The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale

If you’ve been a reader of mine for any length of time, you know I only promote products I believe in. As an added bonus, I love promoting products created by businesses with integrity (you know what I mean?). Well, today I’ve found both. Recently, I started working with the Ultimate Bundles team. Now, Ryan and Stephanie are normal parents who try to save money at the supermarket, worry about what their five kids are eating (and how to keep them healthy), and try to juggle their online businesses while maintaining their relationships with each other and their kids. (Does any of that sound familiar?) But that’s not all. They run their bundle business with super-high standards. Questionable content? Nope, they are picky about what they include in their bundles. Sleazy online salespeople? Give their full money-back guarantee a try and you’ll find out they stick to their word. Anyway, all of that to say: they truly care about running a reputable business! Ryan, Stephanie, and their entire team have been putting together some incredible bundles of digital resources for five years now. You may have seen bundles around from time to time, but here’s what I love about Ultimate Bundles: the quality and value of the resources included in each bundle how easy it is to download and use their amazing customer service team and the physical bonus offers included with each one. And because of your interest in getting more done each day, taking care of yourself and your family and having fun, I have a feeling you’re going to love their newest bundle, and I want to...
My Top 3 Stress Relief Tips

My Top 3 Stress Relief Tips

Hopefully by now you’ve implemented some of my eating to reduce stress and exercise for stress relief tips and are feeling a bit less stressed.  If you’re part of the Oil of the Month Club, I’m sure you are loving the many uses of lavender too – and may be feeling even less stressed thanks to that too! To close out the month, I’m going to share some of my favorite general stress relief tips – add these to your week and see how much better you start feeling. Stress Relief Tips: Take care of yourself.   I think this one is especially hard when you are feeling stressed.  You feel overwhelmed and burnt out already so taking care of yourself feels like just one more “to-do.”  However, I promise that if you take time to take care of yourself, you’ll feel better, your attitude will be better and your stress levels will go down – even if NOTHING else changes in your life.  How to do it?  Eat healthy and nourishing foods, get some exercise, take time to relax each day, take time for fun regularly and get a good night’s sleep.  These are the things I emphasize with my clients, so if you need a little accountability, check out my programs HERE. Take it one step at a time.  When you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to even get started.  So don’t work yourself up thinking about all.the.things.that.must.be.done.  Just do the next step.  One thing.  Then the next, and so on.  Before you know it, you’ve made some serious progress and are feeling like you are accomplishing...
Does Your House Smell?

Does Your House Smell?

I used to have an obsession with the chemcial laden plug ins that promised a lovely scent in your house.  I’m not going to name names, because it doesn’t really matter which brand – they ALL have chemicals in them.  I have to admit since we’ve almost always had pets it was such a relief to walk into a house that smelled like cinammon or something beachy versus wet dog.  So even though I had concerns about what I was putting into the air we breathe, I kept on doing it. Thank goodness I learned about essential oils!  Now I have a way to make my house smell terrific without adding fake ingredients to the air. Although I use my essential oils in many ways, one that I consistently do daily is diffuse oils throughout the house.  There are so many varieties of diffusers out there, but as long as they use water and essential oils only, I haven’t found a huge difference in performance.  Most diffusers will last a few  years if you wipe them out regularly so they are very cost effective.  I love mine so much I travel with at least one when we go on vacation!  Tomorrow I’ll do a Facebook Live video sharing some of my favorite blends as well as how to use the diffusers, but attached below are reviews (and links) to the ones I own and use regularly: This InnoGear is a nice entry level diffuser – it’s reasonably priced (and often on sale), and the quality seems to be decent.  It has a light function too which is kinda fun...

Exercise for Stress Relief

Exercise for stress relief?  Yeah right!  Adding exercise will add to my stress – it’s “one more thing to do.”  Ever said this?  I know I have, and I’ve studied the benefits of exercise, so I KNOW that it will actually reduce my stress levels.  But that’s easier to intellectually know than to actually do when stress levels are high and life is crazy busy.  I get it. Since I find myself having busy weeks often these days, I’ve come up with a few methods to sneak in exercise, along with a plan for when I’m feeling very stressed that will help me feel calmer and ready to take on the world again. Yoga or pilates are always my stress relief go to.  They are perfect exercises for stress reduction, feel great and you can benefit from even 15 to 20 minutes.  In addition, you won’t get all hot and sweaty, so no need to add another shower to your day.  I’ve gone so far as to do a 10 to 20 minute pilates routine in the middle of the day on my office floor – without changing into workout clothing.  Is it ideal?  Nope.  Does it get the job done?  Yep. Walking outside.  There is just something about fresh air and a lovely environment that make you feel better about life.  A brisk walk is perfect for when life is crazy, and if you have a good friend, family or dog to walk with you are doing double duty with relationship building or pet care!  Take ten minutes before work, at lunch and after dinner and you’ve done 30 minutes.  Often...
Eating to Reduce Stress

Eating to Reduce Stress

If you are a busy working mom, I bet you are often stressed.  If you have kids that are super busy in sports and school like mine are, I KNOW you have stressful days every week.  Am I right? As I mentioned in this week’s Facebook Live Monthly Introduction, in addition to sharing how I use the essential oil Lavender, I will be sharing all kinds of stress relief tips and tricks this month.  Lavender is our oil of the month and so stress relief is the perfect complimentary wellness topic to dive into. When life feels stressful, often the first thing many of reach for is sugar and coffee.  Although they may taste and feel good in the moment, in the long run they aren’t going to help you relieve stress at all,  in fact, they will probably make you feel worse.  Sugar and caffeine release “feel good” chemicals in your brain (serotonin, endorphins and dopamine for you scientific types).  Thanks to this, the positive feelings are real and you do feel better, but unfortunately, that happy high quickly turns to a drop in your moods and you feel tired and perhaps even worse. So what should you eat instead? Leafy greens.  Spinach is an easy source and contains magnesium which can help activate B vitamins – B vitamins give us energy.  Popeye knew what he was talking about! Red peppers.  These slightly sweet veggies can help curb sweet cravings while boosting our Vitamin C levels. Salmon.  Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3’s.  There is research that shows that cultures that eat foods with high levels of Omega-3’s have lower...
March 2017 Book Reviews

March 2017 Book Reviews

Shockingly I didn’t read a bunch in March.  Just seems like we were always busy with life – which isn’t a bad thing at all!  HERE is the list of everything I read, and I’m sharing a bit about my favorites below: & nbsp; I really love the premise of this book.  I haven’t quite implemented it all yet, but I have found some of the tips for getting up early VERY helpful.  The outlined morning routine very closely follows my ideal morning, so any encouragement I can get for getting it to work consistently is terrific.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. Who doesn’t love Chip and Jo?  We don’t have cable, but when I’m traveling I like to watch an episode or two of Fixer Upper.  I really enjoyed their story – they have had quite a crazy life and have worked hard to get to where they are today.  They didn’t just “get lucky” or know someone to get on TV.  It was also interesting to learn about all the other businesses they have going on – the TV show we all watch is just a small portion.  My rating 4 out of 5. If you haven’t signed up already, be sure to check out my NEW opt-in offer “7 Ways to Become Healthier & Happier THIS Week.”  It’s a terrific jump start to a healthier and happier year! *This post contains affiliate...
Happiness Challenge

Happiness Challenge

Ready to end this month of improving our satisfaction with life with a bang?  Hopefully by now you’ve created a happiness jar and you are using it daily.  If not, go do it right now, or at LEAST grab your list from earlier this month and get ready to use it. Next week I’ll be hosting a 5 day Happiness Challenge starting Monday March 27th.  I’m so excited for this as it will be a fantastic way for you to practice adding happiness to your days.  I want it to become a habit.  A happy habit 🙂 This is how it will work.  Below is a list of daily ideas.  You can do these OR you can pull from your happiness jar or draw from your list – doesn’t matter to me so much WHAT you do as that you are doing something to increase your satisfaction with life every day. Each day you participate, post on Instagram, Facebook or even below in the comments.  I’d love to see a picture or a description of what you did.  Make sure and tag me so I see it (links to my pages below), and add #happyhabit.  Each time I see a post, picture or comment, you’ll get an entry – and at the end of the week, I’ll randomly draw a name – winner will receive a bottle of Young Living Lemon oil so they can enjoy all the projects and ways we learned to use it this month.  Participate each day, you’ll get five entries!  And you’ll have had a week of fun too, so really EVERYONE wins! Daily ideas: Enjoy...

Sunshine Sugar Scrub

Sandal weather is coming and my heels need some work!  Since Lemon is our Oil of the Month, I thought it fitting to make up a batch of Sunshine Sugar Scrub using my lemon essential oils.  This scrub is a GREAT way to pamper your feet in the shower each morning.  Just massage a little bit into your heels and rinse.  After a few weeks, you’ll notice smoother skin AND you’ll get to enjoy the fresh, invigorating lemon scent each morning. Sunshine Sugar Scrub 1 cup sugar (I used Organic Raw, so it’s a little coarser and yellow) 1/8 cup coconut oil (great moisturizer, or olive oil works too) grated lemon peel (from one lemon) 15 drops lemon oil Step one:  melt your coconut oil Step two:  add lemon peel to sugar, then pour melted coconut oil on top, mix until oil is evenly distributed Step three:  add lemon essential oil and mix into the scrub That’s it!  Took me about 5 minutes, and this recipe made enough to fill one jelly size mason jar – perfect to keep in my shower.  Perfect way to treat myself every morning! Need a quick start on making the most of every day?  A way to jump in and start enjoying life while you are planning out your next year?  Check out Make the Most of Every Day and start creating a life you love right away!!! *this post contains affiliate...
Create a Happiness Jar

Create a Happiness Jar

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day craziness of life that we don’t take the time to do what makes us happy.  Think about that for a moment.  That is really sad – we don’t have time for happiness?  How in the heck did THAT happen? I don’t want this to be the norm any longer, so today we are going to make a visual cue so you won’t forget to add happiness to your life each and every day.  What better way to improve the satisfaction with your life than to be enjoying it? Got your happiness list from last week?  Get it out because we’ll be using it. Now find yourself an empty jar – doesn’t have to be pretty – in fact a Mason Jar works beautifully. On small slips of paper, write down ALL the things on your list that make you happy.  Fold them up and put it in the jar.  If you are crafty, feel free to make this as pretty or interesting as you’d like, but it’s totally not necessary – function is enough! Put that jar somewhere you will see it daily.  Some suggestions:  near the coffeemaker, your computer, your toothbrush. Each day, pull out a slip of paper.  If it’s something you can do that day, by all means DO IT!  If it’s something you have to plan, put it on your calendar so it’s coming up soon.  If it’s something you can’t easily do in the next few days, give yourself five minutes to think about it, remember it and how much you enjoy it. A...

Increase Satisfaction With YOUR Life

How often do you lay in bed at the end of the day and ask yourself where the day went?  Feel like you are just getting through the week in anticipation of the weekend?  If you find this happening regularly, then you need to increase your satisfaction with your life.  You need to start finding ways to feel like EVERY day is enjoyable and successful. To get started, what makes you happy? Not WHO makes you happy or even what you think should make you satisfied with your life, but what truly makes you happy? Once you sit  yourself down and answer that question, I think you’ll be surprised at how many small, simple things you come up with.  I know I was. As I mentioned in my last Facebook Live video, this is going to be our month to explore the concept of creating a life that you are satisfied with – EVERY DAY.  We’ll talk a lot about happiness and the practice of bringing more of it into our lives which will automatically increase your daily satisfaction and enjoyment of your circumstances. To kick things off, I encourage you to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen (do this old school) and answer the question – “what makes you happy?”  Give yourself ten to fifteen minutes and come up with as many things/ places/ experiences/ etc. that you can. Keep that list handy because we’ll be referring to it often this month as we work to improve your satisfaction and get you enjoying each day – not just “working for the weekend.” Need a quick...

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