Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Year, New You Event ~ Attend A LIVE Class From The Comfort Of Your Couch!

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Like to learn more about essential oils? 
From the convenience of your comfy couch?
Perhaps with your favorite tea or coffee in hand?

Then this event is for YOU

I will be hosting a LIVE online class on Facebook this coming Tuesday, Jan. 27th from 8p-9p (PST).  It's a fast paced hour packed with tons of information.  The wonderful thing about it is that you can go through the postings at your own pace.  Even come back after the class is over and re-read any posts that you wish to.

Come learn basic everyday uses of essential oils. 

Come get answers to the questions you have. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Post Christmas ~ Finally!


I know, I know. We're 14 days into the new year. But if your December was anything like my family's, you are still trying to get back into the swing of normalcy also.  We had all of the typical December happenings, like tree trimming at Grandma & Grandpa's,  tamale making, cookie baking, Christmas shopping, my daughter's 10th birthday party, and two Christmas parties for Charming & me. On top of our typical December happenings we added a few new things this year, like a choir performance schedule and a gingerbread festival.
Tamale making with grandma & grandpa. The maza was flying!

 
Living in an apartment with limited space and now a large baby swing where our Christmas tree usually sat meant that this year there was going to be a lack of tree in our home.  I hated that.  It just didn't feel right not having our own tree...just a fiber optic one on our coffee table. Although, not cleaning up pine needles was a plus...and the girls hung candy canes galore on the fiber optic tree along with some homemade ornaments we did this year. (They smelled ahhhmazing!)

Baby boy enjoyed all of the lights, the smells and our traditional cocoa & Christmas light drive.  We get all bundled up, bring our cocoa mugs, a pump thermos full of hot cocoa, turn on the radio and drive around town looking at all of the Christmas lights on display in the neighborhoods.  This tradition was started the year my oldest daughter was turning 1...and we've done it every year since.  I have to say other than all of the baking that I do, this is my favorite family Christmas time tradition.

Yes, that is a GIANT inflatable reindeer peering over someone's back yard fence. It was tethered down like you wouldn't believe.

My biggest tip for making things a little lighter on your bank account during all of the Christmas shopping is to utilize SHOPKICK throughout the year.  Yes, if you don't already have it here is another app for you to put on your phone. It truly pays off though...SERIOUSLY! You get to redeem your points for instant gift cards to places that you most likely go to all the time.  Last year I redeemed over $150 just at Christmas time...not including all the redemptions I did in previous months!  (And I wasn't as diligent about it as I was the year before.) I love to yreat myself every one in awhile by redeeming for  a Starbucks instant gift card!  I use SHOPKICK all year long as I'm out and about.  We only live 5 minutes from the mall, so a stop in during the weekend when extra points are offered is an easy run in and out of the mall for me. You don't have to buy anything, just walk into one of the stores offering points!  Target and Walmart supply points to me all year long...with walk-ins and scanning certain items as I'm shopping.  I LOVE IT!!!  Anyway, that was my little bit of "here's free money for you".

My oldest daughter is all about Christmas, how could she not be? She's a Christmas Eve baby!  I love that she chose to have a Christmas themed birthday cake this year.  We had such fun decorating it with little Wilton cupcake toppers...which I got at a clearance price somehow!!! Look how cute it turned out!

 
This was the first year of choir performances to keep up on.  My Grace LOVES being in the choir (she's the one beaming at me in the photo)...and it brought us to a little gingerbread festival that we had no idea even happened in town. And don't even ask me what the Christmas pig was all about...I'm still trying to figure that out.
 
 
Some of the gingerbread houses were amazing!  I would have never tried to decorate the inside of one. We all had our favorites, which were the only ones I snapped pics of. Which one wins your vote? Think you could pull something like these off?


This was my favorite gingerbread house.  I couldn't believe how they had also done the inside of the house.  Mine have NEVER looked this pretty. Next year, next year is the year that mine steps up!
 
Face painting, a stop off at Target and then home for hair coloring...that was one busy Saturday for my clan.  They got to relax and mom got to hit the grocery store that evening...something doesn't seem quite fair about that, does it?
My little artist Rose could not just go with what the face painter offered...she had a special request to make her face look like a snowman.  The other kids in line knew as soon as the nose went on...and they all LOVED it.
 
My darling little Rose got the part she was ironically praying for in her 3rd grade performance...the angel.  She typically doesn't like the spotlight, so when she was so determined to get a speaking part in the performance I was shocked.  And she did such a good job too. 

 
I hope that you all had an amazing December with your families. I know that ours rushed by, but it was filled with plenty of happy new memories.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Spotlight: Grapefruit Essential Oil

The scent of Grapefruit essential oil is so pleasant that it can instantly lighten your mood. It's like ripping open the biggest, perfectly ripe grapefruit during Summer.

 


This cheery oil has multiple uses and benefits.  It is cold pressed from grapefruit rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties.



Application Methods

Internally, Topically, Aromatically


Skin Sensitivity

Neat - can be applied directly to skin, suggested diluting with a carrier oil for skin sensitivity
(Avoid sunlight or UV rays on area of topical application for up to 12 hours after applying.)



Here are the wonderful properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil:

  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Diuretic
  • Disinfectant



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    Friday, January 2, 2015

    Vicks Chest Rubs vs. Natural Chest Rub

    It's that time of year when many (MANY) mothers are pulling out the VICKS VapoRub to help their little ones breathe easier through the night.  You just may want to think twice before doing it. 

    Have you actually read the list of active ingredients in this product?  I have to admit that until my son was born, I really never did. I just took a look at the VICKS Baby Rub that I've used in the past on my children...mostly because they couldn't breathe easily when I had used the VICKS VapoRub. (My girls are now 8 & 10 and I had to use the baby brand back in Spring 2014 for the same reasons.) 

    VICKS VapoRub:
    Active Ingredients: Label reads: Special Vick medications (camphor, menthol, spirits of turpentine, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, myristica oil, thymol) compounded by the original Vick process VICK CHEMICAL COMPANY Div of Richardson-Merrell Inc

    VICKS Baby Rub:
    Ingredients: Petrolatum, Fragrance, Aloe Extract, Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil.

    Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a byproduct of petroleum. Petrolatum is a soft paraffin or wax mixture sold as a topical skin ointment. It is acknowledged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an approved over-the-counter skin protectant and is used in the manufacturing of cosmetic skin care. However the side effects of petrolatum include finding the petroleum byproduct in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne. (LiveStrong.com)

    There is NO WAY that I am putting these products on the chest of my girls or son ever again.  The U.S. already out ranks !
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    'Tis The Season To Save ~ doTERRA's January Specials

    Kicking off the New Year with your health in mind?  I know that I am. This year I am focused on getting my family all on board for a very healthy future. There are some wonderful specials this month from doTERRA for us to take advantage of!


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    This amazing offer has graciously been extended!  For ANYONE (retail, wholesale or preferred members) placing an order of 200pv (personal volume) by January 15th, doTERRA is giving you an amazing gift of FRANKINCENSE essential oil!  That means that even if you are just registering with doTERRA you are eligible to take advantage of this special!!  A 15ml bottle of Frankincense essential oil normally retails for $93.00!!  That's a HUGE SAVINGS(click the image above for more information about this promotion)

    Click HERE to see all of January's Special Promotions 

    Friday, December 26, 2014

    Spotlight: Frankincense Essential Oil ~ Get A FREE Bottle! Only a Few Days Left!!

    There is still time to take advantage of this incredible deal available from doTERRA.  Receive a FREE 15ml bottle of Frankincense essential oil by placing a single 200pv order by December 31st. That's a savings of $93.00 Retail!!




    Friday, December 19, 2014

    Apple Cinnamon Ornaments


    Oh my goodness!!!  I can not even begin to tell you how amazing my home has smells as I write this post.  There is Christmas floating through the air...the scent of apples, cinnamon, and wild orange are intoxicating.


    We decided to make these ornaments for my girls' teachers this year.  It just might become an obsession to my daughter Rose.  She enjoyed mixing and rolling out the dough so much. I think that she would have played withit all night if I had let her. Thankfully it was way past bedtime and as soon as they went into the oven my girls were ushered off to bed.

    They really are extremely easy to make and appropriate for any child 3 years old or older to help with. 
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    Sunday, December 14, 2014

    The Great Cookie Exchange!

    There's only one more week until Christmas is upon us!  I can't wait!!!  There is so much to do, but the little girl inside of me still loves the magical feeling of Christmas and can't wait to watch my kiddles tear into their gifts...while I sip on some coffee and munch on a few cookies.  (Cookies are Christmas breakfast fare, right?)

     
    Since there is only a week left and I still have TONS of cookies to bake and create, in the spirit of those of us who just can't have too many cookie options in our cookie jars, I decided that a blogger cookie recipe exchange would be fun.  Plus, I love getting new recipes that are tried-and-true to bake with my girls.
     
    So, gather up your favorite cookie recipe and LET THE COOKIE EXCHANGE BEGIN!

     



    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    'Tis The Season For A Giveaway! ~ doTERRA Citrus Bliss #Giveaway


    'Tis the season when gifting seems to fly from the left and right.  So, let's have a giveaway to add to it all!

    I am absolutely in love with doTERRA's products and felt that I needed to share a little something that I love with my readers. 


    The Prizes:

    • 15ml bottle of Citrus Bliss (Invigorating Blend) essential oil
    • 2.5 oz. doTERRA Spa Citrus Bliss Hand Lotion  A perfect size to throw in your purse!
    One lucky reader will have their choice of receiving either the Citrus Bliss Essential Oil or the Citrus Bliss Hand Lotion.  A second winner will receive the remaining prize. Honestly, either prize is a great "win".