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Hawaii Race To The Finish 2018 Young Living #Bucketlist

By on August 15, 2018

Yesss, I managed to cross off one of my bucket list, Hawaii!!!

And, it couldn’t get any better than an all paid full board trip. How did I get this lucky? Of coz with work and effort put into it. Young Living was having year-end Race To The Finish contest. I didn’t pay attention to the mechanism until my friend, Jiey pointed to me, my name is in the running on the leaderboard. Started reading the mechanism and strategize some plan.

Gave heads up to the husband, I would like to go. Few previous Young Living trips I passed..but this time around, Hawaii…how can I say No Thanks? Crazy! haha. He managed to work around his leave n off days. He took 6 days leave n another 3 days kids were with my parents. Alhamdulillah for a good support system back home.

Our retreat was at Big Island, Hawaii. Upon arrival, we were to pick up our car rental. Yes, how cool is that! We were given a car each so we can move around the island. And it was my first time driving left-hand seat. The husband told me the mantra LORI (lorry) Left-Out-Right-In. Take the outer lane when u turn left, and inner lane when u turn right. But but, have I mentioned this before… I still get my left n right mixed up, hahaha…but the drive went well 🙂

Young Living is well known for their generosity, lots of free gifts at registration. We were spoiled!

yup a bag full of goodies! We got to choose sunglasses too, there were about 14-16 options to choose from.

 

view from my room balcony

Started the retreat by Welcoming Dinner, we had coconut drink with NXR and infused with essential oil. Oh our coconut got themselves branded by YL too, haha

We had activities in line for our retreat buttttt the one deserves a lil more highlights than the other would be swimming with the dolphins! MasyaaAllah, a dream come through. We had four activities to choose from. Hiking to the waterfall, snorkelling with the manta ray, ATV or swims with the dolphins. I was the only one from Malaysia who chose this option, coz some said you dont really get to swim with the dolphins, you will be on the boat chasing them. and that’s about it. I was contemplating, I have motion sickness thus was worried if we ended up just on the boat the entire trip..may not be a good idea for me. But after weighing the thought  (after all, we have an oil for that – motion sickness) I stick with my option, hoping for the best. It was superbly amazing. As our boat set off, just minutes after we saw a school of dolphins around us. Of coz I was eager to get off the boat but the captain of the boat told us her plan, she will head on to where the dolphins were heading, then we shall jump off the boat and wait for the dolphins to pass us. And that was exactly what happened.

As I jumped in, looked down…submerge myself in the water, I felt exactly like how if I were to watch the movies…that sound echo from the dolphins. Felt so surreal. I heard them, look around…next thing I realised, they swam just below me! SubhanAllah. Im not a fast swimmer, I was breathing so heavily trying to catch up with them, then our tour guide gave signal underwater, another batch is coming, I decided just to stay put and wait for the next batch. No words to describe the feeling. We spent an hour plus open water swimming.

A Young Living trip is not complete without a trip to their farm. But a lil different this time, instead of visiting farm, we went to a reforestation land. The family repurchase the land that was sold by their great great grandmother. When they got the land all trees were cut and grass were planted to breed cows. More then 200 cows were cleared from the land. Them repurchasing, adopting and managing the land is reassuming the stewardship of their ancestor land.
And we learn something new on that day, the sandalwood trees are hemiparasitic plants. It will grow at a very young stage independently but in order to reach maturity and grow nice and healthy, it has to grow roots and tap into other trees for nutrition and water. The surrounding trees fix nitrogen from the ground and produce nitrogen as well while the sandalwood cannot produce its own nitrogen. so it has modified roots connection, haustoria. Sandalwood trees will kill 7 trees in it lifespan. They would plant trees surrounding Sandalwood, not just any trees but either one of these Koa, Aalii, Mamane or Noa to maintain the nature endemic reforestation.

 

Took this photo as a proof for the kids that im away for work 😛 . Hihi

Time passes by fast, we had a good time during the farewell dinner with Hawaiian Culture Performance.

Customize souvenier to bring home 🙂

Oh, after the end of our retreat..we extended 2 nights in Honolulu. And that’s the Hawaii I see on tv screen..haha. Beach was full all day long, all sorts of characters and colours. Plenty of surfers. One thing I was fascinated with, the homeless keep the public area clean. I notice a couple of times where the homeless help to pick up litter on the ground.

#bucketlist checked! yuhuuuuu , Alhamdulillah 🙂

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Back To School

By on January 4, 2018

Yeay, it is back to school again! Aren’t you excited? Not really right? You need to deal with a lot when school time arrives: the morning alarm clock, the healthy breakfast, the absorbing school, the exhausting afternoon, the demanding homework and finally the cranky nighttime. No doubt it is  routine, but it does take a toll on you and your kids. Dealing with their emotions and struggles on daily basis is never a walk in the park. But with these marvelous essential oils, you can make things to move in your way.

It is always a hassle to wake young kids, get them dressed and done with their before-school routines. I always wish that they would grow up faster. But Alhamdullilah, daily school routine is definitely made easier with these essential oils.

 

The Breakfast

After their bath and fully dressed for school, it is time to give them a breakfast boost. Although chocolate like those in Chocolate Malt is the fav choice for kids’ instant energy, NingXia Red is better. It is the superjuice for the immediate booster. It is filling as it contains fibers and multitude of vitamins, such as Vitamin B and C and minerals to fill those little bodies.

 

The Sleepy Heads

If those little heads still groggy during breakfast, diffuse Lemon (or any citrus essential oil of your choice) + Joy Essential Oil. This is to gently wake their brains and get ready for the day. Diffuse this for an uplifting and positive attitude as well as brightening up the mood. It is also good to calm the emotions. Other than Joy, you may wanna diffuse Motivation Essential Oil.

Another alternative for a wakeup call is the Cedarwood Essential Oil. Cedarwood is high in sesquiterpenes. It helps oxygenate the brain. Apply on temple after their shower. Cedarwood also stimulates the release of melatonin and serotonin depending on the body requirements, to regulate wake and sleep cycle. Alternative oil to diffuse at night!

 

The Resistant Immune System

Just before you let them wear their socks,  apply a bit of Thieves Essential Oils to the soles. It can be overwhelming to think about all the absents days that may happen along the school year. Get your kids ahead of the game with this blend.

 

The Enthusiastic Bunch

On the way to the school, diffuse Peppermint Oil for the car ride to school for nice boost of energy. The strong aroma will help those sluggish feeling. Peppermint helps improves mental accuracy too. No car diffuser? Fret not, few drops on cotton ball and place it at the aircond vent. Alternatively, two drops on your palm and rub both hands for 10-15 seconds, you could start to smell the strong aroma lingering in the car.

 

The Attentive Student

At school, it can be a challenge for kids to stand out and compete or stay positive all the way to the end. . Apply these on kids before they leave for school; Valor Essential Oil helps to instill confidence and self-esteem. Also apply Clarity and Brain Power Essential Oil on the brain stem at the neck and the temples to enhance mental clarity and memory. It also promotes a clear mind and increases alertness.

 

The Consistent Student

When the kids are back from school and it is homework time, diffuse Rosemary Oil in the air. Researchers concluded that people who smelled Rosemary Oil experienced improvements in their memory. Or diffuse Peppermint to increase alertness which aids in the ability to focus and concentrate. You can also apply Clarity / Brain Power to the temples and brain stem.

 

The Tired Little Bones

Finally, it is bedtime for kids. Some kids throw tantrums just before sleep. Apply Thieves to their soles. Diffuse Lavender/Peace and Calming for a restful sleep. To help those kids who often wakes up in the morning cranky, here’s a lil life saver. Apply Joy and Idaho Blue Spruce on their spine before bedtime. It never fail one me! Kids wake up all chirpy. Here’s your secret weapon to a cranky whiny child!

 

The Dutiful Mom

Moms almost always reward herself last. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get your daily dose to keep you calm and stress free. Stress Away is a great calming oil for you. Apply this before you start your day and when you are done with the kids and its time for you to finally wind down before you hit the sack.

 

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Frankincense King of Oil

By on December 26, 2017

When I was in Indonesia, I showed photos of my kids playing dirt, rain and under the hot sun. And was sharing with them the oils I use for the kids. Oils, before they go under hot weather and under rain or anything, involves water.

In the recent tournament for Harith, the heat was really scorching hot in Penang and they were playing at noon. While waiting for next game, I went to him and put a drop of Frankincense on his crown. I had other boys in the team queued up “me, auntie” “I want too” “me…me!” “can I have too please”.

During the camp recently, Uwais had a fall and came to me for Lavender, one boy spontaneously said “me!”. “but this is for fall”, “oh here then (showed me an almost nonvisible scratch on his leg)” but I applied after all. “Thanks auntie!” and happily he skipped away.

At the end of the camp, was packing up…parents came fetching their kids and one of them saw me with my oil bag. “ Munirah what was it that you applied on my son in Penang, he said it was really helpful, he felt fresh immediately for the next game”, “Ohhh perhaps that was the oil your boy was expecting when I took out Lavender for Uwais. So he was expecting Frankincense!”. “Yes, he said it really helped him that day, they were all so tired by noon, and you came dropping oils on their head…he likes it. It helped he said”

So why did these boys shout out “me…me” when I took out the bottle of Frankincense though they have no idea why am I putting it on Harith’s head. Coz earlier this year, in one of the tournament the organizer had some carnival game. They played in between their match, did the rock climbing and all boys came back with some rope burnt on their palm. I saw boys running after the Coleman box, grab ice and rubbing on their palm. One boy was sitting next to me so I pulled out my oil bag, and gave him a drop of Lavender. Next thing I knew, few boys came to me “Auntie, what was it that you gave to my friend, he asked to get from you coz it works. His hand feels much better now” So I ended up with boys queueing up for a Lavender drop. From then on, whenever I pull out my oil bag…I will have boys saying “me…me” though they have no idea what it is. The oils speak for itself, I need not explain anything to the kids. They just keep coming

“Munirah, can I buy a kit then”, “yes of coz you can” 🙂

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“Hold bad treatment with kindness”

By on December 17, 2017

So I no longer have any preschoolers. Uwais started primary school 3 weeks back. He was supposed to start in September but he wanted to finish off his preschool and participate in their year-end concert/graduation. He is having a good time in primary, Alhamdulillah. The first week of schooling, they had field trip, and the third week was their Science Exhibition. Definitely sound fun.

However the first week of school, he had some unpleasant experience. Students who were being provocative for no apparent reason it seems. A few days later Uwais came home telling me his story from school:

Uwais: mommy, that boy no longer disturb me

mommy: oh that’s good to hear

Uwais: you know why?

mommy: no, why?

Uwais: coz I did what teacher taught us idfa’ billati hiya ahsan…hold bad treatments with kindness”

mommy: so what did you do?

Uwais: He was passing by me, so I said Hi. and he replied. Then I said, I like your shoes…you have a nice bag. so now when he sees me he said Hi, he doesn’t disturb me.

 

Then he was telling me more about the quotation he was mentioning. During the assembly in the morning, the teacher usually teaches some new values. One of the days, the teacher told us about the ayat. So I did that.

 

“Good and evil cannot be equal. [Prophet], repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend” (Fushshilat :34)

MashaaAllah, a good start there Uwais 🙂

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