Archive | October 2014

October Oils Promotion!

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Hello everyone! This is my first time running an essential oils promotion and I am super excited about it! It is a good one! For the rest of this month, if you purchase a Premium Starter Kit from me, I will also include the Quick Reference Guide AND a free $10 gift card for amazon.com!!! Free money back in your pocket, that you can use for Christmas gifts, oil accessories, or anything your heart desires!

You can read about some of the benefits of essential oils here, here, or here. And here is a picture of all the oils included in the Premium Starter Kit:

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You get all those oils, plus a diffuser, plus lots of samples and a wholesale membership for LIFE with no monthly obligation! Or if you would prefer lots of Thieves products or NingXia Red, you can choose one of the other Premium Starter Kits pictured here:

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So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been considering starting your essential oil journey, this is a great deal you won’t want to pass up! And I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. These are great oils from a great company.

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To sign up, just follow my link here, and make sure you keep it on Wholesale Member and keep my # in the enroller and sponsor areas so I know who to send the freebies to!

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What is Valor used for?

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Valor. This wasn’t one of the first oils I used when I got my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. Quite frankly, because I didn’t know just what I would use it for. But it has since become one of the most indispensable oils in my collection. I really don’t know how I lived without it for so long! That’s why I decided to write this post, so you can also discover all the great qualities this oil possesses and start using (and loving!) it right away.

As you can imagine, my back hurts quite often, being that I’m big and pregnant. Especially my lower back and right up along the sides of my spine. Often at night it hurts so bad that I don’t even want my husband to massage it, but I found something that does work. I mix a couple tablespoons of coconut oil with about 5-6 drops of Valor and just have my husband rub it on my back where it hurts, and within minutes I can feel the tension and achiness disappear. A back rub with this oil makes for a much more restful sleep and a happier morning!

Not only is Valor great for occasional sore, achy muscles, it is also great for alleviating minor joint aches and pains. A couple months ago my husband hurt his elbow in a softball game and would not let me put any oils on him for the first couple days. Finally he let me rub Valor on his elbow and woke up the next morning good as new. I also use it on my knees when they start hurting. Works like a charm, every time.

I also discovered on the Young Living website that Valor “increases feelings of strength, courage,  and self-esteem in the face of adversity.” Who wouldn’t want some more of that, right? So I tested it out by dabbing a few drops on the back of my daughter’s neck before her first soccer practice. She was seriously stressed out, to the point of tears, about this new experience. Again, Valor did not let me down. She went to practice and had a great time. You never would have known how nervous she had been just 30 minutes before!

This also would be a great oil to use before going in for chiropractic care, as it “helps the body to self-correct its balance and alignment”, according to the Young Living website. And according to the Quick Reference Guide, Valor “helps create an environment where structural alignment can occur.” I haven’t personally used it for this yet, but I think I’m going to have to come up with a reason to go to the chiropractor so I can try it out! And since this is one of the main oils used in the Raindrop Massage technique, I certainly don’t doubt either of those claims.

Update: I actually started going to a chiropractor during the last trimester of my pregnancy, and every time I remembered to put Valor on my spine beforehand, I felt like I got such a better adjustment. My chiropractor even commented how great it was a couple times!

So there you have it.

Another great and versatile oil from Young Living. Valor is no longer included in the Premium Starter Kit, but it is so worth it to add on! I love this company so much and all the benefits I’ve seen in mine and my family’s health in just the few short months I’ve been using them. If you would like to get started on your oily journey, just visit my Essential Oils page, where you will find more information on the products and a link to order. And I’m always here to answer any questions you may have, you can comment or get a hold of me through my Contact page. There’s no better time than now!

 

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What I Learned From My Drama Queen

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I am the mother to a little girl who is 4 going on 5. Or maybe she is really going on 15 and I just missed the last 10 years somehow, because that is how it feels most days. Like I have a miniature teenager running around in my house. I love this little girl with all my heart but she sure can try my patience at times.

She is so dramatic. The slightest injury or insult quickly escalates into nuclear meltdown proportions.

It’s either 0 or 60 for her, there is no in between. She is constantly running on full-steam.

She is a little fashion diva, changing her outfits multiple times a day and having to have her hair a certain way. Plus she loves mommy’s make-up and “smell goods.”

Bossy would be an understatement. As would “control-freak.” Although I wouldn’t dare call her either one of those!

It probably doesn’t help that she is one of my middle children. Still, I think this is more her personality than her birth order, even though there may be some truth to the birth order line of thinking. She is so easy to love, so sweet and kind most of the time. Except when she’s not.

The other day I took her to swim lessons and while I was sitting there watching her I couldn’t help but notice the look of pure joy on her face as she was kicking her little feet in the water. She was trying so hard to please her instructor and was so happy to just be there, in the pool, at that moment. And then I realized that she has that look often. I just haven’t been seeing her. Truly seeing her. In that second I fell head over heels back in love with my little girl.

My dramatic girl that lives 100% in the present, enjoying every little detail of life to the fullest.

My girl, constantly on the go because she wants to experience all that life has to offer.

My fashion diva who always wants to make a statement, because after all, this moment is here and is of the utmost importance.

My bossy girl who takes life by the horns and holds nothing back.

I sat there on the sidelines of the pool that day, looking at my daughter like I had just met her. Why hadn’t I seen her in this light before? Why had I let the cares of this world stop me from loving my children just the way God made them, with all their little quirks and eccentricities? If I could live life the way my 4 year old lives life, I would be such a better person. Living in the moment instead of the past or the future. Savoring each experience instead of floating through life trying to check things off my list or stay on schedule. Being truly present with the people around me. This is what I learned that day from my sweet little girl. I hope and pray I never forget it. I also pray that she never loses that joy. That excitement for life.

After all, obedience can be learned. Self-control can be learned. But finding joy in life’s little moments. That’s harder. That is a gift. One I hope she carries with her forever and never lets go of. I’m so thankful God blessed our family with this joyful, dramatic, always on the go little girl.

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But They’ll Miss All The Fun!

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As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I came across a friend’s post regarding her desire to homeschool her children. Since I am a homeschool mom, it right away piqued my interest so I began to look through all the comments. What I read has had me thinking ever since. I was prepared to see some people in support of her choice and others opposed, and was even prepared for what the opposition had to say. What I wasn’t prepared for was how the same objections I’ve heard so many times before would make me think long and hard about what was at the root of these arguments.

If you homeschool your children or if you’ve ever even brought up the idea of homeschooling to your friends and family, chances are you’ve heard all the reasons why you shouldn’t. Your kids won’t be socialized. They won’t be able to get into a good college. And my new favorite thanks to the Facebook post I mentioned: But they’ll miss out on all the fun!

Last I checked, school is intended as a place for children to LEARN. We as a people have come to the conclusion that our children must have x amount of knowledge in math, language, science, and history in order to be good, functioning members of society, and so school is where we send our children for the majority of their formative years in order to acquire that knowledge. School was never intended as a place for children to have fun. In fact, having fun in class is often seen as disruptive. Yet somehow, somewhere parents have bought into the delusion that school should be a place for fun.

Amusement parks are for having fun. Parks are for having fun. Lakes, rivers, and oceans are for having fun. There are so, so many outlets for children to have fun. Why should school be one of them? Now, I’m not saying that school can never be enjoyable. Learning is fun, especially learning done under a really good teacher or on a subject the student enjoys. Friendship is fun also, and I will concede that most childhood friendships are created in a school environment. But what about church groups, sports teams, play dates, homeschool co-ops? These are all valid, and probably preferable avenues for children to make friends, since they all share some common interest besides being cooped up in a classroom together for 8 hours each day.

But let’s get back to the point here. Why are parents today so overly concerned with whether or not their children are having enough fun? Maybe it’s because we know, on some sub-conscious level, that children shouldn’t be strapped into a desk for most of their daytime hours, for 13+ years of their lives, filling their heads with information that will be forgotten after the next test or never used as an adult anyway. Maybe it’s because somewhere, deep down, we know that test after test isn’t the way to train children to lead productive, adult lives. Or maybe there is some other reason that is nagging at us, but we just keep pushing it down and blaming it on our children’s lack of entertainment.

Let me tell you, children today are NOT at risk of running out of entertainment opportunities anytime soon. We live in a world where any movie or game is right at our fingertips. There are countless sports teams to join and parks to play at and vacations to take. We live in a society consumed with the idea that we must be having fun at all times or something is wrong. Guess what? Life, adult life, isn’t always fun. There are responsibilities that must be taken care of on a daily basis. Things like paying bills and showing up for work everyday and keeping the house clean that definitely ARE NOT FUN! Still, they must get done. I truly believe we are doing our children a disservice when we base our choices for their lives on whether or not something will be enough fun for them.

I think this idea that has crept in that everything must have an aspect of fun to it has lead to the downfall of society. It used to be shameful for a grown man to still be living at home with his parents. It used to be shameful to say you dropped out of college because you were partying too much. It used to be shameful to have a marriage fall apart. It used to be shameful to not have a stable home for your children because they have to spend half their time at one house and half at another. Yet this is the world we live in today. We live in a world where both parents work full-time outside the home, then go out and party on the weekends to “blow off steam” while another babysitter or extended family member watches their kids. We are so obsessed with having fun we are shirking our responsibilities and making excuses for a me-first attitude.

Parents, I implore you. Think of your children’s future. Think of what is truly in their best interest and what will shape them into responsible adults. Don’t base your decisions on what will be the most fun for your kids, but rather on what will produce the best outcome. For many that will be sending your children to a public school, and if that is what is best for your family, I say go for it. But be sure of what you are basing your decision on. Remember, every choice we make as parents shape our children’s futures, either for the better or for the worse. Don’t make those decisions lightly. Trust me, no matter what you choose, there will be plenty of opportunities for fun!

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Pregnancy After Loss

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Today, in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, I am writing a post about getting pregnant again after a miscarriage. Last year in May I went to a routine prenatal appointment at 15 weeks gestation and discovered that my sweet baby no longer had a heartbeat. He had been taken into the arms of Jesus before I ever got to hold him in mine. The next few months are somewhat a blur as I went through the motions of my day, caring for my other children, while trying to process the loss. I remember the absolute worst things that people could say to me at that time was, “Well, at least you weren’t very far along” or “It’s for the best, there must have been something wrong with the baby anyway.” Yes, I heard those both more times than I care to remember. And each time it felt like a knife through my heart. It’s true I wasn’t very far along, but that little baby already had a place in my heart, in my family, and in my dreams of the future. I spent a lot of time those next few months pouring my heart out to God, reading His Word, and writing down my feelings. I truly believe that all three of those things helped keep me from falling apart.

Fast forward a year, and I’m pregnant again. Although it felt so different at first. Every other pregnancy I have felt joy mingled with excitement and a little bit of nervousness. I’ve wanted to tell everyone and my pregnancy is all I ever want to talk about. I wasn’t prepared for the shift this time in how I would feel. I was more nervous than joyful. I was reserved. I didn’t want to tell anyone right away-because what if it happened again?

I think what took me most by surprise was my inability to bond with this new life growing inside me. It’s like I was holding back so that I wouldn’t get my heart broken again. There was no singing lullabies to my tummy, no rubbing it while murmuring affectionate words and hopes for our new life together. And so much anxiety. Why haven’t I felt movement yet? Is what I’m feeling normal? Did this happen last time or with my “normal” pregnancies? I over-analyzed and over-thought every little thing.

Even now at 8 months pregnant, I’m just beginning to hope. I can feel the baby moving and kicking all throughout the day, so I think that helps to reassure me that everything is good. I still notice a reservation, but I am trying to work through that. I also notice I am more susceptible to becoming depressed. I have to daily look for joy in my life so I don’t get sucked into a black hole of worry, doubt, and hopelessness.

I have to remind myself that God is in control, and no matter what happens He will never leave me nor forsake me. He already knows what tomorrow holds, and as long as I look to Him I will be okay. Although this pregnancy has not been what I’ve expected, I am happy. Happy to once again feel a baby in my womb. And hopeful. Hopeful that in 7 short weeks I will be able to hold this baby in my arms and kiss it’s newborn, glowing face. And hopeful that one day in Heaven I will be able to do the same for my little boy that I never got to meet in this life.

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