Almost Easter

We have survived the long Winter, and Spring is finally here. Woot! That is a great feeling. I am so excited for Easter weekend! It’s going to be the end of a long Lenten journey. I’m ready. So ready. Aren’t you?

Our family is doing something different this Easter. I will post photos next week. Until then…

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Hop over to check out Ann Voskamp’s blog here. It’s a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the soul. Wanting more? Visit Edie’s blog here. These two inspirational women fill my cup daily.

Happy Spring and Happy Easter to you and your family!

Frank, I Love You

Can I share something with you? About The this little bottle? Of this incredible Essential Oil?

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I hope you aren’t thinking I’ve gone hippy chick crazy. If you do…well I understand. Because I used to think the very same thing. I sure did. A year ago, I knew nothing about essential oils. But now I do. And if you think I’ve gone off the deep end, that’s okay with me. Because in all honesty, I really like it here.

I want to tell you about how much I love Frank, because he has changed my life. I’m not kidding, and I don’t want to sound fakey or whatever, but it’s the honest truth. Frank has changed me. For the better.  It’s pretty amazing when I think about it, and I feel like I should share my thoughts about it in case you are feeling like I used to.

A few months ago I was in a funk. It didn’t show on the outside but, wait…I like to think I kept my funk to myself (but reports from others tell me otherwise)! Anyhoo, I can’t really pinpoint what exactly brought on my state of mind back then. Maybe the fact that my step dad passed away, or maybe that my daughter graduated from college and would be living in another city, or…or….gosh who knows.

Exercising helped a lot. It sure did. But then it got cold out and I started avoiding the gym. I haven’t gained the weight back, thankfully, and I am so looking forward to getting back at it when the weather cooperates. I guess I just didn’t “feeeeeeel” like going anymore. So I didn’t. My sadness or funk or whatever you want to call it grew and carried a weight of it’s own. If you have ever experienced the weight of it, well, you know what I am talking about. It’s not fun. It’s a dark place to be. I thought I could get a handle on it, and like I said, I didn’t think others could notice it. I keep a pretty small network of people close to me. They were the ones who noticed. Which made me feel worse.

Then in January I got Young Living Essential Oils. I got the Premier Starter Kit to help my son with his allergies. I wrote about that: here. Well, I didn’t know it at the time, but those oils were about to change me, too. In a bigger and better way. I still thank God for bringing them into my life.

I had read about the benefits of using the oils on your face. I really liked the idea of using them in place of the chemical filled aging creams and moisturizers I had been using. No chemicals is a big thing for me. I mean, I know they can’t be avoided in everything, but I seriously doubt the cosmetic companies and their products more and more the past few years. I know the FDA, and thousands of food companies don’t have our backs, and I doubt that cosmetic companies do either. I even ranted about this a couple years ago here. It’s hard to find make up that is good for your skin. I rephrase that. It’s hard for me to trust the make up companies.

So that’s why I when I read about making your own moisturizer with essential oils, I had to give a try. An honest to goodness try. So I did. The essential oils are 100% pure. Made from plant extracts. They don’t expire. 100% therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils do NOT expire. That’s a really good feeling, isn’t it? That’s random to add here and now, but I gotta tell you–that’s pretty cool.

The little trio of oils I use in my daily regimen are: Frankincense, Lemon and Purification. I sometimes switch out the Lemon for Lavender…just to mix things up a bit, and because all of these oils are so great for your skin. I mix 1-2 drops of each with a couple drops of Jojoba Oil. I apply it to my face, neck and hands. So the smell alone…ahhhhhh….the smell is…a beautiful thing!!!! The benefits of these oils on your skin and in your life (for me) is well…

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So you get that I’ve been loving my moisturizing oil trio. Right?! Okay. Because the plot thickens.

As I was saying, I have been in a funk the past few months. You thought I got side tracked, but I didn’t…heehee. So the benefits of these oils has been triple fold….maybe even more. I have been loving them in the mornings as a moisturizer and I have also been loving how my funk has lifted. Truly! It’s gone. Over. Done. Bub-bye. I have a much better outlook on everything and in every area of my life. And it all happened pretty quickly. I am not bogged down with stress and that just plain ugly cloud over my head. I think it’s hard to explain, but it’s like I used to be feeling doomy and gloomy and now that feeling is gone. It’s really something. Frank is the reason for this. Frank, I could kiss you. I wasn’t planning on this happening, but after some research I learned about the many benefits of Frankincense.

Here is a list of the benefits of using Frank. It’s a short list, but that’s ok.

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Uplift mood. Combat sadness and anxiety. That’s the part I skipped over seeing when I was wanting to use them for anti-aging skin moisturizing purposes! I will say that this oil is pricey. It’s worth it though. It’s in the$75 range. I just ordered my second bottle! It’s my new besty. But then again, I have a lot of new oily bestys. Luckily, it’s one of the oils that comes in the Premier Starter Kit. So between Frank and the diffuser (a $98 value) that lil ol’ $150 kit is a really good deal!

In case you are wondering how the oils work, I’ve got this 2-3 minute video that explains it in normal people terms. It helped me understand it all.

(Thank you to Mandi and Monique for providing that easy to understand biology lesson on how essential oils work!)

Here is my lame selfie with Frank. Because I love him so!

 

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Hey, I’m thrilled that you are still reading this post and my raves about my love of essential oils. I really am! If I can make changes in myself this simply and easily, you better believe I’m gonna share the news!:)

Kathy CarrApril 5, 2014 - 11:14 am

I LOVE your blog post!!

SandyApril 8, 2014 - 2:41 pm

I have been researching essential oils and stumbled upon your blog in the process. I really appreciate all the info you have provided. It really helps to hear the whole story from a first person perspective. Thanks so much!

adminApril 8, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Thanks Sandy. Glad I was helpful to you!

Kathleen O'BrienApril 21, 2014 - 11:15 am

Hello Teresa, I came to your site from pinterest. I clicked follow, I was amazed how similar our taste is. I am new to pinterest, BUT have been using the YL oils since 1997! So I just had to leave a comment, happy to find you online. I was just discussing Frank with my daughter this AM about her sick cat. The oils have saved our family and animals numerous times. So, glad you are on board with it, like Gary used to say, he wants to make Alapathic medicine the “alternative medicine”. Right on!

adminApril 21, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Hi Kathleen, That’s pretty great meeting you thru here! I am glad to hear you love the YL Oils and that you have had success with them for so long now. We are loving them so far! You artwork is so whimsy and fun. Love it!

Happy Paws

Did I tell you my daughter got a kitten? I didn’t think so. My daughter got a kitten! Is there anything more adorable than a 6 week old kitten? I don’t think so!

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Allie actually brought her home this weekend so we could all fall in love with her. Which we did. Immediately. How could you not?

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Allie has been looking high and low in a 250 mile radius for months for the “perfect” kitty. She finally found her. It’s hard to get the perspective right, so I have to show you a shot of Miss Charlie in her arms. Tiny. Tiny Tiny!

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Here is a good shot of Miss Charlie before she set out on her trip to our house.

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That sweet kitty left paw prints on our heart!

New Favorite Things

Know what I haven’t done in a while? Share some of my favorite things! So I have put together this list of favs and hope you like it, or at least find something you like, too. I always like to see what other folks are loving. The make up shades seems so right if you are in the mood to freshen things up for Spring. Ok, so here we go:

Grand Skinny Vanilla Latte. Last year I made some major changes in my daily lifestyle. Started eating better, and exercising. Some changes were big and some were small. And cumulatively these changes mattered. I lost 30 pounds! One of those changes was this latte. I knew I wasn’t going to give up my lattes, ever. Nope. But those cups of warm espresso goodness are loaded with calories. So I switched my latte to this one which is made with better for you milk and sugar free syrup. Only 120-130 calories. I don’t feel like I’m missing out now, and I’m only having bout half of the calories of my earlier latte version.

 

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Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray. Maybe I’ve mentioned this one before. Have I? Still love it! I have fine hair. This stuff triples the thickness of it. It’s awesome. I love the smell, too. The key is to spray it on the roots of your hair. I lift my hair ( in sections or clumps) and spray the scalp and fluff it up a bit. Wa-la. Thicker hair. You can use it on wet or dry hair. I do both.

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Paul Mitchell Hot of the Press. I started using this heat protecting spray a couple months ago. I love how it works it’s magic and keeps my curls in place. I’ve been curling my hair with a curling iron a lot. When I spray this on my hair then curl it, I don’t even need to curl it the next day. What? It’s not as curly as it was the first day, but it’s still got loose curls and looks great. Gotta love that!

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These shoes by Tahari. I got them at DSW. I love them so. Got them recently to wear to a dinner my hubby’s work was having and I know I will wear them a lot this year!  The heels are not too tall that I’ll kill myself, and yet not too short to either. And yes, I did stand at DSW and take a photo of myself in these shoes. Haha.

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Loreal Infalliable Eye Shadow. Amber Rose. I’ve been loving the big rose gold craze this past year. Do you like it? Okay, I don’t exactly have this yet. I saw it on Pinterest yesterday and want it in a big way. I think it’d be so pretty for Spring.

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Stila Pink Dragon Fruit Lip Glaze. I got this in the March Birch Box. I’ve been a big fan of Stila Lip Glaze for years, and was so excited to get this in my Box of goodies! Ahhhh! It tastes as good as it looks. Woot!! I just looked (quickly) at the Stila website and wasn’t finding this shade. Maybe they are offering it exclusively to Birch Box. It’s so pretty. If you are a Stila, fan, just click the link and peek.

House of Cards. ohmyword. We started watching this series on Netflix a couple weeks ago. Hubby and I are now watching the second season. It’s so well written and so compelling. Wow. So, if you find yourself looking some chill on the couch and get totally lost in a good story time, check out House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is awesome.

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The Happy Song by Pharell Williams. From Despicable Me 2. Love that song!! It gets stuck in my head–in a good way. Here is the YouTube link to it if you aren’t familiar with it, or you just need to get some happy on: Happy.  Even if you are familiar…go. Listen. Get your happy on!

Have a great day.

 

Gail (sis-in-law)March 17, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Those heels are cuuuute, but still too high for me. I’ve never gotten into heels (probably a smart thing considering how off-balance I am!)
And I have to laugh. My hair is terribly thick so I envy fine hair! Mine always seems to overwhelm me and make me look like I’m 10!
Fun post!
And congratulations on making those changes – I sometimes wonder why these things that are good for us and make us FEEL good are so hard!! It’s an everyday battle! And I’ve definitely been slacking, if I’m being honest!
Thanks for your inspiring words, always!

TerriMarch 18, 2014 - 9:59 am

Love the shoes!

Bought the Bb thickening spray – have you tried their thickening serum?

My Birch Box did not have lip glaze! Darn the luck!

Been a fan of rose gold forever, so happy to see the eye shadow! Have you tried a Total Beauty Mystery Box? The spoiler is an eye shadow in just that shade. http://www.totalbeauty.com/shops/collections/fresh-beautiful

Use this code SPRING for 15% off, makes it $17 and shipping is free!

Love your blog!!

That one Tuesday

I hope you aren’t getting tired of hearing about my oils stories, because this one is a real biggy. It’s a story I won’t forget any time soon. I really want to share it with you so here goes.

 

Yesterday morning I was praying very long and hard about my new venture with this oily business. I love the oils and I love how they are working in people’s lives to heal them. I like the people I am meeting. I like what I have been learning. I love it all.

I just want to make sure it’s God’s plan for me. You know how when you are jumping into something “big” and “new”…and it feels right, but you’ve been wrong before so you find yourself questioning what you are doing? Well this happens to everyone I am sure. New jobs, moving to new places, new life changes, etc. So that is the kind of thinking I’d been doing. I pray every morning, but lately I’ve been praying for discernment. I want to know it’s what He wants for me. For our family. I want to know that more than anything.

So yesterday morning, I was doing just that–praying. In a very focused and concentrated matter. It’s hard to explain, but I was really playing hard ball with God. I basically said (as I’ve said to Him for several mornings now) that I needed this to be all on Him. I am weak, I get scared and nervous (life does that to you) in new ventures. I really needed Him to get me through it if He brought me to it. Stick with me here…What happened next is the good stuff…

I had this big urge to go wake up our Son. It was almost time for him to get up anyway. He is on Spring Break this week, but he had to be at track practice soon. I woke him up and he told me his throat was really hurting. I checked his tonsils. They were ginormous. AGAIN. AHHHHHHH. Spring allergies here we go. The day I have been DREADING was here.

If you have followed my stories about the oils, you know why I bought them in the first place. To help him with this because nothing was working. Steroids from the ENT work, but I am not liking to put my child (or anyone) on steroids. So that’s why I bought the oils. I hadn’t had to use them on him yet. He hadn’t been having any sinus or allergy issues. I just knew I was going to be ready when the day came. And this was that day. 

Anyhoooo….so here we were. Him, me, and his big old tonsils. It was time for the oils to put up or shut up.  I applied Thieves Essential Oil and Purification Essential Oil to his neck and the sides (lymph nodes). I sent him back to bed, diffuser with Thieves and Purification by his side.

And then I prayed. Hard. I told my Mom to pray for him, too.

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When I couldn’t pray anymore, I walked away and let it all go. I put it all at the feet of God. Right where He wanted it I am sure.

Here is a scribbly scrambly panicky Mom prayer I wrote out yesterday morning. I repeated it several times. Looking back now, I see I was really panicky because I even signed my name at the end of the prayer. What?!

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Our son slept for hours.

We repeated the oils on neck and in diffuser three times yesterday. Last night, I am ecstatic to report that his tonsils had gone way way down. Not all the way to normal but they were so much smaller! There weren’t any sore throat complaints after the first treatment. Last night he was dancing to “What’s New Pussycat” in the kitchen. He was.

 

So, there you have it. My prayers were answered–there is no denying it. I get goosebumps thinking about it even now–a whole day later.

This morning we did another treatment just like yesterday and he ran 5 miles this morning-with the team.

 

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God is soooo good.

I can’t begin to tell you how this feels. I feel closer to Him, my prayers were heard and answered. All of them. I feel better about what I’m doing. Our son is feeling way better…it’s all so amazing.

Today I’ve been debating about if I should share this story with you here. I don’t want people to think I’m “this” or “that”… labels are not something I’m into at all. After lots of thought (and prayer, of course) I decided I not only wanted to share this story, I NEEDED to share this story. It needs to be read and heard and felt. In our whacky world we all too often discount the works and the capabilities of God. No question—we do. I do, too. I question Him too often too. This is me not questioning Him anymore. I had to share!

It’s also a fabulous testimony to the essential oils. Isn’t it?

I mean – antibiotics and steroids wouldn’t even have worked this fast. Not that I’m putting oils up against antibiotics and steroids in a dual or anything. I’m not at all. I’m not a doctor, nurse, or anything remotely close. I am just a Mom and a Christian. And a big believer in prayer and The Young Living Essential Oils.

If you haven’t read my previous stories, you can do so here and here.

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For those of you reading this who have bought the Essential Oils Kit I’ve been writing about, I am trying to figure out how to do an online space somehow somewhere (my style) to tell you how to best use your oils. I want to show the basics and also what’s worked for me and for thousands of others. I want it to be a place you can refer to when you need it. I’ll let you know when I get it figured out! Until then, feel free to email me with questions.

 

 

Tracy LathropMarch 12, 2014 - 5:38 pm

I love reading your posts about oils and what they have done for you and your family!! I am very intrigued and have been following your journey since getting your kit and wondering soul deep will this be the thing that would work for me!? I’ve tried a lot of things over the years after going through toxic levels of chemo 24 yrs ago and now living with the damage it did to my body. I believe in clean, organic and healthy living which has helped tons but still struggle with aches, pain, etc.. I am so thankful for all that was done 24 years ago to save my life and would gladly bear this for the rest of my life in gratitude but unfortunately quality of life is not quit what I would like it to be. So the oils have definitely peaked my interests along with all the success you share in your posts. Thank you!

Amy HancockMarch 12, 2014 - 9:32 pm

we love our YL oils! So happy they are working for you and your family! Share away!