Thank you so much for visiting my blog. This is a story about 1 girl and her journey to make herself and her family healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. Throughout my journey I have successes and "learning opportunities". I share them all here - the good, the bad and the ugly. As I grow and learn, I will share it here.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"Just Take the Step, I Am Here With You!"



 
God is leading me down a path and on a journey I was not seeking or even asking for.  I have known for a few years that God was preparing me for something, but I had no clue what it was.  We live in an instant gratification society and I get caught up in it all the time. I want to know the answer right now.  I don’t like to wait. I want it now,now, now.  Yes, I sound like my students.  It is so hard to sit and wait on His perfect timing.  That wait was not one month or even one year – it has been over three years (almost four). 
This journey will require me step out of my comfort zone and step out in faith to where He leads me.  I have been praying for God to confirm to me that this is the path He has prepared.  Over the last 27 days – He keeps saying yes over and over. Yet, I keep asking Him to confirm more.  I am sometimes amazed how small my faith can be at times.  I have taken some baby steps – still unsure.  Well, not unsure – more scared, nervous, intimidated.  I even took a little bit bigger baby step last week, with this step I still felt nervous but with a since of peace that I was headed the right direction.   It is amazing how Satan knows when you feel nervous – he plays with it and messes with your head. I started thinking, “I can’t do this”, “It is too much”, “This is too hard”, “I don’t know enough”, “No one wants to hear you have to share”, “I’m not good enough”.    
This morning, I woke with a very clear message that said,
 “Just take the step, I am here with you.” 
 
So I am taking the next steps in Faith.  The first step was saying “I will follow where YOU lead me.”  The second step was admitting that this is a little scary, but I know YOU are with me.  The third, is a step of knowledge – which begins tomorrow. 
I hope you will lift me and my family in prayer as we start down this path on an amazing journey prepared by my Father. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to Wear Young Living Essential Oils

 
One thing I love about Young Living oils is how pure and safe they are.  You can diffuse them, ingest them or apply them on your skin. 
 
Sometimes I  ingest them by capsule, cheek swipe, under my tongue or drink it in my water or tea - that is for another post.
 
I diffuse something every day and every night.  It depends on the need at the time.  At night right now - Thieves, Lavender, and RC or Raven - allergy, cold and flu season.  But again that is another post. 
 
Every day, I wear my oils.  
 
What is so cool is you can wear them neat or diluted.  If I dilute, I do it with either organic olive oil or coconut oil.   I wear many of them on my feet - which I always wear neat (undiluted).  Learning about vitaflex points greatly helped me in knowing the best place to put the oil on my feet/hands.   
 
Here are two charts that show vitaflex points!  I know I still have a lot to learn about them - but this is where I started.  I looked at the picture and gave it a try. When I was not sure what to do - I asked questions.  I have surrounded myself with wonderful people who know so much more than I do. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
I also put my oils where I am hurting.  The last two months,  I have been dealing with a sprained wrist/ tendinitis.  It has been quite painful.  I am applying oils directly to where they pain is.  I apply in layers Panaway, Valor, Copidia - topped with Peppermint.   Sometimes I also use aroma siez.  I apply 3-5 times a day depending on pain level and circumstances of my day.  Result - I have had not had to use prescription or OTC (over the counter) medications.  All I needed was oils applied to my wrist.
 
When my stomach hurts - I apply diluted Peppermint or DiGize over my stomach.  When I have chest congestion - I apply RC or Raven to my chest.  I apply neat for me and diluted for my boys.    When my ear hurts - I apply lavender and Purification or Melrose around my ear.
 
As you can see - you can apply the oils in so many places.  The best part -  Young Living Essential Oils do not have any side effects and they smell sooooo good! 
   
 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Essential Oils and Austim

We are on a new journey to try and reduce  the medicines D. takes for his autism.  We have had a lot of luck with Peace and Calm and Tangarine (he keeps scanning for tangarine). 

As I have researched I am starting to hear some patterns and similiarties come out. I am going to start with what I have and begin to add oils in the following picture created by Kim Prather. 

I have Peace and Calm, Vetiver, Valor, and Sacred Frakensence.  So I will start with there.  I think I will add Sara and Brain Power next. 


He responds so well to all the oils, so I am so excited to see where this leads us.   

Friday, January 17, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup


YUMMY and EASY!!!!
I came home yesterday to wonderful smells.  I needed it as it was an extremely difficult day and my body is fighting hard to not get sick from these yucky allergies. 
 
This is where planning saved the day. 
 
I knew I had a meeting after school, so I made sure I had a crockpot meal in my weekly  plan.  I prepped it that morning before I left.  Since I was running late getting home, I called and asked the boys to shred the chicken, grate some cheese, add in the sour cream.  
 
Substitutions:  I did not use the red bell pepper as I have one who would not touch it if you did.  I also used garlic powder and onion powder - I was out of both onions and garlic cloves.  It worked great and saved me a couple of steps in the morning. 
 
This recipe was extremely easy to make.  Not only that - it is delicious and follows Weight Watchers Simply Filling perfectly.  You will need to count points for chips and avocado - I did not even use them and it was a wonderful soup.  I also use 2% cheese - so I have to count points for that - but it is sooo worth it. 
 
 
 
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
 
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper or green, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • coarse salt and fresh black pepper
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  • 1 can (11 ounce) Ro-tel diced tomatoes & green chiles
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 can black beans optional
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder like McCormick
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (preferably Mexican) crushed between fingertips
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Monterey jack, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup sour cream plus more for serving
  • tortilla chips for serving
  • sliced avocado for serving, optional

Directions

  1. In a medium skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile to your crock-pot add the Ro-tel, chicken broth, chicken, corn, black beans (if using), chile powder, cumin, oregano and 1 teaspoon coarse salt or 1/2 teaspoon fine and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix in the cooked onions, peppers and garlic.
  3. Cook on high 3 - 4 hour or low 5 - 6. Remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board. Stir the cheese and sour cream into the soup. Shred the chicken or cut into bite-sized pieces and add back to the pot. Taste and season as needed. Cook 1 more hour on low heat.
  4. Serve garnished with more cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and avocado.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fudgy Peppermint Patties


I first saw this recipe on Facebook and I decided to give it a try.  These looked wonderful for that mid day pick me up.

I have a Chocolate Chunk recipe that I love and have used for a while.  The ingredients were the same, but the proportions were different - and they added Young Living Peppermint Essential oil.  So I decided to give it  a try and I also decided to give my recipe a try with adding Peppermint.  The results - two great recipes depending on your preference for chocolate.  If you want a deeper chocolate flavor - use the Chocolate Chunk Recipe. 

Remember when working with coconut oil has a melting point of 76-78 degrees.  So it should be ok at room temperature.  Remember your body temperature is 98.6 degrees - so it will melt in your hand very quickly.  I typically keep my chocolate in the freezer or refrigerator.  One thing I learned from this recipe - keep your sizes smaller.  I used a cookie mold (it is what I had at the time), paper muffin wrappers, and gel muffin molds. 

The best results were from the gel muffin molds - they popped right out.  However, I used regular size muffin molds - too big, the chocolate will melt in your hands.  The metal cookie mold (heart shaped) was way too big - they broke very easily coming out and a little hard to get out.    So off the store to purchase heart candy molds. 

The best part - my family gets to eat my "mistakes".  There is no complaining in this house today.  In the picture the lighter colored ones are this recipe.  The darker colored ones are from my Chocolate Chunk recipe.  I used regular chocolate, however these would be wonderful with dark chocolate a well. 


Fudgy Peppermint Patties

1 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup Honey
5-6 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

Melt coconut oil
Add in honey and stir
Add in Cocoa and stir
Add in Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

Pour into mini muffin pan or candy mold (about 1 tbsp. each) and place in fridge or freezer.

Original recipe from fellow oiler Adeline E.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Plan to Eat and Cozi


Today at weight watchers we were challenged to plan out our meals for the week.  That is something I am pretty good at.  I am now using an online program called Plan to Eat.  Now to start - it is not free.  But is worth every penny I pay.  I think it is $30 - $40 a year.  I make that money back  in the time that I save with planning.   I can even pull up the recipe on my Ipad to cook my recipe for the evening.  You can try it free for 30 days right now.  Just click the link below and it will take you to their site.  I started with the 30 day free trial.  Then I found out it makes my life easier so I started paying. 
 
 

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

 
 
I put  all my recipies into this program and have for two years.  I get most of my recipes from different blog sites that I follow and tweak them to meet my families needs.  I can take the url of the recipe  I have found off the blog and put it into the recipe and most of the time (not always) it transfers everything into my recipe book.  If it does not directly transfer, I can easily copy and paste into the recipe.  I can even get the html code and directly put it into a post on my blog.  LOVE!!!!!! 

Now to planning:

 
 
On the left hand side are all my recipes.  The rest of the screen is my meal planning calendar.  This is how easy planning is -  I click the food and drag it to the day I want to prepare that meal.  It is really that easy.  If I am using recipes in my planner, I takes me 5 minutes to put in my meals for the week.  No more trying to think and come up with meals for the week.  I choose off my list.  Today, I put in 3 new recipes I am wanting to try, so it took 10 minutes which included looking for the recipies, inputting and planning. 
 
 
 

 
 
When I finish it looks like this.  I could put in my breakfasts, lunches and snacks if I chose to.  I don't do use those because of the another feature I love (see below grocery list). 
 
It will even make a grocery list.  I can access that list from my phone or print it out.  My choice.  I love a digital form - so I don't lose my list.  From my computer, I take off the items I do not need to buy that week. 
 
 

 
 
 
Now for a feature I really, really, really LOVE>  I have it set to sink with my Cozi calendar.  Before I leave for work, I can review what it is I am cooking for that evening.  I hate leaving wondering what I had planned earlier.  The reason I do not put in breakfast and lunch is that would also sinc with Cozi and that is too much info for me.  So I choose not to use it.  My snacks are mostlyfruits and veggies with occasional cheese sticks or almonds.  My breakfast is one of 3 things, it is not necessary. 
 
 
 

 
 
 
So get planning.  You don't have to have this program, it is just how I do it. 
 
Blessings to you all!
 
In Him,
Kim
 



Essential Rewards


 
 
Some have asked how I get my oils every month.  It is called Essential Rewards.  I started participating in Essential Rewards after I had played with the oils in my Premium Starter Kit and started to need to replace some of the oils. 
 
First, make sure you’re a wholesale distributor instead of a retail customer so you’re getting that 24% discount!

Essential Rewards is a monthly, autoship order with a minimum of 50PV.
  • Helps you to gradually build an oils collection
  • Save with $6.98 flat shipping charge up to 5 lbs.
  • Change shipping date each month according to your needs
  • Completely flexible – change everything or order each month
  • Earn points on each order to redeem for free product
  • Earn 10% of your order’s product volume in points for the first six consecutive months, 15% for the next six consecutive months, and 20% for 13 consecutive months and thereafter on Essential
  • There is no risk, you can cancel at any time (make sure you use any available points before canceling)
  • One grace month per year – you can call and skip one month if the need arises

To Sign Up and Use Essential Rewards:

  • Log in to your account at www.youngliving.org with your member number and password.
  • Click on “Essential Rewards” in the menu on the left.
  • Follow the instructions to set up your monthly order.
  • Set a date and put that date on your calendar. You want to make any final changes to your order by that date.
  • Add any products you want to order. Remember to save your order any time you change it. You can  change it during the month as you run out of items or discover new ones  you need.
  • Make sure your payment is always current so that your order will process on that date each month.
  • Each month after you receive your order, go in to your account and delete any products you won’t want to re-order, put in any items you already know you will want, and enjoy tweaking until your next processing date (which you can adjust according to need).
  • When you log in to your account, look to the right of the page to see your current “Essential Rewards Points Total.”
  • Redeem points (after three months on the program) for items by contacting Live Help.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Life Lessons Learned

Being a parent is not easy and sometimes it is really hard.  As a teacher I see many parents who do not let their children suffer the consequences of their actions.   I feel sorry for them and their children.   I understand - it is hard to see them suffer. But through their suffering they are learning some very valuable lessons.  As a parent, I need to come along beside them and guide them (not fix it for them) as they work through the issues of life.  I am proud of the man Jon is becoming!


Jon had a wreck.  


It was his fault.  He pulled out his phone to text at a stoplight and hit the truck in front of him.  We are very lucky that no one was hurt and the other vehicle was not damaged.  Jon's car  - not so lucky.    It would be really easy to fix everything for him, but I love him enough to let him go through natural and imposed consequences of his actions.  He has to pay for everything to repair the car.  We found an auto body shop that will work with us to try and save money by him going to the junk yard and getting the parts needed.  

Great friend to teach him how to take parts off the car.
















We loaned him the last little bit for the repairs - but he must pay us back.  Today, we got it back sooner than expected.  As we drove to pick it up, he had a knot in his stomach because he wasn't exactly sure how much it would cost.  


So much has been learned through this process - not just Jon, but for all of us.  Here are just a few things that he learned through this experience.  
I am so thankful we did not rescue him.  
Look at what he would have missed out on if we had.  

Jon's Car Wreck Life Lessons
  • Life Lesson #1 – You should not pull out your phone in the car to text at a stoplight – actually do not ever pull out your phone in the car.
  • Life Lesson #2 – Calling your dad when you have a wreck is hard, Papa finding you wrecked the car he gave you is harder
  • Life Lesson # 3 –  if many people offer you solid advice – you should listen (ie – don’t use your phone in the car at all)
  • Life Lesson # 4 –  After being able to drive yourself to school for a while, riding the big yellow limousine (bus) to school is not fun
  • Life Lesson # 5 - being in a wreck is hard, finding out much the bill is going to be is harder
  • Life Lesson # 6 – finding out Mom and Dad are not going to pay the bill is life changing
  • Life Lesson #17 – just because you don’t have a car – does not mean you do not have responsibilities and commitments. 
  • Life Lesson # 8 – Helping others is easy – asking for help can be humbling.
  • Life Lesson # 9 – it is important to know the names of streets when giving directions to a friend to pick you up to take you to your commitments
  • Life Lesson # 10 – Pick and Pull junk yard means you remove the parts from the car(s) yourself and you need your own tools
  • Life Lesson # 11 – Junk Yards can save you a lot of money on parts 
  • Life Lesson # 12 – friends are invaluable
  • Life Lesson # 13 – Fixing a car takes a long time
  • Life Lesson # 14 - just because they tell you that they only need 4 parts does not mean they only need 4 parts
  • Life lesson # 15- doesn't have to be pretty to be drivable. 
  • Life Lesson # 16 - paying the bill is hard. 
  • Life Lesson# 17 - being in debt is bad, being in debt to mom is worse.
  • Life Lesson #18 - I am thankful parents love me enough to let me learn these lessons - well he will be when when he is older.









Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils 2013 Review




WOW!!!!!!  What an amazing journey my family has been on this year.  

We have been using Young Living Essential oils for a little over a year.  We have seen wonderful results with them.  It is amazing that even my boys are now asking for oils instead of pharmaceuticals because they know they work better and don’t have any side effects.  Daniel even asked for his own diffuser for a Christmas present this year.  In the last few days I have had quite a few people ask about how I got into oils or how I use them or how they are impacting my family.  I decided it was time to put it into writing.  I sat down today to look at 2013 to see what success stories we had with the oils.  After I made a list, I had everyone else come in and add things to the list I had missed.   I am blown away by the list.  I am so amazed at how God is blessing my family with a healthier way to live. 

Thieves
  • Every one of us uses Thieves on the bottom of our feet daily.    We do not get sick very often anymore and now when we do it is mild and short lived. 
  • I also use the Thieves Cleaner at home and have some at school.


Last school year my class did not get the flu and we did not have much strep.  This year I have not been as diligent at wearing my Thieves daily or using the Thieves Cleaner as regularly.  So far, I have had a bunch of strep go through the class.  That will change starting Monday.  I will wear it every day.  It is amazing that the kids benefited by me wearing Thieves daily and cleaning with the Thieves Cleaner daily.

Next I have listed how oils have impacted each of us.  There are some things left out as they were too personal to share here.  There are probably even more we don’t remember.  We use the oils for everything.    

Scott
  • Has extremely itchy eyes when his allergies.  He takes Lavender and does a wide sweep around his eyes.  The itching stops within minutes. 
  •  Insomnia greatly improved.   He started applying and inhaling Peace and Calm each night.  He has significantly reduced number of occurrences now.
  • Scott uses Peppermint for his headaches.


Daniel's Oils that stay on his dresser.  

Daniel
  • He takes 3 medicines to help with his autism.  One is still the same.  One has been reduced from 3 times a day to once a day.  One we went from twice a day to once a day.  We make major medicine changes over the summer.  We are hoping to reduce the dosage of the first one next summer.  We meet with the doctor over spring break.  We diffuse Peace and Calm and he used Tangerine in his water (used for anxiety, irritability and is anti-spasmodic). 
  • Uses Peppermint for his headaches. 
  • He also uses Peppermint, Lavender and Aroma Siez for his migraines. 
  • For congestion he uses RC on his chest or in his nose. 


Jon's oils on his dresser.  

Jon
  • He is our allergy kid.  Lavender has become his best friend.  He is now off allegra and uses Lavender exclusively. 
  • He has suffered from accommodative eye spasms for as long as I can remember.  One major problem is tense facial muscles that result in major headaches.  They get worse the more he reads and studies.  He now applies Aroma Siez in a wide sweep around his eyes.  Almost immediately his facial muscles relax and he is able to avoid a headache.  His eyes still spasm – now we are looking for how to treat it.  Trial and error until we find what works.  Right now we are trying Tangerine for its anti-spasmodic properties, because it is what we have.  I am doing more research to find other oils that have that same property.   
  • Uses Peppermint sometimes mixed with Lavender for his headaches.  Jon is the one who frequently “loses” the peppermint.  This is why both boys now have some of their own oils. 


Kim
  • During fall I have always had a hacking cough and wheezing.  This year using RC, Lavender, Raven, Peppermint and Thieves Lozenges, I did not have the cough and have not wheezed at all.
  • I have used Thieves Lozenges for sore throats and minor coughs.  Since it has cloves in it, there is a numbing effect.  Great for drainage sore throats and dry coughs.  I also noticed that when I used them I am not as hungry. 
  • Every year I have to have cortisone injections into my knee for arthritis under my kneecap.  This year I used Wintergreen, Aroma Siez, Copaiba and Peppermint.  I applied these oils directly to my knee multiple times a day.  Within a day, there was significant improvement and within 4 days there was no pain or swelling. 
  • I put 5 drops of Lemon in 8 oz of water and drink it every morning.  I have seen a great improvement in my kidney function.  So much so that I am not longer taking a blood pressure medicine to help my kidneys filter better.  I also add it to the water I drink throughout the day.  I just make sure I use a glass jar or glass as Lemon will dissolve plastic. 
  • Every night I diffuse RC or Raven, Lavender, Thieves and sometimes Peppermint and or Lemon.  My allergies, asthma, congestion, and headaches have improved and I sleep much better
  • I love to cook and burning yourself sometimes happens.  I use Lavender immediately and very often.  It takes away the pain and the burn heals so much faster. 
  • I have occasional skin flare ups when I get exposed to gluten.  All I have to do is put a small amount of Frankincense on it and the itch immediately goes away and the spot disappears overnight.
  • I used to take 2 Allegra a day for my allergies and sometimes it did not work.  I would have 3-4 sinus infections as a result of my allergies.    I now take one drop of Lavender and do a cheek swipe every day.  I no longer need to take anything else.  Last spring, I did not get a sinus infection and this past fall I did not get a sinus infection.  I cannot remember a time in my life where I did not get a sinus infection at the beginning of spring and fall. 
  • I use RC for all congestion – nasal or chest.  I am now also using Raven.  It is a new oil for me.
  • For  allergy headaches, I use Lavender and Peppermint.  For stress headaches,  I add Aroma Siez and rub it on the back of my neck where I feel the tension – usually where your neck meets the base of skull. 
  • I am a mosquito magnet.  They naturally flock to me.  I started using Purification on the bites and it massively reduces itching and swelling.  All of a sudden I started to notice that I was not being bit as much.  Then I found out that Purification can also be used as an insect repellent.  I think that I will just put on a little before going outside and see if they leave me alone.

  

The more I write and reflect on this year the more I can say – Essential Oils are transforming our lives.  Thank you God for leading us to see the powerful benefits of these wonderful oils.

If you would like more information about how Young Living Essential Oils can transform your family, please call, text, FB message me or email me at kmkirkpatrick@sbcglobal.net.  I would love to help you in any way!


 Praying you will all have a healthy 2014!
Kim