About Me

Hi everyone!  I'm Elle, also known as "Elle Is For Living" on Youtube.  This blog is an extension of my YouTube channel to share content in more detail and to communicate with you.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona and am blessed with full life that includes a fabulous job, a life full of friends, my wonderful husband, a fantastic family that lives in Canada (my Mum is the source of so much life wisdom) as well as my two book clubs and travels.  I believe that you don't have to spend a lot of money to look great or have a full life, although those splurges are fun as well.

My passions in life, in no particular order are:  my husband, books/reading, knitting/crochet, make-up and fashion.

I would love to hear what you read, what you think of my YouTube videos and feedback of things you would like to see on YouTube or this blog.

53 comments:

  1. I just discovered your channel as I am researching Diatametrious (sp?) Earth. I enjoyed seeing your other videos, I love your practical wisdom and outlook on life. I am wondering how long you have been taking the DE and are you still taking it and still view it favorably?

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    1. Renee - we have been taking DE for almost 2 years and absolutely love it. It has brought down my husband's cholesterol and I think it is helping my dog's arthritis (hard to say without his feedback). For myself, I sleep better, have VERY regular bowels and notice my hair, skin and nails are in good shape. I hope that helps you to know if it is right for you but, we love it.

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    2. Thank you kindly. I am going to give it a try and see how my body responds.

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  2. I would start with 1 Tbsp every morning in the smallest amount of water. After 2 or 3 days, then go up to 2 every morning. For me, it made me regular VERY quickly and then settled out. My husband never had that so it varies with individuals. You can also know if you need more/less based on your sleep. You should notice good sleep by the first or second night. When you increase the dose, if it changes to where you are restless, then cut back to 1 Tbsp again. I hope you like it.

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  3. Love your videos: short and to the point and very accessible products. I'm 40 and it's nice to see people in my age group reviewing products and giving tips on makeup, skincare, fashion, life, etc.

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    1. Thank you so much Nora. I really appreciate the feedback and encouragement :-)

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  4. Hi Elle,
    I discovered you this weekend and you have fast become one of my favorite "you tubers". I love your dollar store hauls. Please consider doing some tutorials on the various products; and on your jewelry and clothes. I like your style. I am also an avid reader and am currently reading the new Patricia Cornwell book. Thanks for all the information, Joy

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    1. Thank you so much Joy for your sweet comments and your encouragement. If you have specific products that you would like tutorials on, please let me know and I would be happy to them. As for my clothes and jewelry, I am planning on getting in to that more this summer.....when it is 100+ here in Arizona and way too hot to film outside :-)

      I love it that you are in to reading and I enjoy Patricia Cornwell too.

      xoxo Elle

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  5. Hi Elle. I just discovered your blog and YT channel this weekend. I lov your topics, esp your Sunday chats. You are a vey motivational speaker and I love videos that are thought provoking and give us pause to access wat is important in life. If you are seeking topic ideas, wud you plz consider a Sunday chat on accepting our life for wat it is? So many of us ,esp if we are female, career professionals, hav such high unreasonable expectations of yourselves. Esp being a a career mom who is the primary breadwinner, I hav found it often hard to reconcile where I am in my life...financially, mostly.... with way I ' thought ' my life shud b based on education, profession, etc. I hope this sort of makes sense. Anyway, thank you for your inspiration! Holly

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    1. Holly - thank you so much for taking the time to comment and to give me valued feedback. I truly appreciate it. I am planning some Sunday chat videos on similar topics but, not exactly what you suggested. You are giving me some great ideas that I will think about how to incorporate. Thank you! I hope that you have a great day.

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  6. Just found your channel on you tube! Glad to know such a sweet and interesting lady!

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    1. Welcome! I am so glad to have you here and thank you so much for your kind words :-)

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  7. Stumbled to your channel when searching mature makeup. Subscribed because I can so relate to you-attitude, time of life,etc.

    I am in my 50s- hypothyroid also,believe n careful spending (why pay more when you don't have to?), have 2 dogs,etc - I can so relate to you.

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    1. Sandy, I am so glad to have you here. I have been enjoying your comments. You are right, we do have a lot in common. I used to have 2 babies but unfortunately we lost one last year so now we only have Ozzy, is almost as spoiled as he deserves :-)

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  8. Elle,

    We have only recently found your Blog and You Tube channel and have been truly blessed by the information you are sharing.

    We all need encouragement and wisdom. We have been sharing your insights with those, who need encouragement around us. Thank you making this tool available.

    We live in Surprise, Az and would love the opportunity to meet you and your Husband some day.

    Thank you again...
    Ron and Lynette

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    1. Thank you so very much. I truly appreciate your sweet comment. I know that Chandler is quite a ways from Surprise but, I am having a meet up on October 23rd http://elleisforliving.blogspot.com/2014/10/arizona-meet-up.html If you are able to make it I would love to meet you!

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  9. Hi Elle. I just saw your video on YouTube about myopractics. Thank you for sharing your opinion about how it has helped you and your friends. I am a myopractor in the Gilbert area. As you can see from the comments below that video that more people need to know that myopractics is out there for them. So thanks again for sharing.
    Mike
    www.mmyopractics.com

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  10. bensoncharles@bellsouth.netJanuary 12, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Just discovered you this last weekend on you tube. It was your vlog from Maui and I loved it. My wife and I have visited Maui several times and we both love it. I thought ,at first, that you lived over there and was going to ask for a visit with you the next time we are there.
    I think that you are one of the most beautiful women I have EVER seen and you have an awesome personality.

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  11. Hi, Elle

    Wanted to ask you some questions about progesterone. Would you be able to share your email address Thanks for any help :)
    Alisa

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    1. I am not a professional and definitely advise that you visit your doctor. You need to be tested to know if you need progesterone or estrogen or something else. It varies with each person. I hope that helps.

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  12. I enjoy your YouTube channel so much and have a request. You have mentioned that you travel quite frequently. I would love to see luggage recommendations, packing tricks and tips and your must haves. Your advice and tips are always so "real" and practical that travel videos would be awesome. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much for that suggestion. I will definitely do a travel tips video :-)

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  13. hi Elle......

    I have just found you.............and I am so excited,...I do not usually go for this sort of thing, but I am totally hooked.........you have been a God sent, just when I really needed it....your tips and advice have been better than medication.........keep up the good work...........I even said to my husband that I wanted to visit you, (I live in Australia)...it would be so good to have a friend like you.............Olga form Oz

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    1. I am so glad to meet you Olga and have you here :-) I love Australia. I look forward to getting to know you more. xoxo

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  14. Hi Elle....I just wanted to say (like many before me) as to how much you have helped me, it is just a short time since I found your site, and I am sure I was guided to you(it is a long story as to how I found you, and not even looking) ...I have been struggling for quite a few years, and now in a couple of weeks with all your wisdom, I am the best I have been in ages...your videos are fantastic, very informative and to the point , and you do not waffle, which is so good, and you never lose my interest.....so kudos to you :):)
    you know that saying about Angels walk among us.....I know this is true, and you are one!
    xox

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    1. You have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you so much. Nothing encourages me more than to know I have helped someone so thank you so much for taking the time to write to me with such a sweet meaningful comment. xoxo

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  15. hi Elle I forgot to sign my last comment......that was me above, and it is all true....

    Olga from Aus xo

    l

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    1. Now it means even more knowing it was from you Olga! Thank you so much :-) xoxo

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  16. hey Elle.....just a quick up date............I am so excited , people have been telling me for years, stop worrying!....yeah, easier said than done............but now when you explained it, I can finally put it in its own box and leave it there, it is so enlightening, everyone used to tell me if there were Olympics for worrying I would take the gold,.............now I have let go! so thankyou thankyou thankyou..............Olga from Aus.................xo

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    1. I am so happy Olga that you have stopped worrying. It is funny you mention that as that is the topic for this coming Sunday Chat. I think so many people are plagued by worry so I hope it helps. xoxo

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  17. Hi Elle...
    I am a little worried about you, just lately you are looking a little tired, are you ok ??
    I am feeling a bit guilty,you are doing so much for all of us....I wish I could do something for you....I have been to a lot of doctors over the years, and you have done more for me in a couple of weeks than they could do for years.......THANKYOU again.......if I can do anything for you just let me know......Come to Australia....... :):) you would have a great time , thanks again xo Olga

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    1. Oh no, I look tired?! I do have a very high powered/high stressed job but that isn't new. Maybe it is because I have been so busy and had to film at the end of the day? I also know I was using a foundation that wasn't holding up well (will talk about that in my empties) and you will also see my 'looking tired' because of it in a few videos in November as I prefilm. Thanks for your concern Olga and we may come to Australia yet as both Mark and I love it there! xoxo

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    2. I watched your video last night (Thursday) and you looked gorgeous as usual, but you mentioned that you had been having a day off here and there, so that is good for you.........ps......anxiety is a big issue these days do you have any "help "suggestions that you can share in a video....pps..tired the satay chicken pizza........fantastic we love it, and I even went out and bought a pizza stone as Mark suggested ....so much better so you better give him a thankyou as well.............. :):) Olga xo

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    3. I told Mark you made the pizza and bought the pizza stone and he was happy you liked it! I hope you are having a fabuolous week xoxo

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  18. Hi Elle! I have sure enjoyed watching your videos, specifically the "chats." You have such a positive spirit and warm energy and I find myself smiling through your chats. I have jumped on the Monolaurin bandwagon since watching your video suggesting it and have really enjoyed its benefits. I'm just curious if there is a specific reason you have chosen the Ecological Formulas brand or have you give any other brand a try? Blessings to you and yours~
    Mindy

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    1. Oh Mindy. I just found this comment. I am so sorry (I hate that I don't get notified!) I use all different brands of Monolaurin with great success. Most recently I started getting my monolaurin (think it is Health From The Sun brand) from Vitacost. If you use eBates (I explain in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3WuXXr9dTs) you get the cash back and Vitacost is cheaper than Amazon. I hope you love monolaurin as much as we do xoxo

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  19. Elle, I love your blog posts! Xo Lori

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    1. You have no idea how much that means to me Lori - thank you! I sometimes never know if anyone looks at my blog posts so I really appreciate this :-) xoxo

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  20. I just found you through Melissa's youtube channel and a friend sent me a copy of your mature youtuber list. Can you add my youtube channel to your list please? It is Wendy S The Loving Fifty.
    xoxo Wendy

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  21. Hi Elle, I have always enjoyed and appreciated you and your channel.
    Today's video made me pause and reflect.
    This is exactly what I have been doing for years. I'm getting near tapped out. Your video finally had me take a look at your blog. I love it! Chock full of things I really need to take a second look at. Thinking of you, Lori
    Lori Sparkles on YT xox

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    1. Thank you so much Lori for taking the time to let me know this. I truly hope that you remember to take care of YOU. It can be in so many small ways that don't take a lot of time but, will leave you feeling more recharged and able to give to others. xoxo

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  22. Hello Elle, I just found your youtube channel this weekend and I really enjoyed many of your videos! I really wanted to try the Shimmer Lights shampoo but I see that the brunette/red they must not make anymore? what do you use now? thanks!

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  23. HI Elle, I really enjoy your You Tube channel and all the information and inspiration you give. I am an avid traveler and have a goal to travel to all 50 states. Do you have any recommendations for places to visit in the Phoenix and surrounding area? Thanks.

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  24. Hi Elle, i watched your video about Hrt on youtube and would like to learn your Doctor's name if possible. I live in Istanbul and we don't have many options for boidentical here. But i travel frequently to US and maybe i can have an online consultation with your doctor. My email is uygu@hotmail.com and i would really appreciate if you contacted me... thank you very much.. :)

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    1. You are so sweet. Unfortunately, my dr hasn't been practicing for the last year as she has medical problems. I would strongly recommend finding either a naturopath or a DO (vs an MD) and having them test your hormone levels to know how they should be adjusted. I hope that helps and good luck in your journey. xoxo

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  25. hi elle - could you elaborate on why work is good? you mentioned this in a video. also how do you know so much where do you learn all your info? do you have books you recommend on how to enjoy life?

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  26. do you have advice on how to get through your 20s and what would you tell yourself in your 20, 30s, 40s, etc. that you know now?

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  27. Hi Elle, I see you use a Kiddle for reading your books. I love using my iPad. The only disadvantage is you cannot share with a friend. As with a good recipe or a plant from your garden, it's always nice to share a good book. Have you found a way to use your Kiddle and also let a friend borrow a book?

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    1. Hi Kim - no, I haven't explored sharing on Kindle as I get almost 100% of my books from the library. Sorry.

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