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Monday, November 23, 2015

Organic Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake


Need to get back on track before of after the holiday?  You're not alone!



I have so much to learn in the way of a better diet still, but one thing I am accepting is that every now and again it's good for me to do a cleanse. My most recent shot at the Young Living 5 day nutritive cleanse was my best yet! LOL. 
And I had the best results.




In an effort to keep myself interested in vanilla shakes 3 times a day for FIVE DAYS (providing 33 g of fiber daily) I added a little something 'seasonal' to the Balance Complete Shakes, and I can transfer this idea into ANY protein shake as part of a healthy lifestyle.

  


1/3 C. of organic canned pumpkin along with unsweetened almond coconut milk, ice and the pumpkin pie spice essential oils transformed my already yummy vanilla shake into a pumpkin pie protein shake!



Side note... See this?  This is why we pour our shake into glass before we add our essential oil. (And why I am slowly steering away from all plastics in my life) Essential oil as pure as Young Living's will devour petrochemicals without harming our body systems. Young Living's Vitality Essential oils are labeled for safe dietary usage, so be sure to read your labels.  




Read your food labels too! This is just one of many quality products Young Living has to offer. I have also used the pumpkin pie add-ons in the Pure Protein Complete Vanilla Spice shake mix as well, and it's not surprisingly, freaking delicious in that, too.


Immediately (at the end of day 1) I saw my face lose the puffiness that didn't belong there. At the end of my cleanse I saw better skin, like "wow!" skin, and other people saw it too. Apparently, I glow!

End of day 5, the bloated belly that was bothering me was long gone. And here's the kicker - my cravings for junk had changed into cravings for healthier food AND I craved healthier habits, like drinking more water (delicious with my EO) and exercise. Plus I stopped smoking my e-cig!! Amazing, eh? Read more about quitting smoking here: I quit the e-cig!!! I found this cleanse a very helpful tool in breaking bad habits. (Update 12/1/2016--one year later, still cigarette and e-cig free!!!)

I did not weigh myself immediately after the cleanse, but 14 days after it ended I am down 6 pounds.  Woohoo! I feel really, really good too. :-)

Just what I needed to enter the holiday season feeling better this year. Prior to blogging about how Young Living Essential Oils changed my life I was teaching Zumba part time. So going from very physically active to very sedentary I basically tacked on my 'freshman 15'. LOL!

Now I'm seeking a balance with help from my Young Living Essential Oils and the vast amount of support my team offers me and you can be a part of this, too.

Click THIS LINK to buy the cleanse, a few oils, or to learn about getting more with our awesome deal on the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Getting the starter kit will get you access to private Facebook groups that offer support to help you attain your health goals, and also gets you a 24% discount on all your future Young 
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Learn more about creating a healthy lifestyle from our blog with tips and recipes of all kinds of things, like skincare and household cleaners:

DIY Facial Serum

 




A healthier, more balanced lifestyle is less expensive, easier and tastier than you think!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Salt of the Earth

Last year I had some things going on that could have been attributed to just about anything. In my research to help myself feel better I discovered something important. Good old white table salt...sucks. :-) It sucks! I thought having iodized salt was helping my situation, and it may have been, but I took it up a notch from there and switched to Pink Himalayan Sea Salt after I learned about it's benefits. Check out what Livestrong has to say about Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  COOL, huh?



I read that the body needs 84 minerals, and isn't it a co-inky dink that Pink Himalayan Sea Salt contains 84 minerals? I have replaced all other salt with this one and it feels like the right thing to do! I have yet to try this (maybe a gift to myself?) but, boy it looks and smells FANTASTIC! We can use any oil that tickles our fancy in this, but I'm a bit of a lavender freak, and I know this will go over well with teachers, caregivers, and team members. I was generous with oils here, use less if you want. A little can go a long way. But, talk about easy! 

Fill your desired container with coarse Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (to measure) and pour into a glass or stainless bowl. Mix 15 or so drops of Young Living Lavender with a metal spoon, and funnel into your tight sealing bottle.  Seal that puppy up and Mother Nature does the rest.

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Another lovely and easy idea for teachers, team members or even yourself is a bath soak using finely ground Pink Himalayan Sea Salt mixed in with your baking soda and Epsom salts. You can simply use equal parts of each instead of the original recipe. There's no losing in bath salt!




There are some pretty and also functional jars & canisters shown in the A-store for ideas, but I encourage you to reuse things you have and find unique stuff whenever possible! 

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Most recently I learned about those interesting looking Pink Himalyan Salt Lamps. I heard that they help purify the air. Well, they sure look cool, so I went ahead and got one. What I didn't expect were my sons' reactions...  My 12 year old is fascinated by the science, and my 15 year old is MESMERIZED by how it looks. He said it's the coolest thing he's EVER seen. (really?!?) OK so, he'll be getting one of these this year, too.




One Abba partner, Kim, will actually LICK her salt lamp whenever she feels she needs it - which makes me LAUGH, but how PERFECT did God make us to go with the earth!?!

Click on the photo to check out the lamp for yourself, or use any of our a
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Speaking of being perfectly made for the Earth... God made the Earth and it's plants before he made US. Those plants give the air the oxygen we need to SURVIVE. Their 'blood' just may have something else to offer us by way of good health. Why not?! Oh, could I go off on that...

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Holiday lip balm flavors...


Before I ever began with Young Living I knew that we accidentally consumed the things we put on our lips. I've heard it's something like 5 pounds eaten in an average woman's lifetime.  And then there's the 'what's in it' part. If you're not up on that yet, check this out, 6 lip balm ingredients to avoid, but if you're good, then read on!


This recipe is tried and true. A combination of firmness and softness that goes on a little glossy, loves your lips and a touch of honey makes it extra nice. And if you swallow it, it's not full of toxic junk your body doesn't recognize. What I'm trying to say is... this balm is the bomb!



All of these ingredients are available in our A-store, as well as some ideas for decorating. Click any of the affiliate links to check them out.

Just a little heads up... I find it easier to decorate the tube first, using simple duct tape, labels or 
blingy jewels

Using a double boiler (or a sauce pan with an oven-safe glass bowl) combine and melt all ingredients EXCEPT essential oil over medium heat. Once liquefied, use a pipette to put the balm in the containers, making sure to fill them past the 'pointy part'. Working quickly, add your desired oils to the liquid balm and gently mix with a toothpick, topping off if necessary. Balm will shrink as it cools. Allow to cool and harden completely before placing a cap on it.


For a Christmas-ey flavor add any of these for a yummy balm and know that nothing that ends up consumed is bad for your body:

1 drop cinnamon, 2 drops Stress Away
2 drops grapefruit, 1 drop spearmint
1 drop peppermint, 1 drop Stress Away
1 drop peppermint, 1 drop orange

The combo possibilities are pretty endless... That's all there is to it. No need to consume whale parts, poisons or petroleum...I promise!

It's going to be the BEST Christmas yet!



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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Awesome Sauce!

Hopefully, you graduate to better and better foods for yourself and your family as you get wiser. :-) I don't think I've had canned jellied cranberry sauce in a while, but I've never made the cranberry sauce fresh. My Dad and his wife always make this delicious dish for us at Thanksgiving and I wanted to see how it turned out with essential oil. OH MY GOSH!!! It's AWESOME SAUCE.




And I heard it was easy to make, but this is my 9 year old making this dish! How is THAT for easy?
 

We used:
  • 12 oz package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange - use all of the juice and as much zest as you like, cut into strips  
  • 3/4 cup sugar


Put it all in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, which only took about about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding in: 


  • 3 drops Young Living Orange oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lemon or Jade Lemon. 






It just kept getting tastier and tastier... The best was after the was oil mixed and it had been refrigerated a little while.




Why lie?  I ATE IT ALL!!! :-) lololol

I can never go back to a can. The flavors are outRAGEous and we can see exactly what's in our cranberry sauce...


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Gift ideas



The number one choice if you want to score huge brownie points with your loved one is Young Living Essential Oils. (Men, I promise you--the points are HUGE!)

Here are some other things you can create with your Young Living Essential Oils and make an impression with--health-promoting, classy, handmade gifts.

A skincare basket with outrageously effective, yet safe cleanser, serum, & toner




Who doesn't love bath salts or lip balm?




Maybe organic
scent bricks and a warmer...











There isn't an oiler out there that wouldn't love some 'swig swag' or a portable diffuser. Click on the affiliate links & see a few ideas or browse the A-store.


And if you're just not sure which idea is the best, this one ALWAYS fits. :-)  In a $25 dollar increment, Amazon will include a greeting card of your choice, and at $50 or up they'll include a fancy schmancy gift card box or tin of your choice!  Amazon has something for EVERYBODY.

  

If you're giving any gift card, why not dress it up a little more and make someone feel fabulous? Add your homemade touch with a couple DIY's in a basket.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Diffuser blends...


Holidays are here again! We are so blessed to celebrate with you! We love the choices for diffusing holiday scents since joining Young Living. The choices really are endless, and later you can read WHY these are actually good for you!

Young Living makes this much easier for us by creating an intoxicatingly lovely blend called Christmas Spirit, but this little nugget is good to know in a pinch! (It's also good any time of year. ;-)



Who DOESN'T like Chwithmus candy?!? Here they come! All zero calories! LOL!


And this one...delish!
Accidental extra drops haven't made it smell bad, either...WINNING



I accidentally added 3 drops of Peppermint in this and still, so YUMMY!!! I think it may be impossible to mess up this combo.



I really love Sacred Morning any time of day and in any season, but it is special for me in early mornings as a perfect companion to prayer or meditation. I can't keep this one to myself.  Try it! 



Heck yeah...




This is pretty darn divine. Simply adapted from the Cinnamon Pine Cone Room Spray Recipe, for a safe and healthy version of Cinnamon Pine Cones.

And our Snickerdoodle recipe is below. If you don't already know, read about WHY diffusing is a great choice! If you got it, scroll on down.

So, why diffuse essential oil?
Y'mean, besides why not?!


Yes, they do smell wonderful, but breathing in the aromatic compounds of essential oil has well-documented benefits.




A really cool piece of information is that the olfactory has a direct connection to the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that smells, and its also our emotional center.  This is one reason diffusing essential oils can have such a dramatic impact on how we feel. Like when I cook my grandparent's spaghetti sauce recipe, and I catch a whiff of it... I feel happy & relaxed just like I did when I was small. :-)

So, being a resident of Arizona, I LOVE Fall and Winter...  otes my faves. After our summer (and let's face it, an Arizona summer is not a season, it's a crisis) we cool down, relax and enjoy 
cooler weather. I like to savor holiday scents because they're attached to happy things like family time, baking....and wearing boots and scarves!!

I used to be a fan of candles and 
air fresheners from national chains and would go bonzai on the fall and holiday scents. Now I'm grateful to be a part of a huge team of Young Living essential oil users and educators who have created these delicious scents, but with a much healthier alternative to the chemical options.  If you're not already aware of the risks of synthetic fragrance, check this out: 7 reasons not to use chemical air freshener  Plus, no fires! :-)

Another recipe I created and LOVE!  Thanks to Miss Barb Likos with Crafty Side of Mom Off Track for sharing this one!


If you need an extra diffuser, but you're not quite ready to buy another starter kit, consider this one...

I have purchased a few of these diffusers and given them away as gifts along with Young Living essential oils. This one is German made and it works a lot like our Dewdrop but it's smaller in size, but not in aromatic output.  It uses less water than "Dewy" and it doesn't make any water sounds like "Rosy" (AKA Home diffuser, which is my favorite).  I also kept one for my son Sebby's room because he loved how sleek it looks.

**Update I now have 3 of this model diffuser in my home and have given away several as well. There is a video showing how easy it is to operate this diffuser here: jasmine diffuser video It will diffuse for up to 22 hours on the intermittent mode. And a link to buy this diffuser (in white) on Amazon directly for $49.99 currently:  http://amzn.to/2gu2nug



And what kind of a mother would I be if I didn't give a nod to my son Sebby's HUGE score!?  Isn't he smart to think of this? A portable cell phone charger battery and a USB diffuser!  :-) I've used this now both in doctor's offices and in hair salons with lavender to help ease that occasional anxiety, and it really does help! (Note: Thieves & other 'hot' oils are NOT recommended for use in these portable USB diffusers)


The USB diffuser is available through Young Living, and the charger can be purchased by clicking the photo or visiting our A-store



CHECK OUT THIS GIANT LIST of ESSENTIAL OIL GIFT IDEAS here: http://anointedbyabba.blogspot.com/2016/12/oily-christmas-gift-ideas.html

So diffuse, diffuse, diffuse!! If you are interested in a certain health benefit, get with your Young Living sponsor to get the information you need to decide what's best for you to diffuse. (Your sponsor is the person who helped you create an account!) If you need a sponsor message us on Facebook.

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Additional diffuser recipes available here: fall diffuser ideas :-) and enchanted diffuser blends


Thursday, November 5, 2015

DIY Deep Relief...

Oh...my gosh.  Do you love Deep Relief like I do?  If you do, you've probably felt frustrated a time or four this year like me, too! I have been playing with this recipe for a while, and I am finally happy with it. Oh my gosh, it feels really good!

So, first I want to say that I can not help that I notice certain details, and I know that the formula for Deep Relief changed this year.  No announcement was made, but it did go out of stock for a looong time. When it returned I noticed a difference. I looked over the ingredient list and Palo Santo was no longer in it. In it's place was Dorado Azul. Not that it makes that much of a difference, but it made me get to thinking about creating my own DIY Deep Relief. Since it does go out of stock pretty frequently, this is a handy recipe to have on hand.

I ordered these green glass roll on bottles  from Amazon. I looked for bottles with a stainless steel roller ball and I like this one a lot. It allows a lot of oil to roll out, so I only roll on a little bit & rub it around.


The recipe has a large base of peppermint, as Deep Relief does.  Keep in mind if you are missing some ingredients, you are still going to get a powerful roll-on. In MY opinion, the most important of them are peppermint, clove & wintergreen (which isn't even in the original recipe but it made a HUGE difference getting this recipe to have an immediate effect) Everything else just makes it more fabulous. :-)  Because we are not allowed to give exact recipes, I am giving a range of drops, and I am serious, a drop or two either way will not make a difference in the big picture. So here it is:

40-42 Peppermint
14-16 Clove
10-12 Wintergreen
8-10 Palo Santo
7-9 Copaiba
5-7 Lemon
4-6 Balsam Fir

I topped it off with a few squirts of organic fractionated coconut oil and put a frosty snowflake sticker on it, because that's how it feels to me. It is a long-lasting feeling and I am very grateful for this as an option. I am thinking of making this a higher-end item at a make and take...;-)  It'd also make a great gift this Christmas for people who are fellow Deep relief fans.  



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Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Hour Cleaner, as seen on Dr. Oz

I just watched an episode of Dr. Oz and I'm THRILLED that on his version of 'shark tank' a lovely woman presented her recipe for 'Happy Hour Cleaner'. This dear lady, Leslie Reichert of Boston, MA, became ill and started to research what sorts of things are making people ill. After realizing chemicals in our household cleaners were toxic, she decided to come up with a recipe that went back to the basics using things her grandmother used, like vinegar, lemon, vodka and lemongrass essential oil in homemade cleaning mixtures, and she is now a Green Cleaning Coach!

I am so sorry for all that she must have gone through, but am very grateful for her sharing her story and sharing her recipe with us, so we can stop the cycle of using an insane amount of chemicals in our everyday lives, when we absolutely do not need to.

Leslie mixed up her all purpose cleaner (gotta love the happy hour moniker!) using 8 ounces white vinegar and 8-10 drops of lemongrass essential oil, and poured that into her 16 ounce glass spray bottle using a flask funnel. Next she poured 4 ounces fresh lemon juice and 4 ounces of vodka (!) into her glass spray bottle, and topped it off with just a couple drops of Castile soap. (literally, 2 or 3 drops) She shook it up, and after just a few sprays the judges panel across the stage caught a whiff of it and LOVED the smell. That left us with the question, how does it work?!?



Next, the cleaner was put to the test on a hard surface that was just tested with medical grade equipment and registered a 201 level on bacteria. The 'Happy Hour Cleaner' was sprayed and only one wipe was made in the area before being immediately retested, and came up with a bacteria level of only 9. NINE! Even Dr. Oz was shocked. But not Leslie. She knows!! Then... she sprayed it in her MOUTH, because..it's THAT SAFE.

Amen, and thank you Leslie!  I love it and can't wait to try it!

You can click on our affiliate link to order the glass spray bottle as well as the castile soap used in Leslie's recipe. Purchase the lemon juice, vinegar and vodka locally. And the best place to get lemongrass oil is from Young Living. OBVI! Lemongrass oil is NOT expensive, and it makes NO SENSE to buy garbage! To learn about our quality (it's IMPORTANT!), to buy the starter kit and get a wholesale discount on future purchases, OR to order just a few oils at retail click here: https://bit.ly/1Vu7GJW No strings attached. Lemongrass is item #3581.

Also, remember what this does for our future generations, folks! Nothing that disrupts the endocrine system in here, therefore, none goes down the drain and into our ecosystem! Win/Win/Win!  That is exactly how the judges panel felt as well, and called Leslie's recipe a 'fix' and not a 'fail'. Way to go Leslie!


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

DIY-Organic Redo-Hand Soap-Candycane Bliss

I love a good redo!! I've been using homemade peppermint soap for about a year now.  I confess-I LOVE to use this on my face 1st thing in the morning or in the middle of a 'no make-up day' for an instant pick me up!


If you already know the basics, you just need the deets on the EO combo below. But if this is a new concept for you, start here:

http://anointedbyabba.blogspot.com/2015/09/so-i-began-replacing-some-of-items.html.


You might want to watch the educational video...hee hee.


Depending on the size of the soap you're creating and what your personal tastes are, I'd suggest you use:
8-12 drops of peppermint &
3-5 ylang ylang (A huge thanks to Barb with Crafty Side of Essential Oils for her amazing Peppermint Surprise recipe!)

We can also use any typical diffuser recipe like this, and simply double the essential oils, or use any amount to our personal taste.


**A couple tips: Do not overdo the Dr. Bronner's!!  A couple tablespoons is all you need--max. Too much will not only be a waste, it also dries out your skin. You can also squeeze a teaspoon or so of vitamin E oil  in there or add some aloe vera gel and, kapow--it's moisturizing soap! 100% chemical free and organic!


Besides the essential oil, everything you'd need to make your own foaming handsoap is available through the affiliate link to our A-store, including a few varieties of handsoap & lotion pumps. For people you love, this is a great gift idea. You can add a personal touch to a gift that already has class and is good for the environment. That's a big deal...not flushing hormone disrupting chemicals into our sewage system, which ends up in our water and food supply is - a BIG DEAL. That's a gift to everyone! Help us share this gift of good health! OK, off my soap box...

click here to buy SOAP MAKING IGREDIENTS & DISPENSERS from our store on Amazon


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