Friday, May 29, 2015

The Top 5 Excuses Why You Aren't Using Essential Oils

The Top 5 Excuses Why You Aren't Using Essential Oils

You've probably heard some buzz about essential oils. In fact, you've probably heard some of that buzz from me, right here. I gave up my skeptical ways back in September, and I've never looked back. These little bottles and the DIY products you can make with them have been life changing for my family and I.

Inspiring quote for stopping the excuses and getting on board with essential oils

So I'm going to bust your top 5 excuses for not giving essential oils a try.

They Don't Work - Thousands of people would argue with this one. There are thousands of Young Living members around the world. The company has been in business for 20 years. I'm here to tell you that they do in fact, work. Sometimes it takes a little research and a little trial and error. Sometimes you may not see the changes you want to see as quickly as you had hoped. But those things are true for anything, we're not talking miracles - we're talking health.

They Are Too  Expensive - Good health comes with a price. And the "start up" costs may seem large, but as I build my oil collection, I am not buying other things. The Thieves Cleaner for instance, takes the place of multiple cleaners that I no longer need to buy.

I Don't Have Time to Figure Out How to Use Them -  There is a slight learning curve to using essential oils. But there are reference guides apps and Facebook groups to help you figure it all out. If you choose to sign up with me, I will gift you a 400+ page Reference Guide of your own, and add you to our Oily Family Facebook Groups. Plus, with Young Living, someone is always there to help you.

Young Living is Just Like Any Other Oil - It just isn't true. Before I signed on, I did some research. Young Living has been around for 20 years. They own their own farms, and practice this amazing thing called Seed to Seal. In fact, as a member, I just got invited to participate in the Lavender Harvest in Idaho - how cool is THAT?? Young Living believes in quality and purity, in fact Gary Young is committed to providing pure powerful products for every family and lifestyle.

It's a Pyramid Scheme - Here's the deal. Young Living is set up as a Network Marketing Company. That means, instead of advertising, they allow their Wholesale Members to make money from sharing their own experiences with family, friends and the world. People ask if I "sell oils". No I don't. I don't keep inventory to sell to people - I help them sign up if they're interested. Yes, I receive a check each month because other people have signed up through me. Young Living is very open about their compensation plan. There is NO PRESSURE to buy another thing or sell anything - ever. This has been the most shocking thing for me. They don't send you a business kit or anything of the sort - if you are interested in building your own business, that's awesome and Young Living makes it easy for you to get started.

So it's okay to be a skeptic . . .I was in your shoes. I took a leap of faith and it's been life changing. If you're still skeptical - let's talk!

As you can see, there's really no excuse. Now's the time to make this simple change to your healthy lifestyle. To sign up as a wholesale member, simply click here.

Now is the perfect time to order a Premium Starter Kit and get on the path to ahealthier lifestyle!

catch you soon -
Please remember that Essential Oils are not regulated by the FDA, and any information in this post is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Giving the Gift of Wisdom this Graduation Season

This post was sponsored by author T. A. Barron and was inspired by his gift book “The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life.” All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Graduation season is upon us. All over the United States, kids are graduating from pre-school, kindergarten, Eighth Grade, High School and College. Caps and gowns, pretty dresses and ties are all being discussed. Blogs and Pinterest are full of graduation gift ideas for that special grad in your life. Around here, we are celebrating an upcoming 8th grade graduation. It seems such a right of passage, leaving childhood behind for his first big steps into the "real world." It's both exciting and a bit scary.

I remember my own eighth grade graduation, and high school and college . . . they were times of great joy, but also a bit of apprehension of what was to come. Whether you're moving from one school to the next, or moving from college on to the rest of your life, it's a big step with changes and new responsibilities and challenges. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could give them a gift they could use every day for the rest of their lives?  Something powerful and nurturing; what if we could give them the gift of wisdom?

Wonderful quote about Wisdom fro Albert Einstein

According to the dictionary, Wisdom is "the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgement." There's no reason why you can't give the gift of wisdom to your graduate. Or at least a little bit of wisdom, passed on from you to them. I've decided that I'm going to get this quote printed and framed for my own graduate this year - it's something I want him to think about and remember.

Wisdom Quote from Buddha

Thinking about the graduate(s) in your life, how could you provide their future with some wisdom and inspiration? Maybe a Pocket Compass to lead them on to success?
Pocket Compass Inspirational Graduation Gift Idea
Or this pretty Dream Achieve Believe Bracelet?

Dream Believe Achieve Bracelet Inspirational Graduation Gift Idea
My graduate is a reader, and I'm leaning towards a good book that he can dive into this summer (besides required summer reading) to get ready for high school. I was introduced to the latest book by T. A. Barron and I'm thinking it may be a perfect choice.
T. A. Barron's Book The Wisdom of Merlin as an inspirational Graduation Gift

T. A. Barron's new book, "The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words to a Meaningful Life", features 8 key principles for leading a meaningful life and is appropriate for all ages. This book is the wizard Merlin’s answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?” Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words, but they are the most powerful words of all. A teacher I know, picks one book each year as her standard graduation gift - this book would be a great choice!

Inspiring our future leaders is a wonderful gift we can give from our hearts, every day. What's the best piece of wisdom or advice you ever received?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Girls Night Out - What to Wear

Welcome back to another weekly fashion post featuring real clothes for real women. This week let's talk about what to wear for that rare Girls Night Out! Last week, I joined my friend Sherry for a Tequila Diner event at Cafe Laredo in King of Prussia. It wasn't a fancy event, but when the occasion comes up to throw on some heels and have a little fun, I like to break out of my daily outfit routine.

Wanting to wear something chic and fun is one thing. Having all the pieces, on-hand is another thing. Have you ever tried on 4 or 5 outfits and none of them were quite right?? That can really be a mood killer for me. One way I've started planning outfits in advance, is to use Polyvore. A few weeks ago, I put together this outfit:
Putting together a chic, nighttime look for Girls Night Out
When it came time to get dressed for Girls Night Out, I knew I had some similar pieces, so I tried building my outfit from there. I didn't want to wear faded jeans since we were going to a nice restaurant. I swapped them out for dark straight leg denim. This is where I break from the fashion norm, and caution you ladies over 30/35 about heels and skinny jeans . . .it can be a fun look, but it can also go drastically wrong and make you look more like a "lady of the night" than a lady out for the night.

Here's my Girls Night Out interpretation of my Polyvore outfit:

Pairing black and white pieces for a chic girls night out style.

Jacket - Ann Taylor (scored on the clearance rack last year)
Top - Ann Taylor
Jeans - Coldwater Creek
Bag - Kate Spade (new)
Shoes - Life Stride from DSW
Necklace - Premier Designs Jewelry
Earrings - Kate Spade
Bracelets - Alex and Ani and Tiffany
Watch -  Kate Spade

Girls Night Out is the perfect time for heels.

I kept my accessories in the black and white color scheme and added chunky silver jewelry to complete the look. 

You can follow me on Polyvore so we can share even more ideas! 

And if you're local, check out Cafe Laredo - the food was delicious, the atmosphere was sophisticated and fun, and the tequila was smooth!

catch you soon -
This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On. Check them out for additional outfit ideas and inspiration.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - 2015 Week 22

Weekly Meal Planning Ideas, Recipes and Links - Real Food for Real People

Hi there - it's Memorial Day here in the US, and we spent the day with family and friends remembering those that gave so much, so that we can enjoy our freedom.  This is one of my favorite days to live in my neighborhood. Each year, there is a parade filled with War Veterans, fire trucks, bag pipers and girl scouts that passes by our house. All the houses along my street decorate with festive red, white and blue, and American Flags sway in the breeze. It's perfect small-town living.

But it's also Monday, and while it may be late, I still have a menu plan for the upcoming week. Spring sports are winding down and we all have summer on our minds. It's supposed to be a hot week around here, so I'm taking it a little easy and firing up the grill.

Monday - Memorial Day BBQ
Tuesday - Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Asparagus, Grilled Potatoes
Wednesday - Shrimp, Steak and Vegetable Kabobs, Caesar Salad
Thursday - BBQ Chicken Legs, Broccoli, Baked Potatoes
Friday - Phillies Game (probably some Chickie & Pete's!)
Saturday -  Mom's 25th College Reunion, so boys' night out
Sunday - Leftover Buffet/Clean out the fridge

What's for dinner at your house this week?

Menu Ideas for the week - real food for real people

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This post is linked up for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Check it out for more meal planning ideas and inspiration.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Recipe RoundUp

Summer Recipes for every occassion - Easy Recipes, using real food.

Summer may not officially start until June 21st with the Summer Solstice, but for many of us in the US, summer begins this weekend. It's almost as if a switch in my brain flicks, and I start thinking, "how can I make life easier?" In the kitchen, that means staying OUT of the kitchen as much as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, tasty salads, and lean meats on the grill make up the majority of our summer dining.

More relaxed, outdoor dining happens too. Paper plates or pretty plastic ones, and cool refreshing drinks become the norm. So I'm ready to slow it all down, kick back and enjoy summer, and to help you do the same thing,  I've gathered up my favorite summer recipes to share with you!


Pink Lemonade Cocktail

A Perfect Summer Mojito

Side Dishes

Caprese Salad Stacks

Watermelon and Avocado Skewers

Farmers Market Pasta Salad

Potato Medley Potato Salad

Main Dishes

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad with Non-Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Shrimp and Beef Kabobs

Foil Fish Packets

Desserts and Treats

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

What are some of your favorite summer recipes?

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