Monthly Archives: July 2014

essential oils for baby

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Everyone wants the best for their child, and most Mama’s are especially cautious with what they use on and around their infants. Essential oils are the perfect choice when it comes to a safe, natural, non-toxic, chemical free way to care for baby.

Baby wash can be made be made very simply, and leave baby smelling sweet and clean. Here is a great recipe:

2 tablespoons baby mild castile soap

4 drops of lavender oil (or your favorite scent)

water

a foam soap dispenser

Merely pour the castile soap and lavender into the dispenser and fill with water. Gently shake, and viola your done.

Baby lotion is a painless mixture of coconut oil and  lavender. It leaves baby smelling delight and leaves their skin soft and moisturized.

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Diaper ointment can easily be made by combining coconut oil with a few drops of lavender and melrose.

Eczema or dermatitis can be treated with a carrier of coconut oil or olive oil, combined with a couple of drops each of lavender, melrose and lemon essential oils. Peppermint is also an add in option, though there is some controversy surrounding the use in children under two.

Gas can be soothed with a drop of gentle baby combined with a teaspoon of carrier oil, then rub on baby’s abdomen.

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Colic is calmed by using bergamont, ylang ylang or roman chamomile mixed with a carrier rubbed on to baby’s chest.

Fussiness or restless nights can be alleviated by either diffusing  or topically using peace and calming, cedarwood and/or lavender.  Valor is also a good calming option.

Cradle cap is an easy fix with coconut oil and either rose and/or melaleuca oil. You can always add some lavender to sweeten the smell too.

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Teething can be eased by using thieves oil rubbed directly on to baby’s gums. I used it on my 10 year old’s sore gums and she said the relief lasted for over 3 hours!

Ear infections can be treated by placing 2 drops each of melrose and lavender on a cotton ball and placing on baby’s ear held in place by you or a band-aide. Rub some lemon and copaiba around baby’s ear for pain relief, and some thieves on the bottom of their feet as an anti-viral.

**Please remember not to leave baby unsupervised while treating their ear with the cotton ball, its a choking hazard.**

Upset tummies can be soothed with di gize or peppermint (another age controversial use), mix with carrier and apply topically to baby’s abdomen.

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General illnesses can be shortened by rubbing theives on the bottom of babies feet a couple of times a day.

Respiratory illnesses can be eased with the use of raven and RC, rotate between the two. Mix a drop with a carrier oil and rub on babies chest and back.

Disinfecting toys and home can be done simply with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and a few drops of theives. No need to rinse toys after cleaning, the vinegar smell with fade as the item drys.

Love on your baby and try a few of these 🙂

~Rachel

 

 

 

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2 minute citrus lip balm!

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I am lip balm obsessed.  I have purchased every brand, flavor, size and shape.  I have them everywhere.  They are in my car, purse, work bag, nightstand, bathroom, kitchen, everywhere.

I just could not stop buying them, because I knew I could find the perfect one.  I don’t like them too sticky, fruity, waxy or thin.  They need staying power.  They need just enough scent and flavor.  They need all natural ingredients.  I know, it is a lot of thought over lip balm.  Show me grace, it’s my thing.

I decided to make my own when nothing fit my requirements, and my husband was tiring of finding them everywhere.

Who knew it was easy to create lip perfection!

What you need:

shea butter (super cheap, can find if on amazon)

coconut oil (unrefined)

beeswax (amazon, farmer’s market, health food store)

essential oil of choice (I used a mix of citrus fresh and grapefruit this time)

12 empty lip balm containers (tubes, pots, whatever you prefer, again on amazon)

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Now the fun part.

Take 2 tablespoons of the beeswax, Shea butter, and coconut oil and melt in a glass bowl in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.

Add a few drops of your oils.  Stir.  Pour into containers.  Let it sit until firm.

Done!  Lip perfection!

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Smells just just like summer.

 

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~ Jennifer

how to buy YL essential oils

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So either you have decided to try these amazing essential oils, or you have tried them and are sold! Either way you are interested in buying some or better yet, signing up for the wholesale membership kit. How do you start?

Well if you would just like to try some oils, decide which ones you would like to order and send us a message. You don’t have to be local, we can take payment through Paypal and will get them shipped directly to your home. 

If you are interested in buying the kit here are some great benefits:

  • 24% discount of retail prices
  • no order minimum, by what you like when you want it
  • the premium kit is worth $300, you will only pay $150, what a deal!
  • absolutely ZERO obligation to sell oils, though if you are interested we will provide all the support and business advice you need to succeed.
  • save even more money with the capability of placing an Essential Rewards order, you receive discounted shipping and earn credits towards free products.
  • qualify for fun monthly promotions, credits and bonuses
  • we are here to help guide you, any questions you have along the way we are more than happy to answer.

There are 3 levels of kits you can sign up for, but I strongly recommend the premium kit. It is just such a fantastic value.

Now what comes in this great premium kit you ask? 

  • 11 5ml bottles of oil- thieves, valor, peppermint, lavender, panaway, digize*, peace and calming, sacred frankincense*, lemon, joy and stress away. 
  • 10 popular oil samples
  • 2 ningxia red packets
  • 1 roller attachment
  • 1 diffuser

*digize and sacred frankincense are just for a limited time!!

** the diffuser is amazing, it really opens up your oily world and the cheaper versions just don’t compare.

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What are the steps to sign up?

Super easy, just follow one of the links below. Our sponsor numbers will already be filled in. Enter your information and pick your kit level. It will offer essential rewards kits too, for now just click “not at this time” and we can help you sign up for rewards later if that’s the route you chose to go. Then submit!

To sign up under Jennifer click here: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1815371&enrollerid=1815371

To sign up under Rachel click here: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1891572&enrollerid=1891572

If you have any questions at all don’t hesitate, let us know! 🙂

Get excited, getting a kit is like Christmas morning!!

~Rachel

why we love ebooks as curriculum

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We opted to use a whole bunch of ebooks this year, in place of buying the physical workbooks. They are very economical, and can used for more than one child. Whether you have multiples in the same grade, younger children who will need them in the future or a buddy to split the cost of the curriculum they are a great buy!

Some of our favorite ebooks come from the critical thinking company, they have an amazing selection of fun, creative curriculums. They aren’t like traditional curriculum, in the sense that they really have your child think outside the box.

The critical thinking ebooks my 5th grader is using this year are:
-punctuation puzzlers
-the language mechanic
-vocabulary smarts 2
-think and write 2
-social studies daily mind benders
-think about time 1
-thinking directionally
-novel thinking: Shiloh
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We store our ebooks in plastic 3 pronged folders. The plastic is a bit more sturdy than it’s cardboard option, and much easier to store than a binder. They also fit great into our work boxes. Plus they come in gun, bright colours!

~Rachel

homemade natural laundry soap

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After years of buying natural laundry soaps and paying a pretty penny for them I decided to try making my own. I tried a liquid version, and it did not impress me. So I tried this powder version, I love it, it’s cheap and works great! Clean smelling clothes, with out any harmful chemicals – perfect!

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I keep the measurements simple:

1 box of borax
1 box of washing soda
1 small box of baking soda
1 bar of Castile soap

Firstly I use my food processor to grate the soap, you could easily do this by hand though.

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Next I pour the borax, washing soda and baking soda in to a large bowl, and add the grated soap.

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Stir well, so everything is evenly dispersed. Then store in a large container, or jars like I do. I get 2.5 gallon size jars with this recipe. You only need 1-2 tablespoons per load. It lasts months! Even in my household where the washing never stops.

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Try it and let me know what you think!

~Rachel

essential oil’s for women: heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight control

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Heart disease is the number one killer of women, according to the AHA it causes 1 out of 3 deaths every year. That’s kind of scary girls! It means that we should all be taking note of how to not only eat healthier and exercise, but take advantage of any other available resources to help our health; for example harnessing the power of essential oils.

Heart health goes hand in hand with controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and keeping a healthy weight. I am going to cover some oils that can help you strive towards a healthier you.I can say from personal experience that they honestly work, I went from having stroke worthy blood pressure levels to, perfect, healthy ones in just under 6 weeks, truly remarkable.

Lets start with Lemon, drinking a glass of water with lemon EO in it each morning will help your body rid itself of toxins, so that it can run better. Adding Peppermint and Grapefruit to that as a combo will also help your lose weight, by boosting your metabolism and suppressing your appetite.

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If losing weight is something you need to become healthier you can also add Endoflex or Slique to your regiment.

Endoflex is a combination of spearmint, sage, geranium, myrtle, nutmeg and german chamomile in a base of sesame oil. It works with the adrenal system to balance hormones and support the thyroid. It can be used topically, or ingested digested, 2-4 drops a day.

Slique is a unique mixture of grapefruit, tangerine, spearmint, lemon, ocotea and stevia. It is generally used through out the day to suppress hunger. The citrus oils work to boost metabolism and detox, the ocotea to control appetite and the stevia a calorie free sweetener to help flavor your beverage. You simply add 2-4 drops to your favorite drink when ever hunger arises. It should be used in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet.

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As a general heart health oil there is Aroma Life, is a blend of cyrpress, marjoram, helichrysum, and ylang ylang essential oils in a base of sesame oil. It works by supporting the cardiovascular, circulatory and lymphatic systems. It lowers blood pressure, promotes better circulation, treats headaches and calms stress. It has been shown that it can lower blood pressure in just 5-10 minutes. It should be applied over the heart, under feet and under your ring finger daily.

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Ylang Ylang, Ocotea and Goldenrod are some great single oils that work great for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. You can either diffuse them or apply 1-2 drops topically on your   temples and neck every 3-4 hours through out the day.

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Another of my favorites to apply through out the day is Stress Away, I am sure that this is the oil that in combination with the daily Lemon has lowered my own blood pressure. It is a combo of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea and lavender. It smells heavenly! You can apply topically as needed through out the day for stress or relaxation, or it can be diffused to calm the whole room.

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Another great supplement to assist in lowering cholesterol levels is NingXia Red, is a powerful antioxidant drink supplement. It contains wolf berries, blueberries, aronia, cherry, pomegranate and plum juices, natural stevia, grape seed extract, vanilla, orange, yuzu, lemon and tangerine essential oils. It helps lower cholesterol by providing total body support, boosting energy levels and detoxing your whole system. Plus its very tasty! You only need 2oz a day to reap its benefits, 1oz morning and night.

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All of the above are perfect starts to a healthier you, don’t be one of the statistics, prove them wrong and live and long healthy life.

~Rachel
 

 

 

 

 

 

homeschool supply list

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I have been waiting for July since we started homeschooling, it’s back to school season! The perfect time of year, to stock up on the necessary supply’s to provide a fun, creative atmosphere for my children’s learning. Maybe I’m a little too excited, but I really love a bargain, and there’s plenty to be had during this time. 

It can be overwhelming trying to think about all the supplies you may need for the up coming year; so hopefully this post will help narrow things down for some of you.

 

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First off, glue! There are never enough glue sticks in my home, especially with the kids working on daily projects. We prefer Elmer’s, it’s just a better quality glue, that actually sticks.

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Composition books are so handy to have extra of, we use them as daily journals and travel logs. When ever we go on a field trip the then write about it and glue in some items, kind of like a scrap book.

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Next up spiral notebooks, we have one for each of our main subjects. The kids take notes, practice math problems, or draw out their ideas in them. I really like to keep a record of what they have worked on, having it in a spiral form is easier to organize than mounds of papers.

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We use a large number of these plastic, 3 pronged folders. We use them to put our ebooks in (which are an amazing buy- but that’s for a later post:)

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These cardboard pocket folders will be used for projects through out the year and for my older two to keep their research together in one place. Also for those loose worksheets.

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Crayons, school just couldn’t be without them. All my kids love to colour, so I always buy plenty. We prefer crayola crayons, they just colour better!

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Oil pastels were always one of my favorite mediums growing up, so I love for my kids to get their little hands on some. They make for great, creative art work.

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WASHABLE markers are also a must have. We have a little girl who enjoys drawing on the walls when no one is watching, so washability is important to us, plus the ink is easier to wash out of clothes. We use markers for everyday drawing and colouring.

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Coloured pencils are probably our favorite art supply, my girls love to use them for more detailed colouring books. Again crayola being our brand of choice.

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The erasers on our pencils never seem to make it very long, my son really likes to put some power behind his erasing. So new pencil toppers and larger erasers are always needed.

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Tempra paints are awesome for kids. We stick to the prime colours, then black and white. We mix all the other colours in between, it helps instill the colour wheel, and it’s fun!

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A selection of paper is a must, you can really get somes deals in the few weeks before publics school starts.

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Another great tool to have around for practicing writing or math is whiteboards and dry erase pencils or pencils. They get a lot of use through out the year.

There are of course many other items we throw in the cart, scissors, rulers, highlighters, pencils, but hopefully I provided a few ideas 🙂 enjoy shopping!

~Rachel

essential oil’s for women: PMS, menopause and stress

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Lets face it, being a woman isn’t always as fun as it might sound! There are plenty of ailments we get to cope with everyday, only increasing with age, while some are easily soothed, others not so much. Essential oils are a perfect, healthy more holistic way to treat these issues. Over a series of posts I hope to help you discover their potential.

Lets start with good, old PMS. There are multiple of options for treating the cramping, heavy menstruation, mood swings, headaches, bloating, skin breakouts that this fun time of the month brings with it. I am going to cover the most popular options, which are also versatile in treating the symptoms of menopause, hot flashes, thinning hair, low libido, dryness, and low bone density.

First off there is Progessence Plus, a serum made with wild yam, vitamin E, Frankincense, Bergamot, Rosewood, Clove, Cedarwood, Copiaba and Peppermint. It works as a hormone supplement, using wild yam a natural source of progesterone. Most PMS symptoms are caused by fluctuating hormones, Progessence Plus helps keep them level through out the month, easing, or preventing symptoms. It works similarly for menopause, but as natural hormone replacement. According to Dr. John Lee, estrogen has been linked with hair loss, weight gain, cancer, memory loss, uterine fibroids, autoimmune conditions and fatigue. So regulating your progesterone levels is an important part of remaining healthy.

It should be applied directly to your neck, 1-2 drops, once or twice a day. It is safe to use at age 12.

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Next there is Dragon Time, this is a blend of Clary Sage, Fennel, Lavender, Marjoram, Yarrow and Jasmine essential oils. It is used to also help balance hormones, relief menstrual cramps, reduce water retention, calm and relax the muscles that cause headaches and to uplift emotions.

This blend can be applied as a hot compress to the abdomen or back, or applied directly. It can also be diffused during hormonal times

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Lastly there is EndoFlex, a combination of spearmint, sage, geranium, myrtle, German chamomile and nutmeg, combined with sesame oil as a carrier. It helps support your adrenal glands and balance hormones. It also helps dispel negative emotions, boosts energy, and is an anti-inflammatory.

This is another combo that can either be used daily, or during mensuration.

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Stress is an issue we all inevitably deal with, it can effect your entire family and disrupt all your life’s. There are some great oils to help you deal with it and I am going to share my favorites.

Stress Away is a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea and lavender. It helps with relaxation, insomnia, high blood pressure, balancing emotion and calming irritation. Its a true life saver in my home.

You can apply daily, or just in times of need, apply topically to neck, temples and wrists.

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Valor is up next, a mix of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense in a base of coconut oil. This oil helps relieve anxiety and panic, balances emotions, builds confidence and helps with focus.

It should be applied topically to temples and neck. It is wonderful used alone, or with the next oil Joy. It can also be diffused.

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Joy is happiness in a bottle, my girls call it their happy oil. Its a mixture of bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, lemon, coriander, tangerine, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarosa and rose. It can be used to stabilize your emotions, relieve depression, calm anxiety and up lift your mood.

Apply on your chest, over your heart and to wrists. It can also be diffused alone, or with another oil to uplift the whole household.

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Finally Grounding a combination of white fir, spruce, ylang ylang, pine, cedarwood, angelica and juniper. Grounding helps you cope with reality in a positive manner, it relaxes you and stabilizes emotional chaos.

It can be applied topically to your neck and temples or diffused to uplift the whole room.

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Try some of these oils for yourselves and let me know if you love them as much as I do.

~Rachel

leap of faith part two…

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today the photographer came to take pictures of the house.
in order to make the house look “staged” it needs to be completely spotless, decluttered, decorated and empty of people and animals. since i worked last night, and the oldest child had a swim meet all morning, this was easier said than done.
my hubby stayed up until around 2AM touching up paint spots and other various chores that are best done when the littles are snug in bed. i got up around 11:30 and began immediately cleaning the kids rooms. dinasaurs out of this bathtub, ponies out of this bed, legos out of the carpet, nail polish off of the tile, 12 towels gathered from bathrooms, 2 sippy cups, and too many articles of clothing to count.
my laundry room needs to be staged??? have you seen my laundry room on a normal day? me neither, you really can’t open the door to tell the truth.
3:12 (he comes at 3:30) the little girls grab a cup of popcorn and spill it on the couch. im not too proud to admit that there could have been some yelling.
3:14 vacuum up the popcorn, child number 3 gets out a popsicle and drips it on the floor. keep moving.
what really stumped me was making my bedroom “pop” with an accent color. this means towels for the master bath, throw pillows, vases and a blanket. i have none of this and at this point it is too late to find it. we will do without towels. i will steal a pillow from the couch and a vase off the fireplace.
is that dog i smell? fill up the diffuser with some purification oil. gone. again, thank you for the oils!!
3:27 the house is done minus a few more spots that need paint, mama and kids are out the door so the photographer can work his magic.

at 4:30 he was finished and said it went really well! he said the house was so empty he did not have to move anything for pictures. yay!! one step closer!

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life was calm once.

Jennifer

why we homeschool

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Our homeschooling journey started when my son began having issues at school. He wasn’t having great luck with teachers; there were bullies, bad influences, he wasn’t learning as quickly as he should and he was stressed. We muddled through preschool and kindergarten, but when first grade came along and the problems grew I was done. It was an easy decision to know I needed to pull him from public school, but it was much harder to follow through and make the leap. I researched for weeks, spoke to homeschooling friends and then went for it. The absolute, best decision, ever!

He started to thrive; still a little behind on reading, but working hard, he began to grow fast and furiously in all other areas. His personality grew; he became more confident, and so much happier. I’m thrilled with how well he is doing, now 6 months later he is testing at 3rd grade level for math! Reading is still a work in progress, but he is plodding ahead. We have come to realize science is his joy, the child is a walking science encyclopedia.

My oldest daughter had ridden out the last half of the year in public school; she was doing well and enjoyed it, so there was no need to pull her out right away. It also gave me a chance to learn the process with just one child. This summer I have left it up to her to decide whether she wanted to try homeschooling or not, her brother has shared how much fun it is, so this Fall I will have a Kindergartener, 2nd grader and 5th grader all homeschooling. So excited!

For the past few months I have been planning and researching our curriculum for the coming year. I’ve been able to brainstorm with my homeschooling buddies and have came up with what I think is a good mixture of curriculums that will compliment my children’s learning styles. I’ve also built workboxes to help keep us organized; this will be a new system for us and I’m eager to try it.

Another fun project I’ve worked on is folder games. Here are a couple of my favorites:

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The number games are where my child counts the dots, and matches it to the correct number; two different levels for my younger two daughters. The other is simply matching the lowercase letter, with the uppercase letter. Both my girls love to play these games, so I will definitely be coming up with some more.

In the future I’ll post details on our curriculum, workboxes, games and field trips.

~Rachel