A Day In The Life (DITL) Of An Essential Oil User

One of my guilty pleasures is watching vlogs on Youtube. One of my favorite types of videos to watch are “day in the live” or DITL type videos. To me, its so interesting to peek into the lives of other (especially other moms) and see how they live their life and being able to relate to them on some level. I thought it would be fun to do my own DITL blog post showing all my favorite essential oils and how I use them throughout the day. Click here to learn about my favorite essential oils (no, I don’t sell oils).

*It’s important to note that I don’t use ALL these oils everyday, but I do use quite a few each day.

Morning: Wake-up (if my kids haven’t done that already). I like to try and get ready before my girls wake up, so the first thing I do is head to the bathroom. I wash my face with my Beautycounter charcoal bar and moisturize my face with my frankincense facial serum (2 drops jojoba oil, 1 drop frankincense. I LOVE this serum), brush my teeth, and slap on some make-up. Once my face is finished I use this homemade lavender spray to set my makeup. After spending all of 3 minutes on my hair and getting dressed, I’m ready for the day. Tip: put a drop of lavender right in your mascara tube for healthy, longer lashes!

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Mid-morning: After breakfast I usually pick out some oils to diffuse. The oils I pick depend on my mood, my kids mood, and my do list. If I need some waking-up, I’ll use a little orange and peppermint. If someone is sick in the house, I’ll diffuse RMO’s Immune Strength, and if things need calming down I’ll diffuse a calming blend like tangerine, orange, patchouli, and chamomile.

Nap time: During this time I try to get some stuff done around the house. Let’s be honest though, some days I sit on the couch and think about all the stuff that needs to get done. And then the kids wake up and I wish I would have gotten said “stuff” done. Oh well. On the days I do try and be productive, I may use my focus roller ball (orange and peppermint in a carrier oil).

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Evening: After dinner, it’s time to clean up. I use my homemade all purpose spray to clean the counter, table, sink, highchair, everything! My all purpose cleaner contains water, vinegar, castile soap and Immune Strength. I plan to make a post on my homemade cleaning products soon.

Bedtime (for kids): I wish I could say I diffuse oils in my daughters’ rooms each night, but I don’t. I’m lazy. Instead, I put a few drops of lavender on my hands and rub their blankies. They love it! And I love it because it’s quick and easy. A couple nights ago I heard my 3 year old yelling from her bedroom. I pop my head in and prepare to hear another crazy request, but instead she goes, “mom, you forgot to put smellies (lavender) on my blankie!”. Even my one year old will run to where I keep my oils when we are getting ready for bed. If I do diffuse oils in their room I usually use lavender and cedarwood. I think I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but we also use Plant Therapy’s Immune Boom diluted in a roller ball on the bottom of the girls’ feet each night to try and keep them healthy during the fall and winter months.

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Bedtime (for me): I never shower in the morning, I always shower at night. Recently, I’ve been using my shower as one big diffuser. Right before I get in the shower I put a few drops of oils (usually RMO’s Tranquility) right on the shower floor. The heat and steam from the shower makes my bathroom smell like a spa. I make my own body wash with a blend of bergamot, lemon, and orange. Smells so good! I’ll share the recipe soon when I perfect it. I also use a homemade body scrub with these simple ingredients: sugar, olive oil, orange and peppermint essential oil. Again, I use my essential oil facial serum after I get out of the shower. Because Frankincense has so many amazing benefits I’ll usually cup my hands over my nose and take in a few deep breaths after applying the serum. It’s so relaxing.

Like I said early, I’m lazy. I typically don’t’ diffuse oils at night in our bedroom either, but I will roll on some lavender and cedarwood on the bottom of my feet each night or I’ll use my homemade linen spray (water, witch hazel, lavender, and cedarwood) and spray down our sheets.

Hope you enjoyed. Let me know how you incorporate your oils into your daily routines.

 

 

 

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Homemade, Clean Pumpkin Spice Latte

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The weekend is here! It’s nap time over right now and I needed a little pick-me-up so I decided to make my pumpkin spice latte and thought it would be a good idea to share with you all.

I LOVE Starbuck’s PSL, but I don’t love the price, the sugar, or the fake ingredients. I think we all know that the real PSL doesn’t have any actual pumpkin in it. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it’s delicious and I let myself have it every once in awhile. Ok, here’s the recipe. Let me know if you try it! It’s so good, and good for you.

It’s really simple to make. First, brew a strong batch of coffee and grab all the other ingredients you’ll need:

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Over medium heat, mix the almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, maple syrup and butter together. Stir occasionally until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture begins to simmer.

 

Now it’s time to put it all together. Pour about a cup of coffee into a mug and top off with the pumpkin milk mixture. Make sure you use a big mug. You’ll want ALL of the delicious pumpkin milk. Enjoy!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coffee
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter* (optional)

Directions:

  • Brew coffee (make it strong!)
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients together and warm over medium heat. Heat thoroughly until everything is well combined and it begins to simmer.
  • Pour 1 cup of coffee into mug and fill to the top with the pumpkin milk mixture.
  • ENJOY!

*The butter is optional but I HIGHLY suggest incorporating it. Not only does it make the latte so rich and creamy, but it’s packed with healthy saturated fats. That’s a whole other blog post for different day 🙂

 

Hope you give it a try!

 

Why you should be replacing all your candles with essential oils

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Your scented candle may be polluting your home. Even when unlit, candles can emit hazardous toxins that can be damaging to your health. Everything from the fragrance to the wax to the wick could be dangerous. Most candles are made from paraffin. Paraffin is made by bleaching petroleum and when when burned, it emits VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are known carcinogens. Most fragrances used in scented candles are synthetic which give off even more VOCs (even when unlit). Also, metal can be found in some candle wicks (used to keep the wick standing up). These wicks have been found to emit lead into the air when lit. One study determined that a lead-core wick released 5 times the amount of lead considered unsafe for children (source). What?!

Now, not all candles are hazardous to your health, but you won’t be able to tell which ones safe just by looking at the label. So why take a chance? Using essential oils can be so much fun to play around with by combining different scents and making your home smell amazing. Plus, essential oils have added benefits. Just google essential oil effects. You’ll be amazed. Here are some of my favorite blends:

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It’s important you use high quality oils. Some of the oils that you’ll find at your drugstore or grocery store contain added ingredients. In a previous post I talk about my favorite oils. More often than not I am using either Rocky Mountain Oils or Plant Therapy oils. Click here to read why I choose to use these oils.

RMO and Plant Therapy also have pre-made blends. Some of my favorites are RMO’s At Peace and Immune Strength. If you’re a Young Living fan, Immune Strength is the equivalent of Thieves. I add Immune Strength to my homemade all purpose spray and diffuse it during the fall and winter months to kill air born germs (toddlers in daycare…that’s all I’m going to say). To help prevent the littles from getting sick, I dilute this from Plant Therapy and rub it on their feet before bed every night. Both RMO and Plant Therapy have yummy sounding fall scents that I can’t wait to try!

Amazon is great place to shop for diffusers. Here are the ones we use and love:

  • Syntus Essential Oil diffuser. This one is great for smaller rooms, has a remote, and has intermittent settings. I especially like intermittent settings for my girls’ rooms. The mist turns on and off every 10 seconds and shuts off after 2 hours. It’s said that if your body is exposed to essential oils for longer periods of time, they start losing their effectiveness and your body may stop responding to them.
  • Extended Family Essential Oil Diffuser. We use this one for our larger spaces and also has intermittent settings. It can really throw the scent throughout our whole main level!

 

Once you start using essential oils, you won’t miss those candles one bit! If you’re already an essential oil lover, what are some of your favorite blends? I’d love to know! And check out my Instagram @happycleanliving to see more blends and uses for essential oils!

Why you need an Instant Pot

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If you’re like me, you don’t have much time to prepare meals. I’m a busy mom with a part time job outside of the home, but I still like to prepare homemade and healthy meals for my family. Clean eating is so much easier with an Instant pot around!

I was going to spend more time on this post giving facts, recipes, and whatnot, but I saw that the Instant Pot is the deal of the day on Amazon! It’s on sale for $69.99 (no longer on sale), normally $99.99. Such a good deal! Here is what we use ours for:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • chicken breast (fresh or frozen)
  • chicken noodle soup (with homemade bone broth!)
  • the BEST mac and cheese
  • steamed veggies
  • make rice
  • pork  roasts

The instant pot is a pressure cooker so it cooks foods in minutes (literally). There are TONS of great recipes on pinterest and if you want to read a really great review click here. Let me know if you would like a list of our favorite recipes!

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DIY: Makeup Setting Spray using Essential Oils

 

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I am one that needs a setting spray. If I don’t, my makeup will be completely gone by the end of the day. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to touch up my makeup throughout the day when chasing around 2 small children (if I’m even wearing any makeup those days!). Today I’m not wearing any makeup but still sprayed my face because its so refreshing and makes my skin feel great. I’ve used this setting spray over liquid foundation, BB creams, and powder foundations with awesome success. Guys, I love this stuff. Not only does it keep my makeup in place, my skin loves it. It [my skin] has never looked better.  It hydrates my skin, but keeps my breakouts away. I have extremely sensitive skin. In fact, my skin is so sensitive I’m not able to use most products targeted towards sensitive skin.

What you need:

Directions: Using a funnel, combine all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle***. Cap and gently shake. And just like that, you made your own setting spray.

  • *I recommend using Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Aloe. Aloe is hydrating and soothes the skin.
  • **I use lavender. I just love the smell, I cannot get enough of it, and it’s great for all skin types. Other oils that would be fantastic would be:
    • Aging skin: frankincense
    • Oily skin: tea tree
    • Dry skin: geranium
  • ***Essential oils should always be stored in glass containers. Essential oils are very potent and can deteriorate plastic over time.

Click here to read about my favorite essential oil companies

Give it a try. You’ll love it! Check out my Instagram @happycleanliving to see more DIYs and clean living tips.

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Why use essential oils?

 

By using essential oils we are essentially using a plant’s immune system to supplement our own. This is a concept that has been used for a very very (very) long time.

Why I started using essential oils?

  • I wanted protect my kids who were constantly getting sick
  • I wanted to protect myself from getting sick from said kids
  • I wanted to find better alternatives for household items and skin and beauty care
  • I wanted emotional support for myself and my family
  • I WANTED MY 1 YEAR OLD TO SLEEP

The essential oils I like to use:

To be honest, I don’t have anything against the multi-level marketing companies out there selling oils. I truly believe that they sell high quality oils, but I have found that there are oil companies out there with that same great quality (after doing some research). Verditas is a local company to me that I purchase at my co-op. These oils are amazing. There are some of the best smelling oils I own. They partner with small family-run organic farms to ensure responsible farming and land sustainability. Do some research on this company, you won’t be disappointed. RMO and Plant therapy have tons of info on their websites explaining how and why they choose to offer high-quality essential oils (and other awesome products). AND they both have free shipping with no minimum purchase all the time! It makes ordering oils so easy. If you are familiar with Young Living or DoTerra you might like these comparison charts:

RMO Comparison Chart

Plant Therapy Comparison Chart

I know there are many other companies out there that promote safe and pure essential oils. Let me know which oils you prefer to use! I always love trying out something new. I’ll leave you with a quick DIY that is one of my favs:

Quick and easy fabric softener

  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oil (I love using lavender or lemon)

 

Subscribe for upcoming DIYs. Next up: my favorite homemade makeup setting spray!

 

Much love,

HapppyCleanLiving