Focus

I saw this the other day and it made me stop and really think. This hit really close to home for me. I am always doing and I realized that I am not always completely present. What a good reminder to enjoy what you’re doing and really give it your full attention. I have tried to not try to multi-task when I am with my kids. Those few hours in the afternoon before bedtime is for us to be together with no distractions.

Essential Oils- Tea Tree Oil and Lavender

I really love Essential Oils and often use them in my home for sickness to cleaning and even for cooking. These are two of my favorites and most used.

Tea Tree Oil or Melaleuca– I grew up with this oil. We used it all the time. I remember how awful it smelled and tasted but now I love it.  Whenever someone is sick I rub it on the bottoms of their feet. I also use it for acne and cold sores. I add it to my son´s shampoo to prevent head lice. Even when there was an outbreak in his class he was lice free!

This list is from this article 

20 Great Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

For Health

1. Use a dab to treat acne.
2. An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast infections, etc.
3. An antiseptic to be used on cuts and burns.
4. An anti-viral: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath.
5. Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
6. Add a small amount to shampoo to destroy head lice.
7. A small amount added to your bath can help with persistent body odor.
8. Treating sinus infection.
9. For dandruff and dry scalp.
10. In the form of aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent coughs, acne, toothaches, and sunburn.

For Cleaning

11. To create an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
12. Another version would be 14 ounces of water with 1 ounce of Murphy’s oil soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
13. Mix the above solution with kosher salt to scrub bathtub and bathroom tiles.
14. Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with a green dishwashing soap.
15. A few drops added to each load of laundry leave your clothes smelling cleaner.
16. Control mold with a tea tree oil/water spray.
17. Remove mustiness with that same tea tree oil/water spray.
18. To keep germs at bay, spray it on high chairs, car seats, and other high traffic spots.
19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellent.
20. Be sure to take some with you when hiking and camping to put directly on insect bites or blisters.

 

Lavender– I use this oil every night on the kids. As part of our night-time routine I rub lavender oil and any other oil they might need on their feet and give them a massage while we talk about the day. My 7-year-old son really enjoys it and often reminds me if we are getting into bed without using the oils. I also use this on my husband when he is stressed or anxious.

Take a look at this article for more information

Soothing music

Sometimes I like nothing better than soft soothing music. When it feels like the t.v. has been on way too much, I put on some soft music and send the kids to play. Funny… they never complain. We put on this music when we do homework as well. The last dinner party we had I played this in the background for our guests and everyone really liked it.

David Maldonado- I bought this c.d. from the artist himself in Las Vegas so long ago. He was playing in one of the casino lounges and I had gone with some friends to listen to live music. It was in a small lounge… it was dark and smoky. The music took my breath away.

El misterio del Nilo/ Mystery of the Nile – This is the sound track to a 3d Imax movie we went in the city of arts and science in Valencia, Spain in 2005. My son A was just a few months old and we went to get his passport at the consulate.  My mom was with us and we had such a good time. The movie was captivating and the sound track is really beautiful. Here is a link to the Imax website and there is a small clip about the film.

Mexico Lifescapes- I bought this during or right after high school while I was living in Las Vegas. I had gone to Mexico a lot during high school and I was so drawn to that culture. I saw it in Target at one of those kiosk´s.  Do you remember those?

be HAPPIER in your HOME

I really loved this post. Small things we should actively do to make our lives happier.  Little things wear us down. I feel frustrated when the house is a mess and lonely when I haven’t talked to friends or family. It´s easy to get caught up in life´s frustrations and problems. Accepting things that we can´t change and somehow finding something we can appreciate in it, is something I’ve learned is so necessary to stay positive. I nodded in agreement for every one of these points.

Found this list on apartmenttherapy.com and was inspired! Hopefully it will inspire you t00!

1. Make your bed.

The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.

2. Bring every room back to “ready.”

I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)

3. Display sentimental items around your home.

One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire…

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