Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On Frozen (Part 2)



Alright, so originally I didn't post this video in Part 1 because if you listen to the whole thing, a certain three year old has a bit of a tantrum at the end. However, after watching it through numerous times since finding it, I decided to share as it is too cute! Enjoy Zoelle's rendition of Do You Want to Build a Snowman. :)




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Thursday, April 3, 2014

On Leaving My Girls

Dear girls,


Today I'll get on a plane and be farther away from you then I have in over a year. If you ever get the amazing chance to be mamas, one day you will understand how much it kills me to be away from you. Six days is a long time in your world, but it also is in mine!


However, if you ever get the amazing chance to be mamas, I'll encourage you to leave. I'll volunteer to be Grandma for a week while you go visit a friend half way around the country.


Because I know how needed that time away is.


Time for a break. Time to find out who you are away from the title of "Mama". Time to connect with other women. Time to travel outside of your comfort zone. Time to see new places. Time to meet new people.


One day, it will be your time to do all that. Today, the time is mine.


I'll miss you with everything in me! But as I've said before, my heart beats in each of your little hearts as my love for you runs so deeply there. Every second of your days will be on my mind as you are each a part of who I am as Vanessa.


Snow Angels

Think of this time as a gift for all of us. It will be a time of renewal for me, so I can come back home and be a better mama to the three of you. For the three of you, think of this time as a precious gift to connect with your daddy and to bond more with each other. For daddy and your sisters are just as important as mama.


I love you all and thank you SO much for giving me this precious time alone! See you in 5 sleeps!


With all my love, hugs, kisses, singing, and back rubs,


Mama





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Friday, March 28, 2014

March Madness Young Living Oil Special

Lately I've been using my Young Living Essential Oils for seemingly everything! I'm so excited about them because they work! I no longer have to take advil when I have a headache, sudafed when I have sinus pain, and so much more. Instead, I just grab my oil bag, apply the correct oil and within minutes, I'm feeling better and on my way to feeling normal again.


The best part of it for me is that they are also safe for the girls! Zoelle, at age 6, can easily and safely apply oils to herself and her sisters before bed, or even during the day if needed. In fact, she takes care of also filling up my diffuser and picking out what oil we are diffusing for the day! I have no fear of any of the oils hurting the girls as there are no chemicals in them!


I'm so passionate about these oils and how beneficial they can be to any family, that from now until the end of the month, I'm offering a March madness special. All you need to do is purchase the Premium Starter Kit from me, e-mail me at essentiallyloved (at) yahoo.com giving me your name and letting me know you ordered, and once I confirm it, I will Paypal you $15 right back to your account! 



It's that easy!


Don't know me personally? No big deal! You don't need to! Don't live near me? No problem! I can still help you and answer any questions you may have about your new oil purchase! Interested in making this a business? I can help you there too! It doesn't matter where you live or even if you know me, if you want to start a business with Young Living, and/or use these oils yourself, I am here for you!


What exactly is in the kit? I'm glad you asked!  The Premium Kit contains 11 oils, a room diffuser, samples of a few essential oils, samples of Ningxia Red, and informational material. It is a fantastic deal!



If you still are confused, or have questions for me feel free to email me at essentiallyloved (at) yahoo.com

Ready to order? Great! Get started right away today by following the instructions listed in this post!

I'd love to have you be a part of my team and on your way to natural, healthy healing!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

On Frozen (The movie, soundtrack, and anything else you can think of)!



So, we bought Frozen. Yes, the mom who never, ever, ever, buys Disney movies, or really even cares for Disney decided to go ahead with buying Frozen. Unlike most people, we hadn't seen it in the theater first. I have a hard time spending that much money on the theater when I knew I could just buy the movie or rent it for $1 just a few months later.


Last Tuesday, the girls used a Target gift card and bought it. If you follow me on Facebook at all, you saw that the girls were literally counting down the hours until they could buy it. To be honest, I was pretty excited to see what all the hype was about and if it really was worth it. One time of watching it and I completely fell in love.


20 years ago, I loved, I mean loved The Lion King. I bought the cassette tape soundtrack with my own money and played that all the time. Some of the reason for that may have been because Jonathan Taylor Thomas played a young Simba. ;) 20 years later, my girls are loving Frozen as much as I loved The Lion King and I have to admit, it is incredibly sweet to watch them dance and sing to it.


What I wasn't expecting is the fact that they would listen to the soundtrack all the time! They dress up, try and fix their hair, and then sing their little hearts out! Unbeknown to me, they grabbed my iPad and started to take selfie videos of themselves singing the different songs. I know that there are 1,000 other covers of Let it Go on Youtube, and if not that particular song, definitely some song from Frozen. However, I just had to add this adorable video Zoelle took. Enjoy and don't mind the crazy hair, and dirty play clothes. Also, slight dizziness may happen while watching a selfie video made by a 6 year old who is trying to be Elsa! ;)



While I wasn't originally intending to share two videos, I found this gem of Love Is an Open Door and was dying of laughter, literally dying! Her expressions and her enthusiasm for the song made me laugh so hard!





I'm quite certain that somewhere at my parent's house is a video or cassette tape recording of me singing The Lion King, "I Just Can't Wait to Be King!" with just as much enthusiasm as these two songs! I wonder where she gets it from? :)


Have you and your children seen Frozen? Did you love it as much as we do?

To see Part 2 of Zoelle singing Frozen songs, click here
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Monday, February 17, 2014

How I Healed Blepharitis Using Young Living Essential Oils

The following is a story of how I healed Blepharitis using Young Living Essential Oils. Please note that I am in no way a doctor and I am not suggesting to never use a doctor. This is just a personal testimony of how Young Living Oils worked for me.

Two years ago, I developed a stye under my left eye. I didn't think much of it because styes typically come and go (although I had not had a ton before), so I just assumed it would go away. A week later, it was painfully still there. One month later it was enlarged, sore, and obviously still there. Soon I noticed my eyelid on that eye being scaly, my eye would hurt, and I often had what looked like pink eye in that eye. After waking up one morning with an extremely sore, pink, eye, I decided it was time to go to the doctor. I was diagnosed with pink eye, given antibiotic drops, and was told that within a few days, all would be better. Except it wasn't. My bright pink eye would come and go. Some mornings it hurt so badly that I could hardly open my eye. Other days it was normal. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to it and on top of it all, that pesky stye was still there!



October 2012: You can see the stye, the swelling around my eyelid, the wrinkles, and even a bit of my pink eye.
 
I started doing some research on eye styes and came across diet being the key to healing them. I was already gluten free and somewhat dairy free. I tried to be more exclusive making sure that I did not have any trace amounts of gluten or dairy. I talked to our naturopath doctor who emphasized a gluten/dairy free diet. She also did some research and suggested adding more coconut oil to my diet. I started rubbing coconut oil on my eye, and ingesting it. While it was a good addition to my diet, it did nothing for my eye.

At the one year mark of having this stye, an extremely sore eye, and waking up intermittently to a pink eye, I determined I was stuck with it for life. In a last ditch effort, I visited a different doctor in the hopes that she would have a recommendation of healing for me. She again, diagnosed me with pink eye and recommended that I see a optometrist if nothing got better within a month or so. I was so bummed. My eye hurt, it looked horrible, and it was so uncomfortable. I didn't go anywhere without a bottle of red eye reducing drops with me or I would have a perpetually red eye.

Finally at my limit, I did a Google search with my symptoms (typically would not recommend that route). Something called Blepharitis came up. I had never heard of it, but it had all my symptoms and the images looked just like it. I made a doctor appointment, armed with my information and year and a half after the stye first showing up, I officially was diagnosed with Blepharitis. In case you don't know what it is, it is characterized by chronic inflammation of the eye, a stye, flaking of the skin on the eyelids, red eye, and is a chronic condition. Catch that? That means that, while at times it can be managed, it typically relapses.

I was shattered. I did not want to have this condition for life. I was sick of living with it the past year and a half. I was ready to be done. It was around this same time that I found Young Living Essential Oils in my life. At first, it never occurred to me to use essential oils to heal my eye. But in desperation, I Googled (again). I Googled something like: Young Living Oils to heal Blepharitis. I found one, only one blog that mentioned Frankincense oil. Thankfully, I had a bought a kit of oils a few months before and decided to give the Frankincense oil a try. For one month, I "racooned" my eye about twice a week. Slowly, I noticed my stye drying up. This had never happened before, so I started getting a bit excited. Next, I noticed I no longer woke up with a pink eye the day after I used the Frankincense oil. As soon as the swelling went down in my eyelid, the pain disappeared in my eye. In one month, my stye was gone, the pain was gone, and my blepharitis completely gone!


It has now been six months and I have not had one relapse of it. No pink eye, no soreness, and no stye! When I first started using Frankincense, I determined that if it worked, I would share it with the world as perhaps there are more people just like me needing help with their Blepharitis. So here I am. As an added, bonus Frankincense is great at reducing those fine wrinkle lines that have decided to show up as I age (although some were a reaction to the swelling around my eye from the Blepharitis)!


February 2014: No stye, no pink eye, no swelling, less wrinkles.

So there you have it! Thanks to Young Living Essential Oils, I healed my Blepharitis which was never supposed to go away! I cannot begin to describe how thankful I am that I found essential oils!

If you are curious about Young Living Essential Oils and want to know more about them, click here.





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