Jul 22, 2014

Whipped Body Butter With Essential Oils

I've seen plenty of recipes for homemade whipped body butters floating around Pinterest and decided to give this one a try. It did not disappoint! I substituted EVOO for Jojoba oil - only because I didn't have any on hand and I have read it works just as well. I thought it'd be fun to try and share a different recipe for homemade products made with Essential Oils each month. I don't want to be too obnoxious with the essential oil posts, so this will give me a chance to share some new ideas and the monthly promotions all in one. Boom!

First, I'll tell you I used Lavender, Peppermint and a blend called Gentle Baby (which includes Rosewood, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Jasmine, Bergamot, and Rose). These oils are all great for skin, eczema, aromatherapy and relaxation. Smells Uh-mazing. 

Ingredients |

1/2 c. Shea Butter
1/4 c. Coconut Oil
1/4 c. Jojoba Oil (or EVOO)
20 drops Essential Oil 

Directions |

-Place shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in a glass bowl or measuring cup inside a saucepan. The saucepan should have enough water in it that the water touches the bottom of your glass double boiler, but doesn't spill out.
-Over medium heat, whisk the oils together until they are melted and combined.
-Mixture will go from white to semi-clear when ready.
-Refrigerate melted oils for an hour or until white and solid.
-With a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the oils until they are fluffy like whipped cream. 
-Add essential oils and beat to incorporate.
-Fill your desired container with the whipped body butter and refrigerate another hour.

This body butter will keep about 6 months at room temperature. It may soften in warm weather because of the coconut oil. If this happens it can be stored in the refrigerator. 

Every month Young Living has a promotional gift if you spend more than 190PV (usually dollars). This month's promo is for free bottles of Ylang Ylang and Bergamot. I received mine this week and love them both! 

Order HERE!

or contact me at lelaboyd@gmail.com


School's Out

Sean used to always give me grief because I wouldn't order those ridiculously ugly and expensive school portraits. No joke - it would've been over $200 for all the kids to get Fall and Spring pictures. Pictures I always hate anyway! We finally made an agreement a few years back, that if I could buy a good camera and lens, that I would take pictures of the kidlets on their first and last day of school each year. So, here I am, fulfilling my obligation. Ha ha! It's actually something I like to document anyway. It's fun to see how much they grow in a school year. 

We are in year-round elementary here in San Diego, so Brenner just finished 3rd grade and Zane finished up Kindergarten. They both had a great year, with great teachers. So proud of these buggers. 

 Me - "Hey, Zane, make a nice face." 

Zane - "No Mom, how 'bout I just do ninja stuff."

Me - "Uhhh, okay then."

Succulents for their wonderful teachers. I'm telling you - a good teacher is priceless. I'm so grateful my kids have been blessed to continuously get all the greatest ones! Love you, Mrs. Sanders, Albers and Pincus!!!
The End. 

Jul 18, 2014


My friends, David & Jenniline, welcomed their sweet baby girl, Little Miss Olive, into the world this morning. Poor Jenny was overdue and starting to get desperate - Sooooo. I agreed to take some Castor oil with her in the evening and by the next morning baby-girl Olive was here. Well, and consequently I was a few pounds lighter :) It all happened so fast that I missed the birth while at the gym early in the morning. This would be the second time I've taken Castor oil with Jenniline. See, the thing about Jenny is - She doesn't like doing things alone.

Insert funny memory...

Jenny and I used to work together. We would drive home after work to my house together in one car instead of taking both of our own cars. Even though we'd end up having to go back for the other car later. Sean would tease us relentlessly. He would say, "Did you guys do the stupid thing again?" So yeah, the "stupid thing" made perfect sense to us, seeing as we don't like to be without eachother. Duh! Who wants to drive home from work alone?

I was blessed to meet 7 pound 1 ounce Olive this morning. She is perfect and calm - hairy and soft. She is lighter skinned than her brothers, but has lots of shiny dark hair. She's  a mix of Mexican, White and Filipino. Which is basically the best recipe ever for making super cute kids. I think she looks like Jenny - Such a pretty and petite little thing. I wanted to SQUEEZE her. Squeeze her hard. I refrained, though. I kissed and smothered her plenty. Welcome to the world AND your crazy wonderful family, Miss Olive. You'll be loved and smothered lots!

What's cuter than a newborn getting some Snack-Snack? It's a beautiful thing! 

Oh, and lots of skin-to-skin snuggles. I must be baby hungry because I wanted to stuff her warm baby self in my shirt to snugg it up. 

Also, it's tradition to bring new mom friends California Burritos after they give birth. You bet I showed up with the goods in hand.
I love them. The End. 

Jul 13, 2014

According to iPhone | 7.13.2014

It's summer!!! - Well kind of. It's the season of summer, but half of my kiddos are still in school for another week. It's already been full and fun - hard and exhausting. 

I've been a laze-ball when it come to my yard & garden; but the heat has been drying everything up anyway. Plus, there's a darn possum (the kids named Steve) who sneaks in at night and eats my strawberries and tomatoes! If I find him, there will be a possum murder on my conscience. I love plants. I guess which is why it's a must for me to have fresh flowers in the house. It's all so therapeutic to me. Ya know?

 Indy will sit down with my iPad and go through my photo stream of pictures; searching until he finds all the ones of him and Sean. I'll hear him say, "It's Indy! It's daddy! I miss him...wanna hug em." He finds the couple pictures I took of them saying goodbye on the pier and will tell me, "I'm sad. Daddy took his backpack on da boat Mommy." Poor peanut. Deployments are rough man. 
 My friend Jordan threw the BEST Harry Potter party for her daughter and I had to snag some pictures to share. This girl is so crazy talented! I know all my fellow HP fans will love this. 
 We beach. We beach A LOT. It's just the perfect escape from chores and lists and the kids love it so darn much. I don't know how long we'll be in San Diego, but I want to make sure we beached as much as we possibly could. Here Indy streaks in front of an entire ceremony (not pictured) going on in Coronado. I had to chase him down the beach - screaming like a crazy lady.

 I recently took (an admittedly scary) plunge, and put it out there into the world that I'm a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. It almost makes me want to cry my eyes out - I can't believe how nice, supportive and excited the reactions have been. I'm MOSTLY happy that everyone is loving using them as much as I do - but I ain't sad about makin' some extra moo-lah too :) Y'all are so great. Bum squeezes all around. 
The Boyd boys continue to be handsome and wild - silly and difficult. I love those boys like crazy. BUT, I'm not going to lie about the daydreaming of girl's trips that happens as my head hits the pillow each night. Momming is hard business. 

 Annnnd, I just ordered a new camera. How am I ever gonna get a handle on my swearing problem when stuff like this is constantly happening?!?! I'm really determined to master shooting in manual. Send me all your best links to tutorials. Ready GO!
 The End.