RV Living {Reality Check} Six Months In

It’s hard to believe six months have passed since we moved into our trailer! I have had a lot of people asking how it has been going, so I thought I would break down some of the good and bad aspects of RV living for us so far. Any negative sides we’ve experienced are almost exclusively related to the fact that we haven’t started travelling yet, and it is winter on the Sunshine Coast of BC, which means a whole lot of rain – but luckily not much snow!

What’s The Hold Up On Getting This Show On The Road?

Our plan was always that we would be living in the trailer stationary for a period, waiting until little Arly arrived, then making sure we were both healthy (which we are, yay!). We then adjusted the plan to accommodate Bryn wrapping up work which is taking longer than anticipated, as is normal with construction. We hoped to be on the road by now, but our new departure will be late March or early April, and it seems we might need that time to be totally prepared anyways!

It is a little weird living in our trailer, where we have been living the past few years, but also has made the transition a lot easier! We know where to get diapers at the best prices for Arly, where to take Hudson to play and have gotten to enjoy our local family and friends which has been great!

RV Living … How is it REALLY?

Pull up a chair and I’ll give you the REAL scoop on RV living… it really isn’t bad! It would be completely misleading to say it’s all been roses though, so here is the main thing that has been really hard: Getting organized… Not a strength for Bryn and I and without organization in such a small space there is clutter and eventually clutter = anxiety for both of us. The saying that the state of your space is a reflection of the state of your mind is spot on. This was something we struggled with in our house too, but we always had a spare room to keep our mess out of sight! Now that it doesn’t feel like Bryn is working 24/7 we are chipping away at projects to make staying organized easier which makes the trailer much more enjoyable to be in.

Ongoing purging helps a ton as well, now that we have been in here for a while we can be way more objective about what we do and do not need! Minimizing toys tip for RV living or just working towards having less stuff: if you need to purge toys, get Daddy to do it! I am way too sentimental and can picture Hudson playing with each toy, Bryn cut his toys in half (again) in about 20 minutes and he definitely didn’t feel sad at all, ha!

The Worst Part So Far

MOLD. ugh. A very unfortunate side effect of our disorganization was lack of airflow in a few particular corners. That combined with cold temperatures causing condensation in those same corners meant mold! We knew the previous owners had some moisture issues because when we pulled up the carpet in the slides, there were some water stains, so we were checking the corners regularly. Since we were checking we caught it before it had been there for too long, but still so gross. The damage was thankfully minimal, we just need to seal the trim with paint & have used some handy essential oils to kill the mold (see spray recipe below). By moving around the fan and dehumidifier we are making sure there is adequate air movement throughout the trailer. Those corners are now permanently cleared out to make sure that doesn’t happen again, the mold was an excellent motivator to get organized haha!

I keep thinking about how many people with carpeted trailers must have sneaky mold living in their corners if they have spent time in colder climates, yuck! Many people put a skirting around the bottom of their RV to help conserve heat and that would probably prevent this issue as well. If we happen to be in our trailer in a colder climate again for any period we will be doing this!

Things We Didn’t Think Of When Planning on RV Living full time

I think we had a pretty realistic grasp on what life in the trailer would look like but one thing I didn’t think of was drinking water. The previous owners lived in Mexico with this rig for a few months and so we have no idea if the water is 100% safe to drink. It tastes gross, like hose water. The temporary solution has been two 4L jugs we fill up daily for drinking and cooking with. It isn’t a huge deal but can definitely be a pain & is just one more thing to do. We will clean out the system and test it before we hit the road, so at least we can fill some sort of filtration jug right in the trailer instead of having to trek around with the boys and jugs of water. I know, a definite first world problem, but something we never thought about in our house.

On the Sunshine Coast there are only a few campgrounds, so let’s just say you get what you get. The location of where we are is perfect and the amenities are totally adequate, however when there is a lot of rain we walk out our door to several inches of water. Not ideal! This means constantly tracking in tree needles into the RV, as we need to keep our shoes inside. This causes a bit of a space issue as well…  The upside to all this? It is a small fraction of what we used to pay for our mortgage, SCORE!

The Best Part So Far

Sweet simplicity, I really love our tiny little home and it 100% feels like home because of the awesome humans I share it with. 20 minutes to clean the whole thing doesn’t hurt either! Can’t wait to fill you in once we hit the road and get to start the real adventure!



A New Adventure: Full Time RV Living

How we ended up living in an RV full time:

I have started to write this so many times but I have found it hard to figure out where to start, when to stop and how many details were really necessary… I have finally decided that there will be plenty of opportunities to share all the details. Today I will just share a bit about how we ended up where we are today, with a shrunken home and expanding family!

Last year, when housing prices began to climb significantly here on the Sunshine Coast we threw around the idea of selling our house and taking some time to travel. My Hubby Bryn and I both love to travel and each did a fair bit before we were together and “normal life” took over. We dreamed of 6 weeks in New Zealand but the conversation always got stone-walled at, “but then what?”. We would have sold our home, and the rental market here is expensive with few options, so then what? Eventually we tabled the idea and although we were still craving a massive change in our lifestyle, we decided selling our house wouldn’t be a very smart thing to do.

But then we changed our minds…

Not so accidentally, we started stumbling across the concept of full time RV living via some blogs, you tube videos, and some of the top leaders in the company I work with. At first it was sort of intriguing in one of those “good for them”, sort of ways but it didn’t really seem 100% tangible to us. Over time that feeling changed as the idea marinated in the back of our minds. One day it just clicked, it really checked all the boxes for the changes we wanted to have in our life and family and so we decided to put the wheels in motion.

The first thing we did was a massive purge of our closet, it was almost like we were both testing each other’s resolve to actually go through with this all, it took Bryn about 10 minutes to cut his “wardrobe” into about 1/3 of the already small size. Then it was like he was daring me to show how serious I was by following suit… It took about two hours for me to do the same damage he had. The pile was a huge mountain and we filled 3 industrial sized garbage bags with clothing. It felt absolutely amazing to clear so much out and it felt like the beginning of this crazy adventure.

I will do a post in the near future about what it really looks like to whittle your belongings down to what will fit in a 32′ trailer (and one small storage locker), but it is intense – and also incredibly liberating, I would highly recommend it, even if you aren’t selling your house and taking life on the road. I am definitely a re-formed pack rat.

But what about money, and the future after RV living?

There is another huge factor that played into making this decision that we do not take for granted at all. That is that our home very nearly doubled in just 3 short years, of course some of that was the improvements we made to it but a lot was simply buying low and then the market taking off. We were able to pay off a considerable amount of debt, purchase a truck and our travel trailer cash to avoid having any significant monthly payments, and still have a decent chunk to re-invest one day and to live off for of for a while.

Which brings us to the last large piece of the puzzle, sure we can travel for a while but then what, be left with nothing of monetary value (like a house)? This is honestly the biggest leap of faith in this story, but we both know how to work hard and are willing to put the time in now to work towards creating and living the life we want to live with and for our family. I have been lucky to come across a product and company that I absolutely love and I have no doubts that as we are able to put in a full time effort into it (and this blog!) as we travel, we will be able to replace and exceed our current income.

SO now it all makes sense right?

That is the very short version of how we ended up where we are today! Living in a 32′ travel trailer with our little boy, and with another little one on his way in early December. Bryn and I have been wanting to expand our family for quite some time and are overjoyed that this little guy will get to come along for the ride with us!

As a family we want to adventure, and experience life in a way that just is not possible with a conventional job and lifestyle. We want to offer experiences to our children, and although they may not remember them, they will still help shape them and how they see the world. Some people think we are crazy (and some days I would not even argue with that), but I love that saying by Lewis Carroll “in the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take” and that is what we are living by for now. Once we set off to take this full time RV living circus on the road early next year we plan to travel for 1-2 years, or more if we absolutely love it, and we are leaving where we land at the end of it totally open!


My Essentials: 3 of my favourite quick & easy DIYs

I want to share some of my absolute favourite recipes that are fast, easy and work really well & tell you a bit about which Essential Oils I use in them! If you missed it – I share a bit about how/why I got started with essential oils here.

Hand Soap

Combine Equal parts of water and unscented castile soap (Dr. Bronners is what I usually use), add approx. 1tsp of vitamin E oil (or Fractionated Coconut Oil, or avocado oil or another moisturizing oil of choice) to add some extra skin moisturization. Then add 15-25 drops of essential oils of your choice. Some suggestions: Protective Blend, Cleansing Blend, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lime, Lemon, Arborvitae, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Grapefruit. Two of my favourite combos so far are Peppermint & Rosemary – it is oh so fresh, and Lemongrass, Wild Orange & Basil – super invigorating! Super clean hands & a lovely aroma that actually comes right from the plant rather than toxic chemicals and synthetics – and don’t get me started on the dyes used to colour it… I put mine in a high quality plastic (number 1 or 2 is safe to use essential oils in, otherwise the oils will breakdown and leach toxins from the plastic – not leaving you much better off toxin wise) foaming soap pump and it goes a long way!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap - non toxic & with Essential Oils

Mouth Wash

I shared all about how we overhauled our oral health care routine and gave the boot to all the weird chemicals that can be found in conventional products in this post, but since this is truly the quickest and easiest of all DIYs I thought I would share once again. Find a glass bottle or jar – I recycled a kombucha bottle.

Fill jar/bottle with distilled or boiled then cooled water, or even just tap water – the oils will purify it anyways. Add approximately 8 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 2 drops of Clove Bud essential Oil, you can use more or less drops depending on preference and size of container. Shake before use & you are all set for an all natural, economic, super effective mouth wash!

(not all essential oils are equal – ensure that yours are pure and of the highest quality before ingesting!)

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health - Mouth Wash

Dry Shampoo

Forget diamonds – dry shampoo is truly a girls best friend! Aerosol products generally are filled with not so lovely chemicals that can disrupt proper hormone levels, irritate our lungs and eyes, as well as do awesome thing that make our hair look way fresher than it is, right? So if you can take away the negative effects and still freshen your hair – why not?

Light Hair: 1/4C Arrowroot Powder

Dark Hair: Combine 2 Tbsp each of Arrowroot Powder & Cocoa Powder

Add two drops each of Lavender, Peppermint & Rosemary or a combo of your preference for a total of 6 drops. My preference is 3 each of Peppermint and Rosemary! These three oils are great for your scalp, can help promote hair growth and smell ah-mazing! Also, the dark hair one does have a slight chocolatey smell to it which is rather appealing to a chocolate lover like myself!

To apply – if you are like me and you don’t have make up brushes for days – just sprinkle some on and massage it into the desired areas with your fingers. If you prefer a brush – a dense and largish brush will work best for you!

Non toxic Dry Shampoo with Essential Oils


I hope you enjoy these recipes & have caught a glimpse at how truly easy it can be to ‘clean up’ the products you use in your home with the added benefits of essential oils & feel free to contact me with any questions: eoswithtani@gmail.com & feel free to check out my EO Instagram (separate from my blog account) for daily tips, diffuser recipe suggestions & even cooking with essential oils! The link is right here :)

Please comment below if you try any of these recipes & share some of your favourite ways to use Essential Oils!

Confessions of a Serial “Fresh Starter”

Hi, my name is Tanitha and I am addicted to making life changing goals that I never follow through on. I have seriously lost count of how many times I have wanted to revamp my house, my body, my health, my filing system, my routine, my blog, my organization skills, how I run my business etc etc etc…

Anyone with me on this?  Here’s the problem though, I almost always bite off more than I can chew or try to do everything at once, which inevitably leads to ‘failure’, and me getting down on myself and then often reverting further away from where I wanted to be than before, it is a vicious cycle and has not served me thus far so I am re-assessing and looking for better ways to go about things.

The first thing that I know is a problem for me is a serious case of impatience, like I start working out and if three days in I haven’t lost 15 lbs I feel discouraged which I realize is insane (and a huge exaggeration), but I have a hard time focusing on the good (like how positive I feel after a work out regardless of any instant-success that doesn’t actually exist for anyone). Same thing with organization, last week I was super lucky to have Bryn’s Mom here for a day and a bit and she played with Hudson while I got some de cluttering done, but I only got half way through the miscellaneous papers everywhere so the mess just feels like it has increased and I haven’t touched them since even though I know if I just took 20 minutes a few times a week I could easily stay on top of it all.

What is 20 minutes though? That’s 1/3rd of an hour! It doesn’t seem like much but really, my one year old will rarely happily play by himself for that long and loves getting into whatever I am up to, especially neatly piled and organized papers and there aren’t enough sets of 20 minutes in my world where he is sleeping… so again, I must be looking at it all wrong…

All this being said I am working on shifting my overall mindset and I know as I make small changes in that, I will be honing the tools I need to be more successful in making other shifts in my life. Here are the best of the best things I have learned lately that I am working on integrating into my life (slowly and patiently of course haha)…

DO NOT MAKE A TO DO LIST… what?! Yes, you read that right. IF you are all about the lists and do well with that all the power to you, but when I write a to do list it is more like setting myself up for failure because I try to cram too many things into it and cannot possibly make a go of completing it. A great tip I just recently heard, and this could pertain more to working from home but I think blog and business aside just as a Mom at home this is a great tool…

Check-in with yourself on the hour and do the one thing that is most important thing for you to accomplish within that hour. This can be business related or not. So sometimes it might be taking your little one outside for a little walk or play before you both lose it. It could be as simple as filling your water bottle up and ensuring you finish all that water within the hour, it can be sending that email you have been putting off, emptying the dishwasher, doing your social media post. Simple, attainable, small tasks. Bam, all of a sudden you feel more successful! I will be continuing to implement this one, I have started with every two hours and will work my way to hourly – and this doesn’t need to be all waking hours it can be set hours like 9-5 or something – make it work for you!

Be both disciplined & gracious with yourself. I know, like really really KNOW that as much as I am generally a positive person and up beat I treat myself in a way I would never treat anyone else ever. Blech, I hate to even announce that but I know there are lots of us out there that need to be more kind to ourselves and it is a hard thing to change! First off being disciplined – a concept I have been trying to wrap my head around when it comes to my business is would I hire/fire myself? I have an amazing opportunity to work for myself but that being said WORK still needs to get done and so I have been working on ways to be working hard for myself and making the time I spend count! As far as being gracious towards myself – one thing – I have been trying to do that has helped is waking up and smiling at myself in the mirror – messy hair, dark circles, perfectly rested – however you roll out of bed in the morning give yourself a smile – even do a Joey “Hey, how you doin?” if you dare. Silly, uncomfortable, life changing. I admit I don’t always remember to do this depending on how my day starts but it helps me so much to start my day off by being kind to myself.

Those are my little simple things I am doing – and no my life is not suddenly going to be transformed top to bottom but I am learning patience and allowing myself to learn and grow and head steadily in the right direction even if it is in a one step forward and two steps back sort of way – that is still an improvement to a few steps forward followed by an about face and sprint in the opposite direction – right?!

Hiatus Over - some thoughts on blogging, priorities, blogger burnout and time management!

Peeking Out from Behind my Blogging Hiatus…

Since it has been a while I should begin with, Hello!

There are a few reasons I decided to take a break and to be honest it started accidentally and continued on purpose! Life is busy and full and stressful at times and I just didn’t make it a priority! I needed a break to re-assess. I’ve seen that quote on several instagram accounts lately floating around about (and I’m going to paraphrase here so don’t quote me) just saying something isn’t a priority right now rather than I don’t have time and see how that feels. So here I am admitting that I have the same 24 hours in the day as all the amazingly productive and consistent Mama Bloggers out there and I just haven’t been using those hours to spend on my blog. Is that okay? Yes.

Something I read a lot about when I was getting ready to launch my blog was “new blogger burnout” and also high stats on new blogs not making it past the three month mark and if you make it past three months, chances are you won’t make it past six – crazy! I can totally see why now – the truth is that blogging is really fun and a wonderful outlet but also that they can be a whole pile of work, the social media and numbers can be overwhelming and it all can be super time consuming depending on your style, subject and how often you post. I was finding even posts that flowed easily out of me would take me hours (like 4+ at least) until I was satisfied enough to post them between re-wording and figuring out photos (and photography is not a strength for me yet), and then spending an hour on even the most simple graphic, basically felt like a chore that is not my intention for this blog.

It’s been weird at times beginning blogging, some things feel a bit like high school and I will say that I have not had any negative experiences, just my own insecurities, not quite being as cool as the super awesome Vancouver blogger circle and silly issues spending way too much time checking my stats and page views rather than finding ways to offer value and connect. SO I am over all of that now – it is out of my system, I have been loving instagram even more lately and realized how much truth there is in that old quote about not comparing your first chapter to someone else’s 12th, or 200th for that matter – duh. Also realizing that I don’t love Twitter so maybe that means that I just don’t really use it – who cares? This is my blog and why not run it accordingly since I get to be my own boss in this scenario – I might as well be a cool boss that doesn’t make me do stuff I don’t want to… I admit this post is getting weird but I shall proceed anyway.

I just made it past the 6 month mark a few days ago (if the last month of not posting on the blo counts teehee) and the break I took made it clear that I do want to keep blogging, just that I need to adjust my expectations of what that looks like for me! So maybe that means not spending an hour (in the middle of the night often) being a weird finicky perfectionist because that is sooo not me in real life!

I am turning 30 this year and have spent a lot of time thinking about how I want my life to look going forward I have been spending a lot of time trying to work on myself and develop and figure out both my strengths and weaknesses. I have also been working on self-care and learning to let go of things that cause unnecessary stress and take away from quality time with my family because that is just plain the stage I am in and I want to be as present and healthy as possible in that!

So this is me, peeking out from behind my blog break, super happy to be back! I’m going to go set a 20 minute timer and not spend a second longer making  title graphic, cool? Cool! See you sooner next time & thanks for popping back in to check out my blog again!

xo Tani

Essential OilsAnd Oral Health

Essential Oils and Oral Health

Welcome to Friday Essentials! … Saturday Night Edition :D

Okay so I knew I needed a pretty graphic for such a random seeming post, because I know Oral Health is not exactly riveting and throw in the Essential Oils and it might seem really out there but I think this is an important topic and hey I get to run this little corner of the internet so here we go!

So I mentioned a few months ago that the dentist finally convinced me about the importance of flossing and taking better care of my teeth (they weren’t rotting out of my mouth or anything, I just wasn’t flossing very often, or really at all), and I was super excited to learn how helpful essential oils can be to help with this. (yes, I meant excited!!!)…

Here are a few things that your oral health can impact:

– Gum disease/inflammation
– Self-esteem (I feel wayyyy better after I clean my teeth!)
– Appearance
– People with pre-existing diabetes are more susceptible to complications.
– Respiratory Health
– Bad Breath
– Infections in the mouth & body
– Tooth loss (not the kind where another one is on it’s way heehee)
– Digestive health
– They are still exploring links between oral health & cardiovascular health

My Top Essential Oils for Oral Health (I would probably add Spearmint too but I don’t have it yet & want to share my own experiences):

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health

*these oils have a ton of other uses, but these are how they apply to oral care*

***As always I am talking about essential oils that are organic and truly pure & if an EO advises on the bottle to not to use internally they shouldn’t be used as I am suggesting below***

Clove: This oil is an antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, nervine, regenerative, immune stimulant. So everyone needs some clove in their lives, it has been used historically for toothaches & bad breath. It is a hot oil and so should always be used diluted on the skin so it does not cause irritation but is okay to use undiluted on a sore tooth in an adults mouth, I would always dilute for children.

Peppermint: Some relevant properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral. I would venture to say most people are familiar with peppermint in their toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, and floss because it is wonderful for freshening your breath & tastes so good! It is good for so much more than that though, kills germs and a whole lot more!

Melaleuca a.k.a. Tea Tree: Antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic. Helps with cavities and gum disease! To be honest I haven’t tried this one yet, I just came across this as I was firming up my research for this post but I like the taste & can’t wait to add it to our next mouth wash!

Here are some easy, all natural & inexpensive ways to re-vamp your Oral health regimen:

Mouthwash: I used a recycled glass kombucha bottle, filled it with previously boiled & then cooled water (leftover from the kettle) & added 8 drops of peppermint EO and 2 drops of clove. Oil & water don’t mix (duh) so you have to shake well before you take a swig & then swish and you have the choice to swallow or spit it out. It is also awesome to gargle with if you are feeling a sore throat coming on.

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health - Mouth Wash

Breath Freshening Spray: A one or two oz little glass spray bottle is perfect for this, just add water and 2-4 drops of your EOs of choice, and just shake it up and spray when your breath needs a boost! Perfect when you are on the go, you can play around with what taste you prefer!

Teeth Whitening: Activated Charcoal!!! This works so well, I have done it twice now and there is a visible difference in how white my teeth are each time! This is recommended to do weekly, not more often. You can buy capsules at the health food store, they are pretty cheap so you are literally whitening your teeth for a teeny tiny fraction of the price of conventional whitening strips & without all the crazy chemicals, so a total win win! You can choose to bring essential oils into this if you want, it’s actually okay without but way better with.

Activated Charcoal - Essential Oils for Oral Health

Here’s what you do: wet your toothbrush, break open an activated charcoal capsule and dump it on your toothbrush (I find with the ones we buy are good for both me and my husband so we split one) add a drop of clove, peppermint, protective blend, or spearmint. Brush for 2-3 minutes, it is messy, your mouth will be black but once you rinse a few times you will have whiter teeth!

It’s this cute:

Activated Charcoal Brushing

Brushing with Clove: If you just want to give your mouth a little overhaul, add a drop of clove with your toothpaste, it is a bit of a shock but my mouth feels oh so clean after!

Natural Toothpaste: I have a lovely friend that sometimes brushes with just baking soda, but I just can’t hack it – it makes me gag… So do your own research about fluoride, I never had a problem with it before, but I have come to question if it is really necessary… SO we are using an all natural toothpaste that contains EOs and I am obsessed, I will never go back, if you want a suggestion shoot me a message! I also love that it is safe for little Huddy to use as well!

Clean your toothbrushes: I think everyone has heard the gross studies about what can lurk on our toothbrushes, so what I have begun to do is throw our toothbrushes in a glass with two drops of clove while I am cleaning the bathroom to give them a good cleaning as well! Doesn’t get any easier than that!

That wraps up my super awesome ideas on re-vamping your oral care & I promise it is all really easy and way cheaper than other oral health products out there! So now you know!

xo Tani


It’s All an Illusion: My First Video Blog

Hello & welcome to my first Video Blog!

I’m chatting about the illusion and misconception we can create whether it’s social media or the state of our home ;)

I’ve had lots on my mind that I’ve wanted to share but I just haven’t made time to write much lately so I thought I would integrate videos on my blog from time to time in order to be more efficient! Let me know what you think of this way of blogging & also your thoughts on the topic!

xo tani

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Our Valentine’s Day Family Tradition

I am so excited to share the Valentine’s Day tradition we started last year with you! Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a family of three and with a four month old my hubby and I didn’t really get up to much, not that we went all out in years prior either, but last year felt much different anyways due to the babe.

If anything, adding to our family has made our love grow and change in ways we never could have prepared for, and it is a beautiful thing. Last year the contrast of being a family of more than two really resonated with me and although I am not usually super organized and we don’t have a ton of traditions per se, I started one that I think we will easily be able to stick with over the years!

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Obviously over the years Bryn’s and mine hand print probably won’t change a whole lot but I am so excited to even see how much bigger Hudson’s hand this year compared to last & I get goosebumps thinking about how there is a good chance Hudson’s hand will also be bigger than mine one day & maybe even bigger than his Dad’s too!

The thought of the hand prints we will add to this as our family grows really excites me too & since it is such a simple project I know this will be one of few projects I will actually keep up with!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A canvas or thick paper of your choosing – at least as big as the biggest hand involved :)

Acrylic paint

Paint brushes

I got all of the above from the dollar store, so not only is this cute but super affordable!

We did colour last year but I think this year I want to do black, white & grey or gold so I can put it up in the kitchen or living room without clashing with the other decor around, I will add a picture when we do it on Sunday!


I think this is pretty self explanatory, but just in case, start with the biggest hand, paint with colour of your choice and press it down well onto the paper or canvas.

Let dry for about half an hour and proceed with the next hand in size with a contrasting colour.

Continue through to the littlest hand, let dry and frame or mount as is!

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Let your heart over flow with joy, love and gratitude for the family you have!

If you already have those supplies and are feeling crafty, here are a couple other easy DIY ideas, here and here.

Happy Love day this weekend loves!

Friday Essentials- Lovely Lemon Essential Oil

Friday Essentials: Lovely Lemon

I wasn’t planning on featuring specific single oils for this series but Lemon came to the rescue a few times this week so I thought why not! I’m going to share a few ways to use it on it’s own and then also a couple ways it is extra awesome in combination with other oils.

A little about Lemon Essential Oil in general:

  • It is cold pressed from the lemon rind to preserve it’s potency and delicate nature.
  • It has powerful cleansing and and detoxifying properties but is gentle enough to use on little ones (if it is pure essential oil with no additives)
  • It has a fresh scent (okay I hope everyone here is familiar with what a lemon smells like), that is emotionally up lifting, bonus!
  • Some of the other amazing properties of lemon essential oil: antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral… and that is why you can make.

Here are my favourite ways to use lemon essential oil and how it saved my favourite end table this week:

So we recently began colouring with Hudson using crayons, but when I put the crayons away he took notice of a drawer that he’s technically been able to reach for a while but that had flown under his radar, and it is full of things like pens, felts, permanent markers, passports, you know just everything you don’t want your toddler to get in to. I’m sure you know exactly where this is going, he got his little hands on an extra thick black permanent marker and started colouring on the table, I knew that lemon EO could be used for things like this so I thought I’d give it a try and it worked really well! Quite a bit of elbow grease and some lemon EO and off it came!

Black Marker on Table - Friday Essentials with Imaginary Sails

Black Marker on Table cleaning with lemon essential oil - Friday Essentials with Imaginary Sails

Another thing you can do is make an all purpose cleaner with it, you can go to town with this as there a lots of EOs with powerful cleansing properties but it’s nice to keep it simple sometimes, mix equal parts water and white vinegar, you can add some baking soda as well if you’d like and add as many drops of EO as ounces of liquid, give or take depending on if you prefer a stronger smell. I love that a cleaner like this works really well but also, I don’t have to worry about it making Hudson sick if he gets his little paws on it! I have some pretty glass spray bottles on their way so when they get here I will do a full post on the different cleansers to make, for now I have just been mixing in a recycled glass jar, as the oils can breakdown and pull out the toxins in plastic bottles so they aren’t the best option.

Here’s another favourite, I love a drop or two in my water, it gently detoxifies your body ANNNND helps to balance the pH of your body without being hard on the enamel of your teeth like fresh lemon can be.

I also have started putting a small amount over the bridge of Hudson’s nose and the snot storm ceases! This means less snail trails across the shoulder of all of my clothes, a definite victory!!!

Combined with Lavender and Peppermint it is my new life saver for normalizing histamine levels, I put a few drops of each in 2tsp of carrier oil and apply around my eyes, it is amazing! You can also diffuse this trio daily to keep those itchy eyes at bay!

If you saw my Instagram today I am making dryer balls which are awesome to add a few drops of essential oils to to help freshen, deodorize and scent your laundry, in an all natural non toxic way. I love this idea because then you aren’t stuck with all of the crazy chemicals that come with dryer sheets, and you can switch up the scents as you wish! (read a little more about toxic load here). I will let you know how the dryer balls turn out once I felt them!

Lemon is also awesome for it’s immune function boosting ways! I have it in both Hudson’s and mine and my Hubby’s daily immune boosting rollers along with Frankincense, Protective Blend, and Tea Tree. You can also add Oregano if you need a power house boost. Let me know if you want to know about dilution ratios and where to apply these great little mixtures!

I love to diffuse it with any other citrus or minty things like peppermint, spearmint & eucalyptus, it’s just so good & you get the bonus of the air getting cleansed as well!

Friday Essentials: Lemon Essential Oil

As always, I encourage you to empower yourself and be sure that you are using Essential Oils that are truly just Essential Oils and aren’t full of scary and undisclosed additives!

Come check out my Essential Oil Instagram if you are curious about other ways to use essential oils! Contact me any time if I can help you out with anything oil related!

Introducing a New Series: Friday Essentials

A New Series: Introducing Friday Essentials

SO you know the kind of nervous you get when you are introducing your boyfriend to your crazy family, or your crazy boyfriend to your best friend, this is how I feel about starting this series but even more than that I am super excited! About two months ago I found a new love and fell hard and fast for Essential Oils. I have been researching, learning and using them as much as humanly possible (and reasonable while chasing my crazy 15 month old around) and while I can’t call myself an expert I am loving what I am learning! Some of you already know about this obsession because I have done a few posts on Facebook, or maybe you have come across my Essential Oil Instagram account (I just thought it would be better to have a separate one since it is so easy for me to post constantly about EOs and I didn’t want to spam or confuse my lovely blog followers) but if you are so inclined, you can find me @eoswithtani I share information and tips on how I am using my EOs on a daily basis.

I have mentioned in some previous posts that I have become more aware of the ingredients of the products we use in our home since having Hudson, and have stuck with mostly natural products for him (this is still a daily fave & goes perfectly with a drop of essential oil in the bath!) but the more I learn the more I realize that my hubby and I should step up our game too. It can be extreme and there are a lot of loony alarmists out there, but as I research about toxic load and the havoc it can wreak on our systems, throw off our hormones, cause emotional imbalance etc., and as I learn how seriously simple (and realllly cheap) it is to replace these toxic products with solutions I can make myself, I have run out of excuses not to. I will definitely be sharing these DIYs in upcoming Friday Essentials posts!

Oh and the smell! When you inhale Essential Oils, they have immediate effects, so amazing! I have started to turn to them for an energy boost, for motivation, for a little Mommy Zen moment when I am ready to pull my hair out and collapse on the floor in defeat ;), and they have helped to stave off a few bugs this cold and flu season too! They have also been saving this Mama’s booty when it comes to teething, sore muscles, and tummy troubles, seriously true love!!!

Aromatherapy - Friday Essentials

A few house keeping things just for good measure: I am not and will not tell you that they are a magical cure all, I will go more in depth with how they work in later posts, but basically they help to support the body’s systems to work how they are supposed to function and your body will just plain old work better and do amazing things itself with that support. When using Essential Oils it is super important to ensure they are pure as well as therapeutic grade and that is the grade of oils I will be referring to. Unfortunately there is no regulating body for essential oils and a bottle only needs to contain a small percentage of pure oil to be labelled 100% pure, a good thing to check is the ingredients, there should just be one if it is pure, another thing to look at is that if and essential oil is something that is normally edible such as lemon, peppermint, lavender and it says ‘do not ingest’, that should raise your eyebrow for sure. I feel perfectly safe ingesting small amounts of pure essential oils with a little bit of  research, common sense and proper guidelines it’s perfectly fine.

If you have any questions about any or all of this please don’t hesitate to contact me! There are regulations that keep me from sharing which oils in particular I use but you can see on my Instagram (@eoswithtani), contact me directly through my blog contact page or email me at imaginarysails@gmail.com, I would love to chat about them & if you are rolling your eyes because you have been using them for years and I am over here acting like I single handedly discovered them, I would love to hear how and what you use them for!

Here are a few of my current favourite diffuser blends:

Wild Orange & Peppermint: Great for a boost mentally and emotionally, amazing to help you focus & the Wild Orange also cleanses the air (bonus!)

Grapefruit & White Fir: Just yum! Also a great Happy blend (both uplifting and grounding), you can tell it’s winter because I am obsessed with citrus at the moment!

Lavender & Cedarwood: This is a great unwinding blend, super calming & kind of lets you just exhale!