Adoption Fundraising

Hello everyone,

First and foremost, we want to say Thank you to everyone for their overwhelming support in supporting our adoption plans. I have had a few recent questions from individuals wanting to know how they can support us and our journey- more than just a ‘like’ on Facebook. Well, to be completely honest, the biggest area of assistance needed as of now is networking and of course, financial. There are many costs involved with adoption including travel, time off work for interstate legal reasons, attorney fees, paperwork fees, and more! And this all before the normal costs of setting up a nursery for a baby. We know this is where God wants us to be and we are confident that things will line up in time, however, I wanted to put all the current fundraising platforms out there in one place…so here it is:

TAX DEDUCTIBLE PAY PAL DONATION: through our Youcaring fund site- you can find that here: 

https://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser-widget.aspx?frid=580982

SUPPORT OUR HOME BUSINESS – PURCHASE AN ESSENTIAL OILS STARTER KIT: 100%  proceeds from this home business are going straight to our adoption fund- we have already added $300.00 this month to our fund from sharing the oily love! You can find that link here:

What is the Premium Starter Kit?

Purchasing a PSK

if you would like more information – please reach out to Chelsea.

PERSONAL DONATIONS: some people have opted to handle donations with us directly – this is more than fine. Please let us know. 

SHARING: if a financial donation or a purchase is not your thing- please consider sharing our profile with your friends, family, church etc. You never know where our birth mother and baby might be. 

 

We feel so loved by the amount of support we have received thus far- but we aren’t at our goal yet… anything you can do will benefit our baby immensely.

-Matt and Chelsea

Decisions: Day Two of #365morningmotivations

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Day Two of #365morningmotivations

(FOR THE OTHER DAYS OF MORNING MOTIVATIONS- SEE HERE )

Theme: Decisions.

For this motivation I am going to turn to these Young Living Essential Oils:

  • Stress Away – for those positive vibes we all desperately need.
  • Joy – self explanatory
  • Clarity – to help us see through the mucky waters and make choices
  • Highest Potential – for that little boost telling you to be your best.

Today I’ve got a couple drops of Stress Away in my diffuser and topically applied Joy and Highest Potential to my neck and  Clarity over my heart.

(REMEMBER: IF YOU NEED YOUR OWN OILS- YOU CAN GET YOUR STARTER KIT HERE OR IF YOU HAVE THEM AND YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON USAGE CHECK OUT MY POST ON DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE OILS HERE. )

OK- So.. decisions. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…. am I right? They are always there to be made and sometimes the fork in life that we are facing is hard!  Have you ever felt like the events in your life or the decisions you are needing to make seem harder than the lives of those around you?  I certainly felt that way for a long time and still do from time to time – I’m  human. However, I am writing this to remind you of these things:

  1. you are loved regardless
  2. make the decisions for you and only you
  3. we all handle stress in our own ways
  4. its ok.

“You are loved Regardless” – Hebrews 13:5 says “I will never leave nor will I forsake you”  Jesus explicitly tells us that we will never been given any challenge that we cannot handle. God loves you as do your family and friends. If you are faced with a tough decision or going through something rough in life – its OK to lean on those around you.

“Make the decisions for you and only you” – I am currently going through some tough decision making and a friend recently turned to me a said “there is no wrong answer as long as its best for you”.  I cannot tell you the kind of pressure those simple words lifted off of my shoulders. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the goal of being a millionaire but your friend does. Your goals are your goals. Your decisions are your decisions. Choose whats best for you and those that care about you will get in line.

“We all handle stress in our own ways” –  Stress can have a big impact on our lives. But what we must realize is that sometimes it is OK to take a break. Realizing how stress creeps into our daily routines and taking action to reduce it can often have a big impact on the clarity we have on the decisions to be made. If you are faced with big choices- don’t stress- time will tell what the correct route is. Acknowledge your stress and take a walk, exercise, meditate, etc.

“Its OK” – that’s a simple one. It really truly is OK. Its OK to not know what the right choice is or to feel like you don’t know what you are doing. The truth is that no adult really does?! The biggest thing I learned stepping into the real world after graduating college is that adults are just giant children making things up as they go. Its OK – just do your best.

These four points bring me back to the quote above:

“Every Accomplishment Starts with the Decision to Try” 

What that accomplishment is or what that decision/trying looks like is up to you. The point is to get started. One foot in front of the other- one step at a time. It doesn’t matter how big or small those steps are – it just matters that you take a step forward. Nothing worth having is easy – and everything worth having is worth the fight.

Thoughts for the day: Yesterday we talked about Grit, small victories and how you were going to apply it to life. So for today – what decisions led to those small victories? What decisions can you make today that will help you get one step closer to your goals? What are you going to try?

Happy Day 2. 363 more to Go.

-Chelsea

 

DIY: Makeup Remover & Facial Toner

 

DIY: Makeup Remover & Facial Toner

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DIY- MAKEUP REMOVER:

1 Mason Jar

Cotton Rounds

Witches Hazel (I buy mine at Sprouts)

Organic Coconut Oil

Filtered Water

Lavender Essential Oil

Directions:  in the mason jar, mix 2-3 ounces of coconut oil equal parts filtered water and witches hazel. Add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Add cotton rounds to the mixture in the jar, close up the jar and label! Voila- presoaked cotton rounds of makeup remover ready to go. Bonus: Lavender Oil helps support moisture levels of the skin!

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DIY – FACIAL TONER

1 Mason Jar

Cotton Rounds

Witches Hazel (from Sprouts)

Frankincense Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Directions: fill the jar with witches hazel. Add 10 drops of each oil and add in one capsules worth of vitamin E oil. Add the cotton rounds – close up the jar and label. Done!

 

All these oils are included in the premium starter kit that you can purchase here: What is the Premium Starter Kit?

 

DIY: Carpet Freshener

Do you ever wish there was a simple way to remove stingy smells from your carpet that was safe for both your children playing on the floor and your pets?

Me too- which is why our family uses these DIY recipes for our carpet cleaning needs:

  1. We utilize Thieves Cleaner from Young Living in our Hoover Carpet Cleaner rather than the chemical based cleaners.
  2. After the thieves cleaner cleaned carpet dries- we use a DIY Carpet Freshener Powder.

Want the thieves cleaner? Here’s the recipe. See below for where you can get these ingredients too.

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Ingredients:

Baking Soda

Purification Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Mason Jar

(Click here to purchase your oil kit- all three of these are included in the premium starter kit)

Directions:

Pour baking soda into a bowl. Drop 10 drops of each oil into the bowl of baking soda. Using a fork, mix the oil/baking soda mix until the oils are evenly distributed.

Poke holes into the lid of the mason jar. Pour oil/baking soda mix into the jar. Screw cap on. Sprinkle over dry carpet and let sit for 10+ minutes prior to vacuuming up.

(this can also be used on couches/rugs/pillows etc)

Enjoy!

View More: http://everlastinglovephotography.pass.us/oils

 

Lemon Honey Garlic Salmon

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cluster of cilantro 

1 lemon

1 lime

1 orange

Organic honey

Paprika

1 filet of salmon 

*gluten, dairy, soy free*

Preheat oven to 400. Line a pan with tin foil. Mix the garlic, cilantro, lemon juice and lime juice in a bowl with a pinch or two of paprika. Cut the salmon filet into individual sized pieces and line the bottom of the tray with your salmon. I prefer wild caught salmon. Spoon the garlic cilantro mix onto the salmon filets and top off with a pinch of salt and pepper. Lay thinly sliced orange slices on top of the salmon and drizzle your honey over the top of everything. Wrap up the foil and bake for 20 minutes or until done. 

Tip: for added benefits I use a drop or two of lemon and black pepper vitality essential oils. You can find more info here.

Before: 

  
After: 

  
Enjoy! 

 

Choose Gratitude 

  
Today is a day for gratitude. I woke this morning with a calm heart,  rolling over  to see my husband still fast asleep. As I got up to make a coffee I remembered our hotel room had a patio that looked out over the ocean. I grabbed a robe from the closet- my cup of coffee- and my phone and headed or to the patio to relax for the first few moments of the day. 

Sounds nice right? 

It was- but let me let you in on a secret. I skipped a few steps. You see- I woke this morning with a calm heart but also a headache from having wine too late the night before. I rolled over and my husband was fast asleep taking up most of the bed. I got up to make a cup of coffee, put in too much water and the cup was too smal which resulted in spilled coffee all over the counter. I grabbed a robe and went out to patio and listened to all sorts of noises as I attempted to relax viewing the ocean for the first few moments of the day. 

Interesting comparison huh? Same story- same morning. One that approaches the day with a perspective that allows the nuances from each day dictate the mood of the morning and cause frustration and the other approaches the morning from a perspective that chooses gratitude and openness allowing emotional stability and grounding throughout the afternoon. 

The truth? Both stories are real. After I finished my coffee, my husband and I applied some valor essential oil for focus and headed down to the beach for early morning meditation. My focus for the morning was gratitude. Despite how things may seem- whether or not you are where you planned to be or if things are going your way- there are moments in life where we must choose gratitude above all. If I were to tell you my life today is perfect- that would be far from true. However, if I were to tell you I had plenty to be greatful for- you couldn’t get closer to truth. 

Choose gratitude. In all things- every day- choose gratitude. Step back and look at your life from the side of the road- watch your loved ones, friends, family, successes and experiences and be greatful and count them as the blessings they are. 

-Chelsea 

DIY: Fabric Fresh

As part of our family’s journey to a chemical free home, we threw away all commercial fabric fresheners. We used to use them all the time with kids playing in our house, two dogs, a weightlifting husband, and the normal day to day smells. However, once I learned of the toxicity and damage the chemicals in those cleaners posess – there was no way I wanted those things near my family! Now we use this recipe for ‘fabric fresh’- a completely DIY toxin free fabric freshener that is safe for our family and our pets. Enjoy!

FABRIC FRESH 

1/2 cup baking soda

Young Living Essential Oils of your choosing

  • I used lavender, purification, cedar wood and thieves 

Distiller water 

A glass spray bottle 

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Step 1: mix half a cup of baking soda with about 30 drops of essential oils in any combination of your choosing. 

Step 2: pour the mixture into the glass bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water

Step 3: close the bottle and shake to mix- always make sure to shake before use so the spray top doesn’t get clogged. 

Step 4: COVER YOUR HOUSE! Spray on blankets, dog beds, pillows, in closets etc and enjoy the beautiful fresh smell of your home! 

  
 

When life gives you lemons..

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade… OR… when life gives you dietary problems you turn to Young Living! and the best part…. this whole order was FREE!?!?!

Young Living gives us points for our monthly order of all the items we used to by elsewhere AND I cashed in for almost $200 in product for free!!

  • Young Living’s Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix. The original unprocessed grain!
  • Ningxia Dietary Supplement- all the goodness and nutrition packed in one bottle!
  • AlkaLime and MultiGreen supplements to keep the body strong!

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Christmas Morning Every Month

Getting an essential rewards delivery is like Christmas morning once a month!!! 

Today I got my February essential rewards order in the mail!!!  Here is what came inside: 

Mirah Shave Oil- for the husband! He loves the oils and a smooth shave! 

Deep Relief- for the husband!  Soothing for those achy muscles after a good lifting session! 
Breathe again- also for the husband (anyone sensing a theme here?! 😉)  for the respiratory support especially as we head into spring! 

Shampoo and conditioner – my favorites! Keeps my hair bright and shiny!! 

Dog shampoo- for the pups! They break out in hives from any commercial brands! 

Deodorant and soap- because why stop at shampoo?!

A few of my favorite oils but the one I am most excited for………the holy grail of all essential oils…………. 
Rose.  Did you know rose oil has one of the highest frequencies available? Rose is the end all be all of oils and I am so excited to have my hands on it!!! Stay tuned for more benefits on rose oil!