this is us. the real us.

I will never win an award for Mom of the year.
My toddler has one volume, loud AF.
I get annoyed by things that shouldn’t bother me at all (the sound of chewing).
My husband, nine+ years later still gives me butterflies.
I never know what to wear even when going nowhere.
My daughter is a stage five clinger but my gawd is she beautiful.
I pin more than I make.
I try – hard – every day.
I watch all the emotional shows and although my husband won’t watch with me, if it weren’t for his weekly reminders I’d miss all the episodes…
This is part of me.
This is us.

March Wellness Box

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ESSENTIAL REWARDS DELIVERY DAY!!!
 
+ Agilese – for my husband. he plays volleyball & needs the joint support.
 
+ Super C – for reinforcing & maintaining our immune strength.
 
+ Super B – mama needs all the boosts of energy levels, Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports mood and cardiovascular and cognitive function
 
+Multigreens – call me Popeye!! I am so in love with the greens! MultiGreens™ is a chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory system
 
+ KidScents Bath Gel – my 3 year old is dirty because well he is 3 and a boy. we bathe a lot so we need the best of the best. That & the cute giraffe makes him excited to wash his tush.
 
+ KidScents Toothpaste – no need to worry if they can’t spit yet. There are no harmful anything in this tube & again with the cute monster on the packaging!! My son gets excited to brush!
 
+ Lavender Body Lotion – basically silk. I finally found a lotion that I love! even my husband uses it.
 
+ Lavender EO – because life. this magic bottle is truly the Swiss Army Knife of oils. Great for anything from too much sun, owes, head pain, seasonal issues, sleep and gentle enough for all skin types!
 
+ Purification – because germs. because spring, because I live with two boys and a baby that needs a diaper change every few hours.
 
+ Gentle Baby – my 8 week old daughter gets this in her diffuser nightly as well as applied to her crib sheets & sleeps 5-8 hours at a time. no lie. so basically magic.
 
+ Peace & Calming – this is one oil we will not go without. If you have a toddler you NEED this, all of this. It tames tudes, helps with sleep, combats coughs and is the perfect daily oil for overall chill.
 
+ Aroma Life – this one is new to me so I will report back. I do know one thing, I am in.love. with the scent.
 
+ Progessence Plus – ladies, ladies, ladies && men. listen up. you all need this in your home. Progessence Plus has helped me spring back so gracefully after having both my babies. Hormones are jerks and can truly make us so out of tune. Men, get this for your ladies. trust me and thank me later. do yourself a favor, go to Dr. Dan Purser’s website and read about this amazing product.
 
+ Deep Relief Roll-On: again, my husband and his sports and his joint, muscles, aches and pains. This is his favorite YL oil.
 
FREEBIES – you heard that right. I paid zero dollars for these amazing oils and products:
 
+ Frankincense – I personally like to put 2 drops under my tongue daily for overall wellness and 1-2 drops on my face for skin support. it has also been my life saver in the social anxiety department!
 
+ Blue Cypress – also a new oil to me.
 
+ Lime – add 2 drops to your morning Ningxia Red and prepare to be WOW’d!
 
+ Lavender – yay lavender!
 
+ Thieves Fruit & Veggie spray – you guys, this hands down is an amazing product! I have tried many before and really didn’t think too much of them. with YL spray I can see the wax & dirt being removed from our produce!
 
MORE FREEBIES!!
 
Get rewarded when you consecutively order for 3, 6, and 9 months—and beyond. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive blend at your 12th consecutive month! Since the new reward program began, this is my 6th month. I have been on ER for 22 months and earn 20% back on all my ER orders to use toward even more free product!!
 

I didn’t pay for the MultiGreens, Deep Relief or the Agilese – I used points!!!

ESSENTIAL REWARDS

Why Essential Rewards?

– With essential rewards (ER) you get a 10% return for the first 1-6 months; 15% return for months 7-12; 20% return for months 13+ on the products you were going to buy anyway PLUS additional FREE product!!

– ER is an optional autoship program for distrubutors where you can change your products and ship date each month as many times as you want!

– There is no obligation to stay with ER, you can cancel at anytime.

– Reduced shipping rates
– Priority when stock runs low
– Acces to Exclusive ER Kit Purchases

Exclusive Loyalty Gifts
Earn gifts available only to members of the Essential Rewards program when you place consecutive Essential Rewards orders over 50 PV. Get rewarded when you consecutively order for 3, 6, and 9 months—and beyond. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive blend at your 12th consecutive month!

Simply enroll in Essential Rewards this month and these amazing oils could be yours free:

3 consecutive months: Peppermint Vitality™ essential oil, 5 ml*
6 consecutive months: Thieves® Vitality™ essential oil blend, 5 ml*
9 consecutive months: Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil, 15ml*
12 consecutive months: Loyalty, a brand-new blend formulated by Young Living Founder D. Gary Young specifically for Essential Rewards members!

*The loyalty gift oils are available while quantities last. Substitute oils will be sent as replacements in the event that quantities of the specified oils are exhausted.

Stay Above the Wellness Line: The Natural Way

one thing I have learned over the past two plus years is how much more important being proactive vs. reactive is. I am sure you have heard me say that before.
 
my three-year-old has a mild case of the sniffles and coughs. I believe a combination of the dip in temperature here in Florida & the fact that he still eats stuff off the floor is to blame.
 
here is what I am doing in addition to my daily regimen to stay ahead of the sickness and stop it before it gets me and completely wipes out my child & household (aint nobody got time for a man cold + toddler cold + infant cold and hormonal postpartum mama cold):
 
FOR THE MAMA:
+ Ningxia Red throughout the day
+ Super B, two a day
+ Immune Roller on feet
+ Inner Defense 1-3 a day
+ Lemon in my H2O all day
+ Tranquil on my inner forearms

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FOR THE TODDLER:
+ 1 MightyVites in the morning after breakfast
+ 1/2 capsule of Life 5 (now Life 9) in his Greek Yogurt
+ Ningxia Red throughout the day
+ Breathe Again roller on chest, back and throat
+ Immune roller on feet and spine

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FOR THE HOUSEHOLD:
+ Thieves Cleaner for every surface to kill the nastiness
+ Thieves Essential Oil in all the diffusers
+ Thieves Spray for anything the toddler touches including me
+ Thieves DIY Hand Purifier, to keep the germs at bay

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You can learn more about essential oils by clicking HERE.  If you would like to get started, please contact me! I would love to help you!

In addition to all these amazing goodies, we also love bone broth, raw garlic, thieves tea and ACV throughout the day!

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I'm learning

To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.” — Dave Pelzer

Last night as I breastfed my 7-week-old daughter and vacuuming up my 3-year-old’s dinner mess, one handed, I had a moment. One that I am not that proud of but need to be real about… I was gritting my teeth so hard there was a moment I was sure they were going to break. I was mad that I was cleaning up the same damn mess I had just cleaned up  only minutes ago during meltdown number I lost track. I was mad that my daughter refused to let me put her down or put her in one of the carriers so I could cook dinner. I was mad that I had to cook dinner because I didn’t want to have to wash anymore dishes. I was just mad.

I lashed out and looking back acted just like the three year old I was mad at. I lashed out at my husband the moment he walked in the door.  I rushed through bedtime causing tension in my home. Causing tension to my people. I ate dinner across from my Husband in complete silence, cleaned up after I had finished and went to my room. I started folding one of the two baskets of laundry sitting on the floor but gave-up after a few folded pieces. I need a break. I needed to decompose and destress because honestly, the laundry was starting to piss me off too.

I put the laundry back in the basket, dimmed the lights, then filled my diffuser with water & Lavender.  Rubbed Tranquil essential oil on my arms, Release on my chest; took a deep breath & crawled into bed under the covers, ashamed.

I felt defeated, that anger turned into sadness. Alone in my room I couldn’t help but wonder why I couldn’t have been better. Why I couldn’t have responded differently. Why I acted … reacted that way.

I know, I am human and this is probably common with all parents.  Maybe? Maybe Not. I know this will probably happen again, and I will have to ask myself for forgiveness as well as my family.  Kids, they are great & my life would feel incomplete without them but holy hell they can be challenging.

As I continue to write this two days later it all seems so simple … I should have allowed him to play outside a little longer even though it was dinner time.  I should have allowed him to draw on his sister with chalk because they can be washed off (ha – um, no). Bottom line, I need to remind myself … daily … bend, so you don’t break.

Today, as I write this, it is a new day. I have clarity and I am no longer fuming. I am no longer stuck in that moment.  I took charge of my emotions, worked out, listened to all my favorite songs, gave a few more kisses and hugs to both kids, spoke openly with my husband about my emotions and I feel great!  This whole being a Mom thing, it is phenomenal, it is a blessing, it is not a job for the weak!!  They are going to push & some days we need to remember they are children and there is no reason to push back.  Perfect example, my three-year-old: he will be mid-meltdown of the century but if you give him a hug or kiss or even sing a favorite song to him there is a really good chance he will almost immediately snap out of it, smile and say “I feel better now – I am a big boy”. Crazy to think I could learn a few things from him.

In closing … I love this crazy chaotic life.  I am going to have a few more tough as hell days but one thing I do know … those too small pass and make more room for moments like these…

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we shake on it & repeat "promise" …

“I believe I can flyyyyyy” — R. Kelly
 
Okay not really but now that I have your attention … In our home, when we make a promise we shake on it and have to repeat “promise” – I want to make a promise to all of you…
 
Yesterday I was asked: “Do you notice a difference in your happiness and positivity?” my initial reaction – I smiled REALLY BIG. Hell yes, I am so much happier. I am healthier, I am much more positive and best of all so is my crew (G4 = my family).
 
Misconception debunked – I am not a piss in the woods, wipe my booty with a leaf kinda mama. I do not eat all organic and my superpower most days is the fact that I can eat gluten. I do eat granola and actually make it myself but that is only a funny coincidence.  I do not hunt for my food and grow all my produce (some,  not all – would love to be a little more Martha but ain’t nobody got time for that).

I am a person, just like YOU that decided one day to make a few better choices for myself and in the long run changed a whole ton of things around for myself without trying. Yes, you heard me … this lifestyle is really effortless and super healthy.

Here are a few examples:

+ every single day, you brush your teeth, so do I.
+ every single day you put on deodorant, so do I.
+ every single day you put on fragrance, so do I.

The only differences are my product choices. I do not go to the store any buy any of those items plus 13 other things I didn’t need (Target is a jerk like that – admit it).

I buy my from a company called Young Living. I don’t waste money I save money & I am boosting my immune system while brushing my teeth – bet you can’t say that?! When I apply deodorant, I am not risking breast cancer, scary I know but true! Did you know that aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells. Like I said scary.

So how does it really save money? Well, for starters each time I use a natural, essential oil based product I am targeting specific needs within my body strengthening my immune system, supporting my hormones, boosting my cells, improving my mood … all of which are protecting my body.  This keeps me healthy which prevents any and all sick visits to the doctor. Pregnancy has been the only reason I have needed any medical assistance in the past 3 years!  My three-year-old, has not had a sick visit in two years. My husband, well he is a man and wouldn’t go even if he needed it (ha) but hasn’t. WHY? Our lifestyle changes. Along with no medical treatment, nobody in our home is on any medication. Nothing prescription and nothing OTC. We use essential oils tube proactive so we do not have to be reactive.

Another money saver … I make all of the following beauty products:

+ face serum + body lotion + + deodorant + bubble bath + hair product + cuticle cream + perfume + cologne + mood enhancers + personal intimant products + detoxes + healing products for owies big & small + sore muscles rubs + PMS aides … && more.

Sounds expensive doesn’t it? NOPE. Not at all. I save so much money making all of this stuff. I will teach you.    

 
I could keep going but I will end this post here, with this:

I am running a two-day cash back offer for anyone that would like to start their oil journey! Not only with you get oils, you get a diffuser and and a whole bunch of goodies from me including continued support and education to help you use your oils! If you are waiting for a sign … THIS IS IT – I PROMISE ….

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