What I’m Loving…

What I am loving right now…

Well, I started this post a few weeks ago and I didn’t quite get it posted in January…but I’m still loving each of these.

Please comment below and tell me what YOU are loving right now!

Smoothies

Smoothies are by far the easiest way for me to get in several servings of FRUITS and VEGGIES. I can always tell I have more energy when I’m having a daily smoothie! I have had my Ninja — this blender for years now and *love it.*

Here’s what I toss into the blender for my smoothies, and without measuring, which would feed a few of us:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • small handful frozen strawberries
  • small handful frozen blueberries or any frozen fruit
  • greek yogurt
  • orange juice (half my household likes MILK in their smoothies, I prefer the citrus taste)

Water

I am drinking a GALLON of water everyday! I’m feeling GOOD! I squeeze about half a lemon into my big water bottles and also 1 drop of grapefruit or tangerine essential oil. I love citrus flavored water!

I have big cups that I love and I alternate them each day. I have a stainless Bubba cup that I got from Walmart and then this Rtic cup from Amazon. I also purchased a stainless steel set of straws that I love.

 

My Journaling Bible

I have a renewed love for my Bible at the beginning of this year. I think it must be reading the book Women of the Word and realizing just what a treasure we have in those pages! And the journaling Bible just provides so much room in the margins for note taking and prayers and such…

I also happen to adore the journaling Bible monthly devotional KITS from Dayspring. Craft supplies with a focus on JESUS. Yes, please! If you want to see more pictures of my Bible and all the monthly devotional kits, click here! 

Bullet Journal

Super uber simple, I followed Edie’s methods in her free video found here.  So. I was NOT going to jump on the bullet journal band wagon. I wasn’t going to do it! Til I was at a goal setting workshop with the amazing Dr. Edie of LifeinGrace blog and she pretty much convinced me. {grin} She has a free video you can sign up to receive in your email and it goes over exactly how she does it. Her ideas are so simple that we can all benefit from it!

Essential oils

I also have a growing and somewhat renewed love for my oils. I have been using Young Living oils for a little over a year now. I can tell such a difference in these oils and the ones I used to use. My mood and overall emotional well being is more STABLE, I’m using their fruit juice supplement and have more ENERGY, our house is generally very WELL. I taught my first class on DITCHING THE TOXINS via video on facebook. I am just loving it all!

I wrote about the oils I use every single day as well as 5 simple resources to DITCH THE TOXINS from your home recently!

Exercising regularly

Ouch. Yep. It’s the beginning of a new year, of course I am exercising. LOL! But I feel so.much.better. I told my husband that weight lifting and walking/jogging 3-4 times a week leaves me feeling empowered. Like I really CAN do hard things. Maybe I’m not a wimp after all. And, handling stress is something I actually can do when I’m exercising. My body needs it.

I am blessed to have several friends meeting me at our church facility several times a week to walk and exercise together. I have a personal trainer friend who put together a work out plan for me and I am VERY surprised by how much I am loving it!

Here is what I wrote recently on Instagram about exercising and how I’m feeling!

3 days in a row!! 👊This is my 4th week of exercising 3-4 times per week with an hour or more each time. I think my body was in shock at first, and now I think I’m just on a high. I don’t even seem to care (yet) about the numbers on the scale but I love feeling so good. When you’ve felt lousy, when you’ve suffered from depression, when you’ve come out of a stressful semester, when you’ve been parenting and homeschooling for years, when you’ve got several teens in your home…I guess your body kind of forgets what it’s like to feel good and stays in stressed-out mode. Thank You, Lord!! I know it’s combined with eating better, not so much sugar, my super juice supplement and THE GRACE OF GOD. Help me to keep it up, dear Lord!!!! 🙏 I also continue to be thankful every time I walk in the facility at #manleybaptist because I can come and do this without huge monthly fees. Huge blessing!

Live videos for inspiration

Are any of you enjoying  live videos from your favorite bloggers and online authors as much as I am?? Some of my favorites:

Edie Wadsworth of LifeinGrace blog, she also leads the essential oil group I’m in, she does videos and classes online and also does AMAZING videos and talks in our business building group. She has done a goal setting workshop, a talk on living out of LOVE and not fear, how to grow your business and more. If you want to join our Young Living team, please send me a message. Here are her public videos from her blog page! 

Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom – I’ve done a few of her courses which are video based but I also have loved her periscopes and facebook live videos through 2016 as she talked about her year of rest. Here are Crystal’s public videos from her Money Saving Mom page. 

Are there any bloggers or others that you like to follow with their live videos? I would love to hear who you love listening to! 

Five Simple Resources to Help Detoxify Your Home

 

I recently held a facebook class on DITCHING THE TOXINS in our homes. I followed up with a facebook live video telling about the products I use every single day in our home that are GOOD for our health and aren’t bringing toxins into the home. I had several people ask me to create a list of these items!

Part 1: The Essential Oils I Use Daily

Do you know what the most toxic items are in your home? I can name a few of the worst offenders: fabric softener, detergent, deodorant, cleaners…

5 Simple Resources for Detoxifying Your Home

This blog post will cover the following 5 resources!

  1. An app to use on your phone
  2. A Household Cleaner you can use to replace ALL other cleaners
  3. Homemade Deodorant Recipe
  4. Young Living Starter Kit
  5. Free 14-day Email Course on Essential Oils
  6. Bonus Tip: Dr. Bronner’s for all the things

Resources for Detoxifying Your Home

A Helpful App

A friend told me about this app: Think Dirty App (Dirty means TOXINS, y’all.) And it is SO EYE OPENING. Warning: Do not start scanning products in your home unless you are ready to make some big changes. You can use this app to scan bar codes of items such as shampoo, make up, dish soap, tooth paste, detergent and more. It will then give you a rating. A lot of things in my home were 9s and 10s. That is the worst rating there is! I’m slowly working to replace all the items that were that high.

One Household Cleaner

The Cleaner to Replace ALL your other cleaners: The Thieves Household Cleaner can literally be used on everything in your home! With ONE CLEANER you can replace all the bad stuff!

Here is the awesome thing about the Thieves cleaner — one bottle of CONCENTRATE costs $22 (wholesale price.) You can use this bottle of cleaner for nearly a year depending on how much you clean at your house. {grin} You pour ONE-TWO CAPFULS of the concentrate into a regular sized spray bottle, then fill with water. That’s it!

Homemade Deodorant That Works

Did you know that most deodorants purchased at the grocery store have aluminum in them? Did you know that aluminum is linked with cancer and Alzheimer’s? Yet we rub it on our bodies every single day.

I have tried several natural or organic deodorants over the years. In the last 2 months I have tried Tom’s, Kiss My Face, and Young Living brand deodorants. None of them have kept me from stinking, unfortunately. I apologize to my friends who have hugged me in the last few months. YIKES.

Well, my friend Denise has been making this deodorant for years now. I actually tried it a few years ago and couldn’t get used to rubbing it on with my hands. Well, I was desperate so I tried it again. It only took a few minutes to heat the ingredients and mix it up. Then, you wait a few hours for it to “set” and harden…

I’ve used this deodorant now for a few weeks. I have walked and jogged and lifted weights. I have helped a friend pack up her house. I have done my normal everyday stuff. And I’m so excited to tell you that I haven’t been stinky!!! HA!!

Feel free to grab her recipe and print a copy for yourself!

Natural Deoderant PDf

Starter Kit from Young Living

If you have the starter kit and the Thieves cleaner you can rid your home of 90% of the toxins! 

When Dr. Edie told us this in a class, I was shocked. And I was encouraged. You see, I get really overwhelmed when I look at that app and start seeing all the bad stuff in my home. But, in just a few weeks time I have realized that I am making baby steps and every single step is ONE STEP in the right direction!!

The reason the starter kit can help you to rid your home of toxins is that included in this kit are amazing oils that will help replace other things in your home.

Lavender can replace other products you use for cuts and bruises.

Lemon can replace the flavoring you put in your water.

Thieves can replace any germ fighting product you may use on your own bodies and in cleaning your home.

Frankincense can be used to promote healthy skin. (I put 1 drop in my face lotion daily.)

And on and on…

Go here to sign up as a wholesale member by purchasing a premium starter kit! 

Look at this picture of all you get in the starter kit! Woo-hoo!

Resources I Use with My Oils

Carrier Oil – I love using ROLLER BOTTLES on my oils because I can add my own blends and also add a carrier oil to DILUTE the oil and make it last longer! It also goes on much easier with the roller top. This fractionated coconut oil is what I’ve been using as my carrier oil for the last year.

Roller Bottles – The BEST roller bottle tops are the stainless ones from Young Living that fit directly onto a YL bottle. The roller ball is stainless and it so much smoother than the plastic or anything else I’ve found. You can get a package of 10 for 9.95 I believe. (You get at least one in your starter kit!) I have ordered these pretty roller bottles as gifts for Christmas! They are very pretty.

Diffusers – I have multiple Young Living diffusers in my home and love them. I also have a few from Amazon that have worked really well too! I have this one, which has lasted more than a year so far. We had this one and loved it as well!  And  yet one more we’ve had for over a year and it’s still going strong! (WHY YES, I love diffusers and have them in every bedroom and our living areas!! I believe in the power of aromatherapy that much!)

Oils I Use Every Single Day – these are all the oils I use on a DAILY basis

Free 14 Day Email Course

FREE EMAIL COURSE from Dr. Edie Wadsworth — every other day or so you will receive an email telling you about one of the oils in the starter kit! If you’re curious about HOW to use the various oils that come in the starter kit (11 oils in all!!!) then this series will really help you to figure it out!

Bonus Tip – Dr. Bronner’s Soap

So here is another EASY way to get rid of some toxins in your home! A few years ago I wrote this post about TEN WAYS I USE THIS SOAP IN MY HOME. Woo-hoo!!

Click here to see the 10 ways we’ve used this soap in our home. The great thing about this soap is you can create your own face wash, body wash, hand soap, etc, but just diluting it, putting it in a hand pump by the sink and adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil! So much better for you than the store bought soaps with the fragrance added!

Tell me what is your favorite resource for detoxifying your home? 

 

The Essential Oils I Use Every Single Day

These little bottles of oils are amazing. They have improved my life and my mood so much that I have to share! Have you ever wondered what all the hype was about? What in the world do people even do with these oils? Well, I’m here to tell you how I personally use them each and everyday!

**In this video I discuss a household cleaner and some other items for detoxifying your home. I will be sharing those in a blog post coming next week! A Part 2 for this post! 

Oils in the Morning

  • Frankincense – there are so many amazing benefits to using frankincense on a regular basis. I mean, they brought it to the baby Jesus, right?? It is promotes & maintains healthy stress levels.
  • Dragon Time – this is the 2nd type of female/hormone oil that I use. I have been using progessence (explained in my night time oils) for 1 year and 2 months now. It has changed my female life. I had terrible cycles all through my life. The progessence has improved nearly every physical symptom. No more cramps, cycle cut in half, amazing. Well, the Dragon Time has been recently added to my routine to try to help with the extreme moods that come right before my cycle. I’ve been using it 3 months and it does seem to be helping! I rub 2 drops onto my stomach every morning and then 1 drop on the back of my neck.
  • Joy – joy is my happy smell. I rub it on my chest and neck every morning and am reminded to CHOOSE JOY and GRATITUDE.

 

Oils Throughout the Day

  • Thieves – this is our immunity blend and also happens to smell wonderful. We use it even when we aren’t sick because I like to be proactive with my oils and not just reactive! We are rarely sick in our home so I figure it must be helping!
  • Orange in my Diffuser – orange makes me happy. So I use orange nearly everyday, usually in combination with one other thing. I do orange & lavender, orange & peppermint, orange and ANYTHING is amazing. 🙂 I have my diffuser running all day in our main living area.
  • Grapefruit – I love grapefruit in my water! Anything citrus is usually my favorite.
  • Allergy blend – LLP is the allergy bomb. Actually we use it for ANY congestion and sniffles, ear pain, etc.
  • Focus Blend for my son – I mix Vetiver and Cedarwood to promote good focus during our homeschool time.

Oils Before Bed

  • Progessence – The progessence is what I mentioned above that has helped my cycles so much. Pretty much the miracle oil. 😉 I put 2 drops on the inside of each ankle at night before bed.
  • Cedarwood – this is an oil that can be used for several things, but I use it to help me sleep! I have it in a roller bottle mixed with Lavender and I roll it on the bottoms of my feet.
  • Lavender – the calming, swiss army knife of oils! If you don’t know what oil to use in a certain instance, use lavender. I use it at night to help me get good rest.
  • Stress Away – I put this in my diffuser at night because my husband doesn’t care for the smell of Cedarwood in the diffuser. 🙂 Stress away has a vanilla-y type smell.

Resources I Use with My Oils

Carrier Oil – I love using ROLLER BOTTLES on my oils because I can add my own blends and also add a carrier oil to DILUTE the oil and make it last longer! It also goes on much easier with the roller top. This fractionated coconut oil is what I’ve been using as my carrier oil for the last year.

Roller Bottles – The BEST roller bottle tops are the stainless ones from Young Living that fit directly onto a YL bottle. The roller ball is stainless and it so much smoother than the plastic or anything else I’ve found. You can get a package of 10 for 9.95 I believe. (You get at least one in your starter kit!) I have ordered these pretty roller bottles as gifts for Christmas! They are very pretty.

Diffusers – I have multiple Young Living diffusers in my home and love them. I also have a few from Amazon that have worked really well too! I have this one, which has lasted more than a year so far. We had this one and loved it as well!  And  yet one more we’ve had for over a year and it’s still going strong! (WHY YES, I love diffusers and have them in every bedroom and our living areas!! I believe in the power of aromatherapy that much!)

Starter Kit

The starter kit is *the* best deal if you want to get more than one oil! You get 11 amazing oils, a DIFFUSER, some samples, a roller tops, some small sample bottles you can share with friends…it’s amazing.

Go here if you’d like to sign up and join our team! Our team is blessed to have Dr. Edie Wadsworth as our leader, it has been so fascinating to learn about oils from a doctor’s perspective. When you join our team, you get added to her facebook group just for our team members. We have lots of classes, videos, you can ask questions, etc.

 

 

Stay tuned for another post coming next week where I talk more about using essential oils and a few simple products to DETOXIFY your home! 

Favorite Essential Oil Roller Bottle Blends

 

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I had so much fun creating blends for several friends and family members this Christmas season! I wanted to get some of these recipes down on paper so I won’t forget them the next time I go to whip up another roller bottle!

For more info on essential oils, please read this page!

{If you purchase a premium starter kit through my link in January 2017, I will send you a FREE 1-ounce bottle of Thieves waterless hand sanitizer & an app to use on your phone! Go here to sign up as a wholesale member! If you do sign up with my link please send me an email so I can add you to our facebook group with Dr. Edie and send you your freebies!}

Print this free PDF to use! Let me know if you try one of my favorite recipes!

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Favorite Oily Accessories

  • For Christmas gifts, I found these lovely roller bottles from an Etsy shop to use! They are so pretty!! Perfect for gift giving!
  • This is the carrier oil that I use to fill all my roller recipes
  • My favorite roller bottles are the metal rollers from Young Living, however. They are so much sturdier and the oils go on so smoothly! You can purchase a pack of 10 tops for $9.75 when you are a wholesale member. These fit on the actual Young Living bottles so you can make your own blends or put a roller ball on top of an existing favorite to roll right on!
  • Roller bottles from amazon are also very affordable, I have used this particular kind for a few years now as well. My first preference is the metal balls from YL, but I have used these with success as well!
  • The premium starter kit that you purchase to become a wholesale member comes with a free DIFFUSER, which is my VERY favorite essential oil accessory! I am trying to collect enough to have them in all our bedrooms now!
  • My essential oil carrier bag for my purse that I LOVE! It is so sturdy and thick and well made! Mine will hold 10 bottles I think!

Premium Starter Kit

LOOK at all you get in the starter kit!! <3

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10 Goals I’m Working Toward in 2017

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I’m a terrible goal setter. I will just say that right off the bat. But, I don’t feel like that excludes me from TRYING AGAIN. PRESSING ON. Each of us is a work in progress, yes? So if I believe that, I must wake up and try again!

I’ve been using Power Sheets by Lara Casey to help me be more intentional and GRACE FILLED when it comes to setting goals for myself. Her blog posts and resources on this topic are so full of GRACE and also so good for us moms who have a million things on our plates! (See her current goal setting series, her book Make Things Happen and her resource Power Sheets for creating goals.) 

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10 Goals I’m Setting in the New Year

  1. More consistent Scripture memory (I’m starting with Colossians 3, read this post for more info)
  2. Cooking more meals, eating dinner more as a family (this will help with my goal of eating healthier AND eating out less!)
  3. Think & pray before committing to ANYTHING new
  4. Regular exercise (I’m already signed up for Crystal Paine’s 15 Days to a Healthier You online course that costs $15 and has daily facebook live videos! Join me!)
  5. Smoothie or salad daily!
  6. 1-on-1 time with each child each month
  7. Implement weekly newsletter for my email subscribers
  8. Pray more. Worry less.
  9. Learn to behold God in all things. (See my word of the year for more on BEHOLDING my God!)
  10. Phone-free homeschool mornings (goal is from 9am-Noon)
  11. Bonus goal! (LOL) Share about essential oils and how beneficial they are by having more classes or get togethers with those who want to live healthier lives in 2017.

A few days ago I had a few hours to myself and was able to sneak away to a coffee shop and just pray and dream. I used to do this more often and I miss it so much! (That should be another goal for the new year!)

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Accountability

So what are your favorite ways to remain accountable when you set goals? Follow through is the hardest part! I would love to hear your ideas! I’m wondering/hoping if I could blog monthly about these goals if that would help ME to keep at it!

What goals are you setting in the new year? Let’s call them GRACE GOALS. And let’s be courageous enough to show ourselves GRACE as we work toward forming new habits to help us grow more healthy both physically and spiritually!