The Creative Closet | Put a Hat On It

Up until a few months ago, I never thought I was a hat person. Now, I’m absolutely obsessed with them. It just goes to show you that you can’t rule out any style before you actually give it a chance. It’s silly to tell yourself you can’t pull something off until you give it a fair shot! I’m glad I gave hats a try–because they’re fun, and I now have a few lovely little things to cover up my bad hair days. :)

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This hat is actually the first one I’ve purchased for myself. I’ve gotten other hats as gifts and such, but I’ve never bought one. This is the hat that got me hooked on putting accessories on my head.

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Top: Le Tote  |  Leggings: c/o Agnes & Dora  |  Hat: Target  |  Heels: Aldo  |  Bracelet: Le Tote  |  Ring: Tai Pan Trading

Do you have a hat you absolutely love? Link up your look below and remember:

1) To visit Maegen and our co-host Jessica to see their looks

2) To share your look socially using #thecreativecloset

3) To include the linkup button or a link back to my post or Maegen’s

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4) To join us next week for Color Blocked!

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5) And to be confident and know that you are amazing and beautiful inside and out. :)

Let’s get to the fun part. :)

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Are You Breaking Copyright Law?

This topic has been on my mind for a good long while. As a blogger, I’m no stranger to copyrights. My blog is copyrighted,  and most blogs I come across have some sort of copyright policy as well. As they should–copyright protection is vital for the safety of your content.

BLOGGERS: Are you breaking copyright law without realizing it?

I think the vast majority of us understand the basic no-no’s when it comes to copyrights–the biggest one being don’t plagiarize AKA don’t be a major butt wipe by trying to pass someone else’s  content off as you own. Super uncool. And illegal.

There is one other practice though that I’ve been noticing a lot of recently that although it might seem pretty harmless is just as uncool and just as detrimental to the blog/site whose content is being used unfairly as well as the blogger stealing the content. Republishing content…with a source link.

Republishing content even with a source link is bad news.

You might think that if you include a source link in your post, it’s okay to copy and paste something from another blog or website. Because you’re giving credit where credit is due, right? Guess what? It’s not okay. Not at all. Whether it’s a list of 33 Ways to Support Your Husband or a someone else’s recipe, it’s not okay. Why? Republishing content, whether sourced or not is still in violation of copyright law. Many sites even explicitly state in their copyright terms that you cannot republish their content no matter what.

Aside from this practice being illegal, here are a few reasons it’s just plain uncool and how it might hurt you:

1) You’re stealing someone else’s traffic. If you repost content from another site and people start visiting your site for that content instead of the original source, you just hijacked someone else’s hard work. That is a super rude thing to do! Even if you post a source link, very few people are going to follow that link to read the exact same post somewhere else.

2) It could hurt your SEO. When search engines detect duplicate content on the internet, oftentimes those posts and even entire blogs get marked as spam and get buried in search results. That ruins your page rank and messes up your blog and the original poster’s blog.

3) People will notice what you’re doing, and they will not be impressed. Nobody likes a copycat. If I notice content on someone’s blog that is copied from another site, it’s rare that I will continue to read their blog. Partly as a matter of principle, and partly because I want to read something new.

4) You could get caught. Best case scenario, you get an angry cease and desist letter. Worst case scenario, your little tushy gets sued.

But what if I want to use the same idea?

By all means, do! But proceed with caution. If you find a recipe you really loved and want to share on your blog, make it your own first. Many of my recipes have been created because I used a recipe from another source but changed/added an ingredient or two or changed the method. If you want, it’s also a cool thing to add an “adapted from so-and-so” tag to your recipe.

You need to make an idea your own before putting it on your blog. You need to share your own thoughts and your own experiences. Changing a word here or there doesn’t cut it either–write your own story into it, and then no one can ever say you copied it.

So…what if I’ve republished someone else’s post on my blog before?

If you have a post or two on your blog that falls under this category, my advice would be to delete. Delete it now. You don’t want to risk the repercussions of breaking copyright law, no matter how harmless you think your post might be.

Also, note that this post isn’t meant to make anyone feel bad! A lot of people don’t realize that this kind of posting is against copyright law. I didn’t know for a while, but now I do. And now I’m telling you. Because nobody should have to have an angry cease and desist letter ruining their day or a lawsuit on their hands for making an unwitting mistake.

Has your content ever been copied before?

Having Quality Conversation in Your Marriage

When you first start to date someone you’ll probably notice that the two of you talk about everything and that neither of you ever want the conversations to end. After marriage you might find that the quality of conversation you have with your spouse changes. Your conversations start to focus more on your every day events and the deeper, more meaningful things that you talked about early on in your relationship don’t come up as often. There may be more quiet time between the two of you when you used to talk for hours without stopping.

Tips for having effective, quality conversation in your marriage

It’s important to have frequent, quality conversation with your spouse. It will help you continue to learn about each other, build on the great relationship that you already have, and reconnect every day. You can make sure you are getting the most out of the time you get to spend talking to your spouse by making your conversation a quality one. Below are some tips that will help you turn a normal, every day conversation into a quality one that will benefit your relationship.

Time Together

The majority of quality conversations that my husband and I have with each other happen when we are spending quality time together. This could be while we’re on date night, while we’re taking a late night walk, while we eat dinner at the kitchen table, or while we’re cuddling late at night. When we were dating, we had a lot of quality conversations on the phone late at night, but in my experience, the best conversations take place in person!

No Distractions

Whether it’s our technology or things that are going on around us, it’s sometimes easy to get distracted when we are together. When we’re doing something together that I know provides a great opportunity for quality conversation, I try to make sure my phone and computer aren’t anywhere nearby so that I’m not even tempted to look at them. I keep my people watching to a minimum when we are out and about and focus all of my attention on my husband.

Attentive Listening

It’s hard to have a good, quality conversation if you’re not giving your full attention to your spouse. Keeping eye contact, really listening to what they’re saying to you, repeating things for clarification and not formulating your response until they are done talking are great ways to make sure you’re attentive to what your spouse has to say and let them know that what they have to say is important to you.

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To help encourage conversation with your spouse, one lucky person will win two of my favorite books from one of my favorite marriage and relationship authors! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality conversation that comes out of the prompts in these books.


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The giveaway will start Saturday, September 13th at 12:00 am EST and run through Friday, September 19th at 11:59 pm EST. You may enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. All entries will be verified. After the giveaway is closed, I will contact the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If I have not heard from the winner by that time, a new winner will be drawn. Good luck!


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Homemade Baba Ganoush

So….what the heck is baba ganoush, you ask? Don’t worry, I didn’t know for a long time either. It’s the most delicious Middle Eastern dip in the land. It’s made with roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini (toasted sesame paste). It is absolutely stellar spread on sandwiches or eaten with tortilla chips, toasted pita bread, carrot sticks, or fresh naan.

If you've never tried baba ganoush, you're missing out! This creamy dip made with roasted eggplant is an easy, delicious snack!

In an effort to be more conscious of our grocery budget, we’ve been making a lot of our snack foods at home–this baba ganoush fits the bill. It’s really cheap and easy to make. Don’t let the idea of eggplant scare you–in all honesty, eggplant doesn’t taste like a whole lot on it’s own–which is what makes it so great to work with. It takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it just beautifully. If you’re a fan of hummus, you’ve got to try out this creamy, garlicky dip.

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Baba Ganoush

makes about 2 cups

1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup tahini
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lemon (limes juice is delicious here too!)
1 TBS olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley for garnish

Prick the eggplant a few times with a fork. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and place cookie sheet under the broiler on the top rack. Broil on all sides until the skin is charred and the eggplant collapses.

Remove eggplant from the oven and cut in half. Scoop out the flesh (it will come away from the skin easily) and place in a strainer over a bowl to drain off any bitter liquid.

Place drained eggplant in a blender or food processor with the tahini, garlic, lemon/lime juice and olive oil. Pulse until desired consistency is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with chopped parsley and enjoy with pita bread, naan, crackers, veggie, sticks, or straight out of the bowl.

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What’s your favorite kind of dip? Do you have a go-to recipe?

Why You Should Read Sponsored Blog Posts

One topic that tends to garner controversy in the blogging world is whether or not to accept and post sponsored content. Some people argue that it makes a blogger less genuine when they’re writing something for money. For me, whether or not I would start writing sponsored content at some point wasn’t even a question. I knew I absolutely would. If I can make a little bit of money to support my family by doing something I love, that’s really a no-brainer for me.

It’s probably not a shocker that sponsored content gets a lot less interaction from readers than normal. It’s like people see that disclosure at the top and run away simply because they know a post is sponsored. Here’s my two cents on the subject: don’t do that! 

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You should be reading and commenting on sponsored posts. Especially if that post was written by a blogger whose posts you normally read an comment on.

Why? Here’s my personal perspective: I spend a lot of time on my blog. 40-60 hours a week. That’s a full time job people. Not only do I put time into it, but my creative energy and sometimes my tears as well. That would be a gosh darn awful lot to put into something that is just a hobby. There is no way I could justify putting that much time and energy into something if I wasn’t being compensated for it in some way. Sponsored posts are my compensation. And when you think about it, it’s not a lot of compensation either.

Let’s crunch a few numbers here.

On average, I spend about 50 hours a week on my blog. In an average month I make about $500. If you break that down to an hourly wage, I’m making $2.50 an hour. That’s kind of a sad figure. If I was only in this for the money, I think I would be cutting my losses and going off to find a real job right now.

Here’s another thing: most bloggers that accept sponsored content do their darnedest to make it more than a, “Hey, I liked this product/I’m wearing this bracelet, check it out!” type of deal. Most of us put a lot of thought into how we can make sponsored posts into a story that is relevant to our readership. Something you would enjoy reading. Something real and genuine.

I’ll be honest, there are a lot of paid opportunities I have turned down because I want to protect the integrity of my blog. In the last month alone, I have shied away from at least 4 campaigns because they didn’t quite fit me or my readership. That’s at least $400 I said no to. The paid posts I say yes to are posts are things I genuinely feel my readers would enjoy.

Sponsored posts are what keep this blog, and many blogs going. I don’t blog only for the money, but you can bet I wouldn’t be able to blog as much as I do if I wasn’t making a little something from it. If you consistently love the content a particular blogger churns out on a regular basis, you kind of owe it to them to take 2 minutes to read and comment on their sponsored posts here and there. Supporting your favorite blogger in their effort to provide for themselves means you’re supporting the content you enjoy.

So read sponsored posts. Not just mine, but sponsored posts from any blogger whose content you enjoy.

What’s your take on sponsored content? Do you read sponsored posts? Why or why not? 


I’m excited to introduce you to one of my new favorite bloggers! Anne from Love the Here and Now has such a beautiful, clear writing style that I just love! She’s a girl after my own heart, because she cranks out some seriously stellar blogging tips, like how to create a watermark for your blog photos (you might have noticed I’ve been adding watermarks to all of mine now!) She shares beautiful pearls of wisdom in her post 10 Things I Know to Be True, and at the end of the day, she knows that the best part about blogging is the community–or in her words, who’s in your tribe. :)

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What got you started with blogging?

I started blogging because I had been reading blogs for a few years and I loved that it gave you the freedom to share your thoughts and tips with others.  I loved the interaction that bloggers had with their readers as well.  My blog is the best gift I have given myself.

What are your favorite types of posts to write?

My favorite posts to write are blogging tutorials.  When I started blogging I had no idea how to do anything.  I feel that maybe there’s someone out there that feels the same way I did.  If I can help someone learn something new then I’m thrilled.

What are you most looking forward to about fall?

What am I most looking forward to about Fall?  EVERYTHING!  It’s my favorite season…the colors, the scents, the weather.  I’ll take all of it.  I just wrote a post about this a couple of weeks ago!  

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Hmmm….let me think.  I was having my first baby and was pretty deep in labor.  I hate shots so I refused an epidural so you can imagine I was feeling quite a bit of pain.  Being that I have never had a baby before this was all new to me.  They put a belt around your stomach that monitors the baby.  As the time grew closer to delivery the belt kept getting tighter and tighter.  I kept telling my husband to tell the nurses to take the belt off of me.  It was way too tight.  My husband kept telling me it was ok and that it wasn’t too tight.  At this point I was giving him dirty looks because let’s face it he had no clue what I was feeling and his calmness was slightly annoying me when I needed to him to be my advocate.  I kept telling him that the belt was hurting me.  Well, it turns out he was the voice of reason.  After I told the nurse that the belt needed to come off she quietly told me that those were the contractions and had nothing to do with the belt.  Pretty sure she left the room shaking her head.   I’m blaming the fact that I had no clue what the contractions were on the medication they gave me to relax me or the fact that I was in pain.  Either excuse works well for me. Pretty embarrassing when you don’t recognize a contraction for what it is.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

I’m a worrier.  I was told that worrying doesn’t help anything or change an outcome.  It does however rob you of the present.  I constantly remind myself not to give in to worry and to live in the moment.

Be sure to stop by Anne’s blog to say hello!

Recent Design: Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles

I’ve been designing blogs for a little over a year. It’s been an amazing period of growth for me. I look back at some of my first designs and I’m really amazed by how far I’ve come.

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I recently took a long hard look at my designing. What started for me as a hobby turned into a legitimate business–a regular source of income with regular clients. Because it started as a hobby, I never took the time to create a business plan or really think about my process or the type of clients I wanted to attract. I finally sat down to do that a few weeks ago and relaunched, rebranded, and started fresh.

Chelsea’s design for her blog, Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles, is the very first one I started in this new stage of designing and I couldn’t be more pleased with what we accomplished together. First of all, she is my ideal client–she’s passionate about blogging, driven, specific, and decisive. She had a clear goal in mind. Going through this process with her was a blast.

Chelsea came to me looking for a design that would make her readers feel comfortable and drawn in. “Like they can pour themselves a cup of coffee and get lost in my blog for a bit,” is how she described it to me. She was drawn to greys and yellows as well as clean lines and bold geometric patterns.

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Thanks for letting me design for you Chelsea! I’m proud of what we came up with. :)

Be sure to stop by Chelsea’s blog to see the full design and to say hello (she’s one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve looked up to her since I was just a wee baby blogger). If your blog needs an overhaul, I’m now booking clients for September and I would love to work with Y-O-U! :)

The Creative Closet | A Little Bit Vintage

There have been a few times in my life that I have sworn I was meant to be born in a different era. Call me crazy, but I’m the type of girl who would love to spend all day in the kitchen wearing my housedress, heels, and pearls, doting on my children and my husband. It seems like times were simpler a few decades ago, and sometimes I wish I could go back to that time period and see what it was like.

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Obviously, the closest I can come to time travel is just dressing the part. There is something so fun about dressing in a vintage vibe. The Old Hollywood Glamour hair and makeup, the heels, the pearls, the lace…I love it. It’s fun to channel my inner Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers or Audrey Hepburn.

The skirt I’m wearing in this outfit is one I have owned for almost two years but haven’t worn very often because I just didn’t love it. I think I struggled to find just the right way to wear it. Well now I’ve found it, and I’m smitten with this skirt. Huzzah!

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Top: Forever21 (similar)  |  Skirt: Bella Bird |  Heels: Payless (similar)  |  Earrings: A gift from my Daddy  |

 Necklace: c/o MeShe Designs

I think the necklace is what really completes the vintage vibe for this outfit. I remember going through my mom’s jewelry box as a little girl and finding all of her cameo necklaces. As I child, I was obsessed with them. They were so beautiful, and seemed like they had so much history behind them. This Vintage Rose Cameo necklace from MeShe Designs is totally one of a kind–as are all of the other pieces in her shop. Michelle has some gorgeous, vintage inspired pieces that make me nostalgic for the times I tried on my mom’s jewelry as a kid.

I can’t wait to see how you channeled your alter ego from another era! But first, a few items of business:

1) Visit Maegen and Laura to see the details of their fabulous outfits

2) Share your look socially using #thecreativecloset

3) Join us next week for Put a Hat on It. Show off your fedora, hipster beanie, beret, floppy sun hat, or even your sombrero from your Mexican vacation. If it goes on your head, it belongs in next weeks linkup.

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4) Remember to share either The Creative Closet button or a link back to mine or Maegen’s post in your post. :)

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Okay, loves! It’s your turn! :)

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Tour Through Blogland: Welcome to Our Apartment

I’m sure you’ve seen this post going around. I’ve loved being able to peek inside other blogger’s homes, so when Maegen nominated me to participate, I was really excited! Well, excited and slightly hesitant. For a few minutes, I had a little debate with myself about whether or not I should participate. It’s been really fun for me to see other blogger’s homes…but we still live in an apartment. A basement apartment even. For a few minutes I thought to myself, “How on earth will our little space ever measure up?”

You know what I realized? It doesn’t have to! It’s true that I’m really looking forward to the day when we have a home of our own to repaint, decorate and do whatever we want with. But for now, I really love our sweet little apartment. It’s just right for this stage of life we’re in and we have created so many beautiful memories right here.

So come on in and take a look around! :)

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This chair probably sees more action than any other. We don’t have a desk chair, nor do we have room at our table for all of our kitchen chairs, so this one became my “office chair”. You probably guessed that this is where I do my blogging. :)

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Right next to my desk we have our bookshelves, which is kind of an extension of my little office space.  I use a few shelves to store/display my food photography props and dishes, as well as house my massive cookbook and culinary text book collection.

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This little gallery wall is one of my favorite spots in our apartment! It’s definitely the prettiest. :)

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Our “master bedroom” is pretty small, but it’s cozy and we love it. There are lots of days I wish I had more closet space, but I’ve just had to get creative with our storage, which has been kind of fun.

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Joshua’s room is pretty simple decoration wise. We have his little banner and a few motorcycle photos that Dustin took during one of his college photography classes, but that’s about it.

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We recently did a little remodeling and added a second kitchen to our apartment! ;) Our first kitchen wasn’t large enough to accommodate two serious chefs, so we got Joshua one of his very own. He’s become quite a pro at making hamburgers, hot dog bun soup, and he sure knows how to wash an apple!

I’m not going to bother sharing my kitchen with you. The lighting in the kitchen is the worst in the whole apartment, so I’m not going to try to take pretty photos. Plus, I haven’t done the dishes yet, and I don’t really feel like it. Sorry! :)

Next week, be sure to check out these ladies’ homes! I’m excited to see their spaces and you should be too!

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Courtney from A + Life is a sweet wife and momma who cracks me up with her point blank outlook on life.

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Ashley of From A to Z is so honest and vulnerable in the best kind of way. She’s unafraid to share what’s on her heart and I love her courage!

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Kiersten from She is Fierce is witty and outspoken and darn it, I love her for it. I hear she’ll be putting a little twist on her tour Tour Through Blogland post, so be sure to take a look at her unique spin. :)

Would you ever share your home on the internet? Have you participated in the Tour Through Blogland? If so, leave me a link in the comments! :)

Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Balsamic Caramel

When I was 17, I was an intern at a fancy Italian restaurant in downtown Albuquerque. My mom pretty much made me take the internship–it was her way of making sure I truly wanted to go through culinary school before I actually got to that point. She was hoping the internship would dissuade me, but it had the exact opposite effect. I fell in love with cooking all over again, and head over heels in love with the world of restaurants.

Anyway, a few weeks into my internship, my boss says, “Jana, I want you to make the dessert special for tonight. By yourself.” I almost peed my pants. Up until this point, I had always had someone watching  me to make sure I didn’t screw something up. Not only was I super excited that he finally trusted me to work on my own, but I was nervous as heck. I think he could tell. “Don’t worry,” he said.  “I’ve made this recipe drunk, and I’ve made this recipe high. It’s stupid simple. It’s impossible to screw up.”

So today I bring you the most stupid simple, impossible to screw up dessert recipe known to the Italian kitchen. Panna Cotta. :)

Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Balsamic Caramel. You won't believe how insanely easy this creamy, sweet dessert is!

In case you’re not familiar with panna cotta, it means “cooked cream” in Italian. You scald heavy cream and whole milk, add some sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and a bit of gelatin and voila! You have a creamy, custard like dessert with the subtle flavor of vanilla and almonds that pairs well with pretty much anything. It’s delicious, looks absolutely beautiful, and best of all it’s easy enough for a drunk chef to make. Not that I condone drunkenness. But if that’s your way of life, you should maybe try making this dessert.

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My favorite way to have panna cotta is exactly the way I made it on December 4th, 2008 (I remember the date because I wrote about it in my journal–I know, what a nerd! ;D )–with fresh sliced strawberries and balsamic caramel.

Classic Panna Cotta

makes 8 four oz servings

4 tsp unflavored gelatin
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract

Combine 1/4 cup of the whole milk with the gelatin. Set aside.

Combine remaining milk, cream, and sugar in a pot over medium heat. Bring to just below a boil, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and add the gelatin, vanilla, and almond extract.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any potential gelatin lumps.

Separate between 8 (4 oz) ramekins (tiny mason jars work just as well!) and chill for 4 hours, covered. I usually set my ramekins in a casserole dish that has a lid and cover them that way.

Serve topped with fresh strawberries and balsamic caramel (recipe below)

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Balsamic Caramel

1/2 cup good quality balsamic vinegar

In a small, nonstick saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar over medium heat until reduced by half. The vinegar will reduce down to a thick, sweet, sticky, syrup.

Enjoy! :)

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What’s your favorite stupid-easy dessert recipe?

 

 

On Bandwagons, Essential Oils, and Connecting With God

That’s a doozy of a title, is it not?

As you go throughout life, you notice that there sure are a lot of bandwagons you could be jumping on. I feel like I notice these bandwagons more as a blogger. Or maybe not because I blog, but because I read a lot of blogs. You get exposed to a lot of bandwagons by being virtually involved in the daily happenings of many stranger’s lives.

Bandwagons get jumped on with varying degrees of success. Like the blog design bandwagon. It seems like a lot of people see that some bloggers also have blog design businesses and they think, “Oh hey, I could do that too!” Guilty. I totally jumped on that one. At least slightly successfully, I think, because I have regular clients and I’ve been able to provide for my family. Oh, and I love it. That makes a difference.

Today I’m want to tell you about another bandwagon I jumped on. Essential oils.

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Let me back up. I’ve actually been on the essential oils bandwagon for a long time. I’ve been using them for years. doTERRA specifically. And I love them. However, I’ve always shied away from the idea of selling them. Which is funny, considering I sell my friends on them all the time. But I always felt like if people knew I would be making money from talking up the products I love and use regularly, they would think I’m only saying good things because I want to make money off of them. I felt that the money would cloud my sincerity in their eyes. Which it might.

But here’s the truth: I love essential oils with a love that is rooted deeply in who I am. I know, that sounds a little strong, but hear me out. All my life, I’ve been raised to believe that I was created by God. Human life–my body (and yours) is the crowning achievement of His creation. I’ve always believed that the human body is miraculous. It’s built and programmed to take care of itself! Think about it: you get a cut, and within a relatively short period of time, your body regenerates. No more cut. Even things like a fever are designed by the body as a defense mechanism: when infected, your body raises its core temperature in an effort to create an environment that is hostile to the invading virus or bacteria. Not a fun symptom, but pretty cool when you think about it.

Sometimes, our bodies get a little bit out of whack and they have a harder time taking care of themselves. Sometimes they don’t function as optimally as they’re supposed to. In our culture, we have a habit of being a little prescription happy. You have a health concern? Let’s prescribe some pills to cover up your symptoms (oh, and they come with these side effects)!

I don’t believe in that kind of health care (although it does have a time and place. Modern medicine has had incredible advances that save lives on a daily basis. But in non-emergent situations, I always believe in seeking a natural solution first). I believe in preventive medicine. I believe in the type of medicine that addresses the problem rather than covering up the symptoms. The type of medicine that is a lifestyle choice. I believe in wellness. I believe God put a lot of amazing things on this Earth for our benefit. Things that help our bodies get back to functioning the way they should so that our negative symptoms are naturally eliminated. Enter essential oils here.

I have seen others have and have had truly amazing results myself from using doTERRA essential oils. I truly believe that by educating ourselves and using essential oils, we can experience greater wellness in our lives. For me, wellness always has spiritual implications as well as physical. Achieving greater wellness always makes me feel more connected to God–to me, seeking wellness is my way of thanking Him for providing me with a functioning body. Taking care of that body and making sure it functions the way it’s supposed to is one way I express my gratitude to my maker–just one more way I can glorify God.

Long story short,  I jumped on the bandwagon. I’m now a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA. You’ll probably find a few more recipes and tutorials that utilize essential oils on this blog. I’ll probably talk about them a little more than I have (I promise not to spam you, though!). Bandwagon, consider yourself jumped upon.

If you’re interested essential oils and want to see how I use them in my daily life, follow me on Instagram at @everydayessentialoils.

Have you ever used essential oils before? What do you think of them? What other bandwagons have you jumped on or noticed others jumping on?