Friday, April 18, 2014

Our Oil Essentials

Been a bit MIA. Sorry about this. Life is busy...sigh... I wanted to share with you guys our "oil essentials" we've gathered up since beginning our Young Living Essential Oil Journey back in November.
There are 3 guides that have been the biggest help in guiding us through this oil world. There is SO much info out there on google, pinterest, websites...but you can't trust everything out there. These are 3 resources we trust with our family.

1. The Lemondropper Handbook - An amazing walk through the Young Living Premium Kit oils & a great NEW LEMONDROPPER reference around those kit oils!

2. Essential Oils Pocket Reference- I LOVE this thing! You can look up all the Young Living oils. It lists their origin, history, medical uses, application methods...And then you can cross reference ailments! Everything from major health issues like cancer to addictions to skin conditions, to emotional's been awesome! It will give you oil suggestions on the ailments & a regimen & how to use them.
3. Gentle Babies- This has been great to reference for Josephine & Reuben & my sweet nephew. You basically look up ailments & it says what oils to use for mom, babies, & young children for the issue.

Also, being a LEMONDROPPER, we have an amazing facebook group that is chalk full of references & testimonials from other lemondroppers!
Here are some of our oil accessories.

This is how we store our carrier oil, grapeseed oil.
1. 2oz glass dropper bottle.
It makes it super easy for measuring our the carrier to make sure to dilute enough when we apply to the kids.

2. Roller Bottles
We have made some of our own mixes that are pre-diluted for the kids for quicker application & so that we can keep them with us when we are on the go. It's also a great way to get kids involved in the application process. Reuben & Josephine apply their favorite oils themselves when I give them a roller bottle. They love being involved. Some of our favorites are:
-Peace & Calming for when the kids are freaking out in the grocery store or at the grandparents house.
-Allergy Trio for when Josephine is playing outside a lot & gets super congested.
-Cedarwood for Josephine's focus & concentration
-RC for any allergy cough Josephine gets or when either of the kids have a cold
*I'm going to be making a headache one for us to keep on us when we are shooting weddings. We also LOVE our Deep Relief Roll On & our Valor Roll On that we ordered. We use Deep Relief for stiff necks & headaches as well so those will definitely be in our camera bags on weddings days.

3. Sample/Travel Bottles- 5/8 drams
I have a small key chain case that holds 8 of these that I keep in my purse that has peppermint, lavender & a few other oils that we always want with us when we are on the go. These are also what I share my oils in with friends who want to try some before the purchase the kit or individual oils.

4. Empty Capsules
Pardon the janky display, but this is just an empty allergy pill bottle of ours that we turned into our capsule bottle. Our kids take probiotics but we have to bust the powder out of the capsule & put it in jelly/applesauce for them to take it so we just keep the left over capsules & use those for our oils when we take them internally. You can order your own 00 size capsules here but this was the most efficient way for us right now since we have empty capsules at our disposal.
I have linked out to the sites that I have personally ordered these items from. I know you can probably get some of the bottles at local healthfood stores now too.
So these are our Oil Essentials!
Do you use anything else that you don't see here? Leave it in the comments if you do! I'd love to know what else is out there!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation & Airbuki Brush Review

It's no secret that I absolutely LOVE Tarte Cosmetics. They are a "gentle naturals" cosmetic company & I have always had wonderful luck with their products! I always love having a reliable powder foundation for the quick days of just needing to even out skin tone, pop on some blush & mascara & head out the door. But this one is so MUCH more than that. It's super amazing coverage & so beautiful on the skin! More of a demi-matte. Think healthy looking skin. I'm so down with that! I would rather look "healthy" than completely matte & flat looking.
So the packaging is super great!!! It's a loose powder that has a sweet little mesh barrier so things don't get crazy messy. The Airbuki brush they suggest to use with it fits in the space perfectly & applies this powder like a dream.

Fair-Light Neutral Shade

I have used this with only a primer & used it to set a foundation. I actually prefer it with just a primer b/c it has such a great natural look & looks really light on the skin & just look so healthy. If I do set my foundation with it, it's a lighter coverage foundation or BB so it just adds a bit more coverage if I need it & to set the liquid products.
I do still need to blot with this after about 4-5 hrs but it's not a greasy kinda blotting result. Just more "radiant" than I would like on my oily/combo skin. Once it do blot though, it looks freshly applied & I don't even need to touch it up. Just blot.
The staying powder of this powder foundation is seriously legit. As long as I blot every 4 hrs-ish, I'm good & don't even have to powder! I hate the look of so much powder on top of powder on top of powder so if I can use a product & only need to blot rather than actually touch up with powder, it's a winner for me!
I wore it the other day & took a fresh face photo!
No touchup work has been done on my skin.
This is also a shot of all the products used on my face for this look.
The lipcolor is actually a different shade than what is actually on my lips in the photo. It's "hummingbird" in the photo, but in the product photo, it's lotus pink. I picked up lotus pink that day & ended up putting it on after I took the photo.
These are definitely some of my favorite products right now.

Feel free to ask any questions about any of these products in the comments!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


We are slowly but surely diving into homeschooling with Josephine.
I will never ever stop taking photos of Reuben's curls.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meet the Young Living Essential Oils

I've shared a little bit about our story already as to why we ventured into the essential oils but I wanted to introduce you to the pretty little collection that we absolutely LOVE.
When we were looking to attack some of our family's issues with illness, sleep, headaches...etc... we were looking at a couple different companies. We did our fair share of research & decided to go with Young Living after learning about their Seed to Seal Process.
We decided that if things were going to work for our family, we wanted to tackle as many issues as we could with the kit. Also, signing up as a member/distributor, we would also receive 24% off any future order we were going to make! Totally made the most sense for us since we knew we would all be using them in full force!
If you are interested in diving in yourself, this is really the best way to take on so many issues you could possibly have, because, lets face it...we are all a mess. I know our family is. Sickness, headaches, tummy issues that occasionally arise, sleep issues, mood issues...
Another HUGE perk of purchasing the premium starter kit is the wicked home diffuser that it includes! The cost of the diffuser alone is $75 so having it included with 11 other oils is crazy awesome!

This thing is amazing. You fill it up to the line that I've marked there with water. Then you add 8-12 drops of essential oils. You can mix oils based on what you NEED.

I have a couple person favorite combos that aren't on here.
Babysitter in an Bottle
8 drops of orange
1 drop of joy

Sweet & Spicy 
6 drops of thieves
4 drops of orange

So the kit comes with 11 oils in 5 ml size. Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Thieves, Purification, Peace & Calming, Joy, Stress Away, Valor, & Pan Away & the home diffuser for $150. Seriously. Mega cheap considering frankincense in a 15 ml is $70 for a member. So you get to try & find your favorite oils & blends without spending MEGA cash money on full size bottles. You also get 2 sample packets each from Peace & Calming, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, & Thieves to share with friends & let them try some. And they also include a roller top for Stress Away or any other oil bottle that is compatible with roller tops. They are marked with a SB on the bottle if you can put a roller top on them.

Lemme break down the oils in the kit for you & tell you what we have personally used them for.
Lemon: Sore throats, energy, put a drop in our water.
Lavender: Cuts, bumps, scrapes, Josie's jam for sleep, nasal congestion, allergies
Frankincense: acne scars, scars in general, anti-aging benefits, skin issues
Peppermint: Headaches (we put a drop on our thumb & jam it up against the roof of our mouth), upset stomach
Thieves: Immunity booster, germ killer, cold sores
Purification: acne, cold sores, germ killer, purifying the air by diffusing, stinky diaper pale or bathroom
Peace & Calming: sleep, sleep, calming our kids, tantrum fixer, calming nerves in anxious situations, sleep
Joy: mood booster, happiness inducer
Stress Away: relieving stress in anxious situations, nervous children or us, relaxation
Valor: TMJ, sleep, courage & focus
Pan Away: stiff & sore muscles, "batman neck" that I occasionally wake up with from sleeping crazy

These are just small snippets of what we have used the oils for in the past 3 months. We have picked up a few other oils that aren't in the kit as well! Orange, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Clove, & RC. Ill be sharing those too in a post about oils outside of the kit that we call The Fab 14.

If you are totally jazzed about all this oil stuff & want to dive in, lemme walk you through that process.

You will follow THIS LINK to get to the sign up page.
It will look like this.

Here are the step by step instructions once you click the link.

Step 1: Make sure "Young Living Independent Distributor" is marked off
instead of "Retail Customer." Independent Distributor means "member"
to Young Living and it's the only way to get access to the kit and the
24% discount you get afterwards. It's really important!
Step 2: Make sure my member number (1580427) is in the blanks.
Step 3: Fill out all the information. It will ask you for your SS# but this is
only for legal purposes so that you have the ability to sign others up for
kits too (YL is a referral based business). If you never sign anyone up,
your SS# will never be used.
Step 4: Make sure you write down your pin, user name and password
when you choose it because you'll need that in the future to log into
your account.
Step 5: Select the "PREMIUM STARTER KIT" This is the one with the
everyday oils kit and the diffuser. It will be $150. The other kits do not
include the oils kit.
Step 6: Essential Rewards. You can enroll later if you choose to. It is not a requirement. Click NO THANK YOU if you do not want to do ER.
Step 7: Click "Agree" and "Next"
Step 8: Add any oils, capsules, or products that you would like in
addition to your kit if there are any.
Step 9: Check out.
Let me know if you have any questions or any trouble ordering, I’m
happy to help!

That is it! You are a member!! You should have your kit at your doorstep in 7-10 days! I was like a kid waiting for their birthday the week I ordered my kit!
If you have any questions, PLEASE EMAIL ME! I would love chat with you!
In the mean time, the best way to be equip with knowledge by the time your kit arrives is to check out this handbook & learn how to use them!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Extra long edition of the 52 project today. This the latest game with daddy & the kids. A sheet & a man with muscles.