My FIVE Favorite Things Right Now

13
Sep
2019


My Five Favorite things

I am super excited to hop in before the weekend to share my FIVE Favorite things (right now).   These are making my life a little more sweet these days!

Intermitten Fasting

I was inspired to check out Intermittent Fasting when a friend of mine jumped in.  Now hear me on this, I had heard of this before and had determined I could NEVER do black coffee.  I liked my coffee with almond milk just fine.  Over the years I have cut back from the terribly tasty, but incredibly bad for you “coffee-mate” creamers, to raw milk, then went to NutPods (French Vanilla is my favorite) and/or almond milk.

I also thought I could never go without eating for 17-20 hours a day.  But after her incredible testimony of reduced inflammation, weight loss, healing of diseases and dramatic energy increase, I decided to jump in.

I read, “Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle,” by Gin Stephens and was totally onboard.  She gave all the information in clear concise chapters, and linked to all the science stuff and studies to back up what she said.  

I just passed two months and I honestly have so much energy, have lost a few inches, and saved money in our family budget on food!!!!  I have found food more enjoyable and honestly, it has less control over me.  If you struggle with weight, disease or illness, I encourage you to read the book.  You also may want to join the incredible Facebook group to see amazing transformations from real people.   People have overcome arthritis, diabetes, thyroid issues, obesity and so much more.  And the best part…. it’s FREE!

I love this APP for helping keep track of my fasting hours too – LIFE Fasting APP.  I did a Facebook live on my two month journey with some tips here, and share why it is crazy amazing for those even not looking to lose weight.

Naturally Alkaline Spring Water

I know that my body needs water – every.single.day.  Even almost as important is the fast that the quality of the water you are consuming can truly impact you – most especially when you are doing things like fasting to help heal your body.

When I discovered FLOW alkaline spring water I was hooked.  This water is sourced from an artesian spring, which contains naturally occurring electrolytes and essential minerals – giving it an alkaline pH of 8.1.  FABULOUS!!!!   I love the taste and the added minerals help my body during the fasting state especially.

It is packaged in 100% recyclable Non-PET & BPA-Free packaging, which is music to my ears. I do not like to buy bottled water in plastic and will rarely do that, even when out.  I prefer to bring along my own water in my own glass water bottle.  But when I am traveling, it’s been so refreshing to have multiple containers of FLOW to help me stay hydrated all day long.

Try it yourself for 30% off when you use my sharing link here.  I love the ease of delivery to my door, but also have purchased from Whole Foods.

A Sweet Book for the Soul

I am a big reader for personal development, but there are times that I just need a good book for my soul.  I am almost finished with, “Nobody’s Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship” by Melanie Shankle and it’s been such a joy!!

If you’ve read any of Melanie’s other books, and girl… you need to because she is hilarious…… you know how enjoyable they are.  She has a way of drawing you right into her life and sharing the details in such a humorous way that you just want to laugh out-loud.  And, I did – often!!

Go grab it and check it out for a cozy fall read – just you, a book, cup of tea (I love this tea) and a blanket!

Pumpkin Spice Diffuser Blend

I use to be such a candle addict, until I learned all the dangers of burning them in my home!!  So, I have turned to my trusty diffusers in my house and since it’s September, I can diffuse all things FALL!!!

This is one of my favorite essential oil blends to diffuse, makes it smell all cozy and like my home is ready to bring in anyone.

If you haven’t made the switch to essential oils, I’d be honored to help you grab your very own starter kit.   It includes a fabulous diffuser, along with 12 essential oils and others goodies that will help you kick off the fall season armed for battle!

Dry Skin Brushing

As I am focusing on intermittent fasting, I want to also be sure that all the icky stuff is getting out of my body.  Hydration is key for sure in that process, but I’ve also added Dry Skin Brushing to my routine.

Why add this into my daily routine?  Dry Skin brushing is excellent for getting rid of dry, dead skin cells and helping the body with it’s circulation.  I love doing a routine of Dry Skin brushing with this all-natural  bristle body brush  or this firmer body brush each morning before I get in the shower.

Here is a great video that runs through the details.

There you have it, my Five Favorite Things Right Now that are bringing some sweetness to my daily life!

Cleaning with Thieves Household Cleaner

24
May
2019

Thieves household cleaner

One of the number one things we ALL use for a clean home is household cleaner.

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization focused on environment and public health, recently came out with their Cleaners Hall of Shame list. The list includes common products you use to clean your home every day. These products contain ingredients containing carcinogens, asthma instigators, and poisons, which mean some sparkly cleaners might come at a high price to your health.

Most Cleaners contain Endocrine Disruptors 

Many cleaners contain phthalates, which interfere with hormones and are known carcinogens.

And there have been very little resources devoted to evaluating the effects of these nasty toxins to the brain, nervous system, and other organs. Imagine what they might find when they do!

I know I don’t want that in my home, do you?

All Natural Cleaner Option

If you want to detoxify your home of chemical cleaners, toss those Hall of Shame products and replace them with just one cleaner—Thieves Household Cleaner by Young Living. It is an all-natural, all-purpose, nontoxic cleaner made with the powerful Thieves essential oil blend.

It does NOT contain those big bad phthalates.

Instead of phthalates, it contains two different sulfates that are derived from coconut oil and sugar. These all-natural and safe sulfates are considered surfactants, which contain a molecule that loves water and a molecule that hates water. That means the Thieves Household Cleaner sticks to the surface and grabs the oil and then washes away easily with water.

Considered an all-purpose cleaner, it can be used on many different surfaces: counters, bathrooms, floors, toys, clothes, carpet, mirrors, windows, and more. Spot check a small area before you use your Thieves cleaner on a new surface.

Cost Effective

This cleaner is also insanely cost-effective. It is highly concentrated, so you only need about a capful of this all-purpose cleaner in about one cup of water. With this ratio, one small bottle will yield you about twenty-nine 16-oz spray bottles of safe, all-purpose cleaner. That means it’s under $1 for one spray bottle. Can’t beat that price!

Time to ditch and switch all your household cleaners for the all-purpose Thieves Household Cleaner. Living above the wellness line and saving money at the same time—double bonus!

When I said “all-purpose” cleaner…I really meant ALL-PURPOSE! It can literally replace almost every harmful cleaning product in your home. Below are a dozen ways I can think of right off the top of my head how to use Thieves Household Cleaner in your home—YES, really…a dozen ways!!!!

Remember, Thieves Household Cleaner is highly concentrated, so use this handy ratio guide for diluting the cleaner (and to also save you money!).

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE

All that?!?

Yes, really!

This is one cleaner you never want to be without in your home! Not only are you NOT exposing your family to toxic products, but exposing them to one that SUPPORTS WELLNESS. Oh, and did I mention it smells great too?!

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE

You can get started with Young Living right now, and get this valuable cleaner for a 24% discount!

Let today be your day to step into a new wellness journey, the time has never been better to dip your toes into the natural lifestyle.

Not only will you be cleaning better, but you will also get a great toolkit of oils that will help you with issues like allergies, depression, anxiety, calming kids with sensory and attention issues, and more.

It’s been a life saver for me.

Let today be your day to step into a new wellness journey!!!

 

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My Journey Overcoming Lupus

3
May
2019

I have been ask hundreds of times over the past five years about my journey with the Autoimmune disease, Lupus. I was diagnosed with both Cutaneous (Discoid) as well as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

During the course of the past eight years, I’ve managed to learn how to support my body in the best ways possible to lessen any symptoms of this disease.

I recently did a LIVE Facebook event where I shared my story.  How I discovered my diagnosis, educated and advocated for myself, as well as what I chose to focus on and how I have been virtually symptom free for the past three and a half years.

If you have someone in your life who has Lupus or another type of auto-immune issue, this will be worth your time to watch.

I had an amazing time sharing information and giving hope to many.  I want all who have been diagnosed to realize that it is not a life long sentence.  The body is a miraculous machine designed to heal itself given the right environment.

You can download a copy of the outline here:  http://bit.ly/2LjFaMQ

 

I shared during the video these photos, it is pretty dramatic and emotional for me.  Celebrating God’s goodness in my life!

 

How to Clean Your Essential Oil Diffuser

6
Mar
2019

If you’re like me, I love my essential oil diffusers.  It is such a blessing to help my home smell amazing, but also help everyone in the family breath in healthy and emotionally balancing essential oils.  Diffusing essential oils has been a huge part of my journey to relieve years of hopelessness, irritability and ongoing sadness.  If you are experiencing any of those, I encourage you to check out how essential oils can truly provide some hope, along with Jesus!

My diffusers also get a lot of use and honestly, sometimes I just get lazy and don’t do a very good job of cleaning them after every use.  I have a whole bunch of different diffuser models in my house, most are Young Living diffusers, but I also have this large mist diffuser and I love it.

Well, here’s why and how to keep your cool misting friend in tip top shape or perhaps recover from some minor neglect. 😉

Most Essential Oil Diffusers sold by Young Living are ultrasonic diffusers, or cold mist diffusers.

If you take a look at your diffuser, there is a small disk inside the bottom of the water reservoir. Electrical current passes through this disk and creates a vibration, creating a cool water mist and also spreading out the essential oil in microparticles for easier distribution in the mist.

So why do I need to clean my diffuser?

In short, they can get to smell funky with multiple uses and I don’t want to fill my room with funk. Also, high viscosity essential oils (e.g. Sandalwood, Vetiver..) can gum up the ultrasonic disk and decrease the diffuser’s efficiency. You’re also diffusing a specific essential oil for a specific reason. Do you really want the previous essential oil in there? Finally, your diffuser will probably run a lot smoother, quieter, longer and more efficient with these cleaning tips.

Easy Daily Cleaning

Just wipe it out after each use. Unplug the diffuser, dump any remaining water and oil, and use a damp cloth to wipe the diffuser out. Sometimes a little Thieves Cleaner will help break up some of the accumulated gunk if there is any. Every once in a while, I use a Q-Tip and rubbing alcohol to clean off the ultrasonic diffusing disk.

Heavier Cleaning

Try using white vinegar to break us some of the accumulated oils and minerals on the inside of your diffusers and ultrasonic disk. Definitely do this outside to avoid stinking up your house. Personally, I use one teaspoon of white vinegar with two – three teaspoons of water. Plug the diffuser in and let it run. After about 30 minutes, unplug, dump, wipe, refill and run for another 30 minutes. Dump, wipe and bring your baby back inside for some more hard work. Just remember not to leave the water / vinegar solution in your diffuser for an extended period.

And finally, a disclaimer. You’re working with an electrical appliance. Always unplug it before cleaning or taking it apart. Definitely never submerge the motor in water. And follow your diffuser’s instruction manual. Also, take care not to scratch your diffusers exterior or interior finish.

These cleaning methods are for diffusers that operate with water, not atomizing diffusers like this one (affiliate link)

young living desert mist diffuser

Not an Essential Oiler User Yet?

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I believe Young Living is full of integrity, the best oils you can find in the world and has the history of twenty-five years to show for it.  I’ve been sharing Young Living with people since I began using them just over six years ago and have a community of over 7,000 who are Confident Oil users.  I would be honored to help you get these oils in your home too – and start making wellness, purpose and abundance part of your story too – click here to see how you can connect with me.Essentiel Oils Made Easy

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Supporting Your Wellness Journey

11
Jan
2019

As we become more educated on what’s good for our bodies and what isn’t, more and more people are incorporating essential oils as part of their wellness journey.

The research is there, we only need to take time to embrace its messages. We’re surrounded by toxic chemicals every where we go, it’s in the products we use, it’s in our homes, and we’re even ingesting it. Nothing good will come from overloading our bodies with these toxins.

My Wellness Journey

Six years ago I began my own wellness journey, and I was shocked at what I had been doing to my body for, basically, my entire life. It’s no wonder I didn’t feel well.

But I’ve educated myself, and in doing so, I’m in the best health of my life. And it feels good to know I’m taking care of my family in the absolute best way I can for their health today and in the future.

Essential oils are a natural way to support your body without harmful toxins. I use them every day! The best way to get started using them is a Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It gives you a variety of our most popular oils.

Top Ways to Use Your Oils

Here are some of the ways I like to use the oils in the Premium Starter Kit that you might enjoy also:

  • Lavender. I love using Lavender on my little guy to help him unwind before bedtime. A couple of drops on the back of his neck, wrists, chest, or soles of his feet does the trick. It can also be added to a warm bath or diffused.
  • Peppermint Vitality. This is one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes. This is great for tummy troubles! I like to diffuse it for my little guy when he has a tummy ache, or for myself I might ingest a drop or two. (When it is labeled as “Vitality” that means it is safe to ingest!)
  • Lemon Vitality. I love this for immune system support! I add a drop or two to my water each day! It also freshens breath!
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality. What’s better than Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange essential oils? Combining all of them PLUS Tangerine, Mandarin and Spearmint! Citrus Fresh smells divine and really kicks up the flavor in your water! Water with amazing flavor AND antioxidants and mild cleansing properties?  YES please!!!
  • Frankincense. I like to use Frankincense topically to calm and ease my mind.  It also has great benefits for my skin… and I am getting a little older!
  • Thieves Vitality. This is wonderful for supporting your immune system during the winter months! This can be taken in a capsule, but you can also diffuse Thieves!
  • Valor.  Have to speak to a group of people? Valor! Nervous about confronting something
    uncomfortable? Valor! Having a day that is threatening to get the best of you? Valor!
    You could start the day off by using Valor as your perfume/cologne and reap the
    benefits for hours. Courage in a bottle!
  • Raven. Do you adore fresh, invigorating scents? You’re going to love Raven.  I love making a chest soother with this oil!
  • DiGize Vitality. I love this one for supporting my digestive system when I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have. I enjoy this one by adding a couple of drops to a little bit of honey. It also helps with my sugar cravings this way.
  • PanAway. I combine PanAway with a carrier oil to make a massage oil for use after a long run for tired, sore muscles.
  • Peace and Calming.  If there’s ever been an oil whose name says it all, THIS is it!
    This blend can help you unwind after a busy day. It’s a huge help for kids who are having a hard
    time settling down at bedtime. A little Peace & Calming topically or in the diffuser (or
    BOTH!) is a mom’s secret weapon!
  • StressAway. Ahhhhh Stress Away! The name says it all! This Lime-Vanilla blend has a citrusy scent that is relaxing and comforting. Long day at work? Soak it away with Epsom salts and Stress Away in a warm bath.

I love this video – short and sweet with all the details!!

If you are already using these oils, drop me a note and let me know your favorite way to use them!

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