No, seriously, think about what you’re thankful for! This is my focus for 2021. Living with a spirit of gratitude changes your life, but it’s not something that comes easy for most people. We have to be intentional about it. That’s why I’ve started a gratitude journal.
My 2021 Planner came with a small gratitude journal, pictured above, but there’s lots of places you can get one of these, or you can just use a spiral notebook. I find it easiest to write in mine every night before going to bed. Just a sentence or two is enough. Here’s some prompts for your daily entries:
Today I’m grateful for…
A person I’m grateful for is…
Something in nature I’m grateful for is…
The best thing that happened today is…
Something that made me smile today is…
I’m looking forward to….
A hobby I’m grateful for is…
It’s important to practice gratitude because…
A complement I’ve received lately is…
I’m grateful for this friendship…
You see? It’s not difficult to get started. If you need additional help, simply google “gratitude journal prompts” and you’ll have a huge list to get you started!
As a woman of faith, I also use those sale notification emails as an opportunity to practice gratefulness, and as a prayer prompt. I thank God for the clients he brings my way, that he prompts them to remember me when shopping, and that he would bless them. Gratefulness, therefore, takes our minds off ourselves.
Research at Harvard Medical School found that practicing gratefulness makes you more optimistic, feel better about your life, exercise more, and have fewer visits to the doctor, even! I hear that some doctors are even recommending keeping a gratitude journal to their patients as another method to improve their overall health!
As far as business goes, there are many reasons why being grateful is good for business. People enjoy doing business with grateful people. Being grateful takes your focus off of yourself and onto your clients, which drives you to better customer service. Grateful people attract grateful people, which is a good place to be in life as well as in business. Need more reasons? Just google, “does being grateful increase sales,” then pause for a moment and be thankful for the clients you already have and the information you are learning.
Here are some examples of gratitude journals, but keep in mind you can also use a spiral notebook:
Do you change your essential oil diffuser blend based on the season, for certain health goals, or just to release a scent you enjoy? I do a little mix of all. I have some things that are seasonal, some for health, my personal favorites, and some blends I think help my kids when we’re doing homeschool. (Those are especially important to me!) Today, I bring you the recipe for a refreshing diffuser blend, which is a great way to start the New Year.
New Year Refresh Diffuser Blend
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
8 drop Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend
Add water to the fill line in your diffuser, then drop in your oils and turn on. The scents will fill the air soon and you will be refreshed! My diffuser runs for about 6 hours, but if you have a smaller diffuser, you can half this recipe.
I use Young Living Essential Oils. So far, I’ve had a great experience with the product and company. I’ve seen real results from using these oils with my family, and I believe they are an excellent quality, pure oil. I worry about grocery store oils being watered down, and I don’t feel the need to worry about my YLEOs.
If you are local to me, I am happy to order essential oils and oil infused products for you, or set up your own account for direct shipping to you here:
Some cultures have been using Rosewater for centuries, but here in America, we seem to fall away from traditional uses, stay away for a while and then come back to realize the value of natural products. I believe this is true with Rosewater.
So what is Rosewater? Well, it is NOT rose petals soaked in water. True Rosewater is a hydrosol, a by-product from the steam distillation of rose essential oil. This video explains the process well:
There are so many uses for hydrosols like rosewater!
Rosewater makes a beautiful pillow spray at night.
Try it as a perfume.
Add a little to a dessert to give it a lovely rose flavor!
Use as a hair tonic to hydrate and to smooth the hair cuticles.
Use as a no-heat hair setting spray when combined with a Swerve U-Pin or other Lilla Rose haircessory.
Use as a facial toner daily for dry, aging or irritated skin.
Mist in the air or on body to calm the mind.
Spray Rose Water on your hair to keep it shiny and vitalized
Massage into your scalp to moisturize and stimulate hair follicles
Spray Rose Water on your face for an energizing boost of hydration in the morning, or a relaxing mist before bed.
When used to fight acne, remove makeup, or treat eye bags, spray Rose Water on cotton and gently wipe the skin.
Spray Rose Water directly on the areas you’d like to tone and hydrate.
Spray after a workout to cool and refresh.
Listen to what these ladies had to say about their Rosewater experiences:
We 4 girls love the stuff. My girls have waist long hair. I’ve just started being able to use it on my hair again, trying to get it healthy again, hiding my shaved areas from surgery as they grow out. It tames the new growth wispies, too. I’m also using it to stimulate my facial nerves/muscles as I rub it over my face on the cotton ball and while I can’t wear make up. I’m getting compliments on my complexion.
– Deb W.
I LOOOVE the Rosewater! 💓💓 It smells like REAL roses!!😁😁
– Amanda M.
Get yourself some Rosewater 💕 I am so glad I did !! With age comes change – it’s inevitable 😏 – body changes, skin changes, hair changes and I have been privy to them ALL. I have been using rosewater for just about 3 weeks now and have noticeable improvement in my hair and skin. With just ONE product I have literally replaced 4 others I USED to use on my HAIR and FACE!
HAIR – much more manageable and the shine it has is remarkable! It’s no secret to those who know me I am NOT kind to my hair as it is colored on a regular basis, blown dry and just plain beat up !
No more dry fly-aways, and it STAYS manageable all day without ANY additional product and my ends have NEVER looked healthier. 💕
SKIN – Wowzers ! Tone and elasticity ! I now have BOTH !! Yes BOTH ! Who knew ? A quick spritz before bed and another in the morning before putting on my face for the day 💕
– Wendy G.
My hair has been so much softer and smoother!
– Amanda K.
I use it as a detangler for my daughter’s hair. She is now 17 months and has very fine wispy hair. Gets tangled out in just a few seconds with no tears!! I use it on my hair in the morning to refresh areas that are flat (especially around my face) after sleeping on it.
– Amanda P.
I have a perm and use it when I get out of the shower to get my curls back. I also will use it in my flyaway hair to keep it down in stead on looking like a wild woman. I also use it on my dry face wow what a huge difference the Rose water brings back moisture. I’m on my 3rd bottle. It’s a must have in my bathroom.
I’m a massage therapist and I spritz it on my sheets just before my clients come. Lovely scent!
– Jackie A.
I use this on myself and my 18 month old daughter. We both have curly hair, mine is a little coarser than hers. She has Shirley Temple curls. I use it to Spritz on her second or third day curls to revive them. Also makes her hair smell amazing! I use it the same for myself, and also on my face as a toner. I think it’s a delightful product! As an FYI, when I got down to the bottom half inch of my bottle I filled it up the rest of the way with filtered water. Still smells great even though it’s diluted. 😃. Just my frugal two cents worth. 😉
– Laura S.
Daughter-Long, fine hair. Slight wave but curls tend to fall. She LOVES using foam twirlers and curling her hair. But after a day, they are quite fallen. A week or two ago, my daughter washed at night and we did a good spray down of rosewater and put in foam rollers. In the morning, we took them out and they lasted not only that day, but we didn’t comb her hair out and the curls lasted the next day, too!
– Erin S.
It’s a great refresher for the skin and hair. It doesn’t make my hair or skin oily or shiny. It can be used anytime you need a quick pick me up, the light smell of the rose water is invigorating, calming and soothing all at the same time. I spray rosewater on my clients hair and scalp when I’m done with their hair. You can also “lightly” mist your face with it, makeup stays put. I love it!
– Cathy S
I’m finding that it is really great, for my super fine hair, at taming frizz and static (which will be even more important as winter comes on with all its dry air)! I used it the other day (below) to take out the frizz after wearing a knit hat for hours! 🙂
– Megan M.
My girls and I love Rosewater, too! I love that ours is also made from organic Bulgarian roses, so I don’t have to worry about extra chemicals on my skin. The ingredients are: certified organic rose hydrosol (rosa damascena). That’s it!
So we’re giving this a whirl this year – Gluten Free Thanksgiving! Because so many people are struggling with food sensitivities nowadays, I thought that I’d share our menu and maybe help someone out that’s looking for options at the last minute. I’ve included online links, but you may be able to find many of these alternatives at your local stores. The links are mainly to show the item, because I’m a visual learner.
Fried Chicken and Gravy (just me and the kids doing this, so I went with something I knew they’d love!)
Green Beans (see below)
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Mac & Cheese
How does that strike your fancy? We are super excited!! Now… how to make this gluten free???
My Grandmama made the best fried chicken ever. In the history of the world. Seriously. And I watched her do it a few times, but I was little, so I don’t know if this is how she did it, but I’d venture to say it’s pretty close! I’m also attempting her macaroni & cheese recipe for the first time this year. Usually my brother makes it.
I’ll be using chicken tenderloin, since that’s what is easiest to fry and all my kids like them. I set up two bowls. One has about 3 eggs and a splash of milk whisked together. (I have used dairy free, unsweetened, plain almond milk to do this and it works just fine.) The other bowl gets my dry ingredients. I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, salt & pepper to taste, a sprinkle of parsley flakes, and 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. Dip in the wet bowl, then into the dry bowl. If you’ve got time to kill and want to make it extra crusty special, repeat the dippings. I fry in refined organic coconut oil until done. Refined is important if you don’t want your chicken to take like coconut! I cook an entire two pound bag of tenderloins and we won’t have any leftovers! If you’re cooking for a smaller family, you’ll use less ingredients.
Mac & Cheese has been a challenge, but our diet has re-introduced dairy now, so I’m more comfortable trying this. Honestly, if we were still dairy free, I’d probably just skip the mac & cheese. My Grandmama made a baked mac & cheese and this is what my son has requested. She cooked the macaroni noodles per the package instructions, then in a 9×9 glass baking dish, sprayed with non-stick spray, she layered slices of cheese (cut from a block, not sliced cheese like for sandwiches) with the noodles. When I was young, it must have been cheddar that she used, but I’m told later in life she used colby jack. The noodles were salted & peppered, a splash of milk added so it doesn’t dry out (almond milk ok), then topped with another layer of cheese. This will be my first attempt at this style of mac & cheese. Fingers crossed… For the noodles, I’m using Skinner Gluten Free Elbows, found at my local HEB grocery store. I haven’t tried these yet, either, but based on the mix used in the ingredients, I think they were a good option.
This is pretty standard. To make dairy free, use the dairy free butter linked above and almond milk and nobody will know the difference!
We love deviled eggs! I just might have to do a separate post about the eggs sometime! We raise chickens, so fresh eggs are killer to peel. This is the whole reason I got an Instant Pot! And it works! (works great for store bought eggs, too) Put a cup of water in the pot, then the trivet, then layer in the eggs. I’ve loaded my pot with up to two and a half dozen eggs before. It’s a beautiful sight. 6 minutes at high pressure, 6 minutes natural release then open the valve, 6 minutes in an ice bath. Cool completely, then peel.
Slice in half. Any whites that are not pretty go into the mash. There should be at least 3 whole eggs in the mash. Mash the yolks and the whites that didn’t make the cut. Add Kraft Sandwich Spread until moist. Salt & pepper to taste. If you’re not dairy free, drizzle in a little homemade ranch dressing. Skip that if you’re dairy free, no biggie. Spoon the mash into the eggs, then come back and add more. If you have any left over, enjoy your egg salad.
Once again, we’re entering new territory. I’m going to be taking my husband’s grandpa’s wife’s roll recipe (haha) and trying it with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. This is a yeast roll recipe, and I’ve had excellent results with this flour so far, so I’m going to give it a whirl. I will do a half recipe, however, since this is a test. If it’s a flying success, I expect to hear lots of complaining from the children that I didn’t make more!
Again, I’m just altering standard recipes. And we’re going crustless. That’s a disappointment, I know, but it is what it is. I didn’t have time to perfect a gluten free pie crust this year, nor do I have time to make gluten free graham crackers. If you have a local store with GF graham crackers, you could probably make a graham crust pretty easily.
Using my husband’s uncle’s chocolate pie recipe, will really be more like a thick pudding without the crust. And that’s perfectly ok. It’s chocolate. This recipe is not dairy free. It uses whole milk, sugar, flour, etc. Again, we’re no longer DF, so I’m not altering the dairy in this recipe at this time. If I attempt a DF version in the future, I’ll let you know. For now, I’m switching out the flour and just dealing with the sugar. After all, Thanksgiving is a special occassion, they’re only getting one slice of pie and it’s not going to last long! Possibly whole fat coconut milk would work to make a homemade chocolate pie.
There’s so many recipes for pumpkin desserts on pinterest, and lots of them are gluten and dairy free! Thank you, internet! I’ll be using a Pioneer Woman (can you tell I love her??) recipe that was found on Walmart’s website! Pumpkin Pie by the Pioneer Woman. Alterations I’ll be making: No crust. That’s it! You could use sweetened condensed coconut milk, if you’re dairy free, but keep in mind that these cans are not exactly the same size as a standard can of Eagle Brand! Just be prepared.
Fruit can also be transformed into a delicious gf/df dessert! This fun turkey would be great for the kids!
As I’ve mentioned before, this is not a recipe blog, and I’ll have to go back at a later date and add pictures. Because I’ve never thought to photograph each item of food. Hopefully this may help someone that’s trying to figure out how to enjoy the holidays with dietary restrictions. This was my son’s biggest concern. The most important thing to remember is to relax and enjoy the holiday with your family. Let the kids help in the kitchen, even though it’s messy. Let them help with the meal planning. Nobody ever said it had to be turkey.
Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!
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