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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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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CARPET DEODORIZER

  • 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!!!

*gag* GET THE PURIFICATION! *gag*  QUICK!!!

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!