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Back to School Already?


This summer is almost gone!

It will be hot here in Georgia until Christmas, so really Summer (summer=hot) will be here for a while!!

Our oldest son will go back to public school this year as a 9th grader.  He loves football and has goals that I am constantly amazed by!  He is so driven and determined!

We have homeschooled for 7 years, so the thought of him going back to public school brings a few challenges.


Focus for the entire day!

Getting enough sleep!

I am so thankful to have oils!  We started our Young Living journey a few years ago! I want to share some of the ways we will use essential oils in this busy, back to school season!

One of the first and most important reasons to use essential oils is sleep! How can we perform at our best or even be nice to others when we don’t sleep well?

Many times, our kids minds (and ours) race too much to get to sleep. We worry about the next day and what it will bring.  Or, we do not sleep well and are restless.

A terrible night’s sleep usually means a more difficult day!

Lavender essential oil promotes great sleep!  It helps to calm and ease the mind! So, how can you use Lavender?

The first way is to rub the oil on the bottoms of the feet or on your wrists!

The second way is to add a few drops of lavender to a diffuser!

The diffuser will scent the entire room with the calming, soothing properties of Lavender.  This is especially helpful if more than one person sleeps in the same room!


**Extra tip #1:

To bump up the relaxation and take it to the next level, add a couple of drops of Cedarwood essential oil.

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**Extra tip #2:

When someone falls below the wellness line, sleep is crucial.  Sleep is often interrupted by the respiratory discomfort.

In this case,  a blend called R. C. is a great option to add to the diffuser if the discomfort is interrupting sleep.

R. C. is a blend containing Spruce, Cypress and three types of Eucalyptus.

This blend gives you the utmost in Respiratory Comfort!

R. C. can also be applied topically and throughout the day as needed. The bottoms of the feet or the chest area are great places to use this powerhouse!



Focus is a hot topic these days. So many people have focus issues!  This is a vital area for students and parents alike because we want to do our best in all things!

So, how can I use essential oils to support focus?

Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender essential oils have a rejuvenating and refreshing scent when diffused.  These oils are so versatile!  This combo also help support the body during seasonal suffering.  You know the time of year when the flowers bloom, or the hay is ready for cutting?


Peppermint alone can be applied under the nose and behind the ears to awaken the senses and uplift the spirits and diffused alone for the same purpose.

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Vetiver and Valor are also excellent for focus.


Who doesn’t need emotional balance? This moma sure does!!!!

Kids and teens ( and adults) have emotions that seem to be on a roller coaster at times.  Essential oils are so helpful and, for many of us even life changing, for emotional support!

Citrus oils are fabulous emotion supporters. Lemon is a great choice for this.

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Diffusing Lemon is a great pick-me-up.  Lemon vitality can also be used by dropping one drop in a glass of water to support detoxification.

Young Living’s Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind, so sensitivity issues are not a worry!

Another great essential oil for emotional support is Frankincense.  Frankincense has been used for centuries and is known as the “holy anointing oil.”  Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times.  Frankincense is a multi-tasker in your oil toolbox!

Orange and Joy are two other super charged emotional supporting oils!  These two can be used in the diffuser or applied topically. Orange vitality can also be ingested for a sweet addition to your drink!  Many ladies like to apply Joy as a perfume!

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For emotional balance (with any of the oils listed above),, place a few drops in the palm of the hand and inhale deeply.  Then, rub the remainder on the back of the neck.

Diffusing Frankincense and Lavender together can bring emotional balance and calm support to those in the room!


Stress is another hot topic during back to school, the school year, and everyday! Right?

Who do you know who lives a stress-free life?  Likely, no one!

Young Living has a powerful blend called Stress Away!

This is a gentle, fragrant blend that brings a feeling of tranquility and peace.  It helps to relieve daily stress and tension.  Stress away can also support mental alertness and promote relaxation!

This is a blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea and Lavender.

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So, how can you use Stress Away?

Place a few drops on the inside of the wrist or the back of the neck and shoulders…or wherever tension support is needed!

Place a few drops in the diffuser and enjoy a less stressful environment in your home, classroom or work space. Or, place a drop in the palm of your hand and inhale (your personal diffuser).


One of the biggest concerns of Back to School season is immune support.  We all know how important a healthy immune system is when we are in close quarters with many other people.

Young Living has an amazing blend called Thieves.  It was used by four 15th Century thieves who robbed the dead and dying  plague victims and stayed well.  They did this by using a blend of herbs and breathing those in as they robbed the victims.  The thieves were eventually caught and forced to give their secret for avoiding the plague.

Thieves is a blend of Clove, Rosemary, Lemon, Cinnamon bark, and Eucalyptus Radiata.  The scent of this blend is truly a favorite!


This blend can be diffused for its lovely scent and also support the immune system at the same time.  The bottoms of the feet are a great area to apply Thieves topically.

Another immune supporting oil is Frankincense. We talked about Frankincense for emotional support!  So many oils are incredibly versatile!!

When feeling below the wellness line, a drop or two of Frankincense vitality, Lemon vitality and Thieves vitality can be added to a warm water or green tea to soothe and support the immune system (this is sometimes called Thieves tea).


Another great addition to your wellness arsenal is Ningxia Red. This is a must have for every member of the family!!!   This is a powerhouse of antioxidants and can improve energy levels and overall wellness.  Just drink 1-2 ounces per day.

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Do you have an athlete in the house?  A teenager?  Maybe your child’s book bag has lunch still in it from a week ago?

Am I the only one?

Smells are a part of life.  We can suffer through them, or we can knock them out with Purification essential oil.

Purification is a blend of Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavandin and Myrtle.

This is a powerhouse for odors!

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How can you use it?

*You can place a few drops on a cotton ball and place in stinky shoes or trash cans.

*You can add a few drops to a spray bottle and fill with water to spray a bag, a rug or other surface after a foul scent is detected!

*Purification is also a great oil to add to a diffuser.

Does someone in your home burn food often? Maybe teenagers learning to cook, or husbands cooking venison or fish?  You know those odors can linger for days.

*Purification can also help to rid the pesky annoyances of spending time outdoors.

*Add a few drops of Purification and Lavender essential oil to wool dryer balls to ditch the toxic dryer sheets in the laundry room.  Fresh smelling laundry is rewarding!


So, what about aches and pains?  Our bodies need support in this area, whether we are athletes or just tired from sitting all day!

Panaway is a blend of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint.  This blend supports circulation, inflammation, and general support for achy areas!

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Apply Panaway wherever there is a need, keeping away from the eyes and mucous membranes.

Extra tip:  Apply Panaway and layer Copaiba on top for a boost to the effects of the Panaway! Copaiba is an enhancing oil, so apply it with any oil to enhance the properties of that oil!



You know the feeling!  When a tummy needs support, it needs it quickly!  From eating too much, eating the wrong foods to the 24 hour nightmare…you know the one…we need support!

DiGize is your go to essential oil for this time!  DiGize is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli!

How an I use DiGize?

*Apply a drop or two in a clockwise motion to the stomach area.

*Apply to other areas as digestive support is needed.

*Place one drop of DiGize under the tongue.
*Place a drop of DiGize vitality to a glass of water.

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Another option for digestive support is Peppermint.  These oils are so versatile that you can use Peppermint for focus and concentration support.  Then, use it to freshen your breath, support seasonal issues, and then use it to support digestion.

*Place a drop of peppermint over the stomach area.

*Place a drop of peppermint in a glass of water.


Essential oils don’t have to be complicated!  These easy DIY recipes are perfect for back to school time, but will also rock your work world and your mom world!!!



Essential oils have totally rocked our world!!  We use them for everything!!!  Not all oils are created equal, though!!!  Young Living’s essential oils are the purest oils…no fillers, no ethyl vanillan to make them smell sweeter, no junk! Just a bottle full of pure, powerful essential oil!!

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Do you use essential oils? You should!  You will never regret an investment in your wellness!!!!

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Family RV Adventure 2017, Part Two

Part two of this RV Adventure was an overall favorite of our family!

Summer has been busy and lazy at the same time, so, this week, I am catching up on our road trip!  If you missed part one, find it here:

We traveled from the Grand Canyon through some of the most remote country I could even imagine.  We only passed a few houses in the first 3 hours of driving! The wind in this area was almost frightening! Driving in a 30 foot RV and whipping wind in one direction made me trust in my husbands driving abilities even more than before!  He literally struggled to keep the RV on the road at times.

We traveled through Marble Canyon (google it, it’s amazingly beautiful) and through the North Rim area of the Grand Canyon and over to Zion National Park.

Notice the large boulder on top of this house!
Marble Canyon


We arrived at the Zion River RV Resort and Campground (about a 4 hour trip from the Grand Canyon) and relaxed for the remainder of this traveling day.   The grounds were immaculate, and the showers/bathrooms were mom approved (unlike the Grand Canyon campground showers).

At the showers late that night, a few of us were waiting outside on one of the boys to finish.  A lady and her daughter walked up and sat down.  It’s such a small world, y’all! She is a fellow homeschooling mom, a friend of friends that we have known for years.  They live 20 minutes from us in Georgia. And, we stayed at the same campground in Utah for the same two nights!  Crazy!

Zion National Park was on the agenda for the next day.  We heard rumors that the parking filled up by 8 or  9 am, so we planned to leave early.  This is so not our usual! We don’t go anywhere early!  But, this time, we made it to Zion by about 7:30 am!

Almost to the entrance to Zion National Park

The main part of Zion is in a sort of valley in between towering rocks on both sides! So, visitors park at the Visitors Center and ride free, propane fueled shuttles to the different stops.

There are truly no words for the beauty of God’s creation in this park!

Our first stop was the lodge.  We decided to hike the Emerald Pool trail, which takes you to a waterfall and Emerald Pool.  A new term I learned from this hike was scrambling.  Some of the hike was nice, more manicured trail, and some was rock that you had to scramble over (kind of like climb but not as much of an incline).


When our family hikes, Ella and I are in the back trying our hardest to keep up with the fit, athletic boys who walk lightning fast.  It was a good workout for the two of us! We came back down a different trail and, because the boys get so far ahead, they took a wrong turn, and we were separated for a short time!


We ended this trail back at the lodge.  Next, we traveled further into Zion to the Narrows and the Riverwalk Trail.  The Narrows are a trail that visitors can actually hike in the river.  It was some of the coldest water I have ever experienced.  The views from there were simply one of a kind!


There were several other hikes that we didn’t try!  One was called Angel’s Landing, where the trail is the only surface and to each side is cliffs!  My husband says this is a must do on the next trip to Zion.

We stayed at  the Zion River Resort again that night.

We left out early the next morning for Bryce Canyon.  The path to Bryce was beautiful! There was still snow on the ground on the top of one of the mountains we crossed (our trip was in the end of May).


Bryce Canyon was my favorite park of all of the ones we visited. We drove through the park and then settled on a hike at the Sunset and Sunrise Point trails.

We started the hike at Sunset Point.  The hike allowed us to experience the canyon from the very bottom, which provided amazing views of the hoodoos!  The trail was sandy and fairly easy to maneuver! This trail took us to the Queen’s Garden trail and the Navajo Loop trail. We ended at Sunrise Point.  I rate this hike as my favorite of all time!  It is a great family hike and short enough for a new hiker!  The views are unmatched!

The weather was perfect for hiking with a little breeze!  We eventually put on sweatshirts by the end of the hike.



We got to our campground for the night in a small town called Panguitch, Utah by about 10 pm.  We woke the next morning and were on the road again.

This was another remote trip to what seemed like the middle of nowhere!  We had booked a campground called Thousand Lakes RV Park for this night in Torrey, Utah.


We checked into the campground and went to explore Capitol Reef National Park.  This is one of the least visited National Parks. The trails do not have large parking lots and there is no transportation like Zion offered.


We hiked to one of the arches at Capitol Reef.

We did one hike in Capitol Reef and spent the evening at the campground.



The views were just too spectacular to do anything else!

Have you traveled out west? In an RV? What is the most remote area you have been to?