Posted in Environmental Wellness, Personal Wellness, Relaxation

Enjoying Our Garden 🌺

Our Garden

I simply love the spring and this weekend’s weather was amazing! Temperatures were in the 80s and there was a light breeze. My husband and I spent most of the weekend working on our yard. So many of the flowers in our garden are blooming!! We have Daisies, Gerber Daisies, Lavender, Lilies and much more. The flowers are so bright and cheerful, I just had to do a post about them.

Daisies and Lavender

So, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and had some time to relax!!

Posted in Environmental Wellness, Health, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Relaxation

Such a Beautiful Spring Day!!! 🌷

Tulips

I don’t know about you, but I love spring! Today, my husband and I did some work in our garden and everything is starting to come back to life!! Our Crape Myrtles are starting to bud, our Irises are growing and our tulips are simply beautiful!!!

More tulips!!

Indoors, we have several plants in our home and last weekend we got a Hyacinth from our favorite farmer’s market. We decided to leave it in our living room because not only is it beautiful but it gives off a heavenly scent.

Hyacinth

Now gardening is something that we truly enjoy. Sometimes, one way to Achieve Complete Wellness is simply being in the moment. Doing things such as getting outside to enjoy the fresh air, gardening, baking, taking a walk or reading a good book is not only relaxing but may help boost your mood! Give it a try and see how it feels!!

As always, here’s to your health!!! 🌷

Posted in Environmental Wellness, Personal Wellness, Relaxation

Our Iris Flowers Will Soon Be Blooming 💐

Our Irises in Bloom

One of the most amazing things as Spring approaches is seeing our garden waking up from its long winter’s nap. This weekend, we noticed that our irises are beginning to grow with their green leaves a couple inches out of the ground. Like little kids, my husband and I get so excited to see them because we know that they made it through another winter.

Irises Popping Up

We also noticed that a group of irises that we divided and planted in another section of our garden are growing too!! Usually, our irises bloom in mid May and are simply beautiful.

Our New Section of Irises

Now there are a ton of varieties when it comes to irises. Our irises are called Bearded Irises, which come in a multitude of vibrant colors. They tend to grow 20-40 inches in height and bloom in mid spring and some rebloom in late summer. Irises do well in full sun to partial sun.

So, if you are looking for a new pop of color in your garden this Spring, wander around your garden center and take a look at irises!!!! You may fall in love with them just like we did.

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Spring is Right Around a Corner

Daffodils

Here we are at the end of February and today is a beautiful, sunny, yet chilly day. When you think that Spring is never going to get here, suddenly you see something that makes you think “Spring is Right Around the Corner.”

While walking around our garden, I noticed that our daffodils are peeking out of the ground!!! I was so excited that I had to take a picture. Even though it is a little early, it means that Spring will be here soon!!! 🙂

So, here is to Springing into Spring!!!!! Hope you have a fantastic Saturday!!

Posted in Environmental Wellness, Health, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Relaxation

Health Benefits of Lavender

One of the things in our garden that we enjoy is our lavender bush. Not only does it have the most beautiful flowers when it is blooming, it has an amazing scent that I’m sure most of you are familiar with.  I love gathering some of lavender and putting it into bundles so I can hang them upside down in our home to dry.  Once dry,  I tend to use them as a decoration and for the scent.   We also use essential oils and lavender is one of our favorites as it has so many wonderful health benefits.

So, here’s a list of some of the health benefits from using lavender:

  1.  It aids in reducing anxiety and tension.
  2.  It aids in reducing insomnia.
  3.  Reduces muscle and joint pain as it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  4.  It’s an effective bug repellent and reduces irritation caused by bug bites.
  5. It can also help with nausea and car sickness.

Ways that we use lavender:

  1.  We use our diffuser and put lavender essential oil in it at night. We just add a few drops of the oil to water and turn our diffuser on.
  2. We have also put a few drops of lavender essential oil on our pillows at night to help with sleep.
  3. I also make  a room spray using lavender oil along with a few other essential oils, add a little water to it and use it in any room for a nice, light scent.
  4. I have placed a few drops on lava beads that I have on a bracelet so I can smell the essential oil throughout the day.

Now, I’m sure there are many other uses for lavender oil but I just wanted to share how I use it and what for.  Hope you find this helpful!!

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Getting in Touch with Your Creative Side

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!! Today, as we were our in our garden, I started wondering how much I enjoy doing things that are creative.  One area of wellness that some people forget about is Creative Wellness.  So many people being are afraid to let their creativity shine for one reason or another (usually it is that thing called FEAR that is stopping them once again).  Others feel that they do not have time to be creative.

So, my question today is, how do you express your creativity?

There are so many ways that creativity can be expressed.  Take a moment to sit down and make a list of all the things that you do in a day that is creative.  Some of my personal favorites include: cooking, gardening, reading, blogging :), taking pictures, making jewelry and crocheting (to name a few……lol).  Now I do not claim to be an “artist” or a world famous chef, but I do enjoy the process of doing things that are creative.  I feel that I am a blessed person that I am able to have the time, the ability and the desire to do things that are creative.

So, what about you?

My personal feeling is that everyone has a creative side.  Whether is is painting, woodworking, cooking, crafting, etc., there is a little bit of creativity inside of you.  Now some of you may be thinking “I have always wanted to learn how to cook using different seasonings but…….”  or “I have always wanted to learn how to do ___________ but…”   You see the “but” is what stops so many people.  Whether is fear, lack of having the time to do something you want to do or learn something that you want to learn, the “but” is what stops so many people.

So, today, think about your creative side.  Are you spending time during the day to express your creativity or do you have a “but” that is stopping you?  Take a few minutes to come up with a plan how to incorporate a little creativity into your life!!!! I promise, you won’t regret it!!! 🙂