Facebook Event

Would you like to learn how to kick toxic chemicals out of your home? I am hosting a facebook class on essential oils. I’ll walk you through step by step and give easy, simple and affordable tactics anyone can do with the best essential oils on the planet.  This class is totally FREE and will blow your mind! Gear up for a fast-paced, ground-up lecture on everything oils. I can’t wait to see you at my Facebook event! It’s time to take control of the yuck in your home and kick it to the curb!

To find out more about facebook classes or when they are follow me on facebook.

Be sure to watch this quick video.

Quick Reason to come to the 101 Class

 

 

My Young Living

Young Living Essential Oils: The Premium Starter Kit

New PSK

As promised in last week’s post, I am going to discuss the oils in the premium starter kit. Before I talk about each item in the kit, I wanted to talk about the entire kit.

There are different starter kits that you can purchase from Young Living. I chose to start my discussions on the premium starter kit because it gives a variety of products that Young Living has to offer. In this kit you will find:

11 Oils:

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Copaiba
  • Frankincense
  • Thieves
  • Purification
  • R.C.
  • DiGize
  • Pan Away
  • Stress Away

*These could be switched out for another oil if the current oil is out of stock.

The kit also includes a diffuser. There are a few choices on diffusers that a customer can pick that suits their own personal needs. I personally have a dew drop diffuser that I LOVE! Having a kit with a diffuser is important in my opinion.

The Premium kit includes a few other items from Young Living as well. These items currently are:

  • Aroma Glide Roller Filament (A Roll on)
  • 10 Sample Packets of oils
  • Sample Oil bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red 2 oz Samples

When you order your kit, you will get membership resources which means a discount on all orders at wholesale price. Premium oils at wholesale price is such an amazing deal!

To sign up, go to Young Living, click become a member. Then add my number, 3019216, to the enroller and sponsor links. It’s that simple! If you choose to join my team, you will get the same benefits that I do which is belonging to a great leadership team that will provide you with amazing resources for how to use your essential oils.

 

Young Living Essential Oils Posts:

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon

Young Living Essential Oils

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to be sharing more information about essential oils. Over the next few weeks I am going to be breaking down the premium starter kit and sharing with you all the benefits and uses of the different oils in the starter kit. So make sure you are reading those posts. 

To kick off this blog series, I am sharing an informative video on some uses for essential oils. Hope you enjoy the video and learn some benefits of these great oils. 

tHow to use essential oils
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You can order your starter kit at Young living, click become a member then enter my enroller and sponsor number 3019216. 

Princess Ballet Summer Camp

Summer time has started and we are trying our best to stay busy this summer. We started the summer with a week long vacation traveling throughout our home state and filling the major requests of our two oldest children; beach trip, zoo day, and camping. Once back home the summer camps started for the girls. The first one was the Princess Ballet Camp. This is a camp just like the one they did over spring break.

Day one

They refreshed all of the positions taught previously. First, Second and fifth position. From there they played games and practiced new ballet positions. After about an hour of learning techniques, they stopped to make a princess craft for the final thirty minutes of the camp. This craft was a princess crown.

While the girls were busy at camp, Mason and I went to a nearby park to spend some mommy-son time and get that boy moving. He loved our time at the park. Mason climbed on the playground and chased birds, stopping every time a big truck drove by. He loves his trucks! We returned to pick up his sisters just before their class let out.

Day two

The camp started again with practicing positions and learning new dance moves. After dancing for an hour they made a craft of a beaded bracelet. They loved their little bracelets. When they came home this day they could not wait to show us what they had learned. While they were at camp, Mason and I ran errands and then returned just in time to pick them up.

Day three

This day the girls worked on their new techniques most of the time during the instruction time. Then they made a special princess butterfly mask as their craft. They were so excited when they left camp because moms and dads can come watch on the final day.

Day four (the final day)

On this day they were able to go to dance camp in princess costumes. They were so excited about being able to dress up. Bailey chose to dress up as Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. Brooke dressed up as Snow White. We were able to come and watch the final 10 minutes of the camp. Daddy even made a special trip to the studio to watch. It was so precious watching them dance their little routine.

Coming Up on the blog:

  • Princess Tea Party
  • Father’s Day
  • Camping Trip

Review: Natural Insect Repellent

Just in time for Summer and all of those nasty bugs, I have received a product for bug spray to review. Now I must say that I am very cautious in what products I put on my kids. I watch the ingredients in bug sprays and sunscreen and prefer things that are not sprays. When this product came up for a review, I made sure if fit all of my all natural criteria before putting it on my kids to try.

*Disclaimer: I was not paid by this company to write this review. I was asked to write the review and chose to share the information with all of you.*

What is this product that I am writing about?

Buzz Away Extreme Natural Insect Repellent. This product comes with towelettes and  bug spray.

The towelette ingredients in this bug spray include Castor Oil, Geranium Oil, Soybean Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Citronella Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Purified Water, Coconut Oil, Glycerin, Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Wintergreen Oil.

The bug spray which is deet free has the following ingredients. Castor Oil, Geranium Oil, Soybean Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Citronella Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Purified Water, Coconut Oil, Glycerin, Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Wintergreen Oil.

The recommended time of use for both the towelettes and spray is 3.5 hours before reapplication (if putting on to defend against ticks 2 hours). Caution tells you to avoid eye contact and swallowing. Just as any product, please keep away from your babies and small children who still put things in their mouths. This product is intended to wipe onto your skin. The aroma of the oils are designed to keep bugs from coming into contact with you.

I chose to put this product to the test in multiple situations. We headed to Houston not long after receiving this product and used it while we went to the zoo. Houston is a place that has a ton of mosquitoes and we needed something strong enough to fight them off. Another test was when we took our first camping trip of the season. Being out in the woods you encounter several bugs including mosquitoes and ticks. A great insect repellent is important in both of these situations.

So how did this product hold up?

Well at the zoo, it was great to defend against those annoying mosquitoes. They are everywhere and we definitely needed a bug repellent that could protect the kids against the mosquitoes.

On our camping trip, the repellent also worked great for the kids to protect them from bug bites. It lasted about four hours, just as they advertised. We were able to reapply as needed while camping.

I am happy to say this product worked great with our kids. I would recommend trying it on yourself before putting it on your kids. Buzz Away Extreme Towelettes can be ordered here.

 

Warning: Frustrated Mom Ahead…Proceed with Caution!

Warning: Vent Session from a frustrated mom!

If you have been reading previous posts you have seen that we have a princess tea party coming up. It was scheduled for tomorrow at 1 pm at a local hotel ballroom. My girls have been so excited about this tea party since they found out in January that we were going. I called today to see where the actual location was, because I have not seen the event information listed on Facebook. The woman that answered the phone was so rude to me. Her response was “We sent out an email a month ago that said we moved the date. You should check your email.”

I check my email 5 to 6 times a day and have not received an email. So now this new date is next weekend. Which wouldn’t be a big deal except we had already booked a camping trip for next weekend. Now that this has changed, I have spent the last hour trying to reschedule the camping trip because I can’t reschedule the tea party.

I think it’s safe to say that I will not use this party events place again because of their lack of professionalism and disrespectful nature to customers.

I’m sorry for this rant! I just needed to vent for a second after dealing with such horrible people.

On another topic, I am going to be re-launching my Young Living Essential Oils business and will be doing some great classes on oils soon. If you know someone who is interested in Essential Oils please share this post or my facebook page Young Living Essential Oils For You.

 

Camping at Dinosaur Valley

Our Final Destination…Dinosaur Valley

To finish our week long start of the summer vacation, we left our beach condo and headed to Dinosaur Valley for a camping trip. The girls were so excited to finally go camping at an actual campground. They have only been asking for a year to go camping but little brother was not old enough for this type of adventure. I remember going to Dinosaur Valley multiple summers when I was a kid. We loved visiting there although we never actually camped at the park. We always stayed in condos a little ways away.

We arrived at Dinosaur Valley around 2:30 pm. My in-laws were already there camping from the night before. We were there early enough that we could explore that afternoon. So shortly after our arrival we took a family hike around the park. We had planned on searching for dinosaur tracks but all of the rain throughout the area had caused high water in the river. We saw the area the tracks were in but did not have a chance to enter the river this time. We will have to go back sometime to see it again. Mason only cared for the part that he walked our dog, holding her leash along the trails.

That night we had the traditional campfire and grilled our dinner, followed by roasting marshmallows for smores. Yum! This is a family favorite for all of us, even Mason.

This was it, the girls were finally getting to sleep in a tent outside.

Joel and the two girls slept in a tent outside the camper where my in-laws, Mason, and myself slept. (There was no way I was fighting a baby in a tent). The girls absolutely loved camping in the tent outside. They thought it was so cool. Joel is not a big fan but he’s such a good sport for them. Anything to make them happy.

The next morning we got up and started to shut down the camp. We had a five hour drive ahead of us and didn’t want to head out late in the day. While we were shutting things down, my mother-in-law took my kids around the park again for another hike in hopes of wearing them out before going on that drive.  We have borrowed my in-laws camper for the summer so check back for some more camping adventures.

Coming Up:

Princess Ballet Dance Camp

Princess Tea Party

Father’s Day 2017

Beach Trip

It’s Vacation Time!

We kicked off our vacation with a trip to the zoo. From there we headed south an hour to Galveston for a 3 day beach vacation. This vacation was not all about the beach, it also included a friend’s wedding.

Beach Day 1

We arrived at our condo Friday afternoon around 2 so that we could get checked in and settled before I headed to the store to gather things for this weekend. For this trip we chose to rent a condo rather than a hotel because we needed the extra space for the kids to roam. A beach house was another thought however this was prime rental season and it was  expensive to rent a beach house. This condo was a one bedroom, one bath with a kitchenette, living room, and a bunk bed space. The condo was located across the street from the beach which made morning trips to the beach fun.

Friday night my mom, sister, and niece came to the condo to watch my kids while Joel and I headed down the road to the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. It was nice to spend some time with old friends and not have the little ones tagging along for the ride. We didn’t make it a long night that night because we knew that we were going to be heading to the beach in the morning before getting ready for the wedding that afternoon.

Beach Day 2

Saturday morning we woke up and headed to the beach around 10:30. We spent until lunch time at the beach. Then we headed back tot he condo to swim for a little while before having lunch.  After lunch all three kids took a nap and Joel and I started getting ready for the wedding. He left a little early for the wedding while I stayed until later to ride over to the church. My other sister came down that afternoon and watched the kids for us while we were at the wedding.

Beach Day 3

Sunday was spent stuck in the condo for most of the day. It rained until about 3:30. We went down to the pool after it stopped raining. We would have gone to the beach but the last storm brought in bacteria to the beaches and we didn’t want to take that chance with the kids.  Then we spent about 45 minutes in the pool before it started to darken again like another storm was coming in.

As we got out of the pool and started drying off,  Mason decided he would jump back into the pool. He had his towel wrapped around him and no float on. My mommy instinct made me turn back around to see him jumping in. I screamed his name then ran to the pool jumping in to pull him back up. As I pulled him up he started laughing (not coughing as we expected). I looked at him and said did you just jump in the pool and with a lot of excitement he screamed “Yeah!” We got out of there as fast as we could.

Of course Joel nor I slept that night watching him very closely in fear of dry drowning (aka secondary drowning). We are very thankful to say that he is fine and we suspect that he held his breathe when he jumped in. It is safe to say that we may not be getting in the pool for a little while until our nerves calm a bit after that scare.

On to the next part…

Monday morning we left Galveston and headed north to go camping before ending our week long trip.

Coming Up:

Dinosaur Valley Camping Trip

Ballet Dance Camp

Zoo Trip

Summer has begun and we just celebrated the start of summer with a week long trip out of town. We started our vacation heading to Houston with a trip to the zoo. A few years ago we took the girls to the Houston zoo. They were too young to really enjoy seeing all of the animals and the hours of walking that occurs at that zoo. I was excited about taking them to the zoo again as big kids because they can actually enjoy all of the animals. Mason is starting to love animals too so we figured this would be a fun age for him to go as well.

We arrived at the zoo around opening at 9:30 am. We were hoping to get there before everyone else and prior to the heat of the day. This zoo trip included my little family of five, my mom, sister, and her daughter.

We had a lot of fun seeing the animals at the zoo. Mason was just as excited as the older three kids to see all of the animals. Their favorite part was feeding the giraffes. This is not the first time that my girls had fed the giraffes but it was my niece’s first time. Mason did not feed the giraffes but that was not a surprise. He just likes looking at this age, not getting too close.

We went over to the children’s petting zoo area where a zookeeper had a baby alligator out. The kids were allowed to pet the alligator. Brooke and Kinsley (my niece) pet the alligator, Bailey was not interested in petting it. We asked her if she wanted to but did not force her to.

We continued on into the children’s petting zoo where the kids got to pet goats. Bailey and Brooke loved being in the petting zoo area but Mason refused to pet the goats. Again we asked but did not force them to do any of this. As we left the goat petting area, it started to pour down rain. We chose to hurry to the car and leave the zoo a bit early. We were all soaked by the time we reached our cars. After drying off, we headed down to the beach for the next part of our vacation.

 

 

Coming Up:

Beach Trip

Camping At Dinosaur Valley

Ballet Camp

It’s Summer!

It’s Summer!!!

Nine months of school is officially over and now it’s our summer vacation. Vacation, traveling, relaxing, no work, all three kids at home… Wait! All three kids at home?!? What am I going to do with all three kids at home?Although it’s summer vacation and we can have time to relax, I will still need a plan for the kids to keep them busy this summer.

So what’s in store for this summer’s big plans?

Well the biggest thing we will be doing is swim lessons for the girls and a Mommy and me swim class for Mason and I. We did this last summer and plan to do it again this summer. This will keep all three kids busy for about 30 minutes and get them back in the water, learning how to properly swim. We currently have a large above ground pool for the summer months and plan to put an in-ground pool in later this year. Swimming lessons are going to be very important for these three kiddos.

Another plan for this summer is camping!

We have borrowed the camper from my in-laws so that we can camp with the kids over the summer. My girls have been obsessed with camping for about a year now and are constantly asking to go camping. It’s not going to be tent camping, which is what they want, but this way we can camp with the littlest one and dog easily. Our hope is to go to a new campground within a four hour radius of our house every two weeks during this summer. We won’t be able to take a big vacation this year due to my husband’s work schedule so this is a great alternative to get us on the road and seeing new places.

There is an opportunity for the older two kids to be in a soccer camp for the summer. I am hoping to get them in to give a little more time practicing before soccer this fall. It’s a week long camp for a few hours each day. I haven’t heard the best reviews on camps in our town so I have to admit I am a little apprehensive about signing them up. They could use some specialized training in the sport but my issue is the lack of support I have heard comes from these camps. Rumor has it, it is basically day care instead of teaching them anything, which is not what I want. So, this one is still up in the air.

When we are not having swim lessons or camps, we will be having play time at the local parks, in our backyard, or indoors when it gets too hot. I live in the south, it’s already been 100+ degrees so we will have indoor time this summer. 🙂

What Else?

There are a few children’s museums and activities around the town that we can do when searching for a time to get out. Most of our days will be spent outside in the morning when it is cool and then heading out to swim as it gets warmer.

I would love to hear other plans for the summer. Please comment to share things that you are doing with your family this summer.

 

Coming Up:

Beach Trip
Zoo Trip