Human Pinatas Everywhere!

IBGpinataSo today I’m going to share with you a very special essential oil from Young Living. My little helper that keeps me from seeing “human pinatas” everywhere and wanting to knock the snot out of them!  JUST KIDDING!

But seriously… If you live on the planet Earth, you too have days when you feel especially overwhelmed and drained. Our adrenals are maxed out, leaving us feeling like crap!

With Idaho Balsam Fir I find great adrenal support when I feel that my cortisol levels are elevated. Cortisol is the “fight or flight” hormone that our adrenal glands produce. For many their cortisol production is stuck in the “on mode” due to hectic lifestyles, careers, family stressors, busy schedules, etc. It’s no wonder we feel worn out!  IBF to the rescue!

How do I use it? I apply it to my pulse points – my wrists and carotids (along the sides of my neck), and brain stem (back of upper neck, at hair line)… but I don’t stop there. To enjoy the full benefits of this amazing oil, don’t forget to BREATHE it in!! The warm aroma is so soothing and rejuvenating to the body and mind. Its grounding, yet stimulating. Within minutes I’m feeling like myself again… and I can put down the bat and not hurt anyone!

Also… it’s an excellent support for the respiratory system, urinary system, immune system, and promotes healthy join and cartilage health. WOW!

The naturally occuring constituents beta-pinene and camphene are found in this essential YLIBFoil. Idaho Balsam Fir is an important ingredient in several of Young Living products such as BLM, Animal Scents Ointment, Deep Relief Roll-On, Believe, Gratitude, Transformation, and En-R-Gee.

I do recommend diluting essential oils before applying them topically, especially if you know you have sensitive skin or are applying on children. Diluting with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, just to name a few) also makes your oils last longer and spread easier over your skin.

Did you know? The best time to harvest IBF is in the winter months. Gary Young harvests it in Idaho (obvious, I know), a few miles south of the Canadian border. He has found that the fir needles contain the highest amount of essential oil during this time of year.

Click here to watch a video of the harvest!

If you are not a member of Young Living and would like to be, the best way to start is with the purchase of the Premium Starter Kit. (The best bang for your buck!… you get your own wholesale account which gives you a 24% discount of all future orders!) Idaho Balsam Fir is not in the kit. I do recommend ordering it as one of your first purchases after you receive your starter kit.

diffuserP.S. For the remainder of April, anyone enrolling with me by the purchase of the Premium Starter Kit, will receive a stainless steel diffuser necklace as pictured here. Design may vary. My gift to you! You will love to wear your favorite Young Living Essential Oil in your diffuser pendant! I do!

Any questions, let me know!

Stop the Faucet

kleenexSo this was me for the past 3 days. Blowing my nose nonstop. Banned to the couch to sleep elevated. Desperate for sleep. Desperate to stop the constant running faucet on my face, that was a nice shade of pink, painful to the touch, and now covered with dry peeling skin. You know what I’m talking about. Oh it’s so miserable!

I was desperate to avoid using synthetic remedies. I don’t do that any more!! I threw them all out. I hate the side effects and possible harm to my body! Some of them gave me night terrors and left me feeling “high” for days! No joke! Personally, I don’t know why anyone would pay good money to feel that way, but that’s none of my business! 😉

I did everything I could think of. I do use Young Living Essential Oils, and normally they help me return to normal rather quickly. But this time was different!

So… two Kleenex boxes and a roll of toilet paper later… it hits me… NASAL SPRAY! Normally I’m not one to use it because it always burned my sinus cavities terribly. I searched for a recipe to make my own! This is what I came up with.

I found an old saline nasal spray bottle (2 oz) of my husband’s, washed out of course. (You can get a nice nasal misting bottle at your local health food store or on Amazon.) I first added a pinch of Himalayan salt. Why?  Well, the salt will help oils absorb better in the water solution and not sit on top of the water. You will still need to shake before each use though. Also, he salt to this solution will moisturize the mucosa and supports its natural regeneration, making it more difficult for the bacteria and viruses to nest and develop into an infection. Why Himalayan salt? Because it’s REAL salt with the minerals our body needs. I do not recommend the useless white table salt for this recipe. (You may wish to research the benefits of Himalayan salt vs the pretty white table salt.)

I then added 6 drops Lavender, 4 drops Frankincense, and 3 drops Tea Tree oil – all of which help to support a healthy nasal and respiratory system, and can help with seasonal relief as well. Think spring! Next I topped it off with distilled water. You want water free of any impurities, especially since you are spraying it into your head!

Recipe below.

Let me just say this……… WOW! Oh. My. Word. My nose was doing the happy dance! Why did I not do this sooner!!?? I must be a glutton for punishment and suffering!! With the first use I immediately felt 50% better. BONUS: It did not burn! It was comforting and soothing. I sprayed again just before bed. I actually slept… with my mouth shut… and no need to stuff my nose with tissue to stop the “running faucet”! TMI, I know.

I learned the hard way. Don’t do that! Make this up and get ahead of it! From now on I’ll just spray once a day, every morning, as part of my morning routine. Think preventative maintenance. It’s smart, says the gal that went through all that!! <kicking myself still>

Oh.. by the way, Lavender and Frankincense are in the Premium Starter Kit! I would recommend purchasing Tea Tree Essential Oil as a future purchase.

LIGHT BULB!! This just popped in my head! If anyone reading this blog post purchases the Premium Starter Kit through my link from now, 3/31/16 to 4/15/16, I will send you a bottle of Tea Tree Oil FREE! That’s a $34.21 retail value! You might want to jump on that before I rethink it! J/K! Killer deal, seriously! I just really want you to try this recipe! 😉

Here’s the above recipe:

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DIY Gel Hand Sanitizer

I cringe at the thought of using those “other” hand sanitizers for YEARS and YEARS!! I thought I was doing good. Our skin is the largest organ we have. When we apply anything to our skin it is instantly absorbed into our body and blood stream.

Since my husband’s liver transplant 5 yrs ago (yesterday!.. and he’s doing miraculously well… I’ll be blogging about that later this week.) we started our quest for more knowledge, healthier living, better choices, etc. Wow, the discoveries we have made!! I would keep you here until next week if I elaborated here tonight, but I’ll try to stay on task.

I’ve already blogged on how to make your own hand sanitizer spray, but tonight I whipped up a gel version! (Yes, Young Living offers both a spray and gel Thieves Sanitizer, but I’m a frugal gal and love to make these essential oil recipes!)

In this pic you’ll see this neat gel pump. I kept it around for the bottle and discarded the product inside. Well it sat on my kitchen counter for a couple months now… and tonight I finally made it! The hand spray is nice, but I do love and miss the gel!

Now, if you want to promote Young Living, by all means, use the hand spray!! Nearly every time we are in a restaurant people smell it and ask, “Oh, what’s that?”… or… “Did you spray Thieves?”

My recipe for DIY Gel Hand Sanitizer: 

  • 3 tsp witch hazel
  • 10 drops Young Living’s Thieves EO blend
  • 4 drops Cinnamon Bark EO (optional! I add because I like it to be extra cinnamon-y in fragrance like YL’s)
  • Fill the rest of bottle with Aloe Vera gel, leaving room for the pump and a little space to shake to mix. Now shake it up!

I tested it.. a little goes a LONG way!! Like 1/2 a pump for this particular bottle. I believe you can get these empty foaming pump bottles from your local health food store or on Amazon. Or you can save your bottles from those “other” products you now have! Empty them and make your own!! And guess what?… THEY ARE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE AND SAFER!!

Interested in trying Young Living? Please visit Let’s Get You Started! There you can get all the details how to get started, learn what is included in the Premium Starter Kit, and all that our team can offer you on your journey to better health with Young Living!

I would be blessed to be the one to help you get started!

My Salad Hates Me

So I went to a local Young Living class last night in a town not too far from me. They held the class at a restaurant. I decided to just get a salad from the salad bar… keep it light was my plan.

I chose spinach as the base and topped it with a few add ons… egg, onion, chickpeas, carrots, sunflower seeds, and a few croutons. Just a few! I drizzled about a large tablespoon of Ranch Dressing on it. I love Ranch!  (I know… not the most healthy choice, … but it was better than pizza or a burger and fries, right?). 

Half way into this small salad I started to get some major discomfort in my belly, and by the last bite I was flat out miserable!  I love salad… but it sure didn’t love me back last night!  I don’t get this response upon eating salad every time, but occasionally. Was it the spinach? Any way… I was feeling so… so… gassy!! Ok, I’m sorry… but don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about! LOL!  My belly instantly felt full and extended… and if it weren’t for my Spanx you would have thought I was 6 months pregnant! Oy!

Well let me tell you what I turn to for digestive system balance wellness, and comfort… Young Living’s fabulous Essential Oil blend, Digize.

Per Young Living’s website, “DiGize™ is one of Young Living’s exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils, and includes naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen. Use DiGize with every meal, along with Essentialzymes-4™ (a supplement YL offers, equally amazing. We should all be taking a digestive enzyme by the way), to support a daily wellness regimen*.”

Ingredients: 

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)† leaf oil, Ginger (Zingiber officinale)† root oil, Peppermint (Mentha piperita)† leaf oil, Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)† aerial parts oil, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)† seed oil, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)† leaf oil, Anise (Pimpinella anisum)† fruit oil, Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)† leaf oil

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil (I ONLY use YL EO’s! I did three months research before deciding on YL as my source of EO’s. Do your own research. Don’t settle for junk oils with chemicals and fillers! This is why YL is the only source for me: http://www.seedtoseal.com)

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You should consider trying Digize. I recommend keeping it on hand when you are out and about. I especially love that Young Living now makes it available in the Premium Starter Kit, along with 10 other most commonly reached for oils, and more!

For complete details of the Premium Starter kit simply click this pic!

Seasons of Life and Oils

Seasons of life, they are real. We are all in a particular season. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Other seasons: childhood, teen, student, adult, newly wed, married for many years, parent, empty-nester, grandparent, great grandparent, loss of a loved one, and so on. The list is endless.

What season am I in, you ask? Several I believe. I’m a parent to two young adults. One is out of the house and has three children. Yep, I’m a grandma if you don’t already know that! My second child will leave the next soon, probably next year as I do see wedding bells in the near future. No, it’s not official, but I see it coming… and that will make for a very joyous season indeed!

I do have a private burden that is often overwhelming at times. I like to view this time of burden as a season, because I know all seasons come to an end… and by viewing it as a season, I am encouraged that someday “this too shall pass”.

Some of you know my burden… most of you don’t, and that’s ok… the LORD knows all about it and I turn it over to Him daily. I daily hand it back to Him, because I’ll be honest… often I take my burden back and worry some more. I ought not to do that, I know. Lord, forgive me. I know He knows this mother’s heart, after all, He created me. He knows my instinct to nurture, love and want to fix things. This one I can’t fix and it hurts.

I was just now reminded of the words to an old hymn:

“Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”

(Yes, I get distracted easily… lol… squirrel!)

What does this have to do with oils? Well, I believe God put Young Living Essential Oils in my life for several reasons… one being my emotional well being. I believe that with all my heart.

Can essential oils help you emotionally? YES!!! Along with eating good, organic, pure foods… food the way He intended, God created a natural substance to help man in this area (essential oils!).  And yet we so often choose synthetics first. That was me too, until a few years ago.

I highly encourage you to get your hands on a GOOD essential oil reference book. Contact me if you would like to know what’s in my library. I can give you the names of several!

What oil am I talking about today, you ask? The first oil that I’d like to share with you, that helps me emotionally,  is Young Living’s Idaho Balsam Fir.

Per YL’s website, they say this oil is “Traditionally used for muscular aches and pains, the warm aroma of balsam fir soothes and rejuvenates body and mind. Known for supporting respiratory function,* this herbaceous oil can be diffused for aromatherapy or diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. Also believed to create an uplifting sense of well-being, balsam fir is a 100 percent pure Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil distilled from the needles of the balsam fir tree.”

Breathing in it’s fragrance can have a definite aromatic effect on the mind. It is physically grounding and relaxing. Its sweet and clean scent has balsamic and woody overtones. IT SMELLS SO GOOD!!

Balsam fir oil is able to ground the body and empower the mind. It may help bring emotional balance to the mind and body by aligning the sacral and heart chakras. It is good for those who get out of balance emotionally very easily. Um, that would be me as of late.

Another of Young Living’s products that REALLY helps me with emotional well being and balance is their essential oil blend called JOY! Per YL’s website, Joy “is a delightful blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils that harmonize for a sweet, joyful aroma. When diffused, Joy creates a warm, comforting environment and inspires a romantic aromatic atmosphere. Wear Joy as a cologne or perfume to exude an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.”

Ok, skip all the romantic talk for the moment. Sure my husband loves it, that much I’ll share with you. <wink, wink>  For me, Joy essential oil blend speaks LOUDLY to my emotional side. It’s so calming! I apply it to my neck, wrists, and over the heart. Oh no, she’s going to break out in another song…. yep. “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart”! I get the corniness from my mother (RIP) and I often hear her speak when I do! LOL! Did I oil up today? Yep, can you tell?

Sadly many doubt the powerful effects of PURE therapeutic grade essential oils. (I ONLY use Young Living! They are the ONLY company that can guarantee purity from seed to seal, and that’s not just a catchy phrase. Young Living’s Seed to Seal Commitment)

It’s puzzling to me when I talk to a someone about essential oils and they look at me like I’m crazy or call it snake oil. Well, you are welcome to your opinion, and that’s fine. I choose to put my trust in something created by God Himself, for my good vs anything man can come up with. Sure modern medicine has it’s place. I believe that to be true, I just don’t feel it should be the first thing we run to. Just sayin’… and if that doubter is you, maybe one day you’ll just give them a try. But don’t do it to make me happy. Do your own research and do it for yourself.

Back to what I was talking about initially — seasons of life. I’ve been through so many seasons in my 47 years, and I have many yet to go through. Of course, staying close to my Lord and staying in His Word is the #1 Resource to anything I face in life. I will say that I’m extremely thankful how He blesses, leads, reveals, and teaches me how to care for this body, which is His creation. To God be the Glory… as I continue to oil up with Young Living’s Idaho Balsam Fir and Joy!


A verse that blessed me today. He is with me in ALL seasons of my life!  Acts 20:18 …”I have been with you at all seasons”…


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My new favorite…

Ok, ok… How can anyone have just one favorite essential oil? For me, that’s impossible. I have been aware of this blend from nearly day one, (I’ve been using Young Living EO’s for 15 months now) but it has now gotten my full attention and I’m not really sure why.

rcI have been told by several people that over time, your body will tell you which oil to grab for. Crazy sounding, I know, but it’s true. Listen to your body! Lately, my body has been telling me to reach this one…  R.C. !

What is in R.C. essential oil? There are nine different essential oils in Young Living’s R.C. Blend. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.

  • Eucalyptus Globulus – one of many eucalyptus essential oils.  It is primarily used to support the respiratory system; and to soothe muscle discomfort after exercise.
  • Eucalyptus Radiata – one of many eucalyptus essential oils.  It is primarily used to for cleansing and purifying.
  • Eucalyptus Citriodora – contains 40-80% citronellal and has several chemotypes.
  • Myrtle – supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.
  • Pine – first investigated by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, pine is soothing for stressed muscles and joints when used in massage. Eucalyptus globulus shares some of the same properties, and the action of both oils is synergistic when they are blended.
  • Marjoram – beneficial for occasional simple nervous tension.
  • Lavender – can help you relax, wind down before bed and even ease stress. Its balancing properties create a relaxing and harmonizing environment.
  • Cypress – beneficial for oily or troubled skin. Grounding and gets things moving!
  • Peppermint – one of the most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comforts.
  • Tsuga – from the Canadian Hemlock Tree. The oil is distilled from the needles and twigs of conifer trees.

What a powerhouse blend … And it smell soooo good! 

Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire, or massage three drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort. R.C. can also be used in place of Aroma Siez™ in Young Living’s Raindrop Technique®.

I especially love to apply it on each side of my nose in the morning to really wake me up and harmonize my respiratory system! Try it! It’s one of 11 essential oils in the Premium Starter Kit.

I wish you were here in person to experience R.C. for yourself. I’d gladly share it with you! I think you would agree how energizing this blend is.


R.C. is included in the Premium Starter Kit: Click to get yours!

I’m lovin’ the new kit!

If I weren’t already with Young Living, I’d sign up and get this kit TODAY! No joke. Seriously, this kit is perfect, in my opinion, though I was crazy about the kit available when I started.

This Premium Starter kit has the addition of Copaiba, R.C., and DiGize! No longer in the kit is Tea Tree, Citrus Fresh, and Joy… though… in the event of an out of stock oil, Young Living will substitute with one of these oils – Tea Tree, Aroma Ease, Lemongrass, Citrus Fresh or Orange. No sense in holding up your kit on one oil! Sensible decision I feel.

You also get a rollerball, literature, sample packets, oil bottles to share a sample with others, 2 samples Ningxia Red, and the fabulous Dew Drop diffuser (I’m crazy about this diffuser! They are all nice, but this one I like especially after having tried a few others. Very easy to clean!). Diffuser choices are good!

And the design… wow!! Well thought out and SO beautiful! I don’t want to take it out of it’s box now. It’s so pretty!

You get all that is pictured above for $160 plus S&H. Oh, and access to a simply fabulous group of like-minded people, here to help you on your healthy changes journey! We offer unlimited support, private forums, continuing education, webinars, online classes, your very own wholesale account to save 24% off all future orders, and more!

Label Makeover!

Oh, and let me take a moment to say this… I LOVE THE NEW LABEL DESIGN! Thank you, Young Living! Now I can see how much precious oil I have left!

Peek-a-boo back!

I would be blessed to be the one to welcome you to Young Living. Should you wish to come aboard, CLICK HERE to order your kit!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may click to contact me here. 

It’s here, it’s here…

So… this box came yesterday…

I pre-ordered Young Living’s NEW Premium Starter Kit about a month ago, as it was pre-launched to their members only. Let me tell you… I am so stinkin’ excited!!

It’s beyond beautiful! Young Living really knocked it out of the park! The thought and design that went into this… the upgrades… this is THE most amazing collection!

So… let me show you what’s inside the box! … oooooooh!! 

Open the beautifully designed “treasure chest” and see 10 spectactular oils staring back at you! Oils included: Thieves, R.C., Purification, Peppermint, Panaway, Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Copaiba, DiGize, which are all wrapped in their fancy new vibrant labels with peek-a-boo windows and an open back to see your liquid gold levels!

Lift up the first layer and there’s like a secret panel below. Lift that.. and there you’ll find more treasure!

In the lower level of the box you’ll find a bonus oil of Stress Away… 2 Ningxia Red samples (Amazing Stuff!), 10 sample bottles to share your oils with someone, sample oils packets – 2 each of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves and Peace & Calming, a roller ball to use on an oil of your choice for ease of application (I placed my roller ball on my Panaway ), and 10 business cards.

Oh, and we can’t forget the Dewdrop Diffuser! Though I haven’t tried this diffuser yet, I have heard many wonderful reviews. I’ll be hooking it up today! All mentioned here for $160 plus S&H. WOW!!!

I promise I will keep you posted on the official release to the public date, which is supposed to THIS MONTH… the month of JUNE!!!!

I’d love to personally welcome you to Young Living! In addition to having the world’s leader in essential oils, you will have access to unlimited resources, private forums for discussion, extensive continuing educational classes online, local classes and support (if you are near Flint MI), a special welcome package with reference materials (from me personally), and more. You are never alone!! Support is key, and we want you to have confidence in using your essential oils… and you won’t lack in that area should you decide to come aboard with me.

I’ll keep you updated on the official launch date of the new starter kit. Come back here to order online. ORDER HERE!

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My dog had a “episode”

RosiePosieSee this sweet dog. Her name is Rosie (aka Rosie Posie) and she’s been with us one year this month. Rosie is a purebred Australian Shepherd and she turned 10 yrs old this past January. Her previous owner passed away and the daughter worked too many hours and didn’t feel it was right for Rosie to be alone all day. It was a fluke that I came across the rescue post… or was it? I like to think it was meant to be! The decision to adopt a senior pet is one of the best we’ve ever made! Yes, that’s my plug for pet adoption/rescue! Do it if you can!

Back to what I was saying… yesterday Rosie walked, or should I say, wobbled into the kitchen and appeared disoriented and scared. I knew instantly she was having “convulsion” activity. We’ve seen this before. Over 15 yrs ago we had a retriever named Zeke that suffered from this. I’ve learned alot since then!

I instantly asked my daughter to grab my Frankincense Essential Oil.  I don’t know if I applied it right, but it worked! I put several drops in my hands and rubbed it on her rear paws. Then as I laid on the floor with her I put my hand near her nose so she would gently inhale the oil fragrance. I had my hand about 6 to 8 inches away as I know a dog’s nose is super sensitive. She tolerated it surprisingly well, in fact, I believe it calmed her down in addition to stopping the convulsing.

Why did I use Frankincense? 

Well, I’ve studied essential oils for a year now… the same length of time I’ve been with Young Living. Frankincense is known as “the big guns”. What a power house of an oil! I have several reference books and have studied at great length. I suggest you do the same!

I have many reference books. If you would like to know what books I refer to, please contact me.

And why did I apply Frankincense to her paws?

When essential oils are applied with pressure to the reflex (or vita-flex) points, electrical impulses are released. These impulses carry the essential oils up the nerve pathway and into specific areas of the body. This in turn releases energy to support the systems of the body. (Looking at this Vita Flex chart I now notice the spot  for application concerning the brain. Rosie got all points yesterday.)

Vita-Flex points work for us humans too! Have a runny nose? Apply a few EO’s to your feet, focusing on the toes! Crazy? I know! But it works!!

In my studies on Frankincense I have learned it is the Essential Oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. What a fascinating oil that God has given us!!

Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
Young Living’s Frankincense

Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that are able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. (This oil has also been a huge relief for me concerning my own emotional needs!) Frankincense slows down and deepens the breath.

The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, expectorant and more.

You can do your own research on Frankincense. Personally, I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils (YL’s is proven to be the highest frequency because of their Seed to Seal process! Essential oils are not all the same! Don’t buy that lie!) because of their integrity and commitment to purity. Visit Seed to Seal to learn more…. and you’ll see why I will use nothing but Young Living! “Seed to Seal” – It’s not just a slogan.

Young Living’s latest blog post about essential oils and pets: Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How-To

As for Rosie’s activity we witnessed yesterday… my plan is to apply the Frankincense a few times a week, maybe every other day… and wait and see. I’ll keep you posted as to if she has one again… or maybe she won’t?

Rosie – you are only 10 yrs old and we love you so much!  We knew our time would be limited with you from day one, but know this… we will do our best to keep you healthy so you can enjoy your golden years to the fullest.

My side kick

Young Living has a premium starter kit for $150 that includes the fabulous Frankincense Essential Oil!! …. and 10 other essential oils, a diffuser, and samples. The purchase of this kit will also open your very own wholesale account which will save you 24% off retail prices.

As of today, June 1, 2015 –

Young Living is having a Summer Kick Off special on the premium starter kit! While supplies last! Contact me if you have any questions! Click the graphic to get your kit!  I look forward to learning along side of you! KIT SALE

I make soup!

That’s what I do! I make soup! Little inside family joke there.

I’m no baker by any means. I mean, I can bake cookies, cupcakes, basic desserts… but it’s really not my calling nor do I care do do it! Weird I know. (My poor husband… his mother is a baker supreme!! Sorry honey!) For my own personal health, I’m actually thankful baking is not my forte’. But… I do make a mean soup, so my family says. I can’t recall the exact conversation in our house one day… but my reply was, “I make soup!” My husband and daughter cracked up… and so the phrase stuck.

potSo many will ask for a recipe, but it’s really hard for me to share because I don’t follow any given recipe. My soups are never the same soup twice! I have a BIG red 12 qt pot… and in my head I know I need about 3 lbs of meat (if I add meat) 2 qts beans, 3-4 qts broth, 4-5 large carrots, 1 large onion, then I just “eyeball” the rest. I just use what I have on hand, or follow a basic base recipe (broth or tomato base) and often throw in leftovers. Add whatever veggies you like! You can’t go wrong. I truly think soup is the perfect meal. For those who think they can’t do this… YES YOU CAN! Soup is so easy, so versatile… you can’t mess it up!

Note: I cook gluten-free for the hubby, but we all follow the diet for the most part. Want to thicken your soup without flour? You can use corn starch (Use organic/non-gmo… it’s available!) You can stir in a can of refried beans if it’s bean based, or use your hand blender and mash it up a bit, especially if it has beans or potatoes in it. This soup I did not thicken, but adding the cheese & half & half did give it the consistency I was going for.

This week’s soup: Turkey & Bean (Gluten free too!)

  • 3 lbs local raised ground turkey (Love my farmer’s market!)
  • 2 jars Randals mixed beans (These are NON GMO!)
  • 3 qts broth (Your own or use organic chicken or veggie broth from store)
  • 1 8oz Organic Tomato soup or sauce. (I used what I had on hand.)
  • 3-4 cups frozen corn
  • 4 large diced carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 drop Young Living Rosemary or Thyme EO (optional! I ONLY use YLEO’s)
  • Season – I use REAL or Himalayan salt, pepper, whatever floats your boat.
  • Cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup or so of half & half (optional)

Brown turkey with onion & carrots. Drain. Add broth, beans, seasoning. Simmer then grate cheese in. I used smoked cheddar. I added the half & half at the end because I wanted the soup to have some creamy, cheesy goodness. Done! Soup’s on!

Turkey & Bean