Favorite Fall Scents–the Natural Way!

It’s finally fall. Mixed feelings, as you know (refer HERE and HERE). Living in Indiana, you get to experience all four seasons. I’m more of a three season type of girl myself. Maybe one day I will live in a state that only experiences three seasons.  Even though I DREAD what comes after fall, I do think fall is gorgeous here and there are so many great things about the season that I like!

My absolute favorite three things about fall are:
The food
The fashion
The smells

I know everyone is thinking “OK, smells, Mary?” But, hear me out!  A lot of memories can be brought on from a scent.  When you smell fresh air and cut grass, you think of summer.  When I smell warm spicy smells and citrus together, I think of fall.

I used to be the girl running to Bath and Body Works when the fall candles came out. I would also stock up on their fall scented wall plug-ins.

Last year, after getting started with essential oils, I decided I was no longer going to be the candle/wall plug-in girl. There are so many carcinogens in those manufactured products, and I’m assuming the better the plug-in smells, the more junk it contains. I didn’t want our kids to be breathing the chemicals all the time, not to mention the plug-ins are major fire hazard! I guess I could learn how to make my own scented candles, but that sounds like it would take a lot more time than I have right now.

Now I use our home diffuser from Young Living (part of the premium starter kit) and a variety of 100% pure essential oils from Young Living. I can mix-and-match to make the perfect fall scents and the best thing is that I can breathe easy (pun intended) knowing it is not hurting my family’s lungs, or putting our house in danger while we are gone for long periods of time.

Here are some of my favorite oily combos to diffuse for fall:

–Thieves (8 drops)
–Thieves with Orange (6 drops Thieves, 4 drops Orange)
–Christmas Spirit (6-8 drops)
–Clove with Orange (5 drops Clove, 3 drops Orange)
–Cinnamon Bark (6-8 drops)
–Cinnamon Bark with Orange (6 drops CB and 4 drops Orange)
–Thieves with Lemon (6 drops Thieves, 6 drops Lemon)

{Thieves, Lemon and the home diffuser are all included in the Premium Starter Kit with Young Living.  Until October 31, 2015, I will be giving a bottle of Orange or Christmas Spirit to anyone who purchases a Premium Starter Kit}

With just one home diffuser, we can safely enjoy fall scents throughout the entire first floor of our home!  We have a really open entry way that opens up to a huge loft when you walk up the stairs, so if I have the diffuser going in the kitchen, I can even smell whatever is diffusing upstairs in the loft area as well.

An added bonus, when you are diffusing oils, you will also receive the therapeutic benefit as well.  2 birds. 1 stone.

I can’t control a lot of things in life, but this is something I actually can control.  To me, it’s the best of several worlds…it’s completely natural, it is therapeutic and if our 2 year old gets into it and spills it, it’s a cool mist (similar to a humidifier) and won’t hurt him like candle wax would.

diffuser vs wax

If you have a cool mist diffuser and Young Living oils at home, give some of these blends a try to make fall come alive in your home:

fall scent guideRE

Let me know if you try any of these combos, and what you thought.

Happy Fall All!

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A Day In The Life..if I wrote a food diary…

Food diary……
If I were to write a journal entry everyday about my thoughts on what I was eating and doing to become healthier, I’m sure it would go something like this:

This morning I decided I would start Shakeology again, being as I got on the scale this past Thursday and it said I had gained 3 pounds. I figured it had something to do with water retention, but I guess not since the scale said the same this morning. It’s no secret I don’t drink enough water, but I’ve played this game with my body for at least 14 years now, so my body should be used to the amount of water I get everyday.
Along with my Shakeo this morning, I made egg whites with a small spoonful of pico de gallo and about a 1/8 cup serving of 2% shredded cheese. Major protein! Beverage was dark roast PLAIN coffee.

Snack was 12 almonds. Solid.

Lunch was a you pick two meal from Panera. ½ portion of the chicken cobb salad with avocado, with NO dressing and ½ portion of the broccoli cheddar soup. 430 calories total.

Late afternoon. Trying to drink water…..on bottle #2. Part of me thinks I’m so far behind on drinking water that I will never physically be able to catch up.
I’m thinking of all the “healthy eating” things I SHOULD have done already today, like how I should be on water bottle number 3 or 4 instead of 2, how I should have not forgotten my oils at home so I could have had lemon in my water, how I should have packed snacks to fill my work fridge because it’s completely bare.

Oh and my afternoon snack was 2 fun size mini packs of skittles. Normally not my thing, because I don’t really eat a lot of candy at all, but they sounded good today. 150 calories. Technically, that’s an alright calorie count for a snack. Good nutritionally? Uhm NO, but technically not a complete fail.

And now we come to dinner. It’s really hard for me to figure out what I want to fix. I’m totally jealous of all the people who meal plan like a boss and stick to it. I don’t do well with the same meals everyday and Brock and I aren’t big leftover eaters, so we usually just fix enough for the 4 of us.
Then there’s the fact that I never know what’s going to sound good ahead of time. Please tell me this changes once you get into a good meal planning routine?
We ended up having a take n bake pizza from a local grocery store. I only had 1 piece though. Not terrible, but not what I would consider ‘clean’. I’ve also started buying the supreme version of pizza bc it comes w veggies on it. Sometimes I even add more!
Literally as soon as I was done eating, I
jumped on our exercise bike for 45 minutes.
I’m also proud to report I got about 6 of the 8 glasses of water I needed yesterday!
So that was my day! What would your food diary look like?!

If you use my fitness pal, feel free to add me and see my food diary daily! Bskmek@hotmail.com 😊👍

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Week 1 Update

Week one consisted of me easing into some new habits.  Monday I saw a new family doctor to see if I wanted to make the switch from our current doctor to this new one and I’m still not sure.  The new doctor is a DO and I thought that was going to be a bit of a different approach, (not holistic, but using other techniques like acupuncture and chiropractic manipulations) to health and … well…I haven’t decided if I’m going back.  Not because I didn’t like the doctor, because I thought she was great, but because I thought a DO’s techniques were different than they were.  One of the subjects we talked about was my anxiety.

It was crazy to me how much emphasis she put on exercise.  She told me I was already doing the right thing by eating less processed food and counting calories and eating organic, but in addition I was to get 30-45 min of HARD exercise every single day.  No if’s, and’s or but’s about it.  Everyday.  No excuses.  I had never in my life had a doctor stress it to me like she did.  I mean, yes, I would LOVE to be toned and lose weight in the process.  Who wouldn’t, right?  Obviously there is no doubt in my mind that exercise is good for you, inside and out.  I just don’t know if I believe it cures anxiety because I’ve been told “just go run the stairs, go swim etc.” my entire life as an anti anxiety tactic and I can tell you it’s not a magical cure.

However, to challenge myself, I said I was going to start getting up early (which also means going to bed earlier) and getting some exercise in every morning before work.  Then…all hell broke loose because one of our dogs got out and is really, really lost.  I did get 2 rounds on my recumbent bike in last week, and TONS of walking on our mini vacation in Cincinnati over the weekend, but the majority of our time last week and even this week has been spent on our dog finding efforts. 😦

This week I had an appointment with a wellness coach and we had the best conversation about nutrition!  I have no problem handing out nutritional advice to everyone else, but when it comes to my own nutrition, I have a problem practicing all that I preach.  Isn’t that how it always works though?  He told me last year I had one of the lowest LDL’s he had ever seen in his life and this year he said it went down some more.  I’ll take it.

Even with our 2 day vacation, filled with some cheat foods and drinks, I am still down almost a pound–more good news!

So all of this busy crap, plus a few more stressful situations and you’ve got me…sitting here….yawning and begging for bed at 10.  Oh, and can you believe we will have a 2 year old on Sunday?  How is this possible!

Goals for this week:

**Increase water intake

**Get 3 more workouts in

**Work on reworking my schedule so it’s easier to get up of a morning to get some kind of work out in.

What are your goals for the week?

Nighty night, all!

 

Weight Loss Challenge

Hello friends out there in blog world!

Healthy living and weight loss are subjects I hold near and dear to my heart. I’m pretty sure most of you are aware of this. THIS POST from last year still stands and I’ve kept the weight off. This is not the “I’ve fallen off the wagon and even though I told you I would keep it off, I’ve gained it all back and fell into bad habits again.” Follow up post—TRUST ME. This is quite the opposite actually!

Have you ever wanted to be the absolute BEST version of yourself? Have you ever wandered “how much could I lose, how much could I tone, what would I actually look like if I was at my optimal weight and had the best body image?” I think about this daily—probably too much. But, like everyone else embarking on a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey, my struggle is being consistent and disciplined with portion sizes. I always say if they sold discipline and consistency at the store, I would pay whatever price they wanted. Yes friends, the struggle is real.

So, while in the shower one day (where I do my very best thinking), I thought “why not make my blog followers keep me held accountable? Why not leave anything to the imagination, so that if I screw up…I have to document it, just like I would document a good choice.” This will obviously take a lot of work on my end, because it will require documenting food choices, work out choices and small details like water intake, calorie intake, fun outdoor activities etc. And, everything is a time struggle for me because I work full time and my husband and I have 2 little boys. BUT, I will also be documenting working around that as well…or better yet, including them in healthy activities.

Nothing is more inspiring to me than any kind of drastic transformation, and I love the idea of working in a group to achieve goals, which is where my lovely followers come in. You can cheer me on, or virtually slap me on the hand for going over calories for the day, or for not getting in 8 glasses of water a day. It helps me to know that others are watching me…..paying attention and caring enough to call me out!

My plan is to document weekly on my blog and daily on Instagram and my ModMommyMK facebook page. Even if I do not end up having anyone follow the updates or join me, if I stick with it, I will be able to finally know what the best me looks like and feels like. And if I inspire someone else….well, then my job here is done, because that would mean more than anything! Life is too short to sit back and watch others achieve their dreams and goals. No one is going to make this happen for me, EXCEPT ME.

So, here we go! I would love for you to comment on my updates, IG posts or FB posts. I would also love to hear your suggestions regarding recipes for snacks, dinners and lunches and favorite work outs.

Start Date: Monday, June 29th
End Date: Monday, August 31st

Weekly Updates: http://www.wordpress.modmommymk.com

Daily Updates:
​Instagram: BBMary11
​Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/modmommymk

Starting waist: all of my pants and shorts are low cut, so I measure where they hit, which is near the hipbone: 34 inches
Leg/Thigh: 22 inches
Upper Arm: 13 inches
Starting size: a loose fitting 6, some 4’s.
Starting weight (haha, gotcha!)

Let the challenge begin!!!! If anyone would like to join me–please let me know!!!

Make your own bug spray—the natural way (using 100% pure essential oils)

If you are like me, you worry about getting bitten by (insert giant biting bug here).  Here in Indiana we get major mosquitos and even ticks and spiders.  I’m sure it could be much worse, but it’s enough to be more than annoying here when you want to spend the evening outside.

When I started using Young Living Essential Oils, I searched and searched for recipes of products I knew I would use most often and knew I wanted a 100% natural version of.  No by products, no hidden synthetics, no harsh chemicals.  One of the really cool things about essential oils is that they are pure, but still effective.  Plus, you get to feel like you are a magic chemist putting all these “recipes” together.

Today, I’m sharing the natural bug spray recipe from Young Living.  Last night I wished I had this made up and ready to go when I was outside with our 6 year old playing and he was rolling in the grass.  Normally I don’t care, but I saw mosquitos flying around.  Tis the time of year for them to make their appearance again, after all.

This recipe is super simple.  Distilled water, witch hazel, peppermint, purification and thieves oil.

BUG SPRAY

Simple and super cheap to make!

Another trick to repel bugs from around doors and windows?  Put 10 drops citronella with 3 drops of peppermint on a cotton ball (or many cotton balls) and leave them around areas of your home where bugs seem to enter.  5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of citronella work as well.

I wish you a bug bite free spring and summer! 🙂

PS, I would love to hear your experiences with this recipe and others like it!  Leave your comments below.

 

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