5 excellent essential oil brands we love

5 great essential oil brands

Are you a fan of essential oils? I know we are! But when it comes to finding out where to purchase them, one can easily find conflicting advice and a lot of negativity. Why is that? Well for starters, we all have our personal favorites, and some bloggers/holisticpreneurs sell essential oils, and because of that, people can be biased. And with more and  more essential oil brands choosing the MLM model, there’s more competition out there for sales reps.

At the time of this writing, I don’t currently sell essential oils, although I’m not against it. I’ve signed up with the two big MLM brands in the past and personally loved both companies, with regards to their oils. But I didn’t like promoting just one brand when I liked both, and when I tried different oils from other companies, I started talking to my friends and family about them too.

So in today’s post, I want to share with you the essential oils brands our family currently buys from, plus which blends from them we love. Please note that there are hundreds ( if not thousands) of companies out there selling oils, some good and some bad. I’m sure there are excellent oil companies we haven’t yet had the pleasure to try ( such as Neil’s Yard and Living Libations), and I’ll write about them in the future when we eventually do order from them.

Young Living

We started purchasing from Young Living when we found out that they ship to Thailand. We ordered one of their premier essential oils packages that contains a diffuser ( which my brother stole from us), samples of oils and their goji berry drink ( which Kaya LOVES), and 5ml sized bottles of an array of oils.

I think YL is actually my favorite brand so far, but shipping to Thailand is expensive and so are the prices of their oils, even if you do sign up as a distributor.

Some of my favorite blends from Young Living include:

  • Stress Away ( this is my favorite!!)
  • Joy ( very uplifting floral scent)
  • Thieves ( a must-have)

Because of the shipping costs, we have been purchasing more from other brands lately, but when we eventually move to Canada, we plan on ordering more oils ( both singles and blends) from YL.

You can buy Young Loving Essential oils from your local distributor, or by going directly to their website.

 

Plant Therapy

We started purchasing essential oils from Plant Therapy after getting a discount coupon, which was included in an eBook bundle I got from Ultimate Bundles. And because Plant Therapy ships to Thailand relatively quickly ( less than a week sometimes) and their shipping and oils costs are affordable, we order from them the most often. Their blends are nice, although there are some I don’t like ( their Sensual Blend smells strange to me) and others that they have changed ( Anti-Aging was better before).

Plant Therapy also sells an organic range of essential oils for you to choose from, as well as a kid-safe blends. Our daughter is OBSESSED with the roll ons from the kid-safe collection! She has her little stash of oils that she keeps near mine and applies whenever she has the sniffles.

They also make holiday blends, such as Autumn Harvest, which smells divine and is my fav holiday blend.

Our favorite essential oils blends from Plant Therapy include:

  • Relax
  • Energy ( an excellent uplifting blend)
  • Germ Away ( cheaper alternative to Thieves and On Guard and available in 30ml and 100ml)
  • Sniffle Stopper ( from the kids’ line)
  • Balance
  • Anti-aging ( it was better before but it’s still a nice blend)

5 great essential oil brands

DoTERRA

The very first essential oils brand we tried ( in recent years), DoTERRA offers fantastic oils that are sold through distributors, just like Young Living. Or you can also sign up on their site as a distributor yourself and get wholesale prices. Like YL’s site, DoTERRA’s is a bit of a pain to navigate, but their oils are great so worth the tech-issues ( and high costs).

This is my husband’s favorite brand of oils. He specifically loves their blends and prefers On Guard to YL’s Thieves. We stopped buying from DoTERRA because they don’t ship to Thailand, so we had to have them sent to a family member or friend in the US and have them ship them to us, which was an inconvenience for us all. We look forward to buying our favorite blends from them when we move to North America. 🙂

DoTERRA makes some of our favorite blends. Some of our favorites include:

  • Immortelle ( a very potent anti-aging blend in a roll on)
  • Serenity ( beautiful, sweet blend with vanilla and chamomile)
  • On Guard
  • Clary Calm 
  • Whisper ( a warm, alluring blend for women)
  • Balance 
  • Deep Blue ( incredible headache-stopped)

Want more inspiration? Check out this post: 3 powerful books on simple living

Rocky Mountain Oils

We ordered from Rocky Mountain Oils once, during the holiday season. After doing years of research about the various oils companies out there ( and still having no clue which is ‘the best’), we heard of Native American Nutritionals, but they didn’t ship to us internationally…until they merged with Rocky Mountain Oils. I was excited to finally get to try this company’s products, and we ordered a few blends, including Nerve Support and True Blue. I like them both, but found True Blue to not be nearly as good as DoTERRA’s Deep Blue, which has blue chamomile in their blend, making a relaxing yet headache-killing combo. Nonetheless, I do still like True Blue.

We plan on ordering more essential oils from this company, and I’ll update this post as soon as I’ve tried their other blends and singles.

 

Aura Cacia

I bought a few bottles of Aura Cacia when we lived in Los Angeles, nearly a decade ago. Because essential oils weren’t extremely popular back then and the general public ( including yours truly) didn’t really know what to do with them ( apart from smell them out of the bottle), I don’t remember even using them.

However, I found that iHerb carries their range of oils, and since iHerb ships internationally, I decided to include a few bottles in my order. We’ve so far tried their Vetiver and Geranium, and we love both! Their Vetiver is much better than the one I got from Plant Therapy, smell-wise; it’s thicker too. I’m not an essential oils expert so I can’t say which company makes ‘the better oil’, but I do think Auracacia’s is darn good

We have yet to try any of their blends, if they have any, but I’ll update this post when we do.

All in all, there are some excellent essential oils brands on the market that offer 100 percent pure oils, and more and more companies are offering a line of organic essential oils too.

3 Powerful Books to help you live simply

Looking to adopt a slower, simpler lifestyle? These 3 inspiring books will help you and your family simplify.

If you’re interested in adopting a simple, creative, and slow-paced lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start, here are some fantastic books on simple living that are geared to helping families. Because if you’re like me, chances are you’ll find some of the uber minimalist books available to be either too limiting ( or placing a strict limit on what you own ) or geared to singles. Thankfully, more and more parents are writing books that give simple living tips for families, and that have doable suggestions that you can tailor to your family and lifestyle goals.

 In today’s post, I want to share with you the three books that have had a huge impact on our family’s life, and that I think you too will find helpful on your path to a slower lifestyle.

Living Simply With Children by Marie Sherlock

This book served as incredible inspiration for our journey to intentional, simple living on our terms.

Loaded with examples of different families who chose to live simply, this book gives you great tips, regardless of where you live. It also gives great advice for single parents and those that choose to work part time, full times, or are a stay at home parent.

Living Simply With Children talks alot about buying less and downsizing, as well as steering away from purchasing from name brands and big companies.

I love this book so much I constantly refer back to it and recommend it to friends!

Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman

Talk about a book that made me reflect on how I approach my business and life! Simply Tuesday is not only well-written but it delivers a powerful message for those of us that are caught up in wanting to do more and be more. This book emphasizes the importance of being small, and not having the size of influence that we want ( which is especially applicable to us entrepreneurs).

The book is named after a somewhat ordinary day of the week that we can all learn to actually value, even if it’s laundry day or has nothing eventful going on. In fact, that’s exactly why Freeman wants you to recognize it: if small things don’t matter, then what does?

If if you’re looking to savour your life more, his book is a must-read!

Want more inspiration? Check out this post: 5 essential oil brands we love

Radical Homemakers by Dr. Shannon Hayes

Are you yearning to make more of your belongings are participate more in your local community, or downsize? Do you want to be a home-based parent but feel shamed by society for your choice? Then this book is for you!

The author grew up on a farm until she left to pursue her academic career, only to return to farm-life when she had her family. What I find fascinating is Shannon’s academic perspective on modern day feminism and homemaking, and how she devilifies the role of a homemaker. However, she does go in depth into the benefits of the feminist movement and also breaks the myth that homesteading was just for women.

She interviews families and individuals from around the U.S. who are living simply and are adding to their local economy through creating crafts or putting their skills to use in exchange for things. Whether you’re a single parent that’s working full-time or are even a newly wed, this book will give you loads of food for thought. My advice is not to get overwhelmed and think you need to start making everything to replace what you own.

I will probably never make my clothes ( I can barely sew a button on my husband’s shirt haha) but I’ve spent some time thinking about how I can help our local community more through cooking, teaching marketing skills, and also giving wellness tips. I have in fact given marketing advice in exchange for gluten free bread from my Cordon Bleu-trained neighbor! #whynot

While some of the concepts discussed in this book may seem radical ( hence the title), I love this book and read it cover to cover in a short period of time. It goes over the history of homesteading and also the industrial revolution and why we should strive to buy less and make more.

What are you favorite books on simple living?

Balancing working from home and homeschooling

How to balance working from home and homeschooling your kids!

My husband and I feel both very blessed to be able to work from home. Initially, it was me that began the entrepreneurial and freelancing path, having both a writing business and being a coach/consultant. But around 4 years ago, my husband ended up working from home too, which has been such a blessing!

You may be considering working from home and are wondering how to balance it with homeschooling your little ones, or perhaps you already do work from home and are thinking about home education. For us personally, it’s been generally very easy to balance the two.

Because we ‘unschool’ and don’t follow a set curriculum, we have a lot of flexibility. My husband works at night and I work a few hours in the evening and a few during the day, which means we take turns watching Kaya. She goes to robotics classes for four hours during the weekend, and has two taekwondo classes during the weekdays, so we schedule our work around driving her to her classes. This has been difficult during the weekday because it’s right when my husband has orders due for work, and because I lost my driver’s license somewhere back when we lived in Korea, I can’t drive here ( nor do I want to as the traffic in Chiang Mai is cray cray!).

If you are doing a classical form of home education, you will probably need more structure to your daily schedule. For Kaya, we’ve focused on using the Reading Eggs program ( highly recommend it!) for teaching her how to read, plus we used the Bob’s Books to have her read to us every evening. Reading Eggs has both an online video-based program as well as accompanying worksheets. She typically does the online part in the morning, and the worksheets when she goes out with her Father during the day ( when I get in some time to get client work finished).

If you’re a single parent or the only one in your household that’s home-based during the day, balancing working from home and homeschooling can be a challenge. My top suggestion is to go easy on yourself.  You don’t have to pick the hardest, most advanced curriculum available nor have your kids in loads of activities. A few suggestions:

+ Find a family-friendly restaurant that’s open during the day and take your kids there to play and have lunch while you’re doing some work

+ Find out if there’s a homeschool coop in your area

+ When your kids are at any extracurricular activities ( or classes), get as much work done as possible

+ Ask a friend if they can bring your kids to any shared classes so you can use that time to work ( or for self-care)

+ Wake up early so you can get work done before your kids get up

 

If you’re completely new to the concept of working from home and aren’t sure where to begin, take some time to ask  yourself what your strengths are, and how much time you have each day to devote to your home-based biz or freelancing career. You can still work from home and only work a few hours a day, but you need to be SUPER FOCUSED both when you start and market your biz, and also when you start working during the day.

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Challenges To Working From Home

Which brings me to one of the top challenges my husband and I have faced: being interrupted when we work.

Because our computer and workspace is located in the living room ( worst idea ever), we’re right next to the TV, and Kaya prefers playing down here to going and playing in her room. Billy and I share a desktop computer, and my Mac is quite damaged and old ( going to get a new laptop soon) so I can’t really use it for work as some of the keys are broken. This is what lead us to working out the schedule where Billy goes out with Kaya to do homeschooling worksheets while I get in an hour or two to use the desktop.

After we get home from running errands in the evening, I usually take Kaya upstairs to watch Are You Afraid of the Dark on my Mac while I start making dinner, so Billy can get some work done. We then either all eat upstairs ( because we’re strange) or in the living room, and either Billy puts Kaya to bed and I get a little more work in, or I put her to bed and go to bed too.

Our schedule may sound strange, but it works for us and is the perfect balance!

Do you work from home and homeschool? If so, how have you balanced the two? Leave a comment down below and let us know!

 

 

How the Konmari tidying method changed our lives

How the Konmari method of tidying changed out lives

Our family is pretty messy and unorganized. And while we don’t particularly mind this, it can feel pretty embarassing when we have people over to our house. We usually have to explain why our place looks like a tornado went through it. My husband and I work from home and homeschool, so we’ve got loads of books and papers everywhere, plus Kaya’s toys.

But late in 2016, we decided to do the Konmari method of decluttering ( or tidying as she calls it) to get rid of the things we don’t need anymore and that are mentally weighing us down. Things we’ve acquired over the years that we don’t want or need, or that was an impulse-buy.

I’m so happy that my husband was on board to help me do Konmari because I couldn’t go through the boxes of papers and books without him, since many of them were his or needed his seal of approval to discard ( in the case of old paperwork). Because all three of us did Konmari tidying together, it was a real bonding experience, and we all enjoyed it, although some of the phases of discarding were more challenging than others.

If you haven’t heard of Konmari, she is a Japanese organizing coach and expert that has two best-selling books that have revolutionized the field of tidying. Instead of getting rid of things by room, Konmari’s method is to discard by category.  This is where the magic seems to happen, or at least it did for us. And the second revolutionary aspect to Konmari’s method is that you only keep what brings you joy. You don’t hold yourself to someone else’s standard, aka like the whole concept of only owning 100 items.

This is what attracted me to Konmari’s style of discarding because while I do enjoy many aspects of minimalism, I don’t agree with one having to possess a set number of items. Especially families! We have so many random things ( like collectables and video games) that bring us joy, and we have no intention to discard them because someone else things we own ‘too much’.  Plus, we do enjoy shopping small as much as possible, like on Etsy and at thrift stores.

How the Konmari method of tidying helped change my life!

You start by going through all your clothing by bringing EVERY item you own and putting it in one room/pile for you to go through and see what brings you joy ( that you want to keep) and what you want to discard. You then move onto the next category, which I believe is books and do essentially the same thing. You can find out more details about the process by downloading her free app on iTunes or purchasing her books, particularly The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which goes in detail about the whole process of how to discard.

The way that the Konmari method of tidying and discarding has changed my life is that I feel less mentally weighed down, and feel great about the fact that we’ve gotten rid of unwanted things. This may sound strange, particularly if you have never decluttered before, but in reality, I think the worst effect of having excess items is the mental space those items take up, even if you’re not aware of it. 

We aren’t yet finished with the categories we’ve got to tackle ( as part of the Konmari process) but are already feeling so much more peace of mind, and have more space in our house.

On top of that, doing this whole decluttering process has inspired me to delve deeper into organization, and I’ve begun building a mini library of decluttering  resources to help us get inspiration and tips when we feel inspired to do more.

Related Post: How to have a clutter-free home in 2017

The Challenging Part

One of the many reasons I recommend the Konmari method to basically everyone is not only can it make a huge impact in your life, it’s extremely doable. But that doesn’t mean each phase of discarding is easy!

I found discarding books to be very challenging. Because many of the books we went through were in boxes ( since we’ve moved quite a few times and are in desperate need of shelves), we had to go through our storage area and confront books that I thought I’d like to read, but that I didn’t end up reading or that I lost interest in. Billy had to also go through books from when he was an actor, and this was a challenge as he quit acting when we left the States, partially because there were little acting opportunities where we lived and also because he didn’t have the time. He’s also unsure of if he wants to act here in Chiang Mai, so it meant he had to decide on if he will again pursue his passion as some of the books he owned were quite expensive. He ended up keeping those that he loved and found helpful and got rid of the ones he never got around to.

The paperwork was also challenging to go through and discard. We had bills, receipts, and sooooo much more to wade through. While it was less exhausting then doing Konmari on the books, it still took time and we had to yet again open boxes and go through drawers. But it was well worth it, and we feel so much better not having all of those pointless papers anymore!

Additional Decluttering & Homemaking Resources

I’ve also begun reading ( or listening to the audiobook of rather) How To Manage Your Home by Dana K. White, who has excellent suggestions for creating a doable cleaning schedule. I highly recommend her podcast and book, if you’ve already done Konmari and are looking for additional homemaking tips from a fellow slob. 😉

Have you done the Konmari method of tidying? If so, what benefits have you gained from doing it? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Free Herbal Materia Medica Course From Herbal Academy

The Herbal Academy of New England has created a Free Herbal Materia Medica Course to guide you through the process of studying, researching, and observing plants in order to create an herbal materia medica. Designed for herbalists in the making, seasoned herbalists, and those of you not yet sure if this is the right path for you, this program will walk you through the process of studying one herb at a time, teaching you how to create (or add to) your materia medica.

Your materia medica, which will consist of multiple monographs on the plants that are of interest to you, will serve as one of the foundational resources for you as an herbalist. In it you will compile information from both historical and modern resources, from books and articles to scientific journals and personal accounts. You will rely not only on what you learn in books, but also your own understanding and experience—how you observe a plant in nature and how you experience a plant by spending time with it or taking it into your body—to tell the story of your plant.

The Free Herbal Materia Medica Course by Herbal Academy – You will learn where to look for quality herbal information and how to research. You’ll receive an extensive list of references––from books to online websites and databases––to help get you get started in your journey.

BY THE END OF THIS COURSE:

  • You will know how to study a plant, how to find resources to support your studies, how to interact with a plant to gain first-hand experience with some of its characteristics, and how to evaluate scientific research on plants.
  • You will learn how to research a plant’s names, botany, growing conditions, harvesting guidelines, active constituents, actions, uses, taste and energetics, safety, and herb-drug interactions.
  • You will learn what a plant’s history, habitat, and growing requirements are, informing your understanding of what a plant needs and how you can become a caretaker, even if you aren’t growing the plant yourself.
  • You will gain an introduction to integrating a plant into your life to support wellness by learning about its properties and characteristics.
  • You will have a list of many resources—our favorite books and websites—for your further study of plants and development of your materia medica.

You will learn where to look for quality herbal information and how to research. You’ll receive an extensive list of references––from books to online websites and databases––to help get you get started in your journey.

By the end of this course, you will know how to research your plant and create a plant monograph, and will be well on your way to creating your materia medica!

The Herbal Materia Medica Course is free and will include some of the materia medica pages from this journal for printing at home, and you will also have the option to upgrade your registration to include the Materia Medica Journal so you have a beautiful bound book in which to record your studies and enjoy as a lasting treasure.

 This free course is only available during this month ( January) so head on over and enroll now!

We are proud affiliates of the Herbal Academy of New England and I’m also a student of their courses.

How to have a clutter free home in 2017

 

These books & resources will help you be more organized and have a clutter-free home in 2017!

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized, but is it possible?

You’ve got great reasons for wanting to be more organized and create a holistic home. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.
But sometimes it just feels so hard.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

But what if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie- a fellow holistic mom & traveler- has put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super-short opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 38 digital products on topics like how to organize your photos, decluttering, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. All together, it’s worth over $650!

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – An exclusive credit to save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

 

Want to know exactly what’s in the bundle?

Cleaning & Chores

  • 2017 Motivated Moms Chore Planner by Susan Cramer ($9.00)
  • 30 Day Guide to a Clean and Organized Home  by Rachel Jones ($27.97)
  • Energy Budget: Time Management for the Chronically Ill (And Others With Long-Term Roadblocks) by Rachel Ramey ($78.00)
  • The Three Systems Every Family Needs by Saren Loosli ($24.00)

Decluttering

  • Chaos To Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps To An Organized Home by Davonne Parks ($4.99)
  • Freed from Clutter: Declutter Course  by Becky Mansfield ($47.00)
  • Step-By-Step Decluttering: Your Guide To Less Stuff And An Uncluttered Home by Sarah Mueller ($15.00)

Family Organization    

  • 30 Days To An Organized Life by Kimberlee Stokes ($9.00)
  • Home Management For The Homeschool Mom: Simplifying The Big Things So You Don’t Miss The Little Things by Amy Roberts ($9.99)
  • Home Organizing DIY Assessment Workbook by Andi Willis ($7.00)
  • Organizing For School Success Kit by Saren Loosli ($27.00)
  • Organizing Life As Mom by Jessica Fisher ($12.00)
  • Sanity Savers For Christian Moms: Simple Solutions For A More Joy-filled Life! by Kristi Clover ($5.99)

Managing Your Time    

  • 5 Days To A Better Morning by Crystal Paine ($2.99)
  • Spend Your Days: How to Control Time with Rocks, Bullets, Chisels, & a Boat by Tsh Oxenreider ($8.00)
  • Never-Ending To-Do List: A One-Hour Solution for Busy Parents Who Want  Less Stress And More Fun by Kelly Holmes ($4.99)
  • Routine Cards by Rachel Norman ($6.00)

Meal Planning

  • Meal Planning Made Easy by Kelly Smith ($7.95)
  • The Printable Recipe Binder Kit by Kalyn Brooke ($12.00)
  • The Ultimate Guide To Freezer Cooking by Crystal Barton ($10.00)

Organizing Paperwork & Digital Files

  • 10 Steps To Organizing Photos & Memorabilia by Lisa Woodruff ($3.95)
  • 2017 Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon ($19.97)
  • Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly ($29.00)
  • Mindspace: 10 Practices To Help You Let Go Of Mental Clutter And Make Room For More Joyful, Creative Living by Melissa Camara Wilkins ($9.99)
  • Paperwork: Sorted! by Chrissy Halton ($12.39)
  • Spend Well Budgeting System: Printable Files To Help You Take Control Of Your Finances by Carrie Lindsey ($5.99)
  • The Sunday Basket: Weekly Paper Organizing & Planning by Lisa Woodruff ($7.95)
  • The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide by Jason Glaspey ($29.00)

Planners

  • 2017 All Inclusive Binder by Mique Provost ($19.99)
  • 2017 Christmas Planner by Mandi Ehman ($4.00)
  • 2017 Homestead Management Printables by Quinn Veon ($8.99)
  • 2017 Thanksgiving Planner by Mandi Ehman ($3.00)
  • Homekeeping Foundations Kit: The Perfect DIY Homekeeping Binder Kit by Clean Mama ($20.00)
  • Homeschool Mom Life Binder by Heather Bowen ($19.99)
  • How To Create Your Own Printables by Laura Smith ($49.00)
  • Printable Planner Stickers by Rachael Wynn ($28.46)
  • The Home Management Binder & Family Planner by Helena Alkhas ($47.00)
  • Wanderlist: Your Travel Planning Toolkit by Kimberly Tate ($12.99)

 

No one should have to feel overwhelmed one more minute because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that really work for us, our home and daily life is much calmer than it used to be. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family. I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

Related Post: How the Konmari method of tidying changed our lives

 

Learning how to improve your health & create an holistic home

More and more of our family and friends have mention that they’re struggling with health issues. The fact is that more adults & children than ever before are suffering from toxic overload, due to the chemicals in our water supply and air, as well as food.

While this may sound depressing, the good news is that more and more people are becoming aware of just how important nutrition & adopting a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, family members that would never to listen to us about nutrition and herbs are talking about organic supplements they’re taking, and how they’ve changed their diet!

Because of the internet, there is a wealth of information available about how to create a holistic home in the form of blogs, research papers, and courses. There is so much information available though that it can be confusing.

So where do you begin your studies in holistic living?

I personally recommend you:

+ Make a list of sites ( like this one) that are themed after holistic & natural health

+ Research topics you’d like to study, such as essential oils

+ Ask friends and family who are health conscious what they’re reading

Starting A Holistic Living Library

Starting a home ( or online) library with health books & courses is a great idea, no matter how far you are on your journey to creating an holistic home!

One affordable way to get started is to purchase healthy living resources in a bundle.

You’ve probably seen some bundles around from time to time, but they’re not all created equally. One particular bundle we enjoy is called the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, which features not only ebooks but free products, eCourses, discounts, and more.

It’s the perfect way to get started in learning more about holistic living!

What I love about Ultimate Bundles is the quality and value of the resources included in each bundle, how easy it is to download and use, their amazing customer service team, and the physical bonus offers included with each one.

And because of your interest in holistic living, I have a feeling you’re going to love their newest bundle, and I want to let you know that it’s available now for just a few days.

The Ultimate Healthy Living bundle contains 83 superb eBooks and eCourses designed to help you:

  • prepare wholesome & delicious real food
  • get the toxins out of your house for good
  • understand and use natural remedies
  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • plus learn about gardening and homesteading, meal planning, women’s health issues, and so much more.

The combined value of everything in the bundle is over $2,400, but you get it all for a ridiculous 98% off!

Worried about information overload? Don’t be: there’s a handy Getting Started Guide to help you take action right away.

Ryan and Steph (and their awesome team) are extremely picky about what they include in their bundles and spend a whole lot of time researching which resources would be BEST suited to the needs of people like you.

On top of the eBooks, this years bundle has FREE Maca, kombucha tea and probiotics, and numerous other health products you can get for free or for a discount. We just ordered our maca and a face cream that we can’t wait to try! It’s loaded with organic oils, and usually costs almost 40 dollars.

Because of their commitment to including only the best eBooks and eCourses, over 64,000 people like you have purchased an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle over the last five years. That many people simply can’t be wrong!

This years edition of The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle – with over 95% never-before-included resources – is available to you now, but only for a few days.

On September 26th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (2016 Edition) will no longer be available.

Click here to find out more and get your Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

Please note we are proud affiliates of the bundle, after purchasing it ourselves. We’ve been investing in it every year since 2013 and highly recommend it. 

 

 

The BEST natural skincare products for holistic mamas

The BEST natural skincare products for holistic mamas

I’ve always been a fan of natural skincare products, whether I make them myself or purchase them. Over the years, I’ve tested what works best for my somewhat dry and sensitive skin, and some products that say they’re natural have actually caused irritation.

My skincare regime is simple, easy to do, and quick.  I used to wash my face with plane old water but now use the organic Hydrating Cleaning Lotion from MuktiIt’s a rich, creamy cleanser that makes my skin feel very soft after using it, and the bottle has lasted me 6 months.

Afterwards, I use argan oil ( typically from Now Vitamins) and an Anti Aging synergy roll on essential oil blend. The oil absorbs rather quickly but leaves my skin hydrated all day long. I sometimes also use a moisturizer from Mukti if my skin needs extra hydration.

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A few other facials oils I love:

Sea Buckthorn Oil

very nourishing 

Coconut Oil

excellent for using on your body and hair

Frankinsence Essential Oil

Anti-aging

Carrot Seed Oil

acts as a natural sunscreen

Taking  schizandra berry has also drastically helped my overall skin. It has been used for centuries throughout Asia as part of women’s beauty regimes. Within a few days of taking it in supplement or tea form, my skin feels softer, even if I don’t use any products or oils. You can find it in your local Chinese herbal store or on iHerb.

Collagen supplements have become a popular natural skincare product. Consuming Bone broth is another way to ingest collagen as it’s found in the joints of animal bones used to make it ( usually beef).

It’s also very important that we eat a diet that’s low in sugar and processed foods. They not only decrease one’s immune system but also can promote premature aging and will zap your energy.

Speaking of energy, getting enough rest is essential to having beautiful skin. As hard as that may be for parents who are busy taking care of their kids, home, and career, the benefits of adequate sleep are almost endless. And we all tend to look healthier ( and better overall) when we’ve slept well.

 

 

Thriving as a Mom


Dishes are piled up in the sink. You’re pulling clean underwear out of the drier for your potty training toddler. Your kids need a bath (and a haircut, too). Dinner is looking like scrambled eggs (again). And you’re pretty sure you didn’t win any awards for “the Most Patient and Gentle Mommy” today.

In fact, on days like this you might be tempted to judge yourself even more harshly than that. Not only were you not at your best, but actually, you’re a terrible mom. A pathetic homemaker. The day was a disaster. You probably deserve an F minus in motherhood.

And on and on goes the litany in your head as you stew about the ways you didn’t match up or weren’t enough or were too whatever (angry, critical, impatient, disorganized, fill in the blank).

You snap a shot of your depressing laundry pile after the kids go to bed and share it on Instagram with a self-deprecating comment and the hashtag #momfail. It’s only meant as a joke, of course, but deep down it feels a little truer than you wish it did.

If this sounds even remotely familiar, you need to know two things:

  1. You are not a failure. Most of us feel this way far more than we ever admit.
  2. All the ways you failed?? How awful you did today or last week? It’s just not true. You’re doing better than you think.

I’ve had these sorts of days myself, and it’s precisely because I get it that I’m so excited to point you in the direction of this brand new (and free!) video series created by two moms who have lived their fair share of #momfail days.

Stephanie and Beth are not only popular bloggers, but they’re also moms in the trenches. They’ve got 8 kids and almost 20 years of mothering experience between them.

They also understand and have the deepest compassion for moms who are working their tails off, but still hitting the pillow at night with a heavy heart and tear-stained face, because they feel like they’re failing at one of the most important things they’ll ever do in their lives.

And so they’ve put together an honest, candid and incredibly encouraging series of three videos just for moms. It’s called “The Truth About #MomFail Culture: 10 Things You Need to Hear on the Hard Days”.

It won’t solve all your problems, and much as they wish they could, they can’t reach through the computer and fold that pile’o’laundry for you. But we can all benefit from a fresh perspective and encouragement from someone who really gets it.

Each video is short – around 15 minutes, and you can watch it on any sort of device and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes.

To watch the video series, just click this link and enter your name and email to sign up. You’ll get access to the first video today, and then one per day after that.

Sale at the Herbal Academy of New England

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Looking to become an herbalist, or yearn to DIY your own tinctures? No matter what your herbalism goals are, the Herbal Academy of New England is the place to pursue your studies.

And I’ve got good news for you: for the remainder of this month, you can save 15 percent off of your training!

To get this limited time offer,use code HERBALISTS when enrolling in the training of your choice.

No matter where you are at in your herbal studies, the Herbal Academy has a training program for you!

The Introductory Herbal Course is a good place to start if you are new to herbal medicine. It’s a beginner’s course filled with easy training guides, recipes, downloadable flipping books and charts to get you well on your way to becoming an herbalist. The course begins with the basics of medicine making and wildcrafting, anatomy, introduces you to many many plants, covers common discomforts for adults and children, and discusses the overarching holistic approach of herbalism.

The Intermediate Herbal Course begins with an introductory unit as a review, and then quickly advances into more complex topics. The program dives in deeper, working through each body system and discussing the herbs; their actions and energetics; their safety and side effects; in-depth coverage of anatomy and physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation.

The Entrepreneur Herbal Course is geared towards herbalists who have already studied at the beginner and intermediate levels, who want to make and sell their own herbal products. Lessons on sourcing herbs, Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling requirements, writing a business plan, and creating a brand are some of the many lessons included in this fast track program!

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Photo from the Herbal Academy of New England

The Advanced Herbal Course is an in-depth program geared towards students interested in becoming clinical herbalists. This program picks up on the body systems not fully covered in the Intermediate Course, and covers more complex topics including herbal wisdom traditions, health and wellness of men, women, and elderly, assessment and herbal therapeutics, and steps to becoming a clinical herbalist; as well as regulatory and legal obstacles facing professional herbalists and herbal products businesses.

I’m personally studying in HANE’s intermediate and beginner courses and loving them. The modules are beautifully designed and available both online and as a downloadable PDF. They have video lessons and other downloads ( such as gorgeous labels), as well as a forum to connect with other students. I’m also a proud affiliate of the program.

Remember to use the code HERBALISTS when checking out to get that 15 percent off discount while it lasts.