Thieves Essential Oil and Why YOU NEED it! #Musthaves #Essentialoils

I bring you this post today, written by Lorraine from Created For Healing, because I have personally benefited and used the product in my home. I was not compensated for this post or any links in it.

It is a pleasure to share this information! Follow Lorraine on Facebook for more Young Living Essential Oil tips & tricks!

Thieves Essential Oil Thieves essential oil is a highly ant-infectious and immune stimulating blend made that contains: Eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, clove, and lemon. Thieves was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims.

Thieves® Oil Blend was tested at Weber State University and found to have a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria. It was found to be highly anti-infectious and supportive of the immune system.

Here are some ways to use Thieves Essential Oil

  • Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra support during cold and flu season, especially before leaving for school, work, or going out in public.

I have a pre made diluted Thieves blend with half carrier oil for my kids. When my kids are showing the first systems if illness, I apply this blend every 20 minutes. I also diffuse this every few hours to help fight germs and get better faster. It also help sease most of the symptoms associated with colds, the flu, and more.

  • Mix one drop with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat. For children it can be applied diluted externally to the throat. Or also be added to a spoon of local honey.
  • Mix 1-2 drops with honey in a teaspoon for cough relief & Diffuse.
  • Put 5-8 drops in a capsule with a little olive oil and swallow at first sign of a cold.
  • Mix 15-20 drops in a 14oz. spray bottle and mist school or office desks and other surfaces to disinfect and reduce sickness. Thieves Household Cleaner is another great option. All you need is a capful to a spray bottle and add water. You can make up a spray bottle for home, school, work, and a smaller one for your purse and diaper bag.
  • Diffuse Thieves essential oil in your home to keep to purify and cleanse the air of viruses, bacterial, and mold.
  • Rub a couple drops Thieves essential oil on gums to promote gum health and even tooth pain.
  • Great for cold sores, braces pain, wisdom tooth pain.
  • Diffuse for 30 minutes before children come home from school every day to promote wellness.
  • Make your own carpet freshener and disinfectant by adding 16-20 drops Thieves essential oil in 1 cup Baking Soda in a container. Then allow to sit over night covered so the essential oil can be absorbed. Shake then sprinkle on carpet, let sit for a little while, then vacuum.
  • Mix several drops with 1 cup of baking soda to scrub to make an all natural scrub blend to clean sinks, tubs, and more.
  • Make your own foam hand soap by adding 5-10 drops Thieves oil, with 3 Tbsp. liquid castile soap to an empty foaming soap dispenser, then fill with filtered water, then cover & shake.
  • Make your own bathroom cleaner, great for mold, mildew. Add 15-20 drops and 4 ounces liquid castle soap to a 32 oz. spray bottle and fill with water. Shake before each use to re-disperse oils.
  • Freshen smelly shoes or sneakers; put several drops Thieves essential oil on a cotton ball, place cotton ball in shoes over night to kill odors.
  • Add a few drops to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
  • Add a several drops to your laundry cycle to sanitize clothes.

These are just a few of the many ways to use Thieves. Thieves essential oils blend is a school year and fall & winter necessity to have on hand.

Be prepared and get Thieves in the Premium Starter Kit with a Free diffuser, along with 10 other essential oils. Happy Oiling!

SPECIAL NOTE from The noise of boys:

Only buy essential oils from a reputable source. Many essential oils are perfume grade ( and may contain unnecessary or unsafe additives)

Young Living Essential Oils are therapeutic grade and thoroughly tested for purity and quality.

Red Zone Electric Football by Tudor Games- GAME TIME #Giveaway


Note: we received the Red Zone Electronic Football game in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are mine and are based on our experiences.

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Ahh the excitement! The anticipation! IT’S GAME ON!

That was just my hubby’s reaction to learning we were going to review one of his childhood favorite games! One the box arrived, the boys eagerly joined in his passion for play!

Set-up was super easy and my four year-old helped (with guidance). The recommended age for players is eight and this is adequate!  Just add batteries and prepare you players with the cleats and numbers! Lose a piece?  Buy extra players, cleats and more online! Football not your sport?  Tudor Games has multiple sport series available!

Now, as far as, official and strategic play- my children are a bit young.  Hubby was able to share a few tips- but they were thrilled just using the remote (NEW FEATURE) and they easily could take turns and operate!

If you are looking for a birthday, holiday or just football nostalgia gift for the game lover- The Red Zone Electric Football set by Tudor Games is a great option.  Perfect for solo play, two player games or even team play!

Official rules for play are conveniently printed, provided and in box- PLUS they can be found online!

Current on-line retail: $49.95

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Complete set includes:

Measures 25.5″ x 14.5″ x 2″
FieldDrive™ Motion Generator Powers Your Plays
SpeedTurf™ Playing Field: 312 square inches = 24″x13″
PlayAction™ Remote provides Precision Play Control
11 White Football Team Figures in 5 Action Positions
11 Red Football Team Figures in 5 Action Positions
12 Invisibase™ Strength Cleats
24 Invisibase™ Speed Cleats
2 Triple Threat Quarterback™ Figures Run, Pass, Kick
Black Uniform Numbers
White Uniform Numbers
6 Official Tudor Games Felt Footballs
2 Goalposts with Frame Clips
2 Yardstick Markers with Sliding Frame Clips
1 Ball Marker with Sliding Frame Clip
Official Rule Book and Assembly Instructions
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*Requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

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Vacation with Kids? What YOU can expect! #TrueTales

Last week, I took a hiatus from The True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches to enjoy a annual family reunion week in Lake Okoboji Iowa with my husband’s extended family. AKA Our vacation with kids :-)

Okoboji 2014 It is a fun-filled week, with lakeside accommodations and now over 40 attendees!  We were very blessed to share a two room adjoining suite with my sister n law’s family, although as the week went on I began to wonder if we were not in the main lodging units (with the majority of family) due to my children’s notorious behavior :-)

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Thankfully, Sonya from Saving Everyday with Sonya K stepped in to share her tale- If you haven’t read it yet please check it out here →Potty Time, Kid Menus, & 2nd Day Grumps: Vacationing with Kids, I adore Sonya, follow her site regularly and I so appreciate her joining us! sonya

Next week, we will hear from my dear co-host and friend, Melissa from Home on Deranged ♥ who ALWAYS brings the funny! I LOVE reading her posts!

Now since I had four hours (each way) in a car to mentally plan this post (in between demands for juice, cat naps, lunch breaks, snacks, DVD changes…(okay so not a lot of actual time)  I came up with a list of common things you might encounter when on vacation with kids.

You will bring toys, BUT NEVER the RIGHT Toys…

Next time, I am just giving the kids allowance to buy toys.  Just kidding kind of.  My son Henry really only wanted to play with the neighboring rooms child’s toys.  If Hayden played with LEGOS (which he wanted to) he would want to sit inside- AT THE LAKE!

You either pack way too many clothes or just shy of what you needed.  Sometimes it is both.

We experienced both scenarios.  Hayden and I had WAY to many extra clothes and Henry…well needed more clothes than BEYONCE′.  See Walmart below. It was buy 2-3 more outfits or find a local laundromat and be trapped in it with 2 kids under 4 years for two hours.  Guess which I opted for?

If you pack a stroller- you won’t need it. Leave it at home and you might be sorry.

So I was insistent we needed a stroller- which we needed to strap to the hood of our SUV. The stroller was used twice.  Once during our half-day long amusement park outing and once by my SIL who didn’t think she would need one. I am glad it got some use!

Your kids might be THOSE KIDS.

My birthday fell during this week, so my in-laws graciously agreed to watch the kids so we could enjoy a meal. WAHAHA… We were gone two hours.  About six other family members were called in as back up to watch Henry.

One cousin told me…”you know those bungee leashes? Really, we won’t judge.”

Apparently, he also made his cousin sprint after him down the dock, you know, just for fun.

I got a picture of Henry in the bath from my SIL, not sure he was dirty as much as they just were trying to keep him in one place.  :-)  It is ALWAYS the quiet ones. T-R-O-U-B-L-E

You will find your way to local Walmart

Yep one hour into the drive and I realized I forgot the monitor base.  Then we needed tylenol. Then Henry ran out of clothes.  I believe over the course of the week there was only one day I did not have to go to that store for something. UGH, I was missing Target.

SHOW ME THE MONEY… Amusement Parks and other touristy places! Okoboji 2014 2

So each year we visit Arnold’s Park.  This is a fairly small and shall we say kinda out-dated amusement park.  Lets just say the same rides were in use when my husband was a child.  The cost is reasonable compared to some parks $21.95 for kids, $27.95 for adults.  You can get a chaperone pass for $7.00 but it only allows for 5 rides.  So we bought a full pass for both of us.  Guess how many rides I went on? One.  Henry went on maybe 5 rides.  After tax just over $100.  Of course you also need a very pricey park lunch, the holy moly kind kitties this freaking 8 oz lemonade is $5.00 drink and just to top it all off, of course, your older child would rather play the pay extra out-of-pocket carnival games- rather actually than ride the rides.

Always pack an emergency lunch!

Ugh Mommy why haven’t you learned this yet? After waiting 20 minutes with hungry kids don’t rely on a restaurant to know if a food contains an allergen.  Since RAGBRAI had just biked through Okoboji, Godfather’s Pizza threw away all boxes listing ingredients for extra freezer space. They kindly offered a refund if desired.  D’OH! Bad move mom.

And on a final note: I am still recovering my energy from this week of vacation with kids. I VERY rarely sat in one place, except at night when I was simply too tired to go to bed :-) Perhaps when you travel with kids you should plan an extra week to re-adjust.

NOW it is your turn! Share your vacation with kids tips, wisdom & lessons with us!

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