December 31, 2016

: another : DIY - Hand Soap Edition

My husband came home from work the other day and said it was official - he has become a soap snob!

I made our own soaps a few weeks ago and we are both obsessed with them. They smell amazing, they are cleaning our hands, they are nourishing our skin with oils, and they are HEALTHY for us, NO added fake fragrance.

Here is what you need -

You need a glass soap dispenser (I got a foaming one from Fred Meyer and its AMAZING), some unscented castile soap. I bought Dr. Bronners from Fred Meyer - here is the link on Amazon. You will also need whatever kind of liquid oil you are comfortable with. I used Sweet Almond oil in one and Fractionated Coconut oil in two others. Also you will need some Young Living pure essential oils - cleanest of clean oils with a Seed to Seal promise!

Here is your How To!

Add 2 tablespoons unscented castile soap to soap dispenser.
Add 1 teaspoon of either the sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil (you can also use grapeseed oil or avocado oil - but I haven't tried either of those yet).
Add 10-15 drops each of two essential oils of your choice (or 20-30 drops of one!). Stay away from oils that are pure citrus - they pull toxins out of the plastic pieces inside the pump really quickly!

I have used Thieves and Purification, Thieves and Peppermint (our favorite!) and Lavender.

Good luck! Have fun! If you want to learn more about how to get the oils, visit this page on my blog next!


December 14, 2016

Have you ever...

...done anything CRAZY?

...kissed like the world was going to end?

...snuggled up with a newborn baby?

...danced alone in your underwear?

...cried (I mean REALLY CRIED) while reading a good book?

...believed in something so much that it came true?


I challenge you to do something today you would be proud to put on a list of Have You Ever's!


December 12, 2016

DIY Laundry Detergent!


I'm not really a 'DIY'er. It's not so much my thing. I'm not very good at following recipes and generally if someone says 'Hey - do this...'  I say 'YOU do that'.

I put aside my contempt of being told what to do and researched a bunch of different laundry detergent options. I kind of mixed a few of them up and yesterday made my first batch!

I decided to just do one load worth at a time because I didn't want to make a big amount and then hate it.

Here is the recipe I used -

4 tbsp Dr. Bronners Castille soap - baby - unscented
1/4 cup Borax
1/4 cup Super Washing Soda
4 drops YL Purification Essential Oil
4 drops YL Lemon Essential Oil
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Just dump each item into the washer with your clothes!

and you guys - I almost died and went to laundry detergent heaven when that washer stopped and I smelled those freshly washed clothes. Mmmm. So fresh and so clean, clean.

I'll probably only put the Borax in when I wash stinky workout clothes, just to get out that extra grime.

Next I'll tell you guys about my DIY Dryer Sheets because I am having SO MUCH FUN getting my house toxin free.



December 10, 2016

At Home Workout #3

You guys ever feel like your sports bra is squeezing the life out of you?
Maybe its time for me to cut back on those sugar cookies...

Or maybe add in an extra workout!

Here's an easy one to follow!

Tabata (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds!)

- jump squats

- situps

- weighted lunges

- plank

- push-ups

- kettle bell swings

- deadlifts

Pick 3-5 of these and go to town!  Do 8 rounds of each or do every other to mix it up!



December 03, 2016

Oily Like Whaaat?

If you didn't guess it by the title - I've started using Young Living essential oils!  I am absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of love and support from the YL community and the team I get to be a part of.

Last week I told my sister I was ready to buy my Premium Starter kit. We chatted for a few days about the business side of it and I was VERY leery. As soon as I got my kit, I rolled on some stress away and started up my diffuser with 4 drops of lavender and 2 drops of Copaiba. I pretty much melted into a puddle on the floor and leafed through all the amazing information that the kit came with. 

I'm still very new to oils but learning SO much! How the oils work through frequencies in the body and how the oils are absorbed on your skin, what smells work well together. I'm most excited to learn about how they can aid people in their journey to healthy living! 

If you have any questions or are slightly interested, leave me a comment and I will send you some information! 

If you are ready to grab up a kit and start experiencing these things yourself, you can follow this link!

The kit comes with 11 wonderful essential oils : 

Thieves Vitality - the healthy-keeper. It helps keep the air clean, boosts immunity, and is just the greatest.

Purification - gets rid of bad odors & a ton more.

Copaiba Vitality - supports body's response to irritation, it enhances other oils, I've heard it does wonders on little baby gums!

Frankincense - Incredible for skin and immune systems, eases occasional and minor tension, promotes feelings of calmness and balance (Was given to baby Jesus as a gift. So cool!).

RC - contains 3 different kids of eucalyptus which have naturally occurring eucalyptol (really good stuff), it's great for respiratory comfort .

DiGize Vitality - supports a super healthy digestive system, because everybody loves a content and happy stomach.

Lemon Vitality - amazing as a drop in water, keeps your energy up, gets goop off of surfaces, helps oily skin, helps to cleanse your body. The works.

Stress Away - exactly what it says. We roll it onto our wrists and the back of our necks anytime we want it. 

Peppermint Vitality - keeps my head happy, supports digestive system (so good with tummies!) promotes proper nasal and respiratory function! I also use it on my crampy tummy during that time of the month and muscles that need some relief. Love this stuff. 

Panaway - so many types of much-needed comfort for your busy body. Your muscles will love this oil!!

Lavender - "the Swiss Army knife of essential oils." Great for relaxation, sleepy cream, a calm environment for kids, and dry/chapped/irritated skin. I've been using it on my face at night before bed for my dry skin and the result is me sleeping like an ANGEL.

I literally couldn't be more excited to start this journey! This weekend I'm planning on creating my own toxin free laundry detergent - I'll definitely give you the low down on that later!