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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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Top Tips for Balanced Relationships

This past week I learned a valuable lesson in relationships.  Did you know there is a golden rule to keeping balanced relationships at home, at work, and elsewhere.  People respond better to positive praise and are more likely to want to do more things right in order to receive more positive praise.
Unfortunately we tend to go straight for the negative or “constructive” criticism when dealing with people in our lives.  Does it ever feel like the negative interactions outweigh the positive ones?  If so, it can be harder to remember the positive qualities in the relationship and can lead to unhappy, unstable, and disconnected relationships.
For example, let’s say you come home from a day out working and your partner has been home all day with the kids. To you it looks like nothing has been done, the mess has grown exponentially, and dinner has not begun cooking.  You feel unappreciated, tired and overwhelmed because you have been working all day for your family’s benefit.  They may also feel tired and overwhelmed because they’ve been home taking care of the kids all day.  What do you say? Do you find a few positives and thank them for taking care of the kids?
Or do you ask them just what have they been doing all day?  And what is all this mess?  A negative approach may make them feel unappreciated, while a positive approach may lead to more positive behaviors and interactions.
The Golden Rule for balanced relationships is 5 positive feelings or interactions to every negative one.
 
Examples of positive interactions are:
  • Showing interest, affection, care, concern, appreciation, and acceptance,
  • Sharing excitement and joy,
  • Spending fun time together
 
This week choose one relationship to focus on (your partner, a friend, a coworker, an employee, etc) that you want to be in balance with (in other words, to have a stable, happy, and connected relationship).  you are going to work on becoming aware of and improve (if needed) your balance between positive and negative feelings and interactions with this person.
Aim for more positive interactions with this person this week.  Pay attention to how you and this person interact.  Do you find for every negative interaction that takes place that there are many positive interactions in between?
Remember, increasing the number of positive feelings and interactions in your relationship can lead to more happiness, more stability, and more connectedness with that person.
Here’s how you can increase the positive interactions in your relationship:
  • Keep track in your notebook of your positive and negative interactions with your chosen person this week.
  • At the end of each day, review the interactions you had and categorize them as either negative or positive.
  • At the end of the week, look back at the past week’s interactions and see how the negative and positive interactions balanced out.
  • Do you need to increase the amount of positive feelings and interactions with this person?
  • In a few weeks, try journaling again to see if your relationship is closer to achieving that Golden Rule of 5 to 1.

I hope these tips help you to find more stable, happy, and connected relationships!

Cheers,

Laurel

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Oven-Baked Tostadas in 20 Minutes or Less!

Sometimes you just want a quick and easy dinner, am I right?  But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice health for convenience.  I love Mexican food, but that also doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice health for fried tostada goodness.  I figured out you can bake soft corn tortillas to crisp them up and then add whatever toppings you want.

 

I was able to have these delicious oven-baked tostadas in my belly in less than 25 minutes!  The coconut oil lends a tropical, fresh taste to the tostadas and the asparagus, while the Lime, Cilantro, and Black Pepper essential oils add flavor and therapeutic benefits to the guacamole.  All I had in the fridge cheese-wise were slices of provolone, so I used two slices, chopped, but you may use your favorite type of cheese or whatever you have in your fridge (I promise it will be delicious even if it’s feta).tostada shells
tostada ingredients

Have your favorite toppings pre-chopped, sliced, or however you like them and once the tostadas are done, have a tostada making party with your family.  This is a simple and fun dinner you can make with your family tonight and it will take you less than 20 minutes to prepare!

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Happy Friday!  Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs melted coconut oil (to drizzle over tortillas)
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil (for pan roasting the asparagus)
  • For the guacamole:
  • 2 slices provolone cheese, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • Handful mixed salad greens
  • Salsa
  • 6 stalks organic asparagus
  • Other suggested toppings:
    • Cotija cheese
    • Cooked black beans
    • Roasted or boiled corn off the cob
    • Cucumber, thinly sliced
    • Refried beans
    • Sriracha
    • Sauteed onions
    • Sauteed or raw bell peppers
    • Sauteed mushrooms
    • Chopped tomatoes

Directions

  • For crispy tostadas
    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Line a baking sheet with foil
    • place 6 corn tortillas on lined baking sheet
    • Melt 1 tbs coconut oil and drizzle over the corn tortillas
    • turn tortillas over and drizzle more coconut oil on top
    • Sprinkle tortillas with ground sea salt
    • Place in oven for about 5 minutes, turn tortillas over and bake for another 5 minutes or until tortillas are crispy
  • Sautee asparagus over medium heat in coconut oil, once they are browned, add 1 tsp sea salt and stir.  Once asparagus is cooled, chop.
  • Guacamole
    • Scoop avocado out of it’s peel with a spoon and place in small mixing bowl
    • Using a fork, mash the avocado until it reaches your desired consistency
    • Chop shallot and add to bowl
    • Add essential oils, cumin, chili powder and lemon juice
    • Stir until well combined
  • Assemble tostadas.  Add all of the ingredients you want for toppings.  I suggest starting with a layer of the guacamole and building from there.  If you are going to melt the cheese, wait to add the salad greens until afterwards.  Place tostadas with the cheese under the broiler for a minute or two.  Et voila!
Here are some health benefits of the essential oils in this recipe…

Lime – cold pressed from the rind, Lime has powerful cleansing properties, it’s mood & immune system boosting, great for calming and stress relief, and it’s supportive to the respiratory system.

Cilantro – steam distilled from the leaves off the coriandrum sativum plant, Cilantro helps to cleanse the body of heavy metals and it’s supportive to the digestive system.

Black Pepper – steam distilled from the unripened, sun-dried peppercorns, Black Pepper is a powerful digestive aid, helps to increase circulation, helps maintain healthy circulation, and boosts the immune system.

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