Didn’t see that one coming!!

Wow. I took a REALLY long break from the blog. Exceptionally long. My last update about Hazel was when she was 5 months old… my baby is almost TWO now! What?!?!

Guys, I’m so sorry. But that break was so needed and soooo good for my soul. I took a new full time job, moved to a new state, decided to pour into Young Living, and I just couldn’t blog. My heart and head just didn’t have the room or the time for one more thing. I hope you can understand.

But, now I’m ready. I’ve done a lot of self-reflection lately and realized I’ve really missed this creative outlet. It feels good to have my fingers fly across the keys again and share life with you all again.

I really agonized over how to pick back up and what to write about. Giving an entire life rundown of the past 1.5 years seemed too daunting and honestly not that exciting to write. So I’m just going to pretend we are old friends who have kept tabs on each other and are ready to resume where we left off, no questions asked.

So, what’s the major event from this week? Oh, you know, just a little Spring Cleaning. Barf. I despise cleaning. I would do almost anything else instead of cleaning. But of course, it has to be done. And the universe apparently knew I had been neglecting my house. So it brought rain this past weekend. Buckets and buckets of rain. And so we did all you can really do when it rains… we stayed indoors and we cleaned.

We cleaned our kitchen top to bottom (for real!), tidied the rest of the downstairs, vacuumed and mopped, cleaned our master bathroom and tidied the master bedroom, and cleaned most of the windows in the house. It was a solid two days of work, but y’all… my house looks SO MUCH BETTER. It’s no longer sad and cluttered and dirty. It’s definitely not perfect, but we are worlds away from where it was. It actually looks so good that I’ve been wanting to keep it that way, and maintain it (um what???).

It helps that I wasn’t hacking and coughing and sneezing and dying the whole time we were cleaning. Yes, when we kicked up that dust it was intense, but I didn’t have yucky cleaner smells to add on to the assault. See, we were able to use my Thieves Household Cleaner (thanks, Young Living!!!) to clean everything. Countertops, bathrooms, cabinets, appliances, mirrors, glass… you get the picture. The stuff smells amazing and it’s safe! The kids were even able to get in on the cleaning action. It was so nice to be able to give them a rag and spray bottle and let them go at it! No worries about inhaling fumes or accidentally ingesting anything. And I didn’t feel the need to wipe everything down again after we cleaned it. That definitely is a time saver!

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Want to win a spray bottle of this amazing stuff? Leave a comment below (and include why you’d like to try it!), and I’ll pick a winner at random to receive a care package from me with my all time favorite cleaner. I know, I’m so nice 😂😜.

Happy Spring!!!

{Update} Commit to Get Fit – Week 2

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One more week is over, so it’s time for another Commit to Get Fit update. How have I done?? Let’s see!

1. WATER
Goal: 64oz of water daily
Actual: I did terrible this week. I only averaged about 22oz daily. My highest single day consumption was just 40oz. Definitely need to improve here.

2. EXERCISE
Goal: Participate in AND complete the new Bikini Body Mommy 6 week challenge.
Actual: SUCCESS! I did all 6 exercises this week!

3. DIET
Goal: At least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day and limit my snacks and unhealthy foods.
Actual: Better, but not enough. Still didn’t get my 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day.

4. BALANCE
Goal: Schedule and prioritize my time better.
Actual: I think I did fairly well with this. Of course, I can always improve, but I felt like I had plenty of time for family, exercise, and hobbies this week.

5. SPIRIT:
Goal: Reconnect to church.
Actual: Fail…again. Going to do my best to make this happen this week.

I have lost 0 pounds this week. 25lbs to go until I hit my goal weight.

Are you doing anything to improve your fitness? Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual- they all count! Let me know how you’re doing on your journey so we can root for each other!

{Update} Commit to Get Fit – Week One

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Last week, I told you guys I was really going to buckle down and get serious about getting fit!  So, how have I done??  Let’s see!

1. WATER
Goal: 64oz of water daily
Actual: I averaged about 30oz daily. Not great. My best days were Thursday and Sunday, when I drank 48oz. Definitely need to improve here.

2. EXERCISE
Goal: Participate in AND complete the new Bikini Body Mommy 6 week challenge.
Actual: I did all 6 exercises this week! WOO!

3. DIET
Goal: At least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day and limit my snacks and unhealthy foods.
Actual: I know I did not get 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day. BUT, I did drink my Ningxia Red almost every day (forgot it twice), so I got some fruit/veggies there plus the antioxidant and essential oil boost! Still, I know I need to do better in this department. I did pretty well with limiting my snacks and unhealthy food. Having water readily available definitely helps with this- especially when I flavor it with my grapefruit essential oil.

4. BALANCE
Goal: Schedule and prioritize my time better.
Actual: I think I did fairly well with this. Of course, I can always improve, but I felt like I had plenty of time for family, exercise, and hobbies this week.

5. SPIRIT:
Goal: Reconnect to church.
Actual: Fail. I had it in my brain that we were going to make it to church yesterday, but I didn’t make it happen. No real excuse other than I didn’t prioritize it high enough. Hoping to do better next week!

And of course, because I need to track progress towards a weight goal… I have lost 0 pounds this week. 25lbs to go until I hit my goal weight.

Are you doing anything to improve your fitness? Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual- they all count! Let me know how you’re doing on your journey so we can root for each other!

{Update} Commit to Get Fit

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Longer ago than I care to admit, I publicly declared that I was going to buckle down and get myself back in shape and get healthier.

Yeah….that hasn’t happened yet.

I have no good reason for this. Sure, I have a lot of excuses, but none that are really worth anything. That ends today!

Today I’m starting fresh. I am committing to the following goals:
1. WATER: I WILL drink at least 64oz of water daily, infused with Essential Oils to keep it interesting and my intake up.
2. EXERCISE: I WILL participate in AND complete the new Bikini Body Mommy 6 week challenge.
3. DIET: I WILL make sure to get at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day. I WILL limit my snacks and unhealthy foods.
4. BALANCE: I WILL schedule and prioritize my time better so I have a balance between family, work, exercise, hobbies. Without balance, life can get overwhelming.
5. SPIRIT: I WILL make time to reconnect to church. I often let life get in the way and this area loses its priority status. That needs to stop- I feel more relaxed and together when I make time for my spiritual health.

So there you have it- my goals. I’ll be posting an update each week for the next 6 weeks. By then, hopefully I’ll have developed some healthy habits and will have some progress to show, too!!

Stay tuned and cheer me on!  And I want to hear YOUR health goals so I can cheer you on, too!

Join Me For an Essential Oils Instagram Hop!

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Back in May, just two short days before my amazing daughter was born, I announced that I was organizing an Essential Oils Instagram Hop.  Well, life got busy (it does that with a new baby!), Young Living released a NEW premium starter kit, and the hop took a back burner.

I’m excited to announce that I’m getting this going again!  I’m looking for ELEVEN instagrammers who are interested in trying one of the “everyday oils” from the new Premium Starter Kit.

Requirements are pretty much the same:
– Must not already be a Young Living member
– Must be willing and able to test/use your oil sample before the hop deadline
– Must be willing and able to share a testimonial (NOTE: I will need to pre-approve all testimonials due to the FDA restrictions on what we can/cannot say in regards to Essential Oils!)
– Must commit to posting on the day of the hop within the designated time window

If you’re interested, please fill out this google form to claim your spot!  Not sure which oil you’d like to try?  Check out this google doc that gives a high level outline of each of the 11 oils.  You can also email me (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com) or message me on instagram (@beingfrankenfield) if you’d like more information!

Once I have all the participants, I’ll send out more specifics.

*Note: the main purpose of this hop is to spread awareness of essential oils and Young Living and grow my network. There will also be a sign up special for participants AND visitors interested in joining Young Living. Furthermore, there will be a small referral bonus given to hop participants for any visitor that joins Young Living as a result of seeing your instagram post.*

Commit to get Fit

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Now that I am almost two months post-pregnancy, I think it’s time to really get my act together and start getting myself healthy and fit again. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (actually not bad weight gain!), and I’ve lost around 20 of those pounds. I haven’t actively done anything to shed the weight; it just came off from birth, breastfeeding, and chasing Ian around the house. But now I’ve hit a plateau, and I really want to push myself over that edge. I was about 15 pounds over my ideal weight when I got pregnant, so I have about 25 pounds I’d like to lose. That’s not going to happen unless I actually make some changes, including incorporating exercise into my daily routine. I’m challenging myself to a 90 day commitment to improve my overall wellness and get active. And here’s how I hope to achieve this:

1) Drink 64oz of water daily
I bought myself a 16oz glass water bottle so I can always have water with me. I will also add 4 drops of Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil to my water for the first 32oz, and 4 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil to my water for the second 32oz. Grapefruit Essential Oil supports healthy digestion, may act as an appetite suppressant, and may help support healthy weight loss. Lime Essential Oil supports weight management and the immune system. Both also taste great! Hopefully having these in my water will encourage me to drink more of it and hit my 64oz goal!

2) Drink 2oz Young Living NingXia Red daily
NingXia Red is an amazing antioxidant drink from Young Living that supports overall health and wellness. I love that you only need 1-2oz a day to feel the full effects of this powerful drink. I’m going to give it an extra boost by adding 1 drop of Young Living Ocotea Essential Oil every day to help curb snacking urges and preserve healthy eating habits.

3) Exercise daily
I’m terrible at motivating myself and doing exercises on my own, so I’ve decided to follow an exercise program. I picked the Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge. It’s free, requires very little equipment (just some dumbbells- and even those are optional), comes with videos on YouTube, and is less than 30 minutes a day. Currently the 4th challenge is underway, but I’m going to start with challenge 1.0; then I may move on to 2.0 and beyond if I like the program. I like that this will give me clear expectations and instructions on what I should be doing each day to get active.

4) Watch my diet
I’m not a dieter. It’s just not realistic to think I’ll be able to follow a diet plan. That said, I can at least be more mindful of what I’m eating. I don’t need to be snacking on chips and cookies. I also don’t need to have 3 scoops of ice cream at night- perhaps I can get by with 1.5 scoops instead. Little things that I think I can manage and stick with are going to be key for me.

So why am I putting all this here on my blog? Accountability. I need someone (outside of myself) to know that I’m challenging myself to get my rear in gear. I’ll post my progress and status as I go through this challenge, and I hope maybe some of you will join me, too! Here’s to a healthier me (or us)!