The Pennington Point Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:05:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Summit is Like a Big Wad of Toilet Paper Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:17:03 +0000 The Summit….it’s like a big wad of toilet paper.

I mean that in the best kind of way!

Haven’t you been in a public restroom stall and you reach beneath the gray plastic holder hanging on the wall that’s supposed to contain a roll of toilet paper the diameter of an old 33LP (kids, that’s what we used to listen to music on before CDs or ipods were invented) only to discover that there is NO paper?!  There’s someone in the next stall so you tap-tap-tap on the wall and ask timidly, “Um, do you mind giving me some toilet paper?  There’s none over here.”

You hear the rattling of the roll rotating in the plastic holder and from under the divider comes her hand with 2 squares of tissue.  NOOOO!  I NEED MORE!!!!  But you just take it and do the best you can.

This is how so much of our interaction with others goes.  We are right there, next to each other, sharing space and time.  But our relationship is unsatisfactory.  “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, how are you?” “Fine.”  It’s two-squares, not sharing, not caring emptiness.

But then there’s that occasional time when, miraculously, from under the stall wall comes a giant wad of toilet paper so plentiful that you can probably leave enough extra for the next unfortunate soul who comes in.  Thanks to this stranger you have everything you need….she really understood and gave you all she could.

That’s what the Summit is like.  The women there give it all, love, joy, hurt, concern, sympathy, truth, grace.  The masks come off, we share our hearts, we are honest and open, we see each other and for the first time in a long time we feel understood.

Personally, I am terrible at chit chat.  I go to these big events or church or a party and I want to get in a corner with someone and dig into life and its messiness.  I want to laugh hard and cry the ugly cry and pray together and really, I mean really, care about each other.  But people don’t do that.  They hide.  We stay in our comfort zones and think we are safe.  But the truth is, it’s an illusion.  Let’s be real!  Let’s give grace!  I’ll share my toilet paper with you when you need it and make sure you have enough to give to someone else!

Ain’t nobody got time to drip dry.

OK, maybe this analogy is going a bit too far.

But I want you to really get a sense of what happens at the Summit so you will go next year and experience it for yourself!  We worship, we pray together, we let the walls down, we share our pain, we find healing, we get ready to go home changed.  Women last weekend testified that they had been able, for the first time, to let go of bitterness, confess secret sin, fall back in love with their husbands, feel equipped to mother their children, on and on each story humbled me over and over.

There’s a lot of laughing too.  I mean a lot!  In fact, my friends and I did a skit called, “Mrs. Homeschool Universe” and we took it to the extreme.  I can’t tell you the whole thing, but here we are finding out what the winner gets and when we heard that part of our prize was a whole week of uninterrupted showers we pretty much started to cry.

Those other 3 gals in the skit are the funniest people!  I had to keep from cracking up at their every word.

And they each are sharing on their blogs about their Summit experiences from last weekend.  Don’t miss their posts!  I’ll bet none of them even mention toilet paper, so they will be much more interesting.

Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler shared her “Top 10 Experiences of the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit
Heather at Joyful Socks Mom gives her “Why Finding My Tribe at Winter Summit Makes All the Difference” (Heather’s site is down right now, so check back!)
Connie at Smockity Frocks is sharing about “Winter Summit 2016 ~ Homeschool Moms’ Retreat

I also got to have two of my daughters with me, which was a double blessing!  They came to help serve the moms and I was just so happy to spend some of this time with them!

Aren’t they gorgeous?  Yes, I am blessed.  (and they both have blogs, J. Grace Pennington and The Epic Place)

Next year the Summit will be in Oklahoma Jan 20-21 and in Texas Feb 3-4.  Go register NOW!  You’ll get the best prices AND you can just put it on the calendar and start inviting your friends.  Like one gal told us all during a time of sharing, “I will never miss the Summit again if I can help it.”  She already registered for next year.  What’s stopping YOU?!

And be sure to book your room!  This year the hotel filled up and some of the gals had to stay at a different hotel.  The price is great, the rooms are all suites with plenty of space for at least 3 ladies and that keeps the cost low.

If you have a Summit story to share, hop over to my Facebook page and spread the news!

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Some Days are Just Harder Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:10:57 +0000 I’m just gonna be real with y’all.  Last week was rough.

There’s something that happens after ministering to others; I believe it’s a spiritual attack.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

I know this battle happens to many people….the enemy gets his nasty old foot in the door if we aren’t careful.  I can’t imagine how hard it is for pastors and missionaries who do this daily.  I need to pray for them more!

The Summit is such a time of ministering to women who are tired, broken and hurting.  I prayed with at least 20 women in Oklahoma, every one more desperate for God’s answers than the one before.  My heart broke for each of them as we asked God for a miracle in their lives.

It is an honor to talk with these beautiful souls and that God would allow me to pray for them is nothing less than humbling.  I plan do it again this weekend with excitement and love.  The Summit is such a time of healing and encouragement.  I was talking with one woman on Sunday morning after it was over and she told me that this had been her first time to go.  She said, “I have thought about it for a few years but just never did it.  I never knew….I never knew what it was like….that I would experience such a breakthrough with God from being here.  I will never miss another Summit if I can help it.”

I can’t wait to be there this weekend with my Texas people and do some serious praying, learning and LAUGHING!  Last weekend I laughed so hard I almost blew tea out my nose.

But afterward, I pay for it.  I am drained and wiped out from the spiritual battles and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  I got home late Sunday night and went to bed…..for 2 days.  I felt dragged down and depleted.  And yes, I let my armor slip.  Why do we do that?  My husband James says I let myself get too tired which contributes to me getting down.  I’m sure he’s right.  After nearly 30 years of marriage he does know me pretty well.  He’s seen the good, the bad and the very ugly.

Sometimes I don’t share this stuff on the blog because, while I want to be transparent, I also know that there are people out there who take what I say and twist it into their own ideas of me and post it on their sites saying things like, “Look! Now she is having a hard time.  Ha! Ha! She deserves it because she is so ______” (fill in the blank).  It’s sad really, that anyone would spend time taking apart someone’s words instead of adding grace and love to the world around them through their own gifts.  I really do think of it as their problem, not mine.  But some days I am just not. in. the. mood.

So, why am I even telling you all of this?  For three reasons.

  1. I want you to know that you’re not the only person who has hard days.  I have hard days sometimes and that’s OK.  You can lay low for a few days then get back up.  Give yourself a break when you’re having a rough time.  Everyone does that occasionally.
  2. I want to be honest.  I hate it when people only show the perfect side of life on their social media or blogs.  We all know that no one is perfect, but it can be comforting for someone else to say it.
  3. Because no matter how I feel, it doesn’t change who God is or His character.  I may be blue, but He is always full of joy and ready to give that to me at my first request.  When I was ready last week, I went outside and listened to some praise music.  I asked Him for joy and He gave it to me.  Like Glenda the Good Witch said, “You’ve always had the power my dear.”  Of course, it’s not really MY power but the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is always there for us!  There is always, always something to be joyful about.

I hope I haven’t been a drag here.  My joy is in the Lord and even though some days I get down or depressed, I always know that there is a way out.  Although, I am sometimes a little slow about it.  Of course, I used my oils too….they are so uplifting and when I remember, “Hey!  I should diffuse something to help me!” it brightens my mood.  (today I am diffusing lavender and geranium together and it smells lovely!).

I am doing better now and actually, even though it wasn’t the way I would have wanted, I got a lot of much needed rest.  Because I didn’t feel like going out, I was just home with my kids and we had a nice time together.  Because I spent a lot of time in my bedroom I got it really cleaned up.  I got caught up on the boys’ schoolwork and some closet organizing done.  There’s always something good that comes from even an unpleasant situation.

Lastly, I hope you will pray for me and all of the Summit team this coming weekend.  I am not the only one who comes under attack after loving on these beautiful women.  We all struggle to find our footing after such an intense time of prayer and support.  I really, really appreciate your prayers.

And if you’re still thinking of coming I hope you will!  Pray about it and ask God if you are supposed to be there.  It’s not too late to register.  Have I made it sound appealing?  LOL!  Don’t let my honesty about the struggle keep you away.  The event is a blessing and I only get down because of how much we love the women there and the power of the Holy Spirit!  It is a GOOD thing!

Thanks for “listening”.  Have a great week, my friends.  I plan to.

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Do You Remember? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:45:16 +0000 Isn’t it funny how things burn into our mind?  Those catastrophic events that freeze time and we never forget where we were standing when we heard and the moments following.  Then the mention of them brings back floods of memories like the smell of Grandma’s bread baking.  Whoosh!  We are transported.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.  For many of you it is too long ago to remember (you young’uns), but I have a clear picture.  I was planning my wedding and I remember EXACTLY where I was when I heard about it.  I had decided to knit some gifts for my wedding party so I went into a nice yarn shop (where I had never been before) and was looking for something soft and affordable.  They had a TV turned on up in the corner and 2 women were chatting across the counter from one another about a class they were teaching that night.  I was caressing a skein of yarn when suddenly one of them stopped and yelled, “Oh NO!!!”  The three of us turned toward the television reporting the explosion.  We just stood there, not believing it.  Not moving.

I guess there’s a second of belief that if you freeze, time will stop too and this disaster will reverse and life will go back to normal. Like maybe you can stop it from happening.  I remember wishing that during my births! LOL!

Another woman walked into the store, the little bell jingled over the door and she picked up immediately on the intensity of the moment as she turned toward the TV that we were all staring at.  She was the first of us to start to cry.  I heard a slight sobbing sound and glanced at her.  There were tears streaming down her face and that’s when I knew the magnitude of this moment.  Space travel, our hope, our path for our country had forever changed and I was watching it happen.

The woman at the door said, “Hey, I know we don’t know each other, but would you all pray with me?”

So we all gathered in the middle of the store, holding hands in a small circle and prayed.  These women were older than me, probably in their 30s and 40s, but they seemed so established and grounded.  I was only 20 years old and there to celebrate a new chapter in my life.  The world was rich with hope and possibilities.  They were mothers.  They felt it very deeply.

I don’t remember any of the words spoken in prayer that day, but the feeling of standing with 3 strangers in a circle crying and praying for our country, for the families that had been sitting in those benches and watching their loved ones die, for the school children of Christa McAuliffe who had been watching it from the classroom.  That prayer will go down in my life as one of the sweetest.

Tomorrow we move on and it goes back in the files of our memories again.  There are other days….9-11 of course, deaths, personal tragedies, etc.  So today is a day to let it sink in that no matter what is happening around us, we can come together as strangers to lift up a nation.

Oh, and I never did knit anything for my wedding party.  I couldn’t bring myself to do it, plus I really wasn’t very good at knitting.

Do you remember where you were when the Challenger exploded?  Hop over to Facebook and share!

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Take a Smile Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:19:58 +0000 (I am an Invisalign MAB member and one of my sons is receiving complimentary treatment but all opinions completely my own!)

I thought I’d give you an update on the boys and their Invisalign treatment.  We are over halfway through with Noah and 6 months in with our younger son Adam.  We absolutely love the whole process.


There were a few kinks in the beginning, like with anything new, that we had to work out.  We needed a place to put the aligners during meals, so I made little buckets for them.  Those buckets have been great for organizing the trays and cases too.

We also found that they were forgetting to change their aligners each week, so to help them we added it to our family Cozi calendar.  This calendar app allows the whole family to see what’s happening in all of our lives.  I added an alarm to go off for each boy on the day they need to change and it goes off on all of our phones.  Every Thursday morning at 9:00 a bunch of us shout, “Adam!!  Did you change your INVISALIGN?!?!”  No forgetting it now.  LOL!

I’ve also shared a few other tips for helping your teens with their treatment HERE.

Since we only have to go to the ortho every 10 weeks, it’s been a great way for us to have time together to run errands, maybe see a movie, talk and just have down time.  Our lives are all so busy that I have set aside appointment days as Mom/son time.

Just last week a friend asked me if we still like Invisalign.  No question about it….yes! While Noah is a part of my MAB membership, Adam is just a normal ol’ user.  We plan to use it again with the last two boys also.

If you’ve been wondering if your child is able to use it, why not find a doctor near you and get a free consultation?  It doesn’t cost anything to go talk to them and see what they think.  There’s a great Doctor Locator on their website.


Be sure to check out my 10 Reasons to Use Invisalign!

Again, I am an Invisalign MAB member and one of my sons is receiving complimentary treatment.  My opinions are completely my own and I only work with companies whose products I believe in.  Click HERE to read the full disclosure statement.

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A Little Bit o’ Books and a Little Bit o’ Travel Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:36:15 +0000 This post contains affiliate links.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back to a normal-ish routine.  The Christmas decorations are down and we are doing our simple Monday-Bible study, Tuesday-Church, etc.  No more big parties coming up or gifts left to buy.  I love Christmas, but I also love me some simple, easy going days.

With the Summit coming up this weekend in Oklahoma and in Texas just 2 weeks later, I do have some travel stuff to work on and my talks to nail down.  I’ll be sharing ideas from my book, “Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around”  If you can’t make it to the Summit, you could get the book.  My friend Roxanne will be speaking there too and her book is awesome.  It’s called, “Are You Enough?: Encouragement for the Overwhelmed & Exhausted Homeschool Mom.”  You’ll LOVE her!

Here are Roxanne and I from last year’s Summit pajama party.  I am telling you…we all have a great time!

Since I have a long drive this weekend, I am getting some audiobooks ready for the trip.  I really love a good book and audio is the way to go when you’re traveling!  I listen to everything from fiction to marketing and leadership guides.  As long as it doesn’t put me to sleep we’re OK.  I once got a book that was read in such a monotone that I started to snore before he got through the introduction.  It may have been a good book, but I will never know because I couldn’t stay awake.

Speaking of narrating audiobooks (see how I did that segue?), my oldest daughter is using her gift as a great narrator and she has a book that just came out (she didn’t write the book, she only narrated it) that is a sweet story.  I listened to it a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it; I love those kinds of books….that stay with you.  It’s a good, clean, encouraging read.  It’s called “The River Girl’s Song: Texas Women of Spirit.”  I hope you’ll consider supporting this talented author and her ever-so-talented narrator.

In other news, I have been cleaning out my bedroom in sections.  I did one of the dressers over the weekend that serves as my official junk drawers.  There was everything in these drawers from people’s business cards to clothespins.  I had a couple of spoons in one (shhhh….don’t tell me kids!) and I found 3 USB drives (I wondered where those were!).  It’s always nice to have this kind of job done.  I tend to shove things in these drawers until I am forced to look for something which requires pulling everything out and wondering why I kept half of it.  Good times.

I think when I get back from the Summit I will tackle the cabinet/desk otherwise known as the Black Hole.  Who knows….I may actually find my camera one of these days.  It’s been lost for 2 years.  Of course, if I do find it I won’t find the charger or memory cards with it because that would be way too easy.

I also like putting things back where they belong and getting rid of the messes.  It’s so nice to know that if I opened one of the cleaned out drawers right now I would be able to locate anything.  It’s the best feeling to know where your unnecessary junk is.

I hope you have a mah-velous week filled with normal-ish days and a little bit of organizing.  And don’t forget to register for the Summit!!!  You don’t want to miss this.  You NEED it!

Have a good one!

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Day 5: The WHY of Essential Oils Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:34:31 +0000 five-day-oils-05

I’m so glad we made it to the end of our series and have erased some of the mystery of getting started using oils.  We’ve covered HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and today the final question….WHY!

I have been a natural health girl since I was a young wife.  We had our babies at home and baked our own bread and used herbs and natural remedies for our family from the beginning.  We even had goats for a while and milked them and made cheeses and yogurts.  So oils were not a big leap for me.  Maybe for you this is so new it’s scary.  I understand.  I feel that way about anything completely new!  Just take it one step at a time and you’ll be fine.

Anyway, when I was first introduced to essential oils there weren’t 3,000 companies to buy them from.  There were just a few and it was obvious to me after doing some reading that Young Living was the way go to.  I found them to be not only making pure products, but also caring for the communities around their farms.  That is something really important to me.

As time went on and oils got more popular, I watched other companies hit the scene.  I’d check them out and always go back to Young Living.  Now I use YL exclusively.  I believe them to be the best, no contest.  There are some things you want to make sure you have a quality product.  I’ll buy generic groceries once in a while and I may buy some store brand paper products, but when it comes to oils and supplements you want quality.

Buy WHY?

  1. WHY do I need oils at all?!   Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could sit down with you on my front porch and just talk about oils and how our family uses them?  I’d LOVE that!  But since we can’t, this is where we have to share info.  I use oils because they are made from plants that God gave us for our health.  Because natural is better than synthetic.  Because I want my family to be healthy and strong.  As I watch our medical system change and see more and more problems that come from the over use of medication, I want to be as careful as possible about how we stay healthy.  Life gets hard, everyone has unique issues.  I’m not going to tell you oils will cure anything or that you will never get sick if you own them.  I am telling you that they improve your quality of life.  They give you tools to use when you want to seek natural health.  They promote a kind of wellness that I want!  It’s about a lot more than pretty smells.  This is about physical, emotional, spiritual health.
  2. OK, but WHY Young Living?  Young Living is the only company that has the Seed to Seal process.  This is a standard of excellence in purity and authenticity that is unmatched.  From the seed planted in the ground until the seal is placed on the finished bottle this company is watching over all of it.  No stone is left unturned.  Young Living also takes seriously their roles to their farmers and their surrounding areas.  They build schools and support the areas where they grow.  I have been to the lavender farm in Utah, I have met the Youngs and many of the leaders in the company.  They are genuine, passionate and caring.  No business is perfect including Young Living, but I have seen them bend over backwards to correct mistakes and show concern for their members.  You won’t find a better quality or more caring company anywhere.
  3. WHY have I not gotten started already?!  I DON’T KNOW!  I was just wondering that myself.  I know the kits might be more than you can spend, but this is your wellness we’re talking about.  You can figure out a way, I did!  We had hardly any money and I told my husband that I would work to make the best use of these oils and he (kind of reluctantly) said we could take the plunge and finally get the whole kit.  It’s been a life-changer for us.  Save your money for a few months and then come back and join and I’ll make sure you get the extras that you need like resources and little bonuses (I have a different promotion each month!).  Don’t let excuses stop you from ordering your kit and using your oils.  If you have a few already, like I did at first, USE them!  If you are ready to get the kit, let me know and I’ll answer any of your other questions.


Here’s a great video by Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton (He’s AWESOME) on the WHY of using essential oils.  It’s long, but totally worth watching!

Using essential oils is as easy as 1-2-3-4-5.  BAM!  You did it!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the aroma of floral essential oils can help support emotional health?

Aromatherapy can play an important part in enhancing your emotional outlook on life, and florals are widely used in aromatherapy because of their ability to invoke positive thoughts and feelings of joy, happiness and hope. Florals can boost self esteem, confidence, and mental strength. They can also support the lifting of negative emotions thus supporting a feeling of calm, happiness, and peace within oneself. Remember oils are at least 70 times more concentrated than the flower itself. So next time you want to buy your loved one flowers, try getting a concentrated floral essential oil instead. The essential oils do not wither away like cut flowers, and will help their overall emotional well-being, with lasting results! 

Be sure to check out the rest of the series:

Day 1: HOW to Start Using Essential Oils
Day 2: The WHAT of Getting Started with Essential Oils
Day 3: The WHEN of Essential Oils
Day 4: The WHERE of Essential Oils

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Day 4: The WHERE of Essential Oils Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:16:32 +0000

We’re rounding the corner to the end of our 5 days series and I am really excited about today!  We’ve talked about HOW to get your oils, WHAT to do when your kit arrives, WHEN to use your oils and today is all about WHERE.

My goal this week is to walk you through the beginning with using oils so you’re not wondering what on earth you would even DO if you got some Young Living oils!  I always need a walkthrough when I am trying something new.  Sure, I figured this out mostly by myself but it took me a couple of years to really embrace the oils and discover how amazing they are (that was 10 years ago!).  I had a few bottles and used them regularly, but I didn’t realize the ways I could use them for wellness and daily blessings.  I thought they were only for crisis situations.

I still use them for times when we are less than healthy, but now I use them daily for staying way above the wellness line.  We diffuse them during school time to help the boys focus and learn, I use them when I need a boost of encouragement or bravery, when I get nasty comments online or even just when I have a lot to do that day (which is every day).  While I’m writing my books I always have oils and supplements nearby that support my mind and lift my mental clarity.

We all have different tasks everyday and our bodies are uniquely and wonderfully made, so the oils I love most may not be your faves.  But the oils in the kit are staples for most people.  Peppermint, lavender, frankincense….oh my!  I wouldn’t go through a day without them now.  I use frank every morning to uplift my mind, peppermint throughout the day for many reasons and lavender each night on my wrists for relaxation.  I probably use 10 oils daily and my kids use 4-5.

My other favorites are Valor, Peace & Calming, Abundance and Fitness.  But that’s today.  Tomorrow it may be different.  That’s the beauty of having a bunch to play with, they’re so versatile!

OK, so let’s get to the topic of WHERE:

  1. WHERE do I put the oils on my body?

You can use them anywhere, but there are some guidelines that may help you get started.  First, I am careful what I put on my face.  I always use them diluted there because when they’re neat (that’s the word for straight out of the bottle) they bother my eyes.  So be careful about using them around your eyes.  The skin on your face is more sensitive so dilute whatever you use there with V6 or coconut oil (or even unscented lotion).  The same goes for kids…always dilute them for kids.

When I do want something for my face, let’s say I want to help support my sinuses.  Just a normal day, I am not talking about healing or cures here. 😉  I will dilute an oil, maybe peppermint and lavender together, then rub it right over my sinuses.  I might also put some around my ears because it’s all connected and I want to maintain my health.  Just don’t get it too close to your eyes.

When you’re using them to support a specific area of the body, use the oil right there.  For instance, if you’re reaching for digestive wellness then rub it right on your stomach or lower abdomen.  Oils like PanAway, DiGize and RC are some that are great for this kind of use.  After that, there are some charts in your book that will help you find other topical ways to use them.  Find the Vitaflex chart and look at the areas on your feet that you can use the oils.

I always use one as a perfume each day (right now I am using Joy or Valor for this!).  I will apply it just like I would a perfume, on my wrists and my neck.  You can also apply it across your forehead if you’re using them for mind or emotional support.  Try different things and see what works best for you.

2. WHERE do I use them in my home?

The home is another incredible way to use your oils.  First, the diffuser.  #heaven  If you love candles, then you will doubly love the diffuser.  You can get beautiful smells in your home that are actually beneficial to the health of your family and not just scents.  Two birds-one stone.

When you start you’ll likely only have one diffuser (the one that came in your kit).  You can move it from room to room wherever you go.  We have one going in our dining room/school room during the day and in the bedrooms at night.  I’ll diffuse in the bathrooms as needed.  #stinky I even carry a small diffuser with me when I travel to use in our hotel room!

You can also use oils for cleaning.  Young Living has an incredible line of Thieves Cleaners that we use for everything from bathrooms to windows.  It’s been a transformation in our home.  You can try a few drops of Thieves or lemon in some water and wipe down your counters, doorknobs and light switches.

3. WHERE do I turn if I can’t figure it out?

Start with your book (or books!).  Google some things and see what you can find.  Soon you will discover that you have absorbed information and can learn more.  It doesn’t take much time at all.

Then, ask your leader or other YL member friends.  I say to do this after looking on your own because the best way to learn is to find out for yourself.  But once you’ve tried and still can’t figure it out, ask your friend that you joined with (like me!) and they should be thrilled to help either find the info for you or lead you to where to look.

Don’t be intimidated with these oils, they are just the liquid goodness from plants.  There’s no mystery.  God gave us the plants to use in this way!

Fun Fact: Did you know that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center? This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses — taste, sight, touch and hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain.

Be sure to check out the rest of the series!

Day 1: HOW to Start Using Essential Oils
Day 2: The WHAT of Getting Started with Essential Oils
Day 3: The WHEN of Essential Oils
Day 5: The WHY of Essential Oils


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Day 3: The WHEN of Essential Oils Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:42:58 +0000

I’m so thrilled to share this with you today.  We’ve talked about HOW and WHAT to begin.  Now let’s talk WHEN.  The how and what are the prep work.  You know when you paint a room….you pick your new color and go have the paint mixed.  You set aside a couple of days to get the job done and you wake up all excited.  You get up….all jazzed….then spend half a day prepping.  Move the furniture, dust the corners, tape off the edges, mask off everything, pop in a new movie for the kids because they’re getting restless and by 2:00 you’re thinking you may be close to being ready to actually open a can of paint.

That’s how projects start, even health changes.  The motivation has to be followed by preparation.  So now I am going to assume you’ve done your prep work, gotten your kit and a book or two to help you know how to use them.  Hopefully you’ve even thumbed through your book and started picking up bits of interesting information.

You have at least 11 oils, right?  I say at least because you could have ordered a few extra when you got started if there was something specific you already knew you wanted.  That’s a lot of oils to be looking at when you’ve never tried them before.  But of course, you’re familiar with a few like lemon and peppermint, even if you’ve never used them for health and wellness.

I want to eliminate some of the mystery for you this week.

Here are the 3 WHEN questions for today:

  1. WHEN do I use my oils?

Use them on day one of your kit arriving!  Yesterday I suggested putting lemon in the diffuser right away. You can use any of the oils in the kit for the diffuser, but some are better used in other ways.  RC, DiGize, Copaiba, and PanAway are best used either topically or internally (read the label for usage instructions on each).  So I would recommend sticking with the others for diffusing.  You can also mix oils in the diffuser.  I love Thieves with lemon or orange.  Peppermint and spearmint together.  Google diffuser recipes and find lots of great ideas!

When it comes to using the oils topically, consider diluting them either in Young Living’s V6 or any carrier.  Coconut oil, unscented lotion, anything that will thin out the essential oil will make it easy on your skin and also make them last longer.

My SIL first got her oils and she decided to try peppermint on her husband.  He agreed and she put several drop right below his nose.  Whoa!  She called me asking what to do because his eyes were watering and he did not like this AT ALL!  I wished I had told her to dilute it and put it somewhere that won’t bother her eyes, like behind his ears or his wrists.  Take it slow my friend.  (PS, I told her to use coconut oil to rub over where she put the peppermint.  That works better than trying to wash it off with water).

As for what time of day to use the oils, it will take time to find what works best for you.  There are so many reason you might have decided to try EOs that I can’t cover them all here.  Choose one or two oils that you really want to see if they help with your situation and use a drop or two every morning however the label suggests (either rubbing on your skin or adding it to your water).  Then venture out from there, your leader and your book should be able to guide you.

The thing about oils is the more consistent you are the better results you’ll get.  It may take a while for you to notice any changes and you may need to play around with them.  Each oil comes from a living plant and you are a unique creation and together you’ll find ways to work to your end goals.  Maybe you’ve heard peppermint is great for whatever you need, but then you try it a few times and don’t get the results you wanted.  Try another one…lemon or frankincense maybe.

2. WHEN do I ask for help from my friend that signed me up?

You chose the person you signed with so they can support you.  If you’re not sure what to do with any of the oils or how to use them, reach out!  That’s what we are here for!  And if you’re one of the many people who asks me questions because your person isn’t supportive, go up the line.  Call Young Living and ask who is the Diamond above you.  I know, it’s a weird question but you will like knowing because that person will care about you getting some support

3. WHEN do I know if they’re helping my family get healthy?

With some of the oils, I found that they were making a difference right away.  Others take a few days to a few weeks, depending on what you’re trying to do.  If you’re looking for emotional wellness, try different things.  When I am wanting to accomplish something specific with my oils, I will read about ideas then get out several bottles to try instead of just one.

For example, my daughter’s favorite is StressAway.  She loves that one so much she has her own bottle.  But I don’t respond to it the way she does.  I prefer Peace & Calming or Valor.  It’s as individual as you are.

But some oils, like lavender, are universal in their properties.  It supports healthy sleep and is soothing and relaxing for everyone.  Try it at night in the diffuser….especially in the kids’ rooms.

All in all the WHEN is unique to you.  I think that’s why it’s so hard to pin down answers.  I know you’d rather I say, “On day one use 3 drops of lavender in the diffuser. One day 3 apply Thieves to the kids’ feet,” but it doesn’t work that way.  There’s a learning curve to anything new but it’s not hard!

Above all be flexible and play with your oils.  Read through your book and see ways that speak to you.

Fun Fact: I diffuse lavender when I take a power nap to help me get a great rest!  Think a short sleep break sounds lazy?  Think again!

Influential nappers have included Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, George W. Bush. Each of these figures already knew what science is now confirming: A power nap can boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy levels

Be sure to check out this whole series:

Day 1: How to Get Stared Using Essential Oils
Day 2: How to Get Started with Essential Oils
Day 4: The WHERE of Essential Oils
Day 5: The WHY of Essential Oils


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Day 2: The WHAT of Getting Started with Essential Oils Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:14:56 +0000 This post contains affiliate links

We’ve talked about HOW to get started, and now let’s talk about WHAT.

I love sharing with y’all about oils because they have made such a huge difference in our family’s lives.  I told you yesterday that I have been using them for over 10 years, but I didn’t tell you what my first experience was like.  So, back then the kits and how to join were different (it’s SO much better now!) and so I just ordered a couple of bottles from a friend of mine.  I got Thieves and Peppermint.

I already knew we loved peppermint because we sucked on the candy a lot for digestive health and other things which I can’t mention here because the FDA has put their foot down about what we can say.  But Thieves was just something I had heard friends talking about and I wanted to try.  When I got my beautiful amber bottle of Thieves and opened it up….oh my heaven the smell was amazing!  I just kept sniffing it and thinking, “I’m not sure what to do with this, but wowsa the smell!”

I didn’t have any guidance, so I just started rubbing the Thieves on all of our chests during “the winter.”  Then I read that you could put it on the bottom of your feet.  Say what?!  That sounded a little, I’m sorry, loony tunes.  But I started trying it and I found that it really does work!  Who knew?!?!

After a few years I decided to join for myself so I could order my own. I didn’t get the kit because I already had a few oils and thought I could just get the kit oils individually instead.  I slowly ordered….lavender, lemon, PanAway, Melaleuca, frankincense….just one or two bottles at a time and over about a year I had spent triple the cost of the kit to get all of the oils in it.  Don’t make my mistake.  Just get the kit to begin with.

It was several years before I got a diffuser and I instantly wished I had gotten one earlier.  They really are amazing with their fine mist of deliciousness.  Now I have one in every room of the house, including the teeny tiny boys’ bathroom, because, well, it’s a boys’ bathroom.  ‘Nuff said.

So let’s get to today’s 3 questions, shall we?

  1. WHAT do I need to get started?

We talked yesterday about the Premium Starter Kit.  It’s the perfect place to start because it has 11 oils for you to try and a diffuser and it’s a great deal.  Let me tell you from personal experience, you want a diffuser!  I have had people say, “Oh, I don’t need a diffuser so I am not getting the kit,” and almost right away they call me, “How do I get a diffuser???  I should have gotten one from the beginning!”

You also want some information about getting started.  If you join through me I will send you a few things to help and I will keep you informed.  You can also order books through Amazon or other resources.  Some of my faves are Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Healing Oils of the Bible and Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s Love Manifest in Molecules.

  1. WHAT do I do first?

When your kit arrives, open it all up and start smelling.  Get the diffuser out and fill it to the fill line with water then pick one of the oils in your kit to add.  You have lots of choices with what to put in your diffuser, how many drops, if you want to mix some together.  But at first I would suggest just using about 6 drops of one oil.  Try lemon or Thieves.  Those will perk you up and get you excited about the rest.

Over the next few days leave the bottles sitting out so you will remember to try them.  Open each one and smell it and see how you feel when you’re smelling it.  You may be surprised that you noticed being uplifted or if your moods change.  Look them up in your books and see what other people are using them for.  Just enjoy your oils, you aren’t going to mess it up.

I’ll go more into ways to use them specifically over the next couple of days so come back here and check!

  1. WHAT do I try next?

Once you have had your kit for a while, find a place to keep your oils that is easy for you to access.  If you toss them in the back of a drawer you’ll never use them.  Line them up on a shelf or in the medicine cabinet or up high in the kitchen somewhere.  Keep them out of easy reach of the kids, of course.  But you want them to be where you can quickly get to them.

Now play around with them.  Look up one and see how you might want to use it.  Try something new in the diffuser, mix a couple of them together.  You may discover a new combo and want to share it with your friends!

Read through your books and see what other oils you might want to try next and write them in the front of the book.  Dog ear the pages and enjoy learning something new.  And let the friend that you joined through know what you’re using and how much you’re enjoying the oils!

Fun Fact: Did you know that Essential oils cannot be patented?

This means that Pharmaceutical companies will never use essential oils in a pharmaceutical drug, or even waste money studying them. Inadvertently, the vast majority of doctors will not recommend essential oils as an alternative therapy, because their knowledge is limited.

Be sure to read through this whole 5 day series…..

Day 1: How to Get Stared Using Essential Oils
Day 3: The WHEN of Essential Oils
Day 4: The WHERE of Essential Oils
Day 5: The WHY of Essential Oils


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5 Days of Learning How to Use Essential Oils Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:17:17 +0000

I’m so excited to share with you this week!  I get tons and tons of questions about getting started with essential oils and what to do after you’ve gotten your kit.  So I decided to cover a few basics this week but never fear…..I will be sure you have fun while you’re here!  After all, Joy is a fruit of the Spirit AND one of the best oils!  😉

So, I’ll bet if you don’t already have some essential oils you have heard a lot about them.  They are getting so popular that they’re popping up everywhere…in the grocery store, in your sidebar ads, it’s getting to where you can’t throw a rock without hitting someone starting to sell oils.

But it’s not a trend to me, it’s a lifestyle.  Our family has been using high quality essential oils for over 10 years and we will still be using them when these other companies have long since moved on to the next big thing.

I URGE you NOT to use those brands you can buy at the store!  They are not the quality that you should be using for your health.   If you get some of those you’ll be all like, “These don’t do anything and I can’t see what Lisa sees in these oils!”  You will be disappointed by using the cheap, or just-getting-started brands.

So, HOW do you get Young Living oils then, if you can’t buy them in a store?  Well you have to become a member and order for yourself.  It’s easy really….just go to their website, click “become a member” at the top and fill in the form (be sure to use the member number of the person you want to work with as your sponsor, for example mine is #1386112) and then get yourself the Premium Starter Kit.

I remember when I got my first kit.  I was worried about how much it cost (it’s $160 for 11 oils and a great diffuser) and if it would become another one of those things my husband could point to when I mention wanting to do something and say, “Uh, is this going to be another one of your crazy ideas like when you spent all that money on those OILS that we never used?!”  But I actually found that they easily adapted into our home and, while at first I only used a few of the oils in the kit, I slowly started using the rest of them too and within a few months I was completely hooked!  Now he’s almost as crazy about the oils as I am!

Getting started can feel overwhelming, so take it one bottle at a time.  This week I am going to share with you the How, What, When, Where and Why of getting started.  Hang with me and by Friday you will be better informed and ready to go!

Today’s topic is How:

  1. How do I join?
    Oops!  I already answered that above.  Just go HERE and sign up and order your Premium Starter Kit.
  2. How do I know who to join through?
    You may have other friends doing Young Living too and aren’t sure who to join with.  I always tell people to be sure they sign up through someone who will offer them support and will keep them updated about product changes and monthly sales and someone who is ready to help.  If your friend who does YL is really keeping up with new products and educating herself then you should consider signing through her.  But if she doesn’t seem to know anything about the company or how the business end works (or she doesn’t have a great support system in place) then you should consider joining with someone who can give you the support you need.  Of course I would LOVE to have you join through me and add you to my team.  I send out books and other gifts to my new members that get the Premium Starter Kit and we have a great Facebook group where you can ask questions, but I want you to know that who you sign with is an important part of getting a great start with essential oils.
  3. How do I make sure I am ready for my kit to arrive?!
    If you just ordered your kit and you’re waiting for it to arrive, I’d suggest jumping on Google and reading about how to use those oils.  There are lots of great oily blogs and Young Living has wonderful info on their site to help you get started.  Then be sure to come back and read through this series and I’ll give you some tips.  I was so excited for my first kit to arrive I practically tackled the mailman when he walked up to the house with a big package that said “Young Living” on the side.

You have got this!  Getting started with oils is not hard, in fact it’s fun!

Essential oil fun fact: Did you know that it takes massive amounts of plant matter to produce a small amount of essential oil?

In fact, depending on which plant is processed will depend on how much essential oil it makes. For example, 100 pounds of Lavender produces 1 pound of essential oil, while it takes over 4000 pounds of Rose petals to produce the same amount of essential oil. Because of this, essential oils come in different prices.

Day 2: The WHAT of Getting Started with Essential Oils
Day 3: The WHEN of Essential Oils
Day 4: The WHERE of Essential Oils
Day 5: The WHY of Essential Oils

Be sure to hop over to Facebook where we will be continuing the discussion!

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