My Nighttime Routine

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My blady friend StephanieΒ mentioned last weekΒ she was looking for a new nighttime routine and I realized hey! I have one, and I love it! So I thought I’d share it here in case anyone is looking to try something new πŸ™‚ Β I’ve never been one to stick to a nighttime routine. In fact, I used to sleep with my makeup still on for years. I was just toooo lazy. When you’re tired it feels like just one more thing to do and my bed always looks so cozy and inviting I just want to climb right in once I get upstairs.

However, I am no spring chicken and these days I need to take care of my skin and prevent signs of aging when possible;naturally. I don’t want to be one of those women that don’t look their age, or even look plastic or fake. But I also don’t want to look all leathery or like a Sharpei.

So I tried a few different things focusing on anti aging and staying as natural as I could, while still getting the job done; and now I just love my nighttime routine! I find myself looking forward to it instead of dreading it, and I feel like my skin has been looking better and better.

1. Remove makeup and clean face simultaneously with Burt’s Bees’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes. Β I loooove these little wipes so so much!!! They remove my makeup easily and leave my face feeling fresh and clean. I use the sage ones because my skin tends to be on the drier side.

2. Roll Frankincense essential oil all over your face focusing on problem areas. This is such a great oil for your skin and your nails! It is supposed to help with wrinkles and anti aging, and is a very grounding oil which is great for bedtime.

3. Apply a light layer ofΒ Jason Vitamin E 25,000 I.U creamΒ  all over face and neck. This is a dreamy thick moisturizing cream that is also great for anti aging and is free of parabans and other yucky things.

That’s it! Three easy steps and you’re done πŸ™‚ Do you have a favorite nighttime routine?

What’s Up Wednesday: October

 

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What we’re eating this week:

 

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We were spoiled last week when my parents came to visit and my mama brought not one but three yummy dishes with them! So we’ve been savoring the shepherds pie, cassoulet, and chicken pot pie leftovers while they last! I also made this super yummy slow cooker meal this month that will definitely be a repeat soon.

What I’m reminiscing about:

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Halloween last year! Joaquim was such a cute lion and Mia adored being a princess.

What I’m loving:

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Reading at lunch every day! About a month ago I started bringing my book to work to read at lunch and I have been looooving it!!! Not only am I loving the book (Voyager) but it is so nice to take your eyes off a screen fir an hour and just get lost in a book.

What we’ve been up to:

 

We are working our way through our fall bucket list, preparing ourselves for basketball season ( my husband is an assistant coach and it makes for long days Nov-Feb) and working on little touches to our home to make it more cozy.

 

What I’m dreading: the cold cold weather that comes with midwestern winters. There’s already a chill in the air that reminds you just how cold it gets up here. Brrrrr

What I’m working on:

Blogging more often. Life gets busy and it’s easy to jet it fall to the bottom of my to do list. But later I regret not documenting moments with my family and memories we have shared. One post a week is my goal.

What I’m excited about: Our Halloween costumes this year!! This is the first time we are doing a family costume and I’m just over the moon about it to be honest! Stay tuned to see what we are going to be!

What I’m watching/ reading:

Watching:

This Is Us: you guys! It’s sooo good!

Dancing With The Stars: obbbsssesssed

Drunk History: funny and educational πŸ˜‰

Anxiously awaiting: Gilmore Girls, The Bachelor, PLL and Outlander

Reading: Voyager! The third book in the Outlander series it.is.addicting. I’m almost 600 pages in and can’t stop.

What I’m listening Β to:

Michael Buble, Harry Connick jr., and Frank Sinatra. Don’t those men just scream fall? I want to drive down all the country roads listening to these three and gazing at all the pretty colorful leaves in the trees.

What I’m wearing:

At home I’ve been living in my Rad Earth Supply Co. sweatpants and soft tees but when out and about I’ve been wearing my favorite boots a ton with leggings of course. I’ve also been wearing my pleather jacket quite a bit, and plaid, plaid shirts, jeans and my converse high tops are a fave in the fall!

What I’m doing this weekend: Trick or treating!! This year we are having some friends join us for the spooky fun! Mia’s besties Morgan and Emma are coming along and Joaquim will even have a buddy since Emma’s sister Olivia is his age πŸ™‚ We’ll take the kids around the neighborhood and then head back home to eat some chili!

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Thanksgiving!! While I’ve never been big on turkey day I do so appreciate a day off work to spend with family, reflecting on all the blessings to be thankful for and hopefully helping others in some way. I’ve always been more of a Christmas kind of gal but I can get on board with all these things. Yes! Yes!

What else is new?

Mia ( my four year old) is on her second visit to my parents house in Minnesota. It is wonderful seeing what a special place MN has become for her and I know my parents just adore having her there as well! Joaquim is finally starting to say some words but only when prompted for the most part. I feel like the sane thing happened with Mia and somewhere right before they turn two or all cones out, so we’ve got a few more months to work with here πŸ™‚

 

Essential Oils: Year One

 

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It was about a year ago that I learned about the existence of essential oils. I started to see posts on my favorite blogs and instagram accounts and wondered what the craze was all about.

I have always tried to go natural when I can (and can afford to) soΒ this seemed right up my alley. At the same time it seemed soooo overwhelming! So many oils, so many ways to use. Which were safe for kids? Which ones should I put directly on and which ones need to be diluted?

So I began doing my research. Whether reading posts from bloggers I trusted or going to the sites that sold essential oils, I started taking note of which oils would be best to start with, and which ones I would benefit from the most.

After pestering Laurie and Brittany with probably way way way too many questions I put a bottle of Lavender essential oil on my Christmas list πŸ™‚ And lucky me Santa put a little bottle in my stocking that year!

We spent Christmas in MN that year so my first time trying it out was putting a few drops on the mat (under the sheet) of the pack and play Joaquim was sleeping in at my parents. Looking back I’m surprised I tried it out on my little one first! lol But boy did it work! He slept way better that night than he had been for weeks!

When I returned home after the Holidays I thought I’d try a few drops on my pillow as well since I deal with the wonderful gift that keeps on giving: Insomnia

By the second day of doing this I was up tossing and turning, wide awake, more so than I was before using the oil! It seemed so strange to me so I kept trying for a few more days wondering if it would take a little longer to work on me….but no I felt more alert than ever and hyper-focused.

I asked around the EO community and turns out certain essential oils can have something called the reverse effect. And lucky me I am one of those people it does that to. When I read about this it was like ding! ding! ding! lol So I thought about it and began putting a couple drops on my wrist before work. With the reverse affect being a focused and alert state of mind ( for me anyways) this little oil has helped me work faster and more efficiently than ever before!

I decided to take a deeper dive when Young Living was having a deal on their starter kit and anxiously awaited its arrival. The kit comes with some basic essential oils and EO blends that are great to get started with plus a diffuser.

I then slowly began adding essential oils into my daily routine:

  • Diffuse lavender in the kitchen before bedtime ( settles the kids down and gives me a pick me up for getting the dishes done and those last minute chores)
  • Add a few drops of lemon into the garbage disposal or trash cans
  • Put a roller on my bottle of Frankincense and roll all over my face after washing and before my moisturizer ( is supposed to help with aging and wrinkles! and is also a wonderful grounding EO)
  • Diluted the Thieves blend with fractionated coconut oil and made my own roller bottle. I roll this on the bottom of all our feet during cold season. They say this blend of essential oils gets its name from the blend thieves used to avoid getting the plague when stealing from people infected with disease! I love the smell and when I remember to apply it has held up to it’s immune fighting story! Also like diffusing this blend.
  • Made a roller of lavender, peppermint and lemon for Mike during allergy season and he said it did the trick!
  • A couple drops of the Stress Away blend on my heart when things get a bit….overwhelming.

Just to name a few! It has now been one year since we started using essential oils in our home and I am so glad we began this journey. I have only used EO’s from Young Living or Rocky Mountain OilΒ so I can only talk to these two brands but both are wonderful! Each have different blendsΒ and I have no rhyme or reason as to why I get certain EOs from one versus the other, other than price at times. This year my goal is to start incorporating EO’s into my home cleaning routines and Tisse has an amazing insta account with wonderful suggestions for doing just that if you are looking for that kind of thing. She also recommended this book that already has proved itself useful when I got stung by a wasp on the palm of my hand the other day. A little tea tree oil helped sooth the pain and itching. For the record I am in no way a Doctor or an experienced oil user by any means. I just wanted to share our experiences with EO’s and how they have helped our family.

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Do you have any favorite oils or blends? What do you use them for? The more I use them the more I see how they can be used in my every day life. Mia even used them to fight off a T.Rex that was chasing us all the way to school the other day, who knew? Essential Oils, the T.Rex repellent πŸ˜‰ LOL