Vanessa Wood

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Everyday wife + girl mama sharing my health & wellness journey, fueled by coffee, essential oils, and the hopes of becoming organized 😜

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When you want to be #basic with alllll the fall candles but you don't want all that toxic candle junk πŸ™…πŸΌ this combo smells SO good and I think Clove might be my new favorite fall smell. The diffuser also has a candle light setting so there ya go πŸ”₯ #socozy #nowweneedcoolerweather #whyisit90inoctober ?!
#perfumeoftheday conventional perfumes are FILLED with toxic ingredients that seep into your skin when you apply it.  But Bergamot... it's all natural and it smells so. damn. good. πŸ™ŒπŸ» I put a drop behind each ear, on my wrists and under my arms (#realtalk) and in addition to smelling fresh ta death, bergamot has a scent that is uplifting and helps support your emotions πŸ’πŸΌ
The girls are finally in bed which means mama can finally fold that mountain of laundry that's been on the couch for about, eh, 4 days πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ The upside is that I don't have to worry about little hands unfolding everything AND I get to catch up on all my bad reality tv shows πŸ™ŒπŸ» #whatmorecouldiaskfor A couple of drops of this in the diffuser to help me relax and unwind and I am a happy girl 😍 #onlythingmissingiswine 🍷
Always reaching for that En-R-Gee when I'm at the office to get me through that afternoon slump.  Especially since I'm trying (key word) to cut my afternoon coffee.  Love adding a splash of Orange for an extra boost!  What are some of your favorite combos to help you push through a conquer your work day? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ #sendhelp
One drop of Joy over my heart and Stress Away on pretty much every other inch of my body because, #toddlers 😜these oils help support alllll the feels but holy cow, #isitfridayyet ? πŸ™ˆπŸ·#jesustakethewheel
Let's talk aout DRYER SHEETS.

I've posted about how chemical-y they are and why I use wool dryer balls instead, but i had to share this idea too!  These are the new baby wipes from Young Living and they are the REAL MVP πŸ™ŒπŸ» When you use this instead of dryer sheets, this is what you are LEAVING OUT: -Benzyl Acetate: linked to prostate cancer
-Benzyl Alcohol: upper respiratory tract irritant
-Ethanol: on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous disorders
-Limonene: The synthetic version is a known carcinogen
-A-Terpineol: can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
-Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste List
-Camphor: causes central nervous system disorders
-Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
-Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
-Pentane: a chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling -- so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells of the toxins.

Such an easy switch and such HUGE benefits! #themoreyouknow πŸ’πŸΌ
So I don't want to be THAT parent who shares/posts all of this embarrassing stuff about their kid who will totally be pissed reading it 16 years from now, BUT I'm just going to throw this out there: if you have a human in your house who just can't seem to stay dry all night, put some of this (diluted) on their lower abdomen and you are SET. Seriously. It's that easy. You can message me if you want more of the potentially futurely embarrassing / possibly tmi details 😜 #leavenoevidence #butseriouslythisWORKS #nomorechangingsheetseveryday πŸ™ŒπŸ» #mamawin
3.5 hour nap, it's what mama dreams are made of πŸ™ŒπŸ» this stuff is ✨😍 #maybeishouldhavenappedtoo #essentialoilsrock #sleepingbabiesarethebest
#currentlydiffusing This combo is uplifting, energizing, refreshing and giving me LIFE after spending the morning at the playground with the girls #crazybabies
Why does today feel like a Monday? 😫 Using and diffusing these two all day today in the office to power through πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ4th of July Essentials πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ P.S. This owie roller works GREAT for bug bites and stings.  On our way up to the mountains on Friday, driving with the windows down, a wasp bounced off my hand and went directly into Kylie's car seat where it stung her leg NINE times 😱 #whatarethechances #noseriouslythough #howdidthatevenhappen πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈAfter an emergency stop, baby strip down, and substantial mama freak out, we finished the drive to the cabin (thankfully we were close). I applied this roller to her stings and it seemed to provide a lot of relief.  Always keep this baby on hand πŸ™ŒπŸ»
Fun fact: did you know mosquitos land on people with Type O blood twice as often as people with Type A blood? (It's science, google it) No wonder I get eaten alive whenever we go anywhere #typeO πŸ™‹πŸΌ So after our last mountain escapade where I was assaulted by mosquitos (and was the only one who got bit, BTW) I whipped up this bug spray and the best part: it's (obviously) toxin-free and safe for the littles!  I made this recipe diluted for the girls, but I'm going to apply it to myself as well and see how it works.  If you want to make it stronger for adult only use, you can just up the amount of drops in the recipe below.  I also plan to add some Purification to the bottoms of our feet which should provide some extra repelling power.  This spray should repel mosquitos, flies, AND ticks (thank you, Palo Santo πŸ™ŒπŸ»). I've read Lemongrass is a good addition to a homemade bug spray but I also read it might attract bees so NO THANK YOU πŸ™…πŸΌ #terrifiedofbees 🐝
5-10 drops of each oil, half witch hazel and half distilled water.  If DIY isn't your thing, Young Living just released a new bug repellant so, there ya go!