Mindful Gift Ideas

We can all admit that we have at some point completely forgot to buy someone a gift for the holidays and if your reading this you might have as well.

I have put together a small arrangement of gift ideas that are a bit more personable and thoughtful and I hope that you will be able to find them useful for at least a few people this holiday season.

Scent | Most people can appreciate a nice scent such as a candle that you make yourself or purchase and there is a wide variety of handmade candles to choose from to make that certain someone feel special.

Essential oils are also an amazing gift idea for someone who has dabbled in them or has spoken about their interest in using essential oils.

Scents such as peppermint, lavender, and orange are a few great options for most people and are also really lovely when combined.

You could even consider gifting them an essential oil diffuser to further enjoy their essential oils with and to brighten up their home.

Taste | One thing that I know that I also appreciate in a gift, is something edible.

With food you can rarely go wrong especially when you have a good idea of what that person likes.

A fragrant tea or specialty coffee blend make a lovely gift especially when gifted in a mug and can be widely personalized to that person’s specific taste.

Baking treats for someone is also a wonderful way to show them your love or even just buying them some of their favorite chocolate or guilty pleasure. The art of creating a plate filled with a beautiful arrangement of cookies and fudges will never get old and will most certainly be appreciated.

Mind | Another option of gifts that requires a little more though is one that can stimulate their mind, whether that be a book that they might like or even a coloring book to help them relax and pass the time.

Maybe you could pay for an Audible subscription for them or subscribe for a monthly magazine to be delivered to their home.

Or  you could buy them a gift card to enjoy a spa day, get a massage, or take a trip to their favorite coffee shop or restaurant to promote their wellbeing and give them something to look forward to.

 

It is important to remember this time of the year that the holidays aren’t about getting presents or even giving extravagant gifts. It is about truly appreciating the people around you and taking an extra moment of time to let them know how special they are to you.

Gift giving is such a small part of that so remember to not just focus on the material side of things but to also give the gift of yourself and your time to the ones dearest to you.

Monthly Chats | Rekindling Creativity and Holiday Preparations

Shop Talk | I got ahead of my schedule in October and was able to make all of my Christmas soaps several weeks earlier then planned which allowed for an earlier release date.

In fact, my Christmas soap release happened only a few days ago and if you missed the shop update you can find the new soaps here.

November has also been about brain storming new product ideas. Soap is great on its own but every shop should have a few extra options and so I have been deciding on what new additions will come first.

Finding dependable brands and online stores that provide eco-friendly and recyclable packaging has also been a priority since I want to offer beautiful but environmentally safe packaging for my products.

 

Slow Moments | I must admit that November was a pretty busy month for me as I hustled to get all business things prepared and ready so that December could be as stress free as possible.

December is by far my favorite month out of the year and so I did everything that I could think to do to free up as much of that time as possible.

I have taken the time to enjoy November as well, though. Especially reveling in the crisp weather and abundance of fallen leaves.

I have kept a variety of candles burning and have even adopted the cozy habit of heating up a flax seed pack to tuck into bed when its a little more chilly.

Cold weather tends to bring out my softer and slower side so I have been making those small but pleasant moments a priority.

 

Thoughts | I have rediscovered a few things this month and have felt a little more encouraged with the holidays coming up so soon.

The desire to get back into sketching popped up mid November and I have since dabbled in some rough sketching and it has given me a sense of calm that always makes me question why I ever stopped.

I have also started to get back into holistic health which is what I took college in and at one point was very involved with.

Life happened and I  slowly lost touch with my more holistic and healthy side and though I still practice self-care and slower living, I have finally realized that taking care of my health is also a form of self-love and care.

I have been crawling out of bed to do some gentle exercises in the chilly morning air, drinking more herbal tea, and have recently bought a book and hope to start reading more and staring at my phone less.

 

How I Simplify | Do’s and Don’ts

Today I wanted to write about the complicated balance of simplifying a busy, modern lifestyle.

I think we can all raise our hand and admit that we are far busier than we would like to be and if you don’t feel that way then perhaps you could write this post better than I could.

My life is busy and rushed and hectic and as long as I can remember it’s always been that way.

It has been about two years since I really began to embrace a more simplified lifestyle or have at least tried to and I have accumulated a few do’s and don’ts around what works and what doesn’t.

Do | Always plan out your weeks and days as best as you can, if you can plan out your month do that too.

Never ever rush into a new week or start your day with little to no idea of what needs to get done otherwise time and energy will be wasted.

It doesn’t matter how busy you are, everything that needs to be done can be done if it is properly planned out.

Do | Create off days and time for hobbies or other pleasurable activities.

All work and no play is not only a miserable way to live but also sets you up for a long awaited burn out.

It is so important for more simplified living to create an off day every week were work, household chores, and whatever usually takes your time is set aside for a day of pure rest and enjoyment.

It is also just as important to create a slot of time each day for something creative and enjoyable. By that I don’t mean for you to take an hour to stare blurry eyed at a tv but to take time to do something that makes your soul happy.

Whether that be taking an hour to write before bed or taking a break mid afternoon to bake a cake is yours to choose as long as it is something that you love and will look forward to doing.

Don’t | Never start your day off in a rush, even if you have work early in the morning, always try to beat the clock and find a few moments of slow movement and quite before you start your day.

If you begin your day feeling stressed and frazzled there’s a good chance that is how the entire day will continue to be.

Do | Set realistic goals for yourself. There is nothing more taxing than setting a mountain worth of goals on your chest and never being able to come even close to achieving them.

Take a day and decide what is really important to you and what you really feel you need and set those things as realistic goals to work towards.

Once those items have been marked off of your list you can always begin to work on those higher goals that you have always wanted to achieve.

Don’t | Don’t try to compete with others, just don’t.

Nobody’s lifestyle is perfect and no fad or expectations of others are worth throwing your peace of mind away for.

Some people will not understand your desire for a simpler life and that is okay, you have your path and they have theirs and there is no point in trying to compete with someone who has different goals in life than you do.

 

A simplified lifestyle isn’t always easy to achieve but it is well worth the effort.

 

 

 

All Natural Mouth Care

One of the first things that I made when I began to use more natural skin care was my own toothpaste and mouth wash.

The idea of making your own mouth products might seem strange to most people but it is really such a cheap and affordable step towards a more natural lifestyle.

The realization that what I was putting in my mouth might not be the healthiest option for my teeth and gum health was when I really started to notice the ingredients in the toothpaste and mouth wash that I was using.

Both were usually riddled with unnatural dyes, sugar, and a hoard of long words that I thought, must surely be unnecessary.

The ingredients seemed to contradict the products purpose and besides it being highly manufactured, excessively packaged, and unhealthy, there was a much more natural and affordable option.

Toothpaste | The one recipe that I have stuck with through the years has been a very quick and simple one made up of only two ingredients. Coconut oil and baking soda.

Oil has a way of latching onto dirt and bacteria in a way that most other ingredients cannot do which means that it will stick to and pull out the build up on teeth and gums.

Coconut oil is also the perfect consistency to whip up by hand and has a pleasant taste and a soft feel to it.

Throw in a small portion of baking soda which is known for its cleaning capabilities as well as having a slight whitening affect and you will have a very simple, all natural toothpaste recipe to use as is or to build on.

If you are want a more uniquely made toothpaste then you can add in a small bit of stevia for sweetness, benonite clay for an extra cleaning toothpaste, or a small amount of essential oils for flavor.

Mouth Wash | Creating a mouth wash personalized for your dental needs can be a little more tricky then putting together toothpaste.

Being someone who has always suffered from sensitive, bleeding gums, I use a simple mouth wash of sea salt and water to promote healing and good bacteria.

You should always reasearch natural options for your personal needs, if you suffer from bad breath maybe a strong cinnamon tea would make a good mouth wash for you or another herbal tea could help with any other dental issues you may have.

Always make sure that what you are making is safe especially if it is going into your body and always stop using your products if they are causing any negative reactions.