Nourishing relationships

After choosing my OLW I have been thinking a lot what  I nourish and want to share on of the things I do to nourish my relationships. With all our crazy busy lives we forget to send out sweet notes like in the old days, to show people we care, are thinking of them and how we appreciate them. Because we all know we don’t say it nearly enough 😉

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These days we choose quick, easy & cheap messages via sms, messenger, whatsapp.
No surprise delivered by the mail man/lady; a thank you note, hardly any birthday cards, christmas or new years wishes.

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I love sending out notes to my familie, friends and to my team, do this as much as I can and I encourage my team to do the same. And this year like the last we sent out New Years wishes to our team and are working on those for friends and family. After that I will focus on sending notes to all my members by the end of the month.

And I realise that a lot of people consider it a waste of money or better for the environment  to go digital but lets be honest  here, there are worse ways to waste money or to do harm to the environment…..

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But showing people you really care, by taking the time to share that with them in a note, by sending a note brings great joy to them and to you. Trust me on this and think back to the last time you received a sweet card and how that made you feel …

NL:

Nadat ik mijn OLW had gekozen ben ik veel gaan nadenken over mijn woord nourish (voeden) en ik wilde met jullie delen wat ik doe om mijn relaties te onderhouden = voeden. Met onze drukke levens vergeten we vaak om lieve kaartjes te sturen zoals vroegah, om mensen te laten merken dat we om ze geven, we aan ze denken en dat we ze waarderen. Ik weet zeker dat iedereen het met me eens zal zijn dat we dat niet genoeg zeggen 😉

Tegenwoordig kiezen we voor snelle, makkelijke én goedkope berichtjes via sms, messenger, whatsapp. Geen verassing gebracht door de postbode; een bedankkaartje, nauwelijks verjaardagskaarten en de kerst en/of nieuwjaarskaarten worden ook steeds minder.

Ik ben dol op het sturen van kaartjes aan mijn familie, vrienden en mijn team, doe dit zoveel mogelijk en moedig mijn team ook aan om dit te doen. Dit jaar hebben we, net als vorig jaar, Nieuwjaarskaarten verstuurd aan ons team en zijn we druk doende met die voor onze vrienden en familie. Als ik daarmee klaar ben ga ik al mijn members een kaartje sturen voor het einde van de maand.

Ik realiseer me dat een hoop mensen dit zonde vinden van het geld, of dat het beter is voor het milieu om het digitaal te doen maar laten we nou wel wezen, er zijn ergere manieren om geld te verspillen of schade aan het milieu te veroorzaken ….

Mensen laten zien dat je om ze geeft, door de tijd te nemen om dat te delen in een kaartje en die aan hen te sturen geef je ze een warm gevoel. Geloof me maar en denk maar terug aan de laatste keer dat jij een lief kaartje kreeg en hoe dat voelde.

Working from home

I love working from home, it does come with a few challenges, but seriously it was the best decision I ever made. Friends, family and potential team members often ask me how I do it, what it’s like and I give my Oiled by Nature team (made up of mainly moms) insights and coach them to make the most of their working at home experience.

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Since I love watching others succeed at their business I have decided to share a little bit of my life as a work from home mom through Facebook. To share the good, the bad and the downright nitty gritty how to survive as a Ladyboss with all the guilt and all the glory!

If you would like to know more about working from home, starting your own business, or sharpening your WAHM skills follow me through my Facebook page Dutch Bossbabe.

 

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My Everyday oils

So a good friend (and teammember of mine) shared what Young Living products she used inspired me to do the same because I get a lot of questions about it. I just focussed on just the oils that I use on a daily basis,  don’t freak out at the amount it’s a quick ritual, 5 min tops!

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I  will tell you a little bit about each oil and what they do for me, and by sharing this hope to show you oils are not hocus pocus just old fashioned, using what nature has to offer to keep me me happy, uplifted, balanced, calm, relaxed and sane, Day and Night!

Abundance
What YL saysAbundance was created to enhance the frequency of the harmonic magnetic energy field that surrounds us. This manifesting and powerful blend creates what is called “the law of attraction,” which refers to the positive (or negative) energy we attract to ourselves by focusing on it. Abundance therefore opens us to a wealth of possibilities. Its spicy scent is popular among both women and men – try using it as a perfume or cologne and experience your energy shifting towards prosperity and plentitude!
What I say: I love attracting positive energy and the scent is great so use this oil as my perfume!
How I use it: simply dab it behind my ears twice a day, use it in my diffuser necklace or diffuse combined with a citrus oil. 

Valor
What YL says :
 an empowering combination of essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its protective qualities, Valor® enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help the body self-correct its balance and alignment.
What I say: it boosts me, makes me feel strong, ain’t nothing wrong with that!
Gentle Baby
What YL says :  a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin. Many of the essential oils in this blend are used in elite cosmetics to enhance a youthful appearance.
What I say: I am a mom, the smell is amazing and soothing, need I say more?
How I use it: I apply it to my wrists every evening during my -get ready for the night – ritual*  and/or diffuse it in my bedroom. 

White Angelica
What YL says : a calming and soothing blend that encourages feelings of protection and security. It combines oils used during ancient times to enhance the body’s aura, which brings about a sense of strength and endurance. Many people use it as protection against negative energy.
What I say: Every since I’ve been using it at night my dreams have switched from  a scene from Criminal Minds to the Gilmore Girls.
How I use it: I apply 1 drop to each top op my shoulder during my -get ready for the night –  ritual*

Harmony
What YL says : an exquisite blend that promotes physical and emotional well-being by bringing harmonic balance to the energy centres of the body. The liberating, balancing, and calming essential oils in this blend open us to new possibilities while contributing to an overall feeling of well-being.
What I say: I needs lots of balance end of story!
How I use it: I apply it to my solar plexus as part of my – get ready for the day with oils – ritual

My Special – shut off my brain and go to sleep – Mix 
(Contains Vetiver, Lavender and Cedarwood)
What YL says : Vetiver has a heavy, earthy fragrance similar to patchouli with a touch of lemon. Vetiver oil is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilising. One of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behavior. Vetiver may help when coping with stress and to recover from emotional trauma and shock.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. It is great for winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that make it just as beneficial for boosting stamina and energy. Lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. The French scientist René Gattefossé was the first to discover these properties when he severely burned his hands in a laboratory explosion.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage. Cedarwood has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin. 
What I say: Together these three calm my brain, it helps me shut it down instead of lying there thinking of all the things I did, have to do and whatever other things pop up in there for good measure.
How I use it: I apply the mix at the bottoms of my big toes and if I’m really fast & furious I also apply it in my nek right below the hairline or at my temples during my -get ready for the night –  ritual*

Joy 
What YL says : a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that create magnetic energy and bring joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy™ exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
What I say: it makes me happy when skies are grey, and not just me, the hubs loves it too.
How I use it: I apply it to my heartchakra as part of my – get ready for the day with oils – ritual, use it in my diffuser necklace or diffuse combined with a citrus oil. 

Progessence Phyto Plus
What YL saysProgessence Phyto Plus contains a high quality wild yam extract optimally blended with vitex oil and essential oils to help women find balance the way nature intended. Specially formulated by D. Gary Young, ND, and Dan Purser, MD, Progessence Phyto Plus maximizes the effects of wild yam extract and vitex oil by utilizing an innovative suspension system.
What I say: Ding Dong the witch is dead …
How I use it: I apply it twice a day EVERY day in the morning and in the evening, 1 drops to both insides of my ankles (right under the bump) and 1 drop distributed over my inner forearms.

Clary Sage
What YL says : Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil contains natural phytonutrients. It has a mellow, warm, herbal scent that is uplifting and relaxing, making it a perfect choice for supporting a normal, healthy attitude during PMS. It is also supportive for menopausal women.
What I say: let’s just say I like my temperature to be constant …
How I use it: I apply it twice a day EVERY day in the morning and in the evening, 1 drop to both outsides of my ankles (right under the bump) 

Stress Away
What YL says : a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.
What I say: I can plan a party, bake a cake, get stuck in traffic jams and this helps soothe nervous tension and it smells amazing, I just love vanilla!
How I use it: apply to my wrists and inhale 4 times for direct relief, use it in my diffuser necklace or diffuse combined with a citrus oil. 

If you have any questions about these oils that I did not answer above, please let me know 😉

Well hello there 2013

I don’t think i have any readers left after my dreadful lack of posting in the last year (only 9).
Catching up just wasn’t do-able so i’ve decided to let go, you can’t always be a 10 and that’s ok too. This is what I’ve learned in 2012 ! Since my one little word for 2012 was Embrace I’d say that I chose pretty well.

I’ve decided not to make new years resolutions for this year, rather I’ve chosen to make a bucketlist, much more fun and less pressure to live up to (inspired by the greatest blogger & mom I know). Some of the things I have been thinking up/pondering about whether to add to my list are getting a small tattoo (hey I’m 42 so why not) and trying insanity workout (DH found the program) = to be continued ….

Definately going on my bucketlist are ;

  • Help sea turtles
  • Watch baby sea turtles make their way to the sea
  • a trip to NY without the kids (dudes are not happy with this one)
  • a trip to NY with the kids (LOL)
  • joining Geef jij het door (the whole family is joining btw)
  • completing granny a day for a year (cheating a bit on this one since I tried this last year so I already have a few)
  • joining in and sticking to it FMSphotoaday
  • take part in a 5 km run possibly 10
  • organizing a small local creative market
  • Visiting all the Dutch Islands (Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog)
  • Mudflat hiking (Wadlopen)
  • cuddle a seal
  • see some of the worldwonders The Aurora Boreali,  Great Pyramid of Giza,  the great barrier reef, Grand Canyon, Stonehege, pyramids, Colloseum.
  •  Book a Romantic trip with my big dude
  • Vacation in Hawaii, Mauritius, the ABC Islands
  • Actually make things I pin

I like my list so far, what do you think ?

Pink Tea Party

This last weekend I celebrated my 40th birthday in style; a girly pink party with cupcakes ! I will share some close ups that the fab miss delis took of this table

and here’s what I served:

Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream, Marshmellow Pops, Cupcake Cookies, Chocolate covered cookies (only thing not made by me),
Croissants with parmaham, cream cheese and strawberries, Sandwiches with cucumber and cream cheese, salmon with cream cheese and mozzerella with pesto and tomato, Candy Floss

I made the cute “Keep Calm” posters @ this website.

 

And my garland was cute too with white cake doilies and pink tissue pompoms.