What's the big deal about Young Living

Essential Oils for Every Day {VIDEO}

Here’s a little video I did with my friend, Stacey, who first let me use her oils when my 4yo got severe 2nd degree burns.

We discuss in the video why we love our oils and how we use them every day. (Sorry for the wonky and wacky way I operated who is seen on the screen!)

If you would like to know how to get started with your own essential oils, find out more here.

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Target For Back to College Basics {GIVEAWAY}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s that time of year again. Time to get my college girl packed up to move back into the dorm.

Brita at Target

We headed to Target to pick up a few essentials, which I was thrilled to find were on sale! Since she likes to drink plain water to stay hydrated, I wanted to get her a water filtration pitcher, to keep in her dorm room.

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I also got her a Brita® hard-sided water bottle available at Target to carry with her to classes.

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Of course, we had to get a few other essentials, like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Burt’s Bees facial towelettes.

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It’s thrilling and depressing all at the same time to send a kid off to college. If you have done it yourself, you know what I mean.

On the one hand you see your child as the adult they are growing into.

Competent, confident, and ready to take the world by storm.

On the other hand, you see your child as the baby you were holding in your lap just the other day. I mean, I can distinctly remember scooping her up and reading about the three little kittens who lost their mittens.

And now, here she is not needing me to read anything to her anymore.

She can read it herself. She can buckle her own self in, and drive her own self right out of the driveway and down the road to her own life.

Sniff.

She’s not the small child who sits in my lap saying, “Read it again, Mama,” anymore.

But she’ll always be my little girl.

And now, for the fun part! A $25 Target card giveaway so you can pick up some Brita® back to college items for yourself!

Leave a comment below telling me what you would like to get if you win the Target gift card!

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Ice bucket challenge

Have you heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

In an effort to spread awareness and raise funds for ALS research, people everywhere are participating in this creative way to invite friends to donate.

You can see who challenged me and which three people I passed that challenge on to in the above video. I was so glad to participate in this challenge and also donate in honor of my friend, Diane, who was recently diagnosed with ALS.

I hope this horrible disease will soon have a cure.

You can donate directly to ALS research here.

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Essential Oils for Allergies

Here is a quick little video I made describing how I have been using essential oils for my horrible seasonal allergies. I was shocked at the results!

PLEASE PAY NO MIND TO THE GOAT! :)

If you would like to know more about how I use essential oils, go here.

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Quit Judging Me For Judging You!

train tracks

Occasionally when people find out we homeschool, they begin to rattle off all the reasons they would homeschool, really they would, if only they had the time/patience/money/whatever.

And sometimes when people find out we have 8 children, I see them get antsy, and they tell me, somewhat sheepishly, all the reasons they don’t have a large family.

The same thing used to happen when I would breastfeed my babies.

I usually just listen and smile, but what I really want to say is this:

Relax. I’m not judging you.

I don’t have the spare time to find out about all the many decisions and all the many reasons you made the decisions you have made for your children and your family.

And even if I did have the time to learn about those, I wouldn’t have the mental energy to invest in figuring out whether those are good choices or bad choices for you and your family and your particular set of circumstances.

If you think I looked at you funny, it’s probably because I was trying to remember whether or not I turned on the CrockPot before I left home. And how much longer we can last with that one roll of toilet paper. And should I risk hoping it lasts through the night until tomorrow? Or go ahead and drag all the kids into the store to get some more?

Because frankly just trying to keep my own family from going off the rails is all-consuming for me.

Plus, at this point in my parenting journey, I realize that sometimes God has lessons to teach us regardless of whether we have made all the “right” decisions or not.

And I am fully aware that breastfed, homeschooled, children from large families succumb to diseases and drugs and teen pregnancy and divorce and a myriad of other problems none of us wants to face.

See, I don’t believe that making all the “right” choices inoculates me or my children from the hardships of this world. Neither do I believe that different choices are the path to doom.

And I’m not judging you for making different choices.

I’m just trying to keep my own Crazy Train on the tracks.

I bet you are, too.

Let’s do it together, sister.

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International Delight Iced Coffee

One good thing about the hot summers in Texas is that having to be outdoors is a great excuse to have a nice, refreshing iced coffee.

Here’s how you can make your very own frozen, frothy iced coffee at home.

International Delight Iced Coffee

1. Start by filling some ice cube trays with International Delight Iced Coffee. I chose Caramel Macchiato. Mmmmmm…

International Delight ice cubes

2. After checking the freezer 14 times, you’ll see that the cubes are finally frozen enough to put in a blender.

International Delight ice cream

3. Throw in a couple scoops of ice cream. What?! I like my coffee creamy, okay???

International Delight iced coffee

4. You’ll need to add some liquid or the blender will get very angry and start smelling like smoke. You won’t want that to happen, mostly because it will attract the kids, who will want to know what you are making and can they have some. No one needs that.

5. Whirrrrrrrrr.

International Delight iced coffee

6. Pour.

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7. Enjoy on the front porch swing!

International Delight tumbler

Would you like a tumbler like mine for your International Delight iced coffee? “Like” International Delight on Facebook and enter to win one! They are giving away 100 each week through August!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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