That’s What She Says

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In a few short months I will be having a milestone birthday. As much as I hate to admit it, I will be turning 40. This wonderful upcoming event sparked a conversation between my husband and I not too long ago.

We were sitting at the table eating breakfast and out of the blue he said “So what do you want to do for your birthday?” My first response was “I don’t know.” Then I quickly followed that up with “Put me on a tropical beach somewhere with a drink in my hand, no screaming kids, no chores, no cooking, no responsibilities.” I think he thought I was joking. But seriously. That would be my wish. I am in desperate need of a kid free vacation and time to refresh myself. That being said, it won’t happen since we have a toddler in the mix.

While Jeff seemed to move past my real answer to the question he posed, he quickly moved to pose a new question wanting to know why women say one thing, but really mean another. As in husband asking wife what she wants to do for her 40th birthday, wife saying nothing, wife secretly wanting husband to throw an elaborate surprise party, husband not being able to read wife’s mind. (I am not referring to myself here, just giving an example of his point!)

That question got me to thinking. He’s right you know, often times women do not say what they really want or are thinking, even when our husband’s ask us. Why is this? I began to ponder over the question. This is MY take on it, for what that’s worth!

Laura Jeff Fall 2012 Photo Cropped

First of all, we all know that there are proven communication differences and thought processes between men and women. But, I believe that deep down women don’t want to have to tell their husband, partner, significant other, what exactly it is that they want! I think that women want to feel that their partner has taken the time to think about them enough and come up with an idea all on their own, not be told what they should do for a special occasion, or any day. They want their partner to be romantic. Women want to feel appreciated and special. It isn’t the same if we say “Hey, I’d really like you to throw me a surprise party for my birthday.” compared to them coming up with the idea and planning it on their own.  What’s so romantic about that?! Women tend to be more emotional beings, and have different emotional needs than men do. Maybe that’s why we want things to be more romanticized than men?

But then I started thinking about my husband. Why would his thoughts be any differently when the tables are turned? Why wouldn’t he want to feel appreciated and special, and know that I took the effort to think about and plan something nice just for him? Wouldn’t that fulfill the same needs that it fulfills for women? Maybe it does. But maybe men just don’t voice their feelings like women do.

Our lives get so busy anymore. Work commitments, family commitments, too many activities for kids. We meet ourselves coming and going unlike the generations before us. Maybe both men and women need to take more time to think about their partner, and do something nice for them. Maybe we all need to slow down just a little and appreciate our loved ones. That being said, I know that it is easier said than done in the now crazy busy world that we live in. Maybe women just need to tell their partner what it is they really want instead of hoping that they can read our minds…

So, as my 40th birthday approaches, I don’t want anything special, I don’t want a big deal made out of my birthday. Okay, maybe deep down I really do… Maybe, just maybe, a little something special will make turning 40 a little easier!Signature Graphic

 

Teach Them Young

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Back in the day when I was kid, in the dark ages when you had to trek 10 miles to school uphill in the snow and rain… (My kids seem to think I’m that old!), kids worked almost as soon as they were able to. In my case, I had my first real job at the young age of 13 working for a family friend in their local pharmacy (and had work responsibilities that would be a complete no no by today’s laws and standards, but things weren’t what they are today back then!). It was an easy job, but nonetheless, I had a job, responsibility, and began earning money at a very young age. My parents taught me the value of hard work and earning an honest living. There was no laziness in the household that I grew up in with a father as Executive Vice President of the hometown bank, and a mother who was a teacher and a woman full of an enormous amount of energy! My parents both worked hard and earned every dime they made. And when they weren’t at work, they still worked hard. We owned a small apartment complex and there was no lack of chores to be done to keep it up. And my mom, well, the woman couldn’t, and still can’t, hardly sit still! I can tell you that she rarely ever sat down to watch television.

All this hard work certainly rubbed off on me. I have never been one that anyone could call lazy. I guess I’m sort of like my mom, but probably not quite as extreme. I do enjoy sitting down after the kids go to bed to watch some mindless television after a busy day! My parents instilled the values of hard work and responsibility, giving my brother and I both chores to do. And when we were kids, video games and technology were just on the horizon, nothing like they are today. We played outside, made up games, rode our bikes. My how times have changed.

I get so frustrated trying to figure out how to deal with all of the technology in our kids lives now. Part of it is a parenting fail on my part. With a busy life and three kids, sometimes I attempt to implement rules and then I’m not always good at following through with them. Sigh. I know, I have to be better, but now my oldest is 13, and ALL he wants to do is play video games. It’s hard for me to understand when I never was a video game player. It’s like pulling teeth to get him off the XBox and do anything else, especially go outside. Don’t get me wrong, he loves sports, and plays on club basketball and soccer teams. However, when he isn’t at practice or a game, he doesn’t seem to have any desire to put effort into practicing and working on ball handling and foot skills so he can continue to get better. There doesn’t seem to be much drive for anything else. And that really concerns me. While some people have successful jobs in the technology industry, they are few and far between.

While I have the kids do certain chores, this is also something I know that I have not succeeded in with parenting. I tend to want to just do things myself, get them done quicker and the way I want them done, rather than have the kids do them and take more time and effort. Yeah, I know. My husband has a favorite saying “To do too much is to do too little.” And I know it is so true. I’m working on having them do more chores, but it’s kind of hard to let go!

Don’t get me wrong. I really can’t complain. Garrett is by no means a problem child. He is not a trouble maker, he has never once been sent to the principal’s office, he is not defiant, he does very well in school. He just really loves to play video games.

All this being said, I am not a lazy person. I am busy busy constantly. I rarely sit down to enjoy myself and relax. But somehow along the way, I feel that I have failed as a parent in teaching my 13 and 10-year olds the value of work ethic and responsibility. While they see me involved in every aspect of our daily lives, and in every house project along side my husband, they see that I am a hard worker. I am not afraid to pick up a tool to help on a project, to cut down brush, to plant landscaping, to paint. But I feel that I have failed to instill that value in them. Clearly I have done too much for too many years.

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But this year we have somewhat of a milestone. My 13-year old son decided on his own that he wanted to join the “work force”. At 12 years old children can work as a soccer referee if parents sign a work release. Heck yeah! I will absolutely support that request! Anything to get him involved and off the video games! He attended 16 hours of training in one weekend, passed the test, and voila. He’s now an official US Soccer Referee! But that was just the first step. He was very proud of himself for passing the test, as he should be.

Now came the hard part though. The night before he was schedule to referee his first set of games, he started getting a little nervous. He asked if he had to go. Of course I said yes, that this was something he wanted to do and had committed to the games for the weekend. (Not to mention the cost involved including $75 for a ref uniform and equipment and $65 for the training class.) We got there and he seemed a little nervous, to be expected. You see, Garrett is just like me. He’s always been more sensitive, emotional, and anxious. At times it can be very challenging, he doesn’t want to ever step out of his comfort zone. The first game he was pretty timid in his handling of calls and his flag. But after the main referee talked to him and helped him a little, he quickly came out of his shell, had quick call responses, and much better movements with his flag. This was a huge thing for him. I quickly realized that this “job” was going to do so much more for Garrett than just provide a paycheck or help instill a value of work ethic. This job is going to give him necessary skills for life. It is going to force him to step out of his comfort zone and talk to adults and people he doesn’t know. It is going to force him to be sure about decisions and voice those decisions promptly. It is going to put him in an uncomfortable spot sometimes when parents on the side lines don’t agree with calls and hassle the assistant referees. It is going to teach him that he CAN do things he doesn’t think he can. It is going to give him some much needed responsibility. And of course, it is going to keep him off of video games for a little while each weekend. I fully believe that this first “job” is going to be a huge stepping stone for Garrett. When he is on the field in his referee uniform, he is all business. He takes it very seriously, even when parents on the sidelines are hassling him.

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I have to say, I am very proud of him for deciding on his own this is something he wanted to do. He is typically pretty timid. I am proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone, and for taking on this responsibility. And seriously. There aren’t many jobs where kids, especially this age, can do something they enjoy, and get paid really well for the time they put in! So, we are trying to teach him young about the value of hard work, and with that, the value of each dollar earned. Both of my older children are great about putting money in their savings accounts and not just spending it quickly. I hope that this experience is just the stepping stone for instilling these values.

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DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray

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I don’t know about you, but I am ready for summer to be here! Bring on the sunshine and warmer weather! Enough of the cold, rainy days that we have had of late. Thinking about sun, warm weather, and days spent outside, I am in the midst of preparing some of my favorite summer time must haves, all made with simple and natural ingredients and containing essential oils. This will be the first post in a series of some of my favorite summer time DIY recipes.

When preparing recipes with essential oils to use for my family, I always look at other available recipes that are abundant on the internet these days (thank you Pinterest), as well as the properties that various essential oils contain, to come up with just the right combination that works for me. These recipes are things I have personally used and like, but you may prefer a different combination or amount of essential oils to create a different effect.

I am not a doctor (and I don’t play one on TV either). I have no medical training whatsoever. I am just a person seeking more natural options, and an avid user of essential oils who has researched a lot of the properties that various oils have. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA should not take the place of diagnosis, treatment, and advice from a licensed medical practitioner.

I only recommend and use Young Living Essential Oils for my family and in all of my essential oil recipes for their 100% pure, therapeutic grade quality and Seed to Seal guarantee. To find out more about Young Living Essential Oils visit my Young Living website. For more information on essential oils basics and how to use them, visit the Essential Oils tab on this blog.

Now, on to the good stuff!

Hand Santizing Spray PLRL

Hand Sanitizer Spray

Hand sanitizer is something I carry in my purse with me at all times. You just never know when your little ones, or yourself, when get into something grimey. I also use this to clean tables and high chairs in restaurants before my little guy sits down just to make sure he doesn’t pick up any nasty stuff.

I particularly like this recipe because it doesn’t contain alcohol, and is therefore not overly drying to the hands. The aloe vera gel helps with this as well, and also provides a base for the essential oils to mix better with.

Witch Hazel is the main ingredient, as is in many of the DIY health and beauty recipes that I use. If you don’t have Witch Hazel on hand, it’s a must have for any first aid cabinet or beauty regimen. Witch Hazel is distilled from the leaves, bark, and twigs of the Witch Hazel (or Hamamelis Virginiana Linné) plant. Like essential oils, Witch Hazel has been around for a very long time. Witch Hazel has many uses, I like to use it in sanitizing spray because of it’s astringent properties and ability to sanitize and kill bacteria.

Why did I choose these particular essential oils? Thieves oil blend is a no-brainer when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing. A study performed by Weber State University in 1997 proved that Thieves is effective in killing 99% of airborne bacteria. Lemon essential oil (d-limonene) was studied for it’s antibacterial activity in 2000 with a number of other essential oils (many of which are in the Thieves oil blend). The study showed that all of the oils studied exhibited antibacterial activity. In addition to the fantastic properties that both of these oils contain, they smell great too! No chemical or alcohol smell when you use these little gems!

So there you have it!

To make Hand Sanitizer Spray combine the following ingredients in an 4 oz. glass bottle:

  • 2 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 2 oz. Witch Hazel
  • 25 drops Thieves essential oil blend
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Fill remainder of bottle with distilled water

Shake and spray hands and surfaces liberally.

I hope you enjoy this Hand Santizer Spray as much as my family and I do. Let me know what you think of it!

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Lichen Sclerosus – There IS Hope

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I have struggled for awhile whether or not to write a post about my experience with an auto immune skin disease, Lichen Sclerosus. The disease is very personal, and not something people really want to talk about with friends, let alone strangers. But given that I have found some ways that helped me deal with the disease outside of the treatment that my doctor prescribed, I felt led to share my story in hopes that it might help someone else who has the same condition. So putting embarrassment and selfishness aside, I am putting this vulnerable part of me out there. If even just one person finds hope and help for the same disease, then it will be all worth it. I discovered after posting about my testimony regarding the disease in an online support group, that several people wanted to know more information on just exactly what I did to help my condition. It made me realize that I have an opportunity to reach out to people who have had no hope from an embarrassing and painful disease.

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First of all, I am not a doctor (and I don’t play one on TV either). I have no medical training whatsoever. I am just a person seeking more natural options, and an avid user of essential oils who has researched a lot of the properties that various oils have. These statements should not take the place of diagnosis, treatment, and advice from a licensed medical practitioner. I do not advocate that you not listen to your doctor.I do however advocate that you listen to your body. Only YOU know when something isn’t right.

That being said, I didn’t initially listen to my body. I discounted the symptoms I was having until it got to the point that I knew something wasn’t right, and I was in severe pain and discomfort.

About 6 months ago I was diagnosed by my doctor with Lichen Sclerosus (LS). Haven’t heard of it? No surprise. It is not a very common condition, and if someone you know has it, they likely don’t talk about it. LS is thought to be an auto-immune disease, it can affect the skin on any part of the body, however, the most common location is, well, “down there”. Say what?! Yes, you know, the location on our body that people don’t often talk openly about. Especially if there is a problem! The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has some basic information regarding the disease on their website. There is no known cause for the disease, and no known cure. The disease is not contagious. It has been thought to be irreversible. As LS progresses it causes severe itching, the affected skin to have white patches which continue to get larger as the disease progresses, the skin begins to either thin or become thickened, and at more progressive stages parts of the skin can begin to close in on itself and fuse together as well as become atrophied. Sounds great doesn’t it? Especially when “down there” is the affected area. The pictures you see online of the progressed disease are terrifying, especially when you are 39-years old. By the time I realized something was really wrong, I already had some fairly severe symptoms. By the way, did I mention that once the symptoms appear, the damage it causes is thought to be irreversible? Yes. Irreversible. So when skin “down there” begins to fuse together, doctors do not believe it will ever unfuse. A great outlook for a 39-year old! You can only imagine all of the ways that this disease can affect a fairly young individual, especially when “down there” is rapidly becoming different, and painful, and fusing together.

Treatment for the condition generally consists of topical steroid creams, hormone creams, and other creams depending on the severity and symptoms of the condition. As normal protocol, my doctor began a treatment of topical steroid and hormone creams. I was hesitant because of the side effects of prolonged use of both, however, I didn’t know what else to do. I tried looking it up on the internet and found information about the disease, but no other treatments that seemed to really be effective. I found some information that noted that some people find relief for some symptoms, such as the itching, by using emu oil and some essential oils. I continued to use the prescription topical creams prescribed by my doctor. After months of use, the condition and symptoms did nothing but worsen. I was very uncomfortable all the time. Aside from not helping, the months of use of the steroid cream was causing the side effects that I was concerned about. The skin was beginning to thin to the point that it would tear, split, and bleed easily.

I was at my wits end. No known cure, irreversible very uncomfortable symptoms, and no treatment my doctor could recommend that seemed to work. What should I do?! I decided to turn to essential oils and see if they would help. I mean, I had nothing to lose right?! Nothing else was working. So I wrapped my head around the knowledge I have gained about essential oils, and set out to do further research on essential and natural oils that might help the symptoms. I have to admit, although I have been using essential oils for many things on myself, my children, and my pets for nearly two years, using them “down there” still seemed a little out there.

One month prior to a scheduled follow up appointment with my doctor I quit using the prescribed topical creams, and began my own regimen of natural and essential oils. Yeah I know, crazy. But again, what did I have to lose? I blended a small amount of the formulation that I thought would MAYBE help. If nothing else, MAYBE give me just a little relief. I selected oils based on the main symptoms I was having, my knowledge of what the medications that had been prescribed do, and information available on what oils would provide benefits for the symptoms. I applied the mixture several times a day the first two weeks when the affected area was itching badly, then began applying it less frequently.

LifeWorks Skin Essentials Restore Natural Oil Blend
LifeWorks Skin Essentials Restore Natural Oil Blend

 

It seemed to me that the affected area “down there” was looking better, and it certainly was feeling better. But the real test would be what my doctor would have to say. During my appointment I informed my doctor that I had stopped the use of the prescribed medications and began an essential oil regimen. I just knew she would think I was crazy. Much to my surprise she didn’t . She personally uses them herself for occasional headaches and respiratory issues for her family. But now for the real test. The examination of the affected area. My doctor was literally shocked. She told me that the area that had turned white was now almost no longer white and had begun to turn back to a normal pink color. The skin that had become very thick was beginning to thin back out. And most importantly, the skin that had begun to close in and fuse, yes “down there”, well it was beginning to reverse and “unfuse” itself. While that is what it had appeared to me, it was a completely different thing altogether to hear my doctor say it! She was amazed at the outcome in just one month of usage.

LS Visit Note

So where did this leave us? My doctor stated that she is actually going to begin recommending this treatment to her severe patients with the same condition. And, on my visit note she actually noted to “continue with current essential oil regimen”. Yes. Seriously. She actually put that in my medical file. If you know much about doctors, you know that typically they stick to medical based treatments and recommendations.

To me, this was huge! Not only had I found a natural way to help myself deal with a very uncomfortable disease, but it was actually reversing symptoms that are thought to be irreversible! And, by finding natural means of treating the disease, I am now able to avoid all of the dreaded side effects of the typically recommended protocol. I have to admit, I left the doctors office elated for many reasons. Most of all, I now had hope. Hope that a disease that I was told would only continue to worsen, was now getting better. Hope that there is validity (in my experience) to using essential oils. Hope that I might be able to give someone else in the same shoes hope. And if you have been in these shoes, you know that hope is not something most people with this disease have about it.

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After such success personally with the formulation, I set out to share it through this blog post and online support groups, only to find that the support groups would not allow anything that was not a proven medical treatment to be discussed. I have had many people contact me wanting to know what I used. I soon began to realize that there was a great need for the formulation that I had created to help ease the symptoms of this condition. So I set out to go through the process of starting a business through which I could produce the formulation. And LifeWorks Skin Essentials was born. Now you can purchase the formulation that I personally used with such success, our Restore Natural Oil Blend. No need to research and try different oils or products that might work for you. This blend was specially formulated with pure and natural ingredients and 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils for the symptoms associated with LS. Visit our website for more information on the company and the product. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

 

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease. Please seek advice from a licensed medical practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and inform your medical practitioner of any supplements or natural products that you are using.

DIY Foaming Face Wash

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I’m always on the lookout for new DIY recipes for natural beauty products. I hate using chemical laden products on my skin, but so often natural ones are expensive. Since I have been using essential oils I am constantly finding more ways to use them and learning more about the properties of different oils. I am fascinated by the versatility of essential oils and how one oil can be used for so many different purposes.

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I have very sensitive skin so I am always cautious trying new products on my face. I have been looking at recipes, ingredients, and essential oils to find a good combination that will be gentle on my skin. And I think I have come across it! The best part, it’s very economical to make. No breaking the bank on this one!

I have been using this face wash for about a week. Before I started using it I had a lot of redness on my face, with some minor acne on my chin, and red bumps and splotches in various spots. Amazingly, after a week of using this wash just one time a day, most of it has cleared up and my skin looks and feels fantastic. After using the wash my face feels really clean, and by morning it feels smooth and moisturized. The tone and appearance has improved. I call that a winner!

There are numerous essential oils that can be used depending on your skin type. That’s the beauty of this, you can tailor it to fit your needs! Determine which oils are best suited for your skin type, will achieve the results you are looking for, and what oils you have on hand. The combination I have used is a good basic blend for many skin types, three of the four oils come in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, and it smells great too!

Ingredients
4 oz. distilled water
4 oz. baby liquid Castile soap
12 drops Lavender essential oil
8 drops Frankincense essential oil
4 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil
4 drops Orange essential oil

Combine all ingredients in an empty foaming soap dispenser and mix well. (You should never store straight citrus essential oils in plastic because they can eat through plastic. This recipe only contains a very small amount of citrus oils and is okay to store in plastic. Take a look at some of the products with essential oils available for sale at health food stores. Many of them have essential oils in them and are sold in plastic.) Use one pump to wash face daily.

Super easy to make, and very affordable if you already have a supply of essential oils. Save your empty foaming soap bottles to make it even more cost efficient! I reused one I had on hand.

For more information on essential oils, visit the Essential Oils tab on my blog, or my Young Living website www.youngliving.org/lauraleclairClosingThese statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease. Please consult a licensed medical practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

 

Essential Oils for Athletes

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Essential Oils, and essential oil based products can be used to support your body in so many different ways, and for so many different things. Many people just think of them for supporting every day issues, and don’t necessarily think about what they can do for athletes, runners, people who train.

There are numerous essential oils and essential oil based products produced by Young Living that can help support the body pre and post workout by supporting natural body systems, boosting energy, assisting in muscle recovery, and helping with muscle pain post exercise.

Train Hard Laura

Essential Oils

Valor – Enhances your internal resources, has been found to help energy alignment in the body.

Peppermint – Can be applied to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to boost and stimulate energy. Inhale, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your workout routine. Diffuse or inhale to curb the desire to snack. Apply to sore muscles to relieve minor muscle pain post workout.

PanAway – Created by Gary Young following a severe injury to the ligaments in his leg. Is soothing to the skin while providing comforting warmth to muscles post exercise. Rub on muscles to help alleviate stressed muscles or other physical discomforts.

Deep Relief – Formulate to relieve muscle soreness and tension, the blend of oils play an integral part of healing in this blend. Roll on generously to affected muscle areas.

Wintergreen – Wintergreen contains the same active ingredient (methyl salicylate) as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing muscles post exercise. Apply topically to affected muscle areas.

Copaiba – Helps support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. Can be taken as a dietary supplement in a capsule, or applied topically directly to the desired area.

Aroma Siez – A relaxing blend that is excellent for soothing little discomforts. Apply on location for muscles, on neck and feet.

EnRGee – Revitalizes with a blend of stimulating oils that have been used traditionally to help restore mental alertness. Uplifting and strengthening as the name suggest, it boosts energy naturally. Diffuse or rub on the back of ears and neck.

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Ortho Sport Massage Oil – Designed for both professional and amateur athletes with a high phenol content, it has been used to produce a warming sensation and provide relief of tired muscles.

Wellness Supplements

BLM – Supports normal bone and join health. Has been shown to support healthy cell function and encourage joint health and fluid movement.

Sulfurzyme – Helps maintain the structure of proteins, protect cells and cell membranes, replenish connections between cells, and preserve the molecular framework of connective tissues. Supports the immune system, liver, circulation, and proper intestinal function.

Super B– The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but is also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular functions, and helps with internal enzyme reactions.

MultiGreens Capsules – Designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Ningxia – Packed with 93% d-limonene, a potent antioxidant and marker for bioactivity. The essential oils aid in maintaining the body’s normal cellular function. Natural, sustain support for energy without the crashed and harmful side effects of coffee or energy drinks. Fortifies the body and replenishes key nutrients.

Ningxia Nitro – Enhances athletic performance, boosts energy, and serves as a daily pick-me-up.

Balance Complete – Super-food-based meal replacement that is both a powerful nutritive energizer and cleanser. High in fiber and protein, contains good fats, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals needed for a nutritionally dynamic meal.

Pure Protein Complete – Perfect anytime protein boost. High in bioactive whey protein, low in carbs, fat, and calories, each serving provides 20 grams of a proprietary whey protein blend.

 

As you can see, there are so many products to help support energy, recovery, body system functions, and muscle aches associated with training. Why not give your body the fuel and recovery assistance it needs in a natural way?! For more information on Young Living Essential Oils see the Essential Oils tab on my blog, or visit my website www.youngliving.org/lauraleclair

I only recommend and use pure therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living. You should never ingest essential oils that are not 100% pure therapeutic grade.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease. Please seek a licensed medical practitioner for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

Much of the statements above have been retrieved from www.youngliving.org

DIY Play Dough With Essential Oils

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I have been feeling pretty under the weather for the last week and a half, but decided this afternoon that my toddler shouldn’t have to suffer and have no fun just because I don’t feel good!

Up until this point, I have worked part time from home while my little one is home with me. It’s been a great situation that I have been blessed with. Some days of course are easier than others, but that’s par for the course! Well that blessing will be coming to and end by the end if this month, and projects are slowing down so I have more time on my hands. Since I’ve been so busy the past two years working, I haven’t had the time to do all of the fun mommy stuff I did with my older children when they were young. I’ve been feeling a little guilty. So, making Play Dough seemed like a fun little project.

Brett loves to help in the kitchen cooking and measuring, so I let him join in the fun of helping to measure the ingredients.

Play Dough Ingredients Edited

I used a basic Play Dough recipe as follows:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 1 d. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cream of tartar

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small pot and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles a mashed potato consistency. When the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pot and is fairly thick, remove from the heat and allow to cool. This process literally takes a few minutes from start to finish, and voila! Homemade Play Dough!

While I didn’t venture into adding colors today, I did decide to add some essential oils to make it smell yummy! (As you see, essential oils aren’t just for health and wellness!) I chose to add about 15 drops of Lemon essential oil. You can choose whatever oil you like, and adjust the amount of drops to your liking. I chose a citrus oil for this dreary day! I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for my family due to their quality and Seed to Seal process. For more information on essential oils check out the Essential Oils tab on this blog or my Young Living website www.youngliving.org/lauraleclair

I think the Play Dough was a success! Brett seems to be enjoying. Now to just keep him from eating it and sticking it up his nose!

 

I hope you enjoy adding essential oils to this DIY Play Dough recipe and let your child enjoy the sensory experience!

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