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Hi there friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday. I’m super excited to share with you 4 ways today’s Friday Favorite has changed my home.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

Do you set the mood in your home by lighting a candle? Do you battle the dingy, sweaty odor of sports loving boys or the smell of your beloved family pet by spraying or plugging in an air freshener? Do you forget to move the laundry from the washing machine to the dryer and end up with musty, foul smelling laundry?

If you answered yes to one or all of these I have the perfect thing for you to try today.

I love candles. I love the warmth and scent they add to a room. Most days used to find me lighting a candle in the morning and burning it all day. But I ran into a problem when I needed to trim the budget a bit. It was then that I realized how much I was spending on candles. Ouch…I never paid attention to how quickly I spent my shopping budget on candles.

My son loves playing baseball, but oh boy – the odor of his cleats, sweaty uniform and equipment bag – make his room smell something awful. And our loveable dog that doesn’t know she’s a dog…definitely smells like a dog. The air fresheners couldn’t get rid of the odor and would compete with the candles.

I can honestly say, I’m embarrassed at how many times I forget to change out my laundry because I’m busy doing other things on my to-do list. The odor of my clothes means I have to wash them again but often times the musty odor doesn’t go away.

All of these things frustrated me until my sister shared with me how Young Living Essential Oils could help me. I honestly turned my nose up at Essential Oils. But one day when I was visiting her, I noticed the clean fresh scent of her home. I asked her what candle she was burning and she told me it wasn’t a candle but some essential oils she was diffusing.

At that point I knew I had to try oils and I’ve been hooked ever since. Diffusing Essential Oils has saved me money and given me so many more options for scents in my home. What started out as a way to set the mood in my home with Essential Oils has led to me finding other uses around the home for oils.

4 Ways to use Essential Oils in the Home

  1. Place a few drops of Purification on wool balls while drying to help laundry smell clean and fresh.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

 

2. Need a pick-me-up for a lighthearted & energetic morning workout or a calm & relaxing mood while paying bills? Change up the oils in the diffuser.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

3. Thieves Cleaner can be used for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, & windows.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

4. Diffuse Purification with another oil like lemon to help get rid of the odor from sweaty sports equipment or a beloved family.

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

4 ways essential oils changed my home. Using Essential Oils for laundry, wool balls. Using Essential oils to eliminate sweaty sports odors/dog odors. Cleaning with essential oils. www.thecalmofhispresence.com

I love finding new ways to use Essential Oils in my home. Do you have good tips for using Essential Oils in the home? Share them with us in the comments below. If you would like to know how you can begin using Essential Oils click on this link to know more about them or contact me by clicking on the contact link above.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.Please read the full disclaimer here.

In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

 

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Are you stressed wondering what to get the special Mom in your life for her special day? Well stay calm and don’t stress! I have the perfect idea for you. This gift will have her thinking you are a Rock Star or at the very least she’ll be ready to take you along with her for a little summer fun at the pool or beach. Who doesn’t love a day at the pool or beach?

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Mother’s Day Gifts that will make her summer ~ www.thecalmofhispresence.com

Follow these simple ideas and Mother’s Day Gift shopping will be a breeze.

  1. Start with a beach tote. I love this one from Amazon. Find one that you know she would love and start there.

2. Find her a good book to read by the pool or while she has her feet in the sand. I have read all of these books and highly recommend each one of them.

Brazen~ The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding by Leeana Tankersley

Brazen is the first book I’ve read by Leeana Tankersley and I loved it. It is the perfect book for a woman or young lady who wants to unashamedly be the woman God created her to be. In Brazen, Leeana shares her journey of finding herself and becoming comfortable in her own skin. “Who you are is a human – loved, worthy, and becoming. Who you are is a woman created by God to be and to do something unique. Who you are, deep down, is brazen.” Leeanna Tankersley

The Mother Letters ~ Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope by Amber C Haines and Seth Haines

The Mother Letters is the perfect gift of encouragement to give a mother near and dear to your heart. Seth Haines put this collection of letters together for his wife Amber to encourage her in her journey. The Mother Letters is filled with letters of encouragement from mothers all over the world who share the laughter, joy, struggle and hope of their motherhood journey. Mother’s contributing words of wisdom include Jessica Turner, Kristen Welch, Lisa-Jo Baker, Mary Carver, Robin Dance and Sarah Bessey. If the mom in your life needs encouragement this is the perfect book to give her for Mother’s Day.

Curious Faith ~ Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility by Logan Wolfram

I shared my review of Curious Faith in an earlier blog post. You can read more about it here but I have to tell you again, I absolutely loved this book! I slowly inhaled it as I found my curiosity in my journey with God all over again. This will be a book I will pick up often and read back through.

3. Pick up a journal or notepad for her to capture summer memories or quick grocery lists. DaySpring has some wonderful journals & notecards. Use the code 25SAVE now through June 30th to receive $25 off any $75 order + free shipping.

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And oh my goodness this tumbler from Yeti is on my list for summer! My sister, Ruth at By Oily Design, has one of these and she says she takes it EVERYWHERE! This will be perfect to take to the pool or beach! Any mom would love to have a tumbler like this one from Yeti as she sits poolside or toes in the sand this summer.

4. And while you are getting the special Mom in your life ready for summer, you can’t have summer without t-shirts, flip-flops, beach towels. Simply Southern shirts are perfect for any summer day. There are so many to choose from but I LOVE  this one.

And these flip-flops from Kate Spade are adorable.

Here are a few other ideas that Mom would love.

For the outdoor lover:

  • Garden string lights to add ambiance
  • Potted blooming flowers
  • Pretty cushions for her deck chairs
  • Fire pit to enjoy the spring evenings with friends and family

For the movie lover:

  • Find a neat container and fill it with…
  • A copy of her favorite movie
  • Popcorn or her favorite candy or chocolate
  • Favorite beverage

For the coffee lover:

  • Find a neat container and fill it with…
  • Her favorite coffee
  • A pretty mug
  • Special creamer

So if you’re at a loss of what to get the special mom in your life; a beach tote filled with a good book, journal, tumbler, t-shirt & flip-flops would be perfect.

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

Hi there friends,

Do you struggle with frustration, discouragement & defeat from running into roadblocks and brick walls as you work towards a goal?

You have a goal set before you; it could be writing a book, running a race, starting a small business or becoming debt free and every time you start working towards the goal you meet resistance.

  • You start full steam working on a book proposal and life gets in the way and your pulled away from your writing time.
  • You begin training for a race and each time you hit a specific distance your body hits a brick wall and you can’t continue running.
  • You have an opportunity to turn a hobby into a source of income for your family and you are met with issue after issue as you look for ways to market and get the word out about your product.
  • You desire to be debt free but each time you start cutting into your debt a crisis comes up causing you to lose ground.

It’s frustrating and disheartening to have a goal and keep hitting roadblocks. I know, I’ve been there.

In fact, I’m there now and I’m frustrated and disheartened, and I’ve wanted to give up many times. But, my friend, can I tell you something? Don’t lose heart and don’t give up!

This morning as I was listening to music while walking my dog, Casting Crowns song Voice of Truth came on. Oh GOD’S PERFECT TIMING!! I had been beating myself up over roadblock after roadblock, becoming more discouraged with each wall I had to take down. As I listened to the words of the song I realized the voices I had been listening to were those of discouragement and defeat. I let the setbacks, interruptions, roadblocks, “Nos”, and brick walls discourage me to the point I was ready to give up.

I realized I lost the focus I so desperately need…that focus is the Voice of Truth of God. His Voice, His Word, His Truth is the ONLY one that matters. Instead of letting myself be discouraged and defeated by the brick walls and roadblocks, I must face them head on. In GOD’S PERFECT TIMING He will allow me to move past the brick walls and roadblocks to reach the goal He has set before me.

So today, my friends I am focusing on the Voice of Truth of God in these passages…

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:10-18

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  … But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14

If you struggle with frustration, discouragement & defeat from running into roadblocks and brick walls, keep your eyes and your heart focused on the Voice of Truth of God. He will give you the encouragement, strength and stamina to press on and reach your goal.

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

 

Hi there friends,

I don’t know about you, but there are some weeks when I feel like I could easily be one of the kids curled up on the bed with Maria in The Sound of Music singing the song My Favorite Things. This has been a week when it would be easy to let my fear and worry get the best of me. This morning as I drove my kids to school I remembered this song and began singing it.

My daughter asked what I was singing. When I told her what it was and what movie it was, she mentioned she had never seen the movie. WHAT?! I have a hard time believing I have never shown my kids one of my favorite movies of ALL TIME! Guess what we’re doing tonight?! Yep! You guessed it… we are loading up on the couch with pizza & wings and watching The Sound of Music!

So in honor of the song My Favorite Things, here’s my list of My Favorite Things:

~ listening to the sound of rain outside my windows

~ snuggling with Greta (our dog) on the couch

~ a good book

~ dancing when no one is watching

~ clean sheets on the bed

~ coffee first thing in the morning

~ early morning walks

~ spring evenings grilling with friends

~ birds feeding their young

~ the kids playing with friends from the neighborhood

Friday Favorites ~ My Favorite Things

So what are some of your favorite things? I’d love for you to share them in the comments section.

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In His Calm,

mary signaturenavy

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