Giveaway Winner-Essential Oils with Pam Larsen

Thanks for following our Passion Perspective week featuring Pam Larsen and her journey of Young Living Essential Oils.

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If you are intrigued by this Passion Perspective week filled with information on essential oils and would like to try some yourself, ordering a premium starter kit is the perfect way to start. With a wholesale membership you receive 24% discounts with each order. Just click this How to get started with a starter kit link and you will be able to make your first order. You can order anytime you like with no pressure to order each month or you can participate in the Essential Rewards Autoship program for added benefits.

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In the next few weeks, we will be continuing to post great ideas of ways to use essential oils in your everyday life.

Our favorite reference book so far is the Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils 2013 Spiral-bound by Connie and Alan Higley 

A huge thank you to Pam Larsen for all her wonderful information about how Young Living Essential Oils have  changed her life and given her a passion for helping others.

Exciting Ways to Use Essential Oils

Today we will share with you some of Pam’s favorite ways she uses her Young Living Essential Oils. Pam is very creative and loves to put together flyers and handouts for her friends who are using the products and for her team of coworkers who are also pursuing the Young Living business along side her.


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The Gentle Baby blend was the first blend Rachel added to her set of essential oils after purchasing the Premium Starter Kit. She loves diffusing it for the baby.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.20.36 PMWe have all been so pleased with our Premium Starter Kits. Incorporating Essential Oils into our households has been so empowering for our families as we support the body’s natural defenses and promote overall health.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.14.54 PMAt the end of a busy day, who doesn’t have sore muscles somewhere? Here is something to try.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.19.21 PMWant to  experience that same feeling you get after an hour of intense yoga…try one of these essential oils.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.19.42 PM I always seem to have some sort of joint inflammation going on especially during the cold winter months. I am so excited to have an alternative to try since I have a very sensitive stomach and do not handle large doses of Advil, Motrin or other non-stroidal anti-inflammatory meds.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.20.08 PMHere is a bit of information for you science lovers that explains the correlation between inhaling a fragrance and changes in emotion.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.20.22 PMEssential oils can even be used in the garden to help control insect problems.

These are only a few of the many uses for essential oils. We hope that you have been inspired by Pam’s Passion Perspective week. If you would like to get started trying some of these awesome products, you can purchase your essential oils  by clicking this link. For any questions you can email us at kerryweisser@growing and we can help you or get you in touch with Pam.

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Pam (Metz) Larsen and Young Living Essential Oils-PP Interview part 2

The best way to create a vision for developing a business, is to let your passion drive you. When you love a product and are thrilled with how it is changing your life for the positive, the opportunities to share your passion abound. We asked Pam a few more questions about how her business with Young Living Essential Oils has developed…..

 How do you involve others in this journey and what have been your challenges-expected and unexpected?

“I’ve always been a more private person, so opening up to share is sometimes difficult for me. I have to sometimes remind myself that I share my stories because I think these oils are amazing and want everyone I know to experience them. I’ve also learned that not everyone is as open to taking a natural approach as I have become.”

What have been your blessings-expected and unexpected?

“Definitely the impact these oils have made on my family. I love being able to just grab my box of oils when we have something wrong. And the friendships I have built.”

How do you teach others about your product?

“I share my testimonies, and I have several resource books, Facebook groups and websites I share with others.”

Here is one of many of the awesome flyers that Pam puts together for her business builders and her customers. IMG_7981

How does a person who is interested in essential oils become a user/consumer and how does one go about ordering essential  oils from the Young Living Company?

Follow our link to the Young Living Virtual Office to purchase your own premium starter kit to makeover your medicine cabinet with an all-natural alternative that works! If you have any questions you can email us at

How does an interested user go from consumer to business partner?

Once purchasing a starter kit, it is up to the individual person. Some people prefer to remain a regular customer and only buy occasionally and others start talking to their friends and then those friends want a starter kit and they go from there.

What tidbits of wisdom would you want to share with others?

Just be honest and share your experiences. When you are truly passionate about something, others will want to share in that.IMG_7980

When we asked Pam to share some of the positives and negatives she has encountered while pursuing this passion, she said, “I’ve enjoyed it all. The oils speak for themselves. My paycheck is a bonus.”

Wisdom you have gained personally and how did it affect you?

I have learned that whatever you do in life, you succeed the greatest when you have a good support system. I feel blessed to have an exceptional support system in both my personal and professional life.

How you have grown in this process?

I tend to keep my personal life to myself and feel this has helped me open up to more people. I have grown closer with friends, gained new friends and rekindled old friendships.

Check back tomorrow to learn more ways to use essential oils and gain an understanding of how you can become an essential oil user. You could find that essential oils become a passion for you as well.

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Passion Perspective Interview Pam (Metz) Larsen and Essential Oils

In 2014 Pam made the decision to jump on board with an essential oils company called Young Living Essential Oils. In Pam’s interview for this Passion Perspective week we asked her a series of questions….

What sets Young Living oils apart from other essential oils? I absolutely love this company! I definitely made the right decision. They have been in business longer than any other essential oil company and have just celebrated their 20th year! They are the only essential oil Company that owns their own farms and distills all their own oils. They have their Seed to Seal Process which means they stand by their quality from the beginning to the end. They are there from when the seeds are put in the ground, to the harvesting, distilling and then bottling. What other company has a CEO that goes out and works on the farms, and is physically helping with every aspect of their Seed to Seal guarantee? Pretty awesome!IMG_7979

What steps did you take to make it a business? I just started telling everyone about these new oils I got and how excited I was. Then I started using them, and wow they really worked! I then started telling people about those stories and my friends and family started using them too. It really just evolved on its own.

What makes your Young Living business so special? “My business is special because I’m truly passionate about these oils. They work! And I sleep easier knowing that I have done my absolute best with my family and helping them without using all the chemicals in so many other things. I love being able to help my friends and family too. It brightens my day to receive a message from a friend who’s tried the oils saying how much they have helped them and what they love about Young Living.”IMG_7982

What are your long-term goals and dreams? “My long-term goals are to provide financial stability for my family so that I can remain home with the boys and my husband can work a little less and spend more time with us.”

How has your product line changed and expanded?  “Young Living has grown about 400% this past year. That’s astounding growth for a company in their 20th year of business. This year alone they launched several new kits with brand new blends. They have more singles and oil blends than any other company with 87 singles and 72 blends.”

How do you promote your products? “I just share my personal testimonies and love for these oils with my friends, family and anyone I can get to talk oils with me. I share some personal stories on Facebook and give samples to friends that would like to try them.”

What are the next steps for your business? “I would like to put more time into helping people on my team grow their businesses and be a successful mentor to them.”

What are your favorite products? 

Deep Relief – Provides support for head and muscle tension. It blends essential oils known for their soothing, long-lasting benefits.

Thieves – One of Young Living’s most popular blends, Theives can be used to help ease viruses, household dirt, colds, cold sores, sore throat, cuts, bacteria and grime, poison ivy, flu, tooth aches, and infection.

Thieves is also one of Rachel’s favorite blends to use. She diffuses it regularly in the house and the kid’s rooms and puts it diluted on the girls’ feet if they are sick.

NingXia – Young Living’s superfruit supplement formulated to energize, fortify, and replenish the body and mind.

What are your most used oils?

Thieves- (see description above)

Lavender – Lavender is often called the “swiss army knife” of oils due to its versatility. Use Lavender to help ease stress, scrapes, pains, sleep issues, cuts, sunburn, burns, headaches, dry skin, bacteria, cramps, and fevers.

Lavender is one of Rachel’s favorite oils to diffuse due to is aromatic properties. She has also added it to her diffuser to aid relaxation and even tried it as an alternative to deodorant.

Peace and Calming – A soothing blend that children are often drawn to. It can be used to ease hyperactivity, tension, sleeplessness, moodiness, stress, child sleep, anxiety, and nerves.

Rachel diffused Peace and Calming in the baby’s room to ease her irritability after her routine vaccinations.

Check back tomorrow to learn more about Pam and Young Living Essential Oils.

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Passion Perspective-Getting to Know Pam (Metz) Larsen

Rachel has been meeting the coolest people in her community that have fascinating interests and passions…..
One of her new friends, Pam (Metz) Larsen, she met through FIT4MOM, a stroller based workout group. A few months after their friendship began, Rachel and Pam were surprised by their realization that they had gone to high school together. Rachel started to get to know Pam better and she found out that she uses Essential Oils-one of our new passions. Our interest in essential oils has been growing and we have all been learning about essential oils. We are so excited to feature Pam on our Passion Perspective Week so that we could share her wealth of knowledge about Young Living Essential Oils with you.
Here is a short bio of Pam:
“I was born on the east coast and moved a few times with my family. We eventually made our way down to Southern California where I now call home. I met my husband in college, 12 years later and we have two beautiful boys. I worked in the veterinary field for about 7 years after college, and then became a licensed cosmetologist, however I feel like my life became complete when I became a mom. I found my purpose.” IMG_5553Here is a beautiful picture of Pam and her family.

Here are some fun things we learned about Pam…….
Life Motto:
To be honest, compassionate and to cherish every moment with the ones you love.
Favorite food:
This week it’s probably fajitas.
Favorite dessert:
Frozen Yogurt with strawberries.
Favorite Disney character:
Loving The Lion King right now. Simba!
One thing you can’t live without:
Chapstick and my oils, of course.
Favorite book:
I don’t get too much reading done these days but I really liked Hunger Games.
One bucket list item:
I would love to go to Fiji.

We asked Pam to take us on her journey of getting involved with Essential Oils by Young Living, and what her original interest was and how it became a passion.

“I had a friend that kept posting on Facebook how these oils were helping her husband with headaches. I had recently had my thyroid out and was looking for a more natural way to help my family. I researched for a couple months and just finally pulled the trigger one day and bought my starter kit. I started small using oils when I had a headache, a stye, or wanted to relax at night. Soon after, I started making my own diaper cream, roll-ons to protect the kids during cold/flu season, laundry detergent and so much more. I can’t imagine ever going back to not using them. I started researching and trying to learn everything about essential oils in November, 2013. I finally jumped on board in February 2014.”

Check back tomorrow with us to hear about Pam’s decision to jump on board with an essential oils company called Young Living Essential Oils.

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W.O.W. Enchilada Casserole RENEWED

As a busy mom trying to make healthier meals for my family I’ve decided to revisit some of our family favorites and spruce them up a bit, rather than trying to find completely new recipes. I received a new cookbook for Christmas called, “Deceptively Delicious,” by Jessica Seinfeld that is all about incorporating vegetable purees into your foods.

I love the idea of putting more veggies in my meals because 1) I love veggies, and 2) I’d rather do anything else in the world (even go to the dentist) than struggle to get my kids to eat their veggies every night.

So I combined some principles from Jessica’s Chicken Enchilada recipe to one of our family favorite recipes from Trader Joe’s: W.O.W. Enchilada Casserole.

So here’s my version of W.O.W. Enchilada Casserole (with lots of hidden veggies!)



Pre-heat the oven to 450°. Swab bottom of a baking dish (appx. 8″ x8″) with olive oil & a small amount of enchilada sauce; set aside. Grate 2 zucchinis (thinly) and press between two paper towels to squeeze out the moisture before adding to a bowl. In the bowl, mix cooked ground meat, green onions, rinsed black beans, and the sweet potato puree together with a small amount of enchilada sauce. Cover bottom of dish with a layer of tortilla strips. Top with half of meat mixture, followed by a small amount of sauce and about one-fourth of the cheese. Repeat second layer in the same order. Top second layer with strips of tortillas, remainder of sauce and remainder of cheese. Garnish with green onion tops. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted, the edges are browned and sauce is bubbly; about 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven and sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Top with slices of Avocado. Enjoy the deliciousness you’ve created and revel in the fact that it is loaded with veggies!


You can see here in my picture that the ground meat can also be easily replaced with chicken.



Mmmm! Ooey gooey layers of veggies and cheese!

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Renew your Soul- You are Chosen

Do you feel inadequate? Do you feel unloved? Do you wonder where you belong?….

These are questions that many people struggle with, but few people admit. Our world screams at us that we are never enough, that we never have enough, and we will never be enough. So we get stuck. We get stuck in the in between of trying to be content with what we have and doing away with the noise that is telling us we need more. We hide our past hurts, struggles, and feelings and fill our time with stuff to cover it all up. Then there is a never ending cycle of feeling inadequate, insignificant, and out of place.

But there is one place where we always fit in.  There is one place where we are unconditionally loved. And there is one place where our significance always trumps any definition of success. That place is in the arms of our Father and Lord. Continue reading

Tortilla Stack – REVISED

Tortilla Stack is one of our favorite crockpot dinners.  However, this weekend, I wanted to make it when hosting dinner for a friend, but I did not have the 2 hours prior to start the crockpot. I decided to turn it into a Tortilla Stack Bake instead of making it in the crockpot! It was delicious!! We even found that baking the stack makes for better consistency for the tortillas! So, here is an oldie and a goodie, REVISED!


1 teaspoon Canola Oil or Olive Oil
1 small-medium yellow Onion, chopped
4-5 Garlic Cloves, pressed (or mince if you do not own a garlic press)
1-2 teaspoons of Fajita Seasoning
1 can Diced Tomatoes, Drained (14.5-ounce)
1 can Tomato Sauce (14.5-ounce)
2-3 Chicken Breasts, cut into small pieces
1-2 tsp Turmeric
1 can Corn, drained (14.5-ounce)
1 can Black Beans, drained (14.5-ounce)
7-10 Whole Wheat Tortillas (This number is for small tortillas; May need to be ripped in some places to cover the sauce areas)
2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded (Add more if desired)

1. Heat a medium to large skillet at medium heat. Add the oil and swirl to cover the pan. Chop the onion and add to the skillet. Saute for about 3 minutes and add the pressed garlic to the pan. Stir frequently. Cook until onion is tender.

2. Stir in Fajita seasoning. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce. Turn heat off and continue stirring together. Place the mixture into a blender. Blend until it becomes a thicker sauce-like mixture. Place the sauce into a bowl.

3. Place 3 tablespoons of the tomato mixture on the bottom of the a 9×13 glass pan. Add the corn and black beans to the bowl of the tomato mixture.

4. Cut the chicken into small pieces and cook in skillet with fajita seasoning and turmeric on medium heat until fully cooked. (The chicken will be going in the bowl of the tomato mixture, so you can use the same pan you used for Step 1) Once fully cooked, add the chicken pieces to the tomato mixture.

5. Place tortillas on the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Cover the sauce with the Chicken/Tomato Mixture and spread to flatten. Sprinkle the cheese on the mixture. Top with a tortillas. Repeat with the remaining ingredients in this order. Top with the chicken/tomato mixture and sprinkle cheese over this last layer. If you end up with extra chicken/tomato mixture, pour around the stack where it is needed to fill the pan.

6. Bake at 325º for 25-30 minutes, uncovered. If it is not cooked through or the cheese has not melted on top, drop the temp to 300º and cook for another 5 minutes. You can also make this ahead of time, cover with foil, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it!

Play around with this recipe- use less garlic, add more cheese, try out the crockpot one time and the bake the next! It is fun to make and you will learn your favorite ways the more you make it!  Tortilla Stack is a yummy meal all year round and great for any type of occasion! Enjoy!

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Re-invent the Roti

Extending our commitment for RENEWAL to creativity in the kitchen can result in delicious healthy meals for your family. My husband and I have a new passion for Indian food so I have been experimenting with some recipes. Last year I hit a home run (in my husband’s opinion) when I created a Bombay Bowl , so I had a bit of confidence that he would be up for trying another Indian surprise. Last week we enjoyed an Indian style wrap called a Roti. Roti is the flat bread made form stoneground whole wheat flour. In contrast to Naan bread, Roti is unleavened and therefore is perfect for a wrap style Indian meal. If you do not have the interest or time to make your own Roti flat bread, you can use Trader Joe’s whole wheat tortillas for a perfect Roti wrap. I had read about an eggplant curry from East India called Vindaloo. This curry is a popular dish from the region of Goa and is also found in the cuisine of Mumbai. Knowing that eggplant is not my husband’s favorite vegetable, I added equal amounts of roasted zucchini and roasted eggplant and the results was perfection. I also made a potato, carrot, pea and chicken filling as well.

Ingredients for Eggplant Zucchini Vindaloo Curry Roti Filling

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 yellow onion sliced thin
4 Indian eggplants or 1 medium regular eggplant cubed (1 1/2 cups needed)
2 zucchini cubed
3 cloves garlic smashed
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoon Garam Masala spice
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 plum tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup water

Heat oil in a large pan on medium high heat and add onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add eggplant and cook until eggplant is browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook 2 more minutes until zucchini begins to get soft. Add garlic, ginger, garam masala and curry powder and stir for 1 minutes until spices cover all vegetables. Add tomatoes and water and cook 2 more minutes.IMG_6018

Ingredients for Curried Chicken, Potato Roti Filling

3 potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)peeled and cubed
4 carrots peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch circles
1 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium onion chopped
3 cloves garlic smashed
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons Garam Masala
2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon salt

Place potatoes and carrots in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender. about 10 minutes. Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add chopped onion and garlic and stir until soft. Add Chicken pieces and begin to brown. When almost cooked through, add ginger, garam masala spice, curry powder, tumeric and salt. Finish cooking chicken as the spices blend and cover all pieces. Add the potatoes and carrots and frozen peas and stir on low until the peas are warmed through. Add more salt as needed.IMG_6023

Take 4 Roti flat bread circles (or 4 Trader Joe’s whole wheat flour tortillas) and place a generous portion of filling down the center of the Roti. Each of these filling recipes makes enough to fill 4 Roti. We each had one Eggplant and one chicken Roti. (So we were able to make two meals plus out of these two filling recipes.) Serve with Plain yogurt or mango chutney as your sauce/condiment.IMG_6021

Have you tried cooking Indian food? What are your favorite Indian recipes you have tried?
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RENEW Your Relationship

Let’s resolve to RENEW our relationship with our spouse or significant other in 2015!

The Dating Divas are offering a terrific platform to “rock your relationship in 2015″ with a fun 30 day Instagram challenge.

Just click the image below to get the instructions and printables!

30 Day Love Challenge

Starting today, January 16, until Valentine’s Day, February 14 you can join Dating Divas on Instagram with fun ways to reconnect with your spouse and renew your relationship by spending quality time together.

I’m planning to take this challenge and would love to see your posts. Be sure to tag us @growingweisser and me @princessesandprotein along with the dating divas!

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