valentine cookies with essential oils

A few days after Christmas, I finally ventured back into the grocery store. I try to avoid places like Wegman’s, Target, and the likes during the holidays because I am not a big fan of crowds. Not necessarily because I don’t like people, but I just don’t have the patience to shop. Well, I was rather surprised to see Valentine’s Day candy before New Year’s had even arrived! Now that we have rung in the New Year and Valentine’s Day… Read more »

Ring in the New Year with Renewal - Inspirational Quotes

You’re probably expecting advice on how to crush your goals or stick to New Year’s resolutions. Well, you won’t get that from me — there are enough people out there professing to be experts in this matter. Some will even offer you a master class or private Facebook coaching. Not me. Nope, instead, I offer you seven inspirational quotes on renewal. Not because it is New Year’s Eve, but because I am silently (or not so silently!) hoping 2019 will… Read more »

No matter how hard I try, there is always some element of stress around the holidays. This year I did much better and managed to wrap presents in a record time. Maybe because I opted not to buy as much and scaled back the recipient list.  I hope you didn’t get sucked up into holiday drama and are preparing for a serene New Year. One of my intentions for 2019 is to relax more. To that end, I am sharing… Read more »

DIY Essential Oils Gift Guide

Do you or someone you love enjoy making essential oils-based products and DIY gifts? If you don’t already have a box subscription to Young Living essential oils, I recommend you start with a premium starter kit. It is the best value — high quality oils, a diffuser, some Thieves household cleaner, sample Ningxia (think uber antioxidant beverage)….trust me on this, you will not regret getting a starter kit. More on how I started my wellness journey with essential oils here…. Read more »

Gift guide for the francophile

As you may have guessed (or maybe not), I have been a francophile (love all things French) since I was a child. My best friend’s mom was French, so I naturally gravitated towards learning French as a second language in middle school. The rest is history (I’ll save it for another blog post, lol). ‘Tis the season for the gift guide, so I bring to you my suggestions for gifts for the francophile–beyond the usual Eiffel tower motif! Je vous… Read more »

I know we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet, but I have started diffusing holiday-inspired essential oils. Holiday aromatherapy can help busy moms cope with the stress of getting ready for the holidays. Depending on your essential oils stash, you can create a different blend for each of the twelve days of Christmas (or eight days or Hanukkah, or whichever holiday you observe). My favorites this time of year are Christmas Spirit (I love the cinnamon and citrus highlights) as… Read more »

Joyful Self-Care Guide How to Conquer Darker Days

Are you a cooler temps, pumpkin spice kinda gal, or do you prefer sipping cool drinks by the pool or beach in the heat of summer? Personally, I wish I could have the best of both worlds–sunshine AND crisper, longer days. Alas, ’tis the season to ‘fall’ into autumn in Happy Valley (central Pennsylvania) and with that come shorter, darker days. How can you conquer the sluggishness you may feel this time of year? My solution is to listen my… Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide for the Tech Savvy Teen

Scratching your head over what gift to get that tech-savvy teen in your life? I hear you! For this holiday gift guide, I reached out to my children (teen boys, ages 14 and 18) for suggestions on what gifts to include in this list. My younger son is still thinking about it, but my older son who is a freshman at Penn State sent over his recommendations. I was tempted to call this the twelve days of tech gifts, but… Read more »

Office Holiday Party Gift Guide 10 Gifts for Under $20

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (before you know it). Until you have to add one more holiday gift to your list — the office gift exchange, sometimes known as the white elephant gift exchange. Those exchanges are supposed to be fun, but often result in unwanted and tacky gifts, let’s face it! And trying to get something within budget — usually set to $10 – $20, can be yet another challenge. Well, we CAN DO this….Here are… Read more »

Spooky Gluten-Free Halloween Treats You Can't Resist

Does the thought of going gluten-free for Halloween spook you? I recently jumped back on the gluten-free wagon as part of a holistic approach to taming my Hashimoto’s and healing my gut. With Halloween just around the corner, a certain level of fright crept up on me. Our department always hosts a Halloween potluck party nicknamed ‘Spooky Boucke.’ Desperate for some creative gluten-free Halloween treats, I posed a question to the universe, umm, kindred spirit bloggers, and was overwhelmed by… Read more »