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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oil Obsessed

I have a new obsession.

An addiction even.

I have recently jumped aboard the Essential Oils train & I cannot get enough!
Specifically Essential Oils

Seriously! If you have no idea what I'm talking about let me break it down for you. 

What is an Essential Oil?
Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Essential Oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

You know when springtime hits & all the flowers start to bloom? That intoxicating smell that fills the air? During the summer when your days are filled with barbecues & sunshine how just a whiff of an ice cold glass of real fresh lemonade can make you realize just how thirsty you really are. Or what about when the Fall winds have you retiring inside early for dinner to cook your favorite spaghetti sauce & right as you add in the Oregano you catch that robust spicy scent & your mouth begins to water? That warm cinnamon in your cocoa when that winter snow has you bundled up by the fire?

If your memory has been fully refreshed remembering all those wonderfully rich scents then you have fully experienced the wonderful aromatic qualities of essential oils.

EO's (Essential Oils) are:
 "naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices."
- dōTERRA essential oils definition

And I am telling you I. Am. In. LOVE!!

 Since I've always been one to avoid overused medications where I can, I've used the aromatic benefits of EO's in helping with my bipolar before. Diffusing Wild Orange & Peppermint has been the norm, Filling my home with these delicious smells while simultaneously calming my nerves & uplifting my moods. This is especially helpful since I choose not to use the anti-psychotics that were prescribed to me for my bipolar. I can't stand the robot way they make me feel, and I can't take them while pregnant or nursing. If I am taking them and find out I'm pregnant I have to immediately stop, throwing my balance completely out of whack. That makes me very uncomfortable. 

What I have learned this last month though has amazed me! I didn't know how many other things EO's could help with! I get serious headaches and swollen sinuses almost nightly that keep me from sleeping, but a peppermint & lavender rollerball used on the back of my neck and shoulders, even a little on my temples.. ohmygod! The cooling peppermint helps so much while the lavender gently relaxes me to sleep. When the headache progresses to that mind-splitting migraine that refuses to leave me alone for 4...6...8 hours... My PastTense rollerball kills it in less than 30 seconds!

The greatest thing is it doesn't stop there! EO's are so amazing, they can be used for so many other things! Making dōTERRA 's tagline so much more understandable.

Just the other morning I decided to play around, adding a few oils to our breakfast pancakes. I took regular old Bisquick blueberry pancake mix and made it per the directions. But before I poured some onto the pan I added a bit of dōTERRA's OnGuard blend and a bit of Lavender... (about two drops each) and mixed it in well. After pouring onto my pan I added some sliced banana to give a good vitamin boost. Plus anything with banana's will be devoured in my home as it seems to be a top favorite! 

I didn't notice any overpowering smell while cooking. It wasn't until we sat down and started eating the you could instantly taste the new flavors present! Swirls of orange & cinnamon from the OnGuard layering very nicely with the sweet lavender only to be pumped with little fruit bursts from the banana & blueberry! It was awesome! And was the first time Ryan & Kai have gone back for seconds on pancakes alone! :)

There are so many other uses as well! Cooking, cleaning, baking... the list goes on and on!

Essential Oils have even begun to hit the news since medical offices across the country are taking notice of their superb outcomes!

KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

 If you haven't gotten on the Essential Oils bandwagon yet then ask yourself this:

Why in the HECK not?!?!

Seriously! There are no damages done, it's all natural, and so far it has RAVE reviews from anyone I've ever known to give them a try! Sounds too good to be true? why don't you check out my Pinterest board HERE and see how many things EO's can help you with!

Have I tickled your interest? Want to know more?
Send me a message, or just comment below and I'll help in any way I can.

Ask me how I can get you wholesale pricing like me!!

This has been the best decision I have ever made for myself & my family. 
Lets give your life a dōTERRA make-over! 
Trust me, you'll be SO glad you did!!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Mommy Don't You Worry - Children's Book Review

Finding books to read with Kai is no hard task. My son loves books! 

Books with lots of pictures, books with lots of words. He loves them all!

Every now and again I come across a book that's not just for fun, but also for teaching valuable lessons that would otherwise be hard to bring up in conversation or explain to a two year old. Finding one that Kai actually will stay interested in with his very short attention span doesn't happen often. 

That's why I really enjoyed "Mommy don't you worry" by Louie Lawent.

You may recognize Louie's name from the book "Gertie the Pig" which is already used in schools all over the U.S. as part of the National Accelerated Readers Program. He is also a lyricist co-authoring on Grammy winning CD tracks, enjoys table tennis & an avid Green Bay Packers fan**

In his latest story, a young boy goes to the store with his mother but becomes frustrated when she wants to hold his hand instead of letting him walk on his own like he feels he's old enough to do. When the boy wanders off on his own & gets lost the story becomes a tale of just how scary it can be on your own when your not as ready as you think you are. With a happy ending as well this book helps put listening to your parent for good reason on a reachable level for a toddler. 

Short, sweet, & to the point with adorable illustrations & a poetic rhythm.
Reading this through with Kai was so enjoyable that he asked to read it two extra times! 

Not to say this is without my own critiques. As a parent and a blogger I pride myself in giving honest opinions in my reviews. When reading things others have written about a product I am showing interest in I want to know the truth to how they feel, so I can make an educated opinion before buying. 

The only things I would change about this book, is I would love for it to have bigger pictures and definitely more of them. I know that's hard for a book with only 12 pages, but it would be something that would push this book towards higher sales. I also wish the cover illustration matched those in the book. While I thoroughly loved the story and the pictures inside have wonderful color & depth, the cover art looks a little like cute cut & paste Clip-art in windows paint. I think a revamp of this book with those two small changes would absolutely make this book far more interesting to a broader reach of audience.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity I was given to share this book with Kai 
& the conversation it then opened between him, my husband & I. 
I look forward to checking out more from this author.


If you think "Mommy don't you worry" sounds like a great fit for your family library, check it & other parent reviews of the book out HERE on Amazon for only $1.29! 

For more on Louie, check out his Facebook HERE.

*Request for this review was made by the author. I was given a free PDF of the book & cover art with written permission to read, review, & share the cover art in return for an honest review here on my blog. All views & opinions expressed in this post are mine & mine alone. I was not paid or compensated in anyway for this review.*

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