10 Ways to Bring Rose Quartz Into Your Life

Rose quartz is the stone of beauty and unconditional love for oneself and others. It works to open and balance the heart chakra, helping people give and receive love. Rose quartz relieves negative emotions and replaces them with peace, love and hope. 

It is one of my favorite stones to keep around the house. Not only is it easy to find and relatively inexpensive, it is beautiful and calming to have around. 

My favorite ways to use rose quartz:

1. Jewelry: Wear as a bracelet or necklace near your heart chakra.

2. Meditation: Place a stone over your heart, near you, or in your hand during meditation. Have an intention to open up your heart chakra during the meditation.

3. Affirmations:  Place a stone over your heart or in your hand and state affirmations. Examples of affirmations include, "I am open to receive all the love from the Universe" and "I love myself unconditionally". 

4. Master Bedroom: Keep rose quartz next to your bed to help strengthen a relationship. I keep a small bowl filled with nuggets on my nightstand.

5. Children's Room: My daughters have rose quartz in their rooms to help promote self-love, compassion and peace.

6. Bathroom: Keep rose quartz in the bathroom for a peaceful bath. You can include a candle, rose petals, essential oil and Epsom salts for added benefits.

7. Place on a crystal grid to use for manifesting love into your life. My amazing friend, Cassandra, creates beautiful wood burned crystal grids. You can find them in her Etsy Shop, heartSTORMS Studio.

8. Pocket Stone: Carry a rose quartz nugget in your pocket to support you through the day.

9. Palm Stones: Palm stones, also called worry stones, are big enough to fit into the palm of your hand and rub when you are stressed. They are smooth and sometimes have an indent for your thumb to rest on.

10. Essential Oils: Include rose quartz chips in a roller bottle with essential oils. Great oils for the heart chakra include rose, geranium, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, and jasmine.

What is your favorite way to use rose quartz?

XO, Megan

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Top 10 Natural Cleaning Products

I began researching information on healthier lifestyles, including using essential oils, in 2015. The desire to raise my children in a home free of unnecessary chemicals came after my daughter's classmate passed away from brain cancer. They were only seven years old at the time. I think that experience gave me a reason to do what I could to keep my children as healthy as possible. I do realize harmful chemicals are everywhere and using products with them doesn't necessarily mean my children will get cancer, but it gives me peace of mind knowing I am doing what I can to eliminate some from our home and keep them a little healthier.

There are many great natural cleaning products available on the market. I personally purchase many of mine through Young Living because it gives me peace of mind knowing the brand and I receive 20% back through their rewards program.

Although we still have a ways to go, I am grateful for the strides we have made eliminating the chemicals used in our daily cleaning. I do have to admit that I still use disinfecting wipes during illness or deep cleaning the toilet. 

 Laundry detergent: My youngest daughter has sensitive skin so we have always been cautious with laundry detergent. We have been using Thieves laundry detergent and really like it. The detergent comes in a tiny bottle but it is so concentrated that you only need to use 1/4 cap full, about 64 loads. It will last my family of four almost two months. The detergent is plant-based and free of dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfume and optical brighteners.

Dryer balls: Dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered some of the most toxic products in homes. We use wool dryer balls with a few drops of essential oils on them. My favorite oils include lavender, peace and calming or purification. To help with some of the static, I have heard pinning safety pins in the dryer balls helps.

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Fabric softener: On occasion, I will add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar and a couple drops of essential oil as a fabric softener. Your clothes will not smell like vinegar!

All-purpose Cleaner: I use Young Living Thieves cleaning concentrate on all counters, walls, floors, appliances, sinks, trim, everything! I purchased a bottle of the concentrate in January and I am still using the same bottle in July. You only need one cap full per 16 ounce spray bottle filled with water. It is safe to use around food, kids and pets. Plus, it smells like fall!

Dish Soap & Detergent: I use Thieves dish soap and detergent for cleaning the dishes. They both work really well. The best part is if the dish soap is accidentally ingested, you simply dilute by drinking water. I also use the dish soap to help with stains on clothing.

Window Cleaner: The best window cleaner recipe I found calls for 2 cups water, 2 TBSP vinegar and 2 TBSP rubbing alcohol. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil. I don't notice any streaks on windows and mirrors. This recipe will last up to two months.

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Tub Cleaner: I spray the shower with my Thieves cleaner and sprinkle baking soda on top. You can also add a few drops of dish soap.  Gently scrub and it will take any soap residue or dirt off the shower floor and walls.

Dusting/Wood Polish: My favorite tool for dusting is a Norwex dusting mitt. On occasion, I will make a wood polish consisting of 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup distilled vinegar and 10 drops of lemon, orange or tangerine. You only need a small amount of the polish.

Fruit and veggie cleaner: In a bowl, combine a few drops of lemon oil and castile soap. Let the fruit sit for a few minutes and rinse well. Another cleaner I use is simply a few drops of Thieves dish soap, let soak and rinse well.

If you are interested in learning how healthy the products in your home are, I would recommend downloading the app "Think Dirty" or visit the Environmental Worker Group website.

Megan

 

 

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Painted IKEA Vittsjo Bookcase
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I had been looking for a narrow gold bookcase to put in our dining room for awhile but didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. I decided while my girls were still young I wasn't going to spend much on furniture. It seems like they stain or wreck so many things in our house. 

I found a bookcase from World Market that I loved and after looking on Pinterest for ideas, I noticed people were spray painting IKEA Vittsjo bookcases. While I absolutely hate DIY projects because they never turn out, I decided to give it a try. 

                Gold Milayan Bookcase $249 | IKEA Vittsjo $49

               Gold Milayan Bookcase $249 | IKEA Vittsjo $49

I used about six cans Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface spray paint in pure gold. I found it at a local hardware store cheaper than what is on Amazon. My only mistake was spray painting on an old sheet instead of plastic. The fabric stuck to the wet paint and left fuzz marks. I had to sand a few places down and repaint.

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For under $100, I am so happy how it turned out. I might even try a few more projects!

-Megan 

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A few changes + future plans

The past six months have been a time of deep reflection and soul searching. One of my goals for 2018 was to live life with more intention. I wanted to practice intentional eating, spending money and overall life in general. I spent much of the time contemplating what was most important to me in my life and where I see myself in the future.

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The most important thing in my life is my family. Much of 2017 was spent worrying about and planning my business that I felt as though I wasn't present enough with my girls. Starting a business was harder than I had anticipated. I became so entangled in trying to make money and grow my business that it became more stressful and less about my clients or customers. It wasn't fun anymore. 

I decided I wanted extra money to take our family on vacations, pay off debt, save for retirement and live without constant financial worry. In April, I decided I was ready to go back to work full time and let someone else worry about paying the bills. The moment that I made that decision, I felt as though a ton of bricks had been lifted off my back. I felt free.

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At times I felt like a failure by giving up what I had worked so hard to create or maybe I wasn't living my life's purpose. I now realize that I am not giving up anything and I may just be making it better and ultimately, my only purpose in life is to be happy. I am still going to write and share things I am learning about living a healthier life. I am still going to be a distributor with Young Living and share about incorporating them into your life. Except now, I am doing it all for fun and without any expectations! I will be writing more blog posts on our family and our home. We have been working on our home and I want to share progress since moving in last July. I am currently in the process of updating my website so you will see more changes coming.

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So, I let go of all the doubt and idea of what I should be doing. I continue to trust the Universe that I am right where I am supposed to be. 

Love + Light,

Megan

Cilantro + Lime Salsa
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This past weekend I made the best tasting and super easy homemade salsa! This only took a couple minutes to make and everyone in my family loved it.

In a food processor, combine the following in this order:

  • 28 ounce can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded + chopped
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-5 drops of lime essential oil
  • 1-2 handfuls of cilantro

Chop in the food processor, empty into an air tight container, chill for a couple hours in the fridge and enjoy!

 

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