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Wednesdays is all about the Essential oils- I dedicated this day to learning/ sharing one new fact or DIY with oils to help you guys get some more information!
Today is all about the Lavender! It is the base for most oil blends and has a variety of things it can help with!
Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils out there. What makes our Young Living lavender different is our Seed To Seal promise. We here at Young Living embrace a rigorous quality control to meet our strict standards. From the website directly ” Seed to Seal is our set of standards that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. The result? A pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal. ” Young Living also allows you the ability to tour the farms where our precious lavender is grown! Ultimately, we care about everything, not just the money.
The benefits of Lavender include but are not limited to: An excellent additive to your skin care routine, The calming side of it can also make the perfect sleep aid! Got a skin irritation? Not a problem! Rub a little lavender on it! It has a calming effect when diffused (tackle that anxiety a more natural way!) If you drink it, it can help you fight off nausea! Bye- bye upset stomach! Smelly bathroom or just want to freshen up your bed? Lavender makes the perfect linen spray! These are just some of the awesome things the oil can help you with!
The aroma of Lavender is a floral, but calming scent.
Here are some recipes that include the oil that can help YOU:
Add 3-4 drops inside of smelly shoes (my boyfriends smell AWFUL- lavender makes it all the more bearable!)
Add a few drops to your laundry cycle!
Place a few drops on a cotton ball and place in a bathroom or car as a odor eater!
Add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner to help strengthen hair!
Rub on the bottom of your feet to help you sleep!
This oil also comes in the Premium Starter Kit!
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Everyone has some debt on their shoulders and if you don’t then congrats! We all know that it isn’t a fun feeling when you are on the opposite end of the stick.
Hopefully this guide can help give you some neat tricks to get out of debt and live the happy life! Slowly but surely, we can all get on that same path!
Let’s be real here for a moment. Ask yourself, have you ever looked inside at the back of your laundry soap and questioned the products that go into it? Do you ever feel like you spend SO much money on laundry soap because you’ve got loads to do? Ever developed a rash from your soap and couldn’t figure out why?
If you answered yes to any of those questions or reading that made you think about any of it, please keep reading.
Today is the day you guys get to learn my holy grail recipe for laundry soap. Now, as many of you may know I am all about the naturals and knowing what goes into my products and on/in my body. Laundry soap is no exception.
This recipe contains all natural ingredients that you can understand and simple enough that you can make a 5 gallon bucket for under $10. How does that sound? This recipe price does not include the essential oil I used, they are more pricey but a little goes a long way for those!
What you will need:
2. 5-gallon bucket (get one at Home Depot or Walmart for cheap)
3. Super Wash
4. Baking Soda
5. Castile Soap *OPTIONAL*
6. Oil of your choice- I love citrus fresh or Lemon/ Lavender (Young Living, of course)
7. Cheese Grater (get one cheap at walmart)
This is such an easy recipe and it lasts a family of 4 almost 6 months by doing 6 loads per week. If you need an extra boost use some borax in the mix as well- roughly 1 cup will give it the extra kick you may need!
What really makes this soap is the fact that all the ingredients are things that most of you already have around your house! Tell me how you like it below and what oils you guys decided to use instead!
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Let’s talk: Animal Scents by Young Living
Young Living has created a line dedicated directly to your beloved fur babies! If that doesn’t excite your insides, I am not sure what will. Not this is not saying you can’t use some of your oils you already have. These are here to make it easier to get exactly what you need for your pet!
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Animal Scent: ParaGize
Animal Scent: Infect Away
Animal Scent: Puriclean
Animal Scent: Mendwell
Animal Scent: T- Away
*RepelAroma is not available for purchase right now*
*Please note that I am not a Vet and you should always consult with your vet on making decisions like this. If you chose to try this on your animal that it solely your choice. *
*PLEASE AVOID USING NEAR EYES OR PRIVATES OF ANIMALS. EVEN THOUGH IT IS ALL-NATURAL IT CAN STILL CAUSE IRRITATION.
Well there you have it. All the Animal scents created by Young Living. You should always take care and watch your pet for the first 10 minutes after applying or allowing them to inhale. Any strange behavior or abnormal activity should not be taken lightly. Even though these are natural does not mean a dog may react bad- just like humans. Everyone’s mind and body are different and therefore react differently.
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Hey guys! Welcome back and thanks for stopping by to read a little! Before we jump in, I want to start by saying we typically stay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now this isn’t limited to things to do in St. Pete, but I will be making a blog post dedicated to that.
What else you can find in Clearwater:
Winter: If you have never heard this name before then I suggest you watch the movie famous movie “Dolphin Tale”. It gives you mostly- the correct information on the famous little dolphin. She was the first dolphin with a prostatic tale. It is a little science based and the flippered fella is located at the Clearwater Aquarium. The aquarium also features hope- another fond rescue dolphin. The tickets for entrance start at: 19.95 for kids. 24.95 for adults. You get to see turtles, otters, sting rays, dolphins, etc. You can find deals for this aquarium on Groupon as well! So check that before you buy your tickets!
Dolphin Boating: You can take yourself on a cute little boat ride to watch some dolphins. If you see one, your guide might let you try and pet them! An experience that it truly beautiful! The trip that I went on was about 90-110 minutes long on a shaded boat. The tickets start at 14.25 for children (3-11. Infants 2 and under- free) and 19.75 for adults. You are aloud to bring 1 soft sided, small, personal cooler for the beverages. Make sure to bring sunblock and a towel! Find more information and book your trip on this website: www.fareharbor.com/encounterswithdolphins/items/38707/calendar/2019/08/?full-items=yes
Sponge docks: Lots of shopping centers and things to explore. Pose with some cute turtle statues and eat some awesome seafood!
*most places in Florida required paid parking*
Outside the stadium you can find some places to explore, gorgeous mural’s on the buildings, coffee shops, and more bar/grills. The places here make great for any cute styled photos.
Good food joints I recommend:
*We always travel by car if we can, especially in Florida since we live in Georgia*
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A week before trip:
I start packing for the trip as soon as I can, but when in doubt I have most things together two days before I leave. It gives me plenty of time to make any decisions or change my mind on things.
What I pack:
The typical question I get when I do this kind of post is exactly what do I bring with me?
Let me start by saying, most of it is based on: what time of the year I go, how long I am staying, and where I am staying. My typically time for going is May. I stay about 4-7 days and I vary between staying with my Grandma or staying on the beach.
In my duffle bag I currently have:
I also have a snack bag, the sun bag, and extra bags for dirty clothes. I will put up my over the seat cooler for the long haul and ensure I have my backpack cooler for the beach (much easier to carry).
I always have to have things to do during the trip when I am not driving so I stay awake and not be bored. Car rides put me to sleep easily. Just ask the boyfriend, he would know! I have a journal (because I always have random ideas when I can’t do anything about them, my computer, camera, and a book with headphones.
The Amazon MUST HAVE’S for road tripping:
Over the seat COOLER
Backpack cooler for the beach
Seat covers (avoid any spills or sand getting into the cracks of your seats)
My skin care: All vegan / cruelty free
Disclaimer: I am not a vet. Every dog is different. I am in no way, shape, or form telling or demanding you do these things. These are helpful tips I have found to allow my pets enjoy the summer even in the heat! These links may contain affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you purchase something.
1 Cooling Mats HELP: So basically, cooling mats use the dogs (or whatever is laying on it) body temperate and works to cool it down with the inner gel lining of the mat. If your dog is hot and they like to be outside with you, then a cooling mat would be easy and affordable. You can put it in their dog crate if your dogs can’t roam the house like mine can’t (I have two cats who are NOT dog friendly- even though Illa LOVES them!). I purchase mine at HomeGoods since they carry the X-large for only $17! But, if you don’t have a HomeGoods check out Amazon.com I will post a link with some in there! I actually wrap my dogs in a light pillow case and give it to her.
2. Damp Towels: This one might seem odd to some, but to my dogs- it means they get a nice cool down. You use the damp towel and occasionally rub it on them (especially their top coat and belly). Illa prefers to sit on hers while, Duke just likes the extra attention for rubbing it on him. It gives them a little mini bath too! You can see the excessive dirt come off them! (this is also a perfect time to give them a nice dry shampoo bath if you dog approves of those!)
3. This one might be an obvious one, but WATER. Make sure your fur babies have basically unlimited amounts of water during the Summer time. Whether they are outside or inside, hydration is a MUST for the ridiculously hot days. If you feel like your baby is getting dehydrated, please see your Vet immediately! I can’t stress this enough, dogs will out drink the amount you can in a matter of 10 minutes. If I had to measure out how much water she can drink after a quick little walk in the park, it would be 3 full water bottles. Me? I only drink maybe half of one.
4. High Pet Beds: Yes, they do make these if you have never heard of them. They are honestly AWESOME and such a killer idea! If your dog loves being outside with you get them a high-rise pet bed. It sits up off the ground to allow the airflow to the entire body of the dog. They also make an attachable shade top to give your dogs some extra shade. You can order yours off Chewy.com or Amazon has them as well! As per usual, I will link it down below.
5. Keep them trimmed up: As most dog parents know, we can’t really shave our pets. Little Miss, only gets a trim. Pets that have a thick coat (aka husky, Alaskan malamutes, etc) cannot be shaved like others. They were given their coats for a reason, while it may seem unfair to the human parents and they worry their dog is “too hot”, just keeping them trimmed will help tremendously! Illa gets shaped up on her legs, butt, and her head. I do NOT touch her top/under coat or her belly. The coat allows the dogs to stay protected from the sun. Yes, your dog can get sunburn! I honestly didn’t know that for the longest time.
6. Easy way to keep your dog entertained and cool- ice. I let my dogs chase the ice on the ground. They absolutely loved it. It keeps them occupied all the way until the ice melts. My dogs also love chasing squirt guns…weird, I know. I’ve got two little weirdos on my hands.
7. Make some homemade cold treats for you fur baby. It can be super simple and not nearly as expensive as buying treats can get. Your dog may or may not like these too much, so it is always best to run a trial and error test. My dogs seem to love the taste of strawberries. I take some fresh or frozen strawberries, some fresh water, and I pour it into a silicon tray. I will link the one I use below- it is actually cute dog bones. Let it freeze- then let them try it!!! I recommend putting it in a bowl at first as they might be a little hesitant on it at first and they may let it melt a little more.
Links to purchase:
I hope this helped you guys out! Stay tuned for more of the pet talk- since you know I am all about my fur babies!
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Hey guys! For starters, I wanted to take a second to say thank you all so much for tuning in today to read this. It means the world to me and I hope it helps you and your fur baby have ease when hiking.
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When you are hiking, it is breathtaking. But it can be scary, especially when you are bringing your dog with you. You want to make sure you are prepared for almost anything to happen. Most people don’t think of the worst-case scenario happening to them, and that is when it is most likely to strike. The most important thing is keeping you and your dog safe on the trails.
I hope this guide helps you out some and I hope if you are planning a trip with your pup that it saves you some wondering on what to bring and what not to bring. For me, you can never be too prepared. I do not make my dog carry her own things as she is an Alaskan Malamute/Husky so she does have long and thick fur so I do anything I can to keep her cool when she goes hiking. My S/O and I carry it between our backpacks along with our own items. Again I will link what I can below and as always let me know if you guys have any other questions when it comes to this. I love writing the more informative stuff.
SPECIAL REMINDER: Please keep your dog on a leash at ALL TIMES while enjoying the great outdoors with you. It is for their safety as well as the safety of others. Even if your dog has never attacked anyone does NOT mean that you should keep it off leash. Even if your dog does NOT run away from you doesn’t mean you should keep them off leash. Please be respectful of others around you.
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Hello! I see you’ve found your way to my blog! Thanks so much for stopping by! This post is going to be simple and straight to the point- everything you need to know to get to know me.
Let’s start with the basics:
I am 21 years young. I have a passion for writing, designing, and overall adventure. Photography is a small growing hobby of mine. I am also exploring YouTube as well. I have 2 animals, Miss Illa Mae and Tinkerbell. For now, I work a full time job in retail. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 4 years the 22nd of this month. I am a coffee addict, although it has been slowing down recently. I am a nature and wildlife enthusiast.
I am the creator of the “Take A Hike” series journals. I plan to dive more into those creations soon and up them up to you guys.
I am the co-founder of AreWeThereYetJC on instagram. It is also ran by my boyfriend. We started it early this year to keep a photo diary of all the adventures we take and to share them with the world.
My main goals in life include: moving into the mountain life in less than a year. I would love at least 5 acres of land. I want to foster kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs. I would love to spend a whole year traveling with my SO. I want this blog to encourage, help, motivate, and possibly inspire ANYONE.
Why did I start blogging to begin with?
It started when I was in Elementary school and my 3rd grade English teacher had a project for all the students. We had to create a small book. i wrote a book on a penguin family (my obsession with penguins was real when I was a kid). Once the books were complete the parents had the option to purchase them. My parents bought 2 copies. My 3rd grade teacher had to sit down and review them with each of us. When she got to me, she started by saying some of the normal things like “good job” “you did great” etc. But then she said “Writing is in your blood and it seems to be something you are incredible at.” Which seemed to be relatively true. When we had writing tests in school or papers, I always got A’s. I never really thought much on being a writer because it seemed so hard. Then a few years ago I saw on Pinterest about blogging. That moment changed a lot in my life. I started thinking intensely on the topic of starting my own blog. It seemed nerve racking, yet exciting. So one day, I did it. I started Tink-A-Dink.com. So that teacher back in 3rd grade made a huge impact on my future that day, even if I didn’t realize it in the moment. That is how I started this all. Thank you, Mrs. Holbrook!
Why did I start THIS blog?
Crystal with a catch seemed like a good opportunity to start over. When I had my first blog I didn’t do things exactly how I should have. I jumped into everything unprepared. Which in turn, made it super difficult to get anywhere with it. I stopped blogging for a few months then decided it was time to try again. I have been doing a lot of research and preparation for this go around again. I have a goal with this. I want to be able to freely express myself, my knowledge, my opinions, my advice, anything that can potentially help someone else. I want to help. It is something I have always been so passionate about and it started showing in my writings. If anyone can learn something from one random blog of mine- then I have done my job. I also aspire to make this an awesome full time job one day. I pray daily for something like this to come true. Only God can tell and waiting/working towards it to all be real.
I hope that sums about a lot about me and I look forward to having you all with me during this journey.