Product Spotlight – Eucalyptus Bath Salts

Product Spotlight – Eucalyptus Bath Salts

I want to start a new feature where I showcase my products from my Etsy shop and let you know about the benefits and features. Just this week I added a new product, my Eucalyptus Bath Salts.

Eucalyptus Bath Salts

 

I’m not sure if you know very much about bath salts but they are absolutely amazing when it comes to self care. My bath salts include epsom salts, essential oils and a touch of natural food coloring to make them look pretty ♥ Epsom salts are known for relaxing the body and relieving pain and muscle cramps. After a long day on your feet, nothing is better than getting in a hot bath with some epsom salts. Adding essential oils only enhances your experience. You can tailor your self care time by using different bath salts. Eucalyptus essential oils are amazing when you have a cough or congestion. The oil helps to promote feelings of open airways and clear breathing. It along with the epsom salts can help lessen the feelings of tension. Sounds like a great way to relax whether you have a cold or not, right? My Eucalyptus Bath Salts are perfect for the winter months when it feels like there is constantly a cold or virus going around.

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Give yourself the gift of relaxation today: Eucalyptus Bath Salts.

Complement your purchase with Eucalyptus Body Scrub!

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Are You Last on the List?

Are You Last on the List?

When was the last time taking care of yourself or doing something just for fun made it to the top of your to do list? If your answer is a “long time ago” or “can’t remember” or even “never,” you’re not alone.

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From the time we were children, many of us were taught “don’t be selfish” and “think of others.” We may have learned these lessons a little too well. Most of us spend all the hours of our day taking care of others, completing the to-do list, fulfilling obligations, and doing what we “should” do. Taking care of ourselves is last on the list – if it’s on the list at all.

The truth is this doesn’t work! If you ignore your own needs long enough you’re likely to become drained, dissatisfied, exhausted, and maybe even resentful. When you’re not refilling your own personal tank, it becomes increasingly difficult to give to others. Without recharging you won’t have the energy to be your best self at home or in the world.

Put Yourself First

Many of my clients come to me with empty tanks. While they may be searching for what is next in their lives or how to make a difference in the world, they often need to start with self-care. Only after refueling and recharging themselves are they fully ready to create their vision for a deeply satisfying future.

Remember how on an airplane you’re told to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then help others? In the event of an emergency on the plane, you must be both present and alive to assist and truly be of service to others. You must take care of yourself first. The same is true in all aspects of our lives.

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If you want to be a happier person, a better spouse, a great parent . . . if you want to be a good employee, manager or friend . . . if you want to do what you’re called to do, what your purpose in life is . . . whatever it is you want to do with your life, begin with yourself. When you make choices that nourish you and fill you up, you’ll naturally be more generous with your time, energy, and resources. And you’ll be more able to create a life you love. This is healthy selfishness.

Make the Most of Your Self-Care

If this idea makes sense to you your next question might be “What do I do to take care of myself?” There are a lot of “shoulds” in the area of self-care – exercise, eat healthy, meditate. The list can be long. All of these would be good for us, so the question often is “Where to start?”

I recommend a different approach to self-care. To get the most impact and the best refueling from your self-care time, do something that “lights you up;” choose an activity that energizes, delights, soothes, or nurtures you. My clients’ “lights on” activities have included getting a massage, singing karaoke, reading trash magazines, having dinner with friends, practicing yoga, taking a ten minute walk in nature, and planning a vacation to a favorite place. The list is endless and different for each person.

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What is it for you? Take a moment to visualize some things you love to do. Perhaps those things you never make time to enjoy. Get these ideas out of your head and onto paper. Better yet, add some of these to the top – yes, the top – of your to-do list. And then do some of them! Notice how your energy increases when you take a little bit of time to do something just for yourself, something that lights you up.

So go ahead- be selfish now and then. Put yourself at the top of your to do list. Healthy selfishness just may be the best thing you can do for yourself, the people around you, and the world.

Check out this blog post for some self care tips!

Check out my new shop with Gypsy Spoonful for bath and body products that will create a relaxing spa experience!

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Wild Orange Essential Oils

I am so excited to tell you about the new essential oil that I got this week! Just in time for crazy sickness week! It is Wild Orange and it smells heavenly! I have always been a lavender essential oil type of girl but the wild orange essential oil smells so good and is just what I needed this week while me and Alyssa have been fighting upper respiratory viruses. It smells so fresh and clean and immediately puts me in a better mood. Let me tell you some benefits about my wild orange essential oil.

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  1. It is perfect for combating a stress filled day – just add 3-4 drops of the wild orange essential oils to your favorite diffuser and it will leave you feel energized and revitalized. Sounds like a great idea for any mom with a hectic morning routine!
  2. You can also place a few drops on your air filter to improve your home’s scent and purify the air. I haven’t tried this yet but it sounds a lot better than buying those little air fresheners every couple of weeks and probably better for your family’s health as well!
  3. Finally, add a couple of drops to a spray bottle full of water to help during clean up! You can use this essential oil to help cleanse and purify your counter tops and other surfaces. There are a lot of cleaners out there today that boost of an all natural orange scent but this cleaning combination will leave out all the dangerous chemicals!

I have used the wild orange essential oils for the past 2 days straight and it smells wonderful. Once we have our energy back, me and my daughter will try the cleaning tip. Definitely need to do a deep clean after being sick for so long! Are there any other tips that you would like to add? What is your favorite essential oil?

 

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, contact me here!

 

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Mommy Daughter Time: Making Lip Balms

Mommy daughter time is so important!

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I love spending time with my daughter but unfortunately sometimes life gets in the way! We actually spent a lot of time together today! We checked out a great market in downtown Cincinnati and Findlay Market for her first time! Then we got into her Christmas presents. Check out the video below of us making lip balm! I hope you like it!

 

Check out my Etsy shop while you’re at it.

Meal Planning: Busy Moms I Have Your Answer!

When it comes to getting meals on the table, are you tired of:

  • scrambling to make something decent out of what’s in your fridge
  • resorting to compromise or convenience foods because you’re short on time
  • battling weight gain and feeling discouraged that the family isn’t eating better
  • wasting money on restaurants, food that goes bad, and too many last-minute grocery runs
  • and feeling like cooking is a burden instead of a joy?

I totally get it, because I’ve struggled with those very same things.

But 2018 can be the year you take control of what your family is eating once and for all.

You’ll have a plan that makes it easier to get homemade food on the table, eat in a way that supports your weight-loss goals, make dinner time less stressful (even on those busy days and weeks) and save money by eating at home more (and wasting less).

Here’s the solution you’ve been waiting for…

It’s the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle and it’s the busy cook’s answer to eating healthier this year.

What’s in this bundle, you ask? Well, everything you need to make meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking and eating great food easy as pie.

This is how it works:

If you want recipes & meal plans created specifically for the way you eat (Paleo, Keto, vegan, gluten-free, budget-friendly, just to name a few), you can pick the mini-bundle that suits you best and pay just $27.

If you’d prefer to have the whole collection of made-for-you meal plans, organized shopping lists, no-brainer tips, PLUS over 3,800 recipes for today’s most popular ways of cooking and eating, pay just $20 more and you’ll get every single thing in this bundle.

I’m telling you, this makes meal planning so much easier!

Some of my favorite food bloggers contributed, so I really can’t speak highly enough about the quality and value of what’s inside, for less than the price of a single meal out!

Trust me, this is one investment that will pay for itself multiple times over.

Want to check it out and get your own Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle?

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  • You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading all your eCookbooks and printable meal plans.
  • Use their Getting Started Guide to choose your first meals or find the ready-made plan that’s perfect for you!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 8 days!

After Friday night, January 5th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a 30 day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

Their customer service is amazing, and they truly want to make sure you’re taken care of and that you love your bundle.

Simplify mealtimes & eat better in 2018 with the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle.

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Healthy Meal Planning

How to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

“Ho ho ho ho, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” Now that we are in the throes of the holiday season, many of us are preparing for big celebrations and parties. Food, snacks, wine, beverages… there is no better time of the year to fill yourself to your heart’s desire!

However, if you are a health-conscious type of mom, then this article will show some tips for staying healthy this holiday season (while everyone else around you gains 5 pounds!).

Below are 5 tips for keeping yourself as a busy mom healthy this holiday season:

1. Eat Snacks Moderately – Let’s face it, snacks are abundant during the holidays seasons (as if they aren’t already throughout the year). If you take a seat within an arm’s reach of the snack table, you’re going to have a tough time keeping yourself from unconsciously grabbing handfuls of party mix, candies, and the like and picking at them all day. By sitting farther away, getting to the snacks involves a conscious effort into getting up and walking over.

2. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! – There is no better thing to do during this festive season than to exercise! If the weather permits it, go out and take a quick walk around the house or go play in the snow with your kids. If your celebration is taking place in a colder climate, you’ll be more inspired to quicken your pace and burn a few extra calories in the process. And if the weather is bad, do 10-20 squats, play with your kids, or other brief exercise each time you go to the restroom. You only want to do just enough to elevate your heart rate, but not break out into a sweat. Chances are, no one will know what you’re doing, and you won’t have to feel self-conscious about trying to maintain your figure.

3. Next, Eat More Healthy Foods – Take an extra scoop of vegetables, and by the time you finish, you won’t have room for the other high calories foods. Also, avoid those fatty and fried foods (they taste good, but you know they aren’t healthy!)

4. Drink A Lot Of Water Throughout The Day – Water helps your body stay fit. Drink a fair amount of water or other unsweetened beverage before each meal, as well as during and between them. As a result, the liquid in your stomach will help trick your mind into not feeling as hungry.

5. Finally, Eat In Smaller Portions – Instead of eating platefuls of food, try eating smaller portions throughout the day. No doubt, everything at the table looks good. An easy way to combat this urge is to simply take a smaller portion than you normally would. Split a piece of pie with your spouse or child.

Keeping healthy during this holiday season is simply making sure you follow healthy habits just like anytime of the year. However, don’t fret it if you end up gaining a few pounds during the holidays. After all, the holiday season is one time where you can enjoy yourself!

#DoingAllTheThings? Not This Christmas!

So are you ones of those moms? #DoingAllTheThings? I feel you! I’ve been there before. I’ve tried to stuff every imaginable activity into the Christmas season and before New Years I am completely burnt out! Try something different this year!

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#DoingAllTheThings

I want to give you 3 tips that will help you enjoy Christmas without the hustle and bustle. Promise you and your family that you will take time to breathe and truly enjoy this season!

  1. Pick 3 must do activities!

    1. I promise you that it will be okay if you don’t attend every Christmas parade, Christmas tree lighting and Christmas play! In an effort to make sure that families have a multitude of choices during the Christmas season, we now feel like we have to participate in all the activities! Please do not feel guilty when you don’t. It creates way too much pressure and busyness. Talk with your family and see what’s most important. It will be much calmer if you focus on only 3 activities. For my family this year we went to cut down a Christmas tree and we always go see some Christmas lights around town. I’m not sure what our third activity will be.
  2. Plan in Advance.

    1. Make sure that you know in advance all of your commitments. Pencil in when the kids are off school and when their Christmas concerts are. Decide before Thanksgiving whose house you are going to for Christmas. If your family loves the city’s Christmas tree lighting, find out when it is and clear your schedule.
    2. Set up your baking/cooking ahead of time as well. If you like to bake cookies, figure out what type and make a grocery list. Plan your holiday meal and add that to the grocery list as well. Buy ahead what you can to avoid the holiday rush.
  3. Finally, enjoy the small things.

    1. Drink some eggnog and listen to Christmas music while decorating your tree. Sit in the dark with your spouse with only the Christmas tree lights on. Have a snowball fight with your kids. Bake Christmas cookies. Whatever pleases you, just make sure it’s done at home and slowly.
    2. Check out my Etsy shop to pick up some great bath salts to get some much deserved me time!
    3. Need help relaxing? Look over my Resources for Busy Moms!

Mompreneur Life: My Interview on Mompreneur 411

Interview with Mompreneur 411

I was so honored to be interviewed by Mompreneur 411, a blog showcasing moms and creating a community around them. I have only been in mom boss mode for about 3 months now and it has been amazing! The support of other mom bosses is fantastic! It is truly community over competition! If you’re curious to how I started out and a bit more about me, go check it out.

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Go read the interview here.

 

Check out my very first blog post here!

Get some Christmas shopping while you’re here! My Etsy shop has everything you need!

Exfoliating Round Up

Last week I told you a few reasons why you needed to start exfoliating. This week I wanted to show what the rest of the internet had to say about exfoliating! I love to read different sources about the things that are interesting. Even before making my own body scrubs, I loved exfoliating! Oh my goodness, how I love how smooth my skin feels afterwards. I always buy body scrubs that smell delectable and give me that spa like experience at home! As a result, I end up having some great quality self-care time. I hope you enjoy these posts!

10 Things You Need to Know Before Exfoliating Your Face

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Should You Be Exfoliating In The Morning Or At Night?

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7 Top Notch Benefits of Exfoliating Your Skin

Different Keys To Youthful Skin

Essential Oils- Some Incredible Benefits

Is Chocolate Good For Your Skin? I Got A Chocolate Facial & My Face Has Seriously Never Looked Glowier

 

Let me know which article was your favorite and if there was anything that I missed! I love to get your opinion on the things I share! I will be posting about how to have your own spa day soon, so make sure to order your sugar scrubs now!

Check out my Etsy shop for all of your body scrub needs! As we are getting into the holiday season make sure you are connected to my shop so you can hear about all of the great sales I have going on first!

 

Sale – Huge News! Super Sale!

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Happy Wednesday….complete with some big news as we gear up for Christmas shopping! 🎄 I’ve got a 30% off sale starting today! 🎉

Even more amazing is that I’ve teamed up 250 of some of the best small shops and we’re all using the same code: SHOPSMALL250

Each shop has their own discount, but we’re ALL using SHOPSMALL250 🎄🎄

So check out my Instagram account and search #shopsmall250 to see the other incredible shops and products.

Ends November 7, while supplies last. Be sure to check each shop’s post like this ☝ to see what their discount is, then use it at checkout in their shop!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Extras

Resources for Busy Moms

My Interview with Mompreneur 411