March 31, 2015

diffusing myself to sleep: gurin aroma diffuser for essential oils review

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All opinions presented are my own.

It's no secret around here that I love essential oils. I love enjoying pretty smells with no headache or nausea, and I love the health and cleaning benefits offered.

I've only been applying oils topically due to limited resources. I've been lusting after a diffuser (or five) to expand my oils use for what seems like forever. Thanks to Gurin, I was finally able to start diffusing!

I was sick all of last week and half of the week before, so when the box arrived, I ripped it open and hastily snapped a few cell phone pics before putting the diffuser to immediate use. So, the pics aren't the best...but I feel way better, so #sorrynotsorry.

The diffuser comes with a bottle of lavender essential oil (which is great considering the rate at which I use mine) and a container to add water. It also doubles as a light:

Overall? I'm happy with it. I just wish it were bigger. For a full run down, take a look at my summary video:

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March 30, 2015

it shoulda been you + the proverbial bucket list

What a weekend! I'm exhausted, but it was well worth it.

My mom came up Friday and we finally saw the Cinderella film before heading off to New York for the main event: It Shoulda Been You.

It really all started with my love of The Little Mermaid. When they announced the Broadway version in 2007, I wanted to see it so bad. It closed before I had a chance. But, it introduced me to Sierra Boggess whose theatre career I've followed ever since, and my dream of seeing The Little Mermaid (it tours sometimes, I still want to) live turned into a dream of seeing Sierra Boggess perform live.

Eight years later, one of the two dreams were crossed off the proverbial bucket list when I won tickets to ISBY, Boggess' newest show.

So, we were on a bus to New York Saturday morning and on another one right back to Baltimore Sunday afternoon. In between, we enjoyed great front mezz seats (one day I'll sit in the orchestra and cross that off my list, why are tickets so expensive!?) to a hysterical show (really, go see it!), then froze outside the stage door until this could happen:

Bekah with Sierra Boggess

Equally as rewarding was the fact that Tyne Daly is in the show (really, the entire cast is phenomenal, but we all have our favorites!) and my mom loves her! So, right after we snapped this pic, we saw Tyne come out and mom got a memory, too!

Not a bad weekend at all. How was yours?

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March 27, 2015

sleep beautifully this weekend!

I'm so excited for this weekend! My mom is coming up and we're kicking things off by finally seeing the new Cinderella film before heading up to NYC to see It Shoulda Been You on broadway! I'm not sure how much sleep I'll be getting, but I want to look fabulous in those stage door pics, so I'm remembering these awesome holistic beauty tips from Alight for looking good despite lack of sleep.

Any fun plans for your weekend? How do you look your best when you're tired?

Courtesy of: Alight

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March 24, 2015

spring cleaning with apothecary extracts tea tree oil

Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for my opinions which are my own. 
This post contains affiliate links to the product.

Friday was the first day of spring. Baltimore clearly didn't get the memo as this was my morning view:

that would be snow.

The only thing I felt like doing to celebrate the spring equinox on a gross, snowy day was crawl right back into bed. Which I did after a full day of work. No spring festivities here.

Thankfully, the sun came out and the temps went up the very next day (go figure) and I knew it was the perfect time to crack the windows open and commence the spring cleaning.

Also thankfully, Apothecary Extracts sent me a huge bottle of their 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil to test out...just as I had used up my last bottle. Perfect timing!

I have to ooh and ahh a little bit before getting to the point here. Tea tree was the first essential oil I ever used. I loved it then and love it now, but this packaging is the cutest ever. Plus, with that box, it's ready to gift to someone. Even better (maybe) than the packaging is the size. 4 oz of any essential oil is huge, guys! I'm sure this bottle will last me a few years.

Onto the good stuff: 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil . What does it do? Well, everything. And that nifty packaging I mentioned? It even tells you some of those things. I think that's great since most oils I see don't have uses right there on the label:

Tea tree oil has lots of great personal care uses from zit zapping to deodorant making (and I adore the smell! I know that's an opinion people are split on), but right now I've got the spring cleaning bug which is another perfect use for the stuff.

Now, ideally, when working with any essential oil, you should use glass. Essential oils are potent and can eat away at plastics. In this case, I just had to clean and knew I'd be able to use all the cleaner in one day, so I went ahead and mixed my cleaner in a plastic spray bottle. Basically, if you do use plastic, don't leave any mixture "for later" in there.

This is the easiest thing ever: in the spray bottle, mix 3 cups of water with about 10 drops of tea tree oil. You can also add 1/2 cup vinegar, but I'm not a fan of the smell. I proceed to grab some cloths and wipe down everything: countertops, sinks, tubs, window ledges, baseboards, get the idea. If I have any left, I use it as floor cleaner. I've just naturally disinfected my home and it smells so fresh!

Oh, and remember how I mentioned the bottle offers you some ideas for oil usage? I love how Apothecary Extracts didn't stop there. When you purchase the oil on amazon (a steal at $25 for such a large amount), they throw in a FREE e-book with 50+ tea tree oil uses.

If you'll excuse me, I'm off to debate which use I want to implement next.

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never say never

Sean and I have been together ten years. In that time, we've determined his immune system and mine are very different. He gets sick fairly often, complaining of a sore throat or an upset stomach. He thoughtfully tries to avoid kissing when that happens.

I just roll my eyes. "You won't get me sick."

And in ten years, that's always been true. I've never gotten sick from him. Never.

my desk decor for the week.

Ha, ha. Until last week, that is.

At the start of the weekend, I heard the sore throat complaint. We went about our  business. by last Wednesday, I felt a throat tickle. Now, almost a week later, I'm downing cough syrup and wishing I could sleep this nastiness off. Of course, we all know, coughs love nothing more then to assault you when you lay down.

Moral of the story: when you share your entire life with someone, never has plenty of time to find a way.

Oh well. I'll keep kissing him when his throat hurts and I love him anyway.
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