Friday, April 21, 2017

Essential Oil Workshops and Classes

Have I talked about my love for essential oils?  I have fallen for them over the last couple months.  I have used them in a few ways throughout the years, but now I'm using them all the time from my personal beauty regime to DIY cleaners to helping me sleep.  My collection is growing.

I'm loving them so much, I have wanted to share what I'm doing with others.  I'm offering a few classes and workshops that I wanted to share with you.

Upcoming Free Oil Classes
I will be sharing how I use oils in my daily routines, how I clean toxic free with these oils, I will share how I use them with kids and in my beauty care, and so much more!  Also, I'm giving a free roller bottle of a sleepy essential oil blend to all that attend. There is no charge for these classes. Classes to be held in my home in Sherwood Oregon.

I will also demonstrate how to make DIY products using your essential oils to support you and your family.  See the below flyer for more details.  Message me if you would like to attend and I will email you with location information.

Upcoming Workshops ($45)
Do you have essential oils but your not using them, or not using them enough, or not sure how to use them?  Offering two workshops in the next few weeks.  In these workshops I'll share how I use my essential oils in a variety of ways throughout my day, from skin care, to cleaning, to diffusing, to aiding in wellness.  We will also make 6 diy essential oil products that you will take home and actually use in your home.   Workshops to be held in my home in Sherwood Oregon. 

See the below flyer for more details.  Message me if you would like to attend and I will email you with location information.

As an incentive to any that are interested.  If you refer a friend and they sign up for the $45 workshop, I will gift you a free bottle of lemon vitality essential oil as a thank you for sharing. This oil is great in water for digestion, to diffuse for energy, on your wrist as a perfume, great with peppermint and lavender for allergies, and can be added to so many fun blends, sprays, and cleaning products. If you bring a friend to either of the classes I will gift you a mini roller bottle of a happy essential oil blend. 

Also, I'm offering a free 3 page printout of my favorite essential oil recipes for a variety of DIY products from beauty, to cleaning, to supporting wellness.  To receive your free copy, please share my classes and workshops in at least two of the following ways. Message me when you have completed a couple of these things with your address and I will mail you your free printout.
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I also started a new instagram account where I share all about essential oils and you can follow me there.  My goals is to inpire you to use your oils more in a beautiful way.

I have also been purchasing all my oils through Young Living and am super impressed with them and all of their products.  I am so excited, not only with their oils, but with all their different products.  They have everything from lotions, to supplements, to incredible essential oil blends, to water bottles and bags.  All of their products are filled with the highest quality of oils.  Their variety of oils is crazy, they have so many to choose from.  They own many of their own farms and partner with all their other farms around the world, so they can regulate them and make sure they know that you are getting the very best products.  Everything we have used I have been so impressed with.  One of our favorites is their drink Ningxia Red.  Its a super drink, we drink 2 ounces a day, and we love it for supporting health and giving us energy.  

If you are interested in their products or want to purchase anything, you can link to them through my link.  If you wanted to sign up to buy a kit and become a wholesale member, you can do that here, and I will offer you a special gift for joining.  I'm also a member of this amazing facebook group that you would become a part of as well offering videos, classes, and all sorts of support to get to know your Young Living products and use your starter kit. Odering is simple and their rewards program is also super easy and straight forward and their freebies each month are incredible.

Wow, lots of information here to share!  If you have any questions about the workshops or classes or any of the freebies you can message me or let me know in the comments below.  As you can tell, I'm becoming quite passionate about oils and want to share them with everyone.  It so exciting to see so many people fall in love with these products and use them to support their wellness.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Thoughts on our Baby Girl

At London's graveside service I had written down some thoughts to share and asked Steve to read them at her service.  I wanted to share it with you today, just some of my thoughts on our sweet baby girl. It was pouring rain when we gathered at the cemetery and surrounded London's grave. Everyone huddled together under numerous umbrellas.  The flowers and casket were simple and beautiful.  We kept the service short, just my words read by Steve, a gorgeous musical number by talented friends, Steve shared his thoughts and feelings, and then Steve's dad dedicated the grave through a beautiful pray.  I was so pleased with how it all came together, such a beautiful way to celebrate our girl and put her body to rest until we see her again.  I'll share more about this day later, but today I'll share the words that I wrote.

"When I first saw London in the hospital, the beauty and the sweetness of her filled my soul. In that moment I knew it was worth it and I would do it all over again just to have that little bit of time with our baby girl. The heartache, the fear, the sleepless nights, the sacrifice, all of it was one hundred percent worth it to have her as our daughter, and for that cherished hour with our girl in this earthly life.  

Our London Ann has taught us that happiness and sorrow can be felt together in one moment, each adding to the intensity of the other. She gave us something beautiful and lovely to look forward to after this life is over. She has taught us that love is the answer, that gratitude heals, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ can guide us through anything. She has softened my heart in a million little ways. She has taught me that family is the most important thing. She's taught me that Heavenly Father loves us and will be with us through the hard times if we will just let Him. She has taught me that there are things to be grateful for in the worst of situations. She has taught me that the love and prayers of friends and family can lift you, from near or far.

We celebrate her life today with white and baby pink roses, with cakes and balloons.  We sing songs that have meaning to our family and share scriptures and quotes that remind us of the beauty and teachings that we hold dear. We dressed her in white, knowing she is pure and perfect.  We bury her close to us so we can always keep her our thoughts, as a member of our family who just isn’t with us right now.

She will forever be in my thoughts as a daily reminder of something to work towards and look forward to. We will spend our lives working to be tried and tested, perfected, to live in this imperfect world and learn all that we need to learn to be worthy to return to our Heavenly Father, something that her spirit only needed an hour on this earth to do. Every holiday, family event, birthday, and celebration she will be remembered and missed.  

Elder Bruce R. McKonkie said, “Are all little children saved automatically in the celestial kingdom?  To this question the answer is a thunderous yes, which echoes and re-echoes from one end of heaven to the other.  Jesus taught it to his disciples, Mormon said it over and over again.  Many of the prophets have spoken about it, and it is implicit in the whole plan of salvation.  If it were not so the redemption would not be infinite in its application.  And so, as we would expect, Joseph Smith’s Vision of the Celestial Kingdom contains this statement: ‘And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.’”

I take comfort in the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith who said, “A question may be asked – ‘Will mothers have their children in eternity?”  Yes! Yes! Mothers, you shall have your children; for they shall have eternal life, for their debt is paid.  Children…must rise just as they died; we can there hail our lovely infants with the same glory—the same loveliness in the celestial glory.”

I will be eternally grateful to my Savior Jesus Christ.  I have come to know him in a new way.  Through Him, because he came to earth and lived a perfect life and chose to descend below it all, through his suffering in mortality and through his atonement, we will be able to see our baby girl again.  Her body will be made whole, she will live again. Through the restored priesthood and temple covenants, she is ours for eternity, and we will be able to raise her as our own.  We will hold her again."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Winter Days...Almost Spring

Sharing some photos from the last few months.  We are looking forward to spring around these parts. Winter was full of basketball for our girl, she had an awesome season, lots of missed school days for snow, books read, shows watched, cookies made.  We made a trip to the beach in January.  Of course we will always remember this winter as a sacred time with the birth and passing of our sweet baby girl.  Such a special time surrounded by so much love and support from family and friends.  She is in my thoughts often, missing her all the time.  

Before London came I was able to put together our 2016 album.  I ordered it in a photo book and the above photos are my munchkins enjoying it.  So happy to have the album completed for last year and will share more details on that soon.    

The weather is getting warmer, but the rain keeps coming down.  We did have a little sun this week, a couple of glorious days.  I'm feeling like I need the sunshine in my life these days, and sunny days here in Oregon do not disappoint.  I'm looking forward to planting our garden this year, hoping to get outside and plant and watch things grow.  

I've been reading a bit lately, trying to rest up after my c-section these last few weeks, reaching for a book more often.  Fiction and nonfiction, reading the written word and listening to audio, depending on what I'm doing.  I like the variety.  I'll have to share what I've been reading lately here soon.  

My parents came to stay with us after the c-section and during the time of the service for London.  It was so wonderful to have them here, my mom took over the house and the care of our kiddos so I could heal.  They left a couple weeks ago and I'm back to getting most everything done on my own now, still taking it easy, but happy to be healing and able to take care of my family.  Life keeps moving forward for our little family, the joys, struggles, and everyday moments surround us.  So blessed to have this crew to call my own and the days of spring to look forward to.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Photos of Our Sweet Girl

We wanted to share these photos of our sweet London Ann.  These beautiful photos of our baby girl were taken a few hours after her birth.  We are so grateful for Lisa, an incredibly talented friend from church and someone that has worked many years with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.  She dropped everything the day of London's birth and came and took these photos.  We will treasure these photos forever.