Fall treats

Fall treats
Not only is it the time of year for football games and raking leaves but the stores have had Halloween costumes, treats and candy on their shelves since school started-Advertising to the sweet tooth's of our children as well as us…and we fall for it every time….but we don’t have too…
Did you know…Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. An incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays.
Eating sugary foods makes people hungry and tired, and causes them to gain weight. Refined sugar is void of minerals needed for enzymes, can cause mineral deficiencies, interferes with the actions of calcium and magnesium, increases inflammation, increases erratic brain cell firing, and has been implicated in aggression.

Additionally, sugar consumption has been associated with depression, ADHD and hyperactivity, increased triglycerides, lower HDL, and higher LDL cholesterol; it also feeds cancer cells. Brain imaging studies showed sugar causes increased slow brain waves, and a study at UCLA showed that  sugar alters learning and memory. 

In addition to sugar we have processed, artificially flavored and dyes to avoid to maintain the wellness of our families…
When you eat sugar, your blood sugar spikes, insulin is released, then blood sugar drops, and you crave it again and again. When your blood sugar drops, your body sees it as a state of emergency, causing you to crave food as a way to fix the situation. Sugar is the fastest way to do that. That is why when you eat sugar, you crave it more – similar to how a drug addict craves his drug.

So what do we do about it???  

There are people at every end of the spectrum-those who only eat bamboo leaves and never take their kids trick or treating and those who live in a cesspool of fast food and junk food…but most of us are in-between-trying to be good moms and feed the kids right while still allowing for a good bad treat now and again..
Now we cant cancel Halloween nor can we avoid all the places that fill our pallets and those of our kids with sweet treats, artificial flavors, dyes and corn syrup but we can control what comes in and goes out of our homes. 
We have a choice to give our kids and trick or treaters: chocolate bars or granola bars
Candy apples or apples with cinnamon, popcorn balls made with corn syrup or popcorn flavored with natural flavors

There are 3 ways to use essential oils-The French have been cooking and ingesting essential oils for years…Young living offers a Vitality essential oil line which is labeled with these white labels to be easily identified as safe for internal consumption. 

Why vitality oils?

Essential oils can be used to burst the flavor in meals and healthy snacks you make, they are easy to use and often we don’t always have the fresh herb and spice on hand and dried ones expire usually after a year…essential oils don’t have an expiration date. 

A spice can come from the root, stem, seed, fruit, flower or bark of the tree or plant. Spices can include: black pepper, cinnamon, clove, ginger, carrot seed, celery seed, dill, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg and fennel. 
An herb is the green leafy part of the plant such as basil, lemongrass, oregano, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, sage and tarragon. 

A plant can be host to both an herb and a spice like cilantro and coriander. Cilantro is the leaf and coriander is the seed that comes from the same plant. Citrus essential oils are housed in the rind of the fruit, it's the rind that gives the refreshing scent and bold flavor. Citrus oils can include: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange and tangerine. 

Essential oils are a great way to incorporate natural flavoring without compromise.
It’s a good time to note: that we only speak of and recommend Young Living essential oils-Vitality line for internal consumption. They are labeled GRAS certified and Non-GMO. Meaning they are safe for you to ingest.

When using essential oils instead of a dried herb or spice there are a few things to take into consideration.
Dry herbs and spices carry more flavor than fresh. When you are following a recipe: ¼ teaspoon powder=3/4 teaspoon dried=2 teaspoons fresh=toothpick method for EO’s. To have better control over the amount of essential oil your putting into a recipe use the toothpick method. 

This is just a guide to get you using essential oils…when we use an essential oil internally-we are receiving all the benefits of that essential oil which supports our wellness-not just tastes good-so adding essential oils to your recipes is a win-win.

What about sweeteners-we all know the dangers of processed sugar and the addiction sugar has…A better choice would be natural sweeteners like honey or pure maple syrup . Young living offers natural sweeteners as well that are De-LIC! 

Blue Agave nectar is a delicious, natural sweetener preferred by health-conscious people for use in foods and beverages. It has a low glycemic index rating, making it ideal for those with special dietary needs and those who wish to avoid sucrose or artificial sweeteners. Substitute sugar or honey with Blue Agave at a ratio of approximately 1:3/4.
Organic Blue Agave is much sweeter than sugar, but with a glycemic index of only 25 (sugar has a glycemic index of 68-85). In recipes, use 1/2 to 3/4 cup in place of 1 cup sugar. You may also need to reduce the amount of liquid, just as you would for honey. Use like honey in beverages or on cereal, bread, etc.

Yacon Syrup is a natural alternative sweetener, similar to honey, maple syrup, molasses, or sugar cane syrup. Grown in the Andes Mountains and used since pre-Inca times, this delicious sweetener is the perfect choice for beverages, cooking, cereal, baking, and other recipes. Use ¾ cup in place of 1 cup sugar for recipes. You may also need to reduce the amount of liquid, just as you would for honey.

Ningxia berry-This premium, all-purpose syrup combines wolfberries and citrus essential oils with other naturally sourced ingredients such as blueberry, plum, sweet cherry, aronia, and pomegranate. The smooth, warm vanilla extract complements the tangy berries and citrus flavors for a balanced, fruity syrup—and its versatility means that you’ll reach for it again and again.
A few of our favorite fall treats with oils….

Some of our favorite vitality oils and why we love them (these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA)
  • Using Cinnamon Vitality oil brings a warm taste and sensation to your favorite dishes. Helps support a healthy immune system* Has antioxidant properties* Helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen*
  • Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.*
  • Take a banana smoothie to a sweet new level with a drop of Cinnamon Bark Vitality.
  • Use a drop to spice up your hot cereal. Substitute Cinnamon Bark Vitality in any recipe that calls for ground cinnamon.
  • When taken as a supplement, Clove Vitality essential oil promotes a healthy immune response* and may support overall wellness* Perfect for adding flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.
  • Substitute Clove Vitality for the ground spice in recipes.
  • Bring gingerbread, molasses cookies, and spice cake to life by adding a drop to the batter.
  • Combine Clove Vitality with the Vitality oils Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg in homemade cider or wassail recipes.
  • Try adding a drop of Clove Vitality to a warm bowl of oatmeal for a tasty, comforting start to your day.
  • Embrace the versatility of Orange Vitality essential oil as a culinary tool by using it in your cooking to brighten up or complement dishes with its citrus flavor. Use it in baked goods for an acidic contrast to the sweetness of desserts and baked goods.
  • Keep your body hydrated by adding a few drops of Orange Vitality oil and other Vitality oils such as Ginger Vitality to your water for a burst of flavor. Orange Vitality combines well with other fruity flavors, making it the perfect addition to smoothies, drinks, and NingXia Red. 
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My friend Renee and I are going Live every Wednesday evening usually around 7 pm with quick tips for a happy, healthy life. Tonight we are talking about treats. You should come check it out! 

PSS... The Holiday catalog was released-Young Living released it ONCE and we crashed the website-They are working to fix the problem and we should be able to order November 9 th-BUT I will let you know as soon as it is LIVE and we can order!! HOLIDAY CATALOG

How are YOU going to spice things up?

All the Fall Feels....

All the Fall Feels....
The leaves have started turning, cool winds are blowing and we woke up to frost today.  My heart is drawn to nature, I feel most connected anytime I am in her presence. Every morning I walk my chocolate lab Molly and what ever season-I turn to the trees. To me they represent the importance of being grounded or rooted in life. They have strength and wisdom that we can all learn from. I mean we have all had a tremendous year thus far, am I right? It almost feels like it is too much. 

So I choose to be like a Tree...

In many areas of the world, the trees leaves are now changing to radiant colors of red, orange and yellow. It is a time of transition. The trees will soon release their leaves as a natural response to the changing earth cycle. The trees are preparing for winter and in turn begin to conserve their energy as a strategy to survive the harsher conditions ahead.  This shedding of the leaves may also help trees to pollinate in the coming spring.

What a beautiful lesson we can learn from the trees. When times get tough, they don’t give up or wither away. Instead, they “go with the flow” of Mother Nature for the next cycle of their life. We too have cycles and now is a great time to release what no longer is serving you.
This is your life and your journey-YOU are responsible for it. So if you have too much on your plate or not satisfied with how your world appears, make the necessary changes.

We need to clear space for new beginnings, new growth.

I have learned that I need to be committed to myself and my life to make the necessary changes for growth.Here is what I am doing, it may benefit you as well:)

First step is to acknowledge what it is that needs to be released.  Take some time in quiet contemplation or even journaling and prepare for your next cycle. Review your life as it is now. 

What are your desires for the future? What in your life is no longer useful or needed in your emerging self?  This may include unhealthy relationships, a career you are unfulfilled in, bad habits or even material possessions.

The second step is to devise your plan of action. Are there steps you need to take prior or during the process? These action steps will be variable according to “what” it is your releasing. I would stick to 3-5 action steps-if you have too many-you will overwhelm and give up. 

Make a “to do” list if you will and add time frames in which you hope to accomplish each of your steps. Do not get discouraged if you do not meet your completion date-simply continue to take action and trust the process. Use conscious language if you have not met a goal by a certain date, it just hasn't happened, yet. 

The third step is to actively work on your action steps, revise if need be. Taking action is the most important step in making changes to truly live a life you love.

So remember: Commit to yourself, take action steps and Release the unneeded. You’ve got this!

Begin to let go and trust the process. This can be a slow process (depending on what you are releasing), takes determination and often hard work but that is OK.  

Releasing those “things” in your life that are no longer serving you can be such a liberating feeling. You feel lighter, a sense of relief and you are creating space for inner peace, self-love and growth.

Just think how much you could grow by spring!!

While, you are releasing things that no longer serve you, have you thought about the products you use in your home? 

Health and wellness is on the rise, especially now. Many products are being advertised as “safe” and “all-natural”, but are they really all that safe? The packages are pretty and the labels are clever, but the more you dig, the more you find out. This class will help you decide what’s truly safe and give you the tools you need to start making simple swaps for a healthier home.  

When you are doing your Fall clean-out and releasing things you no longer need, I encourage you to hop over to my Facebook class on Creating a Healthy Home. I thing this is a powerful one that everyone should check out. No worries-no live zooms-I don't care if you are in your PJ's -no judgement here. But I do feel this is an important topic and should be a priority on your agenda. 

This is a Facebook posting class Tuesday 9/22 starting at 6pm. I will leave the class up for one week for your convenience.  I will be choosing winners from who attend and interact by commenting on the posts-so I would love for you to join me.


Got Kids in YOUR life? Great News...Young Living has just created a Little Oilers starter set just for them!

Some people call me “crunchy” But really, I’m just conscious about what I use on my kids...Let me show you how we use these oils in our home...Maybe people think you are "over the top" too...those are OUR babies and we want nothing but the best for them!

First of all, the KidScents line of oils are already diluted and safe for kids age two and up( yes that includes us adults too).

GeneYus is an excellent blend of powerhouse oils to diffuse for young minds that are focusing and concentrating on projects. This is what goes in the diffuser every school morning since the kids have been virtually learning. Test days when Holly would go to school-we would run this on the back of her neck.

Owie...yeah cause life happens😂 and not gonna lie I have used this one too..have you seen me with a hammer?? Has oils like ..Idaho balsam fir, tea tree, helichrysum, Clove..soooo good for skin.

So this one is a dream come true .. I mean with a combo of oils like...Lavender, geranium, Roman chamomile, Valarian, bergamot and rue..
Leading up to the start of school , Holly has been having a rough time with settling her mind down at bedtime. So we started rubbing this in her feet and putting it in the diffuser at night. #sweetdreams

Created with oils like Eucalyptus lavender peppermint Ravensara...came in handy the first day of school for Tyler..🤦🏽‍♀️ we have a aroma glide on this baby (turns into a roll on) and he applied this to his chest-great chemical free chest rub. #breathwork

A combo of Spearmint, peppermint, anise, fennel, ginger...perfect for rubbing on little tummies and totally smells delicious!

Feather the owl diffuser is so super cute! Tyler adores his(he is a big animal lover anyway -he is planning on having his own zoo someday you know LOL we keep it right in his bedroom and fill it every night! Easiest way to use oils! This exclusive, custom-designed ultrasonic diffuser functions as a humidifier, aroma diffuser, night-light, and white-noise machine—owl in one! #Brilliant

And they just released a NEW one called KidsPower and I heard it smells magical ....soooo I just ordered it for Holly because she has been using my valor to face all the scary stuff ... talking in front of class, singing and acting on stage.. and this new blend has all the oils in valor and a few delicious smelling additions.. #warriorprincess

So why do I choose to use Young Living essential oils? Because they are made of plants, no toxins, no yuk... just plants.

Call me crunchy but if I can teach my kids to choose organic, meditate, read labels, think for themselves and make healthy choices to care for themselves ...then I’m going to use nothing but the best, truly natural products I can to support their holistic wellness, one drop at a time.
If you want to keep your kids happy and healthy and are not yet a Young Living Member...

EEEEKKKKKKKK!!!! It’s here!!!!!!!! A BRAND NEW STARTER KIT geared towards babies and kiddos!!! And, until Sept 30th, new members will get a FREE KidPower oil!!!!!!!!!

This comes with a Feather the Owl diffuser, which also has a nightlight and sound machine!
Includes a set of 5ml bottles of Sleepyize, Owie, Geneyus, Sniffleease, and Tummygize and two roller fitments to pop on any oil you want for easy application...ALL for only $135 which is a HECK of a deal, like your saving close to $100 with this kit not to mention they through in the extra bottle of KidPower if you order by SEPTEMBER 30th, 2020.

I would love to have you join our oily family-if your not yet already! When you are ready, here is my link: ORDER WITH BETH

If you are getting the little oilers kit-order ASAP as I am guessing this will sell out fast and you want that bonus oil for your littles!!

I would love to hear from you...What do you need to release? What is holding you back from your fullest potential? How can I support you?

See you Tuesday (well sorta) LOL on Facebook.