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Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments with Young Living Essential Oils

I have not really shared about my experience with

Young Living

here on the blog yet. I really wanted to have more time to try them myself and really feel them out before I started declaring them from the rooftops. But here I am, ready to sing their praises.

I could go on and on and on and on about how amazing these oils have been for us. I was so skeptical about them for the longest time but after several close friends bought the starter kit (that were not the type to jump on some bandwagon and try something just for kicks and giggles) I decided to buy the kit also. And thus began my love story with EO's. 

Y'all, call me a hippy or whatever you want but these things work, and work well. From headaches, joint pain, stomach aches, sleeping troubles and itching there is an oil for everything and Ben and I have seen them work time and time again. 

My favorite oils are Peppermint, Thieves, PanAway, and DiGize. I use peppermint on my temples to soothe my headaches, thieves in our diffuser to keep germs away and boost our immune system (I even have Thieves hand soap, and cleaning products!). I use PanAway on my feet, hips and back when they are aching from being on my feet all day, and DiGize in my belly button to help with stomach aches and indigestion. 

I cannot speak highly enough about these oils and their healthy benefits. One of the things that I love most is that there are some oils that are even mentioned in Scripture like Frankincense, Hyssop, Cedarwood and others...these have been around forever and have been valued forever. I will stop my raving now ( they are just that amazing though) and move on...however if you are at all interested in learning how these oils can help your family just leave your email in the comments below or email me at rach(dot)elizabeth(dot)915(at)gmail(dot)com. I would love to share more of my experience with you, and will even share my wholesale discount with you if you want to try a bottle in my December order! 

So onto Christmas ornaments! I have never made cinnamon ornaments, but love the classic look of them and decided to make a batch for ornaments, gift tags, and so on! These ornaments have Thieves and Christmas Spirit essential oil in the dough which just kicks up the insanely amazing Holiday smell to a whole new level. Your house is going to smell divine...I promise!!

INGREDIENTS - 

1 cup applesauce

1 1/4 cup of cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground cloves

5 drops Thieves Young Living Essential Oil (optional)

5 drops Christmas Spirit Young Living Essential Oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS - 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment combine cinnamon, cloves, applesauce, and oils. Let mix until well combined (may be crumbly). 

Sprinkle board with cinnamon and pour out dough. Gently knead for 2-3 minutes until dough comes together. Sprinkle cinnamon on a rolling pin and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. 

Cut out shapes and use a straw or skewer to punch out a hole for string once baked. 

Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees F. Or until hard as a rock. 

See?! Easy as pie, and so quaint and old school. This is a perfect Holiday afternoon activity to do with kids or friends! Such a great way to get in the Christmas spirit! 

Do you use essential oils? I have lots more recipes, DIY's and the like using my oils that will be coming soon. Hoping to share a recipe next week for decongestive bath cubes! If you want to know more just ask away, and if you want to order a kit just

come on right here

and you can join my team when you buy your kit! (doesnt mean you sell YL essential oils, just means you get to reap all the benefits of having a support team of oils users!)

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The Best Weekend Ever!

Do you ever have one of those weekend's that your heart is just so full when it comes to Sunday evening? Well that was this weekend. It was so great. Ben and I drove to Hernando, MS (where Ben's family lives) and he stayed there Friday night while I went on to Memphis, TN for my sweet friend's bachelorette party!

We had a blast! We enjoyed a great dinner on a riverboat cruise rolling down the Mississippi River. It was such a joy to celebrate sweet Lesley, and her upcoming marriage!








Cannot wait for June to celebrate this lady becoming a wife! Saturday I woke up and drove to meet one of my blog friends for coffee! (this is on my 101 in 1001 list). I was so excited to finally meet Lauren of Sincerely, Lo face to face and enjoyed sharing each our hearts about marriage, baby fever, and ministry! Cannot wait to see you again soon!
(small and blurry iPhone pic, please excuse the quality)

The weekend kept getting better. After this I drove back to my in laws house and celebrated my youngest brother in laws birthday! We went bowling, out for pizza and had the best ice cream cake ever! I am so thankful to be married into such an incredible family! 

Also, fun fact. I have the same name as my sister in law pictured above...Rachel Cox, and Rachel Cox. :) Name twins for life...or until Rachel number 2 gets married! haha

With it being Mother's Day also, we had a great weekend with Ben's family. I am so thankful for my mom who has always loved me so unconditionally and now for a mother in law who loves me like one of her own!

Overall, best weekend ever! How was your weekend?




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10 Things I Learned From My Grandmother

 Good morning dear ones! Do you ever have moments of just deep reflection? Little moments where everything seems to stand still and you are simply lost in days gone by? Maybe you cannot relate to this feeling, I guess some may call it simply a flashback... well that is where I am as I write this post. These words are flowing from a heart of gratitude, sorrow, and joy (who knew all those things could co-exist). 

You see, the beautiful woman in this picture below was my precious Grammy. She went to be with the Lord in July of 2013 after a very sudden heart attack. I miss her every day, but I often think that even if I had spent every day with her until she was 100 I would not have had enough time with her. My Grammy was one of those one in a million women... yes, I know I am a little biased. But trust me, she was special, and anyone who met her knew this. The epitome of a Southern Belle and classy lady, Beth Keys was a joy to know and love. So in honor of her and the love I will always have for her, here are 10 things I learned from my Grammy. 



1. Always seek the good. 
My grandmother rarely ever had a negative word to say about anyone or anything. She truly was an example to me of Proverbs 31:26, "She opens her mouth with wisdom, the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." She always loved to be the optimist in any given conversation, and because of this people loved her. They knew she could be trusted, and this is a rare character quality to find these days. 

2. Thank You notes are not optional. 
Old Fashioned to some, but a requirement to my Grammy. I appreciate the way she and my Mom taught me to always express my gratitude to others through a handwritten note. I think this is a practice that is beginning to die, yet I truly do see the importance of taking just five minutes to write a heartfelt thank you note. 

3. Those serving dishes you got as a wedding gift may seem "too fancy" but they make an ordinary meal so special. 
We always used to think it was so silly that when we would have family dinners my grandmother would bring out all her nice serving dishes, and make us all sit in the formal dinning room. However, now I look back on those times with such sweet memories. Her crystal goblets, nice platters, and fancy serving utensils made our normal dinner so special. She was the greatest hostess, and wanted everyone who came into her home to feel valued, loved, and special... who knew that simply using nice dishes could play a small part in accomplishing that. 

4. Always Smile.
My Grammy was known for her smile. You can ask anyone who knew her, she loved to smile. She taught me that there is ALWAYS something to smile about. She did not have a perfect life, and honestly had to face a lot of heartache in her lifetime, yet she always chose to smile. 

5. Love the people who are not like you. 
Both of my grandparents were such examples of this. My grandmother and grandfather were real estate agents before they retired. They helped so many lower income families find homes, and then they became their friends. They did not just sell people homes in their community, they became family to all these people. My mom used to always tell me that is was very common for random people to live with my grandparents while she was growing up. My Grammy loved people well... what a testimony to the Lord in her. 

6. Take time to visit. 
Stop, sit, and drink some coffee. Talk, catch up, and put the phone away. Visiting with Grammy was always so refreshing. 

7. Make things from scratch. 
Grammy taught me to use what I have in my kitchen. She showed me how to improvise and improve a recipe. She hardly ever used measurements, but she was a pro in the kitchen. One of my favorite things that she made were homemade sweet pickles. It would take her two months to complete a big batch from beginning to end. She gave me the recipe before she passed away, it was the recipe that my great-grandmother wrote down for her. I am determined to learn how to make these pickles that we call "Grammy Pickles"...this is #100 on my 101 in 1001 list. 

8. Always have snacks for your guests.
Sounds silly, but this was so expected at my Grammy's house. We never walked in when there was not some type of little munchie waiting on us. It made it home. So I strive to do the same in our home. 

9. Serve your community. 
I was always so amazed how active my grandmother was in her community for her age. She loved Columbus, MS (where she had lived her entire life). She was so proud to live there and sought to make it a better place daily. She was such an inspiration to so many. 

10. Love Jesus no matter what. 
Beth Keys loved Jesus with her whole heart. There was no question of this. She was the most selfless woman you would ever meet which just spoke to the fact that she had encountered a loving God. She desired to extend grace, love, and encouragement to everyone she came in contact with. 



I realize that this may not be a post that many people are jumping up and down to read. However, my Grammy was an exceptional woman, and I have been longing to put into words the impact she had on my life. This barely does her justice, but the moral of the story is that there are very few women like Beth Keys out there anymore. I long to be like my Grammy. She inspired so many people. Let us all be inspirational people to those we come in contact with. Inspire someone TODAY!

Thanks for reading my heart today!

Much Love,

Rachel 

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Thankfulness

Hello friends. bet you thought I fell off the planet after almost one month of no posting. my excuse is....well honestly I don't have one, but sometimes a break is necessary and October seemed to be break time for me. But now it is November so I plan to do much better about posting. 

This is the month of thankfulness. A month dedicated to reflecting on the many God-given blessings in our lives...and wow I am blown away by the way the Lord has blessed me and my family of two. Marriage is the sweetest, hardest, most sanctifying and joy-filled experience I have ever been a part of. I would not trade it for anything. I have an incredible family with siblings that are some of my closest friends. My "in-laws" are some of the most loving and selfless people I know and it truly is a joy to be a part of such an amazing family. My job brings me such happiness, I am so extremely grateful to have a daily job that allows me to get coffee with college girls, unpack the Word with them and teach them how to hunger and thirst after righteousness. It is the sweetest thing to do life alongside so many incredible young women who are learning to love Jesus in deep ways. I could go on and on and on...so I am going to stop, and reflect on other sources of gratitude via pictures. 

First I am grateful for a trip home to Georgia a few weeks ago and for some really godly fellowship with new and old friends. Also, I am thankful for this guy...anyone who knows me in the slightest knows how much my little sister and brother mean to me. This is my brother Reed. He is a published writer now at the age of 15. He, along with several others from my home church, wrote devotionals in this newly published book for teenagers. I am so proud of Reed and his commitment to our Savior. This guy loves Jesus, and is a hard worker, not very many guys his age are like this. I am thankful for his dedication in all he does and the loving way he is with everyone he knows. Proud of ya Reedman!



I am so thankful for my husband. He is passionate about Christ, the gospel and the Scriptures and I will never get over how lucky I am to be married to a man who loves the Lord deeply and fully. He desires to sanctify me in the truth of God's Word, and you know what, sometimes I make that so hard for him, I fight sanctification, but he patiently and graciously bears with me loving me the way Jesus Christ faithfully and patiently loves his rebellious bride, the church. I had to speak at an event for a sorority at MSU Sunday night and Ben so willingly took time to sit down night after night leading up to the talk to walk me through the Word in order to help me piece all my thoughts together...yeah basically he is my favorite.
I am thankful for Friday nights in a small (ish) town where all you have to do is go to Wal-mart and walk around. I love baking, and Ben's dreams of being a farmer...these basically were ornaments made for us. 


Below are craft supplies, and while yes I am thankful for them and the impending Christmas season...I am more thankful for my sweet friend Nikki that I got to spend my Saturday morning with getting these craft supplies. We had a girls morning drive to Tupelo, MS and just knocked around a few stores and enjoyed some much needed catch up time. It was great!
Crafts. yes okay I am super thankful for crafts, for the free time to make them. For my grandmother and mom's own piano sheets that make up this wreath, for Miss Mustard Seed's awesome home decor book, and for CHRISTMAS. :) 


Last but certainly not least I am thankful for the ability to love my church family through service. My way of loving often is translated through food. Through baking, cooking, and sharing meals with our family of believers at Redeemer. This is a fresh apple cake made for some very special friends of ours that go to our church. I am thankful most of all for a church of people that do life together outside of a Sunday meeting. Who love each other well every day of the week and seek to be God's people as much on Wednesday nights at small group as we do on Sundays when we got together for our church meeting.


I think it is so special and needed sometime to stop and reflect on things we are grateful for. I encourage you to do this. What has the Lord blessed you with this year? these past months, weeks and days? 

Take care!