Friday, October 24, 2014

essential oils

I had heard of essential oils here and there and they definitely interested me but to be honest I felt a little overwhelmed about how to get started and how exactly to use them. A few months ago I was properly introduced to young living essential oils thanks to a friend of mine that had been using them for years and was very educated in using essential oils. Now five months later I can attest that these little bottles have benefitted our family in such a great way.

I enjoy sharing things that I love on this blog and so I wanted to tell you a little bit about our own journey with young living essential oils and how they've helped our family. We began with the premium starter kit which came with 11 oils and a home diffuser as well as a wholesale membership. I spent a lot of time learning as much as I could about each oil and as we began to use them they quickly won me over :)

Our family has used these for headaches, trouble sleeping, upset stomachs, sore muscles, anxiety, heartburn, diaper rash, weight loss, cuts and burns, energy... the list goes on! I am constantly amazed at the power of these oils. I can tell you that our family has never felt better. Even my husband is hooked! He has struggled with sleeplessness, migraines, and an ingured knee for years and these oils have been a game changer for him. For myself I have seen a big improvement in focus, mood, stress, and fatigue. Our kids also love them and they've come in handy for scrapes and bumps, bug bites, fevers, bad dreams, and sleep.

There is so much information that could be shared about essential oils (trust me, I could go on and on about them!) If this is sparking your interest I encourage you to email me at hello(at)sarahortega.com. I would love to answer any questions and get a conversation started if you would like to know more. 

If you are ready to dive in and you want to explore young living essential oils for yourself, I highly suggest getting the premium starter kit like we did. It is $150 and you get 11 therapeutic grade essential oils, a home diffuser, product samples and access to wholesale prices which is a 24% discount. Signing up to be a wholesale member does not come with strings attached. You are not required to order every month (or really ever again if you don't want to) and you are not expected to sell anything. Young Living is an honest company with quality product. They have been around for 20 years and have truly forged the way for therapeutic grade oils. 

If you would like to sign up I'd love to work with you and walk you through your own journey with essential oils. Here is the link to get started and of course let me know if you have questions. I'd love to hear from you!

** If you live near the Pismo Beach area, I will be teaching an "intro to essential oils" class on October 29 at 6:30pm. Please email me if you would like to attend. I'd love to see you there! **

Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

slo creek farms

Earlier this month, Aaron was away on a camping trip with our YWAM students so the kids and I had a weekend on our own. A good friend of mine joined us on Saturday afternoon for a trip to our favorite U-pick Apple Farm. The kids loved walking through the orchards and picking apples off the trees. After filling their basket we made our way down to the creek for some hammock swinging and splashing around in the water. Here are a few photos from our day, enjoy! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

colorado

First of all, It seems that I have taken an unintentional, two month break from posting on the blog.
A very full summer + seven plane rides + starting two Fall schools at YWAM Pismo + new business ventures = lots of coffee and late nights and unplanned hiatuses from certain blogs...
Now I am back and I am catching up- today the blog, tomorrow the laundry! :) 

One of our stops this Summer was to Colorado. This was my very first time visiting this beautiful state and it blew me away! We first got the chance to see one of our past YWAM students from Colorado Springs and we were so happy to be able to spend some time with him and his family. 

Next we travelled up to Fort Collins to visit some very dear friends of ours. This was an amazing few days. There is nothing like good friends and paddle boarding and truffle fries and watching episode after episode of Portlandia, and whitewater rafting and exploring in the mountains... oh it was all just so good! My heart could barely take it. 

This was a trip that we won't forget and we left so refreshed and encouraged and challenged. Thank you so much Brandon and Niccole- now it's your turn to come to California!

Here are some photos from our day at Rocky Mountain National Park.
And then there was this impossibly cute little guy. I couldn't resist snapping a few shots of him on our last morning in Colorado.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

camping at mount kidd // canada trip part two

During our stay in Alberta we spent an awesome three days camping at Mount Kidd with my parents, my sister and her three boys. Talia hadn't seen her cousins in two years and hadn't met the newest little guy altogether! They all got along extremely well and had so much fun with each other. The area was absolutely picturesque with surrounding mountains and woods. It was definitely one of the highlights of our visit.
our campsite backed right onto these woods, so beautiful!
the three dudes...
The kids loved playing bocce ball in the forest
There was even a cute little wading pool and an ice-cream shop
On our way home we made a stop at Wedge Pond for a dip in the water and a picnic lunch in the woods, a perfect way to end a great camping trip!
Here are a few other bits and pieces from our Canada visit . . .
My mom leads hiking and snowshoe groups (depending on the season) so while I was up there I asked if she would take me on one of her hikes. We did a most amazing trail on the High Noon Hills. The view at the end was incredible! I loved how she could name all of the plants and wildflowers, such a sweet mama :)
We also spent a morning at Lake Bonavista. Growing up, I spent so many summer days here and I loved watching my own daughter enjoy a place that I loved as a kid. 
My Grandma and Grandpa hung out in the sun while their great grandkids played in the water. They are the best.
Talia enjoyed our evening walks to get the mail
And that's it! What a trip it was. My heart was so full as I left my family and my homeland. It really was such a sweet time with the people I love and wish I could see more often. Distance can be such a tricky thing. Thankfully visits like these make it a little easier to bear. 
Hope you enjoyed the photos! xoxo 

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