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DIY: Sleepy Time Foaming Bath Soap

I wanted to share this super easy recipe with you. If you have little ones that need a some extra help unwinding before bedtime, you’re going to want to make this soap! As a bonus, it has absolutely no harmful chemicals & is safe for the most sensitive skin.

Before I started researching essential oils, I thought people just used them in their homes to make it smell good. When I heard that people added them to their personal care products, I also thought it was just to make them smell good.

Little did I know that essential oils have an incredible therapeutic affect on our health.  Yes, they can make our houses & products smell good, but the number of ways that essential oils can support our health is mind-blowing.

After researching essential oils that support relaxation & promote sleep, I started experimenting with some of these oils. The first oil I tried was lavender. After about 1 month of diffusing lavender and having no luck getting my daughter to sleep, I knew I needed to try something else. It turns out, lavender can actually have the opposite affect on some people. Instead of providing a calming & relaxing feeling, it can actually make people feel alert & awake. Lavender does this to both me and my daughter (needless to say, we don’t diffuse this at bedtime anymore).

The 2 essential oils that have worked WONDERS for us for promoting sleep are Cedarwood & Vetiver. Here is a little information about each of these essential oils.

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I think it’s important to note that prior to making this recipe, I used each oil individually to see how my daughter would react. At first, I used this recipe with only the Cedarwood oil. It worked! Sleep was happening! After we finished the bottle of soap (which was about a month later), I made the recipe with just the vetiver oil. And again, it worked! So, now that I knew both of these oils were excellent with supporting a good night’s sleep, I decided to make a batch of soap with both oils. I wanted to keep Cedarwood in the recipe because of it’s amazing skin benefits (especially during a cold winter with lots of dry skin).  And that, my friends, is how this recipe came about.

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Directions:

1. In a foaming hand soap dispenser, add the soap, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, & essential oils.

2. Give it a little swirl to mix the ingredients.

3. Enjoy!

When using essential oils topically, it is extremely important to dilute them with a carrier oil (especially when used on children). Not sure how many drops to use or what carrier oil is best? Send me an email & I’ll be happy to share that information with you.

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Fitness Now & 2017 Goals

Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice holiday. Our Christmas was wonderful. I’ve always loved Christmas, but I love it even more since having my daughter. Seeing Christmas through a toddler’s eyes is truly magical.  As 2016 winds down, I wanted to share my personal fitness goals for the upcoming year.

In 2016, I was fairly consistent with my workouts. A typical week consisted of 3 full body strength training days, and 2 or 3 days of cardio. My cardio workouts were a combination of Zumba, running (not as much as I would’ve liked to do), LISS, and HIIT. Some weeks I got 5-6 workouts in and other weeks I would only manage 3 days. Even though, I stayed pretty consistent, I haven’t reached my personal fat loss goal. I don’t really focus on the scale that much, but I do weigh myself every few weeks. I mostly take my measurements and gauge how my clothes fit to determine how my body is changing.

This past year, my body has been fluctuating due to hormonal imbalances. When I was nursing my daughter, my body fat was lower and I was losing inches. As soon as I stopped nursing, my body stored every ounce of fat (as if a switch went off). Despite my healthy eating and exercising, my body continued to hold on to the unwanted body fat. This upcoming year, I am determined to lose it. So, I thought I’d share my goals on here as a way to hold myself accountable.

Here are my 2017 fitness goals:

  • Run at least once a week (preferably outside)
  • Exercise 5-6 days a week
  • Strength train 3 times a week
  • Zumba once a week
  • Lose body fat

I have some really fun (and new) things that I’ll be doing in 2017 to help me reach my goals.

First, I’m taking part in Young Living’s 60-day Slique Challenge.

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Young Living has an incredible product line called, “Slique”. The Slique Essence  (which is the supplement that I’ll be taking) combines the following essential oils: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea.

Some of these oils help to:

  • support healthy digestion
  • control craving
  • provide powerful antioxidants

For 60 days, you pair your Slique supplement with a nutritious diet & regular exercise. Young Living will be giving away fun prizes to everyone that participates. In addition, they are offering some amazing prizes to people that have the biggest transformations. You can read more about the challenge here.

The other fun thing I’m going to be doing is the 2017 Tone It Up Challenge.

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The Challenge starts on January 1st and it will run for 6 weeks. Karena & Katrina from “Tone It Up” will be providing a meal plan & workout plan. I’m really looking forward to trying something new (as I am getting bored with my own workout routine).

What are some of your 2017 Fitness Goals? I’d love to hear them!

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