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1.& 3. Lucy is having the best week ever.
2. Remy as a nerdy Link.
4. Cousin play date.


Essential Oils: YL Essential Rewards Program

So you took the plunge and became a Young Living wholesale member….mostly so you could get the discount right? Me too. Now that you are a distributor,  I want to tell you about an awesome program Young Living offers called essential rewards.

Essential rewards is a monthly auto ship program that is available exclusively to Young Living distributors. By becoming an essential rewards member, you will earn points to be used for future product orders. Your order will auto ship to you on the day you choose, every month. The cool thing is you can change your order every month and even change the date it ships! So if one month you run out of peppermint and lemon, but you don’t need those the next month, you can choose something else. The only requirement is that you order a minimum of 50 PV per month to participate in essential rewards, which equals about 50 us dollars. Pretty easy to do! (p.s…PV stands for personal volume. Usually the PV amount matches up dollar for dollar with the purchase price, but not always. Make sure to check this before saving your essential rewards order.)

There are a number of  benefits to having an essential rewards order set up:

1. You save on shipping. Every essential reward order you place qualifies for reduced shipping costs. All essential reward members pay $6.98 U.S. / $9.75 CAN flat shippping rate on the first 5 lbs of your order and only $0.63 for every additional pound U.S., and $0.70 for CAN.

2. You earn rewards points back with every essential rewards order you place. The points work like CASH to be used for future orders, and you can earn up to 20% back for every order. As the number of months you place an essential rewards order increase, so does your percentage back! So basically the more months you place an essential rewards order consecutively, the higher percentage you get back in points.

First 6 months-→ 10% PV back

6-12 months → 15% PV back

13 months + → 20% PV back

For example: If you place a 130 PV essential rewards order in your first 6 months you would earn 13 points to redeem for free product. The more you order, the more points you redeem. Plus Young Living just added the option to redeem your essential rewards points ONLINE! We used to have to call to use them or wait for live help online, which took foreverrrr.

Thats a whole lot of free oils friends! I have been an essential rewards member for a little over a year and have earned about $300 in FREE oils!

Just remember, you can only earn these rewards points with your essential rewards order, not with any of your regular orders. And you can only place ONE essential rewards order per month, so make sure you have everything you want in your cart before it auto ships! You can however place as many regular orders as you’d like in a month.

3. You have access to discounted essential rewards exclusives! There are a few kits that are discounted and are only available for essential rewards members to purchase: NingXia Red, ART skincare, Thieves, and Balance all offer great discounted essential rewards kits! So you get a fantastic deal and earn free products at the same time! I order the NingXia Red essential rewards kit which includes, 4- bottles, and 30 single packets, for $171.25. If I would have bought them separately it would have cost about 30$ more! #callingallcouponers this is a no brainer!

So what are you waiting for?

Here is how you can start earning rewards :

1. First become a wholesale member if you have not done so already….here is how to do that. (remember you NEVER have to sell or keep up with ordering when you become a wholesale member, but to take advantage of the essential rewards program you need to order a minimum of 50 PV per month.) You can choose one of the essential reward kits if you want the products in that kit but you don’t have to. You can choose other products that you’d like.

If you are already a wholesale member, login to your account and click the essential rewards tab on the lefthand side to set up your account.

2. Choose your favorite Young Living products worth at least 50 PV. Remember, you can change this every month!

3. Complete the essential rewards agreement online or by fax.

Enjoy your free oils!


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Celebrating dads birthday with his favorite chocolate chip cheesecake. My whole tribe. They sure make my heart swell!


Essential Oils: For Beauty

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These are a few of the ways I use my essential oils in my daily beauty routine, and a few that I only use on an as-needed-basis.

1 drop of Lavender oil in my mascara. I have been doing this for months and my lashes have never been longer, and rarely clump anymore when I wear mascara.

Joy, Ylang Ylang, and Peace and Calming make the lovliest perfumes. Vetiver and Valor are good ones for men.

10 drops of Cedarwood in a spray bottle, with one pump of conditioner, and 4 oz of water for hair growth. Spray on after bath or shower and comb through hair. I have been doing this religiously at night and my hairline is finally starting to grow back! Highly recommend for after baby hair loss. Make sure to do it at night though because cedarwood makes you sleepy.

8 drops of Lavender and 8 drops of Frankincense right into your daily moisturizer for the skin of your dreams. Frank will diminish wrinkles for the win and lavender will keep your skin hydrated and clear.

1 drop of Vetiver on the back of your neck and on your feet to help with your beauty rest. When you are getting sufficient sleep those bags under your eyes will be smaller and lighter, and your skin will be healthier.

1 drop of Melaleuca as an acne spot treatment. I put this on a zit once and within hours it was clearing up and had shrunk significantly in size.

Diffuse Lemongrass and Marjoram if your face feels puffy and your skin is tight.

These wonderful oils have changed my beauty routine for the better: I love what they have done for my skin specifically.

I stand behind Young Livings essential oils exclusively, as they are pure, therapeutic grade oils, and come from crops that are grown organically and without the use of chemicals. If you want to learn more about how to get started with essential oils, check out my post here, or shoot me an e-mail! I love to talk oils. 



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Liam, “Mom you look like that guy from Peter Pan.”

Me, “Which one?”

Liam, “You know the one that is friends with Captain Hook, the one with the fat tummy.”

Me, “Mr. Smee?”

Liam, “Yeah! You look like Mr. Smee because you have a fat tummy too.”

So I did just get done feeding Lucy, my shirt was disheveled and my tummy was probably showing a bit. But still, I know. RUDE. After I removed Liam from our will, I couldn’t stop laughing. I feel like I should have been crying or something but I thought it was hilarious. I don’t know why but this is the first time after having a baby that I am enjoying and embracing my post baby body. Also, turns out the weight just isn’t melting off like every person ever says it will, while nursing. Boo. But really, nursing Lucy is so fulfilling (and time consuming), that I haven’t even thought about how I am going to start losing the weight. There are days when I wish I could just go to the gym because I miss it and how good I felt. Plus I would like to have more options when I am getting dressed in the morning. Right now 80% of my clothes don’t fit, and another 10% aren’t nursing friendly so that’s super fun. Honestly though, there truly are so many more days that my weight doesn’t even cross my mind. I feel like a super woman just because I can nurse a baby, finally! (I couldn’t nurse with my boys and had to pump the whole time.) I am continually amazed at the way God created my body to nourish another little being. When Lucy is hungry, my body just knows and is ready. I make just the right amount of milk to feed her. And all she needs to grow, and to be healthy, is ME. How incredible is that? When you start to look at your body this way, the extra chunk and stretch marks don’t seem to bother you as much. It probably helps that I am constantly on the go, so I don’t look in the mirror much. Some days I go to pick up the boys from school and I don’t realize until I get home, that I had crusted banana in my hair.

Anyway…I was going somewhere with this…oh right, Mr. Smee. There is a reason we have been watching lots of classic Disney movies. We decided to start planning a trip to Disney. All of the Home Alone-hands-slapped-on-cheeks-AHHHHHH-emojis. I mean I am beyond excited, but literally I thought, I’ll just go online, pick a place to stay, buy our tickets and we will just “go to Disney.” Guys, I am a huge dummy. Who knew there was so much that went into it? Not I. I have been planning and researching for about a month now and it turns out I am still feeling clueless. The good thing is there are a lot of Disney die-hards that know every single thing there is to know about planning a Disney trip, and they write great blogs to help a newbie out.

The other good news is that I made a special trip to Target just to get a pretty binder to organize all my Disney stuff, and I am started multiple spreadsheets comparing all of our options (nerds unite!). Plus we finally booked a place to stay this week, which feels like a huge victory in itself because we were hamming and hawing about a few different places. It was so hard to make a decision. It turns out when you have a “large” family, the options are limited and a lot more expensive. Who woulda thought?

So now its onto other important decisions like, is it worth it to do the Disney dining plan? What rides do we fast pass? What resturants do we want to book? What in the world is a magic band? What characters do we want to meet? Do we want to pay extra to get park hopper passes? Because these are things we have to decide months before we go apparently or we won’t get to do everything we want to do. Crazy. I just started digging in to the dining options and I think this will be the hardest part, because obviously that’s the part I am most excited for. So much good food I can hardly wait!

There just seems to be this pressure when you plan a trip to Disney…I didn’t even know it existed until I started doing my research. But you just want everything to be perfect. And believe me, I totally know that I shouldn’t expect a perfect trip when we go…but if we are spending this kind of moola, I want it to be pretty darn close! I’m sure that pressure definitely does not come from all the Disney movies that always end happily ever…nope…for sure not.

From what I have read, the more planned out your days are, the better. That I can work with. Planning is my love language. We have been saving all our extra change and dolla bills for a while now, as a family, and I think we almost have enough for one person to get into Disney, for one day. LOLS. But seriously, the kids have been asking about Disney for a looonnng time, and instead of just biting the bullet and paying for a trip, we really wanted them to understand how expensive it is to go on a trip like this. Kind of of like the $3000 smart TV that broke on NYE from a swift Wii remote to the screen, that will not be getting replaced for a LOOONNGGG time.

Anyway, if you have any Disney advice I want to hear from you! I want all the deets. Also any monies you want to send my way. Also, wine.

Hope you all have a great week, stay warm!