8.18.2014

the terrific twos.

2 years old is such an interesting age.
 
On their way to being "big kids" but still wanting to enjoy the baby side of things.  Life is rough for a 2 year old. 
 
Don't even think about helping them get dressed, they prefer to do that by themselves.  It doesn't even matter if they put underwear on over their pants (which is over their diaper---underwear isn't even needed) but you better believe they are gonna do what they want.  And their shirts?  Didn't you know that wearing your shirt backwards and inside out is what all the cool kids do?  Duh.
 
They want to help you do everything, from putting the dishes away (and breaking a few) to disciplining all the other kids.  Olive loves to repeat everything I say to the big kids:  "I said to be nice to your brother!"  "I say beeee nice to yur brover!"
 
They love to try new things.  And make funny faces.
 
They are happy one minute, then the next?  The world is ending.  All because we didn't let them have their favorite snack, or we buckled them in their car seat when they wanted to be the ones to do it.
Ohhhhhh car rides with a 2 year old.  I won't even go there.
They are interesting, yes.  But they are so fun.  I look at my sweet Olive and I can't believe I am getting to experience this stage again.  It's so bittersweet with her because she is our last.  Somehow the tantrums and fit throwing don't matter much when you know it's a season that passes quickly.  Trying to soak her last few months as a 2 year old up.
P.S. Who knew I would get a blonde child?  The lord is good.
 
Happy Monday!


8.15.2014

back to school with oils, last day!

Last day of our Back to School series!

So you've tried all the immunity boosters but dangit, your kiddos catch a cold or virus still.  When you’re at school with hundreds of other kiddos, it’s bound to happen and that’s okay!  It builds our children’s immunity up, and you can definitely fight it with oils.  We've been able to fight the flu and general respiratory colds all with oils over the past year…no prescription or over the counter meds!  So today we are going to talk about ways to help when your family does get sick. 
Oregano is a definite must for your “medicine” cabinet.  It is nature’s most potent antibiotic and a life-saver to have around in case someone in the family does get sick. It is both antibacterial and antiviral, so it can be used for facilitating a speedy recovery from any illness.  From colds, to sinus infections, viruses to the flu, oregano is a fighter!  It has even proven to kill the MRSA virus, strep, and ecoli in clinical studies. Oregano can be used diluted (it’s a hot oil, so please dilute!) on the bottoms of the feet and diffused. It is a must-have to start fighting illness at the first signs of infection.

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These 3 oils are also good to have in your “medicine” cabinet, ready and prepared for when somebody does get sick.  We use all 3 of these during the winter time months, to help fight everything from sniffles to chest colds to the flu.  Raven is a good one for older school aged kiddos, while RC and Breathe again can be used on all school aged children.  Simply dilute and apply 1 drop to chest, spine and feet or diffuse nightly.  Breathe again is a roll-on and comes already diluted and ready to use.

Breathe Again™ Essential Oil Roll-On is a proprietary blend of oils specially formulated to support respiratory health. Breathe Again contains four powerful eucalyptus oils: Eucalyptus staigeriana, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, and Young Living's original Ecuador single, Eucalyptus blue. Eucalyptus oils contain high amounts of cineole, which has been studied for its potential to support healthy lung function. The essential oils peppermint, myrtle, and copaiba also play an integral part in this blend. Breathe Again is available in a portable roll-on applicator, making natural relief available anywhere.

R.C.™ contains powerful therapeutic-grade essential oils that are invigorating when applied, especially to the chest and throat area. R.C. is a wonderful blend to diffuse during winter.

Raven™ is a combination of deeply soothing therapeutic grade essential oils that will provide comfort when applied topically to the chest and throat or diffused.

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Sticking with our “your kiddo is sick, now what do I use” theme today, we are now going to talk a bit about DiGize.  Any tummy troubles from motion sickness, to full on food poisoning may be helped with this powerful oil.  Simply rub 1 drop, diluted on the stomach area for quick relief.  Great to have around in case you are hit with the stomach flu!

Di-Gize™ is a dietary supplement that provides valuable aid for digestive concerns and helps support a healthy digestive system.

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I mean, we all just need to give our teachers a big pat on the back…and maybe also a really nice gift.  They work so hard to care for and teach our kids all day long…and so many kids too.  I just don’t know how y’all do it!  So teachers, this post is for you!  I personally think every classroom should have a diffuser running with Thieves, but we all know that probably isn’t going to happen.  Teachers, thieves is a must have to keep you healthy!  Use it at home, before and after a school day.  But what about the stress you deal with?  We have lots of oils to help combat stress, but 3 of my favorites are Peace and Calming, Lavender and Stress-Away.  Diffuse, or simply rub a drop on your wrists or neck for a calming effect and to help you release the stress from the day.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.
  
Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night's rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.

Young Living’s Stress Away™ essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.

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We've talked all week about so many oils and products!  If you’re not a Young Living member yet, and would like to become one, the Premium Starter Kit is the way to go.  So many of the oils we talked about this week come in the Starter Kit!  For $150, you get 10 oils, a home diffuser, a bottle of stress-away, an aroma-glide roll on attachment and lots of samples!
 
The oils that come in the kit are as follows:  Purification, Thieves, Joy, PanAway, Peppermint, Peace and Calming, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon and Valor.
You get 5ml bottles, which is approximately 90-100 drops in each!

When you join our team, Essential Families, you will be given support and encouragement all along the way, plus access to our private Facebook group.
Email me for directions (andersonfamilycrew(at)gmail(dot)com) or check out my link that talks about the starter kit.

Thanks for joining us this week.  We hope you've learned a little something to help your family out this school season! 

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Disclaimer:  Our words are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or health ailment.  Please do your research and make informed decisions when it comes to you and your family’s health.  We are not doctors and are only sharing what has worked with our families.  Results may differ for each person.  Thank you!