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Young Living Essential Oils

If you have been following along on my Instagram stories you might have heard me talking about essential oils. In January I took the plunge and signed up to be a part of Young Living Essential Oils. I never really knew much about them nor did I care to learn. I used lavender every once in awhile but thanks to an incident while pregnant I came to the conclusion they are worth all the hype.

In the third trimester of my pregnancy I thought it was a good idea to stand on a chair to do some artwork on the wall. It wasn’t a good idea and I ended up falling off the chair onto my knee causing a slight fracture to my fibula. Not my finest moment. What made matters worse was that I couldn’t take anything for the pain. That’s when my best friend and essential oils guru, Brittany, gave me Copaiba and PanAway® oils to help with the pain and to stimulate the healing process. To my surprise it worked! They helped with the throbbing pain and with the ugly bruise. I was even able to walk down the aisle in my friends wedding without my crutches, which I didn’t think would be possible. After that I started learning more about the benefits of essential oils and how they can improve everyday life.

Another big AH-HA moment took place after Logan was born. I was cleaning my house when I realized that my hands reeked of bleach and chemicals. I washed them as best as I could but they still stunk of cleaner. I didn’t want to touch my baby with my hands like that. That’s when I decided I wanted to switch to a chemical-free household. Thanks to the Thieves line from Young Living I am slowly making the switch to a chemical free household.

The seedlings line and KidScents line are absolute favorites. Logan has eczema (like his mama) and the seedlings line helps keep it under control plus it smells amazing! I use the baby oil every night after bathtime to help set the mood for a good night sleep. I also love diffusing the KidScents oils in his nursery.

The more I learn and use these little miracles in a jar the more passionate I am becoming about them and how they can truly make a difference in everyday life!

Join in on the oily fun by going to and clicking on Become a member.

Enroll using me as a sponsor :

  • Member Number: 13960136
    (use this for both enroller and sponsor #)
  • Username: outdoorannalea

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Second Trimester Recap

I can’t believe I’m nearing the end of my second trimester. So far pregnancy has been pretty great. In my first trimester I experienced extreme fatigue, but thankfully it went away here in my second trimester.  I’ve had no sickness or other common aliments that some pregnant women seem to experience. I try to work out 2-3 times a week. Mostly just free weights (arms & legs)  and cardio on the elliptical. Tom and I live a pretty active lifestyle so that keeps me on my feet days I don’t get to the gym.

Nesting is real and during this trimester we finished updating our living room, refinished the upstairs bathroom and started on the nursery. I’ve also reorganized my closet room and Tom finished installing the cabinets in our garage. The only room left in the house to do is our kitchen. I love the way everything is turning out. Our house is now a home and ready for baby… well almost!

Tom and I also took a trip to Colorado for our friends Danny and Chrys’s wedding. At the time of the trip I was 25 weeks pregnant. Flying wasn’t an issue at all. The baby was kicking on the flight out but nothing uncomfortable. While we were there we went fly fishing, hiked up a mountain and danced the night away at the wedding.

I enjoyed my second trimester and I am looking forward to the third. Three more months till we finally get to meet our little guy and I am getting more excited by the day!

Total weight gain: 10 pounds as of last week

Maternity clothes: I live in my maternity shorts from Motherhood maternity, they are the best! (Thanks Mom) I also love my belly band from Ingrid and Isabel.

Stretch marks: None. I apply coconut lotion and Palmer’s coco oil/Bio oil mix at least twice, sometimes three times, a day. 

Sleep: Normal, minus waking up to use the bathroom a few times each night.

Miss anything: A good glass of red wine. I’ve had a few glasses of white wine here and there, but red wine hasn’t sat well with me during this pregnancy, so I’ve avoided it all together. 

Movement: The last two weeks, he has been moving and grooving. I love it and I think it will be the thing I miss most about being pregnant. 

Food cravings: Popsicle and lots of fruit. I was also craving a margarita so I made myself a virgin margarita which was delicious. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, I’ve been lucky.

Have you started to show yet: Just in the last few weeks.

Gender: BOY!!!

Labor signs: Nope

Belly button in or out: Outtie

Wedding rings on or off: On, I never take them off.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mainly happy, unless I am hungry. Then I can be moody, poor Tom.

Names: A few we have in mind but we won’t know for sure until he is born.

Looking forward to: Finishing the baby’s nursery and my 3rd trimester ultrasound.


-Anna Lea