Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Joy

My Joy is listening to my daughter play her clarinet.

Hello! So have you also stumbled across essential oils lately? In an effort to find a natural alternative to help with allergies, I came across many posts on essential oils. It has been fascinating to learn about them.

I've been taking allergy medication year-round for a few years. It does help my allergies, but also makes me feel "dull" and after my dose was increased last summer, I feel like my eyes are dry and red most days. I have found relief by mixing 2 drops of Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender in a teaspoon of local honey. Once in the morning and once before bed. For three weeks, I have not needed my old allergy medicine. And it is pollen season in Charlotte, NC right now.

I love all of the health benefits and I also love the scents. The scents are natural and so much more pleasant than man-made scents that are created in a lab. Essential oils have been carefully distilled from the plants and they are pure (as long as you get good quality oils).

I have never been able to wear perfume because it makes me itch. Just smelling strong perfume bothers me... you should see me dart through the perfume department while holding my breath as I walk through department stores. The natural scent of essential oils does not bother me at all. I can rub a drop on my wrist to wear as perfume, or I can put a few drops in a diffuser and scent a room.

I love Joy. It is a blend of oils. Bergamot, Ylang ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. This is very floral... just a drop on my wrist is enough. It is a very uplifting scent. If I am having a blah day, I can put a few drops of Joy and a drop of Lemon in the diffuser and I feel a little more cheerful.

Have you used essential oils? I would love to her what you have tried! If you are ever interested in getting some, I order mine from Young Living . My member number is 2673389. 
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am not a doctor and certainly can not diagnose, treat, or heal. I'm just a mama who wants to share my story:)

I hope you all are having a happy weekend! What brings you Joy? Lately, I have enjoyed listening to my daughter practice her clarinet! Makes my heart sing!

xoxo, Elizabeth

Thursday, March 19, 2015

7 Reasons I Love Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Have you tried Coconut Oil? I love it! A jar of magic for so many reasons. I keep a jar in my kitchen pantry and another jar in my bathroom closet. Here are my 7 favorite ways to use Coconut Oil:

1. In The Frying Pan: Sautéing onions and garlic. I use a spoon of coconut oil and sauté onions and garlic when I start a recipe.

2. In My Coffee: I put a teaspoon in my coffee each morning. This might seem weird at first, but coconut oil is a great source of healthy fat and the flavor is very mild. It makes my coffee feel a little more rich and creamy.

3. Shaving Gel: Leaves your legs silky smooth!

4. Eye Makeup Remover: This is my favorite use for coconut oil! I've become more careful about the chemicals I use on my skin. I gently rub a dab of coconut oil over my eyelid and the mascara comes right off! Even waterproof mascara!

5. Lotion: Out of lotion? A little dab of coconut oil works like a charm!

6. On The Ends Of Your Hair: Ever feel like your ends are a little dry? Or you get those wispy flyways? Rub just a hint of coconut oil into the ends of your hair. I leave it on all day... just a hint so your hair does not look oily.

7. On Your Toothbrush: Mix a little bit of coconut oil with baking soda until the consistency is like paste. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil. Now you have a toothpaste that will leave your mouth  feeling nice and fresh!

And one bonus tip...Our pup has dry skin and coconut oil is great for his coat. I add a couple teaspoons to his food each morning. He is a lab mix, so of course he just gobbles it right up!

Coconut oil is a solid at room temp, but it quickly turns clear and melts when it warms up a bit. I buy my coconut oil at Trader Joe's. You can find it online and in most grocery stores and health food stores.

There are so many ways to use coconut oil. Have you tried it? I'd love to know how you use it!

Hope you all are well and happy!
Much love,

Friday, March 6, 2015

Waving Hello!

  Hello, hello! I am coming out of my cave for a bit. Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted. I feel like I should have numerous stories to share...but when I look back at the last 8 months, it all seems like a whirlwind.

  Both of my children started new schools this year.

  My son is in high school and loves it. He took an art class first semester and I enjoyed watching him work on his self-portrait.

9th Grade self-portrait

  My daughter is in middle school this year. And growing up so fast. Her school had a half-day today, so she is enjoying the sunshine.

A girl, her dog, a new book, and sunshine:)

  What else is new?

I am officially a big nerd:)

  I started wearing glasses this fall. I really needed them for long distances. Driving is much easier now that I can see road signs.
  I have been simplifying life. I was a bit overwhelmed and it was time to let go of some commitments. (I highly recommend this if you are feeling scattered. It will all be okay and you can always add more things to your plate when you are ready.)
  Along with letting go of commitments, I've also let go of unused items around our home. It's nice to have an empty shelf or two. (I still have a long way to go!)
  Yoga and BodyFlow are my two favorite gym classes.
  We can not walk to school this year, so I feel like I spend lots of time in the carpool line. I am thankful for wonderful friends who share this job with me. (You two know who you are and it has been such a joy to get to know you and your kiddos better this year.)
  The last few snow days have helped me catch up on laundry...I can see the bottom of the laundry hamper! (This is the first time since becoming a mother that I can say that!)
  Zoe's Kitchen just opened nearby. Such a great place for fresh takeout and they have great gluten-free options!
  I am often asked about my shop. Polka Dot Skies is still on vacation and will be for a while. As much as I love my shop and my customers, life keeps getting busier as the kids grow up and I don't want to miss the rare opportunity when my tween and teen want to chat. I really treasure these moments. Right now, I am exactly where I need to be.

Pause. My motto right now.

  Now it's your turn. I have truly been wrapped up in my own little world for a while and I have missed you all. Please let me know how you are doing.


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