Baby Steps to Greater Wellness for the Overwhelmed Mom

Baby Steps to Greater Wellness for the Overwhelmed Mom

A few weeks ago, an article lamenting moms being bombarded with the latest unhealthy thing circulated through Facebook feeds. I get it. I have been there. In fact, sometimes I’m still there!

Some days we moms just tread water and survive on dry cereal and a prayer for a nap. Solidarity. Being a mom is hard, and in this age of social media, all the “shoulds” of being a good mom are right in our faces.

And yet. I’d like to gently slip in here and offer that it doesn’t have to be so hard to start feeling a little bit better. Before you roll your eyes, just hear me out. I’ve been in that place of frustration that shouts, “Well, everything causes cancer! You gotta live!”

So, here’s what I suggest. There are things you’re going to do in your daily or weekly routine whether you have one kid or ten, you’re exhausted or well-rested, you’re living paycheck to paycheck or freely giving to charitable causes. Start there and use these simple, readily available, inexpensive, healthy products instead of what you might be using now. They pack a big punch for your wellness.

I promise you can do it. And you will feel better!


1. Vinegar

Clean, sanitize, and freshen with this simple ingredient. Just one idea: Vinegar + water = non-toxic, streak-free glass cleaner. A quick Pinterest search brings up oodles of uses. Check this out for a summary.


2. Baking Soda

It’s for more than just baking! In fact, it’s another cleaning gem. Think scrubbing. For 50 common uses go here.


3. Coconut Oil

From cooking and cleaning to beauty and, ahem, intimate suggestions, uses abound for this liquid gold. Best of all, it is brain food. Go for the organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin variety. You can even combine it with a little baking soda for a healthy toothpaste. I’ve tried this. It’s much easier than it sounds and works much better than your standard toothpaste. Some uses are listed here.


4. Thieves Household Cleaner

This is my all time favorite cleaning product! This is so simple, it’s almost too good to be true. This cleaner can replace virtually every cleaner in your home. I add two capfuls of it to a large spray bottle and clean my entire bathroom–including the mirror and toilet. I spray it on my fruits and veggies, on my dining room table, on stains, and more. It also be used for dishes and laundry. It is not only non-toxic (great for little helpers to use), but the botanicals in it actually support immune function as you breathe in the cinnamon bark, clove, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary as you clean. It’s just $22 for a bottle of concentrate, lasts a long time and saves you from buying a slew of other cleaning products.


So, there you have it: 4 simple ways to replace a host of toxic products in your home. You may even have 3 in your home already. Just reducing the number of harmful chemicals you breathe in contributes to your wellness.

Now, once you move into a more rested, stable season, you may want to take further steps. I’d suggest one of these.

1. Grab a kit of Thieves products.

Yep, there are more than just the cleaner. Trade in your traditional toothpaste, hand soap, mouthwash, hand sanitizer and more with this kit. What I love is that it includes a lifetime wholesale membership and 2 bottles of therapeutic essential oil blends: Thieves and Stress Away.  Here’s what you get:


This kit is only 50% off its retail the price–every day.


2. Premium Starter Kit

Now maybe you’re convinced about this reducing toxins business. You want to feel better in a realistic, manageable way, and swapping out some of garbage products in your home just makes sense to you. If that’s the case, this Premium Starter Kit is the single best recommendation I can give. Despite our limited budget, I have not for one second regretted investing in this. My family grabs an oil from it to support our wellness in countless areas, including supporting immune function, healthy skin, restful sleep, respiratory function, balanced emotions and hormones, digestion, and happy muscles. Think of everything else you can forego buying with all that goodness.



Also priced at 50% off retail–For $160, you get a lifetime wholesale membership, a diffuser (can you hear the angels singing?), 11 oils, some samples, a roller fitment, and access to resources and a community of support to assist you in your wellness.


Start where you can start. Even if it’s a trip to a dollar store for some vinegar. But start. I know you can do it.

And when you’re ready to take the leap into wellness with essential oils, go ahead click right here. If you just want Thieves Household Cleaner, grab the wholesale membership (It comes with the Basic Kit), and add your cleaner. Ordering through this link helps feed the six mouths in my home and enables us to keep trading out harmful products with quality ones.


For more information on essential oils, visit my YL Essential Oils page.

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