Let's Keep Mama Happy

Let's Keep Mama Happy
These last few months have undoubtedly been stressful. We have been crossing through uncharted territories and experiencing unfamiliar situations. We need to be supporting our emotions through all of it, and we can do that with our essential oils! 

Sometimes I have days where everything just seems to be going wrong from the start. Didn’t sleep well, feeling grouchy, too much to do, body aches… And the list just goes on and on. You know those days? It’s on those days I am most thankful to have these essential oils in my mommy wellness arsenal where I can pull 'em out and change the trajectory of my day. And as a mommy, my mood directs the mood of the house, so it’s my job to support my own emotional and mental state--it’s best for the husband and the kids! 
As you inhale essential oils, the tiny molecules enter the nasal cavity and pass by the olfactory bulb. Your olfactory bulb is a part of your limbic system and therefore your response to an aroma is going to be emotional before it can be rational. 
Each essential oil has a unique chemical makeup. We can take advantage of that and use essential oils to improve our mood, feel calmer or more energized, or reach a deeper state of happiness. So grab that Stress Away and breathe it in! It’s a blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender and does exactly what the name implies!

Stress Away is a favorite, but there are so many more oils out there to support your mental and emotional health. Click HERE for info on how to best start building your mommy wellness cabinet!

Let's Not Be Picky

Let's Not Be Picky
Are you a picker? Ok, maybe not the best way to ask that question. Let me rephrase: are you the kind of person that, as soon as you feeling any little thing on your face, you pick at it to “help”. I like to call these phantom zits. They are the kind of zits that are not actually there, but we convince ourselves that something is not right with our face, so we pick, push, and squeeze our skin to get rid of it. If you’re like me, this takes the phantom zit to an actual zit, then I really have a problem on my hands. My non existent zit suddenly becomes zit-zilla. 

Seriously. I’m a GROWN woman. I have 11 children. Surely I should not be dealing with zits anymore. But alas, I’m human and things happen. Want to know some of my secrets to slaying the zit dragon? 

First, obviously clean your face. When you pick at your skin, the oils from your hands transfer onto your face. Think about everything that you’ve touched in a day—that ALL gets soaked into the pores of your face. YUCK.  So wash your face.

Second, I take a dab of Young Living’s Lemon oil** and put it directly on the blemish. Lemon oil is astringent and detoxifying, with antiseptic properties that make it great for clearing skin! 

**be careful to use this only as a nighttime routine, as citrus oils are photosynthetic and can cause skin irritation if applied before coming in contact with sunlight. 

Third, I take the finger with Lemon oil on it and dip it in clay. Here’s my favorite clay to use for this purpose! Then, I’ll dab the clay and oil finger onto the zit and sleep on it. The next morning, it’s GONE. Amazing. 
So there you have it. In three simple steps I am able to retract damage that I’ve done to my skin. As women, I think it is a desire of all of us to age with grace. We’re doing our skins a disservice when we pick at them. If you think you wouldn’t be able to help but pick, try a safer alternative with one of these pimple popper kits. It’ll  at least minimize the damage your fingers would do! We don’t want scaring or those nasty red bumps making a home on our skin, so let’s treat our faces nicely with these simple steps! 

Girls Night In!

Girls Night In!
Slowing down and taking a girls night in. I don’t know about you, but taking some time to intentionally stop and rest can sometimes be hard for me. That’s one of the reasons why I took off work for the entire month of August. Sure, sometimes doing something extreme like saying “no” to work for a month is totally needed for a normally busy mommy. But I’ve found that it’s even more so important to intentionally set aside time to rest among the crazy. I think that, in doing so, it not only instills a sense of peace but also a spirit of trust in my heart.

In a house of girls, we love to get together every now and then and just take a break to breathe. We usually have something fun, like chocolate of course. But tonight we did a little self care and clay masks.

 Obviously, we had to follow a couple of steps before getting to the final mask, and those steps were as follows. 

      1. Cleanse face using Orange Blossom Face Wash
      2. Scrub with Satin Mint face scrub!
      3. Treat with a drop of lavender, frankincense, and tea tree (for problem acne spots)
      4. Massage using your choice of lymphatic massage roller
      5. Mask using some good ole’ organic clay! For the clay mask, mix with water until it’s a good consistency then apply evenly all over your face. Let set until dry.
      6. Moisturize using your choice of YL moisturizer! Some favorites of mine include the Sandalwood Moisturizer—good for before bed since it is a bit heavier—or the Orange Blossom Moisturizer for a bit of a lighter feel.

We always have so much fun when we girls can just be together, chat, and find our breath. It’s so important to slow down, not just by yourself, but with your people around you as well. Doing so gives you the chance to actually absorb all that God is doing not only in your own life, but in the lives of those.