Wellness Roller

Y’all, this is the season to keep your immune system in tip-top shape! It makes me cringe to start hearing all the coughing and sniffling that starts happening this time of year. I literally wash my hands 50-60 times a day. I should really try to keep count one day and actually see. But honestly, I try to take so many precautions to keep my wellness up; I wash my hands, use my Thieves Hand Sanitizer when I’ve been in public places, at work I use only my pen, and I try my dangdest not to touch doorknobs, (I use my elbow or bum to push open or close doors.) But one of my biggest things I use to combat the nasties is being diligent about using my Wellness Roller.

It’s so simple, I roll it onto the bottoms of both feet before putting on my socks in the morning and just like that it’s boosting my immune system. One Cute Cowboy prefers to roll his on before bed—and sometimes we both roll it on morning and night! So I decided to share my wellness roller blend with all of my lovely followers! So here’s what I use, and why:

Thieves: So this one may be a little “on the nose” because of course our wellness roller is going to have Thieves, the mother of “wellness” oil! Thieves contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary Cineol. It’s an immune stimulant, a purifier,and can help reduce mental fatigue.

Frankincense: Easily one of my favorite oils. It’s known as an oil enhancer so any oil’s properties that are paired with Frankincense will be amplified. Seriously, how cool is that?! It also helps promote emotional balance, reduces stress (which is SO important to your immune system) and of course is another great immune stimulant.

Tea Tree: When I was pregnant with Little Bear, because I was so limited on what I could and couldn’t use to fight off the nasties, I’d roll this single oil on my feet each day. It’s a great antioxidant, expectorant, and it’s antiviral. An oil that, in my opinion, doesn’t get enough spotlight! I love this oil!

Copaiba: This is one I’ve really started using a lot the last 7-8 months. It’s a huge help with inflammation. And let’s face it inflammation isn’t good in your body for any reason. Boosts the Cardiovascular system and supports overall wellness in the body.

These are the main 4 I always use in my Wellness Roller, but sometimes I add one of these–

Eucalyptus Radiata: I loooovvveee the smell of this one and it’s almost always in my shower blends. It’s energizing, it’s huge in respiratory support, and helps with inflammation.

Lemon: I always have Lemon on hand! It’s a huge antioxidant, provides circulatory support and contains cleansing properties.

So I usually just kind of wing-it when it comes to how many drops of each oil I do, but here’s a round-about what it usually contains.

15 drops of Thieves

10 drops of Frankincense

10-15 drops of Tea Tree

10-15 drops of Copaiba

5-8 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata

10-15 drops of Lemon

Then I fill the rest of the roller up with a carrier oil like Young Living’s V-6 oil or coconut oil. For the bottle I usually recycle an old 15ml oil bottle and pop a roller ball on top and just like that it’s done! It literally takes 2 minutes to put together and lasts a month or more.

I’d love to answer any of your questions you might have about this blend or oils in general, so shoot me a message! I love to talk oils! Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

*Disclaimer* I’m a firm believe in oils and their healing properties but I’m most certainly not a doctor, I am not a homeopathic guru, I’m just sharing what’s worked for me and my family. I highly recommend consulting with a doctor before orally consuming any oil. Also, I don’t recommend using straight oil on the skin if you’ve never used that particular oil before. When using an oil for the first time I always recommend using it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil or any vegetable based oil, for it may show skin irritants otherwise. Cinnamon bark is a potent oil along with Clove. Always keep in mind while using oils to use sparingly. Lastly I am not saying these oils will cure any ailment, I’m simply stating that these are oils that have worked for me.**

*ASpottedHeart

What does your label read?

We are the generation of “label readers.” To me, this isn’t a bad thing. It just means we’ve become conscious of living the best and cleanest way we can. Whenever I see something new I want to try whether it be food, beauty products, or items for my household, I read the label. I want to know what it’s made up of, what ingredients are used, and how will those affect my family and I. I’m amazed at the things that are considered “safe” to use in some products, whether it be a minuscule amount or not. I read the other day the average woman puts 5lbs of harmful chemicals on her skin a year. Five. Pounds. That’s completely insane to me!!

When I became pregnant with Lil Cute Cowboy, I became incredibly aware of what I was putting on and in my body. Now that he’s here, I’m just as obsessive about what’s not only going on my body (since we snuggle up everyday and essentially what’s going on mine is going on his) but what I’m putting on his body as well. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Okay, we get it ya ‘ol hippie! Go green…or whatever!” I’m not trying to necessarily convince anyone of anything, I just think as a whole, we can do so much better in this world. We can take care of ourselves and others better than what we have in the past. #KnowBetterDoBetter

This is, what I would I say, the era of “all natural” and “organic.” Seems like there’s an organic option for just about everything. I’m only going to lightly touch on this one, do I think organic is always the way to go?Not necessarily. We have the knowledge and the resources to know what is and isn’t harmful to our bodies and minds, so why not do the best we can? And Yes, you read that right, our minds. Do I think the moisturizer I put on my face of an evening could possibly affect my state of mine? Absolutely. Do I think that can of Coke OCC is drinking daily could possibly be affecting his mind? I think it’s quite possible. There are so many things out there that can change and modify the chemicals in our body, that it’s scary once you start reading the possible affect some ingredients can have on you.

One Cute Cowboy would tell you I’m a hippie at heart, because I’m always looking for a natural solution. Now, I know, the thought of trying to “go green” or completely change to organic or all natural or back to the “old ways” of doing things is a daunting task. I don’t want to give the wrong impression, One Cute Cowboy and I are pretty conscientious of the things we use on a daily basis and what we put into our bodies, but we definitely do not have it all figured out. We still eat Cheetos, use store bought shampoo, drink cokes (OCC gets to anyway) eat frozen meals, and don’t exercise like we should. Okay, maybe I don’t exercise like I should, OCC gets quite a bit of exercise daily. But my point is, we’re starting to take small steps to try and take out some harmful things in our daily lives and really strive to be the best we can, not just for ourselves but for our little bear. We want him to have a full life and be able to thrive.

Now, up there I said we use store bought shampoo, that’s a bit of a fib. We’re in the process of changing over our shampoo to a more natural, toxic-free option, along with our body soap, the cleaner in our house, and our laundry regiment. Most of you know, I’m an oily gal, and Young Living has come out with some amazing household and beauty products that are, you guessed it, toxic free! Young Living is a brand I fully trust because of their “Seed to Seal” promise. If you’d like to read more about what that means, you can go here.

We just recently got rid of all the toxic cleaners in our house, and replaced it with one, non-toxic cleaner. Thieves Household Cleaner. I do mean all the cleaners in my house.

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It covers all the bases and plus it helps boost your immune system while you clean! Whoop whoop!! We’re in the process of “ditch and switch” with several other things too.

One recent switch we’ve made is our sunscreen. One Cute Cowboy goes through a lot of sunscreen. He wears it just about 300 days a year since he’s in the sun so much! I hated the thought of him putting those chemicals on his body day in and day out (y’all your epidermis is your largest organ, take care of it!) Young Living came out with a mineral based sunscreen that not only works fantastically, but OCC and I can visually tell it’s been better for his skin. No more redness from his skin reacting to the chemicals in his old sunscreen.

So, my point being, make good choices for you and your family. Get interested in what you’re consuming,internally and externally. You may ask yourself, “does it really matter? If it’s only a little bit {of toxins} in (fill in the blank) is it really doing me any harm?” My answer will be, “YES! It matters because YOU matter.” If there’s just a “little bit of toxins” in 90% of the products you use, then think about what that’s building up in your body. I don’t know about you, but I know where I’m making my vote, and that’s with where I spend my money for better products for me and my family. Like I said above Know better, do better!

{steps off soapbox} ☺️

If any of y’all are interested in learning more about Young Living products or are ready to ditch and switch the products in your home, shoot me an email or go sign up here. Or if you’re interested to see just how harmful some of the products in your household are, download the “Think Dirty” app and look them up! It’s helped open my eyes a lot!

*ASpottedHeart

The Moon-Lit Sessions

My lifestyle has changed a bit in the last few months, and I’m up at all hours of the night. I’m beginning to realize why God made me a night owl, he was just prepping me for motherhood.

I’ve always liked the night-time. Growing up I’d stay up watching Nick at Nite until the wee hours of the morning and the infomercials would take over. As I got older (and Nick at Nite stopped playing the good shows) I’d spend those late nights watching movies,writing in my journals, or reading. When I lived in Nashville, those hours are where I found my solitude to write, to think, to be creative. (I used to have another blog on Tumblr that was primarily pictures, but fun and inspiring.)

So now as I find myself awake in the wee hours of the night I revisit some of those habits. I find myself searching to be inspired. Which raises the questions, What inspires me? Where am I pouring out my creativity? What makes my soul feel energized?

I think it’s important to stay inspired and to ask yourself these questions often. To keep your mind stimulated. To do things that “fill your cup” so to speak. One of my favorite sayings is, “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” meaning you must first make sure you are taking care of yourself before you can start “pouring” or reaching out to love/help/appreciate others. If to haven’t taken the time to nurture and take care of your own soul and mind, how can you help others?

So what feeds your soul? What makes you feel alive and happy? Maybe it’s writing. Maybe it’s baking. Maybe it’s climbing a mountain. Maybe it’s sitting alone, in the quiet for 5 minutes. Whatever feeds you, whatever fills your cup, make sure you’re making time for that. Now, I know that’s much easier said than done. If I’ve learned anything from becoming a mother it is this, time is no longer yours, and has taken on a whole new meaning. I don’t think one truly understands time until it’s no longer their own. Haha! But honestly, I understand how “finding the time” can truly be a difficult thing.

But I urge you, find the time to recharge and fill your cup. In this season of my life, in those late night sessions, I find myself in prayer more often than not. Prayer has a way of recharging me spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. It can inspire me and inspire new thoughts and ideas. Never underestimate what prayer can do for you.

So what do your “moon-lit sessions” look like? How are you recharging and staying inspired? I want to hear from my readers about what’s inspiring you or how you’re staying inspired!

*ASpottedHeart

May on the Ponderosa

Well, here we are starting into June. My oh my, how summer has rushed upon us! It’s been in the upper 80’s low 90’s the last couple weeks, which feels insane to be that warm already. But I will say, we’ve had some nice little thunderstorms! We’re always thankful for rain!!

This month has been full of more brandings for One Cute Cowboy. 2,900 calves in 21 days to be exact!

Started the month off with finishing up the branding at the ranch headquarters and has been gypsy jumping around from ranch to ranch “dayworking” (helping other ranches for a short time), all month!

This time of the year is tough on cowboys because not only are they working long hard days but they have to get their normal jobs completed and cows checked and problems dealt with on their own ranches after “dayworking” for the other ranches. Needless to say, they can turn into VERY long days! No one ever said being a Cowboy’s wife would be easy.

OCC had the yearly branding at my in-laws in New Mexico, just on the other side of Kenton, Oklahoma this month as well. Once again, Lil Cute Cowboy and I decided to stay home since it would be hot, windy, and dusty. This mama bear is still a little overly protective. ☺️

The brand on the calf pictured above is One Cute Cowboy’s great grandpa’s brand. It’s been in his family for 5 generations! Agriculture is all about tradition you know. It’s neat to know that the calves have received this same brand for all of these years.

The bulls of the ranch were finally happy to be placed out in their different pastures for the summer. It’s important to make sure and give the bulls and cows a break from one another. Some of the bulls will be gathered back up in July, and some will get to stay with the cows until October.

Speaking of bulls, we got all of our registered bulls delivered this month as well. It’s a good feeling to have them all placed at good ranches .

One Cute Cowboy and I have our own little herd that got vaccinated and branded this month too. Have I ever told you about Mama, the friendly cow? She’s an older cow that Riley and I got in our first herd right after we got married. She is such a sweetheart, she’ll come right up to eat cake out of your hand (she’s actually usually up in your business trying to see if you actually have any cake in your hands to snatch up!) She always throws us a good little bull calf each year, which we’re always happy to see! She’s talked one of the other mamas into coming up to us too. We call this ‘ol gal Sister.

One of the biggest changes this month on the Ponderosa is I went back to work at my 9 to 5. It’s been incredibly hard leaving Little Bear everyday, but we’re getting more of a routine down and learning and growing. I try to remind myself to just be in the moment and not to dwell on not being with him all day. It’s definitely hard on this mama!

This Lil Ranch Kid is growing like crazy and smiling and laughing and just so much dang fun! Our hearts are full here on the Ponderosa.

Happy June!

*ASpottedHeart

Holiday Travel Oils

I use my oils every day in some form or fashion. My main way is diffusing oils, so when I’m traveling that becomes more of a challenge. These four oils are the ones I brought with me during my holiday travel, and this is how I used each one.

🍊 Orange: I brought orange oil with me to put in my shower in the morning. Orange helps boost your immune system and is uplifting.

🌲Tea Tree: This has become one of my favorite go-to oils! I brought it along to keep my immunity up. This is one I’ve been diffusing every night, so since I don’t carry a diffuser, I put it on the bottoms of my feet. This is also great to have along with you for hormonal or stress breakouts. Put a dab of tea Tree oil on the place,and it helps clear it up.

🔮Lavender: In the winter months, I have a really hard time with my hands drying out. They get dry and crack and bleed and it seems like they’ve been especially bad these last couple weeks (a few months back I burnt my right hand, and it’s been super irritated since.) So each night I’ve been putting Lavender on my hands to help heal them up. I feel like it’s made such a difference!

🌿 Eucalyptus Blue: Now, I’ll admit, Eucalyptus Blue isn’t my favorite eucalyptus. I usually always use Eucalyptus Radiata. But Eucalyptus Blue will also serve the same purpose as Radiata. I put 1 or 2 drops in the shower to help open up my sinuses in the mornings. It seems like when I travel, I always wake up with a stuffy nose, so this really helps me open up my sinuses first thing in the morning.

Those are the 4 oils I’m traveling with this year. What are your favorite oils to travel with?

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Thanks for reading!

*ASpottedHeart

Wednesday {Pregnancy} Favorites

Today I want to share what has become some of my go-to’s since I’ve become pregnant. {Keep in mind, these aren’t just pregnancy products, anyone can use them!}

I never realized how aware I’d become of not only what I put in my body but on my body. I’ve always heard all the things you can and can’t have to eat while pregnant, and trust me, the struggle is real! The interesting thing is that what you’re putting on your body can be just as detrimental because it can still penetrate into your bloodstream and through your body to the little bear you’re growing inside. I’ve always tried to use more natural products but I realized not everything is as “natural” as they appear. Being pregnant it’s not recommended to use any beauty products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. There are some other ingredients that are also questionable, but these two are the main ones to try to stay away from using. I’m currently 24- weeks pregnant and these are some of my current natural skin care favorites I’ve used that, as far as I’ve found, do not contain either of those ingredients!

  1. Green + Lovely Better-than-Butter Belly Oil

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Y’all, I’m pretty certain this stuff has been my saving grace from stretch marks starting! I started using this on my belly, chest, and thighs since around week 12 of pregnancy and haven’t seen a stretch mark yet. This oil has all kinds of goodness in it to help your skin with elasticity and to stay hydrated through the stages of pregnancy. It’s made with olive, coconut, and almond oils, along with essential oil and non GMO Vitamin E oil. I’ve used the Lavender scented and the one I’m currently using is tangerine orange, which I think I actually prefer over the Lavender. This stuff is pure gold in my books!

2. Whiskey River Soap Company Deodorant

I’ve been using this deodorant for over a year now and absolutely love it! My cousin and her friend actually make it, along with a few other healthy skincare products. It’s all natural ingredients and completely aluminum-free! I love the grapefruit, but they also make Lemon, Lavender, and Purification. It’s been such a great alternative to store bought deodorant and my underarms are smooth and don’t break out from shaving like they used to. It’s wonderful stuff!

3. U.S. Apothecary Witch Hazel Face & Body Tonic

I personally think one should always have witch hazel on hand. It’s great for itchy bites and healing scrapes and cuts. I bought this on a whim when we visited The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile last spring. It has an added rose water which makes it a great toner for your face after you’ve washed it at night or before you put on your makeup in the mornings. When I became pregnant my tummy (and belly button) started to feel itchy because of all the stretching my skin was starting to do. I found this tonic spray highly helpful! When I start to have an itchy spot on my tummy or side I just spritz this on and it soothes the itch and subsidies the urge to scratch. I love this stuff, though I found its not easy to find. The best part is, it’s only 3 ingredients!

4. Young Living Tee Tree Oil

When you’re pregnant you may have these really fun hormonal breakouts (sense the sarcasm.) The hard thing is to find something safe you can use to help prevent and rid these breakouts. I found that if I put one to two drops of Tee Tree oil on a q-tip and held it on the place a few seconds after washing my face, usually in the morning it was barely noticeable or almost completely gone. This has really been a life saver. It’s even helped cleanse the air in my house when I diffuse it in the evenings. Gives me a fresh, clean feeling. I can never say enough good things about my Young Living Oils! If ever you’re interested in Young Living, send me a message or email me, I’d love to help you out!

5. Korres Wild Rose Brightening 24-hour Moisturizer

I’d like to give a big shout-out to my Ipsy bag for sending me this little treasure! This is only a travel size but it started me off on the right foot when I first became pregnant and realized my usual moisturizer had salicylic acid in it. I was glad that I hadn’t used this up yet and grew to love the way it made my skin feel and look. I’m looking forward to getting a full sized jar of it. It’s so silky, it feels great!

There you have it, my current top 5 “pregnancy safe” products! Hope you’ve enjoyed, and keep in mind, these aren’t just pregnancy products, anyone can use them!

***Disclaimer***

I am not claiming that all pregnant women would be safe to use the products above, I’m only stating what has worked so far for me in my personal pregnancy. Every woman, and every woman’s body and pregnancy can be different. Always consult your doctor if you’re unsure or have questions about using a product. Never just “take someone’s advice,” do your own research to see what’s going to work best for you! 🙂

*ASpottedHeart

Squeaky Clean

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I don’t do a lot of DIY’s, but I do love this easy cleaner I’ve stumbled onto. I have a sink that was originally installed in the 70’s, so it has it’s permanent stains and scratches, and since it’s porcelain, it’s sometimes hard to get clean. I usually use Bar Keeper’s Friend, and it’s great stuff, but I felt like it was being pretty harsh on my already worn, vintage porcelain sink. I decided to try a combination of Baking Soda & Young Living Lemon essential oil, and I love the results I’ve gotten. Sidetone: I absolutely love my lemon oil, it’s probably my most used oil next to my Lavender. I use it in the garbage disposal, I diffuse it in almost all of my diffuser combos, and I love to use it in my laundry for a fresh smell.

I’ve been using this combo to clean my sink the last couple of months.

Here was my sink before I applied my mixture. Riley being a coffee drinker and I a tea drinker, our sink stains pretty fast with our mugs and whatnot. As I said before, it has it’s fair share of worn scratches and stains. Then I applied my mixture:

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Just simple Baking Soda and my Young Living Lemon oil. I shook the baking soda across the sink until most surfaces with stains or scratches were covered. Then I dropped about 10 drops of lemon oil to each side of the sink.

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I let that set for a few minutes. Then I grabbed a regular ‘ol sponge and wet the sponge just enough to make it damp, not soaked and went to work. This is where you really gotta put in your elbow grease and scrub a bit. It starts to form a paste and you can visually see the stains starts to come up. Once I feel like I’ve done all the scrubbing it needs, I give it a good rinse and repeat on the other side. When I was finished I was happy to see my sink’s pearly smile again!

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It’s not perfect but it definitely gave me a clean sink and that makes me happy. Not only is it an easy, cheap sink cleaner, I also feel good about not using any harsh chemicals on my vintage, fragile sink. This is the perfect fix! 😉

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little DIY! What are some of your go-to cleaning remedies?

*ASpottedHeart

 

 

The Month of Peaches

August. My birth month. Also the month that so many kids dread, because it means school is starting. Growing up, it seemed like school always started on my birthday. Now as an adult, August doesn’t seem so bad. My favorite part–it means FALL IS COMING! I love fall. So while I’ll try to keep this inspiration board in summertime vibe, it’s hard to not let some Fall creep in. 😉 It also means–Peaches! Peach everything in August! As always, I hope you enjoy!



“August feels like a hinge in the year. Swing backwards and summer is there, swing forward and fall is waiting. I’m in the swing forward camp. I’m never sorry to see the summer end, although I’ll miss the peaches. I’m ready for sweaters and socks and new suede shoes.”

Stephanie Madewell

I’ve gotten pretty slack on my monthly mood/inspiration boards. Is it something y’all still enjoy? Would you rather see me do a different type of monthly post? I’d love to hear your thoughts, message me below or shoot me an e-mail, I’m always open to suggestions! aspottedheart@gmail.com

Self Care

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Mental and emotional health is so incredible important, and it’s something I think people overlook. I recently was introduced to a Danish practice called Hygge. The Oxford Dictionary defines this as follows, 

A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture.)

This is a great practice of self-care. Taking time for yourself, relaxing, and being thankful in everyday pleasures. This blog post is the first I read on this, and it explains it in great form. The overview I get from Hygge is summed up in these few ideas:

  • Atmosphere- having a cozy place to retreat to
  • Having a heart of Gratitude
  • Comfort- think big pillows and soft blankets
  • Coziness-hot tea or coffee
  •  Connecting- whether it be with yourself, God, or others 

I know what several of you are thinking right now, “Yeah right! That sounds great and all, but I don’t have time for all of that!” 

Which is my point exactly, you have to take time for self care or you’ll fall apart or fall into someone you don’t want to be. I’ve been guilty of this as well. I want to make a conscious effort of “slowing down to smell the roses.” 
Here are some my thoughts:

  • The Art of Saying No

This is a hard one. If you’re like me, you don’t like to disappoint anyone. But I’ve learned the hard way, just because you can doesn’t always mean that you should. Sometimes things get so piled up you kind of lose yourself in trying to please everyone else, and getting done what everyone else needs for you to do. Now, I’m not saying don’t do anything. I’m just saying know your limits. Just because someone doesn’t think your plate looks as “full” as Jane’s next door doesn’t mean that it’s not full for you! It’s okay to turn stuff down, or say no when you know you can’t spend quality time on the project or if you know it’s too much to take on in this season of your life. It’s okay. My motto is, “you can only do what you can do!” So don’t feel the pressure of always having to be a yes-man.

  • Drink in quiet moments

One of One Cute Cowboys favorite things to do when it’s nice out is simply get a comfy chair, sit under a shade tree, and enjoy a peach (or a beer) and just drink in a few quiet moments outside. It’s important to have silent moments to gather thoughts, say a simple prayer, or just simply be. We live in a world full of racket, and in the words of Ferris Bueller, 

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

  • Do Something for YOU

Whether it be taking time to take a bubble bath, watch an episode of your favorite show, read a chapter in your current book, whatever it is, take the time to do you. Even if it’s just for a moment. I think it’s important for you to take in life’s little pleasures every now and again. Sometimes I think we feel almost guilty for endulging in something we enjoy, but I’m here to tell ya, it’s okay! 

  • Watch a Sunrise or Sunset

Nothing makes me feel more alive and thankful than watching a sunrise or sunset. Something about watching that big ‘ol Sun do it’s thing is absolutely magical to me. God has an amazing color palette! I’m always in awe of His magnificents. While we’re on the subject, there’s something very majestic about the moon as well. I feel incredibly at peace when I can look up into the stary, night sky and see a big beautiful moon. I just think it’s important to be appreciative of the beauty around you, it’s  there if you just look.

  • Journaling/Praying/Listening to Music

My whole life I’ve found journaling is one of my favorite outlets, I guess that’s why I like this whole blogging thing. 😉  I’ve kept journals my entire life and it helps me emotionally and spiritually. To me journaling and praying go hand-in-hand. Seems like if I start out journaling, I start a conversation with God. It helps me to get all of my thoughts, worries, hopes, and dreams  out on paper. One of my favorite things to do is listen to my record player while I journal or even blog. I’ve got some really great vinyls that are perfect for mellowing out. Music can be powerful and incredibly therapeutic. 

  • Spend Time With an Animal

You guys, animals are so incredibly intuative. I can’t tell you how often coming home to my dogs (cats, horses, and calves) is a completely calming experience after a rough/long day. I can remember when I lived in Tennessee I’d come home and just lay in the floor with my pup, Huck. Especially those times I was homesick or just felt down on my luck. They have such a calming, knowing presence about them. I’ve always been a dog-lover and I firmly believe dogs are man’s best friend…you can’t convince me otherwise. I think it’s good for the mind, heart, and soul to have a furry companion in your life.

  • 5 minutes

Take 5 minutes in the morning (or evening.) Grab a hot tea or a cup of coffee and just meditate on your day, pray, write…do whatever you want in those 5 minutes, but give yourself 5 minutes to just be. 


Something Hygge stresses is having a space to do these type of things. A comfortable, safe atmosphere, a place of relaxation. I dream of a little reading nook with fluffy blankets, twinkle lights, and comfy pillows. But I definitely don’t have to have all of that to simply spend a little time on me.

I hope this has helped some of you that are finding it hard to juggle everything life throws at you. I’m obviously no expert, these are all just my own thoughts and opinions, there’s a world of things out there to see and explore. Don’t limit yourself. I’d love to hear what some of your self-care tips are!

*ASpottedHeart

3 Ways to use Thieves 

Young Living Thieves

I’m an oily gal, and Young Living’s Thieves is one I always make sure I have in my bag of tricks. It’s good for so many different things. It contains 5 different oils that make it highly affective in being able to boost your immune system which is especially handy in the flu/cold season. It contains:

Lemon: promotes health, healing, and energy.

Cinnamon Bark: a powerful purifier, oxygenator, and enchances the activity of other oils.

Clove: antibacterial, antifungal, a strong antiseptic, and an immune stimulant.

Eucalyptus Radiata: may have a strong antiviral effect on the repository system. Also has strong antiseptic, antibacterial, and anticatarrhal properties.

Rosemary Cineol: may help balance heart function, energize the solar plexus, and reduce mental fatigue. Helps improve circulation and help stimulate the nerves.

(The are descriptions used for each oil from the Young Living Reference Guide App)

Today I want to share with you three ways I love to use this oil.

1. Thieves Tea

During cold and flu season I add 1 drop of Thieves to my tea in the mornings to help fight off any bacteria or bad mojo in the air. Every morning I make my hot tea, my favorite to use when I’m using this oil is Twining English Breakfast. I steep my tea, add in my creamer (International Delights ColdStone is my absolute favorite to pair with this particular tea,) and I add one drop of Young Living’s Thieves oil. I use my small “frother” to get the oil mixed in well, a small whisk would work just as well. I do this because I feel just stirring with a spoon leaves the oil resting on top instead of really getting it combined. This mixture tastes a lot like a chai latte! I really love it, but do not recommend using more than one drop, for it’s a powerful flavor.

2. Diffusing Thieves

I’ve mentioned before that every night I run my diffuser in One Cute Cowboy and I’s room. I talked about my nightly seasonal blend in a previous post. I still use this same blend only I add 2-3 drops of Thieves. This is so One Cute Cowboy and I both get the benefits of it’s antiviral properties and in hopes to strengthen our immune systems to fight off nasty colds. Also it’s a great oil to diffuse if you ever have a room that’s smelling funky, this seems to purify the air in a sense, and leave it smelling warm and cozy.

3. Thieves for the bottoms of your feet

A lot of times at night before bed One Cute Cowboy will want me to rub some Thieves oil into the bottoms of his feet. This helps get the oil into our systems quickly, and as I’ve said above, we do this to help boost our immune system. We choose to use the feet because the bottoms of our feet have larger pores than any other surface of the body, so it only seems to make sense to put oils there so they can be absorbed into the body faster.

There’s my 3 favorite ways to use Thieves oil.

**Keep in mind, I am not a doctor, I am not a homeopathic guru, I’m just sharing what’s worked for me and my family. I highly recommend consulting with a doctor before orally consuming any oil. Also, I don’t recommend using straight oil on the skin if you’ve never used that particular oil before. When using an oil for the first time I always recommend using it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil or any vegetable based oil, for it may show skin irritants otherwise. Cinnamon bark is a potent oil along with Clove. Always keep in mind while using oils to use sparingly. Lastly I am not saying these oils will cure a cold or flu, I’m simply stating that this oil can help boost your immune system and hopefully fight them off, but it is not bulletproof. :)**

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! What are some of your favorite oils?

*ASpottedHeart