I’ve Just Been Here Drinking Orange Creamsicle Tea and Not Writing Anything

Well this is awkward… So I haven’t written anything since… February? Umm…

Yeah. Sorry about that. Anyways, I’m back for the moment! Consistently Inconsistent, but I’m just going to ride the wave of creative energy while it lasts. ūüėČ

So, on the list of things I should have blogged about a year ago, but didn’t: I gave up sugar and grains. Like ALL sugar and grains. Not even a drop of honey or a grain of rice crossed my lips for months. And I felt fantastic! Energetic! Alive! The sweets didn’t tempt me. I was the Goddess of Self Control!

Until I wasn’t.¬†WHAT HAPPENED?!?

Lately I have been really backsliding; my sweet tooth is back with a vengeance. (It’s¬†not so much a single sweet tooth but a mouth full of sugar vampire fangs.) I suppose it was just a little bite of this here, a little taste there… Next thing you know you find yourself standing in the kitchen with a bag of chocolate chips hidden behind your back. “What am I eating? Oh, nothing good, you wouldn’t be interested…No, no, you don’t smell chocolate, Silly!…” Mmmhmm…

SIGH, once an addict always an addict. Like last weekend I thought I would indulge in some innocent looking organic trail mix, which was the bomb. The kind with plump cherries and dark chocolate in every bite… in a giant bag from Costco. It’s all gone now… @_@

After the Trail Mix Gluttony it was a downward spiral. Fast forward through a week of devil-may-care eating, I find myself rifling through the laundry looking for stretchy pants because nothing else is comfortable. Has that ever happened to anyone else, or is it just me who can gain 7 pounds in 7 days?

Never fear, dear reader, my pants will zip again! One thing I’ve found out about myself is I MUST HAVE TREATS. Either I will eat them, or bad things will happen… Trust me on this, okay? But ideally, those would not make me bust out of my clothes faster than the Incredible Hulk. And one of my favorite indulgences over the past year has been my tea. Yeah, yeah, I hear your collective groaning. TEA?!? REALLY?!? How good can stinking TEA be, Jennifer, that it is going to stop me from eating a Costco size bag of chocolate trail mix? First, word to the wise: Don’t buy the trail mix. The trail mix is pure evil disguised with a USDA organic seal. It will ruin you. And I want more… I wonder if they still have it? Wait, where was I? Oh, yes, the TEA.

The tea is GOOD. I mean, amazing, really. This is how I make it:

Arbor Teas Vanilla Almond Rooibos (This is THE TEA. Do not ask me if you can use another tea. Do what you want in your kitchen, but this IS. THE. TEA. Capiche?) ūüėČ SO… I make a cup of this tea with hot water and all, very complex, I know. But then the magic comes in:

  • A drop of stevia (to taste)
  • Grass Fed Half and Half or Heavy Cream or Full Fat Coconut Milk (As much as you want! Yay for fat not making us fat!!!)
  • A drop or two of Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Give it a stir and enjoy! Whether I am craving something sweet or am just a little hungry in between meals, some creamy-sweet- Young-Living-oiled tea totally hits the spot. We all know that tea has so many health benefits, plus add in the extra goodness in the Orange Essential Oil and you have a delicious drink that supports wellness too. ūüôā I know I feel and look better drinking this than back in my days of Hardcore Starbucks Addiction. Oh, and not to mention this choice leaves a little more coin in my pocket!

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So I hope you enjoyed this little idea for Orange Creamsicle Tea! I’ll write again soon and let you know if I can fit into my pants again yet. Maybe. Unless I don’t. Sign up for notifications and let it be a surprise. ūüėČ

Oh, and I’m ASSUMING you already have your Young Living oils? WHAT?!? YOU DON’T?!? Well that’s just crazy. If you are ready to finally jump in I would love to help you. Because while I’m a terrible blogger I’m actually pretty good at supporting people on their journey to wellness. ūüėČ So take advantage of the special Young Living is offering until August 14th and get $10 off your Premium Starter Kit! This is such a rare opportunity, the kit is already deeply discounted and almost never goes on special! And hey, I’m just feeling super generous so if you sign up on my team with your own Premium kit in July I will send you a free bottle of Orange as a thank you gift. Thanks for reading!

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Feeling Ambitious: Goals for 2015

Okay, I’m not really feeling very ambitious today. ¬†I have a headache from eating sugar. ¬†And gluten. ¬†And beer with gluten and sugar. ¬†I mean drinking beer, not eating it. ¬†But UGH. ¬†And I think I broke my toe last night walking into a vacuum cleaner. ¬†I sound like a hot mess, do I not??? ¬†Don’t worry, I’m NOT going to show you a picture of my toe. Danny said it’s the worst thing he’s ever seen. ¬†He exaggerates. ¬†It is only mildly grotesque. ¬†I’ve been putting Panaway oil on it, which is helping. ¬†But let’s just say I probably won’t be wearing these lovelies this weekend:

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Aren’t they pretty? ¬†Even in a size 10 1/2? ¬†You know, it’s not easy finding a size 10 1/2 shoe, particularly a PRETTY size 10 1/2 shoe that doesn’t look like they were borrowed from Hulk Hogan. ¬†Seriously, I have to compete with the cross dressers for what few are available and we all know cross dressers have impeccable taste in footwear. ¬†NO??? ¬†Isaac Mizrahi and Nordstrom’s Semi-Annual Sale took care of me on this one though. ¬†Now I just have to get the swelling down enough to fit into them again…

Alright, alright. ¬†I didn’t decide to brush off the old computer JUST to talk to you about where to buy pumps if you’re Xena the Warrior Princess. ¬†While I’m not into “New Year’s Resolutions”, there is something about a shiny new year that really does make you want to start fresh and do big things!

Yeah, yeah. ¬†So what if I probably said the same thing last year? ¬†I could look, but that wouldn’t be very productive now, would it??? ¬†It’s time to look FORWARD, people!

So, I really have been feeling pretty goal oriented lately, at least when both my feet are working and I’m not in a sugar coma. ¬†Here are some of my plans for 2015!

1) ¬†Get Dash potty trained! ¬†He’s THREE now y’all! ¬†Can you believe it? ¬†We started potty training and he is none too happy about it. ¬†Take for example, yesterday, when I caught him about to sneak off to his room about to do You Know What. ¬†I put him on the big boy potty, much to his chagrin.

“You Poopy Jerk!” (He was directing this insult at his duck faced¬†(don’t ask) potty seat.) ¬†Of course, I chided him for his nasty talk.

“I’m just SO ANG-GWEE!” Dash explained in his eloquent toddler lisp.

“How about if we get you a treat when you’re done?”

He raised an eyebrow. “A tweet?”


He thought for a moment before replying, “Two tweets.”

Do you ever feel like your being played???

2) ¬†So, now that you see I have my hands full with Goal 1, on to our family goal for 2015… We are getting a DOG!!! ¬†If you were thinking I should complete Goal 1 before moving on to Goal 2, you are wise, my friend, very wise. ¬†But we’ve got serious puppy fever here. ¬†There was great disappointment today when we found out “Millie”, a precious Pointer mix pup had been adopted before we could get our application in. ¬†Of course I am happy that Millie has found a home, but OH, we were so looking forward to meeting her! ¬†Some of us wanted to cry and some of us did cry. ¬†I will not name names. ¬†But, alas, there are many more dogs in the world and we will keep looking for ours. ¬†Danny has in mind a smallish terrier. ¬†I have read up on terriers and while they are cute as can be, I just keep envisioning one terrorizing me and my Isaac Mizrahi pumps… I tried to talk some sense into him.

“It’s just that terriers seem a little intense…”

“Jennifer, YOU’RE intense.”

Touch√©. ¬†I am intense, but I don’t eat shoes. ¬†Although when I was a child I apparently had a habit of chewing on wood… explains a lot, does it not?

Anyways, a furry friend is in our future and hopefully my patent leather lovelies will be spared any harm.

3) ¬†WRITE!!! ¬†Well, you knew that was coming. ¬†I have thought a few times this year about just shutting this silly blog down. ¬†But darn, I really dig having it. ¬†And I do have things to share with y’all. ¬†Perhaps it’s not so much about the writing itself, as the doing what one is passionate about. ¬†It’s true, I’m intense and intensely passionate about a lot of things. ¬†And what gets me even more fired up is sharing my passions in a way that helps others, whether it be by making you laugh about dog poo or helping you break your sugar addiction or teaching you how to use essential oils. ¬†I’m a multi faceted individual. ūüėČ ¬†Anyways, maybe what goal #3 is really about is being more of my authentic self; a writer, a teacher, and a raving lunatic.

I really hate that I never got around to telling you about the time we spent on a deserted island after the plane crash... Oh well.

I really hate that I never got around to telling you about the time we spent on a deserted island after the plane crash… Oh well.

4) ¬†Hmmm… You know what? Forget #4. ¬†I had more ideas, but maybe that’s enough to start with. ¬†Because when I get overwhelmed my brain starts to feel all sticky and cotton candy like.

I will say I have used this past year WELL, even though I didn’t get around to writing about it. ¬†My health is much improved (when I don’t eat naughty things, which I usually don’t, HONEST!!!) ¬†I really have more energy and better clarity of mind than I have had in forever. ¬†And you all know that Brain Fog is a writer’s worst enemy, so just getting rid of the feeling of having cotton candy where my brain once was is a step in the right direction.

So, maybe it’s just the sparkly-ness of the new year, or the fact that I finally have a steady supply of my favorite Young Living oil, VALOR. ¬†(Fist bump to those of you who know what I’m talking about.) ūüėČ ¬†But either way, I’m feeling ready to make it a great 2015 where I will be cleaning up less kid poo and more dog poo!!! ¬†It’s not going to be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. ¬†Bring it on!

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Detox Your Home Spring Series: No More Stinky Carpets!

Hey there! ¬†Today’s post is part of the “Detox Your Home” Spring Blogger Series. ¬†If you just clicked through from Amy’s Finer Things, welcome! ¬†I’m so happy to be part of this series which is featuring THIRTY recipes to help you kick all those nasty, harsh chemicals to the curb!

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Today I’m going to share how to make easy and frugal Carpet Deodorizer! ¬†I’ve been Green since before Green was hip. ¬†But there was a time when even I was green to being Green. ¬†Back then, my cleaning repertoire included sprinkling the floors with powdered “carpet potpourri” and letting the stench… er, scent… permeate real nice before vacuuming. ¬†Ah, I can almost still choke on the toxic chemical fragrance just thinking about it.

“Now REALLY, Jennifer. ¬†You’re one of those freaks who can’t deal with chemicals. ¬†Toughen up, it’s NOT that bad.” ¬†Hey. ¬†Who just said that???

Okay, listen up, Cynical Mystery Reader, let me tell you how I came to banish carpet potpourri from my home.  See, we had this little fur baby named Phoebe, a precious little seven pound Italian Greyhound.

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Poor Phoebe was a sickly little thing. ¬†She was would regularly have fits of wheezing, choking, and snerveling. ¬†(If you’ve ever heard a dog snervel you know what I mean, even though spell check insists that snervel isn’t a real word.) ¬†Oh, and she would puke. ¬†A lot. ¬†Which of course required more carpet deodorizing…

I think it was my husband who suggested that perhaps the carpet deodorizer was exacerbating Phoebe’s problems. ¬†What? ¬†REALLY??? ¬†I don’t think I believed it. ¬†I mean, if it wasn’t safe Walmart wouldn’t sell it to us, right? ¬†Hmm…

Well, just in case, I stopped using the carpet potpourri. ¬†Wouldn’t you know it, Phoebe stopped the wheezing, choking, puking, and yes, she even stopped snerveling. ¬†Perhaps you are skeptical that carpet deodorizer could really cause a dog to snervel. ¬†I mean, even our furry friends have to enjoy taking a deep breath of chemically concocted Peach Blossoms, or delighting their olfactory systems with the lab created scent of a Tropical Island Escape? ¬†No???

If you’re doubtful as to whether chemical fragrances could be harmful, check out this study, which evaluated whether or not fragrance products could produce acute toxic effects in mammals. ¬†Here’s an excerpt: ¬†“The emissions of these fragrance products caused various combinations of sensory irritation, pulmonary irritation, decreases in expiratory airflow velocity, as well as alterations of the functional observational battery indicative of neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicity was more severe after mice were repeatedly exposed to the fragrance products.”

That’s science talk for the mice were snerveling, y’all.

But seriously! ¬†As I took it, my little dog was like a canary in the coal mine. ¬†If chemical fragrances weren’t good for her, they weren’t good for us people either. ¬†Alas, I thought I would be forever banished to a life without pleasant aromas. ¬†But as it turns out, pleasant aromas existed in nature before labs started making them!!! ¬†Who knew??? ¬†Why, you can even buy them in the form of essential oils. ¬†They come in cute little bottles and smelling them makes you feel better instead of worse. ¬†So, here’s how to make your very own Carpet Deodorizer, scented only with pure essential oils!

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  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 20-36 drops of Young Living Essential Oil

Place in an air tight container and shake well before each use.  Sprinkle over carpets before vacuuming.  I used 20 drops of Purification, which as I have said before, is my favorite YL blend for all things stinky.  Other suggested oils include Lavender, Geranium, Joy, Evergreen Essence, or Rosemary with Eucalyptus.

The time to test the recipe came after I made a grisly discovery in our guest room.  My toddler is at that age where he takes delight in undressing himself.  In this case, he undressed himself and shoved his used diaper in the closet.  Possibly weeks ago.  EEEWWW!!!


I have to say, the scent really freshened up the place, which was no small task.  Another win for essential oils!

This recipe is courtesy of a great little booklet called The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping, CNHP. ¬†Thanks to Melissa for letting us use your recipes! ¬†This little book is a fantastic resource for detoxing the home! ¬†And guess what? ¬†We are all offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the U.S.} who signs up with a Young Living wholesale membership premium starter kit now through April 7th!! ¬†Click here to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the ‚ÄúDetox Your Home” Spring blog series! ūüôā

Next up is Kristi at Creative Kristi! ¬†If you have cats, you’re REALLY going to want to check out her post!

Be sure to check out all thirty posts in the “Detox Your Home” Spring blog series! ¬†You’ll find all the links here¬†courtesy of our hostess, Myra @My Blessed Life. ¬†Thanks for reading!


A Day in the Life of an Oiler

Hey there! ¬†I’m glad you’re here! ¬†I’m doing something a little different today. ¬†This post is part of a blog series! ¬†So, if you just hopped through from The Finer Things, welcome! ¬†

I have a bit of a passion for natural remedies and¬†I LOVE essential oils! ¬†Honestly I don’t know what I ever did without them! ¬†I know some of you have been curious as to how to use essential oils. ¬†So when Myra from My Blessed Life asked for bloggers to join her “A Day In The Life of an Oiler” series, I knew I had to do it!

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So, here it is!  I hope you have fun taking a little peek into our day!

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Meet Dash. ¬†This little guy loves his “Oy-wulls”.

Good morning peeps! ¬†And good morning oils! ¬†Okay, I don’t really talk to my oils. ¬†THAT would be weird. ¬†But I do keep them next to my bed. ¬†I’ll tell you why later! ¬†Right now, it’s time to get breakfast. ¬†Let me see if I can pry the oils away from Dash so we can head downstairs.

While most people are thinking about coffee… okay, I’m also thinking about coffee. ¬†But I’m also thinking about what to put in the diffuser! ¬†Let’s see, Peppermint is SO invigorating. ¬†And Lemon has been found to improve concentration, always a good thing. ¬†Or there’s Cinnamon… can’t beat an oil that supports the immune system¬†and smell heavenly doing it!

Speaking of Cinnamon, I’ll take a drop for my Pumpkin Smoothie! ¬†Yum! ¬†Oh, but please don’t put just any Cinnamon oil in your smoothie! ¬†Young Living oils are totally pure and most can be ingested as a dietary supplement. Not hungry yet? ¬†How about some water with a drop of lemon or orange oil in it? ¬†Now THAT is a good way to start the day! ¬†Okay, yes, I’ll make you a coffee too.

After breakfast it’s time for chores. ¬†This means donning my hazmat suit and heading to the laundry room. ¬†Okay, so I don’t really have a hazmat suit. ¬†But I am interested in acquiring one. ¬†Three boys = gross laundry. ¬†Don’t be alarmed if you hear me scream in horror as I load the washer, okay? ¬†Happens all the time. ¬†It will be alright, I’m prepared. ¬†A couple drops of Purification in with the detergent will have the clothes smelling pleasant again. ¬†Purification is THE oil to remember for any kind of STINK that appears where little boys are present. ¬†And a teeny tiny bit (1/4 capful) of Thieves Cleaner concentrate used the same way is great for laundry that needs a little extra punch of clean.

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Thieves Cleaner has become my go to cleaner for all things grotesque, including kitchen and bathrooms. If it can clean MY house, I’m pretty sure it can clean anything.

So, after we have some things done around the house it’s time to get a move on. ¬†Errand day. ¬†With three boys. ¬†The very thought strikes terror into my heart. ¬†Stress Away oil is just what I need on days like this. ¬†Ahhh… just a relaxing trip to Target with my little monsters.

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Sorry to scare you with that picture. ¬†We’re not¬†usually¬†always that frightening. ¬†You know what really freaks me out, even more than taking these guys shopping? ¬†Talking to people. ¬†Yes, ¬†I’m a hermit. ¬†In addition to the Stress Away, Valor blend really helps me not plunge myself into full Howard Hughes style isolation. ¬†If you’re still feeling shook up from the picture I’d be happy to let you try some Valor. ¬†ūüėČ

In addition to helping Mommy maintain her composure, there are oils that help the kids as well. ¬†Now, I don’t want embarrass anyone who might ask me to pay for therapy later, know what I mean? ¬†Let’s just say I know a boy who is Stubborn with a capital S. ¬†So when saw there was an oil blend called Surrender? ¬†I was like, YES! ¬†Sadly, I often forget to apply Surrender. ¬†In the heat of the moment I am just scrambling for my own bottle of Stress Away. ¬†But when I do remember? ¬†Wow! ¬†Why today, Surrender helped a certain boy quickly transition from lying on the floor screaming to sitting and eating a sandwich (the very sandwich that was the tantrum trigger!) ¬†I’ll be darned if he didn’t even eat the crust! ¬†Sweet Surrender!

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The kids also like a drop of Joy blend on their hearts if they’re feeling a little sad about something or another. Their favorite stuffed animals sometimes get a drop of Joy too. Everyone can use a little extra Joy now and then, wouldn’t you agree?

All day long we’re finding reasons to break out the oils! ¬†And there are so many more wonderful oils that I can’t wait to get my hands on! I’m excited about two new ones on my order this month, Cedarwood and Vetiver. ¬†They are known to help balance the mind and bring a sense of calmness. ¬†I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes!

Ah, night time already. ¬†Whew, that day went by fast, huh? ¬†Every night when the boys go up to brush their teeth, I hear “Mommy, don’t forget to bring us up our oils!” ¬†At this time of year, we’re putting Thieves oil on our little footsies almost every night and Thieves in the to support our immune systems. ¬†Occasionally we add a drop of Oregano (diluted) on their feet for an extra immune boost.

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Well, I need to head to bed myself. ¬†Time to grab my little bag of oils and put some Young Living Sandalwood cream on the old face! ¬†Oh, why do I keep my oils by my bed? ¬†I love to be prepared for anything that might arise during the night! Tossing and turning with racing thoughts? A little Tranquil on the wrists is so soothing and relaxing. Someone wakes up with a bad dream? Breathe in some Valor or White Angelica and a sense of peace ensues. My oils are ALWAYS at arms reach! ūüėČ

Hey, thanks for visiting us today! ¬†I hope you had fun and learned a few of the zillion uses for essential oils. ¬†Young Living oils are the only ones we use and the only ones I recommend (’cause you know I like the best stuff!) ¬†Are you ready to get started caring for your family with oils? ¬†If you have a friend who’s been telling you about Young Living oils, ask them how you can get them at wholesale prices! ¬†OR, if I’m¬†your friend who’s been telling you about Young Living oils, click here and I’ll give you the whole scoop.

Be sure to visit all the oilers in the “A Day In The Life of an Oiler” blogger series!

If you’re working your way through the series, click here for the next blogger in the lineup, Emily at¬†Decorchick!¬†¬†(Emily’s post is going live Wednesday, Jan. 22nd @7am EST.)

Click here¬†to visit the hostess of this series, Myra from My Blessed Life. ¬†I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts and learn more great uses for these awesome oils! ¬†There will be new bloggers posting all week, so I’ll updating this page with the links (see below) as the week goes on.

Happy Oiling!


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I’m also linking this post up with the Family Fun Friday link up at Early Bird Mom! ¬†Check it out and if you stopped by from there, thanks for visiting!¬†

Life Without My Brain

Wow. ¬†I haven’t written anything in awhile. ¬†Maybe you thought I was just busy. ¬†I mean, sure, I have been busy. ¬†But it’s a little more complicated than that. ¬†You see, my Brain went missing.

Well, you’re probably thinking, “Jennifer, I knew you were disorganized but how does a person fail to keep an eye on their brain??? ¬†Seriously, isn’t your brain ATTACHED to your eyes?!?”

I know, I KNOW! ¬†It’s downright embarrassing. ¬†Look, it wasn’t so much me losing my Brain. ¬†My Brain just decided it had enough, packed up all its things, and left me with only the basic functioning of my autonomic nervous system. ¬†No Goodbye, only some mumblings about not being appreciated and “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” ¬†Really, Brain? ¬†After all we’ve been through???

So at first I was like “Whatever! ¬†I’ll be just fine without you!!!” ¬†I mean, the world is full of people walking around with no sign of their Brains. ¬†Surely I could get by without mine just as well. ¬†But it didn’t take long for me to feel like something was missing…

When it was time to write this is what I got:


Oh dear, that’s not good. ¬†Hmm, maybe more caffeine cannot adequately substitute for sleep???

(ha ha)  I do enjoy some coffee humor.  But NO, the coffee was not helping.  I resolved that I needed to get more rest.


So I tried sleeping in a little more.  Not staying up QUITE so late.

It didn’t work. ¬†In fact, it got a bit worse. ¬†Without the cooperation of my Brain, everything started to seem like a great effort. ¬†I was managing the bare minimum of things, but anything extra became overwhelming. ¬†Leave the house? ¬†Talk to people? ¬†I CANNOT DO THESE THINGS ALONE, BRAIN! ¬†COME BACK ALREADY!!!

Perhaps I owe my Brain an apology. ¬†Brain, I admit, I wasn’t treating you right. ¬†Sometimes I’m a little disparaging of you, and you don’t deserve it. ¬†I shouldn’t harp on the “organization” thing, it’s not your fault. ¬†And I’m sorry for being frustrated with you for not remembering how to do algebra. ¬†You used to be pretty good at it, but it would be hard for anyone’s brain to remember skills that were not of any use to them since the 90’s.

Actually, Brain, you’ve been working pretty hard and¬†I haven’t been very appreciative. ¬†All of the studying, research, and decision making you’ve done, and still, I’m always second guessing you. ¬†“But BRAIN, are you SURE??? ¬†Are you POSITIVE we are doing this right???” ¬†And yes, Brain, though you reassure me that we have all the bases covered and we are indeed doing things right, I say “But what about all the people who don’t agree with us? ¬†Let’s worry about what they think!!!”

And you know, worrying about What Other People Think is one sure way to drive a Brain nutty-nuts.  Another one is to worry about Things Over Which You Have No Control.  Oh yeah, What Other People Think is one of those Things Over Which You Have No Control.  Good point, Brain, thanks.

Anyways, I was starting to think my Brain was not coming back. ¬†Why, just reading this, you’re likely wondering if my brain has left the planet and whom you should contact to arrange medical interventions for me. ¬†Although I am crazy enough to write a blog post about my Brain being its own separate entity, there is SOME good news.

Just when I was getting really worried, I found a way to get my Brain to come back to me. ¬†Quite by accident, I stumbled upon a post from Wholesome Mommy about using Young Living Essential Oils¬†to help her toddler sleep. ¬†Well, you already know about our toddler sleep issues. ¬†And you know I am in the market for more sleep. So I was all about trying that! ¬†Having already used Young Living’s Thieves Oil for colds and flu, I was quick to sign up to get the discount and order the starter kit. ¬†The kit came with a bottle of an oil blend called Stress Away. ¬†Well, I didn’t think I was stressed, but I thought it couldn’t hurt and went to put the roller cap on the bottle, spilling it all over my hand in the process. ¬†Ugh, I couldn’t stand the smell! ¬†It wasn’t a bad smell, just a strong plant smell. ¬†I tried to get it off, but I had so much on me that it was going to take awhile to wear off. ¬†In the meantime, a funny thing happened. ¬†My Brain started to perk up! ¬†I decided to take it with me the next time I had to leave the house.

I’m not particularly good at dealing with crowds anyways, but after my Brain left me I was feeling downright panicky about social situations. ¬†It’s hard to be friendly when your Brain refuses to come along for the ride, you know? ¬†Still, I was reluctant to slather myself in the odoriferous Stress Away, so I decided just to inhale it for a minute or so. ¬†Well, it didn’t turn me into Jay Leno (that would be interesting), but I felt like I could function and maybe even carry on a conversation *gasp*!

I’ve been playing around with the different oils in my kit for a week or so now and I’m feeling a lot more like myself. ¬†It’s kind of complex for someone whose Brain is still on the fence about cooperating to explain, but according to my Essential Oils pocket reference ¬†“the sense of smell is the only one of the five senses linked directly to the limbic lobe of the brain, the emotional control center”. ¬† Aha! ¬†Interestingly, I also learned that when you don’t care for the smell of a certain oil, often your body really needs that oil. ¬†Wild, huh?

So yes, me and my Brain are talking again. ¬†We have some issues to work out, but we’re on the right track. ¬†And I’m excited about all the cool things these oils can do and having them in my stockpile of Natural Remedies. ¬†You know I love me some holistic wellness, this is SO up my alley! ¬†I could just squeal thinking about all the exciting plant compounds. ¬†<3 <3 <3 ¬†You know I’m BACK when I’m waxing poetic about plant compounds.

Finn with YL Stress Away Oil

Anyways, HOPEFULLY I’ll be able to write more, think more, and ______blip______CLUNK a lot less. ¬†I hope all of you are doing well and not Blipping or Clunking or losing your mental faculties in any fashion, cause it’s no fun I tell you. ¬†Drop me a comment and let me know how it’s going!