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Natural Home, Happy Home
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I have always preferred to use holistic or naturopathic remedies before resorting to prescriptions-I even avoid taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen if I just have a headache. I knew that once we had littles running around I wanted to use safer cleaning products as well as avoid unnecessary medications.  

A few months back I reached out to a woman within my Instagram community about using essential oils. I had used a diffuser for quite a while, but never thought to use oils as remedies for ailments or illnesses or overall wellness. I want to point out that essential oils are not labeled as something to use to cure illnesses, as most other natural approaches are not- they have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am, however, one to believe that diet and herbal approaches can be effective in many ways. 

I have just recently began this oily journey, so I have decided to share a few of my favorites with y'all: 

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CITRUS:

My favorite citrus oils are Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine. I have used Orange and Lemon quite a bit for both cleaning and cooking. I will share a few of my favorite recipes in a later post.   I have yet to use Tangerine often, but I have made a "refresher" using it with baking soda. I took a small mason jar and poked a few holes in the lid, mixed in some essential oils with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. I will sprinkle it on our mattress every couple of weeks then vacuum it up, as well as use it as a scrub when I clean the sink after doing dishes. 

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BUG REPELLENT:

Earlier this Spring we had some nasty mosquitoes! We've also had a couple black fly bites, even on little Jasper. While I will use regular bug spray if it's around, I don't want to be spraying it on Jasper! I ordered up some Citronella and got to concocting! In a spray bottle, I mixed about 20 drops of Citronella, 15 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Rosemary. Rosemary has a very strong smell, so I use it sparingly. I filled the bottle with water and so far have not had an issue with bug bites.

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A GREAT COMBO: 

I LOVE cloves. I think it's because it reminds me of winter time, which is the best. Anyway, I like to make oatmeal for breakfast (when I remember, HELLO mom brain!), my favorite recipe is old fashioned oats with chocolate chips, a few drops of Orange and only ONE drop of Clove. This blend is also a great one to diffuse. 

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THIEVES: 

This oil blend is one of my favorites by far. I use it in my diffuser to make my house smell fresh and clean, as well as use it as part of my daily beauty routine. It is worth mentioning that Thieves is considered a "hot" oil, meaning, it has a warming sensation when applied topically. I only use 1-2 drops on my face, making sure to keep it away from my eyes. After a moment, I apply 2 drops of Lavender to cool off the sensation. Thieves is also a powerful cleaner and can be added to a load of laundry or dishes. I have also tried the YL Thieves Toothpaste and really liked it.

 

Overall, I have had nothing but a great experience with essential oils and the community I have found within it. Personally, I use Young Living; it is important to use 100% pure essential oils, no matter where you choose to get them from.  If you want to learn more about using essential oils or would like to begin using them, feel free to contact me-while I am still learning myself, I am happy to help!

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October Favorites

The changing weather here in the Northwest has me all giddy. I love that the season of Fall is distinct here in Spokane; it's something I look forward to every year, no matter where I have lived. Being an October baby is another reason to also love this time of year...

With this new season comes new favorites-and some of these I want to share:

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  • Roast House Coffee. A good roaster based here in Spokane, for a good price. My favorite roast of theirs as of now is the 'Italia' blend. Currently we are trying out the 'Sumatran' which is a medium roast with notes of walnut and cinnamon-pretty good, but a little dark for me. 

 

  • Artwork by Christina Mrozik. I was first introduced to her art while staying at the Jennings Hotel. Her style is so unique and captivating that it is hard not to like-something is wrong with you if you don't think her art is rad. She is an artist that has inspired me and pushes me to try new techniques and styles. You can find her on Instagram @christinamrozikart

 

  • Writing out scripture. Even though I have been doing this for the last few weeks, I have found it especially important for me to do this since starting school again. I have been following a daily guide (although I don't always get to it if I've had a crazy day), basically you just pick a book from the Bible and write out a few of the verses each day. This has helped me incorporate scripture readings into my daily life and it only takes a few minutes-or it could take me an hour if I really sit down and study the Word. I have a specific journal that I use and I love being able to get creative with how I write out a specific verse that really resonates with me. Like I said, it doesn't have to be something that takes a chunk out of my day, but it's a good way to incorporate time with God into my day.

 

  • Trader Joe's Chinese food. Need I say more?? Okay, I'll explain. We usually get the mandarin orange chicken, edamame, and potstickers. They're all in the frozen section, it's our go-to if I have no idea what to make for dinner or we come home late and need something quick. Being as there is only two of us (not including the baby cookin') we only cook half of everything and have dinner for two nights! Super easy, delicious, and affordable. 

 

  • Walks around the block. Being at the waddling stage of my pregnancy, I can't walk s u p e r far, but walking around the block is a good mini-date and not to mention good exercise ;P We live in a relatively quiet neighborhood and there's a park and a few restaurants near by so occasionally we'll walk down that way and get a bite. 
One of my favorite places I have lived during the fall, at the Swan River in Montana.

One of my favorite places I have lived during the fall, at the Swan River in Montana.

 

Of course there's lots of other things that I could add to this list but I'll save those for another time. As this season progresses I'll be posting more fall recipes, DIY's, home décor, and random notes. What are some of your  October favorites?