Weekend Links

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This week has been busy with my sister leaving, a doctor appointment for Maddox's 4 month check-up, and catching up with friends. I'm so looking forward to the long weekend and relaxing with Dave. We're also hoping to go to Rhode Island to visit family and eat delicious foods. Do you have anything fun planned for Labor Day weekend?  

Beyoncé's loved ones dedicated songs to her for her birthday and it's beautiful. 

Skin care: how to prevent winter dryness.

This movie night party looks amazing!

With the heartbreaking stories of refugees crossing waters for safety, Tribe de Mama has started a fundraiser

Have you ever wondered what cartoon characters would look like in their elder years?

Stunning! Check out this capture of Sakura in full bloom

How beautiful and how true is this depression tattoo?

Here are 16 tips to help you sleep

Have you read this book yet? I've heard amazing reviews about it, I need to pick it up!

Ut oh. When you can't find the kids...

This father, husband, and photographer captured the tense moments of his wife's home birth. 

Mmmm. This lemon poppy seed & yogurt loaf cake sounds to die for. 

Oh & Asos is having a clearance sale. 

Essential Oils: Frankincense

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be touching base on all the essential oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit and presenting you with information, benefits, recipes, and other resources. If you feel like purchasing a Wholesale Membership along with the Premium Starter Kit, feel free to sign-up here or if you don’t want to purchase a starter kit and just want the one essential oil you can sign up through me as a Retail Customer here instead. Please join me on this oily journey. 

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Dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians, Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is a known and loved oil. Extracted from the resin, Frankincense is used for cosmetic purposes, spiritual and religious traditions, and all-around wellness. The scent is spicy and earthy with the slightest hint of fruity.

Lately, I’ve been adding Frankincense into Dave’s daily routine to help control the acne on his back. Within a week, the results have already been incredible: the size of the acne has reduced, the redness has gone down, and there are less spots than there were. Guys, I’m seriously amazed. Even Dave (the one who usually mocks my crunchy & natural approaches) is impressed! The recipe is simple: 1-2 drops per teaspoon of coconut oil. Layer Copaiba on afterward to magnify Frankincense’s properties (it’s an expensive oil so you’ll be able to use less by using copaiba).

Seriously, this oil is heavenly.

Benefits & Uses

Stress Relief
Diffuse a little throughout your day to release negative emotions. Use 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil per 1-2 drops of oil and add to your bath to relax or as an oil to massage onto the soles of your feet. Both will have you feeling refreshed and anew in no time.

Acne, Scars & Stretch marks
Use this oil to help reduce the appearance of acne, scars, and stretch marks. I wouldn’t recommend using it on an open wound but use it to aid healing and fade scar tissue.

Swollen Joint Relief & General Pain
Massage 1-2 drops of Frankincense onto the affected area with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil.

Immune Support
Frankincense helps strengthen, boost, and activate the immune system.

Sleep Aid
Keep this next to your diffuser for night time sleep. Frankincense helps promote relaxation, a release of negative emotions, and satisfaction.

Meditation & Prayer
A perfect addition to your yoga routine, Frankincense helps you to relax. It’ll open your senses and breathing patterns. Put a few drops in your diffuser and take a deep breath. Bring yourself into peace & calm.

Pairs well with:
Myrrh, bergamont, any citrus oil, sandalwood, chamomile, vanilla, and clary sage.

Until August 14, 2015, the Premium Starter Kit at Young Living is $10 off. This means a $300 value for only $150! It comes with 11 oils including the magic of Frankincense (a normal value of $73 wholesale for a 15ml). By joining through me here, I become your sponsor. Therefore I can help you with anything you need. Business questions, essential oil questions, uses, safety concerns, etc. You name it, I’ll help you. It also helps us get to know each other on a more personal level while learning, loving, and navigating the world of essential oils. If you have any questions, read this information or contact me here.

Use is not recommended while pregnant or nursing. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Calming & Soothing Baby Products I Love

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1. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion – I use this on Maddox after every bath and end up curled up with him after, just inhaling his scent. It’s a perfect combination of lavender and vanilla and it leaves him soft without drying him out. Paired with the regular Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash, you’ll be a little jealous of how good they smell.

2. Lavender Essential Oil 1 & 2 – Using essential oils on a new baby can be a little tricky. Some oils are not safe for little ones and you need to make sure they’re properly diluted. Lavender is not only safe, it’s soothing. Perfect for those nights baby is fussy and overtired. I mix 1-2 drops of lavender with 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (any carrier oil will do, but coconut smells amazing) and I give him a little foot massage. I also dab just a little onto his third eye. You can also add a drop or two into baby’s bath.

3. Record Player – I’ve always had a record player in the house. It wasn’t getting much use but I’ve moved it right next to the pack n play. The placement is perfect so whenever I set him down or go for a diaper change, I have easy access to switch it on. He loves listening to music and it helps stimulate him when I need to run off and use the bathroom.

4. Summer Infant Soothe and Vibe Portable Soother – My sister showed me this product and for 15 dollars, you can’t go wrong. She uses it on her son’s carseat and when she came to visit, let me use it for Maddox. Not only does it play 5 different sounds (heart beat, white noise, lullaby, etc), it vibrates whatever carrier your baby is in to promote relaxation. It’s a fabulous product especially for babies that hate car seats and you can use it on cribs, bassinets, etc.

5. Aden & Anais Swaddles – Maddox still loves being swaddled. Although he’s been earthside for 6 weeks, he loves feeling secure. He’s moving more now with his arms and legs constantly flailing so swaddling helps control those movements, allowing for him to calm down. The Aden & Anais swaddling blankets are gentle and soft, ideal to aid baby to sleep.