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 »

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 »

Autumn is the Season of the Soul quote

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. ‘Tis the season to ‘fall’ into autumn in my neck of the woods (Happy Valley, central Pennsylvania). That means shorter, darker days and battling inertia. Who else has trouble getting out of bed when the temperatures drop (and it’s… Read more »

Finding myself: A Journey in Self-Care

Thursday I woke up and like magic, turned 50. Yep, it’s been half a century since I came into this world on a Friday the 13th.  When I woke up, I struggled with planning and indulging in a day of self-care. Instead of letting waves of frustration flood me, I paused and thought about the irony. I am a recovering Type A, so it can drive me bonkers when I don’t have at least a vague idea how my day… Read more »

Essential Oils to Help Moms Relax

I am so stressed out just trying to pick the right headline for this post, so please bear with me if it isn’t particularly click-baity, lol, and don’t be surprised if you come back later and it’s changed. What does the word ‘relax’ evoke for you? For me,  I often associate it with that Frankie Goes to Hollywood song lyric ‘relax, don’t do it.’ The online Webster’s dictionary’s fourth definition is “to relieve from nervous tension.” As some of you… Read more »

xThe Twelve Cardinal Scents of Christmas

I don’t know about you, but for me this time of year is not only magical, it’s also stressful. Around this time every year, I am operating under the false impression that everything is under control. The internal dialogue sounds something like this: Christmas tree up? Check. Gifts hidden from the kids? Check. Tree decorated? Umm….Nope. Gifts wrapped? Of course not!! Holiday post cards sent? Maybe. The list goes on. You get the idea. The illusion of preparedness rules until… Read more »

The Art of Relaxation

Are you a recovering Type A personality (like myself) perpetually in search of zen? If so, you might consider aromatherapy. Two years ago, I realized my health was in jeopardy when my family doctor gave me an Rx for what he characterized as ‘anxiety attacks.’ Just the thought of taking prescription drugs to manage my stress was stressing me out!! Taxing Work (Pun Intended) After a taxing day at work (oh, the irony….I worked for Bloomberg BNA’s International Tax unit),… Read more »