If you missed it, my word of 2016 is consistency.

So in order be more consistent, I am doing several things to encourage and support myself. I am using my DIY Wall Calendar,  I am writing more in my planner, I write down tasks and ideas as soon as they pop into my head, I am setting my alarm to wake up at 6am, even though I am not a morning person.

One other thing I have been doing is diffusing essential oils to help promote and encourage consistency.

My consistency blend consists of:

Lemon myrtle - not only does this have a very lemony smell, maybe even more than lemon, it encourages follow through. I can attest that for me, it does seem to give me that push to stop procrastinating and get things done
Copaiba - this oil help enhance the other oils
Rosemary Essential Oil - Rosemary is fantastic to support clarity and thoughts. There has even been studies to support these findings

To find out more about my essential oil story and how to order, visit my suzyandco website.

my consistency blend

the 20 in 30 monthly goal challenge recap & ideas | suzyhomemaker.net

If you saw my post a couple days ago, I introduced the concept of making monthly goals that you can accomplish 20 out of the 30 (or 31 or 28 or 29) days of the month.

Some of you may be still going strong on your new year's resolutions, while others may have already fallen off the wagon just 1 month into the year. The great thing is that whatever group you fall into, this plan can work for you.

I wanted to recap all the challenges I have done since December of 2014. This should give you lots of ideas of what you could do for a 20 in 30 challenge.

December 2014 - Green Smoothies
January 2015 - Green Salads
February 2015 - Liver Support - no alcohol; turmeric, milk thistle, and dandelion
March 2015 - Smoothie Bowls
April 2015 - Yoga
May 2015 - Simple Healthy Toast
June 2015 - 10,000 steps
July 2015 - 7 cups of fruits & veggies per day
August 2015 - Wheat free/gluten free
September 2015 - Wake up at 6am and do core
October 2015 - No sugar
November 2015 - Water
December 2015 - Exercise
January 2016 - No wine

Hope this will inspire you to do your own 20 in 30 challenge this month and all year!


the 20 in 30 monthly goal challenge recap

the 20 in 30 monthly goal challenge | suzyhomemaker.net

The 20 in 30 monthly goal challenge will turn your New Year's resolutions into whole year resolutions.

It is already February! I am sure many of you have made resolutions and at this point many of you might have already broke your resolutions. It happens, apparently ALL. THE. TIME. If you look at any article talking about resolutions you will see something like an 8% success rate. Not the best.

So last year I changed things up. Instead of doing my usual 10-15 resolutions (yes, I love making resolutions) I decided to pick one thing a month and focus on that. I chose a healthy habit that I would do 20 out of the 30 days of the month. It worked really well. Although there are other things I did during the year to stay healthy, I stuck with one thing a month that I would be sure to do each month to be successful.

I think this is such a great plan because even if you have a bad month, you can continually make goals all throughout the year to get back on track. And with the 20 in 30 plan, you have a few days built in (think weekends) where you can "cheat" and still make your goal.

How to do the 20 in 30 plan

Pick ONE healthy thing you would like to do for the month.
Share, share share! With friends and family, on instagram, on facebook, in the suzyandco facebook group. When you make a goal public and share you are more likely to do it.

That's it! It really is not that hard, but making healthy goals into habits takes a bit of time, consistency and drive.


the 20 in 30 monthly goal challenge

my life-changing one year oil anniversary | suzyhomemaker.net


I am celebrating an anniversary today!!
I was so skeptical. It took me 6 months of researching and watching friends before I took the plunge. I wasn’t sure it was worth the money, wasn’t sure of the hype, was wondering if it was just another network marketing scheme. Then, exactly one year today I received my life changing essential oil starter kit.
And to say it was life changing is not an exaggeration. I know many friends and family see me talk about oils. Some may roll their eyes, others glance at the posts, some may be curious, but I have to say that I am truly floored by how great this year has been and what has happened.
These oils have improved our health tremendously. Not only physically but mentally as well. We are happier and healthier. I have gotten rid of so many other products with questionably toxic ingredients and use the oils now.
And these oils have also allowed me to have my own business and help my family financially. Now I am not going to tell you that I make as much in one month as I ever did in a year at any job I have had. I am not there…yet. But I can say that this has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences. I have a great team that mentors and supports and educates. We are not about sales at all, we are about helping people use the oils properly. Even if that means they don’t buy from us.
I feel so lucky and blessed to have found oils and to be able to share with my friends and family their benefits and help others on their path to wellness. So if you have been one of the ones to watch my posts and question why I keep sharing about these oils, now you know that this is not some health fad or money making scheme, this is our life. The passion is real, the oils are real, the business is real!


my life-changing one year oil anniversary


the ONE thing to do to become a morning person | suzyhomemaker.com

There was one thing I have done recently to go from being a sleeper- inner (that should totally be a term) to a morning person.

I use the term "morning person" lightly because in my mind a morning person is chipper and excited in the morning; ready to start their day. Although I am up and out of bed, I would not say I was chipper. I am definitely needing my coffee.

I have a list of a few things that I have done to help get myself out of bed and get the day started, however, I feel that their is ONE thing that has made the biggest impact on my morning routine. I think even if I didn't do the other things on my list, this one thing would still get me out of bed.

So what is that one thing?

WHY




Why what, you ask? My why. What is my why for waking up and getting myself out of bed early. When I came up with my why and started reminding myself of it every night before going to sleep and every morning when the alarm goes off, getting myself out of bed has been much easier.

Everyones why will be different. My why is because I want to get as much work done on my computer before my daughter wakes up, so that during the day, I am not on the computer much. I want to give her more focused attention.

When I think about my daughter and realizing how fast time goes by, I do not want to miss much. But I also know that in order to succeed and achieve the goals I have set for myself, I need to work. I need to be on the computer. So waking up early, before my daughter, is a way for me to balance my day between work and family.

So if you want to become a morning person, ask yourself:

What is my why for getting up early?
the ONE thing to do to become a morning person

5 reasons you need essential oils in your life | suzyhomemaker.net


It's no secret I am a big fan of essential oils. And it is NOT because I choose to also make money from them. I truly love them, use them daily, continue to learn about their powerful benefits, and recommend them to everyone and anyone.

Here are 5 reasons you need essential oils in your life including some of the science behind them.


 
5 reason you need essential oils in your life from suzy supnet

For more info on essential oils visit suzyandco.com
5 reasons you need essential oils in your life

1000 in 100 simplifying challenge | suzyhomemaker.net

Are you in need of some simplifying, decluttering, purging, minimizing? Maybe you had a goal or New Year's Resolution to declutter your house. Then this challenge is right up your alley.

Decluttering and living a more minimalistic life can be so rewarding for your health. You are less stressed, you have more time to spend with family and friends. More time for taking care of your health, exercising, cooking, etc because you are spending less time cleaning and organizing your home.

I have been on a minimalism kick for over 2 years now and I still feel like I have so much stuff that could be donated or thrown away. So the first of this year I thought I would do a 2016 in 2016 challenge where I got rid of 2016 things this year. But that is a long time and I want stuff gone now.

Then I thought let me really push myself and get rid of 2016 things just in January. Unfortunately, I cannot spend countless hours every day going through things. So I think I am only at about 200, maybe a bit more.

So I came up with this 1000 in 100 challenge. I feel like it is doable but isn't such a long span of time where I could slack off and procrastinate. And this morning when I looked at what day is 100 days from now, I saw that it was April 30; the end of the month, the end of my birthday month, close to the beginning of spring. It all seems to fall in line. (and yes, I am typing out a blog post instead of cleaning out a closet that I had planned on doing :) )

So if you are looking to declutter and simplify your life, maybe you should take this challenge as well. Although I am starting this in January, you could start it whenever you want. So if you are reading this April 1st you could try for 1000 things 100 days from that date.


1000 in 100 simplifying challenge

honey yogurt mask | suzyhomemaker.net

Making homemade beauty products not only decreases the amount of toxins your body is exposed too, many times it can be less expensive and simple.

This honey yogurt face mask is one example. You may already have honey and yogurt in your kitchen, so you would not have to buy any new products. And if it is safe to eat, it may be safe to put on your skin.

This mask also has ingredients that help support skin regeneration and is great if you have dry sensitive skin.

Ingredients

~1/4 cup plain yogurt - the lactic acid in yogurt can be a very gentle exfoliator
~1 Tbsp raw honey - honey is a humectant - which attracts mositure and brings it to your skin
4 drops Frankincense essential oil - Frankincense oil is fantastic for skin. It is very nourishing and has properties that help with skin regeneration.
4 drops Gentle Baby Essential Oil - Gentle Baby is an oil blend, with Geranium, Palmarosa and Rose which are moisturizing and also help support elasticity of the skin, along with other oils that are beneficial for healthy skin.

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a container. Place a thick layer on your face and let sit for about 5 minutes. Wash off with a gentle washcloth or just your hands.


yogurt mask

my word of the year: consistency | Suzyhomemaker.net

This year, my "word of the year" is consistency.

Last year was the first year I did a word of the year. I think I had heard about only 2 years ago but did not participate then. Instead I had done my usual New year's resolutions and goals. Then last year the word Joy kept popping up.

It started with the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up(aff.) She mentions only keeping things that sparked Joy. So I did a ton of decluttering and purging and tried to only keep things that gave me Joy. I also started using essential oils and although I would have never thought to buy Joy oil for myself, it quickly became a favorite.

This year, as I was thinking of what my word would be, consistency immediately came up. I brushed it off because it is not very passionate or sexy or emotional. Joy brings up happiness. I've seen some people's word of the year love, forgiveness, grace, authentic. In comparison to those words, consistency seems, well, boring.

But as I kept thinking about it, I was drawn to that word. No other word spoke to me. I knew in my heart, that was my word. So instead of fighting it, I embraced it.

And maybe a week later, in one of my newsfeeds, a review of this book The Art of Persistence (aff) showed up. I read a sample and realized not only was it exactly what I needed to read at this time, but also, that my choosing the word consistency was right on. It was a sign :)

So this year I will focus on being more consistent with everything. I know it will not happen overnight. It will take time to build this skill, but I already see myself changing and putting it into action.

What is your word of the year? 

Need help with your goals? Make a wall calendar

my word of the year: consistency

Homemade air freshener spray | suzyhomemaker.net


I hate smells. Well not all smells, but artificial, perfumy smells are not my thing. Unfortunately, depending on the weather, I cannot always open a window to air out odor. So to get rid of the smell, in the past we would spray room freshener. Then I take a towel or pillow and attempt to fan the scent out.

Not only are the smells of store-bought fresheners nauseating, but when you look at some of the ingredients, they might make you queazy as well.

Benzisothiazolinone - possible immune system toxicant; irritating to eyes, skin, or lungs; possible organ system toxicity for use around the mouth/on the lips.

Most homemade air fresheners have baking soda in them. I tried it and I did not like that. The problem was that the baking soda clogged up my spray and would never stay suspended in the liquid. So one batch I decided to leave it out and it worked great.

This air freshener smells 100 times better than a store-bought spray.

Ingredients
1 cup vodka - you can use any kind; don't waste the good stuff (I have however used the good stuff when I did not have any cheap vodka lying around. I don't think #1 noticed and I am helping his liver)
1 cup water
20 drops essential oil - I think peppermint is my favorite, but purification works great. There are really so many to choose from

Directions
Mix in a spray bottle and enjoy the smell of natural ingredients.

homemade air freshener spray

semi-homemade organic peanut butter | realfoodsimple.com

This 4 ingredient peanut butter is an easy way to get an organic peanut butter, without having to completely make your own from scratch. It uses pre-made organic smooth peanut butter, so you can avoid all the pesticides in conventional peanut butter. (Which really disappointed me when I found out.)

Get the recipe at my brand new blog:

Real Food Simple

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semi-homemade organic peanut butter

5 ways to decrease toxins from laundry | suzyhomemaker.net

If you are on a path to decrease your exposure to chemicals and toxins, one area to consider is your laundry. Why laundry? Think about how you sleep for ~8 hours every night on washed sheets. Those sheets may contain residue. You wear clothes all day that may contain residue. When you sweat, your pores open, and some chemicals may be able to penetrate skin.

Are those chemicals the end-all-be-all to your health? No. But it is the cumulative effect of all the chemicals you are exposed to every day, day in day out, through cleaning products, foods, pesticides on lawns and in gardens, etc. Maybe the laundry is one area to decrease that exposure.

1. Washing soda - this is fantastic for getting out stains. We put a couple tablespoons in a bucket of water and soak clothes overnight.  
2. Homemade laundry soap - most recipes you will find are really easy and super cheap. I have done both a powdered version and liquid version with a bar of soap, washing soda and borax. Powdered is easier to make, but I think liquid is better in colder water. If you are looking for a recipe, there are tons online. 
3. Soap nuts - these are actually nuts from a tree that have naturally occuring soaps in them.  
4. Aluminum foil - I have used this for static cling instead of dryer sheets. It's not perfect, but not bad.  
5. Wool dryer balls - I bought some of these a few months ago and love them. Not only do they help with static (although, again not perfect) they soften clothes and speed up drying time. 


Disclaimer: I know I use the word chemical often in this article. I also know that EVERYTHING is a chemical, i.e. water, air, etc. When I say chemical, in this instance, I am referring to ones that you may not want to be exposed to. 


5 ways to decrease toxins from laundry


I am not going to pretend gardening is easy. I don't think it is. But I continually strive to become a gardener. However, this year I did not plan out a garden. There was simply too much going on. I did have some pots with dirt leftover from last year, though. A couple weeks ago I threw some leftover basil seeds in one and cut up a potato in another and they each started growing! So now technically I have a garden.

It doesn't cost much money to try to grow something. And if you are successful, then that is one less real food item to buy.

Want more real food tips? Follow my Real Food Tips board on Pinterest.


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Almost every year I try to grow herbs. Last year I think I had about 6 growing. but this year I have been slacking on my garden. However, I found some basil seeds in a drawer the other day. I threw them in an empty pot with some soil and I am already seeing sprouts! One is better than none. 

real food tip 21 | growing herbs


This chocolate peanut butter whip is a real food version of store-bought whipped peanut butter and chocolate. I wanted to recreate it using healthier ingredients. Although I would not call this healthy, at least it is real food!

I was visiting a girlfriend on her bachelorette weekend last fall. Late one night we needed a snack and she brought out heaven in a packaged container. It was whipped peanut butter and chocolate. We got out some graham crackers and went to town. Mind you, we both have master's degrees in nutrition. That did not matter in the wee hours (or maybe 10pm) of the evening.

I was, however, curious to see what the ingredients were and if it was something I could make. Besides all the additives and preservatives and what not, at its heart (and mine) was peanut butter, chocolate, and some sugar. I knew I could make it at home and although I hesitate to say I made a healthier version, it definitely has better ingredients.

It is so good, you can just eat it straight.

Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon honey

~ 3 tablespoons chocolate chips


Directions

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or Nutribullet. Blend until all the chips have disintegrated and all the ingredients are mixed nicely. The color should be a dark brown and the consistency should be runny. You could totally pour this over some ice cream at this point and it would be awesome.

Take the mixture and place in the fridge for at least an hour or more. You will have a pretty hard chocolate peanut butter spread. Although you can stop here, if you take it one more step it will be worth it.

Scrape the hardened mixture into a bowl (I used a KitchenAid mixer for this part so I put it in that bowl). With a mixer on high, whip the mixture until it about doubles in size and becomes a nice medium light brown. It only takes about 2 minutes.

Now take a graham cracker just grab the spoon and enjoy.


homemade chocolate peanut butter whips


Yes, organic coffee is definitely more expensive. But if you are having a cup (or 4) every morning, organic is the way to go. It is an easy change that will decrease your pesticide exposure.

I have found 2 brands that I love!

Kicking Horse Coffee


Black Knight Dark Roast


Want to learn more about why coffee is a Real Food?

Real Food ABCs - J for Java

real food tip 20 | organic coffee

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