The day I thought my baby was dying in my arms

Today I want to share with you the scariest day in my life, and what I wish I had known ahead of time.

 

When you have your baby you just want to protect them. As mommies, we do all we can to do just that. We babyproof the house, we follow them all over the playground, make sure the carseat is properly installed and the straps are just right, research everything we can think of, focus on their health and nutrition, and so much more!

So we never expect we will need to call 911 when we think our child is dying right there in our arms.

 

It was just two days ago. My youngest, Aaron (two years), had been having a slight cough and low grade fever for about two days. He had been exposed to Influenza A, but he seemed to be doing quite fine. Still eating okay and still playing during the day. It was actually his older sister that I was watching more closely. Her fever was quite a bit higher, she didn’t have an appetite, and was very tired. So I was just watching them both, but feeling pretty okay about their bodies fighting it off.

They had had a good morning, so I laid them both down for naps in the afternoon. With their immune systems working they were both tired and went right to sleep. I caught up with some things and took a shower. Then I would normally have headed downstairs to do some cleaning, cooking, catch up on an actual adult show, or whatever. BUT for whatever reason, that day I just sat down on our bed upstairs, in the silence. For this I will ever be grateful, for without that I might never have heard Aaron in the next room.

 

As I was just scrolling social media I heard a very strange sound coming from Aaron’s room. Because it was so different from anything I’d heard before I jumped up and ran right in. (To hear the sound you can watch this sad youtube video of another child whose dad is handling calming attending to his seizing child.)

There was my precious boy, rolled over on his tummy, kind of coughing, moving with each sound he made. I immediately picked him up and a string of fluid ran from his mouth to the bed. My immediate thought was that phlegm from his cough was choking him. I help him facedown and patted his back to try and dislodge anything. Nothing came out, so I used my own mouth to try and suck out his mouth/noise and swiped my finger to make sure nothing was in his mouth. All to no avail.

He seemed lifeless, eyes rolled back in his head, his lips were all blue, and I couldn’t believe this was reality. I was panicking and remembered verbally telling myself “this is real, this is really happening.”  Middle school health class jumped into my mind and I bent over and gave him a breath, a few chest pumps, and two more breaths. Finally his chest was moving! Very little and weak, but it was moving! I then immediately dialed 911 and started praying over my boy. I didn’t even know what to pray, I think I just kept saying “Lord bring him back, please save my little boy” over and over. It seemed like forever for the 911 operator to pick up, and James 5:14 flushed to my mind. “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” As the phone rang, I was able to run and grab my Frankincense to splash on his chest. I just thought “if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for my precious boy” and continued to pray over him.

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I gave my address, told them what was going on, and she was so great to help calm me and tell me what was best to do. He was breathing now, but still a limp ragdoll and non-responsive. About 4 minutes later the police officer arrived. Just then Aaron finally started to open his eyes, but appeared very sleepy and disoriented. I was just SO glad to see those beautiful eyes, and was confident that I wasn’t going to lose him.

A minute or so later the ambulance arrived. The EMTs were so calm and thorough. By now Aaron was awake and moving around some. One of my big fears after he started breathing was how LONG was he not breathing before I found him. I know it can be just a matter of minutes for brain damage to occur, but seeing my boy slowly come back was such a relief!

Mike got home just as they were taking Aaron out to the ambulance, so he was able to drive Hailey while I rode with Aaron. The EMTs reassured me his stats were looking great and continued to help me feel calm and confident.

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At the hospital there were so many people, but we chose to go to a small local hospital which was great. It is rural and as far as I knew there was only one other patient there, so everyone was very calm and thorough. I retold the frightening events over and over to each new doctor and nurse.

They ran some tests, blood work, nose swab, chest x-ray. My poor little guy was such a trouper. His temperature was 102.6 when they took it and I was so surprised that it had spiked that much. As they continued to ask questions I could see where they were going, and things started to make sense.

He was doing quite well, but tested positive for Influenza A. They kept us for a while to watch him, gave some tylenol to control the fever, and pumped him full of fluids. When the doctor came in at the end he said that it was probably a Febrile Seizure. That his body could have seized to kind of “reboot” if the temperature got too high too fast. That we should watch him carefully and call a doctor if it would happen again, but that he should have no lasting effects, and that we could go home.

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Since getting home, of course I am watching him like a hawk. Constantly checking his temperature, sleeping in his room, and all that. I’m sure I will not sleep soundly for quite some time, but that’s just part of being a parent. After returning home, of course I headed online to learn more about this. I am by no means a medical professional, but would like to share some of what I learned with you.

Usually when a parent starts googling something medical it leaves you 10 times more worried than when you started, but as I read on I felt much more comfortable and less fearful. So here’s some things I wish I had known, and that I now feel every parent should know.

Febrile Seizures are a lot more common than I thought, about 1 in every 25 kids in the US have them. Generally they occur with a high temperature between the ages of 6 months to 6 years. Once a child has a Febrile seizure they have a 1 in 3 chance of recurring, so now we will be watching him closely whenever he gets future high temperatures. The are usually less than 5 minutes and rarely have lasting effects on the child. It is mostly the body trying to “reboot” and usually the brain is unaffected long term. This was a huge sigh of relief!

Next time I think I will be much more emotionally and informationally prepared to respond differently. So if this should ever happen to your child call 911 the first time. If it is your child’s first seizure I would definitely contact emergency response to have them checked out. If they are continuing to seize hold them somewhere soft and safe, such as a carpet or rug, and hold them on their side to avoid choking. Start to keep track of how long it lasts, so that you can let the doctors know. After a seizure the child will be very tired. Remain calm and talk to your child to help them get through it and wake back up without alarm.

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I pray this never happens to any of you, but I hope that this has helped spread some knowledge about febrile seizures and helps you feel more confident to handle the situation should it ever occur. Don’t leave this post fearful, but confident in learning more about how to best help your children.

I found it a God-thing the shirt I happened to wear that day. It was from a women’s conference I had just been to and said “She is Strength” in reference to Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” I remember looking the the mirror of the hospital bathroom and seeing that phrase and thinking “I sure don’t feel strong right now, but Lord I need You to be my strength now.” He gave me a peace over the events, and helped me to be strong for my little guy. I still struggle with the fears of this happening again, but know that God is going through this life with me and will always be there in my time of need. No matter what you are going through right now, we can always lean on Him for our strength, and can have faith in the fact that He holds the future in His hands. 

Some of our Favorite Recipes!

One week left for our official 30 Day Sugar Detox, but we do hope you will continue to cut-out or reduce your intake of processed sweeteners. To make it a part of your daily life, having easy and yummy sugar-free recipes is essential!

I thought I would put together a list of some of our favorite family meals. Nothing I make is difficult or takes lots of time or ingredients. With two toddlers and working part-time, everything needs to be quick and simple. But that doesn’t mean we need to resort to processed foods or takeout. Here are some of my go-to recipes.

Some of the recipes below, we tweak the ingredients. For instance, if it contains a processed ingredient we would be using a home made version, if it says fat-free we are definitely using full-fat options, or if it has sugar we would be substituting with a natural sweetener like honey. Remember, any recipe you find can be adjusted to be healthier for your family! So if you have a favorite family recipe, consider how you could swap out a few ingredients to make it even better!

I could’ve made blog posts of all these recipes as we eat them often, but why reinvent the wheel, when they are already online. So click on any image below to find the full recipe on other great blogs!

Breakfasts

I am NOT a morning person….
So breakfast needs to be quick and simple with little cleanup!
Many of our breakfasts are smoothies. Just grab the ingredients out of the fridge, freezer, and pantry; and blend them up. The kids will eat anything in a smoothie!

Other simple breakfasts we enjoy are some plain greek yogurt with fruit, peanut butter, or cinnamon. No need for added sugar or artificial sweeteners when there are so many natural ways to sweeten it!

For days we need to head out of the house quickly, we love to have finger foods ready to grab and eat in the car. Granola bars, protein rolls, etc. are great. You can find tons of recipes for those on pinterest as well.

Click any image below to find the full recipe of our favorite breakfasts!

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Lunches

When my two year old gets hungry for lunch, he wants it NOW. haha
So, these are also quick, but nutritious.

A very popular lunch at our home is eggs! Boiled, pan-fried, scrambled, as an omelet, any which way! They are full of protein and fats which are great for the kids growth, brain health, and energy.

Many lunches I will also give them a handful of nuts for added fat and protein. The love some pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc. as a sweet treat on the side! Also all lunches I offer a fresh fruit/vegetable as well.

Click any image below for links to our favorite lunches.

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Dinners

Now dinners I SHOULD have more time to invest in, since we don’t eat until after they are done napping. BUT, the day always seems to get away from me. So the crockpot, one pot meals, etc. are life savers!

This is just a small sample of some of our favorite recipes, but wanted to give you a few to build up your recipe book without being overwhelming. Click any image below for the link to the full recipe.

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Desserts

I DEFINITELY have a sweet tooth!
If I didn’t let myself enjoy some of these healthier desserts, then I would fall off the bandwagon and get a Culver’s ice cream sunday…true story. So the best way to stay on track, is to have some yummy treats available that are still good for you.

Other sweet treats we enjoy are apples dipped in peanut butter, fresh fruits, smoothies, and nuts. Yum!

Click any image below for the full recipe, and remember to always choose a natural sweetener like raw honey, pure maple syrup, or liquid stevia extract.

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Pantry Makeover

As we begin our 30 Day Sugar Detox, we need to eliminate temptations!

Time to get at that pantry, fridge, and freezer. Let’s dump everything with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, truvia, agave, coconut sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado, saccharose, dextrine, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, maltodextrin, syrup, palm sugar, etc.

Obviously, this means it’s time to dump the ice-cream, cookies, candy, etc. BUT, some of the biggest offenders can be disguised as “health foods.” Some are here are the biggest offenders to check.

  • Yogurt
  • Granola/snack bars
  • Low-calorie or Low-fat snacks
  • Things marketed to children
  • Sauces
  • Ketchup
  • Breads
  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Processed foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Drinks and drink mixes
  • Canned goods
  • Many more!

Pantry Makeover Time! Let's dump the sugar. Here are some common offenders that are often disguised as "health foods." Join our 30 Sugar Detox at www.lavenderngrace.com

 

If this is all new to you, join us on a 30 Day Sugar Detox to jumpstart your health for 2016.

Looking for sweets you can still enjoy? Check out our post here with great natural options!

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L&G Approved Ways to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

Welcome to everyone joining us in the 30 Day Sugar Detox! These are going to be some difficult weeks, but will be well worth it!

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, so definitely expect withdrawal and cravings. So we decided to explain your options for sweeteners to satisfy that craving without giving in to your desire for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

God has given us many sweet things naturally in nature, but our over-processed food culture has retrained our taste buds and we crave it like no other generation before. So let’s take a look at some natural sweet options to use in place of that 3pm Snickers bar as you check out at the grocery store 😉

The key here is to be prepared. If you get a craving and only have a house filled with carrots and celery, you’re bound to fall off the wagon and run to the store for something sweet. So I took some time to look up some yummy sugar-free recipes on pinterest (we will post continually throughout the month) and make sure I had all the ingredients on hand.

Now we do know that some of you joining us have taken this detox as a personal challenge to push your limits and avoid all sweeteners. If that’s you, awesome! This list is for those choosing to avoid processed sweeteners specifically, and these are healthier sweet options.

Lavender & Grace Approved Sweeteners to Satisfy your Cravings:

  • Raw Honey (local preferred)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Liquid Stevia Extract (no truvia as that is highly processed)
  • Dates (make sure they don’t have added sugar as some do)
  • Fruits

Got a Sweet Tooth? Don't worry, be happy! You can still eat sweet with these natural options! www.lavenderngrace.com

Looking for some recipes using these sweeteners? Check out this great pinterest board!

Good luck to all on this detox with us! Make sure to also connect with our facebook event found here, to get continual encouragement, support, recipes, and more!

New to our blog? Check out our “about me” pages to get to know the authors, and read our Getting Started with Essential Oils post to learn why we are so passionate about Young Living oils!

Simple Homemade Granola Bars

We are doing a Sugar Detox for the month of February!

Click here to join un in the facebook event for continual information, recipes, encouragement, challenges, and more!

Breakfast foods are one of the biggest sources of added sugars! We think that getting some cereals, yogurt, granola bars, protein drinks, etc. are all ‘supposed’ to be good breakfasts for on-the-go.

BUT, they are LOADED with added sugar, as well as other icky ingredients.

Aside from breakfast, we also love granola bars for just an afternoon snack, or even a late-night goodie. So here is an easy recipe that we make at home. Super easy, good ingredients, and kid-approved! We also like to precut the bars and put some in packaging to grab on our way out of the house.

Simple DIY Granola Bars. www.lavenderngrace.com Sugar Detox 2016

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (Make your own or check ingredients here)
  • 1 cup Raw Honey (We like to use a honey that is solid at room temperature to help solidify the granola bars)
  • 2 1/2 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
  • Dash of Vanilla

Melt Honey and Peanut Butter in a saucepan. In a large mixing bowl combine Oats, Flax, Hemp, and Vanilla. Then combine liquid with oats and mix well. Add to a 9×13 pan for thin granola bars, or a 9×9 pan for thicker bars. Chill until set in the refrigerator or freezer. Then slice and enjoy 🙂

For more info about our Sugar Detox click the image below!

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Support your Emotional Balance through the Holidays!

It’s no secret that the most wonderful time of the year, can also be the most stressful time of the year!

With so many plans, dealing with crowds and traffic, stretching your budget, and more it is a lot for us to handle.

Essential oils are amazing for supporting emotional balance, and that was actually the first way I was convinced these oils actually worked!

When we inhale an oil through our nose it travels to the olfactory nerves in the nose. From there it stimulates the limbic system in the brain, where memory and emotion is stored. So when using oils for emotional support, aromatic is a very effective way to use them!

To use oils aromatically you can diffuse them, make a misting air/fabric/perfume spray, add a drop to your hands and cup over nose and mouth to breath in deeply, smell directly from the bottle, and more! You could also apply these oils over the heart, on the back of the neck, insides of the wrists, ears, and more. Read each bottle label for specific usage directions.

I’ve chosen 7 of my personal Favs for emotional support. I bring these oils with me all the time in my purse. You never know when you’ll need a little pick-me-up. Continue reading to hear more about each oil and why I love them!

Keep the Joy in theSeason with these Awesome Young Living Oils! My 7 must-have emotional supporting oils and blends for the busy Christmas Season. www.lavenderngrace.com

Lavender

A lot of us just tend to be too busy and not get proper rest each night. We love lavender to support a restful night’s sleep! Great to diffuse or mist onto your pillow to help calm your mind and get your body some much needed rest.

Lavender, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Peace & Calming

This was the first oil I ever tried on my kiddos, and is now always in my diaper bag! It smells so relaxing. I diffuse or apply to my kiddos feet for a good nap or nighttime rest. As an adult I love to apply this one to my wrists for calming and clearing my head.

Peace & Calming, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Joy

This is what I refer to as my “gateway oil.” When my kit arrived I wasn’t totally convinced these oils could actually support the wellness of our bodies. I was having a hard time post-partum from my second baby and decided to give it a try. After using topically and aromatically every two hours for three days, I was a new mommy! Definitely solidified my understanding of oils.

Now I don’t need to use this oil every day anymore, but is still my go-to for an emotional lift and to get me moving when I’m feeling stuck.

Joy, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Valor

This is also one of my favorites! Smells amazing! Valor is known as “courage in a bottle” for its ability to support your social courage. I love this oil before social gatherings to calm nerves, help me just be comfortable in myself, and to encourage my small talk to flow naturally.

Valor, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Stress Away

This one is pretty self-explanatory. We are pulled in a hundred different directions during the Christmas season, and this oil is great for calming and relaxing. Use on-the-go as you tackle Christmas present shopping or travel. Also awesome at the end of a crazy day to help decompress and ease you to sleep.

 

Stress Away, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Frankincense

Frankincense has the ability to go beyond the blood-brain barrier and is known for its emotional supporting abilities. If it was good enough for a gift to baby Jesus, then it is good enough for me! I love smelling this oil and thinking about the real reason for the season and what it must have been like to bring these gifts to the Christchild.

Vetiver

This oil is my favorite for attitude. This is what I use for my toddlers to keep them in a good mood all day while at long Christmas parties and their schedule gets all out of whack. It is a thick oil, so we like to add it to a roller bottle and roll on the back of their neck. It has also proven to help keep them awake and alert, so it is great if we know naptime is going to be missed that day.

 

Keep the Joy in theSeason with these Awesome Young Living Oils! My 7 must-have emotional supporting oils and blends for the busy Christmas Season. www.lavenderngrace.com

 

I hope you will have a peaceful and joyful Christmas this year, and that these essential oils will be helpful!

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Young Living Christmas Gifts for Everyone on your List

Avoid the crowds this Christmas and get all your shopping done online with Young Living!

With their full lines of essential oils, diffusers, body care products, beauty supplies, pet products, natural home cleaning line, supplements, and more there really is something for everyone! You can even find endless DIY projects to gift like lotions, bath salts, pillow sprays, roller bottles, and more. Here are some of our favorites for stocking stuffers, teachers, family, and the big ticket items for your friends who are just as obsessed with oils as you are 🙂

Stocking Stuffers!

We like to stick under $10 for stocking stuffers in our family, so here are my picks…..spoiler alert for any family reading this.

Bottle Cap Labels $3.00
Thieves Hand Purifier $5.00 (less if you buy in packs of 3)
Essential Oil Sample Packs $1.00 each (buy in packs of 10 or 50)
Lip Balm $4.00 (several varieties to choose from)
2 oz. Thieves Toothpaste $6.00 (buy in a 5 pack)

Young Living Christmas stocking stuffers under $10. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

Teachers, Neighbors, Co-workers, etc.

For this area we like to stick to about $10-$15. There are MANY oils and blends at this price-point, but these are my favorite picks for people who maybe aren’t familiar with Young Living yet.

Thieves Spray $9.00
Christmas Spirit $10.25
Lip Balm Gift Set $16.00
Thieves Foaming Hand Soap $13.00 (also available in lavender)
Thieves Mints $12.75
Lavender Sandlewood Bar Soap $10.25

Young Living Christmas gifts for your teachers, neighbors, and co-workers under $15. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

For your Friends and Family

I chose some of the more conservatively priced options here, but depending on your family and budget there are many more great oils, diffusers, massage oils, and more.

Shutran Shave Cream $19.75
Peace and Calming $24.25
Massage Gift Set $32.25
Deep Relief Roll-On $26.75
USB Diffuser $22.75
Thieves Blend $33.75

Young Living Christmas gifts for your friends and family under $35. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

Big Ticket Items for Your Oily Friends

So we all have our friends or family who have joined us in our Oily Obsession. Here are some amazing gifts that they are sure to love!

Infused 7 Oola Collection $199.75 (would go well with the Oola book)
Aria Diffuser $225.00 (comes with Northern Lights Black Spruce right now)
Thieves Essential Rewards Kit $115.00
Essence of the Season Collection $74.75

Young Living Christmas gifts for your oily friends and family. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

Order your Young Living gifts the best way!!

Young Living offers their members a monthly ordering program with awesome rewards! Start ordering now to earn 10-20% back on your order. No strings attached, can cancel at anytime if you need or even skip one month each year. Those who are already members Cash In Those Points to order your Christmas gifts for FREE!


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This month’s promotional items are also amazing! Giving you the chance to earn free presents!

If you order 300PV this December you will get the Everyday Oils Collection along with other products for FREE. This kit has 10 amazing oils that you could split up into many Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint for your sister
Thieves and Purification for your cousin
Stress Away for your boss
Tea Tree for your man
Joy for your mama
Frankincense and PanAway for your grannny

 

Give 10 FREE gifts by splitting up your Everyday Oils Collection with a 300 PV order this month. www.lavenderngrace.com #lavenderngrace

New to Essential Oils or Young Living? Check out our Getting Started Post here to learn more and order your Premium Starter Kit!

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

 

One of my FAVORITE DIY projects is detergent for the dishwashing machine. 

We live in the country with very, very hard water. I have tried every brand of dishwashing detergent. Even the expensive and very toxic ones. Nothing worked.

I first tried this recipe to save money, but was HAPPILY SURPRISED to see it do the BEST job of anything else! Since I have particularly bad water I upped the amount of citric acid to a full cup, but if you have a water softener or city water you could consider dropping it down to as low as 1/4 cup if that works for you.

DIY DISHWASHER DETERGENT RECIPE

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda or baking soda
  • 1/c cup citric acid (lemi shine is basically citric acid and much cheaper than buying straight citric acid in the canning isle)
  • 30 drops citrus oils of your choice (my favorite is half lemon/half orange, but any will work)

Mix the ingredients very well. Use a glass bowl (since citric oils will eat away plastics). When you drop in the oils they will bind with the powders and form clumps. Mix thoroughly to insure it is all incorporated with no clumps. If needed, you can use a sifter to make this easier. I store in a regular glass mason jar and keep in the kitchen cupboard. I fill the detergent section in my washing machine (about 2 Tablespoons) per load.

I wish I would have taken before and after pictures of my drinking glasses, because it worked SO WELL!

Enjoy 🙂

New to essential oils or want to learn why we Only trust Young Living in our house? Learn more here!

DIY Dishwasher Detergent. The best dish detergent I've ever used. Easy and cheap to make at home with Young Living essential oils. www.lavenderngrace.comDIY Dishwasher Detergent. The best dish detergent I've ever used. Easy and cheap to make at home with Young Living essential oils. www.lavenderngrace.com

What to Pack for your Young Living Vendor Event

So you’re loving your oils and you want to share them with everyone! Love it, Share it!

A great way to share your love of Young Living is through a vendor event. With the fall season, there are many events coming up. People are excited to start shopping for Christmas and are especially excited about products that will support their health throughout the holidays.

Here is my list of everything you need to pack to have a successful vendor event without going crazy.

PREMIUM STARTER KIT

Absolutely bring your PSK with a diffuser. You want people to see exactly what they would get! 

POWER STRIP/EXTENSION CORD

If you’ll have access to electricity bring an extension cord and a power strip so you can plug in your diffuser and a laptop.

SIGNUP OPTIONS

It’s a good idea to have a laptop or other mobile device so people can signup right away online! If they walk away they usually will never do it on their own. Always bring the paper version for signing up too. These are great if the internet doesn’t work or they’re in a hurry and don’t want to sit at a computer for 15 minutes. Then you just take the paper home and enter all the info in online later that day. The paper signup document is in our facebook group files section.

DRAWING

People don’t want to stay at your booth long. The best thing to do is get their contact information so you can follow-up later. So have a drawing for something. Maybe a citrus oil, a DIY item you made, an enrollment voucher, etc. Then have them fill out slips of paper with their name and info (we have drawing entry form in the files section). “The fortune is in the follow up!” So head home and contact all those people offering to teach them a class, 1-on-1 meeting, etc.

BUSINESS CARDS

A lot of people will want to just grab your info to look up more later. It’s also a good idea to have a list of your upcoming classes that they could attend. If you don’t have business cards, you could either print some on templates that you can buy at an office store; or just have your contact info on some oily-info handouts. It is also a great idea to set-up early so you can go around and introduce yourself to the other vendors and give them a biz card since they won’t get to see your booth during the event!

OIL INFO CARDS

We have created a 4×6 info sheet for each oil in the PSK. Print these either on paper or photo paper (they print to fit on 4×6 photos). I like to line them across the table and set each oil bottle on top. Then guests can easily open the bottle for a sniff while reading about its benefits.

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Don’t be the expert. Bring along some great reference books, printed word documents, graphics from the YL Member Resources, etc. to easily answer questions for people. I have a few copies of my favorite graphics and the bullet point so if people signup they have information to take home right away. It is great for them to have something to reference when they get their kit, so they don’t forget everything they learned from you.

DECORATIVE & BONUS ELEMENTS

You don’t need to go crazy here, but a little color can help draw attention. I like to bring a chalkboard to write things on, a wooden crate to create some height, some color printed graphics (I always have the Head to Toe graphic from our files section to answer questions), and my cardboard towers that describe oils (sold by YL). I also bring other popular YL products like the Thieves cleaner, toothpaste, and Ningxia Red. I choose to also bring a roller bottle, V-6, capsules, a glass spray bottle, and glass drinking bottle so I can show them all the ways we use the oils!

BIG ITEMS?

These are dependent on where your event is. If it’s outdoors you may want to bring a pop up canopy to protect from the sun or rain. Also check with your event coordinator to know if they are providing tables and chairs or if you should bring your own.
Remember to oil-up before and throughout the event to support your mood, sociability, and so others can notice how great you smell 🙂 Good luck and have a great time.  Just be yourself and others will be drawn to authenticity and your passion for the oils and the wellness they can create.
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Essential Oils to Support Breast Health

It’s October, everything is pink; and it is time to remember to care for your girls!

There are lots of options for essential oils to support female hormones and breast health.

Some favorites are:

  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Sacred Frankincense
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Lavender

Please look them up in your reference guides to learn more about why & how to use each when choosing which are right for you and your body.

An easy way to use these oils is to pick a few of your favorites, add them to some coconut oil, mix it up and keep on your bathroom counter. Then just apply a bit to each breast topically each day to keep them perky and healthy 🙂

If you’re a Nursing Mama and need extra support for your girls check out our specific post here.

New to Young Living Essential Oils? Learn more and Get started here!

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