Spring Cleansing – Exercise

Spring Cleansing – Exercise

It’s the last week of our Spring Cleansing – and this week we are talking about exercise. If you’ve been doing the same routine for months now, you may be starting to notice that you aren’t enjoying or getting as much out of your workouts as you did in the past.  It’s very common to start to just “dial in” our workouts when they are the same day after day.  As soon as that happens, we lose the intensity and some of the benefit.  What a waste! When you start feeling this way, you know it is time to switch things up.  What I like to do is try to find something VERY different from what I’ve been doing.  It means you have to really concentrate and focus on the activity – and when you are paying more attention you are automatically working harder. For example – if you’ve been running, try biking or swimming.  If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, start walking or hiking in a beautiful or calming environment.  Maybe you’ve been lifting weights?  Give pilates a try.  You’ll still get similar benefits, but the exercise itself is quite different from what your body and mind have been used to. I plan on adding a lot of hiking and biking to my summer workout, and pulling my yoga mat out for daily pilates.  What is your plan? Need an easy and environmentally safe way to clean your yoga mat?  Here is my favorite spray: Yoga Mat Spray small glass or metal spray bottle water Thayer Lavender Witch Hazel, 12 Fluid Ounce tea tree essential oil,...
Spring Cleansing – Personal Care

Spring Cleansing – Personal Care

When I thought of areas I need to “cleanse” in my life, personal care was right up there.  This is a hard area for me.  I’m sure you’ve read/heard/been lectured to/ etc. about how important it is to think about what you put on your skin.  After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body & quickly absorbs everything you put on it (one of the reasons I love my essential oils so much!). But … Those organic, healthy products are EXPENSIVE!  Plus they often don’t seem to work very well. I struggle with this.  I do.  The cost-conscious side of me wants to buy my products at the drugstore using a coupon.  The beauty loving side goes into the specialty stores willing to shell out big bucks for miracle creams.  I’ve done both, for sure. It’s a slow and hard process to switch to a healthier regime, so I’ve decided to do it in pieces.  This is my path and I hope it encourages you.  Instead of breaking up with all my personal care products at once, I’m replacing them with better for me versions one by one. It’s less stressful, less expensive and much more manageable.  Hopefully in a year or two, my bathroom cabinet will be a lovely minimalistic home to a few well-chosen brands or homemade concoctions. Since it’s going to be a slow road as I experiment and try to wean myself off old ingrained habits, I’ll be sharing each new step as it comes.  This means this isn’t going to be a pretty “look at my instant success” post like last week.  ...
Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

You knew I’d get here eventually right?  Actually writing a post about cleaning your house in a healthful way.  I’ve shared a couple of great cleaning recipes using Tea Tree essential oil so far, but today I want to dig into the topic a little deeper. There are several good reasons to look carefully at your cleaning routine.   Cleaning supplies you purchase at the store contain many dangerous ingredients.  After all, there is a reason they have warning labels, right?  Let me show you a quick example.  Here is the ingredient list for a common window cleaner: Commercial Window Cleaner:  water, carriers, cleaning agents, wetting agent, fragrance, dye, and a “formula” Well, that tells me nothing – but the big warning below:  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS is worrisome. How about a window cleaner touted as “natural”? Natural Window Cleaner: corn and coconut derived biodegradeable surfactant, soda ash, potassium hydrate, corn alcohol, fragrance oil, colorant, purified water Okay, I’m still not sure what’s in that cleaner – sounds fancier, but who really knows? Now, take a look at my homemade window cleaner ingredients: Homemade Window Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 T cornstarch, 20 drops essential oils (I like lemon or tea tree) Still not something I want my kids to ingest, but at least I know what’s in it, right?  And I know none of the ingredients are of questionable safety if I get it on my skin or inhale the fumes while using it. In addition, I made an entire bottle of this cleaner in less...
What is Spring Cleansing?

What is Spring Cleansing?

Yep, you read that right.  Spring CLEANSING, not cleaning.  What’s the difference and why is tea tree essential oil a part of this month’s theme? When I think of spring cleaning, I think of scrubbing down the kitchen cabinets, washing the windows and all that other deep cleaning we don’t do each week.  That’s something we do need to do, but THIS May I want to go deeper.  Do more than just “clean up” the mess.  I’d like to create a deeper clean – a cleanse.  Hopefully one that can create lasting changes.  Lasting changes to our health, environment and life. Although we WILL be cleaning, we’re going to do it in a healthier way and rid ourselves of some of the bad habits and products we’ve used in the past.  And we will do a lot more than clean our house. Tea tree is the ideal oil to dive into this month.  It’s one of those oils that even “non-oily” people have heard about.  It’s perfect to use when making homemade cleaners, but it can also be used in your personal care routine.  Tea tree’s clean, crisp smell is especially terrific in fighting odors and freshening. I use the Young Living brand of tea tree because it’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade tea tree leaf oil. This month I’ll share some ideas around chemical free cleaning and WHY it’s good for your health.  We’ll also delve into cleansing foods, exercise and personal care.  Fun stuff! Want a fun way to start cleaning with Tea Tree?  And hear a little more about the topic of Spring Cleansing?  Check out my recent Facebook...

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...

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