Peppermint Essential Oil Overview

Hello, my loves!

Welcome back to my blog, my dears. Today we are going to be talking specifically about peppermint essential oil. I know I touched on essential oils in the past but now I will be talking about a single essential oil in a post each week. I love talking about all things that are healthy for our bodies and holistic ways to help with illness. I am not saying I am a doctor or know the specifics of illnesses or diseases but I do know how to help with minor ailments.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most common oils on the market. I personally love peppermint! It is a great oil for feeling refreshed and ready to go. Honestly, I use it every day before a workout so that I can feel inspired to get started. I love the way it smells and brings life back into a house if you are using a diffuser.

Some of the other uses for peppermint essential oil is for stomach aches or digestion. You can drink peppermint tea, or use a drop of peppermint with a carrier oil and rub it on your tummy. It is also great for relieving headaches and sore muscles. You can also use it for emotional support when you are feeling distressed or having low energy.

Peppermint essential oil is also used for common colds and can help treat cough or congestion.

Some of my favorite diffuser blends are:

Lemon And Peppermint – for uplifting

Orange And Peppermint – for relaxing

Lavender And Peppermint – for calming

Rosemary And Peppermint – for refreshing

I do suggest that you find an oil that is therapeutic grade and is made with care.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post today and if you have any questions or have anything to share please feel free to do so in the comments!

Love,

Julie

How To Have A Better Day

Hello, my loves!

I hope your Monday is going well. Today, we are going to be talking about things that can make you have a better day when your day isn’t going so well.

Make or buy a good drink. Honestly, it is a small gesture but it is something that always uplifts my mood when I’m feeling down. A nice, iced coffee or a hot tea is wonderful for the spirit. The process in making one is a slow meditation that can make you relax in between tasks. Put your drink in your favorite mug and voila you are all set.

Use essential oils. God blessed us with nature and with that is flowers,, fruits, trees, and many other beautiful sights. These can be converted into wonderful essential oils which can be used to support our emotions and moods. I personally love using peppermint essential oil when I’m feeling low or run down. Lemon is also a quick mood booster.

Physical activity. We can all get in a mood where we don’t want to get up and do anything but I guarantee you that if you start moving you will not regret it. Honestly, working out is a huge factor in my own life. I like to workout at least four times a week. I get on the treadmill and do some weight training. I also do yoga on a daily basis and go for walks as much as I can if the weather permits. It is not only good for your physical body but it is excellent for improving mood and relaxing you. So, if you’re having a bad day why not try it.

Creative outlet. If you have some time, you should give a creative project a try. It doesn’t have to be the best or the hardest. Doing crafts is just for fun! If you are burnt out from work, try something like adult coloring books or water colors. There are YouTube videos on all sorts of creative projects so it should be easy to do. I personally like writing as my hobby. My blog reflects me and it is just a fun thing to do. I hope you can find something you enjoy.

Clean. Cleaning isn’t the most relaxing thing to do when you are having a bad day but it is so worth it. It will set your mind free of the clutter that may be haunting you. Light some sage or Palo Santo and find a way to refresh your home or bedroom. You will be energetically cleansing your home and it will be like a reset button. Perhaps set a corner of one of your rooms to be a meditation center where you know it is going to be safe for you to relax.

Shopping. Okay, last but not least. Retail therapy can definitely help once in a while. As long as you aren’t spending 500 dollars at Target every time you have a bad day. It is fun to buy new thing and a new dress to wear is always exciting. Honestly, it could be a new bubble bath for your self care day or a new pair of shoes to wear out with your girlfriends. Who doesn’t love to shop?!

Well, I hope some of these ideas helped. If you have any of your own ideas, please share them in the comments!

Love, Julie

Sleep Hygiene

Hello, my loves!

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you are all having a wonderful day. It is getting closer to spring and I cannot wait for the snow to melt and it to turn green again. I’m going to be talking about something that is important at any time of year and it is sleep! We need to talk about sleep today because I feel like a lot of people’s anxiety may be on the rise due to current world events.

So what is sleep “hygiene”? Sleep hygiene is just a healthy way to maintain sleep and rest during the night and even during the day. So, let’s get started.

Clean your room and your bedsheets. I think it is very important to physically remain clean in your bed. When you are going to sleep it will be easier to fall asleep when everything in your room is put away and you are in an environment that you don’t have to worry about. I recommend washing your bedding at least once a week and tidying your room once a day.

Avoid using technology before bed. I know we are all addicted to our phones, computers, and tablets but it is important we ditch them before we fall asleep. It’s a lot more difficult for us to shut off our minds when we are constantly scrolling before bed. Our minds need to rest which means turning off the lights, the phone, and even the books. Try to meditate before bed and clear your mind from the days noise.

Do not use your bedroom for anything but sleep. I know it is hard but your bedroom should be an oasis from the rest of the world. It shouldn’t be your home office or yoga studio. When you correlate your bedroom to relaxation and sleep it is much easier to relax and calm down at the end of the day because you aren’t about to pick up your client’s latest call. Avoid eating or drinking in your room and try to keep everything soft in your space.

Make your bedroom a sacred space. Try to keep your room an area of the house that is cozy and warm for you. You don’t want to get into a bedroom that isn’t comfortable for you. Put plants in the room, put nice pillows on your bed, and if you enjoy them maybe add some fairy lights. As said before, try to keep your room tidy and clean so that you won’t be in there as a chore. Light candles, burn incense, or diffuse essential oils like lavender and frankincense.

I hope these tips for healthy sleep works for you. If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below!

Love, Julie

Current Favorites

Hello, my loves

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Today we are going to be talking about my current favorites. Whether it be food, makeup, or music!

First, a drink.

I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s chai tea concentrate. It is easy to just pour a little liquid into almond milk and make a delicious drink. It is the perfect drink to wake up to or have as an afternoon drink.

The next product is a liquid lipstick by Nyx. It is their XXL Lip Lingerie line and it is the shade Push’d Up. This is a beautiful pink shade that can be worn with any makeup look.

For hair, I really have been enjoying the OGX Tea Tree and Mint clarifying shampoo. I absolutely love it because I don’t have to wash my hair every other day – it doesn’t make my hair greasy and I can go days without washing.

For songs, I really like “God’s a woman” by Ariana Grande. I also have been liking “I’d do anything for love” by Meat loaf. I know that is so random but it’s true!

On YouTube, I really enjoy watching that girl videos and morning routines. I’ve been struggling with my morning routine so I am taking tips away from the videos.

For body products, I’ve really been enjoying the Johnson’s baby lotion. It is perfectly gentle on skin and can really provide a lot of moisture.

Lastly, for food. I really love my organic turkish figs from Trader Joe’s. They taste like a piece of candy. Also, the Trader Joe’s heart jelly beans are delicious!

I hope you enjoyed my favorites!

Much love,

Julie

New Years Goals

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Hello, my loves!

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. We are close approaching the new year and I thought I’d share with you my goals. I do not like to set lofty goals that need to be accomplished overnight, but rather, goals that can be a long term ambition.

Physical Goal:

Lose 20 pounds by Spring.

Walk outside every day if weather permits.

Eat healthy, but don’t restrict.

Mental Goal:

Read one chapter of book per day.

Learn to crochet.

Learn basic astrology.

Emotional Goal:

Seek a therapist.

Meditate when needed.

Write in my journal daily or weekly.

Be kind to myself even when it is difficult.

Spiritual Goal:

Learn about Native American history.

Find peace with God.

Belly dance.

Be with nature without distractiions.

I hope this year is a good one for everyone. Let all your dreams and passions come through.

Love, Julie

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Cream Review

Hello, my loves!

Today I’m going to be reviewing a product which I have been using for two months straight. The product is the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Cream. I bought this product at Target for 24 USD. I have been using the cream nonstop since I purchased it and will be going through an overview of the product and what I thought was beneficial or nothing to write home about.

So first, I noticed that the jar was a heavy glass one, instead of plastic. I also noticed the beautiful packaging which I and so many people enjoy. The product is labeled cruelty free and vegan and comes with 1.7 fl oz. or 50 ml. So quite a bit of product in my opinion and especially because you are only using it at night it comes with plenty . As I stated, I was able to use this product every night for two whole months.

The product is a a thick and rich cream that bears no real overwhelming scent. It smells a bit floral if anything. The product states on the jar that it has retinoid, melatonin, and mushrooms. I have used retinol before and it really did help with dry skin as well as combating aging. I feel like this has softened my skin and made it a little less dull and to be honest I wasn’t expecting any drastic changes.

I did not breakout almost at all with my use of the product but I did have some bad blemish days because of my time of the month.

Even though the product was very rich and moisturizing I did apply a thin layer of Ponds cold cream to get an extra surge of moisture.

These are some of the top ingredients and their purpose:

  • Granactive Retinoid: Petroleum-free retinoid known for helping fight signs of aging, and found to be less irritating than traditional retinol.
  • Melatonin: In your body, melatonin reminds your brain it’s time to sleep. On your skin, melatonin is a supercharged free-radical scavenger. One of the key ingredients in your fight against aging.
  • Mushrooms: Promote hydration and help reduce puffiness.
  • Quinoa: Loaded with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals, and high in lysine, which is an amino acid that helps promote collagen production.

(ingredient excerpt taken from pacifica website)

Overall, I was very pleased with this product. For the amount of product I received for the price it was well spent I also really enjoyed the softening and brightening of my complexion. I would definitely repurchase this product and I may even try the eye cream that is in the same line. I am a fan of taking care of my skin every night and this was a beautiful cream to add to my self care.

I hope this gave you a little bit of insight on this Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Cream and if you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment and I will gladly answer.

Love,

Julie

Meditation Basics

Hello, my loves!

I hope you’re having a good day. Today, I’m going to discuss something that is helpful and full of self-care vibes. Meditation is the topic in question today. I personally love meditation when things get too stressful in my life. I will literally take a break from whatever I am doing to take some time for myself regardless of where I am. I personally like the bathroom excuse to leave a busy situation.

Meditation does not have to be fancy, full of incense, crystals, and soothing music. It is literally a second to stop the overwhelming thoughts to relieve yourself. When you are meditating it is a way to connect with source, God, the great spirit. If you don’t believe in that, you can simply connect to your higher self or simply forget about what is wearing you down!

To meditate you can choose to listen to a guided meditation or simply sit there in silence letting whatever comes to your mind go. Wave your thoughts goodbye but don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself. You can use crystals or a soothing object to help support you on your meditation but it certainly isn’t required. You can also use essential oils to bring you to a certain mood. Essential oils are great for mood and emotions.

Meditation doesn’t always have to be done at the last minute under stress but it could possibly be part of your daily routine to prevent those stressful moments. If you can add it in, and spend enough time practicing being silent, it will become easier.

I hope this short guide has introduced you to meditation in a positive way. I personally meditate daily and it has shown me how to be quiet in my mind when it all seems too much.

Much love,

Julie

Ways To Reinvent Yourself

Hello, my loves!

I hope you have been enjoying the new year so far. Today I’m going to talk about something we all feel we need to do once in a while which is reinvent ourselves. Perhaps it isn’t a full change but there are areas of our lives that need looking into so we can better ourselves. I hope you know you are perfect the way you are but changing some of our routines may help in the long run.

Try changing your wardrobe.

When looking at your life you can easily tell how you appear to the outside world by how you are dressed. Sometimes you feel like your wardrobe is a reflection of you and other times you just grab clothes because they’re convenient for you. Try managing your wardrobe. It’s time to put on clothes that resemble how you feel. If you like neutrals, bright colors, or patterns wear those clothes with pride. Maybe a few accessories will change your whole closet. Be inventive, try something new.

Start a routine.

A good routine will always be good for you. When you manage to create a time to get your most important duties done, it just feels good. Try doing yoga every morning or even just make sure you’re eating meals on a regular basis. Drink lemon water in the morning for detox. Set out all your clothes the night before so you can workout in the morning without a hassle. Dance in the morning and drink tea. It’s the subtle changes that make the most impact on how you feel.

Bullet journal or keep a planner.

Use a planner or bullet journal to not only be creative but stay organized. When you have goals on your mind you can easily get lost without writing it down or breaking it down. Using these tools to create a space to design your new life is wonderful. This is something you can add to your new routine so you don’t feel overwhelmed. You can use stickers or doodle or draw in your notebooks. This is a wonderful outlet to start a new hobby.

Create.

This goes similarly with the keeping a bullet journal. I think creative projects are one of the most inspiring hobbies. You can create anything you want. Sometimes you can paint, other times write poetry, or go outside for a long walk while creating new ideas in your head. You have the world at your hands and it is waiting for you to get out there and show the world your talents. Make sure that your passion projects are what you want to do and not what others expect from you. You can do this!

Let go of expectations.

I know some people may think you need to lose weight or become some famous make up artist but the truth is the small steps without expectations are the best things you can do for yourself. We all struggle to get motivation sometimes but it just takes one task a day to see results. When you’re not expecting to be a Victoria secret model overnight when you start to workout then you will succeed. Nobody wants this change more than you. Put your best foot forward but don’t worry if you stumble a little bit. There is no one who hasn’t had challenges put in their way while trying to achieve something.

Overall, your lifestyle changes will make you surprised how much you can do when you put your mind to it. I wish the best for you all in anything you do.

Much love,

Julie

How To Accomplish Your Goals

Hello, my loves!

It’s getting closer and closer to the end of the year which is a time a lot of us make goals for the new year. There’s still some time left in this year though, and still time to make goals and accomplishments. I’m going to be sharing some tips and tricks on how to stay organized as well as set goals and make your dreams come true.

  1. Keep a physical plan. I know it is all about digital planning these days but the act of writing out goals is so important. You can brain storm easily and plan your days in a planner. Pick a planner that you enjoy looking at, so you can keep it active. Write down every day what you want to accomplish that day and keep to it.
  2. Make a daily to-do list.  Sometimes we make long, drawn out to-do lists but they usually never get done. Try a list of five items, and star three most important to-dos. This will allow you to see what a priority is and what isn’t. If you even get one done it will make you feel good about the rest of your list.
  3. Stay organized and find a work space. You should try to tidy up your space every evening so that you don’t have to worry about cleaning in the morning and you can get started on your goals. Find an area in your home to focus on work. This space will put all distractions in the background and you can work happily in a quiet area.
  4. Ask yourself why. Goals and to-dos don’t get done unless you are motivated. Find a source of motivation to get your work done. Why are you working towards this goal? Why are you putting in the work? If you have very little reason to get work done, you won’t do it. So ask yourself some questions. Get a journal. Find your passion and work for it.
  5. Do the work. In the end, it doesn’t matter how many goals and aspirations you have if you don’t work on them. Set a time every day to work on your priorities. Keep a budget list. Find similarly minded people online or in person. Enjoy your work. If you don’t enjoy yourself, you won’t be motivated to work on your projects. Find something fun to do on your breaks like walk your dog, dance, or make a special warm and cozy drink!

Okay, my loves!  I will be back on Wednesday with another blog post. In the meantime, leave a comment if you have any other ideas for keeping motivated.

Love,

Julie

August Goals

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Hello, my loves!

Today I’m going to go over a few of my August goals! I hope it inspires you to set some of your own.

 

Goals for August:

  • Walk twice a day (morning and evening)
  • Drink only water except on weekends
  • Eat adequate fruits and veggies during the day
  • No food after dinner
  • Work on new class
  • Dance, Sing, Do yoga daily
  • Write as much as I can
  • Have a good birthday