My Handsome Ninja Warriors

My Handsome Ninja Warriors

This past weekend, these two handsome studs smashed some big big goals, and I am so stinking proud of them! One of the things on their bucket list for 2017 was to compete in a Martial Arts Tournament and they totally KILLED IT! Dalton took 3rd place for sparring and 3rd place for form in the Preteen Intermediate Division and Isaiah took 3rd place for sparring in the Junior Beginner Division. On the morning of,  I was a bundle of nerves so by the time we got to the tournament location we were hyped on oils and prayed up to the max!!!! Some of the things we used:
-Lemon EO
-Lavender EO
-Peppermint EO
Combined for respiratory support for Dalton who’s pretty allergic to the lovely yellow powder that floats around this time of year. This combo helps his body combat that!  
-Ningxia Red because antioxidants ROCK and also for natural energy!
-Valor EO blend for focus and because it’s basically bottled courage! 😂
-Stress Away EO blend because I was having a nervous breakdown LOL!

Way to smash those big goals, boys!!! Mama and Daddy are so proud of you!!!

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My love letter to Cedarwood

My love letter to Cedarwood

Dear Cedarwood,

I like you. I REALLY REALLY like you. Like, you might even say that I think I am in love with you. Your subtle woodsy smell. Your ability to lift the stresses from the day away so that I can sleep well is like no other. In fact, I simply can’t, and won’t, sleep without you. I love what you do to my hair & skin. Like a true bestie, you make everything better.  I’m so glad you are being included this month, for free, when people start their oily journeys with me.

Thank you for being you.

Xoxo,

Tammy

My venture into DIY laundry detergent…

My venture into DIY laundry detergent…

  • You guys. It finally happened. My beloved Young Living Thieves laundry detergent ran out. Gone. Zilch. Nada. And I have a confession. It ran out 4 months ago. And I caved and went and bought Arm and Hammer detergent and…and…and… my cloth diapers HATE it. So I switched to Tide. And they STILL hated it. Also, my son started breaking out in hives. AGAIN! (YAY for super sensitive skin, NOT!) Anyway, lesson learned, I finally added another bottle of my trusty Thieves laundry detergent to my monthly Young Living subscription box, which, if you haven’t checked out yet, YOU SHOULD! (side note: Anyone else have an addiction to subby boxes?? No?? Just me?? Alrighty then!) In the mean time, I needed a “clean” detergent option so I decided to wade into the intimidating world of DIY laundry detergent, and let me just say, #mindblown!!! I can honestly say, SUCCESS! First of all, let’s talk about how Lavender and Tangerine essential oil is a match made in heaven and my clothes seriously smell the yummiest, EVER. So easy to make, I couldn’t believe it! So far I have been using this for 3 weeks now, and I’ve washed everything from stinky, dirty cloth diapers, AND a load of nasty, wet clothes from 3 days ago when the kids played out in the rain that I totally forgot to throw it in the washer. I am extremely pleased with the results, and that’s a lot coming from this cloth-diapering mama of 5! This recipe is seriously, SUPER DUPER EASY (I found it on Pinterest, and followed the link to this blog) and took 5 minutes to mix up, and it’s borax free!!   The recipe is as follows:
  • 1/4 C. Super washing soda
  • 1/4 C. Baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. Liquid Castille soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented from Amazon)
  • 20 drops of essential oil of choice

    13950999_10208104101453596_374356996_oFor this recipe I used Lavender and Tangerine because I loved the smell! Our family only uses Young Living essential oils exclusively because they are the only company with a seed to seal guarantee so I have peace of mind about no chemical additives. (If you’re curious about how to snag Young Living oils, click here!) So, grab your gallon sized container (I used a glass pitcher at first, but then dumped the remainder or my Arm and Hammer stuff and poured my mix in there) and a long spoon to mix with. Pour in your super washing soda and cover it with hot tap water, mix until it is dissolved. Once it is dissolved, add in your other ingredients except for your essential oils, then fill up your jug with hot tap water and stir it up. Lastly, add in your drops of EO, close your bottle and give it a shake and BAM! You are good to go! I have an HE front loader and use about half a capful (about 1/3 of a cup) for each regular load. Make sure to give a shake before you pour as some of the ingredients will settle to the bottom. Now enjoy your homemade detergent and peace of mind! Leave me some feedback below and let me know how you liked it, and if it worked for you as well as it did for me.

    Xoxo,

    Tammy

 

Be afraid… be very afraid…

Be afraid… be very afraid…

It has begun… my little warriors are officially enrolled in Faith Academy of Tae Kwon Do! I am so excited for them! The boys tested for and received their yellow belts, I couldn’t be prouder! Here they are on the morning of their test, looking all handsome!

 

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Of course, they had to have their morning shot of Ningxia Red a.k.a. “Ninja Juice” to get in a super concentration of antioxidants for the big test! This is a MUST HAVE in our family’s daily wellness routine, because of #allthehealthbenefits, we love our Ningxia! Here is a cute little video that shows why we take it!

Also worth mentioning, these two Ninja Warriors broke some boards!!! As in, broke a wooden board with the heel of their hand. WHAT????? #proudmamastatus right here!!!! Also, couldn’t end without letting you guys see my little Princess Warriors in the uniforms. ❤ Aren’t they adorable??

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It’s so good to be BREATHING!

It’s so good to be BREATHING!

Last week started off, stuffy, to say the least! That’s why I thank God for this guy, who has been my bestie alllllllllll week long, through thick and thin! (<<Haha, see what I did there??? Thick and thin, stuffy nose, need I say more??? You get it right??)View More: http://everlastinglovephotography.pass.us/oils

So because I am AWESOME and I want to share the love, I’ve compiled a list of reasons you need this roller bottle of awesome in your life.

You need Breathe Again because:
-Immunity Support
-Healthy Respiratory Function -Invigorating
-Balance Inflammation
-Smells AHHH-MAY-ZING!

Ok I wanna tell you guys something but before I do…

Essential Oils’s are NOT medicine. Nor should they be treated as such. Medicine is used to treat a symptom or for the intention to kill at a sickness or disease from your body. Essential oil do not have the same intention! Oils are used to support your body, to help it do what it was created by a perfect God to do perfectly, to build up your systems and to keep them working in great condition! I don’t know about you, but I want to support my God-given, perfectly designed body systems and live in HEALTH, not just get rid of symptoms and live in a constant battle, right?
Now on to my original point. Did you know that over the counter medications, again, which are used to treat symptoms and not support bodily systems, are available to help with breathing clearly? Nasal sprays are one of those. But here is the problem: those are only meant to be used for 3 to 4 days at a time, since they are not long term help, or building up your body. But they do work in the moment, so many people continue to use them beyond the suggested dosage. This can cause a rebound where the nasal congestion is actually worse than before you administer the spray, and then in order to get the same amount of decongestant, you need to use more and more and more of it. So when you use them longer, that’s when you increase the risk of becoming addicted to a medication! That’s a problem, considering there are risks to over using those sprays. In addition to worsening congestion, you can get headaches and increase blood pressure since the spray is absorbed from the nasal passages right into the bloodstream!!! 😱😱😱 Again, I don’t know about you guys but I say NO THANK YOU to all of that! I’d much rather support my body, and build it up to a functioning state that is REALLY good. I want to use products that help my body both short-term and ESPECIALLY long term, both for myself and my babies! I am so very, very glad we chose to start a journey to health and wellness. If you are considering starting this journey too, now is a GREAT time to check out the Premium Starter kit from Young Living. They are on sale right now at 10% off and in the history of the company, they’ve never been this discounted! In addition to that, I am offering $25 cash back via Paypal or Young Living account credit as a THANK YOU for trusting me and letting me guide on this journey to health and wellness with essential oils! The Premium Starter kit comes with:

-Diffuser of your choice (We looooove the DewDrop, it comes for FREE in the PSK! You have the option to upgrade to other awesome diffuser for more $$, but I recommend this one if you are just starting out!)

-Eleven of the most popular essential oils

-Pack of 10 “Love it, Share it!” drams, perfect for sharing with friends and family, or throwing in your purse for on the go!

-sample packets of Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, and Peace & Calming, to share or keep for yourself!

-2 sample packets of the AWESOME antioxidant drink, Ningxia Red. our whole family take this daily, it’s YUMMMMMM-O!

In addition to alllll that awesomeness, you’ll receive a digital copy of our exclusive Happy Oiler handbooks (back-to-school, Valentine themed, Christmas themed, you name it, you get them all!) and they’re full of fun recipes to get you using and loving your oils! PLUS, you will also receive a packet of oil goodies from YOURS TRULY to help get you started on this oily journey! I will also make sure to support you by plugging you in to some AHHH-MAY-ZING Facebook groups where you can talk all things oily with my Tribe of essential oils users. I seriously just love everything I see these bottles of awesome doing for myself and my family, and I want YOU in on that goodness too! Follow this link if you are ready to jump in! Your time is NOW!

 

XOXO,

Tammy

Attack of the Pink Eye!

Attack of the Pink Eye!

I knowwwwwwwwwww with as many kids as I have, there’s no way we escape the winter season completely unscathed, but good grief does it HAVE to be pink eye???? I  came home on Saturday night (from an AMAZING business trip to see some of my Young Living team, WOOT WOOT!) to find Dalton with one red eye. Thought it was allergies since it was pretty much gone by Sunday morning, but boyyyyyyy was I wrong! It all went downhill from there! And since OF COURSE the kids are passing it around one by one, here we are today, 5 days later and Aaliyah was the last one down. I was hoping to escape this round of germs unscathed, but ALAS! I felt my eye begin to twitch late Tuesday afternoon, and thought SURELY it was my overactive imagination. I walked past the mirror a half hour later aaaaaand yeah, one big, itchy, red eye staring back at me. I don’t think I’ve had pink eye since I was five or six! On the bright side, everyone seems to be on the upside of this and hopefully we can resume our usual schedule next week. I was (of course) using our essential oils to help sooth the irritation (Lavender EO was very soothing, diluted in coconut oil and applied carefully around the eye bone, NOT in the eye!!) but the winner of this week’s HOME REMEDY AWARD goes to breastmilk!!! Haha! But hey, it worked! And being as my boys are 10 and 7, you won’t even believe the amount of bribery it took for me to get them to let me put “Booboo milk” in their eye. (Don’t freak out y’all, it was in a bottle and I had a dropper!!) I am $10 poorer but, the boys are all better.  My 2-year-old thought it was the most HILARIOUS thing, getting breastmilk in her eye, and as I was dropping it into Isabella’s eye (who kept trying to suck on the dropper, lol) Aaliyah says with all the wisdom her 5 year old self could muster, “MOMMY!!! Isabella wants that in her MOUTH not her EYE!” (Yep folks, she’s brilliant I tell ya.) Hopefully tomorrow I can go erase the red X from the front door!. 😷lavender