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Product Review for Nutribullet RX

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I feel like I have done y’all a disservice by not telling you about what I use to make my nutriblasts. You’ve seen it in my pictures and recipe posts but I have not introduced you to my number one breakfast companion. If you’ve missed the recipes, check out Vitamin C Blast, Apple-Strawberry Popsicles, Berry and Chia Smoothie.

In my quest for healthy living, I knew that I needed a way to get all my vitamins to absorb much quicker than any vitamin pill would absorb because my system was gun shy and pulled the trigger way too soon most days. So, I saw an infomercial one day about the Nutribullet Extraction System and wondered if it would actually work, taste good, be easy to do, etc, etc.

How does it work?

The Nutribullet breaks up every part of fruit, including seeds, extracting the nutrients from each nook and cranny so you get the ultimate benefit. I went out on a limb and ordered the original Nutribullet thinking that it would be the ultimate game changer for me and guess what? It has been the best investment in my health that I have ever made. It has been the game changer and this product is phenomenal in so many ways.

There are sooooooo many reasons that this system is my best friend but the biggest is that I can get 4 to 6 servings of fruits and vegetables without even having to think about it later in the day. The USDA says that you need 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2  to 4 servings of fruit everyday. Going on the max for both, I need a total of 9 servings of fruits and veggies total everyday. Throw 5 in your cup for breakfast and your meal time decisions are a little easier throughout the day.

A few more reasons that this system will knock your socks off:

It does much more than making a nutriblast. You can make soups & fresh squeezed (or extracted) apple or orange juice. Mixing sauces and marinades. I have even made my own coconut butter and baby food!

This sucker is soooooo easy to clean! It is dishwasher safe, over and over and over again. The motor base is easily cleaned with a Clorox wipe or wet paper towel. I have found that the cup and blade rinse without any scrubbing when they are rinsed immediately after use.

Which system is best?

I have used both the Nutribullet and Nutribullet Rx systems. After 4 years of using the original Nutribullet for making my morning smoothie, I decided to upgrade to the newer version because it had a much larger cup capacity and, as you will learn when you order yours, it shuts on and off by itself. I’m a nerd but this was my biggest selling point because I don’t have to guess if it’s all broken down, the NutriBullet RX does it for me!

 

 

I ordered my Nutribullet Rx from Amazon last summer and it was certified refurbished. I have not had a single problem with the original Nutribullet or my certified refurbished Nutribullet Rx.

 

Can’t miss recipes for the Nutribullet Rx! Check out some of my favorite ways to use the system:

 Apple-Strawberry Popsicles

 

  Berry & Chia Seed Smoothie

 

 

Vitamin C Blast

Ulcerative Colitis

Vitamin C Blast Recipe

Summer cold or allergies dulling your sparkle? Chances are that you vitamin C intake has been lacking & you could use a giant pick me up! Here is one of my absolute favorite recipes to pack in my vitamin C. This is on my mind as our pollen count is on steroids & I’m ready for a winter freeze.

This beautiful mix of fruits and veggies  contains 292% of your daily value of vitamin C! What, whaaaaaaat!!!!! 
Check out this post for why you should crave vitamin C!
I like to mix this up when I feel a cold coming on or my allergies are kicking my tail! I also find that it gives me a fabulous energy jolt if I drink it post cardio workout. 
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I have had many people balk at my green mixes or whatever shade they might turn out that day. Then they smell it. Every one of them has walked away scratching their heads because the blast smells amazing! It has to with the aromatics of apples & strawberries. The point here is that people may look at you like they’d rather eat shoe leather than drink a blast but you know how delish it is.

I recommend you use the NutriBullet RX when you are making this recipe so that the nutrients are completely extracted by the blending process. 

 

If Heaven has food, this is what my bed will look like. It’s so fluffy and healthy! You can alter your spinach amount depending on how much room you have in the cup. Use no less than 1 cup of spinach per blast.

 

 

I found out very early on in recovering from ulcerative colitis flair ups that I do not break down iceberg lettuce without alot of pain so I switched to spinach. Spinach is without a doubt the only food that I can eat with absolutely no pain involved.

 

This particular grouping of ingredients completely fills the cup so make sure you tighten the lid extra tight to prevent spills.
In your cup, add:

  • 6 strawberries (minus the tops)
  • 2 small oranges (I use Halos)
  • 1/2 lg tomato
  • 1 cup spinach (packed)
  • 1 apple (red or pink are sweeter)
  • Water to the full line

You will be tempted to fill your cup with water to the top. Don’t do it! The water in your ingredients along with the water you added will overflow and be more likely to spew like a frozen and thawed out water bottle. 

 

After the Nutribullet Rx has done its magic, carefully remove the lid as the liquid will drip off the blade when its removed. I drink directly from the cup but you can pour it into a fancier cup if you want to.

 

Make sure you drink your Vitamin C Blast and any other blast fairly quickly because you want to get the most out of the nutrients you just extracted. Think about an apple and how fast the air starts to turn it and that is about how fast you need to drink. So, go drink up and enjoy your Vitamin C Blast!

 

Ingredient List:

 

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Healthy Hair: Vitamin C & D

I have a friend that I teach with who swears by Emergenc. You know what I’m talking about, the times a billion vitamin C packed effervescent tablet that you dissolve in water & drink to ward off a cold. She swears by the stuff & starts drinking it at the first sign of a sniffle or a ticklie throat. Her claim is that it shortens the cold & keeps it from getting too intense.

 

There may be evidence to back up this claim. Vitamin C, according to this WebMD article, is most notorious for its healing qualities. Benefits that interest my autoimmune community would be protecting the immune system.


What does this have to do with your hair? Vitamin C deficiency can cause hair to be brittle & causes it to fall out. When your body hits the reject button on food before it enters your mouth, like a crohn’s or ulcerative colitis patient, you become deficient in the vitamins your body so desperately needs to heal itself.

The trouble with Vitamin C supplements is that they can be harsh on the stomach & gut if you do not take a non-acidic supplement. My gut doesn’t need help misbehaving so I’m all about eating my Vitamin C. Check out my favorite Vitamin C Blast recipe.

The WebMD article goes onto state that the original amount that scientists thought was adequate is not & it advises you to take a vitamin C supplement if you don’t eat 9 servings of fruits & veggies per day. Lucky for you, I’ve included the foods you need to up your Vitmain C intake and avoid an extra supplement.

Remember, I am not a dr & I am doing my darndest to find food sources to replace supplements in my big ole box of pills. If you need a supplement, take it!

The following list was borrowed from DrAxe & contains many foods that I love to eat!

One of my absolute favorite foods to eat in salads or sliced as a snack is a fresh tomato. The tomato did not make Dr Axe’s list but it tops mine because of its heart health benefits & I just love the taste.

Two other foods that I love to squeeze into my water are lemons and limes, both high in vitamin c. My particular obsession is lime because it reminds me of junior high when I was introduced to the “lime squeeze” at Bucks Drive In. Oooooo, its soooooo good! Sonic ice + fresh squeezed limes + salt= Heaven

 

Vitamin D

I have been told off and on throughout my adult life that I am deficient in Vitamin D. It is very common for women to be deficient in Vitamin D and it tends to go hand in hand with ulcerative colitis.

 

Vitamin D benefits are outlined in this article found on Healthline.com.

If you do not get enough vitamin D, you risk bone problems, softening of bones, unexplained fatigue (and who needs that!).

You can tell by this list that the absolute best Vitamin D source is the sun so get out and play with your kids or take a walk. The winter months you will have to up your food intake since it’s cold out but there are days in Texas where you can still get good ole fashion sun in the winter.

 

My particular favorites on this list are tuna, eggs and mushrooms but I have never tried them all together.

 

I have always had an aversion to milk but I have found Fairlife and we will live happily ever after because it tastes so much better than milk without the lactose. I know the list says raw milk but Fairlife Whole Milk (the red bottle) has 25% of your daily value of Vitamin D. As far as vitamins go, your still getting a good amount from Fairlife.

 

Here is your fabulous Vitamin C & D shopping list:

  • Guava (never tried it but I will)
  • Red & Green Peppers
  • Oranges
  • Spinach (I replaced Kale)
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Raw Milk (I like Fairlife)
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Cheese (O yeah)

Its time to go shopping and enjoy your healthy hair benefits.
Don’t forget to add your other healthy hair vitamin A and vitamins B6 & B12 shopping lists!

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Product Review for Bissell ProHeat Pet Carpet Cleaner

Have you ever had your carpets professionally cleaned? The price is high and includes 3 rooms for the price of 2 or whatever deal they are luring you in with. About 5 years ago I paid a local company to come and clean our carpets, master bedroom, the living room and one extra bedroom. They did not move furniture, that cost more, and they didn’t get out the areas of wear that I thought would easily come out. It was $175 of hard-earned money for a job half done.

 

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I decided I would never pay a company to clean our carpets again. I did product comparisons on many different products out there but always came back to a Bissell that was pet specific. I bought a Little Green Bissell when my little puppy princess joined me after college and it is still kicking so I know that Bissell is durable and stands the test of time (or atleast 11 years).

 

 

 

I have to tell you that you really feel like an adult when you buy a carpet cleaner (or a toilet, we’ve done that recently too!)

My site’s settled on this beauty! The Bissell Proheat 2X Premier Full-Size Carpet Cleaner.

 

I without hesitation recommend this amazing carpet cleaner! It has been fabulous to have it available for any cleaning project I need it for. Because I don’t have to go rent it, this busy working mom can clean a room at a time and get that perfect clean without having to worry about being charged for an extra day or worrying that the professional won’t get the job done to my specifications.


My most frequent use is furniture cleaning. Our couches are getting old and have made it through 2 toddlers food stains and other kid stain contributions and every time I clean them, I am beyond pleased with the results and how extremely easy it is to get a professionl clean on my own.

 

I recently needed to spot treat our living room rug for ketchup stains after a movie watching “picnic” with the kids. I did not pre-treat the ketchup and it came out like a charm with only a few strokes of the pet stain tool. Yay!

 

I do recommend using the Bissell Pro 2X Deep Cleaning Concentrated Formula. It does the trick and the bottle has lasted me through 3 full house carpet cleanings and lots of random kid and pet messes.

 

 

 

Comment with your questions if you still wonder if the Bissell Pro 2X Deep Cleaner is right for you. I’ll answer you as soon as I’m finished using my Bissell Pro in our living room, so about 30 mins. Seriously, so easy to use!