Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Carry Me Away.....

I do a guest post over on my team blog at Blessed 2b Anointed and thought I would share my Wednesday post with you too!  

Hey  Laura's Wednesday or have you forgotten?
Let's chat for a minute.  Go grab a cup of coffee....I'll wait.
I want to talk with you today about carrier oils.  Over these past weeks we have been visiting about oils, but one of the best friends to pair with your oils would be
a carrier oil of some type.
carrier oil1
What's a carrier oil you ask?

A carrier oil is used with  essential oils before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin.
One advantage of carrier oils is that they do not evaporate like essential oils that tend to evaporate quicker when applied neat.  Carrier oils actually aid in absorption.
Examples of Carrier oils? (some but not all....)
Almond             Olive
Grape                 Sunflower
Avocado           Jojoba
Coconut            Emu
Another of my favorite carrier oil is from Young Living......
V-6 Oil
V-6 Vegetable Oil blend has Fractionated (Coconut) Oil,(Sesame) Seed Oil, (Grape) Seed Oil, Sweet Almond) Oil, Wheat) Germ Oil,  (Sunflower) Seed Oil, and (Olive) Fruit Oil.  This is by far my favorite to create blends for the family.  I adore the smell and how it makes my skin feel

Some of the reasons we use a carrier oil for our essential oils is because some can irritate the skin when applied Neat (straight w/o a carrier oil) on the skin.  For instance, cinnamon bark, thieves, and oregano (to name a few) could cause some tingling or 'burn' as we call it in our house to the skin.  If you have applied an oil neat and realized it was a hot oil...NEVER FEAR.  First don't wash it.  You will just help drive the oil deeper into the skin.  Instead?  Grab your carrier oil (whatever is handy) and rub some oil all over the irritated area. Usually within seconds things my kids will notice everything better.
I had just finished a Zyto scan on my 5 yr old and she had Christmas Spirit as an oil on her list.  I applied a drop to the crown of her head and a few seconds later she said her hair was on fire.  DOH....Christmas Spirit has Cinnamon Bark in it....I ran for my coconut oil and applied it to her head....MOM TO THE RESCUE (granted she wouldn't have needed rescuing if I had been on my game) and within seconds everything was better.
Some shy away from a Carrier oil thinking that because it isn't a 'hot' oil they can just use the oils neat.  Well yes, this is true but....
(there is always a but...I'm a mom!)
Dilution with oils is to provide a carrier (oily taxi) for the essential oils to get to their needed destination. Essential oils are small molecules and easily/readily/quickly absorbed by the body; carrier oils are larger molecules that give the EOs a longer ride, so in essence the carrier oils are sustaining and increasing, not cutting the efficiency and effectiveness of our beloved oils.
If I were one to peel the labels on the back of the EO bottles (which I am NOT), as is suggested, I would see the dilution ratio that has already been figured out for each of the Young Living Oils. That is the ratio that has been scientifically found to prolong and promote the best results from that oil. I advise everyone to access and use that information.
Pretend we are the essential oil and we need to get to the other side of the country, is it better to run and do it alone, or to catch a ride? Either way we will eventually get there, but one is obviously a better choice. Catching a ride makes way more sense to me!
Another reason I adore to use a carrier extend to life of your 80-250 drops of oil per bottle.
I know a few people...(I won't name names ...Mom) who think that if they put about 6 drops of oil to one area that is better than 1 drop and some carrier oil.  False.  Not only is she wasting her precious oils, but the carrier oils actually helps her body absorb them faster and spreads to a wider range on her body!
SO don't let the words Dilution with a Carrier Oil scare you.  Go on Carry Away!
I like to take some of my roll on bottles and make up blends for on the go.  One of my favorite ones?  Thieves To Go
thieves on the go
I add about 20 drops of Thieves oil and fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil.  Just shake before each use!!
I like to keep this in my diaper bag when we are running errands.  I'll swipe some on the back of the kids neck and bottom of their feet for  quick protection!

~Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition
Want to learn more?  Shoot us an email and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. 
~Laura YL#1453491

Friday, April 18, 2014

Those 3 Little Words

usually followed by something coming out of the mouth of said person. 
Hi Laura again….You know the Super Hero Oily Momma.  Last week we talked about Lavender (you can visit the post HERE)….This week lets visit with our friend Peppermint.  The reason I started using Young Living Essential Oils in the first place…(more later)
We’ve all experienced it as a parent.  Tummy Bugs
But you know,  let’s not stop with tummy bugs let’s add fevers to the list….or bumps and bruises …..or motion sickness…..or headaches… on a hot day…..
Young Living Peppermint Oil is my favorite oil to have around (stick with me I will say this about all the oils) 
Sometimes a tummy bug strikes and your littles feel mighty green.  Now while green is a pretty color, not so much on your child.  My older kids like peppermint straight on the belly, where with my little littles I will dilute it with a carrier oil to protect those with sensitive skin.  I rub it all along their bellies as often as I can to help ease the pain of a sick belly
Indigestion?  Peppermint eases the pain too….Some will sip on a drop of peppermint in their water.  Some dilute (or not…depends on the age of the child in need) and rub all over where the gas pain is.  Sometimes within 15mins the pain is gone.  Great thing about YL essential oil?  No side effects and if we need to reapply we can. 
Fevers?  Rub peppermint along the spine and bottom of the feet to help bring a fever down
I have a favorite recipe I keep in a Roll On bottle for these times
Having kids and having ready made Roll Ons have been a life saver for me.
One they are quick to make and easy to grab in a hurry. Two being premade I can roll on the oil quick and make applications to little moving bodies a breeze.  Especially when applying every 30 mins or so
I like to use this same roll on for headaches too.  Rub on the temples, forehead and back of the neck.
Kids fall…it’s bound to happen.  They are running machines learning to leap from tall buildings (ok tables) and from time to time we get some bumps and bruises.  I love peppermint for these moments.   A little lavender and peppermint on the bump applied all during the day when bumps first happen and for a few days after.  These 2 oils make the bump look like night and day.  I have seen goose egg sized bumps shrink and never bruise using our oils.  A must in our First Aid Kit
Road Trips with littles? Diffuse peppermint in the car.  Yes, I said diffuse and car!  They make these really fun diffusers that plug into your car.  Drop a 5-15 drops of the oil on the disposable pad and boom…car starts smelling lovely.  Peppermint can help with motion sickness!!
Hot day at the park?  Bring a spray bottle with Peppermint mixed with water and spritz the kids.  (try to keep away from eyes)
Another fun way to use Peppermint?  Diffuse while your kids do school work or study.  Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness.  The peppermint will improve their concentration and focus and also bring back that experience of studying, which will make recalling the material easier.
So these are just a few ways we use Young Living Peppermint Oil in our household.  Join me again next week as we continue showing you how to use the oils from your Premium Starter Kit in your everyday living!!

I have a neat special right now.  For those interested in signing up with the Premium Starter kit I have a free Quick Reference Guide book ($15 value) and a Carry Case to hold your oils in too JUST FOR YOU!  Ask me how??!!

~Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition
Want to learn more?  Shoot us an email and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. 
~Laura YL#1453491

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lordy Lordy Look Who's.....

Yes I'll say it


I hit the age only my parents could ever be. 

I mean wasn't it just yesterday I was in 8th grade and we were throwing my mom ....MY MOM her 40th.

Not me

I mean surely not me?  I'm what 26?  I must be because I feel it

Back to reality

I had my whole 40 to 40 mission going on and while I didn't hit my goal of 40 I came dern close
34 lbs ....

So I lost a little toddler huh?

My Birthday was the 11th and I think I scored in the presents department.  I got more dresses than a Princess going to the Ball!  I was pampered galore and even got 2 dates out of it

Here's me and my oldest girl on my day!!!! (one of the 6 dresses...yes 6.  I mean I did turn 40 after all)
Date 1 was at Tru Fire.  Best hummus and fried hummus I've had in a long while!

My mom came into town and gave us date #2....Kenny's Burger Joint.  If you live in our area you must go...  Fantastic Burgers....Great date...great food
Nothing like getting time away from the kids!!

Next date I went for my white eyelet and brown scrunchy boots and denim jacket.  Feels good to be a girl again in pretty things!

I ended up making 2 cakes.  A brownie bottom cake and my all time favorite 10 years straight  Triple Decker Strawberry Cake from Southern Living

I was really dreading the whole turning 40 thing...but it honestly doesn't feel any different than when I turned 30.   I guess we associate 40 with old age and truly I feel younger than I did 20 years ago!  (ok maybe not 20)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sweet Tooth Strikes Again

Before I get into the sweets....(deep sigh)

I should say I am 1 week from my 40 to 40. 

Will I make my goal?  Probably not....but I will come close.  As of today I am 7 lbs away from hitting my mark.

I am still impressed that I made it this far.  When I made my goal I didn't think I would even lose 10 lbs....

I am soooo close to wearing all the clothes in my closet....(hello clothes that are not black)  I can get them up and button, but they look super tight. 

I'm in my toning phase now!!

Ok so enough about my 40th coming up (cake cake cake)


A few weeks ago I pinned some Pink Treats is my favorite color and I was looking for things to bake/make for my birthday with the family.  I mean hello?  I can't ever make just one around here now can I??!!

I found this Tiffany Blue icing Pink Cake one to make....then I found some Pink Cherry Fudge
and some Pink Cherry Rice Crispies too!

Last night I had to try the Pink Cherry Fudge

I changed the Dark Chocolate Cherry Fluff  (I don't get the fudge analogy)

I think I like how my teen daughter described it.  It was like eating a cherry cloud of heaven.  She even went on to describe the cherries were like sweet candies and when you bit into one it burst sweet goodness in your mouth. 

I ended up giving half of it to the inlaws last night I will surprise said teen with a new batch when she gets home from school today

The only thing different I did for the recipe?  I didn't use 2.5 cups of white choc chips (the bag evidently only holds 2 cups) and I used a 11x7 pan and not a 9" square pan.  People in the reviews complained of the dark choc cracking when they cut into it.  Well it did a bit, but who cares you are going to eat it anyways.   When you stir your cherries in do it quick...the mixture starts to harden quick...recipe says 1/2 cup...I think I might add a bit more or sprinkle some on top before I pour the dark chocolate

Thanks Shugary Sweets for this treat
  • 2 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 7oz jar Fluff (marshmallow cream)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp cherry flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 10oz dark chocolate, melted
  1. In large saucepan, melt butter with sugar, cream and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, set timer for 5 minutes and add in cherry gelatin.
  2. After 5 minutes remove from heat. In mixing bowl, add white chocolate and marshmallow cream. Pour hot mixture over this and beat with a whisk until smooth and creamy (and all chocolate is melted. Fold in dried cherries.
  3. Pour in a parchment paper lined 9inch square pan. Pour melted dark chocolate over cherry fudge and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!

But I didn't just stop at this dessert.  I saw a Pillsbury dessert that caught my eye.  The crust was made using Cinnamon Rolls.  I was intrigued.  I read all the reviews and took to heart some of the ideas and when complete I had a dessert that was amazing.  In fact the family said "Oh man this is a should have made 2"

Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie  (my changes in red)


Crumb Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened


1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing


6 medium Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced (4 apples)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
2 tablespoons lemon juice


  •   Heat oven to 375°F. (reduce to 350') In medium bowl, mix Crumb Topping ingredients with fork until large clumps form. Refrigerate. Spoon icing from can of rolls into small microwavable bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  •   Lightly flour rolling pin and work surface or cutting board. Separate dough into 8 rolls. With rolling pin, roll each cinnamon roll, cinnamon side up, into 4- to 5-inch round.
  •   In ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate, place 1 dough round in center. Arrange remaining 7 dough rounds around center round and up side of plate, overlapping slightly as necessary. With fingers, press dough to seal together in bottom and up side of pie plate to form crust. Flute edge. (I didn't didn't come up that far on the sides)
  •   In large bowl, gently mix Filling ingredients. Spoon filling into cinnamon roll-lined pie plate. Sprinkle crumb topping over top to completely cover filling.
  •   Bake about 1 hour or until top is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool on cooling rack at least 1 hour.  (after 20 mins I covered edges with foil)
  •   Before serving, microwave icing on High 10 to 15 seconds or until runny enough to drizzle. Drizzle back and forth over top of pie.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Super Oily Mom Cape

I'm going to be guest blogging over at my Team Blog for Young Living Oils every Wednesday

For the next 12+ weeks I will be covering all the awesome things in the Starter Kit....

Join me over there today for uses on the awesome

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's the Pan....It Made Me

Donut Pans

Have you seen them?  It's my new obsession.  You saw how the other day I made some Cinnamon Sugar Donuts?

Well then later that day I used the same recipe and omitted the cinnamon and nutmeg combination and instead folded in some mini chocolate chips (I just poured some...I didn't measure)
and made a Nutella Glaze for the top

Oh sweet Bessie were those delish

Nutella Glaze

1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
1-2 tbs HOT water
1-2 tbs (I used like 4) nutella

mix all together adding water to thin until desired consistency

My children inhaled them yesterday and my oldest and I quote told me "Mom you NAILED these"

So they saved them for their breakfast this morning and instructed me to make more 

My In Laws were coming for dinner and my MIL saw my IG pictures and sent me a txt letting me know Chocolate Donuts were her FAVORITE.  I got the hint and made these today

I used the recipe over at Joy the Baker, but not her glaze

For my chocolate glaze

3/4 chocolate chips
3 tbs butter
1 tbs light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

I heated in the microwave for about a min and then stirred until smooth

Chocolate Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
makes about 10 doughnuts
recipe adapted from Shutterbean
For the Doughnuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted until just browned
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 325  degrees F.  Spray a doughnut baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together until all of the ingredients are well combined.  Scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure that you’re not leaving any flour behind.  

Use a small spoon to portion batter into the prepared doughnut baking pan.  Each doughnut mold should be about two-thirds full.  Bake doughnuts for 11 to 13 minutes or until a skewer inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out clean.  

Remove from the oven.  Allow to rest for five minutes before inverting doughnuts onto a wire rack to cool completely.  

Allow doughnuts to cool completely before glazing.

During my many many pans of baking donuts lately....I HAVE SINCE REALIZED  it is BEST to FILL to the top.  Recipes say 3/4 full but I messed up on my first few batches and the hole filled in. I used an apple corer to punch the hole out


They were sad and puny when filled 2/3  or 3/4 full

SO go for it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sweets ....It's Ok

I love sweets.  I am learning everything in moderation and NOT to give up a passion of mine


I did NOT sample my St Patrick's Day cookies, but I did sample the bottom half half of these bad boys this morning with my coffee

While at the gym the other day I saw Ina Garten making these and I knew I wanted to try these for the kids.  I ordered the pans on amazon ($7 a piece and free prime shipping baby) and broke out and made them this morning!

I thought I would put the batter in a pastry bag and pipe in...UH NO.  It was just easier to use a spoon and do it that way. 
Another thing not to do?  Don't fill to top.  My hole filled in and I needed to use my apple corer to remake the hole.  (live and learn)

These tasted perfectly springy perfect and I can't wait to find other recipes for plain w/a chocolate ganache icing

Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For toppings
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar mixed with ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Then in a small bowl whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Take the wet ingredients and add them to the dry ingredient bowl. Mix together until just combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into prepared donut pans filling about ¾ths the way.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes until doughnuts spring back when poked.
  5. Let doughnuts cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Prepare the cinnamon and sugar mixture
  7. Dip both sides of donuts in melted butter and then sugar

To let you know we all mess up on our diets?  Yesterday I ate about 1/2 cup of M&M's and a handful of the kids Cool Ranch Doritos and a tamale yesterday.  I did increase my water and I did my cardio though...and still lost a lb!  So just do better the next and keep on keeping on! 
9lbs to go for my 40 to 40

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Feel Good Thing

Hubs and I don't sit much for tv shows.  There are only a few we tape and watch...and most are on CMT etc

One in particular that we (ok hubs introduced me to it) love is a sweet Variety type show called

It's got an old 1950's feel...(they live in a farmhouse no less) and I may or may not wish I could dress just like her!

One of my favorite songs of theirs is Play The can click below to see the beauty of the couple and fun song!

What I love even more?  They have a quick recipe segment in there....

This sweet couple just welcomed a baby girl named Indiana this past February and I saw the birth video last night.  Ok cue the tears.  You know me and my midwife natural birthing self was totally in love with everything about this video.  Old farmhouse and birth attendants and baby all make me swoon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

40 to 40 Update.......The Fix Is Finished

Whew....I finished the 21 DAY FIX yesterday

Stats ended at 10lbs and 7" for that 21 days!

I didn't notice much change except in my saddle bag area.  I WILL TAKE IT

So drum roll.....

My 40 to 40 is going strong 17 days until my 40th and I have a whopping 10 lbs to go!!!

So far I lost 30 lbs in this journey and lost count of overall inches!  

Last time I posted pictures I got a bunch of "boy you're brave"  

I wasn't sure if they meant that in a good or bad way....but if it can motivate someone else 

Many times I will see someone's before picture and say to myself "she looks just like me"  and then I see her after and I want that too

SO here you are.....Day 1 and week 9  

everything pretty much is shrinking waist has dropped 5"     chest 4"     hips 4"  thighs each dropped 4"  and about 3 dress sizes

I am just ever so slightly back in all my old old clothes I mean after Lily. 

I made every excuse like anyone else...but I felt justified b/c I have 6 kids.  I mean the girl with 1 or 2 kids and would work out ....I mean hello?  I would too if I had that many kids

I'm constantly in the kitchen prepping food.  Have you cooked daily for a family of 8....2 of which are teenage boys that eat like no tomorrow and bring friends at a last mins notice who can polish down food too?

I start prepping in the morn and again start dinner around 3:30 each day

I felt consumed by food and then I would eat the wrong things (hello Chick Fil A on the way home from Target) or maybe just 2 more pieces of name it.  I also like to bake.  I mean I really love to bake.  Creating yummy desserts is sort of my happy place.  SO it's been 1. hard to not sample 2. hard to cut back 3 hard to make stuff

The 21 Day Fix was about portion control...timing your food...and working out.

The containers at first seemed impossible...Now just fun to come up with combos

Now that the fix is over I will continue using the containers, but alter them a bit.  I will change up things she suggests

I am also starting the 60 Booty Lift Challenge using the Beachbody Brazil Butt Lift series.  

It was a super intense workout that had me laughing up a storm this morning!!!

Sample list of some of my meals the past 21 days
6 small meals during the day


bell peppers w/hummus
carrots w/hummus
apples with cinnamon, honey , and coconut
apples w/greek yogurt and cinnamon
strawberries/blueberries greek yogurt with cinnamon
1/2 english muffin w/1tsp almond butter and 1/2 banana
pineapple w/greek yogurt
any berries and yogurt
KIND bar (did this rarely)

breakfast usually consisted of my Shakeology

mainly salads w/lots of cilantro 1tbs dressing, 1tbs feta and a protein....grilled chicken or flank steak

kept this protein, roasted or grilled or steamed veggies, and 1/2 carb, (wild rice, couscous, 1 tortilla) 

I drank tons of Lemon water (using my YL essential oil)
I took about 15 drops of grapefruit oil a day in a capsule

I also drank 2oz of Ningxia red each day!

I think I'll continue most of these things...


I am still doing mornings in the gym and sometimes in the evening w/my main man!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What I'm Doing Now

Yesterday was St Patrick's Day and my daddy's birthday!  I copied Bake at 350's cookies and made the kids some fun treats yesterday...THAT I COULDN'T EAT.  Still on my 21 Day Fix
I just smelled them a lot and used my memory for the taste.  (just finished another one in my mind)

How is my 21 Day Fix going?
Great.  I just started my last week on Monday and so far my total on the Fix is 7lbs and 5"
I'm hoping at the end of this week my total on the 21 Day Fix will be about 12 lbs!  (fingers crossed)

My overall weight loss has been terrific.  I'm busting my booty to hit my 40 to 40 goal  (a then another 10 after that)

I'm down 27 lbs and about 20" .  I'm back into a handful of my old clothes (pre Lily) and I've noticed my endurance is way way up! 

I'm going to do another round of the 21 Day and add Brazil Butt Lift to it!!

(pictures to follow next week at the end of the Fix)

Pinterest called me this weekend.....I had to make some Burlap stuff...I'm addicted to Burlap but man is it messy to cut.  (note:  don't wear black...)

I sprayed my brown burlap white and then painted choc dots on it.  I feel something Easter like coming up.  Ohh if only I was an artist.  I would do one for ever season.  But I can not free hand shapes to save my life!
I need a really creative friend to come over and draw a bunch of stuff on posterboard for me!! (hint hint)

And I finally finished the Tooth Fairy Door
Thought it would be cute to make the door number her birth year for a keepsake item

TTT:  Trip to Target Tuesday

I mean what is a good week without one right?  Nah...I try to keep it once a month or less.  I can get into trouble here.  Frozen was released (and sadly we have NEVER seen it) so I wanted to hop on the bandwagon. 
The bunny ears were in the $1 section and I went for it.  They had brown for the boys and well?  Kids are totally adorable as bunnies

Speaking of bunnies.  Lily is dying for one.  Tell me not to get one.  Tell me they are too much trouble.  Tell me they poop and are messy!  Tell me they aren't really soft and cute.  Tell me stuffed ones are better. 

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