St. George Island 2014



Mother’s Day


I had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year.  Matt and the kids brought me breakfast in bed along with cards from the B’s.  They also told me they ordered me some new Toms, but they hadn’t come yet.  YAY!  Bryan and I went to church while Matt stayed home with sleeping Betsy.  Then we had lunch and I had a nap. :)  Couldn’t ask for more!  Oh, and Matt cleaned up the kitchen.  That’s one of the best gifts mom’s can get, right?! :)

Our Journey to Essential Oils


When I was in elementary school, maybe the beginning of middle school, my parents made the switch from chemical household cleaners to all natural.  My mom has a chemical sensitivity and needed them out of our house.  I think that’s one of the best things we can do in our homes.  As a family, we started using Shaklee products (and still do to this day!)  I’m about to advertise for Young Living, which offers a few vitamins and natural cleaners, but I’ll never give up my Shaklee supplements and cleaning products.  I will find a way to use them together. :)  (If you’re interested in purchasing anything from Shaklee you can contact my dad here.

All of that to say, natural/organic/whole products and foods are very important to me.  I can’t afford to make the switch to 100% organic food, and still enjoy fast food once in a while, but I’d like to get there eventually.

I’ve heard about essential oils for years, but have never thought to buy any.  Mom & I bought Tea Tree oil a couple of years ago to prevent ticks, but I don’t think I ever opened the bottle.  In the last year or so I’ve read more and more on how oils can take the place of over-the-counter medicines.  I have a few crunchy friends who use essential oils and one let me have a few drops of her eucalyptus oil when B was sick with a cough.  She told me to just rub a little coconut oil on his feet and then rub a drop of eucalyptus over the top.  B slept well and didn’t cough much at all.  I was sold!  Thus began my journey to Young Living.  Most of the information I read was on Pinterest.  Amazing how much you can learn on there.  ha!  I’ve learned a lot in just the 3 months I’ve had my premium starter kit.

A couple things about Young Living:  They set the standard for purity and authenticity.  YL monitors every step of the production of oils from beginning to end through their Seed to Seal process.  Not all essential oils are made equally.  In fact, most oils you can buy at health food stores, etc. are perfume grade.  They are made with very little essential oil and a lot of something else.  Young Living oils are totally pure, organic, and are therapeutic grade.  You can visit their farms, and they want you to. :)  Here is some info on therapeutic grade oils.  Also here.  (Both links have great info!)

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What is an essential oil? 

Essential oils are not actually true oils at all!  They are simply the highly concentrated liquid extracted from most parts of a plant (or rind of a fruit), by water or steam distillation.  It takes a LOT of plant material to make a small amount of oil.  That’s why some are more expensive than others.  However, a little goes a VERY long way.  One 15ml bottle of an oil contains about 285 drops.

How can I order some oils?

I’m so glad you asked!!  You can order wholesale or retail via the Young Living website (enter my number as sponsor/enroller-1636831).

What does wholesale mean?

It’s the absolute best way to buy oils!!  Wholesale members get 24% off every product!  The only requirement is to order a kit ($40-$160) and then purchase a minimum of $50 a YEAR!  That’s it!!!

There is more to come!!  I plan on featuring one of the 11 oils that comes in the Premium Starter Kit over the next few days.  That kit is the BEST deal and you get a lot of oils!!  Let me tell you what’s included in the Premium Starter Kit.

  • 11-5mL bottles of essential oils including: Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Purification, Valor, Joy, and Stress Away (pictured above)
  • A home diffuser (retail value $96!!!)
  • Sample packets of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves to share with your friends
  • 2 Ningxia Red 2 oz samples (an antioxidant drink)

Who wants to get healthier and hopefully be able to trash a lot of your medicines?!  Please feel free to email me or leave me a comment with any questions.  Hope to hear from you soon!



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9 Months

Little b is 9 months old! she’s been scooting around for a while, but within the last 2 weeks she’s figured out how to crawl. Ever since the days before Thanksgiving she’s been getting around better each day. Pulling up came right along with crawling too. She wants to walk so bad. I bet it won’t be long now.

We had a wonderful thanksgiving at the farm this year. There was a cold snap so it was unusually cold, but very sunny and beautiful. My in-laws hosted 34 people (10 small children!). B had a blast with his cousins. Little b seemed to enjoy herself, but was pretty overstimulated. I’m thankful to have her this year. :)

Call to Me

This week has been very interesting in the world of parenthood. Little b came down with a cough last Wednesday. Nothing big…just a little dry cough here and there. Thursday morning she woke up with her right eye glued together. I called the doctor to ask if it may be pink eye, but the nurse said it was probably just a cold in her eye. She called in some drops just in case. We met my friend for lunch later that day and as I was sitting there I started to feel a little funny. (I am nursing and woke up that morning with a sore breast. I’ve had that before but it gradually would go away.) When we got home I felt very strange. Almost fever like. I took my temperature and it was normal. I went on to pick up B from school. As I was sitting in the car rider line I definitely felt feverish and my breast was getting more sore. I called my sister who has had mastitis before and she said it sounded like that’s what I had. I called my doctor and they called me in something. My sweet husband came on home from work and I went to bed. Let me tell you, mastitis feels like you have the flu. I started to feel better 48 hrs later…thankfully!! Our Labor Day weekend was shot bc mommy was sick.

Tuesday morning B woke up with a fever (no other symptoms) and kept that until Wednesday night. In the meantime, Little b threw up 4 times Tuesday night. I was scared to let her sleep in her bed so I put her in her chair. I was exhausted Wednesday. I told The hubs I look like the Walking Dead. All the while The Lord reminded me, “Call to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.” I’m calling Lord! :)

Thursday I took B and little b to the doctor. She had her 6 month checkup with 4 shots :( She’s in the 70th percentile for height and 25th for weight. B got checked out too and all looked ok. Now I’m fighting the cold I believe little b had. I’m ready for sickness to go away so much fun can be had…and my house to get cleaned back up. haha