Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It Matters Where You Get Your Essential Oils!

Today I'm going to share with you which essential oil company I chose, and what makes them unique from other companies. 

Here are a few quick facts as to why it matters who you get your essential oils from:
  • Essential Oils are only safe when they are 100% pure, organic, AND therapeutic grade. 
  • Unfortunately, there are no standards when it comes to labeling a bottle of essential oil. By law, a bottle can be labeled as 100% pure, even if it only contains 5% essential oil! 
  • In cheap bottles of oil, the therapeutic compounds have been destroyed by heat, pressure, and/or chemical additions. You get what you pay for. 
  • If you have an allergic reaction to essential oil, it's possible you're not allergic to the oil at all but are reacting to an additive.
  • Although they're chemically identical, research has shown that synthetic copies or oils adulterated by synthetic compounds don't work for healing! Only pure, complete oils do. In the case of wintergreen, the natural oil is harmless and has many healing properties, while the synthetic version is actually toxic. They smell and taste like wintergreen, but they aren't the same therapeutically.
  • Only 2% of oils in North America are suitable for medicinal purposes, and Young Living makes 98% of them!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Our Favorite Bible Story Books

Before giving these suggestions, I'd just like to say that no matter what Bible story book you choose for your child, always always read it with a critical eye because very few are 100% accurate. Be ready to change the text when reading to a younger child or discuss the inaccuracies with an older child. Without further adieu, here are our favorite Bible Story Books for children...

"Mrs. Lee's Stories About God's First People" and "Mrs. Lee's Stories About Jesus"... Although these two books are harder to find a copy of, both of them are great bible story books and worth it even if you have to look around to find a copy. She tells the stories accurately, (That's saying a LOT! I think these are the only books I've found that didn't need any altering to be true to the text.) in a language easily understood by children without dumbing them down. I love both of these books! They're very, very minimal on illustrations though, so they wouldn't work as a VERY first bible story book, but we started using it around age three as our boys were able to listen to a short story without pictures. I just wish she had more books to cover the rest of the bible- these two basically cover Genesis and Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
*UPDATE: Mrs. Lee's books are now available for purchase either individually or as a set HERE

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sarah's Amazing Transformation!

You may remember in my "What's all the Fuss about Essential Oils?" post that I referenced a sweet friend who's suffered from migraines 5 days out of 7 for over 20 years that is now off her meds, migraine-free, and couldn't be happier. Today I wanted to share a little more of her experience with you. I asked her if she minded, and she said she was happy to write out a testimony to share:

I have been mostly bedridden for 5 years. I almost permanently lost my legs and have had 3 back surgeries, much therapy, heavy pain pills, chiropractic, vibration machine and massage to get me somewhat walking. I have been in and out of my wheelchair, and needing heavy doses of morphine off and on. I have also been having migraines since I was 9 years old and have tried everything under the sun, including changing my diet many time with no help. I was up to at least 5 migraines a week. I'm now 31 days migraine free and prescription drug free!! I'm walking like a normal person, actually going places and enjoying life!! No longer to I have to have my husband carry me to the bathroom!! I can do everything for myself and I'm taking care of my family again!! God has handed me my life back on a silver platter called YL oils!!

She's also been sharing updates via FaceBook during her first month of using the oils, as she just couldn't believe the changes she was seeing. Here are some of them: 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Organize Right Start Math Manipulatives!

Isn't it fun to get packages in the mail? I love getting school supplies like this! This is the box we got from Right Start Math...

After receiving it I wondered how in the world I'd organize all that stuff in a way that was uniform and accessible. I googled it and checked on Pinterest trying to find a storage system I liked and kept coming up short. After looking at a variety of storage containers from several different stores, I ended up finding JUST the perfect thing, and the price tag was minimal. I imagine I'm not the only mom who has wished for a good Right Start organization system, so I thought I'd share what I came up with.