Monday, July 6, 2015

Spicy noodles with steak and snow peas





I made these spicy noodles tonight and they were delicious. 
1 lb of stir fry steak
1 handful of snow peas with the ends snapped off
8 oz of angel hair pasta
3 Tablespoons of butter
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of chili oil
4 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of sesame seed oil
3 minced garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

cook angel hair pasta. In a wok pan, heat butter, garlic, soy sauce and oils. Add steak and cook until outside is brown. Add pasta, snow peas and red pepper flakes and finish cooking for 3-5 minutes.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Easy Cheesy Wild Rice Soup




The weather turned cold today and soup sounded good for dinner tonight. I made a Cheesy Wild Rice Soup in a crock pot.

Ingredients:
1 onion diced
1/2 lb of crispy bacon broken into pieces
1 cup of diced ham
1 cup of uncooked wild rice
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of parsley
4 cups of chicken broth
1 can of evaporated 2% milk
2 cups of frozen peas and carrots
8 oz of sour cream
16 sliced of american cheese

In a crock pot, add the onion, cooked bacon, diced ham, uncooked rice, garlic, parsley and chicken broth. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Once the rice is cooked, add the frozen peas and carrots, sour cream and the 16 slices of American cheese. Soup is ready to serve once the soup, peas and carrots are warm. Enjoy!


Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday - The Foley Family  TitiCrafty

Monday - Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday - Coastal Charm Kathe with an E Memories by the Mile Tip Junkie  My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co.  The Winthrop Chronicles VMG206 Cupcakes and Crinoline Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday- Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design My Girlish Whims

Thursday - A creative Princess Marigold's Loft Lamberts Lately Think Tank Thursdays All things with purpose Aftsy Fartsy Mama

Friday-
My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons  my turn for us craftdictator  The best blog recipes What-about.co crafts a la mode Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home  justusfourblog Diana Rambles Lady Behind the Curtain I heart nap time


Friday, May 29, 2015

Essential Oils for Summer






MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:
The information contained in this class is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information represents what we, Independent Distributors of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of our own personal health and that of our family. Any statement(s) said/implified/posted have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition consult your physician before using these products.

Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

Before we start, I wanted to share this with you, if you are just starting to learn about essential oils:

 Usage: You can use Young Living essential oils directly on the skin, inhalation or internally. Always read the label on the bottle or there are lots of books on how to properly use the oil. You can also use essential oils for household use, cleaning, and beauty products. We have made wool dryer balls and eliminated the need for fabric softener and reduced our drying time. You can also make great gifts and pamper yourself and friends with body butters, sugar scrubs and lip balms made with essential oils. 

If you have a baby, toddlers, if you are nursing or pregnant I would recommend that you research which oils are ok to use. There are books available from Life Science Publishers to help you research. I would also recommend that you dilute essential oils with a carrier oil for children. A carrier oil is Coconut, almond, olive or V-6 vegetable oil. Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure and need to be diluted.

Precautions: Never place essential oils in your eyes, ears or sensitive areas.

The reason I chose Young Living as our provider of essential oils is because of their “Seed to Seal” process. Young Living owns their own farms, they test all their products internally and by an external 3rd party. They use essential oils for pesticides and their weed control is done by hand.
Here is a video on the seed to seal process:
http://seedtoseal.com/en/seedtoseal

First many of these sprays start with the following base spray recipe and then I add essential oils to complete the spray.

Ingredients:
1 oz. glass or metal spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Distilled or filtered water
Essential Oils (See recipes on the following posts.)
Small Funnel (optional)
Add essential oils to spray bottle.  Fill the bottle halfway up with Witch Hazel.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.  Shake sprays before use.
I recommend that your store your oils in metal or amber glass bottles. You can use HDPE plastic bottle for some oil recipes. You definitely want to use glass bottle for citrus oils.


Many essential oils can be used in the garden to deter pests. Here are a few of the oils and the insects that you can use them for.

Ant Spray:
1 oz. glass or metal spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Distilled or filtered water
Essential Oils
Small Funnel (optional)
Add 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Purification to spray bottle.
Fill the bottle halfway up with Witch Hazel.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.  Shake spray before use.
Also, spiders do not like peppermint. You can dilute peppermint in a spray bottle and spray the doorways and windows of your home to prevent spiders from entering your house.


Camping Spray: Enjoy the outdoors annoyance free. Citronella is a member of the lemongrass family and is used topically to help enjoy the outdoors annoyance free. Citronella and lemongrass are both in purification.
Source: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/Purification_PIP.pdf





Spray 1:
Fill a 2oz spray bottle with distilled water and 5 drops each of citronella, lemongrass, peppermint and lavender.

Spray 2:
1 oz. glass or metal spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Distilled or filtered water
Essential Oils
Small Funnel (optional)
2 drops Purification, 2 drops Thieves, 2 drops Peppermint
Add essential oils to spray bottle.  Fill the bottle halfway up with Witch Hazel.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.  Shake spray before use on clothing.

Smelly Shoes Spray:
1 oz. glass or metal spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Distilled or filtered water
Essential Oils
Small Funnel (optional)
8 drops Purification
Add essential oils to spray bottle.  Fill the bottle halfway up with Witch Hazel.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.  Shake spray before use.
Spray inside shoes to refresh them.



Produce Spray:
1 oz. glass or metal spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Distilled or filtered water
Essential Oils
Small Funnel (optional)
1 drop Purification, 5 drops Lemon
Add essential oils to spray bottle. Fill the bottle halfway up with Witch Hazel.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Shake spray before use.





During the hot summer months you can use a cooling roll on the back of your neck. You can make this easy roll on by putting Peppermint essential oil and a carrier oil in a roller bottle. Roll this on the back of your neck for a refreshing and cooling experience. A refreshing spray made of Lavender and distilled water will help you feel refreshed.

There are so many summer uses for essential oils, but we were only had time to tell you about a few of our favorites. Here are an additional 50 summer uses for essential oils: http://theoilessentials.com/2015/03/22/50-essential-oil-tips-for-summer-featuring-the-premium-starter-kit/

6 of the 11 Premium Starter Kit essential oils are in these recipes. 5ml bottles of lavender, lemon, peppermint, purification, frankincense and Thieves oil are included in the Premium Starter Kit. If you are interested in a diffuser and a couple of the oils, the Premium Starter kit is a great deal with 11 oils, diffuser and two NingXia Red 2oz Samples. 

You can order oils or your Premium Starter Kit with Beth at: http://yl.pe/5w3 I would recommend the Wholesale membership, because you can get 24% off the retail price and you have no obligation to sell the product.
promise it is a decision you will wish you had made a long time ago!

Interested in essential oils, but don't have time to research and find what's best for you and your family? Let us know and we would be glad to help provide you with information, education, tips/trick and references. When you sign up with me you have access to our educational resources. I have been hearing about people signing up or purchasing oils and then not knowing what to do next. That will never happen with me!  




Did you know that you can get FREE products with Young Living? Essential Rewards is a great way to earn points on your purchases which you can spend on free products. You can also save on shipping, with a discounted rate. Plus, everyone on our team who enrolls in Essential Rewards this month will receive a beautiful diffuser necklace as our gift to you. (A $15 value.)


If you enjoyed learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, I invite you to like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oildroplife to hear more about how we use essential oils in our lives.





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Body wash made with essential oils



I love to use body wash, but I hate to pay $6 for it. I found this great recipe to use from Life with lovebugs and it has all natural ingredients. We have sensitive skin and I like to use gentle soaps on our skin. It was super easy to make. The only suggestion I have is to use a soap dispenser pump, because it is really liquidy.



Ingredients:
1 cup of filtered or distilled water
1/4 cup of Castile soap (I use Brommer's, which I can get at the grocery store or health food store for about $12.)
1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (I got this at the health food store for $7.)
10 drops of essential oils - I used lavender from Young Living, you can order here: http://yl.pe/5w3

Pour these ingredients into a soap pump. I used it with my shower poof sponge and the glycerin and natural soap did not dry out my skin.
You can read more about how Young Living essential oils have changed my family's life by clicking on this link.

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, I invite you to like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oildroplife to hear more about how we use essential oils in our life.

Here is a list of the Linky parties tha
t I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday - The Foley Family

Monday -  Clairejustine Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday - Coastal Charm Memories by the Mile Tip Junkie  My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206  Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co.   The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Wednesday- Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design

Thursday Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Lamberts Lately Aftsy Fartsy Mama Living well, spending less

Friday- My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons What-about.co my turn for us craftdictator nancherrow Simply Sweet Home  Lady Behind the Curtain crafts a la mode Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Diana Rambles justusfourblog Craft-o-matic

Saturday - Crafty Mom Share Funky Junk Interiors Pierced Pastimes  A Sorta Fairytale






Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Cleaning with Young Living essential oils






First, What is an essential oil?



Usage: You can use Young Living essential oils directly on the skin, inhalation or internally. Always read the label on the bottle or there are lots of books on how to properly use the oil. You can also use essential oils for household use, cleaning, and beauty products. We have made wool dryer balls and eliminated the need for fabric softener and reduced our drying time. You can also make great gifts and pamper yourself and friends with body butters, sugar scrubs and lip balms made with essential oils. 

If you have a baby, toddlers, if you are nursing or pregnant I would recommend that you research which oils are ok to use. There are books available from Life Science Publishers to help you research. I would also recommend that you dilute essential oils with a carrier oil for children. A carrier oil is Coconut, almond, olive or V-6 vegetable oil. Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure and need to be diluted.

Precautions: Never place essential oils in your eyes, ears or sensitive areas.

The reason we chose Young Living as our provider of essential oils is because of their “Seed to Seal” process. Young Living owns their own farms, they test all their products internally and by a external 3rd party. They use essential oils for pesticides and their weed control is done by hand.
Here is a video on the seed to seal process:
http://seedtoseal.com/en/seedtoseal

First up the one that I use the most for cleaning. Thieves cleaner, is a concentrated multi-purpose cleaner. You can use is it to clean sinks, bathtubs, countertops, garbage cans, windows, mirrors, walls, floors and I recently used it on the all weather floors mats that were in my car. You only need a capful or two diluted with water. The dilution ratios and uses are listed in the following 3 documents.

Thieves electronic brochure with more information:



Lemon Oil: is great as a label or sticker remover. I used a couple of drops on these stickers stuck to my daughter’s bed and gently scraped them off.



You can also use Lemon and Citrus Fresh for dusting. Just a 5-6 drops of Lemon or Citrus Fresh essential oil and a teaspoon of olive oil to polish wood surfaces.








I also used the Young Living Lemon oil to remove the grime on top of my kitchen cabinets. I was not overwhelmed by fumes, like I was when I used a cleaner.

Air Freshener. If you are looking for a great air freshener, we recommend that you diffuse Citrus Fresh or Purification. We really like to use Lemon and Peppermint together for motivation and to freshen the air. These do a great job at eliminating the odor and not just covering up like aerosol air fresheners will do. You can also put a drop of these oils on a cotton ball and put it under the seat in your car.
Lemon information sheet: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/Lemon_PIP.pdf
Purification information sheet: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/Purification_PIP.pdf
Peppermint information sheet: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/Peppermint_PIP.pdf

Natural glass cleaner:
1/8 oz of natural liquid soap (I use Brommer’s)
7 drops of Lemon essential oil
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
32 oz of distilled or filters water.

I put the above ingredients into a glass bottle and sprayer from a spray bottle and shake. I used the glass bottle that the vinegar came in and the sprayer from an old cleaning spray bottle. Lemon and other citrus essential oils can break down the toxins in the plastic bottles.



Carpet Refresher:
½ cup of baking soda
3-5 drops of essential oil (I used Lavender)
Combine baking soda and essential oils in a bowl making sure to break up all clumping and mixing so that the scent is throughout. Put into a container with a sprinkle lid. I got this one in the glass housewares section at Meijer’s for $1. Sprinkle on carpet and let it sit, and then vacuum up.
Note: When using oils on carpet for the first time, you should always do a spot check in an inconspicuous location to ensure that the fabric/carpet retains its color.


Time to call your mom, sister or best friend, because this will possibly change the way they clean the grout for their tile floors. It is so easy to make this up. 7 cups of water, ½ cup of baking soda, 6 drops of lemon essential oil and ¼ cup of vinegar. Mix the ingredients in a bucket and use a rag to apply to the grout line. Let it sit for 30 seconds and use a bristle brush to remove the dirt.








Since January, I have been making our own foaming handsoap. I really like that I can make a something that is safer for the environment and for my family to wash their hands with.  
Fill a foaming hand soap dispenser about 3/4 full of distilled water. (1 cup of distilled water.)
Add 3 Tbs of Castile Soap. I used Dr. Brommer's that I found at Meijer's grocery store.
Add 10 drops of Young Living's Lavender oil. 

Optional: Add 3 drops of Vitamin E oil. I had this leftover from another project. 

Put lid on top of soap dispenser and shake.
I added up all of my costs and I figured that it cost almost the same as it would be for me to purchase the refill. It might be a quarter more, but the soap that I made contains a soap that is easier on the environment. Plus, I can choose my own scent with my favorite Essential Oil.

Do not use citrus Essential oils in plastic dispensers.
Lemon and other citrus essential oils can break down the toxins in the plastic.

My family has sensitive skin and Wool Dryer balls eliminate the need for fabric softener and dryer sheets. Plus, wool dryer balls save drying time. I add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to one of the wool balls and put them in the dryer with our clothes.
Instructions on how to make the wool dryer balls:
If you just need to freshen your clothes, you can put 4 drops of essential oil on a washcloth in the dryer with your clothes.

You can add a drop or two of essential oil to your detergent in the washer. I use purification on musty or smelly workout clothes.
You can also take a drop of purification and put it on a cotton ball inside shoes to help eliminate the foot odor inside the shoes.

Lavender linen spray: I also have made a lavender linen spray that I use on our bedding. Place 1 cup of distilled water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle, shake and spray. I use to pay $10 for a bottle of linen spray at the mall, now this one is less than $3.50 to make.






Thieves wipes are great to have on hand to quickly wipe down counters.
10 drops of Thieves
4 oz of Thieves cleaner
6 drops of Citrus Fresh
6 drops of Purification
2 cups of water

Cut paper towel roll in half...pour 1/2 mixture over towels and let sit to soak, turn towels over and pour the rest over the towels. Reuse a wipes container or use a plastic zip-lock baggie to store the wipes in.


Our water in Michigan has a lot of rust in it. I did not take a before picture of our shower head, because it was so bad. I would have been really embarrassed to show you the before picture.
Here is a picture of the cleaning solution working, after soaking for an hour and a half and after gently scrubbing the rest of the hard water deposits and rust off. In the top right picture, you can see the hard water and rust deposits coming off.

Shower head cleaner:
2 cups of water
¼ cup of vinegar
1/3 cup of baking soda
1 capful of thieves cleaner
Put above ingredients and shower head into a baggie. You can use a rubber band to hold the baggie around the shower head. Let it soak for 1-1 ½ hours. Remove shower head from mixture and use an old toothbrush to remove the hard water deposits. 

I have not purchased stove top cleaner in over 4 months and I have saved a lot of money.
All you need is Thieves cleaner diluted in a spray bottle (go back to the top of this page to read about the Thieves cleaner dilution) and baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda on the areas of the glass stove top that have baked on spills. Spray baking soda with diluted Thieves cleaner and let soak for 5-10 minutes. Gently use a sponge to remove the baked on food.
You can read more about how Young Living essential oils have changed my family's life and how you can oil any of the oils that I talked about by clicking on this link. I would recommend the Wholesale membership, because you can get 24% off the retail price and you have no obligation to sell the product.

You can also order essential oils through this link: http://yl.pe/5w3
I promise it is a decision you will wish you had made a long time ago!

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, I invite you to like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oildroplife to hear more about how we use essential oils in our life.

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.


Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things TitiCrafty I heart nap time

Monday - Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday - Coastal Charm Kathe with an E Memories by the Mile Tip Junkie  My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206  Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tasty Tuesdays

Wednesday- Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design

Thursday Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Lamberts Lately A glimpse Inside Aftsy Fartsy Mama Living well, spending less Someday Crafts My Girlish Whims

Friday- My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons What-about.co my turn for us craftdictator crafts a la mode nancherrow Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Diana Rambles  The best blog recipes   justusfourblog Lady Behind the Curtain

Saturday-Crafty Mom Share Funky Junk Interiors Pierced Pastimes  A Sorta Fairytale




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