Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Oils? Wednesday: Top 5 for Weight Loss

Y'all, I've been nominated for Top Southern Parent Blogger AND Top Military Mom Blogger! Holy cow.  I don't have any idea what I did to deserve it, but I'm so so grateful!
Vote for both every day? Pretty please?

One thing that I haven't hit on yet when it comes to essential oils is how amazing they are for weight loss! There are five that are known for helping to curb your cravings, handle your insulin and blood sugar, detox your body, help with digestion, and decrease inflammation: lemon, grapefruit, cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint. The best surprise ever is at the end of the post, so check it out!

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil is an amazing detox for your body. There's a reason you're supposed to drink lemon water with every cleanse, after all! It stimulates your liver (which filters your blood) and the polyphenols found in lemons have been shown to help with weight loss.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit helps reduce cravings and lower insulin. When your diet is high in sugars and carbs, it can cause your body to have insulin resistance, which can cause you to not be able to manage your weight well. Perks to grapefruit oil include reducing overeating and cellulite!

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon oil is known for helping with blood glucose levels. High glucose levels can cause depression, acne, diabetes, and of course, obesity. It aids in detoxification and gives you an immune system booster as well.

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger is a major anti-inflammatory, as well as helping with digestion (which is part of the reason why Mom always gave you ginger ale for an upset stomach!). Inflammation has been shown to be at the root of obesity, so taking ginger essential oil can help with weight loss, but it can also help with IBS, arthritis, and other diseases related to inflammation.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is my favorite oil, period. It's amazing for helping with digestion, nausea, constipation, bloating, and way more. It's also great for curbing cravings and limiting overeating, even suppressing appetites for those who have serious weight loss issues. Aiding digestion, reducing bloating, curbing cravings, and suppressing appetite makes peppermint oil my favorite single oil for weight loss.

The Big Surprise

Now, each of these oils is great for weight loss individually, but together, they make the perfect storm for weight loss. The best part? doTERRA has already blended them all up for you in their Slim and Sassy oil! I have friends who have done the Cleanse and Restore Kit which helped them lose weight and re-start their body to get to feeling better, and it includes bottles of capsules that use many of the same oils listed above to aid your digestive system. The other kit I love is the Family Physician Kit because it comes with a bottle of Slim and Sassy, PLUS almost all of the oils listed above so you can super-charge your water with the oil that works best for you (or just tastes the best!).

Through the end of July, you get 50 points back on both kits so it's like getting them for 33% off. Ask me how to get started!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Top 10 Road Trip Survival Kit

Y'all, I've been nominated for Top Southern Parent Blogger AND Top Military Mom Blogger! Holy cow.  I don't have any idea what I did to deserve it, but I'm so so grateful!
Vote for both every day? Pretty please?

We leave in 26 days. 26 days and we'll be walking out the door of the first and only home Matthew has known, getting into two cars, loading up a trailer, throwing two dogs into the cars, and heading (eventually) west. The first stop will be Montgomery, AL to see Ryan's brother since he'll be there for SOS (the training Ryan went to in January). Then, it'll be off to Baton Rouge for the night before finally ending up in Austin! Yay!
I'm a TERRIBLE road-tripper. I love the idea of road trips, but about 10 minutes in, I'm bored out of my mind. In fact, the routine is about 10 minutes after we've left, I tell Ryan "I'm bored" and he says "Well that sucks!" and turns up the music. It's a darn good thing we love each other.

Finally, after a dozen cross-country road trips, we have figured out our Road Trip Survival Kit. This is my tried-and-true, keep-your-marriage-intact list.
  1. Walkie Talkies: These get used when we're in separate cars. First of all, it'll save your cell phone minutes. Second, it's way more fun to pretend like you're kids again and makes for some entertaining conversations, to say the least!
  2. Flamin' Hot Cheetos with Lime: Yeah. If you haven't had these, you need some. ASAP. Unfortunately, you literally cannot buy them in Columbus, MS, so this is something we have to pick up on the way.
  3. Starbucks: Duh. I switch it up between something light like the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade (if you haven't had it, you NEED it) and something caffeinated.
  4. Excellent Road Tunes: "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen, and "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line became our jams via a few Altus trips to and from Washington. You should see the dance I have to go along with "Stronger."
  5. My Pal Scout/Books/Farm Puzzle: Needless to say, we need a LOT of entertainment for Matthew. He has yet to watch the iPad or TV, so we are still doing our best to avoid that. He's done it for a few minutes on our last road trip, but was actually happier with flipping through books and playing with Scout. I can't even explain how much he loves Scout. You plug in the child's name, favorite color/food, and a few other things, and they squeeze his paws for different songs and conversations. His favorite puzzle for in the car is the Melissa & Doug Farm Wooden Chunky Puzzle. Honestly, the kid just loves animals of every sort, so this puzzle was perfect for him.
  6. Travel Tray: This makes my life a thousand times easier once we get where we're going! It helps contain the vast amount of dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit/veggies, cheese, etc. that gets eaten (and spilled) on a long car ride. The tray also lets Matthew have his puzzle in his lap flat, without losing his pieces, and eventually, he'll be able to color on it, too (once I trust him not to eat the crayons)!
  7. PowerCup: I would lose it if my cell phone died, especially with the road tunes requirement and lack of radio between Mississippi and Texas. There are a LOT of dead zones, so unless you have XM (which we do in the Suburban, but not the Altima), you're going to be listening to your thoughts a lot. Personally, I have zero desire to hear those constantly! This thing sits in my cup holder and charges from my normal charger so I can charge the iPad, iPhone, my Macbook, etc. (since I use my Macbook a ton when I'm the one in the passenger seat).
  8. Sweatshirt: Ryan keeps the car about 15* (F, not C). I, however, would prefer it to be at 80*. The "dual temperatures" thing is complete BS when your husband keeps it icy. Also doubles as a pillow.
  9. Clothespin/Essential Oils: The poor man's car diffuser. I haven't splurged on a car diffuser yet (although it's on my wish list!). Until then, I put a drop of orange, lemon, citrus bliss, or peppermint essential oils on the clothespin that is stuck on the vent and voila! car diffuser that will wake you up (and get rid of the dog smell-- not that my dogs smell...).
  10. Hand Lotion: My hands get SO dry on road trips, and it drives me absolutely bananas. My favorite hand lotion is Burt's Bees Hand Crème. It makes my hands so soft and it keeps them from being dry for way longer than any other lotion that I've found!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Letters

Dear Bloggy Friends, I'm still beyond thrilled that someone nominated me for both Military Mom and Southern Blogger! Please please please go vote for me :) I'm #39 with Military Mom and #47 with Southern (they don't have any bearing on standing... just how we're listed). You can vote once a day. They're almost over!

Dear Starbucks, That blackberry mojito tea lemonade you came up with is to die for. Congratulations for once again getting me addicted to something I have to drive forever to find. People, get one. It's fruity and refreshing and the minty taste it leaves in your mouth afterwards is just fantastic.

Dear Matthew, I'm so glad you enjoyed the blueberry creme crepes I made for breakfast this morning. I have no idea how I'm going to get your hands and face un-purpled, but it was worth it for the grin on your face. (If y'all want the recipe, it's pretty much the same as my Mixed Berry Crepes, but with blueberries subbed for the strawberries)

Dear Mississippi, A high of 70 in July?! Are you kidding me?! This weather is FANTASTIC, if you'd quit the raining part so we could play outside. I know, you just can't make me happy!

Dear Puddle Jumpers, Allowing my little water baby toddler to float in the pool without face-planting is amazing. I can't wait to try you out in the ocean in August in Gulf Port AND Port Aransas! Yay beach vacations!

Dear Texas, Less than a month until I get to call you home again. Life with access to good Mexican food, Sno Beach, real BBQ, Whataburger, and HEB is going to be... Gosh. There isn't even a word for it. Heaven comes close, I suppose.