Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hocus Pocus: Irish Oil Promotion


Here is the new line up. Well they aren't in a line, but you get the idea. Five pretty new bottles to add to the collection. They arrived last night and I've already opened a few. To smell. To use. To mix. To play. #oiladdict

While I am traveling abroad the next couple of weeks, eating boat loads of fondue in the mountains of Switzerland and getting my drink drunk on with the Irish, I wanted to offer all of my curious oil friends a little special.

According to Google, Ireland has the second highest percentage of people with red hair - as many as 10%. That's a lot considering only 1-2% of the human population have natural red hair. Gosh, what I would give to have curly - I mean super curly - red locks. The pale skin I could do without. I digress.

To honor all of the gingers I plan to meet and admire, if you purchase The Premium Starter Kit between now and August 31st (with my code of course), you will get a FREE 5ml bottle of Ginger in September (from me)!


To all my pregnant mama friends, I know I have a quite a few, Ginger has proven to relieve that dreadful morning sickness. And it will help your future kiddos during their teething stages. Eat too many cookies, like me? Use this to relieve the belly ache you have after. Do too much manual labor during the day? Massage this into those achy muscles. Have heartburn? Add a drop to a glass of water and drink up. Have a tooth ache and can't get into the dentist? Rub a drop or two along your jaw line. Have a sore throat? Make a cup of tea and add a drop of ginger. The list goes on...Diarrhea, Arthritis, Respiratory Congestion, Tosillitis and Vertigo. It's definitely on my list for Fall as we enter the season of stuffy noses and sinus headaches. #immunebooster

Still curious? Here are a few recipes I am trying and loving (click to view):
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A reminder (and the steps) on how to get the Starter Kit:

1. Click here for the sign-up page.

2. Select "Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member" - which means you will get 24% off all future oils orders. Forever. As long as you spend $50 annually - that's easy to do. Promise.

3. The "Enroller ID" and "Sponsor ID" boxes should already be filled in for you. If they aren't, my ID is 1937143, and you can fill in both boxes with this number.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposed; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone.)

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log into your account and order your oils.

6. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. You must sign up with one of these kits to become a Wholesale Member. I recommend the Premium Starter Kit with the Aroma Diffuser ($160). That's what I got and I love my diffuser. The Home Diffuser is nearly the same only it doesn't have a timer and the mist covers less of a radius than the Aroma one.

7. Set up your option Essential Rewards Program. Buying of the ER kits is NOT a requirement to sign up ad a Wholesale Member! This is a rewards program you can opt into to start earning money back to help pay for your oils. At this point, you can skip this step by selecting, "No, Thank you. I plan on enrolling in the Essential Rewards Program later." If one of the ER kits looks valuable to you, then go for it in addition to your starter kit.

8. Agree to Terms and Conditions.

9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool with log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

If you have any oily questions between now and then, well you'll have to figure it out, I'll be unplugged. Jussttt kidding, please contact my friend Andrea at andrearosenbohm@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Houcs Pocus: Bug Spray

Since moving into our new house, we've spent some time each evening exploring the neighborhood and walking the trails around our house. Monty loves it and so do we. Although, we are noticing the days are getting shorter and the sun is setting just a little earlier. We all know, dusk is prime time for mosquitos and I am the crazy lady smacking myself in the middle of our walk trying to get them, before they get me.

I came home with 5 new bites the other evening and decided I was outnumbered. My slapping and smacking were no longer cutting it. So I mixed up a little hocus pocus bug spray and what to you know, I haven't come back with any new bites.



Recipe:
I used a 2oz GLASS spray bottle - I bought it at Whole Foods for $3. Keep in mind, always put your oils in glass, not plastic. Feel free to multiply the recipe if you use a larger spray bottle.
  • Fill the spray bottle half way with distilled water (2oz)
  • Fill the other half with Witch Hazel (2oz) [I bought the WH at Whole Foods for $4]
  • Add 5 Drops of Purification
  • Add 5 Drops of Thieves
  • Add 5 Drops of Peppermint
  • Shake and use

Perks: It's a much milder scent than the "Off" brand you find in stores, including the floral ones. It doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky. All three of the oils used in this recipe are included in The Premium Starter Kit.

On the days when you forget to pack the bug spray or miss a spot while spraying, rub a drop of Purification on the bite and it will ease the itch. Good news, that oil also comes in the Starter Kit.

To protect yourself during the last few weeks of Summer - at the lake, in the woods, or at your Labor Day picnic - become a witch and order a starter kit! Visit here for step by step instructions.

See you on the spooky side.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chaos

If you haven't been following along. We moved. From small town Johnstown, to college town Fort Collins. Johnstown was wonderful to us for the 4 years we were there, but we found ourselves always wanting more. More restaurants. More trails. More parks. More shops. More entertainment. More beer. That may sound selfish, but at the end of the day, "FoCo" just fit our lifestyle a little better than Johnstown.

Insert a whirlwind 4 months and you find us now sleeping in our new house for the ninth night in a row. 


It was chaos around here for the first week. Real chaos. Mr. B and his dad were ripping drywall apart, only to find themselves putting it all back together. I was painting nonstop for three evenings nights straight. We were living out of boxes. I had packing paper stuck to my shoes every time I left the house. And the neighbors little yipper dog was barking at us every time we opened the back door.

If you're thinking of moving, don't!!! Here's why - #shiteverywhere






Then again, I continue to tell myself it's all worth it. I have a little ways to go before I am 100% sold on that statement, but each day of progress gets me a little closer.

We have 56,895 boxes left to unpack, two guest bedrooms to organize, d├ęcor to be hung, rooms to be painted, a workshop to be built, and a million other wish list items, but we are already transforming this lovely house into The Bores Quarters.

The largest transformation to date, is the fireplace mantel:

Before
After

I was going for fresh and bright. Mission accomplished.

At one point, I told Mr. B I was done. That I was going to have a yard sale and sell everything we owned. The thought of unpacking another box, was enough to send me over the edge. Especially after painting our entire main living space and living off very little sleep. I am so glad I didn't, because this one space motivates to me to keep making all of the other spaces equally as livable.

#justkeepswimming

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hocus Pocus: Cramp Cure


We've all said it, "Being a girl sucks!" Right? Especially for those few dreaded days out of each month. Well hear me out girls, I have something that will help ease your cramps and is better than Midol or Tylenol - it's natural, safe, effective and isn't bad for your liver. It's what I like to call the "Hocus Pocus Cramp Cure".

Recipe:
I used the small 5/8 sample bottle to test this out, but plan to put it in a roller, now that I know it works for me. Feel free to multiply the recipe as needed.

  • 1/2 Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 Drops of Pan Away
  • 8 Drops of Peppermint
  • 5 Drops of Joy

Shake it all together, put a few drops in the palm of your hand and rub it on your lower belly. Repeat as needed. I started to feel relief within the first 10 minutes.

My other oily friends do equal parts of all three oils listed.  I, however, seem to be really sensitive to the smell of Joy, so I always do less of that specific oil. This combo works for me, but it's all about trial and error! If it doesn't work for you, feel free to edit the recipe as you wish.

Others have added Valor, diGaze and DragonTime to this potion mix. You could also replace the Vit E oil with Coconut Oil and make it a cream instead. The oily options are endless!

To become a witch and order a starter kit, which includes all three of the oils used in this recipe, visit here for step by step instructions.

See you on the spooky side.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Becoming a Witch


My husband thinks I am a wanna-be-hippie. First the bees and now oils. I blame Colorado and it's all-natural-crunchy-savetheplanet-attitude. Mr. B comes in the bedroom every night and says, "Whatever is misting over there in that diffuser thing... stinks!" It doesn't stink. It smells lovely, depending on the combination. Not all of them are lovely though. #truthbetold

When you start a new hobby, you've got to experiment right? Well friends, that's what I am doing. Experimenting with Young Living Essential Oils.

I had been doing research on oils for a couple months before deciding to start using them myself. A few mama friends that I follow on social media were posting pictures of these cute little oil bottles - some were putting oils in their bath water, some were using oils to help their kiddos sleep through the night, some were using oils to relieve their allergies, some were using oils to give them energy throughout the day, and some were using oils to ease their migraines. By the 10th post, I started creating a pinterest board. Because isn't that where most women do their research? Admit it, the secret is out.

My oil curiosity went from nothing to obsessed within 30 minutes. I was filling my friends Pinterest feeds with medicine cabinet makeovers, recipes for bug repellent, treatments for autism, asthma cures, and pain bombs. Go to your Pinterest search tab and type in "Young Living {insert ailment}". Grab a cup of tea or bottle of beer first, because you may lose yourself in curiosity.

 

Mr. B and I have been rather fortunate when it comes to our health, but the ailments we do have, I am going to try and treat with these hocus pocus potions. #wannabewitch #notahippie

I've had my kit for approximately 9 days, and so far, I have been using Frankincense to help clear up my teenage skin, Peppermint to ease my headaches caused from unpacking, Lemon to detox my liver after drinking too much, Lavender to help me fall asleep, and Purification to help eliminate Monty's ear aches. Mr. B even let me rub some PanAway on his shoulders after our long moving days. He hasn't admitted that it cured his pain, but he wasn't complaining as much the next day. #consideritawin

The testimonials are what lured me in, so if you find yourself looking for some, visit The Happy Oils blog.

I have visions of sitting around my table, towards the end of October, wearing a witch hat, mixing up potions and playing Hocus Pocus in the background. Perhaps I need to find myself a black cat in the mean time? #thackerybinx

If you want to join my witch parties, I highly recommend you start with the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. This is what I purchased to get started and it's the best bang for your buck. The price of Frankincense alone is $90. And that comes in the kit along with 10 MORE oils. You'll also get a diffuser, samples to share, and a guide to learning how to use your oils. It's like Christmas Morning Halloween Evening when it arrives.


How to become a witch:

1. Click here for the sign-up page.

2. Select "Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member" - which means you will get 24% off all future oils orders. Forever. As long as you spend $50 annually - that's easy to do. Promise.

3. The "Enroller ID" and "Sponsor ID" boxes should already be filled in for you. If they aren't, my ID is 1937143, and you can fill in both boxes with this number.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposed; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone.)

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log into your account and order your oils.

6. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. You must sign up with one of these kits to become a Wholesale Member. I recommend the Premium Starter Kit with the Aroma Diffuser ($160). That's what I got and I love my diffuser. The Home Diffuser is nearly the same only it doesn't have a timer and the mist covers less of a radius than the Aroma one.

7. Set up your option Essential Rewards Program. Buying of the ER kits is NOT a requirement to sign up ad a Wholesale Member! This is a rewards program you can opt into to start earning money back to help pay for your oils. At this point, you can skip this step by selecting, "No, Thank you. I plan on enrolling in the Essential Rewards Program later." If one of the ER kits looks valuable to you, then go for it in addition to your starter kit.

8. Agree to Terms and Conditions.

9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool with log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.



Once you sign up, you'll get an Enroller ID too, to share with your curious friends. The more you share it, the more FREE oils you get!

For the skeptics (including my loving husband), I will post my very own oily success stories from time to time so you can decide for yourself if this really is hocus pocus or something you want to experiment with too!

Follow along @hocuspocusoils on Instagram or tag your own oil successes with #hocuspocusoils

See you on the witches side. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Queen Bee

I am a murderer.
A bee murderer.

One of my hives (#thecombdome) is growing rapidly and producing enough honey that I should be able to harvest this year. The other hive (#themilehighclub) is the opposite. They are lethargic, have a weak population and are barely producing enough honey to get them through the winter.

I contacted my bee mentor and we agreed it was time to re-queen that hive. The queen rules the hive and when her bees aren't producing, she needs to be de-throned. There are many reasons why a hive could be weak, but this time we felt it was her poor genetics.

So how do you de-throne the queen? Well you need to find her first and then kill her. Sad, but true. Only one queen can live in the hive at a time.

I opened the hive and took out each frame in the top box - no queen to be found. I moved on to the bottom box and by the seventh frame I spotted her. I repeated the instructions I received from my mentor, "Grab her by the wings, pull her off the comb, and then pinch her."

I took a deep breath and grabbed her by the wings.

Then I got scared and I threw her.

Bad idea. Why? Because she could fly right back in the hive. Therefore, I had to get on my hands and knees, in my bee suit, and rummage through the tall grass. Bees were flying everywhere and I was sweating. I kept asking myself, "Why did you throw her!!!" I just don't think its natural for girls to hold insects. Well at least this girl.

Five minutes later, I found her crawling up a stalk of grass and with my big bulky bee gloves, I grabbed her again.

This time I set her on a rock and tramped on her.

I killed the queen bee.

 RIP Queeny

I called my mom and she was terribly sad about this situation. She has a heart of gold and feels the pain of every insect, animal and human that ever has to endure a harmful situation. I ensured her it was the right thing to do. For now the queen is sitting on my kitchen counter. I didn't think twice about stepping on her, but I can't seem to throw her in the trash yet. #beekeeper #literally

Today, I purchased a new queen from my mentor (he raises queen bee's). He captured her this morning and put her inside this small queen cage. Just before putting her inside the hive, we took off the pink cap and stuffed three marshmallows inside. Unfortunately, you can't just drop the queen inside the hive, you actually have to keep her in the cage. Once the other bees get used to her pheromones and accept her, they will eat through the marshmallows and release her.

This was taken just before resting the queen cage on the frames, inside the hive. #stickygloves

The worker bees on top of the queen cage, sniffing their new queen.


It will take several days for the new queen to be accepted, but once she's in, I expect her to turn this hive around. The end goal is not honey this year, but to increase the population of the hive so they have a better chance of surviving the winter. Bee's crossed, I mean, fingers crossed.


The blue hive (#themilehiveclub) is the weaker hive. As you can see, I only have two deep boxes (AKA nursery boxes). Whereas the green hive (#thecombdome) has two deeps, and two super boxes (AKA honey boxes). I should be able to harvest honey from both supers in mid-September! That is a highly populated, hardworking hive. That queen is a lovely lady. Hope my new one is too.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monty Monday


That's Chloe and Baxter - Monty's friends. Well kind of. Monty wanted to wrestle Chloe, the black goldendoodle constantly while Baxter, the basset, tried to protect her. When the three of them were causing a ruckus, Toby (not pictured) hid under the chair or sat and observed. Smart dog.

These pups live down the street from my in-laws and came to play a few times while we were living there. They had that beautiful yard to romp around in, play fetch, and sunbathe in.

Instead, all three of them wanted to come inside! #worsethankids

Friday, August 1, 2014

Two Years

Our 2nd year anniversary was 26 days ago. During the first year, we celebrated and documented our wedded bliss each and every month [start here]. I mean we even did an interview video, which I swore I would make Mr. B film every year after. However, year two seemed to go by much faster and was barely documented. #diaryfail

Before our anniversary month comes to an end, I thought I should dedicate a post to year two. Too bad, I am a day late at posting this. Oops.

How did we celebrate? We camped. Are you surprised? We went to the Indian Peaks Wilderness and stayed at Brainard Lake. Mr. B's parents joined us in their camper as well. We ATE a lot, we napped every day, we hiked to a few mountain lakes, we looked for moose multiple times each day, we tramped in snow, we roasted hot dogs, and we played cards while it poured rain. It was lovely and just the break we needed from moving and packing.



What were the gifts? We like to stick to the traditional anniversary gifts, rather than coming up with our own creative ideas. Year two is cotton. Mr. B purchased me a Colorado T-Shirt. Not just your ordinary shirt though - the Colorado Flag is in the shape of Pennsylvania. My roots guys! I mean how thoughtful. I wasn't nearly as thoughtful. I had a little Chinese woman on Etsy hand sew him a cotton camera case. That way, when he hikes, his lens can have a little protection from the trees he almost smacks while walking. I am not a 100% sure he actually likes the case though. He claims he does, but I have yet to see him use it.

Since we were buying a house, we told each other we weren't purchasing any "extras" - only cotton. Well, Mr. B got me a bonus gift anyway - I am a lucky lady. He really wanted me to have a new hammock for camping. One that wouldn't snap and drop me in the middle of a full sway. He's a good man.

Mr. B's parents also got us a gift. A package of toilet paper, kitchen dish cloths, QTips, cotton balls and cotton candy. Who knew cotton could make me that happy. Something to wipe my rear-end, clean my sink, clear ear wax, remove my nail polish, all while stuffing my face with sugary goodness.

Lastly, our always thoughtful travel buddies in Atlanta got us a kitchen towel (also cotton!) with the country of Ireland shaped out of cities. So cool, huh? We leave for Europe in TWO WEEKS and will be meeting them in Ireland to drink, eat, play tourist and cheer on PSU. So that kitchen towel will represent a lifetime of memories, that I am sure!






What was something you learned in year two? New hobbies are important to keeping your relationship interesting. You know, like beekeeping. Mr. B laughed at me initially, but now he tells everyone he knows that he has a bee suit.



What was the most memorable moment of year two?: Selling our house and finding the home we plan to raise our family in, eventually. No not right now, Mom!

Last photo at Waylon Drive
Got any other questions for us?

I am already looking forward to year three -- a new house to make our own, a two week trip to Europe, finding a new place to put our Christmas tree, building furniture together for our new office, and lathering Mr. B up in all these essential oils I am so curious about. Post on that coming soon.

Love you, Mr. B, as much as I enjoy falling asleep in a hammock.
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