August Promos + BONUS GIVEAWAY

A U G U S T .  P R O M O S :
+ 1 0 0 P V = Lemon Vitality 5 ml (ER promo)
+ 1 9 0 P V = 15 ml Citrus Fresh, 5 ml Envision & Lemon Vitality
+ 2 5 0 P V = 15 ml Clarity, Citrus Fresh, Envision & Lemon Vitality
+ 3 0 0 P V = FIVE (5) KidScents Essential Oils 5 ml each – GeneYus, TummyGize, SleepyIze, Owie, SnifflEase, Clarity, Citrus Fresh, Envision & Lemon Vitality
AUGUST PROMOS_____________________________________________________________

Summer is coming to a close, and school is just around the corner. Whether you’re sad to see the sunny season go or happy to have the structure of school back in your life, August’s PV promotion has everything you need to make a smooth transition.

Place your qualifying order and you’ll get favorites such as Citrus Fresh™ and Lemon Vitality™ in addition to five essential oils from our KidScents® collection!

3 0 0 P V (Retail Value: $266.46)

5-ml KidScents Essential Oils:
Get a great start to the school season with help from five of our KidScents essential oils. Use GeneYus™, TummyGize™, SleepyIze™, Owie™, and SniffleEase™ to help you take on anything the school year may bring.

kidscents for adults

15-ml Clarity™:
With an earthy blend of Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon, and more, this oil’s aroma helps invite a feeling of clarity and alertness. Diffuse it while studying, sending off emails, or checking other items off your to-do list.

15-ml Citrus Fresh™:
School is important, but kids still need to have fun! Diffuse this bright, cheerful blend—made with Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint—during play time when homework is done.

B O N U S Essential Rewards exclusive:
5-ml Envision™: Got big dreams for the future? Chase them with help from the inviting and invigorating aroma of Envision! It uses Black Spruce, Orange, Lavender, and more to stimulate feelings of creativity and resourcefulness.

B O N U S Essential Rewards exclusive:
5-ml Lemon Vitality™: After-school snacks are an important part of every kid’s day. Use Lemon Vitality to whip up fast, fresh treats like lemon-infused fruit dip or citrus smoothies!

back to school promo

This month, if you meet the 300PV requirement with Young Living, not only will you get all the amazing oils FREE, you will also get five (5) customized rollers from my ETSY shop!

Customize these rollers with your Childs name, one for the teacher, one for after school … whatever you’d like!!

Over 25 colors available!!!

DETAILS:
You must be in my downline to qualify. To claim, simply place a 300PV order during the month of August … that is it! Email me what you would like your rollers to say and I will get them to you for the first day of school!!

I also make custom decals for all of your back to school needs such as lunch box labels, binders, etc.

visit: www.etsy.com/shop/GraySkyMatters

YOUNG LIVING ROLLER-TOPS (10/$9.75):
https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/aromaglide-roller-fitments

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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. 

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 ….

CONTACT INFO:
|| ETSY || FACEBOOK || INSTAGRAM || EMAIL || YOUNG LIVING ||
March 2017 $20 off

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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Natural Postpartum Skin Firming Recipes using Essential Oils 

SKIN FIRMING … here is what I know and what is working wonderfully for me and my body, postpartum.

Fact: I live in Florida and live in my swimsuit.

Fact number two: I am a female and can be insecure (just keeping it real) therefore keeping a healthy bikini body is important to me as I feel the best when I am proud of my body.

As most of you know, I just had a baby girl 13 days ago (so in love by-the-way).

I have already started to work on healing my body both inside and out. During my pregnancy, I gained 28lbs. Regardless of the weight in numbers, my skin stretched … far. The number one key to helping your skin regain elasticity is good ol’ H2O. There is no magic oil, pill, supplement, super food etc. Those things can help along with exercise but H2O is the best place to start. It is recommended that we drink half our body’s weight in ounces, per day.

In addition to water all day eery day, I am exclusively breastfeeding which can burn 300-700 calories per day!

Topically I am applying the following to my stomach, back and thighs:

MORNING:
2 drops Tangerine + 2 drops Cypress + 1 pump CelLite MagicNIGHT:
I have a 5ml bottle that I pre-mixed this blend in & topped with a rollerball top :
16 drops Patchouli + 10 drops Cypress + 10 drops Geranium + 10 drops Ylang Ylang + 2-3 pumps CelLite Magic

I throughly massage these blends into my skin for about 2 minutes per body area. Massaging your skin improves blood flow.

In addition to these topical applications, I also exfoliate my ‘problem areas’ every time I shower (I’d say every day but being honest I don’t always get to shower daily. ha. MomLife)

39 weeks +2 days

Today at our appointment, my doctor checked my body’s progress and said that I am still 2cm dilated which I was one week ago, therefore no natural progression. She stripped my membranes and booked us at the hospital for delivery to have our baby girl!

Our check-in will be Friday night with the plan to deliver Saturday morning before noon.  I will still have a vaginal birth as planned (unless medically necessary to do otherwise) my body just needs a little help getting started as it did with my son.

As a planner and a ::cough, cough:: control-freak, I like the idea of knowing when she will be here.  I like knowing that my sister and brother-in-law now have a timeframe as to when they will be helping out with our son.  I love that we will have another weekend baby and as much as I love surprises, I love planning.

I do know, that she still can change the date at any moment but per the doctor … it looks like baby girl will enter our lives on January 28, 2017.

After my Husband and I left the appointment we decided to go out for lunch date -the last one before we are a family of four.  We went to Houston’s.  I had a Prime Rib French Dip with Fries followed by an amazing Apple Walnut Cobbler and a Decaf Coffee … it was amazing.

I choked up a few times at lunch, in the car, at home … now.  I sit thinking about the pregnancy as a whole.  NINE MONTHS, done.  There were days I prayed that wouldn’t end  because I felt like SheWoman.  There were days I fell to my knees and prayed that she would just come today.  I still love pregnancy & feel so blessed and privileged to be able to successfully house not one but two healthy babies. I will admit, the older you get the harder it feels.  All in all I feel very fortunate to have had another overall wonderful pregnancy.  It is bittersweet though.  We wait and wait for this day to come and then it does and the emotions flood in and forget to toss a life ring.

In TWO days (or sooner) we are going to meet the tiny little human we created. My heart is already exploding with love.

39/40: Baby Bump Files

::39 weeks::

Yes, I am still pregnant & still waiting as patiently as I can be. This past weekend, my friend (and very talented photographer), Rachel came over and captured family moments for us before we become the four of us.  Rachel has been a part of the most important days of my life including my wedding, maternity shoot with my son, she was in the delivery room when my son was born and she captured his precious little face when he was only three days old. She’s a pretty special person to us. (see THIS post for photos)

I am officially on maternity leave so it was nice not having to get ready physically and mentally for work.  My original plan was to work until I went into labor but I decided to take a week off before her actual due date.

I did drop my son off at daycare so he could remain on his schedule and I could come home to an empty home and relax without guilt. I do not have plan other than to chill and allow myself guilt-free laziness. I am going to stay in my pajamas & watch TV. I am going to take a bath whenever I feel like it without tiny hands trying to creep in the bathroom to see why I am in his tub.  I am going to eat food without having to share it or rush through it because my toddler may want it too. Nap … I am going to try like hell to nap, something I can almost never do but I am going to TRY! Bottom line, I am going to be selfish for a day or two and truly enjoy it.

Knowing me I will probably also get bored and clean, cook, work on my ETSY shop (www.GraySkyMatters.com), nest, re-pack my hospital bag because of the anticipated cold front, organize and make a few messes. Its how I roll, my mind makes me stay busy.

Random Stuff ….

+ last appointment a few days ago I was 2cm dilated – 50% effaced – her head was confirmed to be down and the new estimated due date: “next week but before the 30th”

+ I am slightly obsessed with turmeric tea right now with a drop of Thieves Essential Oil

+ I cannot stop eating ice. I just love it and it has been helping me not binge eat ice cream like I really want to.

+ I really want the hospital visit / stay to be a quick one so we can get back to our son as soon as possible. I hate the thought of leaving him with bringing his sister into the world. I want us to all be together.

38/40: baby bump files

::38 weeks::

still pregnant, AF.  not too much new to report.  little miss is still cozy, tucked in and relaxing for the time being.  she is gaining weight as expected and going great according to our doctor. this friday, the 20th will be my last day of work before I start maternity leave which I am looking very forward to. it isn’t exactly easy to sit at a desk all day comfortably. if she stays put until her due date I plan on spending on of those days off getting a mani/pedi and a nice lunch on the beach.

I am happy but I am very ready and willing to get this show on the road.  overall the pregnancy has been amazing but I am ready to have her here with us.

things I am looking forward to:
+ rolling over on my stomach when I sleep
+ date night with my husband & a glass of red wine
+ dropping something and the willingness to pick it up
+ playing with my two-year-old without being out of breath
+ long walks
+ shorts
+ shaving and not missing 84% of my legs
+ an ice cold beer on the patio poolside with my husband
+ heels

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 …