Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Take Charge! of your health (and a giveaway!)

This morning I have an exciting announcement-- I just became a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. DoTERRA provides Certified Pure Therapuetic Grade Essential Oils through independent product consultants. I've been using essential oils for a few years for things like homemade baby wipes and all-purpose cleaner but I quickly learned that that is only scratching the surface of what they can do (more on that later)!

One of the first things you are encouraged to do upon signing up to become a wellness advocate with doTERRA is determine your "Why" or your motivation behind getting started.

So I just really feel like DIYparenting is a good, safe place to share my heart with you.

I've never been overly thrilled with the idea of MLM companies however I've also never been head-over-heels happy with a particular brand. That is until now, of course.

I first and foremost became a wellness advocate for the wholesale pricing that I now receive on their products. Upon realizing how spectacular they truly are and how much they can be used to help others in their pursuit of healthy living, I decided to begin promoting these essential oils.

I love that being a wellness advocate doesn't have to take me outside of my home regularly, away from my children. It is something I am able to do in my down time, like the evenings. I also love that it gives me an excuse to connect with people in my community, something that can sometimes be lacking when you don't work outside of the home. 

I am also a huge proponent of alternative medicine and self-care methods whenever possible. Essential oils are a natural and powerful tool that I am pleased to now have in my arsenal.

My aim is not to convince you that you cannot live without this product but instead to come alongside you should a need for essential oils arise for you or your family.

This need might come with sickness or an ailment or it could just be a need to pursue greener household and beauty products. DoTERRA essential oils have so many uses; they truly are a multi-purpose product!

Are there cheaper brands out there? Of course there are, however doTERRA is unique in that it is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, leaving me with little qualms about applying it topically and internally when appropriate.

My intent is not to bombard you with marketing speak but instead share creative, helpful recipes and uses for essential oils. So, in addition to my normal posts about homemaking and schooling and faith, you will also find posts about my experiences with essential oils.

I hope that you find the information helpful! 

In honor of my launch of Take Charge! with doTERRA Essential Oils, I am doing a GIVEAWAY! To enter, "like" Take Charge! and DIYparenting on Facebook AND post a comment here telling me which oil blend you would choose: DigestZen, Breathe or Balance (full-size)! The winner will be chosen at random this Thursday, January 29 at 10AM EST and the product of their choice will be shipped to their home for free!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: January 26 - February 1

Do you menu plan? I have been doing it off and on again for years. It's something that I find really helpful when I do it. This year I decided to plan two weeks at a time. I really liked this approach and am getting ready to plan out the first two weeks of February. I'm also trying out Build A Menu and I'll let you know how that goes!

Our menu is a little more lax than usual (but really these days we try to keep all our meals simple!) because my husband has been traveling a bit. Maybe you can relate?

So without further ado, here's what's on the menu this week:

L-- "Snacky" Lunch
D-- Crock Pot Pork & Sauerkraut, Roasted Butternut Squash

L-- PB&J with Clementines & Carrots/Leftover Split Pea Soup (for my DD)
D-- Breakfast for Dinner (Bacon, Eggs, Pancake Bake & Hashbrown Potatoes)

L-- Cheesy Eggs with Broccoli, Toast, Clementines/Ham & Cheese Rollups, Carrots (DD)
D-- Lentil Stew, Cheese

L-- Leftover Pork, Carrots & Celery
D-- Hot Dogs, Smiley Fries & Toss Salad

L-- leftovers 
D-- "By The Shores of Silver Lake" Little House on the Prairie Feast (You might remember that I mentioned this before and it has become a tradition!)

L-- Cheesy Eggs & Black Beans, Toast, Fruit/Ham-Cheese Rollups, Black Beans (DD)
D-- Chili with Rosemary Bread

L-- leftovers
D-- Korean Beef with Stir Fry Vegetables & Sprouted Rice

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lilla Rose flash sale!

Just heard that Lilla Rose is having a 12-hour flash sale today until 8PM PST. If you've never tried their hair products, now is a great time as they are offering 25% off! 

When my hair was short I wore the Flexi Mini but now that my hair is longer, I look forward to trying another size! 

There are so many cute designs! Pictured below is one of the designs I already own and love. 

Leave a comment and let me know if you've ever tried Lilla Rose and what your favorite design is!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Recipe: Simple Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie (kid-approved!)

I love cooking but it's been awhile since I posted a recipe! I haven't done so since October, in fact, when I posted my recipe for Sprouted Wheat Pumpkin Muffins (which have become a staple in our house)!

This morning I really felt like making the kiddos something a little different for breakfast, which they totally appreciated! I guess it's unrealistic to expect them to enjoy oatmeal every day even if I give it fun names like "special oatmeal" (which means I threw in a tablespoon of sugar) or if I add "secret ingredients" (almond extract)! This morning we had a twist on an old favorite... smoothies!

My smoothies often contain peanut butter or PB2 but this time I switched things up and served it with a side of roasted peanuts in fun little containers. I figure the chewing action may increase the time it takes for them to inhale breakfast by, say, a few tenths of a second, which is a good thing. Clever, I know. My oldest joked that he was eating "PB3". PB1 is traditional peanut butter, PB2 is powdered peanut butter and now PB3 is "homemade" peanut butter aka roasted peanuts decimated in your mouth. He gets his wits from his mom, thank-you-very-much. 

So today's smoothie recipe was simple:

4 cups of coconut milk
2 scoops of Vitacost Earth Blends Chocolate Pea Protein Powder (non-GMO and made with stevia! yay!)
2 whole bananas
1 green smoothie cube (frozen pureed greens like spinach, kale & chard)
1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil

That's it! I threw everything into the blender and breakfast was ready!

Yields: 4 (kid-sized) servings or 2 adult portions

Another thing that made this smoothie different was the protein powder we used. I was thrilled to find Earth Blends Chocolate Pea Protein Powder from Vitacost and I'm even more thrilled that it tastes good! And you already know I'm happy that it contains stevia instead of sugar and doesn't have any GMOs. 

If you haven't already started using Vitacost, I highly recommend it! Their prices are great and shipping is free on orders over $49. Shop through my link and you'll get a $10 coupon to use on your first order (and so will I. Thank you!).