It’s Young Living Convention time. I am usually attending but this year I had to miss because my husband, Mark, recently underwent major surgery and still needs care. I am keeping up on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Every year a bunch of new products are released. Here are the products released for Young Living Convention 2017. There are 58 new items this year added to Young Living’s already awesome product line. The new products will be available to purchase on Monday, June 19, 2017.




A nice Swag Bag is always given to convention attendees. I have loads of awesome bags collected from attending Young Living Conventions and other events. They always impress me with the quality of the items in the Swag Bag. Some years we got backpacks. I prefer the bags. 😉


Attendees received a bottle of the convention blend My Destiny. This year I am really wishing I was there to get that bag.
This blend combines Deep Relief, PanAway, RC, Raven, Live Your Passion, and Lavender for an invigorating, crisp, minty and inspiring aroma that motivates you to set and reach your goals.

Apply topically for a soothing and uplifting experience after physical or mentally challenging activities.




Fulfill Your Destiny essential oil blend: provides an empowering, clarifying, grounding aroma and an empowering atmosphere that encourages professional confidence and drive. May help soothe the appearance of healthy-looking skin.


Desert Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser: (Item #21558) Designed to look like a beautiful and elegant vase. It has multiple settings: high runs approximately 5 hours continuously, low runs approximately 8 hours continuously, intermittent runs 1 min on/1 min off for approximately 10 hours. It has 11 different light settings that can be turned on or off independent of diffuser function. This diffuser includes a romantic candle-like flicker mode with a light cycle mode so colors transition gently from one to another.




Savvy Minerals Make Up Line by Young Living
Savvy Minerals is a completely non-toxic make-up line that you can actually feel good about putting on your skin!
100% Natural and toxin free, nanoparticle free, No fillers, Titanium Dioxide free minerals. Savvy Minerals cosmetics are pigmented with naturally derived minerals that meet Young Living’s superior ingredient standards and provide gorgeous colors.


The mineral powders are free from bismuth and talc, which are inexpensive, low quality and potentially skin-damaging fillers used by other mineral makeup brands.
This line uses mineral-based powders that are made of a finely ground mica base, resulting in a smooth, flawless application.


Like all Young Living products, Savvy Minerals was created with quality, purity and safety as the ultimate goal.


As an ex cosmetologist, makeup is something I have always been into. I have used another brand of mineral makeup for years because I wanted chemical toxin free makeup. This is the product line I am most excited about in this year’s convention releases.


Savvy Minerals Line:

    Misting Spray
    Multi-Tasker
    Lip Gloss
    Lipstick
    Eye Shadows
    Blush
    Bronzer
    Foundation
    Eye liners
    and more!

These are all must-haves for your non-toxic makeup bag.




Aminowise: Helps support muscles during and after exercise to fight fatigue and enhance recovery, reduces lactic acid formed by exercise, support hydration by replenishing important minerals, contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.


Super Cal Plus: Calcium Supplement, a dual-action blend to support a healthy structural system through minerals and co-factors that support the structure, integrity, and density of the bones.


Alkalime: Single Serving Sachets you can take on the go with you! Alkalime is a precisely-balanced alkalime mineral complex formulated to neutralize acidity and maintain desirable pH levels in the body. Infused with lemon and lime essential oils and organic whole lemon powder, AlkaLime also features enhanced effervescence and biochemical cell salts for increased effectiveness. A balanced pH is thought to play an important role in maintaining overall health and vigor.




The Seedlings Product Line was created to make it as easy as possible for parents to choose the right products for the littlest members of their family. Made with 100% naturally derived plant based ingredients. Free of harsh chemicals and toxins.


Seedlings Baby Line


Seedlings Diaper Rash Cream — Item #20398 Over The Counter (OTC), hypoallergenic, clinically tested for sensitivity, mineral based, no nanoparticles, promotes healthy skin, reduces redness, helps relieve diaper rash, reduces the duration and severity of diaper rash when applied at the first sign of redness.


Seedlings Baby Wash and Shampoo — Item #20404 Leaves skin and hair clean, soft, and smooth, extra gentle, mild formula developed specifically for infants’ delicate skin, tear-free, 100% plant-based, naturally derived, ingredients, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, vegan friendly formula.


Seedlings Baby Lotion — Item #20438 Prevents dryness by soothing and moisturizing skin, non-greasy formula that absorbs, made with plant-based, naturally derived ingredients, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, vegan friendly.


Seedlings Baby Oil — #20373 dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, mild, gentle formula developed specially for infants’ delicate skin, moisturizes, soothes, and nourishes skin, made with 100 percent plant-based, naturally derived ingredients.


Seedlings Baby Wipes — Item #20428 Ultra soft and comfortable on infants’ delicate skin, soothing and non-drying, leaves skin moisturized, soft and smooth, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, vegan friendly.


Seedlings Linen Spray (coming soon) — Adds a calming aroma to linens, refreshes crib sheets, blankets, car seats, clothing, carpet, and other fabrics, vegan friendly, made with 100% naturally derived ingredients, gentle enough for use around infants and breastfeeding mothers.




Shutran 3-in-1 Men’s Wash: 8 ounce Item #20483 or 3 ounce Item #20631



Mineral Sunscreen Lotion: Item #20701 Over the Counter, SPF 10, dermatologist approved, no nanoparticles, water resistant, harsh-chemical free, mineral based, sweat resistant, broad spectrum.

The question most asked about the new sunscreen is “Why only 10 SPF?” Here’s how to answer. answer. It’s broad spectrum. New information is coming out about using too high of a block. We are now drastically D deficient because we are not allowing any sun in. We only need to reapply as needed based on the natural SPF of your own skin. It’s a different method of use. A better, more healthful method. Also there is no real evidence that higher SPF is more beneficial. Based on the Vitamin D issue, we are now seeing the negative effects of these “too high” SPF products.


Insect Repellent: Item #20667 EPA approved, lab tested, hypoallergenic, DEET free, 100% plant-based formula, clinically tested for efficacy, proven efficacy against mosquitoes, shown to be 30% more efficacious than top selling natural insect repellent.
Mineral Based, No Nanoparticles, Dermatologist Approved, Water Resistant for 80 Minutes, Sweat Resistant for 80 Minutes, Contains Essential Oils, SPF 10, Broad Spectrum

Lavaderm After Sun Spray: Item #20683 Over the Counter (OTC), hypoallergenic, clinically tested for sensitivity, soothes and cools skin, aloe moisturizes skin, immediate relief from pain associated with sunburn, minor burns, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations.



I deal with a lot of pain because of a chronic health problem. I have learned that when I eat GMO wheat I will pay for it the next day with an increased pain level. No GMO or sugar, low pain levels. I don’t have any pain issues when I use Einkorn Flour. That is why my blog has a lot of recipes using Einkorn Flour but I also LOVE Miracle Noodles. Here is a recipe I just made up that grew from an idea I saw online. I usually marinate the noodles before using them. They take on the flavors you add. Young Living Vitality Oils are ideal to use in Miracle Noodle dishes. This one is a new favorite.

Spicy Jalapeno Dill Miracle Noodle Salad


1 pack Miracle Noodle Fettuccini (Or Miracle Noodle Ziti)
1/2 cup dill pickle juice
2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil
1/2 cup diced dill pickles
1/8 to 1/4 cup diced jalapeno peppers (depending on how spicy you like it.)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup cheddar cheese, diced

Salt and pepper to taste


Drain the Miracle Noodles in a strainer, then rinse thoroughly with water. They will be stinky until well rinsed. Let them drain well. Once drained, cut the noodles (if using fettuccini) into smaller lengths. Put noodles in a good sized bowl and add 1/2 cup pickle juice to marinate for about 15 minutes. Drain and discard the pickle juice. Add 2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil first, toss well, then combine the remaining ingredients and mix until noodles are covered. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.






Nutrition Facts:
Makes 4 servings
Calories: 226
Fat: 23 g
Total carbs: 2g
Protein: 3g


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vitality oil cheese ball

Did you know that today is National Cheese Ball Day? I love a good cheese ball so I thought I would share one of my favorite cheese ball recipes using Young Living’s Vitality Essential Oils. There are lots of variations you could do with Vitality Oils and spices. It is up to your imagination.


Cheese balls are fun and easy to make appetizer for parties and gatherings or even a quiet evening home with your sweetie.



Vitality Herb and Garlic Cheese Ball

8 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1-2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil
1-2 drops Rosemary Vitality Essential Oil
1-2 drops Basil Vitality Essential Oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, minced garlic, Dill, Rosemary and Basil Vitality Essential Oil until well combined. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Place the chopped pecans on a plate. Form the cheese mixture into a ball, then roll the ball in the chopped nuts until the outside of the cheese ball is completely covered.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.
Serve with crackers.

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It can be a real challenge keeping balanced and on track when someone you love is going through a painful time and you become the caregiver. It is a challenge for both the person in need of care and the caregiver. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be very helpful in a variety of ways.

This is what my husband Mark and I have been going through lately. I have had to step into the role of caregiver. It’s not the norm for us at all. Mark usually does 90% of the cooking and 50% of the cleaning. He loves to cook and just don’t. 😉 I run 90% of our home business, he runs most of the household duties. Well, things have changed a bit over the past year but dramatically in the past couple of months. Mark has 3 bulging disks pressing on the nerve in his spine. It is VERY painful. Lately it is so bad he has been bedridden most days. He can get up for a few minutes but can’t take sitting or standing for very long. He has an appointment with a neurosurgeon next week. Hopefully some help soon.

I thought I would share a bit of all of this with you because you may have need of this information now or sometime in the future. Lots of things can happen to put someone in need of care, even young people.

Take Care of YOURSELF While You’re Taking Care of Others


It is a blessing that I am able to be working from home with Young Living Essential Oils. It allows me to take care of Mark but also have all kinds of oils and supplements that are helping support both of us through this stressful time.

Some days I need a little Clarity oil to get focused on things I need to to. I am running back and forth from my office to our bedroom to check on Mark and care for his needs, plus cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. Shifting back into a business mindset after being in caregiver mode can be a challenge. I used Young Living Clarity oil to get my mind focused on writing this article today. I love Clarity oil blend on normal days but really thankful I have it during this time.

Stress Away is an essential oil blend that is wonderful during times when things are going on. I find myself getting hyper when I have things to do and the interruptions keep coming. Just put some Stress Away on your hands and inhale deeply.

Lately I find myself using a LOT of Young Living Joy essential oil blend. Things have really changed for us. It makes me kind of sad when I see Mark suffering. Well, that’s an understatement. He can’t do the things he loves to do. He also feels discouraged about that. Joy is an oil that can help emotional support for both the one cared for and caregiver.

Sacred Mountain is another oil I find myself drawn to lately. When I use it I feel strong like a tree. Sacred Mountain is a blend of Ylang Ylang and conifer oils that promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection when diffused. I diffuse it but I also wear it like a perfume. I love the smell.

Valor or Valor II – Use on the bottom of your feet to feel more balanced and confident as you go through the process of helping your loved one through this difficult time.

Harmony – Use on each of the energy center points of your body. There are seven of them along the body: tail bone/root, naval, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown (top of head). Helps with balance.

Peace & Calming
– The name says it all. 😉

Sleep can be an issue when a person is caring for someone with a health issue. Sleeping next to Mark, I can hear the painful outcries in the night. It is really difficult to sleep knowing your loved one is suffering. The problem is, you need your sleep so you can have the energy to take care of them.

Lavender and Cedarwood are my favorites for relaxing before bed time. Other options are Roman Chamomile, Stress Away, Valerian, Tangerine, RutaVala and Peace & Calming.

DIY Relaxing Bath Salts
4 cups of Epsom Salts
12 drops of Lavender
6 drops Cedarwood
Glass Jar

Directions:
1. Pour Epsom Salts into the jar and drop essential oil on top of the salts.
2. Seal and Shake to blend well.
3. Add 1/2 to one cup of the salt mixture and add under warm running water.
3. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
3. Drink plenty of water after enjoying your relaxing soak.

DIY Bedtime Linen Spray

4 oz glass spray bottle
2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
6-10 drops lavender essential oil
6 tablespoons water

Directions
In the spray bottle, combine the witch hazel or vodka and the lavender essential oil. Place the top on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine the oil and witch hazel or vodka. Then take the top off and add water so the the essential oil distributes into the water. Replace the top and shake well again. Spray a bit on your hand to test the smell. If you want the scent stronger, add a few more drops of essential oil.

Shake well and spray on linens or other fabrics as desired.

Night Time Body Lotion
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops Stress Away or Cedarwood
Melt Shea Butter and Coconut oil together. Then add almond oil. Cool until almost hardened. Whip with mixer while adding essential oils. Continue mixing until completely mixed. About 5 minutes.
Use before bed time.

When caring for someone, you sometimes can find that you have worked a little too hard and need a little soothing for those tired muscles.

Muscle Roll On
20 drops Wintergreen
20 drops Copaiba
20 drops Peppermint
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle fill to top with coconut oil.

Soothing Relief Recipe 1
10 drops basil
8 drops wintergreen
6 drops cypress
3 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or or Base Recipe below.

Soothing Relief Recipe 2
3 drops lavender
4 drops cypress
3 drops wintergreen
4 drops marjoram
5-6 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Base Recipe below.

Base Recipe:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Beeswax, Shea Butter, or combination of the two:
SOFT: Use 2 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
FIRM: Use 4 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
EXTRA-FIRM: Use 6 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
HARD: Use 8 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture

SOFT – This is a good one if you are wanting something closer to a lotion.
FIRM – A little more firmness.
X-TRA FIRM – this version would be a good choice for a foot or elbow balm.
HARD – Good for a lip balm or deodorant.

DIRECTIONS
Place coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and beeswax and shea butter in small glass jar. Place jar into pan and fill with approximately 2-inches of water. Heat over medium-heat, stirring mixture in jar until everything is melted. Remove pan from heat. Using a clean kitchen towel or wash cloth, carefully remove jar from pan and place on cutting board to cool. While cooling stir with knife to make sure contents stay well mixed.
Before adding your choice of essential oils, let the mixture cool a little but not too much. Letting the mixture cool helps to preserve and protect the delicate chemical constituents in the essential oils. You can speed the process by gently stirring with a clean knife. Add the essential oils while stirring and mixture is just starting to turn opaque and beginning to harden.

Supplements to support balance: Super Cal, Super B, Mineral Essence, OmegaGize, NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro, NingXia Zyng

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A nice bowl of soup on a cold day really hits the spot. Well, really any old day. I like cream of broccoli soup but I have been thinking lately about making a batch of Cream of Asparagus Soup. We often have steamed asparagus as a side dish and sometimes waste the tough ends. I always save the tough ends of broccoli and cauliflower for making vegetable puree for soups or whatever else sounds tasty. When pureed and mixed with the other vegetables, it gives you a nice batch of soup with extra for another meal. That’s what got me thinking about saving the tough ends to add to broccoli or cauliflower soup. Or, better yet, make Cream of Asparagus Soup.

This soup was a hit with my hubby so I will be making this one often.


You will need:

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery with green tops
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
salt
You could try other Vitality Essential Oil flavors like Lime, Thyme, Basil, Oregano.

Directions:

In a steamer, steam the asparagus until bright green and just tender. No more than 5 minutes. Cut the tips off asparagus.
About one inch long. Set those aside.

Cut the remaining asparagus stalks into 1 inch pieces. Cut celery in 1 inch pieces.

In another saucepan, celery, cook onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.
Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups broth and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Puree in a blender until completely smooth. Return mixture to pan. Reheat soup while slowly stirring in cream cheese and butter.
Season to taste with salt and Vitality Essential Oils. Toss in asparagus tips and stir in.
Optional: Garnish with a few pieces of celery leaf.

Serve hot or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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