Driving {with kids}

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Alright guys! I officially suck at blogging.

I cannot get my head wrapped around being consistent. at all.

But, I did just get home from a 6-day road trip with my kids, and, well, I have some tips for you. Yes, road trips can be fun and they can also be totally crap. I promise I am not sitting here with my perfect body, and perfect hair, and perfect kids about to tell you that I have found the magic secret to 10 hours in the car. Because, I have not.

I hope my 10 little tips will maybe…. MAYBE make your trip a little more fun and memorable. But, if you decide that you’d rather fly, I truly DO NOT BLAME YOU.

1. FOOD–yep. Pack lots of food. And dum-dums (the suckers). I wish I could tell you that I don’t have to bribe my kids with suckers to be good, but that is just not the truth.

2. AUDIBLE–I am a big fan of books on cd, but I am also a huge fan of the audible.com app!!! We don’t have TVs in the car, and I really don’t like to have the kids on the Ipads non-stop, so I downloaded a really engaging novel that the whole family really enjoyed listening to. It was a lot of fun to watch the kids getting involved in the story!

3. SPLIT UP THE KIDS–Now, I learned this the hard way…and we have just a small sedan, so no 3rd row…but the first half of the trip the baby was no the drivers side, and well, the 2nd half of the trip the baby was in the middle. You can come to your own conclusions of why that change was made.

4. POTTY BREAKS–Ok, my husband is from the mind-set of “Just get there” which is great, but when you are traveling with kids you have to stop. Get some ice cream, stretch the legs, and let them run around, you will be so glad you did. Stop and enjoy the scenery, check out cheesy touristy things. The whole point of this road trip is to allow your family to have a good time together.
5. GARBAGE CONTROL–gosh, it seems like the second you get in the car it is total tornado, right?? Garbage everywhere INSTANTLY…. oh…. that’s just me???? I would love to hear how you have taught your children to not have that reaction in the car, in the meantime, bring lots of target bags to use as garbage bags and empty out the car of junk at every gas station.

6. PLAN A HALFWAY STOP–We had a 10-hour drive, so we booked a hotel (WITH A POOL) halfway between home and our destination. I feel like this would have been better without a baby…because sleeping in hotels with babies sucks, but it was nice for the big kids to get a break and swim.

7. TAKE LOTS OF PICS–Make it fun! Don’t be afraid to be silly and look like a big dork! Stop and every state sign and take a family selfie! Document the trip; those moments are really fun for kids!

8. PRAY–I am not even kidding you, I prayed 800 times, out loud with my family the first day…every time they started fighting, we just prayed. I didn’t even care that it started feeling silly. I was not about to let this trip get ruined with dumb fights!

9. RELAX–I am really not great at relaxing and being silly with my family. Isn’t that just the way it is??? We can relax and have fun with everyone, but the expectations we put on our family is just RIDICULOUS???? RIGHT? Take deep breaths of frankincense and lavender and CHILL OUT. The boy driving you crazy with questions and bad jokes? Just smile and answer them. Then rub vetiver all over his feet.

10. ENJOY THE HUBBY–If you’re like me, you’re sitt
ing in the passenger seat while your guy takes your family on vaca. Don’t forget to reach over and squeeze his hand or his shoulder occasionally, and make him feel glad you guys are having a family road trip together!

What are your must have tips for road trips? PLEASE SHARE! ❤

Why I Love Essential Oils!

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It’s obviously no secret that I LOVE me some Young Living Essential Oils.

Friends.  They are for real.

I can’t even begin to express my love and affection in a simple blog post, but I’ve been using oils for almost 2 years now and I would love for all of my friends and family to jump on board and be as excited as I am!

Listening to my friends talk about Young Living, I for sure was skeptical.  I didn’t want to waste my money again on something that I had no idea how to use.

I mean, I like to consider myself a natural mommy!  I make kombucha, I have a sourdough starter (dying, eek, I need to go feed that sucker) in the fridge, but I also take my kids to their wellness checks, occasionally stop at a fast food restaurant, and drink tap water.  So oils seemed like something I should use!

I did finally take the plunge last Spring.  The idea of having some alternative options in my home was so intriguing to me.

Guys.  They are good.  They are really really good.  They are fun!  They are relaxing, and soothing, and one of the best decisions for my family! My kids and I love to make stuff on rainy days!  We used to make cookies now we make sugar scrubs, lip balms, and bath bombs!  (Ok, we still make cookies too!) We love to have the diffuser going ALL. THE. TIME., We love to learn share our excitement with our loved ones.  It’s just EASY!!

I thought I would take a little minute this morning and talk about my top 5 faves!

  1.  Progessence Plus!  It’s actually a serum, but I can’t say enough about it.  I feel balanced, happy, and just, normal!  Even after having my little Jack.  My number one for emotions.
  2. Grapefruit!  Hello Energy!!!  Did you know I’ve lost 65 lbs in the last 6 1/2 months?  I mean come on.  That’s pretty awesome.  I have exercised and eaten well, but I know that Grapefruit played a big part in my overall journey!
  3. Thieves.  Last year, for the first time ever last year my kids didn’t miss any school!  I love how Thieves supports our families total wellness!!!  We diffuse it in the morning and at night to help keep our immune systems strong!  Also, there’s a whole line of Thieves oral care because it’s awesome to brush your teeth with!
  4. Lavender.  It’s really really the swiss army knife of oils because you can just do so much with it!  I have 3 in my house at all times.  Pretty much anytime the kids come to me for anything I tell them to grab the Lavender!
  5. Peppermint!  So wonderful for digestive issues.  Also, wonderful to diffuse during homework with a little lemon, or if you’re feeling a little stuffy!

Seriously, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, like a super teeny tiny tip, but I have been dying to talk a little about my fun hobby and introduce my faves to you!

When I finally bit the bullet and ordered my starter kit, my friend was so helpful, she answered a million or more questions, never seemed impatient with me, and because of that I was able to fall in love!  I think the time that she took with me was invaluable.  I fully desire to spend that time with everyone who gets oils from me.  I never ever want anyone to feel like that purchase was a waste.

A great place to start with essential oils is the same place I did…the super awesome Premium Starter Kit!  It served my family so well and has been such a blessing!

Why did I choose Young Living over others? Simple: seed to seal. They’re in charge of the entire process. That speaks volumes to me.

And why Young Living Essential Oils over ones from the grocery store? Well, Young Living Essential Oils are Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils that are of the utmost purest. I would never be okay with ingesting oils from the grocery store…but I know exactly where my Young Living Essential Oils are coming from and I trust their workmanship.  I’ve even been to the Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah and The Lavender farm in St. Maries, Idaho!

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If you would like to know more, send me a message on FB or email me here!   If you’re ready to get your very own Premium Starter Kit, you can order through me by  clicking here!  The wholesale membership, when purchasing a Premium Starter Kit, is also a must…it saves you a TON.  Even though you click the box ‘Wholesale Member’, you never have to sell anything. It’s just to get the good prices!  Think, Costco membership!  🙂

After you sign up let me know because I will send you an awesome care package!

Thanks for letting me take the time to talk oils with you!