19 March, 2015


In our home we love Young Living and use their products daily. I'm so excited about the lives they're changing. Initially I was a bit hesitant to "sign up" for anything, especially something that earned me a distributor status. Peter and I are leery of businesses that function on the "pyramid scheme" (think Premier Designs, Arbonne, Thirty-One) and in general, disregard them fairly quickly, but when we started using Young Living oils there was no doubt these were quality essential oils and it was no surprise they are leading the market.

After many inquiries, I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to join the team. I've created a simple step-by-step guide on how to join as a distributor under my sponsorship.

There are no strings attached-- zero monthly order requirements, and no responsibility to hunt down friends to sign-up under you. Order what you need, when you need it. To get 24% off those orders, follow the steps below.

Here's how:

1. Visit YoungLiving.com

Choose your country, and in top right corner select "member sign-up".

On sign-up form choose to become a wholesale member for a 24% discount on your purchases, deals on discounted shipping, ways to accumulate points towards your orders, and more.

In Sponsor and Enroller ID enter my number: 1424816.

2. Choose your starter kit. I highly recommend the Premium Starter Kit for £130 or $150 which contains:

the Everyday Oils Collection - 10 of the most popular oils in 5ml bottles
a Home Diffuser
5ml Stress Away oil blend
AromaGlide Roller Fitment
Sample sachets of the most popular oils
Ningxia Red samples
Young Living booklets, Resource Guide, Product Guide & Price Lists
& more business building tools

This collection is your own complete and natural medicine cabinet. We use most of these oils every single day. I've reviewed a lot of these in my "Dr. Mom" column on the right.

Plus, you'll receive:
  • Access to free online testimonials and usage tips
  • Access to exclusive Oils of Old Facebook group

Step 3: Essential Rewards. You may choose to opt out of the Essential Rewards program for now. Or, if you want to take the plunge into monthly orders and accumulating points to pay for future orders, go for it by choosing the Rewards Kit you'd like to add to your order.

That's it. Your oils will be packaged and on their way to your doorstep. Easy peasy. And so rewarding! Get oiling!

P.S. I've written about why we only buy Young Living oils here.

18 March, 2015


Peter and I recently completed a 12-day cleanse (how awesome is he to do it with me?!) during which, as Peter half-jestingly put it, "we couldn't eat anything that brought us joy."

Or so we thought.

Then I discovered this recipe from Deliciously Ella. Ella is healing herself of an autoimmune disorder eating a plant-based diet free from gluten, dairy, meat, and refined sugars (and she's a St Andrews alumna!). Her cookbook has just been published and is gorgeous. 

These brownies are 5 ingredients, take just 5 minutes to prepare, and satiate every sweet craving. Seriously, they're so satisfying.

Raw Cacao Brownies

2 cups medjool dates (must be medjool, these are stickier and softer than regular dates and will hold the brownies together)
1 cup pecans or walnuts
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Blend nuts in food processor until they form a coarse flour. Add in dates and blend again. Add cacao and maple syrup and blend just until evenly mixed and a ball has formed.

Pack the mixture into a baking tray lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 3-4 hours to allow them to set. Once firm, slice and serve.

10 March, 2015

10 ON 10 || MARCH

After making breakfast together today we enjoyed quite a few warm hours in the sunshine, playing and drawing in the garden with the neighbours. Naps, chores, workout, dinner, walk to meet Papa. It was a sweet day and I'm thankful for every day I get to be these littles' Mama.

Below, Ten on Ten in March. To see February's Ten on Ten follow this link.

1) all my babies take after their father in that they are s l o w at waking in the morning.  2) green drinks every day.  3) "snuggly things" and playing 'Peter & Angela'.  4) pre-nap snuggling with a few stories on the side.  5) he brings me tulips just because.   6) littles' memory work.  7) tiny feet waiting for Papa.  8) they've started preferring showers. 9) startled by a bucket of cold water.  10) tickle. chase. bedtime story. cuddle. bedtime story.

09 March, 2015


Happy Monday! I'm thankful for a fresh start after what felt like a long week.

Sunday we woke up to a stomach bug in the house, which hit everyone but Peter and thankfully left faster than it came on. We're  now ready to take this week by storm. The little are chugging away at memorising the Shorter Catechism and we've promised Jannetta's once they recite numbers 1-5 without any help.

Spring Break starts next week, and we're having a hard time believing it was a year ago we were trying on swimsuits and packing for Cyprus. We plan to stay put this break, Peter will hopes to make good headway on his dissertation, and we'll have some sweet family days and fun nights out. We're eager for drier, warmer days for picnics on the Lade Braes and beach walks, and are excited to have Peter's brother, sister, and a friend as houseguests for three weeks at the end of the month.

In other news, this has been circulating my Facebook feed and has us contemplating a bucket list for our last months in St Andrews. While I'm in general quite eager for our move, I had an emotional weekend thinking of swapping cosy St Andrews with all its quirky gems for bustling London. I'm thankful this diamond will only be a 6 hour train journey away.

I'm off to make a chicken pot pie and splurge on a raw brownie (recipe to follow!).


01 March, 2015


I'm not sure what is better of these recipes-- the tender but dense cupcakes with flecks of vanilla bean or the buttery vanilla frosting. I'm not a cupcake girl, but these may have made me one.

Give them a try next time you splurge!

VANILLA CUPCAKES yields 1 dozen cupcakes

1 2/3 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking power
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 egg whites
1/4 cup Greek yoghurt (vanilla or plain)
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or we used whole organic cow's milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean

Preheat oven to 175ºC/350ºF.  Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners and set aside.

In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. On the stove over medium heat melt butter. Whisk in sugar. Then whisk in egg whites, yoghurt, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.

Split vanilla pod down the middle and scrape seeds from both halves into batter.

Slowly add dry ingredients into wet until no lumps remain. Batter will be quite thick.

Divide batter evenly among 12 cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and just golden.

Allow to cool completely before frosting.


1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
4-5 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean
sea salt, to taste

To make the frosting, beat softened butter with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes until very smooth and creamy. Gradually add icing sugar, cream, vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, and pinch of salt while still mixing. Increase mixer to high speed and beat for 3 more minutes. If necessary, add more cream or icing sugar for desired consistency.

Adapted from this recipe right here.