Thursday, April 10, 2014

chkachkacheck it OUT!

How about this new blog layout from none other than THE Hubby Jack!? He did such an awesome job! Hit him up if you need anything, I promise you will not regret it!

I am working on placing an oils order soon, so if you are wanting to try anything hit me up in the comments! My daily must haves are Peppermint, Thieves and Stress Away. I will post more about my decision to get oily next week but for now here are some common uses for the oils for you to think about!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Remember that time....

Hey all! Thanks so much or all your texts, emails and comments about the oils.  I am so happy to share something that has helped me so much!

First let's talk about how I started my day shall we?

I had a cup of melted ice that turned to water in my cup holder this morning so I went to pour it on the ground next to my car.  Well I had not put my jacket on and had it in the other hand.  It was cold (Where the heck is spring!?) so I go to put my jacket on and am rudely awakened by water all ver my head. Apparently when I tossed the old water out it went mostly into my hood instead of on the ground....needless to say I was WIDE awake during my drive into work today!

Each bottle of oil has about 280 drops in it.  It lasts a long time.  I have been a longtime sufferer of headaches and it is something I have really wanted to get under control this year in effort to improve my health as well.  My morning routine last year could have easily looked like this:

Breakfast: 2 excedrin migraines
Lunch: 2 excedrin Migraines
Dinner: 2 excedrin migraines.

Those pills were equivalent to chocolate mints they give you at Olive Garden for me. And much more expensive than the 2 drops of oil I have replaced them with.  I dab it on, breathe it in and in minutes my headache is gone.  I start off my day with peppermint now and am so happy to say I have not had one headache yet this week.  You can even put peppermint in your drinks.  Peppermint Mocha anyone?

Lastly, I want to share my favorite healthy recipe with you!

Brew Mama

Healthy Deviled Eggs! 

It has all my favorite things: eggs, avocado, cilantro, and lime!

  • 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  •  1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • Smoked Paprika
  1. Remove egg yolks from the halved eggs and place in a small bowl. Add the ripe avocado, lime juice, salt, onion powder, garlic and cilantro.
  2. Use a fork to mash the guacamole mixture until smooth.
  3. Spoon (or use a frosting bag to pipe) the mixture into the halved eggs. Sprinkle with a dash of smoked paprika.
  4. Keep stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  5. Enjoy!
Avocado lover?  Need a headache cure?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

YLEO Anxiety

I am so excited to talk about oils with you this week and how they have positively impacted me and my family.  Soon this blog will have a fabulous facelift to show them off better too! (Shout out to the best blog designer ever Hubby Jack!) I love him even though he loves the cowboys, mainly because he knows how to fix crap with string and buys me Pepsi on command.

But first a funny story.  Andrew has been a mess for the past 24 hours because he has been the only child at home.  As the baby you would think he would relish this but his way of relishing is using all the words.  Filling the air with every thought you could ever want (or not want to) imagine.

Some special ones this weekend:

"Mom, do you know why I had that big fart explosion earlier?  It was my waffles and cereal in my stomach fighting."

"I never finished that movie, I passed OU-UT before it could finish!" J- "Um, in public could you say feel asleep when you tell that story buddy?"

Hope will be back home and I am sure he will settle down, or he won't and I will have more special moments for you later this week.

Onto the oils.

I have always been interested in alternative health.  Andrew has always had sensitivity to red dye (Read: Massive vomit all of kohl's after a fruit punch gatorade was had) so it pretty much eliminates any and all cold meds ever created.  Freaking red dye 40, get out of my life!  It wasn't until I got to witness oils being used on a regular basis with some friends of mine that I decided to go to an informational class.

My friend Jen is amazing.  She answers all my silly questions and let's me pinch her husband when he shows up to work not wearing green on March 17th. Check our her blog here.  She has amazing ways to use oils that I am only beginning to learn and integrate into my every day life.

I have huge anxiety issues.  Pretty much my anxiety stays at an 11 on a scale from 1-10 on a GOOD day.  I need people to be on my level without me asking at all times.  Jeremy is usually the lucky one that gets to experience the brunt end of that.  I am not here to tell you that oiling has cured me and I am an anxiety-less woman.  However, My high level is now at a 5 at bad moments and a 2 the rest of the day.  I find myself losing my temper less and thinking before reacting in situations more.

I use these oils topically every day and diffuse them at night.

I did my research on oil companies and I chose Young Living Essential Oils for 2 reasons:

1. You can't die by over dose
2. You can't use them wrong. 

I get to pick if I rub them, drink them, swallow, or diffuse them.  There is no wrong way to do it!

Controlling my anxiety is just part of what oils have offered me health wise.  I can not wait to tell you about how I felt like Katniss after I cut myself shaving tomorrow and about how I have gone from 4 excedrin migraine pills a day to maybe 2 a week!

Any breakfast fights causing you to have fart explosions? Interested in trying out oils? Questions?  I would love to answer them or help you get control of your health naturally!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Follow through Friday


The advocare cleanse has come to a close. The first time I did it I was astounded about how easy it came to me.  Me, the chocoholic, soda guzzling queen! This time it was harder.  Gretta probably had a lot to do with it too for the first 5 days.  I did not take measurements this time I only weighed in.  I can tell though that I lost some good inches off my stomach area, so all in all, struggle or not, I will call it a success. I followed through for 10 days and I am proud of me for that- even if I am celebrating with cheese! :) 

Some of you have asked me what I ate on the cleanse so I will go through a typical day:

AM: Fiber Drink, egg whites and spinach or a smoothie.
AM snack: almonds
Lunch: A salad of some sort with no calorie dressing.  Sometimes with chicken, sometimes without. 
PM snack: Apple 
Dinner: Smoothie or grilled chicken with loads of vegetables.  I prefer Squash, zucchini, and onions. 

Drinks: water, water, water!

I really didn't sway much from that menu above this time which could have also contributed to my struggles.  I could have mixed it up a bit more but I honestly was just too busy to do much else.  You are basically detoxing from sugar and carbs, dairy, and curing unhealthy cravings. 

I recommend this cleanse to anyone who is wanting to try one.  I used to do those Cayenne pepper water drink juicing gimmicks etc.  I have tried Shakeology too.  However this is the only one I have done that is gentle on my overly sensitive stomach and that actually retrains you to get back on the clean eating wagon! 

And what you are really wanting to know.... total weight loss:

8 pounds. 

Last time I lost 10, but I am not complaining!

I feel confident moving forward this cleanse is going to make my weight watchers experience that much more effective now that I have my dessertaftereverymealincludingsnacks back under control. 

Happy Friday! I am ready for a baseball filled weekend leading up to Spring break! Any exciting plans?  Love cleansing?

Next week I am going to be talking oils and I could not be more excited!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I'm 90 and I know it

Oklahoma's weather has been nothing short of bipolar this year.  One day it is nice, the next day it is not.  It was snowing Thursday and 74 today.  Yesterday though it was only 59.  I say only 59 because I did not wear sunscreen to softball practice.  Apparently that is just too hot for this clear skinned maiden. Sunscreen for any outdoor times over 50 I guess.

Hi! Bob the Tomato here!

I spent my weekend doing every exciting thing I could think up.  I finished Insurgent, and started Allegiant.  Cleaned the bathtub.  And took the kids to all the drama and sports practices you could imagine. Then I thought I would end the weekend real nice with a good 5.5 power walk during yesterdays practice.  You know since the most I ever go is one mile max at a time.  Let's do 5.5, no problem. My brain may have thought that was a good idea, but my hips this morning told another story.  I am officially 90 years old, I expect birthday cards promptly.  This could be my last one after all. 

I know what you are thinking:
Nope, not dead.  Just whiny. 

The Advocare 10 day cleanse is going pretty good.  It is over on Thursday and I am excited to share my results with you.  Seriously if you are on the fence about doing a cleanse of any sort- do this one.  I can not say enough good things about it.  I am ready for some cheese though :) 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Little Friday

Things are getting busy around our casa.  And I work from home on Friday so today is technically my little friday.  As I accidentally told a coworker about our work from home days. "I like my vacation days." Oops.  He promptly through me under the bus to my boss and we all had a good laugh.

Do not worry I am still torturing the kids with my parenting ways.

Death by Roast.  It is a thing.

Softball is back and basketball is ended which means baseball is back.

I also started the 10 day Advocare cleanse on Tuesday.  Greta also showed up that day.  It was like I won the lottery.  Sigh.  I still love this cleanse though.  It is gentle and effective. I am excited to share my results with you next week when I am done.  Hit up my girl Lora if you are interested in doing one!

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