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The Ultimate Spring Break Travel Checklist

Spring break season is finally here! Whether you are planning a road trip, hopping on a plane to fly across the country (or around the world), or just spending a weekend with your girlfriends in the next town over, it’s time to dust off your suitcase and start packing.

If you need some incentive...Southern Living has recently reported that taking a trip with your best gal pals can improve your overall mental and physical well-being. It can refresh you when you're burnt out on work, plus give you quality time with the people who you love most. Forbes reports that women who take advantage of vacation time are less tense, depressed or tired, and have even showed to be happier with their spouse.

If you are counting down the days until you can ditch the stresses of “real” life, the task of packing for a vacation can seem a bit daunting. Thanks to this ultimate spring break travel checklist, packing your bags doesn’t need to be so difficult. Keep reading to find out exactly what you need!

Beach Bag

Since most spring break vacations involve heading to the beach or, at the very least, spending some time hanging out around the hotel swimming pool, a nice beach bag is a must-have item. Set yourself apart from the crowd with an eye-catching monogrammed beach bag packed with all of the essentials.

A good sunscreen is a must for any vacation. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends going with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. It’s also smart to opt for a product that offers water resistance to ensure that your skin will be protected when you sweat or go for a swim. If you want to go home with a beachy glow, a high-quality self-tanner is great.

You’ll also want to load up your beach bag with your sunglasses, a reusable water bottle (make sure it’s empty when going through airport security!), antibacterial gel, headphones, and a book (Jesse's Girl) or e-reader. Don’t forget to throw in a pair of flip flops, too! While your hotel will have towels, you may also want to pack your own bigger beach towels, if you have the space.


The exact clothing you need depends on where you are going and what you are planning on doing. For most spring break trips, though, swimwear is a must. Browse these affordable favorite swimsuits and cover-ups to ensure that you’re ready for long days spent by the ocean or pool.

You’ll also need outfits that are appropriate for your other daily activities. If you are going somewhere hot, shorts, skirts, and lightweight t-shirts are always good options. You may also want to bring a dressy outfit or dress in case you decide to check out a nice restaurant. You can't go wrong with these chic and affordable sundresses on Amazon. 

For cooler destinations, you can’t go wrong with layers - hoodies and jeans. If you are planning any specific activities like hiking, horseback riding, etc., make sure you have appropriate apparel and footwear. Don’t forget about things like socks, underwear, pajamas, and accessories.

When you’re traveling, it’s generally best to leave your expensive and sentimental jewelry and accessories at home. For example, I have a fake wedding ring that I travel with. So, stick with inexpensive costume jewelry and versatile pieces that work well with multiple outfits.


Figuring out what toiletries to pack and what ones to leave home can be tricky. On one hand, you don’t want to arrive at your destination and not have a product that you need. On the other hand, though, you don’t want to weigh down your bags with your entire medicine cabinet and face problems with the TSA or have to pay overweight baggage fees at the airport.

If you are flying and plan on putting your toiletries in your carry-on bag, remember the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. All liquids, creams, gels, pastes, and aerosols must be in 3.4-ounce bottles or tubes inside a one-quart-sized clear, zipper bag. You are only allowed one bag per person. If you have products in larger bottles or tubes or need to carry more than you can fit in a single quart-size bag, your toiletries will have to go in your checked luggage.

Your exact needs may vary, but when you are trying to keep it simple, we recommend packing travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, moisturizer, deodorant, and face wash. Lip balm is a must-have, too. Stick to the basics for makeup, and bring things like dry shampoo, hairspray, and feminine hygiene products only if you use them regularly or will need them during your trip.

Bring your hairbrush, some hair ties, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Don’t forget to pack enough prescription medications for the duration of your stay. A basic first aid kit and medicines like Advil and Tylenol never hurt, either.


If you’re spending time at the beach, a waterproof case or pouch for your cell phone is a must. Make sure you have chargers for all of your electronic devices, as well as a fully charged portable charger in case you need to fuel up your phone while you are on the go.

When you make reservations for special activities, look at the FAQ section to find out if there are any items that you need to bring with you or if there are any wardrobe requirements. Taking the time to do this could save you from needing to buy gear after you reach your destination. Bring a zip-lock bag for your wet swimwear and clothing. You may also want to pack a few extra plastic bags. You never know when one might come in handy!

Good luck

Few things are worse than arriving at your destination only to realize that you left something important at home. While many items can likely be purchased at your destination, they tend to cost a lot more in tourist areas. You may also have a hard time finding exactly what you need when traveling internationally. Avoid the hassle and expense by using the list above when packing your bags for spring break.

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5 Easy Ways to Introduce Peanut Foods to your Infant

Introducing peanuts to your infant early can help prevent peanut allergies

Pediatricians and allergists recommend feeding small amounts of peanut foods to infants at the right stage of their development can have life-changing effects.

New guidelines encourage parents to introduce baby-friendly peanut foods between 4 to 6 months. I started feeding my boys almond butter and peanuts early too and thankfully neither have a nut allergy. 
Early introduction of peanut-containing foods can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy by up to 86%.

5 Easy Ways to Introduce Peanut Foods to your Infant

Whole nuts should not be given to children under 5 years of age. Nor should peanut butter directly from a spoon or in lumps/dollops be given to children less than 4 years of age.

1. Mix with water, formula or breast milk 

Thin 2 tsp. of peanut butter with 2-3 tsp. hot water, formula or breast milk. Allow to cool before serving. You can also use organic Peanut Powder. Try his three times per week. 

2. Mix with food 

Blend 2 tsp. of peanut butter into 2-3 tbsp. of foods like infant cereal, applesauce, yogurt (if already tolerating dairy), pureed chicken or tofu. 

3. Mix with produce 

Stir in 2 tsp. of powdered peanut butter into 2 tbsp. of previously tolerated pureed fruits or vegetables.

You can also try MyPeanut apple and peanut butter pouches for babies 4 months +.

4. Peanut snacks 

Give your baby a peanut-containing teething food, such as peanut puffs.4. Peanut snacks Give your baby a peanut-containing teething food, such as peanut puffs.

5. Teething biscuits 

Teething infants who are older and self-feeding may enjoy homemade peanut butter teething biscuits.

4 to 6 Months National Peanut Board Baby Clothing Line

The National Peanut Board has launched a new adorable line, “Size 4 to 6 Months,” designed to encourage and remind parents to better their baby’s health by introducing them to peanuts early.

These cute shirts and bodysuits are super soft to the touch and all proceeds will go to American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The collection includes 10 designs.

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I'm now an Independent Color Street Stylist

I'm excited to announce that I'm now a Color Street Independent Stylist!!👏

I swear I've always avoided affiliate sales, but I really am a fan of their nail strips that it only made sense. I've turned down so many other offers over the years because I just didn't feel passionate enough about the product.

After personally trying Color Street nail sets though, I quickly became obsessed!💅 I never would color my nails because of the expense and time of a manicure. Plus, I'd chip the paint within a day. Now, I apply these myself and they can last up to 14 days and I get sooo many compliments.

I tried gel, but that was also costly and left my real nails ruined and weak. Now, my nails have grown longer by wearing them. I even use the remaining strips in the set for my big toes as a statement color pedicure too. So fun!

I love that I can easily change out my look with the seasons and holidays too.

What are nail polish strips? And why do they rock?

  • 100% real nail polish, not stickers. 
  • Nail polish formula, with a base coat, color, and top coat all in one. 
  • Easy, one-step application for a brilliant, salon quality manicure in minutes. 
  • No heat or tools required to apply.
  • No dry time, smudges, or streaks. 
  • Chip-resistant, long-lasting color – up to 14 days! 
  • Less money than a manicure and faster too. 
  • Take off easily with nail polish remover. 
  • Doesn’t leave your nails weak once removed like other products. 
  • Comes with extra strips in case you need to re-do a finger. 
  • Big selection of solids, patterns, glitter (my fave) and French manicure strips. 
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Color Street Nail Strips after 11 days and still going strong - Tokyo Lights

Have you tried them? Here's how easy it is to apply:

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Why You Need To Use Color Street Nail Strips

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What to do in Cozumel Without a Shore Excursion

This was my second time cruising to Cozumel. The first time was with Princess Cruises and most recently with Royal Caribbean. The first time I booked an excursion through the ship and went to the ruins, but this time my friend and I decided to explore on our own.

About Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is Mexico's largest island, nestled just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean sea. It's mostly undeveloped, but popular cruise ship port of call famed for its scuba diving and beaches.

It's pretty safe! The drug-related crime in Mexico that makes the headlines is concentrated near the borders. Violent crime on Cozumel is rare. It also helps that it's not attached to the actual continent.

TIP: There isn't any need to exchange USD for Pesos as merchants will take cash or card. So, we only used credit cards and USD dollars, which they would convert for us with a calculator for us to see. This way we didn't get stuck with foreign money or coins when we went home. 

Things to do in Cozumel, Mexico Without a Cruise Shore Excursion Booked:

Exit the Port Gates 

Once you walk down the large pier, you'll see Bubba Gumps, Senor Frogs, Duty-Free shopping, jewelry stores and a large marketplace of wares. This is definitely fun to explore, but if you want better deals you need to leave this area. Even Hard Rock Cafe is outside the exit gates, past the taxi lines.

Note:  We are two young-ish women and we felt perfectly safe leaving the port area in the afternoon just the two of us. Neither of us speaks Spanish either.

Walk to Mayan Plaza 

Once you exit the gates turn right two blocks, cross the street on your left and you'll see an outdoor restaurant serving $1 cerveza (beer) and lots of fruity drinks. On the other side of this restaurant is the start of the colorful plaza filled with souvenir shops selling blankets, ceramics, silver, replica bags and much more. There is also another tequila store at the end.

Pose in front of the other Rainbow Cozumel Sign

Besides the brightly colored walls in the Mayan Plaza, which had me in Instagram heaven, the best part is seeing actual Mayan ruins in the back and posing in front of the rainbow COZUMEL sign in front of the building. There is a similar sign by the port as you can see in my top post image, but this one is less visited and offers the additional historic significance.

Dive into a Fish Spa Pedicure

Also in the same plaza, you will see what looks like a bunch of aquarium tanks with chairs above them. This is a fish spa. It's popular in Europe, but not allowed in the States. Basically, you sit in the chair, the staff cleans your feet and then you plunge your bare feet into the tank full of little small fish called Garra rufa or "doctor fish" because they eat away dead skin found on people's feet, leaving newer skin exposed.

Sounds weird? It is, but it's also fun and better than any scrub I have ever used. I tried the experience in Barcelona and in Prague before and I know some have argued the cleanliness of this practice since it's not regulated, but whatever. Each time my feet have never felt so baby smooth after and the only side effects suffered was being tickled by the fish as they feasted on my calluses and dead skin. It doesn't hurt, it just feels like the fish are swimming and rubbing up against your feet. 15 minutes for $30 USD.

Tequila Tastings

Within walking distance of the pier, you will see several shops offering free tastings. Our favorite with over sixty different flavors is Chile Tequila. The storefront is inside the covered bazaar area. Coco and Peanut Butter Tequila were surprisingly delicious. The staff was very friendly and they took credit card too.

I've been told no matter where you buy tequila though to watch them wrap your purchase so they don't do a bait and switch with the cheaper stuff. We didn't have this problem, but we heard other locations doing this scam.

If you can still stand ... you could go to several of these spots, but for all the samples you drink you are expected to at least buy a bottle or travel size portion to take back home. Once you board the ship they will confiscate any liquor purchased, but it will be returned to you on your last day.

Chocolate Factory Tour 

Follow the signs to the taxi terminal and hail a ten-minute ride to Kaokao Factory from the pier. Make your own Mayan Chocolate from scratch! Discover the bean to bar chocolate making process inside this little great chocolate factory in Cozumel. All along the tour you will try the different flavors of the Cacao during its process (Rosted cacao beans, cacao paste and our product line) and the Mayan drink made with the original ingredients.

Each intimate 90-minute tour starts on the hour (09:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.) and costs $25 US dollars per person. Since they are a small factory, space is limited, which is why they request online reservations with pre-payment. Regardless if you have a tour booked, you can still visit their Factory Store for chocolate souvenirs.

Get a Baloon Hat at Senior Frogs

Cheesy, a tourist trap, whatever you want to call it, it's fun. We sat at the bar and drank a very large daiquiri in a souvenir cup, and enjoyed watching the different ways the staff entertained everyone like by balancing beer on their heads. They also played a name that theme song game and I answered the very first song, which was Sex and the City lol. I thought I was just going to get bragging rights, but instead, they had me come up on the stage and take a free shot too.

We requested one of the balloon hats for each of us and we weren't the only ones walking back on board with these silly hats. It's free, just tip the balloon maker.

It's not cheap, but groups of all ages seem to congregate here and it's a fun time.

Find Your Own Last Minute Tour

The minute you get off the pier you will be bombarded by "Free Information" booths and people with flyers offering tours to beaches, snorkeling and to different hotels on the island. These are typically cheaper than the cruise offerings, but of course not protected by or affiliated with the cruise. This can be a risk, but in Panama and Cancun, we did one of these without incident.

In the Dominican Republic, we simply went up to one of the taxi drivers and asked how much for 5 five hours exclusively and he then took us to different Rum, Chocolate, Cigar and beach spots privately for only $100 and with four of us in the van.

Ride Over to San Francisco Beach

Playa San Francisco is known for its clear, calm waters featuring boat & jet ski rentals and seaside cafes & pubs.

Beaches on the eastern side of the island are rocky, and the water is often rough, but they’re beautiful and feel much more undiscovered than others on the island. Northern coast beaches, north of San Miguel, tend to be popular with families with kids, since the water is calm and shallow. Limestone “iron shore” beaches are top spots to go snorkeling -- just make sure to wear water shoes.

All of the beaches on Cozumel are public, but that doesn’t mean they’re free. Technically, the use of the actual beach is free, but many impose cover charges that apply toward your bar or beach club food tab.

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Tips for Cruising on Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas

The 4,560-passenger Independence of the Seas from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is an impressive ship with LOTS to do and experience. Here are some tips and highlights to consider for your sail.

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas VIP Cruise Tips

Consult the Interactive Map

By the last day, I always know my way around a cruise ship. Fortunately, instead of having the standard map signs, the Independence of the Seas has interactive touch screen maps near the elevators. You can select a particular venue or even enter a stateroom number and a of steps on how to get there will appear. Genius!

Ask Your Steward for a Robe

Robes aren't automatically in your cabin, but you can request a terry cloth RCCL robe from your steward for the duration of your sail. Loved wearing it out on our balcony.

Don't Miss the Evening Piano Show at the Schooner Bar

After our 8 p.m. dinner, we headed to the Piano Bar where we cozied up right by the gleaming grand piano and sang along to favorite tunes. More talented guests (I can't sing), would also come and join the host for a duet providing for even more fun. We had so much fun that we ended up staying till 1:30 a.m. There were two different pianists/performers, and I wish I remembered his name, but the silly one with props and curly hair above was my favorite.

Bungee Fun on Sky Pad 

Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad℠ - a bungee trampoline experience that brings it a step further with VR. Whether you’re smashing candies in a sugar-coated world or traveling light years into the future — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a whole new universe of possibility.

Have a Water Slide Race & Go Surfing

These water slides aren't just for kids. Race a friend or significant other and plunge down the blue or yellow tunnels on THE PERFECT STORM℠ dual racer slides Typhoon and Cyclone.

While fun to watch, I didn't brave the FLOW RIDER surfing stimulator, especially after seeing some of the wipeouts. I just don't have the skills, lol.

Snag Tickets for the Ice Show at Sea

Held in the Studio B rink, the ice-skating shows -- which rotate between Freeze Frame and Strings -- can't be missed. Tickets are first come, first served, you should get them early. Royal Caribbean's daily newsletter will inform you when tickets can be picked up on your cruise.

Although, we were able to catch an afternoon show on the last at-sea day without a ticket and there were still extra seats available. I couldn't get over the fact that there was an ice rink there on board. Unfortunately, two of the performers fell, but they are on a moving ship after all.

Attend the Champagne Art Auction 

On the first at-sea day there is a Champagne Art Auction with free flutes of champagne and other chances to win more goodies like free art, books and even a bottle of champagne. You don't have to be a serious art collector to enjoy this lively and educational experience. I managed to control myself this time, however, I have bought before from the Park West gallery.

Another way to score some free Champers is on the first formal night in the promenade on Deck 5 during the captain's dinner, waiters will be passing out flutes of bubbly. I may or may not have drunk two ;)

Bring Your Own Wine Onboard 

You can bring personal wine onboard on boarding day only, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom, not per person. No beer or hard liquor allowed though. Do not put the wine in your checked luggage or it will be confiscated though. Instead, have it in your carry on. I actually was able to bring in two bottles of Champagne and a mini bottle of Prosecco without any problem. However, when we stopped in Cozumel and I purchased some Tequila as gifts, they were flagged and taken when we re-boarded the ship, and returned to us the evening of our last day to put in our luggage. The same goes for on-board Duty-Free liquor purchases. Also, open your personal bottles in your room and not in public areas, otherwise you will incur a $15 corkage fee per bottle.

How to Always Remember What Day it is

Simply check the elevator floor. Yup. Each day they switch out a piece of the elevator carpet to read the current day. Be the first to point it out to your friends ;) I kept wanting to go to the elevator banks at Midnight to see this happen, lol.

Go Here to Escape the Pool Crowds 

The main pool and adult pool is packed on at Sea Days since that is where most of the activities happen and where TV screen is. To escape the crowds, head to Deck 12 aft. Below the FlowRider surf simulator, there's an unfrequented deck space with lounge chairs overlooking the back of the ship.

Shop Along the Promenade 

Deck 5 is like the Times Square for this ship with bars, specialty dining, music, the complimentary Sorrento's pizza place, Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor, Sugar Rush candy store and shops from Duty-Free, Michael Kors, a jewelry store and more. I splurged on this Valentino Handbag and a pair of shorts. It's tax-free at least. This strip is quite stunning and jaw-dropping as I felt like I was in a floating mall.

Splurge for a Balcony Cabin

It's so worth it. Really. I loved waking up each morning and breathing in the salty air. I didn't have to worry about second-hand smoke here either so opted to read and sunbathe on my private ocean view balcony instead.

Pack a Badge Holder & Towel Clips

Once you set sail there isn’t any need for a wallet or purse since all purchases can be made with your Sea Pass, which is also your room key. Thus, it’s important not to lose it, which is why you’ll see many passengers wearing theirs around their neck with a lanyard. The cruise line doesn’t provide the lanyard, but Passenger Services desk will gladly punch a hole in your card for you to attach to your string. You can always buy one in the gift shop on board or from one of the merchants at the boarding port, but I prefer to get mine ahead of time and one that matches my style ;) like this rose gold one.

Also, while towels are provided by the pools and sun decks, you are on a ship and it gets windy, so be prepared to have your towel keep slipping, falling for flying away unless you have towel clips. I was surprised by how many guests came with their own from flamingos to margarita designed ones and I was quite envious. Next time.

Oh, and the two power plugs were not enough for my gadgets, which is why I brought in a Cruise Power Strip with USB Outlets and extra plugs. This particular one includes Non Surge Protection & Ship Approved. I take it on all my cruises.

Overall Thoughts on Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas 

I have sailed over 20 times on various cruise lines and it’s hard not to compare and contrast. Below is what I liked and didn’t like in comparison to other ships.

What I liked...

  • It's definitely an impressive ship.
  • Internet was by far the most reliable and fastest service at sea that I’ve experienced on Disney and Princess. Reasonably priced packages too. 
  • Dining Rooms were modernly furnished and quite contemporary, even the buffet had an upscale feel to its design. 
  • Quality of food included in your sail price was excellent. 
  • Variety of water slides, surf simulator and splash area. 
  • An ice show at sea? Come on, that’s pretty spectacular. They also have Grease the musical. 
  • The fitness center is quite large and thankfully offers an amazing unobstructed view of the ocean with treadmills and elliptical machines facing out toward the windows. If that’s not motivation right there, I don’t know what is. 
  • The royal promenade of shops and restaurants on deck five with high ceilings gives guests the feeling as if they are on a floating mall. It’s quite impressive and exciting. 

What I didn’t like...

  • The amount of secondhand smoke. I expect to smell smoke in the casino or designated smoking rooms, but there were many smoking areas up on deck that made lying out or just walking by the pools quite unpleasant. 
  • The beds/mattresses were stiff and not as comfortable as Princess Cruises.
  • I felt there was a constant upcharge for most services where guests were nickel and dimed, definitely not an all-included offering like with other ships. Yes, specialty dining fees are expected, but it went beyond that. 
  • The price for drinks and cocktails weren’t as reasonable as other lines. 
  • Only one movie channel – that rotates two programs each day. I know, you’re not supposed to spend time in your cabin, but I’ve always enjoyed getting caught up on new releases while away in the downtimes.
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CBD Guide for Moms - Hemp Beauty and Wellness Products

CBD Oil drops for a better night's sleep

I don't know about you, but it seems CBD or hemp extract is everywhere lately. From health food stores to corner markets. Personally, I wasn't sure of what to make of it, but I did my research and have since experienced the overall health benefits. I'm now totally onboard.

CBD Won’t Get You High

CBD does not cause the feeling of being ‘high’ that is often associated with cannabis and does not have any psychoactive side effects. That high is caused by THC, which is in marijuana only. I, of course, would never suggest THC cannabis for parents or guardians.

However, because CBD alone will not make you feel intoxicated, it is a great option for parents or anyone else who do not want to compromise their mental clarity while looking for a natural remedy to pain, anxiety and depression.

No More Pharmaceuticals 

50 million people a year are prescribed Xanax, but CBD is a more natural alternative to deal with stress, anxiety, and many other ailments and without the unpleasant or dangerous side effects of pharmaceutical drugs or opioids. CBD has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anticonvulsant properties that down-regulate stress signals in your body. This includes anxiety, inflammation, and of course, pain.

A growing number of people are also using CBD products to assist in recovering from depression.  In some instances, CBD may offer non-toxic, virtually side-effect free, natural benefits for individuals who want to avoid or reduce the number of pills they are taking.

Like my love for Coconut Oil and other natural remedies, I believe there are CBD products out there that can make life better for the whole family and your improve your wellness routine.

CBD Guide for Moms - for better sleep, wellness, beauty, selfcare, sex, pain relief products and more

CBD Hemp Beauty and Wellness Products for Moms 

For Your Morning Coffee or Tea

Fast-acting, water-friendly Azuca CBD Low-Dose Simple Syrup ($10.95) combines revolutionary science, plant-powered wellness & culinary inspiration to hemp CBD infused products. A teaspoon of their Simple Syrup in your coffee in the morning will start your day off great.

I've been stirring in this cane sugar solution into my cup of tea each day instead of honey. Patent pending Azuca Technology helps your body absorb CBD faster, by transforming them into a water-friendly new form, which skips the lengthy trip through your liver to take effect in a groundbreaking 2 to 15 minutes. And unlike oil it won't sit on top of your cuppa, but will mix easily. Also great for cocktails.

For Better Sex

FORIA Awaken ($48) is touted as a natural arousal lube with CBD & Kava designed to be used topically on your lady part area for sensual enhancement, deeper orgasm, increased desire, improved lubrication, heightened awareness and full body relaxation. Um, sign me up!

It's the first intimate massage oil for women formulated with broad-spectrum CBD, and a blend of natural botanical essences and aromatic oils.  This multi-aphrodisiac formula enhances tactile sensation and pleasure while decreasing tension, discomfort and dryness. All-natural and organic, it is made of 8 plant-based aphrodisiacs, broad-spectrum CBD, organic coconut oil....and nothing else. It has a rich chocolate and mint aroma and independently lab tested for purity THC-free.

I liked how it doesn't feel greasy like typical lubes and it's great knowing it's natural. It also smells really nice and was fun to use with my partner, definitely spiced things up. It's lickable, vegan and gluten-free too. TIP: Spray at least 3 to 4 times per encounter.

"With Awaken, everything felt incredible...I felt each sensation and touch was intensified, and I was more relaxed than I have been in a long time...Wow! 10/10." -- Broadly.

For Easing Menstrual Cramps

CBD can be most effective when cramping starts, or even before that, to help prevent runaway inflammation and pain. With FORIA Basics Suppositories in 100% Organic Cocoa Butter ($72) experience the soothing, tension-melting effects of pristine broad-spectrum CBD. Each suppository delivers 100mg directly to the area that needs it most. Basics Suppositories are formulated for relief during your period, or for local muscular relaxation and inflammation relief. Free of solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides, no additives, preservatives or THC.

TIP: Store in the fridge for even greater relief.

For PMS and Migraines 

You can also take a pill and I don't mean Midol -- Maxine Morgan, a CBD company focused on helping to relieve Period Cramps + PMS symptoms. Their Flow Formula ($18)  is boosted with natural ingredients like CBD, turmeric, and ginger that show promising results and most importantly is a safe alternative to over the counter pain relievers. Orally consume 2 capsules once you start feeling symptoms and it works quickly within 20-30 minutes and provides relief for up to 8 hours, improving moods and cramping too.  Good for headaches and migraines as well.

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For Glowing Skin

How cute is this bottle and their logo? Revitalize and Repair Daily CBD Facial Serum Gold Edition oil ($95) is not for oral consumption, but for your face to revitalize and repair skin. Lather on this fast absorbing, vitamin-packed CBD oil for a healthy glow. Enriched with full spectrum 350MG CBD hemp oil, essential vitamins, powerful nutrients, and potent antioxidants to moisturize skin, fight acne and redness. Other natural ingredients include MCT Coconut Oil, Apricot Oil, Aloe Vera, Sunflower Seed Oil and Lavender Essential Oil.

For Aches and Pains

If you workout, are a runner, have minor arthritis or just the aches and pains of age, apply Life Elements Ache & Pain Relief CBD & Honey Stick ($20-$68) with the added superpower of full spectrum, hemp-derived CBD grown organically in the U.S. Available in 200-500mg dosages.

Apply directly to loosen all those knots from your neck, back, rotator cuff, tennis elbow, tendonitis, calves and anything else that aches. Like with BENGAY or Tiger Balm, you’ll feel a slight warming and cooling sensation to help relieve achy muscles and inflamed joints while treating your skin with their Pure Bee Goodness™ blend of beeswax, honey, propolis, royal jelly and pollen. Also available in non-CBD (but I recommend CBD!) Cruelty-Free, NO Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Lanolin, Preservatives,
Parabens, Phthalates, Fragrances or Dyes!

For Daily Wellness and a Goodnight's Sleep

You can't go wrong with a CBD Oil, BUT don't settle for just any kind.

RevitaOil Pharmaceutical-Grade CBD Oil is the product that made me a fan of CBD in the first place.

My friend who suffers from anxiety told me that she started putting two drops of CBD oil under her tongue at night and was sleeping so much better and feeling calm overall. I was skeptical, but after a few months of hearing even her husband say he noticed the difference in her, I thought what do I have to lose? Nothing.

I purchased their smaller bottle to try it out and experienced the same relief. I was sleeping faster and waking up refreshed. I've since tried other inexpensive oils found at a local smoke shop, but have returned to Revitaoil, it tastes better and I believe in the integrity of its premium ingredients. It is 100% natural and zero high.

Highline Wellness has premium CBD drops ($69.99) 500mg available too that I liked and would highly recommend. It has a nice mint flavor too and sleek packaging. It's also reasonably priced for the quality provided. 

Or try the female-founded Rosebud CBD's high-quality 700mg hemp oil ($95) Rosebud doesn't have any additives or flavorings, so this oil has a hemp taste that while pleasant, it's not minty fresh like Highline or RevitaOil. The dosage is also stronger. 
Rosebud CBD Oil

If you're an Amazon shopper like I am, try White Cedar Naturals 100% raw and organic hemp CBD oil 600mg ($49.99) in Cinnamint flavor. Made with a wonderful blend of organic cinnamon & peppermint extracts for a smooth intake. Great for feeling chill and in lieu of ibuprofen. Great value for this dosage too. 

FYI I did NOT care for +Plus CBD oil, which was cloudy and didn't produce any results for me. 

For a Pampering Facial 

Topical CBD offers natural anti-inflammatory properties which assist in plumping up the skin as well as suppress breakouts by regulating oil production and to treat skin disorders like dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema. 

Home treatment Mantra Masks ($15) are ALL-natural and made with the finest ingredients - peptides and all the good stuff that hydrates, plumps, and firms. They have five different masks to chose from that focus on specific tasks like after sun care, blemish, anti-aging, repair, and collagen. 

For on the Go Relief

Highline Wellness CBD Hemp Chews ($34.99) are not only colorful and tasty but pack a healing punch with each bite.

These small-batch premium Chews are the perfect way to get all natural CBD throughout the day, for on-the-go relief and travel. Take 1-2 gummies as needed. Takes up to 30 minutes to activate. Each gummy contains 10mg of full spectrum CBD.

I found the effect pretty instant. I felt relaxed but still productive and not sleepy, so it's perfect for the day time. I also ate two before getting my permanent makeup applied, and it really helped me calm down about the procedure. Bonus, they taste good and has no after taste.

For Athletes & Recovery 

HERBSTRONG offers a popular oral aid for athletes and fitness enthusiasts that is great for pre and post-workout recovery.

Their full Spectrum Hemp Oil Recovery Drops ($65) are Extra Strong for overall body relief, recovery, and relaxation. Take a daily dose twice per day to promote relief and recovery throughout your entire body. Designed with strength and effectiveness in mind Simple, organic, and vegan ingredients.

For Pets

Yes, pets can benefit from CBD too, especially older pets or those with anxiety. Fish or meat flavored hemp oil can simply be added to their wet food to provide join relief.

Our vet prescribed Prozac for my senior cat who was overly grooming due to anxiety, but I couldn't get behind giving pills to her. I've since tried CBD oil and she seems to be much better off, naturally.

The HERBSTRONG collection includes Strong Paws Full Spectrum Recovery Drops ($30) formulated specifically to help treat most discomfort and pains for your furry friend.


For Perfume and Pain

Another 100% Plant-Powered, nonaddictive Pain Relief topical solution is Elixicure's Lavender Pain Relief Roll-On ($30) essential oil. With 100mg of CBD, temporarily relieves minor aches and pains associated with Sore Muscles and Joints, Strains, Bruises, Sprains, Aches, and Arthritis.

It's small enough to fit in your purse or keep on your desk and available in a pleasant lavender scent instead of the typical menthols.

For Sustainable Clothing 

prAna Cozy Up Pant is made from a hemp/recycled polyester fleece blend. It’s super soft and did you know that hemp is a sustainable crop that can be used to create soft, vibrant clothing? It has a short life cycle and is anti-microbial too.

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