My September Young Living Essential Rewards Order!

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Want to see what I ordered in my September 2017 Young Living Essential Rewards (ER) order? Keep reading below for the list (and the freebies!):Read More »

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Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Recipe #10: Cheesy Chicken Nachos

This is post nine in the series that started with the crockpot whole chicken. Just finding out about this great series? Start here to catch up.

I haven’t added a new recipe to this series in a while, but I had a craving for nachos this week and I thought it would fit perfectly as one of the recipes here!  If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m all about using what you have, so my pictures are missing some of the ingredients listed below.  The recipe is the “ideal situation.”  My pictures are the reality of what I had in the house that day, without making a trip to the grocery store, since this was not on the menu plan for this week.  (I shop weekly for the most part, to help stick to the budget)Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #8: Simplify Your Laundry Cabinet

I have been slowly transitioning all of our cleaning supplies throughout our home to more natural cleaners that are free of harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to our health.  Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out some of the ingredients on the back of your favorite household cleaner and Google them with the words “dangers of” in front of the ingredient.  Endocrine disruptors and carcinogens are usually among the most common side effects!Read More »

A Time to Plant

envisionWhere do you want to plant your seeds? You can plant your seeds outdoors, directly into the garden or you may want to plant them indoors. Seeds planted outdoors may be more vulnerable to disease, insects, and bad weather. I prefer to plant my seeds indoors. I use a seed starting tray, but you can also use small containers with drainage holes.  It is a good idea to clean them first. I like to avoid toxic cleaners so I clean mine with plant based Thieves household cleaner. Whether you sow your seeds directly into the soil outdoors or start them indoors, it requires the same basic elements… soil, water, and light.

Soil

If you are planting your seeds outdoors, you will want healthy organic soil made of decaying materials such as leaves, grass clippings and compost. The soil should be fluffy and hold moisture, but also drain well. Healthy plants grow in healthy soil.

When planting seeds indoors, I fill clean containers with a seedling mix made of peat moss, and perlite to hold enough water and allow oxygen to flow.

Water

Whether you plant your seeds indoors or outdoors, your seeds need to be kept moist.  I prefer to use rain water that I collect in rain barrels to avoid chlorine from the city water.

Light

Once your seeds sprout they will need plenty of  light. When growing indoors I use grow lights that simulate the full spectrum of the sun. I leave them on for 12 – 15 hours per day.  This helps my seedlings grow as strong and healthy as they would in true sunlight.

Planting your seeds in the soil and watering them is the easy part.  Waiting patiently and attentively is the hard part.

Our Little Lesson from the garden: Words are seeds. What are you planting? Positive words bring positive growth. Speak positively. Laugh. Love. Dream. Envision the future.

My oil of the day is Envision.   It’s scents stimulate my feelings of creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the strength necessary to achieve dreams.

-Penny

Our Little Life Hack #7: Make Your Calendar Last

September is here, and so is the new school year.  For our family, that means our calendar is now filled with activities and events almost every evening.  In order to keep ourselves organized so as not to miss anything, I use a dry-erase calendar on our upright freezer, located in our family room / den. (More of an app person? We also use the Cozi app on our phones, but that’s another post…)Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #6: Organize Your Kids’ School Papers, Projects, and Art

The school year has begun for us and this year I decided I would implement something that I have been meaning to do the last few years since my oldest began preschool.  When our children are little, we, as parents, want to keep every single thing they do (so many firsts!) to show their progression, or simply to remember these days.  However, it all adds up so quickly, and if you keep too many things, you never do take the time to look through it and stroll down memory lane.Read More »

Do I Have Enough Space?

mustard_seed[1]Do I have enough space?

Taking into account my planting zone and what season I am in, I still have another question to ask…Do I have enough space to grow that here? Space is yet another thing to consider when growing plants. The roots and leaves need room to grow. When plants are overcrowded, they can become stunted and are more likely to suffer from diseases. Understanding the spacing needs of what you want to grow is essential to reaping an abundant harvest. Do your research and be clear about the amount of space needed to be successful.Read More »

My Afternoon Routine with Young Living Essential Oils

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

So now that I have had my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living for over a year, how have essential oils been incorporated into my daily routine?  Since I have replaced many of the beauty products and cleaning products in my house with Young Living’s non-toxic, safe, essential-oil infused products, I’ll keep this post shorter by only going over my middle of the day to afternoon routine for now.Read More »