A Guide to School Vacation Week

It’s school vacation week, y’all! I’m still trying to figure out why February vacation is even a thing. I mean, do they REALLY need a week off less than two months after Christmas? And why aren’t these days being saved for snow days? So many questions, so few answers. And here we are as parents, wondering…. can I survive a week at home with my kids? They will fight. They will yell. I will yell. They will cry. I will cry. I’m here to tell you, YOU CAN DO THIS! We can ALL do it and come out to live and tell the tale. 😉 See that photo? That’s my stash! Well, certainly not my entire oil stash, but it’s that stash that I will need this week. Here is my guide on how to survive school vacation week, the oily way!

Morning Wake Up
-Lemon and Peppermint – diffuse together for a morning pick-me-up
-En-R-Gee and Peppermint – apply topically on ankles for energy throughout the day (I put it on my ankles because I personally don’t care for the smell of En-R-Gee, but if you like the smell, you can certainly put it elsewhere)

Throughout the day at home
-Stress Away and Tangerine – diffuse together to keep everyone stress-free
-Thieves Cleaner – use to clean everything in your home. And I mean every.thing.
-Lavender, Panaway, Frankincense, Peppermint – my favorite headache blend (10 drops of each with carrier oil in a roller bottle)
-Peace and Calming – diffuse at bedtime. The name says it all!

Venturing out of the house
-Surrender – dilute with carrier oil and apply to the back of the kids neck and on their wrists. It will keep them grounded and frankly, less crazy!
-Ginger and Peppermint – in case anyone get motion sickness in the car, dilute and apply on head right behind their ears
-Purification – disinfect any cuts of scrapes the kids might get while playing outside
-Thieves Hand Sanitizer – because kids touch everything!

Have a great vacation week, Mom’s and Dad’s! You got this! 🙂

What other oils would you add to the survival list?

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Dinner and DiGize

Valentine’s Day was last week. I have never been a big fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Roses, candy, chocolates, hearts and cupid plastered everywhere….. just not my thing. I always tell my husband to not spend money on flowers, because I will inevitably forget to water them and they die within two days. Spend your money on something else a little more worthwhile. In the meantime, Valentine’s is my excuse to buy obscene amounts of all things Reese’s, including the chocolate peanut butter hearts that, I didn’t realize until I got home and opened them, were pink! But I digress….

The other excuse the Hallmark holiday gives me is the chance to get food from Outback Steakhouse. MY. FAVORITE. My two boys are little crazies when we go out to eat, so in an effort to keep us from losing it, we just got takeout to eat at home. If calories didn’t exist, I could eat a Bloomin’ Burger and Aussie Cheese Fries every day! Although this time was a little different. I think because I have been trying so hard to eat healthy and stay away from greasy food, the burger and fries really affected me. Don’t get me wrong, it was still SO delicious! I enjoyed every minute of it! But afterwards, I had a huge stomach ache. So much so, that I still had it the next morning. DiGize to the rescue!

DiGize can be used directly on your stomach when feeling any sort of discomfort. Rubbing it on your stomach in a clockwise motion will get things moving and in a counterclockwise motion will it slow things down. I opted for clockwise! 🙂 Within an hour, I was good as new! Now if I only used it right after dinner…..

 

Cooking with Oils – Oregano

I cooked with oils last night – in this case oil. Singular. And it was amazing! I had added Oregano to my Essential Rewards order last month, but my intention wasn’t to use it for cooking. I ordered it for health reasons. At the time I couldn’t seem to stop getting a cold. Nothing terrible, but annoying cough, congestion, and sore throat. Oregano is an oil that can help with all those things. But lets face it – its Oregano! When I smell it, all I can do is think of Italian food! So, I took my usual lasagna recipe, and added three drops of Oregano essential oil. Three drops. That’s it! And honestly, two drops probably would have been enough. But holy moly, did those three drops make my kitchen smell amazing! It really gave the lasagna a little extra somethin, somethin that it’s always been missing.

I know what you are thinking – Steph, what is your lasagna recipe? Alright, alright…. I got you covered….

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Weight Watchers Beef Lasagna

Ingredients:

9 oven-ready lasagna noodles

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

2-3 drops Oregano essential oil

1 (26-ounce) jar of favorite marinara

1 1/2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, and zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and pan juices are evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add essential oil drops and stir thoroughly.
  2. Stir in marinara sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Spread 1/4 of meat sauce in 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread 1/2 cup of ricotta on top. Repeat layering twice, ending with meat sauce.
  4. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle lasagna evenly with shredded mozzarella. Bake until heated through and cheese is slightly browned, about 20 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Did you notice that this recipe only takes a 1/2 pound of ground beef? The onion and zucchini make the filing more…. well, full! That makes it lower in calories, but I promise you, the taste is amazing! You would never know that this is a low calorie recipe!

Let me know if you try it! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this tasty recipe!