Backpack Essentials: Teacher Gifts No ratings yet.

As a former teacher, I can speak for all educators when I say that teachers work hard for your children, so one of the biggest backpack essentials is teacher gifts!

I can also say that when teachers feel appreciated and cared for after pouring their hearts out to your children, it is refreshing.

This post is full of toxin-free gifts any teacher would be thankful to receive!

(If you haven’t gotten your 24% discount on all oils and oil-infused products, click here: Young Living Starter Kit)

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Essential Oil Hacks You Need NOW! No ratings yet.

Whether researching the life blood of plants, sitting with a new Premium Starter Kit , or at old pro status, these essential oil hacks can make life much easier!

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Essential Oil Hacks: Getting Started No ratings yet.

These essential oil hacks help with the basics of the toxin-free transition.

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Essential Oil Hacks: Resources No ratings yet.

DIY is totally achievable…if you have the right resources.

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Essential Oil Hacks: Rollerbottles No ratings yet.

Get more bang for your buck making rollerballs with the use of rollerbottles!

Let’s dig into some of my favorite recipes!

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Young Living: Save a Ton! No ratings yet.

Young Living: Save a Ton!

I wondered if I would ever take advantage of the Essential Rewards program until I realized with Young Living I could save a ton!

First Thing’s First

(If you haven’t gotten your start to a toxin-free lifestyle yet, click here: Young Living Starter Kit )

After the second month using oils and learning there’s literally an oil to support everything, my husband and I took a look at my ever-growing list of products, oils, and oil blends and knew we needed Essential Rewards.

Why?

1. Give Me ALL the Oils

My budget-watching husband disagreed. No, Andrea. You cannot trade food and shelter for oils.

$50 per month. Now, THAT we can do!

2. Free Product Thank Yous

I’m budgeting oils into our life AND you’re giving me some of the money back to use like cash on other oils on my list? UM…OKAY!

And you’re going to send me a free oil at 3,6,9, and 12 months? Alrighty!

And you’ll offer me more free product up to over $200 retail value each month on promotional items? Yesss….

And you’ll discount certain products, like our beloved Ningxia Red, in exclusive ER bundles? Ah!

Love like this should not be passed on, friends!

Our family has been given thousands and thousands of dollars worth of free product!

We’ve got one squeaky, toxin-free homestead over here, y’all, and we didn’t even have to pay for all of it!

I love free things just as much as the next momma bear. But I love this even more. Our boys, including one spunky cancer survivor, are only breathing in and wearing goodness!

Loyalty

You can choose Essential Rewards.

The Wholesale Discount Premium Starter Kit with 12 oils, a diffuser, and a 24% discount will pop up, and you simply click the loyalty box.

Add in the Essential Rewards, and you’re looking at 49% back in your pocket just for making your home full of the most trusted non-toxic products on the planet, and save tons!

With Young Living, you can save a ton when you utilize the most amazing programs on the planet to get you a toxin-free lifestyle for less.
With Young Living, you can save a ton when you utilize the most amazing programs on the planet to get you a toxin-free lifestyle for less.
With Young Living, you can save a ton when you utilize the most amazing programs on the planet to get you a toxin-free lifestyle for less.
With Young Living, you can save a ton when you utilize the most amazing programs on the planet to get you a toxin-free lifestyle for less.

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With Young Living, you can save a ton when you utilize the most amazing programs on the planet to get you a toxin-free lifestyle for less.
Check out Grace Blossoms for essential oil hacks + tried + true DIY recipes!

With Young Living, you can save a ton when you utilize the most amazing programs on the planet to get you a toxin-free lifestyle for less.

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Grace Speaks No ratings yet.

No matter the struggle you endure, no matter the time in your life, look to God and listen to what He says you are. Listen because grace speaks.

No matter the struggle you endure, no matter the time in your life, look to God and listen to what He says you are. Listen because grace speaks.

Grace Speaks


“Give yourself a year’s worth of a lot of grace.”

I heard these words come out of my best friend’s mouth about me leaving my job of the last 11 years to be a stay-at-home-mom.

In my head it didn’t make sense. I’d have all the time in the world. Literally.

I was in for a rude awakening.

Learning Curve

All those things other people chipped in to help with when I was teaching like laundry, vacuuming, dishes, childcare, errands became my new time crunch.

And on top of it, because I was a stay-at-home-mom, I felt the need to jump into the PTO, take on a new business to help out with finances, and pitch in more with our non-profit. 

On its own, motherhood within the home is a huge job, but add in all those extra features to it, and here I am feeling confused and lost like a fish out of water.

No schedule. No “This happens now” and “That happens then.”

Just time.

The Stuff

And stuff.

And in that “stuff,” no matter what it is, it is so easy to get distracted and land in this place of confusion and disappointment.

The kids aren’t getting enough of my attention. I didn’t make that call. I missed that appointment. The house isn’t clean as it should be. The laundry isn’t caught up. The blog hasn’t been written lately. I haven’t worked out in months. I’m behind on Bible study. I. Am. Such. A. Failure.

I am floundering, it’s true, but I’ve got one thing that keeps lifting me up. 

Jesus.

Never Alone

I’m not wandering aimlessly.

Best of all, I have a purpose and a calling.

I can lean on Him as hard and as often as I need to.

Lord, what have You put in front of me today?

This pile of laundry? A game of Sorry with my four-year-old? A random blog post You put on my heart in the middle of loading the dishwasher?

Then I consider it joy.

Because it is so unbelievably easy to see it as being scattered or lost or even failing. 

But all I needed was a little perspective and a big reality check, that came in the form of advice from another wonderful friend.

Perspective

Reality: Satan saw an opportunity to chip away at my heart, and I let him.

Satan says:

  • I’m not good enough
  • Not worth it
  • Should do more than I can handle
  • I’m a failure
  • It’s okay to be lazy because being a mom is hard

BUT. JESUS.

Grace says:

  • I’m right where God has placed me after answering a six-year-long prayer.
  • Exactly what my family needs.
  • Have enough on my plate, and He will guide me.
  • Not alone.
  • Succeeding. Learning. Growing.
  • Pull strength from the Lord when being a mom is hard.
  • Trust that He is sufficient and His grace is enough.

I don’t have to worry.

I’m no longer a slave to fear.

For I am a child of a graceful, loving, peaceful God.

Amen.

No matter the struggle you endure, no matter the time in your life, look to God and listen to what He says you are. Listen because grace speaks.

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