Vanilla Orange Fall Tea

The cool crisp Fall mornings have begun!! This is my favorite time of year and as my daughter would say “so cozy”!!

House is officially decorated, the baking has begun, and the Fall drinks are being drunk.

I’ve been sticking to the same recipes and teas for a while.  Now that we are getting into cold season I would normally have lemon, honey, and cinnamon or lemon, honey, and Thieves tea.  Which, I was already starting to already get a cold and those definitely helped nip it in the bud.  But it was time to try and throw something new into the mix.  Trying new teas is fun, exciting, and at times motivational to me to continue trying new things. I wanted a tea for the morning that would wake me up, help with cold season, but also be a little sweet.

Orange…Cinnamon…Vanilla….Honey………my new love 🙂

This tea is delicious!!  I use 3 drops of Young Living orange essential oil, 1 tiny, tiny drop of Young Living cinnamon bark essential oil (it’s very strong), and some vanilla powder.  If my throat is a little scratchy I add some honey.

If you don’t want to use any of the Young Living essential oils in your tea, I would recommend getting some dried orange pieces (or making your own) and cinnamon (powder, chips, or sticks) and using those instead of the oils.  I would not recommend using any store bought oils, or oils you have not researched if they are able to be consumed.

Did you know that you are only supposed to add raw honey to temped water?  You can’t add it in when water is too hot because the heat will destroy all the wonderful properties that honey has.  I only started to use honey for these properties and I haven’t even been benefiting from them like I thought because I would put it into my scolding tea!!  A co-worker of mine has her own bees and taught me all about this.  She gave me some of her first batch of honey and the lesson I learned once I got it home….don’t leave it in a drawer that a toddler can get into.  Enough said, I’m sure!

If you get a chance to try some Vanilla Orange Tea, let me know!!  I found these adorable reusable cups at Marshalls!! I wish they weren’t disposable and came in a travel mug.  I’m obsessed.

Enjoy this beautiful and colorful time of year everyone 🙂


Goodbye Summer

My biggest challenge this summer was finding something for two kids to do, who are at very different stages in terms of play. We had some hot weather and the baby couldn’t really go outside for as long as my toddler, they were on different feeding schedules, nap schedules etc.  I also wanted to find things to do, not just get wrapped up with cleaning the house and doing things on the inside while my daughter should be outside being a kid!

Here are some summer tips that helped me:

Getting out early – My daughter just learned how to ride her bike and loves it 🙂  If my husband wasn’t working, I would go out with her while he entertained the baby.  If he was busy or working, I would take the baby in the stroller as she rode beside us.  I’m sure you’re asking why I wouldn’t just take the stroller every time.  We have some hills in our neighborhood and I would find that she doesn’t really know how to steer or stop while going down the hill.  It would get a little tricky trying to catch and stop her/steer for her while pushing the stroller at the same time. I will get better at that, just may take a little more time 😉

Children’s Museum – we spent some of the hottest days/afternoons at the children’s museum.  The kids had a ball and we were able to get some energy out as well as stay cool.

Mini Pool – We had this in our backyard and we would use it for a short time.   I could stick my feet in, I could push the baby in his swing while she played in the pool, and put the baby’s feet in every once in a while.

Daytime Baths – If the kids needed a bath and it was way too hot outside and inside for that matter, we took a bath and they got to play for an extended time.

Target – my home away from home.  My son’s formula was from Target and he went through it often.  Typically we went to Target every weekend, I would choose to go in the late morning when there weren’t lots of people in the store and when it was already getting pretty hot.  Target cooled us down while we were productive and getting things we needed.

Diaper bag to diaper backpack – I love totes!  I have 3 totes that I would use for the kids but this summer with the baby more on the move and going to the museum by myself with the kids, I needed all my hands.  Esp, needing to at times carry both of them.  So I switched to a backpack and never looked back.  I remember my sister doing this and her recommending it early on in my first pregnancy but I always wanted my tote.  The backpack is a life saver.  I can keep enough in it with out hurting my shoulders and can carry the kids when needed.

Sun screen – so far my kids are blessed with not getting burnt as soon as the sun touches them.  Since vitamin D is so important, I usually have my kids soak some up before putting sunscreen on them.  The one I have learned about, love, and trust is from Young Living.  I used it on my trip to Mexico and I didn’t burn once when I was there.  It also didn’t take long for it to rub into my skin.  I fell in love with it.  I switched my entire family to this sunscreen and it is for the most part, always in the diaper bag.

Homemade bug repellent – mosquitoes love my daughter.  I couldn’t find a bug spray that wasn’t crazy greasy and I trusted.  So I made my own.  I used water with lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, citronella, and peppermint.  It really seemed to work.

Lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil – I would use these on bug bites.  Peppermint for me – it would stop the itch.  Lavender for my kids – peppermint is too strong and is a hot oil so could burn the kids, so the lavender would help heal their bites.

I hope these tips help someone next year like they did for me!

Grapefruit Tea

Traditionally I have Lemon in my tea because of all the benefits and now I really enjoy the taste of lemon water. When I started following the Tone It Up girls and their program, I have learned a little bit more about grapefruit and their benefits.  After my vacation of eating whatever I wanted, being in an airport and on a plane, Grapefruit is the way I am going to go.

Grapefruit has great fat burning enzymes, is packed with vitamins C, A, B complex, E and K,  and contains Naringin that balances your blood sugar levels.  I had no idea it did all this!!  Who wouldn’t want all of this in a tasty fruit after a vacation???  I try to keep it in my diet throughout the year.

I end up mixing up my tea now and switching between Lemon and Grapefruit or even combining them!  I will either squeeze the organic fruits into my tea or I will use a drop of my Young Living Lemon essential oil or my Young Living Grapefruit essential oil.  Right now in the winter, I prefer to make this tea in the morning but I do like to put these into cold water as well.  When I mix them into water I find they help wake me up and give me a little tiny bit of energy.  Which is obviously needed with a toddler!!

Below is a link to some information about Grapefruits in case you would like to read about them.

I hope you enjoy this fruit and mixing up your fruit teas!

It’s Here…Flu and Cold Season

Flu and colds are inevitable.  No matter how hard we try, we typically can’t get away from at least getting one cold.  BUT we can still try 🙂

Don’t you hate waking up with the feeling of a cold coming on or you’re getting sick?  I know I do!  It’s so annoying!  We still need to get up just as early and take care of our little ones and get ready for work.  The day still goes on.  As soon as I get that feeling I continuously drink hot lemon water with manuka honey that I get from Trader Joe’s.  I even put cinnamon in it.  I swear by this homemade tea and thankfully it tastes really good!

Lemon– there are many benefits of drinking lemon water (hot or cold).  It helps give your immune system a boost and supports your digestion.  I use either 2-3 drops of YL Lemon Vitaity essential oil or half a lemon.

Manuka honey– I’m not a huge honey person.  I don’t mind the taste of it but typically only use it during the winter or if I need to add a something to my tea.  Manuka Honey has an additional benefit outside of local raw honey, its nonperoixide antibacterial potency.  I have always heard that local raw honey is the best to have if you have allergies.  Over time, local honey will make you less sensitive to the pollen in your area.

Cinnamon– not only tastes great but has amazing benefits as well.  To name a few, cinnamon is antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial.  The best type to get is Ceylon Cinnamon.  Not all cinnamon has the same health benefits.  (The link above goes into more detail as to why Ceylon is the better option.)

I will even throw in one drop of YL Thieves essential oil into my tea.  If I do that, I don’t add cinnamon because Thieves already contains that within in the oil.  I also use it on the bottom of my feet and A‘s feet to help keep our immune system up during this time of year.  Especially with A being in daycare.  I don’t put it on our feet all the time.  Just every once in a while.

How do you and your family try to stay healthy during this time of year?