This is my random life.

This is what I made this morning in protest to my oven element going out the other day. Related: you really can buy most anything on Amazon!

This is why I can never take myself too seriously. My most recent FB update:

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This is what I’m reading. Don’t judge by the cover (my least favorite part of the book), because I bet the contents aren’t what you think! Most certainly a must read for every parent, parent-to-be, grandparent, and anyone who loves children. I’ve been challenged, encouraged, and entertained, and I haven’t even reached the teen section yet!

This is what the UPS man delivered to my door yesterday. It’s next up on the reading list. Yes, really. We are going to go there, and don’t you wish you could be in on THAT class?!

This is my littlest monkey. Awake too early. On top of my counter. With a peanut butter face. My heart hurts I love her so much. I catch myself grinning and shaking my  head at times, “God, you are so good.”

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This is me getting completely out of my comfort zone. You can view the full class here.

This is still happening through Friday night!

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This is my bonus gift to you when your order ANY Premium Starter Kit now through September 30. You pick the style!

This is where I’ll be this weekend. Friends, it has been six years (years!) since I’ve left my family for an overnighter. And now I know why. It takes a LOT OF WORK to plan for mom to be gone for 4 days, OHMYWORD. I’m trying not to have a come-apart about missing my daughter’s last jr. high home volleyball game. I DON’T MISS THINGS. But I couldn’t miss this earned trip opportunity, either. We’ll all manage. The kids will be in good hands. My 9yo is over the moon that they get to eat at the concession stand Thursday evening (instead of mom’s packed supper). I will meet new friends, be pampered and inspired, learn so much, and get to eat my meals hot without anyone drooling on them. Winning.

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If you don’t love your essential oils, you might be doing it wrong.

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I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 4 years encouraging friends, family, and total strangers (because I’m awesome like that) to use essential oils for optimal wellness, and to not stress over the intricacies. Do not fear the oils! Just respect them, I say. You can’t go wrong, I say. But I may need to take it all back.

If you love your essential oils and are getting a great return on your investment, regardless of what brand you use or your favorite method of application or whether you use them liberally or conservatively, oil on, friend! If you don’t love your essential oils, however, and you aren’t getting great results from them, you might be doing it wrong!

1. If your oils are sitting in a box, unopened, on the back shelf of the corner cabinet, and you have buyer’s remorse, you might be doing it wrong.

I know you, and I can see you, because I was you! My oils arrived only a few weeks after our fifth child four years ago. I was so overwhelmed by them (what on earth do I do with these tiny bottles?!) and the baby and school starting and everything else happening all at once, that I just left them in the box.

(PS – They weren’t very effective in the box.)

I was doing it wrong. I don’t even remember what prompted me to take the box off of the piano and diffuse some Citrus Fresh (maybe I was dusting? eh, probably not), but I finally did, and there was no going back. For the first time in EVER, I was able to “scent” my house with no ill effects: no headaches, nausea, nothing! That’s a far cry from what candles and other chemical fragrances do to us. I had long given up and just let my house smell like food and dirty diapers.

From there I read some good tips and safety information from my sponsor, including a little “cheat sheet” that showed some possibilities for each of the oils in my kit. I got brave over time, bounced ideas off of friends, and as my family experienced some pretty awesome results from these little drops of oil, we became hooked. We use them every day now in some capacity, sometimes just a few drops in the diffuser, other times we bust out the motherload, because we need something done and we need it done now!

The oils don’t work if you don’t use them.

2. If you have a disappointing reaction or no reaction at all to the first oil you try, so you give up, throwing your hands in the air and your “stupid” oils out the window, you might be doing it wrong.

There are some oils I don’t like, mostly because they don’t jive well with my body chemistry. There are also some scents I don’t care for, even though I do like what the oil does for me. How do I know all that? Because I use my oils!

Essential oils are not medicine. They work differently; with the body instead of as a medicinal beta blocker (which is sometimes needed!) to stop the body from doing something. If you don’t like your oils at first, maybe give it a rest and then try them again? Perhaps try them in a different way. The first few times I applied or diffused the ever popular Stress Away blend, I turned up my nose. Ew. The sweet vanilla was coming through a little strong for me, I think. But come on, now. I’m a mom of six! Mama could use the effects of a little Stress Away! After a few months, (and I am a FULL-ON believer that the more you use a variety of essential oils consistently, the more those intense, earthy, plant scents will smell better to you) I tried again. I didn’t diffuse. I didn’t apply topically. I didn’t ingest. I mixed a few drops of Stress Away in a cup of Epsom salts and took a bath in it.

BINGO! And bliss. 

(Please note: Considering that 90% of all essential oils are adulterated and new marketing companies pop up weekly to ride the lucrative EO train, if you are using oils that you’re not sure about, or oils that continue to give you a bad reaction, please stop! Being duped could be hazardous to your health.)

3. If you hopped on Pinterest and selected an oily miracle potion based on someone’s photoshopped image, and then were disappointed that you didn’t get the same results after 7 minutes, you might be doing it wrong.

Friends, Pinterest is great. There are many fantastic ideas on site, but there’s a reason that profitable “Pinterest Fail” blogs exist. Can we agree that whether it’s a recipe, a learning activity, a sewing project, or an oily combination to make your skin as smooth as buttah, let’s just all read carefully and beware a flop. Also, dig in to your EO resources! Ask people you trust.

If it looks too good to be true, it just may be.

Also, who needs Pinterest to use your oils, anyway?! Grab your kit and get back to the basics. There are many, many ways to use your oils without extra ingredients, equipment, or know how. Put a drop on your hand and inhale!

4. If looking at all your little unopened EO bottles gives you an ulcer and the hives because of all the scary things you’ve read on the internet about essential oils, you might be doing it wrong.

Stop. Good grief. People are so ridiculous, and I’ve seen none more ridiculous than those saving the world from the horrifying effects of rubbing a drop of Thieves undiluted on the bottom of your foot. Blah.

Over 100,000 people each year die from prescription medications. Perspective.

Yes, you absolutely should read essential oil resources and safety information before you go all willy nilly using them. They are powerful! They do things! And if you don’t respect them and use some Common Sense (there is absolutely an oil for that 😉 ), you may have a less than amazing reaction. But, gosh.

Start slow. Use a small amount of diluted oil at first to not overwhelm your system. Read some best practices, and then go for it! You are missing out if you are a Nervous Nelly (there’s an oil for that, too!) and I can’t tell you the VAST difference in oily successes between my friends and acquaintances who are super duper conservative with their super scary oils and my friends and acquaintances who USE their oils for Vibrant Wellness.

5. If you wait until something is “wrong,” look up an oil (that you don’t have) to fix it, and then get mad because after you finally got the oil it didn’t “work” after using one drop, all the while continuing to drink your daily case of Aspartame or HFCS and watch junk tv past midnight, flipping the remote for exercise, you might be doing it wrong.

The time to use your oils is now. The oils you should use are the ones you have on hand. Essential oils are powerful, potent, and the lifeblood of the plant. They keep plants alive, well, and thriving, and they can assist in that for us, also, but for the love, there are some things they just can’t do! You will never achieve optimal wellness without changing or minimizing bad habits, oils or no oils. Use essential oils regularly, early, and often to help maintain Vibrant Wellness, but don’t blame the oils for your all-night Facebook game sugar slug.

Also? You can’t use what you don’t have. Don’t wait until you are desperate for oils to order your oils.  (PS – This is why the Premium Starter Kit exists! It contains 11 different essential oils with a wide range of uses. If you need something, you’ll definitely get results with an option or a few in the kit!) It’s important to keep a modest oily stash. Use it early and often, replacing and adding to your collection as needed.

6. If you feel alone with no support from your oily community, a wannabe “crazy oil lady” confined in your own walls, you might be doing it wrong.

Overwhelmed? I feel ya. There is a learning curve, but oh my gosh, it is so worth it! A plethora of oily information and mis-information is at our fingertips, and it is hard to not want to read all the things and believe all the things and be scared by all the things.

Don’t.

Choose wisely. Limit your resources to those you trust, those that fit with your philosophy about essential oils. I have a job to do, and that job is to care for my 830+ Young Living members. I supply educational resources to those I enroll. I make sure all of my members have access to my monthly newsletter and my private Facebook group where we ask questions, share testimonials, and learn together. I travel to seminars and teach local classes in person, but there’s no need to be local because my team offers public online classes each month with a wide variety of oily topics.

You don’t have those resources from your sponsor? I encourage you to look up. If your sponsor isn’t supporting you, talk to your sponsor’s sponsor. Someone on your leadership team is taking their responsibility seriously, I promise. Find them.

You don’t have an Oily Family at all? Well, I would love for you to join ours! You can do that here.

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Essential oils don’t have to be scary, and you certainly don’t need a PhD (or even an aromatherapy degree) to benefit from them. You may not benefit, though, if you do it wrong. The best way to find your comfort zone is to use your oils!

 

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The Light at the End of this Tunnel That I Love.

The Light at the End of This Tunnel That I Love

I can see it now. Sometimes it's dull (like when they pitter patter at 3am, and I stumble out bleary eyed to tuck them in again), and other times it flashes just so (like when she teases me with her 2yo giggle at her brother's ball game, arms wrapped … [Keep reading…]

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To Be Greater

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It's that time of year again! Backpacks were stuffed, hair was straightened, outfits were selected (and changed, and selected again), cinnamon rolls were devoured (with fried eggs. I promise I did not send them to school on sugar with no protein!), … [Keep reading…]

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Life Last Week

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Last Monday was the 15th. I was super proud of myself for noticing the date and jotting notes while taking pictures, because Day in the Life! That used to be one of my favorite posts! But by mid-afternoon the crazy picked up, the camera took fewer … [Keep reading…]

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No Bake Granola Balls

No Bake Granola Balls

Energy bites. Power balls. Granola balls. Cookie balls. (The Bonus Sisters' favorite!) Call them what you want, these versatile, easy, no bake bites of oats/honey/peanut butter and other goodness have been a staple at our homemade granola … [Keep reading…]

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Picture This

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When you wonder where Amy's been hiding for 2 months, don't fret. I'm healthy. The family's healthy (and crazy). Life is good (and busy). If you think of me and wonder if I'm still celebrating the Finer Things, just picture this. That about … [Keep reading…]

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Mercy Me, It’s STILL Christmas

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Yep. I'm that girl. It's still Christmas. The tenth day, in fact. Well, I'm not exactly that girl, but I posted to Instagram yesterday: "We are in a play LATE, go to bed LATE, get up LATE, snuggle LATE habit. I'm loving every minute, but … [Keep reading…]

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New Year’s Eve Time Capsule ~ Free Printable

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I don't remember the first year I posted one of these (2011 maybe?), but I do remember a kind reader asking me if I had one last year, and I didn't! (Oh, the guilt!) New Year's celebrations can be fun for the whole family as we look back on the past … [Keep reading…]

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