Piping Rock Product Review & Giveaway {Essential Oils & More}

The products that I am writing about were given to me by Piping Rock to test and review.  There was no other compensation for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own, as I was not required to write a positive review.  I am not a medical professional and this post is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  This is just my own personal experience with using Piping Rock’s products.

Piping Rock Review

I am on a quest. A get healthy and live better quest. This quest has lead me to the world of essential oils, which lead me to find Piping Rock. Now, if you know anything about essential oils, then you know there are TONS of companies out there that offer them. I have tried a few companies and, when I heard things about Piping Rock, I heard conflicting reviews. So, needless to say, I was so excited to be offered the chance to get to try some of Piping Rock’s essential oils and then, at the end of the post, give some away. Yay!

Piping Rock sent me some of their wonderful products to test and review. I got to try Rosewood & Carrot Seed essential oil, Magnesium oil, Sweet Almond Oil, mixing bottle, and a glass spray bottle and, oh boy, did I put these to work.

Let me start with the magnesium oil. I have been reading a lot about this oil (well, not actually an oil) and that how most of the US is deficient in magnesium since our diets consist of mainly processed foods. This deficiency can lead to a lot of disruptions in the body and if you chose to supplement, that transdermal application is the best way to go.

Enter Piping Rock’s Magnesium Oil. I have to say that this stuff is AMAZING! It comes in a pretty, blue bottle with a spray lid. You are directed to spray 4-5 squirts on your body (via the label.) I instantly felt better when I started using this. I noticed that I was sleeping better, had more energy during the day after using a few sprays, and basically had an overall feeling of better health. Now, I did find out the hard what that you can actually use too much. It’s just like any other supplement, and when I used too much, my body crashed. I got really tired.

I love the Magnesium spray and have actually bought more when it was a BOGO sale (Piping Rock has FANTASTIC sales), but there is one thing that I wish was on the bottle…I was wondering how much magnesium I was getting in each spray since this is not listed on the bottle. I went to their website and found that someone else had the same question and Piping Rock was amazing enough to give the answer there. So, now I know the dosage of each spray and can apply the correct amount of sprays needed each day.

As much as I love the magnesium oil, I have to say that I was completely impressed with Piping Rock’s Essential Oils. As I stated earlier, I have heard conflicting opinions, so to be able to try them for myself, was great. There is this “method” of testing oils that I have heard of and it’s called the blot test. You are supposed to put a drop of oil onto paper and let it dry. If it dries completely…the oil is pure. If it leaves a mark/spot…the oil is not pure. So, out of curiosity, I did the blot test for the oils that I received from Piping Rock. I was very happy to see that my paper dried completely and I couldn’t even tell that I had put oils on the paper. My conclusions following the guidelines of the blot test…the oils are pure.

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I have always wanted to try Rosewood & Carrot Seed Essential Oils (both have a very strong scent) since I know that they are both supposed to be fantastic for your skin. I can say that I was not disappointed. I mixed a drop of each with the Sweet Almond Oil (which was fabulous) that I received and put this on my face in the evening. I did this about 1 hour before I went to be since, for me, the sweet almond oil took a few minutes to absorb into my skin. After a few weeks of this, my skin was so much brighter and smoother. I now have a new nightly serum for my face.

There is so much that you can do with these two oils, things that are not skin related, since they have a plethora of uses. You can find some recipes for each of these oils, well, for all the oils from Piping Rock, on their website. They also have a ton of other information about the oils so you can be an educated consumer and learn of new ways to use their essential oils.

The two bottles that I was sent, the mixing bottle and spray bottle, come in quite handy. When mixing some of the oils together, it was nice to have a bottle to mix in, instead of trying to mix in a small EO bottle. For the spray bottle…I made a linen spray for my pillows from a drop or Rosewood and Lavender (oil I already had) and used this to help me relax in the evening. Both bottles are dark, amber glass and perfect for essential oil usage.

Overall…I have to say that I was very pleased with EVERYTHING that Piping Rock sent me to test. I was so pleased that I have already ordered more from them. As a company, I have to say that I like the low ($3.95) to no-cost shipping (order $40 & over.) There are so many companies that have great prices and then charge an outrageous price to ship, but Piping Rock is not one of them. I will continue to be a loyal customer.

Now, here is your chance to get to know Piping Rock if you don’t already. Everything I got to test…I get to give away to ONE lucky reader. Yay! I am so happy that I get to do this. {I love giving things away}

You can win:

1-Rosewood Essential Oil (15ml)
1-Carrot Seed Essential Oil (15ml)
8oz of Sweet Almond Oil
1- Bottle of Magnesium Oil (8oz)
1- 1oz Aromatherapy Mixing Bottle
1- 2oz Glass Amber Spray Bottle

I am so please that I got to work with Piping Rock and look forward to possibly introducing someone else to this wonderful company.

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As Numerousas the Stars

As Numerous as the Stars {with LinkUp}

As Numerousas the StarsBlessings and prosperity…For the Israelites, those two words meant a very large family, descendants as numerous as the stars, just for being obedient to God.Some people complain that they are living a righteous life and have never seen the rewards that God promises. I wonder…do they ever take a look at their families or are they just looking at the things they can “measure?”

God has always promised blessing for our obedience to Him and He never breaks a promise. Being obedient isn’t easy. Oh, I know it’s not easy. God knows that it’s not easy which is why He says that we will be rewarded so much for just obeying His laws.

If you read all of Psalms 128 you see how, when blessings and prosperity are talked about, it’s always in reference to family. What better blessing could you possibly get than family. I know that through my life, the best gift I have EVER gotten were my husband & children. I couldn’t even begin to think about a blessing greater than them.

When everything disappears, all that will remain is your family and God.

God could offer us ANYTHING for our obedience. He could give us money, jewels, power, riches beyond our belief, but instead, He gives us little people to take care of. Kind of sounds like a joke right?!?! The fact is…God is intrusting us with the most valuable thing He could ever give us…one of His children.

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Makes your job as a parent seem a little more special now doesn’t it?

So, the next time you want to wish and hope for measurable blessings for your obedience to God, take a look at your kids and remember…you have your blessings already. You receive your gifts in the form of hugs and kisses.

There is no better gift God could give us other than that.

Go hug and kiss your kiddos and Thank God for all the good you have in your life.  Because believe me, you might think that you are lacking, but if all you have is your family, then you have the world.
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My Game Plan for Getting Fit

So…I need a little bit of accountability when it comes to my Getting Fit journey.  This isn’t just about weight loss for me it’s about getting fit.  I want to get strong.  I like muscle.  I want to be healthy…not just lose weight.

This journey has been one that I have struggled with my entire life.  I was always the kid that was bigger in school, called names, and spent my childhood being the “fat” friend in my circle of friends. I got used to it and just accepted that this was probably how how my life was going to be.

This thought pattern pretty much stayed the same until I had kids.  Then my “I’m ok the way I am” thought change into “I need to be healthier” and so this journey started.

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Why do I want to lose weight and get fit?

It’s not about being a size 2 for me.  I know that I never will, nor want to be, a size 2.  This is about making sure that I am in the best health that I can possibly be.  I have kids to mother and I want to make sure that I am there for them when they are growing up and beyond.  I want a full, happy, life…one that is void of health issues that will keep me from doing the things that I want to do.  I am a country girl so I love being outdoors…I want the energy to ride horse, hike acres upon acres of land,  and play in the wonder that nature offers.

I want to LIVE not just exist.

Now, I am not saying that I am doing this just for others because that would be stupid.  I do want to change for myself.  I know that I can make a better me.

How am I going to do this?

So…you are probably saying, “well, anyone can say what they WANT to do, but how are you going to do it?”

To answer that question I will share with you my game plan.  Everyone needs a game plan right?!?!

  • Eat lean proteins, fruits, and veggies-  I have come to the realization that my body HATES bread.  Absolutely HATES bread.  I am not exactly sure why, but it does so I will stay away from them.  I love lean meat.  Oh…I am a steak girl.  I love a good steak.  But, we can’t leave out our feathered friends who taste so good grilled, broiled,  and baked.  Oh chicken….you are my second love.
  • Workout 6 days a week-  Yes, I know…you need to give yourself a little break and that’s what I am going to be doing.  One day a week.  But, the other 6 days…I will be doing weight training and cardio.  Please tell me I am not the only one out there that can’t stand cardio…there are more people like me right?  RIGHT?  Cardio is just so boring…ugh…but a necessary evil, I know.  Hey, give me some weights and I am a happy girl.  Make me so some cardio and you will have an enemy for the rest of your life.  Oh, andI can’t forget, there will be some yoga going on.  Now that’s something this girl can get into.
  • Journaling- When I was completely committed the last time I was working towards a fit body (please don’t ask what happened) I was journaling EVERYTHING and I do mean everything.  My food intake, workouts, water, and anything else that might be relevant to my progress.  So, it’s back to journaling for me.  You would be surprised at just how helpful writing down what you eat and do can be.
  • Cheat Meals- Yes, these are part of my game plan and if you are working towards a get fit goal, they should be part of your also.  We spend so much time eating healthy and working out that every once in a while, there comes a time to cheat.  It is necessary.  This way, your cravings won’t get the best of you (chocolate girl right here…the darker the better.)  The people that usually end up binging on their craving are the ones that are denying themselves all the time and not giving any room to be human.  Yes, this girl will be eating some chocolate.  Hey…dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you.  :)

So, there you have it…my game plan for how I am going to work toward a new, fit body.  Is it going to be easy…of course not.  Will it be worth it…YES, very much so!

Wanna join me?  Please do so.  I would love to hear your story and get to know you along your journey.  Leave me a comment in the section below and let’s connect.  Let’s help each other be accountable for our health!

 

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Wisdom: More Valuble Than Any Jewel {with Linkup}

Proverbs 3:13

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,

 

Wisdom is THE most important thing that you could ever possess. You could have all the money, jewels, and possessions in the world, but you have nothing if you are without God’s wisdom. Only the understanding that comes from that can give you the honor, glory, and wealth that you have always dreamed of!

A lot of use spend time reading our bibles, listening to sermons, and even participating in bible studies, but do we understand all the wonderful teachings of God? Most of us just run through the motions and never take the time to really dig deep into what God has to teach us.

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His wisdom spills off the pages and into your heart if you just allow it.

Our heavenly Father wants to share all that He knows with us…do you ever stop and realize the enormity of that…The one that created the world WANTS us to have an abundance of wisdom. Not just useless knowledge, but His wisdom.

He is showing us the way to live. He is showing us the way to everlasting treasure. He is giving us the key that will open the vault to all the riches we could ever dream of.

The question is…how do we show God that we understand His teachings?
We can show Him by living a life worthy of Him. The whole saying “actions speak louder than words” wholeheartedly applies here. We can talk an amazing talk and tell the world how we are great Christians OR we can show the world.

The benefits of having wisdom…long life, wealth, honor, peace, God’s ever-present guidance, and the most important thing…an eternity with Him.

So please, don’t give way for the “false” wisdom that comes from Satan and find the TRUE wisdom that comes from the one and only…God. Make sure you are spending time with God and also remember, you can show just how much you understand God’s teaching by how you live.

Live a life that is worthy of God.

Head over to my cohosts to see what they have to say about Proverbs 3:13

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steadfast through the storms

Steadfast through the Storms {with Link-Up}

 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.   -James 5:11 NIV-

If we had to pick one person from the Bible to have as a mentor, I think that everyone should, at the very least, take a look at Job. He is the one person that is a perfect example of what the word perseverance is all about.

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We all have storms that we have to tend with. There are sunny days, days filled with absolute happiness, and then -SLAM- the storm moves in and we see nothing but the rain, clouds, and lightening.

I can just imagine that, if I have to go through the trials that Job has to contend with, I would not have been able to see past the drowning rain. I mean…think about it…Satan took EVERYTHING away from Job. He stripped him of all that mattered. Through everything he endured, even though he did not understand why all this was happening, he still stayed faithful to God.

Ok…it’s admission time. We have all been there. We have all questioned why certain things happen. Please be honest, if at the most, to yourself, if no one else. I know that there are times when I have questioned where the storms came from and why they were happening to me. Sometimes they feel like a hurricane and that my world is spinning out of control. Life seems like it will never calm down and the downpour will never stop.

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There is sunlight at the end of the storms. It might seem like it will not come soon enough, but there is light. God would not put us through the things that he does without a plan. It’s not for us to question the plan no matter how much we want to. We are just supposed to believe that God will bring us through it.
Spend time with God during these hard times. Knowing God is better than having all the answers. If we truly know him, then we will understand that the storms are very much worth weathering.

I mean…think about it. God sacrificed his only son for us to have salvation. I think that God has weathered the ultimate storm so that we can have faith that we will make it through the “rain showers.”

I know that times will be hard and it will feel like the world is crushing you, but have faith and count your blessings instead of dwelling in the pit.

Have the perseverance of Job. If he can make it through the trials that he had to endure, then we can make it through. Just have faith that God truly has a plan, and that he has the ultimate answers. Spend your time building your relationship with Him instead of questioning…Why me???

If you are facing a storm that feels never ending and want to share, feel free to do so in the comments of this post.  I would love to hear what you have to say.

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faith in the right place

Faith in the Right Place (with Link-Up)

Psalm 146:5

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

If you are familiar with the story of Jacob then you know that he was a manipulative person. Now, is this entirely his fault…not really. His family wasn’t the greatest and his mother taught him how to get what he wanted by doing things in a creative way. But, the drawback about manipulating people into getting what you want is that you turn away from God. You have no faith that God can give you all the joy that you will ever desire.

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If we sit and spend time studying Jacob, what can we learn from his story? We learn that no matter who it is, whether your family or friends, there is no one on this earth that can help you find the glorious happiness that God can give you, if you just have hope through all the good and bad that He is there to show you blessing.

There is a saying that most people know…If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

We must place our trust in the one that is steady and infinite. The everlasting creator.

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God created the heavens and the earth. If He can do that, I am in awe and have no problems placing all my trust in Him, that He can bring us through all the hardships we might have to forgo.

Sure, life will seem hard. It might get harder than you ever imagine it could be. But, there is one shining beacon that stands in the distance if you just look for it. God will always be there for us. Even when we are in the pit of despair, we must always have hope, unlike Jacob, that God has a plan and will show us how incredibly joyful our lives can be.

So…praise God. Praise him even in the hardest of time. Don’t go searching for men who you THINK might be able to help you through. Search for the ONE that you KNOW can get you through the darkest of times. Worship the Lord in church, in the streets, and even in the closet.

Jacob never put his faith in the one that could offer him all the blessings that he would ever want. No, he took it upon himself to manipulate the system and ended up having to run away. He then had to wrestle with God to find that He is the ONE and ONLY, that could show him the way to everlasting joy.

We need to remember that, although it’s dark, there is still hope in the one true, God, the one that sacrificed His son so that we may have everlasting life in heaven with Him.

Please check out my Co-Host’s blogs to see what they have to say about Psalm 146:5.

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Proverbs 1421

Compassion is Key (with LinkUp)

Proverbs 14:21…oh, how brutal God’s word can be sometimes.

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We live in a world that is FILLED with those in need. They live on the streets, in homeless shelters, go to church with you, or could even be your next door neighbor. Do we really recognize when we pass someone in need? Are we open to the signs that God shows us when He places those in need directly in our paths?

If He places those people in our lives, He put them there for a reason.

When we pass them by or just ignore their needs are we thinking that we are committing a crime? No! It’s not against any laws that are on the books, right!?!?!?

Oh, but it is. It‘s on the book. Except it‘s not in any government law. It‘s one of God‘s laws.

Now, will we got to jail for not helping those in need? Well, not really. We won’t go to a physical jail that is filled with robbers or murders. BUT, we will go to a spiritual jail for not following God’s laws.

So, what is the key to keep us out of jail?

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That’s simple. Proverbs 14:21 gives us the answer. Compassion!!!

Compassion is something this world is seriously lacking. There are not enough people in this world that practice this very important character trait. According to Dictionary.com compassion is: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

It seems so easy to practice compassion, but the thing is…how many of us really do?

I know that you are thinking that you help everyone that comes your way, but how many times have you seen people standing on the side of the road with a sign and you just look the other way? How many times have you ignored the man sitting on the sidewalk in dirty, tattered, clothes?

We have all done these things and to say otherwise is a lie.

Compassion is a trait that we all need to work on. It actually takes a lifetime of work and we will slip and stumble. God knows this. We are only human. But, this is why He sent His son to die for us.

God’s forgiveness is no reason to skip having a compassionate heart, but as long as we are giving it our best, He will give us a life of spiritual freedom and blessings.

To get more insights from my co-hosts, please visit their blogs and see what they have to say about Proverbs 14:21.

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Obedience…Even during the harvest times {with Link-Up}

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There is one thing that we are supposed to do on the Sabbath…worship God. This and only this…the only “work” that we are supposed to be doing on Sunday. I mean, even God rested on the seventh day.

But, as a society, do we really follow this rule that was set forth by God?

Most of us work 7 days a week. We might not be at work physically, but we bring work home with us or have work on our minds.

Sometimes I wish we could go back to the days where work was only 5 days a week and the other 2 days where meant for family. Our world is spinning out of control and all it would take to get it back on track is a different perspective.

The people in biblical times had it right. They spent one day a week focused on God. Even during the most important times of the year…harvest and plow. They could easily have worked everyday to get their crops planted and then harvested, but instead, they followed God’s laws and took the seventh day to rest.

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I don’t even want to call it resting. They were working on their spiritual riches…their relationship with God.

They could have all the gold in the world. Work hard and you are rewarded. A good harvest brings great rewards. But, yet, they still took 1 day to spend working on their relationships with God.

I guess you could ask…well, what if they did nothing? What if they just laid around the whole day and never once worshiped God? My response to you would still be…they were worshiping God and working on their relationship with Him by doing nothing. I now that sounds funny, but there is one word that will sum it up.

OBEDIENCE!!!

Yes, they might have spent their days laying around, but the were doing the one thing they needed to do…They were being obedient to God. How can you work on your relationship with God and grow closer to Him? By being obedient.

Your relationship with Him is worth more than all the gold you could even earn from any harvest you could ever have.

Are you spending your seventh day being obedient???

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Esther…The Absence of God

Esther...The absence of God

I have joined in on Blogging through the bible and we just finished reading Esther this week. There is one thing that really stood out, no the fact that she was made queen, but instead…the absence of God in this book.

Not once is God talked about in the book of Esther.

This would lead one to believe that Esther was strong enough to endure on her own and that we really don’t need God, because we can create our own fate. I have to say that I think this is completely wrong thinking.

We live in a society of “seeing is believing,” so the absence of God in Esther, leads us to believe that we don’t really need Him, when in fact, we need Him more than ever in times like this.

God was completely absent during Esther’s story…or was He?

When reading Esther, I think that God is very much present and you can see Him, if you just look closer.

When Esther is brought to the palace…God was there.

When Esther was made queen…God was there.

When Esther went to the king to save her people…God was there.

When Haman was hung instead of Mordecai…God was there.

When God’s favored people were saved…He was there.

I love what Courtney at Women Living Well had to say…Esther is not the hero, God is.  God was always using Esther to make sure His favored people would be safe.

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Even though it may seem like God was not present in Esther’s story, He was more present than ever. Sometimes He just likes to be a behind the scenes director. But, His hand is at work in every part of Esther’s story. If you read between the lines it is quite obvious.

Esther could not have helped the Jews if it weren’t for God. He is the one that planned and then executed the ENTIRE story. He made a promise to His people and He always has and always will, keep that promise. He even sent His son to die for us, just to keep His promise.

So, when you are having a hard time and you feel like God is missing from your life, or that He just doesn’t care…remember Esther’s story. Even though it seems like God was absent…He is there all the time, sometimes just behind the scenes.

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Jonah and the Great Big FishJonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a very well written and illustrated, by Margaret Spengler, that portrays the story of Jonah in a way that will keep young children’s attention.

To start, this is a hardcover book (which I love) that will withstand the test of time and your kids loving hands. The cover is bright and catches the eye of little ones. I have to say that it’s adorable how they have Jonah slipping down through the water. Perfect cover for the story.

As for the story itself…I love how Greene used rhyming verses to tell the story. I have noticed from being a mother and teacher, that rhyming books tend to get a child’s attention a little bit better and they retain the story easier. This is a great way to get the message of Jonah across to your little one.

The only thing that I didn’t care for are the illustrations. I think they are very well done, colorful and very cute…they are just blurry. They have the feeling of dream-like. You can make out the pictures with no problem, I just wish they were a little more crisp and clean.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers program for the purpose of this review.  I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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All is Well by Louise Hay & Mona Lisa Schulz

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hay House Book Nook for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

All is Well

I was actually up in the air about review All is Well by Louise Hay & Mona Lisa Schulz. The part that I find funny is…the books that I usually am not sure about reviewing are the ones that I need to read the most. It’s amazing how life works.

This book is about finding ways to help tradition medicine and affirmations work together to create a better body and healthier mind for yourself. Using the self-assessment exam (7 sections of yes/no questions) at the beginning of the book you can direct yourself to the part of the book that is what’s most needed in your life and what emotional center of your body needs the most work.

I love that this book isn’t meant to be read cover to cover. You can address any issues you might have and leave out the sections that you don’t need. But, those extra sections are always there if needed at a later date.

There is one FANTASTIC resource at the back of the book that list all of the diseases & conditions that you might be facing with possible underlying causes and affirmations that will help fix those issues holistically.

This makes a great addition to any healing library.

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