Friday, May 29, 2015

Everyday Essential Oils from Young Living Oils

My family has been using essential oils for a few months now. I have been amazed at how helpful they are. Just one oils has many benefits. I just find that fascinating.

For example something like peppermint can help with your allergies, bring down a fever, ease pain and help curb your appetite.

This booklet from Young Living Oils give you just a hint of what some of the most popular oils can do for your health. The booklet also explain why you should choose Young Living Oils. My simple reason to why is because they grow their own plants. If I'm going to use something for my health then I'm going to choose something that makes sure their oils are pure and without dangerous chemicals.

But, as Levar Burton says "Don't take my word for it". Click here and see for yourself.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bye Bye Allergies

 Our lives changed for the better the day we started using Young Living Essential Oils. One of the most surprising things has been my kids no longer need allergy pills. I'm still in awe.

 Young Living Oils has a blend (mix) of oils called The Allergy Trio. It is a blend of Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon. I bought some roller bottles from Amazon & filled them with drops of each oil then topped it off with fractionated coconut oil.

I use about 5 drops of each oil in a 10ml roller bottle then fill the rest with the coconut oil. My kids are teenagers. If your child is younger you may need to add less drops. Also keep in mind each person is different so you need to find the amount of drops that work for you. If you are new to oils start with the least drops and work your way up.

My kids apply the rollers to their feet each morning & put on their socks. Since lemon is a citrus oil it makes your skin sensitive to the sun so it is best to put it on your feet. Also the feet have many pores and the oil gets into the system faster. My kids also apply this as needed.

This oil blend has helped my kids so much they rarely take any allergy pills. My oldest is 18 & dog/house sits. She is allergic to certain dogs but has noticed since using the allergy roller she isn't bother at all by the dogs.

I've always had horrible allergies and prone to sinus infections. I have a bladder problem called IC     (interstitial cystitis) & I noticed the lemon was causing my bladder pain to flare up. At the time I was putting the oil on my wrists & behind my ears. I stopped using it and started using just the Peppermint. I had read Peppermint alone can help allergies & I was stunned that it has helped mine. I am now rarely taking allergy pills or sinus pills. I apply the peppermint to the back of my neck each morning & then when I have allergy symptoms I apply it again. I read in a book I have that pepper alone has helped people stop allergy shots. 

As I said I'm still in awe at how well this blend helps my kids allergies. We were once out shopping and it was a very high pollen count. All of 4 of us were symptoms free even though the car & parking lot were covered in yellow pollen. 

I'm not sure how it works but it does. 

So want to stop popping allergy pills? You can buy the allergy trio (lemon, peppermint & lavender) by contacting me by clicking this link.

Or read up on Young Living Oils and buy a starter kit to get you into the great oily world oils. Click here.

Our homemade diffuser necklaces

So we've been using Young Living Oils for about 2mts now. We have loved our essential oils & I started reading about diffuser necklaces. What is a diffuser necklace? Basically it is a necklace that holds and essential oil or oils. I read how diffuser necklaces were a great way to keep your favorite oil with you all day long.

I bought a diffuser necklace on Amazon. It was a cute locket that opened up to hold a pad where you placed the oil. I couldn't wait to get the necklace in the mail but when I did I was disappointed. The necklace was large & even after applying 4 drops of oil I still couldn't smell anything from the closed necklace. So I started doing research on how to make my own.

I found many different ways to make them on Pinterest. But, the way that most appealed to my teens & I were the clay necklaces. We wanted something all natural or close to all natural. So we used Crayola Terra Cotta Air Dry Clay 2.5 lb Bucket. The clay is pretty much red clay. It did seem to stain our hands but for us it quickly washed off when we washed our hands. The clay is air dry so it took about 2 days for the clay to harden which was fine for us.

We use stamps, cookie cutters & toothpicks to make designs for our necklaces. My teens have had fun customizing necklaces & making them for friends & family.

Here are few photos of our creations.

So you can make your own & let your creative juices flow or order one from us. You will get a clay diffuser on a leather necklace.

If you have your own oils you can buy just the necklace for $6.99. For the moment please email me & let me know what type of necklace you would like or ask what is available. My teens enjoy making these so much we often have plenty of left overs sitting around. Contact me

If you do not have your own oils you can buy a necklace & an oil sample for $9.99. You can request oil for waking you up in the morning, concentration, focus or to help calm you down. Email me to contact me & let me know what type of necklace you would like or ask what is available. You can also tell me what type of oil you would like try or I can suggest ones that may help you or your child. Contact me  here. We've made necklaces for kids who deal with anxiety & ADHD. My 18yr old daughter loves using her diffuser necklace for test anxiety. She said it helps calm her and helps her focus.

Also please note that we are brand new to all of this. My teens & I enjoy making these necklaces for others. They are far from perfect but we have had the joy of seeing other enjoy them so we thought we'd try to sell them. Yes, there are many nice & fancy necklaces out there that you can buy but we enjoy the basic natural look of these clay necklaces. The red clay color reminds me of my days as a kid in MS playing & digging in the dirt. My jeans were always stained red from our dirt. I'd say essential oils & red clay belong together.

Another plus using clay necklaces is the clay absorbs the oils & can hold the scent for up 3-4 days according to my oldest daughter who uses her necklace daily.

So I hope you have fun making your own or let us make one for you.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to talk to your kids about mental illness & suicide

Suicide is a tough topic to talk about for many reasons. I will admit for a long time I never thought of bringing up the topic with my kids. Most adults do not understand suicide, so how can you talk to your kids about something you don't understand? I'm sure some people feel it is inappropriate to even think about talking to your child about such a thing. But, the sad fact is troubled children (some even still elementary age) are choosing to commit suicide. Suicide among children and teens is being discussed in the media more than ever. I think most parents would agree they would rather their children about sensitive topics at home than on the playground.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Goodbye, Cable. Why we pulled the plug on cable tv.

I never thought I'd say this, but we canceled our cable tv. My whole life use to evolve around tv & the Tv Guide was my daily schedule. Even when my children were little the tv was on all the time. We also bought a wonderful friend for our tv. Tivo! What a treasure! I loved having the power to record tv shows & movies without a VHS tape. I loved being able to pause the TV when my kids were loud & trust me I did that a lot. We even added Netflix to our Tv & enjoyed the power of streaming movies into our home. No more renting movies, the movies came to us! Who would want to give that up? 

                I will say I have known a number of families who have given up cable. Of course I thought they nuts. My husband & I would talk about cutting off cable to save money, but I honestly refused to even think about it. I mean, I couldn't live without my Hallmark movies, Lifetime movies or Christian TV channels. Our cable company always puts these channels on the priciest packages. It costs us more money $$$ each month to get this family friendly station, but it was worth it right? That's what I told myself. 

                Over the past few years I've noticed nothing good was on tv anymore. New tv shows are not family friendly. Cable movie channels seemed to air either nothing but the same movies over & over again or new movies/tv shows that were filled with adult content. Tv shows I loved & enjoyed were often canceled. Our favorite tv channels were no longer what they claimed to be & only aired reality tv. I mean, why would I want to sit & watch a family whose children scream throughout supper time? Then, instead of handling this problem as a family, they bring in a stranger & tv cameras to help "save" their family.  Maybe it is just me, but that's not what want to watch when I turn on the tv. My kids can stress me out enough, I don't want other peoples kids stressing me out.
                Our last straw came when our cable company switch to digital only. Our kids have tvs in their rooms (GASP I know, I know) & they could no longer watch tv without cable boxes. We got this cool little thing call Roku that allowed them to watch tv through the internet. We subscribe to Netflix & joined Hulu Plus. My husband crunched some numbers & we decided we don't need cable anymore. He placed the call & we were done. I calmly waited for my world to crash around me & I was surprised it didn't.

                Actually, it took our cable company a few weeks to completely cut it off. We had time to say goodbye to cable. I took time to wean myself off cable by watching Netflix or Hulu Plus. By the time they cut it off I was ok. My world was calmer.

                I have family members who are tv addicts too. When I told them we canceled cable I was asked what was wrong? Why? They seemed a little surprised we gave it up willingly. It's been kinda funny seeing other peoples reactions to this. I have had people agree that they need to do this one day, others think we are crazy & other people tell us they cut it off a few years ago. I told one mom how we canceled it & she smiled, then said "Isn't it great?" I smiled & agreed.

                I also think knowing we are saving a lot of money gives me peace about this, but I've also seen things change in positive ways. I'm reading more, I'm listening to music instead of watching tv, my kids are playing outside a little longer, my husband comes to bed earlier well at times & I'm enjoying watching The Cosby Show in order!  We have made time for family movies nights & family game night. 

                Yes, I admit there are some tv shows I will miss seeing but that's ok. I'm sure I will see them & catch up with them one day. I've learned life is not about is or isn't on tv & I'm shocked that I can say that. While tv can be educational, make you laugh or just give you an escape there is also a real world out there that can do the same thing for FREE. Walking around the block as a family won't cost you anything.  

                I'm not putting down cable companies or saying you are a bad parent if you have cable in your house. This was a choice our family made & it works well for us. We may get cable again one day or maybe an antennae to see if we can pick up local stations, but right now we are happy with our choice & streaming subscriptions.

                So, is something you want to try? Just try not watching cable for a week, I know it isn't that easy. If you have Netflix or Hulu Plus only watch tv through them or watch DVDs. You may be surprised & enjoy it. I know other families who went to extreme & put all the tvs in the garage. I'm not sure I could do that, but you never know. 

                Our next journey homesteading may be getting rid of our land line & buying chickens. 

                 I know to a lot of people this may not seem like a big deal. We are still watching tv on Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime. But, the main big deal for me is how much money we are saving. I'm also glad we are not supporting some of the new tv shows on cable tv. I personally feel a lot of new shows are not family friendly. Some things airing on network tv is what I use to only see on HBO or Showtime. Canceling cable has given us more control of what we do watch & when we watch it. This is what works for us.