So, how’s that weight loss new year’s resolution coming along?
Yea … me, too.
I need some umph in my eating and fitness routine. What about you?
Did you know that you may be able to lose weight with Grapefruit Essential Oil? It may help curb your appetite by making you feel full. I’ll be using it during the month of March and can’t wait to see what happens with my weight loss efforts.
My plan is to drink 1-2 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil in my water every day and see what happens. So far, I’m loving Lemon and Orange oils in my water and iced tea. I’m a sucker for citrus, so I know I’ll love Grapefruit, too!
Want to join me? Become a member of the VibrantThymes Oil of the Month Club. We use and discuss one essential oil each month; interaction, support, and encouragement take place in a private Facebook group. You’ll also get a downloadable PDF resource with tips and ideas for using the oil. If you are curious about essential oils but:
The Oil of the Month Club is a perfect way for you to get started with essential oils!
Join us for Grapefruit in the month of March.
Please excuse the mess around here. I’m tinkering with my blog design and layout right now. Thanks for coming, and don’t be alarmed if things look even more different the next time you’re here.
Today, I’m pleased to have a guest post at Sweet Box of Wonderful, a new blog by my friend, Latoya Heard.
Please read my post, “Three Steps To Better Loving Yourself,” and take a few minutes to check out Latoya’s new blog!
About a week before Christmas this year, I had a meltdown. Having run myself ragged taking care of my home and family and preparing for the holidays, I was done. I was tired and discouraged.
And I hated myself.
When my husband asked what was wrong, I simply said, “I don’t like what I’ve become—I am the maid, the cook, the accountant, and the chauffeur. Everyone takes me for granted and I have no idea who I am or what I like anymore.”
It was a pivotal moment for me. I’ve always thought of myself as someone who was really good at carving out “me time” as all the books and magazine articles say I should do. But I had fallen woefully short of doing so during the last couple of years.
I realized I hated myself because I didn’t recognize myself. I had lost the pleasure of “being me” in an effort to be all things to my family, my co-workers, and my clients.
I have a new love in my life, and Chris is totally fine with the relationship.
Nah … it’s not what you’re thinking.
I have discovered Young Living Essential Oils.
Just this week, my starter kit arrived on my doorstep and I can’t. stop. sniffing. diffusing. and dabbing.
These oils are amazing. The best part? I’m just beginning to scratch the surface in learning all the wonderful things they can do and the myriad ways people love and use them.
I have several well-meaning olfactory-obsessed friends and family members (gah! I think I was one of them at sometime!) whose homes can rival Kirkland’s or Bed, Bath, and Beyond on any ordinary day.
Maybe you, too, feel that you have no other option for fighting odors and germs in your home than by burning candles, heaping potpourri in bowls around the house, or spraying down every surface with a chemical disinfectant.
I’m here to tell you that you do!
You should know that most of the grocery-store brands of candles, air fresheners, plug-in “deodorizers,” etc. are HORRIBLE for you and your family. Most of these are made with chemicals and artificial fragrances. When you spray or release these items into the air, those particles are breathed in by those in the vicinity.
That’s right. You’re sucking down little bits of chemicals, which can wreak all sorts of havoc with your nasal and sinus cavities, not to mention your respiratory system.
And the headaches. Oh, the headaches. When I walk into heavily perfumed homes, I start sneezing immediately and a dull pain begins across my forehead.
Essential Oils to the rescue!
You don’t need air fresheners, candles, deodorizing sprays, or bags of expensive potpourri anymore.
Diffusing essential oils is a simple way to purify the air, producing a cleaner air to breathe. Diffusing essential oils introduces beneficial microfine particles into the air, which are actually good for you when inhaled or ingested. Among the many benefits of diffusing essential oils? They can bring stress relief, may prevent and ease headaches, and can soothe coughing and may clear up congestion.
Oh. And diffusing essential oils is great for getting rid of odors. Like the cat box. The smell of a used cat box drives my husband to dry heaves. He’s super-grateful that I’m diffusing Purification Essential Oil in the house now.
For better health and a cleaner, safer home, try diffusing these Young Living Essential Oils:
Just drop your name and email address in the box below, and I’ll follow-up with you. I would love to take this journey with you!
And make sure you check out all of the other awesome Vibrant Living Bloggers participating in today’s Blog Hop. You’ll get all sorts of great ideas for cleaning with essential oils.
It’s not too late to do your grocery shopping and cook an amazing feast for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be doing that Thursday, using my mom’s delicious recipes. Follow these recipes and you’ll have an amazing meal, I promise!
A Perfect Turkey
one 16-pound turkey, thawed
two celery stalks
one stick of butter
1 cup of cold water
1 lemon, cut in half
ground black pepper
3-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary (parsley, sage, and/or thyme would work well, too)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove giblets. Rub outside of turkey with salt and sprinkle generously with pepper and garlic powder. Inside the cavity, place one peeled onion, two celery stalks, one stick of butter, one cup of cold water, lemon, and herbs.
Wrap the whole bird in heavy aluminum foil, checking to see that it is snug and tight. Put wrapped bird in roasting pan and cover with the lid. Or, to make your own roaster, use two aluminum roasting pans to form a top and bottom.
Cook for one hour at 350 degrees. Then lower the temperature to 275 degrees. Cook for thirty minutes per pound (about eight hours for a 16-pound bird).
During the last hour (eighth hour), lower the oven to 250 degrees. At the end of that hour, turn the oven off. Allow turkey to sit in the cooling oven for about thirty minutes.
Cool turkey completely before slicing.
I know the timing can be a little tricky to figure out. Here’s a sample schedule (I’ll be doing something like this on Thanksgiving Eve):
8:00-8:30 Prep bird for baking
8:30-9:30 Cook at 350 degrees
9:30-4:30 Cook at 275 degrees
Set alarm for 4:30 to change oven temp
and go back to bed
4:30-5:30 Lower oven to 250 degrees
5:30 Turn oven off
5:30-6:00 Turkey sits in off and cooling oven
Move turkey to cool in refrigerator
11:30-11:45 Slice turkey and plate
Noon Eat Thanksgiving dinner
Make a pan of cornbread according to package directions. Allow it to cool, then cut and crumble it into bite-size pieces.
Chop one onion, two stalks of celery, and three cloves of garlic. Saute onion, celery, and garlic in 1/2 stick of melted butter.
Stir mixture into crumbled cornbread. Add salt and pepper and dried sage to taste. Add 1/2 cup of chopped parsley. Slowly add chicken or turkey broth by cupfuls until desired consistency (about 2-4 cups); we like it kind of mushy but not too watery.
Pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes until the casserole is browned and bubbly.
Sunday Sweet Potatoes
3 c. mashed yams (sweet potatoes) in sweet syrup (about 40 ozs.), drained
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1/3 c. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 c. mini marshmallows
Combine all ingredients and put into baking dish.
1 c. coconut
1 c. chopped pecans
1 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. flour
Blend ingredients with 1/2 c. melted butter and sprinkle over top of potatoes. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, uncovered.