Pink Lemonade Handmade

Hello, everyone!

Today we are excited to share these gorgeous tassel necklaces with you!  When Paige from Pink Lemonade Handmade asked Kayla and I to try out her necklaces and share what we thought with our audience.  We thought the necklaces were gorgeous and totally our style so we agreed!  The hardest part was choosing which one to try.  There were SO many choices of colors, lengths, designs, and should we go bracelet, earrings, or necklace?Pink Lemonade Handmade Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace


 In the end, I picked the medium medallion tassel diffuser and Kayla purchased the long tassel diffuser.  Both were gorgeous!

Not only were the styles fantastic but you could also add your favorite essential oil to the leather tassels.    My all time favorite essential oil is peppermint, whether for a headache, stomach ache, or just a quick pick me up, I absolutely love peppermint.  I added some peppermint oil to my tassel necklace and enjoyed my minty scent throughout the day. 

oil diffuser necklace

  The style of the necklaces work great with so many different outfits, which we love.    We highly recommend Pink Lemonade Handmade’s jewelry and because Paige is so awesome, she is offering a discount of 25% off to our readers!!  

Just type in the code Thankyou25.

Pink Lemonade Handmade Essential Oil Leather Diffuser NecklacePink Lemonade Handmade necklace

Tid bit from Kayla:  I absolutely LOVE the necklace that I chose, and I have to admit that I want another one already!  It is a great way to dress up a casual outfit.  And the best part, you can personalize it with a couple drops of essential oils to smell all day long.  I love to add an energy boosting oil to mine for a little extra pick me up.  My baby also loves to smell it, and tries to stick it in everyone’s noses at church while saying, “mell it, hmmmm!”  Oh did I mention that I get asked where I got this quite often?!  Thanks Paige for reaching out to us.  It was right up our alley with our love for essential oils and cute accessories!

4 ways To Help Eliminate Eczema

I have been meaning to write this post for some time now, and the time has come.  I have had great talks with two different people just this week about how I was able to manage, deal with, and eventually get rid of eczema on my body.  As I prepared for this post, I did some digging thru my external drive to find images to share with you.  When I see these images it makes me a little emotional, to be honest.  It makes me wonder what people thought when they would see my body covered in red rashes.  Well actually, I know what some thought on my trip to Mexico……the locals laughed at and said I got attacked by mosquitos!  My heart weeps when I see others struggle with what I had once really struggled with.  And because I know the feelings, pain, and the struggle, I want to share this with everyone in hopes that they may find answers to helping, maintaining, or even getting rid of eczema that affects them.  4 ways that I eliminated eczema

So, as to avoid all of my stories of scratching, weeping, bleeding, and wrapping my arms and legs so I wouldn’t scratch or to help maintain the weeping of eczema that I dealt with, I will now share with you things that I believe helped me to continually to get better and to maintain clear skin now for 11 years.  I do believe that it is a process, and everything that I tried helped my progression.  Now these things may not work for you, but if it feels right, give them a try.  Many things that I tried worked for quite some time and then it seemed like my body became immune to it. I was never able to get it completely gone with just one product or trick.  So definitely give things a try, don’t give up.  You can find relief.

  1. Freederm HC.  I often forget to tell people about this amazing cream when I begin to tell them of things that have helped me.  I probably forget because it was 2006 when I used it!  Here is a before and after picture of my legs when I began to use Freederm HC.  This is possibly after a week or two of using it.  I used this cream until it seemed to do all that it could for me, and it was time to try something else.  After using the cream, things did stay improved and eliminated the weeping of the rash.  Freederm HC is highly recommended!4 ways to help eliminate eczema

2. Hazelwood Necklace.   I stumbled on to this site after my sister-in-law told me about their teething necklaces.  I began to read all of the testimonials on the site and came across the testimonials for eczema.  WOW.  I couldn’t wait to get these necklaces for me and my family to try out.  My first order I got a necklace for me and for my oldest son who has eczema as well.  (His just isn’t as extreme as mine was.)  My son noticed how much it helped, that whenever he has a breakout, he goes and gets his necklace on.  The hazelwood necklace helped me out a lot as well and I feel like it was the last step that my body needed to eliminate the majority of eczema that I had.  (Side note: after I saw a change for my son and I.  I got a hazelwood + amber beads necklace for my baby when he was 6 months old.  He has been a dream as far as teething goes, compared to my other three kids.  If he doesn’t have his necklace on for 3 to 4 weeks, eczema starts to breakout on him.)  I absolutely love these necklaces.  Read the testimonials for yourself!!  Oh, and when you click on the Hazelwood Necklace link, you should receive a 10% off coupon.  If not, let me know…  Hazelwood necklace for eczema

(Here is what the necklace with the amber beads looks like.  Just needed to get a cute picture in this post somehow of my little guy.)

3. O’Keeffe’s Hand Cream.  While visiting family in Utah, my husband and I went into a grocery store and I caught this cream out of the corner of my eye.  I figured it was worth a shot.  My hands had massive cracks in them and looked similar to the picture on the packaging.  Oh, how it HURT the first few times that I put on this cream!  But pretty much everything at that point hurt, even water.  I decided to faithfully try this cream, and it helped immensely.  With this cream, the canyons on my fingers and palms were gone!  I keep this cream on hand if and when my hands begin to crack, what a lifesaver!Amazing cream for eczema

4. I eliminated harsh chemicals in my everyday.  Ok, follow me here.  I had come to the conclusion that I needed to minimize my everyday products with chemicals, and limit my hands in water.  My hands have been the hardest to clear up, but they are 90% clear!  

     – I changed my deodorant to Arm & Hammer Deodorant.  By doing this, it eliminated aluminum and antiperspirant.  Now get this, when I changed to this deodorant not only did I feel like I was eliminating chemicals BUT I got all new white shirts to see if the myth that my darling husband told me was true, and it is!  I can honestly say that I no longer have armpit stains in my t-shirts and undershirts.  Fist bump….I’m not kidding!  Can you believe that my husband didn’t tell me why he preferred deodorant over antiperspirant/deodorant until 2 years ago.  When he told me that the antiperspirant is what causes armpit stains, I realized that in the 14 years that we have been married, he has NEVER had armpit stains!  Yes, I admit, my husband schooled me on this and I am pleased. 

     – I know this may sound gross, but I noticed a difference.  I shampoo and condition my hair once a week.  On other days of the week, I wash my hair with baking soda.  That reminds me, I need to refill my baking soda container in my shower!  Check out this post at Hello Giggles, she explains it well.

     – I went from taking a wet washcloth and cleaning my counter tops, to spraying them with tough and tender from Melaleuca and wiping them off.  This keeps my hands out of the water which seems to agitate eczema.  And it smells great!  Win-win in my book.  I also use many other Melaleuca products that due to the fact that they have eliminated the harsh chemicals! 

These are the top 4 things that I can think of right off of my head that have helped me.  What are some things that you have tried and saw improvements on eczema?



Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread


This gluten free pumpkin bread was a definite hit in our home.  My husband took one bite and said “this is really good, is it gluten free?”.   He didn’t believe that it could taste so much like the original, and still be gluten free.  So hear ya go!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

6 eggs (separated)

1/3 cup kefir, milk, or yogurt

1/2 cup whole cane sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted

1/2 cup  Almond Meal / Flour
1/2 cup  Organic Coconut Flour
1/4 cup tapioca

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 cup pureed pumpkin

Preheat oven to 400º, adjust rack to middle position.    Separate eggs, putting the egg whites in a separate bowl.   Add yolks and add all wet ingredients  to a large mixing bowl.   Sift all your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.    Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined.    With beaters, mix your egg whites until stiff and small peaks form.  Add to your batter and fold in carefully until all combined.

A few notes, sifting the dry ingredients help with the fluffiness of the bread as well  as folding in the egg whites.  That is what helps this bread have the height and light texture that you are use to with your regular version.   Otherwise it could be quite dense.

Cilantro Chicken Kabobs


Adults 5 stars-Kids 4 stars

My husband and I gave this Cilantro Chicken Kabobs 5 stars, as well as our 10 year old.    The two and four year old were so-so on the whole meal, so the kids gave it a four star rating.  But we are going to try again, because we loved it so much the the younger two are just going to have to like it.

Cilantro Chicken Kabobs

Serves 4


For Marinade-

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 cup  Avocado Oil 
or olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Juice of 1 lemon

1 pound of chicken, cut into bite-size pieces


You can really use whatever  you want but we used:

1 Red pepper

1 green pepper

1 zucchini

1 red onion

2 Tablespoons melted butter

For the sauce-

2 cloves of garlic

1 cup fresh cilantro

1 cup fresh parsley or 2 Tablespoons of dried

1/2 tsp celtic sea salt

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 cup  Avocado Oil
or olive oil

Whisk marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken.   Cover the chicken and refrigerate up to four hours or 1 hour at room temperature.    Cut veggies into large enough chunks that they can go on a skewer well.   Place chicken, and veggies on skewers, brush with melted butter and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.  Watch closely, depending on your grill it could be longer or faster.  You want the chicken to be cooked through.

Whisk sauce ingredients together and pour over kabobs.  Enjoy!

Kendall’s P90X 3, Gluten Free, Running Plan

From my early teenage years, I have always struggled with pudginess. In later years I have discovered it to be in part due to a medical issue, I have a pituitary tumor, more specifically a prolactinoma. We affectionately like to refer to it as “Petey, the Pituitary Tumor.” The effects Petey has on my endocrine system make it more difficult for me to maintain my weight, so I just have to work harder. The challenge I have is balancing family life, career, church and community service, and somehow fitting in time to exercise and be active.


In recent years I have done a lot better managing my weight and fitness. In the last six years, I have gone from 250 pounds and out of shape, down to 180 pounds and running marathons. Currently I am a little over 200 pounds and if I were being chased by a mountain lion, I could maybe squeeze out a half marathon.


My goal now is to get back down to about 180 pounds without going to the extreme of marathon running. Don’t get me wrong, I do love running and the challenge of pushing my known limits. I love the feeling of finishing a 20 mile training run, the satisfaction of pulling off blackened toe nails. The feelings associated with finishing a marathon are irreplaceable, but they come at a cost. I’m no scientist, but I have learned through trial and error that there was an effect on my metabolism, and not for the better. When I was running and logging lots of miles, my weight stayed stable, but when I stopped, even for a few days, the weight would come back very quickly.


I was always careful to try to pack most of my training miles into the early morning hours, but on weekends, the 3 hour training runs definitely took me away from family time that I should have been spending with my wife and kids.


So here’s the new plan:


  • Eat better: My wife and I have challenged each other to a sugar fast. Until the New Year we will not eat or drink anything with added sugars. We have planned 3 cheat days a month to get us through the holidays. As if that is not difficult enough, we also decided to go gluten free for five weeks. There is some evidence that “Petey” will treat me better with a gluten free diet. If I complete the challenge, I get an Apple Watch next year.


  • P90X 3: So they got me at a weak moment. It was 3 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. While flipping through channels I saw the infomercial for P90X 3. It looked easy enough so I bought it with three easy payments. I have actually found that I like it a lot. I am currently on day 50 of my first round and I like that the workouts are only 30 minutes. Good job Tony Horton, you’ve done it again.


  • Running: I don’t want to lose all the gains that I have made in running. I want to be able to participate in the occasional 10K or maybe even a half marathon here and there, so I am running about 20 minutes every morning after the P90X 3 workouts.


  • Rigorous Family Activities: This is something my wife and I really want to work on this year. It gives us exercise, helps our kids get out and active, and we get to spend time together. We plan to get out with the kids and go hiking, biking, skiing, etc…




In future posts I will be focusing on the activities we do together with our family and what we are doing to help model a healthy, active lifestyle to them.


In Katy’s future posts, she will be detailing the awesome job that she is doing preparing healthy nourishing food for our family. The sugar fast and the gluten free thing would be unbearable without her mad cooking skills. I’m soooo lucky!