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Natural Jewelry Cleaner

Cleaning my ring takes some work since it isn’t a traditional engagement/wedding ring. I have a morganite engagement ring and two milgrain diamond wedding bands, which are all soldered together. Regardless of the type of ring or jewelry that you have, they must be cleaned. Doing so with a natural ring cleaner is a plus.

Why You Should Use a Natural Jewelry Cleaner

Your jewelry sits directly on your skin so cleaning it with non toxic products is a must. (Your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you apply topically) Most jewelers offer free ring cleaning services, but I’d rather do it myself with a natural jewelry cleaner. I don’t want any chemical yuck sitting on my skin. The cleaner that I use actually benefits my skin/me as a whole because it is infused with (the best) essential oils, and it of course gets the job done. My ring always looks just as amazing as the day that my husband proposed to me.


 

What You Will Need

A splash of warm water

A cup or small container (petri dish etc.)

An old or new toothbrush designated for cleaning your jewelry

½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner (you can order yours HERE)

 


 

Instructions

Add the ½ capful of Thieves cleaner to your cup or dish

Add a splash of warm water (I say warm because hot water alters the constituents of essential oils. Learn more about that HERE)

Drop your ring in and let it sit. I usually leave my ring in there for a solid few hours, while I clean the house or get ready. If you only have a few minutes that’s good enough.The cleaner works just as well if you just dip the tooth brush in and begin scrubbing your ring.

The size of the toothbrush is perfect for getting into all of the crevices of my ring.

…TADA. I’m sure you are amazed at the sparkly beauty that is your ring. 😉 This stuff really does the trick and it does so naturally.

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B

 

 

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Natural Eyelash Growth Serum

The Scoop

Eyelashes play a big role in your daily get up. I have found that a good mascara and some lip balm can do wonders and change up your whole look from frumpy and tired to a bright eyed natural look.

I have always had fairly long lashes. However, regular use of mascara leaves many lash casualties at the end of me removing my make up and going through my cleansing routine. When I first got started with Young Living one of the first things that I started implementing into my beauty routine was adding lavender to my bottle of mascara. It helps with eyelash nourishment and growth.

Later, I saw an instagram friend (Sweetjamieleejoy) post about her oil infused eyelash serum. This girl has the most beautiful long natural lashes. My interest was immediately piqued. I asked her what the ingredients were and shortly after placed an order for the supplies that I needed (aside from the oils). Once I received my materials I got to work on creating ratios that worked for me. Trial and error of course. Initially the first batch that I created had way too many drops of essential oils because the scent was too strong for my eyes. Second time was a charm!


Supplies + Ingredients:

Young Living’s Cedarwood Essential Oil

Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil

Young Living’s Rosemary Essential Oil

Empty Mascara Tubes

Castor Oil

*Disclaimer: I only recommend the use of the most pure and natural therapeutic essential oils (Young Living). I am not responsible for any damage created by or caused by use of adulterated essential oils. Oil purity is extremely important as FDA onlyrequires 5-10% of the actual oil in order for an oil to be labeled 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil. When in fact the rest could be fillers, solvents, chemicals, or otherwise.


Sanitize the mascara tubes and other parts prior to use.

Add two drops of each essential oil to the mascara tube

Fill about ¾ of the tube with castor oil

Add rubber insert and seal with wand/lid

Apply nightly before bed

& ✨✨✨


Important Info

If at any point you get an essential oil in your eye, DO NOT FLUSH WITH WATER.

Water drives the oils, and will in turn intensify the discomfort.

Grab a carrier oil (jojoba oil, castor oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, etc.) and gently put some in your eye. Rest your eyes until discomfort is over.

I would love to see your before and afters!

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B

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Essential Oil Infused Gummies

After much trial and error (I got it right the 4th time), I finally figured out a recipe that works and tastes amazing.

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Ingredients & Supplies

Gummy Bear Molds

Unflavored Gelatin

¼ cup of Filtered Water

¼ cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk

1½ teaspoon of Raw Honey or your sweetener of choice to taste.

& of course the vitality oils of your choice! We used Lemon and Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oils.

*I ONLY RECOMMEND THE INGESTION OF THE MOST PURE ESSENTIAL OILS WHICH ARE SAFE FOR INGESTION. NOT ALL OILS ARE PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE. YOUNG LIVING IS THE ONLY BRAND THAT I TRUST*

To purchase Young Living oils click HERE!


Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil (I just use our Bonavita Kettle)
  2. Pour the cold almond milk into a mixing bowl, and sprinkle the contents of one envelope of gelatin over the milk. Let sit for 1 minute.
  3. Pour your hot water into a small glass and stir in honey until dissolved. (If using another sweetener this step is not necessary.)
  4. Add hot water to mixing bowl and stir
  5. Add in 1-2 drops of desired oil, to taste. If you know anything about EOs, then you know that a little goes a long way. I did 2 drops of Lemon Vitality + 2 drop of Cinnamon Bark Vitality.

This recipe makes enough to fill about two gummy molds. Use this recipe as a template, substitute NingXia for the almond milk, or double the amounts if you wish. 🙂


Story behind the gummies

During this last holiday season a friend of mine who got her Young Living Premium Starter Kit for Christmas made oil infused gummies as gifts for people. They were incredible. I ate them all up in one sitting because they were so delicious. I didn’t ever get the recipe from her so I tried (and failed many times) until I finally found the right ratios. I am so glad that I stuck it out and made it work. These are great treats for grown-ups and kiddos alike. I see it as another way to get the benefits of my amazing oils down the hatch (Learn more about how to use oils here.), to incorporate gelatin into my family’s diet, and of course just a tasty treat.

A N T I O X I D A N T S

Definition: a substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products.

Antioxidants are crucial to your health as they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals, which are at the heart of age related deterioration.

Your body produces free radicals as a result of normal metabolism and energy production. Free radicals are a biological response to environmental toxins, such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, sunlight, cosmic and manmade radiation, and even a key feature of pharmaceutical drugs. Free radicals are also produced when you have inflammation in your body and when you exercise.

Free radicals seek to steal electrons from many of the proteins in your body and can also result in damage to your DNA and other cell structures.

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of another molecule. Antioxidants break the free radical chain of reactions by sacrificing their own electrons to feed free radicals, without becoming free radicals themselves.

They are all electron donors.

Antioxidants are nature’s way of defending your cells against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Your body naturally circulates a variety of nutrients for their antioxidant properties and manufactures antioxidant enzymes in order to control these destructive chain reactions. For example, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenes, and lipoic acid are well-known and well-researched antioxidant nutrients.

Your body can manufacture some of these antioxidants, but not others. And your body’s natural antioxidant production tends to decline with age.

Dr. Mercola

Essential oils have so many incredible health benefits one of which is the unbelievable antioxidant content.

Tufts University developed the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity assay (ORAC) as a method of assaying the antioxidant capacity of common foods. The ORAC assay is the most sensitive and reliable method of calculating food’s antioxidant value against the second most common free radical in the human body, peroxyl.

Blueberries which are widely known to be high in antioxidants have an ORAC value of 2,400

One drop of Young Living’s Thyme Essential has the ORAC value of 159,590 !!!!!

G E L A T I N

Gelatin is known to improve skin health, provide protein, aid in digestion, support the joints, and support a good night’s sleep, among many other things.

The benefits are all just additional benefits of a these little treats.

Let me know what you think!

xoxo,

B

 

 

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7 Daily Uses StressAway- Young Living

With naturally delicious scents like Lime, Vanilla, Lavender, and more, it’s no surprise Stress Away™ essential oil blend is one of Young Living’s most popular products! When you catch the citrus-sweet scent, you can’t help but stop, take a deep breath, and relax—even with the unfolded laundry, to-do list, and rambunctious children who surround you.…

via 7 daily uses for Stress Away — Young Living Blog

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Travel Essentials

Where

Max and I recently took a trip to Reno in late celebration of our third anniversary (you can read about it HERE!).

What to Pack

I never leave home without my oils bag which usually contains DiGize, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, Frankincense, Purification,(all of which were just listed come in the Premium Starter Kit!) Breathe Again, Melrose, EndoFlex, JuvaFlex, Valor II, StressAway, and some rollers full of blends that I have made myself.

Here are the other essentials that we pack when we leave town:

Alkalime to keep my pH balanced!

Life 9 to keep my gut happy. The gut is also known as the second brain! It produces 80% of your body’s serotonin. The gut needs all of the good bacteria to stay healthy. This effects your bowels as well.

Super B because every system in your body needs b vitamins.

NingXia Red sachets YL’s superfruit antioxidant puree to support a healthy immune system, healthy blood sugar levels and all over wellness. Since this is a supplement, all you need is 1-2oz per day. We drink this daily and we drink extra when we feel that our bodies need extra support.

OmegaGize my fishy oil supplement! Everyone should be taking a fish oil supplement!

ALL YOUNG LIVING SUPPLEMENTS are grade A quality. Because there are oils infused in our supplements, absorption is increased by up to 80%. While supplements without essential oils are known to be absorbed a measly 15% by the body.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (which I never leave home without) This is not a sanitizer! Which I am sure you have heard, that sanitizers weaken your immune system and create a super germ. NO THANKS. Again this product as with all YL products is OIL INFUSED. I will take it. Any time and any way that I can get oils on and in my body I will because the benefits are incredible.

Lavender Lip Balm (which is seriously life changing. I used to use Burt’s bees and now I am never looking back!) This contains coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, wolfberry seed oil, rose hip seed oil, vitamin e, and lavender essential oil. It’s so light weight compared to other lip balms, the ingredients are safe, and of the highest quality.

Wolfberry Eye Cream because the under eye area is so delicate and deserves some extra attention. I do this as a sort of preventative maintenance. I’m only 25 so there hasn’t been too much going on in this area but I want to support the skin well.

Art Gentle Cleanser a must have. I use this after removing my make up. I have used my own DIY face wash in the past, but after using this cleanser I would rather purchase the product because it leaves my face feeling amazing.

Art Light Moisturizer this moisturizer is perfect because as the name says, it’s light. There is also an intensive moisturizer for those who have skin that is on the dryer side. I have heard great things about the intensive moisturizer as well.

Dentranome Ultra to keep my teeth clean and to keep my underarms odor free (YES I USE MY TOOTHPASTE AS DEODORANT)

Thieves Dental Floss because flossing is vital. 😉

Lavender Bath & Shower Gel because lavender is amazing for the skin and the smell is heavenly.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap UNSCENTED This is an ingredient in our DIY handsoap so we bring a travel sized bottle with us for washing our hands.

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My trusty sunflower yellow Fjall Raven BackpackThis backpack is lightweight, yet sturdy, and it makes the perfect accessory. I am a satchel and backpack gal so I love to be able to just take my bags along with me without being afraid of roughing them up.

And of course my Mountenz dad hat. Because I am a band wife. My husband is an amazing musician and I am so proud of who he is and what he does. SO I obviously wear their merch.

I’m so thankful that I never have to pull out my trusty Think Dirty App, wonder, or even question what is inside of my Young Living products. I feel at ease knowing that I’m putting not only safe but beneficial ingredients on myself and my family.

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What are your travel essentials?! Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

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The 5 Essential Oils That Every Mama Needs

 

This list was taken from the Young Living website.

As you probably know, I am not a mother. I am however the oldest of seven children so I have seen my fair share of childhood in my life. This list was compiled by Young Living.

Motherhood is beautiful. From baby’s birth to first steps, first days of school and college graduation there are so many sweet moments throughout. Then there are the moments when things get real waking up every two hours for feeding, teething, and tantrums. Thankfully we have oils to support you through every step of the way.

Here are the five Essential Oils that every mama should have in her arsenal.

 

Stress Away

I love to use this oil topically. Diffusing or inhaling it directly is also great. Stress Away helps me unwind and get refocused when moments are trying or while commuting because…traffic. This blend contains Copaiba, Lime, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vanilla. It is a sweet, woodsy, and floral scent that is both relaxing and grounding.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most versatile + popular essential oils.  We use this one daily in our household. It has a cool, tingling sensation that’s great for post-workout massages and throughout-the-day pick-me-ups.

 

 

Lavender is likely the most well-known oil around. When you think of Lavender you probably think of calming and relaxation. YES. Another oil that is used daily in our home. Adults and children alike gravitate toward Lavender. & rightly so this oil is known as the Swiss army knife of essential oils.

Peace & Calming is very popular in the Young Living world. People go crazy for this one (especially mamas of littles) and I didn’t understand why until I got my hands on my own bottle. Add it to a bath or diffuse while reading to your babes all will enjoy the calming effects of this blend. IT SMELLS AMAZING.

Thieves essential oil is another staple in our home. Its ability to tackle nearly any situation makes it a mom’s best friend. It includes oils like Lemon and Clove, which don’t just smell wonderful—they work hard to cut everyday messes too. You’ll love how easy Thieves makes it to replace conventional cleaners with naturally derived, yet powerful, solutions. Use options like Thieves Dish Soap, Thieves Household Cleaner, and Thieves Wipes or create DIY cleaners with the added strength of Thieves. You’ll feel confident your children will be safe from not just dirt and grime but harsh chemicals as well. Thieves also supports a healthy immune system. (& it smells like Christmas!!!!!!!!)

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DIY Essential Oil Infused Foaming Hand soap 

You’ll need:

a foaming soap dispenser (We resused the ones from our thieves foaming handsoap)

1/3 cup of Plain (unscented Castile Soap)

2/3 cup of filtered water

20 drops of the essential oil of your choice (This time we used Citrus Fresh, Max is all about the citrus oils)
Pour all ingredients into dispenser & shake. TADA… That is all.

Love,

B

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Dust Bunnies

 

Your cute little dust bunnies are not as harmless as you thought.

 

Dust Bunnies accumulate in the corners of our homes, and can be among the most toxic potions of all.

 

As noted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): Many chemicals end up in household dust.

 

In a study by Silent Spring Institute: they reported “A study of house dust collected in California homes in 2006 and in 2011 which found 41 different fire retardant chemicals in at least half of the samples

 

A later study (2012) by Silent Spring Institute tested for 49 flame retardant chemicals in household dust, the main route of exposure for people and especially in children.

 

Most homes had at least one chemical above a federal health guideline, compounds in household dust tests, included flame retardants, home-use pesticides and phthalates.

 

A 2002 study by the EWG detected phthalates in nearly ¾ of personal care products tested, when sprayed or applied as make up powder (that contain phthalates) the chemicals can become airborne and accumulate in your dust.

 

Young children in particular may ingest about 50 milligrams of household dust a day. (low levels can cause health issues) making it an important pathway by which people are exposed to environmental contaminants.

So it is probably no surprise that a simple wipe down with water is not enough when it comes to dusting. I would sometimes just wipe dust off of surfaces with my bare hand or a wet paper towel. (OOPS) Not so much anymore.

 

taaaa-daaaaa. T H I E V E S household cleaner. One ultra concentrated bottle has replaced every cleaner in our home (+ it’s lasted forever). Savings upon savings upon savings. The bottle costs $22 and it has the potential to yield 28 bottles of multipurpose cleaner, at around 79¢ per bottle. Thieves household cleaner is free of synthetics, is plant based, essential oil infused (with the well known Thieves blend), and safe to use around every member of the family. All you usually need is one cap full  diluted with water (unless you want the solution to be stronger, in which case you’d use more cleaner). The ratio is 1:30! We keep a couple of glass spray bottles full around the house, I take a 2oz spray bottle full to work, and we also create soft scrubs with baking soda (recipe coming soon). It is perfect for dusting and scrubbing, some also use it to spot clean stains.

You can purchase it by clicking HERE.

See ya dust bunnies.