Toxic-Free Lifestyle

I was blown away when I was asked by Young Living to give a presentation at Beauty School in Vienna but also honored and freaked out at the same time. Don’t get me wrong I love sharing, teaching about what I know but in front of a group of people that do exactly the same thing as you always puts the pressure on to wow them.

My presentation was about a toxic-free lifestyle and I had 45 min. to cover it all. Our story, my story and how we made the transition and why I haven’t made the complete clean swap up until now.

toxic free lifestyleI taught it is not important to read labels, it’s more important to read the ingredient list. Most of the labels used do not even carry weight and are fabricated to make consumers believe they are taking the healthier road. even carry weight and are fabricated to make consumers believe they are taking the healthier road, it’s called greenwashing. I know, I was fooled for a long time, and the change came long before I discovered Young Living, however it was a very logical addition to our home.

When our first child was born in 2001 I tried (what I thought) were more natural alternatives to support us but my real journey started  in 2006.
Due to health issues I had to change my eating habits and with the insights I was given I found a new way of cooking. Packets and ready made sauces were chucked and we stocked up on fresh herbs,  spices and recipes from scratch. My health improved and our eating habits improved and became second nature.
But it wasn’t until 2014 that we kicked it up a notch, I discovered Young Living Essential Oils and like I said I thought we were trying natural alternatives but boy was I wrong! Over the past few years we have replaced a multitude of toxic personal care products for ourselves, our pets and our home with Young Living products, either ready to use or diy’ing to make them.

I urge you to check the beauty and personal care products in your home with this list, scary no?
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I am currently in my last clean swap fase, one I find the hardest to do but also the most fun and expensive,  my make-up bag is going organic

The think dirty app is helping me and I love following beauty bloggers that have gone before me. Organic Bunny (USA) and Organic Beauty Babe (Europe) are a great reference and I am following numerous on Instagram to learn more.  I am currently testing Lily Lolo and Creative Cosmetics and my next test order will be for at least lipstick from 100 Percent Pure and nailpolish from Acquarella.   If you can recommend any brands that are easily obtainable in Europe please let me know.

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Hello 2017 meet my one little word

{ pssst Did you know I am bilingual ? Scroll down for the dutch translation of this post 😉 As of this year I will be blogging in both languages }

I have been doing One Little Word since the day that Ali Edwards shared this wonderful movement, yes it is a movement, if you are a scrapbooker you know.
But this one took me longer to resonate with than ever … Or maybe I usually start sooner, can’t remember 😉

 

My word for 2016 was Thrive and boy did I ever, for 2017 I choose NOURISH!

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Nourish the relationship my family, my team, my friends and my members with my time & love.

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Nourish my body soul & mind with good food, good reads, self-development and workouts.

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Nourish my blog, my social media accounts, my  Oiled by Nature (Young Living) business and team by sticking to my planning, hence my first post of the year.
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And allow others to nourish me ….

What is your word for 2017?

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One Little Word doe ik al vanaf de dag dat Ali Edwards deze geweldige beweging, ja geloof me het is een echte beweging en als je een scrapbooker bent dan weet je waar ik het over heb.
Maar deze duurde wat langer om te bedenken … maar misschien ben ik later begonnen dan normaal, kan ik me niet meer herinneren, hey er is al een jaar voorbij 😉 

Het woord dat ik voor 2016 koos was Voorspoed and jemig wat hebben we een voorspoed gehad, voor 2017 kies ik voeden/koesteren!

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De relatie met mijn gezin, mijn team, mijn vrienden en mijn members voeden met mijn tijd & liefde.nourish

 

Mijn lichaam en geest voeden met goed eten, mooie boeken, persoonlijke ontwikkeling en workouts.

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Mijn blog, mijn social media accounts, mijn Oiled by Nature (Young Living) bedrijf & team door beter te houden aan mijn planning, vandaar deze eerste post van het jaar.
Ik geef mezelf vandaag al een schouderklopje!nourish-2

En ik laat anderen me voeden/koesteren (waarom klinkt dat altijd raarder in het nederlands)  ….

Wat is jouw woord voor 2017?

 

My favourite things

I used to have a blog where I shared my favourite things regularly, then I merged it with this blog and never got back into it. Guess what ? It’s back !!

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  1. Revenge
    Currently in season 3, watching episode 9, curious to see where the seasons finally will go. I love watching series online, having a marathon all by myself while doing other things, it’s my thing multitasking while watching my shows.
  2. Mantrabands
    I give these to my team when they reach goals, give them to special people in my life and love receiving them myself. They are so awesome and inspiring, I have 3 sofar ….
  3. Stress Away
    I seriously cannot live without this in my life, don’t leave home without it !
    Young Living should rename this into the mommy oil LOL It is a blend with Lime, Lavender, Ocotea, Copaiba and Vanilla in that does wonders for my soul. My favorite in the diffuser combined with peppermint in the evening to wind down and I love it when I am hosting parties, baking a cake, driving the car, have meetings, rushing with a deadline, uhm well everything I guess. Trust me we all need stress away in our lives …
  4. Filofax Maldens
    I have had filofax type planners when I left school and started my professional career. I started with fake planners in pocket size and later upgrading to a Personal sized. A few years ago I treated myself to a real filofax and I must say the Malden Filofax brings me planner peace even more so since I moved from my personal size into an A5.
  5. Herome WIC Brussels
    I love Essie nailpolish, it is the bomb but I will always remain in love with this color from Herome. Whenever I wear it, just plain or combine it with gold glitters, I receive so many compliments. It is the perfect taupe with a glisten to it when you look closely in the light, not pearlescent (hate that in nailpolish sorry) but it gives it a nice pop.
  6. Bobbi Brown beauty products
    My skin has had a rough time over the last few years, the stress took it’s toll on my combination skin and I have been struggling getting it to a good state. I always have a strict regime and I’m known for this amongst my friends (the girl with the creams for everything), drink a lot of water, always use sunscreen but stress is a doozy. So after seeing Bobbi Brown in my favorite beauty store I decided to try 1 product, the extra eyecream and was hooked. So the next month I bought the nightcream and every month I have slowly been replacing my old products and  my skin is returning to normal. Love the fact that Bobbi uses essential oils in her products but doesn’t make them too smelly which I prefer.

Let me know if you decide to try any of these and if you like them !

Hello 2016

I have never had so much fun working up to and during Christmas and New Year in a long time. In the past I was too preocupied with getting it all right so I guess it had a lot with stress, being a working mom I wanted to be a superwoman, making everyone happy, making sure all the prezzies were in, all the right food, nice decorations yadehyadehya you know the drill … And you all know what happens if momma is tired, they go through the motions but are not enjoying the moment.

Because let’s face it, raising 2 teenagers is not easy, add into that a husband who’s been unemployed for over 2,5 years, working a FT job and starting up a business was a lot to digest for us all. This past year was a whole new deal, me (and my family) had the roughest year together to date but there have been a lot of happy memories made as well. We stuck together, we laughed because you know you have crazy things happening with a special dog, 2 cats and 2 teenage boys, we cried when we said goodbye to an important member of our family we survived it all with ups and downs.

We made it work, I made it work and we slowly started to see things were looking up for us, My husband found a job, my boys were still hormonal but it was easier to deal with because we were under less stress, I said goodbye to my job and concentrated on my work as a independent distributor, started focussing on my health again with eating more and weightlifting and we all started to enjoy life a bit more.

Thus resulting in a more relaxed mommy that was looking forward to decorating the halls with holly, getting into the christmas spirit and making it a fun, easygoing holiday season. Got all the grocery and gift shopping done without the crazy feeling and it was just a fun time just like it should always be!

This past year has put a lot in perspective for me and yes it is too bad that it has taken me so long to realise this but on the other hand life is all about learning and I needed to have these experiences to be ready for a change, growth and purpose.

If there is one thing I would like to tell you from my experiences is get rid of what’s making you unhappy and change your life completely, it’s scary yes but instead of just going through the motions of your daily life, take a chance and live it to it’s fullest it’s so much more fun.

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I have been fortunate to be able to change my job and now work a passion driven business owner, I didn’t look for it, it found me and I wasn’t afraid to go for it.

Reflecting on 2015 I would say we flourished in the second half of 2015 and for 2016 I want us all to thrive … As a person, in our work and in our health.

It’s my one little word that I will be focussing on this year, have you thought about it ? what word describes best what you want for yourself this year ? Please share it with me in the comments I would love to know ❤

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To blog or not to blog …

Since I started using Facebook and Instagram it’s anoying the ….. out of me that I’ve been neglected my blog. Are any off my followers experiencing this too ? And if so how did you solve this. I love having my blogs (Since Pinterest I’ve kept 2 of the 3) and writing fun tidbits about our lives but I just don’t seem to get around to it, i really want to make the effort as i love reading other blogs of  friends irl and on the internet.

Pondering over this dilemma for a while and I hope to get some ideas from you or maybe come up with some myself….

One little Word

I am aiming to work hard on my one little word this year, I chose the word EMBRACE.

I want to embrace that I cannot be perfect, embrace that I can let go more and let the flow take me along, embrace my loved ones more, embrace the fun things in life more, embrace the slow proces of decluttering my house (Rome was not built in a day i am told), embrace blogging again (looking at my stats I have been blogging less and less since 2006 when I started), embrace that I have to say NO even if people don’t like it (i cannot be friends with everyone), embrace my blog more, embrace my body more, embrace 2012 !

What’s your word for 2012 ?