Monday, June 9, 2014

Way, Way, WAY Late Monday DOUBLE Giveaway: Essential Oils and Handmade Cards

Oh, hi. Did you think I forgot about the giveaway I promised you? I didn't. In fact, it's been driving me crazy that I haven't posted it yet, up past my bedtime to get it done. This is handy, really, because my bedtime is midnight, and the fact that I am up past midnight means that it's already Monday, and thus the Monday giveaway is posted on an actual Monday. (Who'd have guessed?)

Anyway.

Let's get down to business.

I know that essential oils are a really big deal right now, and in some ways are super trendy (and spendy!). The Young Living people seem to be squaring off against the doTerra people, and you know what? I just want oils that work. So I have oils that work, and I want to give one oil in particular to you today. Before I tell you what it is, let me show you what I was working with this week.

goose egg
Poor baby.

That is a gigantic goose egg, which Elvie gave herself by throwing herself down onto a tile floor because she was mad that Zinashi was helping her wipe her hands off. She has not thrown herself onto the floor due to displeasure since - this seems to have made an impression. But I didn't want it to make a lasting impression, so I treated it with lavender oil. I just rubbed some on there, and within thirty minutes it was barely raised at all, and the next day it looked like this:

the day after the goose egg - thanks lavender oil
Just a flat little bruise. NBD.

Uh, kind of amazing. I can't not  share the stuff that gave those results. So I'm going to give one of you a 15mL bottle of lavender oil from Heritage Essential Oils, so you can use it on all your cuts, scrapes, burns, and bumps, and also on all the cuts, scrapes, burns, and bumps of your friends and neighbors. Or if everybody seems a little tense, you can just swipe some behind their ears and across the back of their neck when they're not paying attention. Of all the oils that I have, this is the one I use for the biggest variety of issues. I also got rid of ringworm with it in three days. THREE. DAYS. Miraculous.

Now for the second part of our giveaway. One of our kind readers has offered a set of six custom handmade cards. Kristen has an Etsy shop and makes cards for all sorts of occasions. Here are some samples, but don't let this limited set fool you - she can make a card for pretty much any occasion you can think of.

handmade cards by kristen

I love how each one is different. Each card is unique and made just for you. With these cards in hand, you can be sure that no one else will send the same one you are sending. Fantastic! Thank you, Kristen.

And now, before I turn into a pumpkin, or at the very least get cranky with my kids because I didn't get enough sleep, your instructions for entering. To win lavender essential oil and a set of handmade cards, leave a comment telling me what one of your favorite holidays is and why, and what scent you associate with that holiday.

I really love Pascha (Orthodox Christian Easter) and I associate the aroma of scalloped potatoes with it, which I know is weird since there are so many other smells in church that night. But after the fast, scalloped potatoes are kind of my jam. (Just don't take a second helping at that 3am feast. You will suffer. I'm just saying, as I know this from experience.)

You may enter until 8pm Pacific Daylight Time this coming Friday. The winner will be drawn and announced over the weekend. Good luck!


38 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the beautiful white snow and celebrating my Savior's birth. It's a beautiful time for family and friends, and the spirit of giving is what the season is all about. I have always associated spruce/evergreen with Christmas. When I grew up, my mom sprayed some spruce spray in our Christmas tree and the house smelled beautiful all season. We had candles that smells of spruce as well. It's a scent I've never been able to get over it. Whenever I smell it, I always feel like I'm home. The cool thing with our Christmas tree when I was a kid? All our decorations would smell of spruce when we unboxed them at the beginning of the next year's holiday season. I wish my fiance like spruce because I'd have it in my home all year!

    I agree 100000% with the use of essential oils. I accidentally got a bleach burn and it took the pain away instantly! The burn was completely gone overnight! It helps get rid of my headaches without the use of Tylenol or anything like that (I hate taking pills), and adding just a few drops to my bathwater makes me feel luxurious! And the crazy thing? I haven't even discovered all the uses for lavender oil! I love patchouli oil as wel, but lavender always smells so romantic and beautiful!

    Good luck with the packing! :) I always love reading your blog posts! I do hope to continue with them after you get settled in after your move to the UK!

    Best Wishes from Iowa
    Courtney Faith Unrau
    Facebook Fan

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  2. Hi Mary:

    My favorite holiday is Christmas and having my family together means the world to me. The scents I associate with this holiday is cinnamon and pine. I love them both.

    Shari

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  3. I am really starting to get into using essential oils. We had a mouse problem in our basement and apparently they do not like peppermint oil so we have been putting that in little cups around the basement. I haven't seen any mice and bonus it smells great down there.

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  4. I love Christmas! So many smells remind me of the holiday. One of my favorites would be collard greens simmering. Weird I know, but it always reminds me of the holiday!

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  5. I don't know if this counts as a holiday. But I'm goingn with spring and the smell of the thawing earth and melting water. Its very distinct around here and very 'earthy' (of course)

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  6. I love Christmas. The scent that reminds me of Christmas is Coconut. I grew up in New Zealand and therefore Christmas is in July. Coconut reminds me of coconut oil in sunscreen. Yeah, I'm a little weird.

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  7. Christmas...and I would associate the smell of cookies with it...or gingerbread.

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  8. I forgot the why...love all the decorations and the Plaza in KC and wow...lots of reasons it's my favorite. But this year I get to spend it in the Philippines and see my two god daughters...so it will be extra special.

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  9. Not to sound like a broken record, but Christmas is my favorite as well. I love the magic, the cozy feeling in front of a glowing tree on a frosty night, the family, and oh...the food. The scent of cinnamon makes me really happy at Christmas, and always evokes those feelings if I catch the scent at a different time of year.

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  10. Oh, Christmas is my pick! I love the twinkling lights, and bringing out favourite decorations...and the aroma of evergreen candles and real Christmas trees...ahhh.

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  11. I love Halloween! The smell of pumpkin & the hint of cooler weather (live on the desert). Oh & the cute littles all dressed up is so fun!

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  12. New Year's Eve is my favorite holiday. No obligation of presents or extended family obligations or decorations or out of control expectations for kids. A time to reflect on the past year and wishes for the new year. Low key fun with my family and friends. (I am in general not much of a holiday person).

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  13. New Year's Eve is my favorite holiday. No obligation of presents or extended family obligations or decorations or out of control expectations for kids. A time to reflect on the past year and wishes for the new year. Low key fun with my family and friends. (I am in general not much of a holiday person).

    ***Sorry, didn't mean to post Unknown, so reposting****

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  14. Well. I have to say Christmas too, with thr smell of thr tree, as we buy a live one each year.

    But in terms of a small 'h' holiday, my favourite is going to the beach. And the smell of the salt air. Which we are leaving for in three short weeks, hooray

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  15. Christmas:-)

    I love remembering Jesus' birth, reading the Advent passages from the Bible, and the traditions and rituals that have become attached to the holiday, especially candlelight services, lessons and carols, and time with family.

    Scents of Christmas for me are pine trees, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

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  16. Thanksgiving! No presents, no big productions, just a good meal spent with family and loved ones with lots of thankful reflections. The smell of crispy leaves outside, a homemade pumpkin pie in the oven, the sage in the stuffing, the sweet smell of the yams...mmmm! I love it!

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  17. My favorite holiday used to be Christmas, all the anticipation and family gatherings. Any kind of food unfortunately was our smell. :)

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  18. I like the fourth of July because it's close to my birthday! I associate the smell of the barbecue and the smell of fireworks with it.

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  19. Oh my. Thank you for helping a memory come to the front of my brain. Christmas, and doing crafty things with my mother. She's been gone 14 years now, but today another memory. The smell of Duco Cement. Yes, a truly horrible golden glue in a metal tube. Not something moms and grammas these days would have anywhere near the kids. But that's a smell of my childhood Christmas. Good food and treats, too, but for sure that very bad toxic glue. Please, no prize, and I promise I won't go sniffing glue. Also, thanks, someone, for the peppermint idea! My garden shed has mice.

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  20. Gonna have to go with Christmas, and I always associate orange cinnamon rolls with it, as that is the smell EVERY Christmas morning since I can remember. :)

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  21. Poor Elvie! I'm glad she recovered quickly. I had no idea lavender was so useful! I have a tie for first place scents - I love fall, and the smell of leaves. It makes me so happy. And then Christmas season, it seems I am burning something cinnamon-ey for 2 months straight. It just feels like Christmas when it smells like cinnamon!

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  22. Not a holiday really, but Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler temps, wearing sweaters, bonfires and hayrides, pumpkin patch visits, etc. I suppose for an actual holiday, I'd say Thanksgiving. My mom's homemade stuffing being prepped and baked, and pumpkin pie! The whole house flooded with those yummy smells! Mmmmmmmhmmmmmmm!

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  23. My favorite holiday is Halloween! I love the treats, the decorations, and dressing up in costume. And the scent that I associate with Halloween, and October (which is my favorite month) is pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice season is the best season.

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  24. My favorite holiday is Christmas. We are super busy during that time, but it is a time when we actually get to see family. Also, it is a time we can celebrate our Savior's birth! I am reminded of it when I smell pine trees and cinnamon :)

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  25. My favorite holiday is definitely Christmas. Sweet, simple decorations, family, and all the snuggliness and warmth!

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  26. My favorite is the smell of home-made eggnog! I used to get a little before grandma boozed it up at Christmastime. I'm also weird and like the fireworks smell on the 4th of July. :)

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    1. You won! Congrats. Go to my Etsy store and send me a comment letting me know what six cards you would like.

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  27. I like Pesach and the smell of horseradish and cinnamon.

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  28. Congratulations on your big news! I had trouble with my comments. I can't really live without lavender oil, it makes my basement smell heavenly (four of us sleep there). Vanilla is great for bruises. I like all the holidays where I can splurge a bit on my girls, Christmas being first, and it smells of wood fire.

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  29. Ohh scalloped potatoes, yum! My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and it is hard to pick one scent but the pumpkin pie's cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger scent is probably my favorite!

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  30. My favorite holiday is hands down Christmas - I LOVE it and all the traditions associated with it, both traditional and those my family has created over the years... Scent associated with it is pine (from the tree!) and my mother's gingersnap cookies, which she only makes then... YUM!

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  31. Definitely christmas, and the scent is traditional fresh-cut pine. I love that smell!!

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  32. I think that I will have to vote Christmas, especially due to the fact that this year we will be celebrating it for the first time both as husband and wife AND new parents :)

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  34. My favorite holiday is Christmas and the scent I associate with it is cinnamon. Thank you for great giveaway (especially since I have a very new walker who has bumped and bruised herself a few times this week).

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  35. But what if you love them all equally? Wait. Who does that? Ugh... me. Okay I am going to have to go with Thanksgiving. I love it because I love food. I LOVE food! I associate the smell of sweet and savory melded together in the sweet aroma of sweet potatoes and butter, flakey savory pie crust and sweet pumpkin or pecans, turkey roasting with fresh, sweet, slightly acidic cranberry sauce. The warmth of the kitchen and hearts radiating through the house... Feeling like home. And of course our family takes this holiday as an opportunity to focus on, embrace and acknowledge all the blessings we have received over the past year and the qualities we are grateful in one another and those around us. Gratitude is a fantastic gift.

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  36. Favorite holiday? I'm so unoriginal but really, it has to be Christmas, hands down. I love the smell of a fresh cut tree. Almost makes the winter worth it!

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  37. Um, you got rid of ringworm in three days? Why did I not know this was possible when I battled it extensively for a month in my household of 2 humans and 3 cats (at the time)? Wow. Hopefully there will never be a next time but if there is, I will keep this in mind.

    One of my favorite holiday scents is the brisket my mother makes for Hanukkah and Passover. It reminds me of all things home, my mama, family, friends and dinner parties where laughter fills the house until way too late at night.

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