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Pineapple Mojito

Summer time isn’t complete without a tasty cocktail.

This tasty treat also comes with the added health benefits of oils!

Ingredients:

15-20 mint leaves

1 ½ cups coconut water

¾ cup pineapple juice

4 oz. rum

1-2 tsp raw honey

6 drops Lime essential oil or juice of 1-2 fresh limes

Directions:

  1. Split mint leaves into 2 glasses
  2. Muddle the mint.
  3. Add ice
  4. Add other ingredients to the cocktail shaker
  5. Shake well and pour mixture into glasses
  6. Garnish with lime wedges


Enjoy with friends!

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The Top 4 Things I’ve Learned *So Far* From Being A Mom

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and for that, my dear readers, I am truly sorry. I can only say that I’ve been so preoccupied being a new mom and everything new that goes along with it, that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write (#newmomlife). Here I am, turning over a new leaf and I’m feeling newly inspired.

To my surprise, the inspiration to write today actually comes from being a mom and having a baby. You see, I’ve been in a period of transition in my life. It took a while to get into the swing of things (10 months of pregnancy and 8 months of being a mom to be exact). Now that I’m swinging along on the playground of mom life, I want to share a few things I’ve learned…I swear, the skills/expertise that comes from being a mom should be listed on a resume and be at the top of the priority list for job recruiters).

1. Time Management

By far, the number one thing I’ve learned from being a mom with an infant is time management. It has become even more difficult to manage my time since having a baby so I’ve had to learn to prioritize. Now, everything revolves around the baby’s nap, diaper, and feeding schedule, not that the timing of those things is incredibly reliable, but hear me out.

Before #momlife I could do a quick run to the grocery store for whatever ingredient I may be missing for a recipe I was trying out for a last minute sweet tooth attack. Heck, I could even drop everything, grab my keys and go out to meet a friend for a movie or dinner in Portland (which is an hour a way).

Now if I need to drive to the grocery store it’s no longer a “quick run.” It’s much more of a production. Even though the grocery store is less than 10 minutes away, I can’t leave while the baby is sleeping and once she’s awake it usually takes about 15 minutes to get her ready to go. By then my sweet tooth attack has been satiated (disappointingly) by whatever granola bar or piece of fruit I could find and shove in my mouth.

And if you want an interesting study into time management, take a look at what it takes for me “drop everything” to go into Portland. I know that the estimated time of departure either needs to be by 9:30 am so she can sleep in the car, or I can’t leave until she has woken up. I also know that I have to change her diaper before putting her in the car seat or she’ll cry the whole way, and I need time to feed her beforehand. Then, I need to leave at least a 30 minute window between when I need to be somewhere in Portland and arriving there because, inevitably, there is another diaper change, possible clothing change depending on the severity of the diaper change, and possible feeding too.

After that, I have maybe an hour window before she will need to be back in the moving car or somewhere dark and quiet, or she will skip her next nap and our lives become somewhat unbearable for the rest of the day.

More importantly, the things on my to-do list can only get done while the baby is napping. So I’ve discovered how productive I can actually be when I prioritize that time. Surprisingly, I actually can get more done in less time. What I’ve discovered is that if I write down the top three things I need to get done, I can cross those off my list while she’s napping and get it done in less than an hour.

2. Mindfulness

I breast feed my eight month old. The other day I realized how present I am with her during feeding times and how checked out I can be outside of those times when #adulting gets in the way. Checked in, mindful, present, I notice her hands, how small they are and the way she grips my thumb with her whole hand. I notice the small noises she makes when she feeds and the way she breathes.

This realization has helped me to “check-in” more in my daily life. How is my breathing? Am I holding any tension in certain areas of my body? Am I giving my family my undivided attention while we’re together or am I thinking about other things?

3. Patience

I always considered myself a patient person but I would say that the old me would lose a contest in patience to the new me after having a baby. Now that she is eight months old, the baby is crawling, very fast might I add. Today she grabbed the table cloth and pulled the hot coffee down along with everything else (no hot coffee on her head thank goodness).

She has also discovered her teeth while breastfeeding…enough said on that one I think. The list goes on and on. So my patience is tried on a minute to minute basis at this point. And the baby is too young to discipline other than to give a stern “no” and redirect to other shiny, yet safe, things for her to play with.

4. Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking is an absolute requirement when you’re a mom. The other day I found a way to carry the car seat with the sleeping baby in it, three bags of groceries, and some boxes from the mail, out of the car, all while pulling out my keys and unlocking the front door. I’ve also found that I can keep the baby preoccupied with some toys while I do the dishes and listen to a personal development podcast. But let’s not forget that I have to keep her away from the dishwasher at the same time, which requires either putting her in a bouncy seat (which she’ll only tolerate for short stretches) or rinsing and loading the dishes in in between redirecting the baby to another toy. The same goes for doing the laundry or any other household chore.

All in all, I’ve loved being a mom and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. As the baby grows up, I’m sure there will be tons of new skills learned and mastered that I can add to my resume.

What important life skills have you mastered from being a mom? Let us know in the comments.

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Monster Away Spray!

Many moms know, kids are full of surprises. One of those is the active imagination that comes along soon into toddlerhood. My son has provided no shortage of amusements and surprises so far.

When toddlers reach a certain age, some of them may develop a sudden fear of sleeping in the dark, or of being in their rooms alone. Often, when asked why, they will blame it on an infestation of monsters. This fear is very real to them. Dismissing it can often make it worse.

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Alleviate Seasonal Discomfort

The new Seasonal Blend Softgels contain equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils, known for their ability to support clear breathing and a healthy inflammatory response when combined together.  These softgels can be consumed safely on a daily basis during times of seasonal discomfort to promote clear breathing and overall respiratory health.*  A drop of these oils can also be applied topically under the nose or diffused.

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Spring Cleaning the Natural Way!

Are you thinking about spring cleaning?  It’s that time of year again!  The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and it’s warm enough out to open your windows and let some fresh air in!  Maybe you’ve begun taking out your sponges, spray bottles, face masks and rubber gloves to get going with the scrubbing.  You may be looking into a spring cleaning detox or cleansing program, and, hopefully, you’re tossing out your more-than-six-months old personal care products.  Remember:  when you’re spring cleaning with toxic chemicals, you and your kids are breathing them in to your lungs and it gets into your blood stream; AND anything you put on your skin (read: personal care products) goes directly into your blood stream too.   You may want to think about getting rid of those store-bought toxic-chemical-laced cleaners and personal care products and opting for an all-natural option infused with essential oils.   It might surprise you learn that you can make your own all-natural  cleaners quite easily and inexpensively, AND you won’t need those rubber gloves or face masks!

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Stove-Top Veggie Frittata

What better way to use up vegetables in your fridge than to add them to a breakfast dish.  I had some veggies that I needed to use up so today I made a frittata.  Now, typically frittatas can take a long time to prepare and bake.  I decided I wanted my meal fast and I didn’t want to turn on the oven.  I prepared and cooked mine on the stove-top in less than 30 minutes and it turned out very well.  Enjoy!

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4 Good Habits from a Meal Replacement Shake

How many times have you woken up determined to incorporate (and stick to) a laundry list of new healthy habits only to fall off the wagon the very next day?  It takes two weeks to form a new habit, yet most of us go for the all or nothing approach and we try to form too many new habits at once.

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Taco-Stuffed Zucchini

This is a healthy version of the taco without the carb-loaded shell.  You won’t even miss it I promise!

Now that Summer has arrived there are a plethora of squash at the Farmer’s Market. My absolute favorite is Zucchini with it’s beautiful dark green peel. Zucchini is a very low calorie vegetable with no saturated fats or cholesterol. It’s high in anti-oxidants and is a great source of potassium which helps with bringing electrolytes to the cells and with countering the pressure-effects of sodium. Zucchini is also high in vitamins A and C, and provides B-complex vitamins as well as minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. It’s peel is a good source of fiber so make sure to leave that part on, and for this recipe the peel is important as it acts as the “taco shell” holding everything together.

Taco-Stuffed Zucchini

*Serve with Lemongrass-Dill Summer Salad 

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis, cut off ends, then cut each in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 lb ground buffalo (can substitute with lean ground beef)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper (I used yellow bell pepper), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white button or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin (or one drop cumin essential oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup salsa (I used hot salsa)
  • 2 Tbs Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (this is a healthy salt alternative and can be found in any grocery store like Whole Foods)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Options for Garnish

  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped green onion
  • Chopped parsley
  • Sliced black or green olives
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Dollop of sour cream

Directions

Bring water to a boil in a large pot (must be big enough to hold all 4 zucchini).  Chop the vegetables and measure out your spices.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scoop out seeds from the zucchini halves using a spoon or a melon baller, making sure to leave about 1/4 inch thick shell.  Boil the zucchini for one minute (very important that it’s not more than 1 minute) and remove.  Place zucchini peel side down (hollow side up) in a baking dish.  Sprinkle zucchini with sea salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground buffalo, stirring to break up the meat, and cook until almost done.  Add all the vegetables, spices, and tomato paste.  Cook, stirring often, for another few minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in the salsa and season to taste with the sea salt and pepper.

Spoon out the meat into the hollowed out zucchini halves.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with the shredded cheese (optional) and place back in oven for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.   Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with garnishes of your choice and serve.

Enjoy!  Happy Summer!

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Rasberry Limeade Recipe

Lime is one of my absolute favorite essential oils!  With its fresh, crisp, sweet aroma, Lime essential oil is so fun to cook with and has tons of physical and emotional health benefits too!  This Rasberry Limeade recipe is perfect for your Summer barbeque.  Invite some friends over and get cookin’!

To add to your dinner party, here’s a great Summer salad dressing recipe with essential oils.

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Rasberry Limeade Recipe

Ingredients:

Raspberry Puree:
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 cup water

Note: This recipe makes about 2 cups of puree and you only need to put 1-2 tablespoons into each cup. So the 1/2 cup of sugar will be divided into about 20 cups of limeade. If you prefer, you could also substitute the sugar with honey or add more raspberries.

Drink:
Limes
Sparkling water
Lime essential oil
Ice

 

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar or honey, and 2 cups raspberries.

2. Cook until sugar has dissolved. Cool and strain.

3. To serve, add raspberry puree (around 2 tablespoons), ice, juice of one lime, and 1-2 drops Lime essential oil to a glass. Top with sparkling water.

4. Garnish with limes and raspberries. Enjoy!

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Lemon Essential Oil

I swear I go through a bottle of Lemon essential oil every month!  I use it for absolutely everything – from green cleaning and cooking, to flavoring my drinking water and purifying my laundry or odors throughout the house (or in my case, throughout the RV that I travel full-time in with my husband, dog, and cat).  Our Lemon essential oil comes from the rind of lemons that are grown on small family farms in Italy.  I absolutely L.O.V.E. the clean, fresh, citrus aroma!  It calms the nerves, enlivens the senses, and it’s like sunshine in a bottle.  Enjoy!

Lemon Highlights

Lemon has multiple benefits and uses – it’s a powerful cleansing agent for the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Due to its high limonene content, Lemon is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, and supports healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to improve mood and cognitive ability.

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PRIMARY BENEFITS

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability

USES

  • Diffuse and take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

CAUTIONS

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. &

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