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    Home Detox Challenge

    When we talk Home Detox – where do you even start?? There are actually a few areas to consider when looking into your household’s toxicity. These are Air Quality, Water, Household Cleaners, Laundry, and Light Pollution. Air Quality Let’s start with the Air Quality in your home. I’m not just talking about furnace filters or cleaning out air ducts. I’m challenging you (see what I did there?) to consider something called “Off-Gassing”. It’s good to be aware that when you purchase any synthetic materials – whether it’s a couch, mattress, paint, carpet, rugs, etc. – that those synthetic fibers release toxins or “gasses” into your environment. This isn’t to scare…

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    Deep Clean Your House Safely

    So I work in a school. That means in the summer, when I’m home, I have time for things I don’t normally get to do during the school year. Things like doing a DEEP CLEAN of my house. Honestly, I’m pretty okay at the day to day chores and enlist my boys to help me out (sometimes that’s more trouble that it’s worth!). But I thrive on having the time to clean a little DEEPER than normal. Maybe you have time to do this during your year – if I stayed home with the kiddos during the school year, I would probably need to schedule it into my year because…

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    Oils for Minimalists: Essential Oils You Need for DIY Recipes

    Does the thought of getting started using essential oils stress you out? I can completely relate. Using oils came slowly for me, but now, they are such a part of my life that I can’t even imagine living without them! I wanted to give you a little information about some oils that will help you realize that you CAN get started using oils slowly and a little bit at a time. **Keep in mind that when I talk about therapeutic properties of oils, I specifically am talking about Young Living essential oils. I personally have changed my life so that I minimize toxins that I take into my body. With…

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    Dry Brushing 101: A Guide to Dry Brushing Your Body

    Have you heard of dry brushing? I was first introduced through my Ayurveda classes and workshops. In Ayurveda, dry brushing is a way to stimulate the lymphatic system and also to reduce and remove ama from the body. Ama is undigested, toxic, junk. So dry brushing helps to stimulate the skin, exfoliate dead skin cells and get lymph moving around in your body, which in turn helps boost your immune system and detoxification system. This is especially important in the springtime when your body is accumulating mucous and trying to detoxify the general winter sludge. But the best part is that it only takes MINUTES!!! How to Dry Brush Let…

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    25 Citrus Oil Recipes using Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange Essential Oils

    Spring is here!! Well, I live in Minnesota, so it’s not exactly here yet. But that’s all the more reason to THINK spring!! And what’s more spring-y than citrus smells!! I’ve compiled a list of 25 AWESOME citrus recipes including recipes for Spring Cleaning, Foods, Skin Care and Diffuser Blends for you to try at home. You’ll need some Essential Oils – lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, bergamot, citrus fresh, and orange. Remember how to grab those oils?? Click here. Let’s get started, shall we?? Recipes to Clean Your House Get your house ready for Spring by using some of these DIYs and tricks for keeping a super fresh and clean…

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    5 Steps to Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

    Anyone tired out there? You need sleep. You want sleep. How can you get it? If you’re anything like me, it’s not only you that’s not sleeping. I mean, I have kids and a snoring husband. At least one of those things wake me up at night if I don’t wake up on my own, so how can you get a good night’s sleep? I’ve read books and listened to webinars on sleep and its importance. I also know that I’m a 8-9 hour a night sleeper (at least that’s what I need). So here’s what I do to have a good night’s sleep. Step 1: Quit the Caffeine Personally,…

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    My Favorite Things – Spring Edition

    It’s springtime and that means a fresh start for everyone! I thought it’s time to let you know about a few things that I’m LOVING right now. Without further ado, here we go! Reusable Water Bottles – I love glass or stainless steel water bottles. Stainless is my favorite because it is extremely durable and can withstand my clumsiness. I add a drop or two of Lemon Vitality oil and raw Apple Cider Vinegar to my water, which you can totally do in a stainless steel water bottle. Also, no yucky plastics – seriously get rid of that junk! AND you are creating less waste when drinking from a reusable…

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    Top 10 Oils You NEED…and what to do with them

    Essential oils have been a HUGE part of my life in the past few years. I use them for all different parts of my life – health and wellness, supporting my body systems, replacing household products, and replacing beauty products. I truly use oils all day long. I decided that maybe I should give a list of MY top 10 oils. These are oils I reach for every day. Here we go!! Lemon:  Put a drop of lemon vitality in your water to give it a citrus-y boost! Add a couple of drops of Lemon Vitality in your pancake, cake, or waffles. Lemon in the diffuser smells great! Support skin…

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    How I Use Oils Every Day – A Simple Routine

    I LOVE my oils!! In fact, I love each and every produce from Young Living that I use.  But I’ll start with the oils. I want to let you know what oils I use daily and how I use them. I think that is the most confusing part of starting an oily life – where to start!! So, here’s an example of my day – start to finish – with my oily little loves: 6:00 – Wake Up!! It’s always too early… scrape my tongue, put on my yoga clothes. Grab a scent to inhale – lately it’s been Lemongrass. I put a drop in my hands, rub them together…

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    DIY Household Cleaners

    I have always been sensitive to cleaners and smells of cleaners. When I used to scrub out my tub in the bathroom, I would open the window, turn on the fan, and hold my breath before I started. I would scrub away, run out of the room and gasp for air. On top of that, my hands would burn and smell like toxic cleaners for the rest of the day. So, I started looking for other options. Problem was, greener, “healthier” cleaners still smell gross and can be EXPENSIVE.  I found recipes online and tweaked them so I could make them smell like my favorite essential oil smells. I LOVE…

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