By: Jennifer Murray

Essential Oils for Sports Families

We are officially a 2 sport family this spring. For the first time the boys are divided – Brooks is playing soccer and LOVING it, and the other 3 are playing baseball again. Sure, it would have been more practical for them all to do the same thing, but we’ve never wanted to push them into doing a sport just because their brothers are or making them all play when it’s not something they love.

We love supporting them with their own gifts and interests. And although I loved seeing them all in one uniform last spring, I love watching them on the sideline cheering each other on as brothers.  Nobody has better brothers rooting for them than these dudes. 

Of course I have a to-go bag of our favorite essential oils with us on the sideline too. It’s our first aid kit + more for all sorts of things that might come up. Better to be prepared as a soccer and baseball mom, right? So along with the snacks, water, and all the equipment we have some  of these favorites with us as well!

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Lavender* – This is nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils for a reason. It’s GREAT for all sorts of sports-related mishaps. When the boys were learning to ride their bikes this was our BFF and they requested it every time they had a crash.

{We also like using Lavender* with Lemon* and Peppermint* for seasonal discomforts that so many of us are battling right now. It’s a powerful trio to keep our noses and throats happy.} 

Peppermint* – This is a must have for keeping cool on the sidelines, which we’ll use more as the temps warm up. There was also an interesting study recently on PubMed.gov (The National Library of Medicine’s website) on the instant effects of peppermint and exercise performance. It’s great post-workout too!

Purification* – This one is a great natural bug repellant. We used it camping last year, and I plan on having it with us on the fields as well. In fact, I’ll probably make this super easy Natural Bug Repellant recipe and have it in a spray bottle for easy use!

Melaleuca* – Does the thought of shared baseball helmets gross anyone else out? I think it’s because I fear those crawly head bugs more than you can imagine. Thankful to have a natural repellant Just.In.Case.  And you better believe I gave a good wipe down to the helmet we found at Goodwill.

Stress Away* - just in case it gets a little too intense. ;) Actually, this is one of my absolute FAV scents. I love wearing it as perfume and so does Brad. As cologne that is.

Fitness – This is a new blend from the new Young Living partnership with Oola from the Infused7 Kit I got last week in my Essential Rewards order. It has been specially formulated to uplift, energize, inspire fitness goals – and has a great motivating scent. I used it before and after my workout on Saturday and look forward to using it often.

{The Infused 7 Set includes 6 other blends: Fun, Family, Field, Faith, Finance, and Friends; so I’ll probably bring a few of those along too!}

DiGize – Finally, I don’t leave home without this one EVER. Actually I have, but have learned my lesson. With 6 tummies in our family, there’s bound to be a grumbly one from time to time and this has come to our rescue more than a handful of times over the past year!

* Denotes an oil that comes in the Premium Starter Kit

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Curious to learn more about essential oils and the Premium Starter Kit? You can find out All You Need To Know About Getting Started and the awesome freebies I’m offering this month over on this post.

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I’m throwing in ONE MORE BONUS for the rest of April for my awesome readers here at 4tunate.net. When you sign up for a Premium Starter Kit, I’m throwing in a Bottle of Thieves Spray too!  This is a great one for on-the-go and travel!  Wonderful for cleaning surfaces (think porta-potty) and using in pinches for cleaning hands.

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>>>> Who’s up to bat for this awesome deal? Just send me an email at 4tunate.net {at} gmail with the Subject Line “THIEVES SPRAY” to let me know you’re new on the roster! 

How about YOU? Are your kids playing any spring sports? What do you make sure you don’t leave home without? 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Easy Homemade Granola Bars


I was looking for something quick and easy to take to church for our Sunday school class over the weekend, and decided to try homemade granola bars, after seeing some easy recipes floating around Pinterest.  I adapted this one for our tastes and to give it more of a protein punch.  The boys were happy that I had a few leftovers to bring home for them to devour! I’m looking forward to making another batch for quick breakfast snacks and to send in lunches!

I didn’t expect them to be so simple and delicious to make homemade! 

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What You’ll Need for Homemade Granola Bars:

  • 3 cups of Quick Oats
  • A 14oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 T of Melted Butter
  • 1/3 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter Chips

(The last four ingredients you can switch up/omit/add what you’d like!)

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars:

1. Preheat the Oven to 350 Degrees.

2. Grease Baking Sheet with Butter or Cooking Spray.

3. Mix Together Oats, Milk, Butter, Flax, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips.

4. Spread Evenly in the Baking Sheet with Wet Hands.

5. Bake 15-20 Minutes.

6. Remove from Oven and Cut Into Granola Bars With a Plastic Knife While Still Warm.

7. Eat Immediately or Store to Enjoy for Breakfast or Snacks!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast recipe? 

 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Scenes from A Landlocked Spring Break

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Last week my people were on Spring Break, and as much the ocean calls our names and we’d love some time away, it just wasn’t the right timing for us. At the beginning of the week, I almost blocked all your deep blue water beach pictures, sun-kissed skin, and tank tops from my feed, but we found vacation right here in landlocked Indiana.

Really this is the first Spring Break we’ve had as a family. While we homeschooled, I used SB as a catch-up or an easier week, but we didn’t take then entire week off.  It was a rare opportunity to just be together without a lot of plans or running. We made the most of it with a couple trips to Eagle Creek, lots of brother basketball scrimmages and learning how to play “Knockout”, good times with church family for Easter, watching March Madness, going for treats after dinner, seeing grandparents and out of town family, and celebrating some warmer temps.

I feel like we’ve hit a bit of a stride in parenting right now. It’s a valley that’s temporary I’m sure, but we’re just so grateful for harmony, health, and home.  Sometimes I still am in awe that I’m their mama and this life is really happening.

I love watching them as brothers and the team they can be when they get along and encourage one another. I love that they need us less – even though it’s a bittersweet dance. I love seeing them back in their element of the outdoors. I love the adventures we have with these boys, small and large.

We couldn’t have asked for a better week…

Well maybe more flip-flops, but that’s just around the corner. 

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