Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Young Living Oils FAQ

 Why buy Young Living Oils? Amazon sells them cheaper. - When I started looking into essential oils I started looking on Amazon. I thought one lavender oil was the same as any other lavender oil. When I read how great the oils were for your health I went to Amazon to buy them. Yet like many things on Amazon there were all kinds of brands so I started to Google which brand was better. Right away two brands came up Young Living Oils and Doterra. I read that both of these companies had high quality safe to use oils. So I started reading about each one then I started looking at pricing and the starter kits. At the time it was around March 2015 and the starter kit was cheaper on the Young Living site. So I bought Young Living. 

It was not until months later that I learned that  Young Living oils are the only essential oils company that own their own farms & essential oils distillers. I mean that says it all for me. This is where we get the Seed To Seal approval. This is the only oil I trust. If I'm going to use oils for my health and my families health I want to know that these are safe. I trust no other company.

Click here to read about Young Living Oils farms.

I see Young Living Oils on Amazon & eBay (or any other third party site) so why not just buy them there? They are cheaper! - I thought this myself before I bought my first kit. But, I have now learned it is against Young Living oils policy to sell the oils this way. Young Living Oils stand by their quality oils and to stand by that quality you buy only from them. People can easily buy Young Living oils lids that look like they have never been open. You do not know what is in the oil you are buying from them. I have heard stories of people buying "sealed" oils only to have the oils smell of lemon scented water or very diluted with carrier oils (coconut oil). This means you are not getting the quality oil. The oil you are getting is cut. It is not 100% pure.

So please make sure you are getting 100% quality Young Living Oils. You sign up and get your own account through the Young Living Site. Contact me and I will help you with the process.

I want to buy a diffuser or oils how do I buy them? - You can buy Young Living Oils two different ways. You can buy as whole sale member or retail customer. When you are a whole sale member you get a 24% discount off retail price. I highly recommend buying whole sale! So to buy whole sale you sign up by purchasing a Premium starter kit as explained on this page.  Buying the kit is a wonderful way to dive into the world of essential oils. But, if you want to slowly learn about oils & just buy a diffuser &/or oils you can order directly from me. I will offer you a discount on the retail price. I order oils monthly so just CONTACT ME if you want to place an order.  I will tell you how to create your own account on the Young Living site and you order directly through them.

Click YOUNG LIVING in the menu to read how to get your Premium Starter Kit  

Monday, October 26, 2015

To do Halloween or To not do Halloween? Our family’s decision

I grew up in the 1980s. I have fond memories of Halloween. My sister & I lived in a great neighborhood full of kids. My friends & I started Trick or Treating alone around the young age of 10. We would race each other to the next house while our pillow cases bumped against our knees. We often came home dragging our heavy treasure of candy. Our pillow cases would often be full almost the top. Our candy would last us close to year. I have many great Halloween memories.

My sister & I. 1983? I'm the skeleton. I removed my thick glasses for the photo.

I had a few friends who were not allowed to celebrate Halloween. As a child I felt confused and often sad for them. I did not understand it at all. I thought maybe their parents didn’t let them eat candy or was it possible the parents were scared of masks? I was a just a kid and saw Halloween as a fun night.

I married at the young age of 18. My husband is a Southern Baptist Christian & I joined the church along with him. I started learning more about the Christian faith & slowly saw how some holidays were celebrated in religious ways. I saw Christmas in a new light and the same happened for Halloween. 

My husband’s parent’s church had a fall festival. My mother inlaw would dress up as a clown while my always smiling father inlaw would sit in a dunking booth. I remember still not understanding the reasoning behind the “no Halloween”. But, I saw happy kids and family so I gave it no thought until my daughter was born.

My first child was born in 1996 & for her first Halloween we didn’t do much but just go to a pumpkin farm. We also had the joy of dressing her up as a cute little pumpkin. As kids came Trick or Treating to our door I was eager for her to grow up so we could take her door to door.
My husband & I were active in the church and my faith was growing stronger. As my oldest daughter’s second Halloween rolled around most families in our church did not “do Halloween”. I rarely heard their reasons just that they felt it wasn’t Christian. I overheard a few friends say things like “Holyween” or mention fall festivals.

I was the youngest mom in most of our women’s bible studies. Those closer to my age were 3-5yrs older than me so I respected them and their Christian views. As a new Christian I was an open sponge and eager to absorb everything. I really didn’t question how they raised their family. I prayed my kids would grow up to be such strong Christians like their kids. So I quietly sat aside listening, watching and learning. 

So since those in our church didn’t “do Halloween” we followed & turned off our lights & instead we went to my inlaws church fall festival. Our current church didn’t do fall festivals. We would go to pumpkin farms & we would carve pumpkins but that was it.
During this time I grew as a Christian & I wanted to know more about why Halloween was viewed as wrong. I’d ask my husband who had been a Christian longer than I had and he pretty much shrugged his shoulders. He felt it was ok to do it or ok not to do it. I asked some women in our woman’s Bible study why, even the pastors wife and I pretty much was told Christians shouldn’t celebrate Halloween or that it was wrong. But, I still didn’t get the why.

I bought a few Christian books on the subject, prayed for God to please help me understand all this theology talk and studied them over & over. I read about the history of Halloween and how it was in memory of those who died. I read about a thanksgiving for the end of the season. That didn’t seem sinful to me at all. I grew more confused as I continued to read. I read about All Hallows Eve & All Saints Day. I educated myself on them. But, I still wasn’t sure. Was it a sin to take my kids Trick or Treating? I wish I could remember the name of all the books I read but I can't. I gave the books away years ago.

One day I wrote into the 700 Club tv show. I asked them to share their views. I don’t know if it was because of my email or not but one day in October three men were talking about Halloween & the Christian faith. I don’t remember their names & I don’t want to put words in their mouth that are misquoted but I do remember there was an older man, middle aged man and a younger man.
The older man talked fondly of his days of Halloween & growing up. He talked about the joy of taking his kids out Trick or Treating too. He even mentioned his grandkids cute costumes. He said he saw no harm in Trick Or Treating. The middle aged man talked about the same thing. The young man who was maybe in his late 30s spoke about knowing families who didn’t celebrate Halloween. He sounded like he was talking about what I was struggling with. He spoke of the history of Halloween and pretty much said when his kids went out Trick or Treating they were not worshiping Satan or doing Pagan ritual. They were having fun and making memories.

I breathed a big sigh of relief. I really struggled inside with this. I was worried I would be shaming God if we celebrated Halloween. But, I saw it in a new light. I guess what gave me peace was hearing three different views on it and seeing that each view was ok. I don’t know why I struggled so much. I guess maybe because I was a new Christian and I was afraid of dishonoring God. I wanted to do the right thing for my family. I didn't want to fail my children. I think most parents struggle with different choices in life and this was one of my struggles.

So for my oldest daughter’s 4th Halloween we went out Trick or Treating along with her newborn sister. She had a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing her have fun. 

As my kids have grown older we have studied the history of Halloween and discussed openly if it is ok for us to celebrate Halloween. We have some interesting discussions. The way we feel about Halloween now is basically passing down a tradition. We go to a pumpkin farm each year and go through a corn maze. We also take the kids Trick or Treating. We have handed Christian tracts sharing our faith at Halloween along with candy.  Last year we had the joy of taking one of my nephews. He had never been Trick or Treating a neighborhood before. My heart filled with joy watching him run from house to house.  We also invited a neighbor to join us at the corn maze. Her husband is overseas & we felt her young son would enjoy going through the corn maze with us. 

Halloween is now less than a week away. Our nephew will join us again for Halloween and I’m excited he can join us in this family tradition. My kids will also help out at our church Trick or Trunk.
We have friends who have decided Halloween isn’t for them and that is ok. I understand and respect their views. 

So should you do Halloween or not? I’d say take time to pray about it. There is no right or wrong.  

Graphics from PC Hugware Club (no longer online), topper created at Canva & photo of my sister and I from my personal family photos.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Family Movie Night - Great movies you may have forgotten about

Our family loves family movie night and it is a joy to enjoy a movie together. Yet we can often struggle to come up with a movie that we all will enjoy. Plus with newer movies you have to be very careful about content.
As my kids have grown older I have enjoyed showing them movies I loved from my own childhood and teen years. During Christmas my kids often get a few DVDs that have become family night treasures.

Here is a list of some of our favorite family movie night movies-

   Journey Of Natty Gann – This movie is from 1985. It takes place in the 1930s and is about a young girl who travels across the country to find her father. She befriends a wolf and drifter (John Cusack) who help her along the way. The movie has its tearful moments, a few frightening scenes & a few not so nice words in it. Our family enjoyed watching this movie together and recommend it to others. The movie gives you a clear view of the depression era, beautiful scenery from across the country and also opens the doors for honest talk about running away and staying safe. The movie is available to buy on DVD. 

The Incredible Shrinking Woman – This movie is from 1981. I remember seeing it on tv as a kid. It became a fast favorite of mine. The movie stars the wonderful Lilly Tomlin who is a stay at home mom with two children. She starts to shrink after being exposed to a mix of chemicals. The movie has a number of catchy jingles that your children will enjoy singing nonstop and your kids likely will find it comical that a mother can still be a mom even when she is the size of a Barbie doll. The movie does have some touching moments as the family wonders about mom and if she will shrink away to nothing. Some children may find this troubling but I think most children will enjoy it as much as adults. The movie does contain a few not so nice words, a few slight frightening scenes & it does show some characters smoking. All in all it is a fun family movie and one of our top favorite movies to watch. The movie is available to buy on DVD. 

 Yours, Mine & Ours – This movie is from 1968 and stars Lucille Ball & Henry Fonda. I discovered this movie as a teenager in the late 1980s & it became a fast favorite of mine. The movie is based on the true story of a widow with 8 children who marries a widower with 10 children. The movie follows them meeting, dating, getting married and adjusting to life with 18 children. The movie is very comical and our whole family enjoys it. The movie does contain use of the word sex in a few short scenes and at one point a woman is drunk. The movie teaches about a family working together as one unit, respecting each other and accepting each other. The movie is available to buy on DVD.

 The Never-ending Story – This movie is from 1984 and I had the pleasure of seeing it in the theaters when it was released. The movie has been a favorite of mine and I was eager to share the movie with my children. The movie is about a quiet bullied boy who skips school to read a book. The book turns out to be more than just a story and he is soon on an exciting adventure. The movie is full of adventure and has some frightening scenes so I would not recommend it for children under 7 or for children who are sensitive to tense movie moments. The movie is beautifully made and I love how you often forget this is a story that is being read by a child. You are swept up in the moments with him and you likely will cry with him too during touching moments. The movie is a wonderful classic and you can buy it on DVD.

Willow – This movie is from 1988. The movie takes place in a fantasy world where a dwarf discovers a human baby. He must protect the baby and deliver the child to safety. He discovers the baby is a princess. The movie is full of great adventure and comedy. While the movie is rated PG it does contain PG 13 content so you may want to review the parents guide on or Internet Movie Data Base, I would say this is appropriate for kids ages 10 & up. There are intense fighting scenes but all in all as a family we found this to be a wonderful movie to add to our collection. There is a lot of humor which lightens the mood. This is a family favorite in our home and a movie we all can watch together.

I hope you have fun rediscovering these movies with your family. I am sure if you think back to your childhood you can come up with a lot more movies to add to this list.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kids Wonder The Darnest Things

(This article was originally written for Yahoo Contributor Network aka People's Media) in 2007)

As a homeschooling mom I am at home with my children all day long & all night long too. I try my best to answer their questions honestly.

I remember the first time I came across a mom who taught me this parenting skill. She was a former elementary school teacher and I baby sat her little girl. One day as her mom was about to run out the door the little girl asked her mom why the outside of her cup was wet. I told her what my mom always told me, "Your cup is sweating." Her mom laughed and went on to explain the exact reason in details. I thought she was a little crazy and that a 3yr old would have no idea what she was saying. But I was only 17 at the time so what did I know.

After I had my own kids one of the first tough questions my daughter asked me was about thunder. She was terrified of thunder as I had been when I little. I think maybe she was around 5 or so at time and I was tempted to just say what my grandmother told me. My grandmother use to tell me stories about the devil beating his wife with a frying pan. I must say the picture didn't give me much comfort. I liked my mom's stories about angels bowling up in Heaven much better than the devil beating his wife. So I was a little confused on what to tell my little girl. Should I tell her the truth or a sweet little story that may bring her comfort? 

I decided to do both. I told her the story my mom told me. Then we got books from the library with good photos for her to see how thunder was creative. This seemed to help her fears. By the age of 11 she was really into weather. Now at 19 she loves going on the web to keep up with the current weather & checking radars.

Another time came when I was expecting my third child. She asked me how the baby got inside me. I admit I panicked. She was only 5 and I didn't want to tell her too much. But I also didn't want to say the stork brought the baby. I just told her God put the baby there and he was growing inside my tummy. Then I got some books written for children that explained in it in a child friendly way. This worked for awhile.
When she was 8 asked me more directly for details. I was prepared and had some books to help me walk through the process. Reading the book with her I was able to cover all the questions she may ask. I only went into more detail when she asked. What was great though was I didn't have to tell her more than she wanted to know. I think some parents pile on to many details when their kids ask them questions. For example a child may not want to know how and why the egg travels from here to there in a woman. All the child may want to know is how does the baby eat? Or does it hurt when the baby kicks you? So I followed my daughters lead not my own. 

I felt comfort that by 11 my oldest could ask me anything and I'd tell her the truth. One night she was watching Cops with her father & she came to me asking why some men dress up in women's clothing. She had the weirdest look on her face and I couldn't help to giggle. I told her that I really didn't know the answer but I did know that it is just something some men like do to. 

Some questions are harder to answer. She came to me one day looking upset and troubled. I asked her what was wrong. She told me she was watching a court show with her father and she heard about a woman who took off her clothes for money. I told her that some women do that. She asked me why. I explained the best I could. I told her some men enjoy seeing women do this and will pay a lot of money for it. It is a quick way for some women to make a lot of money. I also let her know that years’ later though some women regret doing this. 

One of the harder questions I’ve had to answer was for homeschooling. We were studying American history in our homeschool. My daughter and I were watching the first episode of Roots. We were watching Kunta Kinte going through the man-hood test in Africa. She had some questions about the circumcision. She saw the boys lined up and a man bring out some kind of tool. I knew this was going to tough to explain. I tried my best to tell her about how this goes back to Bible times & how it is still done today. Really that was all she wanted to know and I was thankful about that.
I believe that honesty is the best with children. I want them to know what they can ask me anything and I will be truthful. Sometimes my oldest will ask me a question and I'll ask her before I answer if she really wants to know. Sometimes she says yes and other times no. But at least she knows she will get the truth. 

Here are some resources to help you answer your child's toughest questions. I have used all of these with my children. 

Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle - this is a great book for little kids.

Before I Was Born (Ages 5 to 8) & What's the Big Deal? Why God Cares About Sex (Ages 8 to 11) by By: Stan Jones, Brenna Jones
What are thunder and lighting? -  Thunder and Lightning: They're Not So Frightening by JD Schmith , 

Weather coloring books for kids online
I Miss You: A First Look At Death by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Life Guides for Families) by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Books that answer everything (well almost everything) - 
Questions Children Ask by Miriam Stoppard 
How to Talk to Your Kids About Really Important Things: Specific Questions and Answers and Useful Things to Say by Charles E. Schaefer
801 Questions Kids Ask about God by by Anisa Baker,
Or just use Google. 

Please keep in mind to keep your answers simple and honest. 

Still wondering why water forms on the outside of a cup with something cold inside?  The humidity (the water in the air) condenses on the cup. It's called condensation.  Condensation: deposition of a liquid or a solid from its vapor, generally upon a surface that is cooler than the adjacent gas. A substance condenses when the pressure exerted by its vapor exceeds the vapor pressure of the liquid or solid phase of the substance at the temperature of the surface where condensation occurs. Heat is released when a vapor condenses. 

Hmm, I don’t know maybe after reading that answer I like the idea that the cup is sweating? What do you think? 

When I originally wrote this my oldest 11yrs old, middle daughter about 7 & my son was 5.  My kids are teenagers now. I am still very open and honest with them. They ask me a question and I still keep things simple and to the point. If they ask more questions I give them more answers. 

My oldest at the age of 19 talks to me about everything from details about her first date to her fears& dreams. We talk comfortably about everything and I mean everything. 
The same goes with my other two teens.

Graphics from - PC Hugclub