DIY Spring Cleaning – Granite (Kitchen Counter) Cleaner

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So you could say that I have gone DIY CrAzY!!  I just got my Amazon order today with glass spray bottles and then some other ingredients that I needed for upcoming projects!

Today, I made a Granite Kitchen Counter Cleaner!  I have bought so many different brands and they really only waxed over everything… it never looked or felt clean.  So I decided I was going to create my own natural cleaner.  I did some research online and found a couple of recipes, but ultimately I knew I wanted to make my own!

All of the ingredients are in the pic above and it literally took less than 5 minutes to make it!

First, you will need castile soap, which is an unscented vegetable based soap.  You can find it at health food stores or online (Amazon).  You only need a couple of tablespoons for this recipe so the castile soap goes a long way!  Next you will need either rubbing alcohol or 80 proof vodka (I just happened to have some Absolute Vanilla Vodka on hand), and distilled water (or boiled tap water then cooled), and the final ingredient is lavender essential oil.

I love that this recipe has castile soap because it actually cleans the granite counter tops.  The alcohol helps to dry quickly, and you should use distilled water if possible so that it will have a longer shelf life.  Regular tap water can be boiled to kill bacteria.  I use lavender essential oil because I love the smell of lavender and it’s very calming, but you can use any essential oil that you prefer.  Just don’t use a citrus essential oil with a Granite Cleaner because citrus can eat through the granite.

Granite (Kitchen Counter) Cleaner:

Ingredients:

Castile Soap – two tablespoons buy it here

80 proof Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol – 1 tablespoon

Lavender Essential Oil – 25-30 drops

Distilled Water or boiled and then cooled tap or spring water – 2 cups

Directions:

First you will need either a glass spray bottle or a thick plastic spray bottle (warning essential oils should not be used with thin plastic bottles – like water bottles, since it can penetrate the plastic and pull out toxins into the water.  I purchased my glass spray bottles from Amazon, but you can re-use a spray bottle that you already have or an empty glass bottle and put a spray top on it.

Put 2 tablespoons of castile soap into your spray bottle.

Add 1 tablespoon of alcohol.

Add 25 to 30 drops of lavender essential oil (or your non-citrus essential oil of choice).

Then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.  Make sure to leave some room at the top just in case you want to add more essential oil!

Loving my Granite Kitchen Counter Spray!  This spray is not just for granite counter tops!  You can use it on other surfaces too!  The reason it works well on granite is because it doesn’t have vinegar or citrus oils which can both eat through granite.

Happy DIY Cleaning!

Interested in learning more about how to get started with essential oils?  Contact me, Nicole Wehner @ gozenent@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Social Network Marketing Tips- March Madness!

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It’s March and the weather is starting to warm up and the ideas are flowing!  So I thought, what a great time to improve my social networking presence!  I have done a lot of research over the years on Social Networking and Network Marketing, and what better time to actually put that time, effort and knowledge to good use!

Let’s face it, there are billions of people out there using social media and those are people who we can connect with and bring into our network!

I’m sure there’s so many people who have started a Twitter account, a Facebook Fan Page, a Pinterest, a Tumbler, a WordPress blog, etc.. and I think for a lot of people, they are not sure what to do after they send off a couple of tweets.  How do I increase my followers? How do I find quality followers that I can engage with?  How many tweets are too many? What should I tweet about?  And the same with other social media.  I set up a Facebook Fan Page, and now how do I increase my followers and likes?

These are all questions that we all have and I am going to take the rest of this month to clean up my own social media and improve my networks and will post my research and tips on a daily basis here and twitter!

1st Tip!

#UnFollowMonday  Ok, I know it seems negative, but it is important to have a good follow/to followers ratio on Twitter!  This morning, I went through my twitter list of people I am following and unfollowed almost everyone that doesn’t follow me!  The exception is businesses, organizations, famous people that you like to follow, as most of them will not follow you back.  So if you follow @KanyeWest chances are he is not going to follow you back, but I follow him for entertainment value 🙂

The reason the follow ratio is important on twitter is because Twitter monitors how aggressively you follow people on Twitter.  They say that you can follow up to 1,000 people in one day, but I was cut off one day after uploading contacts which were about 500.

If you are following several hundred or thousands of people on Twitter then you definitely want to set up an automated tool that will periodically unfollow people who don’t follow you back.  You want to give your new followers a little time before unfollowing them since Twitter banned the ever so useful automatic follow back tools, but chances are that if they are going to follow you back then they’ll do it within a day or so.  I use SocialOomph to do a lot of automated twitter tasks and for other social media as well.  They offer a “free” and a “professional” account.  Depending on the features you need you can see which one work best for you!

How To Hold a Perfume Oil Workshop/Class

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For a while now, I have been researching perfume oil making with essential oils and wanting to try it!  Over the past couple of years I have just not been happy with the Designer perfumes, just couldn’t find the right scent and my allergies and asthma would usually act up when I tried to wear commercial perfumes*.

So, I googled, and I googled and read up on the different notes that make up a perfume oil and the different scents that work together.  There’s a lot of information out there!

I also looked at all of my oils to see which ones were best for making perfume oil.  Some were costly, so I had to bear that in mind.  When setting up my order I ended up going with some of the lesser expensive options, like cedarwood instead of sandlewood. Now of course, I wish I had both!!

The next thing I did, which is a big help in choosing which scents to go with is I looked up some of the notes of the perfumes that I have liked and worn in the past and that will really help you to decide on which essential oils to use!

If you search your favorite fragrance + notes you will get a make up of the perfume.  Now, you may not have all of the specific oils that are referenced in the fragrance you like, but you will have a better idea as to what you like in terms of fruity, floral, sweet, woodsy, grassy, spicy.  Then you can choose which oils match those that you like.  For instance, I like fruity, floral, spicy, sweet and woodsy, so I would choose a couple of the fruity & floral oils as top notes and then a spicy and a sweet oil as middle notes and then a woodsy oil as a base note.

The top notes you will smell first but they will fade away the fastest (30 minutes or less).  The middle notes will last a little longer and the base notes last the longest (a full day or more).

Remember, essential oils are very potent and a little bit goes a long way!

The next thing you want to consider is how big of a roller ball glass container you need. Amber color is the best choice since it will protect the oils, but I ended up going with the clear since this was for training purposes.  If you are looking to save on the amount of oils you are going to use.  Remember, your guests/students will need to test each oil, then use a 5ml roller ball glass container for each perfume.  For a 5 ml roller ball container, you will need about 10-11 drops of your essential oils (1-3 drops each depending on the number of oils you use and their potency – if you have a stronger oil, then you want to use less drops than some of the fruity or floral oils that are not as strong so they don’t over power them).  You want to put your base notes in first and swirl them around and sniff them, then add your middle notes and swirl and sniff and then your top notes and swirl and sniff – once you do that if you need to adjust by adding extra top notes if they are not coming through – you should smell those right away, then you can add a drop or two more.  Remember also that the scent will change over time so you can always adjust by adding more, but it is harder to take away if you added too much!  So remember that less is more!

For your party you will need:

Perfume Tester Strips (found these on amazon.com) – I think I ordered 100.

Pipettes (I ordered these on amazon.com) – Order a pack of 100

Roller balls bottles (get a few extra than you need just in case!)

A little note pad for each guest (so they can note down how many drops of each oil they used)

Make sure that you try this out yourself before you do your class!  You will learn a lot just by doing it!

The first thing that I learned is that the oils smell VERY strong once you first drop it on the tester strip!  This is not what your perfume oil will smell like once you are done.  I suggest dropping a drop of each oil on a different tester strip (be sure to label each one so you remember what it is!)  Do this an hour before your party starts.  This way it will give the oil a chance to settle and it will not be as overpowering.  Still it is important that you mention to everyone that this is the undiluted scent so it will smell stronger than their finished perfume oil.

I also texted everyone to ask them their top two favorite perfumes that they liked and I jotted down a few oils for each person so I could make some suggestions.

Once you’re ready to start, have each person pick up one top note tester strip and one middle note and one base note (hopefully from the oils you suggested) and have them smell it together to see if they like the combined scent.  They can switch it up if it’s not pleasing to them until they find a combination they like.

Once they have decided on the oils they want to use.

Start with the base notes 1 drop of each (if using a 5ml bottle double that if using a 10ml bottle)

Swirl that around and sniff (adjust if needed)

Then add the middle notes 1-2 drops of each depending on their strength (for instance Cassia or Lavender are strong scents so you might only need 1 drop and ylang ylang is not as strong so you can use 2 drops)

Swirl and sniff (adjust if needed)

Then add the top notes (2-5 drops each depending on their strength)

Swirl and sniff (you should smell the top notes – if not add a drop or two more)

Ok, then you can add your fractioned coconut oil (or jojoba or sweet almond oil).  Don’t fill it up all the way to the top.  Leave a little room so you can shake it up.

Now rub the scent on your wrists.  You will get an overwhelming scent of the top notes and some of the middle notes may come through as well.  Definitely let your guests know that this scent will change in 30 minutes so let it sit for 10-20 minutes before you decide to change/add anything.

At the end of the day, perfume scents are a very personal thing!  Not all scents fit all groups so it is good to have a variety for them to choose and try.

The great thing about making your own perfume oils with therapeutic essential oils is that you get the benefits of the oils as well as the beautiful fragrance!

This party idea had a great response rate!  I invited 14 people and 10 people are coming!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense and please consult your physician if you are under his/her care or if you are pregnant before using essential oils*

 

 

 

My Journey…

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Some people might find it weird that I’m still working on what I want to be when I grow up and I just turned 47. I really enjoy what I do now, and I have been very successful doing it.  Technical Recruiting has paid the bills, helped me to support my family, afforded nice vacations, paid for multiple kids in college at the same time- Yikes!

When I first got into Technical Recruiting, 20+ years ago, I was proud that I was helping people to get better jobs and most of the time, make more money.  I learned very quickly and had a knack for finding the right person for the right job.  Over the years, there have been ups and downs because the job market is highly affected by the economy.  I was fortunate to be able to switch my focus during those times so that my company could capitalize on the areas where companies were still spending and hiring.

About 10 years ago, I developed very bad allergies in the fall.  These allergies would cause me to have asthma and it was quite debilitating, to the point, that I could hardly talk.  I was seeing multiple doctors and specialists, trying to figure out how to keep my asthma under control.  Each year the allergy season would get longer and longer for me.  For the past few years it started on Labor Day and went until Spring.  I was taking many different steroids (inhalers, Prednisone, Singulair, Allegra, and Nose sprays) and nothing was helping, it was just getting worse.  I even tried Acupuncture and did get some temporary relief there, but at $100.00 a visit which wasn’t covered by insurance, it wasn’t a sustainable way to control my asthma.  I started to see an Allergist and after some time, she realized that the medication was not only not helping me, but it was causing me to have acid reflux that would aspirate into my lungs and was worsening my condition.  I was also taking an entire bag of cough drops a day that would help me to not cough constantly, but would also reek havoc on my stomach.  Last summer, I decided to pare down my medication (under the supervision of my Allergist) and I was only taking Allegra and Flonase nose spray and I googled online how to make my own natural herbal cough drops and found an easy recipe where I used honey, marshmallow root and slippery elm root with a couple drops of vanilla extract (I added the vanilla extract for taste).  You can find the recipe for the DIY Herbal Cough Drops here:  DIY Herbal Cough Drop Recipe I just mixed everything together and then formed little drops and put them in the fridge to harden.  They tasted great and worked well.  I only needed one or two throughout the day, not an entire bag!

A couple of weeks ago, my best friend, Tracy, called me up and told me that she had just signed up to be an advocate for essential oils.  I laughed because I had actually reached out to the same friend that signed her up over the past couple of years, but I never followed through.  I asked Tracy if I could sign up through her, and I could, so I did!  I ended up ordering an Enrollment Kit, which gave me a chance to try many of their different oils and products at a huge discount and by purchasing a kit, my membership fee was waved.  I loved everything!  Not only that, I was amazed by what I had experienced.  The very first oil that I tried, was a blended oil which helps stress in your neck and shoulders almost immediately*!  I rolled it on my neck, shoulders, temples and my jaw.  I could feel it heating up the areas where I applied it and the tension dissipated right away*.  I was now a believer!  Another thing that I suffer from is tension and pain in my neck, back and shoulders on a daily basis and now I use a tension blend that I roll on everyday for relief.  I guess most people who sit and work on a laptop/computer all day have similar issues.

The next oil I tried was another blended oil for Respiratory Health and it is great for anyone suffering from upper respiratory problems and asthma*.  This was a game changer!  Prior to this, I would wake up every morning, congested and coughing.  Now, I put 2-3 drops of essential oil in my diffuser and I wake up with zero congestion and no coughing at all!  I am also off of the Allegra and Flonase nasal spray (*Please consult your physician before changing or stopping any prescribed medication regimen).  Look mom, NO MEDS!!!! This result has given me so much hope.  If this one oil blend can produce such results, what can the others do??  My next experience was with a lightweight lotion used for sore muscles that is infused with essential oils.  I brought it to the gym with me to share with another friend.  Her calf muscles were sore from our Zumba class which is very intense. She put it on after the class and then the next day she called me and said, “I need to get that stuff! and what else do you have?”  It’s addicting.  It’s obsessive.  And it works!

I am inspired and I think I have found another way to help people and also add additional income!  Stay tuned to see where my journey takes me and what I learn along the way!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense and please consult your physician if you are under his/her care or if you are pregnant before using essential oils*