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! 

5 Tips for a Happy Morning

5 Tips for a Happy Morning

Mornings can be tough. But they don’t have to be. And, I am learning, when I put my mind to it, I can *sometimes* even change the bad attitudes that might be present in our mornings. Notice I said sometimes. {grin} With 2 teens and 1 pre-teen, the challenge is definitely there.

As most of you know, we homeschool. Thankfully, we don’t have to rush out the door most mornings this coming school year. However, bad moods and grumpiness can appear at any time, no matter what time you start your morning.

5 Tips for a Happy Morning

1. Turn on happy music! I recently finished reading The Happiness Dare (we have an online book club starting today! More details here.) Jennifer Dukes Lee, the author of this awesome book, has a HAPPY PLAYLIST on Spotify that is AWESOME. Go check it out. {Search for The Ultimate Happy Playlist if this link doesn’t take you there.} If  you prefer more quiet music in the morning, there are lots of options for that too. This is my current favorite. The acoustic versions of these beloved songs are amazing. Maybe worship music as you read your Bible! I have found that my kids – when we are starting our morning school routine – do really well with the happy playlist and upbeat happy music!

2. Get a warm cup of something you love. For me, it’s coffee. For you, it may be hot tea. Use a favorite coffee mug. And no, you can’t have too many.

3. Read your Bible. Even just 1 Psalm a day. Even just one chapter from a gospel. When we turn our eyes upon Jesus, the things of this world fade away. I’m currently reading and discussing 1 Psalm per day with my children. I have loved the discussions we’ve had! Read a short devotional. See my favorite devotionals for moms.

4. Adore God. Pray. Tell Him how good He is. Name your gifts. When we focus on gratitude – even for just a few moments – our spirits are lifted. Start a gratitude journal. Write down 3 things each day that you’re thankful for.

5. Get moving. My son especially does much better with our first round of schoolwork in the mornings when we have moved a bit. Maybe it’s a dance party. (This isn’t typical for me, in fact, when I tried it last week my kids looked at me like I had lost my mind. HA!) We are also using this 7 minute workout app! Some of those exercises are a challenge, but we are at least trying the ones we can do. And I have also found some free work-outs on youtube recently!

BONUS TIP: eat something yummy. I try to get my kids a good dose of protein in the mornings, but sometimes a donut doesn’t hurt helping to start our day on a HAPPY note.

2 E-Courses for Your Mornings & Evenings

Crystal Paine, from Money Saving Mom, has 2 online courses to help you make over your mornings AND evenings!

Read more about Make Over Your Mornings!

Read more about Make Over Your Evenings! 

 

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!

Sign up to become a wholesale member with Young Living here!

 

 

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Free 6-Day Evernote Course

EN-challenge

A new FREE e-course from Simplified Organization that starts MONDAY 4/18! I love everything that Mystie does so I knew I had to share this course with you.

Do you feel like your digital devices should be more useful to your real life? Do you feel like you aren’t taking full advantage of the power in your pocket? Are you tired of all the random bits of paper in your purse and on your counter?

Evernote is the perfect place to begin using technology to make life run more smoothly.

  • Learn how to use Evernote for homemaking, managing the family, and homeschooling.
  • Move to a more paperless information storage routine to reduce the clutter.
  • See how technology can work for you, even if you aren’t techie yourself.
Join this 6-day Evernote challenge and grow confident and efficient in how you use the program!

Designed for moms less comfortable using apps and digital solutions, this course will walk you through how to first set up Evernote in a clear and organized way, then teach you how to use it effectively and simply.

Register now for a free 6-day Evernote Challenge and learn how to effectively and efficiently use Evernote to manage your home and homeschool.

More Organizational Help

Mystie has several e-courses with multiple modules at various prices. She also has help for the kitchen! Check out all her options.

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?

Purchasing Thieves Household Cleaner is most affordable as a wholesale member! Become a wholesale member with Young Living here

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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