Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Leave-in Conditioner with Essential Oils

It's been raining off and on here the past few days which is rare, but welcomed. I spent Sunday afternoon cooped up in my condo creating everything from homemade shaving cream to homemade broccoli and cheese soup. Of all the creations, my favorite had to be a chemical free leave-in conditioner. Although the broccoli and cheese was delicious too and I've been enjoying the leftovers all week.

In a small 4oz bottle add:
3 oz (6 tbsp) distilled water
1 oz (2 tbsp) vegetable glycerin
 1 tsp lavender essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Shake to blend and before each use.
(You can double/triple the recipe if you would like to use a larger bottle)

I add a few spritz to my wet hair before blow drying and again after it's was completely dried. It smells fantastic and leaves my hair feeling so soft. Also, I do not wash my hair every day and on my skip days I spray a little of this into my hair and it instantly feels refreshed.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

pick me up

Yesterday a large MEU came home. I work on base so I interact with a lot of Marines, Sailors, and military spouses on a daily basis. Throughout the day I watched loved ones running around in anticipation for what was to come later that day. Sure enough, that afternoon, Facebook started exploding with homecoming photos! 

I was so excited for my friends that's undeniable, but I couldn't help but feel a little jealous. Any time throughout this past year, especially watching deployments start and end before my husbands, the green eyed monster tries to peek its way out. I think it's a normal feeling. Just as my husband comes homes a handful of our friends say goodbye to their Marines. And that breaks my heart for them.
Someone is always coming and someone is always going.

It's just our world.

Anyways, on days like yesterday when I am feeling down, there are a few things that make me feel instantly better...
My house is filled with candles. This Lemon Lavender candle has a nostalgic scent for me. I burned it the entire summer B was at OCS and it brings me such happy feelings. 
Clambake is my go to color for all seasons, but any hue spring will do.
It could be 80 degrees out, but slippers and a homemade blanket makes me feel instantly cozy.
Last nights choice was my most favorite, The Wedding Date!
Filled with hot tea or vodka, you'll never know.
Others include: farmer market flowers, cooking pasta, and list making.
What about you?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

3 minute evening routine

Confession. I have a bad habit of "forgetting" to take my makeup off before I go to bed. Since I've become a little more conscious of the chemicals that I am putting on and in my body, I've gotten a lot better about it.
I have created a little routine for myself that takes a total of 3 minutes. And even though it's the saddest attempt at a night routine, here it is:

Step 1: I use jojoba oil to take off my eye makeup. It works like a charm for my waterproof mascara that I can't seem to part with. I also use this on my face if I have any dry patches.
Step 2: I actually make my own facewash (and use this exfoliating brush). These cleansing pads are meant for when I'm too tired to really wash my face. Let's be honest though, these tea tree cleansing pads are used more than my normal face wash. 
Step 3: I love this stuff! I add a little witch hazel to cotton ball and rub it all over my face. It smells heavenly, gets off any remaining makeup, and my skin feels so fresh afterwards.
Step 4: Right before bed and before putting on any makeup in the morning, I lather this on my face and neck. Bonus: It's animal friendly and uses natural ingredients!

PS. My gf has introduced me to a makeup company that uses all natural ingredients! I can't wait to share it with y'all soon!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Motivation

This past weekend a couple of us went to a Bikram yoga class (I am still sore by the way), and during Savasana the instructor read a passage that spoke volumes. [I italicized the parts I found myself grinning at]
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you
dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love,
for your dreams,
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed from fear of future pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain,
mine or your own, 
without moving to hide it,
or fade it,
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,
mine or your own,
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to be careful,
to be realistic,
to remember
the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling 
me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself;
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul;
if you can be faithless and therefore

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty,
every day,

and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
yours or mine,
and still stand on the
edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon, "yes!"

It doesn't interest me who you know, or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. 
I want to know what sustains you,
from the inside,
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with your and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.” 

― Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Friday, February 20, 2015

basket case

I have been on an organizing freenzy recently. Actually, I always am to some extent. I do not like when items lie around loosely in any area of my house, even if  it's hidden behind my cabinets. Here are a few of the hidden storage ides I've come up with lately:
Sometimes packaging boxes are just so bulking. When you have to improvise because you don't have a pantry, these stack-able containers are perfect for our bags of tea, pods of coffee, and instant breakfast. Also, I think it's time to invest in a label maker.
For all your big bags: flour, sugar, and fake sugar that probably causes cancer.
The freezer lacks shelving like a refrigerator and I always find items just thrown in all place. This allows me to at least separate my meats from my vegetables.
The lid of the toilet is basically another shelf in my book and the perfect spot for my "before you go" spray.
This idea ended up being more genius than I could have imagined. I keep my drain stoppers in my sink or on the counter and this is the perfect way to hid them and still keep them in close range when I need to use them. These baskets comes on all shapes and sizes, I plan on getting more next time! $2 total for the basket and the hooks!
I get all of my storing baskets from the Dollar Tree and every time I come home from purchasing at least 7 baskets, I feel like it's never enough. Some baskets don't work for what you originally planned and you find something else you hadn't planning on organizing, some work so well you wish you had gotten more!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


When we first moved to California, I was bitter about how hard it was for me to find a job that remotely compared to my last one. I longed to have one because I felt it would mean holding onto that last string of independence I was craving. Applying for jobs was my job. I would spend hours on applications. I would sit on the couch for hours and in between applications, pouting, and sulking, I felt myself growing depressed. Not working in an office made me feel like I had no self worth. Since living in California, I've held 3 jobs, two which turned out horribly, and the current...well it's still current, so it's obviously working out.

I have some news though.

For months my husband and I have been discussing the next steps and what is best for our family. We've crunched the numbers and we've weighed the pros and cons, and we have ultimately decided that come summer I will be spending the remaining time we have here in California being a home-maker. I reflect back on the person I was when we first moved to California and the person I am now and I feel completely confident in this decision. We're both actually really excited about it and I'm a little nervous!

It's not forever, but for the time being, I'll be focusing on creating a nurturing home, strengthening our family and continuing to build on our foundation. I feel grateful for this opportunity, knowing it's not an option for many people, and thankful for a husband who supports me fully.

Since I don't want to be the person who sat on the couch half of the day, I've been working on a schedule for myself. I thrive on schedules and to-do lists, so I would love some insight on what your schedule is like if you're the home-maker. Once I'm full swing in this next chapter, I would love to share with you what routine works for us.