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Every morning (nearly) when I drop my kids off I ask them, “Is it a good day for a good day?” Most of the time they say “Yes!” and we fist bump before they hop out of the car or go into their room. 

This protocol takes that intention and adds the benefits of essential oils to open up the heart and mind. It's one of my favorite combinations!

LifeSteps has done a great job putting together the protocol, explaining how and why we use them:

Seize the Day with Gary’s Great Day Protocol!  

Have you ever woken up feeling unstoppable and ready to seize the day? Perhaps you know someone who radiates this energy and confidence at the crack of dawn. Whether you’re a morning person or not, there’s no denying that the first moments set the mood for the rest of the day. Get to know Gary’s Protocol Today!

Incorporating essential oils into your morning routine can amplify your intentions and enhance your feelings of confidence so you can start your day from a place of strength. Layering and blending specific oils in distinct ways can help cultivate the right mindset, focus the intentions, and provide an emotional anchor throughout your day.

That’s why Young Living founder, D. Gary Young, put together an empowering essential oil routine, Gary’s Protocol. Known for his vision and belief in pursuing that vision despite obstacles, there was never a goal too large or impossible for Gary to achieve. The four elevating oils in Gary’s Great Day Protocol embrace this sentiment, and when used together are a powerful way to start each day with intention and empowerment (not to mention, you’ll smell amazing).


GARY’S GREAT DAY PROTOCOL: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE

Step 1: Valor

  • Place 1 drop of Valor on the inside of your left wrist. Place your left wrist over the inside of your right wrist so that the insides of both wrists are touching and hold together for a moment. 
  • Focus your mind on balancing, holding your wrists in place. The powerful combination of ingredients in Valor delivers strengthening and refreshing qualities, supporting feelings of courage and self-esteem.

Step 2: Harmony

  • Place 1 drop of Harmony above your belly button to promote positive feelings, calming down your mind.
  • This spiritual and emotional blend is balancing and calming, and may help reduce occasional everyday stress and discord, by creating harmonic balance in the mind, spirit and body.

Step 3: Joy

  • Place 1 drop of Joy above your heart to bring about feelings of happiness to your mind and body. 
  • Create a joyful and happy aromatic experience with this uplifting blend of pure essential oils such as Rose, Jasmine, Tangerine, Bergamot and others.

Step 4: White Angelica

  • Place 1 drop of White Angelica in your palms and rub together. Lightly brush hands over your head, face, shoulders and body to uplift your spirits and protect your energies. 
  • Lovingly harvested from plants native to exotic destinations around the world, the 10 essential oils in White Angelica come together to create a one-of-a-kind blend that inspires a positive atmosphere and feelings of security and optimism.

Obstacles and challenges are inevitable as you go after your dreams, but it’s important to remember that you have the power to make huge changes in your life. And those changes all begin with establishing an uplifting morning routine to start each day with positivity!

Note: Gary’s Great Day Protocol can be adapted as needed, based on your personal needs.


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When my first baby was on his way in 2015, I wanted to do the absolute best for him. It was an overload of DIY organic baby purees, the complications of cloth diapers and the unfortunate discovery that toxins were in everything. The entirety of this information was so overwhelming that I changed nothing and used products that I now know are not the best for my growing family.

Live and learn.

It wasn't until my second was a year and a half old that I started really digging in and baby stepping my way into cleaner living.

The one allusive thing that's been challenging is diapering and with my 3rd baby, I'm determined to figure it out!

Granted, my boys grew up in a well known brand of diapers covered in the scent of what we're told babies should smell like. At the time, green diapers were rare and expensive. Greenwashed diapers were just coming on the scene with my second and were being endorsed by celebrities I wasn't quite sold on.

Now that we've had our third, green diapers are easier to find, but they still come with a price tag and blowouts seem to be a recurring issue. Cloth diapers are hailed for their anti-blowout design, so I figured I'd give it another go.

Here's the issue though: cloth diapers don't like plant-based laundry detergents, or so general consensus seems to say.

You can't boast about cloth diapers being a healthier alternative to chemical-laden disposable diapers when cloth diapers are being washed in chemical-laden detergents. If detergents "wash off" in the washer, then why do we have eczema approved detergents? There's always something left behind, leaving behind fun ingredients known for causing respiratory and skin irritations, endocrine disruption and even carcinogens.

Getting lost in this search led to me to believe safe cloth diapering wasn't possible and my laundry soap was highly not recommended, though no one could absolutely say why except that it was a "soap" and not a detergent.

Blowouts made me circle back.

I purchased a plant-based detergent that was recommended on multiple cloth diapering boards and blogs and was sorely disappointed.

I popped my fingers and got to work. Here's my cloth diapering routine:

Before I get started, I have a disclosure, apparently cloth diapering has a lot to do with your machine and your water hardness. I have a Whirlpool top loader and 50pp hard water. If you have a different washer, then further research is needed to understand your washing machine. I don't have answers at this time if your water hardness is different than mine.

I cloth diaper part time, so when I wash, I'm washing around 8 diapers at a time.
I use a bamboo liner to catch poop so it's less I have to clean off.
On wash day, the liners and diapers go into the washer, cold setting, heavy, deep water wash and 2 rinses. They get a squirt of laundry soap (link below) and about 1/4 cup of the laundry booster below.
When done, I check the diapers for any residual that might need to be scrubbed off. I use this toothbrush and the stain remover below for any residue.
The diapers get another round in the washer with the hottest setting, normal wash and 1 rinse. A squirt of laundry soap and 1/4-3/4 cup of laundry booster (harder water will need more booster on the second wash).
I dry on the lowest setting twice.

For the most part, I don't worry about stains. They don't cling to the diapers like they can the inserts. If they concern you, then just put them in the sun for a bit until the stain fades.


Why do I need a laundry booster? You might, you might not. If you're water isn't hard, you don't need a booster. Harder water needs some softening to it. I add some extras to mine:
1 box of Borax
1 box of Super Washing Soda
4 1/2 cups Epsom Salt
1 1/4 cup Baking Soda
30 drops Lemongrass
30 drops DiGize (FYI, this one smells funky to a lot of people, but you can't smell it after the wash, it helps break down the soil on the diapers)
I use a large KitchenAid mixer to mix this, but you can use a large bowl. Divide in half if you need to mix in smaller batches. Store in an airtight container, preferably glass. Use 1/4-3/4 cup per load.

Stain remover:
Filtered water
Cut cleansing soap into quarters, put one quarter in squirt bottle and top with filtered water. Let sit for a few days before using. This lasts FOREVER! Squirt onto stain and rub in with bamboo toothbrush before putting in the washer.

Laundry Detergent:
1 bottle of laundry soap
9 capfuls (about 3-5 tbsp) household cleaner
Warm water
Divide laundry soap and household cleaner (this is plant-based and safe to be used with laundry, it boosts the cleaning power) evenly between glass pump bottles. Swirl bottles around until mixed.
Note: I usually double this and it fits in 3 glass pump bottles.
Use 1 squirt per load (yes, that's it!)

Here's a question I'm often asked: Are essential oils safe to use with babies?
I can't answer this question. Essential oils are a personal choice for parents as are any products they use on and around their babies. All I can speak of is my personal use of essential oils. I choose these oils and their household cleaning line with their commitment to the highest standards. This means they control the process from the seeds they use to the bottling of the end product. There are no chemicals anywhere near these plants or in the distillation process. Because of this, I know that the oils I'm using are 100% plants.

If you chose to use a different different essential oils and/or cleaners, I cannot speak to their effectiveness or safety so I don't recommend using my method if you choose a different brand.

If your concern is safety, I would start by reading the labels on the products your currently using. Simply do a web search for "dangers of _____" and start searching the dangers of the ingredients to determine if there are any. If there are dangers, you have to decide if you're okay with using them.

Clean living doesn't have to be hard, but it can be overwhelming. If you want to learn more about switching out your products for clean alternatives, text CLEAN to 318.367.1746 and I'll baby step you through the process.



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You are awesome. You might not realize it yet, but it’s true.
How can we possibly know? Because we’ve seen – and experienced ourselves – the potential we all hold inside to achieve the life we dream of and deserve.
Inside of you, right now, lies all you need to fully embrace life and move forward with purpose. So why settle for the ordinary when so much more is within reach? Here are a few things you can do right now to help reveal the "awesomeness" that is within you.
  • Set aside time for yourself, away from the craziness of life, and act on it. Think about it for a moment: What would you do if you knew for sure anything was possible? Where in the 7 F's of Oola – fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends and fun – do you need more balance and growth? Write down a goal and the steps you can take to make it happen. Put on your superhero cape and become the person God uniquely created you to be.
  • Do one thing that will bring you closer to your OolaLife. Successfully achieving a goal has a way of restoring belief in ourself and motivates us to succeed again. It’s like a domino effect. The pieces falling into place as we recognize our potential and face the doubts that kept it captive. Move forward with purpose and look back with gratitude. As Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, so perfectly put it, you’re living the OolaLife.
  • As you grow in your OolaLife, you’re sure to notice the unrealized potential in others around you. A few kind words, an attitude of gratitude or simply leading by example, have the power to encourage those around you to embrace positive change. Who knows what they might achieve with your inspiration? A better “you”, makes a better family, a better community, and ultimately a better world.
Source: Oola

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