Kittens LOVE Lavender, they HATE Peppermint

I thrive off being busy. I’m more efficient with my time, I get more done, and I have such a feeling of accomplishment because I am so productive.

Getting married within the next year, and with family planning EVER on my mind, I felt the need to start to think “what will I do for extra income when we want to start a family”. My income will continue to grow of course from my day job, but with my student loans, wanting to be able to give my family the best life possible, I feel an extra side income will be helpful for at least the immediate future.

Currently bartending on the side is very gratifying, I love meeting new people, the hustle and bustle of a busy shift and the energy boost that comes from it… But it is also VERY taxing, tiring and takes a toll when I work late and have to get up at 7 am to work out and then work my normal day. While I will continue to bartend for the next very long while, I wanted to find something that could bring in some extra money NOW before the wedding, and help with a house, savings fund, life, pay off my loans a little more… you name it.

Because who doesn’t want to work THREE jobs???  IMG_4631

In my search for something extra I could do, without taking up too much of my VERY limited free time, and something that would also benefit my life, health and mental wellbeing, I started to look into the new-age Tupperware parties… ItWorks, Beach body, Roden & Fields, Stella & Dot, etc…

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In doing my research, I wanted to find something i truly believed in, could use myself and would feel comfortable “sharing” to my friends, family & strangers.

Initially, I was approached by a girl on Instagram, who I didn’t know, to “try her products, because I’m gorgeous & she wanted me for her profile…” #Flattered – Ok… I’ll bite… So she gave me the spiel, naturally it was a sales pitch to BUY her products which were ItWorks – When she wanted me to BUY the products to then try, to then be used on her profile, I immediately said no… because #BudgetLife – I am on a VERY strict budget…

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So then she immediately went into her “distributor life sales pitch” –  which knowing the direct sales business very intimately and how MLM’s work I knew how to do my homework, what questions to ask and also knew that company wasn’t right for me…

In doing my homework, I reached out to a VERY old friend, who I knew used to work for ItWorks and also was/is very into the health world.

I asked her what she thought, she told me and also told me what she was into now.

 

Which is the Essential Oil line doTerra – I did my homework, talked to my council and decided this might be something really great for me, emotionally, mentally, physically and financially.

So I ordered a starter kit… Why not right?

I figured Essential Oils are supposed to be really good for you, and that I can use a little serenity, energy, etc…

When I got my oils, I called my friend, and she told me some immediate things I HAD to try… Lemon in Water…. WHO KNEW that would help with ALLERGIES??? Inhaling Peppermint??? Gives you an IMMEDIATE energy & mood boost! Frankensense & Lavender??? Calms your skin! Lavender?? can HELP relax you, sleep, calm down…

FYI – for those concerned about the kitties... They are my first and foremost thought. These oils are safe for them to be around… They will leave the room if they don’t like the smell, but as long as they aren’t locked in the room, don’t ingest or the oils are used directly on them, they’re A-OK! So far we’ve learned, the kitties LOVE Lavender and do NOT like peppermint, lemon, frankensense.

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So I’m giving it a shot and so far I’m SO IN LOVE… I’ve been using oils for a week and couldn’t be happier! If i’m tired? I inhale some peppermint? I feel sick? I take some On Guard! If I’ve have a bad night and need some calm? I inhale Lavender and rub it on my wrists & feet!

The biggest selling point for me? I’ve had these freaking UGLY AS HELL Dry patches of skin around my mouth… Only on one side…. Nobody knew how to help it, or what it was… So that was my FIRST request, “How do i fix this???” Well… after 3 nights of mixing Frank & Lavender in my nightly moisturizer… My face is 90% better!

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So there you have it. Proof. Essential Oils are absolutely LIFE. Right now, I am just enjoying the benefits and hoping my stories will inspire others to choose HEALTH, serenity, emotional health, and SO SO SO MUCH more!

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Now I’m a decorator!

In previous posts‘ I’ve mention my recently developed addiction to HGTV. Mainly Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop. I love seeing the old outdated homes and how they transform them into new, modern and beautiful spaces.

This addiction and the fact that I find organizing and cleaning relaxing has prompted me to purge, clean and organize. I’ve given about 4 bags to friends and co-workers to which they reply “Seriously MORE?”

As the holidays got closer, I began the process of making my holiday gift list to send off to A and my family. I usually ask for clothes or designer bags, jewelry or shoes… However, this year, realizing I have MORE clothing and shoes than I need (and continue to buy more, despite the fact that I shouldn’t be), I asked for new furniture for my office! Which I felt was a VERY mature decision and realized I might ACTUALLY be turning into an adult! Now, if only I could stop shopping… I’m working on it… Its a process…

We’ve now lived in this apartment 3 full years and are nearly half way through our 4th. I decided it was time to make my home office/ girl from a space that I could be proud of! I spend so much time in here and I wanted to be able to find peace and tranquility when I walked in everyday.

I also wanted a place that I could have my girlfriends over for coffee on the weekends or wine nights, instead of going out to a coffee shop, shopping or to a bar (which inevitably involves spending a lot more money) whenever I want to see a friend!… I realized I could save A LOT of money, if I had a more comfortable space to get together with friends… I refused to invite people over to sit on a mattress and I would never kick A out of our living room!

My current home office / glam girl room, is a hodgepodge of furniture. I am grateful for the furniture as I didn’t have to buy much of it and it served its purpose! I have A’s old desk from his room growing up, target cube furniture, an old Turtle Tank Table that I am using as a make up vanity, a target coffee / side table from my first apartment FIVE years ago and A’s parents old mattress… that I HAD TO HAVE, begging A and his dad to maneuver it into my converted Attic of an upstairs office!

From my HGTV obsession, I’ve gotten all sorts of design ideas for how I want my Glam Room / Office to look! Gray, Chic, Modern, Glass!

After doing an immense amount of research, reading reviews, making listings, finding things I liked better and pinterest searching “Glam Office”, I FINALLY found the pieces I wanted to make my Glam Girl Room! I sent out the list to A & my parents, and about a week ago, I received the first piece to my transformation, Phase 1! My GORGEOUS new desk, courtesy of the mama and the papa!

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This box was 75 lbs and was delivered to my front steps… I live on the second floor. A wasn’t home, and I HAD to get it into the house, I just couldn’t wait. What did I do you ask? I squatted… Bear hug lifted and carried the HUGE box up the stairs to my house. I didn’t injure myself, may or may not have been extremely winded, but hey! I did it! From there I opened the box and took out all the pieces to individually carry them upstairs! Then of course it BUILT THE THING ALL BY MY SELF!!!!  #GirlBoss – I FREAKING LOVE MY NEW DESK!!!!

To really appreciate the new desk, you have to compare it to the old. The new, open, modern look really lightens up the whole room!

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But phase 1 of the transformation didn’t stop there. I needed a way to organize the shelves and cubes to make sure everything looked neat and tidy!

HELLO TARGET!

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Obviously HGTV was on…

I don’t know what it is about bin organization, but it makes me SO happy!

Today to complete phase 1.. I hung pictures that have been sitting in my desk for 5 months!

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My furbabies in BW <3

Additionally, I’ve cleaned out most of the unnecessary clutter and the next step will be to remove the mattress and put it into the land of clutter (the spare room)…

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I am immensely happy with how this room is coming together and LOVE seeing my vision come to reality!

Here are the next pieces to be added! Plus some furry pillows in red for a POP of color!! Eventually I will add a new vanity to the mix, but that will be down the road!