Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dryer Ball Tutorial - Save time, money, and your health!


I love these kiddos to the moon and beyond, but they sure know how to play hard and dirty clothes!  There are days our dryer runs nearly nonstop all day to keep up with Mount Laundry.  Growing up my mom always used fabric softener sheets, so when I moved out I naturally used fabric softener sheets too.  Then I read some ugly statistics.  Fabric softener is the #1 cause of indoor pollution.  Whenever you smell that “laundry smell” you are inhaling toxic VOC’s.  I can't imagine how toxic my home must have been after a full day of laundry 😱 YUCK!  It's no wonder we struggled with so many respiratory problems and chemical sensitivities.  In a study published in the August issue of Air Quality, Atmosphere, and Health researchers found more than 25 “volatile” air pollutants – including the carcinogens acetaldehyde and benzene in homes after running a regular laundry cycle with scented liquid laundry detergent and a leading brand of scented dryer sheets.  Benzene causes leukemia and other blood cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.  Acetaldehyde has been shown to cause nasal and throat cancer in animal studies.  No thanks!  For a long time I didn't use anything in the dryer, but then Young Living did a promotion where I received some dryer balls for free.  Hip hip hooray!!!  One load with them and I was in love ❤️


With four dryer balls I cut drying time by 25-50%! By adding Lavender essential oils to the dryer balls I had beautifully scented laundry again 😃. Slowly my dryer balls disappeared (#becauseboys).  As a frugal mama I learned how to make them myself.  It's quick and easy to whip up a few wool dryer balls to save you money, time, and your health!



You'll need to find 100% wool.  This is perhaps the hardest part of the whole process 🤣. I went to Hobby Lobby and they have 3 rows of yarn but only one teeny tiny section of 100% wool yarn on the very bottom. 


Start your ball by wrapping the yarn approximately 20 times around two fingers, then slip it off, fold it in half, and continue wrapping, taking care to make sure it is nice and tight.  Wind the yarn round and round until your ball is about the size of a tennis ball.  When you have your ball the size you want, cut the string and tuck the end securely into the ball.  


Repeat until you have made 4 balls or more.
Place the first ball into the toe of a pair of pantyhose or tights and secure it there with a piece of acrylic yarn (do not use wool – you don’t want this to felt).  Continue adding the balls one at a time to your pantyhose, securing each one. Toss the pantyhose “snake” into the washer (the hotter the water the better) and then into the dryer (again, the hotter the better).  The fibers at this point should have fused together, and it should be smoother and tighter.  You can repeat washing and drying if needed.  Congratulations, you just made your own wool dryer balls!  Add 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil combination (we love lavender and purification!) and add toss them into the dryer with each load of laundry.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Gifts for your Savvy Lady

Young Living recently released its Holiday Catalog and it sure is beautiful!  It has a little something for everyone, but today I want to help you find the perfect gift for the Savvy lady in your life 💃🏻

I have too much jewelry... said no lady ever!  Look, smell, and feel great with this Lava Bead Diffuser necklace and bracelet set.  Treasure of the Season Essential Oil blend contains two varieties of Frankincense, plus Cinnamon Bark and Idaho Balsam Fir to create a festive, peaceful environment.  



Add some sparkle and shine with the new Savvy Minerals Holiday Collection featuring 4 new eye shadows, Rockin Lip Gloss, a travel sized eyeshadow brush, and Savvy Minerals branded clutch.



Then treat her to some artisan crafted chocolate.  This is no ordinary chocolate.  The dark chocolate is sourced exclusively from Ecuador and spiced with Young Living Essential Oils.  She'll enjoy and treasure the sophisticated flavours.



Finish the night with an at home spa experience, relaxing in a jacuzzi tub with bath bombs infused with the vanilla-lime scent of Stress Away essential oil blend or calming scent of Lavender essential oil.




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Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Recipes to Embrace Fall



Oh how I love to see summer collapse into fall! Pumpkin spice, jumping in leaf piles, front porch rocking, hayrides, campfires, and cooler days... Enjoy my top 5 recipes to welcome fall into your home! 

1.  A good book, a rocking chair, and a hot cup of coffee with some Spiced Pumpkin Creamer...

2.  Rake the leaves and come inside to warm up with a savory bowl of Butternut Squash Soup...

3.  Invite fall into any room with this Warm Vanilla Room Spray...
4.  Pamper yourself this Harvest time with the Spiced Autumn Sugar Scrub and a hot bath...
5.  As the dry air moves in show your lips some love with this Cocoa Mint Lip Balm...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nature is our Classroom



We have hiked around the same lake nearly everyday for the last 2 months.  Nature speaks so many lessons if only we take the time to stop and listen.  By studying creation, we learn about our Creator!

We have enjoyed the beauty of the blossoming flowers and butterflies drinking of the sweet nectar.



We have observed creatures great and small...

and studied evidence of their existence left behind.


We have looked high and low.  We have sat and we have listened.


We have enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets; the miracles that bookend each day.


Oh, if only you could hear the stories these woods have heard as sisters skip along.


There is a place for books and worksheets, but the lessons learned on these trails are ones not easily forgotten.  I'll leave you with this poem to ponder.

The Tables Turned

BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; 
Or surely you'll grow double: 
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; 
Why all this toil and trouble? 

The sun above the mountain's head, 
A freshening lustre mellow 
Through all the long green fields has spread, 
His first sweet evening yellow. 

Books! 'tis a dull and endless strife: 
Come, hear the woodland linnet, 
How sweet his music! on my life, 
There's more of wisdom in it. 

And hark! how blithe the throstle sings! 
He, too, is no mean preacher: 
Come forth into the light of things, 
Let Nature be your teacher. 

She has a world of ready wealth, 
Our minds and hearts to bless— 
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health, 
Truth breathed by cheerfulness. 

One impulse from a vernal wood 
May teach you more of man, 
Of moral evil and of good, 
Than all the sages can. 

Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; 
Our meddling intellect 
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:— 
We murder to dissect. 

Enough of Science and of Art; 
Close up those barren leaves; 
Come forth, and bring with you a heart 
That watches and receives. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mommyhood is hard...

Let's face it, some days just keeping the kiddos alive can be downright exhausting.


There are times when I feel like my little 2 year old and wish it were socially acceptable to sit on the ground and throw a fit.  Within the course of any given day I can be a lawyer, police officer, doctor, nurse, chef, maid, teacher,  chauffeur, and so much more, all while running on little to no sleep. Most days I can't even pee without little fingers reaching under the door.

These sweet little faces rely on me for everything.  Yes, being a mommy is hard, but it is so worth.  And I've discovered a little secret I want to share with you.  

These little bottles of oil, they work!  They help me to think clearer and move with ease so I can keep up with my kiddos.  They keep my immune and respiratory system strong so I can show up to my most important job everyday. 


This bottle of NingXia Red fuels my body with the nutrition it needs to go 100 mph all day long chasing these wild lil ones.  


It was not an easy decision for us to get started with Young Living.  At the time we had four children and my husband was furloughed, meaning we did not have any income there for a while.  But we saw the value and potential in these precious bottles and so we made some sacrifices and sold some things to be able to afford them, and I am oh so glad I did!  What a difference they have made in our lives!  


When the days get long and weary, look into the eyes of your precious children, keep calm and oil on!  You are worth it!  They are worth it!


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Reflections from Silver Retreat


I want to start by saying thank you to all of my loyal customers for supporting our family business.  With a multi-level marketing company like Young Living, each purchase you make literally helps our family and others put food on the table and gas in the car, so thank you!
I was so grateful for the opportunity to attend Silver Retreat.  I love that Young Living doesn’t just buy its leaders a car or fancy jewelry, but that it sends us to the farms, the very foundation of the company.  This was my second time visiting the Mona, Utah farm.  Each visit has been peaceful, powerful, and has made me fall more and more in love with the Seed to Seal process and its promise of integrity.  The Mona lavender fields and farm span nearly 1,600 acres.  The oils grown on this farm include Lavender, Hyssop, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Goldenrod, Balsam Fir, Melissa, Roman Chamomile, Juniper, and Blue Yarrow.  I wanted to share just one little tidbit from each part of the Seed to Seal process that stood out to me this trip.

SEED: To make the best, we start with the best seeds and botanicals that have been evaluated for their essential oil-producing potential.

The Lavender harvest was completed by the time we arrived, but they were just beginning the labor-intensive process of saving the seeds.  After the flower heads are dried, they must be rubbed on a mesh screen to separate the tiny black seeds from the rest of the plant.  The seeds fall to through the mesh screen into a bucket, and the spent flowers remain on top to be discarded.  It takes about two weeks to get all the seeds separated and the entire process is done by hand!



CULTIVATE:  By maintaining the Seed to Seal Standards, Young Living ensures the highest quality essential oils, controlling and documenting the health of the soil through proper composting, natural fertilizers, crop rotation, and the amount of water through rain and/or irrigation, as well as considering daily sun and temperatures.  Young Living tracks the country of origin and the species for every essential oil as part of the Seed to Seal process.  Young Living is dedicated to perfecting responsible and sustainable growing and harvesting methods.  Young Living recently raised the bar by implementing standards far beyond the standards with their 3 new pillars – Sourcing, Science, and Standards.  You can learn more about these 3 Pillars at www.seedtoseal.com.
   

Young Living does not use harmful pesticides on their plants.  I was more nervous about laying our son in the Lavender plant to capture this picture than I have ever been about using an essential oil on him!  Why?  Because there are bees at the farms!  I never hesitate using Young Living oils on him because I have complete confidence in the purity of the product. 


I also wanted to show you this tiny piece of equipment that could easily be overlooked on a visit to the farm, but it is oh so very important.  This is a press, and is used to do a micro-distillation in the field.  As the plants near harvest time, workers do a micro-distillation as frequently as every half-hour until the plant reaches its optimal level of therapeutic constituents.  Then it is all hands on deck for harvest.

DISTILL:  Our gentle, proprietary techniques extract essential oils while preserving their precious constituents.  The farm in Mona, Utah is home to one of the largest privately owned essential oil distilleries in the world.  While we were there they were distilling both Goldenrod and Juniper.  We even received a 2017 Silver Retreat exclusive bottle of Juniper!






TEST:  To guarantee consistent, verifiable quality, our oils are tested in Young Living’s own internal labs, as well as third-party facilities.  Gas Chromatography is performed at the Mona farm and used to determine the molecular composition of the oil to verify quality and to track natural variation due to a given year’s growing and harvesting conditions.  All of the data is entered into a database which now has more than 25 years worth of data!  If the essential oil passes Gas Chromatography, it is then sent to Spanish Fork where Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Organoleptics, Optical Rotation, Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Microbiological Testing, and Inductively Coupled Plasma / Mass Spectrometry are performed in triplicate.  If the essential oil fails any of the tests it is sent to an R&D team for further evaluation and then discarded.
SEAL: Using state of the art equipment, our essential oils are carefully bottled, labeled, and then shipped to members worldwide.  We received several essential oils for free throughout the retreat!  Young Living absolutely loves to pamper its leaders to show their appreciation.


There were 1,600 people from 50 different states and 23 different countries between the ages of 18 and 75.  You can do this if you want to!  Wellness brings infinite possibilities.  Visit my website to discover more and download your free report or Become a Member and order here.