Celebrity Fashion for Less – Taylor Swift Winter Look

Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift has some incredible style sense! And I personally think her fashion and personality are adorable. I love how she mixed plaids in this outfit and it took me forever to find a black bag with a gold clasp top to match hers. But I finally did, and from Amazon of all places!

1.20 Taylor Swift Look for Less

 {Taylor Swift Photo Credit}

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My Daily Routine Using DoTerra Essential Oils

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A big part of my daily routine is using essential oils and supplements. There are many that I use on an as needed basis, but some get used daily to keep us well and happy.

Each day I use DoTerra essential oils and products throughout the day on a regular basis. This routine includes the vitamin supplements, some of their personal care products and many of their oils – some of which I blend myself for more convenient use. Below is a typical DoTerra usage day in my house.

Morning

  • Take DoTerra Wellness Supplements with Breakfast – both Troy and I (1 – Microplex VMz, 1 – Alpha CRS+, 1 – xEO Mega, 1 – Mito 2 Max)
  • Give Children’s Wellness Supplements to Zeke (1 – A2Z Chewables, 1 t. of IQ Mega mixed in his juice)
  • Brush Teeth Using Homemade Essential Oil Toothpaste (stay tuned for recipe)
  • Wash Face with Homemade Essential Oil Face Wipes (stay tuned for recipe)
  • Put 3 Drops of Lemon, Wild Orange and Grapefruit Oil in Bottle of Water
  • Put 6 Drops of Citrus Blend Oil in Diffuser
  • Take 3 Drops of Slim & Sassy Oil Blend
  • Rub Homemade Thyroid Blend on Throat

Afternoon

  • Take 3 Drops of Slim & Sassy Oil Blend
  • Rub Homemade Thyroid Blend on Throat
  • Put 3 Drops of Lemon, Wild Orange and Grapefruit Oil in Bottle of Water

Evening

  • Take DoTerra Wellness Supplements with Dinner – both Troy and I (1 – Microplex VMz, 1 – Alpha CRS+, 1 – xEO Mega, 1 – Mito 2 Max)
  • Give Children’s Wellness Supplements to Zeke (1 – A2Z Chewables, 1 t. of IQ Mega mixed in his juice)
  • Take On Guard Beadlets – Troy, Zeke and I
  • Put 3-4 Drops of Lavender Oil in Zeke’s Bath
  • Use Salve with Lime, Eucalyptus and Lavender Oil on Zeke’s Eczema (I purchase this from a mom in our karate group that makes them – you can check out her Facebook page to order.)
  • Put On Guard and Serenity Blends on Zeke’s Feet Before Bed
  • Diffuse Serenity Oil Blend and On Guard Blend at Bedtime in Bedrooms
  • Use Whisper Blend in My Shower
  • Wash Face with Homemade Essential Oil Face Wipes (stay tuned for recipe)
  • Use HD Clear Rub On Blend on Face
  • Put On Guard and Serenity Blends on Feet Before Bed

There are dozens of oils that I use less frequently such as Frankincense for headaches, Peppermint for fresh breath and itchy throats, and others. Make sure to check out all of the product information on DoTerra’s website. They have an incredible amount of educational materials available to teach you all of the incredible uses of these oils.

Our Plans for 2015

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You may have noticed that we are trying to bring this dead blog back from the grave. I have gone from one end of the spectrum to the other where this website is concerned. From “I love it and it’s my baby and I want it to live” to “Kill it! Kill it with fire!”

After taking nearly a year off from posting and mainly focusing on freelance work for other more popular websites, I finally made a plan for this one. I decided it gets to live. However, it will no longer be a deal finding site. No, no…that is so 2013. I have decided to get a bit more personal and a bit less coupon with this blog.

Starting this year, we are taking a fresh and fun approach to what we’ll be writing and talking about around here. I’ve decided to focus on three major areas of my life that I either need to work on or enjoy or need to work on enjoying.

Home & Family

Given that this is a homemaking website, this was a logical place to start and, ironically, falls under the areas that I need to work on. (Spoiler alert – I’m NOT an expert homemaker.) We will be talking a lot about home organization, cleaning, decorating and more. I’ll also talk some about homeschooling – we are halfway through Kindergarten homeschooling our son and I am still figuring it out along the way.

I’m sure there will be random posts here and there as well about date nights, family vacations and just a general over-sharing of our own personal lives. Because mommy blog.

Health & Personal Care

This would fall under the areas of my life that I need to work on enjoying. I am working on a seemingly eternal goal of getting healthy and losing weight? How much weight? A lot. As in nearly that of a small human. As in an embarrassing amount. As in…

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(If you haven’t seen MADtv’s Stewart clips – first of all, what is wrong with you?! And second - go check some out. They are hilarious!)

I will also use this website to talk about my family’s efforts to get more natural in our approach to health and taking care of ourselves. We are often experimenting with new ways to get toxins out of the products that we use. Sometimes those experiments are incredible and sometimes they are hilariously wrong. We will share both. You’re welcome!

Beauty & Fashion

And last but not least, we get to the part that I’ll most likely be talking about the most because it is the topic that I enjoy! I have found a new love for fashion and plan to share many posts related to this topic. Part of my love of fashion is that it serves as a motivation to get some weight off. Also, it is just really fun and nice to look at!

For those readers who are still around from the coupon days, bless you. For the new readers, welcome. We are so excited to have y’all here!

Celebrity Fashion for Less – Jennifer Aniston

Has anyone else been Netflix binging on Friends episodes lately? It has created a real love/hate relationship between Netflix and I. Part of me is so loving Netflix for adding these hours and hours of one of my favorite 90s sitcoms. But another part of me is pretty sure it was a strategic sabotage against my new year resolutions to be more productive.

I love Rachel Green. I love her style, her personality. I’m pretty sure we would be BFFs if we were to ever meet and she were an actual person. Jennifer Aniston really has incredible style and in honor of my recent love affair with Friends, my first celebrity looks for less board is an adorable and casual Jennifer Aniston style.

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 {Jennifer Aniston Photo Credit}

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Where Were We?

I’m trying to figure out where to start based on where I left off before the Great Crash of 2013. So, here’s the rundown:

  • We are moving soon – as in  6 weeks soon! – as in across the country – as in 2,000 miles!
  • I am a mega-procrastinator
  • Not only has no packing and/or moving prep commenced, but…
  • This place is a MESS – as in Hoarders – as in…

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Moving Forward with a Clean Slate

As you can see my site of three years is empty. Totally blank. I switched to a different server recently and in the process lost all of my content! All 1,000 plus posts of it!

At first I panicked. Then I yelled via caps lock at tech support people. And then I laid in fetal position rocking back and forth for a couple hours. Then I started thinking about how my family is starting over soon – a new state, a new place, a new life. And it seemed fitting that this site start over along with us!

So, here I am, three years after starting my journey as a working blogger. I have a little more knowledge, a lot more experience and a clean slate! After all, I did tell the universe that I wanted to totally redo this site! Be careful what you ask for! :)

That having been said, welcome to the new and improved (and empty, but bear with me on that) Homemaking Expert! Oh, and I’m kidding about the fetal position thing…maybe.