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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.
IMG_4492INGREDIENTS
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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+ 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.
 
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+ 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!
 
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I didn’t pay for the MultiGreens, Deep Relief or the Agilese – I used points!!!

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Stay Above the Wellness Line: 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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You can learn more about essential oils by clicking HERE.  If you would like to get started, please contact me! I would love to help you!

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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we shake on it & repeat “promise” …

“I believe I can flyyyyyy” — R. Kelly
 
Okay not really but now that I have your attention … In our home, when we make a promise we shake on it and have to repeat “promise” – I want to make a promise to all of you…
 
Yesterday I was asked: “Do you notice a difference in your happiness and positivity?” my initial reaction – I smiled REALLY BIG. Hell yes, I am so much happier. I am healthier, I am much more positive and best of all so is my crew (G4 = my family).
 
Misconception debunked – I am not a piss in the woods, wipe my booty with a leaf kinda mama. I do not eat all organic and my superpower most days is the fact that I can eat gluten. I do eat granola and actually make it myself but that is only a funny coincidence.  I do not hunt for my food and grow all my produce (some,  not all – would love to be a little more Martha but ain’t nobody got time for that).

I am a person, just like YOU that decided one day to make a few better choices for myself and in the long run changed a whole ton of things around for myself without trying. Yes, you heard me … this lifestyle is really effortless and super healthy.

Here are a few examples:

+ every single day, you brush your teeth, so do I.
+ every single day you put on deodorant, so do I.
+ every single day you put on fragrance, so do I.

The only differences are my product choices. I do not go to the store any buy any of those items plus 13 other things I didn’t need (Target is a jerk like that – admit it).

I buy my from a company called Young Living. I don’t waste money I save money & I am boosting my immune system while brushing my teeth – bet you can’t say that?! When I apply deodorant, I am not risking breast cancer, scary I know but true! Did you know that aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells. Like I said scary.

So how does it really save money? Well, for starters each time I use a natural, essential oil based product I am targeting specific needs within my body strengthening my immune system, supporting my hormones, boosting my cells, improving my mood … all of which are protecting my body.  This keeps me healthy which prevents any and all sick visits to the doctor. Pregnancy has been the only reason I have needed any medical assistance in the past 3 years!  My three-year-old, has not had a sick visit in two years. My husband, well he is a man and wouldn’t go even if he needed it (ha) but hasn’t. WHY? Our lifestyle changes. Along with no medical treatment, nobody in our home is on any medication. Nothing prescription and nothing OTC. We use essential oils tube proactive so we do not have to be reactive.

Another money saver … I make all of the following beauty products:

+ face serum + body lotion + + deodorant + bubble bath + hair product + cuticle cream + perfume + cologne + mood enhancers + personal intimant products + detoxes + healing products for owies big & small + sore muscles rubs + PMS aides … && more.

Sounds expensive doesn’t it? NOPE. Not at all. I save so much money making all of this stuff. I will teach you.    

 
I could keep going but I will end this post here, with this:

I am running a two-day cash back offer for anyone that would like to start their oil journey! Not only with you get oils, you get a diffuser and and a whole bunch of goodies from me including continued support and education to help you use your oils! If you are waiting for a sign … THIS IS IT – I PROMISE ….

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three years later … what lead me to this.

Three years ago, I remember sitting on my couch and tossing around the pros and cons of taking a chance. I remember wanting to try essential oils but I also remember thinking that it may be a waste of money. I remember asking my husband … what do you think? I also remember him saying, “You have been talking about it for a long time, just do it.”
 
I did.
 
WHAT HAPPENED:
I got the oils in the mail and well, they sat in the box for a few days because I was intimidated and not sure where to start or what to do with them. I remember turning to Pinterest and Google for the answers, that was great BUT it also kind of overwhelmed me.

I then turned to my oily team. I know what you may be thinking …. What the hell is an oily team. WELL … it is a group of people that all have the oils, use the oils and want to live a better more natural life just.like.me (you).

 
I started with a simple diffuser blend: 4 drops Stress Away (one of the oils in the Starter Kit).  I was immediately hooked & it also got the attention of my Husband.

The next day, I tried a few drops of Thieves in the diffuser and remember it feeling like Christmas mixed with calmness and a sense of peace. That feeling was part the oils working and part knowing I made the right decision buying this kit.

 
So fast forward three years … here I am. The crazy oil girl that you all see sharing my potions, lotions, newest discovery etc. I truly use essential oils for EVERYTHING. My latest testimonies:
 
+ Essential Oils & Pregnancy and Recovery:
I gained pregnancy weight plus a few ice cream and donuts pounds.  I used essential oils safely throughout my pregnancy with the okay from my doctor and constant approval from my growing little baby. They helped me stay sane on days I wanted to hormone rage out of control.  They helped with all the aches and pains I was experiencing.  They helped my baby girl grow big(ish)(she is a peanut) & strong.

They helped me get through my contractions for 10 HOURS before the need for an epidural.  Essential oils helped me through the labor pain & pushing.  I was legit smiling  in between contractions and pushing and per my Husband, I didn’t even break a sweat … I have witnesses – no BS! I was calm, prepared and happy.

I use oils daily to help regulate my hormones, to help heal my body and help with the newborn lack of sleep plus toddler energy and mom & wife duties.

Yesterday my sister was shocked when she saw my stomach. It has been three.five weeks and I am only 8lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I do not have a single stretch mark and my stomach, well its pretty flat already with no exercise. Now if I am being 100% transparent I do know part of that is genetic an diet BUT I also know the essential oils, & supplements have been a HUGE contributor to this amazing result. They have kept and are keeping my healthy inside and helping tighten my skin on the outside.

+My Newborn

She is new here, Every single thing she experiences, touches, sees, smells, tastes is all new to her which means … adjusting.

Babygirl needed a little assistance with mealtime.  Also me to explain this one as a MOM (not a doctor, not a professional, not an expert, a mom) …

My daughter, just like my son is exclusively breastfed.  Both my kids took to breastfeeding really well, both latched and nursed immediately after birth.  My son & I had a hiccup free breastfeeding journey for 16 months. My daughter started off well and is still nursing like a champ but she has a few tummy issues that are causing a bit of gas and causes her to spit/throw-up after some of her feedings. Normal, yes.  Frustrating and hard to see her uncomfortable, yes.  So in comes the oils.  I have been diffusing oils which have provided a more calming environment as well as benefits to help her tummy.  I have also been using a few oils such as Roman Chamomile and Copaiba diluted based on her newborn status and I am happy to report that she has not lost a meal in two days now! Not a single one.  I didn’t allow Facebook diagnose her with colic or acid reflex or tongue tie (the list goes on and on) – I love FB don’t get me wrong BUT people are kinda crazy and can misdiagnose you / your family and cause you to panic and mistreat. FB is a bad as google sometimes. Anywho.

I love that over the past three years I have confidently become my own health advocate as well as my families. I have been doing research (actual paper books not just the internet) and learning how and why oils work.  Learning the science behind it all, from professionals.  I have been safely experimenting (not on my kids) to see what works best for me.

What I can tell you is….

+ I am happier.
+ I am healthier.

+ I am more confident.
+ I am saving a lot of money & time.
+ My family is healthy & so am I.

This list could go on and on. Have you been paying attention? I think it is apparent. This isn’t B.S. in a bottle. It isn’t a trend.

My life isn’t perfect and well oiled (ha – see what I did there!?), I still have to juggle trying to shower and when I finally get a chance to, I know there is a really good chance I will also hear a baby crying outside the door, a toddler asking me “whats that” “are you dirty” “what are you doing” a husband asking me where the ketchup is (behind the milk honey, always behind the milk), and during that shower I will have just enough time to get the important parts clean & take a few deep breaths.  I may not get around to shaving but hey, I am clean!

My toddler still is hesitant to try new things for dinner and will ALWAYS ask for chicken nuggets and string cheese that he will not eat & without fail will end up starving as soon as he gets in bed & eat a yogurt.

My laundry is washed but remains in baskets or the dryer 82% of the time.  My dishes are cleaned but I have no idea what I am going to make for dinner simply because I can’t even think about having to wash one more dish.

My point …. essential oils are great companions in life. All of life.  They help. They are amazing and I am so happy I took a chance.  Will they FIX everything with just one drop. NO. Can they help? HELL YES.

So I am offering YOU this …

STEP 1 – Trust me but more importantly, trust YOU.
STEP 2 – Take a chance and gift yourself this amazing oils kit& start your journey today.

You will get all the oils + a diffuser of your choice + a bunch of samples + a second Starter Kit FREE from me which includes all the things you need to get started so you don’t get overwhelmed. (click HERE to learn more about each of the oils in the kit)
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This second kit includes:

+ Three (3) 10ml Roller Bottles with your choice of label from my ETSY shop: GraySkyMatters (I will help you decide which roller blend will be perfect for your needs)
+ One 2oz squeeze bottle so you can make a Theives Hand Purifier OR a lotion (I will provide the recipe)
+Three vegetable capsules to make ingestible capsules with (again I will help you).

+ One dropper bottle. Perfect for an on-the-go blend to use out of the home. The options are endless.
+ a tube of my DIY lip balm: Grapefruit + Peppermint using all organic, natural ingredients (comes with recipe to make your own)
+ an Essential Oil starter guide
+ Access to our private Facebook pages which provides you with continued education support, recipes, giveaways and friendships!!
If you are ready! You can CLICK HERE to order OR contact me directly to discuss your options! I am always here to help!
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hospital bag -the essential oil version

Baby Girl is still comfortable & resting before her/our BIG DAY! We have 15 days before her actual due date: January 30, 2017.

While we wait, we pack.  This time around my hospital bag looks a bit different.  This time I will be using essential oils to help me through the process both mentally & physically.

The plan is to spend more time at home vs. the hospital before the actual active labor begins. Fortunately, I live less than one mile from the hospital and have the luxury and staying home a little longer than most. My doctor agrees that I may be more comfortable at home as long as my contractions are not too close together. Moving along …

WHAT’S IN MY BAG?
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Reference Material:
+ Aroma Baby
+ Gentle Babies
+ The Chemical Free Home, Volume 3

These wonderful guides will not only help as a reminder to myself but also a great guide for my Husband to help apply oils for and to me.

In these guides are recommended application techniques and a helpful road-map when deciding which oils to use for specific needs.

+ Thieves Hand Purifier – hospitals are full of germs. enough said.
+ Ningxia Red – hydration, nutrition and natural energy.
+ Ningxia Nitro – energy, naturally for both myself and my Husband.
+ Rose Ointment – for sore nipples, chapped lips and dry skin.
+ Clara Derm – for post-delivery perineal healing.
+ Progessence Plus – I plan to resume using this amazing product directly after the
placenta is delivered which is when my body will experience a huge hormonal
drop/change.
+ Homemade Lavender Lime Lipbalm – soft lips!
+ Diffuser (not pictured) – if I feel the need to diffuse I will want to have this on hand.

The Oils:
+ En-R-Gee – this is for myself and also my husband.  He is going to need the strength
also.
+ Frankincense – every day I put two drops under my tongue for balance, strength and
immune support. This is a must have daily for me.
+ Geranium – to apply to my abdomen during labor.
+ Gentle Baby – for diffusing.  this is one of my favorite calming blends.
+ Peace & Calming – it’s in the name.  P&C essential oil is a go-to oil throughout our home
for grounding, centering and overall calmness. it is comfort to me.
+ Black Pepper
+ Deep Relief Roller – back pain helper in a bottle!  also a great one for my Husband to be
able to grab and use for himself.
+ Valor – to help balance my body both emotionally and physically.
+ Valerian – may help reduce the pain of contractions when applied to the lower back.

+ Labor Blend – this labor blend can help support a healthy delivery once labor has started.
It is a synergy of: Ylang Ylang + Helichrysum + Fennel + Peppermint + Clary Sage.

+ Puffy Mama – I use this blend to help with edema and over all puffiness. it is a blend of
Cypress + Tangerine + Roseseed Hip Oil

+ Release – I am packing this to help with calmness and overall chill.  This is a blend that I wear daily as my fragrance. It is a combo of Valor + Release.  I like to apply it to my forearms and neck.

In addition tall this oily goodness I have the essentials:
+ comfy panties
+ sports bras
+ cotton pajamas
+ robe
+ soft socks
+ hair ties
+ toothbrush & thieves toothpaste
+ orange blossom face wash
+ phone charger
+ camera
+ insurance card & ID
+ Coming home outfit for both myself and baby
+ baby book
+ snacks (for all)

So now, we wait …

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Monday Madness Promo!!! This is my “Black Friday” promo this year, a week early! Yay for MONDAY!!MONDAY (black Friday) Sale.png
Enroll today with a Young Living Premium Starter Kit* & you will get:
 
+ Young Living Premium Starter Kit which includes 11 essential oils + your choice of diffuser + samples + access to our private Facebook pages + continuing education!
 
(NOTE: this also applies to the NingXia Red Starter Kit AND the Theives Starter Kit)
 
PLUS:
+ $25.00 back from me
+ Essential Oil Pocket Reference Guide (retail value: $19.95)
+ your choice of one (1) customized roller bottle from my ETSY Shop: GraySkyMatters
+ 5ml Christmas Spirit
 
You must enroll using this link: http://yl.pe/tyt which has my Member Number pre-filled out for you, if it is not, please add this number to both the ENROLLER & SPONSOR field: 2934220.

*Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

+Diffuser of your choice

+Premium Essential Oils Collection:
Lavender 5-ml
Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
Frankincense 5-ml
Thieves Vitality™ 5-ml
Purification® 5-ml
R.C.™ 5-ml
DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
PanAway® 5-ml
Stress Away™ 5-ml

+AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
+10 Sample Packets
+10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
+10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
+2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
+Product Guide and Product Price List
+Essential Oil Magazine
+Essential Edge
+Member Resources

One or more of the following essential oils may be substituted in the event of sourcing constraints or supply considerations: AromaEase™, Citrus Fresh™ Vitality™, Lemongrass Vitality™, Orange Vitality™ and Tea Tree.

For more information about essential oils en sure to visit HERE or simply email me!!

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28/40: Baby Bump Files

:: 28 weeks ::
baby girl is getting bigger and bigger and more and more active daily.  I am so in love with this little lady already.  according to my doctor, she is right on track and so am I.  I did have to do the three hour glucose test again with this pregnancy.  apparently my body does not know how to properly use carbohydrates when I am pregnant. the test is awful and gave me serious anxiety BUT I got through it (with a few tears and a bit of queasiness) but I made it through it … now we wait for the results.

The past week has been a super busy & exciting one.  My sister threw me the most amazing, beautiful baby shower.

I was blessed with company and love from some of the most amazing females in my life.  we get older and life changes, along with those changes so do our social circles.  for me, I have realized that mine has become smaller.  if I am being honest, some days that stings but then there are days like this past weekend … celebrating the growing life inside of me & looking around to see the people that took the time out of their life to be a part of mine.  those of the really, true friends and the size of that circle no longer matters because I have the realest people around me when the important things in life happen.

I am blessed. so very blessed. 

life is good!