July 15, 2015

Challenge: 15 Days of Gratitude #15daysofgratitude

Hey there, friend!

I'm so glad you stumbled upon this blog post today. I'm issuing a challenge to myself, my team and anyone else who wants to join me. Its a gratitude challenge. We're starting tomorrow, July 16, 2015. It just so happens to by my birthday!!! I always find myself looking back and taking stock of all I had to be grateful for in the previous year. Its always a long list....so this year, I'm including the world and extending it for 15 days! That's half of a month!

We all find ourselves counting our blessings around the major holidays, but in the long, hot days of summer, we tend to get caught up in whatever is happening in our world. Its hot, our kids are "bored", we're ready for school to start, everyone is craving their routine and looking forward to fall. So instead of just "making it thru" the last half of July, I want to THANK IT THRU the last half of July. Yep, that is pretty dorky, but I'm so serious!! I hope you'll join me for 15 days and post something at least once a day for which you are grateful. When you post, use the tag #15daysofgratitude so we can find each other and inspire each other.

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Let's do it, friends!! Who is with me???

May 12, 2015

Non-Toxic Bug Away

Happy May! I don't know about you, but these last few weeks have been crazy at my house. We've been preparing for summer, wrapping up school activities and spending a ton of time outside in the SUN!!! So with all of this fun outside time, it reminded me that we needed something to help keep the bugs off of our bodies. The rule of thumb at our house is that we only smash bugs if they're 1) inside our house, 2) biting us or 3) on our food. I think that's pretty fair...my son doesn't like this rule when he comes across the very smashable and always annoying June Bugs in the summer, but we stick to it.
You're probably in the same boat I was in...I want the bugs to stay away, but I don't want to use chemicals to make it happen. Well, fret no more, I have an answer for you. We've been using this solution for about 3 years now and its been wonderful!! We use it at home in the yard (or the hammock), at the lake, at the pool, at the ballpark and at picnics at the park. I carry a small bottle of it around in my bag and we reapply as necessary (especially when we're sweating or playing in water). This is also our sun spray too!

April 10, 2015

The Many Uses of Peppermint

Well, hello there!

I hope your Spring is off to a great start!! The trees have leaves again and the flowers are blooming! Its a happy time at my house! We love spending time in the garden getting our flowers planted and will start planting veggies once it warms up a little bit more. We love being able to spend time outside enjoying nature. But with nature comes some bugs and bees. We love both for their role in our garden, but don't really want to be in close contact with them.

March 3, 2015

What a Relief!:: Ortho Ease Massage Oil

Its Tuesday! So its time for Have You Tried It Tuesday (#HYTT)!!!
Today we're taking a look at Ortho Ease Massage Oil. If you haven't tried the Young Living massage oils yet, you're missing out! These are wonderful blends pre-packed with essential oils, so all of the guess work is removed. You just have to use them!
This blend can help with sore tired muscles and the over all achyness (yep, I made that word up!) we experience from every day life.

As always, please contact me via the link on the right sidebar if you have any questions. Or go here if you're ready to embark on your Young Living journey! 

February 25, 2015

Family Fun!

Yesterday was a snow day here in my neck of the woods. We received a big amount of snow (for us) on Monday. The official total was around 2 inches, but we probably had closer to 3 around our neighborhood. So naturally, we spent some time sledding down our hill on Monday evening. School was canceled on Tuesday, so we had another fun snowy morning and it was all melted by around 5pm.

Bottom of the hill family photo op!
Sledding Fun!

Day 2 snowman. His life was short, but happy. 
I hope you're finding time to spend with your family! Its what makes everything else worth it and can help refresh and renew your drive to work hard!

Until Next Time!

February 17, 2015

Thieves Essential Rewards Kit

The Theives Essential Rewards Kit is one of the best values Young Living offers. It comes with a whopping 11 yes, ELEVEN, products. You get a 15ml Thieves Essential Oil Blend, 2 14.4oz Thieves Household Cleaners, 2 Thieves Hand Sanitizers, 2 Thieves Sprays, a bottle of Thieves Mouthwash, a tube of Thieves Aromabrite Toothpaste and 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soaps. All of this for 115pv (product value), this is $115 wholesale (and you can't purchase it retail). You have to be signed up for Essential Rewards auto ship to purchase this product. So not only is it a great deal, but you earn ER points on your purchase! I've described each product in the video below and attached my favorite recipe for mixing the Thieves Household Cleaner.


This video is a part of my new Have You Tried It Tuesday series! You can search for videos on facebook using #HYTT 

January 27, 2015

Try Something New!

 I don't know about you, but I get in a rut with my diffuser blends. Sometimes its one oil and sometimes its a combo. About a week ago, I decided I needed to try something new. I wanted uplifting combos for winter that felt warm and cozy, but I needed to break away from my cinnamon, clove and thieves. So I went for it and came up with these two combos. I think the citrus oils add a nice bright scent and the other oils really anchor the scents for a warm, masculine overtone. These are officially husband and little boy approved! I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!