Happy new year! Welcome to 2018.

It’s fresh start and time to make some healthy changes.


I’m an all-or-nothing new year’s resolution person.  I go CRAZY and try to change too many things all at once and overwhelm myself.

Then by February…failure.  Sound familiar?

So, this year, let’s try something new.


Small changes.  A little at a time.  Master a small change before moving to the next!  It adds up.

While my eating and exercise plan for 2017 fizzled out early, I did accomplish one thing with this small-steps strategy…

We cleared out most of the chemicals in our home (cleaning, toiletries, medicine cabinet) with essential oils, oil products and some DIY.  It sounds complicated, but I actually feel like I’m starting 2018 simplified.

If you want a more natural, healthy, toxin-free home…here is a DO-ABLE yearly plan. Seriously.

Move More

Find whatever exercise that works for you!  Try a few things, you never know what you will love. Just commit to doing something this year. And, drink more water! I add oils to mine to make more fun and enjoy the health benefits from Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Tangerine (did you see Tangerine?). Make sure your oils are PURE if you take them internally.

Peppermint essential oil is an awesome one for motivation, extra pep-in-your-step during a workout or to help cravings.  And there are tons of oils and products for soothing your muscles after intense workouts.

Fix the Food

Each week this month, make a change.  One week cut sugar, one week add veggies and fruits, etc.  Food is medicine.

Love your Laundry

Switch out detergents for more natural options!  And quite honestly they save loads of money. (see what I did there?)

Spring Clean your Spring Cleaning

Take all those dozens of cleaners and simplify down to just ONE simple, chemical free option. (Thieves All Purpose Cleaner is where it’s at, but you can also make your own with oils and other products). Again, saves money, bonus!
Banish Bugs
Switch your bug spray and sunscreen this year!  Seriously do it, such scary options out there. Tons of DIY choices or we can recommend some great ones too.
Medicine Makeover

Add some staple oils to your medicine cabinet and notice yourself using your over-the-counter go-to’s less and less. Some great ones are peppermint for tummy and tension, lavender for relaxation, cedarwood for sleep, lime for mood boosting.

Swap the Soap

So many totally simple ways to use natural soaps for your hands and body. So much more sustainable in all respects! You and your family are putting these directly on your skin multiple times a day, please make sure it’s good for you!
Kick lotion to the curb

(Alliteration is hard)
Make your own natural and essential oil infused version and you will be shocked and how much you save and how soft your skin can be!  Frankincense and lavender are great options for oils, and Coconut Oil and Shea Butter are excellent moisturizers.
ellness in Winter
Start a targeted wellness regime that includes topical application of oils that can help keep you above the wellness line over the winter!  Some great essential oils are Oregano, Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary.  You’re already doing so many things right at this point, this will just give you and extra boost.
Teeth Trouble

When I think about October, I think about candy, then about teeth, then about the best toothpaste I’ve ever tried. And it’s pure non chemical goodness. Thieves Aromabright.  But whatever you do, switch to something natural but effective!
Cut the Candles
Get all candles and plugins replaced with aromatherapy options instead!  You just need a diffuser and a few staple oils like Clove, Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, and Ginger.  Plus you get the benefits of the essential oils through inhalation!
Holiday Happiness

Work on emotional support with some oils that can promote feelings of calm and relaxation.

Start small.  Just start.  And in one year you will look back and see how these little adjustments have transformed your life.

My 2018 prayer is for you to experience this freedom to take back the control of your home and your wellness.

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