Simple Uses for Essential Oils

essential oils and kids
Young Living Premium Starter Kit
I wanted to specifically write a post today in anticipation of my news segment tomorrow morning on WTNH CT. It is my second time on Connecticut News and I am so excited to be able to go on again and share my knowledge and love of essential oils. For those of you that are long term followers of my blog, it is no secret that we use essential oils at home for pretty much everything. Essential oils have changed so much in regards to our health and wellness. Essential oils have empowered my family and I to take our health and wellness into our hands. Essential oils can help to support a healthy immune system and support your body systems in a natural and safe way. I have always enjoyed educating on green cleaning with essential oils, but that is just the start of the wonders of essential oils. 

When I got started with the Young Living Premium Starter Kit I loved the simplicity that the kit provided. Essential Oils are not overwhelming, and once you start using them they fit seamlessly into your daily routine. My family now uses essential oils for everything from sleep support, digestive support, emotions,  focus for school and homework time, and we even use our essential oils to make our own laundry detergent, dish soap, and moisturizers. We have saved so much money making our own products and I can honestly say essential oils have turned our winters around. We saw a drastic difference this past winter once we started using essential oils as part of our wellness routine.

If you are visiting my page to learn more about some of the green cleaning recipes I shared on WTNH today, you can find some great diy cleaning recipes here. Everything you need to get started using essential oils for cleaning and wellness can be found in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. The kit is how I got started using essential oils and is such an amazing savings. You get 11 of the most widely used essential oils that can be used for cleaning, sleep support, emotions, energy, respiratory support, immune support, and so much more. You also get a diffuser that lasts for up to 6 hours and is so easy to use. Get rid of those harmful candles and get yourself and your family healthy! If you visit the essential oils section of the blog you can find out more about the various essential oils in the kit, learn how to order, and find some other ways that we fit essential oils into our day. I would love to have you on our team. The best part is that when you sign up for the essential oils kit you have access to an amazing network of people who will help you with your oils. It is an amazing community. I send weekly recipes and tips! You can even follow along on instagram and Facebook for tips on how to use essential oils in your daily life. That is what I love so much about Young Living. You aren't just purchasing grocery store essential oils. You know the oils you are using are the purest and safest available and you get endless education so you are using the oils safely and effectively. If you ever have any questions, send me a message at - I would love to chat! I am giving anyone that watched WTNH news segment $20 dollars off the Premium Starter Kit and this month you also get a free bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil that does wonders for our family's sleep! Once you purchase the kit through wholesale, send me a quick email and I can credit your account or send you a refund for 20 dollars through PayPal.

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Free Bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil

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free bottle of essential oils
Each month that I have the blessings to work with Young Living I am more and more impressed with how much they give back to their customers. I say this as I have 100 dollars of free money in my Young Living account that I am looking to spend on some oils I have been craving. I have been so eager to share this awesome incentive Young Living is giving new customers. My favorite part about sharing essential oils with all of my followers is the fact that there are so many wonderful health benefits of essential oils. It really is my belief that anyone who has a family should have essential oils as part of their wellness toolbox. I love how empowered I feel that I no longer have to run to the drug store at 2 am in the morning, I have everything I need for my health already in my home. I love the freedom that essential oils have brought into my home. I love being to make my own cleaners, my own laundry soap, and even my own homemade facial moisturizer. I wish I had a deal this good when I was on the fence on signing up for the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. This month when you sign up for a premium starter kit you will also receive a free 15 ML bottle of Cedarwood essential oil. If you don't know about Cedarwood essential oil, it is amazing! Cedarwood is one of our favorite essential oils for sleep support. Our favorite essential oil for sleep is Cedarwood. You can make a fabulous bedtime roller with Cedarwood, Lavender, and Vetiver. Lavender essential oil also comes in the Premium Starter Kit, so even just adding Lavedner and Cedarwood together will have you feeling relaxed before bedtime.

Every person reacts differently to the various essential oils. For example, some people love Stress Away essential oil for sleep. For me it is a great calming essential oil, but it doesn't quite do the trick for bedtime. I need something a little more woodsy and stronger. Cedarwood and Vetiver are very grounding and woodsy and really do the job when helping me to relax and fall into a deep sleep. There have been quite a few mornings when I have had to be waken up by my husband because I have slept past my regular 7 am waking. 

So, if you have been on the fence, now is a fantastic time to jump on in and get started on your wellness journey. I am so eager to educate you all and get you all using essential oils as part of your wellness routine. The thing I love about my team is that when you order through our Essential Families team you are automatically equipped with so much education on the different ways to use essential oils. You aren't just purchasing essential oils from the grocery store and figuring it all out on your own. You are getting one hundred percent pure essential oils that you know you can trust and you are getting a team to support you along the way. 

Who's ready to change their lifestyle and start living a truly natural and healthy life? If you want to learn more about what essential oils we recommend to get started and how to get the free bottle of Cedarwood, visit here.
Back to school is right around the corner. Somehow me and the crew have survived 7 glorious weeks of summer with 3 remaining.  I didn't think that we would ever get to August. But just like everything else, time flies when you are having fun. It almost feels like a tease sometimes that you wait all winter and spring for summer to come around and then it is over before you know it.  The kids were not impressed when I told them it was time to start thinking about back to school shopping. How could the summer possibly be almost over? My soon-to-be second grader already has his Pottery Barn backpack that he got when he was entering first grade. We made the mistake of picking a cheaper character backpack when he was in Kindergarten and that backpack lasted about three weeks. We wanted to make sure that the next back pack we purchased would last. Now that my other son is going into Kindergarten we want to find a school bag that will also last. He has proven to be a lot pickier. Through my travels, here are some back packs that I have come across that have great reviews, hold up well, and are also fun and stylish for your little guy or gal. As much as we want to make sure that our purchase withstands the test of time, we also want to make sure that our kids can choose something that fits their own unique style and makes them excited to go back to school! Have fun when you are back to school shopping and get the kids looking forward to a new school year!

Here are some of our favorites - all from reputable places that will stand behind their product!
Pixel Camo Backpack
Apple Backpack
Tea Collection Herschel Heritage Youth Backpack
Tea Collection Patagonia Kids' Lightweight Pack
kids back pack
Land of Nod Wild Side Backpack
kids backpacks
Garnet Hill Global Classmate Backpack
Garnet Hill Monsters Classmate Backpack
Happy Back to School Shopping!

Choosing a Dress from Rent the Runway

You never want to be over dressed or under dressed, but if you have to pick one - be overdressed. This is my experience, at least. I have a bridal shower coming up for my future sister-in-law. We live here in Connecticut and the bridal shower will be in Washington, D.C. Now if you told me that the bridal shower was going to be in Connecticut or New York City, I would definitely have a better idea of the dress code. Having lived in Northern New Jersey, I always tend to get over dressed when attending an event in that area.  I don't often stress too much about what I am going to wear. If you looked in my closet when I lived in Northern New Jersey you would have noticed that my clothes were all black, grey, or white. Till this day my in laws joke that I don't like adding color to my wardrobe. How I dress now, though, is light years away from how I used to dress. I might wear skirts now, but they are more Little House on the Prairie, then tight and fit for a night club. So, when I had to choose the perfect attire for the summer bridal shower I have this weekend, I was a little torn. The bridal shower will be at a local wine bar, fabulous I am sure, but not at a ritzy hotel.

I knew that I definitely didn't want to be under dressed. So, no jeans, or shorts. I could do a nice pair of linen slacks and a nice top, but the only pants I currently own are wool - so that was a no go. I could have chosen one of the two fancier dresses that I have in my closet, but I have over worn them and wanted to go with something new. 

Over the past few years I have become very much in love with Rent the Runway. I chose a dress from there a few years back for a friend's wedding and was blown away. I loved how easy it was to choose a dress, have it shipped out, wear it, and send it right back. The prices are definitely reasonable for the amount of time you are borrowing the dress, and for the fact that you don't have to pay full price for a new dress every time you have a wedding or special event to attend. I figured why not hop on and take a look for this shower. Aside from the fact that I can never make a decision, I came across quite a few dresses and outfits that I thought might work well as bridal shower dresses. I will post a few of my final candidates and then reveal the dress that I chose. There were tons of good choices, but being that I waited until the week of the shower, a few of my favorites were taken. Nevertheless, I am pleased with my choice. I am a little concerned how it will fit, but I did order two sizes to be safe. A perk is that you get two size choices when you order.

Which one would be your favorite choice to wear as a guest to a summer bridal shower in Washington, D.C.?
bridal shower dress
I love how summery this dress is. It can be dressed up or down, looks light and airy, and is conservative enough no matter what the crowd.
Lily Pulitzer dress
This Lily Pulitzer is simple and perfect for summer. I love the bright color, which is very typical of Lily Pulitzer. It does look a little on the short side, though.
rent the runway dress
This dress screams summer, daytime event. The cobalt blue color is bold, but neutral enough that you wouldn't stand out. 
cynthia rowley dress
What a stunning dress! All the reviews were raving, but maybe just a little too formal?
vintage looking dress
A little too much Little House on the Prairie? I couldn't take my eyes off of it and felt like I needed to have it, but the reviews said it might be a little stuffy with too many layers.

In the end I went with the cobalt blue wrap dress. I do have concerns that the hook on the chest will not work and I will show more skin than I intended, but I gave it a chance! I will update you all on how the dress worked out! I have two weddings to attend in November and can't wait to pick out a new dress from Rent the Runway. Have you tried out renting a dress? I was a little nervous the first time, but it was well worth it!
work from home opportunities
For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you know that I went to law school right before having my first son. I even passed the CT Bar exam and went to work as an attorney until Nick was 9 months old. Between the gruesome commute, extreme amount of money we were paying a nanny, and the time I was away from my family, we decided that it was time for me to leave my job and become a stay at home mom. Being a stay at home mom after being a very driven person doesn't always come easy. Before having kids I was always engaged in either studying, writing papers, doing research, or keeping my mind active. It took me quite some time before I found a balance between being a stay at home mom and finding time to pursue my own passions. I was always looking for legitimate work from home opportunities that I could pursue while being a stay at home mom.

Believe me, I came across my share of opportunities that just didn't pan out. Either I didn't get paid, the work was too hard to balance while caring for my now 3 children, or I was getting paid way too little for the amount of work I was performing. This can be so stressful. You are trying to be the best parent you can be and are looking for ways to bring an income in for your family, but no matter how you try it just doesn't work out. I am blessed to say that aside from blogging, I have finally found a work from home opportunity that is both engaging and exciting and that also have endless income potential. 

As many of you have noticed over the past few months I have been talking more and more about my love for essential oils. I have enjoyed using essential oils for quite some time. Even before I made this into my business, essential oils were so beneficial to my family. They fit wonderfully into our natural lifestyle. When I found out that I could incorporate my love for essential oils into my blog and also use that to bring in money as a stay at home mom I was just overjoyed. When I started using Young Living Essential Oils I signed up as a distributor. Not so much because I wanted to run an essential oils business, but because I wanted the wholesale pricing. I was already using essential oils regularly to replace so many products in our home, why not sign up through wholesale and save money. Someone then suggested that I share the things that I do with these oils, like make my own cleaning supplies, bath and body products, and how they support my emotions. By just sharing the idea of a product that I love, I could bring in side money and even get my essential oils paid for. Little did I know that this business of "sharing" could turn into so much more. 

Is running a Young Living Essential Oils business network marketing? You bet it is! There is such a stigma attached to network marketing that people shy away from the idea that it is a real way to make an income as a stay at home mom. But, this business has done nothing but blessed me and my family and so many others that are looking for ways to support their family. Is it easy? Nope. That is exactly why it is a legitimate way to make money from home. Anytime you hear of something that sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. This will take work, but it is so amazing. We have a network of people who guide you and help you become the entrepreneur that you want to be. Our private Facebook group is a great place to throw ideas around, here inspirational stories of how to make this business work, share photos and learn more about essential oils. 

My favorite part of this business is being able to support my family but also empower other women to bring in an income while staying at home with their children. There are opportunities where you can stay at home and support your family. It will take time, but you will be surprised with hard work how quickly it can take off. The friendships I have made are just the icing on the cake. I have never met a group of women so excited to help one another. 

I am always looking to train people in this business. I love being able to watch others grow and achieve things that they didn't think possible. So, if you found this blog because you are looking for a way to make money as a stay at home mom, you have come to the right place! You are always welcome to email me at and we can chat! Getting started is easy, and with all of the support you get, you won't feel as though you are running your own business from home!

Are you wondering if essential oils are for you? You can visit our essential oils page to read up on all of the different types of essential oils and what essential oils do. You can also explore all of the differentessential oil recipes and tips I have shared. If you have your own blog, this is also a great way to bring in an additional income to your site. It is just like affiliate marketing, but you have the chance to also make the income outside of your blog.

Hope I have helped at least one of you find something that you may enjoy doing to work from home!

Best Essential Oils to Calm Nerves

Aside from  green cleaning, emotion support is one of my all time favorite uses for essential oils. With the ups and downs of motherhood, and the drastic changes in our hormones as we go from pregnancy, to new mom, and back again, our emotions definitely take a hit. There are so many different things that you can do to support healthy emotions in your life. From getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, exercising, and taking supplements that help renew your body. There is no reason to struggle through your emotions without extra support. Essential oils for emotions have been a game changer for me. Individual essential oils will have different effects on each person, so it really is about trial and error and seeing which ones support your body the most. With that said, there are some oils that are truly magnificent when it comes to easing nervous tension and calming. It is important since you are using these products on your body, and even sometimes internally, that they are one hundred percent pure essential oils and therapeutic grade. That is why I always recommend one particular brand over another. Their Seed to Seal process ensures that each plant, seed, flower, and herb is individually inspected for the right constituents. Here are my top 5 calming essential oils for emotional support during this stage of motherhood. Most of the oils I talk about in this post are in the Premium Starter Kit that comes with 11 of the most widely used essential oils to get you started on a healthier lifestyle. 
essential oils for anxiety
1. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense really is a sacred oil. This essential oil has such powerful properties. It will immediately bring about feelings of relaxation. Frankincense is a very grounding oil. You can add a few drops to some bath salts and soak in a warm bath, or just put a few drops in a diffuser with Ylang Yland and Orange essential oil to help relieve stress and nervous tension. Those three scents together pack a powerful punch against stress and smell just heavenly. There are so many health benefits to Frankincense essential oil, that helping to relieve tension just makes it that much better!

2. Lavender Essential Oil

Traditionally, you may have heard of lavender essential oil for sleep support. New research is proving just how great Lavender essential oil can be for managing stress and helping with calming emotions. A study in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice showed that taking an 80 mg capsule of Lavender essential oil as a supplement could help reduce nerves, and help with sleep and emotions. Lavender oil is amazing to have on hand after you have a baby. It will help support your emotions and you may even get some much needed sleep for you and baby.
3. Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba is an understated essential oil that is wonderful at reducing inflammation in your body. I don't always recommend this oil for emotional support, but it just has so many beneficial properties for promoting wellness in your body, I consider it a must have when trying to balance emotions and hormones in your body. I like to take 2-3 drops of Copaiba essential oil in a vegetable capsule with olive oil for overall wellness. Copaiba has also been used to lift your mood. It is a pleasant, slightly woodsy aroma. This essential oil can have an effect on your hormonal balance, which makes it great when you are looking to support your emotions during various times during the month.
4. Bergamot Essential Oil

When your emotions have taken a hit, many other systems in your body can be affected. You may notice you feel more tired than usual, a sad mood, less of an appetite, and feelings of hopelessness. Components of Bergamot essential oil have been shown to instantly calm one's nerves. Brain activity goes down, and individuals are able to feel relief after breathing in Bergamot.  This oil can create joy, improve energy, and even get the blood flowing so you will feel less fatigued. Rub Bergamot essential oil on your wrists and be sure to take a few deep breaths in. This will definitely become one of your favorite oils for emotional support.
5. Valor Essential Oil

This is one of my all time favorites. Everyone who has ever tried out Valor essential oil will tell you how great of an effect it has had on their energy and confidence. Valor essential oil is outstanding for courage and balancing and grounding your body. It has such a wonderful mix of essential oils in it like Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Spruce Rosewood. This is one of the oils that are harder to come by as it is so often out of stock. So when it comes back in stock in the Fall - stock up!!

There are some of my favorite essential oils for emotions. There are a tons more that I love to support wellness, but I hope these are a good start! You can always contact me at for an individualized plan on which essential oils would be best for you to start with! Look forward to chatting with you!


Kid's Summer Reading: Favorite Picture Books

Every summer our town public schools do this summer reading challenge. Although our family has always had a huge love of books, other children might be a little hesitant to read over the summer if it weren't for this great program. Every Thursday Nick, Luke, Kate, and I take a trip to the local library and pick out some new books for the week. With three kids, you can imagine that we need more than one bag to carry all of our finds! It is quite a sight! It is such a beautiful thing to see your child go from just knowing their letters and sounds one year, to in such a short time learning to read and actually grasping the stories.  My husband dug out some books from his parent's house from when he was younger and we wanted to share our top 5 favorite children's picture books we are loving right now.

I think one of the hardest things to part with in my house are the children's books. Each time you hold one you get a bit nostalgic about all of the different times you read it to your child. If your child is anything like mine, they have quite a few books that you surely read one thousand times. Some of our favorite children's books, you will see, have the most extraordinary pictures in them. I have often wanted to take the pictures out of the books and frame them for the playroom walls. Most of our favorites, though, are very old books from when my husband was younger. So, instead, we read them over and over again until the pages are even more worn and hopefully still readable when my grandkids come to be.
1. The Island of The Skog, by Steven Kellogg

This classic children's book has been around since 1973. Jenny and her city-mouse friends go out to sea to find a place to live that is more peaceful. They come across an island where the population consists of only one "Skog". Not sure what to expect, the mice set out on an adventure to show this skog who's boss. They become quite concerned because the Skog has very large footprints. How will the mice conquer the Skog and come to live in their new home? This is a wonderful tale of communication and teamwork that you and your children will become very fond of.

2. Bill and Pete, by Tomie de Palola

This book has always been a favorite of mine. It is just the right amount clever and cute. Tomie dePaola has come up with an amazing cast of characters including Bill, the crocodile, and Pete, his  "toothbrush". Pete was inspired by the Egyptian plover, which if you have never heard of it - actually acts as a crocodile's toothbrush. These two go on some amazing adventures, and the one in this book is just the funniest and most original story. You will love the offbeat humor of this author and artist.

3. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

This book dates back to 1939. The passage of time and the way society has evolved plays a big part in this book. Virginia Lee Burton is a fabulous artist with the most quaint drawings that will surely bring about a sense of nostalgia for you as you share with your child. Her stories are always so inspiring. This story is about Mike and his steam shovel, Mary Anne. They face competition from things like diesel motor shovels and electric. Looking to find a place where a classic steam shovel can still be used, they go out into the country. They come across a small town where they will embark on building a new town hall.  The town can't believe that Mike claims he and his steam shovel can conquer such a task in only one day. You'll have to read to find out what happens in this suspenseful and intriguing children's book. Can Mary Anne and Mike save the day?
4. The Cloud Book, by Tomie de Paola

Another book by Tomie de Paola, this book is exactly what its title says, The Cloud Book. With wonderful illustrations and engaging descriptions, The Cloud Book will have your little ones engrossed in all things clouds. Learn all about the different shapes and forms of clouds as you read through a book that is simple, yet interesting enough for even us adults. The pictures will have your child wanting to learn more! Be prepared for them to be weathermen for the next few days afterwards!
5. Nightsong, by Ari Berk

Nightsong is a breathtaking book that is written by Ari Berk and illustrated by Loren Long, national bestseller. The story is about a little bat, Chiro, who is a littler nervous to step out into the world on his own. With the help of his mother, Chiro is able to find the courage to venture out at night. This is a wonderful coming-of-age story that is heartwarming and will tug at your heartstrings as you realize that you too have to give your child the courage to go out on their own.

Sense is the song you sing out into the world, 
and the song the world sings back to you. 

Does your town have a summer reading program? How do you keep your child involved with reading during the summer months? What are some of your favorite children's book this month?
You all know when you first found out you were expecting your first child you had the desire to get the most beautiful furniture and design the nursery just right. When I was pregnant with Nick I knew I wanted a nautical nursery. In that nautical nursery one thing that I wouldn't do without was a wonderful bookshelf. I always knew that I would want to fill those book shelves with tons of children's books. Both my husband and I are avid readers and I knew that I would fill much of my day reading to my son. We were lucky enough to have purchased this gorgeous bookshelf that attached to a wonderfully large chest of drawers. It started out barely touched, with a few Peter Cottontail books here, and Goodnight Moon over there. Slowly, and with more children to follow, the book shelf began to fill and fill. Here we are today with barely any space left on that bookshelf!

Kids bookshelf organization
Boys' Bedroom Bookshelf
This is the bookshelf in the playroom. At times it is much more cluttered with books, but I wanted to start fresh.
Interior designers love bookshelves. The thing is, they aren't usually so keen on packing them full with books - a bit of a contradiction, right? But, I totally get it. When you have the whole entire bookshelf filled to the brim with books, there isn't any space to allow a natural flow. You also want to be able to make room for collections you or your child may have. So, I went to work on my boys' book shelf. Before we got to work I made sure to look through the pages of Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration. Here are some tips when it comes to styling a bookshelf in a child's room.
1.  Bookshelves Aren't Just for Books

Don't think of your bookshelf as only a bookshelf. Of course you can hold a good amount of books on these shelves, but you can also hold art, lighting, knick knacks, and prized collections of your child. "Unbookish things" help mix things up and create visual interest. My children have a lot of nautical things in their "nautical bedroom", so I took some of the things that we have collected over the years and added it to their bookshelf.
2. Baskets and Storage

Most of you probably know about my obsession with baskets as storage by now. But, did you know that adding them to your kid's bookshelves will help the bookshelf appear neater and add texture? You can use wicker baskets, wood baskets, eclectic and brightly colored baskets, whatever baskets you prefer will help mix things up and add a unique look to your child's bedroom. The baskets will not only serve to bring in a visual element, they will also store all of those little things you find all over the floor in your son's or daughter's bedroom.
3. Group Books by Size or Color

When you are placing and organizing the books on your child's bookshelf, make sure that you are grouping them. Whether it is by color or by size, having a system will help add to the neatness of the bookshelves. When you look at an organized bookshelf your eyes flow much easier and the organization creates a sense of calm. This isn't always easy to do with children's books because some of them come in quite different shapes and sizes. But, you get the point. Create some sense of organization to keep the bookshelf looking put together. 

4. Use Toys as Art

If your house is anything like my house, toys tend to accumulate and accumulate. Even when you seem to be constantly purging and donating, the toys are everywhere. Having a nice big bookshelf gives you some extra room to store all of the toys. Why not use some of your child's favorite, or special wooden toys, as art. We like to display some of the toys that are very well made and we plan on keeping to give to our grandchildren one day. This helps keep the toys safe and well taken care of, but also adds a beautiful visual interest to your child's bookshelf.

There you have it. I know you are all going straight to the nearest bookshelf to get it organized and looking like new. I hope you enjoyed these tips and feel inspired! Remember to start with a clean slate. I know it is a pain, but remove everything from your child's bookshelf to make it easier for you to design and create a space that you and your child will both love!

Switch Out Toxic Chemicals for More Natural Cleaners Using Essential Oils

essential oil cleaning recipes - featured on CT Style
cleaning with essential oils
Everyone knows that feeling when their whole house is newly cleaned. You can sit back and relax without a care in the world. Most of the smells we associate with the "clean feeling" our home has after a good deep clean are things like artificial fragrances, ammonia, and chlorine bleach. Some of the substances in these cleaners can aggravate symptoms or bring about health problems such as asthma, hormone disruption, or allergies. There can be long term consequences to using these products around our family. This is what inspired me to switch out the products that we were using in our home and switch to products that I knew were safe for me and my family. When I first got started using essential oils for my home and health I started with a Premium starter kit because it came with some of the most useful and common essential oils. Just like when you choose which brand of products to use in your home for skin care and beauty, when you are choosing essential oils you want to make sure you are choosing ones that are pure, undiluted, and right from the farms from a reputable company. The oils you choose make a difference in the effectiveness of the cleaners and the safety around your family. From the day the oils came in I was able to make all of the recipes that I will be sharing tomorrow on the CT Style news show and so much more. I love sharing these recipes with you to empower you and your family to live a more natural lifestyle. Here are some of our favorite essential oils for cleaning and the recipes I will be sharing on the show! I am always happy to help you live a more natural lifestyle! Living naturally is simple, you just have to do it!

1. Purification Essential Oil

Purification essential oil is a blend of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree. Together these essential oils create a refreshing and uplifting scent. They create a magical weapon against odors. Purification essential oil is a great oil to help you replace air fresheners that come in harmful aerosol cans. To help cleanse the air of odors like laundry, pets, smoke, mildew, or even stinky kids, you can diffuse in a diffuser, make your own air spray with just water, a squirt of witch hazel so that the oils have something to adhere to, and between 5-10 drops of Purification essential oil depending on the size of your spray bottle.

One of our favorite essential oil recipes with Purification is a carpet refresher. It is so simple and will replace your Febreeze that has artificial fragrances. Just a simple combination of purification essential oil, and maybe some lavender, and baking soda, you have a carpet deodorizer that will remove odors and have your home smelling wonderful.

The beauty of essential oils is that there really is an oil for everything and I was lucky enough to work with a company that made education and resources easy to come by. I never felt overwhelmed or confused by my switch from regular cleaning products and wellness products DIY alternatives. 

2. Thieves Essential Oil

What can't I say about this oil? Thieves essential oil is one of my ultimate favorite blends. Thieves essential oil is a combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. This blend has a subtle spicy, yet pleasant smell. It will soon replace the clean smell you think of when using your bleach and Windex. This blend has such powerful germ fighting properties. It can kill up to 99 percent of germs in your household. It also holds its own properties for immune support and cleansing the air when used in a diffuser. We use this blend to support our family's immune system, fight off germs, remove odors, and put it in pretty much all of our cleaning recipes. This natural, safe, and effective all purpose DIY cleaner will be your new favorite. A bottle of this cleaner is so cheap and worth it when you are protecting your family's health.

3.Lemon Essential Oil

Everyone knows the smell of lemon. Lemon is loved for its clean and delicate smell. We love to throw lemon essential oil into our cleaning recipes to help with the antibacterial properties. Possibly my favorite use of lemon essential oil is to help remove stickers. If you have kids you for sure have stickers all over your wood floors, your tables, and even your windows! This stuff is amazing, one drop goes a long way and you can remove all of those stickers in just a few short minutes. Lemon oil is also great to degrease when mixed with your recipes, and it smells amazing! You can even make your own natural wood polish to replace Pledge. Just put 10 drops of lemon essential oil in 1/2 cup of olive oil for your own little wood polish.

4. Lavender Essential Oil

You know that lavender is amazing for sleep support and for relaxing, but lavender is the king of all oils and has so many beneficial properties. Adding lavender to any of your cleaning recipes will not only give it a relaxing and pleasing smell it will also help bring in a powerful kick at germs in your home. Lavender just gives so many amazing uses it is one of our most used oils. We use it for our lotions, after sun sprays, in the diffuser to balance out some stronger smells, and even in my mascara to keep nasty bacteria away and keep the mascara lasting longer!

5. Peppermint Essential Oil

You will never find me without a bottle of peppermint essential oil. Really, anything smells better with a bit of peppermint oil in it. You know that minty smell you sometimes get from a grocery store toilet bowl cleaner, well, peppermint essential oil in some water, baking soda, and liquid castile soap not only smells better, but will do just as good of a job and is non-toxic! Combine 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, 1 3/4 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 5 drops Thieves or Purification essential oil, and 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil. We also love peppermint essential oil in our non-toxic homemade foaming hand wash.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to share these recipes with you today, I hope to be able to educate you on the other ways that essential oils can benefit your family's health! Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to email me at anytime

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Here we are a month into summer vacation. How are you all feeling? If you remember I was quite hesitant to start the summer with three young ones at home, but as summer got closer the idea of being able to relax and enjoy one another sounded quite nice. I had plans to take it easy, allow for nice quiet days filled with boredom for the kids - soaking in the time without homework, crazy schedules, and increased demands. Yes, our days are filled with just the right amount of boredom, but they are also filled with time together, time to explore our individual interests, time to get to know one another in new ways, and time to build sibling relationships. Summer is a time for our family to grow and explore, believe and experience, and most certainly enjoy the precious time we have been given.

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. By F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The first week or two off summer vacation was filled of structure, routine, and a schedule. The schedule is neatly pinned on our refrigerator, decorated simply. I hoped that having a schedule, with pictures for the kids to follow, would help my eldest child feel more relaxed. He is very much a person that needs structure. What a shock it could be to go from having a very organized teacher, a classroom that had a structured but flexible schedule, and then going into summer where two other children will surely try their best to throw a wrench into any well laid plans. I could almost sense the anxiety searing from my son. Or, was that me?

My husband has pointed out to me time and again that sometimes I put my own anxieties and I place them on those around me. Not so much that my thinking brings anxiety onto them, but if I see even the slightest bit of anxiety in their eyes and their hearts I take it on myself. By taking it on myself I act as a mirror almost. I tip toe around those anxieties, making sure to not inflict any extra pain on my children. But, by doing this I may be bringing out anxiety that may not have reared its ugly head. With all of the worry, thoughts, and preparation that went into this summer schedule I prepared for a future that was uncertain. And isn't that just what a future is - uncertain? Shouldn't I allow my son the freedom of summer, the freedom of uncertainty? The freedom that possibly he would adjust just fine and flourish?

Maybe not every child can live day to day without a schedule, but maybe, just maybe, my son could. He is a first born through and through. We had a schedule for him right out of the hospital, EASY - Eat, activity, Sleep, You.  I would write lists for my family if we were to even leave him alone with them for an hour. What could happen if he fell off of his schedule? I had seen it before, he would be tired and cranky, emotional, and restless. That is something that I did not want. Certainly I could prevent this, just like I could prevent his anxiety this summer.

The truth is, I can't prevent it. It is not my responsibility to control every part of his life, or mine. I am learning more and more over the years about anxiety - or my anxiety at least. By seeking to control my surroundings, my schedule, and the things around me, I am trying to control my anxiety instead of embracing it and giving it a name. I try to do the same for my son. Slowly we are going on this journey together. In a way I am blessed to have experienced so much emotion in my life - anxiety, fear, pain. I have had to work myself out of it. I have learned techniques and tricks. Things that I can now pass down to my son. Because as I now know, all pain is met with joy, life is a journey and by attempting to control everything around you you are actually preventing some of the most undeniably joyous parts of your life. 

We have to remember as parents that our children may resemble us, possess some of our most loved and hated traits, but that they are not us. They resemble us, but they are their own unique individuals. Our genetics definitely play a role in the person that we become, but so does our environment. We need to allow our children the opportunity to grow, to flourish, to learn. Boy has he shown me what just a little freedom, trust, and encouragement can do for a child. Never could I imagine my seven year old sailing a boat into the ocean. But, sure enough, at seven years old he is embracing sailing this summer. He has fears - that the boat will tip, he will fall out, the wind will be too "windy". But, he also slowly takes the time he needs to adjust his fears, face them, and grow each day in new ways.

We are so blessed as parents to be able to watch these little beings grow. They have so much potential that we being able to encourage and take a step back is as much of our job as was feeding them when they were babies.

Embrace these challenges!


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