Maybe it’s Maybelline…or Maybe it’s Earth Made!

Earthly Cosmetics - Make-up for your soul

Last night, I had some time to put all of my creative juices to work. It was time to make time to get started on a project that I had been planning on for months: homemade cosmetics! This is my own concoction based on my skin tone, preference in texture, and pigmentation. I can’t believe how easy it is to whip up something so fresh and allergy-free that we SHOULD be using on our bodies.

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So, after you’ve sliced, spread the beets and sweet potatoes evenly on your baking sheet, set the oven to 450. Dehydrators pretty much set themselves so all you have to do is lie them evenly on the trays. While I would love to give you a specific time that they will be thoroughly cooked, every oven is different so periodically check them. They should be in chip-like form when they’re ready!

Next, put them (individually) in your grinder or blender until it becomes powder. Then add your desired essential for a rejuvenatingly even glow.  Tea tree and lavender are healthful choices for your face. The arrowroot powder gives a smoother, clump-free texture while toning down the color.

It will take a few batches to get used to perfecting it the way you want. When I used the beetroot for blush and lip tint, I was floored as to how even and natural and FULL my face felt versus using generic store-bought powders.

I will post pictures when I get dolled up and paint my face ūüėÄ

 

 

 

5 Kitchen Essentials


Pretty basic post for a healthy and not-so-basic lifestyle!
If you’re like me and love to make EVERYTHING from scratch from toothpaste to potatoes chips, then you need these 5 time and money saving utensils to get the job done right.

Dehydrator


Everyone LOVES chips, but not the over-processed junk that come that come with. That’s why the dehydrator was born. You can spice it up or leave it plain, layer each tray with your favorite fruit and veggie, even deer meat or beef and use your own wholesome and nutritious seasoning, chemical free. I have turnips and rutabagas that I slice thin and sprinkle with sea salt for a super nutritious snack at work.

Food Extractor


I am not talking about a blender, although there some major powerful (and expensive) blenders out there. And I have used my fare share of super-power blenders. But I have to stand by the Nutribullet  because of the powerful effect of each fruit and vegetable that it extracts. I primarily use kale, blueberries, bananas, wheatgrass, turmeric, and flax because the combo reacts to the fatigue in my body (when I work too much and need that extra boost) and I notice an instant lift in my blood sugar and energy. Just a little something that I have noticed when I compare the bullet to a blender.

Spiralizer


Whether you get the Veggetti Pro or a counter mount spiralizer, you need one of these! It was the best $15 we’ve ever spent because you can spiral just about any fruit and veggie and reap the health benefits too. we were sick of sliced beets, especially raw, so we spiralize them and throw them in a pan to simmer. Easy meals done healthier and creatively!

Mandoline


To get the right cut on your fruits and veggies, get a mandoline. This tool can make your kitchen prep a whole lot easier. But I would invest in one from a well-known manufacturer such as William and Sonoma. Since you will find them for as low as $9.99, my experience is that they break easily and have less of a life span than one you would find at a specialty store.

Crockpot


Always well-worth the investment because you can almost guarantee to make a few soups during the year. You may think that the stove-top pan will suffice, and it will, but you will also be using a bit more energy and taking up stove space. Your crockpot is set on your desired temperature while it sits off in the corner and does its thang.

 

These tools are easy to obtained and can save you money on the foods that you love. You will experience more home-cooked meals that are healthier and satisfying every night!

 

 

 

 

 

Mompreneurs in March

Hello, all you hard working women. The¬†mompreneurs that make it work while they work and feed babies and cart children to dance class. Take a moment (or mom-ent) to reflect on your hard earnings and what you would want to see occur differently in your lives. Even us stay-at-home-moms are pressed for deadlines, and often neglect our very well-being to ‘get the job done right and on time’.

Sacred Mountain is for you. It is your lifeline and connector to a focused and grounding clarity that centers you. You are instantly empowered by its naturalistic sanctity. 

Most of the time, I leave the bottle open on my desk while I work and the scent just permeates the room. I find that it encourages productive thinking and mindfulness, unlike anything I have encountered.

So, this month, you Wonderful Woman will get a free bottle of Sacred Mountain with your premium kit through me. You deserve to feel empowered and strong and that is what this oil represents. Super simple, just go here and enter the code 3028864. You will instantly be prompted to choose your premium kit and I will send a welcome letter shortly after.

And for our northerners, don’t miss our Spring Serenade Retreat this April (once the weather warms up). The first person that orders a premium starter kit will win a two night stay in our newly renovated cozy living quarters on a lush and gorgeous landscape during the Spring Serenade event the next day (details to come). An event that will force you to be relaxed and comforted. And yes, bring a friend for free!

 

 

Open letter to my best friend

There’s a reason why you have a best friend in your life. I don’t know anyone that has more than four best friends in their life. But I know that the status of a best friend is a big responsibility. It’s also an honor and a privilege to be called somebody’s best friend. As best friends, you share a special bond that no one else will understand. Being just friends with somebody is a different level than being a ‘best friend’. 

It’s never easy to lose a best friend,  especially one that you’ve been friends with for over 20 years. My experience is that as you get older you start to understand human life itself and how certain situations are more important than others and how you handle them is more important.

Without making it a long and drawn-out story, you are still my best friend. I’ve been thinking on off about the last couple of months of our absence from one another and realizing that it’s not a relationship that just falls by the wayside. Best friends happen over time, much like a callus. Something that isn’t easy to chip away or break away from. Falling outs happen, arguments happen, disagreements happen,  and changes always happen. But no matter the absence, best friends remain, well, best. 

Back in October,  before the Big Move and when the separation begin,  I was pretty much in denial for a couple of weeks. Then anger set in for a couple more weeks. And then sadness took place for a while after that. And now I am at a place where I know I’ve done all that I could and I can do and that no matter how long life will stretch our absence from each other, you will always be my best friend. Because that can’t ever change. I know that God has pulled us apart for a little while but I will always be the same person and when you come back, we will pick up right where we left off.

I can’t say that about a lot of people. In fact I can’t say that about any anyone because I only have one other person that I consider my best friend. So there’s that:) 

You are strong. You are beautiful and confident. And above all, you are a child of the Almighty God. And that is what makes us best friends again. 

I love you. 

Sunday

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What a gentle reminder about a loving, powerful God. He holds our future, our past, and present and shapes us uniquely different and sprinkles us out into the world to BLESS and LOVE others. I hope you are experiencing the love and abundance of God today on this bright and sunny Sunday!

Great ways to connect with Him:

  1. Quiet time –

Savasana is one of my favorite yoga poses for experiencing true relaxation and stillness with God. This pose possesses no great particular strategy other than allowing your body to be completely limp while connecting to the ground and the quiet surroundings. Practice at least 5 minutes of uninterrupted stillness to achieve the grounding oneness.

2. Sun Bathe –

Beside your frosty window sill or outside on these unusually warm February days, you can experience the benefits of the sun just about anywhere that it sheds its light. You can even experience a slight tan while you’re soaking up the vitamin D and meditating on His goodness ūüôā

3. Walk –

Simple and free, walking offers cardiovascular benefits by improving blood flow to your heart.¬† Your 20 minutes a day can be more than just slipping in and out of a dream state with your tunes blaring in your ears; pay close attention to Gods simplistic yet majestic creations. I know I have to remind myself that it’s not just a 2 mile run for me, it’s about praising and thanking God for His creations!

 

 

 

Standing still 

No one is moving from the homestead today as we prepare for what is said to be the biggest 2017 blizzard to hit New England. And I am very excited. I went out and bought super cheap Hanes sweats so my work day was exceptionally comfortable. We live 50 feet from a market/cafe and Swain just stocked up on our fine cheese and wine for this evening. I have so much work to do today, that I am grateful to stay home and be surround with such lively beauty. After each client project, I take a break to shovel the deck. It’s relaxing! 

Later when it gets raw and windy and visibility is at a minimum, we are all going to play in the snow. As the snow gathers around my window, clings to the screen, and drifts in all kinds of directions, I tear up with gratefulness and thankfulness to Jesus who gave us something even better than we ever planned. New England get’s a different kind of snow storm, unlike the southern parts of the north where we’re from (Ohio, NY). Since we’re nestled on the coastline, tucked along the bay as well, we get hit with some intense storms, they say. And it’s not letting up!

To all who never gave up on what you truly wanted,  what passion and love has driven you all of these years to,  your goals. You’re doing it,  and you’re getting there,  much like myself. With hard work and no taking breaks from the worlds reality. You face it,  you give a smile,  and run head first into it. 

Cheers! 
 

 

Pinch me…

Am I actually sitting down to my computer, not to work, but to write ?!

It’s been quite the busy past couple of weeks. And it’s not over yet. And I’m getting over that run-down cold that we all love so much. I think I have mentioned that I don’t look forward to the weekends much. For me, the weekends kind of put everything on a halt- clients disappear, everyone’s in weekend mode- and I personally don’t feel productive. My breaks aren’t a specific day, rather a moment or two of my days.

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But it feels spectacular to sit down without a deadline waiting in my inbox. I haven’t made the time nor have I felt like making the time to write lately because the mounds of work that pile up. Again, grateful. Here are some elements of creativity that I have incorporated into my weekly routine to stay on track, balance the mind, and get work done, productively:

  1. Bubble Bathing

Take a bubble bath. Yep, pretend like you’re 5 years old again and fill the tub with sudsy playful memories and soak it all up.¬† I use Purification or Grapefruit EO and the clean, fresh aroma enhances the child-like senses. You don’t even notice the relaxation setting in.

2) Read

I can’t stress it enough how invigorating, inspiring, and enlightening it is to pick up a book, any book, and just read. It doesn’t even have to be a book that you’re familiar with. I love to browse the children’s section at the library and find something that I can get lost in without having to concentrate too hard. Right now, I am currently reading On Writer’s Block – A New Approach to Creativity by Victoria Nelson. Something she wrote really stood out to me and healed my outlook on my own lacking. She writes,

..To function as a writer, one must, above all, love and honor one’s creative force, which can be pictured- in what has become a persuasive metaphor in our era- as a kind of childlike spirit.”

She continues to talk about the block as being a form of entity and that all of us creative beings need be gentle and respectful of its presence. ”

We must not keep it chained up in a dark closet or force it to perform a never-ending routine of distasteful chores. We must let it out to play, as all children desire to do; we must let it follow, with loving nonintrusive guidance, its own inclinations.”

I love her breakdown with this. And she continues to go into depth with the importance of mental/emotional/physical ‘playtime’.

So, reading is BIG deal in order to stay creative and motivated and make use of your time.

3) Oil yourself

Oils! Always use your oils. Us working woman need constant reminders of how hard we’re working and how this had work will pay off and oils like Frankincense, Joy, and Stress Away are little angels on your shoulders giving you that gentle reminder each time you need it. I am biased when it comes to these influential fairies in oil form. I chose Frankincense because of the healing and nurturing properties that help me throughout the busy long days.

 

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