why I fell in love with essential oils

You guys, I was the biggest skeptic ever.  Until now…

Why I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

I have been hearing about essential oils for years and have just been ignoring all the ‘kooks’ (yes, my friends) that use the stuff.

I dabbled here and there in the last several months…  a little clove oil (mixed with coconut oil!) on my babies’ gums when they are teething is a lifesaver.  And yes, lavender is very soothing, I give ‘em that.

But beyond that, I took everything in one ear and out the other, smiling and nodding as I went.

But then, I just couldn’t ignore it anymore.  More and more people, that I know, love and trust, were telling me their stories and ‘oily testimonies’ and I finally figured I needed to really dig in and see what all the hype was about!

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essential oils – the basics

Are you ready to take the next step in living a healthier life and taking care of your family without loads of chemicals?

Are you already dabbling in essential oils, or you’ve heard enough testimonials to make you want to give them a try?

Join me!   You won’t regret it!

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Want to find out more about essential oils?  Please feel free to email me with questions!  I’m happy to help!


Click this link to become a Wholesale Distributor (fancy term for cheaper-prices, with no obligation to sell, ever!) of Young Living Essential Oils by signing up and purchasing the Premium Starter Kit.

This premium kit is worth every penny.  I am blown away by, and fall in love with, these oils a bit more every day!

Here are some links with more information to get you started (please let me know if you’d like more!):

The Basics of Essential Oils

General Summary of The Premium Kit

Essential Oils Safety Guide

If you do sign up for a wholesale membership with me, email me right away and I will give you access to our wonderful online community that is full of tips, information and helps.  I don’t know how I would have started these oils without this helpful, accessible group!

I hope you’ll give this a try, or at least contact me if you’ve got more questions about all my ramblings!

- Annalise

I will try to keep this list updated with links to my personal experiences with Young Living Essential Oils:




peanut butter oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies

I think I’m late on the stuffed-cookie train, but my goodness am I in love.

Peanut Butter Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies | Sweet Anna's

I have made 3 batches of Picky Palate inspired oreo-stuffed cookies in the past 2 days (click here for some great step-by-step photos!), and I can’t stop dreaming of all the other things I want to stuff inside a cookie!

I am having so much fun using my favorite, perfectly chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and stuffing them with sandwich cookie goodness.

I seriously don’t know how I missed out on this trend for so long.  These cookies are just so fun, not to mention delicious and addictive!

If you only bake one more batch of cookies in your life, make it these ok?  

You can substitute any Oreos you like, of course, but the peanut butter ones are fabulous!  (They taste exactly like those chocolate covered peanut butter girl scout cookies, only better!)

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healthier delicious whole wheat banana bread

You guys, I am so excited about this banana bread!  (Ok, I know I say that a lot, but that’s because I love to share the things I’m excited about with you!)

This much-healthier banana bread is way up at the top of my list right now of favorite things!

It’s no secret that I love banana bread.  I love making it, baking it, eating it, and sharing it with others.  But my ultimate banana bread recipe is so indulgent and wonderful that I almost feel bad serving it sometimes.  It’s too good.  (And NOT so good for you!)

This banana bread on the other hand…

Healthier Whole Wheat Banana Bread | Sweet Anna's

This banana bread is the kind of treat you can serve your kids every morning if you want and not feel the least bit guilty for it.  Even when they slather it with butter, because the only fat in this bread is what you find in your greek yogurt.  That’s it!

It’s chock-full of healthy stuff.  Greek yogurt, mashed bananas, whole wheat flour, oats…  and it tastes like a cross between a thick, hearty slice of oat & wheat bread crossed with a decadent banana bread.

I’m telling you, you should make this soon.  Because we all need a healthy treat in our back pockets for those munchie (or “there’s nothing for breakfast!”) emergencies!

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Butterscotch Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Blondies

So, you all know I love making brownies, right?

(You don’t?  Check out this post for my favorite Perfect Fudgy Brownies…  and then scroll down to the bottom for a list of many more delicious recipes!)

Well, these bars may have just blown all of my brownie-love right out of the water.  Seriously you guys.  These blondies are that good.

Butterscotch Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Blondies | Sweet Anna's

They are gooey, chewy, rich, delicious, buttery, chocolatey, salty, and did I mention gooey?  Because they are.  Blissfully gooey.

My husband’s exact words were “You should probably quit making brownies and just make these all the time now”.

Yep.  True story.

So, here’s what you should do.

Make these Blondies.  Make them soon.  And then share them with all your family and friends so you don’t eat the whole pan yourself.

Because you will want to.

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