Emeals Makes 4th of July Easy!!


E-meals-4th-JulyI love how eMeals makes meal preparation and planning so easy – even better for holiday dinners.  Do you have a great menu planned for the Fourth of July yet?  If not, or even if you do – you might find a new recipe to start a new Fourth of July tradition here from eMeals.

Ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu.

This menu includes:

Easy Baby Back Ribs
Bacon Potato Salad
Marinated Slaw
Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole
Watermelon Salad
Berry-Topped Thunder Cake

It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans on their website today to help you get dinner on the table in a snap every night.  I especially love my meals menu plan for the week, but it is so fun to have a special holiday menu ready made for me – then I can enjoy family time instead of searching for new and interesting recipes to make a holiday special.

Now, onto the sneak peek recipe for Bacon Potato Salad from the July 4th menu!

Bacon Potato Salad:

4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover with 1 teaspoon salt 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes.
Cook bacon until crisp.
Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.
Peel potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Add potatoes and eggs to mayonnaise mixture.
Stir in bacon.
Sprinkle with tomatoes.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe serves 8-10

If you have missed hearing about eMeals, I have shared about how I use it in my home and how it saves time and money for us.  It has made my life much easier and I love supporting a family business too!  Save 15% with the code:  FOURTH on your meal plan today!

Purification Essential Oil



Here we are on Day Four talking about Young Living’s Purification Essential Oil – which is so fresh and clean you will be amazed!  If you missed yesterday where I shared about Peppermint, make sure you catch it!  

Purification works just like it’s name – it is an awesome purifier or cleaner, disinfectant and neutralizer.  It is fabulous for dealing with bug bites, blister relief, eliminating orders and more.  Finally – get rid of that FUNKY smell in your car –  or your teens bedroom – LOL!!!

Today’s short video is about the benefits of Purification Essential Oil and how you can use it this summer.

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Bug Spray Recipe

Laundry Rinse 

Come back tomorrow to hear about Young Living’s Joy Essential Oil!

If you are ready to dive into essential oils,  you can find out more HERE!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Essential Oils {and a BONUS}



I have a fun post today to share with you all – involving food, essential oils and free stuff!  {Who wouldn’t love that?}

In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo in a little over a week, I thought it would be fun to share some recipes that you can make using Young Living Lime essential oil – we tried them out last night and they were ‘the BOMB‘!!!

We made an awesome Cinco de Mayo Easy Blender Salsa  {I’m sharing the recipe with you all here!} and Mexican Grilled Lemon-n-Lime Chicken – on the barbecue.  So good!


 You can find the recipe for the fabulous salsa recipe below –  it was super easy and really good.

Look at this Mexican Grilled Lemon-n-Lime Chicken - it was so moist and delicious – and I will share with you how you can get that recipe too – and 7 others!


Doesn’t that make your mouth water?  

So both of these recipes have a common theme – they use Lime Essential Oil in the recipe.   Say what?  Yep, did you know you can cook using essential oils and it can be amazing?  Both of these recipes use Lime essential oil and it is great.

Want to know what else Lime essential oil is good for and how it can liven up the body?

Lime oil has a fresh and lively fragrance that is stimulating and refreshing. It can help overcome exhaustion, depression and listlessness.  It is great for diffusing in the room, in bath and shower gels, foot scrubs and more

Today is the day – time to get yourself a Premium Starter Kit and begin your essential oil journey.  I provide support, resources and monthly online classes to help you in your journey.  We have a private Facebook page too and I am available to walk alongside you as you help your family save money, find healthier alternatives to over the counter medications and prescriptions and live better.  You won’t regret it!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.

Easy Blender Salsa
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  1. 1/2 sweet onion
  2. 1/2 red onion
  3. 2 Serrano peppers
  4. 1 jalapeno, quartered
  5. 3 cloves minced garlic
  6. 4 large red tomatoes (quartered)
  7. 2 Roma tomatoes (halved)
  8. 5 tomatillos
  9. 1 green bell pepper (quartered)
  10. 1 bunch of cilantro (coarsely chopped)
  11. 1 T chopped garlic
  12. 2 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender. Puree ingredients until smooth. Leave lid on your blender 5 minutes after blending. Pour and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
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Natural Remedies For Seasonal Stuffiness



Seasonal Stuffiness and Sniffles – it is that time of year.  The annoying sneezing, watery eyes, swollen nasal passages, runny nose, itching, congestion, red eyes and more.  I used to regret the coming of spring, along with the rest of my family.  I had irritating nasal issues to all types of grass and trees, which made enjoying spring very difficult – even going into summer.

I was on several different prescription medications – including:  Pantanase, Flonase, Omnaris and took Allergra everyday – and STILL had symptoms.  Oh and I had even taken 4 years of  shots – to no avail.

I was miserable.

Then there were my kids, my middle two boys suffered just as much as I did – and for one, we had to get prescription eye drops too.  The expense was ridiculous and I hated the thought of all those drugs, but we had to breath and I didn’t know what else to try…until last year.

Here is how we used to handle seasonal nasal issues at our house – with all this.


Here is how we handle it now!

Last year we started something different.  I began incorporating Young Living essential oils into our routine, after I began using them to overcome my chronic, life-long sadness.  I learned about three oils that came in my Premium Starter Kit  were perfect to battle nasal symptoms – so I decided to give them a try.

They are Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint.  (Affectionately known as the LLP)


Now we can easily handle allergies with pure and natural Young Living Essential Oils.

Here is what we do:


Peppermint, lemon and lavender are cleansing oils, so diffusing these oils in your home on a regular basis will help to reduce pollens and allergens.   This is my first step in my attack.  I pop Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint – about 4 drops each in the diffuser and let that baby go.  If I will be cleaning and releasing a lot of dust into the air, this is my go-to oil blend for the diffuser.

You can also inhale the three directly from the bottle too – this works well if you are out and about.


You can apply 2-3 drops of each oil and place it directly on the bottoms of your feet or at the back of your neck.

The Easy-Peasy Way – Blend pre-mixed

You can simply take an empty bottle, I happened to use an empty Lavender bottle  and it was about 1/4 full, I added in 40 drops of Lemon and 40 drops of Peppermint.  I added about 1/2 teaspoon of Grapeseed oil, just because  I wanted to, you do not need to – popped a roller ball topper and this mix is good to go.  Easy to put on the bottoms of your feet, roll on the back of your neck or even just inhale with the top off.


Yes, you can take Young Living Oils in a capsule or a few drops in a Tablespoon of honey!  I love to make a capsule but placing 2-3 drops of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint in a clear vegetable capsule along with a carrier oil, like my Grapeseed {I use this} and swallow with a big glass of water. 

The essential oils found in citrus fruit such as oranges, tangerines, and lemons, have an antihistamine effect and may help relax nasal passages—giving your stuffed nose some relief – {source}


Local, Raw honey

This is a step we began last year as I became aware that eating local, raw honey, even just a spoonful a day, can build immunity through gradually exposure. The idea is that bees become covered in pollen spores when they go from one flower to the next — spores which are then transferred to their honey.

This is something we continue to do and it gives two benefits – we get the gradual immunity being built up and we can support a local bee keeper!  So put your oils in the honey or use it in your tea every day – just a bit!

NingXia Red

This incredible antioxidant drink, which contains some of the highest known antioxidant fruit juices with the strongest anti aging effects gives a powerful punch for allergies.  It has Ningxia wolf berry puree, Blueberry, Plum, Cherry, Aronia and Pomegranate juice PLUS a great blend of essential oils, including orange, tangerine and lemon essential oil.  

I take a 1 oz shot each day which helps my immune system {I swear this is the reason I have not been sick in over a year, except for my sinus infection, and you can see how I healed that with oils and natural remedies too!} plus it helps me fight off the allergy inflammation.  With my Systemic Lupus diagnosis I have to be very aware of NOT getting sick, my body is not good at fighting off infection, but with natural remedies I am healthier now than even before I was diagnosed with a chronic disease.

If my body is healthy it can more easily deal with inflammation which is caused from allergens.  Antioxidants help fight off the inflammation that causes allergies – this is where NingXia Red really comes into play to help my body.

Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This magical liquid I just discovered back when I healed my sinus infectionwell, to be honest, I learned of it long ago, but never could muster the idea of taking it internally.  But you know what, I did and it works fabulously!

The best way to use apple cider vinegar {I use this one} for your allergies is on a consistent basis.  So for the next several months I will take about 1 tablespoon ACV in a glass of water or mix it into a mug of hot tea with some local raw honey.  I usually can get by with doing this just in the morning, but if things get particularly intense, I add in a dose before bed too.  

The apple cider vinegar promotes alkalinity and PH balance of the body, which is one reason why it works great as a natural remedy to ward off all types of allergies.  Give it a try – it really does work.  I found that even with my sinus infection that within 5 minutes my plugged up head ran out like a faucet.  Magical.

I wish I had learned about essential oils sooner, but so glad I began when I did.

If you done procrastinating and are ready to jump on the oily band wagon – you can find out more information here.  Our community is active, I support you along the way and I have a FREE gift for you too.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.  This article was revised from it’s original state to meet FDA compliance, so may not read as smoothly as it was intended originally.

Gain More by Losing the Excess



I told you that today I was going to talk about taking better care of your body, and like I said yesterday….. it’s not all about losing weight.  Although it seems like that is on almost everyone’s New Years list, I have a real problem with so much focus being on “how much you weigh” and I want to share with you how you might consider changing a few things on how you nurture your body with regard to food choices and having a plan.

A few months ago I shared how I was rather fed up with my body.  I had been struggling with a few extra pounds and just felt out of energy and frustrated.  I know you can relate!  We all experience this at different times.

I was fortunate enough to run across this 30 day PALEO challenge and decided it was time to jump in.  I got a girlfriend of mine onboard to join me, as we both had read how Paleo can really benefit those who struggle to fight different autoimmune conditions, as well as many other benefits.  I did the 30 days, lost 8 pounds and was very happy.   It began a larger journey for me – really thinking more consciously about the food I was putting in my body as well as my family.

If you are looking to make some changes for the New Year, I suggest to make small changes so they can last.  When we try to overhaul in a BIG way, we often fail.  We lose momentum and get discouraged.  I don’t want that for you.

Get a Plan

One of the things that can be hard with changing habits is just developing new habits to take the place of the old ones!  With regard to eating….this is key.  If you know you would like to eat healthier to feel better or to lose some weight, then you have to have a plan.  I hate coming up with my own plans, I can’t wing it.  I just want to be told what to do, what to eat and what exercise to fit into my daily schedule.  One of the things that worked so well for me was following the 30 day Paleo Challenge and then switching to the eMeals Paleo Meal plan – I didn’t have to think about making it all work!

If you are unfamiliar with eMeals they are a site that will give you a weeks menu plan, complete with recipes, grocery shopping list – all done for you.  You can print the information out or have it on their great APP – which is really handy to access anywhere.


They just released a new 500 calorie meal plan, perfect if you are looking to simply reduce calorie intake.  This meal plan includes a grocery list itemized by section of the store, 7 healthy main dish recipes and sides, and is a simple tool to help you get organized and lose weight in 2014! You can choose to get this meal plan for a family or for 1-2. Each recipe and meal as a whole is broken down with a calorie count to help you track and measure your goals. It’s never been easier – they do all the work for you!  You can join now, and enjoy any plan for 15% off using the code DINNER through January.  You can also change your meal plan too!

Stay Focused

As with any goal you truly have to be focused and committed.  If you are looking to change your eating habits, then make that the focus.  If you can add in some movement each day – do that.  If it is too much to do at the beginning then stick with one area.  If you try to do too much at once, then you will get overwhelmed and quite.  I hear this over and over again from moms…..and I know I struggle with it myself.

So if changing your eating is goal #1, focus there.   If getting your body moving is goal #1, focus there.  Do not stretch yourself thin ladies….have grace with yourself and be realistic.

Each Day is New

This is a biggie – we will fail – every single one of us – we will cheat, eat something we shouldn’t have, but life goes on.  You need to stay committed and realize that each day is new and you do not need to hold onto the mistake you made yesterday.  Begin each day new and feel the power that can come from that.  Give yourself lots of grace, encourage yourself with motivation when you are successful.  Find a buddy who you can share both your success and failures with along the way.  It was such a relief when I could share with my friend that I had cheated and “fell off the wagon” when we were trying to be on the strict 30 day Paleo challenge.

Find Your Weakness

Okay, we all have them – chocolate, salty foods, crunchy things – those items that just call our names when we know we cannot have them!  For me, it is salty chips.  They are my downfall….but you know, if I allow myself to have 4-5 chips when I crave them, I can let the craving go.  It isn’t sitting there haunting me every time I walk into the kitchen.  

What is your weakness?  Maybe this is a bigger issue for you?  If it is, I encourage you to participate in this online book study over at Proverbs 31 ministries where they will be studying Lisa Terkeursts’ “Made to Crave“.  This might be just the study you need to be set free from issues related to food.

made to crave

I pray that whatever your goal is for the New Year that you find encouragement to succeed.  Find a plan, follow a plan and be good to your body.  No one is perfect….so remember that.  Each day is new, so capture the joy in knowing that!