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#ARFavoriteThingsFriday ~ how I am FINALLY able to get a great night sleep after all these years!

Happy Friday & happy June! What’s better than a restful full night of sleep? I’d say absolutely nothing. I have spent years chasing a good night’s sleep. I don’t think I had had a restful full night of sleep since before Max was born over 17 years ago. Three pregnancies, three babies, an aging dog,  2 puppies, tweens, teens – the list goes on and on….. Let’s face it, moms don’t get a lot of sleep. Between all of the things that actually wake us up in the night and the hamster wheel in our head full of all the things we need to accomplish, sleep is just not easy to come by. Am I right?

I have heard people talking about the benefits of essential oils for years. It was one of those things that I was slightly intrigued by, but honestly it was something that I wasn’t willing to embrace. I thought of it as just another thing on my long list of to do’s. I also wasn’t sure that I was crunchy enough to embrace them. I saw people using them and loving them and I always thought, “cool for you but I just don’t have time for all that nonsense.” My kids are too old to be licking surfaces that I clean with windex, the thought of making my own soft scrub to clean toilets made me shudder. So I went about my business and let all of those oil loving people do their thing while I did mine.

Fast forward to about a month ago….I had been following some bloggers who LOVE essential oils and to be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention. I glossed over their love for oils and went right to their fashion, beauty and decor content. Then BAM….I spotted this diffuser in one of their feeds. It was so beautiful and I thought that it would look soooooo pretty in my house. Literally. That’s a little insight into my brain for you. Pretty diffuser. Must have oils. I mean look at her….

So there began my journey. I got myself a Young Living starter kit. I knew that Young Living was the way to go. I had paid just enough attention to my friends and bloggers to know that there are very few brands that deliver 100% pure toxin and filler free oils and Young Living is the best of the best. Plus they are the ones with the gorgeous diffuser. The starter kits come with a diffuser. Obviously I upgraded my kit for a few more dollars to include this beauty and it comes with a great collection of oils to get you started as well as the household cleaner – which I reluctantly put into gorgeous blue glass spray bottles to use on my hideous wood island and now can’t live without!

Back to the whole sleep thing…So I buy the kit for the diffuser and then realize that I have no clue what to do with it. Enter Pinterest. I hit Pinterest hard and realized that the easiest way to start was to figure out what do diffuse in my bedroom for sleep. I experimented with a bunch of different combos, but my go to for the perfect night’s sleep is a mix of Lavender and Stress Away. Both oils come in the starter kit and when blended together they produce the most dreamy essence of lavender and vanilla. I fill my diffuser with water and then drop in about 8 drops of lavender and 4 drops of Stress Away and diffuse in my bedroom as I am unwinding and getting ready for bed. I feel like it as become like a child’s security blanket for me. It is so relaxing and honestly, it puts me right out and into a sound sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night – which hasn’t happened in a while, the diffuser has a remote control and I just pop it back on! It’s magic. I wake up well rested and ready for the day.

The starter kits are the way to go. If you are interested in snagging one HERE’S THE LINK. I strongly suggest you sign up as a member to get 24% off all of your future orders. I have quickly added to my starter kit with a bunch of oils that I have researched including Ollie’s favorite combo in the photo above which is beyond dreamy for an uplifting summery vibe (lime, orange, grapefruit & tangerine) as well as a few others that I have turned into the most fabulous smelling and all natural bug spray (citronella, tea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptus radiata).

I got my spray bottles for the household cleaner that also comes in the premium starter kit which can be found in my AMAZON STORE. I have also included some smaller roller bottles as well as some small spray bottles that I have used for my bug spray and linen spray!

I will continue to share my favorite recipes on both my INSTAGRAM and the blog! If you have any questions about recipes I use or how to get started, please reach out to me! I’m telling you, sleeping soundly after all these years is life changing.