4.30.2016

Easy Weeknight Dinner for Busy Parents : Baked White Fish with Lime

As children age, life gets busier. That is hard to explain, but I feel a lot busier now than I did when my kids were younger, and with me all day. Now when they get out of school, the evenings are short plus we have dance class, karate, ACRO, and scouts thrown into the mix. What gives with this type of  hectic schedule?

Time in the kitchen. We need quick and simple meals most nights these days. My children like fish. 

Easy Weeknight Dinner for Busy Parents: Baked White Fish with Lime



Here's a quick and easy recipe that is healthy for a weeknight.  One of my new favorite Young Living Vitality oils is lime. These are great oils for the kitchen. It's also my favorite vitality oil for my water, too. 

Baked White Fish with Lime

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
One onion
White Fish fillets such as haddock, cod, flounder, tilapia, mahi-mahi
Several sprigs of fresh cilantro
Salt, pepper
3 to 4 drops of Lime Vitality Oil (You can also use fresh lime, but the oil is more concentrated so you need to use more limes).

Layer onion in pan. Place fish on top.Sprinkle fish salt, pepper, lime essential oil and cilantro. Bake for 20 minutes. This fish can be served with vegetables and brown rice or used for fish tacos. For fish tacos, chop tomato, avocado, onion, garlic and a few drops of lime vitality oil to serve with the tacos. 

Lime Vitality Essential Oil



Lime Vitality Oil retails for $7.57 on the Young Living website. Member prices are less. For membership, read about this special offer. This YL branded essential oil is sold and marketed for culinary use. 

Editor's Note: Do not buy any Lime Essential Oil over the counter and use in this recipe unless is sold and labeled for culinary use. Other essential oils could be mixed with synthetic ingredients and are not safe for ingestion. I am a satisfied Young Living Member/Customer (2481355). I do not receive any special incentives for writing about Young Living, however, members are rewarded with compensation when sales or membership referrals are made. Any revenue made helps pay for the editorial on my blog and this blog is entirely curated by me, and I share what I like. If you purchase Lime Vitality, buy from my Beautycounter website or book a hotel room, I thank you for helping me support the HinesSightBlog business. I do not want to clutter my site with ads or write about things that no one cares about just to bring in dollars. 

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4.24.2016

New Innovative Diffuser Jewelry Line Scores Big on Style

About a year ago, my friend Katja Presnal with Skimbaco Lifestyle told me she wanted to develop a jewelry line to go with her new Enjoy Life business. Katja is quite stylish. I've been in her company in Toronto, Italy, and in my own home in Raleigh. She is Finnish-born and has a very elegant, and Scandinavian style. We are quite different, but yet we have many similarities, too.

Diffuser Jewelry Line that is Big on Style


When she told me she wanted to develop a jewelry line inspired by world travels and that could also be used as an essential oil diffuser, I scratched my head. I knew she would succeed because she is determined and she does everything well. However, one of the things that I think she loves about me is that I speak my mind, and I said, "I don't understand. Who wears essential oil on jewelry? What the $%^& is that? " She then sent me website after website links to jewelry for that market purpose that neither one of us liked.

There were tons of web links for aromatherapy jewelry that kind of all looked the same. I soon realized there was a market for this type of jewelry, but none of the styles available were luxe, stylish, curated with fashion in mind, or even a design that would appeal to someone who may not use an essential oil on a necklace. There was nothing like that at all in the marketplace. Nothing like that until now.



Fast forward a year and now Katja's new essential oil diffuser line debuted this month.  I was behind the scenes on the mock-ups and the packaging. She did it. Her new jewelry line is gorgeous. It's stylish with the latest fashion trends, and it's just simply luxurious.

The jewelry was designed by Deanna Cochran, who is an artisan jeweler out of Texas, and I've gotten to know her recently because she is in our Enjoy Life Oils Facebook group. Deanna is so talented, and took Katja's vision and ran with it.



Katja says this about the collection.

"When I think of my favorite products, they stand the test of time. I like to know what's trendy, but I still pretty much follow my own style. Jewelry designer @deannacochran shares this with me, and when we sat down to collaborate on the ENJOY LIFE jewelry collection, we wanted to offer pieces that are something you will want to wear for a very long time. 


We have a few pieces that are perfect for just giving the aromatherapy jewelry a try. This necklace is called Just One Drop because it only takes just one right drop to fall in love with essential oils."


Just One Drop Necklace by Skimbaco Lifestyle


You can shop all of Katja's jewelry line in her shop on Skimbaco Lifestyle. The entire collection is not out yet.  More is coming.  You can order any piece directly off your site. 

A SPECIAL JEWELRY OFFER

In celebration of Mother's Day and her collection, you can also get the One Drop Necklace with a Premium Young Living Oil Essential Oil starter kit.  This offer ends on May 5, 2016. 


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In partnership with the launch of this beautiful new jewelry collection, you can also become a Young Living member under my referral number (link here) and save 24 percent on all your future purchases. I love my diffuser and many of the products that Young Living carries. I have too many favorite things to name, but lately, I've become like Gwyneth Paltrow and use Thieves Essential Oil in a bath with Epsom Salt.  Thanks for the idea, Gwyneth!




The Essential Rewards program is where you really save in the long run. So, if you have been contemplating joining then now is the perfect time to do so because Katja will be sending the One Drop to our new Enjoy Life Oils members in our group. We have a great Facebook group, too. 

The Premium Starter Kit of 2016 includes:
Dew Drop Diffuser

Premium Essential Oils Collection; Lavender 5-ml, Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml, Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml, Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml, Frankincense 5-ml, Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml, Purification® 5-ml, R.C.™ 5-ml, DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml, PanAway® 5-ml
Stress Away™ 5-ml + AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
10 Sample Packets, 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards, 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
Product Guide and Product Price List, Essential Oil Magazine, Essential Edge, Member Resources
The products in the Premium Starter Kit and our free Mother’s Day Gifts pushes the value of this gift to close to $400 for only $160!!
Our free gifts:

– ENJOY LIFE designer diffuser necklace
– an amazingly helpful 400+ Page Essential Oil Reference Guide
– access to The Oil Nation & Mom Spark Oils & Skimbaco Enjoy Life with Oils FB group with all sorts of great info about using the oils and how to create this a business!

Sign up now

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below to take advantage of these freebies! Note: if you are signing up for mom as a gift, you will need her social security number.
1. Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information.
2. Be sure the “Wholesale Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices.
3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 2481355 (so that you can get your freebies). 
4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes because Young Living rewards members who refer others to become numbers with compensation. This is available to all members, and if you exceed a certain amount in compensation then the IRS wants to know about that. You can also get an EIN from the IRS use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes). They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.
5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit with Dewdrop Diffuser for $160.
6. You can also sign up for monthly Essential Rewards program that starts collecting you rewards points immediately. You get 10% back of each order the first 6 months, then 15% points and after a year in the program, you get 20% back in points towards free products. This is the best part of Young Living for product savings!
7. Go through the checkout process.
8. After you sign up, send an email to leighhines68@gmail.com letting me know that you signed up through this promotion.
IMPORTANT: This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #2481355 Also if you recommend this promotion to a friend (or group of friends) and they sign up too through this promotion then please let me know so that you can get credit for referring them. :)









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4.20.2016

#OutaboutNC: Ham and Yams Give North Carolina's Johnston County Bragging Rights

Do you remember that old Trisha Yearwood song, "The Song Remembers When"?  I feel that way about food and how it can trigger memories. I associate my vacations with what I ate while on my adventures. For example, I'll never forget this special trattoria in Italy that was just a few steps from our hotel where I had the best antipasti ever or the carrot soup I had in Ireland in a pub. My mind takes me back to the exact moment where I can relive those memories all over again.  Those experiences were more than 15 years ago and I can see the restaurant and the cuisine like it was yesterday in my mind. 

I remember eating my first country ham biscuit.  It was probably in my Dad's restaurant in 1976.  I have been a fan of Southern ham and biscuits since that time. 


Ham Biscuits at the Ham and Yam Festival in Smithfield, NC


For me, the "food remembers when", and apparently, I am not alone. In a survey released this week from the online company Miss Travel, revealed in a press release that "food is the gateway to a country’s people, history, and culture. Experiencing local, authentic cuisine while on vacation is a must"

Results revealed that 46 percent of travelers prefer to splurge on local cuisine rather than paying extra for airfare or accommodations. I may not fly first-class, but I still keep accommodations at a high standard because that is an important part of travel for me. If mama isn't happy in her hotel then no one is happy, unfortunately, but at least I am brave enough to admit it. Having an authentic meal or experiencing local activities could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and travelers are willing to pay the price. Food festivals like Oktoberfest in Germany or the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival have drawn millions of travelers seeking to engage in local culinary celebrations.


Smithfield, NC: Home to the Ham and Yam Festival the first weekend in May.


Smithfield, North Carolina's annual Ham and Yam Festival in May may not draw millions of people, but it's putting Johnston County's agriculture heritage and its local food in the spotlight. It's a chance for organizers to showcase the best of its Southern cuisine. Locals will be gathering in the picture book, Southern small town where they will eat, play, and socialize.



Quaint, Southern Homes in Smithfield, NC #outaboutnc


Johnston county, with quick access off I-95 in North Carolina, is the number one sweet potato producer in the U.S. 


Johnston County is the Number One Sweet Potato Producer in the U.S


Johnston County Hams, based in Smithfield, is one of the most famous ham producers in the world. It's known for its unique talent of curing ham using the same techniques as early colonists.  

The secret behind Johnston County Hams has been in the Brown family for generations. Curemaster, Rufus Brown, studied under his Dad, Jesse Brown, who made the ham famous across the world in 1967. Brown is growing the family company as it is making a name for itself in high-end culinary circles, especially as farm-to-table dining becomes a priority for today's millennials.


Lady Edison Ham is cured for 18 months.


Brown is co-creator of Lady Edison Hams along with Chapel Hill BBQ restauranteur, Sam Suchoff. Their partnership with sustainably raised hogs from the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Associations results in the production of a gourmet country ham. This pork masterpiece is aged about 18 months and is most like its counterpart in Spain with a taste more savory than salty.

Chefs on the East Coast are beginning to source Lady Edison Ham on its menu. Mateo in Durham features both Brown's Johnston County's ham and Lady Edison. Momofuko in New York City features this North Carolina product, and the restaurant list grows daily with more than twenty other ones serving the ham on its farm-to-table change with the growing season menu.




No doubt, ham is good with olives, fine cheese and it's even better in a biscuit. Add some sweet potato pie, yam smoothies, and you have a great meal and event. That's the hope of organizers for the annual Ham and Yam Festival held the first Saturday of each May. This will be the 32nd year that Smithfield pays tribute to its agriculture heritage.

You guessed it. There will be plenty of ham, BBQ, sweet potato pie, and much more as the town celebrates the importance of today's modern farming community.

Learn more about Johnston County attractions:
Visit Johnston County
Smithfield Ham and Yam Festival






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