Wednesday, March 14, 2018

diy essential oil face serum...

Facial serums are so personal and really something I never paid very much attention to, until just recently. Call me naive, but I have pretty much had the same skin care routine since I was like...16. Ok, no, maybe more like mid twenties. But still! Your skin changes so much once you reach your 30's- especially your face! 

I'm going to blame it on being a brand new mom when I hit 30- then the next few years being a big fat blur because I've been trying to keep up with that role, #toddlers. I rarely, if at all, had time to stop and think, "how is my skin looking?" Just wasn't ever something that crossed my mind. 

Until a few months ago (maybe the summer of last year?) I had taken a few pictures of myself and Luke and went "OH MYLANTA MY FACE LOOKS SO DULL AND TIRED!" I mean. It was. I WAS! Always tired over here! Hahaha. But it was then that I started researching skin care health, and even more so- the face, and started playing around with a natural, essential oil heavy after shower body oils and face oils. 

Fast forward to now- I've found my favorite. At least for now, a.k.a: being in my almost mid 30's, with normal to oily skin, and having only 0.5 seconds to do much of anything in the lines of self care. This works. And it smells amazing. I look forward to taking a shower at night, and using this on my face afterwards. My own little "you did good today!!! (or maybe I didn't do so good, so here's a treat anyway) reward. It's made to brighten, tighten, and lessen the look of spots or scarring. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

essential oil supplies...

Since I started selling dōTERRA (and even before that, now that I think of it), the most common questions I get regarding essential oils is, where to find certain supplies and resources!

I get asked these questions so frequently as a matter of fact, that I decided to make a one stop shop for all your essential oil supply needs. Now, there are as many resources and places to buy things as there are people on this beautiful earth. But, these are what I have personally used or currently use, and love and can vouch for their quality. 

And, if you're wondering, they are all found on Amazon which, lets be honest, is one of the greatest places to buy things in all the land. I can't quit Amazon. I literally order something from that dang place almost every. single. day. So if you have an Amazon Prime membership and have recently started with essential oils, you guys- these are for you!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

new business venture...

You guys! I have such exciting news!

No, we're not pregnant. 😜 I made the mistake of starting something off like that before and someone got sooooo excited that we were going to have another baby. Alas, no. No baby.

So what is it?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

how to brew your own kombucha...


Ok stay with me here. This is going to be a looooong post PACKED full of information. I'm doing this for two reasons: 
  1. My heart in this is that you guys get the most in-depth "how to" that I can possibly muster up in hopes that this will hopefully lead to...
  2. Full awareness and understanding with what's needed so you can make your own kombucha without a doubt in your mind! 

Because you guys, once you get started, this stuff is SO easy to make AND SO FRIGGIN ECONOMICAL. I mean let's break it down for a second: one bottle of a well known kombucha can run you anywhere from like $3-5 (PER BOTTLE!!!) unless it's on sale. If on sale, I've found certain brands go for like $2-3. But still, that adds up! And if you're like me (and my husband), you drink a bottle a day! Which means at least 2 bottles a day. Multiply by 7 days in a week and we're at around 14 bottles! 14 multiplied by $3 is $42 JUST IN KOMBUCHA. #nope

So naturally, we needed to make our own! Ha! Which I'm assuming is your same predicament as well, which is why you're here! Yay! This recipe and post is going to teach you how to brew ONE GALLON of your own, probiotic filled, unprocessed, kombucha which is the price of a cup of sugar, filtered water and tea bags. Boom done. Now if you're just starting you will also need to find a friend that brews and get them to give you some of their SCOBY (more on that later) and some of their starter OR buy some online. We'll get to sources where to buy and stuff later. But after that initial start up cost, you're back to just sugar and tea. AND YES PLEASE USE REAL SUGAR. Ok, I'm getting ahead of myself. 

You're going to love this, I promise. But let me say upfront, first and foremost- read through this whole post first. Then read it again. And maybe even read through it a third time and start to envision yourself doing each step so that you are fully understanding what's required. We are dealing with a living thing and want to make sure we're doing it right. Now like I said before, it's EASY stuff, but it does take some doing, some patience, and a little practice. 

Just to give you guys a little background; I've been brewing my own kombucha for almost 2 years. Every week. So that's a lot of time to experience troubleshooting, learn from mistakes, and get into a really good routine for what works easily. And it needs to be easy for me! I brew this solely on my own and I have to do it while being a stay at home mama to a toddler and also homeschooling him and doing house stuff too! If I can do this, so can you.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

hearty overnight chia pudding...

The days are just getting busier and busier as we get closer to Christmas, it seems. I find myself so wrapped up with getting us all where we need to go, and making sure Luke's still eating appropriately, that my own diet is falling by the wayside. Sometimes breakfast or lunch is a cold leftover half a chicken breast and a tangerine. It's ludicrous! 

Then I remembered we used to LOVE eating overnight oats when I was into doing things like planning ahead 😆 It really helped my husband and I out so much in those super busy mornings! You know, like Sundays when we're all rushing around and I'm trying to get us all fed, dressed, teeth brushed and out of the house an hour after Luke has gotten up, and at church on time! Such a struggle! Having a breakfast that I prepare the night before and let do it's thing in the fridge? GOLD. MAMA GOLD. That morning, it's one less thing I have to worry or even think about. Simply pop open the jar, throw a spoon in and boom- breakfast is served. 


Since going Paleo, I do try and remain as grain free as possible so I've switched out our overnight oats for an almost overnight chia pudding! It's hearty, fills you up thanks to all those healthy fats and proteins from the coconut milk, nuts and seeds, and best part is it's so easy. It definitely needs to be done the night before so that it's got the time it needs to set up properly. But by doing so, you've cleared off one more thing on the morning list and breakfast will be waiting and ready as soon as you're up! (Also great as an on-the-go food!)