first day of school photos, in october.

Oct. 2nd seems like just as good a time as any to let y'all know that YES, we started school.  Thanks to homeschooling, we took our sweet time in starting our school schedule.  We've been at it for 2 weeks now, and I already want to quit.  Soon enough, I will be handing the teacher hat to Mr. Anderson and I'm literally counting down the days.  ONE MORE WEEK.

I thought you might like to see what my children look like these days.
First up is my man child.  I mean, how do I have a middle schooler already?  Surely that means I'm old.  This can't be true, just hold me.
He's good at all the things these days, especially talking back.  He would still choose to go to the mall and make a Build A Bear though over anything else, so I'm thinking we still have a good kid on our hands.  He likes to wake up every.single.morning and compare his height to mine.  Always reminding me that he is inches away from being taller than me.  Pipe down kid, I still have at least a foot on you.

Up next is my 9 year old, going on 16.  Can we say SASS?  I love the girl so much, but man.  Who taught her to roll her eyes at me?  She is especially close to my sixth grade man-child, so I'm sure she's learning all her ways from him.  She's the queen of drawing, being creative and lyrical dance moves.  I can see her entering every talent show in the near future.

Hello to my model of a child.  Third grade Elsa is as tall as sixth grade Caedmon.  Her hair adds like 6 inches, but still.  Why doesn't this girl have a modeling contract already?  Sister knows how to work the camera like nobody else.  She is a handy dandy helper, people pleaser and just all around fun human being to be around.  She has learned to draw this past year...like, really good.  Also?  She would like to work at Target when she grows up.  Such big dreams, kid.

Oh my Milo.  He was not happy about having to take a picture.  Who am I kidding, he's never happy about having to do anything that doesn't involve a sport.  I ask him to write his spelling words out and he acts like the world is ending.  Brother can name every sports team IN THE WORLD though.  You're looking at your next sports radio announcer, I'm sure of it.  Or, if he follows his dream, he'll never get married and sit and watch sports for the rest of his life, all while eating whatever he wants (his words, not mine).  What a way to make your mother proud.

I know as a parent you're not supposed to have favorites, but this kid is mine.  I'm not ashamed.  I especially like him when he's grumpy because I think it's the funniest thing ever.  Like literally, I can't get mad at this kid.  It's impossible.  He is my big kindergartner, and approximately 7 minutes into school "his hand hurts" and he needs to take a break.  Every.Day.  I mean, sure Kohen.  You do whatever you need to do.  (wrapped around his finger!)  He's like my cute little gremlin.

Last, but we all know certainly not least, is the star of the show, Miss Olive.  She's a big preschooler this year which means ALL OF MY KIDS ARE IN SCHOOL.  How is this possible?
She packs her lunch and lays her clothes out every night before school.  When it comes to her clothes, she picks them out and the crazier and more colorful, the better.  Green plaid with red polka dots?  Sure, let's look like a Christmas elf today Olive.  She rocks it all.

It's so hard to believe that my kids are all in some sort of school.  I can remember the days of 6 kids, 7 and under and thinking that I WAS DROWNING in poopy diapers and PBS kids.  Some days, we ate Cheerios for dinner because that was the best I could do.  But you know what?  We survived!  To all the mamas who are in the trenches, keep pushing through.  One day, they get to be older and they learn how to wipe their own hineys and make their own lunches.  Who knew life could be so glorious?  And I have a feeling it's only going to get better.  Minus the talking back and sass.
OH, and P.S....we still eat Cheerios for breakfast.


tips for the fall season plus a sign up promotion!

We are gearing up for the Fall/Winter season in our home.  We may not be at public school everyday, but we are social and are involved in quite a bit of activities, thus GERMS.

I'm trying to be really intentional with our essential oil usage, to help boost our immune system for this season.  Here are a few things I'm doing:

1.  First up is a "hairspray" that I've made.  I spray this in the kids hair before we enter ANY situation where other kids will be involved because EW.  I don't want to bring home any extra little friends, if you know what I mean.  For this concoction, I used a small glass spray bottle, a pinch of salt, 25 drops melaleuca (tea tree) and filled the rest with distilled water.
Spray before each outing.
2.  We are also diffusing Thieves, Raven and RC in our kids rooms at night.  We want to help support their immune and respiratory systems as much as we can.  

3.  Each day, everyone is drinking 1 ounce of Ningxia Red.  If you don't know what Ningxia is, it's Young Living's "safe for the whole family" juice.  It delivers a whole body nutrient infusion.  This is one of the biggest things I feel like we can do for our families, to help support our immune systems.

4.  I'm also cleaning only with Thieves household cleaner.  During the winter time when our respiratory systems struggle, the last thing we need is to be bombarding ourselves with chemicals found in nearly all common household cleaners.  This is one HUGE step we can take, to make our homes healthier.  

5.  The grownups in this house are taking Inner Defense and Life5 probiotic during this season as well.  A healthy gut is a healthy immune system.

6.  Finally, before we head out to co-op, the gym, etc. I have an "immunity boosting" roll-on that I roll all over the kids necks.  It contains:  10 drops Oregano, 10 drops Thieves, 10 drops Frankincense and the remaining is olive oil.  All 3 of those oils are great for supporting the immune system.

{10 oils you get in your Premium Starter Kit + Stress Away}

Are these fool proof ways to keep your family from catching cruddy stuff?  Absolutely not.  You may very well catch the bug floating around and that's okay.  This is just another piece to a puzzle...oils aren't the end all, be all.  
It's been our experience that as we incorporate oils into a healthy routine, our bodies fight things off quicker.

So, now is the time to get started with Young Living if you haven't already!  In a few weeks, you'll probably be wishing you would have bought a starter kit earlier.  Get yourself prepared for this season!

For the whole month of September, I am offering the following promotion if you purchase a Premium Starter Kit with me!
1.  A $25 credit!  This credit can be used on a future Young Living order---it's essentially $25 back! (The credit will be placed on your account 15-20 days after you've purchased your Premium Starter kit, I will also give you step by step instructions on how to use it!)
2.  A welcome package (U.S. residents) that will help you learn more about the oils/products!

We also have our community of Essential Families--all the resources, FB pages, continuing education classes...it's all included when you purchase a kit with me!  If you have any questions, please email me (andersonfamilycrew @ gmail . com)!  Or use the following directions to sign up with a Premium Starter Kit and get started today! 


If you'd like to purchase a starter kit please follow these simple instructions:
  • Please make sure Wholesale Member is checked (and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)
  • If it's not already filled out, please enter  #1412088 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas
  • Check your country and language preference
  • On the next page, fill out your info
  • Agree to the terms and conditions
  • Select your kit (the Premium Starter Kit, $160, is what I recommend.  This should be your first option in the starter kits)
  • Select your diffuser 
  • At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like, or you can check out with your starter kit.  (when your PV value of your order reaches 190, you will earn the free oils for the month!  If you want to do this, you will need to add approximately $90 more to your order)
  • All finished, welcome to the family!