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Kitchen Renovation Inspiration!

When we bought our house the kitchen was the first thing I wanted to fix! We didn’t have it in the budget for the fully renovated Ikea kitchen that I dreamed of, so we tackled the important things. 1) Taking up the linoleum floor and restoring the original hardwood floors (labor of love, or something like that, for Scott) 2) Painting the cabinets and 3) getting a new stove (somehow in the inspection we missed the stove being broken). Those things have been done for a while now and I’m itching for a completely NEW kitchen! It also doesn’t help that we made a trip to Ikea last month. I have a whole Pinterest Board dedicated to my dream kitchen but here are a few pictures that I just love!

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

Source: Ikea

Scott likes the look of butcher block counter tops. I’m coming around to the idea, especially if it’s this dark color! Basically I would copy the look of this whole house, because it’s gorgeous! {Click on picture to see the house}

Source: ALLA BILDER

Source: ALLA BILDER

I am still a lover of the look of White Cararra Marble (just maybe not in marble because I’ve heard it stains and chips easily).

Source: Rick Robinson Builders

Source: Rick Robinson Builders

So which one do you like better? The butcher block counter tops or the marble look?

Clean Eating: Weekly Recipe Roundup Week One

I have been trying to eat cleaner and healthier. I’ll be honest fried chicken fingers and sweet tea sounds A LOT better then grilled chicken and roasted veggies. But I know it’s not the best for me! So .. I’ve been taking a stab at creating healthy meals that have taste. Thank goodness the Golden Drop Society has a Fit and Healthy Facebook page where members can post workout videos and recipes! I’ve been inspired by the members of this facebook group and their awesome recipes (or talent for finding awesome recipes) So, I decided to do a weekly round up each Friday of some of my favorite things I cook during the week, in case your struggling like me!

Here are some of my favorites from this week!

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No Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven
+ I subbed Almond Butter for the Peanut Butter, They came out a little gooey but still taste amazing!
+ These are the perfect bites if you’re craving something sweet!

Healthy Mexican Chicken
+ My friend Lesley shared this on her instagram account (which is amazing for healthy ideas). It’s actually from another friend, Ashley Cribb (also a wealth of knowledge for healthy recipes) There really isn’t an exact recipe. I added in a coupe chicken breast, sliced onions, taco seasoning, salsa, and a can black beans. Stick it all in a crock pot and Enjoy!
+ Add some rice or anything else to complete your Mexican dish (avocado, chips & salsa)

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Italian Orzo Tomato Soup from Little Spice Jar
+ This soup is sooo good! I did change it up a little, but kept most of it the same
+ I left out the spinach and pesto. And since we are doing gluten free, I used White Arborio Rice
+ This makes A LOT of soup so I also didn’t add the rice to the soup while it was cooking. I made the soup and then sectioned them out, some into freezer bags and some into containers to put in the fridge. When adding the rice I did 1 part water to 1 part rice. I let that cook for 10 minutes. Then added the amount of soup I wanted to the pot and let it cook for another 10 minutes.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice from Little Sweet Moments
+ If your craving friend rice, this is a good substitute. No it definitely don’t taste like the friend rice from my favorite local Chinese restaurant, but the crunch of this dish does tool your taste buds….a little
+ I cooked this on the stove instead of the oven. I also used coconut amnions instead of soy sauce and olive oil instead of sesame oil.

Golden Drop Society- Natural Beauty Month

Ah!!! February! The month of LOVE!! {Or Singles Awareness Month as I called it before I was married}. There is just something about February that makes me what to dress up and look pretty, and by dress up and look pretty, I mean actually do my hair and makeup! And put on something other than my gym clothes.

I don’t have hours and hours a day to spend on hair and makeup, I like things that make my morning routine easier but still make me feel special. So when the Golden Drop Society did natural beauty month last February, I took it as time to find some great chemical free, natural and non toxic options for hair, makeup and beauty! My keys are 1) I have to like it 2) it needs to be fast 3) it needs to be affordable.

Since last February, I’ve tried different products here and there and have have come up with a great “go to” list! Over the next week I’ll be sharing you some of my favorite items!

Why is knowing what you put on your skin and body so important? Watch this video!

The Business Side of Young Living!

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Ask me about oils and I can on and on.

Ask me about the Golden Drop Society- and be prepared to sit there for a few hours while I tell you why its amazing! The Golden Drop Society is wonderful, The Golden Drop Business Builders….Oh gracious, I love that group! It may sound a little weird to you, and I get it! You’re probably asking, “You love a group where 90% of the people you have never met outside of facebook?” Yeap!

If I write too much, I’m going to cry- so here is why I love my Golden Drop builders group so much
* We have leaders who pray for us, our goals and our families
* What you do matters and is seen by other women who acknowledge, encourage and praise you publicly and privately for it
* Your leaders want you to grow, and will do whatever it takes to help you reach your goals
* There is NEVER any pressure, but only love, support and encouragement
* That one person who seems to be right where you want to be, is just a facebook chat away and is always willing to give you tips
* We have an end of the month facebook party where we congratulate everyone on an awesome month
* There is no competition! We share ideas, have parties together, help each other out! There is enough success to go around and we all want each other to experience it!

The list could go on and on.

The more I talk to women, the more I find out that many of them want to be at home with their children. Or they want to get out of their 9-5 job, or they want to have the freedom to travel. They may just want a little extra income for gifts, kids parties, or to renovate the house (that one is me!!).

I have seen it happen with some of the ladies in our group! It’s not easy by any means! You will grow, you will be stretched, you will feel like giving up! But when you do- that is when all these wonderful ladies will be there to pick you up, dust you off and get you going again!

If any of this has peeked your interested, I would love to give you some more information on Young Living and the business side! Our team offers a Business Class once a month. Once completed you will have access to our private business builders facebook page, a special section on our blog dedicated to building a business, and access to our Drop Box with tons of information!
If you like more information please email me at ericksonessentials@gmail.com!

September ER!!

IMG_1148Young Living Essential Rewards is like Christmas every month!! It’s a completely voluntary auto-ship program that members of Young Living can sign up for. You can change your order around every single month, there is no charge to start or stop and you get points towards FREE items and can get FREE products just from placing a order. Needless to say, I really like ER! This months order was full of great things for the fall

Thieves Hard Lozenges
* Lightly sweetened with the low-glycemic sugar maltitol, these lozenges deliver the power of Thieves®, along with the flavor of natural peppermint and lemon essential oil.

Art Gentle Cleanser
* The Art skin care line is fantastic! I was very skeptical about it at first, but it will be my go to cleanser from now on!
* ART® Gentle Cleanser supports healthy glowing skin by washing away impurities with a soft, gentle lather.
* Infused with skin-loving essential oils, your face will feel clean and refreshed with a renewed, radiant look.

Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste
* This all-natural toothpaste is made with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, including the cleansing and protective benefits of Thieves® essential oil blend.
* Its safe and effective formula provides a fortress of support for healthy gums, strong teeth, and a confident smile.

Citronella
* I bought this to make DIY candles for outside! It doesn’t get too cold in South Georgia, so we spend a lot of time outside in the fall. I can’t wait to make candles for the back porch!
* Citronella essential oil has a refreshing and uplifting fragrance, and can be diffused indoors or outdoors to freshen the air and eliminate odors.

Lemongrass
* Lemongrass essential oil supports overall well-being*, and may support the digestive system.

R.C
* I’m stocking up on RC before the winter months get here since this is a winter time MUST HAVE!
* R.C.™ is an invigorating blend of pure essential oils – including Spruce, Cypress and three varieties of eucalyptus that is relaxing when used in massage.

Thieves
* I’ve been out of Thieves for almost 2 weeks and it was torture! I didn’t realize how much I use this oil until I didn’t have it!
* Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying.
* Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, can be found in all of our Thieves products.
* When taken internally, Thieves supports healthy immune function*, and it includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system.
* When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves is an ideal complement to a daily wellness regimen.*

Lemon
* I received this as a FREE oil!
* Lemon may be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

Aroma Life
* I received this as a FREE oil! This was a new oil to me so I was excited to get it and try it out!
* Aroma Life™ combines the harmonizing effects of ylang ylang with known powerhouses cypress, helichrysum, and marjoram.

Deep Relief
* Deep Relief essential oil roll-on is a Young Living-exclusive blend of pure essential oils formulated to use for massage after activity.
* Peppermint, Wintergreen, Copaiba, Helichrysum, Dorado Azul, and other essential oils each play an integral role in this blend.
* Deep Relief Roll-On has an invigorating and energizing scent, and offers a convenient method of application for forehead, temples, and neck anytime, anywhere it’s needed.

Stress Away
* Stress Away™ Essential Roll-On is the perfect on-the-go natural solution to combat stresses that creep into everyday life.
* This deliciously unique blend of essential oils makes relieving daily stress convenient and easy.

Tangerine
* I received this as a FREE oil!
* Tangerine essential oil helps support a healthy lifestyle regimen
* This oil adds a bright, citrus flavor to foods and water and is a savory complement to many meats marinades, side dishes, and dressings.

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