Fall is such a unique season. It is full of life, vibrant colors, and busy wildlife. It is a time of long walks, comfy sweaters, and bonfire nights.

It reminds me of my parents, who are no longer with me.


It reminds me of the possibilities that we have in our life.


Trees release so that they may create new life, they feed the critters, and allow us to admire their beauty. What once was alive, falls into a slumber, only to awaken in a new season.


Fall is constantly popping up new wonders...



Life and decay come together to create magnificent works of art.


It is the start of the holiday season, and gatherings of family and friends.


It is a time to be thankful, a time to make new plans, and the perfect time to reinvent ourselves.


It also reminds me that I have a ton of things on my bucket list, that often I feel like I will never get to. For many reasons, like lack of money, life circumstance, or simply the lack of my own motivation.

Or maybe it's because I think I am supposed to be in a certain place, but in reality, the timing just isn't right for me yet.

Regardless, I like to create bucket lists of small things I can do everyday. To live in the moment, to be happy right where I am, to live in the metaphorical season I am in.


I feel like I am always in transition, hoping to come out of this season with a new understanding of who I am and what my purpose is. It seems to be a never ending search at times. My passions tend to get put to the side and life takes over.

But that's OK.

I realize that I can't force things, that my path isn't always straight, it might even feel like I am repeating the same thing over and over, going in a never ending circle.

But my life is not dictated by me, in His timing I will end up where I was meant to be all along.



Writing things down, like a fall bucket list, helps to take my mind off of what I can't control, and grounds me into the moment I am in.

Until we can learn to enjoy those simple things in life, the small everyday moments, of every season of our lives, we are not truly living.

Maybe, just maybe, we have to be happy right where we are, no matter the circumstance, before we can move forward. It might not be where we want to be or thought we would be, but we need to trust that it is all part of His perfect plan.

What's on your bucket list?





DIY LIP BALM


I love this one, it is incredibly smooth and feels amazing on your lips!

I have played around with a lot of different recipes, but by far, I LOVE this one!

Now, you might think that is a lot to make a tube of lip balm, but honey...you can't just make one! You have to share!

What you'll need: (I've tried to include links to most...but you can get everything on Amazon)

1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Beeswax
8 tbsp.Sweet Almond Oil
4 Drops Vitamin E
20-22 drops essential oils
Empty Lip Balm Tubes

Optional: Lip Balm Tube Holder and Disposable Droppers



This recipe will make 24 lip balm tubes or small cosmetic jars. I prefer it in the tubes myself, but I made a few just to give you an idea.

I have tried to include links to many of the products I purchased, but they are all easily found on Amazon.

It is a bit expensive getting all of the ingredients initially, but honestly it will make so much! And you can use a lot of the ingredients for other DIY products. And when you think about what you would pay for one single tube of lip balm in the store...you are saving so much money!And they make great gifts, teacher gifts, family, friends,mail person, bus driver, stocking stuffers, party favors, and you can put on in every room. You can never have too many lip balms!

Pair this with a DIY sugar scrub and homemade soap for a great hostess gift! The gift possibilities are endless!

This really is a super easy recipe.

Melt the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax together. For this recipe I used Beeswax in a block, so much easier to use the pellets, but I was out, either is fine! I usually start with the beeswax since it takes a bit longer, half way through you can add in the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. Or throw it all in at once, either is fine!



I like to use a glass measuring cup placed into a pot of shallow water. However, you can melt them in a microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds.BUT, I prefer the stove method, I think it makes for a more creamy lip balm, but that is just my opinion.

Next, once it is nearly melted, add in your sweet almond oil and Vitamin E.


Once it is fully melted, remove from the heat.

Add in your essential oils and you are ready to pour! Be sure to start pouring immediately because it starts to firm back up quickly.

For this recipe I used lemon and lime essential oils for half of the recipe and Lavender essential oil for the other half, I also made a few with Peppermint essential oil in the jars.

Just make sure to either pour your melted mixture into separate glass cups before adding your essential oils OR cut the recipe in half and do it twice, or go crazy and make a bunch of smaller batches...you really can't go wrong!

If you need to purchase pure essential oils you can use this link to either purchase retail or join my oily team to receive 24% off of retail. I'll even send you a welcome gift if you sign up with a premium starter kit. Reach out to me for more information!

OK we are almost done!

NOTE: THE GLASS WILL BE HOT SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE A POTHOLDER OR GLOVE WHEN HANDLING.

Again, I use the lip balm tube holder and disposable droppers to make my life easier! I find this MUCH easier than trying to hit the little lip balm tube holes.Or trying to get them to stand up while pouring. I mean you can scrape it off and reuse it, but it is much less messy using the holder and disposable droppers. You can also purchase glass droppers.


That's it! Once they firm up, cap each tube and let them sit for about an hour. After that they are ready to use!


Let the gift giving begin! And of course...the soft lips!



I love living the oily farm life. But listen, you don't have to live on a farm to live that kind of life. It's not about having farm fresh eggs (but I highly recommend them...yum!) or about having your own land, it really isn't even about the oils (stay with me) it is about attempting to live a more toxic free life. Living like they used to, farm fresh eggs, home grown veggies (no matter if you grown them or you purchased them at your local farm stand) It's about cooking at home and not eating out all the time, replacing chemical laden products with natural alternatives, taking small steps here and there to "extend our warranty". Bottom line...taking care of YOU.  

Who's with me?!

Ready to make the switch? Click here to get started! Take the first step toward a toxic free home! 

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As you know, a few years ago we moved our family out to the country. Yee Haw! Let me tell you, it has been a life changing experience all around, and that's a good thing. From learning how to put up pasture fencing to raising chickens to growing our own food.


I cook at home all the time now. Honestly, that started because I realized the stores are not that close anymore and we can't even get a pizza delivered. I know! So we make our own. We save money to!

Anyway, we have completely converted from our city selves to country folk, and we love it!

I'm always learning new things. I bake pies, make my own pasta, can our home grown veggies, and grow my own herbs like lavender, rosemary and thyme. Mmmm mmmm! It is very satisfying. 

Not long after moving here I was introduced to essential oils, and I never looked back! For the past few years I have been using them and started replacing my everyday items with essential oils. I am obsessed!

It started out as a DIY kind of thing; making my own soaps, sugar scrubs, lip balms, bug spray (MAN! Does the country have some bugs!) pillow mists, and more. 



I LOVE me a good DIY especially when they smell AMAZING! And it really is fun. 

I made some good ones, and some not so good ones. Laundry soap...FAIL!

Anyway, my point is, once I really started reading up on them, I became more and more interested in how they could help me, my family, and the environment. It became more than just a DIY craft.

Let me explain. 

I don't know about you but cleaning products give me a headache! I had tried replacing some of my chemical laden products for store bought "organic" or "chemical free" brands. Nope! You really need to read the labels, they are not all what they say they are. There had to be another way.

So I started there! Replacing my toxic and chemical laden products with natural essential oils. I mean, if the oils were good enough for baby Jesus!

I started researching and asking A LOT of questions, and then I made the switch! I replaced my counter cleaner with an essential oil called Thieves. 


GAME CHANGER!!!

At first, since I love DIY I made my own cleaner with it. Then I realized that Young Living did it much better so I started buying the Thieves Household Cleaner. It is super concentrated and last for a very long time! A little goes a long way! I just used an amber colored spray bottle, put in a cap full of Thieves cleaner, added some distilled water, and I was ready to clean!


It works GREAT! And bonus...NO HEADACHES! I am no longer using harsh chemicals to clean my home. I use Thieves on my floors, counters, windows, you name it! 

Yaaaas! First step!

Thieves has a whole line of products that can help you replace the toxic chemicals in your home. From cleaning products to personal hygiene. 

I even diffuse it during cold and flu season or just to purify the air in our home. 

Next I decided to go after the chemical laden room sprays and candles. Say it isn't so! Yes, and trust me you will never look back!

Did you know that most candles are made of paraffin wax and when burned they create highly toxic carcinogens? The same found in diesel fuel fumes! 

What?! 

Yes!!!

So I ditched the toxic candles and started diffusing essential oils. I am constantly trying out new oils and blends. 



When I am stressed...

Stress Away blend

When I need to relax...

Lavender

When I need a mental boost...

Peppermint

The combinations are endless...





Essential oils can also be a more natural alternative for your health as well. 

(please see disclaimer at the bottom of this page)

For instance Panaway is my go to for back and neck pain. I use it with a roller ball and dilute it with a carrier oil, think Icy Hot but it is all natural! 



I take an allergy pill sometimes, we have a lot of animals, and sometimes I need it. But I try to not take them all the time and one of the oils I use when I can is Breathe Again.



There are so many ways to use essential oils and incorporate them into your life. Obviously I have only touched on a few of them in this post and I am still learning as I go. I am constantly finding new ways in which to use them, new recipes, DIY hacks, diffuser blends and more! 

Listen, I love living the oily farm life, but you don't have to live on a farm to live that kind of life. It's not about having chickens and farm fresh eggs (although I highly recommend them, yum!), or owning your own land, or even about the oils. (Stay with me) It is about attempting to live a more toxic free life. 

Living like they used to; farm fresh eggs, home grown veggies, whether from your own garden or you get them from the farmers market. It is about cooking at home and not eating out all of the time, replacing chemical laden products with natural alternatives.  Taking small steps here and there to "extend our warranty" so to speak. 

Bottom line...it is about taking care of YOU!

If you would like to learn more about the oils that I use follow this link Essential Oils

Follow along my Oily Farm Life journey @oilyfarmlife #oilyfarmlife on Instagram and Facebook  I share diffuser blends, DIY projects, gift ideas, and more!

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