You're A Victor in The Raw Chicken Green Cleaning Wars

You don't have to walk very far down the cleaning aisle of the grocery store these days to find cleaners that claim to be all "natural" or have “natural” ingredients. That sounds like a good thing, right? But how do you know if they truly are environmentally friendly while still being effective?

Unfortunately some companies will use the word "natural" to get your attention because they know that you want better options. It’s called greenwashing. Savvy moms like you are tired of nasty chemicals that mimic hormones and disrupt your endocrine system (and that of your kids). You are tired of bad boy ingredients that are known carcinogens. Yes, KNOWN! Think about that for a minute.

You are a savvy mom that wants something better for her family! You want to be the victor in the raw chicken green cleaning wars! You want your floors so clean your kids can eat off them (or at least invoke the 5 second rule!) So let's learn what to watch out for. Here are a few tactics these companies use in marketing:

  1. Advertise green ingredients while there are still bad toxic ingredients in the same bottle, or ingredients may not come from a plant, or ingredients may have started as a plant but are so over-processed that they are now unstable isolated compounds.
  2. List only the green ingredients while failing to disclose EVERY ingredient so that you will not realize that there are bad ingredients in the bottle.
  3. Make vague claims that are not proven but sound really good while showing lots of eye candy of happy families.
  4. Exaggerate how green this company is when they have a track record of toxic chemicals or they continue to have connections to bad chemical manufacturers. Follow the money.
  5. Claim to add “essential oils” when they are actually using isolated compounds for their aroma only that are synthetically created in a lab. At least they can say “no plants were harmed in the production of this product” truthfully because no actual plants were involved!

Do your own research. Google it. Look up the ingredients or call their 800# and ask for a full disclosure list. If they give you the royal run around, they have something to hide. If you cannot find a list of ingredients, especially on the product, then they take you for a fool.

You vote with your dollars! Stop buying that mess! Send them a message that you are one smart mom and your family’s health matters!

This mom kicked 36 different specialty cleaners out of our home! Three garbage bags full. Replaced the whole kit and kaboodle with ONE green cleaner. Yep, ONE! Found a cleaner that comes from a full disclosure company that doesn’t have anything to do with toxic chemicals. A company that is known for organic, sustainable farming practices. A company that seeks out land that has never had chemical fertilizers on it and is away from exposure to air pollution and airports. A company that prides itself in green ingredients that get the job done powerfully. A company that researched, tested, and proved that the ingredients work hard to get the job done. A company that welcomes visitors to their farms and distilleries. We have witnessed their production and integrity on three of their farms. That company is Young Living and that cleaner is Thieves Household Cleaner.

By law the FDA does not allow us to tell you all the details even though those other companies are advertising claims left and right. You will have to research a little. What we can tell you is this -- This cleaner is formulated with all plant based ingredients and is so safe that you will not find the Poison Control Center phone number on the bottle. You can accidentally spray it in your mouth and not worry. You can spray it on your baby’s high chair tray while baby is still sitting in the chair! This amazing all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in any room in your home.

We can also share the secret of why it works is that this cleaner contains the Thieves essential oil blend which is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination of botanicals and spices while robbing the dead and dying, they reveal their secret when captured and this blend was born. These oils have been highly researched and university tested for their powerful benefits. Read more about it at this link.

We can also share this amazing little video test below. It will answer the kind of questions we get all the time . . .

1.Does Thieves Household Cleaner really work?

2.Why does it not smell like those harsh cleaners?

3.Does it kill the germs left by raw chicken?

4.Will it really get my toilet clean safely?

5.How do I know it is reeeeeeally working?

We get it! We understand it seems too good to be true. Those other companies really don’t mean to overcharge you for a bottle of water with a few ingredients linked to infertility or worse. They really care about your health – right?! NOT!

Thousands of savvy moms like you have already joined us in making the switch. One bottle of this concentrated cleaner replaces three “green” cleaners that cost over $100. Your budget will love that! And as for winning the raw chicken cleaning wars . . . watch this short video of a swab test! 

Ready to switch?! You may want to get the Premium Starter Kit with Thieves and enjoy wholesale pricing for life with no required purchases. Lots of moms prefer the Starter Kit with essential oils and a free Desert Mist Diffuser then add Thieves Household Cleaner. Your choice! Find all the details on our NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com website, and let us know if you have questions. Look for our blog post on cleaning recipes using this amazing cleaner. Be a victor in the green cleaning wars!!

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No Yucky Toxins on Baby with Seedlings!

Parents make hundreds of decisions about the health and happiness of their family each day. With so many products and promises to choose from, Young Living Seedlings™ is designed to make it simple for parents to find pure, gentle products infused with baby-safe essential oils to care for their littlest, most vulnerable family members. The soothing, plant-based formulas use infant-safe essential oils and are free from harmful ingredients to help you gently comfort and care for your little one. With essential oil-infused products made by experts and diluted to a strength safe for your baby, Seedlings leaves you with peace of mind and your baby feeling snug and secure. Choose from Baby Lotion, 2-in-1 Bath Wash & Shampoo, Baby Oil (non-greasy), Linen Spray, Baby Wipes, and OTC Diaper Rash Cream. 

Because your baby deserves the best without added petrochemicals or harsh ingredients. Seedlings has you (and your baby) covered! Check out the details below.

Mom, Seedlings was created to make it as easy as pie to choose the right products for your little's delicate skin. Infused with the light scent of our Calm blend of essential oils (Lavender,Coriander, Bergamot, Ylang ylang, and Geranium), the mild gentle formulation has 100% plant-based, naturally derived ingredients. NO alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, chlorine, or synthetic preservatives, dyes, or fragrances. 

Seedlings™ Baby Wipes are ultra-soft and comfortable. The soothing formula leaves skin moisturized, soft, and smooth while providing gentle and thorough cleansing without drying your infant’s delicate skin. These gentle baby wipes can be used on any part of your infant’s skin. Soft, thick, and versatile, these wipes can handle a diaper change or a lunchtime cleanup. Vegan friendly, this mild and gentle formula contains cleansing botanicals and 100% pure essential oils and is specially formulated to minimize the risk of common allergic reactions.

Hey Mom! These wipes make terrific eye makeup remover pads and dryer sheets, too!!

Keep little bottoms comfortable without using harsh chemicals that could irritate sensitive skin. With mild, gentle ingredients you can feel good about, Seedlings™ Diaper Rash Cream just may be the best diaper rash treatment you’ll try for your little! This thick, Lavender-scented cream reduces the duration and severity of diaper rash when applied at the first sign of redness. It soothes on contact, protects your baby’s delicate skin, and acts as a physical barrier to wetness. Seedlings Diaper Rash Cream can be used as a preventative measure before bed or anytime when exposure to wet diapers may be prolonged. The extra gentle, mild formula—developed specially for your infant’s tender skin—seals out wetness and helps balance skin moisture while reducing redness.

Young Living Seedlings™ Baby Wash & Shampoo is dermatologist tested and formulated especially for infants’ delicate skin. Its mild, gentle formula is tear-free, sulfate-free, and made from 100 percent plant-based, naturally derived ingredients. It leaves skin and hair clean, soft, and smooth and makes tangles easy to comb out. This 2-in-1 calming baby wash and tear-free shampoo can be used to clean baby from head to toe, even those little cheeks and nose. It is lightly scented with 100 percent pure essential oils in our Calm blend. It rinses clean without over-drying delicate skin. 

Carry that scent of bathtime through the day with Seedlings™ Baby Lotion.  While babies are known for their cuddly softness, dry skin affects infants just like adults. Hot baths, dry air, irritants, and other factors can all leave your baby uncomfortable and fussy. Combat the effects of dry skin and prevent future dryness with Seedlings™ Baby Lotion. This non-greasy moisturizer supports moisture barrier function and smoothly absorbs into your baby’s delicate skin, leaving it hydrated, soft, and smooth. Made without alcohol, parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, or other unwanted ingredients, it is formulated with 100 percent plant-based ingredients and pure essential oils to soothe your little one with a light, calming scent.

The mild, gentle formula of Young Living Seedlings™ Baby Oil was developed to create a baby oil that will moisturize, soothe, and nourish your baby’s skin without the use of mineral oil. This gentle baby oil absorbs smoothly, leaving baby’s skin soft, snuggle-able, and kissable with a delicate scent. And the bottle is shaped so that it won't tip over when momma has slippery hands at bathtime! Love that! Formulated from the 100 percent pure essential oils in our Calm blend, Seedlings Baby Oil offers a calming aroma to promote a relaxing environment—at bedtime or anytime. Seedlings Baby Oil is diluted in a strength that is appropriate for your little, and it is vegan friendly.

Wrap up your baby in comfort with Young Living Seedlings™ Linen Spray. This essential oil linen spray uses pure essential oils such as Lavender, Bergamot, and Ylang Ylang to create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere ready for your baby to cuddle into. Plus, its naturally derived, alcohol-free formula makes it the best linen spray to use around infants and breastfeeding moms. Use it for sheets, blankets, car seats, clothing, and stuffed animals to create a calming, soothing environment that is perfect for sleeping, swaddling, playing, or rocking. Its convenient spray bottle makes it easy to carry in your diaper bag or keep in the nursery. With our Calm essential oil blend—created exclusively for our Seedlings product line—it’s also a great Lavender spray for bedtime routines. Use the comforting aroma as part of baby’s bedtime routine or spray on bedding to create a soothing environment the whole night through.

Take the Baby Products Challenge

We challenge you to take a look at the current baby products you are using on your little one, flip the bottle over and read the label. Are there ingredients that you cannot pronounce? Are there bad boy ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, petrochemicals, chlorine, dyes, or fragrances? YUCK! These bad boys can contribute to organ damage, endocrine disruption, irritate skin/eyes/lungs, and even contain hidden carcinogens. Do you really want that on your baby? Of course not! Choose a company that you can trust for holding the highest standards in quality ingredients with their Seed to Seal guarantee. Choose a full disclosure company that prints every ingredient on the label. Choose Young Living Seedlings™ for your baby!

To learn more about  chemical-free options for the whole family, visit NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com. And check out our facebook page where we post Events for free classes on how to have a more chemical-free home and lifestyle. We would be honored to offer a class in your home, office or church for you and your friends. 

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Fam Fav Pumpkin Bread in 8 Easy Steps!

As soon as the temperature starts falling in September and autumn seems to be on the way, my taste buds start craving everyone’s favorite orange veggie, pumpkin. So, it only seemed appropriate to make some pumpkin bread to celebrate! And this year, I couldn't wait for September to get here!

You don’t really need an excuse, and with this easy recipe you will want to make it any time of year. It makes a nice treat to take to someone, but you might get mobbed before you can wrap it up due to the yummy smell of pumpkin wafting through the house causing everyone’s mouth to water. It will attract children and possibly nosy neighbors to your kitchen. Just sayin’! 

Without further adieu, here is my recipe in 8 easy steps. I will recap the recipe at the bottom for you.

Fam Fav Pumpkin Bread

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. Set everything out to avoid missing something and a last minute run to the store. There are three important decisions to make here. Make it quick because time’s a wastin’!

First decision is the flour. I do gluten-free most of the time and Pamela’s mix (or your own) will work beautifully with this recipe. Pamela’s even has a recipe on the back of the 4 lb. package. I chose instead to use Einkorn Flour from Young Living (they also have a gluten-free option!) which is an ancient heirloom grain that only has 14 chromosomes and is easily digested so nutrients are better absorbed. Yes, it does have a small amount of gluten, 1.21%, but if you don’t eat the whole loaf by yourself, you will likely feel it is gluten-free. Young Living’s version has no preservatives or pesticides and is non-GMO. In comparison, today’s GMO wheat contains 40+ chromosomes, is loaded with pesticides, and contains 9.92% gluten. Research more about Einkorn for yourself. I just love that it doesn’t bother my stomach like modern wheat does. It’s the little things that make me happy! Thanks, Young Living!

Second decision is the pumpkin. I was in a hurry so I grabbed canned pumpkin. Gasp! I probably had some REAL pumpkin in the freezer. Don’t judge me. This is the first taste of pumpkin this fall and it couldn’t wait for a thaw. Do what rings your bell, canned or real, and I will NOT judge you. I will post an easy-peasy way to make REAL pumpkin later, and you will understand why it truly is better.

Third is the oil. You can go with real organic butter and add some awesome flavor, or you can choose healthy coconut oil like I did. It also adds an almost-butter-like sweetness, plus it helps the bread have a longer shelf life since we are NOT adding preservatives. That never matters at my house because it only lasts about 24 hours anyway!

Step 2: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a loaf pan. Doing this now moves things along and prevents the eating of raw dough in steps 5 and 6! (wink)

Step 3: Mix together all dry ingredients. Grab a medium to large mixing bowl and whisk together the Einkorn flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. You can substitute stevia for the sugar, but I am not going to this go-round. Sometimes you just have to go with a little sugar!

Step 4: Add in wet ingredients and stir. Place the eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, and essential oils in with the dry ingredients and stir. I added therapeutic grade essential oils because they are full of bioactive constituents for optimizing health. I only use Young Living Essential Oils because of their Seed to Seal quality promise and their Vitality label for dietary/culinary use. Talk about a flavor burst! There are no additives, solvents or unknown chemicals to worry about so ingesting them is perfectly safe. The Thieves Vitality blend supports and boosts the immune system. Betcha’ never thought you would say that about pumpkin bread – optimizes health and boosts immunity! It doesn’t take much essential oil because they are much more concentrated than dried herbs or powdered spices.

Step 5: Add in optional extras like chopped pecans, raisins, etc. Give it one more stir. Tasting is also optional!

Step 6: Pour in greased loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Real pumpkin has a higher moister content and may take longer to cook.

Step 7: Test for doneness using a cake tester or knife. When tester comes out clean, it is done. If not, then bake another 5 minutes and recheck. Some recipes call for baking for up to 60 minutes, so repeat this last part until you achieve the doneness you like. We prefer moist bread and my convection oven bakes faster, so I prefer to err on the side of slightly less time and check it early. You can always add time, but you cannot subtract it!

Step 8: Let it cool about 5 minutes. That is just enough to remove it in one piece from the pan and slice it without crumbling. But who cares about that, crumbs can be devoured, too! What are you waiting for? Eat it while it’s still warm! Enjoy!

That's all that was left after my family got the first serving. It's supposed to serve eight, but don't count on it! Here’s your recap:

You can try this easy recipe today! Thieves Vitality essential oil is part of the Premium Starter Kit with Everyday Oils from Young Living that gives you wholesale pricing and a free Diffuser for your home. With this kit, you will be able to purchase your Einkorn Flour, Nutmeg Vitality, Orange Vitality, and Cinnamon Bark Vitality oils at 24% off retail pricing. Open your kit today, grab your Thieves Vitality oil, and add a drop to a cup of warm water for a spicy “tea”. Or add it to your favorite fall recipe and then share it with me! I’d love to hear your success stories. Look for more great ideas and recipes added to my blog at NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com .

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The Power of One to Save the World!

Toxic household cleaners are a big deal! The bad boy ingredients they contain range from skin, eye, or lung irritants, to endocrine-disruptors and carcinogens. #sayitaintso  Why would anyone want to use that mess around their kids and home, amiright? 

What's a busy mom to do?  It's time to kick the chemicals out of the house!

You can replace them ALL with just one. ONE! The power of Thieves Household Cleaner! Yep! We threw out three garbage bags filled with 36 different "specialty" cleaners. Talk about a cabinet makeover. We use this one cleaner for every surface in every room for every need. Bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, every room. Even the car and more! 

This powerhouse cleaning concentrate contains a blend of essential oils named Thieves inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination of botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. When apprehended, the thieves were forced to disclose their secret formula of herbs and oils used to protect themselves. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend can be found in all of our numerous Thieves products which offer safe, natural alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners with formulas that work hard and smell amazing. You will love the Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Foaming Hand soap, plus Laundry and Dish Soaps! 

Thieves is an essential oil blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus - oils that have been extensively researched and support healthy immune function. You read that right - healthy immunity! No other cleaner can say that! Better still, you will no longer hold your nose while you scrub the bathroom - ever again. And there is no phone number for Poison Control on the label because this plant-based formula is safe. If you accidentally swallow any, just rinse the soapy taste out of your mouth. #mindblown Time to let the kids help with the cleaning! 

Save the world (or at least your little world) and replace three different toxic cleaners in your home by using these quick recipes featuring Thieves Household Cleaner! You will find more and more ways to use this versatile concentrate in every room and on every surface. 

You will love how much money you save, too! It costs about $1.50 to make a 16 oz. spray bottle. You can’t even get that in the organic section at the grocery store! It replaces a multi-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, and floor cleaner. The organic versions of those can run you $4-$6 a bottle. The savings in your pocket from just one bottle of Thieves concentrate is $100! #savingsaddup

Every Premium Starter Kit comes with a 1 oz. sample of this powerhouse cleaner. That's enough to make 4 spray bottles! You can choose a Thieves Starter Kit here that includes two Household Cleaners, a 15ml bottle of Thieves Blend, two Foaming Hand Soaps, two Hand Purifiers, two Thieves Sprays, a Toothpaste and Mouthrinse. The Starter Kit gets you wholesale pricing with a 24% discount for life. More savings for your family's budget! Get your Starter Kit and we will send you a free report on 30 Ways to Use Thieves Household Cleaner. 

Mom, let's do this! Let's kick those toxic chemicals out of your home and get healthy today! Check out this short clip with those three recipes to help you save your world!

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7 Ways to Get Your Lemon Flavor Burst!

One of my family’s favorite therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living is Lemon Vitality oil! We start the day with it’s deliciousness and can find tons of reasons to enjoy it all day long. I’m going to share seven ways to get your lemon flavor burst on, but first you need to know a little about this yummy oil!

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have a “lemon” tooth and just love this yummy flavor in desserts, marinades, tea, you-name-it! Remember the Lemon Icebox Pie that your grandma used to make? She added lemon zest to the filling to give it that extra burst of lemony zing. Zest is the grated rind or peel of the fruit, and it has a much stronger flavor than the juice alone. That’s because the rind is the most nutrient dense part of the fruit and that is where the essential oil comes from! Many oils are obtained from the blossoms or leaves or other parts of the plant. Lemon rind is cold-pressed to obtain its flavorful oil. It takes about 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of Lemon oil or 25 lemons to make one 5ml bottle of Lemon Vitality. That’s concentrated!

The sour taste of lemon comes from the small amount of citric acid it contains. Oddly enough, when lemon is ingested it has an alkalizing or neutralizing effect on the digestive tract. Lowering body pH is very important to optimizing health and boosting the immune system.

Lemon oil contains 73% of the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Do some research on the powerful benefits of this key constituent to discover even more advantages of adding Lemon Vitality oil to you wellness regimen.

You need to be aware that not all oils are the same grade or quality. Most of the oils on the market today are perfume or food grade oils which are isolated compounds for their aromas or flavor only. Many are created synthetically in a lab. That’s right! They do not come from an actual plant. Sometimes they are filled with additives or are over-processed so that they do not contain all the healthy constituents that they had in the original plant. Our family uses only Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils because of their Seed to Seal promise and strict quality standards ensuring that all the bioactive constituents are present. We have personally witnessed this on three Young Living farms around the globe. You can trust that these Vitality oils are safe to ingest and will give the desired results without nasty chemicals, solvents, synthetics, or unknown additives.

Let’s look at seven ways to get your Lemon Vitality flavor burst!

1. Lemonade -- Keep a bottle of Lemon Vitality oil on the kitchen counter so you can reach for it easily every time you fill a glass with water and add a couple of drops. Emphasis on “glass” because this oil will attack and digest toxins and petrochemicals such as styrofoam or plastic. Use a cup made of those and it will sprout a leak! Use only real glass, ceramic, or a stainless steel canteen for your oil-infused lemon water. Just think of how happy your cells will be to have that coating of yuck that they have been smothering underneath finally dissolved away. So drink a glass first thing in the morning to optimize health!

2. Lemon Juice substitute – Lemon Vitality oil enhances the flavor of foods and may be substituted in recipes calling for lemon juice. Start with a very small amount like 1 or 2 drops and taste before adding more.

3. Lemon Soother -- Grandma knew best! One drop of Lemon Vitality oil in ½ tsp. of blue agave or local honey may bring soothing comfort while it boosts immunity.

4. NingXia Red – Lemon Vitality oil is a key ingredient in this whole-body nutrient infusion made from pureed wolfberries. This delicious energy drink provides amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and polysaccharides for long-lasting wellness support with a low glycemic index. You can add an extra drop of Lemon Vitality or other citrus Vitality oils to your shot of this drink for an extra flavor burst!

5. Fruit-infused Lemonade – Slice a pint of strawberries or blueberries into an empty glass pitcher and sprinkle 4-5 drops of Lemon Vitality oil onto them. Toss the berries and allow to sit for 15 minutes while the lemon permeates them. Add ½ gallon of water and sweeten with stevia to taste if desired. Your family will love this Berry delicious lemonade!

6. Fresher Fruit – When you bring home fresh berries or veggies from the grocery store, give them a soak in the sink with 3-5 drops of Lemon Vitality oil. You won’t notice a distinct lemony flavor when you eat them later, however, you will notice they stay fresh for longer. That means your family eats more and wastes less!

7. Fruit Dip – Combine 8 oz. cream cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, 1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup or local honey, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 3-5 drops of Lemon Vitality or other citrus Vitality oils of your choice such as Tangerine, Orange, or Grapefruit. Enjoy this flavorful dip with any fruit your family loves such as apples, pears, kiwis, berries, grapes, and more. Yummo!

I'll bet that you can think of a favorite recipe right now to try some Lemon Vitality oil in! This popular oil is part of the Premium Starter Kit that gives you wholesale pricing and a free Diffuser for your home. Open your kit today, grab your Lemon Vitality oil, and add a burst of lemony flavor to your favorite recipe, then share it with me! I’d love to hear how you get your Lemon Burst! Look for more great ideas and recipes added to my blog at NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com . Enjoy!

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