summer zen

today is the first day of summer break for my kiddos.

i love summer because i don’t always like a task list.

i like a bit of structure, but i don’t thrive with structure.

however, i do thrive in a calm environment, and without structure calm is sometimes elusive.

one of my favorite ways to find some calm is with yoga.

i have recently stepped up my home practice and my goal for the summer is to devote at least 20 minutes a day, at home, to yoga.

i hope to make it to 3 classes per week at our health club, but would love to practice everyday at home.

another way i love to add calm to our home is with essential oils and i plan to use both in my yoga practice this summer.


in fact, i found an awesome kit with roller bottle blend recipes, labels, bottles, and instructions for yoga and meditation roller and diffuser blends from Got Oil Supplies!

today, i put a few of the blends together…

the kit includes 1 recipe tear sheet, 1 label sheet and 10 glass rollerball bottles (oils, mala beads, and yoga props not included).

i am looking forward to using these blends during my at home yoga from some summer zen.

you can also get your own Yoga & Meditation Rollerball DIY Kit at Got Oil Supplies!

clarity is my word for the year, so the clarity blend happens to be my favorite so far!

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hello, {mid}october

october.

cooler temperatures.

falling leaves.

football.

fires in the fireplace.

october, you are one of my favorites.


home.

we’re staying put for a while.

after a summer of travel, and a quick trip to colorado for a beautiful family wedding, we are ready to stay in oregon and enjoy our “new” home.


colorado.

as i mentioned, we took a quick trip to colorado. my cousin got married in vail, and it was just perfect!

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 OILs.

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it just seems that in the fall my use of oils increases. not only to keep everybody healthy, but i use them in our diffusers instead of scented candles! did you know that the scents and waxes) used in the scented candles that we love to burn this time of year are releasing toxins into your home?! why not diffuse instead? here are some awesome diffuser blends to try out…

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also, young living is having a FLASH SALE on premium starter kits with the rose design home diffuser…

if you have been on the fence about giving oils a try, now is a great opportunity!

if you are a current member and want a second diffuser, this is a great deal!

if you are a former member who has let their membership lapse, this is a great opportunity to get back into oils and a healthy lifestyle!

this FLASH SALE is only through Wednesday, 10/19, so contact me if you are interested and I will help you get signed up!

{in the garden} april 23rd

with our mild spring and winter we got an early start to our garden.

and, when i say “we”, i really mean ryan.

ryan is in charge of our veggie garden, and he started planting in early march!

he added our backyard compost that has been “cooking” for a year.

the strawberries are already coming up and flowering. they are always fun for the kids (and us) to pick.

he planted three more blueberry bushes, so we now have a total of six.

he planted a second artichoke plant…maybe this year we will actually get an artichoke!

he planted greens, which we have already started to harvest and eat.

the tomatoes are in the ground and are already starting to flower.

he also planted asparagus, potatoes, and italian oregano.

and, he planted hops.

yes. hops.

maybe he’ll be brewing his own beer soon, too.

{and, he calls ME the hippie.}

we still need to plant our basil, maybe a few peppers, some cucumber, and carrots.

we always go organic for fertilizer and pest control.

this year will be no different, but  i am hoping to integrate essential oils into the pest control.

i promise a photo tour by the end of the month…we’ve got another project going on that is taking a lot of my time…stay tuned!

are you interested in learning more about young living essential oils?

click here

To join:

  • go to the member sign up page
  • select wholesale member (not retail customer)
  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
  • create your account, enter your personal information
  • select your starter kit (the premium starter kit, $150, is the best option)
  • welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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home is…in the garden 2015.

*i am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you. always consult a doctor first. more than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first. we are our own advocate.

 

home is essential

Living a healthy lifestyle is important to our family. Eating healthy foods and exercising are big parts of our routine. We are pretty careful about what we put into our bodies, meaning we eat organic, try not to eat too many processed foods, and stay away from too much alcohol and sugar.

Over the last 10 years I have been on and off of different antidepressant/anxiety medication. Although they have helped when I have needed them, I no longer want or feel the need to be putting the man made chemical concoctions into my body. So, I am tapering off of my medication with the guidance of my doctor and looking forward to moving forward without them!

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This decision, along with reading about essential oils all over the place, led me to give essential oils a try. Not only to help with the transition off of prescription medications, but also as a way to increase the health of our family and home as a whole.

In the last two months, I have almost completely depleted all of the oils that came in the premium starter kit that I ordered to become a young living wholesale member. I use them everyday in our home…that’s probably why they call them the “everyday oils”!

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Do you see anything these oils could help you with everyday?!

This is just a short list of how i use ours…

  • I turn on the diffuser in our kitchen first thing every morning…using Purification, Thieves or Stress Away.
  • I use Frankincense and Lavender everyday in a face cream that I mixed up with some coconut oil.
  • Lemon (or grapefruit, which I ordered separately from my premium starter kit) goes into my water all day, everyday.
  • Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender are used together in a roll on for on the go seasonal allergy relief.
  • We call Valor our “brave” oil when the kids are feeling a little scared.
  • And, Joy goes on my heart every morning.

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I also purchased the Thieves household cleaner when a friend asked if she could purchase some through me. I use it all over the house and love the fresh smell and knowing that chemicals are not cleaning our home.

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That being said, I just purchased a second premium starter kit to replenish our supply. It was a “no brainer” to me. Seriously, the $150 investment was totally worth it the first time…and now I will have a second diffuser!

I’m not saying that everybody who purchases a premium starter kit will need to buy a new one every two months. I shared a lot of the oils with friends, and experimented right away with all of the oils. I wanted to dive in head first and see how they would fit into our everyday lives.

What I AM saying is that I found found these little bottles if oil invaluable and didn’t want to wait to replace them one bottle at a time!

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Do you want to learn more?

click here

To join:

  • go to the member sign up page
  • select wholesale member (not retail customer)
  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
  • create your account, enter your personal information
  • select your starter kit (the premium starter kit, $150, is the best option)
  • welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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home is…essential.

*i am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you. always consult a doctor first. more than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first. we are our own advocate.

why i pin a pillowcase up on the wall

in november we finally got around to painting our bedroom.

a long overdue home project.

we painted it the same white that we have been using throughout our home. it all started when i got the crazy itch to paint the walls in our kitchen, that then turned into the cabinets, that then turned into the hall, that then turned into the entry, playroom, and upstairs hall.

each time i painted, i also got crazy hives on my hands…a reaction i have had all my life when my body doesn’t get along with something well.

painful welts that itched and burned…on the palms of my hands, between my fingers and up and down my fingers! it hurt to do anything with my hands, and nothing would help except to not paint again.

i wore gloves, and i would still get hives.

needless to say, i wanted to get the bedroom painted as quickly as possible and be done with the paint.

once the room was done, we also got rid of our bulky headboard. so, our bed was (and is now) pushed up against the freshly painted wall.

well, all of my hives eventually settled down except for the pinky finger on my left hand and the ring and pinky finger on my right hand.

i thought it was bug bites.

i thought my skin was just dry from the cold dry december we were having.

i tried benadryl.

i tried steroid cream.

i tried antibiotic cream.

i tried extra moisturizer.

nothing worked.

this all started in november and lasted until sometime in january when i finally figured out.

one saturday morning my hands were hurting and i took some benadryl and went back up to bed.

i’m a stomach sleeper and put my arm under my pillow. when i did this, my hand touched the freshly painted wall.

my left pinky rubbed against the wall when i faced right and my right pinky and ring finger rubbed against the wall when i faced left.

exactly where my hives were.

the paint.

even the DRY paint was giving me the same hives that i got each time i painted a new room in our home.

the thing is, when we first moved into this house i made sure to use low-voc or no-voc paint. i cared about what we were breathing in…i didn’t want our babies breathing in toxic fumes.

8 years later, i just wanted to slap up paint that would stick…and be easy. so, i chose a paint with the primer…talk about lots of chemicals. {i’m not going to get into which paint, because i don’t even know WHAT chemical i react to}

it’s no wonder that my hands were reacting WHEN i was painting, but when i realized that it was still causing a reaction, just from contact, when it was DRY.

wow.

and, what about all the off-gasing that has been happening in our home for the last two years?!

ugh.

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so, now i pin a pillowcase up on the wall until we figure out our headboard situation.

the timing worked out great, and my young living premium starter kit showed up at the end of december. i have been diving into all of the uses for them…including detoxing our home.

i am back in the game as far as “green” interiors are concerned. thrifting, reuse, recycled and  sustainable materials are all back on the plate. and i will be sharing information about them here.

we don’t have a lot of control over things in this world, but we DO have control over what happens in our homes.

let’s keep them healthy.

i can’t wait to share more of this journey with you.

home is…taking control of the health of your home.