Saturday, April 05, 2014

Day 95

These were our nighttime oils tonight.  Seems like so much, but for 3 kids it covered all of our ailments - tummy ache, runny nose, allergies, sleep (x3). 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Day 94

This boy.  It's almost like we're reliving his colicky days all over again.  Every single day between 4 and 6 he is crazy cranky.  Making dinner has become almost impossible.  Until today.  Put him in the sink, turn the water on, give him a bowl and he's a happy man.  It was stressful because I was cooking dinner at the same time, so I was back and forth making sure the chicken didn't burn, but making sure he didn't turn the hot water on or fall out.  It wasn't worth it.  While it did give me some time to get dinner cooked, I was so stressed that he would get hurt that the chicken was dry anyway. 

Time for plan b ...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 84 - Stress Away

I absolutely don't claim to have a stressful life.  We live simple.  I stay home and play with kids all day.  We are healthy.  We come and go as we please.  My stress comes from my children and the role of a mother that I have.  I'm absolutely not complaining about that, I just want you to know where my stress does come from.  I allow myself to get stressed out when I go to bed without the kitchen clean, then wake up and have to move things around in order to make breakfast. 

Or when my son screams throughout the entire store.  Or when my son stands at the pantry screaming for more food when I just got done shoveling half of the pantry into his pie hole.  He IS a picky eater, but when he finds what he likes, he eats it all.  I get stressed about silly things.  And I'm thankful for that actually. 

This little green roller is my best friend in my not-so stressful, but stressful enough for me life that I lead.  When I feel myself getting worked up because my son just emptied out the trash can or because he's screaming at me for the 500th time in the last 5 minutes, I just roll on this special essential oil behind my ears and take a big whiff and I'm good to go.  It seriously works fast and smells so good!  I take it everywhere I go!  Traffic - roll it on.  Screaming kids - roll it on.  Deadline at work - roll it on.  Paying bills - roll it on. 

The Daily Oily - Lavender

I have been crazy busy lately.  I want to post so much more on here about how we are using Young Living Essential Oils daily in our home, but life happens.  We're still in shock over the loss of both of my in-laws in the matter of 7 months, but trying to focus on our family and God's comfort and peace.

With that, we're using lots and lots of lavender in our home.  It helps with that peace and tranquility that we need.  The Daily Oily post today will cover all things lavender.

True story - I went through my first bottle of lavender in THREE days.  Seriously, y'all.  Three days.  I had no clue I would use it so much, but I was so excited about getting my hands on these oils that I used and used and used.  I was diffusing, applying to skin, scrapes, noses for allergies, and who knows what else.  Lavender is my go-to oil for so many things.  Plus, it smells AMAZING.  Another reason I keep coming back for more is this picture ...

That's God right there, friends.  Who else can create vast rows of such beauty?  I love looking at pictures of Young Living's lavender fields.  How cool would it be to actually visit one and help harvest some lavender?  I've never been to Utah, so this would be a great reason to visit.

Now, onto business.  What do we use lavender essential oil for in our home?  The main use for it in our home is for allergies.  Texas allergies have been ridiculously crazy this year.  Lavender knocks out the allergy symptoms so fast!  For myself, I just apply it to the bridge of my nose or swab the inside of my nostrils or even put a drop under my tongue.  It tastes NASTY, folks.  But it works so well that I'm willing to put up with the taste for the short time it's there.  I also mix it with lemon & peppermint for Karsyn's allergies.  The LLP takes care of the coughs & congestion that comes with allergies, plus the allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes.  I premix this with a roller top and Karsyn applies it to her feet every morning.  She was on the verge of visiting an allergies and doing allergy testing, but this combination has really kept her allergies at bay and, after using it for 3 months now, she doesn't even have to use it daily anymore.  When my allergies are bad, I just add a few drops into a veggie capsule and swallow.  The allergy symptoms disappear without me having to take zyrtec all day long.

I have also started to diffuse lavender at night in the girls room to help Karsyn with those allergies that creep up in the evenings and to calm them down to help them sleep.  Lavender, paired with lemon, is my favorite diffuser blend!

Another use we have for lavender in our home is for moisturizer.  I mix a few drops with a little coconut oil and rub it on my face in the mornings.  Just recently, the girls were complaining about their ears hurting.  Normally this means ear infection for us and a trip to the doctor for antibiotics.  Not this time!  I applied lavender to the back of their ears and down their necks.  I did this every 15 minutes for the first hour and the pain went away pretty quickly.  They only had ear aches for 1 day and we moved on ... without medicine.

Lavender is definitely a must-have in any house.  It's on my Essential Rewards order each month so that I always have it in stock.  It has so many uses! 

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day 82 - Tongue Tied

Let's face it - I suck at coming up with titles.  This one made me laugh though because he really was tongue tied when he was born.  When he had tubes put in his ears, they also clipped his tongue.  Tongued tied no more, as you can tell.  He proves daily how much like Karsyn he really is.  She too sticks out her tongue when she's thinking and building with legos uses some brain power in this house.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Funeral Planning

We are in the midst of funeral planning.  Again.  I never in my wildest dreams that I would have been planning two funerals when I was in my early 30s.  NEVER.  I never even thought about what all it entails.  There are so many details.  Sadly, this time is a no-brainer for us.  We're doing the same and it feels so routine now.  We've picked pictures.  We have frames.  We are honoring the VFW, which was extremely important to him and he was actually in the VA hospital when he passed.  It was him home for over a year.  

Why is this commonplace for us right now?  We should not be burying two parents within 7 months of each other.  My heart breaks for my sweet husband.  He has no parents.  He was an only child and his parents were everything to him.  They were so very very close and now he is without both of them.  I can't even imagine.  I pray constantly for him and his heart. 

Day 71

Jaxton's favorite thing to do is read.  He is constantly going to his room and bringing us books.  He certainly has his favorites, which makes me want to go find new ones to get him interested in.  There's only so many times I want to see the same dog and the polar bear. 

The Daily Oily - Thieves

Welcome back!  Thieves is my next daily go-to essential oil.  If I had to pick one favorite (is that even possible?), it would probably be Thieves for several reasons.  I just love the story behind it, first of all. 

I think it's absolutely amazing that these oils have been used for so many years.  Even cooler is that they were used in the Bible, but that's another post for another day.  

Thieves is a blend that includes clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.  It smells like Christmas to me!!  It's another one that I have gone through 3 bottles of already because I use it so much every single day.  It gets rubbed on all feet, especially those who are heading out to go to school.  It kills germs.  It kills airborne bacteria.  There's nothing better when you have little ones going out amongst other little ones.  

I diffuse Thieves a whole lot.  When I first got my PSK, I diffused Thieves in every room of my house.  It makes the rooms smell so fresh and clean, but the fact that it kills bacteria is what has convinced me to use bottle after bottle.  When Jaxton was sick, I diffused Thieves all the time, not just to keep everyone else well, but to help him get better.  It's antiviral too, which means he got extra on the bottoms of his feet.  

Thieves is SO good that we now have Thieves household cleaner (AMAZING), Thieves hand sanitizer, Thieves spray, Thieves toothpaste, and Thieves mouthwash.  Yes, it's THAT good and THAT necessary.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 70

My little guy has been so sick.  It started out as a cold, then turned into a bacteria infection.  He's been absolutely miserable.  I have been using oils on him, but I did end up taking him to the doctor and got him on antibiotics.  I just didn't feel like I could push him any further, especially since I'm just learning about all there is to using essential oils for healing.  I used the oils the best I knew how with what I had.  I truly feel like using them kept him from getting sicker, but his poor little body just couldn't kick the cold.

I think it's important to know that our bodies have to build up an immunity to essential oils.  They are no miracle cure for everything, although they are amazing.  We continue to diffuse Thieves to keep everyone else from catching what he has.  He's drinking his Ningxia Red and lemon water as well and is already feeling MUCH better.

Now, if Texas would just cooperate.

The Daily Oily - Lemon

I have had so many people ask me how I use oils daily.  There are some oils that I purchased as "just in case" oils, then there are ones that I just wanted to smell, like orange.  Sidenote : I'm a little obsessed with all things orange.  Then there are the "Everyday Oils".  For those of you who have purchased the Premium Starter Kit (PSK), you have your hands on a prize.  Surely you know a little something about them, but you probably wondered at some point what each of those oils could be used for.  I wanted to start this blog series to highlight the Young Living Essential Oils that I use daily and to give you more tips on how to use them each and every day.

First off, let's talk about lemon.  I have already gone through three bottles of lemon in my first 2 months.  I use it all day, every day.  When I first wake up in the morning, I grab a glass (typically a mason jar) and fill it with cold water and 1 drop of lemon oil.  This is a great way to start your day because lemon water helps alkalize your body and gets your blood circulating after being at rest all night long.  It's also an antiseptic, so it helps settle my tummy in the morning as well.

I also love to diffuse lemon.  It's so refreshing and even better when paired with lavender oil.  Speaking of lavender, when you mix lavender, LEMON, and peppermint, you have an amazing allergy fighter.  I use this combination on two of my kids every morning.  We're a family that wakes up sneezing.  I'm sure there's more to it than that (ie dust bunnies), but I made a special roll on bottle just for this 3-oil combination.  Kid1 has even figured out how to use it herself.  She just rubs it on the bottom of her feet, then puts on her socks and she's good for the whole day.  This is a kid that was on prescription allergy medicine and on the verge of allergy testing.  Her sneezing was out of control!

So, for me, on a daily basis, I use lemon in my drinking water, for diffusing, and for allergies.  There are SO many other uses as you can see in the illustration below.  And even more BENEFITS just from drinking a drop or two in your water.  I now have a glass bottle that I drink my lemon water in several times a day.  It just keeps me going.  My skin is healthier looking.  I don't eat as much.  And I can tell a difference in the way I feel.  All from drinking water and lemon oil. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 69

Elwood Ray Hill

David's dad passed away today.  Although he's been in bad health and living in a VA hospital for 2 years now and we've anticipated his death several times before, but receiving that call this morning was still such a shocker.  We certainly weren't expecting it.  But we were.  It's a hard feeling to explain.  We are sad.  So so so so very sad.  He was a huge part of our life before and after his health problems began.  He always came to see us and each visit he came to the door with strawberries for the girls.   He was always there when we needed him and was such a huge support.

It breaks my heart that he didn't really get to know Jaxton.  He met him.  He always said "hey guy" or "hey Jaxton" when we'd go to visit him.  And the first time he met my sweet boy, he cried.  We all did. 

What a special man, he was.  He was a great father to my husband and a great Pop to my girls.  And he was the best father-in-law I could have ever asked for.  I miss his smile already.

3/10/2014 at 10:35am

20 items I haven't bought since using essential oils

The many many many uses for essential oils just amazes me more and more each day.  I'm constantly find a new way to use one of them and I use the Thieves Household Cleaner for EVERYTHING.  I don't even think that I've increased our budget that much by buying Young Living Essential Oils because I'm simply replacing items that I normally bought anyway.  I know for sure I was going through a bottle of allergy medicine every single week for 2 kids.  I haven't had to buy a single one since mid-January.

I know that therapeutic grade essential oils aren’t cheap … in quality or in cost.  They are an investment, but I hope from this list you can see that they are a worthwhile and valuable investment.  Money saving isn't the only important thing though.  We're also saving our health, which is priceless.

I would love to help you get started on this journey of using essential oils as well.  Please send me an email at { } so we can chat about the benefits of Young Living Essential Oils or find me on facebook.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Day 67

Getting Oily

I'm actually talking about essential oils.  My new favorite terms have become "oiled up" and "getting oily".  We get oily quite frequently now and I oil up my kids all day long.  The decision to start using essential oils was a quick one for me after I found out about Young Living Essential Oils.  I had seen cheap ones in random stores before and even own a bottle or two of tea tree oil that I've grabbed in an attempt to clear my face.  Who knew there was so much more available and even more pure? 

So, I want to be honest about why I decided to start using essential oils for my family.  For me, it wasn't a decision based on a hatred of doctors or a fear of modern medicine.  Actually, I firmly believe in both.  I've relied heavily on both for many years.  Both have saved my life a few times.  Both helped me have 3 healthy babies.  Here's my reason ...

I simply wanted a better/healthier/safer alternative to daily health and healing for my family. 

To expand on that, I wanted to be able to treat headaches, allergies, tummy aches, growing pains, soreness, acne, bruises, scrapes, and whatever else comes our way on a daily basis by using something natural, as opposed to always handing out OTC and prescription meds on a daily basis.  We seriously had two medicine cabinets.  TWO cabinets in our house that were completely full of medicine.  When we traveled, I carried a whole tub that was full of medicine that we could possibly use while we were on a trip.  Tylenol, Benedryl, Dramamine, Zyrtec, Zantac, Tums, Aleve, Nexium, and whatever else.  My mom always gave me a hard time about the drug store I brought each time we visited.  It was true.  And we really used those medicines quite often.  I was just tired of it.

When my friend started talking about it and then about making a business of it so that I could help other people learn about essential oils and their benefits, I jumped on it.  Young Living Essential Oils are amazing.  And there will be more posts coming soon about why I love YLEOs, what makes them different than others.  What we use.  What works for us. 

I pray that this journey I am on to get YLEOs into as many homes as God leads me to, will help inspire you.  Whether it be inspiration to jump on the oily wagon and start using them for yourself and your family or to build a business as well.  It's a journey.  It's a blessed journey.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Day 62

This girl has been a little under the weather the last few days.  She just has a cough that we can't shake.  We are using oils constantly, which I truly believe has kept her cough from getting worse and developing into bronchitis like it usually does.  No doctor visits, no antibiotics, no breathing treatments.  All essential oils.  I'm so very thankful we discovered this option for healing.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Day 61

This is our life these days.  I've been thrown into life with a boy and I do love it.  I may have a few mini heart attacks throughout the day, but we survive.  He's such a mess and such a joy all rolled into one.  And he knows how to work it already.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Day 60

Today, my sweet man turned 33.  He's been through so much these last few years and he continues to amaze me with his strength.  I'm very proud of him and love him more each day.

We celebrated by going to watch the girls play 3 soccer games.  Oh, the life with kids.  He was such a trooper!  After soccer games, the girls and Nana made him cupcakes and he opened a few presents.

I love you, Mr. Hill.  Happy, happy birthday!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Day 58

I never post pictures of myself!  Ever ever.  This day was finally sunny outside and I can't even remember when I last wore sunglasses.  You see, I realized a few months ago that I couldn't see.  Like, I can see, but pretty much everything is blurry.  My brilliant husband said "maybe you should try wearing your glasses."  Yep, I have had glasses for a while and never wear them.  I didn't think I needed them, but my vision has gotten much worse in the last year.  I think pregnancy does that to you!  So, the glasses are plastered to my face all day, everyday.  And I hate it.  I have tried contacts and I just can't seem to be okay with sticking my finger in my eye, however, after wearing glasses for a few months, I think I can give contacts a try again.  I'll be going to the eye doctor very soon. 

This sunny day was a day that I had been done with my glasses.  I needed to sport my shades!  And I went all day not being able to see AND driving.  I'm a smart girl, huh.  Thankfully, I was able to realize that no one was safe, so I put the glasses back on.  You're welcome.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Day 57

I sent this picture to the BFF and it made me realize a few things ...
1.  I hate Texas weather.  That day I was outside in shorts & flip flops and yesterday we were bundled in hoodies and gloves.  Today, it's raining and tomorrow is supposed to be warm again.  So dumb.
2.  I should probably start doing squats. 
3.  I should spend more time outside.  Those are some WHITE legs.  Actually, I've finally decided that it's okay to have no color on my legs.  I spent years tanning or letting myself get sunburned, that my skin is paying for it now.  It took until I was 32 though.  The sun is so damaging and, although I have always known that, I just wanted a nice tan.  It's so not worth it now.  I'll be the girl in the shade, extra white from sunscreen, and a big ol' hat on at the pool this summer.  And so will my kids.
4.  I have a pretty lame life to be texting pictures of my legs and feet to the BFF. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

We're Oily

Our family has been in a transition phase for a while now.  After losing a parent to poor health and cancer and another almost gone to diabetes and poor health, our own health has hit the top of the charts.  We're doing what we can to get us all in optimal health.  It's a struggle.  We're not perfect and we do have our days (sometimes lots of days) where our eating isn't where we should.  I think food will always be a struggle for us. 

I'm not one to completely cut out things that cause cancer or that cause heart disease, etc.  First of all, the things that cause cancer and disease seems to change daily now.  Last week coffee was healthy and today it causes cancer.  I simply can't keep up with it, so I don't.  I just knew that I was giving my children medicine for every single ailment.  If they were unusually fussy, they must need tylenol.  If they were snotty, they must need benedryl.  If they sneezed, they must need allergy meds.  It was daily.  It was constant.  Our medicine cabinet(S) were overflowing.  Yes, we had 2.  We've had our share of health concerns the past few years with all of us and I was just over it. 

I had a few friends start talking about using essential oils.  Everyone I talked to loved them, so I dove in head first.  What could be better than oils that were spoke of in the Bible?  Seriously.  I believe Frankincense oil is mentioned something like 52 times in the Bible.  And I can buy it and use it for my health.  That's just awesome!

I can honestly tell you that we have been using Young Living Essential Oils for a month now and, other than 1 medicine that I'm on for other health reasons, we have not taken any OTC or prescription medicines in that time.  We are strictly using essential oils and they have made a huge difference in our lives.  What a blessing!

You will hear more about them as time goes on because they are now an addiction.  We use them for everything!  The diffuser picture below is my new best friend.  We have 2 now in our home.  It diffuses essential oils and it's the best thing ever.  Diffusing Thieves oil kills airborne bacteria.  You can't beat that!  It's been a lifesaver.