Monthly Archives: April 2015

#1 Tool for a Mom of Very Active Boys!

Mind Blown!  My #1 tool as a mom of very active boys came to the rescue yet again! What is this #1 tool?  Young Living essential oils!   Most of you know I’m a big believer in the power of Young Living essential oils, and they are rightly listed as my #1 tool, but I was seriously in awe today of how well they work!

Boys and their crazy contests! 

Today, even though I’ve been a mom for over 8 years now, I find that the creativity of my very active boys is constantly putting my mommy skills to the test,  and today was no exception!  I can’t post specifics about how we used essential oils today, but needless to say, I definitely put a few of my YL essential oils to the test. YL Helichrysm, melaleuca arternifolia, and Cypress essential oils are worth every penny and are staying within arms reach at all times, especially when dealing with very active boys who like to throw pieces of tree bark at each other and knock holes in each others heads! What’s with boys and their crazy contests!?!

Brothers--best buds!

Best buds!


Well to be specific, there was only one hole, which took me a while to discover, since my son’s cardiovascular system works really well. Not only did we deal with that, but then my oldest son, the one that dealt the bullseye blow to the head, ended up freaking out after he saw the results of his on-target throw and nearly passed out from shock. Guess he’s inherited his mom’s ability to expertly connect with another person’s pain, to the point of experiencing sympathetic shock with them (shhh, I’ve never told this story,  it’s slightly embarrassing,  eek!).

Does sympathetic shock really exist? 

Ok, if you insist,  I’ll tell you what happened…let’s take a little detour to 2 years ago.  As a mother of very active boys, this will help you understand why I take my oils with me… e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e!  Did I ever tell about the time I passed out on a walk with my kids and a friend, when my son wrecked his bike, stopping his fall with his face? Yep, shock took me out, just seeing him wreck and he wasn’t even hurt that bad. Not my proudest mommy moment, ha!  Wish I would have had my oils back then, but that was back when I was incredibly skeptical and hadn’t taken the plunge, yet, into oily health freedom! But since we took the plunge, we’ve never looked back! Want to know what I mean by oily health freedom, PM me!

Many Essential Oils are Calming

Ok, fast  forward back to today’s story! When my oldest started feeling bad because of seeing his brother get hurt, I recognized what he was going through and quickly looked up calming oils in my Essential Oil pocket reference guide. Since he prefers the tree oils, the first one on the list for helping to calm him down was Idaho Balsam Fir. It did the job to calm him down very quickly! This is my son that doesn’t like the smell of very many oils, and yet, he asked if he could delay washing his hands so he could keep smelling the fir tree oil. He doesn’t like anything on his hands and he was totally huffing this oil! Amazing!!

Thankful for God as our provider!

I’m so thankful our heavenly Father provides everything we need, including lots of grace and tools to help mom’s of boys! Essential oils are now my #1 tool as a mom of very active boys (or tomboys, like me!)

Very active boys

Skipping rocks

Oh, and Cypress essential oil, why is it a must, for a mom of very active boys?  It was the first oil I reached for today, to provide immediate support to my son’s healthy functioning cardiovascular system. His system worked wonderfully, within 5 minutes! He was up and jumping around within 30 minutes, just in time for my oldest son to need help to calm down.  God is so good, to not give me more than I can handle, by allowing me the time to be with each son individually today,  right when they needed me most, without overlap!

Could have used this today!

Could have used this today!

Please comment below and tell a story about a time when you used (fda compliant please,) or wish you would have used, essential oils as a mom.

Would you like to take the plunge into oily health freedom? Contact the person who sent this blog post to you or go here to read about how to get started and what a great deal the Young Living essential oil starter kit really is! Or, contact me if you have more questions!

Let’s get real!

Let’s get real and be our real selves, not some “extra perfect in front of the camera” type.  For me, it’s time to be real and hopefully this will inspire others to do the same!

Today, I’m starting my “real inspires” campaign by letting everyone know about my new Health and Habit Change Challenge, with several exciting and overwhelming changes that I’ve just made, including the “real” reason behind these changes.  Oh, and beware…I just might be a somewhat crazy, 40-year old lady that thinks she’s still 25, but here goes!

My First “Health and Habit Change Challenge”

Erin and Tiffany1. I haven’t worked out in 7+ years!  Time to get fit!  Purchased Crossfit/gym membership!
2. I’m an addict!  I stopped drinking coffee. If it weren’t for the milk and sugar, I’d have never started drinking it in the first place.

Side note:  this photo that was taken 2 years ago with a dear friend, Tiffany, who is one of those people that don’t need this 30-day challenge to keep it real, because she already does that on a daily basis and recently inspired me to get off my big rear and do something about my weight.  She’s been doing something about hers and inspiring a ton of people around her!  Love you, Tiff!

On standby for my next month’s “Health and Habit Change Challenge:”

3. I’m chronically tired.  I need to commit to get more sleep!  At least 7 hours, preferably 8, every night with a bedtime no later than 10pm.
4. I’m an addict…again!  I love sugar and especially chocolate!  I will eventually eliminate most forms of simple carbs and sugars from my diet.  My plan is to use the Trim Healthy Mama book for meal plan guidance.

lavender 5KEND GOAL:  Lose 40 pounds by September 1st and run a 5K without stopping.  Drop my sweet tooth for good (somewhat imprecise, but this one’s hard to define)

Let’s discuss more!  Yesterday, after a friend invited me to “like” the Real Inspires Facebook page, I decided to start writing and posting things that are real.  Not fluff.  Not the “I am all put together” posts when I’m really quite messy inside.  My heart and mind are full of questions, inconsistencies,  doubts, frustrations, challenges, yet there’s always humor, joy, hope, truth, faith, love, kindness, and so much more.  I’m a blessed mess and so thankful for the work that God’s been doing in my life.  Life is too short to be a goody-goody, always appearing to have it all together, when in reality, apart from the grace of God, I’m barely holding it together in this season of life.  This is such a short season, too, with my children growing up too soon, right in front of my eyes, and I don’t want to miss any of it.  Life is too short to let my weight gain, lack of fitness, caffeine-addicted self continue down this destructive path.  Life is just too short and my health, my time with my husband and my kids, and my faith need to be top priorities.  This is where I begin my #realinspires journey!

Prayers for this crazy lady (yes, me!) are greatly appreciated as I begin to deal with these two out of balance areas of my life!

Here’s the inspiration for this “real” post and many more coming for the next 30 days!  Check out the Real Inspires Facebook group today!

What is your real story today?