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Start talking about essential oils and most people think, oh, that's for the ladies. But that's not necessarily true. At least not anymore. Essential oils are beneficial for guys, too! The problem is, most men don't know that much about essential oils!
That was true for me. Hi, it's Jay writing this post.
And it was true. When Amy started using essential oils, I really didn't want anything to do with them. I thought, that oils were a women-think. But then I started using them. And well, I'm not ashamed to say, I was wrong. Essential Oils are for men, too!
This weekend on the Young Living Essential Oils blog, this post was shared, The Manly Man's Guide to Essential Oils. As a novice, but wanting to learn more, I wanted to share the post here on the family blog because, as you know, we are Young Living Independent Distributors. One of our goals in working with oils is to share the benefits of using oils with both women AND men!
I have already started sharing some of my essential oils story, and how they have helped me. But this post was incredibly helpful in expanding what I was thinking in regards to essential oils. Some of the products listed I'm already using!
So here's the deal...
Guys, check this out.
And ladies, if your guys aren't into the oils yet, print out the post and share it with them! It might help them discover the benefits of using essential oils.
Go ahead, click below on the graphic and read the article.
And remember, you can place your essential oils order with us! Just contact us via our email or on social media and let us know that you are interested in learning more about essential oils. We would be more than happy to help you!
We are so excited! Our first large order of Young Living Essential Oils has arrived. In August, we committed to a 30 day challenge of using essential oils. By the end of the month we were amazed at how much better we felt after using the oils. From headache and allergy relief to just feeling less stressed and overwhelmed by life. There is no doubt in our minds, essential oils offer big benefits when used regularly and correctly.
The hardest part about using essential oils is waiting for your oils to arrive. Still being new at all of this, we ran out of some our favorite and most used oils. This left us with about 2 weeks of waiting. And 2 weeks of not being able to use our regular oils. 2 weeks, and we definitely noticed they absence.
Last week we met with our team leaders, Kendra P., who walked us through some of the ins' and out's of being a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor. It was a super valuable time of learning. And while we still have a few things to learn, we are super excited to be able to offer families an opportunity to not only live a healthier lifestyle, but also create a way to provide for their families while doing so.
But before we get into all of that, we are so excited to share with you our first Essential Oils Unboxing!
What's an Unboxing? Well, it's opening a package or box of a new item or product. If you were to look up unboxing on YouTube, you'd find various YouTubers opening all sorts of products and talking about whatever it is they are unboxing.
This is pretty much what we did. Our order arrived on Friday afternoon, and because we were so excited to get our new oils, we decided to do our own unboxing video. So please take just a few minutes as we open up our order and talk about some of the products that have just arrived.
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So here is what we are planning to do. Each week, we want to share a different essential oil and how we use it. Some weeks it might be in video form or it might be as a blog post. We also want to share with you excited product promotions and ways you can get more for less. The other opportunity we will be sharing is a how you can become a Young Living member. Membership comes with a wholesale product pricing and benefits that make using essential oils more affordable.
We have found that using essential oils has been a real help. More of a life style choice and less like a magic pill, essential oils are teaching us how to become less dependent on conventional medicine and therapies, and helping us to remove the chemicals and toxins that we believe have been polluting and negatively effect us for years.
So be sure to follow along as we continue this journey into the world of essential oils. There is so much to learn and share, and we can't wait to tell you how they are helping our family! Visit our Essential Oils page to learn more about our journey!
- the higham family
You hope for it. You dream about it. You really look forward to it. But, you just don't know what it will be like until it comes. What am I talking about? The family vacation.
Sometimes you don't know what you're going to get when you head out for a family vacation. You set out with all the best thoughts, plans, hopes, and dreams, but somewhere along the way the vacation often turns south! We are a family of 7, Amy and Jay, and five kids with ages ranging from 7 years to 18 years old. The interests, likes and dislikes, personalities, and wants are as wide and as dramatic as the age range.
Invariably someone will dislike what we're doing or what someone said and it's war. Last week we started out with our expectations low and our hopes high. We wanted to have fun with the kids. We wanted to relax. We wanted to enjoy our time away. It's what every parent wants, right?
Well, here we are, one week later. We're back home, everything is unpacked, and we're ready to step into what will be 2 busy weeks before starting school. So just before we make the jump back into reality, we wanted to put a few things down in a blog to help us remember the moments we shared as a family.
This afternoon (Sunday, August 14th) I, Jay, asked Amy and each of the kids to share with me some highlights of the week. Here is what they shared.
Spending a lot of time on the beach.
We had near perfect weather which allowed us to enjoy daily trips to the beach. We spent most of our time playing in the sand, splashing in the ocean, and enjoying time relaxing together. It was a sweet time for all of us to simple BE.
Grateful for a beautiful place to stay.
The beach wasn't the only place to kick back and relax. We stayed in a beautiful townhouse owned by some family members. This was the second year they shared their beach home with us. The place is great because it feels like a mini mansion, even with our big family.
The First Annual Higham Family Miniature Golf Tournament.
We shared earlier last week about our evening of miniature golf.
[ The 2016 Higham Family Miniature Golf Tournament ]
That night was truly a fun night for all of us.
One of our most favorite activities to do in when at the beach is to go crabbing.
This year we were able to catch 2 "keeper" Maryland Blue Crabs.
It was another evening of memories and fun.
The boardwalks are different from Ocean City, MD to Bethany Beach, DE to Rehoboth, DE. Fortunately we were able to visit all three at different times during the week. Everyone loves the opportunity to shop, explore, eat, and experience the entertainment and commotion that takes place on the boardwalk.
Bike Riding on the boardwalk.
It's something Amy and I remember doing when we were kids, riding bikes on the boardwalk.
We had plans to go late in the week, but what surprised us was when we said we were going everyone wanted to go. It was a special day with all five kids riding bikes on the boardwalk.
Always up for an adventure, Nate took to the ocean via skimboard. For his second summer, Nate had the opportunity to play around with the sport of skimboarding. While he had his fair share of wipe outs, he did a pretty good job figuring it out!
I already mentioned the near perfect weather all week long. But when I asked Amy what some of her highlights were, she was quick to say, the weather. It was a great week weather-wise. In fact, we tried to remember a time that we were at the beach and it didn't rain at least once during our stay. We couldn't do it. But this week...NO RAIN. Every day was filled with blue skies and cool breezes. It did get hot and humid on Thursday and Friday,
but that didn't stop the fun.
Laughing in the ocean with the whole family.
We weren't sure it would happen, but by Monday, all 7 of us were in the ocean. In fact, it ended up being one of the most special moments all week. All 7 of us, in the ocean together, talking, laughing, and enjoying the waves.
It was pretty cool.
Doing everything we set out to do.
Last year, our vacation was four days long. Hoping to make the most of our time, we tried to pack in as much as possible. Whatever the kids wanted to do we tried to squeeze in. But what we found was we were more exhausted and frustrated at the end of the four days then we had planed. This year we determined that if we were going to go on a vacation it would have to be for a full week. The second thing we determined to do was to slow down and enjoy the time and not tried to cram everything imaginable into the vacation. We asked the kids what they wanted to do while on vacation and we did it. No pressure. No expectations. No over scheduled itineraries. Just relaxed fun. And the amazing thing, we were able to do everything we wanted to do and then some!
Eating out at the Boathouse.
For years we vacationed in Ocean city, MD. Because we vacationed we had plenty of restaurants the we enjoyed eating at. But this year we decided to try something new. We wanted to eat out and enjoy a nice dinner together as a family, and we wanted to find a new "favorite" place. That led us to The Boathouse in Bethany Beach! Amazing! If you are in Bethany, be sure to visit and enjoy a great meal and some awesome surroundings.
Great conversations with great friends on the beach.
For the last two years, we have been able to meet up with some very special friends. When we lived in Somerset, we were part of an amazing small group. And when we moved away, never did we think we would miss them as much as we do. So to be able to spend a week with Tres & Karen W. and their family, and Wanda S. truly made our week all the more special. So many great conversations and laughs were shared.
It really was a great week. And yes, we had our moments. I got tired and grumpy. The kids got tired and grumpy. But the grumpy's did not ruin our week. We worked through it, chose love and grace, and didn't allow the negativity to effect what we hoped to accomplish on our vacation - family time.
Thanks so much for reading and following along all week long. We have loved sharing our adventures through our daily vlogs! If you missed one or more, or would like to watch the vlogs again, we have lined them up below.
- the higham family
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Thanks for taking the time to read The Higham Family Blog. Each week we try to share new content about something we are learning, something we love, or something to offer encouragement to the family. We love to hear from our readers, so please share your thought in the comment section of each post.