Saturday, June 27, 2015

Using Oils in the Home: Owie Spray

It seems like I'm talking a lot about miss Zoey these days, but who wouldn't, look at this adorable face!

Anyways, she is my most sensitive baby, thus far, when it comes to her diapers. She always has a diaper rash, just as I get one cleared up another appears! I really have to be on top of making sure she stays dry down there. Well my solution has been the Owie Spray combo! This had been a life saver for my baby.

The Owie Spray is a combination of Melalueca and Lavendar essential oils, but I went a little bit
further, I added Arborvitae and Frankincense. The addition of these other 2 oils has worked wonders, it clears up the diaper rash faster. I'll explain why this combination is a life save and a must have for moms.

Melaleuca - also known as Tea Tree Oil, is great for rashes, burns, and most skin aliments. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lavender - is a calming and soothing oil. It helps relive pains caused from burns and helps with skin sensitivity.

Arborvitae - this has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It's also a stimulant to boost the immune system.

Frankincense - this is a natural enhancer to all oils to help promote healing.

Not only have I used this combo on miss Z's rashes, but Summer had a burn on her hand from the curling iron. Mommy fail on that one. I was curling her hair for church on Sunday and she put her hand up and hit the curling iron. I didn't know until we were at church, doh! Anyways, I sprayed this on her hand and it healed up in a couple of days. She now has a scar. :(

I also recently used it on Scott. He went camping and came home with a sunburned face. I rubbed some of this on his face and the next day the redness was gone! Amazing stuff I tell you!!

Ok so here's how I apply on miss Zoey. I do one spritz, rub it in. Then, seal it with Bourdeaux's Butt Paste.

Butt Paste is also a mommy must have, it prevents moisture from soaking into the skin which causes the diaper rash. This combo clears up the diaper rash in about a day or two.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Be Prepared: June - Sugar

This month we will be collecting sugar in all it's forms; from white granulated sugar to jams and honey. Sugar is most definitely a staple to have in your food storage. You need it for baking, preserving and flavor.

You're probably asking: How much sugar should I have in food storage for my family? Well I have an answer for you. I found a calculator to help me figure out how much I need for my family of 5. It has you enter the number of family members ages 7+ and ages 0-6. This is what I got.

Or course you would need to adjust this as your family grows. You should always be updating the amount of food you have stored for your family to make sure you have enough.

How to store white granulated sugar

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Be Prepared: May - Water

I know that I'm late in getting this posted but life has been a bit crazy. This month's good storage item is water. Recently I've read in the news that California is going through a major drought and the water is almost dried up in the state. YIKES!! I can't believe it, one of Earth's most renewable resources is being depleted in California. Now more than ever is the time to store water. I live in Arizona, but still the thought of not having enough water to help sustain my family and our home kind of scares me now. I started storing water a few years ago but haven't been very consistent. I have a few gallons stored in the bottom of my pantry, but it's not enough to sustain my family for a year.

There are so many different ways to store water or even collect it. I want to share with you some ideas to help you get started.

If you live in a state, or region where the average rainfall is more than 2 inches a year, a rain barrel is going to be a good option for you. There are several different sizes to fit your needs. The good thing about having a rain barrel is you can use it to help water your garden, which you should've started last month, or whenever your prime planting season is for your area.

Another option is to refill milk jugs or large juice jugs. My preference is clear, so that I can see what is inside. I label it with a date, and I store it in my pantry. You should always store your smaller water bottles and containers in a cool dark place to avoid evaporation.

You can also order small water pouches for your 72 hour kits. Or get canned water. Did you know you can can water wig a hot water bath process, like you do fruits and veggies? Yep, pretty cool, huh!?

You also want to make sure you have water purification items just in case you get caught with unclean water. You want to be able to clean it enough to drink it so that you don't get sick.

May preparedness file

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Using Oils in the Home: Everything but the Kitchen Sink Combo

Ok so Zoey is coming down with something, not sure what it is yet, but little body is trying to fight. So I decide to make a combo that would fight multiple things. Here is what I came up with.

I'll explain why I chose these oils. 

Peppermint (10 drops): as a fever reducer
Frankincense (10 drops): an enhancer to all the oils
Basil (10 drops): as an anti-inflammatory and for the ears
Lavender (12 drops): for soothing and calming
Lemon (10 drops): to draw out the toxins
Arborvitae (10 drops): also an anti-inflammatory and also for its regenerative properties

I mixed them in a 10 ml roller bottle, and filled the rest with FCO.

So far it seems to be working. I'm using it in conjunction with Tylenol, b/c of her high fever.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Natural Solutions Class

This past weekend I helped with my first Natural Solutions Class. Although I didn't teach, but I took notes, I helped set up and prep for the class. I wanted to share with you a few ideas of things that I did to prep for the class.

For this class we decided to have rollerballs available to buy ahead of time for the class, to generate an interest in the class. If a participant ordered a rollerball we advised that they would need to pay the day of the class. We had great success with this. I ordered the Rollerball Remedies Make and Take kit from My Oil Business. This kit had the stickers and recipes to make the rollerballs. I ordered 10 mL roller bottles, a box of 24 from Amazon. I think that I used about half the box. haha!

Next what I did was type out the recipes from the rollerball kit, so that I could had them out in the packet I was making for the class. That way they had information on how to combine oils and how much. Here is the link to the recipes. I will also be posting them in my Printables section for future reference. I made copies at Staples, so that I wouldn't use up all of my ink from home.

I ordered the Natural Solutions booklet from Aromatools. I also bought blue pocket folders from Staples so that everything could be put together. I found a Natural Solutions picture, (this will also be in my Printables section) and colored copied them at Staples as well. I love the help yourself station at Staples!

So my packet included a Natural Solutions booklet, the recipe print out and blank pieces of paper to takes notes on. Oh, I also included my business card in the pocket, the folder had slits for the business cards. The packets were much appreciated as they had something to take home with them after the class was over and a contact.

We had a very good turnout for this class. Sheree and I brought our entire collection of essential oil products to show and share! We each had some different things that the other didn't which worked out perfectly! I wish I had taken a picture of our display, it looked good. We also offered some incentives. We had a few 5 mL bottles of different oils, that we handed out for those that would answer questions we would ask. We also had a prize for those that brought a friend, which was the Intro Kit. The girl who won was super excited! Another incentive that we offered was if they ordered a certain PV order. One lady walked away with our 200PV incentive and she was very excited.

We also had some refreshment. We had water and had the citrus oils available for them to try in their water. I also found a pasta salad recipe on the doTERRA blog. This was so that they could see that the oils are safe to consume. It was a super yummy pasta salad.

Overall this was a fun and interactive class! I also have to give a shout out to CJ, for hosting this at her house and in her beautiful backyard! 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Recipe: Skinny Philly Cheesesteak

So in January I enrolled in Weight Watchers, for the like the 3rd time! ha! I've been doing really well. I'm 4 lbs away from my 5% goal. Whoo hoo!! Well anyways, in order to stay on track with my points I've been finding yummy recipes. This time I wanted to try to do one on my own. For dinner the other night I really wanted a sandwich, but wanted to do something different. I was looking online and then the thought hit me! Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Ya! So here is how I made it for 9 points.

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich


1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1/2 onion
thinly sliced roast beef, deli meat
reduced fat provolone cheese
1 whole wheat pita bread

First you slice the veggies thin and saute them in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Stir them occasionally.

Next place the meat in a pan and warm it through, stir occasionally.

Then heat up the broiler. Butter your bread. (the sub rolls were for the hubby and son)

Then put the meat, and veggies on the bread, put 2 slices of cheese. Stick back in the broiler until cheese has melted. Now you have a yummy and easy, 9 point Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (Pita). MMMM

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Nursery Singing Time Ideas

I felt that I needed to share my ideas for Nursery Singing Time.

I am the designated singing time leader in my ward (congregation) for Nursery, and I LOVE IT! I have been in this calling for 2 years now, and in that time I have come up with ideas to make singing time fun and interactive for the little ones.

Here are a few things that I have made for the list of songs that we sing each week.

Bracelet Bells: made from colored pipe cleaners and small silver bells. We use these when we sing, If You're Happy (children's songbook page 266).

Sunbursts: cut out using my Cricut, laminated with the clear shelf liner, and large popsicle sticks. This is for Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (children's songbook page 60).

Stars: I found there cute stars in the Super Little Singers CD that I bought. I printed them out on yellow card stock and laminated them with the clear shelf liner and used large popsicle sticks. We use these when we sing I Am Like a Star (children's songbook page 163). You could also use these for Twinkle Little Star.

Ribbon Wands: I used small dowels, I found them at Michael's, with 3 different shades of blue ribbon and pinned on top with a thumb tack. The kids love these, but I always have to remind them to wave them down low to mimic water, as we use these when we sing "Give", Said the Little Stream (children's songbook page 236).

Egg Shakers: I used plastic eggs filled with beans, they make more sound than rice. I hot glued the eggs shut. We use these when we sing Do As I'm Doing (children's songbook page 276).

I also like to let the kids choose the songs instead of me. So I've made a few things to help with that.

Music Sticks: I painted large popsicle sticks in different color, and wrote the songs on each stick that we sing each week. I try to give each kid a turn to pick a stick.

Fishing: I found pre-colored fishes in the Super Little Singers CD that I printed, cut and laminated. I wrote on the back of each fish a sing. Each fish also has a paperclip on it. I also made a fishing stick using a dowel, ribbon and magnet. This is also a big hit with my little ones.

Music Flowers: This is my newest way for the kids to pick the songs. I found pre-cut foam flowers at Joann's. I painted large popsicle sticks green for the stems and wrote the songs on each of them. Hot glued the stems to the flowers and put them in a cute little basket to carry. Go HERE for the tutorial to make them.

Here is a list of songs that I teach each week.

"Give," Said the Little Stream
I Am Like a Star
Do As I'm Doing
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
If You're Happy
Book of Mormon Stories
Head, Shoulders

I also have a reverent song that gets the kids ready for their lesson time, which is I Am a Child of God. But just before we sing I will give each kid a "reverent" sticker. For my older nursery kids I also do a wiggle song to get them ready for the reverent song, which is My Hands (children's songbook pate 273).

Each class takes me about 10-15 mins, which is recommended. It allows the teachers to get ready for the next part of their schedule.

I have a few other ideas that I plan on making, so once I have those made I will share. But for now this is all I do.

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