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Cancer Survivor? How About a Scan You Won’t Dread.

This month is the fourth wedding anniversary of my precious older daughter and her husband. What a joyful celebration their day was for all of us!!

August is also the fourth anniversary of my CT Scan at Memorial Sloan Kettering that came back with the stunning results, “Your body is normal.” This, after a traumatic journey through stage 3 colon cancer, colostomy, chemo, radiation, ileostomy, reversal, healing, and the return of stage 4 colon cancer a year later, juicing and raw foods, more moderate chemo and radiation, return to juicing and raw foods for four months, a scan showing an amazing 90% reduction of the mass, and then, August 2013, the scan showing nothing. Nothing? “Nothing.”

August is the seventh anniversary (seven?!) of settling into our new home and swimming in our pool and watching the trumpet vines blossom and seeing leaves turn color while swimming. Swimming towards a November 2010 surgery because a gyn ultrasound in August 2010 gyn found something not-normal growing inside my body.

I keep looking backwards because it often helps me move forward. I have no complaints that really matter. I’m here. So many people have lost loved ones to cancer! Their loved ones are not here. August makes me think a lot about things like looking backwards and swimming forward.

Are you a cancer survivor? Do you feel like there is some kind of gap between the end of cancer treatment and the carrying on with life? Waiting for the other shoe to drop? Released from medical care with no real compass about what life is supposed to look like in the days and weeks and months and years ahead?

itovi wellness scans binghamtonI’ve given myself permission to walk forward deciding what I will be comfortable with in my body and what I will not, in regards to medical procedures. One of the things I’ve been re-learning is to rest in the things that nurture my body and soul and spirit, and avoid the things that don’t. Sometimes we don’t have an option; many times, we DO.

One of the things that is nurturing me right now is the addition of essential oils into my personal routine. I’m concerned about things I put in or on my body, and oils are powerful, so I’ve chosen a company that I have researched and am comfortable trusting for oils. Quality matters when it comes to nurturing a body battered by surgeries, chemo and radiation, and more surgeries.

If you’re a cancer survivor I would love to share with you how essential oils have empowered me to feel more in control of what happens in my body. I also have a scanner that causes me no angst! It’s called an iTOVi scanner and uses bio-impedance to match up frequencies of essential oil products with the frequencies in my body. You could say it’s helping me identify and naturally cover some of those personal wellness gaps that I have wondered about since coming through cancer and cancer treatment. However, I do NOT endorse using this scanner if you do not use YL products. I cannot validate the quality of other oils and the  iTOVi scanner is intended to support my wellness via Young Living essential oils. It makes me feel good to know that iTOVi trusts Young Living as one of their partner companies.

What does August mean to YOU? If you’re interested in starting a new wellness scan tradition with iTOVi, or to begin the journey of enjoying essential oils personally, email me at goodhopebloggers [@] gmail.com for more info.

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Lemon is a kitchen superhero! 🍋 Here are 5 reasons you should keep it on hand from the Young Living blog:

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Lemon and Lemon Vitality ™ essential oils are superheroes in the kitchen. They can combat an endless variety of kitchen catastrophes with their bright, freshening power. We’ve put together these all too familiar situations to help you see just how they can save the day:

Lemon Essential OilBeat bad smells

You’ve just arrived home from a weeklong family trip. You open the door from the garage and are met with the aroma of low tide on a 98-degree day in New Jersey. The culprit? That tuna casserole you threw in the trash bin and forgot to take outside before you left. Before you reach for the kerosene and matches (the house is obviously doomed at this point), you remember the bottle of Lemon essential oil you keep next to the sink. You take the trash out, open the windows, and add a few Lemon-saturated cotton balls to the bottom of the bin. Not only is the smell gone, but now you’re not sure if you’re in a kitchen or a blossoming orchard of lemon trees.

Choose the right refreshment

On a hot summer night, nothing sounds better than a refreshing cold treat. In the freezer, you have a carton of your favorite tropical-fusion ice cream, but you also have all the ingredients to make homemade fro-yo that will be a lot kinder to your waistline and wellness. You combine frozen coconut yogurt, mangos, oranges, a kiss of honey, and a couple drops of Lemon Vitality in a blender, and in no time, you have a warm-weather treat you can feel great about.

Brighten your mood

It’s 7 a.m. on a rainy Monday. You’re in the kitchen pulling out bowls and spoons for cereal, and you hear the kids running around upstairs fighting over who knows what. You didn’t get to bed until way too late last night because you had to finish the last episode of your favorite show, and you’re filled with regret. You’re tempted to just walk upstairs, hop back into bed, and let the children fend for themselves. As a final, last-ditch effort, you add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your diffuser. You pause and inhale slowly and deeply. A warm, bright aroma fills your senses. You feel your spirits rise, and you’re able to greet your kiddos with a smile (or at least not a scowl).

Save your sink

The kitchen sink is doing that thing again. The first time you smelled it, you checked to make sure the family hamster was safe in its cage because it smelled liked something had died. Then you realized—though hard to believe—it was just the smell of normal food buildup. Luckily, you know exactly how to tackle this without any bleach or other harsh chemicals: first baking soda, then vinegar, rinse it all down with water, and finish with a dozen drops of pure Lemon essential oil. In less than five minutes, that putrid smell is replaced with the lovely, fresh scent of pure lemons!

Create divine desserts

Lemon VitalityYour in-laws are coming over for dinner for the first time tonight. You’ve spent the last four hours getting everything prepped for the perfect dinner, and now you’re trying to decide what to make for dessert. You want to finish the night off with a confection to remember, one that will lock in that great in-law reputation for good. You pull out your secret weapon, Lemon Vitality essential oil, and go on to make the most vibrant and flavorful lemon pound cake that you—or any of your guests—have ever tasted. Who knew you could win brownie points with lemon cake?

YL Post contributor: Kristina Barbee

Ready to order? Click Here to purchase your Premium Starter Kit, and save 24% on all products for LIFE. Lemon Vitality comes with the Premium Starter Kit with ten other oils AND a diffuser!

Are the New Young Living Products Gluten Free? Information Here!

Aminowise: While there are no gluten containing ingredients used in the product formulation it has not been tested or certified as gluten free.

Super Cal Plus: While there are no gluten containing ingredients used in the product formulation it has not been tested or certified as gluten free.

Men’s 3-in-1 Wash: There are no gluten containing ingredients but this product has not been tested or certified as gluten free.

Sunscreen: While there are no wheat-derived ingredients used in the product formulation, the product itself has not been tested and certified as gluten free

After Sun Care: While there are no gluten containing ingredients used in the product formulation it has not been tested or certified as gluten free

Insect Repellent: Gluten free

AVAILABLE TO ORDER JULY 1ST Savvy Minerals by Young Living Foundation is formulated without any gluten-containing ingredients, but it has not been certified gluten free. It does not contain corn, soy, or nuts.

  • The eyeshadow is formulated without any gluten-containing ingredients, but it has not been certified gluten free. It does not contain corn, soy, or nuts.
  • Bronzer does not contain gluten containing ingredients.
  • Eyeliner does not contain gluten containing ingredients.
  • Diamond Dust does not contain gluten containing ingredients.
  • Multi-tasker does not contain gluten containing ingredients.
  • Lip gloss: Both the tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol are derived from non-GMO soy. There are no ingredients derived from gluten, corn, or nuts.
  • Lipstick: The sweet almond oil is derived from nuts. We are awaiting additional documentation from our vendor and cannot guarantee the product as free from gluten, corn, or soy until this documentation is received.
  • Misting Spray: While there are no gluten-containing ingredients used in this formulation, the final product has not been tested or certified as gluten free.

Baby Wipes: No, none of the ingredients used in Seedlings Baby Wipes are derived from gluten, soy, or corn.

Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living – What you Need to Know!

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Savvy Minerals by Young Living has absolutely NO talc, bismuth, mineral oil, parabens, gluten, nano particles, pthlates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colorants and dyes. Also it is cruelty free!

-There is Beeswax in lipstick lip gloss and mascara soon to come. The rest of the line is vegan.

Powder is same as Melissa’s original formula. But the lipstick and lip gloss are new formulas.

For Contouring:

  • 2 bronzers and a veil…Use the three as a contour set.
  • Summer love bronzer on hollows of cheek. It’s a shadow line.
  • Crowned all over above that over cheek bones.
  • Can also be used as all over warmth as a bronzer. Same with summer love.

savvy mineral makeup veil by young living wahm businessDiamond dust is the veil. Forehead, chin, down the bridge of nose and under eyes. Put it where the sun hits. Veil sets everything. It’s like a highlighter. It’s a quick fix and refresher.

  • YL is working on many more colors.
  • Both lip glosses are high shine. Jojoba oil based! Very nourishing. Peppermint oil in lip gloss. No other products have oils.
  • The lipstick and eye shadow cannot be returned. Instead we will teach you to mix and blend them. Add a gloss. It changes the color! Same for shadows.

Apply blush at the very end.

Eyes:

Matte nude locks in base primers. Apply dry. Eye shadow goes over that primer. “Best kept secret” eye shadow pulls shimmer out. It mattes a shimmer.

  • Residual eye shadow — a white highlight. Corners and under eye brow.
  • Multi tasker brown can be used as eye liner, eye brows, eye shadow or cover gray hair. Can use it as a powder or mix with 50/50 water and witch hazel for liquid liner.
  • Use Seedling WIPES to remove makeup from hands and arms you’re sampling colors onto.
  • Mascara is coming and a lot more makeup consistently over the next two years.

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STOCK UPDATE:
• Summer Essential Brush Set will be shipping on the 22 and we expect them by the first week of July or mid-July at the latest.

• Multi-Tasker is at risk of going out of stock today. Should we have zero issues, we have more shipments coming early July.

• Most Eye Shadows (under 3000 units remaining)

•“Residual” is at risk of going out of stock today. Should we have zero issues, we have more shipments coming early July.

• Eyeliner is out of stock and more shipments coming soon.

HOW TO GET THESE PRODUCTS!

  1. Click Here to purchase a Premium Starter Kit. You get 11 oils and a diffuser (plus other product samples!) and WHOLESALE PRICING ON ALL YL PRODUCTS FOR LIFE (INCLUDING MINERAL MAKEUP!).
  2. Set up your Essential Rewards monthly order immediately with the products you want. This order arrives automatically every month and you can change it based on the makeup or oils products you need. AND you will get a percentage back on what you spend for FREE STUFF in future quick orders!
  3. That’s it! You’re in! I will add you to our team Facebook page for training, encouragement, contests, and learning for your YL journey.

Questions? Comment below!

Does Young Living Have Sunscreen and Mineral Based Make Up? Yes!

Finally! A sunscreen, after sun care lotion, and insect repellent. Oh wait… there’s more… the new “Seedlings” baby care line (including wipes), and new Savvy Mineral Makeup. If you don’t get the oil thing entirely, you can *still* enjoy these new amazing products designed to be non-toxic and perfect for your own use. Message me to order today (yes, you can order your own products every month and get money back!!).

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A Guide to Purification

Whether it’s a stuffy office, the lingering odors of last night’s dinner, or a gym bag forgotten in the car for a few hot days, dealing with bad smells is no one’s idea of a good time. If those musty or stale smells aren’t going away on their own, reach for Purification®, a perfect blend of essential oils for bad odors.

We’ve got a newly adopted rescue dog and diffusing Purification is a great way to deal with any odors. Check out this Young Living graphic guide!

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Interested in learning more about essential oils? Comment below or Click Here to grab your Premium Starter Kit!

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What do moms do for their kids? Everything possible to help them thrive, right? Check out this info from the Young Living blog on tips for “Dr. Mom”!

Moms nurture their kids in every way—mentally, physically, and emotionally. They’re the all-purpose, everyday fixer of problems big and small. From an upset tummy to a broken heart, Dr. Mom™ is there to care, comfort, and cuddle whenever it’s needed.

Whether it’s switching soda for the benefits of NingXia Red® or creating a calm, clean environment with naturally derived Thieves® Household Cleaner, being Dr. Mom means you call the shots on what’s best for your family’s wellness. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite mom must-haves and kid-safe essential oils to help care for kids from sun up to sun down—and even the time in between.

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How do you show love to the children you care for? Comment below!