This past weekend started off with an ESSENTIAL OILS PARTY with 3 of my closest friends from work! The small number of guests created the perfect environment for an essential oils party- intimate, relaxed and lots of fun! Jill Brown, from Essence of Hope Oils, was our host/teacher for the evening and she was AMAZING! Jill is down-to-earth, fun, honest and very knowledgable about Essential Oils! (If you're interested in learning more about Essential Oils or would like to host your own party, look her up on Facebook). Throughout the party we learned about and got to test/smell a variety of oils. I ended up walking away with Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree and Peppermint ones. With the Lavender and Tea Tree oils, I plan on making my very own face cleanser. All you do is mix jojoba oil (which can be purchased at any health food store) with the essential oils, rub the mixture onto your face and let it soak in for a few minutes before wiping clean with a warm, wet towel. Apparently it leaves your face feeling clean and soft! I can't wait to try it out! The Peppermint oil is supposed to be amazing for headaches and also cools you down when you're feeling hot. We tried it out at the party and it REALLY WORKED! Honestly, I couldn't believe how quickly I needed to zip up my hoodie because my body felt chilled. It was really cool!
Jill talked about all of the chemicals that go into our household and skin care products and the negative effects those can have on our bodies. A few years ago she started transitioning from store-bought, chemical packed cleaning products, to making her own clean products using essential oils, and she's never looked back!
Over the past few years my thinking about big companies, and the products they produce, has changed drastically! I used to think that companies had my best interest in mind! But time and time again that idea has been disproved. I think about food companies that advertise cereals as being "part of a balanced breakfast" when they're loaded with toxic sugar. I think about medications that relieve one symptom, while causing others (which will then need to be medicated). And now, thanks to Jill, I think about cleaning and skin care products that you think are good for your home and body, but are actually full of harmful chemicals!
The good news is that we DO have a choice! Jill has chosen to say "NO" to harmful chemicals by making her own products, using essential oils! She brought her home-made laundry detergent (80 loads for $2.10), toilet bombs, hand soap, dryer sheets etc., to the party and it was pretty cool to see that it's POSSIBLE to make your own clean/natural products (and that you don't have to blow the bank to do it!). I'm not saying that starting tomorrow I'll never buy hand soap again, but I'm definitely challenged to start by making my own face cleanser....and who knows where it could go from there!
Have any of YOU used essential oils? Or made your own skin care or cleaning products? I'd love to hear about it!
We lost another one! On Thursday night David, Madeline and I (reluctantly) drove Robert to the airport to drop him off for his exciting 7.5 week adventure in Europe! His reason for going on this trip? He’ll tell you that it’s to audition for a few vocal performance programs at some schools in London, England. But we know that the REAL reason he’s going is to explore London (and Spain and Germany and probably a million other places) with John and my parents! Can you blame him? David and I are thinking maybe WE should apply for some programs abroad too! ;) ha ha.
When I got married almost a year and a half ago (WOW- TIME FLIES!) I never thought that I’d have the opportunity to live with my siblings again. Maybe that’s what’s helped to make the last month, living with Robert (and Madeline on weekends) so special!
The TOP 4 Reasons Why I Love Living with Robert:
Robert, while we're kind of stoked that we can crack open the All Dressed chips without feeling any shame, we miss you TONS and can't wait to see you in 5 weeks! xox
‘Tis the season for Christmas markets, gospel choir concerts and LOTS of snow! Or at least that’s what MY weekend involved! On Saturday I attended Northridge Community Church’s Artisan Market. With carollers, cookies and a variety of vendors, the Artisan Market was such a great event to launch me into the Christmas spirit! It made me even MORE excited about the One of a Kind show that is starting THIS WEEKEND in Toronto! If you haven’t been to the One of a Kind show….you are SERIOUSLY missing out! Even if you’re not looking to spend money….go for the free samples! They never disappoint ;).
On Sunday, David and I went to see Phylicia and the Toronto Mass Choir perform at a church in Richmond Hill. The Toronto Mass Choir is an award winning gospel choir that REALLY knows how to put on a show! Not only was the music EXCELLENT, but they did a fantastic job of involving the audience in a really neat worship experience! If you feel like your Christmas could use a little music, why not check out the Toronto Mass Choir at Tyndale University College on December 17th. David and I will see you there!!
Just when I thought my weekend full of holiday-esque activities couldn’t get any better….I woke up to THIS (**see below**) on Monday morning!
I was SO THRILLED that I got to put on my sweater, coat, boots, scarf etc. before leaving the house! And I loved that I had to wait 10 minutes for my windows to de-frost before leaving for work! And I didn’t even mind that it took me an extra 30 minutes to get to work because of the snow! And I just couldn’t WAIT to get to work and have recess duty outside in that snow!! HA HA. Okay….maybe it wasn’t QUITE like that! (read: the exact opposite ha)
One thing’s for sure! My attitude about the snow took a drastic change for the better when I saw how STOKED the kids were to play in it! I love working with kids! They remind me to notice and love the simple things, the messy things, the cold things!
Hope you're managing to stay warm! xo
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,