A Morning Ritual

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Between the chillier days and fighting off germs, I have developed a new morning (and sometimes nightly) routine. It’s the best.

Basically, it’s a power house tea. And it’s my new favorite thing. I simply heat up some water in the tea kettle, squeeze some lemon juice into a mug, add 2 drops of Thieves. I let it all “brew” for a minute or two and keep a spoon near by to give it a stir every so often, to keep the oil from lingering at the top.

Now, hot water with lemon is already great by itself. It’s an awesome way to start the day and jump start your digestive system. But, due to the off and on stuffy nose I have woken up with, I decided to step up my game. Sometimes I even add a splash of fermented apple cider vinegar. You could even take it a step further and add some raw/local honey.

Between this tea, liquid  silver, monitoring my sugar intake (yes, even fruit) and incorporating fermented foods/beverages, I have thus far (knock on wood) kept any signs of sickness away. Neither of us have experienced any cold/flu/cough this wintery season . . . and we hope to keep it that way. Do you have any winter rituals?

PS: We use the nasal spray version of Sovereign Silver. We have found it to produce the best results AND it lasts the longest (= more bang for your buck). I pick it up at Sprouts/Whole Foods for $14 and it lasts a good month if not longer (for preventative measures. If you’re already sick, you may use it up faster).

 

These Last Weeks

As we are waiting for our baby’s arrival these next couple of weeks . . .

I will be eating up this book. It was at the top of my “wish list” for Christmas.

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I will still be sipping on this fermented stuff. You can read more here on why and here on how.

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I will be mulling over more of the sacred/secular dilemma. Many of you have texted or emailed me such kind words regarding the 31 day series (that I didn’t finish). I stopped at day 17 because I too am still digging and learning and soaking up. I bit off more than I could chew context wise and I should have started the writing process much earlier in order to to be sharing with you all at such a fast pace. Lesson learned. I hope to continue this discussion as a series.

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I will be contemplating Tsh’s thought provoking, “20 Questions for a New Year” (oh, Tsh, you slay me)

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I will be attending a seminar on the gut brain axis held by my favorite herbal supplement company, Nature’s Sunshine, and like many of you, I will be slathering myself with oils . . .

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Lavender for weirdo-third-trimester-insomnia

Citrus to brighten my sleepy mood . . . and when did I start waking up with bags under my eyes?

Peppermint for headaches and lingering morning sickness

Panaway for sore hips and achy lower backs

Thieves, melalueca, and lemon to ward off sickness

 

 

A Big, Little Christmas Gift

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We have been using oils for about a year, maybe a year and a half. I’m not sure if anyone else checks out books at the library on “the power of oils” but we sure have and we use them to make our own toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, belly butter (uh, that’s an “I” not a “we”), all purpose cleaner and for everyday medicinal purposes (anxiety, stress, headaches, good sleep etc). I’m even venturing into using them in a homemade hairspray. I know . . . you can laugh.

Santa has gifted us with a whole new set of oils and I couldn’t be more thankful/excited. With a baby on the way, a love for all things “ancient medicinal,” and third trimester sleepless nights . . . let’s just say I evil laughed when our package arrived.

We aren’t new to essential oils (neither is the historic world . . . just us Americans, mind you). But we are new to Young Living Oils and I finally feel like I can recommend a legit brand. I’ll be sharing some of our homemade concoctions and everyday uses in the upcoming weeks.

 

ALL THINGS SPRING: Spring Cleaning

Is spring cleaning even a thing anymore? I vividly remember watching the Brady’s spring clean on Nick at Night

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But then again, the Bradys (Bradies?) are in a league of their own. So are Marsha’s eyebrows.

Anyways, whether or not you choose to “spring clean,” here are some DIY methods that can and will leave your space fresh. Crisp. Inviting. Serene. Invigorating. Basically all the spring adjectives.

Some tips: keep spray bottles on hand for various homemade cleaners. I grab them at Walmart for less than a buck and keep them in the laundry room/kitchen sink.

Insanely Awesome Shower Cleaner: Unless your shower is as cool as this,

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it probably gets weirdo grime + soap scum build up like our’s. Actually, we don’t use a ton of soap anymore so it’s mostly coconut oil build up, which can be even weirder. I keep a bottle of this in the shower to use as needed but it works best after sitting for a good 10-20 minutes before cleaning. You will need . . .  1 C white vinegar. 1/4 C liquid dish soap. 8 drops of tea tree oil (optional but worth it). Pour ingredients into spray bottle and give a mild shake. Spray onto “dirty” surfaces. Allow to sit. Give it a good scrub. Be amazed. This stuff is my favorite. It can also DOUBLE as a toilet bowl cleaner and/or bathroom counter/sink cleaner. Not to mention, it’s super, super cheap.

All Purpose Cleaner: 1 Cup of white vinegar to 8 drops of tea tree oil. Optional: 5 drops of a “cheerful” essential oil (tangerine, orange, lemon etc). Place ingredients in spray bottle and spray away! The vinegar cuts through anything and everything. For tough messes, allow it to sit for 10 minutes before wiping or scrubbing. The tea tree oil acts as both an anticeptic and bacterial. The cheerful oils are my favorite part.

This awesome sage spray!! Beautiful and so fun.

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Are you familiar with aromatherapy and it’s holistic health benefits? We’re talking physical, mental, and emotional. These three are inseparable. Anyways, we will be tackling aromatherapy as a whole in the quite, near future. Until then here are some easy ways to diffuse essential oils using things you probably already have on hand. Here is a link if you want to create some of your own oil blends. Otherwise, stick to whatever smells good to you in the moment. Your body will tell you what you need.

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– The Cotton Ball: Add a few drops of your choice oil into cotton balls and hide behind picture frames, knick-knacks, etc

– The Pine Cone: Technically pine cones aren’t very “spring” but we still have some around the house! Pine cones are great (of course, God is so wise) at holding scent. Adding a few drops of oil(s) to pine cones and placing them around your home creates both cozy and calm. 

– The Candle Method: Light a non-scented candle and allow a small amount of wax to pool around the wick. Add a few drops of oil into the melted wax and allow the candle to further burn like normal. That’s it!

My mom gifts me the best books. For our first wedding anniversary, she got me this gem,

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don’t judge a book by it’s cover!!! This chick is awesome. I have learned tons from her quirky wisdom. Here are two snippets that hopefully will be of the same help to you.

How to Clean your Microwave 101: Run a rag or bar towel under the sink. Ring it out but you want it to be thoroughly wet. Place rag in the microwave by itself and “cook” for 45 seconds. DO NOT OPEN microwave. This is when the steam from your now, very hot towel is doing it’s magic. After 15 minutes, open the microwave and wipe the gunk away with a second, damp rag. I follow up with the all- purpose cleaner.

The Wonders of Club Soda: Did you know club soda is the great eraser? As long as the spill is new, club soda “lifts” the stain up from it’s victim via it’s bubbly nature. “The Queen” carries club soda with her wherever she goes, apparently. Which is not a bad idea. I have been keeping mine in the laundry room and have indeed been, “wowed.”

Whether you are planning on a spring clean or not, may these DIY tricks and tips be of the utmost service to you! Enjoy! We will be back tomorrow with an entire playlist created just for SPRING. Can’t wait.