8 Signs your marriage is unraveling

I’m sure we can agree that this post is not Instagram Story or Pinterest Pretty material. Can anything discussing a deteriorating relationship ever be? Nope. And I’m ok with that. If you are reading this, you might be wondering if your marriage or long-term relationship is on the rocks and trying to read the mile markers and in hindsight, ignored red flags that led you here. I’m not a licensed psychologist, but after my still recent divorce, here are my… Read more »

Valentine Diffuser Blends

I woke up the other morning with a song stuck in my head. The ‘ear worm’ in question was ‘Love is in the air’  (over and over again like Bill Murray’s Ground Hog Day, lol). Then I realized that it almost is….Valentine’s Day. This happened last week, actually, but I’m just catching up and writing this post. Now it REALLY is around the corner! To celebrate, here are a few ‘Love is in the air’ essential oil diffuser blends for… Read more »

true confessions about my remarkable mindset shift | AllThings Relax

You might expect my true confessions about my so-called remarkable positive mindset shift to be tied to New Year’s resolutions, intentions, or word of the year (by the way, I finally settled on Sparkle and Shine). But actually, my mindset shifted last July only to be reinforced in November, just before the holiday season. What exactly happened? First, know that for most of my life, I have not been exactly a Polly Positive. And I make no apologies for that…. Read more »

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 »