Happy Energy Diffuser Blend

This blend is such a lovely awakening blend. It helps me wake up and look forward to the day’s adventures. Make sure to turn on your diffuser before starting your day and make it part of your daily habit

Happy Energy Diffuser Blend

You will need:

  • 3 drops of orange essential oil

  • 2 drops of oregano essential oil

  • 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil

Procedure:

  1. Fill up diffuser with water as directed.

  2. Add essential oils.

  3. Turn on diffuser first thing in the morning. 

  4. Turn off diffuser when you leave the room.

5 Ways to Create Space in Your Life

Hi Friend!

This week I worked on creating space in my life by eliminating activities that are not fulfilling me. There are still activities that I'm on the fence about but I will figure them out in time. I'm creating space in my life because I want to spend quality time with my daughters. It's true that I'm a stay at home mom, but there is always something to do around the house. I feel bad because the whole point of me staying at home was to spend quality time with my girls and yet I'm preoccupied with other things.

So this year, I'm making a point of spending time to play with them, learning with them, as well as working out at home and drinking a superfoods drink every day. You see, if I don't take care of myself, I won't have the energy or strength I need to take care of my girls and family. Spending time with my girls is a lot of fun and it's those moments that help us bond and grow together. It's not just about me being at home.

This week I want to share with you five ways to create space in your life. When you create space in your life, you're able to relax more and spend time with those that you love.

We live in a hectic world, and it's up to us to make our lives more busy or calmer. We can add more activities to our lives that will make us busier, or we can remove things from our schedule and have time to spend with our family and friends.

However, if your goal is to be calmer this year and to spend more quality time with your family, then please read the following ways to do so.

1. Remove Activities from Your Schedule

We can overload ourselves with activities and projects to do. We can be more involved with extracurricular classes or committees. However, all this does is make us more stressed and tired. There is only so much time in the day to do all the things we want to do, and we can't do it all. The best way to solve this problem is to see what activities fulfill you. Which ones add to your life and which ones you dread. Those that you dread, you want to remove from your schedule and make space for something that you do love to do.

2. Remove Apps from your Phone

Our phones contain a lot of space that we can fill with unnecessary apps that don't fulfill us and instead take up room. Remove all of those apps that don't serve you and leave the ones that do.

3. Remove Contacts from your Phone

Remove contacts that you don't talk to anymore. Those contacts take up space in your phone and your mind. It's time to remove them and make room for those people that we want to create better relationships with.

4. Remove Podcasts from your phone

Delete podcasts that don't serve you. There are so many amazing podcasts out there, but we don't have the bandwidth to absorb all of the excellent information out there. Decide to have no more than five podcasts to listen to and no more. I know how hard this can be, but it's worth removing the number of podcasts we hear to so that we can listen to more music or the conversations of our loved ones.

5. Close Social Media Accounts

This one may be hard to do but, it may also be necessary. Close social media accounts that don't serve you. You know, the ones that you stress about opening up because you're afraid of what you're going to see. Those accounts need to be closed because they are bringing you more anxiety than not. Remove people that you're following that bring you stress. You don't need that kind of energy in your life.

These are the five items to remove from your life to make your life more fulfilled and joyful. Let me know what things will be removed from your life so that you have more time for your loved ones.

Watch the video below, where I explain more.

5 Phases of Decluttering

The day after Christmas up to New Year's Eve and Spring break, I love to declutter. It's one of my most favorite things I love to do! The reason is that I believe and feel that when I decluttering, I'm like starting all over. I have a chance to make new and better decisions. Once I'm finished decluttering, it's like my mind is clear and now I can sit down and make new goals and rituals. It's seriously really cool and fun.

Decluttering is no easy task, and I'm sure many would not find it as exciting as I do. There's a lot of emotion that can go into decluttering. Not everyone is as into getting rid of things. For that reason, I want to discuss the three phases of decluttering.

PHASE 1: The Decluttering Mindset

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To get into the right mindset we want to start with not comparing what we have with what others have. It doesn't matter if someone has more than I do. The point of getting rid of unnecessary things is to create a calm environment. We don't need to justify why we're getting rid of certain items and we shouldn't pressure someone to get rid of their things (this is something I need to work on).

PHASE 2: Look at the Costs of Clutter

When you have too much stuff you would be surprised as to how it affects your emotions. Here are just five of the costs of clutter...but there are a lot more.

  • Clutter causes frustration.

  • Clutter causes embarrassment.

  • Clutter makes you waste time looking for things.

  • Clutter makes it harder to keep a clean home.

  • Clutter can be dangerous! Just think about tripping over things on the floor or things spilling out of your cabinets.

PHASE 2: Look at the Benefits of Decluttering

On the other hand, there are so many benefits of having less stuff. I'm going to list just five of those things, but there are a lot more.

  • Decluttering makes more space to be enjoyed.

  • Decluttering makes cleaning your home easier and faster.

  • Decluttering your home and making space is safer.

  • Decluttering saves you money when you see what you already have and what you doing need to purchase.

  • Decluttering teaches your children good habits.

PHASE 4: Decluttering Process

First, schedule a day, weekend or week to declutter. I told you I declutter the week between Christmas and New Year's and again during Spring Break. Depending on how often you need to declutter, I don't always declutter my entire home, but sometimes it's necessary.

Begin with a room that is really bothering you. I started this year with my girl's playroom. They just had too many things and I needed to make room for the new toys. Once I finished with the playroom, I moved on to the kitchen, then our closet, and then the office.

PHASE 5: What to do with everything

Once you've finished your decluttering project, figure out what to do with all of your things. I personally donate it most of it and sell my books, CDs, and DVDs to a company called sellyourbooks.com They make it really easy to remove your clutter and make a little bit of money in the process. You can also give some items to your friends, nieces, nephews or whoever you want to give your items to.

Anyway, I hope you've learned a thing or two on decluttering. Have a home with space reduces so much anxiety and stress that you will enjoy decluttering from here on out. I mean I even declutter when I'm stressed because it helps relieve it.

Watch the video below to get more insight.

Let me know if you plan to declutter this week!

How to Live Simply & Happy

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I have a tendency to get easily overwhelmed. I don't know what it is, but when I start to do too much or I find that I have a lot to do with very little time, I begin to stress out. I really don't like that feeling. The stress builds up and then I become anxious and then I become short and unpleasant with my family. I really hate the feeling. I feel like I'm not the nicest person to be around when I'm stressed out due to the overwhelm. 

The way I work with this is that I reduce what I have in my home and on my schedule. I don't participate in a lot of activities and I also make a point of not being in charge of too many things because I become stressed and I don't perform my duties well. Reducing both the amount of things I have in my home and the amount of activities I or my children participate in, is key to me being calm, present, and happy. I simplify my life, so that I may be happy and pleasant to be around. 

The tagline of Natural Beauty Method is Live Simply & Happy because this is the life that I want all women, including myself and my daughters, to have. Living a simple and happy life makes the world so much more beautiful and enjoyable. The question is how to live such a life. I come up with three pillars to living a simple and happy life.

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Pillar #1: Embrace Calm

When you embrace calm, you are able to live presently. This includes decluttering and removing all things that are not necessary to have in order to create space. When you create space, you can breathe easier. Removing all activities from your schedule that doesn't fulfill you. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis and remembering that life is about Grace Not Perfection.

Pillar #2: Practice Self-Care

Self-care is so much more than me time. It's eating well, making time to exercise, sleeping and using safer beauty products. When you put in place all of these habits, your hormones become balanced, you become less stressed, which in turn makes you happier.

Pillar #3: Live Confidently

Use daily affirmations to help change your mindset to a positive one. Stop comparing yourself with others but instead celebrate their success. Learn to speak kindly to yourself and stop the self-abuse of speaking so harshly to yourself.

When you put all of these practices into play, you're going to see how calm and satisfying your life will be. Life has tough moments, but it's up to us to make it beautiful.

Watch the short 10 minute video below where I explain even more.

What are you doing to simplify your life so that you can be happier? Let me know in the comments below!

Live Simply & Happy,

Mirley

How to Simplify Your Life

Hi Friend!

We live in a very busy world. There’s a lot of noise and distractions pulling us in so many directions. All of these things are keeping us from being present for the people who need us most…not to mention it’s also causing us stress!

I love to learn and easily get caught up in the noise and business of life. It’s so much fun for me to learn, but it’s really hard for me to keep up with everyone’s suggestions. Not to mention, that I can’t apply them all and it’s too difficult for me to keep up!

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The fact is that possessions may actually control you more than you think. Of course we want to enjoy what we have. Possessions don’t have eternal value so it’s healthy to give items we’re not using away or just throw them away. I personally love to give things away or just throw them away. If I believe someone can get more use out of the item, then I give it to them, if not, then I just toss it.

How do I solve the problem of too much? I declutter! However, decluttering isn’t just about throwing things away in the home that you don’t need. It’s about simplifying who you’re listening to. How many podcasts do you listen to? How many YouTube videos do you watch? All of that noise is building up stress and it’s really important that you remove unnecessary noise from your life.

Once I started eliminating the unnecessary programs that I listen to, I'm able to listen to music. I am able to be more present for my daughters and husband. And this makes me happier and calmer.

What does clutter do to you?

  • Stresses you out

  • Keeps you tired

  • Confuses you as to where to begin

  • Overwhelms you

  • Blocks your ability to move forward

  • Limits God from showing the way

What should I get rid of?

  • Workout videos you don't use

  • Workout equipment

  • Cancel your gym membership and use the workout videos

  • Fitness magazines

  • Recipe books

Take the Clutter Test

  • Does it fit who I am?

  • Do I get excited when I look at it?

  • Do I love it?

  • Is it useful?

  • Is it necessary?

What do I do with my old stuff?

  • Donate it

  • Sell it online (There are many sites like Amazon, Ebay, Criag's List and more)

  • Save it and use it!

What does decluttering do for me?

  • Makes me feel light

  • Allows me to breathe

  • Allows me to make clear decisions

  • Forces me to get back on track

I hope this helps you. Let me know of all the things you got rid of.

Watch the video below where I explain more on the subject.

What do you have to eliminate from your life to make it more simple? Let me know in the comments below.

Live Simply & Happy,

Mirley

Three Reasons Why Simple is Better

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Have you ever been to a spa and felt relaxed and alive. There is something about going to a well put together spa with the right colors, furniture, smell and aura. It makes you feel like you’re walking in the clouds.

The reason why these spas have such an inviting aura is because they are simple. Their colors are light and airy. They don’t have a lot of furniture but just enough. Their furniture is of high quality but it’s not overpowering.

Having a home that has that aura may be challenging but doable. I personally try and keep that fresh aura in my home by not having too many things. It is challenging when you have kids, but I’m working on teaching my girls that their playroom is where their toys go. It is messy…but there is something sweet about it too, in my opinion.

Last week I talked about simplifying your kitchen. If you haven't read that article, you can find that article here. I mentioned all the places you can find clutter and what stuff you can get rid of. Even now after I did my decluttering, I still find things that I could have gotten rid of. 

This week I want to talk about the benefits of decluttering your home. The fact is that simple is better. Although I love museums and go to one every chance I get...but I honestly don't want my house to look like a museum but a resort. 

Here are the benefits of having a clutter free kitchen: 

1. It's safer

I have a toddler and having too many sharp utensil can be dangerous. Fortunately I don't have a climber but nevertheless I need to make sure everything is in it's place. When one has too many sharp objects, it can be very easy to forget about them and accidents can happen. It's always best to have what is necessary to avoid any kind of dangerous accidents. 

2. It's beautiful

We all love those magazines with the beautiful kitchens. If you notice, the one common theme in all of the kitchens is that they don't have a lot of things. Those kitchens have what is necessary. The kitchen looks spotless and inviting. Just having a kitchen with less things is also stress free. There is something about more space that brings peace to the mind.

3. It's easier to clean

I know many of us love clean rooms, homes and things...but we dread the cleaning process. However, when you have less stuff, it's a lot easier to clean your space. Too many things makes the cleaning process that much worse. 

If you haven't decluttered your kitchen yet, make sure to schedule some time and remove all the items you don't use. You'll see how much more you'll love your kitchen and home.

Mirley xo

Simplify Your Kitchen

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In January, I cleaned out my kitchen. It didn't take me one day, but a couple of days. I had a goal of getting rid of anything I didn't need. The thing is that my kitchen is small and everything I had was making it cluttered. I had duplicates of utensils and no room to put them. So cleaning up my kitchen was important. 

Clutter is stressful and keeps you from living in peace. I personally get annoyed easier if there is clutter in my house. It's like I can't breathe well. It's seriously annoying.

For this blog post, I want to challenge you to declutter you kitchen. Simplify it and organize it. Do the following steps to have a simplified kitchen. 

1. Take Inventory of Your Kitchen Essentials

Being by organizing your dishes, utensils, pots and pans. Get rid of any duplicates and broken items. Only keep what's essential like one set of dinnerware, pots and pans you use regularly and what you're able to fit into your cupboards. 

Also, get rid of all those cookbooks that you don't ever open. They're just taking up room and probably stressing you out even more because your food doesn't look like the ones in the pictures. Keep only the ones that you use on a regular basis.

2. Organize Your Pantry and Refrigerator

Next, look into your pantry and remove foods that have artificial flavors and coloring. These "foods" contain ingredients that are not food and that actually do more harm to your system than good. Also, go into your refrigerator and throw out any items that are expired and that also contain ingredients that are not food. 

3. Invest in Quality Kitchen Appliances

We don't need all of the fancy new, fun kitchen appliances that are invented every year. Most of those inventions are a waste of space and money. However, there are kitchen appliances that are worth investing in. These kitchen appliances do more than one thing.

I personally invested in a Vitamix and a Nutramilk. The Vitamix makes smoothies, soups and even bread! The Nutramilk makes almond milk, cashew and walnut milk! It's really an awesome kitchen essential to have. It even makes spreads! I absolutely love both of my kitchen essentials, they do so much for us and they're a great money saver too.

Lastly, invest in a bookstand that holds up your cookbooks. Having an open cookbook in your kitchen gives it such a home and welcoming feel. 

When you organize your kitchen, you'll see how much nicer it is to go there, cook meals and as a bonus save your money, time and stress. Try this project this month and see how much easier your month will go.

Mirley xo

What is Natural Beauty?

All my life, I have admired natural beauty. The type of beauty that is real, honest and simple. I have always tried to embrace natural beauty in my own life. 

Here is how I define natural beauty:

Natural Beauty: honest, graceful and timeless. 

Natural beauty does not meal not taken care of, abandoned or trendy. It's a type of beauty that lasts forever. 

Over the centuries, we've seen time and time again fashions come and go. Even the definition of a hot body changes. What was seen as beautiful in the 1920s for women is very different in the 2010's. 

We really need to be careful as to what trends to follow and really be true to our femininity so that we can have that timeless beauty.

So what do we have to do to have timeless beauty? Well here are 5 of my suggestions:

  1. Use Toxic Free Skin Care: The use of skin care is something that starts for most women in their teens, when they begin to breakout. We immediately go and purchase the skin care that all of our friends are using and the one that the commercials says work. Instead of using toxic skin care that actually creates more harm to our skin like dryness, use skin care without toxic chemicals and that nourishes your skin.

  2. Wear Light Makeup: Make up trends change over the years. However, one trend that never goes away is wearing a natural subtle look. It looks great in all your pictures and in real life too! Remember to wear makeup that is also toxic free so that your skin may benefit from it.

  3. Eat Clean Leafy Greens: We all know that eating healthy is something we should do. But did you know that the foods you eat actually impact the way your skin and hair looks too?! Not only that, it impacts your energy as well. Including more fruits and veggies will bring our energy up and make our skin glow.

  4. Exercise: If you want a feminine body that is timeless, choose an exercise that will help you get there like: barre, yoga, Zumba and strength training with high reps. These types of workouts will help you get a lean, long body that is feminine and graceful.

  5. Wear a Dress: That's right, wear a dress. Since the 1970s, women have worn more and more pants. Don't get me wrong, I wear pants and I do believe they have their place. However, pants tend to restrain us and make ups feel uncomfortable no matter how thin you are. Wearing a dress will help display your body in a beautiful way without being judgmental of the foods you eat.

So there are my suggestions to brining out your natural beauty. Your natural beauty is timeless. Don't hide it! Embrace it! 

Your Natural Beauty Coach,

Mirley