Friday, July 29, 2016

Day 10: Foodie Friday- Einkorn Applesauce Bread





How about a nutritious after school snack that will fill those bellies too? Try the Einkorn Spiced Applesauce Bread! This recipe uses Young Living’s Einkorn flour, that is even safe for people with gluten sensitivities. Nutrients are more abundant in einkorn grain than in modern wheat. It’s highly nutritious, unhybridized and low in gluten - a must have for your pantry!

Einkorn Spiced Applesauce Bread

Ingredients:
-1 ¼ cup applesauce
-1 cup organic evaporated cane juice crystals (can substitute sugar)
-½ cup coconut oil
-2 eggs
-1 drop Cinnamon Vitality oil
-1 drop Nutmeg Vitality oil
-3 tablespoons milk of your choice
-2 cups Einkorn flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-½ teaspoon baking powder
-¼ teaspoon ground allspice
-¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 - lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, cane juice crystals, coconut oil, eggs, essential oils and milk - stir well. Sift in Einkorn flour, baking soda, baking powder, allspice and sea salt - stir until smooth.
3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes.

Enjoy! Healthy and yummy recipe found in the Einkorn cookbook!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Day 9: Happy Morning- Diffuse Citrus





Here's a tip from my friend Lucy:
"We go through a lot of citrus oils to get us up and and at 'em in the morning. They are not only great for giving you a pep in your step, they can also boost the mood of those who are not feeling the morning vibe (also known as those who like to sleep till 10AM). Try Orange, Lemon, Bergamot, Citrus Fresh and for an extra burst of energy, add Peppermint! " Thanks to @thehalfdozenhome for this happy tip!

I would just like to add that I am dreaming of the day when my children will sleep until 10AM LOL But we LOVE citrus oils too. I also drink them in my water and we are known to add a drop of Orange to a Blue Moon every once in a while. Delish! It's the perfect addition on a night of steamed crabs. We are in Maryland. It's a thing :)



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Day 8: Teacher Appreciation Gifts





We all know teachers give and give and give - all year long. They are, simply put, AMAZING! Let’s remember to shower them with love (and awesome + practical gifts!) this year! Here’s a few examples:

-Stress Away (simply diffuse or wear as perfume).
-Thieves Hand Purifier (this comes in a larger bottle, great for classrooms).
-Diffuser necklace, and any of the following oils: Joy, Orange or citrus fresh.
-A small diffuser such as the Orb, that will work well in a classroom + a few favorite oils.
-Bottle of Thieves Household cleaner to help keep the classroom clean.
-Thieves Spray for dirty hands, desktops & more.

You could even create your own DIY Homemade Spray for them to use in the classroom:
Ingredients
-16oz glass spray bottle
-8oz distilled water
-8oz vinegar
-25-30 drops of a combination of Thieves, Lemon & Rosemary
Thanks to @amycaudill_essentials and @mrs.tdb for these tips!

I also like to make Homemade Thieves Foaming Hand Soaps for them to keep in the classroom. Here's a quick how-to video. All you need is some Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap, Organic Vegetable Glycerin and Thieves Essential Oil. Easy Peasy and so inexpensive.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day 7: Diffuse + Ingest Peppermint



A favorite oil of our friends with school age children to diffuse during study time is Peppermint. It’s so fresh + invigorating! Studies have shown that Peppermint improves focus and test scores when ingested or inhaled during tests. Add that to a diffuser necklace/bracelet and send with your kids!

Another yummy tip is to add it to hot chocolate in the cold months. I sometimes add it to coffee with a little bit of cocoa powder to make a homemade peppermint mocha! YUM!

Or if you or your kids have any issues with the motion of being in a car, etc. it's great to diffuse in an ORB-diffuser. It's spill proof and plugs right into the lighter.

Thanks to Margaret Schrock for this helpful tip!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Day 6: Immunity Support with Super C




My friend Emily Anderson shares a tip for daily Immune Support:
"With 6 kids, I’m always on the lookout for ways to support our immune systems. One way is with the Super C supplements. Each kiddo gets a chewable Super C vitamin in the morning before school. And the parents take a Super C tablet (not chewable). Both of these items are powerful antioxidants + vitamin C supplements. Chances are, your kids aren’t getting the daily dose of Vitamin C that is needed to help support their body. Consider adding this supplement into their daily routine."
Thanks to @theandersoncrew for this tip!





Friday, July 22, 2016

Day 5: Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites





When we know our mornings are going to be hectic (AKA every morning), we like to make these energy bites in advance to have on hand. These no-bake energy bites taste just like a cookie, although they are full of protein and naturally sweetened. There is only 15 minutes of prep time and no baking!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients:
-1 cup (dry) oatmeal (gluten free oats can be used)
-2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup ground flax seed
-1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-3 or 4 drops of Thieves Vitality oil

Directions:
1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
2. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour, to make the mix easier to handle and mold.
3. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.)
4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 bites.

*If the mix seems to dry, add in an extra tablespoon or two of honey or peanut butter. If the mix seems too wet (which may happen if you use natural peanut butter), add extra oatmeal. Thanks to @amycaudill_essentials for this delicious recipe! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day 4: Immune Support with NingXia Red




Depending on where you live, it is most likely still pretty hot when the kids head back to school. Our kids drink a shot of Ningxia Red every morning to help support a healthy immune and digestive system. We have found a way to mix it up a little and add some excitement to their daily dose of wellness: Ningxia slushies! 


Blend the following:

-½ cup frozen strawberries

-½ cup frozen pineapples

-2 ounces of Ningxia Red

Serve + enjoy, it’s delicious!





Bishop knows what's up ๐Ÿ˜‚

 Daily NingXia is how we ALL like to get our day started. Oh my gosh, this is so stinkin adorable. Or maybe it's because he's mine!? Either way, I had to share.





NingXia Red Slushies in place of snowballs for a yummy summer treat! I've never met a sugary snowball that supports overall wellbeing, normal energy levels, normal cellular function, and normal eye health. But they sure are yummy, aren't they? ๐Ÿ˜‚ If you don't have time to whip out the blender for the recipe above, just pour some NingXia over shaved ice and give this alternative a try!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Day 3: Diffuse and Apply



Going back to school can be tough on all members of the family. Everyone needs some inspiration + motivation to switch gears and get back into the groove. Diffuse some Highest Potential during breakfast or run some through your hair (and your kiddos!), so that you are always performing your best. This is one our Gideon scans for frequently. I think it has something to do with the blend Gathering being in it. It helps to calm chaotic energy. Yep, sounds about right. It's amazing how quickly these oils work for calming when you find the right ones.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Day 2: Thieves Cough Drops





Are you bracing yourselves for the sore throats to start come September? These Thieves Cough Drops are a quick way to boost your child’s immune system while riding to and from school. They're so soothing for a cough and sore throat and they cool nasal passages as well. Definitely a good one to pop in your kid's backpack just in case. The cough drops we used growing up are full of nasty chemicals, but not these. They are completely chemical-free and full of nature's purest essential oils. Get some!



Monday, July 18, 2016

Day 1: Wellness Tool Kit for Kids



As parents, we have a big job training our children to be good stewards of their bodies. One of the best ways to do that, is equipping them to be responsible for their own wellness. How about making a mini wellness toolkit, for them to keep in their backpack? This can be something they keep tucked away in their lockers, at the bottom of their book bag or in their desk/cubby at school. It needs to be somewhere easily accessible to them, without breaking the rules of the school. A good idea is to make sure the teacher knows ahead of time, that your kiddo has this and what’s in it.

Wellness Toolkit for Kids:

1.Clean & Healthy Head Spray - 1/2 oz Witch Hazel, 1.5 oz Distilled Water, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Rosemary & 4 drops Tea Tree. Spray in hair, hats & backpacks whenever needed.

2.Hand cleaner - 5 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel, 3-4 tablespoons Water, ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil & 8-10 drops Thieves. Rub on hands. (OR, just purchase the Thieves Hand Purifier-It's my favorite. So silky and smells so good. Doesn't dry your hands out either.)

3.Tummy roller - 3 drops Lemon, 3 drops Frankincense, 1 drop Peppermint & fill w/carrier oil of your choice. Roll on tummy area.

4.Focus roller - 10 drops Frankincense, 10 drops Copaiba, 10 drops Cedarwood, 10 drops Vetiver & fill the rest w/carrier oil of your choice. Roll on neck or wrists.

Include a few band-aids and lip balms and you’ve got a little kit that your kiddo can reach for anytime! You can store the supplies in a zip top bag, a pencil box or even a cute little bag from the Target dollar spot…get creative! Thanks to @heatherbuelow for this Wellness Toolkit suggestion! #BackToSchoolWithEssentialFamilies

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Back To School Learn & Share Event


I know it’s the middle of July, and you're all like "no no I'm still in vacay mode", but school IS right around the corner. Crazy, right!?

I'm excited that our Essential Families team will be hosting a Back to School Learn & Share Event every weekday between July 18th and August 15th. I'll be posting something each day so that you're prepared with how to keep those kiddos happy, healthy, focused and so much more to start the school year off right. Believe me, you will be so happy to be armed with this info come September. Trust me.

Essential Families is kicking off the event with a giveaway over on Instagram so go check it out. One lucky winner will receive a Lip Balm bundle + Thieves Hand Purifier. Both of these items will come in handy this school year for your kiddos! They will draw a winner on Monday so good luck!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Moved





What did we do to get 11 police officers in our front yard you ask? We asked for one car to drive by for our son's birthday party ๐ŸŽ‰ Instead, 9 cars came. They were so incredibly gracious, even singing him happy birthday and giving him a remote control police car as a gift. They passed out sheriff and deputy badges too. So overwhelmed with gratitude for what they did today. All the kids climbed through a police car and got to push the buttons for the lights and siren. They loved it. Thank you Baltimore County Police Department for making Gideon's day. You are appreciated. Not just today, but every day ❤

5



This little cutie is not so little anymore. He’s 5 today! I can honestly hardly believe it, but when you meet your child at 17 months old, 5 comes pretty fast. 

We made a paper link for the 10 days leading up to his birthday. He could hardly stand the excitement of tearing one off each day. He wanted to make one 2 months ago. Ha! 

He’s such a live-life-out-loud kinda kid. Full of energy as soon as his eyes pop open in the morning. He has the kindest heart. Loves and cares for his brother in a way that makes me so proud. Has an excitement about life that’s contagious. 

A rule follower at heart even though he likes to push the limits. Loves God and sings about Jesus all day long. Has a bit of a fiery temper, but can use his words to explain his feelings in a way I’m not sure most adults could. 

He’s super smart with what we’re pretty sure is a photographic memory. He’s tender and super sensitive and as compassionate as they come. 

He has my whole heart. We’re connected in a way I’ve not been with any other human being. Don’t worry, Ryan understands๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so good for our souls. Healing. So much of our stories are the same. 

God is doing big things with this boy. So grateful I get to be a part of it. My life changed the day he became mine. Happy Birthday my sweet Gideon!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunbasket




Almost dinner time! Have you heard of SunBasket? We decided to give it a try with a discount code for first timers and our box arrived 2 days ago. Here's my code if you'd like to try 3 FREE MEALS... sunbasket.com/3free/Melissa128197
Our first meal, pictured above, is grilled shrimp over couscous and grape salsa with cilantro topped with a lemony dill yogurt sauce. Really flavorful and so convenient to make with pre-measured organic, non-gmo ingredients. I'm all about easy when it comes to dinner these days. 

And then, pictured below, Pan-Seared Steak with Arugula Pesto. You guys!! This was the best pesto I have ever had in my life. Ryan agreed! Sooooo good. 



So what's your favorite delivery service? 

One Step Ahead


Trauma is hard for people to understand sometimes. That it actually effects their brains. Their daily lives. 

My kids get very overstimulated quite easily and when their brains get flooded they lose the basic survival instinct. It’s like a 12-18 month old who has absolutely no understanding of danger. We often need to be one step ahead to keep them safe. No, this isn’t hovering helicopter parent stuff. This is a serious safety issue. 

So, we have camp coming up. It’s a big deal. Taking all of us way out of our comfort zones and stretching us quite a bit. I mean there will be SWIMMING,  people. Oh dear Lord. 

So what do we do about that? 

We prepare. 

A LOT. 

We visit ahead of time. Several times. We skip church to go early on Sunday morning when we know we’ll have it all to ourselves. We practice being calm and present in our surroundings when no one else is around to overstimulate. We scope out “danger zones” that we’ve experienced before to warn the teachers. Whoever made playground sets was definitely not a mom, by the way. Good grief. We educate, being careful not to over-share, saying just enough, but not too much, to those who will be caring for them, hoping that maybe, just maybe they will understand and not just peg us as the annoying overprotective mom and dad. 

But most of all we pray. 

A LOT. 

We remind ourselves that He loves them even more than we do and that He is in control. That we don’t want to keep them from these amazing experiences because of fear. We need to be brave. All of us. 

So pray with us friends. 

I may or may not bite every single one of my fingernails off waiting to go pick them up on the first day. I'll be slathering stress away all over myself.