Is It Possible to Plan a Microwedding and Keep Everyone Happy?

June 19, 2018

We just wanted all of our loved ones, a place to dance, and an open bar.

The second you say the word wedding, what should be a wonderful celebration comes crashing down around your feet in a flurry of multi-thousand-dollar estimates, tangled branches of the family tree, and a never-ending list of logistics. I never even knew what chiavari chairs were!

The wedding world is in a different universe, and as much as you might envision that magical day, I do not believe any amount of pre-planning prepares you for diving into it.

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

How to Develop Resilience, and Why You Should!

June 14, 2018

Grit, resilience and perseverance have become buzzwords of late. From psychologist Angela Duckworth’s impactful interview on NPR to feminist graphic designs—grit and resilience are being recognized as the most important traits for success.

Developing your resilience can be the key to not only success at work, but a well-balanced social, home and family life, as well as your own self-care.

Still, many people spend a lot of time focusing on skills—in school, on job resumes, even in what’s taught to children. While there is nothing wrong with honing skills, the way you wield those skills is [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

The Business Technique That Can Boost a Mompreneur’s Success and Sales

June 12, 2018

“You’re a tour guide on the process, not trying to pull a cat on a leash.” I laughed out loud when sales coach and author Kim Orlesky said that to me.

Orlesky was talking about closing a sale in the business world, but she just as easily could have been talking about being a mom. Being a mother and an entrepreneur are not dissimilar, it turns out.

Posted in Leadership and Business

Summer Guide to Essential Oils

June 05, 2018

Summer is finally here in Montana! With warmer weather, it's a great time to pull out the essential oils. There's nothing better than Mother Earth to guide you to health and wellness.

Enjoy this simple guide to utilize your favorite fragrances this summer for pleasure, health, or to eliminate pesky bugs.

Posted in Habits for Health

Making Mindfulness Practical in Business

June 05, 2018

The concept and practice of mindfulness is becoming all the rage. Our fast-paced, high-tech lives have left many of us too stressed out to be happy. And it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find meaning and purpose in what we do, something becoming increasingly important for future generations.

Mindfulness can be summed up as “present moment awareness.” It’s the practice of being in the “here and now.” Most people practice mindfulness with meditation or another mindful sitting so that they can focus on their breath, observe their thoughts, and emotions and gain perspective on [...]

Posted in Leadership and Business, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Loneliness and Hunger—a Complex Relationship

May 29, 2018

Loneliness and hunger—they are two of the most powerful and intertwined natural instincts. These two sensations are powerhouses in the human body and brain, controlling everything from our sleep to libido, productivity, immunity, muscle development, and cognitive abilities.

“Now I know what loneliness is, I think. Momentary loneliness, anyway. It comes from a vague core of the self like a disease of the blood, dispersed throughout the body so that one cannot locate the matrix, the spot of contagion.”  ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

This quote form Plath hits [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Visualization and How to Create a Future You Love

May 24, 2018

It’s one thing to say you want something, another to make it a goal, and another to visualize yourself achieving your goal. The last option is possibly the most powerful.

Visualization has been cited as a game-changer by athletes like Olympian Kerri Walsh, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Jim Carrey, and influential business people like Bo Bennet and Harvey Mackay.

Rehearsing your own success is not just for the rich and famous, though. It is a powerful tool for everyone from parents at home to kids applying to college, business owners and everyday staff workers.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Know the Difference between Chronic vs Healthy Stress

May 22, 2018

When stress hits, the human body responds. The reaction is fast—we adapt without even making a conscious decision most of the time. We humans are hard-wired for survival.

The thing is, survival is changing.

Think about coping with stressors in your daily life. Traffic, kids, work deadlines, getting dinner done, taxes! Most of us are probably more stressed about getting enough sleep and making enough money than any human in other eras were.

Posted in Habits for Health

Parents Need Self-Care to Be Their Best Self

May 11, 2018

You put the oxygen mask on yourself before others.

We hear that lesson reiterated often. But in practice—when a parent thinks their child needs help—what is their gut instinct?

Self-care for parents is a challenging issue, and yet parents need self-care to be their best self. Balancing work and home life with a career, socializing, financial issues, a marriage or relationship, and raising kids makes being a parent a difficult juggling act.

How can parents find time for their own wellness amidst the hustle?

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

Make Mother's Day Special with Essential Oils

May 08, 2018

Have you ever been stumped when it came to finding your mother something special for Mother's Day?

One of my great loves for the past 30 years have been essential oils because they are natural and healthy while also filling a room with nature's most magnificent fragrances. Mothers are very important to us, so we wanted to create something special for you.

Our goal is to make it easy to find a gift that honors your mother and honors our environment.

Posted in Habits for Health

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