March Goals

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It’s been awhile since I’ve set some monthly or weekly goals.

To be honest, life has been crazy here lately. Mostly crazy in a good way but still crazy.

We are still adjusting to life with two kids, adding a toddler into the mix instead of growing into a newborn makes a big difference. He keeps us on our toes :) Which means I have a lot less time for other stuff.

But I did manage to sit down for a few minutes a couple of days ago and write down a few goals for this month so I thought I’d share them here.

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MARCH GOALS

personal:
* find a good daily Bible devotional/study to work through, anyone have any suggestions? I want something that is going to make me work and think, not just something I can just quickly read over
* work on letter sounds/printing with Raeca 5 days a week, this won’t be too hard, she actually come to me and says she wants to do it
* read/listen to three classics (any more suggestions?)
* read/listen to one book on church history (suggestions here?)
* start a history timeline – history has never really been my thing and I’m realizing how much I am a visual learner so I want to start writing out a history timeline including events, authors, artists, etc so I can see what was happening and who was around at the same time
* set aside 15 minutes a morning for prayer, I used to be able to do this, I just need to set aside the time
* meet two of my neighbors

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shop/blog:
* reach 500 followers on Instagram under my shop account
* post at least one photo a day
* sell $300 worth
* start a new series here on the blog (this really depends if my kids allow me the time to do it)
* create lots (not very specific or measurable but once again, it really depends on the kids, they are top priority, not crafting or this blog so it can be hard to predict)
* work on a newsletter project

Phew! Let’s get March started!

What are your goals for the month?

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My Favorite Essential Oils & Ways I Like to Use Them

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Uses for Essential Oils

It’s been over a month now since I’ve received the bulk of my essential oils and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways I’ve been using them.

Since I got a little overwhelmed at the number of oils I have I decided to just start using a few of them for now and once I know the uses for those ones I’ll look into using some of the other ones.

Essential oils are usually diluted with a carrier oil because they are so potent on their own. For the most part I dilute the oils in coconut oil (I just melt the coconut oil and then add the essential oils in and it hardens again), except when it comes to Raeca, she reacts to coconut oil (gets a bit of a rash) so when I use essential oils on her I dilute them with almond oil.

Another thing I want to note: I’ve read that some essential oils with work for some people and not for others, kind of like how Tylenol works for some (not me) and Advil works for others (me!), so just because an essential oil doesn’t work for you when everyone else claims it’s amazing doesn’t mean that essential oils don’t work, but maybe you need to try a different one to find one that will work for you.

Uses for Essential Oils

Some of the oils I’m sharing about today are single oils and some are blends, for the blends I’ve also shared which store I’ve purchased the blend from just as an FYI, most brands will have similar blends. For instance, a few companies carry “thieves oil” while other companies have the same oil but call it something different, often a name with the word “immune” in it.

Also, I’m not a doctor or anything, this is just how I use essential oils for myself and my family.

SINGLE OILS

tea tree
* I use this undiluted on my face for acne, I just put one or two drops into my palm and then use my fingertip to put it on any breakouts, it does seem to help, I have a friend who says lemon works the same way for her but I haven’t found it to work for me (thought it does smell a lot better, so I wish it did!)
* this is also one of the oils I use in my diy deodorant

lemon
* any one out there use Goo Gone? lemon essential oil has completely replaced it for me, I add a bit of lemon essential oil to a cloth or paper towel and rub the sticky glue off of my old glass jars so I can reuse them
* lemon is a great oil for cleaning and I use this in my basic cleaning solution (I’ll share that recipe soon!)

peppermint
* I use this one in my diy deodorant as well

orange
* I add a few drops in to my kitchen garbage when I put a fresh bag in, it helps remove any nasty smells and makes it smell citrusy

 lavender
* I’m not a huge fan of the smell of lavender but I’ve added one drop to my tube of mascara because I’ve heard it strengthens eyelashes, I don’t wear mascara very often so I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference yet but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it

oregano
* when I feel a cold coming on I add 2-3 drops into about a quarter cup of water and drink it quickly with a straw (without the straw all your food for the rest of the day will taste Italian). I made sure the oregano oil I use says its for internal use (I have this one that I got from a local store) and it seems to stop a cold in it’s tracks

BLENDS

thieves (Eden’s Garden)
* I love putting this one in the diffuser, when diffused it is supposed to kill airborne germs so I often have this running when we have people over or shortly after they leave. friends, we love you, we just don’t want your germs :)
* it is also supposed to be good for building up immunity so I mix this with a carrier oil and put it on the my feet in the mornings (and I do the same for the kids’ feet)
* one of the oils used in my diy deodorant
* and of course there is my favorite thieves oil foaming hand soap

calming the child (Plant Therapy)
* I dilute this one in carrier oil and put it on Raeca’s neck before bed. Since I started doing this she’s had no night terrors, I’m not sure if that’s just a coincidence or not but it does seem to help calm her down in general too

purification (Eden’s Garden)
* this one I run in the diffuser when we’ve made something that doesn’t smell so great, like fish, or after breakfast since Jared usually boils a few eggs and I can’t stand the smell

muscle relief (Eden’s Garden)
* this one seems to work great on sore muscles, just mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on wherever you feel soreness

This is just a start into the oils I’ve been trying, I definitely think there will be a part two to this post in the next few months.

You can view the rest of my posts on essential oils here.

What are your favorite oils and ways to use them?

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