Sunday, March 8, 2015

Super Easy Lotion Recipe

I've made lots of different lotion recipes. Easy. Complicated. Good. Bad. Weird. When someone asks how for a lotion recipe.... It's sort of a loaded question. There are SO many out there. If you're just starting out, you probably don't want to buy 27 ingredients for a lotion you may or may not like. So I've got a super simple recipe for you! Made with two products you can find at your health food store or pharmacy. 

I've seen recipes before of people whipping coconut oil and using it as a lotion. It's awesome, they said. Best lotion ever, they said. Well, not for me. Not at all. I found it very greasy. I wanted to find a solution... And I did. 

This homemade lotion is way less greasy. It only has two basic ingredients and you can make it in minutes. 

I use a 1:1 ratio of coconut oil and aloe Vera gel. For the coconut oil you will need to solid type. Use an aloe Vera gel that is pure aloe Vera and clear.  

You can mix it with your mixer or even mix it with a fork. You'll want to keep this lotion at room temp or cooler. Coconut oil melts at just above room temperature. If you use essential oils in your lotion, be sure to store it in a glass jar. 

For this small batch I used:
¼ cup of coconut oil
¼ of aloe Vera gel
5 drops of lavender
5 drops of peace and calming

This batch is an after bath/ before bed lotion for the girls. I chose lavender and peace and calming to promote a restful night's sleep. I only use Young Living essential oils on my girls. If you'd like to know more about Young Living essential oils, check out my recent post about it. 

This lotion also makes a good after sun lotion. the coconut oil will keep your skin moisturized and the aloe vera will help soothe any sun exposure areas. 

...and because I just can't help myself. Here are a couple pictures of the little monsters.....
Here's Lennon. She's 1.5 now! How does that happen?! 

And of course Milo... who's now 4.... with her orange mouth after eating carrots. 

These girls are giving me a run for my money. Luckily, so far, I've had just a little more will power than they do. See those faces? There's mischief in those eyes, I tell you. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Why I Chose Young Living

If you follow me on Facebook, you've seen me post a couple times about essential oils. I've been using essential oils in homemade lotion, soaps, scrubs, and the like for about four years now.  I could go into a long explanation of how I ended up using essential oils and why I love natural remedies so much, but I'll save that for another post. Once I was getting more and more into essential oils, I started buying higher quality. Well, I recently made the leap and signed up as a distributor with Young Living. Why did I sign up as a distributor? I'll explain in a bit. A few people have asked me to keep them updated on what I think about the oils...and as usual, my opinion is lengthy... so I figured it best to post about it here.

As I got more into using essential oils for purposes beyond their scents, I began researching. There are so many brands out there that claim to be the best.... how in the world do you decide? Once I did the research, the choice was easy for me. Young living really won me over with their Seed to Seal Quality commitment....which includes 5 steps:

Seed: Every year after harvest, farmers from Young Living select seeds from the strongest plants of their crop. The selected seeds are then evaluated by outside researchers to evaluate their potential. Those seeds are then saved for use in future crops. 

Cultivate: They do not use chemical sprays on their crops. Sometimes they use their own essential oils as pesticides. They also use sustainable farming methods by feeding and aerating the soil to keep it rich thereby keeping the plants healthier. 

Distill: They use state of the art steam distilling as well as cold pressing and resin tapping. 

Testing: They test their own oils internally on the distilling location to check quality but also to determine the best harvest/distilling time. They also do third party testing which is huge. 

Seal: The oils only ever come into contact with stainless steel and glass. Their bottling plant is in the United States. 

I love that they are so forthcoming with all these details. You can even go and participate in the planting and harvesting at the farms. I think for me the transparency is huge.... and knowing that they take so many precautions to ensure they have the best product. Young Living Essential Oils are (I believe) the only oils that can be taken internally--if you choose to do so.

We've loved using the oils for a myriad of things. Lemon in my water for to aid Digestion, Purification to help with skin irritation and blemishes, Lavender and Peace & Calming to help the girls relax for bedtime, Clove and copaiba to soothe sore swollen gums when those teeth come in, Frankincense for skin rejuvenation, Peppermint for discomfort or queasiness, Thieves to boost my immune system, Lavendar and peppermint to soothe itchy dry skin..... I could go on and on. You name something and there's probably an oil for that.  We've had a much greater therapeutic experience with Young Living oils than other brands I had used in the past.

So why did I sign up as a distributor? ....because you get great benefits. Distributors get 24% off of retail price as well as other perks with their Essential Rewards Program, like reduced shipping and accumulating points to use towards free oils. Not everyone wants to be a distributor. The requirements of a distributor are that you spend $50 per year.... If you don't-- your account becomes inactive and just starts up again when you make a purchase. I knew I would be spending at least $50 a year-- so it was a no-brainer for me with all the savings.

Another concern many have is the cost of essential oils. It seems crazy to spend so much money on these little bottles of oil. I've been there. When I first started buying the oils I would buy the cheapest thing I could find.... now that I've tried lots of different brands, I can tell you that those cheap brands I bought when I first started out were not even in the same league as the higher quality essential oils. You are only using one or two drops of the oil at a time... and the 5ml bottle has about 85 drops... and a 15ml bottle has about 250 drops. Just like anything else, the 15ml bottles are cheaper per ml than the 5ml. Not all oils are created equal. I use less oil with Young Living oils than I did with the cheaper brands and see way more therapeutic effect. So when you look at it that way, they really aren't expensive.

So where do you start? If you've never used essential oils before, it can be confusing knowing which oils to get or how to begin. Great oils to start with are Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, Peace & calming, Purification, Joy....just to name a few. Young Living has also put together a Premium Starter Kit that's a great deal. It comes with Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea Tree), Peppermint, Joy, Purification, PanAway, Thieves, Stress Away, Citrus Fresh, as well as a Diffuser. The diffuser is not something I would have originally thought to purchase but I use it ALL the time and it's invaluable for colds. Check out this image to see the price comparisons of the Premium starter kit. 

If you are interested in ordering oils or if you have any questions about the oils or how to use them, feel free to contact me via the contact tab above or on my personal Facebook page. If you already know what you'd like you could place an order through this link. You would need to register as either a Distributor or a Retail Customer. If you register as a distributor under me, you also gain access to an amazing oily Facebook group with over 18,000 members where we discuss testimonials, the oils and their many uses. I really do love essential oils. They've saved us from going to so many doctor's visits and I know you will love them too. I think even JR is coming around.

If you sign up now I will send you your very own 486pg Reference Book ($25 value). This will help you know how to use the essential oils. You can look up each essential oil and it will give you all the uses or you can look up a problem like insomnia, congestion, etc... and it will tell you which oils have been known to help with that and how to use it. I really feel this is the best reference book out there and think having one is so important when you start using oils. It will also tell you safety information like how much to dilute the oils for children or those with sensitive skin.

Young Living also has more than just essential oils..... cleaners, supplements, hair care, etc... I'll post more about those in the future. I'm testing out the thieves cleaner right now.... so far, I'm loving it.  When you're ready to sign up...

Go to on over the the Young Living sign-up page

  • Be sure to select the member option so you will get 24% off. 
  • Make sure that my ID # 2293330 is filled in under Enroller and Sponsor so you will get your Reference Book
  • Young living needs your SSN for tax purposes, but if you would rather not fill it in, you can get an EIN number here
Select your Starter Kit. 
  • I recommend the Premium starter kit ($150) as it gives you enough oils to get started and qualifies you for the freebie above. 
Essential Rewards? 
  • This step is completely optional. You can sign up at a later time if you wish. This video explains essential rewards and how you can get reduced shipping and free products. 
Confirm Your Order 

If you have any other questions about oils, the sign-up process, or anything else--feel free to contact me via the contact tab above or at heather (at) ayoungwifestale (dot) com.

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What We've Been Up To...

So our life hasn't been very busy lately but it has been full.... full of cuteness and smiles so I thought I would share some cute photos from the past couple months since Lennon has joined our family. 

Milo was an Owl for halloween. I made the costume before Lennon was born. She loved the costume and wore it several times before halloween.... but when it came time for the photos on halloween, she wasn't into it. 

So we took pics in her regular clothes. 

And I made Lennon a hat that she wore when she was born, but seriously it didn't fit by halloween. 

These girls are 2 peas in a pod... Milo is a wonderful big sister and is always taking care of Lennon. 

My grandparents (the girls' great grandparents) came in for a visit and to meet Lennon

Milo doesn't often warm to men, but she took to Paw pretty well. 

I didn't really write much because, well, they're cute and adorable and perfect and we're happy happy happy. I love our little family and the way Milo and Lennon interact melts my heart. Lennon is really laid back and smiles ALL THE TIME. Milo smiled all the time too... so much that we joked that we should have named her Smilo. Lennon is a bit more chill though.... even though Milo was fairly laid back.... Hope everyone is having an amazing New year!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Trip to Wales

So our time here is dwindling down. We're only in the UK until next August/September timeframe. So we are really feeling the pressure to see all of the places on our list. 

Well right now Lennon doesn't have a passport or Visa, so we can't actually leave the UK. So we decided to give Wales a go. We decided this very last minute. and JR agreed to do all the planning.... I was just along for the ride.  Our first stop was Betws Y Coed staying in the Craig-y-Dderwen. It was wonderful.  Such a great hotel with delicious food and attentive staff. 

Plus we had a wonderful view from the restaurant. 

The leaves were changing and even though we did a ton of driving, it was always a scenic drive. 

We really lucked out with weather. The original forecast was rainy.... thank goodness they aren't always right. 

We could have just drove for hours..... granted I don't think the little ones would have approved. They were very good all in all. Milo played on the ipad. Lennon slept.... which was great, but that meant she didn't sleep that night. Her evening schedule is still a bit off. 

I Imagine that north wales is most beautiful in the Summer and Fall. The only downside of our timing was that several things we wanted to do had already closed for the season. We were just a bit too late. 

We stopped by Caernarfon Castle. It's mainly the castle shell. You can still look around in all the areas freely. It's quite a cute town as well. 

It was beautifully preserved considering it was built around 1300.... And it had a beautiful view from the top of the city, water, and the rest of the castle. 

After the castle, we walked to the other end of town to a soft play.... We couldn't find it. We looked all over. It seemed that It was supposed to be right next to this beautiful church.... when we realized it was inside this beautiful church... they had redone the entire inside. 

It had laser tag, huge slides, ball pits, a 3 or 4 level play area. It was so cool. We played in the huge area most of the time but went into the younger area for a bit and let Lennon check herself out in the funny mirrors. 

After that we went to a Slate place....and tried to go to a copper mine, which was sadly closed. So we headed back to Betws Y Coed. It was such a cute little town with all the Slate shops, hotels, and B&Bs. It has a little river heading through with a few little water fall areas and a picturesque bridge. 

Milo discovered an ice dream cone... she tried licking it... lol. Yes, I am the parent that laughs and takes a picture when my child licks something covered in germs. 

Speaking of Milo. She's growing up... she's actually a child now... not a toddler. I love it and hate it at the same time. She's becoming so independent... strong, adventurous, and "spirited" :) 

Note how she's carrying her own shopping bag in the pic above. 

I love all the sheep. JR keeps joking about how I took a million pictured of the sheep. Well, I did. but it's really hard to capture just how beautiful everything was. 

Then there was the slate... As JR and I were driving we saw this mountain in the distance that looked like it had Lava on we got up close we realized it was slate rock. I'm not really sure how this happens, but shards of slate just cover the mountain.... So strange. 

Then we drove over to Portmeirion. We stayed in Castell Deudraeth. It was a really nice hotel. Spacios Rooms, yummy food.... 

Milo is quite the proper princess. I swear these photos are untouched... we have this setting on our camera that we usually take outdoor photos... it makes the blues and greens pop a bit more... but the grass was quite green and the sky was really blue so some of the photos look super saturated. 

We went down into the village. It was so pretty with all the great colorful buildings and landscape. 

I will say I was slightly dissapointed. It was beautiful yes, but we had anticipated spending most of the day there and we were done in about 2 hours. 

The views were beautiful as well. 

All through our trip, JR and I said that area all looks like it should be a car commercial or some really high end fashion shoot. 

Since our day was cut short there, we went over to Harlech castle. It was constructed around 1283. It was much more a shell than the other castle was. As we drove up, we saw a man standing on the top of one of the towers with no guard rail around. We decided not to take the girls in... Milo is a bit too adventurous for us to not have guardrails. So we admired from the outside. 

...and drove back down to the coast for a view back up to the city. 

It was really a great trip. laid back. leisurely. short. Just what we needed... we couldn't handle a much longer trip. We were worn out after only a few days.