EO in my food??

I always thought the purpose of essential oils was aromatherapy. When I signed up with Young Living I read about their Vitality products and how you can add them to your food and ingest them. Um, what?!

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Young Living Vitality essential oils are therapeutic-grade, meaning they are safe to eat. They’re designed to be used to flavor food or as a dietary supplement.

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I received Nutmeg in my Premium Start Kit and was SO excited because who doesn’t love baking and the spice smells throughout the house during the cold winter months?

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My older daughter and I were making some coconut macaroons for a third family Christmas and *lightbulb!* A drop (yes, just a drop) of Nutmeg Vitality in the mix was delish! The sweet spice flavor took our macaroons to the next level.

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Young Living offers more than 30 Vitality oils. Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Carrot Seed, Celery Seed, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Coriander, Citrus Fresh, Dill, Fennel, German Chamomile, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jade Lemon, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Tangerine, Tarragon, Thyme and more.

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I can’t wait to order more and change up the way I do things in the kitchen!

Balance Complete

I’m really not a fan of meal replacement shakes. I strive for a whole food lifestyle. Something about knowing you’re getting pure, natural nutrition from the original source.

Now that my little one is mobile, it’s harder for me to prepare a decent breakfast when it’s just baby and me. I’m breastfeeding and if I wait to eat until her first nap, my blood sugar tanks. Of course, sometimes she is content playing with something and I can fry an egg and grab an apple, but usually she’s Indiana Jones on a mission to find the lost who-knows-what and it’s somewhere, anywhere in my house.

One thing I really like about Young Living is Balance Complete.

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I’m really impressed with the ingredients, texture, and taste. I competed as a bodybuilder a few years ago and have tried well over 20 kinds of protein powders and nutrition shakes. They aren’t good for you. My GI system was a mess for a long time. Many of them have artificial sweeteners and preservatives. They’re grainy and clumpy no matter how much you shake or stir them, and they rarely taste good.

I took a photo of the Balance Complete powder just after I opened it to show that it’s not a bleached white powder.

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I also took a photo of it after I stirred it with almond milk for less than 60 seconds. No clumps. And it really tastes good.

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Balance Complete has come to my rescue on those crazy mornings when I really only have 10 seconds to scoop, pour, and stir.

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Obligatory new year post. Is it “new year post” or “New Year post” or “New Year Post”?

Resolution #1: Let stuff go. I appreciate languages and am 100% a rule follower, but at this part of my life I don’t have time to be perfect and make sure I’m grammatically correct. This blog won’t be perfect, sorry.

Resolution #2: Don’t be sorry. In 2017 there were a lot of things I missed or rushed through because didn’t have time and I felt bad. Really bad. But the last few weeks I’ve realized it’s because my priorities are in the right place. I have a new person in my life that needs help with 99.9% of everything she does. Okay, 98.9% of everything she does because she’s growing up, but I’m in denial. Not only do I have a baby, I work more than full-time as a nurse, I have an older daughter, a husband, and 17 (maybe more?) animals that depend on me too. Not trying to make excuses, but I need to cut myself some slack, stop apologizing for doing my best, and have some self-love.

Resolution #3: Self-love. I think by giving myself a pass for some things I’ll actually find the patience and focus I need to avoid missing and rushing things. I can feel a greater potential within myself. Hopefully 2018 will be my year to take a deep breath and dive in.

Diffusing Purification and bringing on 2018!

Lovely Lavender Laundry

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We have two dogs. I love them. But if I’m a little late scheduling their grooming appointments, they smell. One day at work I could smell them. On my scrubs.

Are. You. Kidding. Me.

So after work I went to the store and bought all the scented laundry bead smeller-whatevers and fabric softeners. Anything and everything that would prevent me from smelling like my four-legged friends again.

But I was afraid of what I was putting on my skin. Benzisothiazolinone? Ammonium chloride? Polydimethylsiloxane?  Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate? Why do I need all of these to have fresh laundry??

I don’t.

Voilà, essential oils. Five drops on a few wool dryer balls and I have the same outcome without the harmful chemicals. For the fabric softener effect, I’ve read and tried half a cup of vinegar in the wash (put it in the fabric softener part of the washer machine) and it works great.

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Essential Mom

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Hi, my name is Megan. I’m a mom… and a wife, and a nurse, and much more. I was introduced to essential oils about a year ago as an alternative to chemical cleaners. I recently signed on with Young Living Essential Oils (#yleo), I’ll go into more detail about why I chose them in a future post. I’m pretty new to all of this, so I welcome any tips and tricks from my readers. My hope for this blog is to help others live more naturally and happily.