Monday, March 30, 2015

Frankincense Face

So frankincense is one of my favorite essential oils. I call it the magic oil because it's in my reference book next to practically any ailment. It helps with things like depression, coughing, skin, wrinkles, aging, tumors, healing, headaches, stretch marks, the list goes on and on.
I like to put a drop in my moisturizer after I wash my face. I'm also thinking about making an eye cream or an eye makeup remover with it! I could definitely use a good wrinkle cream.

This testimonial picture really got me. She used a mixture of coconut oil, frankincense and lavender essential oils for two weeks and had great results. The stretch marks are much closer to her skin color and much less noticeable. When I saw it I thought it was awesome, but I kind of thought it was one of those pics you see circulating around that is too good to be true. And then the woman who posted it said "and I know it's real, because this picture is me." I got goosebumps. I know this woman guys, and this is legit. <3 Frankincense rocks.


I love how Young Living does awesome videos like this. This is a short video of where the trees grow and how they distill the oil.

The harvesting process of the resin from the frankincense trees is unique. They scrape the bark, wait 10 days, scrape, wait, scrape, etc. So meticulous and so worth it.

I love these videos and I love Young Living Frankincense essential oil. I've personally used it for headaches, boobie cream, stretch marks, calming, anxiety, cough, dry skin, and winkles.
What have you used it for?
If you haven't tried it, what would you use it for?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Rowan!

My baby turned one! We had an awesome ocean themed party at home.
My awesome friend Shelly was kind enough to take all the pictures and help me with all the decorations. She even designed his birthday stat chalkboard! I super love it!

The food and decor was amazing! Shelly, my husband, and I made it all. We served rice crispy sushi, sea snails (pigs in a blanket), oyster cookies, seashell salad (pasta salad), seaweed casserole (green bean casserole), veggies and dip with a bell pepper octopus on top, and crab dip with a bell pepper crab on top!

A local military mom actually made the cake and cupcakes. I thought they were super cute.
The jellyfish were my favorite part of the decorations. I can do a tutorial if you want, just post in the comments!

I had a book that matched the party theme out for people to sign and write notes to Rowan in.

The cake smash was so much fun! I had to let all my crunchy mommy feelings go for just a little while and let him have fun. He really didn't eat much cake anyway :P.

Cake drunk lol! <3

Om nom nnoooommm!!!

Before - After

Definitely called for a bath! And naked babies are the cutest :D.

Birthday boy needed some mama milkie time and wanted more cake haha.

Antics of Rowan

Mommy, Daddy, and happy birthday boy Rowan!

Rowan loves his Auntie Shelly <3.

We had an awesome time at his birthday party. He loved all the good food and running around and saying hi to everyone. 
If there's anything I mentioned that you want a tutorial for, let me know!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Chiropractor in a Bottle

So I've been having this pretty serious neck pain. It's almost like a cramp in the back of my neck that radiates upwards and causes a headache. It would come and go throughout the day, but showed up again every single day. I tried my recipe for pain cream on my temples, forehead, and back of my neck. I tried diluted peppermint, and I also pressed frankincense essential oil on the roof of  my mouth. I was really discouraged that the oils only helped a little. 

I really needed to just go to the chiropractor and get adjusted, but my schedule made that really difficult. Then it hit me....I was treating the problem (headache) and not the cause (neck cramping). After I mentioned how I thought a chiropractor would really help, I thought of the legendary chiropractor in a bottle! That's another nickname for the essential oil blend Valor by Young Living. 
Valor smells delicious and is used for a multitude of things. I've personally tried it for sleep, calming, pain, and realignment.


So I put a drop of Valor on my neck one time, in addition to my pain cream I made with essential oils. It really helped, but it still came back. I applied Valor once a day for three days, and lo and behold it was gone. Seriously. This pain in my neck that had me wanting to make a doctor's appointment and go to the chiropractor went away. I seriously was skeptical about why they call Valor chiropractor in a bottle because I'm like how can an essential oil actually change the alignment of your spine. But it did. I seriously was begging my husband to come home from work early so I could go to the chiropractor and get realigned...but Valor did it for me. 

Do you have back pain, neck pain, or headaches that you think Valor could help? Have you ever used Valor for anything and how did it go?



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lemon Lavender Cake

I've been looking for recipes I can make with essential oils. It feels like a science experiment and I love it! I made this lemon lavender cake for my first oil class and it was delicious! I used this recipe from Fudge Ripple and changed it up a bit to substitute some essential oils.
Cake
1 cup unsalted butter--room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 cups white all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat all purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup almond milk
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 Tbs lemon zest
juice of 1 large lemon
10 drops Young Living lemon essential oil
2 drops Young Living lavender essential oil

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt and baking soda.
Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice and almond milk together in another bowl. 
With the mixer on low, alternately mix in
the flour mixture and milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour, in 3 additions. Do not over-mix, just allow the ingredients to come together. 
Stir in the essential oils and add more or less to taste. Pour into coated 2 loaf pans. Bake at 325 F for approximately 50 mins. When cool, pour glaze over. This recipe makes enough glaze to drizzle over both cakes.

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs cream
Juice of lemon (more or less to your taste)
Stir together and pour over cooled cake.

I didn't change much about the recipe, I just simplified it a little. I added the lemon juice and not just the lemon essential oil because I feel like it needed the extra liquid. I really wanted it to be lemony so it definitely needed the essential oils. The two drops of lavender was just enough to give it a faint flavor. I used dried lavender buds to sprinkle over the top but I didn't put them in the batter. It's just for fun so you don't have to do that bit. 
Let me know if you try this recipe!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Are Essential Oils Cheaper Than Otc Meds?

So I've been doing a lot of research lately. I've been into essential oils for years and making my own diaper cream, stretch mark cream, and all kinds of things. I asked for the Young Living premium starter kit for Christmas and I couldn't wait so I got it sooner haha. A friend asked me if there were any oils that were cheaper than over the counter meds. I was like I have no idea, let me look. This whole time I've been thinking that oils are probably more expensive, but they're natural so I'm totally okay with that. I was wrong guys lol. 

So here is some of my research. I just picked out a few over the counter drugs that essential oils can be used for instead, then calculated price per dose, and compared them. They can be used for a million other things, but here are just some good comparisons.

Lemon essential oil can be used for reducing a child's fever (Children's Tylenol), getting mucous and stuff out because it's good for drainage (Mucinex), and for weight loss (Hydroxycut). 

Peppermint essential oil can be used to reduce fever and pain (Tylenol), for heartburn (Zantac), and nausea and other belly issues (Tums). Did you know that Tums is actually a category C in pregnancy? Kinda scary.

Thieves essential oil blend is a really useful for keeping the sickies away. You can use it when you first feel a cold coming on (Zicam), for cold sores (Abreva), and for oral pain (Oragel). I actually made a diluted coconut oil cream with this for Rowan's gums and it's awesome. Haven't touched Tylenol or Oragel since.

Lavender is helpful for allergies (Benadryl and Zyrtec) and sleep (Melatonin). 

Seriously I didn't know this info before doing some research. Let me know if you want to see more comparisons of oils or over the counter meds. Leave suggestions in the comments!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pssstttt.....BOOM!


 So my husband said I've been such a  good wife lately, he'd let me paint his toes, which I love doing! He picked the color green, but I wanted nail art, so I came up with an awesome idea of something we'd both like!
If you don't recognize this, its one of the creatures in Minecraft. We like to play that game together :). It is called a creeper. When you get close to it you can hear it start to go off like a bomb and if you don't run away quick enough it blows up in your face!
(image source)

 
So I got a picture and a palette ready and went to town. I sponged his toes with China Glaze Gaga for Green, Zoya Bevin, OPI Stranger Tides, and Julep Selena. I also mixed some of these shades with black to make them darker, hence the palette.

Here is the finished product! Kind of a camo green (was definitely not going to take the time to do perfect little pixel squares) with the creeper face on the big toes.

I totally coated them with some China Glaze Ghoulish Glow that a friend just sent me for fun. They glow pretty awesome, but of course it's almost impossible to photograph a glow-in-the-dark.
 


 Close up


He likes them! Does your husband or SO ever let you paint his toes?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rainbow Nails Banned in Olympics?

I just saw this in the news and had to post it for you guys. 
Emma Green Tregaro, a Swedish Olympic athlete, painted her nails rainbow colors for the Olympics. Apparently many Olympic athletes are painting their nails in rainbow colors to protest against Russia's "no gay propaganda" law. 

Here are her nails up close, which she posted on instagram. 
Here are her thoughts on the subject and her nails, from a different article:
Tregaro, who placed fifth at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, said she was “surprised by the big reaction” but happy because it has “mostly been very positive,” reported AP. She added that “it was harder to notm paint [the fingernails] in the rainbow than it was to choose to paint them.”Talking to Swedish media, the high jumper explained that in her view, “love for another person is the most beautiful thing in the world, and that's what I want to show, no matter the gender or whatever.” However, after Swedish athletics officials asked her to “please respect the rules” and change the color of her nails, Green Tregaro decided “to paint them red instead, for love.”
I find this pretty interesting. It isn't just nail bloggers and polish enthusiasts painting their nails for a cause. Even Olympic athletes risk their participation to make a statement that supports equality and love. I'm really moved by their effort and appalled by Russia's new law. 
What do you think about this?