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Essential Oils for Hygge

Are you looking to bring more Hygge into your life? Create a more "Hyggeligt" atmosphere with your essential oils! What is Hygge? Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Norwegian and Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Since the late 20th century it has been described as a defining characteristic of Danish culture; while the word is just as widely used in Norwegian, it doesn't enjoy any particular cultural status similar to the recent Danish phenomenon. (wikipedia)

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Coziness, warmth, and an atmosphere fit for connecting with your family and friends, is totally achievable by utilizing essential oils in your home. There are a few ways to do this, but the main method it by diffusing. With so many essential oils to choose from, it it really up to you, and what you feel brings about that cozy and warm atmosphere in your home. However, I will share some of my favorite Hygge oils to diffuse and why they are so cozy!

Lavender

Lavender oil is the classic, go-to, cozy oil! Since it has been used so long for it's calming properties, most people are familiar with it's soothing aroma. When you are diffusing Lavender in your home, your guests will feel welcome and supported by the familiarity that Lavender brings!

Cardamom & Cinnamon Bark

Combining Cardamom and Cinnamon Bark in your diffuser creates a sort of Chai tea-esque aroma, that is sure you make your guests feel right at home! This combo is great to diffuse any time you want to warm up the vibe of your living space.

Lemon & Ginger

I love this combination of oils, and I will tell you why... I'm obsessed with Lemon Ginger tea! This diffuser blend is reminiscent of a warm Lemon Ginger tea, and definitely warms up your space! Be careful with this one though... you may just find yourself brewing a pot of tea after a few minutes of diffusing!

Wild Orange

If you want a quick, and simple way to bring a fresh, yet welcoming aroma into your living space, Wild Orange is the oil for you. It's cheery vibe, and zesty nature are sure to liven up the atmosphere, while also bringing that level of familiarity we talked about with Lavender.

Eucalyptus

Even thought it's aroma is cool in nature, Eucalyptus essential oil is another one of those familiar smells that can bring about coziness. Try combining this oil with Lavender for a "spa" like aroma, and extra relaxation benefits.

Cedarwood

Woody oils like Cedarwood, naturally bring Hygge into your home as they remind us of fresh firewood, and the winter season. Diffuse Cedarwood in your living room while guests are visiting to make your space feel even more cuddly.

If you aren't still too sure what Hygge is all about, I highly recommend checking out this book by Meik Wiking called The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. It is such a great read! I really enjoyed it, and I am sure you will too.

So, I'm curious, which oils are you most excited to use to bring more Hygge into your home? Let me know!

My Dream Reading Space!
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If you didn't hear... my hubby and I just bought our dream home, and we will be moving back to Colorado next month! Since I have been so excited about creating a home in our new place, pinning ideas like crazy, and overall just downright excited, I figured I would share some of the things I have been dreaming up lately! I absolutely love to read, and so I wanted to share what my dream reading space would look like! I'm still trying to figure out exactly where this will be, but I'm super thrilled to be sharing with you!

As a book lover and avid reader, I have dreamt of creating this perfect space, forerver! Of course there are little "must-haves" that I absolutely need in this space, like my crystals, a diffuser, my oils of course, snuggly blankets, cozy pillows, and a fantastic rug! Among those things are furniture too, and I've always struggled with deciding between a comfy couch or a little reading nook that is recessed into the wall.

In any case, in my quest for the perfect pieces online, I came across Arhaus! They have a variety of beautiful home decor, and I completely fell head over heels for some of their pieces!

One of the pieces I have really fallen in love with, is the Athens Library in French White. With its vintage silhouettes and artisan-applied finishes, our Athens collection will infuse your space with the ambiance and sophisticated charm of an old English library. It is so beautiful, and it totally reminds me of Disney's Beauty and the Beast when Belle goes to borrow her favorite book again!

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When I was browsing around the Arhaus lighting collection, I found so many gorgeous pieces that I really just drooled over. The Vivienne Chandelier totally stole my heart with it's light, playful take on traditional chandelier designs, Vivienne strikes a delicate balance between a rustic iron frame and hand-painted wood beads. Isn't it absolutely breathtaking?

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I also really fell in love with the coziness of some of their designs. When I read, I want to feel cozy, and completely immerse myself into the words on the pages. I found so many pieces that would fit perfectly into my dream reading space, and I cannot wait to get to work on that once we are all moved into our new home! Speaking of the new home... you can see a picture of it here!

Do you dream of a perfectly cozy reading space? What are your must haves?

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.

Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm so happy to besmearing some of my family's traditions with you today, as you celebrate with yours! Each year we have evolved our traditions as we haven't always lived in the same place. These last 2 Christmases have been super amazing as we have been able to go on the Polar Express!

Last Christmas, we rode the Polar Express in our Pajamas and Robes. We all matched and it was so much fun! On the train, you get to hear the story of the Polar Express, and you also get a chocolate chip cookie AND *hot hot hot* Hot chocolate! It was so much fun! The next day, we went to Bearizona, which was so cool, as they have a drive through zoo essentially. The predators just roam free and it is SO cool!  We also did a sleigh ride up in the snow once we were back home and that was so much fun! Here are some photos from last year:

We also do a Christmas puzzle every year. I love doing puzzles, and it is so much fun to work on something together as a family! Let em tell you, last year our puzzle was ridiculously difficult as the pieces weren't cut to regular jigsaw shapes! It took us forever but we finally finished it!

In addition to these fun traditions, we also watch Christmas movies, diffuse Holiday Joy, listen to Christmas music, and decorate the house. Most of our Christmas decor is Disney, but much of it is rustic too. I have these beautiful hand made ornaments that are crafted from straw. These are prized possessions of mine as they were gifted from family members in Germany.

I hope that you have a beautiful day today and remember that it's not important what is under the tree, it's important who is around the tree!

Merry Christmas Oilers!

Holiday Joy

Hearken back to a simpler time with Holiday Joy! The traditional holiday scents of Wild Orange, nutmeg, pine, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, and vanilla, are so heartwarming and beautiful. Fill your home with memories as you tantalize your senses with the inviting fragrances of the season, embracing all who gather with the warmth of the holidays.

The warm, sweet aroma of Holiday Joy creates a welcoming environment for holiday gatherings and can be diffused every day to purify the air and uplift the spirit. This proprietary blend creates an essential oil aroma that’s a dōTERRA Christmas tradition. Diffusing Holiday Joy throughout your home will uplift the soul and warm the spirit as it fills each room with the joyful scent of Christmas.

Primary Benefits

  • Uplifts mood and enlivens the senses
  • Purifies and freshens the air and home

Uses

  • Diffuse throughout the home during the holidays
  • Apply to clothing, coats, and scarves to stay energized while Christmas shopping
  • Create a spritzer to mist holiday trees, garland, or wreathes for a fresh holiday scent
  • Add one to two drops to a homemade potpourri for the holiday season

Directions for Use

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Topical Use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Using Holiday Joy in my home  is one of my favorite Christmas Traditions, and I know how much my family enjoys it too! Whether you live in an area where it "looks" like Christmas outside  (read: snow) or not, you can bring the vibes of the season indoors with this beautiful Blend! I even use Holiday Joy throughout the year when I need a little Christmas Fix!

Do you love Holiday Joy? Want to snag some for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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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!

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!

Spring & Summer Diffuser Blends

I love to create different kinds of diffuser blends to help our home smell beautiful and keep my family in good spirits. Diffusing oils can do so much for your living space, and for the people in it! Essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.

The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.

Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.

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Here I have some of my most favorite Spring time and Summer diffuser recipes. I hold them dear to my heart! I hope you fall in love with them as much as I have!

BOHO LIFE

-3 drops Patchouli

-2 drops Lavender

-1 drop Eucalyptus

TIDY UP

-3 drops Cedarwood

-2 drops Lemon

-2 drops Purify

CHILLSVILLE

-3 drops Lavender

-2 drops Peppermint

-1 drop Balance

SIMPLY SWEET

-3 drops Geranium

-2 drops Wild Orange

LIQUID SUNSHINE

-4 drops Lemon

-1 drop Ylang Ylang

SERENE SUNRISE

-2 drops Wild Orange

-2 drops Serenity

NO BUMMER SUMMER

-4 drops Lemon

-2 drops Bergamot

-3 drops Ylang Ylang

GOOD MORNING

-2 drops Wild Orange

-2 drops Peppermint

-2 drops Bergamot

SWEET DREAMS

-3 drops Vetiver

-3 drops Lavender

-3 drops Cedarwood

FRESH AND CLEAN

-3 drops Lemon

-2 drops Lime

-1 drop Purify

ICY BLUE REFRESHER

-3 drops Peppermint

-3 drops Balance

-1 drop Lavender

DAY AT THE SPA

-3 drops Bergamot

-3 drops Lavender

-3 drops Rosemary

AURORA SKY

-3 drops Lime

-3 drops Lavender

-3 drops Balance

DELICATE DAWN

-3 drops Citrus Bliss

-2 drops Lavender

-1 drop Peppermint

INTO THE MIST

-3 drops Balance

-2 drops Citrus Bliss

-1 drop Serenity

BEACH VACATION

-4 drops Elevation

-3 drops Juniper Berry

-2 drops Balance

MERMAID MAGIC

-2 drops Whisper

-2 drops Balance

-1 drop Wild Orange

CHILL OUT

-3 drops Balance

-1 drop Roman Chamomile

-3 drops Vetiver

Which blends have you tried? Which one is your current fave? I would love to know and read your shares in the comments!