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Foodie Friday: Minute Mug Cake Recipe (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free)

#FoodieFriday: Minute Mug Cake Recipe (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free) from Beeyoutiful.com

#FoodieFriday: Minute Mug Cake Recipe (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free) from Beeyoutiful.comSometimes I just need a little sweet treat, something that doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen or firing up the oven in the middle of the summer swelter.

Using a single serving recipe like this one means it’s simple to make, cleanup is minimal, and perhaps best of all, there’s not an entire cake lingering for days and tempting me to over-indulge!

This mug cake recipe is easy enough for a child to make, ready in mere minutes, and made of nourishing ingredients that don’t make me feel guilty or sick afterward. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and contains no refined sugar, making it suitable for many diets, including paleo.

Minute Mug Cake Recipe

Choose a LARGE microwave-safe mug (or even a glass 2-cup measuring cup) and add:

  • 1 Tbs butter

Melt in microwave for about 30 seconds. Swirl melted butter to coat the sides of the mug.

Add to mug:

#FoodieFriday:  Minute Mug Cake Recipe (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free) from Beeyoutiful.com

This is why you should use a LARGE mug!

Stir wet ingredients with a fork until egg is thoroughly beaten. 

Then add to mug:

  • 1 Tbs coconut flour
  • 1 Tbs almond flour
  • 1 Tbs cocoa powder
  • pinch cinnamon 
  • pinch salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • up to 3 Tbs milk or water

Stir well to incorporate fully for a smooth cake batter texture.

Microwave on full power for 90 seconds. (Depending on its power, your microwave may take a bit more or less time to bake your mug cake.) The cake will puff up and then settle down as it cools.

#FoodieFriday:  Minute Mug Cake Recipe (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free) from Beeyoutiful.comEat your cake straight from the mug while it’s warm, or invert on a plate. If you want to make this simple treat even more decadent, top with fresh berries (or a fruit sauce), nut butter, whipped cream or ice cream (in the winter, maybe even snow cream!).

This recipe is open to many variations; I’ve used carob powder instead of cocoa, coconut oil instead of butter, and maple syrup or rice syrup instead of honey. You could add a sprinkle of chocolate chips on top of the batter, or stir in some sliced almonds for a little crunch. Try it out and let me know how you personalize this recipe to suit your own tastes!

Meet the Beeyoutiful Team: Rosanna Hulson

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.com

We’re always so glad to get to know our customers better, and learn a little about what’s important to you! We’d like to show you a bit of our own lives, too, and help you see what goes on behind the scenes at Beeyoutiful. Today we’re talking with Rosanna Hulson, one of our newest team members! 

Rosanna at workWhat are you in charge of at Beeyoutiful?

My job is super fun: I get to play with our makeupblog about our makeup, make videos about our makeup, and chat on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about our makeup! Keep an eye out on Pinterest, I’ll be making some boards about our makeup, too!

What do you do every day?

I usually get up (that one’s tough), drink coffee, eat breakfast… oh you mean besides all the usual human stuff? To prep for blog posts and videos, I tinker around with the makeup, experimenting with techniques and creating new looks. I research of-the-moment looks on various makeup artist websites, and I talk to connections about their specific makeup needs and questions. I’m always keeping my eye out for new and innovative support products for our makeup line. I also contribute to the Beeyoutiful team by offering my opinion on various daily operations like planning sales, putting together various marketing strategies, and suggesting new makeup products.

What can customers count on you for?

I’m always up for a fun chat about makeup techniques or product questions!

Rosanna Hulson from BeeyoutifulSkin.comWhat do you do to support your own health?

I love to work out at our local YMCA, then spend some time in the soothing steam room afterward… no phones allowed! I also have a strict no-working-after-dinner policy, so that evening time is set aside for family time, connecting with my man, and recharging myself.

When you’re not working on Beeyoutiful projects, what’s one way that you enjoy spending your time?

My husband Rob and I have two busy little boys who are always moving and leaving a wake of destruction and joy in their path, so I’m usually playing with them and cleaning up after them. Jude is five-and-a-half, and Maxwell is three-and-a-half (the half is very important, don’t you know). When I’m not actively parenting them, I’m lying on the couch trying to get some of the aforementioned work done while I incubate our third little boy, Desmond. He’s due to join our family in October (hurry up, Autumn!).

Leave a message for Rosanna in the comments below, and find her all around the internet with BeeyoutifulSkin on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  See her blog posts here, and meet the rest of the team here

Meet the Beeyoutiful Team: Tal Ewing

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.com

We’re always so glad to get to know our customers better, and learn a little about what’s important to you! We love to give you peeks behind the scenes here too. Today you’ll get to know Tal Ewing.

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.com

What are you in charge of at Beeyoutiful?

Working at a small business like Beeyoutiful means that we all make contributions to several areas of the business. I spend the majority of my time supervising the ordering, shipping, and receiving of all our products. I also produce our sales reports that let us know how our business is doing.Tal Ewing from Beeyoutiful.com

What do you do every day?

Every day is interesting here at Beeyoutiful. Some days you will find me talking to our manufacturers and staff about our products. Other days, I’m focused on creating reports that will help us keep up with the business side of things, or I’m helping our team plan our sales and marketing strategies. And every day, you will find me working with our team to troubleshoot problems that invariably pop up along the way.

What can customers count on you for?

My goal is to make sure that we make available the best products to our customers for the best price. If one of our products is ever out of stock, know that it simply means we can’t currently meet one of those criteria. Sometimes, a product is delayed because an essential ingredient didn’t pass our quality testing, and sometimes we have to discontinue a product for a time because it becomes too expensive for us and our customers.

What do you do to support your own health?

My main health struggle has always been my allergies, so I try to be proactive in keeping them under control. I try to take one of our BerryWell products at the first sign of an itchy throat or runny nose. I’m even learning to like some of the herbal teas that my wife Mary makes for me when I’m sick. I downed a ton of red raspberry tea this winter when I had a cold, and it helped tremendously. I also try to stay active by working in the yard or garden and chasing after the kids.Tal Ewing from Beeyoutiful.com

When you’re not working on Beeyoutiful projects, what’s one way that you enjoy spending your time?

I’m learning to farm. In fact, that is one of the main reasons I’m working at Beeyoutiful. We wanted to move to Centerville so that we could enjoy a simpler, rural life with and work with friends. So, along with our co-worker Jeff and his wife Michelle, Mary and I have helped create a garden and raise pastured chickens. We are even going to grow out a few turkeys for the holidays!

Leave a message for Tal in the comments below, and be sure to stop by Duck River Naturals, Tal and Mary’s own online store. Meet the rest of the team here

Meet the Beeyoutiful Team: Mary Ewing

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.com

Welcome! It’s time again to go behind the scenes at Beeyoutiful. Today we’re visiting with the irreplaceable Mary Ewing. 

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.com

What are you in charge of at Beeyoutiful?

A little bit of everything! For the last few years, my job has heavily revolved around Customer Service, but lately I have switched hats and have started focusing on new product development and marketing! I have loved loved being so involved with Customer Service and interacting with our customers, but I do have to say the new products and marketing are amazing.

Mary Ewing from Beeyoutiful.com

Mary Ewing from Beeyoutiful.com

What do you do every day?

My days change up a lot too because I am also a mom of five little kids! Most days, I try to get up and work a few hours before lunch, and then after lunch while the kids are doing rest time. But usually I stay up late working while it is quiet in the house. I am thrilled we are getting an office building large enough for me to be at with the kids. So my days will probably change. My husband, Tal, works managing inventory and shipping, so occasionally when I need to be hands on or dedicated time to write, we trade off and he works from home with the kids.

What can customers count on you for?

I love to interact with customers and help answer questions and even with my slight switch in focus with my job, will still be available to do that, so keep emailing me! I love getting to know our customers. You can always count on me to take your product suggestions into consideration as I help plan out new products, education information on health, and working to make sure your experience in the Beeyoutiful Family is a good one!

What do you do to support your own health?
My health journey started about 8 years ago as a nurse who totally discredited holistic techniques. But my son’s health was not responding to conventional treatments and I was desperate. I had met Steve Tallent in Russia when I was a teenager and reconnected with him and Steph about the same time. Over the next few years, their gentle sharing of lifestyle modifications that had benefited their family seemed to leak into my life too. As I made baby steps (and am still making baby steps), I have seen remarkable changes in our family’s health.

I recently felt like I hit a plateau in my health and have taken a step back, gotten some bloodwork processed to assess the foods that are causing inflammation in my body, taken some time off those foods and added in foods and supplements to heal my gut at the same time. I am feeling better than ever and looking forward to continuing health!

When you’re not working on Beeyoutiful projects, what’s one way that you enjoy spending your time?

I love gardening, spending time in nature with my kiddos, knitting, reading, cooking…..and a lot of other things. But am hoping to very soon move on to our own small homestead. We have dreamed of this for about 6 years and although we are able to do some at our rental house, it will be amazing to have our own place to develop generational legacy.

Leave a message for Mary in the comments below, and see her view on the world on Instagram. Be sure to visit her online store, Duck River Naturals, for her own selection of momma-approved items. You can read her Beeyoutiful blog posts here, and meet the rest of the team here

Foodie Friday: Sparkling Cherry Limeade (No added sugar!)

#FoodieFriday- Sparkling Cherry Limeade Recipe (No Added Sugar!) from Beeyoutiful.com

#FoodieFriday- Sparkling Cherry Limeade Recipe (No Added Sugar!) from Beeyoutiful.com I’ve had a craving for a sweet, fizzy drink during these warm (and getting warmer!) early summer days, yet I want to avoid the high fructose corn syrup-laden options available at the drive-in burger places. Liquid Stevia Extract is the perfect drink sweetener and makes a wonderful alternative “soft drink” at home.

This version of Cherry Limeade is not tooth-achingly sweet like the commercial version, but it’s still delicious and refreshing. I think it’s quick and easy enough for a child to make.

I plan to try this basic recipe with other juices too; I think cranberry-lime could be tasty, or strawberry-lemon, or maybe pomegranate-blood orange for more exotic twist. Let me know in the comments if you make a variation, and how it comes out!

#FoodieFriday- Sparkling Cherry Limeade Recipe (No Added Sugar!) from Beeyoutiful.com Sparkling Cherry Limeade Recipe

fresh juice of one lime
½ cup cherry juice
10 drops Liquid Stevia Extract (regular or vanilla)
1 cup plain mineral water or club soda
ice cubes

Into a pint glass, squeeze the juice of one lime. Add cherry juice and 10 drops Liquid Stevia Extract. Add mineral water and ice cubes to fill glass. Stir to combine.

Lime and cherry juices are both tart, so take a sip and add more stevia, a couple drops at a time, and stir to reach desired sweetness level. Makes 16 ounces.


A Hill for Men (NOT) to Die On

A Hill For Men (NOT) to Die On from Beeyoutiful.com

This information was originally printed in a slightly different form in our Fall 2008 Catalog

A few years ago, I turned half a century old. Our family celebration was thoroughly Cajun style, with “blackened” everything: streamers and balloons, over-the-hill signs, even a cake noir. My son presented me with a pair of “old man” Velcro shoes, while my sisters provided rotten false teeth and a cane. One especially caring card announced that the time had come for regular colonoscopies.

A Hill For Men (NOT) to Die On from Beeyoutiful.com

The significance of my age milestone was not lost on my wife. As I’ve come to realize about most loving wives and their husbands, she worries more about my health than I do. Not long after the party, she and I enjoyed some quiet moments one evening on our deck, reminiscing about backpacking trips through the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park two decades earlier.

“You know,” Nancy spoke into the darkness, “your birthday cards joked about old man diseases, but you need to take good care of yourself so we’ll still be healthy enough for backpacking when we get the chance again.” Naturally, my first reaction was to point out that I’m still in much better shape than she is, so I’m not the one to worry about. But to leave it there ignores a small part of me (and every aging male) that can cause big problems if not managed correctly.

GLAND AWARENESS

While men have carried a prostate gland around all their lives, most have little idea what it does for them (and arguably for their wives too). A walnut-sized gland situated just below the bladder, it wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. It produces a fluid that is a major ingredient in semen, while defending the genital and urinary tract against infection. You may have seen the prostate diagrammed at some point as part of the male reproductive system, but as a back-stage player, its function is much less exciting than some other components in the array.

Great. So, the prostate is an unsung hero of things male. What’s that got to do with turning 50? Well, when a man reaches middle age, his hormones change, causing the prostate gland to grow. And its proximity to the urethra can cause problems, kind of like how a python causes problems for small animals! The expanding gland can constrict the urethra and make bad things happen like:

  • Frequent urge to urinate (or difficulty in doing so)
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Dribbling of urine
  • Difficulty having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.

These problems can be caused by prostate inflammation or infection (prostatitis), enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), and/or cancer. Health-gloom-wise, prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women. The second leading cause of cancer death in men, 90% of cases go undetected until it is untreatable and has spread to the lymph system (most men don’t worry about their health, remember?).

This disaster is just waiting to happen in most adult males. By age 50, 35% have developed some cancer cells in the prostate. The result is that 97% of all men will be affected with some manner of prostate problem at some point in life. The typical solution is surgery. Yet even in successful cases the outcome can be, shall we say, unhappy.

The two big “I” words, incontinence and impotence, happen every year to a large contingent of the 400,000 American men who undergo prostate surgery. Unfortunately, the drugs most popular for treating the ailments are similarly ripe with dangerous side effects. But then, the alternative to treatment is pretty dangerous, too: lethal, in fact.

NEW TWIST ON AN OLD PRESCRIPTION

The discouraging facts about my potential health could make a man my age wonder if thoughts of future backpacking adventures are nothing more than pipe dreams. But taking care of the inner piping is possible!

While the prescription for good health is familiar (maintain an active lifestyle, eat a nutrient-rich diet, and take high-quality supplements), there are a number of elements in this typical health recommendation that especially benefit prostate functioning.

Exercise

Sedentary men are 30% more likely to get prostate cancer and 40% more likely to have BPH, a non-cancerous condition. The same stats apply to highly stressed men. Both experience low levels of glutathione (an antioxidant produced inside the body and induced by exercise) in their cells, a situation that lowers the body’s resistance to cell and DNA damage.

Sitting for long periods also pinches nerves in the vertebrae that transmit messages from the brain to the prostate. This reduces the flow of fresh blood to the gland, allowing toxins to build up. Prostate-specific exercise can free up nerves and blood flow. And routine outdoor exercise adds a winning touch, since Vitamin D, essential to prostate well-being, is manufactured naturally by the body when exposed to sunlight.

Diet

Foods rich in antioxidants, the cancer-fighting wonders found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, are crucial. In addition, lamb, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, and oysters and other shellfish contain zinc, an important mineral for prostate health and replacement of seminal fluid.

The Weston A. Price Foundation (an organization committed to education about natural, healthful eating) encourages the use of raw milk from grass-fed cows. It’s high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) for powerful protection against cancer of all types. If raw milk is not available, whole (not low-fat) organic milk can be a good second choice.

Excessive caffeine or alcohol should be avoided since both are immune suppressors. And contrary to some dietitians, processed soy products have been linked to increased prostate cancer risk and should be avoided. Although soy manufacturers often brag that Asian men (who eat a lot of soy) demonstrate a low incidence of prostate cancer, they don’t point out that soy mostly consumed by Asians is fermented into healthful tempeh or miso, very different from the processed Americanized form. Regular consumption of meat substitutes, energy bars, and protein shakes made with soy can mean a person ingests 100 times the level of soy intake considered safe.

Supplements

Only a few supplements directly improve and maintain prostate functioning, and none better than Beeyoutiful’s Clinical Strength Prostate Health. As men age, the body’s ratio of estrogen (yes, the female hormone!) to testosterone increases, but Prostate Health contains Stinging Nettle Root Extract to counter the effects of excess estrogen production. Many cheaper health products use only the stems and leaves, not the root of this herb, which renders it significantly less effective.

That ingredient is only the beginning. The complete rundown on what Clinical Strength Prostate Health delivers is impressive.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) supports normal urinary flow and calms inflammation. Berries from the saw palmetto plant, which grows in the southeastern United States, are used to inhibit production of an unwanted form of testosterone suspected of contributing to enlargement of the prostate. “Bargain brands” use a powdered form of the plant which does not perform as well as berry-based formulations like Beeyoutiful’s. Clinical Strength Prostate Health, in fact, contains an especially high percentage of healthful fatty acids. And while saw palmetto’s blocking of the enzyme responsible for prostate enlargement can cause another enzyme to kick into high gear and make estrogen, the stinging nettle root in this formula counter-balances this tendency.

Pygeum, made from the bark of an evergreen tree found in the higher elevations of Africa and used by the natives for centuries for what they call “old man’s disease,” enhances the saw palmetto/stinging nettle combo, facilitating urination and helping the bladder empty completely.

Pumpkin seed oil is high in four free fatty acids and is now considered as vital to prostate health as lycopene.

Lycopene, the natural pigment that makes tomatoes red, has been shown to slow or even halt the advancement of BPH.

Zinc offers an anti-bacterial effect to help stave off genito-urinary infections. (In prostatitis, zinc levels are only one-tenth of those in a normal prostate.) Men are more vulnerable than women to having low zinc because they lose that particular mineral in every ejaculation.

Vitamin B6 supplements the zinc and stinging nettle in regulating the enzyme which makes “bad testosterone.” B6 helps control inflammation of the bladder and counteracts the development of prostate tumors.

Clinical Strength Prostate Health offers all-in-one prostate protection. If someone you know isn’t already taking it by the time he turns 50, add a bottle to the gag gift pile. The name will fit with one of the “kind” cards he’s certain to get, and the pills are just the color you’d want: basic black. This is one over-the-hill gift to keep on giving so men can enjoy celebrating not only 50, but 60, 70, and beyond.

Greg WebsterGreg Webster is a freelance writer, homeschooling father of eight, and owner of The Gregory Group advertising, marketing, and design firm. He and his family enjoy natural country living near Columbia, Tennessee.

PROSTATE EXERCISE

Stand and take a few deep breaths. Exhale until all the air is gone from your lungs. Without breathing in, suck in your stomach, pulling it up as high as possible into your chest. Use hands to help lift it and squeeze your sides as well. This reverses the negative effects of gravity, which is constantly pulling down on your organs, with the prostate gland at the bottom of the heap. Feel the muscles in the lower back and side tighten. Then relax and inhale. After a minute or two, repeat.

If you notice any pain (very possibly your prostate), do this exercise 10 times throughout the day. You’re likely to feel some soreness after the first few sessions because toxic blood trapped in the prostate area is now moving out, irritating the surrounding tissues. Stick with it, and within days there should be only a feeling of relief and refreshment after exercising. Three to four sessions a day is a good maintenance routine.

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils from Beeyoutiful.com

We’re often asked about how to choose, use, and care for an essential oil diffuser, and we want you to have the information you need to make a great decision! Here are the answers to many of the questions you’ve asked us over the years. 

Why choose an atomizing diffuser instead of one that uses heat or water?

The nebulizing diffusers that we recommend use only cool air to naturally atomize the essential oils without damaging their molecular structure or powerful therapeutic properties.

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils from Beeyoutiful.comSome aromatherapy experts suggest that the beneficial chemical compounds in essential oils (especially the cold-pressed citrus oils) can be altered and damaged by heat. Heat-based diffusers also tend to have a limited coverage area and offer scent alone, rather than the full range of aromatherapeutic benefits found in most essential oils. The heated molecules that do make it into the air tend to be larger and are usually filtered out in the nose rather than passing through into the body.

We choose to offer nebulizing diffusers because they are very efficient, capable of covering far more cubic feet than the water diffusers. The added humidity from water diffusers is typically undesirable, unless you reside in a very dry area and need the extra moisture in a targeted area.

How often should I clean my diffuser?

With regular daily use, you might want to clean your diffuser once a week or so. If you notice a decrease in output, or have been using an especially viscous oil, you may need to clean more frequently. If you intend to not use your diffuser for an extended period or are packing it away for storage, you should always clean it first.

Do I need to clean out my diffuser when switching oils?

Unless you want to make a point of diffusing only one scent at a time, you do not have to clean out the diffuser or empty the bottle when switching.

How should I clean the diffuser atomizer on my Breeze?

Quick clean: Simply diffuse Lemon or Orange essential oils (they’re natural cleaners!).
Deeper clean: First, unscrew the atomizer from the bottle and disconnect from the tubing and air pump ( never submerge the air pump!). Submerge the atomizer nozzle in either hot soapy water or rubbing alcohol for one hour. If you see visible clogs, you might try gently loosening it with a small pointed tool such as a safety pin. If any residue is left after soaking, run rubbing alcohol through the diffuser very briefly (about a minute or so) in a well-ventilated area to help loosen any leftover residue. Let the atomizer dry thoroughly before reassembling and once again diffusing essential oils.

Does the specific oil used affect how often I’ll need to clean the diffuser? 

Yes! Some oils are thicker than others and, over time, can gum up the diffuser’s passageways. Oils that are more resinous, such as Myrrh, can build up faster than a more slippery, quick-diffusing oil such as Eucalyptus. You will probably have to clean out the diffuser more often with the “stickier” oils.

How fast do essential oils diffuse?

There is no clear answer to this question, because it depends on many factors, including the viscosity of the specific oil and the rate of air flow in the diffuser. Output will also vary somewhat with oil volatility, humidity in the air, and ambient air temperature.

Can I add water or carrier oils to the diffuser to help extend my expensive essential oils?

NO. If you are using a nebulizing diffuser from Beeyoutiful.com, never diffuse essential oils that have been mixed with anything else! You can diffuse a combination of essential oils, of course, but do not add water, carrier oils, or any other liquid.

If you want to extend the diffusing power of a bottle of a more expensive essential oil, consider pairing it with a more economical kind (such as Eucalyptus or Orange) to stretch it a bit. Of course, make sure the fragrances are compatible!

Water and oil do not mix, and our nebulizing diffusers are not built to diffuse the two together.

Carrier oils are great for “carrying” the essential oils across the skin in topical uses, but the natural composition of carrier oils is much different than that of essential oils and they should never be diffused. Carriers are typically made up of less refined liquid waxes and fatty acids, rather than being a single true distilled oil in the way that most essential oils are. The heavier chemical structure of carriers such as Almond or Jojoba Oil does not lend itself to diffusion and inhalation, and will result in a damaged nebulizer and a sticky mess in the air and on surrounding furniture. (You would probably not disperse a can of non-stick pan spray into the air in your home!)

How large an area can my diffuser cover?

The Breeze can cover 1500 square feet of open area. If your home is divided into smaller rooms, you will likely need to move the diffuser around for best coverage.

Will it hurt my diffuser if it runs when the oil bottle is empty?

No. Because there is no heat involved in the oil reservoir, it won’t be damaged. However, we recommend that you do turn off the machine when not in use, to extend the life of the air pump.

Is there a timer? How can I make it intermittent?

The Breeze has no internal timer; however, you can plug the diffuser into an external appliance timer (available at hardware stores) that then plugs into the electrical outlet.

Will I get the most benefit from my essential oils by running the diffuser intermittently, rather than continuously?

The answer depends on your objective. For example, if you’re diffusing Eucalyptus to attempt to kill mold spores in a problem area, or you’re trying to “fumigate” an enclosed space against spiders and other creepy crawlies, then non-stop diffusing for several hours (even a day or more) can be beneficial. If you’re looking for aromatherapy benefits, or to freshen the air in the home, then intermittent is ideal.

Is it safe to diffuse essential oils around children and pets?

Some oils are very kid-friendly (see some suggestions here), and others are decidedly not. Some essential oils are extremely toxic to animals. Please consult a reliable essential oil reference book (here’s our recommendation) or a certified aromatherapist about the specific oils you have in mind, always taking into consideration age, current health issues, and medications when choosing oils. You’ll need to consult an animal-centered resource to see what’s appropriate for your pets.

How readily available are replacement parts for my diffuser?

We keep some replacement parts on hand; please contact us to confirm what we currently have in stock. We do not carry plastic tubing for the Breeze, but it is easy to find at hardware stores.

Product Comparison

Breeze

  • Pros: Durable, sturdy, hard to break (kid-friendly!). Travels well. Inexpensive. Long run time when drawing from a full bottle. Quieter than some diffusers. One year warranty.
  • Cons: Requires a stand (included, fits .5oz bottle, also included) for the oil bottle, or else be careful not to knock it over. No built-in timer.

Aromis

  • Pros: Built-in timer. Sleek, classic design.
  • Cons: Includes delicate, breakable components. Higher price.

We’ve done our best to answer frequent questions based on our own years of experience using diffusers in our homes. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please give us a call at 1-877-623-3968 or email customercare@beeyoutiful.com and we’ll do our best to help you out!

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Meet the Beeyoutiful Team: Steve Tallent

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.com

We love to learn more about what’s important to our Beeyoutiful and MoreThanAlive friends, and we like to bring you behind the scenes now and then too. Today we’re visiting with our CEO, Steve Tallent. 

Meet the Team from Beeyoutiful.comWhat are you in charge of at Beeyoutiful?

I’m in charge of business development, finance, and elements of information technology. I am involved in a lot of other things, as you might imagine. I’m also in charge of pretty much anything that hasn’t been specifically assigned to someone else, at least until I can palm it off on somebody else!

What do you do every day?

I don’t think I ever really have a normal day. That’s nice, because I don’t get bored. Some days there are little emergencies to work on, a lot of stuff to review and there always seems to be a lot of research and testing to do. I keep telling myself I’m going to do more writing and occasionally I get ideas I want to work on, but there just don’t usually seem to be enough hours in the day.

Steve Tallent from Beeyoutiful.com

Steve Tallent from Beeyoutiful.com

What can customers count on you for?

Beeyoutiful customers can count on me to uphold the highest standards of quality and conduct.

What do you do to support your own health?
I take a LOT of different supplements when I start feeling sick. I regularly take a few supplements, especially in smoothies. I also eat a pretty clean diet, avoiding highly processed foods, most canned foods, high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, and MSG. We rarely eat out and almost never grab fast food. We eat a lot of whole foods. I exercise from time to time as well.

When you’re not working on Beeyoutiful projects, what’s one way that you enjoy spending your time?

The kids really like following me around and trying to participate when I do things around the house. They can pretty much be counted on to do something humorous, so that makes it a good time for me! I like playing basketball when I can, but due to age and schedule, just can’t play as often as I might otherwise like.

Leave a message for Steve in the comments below, and meet the rest of the team here

Join the Beeyoutiful.com Team in Centerville, Tennessee!

Work for Beeyoutiful!

Do you live in or near Hickman County?Do you love helping customers, solving their problems and making them happy?

Would you like to work in Centerville for Beeyoutiful.com, or do you know of someone who would?

We are growing and need a new Customer Service Representative to make our customers feel welcome and solve their problems. We would love to have someone who already knows and loves our products join us in this role!

Work for Beeyoutiful! A little about Beeyoutiful

We are committed to finding and sharing tools to help people live healthier, more holistic lives. We support good health through nutritional and lifestyle products.

Beeyoutiful is a small family-owned business started 10 years ago, supporting other family-owned businesses. What we do is very important to us, so we work hard to maintain a family-friendly environment and we are all committed to living natural and sustainable lifestyles.

Over the years, we’ve built a large customer base and it’s still growing, so that’s why we need you!

The right person for this job should: 

  • Have Customer Service experience (this is vital).
  • Love to give customers a quality experience and focus on good interactions rather than simply getting through as many calls as possible.
  • Be able to build relationships with customers and make them feel welcome.
  • Have the ability to listen to what the customer really needs and discern and solve their problem.
  • Be able to grasp the underlying issue and find the resources that would be helpful for customers.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with customers over the phone and by email to resolve their problems.
  • Be able to de-escalate problems communicated by upset customers.
  • Always keep accurate records of each customer interaction, ensuring the account is kept up to date.
  • Be able to cope with very busy times (such as when we have a sale) and constantly reprioritize in a rapidly-changing situation.

A few extras  

  • If you already are knowledgable about a wide range of our products, that would be great, but we realize that’s unlikely, so you’ll get training and have time to learn.
  • Knowledge of the alternative health market would be a big advantage.

The job involves: 

  • Attracting potential customers by answering product and service questions, suggesting information about other products and resources.
  • Opening customer accounts by recording account information.
  • Maintaining customer records by updating account information.
  • Entering orders accurately, interacting with shipping department to follow up with any special handling requirements.
  • Selling additional products, as appropriate, by recognizing opportunities to up-sell related items.
  • Resolving product problems by clarifying the customer’s complaint; determining the cause of the problem; selecting and explaining the best solution to solve the problem; expediting correction or adjustment; and following up to ensure resolution.
  • Answering inquiries by clarifying desired information; researching, locating, and providing product information.
  • Recommending potential products or services to management by collecting customer information and analyzing customer needs.
  • When there are occasional quiet times with few phone calls, being available to help out other departments with tasks you can do at your desk, so you can still be available on the phone.

This is a full-time job that will be performed during regular office hours in Beeyoutiful’s headquarters on the Centerville town square. To be considered, please complete the application process here. We’re looking forward to hearing from YOU!

Foodie Friday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe

#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

I’ve made many batches of this recipe as gifts, and every single time I’ve been asked later for “more of that wonderful granola”! The blend of spices (especially the “secret ingredient” of cardamom) combined with vanilla is what I think makes it special, but feel free to adjust the seasoning to suit your own tastebuds.#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

Tips

Use parchment paper or silicone baking mats on the baking sheet, or expect to scrub hard when the syrup adheres nearly permanently to the metal surface. (I learned this the hard way.)

Use sunflower seeds to make a nut-free version that’s a bit more accessible to those with food sensitivities.

Spiced Vanilla Granola

4 cups organic rolled oats

1 cup chopped raw almonds, pecans, or walnuts

½ cup organic raw unsweetened shredded coconut 

¼ cup freshly ground flax seeds

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cardamom

¼ tsp coriander

¾ cup Sucanat or Rapadura

⅓ cup coconut oil

¼ cup maple syrup or honey

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.comPreheat oven to 300°F. Cover a rimmed shallow baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

In saucepan, combine oil, sugar, and syrup or honey. Bring up to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. #FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

Pour hot liquid over oat mixture, stirring quickly to mix well.

#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.comSpread mixture onto baking sheet. Bake at 300°F, stirring every ten minutes until golden brown (about 30 minutes). Cool completely and store in air-tight container.

Makes about 6 cups. Recipe can be doubled or tripled to fill more than one baking sheet.

 

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