I’m not gonna lie- I LOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEE freebies!
I love those little sample moisturiser packets in womens magazines, free mini toothpaste tubes when you visit the dentist, bite sized chunks of cut up donut when you walk past their market stall, and who can go past all the mini toiletries and shower cap when you stay in a hotel?!
Here’s another #truthbomb:
I love me some good ol’ Peppermint.
He is refreshing and uplifting, great for digestion, and makes an epic husband for Cacao (see recipe below for proof!).
Did you know that Peppermint is a hybrid of Watermelon and Spearmint? Say what?!
I could bore you with the history of mint but I know what you came here for so here are the top 5 ways I use Peppermint in my home daily:
Let’s consider the difference.
New jeans, when I already have 3 pairs- that’s a cost.
Perfume, well I like to smell pretty buuuuut- it’s a cost.
A weekend out- yup, that is a cost.
I like to have these things, but I don’t necessarily need them and they are not budgeted for in our one income family budget.
Now, on the other hand, being a stay at home mum raising our two young (and very messy) girls we have the other flip of the coin…
I won’t sugar coat it, I was in desperate need for something to change.
I had 2 kids under 2, post-natal depression, recurrent bronchitis and chronic back pain. You might imagine the next sentence to be something like… then entered doTERRA, and everything was peachy.
But truth be told, I’d had at least 5-6 ‘brushes’ with doTERRA before I actually started listening to the universe and said “OK YES….GIMMI THOSE DAMN OILS!”
I had decided that while I loved being a mum, I needed more…
I made this Raw Choc Orange Cheesecake originally for my Mums 60th last July, but in true #mummybrain style I was too disorganized (and rather disheveled) to get any pictures of the Beautiful square chocolate and orange slab covered in raw brownie bliss balls, drizzled with dark chocolate and fresh orange segments– devo.
So it’s taken me this long to publish the recipe despite being hounded (lovingly hounded) to make it again and take some pics, because I mean seriously, who wants to try making something themselves when there is no pretty pic to inspire them?!
While the texture is worlds apart from that of Jaffas, I couldn’t help but be instantly transported back in time to a ten year old sitting in a movie cinema (probably watching TMNT!) when I taste tested this dessert….
I heard a really great saying recently…
“You only have one arse, don’t try to ride two horses”.
Is this appropriate to your life right now? It is so fricken appropriate to mine.
Over the last few months I’ve had my finger in too many pies, too many balls up in the air, and to be honest I knew I should pick one or two (or three or four) to let drop…but part of me didn’t want to. It made me feel like I had ‘recovered’, that I was now ‘capable’ of taking on the multi-layered life that I thrived on pre-children.
I was always studying, working, training, and at one stage in my final semester (the bloody hardest) in my Nutrition degree I also completed my Massage Qualifications which was on campus 30kms away from my uni campus and I was doing prac at both! Annnnnd I was working part time!
And yet right now, now that I have finally sat my arse firmly on one horse I have never felt so ambitious in my life, never felt so inspired and moved to action, and absolutely never felt so damn calm about the chaos…
Of all our 5 senses, smell is one I love the most.
The sweet scent of a blooming flower, freshly cut grass, salty beach air, sunscreen, and spices like cinnamon, clove, and pinecones at Christmas time… they are all fast to elicit warming memories and the nostalgia of a happy fun childhood running around barefoot and free.
Recently I have been basking in this kind of Bliss… eating Bliss… consuming Bliss… lathering Bliss all over my body, I have found something which makes me wildly happy and passionate…just like running barefoot and free.
I have found a new way to support myself emotionally, and a way to practice intentional self care Every.Single.Day.
One thing I have realized in my journey north from rock bottom is that…
I was called to action to write this post just a few days ago when I read an incredible new book by Dan Norris called Create or Hate.
Dan’s take home message in this already best-selling book was that successful people create.
Some examples of this he shares are:
“Steve Jobs made computers. Henry Ford made cars. Walt Disney made cartoons. Richard Branson made records. Elon Musk makes rockets. Oprah makes tv shows, J.K. Rowling makes books. Bill Gates makes software.”
They all create.
The second half of the message in Dan’s book, is that if you aren’t creating, you are hating.
Now this isn’t as harsh as it sounds. He doesn’t mean that you are a Hater or even a bad person.
Hate is that part of your mind that tells you that you aren’t good enough, you couldn’t do it even if you tried so why bother, hate is that part of you that keeps you in the same place, paralyzed with fear for wanting something better.
Hate has a goal, to crush your creativity, to stop you in your tracks.
Hate has been in my ear, telling me I can’t write.
I can create sure, I make things all the time… raw treats, jewellery, art, ‘things’.
“Oh how dare you” says Hate, “Who do you think you are?” he chimes, “No one wants to hear what you have to say, your ideas are stupid” he whispers in my ear.
So Dan’s epic book really couldn’t have come into my life at a better time and his message has reminded me of a few more messages which if you pay a little more loving attention to, will change your life for the better, today…
A few months back I started my journey of Self Love.
More specifically I started implementing strategies to remind myself to Love Me.
Instead of dwelling on the negative things in my life that I don’t like and constantly criticizing myself for not being good enough, I spent more time thinking about the things I love doing and pointing out to myself the things I am good (sometimes even great) at.
Getting crafty again came from throwing around an idea that I might shout myself a beautiful crystal macramé necklace with the spending money hubby and I each get from our tax return (you know, that tinsy little bit that doesn’t have to go on bills or paying off the credit cards).
I looked at a few gorgeous crystal necklaces online and in stores ranging from $24-45, and thought “you know what… I’m crafty as fuck, I’ll bet I can make that myself”…