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 INTL Facebook page Danielle the WAHM or through my Dutch Facebook Page de thuiswerkmamma.

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Working the Healthy Lifestyle part I

For support during exercise or with a very active lifestyle there are various Young Living products you can use. In the next 3 blogposts I will share our personal favorites and how you can use these to support your active lifestyle.

In this first post the emphasis will be on fitness activities and how the massage oils can prepare your muscles on your workout and how they can help them relax after your workout. If and when your muscles get really tense there are various products that can help them relax before your next workout, so you you can stay mobile until then and achieve your goals. If you are interested in reading this post in Dutch please visit my website Oiled by Nature.

Ortho Sport was developed for the professional and amature atheletes that work and play hard. Because of the high dosage of Phneol, that provides a pleasant warm sensation and relieves over-worked muscles it can be used before or after a workout. Daniëlle uses it before and after her sessions with her personal trainer  Marc Hoogervorst begint so her muscles are already warmed up and ready for her workout. An example of professionals that use these Young Living massage oils the therapists of the Dutch soccerteam AZ.

Ortho Ease is a massage oil developed to ease the muscles and help calm the tired body. It helps combat the adverse effects of exertion/stress like sore muscles, stifness and lessened bloodflow. Because of the calming mix of Young Living therapeutic essential oils,  Ortho Ease will refresh and relax. I not only use it in the evenings of the days that I workout  but also on other days when her muscles feel tired and stiff.

If and when you muscles are feeling uncomfortable there are different oils that you can use, there are several options so there is an oil to meet anyone’s preference. I use these options depending on my needs and mood.

Relieve It is a deeply relaxing, warming blend of essential oils that feels soothing and comforting to muscles and joints following exercise. If you want direct relief when your muscles feel uncomfortable then this blend is a great choice as it has a warming function and works deep into the muscle.

The Relief Trio is a combination of 3 oils that you can use when you are in need of more relief for muscles that can feel sensitive to the touch. You can apply it in layers with a carrier oil or tentatively you can make it into a liquid or solid cream which is very handy for larger areas.  Valor, Panaway and Peppermint compliment each other to help ease your muscles and everything around them so you can move and function in a normal manner.
I have the solid version in a glass jar and use it when my muscles or joints are really really sore to help alleviate that feeling of not wanting to move from the couch, ever …..

Valor is 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.
PanAway was created by Gary Young following a severe injury to the ligaments in his leg. It supports the circulatory system, along with muscles and joints, and also aids in maintaining normal cellular function.
Peppermint has an invigorating and fresh mint aroma. This amazing and versatile essential oil has been widely studied for its potential health benefits and for its ability to enhance mental acuity. It is also known for its impressive support of digestive function and has a cooling effect on the skin and body.

Deep Relief Essential Oil Roll is a proprietary blend of oils specially formulated to assist muscle soreness and tension. Peppermint, Wintergreen, Copal, and Palo Santo essential oils as well as others play an integral part in supporting post exercise recovery. Deep Relief is offered in the portable convenience of a roll on application for when you are on the go. A standard item in my gymbag which is a good thing as I’ve helped plenty of people at the gym that got their fingers caught inbetween weights  ….

Of course there are more Young Living products you can use during your active lifestyle, here are a few examples;

Next time I’ll share more about Young Living supplements, weight management products and healthy snacks and how I use them in my healthy lifestyle!

Toilet Fizzie Bombs

I made my first batch of fizzies bombs this month to compliment my new cleaning routine of our toilets (alongside the thieves all purpose cleaner). Yes these are fizzie bombs for the toilets not for in my bath!

 

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These are tossed in our toilets every evening for my daily morning scrub (it literally fizzes the gunk from the toilet bowl, I know gross and of course no one has so much gunk you can see it come off, but just imagine it) or when it needs to smell a bit nicer in between, I have 2 teenagers after all …

They are super easy to make, cheaper than the ones you can buy in the store and who doesn’t want a natural alternative to clean their home!
I mean seriously products with skulls, flames or that state you need to call your doctor if you drink, inhale or get this in your eyes is just not ok….
All the ingredients that are used for the toilet fizzies are regularly used in the kitchen although I would not eat hem in this particular state 😉

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Tools:
Mixing bowl
Misting spray bottle (which is a better option than just pouring it in there trust me on this)
Silicon mold (cute shape is optional)
Latex gloves and mask (optional)

Ingredients: 
100 grams Citric Acid (NL = Citroenzuur)
50 grams Baking Soda (NL = Sodium Bicarbonaat)
30 drops of Young Living Essential oils (3 kinds; I used Thieves, Lemon and Peppermint for this batch)
water (in the misting spray bottle)

Instructions:
Mix the 2 powders with a mixer
Add your choice of YL Essential Oils and mix again
Slowly spray the mix whilst mixing until it has the consistency of wet sand
When the mixture has the right consistency add it to the mold shapes, press firmly to get the air out and keep adding to the shape until a bit under the rim
Leave to dry for 6 hours.

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My personal tips :
Don’t fill the molds to the rim as it does swell up a bit whilst drying (trust me on this)
I recommend firmly pressing again the mixture again after 30 min.

They are fun to make in different shapes, I made 2 batches so I would have enough to fill the mold.

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The lowdown on my Young Living journey part I

I had seen a lot of pins on Pinterest about Young Living Essential oils but never gave it that much attention as I did not think it was available in the Netherlands. Until one of my bff’s Corinne shared some of her personal experiences on Facebook in March 2014, to be honest they blew me away.

I’ve always tried to choose a more natural option for our family, avoiding as much chemicals as possible but there was just so much out there I relied on the advice I got in stores but it was never based on a personal experience with the product. I had also incorporated the oil cleansing method in our beauty routine and love wat it was doing our skin so I knew that oils were powerful so my interest was sparked when I heard they could do so much more.

After going through a termination procedure in May/June I was extremely fatigued (I had always been a light sleeper with lots of nightmares but it had taken on extremes), had a continuous headace because of tension in my shoulders/neck and had a misty head.

As my bestie she knew I had already been going through a long period of tension because of my husbands unemployment since (January 2013) and my stepdad’s illness (of which he unfortunately lost his battle after 3 years and said goodbye to us in October 2015). She asked me to trust her, stop hesitating and  buy myself a Premium Starter Kit as they contained a lot of oils that would help me get it back together and I would love the other oils for my OCM routine or in the diffuser as I loved using oils in a resin burner.

I was unsure, it was quite an investment but I knew she would not get me to buy something above budget that would be a waste of our money. So in the mindset of if you don’t try it you won’t know I ordered one, and it looked like this.

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When the kit came in I loved the diffuser, it was cute and worked like a charm ! I looked up all kinds of combinations to diffuse with dry cold steam and it made me soooo happy. This smelled so much fresher than burning oils with a candle, scented candles or the horrible incense that my husband loved to burn.

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I was especially pleased that you could use the oils to set & lift moods for whomever was in the room. The first oils I diffused were stress away during the day and Peace & Calming during the night. Because I noticed such a difference in 2 days (I felt more relaxed, slept deeper & calmer during the night, stopped making sounds like a sawing machine and found I stopped jaw clenching and grinding my teeth yay as I had almost destroyed a moulder with that) I tried Peace & Calming on my youngest dude Colin and he slept so much more peaceful, we didn’t hear his bed banging against the walls (seriously we had to put padding between the wall and his bed it was so bad, when he was a baby we tried everything under the moon like baby binding, relaxing massages and Bach therapie but all only worked for a short period). After 4 days I began to get more energy than before and started to smile again. Colin stated after 2 days “mom I am sleeping so much better” and my husband had also noticed that it was so quiet in his room.

For everything that we would normally “need” a store bought remedy for I would first look up if there was an oil for that, and you know there was ! Like warts on feet, my snoring, acne you name it I had a natural option for relief  with 100% natural essential oils.

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Besides the oils I had in the kit I started using other oils as Young Living has so many, I ordered Endoflex that supports the Adrenal glands as a lot of women of my age could use a boost for that (seriously google what those glands do or not do, I did!) After a few weeks I started noticing a difference and combined with Progessence Phyto Plus (an oil I cannot live without) it helped me get back into a monthly balance and took down the witch in me among other things (Ladies you know what I mean right 😉 )!

All in all the life of my family and mine has changed so much for the better since I took the plunge and ordered these Young Living Products. I got rid of all the other regular  drugstore products that we had, we use the oils and supplements for anything and everything and rarely need to go to the doctor (obviously if it’s serious we do visit the doctor for advise but if it can be relieved with help of the oils we choose to go that route) nor do we have to stay in bed to recover from things going around in any season.

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Since we have had such good experiences  I could not help sharing them on social media and through this blogpost. I have introduced many a friend and family members to the Young Living and all have been so grateful and didn’t hesitate one bit to trust me that they would love using these oils daily in their lives.

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Because that’s what you do share awesome experiences with them whether it be a great recipe, good book, great movie of restaurant. Sharing this love one drop at a time, sharing welness, purpose and abundance because I truly believe every household should experience nature’s best in their lives…

 

 

More of everything

Over the last 4 years I have changed the way I eat, avoiding processed sugar and no more ready to go mixes and sauces but making it from scratch. The sugar was really hard especially shopping for groceries as there is sugar in everything nowadays, reducing grains and fast carbs to a minimum and making food from scratch were not so hard. It just takes a bit more planning and prepping. I lost some weight in the process and that was a nice bonus

But a change of job, the unemployment of my husband a year later, sickness of loved ones, an unhappy work situation turned me into an unhappy person. Thus there was less moving, I became less strict in my intake of all the things my body does not like, I wasn’t eating enough and certainly not drinking enough.

So here I was 3 years later; very unfit, badly in need of less stress in my life and heavier (not much but 1 size up means my wardrobe doesn’t fit anymore), very very tired all the time and this really made me sad on top of everything else that was going on.

At the beginning of the year I realized I needed a change I wanted more from life !

More time at home taking care of my family (my husband holding down the fort like a trooper but I wanted to do it I’m a bit of a control freak),  get fit (you know ready for the summer) and be more consequent with my clean eating lifestyle ( cheat less, eat more and definately drink more), have more time for my family, friends and hobbies.

A change was needed, so the first step was to quit my job, scary !! as my husband was still unemployed but the unhappy was starting to affect my health. I was leaving my job in spring to find a part time less demanding job to start living again, not just surviving.

Then things started falling into place, my business was growing and my husband found a job and I was all like heck I could work from home, that would really get me healthier in both my body and my soul and with my husbands support I went for it.

I stopped looking for a job, am now 100% focused on my business so I have reasonably normal working hours. I got myself moving more as of April with a personal trainer and joined in a challenge to change your morning ritual (I dance when i get out of bed, awesome way to start the day happy trust me on this) and released a lot of my stress.

Now that May has arrived and I’m focusing on the other things I wanted more of !

Eating better & more (keeping a food diary and sticking to our family week menu no matter what), drinking more (up to 2 liters at least and working getting in a bit more than that).

Joining in the weight loss challenge group we started up with my young living girls ( I must admit I cheated a bit in that as I started taking my oils to support my weight loss and already started 2 weeks earlier and already lost 1 kilo) Check out the fab bottle I found Green Jump I ordered to get me drinking more (glass so totally safe to add my citrus oils although I sometimes prefer to take it in a capsule) definitely getting an extra one for the summer !

fles en olieAnd I will start taking my place in my Dutch Dares Design Team again so I will scrapbook again on a regular basis and will decorate my Filofax again and plan in it more.

Becoming me again is going faster than I had dare hope for but the happy is coming back into my life !