Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Y’all, just like fall means everything pumpkin, to me, winter time means everything peppermint! And even though winter doesn’t start for a few more weeks, it’s December now, so we can pretend, right?

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I love me a good, warm, chewy brownie. Brownies are so easy to whip up in a hurry, so it’s my favorite go-to thing to make for a pitch-in or party! And during the winter….I have to make them peppermint!

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Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour (I’ll even add some whole wheat and no one notices)
1/2 cup cacao powder (if you use regular cocoa powder, scale back some of the sugar)
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
5-10 drops of Young Living’s Peppermint Vitality oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Recipe:
In mixing bowl, combine first 8 ingredients & beat until smooth. Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips (and Christmas sprinkles if desired!) over the top. Bale at 350 for 30 minutes or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10-15 mins and enjoy!

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See how quick and easy that was? What’s your favorite dessert to make during the holidays?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Healthy Living Gift Ideas!

With the season of giving right around the corner, take advantage of Young Living’s AWESOME Black Friday Deals! Even if you don’t get the Black Friday deals, giving the gift of wellness this Christmas is the best gift to give those you love!

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  • Owie Oil and a package of fun bandaids
  • Lavender Lotion and some fuzzy socks
  • Lavender Lotion and a nail file set
  • Skin Care System and a cute washcloth/hair tie
  • Dryer Balls and a baby blanket
  • Dryer Balls with Thieves Laundry Soap
  • Dryer Balls and a cute Laundry sign to hang
  • Thieves Hand Purifier and/or Lavender Lotion and Mittens
  • Thieves Hand Purifier and Thieves Spray
  • Basil Oil and Einkorn Spaghetti and cute Spaghetti Serving Spoon
  • PanAway and a hand held wooden massager
  • Joy Oil and a Christmas Ornament (Joyful Christmas)
  • Joy Oil and a Diffuser bracelet/necklace
  • Lavender Oil and a stuffed animal or baby blanket
  • Lavender Oil and Oven Mitts
  • Lavender Oil and an Eye Mask
  • Copaiba and a Teething Necklace
  • Copaiba and a hot/cold pack (cute one for when kids get owies)
  • Peppermint and a package of cocoa mix and a cute mug
  • Peppermint and a package of brownie mix
  • Peppermint and a Christmas Ornament
  • Stress Away and a good book
  • Stress Away and a cute package of epsom salt
  • Stress Away and a Stress Ball
  • Home Diffuser and bottle of oil
  • Frankincense (Everyday Oils Kit) and a nativity set
  • Thieves Oil (Everyday Oils Kit) and a cute box of tissue
  • Purification Oil (Everyday Oils Kit) and Dryer Balls
  • Purification Oil (Everyday Oils Kit) and a pet toy

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Even if you don’t think you’ll use every oil in the kit, you can give them as gifts! A win-win for everyone! You can join our community by signing up HERE.🙂

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Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Milk Supply Support

I am still nursing my baby. He’s over one now and I’d love to nurse him until two or a little longer if he wants to. But, when I started the 21 Day Fix and portioning my food (and cutting back on fats), it seemed my milk supply dropped some. Because he is over one and eating food,  and I really am ready to lose the rest of this weight, I decided to keep with the portion containers and just do some things to naturally help support my milk supply.

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Besides putting a teaspoon of coconut oil in my morning Shakeology, I’ve been doing two things that have really helped my supply a ton! And I notice the increase almost immediately.

Drinking Mother’s Milk Tea

I get this organic Mother’s Milk Tea from my local Wal-Mart and it definitely works! I brew a bag of the MMT and a Chai blend together, with just a little bit of honey. I drink this mid-afternoon. It’s a good reminder to sit for a minute, read a few pages in a book and just relax. Sometimes it’s the only quiet time I have in a day!

Apply 2-4 drops of Fennel Oil

I’ve known for a long time that Fennel helps with milk supply (it’s also in the MMT), but because I had such a large supply early on with Caleb, I never needed to use it. Every morning after my shower, and also right before bed, part of my oily routine now is to apply 2-4 drops of Fennel oil on my chest. If I don’t feel like my supply is very low, I just do one drop for each side, applied topically. But if Caleb’s nursed longer or acted hungry after nursing, I’d apply 2 drops each side and definitely notice an increase quickly.

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Both of these things are inexpensive and so easy to do, just to give my supply a little help. Have you had to do anything to increase your supply? What have you done?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Time to Get {oily}!

Y’all know how much I love my oils….I mean, they changed my life. How could I NOT love them? If you’re new here, or don’t know a lot about oils, I suggest you check out this page here. If you’re not new here, I’m sure you’re thinking…okay, okay, we know you are obsessed with your oils, what’s the big deal?

Do I have news for you!!

If you’ve been hesitant about signing up with Young Living, now is the time!! Young Living is offering >>>10% off<<< of the starter kit!! YES! So, what’s so awesome about the starter kit? It comes with Young Living’s most popular oils (11 of them), PLUS a diffuser and some other goodies! So cool, huh?

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And guess what else?!?

You will also get a FREE 15mL Oregano oil (hello, immune support)!! How awesome is that? Sooo, what are you waiting for? If you join Young Living through me, on top of all those freebies from Young Living, I will also send you reference materials, goodies and access to our awesome online community! Interested in making some extra money just by sharing Young Living? Send me off an email (hannah.d.mooney(at)gmail(dot)com) and I’ll add you to our exclusive 3-day intro to the business facebook event!

I can’t wait for you to join my team!❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Did you know 1 in 4 women go through a miscarriage, infant loss or stillbirth? Pretty crazy, huh? I really didn’t know many people who had a miscarriage/stillbirth before I had my own miscarriage. Shortly after I had my first miscarriage, my good friend had her first stillbirth. It was a hard time for a lot of us.

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Since having my miscarriage I realized a lot of women go through this- that doesn’t make it easy- but it’s nice to know I’m not walking this alone.

My first miscarriage  brought me so close to my Lord. Thank the Lord I didn’t go into depression or struggled too much, even though I was working at a crisis pregnancy center at that time. I love this post of Bible verses for finding hope in miscarriages.

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For those of you who have never gone through this loss- this is a great post on what not to say and how to help those grieving.

Just because we have gone through this loss does not mean we struggle with more than others do. We need to remember to turn to the Lord during any trial we are in and remember our Lord who dearly loves us has placed us in this trial for a reason. “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” ~Spurgeon

So, today, we remember those babies who left us too soon. And we pray for those who are still grieving their babies…and struggling with infertility.❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why I Love Cloth Diapering

I’ve only shared a little bit that I cloth diaper….I shared back a couple of months ago my super easy DIY cloth wipes and I hope to share in another post some things that have helped my cloth diapering journey. But, I’m not a 100%, full time cloth-diapering Mama. Why? Well, I don’t have enough cloth yet. Ha! Also, I really have no desire to do it full time, at least at this time in my life. But there are SO many reasons to cloth diaper, even doing it part-time and I want to share with you some of the reasons why I chose to cloth diaper (must to the dismay of my husband- at first!).

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It’s cheaper.

Ohhhhh, yeah frugal Mamas. I got my cloth stash (about 16 diapers) either gently used (from friends) or new for $5 or less per diaper. Yes, I’ve spent less than $100 in my cloth diapers & products for it, and have saved more than that in only 6 months!! The great thing about the diapers, is that if you take good care of them, they’ll last you kid after kid!

It’s healthier.

Here’s where I’m going to get a little crunchy on you. Did you know there are tons of yucky chemicals in your baby’s diaper? Right up against your baby’s important body parts for years, day in and day out….gross. Yeah, yeah, there are chemicals everywhere, but since I’m trying my best to rid them from my house, shouldn’t I atleast try to lighten the load of them up against my baby all the time? I feel so much better when my son is in his cloth….and, seriously. It has to feel better, too!

It’s easier on his bum.

Caleb has never had a bad case of diaper rash or anything like that, but he has gotten red a few times. After a day in cloth, it has completely gone away. Again I say- wouldn’t cloth feel better than diaper material?

It’s easier on the environment.

No, I’m not a huge go-green tree hugger, but it makes sense. There is less waste when you can reuse over & over again the same cloth diaper (and that’s why it’s cheaper, too….).

Before I had my son I thought I would never cloth diaper….but the more I talked to ladies who actually did it and read up on it (and read all the yuckies in diapers!!) I knew I wanted to cloth as often as I could. No, I don’t cloth through the night, or on long town trips. I also don’t cloth while traveling (some people don’t like you using their washing machine for them….imagine that! lol). But I cloth diaper on days we’re home or have little arrends to run and I am so thankful to have been introduced to this way to lessen our toxins in our home!

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Do you cloth diaper? Do you do it full time or part time? Are you interested in cloth diapering?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Saturday Adventures

Twice in the past month, my sister, Caleb and I have been going on little Saturday adventures to local places. Adventures are always more fun with someone else, right?

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The first adventure was a little pre-meditated. We had heard about a new coffee shop about 30 minutes away and decided to go. It was a fun outing, with yummy coffee & treats and window shopping at all the antique shops on the square. Of course all of that walking burned those calories that we consumed.😉 When we walked back to where we parked, we found a cute little area and of course, we had to take pictures!

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Then last Saturday morning, we got out earlier than before and went to a local donut shop for some coffee and a donut. Our plan was to walk at a local trail, and we needed something to give us energy!😉 Caleb had so much fun seeing the other kids and eating his food while we sipped our coffee and chatted. We then got to walk for over an hour in the cool morning air, chatting and enjoying each other’s company. I am so thankful to have a little sister, who is a wonderful aunt for my little man and is one of my best friends!❤

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Do you go on Saturday Morning Adventures?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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