Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How I Started Using Young Living Essential Oils

Ok, so I am totally interrupting my Feeding a Family of Five on $100 a Week series to tell you about something so amazing. I could make the story long, so I am going to try to keep it short for you. 

For those of you who have never heard of Young Living, it is a company who makes the BEST essential oil, as well as some other products, with all top quality, organic plants. You can read all about their farms, distilleries, and values at 

Everyone who knows me or reads my blogs know that I am a natural person. I like to live with as few toxins as possible. This includes the food I feed myself and family, household cleaners, and medications. This is where I have run into some problems. You see, I am ok with suffering through a headache, fever or cold and letting my body's immune system deal with it. But, once I had children I had a really hard time watching them "suffer" so I didn't let them. I cracked down and gave them medications; antibiotics, over the counter fever reducer, even allergy and asthma medications. 

Well, that has all changed. Thanks to Young Living

I am on a journey to completely change my medicine cabinet! 

I have so much to share with you! I am going to take it one step at a time with my blog posts. I don't want to over load you with information! 

So, today I am here to tell you how I came to use Young Living essential oils (YLEO). 

My mother-in-law uses YLEO's and a while back she gave my husband and I a couple different oils. Honestly, I think it was at Christmas time a year or two ago. She gave us a little card telling us how to use them. 

Those oils went in my kitchen cabinet and sat. 

I was as SKEPTIC! I did not believe these oils really worked! I really didn't even think about them. I knew what they were for, but never thought about using them. 

That is until a few months ago. I had a migraine. I get them monthly. I believe they are caused by hormones. I always got them while I was pregnant. With 3 kids and a traveling husband I did NOT want to suffer through this migraine so I went to the medicine cabinet and guess what...We had NO pain reliever! 

Then I remembered the little brown bottle of Young Living Peppermint Oil in my kitchen. (I should mention we had occasionally put this in our tea to flavor it). And I remembered I could use it to relieve a headache. 

Did I believe it would work? NO! Was I desperate? YES! 

So, I reached for this little bottle, put a drop on my finger and started massaging it in to my temples. I did not dilute it, just rubbed 1 drop on 2 temples. Then I sat on the couch for a few minutes. 

To my amazement about 5 minutes later my headache was GONE! 


For the next few days my hormone headache returned. And every time I used the peppermint oil and every time my headache went away. 

I told my husband I may be a believer, but I had to test out some other oils for different uses before I could really believe in YLEO's. 

The next essential oils I used were: Lemon, Lavender, Purification and Panaway. About 1 month later I was a true believer in Young Living. That's what's brought me here today. I am now a part of an amazing group of Christian women, who all want to live naturally and tell everyone we know about it!  

I do not believe that it's by chance that I became part of this group. I believe God has a plan and it begins with bringing all of us together for a reason. I am a Lemon Dropper! What's that? Visit to learn more. 

In an effort to keep this post from getting too long (if it isn't already) I am going to leave it about Young Living's Peppermint Oil only.

Here are some other uses for Young Living's Peppermint Oil...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Feeding a Family of Five with $100 a Week - Part 1

This post series is a little different than my normal posts, but I think I'm going to like it and you will too. It's a five part series about how I am feeding my family of five with just $100 a week. Yep, $400 a month is feeding us! 

I will be sharing:

Tips on how to spend less

My secret to sticking to a budget

How to eat healthy, natural foods without spending a lot.

But first, here's the story behind it all:

We are not doing this because we need to. So why? My husband, who NEVER grocery shops, had some sticker shock when I told him how much money I was spending on groceries. (which I thought wasn't much). You see, many years ago, when we decided I was going to stay home and raise our children we had to set some budgets. It was just part of adjusting to one income instead of two. When we set the budgets it was just the two of us eating. We had an infant. Since then we have had two more kids and all 3 of them eat. ALOT! So, naturally I had "raised" our budget (in my head). Not to mention the costs of everything have raised significantly in the past 7 years. 

My husband thought we were still spending $300 a month on groceries!

"Ha! That's impossible!" I said and his reply was "There's no reason we should not be able to feed this family with $100 a week." 

Challenge accepted! 
(We can be a little competitive in the house:) 

So, here's how our grocery budget works...

It includes diapers, toiletries, cleaning products, first aid and over-the-counter medications, toilet paper, paper towels, and anything else we would purchase at a grocery store.

It does NOT include adult beverages. (That's kind of a long story)

Before I start the weekly posts I just want to say somethings about us and how we eat that I think a lot of you may be wondering. 

We are healthy eaters, trying to eat as much organic and all natural unprocessed foods as we reasonably can.

Two of my kids take their lunches to school (I pack them every morning).

I have one kid in diapers.

I make most of our cleaning products including dishwasher detergent and our laundry soap. Even though I save a lot of money this way, I still have to purchase the ingredients.

We do not purchase much meat. We try to stay far away from mass produced meat. Occasionally we buy boneless, skinless chicken breast, bacon or all natural lunch meat. We eat mostly venison and farm raised chickens.

We are attempting a "survival stockpile". Occasionally I buy things for the stockpile that we do not necessarily need right now.

My youngest child is a bottomless pit and I buy "easy" foods specifically for her. That is most of the processed foods you will see. (crackers, pretzels, cereal, that kind of thing).

And last, I will mention, I am not starting with an empty pantry. I am sure most middle class families have full pantries, cabinets and refrigerators. But, I did start when we felt we "REALLY needed to go to the store".

Our "challenge" began February 1st and has surprisingly gone smoothly. I thought it was going to be really tough and we would be running out of things constantly, but we haven't. 

That being said, I really hope you will follow me on my journey of Feeding a Family of Five with $100 a week. You can click "follow by email" in the top right to receive updates when there's a new post. Otherwise, check back soon. 

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section below. I will do my best to answer them.