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Hello Spring

I love Paris in the Springtime. 

Just kidding…I’ve not been fortunate enough to experience Paris in the Springtime. Fall, yes. Spring? Not yet. One day…one day. 

But seriously, I do love Springtime. 

That time of year where the temperature is just warm enough to open the windows, and I can finally let the stale winter air out of the house. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. But once it gets into March, I’m ready for jeans, flip flops, 3/4 length sleeved shirts, and 68 degree days. 

Spring brings about a time of renewal. Of freshness and starting over.

For me, that means flinging open the living room windows, and doing a deep Spring Cleaning sesh. Now, that hasn’t happened *yet* because…rain. Oh, and 3 kids. And running a business. But it’s on my to-do list, I swear! 

With that being said, I wanted to share with you all some great ways to get your house so fresh and so clean, clean…without all the toxic chemicals that not only smell awful and chemical-y, but they are not safe. For you, your kids, or your pets. In fact, I would be willing to bet that 95% of the stuff you use for cleaning (assuming you haven’t already started removing those toxins from your home), are downright dangerous. 

My absolute all-time favorite cleaning agent is none other than dōTERRA’s On Guard Cleaner Concentrate. You guys. It’s amazing. Not only does it smell AMAZING, but it actually cleans. And cleans well

This little 12oz bottle is jam-packed with powerful essential oils that will get the job done! I was hesitant at first, when I first tried it, because I didn’t want to have to spend an arm and a leg on stuff to clean my house. The first bottle I bought lasted me over 6 months! Probably closer to a year, if I’m being honest. 

It’s safe. It’s effective.

It’s food safe, which means you can clean your entire kitchen with it. Dishes and all, if you like! 

It’s kid safe, which means you can clean tables, chairs, floors, TOYS…everything, with it!

It’s non-toxic and the only “warning” on the bottle says this:

Keep out of reach of children. If cleaner gets in eyes, rinse thoroughly with water. If swallowed, drink a glass of water to dilute.” I love that. None of those warnings to “contact poison control” or warnings about “causing any adverse side effects if accidentally ingested or if gotten in the eyes”. That is a cleaner I can get behind, and one I feel confident in. Especially with littles in the house.

You can actually read more about the powerful effects of our On Guard protective blend just by doing some simple Google searches. One website I want to encourage you to check out, is www.pubmed.gov. That’s right…it’s a non dōTERRA, government run site. And it’s got some very interesting studies that have been done on our proprietary blend. Check it out!

But it’s not just about cleaning…we want things to smell nice as well.

Yes, things always smell better once a good cleaning has been done, but sometimes we just need an uplifting scent to fill the air. This blend is a super yummy way to not only make your rooms smell better, but to help cleanse the air as well. It’s a win-win! 

Just add these delicious oils to your glass spray bottle with some water, and voila! You have yourself an uplifting, cleansing, and amazing smelling room spray! Get the full recipe over on the dōTERRA blog.

And while you’re at it, go ahead and give your body and little spring cleaning as well. Did you know that by drinking citrus oils in your water, you are able to cleanse petrochemicals out of your system. Petrochemicals are in everything from your (non natural) makeup, shampoo and conditioners…pretty much any bath and body product you can get on the market. Most of those products are not rigorously tested, and they cause damage to our bodies, and are known to be hormone disruptors, so it’s super important to get them out of your system. Plus, grapefruit is a natural diuretic. 😉 

If you are looking to remove toxins from your home, and desire to have a healthier home, let’s talk! I’ve got an incredible gift in store for anyone who chooses to sign up with me, during the month of April! (hint: it might involve something mentioned in this post 😉 )

So, say welcome to Spring, with some healthy and safe cleaning alternatives for your home! 


Give, Save, & Spend

So a few days ago, Mountain Man hopped in the car on a solo work-related road trip to Texas.

He has set out to deliver a suh-weet walnut bookcase to the University of Houston Law Center, that is being auctioned off at a Gala next week!

Me being alone with the kids for an extended period of time is not a new thing. In fact, as both of our businesses grow, we are both becoming more accustomed to “flying solo” for a few days at a time. And finding joy in the moments, wherever we can. 

Before he left, however, we were able to squeeze in a quick little photo sesh of the bookcase, for his portfolio.

Isn’t he lucky to have access to a professional photographer any time he wants? 😉 I kid, I kid…but seriously. 

Isn’t my Mountain Man talented? I’m allowed to brag on him because he’s mine…but his work speaks for itself. He doesn’t need me shamelessly plugging his business: D.K. Whitson Furniture. But I did it anyway.

  

Actually, the old me would have just taken that picture of the bookcase, and the tiny details that make it amazing, and left it at that. But I’ve got a dear friend who has taught and inspired me to think outside of the box when it comes to home decor. I used to be the “oh, it’s a bookcase so it should just hold books”, kinda gal. After Stephanie over at Style by Epoch got ahold of me, that all changed. I’m telling you, that girl is talented. If you’re local, you should definitely consider checking her out, and even going to one of her Styling Classes. Worth. Every. Penny. 

     

Anyway…wow, I could medal in going off topic. Sheesh. 

Shortly after Mountain Man left on his Texas-bound adventure, the kids began acting…more out of sorts than usual. It’s in moments like these, that I am thankful I have moved their playroom off the main floor of the house, and to the upstairs loft. While Little Miss T napped, I sent the boys upstairs to play, and after a while it got quiet. Too quiet. Which, if you’re a parent, can be a bit of a double edged sword. On one hand you are so beyond thankful that no one is screaming, or throwing a temper tantrum…but on the other hand. It’s quiet. And that usually spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. 

So you can imagine my surprise when, as I went to check things out, I come to find the Nugget playing quietly with his cars, and J-Man making his bed. What?! Not that I’m complaining, but…what?!

I snuck back downstairs so as not the rock the boat.

About 10 minutes later, J-Man runs down the stairs, begging me to come see his room. I went upstairs and as I walked into his room, he yells, “ta-da!” 

He was so proud. And so was I. He had made his bed (stuffed animals tucked in, and everything), and there were no toys in sight. Color me impressed. All this, without a fight? I’ll take it. Then something clicked. I wanted to show him that I appreciated what he did without even being asked, but at the same time, teach a valuable lesson. 

Give, Save, & Spend banks. 

I’ve seen them on Pinterest. All fancy, and what not. But seriously? That’s not me. I’m not fancy. Like, at all. So I told J-Man that we were going to do a little project. I grabbed some of my old supplement bottles, a sharpie, a stencil and some craft paper. 

We measured, cut, stenciled and taped. And in about 5 minutes, we were done! 

Then I grabbed 3 dimes. I told J-Man than I was so proud of the hard work he put into cleaning his room, and that although we expect him to do that all the time, this was the first time we didn’t have to ask. Therefore, I wanted to reward him with .30 cents. He thought he was rich!

I placed the banks in front of him, and began explaining what each bank meant. 

SAVE.

We talked about how important it was to save some money for when things come up that are out of our control, that requires money. I explained that mama and daddy do not have a never ending amount of money (as his little 5 year old brain believes), and that in order to take care of our family and our home, we had to learn to save some of our money. By saving, it not only allows us to do fun things together as a family, but to pay any unexpected bills that may come up. I’m not sure he understood, but he will one day. He doesn’t get to touch this money…as it accumulates, we will place it in his college or car fund. 

SPEND.

This was his favorite one to talk about *sigh*… but we are human, and we all like to spend money from time to time. I reminded him about all of the times we are in the store and he sees a toy he really wants. I tell him that we don’t buy those things because we just don’t have extra money to spend on toys all the time. He gets bummed, of course, but I explained that by putting money into his SPEND bank, he can keep track of what he has to spend, and when he has enough, he can choose WHAT he spends it on. Be it a toy, new shoes, ice cream…it’s his choice. But once it’s gone, it’s gone, and he will have to start saving again for the next thing. 

GIVE. 

The most important one of all. And one that I am still learning, after all these years. I explained that all of the good things we have come from God. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

I want, more than anything, to instill God’s Word as truth in the lives of my kids. For them to know that in any life circumstance that arises, they can go to it, and read what it says, and glean wisdom from it. 

I explained that because every good and wonderful thing we ever have, is because of God, we want and need to give back to Him. Not only as a sacrifice, or to say thank you, but to help build up God’s Church, and those He has called to serve in His ministry. I know this went right over his head, but sitting down with him and trying to explain it, has really helped me. I believe this will help keep me accountable with my own tithing as well. To show our children that we are following God’s commandments, and trusting that He will take care of us…even when we think we can’t “afford” to let that 10% (or more) go each month. If it weren’t for God, we wouldn’t have a house to live in, or a bed to sleep in. Without Him, we wouldn’t have clothes on our backs, or food in our bellies. God alone provides, and I want my children to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that truth. 

So I asked J-Man, how much he wanted to give to God, because we needed to do that first. 

He picked up one dime, and dropped it in the GIVE bank. He followed suit with the other two banks as well, and we set them high on a shelf in my office. J-Man knows these are big kid banks, and not to be played with. This is a new and big responsibility for him, and I am excited to see what he will learn, and how he will grow from it. 

In the meantime, we are going to be working on what will actually earn him more money to put in his banks. Sorry kid, brushing your teeth and picking up your playroom doesn’t count. 😉 

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