The Best Stuffers to Add to Your Pre teen and Teens Stocking

'Tis the season for jolly laughs, festive decorations, and of course, the delightful tradition of stuffing stockings! As you ponder over what to gift the pre-teen and teen in your life this year, fear not, for I have come to your rescue! With this carefully curated list of the best stocking stuffers that are sure to impress, you'll be the envy of Santa himself. So sit back, relax, and let me guide you through the magical world of stocking stuffers that every pre-teen and teen dreams of unwrapping this holiday season. Whether it's everday items that come in handy or trendy accessories and fun trinkets, you are covered. Let the gifting adventure begin!

1. Fun and unique items such as stickers from characters in their favorite show, book or singers

2. Must-have items such as headphones, power banks, or phone mounts 

3. Gift cards to their favorite stores or coffee shop...hello

4. Treats and snacks they will love like gum, chocolate and candy canes

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5. Journals for self-care and getting all the feelings out...or mother and child team journaling

6. Cozy items like fuzzy socks warm socks

7. Entertainment items like DVDs, video games, card games and board games

8. Personal care items like lip balms, makeup, face wipes and other skin care products

9. Creative books such as coloring books, comic books, and more

10. Colorful pens or markers

11. Shampoo and conditioner...we buy it all the time anyways so tuck it in your kiddos stocking

12. Underwear nothing more needs to be said

13. Razor blades, body wash, bath bombs can make bath time relaxing at the end of a long day

14. Deodorant: Practical and essential, a nice deodorant can be a useful stocking stuffer for teenagers

15. Unique jewelry pieces, like a bracelet or necklace with a meaningful message

16. Movie tickets to see their favorite films with friends

17. A subscription to an online magazine or magazine from the rack at the grocery store

18. A new pair of comfy, warm winter pyjamas

19. A new book...cause what's better then reading a great book while on winter break

20. Hair ties, clips, or a new hair brush

21. A new Christmas Ornament A festive ornament to start their own collection or to add to a special tree of their own

22. Nee Doh Stress Balls These squishy stress balls are small enough to fit in a stocking and provide a tactile outlet for relieving stress

23. A new toothbrush and toothpaste

24. A new water cup or fun straw covers

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26. And if you have an accident prone pre teen or teen a pack of bandaid will always come in handy

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Stockings are a holiday tradition that brings joy and excitement to children everywhere. The possibilities are endless when it comes to stuffing stockings with fun, functional and sometimes basic gifts that your pre teen/teen will use every day. Whether you choose to fill it with practical items like socks or a new toothbrush, or opt for something more playful like stickers and candy, the key is to not overthink it and simply have fun shopping for your kiddos. So, get creative and put together a stocking that will bring a smile to your teens face. Because let's face it, there's nothing quite like the thrill of discovering what surprises lie within that festive red sock on Christmas morning!

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Keeping Our Bodies Healthy and Strong During the Summer

With school almost coming to a close at the end of the month it's time to think about keeping our bodies healthy and strong...cause summer colds and feeling unwell is not worth it. 

We all know that during the summer months, it's crucial to take care of your physical and mental health while enjoying the warmer weather. Apart from maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, taking supplements can help support your wellness goals. Here are some of the best supplements to consider using during the summer:

1. Vitamin D: Since the sun is the primary source of vitamin D, it’s important to get outside and soak up some sun rays. However, spending too much time in the sun without protection can be harmful to your skin. Taking vitamin D supplements can help support your immune system, promote healthy bone growth, and improve your mood.

2. Probiotics: Summer is the perfect season for outdoor activities, which can also expose you to harmful bacteria. Taking probiotic supplements can help support your gut health, improve your digestion, and boost your immune system.

3. Vitamin C: This essential vitamin is known for its immune-boosting properties and can help protect your skin against damage from UV rays. Consuming vitamin C supplements can help reduce inflammation and promote healthy collagen production for younger-looking skin.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids: These healthy fats are found in fish, nuts, and seeds and can help protect your heart health. Taking omega-3 supplements during the summer can help reduce inflammation in the body, improve brain function, and promote healthy skin.

5. Hydration support: Staying hydrated should be at the top of your list during summer. Young Living's Ningxia Red will promote stamina and is a great choice for hydration support and delivering a quick dose of energy.

Incorporating these supplements into your daily routine can help keep you healthy and energized during the summer months. As always, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.

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Did you know that there is a huge difference between Young Living® supplements and regular store-bought supplements? 

Young Living® supplements have an 80% absorption rate compared to conventional supplements, which only have a 30% absorption rate. That is a 50% increase and it also means you get way more bang for your buck and the supplements will be that much more effective when you switch.

Are you wondering how it works? Young Living® supplements are infused with essential oils which help increase the assimilation (absorption) of other nutrients on a cellular level and they help remove waste from the cells, which helps detoxify them, in turn causing the cells to function at a higher level.

The bottom line... is that you should 100% be taking Young Living’s supplements over your store-bought ones.

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Trusting Your Gut: Why Following Your Intuition May Be Your Best Decision Yet

We've all heard the phrase "listen to your gut" or "trust your intuition" at some point in our lives. And while the concept may sound simple enough, there are countless moments when we find ourselves questioning our instincts and doubting the path that feels right to us. We've been told time and time again that following our intuition may not be the wisest of decisions, but what if we've been wrong all along? As I get closer and closer to finding answers to my health I could have ignored my intuition and agreed with what everyone was telling me. But the little nudge to keep digging to find the answer never left. So here are a few reasons why listening to your gut may be the smartest choice you ever make...they worked for me. I hope you find them helpful.

Your intuition is unique to you...
No two people are the same, and that means that your intuition is a reflection of your personal experiences, perspectives, and beliefs. You know yourself better than anyone, and your intuition is a reflection of that inner knowledge. When people tell you not to trust your gut, it's usually because they're operating under a different set of circumstances or beliefs. What works for them might not work for you, so it's crucial to trust your intuition to guide you down the right path.

Your intuition is backed by science...Science has shown us that our bodies have physical responses to things before our conscious mind is aware of them. If you have a feeling about something, it's often worth paying attention to. Intuition is a result of the way our brains process information, and when we're presented with unfamiliar situations, our intuition is often the first response we have. It's a survival mechanism that's been honed over thousands of years of evolution, so trusting your intuition is, in some ways, trusting your primitive instincts to keep you safe.

Your intuition can help you avoid regrets...
How many times have you thought back to a situation where you ignored your intuition and regretted it? Whether it's a missed job opportunity or a bad relationship, we've all been in situations where we knew deep down that things weren't quite right, but we went against our gut instinct anyway. Listening to your intuition can help you identify potential pitfalls before they become major regrets, and can help you make life-changing decisions that will bring you long-term fulfillment.

Your intuition can help you navigate uncertainty...
Uncertainty is a fact of life, and there are times when no amount of research or analysis can help you make the "right" decision. That's where your intuition comes in. Your gut instinct is your subconscious mind processing information that you might not even be aware of. It can help you navigate those gray areas where there's no clear answer, and can help you make confident decisions that feel right, even when you can't explain why.

Your intuition is something to be proud of...
Finally, it's important to remember that trusting your intuition is a sign of strength and self-awareness. It takes courage to go against the advice of others and make a decision that feels right for you. And while it may not always lead to a positive outcome, your intuition is an integral part of who you are, and it should be celebrated and nurtured.

In a world where we're constantly bombarded by the opinions of others, it's easy to lose sight of our own inner voice. But if there's one thing to take away from this discussion, it's that your intuition is a valuable resource that should never be ignored. Whether you're making a big decision or simply navigating the ups and downs of daily life, your gut instinct can guide you to the right path, even when it seems like the odds are against you. So the next time someone tells you not to trust your intuition, remember that you have the power to make your own choices, and that your gut instinct may just be the smartest one yet.

Sunday Baking

As a busy mom, it can be hard to find the time to do everything that needs doing in one day. Sometimes I feel like I’m running from soccer game, to grocery shopping, visitors and family, to getting everything ready and organized for the week. Which for most Sundays, sunday baking is non existent. Fortunately, this Sunday (today) was different. We had a free day (YAY!) and after our weekly grocery shop (only $355 this week! Whohoo! Its normally $450. So, I celebrate a little), my oldest and I got to the baking.

I remember when my middle daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease 10+ years ago. At first, the kitchen experiences were not pleasant; cookies coming out in blobs and muffins thrown into the garbage were some of the struggles I faced. That’s why I reach for a box or two—boxes are my friends and they dont hurt my baking abilities as much. This weekend, we wanted to have fun in the kitchen together. So we decided it was time to pull out our favorite gluten free boxed goods to add to our lunch bags this week and one tried-and-true recipes that I have made over and over again that we LOVE.

Xoxo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you a chocolate lover? Umm, who isn't. Right?! These yummy moist, chewy on the inside with the right amount of crunch on the outside cookies that also use the finest cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These quick and easy cookies will satisfy any sweet tooth. 

Plus they are: 
  • Gluten Free
  • Rice Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Non GMO

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    Xoxo Pumpkin Bread

    Who says Pumpkin flavored baking should only be saved for fall and Halloween. This boxed Pumpkin bread is packed with flavour and spices. With Pure Cane Sugar, Gluten Free Flour (premium Cassava Flour, unmodified potato starch, organic coconut flour, xanthan gum), Brown Sugar, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Nutmeg.
We enjoy making them into muffins to add to the lunch boxed...they are loved SO much friends are known to steal them from my daughters lunches so extras are now packed (lol). 

They are:
  • Gluten Free
  • Rice Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Non GMO
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Last on the list was Apple Cinnamon muffins—perfectection. Although this one doesn't come in a box and has many ingredients and steps these muffins that taste like a cinnamon roll are fun to make and ALWAYS turn out amazing. We all drool over them. Using our favorite gluten free flour Pamela's All-Purpose Flour Artisan blend these muffins need to be on your baking list.

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Baking day on Sundays is always something special for me and my kids (when it does happen); it’s a great way for us to spend quality time together while indulging in some delicious treats that make packing lunches a breeze at the same time! From Xoxo Chocolate Chip Cookies, Xoxo Pumpkin Bread and Apple Cinnamon Muffins, we have plenty of recipes that we love to make when we can fit baking into our busy schedule. Plus, all you need is Amazon at your finger tips 😆 and some basic ingredients from your monthly grocery trip—so don’t be afraid to get creative in your kitchen today!

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Interviewing Your New Doctor 101

Finding a new doctor can be a daunting task. Don’t panic—you don’t have to become a medical expert overnight! I've got you covered with the top questions to ask and topics to discuss when interviewing your new doctor.

What Is Their Experience?

When meeting with a new doctor, you want to make sure that they have the experience necessary to give you the best care. Not all doctors are created equal, so ask about their credentials and qualifications. How long have they been practicing? What specializations do they have? Have they published any research? Are there any awards or recognitions that set them apart from other physicians? Asking these questions will help give you an idea of what kind of experience and expertise your new doctor has. 

What Are Their Specialties?

Once you know that they have proper credentials, it’s important to learn more about their specialties or areas of expertise. You should feel comfortable asking questions about their professional background, such as what kind of patients they typically treat, if they have any additional training or certifications, or even if they specialize in any particular conditions or treatments. This way, you can be sure that you’re getting the care from someone who is well-versed in the field and can provide quality care for all members of your family. 

What Do Their Patients Say?

Nothing speaks louder than the feedback from those who have gone before you. Ask for references or testimonials from past patients; this will help paint a better picture of how the doctor works with his or her patients. If possible, try speaking with one of these former patients directly; this first-hand account can provide insight into how patient-centered your new doctor is and if their bedside manner suits your needs.

What Is Their Approach To Treatment?

It’s important to know what kind of treatment plan your new physician prefers before committing to regular visits. Do they prefer conventional treatments over alternative remedies? Are they open to discussing natural treatments such as herbal supplements or dietary changes? Do they take a holistic approach or prefer more targeted treatments for specific ailments? Do not be afraid to ask about their philosophy on medicine; this is information that could save you time and money in the long run.

Don't be afraid to be honest.
The most important thing you can do when meeting a new doctor is to be honest with them. This means being honest about your symptoms, your medical history, and any medications you are currently taking. It can be tempting to downplay certain symptoms or to omit information that you think might make you look bad, but it's important to remember that your doctor is there to help you, not judge you.

Be prepared to answer questions.
Your doctor is going to have a lot of questions for you, so it's important to be prepared. Make sure you know the answers to basic questions such as your date of birth, your current medications, and your medical history. If you're not sure about something, don't hesitate to ask for clarification.

Ask questions yourself.
While your doctor will ask you a lot of questions, it's also important that you ask some questions of your own. This shows that you're engaged in your own care and that you're interested in learning more about your health. Some good questions to ask include: "What are my treatment options?", "What are the risks and side effects of those options?", and "What can I do to improve my health?"

Follow up after your appointment.
Once your appointment is over, don't forget to follow up with your new doctor. This means making any necessary lifestyle changes, starting any new medications, and scheduling any follow-up appointments that have been recommended. It's also important to keep track of how you're feeling and to let your doctor know if you have any concerns or questions

Finding a new doctor doesn’t need to feel like an overwhelming task! By asking the right questions and doing some research ahead of time, you can ensure that your next physician visit is meaningful and effective. Asking about experience, references, and treatment plans will help ensure that you find someone who meets your needs as well as aligns with your personal values when it comes to healthcare. Good luck on your search for the perfect doctor!
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