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Why I Joined Young Living

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Earlier this month, I decided to make the switch to a simpler, healthier lifestyle by joining Young Living, a company that is committed to providing pure, powerful products for every family and lifestyle, all infused with the life-changing benefits of essential oils.

Before I share why I joined Young Living, I want to address the virtual elephant in the room: Yes, Young Living is a networking/multi-level marketing company, and I am a member!

That means that if you purchase through me, I will make a small commission on your order (I want to be totally transparent about that!). However, just like with any art or business products I share here with y'all (whether I'm an affiliate with them or not), I only share products that I really use, honestly believe in, and know you'll love using, too! If essential oils aren't your jam, no feelings hurt - just click out of this post :)

This post is simply a way to share a bit more about our personal life (because I truly want you to get to know me & my family as a part of my business, that's what makes it a real small business - us!), my health & wellness journey, and how YL will also allow me to become a more relatable business owner and teacher!

Why I joined Young Living by Simply Jessica Marie

For the past couple of years...

There's this funny thing that happens when you hit your mid-twenties: you feel like you're finally settling into your body, and then your body decides to laugh and say - oh wait, I'm going to change a few things!

It's as if all of the things that frustrated me when I was a teenager decided to creep back into my life a decade later.

- An itchy, dry scalp? This time - it's not just annoying/embarrassing dandruff, but also constant unbearable itching that distracts me from work, sleep, and everything in between.

- Breakouts? Not nearly as bad as when I was younger - but more often than I'd like to have at this stage in life!

- Digestive issues? I have always loved cheese & dairy products. Too much cheese seemed to bother me when I was in high school, but got better in college/the years following. But over the past couple years (most significantly since the start of 2018) - my body hasn't been loving the types of food my taste buds constantly crave. Something isn't balanced quite right - and I'm working to figure that out.

I've always thought...

I've always thought that "caring for your body" was a thing you focus on when you have kids: when you have someone else relying on you.

I'd see my friends post about switching to clean beauty products or changing their eating habits and roll my eyes thinking, "I'll focus on that later - drug store makeup & pizza each week works for me!"

...why have I thought that for these past few years? Aren't I worthy of a healthy lifestyle as I am right now?

The moment I decided to invest in myself as a person, and in the wellness of our little family (it's just me, Zack, and our pup Oscar for now!) - I stopped rolling my eyes and opened them to how easy it is to make the switch to a simpler, healthier lifestyle.

Enter Young Living

My sister-in-law has loved Young Living for years - ever since I've known her! I'd hear her talk about how life changing the oils and products are, but I always assumed oils only smelled good, not that they would actually do anything.

Boy was I wrong.

Last month, Casey & Kristin (my brother-in-law & sister-in-law) reached out to me and Zack about trying essential oils.

Zack and I talked it over, and decided to give them a try! I wanted to see if they'd help my frustrating health issues, and was also curious to see if they'd improve the bad allergies that both Zack and Oscar have been experiencing this summer (Dallas summers are no joke!).

So, we grabbed the premium starter kit (which comes with their most popular oils and a few lifestyle product samples), a bottle of Citronella (because I get mosquito bites like it's my job), and I went cold turkey and ordered all new makeup to make the switch from CVS products to a safer, cleaner alternative!

Why I joined Young Living by Simply Jessica Marie

I was shocked...

I started out slow for the first few days, simply smelling the oils first before diffusing anything (mostly to acclimate Oscar to them since you need to start slow when using oils around dogs - more on that soon!), using the lipstick first before trying out all of the makeup I ordered, and adding a tiny toothpick amount of peppermint oil in my water for barre classes.

At first, things just seemed pleasant. 

Everything really did smell amazing, I felt refreshed and energized when drinking peppermint water, and I LOVED how colorful the lipstick I chose was!

But I was still nervous that everything was simply "nice" rather than life changing like Casey & Kristin said. (Admittedly, I really hadn't tried that much yet to make that judgment call!)

Until I started seriously using the lavender oil.

Oh. My. Word. There are literal angels in that bottle of oil! (Okay not literally, but you get the idea!)

This past Sunday, my head was itching to the point where I couldn't stand it anymore. So I texted Kristin to see if she had any ideas about which oil would help my scalp - and she sent me some examples of lavender & coconut oil masks that apparently helped out others with similar issues!

It sounded like fun, but I was impatient from being so itchy and wanted a quick fix. 

So I put a few drops of lavender oil in my palms and massaged it into my scalp - and I'm not kidding when I say the itching stopped in less than 30 minutes! I was SO shocked!! It was the first time in months that my scalp wasn't uncontrollably itchy - I almost cried tears of relief!

Then the next day, I got a mosquito bite - and decided to put a drop of lavender oil on it to see if it would stop the itching there like it did on my scalp. And that time it worked in less than 15 minutes!

After that, I was officially convinced: essential oils aren't just for smelling pretty - they really, truly work.

i still have so much to learn...

Knowing how incredible I feel after using the lavender oil to treat my itchy skin & scalp has motivated me to research more about the benefits of the other essential oils! And y'all I still have so much to learn.

- I'm excited to see which oils help my digestive issues (I've heard the Peppermint Vitality and Digize oils from the starter kit are great for this!) and general immune support (I'm LOVING a drop of Thieves Vitality oil in my coffee - it tastes like Fall in a cup!).

- I can't wait to see how my skin reacts to the cleaner makeup products (hopefully I won't have as many breakouts!).

- I'm hopeful that some of the oils even help to purify the air in our home to help Zack and Oscar breathe better!

The best part is that this new "hobby" of mine isn't just fun for me, but it will also help to greatly improve the health and lifestyle of our little fam!

I'll be documenting our journey to a healthier lifestyle on my new Instagram account, @thesimplylifestyle, if you want to keep up with me over there! 

your own journey to a healthy lifestyle!

If you're interested in learning alongside me (yep, I am building a team and would be SO excited to have you!!), I'd be overjoyed to walk through this wellness journey together! Because things like this are always more fun with a friend, right?

You can learn more about joining my Young Living team here, and feel free to comment below or send me an email if you have any questions!

I'm happy to be your accountability buddy - and I'm super friendly so even if we haven't officially met yet, know that I'd honestly love to get to know you :)

what does this mean for sjm?

Don't worry, Simply Jessica Marie isn't going anywhere! In fact, I have really amazing plans for a new design service, more art prints, more wedding weekend products, and a fun new way to switch up the SJM Art School. If anything - SJM will be growing this year!

But, I do think that being a Young Living member will honestly help me grow as a business owner and teacher.

Why? Because being a distributor is basically like starting another entrepreneurial path. And it's my hope that starting something fresh will allow me to better understand and connect with those of y'all who are just starting out in your businesses or artistic paths! To better tailor my educational posts & tutorials to you, because I'll get it again, too.

Sometimes it's easy to forget the beginning phases of business when I've been running SJM for 5 years, and I always want to be as relatable and connected to you as possible!

Have any questions for me? Leave a comment below - I'd love to chat :)

xoxo,

Jessica

 

 

The Simply Lifestyle

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Hey friends, I’m so excited to officially introduce The Simply Lifestyle to y’all! If you're new around here, I’m Jessica, and I’m a multipassionate artist, wife, friend, dog mama, and barre enthusiast. While you may follow along with my business account (@simplyjessicamarie), I wanted to start The Simply Lifestyle Instagram account (@thesimplylifestyle) as a way to further connect with y’all on a personal level!

The Simply Lifestyle by Simply Jessica Marie

Amanda Donaho Photography

Zack and I dreamed up The Simply Lifestyle earlier this year while we were watching our little pup Oscar run around our favorite local dog park here in Dallas. It came from a place of wanting more of what we were experiencing at that moment: a simplified, balanced lifestyle.

As an artist, I can get so absorbed in the work that I love, but it is so important to remember that our work as artists is only a portion of who we are! Just as we tend to our creativity and artistic growth - we should also tend to the other facets of what make us a well-rounded individual.  I know that work-life balance can be a mystery for creatives, so I wanted to create this account to document my journey (well truly, our journey as a family!) of growing into that simplified, balanced life.

So, what can you expect in the new Instagram account and here on the blog? Lots of fun! I’ll be sharing tips about how I’m planning my days to include time for work and personal care (think: a new morning routine, how to positively and confidently end your work day, etc.), simple but fun date night ideas, insight into one of my biggest goals: how to be a better more caring friend, a behind the scenes of how our family is transitioning into a healthier lifestyle, my favorite barre workout tips (like how to accurately “tuck” your hips!), and of course - lots of Oscar photos! 

So y’all, that’s me! Now I’d love to know a little bit more about you: outside of work, what is your favorite hobby? I asked some friends last month and LOVED their answers, so I’m excited to hear yours! Let me know in the comments section!

Mine? I’m hoping to finally grow my green thumb this summer and tend to a small herb garden!

The Perfect First Anniversary Gift for the Year of Paper: Custom Calligraphy Vow Sets

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How do you find the perfect first anniversary gift? There can be a lot of pressure added to that first gift to showcase your continued love for your sweetie! Add the fact that it "should" be a paper gift for your first anniversary - how do you find something "paper" that is still nice?

Well friends, I have a fun solution for ya! Enter: Custom Calligraphy Vows.

Earlier this summer, the sweet Emily of Southern Weddings reached out to me about calligraphing the vows she and John exchanged during their wedding ceremony for a shoot they were going to feature on the SW Blog. I loved this idea, and I love Emily, so naturally I said yes!

Thank you so much to the sweet and oh so talented Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for capturing these gorgeous photos of Emily and John's custom watercolor brush calligraphy vows!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Your vows are the sweetest words you will ever exchange to one another as a couple, and they lay the foundation for your marriage. Throughout seasons of life, it is important to let those words of love and endearment continue to leave a mark on your heart and guide your thoughts and actions. Custom watercolor brush calligraphy wedding vows are such a gorgeous way to both serve as this daily reminder and to create heirloom pieces you can display in your home and pass down through the generations!

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography
Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

I can't thank Emily enough for these sweet words! 

"The vows turned out more beautifully than I could have imagined (thank you, Jessica!), and they feel like the perfect artwork for the spot where we lay our heads. I love being reminded of our promises first thing in the morning and last thing at night!"

Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vow Sets 16x20 by Simply Jessica Marie Featured on the Southern Weddings Blog and Photographed by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

Have you been looking for a way to turn your vows into sweet heirlooms? I would love to design a set of custom calligraphy wedding vows for you, friend! Visit the Custom Watercolor Brush Calligraphy Vows Set listing in the SJM Wedding Shop to read more about the vow set details and how to commission a set of your own! I cannot wait to read the sweet words y'all exchanged (or plan to exchange!), and turn them into beautiful artwork for your wedding day or home.

PS - Husbands, these make wonderful anniversary and holiday gifts, and are sure to earn you major hubby points!

PPS - Love these darling gold frames as much as I do? They are from the amazing custom framing company, Framebride, and the SW ladies have an amazing offer just for their readers! Head to the Southern Weddings Blog to read more and receive your code to save! These frames are Framebridge's classic gold Richmond frame, for reference! 

Classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Lifestyle, Recipes, SJM ShopJessica PeddicordComment

Whenever I sip a cosmopolitan, I immediately channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw! There is something about this fun and flirty cocktail that makes evenings more exciting, wouldn't you agree? The sweet flavor and pop of pink make it the perfect cocktail for love-filled holidays like Valentine's Day, or for any Friday night out with the girls!

Classic Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe | Cosmopolitan watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

CLASSIC COSMOPOLITAN COCKTAIL RECIPE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice cocktail
  • 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce of triple sec
  • ice
  • an orange twist for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec, and ice in your cocktail shaker. 
  2. Cover the shaker, and shake vigorously until you feel your shaker becoming cold (recommended time is 20 seconds).
  3. Strain the contents of the shaker into your martini glass.
  4. Garnish with your orange twist, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Classic Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe | Cosmopolitan watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

If you love making the ordinary days a bit more extraordinary like I do, why not bring a little bit of it into your home decor?

I have officially decided to release an art print from the 2017 Cocktail Calendar each month, featuring the cocktail coordinating with that month from the calendar! The art prints will debut during the first week of each month, making it the perfect way to toast to the start of the month!

This Cosmopolitan watercolor cocktail art print would be the perfect addition to your kitchen or bar cart, darling! It will be right at home next to your oh-so-gorg champagne flutes and collection of gold foil coasters. These art prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes, perfect for apartments and homes alike.


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Classic French 75 Cocktail Recipe

Recipes, SJM Shop, LifestyleJessica PeddicordComment

Sipping a French 75 immediately transforms me into a sophisticated, cocktail dress wearing lady reminiscent of 20's style glamour, even if I'm just at home in jeans and a t-shirt. There is something about this cocktail that exudes class and coolness, which is probably why it is the most fitting cocktail for New Years' Eve!

Classic French 75 cocktail recipe | French 75 watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

CLASSIC FRENCH 75 COCKTAIL RECIPE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons (or 1 1/2 ounces) of gin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (or 3/4 ounce) of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (or 1/2 ounce) of simple syrup
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup (or 2 ounces) of dry champagne (my favorite is Freixenet Brut), chilled

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice the lemon with a paring knife to form a long, thin spiral. Save this as garnish for your cocktail! Keep the rest of the lemon to squeeze your lemon juice.
  2. In your cocktail shaker, combine the gin, simply syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. 
  3. Strain the cocktail concoction from your shaker into a chilled champagne flute, and top with your champagne.
  4. Curl the lemon peel spiral around your finger to twist it into a 6" garnish. Add to champagne flute, and serve immediately! Enjoy!
Classic French 75 cocktail recipe | French 75 watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

If you love making the ordinary days a bit more extraordinary like I do, why not bring a little bit of it into your home decor?

I have officially decided to release an art print from the 2017 Cocktail Calendar each month, featuring the cocktail coordinating with that month from the calendar! The art prints will debut during the first week of each month, making it the perfect way to toast to the start of the month! 

This French 75 watercolor cocktail art print would be the perfect addition to your kitchen or bar cart, darling! It will be right at home next to your oh-so-gorg champagne flutes and collection of gold foil coasters. These art prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes, perfect for apartments and homes alike.


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!