Living Life Well with Karen

Who doesn’t want to live life well?  I recently became a Shaklee independent distributor and while setting up my website was asked to ‘name’ my site.   The title of this blog is what jumped into my head.  Living Life Well…… I love it!  It has so many meanings.

My desire is to live my life well, I mean we only have one life so let’s live it to our fullest potential.  I want to embrace every moment of every day, not allowing one single second to go by without acknowledging it.  I want to enjoy every step, every minute, every breath.  BUT I don’t… I get caught up in my work, laundry, cleaning, cooking, church, and you know, the list goes on and on.  Most days my life seems to be spinning out of control but this year…. 2018 I have purposed to take back that control.

I want to live life well so I’ve made changes.  I start my day, every single one this year (to date) with the One Who can help me live life well (in all of it’s meaning).  Me, my coffee, my Bible and Jesus – the perfect start to every day.  I want to live a life that is pleasing to God and when I do I know I’m living life well.  I want to not take for granted all of the blessings in my life.  I am so blessed beyond belief because God has been so faithful.  I want to love  life and love people the way God loves people.   To be all I can be, I have to be filled up with the Word and the Love of God so that it flows from me to others. I want to BE a blessing.

I want to live life well by making healthy choices in my diet and exercise (eeww I don’t like that word).  I’ve changed my eating habits and have lost a total of 28 pound this past year.  Oh I still love yogurt mountain and Bentino’s pizza, I just don’t frequent them as often as I used to.  🙂 Still trying to motivate myself on the exercise thing.

I want to live life well – Healthy! I don’t want to put unhealthy things into my body.  I believe that Jesus took our sickness and pain on the cross that we could walk in health.  I am so thankful for Young Living Essential Oils and the difference using these oils has made in my life.  I am thankful for companies like Shaklee who provide healthy alternative for wellness.  I want to live the abundant life that Jesus died for me and you to have.

Jesus Christ came to this earth so that YOU could have life and have life more abundantly!!!  Abundantly = blessed, happy, fortunate, satisfied AND healthy! There are NO rules, NO regulations and NO exceptions!  He wants to be a part of your life because He has exactly what you need – He has it and He wants to share it! All you have to do is ask.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”  That word ‘saved’ means to save, heal, preserve, rescue!

I don’t believe I’m alone in my desire to live life well.  I think you want to life life well too. There’s a GOD WHO wants to help you with that.  He wants to heal you, He wants to restore relationships, He wants to rescue you from the bondage of addictions, financial burdens and afflictions and He created a tangible asset to help you get started! I know because He sent His son, Jesus to provide it for you. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3:16-17

If you would like more information on this life-changing Jesus, please let me know… I’d love to share Him with you!

If you would like more information on essential oils or shaklee products, I’d be happy to share that too..  When you put them all together you won’t believe the incredible life change that will get you on your way to living life well.

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What life are you living?

I try my very best to spend a few moments with the Lord before I start my day. Some days this means I read a devotional, other days I read a few chapters and then others, like today, I unlock my phone and the “verse of the day” (YouVersion) speaks volumes to my heart and circumstances.

Before I opened my phone, I received a text asking for prayer for a very dear friend. My heart sank and tears began to fill my eyes as I read the text and our family immediately joined hands and began to pray.

A few minutes later, I looked at my home screen and today’s scripture verse jumped off the page. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV)

I am so thankful for those times the Lord has a word of inspiration waiting for us, a reminder of His great love and mercy.

Immediately I was comforted and able to regroup and redirect my thoughts, take the negative ones captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and rejoice in what Jesus has provided for me!!! It is Satan who desires to take me out, but by the blood of Jesus I can have abundance of life! Jesus triumphed over Satan and exposed him as thief, killer and liar (Colossians 2:15). Then He gave us power to live an abundant life…He gave us power over our enemy.

“Are you living that abundant life?” If you are a born again, Christ follower you should be. I mean, after all, it IS what God planned for us. Jesus went to great lengths to ensure we had everything we need to be victorious.

At WOW Church we exist to share the goodness of God. We encourage, empower, and equip you to live the life Jesus bought for you. I this kind of life sounds like what you’ve been looking for, check out our website, or give us a call. We would love to help you get started on your journey. You won’t regret it, I promise!

Oil Life

CaptureLife!  Yes that is a good way to describe it.  I’ve been using Young Living Essential oils for a little over a year now and I cannot imagine my life without them.

Gotta start the day with Ningxia Red – I mean I have GOT TO!  This has become a morning ritual for us at our house and if we forget it, we can tell.  Sometimes we drink it straight, other times we add it to a smoothie.  It tastes great alone, so you don’t have to even worry about masking the taste.  In a hurry?  just drink it down.  The benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.*

After my Ningxia and my coffee,  I hop into the shower where my Young Living Lavender shampoo, conditioner and bath and body gel await.  When I’m finished I grab my Lavender body lotion.  Oh, yeah, I’m in love with the lavender.

Now, about that smoothie……… My favorites are banana, strawberry, or peach.  Notice I said OR.  I’m not much about mixing my fruit so I only use one.  You’ll have to check out my smoothie obsession blog.  After mixing the smoothie, I add 2-3 drops of essential oil.  My go to’s are lime, lemon, or orange……. let me just say, the orange will make your smoothie taste like a dream sickle!  AMAZING!!  You’ll want to lick the glass when you are finished, no kidding!

Do you make guacamole or pico-de-gallo? I use my lemon vitality and lime vitality for the best tasting dips ever!  Oh and it will make a citrus lime chicken taco to die for!!!

When I get to my office I diffuse oils to help my focus, attentiveness and stress. I diffuse Stress Away to calm my nerves or add a drop or two into water or a clear vegetable capsule and drink it to calm anxiety.  No diffuser?  No problem…. The traditional application of Stress Away to your wrists or the back of your neck is still an effective way to ease anxiety. Whatever the situation may be, this natural solution is created to combat the normal stresses that creep into everyday life.

I also like to diffuse clarity.   Consider how often we need more clarity in our lives: while working, approaching any challenge, and even when we are afraid. Diffusing Clarity is simply the best approach to enhancing our ability to think clearer and be more creative.

At the end of a long day, I love to relax in a salt bath or a hot shower.  The possibilities of bath salt mixes, foot baths, shower bombs and such are endless, so I’m going to list a few choices from our Young Living Blogsite…… go ahead – try them all!  Leave a comment and let me know your favorite.

Lavender- Oatmeal Bath

Essential Oil Infused Foot Bath

Homemade shower bomb

Not into the DIY?  Check out Young Living’s NEW Lavender Calming Bath Bombs made with Lavender and Stress Away.

Lastly, when I heading for bed I fill up my diffuser and add my oil.  A few of my nighttime favorites are:

Lavender, (of course)  You can also rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle. If you sleep with your hands close to your face, put a couple of drops on your wrists.

Vetiver, – Combine 3 drops of Vetiver, 5 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang for a calming diffuser blend that is perfect for relaxing evenings at home.

Cedarwood – Powerful aroma creates a relaxing, calming, and comforting atmosphere when diffused.

Life with oils………………. I cannot imagine life without them.

 

 

 

 

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Enjoying the Journey

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One thing the Lord constantly has to remind me of is enjoying this amazing journey He has me on.  If I  believe His Word which says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23) then why am I in so big of a hurry to bypass them?  Every step that I take He has directed, that is of course, if I’m listening to His voice and allowing Him to lead me.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” My God has a plan for my life and it is a good one.

I, like so many others, have a tendency to want to look ahead to what is next and I don’t enjoy the moment.  I miss out on the present because I’m always looking to the future.

Remember that on this path – this journey of life there are beautiful things that God wants us to enjoy, things He wants to show us, to teach us; times He just wants to ‘hang out’ with us, wisdom He wants to impart and yes, conversations He wants to have.  God wants to talk with YOU!  Jesus said in John 10:17 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”.  Are you listening for His voice?  Are you following Him?

He sent His Holy Spirit to live on the inside of us, to dwell within us and to talk with us according to Hebrews 3:7 “That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,…..” He said WHEN you hear His voice!  He will teach you all things, He will show you things to come. (John 16:13).  If we want the BEST God has for us we have to learn to just bask in the present in His presence, to walk along side Him and take those moments to be quiet and listen for His voice.

Do you want good things for your life?  Do you want a blessed life?  Of course you do, we all do…. but God is is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…. (Ephesians 3:20)  Did you hear that?  Exceedingly Abundantly!  Merrimiam Webster defines:  Exceedingly: to a very great degree.  Abundantly: marked by great plenty; amply supplied.  God has only your best interest at heart, He has a plan for your life and IF you allow Him to lead, guide, teach, and speak He will give you a life of abundance. (John 10:10)

 We have to trust He WILL get us to the destination – we have to stop being like those little kids in the back seat who are constantly asking, “Are we there yet?”.

I encourage you today, Purpose to enjoy the journey.  Don’t miss out on any part of it.

 

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If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”

– Romans 10:9-10

Smoothie Obsession

I am obsessed with smoothies……. I love, love them….. fruit smoothies that is!  I am just not a fan of adding veggies to my smoothies unless of course it is spinach.  I can add spinach because it doesn’t affect the awesome, amazing fruity taste of my smoothies!

I KNOW that veggie smoothies are probably better for me so I experimented and tried a few… Yuck!  God bless you people who like them, I simply cannot do it!

So I decided to just stay in my happy place and keep my taste buds jumping as I experimented with all kids of different yogurt and fruit smoothies – I appeased my conscience by adding in spinach and left it at that…. UNTIL recently….. oh yes, my worries are over!  I FOUND IT!  the One thing I can add to my yummy smoothies and get ALL of, no MORE THAN the benefits of veggies.

Here enters… NingXia Red.  The taste is sweet and tangy and it includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Plus Young Living’s NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness.

I just add 1 ounce BUT Just one ounce has the antioxidant power of:NingXia Red

  • 1 pint of orange juice
  • 2 cups of beet juice
  • 3 cups of raspberries
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • More beta carotene than carrots
  • More Vitamin C than oranges
  • 18 amino acids
  • 21 trace minerals
  • 6 essential fatty acids
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B6
  • Vitamin E
  • 4 pounds of carrots
  • 2 quarts of carrot juice
  • 2 pounds of beets
  • 8 oranges

AND it’s only 15 calories!!!  WHEW WHO!!

At the risk of sounding like an informercial THATS NOT ALL!  There are tons of added benefits (see below).

I was concerned about what it might taste like but to my surpise it is quite good.  And it makes me feel so much better about having a smoothie every day.

So…to all you like-minded veggie smoothie haters, I encourage you to give it a try!

If you would like more information on Young Living products please feel free to contact me.

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Strawberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

Hey Everyone!   I wanted to share with you my latest improvised but VERY yummy smoothie creation!

I almost always have a smoothie for breakfast or for a morning snack.  Now those of you who know me well, know that I don’t always allow myself enough time to do everything I need to do before I head to work in the morning.  So this particular morning was no different.

I grabbed my Ninja Cup and quickly added my ice, then my frozen strawberries, then…. whoops, I didn’t have any strawberry yogurt!  Hmmm which flavor would go well with strawberries?  Well I didn’t have a lot of choices so I grabbed the coconut.  I personally love coconut so it couldn’t be that bad right?  I think they maybe even make a coconut strawberry baby food!

(They really don’t) but why do I always revert to that?  If they put it together in a baby food jar I’m sure it tastes good…………really?  That’s your justification, Karen?  Have you tasted babyfood?  Yuck.  And I haven’t bought babyfood in over 25 years…. but there it is…. that’s what pops into my mind.

So, I grabbed the coconut yogurt and added it to my cup.  It will just have to do.  I added the rest of the ingredients and headed to the Ninja to blend it all together.

Another sidenote, my dog absolutely freaks out when I start up my Ninja.  I’ve been using it everyday for a year or so and yet she still makes a mad dash to the other room as soon as it starts up.  One would think she would finally realize it isn’t going to jump off the counter and attack her.

Well, I removed the cup from my Ninja and poured it into my canning jar glass.  NOW, what oil will go with coconut and strawberries?  (I immediately thought, does Young Living make a strawberry oil…….. oh that’s silly, or is it?  A strawberry grows on a plant, doesn’t it?  Can’t they use those leaves….) oh my goodness, what ridiculous thoughts one has early in the morning.  Oh yeah,  now which oil…. You can guess from the title of my post I chose lime.  Coconut, Lime Strawberry – That’s a winner.

I grabbed my keys, my lunch, and my smoothie and ran out the door.  As I was driving to work I took a sip and Oh My Lands!  It was amazingly good.  I think I’ve created a new go-to smoothie.  Yep,  it’s awesome.  So you know, as soon as I got to work I had to ask my friend, Becky to take my picture for this blog.

Whoot!  Thanks Becky.

Here’s my recipe – Bon Appetit!

Strawberry Coconut Lime Smoothie

1 5.3oz   Chobani Greek Yogurt, Coconut blended

5 large     Frozen Strawberries

16             Blue Diamond Almonds (roasted, salted)

1 Scoop    Young Living Pure Protein Complete Vanilla Spice

Add Ice

Add Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk to desired consistency

Blend

Pour into glass container

Add 2-3 Drops Young Living Essential Oils – Lime

 

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Karen Duke , Independent Distributor
Young Living Essential Oils
Member #  3252580

Designed By God

 

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One of the downfalls, in my opinion, of the church is that we don’t teach people how to conduct themselves in this life. We (the church) are very good at telling husbands to love their wives, wives submit to their husbands, parents to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, children to honor their mother and father, and everyone to be a good employee. That part we do fairly well, however, we fail to tell people HOW to do  it!

Early in our call to the ministry, the Lord gave me a passion for issues such as these. It is my desire with the help of the Holy Spirit to teach women in particular how to be the godly women that He has called us to be.

Titus 2:4-5 “These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.” NLT

A few years ago I started a group, made up of women of all ages where the older would have an opportunity to train the younger – the fact is, no matter how young you are there are always ‘younger’ to teach and no matter how old you are they are always ‘older’ to learn from. I called it Women of Gods Design.

The purpose of “Women of God’s Design” – my vision for this ministry is to teach woman what the Word of God has to say about us. If we are going to truly be the woman God designed us to be we must discover Who we are in Him! Who He says we are and should be – Not what this world says.

I have taught these truths to women in my circle but now, through my blog I want to share them with you.

The world tells us  as woman we should Look fabulous – it offers us an array of beauty products, diet suggestions, and trendy clothing, while at the same time we should cook delicious meals, keep a spotless home, support our husband and children AND maintain a successful career.

In this Women of God’s design blog series I will talk about:

Emotional issues

  • Inferiority / Comparisons – Gal 3:28-29 “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.” MESSAGE

Physical Issues

  • Diet: 1 Tim 4:3-5 ” But God created those foods to be eaten with thanksgiving by people who know and believe the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it. We may receive it gladly, with thankful hearts. For we know it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” NLT

Spiritual Issues

  • Character 1 Tim 4:12-13 “And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. THE MESSAGE
  • Ephesians 5
  • 2 Peter 1:5
  • Romans 12:3-17

In the coming weeks, we will discover that emotional and physical issues are in fact spiritual issues as well. When we apply the Word to our emotional and physical problems we will see that God shows us exactly how to conquer them.

We are going to begin to talk about emotional issues and in doing so, I think it is first important to note that our human race, BOTH male and female were made in the image of God, Who desires a relationship with us.

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1″26-27 NLT

1 Cor 1:9 “God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” NLT

God has built within us a rightful hunger for relationship, a longing for impactful relationships. These needs are built-in and legitimate. We are also emotional beings. Emotions are perfectly appropriate and are part of our created nature.

God has emotions:

  • Anger – Exodus 4:14, Mark 3:4-5
  • Compassion – Duet. 33:36; Mark 8:2
  • Jesus Wept – John 11:35
  • Sad – Matthew 26:38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” NKJV That word sorrowful in the original Greek language, means grieved all around, intensely sad.

I find it interesting to know that there are some basic needs of a woman – EVERY woman has the same ones. The first and most important or greatest need of a woman is “Security” yet all women struggle with feelings of inferiority or insecurity.

Main Entry: in·fe·ri·or

1 : situated lower down : lower
2 a : of low or lower degree or rank b : of poor quality : mediocre
3 : of little or less importance, value, or merit
Main Entry: in·se·cure

1 : not confident or sure : uncertain <feeling somewhat insecure of his reception>
2 : not adequately guarded or sustained : unsafe <an insecure investment>
3 : not firmly fastened or fixed : shaky <the hinge is loose and insecure>
4 a : not highly stable or well-adjusted <an insecure marriage> b : deficient in assurance : beset by fear and anxiety <always felt insecure in a group of strangers>

Why do we struggle with these feelings of inferiority and insecurity? 1. Because we are looking at ourselves through our own eyes, and not as God sees us. 2. Because we are comparing ourselves with each other. The Ironic thing is – we are comparing ourselves with other women who feel just as inferior and insecure as we do!

The Word of God says, in 2 Cor. 10:12-13, “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” NKJV

To conquer our insecurities we must first discover the origin of them. While a LOT of them are a result of our past – words that were spoken to us by parents, peers, siblings, employers, etc. we cannot allow the past to predict our future. The KEY to overcoming those words and situations is found in one thing!   Our thought Life!!!

We spend too much time judging ourselves for not being…! Not being smart enough, rich enough, thin enough, happy enough, flexible enough, pretty enough. The list could go on forever. We are looking for acceptance from others because we don’t accept ourselves! In fact, many of us have put so much effort into trying to be what we ‘think’ others expect us to be that we don’t even know who we are anymore.

Are you familiar with the movie, Runaway Bride? Julia Roberts is so consumed with being what she thinks others want her to be, she conforms to whomever she is with – she doesn’t even know what kind of eggs she likes! My guess is, we can ALL relate!

We must learn how to tell ourselves, “I’m exactly who I’m supposed to be, that I’m doing my best, that my best is good enough, that nothing and no one’s missing from my life, that I love how I look, I love what being me feels like, that when I make a mistake, it’s okay because it means I can learn and grow from it.”

  • Rom 15:7, “So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.” NLT
  • Eph 1:6 “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” NKJV

Accepted = charitoo (khar-ee-to’-o); from NT:5485; to grace, i.e. indue with special honor: to be highly favored!

  • Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God doesn’t show partiality. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.” NLT (Accepted = approved)

YES Ladies…. God has indued you with special honor!  YOU are Highly favored!

I guarantee that you would be amazed to see how you are perceived by your peers, AND what a contrast there is in how they see you and how you see yourself.

If you would like to learn more about becoming the woman God created you to be, simply click the ‘follow’ button at the top of this blog.  I will continue this topic in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, get yourself a cup of coffee, defuse some Young Living Essential Oils (I’ve referenced some below), and grab your Bible (dust it off if you need to) and mediate on the scripture references mentioned in this blog. My prayer is that through these Biblical truths you will learn to be You and love it!

Heb 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.” NLT

*Essential Oil recommendations for creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere:

DIY Laundry Detergent?

DIY Laundry detergent…. does it really work?

Today I ran out of Tide.  Let me begin by saying I have been a Tide believer for the past 37 years, I’ve tried other detergents but none ever compared.  I love the way Tide cleans my clothes.  BUT as you know, Lately I have been re-thinking the chemicals I am putting into and onto my body so……..I decided to try this home-made laundry detergent with my oils added.

I used this recipe:

I mixed 1/4 C Arm & Hammer Pure Backing Soda with 1/4 C  All-Natural Borax.  I then added hot water and stirred until the soda and Borax disolved.  I poured that into my glass container and added a little more hot water.  I then added 1/4 C Castile Liquid Soap and stirred well.  After that I filled the container almost to the top with hot water and added 8-10 drops each of Young Living Essential Oils – Lemon, Lime, Purification and Lavender.

After a few minutes my first take-away was….. it looks like the soda and Borax settled in the bottom of the glass jar.  Because my container is so large I am unable to get anything inside it to stir, so I shook it up and took it to the laundry room to await my 2nd load of laundry and try my new non-tide, chemical free detergent.

Waiting……    I had made my own dryer sheets a few weeks ago using white vinegar and lavender (of course).  I only had baby wipes at the time so I used those, but last weekend I purchased some cloths from Lowes.  I decided to add my cloths to the solution and try those today… I mean why not change it ALL up?   I did and noticed the cloths absorbed the solution a lot more than the baby wipes.  Now I can’t wait to try one in my dryer load.

Soooo my laundry is all done and I’m impressed!  My clothes seem to be quite bright and …….. I removed a sweater and the softness was amazing!  I think I want to wash and dry all my sweaters!!!!

Now as you know, I am in love with the smell of lavender.  This might seem strange to anyone who knows me because flower smells are not my favorite.  I actually have a strong dislike for flowery smelling perfumes or candles but this lavender does not have that same kind of smell.  Anywho…. I love it (you got that, right?) but I was a little concerned that my husband would not share my excitment of  our clothes smelling like lavender.  Go figure……

GOOD NEWS…  I want to assure you the clothes smell clean but the lavender is not easily detected.  Meaning…. your man’s man can wear clothes washed and dryed with these home-made laundry recipes and he won’t smell like lavender.  🙂

The other thing I want to point out is there was no static… I’m no chemist but I think that is due to the vinegar in the dryer sheets.  The verdict is still out on which I like best as the dryer sheets, wipes or cloths …. The cloths, as I said earlier, absorb the liquid faster and I’m not sure if that causes them to keep a lot of the smell for themselves instead of allowing it to flow onto the clothes.

If you have any insight, suggestions, or ideas I would love to hear them.  I will continue with my experimints and let you know how they go. I have plans to make hand soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions and cleaning supplies.  These oils are changing the way I live…for the better. I am pretty pumped about this healthy life change we are making.

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Ahhh Lavender

 

Ahhh Lavender….. In my first post I told you I’d be telling you more about this amazing oil.  Well true to my promise here I go….

Very very quickly upon purchasing my premium starter kit I discovered I can’t live without this lavender essential oil.  The word “Essential” says it all for me!

I was so excited to begin using my oils – seriously I was like a kid at Christmas.  I tore into that box like it contained gold, my anticipation of experimenting with my oils was about to cause me to burst. So…….. where do I start?  I mean, I have lemon, and peppermint and frankincense and……. oooo LAVENDER!  Yum.

I took it out of the box and immediately began to unwrap my diffuser.  I filled it with water and added a few drops of the lavender and plugged it in.    Almost immediately the smell of lavender filled my kitchen….. smile!

So, YES it smells amazing…..it’s lavender!  But little did I know how much more there is to it.

Lavender, when diffused has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm.!  Wow…. I watch our grandsons two days a week and for those of you who have raised boys (I have two of my own) you know how loud, rowdy, and aggressive they play together.  I can remember trying to create a soothing environment of peace when my children were growing up.  I would play soft music in the background during the day….oh what I would have given for lavender!

I use it as a perfume on my wrists and neck (my honey likes that) and I diffuse it at night.  You can also rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle.   A few weeks ago I made my own dryer sheets using lavender and white vinegar from a recipe I found on a blog site I follow.  It was a Friday – the day I change the sheets on my bed, so I decided to try my hand at this “make your own” thing.  I threw my home-made dryer sheet in with my bed sheets and put them back on my bed.  I was so excited to go to bed that night I could hardly stand it.  LOL  – I filled up my diffuser, rubbed a few drops of lavender on my face, jumped into bed and took a deep breath……….Ahhhhh Lavender!    Saturday morning I was awakened by my dog barking….Let me tell you, I was sleeping quite well.  I rolled over and looked at the time……….it was 10:15!  I NEVER sleep that late.  So….a little warning, that wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm is amazing!

I add it to my shampoo and I purchased bath and shower gel with lavender.  I made body lotion (with lavender) and I use it with coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face or at night I use it neat.   Go ahead – Add a few drops to your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products to give your hair and skin extra radiance and for a beautiful smell that lasts all day.

…………. oh ladies, there is so much more!!!  I cannot possible tell you everything about this amazing oil in one blog post.  Here is a link to Young Living’s blog on lavender or check out his pdf  if you would like to know a little more.

I am so excited about young living essential oils and I want to share thier benefits with you.  I want to share my experiences with you to encourage you to make you own……… experience them for yourselves and share your success stories with others.

This month – February is going to come to an end soon.  BTW – I don’t think I’ve mentioned it but I really don’t like the cold cold winter so I’m happy to say goodbye to February and look forward to spring.  However,  Young Living premium oil kits are on sale 10% off this month and I would love you to take advanage of the savings and join me on this incredible oil journey.  My team is amazing and we want to help you on your journey of health and wellness.

Please contact me if you have questions.  Please comment and let me know what you think about my posts.  Have an amazing week… we’ll connect again soon.

May God bless you abundantly this week!

 

 

 

“Can we Talk”

How many of you remember………  Joan Rivers used to start her stand up comedy routine with these words, “can we talk”  What she was really saying is, can I be honest with you?

so my friends…. Can we Talk?

When you have found something that is so good, so amazing, and so life changing you just want to share it with everyone you know.  I find myself listening differently to what people are saying.  I’m not doing it on purpose but  I hear it and then something I read pops into my head….. “there’s an oil for that “.     And, yes, there IS an oil that will help in just about everything – they can help you with anything from sleeping, to eating, to health balance and more.

BUT…. in my newfound excitement for Young Living Essential Oils I do not want to forget that they are so good, so amazing, and so life changing because the One Who is so good, so amazing and so life changing created them!

“Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.” Genesis 1:29

“The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.  Psalm 24:1

God, Who sees ahead and supplies, (Jehovah-Jireh) created plant life.  He created it for our food and He created it for our well-being.  God, Who loves you more than you could ever begin to imagine not only made provision for your physical needs but also for your spiritual needs.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3:16-17

I want to be honest with you………… I want to share the greatest news EVER with you!  Jesus Christ came to this earth so that YOU could have life and have life more abundantly!!!  Abundantly = blessed, happy, fortunate, satisfied AND healthy!  There are NO rules, NO regulations and NO exceptions!  He wants to be a part of your life because He has exactly what you need – He has it and He wants to share it!  All you have to do is ask.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”  That word ‘saved’ means to save, heal, preserve, rescue!

Yes,  when I hear you talk I listen differently…………..I immediately think, “there’s a GOD WHO wants to take care of that for you, He wants to heal you, He wants to restore relationships, He wants to rescue from the bondage of addictions, financial burdens and afflictions and He created a tangible asset to help you get started!

John 10

If you would like more information on this life-changing Jesus, please let me know… I’d love to share Him with you!

If you would like more information on essential oils, I’d be happy to share that too..  When you put the two together you won’t believe the incredible difference. Young Living - What are they

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