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Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Essential Oil $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

If you're like me, you definitely don't have your Christmas shopping done, you are desperately trying to get any discount, coupon and offer out there, but you also don't ever compromise on quality when it comes to health and wellness.

It's with you in mind that I am offering this gift when you grab your Young Living starter kit of awesomeness and give yourself and your family a gift you will NEVER regret.

I always recommend getting started with the premium starter kit for $160 because it is the best deal and comes with 11 bottles of oil and a diffuser. The diffuser retails at almost $100 - so it's a fabulous deal! BONUS - this month, you also get the Christmas Spirit blend for FREE with the kit!
https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?site=US&sponsorid=3399973&enrollerid=3399973

Not a day has gone by since I got my kit years ago that I haven't been over-the-moon thankful for my oils. Just a few of my favorites from the kit:
  • Thieves - we use Thieves daily for boosting our immune system and I love that I can use it topically OR in my diffuser. The diffuser is really helpful to have because I can fight airborne germies that way too! Love it! 
  • Lavender - we use Lavender for calming, supporting skin, in our owie roller, and in our Sweet Dreams bedtime spray - it's my most reached for oil! 
  • Peppermint -  we love this one for when your head starts pounding, your tummy starts feeling funky, and as a great energy boost in the diffuser. 
I use my oils from the starter kit each and every day, and you can see more in this graphic from my December newsletter below.
https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?site=US&sponsorid=3399973&enrollerid=3399973
When you (new YL members only) order your kit by Dec. 12th (the deadline to have it in your hands before Christmas), you will not only get the FREE Christmas Spirit with your 11 oils and diffuser, you will also be entered into a giveaway among my friends to win a $25 Visa Gift Card.  BONUS - If 5+ new families decide to get oily with me then I will up the giveaway to a $50 gift card. (Hello HUGE chance to win!!!)


https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?site=US&sponsorid=3399973&enrollerid=3399973

Whether you are brand new to oils or have been learning little bits at a time, I am here to help you learn (because you know I can't turn the teacher-in-me off) and walk with you on your journey toward health and wellness. Here we go!

 You can order here
Hurry - my offer ends Dec. 12th!
 Once you make your order, you will automatically be entered into the giveaway!!! Woohoo!

Check out these other posts to get more ideas on how you will be using your oils:


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top 10 Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers

As a cloth diapering momma for the last 8 years, I have had to endure a lot of stinky dirty diapers. I have needed some great reasons to stick with it at times, and that is what I am sharing with you today.

Here are my top 10 reasons to use cloth diapers:

1. There are tons of super fun stylish and reusable cloth diapers. For instance, this cute spotted giraffe print diaper was used through both of our girls and we loved taking pictures of them with it on, because it was so cute! They don't make cloth diapers today like they used to many years ago. Now, they are easy to use and come in a hundred super cute prints.
2. Conventional disposables can contain traces of Dioxin, a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer linked chemicals! Yikes!! It is banned in most countries, but sadly not in the US.
3. Conventional disposables can contain Trubutyl-tin(TBT) a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
4. Chemicals and fragrances in some disposables can cause asthma. 
5. Disposable diapers use 2 times as much water to manufacture as cloth. 
 
6. Cloth diapers will save you loads of money! If I had any extra time, I would figure out how much we have saved over the 8+ years.
7. Disposables use 20 times more raw materials than cloth. 
8. Disposables generate 60 times more waste than cloth.
9. Disposables are the 3rd largest single consumer item in landfills. Oh my!!
10. No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years.

Let those numbers since in for a second. If that doesn't convince you to just even try out cloth diapers, check out even more great diaper facts.

For those of you saying, "I could never clean cloth diapers day after day, check out how I keep my cloth diapers clean. I also love to use my essential oils to help keep them smelling fresh and clean in a natural, safe way. Some of my favorite oils for cloth diapers are purification, lemon, and lavender.

While you do have to take a little more time to care for cloth diapers, I strongly feel the benefits outweigh the negatives, and I definitely don't regret using them with all my children.  What are your thoughts? Are you for or against cloth diaper use? I love to hear your opinions and thoughts.

This post is a partnership with Nakturnal. All words and opinions are my own, and I hope you find them helpful.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Amazon Prime Photos' new features - Win a $500 gift card

Is it just me or do you take gorgeous pictures of special moments and then can't remember where they are when you want to print or share them with family and friends?

No worries! Technology always comes through. Now Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. Now, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos is free for Prime members and makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos.
Additional new features include: Image Search, People view and Places view. And Prime members can now order photo prints, cards, photo books, and calendars directly from their Prime Photos account. Download the new Prime Photos app here: www.tinyurl.com/PrimePhotos



I love that you can now order photo prints, cards, photo books, and calendars directly from your Prime Photos account, and it is available on computers, iOS and Android phones, and tablets. How easy is that? Free up space on your phone and try it out.


Once you have downloaded the app, enter this awesome giveaway. You can win the 1st prize of a $500 Amazon gift card, or one of five $100 Amazon gift card 2nd prize! 

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Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway!
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Healthy, Natural Stocking Stuffers

At our home, we have a stocking for each of our kids, and the night before Christmas, everyone gets to open their stocking and get a few small treats. The kids really look forward to this, and honestly, so do I. 

I like to gift them a dark chocolate almond bar (can you tell they don't eat sweets often), activity books, stickers, and now this year, I am gifting my daughters with some Piggy Paint

What is Piggy Paint? It's about the safest nail polish possible. Their non-toxic, water-based formula is virtually odorless, cruelty-free, vegan, and safe for pregnancy. It is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone… and made in the USA!

As you may know, most nail polishes are extremely unsafe, especially for little ones. Do you want to wear something on your finger nails that can eat a hole through styrofoam? Not me! In fact, I haven't worn nail polish since I was pregnant with my first child. 

But, now there are safe nail polishes for you and your children. If you want the adult version of Piggy Paint, make sure to try their SOPHI brand.


My girls and I are going to have fun doing our nails safely so that our piggies look gorgeous for church on Christmas morning.

If you want to join us, check out this promo code: PP122016 for 15% off at piggypaint.com or sophinailpolish.com. This code expires December 19th, 2016.

More FUN! We are giving away (1) Piggy Paint POP of Pixie Gift Set ($22.50 value) to (1) very lucky winner!
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Thanks to Piggy Paint and SOPHI for sending products to review. No other compensation was given.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

What is REALLY in Your Thanksgiving Turkey?

Have you ever taken a closer look at your Thanksgiving turkey? What is really in that giant bird?
  • Do you know where it is grown? 
  • Is it allowed to live as a turkey should live - humanely, raised to it's naturally intended weight?
  • Is it given antibiotics, growth stimulants or hormones? (hint, hint - why do you think your turkey is so gigantic?)
  • What is it fed?
  • Is it pumped full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, MSG or other additives?
When looking at conventional turkeys grown and sold as cheaply as possible, you will find some scary stuff. For example, Butterball LLC, which sells about 12 million whole turkeys for Thanksgiving, injects its frozen whole turkeys with a solution to "keep the turkey moist and help prevent it from drying out during cooking, and for flavor," according to the company. Additives include salt, natural flavors, modified food starch and sodium phosphates. Food Babe also has a great article about the dangers lurking in the average turkey.

Ummmm...no thanks.

I prefer to eat an old-fashioned turkey. And yes, you can still find them.

Check out one of the last small, family-owned turkey grower-processors in the United States,  the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch. Their ranching style, family-farming secrets, and strict sustainable standards consistently produce a better, tender and juicier turkey with real, old-fashioned flavor. Sustainably raising turkeys for four generations, all of  Diestel’s birds are:
  • Slow grown; raised almost 2x as long and given 3x as much space as conventional birds 
  • Raised to their naturally intended weight giving the turkeys exceptional taste and texture
  • No gluten, casein, carrageenan, phosphates, MSG, artificial ingredients or preservatives 
  • No antibiotics, growth stimulants, or hormones
  • 100% vegetarian diet, enhanced with vitamins and minerals, milled and mixed daily on the ranch
  • GAP rated; Diestel’s pasture raised birds received GAP’s highest 5+ rating 
Diestel generously sent me one of their organic turkeys, and I am beyond thrilled to serve it to my family. They shipped it to my front door, and it was such a convenient and easy process. You can also find them at Whole Foods and right on the Diestel online store.

Yes, organic, sustainably raised turkeys are more expensive. But I expect that to be the case. The great thing is - Thanksgiving is a special occasion. I am happy to splurge a bit once a year on a quality, healthy turkey that is going to nourish my family.

What do you think? Have you thought twice about what is really in your Thanksgiving turkey?

Thanks to Diestel for providing a turkey for me to try out with my family. No other compensation was given, and this is all my opinion.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Go Macro Thrive Bars Giveaway

I know that while they are not a better choice than a home cooked meal, sometimes snack bars are a necessity. But not every snack bar is created equal. Some of made in huge factories with cheap ingredients that drive your blood sugar up and leave you feeling less than satisfied. I will NEVER recommend any bar like that on this site. No way.

Because I care about health. I care about my family's health. I care about your health. I care about our country's health. I care about our planet.

With that in mind, let me share a snack bar from GoMacro that I love. As a long time fan of Go Macro bars, I am happy to share with you their new Thrive bars they recently sent me. Thrive are made up of a superfood ancient grain blend, are all less than 200 calories and provide plant-based protein, essential fatty acids, and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind.

 
It matters that GoMacro is a family-run natural food company with roots in organic farming and dedicated to making the best tasting food with the highest quality ingredients. Everything they make is 100% vegan, USDA certified organic, certified non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and made from mostly raw ingredients. They believe that everything we put in our bodies should have a beneficial impact. So do I!

These Thrive bars are delicious. My favorite is the Blueberry Lavender. I wasn't sure what that would taste like, but the lavender compliments the blueberry perfectly. I also love the health punch that the Ginger Lemon bar packs. These are perfect for afternoon snacks for my kiddos or an after-workout snack for me.

For (1) lucky winner, we are giving away (1) variety box of delicious Thrive bars! 
Enter below. Find GoMacro on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

 
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Thanks to GoMacro for sending bars for review. No other compensation was given.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Orange Essential Oil Recipes and Giveaway

Who loves essential oils? ME, ME, ME!!!

If you are new to essential oils or just curious about why and how I have used them for over 8 years, make sure you check out these great posts too:

- What to know about essential oils

- What is aromatherapy?

- How and why to use essential oils

- The Swiss army knife of essential oils

- 4 Essential oil must-haves for your home

Today, I get to share with you one of my favorite uplifting essential oils - ORANGE!

Who doesn't love the smell while peeling an orange? Do you know what that smell is? That is the oil of the orange skin! Now you understand why I love orange essential oil so much.

The smell is so refreshing, uplifting and energizing. Here are my favorite ways to use it:
  • inhale it as a great way to start your day
  • put one drop of lavender and one drop of orange in my diffuser necklace or diffuser for a wonderful way to encourage positive emotions
  • add a drop or two to my body wash for a wonderful energizing shower
  • put a drop on a cloth to remove sticky or gunky stuff 
  • add it to homemade playdough to keep your kiddos smiling
  • add 10 drops or so to a glass spray bottle with distilled water and spray in closets or linens for a wonderful fresh smell  
  • add a drop or two to wool dryer balls and throw in the dryer for fresh clean clothes
  • add a drop to my Thieves toothpaste for bright, shining teeth

Here are some recipes you will love trying out.

Energizing Sugar Scrub 

Ready to make your skin super soft?

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar (I especially love coconut sugar)
1/2 cup coconut oil
8-15 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil (try orange and lavender, or orange and white angelica for a great stress relieving blend)

Directions:
Mix sugar and coconut oil together in a bowl.
Add coconut oil gradually until you get the consistency you like.
Add desired amount of essential oils. (Slowly add in essential oils. Remember you can always add more if it’s not as strong as you’d like)

Happy Roller

I love my Happy Roller!

Ingredients:
Glass roller bottle
Carrier oil - I use fractionated coconut oil
20 drops of essential oils - I recommend Joy and Orange for this recipe

Directions:
Start by adding 10 drops of Joy and 10 drops of Orange to a glass roller bottle. Then fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil or whatever carrier oil you choose. Roll it around in your hands for a couple seconds before applying. I like to apply it right over my heart or on my wrists.

With all this fun talking about Orange essential oil, I cannot help but want to share some with you!

We are giving away (1) bottle of Young Living Orange essential oil to (1) lucky winner!

Enter below to win! Let me know if I can answer more of your questions or guide you in your essential oil journey. I am here to help! If you would like to be added to a free, educational resource full of people sharing how they use oils, ask to join the Hello Essentials. It is one of my favorite places to go to get ideas about how others are using their oils and what they love about them. Everyone is so positive and helpful. I just love it! (And no, nobody will be trying to sell you anything!) You can tell them that I (Cara Nitz) sent you over.

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