Monday, April 14, 2014

Oily Stories

I'm still busy plugging away with our Young Living essential oils.  I'm having SO much fun learning and sharing with others.  So many of you have joined me and are getting some pretty impressive results.  I had a few people over the weekend ask me for more information on them.  Please click "email me" at the top screen and send me a message.  If that doesn't work, please leave a comment with YOUR email address.  I will read that but I will NOT publish your comment (my comments only get published once I view them and see that they are appropriate. I will delete your comment once I get your email address so that it is not public info)

I just wanted to share a few things with you that we've experienced lately:

My sweet Hudson.  11 years old.  Pre-puberty.  He inherited my oily skin.  He prefers to wear his hair longer.  Those 3 are a bad combination for his skin.  His forehead is really starting to break out. I had read that Purification oil (in the starter kit) is good for acne.  The second picture was taken 4 days after starting to use it.  I have him take his shower at night and wash his face real good.  I apply purification on his forehead before bed and this is how it looks now. Amazing!!  Can't wait to see what it looks like in just 4 weeks.

I may have already shared this on here before but this is my "sickness tea" that I make if we start to feel sick or run down.  You could even drink it as a preventative too.

Sickness Tea:
* heat a mug of water in the microwave
* add 2 spoonfuls of raw apple cider vinegar
* 1 spoonful raw/local honey
* 1 drop thieves oil and 1 drop of lemon oil
* stir and drink

(thieves is such a great oil.  It kills 99.96% of the yucky stuff in the air and in our bodies.  Lemon is great for colds and fevers)

We also make a Thieves spray to have on hand.

* add 12 drops of thieves
* add 5 drops of peppermint
* add 2 drops of lemon
* add water
* shake well before using

(thieves has clove in it which is great for numbing the throat.  This is such a lifesaver when you have a sore throat or even strep.  The peppermint will open up all of your sinuses and it's also a great fever reducer.)

So great for aches and pains.  All of these oils are in the starter kit.

A month or so ago, Hudson opened his car door and hit the mirror of the car next to us. (I checked and the other car was fine)  It left this black smudge on  my door.  I tried to scratch it off but it looked as if it was part of the paint.  It would not come off.

I poured a few drops of Young Living orange oil (I could have also used lemon) on a dry wash cloth and started rubbing.

Within just a few seconds the smudge was gone.  And my paint was perfect.

This was taken by a friend of mine.  Her son has horrible eczema. 

Just a few days of using coconut oil and Young Living lavender oil.  Such a huge difference!!

My mom came to visit and her dog had a tick on it's neck.  We tried to pull it off with tweezers but it wouldn't budge. We also knew that most times when you do this, part of the tick stays in the animal.  We put a drop of Young Living purification oil on the tick and within let go and we pulled it off....still fully in tact and alive.

My skin tag that I removed.  (we have removed a few now) I used Melrose but you could also use Frankincense (in the starter kit) as well.

I made this nasal spray the other day because I was stopped up and my sinuses hurt.  LOVE this so much!! (make sure you use distilled water) I found the pink salt at a health food store and had both of these oils from my starter kit.

This is seriously the best $150 I've ever spent.  Ever.

You can safely treat over 130 things with just these oils alone.  It pays for itself when you are not missing work, not paying a copay at the dr office and not filling an expensive prescription.

If you are interested:

Click "member sign-up" in the top right corner Choose "wholesale member" (because customer makes you pay retail) Use my number 1497619 for both the enroller and sponsor ID Fill in your personal information Create your username, password and pin (please write these down and keep in a safe place) Pick your starter kit- you will choose the first option- the premium starter kit with diffuser ($150) On the optional Essential Rewards kit....choose no thank you (unless you want one) Enter payment info Before clicking submit, you have the option to add other products if needed (message me if you have specific issues and I can recommend oils if they are not part of the kit) You are finished!!

**** I will still send you the reference guide book that is SO helpful. You search by issue and it tells you exactly which oil to use.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I'm Still Here

This kid has been on a "I'm-gonna-wear-a-belt-with-everything" kick lately.  And did I mention that it's waaaaay too small? I'm pretty sure he does this to annoy me.

Sweet boy still being a sweet boy.......always brings me flowers.  I'm a lucky girl.

If you haven't experienced the awesomeness of raw Apple Cider Vinegar then google it to see all the things you can do with this.  We always have it around and use it often.  Just this week, I've told 3 people about how this will take pink eye away.  Just put it on a cotton ball, rub over closed eyelid several times a day and it will be gone.  No dr visits. No meds. Love this stuff!

I ran into Walmart the other day and spotted these little wine cups.  Sweet boy and I love Shark Tank and this was one of the companies on there.  So I was intrigued and bought one.  Not the best wine ever but definitely doable.  Would be great for a picnic or pool day or something like that.  I do like the convenience of it.

Hudson's school had a band night a few nights ago.  The kids get to go into the gym and look around at all the instruments and see which ones they might want to play for next year.  6th grade is when band starts in our district. What stinks is if they don't start in 6th grade......they can't ever do it.  Hudson wasn't over the moon excited but he was willing to go and try.  I am forcing encouraging him to give it a try.  He can always quit after the first year if he doesn't like it. I would just hate for him to miss out on that and then never get a chance to jump back in. (plus, he is my kid that doesn't get excited about much of anything.  I'm pretty sure he's still convinced he will get paid to build Legos and defeat Clash of Clans)

He decided on the trombone.  He's got nice, long arms.

Something came over me this last weekend.  I decided to clean out the refrigerator.  I don't mean just toss a few things out. I mean pull everything out and wash down the shelves and drawers and all that kinda clean.  Looks awesome!  Now, we just need to get some food back in there!

This boy is definitely the spice of life. Crazy kid!!

One way to ensure a nice, quite car ride home from school?.....purchase some new books from the school book fair and have them waiting inside for them when they get inside.

Happy Hump Day!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Our Friday night......

Went to school on Friday to eat lunch with this guy.  Silly, silly boys.

Wocka Wocka

The boys started archery yesterday.  Afterwards, we went to the park to enjoy the sun that finally decided to come out.  This particular park has exercise equipment for parents to use while their kids play.

So, our "no ipads/no itouches during the week rule" has been the best thing I've ever done.  Ever.  It has allowed us to limit their play time and force them to do other stuff during the week.  And they know they can't ask for them or they lose another day.  Ahhhhh! 

They are so excited when Friday rolls around and they get them back.  So sad to say that this is what our Friday night looked like.  We really know how to rock it!! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nature Box....

I found a deal on Groupon a while back for a 3 month subscription to Naturebox.  I've been curious to try it so I decided to give it a whirl.  I just got my first box and am excited to try the snacks out.  Anyone use this and like it?

5 healthy snacks.  If you do use them, which snacks are your favorite?

Using allowance money at the bookstore.  Cooper is really into Goosebumps these days.....

I went to get coffee yesterday morning and stumbled on this neat glass made from recycled glass.  I prefer glass over using plastic so I was excited to find this!

I don't typically suffer from allergies but today I woke up sneezing, puffy eyes and a super itchy nose.  There is definitely something in the air today!

I used my Young Living oils 3 ways:

1.  Diffused- I put 2 drops each of lavender, lemon and peppermint (which is the LLP allergy combo)

2.  Topical:  I could have easily put a couple drops of each oils onto my body but morning are busy for me.  I have a few roller balls made up of our favorite combos because this saves us so much time.  I have equal parts of lavender, lemon and peppermint and a little carrier oil (enough to make the ball roll) and rubbed it on my chest, behind my ears and down my nose.

3.  Internal: (Young Living is the ONLY essential oil that I feel safe enough to use but especially ingest) I put 3 drops of each oil and a little carrier oil inside a blank capsule and made my own allergy pill......without any side effects.

Its been about an hour since I did all this and I feel like a new person!

Happy Hump Day!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Food and Friends

I've been out of the habit of making my weekly menu.  Why?  Life runs much smoother when I have a plan.  I made these meatballs and they turned out pretty good.  Have any good recipes that you just love that you want to share?

We have had some pretty great weather the last week or so.  I absolutely LOVE spring!!

My little monkey boy chilling after school.......waiting on brother to get out of math class.

Dinner with my big.

Our Saturday night tradition is church and then our favorite Mexican restaurant.  These 2 are queso buddies!

I went to Abilene yesterday to teach my first oil class.  To say I was nervous is a huge understatement.  Remember how I said I hate public speaking?  Remember how I said that I'm not an eyes-on-me girl?  Yea, well that all went out the window yesterday as I shared our story about Young Living oils to some really sweet ladies.  It was great though!

With one of my college roommates, Jama.  Who is expecting her 2nd little boy any day now!

Another sweet friend from college- Sharina.  These sweet girls have been such an encouragement the last couple of years!

So I have a pretty cool oil testimony to share.  I had this annoying skin tag pop up under my arm about a year or so ago.  I have been putting off going to the doctor because I didn't want to pay to have it burned off.  Lazy and cheap, I know.  I decided to search my oil reference book and found a few oils that will actually remove moles.  I used Melrose twice a day for one week......and it's completely GONE!!!!  How awesome is this?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The last couple of weeks have been emotionally hard for me.  The boys both celebrated a birthday.....which means they are another year further away from the last time they saw Jason.  I think back to what they looked like when he died.  They were so small.  The have grown and changed so much in the last 2.5 years.  I can't even begin to tell you how sick it makes me that he's missing it all.

On Sunday night (Cooper's birthday) we were all at the kitchen table.  He got up to get something from the refrigerator and said "if I had 2 wishes.......the first one would be to ask for dad back......"

I never heard what the second wish was.

It's those comments that just about kill me.  The reality of it.  The fact that those words roll off his tongue so easily now and in an odd way it actually feels normal to hear. It is our normal now.  Gosh darn it....I so wish it wasn't.

The rest of the conversation was a blur for me.  My mind was racing and I was trying so hard to stuff those tears in and not let them come out.  I was lost in my own mind while my body was smiling and nodding and trying it's best to not react to what he had just said.

That night I crawled into bed and replayed that conversation in my head.  I finally had the chance to let it all out.  This seems so unfair.  Why do my boys have to live life without their dad?  Why?  I'll be honest.....this is something that I can't let myself dwell on.  Sure, it's always in the back of my mind but I can't let myself focus on it.  The reality of it is sickening and maddening and almost makes me crazy.

My goal is to always be honest in my grief.  I do this not only for myself and for my boys one day (that will hopefully read this) but also for those of you that read this. I know that many of you share this blog with others that have experienced a loss.  I need to keep it real.  Yes, I know that God is in control and I know that He makes no mistakes.  But I also need to say that there are days when I want to stomp up and down and yell that this is stupid and that I'm pissed.  Today is that kind of day for me.

Could you please pray for my precious boys.  I need God to fill that gap in their hearts.  I beg that they never get bitter or are filled with anger.  I ask that they always turn to Him in their time of sadness.

Thank you, friends!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday, Monkey Boy!

This little guy turned 8 on Sunday.  His favorite part?  No more car seat.

He looks so small sitting in this big seat......I've seen him in a car seat now for the last 8 years.

At the river house.  Acting like a silly boy.  No words needed.

These two have such a love/hate relationship...

On our last day of Spring Break last week, we stopped off to visit my friend from college.  We took the boys to a trampoline place and they had fun riding the mechanical bull.

With Hunter.  Sure wish we lived closer so our boys could grow up together.

The boys got mini- Ipads for their birthdays.  They have loved playing with them all week.

However, in an attempt to keep them from becoming addicted and playing them all day.....we have decided to have a "weekend only" rule.  They are not happy about this but I know it's the only way I can keep a good handle on their playing time.  They get them back on Friday after school and have to turn them in on Sunday night before bed.  Anyone else do this with their kids?

Last week, Hudson had an ortho appt and he earned a free ice cream.....and brother got one too cuz he was tagging along.  And his lip sure was hanging down low when he thought only Hudson got one.

So we are back to reality, back to school today, I'm trying to catch up on laundry, stuff around the house, plan our weekly menu which includes a sugar detox (okay not really but this family has consumed WAY too much over the last 10 days between 2 birthdays and special treats over Spring Break).  It was a great break but I'm thankful for a routine again.