She Let Go

Hello beautiful souls…

I’m travelling this week, truly practicing the digital nomad lifestyle in preparation for my upcoming trip to Europe in a few weeks. So, haven’t had recipe testing time in a bit to share with you.

But I do have a gem that I found using my meditation app that is simply beautiful. It’s a poem that is elegantly read by John Siddique and written by Safire Rose.

Many people are feeling some intense energy lately. As we add things into our lives with open hearts and love, sometimes (oftentimes), it’s necessary to let things go. To truly love and value yourself, it is so important to lovingly let go of people, things and situations that do not align with our values. As hard as it may be.

If you are in this boat, I offer you this…to sit and reflect on. I hope it serves you as much as it does me.

 

Brooke Simmons

Natural Household Scrubby Cleaner Recipe

 

Howdy, Loves.

Weekends over here are usually for cleaning, laundry, working in the garden and organizing household stuff (haha, I lie about that last one – mostly). As I whip up my usual batch of cheap and natural cleaners to tackle this place, I thought I would share my favourite DIY cleaner recipe with you.

I’ve been using essential oils and creating my own cleaners since 2001 when I was pregnant with my daughter and wanted to start making my own soap. (I was obviously pregnant and insane…soap is super time consuming and slightly technical to make..somehow at the time it was a fabulous idea). I kept making cleaners over the years though because of how easy and natural they are.

This is an abrasive-like cleaner (I hate that word…it reminds me of … ahem….a few people…), but it’s totally safe and gentle…both in toxicity and on your fixtures. Why I love it:

  • Easy to make
  • Inexpensive
  • Shines up fixtures easily (taps, drains, tubs, sinks, toilets, tile, scummy glass bottles, stovetops, microwaves)
  • Gentle on almost everything, won’t scratch
  • Effective cleaning, anti-microbial power – from powerful essential oils
  • Fabulous on soap scum
  • Fabulous on baked-on stove and microwave disasters
  • Smells lovely – baking soda, IMG_4567 citrus + tea tree oils fight and neutralize odours
  • Non-toxic, environment approves!

The tea tree oil in this recipe is a must due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Citrus not only smells lovely but also offers its own effective cleaning power.

I’m in LOOOOVE with citrus-mint essential oil blends right now. They smell amazingly clean and fresh and yummy. I’ve added a touch of spearmint to this recipe which is a sweeter, milder smelling mint and it’s heavenly.

Trash the Comet or Vim and use this stuff instead. (Breathing in Comet dust, ummm, no thanks…it’s FULL of toxic chemicals).

The recipe below covers a double sink in the kitchen and 1 full bathroom (tub +tile, toilet bowl and sink + surround). Double or triple the recipe as needed. I also get my baking soda in bulk which makes this even more cost effective. The mixture will separate slightly when it sits, just give it a quick stir.

Natural Household Scrubby Cleaner Recipe

In a jar or container, mix up:

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp natural dishwashing liquid
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of citrus essential oil (I use a blend but straight lemon, orange or grapefruit would work as well)
  • 2 drops of spearmint essential oil (I’m in LOVE with the citrus/mint blend)
  • 1 tbsp of water

Mix with a spoon.

Usage Directions:

  • Splatter the mixture on the area to clean
  • With a clean, damp cloth, clean/scrub areas as usual
  • Rinse well with clean water

Happy Cleaning!

Brooke Simmons

 

 

 

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A Note on Compassion: The Most Profound Thing I’ve Heard in a While

Good Sunday morning beautiful people.

I wanted to share with you something this morning that set off all of the light bulbs in my head (even if there is only one).

For whatever reason this morning after completing my morning routine, I went on over to Michael Beckwith’s Agape Centre page, and was greeted with this:

There is a common misunderstanding about compassion that causes people to conceive of it as a syrupy, sweet way of interacting in the world.  Compassion, however, is the understanding of the lack of understanding.  It takes a tremendous amount of clarity, strength and spiritual maturity to practice genuine compassion.

Love offered from a place of true compassion is not personal; it is transpersonal, non-dual quality that emanates from the depths of one’s being.  The spiritually-awakened heart practices unconditional compassion which expresses exactly as it needs to – tough love at times, soothing, comforting love at others.  But love is always the view, the motive, the practice.

How powerful is this? Compassion, however, is the understanding of the lack of understanding.”

How often to icky feelings arise when people don’t understand us, get us, feel us, hear us… and how often do we beat ourselves or other people up (figuratively speaking of course, hopefully) when we/they just don’t “get” it, missed the point, or overlooked something completely?Cool-compassion

If we hold this thought in our head throughout the week, how will it change how we help our clients, staff, volunteers, children, parents or ourselves?

Put that in your pipe.

Love,

Brooke Simmons