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...

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...

How I use the Essential Oil Joy

I hope you’ve enjoyed playing around with the Essential Oil Joy this month.  I know I did – it definitely became a habit for me to run a few drops through my hair, and I had several people comment on how nice my hair smelled.  What an easy and natural way to get delicious smelling hair!   I also shared how to make delicious scented note cards. It was a lot of fun making the lotion bars.  For those of you who missed that Facebook Live episode, the recipe is HERE so you’ll have it handy whenever you get the desire to make some of your own. I know this was one of the more expensive oils we will cover this year, but it is composed of so many wonderful oils that it’s truly worth every penny – and the bottle will last you a long time!  Even though the month is over, you can still order some and refer back to this post for ways to use it. Next month we will be diving into Lemon.  You don’t want to miss that as this oil is one of the least expensive while having a HUGE variety of uses.  Make sure and check back throughout the month here and on my Facebook Page to learn all about the essential oil Lemon. Want to play along next month?  Check out the Oil of the Month Club Page for more info. 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...
Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have some fun and fulfilling plans for the next few days.  Today I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite Thanksgiving posts and recipes. Everything Thanksgiving, all in one place! Recipes: Fresh Cranberries – I made these last night for the Thanksgiving I’m hosting Saturday.  Perfect to make ahead and check them off your list! Cranberry Mimosas – I’m totally adding these to my holiday gathering this year – YUM! Green Beans – so much better than the traditional green bean casserole Easy Cheese Plate – people love to snack on this while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking Traditions: Thanksgiving “Awards” – a fun family tradition my daughter created a few years ago – always a hit! Thanksgiving Leaves – this year I’m planning on adding this as a new tradition – simple and meaningful Burn off that dinner! – We’ve had kickball games, walks in the woods and other kinds of fun – I don’t know what it will be this year, but we’ll do something active after we eat. How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?  Are there any traditions that must be followed for your family? Ready to kick start a healthier and happier life?  Get your FREE copy of my 3-day Refresh HERE and see how easy it can be to change your...
Easy and Healthy School Lunches

Easy and Healthy School Lunches

Wherever you live, I suspect school is back in full swing by now.  A few years ago, I did a post on my lunch “formula.”   The method I use to pack easy, healthy lunches for my kids.  This is still exactly how I do it, but as an update I thought I’d delve a little deeper into the details. Every week, I try to mix up the lunches so that the kids eat a variety of foods.  Below is an example week – you can see that each lunch follows my “formula,” but contains slightly different components. M – salad with leftover grilled chicken, cucumbers and sliced peppers, berries, pretzels, chocolate covered blueberries, water T – yogurt with granola, snap peas, watermelon, crackers, water W – hummus and pretzel crisps, celery/cucumber/carrots, sliced peaches/plums, chocolate square, water Th – soup or chili, whole apple, crackers, carrots, water F – peanut butter & jelly sandwich, applesauce, cucumbers, Pirate’s Booty or popcorn, water Notice how earlier in the week I include berries, watermelon, peppers and snap peas.  The items that are freshest and taste best right after I purchase them.  Apples and carrots tend to last longer so they are typically reserved for Thursday/Friday.  Ditto for peanut butter and jelly. I also often tuck a little note or joke in the lunchbox – not every day, but definitely several times a week.  Right now I’m LOVING Lunchbox Love – they are easy, pretty and fun, but you could totally take a post it note and make your own. I tend to prep and pack lunches the night before – usually while I’m making or...
Easy, Healthy Snacks for MOM!

Easy, Healthy Snacks for MOM!

After two weeks of school, we are back into a solid routine.  Yes!  Part of it means that due to nightly sports practices, dinner are being eaten much later.  So, in addition to fixing the kids a snack after school each day, I’ve been fixing myself one also!  If I’m going to eat a snack every day, I need to make sure it’s healthy, right?  I’ve found that by adding a filling and healthy snack to my later afternoon routine, I can avoid stuffing my face with everything in sight as I prepare dinner (not that that has ever happened!). Since I’m hungry, tired and dealing with homework, carpooling, sports and cranky kids, I created a list of go to snacks.  This way it’s one less decision to make.  I can grab my snack (and often the kids eat the same thing), and feel confident I made a good choice. What’s on my list? There are three main categories I enjoy:  savory, salty and sweet. Savory Tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil (frequent right now while the tomatoes are ripe!) Hummus with sliced cucumber and celery Crackers and cheese Salty peanuts popcorn edamame with sea salt Sweet apples & peanut butter dip “healthy” fudge yogurt, frozen blueberries and granola Having the snacks ready (or at least the ingredients prepped) makes life SO easy!  I just pull out what I feel like enjoying and I’m satisfied and able to wait for a later dinner.  All of these snacks can be prepped ahead of time (I cut up veggies on Sunday or Monday night to have on hand all...

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