here!

THE STAY AT WORK HOUSEWIFE’S ADVENTURES IN YOGA: WHATS IN MY YOGA BAG?

So today marks 6 full weeks since starting my adventures in yoga! I have been continuously doing yoga 3-4 times per week; with one of those being a class in a studio, and the rest at home following along to a YouTube series.  I’m still totally in love with it and learning something each time I take the mat!  I have been taking a class called “Ease”, which focuses on deep, slow meditative stretches and is super relaxing!  I am however ready to challenge myself more, and am considering adding their “Evolve” class, which focuses on building strength and balance.  I’m a little nervous about taking that next step, but my teachers have encouraged me to do it, so the next time my schedule allows for it, I’m doing it!

 

I thought I would do a little post on what I (so far, as a newbie) consider my yoga essentials, so here is what is in my yoga bag:

 

  •  My super cushy yoga mat: I have the knobbiest knees, so I had to get a pretty soft yoga mat to cushion them! (It’s the purple floral mat everything is sitting on)
  • Fun yoga leggings: I love my hot pink yoga pants, they distract me from my shakey arms during downward dog.  Yoga pants can be expensive, so I love finding fun, affordable ones at Forever21, Old Navy and Target!
  • Bobby pins: A must have for a yogi with a pixie cut.
  • Balance Essential Oil Blend by Doterra: I put this on my hands and feet to feel more grounded.
  • Zest Juice: My favorite juice from this Grandview, OH based company is their Kaleidoscope Juice, a blend of pear, pineapple, watermelon, carrot, beet and lemon.  It’s so delicious and refreshing, and it has become my little treat to myself after yoga class!
  • EOS Lip Balm: It’s a little annoying to realize how dry my lips are while “finding my breath”, so I pile this on pre yoga.
  • Seabolt & Co. Hydrating Spray: This feels so refreshing post yoga, I just spritz it on for instant cooling and moisture.

C IS FOR CLARYCALM ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Part of my Essential Oils From A to Z series!

  

ClaryCalm essential oil blend combines clary sage, lavender, bergamot, Roman chamomile, cedar wood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, plamarosa, and vitex.  This blend provides temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes, and emotional swings associated with hormone cycles in women.  When I am (or my poor husband and coworkers are) feeling the wrath of my PMS, I like to put a few drops in my hands, rub them together and inhale slowly for a few seconds, before applying a couple more drops to my lower abdomen, that way I’m getting the aromatic benefits, as well as the topical ones.

 

Order your own ClaryCalm essential oil blend here! 

PALEO CHIPOTLE ORANGE CHICKEN WITH ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

Paleo, gluten free and dairy free chipotle orange chicken with roasted sweet potatoes.  30 minute one dish meal. 

 

Sometimes you just need a quick dinner that only dirties one cooking dish and only takes about 30 minutes to make.  That may seem like a tall order, but this chipotle orange chicken with roasted sweet potatoes is up for the challenge! 

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Ingredients:

6 chicken drumsticks or thighs

1 orange

2 large sweet potatoes 

1 cup orange marmalade (try to find a good quality one without refined sugar)

1 tsp chipotle powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder (or minced garlic)

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

1/4 cup arrow root powder

Wash, peel and cube the sweet potatoes, place on a foil lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss until evenly coated.

Slice the orange and scatter over the sweet potatoes.

In a small bowl, combine the orange marmalade, apple cider vinegar, chipotle powder, garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Lightly coat the chicken with arrow root powder; this helps the sauce stick.  Then brush about 3/4 of the sauce onto the chicken, set the rest aside.  Layer the chicken on top of the oranges and sweet potatoes, and place into a 475 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Turn the chicken, brush with remaining sauce, and continue roasting until the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear, about 10 more minutes.  

Remove from the oven and serve! Enjoy! 

THE STAY AT WORK HOUSEWIFE’S ADVENTURES IN YOGA

As of today I have been doing yoga consistently for four weeks.  I’m still in love with it!  There have been a couple of new things I have discovered since my last yoga post two weeks ago (here!). 

  • I recover from injuries more quickly:

    So, I have this lovely reaction to intense stress, that thankfully has only happened about 4 times in the last 3 years, that I like to call “going Zoolander”, (like the movie, lol) which is where one morning I wake up and can’t turn my head to the left because it’s too painful.  In the past this has put me out of commission for about two weeks as a nail tech, and really as a functioning member of society.  After a pretty intense month, with my husband being away on business, and an unusually stressful series of events at work combined with the usual stress of the beginning of busy season, I woke up last week full Zoolander.  However, this time it only took two nights of snuggling with my heating pad and rubbing Doterra Deep Blue on my neck, and I was back to turning my head to the left!  I don’t know if it’s the increased blood flow from yoga, or the fact that my muscles are looser, but I really feel like I healed more rapidly than normal because of yoga!

  • I make even better food choices:

    Before I eat something processed or unhealthy, I think “Is this what I really want to fuel my body with today?”.  Sometimes I think it’s worth it to indulge, but usually I decide I was just bored, drink some water and move on. 

  • More daily positive energy and a better self image:

    Not that I have ever had a negative body image, but I definitely feel really great about myself.  You should hear me talk about my butt.  My little booty has never been anything to write home about, just something to sit on and stick in my jeans; but now when I catch a glance of it I start singing ‘Bootylicious’!  Not only do I feel better physically, but also mentally and emotionally.  I’m really proud of myself for sticking to yoga, I don’t beat myself up when I can’t hold a pose as long as someone else, and my inner monologue is kinder, even off the mat. 

  • My husband benefits from my increased positive self image:

    My mother, mother in law and sister read my blog so I won’t elaborate.  But you get what I’m saying. *wink* 

  • If I am unbalanced in my personal or professional life, I can’t find my balance on the mat.

    Like I mentioned earlier, work has been unusually draining.  Last Wednesday everything kind of collided so I decided to take out my stress in yoga class.  To my frustration, when I would try to do a balance pose, like warrior or even a simple lunge, something I don’t usually struggle with, I was incredibly unstable and wobbly.  At one point I had to completely adjust my position so that I wouldn’t just topple over.  It is unlike me to feel unbalanced or out of control in my personal or professional life, so I have to think my unsteadiness on the mat Wednesday was a physical manifestation of that.

     

    My favorite part is that a month in I still learn something every time I hit the mat; there will always be a move to be excited about perfecting, breathing to focus on more intently, and thoughts to clear more completely!      

B IS FOR BALANCE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Part of my Essential Oils From A to Z series.

Balance Grounding essential oil blend combines spruce, HoWood, frankincense and blue tansy with fractioned coconut oil, for their tranquility and balance promoting properties. 

When I’m feeling anxious, or like I’m all over the place, I like to drop some in a warm bath, and soak while I collect my thoughts and relax.  I’ve also started putting a few drops on my hands and feet before yoga (Check out my new adventures in yoga here!)  because I need all the balance I can get!  This is actually one of my favorite blends, all of my shoes smell like Balance because of how often I put it on the bottoms of my feet to keep me extra grounded!

Order your own Balance Grounding Essential Oil Blend here!