29 intentions in my 29th year

Today is my 29th birthday! The final year of my 20s has begun and I could not be more in love with the existence I am creating for myself. I am a work in progress, and I am okay with that. I am passionate about so many things and everyday I am astonished at my own thirst for personal growth. I am so very thankful for every opportunity this life has granted me.

It seems fitting that I wrapped up an 8 week Mindfulness Meditation course today. I had tons of clarity in my reflections and it felt like the perfect way to begin a year (and lifetime) of intentional living.

My 29th year will be a year of authenticity and intention. I will be mindful in the way I live. I will be loving in my daily actions. Here is my list of 29 intention for my 29th year:

  1. Be intentional with my time and energy.
  2. Continue to cut down on plastic use.
  3. Become a full-time pescatarian.
  4. Maintain a regular mindfulness meditation practice.
  5. Attend yoga classes regularly with Will.
  6. Make quality time with family a priority.
  7. Buy less.
  8. Write more.
  9. Practice gratitude regularly.
  10. Be resilient.
  11. Pursue zero-waste and circular living.
  12. Only purchase ethically made and sourced clothing.
  13. Breathe.
  14. Walk.
  15. Stretch.
  16. Create a better system of organization at home.
  17. Designate a special spot in the house for meditation.
  18. Be more patient with my littles.
  19. Spend more time in the kitchen.
  20. Practice self-compassion.
  21. Spend more time with the people I love.
  22. Extract joy from every day.
  23. Explore more.
  24. Ask questions.
  25. Make things.
  26. Get to know me better.
  27. Dream far and wide.
  28. Show kindness and compassion everyday.
  29. Be courageous.

This is my list. It covers so much while still leaving such a great deal to seek and explore. I want my 29th year to be a year of curiosity, risk-taking, and growth. I want to spend my time diving deep and falling in love with who I am and the life I am leading.

What are your intentions for the year ahead? Have you thought about it? What would be the first thing you would put on your list?

love & light

Lena

DIY jasmine make-up setting spray

The past few years I have been transitioning to a more natural beauty and skincare routine. Sometimes I make my own products and other times I buy products that I know are made without the use of dangerous chemicals. I have lots of favorite all-natural beauty and skin products but sometimes I just like something I have made myself better. When I’ve made it, I love knowing exactly what has gone into the product that I am absorbing into my skin and bloodstream.

This recipe is for a make-up setting spray that I put on after applying my make-up in the morning. As a teacher I am on the go all day long and have very little time to stop and look in the mirror so I need to know that my make-up is going to stay in place without any touch-ups! This light weight spray takes care of that worry for me and gives me all the peace of mind I need while teaching my tiny humans how to paint!

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Witch Hazel
  • 1 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (natural, not the bright green stuff)
  • 1 Tbsp Distilled Water
  • 5 drops Jasmine Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 oz. glass bottle with spray nozzle

Directions:

  1. Fill 2 oz. glass bottle with 1 tablespoon natural aloe vera gel.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons witch hazel and 1 tablespoon water to fill bottle.
  3. Shake well to mix thoroughly.
  4. Add essential oils and shake again to evenly disperse.
  5. To use: Shake well and spray over freshly applied makeup.

I love using lavender and jasmine essential oils because they smell so lovely. Lavender is also great for your skin to soothe redness and irritation. I use Jasmine for its empowering and confidence-boosting aroma, as well as the fact that it is great for improving dry or dehydrated skin!

I know there are lots of different recipes out there, has anyone tried a different recipe for a DIY setting spray? How do you make yours? I love this one and I hope you to do!

love & light

Lena

Sale on All-Natural Bug Spray in the Etsy shop!

Today I am sharing a special coupon code with all of my lovely blog visitors! My Etsy shop is filled with homemade, all-natural, toxin-free apothecary items that I adore… But my all-natural bug spray – made with 5 all-natural worry free ingredients – has been used on the regular at our house lately.

We love taking evening strolls as the sun sets, but the downside to that is all the mosquitos start coming out… and they are hungry! I have wanted to avoid any bug bites because I am getting married in less than a month and I definitely do not want to be rocking little red itchy spots all over my arms and legs! So every night I spray my handmade bug spray on and when the mosquitos smell me coming, they fly the other way! And the light lavender, eucalyptus, and citronella scent is not off-putting to us humans at all.. so don’t worry about smelling like chemicals and getting a headache!

My All-Natural Bug Spray is made with the highest quality essential oils on the market so you can rest assured that you are getting a safe product! Just spray it on your exposed skin, clothes, and hair and you can be on your way!

From now until the end of the month you can enjoy your purchase with a 15% off discount when you use the code BUGSBEGONE in the checkout! Each bottle is made-fresh-to-order andcomes in an amber glass bottle so it will last you the whole summer!

love & light

Lena

Garlic Mint Garden Pest Spray

**This is a review of the recipe created by Jami over at An Oregon Cottage  that I am using as a regular part of my garden routine now!**

As you saw in my earlier post this week, I have been slightly obsessed with my garden this spring and summer. I simply love the magic of making things grow. We planted a patch of sunflower seeds on earth day together and just this week they are finally starting to blossom, I am so excited to see how they look this fall!

Early on this spring I was having a little trouble though, every morning I would find big holes in my sunflowers. Something was having a pretty hearty midnight snack on my flowers every night and I was worried they wouldn’t make it! I knew it was time to find a solution to try and rescue my sunflowers from this snack-attack!

Because we try our best to pursue a green, toxin and waste-free lifestyle – I was not interested in using any kind of pesticide in my garden. I spent days researching if there was an all-natural way of deterring the pests without causing any harm, and after a few different attempts I finally found something that works wonders!

When I stumbled upon this recipe of Jami’s I was so relieved! I had tried so many recipes and watched my plants disappear more and more each morning until I finally found this beauty!

before using any spray

This spray is made of 4 ingredients (+ water) and is very effective! So far this summer I have only had to spray it on my plants twice. The spray doesn’t smell great and is spicy so any little critters who take a nibble will not be interested in eating anymore.. although the smell alone should be enough to send them packing! I still have lots of bees zipping around the plants even though they have been sprayed so it won’t harm them either!

3 weeks after first application

The recipe is stinky while making it but a bottle of this will last a really long time! Make sure you aren’t expecting company the next day after making it because the smell is pretty potent – I moved my essential oil diffuser to the kitchen to help get things smelling nice again! Here is the original recipe that I followed.

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • fresh mint
  • dry cayenne pepper
  • biodegradable soap (I used Dr. Bronners)
  • water

For complete instructions head over to the original recipe by clicking here!

When using the spray, make sure to put it on after 4pm or on an overcast day so it doesn’t burn the plant. Spray all of the plant, even the base and undersides of leaves when you apply it! After spraying the first time, I waited about 3 and a half weeks between applications.

flowers blooming after 5 weeks of first application

What do you think? What kinds of organic gardening tips do you have? I’m learning as I go, but this will definitely be a recipe I keep on hand for years to come!

love & light,

Lena

Flower boxes make this feel like home…

When we first moved into our house last August I was in love with the homemade flower boxes hanging under a few of the windows on the east side of the house. But sadly after the year passed they were beginning to rot out and no longer had that beautiful raw wood look. They were untreated so the elements broke them down very quickly.

Because I loved the flower so much though I knew I wanted to replace them so I bought some small cedar boxes and painted them a happy yellow to brighten up our house. I love the way they turned out! Such a simple little thing made this house feel so much more like our own!

We have a LOT left to learn about home owning but we are having fun figuring it out along the way! We planted sunflowers on earth day and a few of those are just starting to bloom and we are working on filling in our milkweed patch with wildflowers for the butterflies… Gardening and yard care are our official “stress relievers” of the summer. What a lovely way to enjoy the outdoorsand the first summer of home owning!

What about you? What are your favorite summertime stress relief activities to focus on? Do you love working in the garden as well or are there other things you enjoy this time of year? I hope everyone is getting the time they need to recharging at home and away!

love & light

Lena