To quote an SNL skit, “It’s Thanksgiving time, you look pretty awesome.” I can’t actually see you (or can I??) but I’m sure you look pretty awesome. A little awesome, at the very least (although, we’ll all be looking less awesome at the end of the meal tomorrow with our fat pants on).
I know some people get all bent out of Thanksgiving shape about the 30 days of thankfulness posts on Facebook because “It’s annoying” or “We should be thankful all year” or because “I’m a grouch and I hate everything.” I didn’t do it this year because I can’t seem to do month long challenges of any kind past like, day 5. I did manage to do it one year and I’m pretty sure my last one said, “Day 30: I’m thankful this shizz is over.” I guess I’m part of the annoyed-Facebook-user problem.
Though I did not participate in the 30 days thing, I am still thankful and I still have 8,000 other social media platforms from which to shout my thankfulness. See, there’s something funny about being thankful. You can kind of talk yourself into it. And sometimes, you kind of have to. Example. My house. I hate it. It’s in this alternate universe where kids skip school WITH their parents on the first day of hunting season, young teenagers walk down the country road in front of my house carrying shotguns like it ain’t no thang (like, come on, that is a serious THANG), chinese restaurants don’t deliver here, the layout of the house itself is a logistical nightmare and humans are severely outnumbered by wildlife and creatures (and I’m talking about INSIDE the house). I’m far from my friends and the mall and Target (I miss you, sweet Target) and for seven months out of the year, all I see is corn. Lots and lots of corn. It’s very easy for me to say, “I hate this mofo house” at least 17 times a day.
But, here’s reality.
This house made a way for me to stop working full time and spend my days with my boys. This house gave my sons a great big yard to run through. This house made it possible for my husband’s dream of peeing off the front porch without getting nasty looks a reality (seriously, why do boys love to pee outside?!). This house is exactly what our family needed for this season of life. We have been provided for and given a gift for a time and for that, I have to be thankful. Or else I’ll get all cold and stoney on the inside. If (but, really, when) I dwell on the things I don’t like about my house, my mind and heart become convinced that life is terrible and I’d be happier in a cardboard box. Or dead. When I remind myself to be thankful and actually audibly say the (few) good things about our house, my heart and mind follow suit and I’m thankful. So, I trick myself to be thankful.
Hey. You do what you gotta do.
So, in the spirit of trickery, here’s what I’m thankful for:
- I’m thankful that my sons need me (like, REALLY need me) and that there are some needs that only a mom can meet.
- I’m thankful that my sons will sleep through the night at some point in their lives (even if it’s not until they’re in their 20′s and buying their own sleeping pills).
- I’m thankful that I live a hundred years from everyone/thing. Less opportunity to spend money.
- I’m thankful for this time of learning to live with less. We’re teaching our sons to be motivated by something other than excess.
I’m also thankful for giveaways!
I was sent a sample kit of a few doTERRA essential oils for review. In the kit were viles of peppermint, lavender, lemon, OnGuard (an immune system booster) and DigestZen (a digestive aid). These oils have tons of different uses and can be applied in multiple ways. My sample kit came with a doTERRA product guide and cards explaining the uses and applications of each oil. I received these items for free and received no compensation for the review. These opinions are my own.
Let’s get to reviewing.
Lemon: It can be used for cleaning, issues of mood and a number of other things but I used it on Bear’s cradle cap (yep, eight months old and still has some wicked cradle cap). It’s the only thing that’s made a difference! His cc was noticeably different after one application! I also put a few drops in Monkey’s juice to help fight his cold. I did find, however, that Monkey is allergic to lemon (skin contact only), so the topical application of lemon oil for colds is a no no for him (I learned this the hard and loud way).
Lavender: While Monk is allergic to lemon, I am apparently allergic to lavender. It smells great, is a natural antihistamine and mood enhancer/calming agent and burns the crap out of my skin. I applied it to my eczema-scarred hands and watched as my left hand (the worse of the two) morphed into that of a burn victim in seconds. It’s not you, lavender. It’s me.
OnGuard: I’ve been applying this to the bottom’s of Monk’s feet to ward of the demon cold. I really wanted to avoid cold medication but like, also really wanted him to go the freak to sleep. I would like to continue to use OnGuard as a preventative measure.
DigestZen: Poor guy. Want to know how many times we used this one? Once. Want to know when that one time was? Last night. It’s not that we don’t have bowel issues in this house because, let’s be real, “bowel issues” is our family name. I just kind of forgot about him. He’s used for a great number of digestive troubles and last night (after realizing we had entirely neglected him), I sipped a few drops in a small glass of water. I just happened to develop an awesome case of the stomach burns after dinner. Perfect opportunity. I sipped my DigestZen water which tasted like black licorice and death (I HATE black licorice) through grimmaced lips but it worked. The burns were gone.
Peppermint: I saved this glorious mother for last because I am in love with her. Between headaches, congestion and scratching the life out of my poor scaly hands, that little vile of peppermint oil didn’t stand a chance. I’ve been walking around smelling like the world’s happiest candy cane since I cracked open that teeny tiny bottle. In all my life, I’ve not found anything that can take the itch away when I’m in full blown eczema flesh-ripping-beast mode until this glorious oil. Where have you been all my life?! No, seriously. You could have saved me a whole lot in band aids, cortisone and a thousand other concoctions. I can’t wait until the next time I’m in the throws of morning sickness so I can shove a whole bottle of peppermint oil up my nose.
Overall, I really enjoyed using them and would love to get my hands on the family physician kit!
My pal Corinne from Arctic Essentials and I would like to offer a starter kit to one lucky reader (lucky unless you’re allergic to lemon or lavender). This kit comes with lavender, lemon and peppermint oils.
You want these. You need these. And all you have to do is click the Rafflecopter link and play along!
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If you don’t win, make sure you contact Corinne for all of your essential oil needs!
Please waste five seconds of your life and click this little sister. I will be thankful for you this Thanksgiving.