Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Essential Oils

Halloween is almost here!
With all of the costume picking, pumpkin carving, Halloween parties and Trick or Treating it can be a bit exhausting. 

Here's a blend that will help you relax with this cozy, slightly spicy blend. 

Halloween Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

4 drops Orange Oil
3 drops Lavender Oil
2 drops Frankincense Oil

Benefits to this Oil Blend
{Wondering what rooms to use Essential Oils in? Check out this recent post on where to use your EO's.}

Orange oil is known to promote good digestion to help with all of those Halloween treats your kiddos will be getting into along with its immune boosting properties to ward off sickness and germs. Lavender oil is very calming and relaxing to aid in helping your little Trick-or-Treaters to calm down and drift off to sleep after an evening of excitement. Frankincense is known to help with anxiety, promoting feelings of peace and love. I love this fact especially with little ones who might become fearful with scary Halloween costumes they might see. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

5 Touches to Create a Welcoming Home

As I read my devotional this morning these words stuck out to me...
"Help me to create a peaceful, restful, safe, welcoming home."

As my husband, children and guests come in and out of our home I want them to feel all of these things and there are simple things that I do to help to encourage this kind of home environment. 

5 Touches to Create a Welcoming Home

1. A tidy home is more than having the dishes done and the floor vacuumed. Its the process of having things in their place and clean - so when others, in particular my family, come into our home they feel like they can find a place to sit and just be. 
2. Smell good! A home that smells good is so inviting to me. This might be a seasonal scent, one of my favorite essential oil combos in the diffuser or cookies in the oven - either way the aroma of my home makes me feel different ways. 
3. Front door Love. Having something pretty at the entrance of our home is one of my favorites! I want everyone that enters our doors to feel welcomed and thought of. I feel like that starts at the entrance. There are simple things you can add like a wreath, chalkboard sign or vinyl "Welcome" that really give an extra touch. 
4. Eat! Our senses play such a roll in how we react and fee. One of those senses is that of taste. I keep quick and easy treats close by that I can have out in minuets if a guest pops by. Candy corn this time of year is in my cupboard and I often bake bread and have it sitting close by to cut and have out. 
5. You! Some of the most welcoming experiences are those that when I pull up to someones door they meet me with a smile and a warm hug that makes me feel at peace and like I'm supposed to be there. 

Blessings my friends! May you be able to bless those who enter into your home. They may be your children, spouse, friends, family or those you are just now meeting - but may they be welcomed and feel loved as they enter your doors! 

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Friday, October 6, 2017

October Essential Oil Blend & Why You should use it!

Essential Oils have become such a welcomed part to our days.
Each season brings different favorite blends for us and for the month of October this Farmers' Market Blend hits the spot! 

October Farmers' Market Diffuser Blend

6 drops of Orange Oil
4 drops of Clove Oil
2 drops of Frankincense Oil

Why use this Blend in the Fall?

During the Fall season we loose sunlight and our days become shorter, the temperatures drop, sickness begins to go around and many find they are feeling  a bit down both mentally and physically.
The benefits to this blend are perfect for the season! The Orange oil is very uplifting, immunity booster, that is calming. The Clove oil is a warm, woody scent this also promotes a healthy immune system and to ward off free radicals that cause sickness. Frankincense oil has an earthy scent that also promotes personal wellness and helps to relieve stress and depression. 
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Monday, September 25, 2017

STAY awhile

I've been  creating some beautiful pieces lately! 
Most of these are custom  pieces made specifically for clients who want a way to share words that have a strong meaning to those they love. 

Each  time I create a piece like one of these I pray over the project and the homes they will be hung in. 

As I look over each of these I find one thing in common, love. The love in an anniversary gift, the love for a friend who has experienced loss, the love in inviting others in to "STAY awhile" and the love of family! 

May you be blessed as you lead through  this day and feel loved! 
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Customer Follow Ups

With any business or organization you deal with people. People in general want to feel appreciated, to be thanked and to have their decisions solidified. Large corporations pay hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to have a customer service department to ensure that customers needs are met. If you own your own business, no matter what the field might be, its important at getting good at following up. Each Friday I dedicate time in my schedule to do something I call #FollowUpFriday. 

Follow Up Friday Printable
Right click on the above image, save to your computer and print off for use.

I have a printed out sheet that I use that helps me to track my follow ups so I can stay organized to know who I need to follow up with from one week to the next.  For me personally I include my customers name, contact information and date that they first tried our brand. 

I use the list of months to the right to put codes so I know what I did during that month with that customer. Examples are WC: Welcome Card, TYC: Thank You Card, AMG: Anniversary Month Gift, T: text etc. 

Have a great weekend everyone and remember the fortune is in the follow up!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

DIY Gather Sign

Gather signs have been so popular lately and I wanted to create one that was unique to my style. Just love out it turned out. 

The Steps: 

 I started with finding this old frame that was in the back of our garage. I found it somewhere a long time ago and its just been sitting their waiting to be loved.
 This frame in particular is large, approximately 28" x33". 
I then cut 1x4s down to size.
 I then stained the wood.
 Dry brushed some white paint over the top once the stain was dry.
 Once the wood was completely dry I sanded.
 I then pained the frame black and sanded the edges to give it a rustic edge.
I attached the wood to the frame using wood glue and my nail gun.
 I purchased the word "gather" that had already been cut out of sheet metal and attached it to the wood with small nails.
 And I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. 
Here's to a new season of decorating and creating a beautiful home!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5 Rooms You should be using Lavender Essential Oil in Your Home

As thousands of kids head back to school families all around the world often find a sense of anxiety trying to manage busy schedules, helping with homework and creating that bedtime routine.

  We all know our sense of smell often triggers different emotions, right?! One simple thing you can implement into your lives to help with daily routines and so much more is Lavender! 

8 Benefits of Lavender
1. Reduces anxiety and emotional stress.
2. Improves sleep.
3. Restores skin complexion and reduces acne.
4. Improves mood and brain function.
5. Headache remedy.
6. Antioxidant protection.
7. Natural room freshener.
8. Heals burns and scaring.

Lavender can come in the purest oil form as well as being found in everyday items we all use in our homes and our personal care products. 
 { Be aware that not all oils are created equally though. Read more HERE about the FDA Warning in regards to Essential Oil companies and be an educated consumer. }

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1. Your Bedroom! Add a few drops of Lavender oil to your pillow cases each night or use a Lavender linen spray to aid in sleep and restfulness.  
2. Your Laundry Room! Add a few drops of Lavender oil to wool fabric balls. Your laundry will come out smelling heavenly! Even better when you partner it with an eco-friendly lavender scented laundry detergent
3. Your Kitchen! Add a few drops of Lavender oil to hot water and wash your floors. Your kitchen will smell peaceful. What every momma needs!
4. Your Bathroom! Add a few drops of Lavender oil to the cardboard in your toilet paper roll. Each time someone spins the roll you'll be lifted to lavender bliss! An added bonus is to have lavender scented hand soap on the sink so your guests feel a sense of peace as they leave your bathroom.
5. Your Entry Way! I want people to gain a sense of welcomed-ness and peace as they enter my home. I have found a non-caustic lavender essential oil diffuser that I have going close to our front door. Love the way it smells when we enter.

Wishing you a school year filled with calmness and peace!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

5 Steps to a Guest Ready Kitchen

 I find one of the biggest reasons I don't have friends over more often is because I don't feel my home is ready. As a disciple I know that I need to show hospitality more often!

1 Peter 4:9 says this: 

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 

When I read this verse it reminds me that I need to keep my home in a way that I don't grumble when guests come over because of my insecurities that my home isn't guest worthy. 

Here are 5 Steps that you can do daily (that take less than 30 minutes) to help you feel prepared when a planned or UN-planned guest should arrive!  

 A Count Down to a Guest Ready Kitchen

 5. Sweep! I feel like my entire home is more put together when the floor is clean. My two younger kids enjoy sweeping at their age and that is a simple task that helps me a ton.
4. Crumb free, clean table! Its so embarrassing to have a guest show up and sit at your table with yesterdays breakfast stuck to it.  After each meal I do a quick wipe down.
 3. A dish free sink. We are so blessed with modern technology and the invention of a dishwasher! After each meal make sure your dishes find their way into the dishwasher if your lucky enough to have one. It gives peace of mind and a much better smell if you do. 

If your looking for a great dish soap this is my new favorite! It has no formaldehyde, phthalates or toxic chemicals and is made of 99%biodegradable ingredients and the smell is Fresh Lavender! Its heavenly! (You can find more about that HERE).
 2. Clutter free counters. My mission this past year has been to create a home that is a place of rest and peace where less is more. I recently cleaned out our cupboards and have a simple layout for them. The same goes for the rest of my kitchen. I'm finding if there is a place for everything I feel less anxiety and stress.
1. Have coffee close by! I love coming over to friends houses who welcome you and say "Coffee's on". And are ready to sit across the table from you to enjoy conversation paired with a warm cup of coffee.  And even if you've missed all of the other steps but have coffee to welcome them they will see past the crumbs and enjoy you!

May you enjoy this day, the beauty of your home and the preparedness you have with a home that is guest ready!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies

 This beautiful girl of mine is now 12 years old and measures 5ft 1in! Seems like yesterday she was a tiny baby who I carried in my arms. 

She is such a great help with her younger siblings and is super helpful in the kitchen too. 

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 C. Shortening
1/2 C. Butter
1/2 C. Sugar
1 packed C. Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 1/2 C. Flour 
2 C. Chocolate Chips 
Mix, Bake at 375* for 10 min per batch, Enjoy!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Creating a Purposeful Home

 Over this summer Ive been focused on creating a more simple, purposeful home without so much stuff and clutter. My kitchen cabinets included! 

Our cabinet for plates/bowls had been completely turned into a shove all. See those two ice cream buckets in the upper right hand? Those are full of parade candy from the previous year! WHY?!

 So I cleared the cabinet and gave more function to it.
 I painted the inside of the cabinets grey. We have a lot of underlying grey tones in the tile on the floor and counter tops.
 I purged a lot of our old big, heavy dishes. I kept all of the correll dishes that were my great grandmothers and then purchased a new set that was on sell for $22.00 that matched to ensure we had enough for our family.
 I then cut simple labels with my Silhouette for two reasons. 
1. I think its visually pretty and it brings me joy when I open the cabinet doors. 
2. For the little people in my home who help put dishes away, this now shows them there is a specific place for everything.
 I tend to be very sentimental. So there are some dishes I cant get rid of. Like the bowl that was given to us as a wedding present, the bowl that I remember my grandmother serving peaches in at meals and the large serving platter I purchased for the first Thanksgiving I hosted.
As I work through my home and clear things that are just taking up space I'm finding that its leaving room for thigns that I truly do find joy in and providing me with more peace and a clearer mindset.  

Make it a great week!
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