Natural Remedy for Dry Skin Relief

 DIY-natural solution for dry, cracked, chapped, itchy skin

When the cold weather sets in my daughter gets dry chapped hands, to help them heal we use an essential oil mixture of lavender, melrose, and solid coconut oil.  (I recommend Young Living Essential Oils)

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Child Friendly Recipe

1 cup coconut oil (Always dilute essential oils when applying to children’s skin)
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops Melrose essential oil blend

Mix coconut oil with essential oils and lather on generously!

Apply blend 2 times per day.  Remember to store your mixture in a glass jar with an air tight lid.  Some suggested essential oil containers:

After 3 days… look at these AMAZING results!! If you are looking for a natural solution for dry, cracked, itchy skin, this blend will be sure to give you or your loved one some relief.

Why Choose Essential Oils to treat your dry skin?

If these pictures are not enough to convince you of the healing powers of essential oils, let me tell you some other reasons you should be using oils to treat your skin conditions.

  • Introduce anti-inflammatory properties
  • Fight loss of elasticity
  • Detoxify
  • Anti-aging
  • Rejuvenate skin

After much research I have chosen Young Living Essential Oils to use for my family and I am confident they are the BEST oils around. I have fallen in love with my oils!  There are lots of places you can buy essential oils, but what you need to be aware of is that all essential oils are not created equally. Young Living produces incredibly high quality, natural essential oils through their Seed-to-Seal program.

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T-shirts for Yoopers and Yoopers at Heart.

Have you been looking for the perfect shirt to show your Yooper pride?  Here are some of the most creative upper peninsula t-shirts out there! Whether you live in the beautiful upper peninsula or you just wish you did… You can proudly wear your love for the land of the 906.  Say ya to da up, eh?

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a native or inhabitant of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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Start an Essential Oil Blog

Thinking about starting an essential oil business blog this year? This post is for you!

must have tips to start an essential oil blog

How do I tell people about essential oils? Start a Blog!

Starting a blog is like staking your claim in the growing online world. No one can take it from you and best of all, you can use it as a foundation for so many things!

Blogging about oils -want a pre-made site like this one https://yldist.com/lavendergrapefruiteo/ ? Just scroll to the bottom and click get a YL website

I have created this post for essential oil entrepreneurs that want to kick it up a notch on the business side of essential oils. We all know essential oils sell themselves your blog is your way of getting the word out there!

What do I need to get started on my blog?

All you need to get started is passion, knowledge (don’t worry we all learn as we go) and an desire to get the word out about the amazing benefits of essential oils.

First step, you need to Sign up for a Young Living account and order your Premium Starter Kit if you have not already done so.Choose a diffuser

You can learn how to do that HERE.

Next, most experts will tell you that you need a decide a niche, but guess what?  If you have landed on this page you already have a niche it is Essential Oils. So your next step is to think of a name for your blog.  Make sure the name you choose is easy to say and spell. I choose Lavender&Grapefruit because these are two of my favorite oils! (and this domain was available)

Once you have a name you will need to Get a domain name and blog host from BlueHost (affiliate) and install WordPress (my research showed this as the easiest to use for new bloggers) as your blogging platform. I started out with a free wordpress site and let me tell you I quickly learned you need a self hosted site, don’t waste your time with the free ones (I did this and had to move all my content later) you can get FREE domain and a deal at Bluehost of only $3.95 per month for hosting!

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Get a professional email address

You can sign up with gmail, yahoo, or hotmail for free, try to incorporate your blog name into the email for example lavendergrapefruiteo@gmail.com.  Keeping all your transactions and correspondence for your blog will help you stay organized. Having a separate email address from your personal helps you express that you are a professional.

Ok, I have a name, email address & website… now what?

Pick a theme, there are 100’s of free themes. A theme represents your style. (this can be changed later if you don’t like the one you pick)  Once you have a theme you will want to join some facebook groups about blogging and using wordpress.  A couple of facebook groups to try are Blogging 101 & Blogger insights.

Start writing!  Be original, be interesting, be yourself.  Write content that has value to your readers.  Share your testimonials. Be sure to keep it above the wellness line. Try not to focus on sickness or disease. We have so much to talk about with wellness, cleaning, beauty, cooking and so much more.  Make your posts pretty, add colors and pictures.  Some fun free graphic sites to try are Canva & Picmonkey

What? you want more blog tips??

Design a logo or have one make one for you.  I paid someone on Fivver (affiliate) $5 to design a quick logo for me. fivver

Join affiliate programs that support your essential oil business.  For instance I am an Amazon Affiliate so when I share a tool like this Essential Oils Desk Reference book I get a kickback if someone purchases through my link.  By the way if you don’t have this reference guide you should get one, lots of

Promote your oil blog. Use Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect with your readers and other bloggers. Master ONE of these social media platforms at a time, trust me you will get overwhelmed if you try and learn them all at once.  Create a Facebook page for your oil business/blog and share with everyone you know.

Network with other bloggers that use essential oils

Learn from their successes and mistakes. Does anyone in your upline have a blog? Do you belong to any facebook groups for oilers? If not join, and ask for help!

Schedule your time. Write down your weekly blog-related tasks. Then schedule them into your calendar. Do not over schedule yourself.  I recommend publishing a new blog post once a week and focusing on mastering ONE social media platform. I choose to focus on Pinterest pinning.  I found a great facebook group called Pinterest Group Boards.

Start using pinterest to promote your blog!  There is an app called tailwind (affliate) that can help you schedule posts, manage content and run contests. This is a useful tool in gaining traffic to your blog, because what good is a blog about your essential oil business if no one sees it?  Tailwind has several videos that will teach you how to get the most of their site.

Last, but not least!  Have fun and remember you are just showing everyone why you love your Young Living essential oils. Good Luck and as always if you have any questions contact me, and I will try my best to help you out!

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Essential Oils tips & tricks

Whats all this fuss over essential oils about?

Essential oils are the extracted natural oils of plants. This “liquid gold” has many benefits from enhancing your emotional state, physical well being, and spiritual awareness to purifying your home and enhancing your beauty routine.  (All of the Amazon deals posted on this page contain affiliate links. )

Where do I start?

If you haven’t purchased your Young Living premium oil kit, that is your first step!!  Now, assuming you have your essential oil starter kit, try using these quick and easy hacks.

Tip#1  Mascara.  Your lashes will grow longer and thicker, with the help of a single drop of lavender essential oil inside the tube.

Tip#2  Wear your Oils.  Lava beads are terrific for holding the scent of essential oils.  You can add a couple of drops to your lava bead bracelet or necklace for a day filled with diffused oils.  If you don’t have lava beads, you can also use try leather as a personal diffusing alternative. Try my favorite Young Living’s Stress Away and check out these cute wearable diffusers.  This post contains affiliate links. I will earn a commission at no additional charge to you if you make a purchase using my links.

               
Tip#3  Oils in the Kitchen. Stinky kitchen odors?  Try Young Living Purification on a cotton ball in the bottom of the waste basket.  Lemon & baking soda in the sink, soak and cleanse your fruits and veggies of all the nasty chemicals they harbor.

Tip#4 Use your diffuser at home & at work. f you haven’t used your diffuser yet you are missing out! Try this blend for a fresh and clean smell.  Fill water to appropriate line add 3 drops of Thieves & 3 drops of Peppermint.

Tip#5  In your car.  Diffusing on my commute to and from work has seriously saved me!  Taking a road trip soon? Try these cute diffusers.

                    

Tip#6 Bug bites. Young Living Lavender Oil is a great remedy to relieve those itchy bites.

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Mama’s Favorite Strawberry Freezer Jam

My family loves all things strawberry!  Strawberry shortcake, milk shakes, pies and of course strawberry jam!  Today I am sharing my easy 3 ingredient strawberry freezer jam recipe. Its my (mama) favorite.


When I taste this strawberry freezer jam it takes me back to my childhood.  Eating fresh homemade biscuits with strawberry freezer jam until all the biscuits were gone, was a typical Sunday treat at our house.  A local sale on strawberries prompted me to buy a case of strawberries to share this recipe with my children.  It is simple to make, and the kids enjoyed themselves.  The hardest part was waiting for the jam to set so we could taste test!

Strawberry Freezer Jam
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Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar Granular
  • 4 cups crushed strawberries (about 4 1-pound containers) We used a potato masher, the kids love this part!

Preparation

  1.  STIR sugar and contents of No Cook Freezer Jam pectin package in a bowl until well blended.
  2.  ADD crushed strawberries. Stir 3 minutes.
  3. LADLE jam into clean glass 8 oz Ball® Freezer Jars to fill line. Twist on lids. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately!  Who can wait?  Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year.
  4. YIELD: About five (8 ounce) half pints.

After you thaw a frozen jar of this delicious jam it will keep in the refrigerator for about a month… if it lasts that long!  Try it on toast, over ice cream or another favorite of mine is one spoonful in a glass of lemonade.

Thanks for reading and I hope your family enjoys this easy recipe as much as I do, oops…I meant we! Please leave me questions and/or comments, I love feedback!

 

3 Sunscreen Myths

It’s SUMMER TIME!! Do you know what they means?? – sun, sun and SUN!  When I go outside, there’s one thing I always make sure to do – put on sunscreen.  But, did you know that not all sun lotion protects you and some can actually harm you?   Being outdoors we need that sun lotion to protect our skin and Young living is amazing for being able to provide it for us!

3 Sunscreen Myths you might believe

  1.  I have dark skin so I don’t need to worry- WRONG!  

Whether you bronze beautifully or burn easily you need to protect your skin.

2.  I only need to protect my face- WRONG!  

On cloudy and sunny days all exposed skin should be protected.

3.  All Sunscreen is filled with toxic chemicals and does more harm than good- WRONG!

Not if you use a natural mineral sun lotion. 

A Safer Option:  YOUNG LIVING MINERAL SUNSCREEN

Young Living Mineral Sunscreen
Safer option! Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

How to Use

Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, or at least every 2 hours.

Put this new Young Living mineral sunscreen lotion to the test.  Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Broad spectrum, 10 SPF, and water resistant (80 minutes). I know what you are thinking, “only” 10 SPF. Is she crazy? Not at all! Do your homework about SPF!  With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense—this gentle sun lotion rubs on smoothly without a white residue.

Without taking away from our time outdoors, I applied the sunscreen BEFORE we left the house. I even applied it to my face, and I am pretty picky when it comes to that. I hate the greasy feel most sun lotions have. This one doesn’t have that feel at all.  

Its pretty exciting to think I am protecting the kids (and myself) while not exposing them to toxic crap.  Using Young Living Mineral Sunscreen on my family makes my heart happy and our skin healthy. 

 

 

Erase those wrinkles!

“I love all my wrinkles and fine lines,” said no woman EVER! Anyone else start to notice wrinkles after you lost a few pounds? I did!  I was looking on pinterest for something to reduce my wrinkles and low and behold, Frankincense was the answer I was looking for, and it was in my Premium Oil Kit! Since I had purchased my Young Living kit back in January of 2017 I had hardly used any of my oils, so I was excited to put some to use! I applied a drop of Frankincense to my face each morning for about two months. I can see a difference, can you?

Actual Before & After Pictures of MY forehead Wrinkles!!

 

Erase Wrinkles with Frankincense

Whoa! look at those wrinkles and age spots before I started using Young Living Frankincense oil on my face every morning!  Not only did it reduce my deep forehead wrinkles, but it faded my age spots as well. Check out the smooth, healthy skin I am sporting. Frank even helped my adult acne.  Even my husband could see the difference, (whaaaa???)  Frankincense has erased years from my face. If you have purchased a Young living oil kit and haven’t used your oils Frankincense is a great one to start with.  If you don’t have your Young Living Premium oil kit with diffuser, what are you waiting for?  After I tried this amazing remedy I started doing research and found many other uses for frankincense and my 10 other kit oils in my life!  Now I am one of THOSE moms that fixes everything with essential oils.

P.S. works great for stretch marks too!  (I’m trying those next)

Follow my blog for future DIY essential oil recipes.  Contact me for more information on how you can get started on your essential oil journey today!

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Not your Mama’s PTA President

Me?  Join the PTA?  No Way!  In my head I had an idea of what the PTA was and I didn’t fit the mold, plus who has time? That was me two years ago.  One of my mom friends convinced me to attend my first PTA meeting, and I knew I had to go because she was much busier than me!  I walked into the meeting expecting the stereotypical PTA with the home baked cookies and 50s styled dresses, but what I got was a warm welcome and a camaraderie that cannot be replaced.

Fast Forward 2 Years… Hi I am the new PTA president at my kids school.  How did this happen?  I joined PTA for the same reason all parents do, to benefit my children, to be involved, to give back…  What I didn’t expect was to make friends with the most awesome ladies in town!  I found a place where I can share ideas, concerns and experiences. I can honestly say I don’t regret joining PTA for one minute, it has actually been a fun two years collaborating with other parents that have the same passion as me… our kids!

Want to know what is happening in your school?  Stop whining about the lack of communication, join your PTA and stay informed.  PTA is a network of other parents, teachers, grandparents that make positive changes at your school.

We are “not your Mama’s PTA!” We do so much more than sit around, talk and bake cookies despite the stereotypes that exist. This group of men and women have done so much to bring the families and community together to rally around our children. I am now proud to say I am a member of PTA.

Want to stress to your kids the importance of education?  Be a role model and join your PTA!  Demonstrate to your child the significance of volunteering and making a difference.

Top 10 reasons TO join a Parent Teacher Association (PTA):

1. It’s good for your child. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in
their school make better grades and have fewer disciplinary problems at school. When
parents get plugged in at school, their children do better.

2. It’s important to the school. PTA provides support to teachers and administrators,
and creates a caring and supportive atmosphere in the school. With all of the budget cuts,
schools are becoming more and more dependent on parent groups.

3. You’ll get connected. There’s no better way to know what’s going on at the school
than to be in the school’s PTA. You’ll be the first to hear about important decisions and
changes the school is thinking about making and you will get to know teachers and
administrators on a familiar basis.

4. You’ll be part of a network. Every PTA function is an opportunity to meet other
parents in the same situation as you. You will be connected with a group of parents who
share a common goal of improving the school for all of the children.

5. You’ll make a difference. By volunteering with the PTA, you’ll be able to use your
skills for a noble cause – to help create the best educational environment possible for our
children.

6. You’ll be there. During the middle school years, most children have a growing desire to
be independent. They may pull away, but being in the PTA keeps you involved in their lives
without feeling like you’re intruding.

7. You’ll be a role model. You’ll show your children that not only are they important to
you, but their education is as well. They’ll see you taking a stand to make education better for
them, and chances are they’ll do the same.

8. You’ll help raise necessary funds. The PTA raises funds to provide more
educational services for children. Fundraisers remain important to improving the quality of
the school overall, and parent groups make them possible.

9. It’s flexible. The PTA has progressed to meet the changing needs of parents. There are a
variety of small ways parents can help and be involved in PTA depending on your availability.

10. It’s for every parent. Your voice and opinion matters! It makes a difference when you
speak up. Your voice and ideas can help improve the quality of education for your children
and their peers.

Top 5 Excuses to NOT Join PTA

As PTA President, I hear many different excuses as to why people don’t want to join PTA. Here is my
Top Five Excuses for NOT joining PTA:
#5 – All the PTA does is ask for money.
I realize it seems this way. We are very careful to ask parents for only what we need to support the students and families of our school. Money goes to student support, equipment for schools and staff hospitality events.

#4 – I already serve on (insert committee here.)
We’re not asking you to make a specific time commitment. We know you’re busy. You can show your support by joining.

#3 – I’m a guy.
Ladies, allow me a minute. I know looking from the outside in, PTA looks like a group of chatty women who get together and talk for too long. What we really are is a group of concerned parents, both men and women, working to support our school and its students. We welcome men!

#2 – I don’t want to be that involved.
There are many different levels of involvement and we’re happy to have parents, families and teacher
at all levels!

And the #1 Excuse not to join the PTA……No one asked me!
I am asking you now…please help us support our schools

Click here to find a PTA near you.