Supporting Emotions for Families

Families can experience some big emotions. Families with members on the autism spectrum or who have been identified as gifted, those who struggle with anxiety, or those who live with other special needs can sometimes experience even more intense emotions. Most of us (okay, all of us!) don’t have all the answers, but there are some things we can do to help. These ideas for supporting emotions for families may spark a little creativity in you to support your own family’s emotions.

Supporting Emotions for Families

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Need help with emotions? These ideas for supporting emotions for families may spark a little creativity in you to support your own family and friends!

Listen and Validate Emotions

 

Validate feelings. 

No one wants to be told or made to feel that their feelings are not valid. Feelings are feelings. They are not good or bad, they just are. It is what we do with those feelings that can turn into a positive thing or a negative thing. When a family member is feeling angry, hurt, sad, depressed, joyful, excited, expressive, anxious, overwhelmed, or otherwise, let that person know that it is okay to feel.

You do not need to agree with his or her feelings in order to validate them. It honestly doesn’t matter whether you feel the same or if you don’t. Simply acknowledge the feeling. You can nod and say something along the lines of “I understand that you are (angry, sad, hurt), and it’s okay to feel that.” This goes a long way, in my experience, toward defusing a situation that may otherwise go awry.

Listen.

Should they choose to open up and talk to you, really listen to what your loved one is saying. Don’t just sit and appear to be listening but not really hearing what is being shared. If you don’t understand something you can gently ask if they can explain, or perhaps you can repeat what you think you’re hearing to them and ask if you are getting it right. Everyone wants to be heard, from the youngest to the oldest. Listening is one way to allow everyone to be heard and to help those who are hurting to process their feelings in a safe place.

Faith Plays a Part

 

Pray.

Do not discount prayer. Everyone who find this blog post may not be a follower of Jesus. That’s okay. I hope you can still glean something here that may help you.

However, if you are a follower of Christ, then prayer can be a crucial part of this process, as it is for many others. Asking for help through prayer can help center you and your loved ones. Simply sharing how you feel or what is happening out loud to God, can be cathartic. And even though you may not receive an answer right away, He is listening and always wants to hear from you.

Learn to Cope

 

Develop and teach coping skills.

It’s important to learn how to cope with your own feelings, as well as with those of your family members. Though this is a life-long learning process, it is helpful to create healthy patterns of behavior in families. Depending on the issue you’re dealing with in your home, you may need to learn a variety of coping skills.

  • Slow down and speak gently as you communicate with your child with autism.
  • Learn soothing words you can say to someone who is anxious, or simply sit with them and be a calming presence.
  • Research validating phrases you can say and make them your own to use during times of high emotion.

These are only a few ideas amongst many. Do your research to learn how you can cope with the specific issues in your own home. Don’t forget to teach your children and share with your significant other ideas for how to cope, as these skills will mean your family lives a more healthy life together overall.

How to Get Essential Oils in Your Life

 

Use essential oils.

There are essential oils to support every body system, including our emotions. You can use essential oils for support any time your are experiencing an intense emotion, positive or negative.

The limbic system is “a set of structures in the brain that deal with emotions and memory.” Smells can call up memories and powerful responses. Taking deep breaths while inhaling essential oils can create a wonderful, soothing combination when supporting emotions for families.

Some favorite essential oils to support emotions include:

  • Orange
  • Valor
  • White Angelica
  • Aroma Siez
  • Lavender
  • Tranquil
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Believe
  • Joy

There are others, but the above list is a great place to start.

If you’d like to try using essential oils to support your family’s emotions, you can learn more about making an investment in your wellness and determine if this is a good choice for you.

HINT: it is.

The ideas shared in this LIVE video over at Oils, Goals, and Grace on Facebook may help, too. Head on over there and check it out to see all of the oils I shared plus my complete thoughts on each of the points above.

How do you support emotions in your family? Share your tips and tricks below in the comments! 

Doughnut Holes Acorns

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and tasty fall dessert recipe you’ve come to the right place! These doughnut holes acorns are simple to make and look amazing. They’re the perfect offering for any fall event, or for a simple family fun night dessert to enjoy at home.

Looking for a quick, easy, and tasty fall dessert recipe? Try these doughnut holes acorns - simple, fun, and tasty. Perfect for any occasion!

Doughnut Holes Acorns

 

Ingredients

doughnut holes

milk chocolate morsels or chocolate almond bark (about ½ cup for every 6-8 doughnut holes)

chocolate sprinkles

pretzel sticks

Instructions

1. Prepare a plate or baking sheet with waxed paper.

2. Cut each pretzel stick into six pieces. These will be the stem of the acorn. Set aside.

3. In the microwave, melt the milk chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl on high in 30 second increments, stirring well between each cycle and giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the chocolate is overheated or comes in contact with water, it will seize up and be unusable.

4. Dip the cut end of the Doughnut Holes into the melted chocolate to coat about ¼ inch of the cookie. Immediately dip in chocolate sprinkles.

5. Place a piece of pretzel stick into the middle of the doughnut side you dipped. You may need to shift the sprinkles slightly to make space.

6. Put the acorn cookie on the waxed paper. When all doughnuts are dipped and decorated, place in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate is set.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Are you looking for other fall recipes to add to your repertoire? Try this list of 13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall

Best Cyber Monday Sale Ever!

Black Friday was last week and wow, did we have some amazing products on sale! Our team added new members, gained new friends, and many of us were able to stock up on the best essential oils, supplements, and cleaning and hygiene products on the planet! And there’s so much more beyond those three categories. I really didn’t think it could get any better, but I was wrong. Tomorrow we get to be a part of the best Cyber Monday sale ever, and I want YOU to be a part of it.

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As you shop for #gifts this #cybermonday, stock up on the best #essentialoils on the planet! Cleaning products, supplements, mineral makeup and more.

Best Cyber Monday Sale Ever!

Young Living has announced their sales for tomorrow, and I am so thrilled about what is up for grabs. Be sure to log in to you virtual office early and order what you want because, when we have sales like this, items DO go out of stock!

But wait! Maybe you aren’t a member yet. Don’t worry, that is one reason I am telling you about this now. You have plenty of time to go ahead and enroll today. Then, when the sale goes LIVE tomorrow morning, you can log right in and place your Quick Order. Easy-Peasy!

What should you stock up on?

What do you want to purchase for yourself?

Is there someone on your Christmas list who would appreciate an oil-infused gift?

Who do you know that needs to invest in their own wellness? Make sure you tell them about this sale, too! There is no better time to dive into this new lifestyle than now.

Listed below are the items you can get tomorrow at 20% off, so be sure you make your list and check it twice.

Thieves Favorites

Thieves is one of the most popular essential oils that Young Living offers. Thieves Vitality offers wonderful support for the immune system, but there is an entire line of Theives-infused products that I love to use, and you will, too. These items are a safe alternative to the toxic products you may be using in your home. Make a list of items you use and find an item on this list to replace it with – then do a switch and ditch!

As you shop for #gifts this #cybermonday, stock up on the best #essentialoils on the planet! Cleaning products, supplements, mineral makeup and more.

 

Dish Soap | 5350D | $11.20
Foaming Hand Soap Refill 32 oz. | 3594D | $31.60
Foaming Hand Soap | 3674D | $10.60
Fruit & Veggie Soak | 5352D | $15.80
Laundry Soap | 5349D | $23.60
AromaBright Toothpaste 4 oz. | 3039D | $8.40
Dental Floss 1 ct. | 4463122D | $2.60
Dishwasher Powder | 5762D | $20.40
Household Cleaner 14.4 oz. | 3743D | $18.00
Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash 8 oz | 3683D | $9.00

Savvy Minerals

Oh, when Young Living began offering a makeup line last summer everyone went gaga over it. A non-toxic, mineral makeup? Yes, please. I can’t wait to buy one for my 9-year-old when she starts wearing makeup, and I already use it myself. It goes on smoothly and looks beautiful. Makeup is also a wonderful gift idea or stocking stuffer.

EYESHADOWS

Spoiled | 20784D | $12.20
Freedom | 20856D | $12.20
Inspired | 21022D | $12.20

LIPSTICKS

Adore | 21295D | $18.20
Daydream | 21292D | $18.20
On A Whim | 21293D | $18.20

Misting Spray, 2 oz. | 21397D | $12.00
Poppy Seed Lip Scrub | 23749D | $18.20

FOUNDATION

Cool No. 1 | 20776D | $35.20
Cool No. 2 | 20775D | $35.20
Cool No. 3 | 20773D | $35.20
Warm No. 1 | 20777D | $35.20
Warm No. 2 | 20774D | $35.20
Warm No. 3 | 20772D | $35.20
Dark No. 1 | 20858D | $35.20
Dark No. 2 | 20859D | $35.20
Dark No. 3 | 20860D | $35.20
Dark No. 4 | 20861D | $35.20

Ningxia Red

Ningxia Red is a supplement I drink every day. It is a delicious, power-packed supplement drink that supports several body systems, including your respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. This is perfect timing as we head into the holidays and winter. Stock up!

As you shop for #gifts this #cybermonday, stock up on the best #essentialoils on the planet! Cleaning products, supplements, mineral makeup and more.

Ningxia Singles 30 Count | 3525D | $69.60
NingXia Red 2 pack | 3042D | $58.40
NingXia Red 4 pack | 3044D | $104.60
NingXia Nitro | 3064D | $31.80
NingXia Wolfberries | 6360D | $20.40

RED SHOT DOORBUSTER! 

Many of us who already drink Ningxia Red regularly love to add essential oils to our daily dose. Personally, I often add a drop from one or more of these: Copaiba, Lemon, Grapefruit, Frankincense, Orange, and Red Shot.

Red Shot has not be available for purchase often since I joined this amazing company nearly two years ago. Tomorrow something extra special is happening with this well-loved blend…..

Young Living is extremely generous, and they are offering this SEVERELY LIMITED holiday goodie for free to the first 65,000 orders over 250PV (approximately $250) on Cyber Monday starting at 8AM MST!

What now?

Okay, after all that, what will you order?

Not a member yet? Head on over and enroll so you’re ready for the big day.

Have questions? Find me on Facebook and send a message. Or, feel free to use this contact form to get in touch. I am here to help allay any concerns you may have and get you on a better path toward wellness!

12 Must-Have Freezer Meal Accessories

Freezer cooking has become popular over the years. A large bulk of the work is done ahead of time. All you’ve got to do is pop your meal straight from the freezer to your oven in most cases and, voila, dinner is ready!

When taking on a freezer meal project, there are a few supplies you should have on hand to make preparations as easy as possible. Ready to take your exciting first step into the world of freezer cooking? These 12 must-have freezer meal accessories will provide you with the necessities to get started with ease.

BONUS TIP – before you begin, have these 4 things ready to go!

  1. Lots of clean counter space is vital for cutting, chopping, mixing, and assembling your dishes. Take time before getting started to clear any clutter and wipe down counters to ensure you have a large area where you can work with ease.
  2. Allow plenty of time to complete your freezer meal project. If you have an appointment in the middle of the day or you need to leave your home for a school run, consider a different start date.
  3. When preparing freezer meals always wear something comfortable and cool. Even in winter, kitchens can get quite hot when you’re cooking for long periods of time. You will work up a sweat as you chop, mix, and cook, but loose and flowing clothing keeps the heat factor somewhat lower.
  4. Create plenty of space in your freezer beforehand! Use up any meals in your freezer, reorganize……whatever you need to do to make room for those delicious meals you’ll be prepping to store in the freezer.

If you're looking for help with your freezer cooking adventure, you don't want to miss our list of 12 must-have freezer meal accessories!

12 Must-Have Freezer Meal Accessories

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Freezer Storage

  • You may need gallon-sized freezer bags for some of your freezer meals, depending on recipe instructions. Storing meals in bags like these also helps save space in your freezer.
  • If utilizing the freezer-bag method of storage, keeping a few Sharpie markers handy is a good idea. Use them to write the date and name of each dish on your bags, along with any instructions you may need to remember.
  • A large roll of heavy aluminum foil is helpful for any kind of food prep. I like to wrap bread in foil before storing in the freezer. This helps keep freezer burn away. Mark directly on the foil with your sharpie, as needed.
  • Sometimes plastic wrap is a great for storage. Plastic wrap serves as a great barrier between layers (think biscuits or cheese slices). It also takes the place of a lid if you don’t have one for a particular casserole dish or pan you’re using.

Cutting Accessories

  • You will need several cutting boards ready to go for your big day. To avoid cross-contamination, use separate cutting boards for veggies, meats, breads and grains, and fruits. Use a different cutting board for each type of meat you are preparing, as this prevents cross-contamination of your fish, poultry, or beef. Having many on hand saves on washing, but of course you can wash between uses with hot, soapy water. Alternatively, you can find and purchase disposable cutting boards if you wish to save time.
  • The kind and quality of knives you use definitely makes a difference during food prep. Have serrated knives available for use. Consider adding a chef’s knife, a bread knife, a slicing knife, a boning knife, and a paring knife to your knife collection, as well.

Mixing & Measuring

  • A good set or two of measuring cups and spoons will make all this food prep easier for you. Sometimes I eyeball ingredients but, especially when making a new dish, I like to measure everything out. Have more than one set of each available, as this means less washing between measuring.
  • A couple sets of mixing bowls will be needed for this endeavor, too. Use them for mixing up toppings, as a ‘trash bowl’, and stirring together ingredients for meatloaf, lasagna, and more.
  • Every cook needs a quality set of wooden mixing spoons. I personally love my spoonulas. They are perfect for mixing, scraping, and stirring nearly anything I dream up!

Cooking Tools

  • I do love a good dutch oven. I use my dutch oven a lot for stovetop cooking – soups, stews, chilis, searing meats, and more. Invest in a quality dutch oven and it will last you for years to come!
  • A slow cooker is an important staple for any kitchen. Utilizing your slow cooker when preparing your freezer meals will free up both your stovetop and your oven for other dishes. You can also dump-and-go with no need to worry about it again until the meal is done.
  • Use large baking sheets in your freezer cooking prep if you want to roast potatoes and other veggies or bake cookies. Most of us have these on hand, but check your supply based on the kinds of meals you plan to prepare.
  • Gather several casserole dishes or disposable aluminum pans for your food prep day. The good thing about utilizing these is that once your meal is cooked you can cover and place directly into the freezer. Casserole dishes do take more storage space, though, so check my BONUS tips above before deciding how many you need.

While not extensive or complete, this list of accessories will get you off to a great start as you begin your freezer meal adventure. Good luck!

Looking for a few fantastic recipes as you get started with your freezer cooking adventure? Don’t miss out on my collection of 11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms.

Best Way to Invest in Family Wellness

A change took place in our home nearly two years ago. A change that brought with it the unexpected joys of wellness, purpose, and abundance. Finding essential oils and learning how to use them to support body systems has been our overall best way to invest in family wellness. Keep reading and learn how you can make the same investment for your family.

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Best Way to Invest in Family Wellness

 

Are you looking for ways to support your family's body systems all year long? Learn about the best way to invest in your family's health right now!

Young Living offers several premium starter kits which include their most valuable essential oils at an affordable price. In this kit you will find oils to support the digestive system, immune system, and respiratory system. There are essential oils to support your skin and those that help soothe away the cares of your day. The essential oils in this kit are the most commonly used oils, and that is why they come in the kit! For the low price of $160 (depending on your diffuser choice) you can begin traveling down a better wellness path today!

Along with your premium starter kit comes a diffuser – you get to choose from several options. Enclosed in the kit are two 2 ounce packets of the delicious supplement drink, Ningxia Red, and one packet of the ever-popular Thieves Household Cleaner. Plus some literature and a set of Share It bottles so you can give samples to your friends. Trust me, you will love your essential oils so much that you will want everyone to try them!

How to Begin Your Essential Oils Journey

Purchasing your premium starter kit is the absolute best way to begin using essential oils, and you can get started for only half its retail value! Once you’ve enrolled as a member you may then purchase anything on the web site at wholesale pricing (24% off retail) for the life of your membership. There are no surprise fees or strings attached.

Something that I have found to be extremely valuable are the education groups that are available through our team. Enrollment affords you the opportunity to join one or more of our team Facebook groups. These groups  lots of essential oils education. They also give you access to information about sales and help you to become involved in a community of like-minded people who will quickly become your friends.

Team events, both local and online, are common. These events provide ways to meet many within the Young Living community whom you may not meet in person otherwise. Our team often teaches classes together, enjoys zoom calls, participates in larger team challenges, and even sometimes travels together.

 

Are you looking for ways to support your family's body systems all year long? Learn about the best way to invest in family wellness right now!

 

Are you ready to purchase your premium starter kit? Simply click on the image above and follow the prompts. I can’t wait to welcome you to the Oils, Goals, and Grace team!

Do you have more questions? Please message Oils, Goals, and Grace on Facebook. Let’s address your concerns and get you started raising the level of wellness in your home!

11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms

Mom life can get busy quickly! You know you need to provide nutritious, filling meals for your family, but sometimes the call of the drive-thru and an easy choice overrules what you know. There’s nothing wrong with choosing to provide a fast food meal on occasion, but most of us don’t want to make a habit of it. That’s where a little planning ahead can really help us moms out!

Busy moms need quick, easy, and delicious recipes at their fingertips, and in a jiffy! These 11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms fit the bill!

11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms

This list of 11 freezer meals for busy moms will point you towards a new and exciting solution for your dinner-time dilemma!

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Beef Dishes for Sit-down Meals

  • Meat Loaf is an easy and delicious option for families. Kids love it, and it’s super simple to pair with a grain and veggie of your choice at serving time.
  • Nothing says comfort like a pot of homemade soup. This tasty beef stew with a twist will warm you up and fill all the hungry bellies! If you’re lucky, there may be enough red wine left over to fill a nice glass for mom once the kiddos are in bed.
  • A little sweet, a little sour, many of us love that flavor combo. Sweet and Sour Meatballs delivers a delicious amalgamation of the two in savory bite-sized packages.

Options for on-the-go Evenings

  • On a chaotic activity night, these Beef and Bean Burritos step up as a quick family dinner, filled with flavor.
  • If your children like hot pockets like mine do, then you may want to try this homemade version. You’ll have control over every ingredient included and could a little extra fun with prepping them by involving your kids!

A Pasta Lovers Delight

  • Have you been dreaming of Tuscany? Visit your favorite Italian location with your taste buds by whipping up a batch of Tuscan Pasta.
  • Spaghetti is an all-time family favorite around here. Baked Spaghetti provides the flavors you love with a quick turnaround for plating it up.
  • Baked Ziti is one of those staple pasta dishes that nearly everyone enjoys. Add a quick green salad and some crusty bread and your kids will think you hung the moon!

Something a Bit Adventurous

 

These freezer meals provide a few ideas to kick off a new way of cooking for your busy life. Once you’ve got them prepped and in the freezer, you’re good to go. Now you have access to easy and healthy options the next time your local fast food joint calls your name.

Don’t forget to check out my post, 12 Must-Have Freezer Meal Accessories , to ensure that you’ve got the tools you need before starting out on your own freezer meal adventure!

Need more dinner-time ideas? Take a look at this collection of 13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall to add even more tasty and nutritious meals to your repertoire!

13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall

Soups are the perfect dish for fall! Temperatures are cooling down outside, colorful foliage can be seen out your window, and you begin to long for some of those comfort foods from childhood.

Are you a busy mom in need of healthy slow cooker soups for fall? We've got you covered with this amazing list of recipes!

13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall

This collection of 13 healthy slow cooker soups for fall is a great way to kick off your menu planning for the season.

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Healthy Poultry Soups

  • Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup makes for a hearty family meal. Alternatively, divide into individual containers to take to work with you for lunch.
  • Looking for a twist on Mom’s traditional chicken soup? Spicy Chicken Soup provides an extra kick that the whole family will love! Serve alongside a green salad or over top of zucchini ‘noodles’ for added nutritional value.
  • Hello?! Who doesn’t love tacos? Turkey Taco Soup offers up all the flavors you love in a traditional taco, but in soup form instead.
  • If you enjoy traditional chili, then you may love the creamy goodness of this White Chicken Chili. Beautifully garnished with avocado and green chiles, preparing to serve this soup is like creating art on a plate, I mean, in a bowl.
  • Our family really enjoys trying exciting dishes full of flavors we don’t experience every day. Moroccan Lentil Soup caught my eye due to its ingredients list. I also know that lentils are protein-filled and they easily satiate hungry tummies.

Healthy Beef Soups

  • Chili is an iconic fall dish. It is easy to eat on its own, or add toppings such as cheese, sour cream, onions, corn chips, cornbread, and more! Slow Cooker Chili nourishes the body and soul.
  • Beef Stew is an all-time favorite around here. Harvest Beef Stew  made it onto my list because of the hearty and rustic cut of its meat and veggies. Plus I love the name!
  • Italian Meatball Soup is filled with veggies, Italian flavor, and all the nostalgia of your favorite meatball sub. It is also a fun choice for family dinners or your favorite game day this fall.
  • If you want comfort in a pot, you’ve got it! What better way to warm up and get comfy on a brisk day than with a nice, hot cup of nutritious Beef Barley Soup?
  • Another soup that is jam-packed with veggies,  Stuffed Pepper Soup delivers flavor bursts that you won’t be able to get enough of with just one bowl.

Healthy Vegetarian Soups

  • Wild Rice Vegetable Soup serves as an excellent option for those looking to reduce or avoid consuming meats. This recipe includes one of my favorite fall veggies, butternut squash!
  • Hey, wanna take a traditional casserole dish and make it into a tasty soup? Yes, please! Lasagna Soup, vegetarian style, tantalizes the taste buds.
  • Have you ever tried Butternut Squash Soup? This creamy and nutty Thai rendition comforts all year round!

Do  you have any favorite soups that you like to prepare during the fall season? Feel free to share a tried and true recipe with us below!