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Weekend At Home: Uses for Lemon Oil and Peppermint Oil


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Over the past couple of years, I’ve been experimenting with a few different oils, mainly for my hair and skin. The main oils I used, consistently, were coconut and olive oil. Soon after, I introduced myself to others including argon and Moroccan. Eventually, I became obsessed with oils and their many uses.

The latest oils I’ve been using on frequent occasions are lemon and peppermint; 2 of my all time favorite scents.

Although there are quite a few uses for peppermint and lemon oil, the main reason I wanted these oils were to use as natural home fragrance by warming them up in oil warmer. Both of these scents are very clean and fresh, which is what I prefer my home to smell like.

Scents aside, these 2 aromas provide other uses around the home. So, keep reading to see some more uses for lemon oil and peppermint oil.

Peppermint:

  • For bug bites, use a combination of peppermint essential oil and lavendar essential oil to quickly dismiss the itch! It’s really similar to the logic of using toothpaste or menthol cream, but without the messy paste. Remember to dilute with a carrier oil if you are sensitive to straight essential oil on your skin.
  • If you have a problem with ants in your house, leave a peppermint soaked cotton ball in their pathway. They’re not big fans of mint and you’ll have the nice aroma lingering in your home!
  • To remove ticks from your pets, place a drop of oil on a cotton swab and swab the tick until it unhinges its head, allowing you to remove it without the risk of it breaking.
  • Give your trash can area a break and add a few drops to the bottom for a pleasant minty aroma.
  • Add it to paint to reduce or eliminate fumes as you are painting. Add as many drops as necessary until the paint odor has been replaced by a refreshing minty smell.

Lemon Oil:

  • Keep a bottle of lemon oil in each bathroom and add 5 drops or so directly into the commode water to instantly freshen the area. The oil remains there until someone comes along and flushes it away. This is a fabulous way to freshen up your bathroom during the day or before company is to arrive.
  • Use 6-12 drops of Lemon essential oil in a spray bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener. Or you can diffuse Lemon essential oil to clean and disinfect the air in any room.
  • Use 1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.
  • Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon essential oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  • Add a drop of Lemon essential oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon essential oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon essential oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures and toilet seats.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon essential oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.
  • Put 10-15 drops of Lemon essential oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.
  • Drop a cotton ball soaked with Lemon essential oil in your vacuum bag and fill your home with the refreshing scent of lemon while vacuuming.
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Finding Your Strength

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In my current journey to living the life I want and destined to have, I’ve been focused on my unearthing my passion and strengths. Some people tend to focus more on their weaknesses, by either trying to strengthen it or dwell in it. Even I’m guilty of doing this myself, deep in my heart and mind, I knew that wasn’t the right area to focus. However, I didn’t know how to find, focus and increase my strengths.

So, when I saw Strength Finder 2.0, it instantly spoke to me and urged me to  buy it.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths.

Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying and finding your strengths, the book is set up as follow:

    StrengthsFinder: The Next Generation
    (A short introduction explaining the need for the enhanced edition of the test based upon new thinking and research in strengths psychology)

  • I: Finding Your Strengths
    (A 30-page overview of strengths psychology and how the Gallup system works)

  • II. The StrengthsFinder (www.StrengthFinder.com)
    (If you haven’t taken it before, the code to take the test is provided in a packet inside the book. You actually have to buy the book to take the test)

  • III: Applying Your Strengths
    (After getting the results from your online assessment, there are 150 pages outlining each of the 34 themes including what people with that strength look like, how to manage them, and ideas for action if you have that strength).

    This book is an easy read with informative and information that creates a guiding light to the path you need to find and focus on your personal strengths to, ultimately, lead you to the life you want and deserve.

    Stay Stylish!

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SPRING CLEANING 101: The Tools and Products

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I seriously can’t deal with this cold weather much longer. Here in Memphis, our winters can be very fickle. One day it can be a perfectly cool jacket weather day and the next day you can be stranded in your house trying to avoid going out and slipping on 2 inches of ice that fell overnight. Well, after having 4 snow/ice days off from work the past couple of weeks, I feel like I can comfortably say that it’s high time to get ready for spring. That means only one thing to me: SPRING CLEANING!

Yes, I love spring cleaning. Maybe it’s because when done thoroughly and properly, you are left with a clean and de-cluttered home and life.  So, this weekend, it’s all about the preparation and gathering and/or buying all the tools I need to get started on spring cleaning the next few weekends. I plan to hit up Target and Home Depot to get all the things I need.

So, if you are gearing up or planning out your spring cleaning agenda, here is checklist of items you need to have in your cleaning arsenal to take on the daunting, but fulfilling task of annual spring cleaning.

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  • Air Freshener
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Floor Polish
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Laundry Soap
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Mild Abrasive
  • Mopping Solution
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Upholstery Spot Remover
  • Wood Polish

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  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dust Mop
  • Dustpan
  • Extendable Duster
  • Hamper
  • Labels
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Sponges
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Sponge Mop
  • Spray Bottles
  • Storage Containers
  • Toilet Brush
  • Trash Bags
  • Vacuum

So, are you ready? Did I forget something? Please, let me know.

Stay Stylish!

 

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How To Deal With Sensitive Teeth

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I didn’t really have that much of an issue with my sensitive teeth when I was younger. However, over the past few years, it has gotten pretty bad, which is understandable since your teeth get more sensitive over time. Some other things that increases sensitivity in your teeth includes wear and tear from improper toothbrushes, tooth decay, and acidic food.

Over time, I’ve learned some important tips on how to decrease and deal with having sensitive teeth. So, here are some quick bites (see what I did there?) on coping, maintaining, and decreasing tooth sensitivity.

  • Brush and Floss Regularly – Why not begin with a “Duh!” point? Even though regular brushing (2-3x a day ) is a requirement for healthy teeth, a lot of people still defer from this. People with sensitive teeth are probably some of the main culprits, because the sensation from brushing and toothpaste causes them to brush as infrequent as possible. However, there are plenty of toothpastes on the market that can help. My personal fav at the moment is Colgate’s Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste, which helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities, whitening teeth, freshening breath, replenishing natural calcium for strong, healthy enamel and protects against enamel erosion. All that awesome stuff! (NOTE: Brushing more than 3x a day can actually do more harm than good and increase the sensitivity. So, limit yourself to 2-3 times a day.)
  • Use Proper Toothbrush – Aside from brushing regularly, having the proper toothbrush is a HUGE key in helping to relieve sensitivity. A soft-bristle brush that is made specifically for sensitive teeth is important. Try the new Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen. This new toothbrush is designed to provide quick and lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. I noticed reduced sensitivity within a little over week after daily use. So, look for that one.
  • Avoid High Acidic Food – Foods(citrus fruit) and beverages (sodas) that are high in acid helps dissolve the enamel of your teeth and exposes your nerves, which in return causes the sensitivity in your teeth to increase.
  • Don’t Grind Teeth – Up until a few a years ago, I was a major tooth grinder. Maybe not a professional grinder, but a really good amateur. I used to grind my teeth without even knowing that I was doing it. However, I stopped once I realized that it was applying pressure and weakening my teeth which caused my gumline and nerves to act up. If you grind your teeth, especially at night, might I suggest you grab and sleep with a teeth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
  • Regular Dental Visits – Well, we started with a Duh! point, so we might as well end with one. I can shamefully admit that I don’t do regular dentist visits, which is every 6 months. However, that is about to change soon, because I recently decided that this is the year that I’m going to finally get my oral health game up to par and that will, more than likely, including getting braces. Yes, I will be that 30+ year old with braces, but I can no longer put it to the side. Therefore, my dentist is about to become my BFF and my wallet’s sworn enemy. With regular visits to your dentist, they will be able to inform you of any new changes or concerns with your teeth before you even notice it. Aren’t you sick of only going to the dentist when you feel like your tooth is trying to rip your heart heart through a cavity? Yeah, I thought so.

So, there are my tips on how to deal and decrease tooth sensitivity. I hope you take these tips and products to mind the next time you feel your teeth being all sensitive and everything.

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A Wasteful Week

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I wish I could say that I was off on some spontaneous exotic vacation or even just swamped by work to explain my absence. However, the ultimate culprit was just a lazy weekend followed by two snow days off from work, which equaled me laying on the sofa binge watching/catching up on shows on my DVR.

Now, I’m back to my daily grind of being in the office, daily inspirations and the want to share them with you. So, I’m back and so will regular postings.

Stay Stylish!

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