My Five Favorite Single Oils

My 5 Favorite Oils | Favorite Single Oils

  1. Frankincense
    I love the smell of frankincense. It’s wonderful for diffusing or inhaling, and I like to use it in the morning before or during my quiet time. There’s a dietary version, though I’ve never used it that way.
  2. Lavender
    Super versatile, this is another favorite for diffusing (especially at bedtime). There’s even a dietary version you can use to make lavender lemonade (I’ve never tried this though)
  3. Lemon
    Another amazingly versatile oil, and this one I have used the dietary version. It makes a great addition to water, but I also like adding it to lemon bars or cake to bump up the lemon flavor. I use the regular version for a lot of homemade cleaners.
  4. Cedarwood
    I diffuse this one all. the. time. It’s a regular part of my bedtime routine, and I always make sure I have a bottle with me when we travel.
  5. Tea Tree
    The first essential oil I’d ever heard of – even though I didn’t realize that’s what it was!

What are your favorite (single) oils? Looking to know more?


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Book Review: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
Two years ago: Book Review: A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman

Life Lately: Oils and Adult Coloring Books and Bookcases

Catching up on what’s been going on around here

I assume you’ve seen this around online already, but if you have been considering trying Young Living oils, this is the month to jump in – premium starter kits are 10% off. It’s really really rare for them to put the kits on sale, so grab this while you can.

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My first coloring party is scheduled for March, and while it did need to be scheduled out that far, I am impatiently waiting for it. Yes, it’s mostly an excuse to just get out and have a kid-free night and hang out with friends. Is there a problem with that? I’m hoping it’s the first of many, because I’m thinking this will be a great socialization method for an introvert. Ha. πŸ™‚

Choose Your Coloring Book


I bought two new bookcases, because Legos + puzzles + school books were taking over my life. They’re red, because I wanted to try something new + that was the best deal. Right now they’re in the dining room, but I may rearrange things more and see where they work best. No, I won’t win any decorating awards, but really? Bookcases were not the only things keeping that from happening. πŸ™‚

The bookcases are assembled (because that was slow enough, thanks to three kids who were not much help, especially that littlest one) but I still haven’t gotten things into them. Hoping to get to that soon, because the current setup is driving me bonkers.


I feel like I’ve been reading a ton, but it’s almost all kids’ books – I’ve finished very few adult titles. Partly that’s because I am reading so many kids’ books, but some of it is just … I don’t know. A reading slump? Resistance because I have so many books I “should” be reading? I’m not sure, but I’m ready to break out of it.

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Superhero Fun with Early Readers
Two years ago: Book Review: A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns
Three years ago: Book Review: Goals by Brian Tracy

7 Quick Takes on Retreats, 31 Days, Book Club(s), and Oils. Plus Reading Slumps.

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

I leave for my book club retreat later today. The last two years I’ve been nothing but excited about it, but this year I’m feeling a little more apprehensive. This year I’ll also have a toddler with me. Those facts are definitely related. πŸ™‚

— 2 —

The last two weeks I’ve been working like crazy on multiple different projects, and feeling like I’m doing the best job I can with any of them. My 31 Days series on book clubs is not complete for next month, and I’d hoped to have it entirely written and scheduled before October began.

— 3 —

I’ve also been working on a joint project with another blogger, and I am so excited about it. I’m not sure when we’ll be announcing it, but you’ll hear all about it as soon as I can share. Combine that with trying to do some prep for other blog plans in the near future, and I’m figuring out that I may be attempting to do more than I can sustain.

— 4 —

The final project is just personal, life as an adult stuff. So not exciting, but so necessary.
Plus all the other stuff that comes with being an adult with small children. Meals! Laundry! Cleaning! Dishes! I feel like I’ve been scrambling for ages and am about to have my head explode – have I missed a deadline? What am I forgetting?

(Then there are lots of other ideas percolating in my brain that I *want* so much to do, but don’t know when I would do them.)

— 5 —

September Young Living Essential Oils Essential Rewards OrderNo good segue here, so let me just say my latest oils order was all about Thieves products. Refills on soap and cleaner (I *love* that cleaner!) and more throat drops. Plus more cedarwood and my one-and-only new-to-me product this month: Spearmint oil! Why spearmint? There’s been several times my reference guides have suggested it for various things, and this way I can try it the next time I run across one of those suggestions.

My vagueness is all because I don’t remember the specific uses I had in mind. πŸ™‚

— 6 —

I’ve been in a ridiculous reading slump lately. I’ve got so many books started, but finishing them has been a challenge. Looking at my upcoming blogging calendar, and my review list generally inspires me to get reading. Recently it’s been making me want to bury my head under the blankets and sleep for a week. Clearly I don’t do well when I have too many “required” books on my agenda, and I need to be better about remembering that.

— 7 —

And a little bit of housekeeping: because of that 31 Days series that will be posted in October, the “New on the Stack” linkup that usually posts on the 3rd of each month will go up on the 29th – next week! It’ll stay open through October 10th, so plenty of time for you to add your linkup, whenever you might want to do that.

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7 Quick Takes on essential oils, 31 days planning, homeschooling, and books.

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

Today was supposed to be the last day that Young Living Premium Starter Kits are $10 off, but they’ve extended that promotion through the end of the month. It’s still a great opportunity to get started with essential oils, if you’ve been considering trying them. Curious about what you might do with them? I’ve got a list of ideas.

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— 2 —

I’m working on a new 31 Days series for October. Yes, really. I’ve only gone back and forth on about 4 different ideas before finally settling on one. Now I’m in the midst of organizing content and drafting posts, because my goal is to have it all written by the end of September. That should give me plenty of cushion for life to happen. πŸ™‚

— 3 —

I’m super excited about what I’ve got planned, and for another idea that will possibly go along with it. Vague blogging here, but it won’t be a secret for long and then I’ll share all about what I’m considering. One part might involve Facebook and/or Instagram, so if you haven’t already liked my page or followed my ‘gram, head over and do that.

— 4 —

In part because of that 31 Days project, I’m planning on doing some additional “throwback” posts if you will, like I did on Wednesday. What’s a throwback post you ask? It’s about a book that I read but never posted about, either because I wasn’t blogging when I read it or I just skipped it for whatever reason. I’m wanting to feature some of the books I love that otherwise haven’t been mentioned here.

— 5 —

We restarted homeschooling this week. I kind of like having had a enough of a break to make a clear deliniation between grades if you will. Awana does that too, but it was fun having our own. G is now a 1st grader, and H is in Pre-K. And M is turning 1 next week, so now I get to see what it’ll be like doing school with a toddler instead of a baby.

— 6 —

My inlaws will be back in town next week (tentatively) so we’ll be having a break from school just as we get started again. I am quite ok with that, and I’m trying to think of anything I might need to try to accomplish while they’re in the state.

— 7 —

The best book I finished lately was Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible StandardsFor the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. Funny and thought-provoking, I’m hoping it’s the final one to pull me out of my reading slump. It releases on Tuesday, and I’ll have a review posting that day.

For the Love

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Ideas for How to Use Essential Oils

Last week I shared about getting started with essential oils, and explained how to order them.

Everyday Oils Anytime

And once you get your oils, what can you do with them? Essential oils are easy to incorporate into your daily life.

Three Ways to Use Essential Oils

  1. Topical – Direct application to your skin with a carrier oil or neat (without a carrier oil), to the desired area or reflexology point.
  2. Aromatic – Breathing the oil in, either by simply smelling the oils directly from the bottle, rubbing some onto your hands and breathing in, or diffusing in a room.
  3. Dietary – Add a drop or two to a glass of water, NingXia Red, juice, or swallow in a capsule. You can also cook with oils.

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Diffuse oils to improve moods or create a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Create a calm and relaxing atmosphere by diffusing Lavender (especially at night!), Tea Tree, or AromaEase.
  • Clean the air of foul or stale odors by diffusing Purification or Thieves.
  • Freshen the air and uplift the spirit by diffusing Orange, Lemon, or Citrus Fresh.
  • Provide soothing steam and a comforting aroma by diffusing RC.
  • Enrich prayer, yoga, or meditation by diffusing Frankincense for a deeper spiritual connection.
  • Curb the desire to snack by diffusing Peppermint.
  • Make the atmosphere positive and calm by diffusing Copaiba.

Apply oils topically
Always follow the dilution guide on the bottle, and you can apply Copaiba with other essential oils to amplify their effect.

  • Nourish and enhance your skin by adding Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree, or Purification to your favorite all-natural and unscented moisturizer.
  • Encourage relaxation by massaging Lavender into the soles of feet before bedtime.
  • Help alleviate nervous energy by rubbing Frankincense on the bottom of your feet.
  • Provide a comforting aroma by applying RC, AromaEase, or PanAway to neck and chest.
  • Ease stressed muscles or other occasional physical discomfort by rubbing PanAway across your lower back, onto the bottoms of your feet, or on your muscles.
  • Relieve occasional head pressure by applying one drop of Peppermint on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck. Or, try PanAway essential oil blend on your temples.
  • Keep energy up by applying Peppermint to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day.
  • Sooth minor stomach discomfort associated with travel by massaging Peppermint on the abdomen, or placing a drop on wrists.
  • Support energy flow by applying AromaEase topically to feet and abdomen.
  • Enjoy the outdoors annoyance-free by applying Purification.

Take (some) oils internally

  • Add a drop of Lemon, Orange, Citrus Fresh, or Peppermint to a glass of water and incorporate it into your daily diet.
  • Following exercise or when life is demanding, add Stress Away to water or natural fruit or vegetable juice.
  • Support normal digestion by taking 1–2 drops of Peppermint or DiGize in a capsule after mealtime to help support normal digestion.
  • Substitute Lemon, Orange, or Citrus Fresh for lemon or orange juice or citrus seasoning to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts.
  • Mix Peppermint, Lemon, or Copaiba into herbal tea to enhance flavor, and combine Peppermint and Copaiba together with water to make a stimulating beverage.
  • Add 1 drop of Lemon oil to NingXia Red.
  • Use DiGize as a dietary supplement in water when traveling abroad.
  • Add a spicy zing to hot drinks by adding 1 drop of Thieves.

Make your own cleaning and household products
Promote chemical-free living, and let your children help clean without worrying about the products you’re using.

  • Create a calming or comforting atmosphere by adding Lavender to a bath.
  • Freshen the air by filling a spray bottle with water and several drops of Lavender or Purification, or and spraying under beds, in closets, or anywhere there are stale odors.
  • Freshen laundry by putting a few drops of Purification into the washing machine, or Lavender or Citrus Fresh on a rag and adding to your laundry dryer cycle.
  • Pull out stains, brighten carpets and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room by adding 10-15 drops of Lemon to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution.
  • Remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue, adhesive, or crayon from most surfaces with 1-2 drops of Lemon.
  • Enhance the aroma of Thieves Household Cleaner by adding a few drops of Citrus Fresh.
  • Thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odors by putting a few drops of Thieves in your dishwater or dishwasher.
  • Neutralize odors with Purification by adding a few drops to a cotton ball and placing in shoes, your vehicle, or air vents in various rooms.
  • Freshen your refrigerator by placing a few drops of Lemon on a cotton ball and placing it inside.

Disclaimer:
I am not a medical doctor. The information provided and products mentioned are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any statement(s) said/implied/posted have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own wellness care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

Disclosure: If you sign up using my member number, I may receive compensation, which I use to support this site. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!

Getting Started with Essential Oils

I’ve been using essential oils for a couple of years now, and I love them. I love using oils because they’ve worked well for me and my family, and using them is super easy, with different options for different needs. My husband even uses them now, and he was more than a bit skeptical at first.

I love that the oils last a long time. One drop (diluted) takes care of a lot – two drops is the most I use for anything topical, and often one is enough. I may use more drops when I’m diffusing, but other than that I often use them so sparingly that I’m still on my first bottle for many of the oils.

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What are Essential Oils

Essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. They are highly concentrated and very complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds.

Why Young Living Essential Oils

It’s all about the Seed to Seal guarantee for me. Young Living:

  • Owns their own farms and can guarantee the quality and purity.
  • Has farms worldwide so that plants can be raised in their native environments.
  • Allows you to visit their farms at any time – you can see the plants they’re growing.
  • Handles the process from planting to bottling (seed to seal), never buying from suppliers or relying on others. No other essential oil company can make that claim.
  • Everything is 100% natural and chemical free – they include no adulterants or synthetics in their oils.

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What Would I Actually Do with Them?

Essential oils are easy to integrate into your daily routine. You can diffuse them, apply them topically, take them internally, or use them to make your own household cleaning products. Curious about some specific ways to use them? Come back next week for another post (update: here’s my list of ideas on how to use essential oils), or until then check out Young Living’s guide.

You’ve Convinced Me. How Can I Get Started?

To get started with your membership, order a starter kit – I highly recommend the Premium Starter Kit – through Young Living. This lets you join Young Living as a distributor/wholesale customer (it’s the same thing), which lets you buy YL products at a 24% discount.

And a heads-up! Young Living is having a special offer: $10 off premium starter kits, now through August 14. A good deal just got even better!

For more details on how to order, I created the page “How to Order Essential Oils.” It should walk you through the process. If you sign up through me, I’ll send you some free gifts to help you make the most of your oils.

Why the Premium Starter Kit?

Why do I recommend the Everyday Oils Premium Starter Kit? Because it’s a fantastic value with 11 great oils, a diffuser, and samples. It lets you really try the oils out in your daily life and see how you like using them.

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The Everyday Oils Premium Starter Kit is all new, and now includes:

The Premium Essential Oils Collection – 5-ml bottles of Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Copaiba, Frankincense, Thieves, Purification, RC, DiGize, and PanAway. And, the Premium Starter Kit also includes an eleventh bonus oil: Stress Away!

What’s new now is there is a “flex oil” system in effect. If there are sourcing, shipping, or other supply constraints there may be a substitution of AromaEase, Orange, Lemongrass, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternafolia), or Citrus Fresh.

Any or all of these are fantastic oils!

Premium Starter Kit Meet Your Oils

What else is in the Premium Starter Kit? You also get:

  • A home diffuser (I use mine daily – it’s a great way to use the oils. There are different diffusers to choose from, some with an upgrade charge)
  • Aroma Glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll on)
  • 2 sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves for travel or sharing with family and friends
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples (a fabulous antioxidant supplement)
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Oil Bottles
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • EO – Essential Oils Magazine, Essential Edge, and Member Resource Materials

As great a kit as this is, there are also two other Premium Starter Kits – the NingXia Red and Thieves kits are also terrific options if they sound more appealing to you.

Not sure yet?

I’d be happy to talk with you about oils or which starter kit is right for you – email me any time at sheila(at)deliberatereader.com.

FAQs:

Do I have to order a minimum amount? Do I have to order every month?
No! There is no required monthly order, and you only have to order 50 PV (PV = personal volume, and if you’re buying oils it’s generally $1 = 1PV) in a year to stay active. You do not have to order every month, and can just order whenever you want to.

Wait. I thought there was something about ordering every month?
If you want to join Essential Rewards (ER), that’s a monthly order. This is totally optional if you’re just a wholesale member.

Why would I want to join Essential Rewards?
You’ll have a set date every month for ordering oils, and you’ll get reduced shipping. You can also earn points for FREE oils. It also helps you to use your oils when you know you’re getting new ones every month. You can adjust your order every month to just get what you want that month – it doesn’t have to be the same items each month. You’ll also be eligible to for special monthly promotions. For more information, see my “How to Order Essential Oils” page, and scroll down to the section on Essential Rewards.

Do I have to sell oils?
No – you can sign up as a distributor but there is no obligation to sell oils, or any purchase requirement beyond that 50PV purchase per year. You can be a distributor for your own personal benefit and just to get the wholesale prices and support that is offered through your team.

What if a friend wants to sign up under me? Or what if I decide I do want to turn this into a business?
As a distributor, you have your own distributor number you can use to sign up new members. If you join my team, you’ll have access to a private business builders group, and lots of support.

What do I need to get started?
I recommend the premium starter kit and a carrier oil. See “How to Order Essential Oils” for more information.

Still have more questions?
Send me an email at sheila(at)deliberatereader.com – I’d be happy to help, and if I can’t answer them I can check with my great upline.

Disclaimer:
I am not a medical doctor. The information provided and products mentioned are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any statement(s) said/implied/posted have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own wellness care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

Disclosure: If you sign up using my member number, I may receive compensation, which I use to support this site. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!

7QT on birthdays, baseball, essential oils, and of course books

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

G at firstI think I already mentioned how my son is playing baseball now. He’s so excited, and will tell anyone he can that he has 5 practices and 13 games. He’s got new shoes as well to go along with the rest of the brand new uniform.

No cleats, just new tennis shoes, as his old ones had holes in the toes and let sand in. Why did they have holes in the toes? Because he continues to use his shoes as breaks when he rides his scooter.

Although it didn’t really matter that he had holes in the toes, because he needed to move up a size anyway. The kid has enormous feet.

— 2 —

My daughter has started giving me her list of what she wants for her birthday, and the other day when she added one more thing to it, I reminded her that she might not get that exact item, but we’d get her something she’d like. Her plaintive response: β€œOnly ONE thing?”

It was all I could do not to laugh.

And then her big concern was that she gets the same number of things as her brother. Why does that not surprise me?

— 3 —

What she really insists she wants is a blue mermaid and a purple mermaid. And that they be soft, not hard. Her brother wants Legos (he’s going to be disappointed, because what he really wants is the big police stationLEGO City Police 60047 Police Station, and we’re not spending that much). I keep steering him to smaller, cheaper sets and seeing which one he wants most, because he just says “I want this one and this one and this one and this one….” The boy loves his Legos!

— 4 —

They’re also both giving me ideas for the baby, and are in disbelief when I tell them that they baby isn’t getting much besides a few books. I wouldn’t even worry about getting her new books, except some of my favorites for babies have been so well loved by the older two that they’re in tatters.

— 5 —

AAR Level 3 Progress ChartMy son flew through his last reading lessons in level 3, and then was horrified that I didn’t have level 4 ready and waiting. Well, no, I didn’t expect you to do 19 lessons in 5 days, so I hadn’t ordered it already. It arrived Wednesday however, and he was ready to dive into it immediately.

Instead I was the mean mom and have made him wait until we did a final review of the word cards he’d had trouble with. “Semicircle” is officially the hardest one for him from level 3. I thought it would be “pilgrim” or “titles” but he finally got those. Why those three caused him so much trouble I’m not sure, but they did.

— 6 —

April YLEO ER orderIf you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen this, but I got some FREE essential oils recently, thanks to Essential Rewards points. Yay for essential oils, and yay for free ones!

And for my last ER order, I got Dragon Time massage oil, Valor, Lemon, Raven, and RC. I feel lucky – I got my order for Valor in just before it went out of stock for the season. Love that oil, and I’d passed along a bottle so I’m so happy I was able to replace it.

— 7 —

Blue BirdsI mentioned on Tuesday my birthday reading plans. And then I got zero reading time in, thanks to kids. Oh, well, the books will still be there waiting for me. I am in the midst of reading
Blue BirdsBlue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose, and it’s fabulous. I’ve slowed down a bit because it’s so good and so quick to read I’m intentionally setting it aside so I don’t gulp it down in one big binge read.

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7QT on Taekwondo Tournaments, Spring Flowers, Unexpected Sleep, and a Book Series Binge Read.

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

This post was supposed to run last Friday. Except I didn’t have it completely ready, and then I had sick kids and a sick husband all week. The baby wasn’t sleeping, so I wasn’t getting much sleep, and I had no time to even finish the post. So, no post last Friday, and here it is instead, revamped a bit and finished. This is why I always try to have my posts for the week done by Sunday evening – invariably when I don’t, life intervenes. πŸ™‚

— 2 —

My favorite orange belt ready for his turn at this weekend's tournament. #latergram

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The kids went to a taekwondo tournament last weekend. Despite wondering a bit if I was being a sucker for paying tournament registration fees for a 5 and 3 year old, I decided that I wanted to take advantage of the benefit that they can get used to it while they’re young and the stakes are low. One thing that homeschooling has not provided is as many opportunities for my son to get up in front of a crowd and perform if you will. Tournaments do that. So, for now at least we’re planning on doing one tournament a year.

And yes, I know there are homeschool programs that offer those sorts of opportunities. For various reasons we’re not doing Classical Conversations or some others, so we don’t have that built-in chance. πŸ™‚

I suppose I could have just had my son participate, but that would have devastated my daughter. She wants to do it too! So, yeah, she’s three and doing a tournament.

Almost ready for her group at the taekwondo tournament.

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— 3 —

Why did I pick this as our tournament for the year? Because it’s super close. No driving to another city, or even across town. It’s right down the street from where they usually do their lessons. The timing is also nice – not super early, not too late in the day. Really, it would hard for it to be more convenient.

— 4 —

On a happier note, guess what’s coming up in the yard? Flowers. Glorious flowers. They’re not too impressive yet, just little green sprigs peeking out, but I know what that means.

Love seeing flowers as they start to appear!

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— 5 —

Right before getting sick there was one night when the baby slept for TWELVE HOURS. TWELVE. CONSECUTIVE. HOURS. It was almost alarming it was so unexpected, and if I’d only known it would happen I could have taken advantage of it more. And then she caught that cold from her siblings and immediately followed up that wonderful night with nights of misery for both of us.

— 6 —

In this month’s Essential Rewards oils order, I’m getting lemon (to replace my empty bottle! Horrors – I ran completely out!), Stress Away (to try it out), frankincense (because I love it), Valor (because I love it), and a Breathe Again roll-on (to replace the one I gave my mother-in-law when she was visiting and stuffy).

Wait, what’s that you say? You don’t see lemon in the picture, but you do see lime? You are correct. They mistakenly sent me lime instead. I’ve contacted them and my lemon oil is on the way, but not here in time to be in the photo. πŸ˜‰

This month's essential rewards order #yleo #essentialoils #wisehouseoils

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— 7 —

This last week or so I’ve been on a tear reading this fantasy series. It’s not really that great, and yet I’m entertained enough by it that I keep borrowing the next one and then the next one. Reviews seem to indicate that books six and seven are letdowns, so I’m stopping at five – it seems like it wraps up most of the major plot points in a satisfying enough way, and that avoids the frustration of a dud number six and a disappointing number seven. If reviews are correct anyway. πŸ™‚

Part of me is embarrassed at spending the reading time on this series, but mostly I realize that if the worst thing I do is spending some reading time reading brainless fiction, that’s not too bad. Especially since all of that reading time was either while snuggling a sick kid, or nursing the baby, neither of which are prime time for thoughtful reading.

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Seven Quick Takes on My New Orange Belt, Crafty Kid, and Non-Sleeping Baby

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

G tested for his orange belt early in the month. I wasn’t there, and when I asked him how he did, he said “bad on the first try, better on the second, and best of all on the third.” Pretty self-aware, as that matched up with what daddy reported to me. And, good enough to pass, so he’s now an orange belt and in the “big kid” classes. Which is good; he was definitely ready to move out of the tot classes, but it’s also bad in that it now means I have to take the kids to two different classes. I’ve got to refigure our schedule and how to organize our days. And our meals – G’s classes are all in the evening, so dinnertime just got that much more complicated.

The best part about being an orange belt as far as he’s concerned? Sparring! He loves it!

G sparring

— 2 —

G was never much into crafts or anything art-related. He hated coloring, and never was interested in anything related. H though, *adores* coloring, painting, play doh, gluing her creations, anything and everything. I need to up my parenting game and get some more supplies for her as I’m running out of the limited options we had on hand. It keeps her happily occupied for hours, so yes please to that!

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I’m dealing with some serious sleeping issues with the baby lately. I’m hoping it’s just because she’s had a mild cold for what seems like forever – not enough to really bug her, but just enough to make her stuffy and make sleeping more difficult. I need some more sleep at night, and I especially need some more non-fragmented sleep!

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It’s only late in February, but I finally got my “Books Read in 2015” Pinterest board up and have been pinning the books to it as I complete them. The “Children’s Books Read in 2015” board is also up. And apologies to anyone who noticed me pinning like crazy earlier this week as I tried to get caught up with these boards. πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’ll keep up with it as I go along now, instead of getting a backlog.

I also started a new board titled “We’re Going to Disney World!” Because we are! Not for awhile, but I know I want to be ready for it. Any tips for going there with little kids? I’d love to hear them!

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This month’s essential oils order was a small one: Frankincense, Cedarwood, and massage oil. The massage oil was on backorder so it won’t arrive until tomorrow and isn’t in the picture. πŸ™‚ Let me just say that I am *so* happy that Frankincense is (was?) back in stock for me to get some more – I was running low on what is probably my very favorite oil!

February YLEO ER order

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I barely finished any books in January and then in early February I went on a bit of a tear. It was nice, and the fact that the weather was nice enough to let the big kids play outside by themselves was not coincidental.

The best book I’ve finished recently was As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes by Cary Elwes. I loved it! And it made me need to watch The Princess Bride (again) just to see some of the things he mentions in the book.

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Essential Oils Update

November 2014 Essential Rewards Young Living Oil OrderA small order this month –

Motivation oil – Because I can use some, especially heading into winter, when all I want to do is hibernate.

Carrot Seed oil – Because you can mix your own sun protection with it, but if you wait to order it until closer to summer, it might be out of stock. As I discovered last year. So now I debate ordering a second bottle now, or going on the hope/assumption that one will be enough.

ComforTone capsules. It came up for me on a recent scan, so I’m giving it a try.

As always, I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I’m just talking about what I’m ordering and using for myself and my family.