Monday, September 25, 2017

Thieves Cleaner, How I LOVE You!

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  



Thank you for sticking around as I went through all of the oils that come in your Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  Hopefully you have a foundation in place so that you feel comfortable using those oils!  Let's do a quick recap on the posts in case you were unable to follow along:
Lavender Essential Oil here, Peppermint Vitality™ hereLemon Vitality™ hereCopaiba Vitality hereFrankincense Essential Oil herePurification® Essential Oil hereThieves® Vitality™ hereDigize® Vitality™ Essential Oil hereR.C.® herePanaway® Essential Oil Blend hereStress Away® Essential Oil Bend here, and Ningxia Red here.


Now, I want to expand out, just a little, and explain some of the other products that you can get through Young Living to help you get the yuck out of your home.  One of my favorites is the Thieves Household Cleaner.  

So, this was one of the first things that I purchased from Young Living after my Premium Starter Kit. I have only ran out of this stuff once (and never again).  I use it for EVERYTHING!  I have swapped out my glass cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, floor cleaner...I've steam cleaned my carpets with this, I use this as a liquid base to make a homemade scrubbing cleaner for my bathrooms, I add it to a load of laundry that is just a little extra funky (think week-long camping trip by two teenage boys in scouts).

This cleaner has literally swapped out every toxic cleaning chemical in my home EXCEPT for my oven cleaner.  The only cleaner that I use maybe three times a year.  And, once I figure out a formulation that will allow me to get rid of that, it'll be kicked to the curb folks.  No joke.  It's out of here.  

And, a little goes a long way.  Wow, that's just kind of the theme with this company.  You only need one cap full of the cleaner to add to 3 cups of water for a multipurpose cleaner, and it costs approximately $0.64 to make a quart of medium level degreaser.  You cannot even buy something like that at the store!

Because I use it for everything (I'm working on the oven cleaner), I keep two extra bottles on hand at all times, in case I get into a cleaning zone.  I also never want to be in a situation where I may run out, again.  Oh, I learned my lesson!
    

  









Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hey Let's Grow

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*

We've had some interesting weather up here in the way south burbs of Chicago.  Warm days with cool (very cool in some cases) nights have lead to tomato crops, not bumpering.  We were at the home of friends of our this past weekend and I wandered into their garden, envious of their bounty and our lack, and noticed that their tomato plants were turning.  Their kale, killing it.  The tomatoes, which around this time of year when the weather is right, are normally going strong.  But that is not the case now.
So, I'm wondering if you are experiencing any interesting weather and how it's affecting your harvests?    



Friday, September 22, 2017

Psychic

Back at the end of March, I had the opportunity to see a psychic.


I hosted a get together in my home with some of my cousin-in-laws and a friend of theirs, and the psychic came to do our readings.

I honestly don't know exactly what I was expecting, but what I experienced was definitely not it. First off, you know the Hollywood cliche where a cat freaks out and runs away from people these types of abilities - my cat did that.  Like, as soon as the woman entered my home.

*Noted*

She came bearing flowers, which she mentioned was not something that she normally does but felt like she was called to do it for this reading.  I was handed a bouquet of colored daisies and was told by the woman "You know who these are from."  Yes, yes I did.

*Noted*

    
Will, my youngest, who was home at the time that this was all taking place, came running down the hallway to the front door and stopped.  The woman looked at Will and said: "Why hello Will, it's very nice to meet you."
I never told her his name.

*Noted*

And people, this all happened in less than 5 minutes of this woman entering my home.  I am not even kidding you.

I give her a few options on where she could set up to do the readings for the day as everyone else started to show up.  She chose my office, which is void of photos outside of the bee photo that I took for Grit magazine and the two LTYM frames that I have up.  Nothing about my kids, husband or extended family members.

At this point, I've decided that I'm not going first.  I've experienced enough to know that this woman is legit and I want to hear about everyone else's experience.

Will is in the back part of the house in the family room, we are gathered in the dining room, which is next to the family room and my office is in the front part of the house right across from the front door. Giving the person who is having their reading done enough privacy and Will enough room to be a 4-year-old while all of this is going on and not being disruptive.

As cousin-in-laws are coming out, Will is giving them all hugs once they return to the dining room. We are all munching on snacks and talking.  I will not go into the details of everyone else's readings as I feel that they are private matters.  But, I will share parts of mine.  

First, the psychic told me "I sense the some of the same people with you as with the others, but you are not connected to them the same way."  This is true, I'm a cousin-in-law, I married into the family. "There is a female standing right next to you, she is excited to be here and is jumping around.  She has shorter blond hair and you call her a shorter version of her name.  It starts with a "K" - Kris is here."  This is my sister-in-law.  This is also who the daisies are from.  She had lots of great stuff to share about Kristin, but what I will share is this - Kristin wanted me to know that she is sitting in the passenger seat of my car, so whenever I want to talk, I can talk to her.  Next, "There is an older gentleman, he is wearing a flannel shirt, has a fishing pole and is at a cabin on a lake fishing."  This would be my Grandfather-in-law.  "He wants you to know that he's happy that Dave is married to you. Him and Kristin and hanging out together." *this would be Kristin's grandfather*
Up next is a sort of fly-by interaction with my Uncle John "There is a gentleman dressed in a very nice suit, like from the 50's with an older car and he wants to show you his car because it's a very nice car."  Okay, got it (I also have a few photos of him standing in front of his car dressed in a suit).  "There is a woman here her name starts with a "V" but it's different like her birth name is way different from what you called her.  It's not American, but very close to an American version."  This would be my Aunt Vera.  "She is hanging out with another woman who has a very nice up-do and is dressed very sharply.  To me, they are like Ehtel and Lucy, and they are having a blast and causing trouble.  This other woman, she has two names, but people called her by her middle name more than her first name."  This would be my mom, her name was Maria Eva and people called her Eve.

I got to ask questions, and I did, I asked a few.  But by this point, my mind is kind of melting and I can't put together a complete thought, yet sentence if I wanted to.  I asked my mom about my dad, we knew that he was not feeling well, but his diagnosis of colon cancer was not known to us yet - "Your mom is laughing at you because now you have to deal with him.  She says that he will be fine, she's going to take care of him and she's looking over him and your brother.  She says that you are fine, they need her help.  I sense that something is going to happen, like a hip injury, something where your dad will be bedridden and you will have to take care of him in the month of May.  Is he coming up here in May?"  He was originally supposed to.  That didn't end up happening though.  I ended up going down to Texas to be there for when he had surgery and his recovery from that.  It was much like what she described, though his hips were not injured.

You know, she may not have nailed that my dad would die from colon cancer, but she was pretty spot on with what I would experience and I can totally see my mom pointing and laughing at me because I would be the one caring for my dad.  And, my mom did end up taking care of him, my dad died on July 1, 2017 exactly two years after my mom passed.  

She ended our session with an Angel Card reading where she told me that all of the negativity in my life would go away after August 21st (the solar eclipse), that it would signify a positive change in my life.  She then gave me a yellow rose "It's from your mom, you know, the yellow rose of Texas."  She didn't know that my parents lived in Texas.

 




Thursday, September 21, 2017

CBD - Use for Anxiety

There are many rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder - MANY RUNGS.

The use of CBD is just another one of those rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder that I have found exceptionally helpful for me.  That's the key, it works for me.  I don't know if it'll work for you.  But, I'll give you the information that I have and you can make that decision.

To find out what CBD is, click over to this post
To see how I choose to use CBD, click over to this post 
I shared a little about the legality of CBD here
I shared how I use CBD tincture here
I shared why I use CBD salve here

I shared why I use the CBD transdermal patch here
I also shared why and how I use CBD Gum here
I shared about CBD Wax here 
I shared about CBD Gummies here
I shared about CBD Tea here


I partnered with Greencamp for this post about CBD and Anxiety


Cannabidiol: Nature’s Medicine for Anxiety


If you even remotely know anything about marijuana, you have probably heard of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main compound of the plant. Although it has a number of medicinal benefits, it’s still controversial among many patients because of its psychoactive properties.

But THC is not what cannabis is all about. In fact, there is another major cannabinoid that changes the whole perspective of cannabis. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound produced primarily in male cannabis plants and is used in medicine for treating a number of symptoms and conditions.

However, CBD has been very efficient especially in relieving one thing — anxiety. As it turns out, according to research and medical professionals, cannabidiol has proved to reduce symptoms of general and social anxiety, PTSD, and panic attacks.

This anxiolytic property comes from the brain’s receptors response to serotonin as a result of CBD consumption.

Here is a visual description of CBD as a remedy for anxiety made by Greencamp.


This cannabis compound can be extracted from the plant, produced into powder, and mixed into the creams and gels. Also, patients can use it as topicals, edibles, and capsules. But, the most common way of consuming CBD (especially for anxiety) is in the form of an oil.

By taking the right dose, patients can feel the physical symptoms of anxiety fade away almost immediately.

However, before taking CBD for your anxiety, please check in with your doctor first, who will recommend the right dosage for you.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015, I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon, Butternut Squash and Pecans

It's turning to fall and this is one of my favorites to make for family gatherings this time of the year.  
I do modify it and I'll explain that below.

My modifications - I don't use the maple syrup on the butternut squash and I half the maple syrup in the pecan and cranberry mix-in part.  I also use real maple syrup.  To be honest, I think that the cranberries and butternut squash is sweet enough without all of the added syrup.  It's nice to have a little to coat, so play it by ear and see what works for you.  

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 


I've shared many times that if Young Living made a Thieves body care line, I'd buy it!  My love of Thieves is no secret.  But, since they don't make a body care line, I make my own.  I've started with this DIY Body Wash recipe and will be modifying a shampoo recipe soon.  Now, you can use whatever EO's you like, I prefer Thieves - BECAUSE IT SMELLS AMAZING!

DIY BODY WASH


This is a Cococunt Oil and Honey recipe that I found over and DIY Remedies and modified to my liking.  You can learn more about each ingredient by clicking over to their site.  I'm going to share the adapted recipe here.  

  • 1/4 cup of Fractioned Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1/4 cup of Raw Honey
  • 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil Blend (or your favorite essential oils)

Mix all together and make sure that the raw honey is incorporated well. 

  • 1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner's unscented liquid castile soap

Mix into the rest of the mixture

Pour mixture into a bottle of your choice for regular use (I just recycle old pump bottles, but you can get creative if you want).

One word of caution - please, please, please make sure that you shake the mixture prior to use.  Additionally, keep out of direct sunlight and make sure that the cap is tightly secured.  Castile soap, by itself, is known to thicken when exposed to direct sunlight and excess air. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Oil Focus - Ningxia Red

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Congratulations!  You have purchased your Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit and ARE using the oils (unlike what I did when I first got my kit).

Each week I'm going to focus on a different oil which is included in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit to help educate you on the many different uses of this oil.

First, why Young Living™?  I choose to use Young Living™ essential oils because of the purity of the oils.  You can find out more about that by checking out there Seed to Seal® process here.




I shared information about the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils, Lavender!  You can read all about Lavender Essential Oil here.  

I shared information about Peppermint Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

I share information about Lemon Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

I shared information on another Vitality™ oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Copaiba Vitality™, you can read more about that here.

I shared on to another oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Frankincense Essential Oil.  This oil is known as the "King of Oils", you can read more about that here.

I shared about Purification® Essential Oil.  It's known as the "Neutralizer".  You can read more about that here

I shared more about one of my favorite oils, Thieves® Vitality™ - it is the most popular Young Living essential oil - here

I shared more about Digize® Vitality™ Essential Oil.  It's a great oil for people who eat...anything 😉 here

I shared on the Essential Oil Blend R.C.®.  It's a great respiratory support essential oil - here 

I share about Panaway® Essential Oil Blend here

Last week I shared about Stress Away® Essential Oil Bend here 

This week I want to share a little bit about Ningxia Red.  

You will receive two 2 oz. packets of Ningxia Red with your Premium Starter Kit.  I would highly recommend that you chill them prior to consuming.  I've even heard of people who throw them in the freezer for a slushier texture.  

Why is this stuff so awesome?  Well, for starters, it tastes really good.  And it's chocked full of great stuff!  In a 2 oz. serving you are getting the equivalent of consuming 
  • 200 oranges
  • 1628 blueberries
  • 44 carrots
  • 20 lbs of spinach
  • 118 broccoli florets
  • 146 strawberries
  • 186 apples
 
It contains Wolfberry Puree (Lycium barbarum), Blueberry Juice Concentrate (Vaccinium corymbosum), Plum Juice Concentrate (Prunus domestica), Cherry Juice Concentrate (Prunus avium), Aronia Juice Concentrate (Aronia melanocarpa), Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (Punica granatum) Proprietary Essential blend 50mg Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract, Orange EO (Citrus sinensis), Yuzu EO (Citrus junos), Lemon EO (Citrus limon), Tangerine EO (Citrus reticulata) Other ingredients: Tartaric acid, natural blueberry flavor, pure vanilla extract, malic acid, pectin, sodium benzoate/natural stevia extract.

Here are some fun ways that you can mix Ningxia Red with your Essential Oils







Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hey Let's Grow

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*

The days are getting cooler, that is for sure.  We are still having some spikes in temperature, but it's nothing sustained or long lasting.  Annoying, really at this point.  I'm ready for fall.  
It's got me thinking about preserving.  Because right now would be the time of year that I'd be elbow deep in tomatoes and peppers.  I wanted to share a little about how I've preserved in the past.  



Canning
I've only used a hot bath method and have yet to pressure can.  My grandmother-in-law taught me how to can tomatoes this was years ago and I've been canning them this way every since.  
Do you pressure can?  I'd love to hear what equipment you use and what you can this way.  

Dehydrating
I inherited my mom's dehydrator a few years back.  It's a simple layered electric thing.  I've dehydrated apples, pears, tomatoes, and mint.
I really want to try making my own jerky, though I'm not sure if my dehydrator can do that.  I'm sure it can, I just need to do a bit more research on that.
But, I'd love to know if you dehydrate?  And, if so, what do you preserve this way?

Freezing
This is my "Oh my word, what am I going to do with all of this _______!??" back up.  You know, when you're elbow deep in whatever crop flourished in your garden this year and you're just kind of done with running the stove top with the unexpected heat waves that hit.  Oh, is that just me?  Anyway, I'm a fan of blanching and freezing.  I also preserve the berries that I harvest this way and make freezer jam.  I also need a larger freezing, so there is only so much of this that I can accomplish each year.  
Do you utilize your freezer for preserving and if so, for what?

Fermenting
This is one of my favorite ways to preserve, and it's likely not in the way that you are thinking.  I make alcohol - lots of alcohol!  I also do not drink alcohol, I give it away.  It's super easy and makes great holiday gifts.  It does take time, so plan accordingly.  I've used apples, pears, and berries that I've picked in addition to left over fruit from the store (like cranberries) to make different alcohol flavors.  
Have you tried fermenting?  If not, look into some options - it's tons of fun (even if you are not making alcohol).

Baking
What do you do with 20 lbs of zucchini?  Well, I saute a little bit and grate a bunch to hid in meals but the rest I use to bake with.  Muffins, breads, bars, cookies..., and not just zucchini  - fruit, pumpkins, butternut squash....
I hit up the internet for ideas for way too much of anything that I have.  You can find many creative ideas.

I'm thinking towards next year for my garden.  What can I plan, where can I plant it, and how I"m going to use it.  I'll get serious about it when there's snow on the ground and the nights are long because it makes me look forward to warmer weather.  
I'd love to hear how you are managing your harvest this year?  Are you a pick and eat person?  Are you preserving?  Are you giving it away?  


Friday, September 15, 2017

Graduate

Things are moving so fast you guys!

Cody graduated from high school at the end of May.



He started college the third week of August.



He completed his Eagle project the last week of August.




And he turned 18 on September 1st.



You know those folks who came up to you and offered unsolicited words of wisdom like "Relish this moment, they grow up so fast." - in the middle of your three-year-old throwing a tantrum in Target?  I hated those people.  And, for the most part, it has not flown by for me, except for high school.  Those four years - POOF!  So, I'm not offering words of wisdom, you'll figure it out and everything will be fine (I swear).  Here's what I will say, live each day!  Let the people you love know that you love them.  If you live your life like that, I feel you will have a life well lived.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CBD - Tea

There are many rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder - MANY RUNGS.

The use of CBD is just another one of those rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder that I have found exceptionally helpful for me.  That's the key, it works for me.  I don't know if it'll work for you.  But, I'll give you the information that I have and you can make that decision.

To find out what CBD is, click over to this post
To see how I choose to use CBD, click over to this post 
I shared a little about the legality of CBD here
I shared how I use CBD tincture here
I shared why I use CBD salve here

I shared why I use the CBD transdermal patch here
I also shared why and how I use CBD Gum here
I shared about CBD Wax here 
I shared about CBD Gummies here




Like I have mentioned before, edibles have a delayed reaction, and CBD Tea is no exception to that. I prefer the flavored tea, and I use it at night as part of my bedtime routine.  Given the lower CBD dosage, this will have a milder effect. Keep this in mind as a lower dose with the delayed reaction may not be what you need.  For me, as with the other edibles that I use, it's about using it as a supplement or an additional boost in addition to what I am already using.   These may be a little harder to come by.  I've stumbled upon them in some vape shops that already carry CBD products. You can also order CBD tea online.  BUT, do your research!  Make sure that you are buying from a reputable company.  Leafly is a good source to do research with.  Try to keep your purchases local to you and look for products being made and distributed from states (in the US) where medical marijuana is legal for recreational use.  I've found that these states also have a booming CBD business as well.  Your CBD tea WILL NOT have THC in it, even if you purchase it from a recreational legal state.   

I have found, in general, my routine and regular use of CBD has increased my quality of life on a daily basis.  Mentally and emotionally, I am better.  I am not anxious or stressed, which prior to starting the use of CBD would often times result in my taking that anxiousness or stress out on my family.  Not the case anymore.  Also, I am sleeping better.  Often times, though, I find that my regular and routine use of CBD just needs a small added increase to handle situations that in the past seemed to incapacitate me (such as large gatherings or family).  I view my use of CBD as how I'm able to lead a happy, joyous and free life.  I'm much happier.  It's amazing.  It's been a total game changer for me. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015 I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies 

Seriously!  No-Bake AND Chocolate Peanut Butter - yes, please, and thank you!

My Daily Declarations lays it out for you.  The quinoa makes these suckers chewy and adds a little more protein on top of what the peanut butter brings to this recipe in addition to fiber.  People, FIBER is important to your diet and we are not consuming enough of it.  I'm not talking about drinking that foul colored stuff, I'm talking plant based fiber.  You need it in your diet!  It's vital.  


Add a little chewy sweetness to your diet by following the recipe here.

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food.  


 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

I've done it.  I'm sure that you may have done it as well.  Used an OTC sleep aid or even a natural sleep aid in pill form to help you get some zzz's at night.  So, what is causing you to not be able to naturally fall asleep?  There are many factors to examine - diet (food and drinks), emotions (feelings are feelings, they are not facts), stress (daily or incidental), thought patterns (are you an overthinker? - I am), environment (is it soothing and relaxing or does it stimulate your senses). 

I've been working on a more natural rhythm to my day.  Let me tell you - NOT THAT EASY! Especially when you are the type of person who is "go" from when your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head is hitting the pillow at night (and then, for an additional hour or two.  Am I right?). 

What have I done?  I say "no" a whole lot more now.  Also, with three kids, I don't force activities, especially for the younger ones.  College-aged child can totally do whatever because it is having a minimal impact on me and my day.  But that hasn't always been the case.  My kids were three season sport athletes, active in scouting, we had something going on every weekend, and most nights during the week, plus add family commitments and geesh, where is that time going?  I got so sick of it!  I got sick of constantly going all of the time.  The progress I'm made to the most recent changes that I've made have been about four years in the making.  Finishing up commitments and then handing in resignations and making it clear that I wasn't going to continue to volunteer my time.  Not taking on new commitments that stole my time and joy to fill up all that extra time I was not gaining.  Seriously looking at how much sleep I need per night (9 hours, by the way to be functional and happy in the AM).  I've cut all caffeine from my diet (and my body's natural rhythm has returned), and planning my days so that they are 1) not a time suck and 2) structured (I work from home, so this is totally needed).  Oh, also - I totally utilize my alarm feature on my cell phone.  Time to walk, alarm.  Time to make lunch, alarm. Time to pick a kid up from school, alarm.  Time to take a shower, alarm.  Time to head to bed, alarm. It has helped me SO MUCH. 

But, sleep - ahhh, sleep.  One of the awesome (that's loaded with sarcasm) lingering side effects of my chemotherapy treatment has been insomnia.  And, sometimes I need a little more help than just running m diffuser to benefit from the healing power of essential oils.  On those nights where I find myself with running thoughts, I slather this stuff on to aid in gaining some restful zzz's.  Because, quite honestly, if I do not get enough sleep my entire day is off.  I don't want that.        



Bedtime Rub  

1/3 cup of coconut oil
12 drops of lavender EO
12 drops of cedarwood EO
12 drops of Peace & Calming EO

Using your stand mixer and whip that stuff together OR use your handheld blender to whip it together. Then store in an airtight glass jar (I use a mason jar).  

       
 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Oil Focus - Stress Away® Essential Oil Blend

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Congratulations!  You have purchased your Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit and ARE using the oils (unlike what I did when I first got my kit).

Each week I'm going to focus on a different oil which is included in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit to help educate you on the many different uses of this oil.

First, why Young Living™?  I choose to use Young Living™ essential oils because of the purity of the oils.  You can find out more about that by checking out there Seed to Seal® process here.



I shared information about the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils, Lavender!  You can read all about Lavender Essential Oil here.  

I shared information about Peppermint Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

I share information about Lemon Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

I shared information on another Vitality™ oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Copaiba Vitality™, you can read more about that 
here.

I shared on to another oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Frankincense Essential Oil.  This oil is known as the "King of Oils", you can read more about that here.

I shared about Purification® Essential Oil.  It's known as the "Neutralizer".  You can read more about that here

I shared more about one of my favorite oils, Thieves® Vitality™ - it is the most popular Young Living essential oil - here

I shared more about Digize® Vitality™ Essential Oil.  It's a great oil for people who eat...anything 😉 here

Last time I did an Oil Focus post I shared on the Essential Oil Blend R.C.®.  It's a great respiratory support essential oil - here 

Last week I'm going to share about Panaway® Essential Oil Blend here

This week I'm going to share about Stress Away® Essential Oil Bend.



Stress Away Essential Oil Blend - Copaifera reticulata (Copaiba), Citrus aurantifolia (Lime), Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla), Ocotea quixos (Ocotea), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

  • Apply to the bottoms of your feet during your evening routine for a relaxing aroma
  • Apply to your temples and wrists to reduce tensions and feelings of stress
  • Add ten drops to 2 cups of Epsom salt to add to a warm bath to soak in for 20 minutes to relieve stress
  • Add a few drops to a wooden clothes pin and clip onto your car vent slat 

Sweet Dreams Diffuser Recipe
  • 2 drops Copaiba
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Stress Away


Directions: Place drops in diffuser and fill diffuser with water up to the line.  Diffuse at bedtime.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hey Let's Grow

*I am participating in the Monsanto Hey Let's Grow program as a blogger this year.  Materials in this post were provided by Monsanto.  This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are my own.*


So, a little recap via links, shall we?  You know, because it's been awhile.  



But, you see, things WERE really going well prior to all of that foolishness


I swear I really do know what I'm doing, but gosh has this year been ... stupid!  I mean I'm at a loss for words here.  Currently, my garden is grown over with weeds.  It's a total mess.  There is garlic in there somewhere.  I have no motivation to even put in a fall crop even though I really do want to salvage what's left of this growing season.  I want winter squash and kale and lettuce ... I'm just done, though.  Really, I'm done.  
I'm scrapping this year.  I'll be grabbing my 2018 Farmers' Almanac in a month or so and I'll start planning for next year in January when the ground is covered deep with snow and my seed catalogs start showing up in the mail.  This year just wasn't the year for me to garden.  And, it's more than those links above.  We suffered great and unexpected loss in our family, I was taken away from my home for roughly two months (of that prime transplanting time).  No one with ample time to tend to the garden was home during the time that I was gone - it just wasn't in the cards.

And, actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I have potato tunnels in my garden that I started around Mother's Day.  I'm going to have to treck out there today and see what's going on with them.  

I hope that your gardening adventures were better and more bountiful than mine.  






Friday, September 8, 2017

The End is Just The Beginning, Right?

I wanted to do a recap of the final Chicago Listen to Your Mother show oh, way back in May.  Sorry, life kind of happened and I had to relocate to Texas for a little over six weeks.  BUT here I am with a short recap of the 2017 Chicago Listen to Your Mother show.

IT WAS AMAZING

Of course it was.

I have no videos to share with you as they are not releasing videos of the 2017 show.  But I do have a few photos.


So, I volunteer to car pool because

  1. I'm a teetotaler (I'll be your designated driver)
  2. I'm also a control freak (I can't stand being a passenger in anyone's car)
  3. I hate being late to anything (Ask me about being late to Thanksgiving dinner at my Aunt & Uncle's who lived a 1/4 mile from my childhood home)
And these gals pictured above and fricking awesome!  

Sydney stole my heart in 2016 with the piece "When My Butterfly Gave Me Wings".  I love this lady so much.  I cried like a baby when she was reading her piece.  I had lost my mom July 1, 2015 and I was still undergoing chemotherapy treatments when I attended the 2016 LTYM show.  I was an emotional mess.  Sydney though, man, I got her - I so got her. I am so grateful to know her and have her in my life.   




Megan and I often joke about the ratio of people who live in Frankfort, IL and have been in a LTYM show.  Three of us.  That's pretty impressive with how far south of Chicago we are and how small of a place we are coming from.  And, the three of us represented Frankfort five times.  It's okay, I'm bad at math too.  
Anyway, Megan - she bared her soul about post-partum depression in her piece "Bruised Apples" and I could not stop thinking about her words.  "She got it" was what I kept saying to myself over and over again.  Having experienced post-partum depression with my second son I just kept nodding over and over again as she shared her story.  I so wanted to give her a hug and thank her.    

 
Kathy is a positive force that I cannot help but smile whenever a post of hers pops up on my Facebook feed. Her positive nature oozed out with her piece "We Are Moms" and she truly embodies bereaved and blessed.    


Pamela and I were in the 2015 Chicago Listen to Your Mother show.  Pam has a strength about her that's amazing.  It comes through in everything that I've witnessed her do.  Here is Pam with "Best Laid Plans".



That's a car full of greatness right there folks!  And I know all of those women, how amazing is that?  

I am so sad Listen to Your Mother ending.  I have learned so much and grown so much because of my experiences with the show.  I've met so many amazing people and made some really great friends along the way.  I'm sad because that opportunity is ending and others will not be given that same opportunity.  For me, it was life changing.  

Balee Images., LLC
This photo does not include every cast member from 2012-2017, but it includes many of them.  And, I'm so grateful that this photo exists.  From the 2017 cast, my friend Brandie and her daughter Emma took the stage to do a duet and it was so good!  Oh my word, so, so good.  Also, my friend Natasha took the stage - she actually owned that stage - and that lady's laugh!  It's contagious.  

This may have been the final show but it's not the last time we will all get together.  And I'm so grateful for that.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CBD {Gummies}

There are many rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder - MANY RUNGS.

The use of CBD is just another one of those rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder that I have found exceptionally helpful for me.  That's the key, it works for me.  I don't know if it'll work for you.  But, I'll give you the information that I have and you can make that decision.

To find out what CBD is, click over to this post
To see how I choose to use CBD, click over to this post 
I shared a little about the legality of CBD here
I shared how I use CBD tincture here
I shared why I use CBD salve here

I shared why I use the CBD transdermal patch here
I also shared why and how I use CBD Gum here
I shared about CBD Wax here 



Now, I find these, as well as all CBD edibles, to have a delayed effect.  Keep this in mind when taking any edibles.  For me, it's a nice thing to try out and monitor the effect as they also may low CBD levels.  To be honest, for me, the best way to take CBD is with the tincture.  But, these are a nice option to keep on hand if you need a little boost as you go about your normal day.  They are readily available in most vape shops that carry other CBD products.    

I have found, in general, my routine and regular use of CBD has increased my quality of life on a daily basis.  Mentally and emotionally, I am better.  I am not anxious or stressed, which prior to starting the use of CBD would often times result in my taking that anxiousness or stress out on my family.  Not the case anymore.  Also, I am sleeping better.  Often times, though, I find that my regular and routine use of CBD just needs a small added increase to handle situations that in the past seemed to incapacitate me (such as large gatherings or family).  I view my use of CBD as how I'm able to lead a happy, joyous and free life.  I'm much happier.  It's amazing.  It's been a total game changer for me. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015 I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 


You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

White Bean and Avocado Baked Burritos

This recipe is a favorite of mine.  It's extremely filling and it tastes amazing!  AND it's a hit with my family as well.  This is definitely something that your meat eaters will enjoy as well.  There are always left overs in our home to take for lunch the following day.  

Ceara's Kitchen does a great job on this one.  You MUST make the Creamy Zesty Avocado Lime Dressing for this...and then think of the many other uses for it once you've tried it. So, so good.  


Go out this weekend and get all of the ingredients that you need to make this recipe and enjoy.  

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food.