getting a restful night’s sleep

Let’s talk about getting a good night’s rest. It’s so important to our bodies. We all know that lack of sleep can make you groggy and cranky. What you may not know is that there are other effects to the body if you don’t get enough sleep such as causing accidents, serious health issues like heart attack and high blood pressure, it can cause depression and decrease libido (more negative effects here). Many of us struggle with interrupted or light sleep – so what can we do? Let’s talk about a few ways to help you get better, more restful sleep…. 

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easy DIY’s

I’m so excited to talk to you about some easy DIY’s today. If you search online you will find a plethora of recipes and concoctions to get you going. I’m going to share just a few today to help you get inspired to try creating your own goodies for around the house. Let’s get started! The first is my Calming Bath Soak. So easy!

Some other great pampering DIY’s are:
Lotion Bar | Hair Mask | Body Butter | Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak

How about DIY’s for travel? I’ve got you covered there too. I make this bed spray for when I travel. It is a blend of relaxing oils to help you sleep as well as oils that are beneficial when you’re in a bed that’s not your own. I will say, this bottle isn’t quite large enough so now I make it in a larger spray bottle for travel. I also like to take this sleepy roller with me!… 

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travel bed spray

bed-spray

Soon, hubby and I are going on our 15th anniversary trip and you better believe I will bring this bottle with me! I think nearly all of us have that hesitation with traveling and sleeping in a bed that is not our own. You just never know how clean it is or what unwanted guests are there. My friend Jodi posted this recipe a while back after an unfortunate hotel experience and I wanted to share it with you. This is perfect because it’s a small bottle, perfect for travel – you can even take it in your carryon if you need to (just as you would any other liquid)…. 

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calming bath soak

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It’s time to start making your DIY Christmas gifts! These are SUPER easy, inexpensive and something everyone can use!

Calming Bath Soak:
Combine 4c epsom salt, 1c baking soda and 25 drops lavender in a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes for the lavender to soak into the epsom salt. Take 10 baggies (mine are 3×5″ and fit perfectly) and put 1/2c of the mixture in each baggie. Make a cute label with some scrapbook paper and you’re all set!… 

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DIY deodorant

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Deodorant. Something that everyone needs and something that can be filled with lots of harmful ingredients like aluminum which has been linked to breast cancer. Making your own deodorant is really easy and very inexpensive. The one real thing that you have to get used to with this recipe is that you apply the deodorant with your fingers – so unlike the deodorant that you get from the store. Once you mentally get past that, this deodorant works wonderfully.

You only need four ingredients for this deodorant:
1/3c coconut oil (softened is best)
1/4c arrowroot powder
1/4c baking soda
1/4tsp essential oils (I used equal parts of lemongrass, lavender and tea tree)… 

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homemade bath salts

IMG_4592A few weeks ago I did a make & take at my house with a few friends. We made diffuser pendants, bath salts & sugar scrub. Today I want to share with you how to make an easy bath salt that is perfect for gift giving! It’s not too late to whip some of these up for gifts!

The original recipe is from TidyMom. To make Lemon Rosemary Bath Salt you simply mix together the following:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh rosemary; finely chopped
  • 6-8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon zest (optional)

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gold mountain beauty

Rocky-Mountain-EssentialsAt the end of October Daniel from Gold Mountain Beauty contacted me asking me to try and share some of their products. After taking a look at their products I said, “sure!”. I’m so excited to share them with you today.

{Even though they sent me the products for free, the opinions are my own.}

Gold Mountain Beauty is a small family company that creates all natural health and beauty products.Gold Mountain Beauty believes in three things: amazing customer service, fair prices, and the highest quality ingredients and materials. Plus, most of their products are manufactured and packaged in the USA. Instead of using toxic products, they want to provide people with natural products that are safe to use, effective and actually good for your skin. Daniel was very quick to respond to my emails and the package came direct from Amazon, who does their fulfillment. Customer service is key for me and Daniel did a great job in that respect…. 

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10 helpful wellness links

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This past week I listened to quite a few sessions at the Wellness Family Summit and gleaned a wealth of information through those sessions. I thought you all might enjoy some of the new resources I’ve come across so here they are!

Mommypotamus // recipes for food, beauty and home products

Saving Dinner // recipes, helpful food information, encouragement… 

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thieves household cleaner

12488843165_caeaec550d_kThieves Household Cleaner – you might as well just call it the only cleaner you’ll need to buy ever again! You can use this for general cleaning, or also for your floors, walls, upholstery, fabric, glass, pots & pans and you can even make a hand cleaner from it! Thieves® Essential Oil was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health (source). Young Living has a whole line of Thieves items for your household and family care such as toothpaste, wipes, hand soap, floss, mouthwash, hand purifier, bar soap and more…. 

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no poo

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 2.56.52 PMDid the title catch you off guard? No, I’m not having digestive issues again – I wanted to tell you about something that I want to try and wanted to see if anyone’s already doing it to give all of us advice. Have you heard of “no poo“? It’s basically throwing out your chemical laden shampoo’s and conditioner’s and using vinegar and baking soda to wash your hair. Supposedly it works great and helps keep the hair healthy and strong.

I wash my hair just about every day. Otherwise it’s greasy and unkempt. … 

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