Listen, feeding a family is expensive. I swear every time I go to the grocery store prices are rising. I can't even make it out of my local grocery store without spending over $100 on food to get us through the week. So when our bank account was drained this weekend due to some unexpected expenses you can bet I started to panic (ever stress over finances? Yep it happened to me)
Manuka Honey is basically a wonder ingredient that has been recently surfacing in skin and healthcare as a must have. Honey in itself is extremely beneficial for all kinds of ailments, but real Manuka Honey is special because it is harvested only in New Zealand where the Manuka flower grows. The Manuka Flower only blooms for 2 to 6 weeks per year so you can imagine how scarce and sought after this particular ingredient is. It takes skill and planning to harvest Manuka honey, so much so that some areas are only reachable by helicopter. Manuka Honey is a scarce ingredient. Think of it as the golden elixir to your skin health and issues.
So What Exactly Does it Do?
Well ... I am so glad you asked! Manuka Honey has a ridiculous catalog of health benefits , but I just want to focus on a few here. The first being it's inflammatory properties . This is HUGE because this one ingredient can literally take care of most of the beauty and skin issues that I get asked about the most. If you have acne issues or acne scarring this is incredible because you can use Manuka Honey to calm your breakouts, and not only that, help reduce the scarring from those breakouts. This also makes it great for skin issues like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, etc. But wait ... there's more ....
Manuka Honey also draws out bacteria from your skin, this is important again for those of you suffering from acne. This one ingredient will not only calm your skin, but will clean it at the same time! Mind blown.
AND ... yes AND ... it also reduces redness and dark spots. I personally deal with a lot of redness in my face and there is this one pesky little acne scar/dark spot I have on my face that I have been battling for a few months now, and low and behold, I started slathering this Manuka Honey mask on my face and it is disappearing!
Manuka Honey is also really widely known for its great healing properties. Don't ask me the science behind it, because I don't know ( I bet you can Google it though), BUT I do know that the claim is legitimate. I have been using this Manuka Honey skin stick on my super dry lips and I am grabbing a few more to have on hand for burns, cuts and scars because I am literally so impressed with this ingredient I need to have it around to use on pretty much everything.
The last thing I wanted to pass on to you about this miracle ingredient is what an amazing humectant it is. A humectant is an ingredient that actually draws moisture to your skin after you use it. So it doesn't just apply moisture , it keeps it coming. So basically I want to slather myself in Manuka Honey, and I have been! I have also added this hand creme (See Above) to my routine, but I have to tell you a secret .. I've been using it on my feet too (and they have never felt SO SOFT ).
I am pretty much in love with this ingredient. I would suggest the use of this to anyone who is struggling with dry skin for sure, and also drying acne (the kind that really hurts and flakes). It's a game changer for dry skin issues one hundred percent!
If you want to try any of the products I mentioned in this post please don't hesitate to reach out to me. You can also follow the links on the photos and just type in "Manuka Honey" in the search bar and all of my Manuka Honey products will pop up for you.
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Until next time!
xoxo - Mandi
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Have you tried the new craze that is literally taking over the nation? If not, it might be time to look into the miracle product called CBD oil.
I started using CBD oil about two years ago when a selection of products became available at my local corner gas station. Now, even though purchasing CBD oil at a gas station seemed super sketchy I was desperate and looking for a natural way to calm my anxiety and bring my high stress level to a manageable level. So I dove in and tried a few products.
So, my fourteen year old daughter ran away .
Man, that's hard to type. It's hard to admit to myself that I have a teenager that I thought I raised well, and cared for with all of my heart, is going through so many hard things and she seeks refuge not in her family, but in her "friends." Is this a normal thing with teenagers? Possibly. I remember being a teenager and doing the same type of things, but wow is it a different feeling when you are on the other side of the fence.
The Initial Shock
I was never the girl that would day dream about becoming a mother and a housewife. My dreams consisted more of getting out of the one horse town I grew up in and creating a brand new life for myself, but isn't it funny how life always seems to have different plans for you?
By the time I was 27 I had two daughters, and my dream of traveling did sort of come true when I met , fell in love with, and married a military man. We knew we wanted another child, a boy. We had always dreamed of having a boy. Mostly because I always thought they were less mouthy than girls (although I may been wrong in my assumption).
When I finally got pregnant 5 years after having my youngest daughter it was exciting and kind of scary at the same time, but off to the doctor we went for my first ultrasound.
So we're sitting in the ultrasound room and the nurse is violating me with this long white stick thing that apparently sees babies in utero. She says to me as she turns the screen to where I can't see it, " give me just a second to collect my bearings." Okay, nothing suspicious here. Then she turns the screen towards my husband and I and says , "Here's the little head and the little body, and when we turn the corner ..." Wait? turn what corner? There's a corner in there? .... " there's another little head and a little body."
Ummmm ... wtf? Where's Ashton Kutcher ? I'm obviously being Punk'd .
But, I wasn't on a TV show. This was real life.
The first thing that came to my mind was, "OMG I am never going to sleep again." And I was right . I haven't slept in 5 years. You can tell by my baggy under eyes, and the absolute lack of interest I have in getting dressed or doing basically anything with myself on a daily basis.