Love of oils

Well this weekend was jammed packed with oils!

—Definition of essential oil

: any of a class of volatile oils that give plants their characteristic odors and are used especially in perfumes and flavorings, and for aromatherapy —

–The essential oil form is made from the bark, leaves or twigs of the plant.

I grew up with essential oils and then have had or used them in my life after leaving home.

I was on a full oil kick for awhile until I felt I just couldn’t afford them anymore.

I’ve used YoungLiving, DoTerra and many others but they don’t compare to Plant Therapy. Plant therapy’s missions statement is wonderful and they donate some proceeds to charity. Their mission is for families/individuals to be able to use oils at a very reasonable price. They are primarily able to do this because they don’t have the pyramid costs/scheme (not bashing just facts).

Not only have I found all the oils so far quickly effective but my husband and daughters are responding incredibly well to them also!

On Easter my little one reached a 104.5 degree fever, this obviously had us concerned so I went and got the Peppermint, diluted and rubbed on her temples and back of her neck, within 30minutes her temp was down to 100. Incredible. I also rubbed some sweet orange on her while diffusing immune boom and germ fighter. **Yes, I also use actual medicine but very little and that’s how I prefer it.

Essential Oils are incredible and worth looking into or becoming knowledgeable about. Serious caution in using them not only on yourself but children- these are extremely high potent, so make sure you’re diluting properly and using the correct oils on kiddos. If you go with Plant therapy brand they label their bottles which are KidSafe and also have their own Kids line, they also have a diluting guideline for you as well.

This was all so on my mind from the weekend and especially from yesterday so it’s the current motivation for Monday. Find something that works for your family-affordable, healthy and has plenty of benefits.

Until next time 💕

Wordy Wednesday and Jim Carrey

“I can tell you that the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is”–Jim Carrey

You know… I’ve struggled with this quote lately even though I completely agree with it. We’ve become so wrapped up in a society of trying to gain worth from social media, likes/followers, what we drive, where we work, what we “do”, where our children attend school and what bag/clothes we have on.

To even really think that is…well… ridiculous.

In my my case I was losing focus, I started focusing on how much income I was or wasn’t bringing home. I was dismissing the fact I have an enormous amount of freedom, live a good-great life, my availability to my daughters- which has always been of most importance. However, as they’ve grown older, I figured I should be doing better. I was dismissing the fact that I’m told often how much people love seeing me, visiting with me, the girls wrapping their arms around me with deep security and love, the work I do around the house and even outside, the thanks I get from teachers for being there, for giving others my time. Now… not everyone has those opportunities and I’m very aware and aware I’m fortunate.

I feel like people have forgotten that success isn’t all about your work. It’s about being and looking within yourself to constantly grow, becoming a better individual, friend, family member, spouse, parents (bc for goodness sakes if you have children lead them and develop them into incredible little adults). Success is letting your knees hit the floor during prayer, having gratitude, letting go of the past, overcoming life or childhood, looking people in the eye, having manners, taking time to realize who you are or what would make you better across the board. Success isn’t how well you did your hair, how many likes you get, how often you’re on your phone, the games or videos – that’s all dandy but build a life worth living. Things fade, cherished moments pass….

Let’s have success y’all- let’s have value/currency in those we come across. With ourselves! The way we speak to ourselves, the thoughts towards ourselves. Let’s have success by being different rather than doing what everyone does to get the “like”. I just think when it’s all said and done and wherever we go when we pass from here… the overall evaluation isn’t going to be based on likes, clothing, material things, or if we did what was popular or where our kids went to school…. it’s just not.

Be successful, be kind, try to remember or attempt to remember who you are and what exactly your true value is.

Much love- BEX

Thoughts and tastes

THOUGHTS: Gosh, it’s been years since I’ve been on here. Not only did major life changing events happen- and well, still continue to happen (such is life?) But time has passed. Much time.

However, my love for writing has not changed and I suppose it’s become stronger, hence the reason I’m back. I also still feel the desire to make a difference not only within myself but somehow be of help to others. I’m still in love with poetry, fitness, recipes, motherhood, curiosity about randoms and my own walk through this world and how it serves my soul best and how I can return the compliment back to the world.

In coming back to the blog world I’ve wondered if I should change anything or follow the theme I was…. and I suppose I’m sticking with what I was doing. I seem to not only be a creature of habit but I still have too many topics/things I’m interested in.

You know even as I type all this out I can’t help but smile. Life has happened, enormous amounts of changes but also enormous amounts of growth (I hope)… and that in itself is beautiful. Also, an interesting thought that even with all the changes and events, the small things like writing and such, still bring me just as much joy and pleasure, if not more. As much as those events can occur and change your life and also change who you become or your direction…. I’m still the woman, young girl, small child that I’ve been and I think to a degree we all are. The part of me that realizes this is just grinning ear to ear- dancing to the beat of her own drum.

Your happiness isn’t everyone else’s. My happiness and yours is not the same… and that’s a beautiful thing. That alone should make us happy- not wanting to mimic each other’s. I wish you the best in your journey and hope that somehow if you’re reading this… I can make a difference in it.

TASTE: Now for the yummy…. I made a pizza for my daughters. Food is of such importance to these gals and I like to try and change it up for their belly’s (and let’s face it, the whole “we’re having that again” comment) but I want them to get the nutrition that they so need. I’ve found a crust at good ol’ Walmart in the refrigerated section with the biscuits and croissants and not only are it’s ingredients good but it makes for an awesome crust.

Last night, I did tomato sauce first, with minced garlic, pizza seasoning, pink Himalayan salt, mozzarella cheese, stewed tomatoes, black olives, pepperoni, and spinach. Little more salt and more cheese on top to finish it all off. The girls ate it with gusto and I felt good about what they were eating. It maybe took five minutes to make and I baked at 400 degrees for about 12 or so minutes.

I’m a fan of things like this because it’s super quick and nutritious– soooo much better than spending $5 on a little caesars pizza y’all. Just saying.

What kind of pizza is your favorite to make?

Until tomorrow….

Much love- BEX

“Few men during…

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” Richard E. Byrd

It’s a Wordy Wednesday so I think I’ll just do a little poetry. I love the quote above, but in fact it takes great courage to dig into the deep wells of strength that are never used.

 

To lead the life you call your OWN takes much strength and courage than is ever known

You change your life  you can’t just walk away from the life you created for the end of day

Not everyone can be saved my dear, but then who will make it becomes your fear

The battle isn’t yet won and everyone hasn’t come undone. Eventually it will be lost forever in a time you won’t be able to remember.

Sometimes to save a life doesn’t mean to risk your own-know your situation and if your life is worth letting go.

The strength inside you that resonates you’ll discover soon, there’s more than just the strength and fiery will that’s ignited in you.

But in this lifetime as we know it, your life is more important.

Let it go….Let it go

Tasty Tuesday–Chocolate Pumpkin filled cupcakes

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So my little one had her big 4th birthday but she has yet to have her birthday party. So of course I’ve been testing out different recipes and such. These cupcakes she ate on her birthday but the actual day of her party she’s already explained she’d like something else. Anyways, these are too simple for words because these I didn’t make from absolute scratch. At first I was unsure if the pumpkin would cook or not, but it all worked out just fine. I did preheat my oven to 375 degrees however instead of the 325 listed on the box. Eeeek, I said it box…that’s right, the easy peasy cake mix box…what can I say? It’s been a rough year! 😉 Besides it doesn’t take away from the yumminess and you’re always welcome to make the cupcakes from scratch because that too is easy just not super fast. My pumpkin was homemade… Does that count?

You’ll need:

A box of chocolate cake mix (I use sugar free)
A can of pumpkin
Small can of evaporative milk
Eggs
Water
Oil
Pumpkin spice or cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg
Cupcake liners

So, give your cupcake tin a good spray and then whip up your cake mix and pie mix–follow the instructions on the box/can. Pour the cake mix into the cupcake liners that you’ve laid in the cupcake tin, then just take a spoonful or a dollop of the pumpkin pie and place it in the middle of each chocolate cake batter.

Let them cook for about as long as you usually would the cupcakes, but maybe 5 minutes longer to make sure the pumpkin has cooked also.

When you take them out the cake mix will baked around the pumpkin. Pretty yummy. A lot of people are fans of the chocolate and pumpkin flavors coinciding…I can’t say it’s my favorite, because I feel like it takes away from both flavors but I did think they were good.

Give them a try and let me know!

Happy Tuesday–be kind

Just a little random poetry

The bomb went off, but somehow I’m still moving. My blue eye filled with grey smoke clouds as I watched part of me dying. My body still reeks of gasoline, I hear people crying. I feel the burning of my skin and I can still taste the blood in my mouth.

Like a robot I just keep moving, walking away from something I never had. Watch all the burning and the people going mad.

Two little hands seem to find mine, somehow they live without a scratch. Tears roll down my charred face, just got to get away, get away.

I can see a light at the end where the little hands lead me, with someone holding open the door, maybe I can get my torched body to make it a few steps more.

The bomb went off, but somehow I’m still moving.

 

A little late on the post today–Enjoy your day and be kind!!

Pear Tart with Cinnamon and Cream-Tasty Tuesday

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Wow, is this recipe delicious! Literally, it’s easy to eat in one sitting, so BEWARE. My deep love for Fall and food coincide with this dish. It’s absolutely scrumptious, filling, and nutritious so I better hear some great feedback ;).

You’ll Need:

1.5 cups finely ground nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Pine Nuts) I use Almonds
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 Tbl rapadura (or stevia) I use Maple Syrup
5 Tbls butter
5-6 soft pears, peeled and sliced thin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 cup sweetner (rapadura, maple syrup etc)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup quality cream
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees:
1. I put all the nuts, salt, sweetner and butter along with the spices into a food processor until ground and mixed well. Take out and smooth the mixture into the bottom of the dish, spread evenly.

2. Lay the pears on top of the crust and sprinkle with just a little more cinnamon and nutmeg (just a touch) and drizzle the pure maple syrup or some of the sweetner.

3. In another bowl, whisk together cram and egg until combined. Pour the mixture over the pears, moving the pears a little to make sure the mixture has spread well.

4. Put in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until it’s browned and the cream mixture has set. You’ll definitely smell it!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do! It’s a favorite!

Be kind and enjoy your Tuesday!