“Me Time”

I can’t believe it… But I did this. The past few days have been great- lots of time being with my kiddos- which is great. Truly! πŸ™‚ But today mama was really needing a breather. You see, the babysitter has been sick πŸ˜• and the hunny bunny works loooong days and well into the nightΒ  πŸŒ™ and that leaves me and the kids. All day. Which is great. Did I say that already? Lol But today for whatever reason, my oldest was being super clingy to mommy- like he didn’t want to miss out on anything I might do-Β  any movement, sneeze, or the slightest stretch- he had to have a front row seat to it all.Β  “Whatcha doing?” … “Where are you going?”

…. I walk into the bathroom and I hear him at the door (along with the cat dog who are trying to get in as well) saying, “Mommy, I want to give you another hug!” Very, very sweet. πŸ’œ

But by the time I got the kids to bed, I Just needed a breather. Because though I LOVE my kids more than life, and though I thoroughly enjoy being with and around people, I have to come up for air! πŸ™‚

So needless to say, I needed a mommy moment. But I also have a never-ending list of to-do’s…. So my “me time” was spent scrubbing the bathroom – in silence πŸ™‚ … And I liked it! πŸ˜‰ The only sound coming in was my hubby snoring in the next room (he cuts serious logs!)

… But I did something else besides just clean; something I have been wanting to do and finally did in the bathroom- I got rid of ALL the stuff I don’t use! Ahhh, Serenity! 😍

Clutter stresses me out. 😳 Too much “stuff” makes me feel closed in. I like wide open spaces- I’m a country girl after allΒ  πŸ™‚ It felt Soooo good throwing out all the things I no longer use!

Ever since I switched to all-natural living, I literally have ONE cleaner for my ENTIRE house – because it’s all I need! And I don’t need 54,982 make-up and beauty products because I found what works and what is good for me so I can happily say “see ya!” to the rest!

My space is clear, my mind is clear and I am totally writing this from the tub at 3am πŸ™‚ (someone had to test out the sparkling tub so I took one for the team πŸ˜‰)

Here is a little holiday advice from the DIY Diva: ditch what you don’t need, don’t use and what isn’t good for you!

Keep it simple. Peace of mind. Health. Family. πŸ’œ

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Make Your Own Christmas Gifts!

Wondering what in the world to give to your friends this Christmas? Or maybe to the mailperson? No matter how big or small a part a person may play on the stage of your life, you still want to give them something to let them know you appreciate them. Right?

To me, Christmas is a season of love and giving and remembering the true meaning of our existence – which I believe is about loving God and others. We live in a pretty self-centered society- with a “me first” mentality; look no further than rush hour traffic to see if you agree. People forget that the other people are people too. That is why I personally value Christmas and gift giving. To me it says, “I see you. And you matter to me.”

It doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive gift. In fact, the best ones usually aren’t. Gifts that come from the heart are the things we end up treasuring most, like the Grinch ornament that my husband gave me on our 9th anniversary this year- it was the first Christmas movie he ever watched with me and he never really watched Christmas movies until me, so you can see why it’s special that he remembered that all these years later (major husband points!). ❀

I like to – and try to!- keep it simple around the holidays. In general I would describe my style as simple yet elegant. And that is definitely true of my DIY as well. I keep it simple but it is also classy in that I use only the best ingredients for my DIY’s. My DIY’s are not ingredients from a sale rack – they are researched ingredients that I believe have the best nutrients for your body and mind.

So for the show today with WSLS10, I went over how to make your most basic sugar scrub. My general rule of thumb for sugar scrubs is this: 2 parts solid to 1 part liquid.

Let me show you a few easy ways that you can change up a sugar scrub:

  1. Switch to Organic, non-GMO Brown Sugar in your recipe- or go half and half! Mmm something about brown sugar always says “Cookies” to me πŸ™‚ Add some vanilla extract and ahhhh, hello Sugar Cookie Scrub.
  2. Make it a foot scrub! How? Simple. Add some Epsom Salt and Sea Salt to your sugar for extra exfoliation on your dry skin.
  3. Change the essential oil! Want to relax? Lavender. Sore muscles? Wintergreen. Need a morning wake up? Lemon! The sugar scrub base really is so versatile- I love doing a Peppermint Fresh Foot Scrub near St. Patrick’s Day!
  4. Turn it into a lip scrub! How? Put it into a smaller container! LOL! πŸ™‚Β  You can also switch out the coconut oil to almond oil and add a bit ‘o honey for some extra sweet and soft lips πŸ˜‰
  5. Try different combinations! Keeping that 2 parts solid to 1 part liquid ratio, experiment! Jojoba oil, avocado oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil, raw sugar, brown sugar, orange essential oil, spearmint essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil – the options are endless!

If you would like to receive some of my favorite scrub combinations, send a FB message to the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva with your email included and I will send my favorite combinations to you for free- my gift to you! Just tell me which ones you try and what you think! πŸ™‚

Have a Holly, Jolly, Christmas!

❀ Bobbie-jo

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Where Are The Good Cyber Monday Deals??

Anyone else wondering where to find the best Cyber Monday deals? I have been searching some things out on my shopping list while travelling home from a Thanksgiving visit with family – a long trip with stop and go traffic is a great time for a passenger like me to do some research – I found a few things here and there but no sales that really blew me away, you know? I’m always concerned that if I shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday that the price will get even better closer to Christmas – that has happened to me a time or two and well, it’s a bummer πŸ˜” because I love knowing I got the best deal on the best product, you know?πŸ‘βœŒ

That is why I have some Cyber Monday deals from the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva just for YOU!πŸ’ƒ If you want to hear the deals I am offering, comment below or send me a message on FB- I currently have deals for DIY classes, giveaways and some of my fave natural products – and yes- these WILL be the BEST DEALS OF THE YEAR.

Alright you all, get with me soon to cash in on Cyber Monday and don’t forget our awesome Christmas gift making class coming up on Dec 2nd – don’t miss out on either of these because I’m talking serious FOMO. Friends don’t let friends have FOMO on the good stuff! Happy Cybering!

πŸ’œ Bobbie-jo

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Because DIY is PERFECT for Christmas Time!!

Mmm, I just made some natural Chrismas Time room spray for my giveaway basket and am about to put together some holiday body butter and peppermint-vanilla sugar scrub 😍

I LOVE Christmas and usually start my Christmas music marathon after Halloween til Christmas day. Then I am done – until next year πŸ˜‰ I like to celebrate early and enjoy it but if I had my way, the tree would come down on Christmas day – or at least the day after! On to the new year! πŸ™Œ

Speaking of trees, let’s do a little poll:

A. I use an artificial tree

B. Real trees for me

C. I don’t put up a tree

For us, it is A. But I LOVE the smell of the woods and pine, spruce, etc! So I have a little DIY hack I am going fo share with you tonight on my FB Page on how to bring the outdoors indoors – without really bringing the outdoors indoors πŸ˜‰ I am going to try to jump on around 6pm EST πŸ˜‰ And I am giving what I make away, so be sure to join me this evening!

Ok! So- see you all tonight – say hi so I know you’re there- it makes Lives so much fun when you all chat with me! 😁 πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„

Also, make sure you get your name in that drawing for the amaaaaaazing gift basket! Check out my FB Page called Bobbie-jo or search The Mason-Dixon DIY Diva. There’s not much time left as the winner will be announced on Live tv this Friday at 11am on WSLS10/Daytime Blue Ridge! (If you have to work, no worries, just look for the video online later!)  🎁

 

Fall and… Frazzled?

School has started, Fall weather has finally started to set in and here we are wrapped up in our cozy sweaters and……… we’re stressed. Working, running, errands, pulling over to make phone calls when we’re on the road and trying to make every square peg fit in its round hole while helping the world turn on its axis (because it couldn’t do it without us, right?). Am I speaking to anyone here?

As a therapist, I am constantly working with people on how to take care of themselves. And as a fellow human being, I am also constantly working on making sure that I take care of myself, too.

Without self- care, we are frazzled, tired, grumpy and burnt out; with it we can breathe, enjoy the beauty around us- and even look for (and see!) the beauty in situations that may not initially appear all that beautiful.

One of the things I absolutely love about my career as a therapist and the DIY Diva, is helping others. Motivating, empowering, inspiring, creating, dreaming, and going after our full potential. I love seeing people “get it” – that “ah-ha” moment when they see something in a new light that is full of hope- and that hidden vulnerability that dares to dream that life could be better. Oh, how I love that moment!

That is my heart, right there- the awakening to new life within- the realization that you have what it takes, that you are not alone, and that this life is only part of the journey- but oh what a journey! I love those raw, real moments where we can look at each other and say, this is HARD. But we can do this. That right there-that inner strength rising out of the depths. That is what my heart looks like.

This Sunday, I want to offer you a chance to relax, enjoy and maybe even dream a little. I will be teaching a class in Roanoke from 3pm-5pm that is focused on those very things- DIY, massage and relaxing. We will be making some all-natural goodness to soothe your muscles and your mind, as well as help you relax and unwind for a great night of restorative sleep. Sounds great, doesn’t it? We will have a wonderful massage therapist with us who will be offering chair massages to those who would like to participate and will be making our own relaxation products to take with us and bring the bliss to our homes. There will of course be warm, soothing beverages, calm music and aromatherapy to help rest all of our brain centers. It is all included in your ticket so you don’t have to think about anything except how to let yourself enjoy this “Calgon take me away” afternoon πŸ™‚

Ticket info: $35 for event. Covers massage, 3 DIY items- all materials provided, snacks, beverages, and relaxation tips from a professional therapist and life coach.

Fall Into Relaxation

All-inclusive ticket for class on Oct. 29th from 3pm-5pm at St. Phillip's Lutheran: 8115 Williamson Road Roanoke VA

$35.00

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Halloween πŸŽƒ DIY

Hey guys! Ready for some DIY?! This is one of the recipes we made at last Saturday’s Halloween DIY Class and it is a favorite of mine! I am going to divulge it to you now….

Black Spider Hand & Body Wash!

Get your Ingredients!

You will need:

*(1) 8oz foaming soap pump bottle

*1/4 Cup Castile Soap (find as organic as possible and get the ones without any scent additives – who knows what it really is! 😳)

*Natural Food Coloring- I used orange but some people at my class chose red and purples etc and they all looked fun! (Finding natural food coloring that is truly plant-derived is a tough one because I have found that 99% of them out there that say “Natural” have junk in them! 😱 Real, natural colorants are going to be pricey but are a fun DIY splurge!)

*10 drops of Essential Oils- I used a blend of Orange, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Euclyptus and Rosemary and it smelled *ahhh-mazing*. This will also be good for cleansing and supporting your mood and immune system- love me some aromatherapy! 😍 (most essential oils aren’t real either so unfortunately you can’t go by the labels here either)

*Little (or big!) Fake Spiders- so fun for kids and adults alike! I put 3 in mine but you do you! πŸ˜‰

*optional: a pump of organic unfractionated coconut oil for some extra hand softening goodness

*Distilled Water

Add all ingredients except the water (do that last) to your foaming bottle. Add your water, remembering to leave room at the top for the foaming pump and some good shaking action! Screw on lid and shake it up baby *twist and shout* (if you want!) !!

Send me pictures of what yours looks like!! I want to see!! Also, remember that natural colors are rather unpredictable and you won’t necessarily match the color on the package the way artificial ones do. And keep in mind that if you try to use a powdered colorant you *could* clog your pump! Ok! Avoid your eyes and other internal areas and happy soaping!!!

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The New Normal…

My oh my how things change when you become parents! My husband and I took the kids to a pumpkin patch today for some Fall fun and were meeting up with two other couples who also happened to have 2 boys around the ages of our boys. So if you’re doing the math, that is 6 boys under the age of 5! πŸ˜€ We had a blast! But a different kind of blast. Not the kind of experience that we had 10 years ago or even 5 years ago when it was about us enjoying the event and doing what we wanted when we wanted.

As my hubby and I (both psychology people) were taking in the scene of the event, we began laughing together about the differences. There were fashionable dating couples- hair in place, boots with heels, taking multiple photos of themselves and playing corn hole together while enjoying a drink and there were mama’s like me wearing back backs (or as I like it call it, the Barney Bag!) and clothes that are comfortable and ready to run – because if one of our kids gets a wild hair, we have got to book it!!

But you know what takes me back the most? This is probably because I am SUCH a social person- but – it’s the Friend Dates. I remember getting together with friends All. The. Time as a single and married woman. We would go to lunch, get coffee, hike, shop, go on day trips, get out nails done- whatever. As long as we had the funds, the sky was the limit. Before kids, I don’t remember ever being very concerned about time or housework or a list that never ended mixed with exhaustion that may or may not ever be satiated – it was simply me enjoying life, chatting and laughing, relating and bonding.

Fast forward to friend dates with 6 young kids in the mix and it looks a little like this: We meet up with a couple whom we know and like but don’t have the luxury of seeing often due to the busyness of life and another couple who are friends of our friends whom we had never met and it was essentially a ” blind friend date”.

So we find them in the crowd (just look got the moms with the back packs! 😁😁) and do introductions in the midst of two fighting kids who are arguing because one doesn’t want the other holding mommy’ hands, so they begin running in circles around me (yup- those two are mine!) and I am trying -ever-so-hard – to say hello, remember names, stop the fighting and flag down my husband so I can introduce him to the new couple and their children. Of course by the time I get my hubby’s attention (who was in the food line to get out order placed), my mind is swirling and I can hardly recall this sweet couple’s names. As we are getting seated (and by getting seated I mean running for ketchup, chasing napkins, opening waters and standing to eat because there are only enough chairs at the table for the kids), I’m kicking myself because I can’t remember their names to do intros to my husband!

So we eat and that is basically focused around napkin, ketchup and drink patrol. As we are walking toward the hayride, I am able to ask a question here or there- you know the socializing you would have done as soon as you were introduced if your kids weren’t chasing each other in circles around you and whipping your dress around in the process- and then we are on the hayride where we are holding the kids and avoiding the dust flying up in our nostrils from the lack of rain. We get off and we all scatter like leaves in the wind, following our kids to the directions they are headed to check out and find the perfect pumpkin. Back on the hayride and we drive to the front of the patch, where Rob (my hubby) pays for the pumpkins and so we aren’t lugging around 4 pumpkins along with our kids and backpacks for the rest of the day and the rest of us head off to the slides (which were super cool but dang it- I choose a dress so no slide for me). I tell Rob I will wait for him at the slides and that’s what I do- cheer the kids on and follow them around like mama duck with my eyes to make sure all is well. The other kids that are with us are a bit younger than my boys so were tiring out. We all sit down on some hay while the kids play pumpkin bowling and you can tell that all 6 of us parents are just tired. We bond some about parent life, about not having an ounce of time to ourselves and *poop* stories come up and suddenly we are all laughing about embarrassing things our kids have said and then POOF the day is done- the younger kids are wearing down and we tell each other goodbye, what a great time we had and how we want to do it again sometime.

And the thing is, it’s all true! The new couple seems super wonderful and I would love to get to know them better. But that’s the way family friend dates go- we take of things for our little people and then when our little people are tired, We call it a day before they break down from exhaustion. We talk about poop and share bits and pieces of our life broken into quick snipets of passing information and try to stay in touch so we can do it again- because we truly want to do it again.

It is a completely different season of life. It is fast-paced and kid-focused. It is wonderful and it is hectic.

Anyone else in this season of life? πŸ’œ

 

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