12/23/15

23rd Day of Christmas Challenge: Family Time

I skipped a few days of the Christmas challenge. Kids are out of school and this wise mom has had fun spending time with them. We have been gleaning the wisdom of Yoda in a 4 day Star Wars marathon, eating horribly, and enjoying warmer than normal weather. Sometimes, you just have to recharge!

MATTHEW 2:1

There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.

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Today's challenge is do something fun with the family or if that is not possible with a friend.

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12/18/15

18th Day of Christmas Challenge...Make Christ Your Guiding Star

I live in the country, so every night, I can see stars, hundreds of them. The thing I love about stars is that they are constant. I can see them at my house. I can see them when I am out of town. I can see them and know that those I love are seeing them as well. There is never any doubt in my mind that we have a Creator who loves us. He paints me sunrises in the morning and sunsets at night. He organizes thunder storms and glorious sunny days. He sends storms to remind me He is there and calm days for relief from the torment. Weather and sunrises come and go. But some things remain constant. One is the stars. It is no surprise to me that one symbol of the Christ Child is a star. Constant and true to His word.

MATTHEW 2:9-10

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
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Christ is my guiding star. My constant during times of trial and times of good. Today's challenge: Think of 5 ways that Jesus Christ is a constant in your life. Maybe 5 times when life was crazy for you, but His love did not leave.

I will start: wherever I go, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is there. His Church. His constant light in the darkness.  This means everything to me right now as we are looking for a place to move. If there is a Ward and a Stake and a Temple, then my Constant is there.

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12/17/15

17th Day of Christmas Challenge...Sing a Happy Song



LUKE 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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I feel like praising God and singing everyday! He is Glorious. Today's challenge: choose a song that uplifts you. Add it to you playlist on your phone or memorize it so when you feel down, you can hum it or listen to it, or sing out loud to uplift and chase the gloom away.
My song: Blanca's Who I am. Give it a listen when you are feeling down.

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12/16/15

Make Your Own Scented Pine Cone Ornaments

We have a family member who is allergic to real pine trees. It is sad, but sooo true. We learned the hard way as we brought home a real pine wreath and set it on the kitchen table. In minutes, he was awake and wheezing. I pulled out my favorite essential oils blend with eucalyptus and cardamom and he inhaled and it eased his breathing amazingly. But out the wreath went....for good.

Luckily for all of us, he does not react the same way to White fir essential oil, so we can still have the beautiful scent for the season. One way is to diffuse it. My favorite blend is called Tannembaum Forrest and is:

3 Drops White Fir
2 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Frankincense

Add water to the fill line of the diffuser, add the oils and turn it on. 

I am in love!!

Another fun way is to scent your own pine cones. You can buy cinnamon pine cones in the store, but I love getting unscented so I can change it up. At times I put white fir, or can do cinnamon or a Christmas blend of all my favorites. 

Just add your oil of choice to the pine cones, a drop or two to each will do you. Place them in a basket like this:

Or tie on strings and make ornaments for the tree:



What is your favorite scent of Christmas?

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16th Day of Christmas Challenge...STOP IT!

Yesterday's challenge involved acknowledging our fears. It was all about recognizing how often we have dis-empowering thoughts that keep us from becoming all we can be. We have the ability within us to become amazing. I know a lot of people who already are. We become our thoughts for thoughts are things. One of my fears is progression. It is easy to live the way that is familiar. Taking a leap of faith is scary. But there is no need to fear. Because of Him!

LUKE 2:10

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

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I love also the scripture in Isaiah 53:4 which says: "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows."  I believe he has also felt our fears and what is more, He has seen a vision of what we have the power to become. He believes in me even when I do not. So today's challenge is that when you notice your fears and doubts pop up, say the words out loud: STOP IT! And if you need a little reminder at times, add "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

How many times did you find yourself doing this today?

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12/15/15

15th Day of Christmas Challenge....Acknowledge Your Fears

Why were the shepherds afraid when they saw an angel of the Lord appear? I guess I would be pretty unnerved by such an event as it is not common. 3 months ago, I had an uncommon experience. It was not an angel, just a feeling. A thought mixed with a feeling. I followed that thought, even though it seemed a bit crazy. Sometimes following your heart is hard to do, especially with the world shouting practical advice at you. But life is so much better when you follow the impressions of the spirit. But I admit, often times it causes me to be "sore afraid."

LUKE 2:9

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
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Today's challenge: Acknowledge your fears so you can bring them into light. This also includes doubts and worries. One idea is to wear a rubber band or bracelet on your wrist. Each time you notice a worry, concern, or fear creep up, move the band to the other wrist. Note how often you worry. Don't try and change it, but admit just as the Shepherds did that you fear. Bring how often it happens to light!


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December Class Schedule!

(Check back often for updates)

Intro to oils
Dec 14, 1 pm
M Salon
3409 S Broadway, Edmond, OK


Did you miss the make and take workshop this month? I still have supplies left. If you are interested, email me and tell me when you would like to come by and make yours! I would be happy to make an mail as well.



A list and price of each selection:
  • Gifts of the Magi - $5 using Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Dashing through the Pines - $3 using White Fir, Cypress and Cedarwood
  • Peppermint Stick - $3 using Holiday Blend and Peppermint
  • Merry & Bright - $5 using Protective Blend and Cardamom
  • Warm Winter Chai - $3 using Ginger, Clove, Cardamom, Black Pepper and Cinnamon
  • Carols by the Fire - $5 using Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Myrrh and Cypress
  • Gingerbread Cookies - $3 using Ginger, Clove and Cinnamon
  • Tannenbaum Forest - $3 using White Fir, Grapefruit and Frankincense
  • Christmas Potpourri - $3 using Cinnamon, White Fir, Clove Rosemary and Wild Orange
  • Spiced Hot Cider - $3 using Cinnamon, Wild Orange and Clove
  • Holy Nativity - $3 using Holiday Blend and Cassia
  • Vanilla Spice - $3 using Invigorating Blend and Cinnamon
If none of these work for you, contact me for a one on one that will include a wellness consult and a compass scan and a free oil sample. We will look at oils and application methods just for you.




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