It’s beginning to smell a lot Like Christmas everywhere you go. I use DoTerra Essential Oils – but any oils work. Put oils into diffuser with water and oils listed and enjoy. However, the size of your room and the type of diffuser you have, amounts may vary. It is fun to play around with finding your signature scent blends though! Every diffuser is different – I usually set mine that has a timer of an hour or so.
Self Care is so important for your health and well being. I had a client I was coaching say she needed to work on self care. I asked her what specifically self care meant to her. Self Care means so many different things to each individual person. I encourage you to realize what self care means to you. I will provide 28 ideas for self care as well.
- Doctors Visits / Dentist Visits Take the time to make your appointments. Don’t wait until something is wrong – keep checking in and stay healthy.
- Curl up with a Good Book Books are so good for you to turn off electronics. You can find a self help book or you can get a great new fiction story to escape to.
- Take A Nap Practice getting sleep each night. Track your sleep if you have to – there are so many apps out now that can help with this. Sleep is so important.
- Take A Bath – use those bath bombs and bubble bath that is sitting there taking up space. Throw in epson salts or essential oils. Enjoy.
- Make yourself a meal you love Or get your favorite take out.
- Eat chocolate
- Journal your thoughts
- Make yourself a gratitude list
- Get outside and take a walk
- Buy yourself some flowers
- Drink water
- Hug someone
- Snuggle an animal
- Write down compliments you remember receiving
- Light a candle or diffuse some essential oils
- Call a friend When I am down, I forget I have friends. I try to call a friend that knows me and loves me and who I haven’t talked to in awhile and it gets me feeling better.
- Forgive yourself This is so important. Be kind to yourself. Sometimes, we say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t tell our enemies. Let go of old troubles so you can get into a new chapter in your life.
- Write yourself a letter. To your future self or your past self.
- Listen to music.
- Watch an inspirational Ted Talk.
- Color Get out your crayons or colored pencils and color
- Unplug from social media.
- Get dressed up. Take the time to get ready and look great!
- Do a Random Act of Kindness. Anonymously. Spread love.
Share all your ideas for self care with me. This list could go on and on. Here’s to great health ahead!
Clutter – We all have it. Here are 28 Things You Should Remove From Your Home NOW!!!
As we prepare to get organized for the new year – here are some action items:
- Is it something you keep moving around the house because it has no home? Find a spot for it. Remember the spot you put it in.
- Is it Broken? Has it been in your “repair” pile for a while? Pick a day to repair broken items, or throw it out.
- Is it something you love, or are you holding on to it because you feel you have to? Donate it.
- Is it something you use? Have you used this item in the last year? Realistically, will you use it in the next year or probably never? Donate it.
Go Through your House and get rid of these items you no longer need.
- Toy Parts that don’t match
- Make Up you don’t use or wear anymore – or has expired.
- Mismatched socks
- Old Magazines – check those dates
- Books – donate books to other people to read.
- Shoes – What shoes are you actually wearing.
- Broken jewelry – or jewelry you haven’t worn in awhile
- Old Medicine – you can take to a fire department to dispose
- Garden Tools – tools you no longer use
- Mismatched Tupperware
- Kitchen spices – get real about what you no longer use
- Pet Toys – or old pet leashes or collars
- Gift Bags – or gift wrap
- Old Textbooks
- Blankets – check how many you have
- Old Sport Equipment
- Old Coats
- Underwear – make sure you keep nice undies.
Get these items out of your house!!! The sooner the better. Clutter removal is healing. Clean up your house and you will clean up your mind.
Flu germs are not something to mess around with.
The flu is sure to be around soon. Every year seems to be worse than the last but let’s hope we can slow it down. I suggest getting a flu shot – but that’s not stopping the germs. Let’s talk flu prevention.
Preventing illness is something we take very seriously in our family and is of course the first line of defense. However, living in the world that is so infested with germs, especially during the cold and flu season, means that eventually the sickness may come knocking on your door.
Once the flu has hit = you must be prepared to take measure.
Research your cleaners
Researching the best cleaning solutions is up to you. I use some Doterra cleaning products – On Guard – Lemon – but Clorox wipes or Lysol wipes also work wonders in a pinch. I am not here to promote any one cleaner or another, but want to make sure that you are cleaning with things you can feel good about.
1. Wipe down door handles
Door handles are huge collectors of germs, since everyone touches them multiple times a day. Wipe down the door handles in your home at least once a day, especially the bathroom and entry door handles. Also, I try to wipe the doors where my kids don’t use the handle to shut it – so all around the handle as well.
2. Wipe down light switches
Everyone turns on and off lights, so light switches collect bacteria like nobody’s business. Wipe these down to stop the spreading of germs
3.Wipe down any handrails
Again, this is one thing in your home that everyone touches all the time. Giving these a quick wipedown as you’re walking down the stairs is a great way to prevent the spread of germs.
4. Wipe down handles
Handles are everywhere. Make sure you wipe the sink handles in kitchen and bathroom. Also include handles like those found on the refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher, and any other kind of handles on commonly used appliances.
5. Wipe down Remotes/Controllers
The remote is a huge collector of germs, but so are game controllers. Make sure you wipe your phones, computer keyboards, and even your computer mouse. Basically, if people touch it, wipe it down.
6. Don’t forget your steering wheel/radio/heat
This is also a huge collector of germs you pick up from everywhere you go. This is one of those areas that most forget about. We can be so diligent in disinfecting our homes but continue to bring germs in the house every time we come in from the car if your steering wheel isn’t disinfected every time you drive – or at least every day.
Hang coats/backpacks/purses outside
The garage is a perfect place to leave your outdoor wear out. Or leave things near the door so that all those items are not all over the house.
While sickness is unavoidable at times, there are things you can do to lessen your chances. This includes preventing those germs from spreading further once they do enter your home. Here’s to good health!
I was looking for the best salad to bring to a dinner. Here’s some salads that everyone will love. Enjoy!!!
7 Layer Salad
Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad
Ramen Noodle Salad
Feeling the cool fall breeze against your skin when the leaves are starting to change and the chill is in the air is the best. Blue Jeans and Sweatshirts are ready to be worn. Football and Hot Cider. Hayrides and pumpkins.
Pumpkin Spice Ginger (3 drops), Orange (2 drops), Clove (1 drop), Cinnamon Bark (2 drops)
Apple Orchard Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood
Leaves Cypress, Orange, Balsam Fir
Spiced Cider Clove, Ginger, Cinnamon, Orange
Gobble, Gobble Clove, Cinnamon, Holiday Joy
I love doterra essential oils – but any oils work. Throw into a diffuser and smell the wonderful aromas.
You can find tons of diffusers on Amazon or TJMaxx or Target.
Here are a few to try:
Resolutions seems to be an amazing way to look back and look forward. I have kept resolutions for as long as I can remember.
This year, I would like to challenge you to think about resolutions a little bit differently. First thing, I want you to do is get out a blank sheet of paper. On this paper I want you to brain dump. I want you to think of yourself in one year – and how you want yourself to look like, feel like, and live. Go ahead.
Ok – If you need examples – here you go =
I want to feel wealthy and know I have money in my bank account. I want to have those I love around me. I want to feel healthy in my jeans. I want to like what I see in the mirror.
Alright… Once you have those finished – let’s talk about feeling grateful.
List five things you are grateful for. 5 things.
After that, you can start
Once you can write those categories above out – you are good to go.
The past few years, I have chosen a word of the year. One little word that helps me direct my years. In the past, my words have been Light, Brave, and Growth. You can look at the word you choose and see how it can fit into your goals.
Within your goals – make sure they are SMART goals –
S – Small and specific
M – Measureable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time sensitive
I like to look at the year goals and map out four quarters of the year – with this you can re-assess your goals and where you are at so that next year – you can
You can really dig into your goals and make yourself a morning routine and an evening routine and give yourself affirmations to say to make sure you keep following through. Good luck!
Here’s to slaying your goals!!!
I can’t believe I have a senior in high school. Life has snuck up on us really quickly. She can drive and is responsible. She has been on track of all her college applications and talking to college coaches. She is ready to face the world. However, I have mixed emotions as I watch her pick between schools that are nine or more hours away. I have compiled a list to keep myself sane through the rest of this year.
I will take more photos. I will catch her studying, driving away, eating, laughing, smiling, playing on her phone, and reading.
I will teach her how to do laundry, how to clean a bathroom, and how to mop a floor. She will learn cleaning tips.
I will teach her how to cook a meal. How to shop for the meal and how to budget to afford the meal.
I will hug her!
I will listen to her as she makes decisions. I will listen as she complains about things. I will listen and not judge where she wants to go to school.
I will shed happy tears.
I will teach her how to write a great thank you letter. I will show her how to address an envelope and mail that letter.
I will enjoy the process of watching her independence. I will know she will do great things in life.
I will show up to all the events that she has her final year of school.
I will sit with her and watch Netflix, too.
I will slow down and thank her for letting me be her parent and loving her. I might have to write her some letters for the future – and save those for later.
I will be proud of her. I will help her be proud of herself.
So, as I struggle, I hope she can be patient with me as I will try my best to be patient with her.
Disappointments are real. They happen. With four kids, I know first hand that not everyone is going to get what they want. I have had kids make the teams they try so hard to get on. I have had kids not get on the team – and try again and fail.
What do you say when this happens? Do not say:
“It’s ok. You’ll get them next time.” This does not help. This will frustrate your child and you can not determine if they will make it the next time. Right now, it is not ok.
“You tried hard – that’s all you can do.” This is true – but not the time for this. They are not happy. Depending on your child – they either want to talk or they want to hide. Let them do whatever makes them feel the best.
“Well, maybe you could practice more.” They know this. They know inside what they need to do or they think life is not fair. This is not helpful
Be quiet. Offer a hug. Say you are sorry for the situation. Let them be.
After a day of two, if your child is still super sad – ask them to approach the coach or teacher and ask what they can improve if they want to try again. This will give your child some insight and the personal involvement to find out what will need to be done. If that is not an option – as a parent, email the coach and ask the same thing. It will only help. You might not even want to share the answer with your child.
Disappointments are major growth enhancements for your child. One of my child didn’t make a relay her freshman year. She tried harder and harder because she hated the feeling she had from it. My son didn’t make the baseball team two years in a row – and finally realized maybe baseball wasn’t the best sport for him. However, he found another sport and different activities that will work better for him.
Make sure as a parent – you focus on your child and their best interests. Life is about trying and trying again. Remember, failure can be a success if we can learn from it.