Happy New Year

2015 was busy and fun year for our family! It was also a year of change and transition! We have spent a lot of the year getting healthier and we have experienced so many benefits the changes we have made.

I made a commitment in February to get healthy and fit. I started working out and eating better. It was not always easy or fun, but I stuck with it and am down 40 pounds. So thankful to have found an amazing personal trainer and also for a supportive husband who encouraged me and never once complained about making dinner and handling bedtime so I could go to they gym! I still have a ways to go to get to my goal, but I know that I can get there in 2016 🙂

Early in 2015 we skeptically started using essential oils to help our sweet girl sleep better. Well little did we know that we would end up making some drastic changes towards our entire family’s health and wellness. We started realizing the benefits these oils could have for our family and also started researching and learning more. We have seen so many benefits from helping us sleep, supporting our immune system, and so many other ways. Interested in learning more about how essential oils can help you and your family? I would love to talk more with you!!

We also had lots of fun with our little family!  We took a few road trips this year and had a blast making memories!!

In April we headed to the beach for a long weekend and it was perfect!!

In September we went to Disney World for a week!! We had so much fun and my little ones are still talking about it! I think the adults had just as much fun as the littles 😉

In December we headed to Chattanooga for the weekend. We visited Ruby Falls and rode the Polar Express train. It is the cutest thing. The kids got to wear their PJs on the train. We took a ride to the “North Pole” to see Santa. On the way we got snack, listened to stories and sang Christmas carols. Then Santa boarded the train and the kids got to visit and tell them their wish list!

We did lots of other fun things this year. We had play dates with friends and spent a lot of time with family. A few of my favorite things we did this year were visiting the zoo, going to Disney on Ice, spending time at the lake and apple picking in the North GA mountains!

 

But my most favorite thing about 2015 was spending it with these cuties!

 

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Can’t wait to see all the fun things we experience in 2016!!

 

 

 

 

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DIY Thieves Spray

It’s that time of year again! Kids are headed back to school and Fall is coming soon! I love everything about Fall… except the germs and the bugs that start circulating around! I think one of the things I am most excited about this oils journey is having them to help support our immunity during this time of year.

I love this DIY Thieves spray! I plan on having a bottle everywhere we go. It’s great for spraying on shopping carts, door handles, or any other surface that is germy. thieves spray

DIY Thieves Spray

2 oz glass bottle

distilled water

10-15 drops Thieves essential oil

1 Tsp witch hazel

Put oil and witch hazel in clean glass bottle. Fill with distilled water. Shake before each use.

Order your Premium Starter Kit before August 31,2015 and I will send you a bottle of this Thieves spray! Don’t forget that Young Living extended their $10 off promo through the end of August.

Ready to get started on your oils journey? Click here

Laundry Detergent

I have wanted to make my own laundry detergent for a while now, but was a little hesitant because I am pretty picky about how our laundry smells. I have fallen in love with our Thieves cleaner and have cleaned everything in our house with it from the floors, to the bathrooms, and kitchen. So, when I found this recipe for laundry detergent that used Thieves cleaner I decided to finally take the plunge!

Laundry Detergent

3/4 Cup Super Washing Soda

1 1/2 cups baking soda

3/4 cup castile soap

1/4 cup Thieves cleaner

In an empty container (I used a 5 gallon bucket) add washing soda. Add 6 cups very hot water in bucket and stir until dissolved. Add 1.5 cups baking soda to mixture and stir. Add enough hot water to make 2 gallons. Add 3/4 cup castile soap and stir mixture. Add 1/4 cup Thieves cleaner and stir. Let sit overnight. It will end up looking chunky… This is a good thing 🙂 Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry! 

I was pleasantly surprised by the results! I washed towels first to try it out, because I am a weirdo  particular about how our towels smell and have always bought a separate detergent for them because I need them to smell super clean! It was a total mom fail and success at the same time! Life got busy and the towels were left in the wash overnight… which usually means they mildew and need to be rewashed! But guess what…. they didn’t mildew! Crazy right? The towels were dried with our wool dryer balls and smelled so fresh!!

Another great thing about this recipe..It was cheap and easy to make and will last a long time. I cut the recipe down so it would fit in my cute 2 gallon dispenser I got on clearance at Wal-mart and it still made 64 loads!

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DIY Dish Soap

This week I made this dish soap with my Mother in law and sis-in-law. I love the results!! Smells so good and works great! I tested it out on a frying pan that had been used to make eggs and it cleaned it right up! It also seems that it’s very concentrated so a little bit goes a long way… saving money is always a plus 🙂

DIY Dish Soap

1 1/2 cups hot water

1/2 cup castile soap

1 TBS baking soda

1 TBS grated soap (we used Fels-Naptha)

Grapefruit Essential Oil (15 drops)

In a large bowl or pan add castile soap, baking soda, grated soap, and oils. Slowly pour very hot water over ingredients. Stir until dissolved. Leave mixture in bowl until it’s cool. Once cool stir as needed. Pour into your container.

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Click here to see what brand of Essential Oils I recommend!

Sleepy Cream

Love this blend to rub on the little ones feet and mine before bedtime! unnamed (29)

Sleepy Cream

1 cup coconut oil

4 drops Lavender

4 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Peace & Calming II

whip the coconut oil in a bowl until creamy. Add oils and mix well. Store in a glass jar.

You could also do this in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil!

Wool Dryer Balls

As I have mentioned before, we are trying to slowly replace chemical cleaners, soaps and medicines in our home with chemical free things we can make ourselves using our oils. We are doing this to have a more healthy home, but it has also had an unexpected benefit! We are saving money too! Making things ourselves is a lot cheaper than buying them! Who doesn’t love that??

We decided to give the wool dryer balls a try! They didn’t cost much more than a big bottle of our old fabric softener, and they last a lot longer and have no chemicals. I didn’t even realize until recently that even though we were using the “free” version of our softener, it still contains a lot of chemicals that end up in our clothes. Not to mention the savings! A box of dryer balls costs $12.90 and lasts 1,000 loads which equals out to about 1 cent per load. Compared to our liquid fabric softener which costs us $9.99 for 90 loads equals out to about 11 cents per load! An added bonus is that the wool dryer balls are supposed to reduce drying time by 25%! Cheaper, healthier and saves mama time! That’s what Micheal Scott would call a Win-Win-Win 🙂

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You can use your oils with these too! Just put 5 drops of your favorite oils on them and toss them in the dryer! We like to use Purification and lavender!

We got our dryer balls here 

Ready to get your own oils? Click here

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Pillow Spray

I love a good pillow/linen spray! It’s so nice to lay down at bedtime and be able to have a nice relaxing scent on my pillow to help me unwind and fall asleep.  You can use any blend of oils you like, but I chose Lavender and Cedarwood.

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Pillow Spray

1/2 teaspoon witch hazel

8 drops Lavender

8 drops Cedarwood

water

In a 2 oz glass spray bottle, put 1/2 a teaspoon witch hazel and oils. Fill up the rest with water. Shake well before each use! 

Don’t forget that if you buy a Premium Starter Kit from me during July, you will get a bottle of this pillow spray as a welcome gift from me 🙂 As an added bonus Young Living is offering $10 off of the Premium Starter Kits until August 13, 2015!

Click here to order!