General, Holistic, Mom

Elderberry Syrup (Psst! You can buy it here!)

If you ever been sick, run down or not feeling 100% yourself, then you need Elderberry in your life.

I’ve currently opened my small side business in making elderberry syrup. All syrup is made with organic elderberries and local Florida honey. I am currently taking orders for 8oz. & 16 oz. jars. If you would like a different size please contact me and we can work it out. All orders are made to order (fresh). Please allow 1 to 2 days for processing and shipping. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Shipping is included in the cost at checkout.

Black Elderberry As Medicine: How Does It Work?

Black elderberries are full of antioxidants, a characteristic many dark-colored fruits and vegetables share. Antioxidants help the body in dealing with free radicals we come into contact with in our environment, as well as assisting our immune systems.

Studies have also shown that black elderberry stimulates the immune system by increasing lymphocytes, a part of the immune system that fights disease. This helps in fighting off cold and flu viruses.

Black elderberry has been shown to aid in fighting off the flu virus in other ways as well. The flu virus, under a microscope, has spikes that project out from it, and with these spikes, it pierces the wall of healthy cells in order to reproduce. Black elderberry, when taken into the body, has the ability to flatten the virus’ spikes, rendering it incapable of reproducing and preventing the body from getting the full-blown flu virus.

Elderberry extract appears to be the best method of getting the benefits of elderberry during cold and flu season. Apparently, your grandma’s elderberry cobbler won’t give you the same benefits.

If you’d like to purchase some Organic Elderberry Syrup you can do so below. Shipping is included in the cost of the item. Questions? Feel free to shoot them my way.

Elderberry Syrup 16 oz

16 oz Elderberry Syrup (Organic)


Elderberry Syrup 8 oz

8 oz Elderberry Syrup (Organic)


Debt Payoff, personal finance

Debt Payoff Check in!

So here’s the Debt Payoff Checkin for finishing up January!

I fell of the wagon, especially with eating out. We did horrible in that category! But February is another month. I have an upcoming car repair coming up so that will slow down my snowball but at least I don’t have to charge it! Ok so let’s get to the nitty gritty. How much debt did I pay off in January? (FYI this is the first time I’m seeing this too so…. ahhhhh…)

Total Debt Balance FEB: $24,127.01

Total Debt Balance JAN: $23,968

So how did my debt go up, even though I paid some things down? Well my student loan was on hold because of the grace period once your out of school (what is it? 3 months?). So all the accrued interest on my student loan finally kicked in and showed in my account. We’re talking $976 dollars worth. I think for the time being I am going to take this student loan out of the equation. So let’s start the debt pay off with only credit cards.

That would mean for January my total CC debt was: $14,968

Starting February with a total CC debt of $14,151.01

Not bad. Paid off approximately $810.

Let’s try harder in February, even though its a shorter month and I have a car repair to budget for.

How was January for you paying off debt? I’d love to see everyone’s progress and check ins! Let’s be each others accountability partners!




Those of you that don’t know, Poshmark is an online site (kind of like Ebay) where you can post your clothes, shoes and accessories and sell them. Well having three kids, and even with passing clothes down from one to the next, I have TONS of clothes that I am so over having. Clothes my kids don’t wear because “it itches”, “I don’t like it”, “It’s too big. It’s too small”…. you get it. My youngest doesn’t wear girly things, its not her thing. So all the dresses and skirts from the middle one, DONE. (And my middle one is super girly, my youngest one, not so much.)

Well having a garage sale is one option, but when its chilly out or you don’t have the time to set up and manage a garage sale (and have people request you sell all your clothes new or not for a quarter, yes a quarter, you read that right… 25 cents) you post them on Poshmark, Ebay or even Facebook Marketplace (people will try to get things for free on there too.) So I’ve posted a bunch of things on there but now I’m tired of them being in my house too.

So I am having a huge POSHMARK SALE! All items above $10 are now $10. Anything that is marked less is still that price. Bundle all your interested items and send me an offer. (The amount of your items X $10) and I will accept. I’ll even discount shipping, that’s how tired I am of this pile of clothes in my house. Shipping is quick. I will get it out within a day to you (unless I get bombarded with orders then give me a day or two….please?)

Feel free to follow me on Poshmark and share each others closets and clothes. 


Work/Life Balance

So I’ve come across an interesting post by Forbes, 14 Signs Its Time To Leave Your Job. I will post the 14 reasons here, just in case you do not feel like reading through their entire article.

  1. You lack passion.
  2. You’re miserable every morning.
  3. Your company is sinking.
  4. You really dislike the people you work with and/or your boss.
  5. You’re consistently stressed, negative and/or unhappy at work.
  6. Your work related stress is affecting your physical health.
  7. You don’t fit in with the corporate culture and/or you don’t believe in the company anymore.
  8. Your work performance is suffering.
  9. You no longer has a good work/life balance.
  10. Your skills are not being tapped.
  11. Your job duties have changed/increased but your pay has not.
  12. Your ideas are not being heard.
  13. You’re bored and stagnating at your job.
  14. You are experiencing verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or are aware of any type of other illegal behavior.

Can you relate to any of these? Have you been in a position before where you feel you have fit into this criteria and decided to leave? How did you know it was the right move for you? Did you regret it? Were you glad you made the move? I am SO curious to hear from you regarding your experience with this topic.

There is so much going on in my life that I don’t know which way is up anymore. There are a lot of goals I have set that I hope to accomplish this year, most of them financial. But of course I cannot burn myself out just to get there. There’s the old adage, “The grass is greener where you water it.” Do you believe that be to true?


Girl Scout Cookie Season!

Just in case you are craving some Girl Scout Cookies, I’m just going to post this right here. Having 3 girl scouts in my home it gets SUPER crazy some years making sure everyone gets to their booth sales and walks around and fairly sells an equal amount of cookies. Then if I need to buy to make it even, that’s what I do. But here’s a link in case you are in the mood for some and would like to help support the Girl Scouts. Click here to place an order. My understanding is that shipping has become better this year. And thank you for supporting the Girl Scouts & MY Girl Scouts. 

personal finance

Investing with Stash

Have you heard of Stash? It’s a great way to play with investing without making HUGE commitments or even having to learn about different investment types. You can even use Smart Save which monitors change in your bank account to help move it into Stash for future investments. You know…like when you used to come home and empty your pockets of all your change and dump into the jar? This is a great alternative to saving for retirement. Plus you get to learn about different types of portfolios, investments and you can move your money around how you please. If you sign up using this link, you will get $5 to start your investment journey. They even have an app for Android and Apple users. I have Auto Stash on and plan on investing in many different portfolios in the future. The return is great so far (mine is at 10%) and I’m sure it will continue to grow. Give Stash a try today.


Air Fryer

How good are air fryers?

So I heard all these great things about air friers. A co-worker of mine said she loved hers and could make more foods in hers using less oil, making food more healthier. So being on Keto, I thought to myself, “I have got to try this!”. So I went out to my local BJ’s Wholesale and purchased the one pictured above. It was on sale for $60, which I thought was a good price.

Let me tell you! I came home and I made everything I could think of to make in there! First I started with frozen chicken wings that I had planned on making. Now you’re supposed to thaw them before you put them in there but my kids were STARVINGGGG (we all know this scenario). So I pre-heated it, got the bag out threw it in there, cooked it for 25 (give or take) minutes. MMMM, MMM, MMM! All I did was salt them a little bit and they were crispy and so yummy! They were soooo good. The next morning I made bacon. Then I made donuts (out of crescent rolls dough!) (Hint: Follow me on Pintrest to see the recipes I’ve saved for Keto & Air Fryers)

The ideas are endless! It is a quick dinner fix and I’m sure I’ll be able to team my AirFryer up with my Instant Pot!

Do you have an AirFryer? Would you consider getting one? What are you favorite recipes for your AirFryer? Leave a comment below.