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Pregnant??

Hey everyone, it has been a long time since I have posted anything, sorry about that! This last year has been crazy to say the least, mostly because we have welcomed a cute little baby boy into our family! Things are just starting to calm down, he is 4 1/2 months old now, and his big sister is a very helpful 3 years old. Maybe I can get an hour to myself now?? Lol!!

Anyway, when I found out that I was pregnant, I was familiar with a few of the oils that you probably should avoid at that time, because they might cause things like early contractions, or sometimes even miscarriage. Of course I did not want to take a chance that anything would go wrong by using an oil that I didn’t know the effects from. This is why I ordered Gentle Babies Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children from Amazon. This book pretty much tells you what oils are safe during pregnancy and which ones to avoid. It is also a great reference for what to use on and with babies and kids.

Fortunately,  the only symptoms I had to deal with this time were about 4 weeks of all-day nausea. Not that this was minor or fun in the least, but I took the advice from this book and added 2oz. of NingXia Red each morning before breakfast. For some reason it helped, and I could get through the day and was able to eat without feeling horrible. I still like to drink the NingXia every day, just to keep my immunity up and have continued energy throughout the day. Another thing that was really helpful with sudden bouts of ugh feeling was to just smell some peppermint right out of the bottle. Clears your sinuses, too! Bonus!

My advice for anyone that is not too familiar with oils, or maybe doesn’t want to take the time to research them to find out which oils would be great for your specific needs, try NingXia Red. It is a perfect place to start using oils because there are oils mixed in with the juice, and gives support for many different body systems. Just 1-2 oz. per day, how easy is that? 🙂 If you want to get some NingXia but have never ordered from Young Living before, they actually have a starter kit that comes with 2 bottles and 30 single-serving packets of NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro (which is NingXia with a natural energy boost!), and a bottle of Stress-Away essential oil! That is totally my favorite oil because just smelling it is like a vacation in a bottle! After ordering this starter kit, you can order anything else you like from Young Living using your wholesale discount! Woo hoo!

Check out just some of the benefits of this super-juice below!

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DIY Tuesday: Homemade EO Gifts, Bonus Recipe!

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I’m going to cheat on the DIY post today- I didn’t make this one up myself but sure wish I had. Recently I attended an online Young Living Homemade Gifts party on Facebook. It was great because I just sat at my computer and got all these great recipes and ideas for cute, thoughtful, and easy gifts to make using Young Living Essential Oils. This DIY recipe came from one of the ladies hosting this party, on her blog called All Things G&D. I love doing the fun make and take projects, and it’s even better when you can share your project with others!

I am really into my Christmas baking as well right now. I feel like I have been behind this year- between kids being sick, shopping, and going on a quick Disneyland trip, the past month has been crazy busy! Now is the time to catch up! Which brings me to this DIY recipe- it’s called Peppermint Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix-In! This super festive, really easy, and pretty recipe would be great to give as a gift or have as part of a Hot Cocoa Bar at your holiday parties. I plan on putting pieces of this out along with whipped cream and extra marshmallows to add to some yummy Crock Pot Hot Cocoa at my family Christmas party this year.  Just the picture itself looks yummy- like a white/dark chocolate peppermint bark! But even better- you add a piece to your hot cocoa and as it melts in, you get an even richer, more chocolaty and minty cup of awesomeness! I am making this right now as I type, and I can’t wait to try it when it is done!

Here is the link to the blog post and recipe:

Peppermint Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix-In.

Tell me what you think of this recipe, and if you would like more recipes in DIY Tuesday, or should I stick to the non-edible projects? 🙂


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Try DIY Tuesday (Saturday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts, Part 2

Today’s DIY gift is as fast and easy as they come, but one of my favorite things to make! It is so easy to customize and change for different seasons or moods. It’s Room Spray!

Everyone wants their house, car, office, linens, bathroom, or even gym bag to smell nice! But, no one wants the nasty chemicals that are inside the sprays you buy at the grocery store. This is why you should make your own using all plant-based ingredients so you can feel good about making your house smell good! This project is also a great one that the kids can help with. They can do the shaking part, the adding the oil drops part, and more shaking! Lol! room spray graphic

You will need:

1- 8oz spray bottle (I found a trigger-style sprayer works best for spraying the air or large areas. For a fancier feel to the bottle, get either a glass spray bottle or an aluminum bottle instead of plastic. You can find these on Amazon.)

Salt (Epsom or Sea Salt)

Water

Young Living Essential Oils- approximately 20-30 drops

Tag to hang on your bottle for gift giving with your spray name

Directions:

Put a few pinches of salt in the bottom of your empty spray bottle. Add your oils to the salt and swirl the bottle around to mix the oil into the salt long enough so there are no clumps left and the oil is absorbed. Fill the bottle with water, leaving enough room to screw on the spray top. Shake well, and spray wherever you need freshening! (Make sure to shake before using each time because the oil will still separate a little bit.)

At our Holiday Make & Bake & Take party, we made a Fall Room Spray. For the oil combination, we added 7 drops each of Young Living Orange, Nutmeg, and Clove Essential Oils. Some other great combinations would be:

Christmas Spray-

15 drops Young Living Christmas Spirit Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Pine Forest Spray-

10 drops Young Living Evergreen Essence Essential Oil Blend

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Blend

Spiced Cider Spray-

10 drops Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Blend

5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Clove Essential Oil

The possibilities are endless! Think of the combinations you like in your diffuser, and then just use about 4 times as much oil in your spray than you would in your diffuser, because there is a lot more water in the spray to dilute the oil.

 

As always, if you haven’t gotten your own Essential Oils yet, you can click here to find out how!


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Try DIY Tuesday: Easiest-Ever All Purpose Plant-Based Household Cleaner!

Ok, people. Today’s DIY is for those who mean well, they really want to make their own cleaning and skin care products but just don’t have time, energy, or the pure get up and go to do crafty projects. You know who you are! 😉 Well, trust me, it can’t get any easier than this. If you do only one DIY project in your entire life, THIS IS THE ONE!!!!

How would you like to have a multi-purpose cleaner, one that is completely plant-based, safe for the whole family to use, has a light, spicy scent (I think it smells like Christmas!), and only costs about $.66 per bottle?? I know I did! And that is why the Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate was the first thing I ordered from Young Living after my Premium Starter Kit! This Cleaner uses 100% plant-based ingredients along with Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend and Lemon Essential Oil to give you a powerful but natural way to clean your entire house. When I heard about this product, I was very excited to try it because I am trying to eliminate the harsh chemicals from my cleaning regimen. After using it, I am constantly telling everyone else they need to get some! There is no residue left on surfaces, it eats away at grease and soap scum, removes set-in stains, all with a light scent that dissipates quickly, and all you have to do is mix it with water! Continue reading


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Try DIY Tuesday: Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier

leaves graphicHappy Fall, everyone! It is the first Tuesday in October, and here in AZ that means that you can officially say it’s fall- even though it usually doesn’t feel like it!

Well, with the fall season comes those pesky bugs we all dread. Whether the kids are back in school, the weather change is throwing off your co-workers’ or family member’s immune systems, or extra traveling during the holidays, we all need an extra boost of helpfulness to support our immune systems. I, like most bug-fearing people, would never be caught without some Purell in my purse. Applied after going to the grocery store, pumping gas, before eating a quick snack, you name it, I would clean it. I have become even more cautious after having my daughter and not wanting her tiny little immune system to become compromised from a random excursion out of the house.

Recently, I have been hearing in the news how some of the yukkiest bugs have now started to become immune to these alcohol and chemical “anti-bacterial” sanitizers and soaps because we are all using them constantly. What???!!! Sometimes you just cannot get to a sink to wash your hands with good ol’ soap and water, what is a desperate mommy to do? Continue reading


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Vacation in a Bottle!

Are we glad it’s Friday, or what? Some weeks are just much more crazy than others, and the pressure builds up. Or sometimes you get that unexpected news that just ruins your day. Maybe the kids are just extra cranky and driving you crazy! Either way, wouldn’t it be nice to just escape to a deserted tropical island for a few hours? Enter Stress Away! Stress Away graphic Continue reading


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Try DIY Tuesday: Bug Away! Spray

Bug spray graphicThis summer, my family and I went on vacation to visit family in the Midwest. We went over the 4th of July holiday, and it was the perfect time to get out of the blazing heat of Arizona! One of the things we did while on vacation was watch fireworks sitting in a park next to the lake. While this was great weather, nice and cool and great to sit on grass instead of dirt, these conditions bring lots of unwanted little friends to the party. Fortunately, I knew this ahead of time and was sure to bring my homemade Bug Away! Spray with me! I LOVE this recipe, because it does the job without using any harmful, nasty chemicals! Continue reading