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What is vapor rub?
When I have a cold and feel congested, I like to use a vapor rub to help relieve those symptoms. Vapor rub is a topical ointment that many use to help relieve nasal congestion and coughing.
I used to use a name brand rub, however I discovered that it contains a lot of chemicals that I don’t want to use on myself or my family.
How to use vapor rub
Maybe you have never heard of vapor rub, or know how to use it. Typically, it’s applied to the bottom of feet overnight to alleviate the symptoms I mentioned above. This is how I prefer to use it on myself.
Some like to put just a little bit under each nostril to help open up the nasal airways faster.
Use this super simple DIY to help relieve congestion during cold season. There are several variations, but I like this 3 ingredient recipe the most. I always have the ingredients on hand, and can whip it together in less than 5 minutes.
As someone who suffers from a multitude of sinus issues, I keep this super simple DIY on hand at all times – but especially during the winter months when breathing can be just a little more difficult.
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This DIY uses only three ingredients – and none of the questionable things found in store bought vapor rub. Did you know that vapor rubs sold in stores main ingredient is a toxin if absorbed into the skin, and should not be used on children younger than 2?
As a Grandma, I’m sure not going to use something on my precious littles that carry a warning label!!
Whip up this super simple completely safe DIY Vicks rub the next time someone in your home is congested.
1 cup coconut oil
20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
Keep in a jar with lid.
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With everyone it seems these days choosing to live tiny (well not everyone, but it sure seems like it), you might be wondering why it could be a good choice for you and your family. I know these are the questions I had when I first heard about tiny living.
I remember the first time I came across a Youtube video showcasing full time RV life (which is another form of tiny living, and the route I chose when I made the decision to go tiny), I was like “what the heck, and why in the world would anyone want to do that?!?” I found myself very quickly fascinated by the lifestyle, and wanted to learn more. I also found myself daydreaming about what that lifestyle could look like for my husband and myself.
After a lot of conversation, we made the decision to uproot our traditional lifestyle to live tiny, and I am so grateful that we made that choice! In this post, I want to share the 5 powerful reasons we used to make our decision, so that you can decide if this is something you might consider for your own family.
1. Simplicity of Tiny Living
This is one of the biggest reasons I wanted to live tiny. I wanted a simpler lifestyle. Less clutter and less stuff. Sure, I could have easily gotten rid of a bunch of the items taking space in my home, but I could never quite make myself go through the steps of purging unwanted items. Once we decided that this is what we were going to do, it was much easier to part with the things I thought I couldn’t live without.
It’s kind of funny how the mind works. Because we gave ourselves an imposed deadline to go tiny in 6 weeks or less, the process of paring down went from “maybe I don’t need that 5th large slotted spoon” to “I only get to keep 1 – so choose the 1 now, and get rid of the rest.”
We pared down from a 2 bedroom house to a space of roughly 225 square feet. And 2 years later… I’m still paring down. Simplicity of life in a tiny space. It’s a beautiful thing.
2. Cost of Tiny Living vs. Conventional Home
This was also a huge consideration for us. We would spend thousands of dollars every year to maintain our home. The fun stuff like landscaping, to the less fun stuff like home maintenance on down to property taxes.
Once we went tiny, we still have maintenance and tax costs, but they are less than a thousand a year. For us, the maintenance costs we have to contend with are tires, and licensing fees for our RV. Structural costs are much lower.
One other benefit for us going tiny is our grocery bill. I hate to admit this, but before we would go grocery shopping and fill our refrigerator up, only to have the food go bad before we could eat it. Now, because our refrigerator is so tiny (it’s crazy how small it really is!), we plan out our meals and only purchase what we are going to eat a week at a time. That alone has brought down our grocery bill from $400 a month to around $175.
Could we have done this in a traditional home? Sure! But we didn’t. I think the psychology of space has played the biggest role in this change for us. And I love it!
3. Freedom to Choose Where to Live Tiny
This is another post altogether, but a huge factor for me to want to go tiny is having the choice to choose where to live. The simple truth is that if you have a traditional home, you can’t just move it. You are planted there. I love being able to change my view by moving my home. I also love experiencing different cultures (see reason 5).
Having the freedom to choose where to live has been such a blessing for my heart. I love having choices.
4. Life Stage
A good reason for us to choose to go tiny is the fact that we are at stage in life where we can. We have no kids at home, no pets (although I really miss having a pet, and do think that a pet right now would be awesome!) and we had just closed our brick and mortar business.
Not having commitments made it easy to pull the trigger and jump in.
I’m here to say, no matter where you are in your life, this is a lifestyle can work. I know of many families who do this with littles, teens, and all kinds of pets. If you have these things, maybe you choose a larger rig. We don’t, so our 25’ travel trailer and F150 is a perfect fit for us right now.
If you are curious about other families who are killing this lifestyle with kids, I invite you to check out some of my favorites:
I began following these folks as we began to dream about what this lifestyle could look like, and I still follow them today. There are a lot of amazing families out there!
5. Discover New Cultural Experiences
Discovering the cultural nuances of different communities has honestly been my favorite part of our tiny living journey. I love seeing how communities interact, how welcoming (or not) they are to new people, different community festivals, etc.
Since we’ve gone tiny, we have lived in 3 different states (so far) and spent time in over 25 different towns. And I’m here to say that the community that is 50 miles up the road from where you are now is probably a lot different. You wouldn’t think so, but it is.
Each state is a brand new experience, and that has also been one of the biggest surprises for me on a personal level. But it’s also helped me to relate to others in a more open and empathetic manner.
These are the 5 reasons why I believe tiny living can work for you – but I want to hear your thoughts. Are they compelling enough to have you consider this lifestyle? Leave a comment and let me know.
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Now that the holidays are over, it’s a great time to become more mindful of our daily food choices. If you are one of the fortunate ones who can avoid overindulging, this isn’t the post for you… BUT if you are anything at all like me, it’s a good possibility that all of the tempting pastries, cookies and cakes did a number on your will power. I love sweets, not gonna lie. And while I know they aren’t good for me – I can’t seem to resist them. (insert sad face here)
Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that have helped me minimize this tricky triangle. And while I’m not completely sugar-free (yet! It’s one of my goals for the new year), I am on the right path.
Today’s post is all about how I’m beating my own sugar cravings.
Drink more water
Drinking more water has really helped me not take in as much sugar, believe it or not. I have a goal to drink half of my body weight in water daily, and when I do, I have noticed that I tend to make better choices throughout the day when it comes to snacking. I don’t know if it’s the psychological factor that I’m treating my body with more respect, or if the water keeps me fuller, so I don’t want to reach for that cookie, but it works. (note to self: keep drinking!)
A few easy ways to make sure this happens for me is to drink a full glass of water before I start a meal, and drink one full glass of water after I finish eating. When I’m at a restaurant, I try never to let my water glass get empty. Meaning: everytime it gets filled, I have to drink. I also skip ordering a beverage, sticking to water. That’s really helped.
I do keep a glass water bottle on me at all times, too. It’s one that I picked up on Amazon. The reason I love the glass water bottle, is because it feels more luxurious to me than a plastic bottle, it helps me to reduce my impact on the Earth, and I can add essential oils to my water (like peppermint, orange or lemon) without the worry of the essential oil leaching into the plastic.
Walk After Eating
This is something I’ve recently started doing, and it’s helping me stay away from the goodies in the pantry. By taking a quick stroll after eating, I think it’s helping to move the food into the digestive tract, it makes me feel fuller and less bloated, and I don’t want to mess up all the good things I’m doing for my body by binging on those Oreos.
I try to walk for at least 15 minutes after a meal. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. But I can for sure tell when I haven’t walked.
Get Rid of the Temptation
OK, so this is an obvious one, or is it? Chances are, you aren’t the only one in your household. And chances are not everyone else is trying to cut out sugar. I get it. That’s how it is in my house. But I can say that by not having the sweets around has been a huge factor in reducing sweet consumption around here. Sure, we still get the occasional want for something sweet, but often that want quickly dissipates when we realize there isn’t anything around to satisfy that want.
If you are in a home where mutiny is declared when you want to dump all the sweets, try using essential oils to help break the habit. By diffusing key oils, you are not only helping yourself, but anyone else in the home who could use a little help *if you have pets, please do your research to see which oils are safe to use around them.
Another way to help beat sugar cravings is to incorporate essential oils into a routine. Essential oils help bring the body back into balance, and this is why they are my personal favorite.
Essential Oils to Get Rid of Sugar Cravings
Let’s take a look at the most effective essential oils to beat sugar cravings and why they’re so good at it:
- Grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit is basically the all-in-one sugar kicker. It reduces feelings of hunger, wards off carb and sugar cravings, helps balance your blood sugar, and induces feelings of positivity (which is handy when combating emotional eating). It may even have properties that prevent weight gain (read about it).
- Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Cinnamon does quite a lot, but in this context we want to use it for its blood sugar balancing and appetite suppressing properties.
- Peppermint essential oil. Peppermint also helps with feeling more full. This may just be personal preference on my part, but it also helps promote feelings of clarity and focus. If I’m sugar craving badly, I sometimes find it hard to concentrate, and peppermint helps a lot with that.
- Dill essential oil. Dill is a powerful essential oil for feeling “full” after a meal. The problem with sugars and carbs is that they make us feel more full compared to, say, a kale salad. Dill makes your healthy meals and snacks feel more satisfying.
If you have to choose between the oils, I recommend grapefruit first and cinnamon bark second. While all of these oils are great, grapefruit and cinnamon pack the biggest punch when trying to kick sugar cravings.
My favorite diffuser blends for sugar cravings
Sugar Cravings Be Gone
- 3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
Stop the Cravings
- 2 drops dill essential oil
- 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil
My go-to roller ball method to help stop sugar cravings
In a 10ml roller bottle, add all oils, then add a carrier oil to top of bottle. Apply to bottom of feet. (I like to apply up to 3 times a day when needed).
“Drop the Sugar”
- 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops dill essential oil
“Sugar Cravings Begone” (if peppermint is too strong for you)
- 4 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 2 drops dill essential oil
*Remember that citrus oils can burn the skin if exposed to direct sunlight after application for up to 12 hours. For this reason, I recommend applying to the bottom of feet.
After meal sugar craving buster
One drop of therapeutic grade peppermint oil on palm of hand. Cup hands and cover nose, and inhale. The cupping method is a quick way to get to benefit of the oil without ingesting it.
I hope that these tips help you beat sugar cravings. If you find them helpful, please pass them onto someone else who might need the help.
Have you beat sugar cravings using a different method? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear!
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