Menu Plan Monday – Whole30

by Katie on July 20, 2015

Well, hello Whole30! This started today and so far so good. The Whole30 isn’t a diet, but just eating real food and cutting the junk. Grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free…just veggies, fruit, protein and healthy fats. We did it about 2 years ago, and I really felt like I needed a reset so it’s time to revisit it!

The one thing I remember about it is a TON of prep work. I’m trying to keep it as simple as I can to maintain my sanity. There will definitely be a lot of duplicated breakfasts and lunches this month!

Summer is the perfect time of year to do it because there is just so much fresh goodness to eat! Here’s to a month of clean eating!

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Breakfasts: Hard boiled eggs, veggies and fruit OR Sausage and Egg Scramble

Lunch: Tuna or Chicken Salad (with homemade mayo) over greens, fresh fruit and fresh veggies. Or Leftovers.  Or Sweet Potato with Italian Sausage, Apple and Onion.

Monday- Naked Burgers with toppings, Green Beans and Steamed Sugar Snap Peas
Tuesday- Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Steamed Broccoli
Wednesday- Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Sausage (omit maple syrup)
Thursday- Ranch Stuffed Peppers with Homemade Guacamole and Steamed Veggies
Friday- Carne Asada with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa and Fajita Veggies
Saturday- Sweet Potato and Sausage Bake
Sunday- Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries and Grilled Veggies


5 Ways To Use Purification Essential Oil

by Katie on July 14, 2015

I’m often asked which essential oil is my favorite. That’s a difficult thing to answer. Partially because I have the worst time making decisions, but also because I love so many. Because of this great conundrum my favorite tends to change based on what I’m using a lot of at the moment. One thing that remains is that Purification is always ranking way, way up there on the list!

Earlier this year I went on a rampage ridding our home of candles, air freshening sprays, and plug-ins.  I was a little nervous about it. I loved candles and my enjoyed my house smelling good.  Who wants a stinky house, you know?

What’s amazing is that my home smells so much better now! Don’t believe me? Ask anyone else who uses Purification essential oil. Everyone who uses it loves it. The house is truly fresh now and it truly eliminates odors.  It’s so refreshing and I haven’t missed the candles.

Purification is an essential oil blend that helps freshen the air and eliminate odors with its unique combination of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle essential oils.

5 Ways To Use Purification Essential Oil

1. Outdoor Spray
Purification, Peppermint, and Lavender are in my homemade outdoor spray. I spray it on if I’m going to be outside or working in my little garden and it helps me to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free. Bonus – it smells great!  I use Susan’s recipe.

2. Toilet Paper Roll
Before I put a new roll of toilet paper in the holder I like to put a drop or two of Purification on the cardboard interior of the roll. The smell is released every time a little paper is pulled off and it lasts the whole the life of the toilet paper roll.

3. Diffuser
I use my diffuser daily and a lot of the time I’m diffusing Purification. It’s perfect after I cook something that leaves a lasting smell. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand that my house smelling like food. I put 3-4 drops in my diffuser and it doesn’t just mask the smell, it gets rid of it. Vanished.

4. Laundry
Have you ever left the laundry in the washer and forgot about it? Of course, I would never do that! Ha. Reality is it happens more often than I care to admit. My laundry is in the basement (ugh!) and if I don’t set a timer I forget about it. I just re-wash it and put a few drops of purification in the wash with it and it smells great! No lasting sour smell.

5. Air Freshening Spray
I love making different sprays. I have a Thieves spray and a Lavender pillow spray. I’m all about them sprays. ;)

This Purification Air Spray is a great one to leave in the restroom or to spray generously in gym bags, tennis shoes, or on anything that needs a little freshening up. It’s also great for dogs! I spray generously on Samson’s coat when he needs it and it works well.

How to make it:
In a 2 ounce spray bottle (glass is best for this): add 1 teaspoon Witch Hazel, Purification (I like 15-20 drops), and fill it up with distilled water.

How can you get your house smelling fresh with Purification?

You can purchase a bottle at retail from my oil page, but the best deal is the Premium Starter Kit ANDDDD it’s on sale now! Yes!!! From July 13th-August 14th Young Living is offering a “Light the Fire” promotion which allows new members to purchase a kit for $10 off. It makes a great deal even better.

I can’t tell you how much I love these oils…they are truly amazing and have been life-changing for me.  I honestly just can’t help but share!  If you have questions about how I use them please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I would be thrilled to share my experiences with you so you can see if this is something you would love too. :)

In addition to the kit, I’m offering reference material valued at $20 when you sign up with a Premium Starter Kit. I will also be there to support you and help you get started and plug you into a great Facebook group.

Click here to get started using Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils.

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Is it summer, you guys? I don’t know what is going on with crazy Ohio, but it feels like it has been dreary and rainy so much lately. I don’t like it. Not one bit. It’s summer and I prefer all sunshine.

In order to remind myself that is still summer I have been using my Coconut-Lime Sugar Scrub. I’ve been breaking it out every day because the smell of it takes me straight to the beach. Pure relaxation. Besides having the most wonderful smell, it also makes my hands incredibly soft.

It’s all natural and made with coconut oil, sugar, Young Living lime essential oil and a little bit of coconut. Melt your coconut oil and stir the rest in – it’s that easy. It’s so much better than products that have toxic chemicals, and when something like this is so easy to make why would you not make it yourself!

This makes a great gift! A little goes a long way with sugar scrub, so you could put it into two smaller jars and keep one and make your friend’s day by giving them one. Trust me – you would both have enough to last a long time. Even if you are everyday users like me.

If you aren’t familiar with essential oils and want to learn what they are…I’m having a Facebook class this Monday night (July 13th). It’s going to be a really fun night and you can learn in the comfort of your own home. Send me an email if you would like an invite! You can also read more about them here.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub - with Young Living Essential Oils

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 15 drops Young Living essential oil


  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Stir in the sugar until it is mixed together well. Stir in the coconut and Young Living lime essential oil. Makes about 1 cup of sugar scrub.


Don't have essential oils to use? You need some - your life will never be the same. Until you get some, you can make this recipe and leave it out and add some lime zest. It won't have as strong of a lime smell, but it would still work the same.

Recipe slightly adapted from The Idea Room


Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

by Katie on July 1, 2015

Chickpea Salad with a delicious and easy Lemon-Dill Dressing. Amazing. That is all.

That’s what I feel like lately. The words have not been flowing and I’ve not been creating new recipes. I guess that’s okay and everyone is entitled to a slump, but I miss it. I miss sharing, writing and creating.

So today I want to share this amazing salad that I created last week. I use create extremely loose, because it’s just fresh produce and chickpeas tossed in Marzetti’s Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette with fresh dill. I like making my own dressings, but there’s not always time for that and this line of dressings are awesome.

If you have an aversion to chickpeas, I challenge you to try them again. I ate and loved hummus knowing that’s what it was, but had a bad experience when I tried chickpeas the first time. It was chickpeas in some type of curry and rice that a co-worker brought in to work one time.

I learned two things after saying no to trying it and being pressured into taking a big old plate of it – say no to curry and peer pressure!  (In case you are wondering…the chickpea curry ended up in the trash in the back of the office.  I’m nice and all, but I just couldn’t finish it.)

I assure you that chickpeas really are good – I have been missing out for a long time by claiming not to like them! This salad is so good and it will be a staple for all of our CSA produce that comes in each week.  You can serve it as is for a side dish or light lunch or you can serve it over salad greens or cooked quinoa.

Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing


Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing


  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3-1/2 cup Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 1-1 1/2 Tablespoons freshly minced dill
  • 1 container feta


  1. Toss the chickpeas and cut veggies in a medium sized bowl. Top with the lemon vinaigrette, dill and feta and toss to mix. Refrigerate until serving.


You can find Simply Dressed dressings in the refrigerated dressing section at your grocery store.


Menu Plan Monday

June 29, 2015

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we have started having our produce delivered from a local farm.  I’m SO loving this service.  I keep meat in the freezer and staples on hand and I always have a healthy meal that I can whip up quickly.  I don’t know how I’m just now signing up […]

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Menu Plan Monday

June 15, 2015

Happy Monday!  With summer here I have been taking my menu planning pretty lightly because it’s super easy to throw together a dinner when it’s grilling season.  I much prefer having a detailed plan, but when I don’t I can cut some veggies and thaw some meat and we have dinner! Something new in our […]

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Free Bonus Oil With a Premium Starter Kit Purchase

June 11, 2015

You all know how much I love my Young Living essential oils, right? Not like – we are talking mad love for the oils!  They have been such a blessing for us and I’m constantly finding new ways to use them which makes me love them even more. Right now Young Living is offering a […]

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Easy Sloppy Joes

June 10, 2015

Sometimes you just need a good old delicious sloppy meal – Sloppy Joes to the rescue.  Don’t be confused, I’m not talking about the stuff you dump out of a can and mix with ground beef.  This is a recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes and if you haven’t made them homemade before – you must! […]

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Asian Sugar Snap Peas

May 12, 2015

Sugar snap peas have long been a favorite of mine. The other week I picked up a 2 pound bag of them at Costco to enjoy throughout the week. I did a wild and crazy thing – I tried the recipe on the back of the bag. Shocking, I know. I’m not sure why I […]

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Menu Plan Monday

May 5, 2015

Happy Monday!  I just sat down to plan out our menu for the rest of the week!  It’s nothing really new, but it’s all stuff that we love…especially the Greek Quinoa Salad pictured below. What’s on your menu this week? Breakfast: overnight oats, hard boiled eggs and fruit Lunch – leftovers, lunch meat roll-ups Monday- […]

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