Sep 25, 2014

300th Post - Looking Back and GIVEAWAY

It is seriously hard for me to believe that I have written THREE HUNDRED blog posts!  Wow!  That is a lot of words, a lot of key strokes, a lot of love poured into the computer...

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!  I am so excited that our community continues to grow!

In honor of 300 posts - I want to share with you my top 5 most visited blog posts AND, there's a giveaway!

Top 5 Most Visited Mama Marcie Posts:

1.  Your Young Living Home Diffuser - tips and tricks on how to use and maintain the diffuser that comes with your Premium Starter Kit.


2.  Best Young Living Combos to Diffuse - a list of fun concoctions to add to your diffuser.


3.  Well With My Soul - Thanks Pinterest for making this a popular post.  I STILL have this piece above my mantle. 
 4.  Detox Your Sunscreen - My absolute favorite oily recipe is my sunscreen recipe.  Works great, super smooth and smells good, too!  And no chemicals!


5.  17 Oily Options for Depression and Anxiety - A topic close to my heart - I am so glad that so many people have gotten to read more about options you have when facing this hard issue.



I am so thankful to be able to share these words with you.  Thank you for reading!  In honor of 300 blog posts, my cousin, Katie, and I have teamed up to bring you a super fun giveaway!  One lucky winner will get a Thirty One Medium Thermal Tote in Navy Lotsa Dots AND a tube of Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste (one of my secret favorite products from YL)!!  So many ways to win!  Check it out here:


I'm feeling generous, so if this giveaway gets more than 100 entries, I'll pick a second winner for a secret prize!

What are you waiting for??

But seriously, thanks again for reading. :)


Sep 23, 2014

Oil UP! 95 Uses for the Everyday Oil Collection

Hi friends.  You have heard me rave about my essential oils.  You have heard how my husband and I got over the flu in quick time, how I have treated my seasonal allergies, how I have transformed my medicine cabinet.  Now it is your turn!  

Are you ready to jump in?

Now is the perfect time!



These 10 oils have literally changed my life.  

Need more convincing??  How about 95 Uses for the Everyday Oil Kit??



Lavender
  1. Great for relaxation (try it in an oily bath - drop several drops in a cup of epsom salts and mix into bath water)
  2. Sniffles, sneezing, watery eyes
  3. Sleep aid
  4. Removes itch from insect bites
  5. Use on cuts/scrapes
  6. Apply neat on minor burns
  7. Rashes and other skin issues
  8. Use on Sunburns - add to a spray bottle of water for relief


Peppermint


  1. All things digestive 
  2. Opens up nasal passages
  3. Apply where needed for hurting and discomfort from headaches, injuries and arthritis
  4. Fever (on the belly button)
  5. Alertness and concentration
  6. Flavoring in foods (2 drops in a brownie mix is perfect!)
  7. Bug/rodent repellant (add a few drops to a cotton ball and rub along doorways and window sills)
  8. Breathe in deeply to help alleviate a sick stomach
  9. Use in the car for motion sickness
  10. Apply on the back of the neck for cooling from hot flashes


Lemon


  1. Full of antioxidants
  2. Great for detox
  3. Draining to our lymph nodes and ears (apply behind ears and down Eustachian tubes)
  4. Can be pH balancing
  5. Good for germ busting
  6. Air freshener
  7. Heart burn
  8. Gum, oil, grease spots in clothing.  Add a few drops of lemon oil and throw in the wash like normal.
  9. Food flavoring (lemon cookies anyone?)
  10. Acne/oily skin (antibacterial)
  11. Memory Aid


Frankincense


  1. Dr Lin at OU has studied Frankincense for about 7 years now regarding Frankincense and Cancer
  2. Frankincense is high in sesquiterpenes which is why it can help aid in emotional issues.  
  3. Skin issues such as wrinkles and stretch marks.
  4. Concentration/Brain Health
  5. Apply to chest for breathing issues
  6. Make a face cream with coconut oil to use every night before bed
  7. Immune Booster
  8. May help to reduce inflammation
  9. Apply to bites and stings


Thieves


  1. Excellent for seasonal germs (apply to bottom of feet and diffuse in the room)
  2. Boost Immune system
  3. Germ Busting
  4. Gingivitis/bad breath
  5. Great holiday scent!  Diffuse in your home during the holidays :)
  6. Sore throat (try a drop or two in warm tea)
  7. Gum discomfort (apply directly to the gums)
  8. Fever blisters
  9. One drop on your thumb pressed to the roof of your mouth for headaches
  10. Make Foaming Hand Soap with Thieves


Purification


  1. Can neutralize mildew, burned dinner and disagreeable odors.
  2. Purify hotel rooms (bring your diffuser)
  3. Cleans cuts and scrapes
  4. Use as an insect repellent instead of chemical sprays - if you forget and you get bit, use it for bites and stings.
  5. Itching
  6. Skin blemishes
  7. Sore throat (rub on the outside of the throat)
  8. Great for pets from ear mites to flea problems
  9. Put a drop in stinky shoes
  10. Drop in the washing machine to get rid of mildew smells


Peace and Calming


  1. Promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace.  
  2. Very uplifting (citrus oils)
  3. Great to diffuse before bed
  4. Overactive or hard to manage children
  5. Nerves
  6. Teeth grinding
  7. the Blue Tansy ingredient helps combat anger and negative emotions
  8. Apply to hands and then pet your animal to calm them down.
  9. Diffuse for dogs during thunder storms


Panaway


  1. Reduces aching, hurting and inflammation.
  2. May increase circulation
  3. May help to accelerate healing
  4. May help with sciatic nerve issues
  5. Great for pets who are hurting
  6. Apply to sore muscles after working out
  7. Reduce Cramps
  8. Apply to bruises
  9. Use for headaches


Valor


  1. Good for all things emotional - self doubt, self esteem
  2. Nicknamed “Chiropractor in a Bottle” 
  3. Great for pets to help calm them and make them more approachable
  4. Helps with confidence
  5. May help with sciatica
  6. May help with sleep Apnea
  7. May help with TMJ Issues
  8. Great in a diffuser necklace or on wrists before big meetings
  9. Use on sore muscles
  10. Alleviate tension in your shoulders
  11. Apply to the bottom of the big toe for snoring


Joy


  1. Apply over your heart for emotional issues
  2. May help regulate blood pressure - apply over heart
  3. Aphrodisiac/Libido
  4. Diffuse around children to get rid of whininess
  5. Use as a natural deodorant
  6. May help relieve on poison ivy
  7. Use during times of grief
  8. Apply over the liver to increase positivity


Are you ready to jump in and change your life??  

Want to know how to purchase your own oils?  Check out this information HERE!


As always, please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using oily remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home. 

Sep 13, 2014

Easy, Healthy, Kid Friendly Dinner

Did you hear the awesome news?  For a week now, we have been homing three chickens!  Millie, Lily and Hattie have moved into our backyard, and we are all having a great time caring for them and watching them.  We haven't started getting many eggs yet (only 2), but the girls are absolutely fascinated with the idea of getting eggs from our chickens.  We talk about it often.


So the other night, I was out of dinner ideas, I was tired, I wanted my kids to eat something healthy, but didn't want to spend a huge amount of time on dinner - and since eggs were on all of our minds, I came up with Build Your Own Omlet dinner.  It was a HUGE success!




Here's what we did:

1.  Cut up veggies and other ingredients and place in individual bowls.  We used spinach, mushrooms and onions this time because it is what I had on hand, but we have also used tomatoes, bell peppers, and other veggies before.  We also sometimes cut up some turkey lunch meat, left over chicken from last night's dinner, sausage or other meat and we always have a small bowl of grated cheese.


2.  Mom or dad can crack the egg and put it in a bowl with a fork.  My girls took turns mixing up their omelets.  First, break the yolk and add a little bit of pepper.  Izzy, my 3 year old, can eat a 2 egg omelet, but Olivia only likes 1.  Let the kids choose their veggies and then mix again.  Tell them to be sure all of the veggies are coated with the egg.


3.  Send the kids to set the table while you cook the omelets.  Have a skillet preheated to medium.  Melt a small pad of butter to ensure your eggs do not stick.  Cook your eggs for 2-3 minutes on each side (should be slightly brown when done).

4.  Serve with fruit for a yummy, healthy dinner!


Enjoy!

Sep 5, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils for the Fall Candle Addict

Brace yourselves, my friends.  The news I am about to bring to you may be.... disturbing.  Pull your fingers out of your ears and stop saying "la la la la".  Because along with this bad news comes a fabulous alternative!

Did you know that those amazing candles you burn in your home are actually toxic to your health?  Yeah... I know.  Sad.  We are literally burning lead from the wick, petroleum from the paraffin, and filling our home with indoor pollution!

I won't go into huge detail, but if you are interested in reading more about why you should ditch candles, check out the links below:


Now for the good news - there is an alternative!  All you need is a diffuser and an assortment of Young Living essential oils.  They last a great deal longer than a typical candle and, not only do they smell good, but they offer amazing benefits to your health, too!

I haven't had candles in my home for years - I was terrified that my kitties or my babies would knock one over or burn themselves, so I just didn't burn any.  Last summer when I "discovered" Young Living, I realized how amazing of an alternative diffusing oils in my home was to burning candles.  

Here are my top 5 recommendations for Fall Scented Essential Oils:



1.  Thieves - Immune boosting, germ fighting and smells so delicious!  For more information on Thieves, click here.

2.  Clove - Not only is clove germ busting, but it also has a warm smell that is so inviting for fall.

3.  Nutmeg - Nutmeg supports the immune system and also helps with tiredness and exhaustion.  This oil reminds me of pumpkin pie!

4.  Cinnamon - Another immune boosting, germ fighting oil (are you noticing a trend here?), cinnamon instantly puts me in a holiday mood!

5.  Orange - Uplifting and balancing, Orange is a great addition to your fall oil arsenal.



Did you notice a trend?  This is just my theory, but perhaps we associate these scents with fall because of their immune boosting properties?  Cool thought, huh?

Try mixing any of the above for awesome scents - my favorite is Orange with Cinnamon and Clove!


Want to know how to purchase your own oils?  Check out this information HERE!


As always, please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using oily remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home. 



Aug 27, 2014

What's in My Purse?

The Mama Purse - a magical space.

Does it remind you of this?


I thought it would be fun to show you what is routinely found in MY purse - a mama, artist, teacher, oiler.

Thanks to my awesome mother in law, this is the purse I am currently carrying:


Large with pockets inside and outside.  Brightly colored a plus and chevrons a double plus!  This purse happens to be a Vera Bradley, but lately I have been REALLY into Thirty One bags.  Check out my cousin's Thirty One site here.

The cavernous purse of a mama.... a truly incredible sight!


Want to know what all this junk is??  I have to say, when I pulled it all out, I was impressed that there wasn't anything weirder in my purse.  Usually, I could win competitions for the most bizarre items in a purse, haha.

Here's what is in my purse now:

1.  Crayola Twistable Colors - I keep these in my purse for my girls.  When we are at restaurants or waiting rooms, they love to color.  Mommy wins, too, because the girls are occupied and being creative.

2.  Home Made Peppermint Lip Balm using Young Living essential oils (stay tuned for a tutorial!)

3.  Various Essential Oil Products - currently, I have home made bug spray, Tranquil and an Allergy blend that I made.

4.  A travel case with 8 sample bottles of Young Living essential Oils.  Remember this post?

5.  Work Keys

6.  Organic lollipops - my husband calls these bribery ;)  We rarely get to this point, but occasionally the girls need a treat, so I keep a couple on hand.  I bought these at Sprouts.

7.  Green Tea Mints from Trader Joe's

8.  My wallet - with a thousand receipts because I am terrible about remembering to clean it out.  It's rather worn - might be time for a replacement soon!  Use it up and wear it out is our motto though :)

9.  Wall charger for my phone

10.  Toys - Likely, this was something that Olivia walked out of the house with and handed to me before school, but I generally have something to keep the girls occupied in my purse.

11.  Checkbook - who uses checks these days??  I do.  Once a month for our milk co-op and rarely for school stuff.

12.  Diapers - We use Honest Company diapers and we LOVE them.  Have you tried them?  Click my link and you can order a FREE sample - you just pay shipping.  I was sold after seeing the adorable designs, the amazing packaging and reading about their quality and attention to purity and the environment.


Ok, now tell me - what is the weirdest thing in YOUR purse??


Aug 25, 2014

Make Your Own Essential Oil Blend

Being an Oiler sometimes makes me feel like a Mad Scientist - I LOVE coming up with new blends, mixing concoctions for special needs, filling my little bottles and experimenting with what works best.  Today, I'd like to share with you how I make my blends!

As any Mad Scientist knows (or artist for that matter), you are only as good as your supplies.  I suggest only using Young Living essential oils - they are well known for their purity and extremely high quality.  When it comes to rollers, I have experimented with several.  For a long time, I used these from Abundant Health, but lately, I have been having a lot more success buying the roller fitments from Young Living and putting them on top of my empty Young Living bottles.  I like the metal roller on the YL fitments and they seem to be higher quality.

Need help getting your YL roller fitments on and off?  Check out this video!

You will also need a liquid carrier oil.  Which carrier oil you use is completely up to you.  I prefer Fractionated Coconut Oil or Almond Oil.  


You can make a blend for ANYTHING - it's so exciting!  Here are some of my favorites that we use in our home:

Calming Blend

6 drops Peace and Calming
14 drops Lavender
8 drops Frankincense
4 drops Patchouli
4 drops Vetiver

Focus Blend

15 drops Orange
15 drops Peppermint

Sniffles, Sneezing and Watery Eyes Blend

10 drops Lemon
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Copiaba

Germ Away Blend

24 drops Thieves
12 drops Oregano
4 drops Frankincense


What are YOUR favorite blends?  Do you make your own?


Want to know how to purchase your own oils?  Check out this information HERE!


As always, please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using oily remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home. 


Aug 19, 2014

7 Verses to Pray Over Your Child as They Go Back to School

Back to school - such a bitter sweet time in our family. My girls were so excited to start at a new school today - to make new friends, be in a new room with new toys and new books, to sleep on cots and eat at new tables! But it also means that they are not with me 24/7 - that I am missing out on those silly little things they say that keep me going through the day. And it also means that I am not there for those teachable moments. But I trust their teachers and in our most amazing God to care for them and to love them, and to ease my worries, I pray.

Here are 7 verses I will be praying over my girls as they go back to school:


1. 1 Timothy 4:12 - Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

Lord, help my children to be little shining lights - a sign to all of your love for us. Help them to make good choices and develop good friendships. Help them to love their neighbors.


2. Joshua 1:9 - This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Lord, remove all fear from my children about school this year. Help them to adjust to a new schedule, help them to not be afraid to talk to new people and make new friends.


3. Philippians 4:8 - Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.


Lord, I ask that you please fill their heads with so many true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable things that there is no room for anything negative. Give them JOY in their day, and good thoughts and dreams as they sleep.


4. Isaiah 30:21 - Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left.


Lord, guide their steps. Even as preschoolers, they are learning to make choices that will stay with them in life. Please help me to guide them in the way they should be going and to encourage them as they learn to listen to you. Please help me teach them to pray and to always turn to you first.


5. Matthew 18:10 - Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

Lord, I ask that you surround my children with your presence and your angels. I ask that you protect them from harm and from illness. I ask that you place people in their lives that will value them.


6. Proverbs 15:1 - A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.


Lord, help my children to honor you with their speech. Help them to talk to each other and to their friends, teachers, family, and parents in a way that is pleasing and deflects anger. And Lord, as parents, help us to model this loving, gentle speech.


7. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Lord, above all else, I ask that you bring my children in to your arms. That you help them to KNOW you, to desire you, to trust you, and to rely on you.


Blessings on your school year, whether day care, elementary, middle school, high school, home school, private, public, or even teaching!  May you also find Joy in your days and remember to turn to your Heavenly Father when you feel overwhelmed or afraid.