let’s talk essential oils

Where to start… there’s so much stuff I want to talk about… I know not everyone will be interested by this one, but I just love essential oils so much, it’s almost a passion for me now, that I wanted to let you all know about it!  First piece of advice, everyone should be open to try it out, at least once.  I’m pretty sure you would be impressed.

You know, I’ve been an avid Pinterest user since day one, and a few years ago I started to see lots of tutorial, how to, and information for essential oils.  I’ve had heard of essential oils, but I didn’t really knew about it.  So I was curious.  I started to pin a few things that interested me, and then eventually started to look for more in-depth information.

Let me tell you: you will find tons of information regarding essential oils, and I can’t say that everything is true, but I can surely tell you that so far, for me, it’s been awesome, and I’m now literally addicted to it.

There are a lots of companies that are now selling essential oils, but there are two big brands that surpass all the other ones for many reasons, and you should really read about all of it before deciding from which one you’ll be buying your products… so back then I started to look for the brand that’d fit my lifestyle better, and I chose Young Living.  And I’m so happy I did.

My first purchase was the starter kit, just to try it out, which consisted of a couple of the most popular oils, a diffuser and a few other gadgets.  I bought the kit with no expectation, but the moment I installed the diffuser, I fell in love.  The smell and the feeling were just amazing.

My favorite oil is definitely Lavender.  I know, it’s like the most common one, but it makes me so happy.  I always have a bottle in my purse and one in my room.  Every night, I put some Lavender oil behind the boys ears before bedtime, it’s calming, smells great and it makes them relax.  It’s also the oil we diffuse in our bedroom on most nights.  It’s our go to oil.  I just can’t get enough.  I also mix it with coconut oil and use it as a body moisturizer for myself and for the boys.

I’ve haven’t burned myself since I’ve been using essential oils, so I’ve never tried it on myself, but last summer, at a party, a family member burned herself with boiling sugar (it was actually melted cotton candy) and I offered to put Lavender essential oil on it, and it was a miracle.  No more pain!  Since then, matante (aunt) Lulu has bought some Lavender essential oil and started to use it before bedtime, and guess what, she now sleeps throughout the night, something she hadn’t done for years!

Second favorite, but really it’s tied for first place, Peppermint.  Goodbye heartburn, acid re-flux and motion sickness!  One drop on the roof of your mouth and bang… it’s gone.  It’s like MAGIC!  Everybody I know that have tried it are stunned.  Wish I had discovered essential oils while I was pregnant.  I was eating Tums like candy, but I will never have another one of these again…  Peppermint oil tastes and works way better.  It’s safe to ingest, so I also use it in tea and dessert.  That’s one of the thing with Young Living, their essential oils are pure and safe to ingest; which is not always the case with other company.  Even if it says ‘100% pure’ on the bottle, it is not necessarily 100% pure, so you should not ingest it.  But with Young Living, you can, it’s safe, and it’s great!

One other thing I do with Peppermint, I dilute it with coconut oil and rub it on my babies feet when they have a fever.  It’s a natural fever reducer.  Not only it’s a fever reducer; do you know what else I do with it?  When it is really hot outside, I put a few drops behind my ears, behind my knees and inside my elbows, and it helps me stay cool.  It’s great, as it helps me be more patient on hot summer days!

The third one is Thieves.  Everybody should have a bottle of this.  Thieves is an essential oil blend, it supports a healthy immune system and energizes your body.  It’s also a great cleaning product.  Young Living has a cleaning product line based with Thieves.  I use it on the bottom of our feet and rub it on my chest and back when I feel a cold is coming.  It can also be inhale and diffused in your home.  It has a cinnamon earthy smell.  Love, love, love Thieves.  If you want to get started, I recommend you get these three oils at first.  If you like it, then get some more!  There’s an oil for everything.

If you don’t find the oil you’re looking for, then you just mix them together.  I love to try different mixes and diffuse it in our home.  A few favorites are Joy and Lemon, Peppermint and Orange, and Lavender and Cedarwood.  Brian’s favorite is Stress Away.  I guess he needs it sometimes, I don’t understand why, but surely not because of me!

I don’t cook or bake a lot with my oils right now, but I really want to start incorporating them more in our cooking.  What I love is to add Lemon and Peppermint to my drinking water.  It just tastes so fresh.  But don’t put too much… if you use the Young Living oils, a couple drops will be plenty.

We now have two diffusers in our house; one in our bedroom (that we bring in the kitchen and living room every chance we get) and one in Liam’s room.  He now has his own Lavender bottle and every night he rubs the oil behind his ears and installs the diffuser by himself.  He’s so cute doing it!  One day we’ll have one for each room, but for now, they travel from room to room when needed!

So, I’ve promoted a big company and how their oils are so awesome, now I’ll promote a smaller one!  Couple months ago, friends of ours started their own wood working company and gave us one of their products as a Christmas gift, an essential oil holder.  So simple and so gorgeous.  If you’re into essential oils, you need one of these holders to keep your bottles in order! You can check out their website https://www.scottywooddesign.com/ and place an order online.  We love our essential oil holder, and so will you!

This week, in order to promote my new mylemondroplife Instagram account, our friends from Scotty Wood Design have gladly offered to give away a custom made essential oil holder for my blog’s followers.  You’d like to win?  Then either become a follower of mylemondroplife on Instagram and like this week’s blog on essential oils or share my Facebook post.  The lucky winner, hopefully an essential oils enthusiast, will get a custom made essential oil holder from Scotty Wood Design.  I will draw the winner a week from now, on March 6th.  Good luck to all.  And a big thanks to Scot and Danika from Scotty Wood Design.  You guys are awesome; Young Living rules!

So, are you on the essential oils band wagon?  Would you like to join me on it!  If you want more information, let me know and I’ll set you right up!

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cheers to long weekends

God I LOVE long weekends!!!

Finally, we had a long weekend!  Although it feels like Christmas was just around the corner, it also feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a long weekend to relax and spend time with friends and family!  Last weekend was just perfect; and the weather was AMAZING!

After what felt like the longest week of my life, it was finally Friday night!  With no plans, one of my friend suggested we make dumplings!  So we gathered all our ingredients and started stuffing the wrappers.  We made 120!  Yep, 120!   Pretty sure they’re all gone now, with her 2 teenagers!  So long to prepare, but so worth it.  Of course we had some for dinner that night, like come on, we had to reward ourselves!

Saturday was gorgeous, plus 8 degrees for February felt like we had won the lottery!  Took out our spring jackets an left the house early as we had a full day planned.  We dropped the boys at my Mom’s and then drove to Vankleek Hill for some Beau’s All Natural shopping and tastings!  They had the best snacks selections this weekend: creamy Bacon Carbonara Mac’n Cheese… it was sooo good!  Brian had the Vodka Salmon and their new brew Triceratops.  He loaded up on beers, then had a chance to spin their FeBREWary promotion wheel, and luckily for him, he won a nice Beau’s t-shirt that he wanted!

We had planned a nice day out to Montréal with our friends Mel and Pat.  We love Montreal and don’t go often enough.  We hadn’t seen them since our road trip to Fenway/Boston in October, so we had a lot of catching up to do!

We made it to Montréal, shopped at a local market, found delicious macarons and then we went to play Trapped.  Trapped is a real life room escape.  A one hour game, locked in a room and you have to get out.  A modern clue game!  I love it!  We were so close to get out, like almost there!!!  But we didn’t.  We would have needed another 5 minutes.  We had a lot of fun though.  You all need to try it!

We then went out for drinks at Santos Tapas Bar.  If you’re in Old Montreal, you have to try Santos.  An electric atmosphere, unique décor, gorgeous drinks and delicious tapas.  Pat was obsessed with the number of raspberry in his pink drink!  (Hi Pat!).  It was our second time at Santos and we will be back next time we’re in Montréal for sure!

We then made our way to MangiaFoco as we had reservations at 8:45: a pizzeria and mozzarella bar restaurant.  Our friends had tried it in the fall and they thought we would love it too.  And they were right, we loved it!

What’s not to love… awesome cheese, delicious pizza and wine (for the others!).  We had a charcuterie plate: burrata and bufala affumicata, smoked tomatoes, truffles peaches, pancetta, capicollo and salami, all served with fresh bread.  The cheeses were soft and creamy.  I wish I could hide in their fridge for a night!  We then shared the margherita and uomo pizza.  So good!

The restaurant was awesome; love the decor and atmosphere, and we ended up with the best seat in the house!  From our booth, we could see all the food coming from the kitchen on a white belt… it doesn’t sound like much, but we were so excited to see our cheese plate coming that Mel and I started screaming.  Well, just a little!  I can’t wait to go back!

Sunday was gorgeous again.  We had our first chip stand snack for lunch in the car.  Then we had to burn those calories by snowshoeing.  It was so hot!  We had to take off our coats.  We then went back home and pretended to be in Mexico with the rest of our family by having homemade guacamole and drinks on our deck (surrounded by 5 feet of snow!).

The boys were exhausted from their weekend and went to bed early, so we decided to watch some Sherlock’s episodes.  We both became huge fans of Sherlock Holmes when Guy Ritchie’s movie first came out couple years ago; then the second movie came out, which was even better.  Bry loves to think he’s as clever as Sherlock… not so sure about that one!  So since then, we started to watch the series Sherlock on Netflix with Benedict Cumberbach; so far we had watched the first 3 seasons, which consist of 3 episodes of 90 minutes each.  And we loved it.

This time, for the 4th season, well, it was really good at first (and this won’t be a spoiler), but became more and more disturbing as we were watching.  We watched the first 2 episodes on Sunday night, and I ended up dreaming I was a detective in some sort of crazy thriller all night long.  Then on Monday night we watched the Finale, and oh boy, that was just too much for me, so I ended up not sleeping too well for a second night in a row!  (But still, you got to watch this!).

Monday was family day and unfortunately, I was exhausted and Brian had to work.  So we lounged in our pj’s all day, watched Moana, went for a walk and played all sorts of fun games.

Wish 3 days weekend would happen more often.  Can’t wait for the next one to see what our next adventure will be like!

Hope you had the best of time last weekend, and happy family day to all of you!

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all you need is…ice cream

All you need is love… and a few sweet snacks!

I had a few things planned for this weekend but with yesterday’s blizzard, some of our plans fell through.

On Saturday, we finished our valentine’s day cards and made some Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.  FAIL.  Not everything we do is a success.  They looked sooo good, but the taste was very disappointing.  The texture was actually like baked play-doh, and it tasted as bad as it could have been with a LOT of sugar!

So we tried another new recipe while watching the snow storm yesterday.  Homemade ice cream sandwich… and we’ve got a WINNER!  This one will be hard to beat.  And it was easy to make, quick, and delicious.  I’m a big fan of ice cream sandwich, but these were something else, and homemade, which obviously add to the fun!  Light, moist and delicious cookie with strawberry ice cream… AMAZING!

I can foresee myself doing this recipe many times next summer for everyone to enjoy at our pool parties, and of course for myself as well!  I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter… perfect snack size… and perfect for the occasion!

I used my guru Martha Stewart recipe for the cookie.

what you need:

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

how to:

Preheat oven at 350.  Butter a jelly-roll pan and cover with parchment paper.

Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a large bowl.  Add the egg, vanilla and salt and mix.  Add the flour and coco powder and mix well.  Spread the mix on the parchment paper.  The mixture is thick, you will need to spread it out evenly.

Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes.  Once it’s baked, let it cool for 5 minutes, then cut hearts with the cookie cutter.  Take out the ice cream. Let the cookies cool for another 5 minutes.  Then add a dollop of your favorite ice cream and add another cookie on top.  Press gently.  Once they’re all done, place the baking sheet with the sandwiches in the freezer for one hour.

It won’t take an hour to eat, so grab one as fast as you can and ENJOY!

This recipe gave me 12 sandwiches.  I guess you can have more if you don’t use the cookie cutters and do square ones; less waste.  But they are so much more fun to eat when they’re made of your favorite shapes!

Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day.

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What a crazy week.  This weather is killing me.  Cold rain in winter is just a pain in my A…

Fortunately, a few days ago, we decided to have a snowman day.  With freshly fallen sticky snow, it was perfect to build a snowman and an igloo (as the boys would say, but it was nothing like an igloo, more like a really really basic snow castle!).  We love to make snowman, in any shapes or with anything… especially food!

So, we made snowman pancakes, snowman pizza, made snowman paintings, mini snow snowman, had our snowman lasagna and to finish it off, we even had snowman ice cream cones!  Ice cream snowman after spending time outside snowshoeing was the best.  All of these were sooo easy to do and the boys just loved it.  And me too!

I love to make theme days for the boys!  Sunday will be our heart day, trying to find new ways to incorporate hearts in everything that we will do.  I’ll share next week for Valentine day!

So, do you want to build a snowman?  NO I don’t.  Way too cold outside!

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14 days of love

Last year, I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day for 14 days.  Why not… it’s love, and isn’t all about love?

We don’t have family that lives in our city, so date nights are pretty rare.  They used to happen all the time, we would go out one day to the restaurant, then the next day to the movies, then again to the restaurant, and on a good week we’d finish it by going to Royal Thai for dinner on Friday!  But since we’ve had kids, it’s been different!  We sometime sneak in a date when we visit our family on the weekend, as we tell them we’re coming down for the day when we’re actually only passing by to drop the kids… (thanks Mom, thanks Annick, thanks Brian’s mom) but to be honest, it doesn’t happen that often!

So my 14 days of love was for our entire family.  It’s doesn’t have to be an elaborate thing.  Here’s a few things we did last year:

-heart shaped pancakes

-wrote valentine cards for our friends and family

-made some strawberry pop-tarts for my coworkers

-bought myself new red nail polish… it counts!

-had a stay-at-home movie night with v-day popcorn

-went through all the Valentine’s Day cards that we received through the years… (yes, I kept all the cards… since I was a baby… I love these type of souvenirs!)

 This year, I still want to do the 14-day Valentine thing, and here’s a few idea I’ve added on my list:

-go skate on the Rideau canal

-try a new restaurant

-make pink pancakes… this should happen every weekend!

-have the boys answer a little questionnaire about what they love and read it with them one day, like in 10 years…

-make more v-day popcorn… you can never have too much popcorn!

-heart shaped pizza TODAY

-wear fancy rain boots

 So what’s your favorite V-Day tradition?

I hope you’ll try the 14 days of love this year!  Or at least try to treat yourself and your lover a couple times!

Happy Valentine month!

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