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"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

It's finally warm enough to swim in an unheated pool. Not warm enough for me per say, but warm enough for the kids to jump in and swim for 10-20 mins before their teeth are chattering.

Adelyn didn't forget how to swim over winter and was doing laps around the pool with no help. Stone jumped right in with his tube. Abel is still a bit timid, just hanging out on the steps... by the time he got out he was feeling a bit more brave and down on the third step... pretty soon little one, pretty soon.

Quinoa Salad // vegan

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INGREDIENTS
2 cups  quinoa cooked
1/3 cup cucumber, chopped 
1/3 C red pepper ,
1/3  Cgreen pepper , 
1/3 C cherry tomatoes 
1/3 cup black beans 
1/3 cup Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing or home made 
3 tablespoons agave (vegan) or raw honey (not vegan)
Salt / pepper

Mix all of the ingredients and refrigerate until cold. Serve cold.

This is not my original recipe. My dad made it a few weeks ago, and I fell in love with it. So much so, that I immediately got his recipe and have made it twice already.

11/52

"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

It's Spring Break 2015, which means beach day every day!!! 

Manasota Beach- Venice, FL

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lemon-y donuts // vegan.

I used ((this recipe)) to make these DELISH  donuts, I just added a few drops of lemon into the batter, since I'm pretty much the worst at zesting citrus!

The kids loved them... Craig said he's never had a lemon donut, so he wasn't sure how he felt about them, but that they were definitely a donut. Ya win some, ya lose some. They were gone in minutes!

 

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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. 

Young Living oils are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. 

oils. // treating sunburn naturally

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on that store bought aloe marketed for sunburns? Since when is alcohol good for your skin? It's drying and damaging. And when I scanned ours with the Think Dirty app... it did NOT rate well.

My parents have an abundance of aloe plants, huge aloe plants, so running over there to cut a few leaves is simple (I'm not sure about other states, but here in FL you can find huge aloe leaves for sale at Publix). I always have fresh aloe on hand, since it's the only moisturizer I use when my face is feeling a tired and dry.

Apply:
Lavender applied neat to the sunburn, followed with a fresh cut piece of aloe (just rub the slimy goodness right from the leaf onto your burn)... and maybe add some Frankincense because it's heavenly for the skin.

No peeling from here on out! And don't forget that sunscreen next time!
*TIP: keep your aloe leaves stored in the fridge, it feels amazing applying cool aloe to your hot sunburnt skin.

 

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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. 

Young Living oils are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. 

10/52

"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Someone got a new truck, and the kids can't wait to set up camp in it to look for shooting stars.

visiting oompa... and nana.

Blowing kisses bye.

Blowing kisses bye.

The kids insisted that we buy flowers from the stand at the market for Oompa. And then talked about it all day waiting to go visit him.
Stone asked a gajillion times if it was time to go to Oompas... and I kept telling him that Oompa doesn't live in his house anymore... which turned into an argument.
So we went to the cemetery, flowers in hand. Stone reminded me "see, I told you we were going to Oompas", which left my heart sad that Nana and Oompa's house is no longer that.
We listened to a video of him singing "Sweet Adeline" to Adeklyn, and played the few other videos I have on my phone. The kids danced and ran.
I wish I had more videos, I wish the kids had more memories. I'm trying to keep them fresh... praying that when they think of Oompa it makes them smile and think of silly songs and happy hearts.
We left and laid a single flower for Nana and they blew kisses. Kissing their fingers and touching the gravestone.

oils. // my face routine

Since making such a drastic diet change, I feel it is also important to know what our skin is ingesting.

Cleansing.
Washing my face with face soap has been something imbedded into my brain. And stopping that ritual was hard. I couldn't wrap my  mind around. I knew all the horrible chemical that were in cleansers, and I knew I needed them out of my life. But, I was dealing with stubborn hormonal acne that started in my third pregnancy, and just never went away and these cleansers promised me hope. None of which worked their mysterious magic. I was desperate when I came across the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). Understanding how cleaning my face with oils would work (and not break me out) had me lost, but I tried it. And I loved it! I really feel it brought my skin and it's natural oil back to their original state. And now, I don't ever wash my face. Some warm water and a washcloth is all I need. And I've found this is the case with most OCM users, they only use OCM when they need a good deep cleaning. Other than that they just use warm water.

The oils.
Lemon. Lavendar. Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil). Frankincense.
In that order, layered.
I can not talk highly enough about YL's tea tree oil! I've used tea tree oil since I was in my teens, when a friend told me how great it is for blemishes... but it never worked, I've always kept a bottle, and used it from time to time.... but in reality I had already written it off. YL's tea tree oils is a whole new ball game!
I originally started with just lemon then lavender and finally frank on my face. I noticed a huge improvement, but I was still getting minor bumps and breakouts, it wasn't until adding YL's tea tree oil that I saw such an amazing improvement. Literally night and day!

There are many oils that are great for your skin. These are the only ones I use right now, but do plan on doing some experimenting. I plan on playing with pachouli and clary sage to see how/if they help. For now, here's why I chose these:

Lemon oil helps balance overactive sebaceous glands (glands that secrete oil), encourages the exfoliation of dead skin cells and long term use can help soften scar tissue.
Lavender oil calms and soothes the skin, it aids in balancing oil production, healing blemishes and stimulating the circulation of the skin.
Frankincense promotes regeneration of healthy cells while keeping the existing cells healthy. It relieves dry, sensitive mature, sun damaged ski. It also helps relieve acne, pimples and scars by helping to repair and heal the superficial layers of the skin. It is great for fading suns spots, acne scars. It also helps reduce micro-wrinkles and tones the skin.
Tea tree oil has been found, though slower acting, to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide and causes less dryness, stinging and redness!


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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. 

Young Living oils are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity.