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Diffuser Blends for Productivity

Let's get productive! Diffusing essential oils can be so helpful for our emotional state, but they can also be magic in our space for productivity! Today I'm going to share my favorite diffuser blends that help support me in being productive, whether I'm working, doing chores around the home, or minimizing our possessions.

Get'r Done!

  • 3 drops Citrus Bliss

  • 2 drops Peppermint

  • 1 drop Cardamom

Lean Mean Cleaning Machine!

  • 4 drops Purify

  • 3 drops Motivate

  • 2 drops Citrus Bliss

Diffuser Blends for Productivity

You better Work B

  • 4 drops Motivate

  • 3 drops Elevation

  • 1 drop Lime

Boss Babe

  • 3 drops Elevation

  • 1 drop Rosemary

  • 2 drops Wild Orange

Mama don't Mess Around!

  • 4 drops Lavender

  • 3 drops Lime

  • 2 drops Citrus Bliss

  • 1 drop Peppermint

There you have it! I can't wait to hear which diffuser blend is your new favorite! Let me know which one you plan to try first, and what project you will be tackling!

Declutter your Life

With a brand new year, the desire to downsize, live with less, and declutter starts to take over. More often than not, we as mothers, roll with it, fully intending to get rid of things, donate, and have that garage sale. In the midst of it all, sometimes overwhelm creeps in and we lose sight of what it is that we want. Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite tips to help you start to declutter your life.

So... here you are, finding yourself overwhelmed to no avail, and I’m sure you feel like your home looks like a hurricane just blasted on through. Don’t worry, I’m going to help you tackle the mess, and even help you tackle those tiny toddler tornadoes that spin out of control all over the place!

One of the first things I wanted to share with you, and probably the most important thing I am going to share with you, is to give yourself grace throughout this journey. I can’t help you out if you aren’t going to be kind to yourself in the process. This means that if you are starting on one of your projects, you simply cannot allow the negative voices to become your peanut gallery, or anti-cheerleading section. It's time to tell that negative voice in your head, the one that tells you you're not _____ enough or your _____ is too big, or too small... you know the voice... it's time to tell her to get a life. You don't need to listen to her negativity anymore.

Think about it. If your best girlfriend was sitting next to you, and she was telling you out loud... all of those negative things that you tell yourself, would you still want to be friends with her? I don't think anyone would want to stay friends with someone that was constantly crushing their self worth and self esteem. So why do we continue to do this to ourselves?

I hope you look your beautiful self in the mirror today and tell her how much you love her. I mean it. Go look yourself in the mirror. See your beautiful eyes... they have seen so much. See your smile... your smile has brought joy to so many people in this world. You are an incredible woman and you deserve to feel, love, joy and happiness. Can you see how vital this is to your success in taking care of the things going on around you? I used to think that “Self Care” was so hard, and that I didn’t have time for any of that stuff. I had so much to do and not enough hours in the day to get any of it done.

In reality, I would be productive, but I was stressed out, I was grumpy, and I wasn’t truly able to serve my family from a place of gratitude with all that grouchiness I was carrying with me. As soon as I realized what a difference it made in my own happiness, and of course my family’s, I made a promise to myself that I would never cut out my self care again, and that I wouldn’t let negativity plague my mind anymore. I committed to tea, quiet time, reading inspirational texts, journaling, devotionals, coffee, a yummy breakfast, vitamins, lighting candles, yoga and meditative breathing. I don’t do all of everything, every day, but I do the things I know are going to fulfill me and bring me the energy I need to take on what my planner says. I also doing beat myself up when things don’t go according to plan. I cannot even begin to tell you how terrible a habit this was for me. I definitely have glued on the perfectionist hat before, and still to this day I’m prying off pieces of that hat from my head. It’s totally ok to see your self care for the day as taking a few deep breaths, sleeping in for another 20 mins, or a quiet soak in the bath tub.

Don’t turn your self care into a chore. When we stop and really think about it, and think about where we are limiting ourselves, and putting up road blocks, we can get a clearer vision of where we can begin our self care.

  • Are you more prone to negative thinking?
  • Are you more prone to procrastination?
  • Are you making excuses for why you cannot do certain things?
  • Are you limiting your self with your beliefs about what you can and cannot do?

If you identify with any of this, I challenge you to ask yourself, “Is this serving me in any way?” Recently, I had a morning, facetime coffee visit with my mom, and we were chatting about this topic in particular. Seeing as my mom has been around 28 years longer than I, I know and truly value the wisdom she has to share. It was obvious then, that I share some of her insight on this topic.

Here is what my mother Martina had to say,

“When you are looking to overcome your own obstacles inside your head as to why you cannot do the things that are ‘overwhelming’ you... you can come up with all these reasons why you can’t do these things. BUT, all you need is to find one positive, to drive you forward. Don’t concentrate on the act of doing something, concentrate on the result. Stop making excuses, and stop giving yourself all these reasons why things are hard. Why can’t you make it fun or enjoyable? Once we stop making a mountain out of a molehill, things begin to flow.”

And it is so true, it all begins inside. If you were expecting some crazy organization techniques today, to help you declutter your life, I'm sorry to disappoint you. When it comes to decluttering, it needs to start from inside of us. I can’t tell you that it is going to be easy to rewrite old thought patterns, and the negative programming you have lived in before, but I can tell you that it will be worth it once you are on the other side of that. Don’t you want to see what that woman looks like?

The woman who wakes with ease and energy for her day...

The woman who can happily tend to her children when they need her...

The woman who can be strong and supportive of her spouse...

This can be you. It all comes with starting from the inside. Mind you, you don’t need to show up as this woman every day, but I’m sure if you show up in this way 90% of the time, you and those around you are going to find so much more to be grateful for.

Let’s talk about some practical steps you can take to work on framing your positive mindset, and starting a morning routine that will set you up for a successful day. I’m going to lay out the foundation of my morning routine for you, so you can add to it, take from it, and make it your own. Remember, this is a foundation, you don’t have to do things the way that I do them, or even remotely similar. The key here is to tackle a few little chores (makes you feel productive) and of course your self care (makes you feel good!) so that you can take on whatever lies ahead.

  • Make the bed
  • Tea/Coffee/Honey Lemon Water
  • Inspirational Reading/Devotional (1-2 pages)
  • Check your Planner/Calendar Get fully dressed (shoes included!)
  • Face care/make up (if you wear it)
  • Swish the toilet bowl(s)
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Empty your dishwasher
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Move your body (yoga/walk/exercise)

Maybe this seems like a big list to you. Maybe it seems completely feasible for you right now. Whatever the case, I want you to put something together for yourself that you feel comfortable with. Remember you don’t need to do all of this at once.

It actually took me a month to filter all of this into a regular working schedule. To be honest, this doesn’t take more than 90 minutes of my morning. If you are fortunate enough to have late risers in your home, you can get it all done before they wake up! If not, you have the option of getting up early for quiet time to yourself, or letting everyone know that mommy is going to do her morning routine and you can help when you are finished. Because this routine doesn’t take me very long, it also gives me the ability to stop and take care of my hubby or son if they need something.

Do what works for you, but you gotta start somewhere. I hope this list has given you a tangible starting point so that the physical decluttering flows into your routine more easily. Remember, be kind to yourself. If you are still getting into the swing of things, give yourself grace. “I may not have done everything on my list, but I am taking care of myself, I am taking care of my family, and I am an incredible woman.” This is not about inundating yourself with more things to do, it is about finding peace of mind in getting clutter out of your head, out of your home, and establishing a routine so you can enjoy being a mother.

Don’t let those negative voices get you down, and if they do, remember that I believe in you.

Melaleuca

More commonly known as "Tea Tree Oil", Melaleuca is widely used all over the world! We use Melaleuca in our home regularly and it's great for so many different reasons! When I was a teenager I used Melaleuca regularly to help cleanse and support my changing skin. I wish doTERRA had been around back then, as I know using a pure oil works SO much better!

If you have used Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil before, then you know about its amazing benefits. If you haven't, you're sure to find a use that will make you definitely want to add this wonderful oil to your collection. Did you know that Melaleuca oil is good for oral health? Add 3–4 drops of Melaleuca on your toothbrush before adding toothpaste, then brush teeth and gums to promote a clean, healthy mouth.

Diffusing Tea Tree oil can help purify and freshen the air in your home. When diffusing Melaleuca oil on its own, use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Looking for a revitalizing diffuser blend that will freshen and purify any room? Add 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops of Eucalyptus, 1 drop of Melaleuca, and 1 drop of Peppermint to your diffuser for a rejuvenating diffuser bend that will cleanse the air and awaken your senses.

Like I mentioned, Melaleuca is best known for its purifying qualities and its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. After shaving, apply Melaleuca to keep skin looking smooth, healthy, and free of irritations. Did you know that Tea Tree oil is in 12 of doTERRA's kits? This is a great, versatile oil to have on hand. In Australia, Melaleuca is the third most diverse plant genus with over 250 species. It belongs in the myrtle family, commonly known as paperbarks, honey-myrtles or tea-trees.

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Make this soothing DIY Foot Balm made with Melaleucaoil to moisturize your feet overnight. Do your makeup brushes need some deep cleaning? Tea Tree oil’s benefits for skin and cleansing properties come together in this Makeup Brush Cleanser. Over time, your makeup brushes get covered in old makeup and dead skin cells. If you don’t want to be spreading that all over your face, you’ll need to give your brushes a good cleaning every once in a while. With just three simple ingredients, including Tea Tree essential oil, you can concoct a purifying makeup brush cleanser that will get rid of gunk and germs—restoring your makeup brushes to their former glory.

I would love to know what your favorite way to use Melaleuca is! Share with me and rave all about it!

Laundry Essentials

Whether you have a toddler who loves to make messes, teenagers who constantly produce dirty socks and uniforms, or you just find yourself doing a lot of laundry throughout the week, the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent will make 64 loads of laundry feel like a breeze. This detergent is one of the most used dōTERRA products in our house. I really enjoy using this detergent because of the amazing cleaning properties as well as the nice scent it leaves on the clothes. The best part about this detergent is probably how potent it is, and a little bit goes a long way!

One of the greatest benefits of the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent is that it utilizes essential oils to clean your clothes and leave them with a fresh, pleasant scent. Essential oils like Wild Orange, Cinnamon, and Eucalyptus are commonly used in cleaning products because of their cleansing properties and invigorating aroma. Each bottle of doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent includes 10mL of the proprietary doTERRA On Guard blend (a value of $28.00) to leave your clothes with a refreshing, clean scent.

With sports and school starting, your family needs a trusted way to remove any and all stains. Look no further because dōTERRA’s On Guard laundry Detergent is here to save the day! Not only can it clean all your clothes, it can act as a natural stain remover so you can target problem areas in a natural way. All you have to do is use a small amount of the detergent directly on the stained area. Leave it sitting for 3-10 minutes and then wash as directed. Easy, right? With particularly stubborn stains, you can re-apply the detergent before the clothing is dry, and then repeat the wash cycle. After you repeat the wash cycle, let the piece of clothing dry before applying additional stain treatment. Like with any stain remover, it is wise to test the detergent for colorfastness in a small area before treating. This detergent is so effective, you only need to add one tablespoon to your load for the most effective results.

In addition to the use of CPTG high quality essential oils, the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent formula includes other natural ingredients to give users a safe, natural solution for cleaning clothes and lifting stains. The carefully designed formula includes surfactants, stabilizers, and enzymes from natural-based, sustainable sources, so not only is the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent a safe alternative for your family, but it is a more environmentally-friendly option as well. The formula uses a unique combination of natural-based, bio-originated enzymes and a preservative stabilizer made from corn, so you can be sure that you are using a product that is safe for any member of your family.

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With natural ingredients, the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent works on a variety of washable fabrics at all temperatures and is color safe as well. This powerful formula makes each bottle of doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent useful for up to 64 loads of laundry. I love that it pairs so well with Wool Dryer Balls, and you can have your clothing super clean and fresh, without dowsing them with chemicals.

Is this a product that you've tried? Let me know!

Siberian Fir

I am super excited to share about our new Fir oil, Siberian Fir! What's that you say? Why do we need another Fir oil? White Fir has sold out as we can't get it in the sustainable sourcing that we want, or the quantity and quality we want. The great news about this... Siberian Fir has more prominent chemistry than White Fir and provides a wealth of benefits that can also be enjoyed by internal consumption! Yay!

Siberian Fir can positivity affect many body systems, and is recommended for topical, aromatic and internal use. This is exciting as this will be our first Fir oil that is recommended for internal support! Why don't we take a look at some of the ways we can use Siberian Fir:

Aromatic:

  • Diffuser Siberian Fir to evoke feelings of relaxation and rest.
  • Inhale to soothe dry airways. A little goes a long way here, Siberian Fir is a powerful oil!
  • Use in combination with rosemary, eucalyptus, cypress for lime for clarifying aroma and respiratory support.

Topical:

  • Apply Siberian Fir to sooth skin irritations (rash, overstressed tissues, wound, bites)
  • Apply to calm overactive tissues and ease discomfort
  • Blend with Melaleuca (tea tree), Cedarwood, or floral oils to eliminate blemishes and healthy skin.

Internal:

  • Use 1-3 drops in a capsule to support body systems
  • Siberian Fir has been used in a variety of different foods as a flavoring agent

Home Cleaning:

  • Combine with Citrus oils for surface cleansing

There you have it! Siberian Fir is a wonderful new addition to doTERRA's permanent product line. This oil will be available for purchase as of October 2nd, 2017, and the pricing is as such:

Retail: $26.67 Wholesale: $20.00

If you would like to become a Wholesale Customer, you can do that at any time to make sure you are purchasing at the lowest price!

Purify

Today, I'm sharing about an exciting essential oil blend called Purify! If you have anything stinky in your home, (including teenagers!) you're going to love this oil blend! Our Purify Cleansing Blend is great for removing odors. urify contains Lemon, Lime, and Pine essential oils, known for their powerful cleaning properties, along with Siberian and Austrian Firs to purify the air and protect against environmental threats. The addition of Citronella, Melaleuca, and Cilantro give this blend an enticing aroma that’s uniquely doTERRA and unmatched in purification properties.

Purify is an exclusive combination of essential oils that purify and eradicate odors in a natural, safe way. This uplifting blend combines citrus and pine essential oils that leave an airy, fresh scent on surfaces and in the air. You can also use Purify to soothe away irritations from bug bites! This is one of the main ways we utilize this oil, as we live in the mountains right now!

For an easy and natural alternative to deodorant, try putting Purify diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil under your arm. With all the different food items, it’s only natural to have a smelly fridge, right? Well, not anymore! These easy to make fridge refreshers are a simple way to deodorize your refrigerator without the use of toxic cleaners.

Another quick and easy recipe for your home is, to fill a glass spray bottle with 5 drops Purify, 3/4 cups distilled water, and 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol. Use on your furniture and blankets to eliminate odors in your home!

Diffusing Purify essential oil blend helps eradicate unpleasant odors and clears the air. It also has a refreshing aroma, that I find to be very uplifting and cheerful! To use, just apply 2-3 drops in a diffuser and enjoy.

DIY Carpet Cleaner Recipe

Put equal parts of Borax and Baking Soda (we did 1/4 cup of each here) together and mix in 10 drops of Purify Essential Oil or another essential oil of your choice. Put the mixture in an empty container and sprinkle over your carpet. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then vacuum your carpet to leave it fresh and clean!

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The bathroom is another place where stinky odors tend to linger. Here are a few of my Purify hacks to keep that area smelling fresh and clean!

  • Add 4-5 drops of Purify to a cotton ball and place inside the toilet paper roll
  • Add 4-5 drops of Purify to a faux plant in your bathroom
  • Create a bathroom spray with Purify, and leave for your guests to use
  • Add Purify to your Cleaning Spray to leave the bathroom with that fresh aroma

There you have it! Are you excited to use Purify? Have you tried this oil blend before? I can't wait to hear what you think about it!

Sanity through Cleaning

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t used to be a huge fan of cleaning, but I have always been a big fan of living in a clean space. Over the course of the last few years, I have come to love cleaning more and more. Finding peace through the act of cleaning spaces. I’m not talking about decluttering, although, there is a great sense of peace that comes with that for me… I’m talking about actual “chores” like dusting, vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, mopping, scrubbing, etc.

It’s almost weird, when I think about it, how much it irked me to do these things years ago, and now… I find such solitude and a measure of sanity through it. Let’s be real… the endless sea of “mommy” that I hear and swim through all day is enough to drive a person nuts. For real. My son can “mommy” at about 13 times a minute. I’m not proud of it, but I actually paid him a dollar for 2 minutes of silence. The cleaning, not only keeps germs at bay and our spaces sparkling, but it helps me to stop and take time to appreciate the roof over my head.

I also try to load up my Monday to the point where it could be considered crazy. I do this because then the rest of the week I just do a bit of routine swish, swipe, scrub and call it good. It helps me give myself permission to relax a bit and slow the heck down. I can focus on the things that are important to me, like reading, going on walks with my son, spending quality time with my husband.

Moving... again? Not quite yet...

Moving is such a pain, am I right?! The boxes, the mess, the cleaning...ugh! The to-do list is miles long, and it's always somewhat impossible to keep everything organized. We are planning to move back to Colorado in 2018 (yay! my heart is leaping with oodles of joy!) and we are already starting to de-clutter, konmari, and downsize. We have been diffusing and rolling on a bunch of Motivate... let me tell ya! I wanted to share some valuable moving tips and some cute printables that make the job easier! Add Motivate essential Oil to your diffuser and roll on your wrists to keep you going on Moving Day! Below are 3 products that are going to help move you forward as well!

I recently came across a new product from The Dating Divas called "The Ultimate Moving Organization Kit". I took a peek and thought it actually looked awesome, so I had to share it with you!

This kit has a ton of really fun features! It keeps everything super organized, it's really quite impressive!

Here is what the kit includes via The Dating Divas website:

    • Moving Binder Printables – An all-in-one place for your important documents, calendars and to-do lists!
    • Packing Box Label System – Color coded stickers and signs to organize your boxes by room.
    • Clever Packing Hacks – 3 pages of useful packing ideas and tips for all of that stuff you have to move!
    • Moving Announcement Cards – Let everyone know you are off to new adventures with a cute postcard!
    • Moving Help Thank You Notes– Moving is never a one-man job! We’ve also included thank you notes for your amazing moving helpers- couldn’t do it without them!
    • Welcome Home Print – Gorgeous printable art to frame and display in your new home.
    • Sexy Box Surprise – Make the unpacking a little more fun for your spouse with a steamy note!

 

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I'm totally using this when we hit the road and head back to the Centennial State! You can get yours HERE!

What do you think about this? Do you move around a lot too? What is your favorite moving tip that you love to share? Share with me in the comments!