celebrate the courageous ones.

Strong women are Beautiful women.

Social media has been such an amazing place for me.  I have ‘met’ so many amazing women through posts, tags, stories, etc.,  recently one woman in particular has taken the torch and lit the world up for me.  She is intelligent, successful, funny and real. My gawd she is real and I admire her strength in so many ways.  The other day, she posted this(see below) on Facebook and reading this, having this in my brain with forever change me.  You can find her post: HERE

“So yesterday I went on this little rant on my IG Story about something that makes me so sad to see the internet constantly take part in: The judgment + shame + comment phenomenon. It’s a compulsion! I see it toward the people I love that are attempting to be honest and it makes me sad. It is clear by the sheer volume of messages in my inbox that you guys feel the same way. Is it not getting out of hand, folks?

I’ll talk specifically to the ladies here. Since when do the choices we make become the “right choice” for other grown women whom we do not know? Since when did we take it upon ourselves to shame other women for what they do, buy, like, see, take part in or not? Since when is it not okay to just be who we are? Since when did we become so superior in our own lives that we feel the need to point out everything we don’t do and comment on it? Do we think this is how we build each other? Do we think this is the best way to create change for others? Here’s the hardest question of all, since when do we believe that the world would be better if everyone, everywhere just made the same choices? That is some Stepford kind of life that I don’t want.

Look, I’m not going to fix this by posting about it or writing about it but we can, as a group of legit business women, agree that internet shame is bullshit and not do it to others. To stop thinking that every human in the internet needs our opinion. As sales people, I am concerned we are overlooking how important being likable is. It’s not enough to know your product or be the most skilled. Your people have to also like you. Making people feel shamed for their choices that are different than yours isn’t the best place to start. Promise. Make space to help others and give hard feedback with love to those you…wait for it…LOVE, but stop judging other human beings on the internet whom you barely know who are just doing their best for their choices of food, workout program, vaccination schedule (or not), breastfeeding (or not), religion, music, parenting, education, the list goes on . You get my point.

Every day I become more confident to be who I am in my industry even though it’s not compliant to the “ideal person.” I’ve gotten used to this space. Hear me, momtrepreneurs, you will eventually have to decide to do the same. Just be you, for you will be judged anyway. Let others just be them. You’ll attract who you are meant to by just putting your real self out there (despite the shame you’ll receive) and being confident. Let the judgement roll off of you and do it anyway. Let’s make a vow to stop saying everything we don’t agree with on the internet. Cool? Cool. I love this tribe. I love how you love me for attempting to put the real me out there. Thank you. Go and be free to be who you are. Let your freak flag fly.”

what did you expect?

I woke up this morning feeling good, feeling confident feeling like today was the day.

This morning I had my four week check-up for my foot. I suppose I expected to be healed and to be able to literally and figuratively be able to walk out of my appointment.  I was wrong(ish). The doctor explained that “nothing has moved, nothing has changed which is good but it will take more time”

I am emotional so naturally, I cried. I saw the look of disappointment in my husband’s face which made me cry a little harder. This isn’t easy but I have to remind myself, it isn’t impossible either.  I keep reminding myself that the Universe has its way(s) of slowing us down at times, it redirects us for reasons.

As for now, I am making lists to remind myself of the PROS and not just the CONS that this has caused. I am applying and diffusing the essential oils that will help me feel a little less in a funk. I am snuggling with my baby while listening to music that calms me.

THIS too shall pass. Tomorrow is a new day but until then, today is still a great day to have a great day.

Teething Remedies: The Natural Helpers 

“Mama, I think I’m getting a few teeth, it kind of hurts, have anything to help!?”

“Of course I do baby girl, ever heard of Young Living? It’s a natural way to help you with your pain.” – Mama.       –        “mama, you’re the best!”

Orange, clove, copaiba & raw organic coconut oil for the win. Rubbed on the affected area and minutes later…

Happy girl for the win!!!

Copaiba Essential Oil – healers in the Amazon use copaiba resin for all types of pain and disorders, both internal and external.  This oil helps level out the sensitive skin in our gentle babies mouth providing comfort.

Clove – Clove has been used in the dental industry for years to numb gums. Healers in China and India have used clove buds since ancient times as part of their treatments.

Orange – This is a gentle yet effective oil for teething in that it is wonderful as a circulatory stimulant. Orange essential oil is rich in limonene (google this).

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things I love right now

I have found that some of my favorite things have come from referrals from friends. With that in mind, I have decided to share things I love right now, once a week!  In no particular order, here are my loves this week:

OOLA for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World – if you want a good book to dive into, THIS is it! Start with the original OOLA first. You will not be disappointed and will feels good while reading it.

Papaya with Citrus Fresh Essential Oil by Young Living – I am convinced, this is what sunshine tastes like.

Swaddle Blankets by Little Unicorn – these have the be the softest blankets on the planet! They are also absolutely gorgeous!

Everything But the Bagel seasoning by Trader Joes – I have been sprinkling this stuff on my eggs and avocado in the morning & it is delicious!

The Secret – I know I a super late on this one but I believe it is perfect for me right now.

Kneeling Scooter – although the minivan of injuries, it is a life saver while I have this broken foot!

Sheerlume brightening Cream by  Young Living – I started using it 3 weeks ago and already my face is showing less spots, more glow and OMG it smells like angels

Zen Principle Organic Moringa Leaf Powder – google it & you will see why.

 

 

if it moves mountains, you share it with everyone…

“It isn’t going to magically tear that bitch stick from your arms & replace it with a halo”
fullsizeoutput_201dHormonal balance is vital to a healthy mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally, such as in puberty, menopause and perimenopause. Hormone imbalance may also be caused by toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle. Understanding the causes of hormone imbalance empowers us to prevent them, and at the same time, feel better, think better, and live better.

After I gave birth to our son, March 2014, I was off. My raging, unbalanced hormones had me attending pity parties larger than New Years Eve in Times Square. Sounds fun, right? Wrong! None of my friends were at that ‘ party’ because well, I wasn’t in a great place. I was sad & mad and emotional and didn’t quite get it at the time.

I was new to Essential Oils and through help of my Facebook Oil groups & the internet, I discovered that Progessence Plus was an essential oil infused serum specifically formulated for women to help with the healthy balance (or in my case, re-balance) of hormones. Still new to the oil world, I wasn’t quite sure what I was purchasing but the hundreds of positive testimonials from women just like me gave me hope.

When I opened my Essential Rewards order that month (July 2015) the first thing I thought was, wow, this is pretty! After opening it and smelling it I remember feeling calmed immediately … I wasn’t feeling any changes yet but I was feeling hope & in that moment of desperation, hope was enough for me to give it an honest try.

I started a routine, every morning as a brushed my teeth I would apply one drop to my inner forearms and rub my arms together. I would then apply one drop over my throat which is where thyroid glad is located. The major glands of the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, and the reproductive organs. After about two-to-three weeks it was my husband that noticed the change. That day was one that will always stick out because I think it was the day I knew essential oils would forever be a part of our life. He said to me “this is the woman I fell in love with” – I remember smiling and crying at the same time because I felt like me again but for the one person you love more than life to see/feel it too – THAT feeling moves mountains.

So now that I am being open, honest, personal and real … it isn’t a fix all. Progessence Plus is a fantastic product, one that I highly suggest ALL WOMEN give it a try BUT it isn’t a unicorn or a magic wand. It isn’t going to magically tear that bitch stick from your arms & replace it with a halo but maybe it will. What do I mean? Well, you have to work WITH it rather than expect it to do all the work. You may need to add fitness into your life, you may need to subtract certain foods, drinks, habits to get the best results. First thing I changed … my attitude, when you’re willing to bend you are much less likely to break.

So now, just shy of two-years later and another baby later I can say without a doubt that it makes a significant difference in my overall wellness and mood. By adding Progessenece Plus into my daily routine I have opened windows in my mind and heart that have allowed me to have the confidence to grow in other areas of my life. Life gets busy and hectic and there are days I have forgotten to apply it and I can honestly tell you, when I do, I am off track. Maybe it is a unicorn, maybe not, either way it works for me.

Take a few moments to google Progessence Plus and see for yourself. Then give it a try, you do not have anything to lose. Click here to get yourself a bottle. 

the best granola you’ve ever had

My Husband, is a horrible, horrible liar.  His eyes and upper lip does this thing & he almost immediately smiles after he does it. so, when he tells me that I make the best granola he has ever had in his entire life – I believe him. That and the fact that him and my son polish off a batch quicker than I can jar it up!

I decided to make a batch of granola mostly because I was bored on maternity leave but also craving carbs & didn’t want the guilt of devouring a batch of cookies.

I now make this every two weeks or so and use it as a snack straight from the jar, on Greek yogurt, on top of oatmeal, in-place of cereal (great with soy milk).

The most important part of this recipe, if you have kids … let them get involved! This is a fun mess to make and if they sneak bites while helping, there are no raw ingredients that can harm them.
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4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1½ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I used 3/4 cup almonds, crushed and 3/4 cup mix of pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds)
1 teaspoon fine-grain Himalayan sea salt (if you’re using standard table salt, scale back to ¾ teaspoon)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup melted organic coconut oil
½ cup raw local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup dried fruit, chopped if large (I used unsweetened dried cherries)

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.

Pour in the coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated.

Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Bake until golden, about 21 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.

Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed, before breaking it into pieces and stirring in the dried fruit.

Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.  I like to use recycled jars.  In the photo we used an old coconut oil jar and an old pickle jar!

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this is us. the real us.

I will never win an award for Mom of the year.
My toddler has one volume, loud AF.
I get annoyed by things that shouldn’t bother me at all (the sound of chewing).
My husband, nine+ years later still gives me butterflies.
I never know what to wear even when going nowhere.
My daughter is a stage five clinger but my gawd is she beautiful.
I pin more than I make.
I try – hard – every day.
I watch all the emotional shows and although my husband won’t watch with me, if it weren’t for his weekly reminders I’d miss all the episodes…
This is part of me.
This is us.

March Wellness Box

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ESSENTIAL REWARDS DELIVERY DAY!!!
 
+ Agilese – for my husband. he plays volleyball & needs the joint support.
 
+ Super C – for reinforcing & maintaining our immune strength.
 
+ Super B – mama needs all the boosts of energy levels, Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports mood and cardiovascular and cognitive function
 
+Multigreens – call me Popeye!! I am so in love with the greens! MultiGreens™ is a chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory system
 
+ KidScents Bath Gel – my 3 year old is dirty because well he is 3 and a boy. we bathe a lot so we need the best of the best. That & the cute giraffe makes him excited to wash his tush.
 
+ KidScents Toothpaste – no need to worry if they can’t spit yet. There are no harmful anything in this tube & again with the cute monster on the packaging!! My son gets excited to brush!
 
+ Lavender Body Lotion – basically silk. I finally found a lotion that I love! even my husband uses it.
 
+ Lavender EO – because life. this magic bottle is truly the Swiss Army Knife of oils. Great for anything from too much sun, owes, head pain, seasonal issues, sleep and gentle enough for all skin types!
 
+ Purification – because germs. because spring, because I live with two boys and a baby that needs a diaper change every few hours.
 
+ Gentle Baby – my 8 week old daughter gets this in her diffuser nightly as well as applied to her crib sheets & sleeps 5-8 hours at a time. no lie. so basically magic.
 
+ Peace & Calming – this is one oil we will not go without. If you have a toddler you NEED this, all of this. It tames tudes, helps with sleep, combats coughs and is the perfect daily oil for overall chill.
 
+ Aroma Life – this one is new to me so I will report back. I do know one thing, I am in.love. with the scent.
 
+ Progessence Plus – ladies, ladies, ladies && men. listen up. you all need this in your home. Progessence Plus has helped me spring back so gracefully after having both my babies. Hormones are jerks and can truly make us so out of tune. Men, get this for your ladies. trust me and thank me later. do yourself a favor, go to Dr. Dan Purser’s website and read about this amazing product.
 
+ Deep Relief Roll-On: again, my husband and his sports and his joint, muscles, aches and pains. This is his favorite YL oil.
 
FREEBIES – you heard that right. I paid zero dollars for these amazing oils and products:
 
+ Frankincense – I personally like to put 2 drops under my tongue daily for overall wellness and 1-2 drops on my face for skin support. it has also been my life saver in the social anxiety department!
 
+ Blue Cypress – also a new oil to me.
 
+ Lime – add 2 drops to your morning Ningxia Red and prepare to be WOW’d!
 
+ Lavender – yay lavender!
 
+ Thieves Fruit & Veggie spray – you guys, this hands down is an amazing product! I have tried many before and really didn’t think too much of them. with YL spray I can see the wax & dirt being removed from our produce!
 
MORE FREEBIES!!
 
Get rewarded when you consecutively order for 3, 6, and 9 months—and beyond. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive blend at your 12th consecutive month! Since the new reward program began, this is my 6th month. I have been on ER for 22 months and earn 20% back on all my ER orders to use toward even more free product!!
 

I didn’t pay for the MultiGreens, Deep Relief or the Agilese – I used points!!!

ESSENTIAL REWARDS

Why Essential Rewards?

– With essential rewards (ER) you get a 10% return for the first 1-6 months; 15% return for months 7-12; 20% return for months 13+ on the products you were going to buy anyway PLUS additional FREE product!!

– ER is an optional autoship program for distrubutors where you can change your products and ship date each month as many times as you want!

– There is no obligation to stay with ER, you can cancel at anytime.

– Reduced shipping rates
– Priority when stock runs low
– Acces to Exclusive ER Kit Purchases

Exclusive Loyalty Gifts
Earn gifts available only to members of the Essential Rewards program when you place consecutive Essential Rewards orders over 50 PV. Get rewarded when you consecutively order for 3, 6, and 9 months—and beyond. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive blend at your 12th consecutive month!

Simply enroll in Essential Rewards this month and these amazing oils could be yours free:

3 consecutive months: Peppermint Vitality™ essential oil, 5 ml*
6 consecutive months: Thieves® Vitality™ essential oil blend, 5 ml*
9 consecutive months: Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil, 15ml*
12 consecutive months: Loyalty, a brand-new blend formulated by Young Living Founder D. Gary Young specifically for Essential Rewards members!

*The loyalty gift oils are available while quantities last. Substitute oils will be sent as replacements in the event that quantities of the specified oils are exhausted.

How to Avoid Getting Sick: The Natural Way

one thing I have learned over the past two plus years is how much more important being proactive vs. reactive is. I am sure you have heard me say that before.
 
my three-year-old has a mild case of the sniffles and coughs. I believe a combination of the dip in temperature here in Florida & the fact that he still eats stuff off the floor is to blame.
 
here is what I am doing in addition to my daily regimen to stay ahead of the sickness and stop it before it gets me and completely wipes out my child & household (aint nobody got time for a man cold + toddler cold + infant cold and hormonal postpartum mama cold):
 
FOR THE MAMA:
+ Ningxia Red throughout the day
+ Super B, two a day
+ Immune Roller on feet
+ Inner Defense 1-3 a day
+ Lemon in my H2O all day
+ Tranquil on my inner forearms
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FOR THE TODDLER:
+ 1 MightyVites in the morning after breakfast
+ 1/2 capsule of Life 5 (now Life 9) in his Greek Yogurt
+ Ningxia Red throughout the day
+ Breathe Again roller on chest, back and throat
+ Immune roller on feet and spine

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FOR THE HOUSEHOLD:
+ Thieves Cleaner for every surface to kill the nastiness
+ Thieves Essential Oil in all the diffusers
+ Thieves Spray for anything the toddler touches including me
+ Thieves DIY Hand Purifier, to keep the germs at bay

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In addition to all these amazing goodies, we also love bone broth, raw garlic, thieves tea and ACV throughout the day!

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