Essential oils…why I use them

Essential oils are all the rage lately but I wanted to share why I use essential oils and how they have benefited me.

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I want to start with why I chose Young Living. If I’m honest I started using Young Living because it was the first essential oil company I was introduced to. However the better questions is why did I stay with Young Living and that is an easy question to answer…guaranteed quality. Young Living has a seed to seal guarantee and promise. They abide by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise to send pure products to your home.

  • Their farms and partner farms abide by strict standards.
  • They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
  • They distill on site without chemicals.
  • They test every batch. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

Now… Why do I use essential oils and how have they helped me and my family.

Allergies -I had very bad seasonal allergies that really just started being a year round issue for me. My prescribed medications didn’t seem to be helping me all that much. I was lucky enough to be introduced to oils. I started using lavender, peppermint, and lemon in a vegetable capsule daily. Fast-forward to today and I only take that concoction if my allergies flare up.

Skin -What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body as well which is why young living products are my go-to skin care products. I use oils for all kinds of skin purposes for myself, my husband, and my kids. I use them on my face as well.

Immune boost -I have found that I recover quicker from an illness if I use my oils to support my immune system. I also love using it on my kids. Specifically using Thieves essential oil to help fight off and prevent illness.

Chemical free -I wasn’t sold on the chemical free house until my child started sucking on his blanket for comfort. All I could think about was all the extra chemicals he was ingesting and how much that scared me. So I made the switch to chemical free laundry soap, hand soap, and cleaning products. And I won’t go back. I also think this helped with my allergies too.

There are soooo many other ways I use my oils to benefit my health and my family but above are the main ways so far.

Please feel free to ask me for more information and any questions you might have. My goal with this post is only to spread awareness of how essential oils can benefit the entire house and how they have helped me however, if you are interested in trying the oils or even signing up for a starter kit (seriously an amazing deal) click here.

Hope this helps you move forward with your healthy journey!

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Casual weekend with family

Another weekend in the books and it was a snowy one!

FRIDAY
After a crazy week at work I left a little early to get home to Joe and the boys (who were home for a half day). It was so good to be home and just relax with my family.

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SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning. When I got home Joe went out to shovel off the deck. There was so much snow! The boys enjoyed watching.

Liam dumped out all the coloring supplies and while we all cleaned them up, Owen got his hands on a marker, opened it, and colored his ear/face.

Then we were off to Joe’s parent’s house to have lunch before Joe’s brother Patrick moves out to San Diego. The boys played and had a good time. Owen was tired after and fell asleep on the way home.

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The boys went down for nap when we got home and Joe and I had a lazy afternoon.

After the boys woke up we went sledding at Joe’s sister’s house. Kameryn joined us and Patrick came over too. It was fun but the snow was so deep! It was exhausting coming back up the hill.

After sledding we went home for dinner and then hung out the rest of the evening.

SUNDAY
Church was cancelled due to the weather being so terrible. We had our own worship at home and then Liam played this bible app on my phone. It was pretty cool. I don’t think he fully understood the stories but that’s okay.

We went out to brunch with Joe’s parent’s and Patrick. It was delicious. Then we all went home and napped!

After nap the boys snuggled Joe on the couch watching hockey on his phone.

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We then went to my parent’s for dinner. Liam “played” video games with Uncle Blake. He thinks it’s so awesome to play.

We enjoyed dinner and Oreo ice cream shakes for dessert. The boys played and ran around. Then we went home, put the boys to bed, watched Parks and Recreation and then went to bed too.

It was a fun weekend filled with family! Have a great week and stay warm!

Birthday, Zoo, and lots of family time!

We were able to spend the weekend with family and cousins.

FRIDAY
After work we had dinner quick and then headed to my Grandma’s house for her birthday.

All the cousins had fun playing together and Grandma enjoyed time with everyone. We had cake and ice cream and then called it a night.

We brought the kids home for bed and the relaxed the rest of the evening.

SATURDAY
The boys started their morning with some hockey. I had morning sweat circuit. Then I hustled home to rinse off quick and get ready for the zoo.

We met my parent’s at the zoo. They had my niece and nephew for the weekend so we thought it would be fun to get out of the house.

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The kids had a blast. It’s always fun to go to the zoo and see all the awesome animals.

The fish tanks are one of my favorite things to see.

We even got to see the mama sloth with her baby. I’ve never seen her move when we go to the zoo so it was so cool to watch her slowly try to climb up with baby clinging on tight.

When we got home the boys went down for nap and Joe and I were both exhausted.

After nap we had dinner. Grandpa stopped by to take Marley for a walk and then visited with the boys for a little bit.

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Then it was bed time and relax time for mom and dad!

SUNDAY
We had a concert at home and then headed off to church. After church we hustled home for lunch and nap time.

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After nap I got some snuggles from Owen.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon playing and watching TV. Then we decided to go to Rusty’s for dinner. It was delicious and the bonus was no clean up at home!

We went home after for bath time and the movie time.

It was a great weekend! Have a wonderful week!

Valentine’s Day 2019

Happy Valentine’s day all! We didn’t do any big celebration but we did have lots of fun!

The boys started the morning with gifts from me and Joe. They got new pajamas, books, and fruit snacks. Liam wanted to wear his pajamas all day which also meant Owen would too.

Since Valentine’s was on a Thursday the boys went to my mom’s for the day. They had a blast making projects and cupcakes and spending time with Grandma and their cousins.

Once we got home we had heart shaped noodles in our spaghetti. YUM!

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Then Joe’s mom stopped by with some Valentines gifts for the boys. Liam wanted her to read his new book and Owen insisted he must squeeze in also.

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We spent the remainder of the evening hanging out. Owen was being silly and wearing this headband from my mom.

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We inflated the air mattress and watch the Blackhawks play hockey.

Once both boys were in bed Joe and I just continued lounging together and watching hockey. We didn’t do any big gifts this year, just time together which was perfect!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you had a great one!

Weekend at home

We had a pretty low-key weekend with lots of play time at home.

FRIDAY
We started the evening with Liam not listening and losing TV privileges, which actually was great. We were able to read and play all night and it was a lot of fun. Liam even decided to dress up like a parrot!

Seriously how cute is it that Liam and Joe are reading a Blackhawks book? Liam had so many questions and just loves learning.

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SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning and it was great!

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I returned home to a worship concert in the toy room. Liam was rocking out with his headset and guitar and then drums as well.

Owen was doing his own thing, which he normally does. He has such a fun personality.

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At nap time I went to every store in town to get groceries.

When I got home the boys were still napping so I read a little bit and relaxed.

We had a relaxing evening. After dinner the boys played hockey, Liam put on another concert, and then it was bedtime.

SUNDAY
Liam woke up ready to jam again.

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Owen will copy most of the things Liam does. It’s so cute watching them lay on the floor together.

Owen loves wearing hats and sunglasses.

I can’t believe how big Owen is getting. He sits at the table and eats his cereal like a big boy and then kicks back in the big rocking chair with his morning snack.

Then we were off to church. I was on nursery duty this week so I stayed with the boys in there. I was able to catch Liam watching the service at the end.

After church I was so tired, so I put the boys to nap and decided to hit the gym! It felt great!

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We decided to go to my parent’s when the boys woke up to watch the rest of the Blackhawks game and then have dinner.

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Then it was home to put the boys to bed and relax.

It was so nice to have a weekend home and just nothing really planned. Hope you have a great week!

 

Finally some warmer weather!

After below zero temperatures there were finally some warmer days ahead of us! We decided to take advantage and get outside as much as possible.

FRIDAY
All of us were tired after a long cold week. We spent the evening relaxing and hanging out.

SATURDAY
Happy Groundhog Day! The boys were up early and ready to play some hockey.

Then I was off to sweat circuit. Another great Saturday morning workout. Then I decided to get some donuts for Groundhog Day. I picked out a few donuts and when I went to check out the lady said I was lucky customer 13 and my donuts were free! How awesome is that???

Liam and I enjoyed the donuts when I got home.

I got some cute shots with Owen. He is so funny.

Then Liam wanted to play with water and cups so I filled up a bowl, put on his swimsuit and put him in the bathtub. He thought it was the greatest thing ever.

While the boys were napping I did some cleaning and then went to visit Jordan and her baby Hayden. Molly and her baby Ruthie joined while I was there too. Seriously so cute!

I got home before the boys woke up. When Liam woke up we watched Punxsutanwney Phil predict and early Spring! Once both boys were up we got dressed in our winter gear and went outside to build a snowman and play in the snow. It was so nice out.

Marley even did some digging and had fun too.

After outside time we started prepping dinner. The boys ate before us and then my parent’s came over to do another celebration dinner for my mom’s retirement. It was so good. After we were done eating it was time for the boys to go to bed. Then we played a game. Joe and my dad dominated all 3 games against me and my mom.

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It was so much fun. They left and we went to bed.

SUNDAY
Seriously this kid and his hat….so funny!

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Then it was off to church. There were pancakes before so we enjoyed those and then let the boys run around a little bit.

Then it was home for lunch and nap time for the boys. During nap I did some appetizer preparation for the Superbowl.

After nap we went sledding at Joe’s sister’s house. The kids and grownups all had a lot of fun. Owen would sign “more” as soon as the sled stopped at the bottom of the hill. Liam was hesitant to sled at first but once he did it he wanted to keep going too.

We had a grownups vs kids race that was a lot of fun too.

Then we went home. Prepared the rest of the appetizers and dinner for the boys. We turned on the Superbowl and watched it in the background while also playing hockey with Liam. Owen found a little keyboard and started pretending he was working.

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We made way too many appetizers for the both of us but they were delicious. We put the boys to bed and watched the rest of the game before going to bed also.

We had a great weekend filled with family and friends. Hope you were able to enjoy some warmer temps and have a great week ahead!