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Sun Breeze Essential Oil

2013 August 26
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by Lucinda McNeil

It all started on a camp trip about 10 years ago. I had a nasty noisy nose, full of congestion and a friend of mine, Fernando, said “try this” and he handed me a small yellow glass bottle of essential oil- he said “it’s very strong so be careful”- I dabbled a drop on my finger and he was right! Very strong stuff, rubbed in to my temples NOT in my eyes (it will burn if you get it too close to the eyes), like a mini massage,  rubbed it on the back of my neck and amazingly it opened up my congested nose, I had to have a box of tissues nearby… within a few days I was feeling much better and have not gone without my SunBreeze since that time. Try it, or comment on it if you have used it. This is not a medical claim, simply a good technique for a natural remedy for nose congestion. Just so you know, this is a product that I distribute as well.

I took the  information below from the Sunrider website regarding a wonderful product:


You won’t find anything comparable to Sunbreeze® Oil on the market. That’s because it’s formulated by owner expertise for quality and safety. It’s a great product to use when introducing people to Sunrider, because you can have a refreshing experience by massaging a few drops to your neck, muscles or temples.

Sunbreeze® Balm & Oil can soothe muscles. Both feel cool and refreshing and are ideal for overall rubdowns.

I want to know, do you a favorite natural remedy for congested nose? Post your comment below and let me know if you’d like sample of this oil shipped to you!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2013

2013 May 6
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As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, there’s one thing we, moms, know for certain… We need more than one day a year to focus on ourselves, like we did before having those beautiful little angels of us. Besides quality time with the family, we are sure mom would be thrilled to received any of these pretty little things.


Help mom keep her skin healthy and young-looking with this highly effective anti-aging serum and skin vitamins bundle. **
ProDermagenix Beauty Bundle, $129.95

We’re loving this demure pale pink, perfect for the office or a day of running errands (because we run errands in style too).
Cole Haan Mary Jane Platform, $398

It’s mom’s time to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Make it extra special with a personalized candle.
Scented Spa Candle, $29.95

This will become an everyday staple on mom’s wardrobe **
Alma & Co. Chelsea Necklace, $70

These charming, bone china measuring cups stack together in the shape of an old-fashioned milk bottle.
Anthropologie Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, $24

Nothing means more than something made from your children. Turn a children’s drawing into the perfect card for mom.

** Stay tuned for a review and giveaway in the following weeks.

Got Peanut Butter?

2013 February 14
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by Lucinda McNeil

Looking for a creative way to use that peanut butter in your cupboard.

If you are seeking a creative use of peanut butter and your oatmeal is boring here is what you can do.

Make your oatmeal, add a tablespoon per serving- you will be amazed!! at the flavor it adds.

Sweet Treat for your Special Valentine

2013 February 11
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by Lucinda McNeil

Last week I had the privilege of meeting one of the founders of Fairytale Brownies, Eileen.  She was excited to be in their 21st year of baking brownies for a living!!! Was this all she ever did?  No, Eileen went to college, earned her degree, worked in corporate america before deciding to “jump ship” and sell brownies as gifts. These are the most moist delicious Belgian chocolate brownies I have ever tasted!  They use only a perfect center cut. You might be wondering what they do with the edges: they tried selling them, it was a disaster, instead local ice cream parlors use them as toppings. The brownies are individually packaged in four sizes now:  3 x3 inch square brownies, smaller morsels and sprites are half the size of the brownies. The newest size is a Fairytale BAR size!  the perfect size, in between the sprite and the brownies.

I mostly love the story of how they named their product:  Brownie in the dictionary definition can also be an elf. The fairytale is that they don’t have calories.. we KNOW they do- and what a treat! worth every single calorie. Eileen’s dream is that every person has had at least one fairytale brownie in the whole world. Quite a dream. I am here to let you know you NEED to try one of these. Grab a coffee or milk and enjoy. I love these so much!!! If you want to order one or many!! contact me, Lucinda McNeil.

Pumpkin Cookies with Mexican Chocolate

2013 January 3
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by Lucinda McNeil

These cookies are the BEST thing I have ever made!   They are chewy, yet crispy on the edges – especially when you allow them to bake the entire 15 minutes per batch. They taste like fall, the orange and the cinnamon, then the hint of chocolate – and nuts-   the finish is the pumpkin flavor, very subtle and they even have fiber because I have modernized this recipe so it includes almond flour and oats.   If you are wanting gluten free, try it with specialty flours, just be sure the cookie dough is the correct consistently – I was able to achieve this by adding rolled oats.  Your kitchen will smell heavenly!

Pumpkin Cookies with Mexican Chocolate

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl:

3/4 cup flour, sifted
3/4 almond flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oat, quick cooking or old fashioned
Mix and sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda, stir in oats and set aside.

Mix “wet” ingredients in a mixing bowl.

3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
1 tablet mexican chocolate, about 3 ounces, chopped up
3/4 cup of your favorite nuts, walnuts or pecans work best
1 teaspoon orange peel, grated.
Cream the sugars with the butter and spices, beat in the egg.  Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin until thoroughly blended. Stir in chocolate chunks, nuts and orange peel.  Drop by Tablespoon on greased cookie sheets.   Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Roasted Beet Salad – Delicious and Easy

2012 December 27
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by Lucinda McNeil

This recipe takes about an hour and 15 minutes from start to finish- its worth it! Especially if you are looking for recipes with beets and kale.


For the Roasted Beets
2 pounds medium red, golden and striped beets, scrubbed
extra virgin olive oil, to coat
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper




Cherry Vinaigrette

1/4 cup dried cherries, reconstituted in 1/4 cup red wine vinegar for
30  minutes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1 cup kale leaves, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds, shells off)
1/3 cup crumbled  cheese, you can use feta, goat or crumbled cheese of your choice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

To roast beets: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay our a large sheet of foil on top of roasting dish and spread beets across evenly on the sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and
pepper. Top with another sheet of foil and crimp to seal the edges. Poke holes in the top to allow steam to escape. Place in the oven and roast until beets are tender, takes about 40 to 50 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove when tender. Allow to cool in the foil pouch before loosening the skins and discarding(use a wet paper towel)
Quarter beets and place in a large bowl.

To prepare the cherry vinaigrette drain the cherries and rough chop. Wisk together the vinegars and cherries while slowly drizzling in the olive oil to lightly emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. For the Salad toss the warm beets with the cherry vinaigrette. Add the kale, pepitas, crumble cheese and mint. Continue to toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

2012 December 21
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by Creative Chick

Last minute shopping? Still need some gift ideas for your loooong list of friends this Holiday season? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’ve handpicked some of our favorite items and we think you’ll love them too.

Lashem All-in-One Beauty Rehab $144

Alma & Co. Mabel Necklace $125.00

Fairytale Brownies Holiday 2-Box Tower $44.95

BeautiControl Margarita Instant Manicure $28.00

Have a favorite product we didn’t include? Mention it in the comments below and tell us why it’s on your Christmas list!

How Does Your Pen Write?

2012 November 19
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by Lucinda McNeil


Recently I picked up a new pen. The pen was labeled “ MaxGlide stick” by Hub.  It is a simple cap off plastic pen with blue ink. The new buzz word for an easy writing ink pen is that it glides with no smudging or leakage.  Who wants ink on their fingers?  Writing should be an easy task, so we invent pens that make it easy for us.   Especially if I needed to take notes quickly. I can see the purpose of this pen for others who answer several telephone calls per day and  who take notes for several hours.  The ink did glide smoothly.

However, the pen was more interested in letting the ink out albeit was easy to write with the inexpensive glide pen.  I much prefer the steadiness of a seasoned higher end ink pen that is weighted and made of metal verses plastic.  A pen that makes me feel important and special.  A nice pen is not used unless words to paper are important.  The decision to select a pen worthy of writing is a decision to communicate with another. It causes the writer to slow down and pensively write with a more legible stroke.  Which one of these styles of pens fits your lifestyle?  I think its possible to have different pens for different applications, thus the result –   writing instruments have once again raised to the top as a gift item and a promotional product.  Some may say that  a dog is man’s best friend. I say a great pen, a useful stylish pen is man’s best tool.  Don’t they say the pen is mightier than the sword?

Stylish Ways to Rock a Turtleneck this Fall

2012 November 9
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by Creative Chick

While pulling out some of my winter clothes I found several turtlenecks from last year. In my effort to be more frugal, I’m thinking of stylish ways to wear them. After looking around for some inspiration, here are three ways I’ll be wearing my turtlenecks.

What do you think of my outfits? Are you sold? Your styling tips are greatly apprecitated :)

Who’s creating Wednesday? Amy Maschue

2012 November 7
by Creative Chick

This week I’m completed delighted to feature one impressive gal, Amy Maschue, of She is a VERY talented lady. I think you’ll really love her feature!

A little bit about Amy: A mom of six (ages 9 mos to 10 yrs) and a certified speech-language pathologist. With the birth of my 4th child, Amy realized that continuing to work as a therapist would be difficult considering child care. She cut her hours back significantly and needed to look into ways to make up for that income. She had decided not to “refresh” her maternity and breastfeeding-post baby wardrobe and instead made an undershirt with a large U cut out of the chest area. In that way, she says “I could have access to the nursing bra that fit me best and could then wear any shirt in my closet, making it breastfeeding-friendly. Another mom at the park noticed my undershirt was covering my back and belly as I nursed my new baby and asked where I had purchased it. I told her I made it. She told me that she’d buy one and she thought many other breastfeeding moms would love the idea.” At that moment, Modest Middles was born!

1. Why is creativity important to you?
Creativity is important to me because it keeps me energized. I have ideas all the time that go nowhere, but I have to go through the process of figuring out how they would be made or would work, how I could make them for a reasonable price, etc. I love thinking of fun games for my kids’ birthday party theme as much as for business reasons. Modest Middles has been really rewarding because it came from my own creative solution to a need I had.

2. What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I love that my company is home-based. Our sales are primarily over the internet as I can’t yet do the footwork required to get out and sell in the retail brick and mortar stores. I love that I can fill the orders before I pick up the kids from school and then have one of the big kids bring in the packaged orders to the post office. It’s a great small business lesson for my kids.

3. What’s a typical day for you?
I am up early to do any business that I need to do before the noise of my family makes that difficult to do. My husband and I get the oldest three kids off to school and he goes to work. I am at home with the three little kids. As I get time in the day, I answer emails, post on our Modest Middles blog, Facebook and Twitter, etc. Once I put the baby down for his nap, I fill orders. I put the packaged orders in the car and pick up the kids around 3pm. We hit the post office to deliver the packaged orders after errands/sports/clubs and then head home for homework, dinner and bedtime.

4. How has being a parent changed you?
I used to be the person that color-coded, organized and pre-planned everything. Those skills have come in useful with six kids, but I’ve also learned that I’ve got let some things go and go with the flow to preserve my sanity. Parenting is harder than I thought and because it’s my most important job, I’ve got to keep in mind that this might not be the season in my life to do certain things. I have realized that multitasking is not a claim to fame if you don’t do any of the tasks well.

5. Your favorite…

Family activity? Family gatherings (usually involve going to Church, having some food, then swimming or playing)
Place to shop for you? Target or Walmart
Place to shop for your kids? Target or Walmart
Three blogs you follow?,, Disneyfamily (
Website? Fox News Channel
Person to follow on Twitter?
Item of clothing? A comfortable pair of shoes
Color of lipstick? Pumpkin spice
Style icon? I would love to dress like Heidi Klum. (Of course that would require a body like her too=)
Room in the house? Master bedroom-It’s supposed to be my refuge.
Book? Suze Orman books
Movie? Anything funny!
TV Show? Reality shows-especially competition shows- Top Chef, The Voice, Shark Tank, etc.
Guilty pleasure? Bravo’s Real Housewives
Escape? Window shopping anywhere.
Stress relief? Going out with my husband or friends/sisters

6. Words of inspiration to other creative chicks?
Keep going. When you encounter an obstacle, look at it and see it for what it REALLY is. Often then it’s easier to figure out how to get around it.

Comment love for our creative chicks is always appreciated :)

p.s. Know someone creative who you’d like to see featured?  Nominate them by sending me their info (name, email, website) and 200 words or less about why you’d like to see them featured.  My email: creativechick2011 {at} yahoo {dot} com.

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