Oil-Testimonials is a website consisting of a collection of testimonials from people who have had success with Young Living Oils. When you register (for free!) you have easy access to the “basic search” where you can type in anything and everything to see which oils are working for others.
I haven’t added any testimonials of my own….yet. But, I love being able to search for an oil or an issue and see what oils others are using. I’ve even gotten some good ideas about how touse an oil that I was unfamiliar with, like cedarwood. Who knew cedarwood was good for your skin? I rubbed a drop in my hands and then (avoiding my eyes) rubbed it on my face. Then I read this one and I can’t wait to try it on my nails, which are peeling and breaking this month like crazy. It’s no joke, cedarwood is a strong scent and it’s not my favorite, but I hate breaking a nail, so I’ll try anything.
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My daughter turns one this month and we read almost every night. Right now I’m reading her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which is probably more for me than for her. I was making a mental list of all the books I can’t wait to read to her. It was a pretty long list, so I narrowed it down to 6 books. The Harry Potter series is a given and if she doesn’t love HP as much as I do, I might have to question if she’s really my daughter (I kid, I kid). So, in no particular order, books I loved as a kid that I can’t wait for Lexie to read:
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. There are no words for how much I loved this book as a kid and how much I still love this book. “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” is one of my favorite poems ever. It you want to cheer yourself up a bit, crack this open and read a poem…any poem and you’ll smile.
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I have read this one countless times. Ever wondered what it would be like to live forever? Ask the Tucks. When Winnie met Jesse at the spring..it’s magical. Don’t see the movie before you’ve read the book.
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. Have the tissues handy when you read this one. Friendship, loss, a magical kingdom with Prince Terrien. I read this for the first time in 3rd or 4th grade and it was the book my teacher read to us after lunch in the 5th grade (I remember this because I got in trouble for reading along, even though I was reading the same book).
- With You and Without You by Ann M. Martin. Yes, she wrote “The Babysitter’s Club”. THis is a book about losing a parent. I have never lost a parent to death, but I could totally relate to this book as a kid. It’s sad. But it’s also about strength and family, friends, love, and loss.
- Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. It’s hard to pick just one Ramona book because they are all great. This one has stuck with me….starting a new school, being picked on, getting sick in class, families with hard times. Ramona is a character and she’s hilarious. Her shenanigans are fun and her thought processes are a great read.
- The Witches by Roald Dahl. I love all Dahl’s books and it’s hard not too because he tells a great story. This one is funny and exciting..a seven year old boy who finds himself in a hotel full of witches trying to turn children into mice. A boy and his grandmother have to work together to save the children!
I sincerely hope Lexie likes to read as much as I do. If her joy in chewing on books right now is any indication of how much she’ll like to read, I’ll be one happy mama.
My husband and I have lived in Oregon for almost 3 years now. Before that, we lived in Arkansas for a couple of years. We are from Illinois and our families live in Illinois (well, some of mine is in Wisconsin too, but that’s not really important). It’s that time of year where everyone wants to know…what are your plans for the holidays?
While I suppress a groan and an eye roll, I will tell you that I am not grinch-y. I love the holidays, in fact, Thanksgiving is my favorite. My birthday is a couple of days after Thanksgiving this year, my daughter turns 1 right before Thanksgiving. This year, there should be BIG plans for Thanksgiving!
You know what I really want to do? Stay home and snuggle on the couch with my girl and husband and watch football and eat store-bought pumpkin pie with a TON of whipped cream on top. Instead, we’ve been invited to dinner at our daycare provider’s home (I love them, don’t get me wrong, they are amazing). I just can’t think of a good way to decline the invitation. It’s my own fault, I’m the one who said we didn’t have plans (in my mind, that’s okay, but when other people hear me say that, I guess it sounds depressing). They’ve been telling everyone that we’ll be there for Thanksgiving and now I feel kind of obligated. So, I ask you now for you words of advice, what is a nice way to decline without hurting anyone’s feelings (in all honesty,her feelings will probably be hurt no matter how I say no and I just want to lessen the guilt I feel for not wanting to spend Thanksgiving with their family).
Got lower back pain? I know I do lately and the heating pad just isn’t cutting by itself anymore. Here are some natural options to try to combat the back pain.
This recipe is for 2 oz of bath salts (thank you Andrea Butje for this awesome recipe). I’m making the blend in a 2 oz glass jar. Watch the video here
Low Back Pain Relieving Bath Salt
Drop the oils right into the salt, stirring gently with a glass stir rod or the end of a spoon. When your bathtub is full of warm water, add the entire jar (yup—the whole thing!) to the water. The oils nourish your skin, reduce pain in your low back muscles, and diffuse into the air with the warm steam rising off the water (breathe them in).
Another option if you aren’t feeling very do-it-yourself is to try this. The Hot Pepper Sha-Bang Muscle stick is awesome. I was a little skeptical at first…it’s a stick and it smells fruity, how effective can it be? I rubbed in on my lower back and then sat down with the heating pad for a while. (Make sure you wash your hands after…pepper doesn’t feel good on the eyes!) I felt so much better, and Lexie was happy that I was able to lift her up over my head again.