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!

Homemade Body or Face Wash That’s Good For Your Skin

Homemade Body Wash

I have been slowly trying to remove toxins from our home. There are many unsafe things in so many of our products these days, so as I am able I have been replacing some of them.

More Healthy Options I’m Trying

Items Needed for Homemade Body Wash

1. Find an empty foaming soap bottle (I prefer foaming, but you don’t have to make if foaming!) I wanted a glass container, so here is the one I used.

2. Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap – we use this for so many things! Love it! This link is for lavender, but there are other options as well!

3. Water

4. Essential Oils – only if you want to add more of a scent to your body wash! 

Directions

Ok this is SO SIMPLE that I feel silly typing this out – but here goes! 🙂

For body wash, I like to use 2 parts water and 1 part Dr. Bronner’s. For hand soap I think you can go even less, but I like it to be a little more soapy for body wash. You may play around with it and see what ratio you prefer!

Each soap dispenser is going to be a different size, but an example would be to mix 12 ounces of water and 6 ounces of castle soap.

Just mix into your soap dispenser, add 3-4 drops of essential oils and YOU’RE DONE!

Homemade Body Wash ingredients

Essential Oils Good for Skin

There are several oils that are known to be helpful for skincare!

  • Frankincense
  • Patchouli
  • Lavender
  • Purification
  • Bergamot
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)

More About Essential Oils

You can learn more about my experience with essential oils here!

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Thieves Cleaning Wipes

Thieves Cleaning Wipes

When my babies were little, I made my own baby wipes! What?! Huh? Yes, yes I did. I used to be that mom. {ahem}

Now, for several reasons I will share below, I’m trying my hand at some homemade wipes again. This time, they are for cleaning.

I will start off by admitting to you that I love clorox wipes. I mean, I really really love them. I pretty much clean my entire house with them. Yes I do.

I know, I know…there are harsh chemicals in them.

But, I can clean a nasty toilet and then just THROW THE WIPE IN THE TRASH. There is just something wrong about cleaning a toilet and then throwing that cleaning rag into the dirty laundry or even into the washing machine. I know people do it everyday and live to tell about it. But, not me. No thanks. Gross. I’m just weird and grossed out by toilets.

Enter my new obsession love for essential oils. Thieves, especially.

{Find out more about essential oils here.}

I tried the Thieves all-purpose cleaner months ago and was hooked.

But there are still toilets to clean.

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Homemade Thieves Cleaning Wipes

Enter the need for a homemade cleaning wipe! In trying to rid my home of the bad chemicals that aren’t good for us, I’ve been replacing things like lotions, shampoos, household cleaners, and more.

It was time.

It’s so simple. It’s even easier than the homemade baby wipes I used to make!

All you need are paper towels, Thieves all-purpose cleaner, water and a  container to put them in!

Ingredients

  • Paper towel roll (cut it in half with a large kitchen knife, then pull out the cardboard center.)
  • 1 capful Thieves Household cleaner
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 round container (I cannot find the exact one I have on Amazon, but it is rubbermaid and the EXACT size for half of a paper towel roll. Maybe  around 7 inches in diameter.)

Directions

  1. Cut your paper roll in half. I used a large serrated kitchen knife. Saw through it. It will be a bit crumbly.
  2. Place one half the paper towel roll into the round container.
  3. Pour 1 capful of Thieves Household cleaner into 2 cups of water to mix together.
  4. Pour liquid mixture over the paper towels, making sure to get all of the top wet.
  5. Let the liquid soak into the paper towels. Place lid on when not in use.

That’s it! Can you believe how easy that is?

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More About Thieves Household Cleaner

The Thieves Household Cleaner is so affordable. For $22 you buy the bottle of concentrate, and then you just use 1-2 capfuls in a whole spray bottle with 2-3 cups of water! Potentially, ONE bottle of concentrate could last you 6 months to a year!

Thieves Cleaner Price Graphic

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31+ Ways to Use Essential Oils in Everyday Life

31 Everyday Ways to use Essential Oils

I’ve been using essential oils for several years now! Sometimes I know people wonder WHAT IN THE WORLD do you do with those things? How do you use them?

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  1. Using my diffusers — making my main living space SMELL WONDERFUL (without harsh/toxic chemicals)
  2. Almost ALL my oils I put in roller bottles diluted with a carrier oil – I feel like this makes the oils last longer AND it is safe to use this way for my children as well! I use almond oil and fractionated coconut oil for my carrier oil.
  3. Diffusers in bedrooms – especially when a child is sick, placing a diffuser beside their bed to help them breathe in the oils and help them even as they sleep!
  4. Thieves (diluted & in roller bottles) on feet daily to help build our immune system
  5. A few drops (I use lavender & citrus) on dryer balls to cut down on time in the dryer for your clothes
  6. Pan Away – I’ve rubbed pan away in some lotion or coconut oil onto my aching back
  7. Digize – rubbing digize in some lotion onto our stomach to promote healthy digestion and aid in bloating or aches
  8. Frankincense – I use 1 drop in my moisturizer each evening before bed
  9. Progessence – I’m using several drops of this daily to help with bad periods/female issues (I’ve had great results, but I’m going to wait for a few more cycles to give a full report!) And Yes! There’s an oil for that! ha!
  10. RC – this was the first oil that got me hooked! My son gets an annual cough, a friend brought RC over in a roller bottle diluted. I rubbed it on his chest and feet multiple times throughout the day and night and his cough didn’t last the 1-2 months it usually does! He was better within a week.
  11. Allergy blend – the blend of lavender, peppermint & lemon has helped us anytime we have runny noses, stuffy noses, etc.
  12. Thieves Household Cleaner – I’m slowly replacing all my household cleaners with these! (I also made homemade cleaning wipes with it! Post coming soon!)
  13. Any citrus or JOY blend – when I need a boost of energy or motivation, I often smell my favorite oils and rub them on my wrists. Citrus just makes me happy.
  14. Face wash – I use a mixture of castille soap and a few oils to wash my face! Lavender, tea tree, etc.
  15. Baths – take a warm bath with some epsom salts and a drop or two of lavender oil to help you relax before bed!
  16. Thieves tea – When I feel a cold coming on (or already have a sore throat or cold!) I put 1 drop of Thieves into a spoonful of honey (it mixes better with honey rather than water) and stir that into my hot tea of any kind!
  17. Minor burns – you can help the ease the pain of a minor burn by using a roller bottle with carrier oil + lavender in it!
  18. Purification in my diffuser – when there was a lot of sickness going around in our area, I put purification in my diffuser on the days I teach piano lessons! Lots of germs coming in and out and I was hoping to keep the spreading of sickness germs to a minimum!
  19. Purification is also good for ridding your home of bad smells. Put a few drops in your diffuser!
  20. Massages – I am not a huge massage person, but I have friends that love to use lotion and put a drop or two of their favorite scent and then rub a back for a massage.
  21. Quick pick-me- up – just SMELL the bottle of peppermint for a quick pick me up in the middle of a long day. BE CAREFUL with peppermint – don’t get it on your fingers and then rub your face, eyes. But just smelling the oils has amazing benefits!
  22. Help to reduce scars with frankincense.
  23. Indigestion or tummy aches – use 1 drop of peppermint in a carrier oil or lotion to rub on tummies. Make SURE you don’t rub peppermint directly on skin – it is a “hot oil.” Dilute in a roller bottle or use rub in with lotion.
  24. Sore muscles after exercising or running – rub Pan Away on your achy muscles with lotion or carrier oil
  25. Headaches – my daughter has preferred Pan Away on her temples (in roller bottle with carrier oil) for helping with headaches. I have friends who use peppermint for headaches.
  26. Odor neutralizer – burn dinner? Pets in the home? Diffusing purification is GREAT for helping to rid your home of bad smells.
  27. Put a few drops (any oil!) on a cotton ball, place in the air vents of your vehicle — WOW!! I hate to admit that we often eat in our van and then leave food trash/bags/wrappers in the van. Ahem. So sometimes you get in the van the next day and can still smell yesterday’s dinner or snack. YUCK. In addition to cleaning out the trash in the van, place a cotton ball with just 2-3 drops of oils on them in the air vents and your van will be smelling AMAZING within minutes!
  28. Growing pains – my son has been experiencing pain in his legs somewhat regularly over the past year. I get a little lotion and put a drop of Pan Away in it, rub on his legs for relief.
  29. Girly hormonal moods – I’m using the Dragon blend on myself and my tween/teen girls. Enough said. LOL!
  30. Fight infections – whenever we have sickness in our house, I use diluted oregano in a roller bottle on our feet, necks, chest. It SMELLS. Warning. But it works. Do some research on how oregano has been used before antibiotics came into use!
  31. Use lemon oil to replace lemon juice in your recipes!
  32. Hand sanitizer – for a healthier hand sanitizer, use coconut oil or your favorite lotion, put 1 drop of thieves in the lotion, rub over your hands!
  33. Citrus or peppermint when you first wake up in the morning — helps you WAKE UP! All you have to do is SMELL it!
  34. In my 5-minute lotion recipe!

31 Everyday Uses for Essential Oils

Emotional Wellness

As I’ve been researching essential oils lately, one thing I keep coming across is how just using ANY and ALL essential oils (of high quality) will increase your emotional well being. Better moods. I don’t know about you, but that is something I’m ALWAYS interested in improving in my own life, as one who has struggled with depression in the past, as well as having a household of moody tween/teen hormones raging! LOL!!

Here are some articles that tell more about the benefits to our emotions with essential oils:

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Coconut Oil Lotion {+ Printable Recipe Card}

Homemade Lotion with Coconut Oil and Essential Oils

A few years ago I shared a SIMPLE {4 ingredient, 5 minutes to make!} lotion recipe with you here on my blog and now I want to update this same recipe with new tips and ideas for you! I also have a free recipe card for you to print and use as a reference!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup emulsifying wax (this bag will make quite a few batches)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 12-15 drops your favorite essential oils (I used 7 drops lavender, 7 drops tangerine and LOVE the scent! I do not like the scent to be very strong, so this was still a very light scent)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of potassium sorbate (if you wish to add a preservative)

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Instructions

1. In a 2-cup pyrex measuring glass, I melted the emulsifying wax WITH the coconut oil. (I have seen this recipe using olive oil as well, if you’d like to try that!) The coconut will be a little more white like the 2nd picture as opposed to the 3rd picture – the coconut oil lotion ends up being perfectly white, the olive oil is more of an off-white/creamy color. I put mine in the microwave for about 1 minute and then stirred. (The coconut oil will take a little bit longer to melt, just fyi.)

2. Fill a coffee mug or about 1 and 1/4 cup of water, heat in microwave, again, I heated for about 1 minute. (If you wish to add preservative – listed above under ingredients – you would add 1/8 a teaspoon to your water at this point!)

3. While water is heating, add your drops of essential oil. I only added about 14-15 drops, the original recipe calls for more than that. It really depends on how smelly you like your lotion! you don’t have to add a scent at all!!

4. Pour the hot water into the oil mixture and stir.

5. I then poured my lotion into the small 4oz jars. I left them open because you want to keep stirring the lotion so that it doesn’t separate. I basically left it on the counter and everytime I walked through the kitchen, I stirred it a few times.

After a few hours you have wonderful, homemade lavendar lotion!!

Printable Recipe

Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe PDF

Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

Essential Oils

If you’d like to find out more information about essential oils, please click over here where I’m collecting all my information I’m learning!

More Pictures of the Process

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