Friday, April 24, 2015

young living essential oils: the basics

In February of 2014 I shared my first young living essential oil testimony. It had such a huge impact on me I ordered the starter kit immediately and have been using and LOVING my oils ever since. So I thought it was high time for me to share the basics with my readers (and the lurkers, you know who you are...and you know you want in on these amazing oils). The essential oil information is vast and limitless so in an effort to not overwhelm you I'm going to keep this post simple and to the point and will continue to share more EO posts.

First, the nitty gritty. I am not a doctor. I know this may come as a shock to many of you as I consistently scored high C's in math from 6th grade on - except for college algebra my freshman year when the grad student let us pick our own grades -  but I assure you, I did not go to med school. But seriously, don't make any radical changes to your health routine without talking to your doctor. I'm just a mama trying to do what's best for my family. The info and advice I give is meant to help educate and inform, not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Also, all the info I share is for YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS ONLY.

In addition to not being a doctor, I'm also not a scientist but essential oils fascinate me! Essential oils are easily evaporated liquids and aromatic compounds found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds that are usually extracted through steam distillation. Think of each plant containing its own "immune system" that protects it from pathogenic microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) and injury and we are lucky enough to bottle that liquid gold and use it for our own body's benefit. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years and mentioned some 200 times in the bible and in ancient medical texts. Duh. They didn't have pharmaceuticals in previous centuries - essential oils WAS the medicine!

There are 3 ways to use essential oils.
Topically - diluted and neat (undiluted)
Aromatically - inhale directly from the bottle or diffuse
Internally - a drop under your tongue, a drop in your water, swallowed in a capsule

Essential oils are super concentrated, powerful and POTENT! You only need 1 to 2 drops. Never put them directly in your ear canal or eyes. Some oils are considered "hot" and need to be diluted, especially when used on children. Some oils are photosensitive and shouldn't be worn in the sun. Always consult your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing and before changing your health care routine.

There are many different essential oils on the market today but please know the quality of the oil is EVERYTHING. Young Living Essential Oils are PURE, THERAPEUTIC grade essential oils. So pure, they can be ingested and so different from PERFUME grade essential oils and even oils purchased at health food stores which often contain fillers and are not 100% pure oil. Essential oils are currently not regulated by the FDA so companies can put whatever they want on the bottle. The reactions you may have seen or read about are due to not using the highest quality of essential oils and/or not using them properly. Check out Young Living's amazing Seed to Seal guarantee to learn about how their oils are cultivated - from the planted seed to the sealed bottle.

The absolute best way to start your essential oils journey is to purchase - and therefore fall in love with! - the premium starter kit. It comes with 10 "everyday" (the most versatile) oils, a bonus oil and a diffuser. Plus samples and helpful info. Also. Who you sign up with matters! I have talked to so many people pumped about trying out oils and then have no support system! I am part of an AWESOME team called Essential Families, started by 2 of my dear friends, and we have amazing resources where we are constantly supporting, educating and encouraging one another. We have a private Facebook page where you can ask any and every essential oil question and have it answered usually within MINUTES.

Ready to order your kit? It's super easy. Click here and make sure my number (1629315) is entered in for sponsor and enroller. Fill out the blanks, follow the prompts and get excited! You are about to embark on a new and healthier journey for you and your family!

Skeptical? Still have questions? Totally understand. I would be happy to answer ANY of your questions! I'll share testimonies, tell how I use my oils, send you resources, info, whatever you need to make an informed and educated decision. Shoot me an email at:

Essential oils have been integrated into every part of my family's daily life and I can honestly say have improved the quality of our life and our health. Every day I'm finding new ways to use them and cannot WAIT for my order to arrive each month. It is so easy to be passionate about something that naturally and effectively improves your health, enhances your beauty and allows you to live life to the fullest. Just think of them as little drops from heaven. At least that's what I do.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

jia rose's winter princess tea party

I've always felt more like a mom of boys.
I mean, I love my lipgloss and highlights
but I despise drama, process emotion more like a dude and have pretty thick skin.
But I have to admit, this having a girl thing is pretty dang fun.
Jia asked for a "frozen" party (of course) and I am pretty frozen'ed out
with that being the theme of our daddy daughter dance last year
and with it being E. VERY. WHERE.
So I said this was her "frozen" party but we went more of the "winter princess" route. :)
Manipulative? Maybe.
Grandma did princess face painting (I'm so mad I didn't get a photo!) 
and the girls were so sweet and patient waiting for their turn.
I sent the boys to Cabela's with daddy and we had the quietest, most lovely party ever.
I think I could get used to this…

Sunday, February 15, 2015

my baby is one.

For Jagger's first birthday, I wanted to celebrate all things "baby"
in hopes of prolonging and preserving his littleness for just a bit longer.
His invitations said "our last one is turning one".
I realize those could be "famous last words" but I assure you,
Most of the time I am at peace with that, other times I wonder where the time went
and how I could already be here…throwing my last first birthday party. Tear.

It was a great day and I so appreciate everyone who came out to celebrate our little man!

Jagger's birth story (that was somehow a year ago)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

jett's transformer birthday party

Once again, one of my boys had to challenge me with their chosen birthday theme.
I am loving all things woodland, boho and rustic and this theme is such a sharp contrast.
But I love being pushed and challenged and ended up really digging this transformer theme.

This was hard to capture in photos but the drinks actually glowed!
Vitamin b + a black light for the win.

I had to capture this photo of Jett eating his cake considering for the past 12 MONTHS (literally)
he has reminded me over and over again that he didn't get a piece of his birthday cake last year
(he chose a cupcake instead) so I had to make sure to document it this year. :)

After treats we had a Just Dance glow party, RAVE if you will, and it was so. much. fun.

Happy Birthday Jetty!!