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...

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...
Create a Joy Generating Routine

Create a Joy Generating Routine

How often do you wake up feeling TERRIFIC?  I mean  SUPER terrific?  Ready to jump out of bed and start the day just knowing it will be fantastic. It’s an amazing feeling when that happens, but for most people, that isn’t an everyday occurrence.  Even the happiest people don’t always wake up feeling fabulous. There are days you wake up grumpy, tired or just dreading another iteration of the daily grind.  Once you’ve started down this negative path, it can be really hard to turn your day around.  You find yourself without patience, snapping at other people and just not enjoying your life. If you want to start your days with joy, I have a basic recipe for you that I call my “Joy Generating Routine.”  It includes some movement, some gratefulness and some indulgence. Sounds lovely, right? The best part is that if you have a plan like this in place, you can invoke your routine any morning you are feeling down.   Short on time?  Make sure you have a shortened version at the ready too. Although this needs to be tailored for YOU, I’m sure you’d like to see an example.  Here is mine: My Ideal Joy Generating Routine: 20 minutes of yoga (Daily Yoga), a fresh, hot cup of coffee with a splash of my favorite vanilla creamer and 15 minutes of devotions/ writing a line in my daily journal with what I’m grateful for, and running a few drops of Joy through my hair.  If I can add in a ten minute walk outside in the fresh air the routine is perfection! My shortened...
Add Joy to your Relationships

Add Joy to your Relationships

February is the perfect month to think about relationships.  A healthy life includes solid and meaningful relationships, so it’s something we must focus on.  Since the oil of the month is Joy, I’m going to concentrate on adding joy to our relationships.  After all, who doesn’t want more of that? Regardless of what relationship you are working on this month (significant other, children, friends, etc.), there are a few guidelines to follow to help you improve, enjoy and add joy to those relationships. Some Don’ts: Don’t fall into the comparison trap.   This one can kill the joy in our relationships almost instantaneously.  It’s important to remember that when we look at someone else’s relationship, we are only looking at it from the outside.  We don’t know what really goes on behind closed doors, so it does us no good to compare ourselves to what we see as that isn’t the whole picture.  Also, forget about comparing your relationships to those in books or movies.  Those are imaginary.  No relationship can compete with someone or something that isn’t real – don’t even try. Don’t wait for later, enjoy today.  It’s common for us to think that things will get easier later – you know, when the kids are older, the schedule isn’t so busy, you lose ten pounds, whatever you are “waiting for.”  The reality is that your life is happening right now.  You aren’t even guaranteed that future whatever.  So why are you waiting for something that may never come?  Instead, make it a point to enjoy and grow the relationships with the people in your life NOW. Some Do’s: Look at the positive....

Goals 2017: Relationships

As I mentioned last week, this year I have a few very specific goals in each of the important areas of my life.  Goals I’ll be concentrating on and reviewing each quarter.  I’ve outlined nine areas, so I’ll cover three each week for the rest of the month.  I know many of us are hammering out our plans and goals for the year so hopefully this will spark some excitement or give you some good ideas on how to achieve the ones you’ve set. The first three goals are ones I believe ALL of us busy moms feel are important – they all center around relationships.  Now your relationship areas might be different than mine, but I’d be willing to bet you have some relationships in your life that are important to you and that you’d like to keep in mind and keep growing as 2017 unfolds. Spouse.  Why?  Pretty obvious I think, but especially now as our kids are in such a busy time of life – it’s very easy to get caught up in the “divide and conquer” method of parenting.  Efficient, yes, but also isolating.  So in 2017 I want to be intentional about making time for my spouse and not letting the busyness of this season take over.  How?  Weekly date nights, walking the dog together, making sure to talk for 10 – 15 minutes each evening (at a minimum and not about scheduling), and also Monday morning planning sessions to figure out who is doing what – that way that topic will hopefully not take over the other time we spend together.  Also at...

A Skill Every Busy Mom NEEDS

Feeling busy Mama?  I hear you!  We are deep into the school year and between work, kids and all the up-coming holidays if life isn’t crazy for you now, it soon will be. So what skill should you have?  Be Present. For the love of all that’s holy, please STOP multi-tasking.  You might think you are good at it, but you are NOT.  Even worse, it’s robbing you of the simple joys of life like noticing and appreciating what you are doing, enjoying the moment and creating lasting memories. If you are always on your phone while “watching” your kids play instead of paying attention when they yell “watch this,” what do you think they will remember?   Mom on her phone, not Mom watching me. Studies show we aren’t as productive when we multi-task as we think we are and in fact, it takes us longer to get things done.  (http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09/health/your-brain-multitasking/index.html; http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2014/10/08/multitasking-damages-your-brain-and-career-new-studies-suggest/#6aa05caf2c16) If you are accustomed to being a “power multi-tasker” this isn’t going to be easy, so be gentle with yourself and start slow. A few ideas to get you started: When you catch yourself doing multiple things at once, stop one immediately Set yourself up for success. Put your phone AWAY when you are with the kids.  Or driving.  Or in a meeting. When working on a project, shut off distractions (Facebook anyone?) Don’t over schedule yourself Set a timer when you begin a task – it will let your brain know when you can stop focusing and move on to the next task. What do you think about multi-tasking?  I know for most of us it’s...

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