I Have a Choice. Cancer Sucks. My Goals for 2018.

Disclaimer: I’m not perfect.

I may have started my day today with coffee and a run, then on to take a bath. But I also decided it was a good idea to bring a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale with me for my Lavender Soak. Why not?! It’s New Year’s Eve! We only have one life to live, and it can be pretty darn short.

It’s all about finding balance, sharing with others, feeling good about your health, and doing good things for your family.

Because of my past, I have this deep connection or feeling that with health eventually comes disease, cancer, grief, and loss.

I know that this is no way to think or live, but deep down the feeling has always been there. This is embarrassingly the most pessimistic side of my extremely optimistic mindset. I’m totally ashamed to admit it is there, but that does not change the fact that it is a part of me; a part of me that I am working to heal.

We all have our experiences to cope with, and this is mine.The way I cope with this feeling today is to actively 
realize, I HAVE A CHOICE.

I have a choice in more than just my diet and how I exercise (but I’ve come to realize these are the big ones). I also have a choice in lifestyle and my toxic exposure.

CANCER SUCKS!

Many researchers now believe that only 5-10% of all cancer cases are from gene defects. What about the other 90-95%?!

My search for health and wellness solutions begins here… with a choice.

Can I really control my wellness and possibly help my body’s defenses against disease through diet, exercise, lifestyle choices, and limiting toxic exposure? Continue reading “I Have a Choice. Cancer Sucks. My Goals for 2018.”

Healthy and Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

Store bought salad dressings are full of all sorts of questionable ingredients these days, not to mention excess fat, sugar, and sodium. Use this recipe to feel better about the food you are eating with incredible flavor!

Ingredients:

*Sub ½ tsp of each (Thyme, Basil, or Oregano) if you do not have these Young Living Essential Oils

 

Why use essential oils in cooking?

The Young Living Vitality line of essential oils are designed so that we can explore pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to flavor our favorite foods or as a dietary supplement. They are made from the purest and most beneficial part of each plant. So if you’re looking to boost the nutritional content in your diet in a simple way, this is a perfect way to begin!

Note: Only use therapeutic grade oils that are approved for consumption. Do not use any old oil from the store that doesn’t completely disclose about their plants, their farms, and guarantee a Seed to Seal, chemical-free process. If you’re going the extra step, why muck it up with a plant that was laden with weed killers or other chemicals? 

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in jar and shake it up! Yeah, it’s that simple!
  • Pairs well with a mix of greens, mozzarella cheese, diced red pepper, baby tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, and chicken (all optional).

How to get Started?

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

As always, wishing you Healthy and Happy Trails…

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Soaps and Body Wash: Infused with Essential Oils

Have you ever wondered why your soaps are bright blue or purple?

It’s NOT for the power of clean or because lavender is purple.

It’s toxic, synthetic color to make it look more appealing to the consumer all while knowingly poisoning us.

Big companies choose 💰 over health every time.

BE an INFORMED CONSUMER.

Enjoy this SIMPLE swap for your hand soaps, body wash, baby bath time, face wash and more! Continue reading “Soaps and Body Wash: Infused with Essential Oils”

Beard Balm: Manliness Guide to Beard Oils

Maybe this recipe can help as a last minute gift for the ‘oh so hard to gift’ manly man in your life!

This recipe is without artificial fragrances, colors, and chemicals that are doing your health NO good.

It’s made of natural ingredients that can actually help to promote your health. And guess what, it’s super cheap and simple to make!!

In this recipe, we use essential oils for their aroma and health benefits. We also use beeswax, butter, coconut oil, and a carrier oil. I am big on keeping it simple, so start with the butter and carrier oil you currently have. For example, the butter and oil I currently have are shea butter and sweet almond oil. These are some of my favorites! I have listed some other options below, but you’ll find what works best for you.

For the essential oils, just start smelling them and pick a nice blend. There is a list below with some that will benefit your hair, skin, or give the manliness aroma you are looking for.

Regardless of what I thought would be best, I asked MY man,  Zach, to pick a blend he preferred. This is what he chose; Cedarwood Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil.

Now I’ve never had a beard, but I can only imagine that growing one means you’re joining a league of extraordinary men. Or maybe it means you’re going to have dry, itchy, flakey skin on your chin that’s growing a wild nest of scraggily dead ends. Let it be the first, and oil up buttercup! Nourish your skin and hair and wear that beard with the confidence of a man who’s just grabbed the bull by its horns, who carries an axe through the rugged backwoods, and smells like a god. Continue reading “Beard Balm: Manliness Guide to Beard Oils”

Don’t Forget…

On this Monday before Christmas,

Some of us might have already started the festivities,

Some of us might be busy like bees checking everything off of their seemingly endless list of things to get done.

Remember, stress kills.

Please try and find a way to manage it.

And also, let me share my favorite quote of ALL TIME…

Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair: Simple and Chemical Free

This one is for all my brunette babes….

Please do yourself a favor and trash the conventional dry shampoos in your bathroom cupboards. They are full of toxic chemical ingredients, like butane, propane, and synthetic fragrances. Stop giving yourself chemical headaches and exposing your loved ones to toxic chemicals by spraying them in your home and hair. This recipe is so simple, just give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • Equal parts Cocoa Powder (Blondies can leave this ingredient out) and
  • Arrowroot Powder (or Corn Starch)
  • drops of your favorite essential oils

*I change it up, but one of my favorite blends for this recipe is Lavender, Tea Tree, and Lemongrass.

Directions:

  1. I use a 2 ounce glass jar.
  2. Add the ingredients.
  3. Shake it up or stir.
  4. To apply, I use an extra oiling brush I found in the kitchen, but another great way is using a cosmetic blush brush.
  5. Enjoy fresh looking and smelling hair without chemical consequences!

Again, thank you for letting me share this recipe with you. This is me, sending my love to you and your families.

Watch a Video:

To see how simple making this recipe is, watch it on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Ditch and Switch:

There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional dry shampoos.  So why not?!

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

How to get Started?

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

Wishing you Happy and Healthy Trails…

EcoTip: Plastic Bags

🌱I promised more information on how I’ve reduced my physical household garbage to around one bag per month. This is AWESOME and makes me feel SO good, but I’m still making mistakes all the time. It’s definitely a learning process, so here is a short eco tip for the week:

⚠️Plastic Bags…

Most mixed recycling curbside pickup programs do NOT recycle plastic bags. In fact, plastic bags being mixed in, hinders the recycling process significantly. Bags get stuck in the large round compressors and other machinery as they spin, by stretching and clinging. Need a visual? Watch this video…

🌲What do to…

Plastic bags such as your shopping bags, bread bags, and Ziplocs can all be dropped off at most large grocery stores or other retailers (you’ve seen the boxes in the front of the stores). The bags need to be clean and dry. So dump out your breadcrumbs, remove your receipts, and keep them dry.

Continue reading “EcoTip: Plastic Bags”

EcoTip: One Month and One Bag of Trash

We did it! We went a month without throwing trash out through recycling and composting (and throwing Beast poo bags away at the Bark Park🐾).

This is it!!

First thing I learned, your trash does not smell when you compost.

Also, listen to your smart Aunt Mary’s. They are talented and know what they’re talking about. My beautiful Aunt Mary has been in the recycling and eco business for decades and has learned so much more than the average person ever will. Thank you for being an extremely patient and AMAZING teacher.

❤️🌎🌳 Love Planet Earth too? Continue reading “EcoTip: One Month and One Bag of Trash”

Laundry Soap: Stop Washing With Toxic Chemicals

You may love the smell of your favorite laundry detergent, or how your fabric softeners make your clothes feel on your skin, but it’s not worth the side effects.

Known side effects of conventional laundry detergents and fabric softeners include skin irritation, allergies, rashes, and headaches. Less often people can experience much worse side effects like brain toxicity, liver disease, respiratory failure, immune malfunction, hormone disruption, and cancer.

We have to be our own advocates and know the ingredients we are using in our detergents and fabric softeners. Most conventional products include chemical ingredients like parabens that are known endocrine disruptors, can cause developmental and reproductive issues, and other ingredients that can even cause cancer. Some of these include 1, 4-Dioxane, nonylphenol ethoxylates (Nonylphenol ethoxylates were banned in Canada since 1999 and by the EU), artificial colors, sulfates, propylene glycol, among others. Our government agencies have released studies that list some of these chemicals as probable human carcinogens, yet we continue to allow these products into our homes.  Even the cleaner products out there have synthetic fragrances, which are a combination of undisclosed chemicals.  These chemicals can be extremely toxic to our everyday wellness and have worse effects after being built up in our bodies overtime.

When your clothes are washed with these chemicals, they’re also absorbed into the skin, then into your bloodstream and all of your body systems. Clearly you cannot stop cleaning your clothes, but you can make a healthier choice.

This homemade recipe consists of only 4 Ingredients: Borax, Super Washing Soda, Castile Soap, and Essential Oils.

This recipe comes out to be about 13-27 cents per load or less if you use coupons or purchase in bulk. That is the same or less than using conventional products that are 95% water and filled with disclosed an undisclosed toxic chemicals. Continue reading “Laundry Soap: Stop Washing With Toxic Chemicals”

Life is What YOU Make it 🌻

I wanted an adventure.

I wanted to explore.

I wanted to go to Alaska.

I wanted to get lost in the TRUE wilderness, with WILD animals, big and small,

And experience the unworldly bugs (giant mosquitos are no joke) and flowers that were taller than me,

Walk on the spongy moss hummocks and wide open tundra, so far away from the material world,

Feel the icy winds flowing down off the glaciers as they calf off into a nearly frozen, silent bay, where pods of whales pass by and seals sit on the floating ice chunks and gaze back at you with dark beady eyes.

I wanted to experience the northern lights, in real time.

They always seem to go faster on TV, and be brighter in photos.

There was so much I experienced that I did not anticipate – the seasons, tundra colors, alpenglow, the extraordinary people that are now my family.

Then I met him, the one they called Stoner (it’s his last name, and yes – that

makes me a future Stoner),

With the big laugh and bigger smile.

And so we ended up here, and there, and a few other places (calling 6 states our home in 4 years – jeez, really?!) Continue reading “Life is What YOU Make it 🌻”