Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Ditch and Switch

It's a new year. So many people are making changes, including us. The biggest one for me is no more dairy. I thought for sure I would die without cheese, but it turns out, I don't even miss it!?!?! How is that even possible, right!?

When we started using Young Living Essential Oils, we were excited about the idea of "Ditching and Switching". You know, trading your current products in for chemical free ones. We have been striving to make our house a chemical free home since even before starting with our oils, but then we discovered things like Carageenan were even in our "natural" toothpaste. Yuck!

Look at all of these TRULY Natural options...

So, we started thinking about how we could switch out some of the "natural" store bought brands of things like laundry detergent, hand soap, hand sanitizer, facial care products, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, body wash, body lotion, supplements and so many other products. One of our absolute favorite switches was chucking every single household cleaner we used and purchasing the Thieves Household Cleaner instead. It cleans every single surface in our home, even windows without streaking. It's truly amazing AND affordable. And the hand purifier. Every single person who tries it can't believe how silky it is and how nice it smells. It's a hit!

Look at it this way, if you shop at Target and have a red card, you get 5% back on your purchases. If you sign up for Essential Rewards with Young Living, you get 10% back to start and it goes all the way up to 20% back. It's HUGE savings. 

We earned over $1000 in free product last year with Essential Rewards. You can't beat that.

So give it a try. Start the "DITCH AND SWITCH". You won't regret it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

You Can Never Have Enough Thieves

Last week, I walked into our house after having our house cleaned. As soon as I opened the door, I was hit in the face by the smell of chemicals. I knew our cleaning crew did not use our Thieves household cleaner. :( I literally got a headache within minutes and started feeling nauseous. My body is not used to chemicals anymore. That's a great thing, but makes the reaction even stronger when something like this happens. The owner was extremely apologetic and said our normal crew couldn't be there and she forgot to tell the team she sent. Mistakes happen and it was a great opportunity for me to share the Thieves Love with her. She actually had me order her her own bottle right then and there when I showed her how well it works even on mirrors and windows. I love that we've been able to replace every single cleaning product we used to use with this one. It's concentrated so it lasts forever. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out ;) Oh and hiring a cleaning lady is the best money we have ever spent. So thankful we are able to do that.

Did you now that Young Living carries lots of products in addition to the oils? Thieves products are some of our favorites. Thieves was inspired by the legend of four 15th century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination of Clove, Rosemary and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. All of these products include that special Thieves blend. Some of my favs are the Household Cleaner of course, the Hand Purifier (the silkiest hand sanitizer you will ever use), and my new favorite is the Thieves floss.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Finding Your Calm

Who doesn't need a little calm in their lives? Can I get an Amen!?
Did you know that there are certain oils that are scientifically proven to be more effective for calming our brains or helping us with occasional anxiety than other oils? Here's why: I explained it in my video, but here it is in text so that you can take notes. Some oils contain a compound called Sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes allow these oils to surpass the blood/brain barrier. What does that mean, you ask? Well, they can miraculously reach the very part of our brains that is necessary in order for our brains to be calmed. Our amygdala is housed in our limbic part of the brain. Our amygdala can send us into Fight, Flight or Freeze when any of our senses are heightened. Our bodies are amazingly created to protect us from harm so they know to arm ourselves in fear when something is off, sensory speaking.
The example I gave is this, imagine you are in your living room and someone drops a pan in the kitchen. That loud crash sends your body into high alert. It's technically going into immediate fight flight or freeze mode. What happens to your brain? Here’s, the little brain lesson I shared. We have an Upstairs brain (responsible for rational, logical thought) and a Downstairs brain (it contains our survival reactions). When our body is sent into high alert, we no longer have access to our Upstairs brain. We are "stuck" in our Downstairs brain. Well, when that happens, we need our amygdala to be calmed in order for our body to give us access back to our rational, logical part of our brain, our Upstairs Brain. Oils high in sesquiterpenes do just that. They calm our amygdala, giving us access back to rational thought. Isn't that amazing!?!? The amygdala is reached through our sense of smell or olfactory system. Essential oils can reach this level of the brain while chemicals cannot because they are inhaled rather than ingested. Diffusing oils is an excellent way to get them into the air and into your olfactory system.
This is why many people find it helpful to diffuse calming oils, roll them on their chests or wear a diffuser necklace if they are experiencing occasional anxiety or if they are hoping to relax a get a good night’s sleep.
Here is a list of calming oils, most of which contain very high amounts of those sesquiterpenes I was talking about:
Stress Away
Do some research. If you need some calm in your life, find the combo that works for you and be empowered now knowing exactly why it's working for you!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Well, Hello Again

Well, Hello Again. It's me, Melissa, your good ole friend from You Were Born in Our Hearts. Please forgive me for the abrupt goodbye. Things were getting a tad too personal over here in blog land. We needed to take a break after bringing our little one home from China to decide what needed to be shared and what needed to remain private. It was HARD. If you know me, or were one of my faithful readers that got to know our story, you know I'm pretty much an open book. I feel like it's so important to share honestly about our struggles as an adoptive family. I was just struggling to make sure that I was sharing solely from my perspective and not what I perceived my children's perspective to be because I was ANGRY that it was that hard...angry at us for us for thinking we could do it again, angry at our child for not sleeping when he was traumatized (not my best self right there) and angry at God for calling us to it and disrupting the calm we had finally found a year and a half in with our oldest. I always wanted to be honoring to our children and their stories and I was letting my feelings get in the way of me doing that so I knew it was time to walk away for a while. It was definitely the right decision. I mean, I was even embarrassed by the name I chose for my blog, "You Were Born In Our Hearts." Ummm no. But, when you know better, you do better and let's face it, born in our hearts they were not. Both of my boys were born in their beautiful China Mamas bellies. That is the truth of our children's stories and we want there to be no confusion there. The sentiment behind the blog title was so well meaning and it's even somewhat sweet before you witness the trauma your child endures to become yours. When you sit and think about the gut wrenching decision those women had to make. You just won't ever hear the words "born in our hearts" ever come out of my mouth again.

But enough about the old blog. We are starting something brand new! Through the hard, we found HOPE. God used so many to speak to us about ways we could help our son. We discovered Young Living Essential Oils and our lives were changed forever. With a tiny little diffuser and two tiny bottles of oil, we had hope that things would get better. They have gotten more than better. You can read about why we chose to try our oils here and about trauma and the brain and how oils calm here. If you want to learn about our family and how we came to become Mama & Baba you can read about that here.

So, WELCOME! I'm so happy to be back sharing our journey with you all and I'm so happy you are here! Go grab a cup of coffee or maybe a glass of wine and stay awhile.