101 Easy Homemade Products for the Skin, Health & Home {Review & Giveaway}

Let's face it, going natural in every part of your life isn't easy.  In fact, it is hard.  We have become accustom to just going to the store and buying whatever we need and not think twice about where it came from or how it was made.  Moreover, we don't even give it a second thought about what all those chemicals and wonderful scents like Ocean Breeze or Pumpkin Pie have in them that give them that nostalgic smell and the lovely, colorful packaging.

But I want you to stop for a minute and think: What is in the Ocean Breeze candle that gives it that "ocean" smell?  What is in that spray bottle that actually kills bacteria off your kitchen counter?  What is in the bottle of lotion that you put slather on your hands and body daily? Or how about the detergent cleaning your clothes?  Read the back of the package of any of these items and tell me if you can read any of those ingredients without having a degree in chemistry or some other scientific education.   Go ahead, I will wait for you to come back....

All those chemicals that you wash your clothes with, put on  your skin and clean your house with are harmful to the human body and, in fact, most are known to cause diseases such as cancer.  Now I don't know about you, but I am watchful what I put into my body, so I'm not going to go and put harmful chemicals on my body either.

So now you are probably asking the questions - What do I wash my clothes with?  What do I use for soap?  What can I use to clean the house?  Well, you can either buy expensive natural cleaners, soaps and detergents or make them yourself.

Where to Look for "Recipes"

When I set out to find "recipes" for making these products myself, of course I turned Pinterest and find hundreds of homemade "recipes" for everything from soap to lip balm to cleaning products for every room in the house.  But honestly, it was overwhelming and I soon had printed out a lot of recipes that, well, quite frankly, ended up being forgot about or thrown into the recycle bin.

Well, you could imagine when I was asked to review 101 Easy Homemade Products For Your Skin, Health & Home, by Jan Berry.  I mean, this book has every, and I mean EVERY recipe you could imagine for everything you could possibly want to make and then some.

Orange Pine Floor Cleaner

I have tried a few recipes so far and I must say, the Orange Pine Floor Cleaner smells so good.  And I actually had the ingredients at home to make this - yep, nothing fancy needed at all, just three ingredients is all it took to make this.  Yes, it is just that simple.

Here is a list of just a few of the other recipes that are available in the book:

Oh, and did I mention that there are even recipes for our furbabies too?!?

I can honestly say that this book will now be my "go to" resource for all homemade cleaners, beauty needs and everything in between.

How to Get Your Own Copy of This Book

You can pre-order (the book will be released March 29, 2016) through through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indie Bound and Amazon UK.

Or you can enter to win one of 7 copies of 101 Easy Homemade Products below.

Giveaway Rules:

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid World Wide and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 12:00 am (EST) 4/3/16. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to thaleia.maher at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The publishing company and author are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway or hold a virtual launch  like this please email Thaleia Maher at thaleia.maher at gmail dot com .

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Health Information Disclaimer: The information in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be substituted for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. If you rely upon any programs or techniques, or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of the book or our website for decision making, without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional, you do so at your own risk. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Bible Belles Series: The Adventures of Rooney Cruz {Review and Giveaway}

As a mom, we always want what is best for our children - clothes, education, music lessons, dance classes - and everything else in between.  But as a mom raising 3 girls, I also want what is best for them in their relationship with God.

Now reading the bible can sometimes seem like it was always the men who were the center of the story.  However, that is not always the case when you dig deep in the Word.  But trying to find stories suitable for young girls to read (and understand) about the women of the Bible and how important they were seemed to be tricky.

Enter the Bible Belles series.  I was excited to learn more about the series and was honored to be able to review Book One in the Bible Belles.  The series was created for girls to learn about not only the women of the Bible and the trials and tribulations that they went through, but also how to be their own hero in today's world.

The first book in the Bible Belles series, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz - Hannah The Belle of Prayer" is about a girl named Rooney Cruz, who is bullied by other girls at her school.  She runs and hides from their teasing and is visited by her angel, Mari.  Mari confides in Rooney and teaches her about a woman named Hannah who is also being teased by her husband's first wife, Pininnah, because Hannah did not have any children.

Rooney watches Hannah's story unfold and learns that by believing and talking to God, telling him the truth an asking for help, he will listen and answer your prayers, just like Hannah prayed to God for a child and her prayer was answered with the birth of a baby boy.  Rooney finally understands that the power of prayer is a powerful thing - by trusting and talking to God, he will provide and answer your prayers.

The story of Rooney in how she is bullied at school is one that is all too common these days.  However, as told in the story of Hannah, she too was bullied, but chose to have faith and believe that God will help to see you through and has a plan for you.

My 5 year old daughter enjoyed The Adventures of Rooney.  The story line was perfect for her age, the photos were beautifully drawn and the message was on spot.  I thought that the story was great and was a great way to get the message of the power of prayer no matter what situation you are in in life. I know that the Bible Belles series will be a part of our daily readings.

To learn more about Hannah and the Bible Belles series, visit the Bible Belles website.  There are also fun printables and learning materials that correlate to the Bible Belles books for extra learning and fun.

Just For You

You now have the opportunity to enjoy your own Bible Belles story by entering in the chance to win The Adventures of Rooney below.

But even if you do not win the giveaway, and as an added bonus, I have been given the opportunity for my readers to enjoy a discount on any Bible Belles book for 10% off when purchased between March 17 - March 23 by using the code: JTS10 

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Disclaimer:  I received this product for free from Front Gate Medica, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Front Gate Media blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Front Gate Media or the manufacturer of this product.

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22 Minute Hard Corp Online Bootcamp

Beachbody is at it again.  They have launched a brand new home fitness program that is going to blow your mind!!  They started out with programs like P90X that were over an hour long each day. Then, they created 21 Day Fix that is only 30 minutes daily, T25 that is 25 minutes daily and now we are taking it to a whole new level.  In just 22 minutes you can get some seriously rocking results with Tony Horton and ME as your coach! 

CAN YOU REALLY GET RESULTS in 22 minutes a day???? 

YES you can!  It is all about focusing on the workout, pushing yourself to your max, dialing in your nutrition and following the plan to the T and of course the most important part {at least I think it is} is having support and accountability from your Team BEACHBODY Coach {ME} and the rest of the challengers in the group.  There is something comforting from knowing that you are not the only one out there struggling, having a bad day, or a slip up with your nutrition.  It's know to know that we are all in this together!  We are getting "bootcamp fit" with 22 Minute Hard Corps.

Basically every excuse you have for not getting in shape is invalid because I had 3 kids, and I'm making it a priority to workout every day.  Is it hard, of course, but I am making it a priority and I'm finding a way because I want to be a better mom and a better ME.

Also, summer is just a few months away.  Don't wait until May to get in shape.  Start NOW.  

What is 22 Minute Hard Corp?

22 Minte Hard Corp was created by Tony Horton - creator of P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Power 90 and more.  It is a mixture of eight routines that alternate between total body cardio & resistance 1 workout a day for 6 days a week.  Even though the workouts are only 22 minutes, they are fast paced, moving from exercise to exercise with little to no rest.  But don't worry, they are easy to pick up and learn.  

What Equipment Do You Need?

Dumbbells and pull up bar (or resistance bands with a door attachment).  That's it.  Nothing fancy or outrageously expensive to buy.

Now I know you  might be thinking that you can't do this workout, but you CAN.  This workout IS for EVERYONE and there are even modifications!  The program is 8 weeks in length, 6 days a week, 1 workout a day for 22 minutes!  This is one of the shortest workout programs yet so there are no excuses -  YOU CAN DO THIS!

What will you get with this program?

• 8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
• Quick Start Mission Guide
• 8-week Basic Training Action Plan
• Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide
• Cold Start pre-workout drill
• Hell Week Challenge Card
• HARD CORPS: Battle Buddy Workout DVD (Network Exclusive)

So who is this workout for??  

People who want fast effective results with little or no FUSS.
There is also an optional 2 a day hell week challenge if you are up for it! 

So now is your time, do you accept the challenge?


On March 14th we will start our pre season which consists of 1 week of goal setting, pictures, measurements, meal planning and education on the nutritional plan and then the following week is our official day 1.

******For 8 weeks I will guide you daily through the program with support, accountability, access to an online/app based closed group for support and guidance.  Each participant is required to purchase the 22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack/Program and commit to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.

If you are interested in getting more information about the program please complete the form below and I will contact you within 24 hours with details.

If you do not currently work with a Coach please make me your FREE coach here.

Do you want to see some results from people just like you??


Carl T was one of the first to try Hard Corps and lost 3 lbs and got ripped.

Stephenie W lost 9 lbs and 7.5 inches in 8 weeks.  She said she loved the military/bootcamp style workout!!  The music and the beats of the drum motivate you to push thru to the end! 

Lourdes G 16 lbs and 12 inches in 8 weeks with Hard Corps.  Wohooo way to go! 

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Caramel Cocoa Shakeology

Breakfast is served!  You can also make this with Cafe Latte Shakeology as well.  You can buy the caramel extract at Walmart but if you can't find it you can easily get it on Amazon.com.  I hope you enjoy!  

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving
1 cup brewed coffee, chilled
1 tsp. pure caramel extract
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup ice
1. Place coffee, extract, Shakeology, cocoa powder, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.


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