Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This journey called life....

When I started this oily journey, my goal was to try something more natural for our family and my "bonus" would be to make enough money to "get us through the winters" when photography was slow. HA! I am cracking up at God's humor in this because I had no idea how much this would change my life- in an amazing way! The people I have met through this, the stories of healing I've heard and seen, and the lives I've seen changed- both physically and financially. It astounds me. Literally, I thank God every day for leading me in this direction. I don't have plans to pick up and move across country like my friends Monique and Lindsay (whose businesses I'm right behind by just a few months!) but the possibilities that have opened up to my family because of this blow my mind. I can't wait to see where we all are in the next year or two... or heck, even the next 6 months! It's an awesome journey to be on, thank you Lord.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Deep thoughts on "Siblingships"

This afternoon I came across this blog post:  What I love about being a Mama: Sibling Friendships and while I could relate to that euphoric feeling of melting into a puddle at seeing your children truly LOVE each other, it also made me feel really sad.  Sad, you say?  Why?!  *sigh*

Sometimes I feel like the biggest mama failure ever because my kids rarely seem to like each other.

The boys fight ALL. THE. TIME.  And if I were to pinpoint a "culprit" it would be Porter... because I swear to goodness we can get into the car after pickup and I ask how their days were and Hudson starts to excitedly tell me and Porter, rarely ever fails, has to make some snide remark about how stupid that was or that sounds dumb.  I mean, its not ALWAYS Porter, but if I were honest he's the instigator 75% of the time.

It's not just that... its really so much more.  The boys get along with Amelia great.  She's the munchkin little sister that they adore.  Sure, she annoys them but for the most part, they bend over backwards for her... her little antics and needs are charming and adorable.  But with each other?   They can't see past the ends of their noses.  A brother asking for a favor is a huge inconvenience.  They don't talk nice to each other.

Don't get me wrong... there are times that they get along beautifully.  Usually it is when I am fed up with their fighting so I send them both to their separate rooms, only to find they've snuck into Porter's room to quietly play legos together.  And there are times they'll wrestle and joke around, or ask to have sleepovers in Hudson's room (because he has 2 beds), or times that they play Minecraft together and crack each other up.  Oh I relish those times... I stare at them in awe wondering why... WHY can't it be like this all the time?  Why can't they have this beautiful "siblingship" where they adore each other and have each others back all the time?

I don't really know how to change it.  I don't really know what I've done wrong... or what I can do to make it right.  Sometimes I feel like its a crapshoot, this siblingship... that personalities often just clash and make it impossible for them to be "friends" most of the time.  But sometimes I feel like its something I've done, something I've not nurtured, somewhere I've gone wrong.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this... I'd love to know how your children's relationships are.  Are they close in age?  Far apart?  Different genders or the same?  Do they share a room?  Do they have similar personalities?  Has their friendship been close from the beginning or was it a work in progress?   Tell me the scoop, friends.... this mama needs help.






Wednesday, March 19, 2014

reading and technology punch card

I've been wanting to create some kind of reading reward for the boys, as well as a technology time limit type deal for them.  I finally made myself browse Pinterest and came up with a plan.... punch cards!

We're implementing them now, but I really can't wait to use these this summer!  My plan for them is this:

Technology Punch Card:  They will get one card per week, and each punch is worth 30 minutes of technology time.  They can't use more than 2 punches a day.   Once their punch card is used up, their technology time for the week is up.  They can earn more tech time by reading more books....  :)


Reading Punch Card:  For every 30 minutes they read, they get a punch.  Once their punch card is full, they can redeem it for 30 minutes of technology time (xbox, wii, iphone, computer, DS, etc).... OR they can redeem it for $3 towards a book in their book order!  


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Winter Updates


  • Hudson has become such an awesome reader.  He's blown through the sight word list at school and is reading Junie B Jones books on his own.  So proud of him!   His newest thing is the where's Waldo book and reading the lists in the back to find "extra" things to search for
  • Porter has also turned into a huge reader lately.  He really likes the magic treehouse books.  He will go through multiple chapters in one sitting.  I often find the boys reading at night and can't bear to make them go to bed when they're voluntarily reading!
  • Lately the boys have been sharing a room.  I love that every once in awhile they decide they want each others company.  I love peeking in before bed and seeing them sleeping in the same room
  • Winter has been long.  Too long.  I'm itching to get out of the house and itching for some major changes.  I go from wanting to move out of state to remodeling our house to redecorating rooms to moving to a new house in michigan.  Ryan's feeling it too as he tore apart our 5th bedroom in the basement to drywall it.  And he's great at tear out but apparently hasn't had the motivation to work on the rebuilding part.
  • Ry is looking into transferring to a different branch of his company- in North Carolina.  We've always wanted to move there but just haven't had the opportunity nor guts. Well, my job is providing far more than any outside the home job could and lucky for me I can work anywhere.  I'm excited at the opportunity but so nervous about the thought of leaving family.  I'm just not sure.
  • Adding another cup of water to the soup, we've begun exploring the local foster to adopt agencies near us.  I've always wanted to adopt a little girl from china and always have felt like I have a daughter that isn't biological to me out there somewhere that belongs in our family.  Ryan is adopted, though he's never felt a huge pull to adopt.  Or maybe any at all if I'm being truthful.  The biggest reason I've never thought it'd be part of our life was because I worked outside the home and also because of money.  But now I work from home and have a very flexible schedule, and money is not an issue. We have a few friends that foster and have/are adopting and I've really felt this tug to look into fostering to adopt. Ryan is opening up to the possibility- he's up for a 4th child but he's really hesitant about the potential heartache of saying goodbye to a foster child.  So, we will be meeting soon with a local foster to adopt agency to get more details.  I know we would be wanting to foster/adopt a little girl 2 or under.  We've asked the boys what they think about this and they were so excited.  They adore Amelia.  They argued over whose room the new little sister would get to share... They both want to share with a sister hahah!
  • I am finally discharged from physical therapy for my wrist and have been cleared to go horseback riding again!   Only.... I haven't had the time to go!  I miss riding so much.  But part of me is kind of scared to risk falling on my wrist.  I'm hoping to make it out this weekend.
  • Porter started wrestling this winter.  He's really doing well and catching on quickly.  Too bad wrestling tournaments are a lot of waiting around to watch 1 to 3 minutes of action.  And it makes me anxious watching these boys wrestle.  Gah!!   But he likes it.  So that's good.  Now to find something that Hudson truly likes.  Hmm.   Not a fan of soccer.  Or basketball.  Or horseback riding (too smelly).  That boy....
  • Hudson has been going through this really scared phase.  He is scared of the dark, of being alone in a room at home, of waking upstairs alone and even showering alone.  He asks to leave the bathroom door open.  When he takes a shower he says "I feel like a ship is about to gonna fall on my head".  What in the world??!?  He also is terrified of pictures of large ships.  And books about ships.  So strange.
  • Amelia started going to daycare 2 days a week.  I really needed to have at least one day a week where I had silence in the house- where I can work distraction free.  Miss Marleen wanted her 2 days a week (for consistency) so instead of my grandma watching her on Mondays while I volunteer in the boys' classrooms, she goes to Marleens then as well.  She LOVES it there, and does such a great job.  Of course, I had no doubt that Marleen would love her and she does.  :)  I love that she gets to be around other kids and do projects and crafts, and I get a day to spend with the boys at school and a day to work distraction free.  Win-win in my book!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

oil pulling: I tried it and I didn't die!


When I first saw all these posts on Facebook and Pinterest about oil pulling I immediately thought "GAG... gross!  I will NEVER do that!"  But... like all things that I've ever said "never" about, I decided why not... I'm going to try this and see what the hype is all about. 


First let me say... the biggest thing that freaked me out was the thought of putting oil in my mouth. And swishing it.  For 20 minutes.  I have a weak gag reflex and I don't like white, creamy things (like mayo, ranch dressing, sour cream, alfredo sauce..... get your mind out of the gutter...)  Coconut oil is white.  And creamy. Which means that gives me the heebie jeebies. 

However, I've been looking for a natural teeth whitener and kept noticing that oil pulling makes your teeth whiter. And so I decide to take the leap.


What IS oil pulling, you say?
Oil pulling has been around for years... it’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involves you swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes (no more no less) to help improve your oral & overall health. It's pretty simple... while you swish, the oils travels around your mouth and up into pockets your toothbrush can’t reach and pulls out the bacteria and disgusting toxins. Yahoo!


What are the benefits of oil pulling?
 
  1. whitens teeth
  2. it gives you a reason to be quiet, relax and just BE for 20 min.
  3. banishes bad breath
  4. strengthens teeth, gums and jaws
  5. clears sinuses
  6. relieves headaches & hangovers
  7. increases overall oral health
  8. prevents cavities and gingivitis
  9. detoxifies body
  10. helps you sleep better

So... HOW do you oil pull?
Well...I have 3 easy steps for you!


Step 1
Spoon ½ to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and begin swishing (I added 1 drop of YL peppermint essential oil).If it’s cold, it will melt. This is the step that wigs people out the most and to be honest, I almost quit right then and there.  The melting... thick oil feeling... EEEK. GROOOSSS.  But.... once it melted it was fine.  There really wasn't a flavor, and it wasn't too bad!

Step 2
Swish the oil around your mouth for 5-20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes sounds like forever. I swished while I was doing my makeup and hair so the time flew by. If you can't make it to 20 minutes, start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was your amazing new found dental health.

Step 3
Spit the oil in the garbage (do NOT spit down your sink drain... it'll solidify and clog it!) and brush your teeth. Don’t swallow it. Remember, it has "pulled" all of the bacteria out of your mouth – you don’t want to ingest that.

Now, I didn't taste the peppermint oil much while swishing, but once I spit the oil out I could taste it faintly.  Next time I think I'm going to try YL Thieves.  I love the cinnamon smell, and I think it'd be refreshing. So, try it! I swear to you... if *I* can do this... you can too! Come back and let me know how it worked for you. Today was my first try at it, but I plan to continue and hopefully update with my findings.  Let me know what you think about oils pulling and if you've been doing it for awhile, have you seen any great benefits?!

Monday, March 3, 2014

first day of daycare

I have decided to put Amelia on daycare two days a week.  This is causing me some mommy guilt.  First let me preface this with "I am IN LOVE with the daycare she is going to".  Marleen is a good friend of mine and had taken care of Hudson from the time he was 1 until he went to preschool. She is amazing.  She loves her daycare babies and she is an amazing caretaker and teacher.  Yes.  She does amazing educational things every single day.  She is the best.  By far.  

However.   I feel slightly guilty that I work from home and I'm "pawning" her off.  Now.  I can honestly say that I could send her to daycare 4 days a week and fill every hour of those days with work.... But even 2 short days feels so.... I don't know.   

Mondays is my day to volunteer in the boys' classrooms.  I'm gone from Amelia on Mondays anyhow, and I was having our teenage sitter come over on Thursdays to babysit while I was home so technically it's a better situation for her to go to daycare because she'll be around other kids her age and will be learning lots of educational things... Beyond what Sesame Street can teach her haha!

I'm really kind of excited for her to go.  Marleen was one of the reasons I had such a hard time deciding to stay home.  I love love loved her taking care of Hudson and when I quit my job I was so heartbroken that Amelia wouldn't get the chance to be cared for by Miss Marleen.   I know she is going to love going. She's such a social butterfly and so outgoing.  I can't wait to see pictures and videos Marleen takes!  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to become a member and get your hands on awesome essential oils!

Let’s talk about becoming a Young Living Member.  Ok.... don’t go into a complete panic attack. This is painless, I promise.  First, you are NOT signing your life away if you become a member. If you would like to purchase Young Living Essential Oils, you can do so by ordering retail from a distributor, OR you can “Become a Wholesale Member” and get the oils at 24% off. 

Once you buy your starter kit (which I’ll explain those later), you are NEVER required to order a certain amount each month. You are NEVER required to tell others about Young Living. You simply are now able to purchase at the discounted price.  Think of this like a SAMS Club or COSTCO membership. You pay a small fee to become a member to get cheaper prices, the only thing different is SAMS or COSTCO will give you a card, YL gives you a kit of oils and a diffuser. 

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The kit I recommend everyone to purchase is the Premium Everyday Oils Kit for $150. It is the kit of all kits. There are other options to choose from, and I will mention them below, but I PROMISE you, this $150 kit is the most bang for your buck.  
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It comes with the following:
5ml bottle of 11 oils:
What I love about this kit is that it gives you the ability to try MANY of the oils in the smaller bottles. Let’s face it…a bottle of Frankincense at the discounted (member) price is almost $70. You also get 2 sample packs of the top five oils, (lemon, peppermint, lavender, peace and calming, and thieves). Oh, but wait there is more (that sounded like an infomercial didn’t it?) You ALSO get the diffuser added in there.
Home Diffuser
For real.... you get 11 oils AND a diffuser.  The distributor price alone for the diffuser is $75. Total NO brainer. This is why I recommend the $150 kit. You can’t beat getting 11 oils, 2 samples of the top five oils AND the diffuser for that price. 
The other advantage you have by becoming a member is special access into The Lemon Aid Library Facebook group.   This is NOT a group created by Young Living... this is simply a place where those that have become members can communicate with one another, share what is working for them, ask questions and build life long relationships with others who are on this journey to a more healthy and natural lifestyle. This group will help cut your searching time down and get  your questions answered quickly.  The Lemon Aid Lounge is an amazing perk available to those who "take the plunge" and order the kit.  
Now that you are NOT freaked out anymore about becoming a member…let’s tell you how to sign up! 
Here is the the step-by-step directions on how to sign up!
Step 1: go to https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1443070&enrollerid=1443070 
Step 2: make sure “Wholesale Member” is marked off instead of “Retail Customer.”  Remember... Member = discount price, Retail = full price.  
Step 3: Make sure my member number (1443070) is in the spots for the enroller and sponsor.    
Step 4: Fill in your information. It will ask you for your ss# but this is only for legal purposes because, if you choose, you have the ability to bring in a paycheck (YL is a referral based business). If you never sign anyone up, your ss # will never be used. Lemon Droppers do not pressure people into the business end…EVER. We want you to use and love your oils and we love you as a member whether you work the business end or not. 
Step 5: Write down your pin, user name and password- you'll need this to log into your account later!   
Step 6: Select the “Premium Start Living Kit" 
Step 7: Scroll down through the “Essential Rewards Kits”  and click “No thank you, I plan on enrolling in Essential Rewards later” (you are not obligated to sign up for Essential Rewards at this time, but it does have some great benefits.   I always tell my new members to get the kit, try the oils out, and then talk to me before your NEXT purchase. We then we will see if ER is right for you and your family). 
Step 8: Click “I Agree” and “Next” 
Step 9: Confirm your enrollment information (you should see my name as your enroller and sponsor, or the person who referred you). 
Step 10: Add any oils, capsules, or products that you would like in addition to your kit if there are any that you would like. 
Step 11: Check out and you are DONE! WOOHOO!
Yay! You are a member!  I remember how excited I was to receive my starter kit. Your membership will stay active as long as  you spend at least $50 in a calender year. You DO NOT have to continue to “renew” your membership…that kit was a one time thing and you will remain a member as long as you spend that $50 a  year. Which trust me…will never be a problem.


Monday, February 24, 2014

February's Kiwi Crate | Storytelling

If you want to check out January's Kiwi Crate, that blog post is HERE.   If you want to try Kiwi Crate, I have a $10 off code for you!  Use this link: http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=NicoleB56 and you'll get $10 off your first month order!

February's Kiwi Crate is all about STORYTELLING!  Fun stuff!  

When you open up the crate you see your two "main" projects (I say "main" because there are always so many other activities inside too!)

On the back of that paper is this little cut out puppet Q&A as well as 2 stickers.... see in the background the paper on the table with all the circles?   Each month they get a new sticker for that crate.  They put the stickers on one of the circles on their "My Adventures with Kiwi Crate"... kinda cute!! 

First up is the "explore!" book about storytelling.  This book is kind of like a fun activity magazine.  You can see the pages in the background... a do it yourself spoon puppet activity, a where's steve search and find....


further into the book is some parent resources, and another craft to make a monster bookmark. 

and still going.... a learning section of the book that tells different parts of storytelling, a little comic, and a make your own story.  

WHEW!  We haven't even got to the actual crafts yet!   Here they are.... My Story Theater and My String Puppet....

On the very back of those tri-fold instruction books is "things to think about"... a little info!
Moving right along.... inside the instruction book... you can see how detailed it is! And FULL COLOR!


The materials provided for the string puppet....

And the 2nd activity.... the story theater.  


Lots of great materials included!  You can see the real-life picture of the final project...


The Kiwi Crates have definitely come in handy... we are STILL using things from the January Crate! While we made dinner I had the boys sit at the table and work on some of their "explore!" book.   They decided to draw the arctic scenes.  They spent over an hour doing this!!


Then we finished up our window clings from last months crate.  That was pretty fun.  I'm excited to see how they turn out tomorrow...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

long overdue overwhelmed overspill

Does that make any sense?   I feel like I'm in such a rut lately... all kinds of ruts.  Like... everything seems to be spiraling out of control.

My kids keep growing up.  Faster and faster... day by day. And it KILLS me.  I've been in one of those super emotional moods lately where every freaking thing makes me want to cry.  I watch videos shared on FB and they make me cry.  Clips of kiddos singing songs make me cry.  Stories about babies make me cry.  Pictures of my friends daughter in her new big girl bed (who is only a few months older than Amelia) make me cry.  Every. Single. Thing.

And then the boys... oh they can drive me up the fricking wall and melt my heart in the same day. Sometimes within the same hour.  Or 5 minutes.  I was looking at a Garnet Hill catalog and on the back was a lady in a swimsuit.  A cute, pretty modest swimsuit.  The boys were all "Oh gross... don't look on the back! There's some random lady in a swimsuit!"  I asked why that was gross (because seriously... its Garnet Hill... it was a retro-styled tankini HAHA!).  They said "Random stranger women wearing bathing suits are gross to boys, Mom."  I asked... what about on the beach?

P:  "No... well, random women are gross in bathing suits.

H:  "Except our mom.  You're not gross."

P: "Yeah, you're not gross to us, mom.  You're pretty."

And I kid you freaking not... I had to walk out of the room I was tearing up so badly!  (Serious... I'm about crying right now).   You see... I feel so DISGUSTING about myself right now.  I know I should love myself no matter what I look like but you guys... this work at home mom stuff is not good for a body.  Especially when time is limited... everyone needs something and who has time to fit in a workout when there is computer work to be done???  I'm the heaviest I have EVER EVER been (not-pregnant).  And I just feel gross about myself.  I try not to talk bad about my body in front of the kids but I know I do.  But, just to hear them say those simple words..."You're not gross to us...."  "You're pretty."  I wanted to crawl in a corner and cry.  This simple little conversation with them I doubt they will EVER remember, and surely never would think it was very significant.  But it was to me.

See... see... emotional hot mess over here!!!  *raises hand*

Work.  Ohhh this is my nemesis.  I love love love the job I've fallen into. I love what I do.  I love the flexibility.  I love everyone I've met. I love being the "manager" of a team of over 700 business people *on my team alone* and helping them find success and working with them toward one single goal.... to share essential oils with the world.  However, this title doesn't come without its burdens.  I constantly feel like I'm letting people down.  I constantly feel like I'm forgetting something, that there's something else needing to be on my to do list.  I'm constantly feeling like I've left someone out, or not reaching out to someone who might need a note of encouragement.  Top that off with some huge changes that our entire Lemon Dropper team is going through in the next few months... I'm losing it.  I and a handful of my other leaders on my team are working to open up a new "Lounge" (called the Lemon Aid Library) that will be for customers to learn about essential oils... how to use them, what works for what etc.  So, we're crunching quickly toward our deadline to launch, and have so many legalities to work out so we don't get our asses sued if someone decides they took some advice from the Library and had bad results from it.

And then my damn wrist.  Ugh.  This winter has just sucked.  I'm close to 6 weeks into physical therapy and STILL don't have full control of my wrist... I can't lift things, I have limited range of motion, my scar HURTS LIKE HELL and its just... uncomfortable.  Not to mention twice a week physical therapy is cramping my schedule, and I've had to ask my grandma to babysit more than I like to rely on her.  And Lacey... my poor horse.... I'm paying $350/month to board her where I can ride during the winter in the indoor arena and I can't even freaking ride right now!!   I haven't even been out to see her since the day I broke my wrist-- Jan 2.  Thank GOD I love the place she is at... and I know she's being SO well taken care of.  The weather this winter has been SO cold I just haven't had the ambition to go out there and risk injuring my wrist even further.  I know I don't have the strength to tighten her girth, even if I were just taking Porter out to ride.  :(

I know... what a whiny post.  I just am feeling so overwhelmed lately.  I hate change, I hate feeling overwhelmed, I hate being all emotional and crazy feeling.  I guess I just needed to write it all out... and see that this is just a blip in time... this too shall pass.  It will. Life is amazing, for the most part.... I just have to keep looking on the bright side.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

suga' suga' everywhere....

We got home from school pickup and Hudson made himself a snack of Rice Krispies with sugar.  He apparently forgot to put everything away.  While the boys snacked and watched some shows, I was finishing editing a clients pictures.  I heard Amelia in the kitchen, but didn't think there was anything terrible she could get into (mind you, she regularly makes herself at home on the island, kitchen table or the counters.  She's a master at hauling tall-as-her stools around to get wherever she needs....errr wants... to go).

I heard her saying "Woooh!  Woooh!" (or something like that) and decided.... hmmmmm... better go check that out.  And.... this is what I found.  (Yes, I took pictures.... when the mess is already there, might as well laugh about it.  It is what it is....)








Tuesday, February 18, 2014

over the snow

"I don't even want to go to school today. Plus you can't even see the roads. They're all white snowy. I don't even like the snow." -Hudson

everyday oils | peace and calming

Peace and calming is blend of blue tansy, patchouli, tangerine, orange and ylang ylang essential oils.  This is one of my favorite oils for bedtime- it is relaxing and calming and definitely helps promote more restful sleep.   I love the smell of this oil- it reminds me of gummy bears!

  • Apply to wrists or behind ears before a meeting, event or anything stress causing.  
  • You can rub a drop on the soles of your feet, or diffuse in your bedroom to get a more peaceful nights sleep.
  • The patchouli in this blend stimulates the limbic center of the brain, which may help people with ADD, ADHD or autism to focus and process overstimulations.  You can diffuse it or simply inhale from the bottle for these results.
  • Inhale deeply or rub on temples or back of neck to help calm down during an anxiety attack or anger.
  • Diffuse to calm overactive children.
  • Calm restless leg syndrome by massaging 2-3 drops with coconut oil onto your legs. 
  • Add a few drops to epsom salt in warm water for a relaxing bath.
  • Rub over jaws, or diffuse/inhale to help alleviate nocturnal teeth grinding.




These are just a few uses of peace and calming. There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  If you'd like to try peace and calming out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order. 
I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.   E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com and I'll get you taken care of.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale prices yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL distributor.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits (24% off customer retail).

Please go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Peace and calming is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here. 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

everyday oils | peppermint

 A few important tips about peppermint: Children 3 and under should only use peppermint on the navel and below.  Children 1 and under should only have peppermint placed on feet.  It's considered a "hot" oil so keep away from eyes, and dilute it with coconut oil if it feels uncomfortable on your skin.

  • Peppermint is awesome for any tummy issues.  Rub 3-5 drops of peppermint oil all over your abdomen and around navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence or diarrhea.
  • Inhale or massage several drops on abdomen to relieve nausea symptoms.
  • You can also ingest peppermint in a capsule (with lemon) for acid reflux or indigestion.
  • For congestion, you can place a drop in your hand and rub together.  Then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe it in.  If you're feeling adventurous, placing a drop on the tip of your nose will help too.
  • For skin irritations like bug bites or poison oak/ivy, you can dilute and rub over area for a nice cooling relief.
  • Diffuse or apply first thing in the morning to increase energy and alertness after sleep.
  • Rub a drop of peppermint on your temples, forehead and back of neck to relieve a headache.  Take careful caution to keep out of eyes.
  • For fevers, you can place 2-3 drops on the bottom of feet.  You can also place 1 drop in the belly button.

 These are just a few uses of peppermint. There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  

If you'd like to try peppermint out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order.  I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.  For a 15ml bottle of purification it is $27.00 with my discount/tax/shipping.  E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale price yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL wholesale member.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits.

Go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Purification is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

everyday oils | valor

Valor is a blend that contains rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense, spruce and almond oil.  Anyone with a severe nut allergy (including to oils) should stay away from valor.   This is one of the oils I use daily (along with stress away and joy) for anxiety/stress.

  • Apply a drop of valor on the bottom of each big toe to reduce snoring and promote sound sleep. 
  • There are a few different oils that can help bring down a fever naturally. If peppermint or lavender hasn't worked for you, you can also try valor.  Try rubbing on the soles of feet and in the navel to reduce a fever.
  • For thyroid balancing, place a drop under the tongue every 12 hours.
  • Valor has been called "chiropractor in a bottle".  To hold an adjustment longer, roll-on valor along your spine 20 minutes prior to getting an adjustment, and 20 minutes after.
  • To help relive bruising or minor injury, use one drop over affected area.  Dilute if needed.
  • Apply to your jaw to relieve discomfort associated with TMJ or soreness.  
  • Diffuse or inhale to help reduce stress, anxiety or depression.
  • For back/sciatic nerve pain, apply to the soles of your feet using pressure.  You can also apply to the area that is painful.  Dilute if needed.



These are just a few uses of valor. There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  

If you'd like to try valor out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order.  I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.  For a 15ml bottle of valor it is $27.00 with my discount/tax/shipping.  E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale price yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL wholesale member.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits.

Go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Purification is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here. 

everyday oil | thieves

Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary essential oils.  We use Thieves daily to help boost our immune system and fight off illness.  According to research done on four robbers/thieves located in France during the plague period, they were able to stay plague free by using a blend of oils all over their bodies and ingesting them.  This blend of oils allowed them to go into the homes of plague victims and rob them---without ever getting sick.

This is one oil we will never be without.  I always have an extra bottle on hand!  We apply daily, and when we start coming down with an illness we apply more frequently until the illness subsides.  


  • Diffuse, rub a drop on the bottom of your feet, or take internally to relieve cold & flu symptoms
  • Add 2-4 drops in water and gargle and apply to throat and back of neck with a warm compress to relieve a sore throat.
  • Place a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for headache relief.
  • Use to clean pet cages, creating a cleaner and healthier environment
  • Add to your mop water or spray bottle with water to clean floors and counter tops
  • Apply to broken bones or joints for pain relief and to hasten healing
  • Diffuse thieves to help kill mold and other airborne germs. 
  • Young Living has a whole line of thieves products from household cleaning to dental care to safe hand sanitizer.  You can use several drops in a spray bottle with water to spray on surfaces and kill germs immediately.  The dental care products are great for keeping your mouth germ free and healthy.




These are just a few uses of thieves. There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  

If you'd like to try thieves out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order.  I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.  For a 15ml bottle of thieves it is $39.00 with my discount/tax/shipping.  E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale price yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL wholesale member.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits.

Go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Thieves is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here. 

everyday oils | frankincense

If you're like "frankin-what?" then join the club.  When I originally got my starter kit and it had frankincense in there I was like "Isn't this the stuff they gave baby Jesus as a gift?" and then quickly put it away.  
There are current studies going on that show frankincense having the ability to kill and discourage cancer cell growth.   Powerful stuff.

Here's a few of it's everyday uses:



  • Apply on aging skin by mixing with lavender and coconut oil morning and night.  (I add a drop to my face moisturizer)
  • Boost immunity by taking it internally.
  • Ease back discomfort by applying directly on the spine
  • Diffuse to uplift mood and help combat sadness and anxiety
  • Apply on neck and throat to soothe irritation and coughing
  • Apply a few drops on cuts and scars to help heal and reduce appearance.
  • Diffuse oil in your room at night for a really good nights sleep.  It's said to help with exhaustion and help keep away nightmares.
  • Some use this with a few other oils to relieve migraines.
  • Frankincense helps reduce wrinkles and to make "older" skin look younger.  It also helps the appearance of brown spots, stretch marks and moles.
  • Apply directly to warts to get rid of them.


These are just a few uses of 
frankincense.  There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  

If you'd like to try frankincense out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order.  I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.  E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com and I'll get you taken care of.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale prices yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL distributor.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits (24% off customer retail).

Please go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Frankincense is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here. 

everyday oils | purification

Purification is a blend of lemongrass, citronella, rosemary, melaleuca, lavandin and myrtle.  It's a great blend to diffuse to help purify the air of environmental impurities, including cigarette smoke and paint fumes.

Some of the ways we use Purification are:
  • Apply on mosquito bites to stop itching.
  • Diffuse 5-10 drops to kill germs when sickness is in the house
  • Put 2 drops on two cotton balls and place in the toes of smelly sneakers to combat odors.
  • We use Purification as one of the oils when making our own insect repellant.
  • Diffuse to help clean the air and neutralize foul or stale odors. 
  • Put several drops on a cotton ball and place in the air vents in the home, office, hotel room, or other enclosed area.
  • Apply to a blister to help cleanse and protect
  • Swab a few drops inside your nose to fight illness.
  • Rub on the outside of a sore throat to ease pain.
  • To help prevent ear infections, rub around the outside of the ear.  This is also one of the oils used in the recipe to clear up ear infections. 
  • Apply a drop on blemishes to aid in clearing the skin. 
  • Add purification to your washing machine to freshen laundry.



These are just a few uses of purification.There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  

If you'd like to try purification out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order.  I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.  For a 15ml bottle of purification it is $23.00 with my discount/tax/shipping.  E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale price yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL wholesale member.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits.

Go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Purification is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

essential oils | panaway

Panaway is a refreshing blend of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove and peppermint.  I love love love the smell of this oil- it reminds me of wintergreen Life Savers!  YUM!

  • Rub panaway across your lower back to relieve back discomfort.
  • Apply to help alleviate stressed muscles or other physical discomforts.
  • Apply on your temples to ease minor head tension. 
  • Massage on sore muscles after a tough workout. 
  • Dilute and massage on location to ease growing pains. 
  • Apply 1-2 drops on location to ease arthritis and rheumatism discomforts.
  • Apply a drop on temples, back of neck, and across the forehead for headache relief. 


These are just a few uses of panaway. There are many more and you can find those in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.   This book is a MUST HAVE if you're using essential oils.  

If you'd like to try panaway out (or any other oil) please e-mail me and I will add it to my next order.  I am happy to let you try an oil or two out with my wholesale discount, and tax/shipping.  Wholesale prices are 24% off customer retail.  For a 5ml bottle of panaway it is $38.00 with my discount/tax/shipping (15ml is $80).  E-mail me at nic073{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Or if you'd like to get the oils at wholesale price yourself (without having to order through me) you can become a YL wholesale member.  This does not mean you have to sell anything, there are no monthly minimums or requirements to meet.  You just get the wholesale benefits.

Go HERE to find out how to purchase a starter kit and start getting oils at wholesale prices.  Purification is one of the 10 oils that comes in the starter kit, PLUS a free home diffuser.

Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here.