7QT on visitors, life in general, cake, and books.

Seven Quick Takes

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homeschooling record keepingWe’re on a homeschooling break (after only one week) because my inlaws are visiting along with two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law. We ended up not even doing school the last two days before they arrived because of a sick baby (and doctor’s appointment) and sick mama.

I’m glad I’m not worried about getting enough days in this year, otherwise I’d probably be wound up about the crazy start. I am wondering a bit if I should have held off on starting, or if it doesn’t really matter.

— 2 —

weather forecastIt’s been an amazingly wonderful summer at least as far as the weather goes. Not too hot, and most days aren’t too humid either. It’s so fabulous. I’m trying to soak it all up and take advantage of the opportunities it provides for the kids to play outside. Come January I’m sure I’ll be missing it.

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Where the summer continues to be difficult is with general life stuff. My husband’s last grandmother passed away last week. She’d been in poor health and it wasn’t all that surprising, but it was still very quick at the end. (And that would be the “why” behind the extra visitors we’ve had).

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My kids are too young to understand, but they’re old enough to remember the strangest things. And it sometimes combines into “please don’t say that” moments. One child was looking forward to great-grandma’s funeral because maybe they’ll be cake like there was at the other great-grandma’s funeral earlier this year. Yelling “She died?? Are we going to the funeral? Yay! – I love cake!” is … not that sensitive to the rest of the grieving family.

— 5 —

Maybe cake was just on their mind because the baby’s first birthday cake was delayed and delayed. She was sick on her birthday, and I knew she didn’t want to fuss with cake and presents. The big kids pestered every day afterwards about when we were going to have her cake. And open her presents. And have cake, because cake cake cake we want cake.

— 6 —

YLEO August 2015 ER OrderOn a happier note, I got three new oils to try in this month’s shipment, and one of them is absolutely scrumptious-smelling. Deep Relief roll-on, Light the Fire, and Northern Lights Black Spruce (the one that smells so good I want to jump into the bottle).

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I Know How She Does ItIt’s hard to select the best book I’ve finished recently – I’ve read some good ones, but they’re all so different it’s hard to compare. For most thought-provoking, it’s got to be I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their TimeI Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam.

The Martian
For most can’t-put-this-down the clear winner is The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir. I read it in one night, and I paid for that late bedtime the next day.

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

3 Things I’m Thinking About

    Young Living PSK without diffuser

  1. I’m working on an Essential Oils post. Anything you’ve been wondering that I should address in it? I’ve got an FAQ section built around emails I’ve received, but consider this an opening to expand on that.

  2. I’m also working on an epic “If You Liked {insert book title here}, What You Should Read Next” post. The first book and its readlikes have been. Hoping to get it posted soon, but I’m trying to make sure it’s formatted nicely, because there are a lot of books I’m mentioning. 🙂

    I had a lot of fun pulling together the book suggestions, so if there are other books you’d like to have some ideas for what to read after finishing them, let me know the titles! I have a few other possibilities in mind, but haven’t settled on which one I’ll work on for the second post.

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7QT on Baseball, Birthdays, VBS, Essential Oils, Belt Testing, Babies, and of course Books

Seven Quick Takes

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Last weekend wrapped up my son’s baseball season. I was surprisingly sad at the end of it – it’s been a lot of fun, and his team was great. Nice coaches, nice kids, nice other families. Very low-key and the focus was definitely on fun and learning for the kids. I’m not sure what next year will be like, but this year was wonderful.

— 2 —

My daughter turns 4 next week. As I write this post I still don’t know for sure what we’ll be getting her for her birthday. Thank you Amazon Prime for saving procrastinating moms!

Update on Thursday night as finalize the post: I got her a new water bottleContigo Autoseal Kids Trekker Cup, 14-Ounce, Magenta (so she’ll stop stealing mine), a bookNational Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books), and a stamp setMelissa & Doug Friendship Stamp Set. I already had two shirts which I stashed aside to save for her birthday. She’s got packages arriving from both grandmas too, so more than enough, even with me counting some “regular” items as birthday gifts (she needed some shirts in a bigger size, so she can stop wearing ones from last summer).

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Journey Off the Map

The kids have been in VBS all week, and this is the one where I had to get special permission for H to attend. Kids were supposed to be 4 by Monday, the first day of VBS. She turns 4 exactly 1 week later, and I had absolutely no doubts as to how she’d handle it. Participating in things, listening to the leaders, all of it – she’s ready. Fortunately one of the VBS leaders was also her Cubbie leader for AWANA, and when I asked about H attending she immediately replied: YES, absolutely! Whew! She’d have been broken-hearted to see her brother go off for it and not get to go herself.

— 4 —

G passed his belt testing last weekend, and received his green belt this week. He’s super excited because now he’s no longer the lowest ranking belt in his class (there were at least 4 yellow belts who moved up to orange and are now the lowest belts in his group). Why does this matter? Because they warm up in a line and get called up in belt order, and he was always the last one called up. Why does this matter? Because he’s five. 😉

— 5 —

June YLEO ER order

My latest essential oils order was a simple one: more Thieves soap (love that stuff!) and Frankincense (quite possibly my favorite oil. Definitely top three!)

— 6 —

Baby girl is so close to walking, and she’s certainly reached that stage that actually walking won’t make that much difference as far as baby-proofing and keeping an eye on her. She craws anywhere, she pulls up, she cruises around, so actual walking? Pfft. Won’t let her do anything she doesn’t already do, she’ll just manage it faster.

On that note, I’ve had to get back in the habit of watching what we have on coffee tables, end tables, and the like. She can get to all of it, and she likes tossing anything she can onto the floor.

— 7 —

The Truth According to Us

The best book I’ve finished recently was The Truth According to Us. I feel like all I’ve done lately is talk about that book, but I loved it so much!

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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: “Only 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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Seven Quick Takes on a New Linkup, Essential Oils, and Dinner Hope

Seven Quick Takes for January 2015

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There will be a link-up on February 3rd to share about any new books you’ve added to your bookshelf in January. And by “new” I mean new-to-you, and by “added” I mean in any way, shape, or form. Library books definitely count, as do e-books or audio books. Instagram pics can be linked up as well, so no worries if you don’t have a blog post about it to share – just snap a picture!

— 2 —

New on the StacksI’m working on a graphic for the linkup, but it’s … not an area of giftedness for me. 😉 I’ve gotten something pulled together, as you can see. While this may very well be the best graphic I’ve ever done, this may not be the final version, if I can come up with something better (or find someone to make a nicer/more creative/all around more awesome one). The name is still up in the air a bit too. “New on the stacks” is where I’m leaning currently, but that may change. Any ideas or preferences, please share! Sleep deprivation brain is here and it’s definitely hindering my thinking processes.

— 3 —

Essential Oils January 2015I actually got my January oils order before I even managed to share about December’s, so here’s what I ordered both months:

Thieves soap (Love this stuff!)
Cedarwood (love this too – definitely one of my top five favorite oils. I love the smell, and it’s part of my nighttime routine to diffuse it.)
Valor (I am so happy this is back in stock, and I ordered the two bottles permitted.)
RuTaVala (Filling in from my list of oils I want to try)
Rosemary (Postpartum hair issues here, and am going to try this to see if it helps with the horrific texture my hair is currently experiencing)
Frereana Frankincense (regular Frankincense is still out of stock, and I’m almost out. Trying this as a substitute.)

— 5 —

Getting dinner on the table regularly has been a major challenge since having the baby. I keep thinking I can just do this or that and it’ll be easier.

Last weekend I finally decided to sign up for a menu planning service. It’s $5 a month, so it won’t take much before it saves me that in time and effort. I’m kicking myself a bit for taking so long to do this. I’d even been a beta tester for this plan when it first rolled out, but kept forgetting to actually sign up for it once that ended.

— 6 —

Last week a friend from grad school had a really quick visit with us, as she was in town on the way to a meeting in Kentucky. (Indianapolis counts as close enough to Louisville when you normally live in Colorado.) Despite that distance, she’s managed to make it to visit me and meet my new babies within a few months of each of them being born. That’s pretty awesome. 🙂

I still think the cutest thing is one visit when G was talking, but still pretty young, and he kept calling her “snoozan” Not Susan, “Snoozan.” And then carrying on that tradition, H was calling her that this visit. What it is about my kids and the inability to pronounce “Susan” I don’t know, but it makes me laugh.

— 7 —

It’s the 23rd of January and I have finished very few books for the month. I’m starting them, but not completing them. If I’m to have anything to review next month, I need to get cracking and get some to the “have read” shelf instead of just the “currently reading” shelf.

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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.

October’s Essential Oils: Ningxia Red, Tangerine, and it smells like Fall around here

October 2014 essential oilsOctober’s colorful oils order was all about red. And tangerine. And orange too!

Ok, not really – I’m just amusing myself by the realization that I ordered Ningxia Red (not an oil, but a drink), and tangerine oil. And I got orange oil as a freebie, along with clove and nutmeg. So I did have red, tangerine, and orange in this order.

Ningxia Red has been an acquired taste for me. I still don’t love it, but I can tolerate it, and I do seem to have more energy on days when I have it in the morning. I’ve found it’s most tolerable when it’s COLD, and then followed by grape juice. I heard some recommendations to add a drop of lemon oil to it, but I found that to be completely disgusting so that’s not something I’m going to continue. 🙂

Tangerine has been on my list of oils to try and it got picked this month because it was the right amount to fill out my order total. Why yes, that is one of my considerations when I’m finishing off an order.

I’m happy to receive the orange, clove, and nutmeg as freebies – I’m imagining some delicious diffusing in my future, with lots of great fall smells!

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.