This warm weather will break…this warm weather will break…
Fall is my favorite season and the fact that it doesn’t quite feel right yet is killing my #fallvibes. I have to calm my anxiety down a little on this one. It’s been way too hot in the North Country for Fall, BUT this Friday is supposed to drop almost 20 degrees.
Now that’s what I’m talking about.
The incredible colors in the fall foliage and the brisk weather really rejuvenates my soul. Right now I am loving trying new blends of essential oils in my diffuser and experiencing different fall scents. I am enjoying my coffee out of my fall mugs and embracing pumpkin spice everything.
Letterboards are #alltherage and I’m really excited when I see how creative everyone is getting with them. This one that I found on Instagram was reading my mind, I swear.
Incorporating white pumpkins into fall decor is also a huge trend this season, as are teal pumpkins. I love seeing all of the different DIY’s on how to accessorize them: from hand lettering, to gold leaves, to marbling them.
Printables are one of my favorite ways to decorate for each season. Just a simple frame is all that you need and maybe 5 minutes of your time. So easy, versatile, and simple. Decorating for fall doesn’t have to make a bold statement. Layering in elements into your everyday decor items, such as a throw blanket or swapping out what’s in your vase, is really all that you need. To share more of my love for this season, follow my Pinterest board.
It took me a little over 2 years to really try Essential oils for the first time.
You may call me stubborn, and you would be right. I honestly thought people were overselling their benefits and that it was just another fad that would be gone in the next year.
I was wrong. (And I don’t admit that often.) Here’s what changed my mind: a simple body scrub.
Yup. You heard that right.
I have always loved beauty products, so when my stepmom gifted be a sugar scrub for Christmas I was pumped. After I used it, I texted her, “OMG That scrub was amazing. My skin has never felt so soft! Did you sneak your hippy dippy oils into it?” And of course she had.
After testing out some more DIY recipes, asking a million questions, and doing some research, I made a commitment to improving the overall wellness in my home and life.
There are 3 ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally.
When inhaling, it takes 22 seconds for an oil to reach the brain. The only way to reach limbic area of the brain is through smell, making them helpful for people wanting emotional support.
Diffusing purifies the air and makes your home smell good without chemicals. Of course, my favorite oil to diffuse is Purification, but I also love diffusing Oola Grow and Balance, Envision, and a combo of Lavendar and Cedarwood at night.
There are many different types of diffusers! There are ultrasonic/atomizing diffusers, bracelets, and necklaces.
Essential oil molecules are tiny and are rapidly absorbed by the skin. When you apply an oil to the skin, it almost seems to disappear into the body.
When applied topically, it takes 2-3 minutes for an oil to reach the bloodstream and 20 minutes to affect every cell in the body. Oils are metabolized within 2½ hours. Some favorite places to apply oils are wrists, behind the ears, neck, temples, stomach, or the bottoms of the feet. You can dilute the oils with a carrier oil, such as almond or coconut oil, or apply them neat (straight to the skin).
Did you know Young Living has a line of Vitality oils that you can add to your drinks, your food, or taken in capsules?
These are the same oils that Young Living has been producing for over 20 years! The difference is that the Vitality line of oils is labeled for internal use, both dietary and culinary.
I absolutely love adding a few drops of Lemon Vitality into my water throughout the day. Just make sure to use glass or stainless steel when drinking essential oils in water. Oils can break down plastic.
I chose to bring essential oils into my home to reduce the toxins and to promote and support overall wellness for myself and my family. I love that I am replacing every day essentials with quick DIY recipes that are all natural.
I selected Young Living essential oils because of their seed-to-seal purity guarantee and their commitment to bringing greater wellness and abundance to people all over the world.
This Friday, September 22nd I am holding an online Essential Oils 101 class on Facebook. If you’re interested in learning more, I would love for you to join us! RSVP “Yes” here and be entered to win a Sleepy Time Rollerball!
Join us and let’s DIY a healthy, happy, and beautiful home together!
Have you ever thought of using essential oils to support overall wellness during a renovation?
“Is this ever going to be done?”, said everyone who’s ever done a renovation.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news or a negative Nancy, but there’s a slim chance your reno will go from start to finish without a hitch. It will not be rainbows and unicorns and most likely, it will feel endless and become overwhelming. You will be aching for the relief that washes over you once it’s completed.
Rest assured, there are ways that you can enjoy the renovation process. Here’s the deal, you’ve got to make sure to continue taking care of yourself, emotionally and physically, while embarking on the reno process. You can’t allow your wellness to fall to the wayside.
In this post, I shared how I’ve introduced Essential oils into my home to create a more peaceful environment. I’m sharing 10 oils that you can use to support overall wellness during a renovation.
10 essential oils you need during a reno
Purification (This is my favorite blend. It. Smells. So. Effing. Good.)
Let’s be honest, renos can get well, smelly.
This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable.*
My three favorite ways to use it are by diffusing it, adding it to my wool dryer balls, and putting on a cotton ball and placing them at the bottom of my garbage baskets. Purification will help keep your home smelling fresh and clean during your renovation.
Stress Away™ is the first product to contain the unique combination of Lime and Vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. With an aroma that is the perfect blend of tropical and citrus, Stress Away is uniquely relaxing and comforting.*
Before the renovation starts, take an 8oz mason jar and add 1 cup of epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, and 10-15 drops of Stress Away Essential Oil. After a long day, whether you’re DIY-ing your reno or just #adulting, pour yourself a glass of wine (or grab a beer), put on some music, and add this to a hot bath to relax.
Panaway is a great oil to apply to the neck and back anytime for a soothing and stimulating aromatic experience. It helps support circulation and relieve inflammation with a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint blend.
One of Young Living’s most popular products (and another one of my faves), Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma.*
Grab a capful of the Thieves concentrated cleaner and add water to a glass spray bottle for an all purpose cleaner that can go from the countertops, to the floor, to the windows.
Drywall dust? No problem!
Nicknamed the “Swiss army knife” of the oils, Lavender is super versatile. Diffuse with a few drops of Stress away for an ultra calming environment or add to a roller ball with equal drops Cedarwood then fill will a carrier oil of your choice. Roll on bottom of feet at night for a relaxing night’s sleep.
I want to take a minute to note that the first 5 oils are all part of the Premium Starter Kit, which you can find more about here.
Another one of my favorites! This oil is so grounding and when combined with Lavender, super relaxing. It has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience.*
This blend from Young Living supports fostering a grateful attitude and embracing the blessings in your life. Who doesn’t need that reminder when you’re knee deep in a reno? (Especially when you’re headed down the negativity hole.)
Release is a blend with a relaxing aroma that facilitates the ability to let go of anger and frustration. It also promotes harmony and balance when diffused.*
So, when your contractor calls you to tell you about the cabinet that has to be reordered and will take 2 weeks, calmly hang up and drop some of this in your diffuser.
When worn as a fragrance, this blend invites togetherness. This aroma invites a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth when diffused, which may be the nice break you need on your “no reno chat” rule night.
Who wouldn’t want to invite Abundance into their life during a reno, am I right? This blend combines oils such as Orange and Ginger, which were used by ancient cultures to attract prosperity and magnify joy and peace.*
It’s such a simple concept, yet one that we easily lose focus on. In this podcast about “How to conquer complaining”, Sara McFall gives some great advice on turning towards gratitude.
I, myself, don’t internalize a lot. I feel like I need to vent and release it before I can move past it. However, not getting stuck in a rut of complaining isn’t always an easy task. You can listen to the podcast here.
Life can be chaotic. Overwhelming. Repetitive.
It’s easy to lose focus on what you do have and get caught in a rut of complaining and negativity.
No, we may not have everything we want in life today, but I can almost guarantee there is someone out there striving for what you do have.
The better part of the first half of 2017 has felt overwhelming for myself and my family. So, I have made it my mission to break that. Life is short and there is so much more beauty to it.
So what else can we do to help ourselves enjoy life a little more? Well, if we’re stressed every night at home that certainly doesn’t help. Without further adieu, here are 5 Steps to a more Peaceful home.
Break projects down into small manageable steps and work room by room. If you continually jump around you will end up with a bunch of unfinished projects which will only cause you more stress.I prefer to do a mental brain dump. I take a blank piece of paper and complete silence and sit down and just write every single project down–no matter how small or large. During this, I don’t focus on budget or timeline, I just get all of my creative ADD out of my head and onto paper. Then, I narrow it down from there.It’s always great to keep a quick list of projects that can be accomplished in no more than the weekend and/or on a smaller budget. It will help you keep things moving forward and you will be less likely to fall into a state of design paralysis.
Commit to 5-10 min of cleaning, decluttering, and organizing at least 5 days out of the week. Be flexible and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen one night, either add an additional 5-10 min another night or do it on a night you usually don’t.Come up with systems that work into your already busy routine. It’s always great to check out what systems other people have already created, but don’t try to use it if it doesn’t fit into your life as it is now.
Make your home smell welcoming. Don’t you still remember what your childhood home or grandparents house smelled like?Creating a signature scent for your house is so easy. Just choose whatever it is you love the scent of!I prefer to diffuse Purification Essential Oil or Thieves Essential oil, however, you may prefer to light a candle or bake some cookies. The first chance you get when you get home, start it up and breathe in the warmth of home. (Learn more about Essential Oils here.)
Have more fun! Play games, start a random dance party with your kids, turn chores into contests to see who can do it the fastest, have a staycation or date night in.Take time to relax or go out. Make family days a priority. Make a “no serious talk” rule during these time and stay focused on your family and yourself.
Work on your mindset.You are the only one in complete control of your mind. It’s a choice, remember that.This has been a big one for me lately. I have recently finished the book Oola for Women and having a balanced life starts with your decision to do so. I can’t even begin to express how wonderful this book is (I’ll share more in a future post). You can check it out and/or order your copyhere or here.
Truthfully, I believe people overthink the definition of a peaceful home. To me, it’s laughter & happiness, along with organization & beauty. Create your own definition of a peaceful home and continually work towards that.