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Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2019

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Looking for a gift for mom? You still have time to order something unique and designed especially for her needs and interests.  Here are a few ideas:

  1. Limited-Edition Body Butter Collection!  Fall in love with our new body butters. Relax and let these body butters provide incredible moisture to help revitalize and rejuvenate dry skin. Made from 100 percent plant-based ingredients, they’re the perfect gift for the mom who likes her products purely natural!  https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/body-butter-collection
    • Lavender to calm and ease
    • Stress Away™ to relax and unwind
    • Valor® to ground and refocus
    • Vanillamint to soothe and cool
  2. Gentle Mist Personal Diffuser – Whether you’re traveling from home to the gym or from Rome to Milan, the Gentle Mist Personal Diffuser will help keep your skin and space fresh and invigorated. A perfect gift for the mom on the go! https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/gentle-mist-personal-diffuser
  3. Lavender soaps – Infused with lavender essential oil, these fragrant plant-based products will help mom relax and de-stress from a busy day at the office.
  4. Essential Brush Set – Silky soft makeup application brushes with a stylish and convenient carrying case, these five essential brushes are the perfect gift for the mom who sets her own style. Each soft makeup application brush is made from high-quality synthetic fibers that are designed to provide easy makeup application and a luxurious feel.  https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-brush-set
  5. Bon Voyage Travel Pack – Get set to travel.  The mom who travels for business or pleasure will find the Bon Voyage Pack a great convenience. Offering 10 of your favorite Young Living personal care products in TSA compliant sizes in an attractive, custom bag. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/stress-away-roll-on
  6. Stress Away Roller – Young Living’s proprietary Stress Away Roll-On provides a comforting aroma to create a relaxing moment in everyday life, whether you’re applying it as a personal fragrance or a calming experience.  https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/stress-away-roll-on
  7. Oil Case – The oily loving mom can take her ten favorite essential oils on the road with this compact and durable carrying case, available in blue, green, or fuchsia. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/10-oil-case-blue
  8. Active and Fit Kit – Designed with a carabiner for easy attachment to any gym bag, the Active & Fit Kit supports every fitness workout from yoga to the gym and is perfect for the mom who likes to keep in shape. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/active-fit-kit
  9. Relaxation Massage Oil – For the mom who wants to take the power of her massage to a whole new level, try one of Young Living’s unique blends. Our Relaxation Massage Oil combines specifically selected vegetable oils with the soothing essential oil scents of Lavender, Tangerine, Coriander, and Spearmint for maximum relaxation. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/relaxation-massage-oil
  10. Premium Starter Kit – For the mom who has yet to discover the power of essential oils, get her started with her own Premium Starter Kit. She can ENROLL here: https://www.myyl.com/widmayerwellnessllc#enroll

Looking for more great gift ideas?  Check out the whole line of products here: https://www.myyl.com/widmayerwellnessllc

Getting to the Heart of It

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

I rarely get a Valentine card. But I’m okay with that. I don’t send many either.  These days my purchases are limited to Valentines for my five grandsons. And let’s be honest—they are not interested in the cards as much as what comes in them or with them.  They are looking for the gifts.

My husband and I rarely exchange Valentine cards, but that is because our anniversary is the first week of February.  Now, if my husband has forgotten my anniversary, I just might get a card or flowers on Valentine’s Day as a makeup.  But in 46 years, I only remember that happening once.  And he didn’t really forget our anniversary; he just didn’t have an opportunity in his schedule to purchase flowers that day. The flowers on Valentine’s Day were a nice surprise.  I don’t need flowers on Valentine’s Day to know I am loved, but taking special opportunities to express our love is important. It’s the heart of the matter.

February is all about hearts. Pink and red paper hearts are displayed in classrooms, homes, and of course, in card racks. Each year over 150 million cards are sent on Valentine’s Day! Some people love sending cards, and others dismiss it as a “Hallmark Holiday.”  Hallmark holiday or not, sending cards to loved ones on Valentine’s Day shows that we care—as long as we don’t forget about them the other 364 days a year. Cards are more meaningful when they are an authentic expression of love that is demonstrated daily.

Let’s face it—relationships take work, whether romantic, familial, or friendly. Special occasions serve as reminders, helping us prioritize and focus, but daily communication is essential to strong relationships. Relationships are built by time spent together sharing, dreaming, and communicating.  Everyone receives love differently, so consider the recipient’s preferences.  The expressions of love you choose can be significant. Have you heard of love languages?  Identifying your love language and the language of your loved ones can increase understanding and communication. Take the love language test and encourage your loved ones to take it, too. Happy relationships make happy hearts; and happy hearts are healthy hearts.

But it takes more than happiness to keep your heart healthy. While emotional heart health might be the focus of Valentine’s Day, the whole month of February is dedicated to physical heart health.  Sponsored by the American Heart Association, this month of awareness is to educate people about the risks of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer among both men and women, and nearly half of heart attacks are silent!  My husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure many years ago, and we made changes in our diet and lifestyle to minimize risk.

What are the risk factors? Being overweight is a major risk factor; however, even those who are not overweight can be at risk because of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Lack of quality sleep and depression can contribute to poor heart health because they affect our state of mind.  And of course, we all know that lack of exercise and poor nutrition put us at risk for many diseases, including heart disease. My September blog has more information and links to resources about physical heart health. Check it out. And then get your heart checked out by a medical professional.

The physical heart can also be damaged by too much worry or stress, but your physical heart health can be supported by a healthy spiritual heart.  No heart check is complete without a spiritual check up. Healthy spiritual hearts are tuned to God. Spiritual heart health determines where we spend eternity.  The Bible has much to say about heart condition, but perhaps the most important is “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)  Loving God with all your heart may seem challenging, or even impossible, but God helps us. The Psalmist prayed, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)  Improving our spiritual heart health may be the easiest of all heart areas. All it takes is asking God to live in our hearts and help us each day.  Through prayer, He gives the strength needed to overcome challenges, even those challenges and changes needed to improve physical and relational matters of the heart.

I’m thankful for awareness campaigns and holidays that help us step back from the daily routine and prompt us to think about life.  I encourage you to take a moment in February—the  month of the heart—to evaluate all areas of your heart health, and then, with God’s help, make necessary changes for improvement.

Choosing Health with Young Living

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Back in 2014, I had no idea what awaited me.  I was leaving teaching after 30 years and was looking forward to sleeping past 4:30 a.m., relaxing, traveling, enjoying grandchildren, and writing.  I had actually already written a book that needed some further editing, and I was hoping to find a way to get it published.  And then, OILS!

A good friend of mine introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils, linked her arm in mine, and escorted me into a new business!  I was interested but tentative.  My reservations about starting a new business didn’t last long.  First of all, I love the essential oils. I had always been sensitive to smells—cleaning products, hair sprays, candles, and so many things.  Now I had a diffuser which dispersed beautiful aromas into my home without causing sensitivity issues.  And the bonus is aromatic benefits.  Second, the business aspect grew very quickly. My family fell in love with the oils and the health benefits.  Soon friends and extended family were involved, and I haven’t looked back.

Additionally, this business has expanded my horizons, given me an outlet for writing, taught me many new things, and blessed me with many new friends. Though the financial benefits are there, I believe the health benefits are even more rewarding.  I have purged my home of many chemicals by replacing cleaning products, skin products, food products, and daily supplements.  I live a much more conscious healthy lifestyle because I have been educated.

Essential oil use needs to accompany other healthy lifestyle choices.  My goal when I started was to focus on my health, and I have found essential oils helpful as I increase my exercise routine, improve my eating habits, get an adequate amount of sleep, and reduce the stressors in my life.  For me, this business is about partnering with those who are on a journey to better health and looking for a cheerleader to come along side to provide education and support.

This week, Young Living upgraded their popular Premium Starter Kit.  I’m excited about it because they have re-introduced two popular essential oil blends to the kit. It now includes 12 essential oils, a diffuser, samples of their popular antioxidant boosting drink, Thieves Household cleaner, and more.  With one collection, you can begin your own journey to transforming your home and your health and decrease your exposure to harmful products.

I believe people have an increased awareness of the benefits of choosing a healthy lifestyle. Not only do healthy choices increase your longevity, but also your quality of life, your energy, and your outlook. Health products abound in today’s market, but I believe I have chosen the best ones.  If you have never explored Young Living’s Seed to Seal promise or essential oils, I’d love to share with you what I have discovered on my journey.  Whatever your choices, make them for your health.

What’s Your Heart Condition?

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September 29 is World Heart Day! There are many ways to improve your heart health; so, rather than writing about heart health myself, I decided I would point you to the experts.  I hope you will check out some of these links, as I did, to read more about how you can take care of your heart.  Preventing an early death from heart disease will lower the risk of your loved ones being broken-hearted.

Did you know the leading cause of death among women is heart disease?  What are you doing to improve your heart health? Motivate yourself to make some changes by getting involved.  Check out this contest sponsored by Young Living to encourage heart health. Working with others toward a similar goal will help keep you accountable.

What are the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes?  The American Heart Association identifies the main symptoms of a heart attack as

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other signs including cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

How can you prevent heart disease?  You can reduce your risk up to 80% by changing your lifestyle, according to Go Red for Women.  Walking for 30 minutes a day, getting enough sleep, taking control of your eating, and avoiding salty foods and unhealthy fats are some ways to begin.  Check out their website for more details.

Who is at risk?  Check out Health magazine’s “9 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Heart.

What steps will you take for your heart this month? What changes will you make?  Don’t ignore the warnings. Make a change today.

My heart, your heart! September 29th! I’m going to walk for 30 minutes now.

Essential Oil Personal Care and Diffuser Recipes

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Have you been outside in the sun and heat a lot this summer?  Your skin may need a little fall TLC.  And as the weather cools and the air conditioner is replaced by the furnace, your skin may need some extra moisture to keep it from drying out.

Here are some skin care recipes sure to put you in the mood for hayrides, campfires, apple cider, baked goods, and long walks.  And as the seasons change, you can change the essential oils you add according to your personal taste. Need essential oils? You can get them here.

SUGAR SCRUBS

 Pumpkin Spice Scented Sugar Scrub

  • 1 ¾ cups brown sugar
  • ¼  cup white sugar
  • 1 drop Cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove essential oil
  • 1 drop Ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
  • ¼ cup almond or jojoba oil
  • 1 T honey
  • Baking soda (optional)

Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • ½ t. vanilla extract
  • 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark

Directions: Combine sugars in a mixing bowl. Mix oils and honey together in a separate container. Combine liquid mixture with sugars in mixing bowl and stir until it reaches desired texture, adding more oil or sugar if necessary. Baking soda may be added to soften consistency. Transfer to Mason jar or other container and enjoy.

BODY BUTTERS

 Pumpkin Pie Body Butter

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 20 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 14 drops Ginger
  • 10 drops Nutmeg
  • 5 drops Clove

Orange Dream Body Butter

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 10 drops Tangerine
  • 10 drops Citrus Fresh
  • 10 drops Stress Away

Directions: Whip shea butter and coconut oil together with kitchen mixer; then add almond oil, or a carrier oil of your choice, to desired consistency. Add slowly as you may not need toe whole cup.  Fold in essential oils, using a wooden or stainless steel spoon.  Place in a tightly sealed jar.

DIFFUSER RECIPES

And to help get you in the fall mood, here are some fall favorite essential oils to add to your diffuser.  Use them alone, or mix them up.  Create your own favorite blends.

  • Thieves
  • Stress Away
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Orange
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamom
  • Patchouli

And , while you are enjoying the fragrance of these beautiful oils on your skin or in your diffuser, it’s nice to know that they are supporting wellness of your body systems!  May you be blessed with a  healthy and enjoyable fall season.

Changing the Routine for Your Mental Health

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[Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”        -–Mark  6:31

Summer is winding down. Did you have a chance to escape your normal routine? A vacation should be just that—a break from your normal routine. It doesn’t have to cost a lot; it just needs to be something you enjoy. Getaways are important not only for physical health to rest the body but also for mental health to rest the mind.

I just got back from a week with some of my family. I enjoyed sunshine, sun tanning, and sightseeing. You don’t have to go far away to get rest and relaxation, but getting away from your every day environment helps the brain to slow down.  It is hard to rest at home when there is a heap of laundry on the floor, a stack of dishes in the sink, and a pile of papers on the desk. Breaking your routine allows you to turn off that portion of your mind that is constantly thinking about what needs to happen next.  On a vacation, you don’t have to have a schedule.

Maybe you can’t take the time for a week of vacation.  Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Block out a Saturday, Sunday, or weekend to get outside and enjoy nature.  There is something peaceful and calming about considering Creation.  I love when my vacation takes me to a place where I can sit on a beach and view the ocean; however, I find the same calm come over me when I’m on my deck at home viewing a field of corn or the green grass and the trees that surround me.

Really all you need to do to rest your mind is get away from the usual to the unusual.  A family cookout, an hour at the spa, or lunch with a friend can bring refreshment and renewal to help you rest your mind.

As students and parents return to fall schedules and all that comes with them, I encourage you to take advantage of the late summer and fall days.  Get outside. Enjoy nature. Rest your mind. Refresh your soul.  Be renewed in your purpose.  Give your body and your mind the rest they crave. It is important for your mental health.

 

 

Back to School With Healthy Products

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It’s that time again!  Back to school.  We survived the days of 90+ temperatures and overwhelming humidity in July.  And though we still have a full month of summer left, we can’t help think about fall and the upcoming school year—even if we are no longer personally involved getting kids ready.

Walking into any store will remind you that education is making its annual comeback.  Christmas in July sales have given way to Back to School sales.  Mom is sorting clothes to see that Johnny has once again outgrown all his long pants and wondering if he can go to school in shorts until Christmas. Johnny also needs new tennis shoes.  And Susie wants a whole new wardrobe because she can’t possibly wear last season’s outfits.

But mom is not done shopping.  There is the excitement of backpacks, folders, pens and pencils, a new lunch box, and maybe some rain boots.

Thankfully, Young Living has some things to make the transition from summer to school year easier and healthier.

Here are five tips for a successful start to the new school year.

  1. Mom, you are first on the list. Stress Away is a sweet-smelling essential oil blend that will calm you during those shopping sprees with Johnny and Susie.  A word of advice from a mom who has been there—if possible, take one child at a time shopping.  It saves arguments and sanity.
  2. Breakfast and Snacks – Stock up on healthy choices for a quick breakfast or  between meal snack.
    • Einkorn Granola – Eat it dry, add milk to make a cereal, or mix in with yogurt and fruit.
    • Wolfberry bars – A great grab and go snack.
    • Ningxia popsicles – Have some of these stashed in the freezer for cooling off when summer temperatures continue into early fall.
    • Einkorn Flour – This Heirloom Wheat flour contains only 1% gluten and bakes up great using your favorite cookie and quick bread recipes. Check back next week for my blog about baking with Einkorn.
  3. Focus – Keep essential oils on hand that support cognitive function. Start your day alert and finish with concentration on homework. Try Lemon, Peppermint, or Clarity.
  4. Thieves – Support the immune system with a Thieves roller or add a few drops to your diffuser while enjoying some family TV time.
  5. Sleep – Keep essential oils on hand that promote good sleep. When it is time to unwind, and the sun is still in the sky, diffuse some calming oils. Try Lavender,  Peace & Calming, or Sleepyize to get everyone settled in for the evening.

Now that you have your shopping well in hand, it’s time to get out and enjoy the remainder of the summer.  School will wait a few more weeks.

 

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