using the PSK

PSK? Another acronym that I have to translate in my head every time I see it? Yeah, I’m sorry… but at least it stands for something great. And the Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit is something worth knowing all about. I know that when I got my PSK, I was like “How do I use this? I have all these oils that are supposed to do great things but how do I know what to do with each oil and if I get the flu, how do I use them?” I had tons of questions in the beginning and I am still trying to figure all of them out but I want to share what I’ve learned with all of you here.

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First things first, the Young Living Resource Guide is your BFF. It has everything you possibly could need about the oils. There is a new app so that you can have all the info at your fingertips. If you sign up with me, I will give you one of these two resources (your choice) so you can have the info you need.

The second most helpful resource is Pinterest! There are tons of graphics that have information for you to use… all you have to do is type “stomach ache essential oils” or “peppermint essential oil uses”… so helpful!

Also, when you sign up with me you automatically are in a couple super helpful Oily facebook groups. If you have any questions whatsoever, there are tons of people to help you! You can also do searches in the group to find past posts.

The book Gentle Babies is so helpful for mamas and expecting mamas. It helps you know what is safe for babies and for you in pregnancy and post-partum/breastfeeding.

Lastly, I am here to help you! I am constantly learning more too and I love sharing it with others! My blog is a place to come and I will constantly be putting up more information on how to use the different oils.

Here are the oils in the Premium Starter Kit and their uses…

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motherhood lately

The past few months have been spent soaking in the moments with this little gladiator. Her hilarious sense of humor makes my days go by so quickly and they make me want to just yell “STOP!” at time. Everyday she learns more and more and she loves being the center of attention. We went to the dentist the other day and she spent the whole time watching Daniel Tiger (our favorite show), and giving the dental hygienist her very special one eyed Popeye look. She also got this toothbrush and you would have thought I gave her the moon.

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Spaghetti for the first time… and she insisted on blowing marinara raspberries all over mama.

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Cousins. They love each other. Ok. They tolerate each other right now. My sister Katie and I can’t wait until they learn to play together.

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My sweet new nephew, Lucas. Born on January 30, 2014, he truly is the perfect newborn. He sleeps ALL the time and only (barely) wakes up to eat. His dimples are so deep that you could swim in them.

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Happy Happy girl.

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Cousins… poor Lucas.

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A slight cold makes the best snot bubbles. I couldn’t resist… especially when the bubble lasted for a solid 3 minutes… Does it make me a bad mom that I thought it was hilarious and I was cheering it on not to pop?

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We fit all three in the back of Katie’s Honda Civic… it took some maneuvering but we were able to take a trip to Stillwater to see Aunt Karoline. Don’t kid yourself, they all did great the whole trip until the final 30 minutes when s*** hit the fan and Kolbe lost it. Like can’t breathe crying so hard. Poor Katie was trying to calm her from the front seat but she wanted nothing to do with her. As soon as I pulled in to the garage and practically ran around the car to her seat, she gave me a tearful smile and would not let me put her down the rest of the evening. Goober.

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Katie and I ran errands with all three… they all fell asleep and approximately 5 minutes after taking this picture, Kolbe woke up. So good while it lasted.

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New layout

What do you think of the new layout? Since changing what this blog is ‘all about’, I want the blog’s layout to express this change. Let me know if you think of anything I can add or change to be more helpful to you.

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The other day.

The other day I was reading past blog posts. Actually I was trying to find a picture for the Minnetonka moccasins rep search… Free moccs for me and maybe for baby? Yes please. I tried to find my most hippie looking picture in hopes that is what they are looking for. A girl has got to dream, right? This is what I ended up with…

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Anyways… motherhood. or something like that. It has been pretty (mostly) great. Little K is an awesome addition to our family. She is happy, smart, non-mobile (still! I can leave her to say, go to the bathroom, and she is still there when I come back), and working so hard to be mobile. Since we anticipate it is going the day will come when she no longer stays in the same place, today we put up the baby gate. Let me tell you, that piece of rubbish was the hardest thing ever to put together. And I didn’t even put it together. Jacob did. It was painful to watch. It is like they are testing parents… are you man or woman enough to follow our nonsense instructions and keep your baby safe? No bueno. We still have yet to baby proof all the drawers, cabinets, plugs, etc. but remember, the gate… we will save that for another day.

Her slow scooting self inched over to the laundry the other day while I was getting ready. Yep that’s gross… but I had to take a picture of it before I moved her. She was so proud.

IMG_5185My favorite blogger Grace is pregnant with number 5. In five years. What a woman! You go girl. If you want to be humored by much funnier blog posts then you can go to her blog here.

Lastly, bow making has been my jam the past couple of months. I even opened an etsy shop! If you or your daughter, niece, or friend need a bow then let me know… I can make you one. I’d love it. See shop here!

Valentines bowsWell, that’s it for now. Have a wonderful week!

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Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte

In the past, one of my favorite parts about fall is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. I would always eagerly await their fall debut and be one of the first in line to get that yummy drink. However, after I read this article and after my coffee budget was cut in fourth (not even half…) with my new income as a stay at home mom of nothing, I decided it was time to experiment and find one that I like to make. I used a combination of a few recipes that I found online and adjusted the flavors to what I like. I hope you like it too!

photoPerfect Pumpkin Spice Latte

1/3 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 T. Coconut milk (from the can) (or whole milk)

1/2 t. Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 heaping Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 cup of coffee- I just made a cup in the Keurig

3/4 cup coconut milk (from the can)(or you can use whole milk)

1. In a saucepan, mix pumpkin, 1T. Coconut Milk, Pumpkin Pie spice, sugar, and coffee on Med-Low. Don’t let it boil, just get it hot.

2. In another saucepan, heat 3/4 c. Coconut milk on Medium until it is hot (no boiling) and then I used our frother to froth the milk for the latte.

3. Combine pumpkin mix and milk in a coffee cup. Stir.

4. Sprinkle Pumpkin Pie spice on top! Enjoy!

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