Dear sweet mama friends...

Dear sweet mama friends...
My sweet mama friends,

Sometimes my heart breaks over wishing I had known then what I know now. Over wishing I had the tools then that I have now.

I remember those moments, those days, those nights, those stages. And I think...if I had only known then what these precious little bottles could have done for my babies.

For the sad cries.
For the sleep.
For the moments of frustration.
For the “What else I could try?” moments.

I tell you this because I hate to see you stuck where you are. I hate that you feel you have no other options. Because there ARE options. And I wish someone had told me about them when I was where you are today.

These tiny bottles of goodness, straight from the earth, will be such a gift to you whenever you are ready to take the leap.

Let me help you.
Let me show you how.
Let me tell you what I wish I had known.


Please, my sweet mama friends.
My heart hurts for you.
I love you.

And I just want to bless you with the same thing that has blessed our family over and over and over again.

What if it COULD...?

What if it COULD...?
Five and a half years ago, a college friend of mine sent me a message letting me know that she had found something that she thought might be a good fit for our family. She knew we were careful about the ingredients we used on and in our bodies and intentional about where we spent our money.

Without realizing it, she opened up a door to not only the best products I've ever used, but also to an absolutely incredible community of people, an intentional journey to become the person God created me to be, and a life-changing vision for freedom in our family AND in the families of those we know.

I told her I would never grow a business. I had already had to give up a business that didn't suit our family and I didn't want to go down that road again.

But then...God.

God gave me these oils to use as a tool to help release me from years of emotional baggage and to propel me into a state of mind that looks to serve others. A mind that isn't stuck in the past but is thankful to be here in the present and ready to look forward to see what God has in store for me.

God gave me this community of people to come alongside me and encourage me, and for me to encourage right back when times were so hard and encouragement was most needed.

God gave me this vision for what the future could look like, how we could help others learn to create new habits and new mindsets, to be set free from the bondage of debt, to help them find the most vibrant wellness and the most amazing people to do life with.

God did all this. Do you know how I know?

Because He told me.

In James 1:17, God told me that "every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights." And trust me when I say that all of this is so, so good.

Friends, I want so badly for each of you to find these things too.

Release from emotional bondage
Total freedom from debt
Physical wellness
People that love you
A vision for your family and your future

Will Young Living bring you all of these things?

I don't know. Maybe. I can't make any promises for you.
But maybe it could.

And if it could, isn't it worth just checking out?

What if it COULD bring you emotional release?
What if it COULD bring you freedom from debt?
What if it COULD bring you physical wellness?
What if it COULD bring you a new community that loves you?
What if it COULD bring you a new vision for whatever it is that God has in store for you?

This is about so much more than the idea of using essential oils, if you use them at all, and if so, where you buy them. This is about a complete life change. A community of people doing life alongside you. A shift in your mindset. A view for the future.

If you are ready to see if one little essential oils starter kit could bring you so much more than you could ever imagine, JOIN US

We are here, and we are ready to serve you.

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Celebrate (and Spoil) Your Mother

Celebrate (and Spoil) Your Mother
For the sleepless nights.
For the sacrifices.
For the conversations.
For the hugs.
For the tears.
For all the things that made me who I am today.

"Thanks for everything, Mom!"

These are words we could probably all say a little more often.

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This week we are celebrating mothers with 10 percent off five Young Living must-haves for mom!


Beginning Thursday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. MT, enjoy this “Thanks for Everything, Mom” special on all her favorites:

5-ml Frankincense ($27.45 wholesale / $36.12 retail)
Item #3549D

It’s no surprise that Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) has been sought after since ancient times. The complex aroma of this oil can elevate many aspects of your life. Diffuse Young Living Frankincense oil to refine your sense of purpose or add it to your beauty routine for a luxurious experience.

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience.

In addition to elevated spiritual experiences, the benefits of Frankincense essential oil include maintaining radiant skin.

Frankincense:
  • Contains the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, limonene, sabinene, and beta caryophyllene
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation and tranquility
  • Has an uplifting aroma when added to a personal fragrance
  • Can be diffused during meditation for increased spiritual awareness, grounding, and purpose
  • Can be used for massage after activity
  • Can be applied topically to promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin and to reduce the
    appearance of uneven skin tone
  • Can be added to other essential oil blends for an uplifting, aromatic boost
  • Can be applied topically or diffused for a focusing aroma

5-ml Sacred Sandalwood ($89.78 wholesale / $118.13 retail)
Item #19651D

This variety of sandalwood is native to India but is cultivated and steam distilled at our partner farm in Australia’s tropical northern outback. Sacred Sandalwood essential oil provides an uplifting, warm, woodsy, and sweet aroma, while offering a variety of skin benefits. Sandalwood is a recognizable base note in many perfumes and fragrances. Its distinctly warm and woodsy aroma is the perfect complement to pampering spa treatments, relaxation time, yoga, and meditation. It can also help you recapture the qualities of younger-looking skin and enhance your favorite skin and hair products. 

To ensure the purest, most authentic oil possible, Young Living’s Sacred Sandalwood essential oil comes from the highly sought-after Santalum album tree species transplanted from its native home in India to our partner farm in Australia, which has a similar landscape and climate. From there, each step of the cultivation process is closely regulated and monitored according to our strict Seed to Seal® guidelines.

Sacred Sandalwood:
  • Contains the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, limonene, and boswellic acid
  • Has a grounding, uplifting, and inspiring aroma when diffused
  • Can be applied to the temples, chest, and nape of neck to enhance meditation
  • Supports and maintains the appearance of healthy-looking skin

15-ml Cedarwood ($10.35 wholesale / $13.62 retail)
Item #3509D

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. Use Cedarwood oil to add its invigorating scent to your life through aromatic and topical uses.

Young Living Cedarwood essential oil is a great way to enhance your favorite beauty products. You’ll want to use it for its fresh, earthy aroma, in addition to its ability to smooth the look of skin and shine hair. You can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends.

Cedarwood:
  • Contains naturally occurring constituents that are high in sesquiterpenes, including alpha- himachalene, alpha-himachalene, and gamma-himachalene
  • Has a soothing sensation when applied to the occasional minor everyday skin irritation
  • Helps maintain the appearance of healthy, youthful skin
  • Is conditioning to the scalp and hair
  • Is cleansing to the skin when applied topically
  • Can be diffused or applied topically for a relaxing, calming aroma that supports sleep habits
  • Can be diffused for an aroma that is centering and balancing
  • Can be used in an outdoor spray
  • Can be massaged into the scalp for the appearance of thick, healthy-looking hair
  • Can be added to a homemade natural deodorizer

15-ml Lavender ($21.83 wholesale / $28.72 retail)
Item #3575D

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.

Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.

Lavender:
  • Contains the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene
  • Has a calming aroma to help clear and clarify the mind
  • Has cleansing properties when used for skin and hair
  • Can be diffused to promote calm feelings and fight occasional nervous tension
  • Can be diffused to support a worry-free outlook
  • Can be diffused or applied topically to enjoy its relaxing and calming properties
  • Can be diffused to enjoy balancing properties that calm the mind and body
  • Can be added to your favorite lotion or hair products
  • Can be applied topically to cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations
  • Can be applied to the skin after a day in the sun
  • Can be applied on its own or with your favorite moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes
    and enhance the appearance of a youthful complexion
  • Supports aging skin when applied alone or with your favorite lotion or moisturizer

15-ml Melrose ($18.23 wholesale / $23.98 retail)
Item #3378D

Melrose™ is a blend of essential oils with powerful cleansing properties that supports the appearance of skin. Contains Melaleuca, Nauoli, Rosemary, and Clove essential oils.

Melrose:
• Helps maintain healthy-looking hair and scalp
• Reduces the appearance of blemishes
• Is skin cleansing and can help maintain healthy-looking skin
• Helps eliminate musky odors
• Helps maintain the appearance of healthy skin and nails when applied to feet and toenails
• May work as a naturally derived deodorant


Get these five favorites while you can before Saturday, May 5, at 11:59 p.m. MT!
This offer is valid for Quick Order purchases only in the United States.

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Already a Young Living member?
Simply login to your account at YoungLiving.com and purchase these five favorites via Quick Order before this offer ends.

Not yet a Young Living member?
Grab any of Young Living's Starter Kits and add-on these favorites! (Psst. Lavender and Frankincense are already in the Essential Oils Premium Starter kit, so you really only need to add on Melrose, Sacred Sandalwood, and Cedarwood to get all five!) Be sure to use this link to ensure you'll have access to all our online team support, including reference materials and Facebook groups.

Questions?
Feel free to reach out to us HERE.

What's In Your Makeup?

What's In Your Makeup?
So I've been doing a little researching lately.  And as it turns out, this is probably a good thing.

You see, I have worn hardly any makeup since high school because my face would always break out whenever I did. I never really gave much thought to it, to be honest. "I just have sensitive skin," I would tell myself.

But, do you know what? It's not just that. 

There are TONS of ingredients in our products here in the United States that have been completely outlawed in countries across the globe! Why? Because they are so toxic to our bodies. As it turns out, it was a blessing in disguise that my body grabbed my attention so that I chose to forego most makeup for so many years. My body was actually helping me stay healthy!

Under our current federal law, makers of cosmetic products are not legally required to test the safety of their products. In some cases, the harmful ingredients are listed without any warning of potential side effects. In others, they are left out entirely and fall under the guise of "fragrance", which is another unregulated term. In addition to that, labels like "natural", "organic", and "herbal" have no legal requirements when it comes to cosmetic products.

Because our skin is our largest organ, and because it readily absorbs most anything we put on it, this spells bad news for consumers. We are absorbing all the products we put on our skin, and in the case of lipstick/lipgloss, we are literally eating it. Many of the ingredients in these skin care and makeup products (including phthalates, BHA/BHT, lead, arsenic, parabens, SLS, and more) have been linked to neurotoxicity, cancer, emotional disorders, asthma/respiratory issues, and more, in addition to being harmful to animals and fish once it gets washed off our skin and flows into our water system.

Test results show that removing these toxins from our makeup and skin care products dramatically lowers a woman's toxicity levels nearly immediately. But when added back into their routine, the spike in toxic levels is also nearly immediate.

So what's a girl to do?
Well, thankfully, there ARE safer options emerging, so we ladies can continue to look fabulous without sacrificing our health!

Young Living recently announced the launch of their line of toxin-free makeup called Savvy Minerals! Take a look:


Many Young Living members have been using this makeup since its launch last summer, but beginning on February 1st, this makeup will be available in a starter kit option so EVERYONE can enjoy the benefits!


As with all of Young Living's starter kits, this kit will allow you to be a part of the Young Living family, which means (for our team, at least) you'll have access to all kinds of education, support, and likeminded people who are on the same journey as you are - searching for vitality of life with toxin-free products! PLUS, it includes a lifetime membership to Young Living, which means you'll receive 24% off every single product you purchase, for the rest of time

As a woman, I want to encourage you to spread the word about Savvy Minerals to your friends! When we know better, we do better. And now you know better, so spread the word! We want to take care of our friends!

Friends don't let friends use toxic makeup.

If you're a Young Living member already, you can purchase these products RIGHT NOW by logging into the Young Living Virtual Office and placing any of the Savvy Minerals items in your Essential Rewards cart or your Quick Order cart. Also, be sure to let your friends know that Young Living offers a generous referral program and that you would be honored to have them use YOU as their referral!

If you're not a Young Living member yet, I'd love to invite you to join us today! There are already a variety of starter kit options available! Or if you want to get started with the Savvy Minerals makeup collection, set yourself a reminder to purchase your kit on February 1st, when those kits go LIVE.

We are here to walk you through your journey every step of the way.

Have questions? Shoot us an email!

Intentional Living in the New Year

Intentional Living in the New Year

I've never really been one for "resolutions".
I've also never been one to jump on the bandwagon as soon as it arrives in town.

I like setting and achieving goals.
I like feeling accomplished.
And mostly, I like not failing.

For me, setting a New Years resolution is - at least in my mind - setting myself up for failure.
(Did you know that multiple studies have shown that 80% of New Years resolutions fail by February? I don't want to be a statistic!)
I like fresh starts and I like accomplishments, but I don't like "resolutions." So what's a girl to do?

Here are a few things I've found helpful for getting that fresh start feeling without committing to any ambiguous, doomed-to-fail resolutions:

1. Set your goal for a short period of time.
If there's one easy way to fail at a New Year's resolution, it's to resolve to do something without a specific time attached. Sure, we all sort of assume that New Years resolutions are something you'll complete in the coming year, but in reality, a goal that has 365 days to be accomplished is likely to fall by the wayside way before you reach the end of that year. (And if not, do you really want to be busting your butt during the busy November/December months  to finish up?!)

Attach a specific finishing time to your goal and when you reach it, set another goal. It's a lot harder to lose 30 pounds in one year than it is to lose 3 lbs in one month, and then lose 3 lbs in the next month, and then 3 lbs in the next month...

2. Be sure to be specific with your goal so you can measure your success later on.
If your goal is to "eat better", there is no real way to measure that. Try something like "Eat vegetables 2x per day." That's specific and measurable. You'll be able to say with certainty that you DID accomplish your goal, rather than looking back and wondering..."Did I really eat better this year?"

3. Make your goal small - smaller than you think is reasonable.
Yes, I said it. Aim for less than you think you can achieve. If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that accomplishing a series of small goals will spur you on to accomplish even more small goals. Big goals are overwhelming. Small goals are manageable. So make it small, and then make it happen.

4. Focus on replacing habits - not changing habits.
I believe that the only way to true long-term success is to shift your focus and slowly begin replacing poor habits with healthy habits. Don't start out trying to add in healthy habits or drop unhealthy habits. Look for ways to replace the poor habits you have with better ones.

Instead of watching the news, you might take a 20-minute walk around your neighborhood.
Instead of getting up and immediately scrolling social media or checking email, you might choose to read a book for 15 minutes.
Instead of grabbing a sugary drink on the way to work, bring along some water or another healthy drink to keep your energy strong throughout the day.

Replace your old habits with new ones and set your brain to focus on those replacements.

5. Find an accountability partner.
Don't try to go it alone. We were designed to live in community. Where I live (in the United States) we tend to think we can function autonomously. We don't need anyone else! We are independent! But in reality, we all need someone to ask how we're doing, to come alongside us and partner with us, and when necessary, to hold our feet to the fire. 

Find a friend, let them know what you'd like from them (maybe a weekly check-in text or a monthly coffee date?) and commit to being honest with them about your successes and failures.

6. Don't wait until a certain date to start again.
While the first day of January is a great day to start fresh, there is truly nothing magical about that date. We can all start fresh on any day we please. If you fall, pick yourself back up. If you mess up and miss your goal, start again. Allowing yourself to feel defeated will never give you what you need to keep pressing on.

Give yourself grace. Know you will make mistakes. And then when you slip up, allow yourself to begin again. Even if it's a cold, snowy February 19th. Or a hot, sticky July 27th. Or a crisp, cool September 26th. Any calendar day works to start over. Don't throw away what time you have. No matter what day it is, you can start fresh today.

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Incorporating these steps into my own goal-setting processes has been key for my accomplishments over the past several years. 
If you're looking for a few books to help spur you on to focusing on changes and completing your goals, here are a few that I personally love:

Start by Jon Acuff
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Finish by Jon Acuff

While there is a myriad of goal-setting categories from which to choose, we all know that many people set health goals for the new year - goals that involve focusing on personal health for more vitality of life. If you know you need to make a change for the better in regards to your health, but you're not sure where to start, we'd love to hear from you! Our journey to intentional healthy living starting about 8 years ago and we have slowly been replacing unhealthy habits with healthier ones ever since. We are on this journey with you and would love to help you find joy and wellness in a healthier lifestyle. We would be honored to come alongside you to help you break down your goals and set you on a path to healthy living!

Young Living has been a crucial part of our family's health journey, and they have multiple starter kits available for those with even the smallest budget. We'd be happy to talk with you and see what would be your best option for getting started today!


No matter what your goals or resolutions are this year, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year!
May 2018 be a blessing to you and your loved ones!
 
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