Puppy Shampoo

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12661994_1042189575839941_142542287937654385_nMy dog, Gretchen, hates A LOT of things… rain, people walking too close to her, puppy seat belts… you name it, but I don’t think there is anything she despises more than bath time. Her bath time used to consist of me trying to keep her in the sink while she struggled to escape, howled at the top of her lungs and desperately tried to claw at me to pick her up.  I started researching more about how to incorporate essential oils with animals, and I finally came up with this shampoo recipe that both has calming scents and oils that have benefits for dog fur & the skin underneath (Gretchen gets dry and itchy skin, so I added the peppermint and lavender to soothe it).

After I made this shampoo, bath time has been a lot easier and incredibly relaxing. Gretchen will stand on her own in the sink while I massage her and rinse her off.  We then move over to the couch where I have a little personal heater set up and she gets a massage with a scoop of coconut oil and 1 drop of Lavender while the heater dries her fur.  She fell asleep both times we have gone through this process now!

I feel so much better knowing that she doesn’t have to feel so scared and stressed during bath time anymore (now time to combat some of her other fears), and that I can bathe her more often so she doesn’t stink! It’s also therapeutic for me since I get to breathe in all the amazing smelling oils and there is nothing more relaxing that massaging a dog in your lap!

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TMI Tag

Hello Everyone! My name is Bridget and this is my blog, Good Karma Living. This may be a little old school, but I’m going to do the TMI tag, one, so you can get to know me better and, two, so I can reflect on this next year and see how much has changed!

Let’s get started:

1: What are you wearing?

Black Jeggings, Black Shirt, Red Flannel, Cat Vans and Diffuser Necklace

2: Ever been in love?

YES

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yes, at the time it felt like the end of the world, but looking back now I see that it was for the best and I really learned a lot about myself in the process.

4: How tall are you?

5’6″

5: How much do you weigh?

130ish pounds

6: Any tattoos?

I have 9 tattoos

7: Any piercings?

I have 3 in each earlobe, but I usually only wear 1

8: OTP?

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9: Favorite show?

I have too many to list, but right now I’m watching to Person of Interest and New Girl

10: Favorite bands?

City and Colour, Death Cab for Cutie, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez

11: Something you miss?

Playing outside until my parents forced me to come in when I was younger

12: Favorite song?

Northern Wind- City and Colour

13: How old are you?

25

14: Zodiac sign?

Pieces

15: Quality you look for in a partner?

Trustworthiness

16: Favorite Quote?

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17: Favorite actor?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (happy birthday!)

18: Favorite color?

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19: Loud music or soft?

Soft

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?

My bed

21: How long does it take you to shower?

It depends if I have to shave or wash my hair… usually I don’t, so 15 minutes tops

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

30 minutes

23: Ever been in a physical fight?

Nope

24: Turn on?

Being caring

25: Turn off?

Selfishness

26: The reason I joined YouTube?

I made a blog because I thought it would be fun and a good way for me to express myself.  I also want to make a YouTube vlogging channel so I can remember Michael and my fun adventures!

27: Fears?

Embarrassment, Losing people I love before their time…

28: Last thing that made you cry?

Life just felt a bit overwhelming

29: Last time you said you loved someone?

I told Michael before I left for work

30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name?

My blog name is a tribute to my fur angel, Karma, and the fact that I’m a big believer in good and bad karma and receiving what you put out into the world.

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31: Last book you read?

Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott: I’m not usually into mystery/thriller books, but I thought it was really good!

32: The book you’re currently reading?

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira: So far, so good

33: Last show you watched?

I think Michael watched an episode of Person of Interest last night while I was pretty much sleeping

34: Last person you talked to?

My boss-friend, Sam

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

My Grandma

36: Favorite food?

Pizza and Pasta

37: Place you want to visit?

Brighton, England

38: Last place you were?

The office

39: Do you have a crush?

On my boyfriend (:

40: Last time you kissed someone?

this morning before work

41: Last time you were insulted?

I have slight road rage and I take it personally when someone cuts in front of me… so today lol

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42: Favorite flavor of sweet?

My favorite dessert is probably brownies or cheesecake

43: What instruments do you play??

None

44: Favorite piece of jewelry?

Currently my diffuser necklace and my Apple watch from Michael

45: Last sport you played?

I don’t even remember, I don’t really play team sports anymore

46: Last song you sang?

Love Yourself- Justin Bieber

47: Favorite chat up line?

Meow

48: Have you ever used it?

I can’t say that I have

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?

I hung out with Michael and friends two days ago and hung out with Sam if you count us being the only two in the office today (;

50: Who should answer these questions next?

Anyone who wants some Myspace feels and teenage life flashbacks lol

Love Letters to the Dead

loveletterstothedeadFebruary’s Book: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Plot Summary: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

My Thoughts: I would give Love Letters to the Dead 3 out of 5 stars. I’ll start with the things I liked about the book, the first being that it dealt with a lot of dark issues.  The book touched on rape, sexual harassment, suicide, depression, mental illness, relationships, drugs, alcohol and coming out as gay.  It definitely wasn’t a happy book, it wasn’t even a book with ups & downs… it was just down most of the book until Laurel is finally able to open up and even then things don’t instantly get better. It was an honest look as how messed up life can get and how sometimes you just have to keep moving forward one breath at a time even if you don’t feel like you can.  I also liked the format… the book was written as a series of letters from the view point of Laurel.  It allows the reader into Laurel’s mind and gives a lot of description of the challenges that she faced both internally and externally.  I also liked that, through the letters, the reader was also able to learn more about the famous person that Laurel was writing too.  Learning about River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart, Amy Winehouse and Judy Garland was very interesting. I knew who all these people are, but I wasn’t aware of their life out of the spot light and some of the struggles they went through… I found it very eye opening.

One of the things that I didn’t care for was the character development.  The reader gets to know Laurel through letters, but I feel like I wanted to know more and I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters (except maybe Kristin). I wasn’t really attached to the characters, so I didn’t truly care what happened to them at the end of the day.  I also felt like the love interest story line was pretty cliche and cringeworthy at times.

Overall, I would recommend the book to someone who just wants an easy read with an interesting, and often times dark, storyline.  Also, someone who has lost people close to them or who has struggled through depression may enjoy the honest perspective of the book and find the read comforting.

 

Cleaning up some SERIOUS grime

thieves-cleaner-setAlright, so here’s an embarrassing fact about me: I used to HATE cleaning my shower… to the point where I completely ignored it and let the grime build up until theres a very noticeable (and nasty) brown tint to it.  It’s not because I’m a necessarily dirty person, I like to keep a mostly clean home. I just had a really unpleasant way of cleaning the shower before I met my best friend, Thieves Household Cleaner.

This may be TMI, but I used to literally clean the shower while taking a shower, and let me tell you, being naked in a small enclosed space with steam and bleach is NOT fun!

When I couldn’t stand doing that anymore I would try letting bleach and other harsh cleaners soak on the ground and scrubbing furiously on my hands and knees for an hour to try to clean the tub, but it never really felt totally clean and my eyes and lungs would still burn, even if I kept the window open.

After some experimenting with different combos, I finally found a solution! I made a quick paste, scrubbed it onto the floor, let it sit for 20 minutes, scrubbed off for under 8 minutes and BAM, cleanest tub I’ve ever seen!

Here’s how to make the paste:

  • 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 3/4 cup of Baking Soda
  • 2 drops of Lemon

Mix in a glass bowl and use a sponge to rub onto the grimy surface, scrub off with a sponge and some water!

My shower has never been cleaner and it smells AMAZING and clean! How did I live without this amazing cleaner for so long?

CAUTION: Here’s a before and after picture of the process.. it’s pretty gross, so brace yourself!

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3 Day Juice Cleanse

About 4 years ago I was going to school for a kinesiology degree with the intent of becoming a personal trainer and nutritionalist.  Though that is not the same path that I am on today, health and fitness still have a special place in my heart.

fatsickandnearlydeadIn my classes we watched tons of documentaries, which I sometimes find myself rewatching on Netflix as background noise while I’m working.  One documentary in particular that I really enjoyed was “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” which you can actually watch on the internet for free, here. In the film, Joe Cross, an obese man loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, goes on an all fruit & vegetable juice diet to loose weight and get healthy.  I don’t mean to spoil the ending for you, but he loses the weight and was able to get off all of the prescription drugs that he was taking!

I think it may have been a day or two after watching the documentary for the first time that I bought my juicer… a Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

I probably juiced everyday for two weeks after getting the juicer, but I’m not going to lie, it’s A LOT of work!  After that, the juicing became less frequent and my juicer found a home on top of the fridge where it has lived for a solid 4 months without use now.

WELL, that is about to change!  I’m taking inspiration from Joe Cross and starting a 3 day juice cleanse.  I know I’m not obese and I’m not taking any medication, but a juice cleanse can still have an array of benefits for an already healthy adult.

Though weight loss will likely be a side effect of a short term juice cleanse, it shouldn’t be the main goal.  The weight you lose in the first few days will be mostly water weight and you will likely gain it back when you begin introducing solid food into your diet again.  Here are some of the attainable goals of a short term juice cleanse:

  • Rest the stomach
  • Repair the gut
  • Rest the liver
  • Reduce appetite
  • Ease food decision making
  • Improve energy
  • Rehydrate the body
  • Detoxify

My personal goal for this juice cleanse is to reset my pallet so that I can make healthier choices while eating.  I am currently a vegetarian, but it is a personal goal to work my way to a mostly vegan diet.  Cheese has been the hardest food group (yes I consider it a whole food group!) to eliminate from my diet, so I need the extra help!

I’ve laid out my plans for my 3 day juice cleanse below, including a shopping list, so that you could follow along!  I will be posting my results and thoughts after my cleanse is over, but I would love to hear about your own experiences.  Leave a comment, message me on social media, or email me at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com.

Good Luck & Positive Vibes!

Bridget


 

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Shopping List:

  • 9 Medium Apples
  • 8 Cucumbers
  • 8 stalks Celery
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 cups Grapes
  • 1 box Spinach
  • Small bag Kale
  • 6” Ginger
  • 9 Medium Carrots
  • 5 Beets
  • 6 Lemons
  • 8 cups Pineapple
  • 2 Oranges
  • 3 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Coconut Water
  • 1 Cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper or Black Pepper Essential Oil
  • Pink Himalayan

I will also be buying some extra fruits and vegetables to eat whole (limiting fruits because of the sugar). Nutrients in juice form are easily and quickly absorbed by the body, which is why juice will be the main source of nutrients over the three day period, but it doesn’t have to be the only source. A juice cleanse isn’t about starving yourself, it’s about fueling your body with all the good stuff and giving your body time to eliminate all the bad stuff you’ve been building up!

Please note that I am NOT a doctor and you should always consult a trusted physician before any drastic diet or exercise changes if you have a health issue.  


Update: Results

Hey guys, I’m back with the results of my juice cleanse!

I’m not going to call it a failure, but I will say that I didn’t exactly stick to the plan.  On Thursday Night I was starting to feel sick, but after diffusing my killer flu blend, I felt a lot better on Friday morning.  I made my way to the store, bought all the supplies (which came out to around $60) and made my first juice.  It was delicious, but it took me all day to drink… it was A LOT of juice.  So by the evening I made my second juice and finished out the day at the bowling alley with my juice.  At the end of day 1 I felt fine.  A little hungry, but not ravenous.

Day 2 was a bit worse.  I woke up feeling under the weather and it took me awhile to get out of bed.  When I did finally get up, I started the day (at about 12pm) with a juice and it was probably the best juice I’ve ever had in my life (pineapple- orange, yes please!).  I spent most of the day drifting in and out of sleep, half from sickness and half from hunger.  I made a second juice later in the evening, but it was not good (Saturday PM juice)… I think I used way too much ginger!  At that point I broke down and had some mashed potatoes for dinner.

Day 3 I planned a hiking trip and that was a BIG mistake! I’m not sure how I though I was going to make it up the mountain with a cold and little solid food to keep me going.  I did make a pineapple-orange smoothie and had a banana, which helped a little.  After hiking I had another berry protein smoothie, took a quick nap, then went about the rest of my day. For dinner I had more mashed potatoes and a couple onion rings (it was a special occasion, so I had to indulge! (;)

Overall, I didn’t feel much different. I was still craving pasta and cheesy foods… not vegetables. For a few days after the cleanse, I did refrain from the less healthy foods and mostly ate vegetables and grains, but I slid back into my normal eating habits over the next 2 weeks.  Cheese really is addicting, kind of like drugs (watch this short video) and I would have needed to have a much longer cleanse to kick the addiction, but paired with a cold, it just wasn’t something I was ready for at this time.  Maybe I will try again later, but for now I will just continue to plan out some cheese-less meals each week and cut down where I can!

Makeup Brush Cleaner

Here is a little recipe for making your own makeup brush shampoo at home! It uses four Young Living essential oils from the Premium Starter Kit:

  • Purification (blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary and Tea Tree oil): antibacterial, tissue regeneration, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and purifier
  • Lemon: antiseptic and fights acne and anxiety
  • Lavender: antiseptic, antifungal and combats skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and scarring
  • Tea Tree: antibacterial, disinfectant and fights acne

It’s so important to give your brushes a regular deep cleaning! They can be a breeding ground for bacteria and rubbing old makeup all over your face will lead to breakouts!

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In a small glass jar or lotus bowl, mix together the ingredients above. Saturate bristles under warm, running water and dip into soap/oil mixture. Gently rub bristles in a circular motion against the palm of your hand for about ten seconds. Rinse soap under running water until bristles are clean and void of makeup. Lightly shake out the brush and lay them flat on their side on a towel to dry out over night. DO NOT let them dry upright or water may back into the handle and weaken the glue bonding.


 

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In between deep washes, use this makeup refresh  spray to clean and disinfect your brushes after every use.

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Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and replace lid. Spray cleaner 1-2 times directly on bristles. Rub bristles in circular motion against a clean tissue to remove makeup for about 5 seconds.


 

Get your Premium Starter Kit, including all of the oils you will need for this recipe, here. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com. I would love to chat with you about how essential oils can benefit YOU!

Positive Vibes,

Bridget

 

Cleaning Up Your Cleaning Products

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So, I’ve been using my Thieves cleaner for awhile now, but for some reason I still kept a stock pile of other cleaners under my kitchen sink just in case. Well, that just in case moment has never come up, so I have finally decided to clean out my cleaning cabinet and completely rid my house of these chemical-filled cleaners!

Household cleaners are paradoxical products… on one hand they are meant to cleanse and purify your home, but on the other hand, they are full of harmful chemicals and toxins!

Just look at a few of the harmful chemicals that were in the products that I was using:

  • Phthalates: Phthalates (found in most products that contain ‘fragrance’) are known endocrine disruptors.  Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem because, unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins… absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.
  • 2-Butoxyethanol: Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels it can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
  • Ammonia: Ammonia is a powerful irritant and will affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.
  • MEA (monoethanalomine), DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine):  Can react with nitrites to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrites may be present as preservatives or contaminants in other products, or in some water sources.

 

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Going from about 12 products to one seemed a little strange to me at first.  Was one bottle of cleaner really able to do the work, and get the same results, as all of these specialized cleaners?

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The answer is YES! My Thieves Cleaner cleans the toilets just as well as my Toilet Brite, leaves the mirrors just as clean and streak-free as the Windex and cuts grime in my shower even BETTER than bleach! It really is a miracle worker.

I couldn’t believe it cleaned as well as the products with all the heavy duty chemicals, so I looked to the bottle to see if there was a catch.  I admit, a few of the ingredients sounded a little scary, so I sat down and did a little research.

Here is what’s in Thieves Cleaner (besides all the essential oils!):

  • Alkyl Polyglucoside: A non-ionic surfactant derived from sugars. It is admired for its readily biodegradable & foaming properties.
  • Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate: It is derived from coconut oil and is a mild, non-drying cleanser. The Cosmetics Database labels it as a surfactant and foaming agent.
  • Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate: A high purity, versatile and readily biodegradable chelate based upon L-glutamic acid, a natural and renewable raw material.

Usually, I just dilute a cap or two of cleaner in spray bottles of water (one a little less diluted for surfaces and one a little more diluted for glass cleaner). If you’re feeling fancy, here are a few recipes you can make with your Thieves Cleaner to make it even more effective!  Happy Cleaning!

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Get your Thieves Cleaner today! Become a member by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit, here, and add on a bottle of Thieves Cleaner. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

If you want to take it slow and just get the Thieves Cleaner, click here. You won’t get the discounts or the free stuff, but you can always become a member at a later date!

As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com. I would love to chat with you about how essential oils can benefit YOU!

Positive Vibes,

Bridget

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Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine

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Other ways I incorporate Coconut Oil into my daily beauty routine:

  • DIY Purifying Face Lotion
  • Bi-weekly Hair Mask
  • Protect hair from heat styling
  • Lip Balm
  • Massage Oil (pairs well with almost any essential oil!)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Mix with some sea salt & essential oils for a great exfoliator
  • Oil pulling (for oral care and eliminating toxins)