Vanessa Wood

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Everyday wife + girl mama sharing my health & wellness journey, fueled by coffee and essential oils 💕

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My two favorites from last months new oil order! I picked Ylang Ylang because I’ve seen it as a common addition to lots of recipes, especially Valentine’s DIYs (stay tuned), and it subtle, flowery smell did not disappoint!  Its benefits vary as well, but the one that caught my eye was that it can help calm your nerves and boost your mood.  And if you are a sleep deprived mama, you probably know what I’m talking about!  Juniper has an amazing earthy smell to it, and I honestly ordered it just because I’ve been wanting to try it for months now.  When I looked up benefits for it, I was SO happy.  The two that really caught my eye: amazing for healthy and glowing complexion and (of course) mood boosting.  Is there an essential oil that ISNT mood boosting? Serious question, because I swear anything I put in that diffuser, once it’s in the air it instantly makes me happier 😊
It’s cold and overcast here, I’ve got tonight’s chili in the slow cooker, and I can’t seem to get out of my fuzzy socks and pizza jammy pants 🤷🏼‍♀️ just threw 3 drops of each of these in the diffuser to try and get the motivation to finish my to-do list (... probably will not motivate me to change my outfit #sorrynotsorry)
Tonight’s diffuser combo 🙌🏼 Vetiver was an new oil for me a couple months ago but now, it’s one of my favorites. It has SO many benefits but one of the greatest ones (for me) is it will make you totally calm and relaxed.  Having two crazy kids close in age (1.5 years apart), I need all the relaxation and sleep help I can get.  What does it smell like? The best way I can describe it is similar to that smell outside after it rains. I know you know what I’m talking about! To me, that’s one of the best smells of all time.  And I add lavender to the mix because, duh. The Vetiver oil itself is super thick, so you want to “warm it up” in your hands or stick it in your bra for a few minutes before you need to use it so that it flows from the bottle more easily!
Happy New Year Everyone! I thought since today is a day of fresh starts, it would be an excellent time to reintroduce myself for any new friends around here 😊 I’m Vanessa, I’ve been married to Rob for 5 years, and I’m a new(ish) stay at home mom to my two crazies, Adriana (3) and Kylie (2). Three fun facts about me: 1. I’m a Disney fanatic! My girls and I love to listen to Disney songs in the car, but I was doing that way before I had kids 😳 2. We recently made the move from city life in DTLA to suburban life in Orange County. I absolutely LOVE our new area, especially the Coffee Bean drive thru 🙌🏼 3. My husband and I met in the most magical place on earth: Las Vegas! 😜 It’s crazy to look back on where we’ve been and what we’ve done the last 7 years.  When I got pregnant with Adriana, I became an expert google researcher 😊 I downloaded the Think Dirty app and I started to realize how much TOXIC JUNK was in our household and in our everyday life.  Little by little over the last three years I’ve switched out products and made small changes, but looking back, those small changes have turned into HUGE benefits.  About a year ago, I made the plunge into the world of essential oils and I haven’t looked back.  I was hesitant and overwhelmed at first, but once I joined my community full of such amazing, supportive, knowledgeable people, I felt empowered as a mom, as a wife, and just overall as a person, so I created this space to share with anyone who wants to listen ☺️ Now don’t get me wrong, I still LIVE for a glass (or two) of wine, and I can’t function without coffee, and I’m not making my own deodorant (yet?).. but I just love to connect with others and learn from others about what little changes we can make to create a safer and healthier home for our families.  So if you are new here, WELCOME! And if you’ve been here, thanks for sticking around 😁 in 2018, I plan to be overall more intentional: with my sharing, with my time spent mommy-ing & wifey-ing, more intentional with my friendships, & more intentional with the impact I want to make.
Note to other mamas: giving your 2 year old a pack of Ningxia in the car seat is possibly the WORST idea ever.. 🙈 Ningxia on her forehead, all over the car seat & all over her outfit #momfail 🤷🏼‍♀️ oh well, this girl seriously LOVES her Ningxia so I'll take a little (huge) mess for all of the nutrients and antioxidants it gives her 🙌🏼🙌🏼 #babiesloveningxiatoo
Life + Cleaning Hack: soak cotton balls in essential oils and drop into your trash cans.  Purification to get rid of those yucky smells and Peppermint, not only for its #sofreshandsoclean smell, but also to repel little furry things 😬 for all you mamas, this also works AMAZING for diaper pails! #nowyouknow 😉
Christmas jammy pants + these two in the diffuser 🙌🏼 Tangerine to give me that extra energy and mood boost to get dinner on the table and Stress Away because as soon as there are knives on the counter and fire on the stove EVERYONE wants to be in the kitchen 🙈😩(and yes, im already in my pj pants at 3:45pm) #dontjudgeme #ithappens #orangecreamsicle #whatsinyourdiffuser
Just *some* of my empty bottles 😳 Can you guess WHY I started using oils a little more than a year ago? Because, toddlers have endless energy and we all needed to chill out 🤣 Gentle Baby and Peace and Calming are miracle workers in the sleep department and this mama is SO thankful we ALL are finally getting some solid sleep.  #sleepingbabiesarethebest 😍 also, when you think your bottle is finally out, take the tops off, save in a mason jar and add some bath salts.  This will absorb alll the final drops of oily goodness and you will have some DIY, relaxing bath salts ready to go for your next bath 💆🏼 #treatyoself
One of my FAV free goodies that I got with last month's order is, hands down, this Christmas diffuser ornament. I didn't even know these things existed!  Growing up, we always had a real Christmas tree in our house, and while I LOVED going to pick one out, my favorite thing about it was the smell. It smelled so. damn. fresh and good and Christmasy🎄 I said to myself, "I just don't understand why anyone WOULDN'T get a real tree?!?" ... but at the time, I wasn't the one who had to water it and vacuum up the falling pine needles and cut the darn thing into pieces to drag to the curb for the garbage truck. I'm tired just thinking about it 🙅🏼 So now that I am the person who would do all of that (ok, my husband would).. we have a fake tree 🙈🤣 but now with this little diffuser hanging at the top with some drops of Pine essential oil (which was ALSO free last month 💁🏼), I have the best of both worlds: pine tree smelling goodness and minimal work 🙌🏼 #itsachristmasmiracle
Here we go!  Black Friday starts NOW 🙌🏼 Doorbuster: for the next 3 hours only, the home diffuser is 25% off! 😱 if you aren't already a YL member, today is the day to join.. you don't want to miss this! Not only will you get access to these amazing sales,  you'll join an entire community of oilers that are there to help you along the way AND I'm giving $25 to everyone who grabs their kit with me today 🙌🏼 follow the link in bio or message me and I'll hook you up 😉
FRIENDS! This is the best Thanksgiving EVER! If you've been thinking about grabbing your starter kit and jumping into the oily life with me (and I know some of you have!), NOW is the time to do it.  Not only am I offering $25 cash back on your Premium Starter Kit, Young Living has some AMAZINGGG Black Friday deals starting tomorrow morning!! Discounts on oils, a diffuser, Thieves, AND the new Savvy Minerals makeup line.  So NOW is the time because the $25 cash back and the Black Friday deals end tomorrow at MIDNIGHT. $135 gets you the PSK, a huge community and team of support, guidance, and resources to help you get started, and access to allll the Black Friday deals.  Message me or comment below for all the deets on how to get started! #bestthanksgivingever #blackfriday #dontmissthis
Sundays are for getting your life together and finally cleaning your makeup brushes #theresafirsttimeforeverything 🙈 Check out my story to see the two natural products that I used to get my brushes looking back to new and squeaky clean ✨