Adoption journey

Over the past year, the Lord has been growing, teaching, and challenging our family in so many ways! We are responding to the Lord's leading and are expanding our family through the adoption of a precious baby!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Summer Camping Prep

Our family of 6 took our first camping trip last June, and honestly... it was pretty disastrous!! We planned to stay a few nights near Blanchard Springs, but stayed less than 24 hours and had outdoor temps of over 100 degrees, 2 bee stings, a sliced finger, 2 toddlers with fevers, scraped knees, burned fingers, lots of crankiness along with waterfall climbing and beautiful fun swim in a gorgeous stream next to our camp site. We used LOTS of essential oils on that trip and apparently we have forgotten the craziness, so we've planned another trip in a couple weeks to the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Here are some of the ways we are prepping for this camping trip...

  • I'm bringing several oily sprays on our trip. Peppermint and water is a wonderful cooling spray for hot days. Repel Aroma is one of my new favorite oils to wear outdoors!
  • Coconut oil and Lavender is good for EVERYTHING skin related! I'll bring our lip balm and body butter too. My Super Easy Youthful face cream is awesome to apply after being in the sun.
  • I love this homemade sunscreen! We used it on the beach last year and will definitely bring it camping!
  • We will bring stainless steel cups to drink water with YL Lemon or Peppermint Vitality essential oil. 
  • Thieves Spray for lots of cleanup and hand cleansing!
  • Thieves Cleaner for camp cleanup. 
  • Homemade Thieves wipes made our trip last year easier!

  • I will bring these oils (and probably a few more) because 4 boys going camping/fishing/swimming requires LOTS of oils: 
    • Helichrysum & Frankincense - for big owies
    • Purification - because bugs live outside
    • Lavender - for everything
    • DiGize - for tummies
    • Peace & Calming - Mama's favorite nighttime oil)
    • Cedarwood - We will diffuse Lavender and Cedarwood in tent at night
    • Peppermint - my favorite oil to drink in water, great for car ride through the mountains and bugs don't like it
    • Thieves - immune system support
    • RC - baby's favorite nighttime oil
    • Lemon - for drinking and more
    • Stress Away - because 6 of us in a tent ;)
    • Owie 
    • Repel Aroma
    • LOTS of Ningxia Red
I would LOVE your suggestions on Camping with kids! 

If you don't have essential oils yet and want to get equipped, here's a link to get started!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What happened when our family of 6 cut out SUGAR completely...

About 2 years ago, I finally admitted that my weight and health had gotten out of control. I had skin issues, chronic, pain, was constantly tired, and couldn't honor God or my family in the way He had created me to live. Our family of 6, decided to cut sugar completely. Two years later and we are amazed at all the health benefits for our entire family!

1. Weight loss
Most of my life my weight would fluctuate up and down, based on the AMOUNT I was exercising or eating. I learned that exercise is NOT the healthy way to lose weight. My doctor explained that exercising when your body is unbalanced just tears down your health and does not help. She taught me how to balance my body by eating REAL food. As someone who got caught up in "diet foods" as a teenager, this style of eating and not dieting, has been very freeing! While my boys don't need to lose any weight, my husband and I dropped several sizes and pounds. I went from 170 to 120lbs and dropped from a size 14 to a size 4! 

2. No more cravings!
I didn't realize how addictive sugar was, until I was freed from the addiction to sugar and food! It feel wonderful to no longer be a slave to food cravings!! Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in our digestive systems and causes our bodies to crave it. Many "picky" kids are actually playing out their addiction to sugar as they refuse to eat anything but breads/cereals. 

3. No more pain and inflammation! 
For about 7 years, I had "tendonitis" or chronic pain in my feet. My joints were super stiff every time I got up from sitting for even the shortest time period. I had started to associate it with my age, but 35 years old was just too young! After cutting dairy, grains and sugar, and adding probiotics, my foot pain resolved COMPLETELY and has not returned! 

4. Healthy immune system!
Did you know that sugar weakens your immune system and leaves you susceptible to illness? My oldest son used to get ear infections often. We finally noticed that he would get sick the day after consuming sugar (even just 1 cookie). Our health has significantly improved since cutting sugar, dairy and grains. 
Maintaining an alkaline diet, also helps protect our bodies from cancer, which can not thrive in an alkaline environment.

There is no moderation with sugar consumption, it always causes health problems. It breaks my heart to see moms talk about how their kids and family are constantly sick. Many don't make the connection with diet & health, but they're completed connected. 

5. ENERGY and Mental Focus
After having 4 boys, my sleep patterns were off balance and I was completely exhausted most of the time. I relied on sweet tea (my source of sugar and caffeine) to get me through the day. Did it work? NO! I would crash shortly after finishing a glass of tea and just crave more to give me energy. Since cutting sugar, I realize how the sugar was CAUSING the fatigue and exhaustion! I now have tons more energy, feel so much better and can think clearly without the brain fog from sugar! I drink 1-2oz of NingXia Red (an antioxidant drink with no caffeine or sugar) daily for immune support. 

6. Digestive health 
Several members of our family have digestive issues and food intolerances. Since cutting sugar, dairy and grains, and adding probiotics and food enzymes, our tummies are much happier (less gas, bloating, and other issues). I found that I don't feel "full" or bloated after meals. I didn't realize how terrible carbs and sugar made me feel! My husband suffered from terrible reflux and esophagus problems that caused difficulty eating and swallowing food. Meal times for him were not pleasant! Since cutting sugar, dairy and grains, my husbands digestive issues are completely better! No medicines necessary! Also, my son's eczema has also cleared up and everyone is sleeping better:)
7. Skin Health
The dermatitis that I had struggled with for years, magically disappeared! My son's eczema also got better! We learned that problems on the outside of our body are just symptoms of problems on the inside. Thankful for healthy skin!

How did we do this??
Because wheat and processed foods turn straight to sugar in our bodies, we also cut those foods. Due to gut health imbalance, we completely cut dairy, grains and sugar. We follow this simple meme...

We eat local, organic meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds, beans and nuts. We shop the perimeter of the grocery store, shop farmer's markets, grow our own food and buy meat from local farmers. Here's a post on where we get our food. 

I drink this incredible drink daily and it helps support my lymphatic system and really helped when detoxing from sugar! 

GGMS - 1 quart of water + 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar + 1-2 drops Citrus oil + stevia to taste
Drinking kombucha and other fermented foods has greatly increased our digestive health and cuts sugar cravings.

My doctor and nutritionist teach that our bodies need a Protein + Fat + Healthy Carb for a balanced meal and complete fuel for your body. Trim Healthy Mama is an awesome plan that understands this concept also. The sisters who created THM explain that our body can only burn one fuel at a time (FAT or CARBS) and if you consume both, one of those is stored as fat. You also always need PROTEIN for your body to use those fuels. In my effort to lose weight, my meals consisted of [PROTEIN+FATS] OR [PROTEIN+HEALTHY CARBS], but not fats and carbs combined. 

Once I hit my weight goal, I began combining Protein+Fat+Healthy Carbs (in healthy amounts) to maintain a healthy weight. My 4 boys have always eaten all three together, to support their growth and development. 

Here are a couple simple meals I cooked for my family...
Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and sauteed green beans

Stir fry made with local beef, coconut aminos and tons of veggies (including beet greens)

Lemon broccoli chicken quinoa... we eat healthy carb quinoa at least once a week!
Who's ready to cut sugar??

I know it's a little after "New Year's Resolutions, but I made several natural changes two years ago, this month, and I'm so happy I did!
** Disclaimer: I'm just a mom sharing from our research and experience.  
This is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Visit to the Farm!

I had the privilege of going on an all expense paid trip to Young Living's beautiful farm in Provo Utah last month.

While I have heard about their incredible Seed to Seal guarantee, seeing every step of the growing, distillation, filtering, testing and bottling process up close was amazing!!!

I walked through Lavender, Oregano and hyssop fields in the most beautiful valley by gorgeous mountains!

I spoke with a Young Living worker in a greenhouse while he hand sifted seeds from the plants for next year's crop.

Gary Young gave us a tour of the distillery, explaining how he designed and welded the huge distillers himself! He shared about all the intricacies of the process and how they've continued to improve upon the process, until the essential oils contain the purest and highest levels of constituents and beneficial properties.

I got to see the entire process with Juniper. I touched and smelled the Juniper plant material.
The Juniper plant material is placed in these steam distillers.
After the steam distiller, the Juniper oil goes continues in the distilling and filtering process.
 I walked into a room with overwhelming powerful aroma of large drums of Peppermint, Juniper and Clary Sage oil. We could have reached in and touched it! Of course, we didn't!

 The oil from the large drums was poured into this filtration device and tested, 
before being sent to bottling process. 
 "Quality is not negotiable" was a theme throughout the entire farm! Everything is done with the higher level of care and excellence so that we get the absolute best and most beneficial oils! 
Young Living essential oils are definitely set apart!

The highlight of this amazing retreat was getting to know amazing oily natural health like-minded friends! I learned so much from my time with them and am thankful for my new friends!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to Make Sprays!

Essential Oil Sprays are some of the easiest and most versatile products to make in your home. There are so many simple recipes with a huge variety of uses. Here are several of the sprays we make in my Essential Oils Classes.

You will need dark glass 2 or 4oz spray bottles, a small funnel, distilled water, witchhazel, sea salt and Young Living Essential Oils. I first add the witchhazel or sea salt and essential oils, blend, then add the distilled water to the top.

Linen Spray
10 drops of Lavender
1 tsp Witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water (4oz bottle)

Bedtime Linen Spray
7 drops each of Lavender and Peace & Calming (or Stress Away)
1 tsp Witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (4oz bottle)

Homemade "Febreeze" Spray (great for rugs, couches, smelly shoes):
10 drops of Purification
1 tsp Witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (4oz bottle)

Air Freshener
7 drops each of Citrus Fresh, Purification and Lavender essential oils
1 tsp Witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (4oz bottle)

Hand or throat spray (building immune system)
8-10 drops Thieves essential oil
1/16 tsp sea salt
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (2oz bottle)

Outdoor Annoyance Free Spray
5 drops each of Peppermint, Purification, Thieves essential oils
1 tsp Witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (4oz bottle)

Skin Spray
10 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense and Tea Tree essential oil
1 tsp witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (2oz bottle)

After Sun Spray
2 TBSP Aloe vera gel
10 drops Lavender essential oil
7 drops Frankincense
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (4oz bottle)

Aftershave spray 
6 drops Cedarwood 
4 drops Lavender 
2 drops Lime
1 tsp Witchhazel
Fill rest of the way with distilled water  (4oz bottle)

Abundant Health is the on-line store where I get my glass bottles. 
Amazon has several varieties also. 

Ready to get started using Young Living Essential Oils? 

Disclaimer: This blog and information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, illness or injury. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A day in the life of an "Oily Family"!

Several people have shown interest in how often we use oils in our family. Here is a look at a typical day in the life of our "Oily Family".

My first drink of the day is a quart of water with Apple Cider Vinegar and citrus oils. There are a couple variations, check out the recipes here. My boys and I drink 1oz of Ningxia Red, an awesome antioxidant drink.

Every morning, I apply Progessence Plus to forearms and neck. I apply my face cream (organic unrefined coconut oil, Lavender & Frankincense oil), and my body butter with Lemongrass oil. I also apply Melaleuca (tea tree oil) to problem skin spots and I brush my teeth with Thieves toothpaste.

My hubby starts the day with a capsule of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Copaiba, also known as the "Seasonal Discomfort" blend. I pre-make these capsules for the week and store in a glass jar in the freezer.

Once downstairs, I start diffusing for our family. Depending on the day, I may diffuse Purification (on cleaning day... or when it needs to be cleaning day;), Thieves (during cold season), or Valor and Frankincense as we prepare for home school studies.

We apply Brain Power to my oldest son's crown and neck. Vetiver on big toe or under nose helps our 7 year old focus on school. My third son has tummy issues and gets to apply DiGize to his tummy three times daily. All of my boys take MightyZyme chewables with meals.

If we are going out to run errands, I apply Thieves oil on everyone's feet or spine. I also take along my Thieves spray for hand sanitizing.

Back home, when playtime gets a little unruly, I diffuse Stress Away, and everyone seems to play nicer! :) No matter how nice they play, someone always ends up hurt! Almost daily, someone needs Lavender for their boo boo or Purification for a bug bite. My "Big Boo Boo" blend of Helichrysum & Frankincense gets used pretty often too in our houseful of boys!

PanAway & Stress Away were the two most used oils on this day!

One of our favorite meals is spaghetti! I love to put a drop of Oregano or Taste of Italy oil in my spaghetti sauce right before serving. My husband complimented this sauce as the best sauce I had ever made!

After dinner, our bath and bedtime routine for our four boys can get crazy! Adding bath salts with Lavender to their tub is a great way to wind down.

The boys like to apply body butter or my Lavender & Frankincense face cream as lotion. We use Young Living toothpaste and bath and body products. My 3 older boys apply Peace & Calming nightly to their feet... they ask for it if I forget!

Diffusers typically run in a few rooms nightly. The baby's favorite blend is RC with lemon... he sleeps 12 hours straight! Our big boys room has Peace & Calming with Frankincense Lavender and Cedarwood diffusing nightly. During cold season, we add Eucalyptus Globules and Cypress for respiratory support!

Washing dishes after kids go to bed could tear up my hands, but I LOVE that YL Thieves Dish Soap supports skin health and is toxin free, while doing a great job cutting the grease and cleaning my pots and pans!

My nighttime routine consists of taking vitamins, probiotics (Life5 is a great option) and ComforTone capsules. I end my day with a calming face cream of Lavender, Frankincense & Myrrh and apply Peace and calming on my feet, wrists and neck. I've never slept so well in my life!

Ready to get started using Essential Oils in your day?
Disclaimer: This blog and information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, illness or injury.