It’s Yucky on Earth Day!

The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2 

Today is 44 years since Earth Day became a national holiday.

As a Christian family, I think Earth Day is something we should celebrate. Genesis 1 tells us that God is the Creator of this Earth and He said His creation was good! He put us in charge of working and caring for what He created.

When planning an exciting day of planting flowers and outdoor games, it is always best to also check on what the weather will be like that day. I’m sure the Earth was happy about the  much needed rain. I, however, was not.

Not to fear! I always have a backup plan! 

Here are 5 things we are doing inside for Earth Day that will help teach the kids about taking care of their temporary home.

1. Emptying our small recycling cans into a large can to take off. This is especially fun for my boys because dumping things out is their specialty.
2. A pretty tissue paper Earth craft
3. Going through the toy boxes and filling a bag to give to Goodwill.
4. Making one of these neat found things collages with things from our recycling cans.
5. Watching The Lorax! This was my favorite Dr. Seuss book growing up and the movie is hilarious!

Whatever way you choose to spend your Earth Day, have fun doing it!

Picture credit: altavistagardens.org

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Review of My First Week with Oils


As most of you already know, I recently became a wholesale member with Young Living Essential Oils. I have had my oils for a week now and my family has really been enjoying them. 

My husband was much more excited about the oils than I expected him to be. I thought I’d get teased about them. Well, if he was a skeptic, he isn’t now! We had a perfect opportunity this past week to really put them to the test when he caught a cold and needed some support. The oils came out!

EVERYDAY OILS USED THIS WEEK
We diffused a mixture of peppermint, lavender, and lemon oil every day for antiviral, antibacterial, and an immunity boost. I also rubbed peppermint on his temples and the back of his neck to help with inflammation to prevent sinus headaches.

I put Thieves in a spray bottle with water and sprayed it on counter tops and his pillow case while he was at work to cut down on spreading germs.

We diffused Peace & Calming at night to help him sleep through the night!

I also recommend making these cough drops.

These oils REALLY came in handy this last week!

There are a ridiculous amount of other uses for the oils. I especially like this regimen from dolfcheng.com, though I will have to temporarily discontinue use of the Peppermint once my milk comes in. (Peppermint is known to decrease milk supply in nursing mothers)

Note to the cynics: You CAN be a Christian and enjoy the relaxing benefits of morning
and evening yoga without Middle Eastern religion. I recommend it!


FREE CARRYING POUCH
I want to celebrate my love for these oils with a free gift! It’s nothing huge. Just a little thank you for sharing my excitement!

If you sign up to become a wholesale member and choose the Premium starter kit using the number 1742798 in the place for enroller and sponsor id between now and May 4, you will receive a free carrying pouch in either pink or the pretty aqua color pictured below.


It’s just the right size to fit all 10 of your everyday oils plus a few extra of your favorites. It looks prettier sitting beside your bed than the box that they come in and it keeps the oils from getting lost in your purse when you’re travelling with them.


Here is the link to my previous post again in case you need step by step help to get signed up.

I don’t have many left so don’t wait to join me!!

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

Opening My Young Living Premium Kit

 

Well I finally gave in and jumped on the Young Living band wagon thanks to my sweet new friend Dawn. I am now a wholesale member and I’m so excited about it!

 
I received my kit today and I wanted to share my excitement with everyone! I was going to do a video blog for this, but then I remembered that I hate videoing myself so that idea was immediately squashed. I’m currently diffusing Joy so forgive me if I use too many exclamation points 😀
What’s in the Premium Kit?
The first thing you come across when you open your box is the welcome pack. It has samples of everyday oils, 2 yummy packs of Ningxia (an antioxidant drink), a metal roller ball, and your first essential oil, Stress Away. 

Only 1 Ningxia is pictured. My husband and I sampled the other 🙂

It immediately tells you to attach the roller ball to the Stress Away and apply it either to the wrists or the back of the neck so you can read through the literature stress free! It also smells awesome so that’s a plus!!

 

There is a product guide book and an introduction booklet.

 

Next you’ll find your 10 Everyday Oils. These are oils that you’ll use- you guessed it- in your everyday life. From stress, to cleaning, to cuts and scrapes- these are your basics. The introduction booklet will tell you what each oil does and how to effectively use it.







Finally, the big daddy. The first reason I got excited about becoming a wholesale member- THE DIFFUSER! I love that with just a small amount of water and a few drops of eo’s, my whole house can be filled with whatever oil I choose. I can disinfect the air without Lysol. I have my Frankincense and Thieves!

 

I’m a Terrible Salesperson
You don’t have to sell the oils to be a wholesale member with Young Living. There is no selling requirement or monthly commitment minimum. You have the option to share the discount with your friends and family, or make money selling oils. It’s your choice. I’m a terrible sales person. I strictly signed up for my wholesale benefit.
How Do I Enroll?
You start by purchasing a starter kit. I recommend the premium kit because it is the best value. The diffuser ALONE is worth almost $100 retail and though the premium kit would retail over $300, it is priced for 50% off!!
 
Signing Up is Easy
1. Go to the sign up page and choose to sign up as a wholesale member.
2. In “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” type in 1742798. This is my ID number.
3. Fill out all your personal information.
4. Create a username and password. You’ll use this to log in to order your oils.
5. Specify which starter kit you would like to enroll with.
6. Specify a rewards kit if you would like. THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. You do not have to be apart of the rewards program to be a member. This is just an extra bonus that can help you earn more money toward free oils. You can always decide later if you are not sure now about choosing this.
7. Agree to the terms and conditions and confirm your order!
 
That’s it!! You’re a wholesale member and can now enjoy your oils at 24% off!! I hope you at least explore this for yourself! I have really enjoyed the benefits of using essential oils so far!!
[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]
 

Fudgy Brownies

I own a book called Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too written by DaNelle Wolford. It’s an awesome book because she uses studies, scientific research, and many years of her own personal experience to expose the myths of the health food industry. A definite recommended read for learning more about what you’re putting in your mouth as well as whole food recipes!

I couldn’t keep little hands out of them long enough to get a full batch picture 🙂

Leading me to the topic of today’s post…
BROWNIES!!
This is my new favorite recipe because I can eat fudgy brownies that aren’t laced with guilt, but also don’t taste bad!
Real Brownies (real ingredients are best: grass fed butter, organic eggs, etc)
1 stick of butter
1 cup coconut sugar (pure cane or sucanat is also fine)
2 eggs
1 tsp
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
Find the directions for baking here
Enjoy as much as we do!

A Great Day for Throwing Eggs/ No Poo Update



Yesterday was such an awesome day that we decided to go outside and get messy. I found a fun idea on Pinterest (surprise) for painting that I thought the boys would really enjoy. For the past few days I have been very carefully cracking our eggs so that only the tops would be open and rinsing them out to save. Yesterday I filled them up with tempera paints and we took them outside to chunk at canvas!


It was very messy! We got paint all over us, including our hair! It was definitely worth it though. They had a ton o’ fun! 


Rinsing it off the side of the house wasn’t quite as fun as how it got there, but I think it was worth the trouble. AND we got a really pretty picture out of it to hang in the boys room!


The finished product!

1 Week No Poo
Monday was officially one week since I started my new hair washing routine found here! I am still very satisfied with the look AND feel of my hair! You know the way your hair feels right after you dye your hair and use that conditioner? So soft and light? I’ve had that feeling for a week now and I love it!! The picture below isn’t the best representation of my hair due to the fact that my phone is archaic, but I have gotten several compliments from people interested in why my hair looks so shiny and healthy!


I have a small amount of stringiness to the ends of my hair this morning after my wash last night but I’m thinking it could have something to do with me going to sleep with it still wet. Other than that, I haven’t had any issues like the transitioning I was warned about. Maybe I’ll dodge that bullet! If you’re still curious I say you should do your own research and AT LEAST give it a try!