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Happy Wellness Wednesday, guys! I hope you’re having a great week so far. We have been sooo busy! It’s been nuts. I look and feel exhausted. I’m ready for this Christmas “break”, haha. Nothing stops in the blogging world, there really is no such thing as a break. But, I’m gonna have to find a way to take one because I desperately need it! I’m sure you all struggle as well with finding time to unwind from all of the stress of the holidays. I hope that you too can put things down and just be in the moment and enjoy time with your friends and family and just rest! Speaking of unwinding, let’s talk about this CBD…

Today I want to share a really awesome LOCAL to Pittsburgh CBD business with you! I was introduced to Hippie & French through a local friend of mine, and let me tell you, I am so impressed! Not only are the products totally top notch and effective, but the owner, Lindsay is so incredible herself! Lindsay is a recovering opiate addict. Please don’t judge her for a moment, though! Addiction to opiates is so incredibly common and can happen to anyone, especially those of us who suffer from chronic pain and mental and emotional disorders. But, Lindsay is a true warrior woman! She pulled herself together and got into recovery and started this amazing CBD business to help other people struggling with pain, chronic illness, addiction, mental and emotional health problems like anxiety, depression, and insomnia, among others. There’s nothing I love more than seeing someone triumph over tragedy and she has surely done that and more! I am so happy to get to help support her and I’m cheering her on all the way. You should, too! She recently donated a portion of her proceeds to AFSP Western PA, which is a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness for suicide prevention. She’s taken her hardships and turned them around to better the lives of others and there’s really nothing more inspiring than that!

Here’s a little snippet of what Lindsay has to say about her story and her store… “CBD has been a game changer for my anxiety without risk of addiction. It’s a natural approach for anxiety management. I opened this store because there wasn’t a reliable CBD only store in Pittsburgh… There wasn’t a place people could go to get quality CBD and I thought I could change that.” And that she did!

Lindsay has a ton of products to choose from at Hippie & French like CBD oil, CBD pain relieving cream, facial serums, chocolate, body scrubs, and even bulk hemp flowers. All of the products and brands have been very carefully vetted so you can trust that your CBD purchases are of the highest quality, and only whole plant derived options. They’re also supplied by women-owned, small batch companies, so you’re supporting your fellow ladies when you shop at Hippie & French! YESSS! You can shop online or visit her in her adorable store on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA. She even has products for your pets! My dog really needs something to calm him down, so I’m going to be purchasing the bacon and salmon flavored CBD for him!

Today I am sharing a fun holiday cocktail recipe with you, using Hippie & French’s Peppermint CBD oil! I love putting a bit of CBD oil in my cocktails. I like the flavor and I love the relaxed vibe I get from it. I have also personally noticed that I don’t get a headache as much or feel as tired the next day when I mix in a bit of CBD. I don’t drink often or much but when I do, I like to use the CBD for an extra stress-reliever. I notice that I also don’t feel the desire to drink as much when I add CBD! Not at all saying that there is any scientific evidence to support this, it’s just my personal experience and opinion. If you are a recovering alcoholic, or do not like to drink alcohol, you can absolutely leave the booze out of this drink and make a CBD mocktail!

I love holiday themed cocktails because they are so fun to serve to guests to make their experience in your home even more special during the festive season! This time of year, I like to use cranberry in a lot of my drinks. Cranberries have great health benefits and they make a mean mixer for cocktails, too! This drink has notes of ginger from the ginger beer, as well as peppermint from the CBD oil. Lots of seasonal favorites in this one.

Cranberry CBD Mule:

Servings: 2

  • 2 ounces of Vodka or Gin
  • 4 ounces Cranberry Juice (I use unsweetened because I like to keep the sugar content low, but if you prefer cranberry juice cocktail, by all means, use it!)
  • 4 ounces Ginger Beer (Ginger Beer is more like a soda, not actual beer – this drink is gluten free, of course!)
  • Ice Cubes
  • Lime Wedges – give it a little squeeze in there!
  • Cranberries (fresh or frozen works, too!)
  • 1 mL Hippie & French Peppermint CBD Oil
  • Sprig of Rosemary or Thyme for garnishing
  • Cocktail Shaker

To Make:

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes and your glasses with ice, too.
  2. Combine all of the liquids, including the CBD oil into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into your glasses of ice.
  4. Garnish with cranberries, a lime wedge (I like to squeeze a bit in mine), and a sprig of Rosemary or Thyme.
  5. Relax & Enjoy!

I hope that you will take some time to check out Hippie & French! I know I’m not alone when I rave about the store, its products, and the owner, Lindsay. There are lots of testimonials on the website from other customers and on her Instagram that you can find here as well! CBD oil has helped me and her other customers so much with insomnia, anxiety, and inflammation. Hippie & French is an amazing brand that I use and trust. And I must mention, the taste of the peppermint CBD is pretty amazing all on its own! Be sure to give her a follow on Instagram to get alerts on sales and promotions that she often does.

Thank you Hippie & French for gifting me this CBD oil and CBD cream. I greatly appreciate it! I do not receive any commission or payment from Hippie & French. I purely just wanted to share this brand and recipe with all of you. I love to support local businesses and Hippie & French is an amazing one!

Happy Holiday cocktail sipping, friends 🙂

XOXO,

Kelly

Hey, guys! Hope you’re having a great week! I wanted to share this awesome new CBD oil I’ve been using and how much it’s been helping me!

I recently discovered the company Hemple, and all of their amazing CBD products! I was lucky enough to get to try their Nano-CBD Oil and it seriously blew me away! It’s so fast acting, and over the last few weeks of using it, my inflammation has decreased SO MUCH! I was having so much debilitating joint and muscle pain, and (knock on wood) I don’t feel any pain at all in my back lately! I’m seriously amazed!

I like this particular brand of CBD because it gets to work so quickly. Most CBD oils are slower to act. They usually take an hour or two for onset. However, Hemple has made the CBD particles so small that they are absorbed much faster into your blood stream – hence the name Nano-CBD! I notice the quick delivery because I have pretty bad anxiety in the late afternoon and evenings and this helps calm my nerves a lot.

It’s grown 100% organically, every batch is lab tested, and it is a full spectrum CBD oil. This means that it contains all of the cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant, not just CBD. I have always found full spectrum products to be more beneficial and this one is no exception.

I take it twice a day. The recommended dose is 2.5 droppers, but I usually take 3-4 droppers full. You can’t overdose on it, so you don’t need to worry about that. I just feel like my anxiety and inflammation are more on the severe side, so taking a little extra is helpful for me. But, you can start with the recommended dose and increase as you see fit. It does have a very herbaceous flavor, so if you are sensitive to tastes like this, it is recommended to put it into water or tea to diminish that. I just take it right under my tongue and chase it down with some water. It doesn’t bother me.

I take my first dose in the later afternoon and again in the evening. It definitely helps me to wind down and fall asleep, too. It’s a nice warm, calm feeling. I like to take it with my other anxiety supplements or tea, like Kava and Chamomile for an added relaxation factor 🙂

This is Kombucha in my glass, not wine 🙂

If you have been wanting to try CBD oil or haven’t had great experiences with other products, I would highly recommend trying this one! Remember to give it a little time. Once it is in your system for a couple weeks consistently, you will start to see and feel more benefits. Try to keep up with taking it daily.

I know that CBD oil can be expensive. You can save more with Hemple by buying more at a time. And, you can also use my code: KELLY10 to save $10 off of your $50 purchase on their site! I personally find that it is worth the expense. There aren’t that many things that help me significantly, but this is one of the things that definitely does, so I make sure to budget it into my supplement costs.

As always, this is not medical advice. I am not a doctor. If you need medical advice, please seek it from your naturopath, functional medicine doctor, or physician. The statements above are only my experience and not meant to be used as anything otherwise. That being said, I do trust, use, and love this product! I do not make any commission from the sales of this product. In full disclosure, my Instagram posts were sponsored by the company, but as I’ve said before and I promise you, I do not recommend anything to you that I do not use and find value in myself. 🙂

I hope that you guys find this product of value to you, too! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on it! Have a fabulous day! <3

Hey, friends! Happy Wellness Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week so far! I am relieved that spring is finally here and the warmer weather and sunshine really have a positive effect on me! I hope it does for you, too.

I know I shared with you a couple of weeks ago that I got some not so great news from my doctor recently. As I’ve shared on my blog before, I have had troubles with gut problems. For many months I have really struggled, especially when I travel or eat out at a restaurant. My immune system is very weak despite all of my efforts, and I get gut infections often. Even if I eat the same thing as everyone else, I end up with some kind of bug. So, when I brought this up to one of my functional medicine doctors at Advanced Integrative Medical 360 in Pittsburgh, they suggested I do a stool test. The results came back and showed that I have really high markers for inflammatory bowel disease. He said he’s positive I have Chron’s or Ulcerative Colitis. I need to have a colonoscopy done to completely determine this, so I’ll be doing that in the coming months. For now, I am trying everything I can to bring down the inflammation in my gut and treat the infections. I’ll keep you all posted, and hopefully have some good news sooner than later. If anyone reading this has experience with Chron’s or Colitis and has any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear from you!

One of the things I have been finding really helpful for me in reducing inflammation has been CBD oil. For years I tried so many different brands, and I honestly could not feel any difference. I was so frustrated because so many people rave about how CBD oil has helped them! So, when I started asking around in my online wellness groups for the various chronic illnesses I associate with, I got some good recommendations for the best CBD oils out there. After trying them all, I have to say that Charlotte’s Web is my favorite!

If you are new to this whole CBD, hemp oil business, you will want to note that hemp oil and CBD oil are NOT the same. This is probably why I was not experiencing much relief by using hemp oil. Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. It is high in anti-oxidants and omegas 3 & 6, but it does not contain any CBD. It is more of a carrier oil like jojoba or grapeseed oil. CBD is cannabidoil which comes directly from the cannabis plant. It is derived from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the plants rather than the seeds. It has a higher ratio of CBD to THC than hemp oil. It is more beneficial for inflammation. So, when you are looking at labels, you want to choose one that says CBD in the name. Sometimes it will say Hemp CBD oil, which can be confusing, but that generally means it does have cannabidoil in it.

CBD oil is legal and is sold online and in stores. There are very small traces of THC in it, but you won’t feel particularly “high” from it. I use it a lot for anxiety. Sometimes my illness gets the best of me and I get fearful and anxious. I’ve found the CBD oil to help bring me a sense of calmness. I can definitely feel it. I also notice that my pain decreases when I use it. I have joint and back pain, headaches, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, and muscle pain, and it helps take the edge off. I usually use a little bit more than the recommended dosage because my pain levels are often pretty high. I typically will use 2 droppers full of the Charlotte’s Web Extra Strength CBD oil per serving. I usually use it 1-2 times a day, more often in the evening.

Through the end of today, Charlotte’s Web CBD oil is on sale for 25% off at Thrive Market! I do not get any commission or free products for telling you guys about this. This is all my own experience and personal recommendation. (I will never recommend a product to you if I don’t personally like and use it, no matter if I get paid or free product or not!) If you’re interested in trying CBD oil, I would definitely take advantage of this sale on Charlotte’s Web. They do not go on sale often. If you have never tried Thrive Market before, I’d also highly recommend it! They have so many amazing specialty products for less than what you can find them on Amazon or other stores. You can find foods for every diet! I’m talking cookies and even chocolate for every diet! LOL! They even have non-toxic cleaning supplies and personal items. The shipping is fast, too which I love!

Use this link by clicking here to get 25% off of your first order any day on anything on their site! If you are looking for the CBD oil, just go on and search for Charlotte’s Web, and all of their products will populate. I use the Extra Strength CBD oil. Their oils are gluten free and vegan. I buy the regular flavor, but you can get it in Chocolate Mint, too! There are two different strengths. One is Full Strength and the other is Extra Strength. I have never tried the Full Strength, so I can’t tell you exactly how I feel about it. It is cheaper, but that is because it has less CBD in it. If I were you, I’d take advantage of the sale and get the Extra Strength. They also have balms, capsules, and even oil for your dogs! I just ordered some for Barkley because he is a very anxious little guy, too, so I’ll let you know how it works for him!

Have you tried CBD oil before? What has been your experience? Do you have a favorite brand? I’d love to know! Have a great day 🙂

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