The Ice Storm

My life is pretty exciting. I seem like a pretty boring person, but when you wrap up my years… and check-off things like learning to ride and buying a Harley, riding on the back of a Harley to Colorado, visiting Las Vegas via road trip through the southwest, and the multitude of shenanigans I’ve been in… It’s pretty great.

But this ice storm, friends, was one for the books.

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It actually got me excited instead of scared.

I’m the outdoorsy type. All YEAR= CAMPING!

SPRING/SUMMER = Hate shoes. Hate pants. Love being free in nature.

FALL/WINTER= Bring on the campfires!

So cabin life seems like the life for me. Even in the winter.

This event gave me a great glimpse into real life in a cabin in the woods, or life in the past.

At our house we lost electricity for almost EXACTLY 3 days. Thankfully we have a gas stove and a brand spanking newly insulated home, so we survived the first night in the cold house and were able to cook our meals, but we sought refuge with family for sleep the next two nights as the thermostat crept below 45.

There was wifi. But not enough technology to allow me to get any work done. Besides there were tons of baby evergreens to save from the weight of the ice!

I didn’t have to care about my looks, just about being warm and staying positive. And all in all I enjoyed the experience. I was able to do yoga, make coffee on the stove-top, and enjoy Michael’s company by candlelight.

Enjoy some candid snaps and shots from around the farm.

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Healing Practices

If you follow my Pinterest you will find that I have a board titled “Healing Practices“. It is not very full, but this is where I keep all of the “hippie” things that interest me. And when I use that term I mean healing practices that are viewed as alternative here in the Western World. (Yoga, aromatherapy, meditation, etc.) You know… hippie stuff! 🙂 As someone who feels like they have battled with depression, or a clogged emotional brain as I like to call it, I have always sought out natural remedies for those times I’m feeling low, out of sorts, or unfocused. Its mind and body folks!

In the interest of my mental and physical health, as related to my New Year’s Resolution, I decided to take the plunge on an essential oil diffuser. A friend was hoping to meet her quota for Scentsy and I decided it was time to do it! So I purchased the Aspire Scentsy Diffuser!

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Folks, I am NOT disappointed.

While it has only been plugged in for about an hour I can already say to heck with any reviews that had something negative to say.

You can see that the shade comes separately! Meaning, you can change your style if you wish! I cant wait to see what new styles they come out with next!

The instructions claim that it will last for 4 hours on high and 8 hours on low. There is also an intermittent setting that will last for 8 hours.

I purchased this diffuser, mainly, to have at my desk while I am studying and blogging.

4 hours is PLENTY of time!

It is so simple to use. You pour in some water and a few drops of oil and press on. DONE.

It says you are able to use tap water even, but I will try to stick to filtered as much as possible.

I’m thinking I may want another for the living room. I can see myself using mostly energizing scents in my office to stay focused, but in the living room I could really have fun with seasonal scents, relaxing scents before bed, or energizing scents for cleaning house!

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I was not ready to purchase Scentsy brand oils as I already had eucalyptus and rosemary, but I just HAD to go out and find something citrus! How cute is this?!

And it took me some time to figure out the light settings. While Im a fan of a traditional warm glow, the colors can be fun from time to time!

 

The ONLY downsides to these, that I can see so far, are that I will need one for each room that I expect to smell them in and I don’t think that they have an automatic off. Our home is very traditional, so there are lots of walls and the scent couldn’t travel if it tried. It’s output really seems to be for one room, which is fine, just have that expectation when you purchase. It would work well in the common area of an apartment that has an open concept.

***UPDATE: The diffuser DOES shut off when it runs out of water! The light will stay on, they are two separate functions. ALSO, mine has 13 colors in the color mode when they state that there are three. I had to geek out and count them. I have an extra blue color between purple and fuchsia…? It appears to go back to “azure”.

I think what I love MOST about these diffusers is that this company took one of its strong points, aesthetically pleasing scent machines, and answered the call of nature; that is their customers demands for a natural option for scents! So many diffusers out there do what these do, but don’t look have as pretty.

The lamps (Thats the diffuser and fancy shade) are $130, and I have yet to find out what the price range of their oils are. Find your local sales rep if you are interested!

I’m thinking about purchasing some essential oil blends from Young Living. They are QUITE a bit more, however…  like you will pay $20 for 15 ml of eucalyptus, when I probably paid $8-9 for the NOW brand. NOW also has some great looking blends that I will have to look through! I know so many people love Young living though.

Anyone an essential oil fan? Do you like Young Living, NOW, and/or Scentsy or some other brand?  Do you have any other types of healing practice you enjoy? I can’t wait to share more about healing practices with you!

*I was NOT paid by Scentsy or any other brand to do this review. I just love to spread the love! And aromatherapy is good for you! Kiss your brain!

Just a Hello!

I promise I haven’t forgotten you.

I’m pretty excited because I’ve been making some progress on my list of projects! I can’t wait til I’m ready to share them with you. I’ve got some new plant friends so I will be refashioning some pots to suit my style and an outdoor plant display to get made for them! Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy my patio a lot more this summer. I’ve been picking out some dessert loving plants so next will be some more regional bushy looking ones, perhaps a palm, and maybe some hanging and railing stuff. OH! and LAVENDER! Lots of endeavors in JUST the gardening world! I can’t even begin to list what I wish I could accomplish indoors

The weather is starting to cheer up around here and so is my wallet!

Taurus,  May 2014
Mother’s Day on May 11 could be a high-energy day. Be gracious, enjoy the good, and let others get hyper. The Full Moon on May 14 impacts your partnerships and love life. Saturn lurking nearby suggests you’ll make an effort to respect others and treat them the way you want to be treated. The New Moon on May 28 could affect your finances and possessions. Don’t be surprised if people want to give you things. Memorial Day weekend looks to be lavish, with good food, fun, and your favorite companions. Save your best recipes and most charming quips for that day.

Hope fortune is smiling on you all as well!

Looks like I had better watch my wallet the next couple weeks however! :O

surely I can sneak in a gallon of paint and some plywood though! 😀

 

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