Essential Oils: My Favorite YLEO DiGize


If you follow me at ALL on Facebook, you'll undoubtedly know that I have totally changed how we do sick around here. I'm talking sick, getting sick, feeling sick, totally sick, yacking sick - ALL of it. We're doing everything a little differently now... even allergies, temperatures, boo-boo's, bug bites and more.

Occasionally, I will share one of my favorite (at that point) oils with you. I'll share what the issue was, what oil I used, how we' used it, and the results.

Today, I want to talk about RC.

This little bottle of brilliance is a game changer for us. Spring has started to arrive in North Texas and with that brings allergy and cold season. (With the weather in constant flux it's no wonder! 80 one day and 40 the next... Ugh!) Coughs, congestion, upper respiratory issues, colds... you name it, if it involves breathing or congestion it's happening around here during spring.

This morning, Freddy woke up with a wet, thick, yacky, chesty congestion cough. I know you know the kind of cough I'm talking about. He went to bed without a cough and woke up with a new roommate. Nice.

He plays soccer, and his team was scheduled for a game this morning just a few hours away from when he woke up. He was REALLY looking forward to it but with that cough, I was thinking we would need to stay home for the day and get him better. I asked him about it and gauging by his response, it would have been better to have the world stop spinning. He did not want to miss that game for anything. He asked me if I would just "put his oils on him."

So, I whipped out my bottle of RC and  put it on his feet and then put his socks on. Then, I put it on his chest, along his spine and we went downstairs to have breakfast.

20 minutes later, his cough was almost nonexistent. What cough was left was dry, and not at all wet or chesty. It's one of those oils I never expected to want but can't imagine living without.

Fred's soccer game happened! His team didn't win the game (not by a LONG shot), but I had a very happy little boy. (Now, if only DiGize would make him a better soccer player!!)

RC is a fantastic blend of ten essential oils that are specifically designed to support respiratory challenges including allergies, colds, bronchitis, congestion and sinus inflammation.

RC is very beneficial when diffusing for allergies and congestion. You can apply it topically with a carrier oil, or diffuse at night when combating colds, sore throats, lung infection or sleep apnea. You can also make a hot compress for your chest for cold, lung infection or pneumonia. Put 15 drops of RC in 2 cups of hot water in a bowl. Wet the towel and ring it out and put on chest with a dry towel on top!

If you're interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils shoot me an email or if you want to order them to have in your home, read up here!

Menu Planning: March 26th Edition


It's been a LONG time since I've shared our menu plan. And, my grocery budget and pantry TOTALLY reflect it!

Last week I caught a wild hair and decided to go through my pantry. Boy, did I find some interesting items.

4 cans of cherry pie filling (uh... I don't even LIKE cherry pie filling!)
3 bags of mini marshmallows (I can see one... maybe... for cereal bars or something. But 3??)
Several boxes of stuffing mix (we don't eat stuffing unless it's Thanksgiving and even then it's from scratch!)

Sadly, the list could go on for quite a while. I decided that nothing would go back into the pantry unless I had a specific plan for it (other than the items I keep on hand).  Most of the items (like the cherry pie filling and stuffing mixes) went to live with other families instead of me working to find a way to use them up. Win all the way around!

In case you're new to Creating Everyday, here's how I do my menu planning.

I plan for 14 days. I like to plan for Wednesday - Tuesday because I try to plan around my freezer and fridge contents, my pantry, and (most importantly) the store ads. The store circulars come out on Wednesdays and I price match as much of our groceries as I can.

I find that if I plan for a 14 day menu, I am not going shopping near as much which in turn helps me with something I really struggle with - shopping.

I plan for 3 "leftover" meals/days in our 14 day menu plan. We're a small family, and most recipes serve way more than we need. Planning for leftovers makes my life easy, and our fridge empty(er). I try to plan for snacks, and desserts (1 a week) too. I do not assign meals to days/dates. I just pick from the list the morning of, and go from there.

Here's what I'm planning to serve/cook for the next two weeks:





  • Almonds
  • Fresh veggie sticks (carrots & celery)
  • Cheese crackers (keeping it real y'all!)
  • Popcorn
  • Fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, and mangoes)
  • Black Bean Avacado Dip and tortilla chips
  • Homemade roasted red pepper hummus with fresh pita chips







  • Chicken Taquitos
  • Salads
  • PB&J
  • Lunchmeat, cheese & crackers
  • Fruits
  • Leftovers
  • Grilled chicken pocket sandwiches with cabbage salad









That's what I'm planning to serve. What do you have up your sleeve?

A new Clean, Fresh, and Simplified Design


It's always fun to do a little bit of redecorating.

Or a whole lot of redecorating. Like... a major overhaul redecorating.

If you've been around my blog for a while, things probably look different. Very, VERY different!

And in a really, super good way!

New design. New color scheme. New web address (that would be www.creating-everyday.com in case you couldn't tell!).  Even a coordinating facebook page - SHUT THE BARN DOOR! I would big, pink, puffy heart love it if you would 'like' me there too!

I am LOVING the clean, fresh look and owe it all to Kristin with Designer Blogs. I picked out a design, answered a few of her questions, and voila my blog feels right again! She was easy to work with, even with my steady stream of questions and late night adjustments. The whole process was easy peasy, lemon-squeezy!

I feel like my blog matches my goal for now - simplicity. Streamlined. Simple. Still colorful. Still me!

So, sit and stay a while. Check out my closets and secret hidey hole guest bedroom (please tell me you have a hiding place for all the "stuff" you need to quickly pickup and hide guests come over!).  Tell me - what do you think of the new blog?

P.S. If you have www.heatherales.com saved as your bookmark, please update it to www.creating-everyday.com. Eventually, the heatherales.com address will be deactivated.

P.P.S. Some of you figured out that I was in the middle of a redesign and have asked me why I didn't just redesign my blog myself. In working towards simplifying my life, I've come to realize that I don't have to do everything. And, it's GOOD to just let someone have the reins and run. It was SO nice to not stress or worry about designing elements (though I did do the little sidebar flags) or installing anything.  I loved it!!

What?!? A Post From Heather?

Hello!

Long time, NO BLOG!!

It's been almost a year since my last post. What the H?? Seriously though, I had great intentions to blog, and a huge whoppin' list of things I wanted to blog about and document. Alas, as some good intentions go... they didn't.
Don't I have some good looking siblings?!?
But, I am ready to get back into the swing of things, and start documenting! I'm combining several of my blogs (did you know there were multiples?? There were! Like 6 of them actually! It's no wonder I got burnt out!!), creating an actual posting schedule (I thought after leaving corporate America, I'd never EVER want to follow an actual schedule. It turns out, it's a GOOD thing for me! Who knew??), and totally overhauling the design on this one!

Big things are a'comin'!!
We kind of rock it like this. All the time!

So, what have I been up to? Ya know, aside from raising my two minions, supporting my dashing prince, trying to maintain a household, working a full-time job for a while, working here and there on some blog/classroom design for an artistic friend whom I've grown to love, gardening, spending a weekend with the Muchachas, cooking, getting oily, menu planning, losing weight, CREATING (you guys warned me about getting sucked into creating girlie things... you were right. I am TOTALLY hooked... line AND sinker!!), redecorating, living a healthier lifestyle, traveling and laundry.... among other things. To be honest, I haven't been up to much aside from those few little things.

This girl. She has my heart. 
I'm a slacker!! :)

I have fun things on the horizon! Art Camp with Terri Brush, National Convention with Young Living (lots more on that soon!), a visit (or two) to northern California, last summer  plans before my son starts "real" school, Glitter Market, painting the kitchen cabinets... loads of fun and exciting things! LOL!

Thanks for sticking it out with me, and I can't wait to catch you up on all of our fun, everyday happenings!!

XOXO,
Heather