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there’s a baby in the house

there’s a baby in the house

There’s a baby in the house again! On September 12, a little darling boy joined our family! And in the middle of a hurricane no less! No, we didn’t name him Irma. Two days before his due date, in the the middle of the night […]

autumn bucket list

autumn bucket list

I adore living in a place that has distinct, changing seasons. It’s one of my favorite things… to feel the new season coming on. We’ve started a tradition of making a written-down bucket list of things we want to accomplish that season. But not like […]

what to do with your young living starter kit

what to do with your young living starter kit

So you have taken the leap into the wonderful world of pure essential oils? Welcome to the fun! I remember opening up my Premium Starter Kit and thinking how beautiful, how wonderful… What do I do with all of these?! And I closed the package up and left it on my counter for about a week.

Sometimes, all the possibilities of this grand package can be completely overwhelming and you need a little guidance to start. Don’t waste a moment with these oils, they hold the potential to change your life, and that’s not being dramatic. These babies are the real deal.

 

 

  1. Open your beautiful box up and gaze upon all those little lovely bottles. You have a total of 11 new oils to smell, wear and play with! The top row of oils that have the white label are called the Vitality line. These are all oils that have been labeled especially for internal use and may be consumed. They include Lemon, Copaiba, Digize, Thieves, and Peppermint. The lower row with colorful labels include Panaway, RC, Purification, Frankincense,  and Lavender. The eleventh oil is underneath this layer and is called Stress Away. After you admire and sniff these babies, lift the little ribbon and pull off the layer of oils. There is another layer to the box underneath. Below, you will find tiny glass sharing bottles, 2 Ningxia Red samples, 10 oil sample packets, some info cards, your Stress Away oil, and a steel roller ball fitting with lid.
  2. First thing, shake up well, then open your Stress Away bottle, take a whiff, then remove the clear plastic orifice reducer and replace with the little steel roller bottle fitting. Roll some onto your wrists, and behind your ears.
  3. Next, take your new diffuser out of it’s box, read the directions and plug it in. Select a spot in your house that is near a common living space so you can enjoy it throughout the day, such as a kitchen counter, living room surface, etc… Fill the reservoir with distilled water to the red fill dot, and then add 2-3 drops of peppermint and 3-4 drops of lemon oil. Place both covers on and push the button. Mmmmm…. Citrus and mint together make such an awakening and refreshing diffuser blend.
  4.  Next, throw your Ningxia Red sample packs into the fridge or freezer for later… they make a delicious treat when very cold or frozen like a slush. Try one out before a workout, or during an afternoon slump for a nutritious pick me up.
  5.  After your workout or wherever your body needs it, apply some Panaway. Mix a few drops of carrier oil with a few drops of Panaway in the palm of your hand and rub it into your muscles. You can also add Copaiba or peppermint to this blend.
  6. Got something that needs freshening? Your car, kid’s shoes? Perhaps you left the laundry in the washer too long and it soured? Grab your purification oil. You can make a nice freshening spray with half a spray bottle of witch hazel, half water, and a few drops (10, 20?) of Purification. (How many drops depends on the size of your spray bottle.It’s not an exact science, no worries.) Or, for laundry, add directly to your wash, or add a couple drops to vinegar in the fabric softener spot before running your load. This works like a charm to remove that yucky, soured smell. Not that I have to do that very often. Haha.
  7. For immune support, crack out the Thieves. This oil is my favorite. Diffuse it, sniff it, rub it on you, you can’t go wrong with this oil! Dilute about 10 drops in carrier oil in a roller bottle and roll onto your feet in the morning before facing the world.
  8. RC can be diluted and rubbed onto chest for respiratory support. Especially comforting at bedtime.
  9. Have a big meal in the evening? Take a drop of Digize and rub it onto the base of your throat, or a couple drops can be rubbed directly onto the stomach for digestive support. Love this oil.
  10. In the morning or evening, when you apply moisturizer to your face, add 1 drop of Frankincense to your cream and smooth onto your face. This oil is known for it’s incredible skin supporting properties. This might just become a new part of your skin care routine.
  11. After a full day, you need to relax. Move your diffuse into your bedroom and diffuse a few drops of lavender as you drift off. OR, slip into a hot tub infused with Epsom salts that you have added a few drops of lavender  to. Lavender is the main oil that convinced me that Young Living oils were different. I hated lavender before. This one is just simply… different. So fresh and pure.
  12. Take your oil sample packets in your pocket or purse and share with friends that you think might benefit from oils! ( Which means everybody.) You can also use your little glass bottles to place a few drops of your oils in to share with a friend who would enjoy a certain oil. Most people find that when they start using these oils, you just naturally start talking to your friends and family about them and must share them with those you care about! (This organic sharing can create what we sometimes call “an accidental paycheck”, so if you find yourself sharing your oils a lot, or have any interest in the business side of Young Living oils, check with your upline, and look into it! You can get your oils for free people! If your are signed up under me, ask me what to do next! There is a whole other business side to the company that I can introduce you to!)

 

 

 

Now that wasn’t so scary, was it?! Now that you have broken the ice with your new buddies, you can feel confident in moving forward, learning, using and benefiting from these amazing and potent plant extracts. Support your health! Move toxic ingredients out of your home and care for the wellness of your whole family! Try different ways to use them, read, research for yourself, give them a chance. There is so much information out there available to you.

And watch out… Young Living essential oils have been known to become addictive.

Happy oiling!!!

 

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a stroll in the garden ~ july 30 ’17

a stroll in the garden ~ july 30 ’17

(As you can see by the date, this was a couple weeks ago. I just have been slack in getting it posted.) It’s been awhile since I’ve shown what’s growing around here… Since spring I think. I can’t believe summer is slowly coming to a […]

good stuff ~ what I’m loving, summer 2017

good stuff ~ what I’m loving, summer 2017

  When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad… I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad. I couldn’t talk about favorite things without thinking of that song, as my almost 4 year old daughter has […]

homemade sunscreen

homemade sunscreen

 

There are two types of sunscreen creams/lotions available. Chemical sunscreen and physical or mineral sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens use a process of absorption into skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin and reflect the suns rays.

Chemical sunscreen uses active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, among others.

Mineral sunscreen active ingredients contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Some contain a combination of zinc oxide and a chemical ingredient.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty here, but if you are interested, hop over to this EWG article and learn more.

After reading about chemical sunscreens and how they work, I decided that using physical sunscreen is an option that I am much happier with.

 

 

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The problem is, natural sunscreens are EXPENSIVE! Like big time! They come in these tiny little tubes that cost big bucks!

So what did I decide to do? Make my own of course!

This was my first time attempting it, and I must say, I am thrilled with the results. I have experienced great protective results with this, and I have very fair skin. Once applied, I don’t find it to be overly greasy and it stays put very well. Of course, with any non nano mineral sunscreen, you will experience slight skin whitening (especially when first applied). This is just par for the course.

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Homemade Zinc Sunscreen

Ingredients:

2 oz cocoa butter

2 oz coconut oil

2 oz olive oil

2 oz non nano zinc oxide

Optional- essential oils, I added a few drops of frankincense for it’s amazing skin supporting benefits.

 

Slowly melt first three ingredients in a pot over medium heat until well combined. Take off heat and carefully stir in zinc oxide powder. When still liquid, but not hot, add essential oils if desired.

Pour into container(s) of choice and allow to harden. I used two small, recycled glass pots. I carry one with me and keep one in the house.

*Don’t be alarmed when this seems very runny and oily at first. I found that it took a good 2-3 days for this to really set up like the final product. at first some olive oil came to the top, and it stayed runny. Putting it into the fridge helps speed up the process. But once this set up, I have not had trouble with it being too runny again. Of course, if left in a hot vehicle, it would melt.

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super quick, creamy iced coffee

super quick, creamy iced coffee

Whether you are a devoted coffee drinker, or a light weight like me who enjoys it occasionally, always with tons of milk or cream, I think anyone would agree that there is nothing like a tall, icy glass of iced coffee. Sometimes iced coffee isn’t […]

bookworm report

bookworm report

    Sometimes we hit such gold at the library, I can’t help but share! First off, man do I love the library. I think that every time we go. Especially as Ace gets a little older, and I’m thinking more and more about her […]

diffusing like a boss

diffusing like a boss

 

So you keep hearing people talking about “diffusing”? Do you wonder what the heck is the big deal? Is diffusing confusing? Heehee. Well, here is the down low.

Diffusing essential oils is an incredibly simple way to reap their many wonderful benefits. All you need is an ultrasonic oil diffuser, essential oils, and water!

 

 

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Why should I diffuse? 

  • As good as a candle or spray may make your house smell, they are known to be very toxic. The NRDC claims that many air fresheners contain dangerous phalates, known for hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. When these products are released into the air, they are absorbed through the skin and inhaled. Yum.
  • Essential oils can have so many amazing benefits. Essential oils have teeny tiny molecules. When they are diffused into the air and you inhale them, they can swiftly make their way into your limbic system, the area of your brain that is responsible for emotions and memories, which makes it easy to see why it can be so helpful for balancing emotions. They also travel through your nose, mouth,and lungs, affecting several body systems.

 

 

Choosing a diffuser – I have three diffusers in my home at the moment! One in my child’s room, one in our bedroom and one in the living room/kitchen area. I love diffusing.

  • Look for a cool mist, ultrasonic oil diffuser
  • Make sure that it is ultrasonic, not any type of heat that can damage the therapeutic properties
  • Diffusers are popular these days, so it’s pretty easy to find one. I have gotten them from Amazon, Walmart, and Young Living. I love the one that came with my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living!

Choosing an oil – You may know by now that I am going to say, use Young Living oils! They are an amazing company that has been around for over 20 years, passionately devoted to purity and integrity in their oils.

  • Essential oils are widely available these days in stores, online, everywhere you look practically. There really are not regulations on what can be called an essential oil. Therefore an oil bottle that says “pure”, or
    “all natural” etc. is not necessarily a pure oil. It could be cut with thinners, processed or extracted with chemicals, you just have no idea. If I am going to the trouble of diffusing an essential oil, why would I use something iffy? I might as well light up a Glade candle and forget about it, right?
  • Read and research a little for yourself about which oil might help you with a certain area.
  • If you’re wanting to get rid of a stink, diffuse Purification. It’s ah-mazing at cleaning odors from the air.
  • Lavender is an all around fantastic oil to diffuse for relaxation, to soothe and calm and to support your body.
  • Orange is incredibly uplifting and cheerful. If you feel a little blah, diffuse some of that liquid sunshine!
  • Lemon is also great for odors, is very uplifting, and fresh. Great to diffuse with peppermint in the morning for a kick start!
  • Want to enjoy a delicious, warm, spicy fragrance while supporting your immune system? Diffuse Thieves! This is an amazing oil blend to use particularly in the fall and winter.
  • Cedar wood and lavender are wonderful at bedtime.

 

 

How to diffuse –

  •  Now that you have your diffuser, and your wonderful oil, the rest is easy peasy. Fill your diffuser to specified line, add 2-5 drops of oil, cover with lid and fire her up! If it’s too strong or too weak an odor, you can adjust the amount of oil added. When you start out, just don’t add too much until you see what you need. Your nose will tell you.
  • Diffuse for 20 minutes or so and then take a little break, then diffuse again. If you’re happy with it, diffuse for longer periods.
  • Babies and children should be given special precautions. Check the oil you wish to use and make sure it is child friendly and then just perhaps diffuse a smaller amount for a lesser time. Use your own common sense and do your own research when it comes to babies and children. I, by no means, wish to scare you off diffusing if you have children, I love to diffuse for our daughter, it can be so wonderful for many things for them! Just please do your own research first!

Now go forth and diffuse!

 

 

{With my Premium Starter Kit, I was able to get started diffusing right away as the 11 oils included are specially chosen to support every system in the body!}

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may in the mountians

may in the mountians

So I think spring is my favorite. (This fall I’ll say fall’s my favorite.) But right now, spring is just too glorious. It’s so good to have warm and sunny days, and all the green back. We’ve had a couple cold snaps lately as we […]