Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Kick the Cold Sale

Thinking about making a healthier transition come the New Year? 

Wondering how Essential Oils can benefit you and your family?

Wanting less chemicals in your house?

- Young Living Essential Oils and natural products -
Now is the perfect time!


It's time to take the next step for YOU. Don't wait. 


There is still time, but it is limited! You receive all these products at the same time for one low price. With the free gifts from me, it's over $300 in product for $160* (plus shipping)

*Price only varies depending on the diffuser you choose. Quote based off the most popular diffuser (Dew Drop)

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Video! Updated Starter Kit and more...


Have you seen the new starter kits? Check out this video to view the new starter kits and much more!





Interested in enjoying these oils in your everyday life?

Still have some questions?

What's it all entail?

It's simple. To get the best deals, become a Young Living Member (also called Independent Distributor). That doesn't mean you have to "sell" Young Living. That just means you get the exclusive 24% discount on all products at all times.

What do I get for my money?

Quite a bit actually. You recieve over $300 in products for $160 (plus shipping). Below is an image of everything you get for becoming a member. 
 Remember:
No annual membership fees! 
No minimum purchases! 

There's still time, but it is limited. You recieve all these products at the same time for one low price. With the free Christmas Gifts from me, it's over $300 in product for $160* (plus shipping)
 *Price may vary depending on the diffuser you choose. Quote based of most popular diffuser (DewDrop)

Don't wait, this deal goes through Christmas! 
Tis the season of sharing. 

Basics of Young Living

Want to learn the basics?

This is the video for you!

(video credit: You Tube)

New Member

My dad, Scott; is now a member. He is an engineer, the last person people would 'stereotype' to be interested in Essential Oils. I am happy that he has found success using the oils with my mom and decided to become a member himself. He has had trouble sleeping in the past and Young Living has allowed him to regain a normal sleeping pattern again. They also have 2 diffusers in the house now! Welcome to Young Living Scott! 


Thinking about how Young Living may be able to benefit you and your family? 

Contact me. We will dig into your lifestyle and find what pros and cons Young Living can do for you. The switch to living a happier, healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be hard. It doesn't have to be expensive. And it doesn't have to be immediate. It all starts with a consultation to find out what it can do for you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Giveaway

I'm starting something new, a Holiday Giveaway Basket. I normally give a bonus oil or Young Living product of some sort to all my new members. It's a great incentive for joining us in a happier, healthier lifestyle. 

But now, I'm taking it to the next level. Not only will you get over $20 in free product (see below for product details) during this sale, you will ALSO be entered into a drawing to win a *Breakfast Basket. This basket features some of Young Living's healthy food choices: Gary's True Grit Einkorn Pancake & Waffle Mix and Gary's True Grit Einkorn Ningxia Berry Syrup. 
(Over $30 value)


FREE Products Include
1- YL Blender Bottle
1- Set of Bottle Labels
1- Grounding or Jade Lemon Essential Oil (you choose | while supplies last)
*Name entered into drawing


Want to learn more? Contact me for details on how Young Living can help benefit you and your family.

SNEAK PEAK- upcoming sale






Thursday, November 5, 2015

A teacher's letter gone viral that inspired me!

I read an article this morning that is more than #inspiring to me. This article was written about a mother of one and role model to so many young children and she took the Internet by shock for some people. Her name is Wendy Bradsaw. She loves teaching and has an education worth nothing less than applauding; as it often goes unnoticed in the education field. With an undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree in the field of eduction, she is well educated on what it takes to successfully teach adults & children. Not to mention her background working with special needs. She has a reason behind her logic and research to back up that logic.

It is not secret that the education system is pushing new reforms that place so much pressure on students to learn fast, fast, fast let alone encouraging teachers to move through information quickly. When I was growing up, I think the only real 'timed test' I took was math times tables. Anyone remember those things? #ugh I can't say I was a fan, but it's something I remember always wanting to improve at. We had science, reading, social studies, art, music... the list could go on and on of the classes I "took" growing up. I was never forced to read fast, fast, fast. I was never forced to take test after test after test. Granted, I did dread the yearly standardized testing, but that was only 2 or 3 days each year and the teachers helped prepare us for those. If we had a question while taking the test, they would explain in a way that made sense to us without telling us the answer. Now, they can't do that. They can merely tell you that word is "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" but not another thing. Now that is a far cry from a word on those tests, but shows that students may not know what that word even means, let alone how to pronounce it. Tests are written in a form difficult for many students to understand the true question. Our system is over concerned about new reforms to make things go faster for the students rather than better. In my book, Wendy Bradsaw hit the nail on the head when she said "I have become more and more disturbed by the misguided reforms taking place which are robbing my students from a developmentally appropriate education." She goes on to explain how many of the new reforms disregard research and force their employees (teachers) to practice some of what have been proven to be ineffective learning processes. 

I have began researching many of the child developments she discusses because it makes perfect sense to me, but I want to read the evidence to back it with my own eyes. Why are we pushing our kids to learn more information earlier in school? Aren't we being hypocrites by saying our kids grow up too fast, let alone push them to learn what used to be 1st grade curriculum in preschool? Now I understand some students fall behind and are slower learners. There always has been and always will be. I could write a completely new article on many of the contributors to slower learning now-a-days also. There is nothing wrong with slow learners though! That being said, it's the job, the honor, and the fun of being a teacher to work with children of all abilities. I can say that because I grew up with a mother working in a school with special needs students, students with learning disabilities and students with behavioral disabilities. There are educators to assist those teachers and children so they don't disrupt the learning of other students. And those students are some of the most rewarding to work with as I volunteered a couple of hours a day for about 2 years working with these students. 

So again, why are we trying to push, push, push our students to learn more and more information in less and less time? Is this really helping the kids? Where did the fun in school go? Why is the goal of education becoming a goal for profit instead? Where did the fun in homework go? Why does learning have to be go, go, go? 

Slow down... kids don't need to learn faster, faster, faster but instead the basic fundamentals! I'm not a mother, yet! I dream of the day I will become one, and then the first day of school, soccer games, school choir, etc. It's not even the matter of 'public' education. It is education in general. You can be the change in your kids learning approach. Read your kids a book each and every day. Read their homework before they start and try to learn with them. It's no secret math, science, art, and all the other subjects we learned growing up have changed, but it doesn't mean the fundamentals have. Make a difference in your child's education. Don't force your child to do better, better, better; to read faster, faster, faster. Instead, emphasize on reading in general. Emphasize of learning being fun, in whatever form. Wouldn't you rather have your kid pick up a book on their own and read it instead of dread reading all together because they were forced to do so in such a demanding way to begin with? Do art projects with your kids at home that relate to the work they are doing in school. It doesn't have to be expensive. See fun, inexpensive craft ideas below this article. Again, learning doesn't need to be feared, dreaded and out-right miserable for teachers, parents and students. In order for change, we need to do something. Educate yourself so you can educate your children. Have fun with your children at home so they don't feel so stressed about learning!

#letkidslearn #inspiring #dontsettle  #bethechange 

To read the full article visit TODAY.com or click the link. Continue reading below for fun learning games you can do with your children at home to help encourage #HappyHealthyLiving



Learning at Home

-Shapes, Colors, Family Traditions, Helping (Don't forget it's important to teach your kids to help without expecting something in return.)
Felt Christmas tree that your Toddler can decorate over and over and leave the real one alone. Love!:
Felt (Christmas) tree that your children can decorate over and over again while learning about the different shapes, colors, etc. 



-Learning their name (It doesn't have to be about memorizing)
Cut out a shape, animal, etc. that inspires your kid. Write their name on it and have labeled clothes pins available for them to make words. Try teaching them each letter as they spell their name (or other words). Switch it up: You can also cut shapes and put the word of the shape. example: cut a square and write the word 'square' on it!



-Alphabet, letters, learning their name, etc. (Helps keep the kiddos busy while you're in the kitchen cooking!)
Try allowing your kids to use magnets to duplicate the words you are teaching them. 



-Numbers (Learning numbers can be fun too, especially if you love cars!)
A Simple Car Parking Numbers Game - Craftulate at B-InspiredMama.com
A simple cereal box will work for this activity. You can help your kids learn their numbers while playing with their favorite #hotrod.



-Words, Spelling, Colors (Make Lego's even more fun to play with!)
Help your kids learn new words, how to spell those words and even colors. You can sort them to rhyme too! Tip: Don't forget to clean those Lego's from time to time. (6 1/2 cups warm water and 1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner- soak for 15 minutes, rinse and lay out to dry) 



-Names (You can never have too much fun spelling your name!)
Use noodles, cereal, or beads and glue to make some fun art while #learning to spell words!



-Names, Words, Writing, Spelling (Repeating often helps children learn so make it fun!)
to help children who can't write their names independently - dotted font for gaps:
You can use a computer and printer or write it yourself, leaving spaces for your kid to fill in the blanks. It's a great way to learn words and begin writing. 



-Spelling, Name, Words (Yes, more spelling-name-word activities. They are all different, unique and fun to help your kids enjoy learning at home instead of watching the TV.)
Write words or names on a piece of paper. Draw shapes using different colors on a piece of paper. You can have your kids trace the letters to spell the correct word, cover each letter with beads, cereal, or another material you have to make that spelling lesson an art project. Another fun activity is putting sand on the paper and having them trace the letters to spell out the word! 



-Propositions (When the kids have a good start on letters, alphabet, etc. try taking the next step!)
Assignment idea for teaching prepositions. Give kids an object (Lego piece or toy) and they have to go around and take photos of them in, behind, in front of etc different objects.:
You don't have to tell your kids "hey these are propositions". That is a big word. But you can teach them what they are with their favorite action figures. They won't even know they're learning!



-Counting, Colors (Make math fun!)
Math can be intimidating for many kids. Make it fun by using pipe cleaners, beads and tape/paper. You can make it a color game too. Ask you kid to put red beads on the blue pipe cleaner. They can find the blue pipe cleaner, figure out which number it is, and put that many red beads on it. Help them out until they get the hang of it. Tip: Start without 'requiring' to use a particular color bead. Once they have that down you can have them working with colors and numbers!



I hope you enjoyed the article and a few of the great kids activities I shared that can make after-school down time, rainy days, and learning time fun, productive and educating! 

All activities above as well as additional ones can be found in detail on my Pinterest

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kick those nasty sneezing, coughing, runny noses, and sore throats naturally with ONE PRODUCT


Tis the season of sneezing, coughing, runny noses, sore throats and endless germs.

Thieves is one of my favorite oils this time of year. It has a lengthy history that has been inspired by four 15th century French thieves. These thieves formulated a combination of cloves, rosemary, and other botanicals as they robbed dead and near dead people. It is said that once captured, their lives were spared upon revealing their special blend. 
Young Living Thieves essential oil is a one-of-a-kind blend of oils. "When taken internally, Thieves supports healthy immune function*, and it includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system.* When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves is an ideal complement to a daily wellness regimen.*" 

 These is EarthKosher Certified; meaning that it "is fit in any application in a manner that conforms to the kosher laws rooted in Biblical and Rabbinic traditions. These products and the facilities that produce them have been inspected and found to meet strict kosher requirements."

Below is a picture of me inhaling Thieves as I diffuse it. I diffuse on a near daily basis in at work; as people come into the office with 'who knows' what kind of germs. Thieves has a spicy aroma that is appealing, especially this time of year. It also relieves scratchy, itchy throats almost immediately. In addition to diffusing, I add 1 drop of Thieves to one drop of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to each foot and my throat. It's amazing how fast you can overcome the beginning symptoms of a cold when using one simply, NATURAL product. 


PRODUCT TIPS 

Put a few drops of Thieves essential oil blend in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system

Put in a few drops of Thieves essential oil blend in your dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor




*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holiday and Seasonal Items!

Tis' the Season... almost!

Young Living continues to update their products on a seasonal basis- because as we all know, product availability is limited during some seasons.

Do you have some friends and family that already LOVE Young Living? Are you looking for some Holiday gift ideas? Here is what you've been waiting for... those affordable, USEFUL gifts everyone will appreciate!

Animal Scents Gift Set
Any animal lovers out there? OR Have friends that are animal lovers?
My furry little one is like family to us so I can imagine some of you treat your pet(s) the same. This set includes T-Away oil- specifically for animals- and a yellow squishy ball to play with. 
It gets better- "A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife".

Retail: 31.25
Wholesale: $23.75

2014 Soap Pack
*Cleanse, purify, and soothing to any skin type. These soaps are made from essential oils blends that are Holiday Exclusive. Something your family or friends can relax with. 
3 Pack
Thieves Cleansing Soap
Peppermint-Cedarwood Moisturizing Soap
Valor Moisturizing Soap

Retail: $22.70
Wholesale: $17.25
2015 Wolfberry Tea Gift Set
Set of 2 mugs and a 16 oz bag of Organic NingXia Dried Wolfberries. PLUS a Wolfberry Tea recipe card so you can enjoy yourself and pass along to a friend!
Who doesn't want to share a warm mug of tea in the midst of Holiday celebrations?

Retail: $44.74
Wholesale: $34.00

30 Oil Case
Comes in Blue
Take 30-
Can't get enough of your oils in the 10 case... this one's for you! This is the ideal gift for YL members who like to stay organized and carry their "collection" of oils with them everywhere. 
*DEAL- From October 1-December 31, the 30 Oil case comes with a free 5 ml bottle of peppermint essential oil!

Retail: $49.01
Wholesale: $37.25

10 Oil Case
Comes in 3 colors: Blue, Fuchsia & Green
Take 10- 
With the Holiday season comes traveling for many. Take 10 of your favorite oils with you in a compact and durably case. 

Retail: $21.05
Wholesale: $16.00



Holiday Gift Bags
Can't forget your holiday gifts bags to throw those gifts in! Wrapping made easy!
Includes: 2 Large and 2 Small Young Living bags

Retail: $10.53
Wholesale: $8.00
 

That's not all... Check out the Young Living Holiday & Seasonal Collection page to find all the products. 

Want to become a wholesale member to save on EVERYTHING? Contact me or click here to start!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Let's Talk Saftey

Essential Oils are powerful gifts from the environment that can often be more powerful than predictable. There are many articles about the misuse of essential oils and how harmful they are. It’s not the fact of being harmful, it’s the fact of being misused and misinformed. 

To prevent misusing essential oils and help guarantee you receive the supreme advantage they can provide, it’s important to know the key safety of them. 

“Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, working with Director of Global Education and Health Science Dr. Lindsey Elmore and other product experts on her team, has created this helpful safety guide. Refer to it to learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.”

USAGE FACTS:

1. I’m new to essential oils. How are they used? Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is labeled with direction for how that oil can be used, and these directions vary based on location. Please consult with the product label for appropriate use directions.

2. I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. YL V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure the EOs applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the EO, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, or margarine or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. Some consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of its strong aroma and thick viscosity.

3. What is a hot oil? “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensation. YL recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO to a patch of the skin such as forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction; usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add V-6 carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.

4. What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation? If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using EO, and apply V-6 or other carrier oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuation of these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the EO again, perform a patch test and dilute with carrier oil as needed. Water drives oil into the skin and the eyes. If EO gets in your eye, flush with V-6 carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort. Discomfort should be alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention. Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water. YL suggest that you dilute with carrier oil to ensure that discomfort is alleviated as quickly as possible.

5. Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas? YL recommends that you avoid contact with EOs and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous membranes. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil to 5-10 drops of V-6 carrier oil.

6. How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use? Proper usage is indicated on each EO label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful- start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the EO you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions.

7. Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing? As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you see the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in EO usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive us of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.

8. Can essential oils be used on children? Many EOs are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some YL products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to EO, and use of a carrier oil is recommended. 1-2 drops of EO such as SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby and Peace & Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of feet.

9. How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use? Some EOs, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. All YL EOs and oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12-48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing, dilute and apply the oil to the skin that is protected from the sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensitivity. YL beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.

10. What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with EOs prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).

The usage facts listed above are directly from Young Living's Essential Oil Safety Guide. All rights are reserved to Young Living Essential Oils.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hunting Season

As many know, my husband and I are avid hunters. The time and work put into hunting makes it one of the most rewarding gifts when harvesting a deer. Like we hunted growing up, we use the venison meat harvested to feed our family. It's not a sport, but a way of life.


Nick often reads up on the latest and greatest hunting skills, techniques, best times to hunt and so on. The list could literally go on and on. He recently read an article by Jeff Sturgis called "The Rut Revised". Jeff is from Whitetail Habitat Solutions. This article lead Nick to go about his hunting night in a particular way on September 19, 2015. 

Below is an article written by Gerry Bethge on outdoorlife.com regarding Nick's exciting journey leading to his 216 Wisconsin Whitetail. 




Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Laundry Soap

What about the Laundry Soap? It's pretty spectacular if you ask me. I love the fresh scent and the clothes are nice and clean... oh and it's natural! A whopping 60+ loads come out of this bottle that is smaller than your typical laundry soap bottle. Why not go all natural? #YL #thieveslaundrysoap #allnatural


Dish Soap

Have you tried the new Young Living Dish Soap? 

Check it out!



Friday, September 4, 2015

Aromatherapy- What's it all about?


Aromatherapy
The good & bad

What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is known as the use of pure, organic essential oils, derived from plans and trees; for healing. The word ‘aroma’ gives the illusion of inhaling, but that is false, or only half true. Essential oils can be inhaled, massaged and on occasion taken orally; with specific instructions by a trained professional. Essential Oils are gaining more and more attention as the general public has become more educated about harmful ingredients in several other over-the-counter products. Essential oils have become an alternative ‘solution’ or treatment for infections, stress and other health related problems. Scientific evidence has lacked in all areas of essential oils due to lack of consumer education and the deficiency of government funding- as these are not regulated by any form of government agency (FDA, OSHA, etc.)

What are Essential Oils? “Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.” Young Living is a pure, organic Essential Oil company that has pride in their exclusive seed-to-seal process- guaranteeing nature’s purest essential oils. “Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to a total mind/body wellness they may never have dreamed possible. Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also though cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding nature’s pure essence.” Essential oils are highly concentrated, as they are extracted from roots, leaves, seeds, and flower (blossoms) of plants and trees. Each individual organism contains its own unique mixture of active ingredients- responsible for defining the proper use of that oil.

History- Essential oils have been thought of as a 'fad' by many, but in all honesty the facts don’t lie. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, actually dating back approximately 6,000 years. Ancient Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Indians are all known to have used and continue using them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. They are used for spiritual ceremonies along with everyday spiritual ‘relief’ and relaxation. Hygienically, essential oils are commonly used as a ‘perfume’ itself along with adding to organic lotions and soaps. Therapeutic use is one of the most common uses for essential oils in modern day society.

How’s it work? Many researchers are not completely certain how aromatherapy works. Some experts believe the human sense of smell as the receptors in the human nose communicate with various parts of the brain, serving as a ‘stockroom’ for emotions and memories. This is why particular essential oils are known for aiding in the prevention or treatment of headaches, sores, etc. When someone breaths essential oils in, it is known to stimulate particular parts of the brain- ultimately having an influence physically, emotionally and mental health related. Researches also think the some molecules from essential oils have the capabilities to interact in the blood; with hormones or enzymes.

The Good: Many clinical studies have indicated aromatherapy to be helpful with Alopecia areata (hair loss), Agitation (possibly including agitation related to dementia), Anxiety, Constipation, Insomnia, Pain, Itching and Psoriasis. There are just a few of the common uses studied. As mentioned previously, essential oils have been used for thousands of years, before technology thought for us. They used what they had available and what worked for them. Scientific research is an ongoing process and continues to grow supporting evidence on the power of pure essential oils. 

The Bad:Pregnant women, people with severe asthma, and people with a history of allergies should only use essential oils under the guidance of a trained professional and with full knowledge of your physician. Pregnant women and people with a history of seizures should avoid hyssop oil. People with high blood pressure should avoid stimulating essential oils, such as rosemary and spike lavender. People with estrogen dependent tumors (such as breast or ovarian cancer) should not use oils with estrogen like compounds such as fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary-sage. People receiving chemotherapy should talk to their doctor before trying aromatherapy.” There are just a few examples of what can go ‘bad’ if not used properly.

My Opinion: I am an independent distributor of Young Living, a pure, organic essential oil company that produces hundreds of products world-wide. I truly believe in the power of these oils, as I have seen them used as well as personally ‘used’ them. I say ‘used’ as a general term because I USE them on a daily basis. It is prohibited to advertise, promote, or simply educate on essential oils as a “cure” or “diagnosis” for anything because essential oils have not been regulated by the government (FDA, OSHA, etc.) That being said, you’ll have to see to believe! If you have any specific questions for how I use these oils in my personal life, contact me via email or by using the Contact Form on the home page.

Resources:
Unknown. “About Essential Oils.” Young Living Essential Oils. Web. 4 Aug. 2015. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/guide/about

Ehrlich, Steven D. “Aromatherapy.” University of Maryland Medical Center. VeriMed Healthcare Network, 9 Aug. 2011. Web. 4 Aug. 2015. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Light the Fire

Light the Fire

Sound familiar? It's new! Light the Fire is one of the many 'new' Young Living products right now. This essential oils has a striking combination of rich, earthy, and peaceful aromas. D. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, has specially formulated Light the Fire to have a spicy fragrance that includes several essential oils combined into one. Northern Lights Black Spruce is one of them, which is the first oil to be distilled at the Northern Lights farm in Canada, a new facility. Mastrante and Ocotea are from the Young Living Ecuador farm while Hinoki and Jade Lemon (a personal favorite of mine) are from the Taiwan farm. Nutmeg, Cassia, Canadian Fleabane and Black Pepper are also included in this one of a kind blend. Light the Fire has naturally occurring constitutes just as several other pure, organic Young Living essential oils.

How to Use: Dilute with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (1:4 ratio) and apply morning and night over the heart and legs.

Enjoying Light the Fire: Inhale directly from the bottle, dilute and apply to wrists (inspiring aroma), massage on your feet before bed (dilute with V-6), or diffuse for a room of aroma.


Have you used Light the Fire? Let me know how in the comments below!


Want to win a FREE bottle? Use the Contact Form on the homepage, type “Light the Fire” in the message and click send to enter now! Contest ends September 19 at midnight (12:00 AM CST)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Life Insurance- Things to Know


Life Insurance
It doesn't have to be difficult

As many people who have sought to find life insurance, it is a touchy, difficult, confusing, stressful subject. Life insurance has multiple elements that honestly don’t come to attract interest for many people, such as; the plain boring content, expense, and the many conflicts of interest that ‘could’ arise. That is not to mention the complicated process many people think tags along with shopping for insurance.

Purchasing the ‘correct’ amount of life insurance is one of the most crucial mistakes people make when purchasing life insurance, let along auto, dental or health insurance. It’s not necessary to get the most expensive, best coverage or highest amount possible. It’s crucial to get the best plan that works for you and your family.

“According to the Life Insurance and Market Research Association, more than 30 million Generation X and Y households surveyed reported that they needed more life insurance in 012. One-third of wives own no life insurance at all.” That’s scary! Insurance is a touchy subject for all, and it’s no argument that it should be. If you are interested in insurance, great! If you aren’t, that's fine too. I personally suggest you consider when the time is right for you and your family; because unfortunately accidents do happen and we will never know when and where those will happen. Leaving family without the reassurance can be devastating.

The figures of 1/3 of all wives (surveyed) not having insurance is bewildering. Within that same survey, people confirmed the 'peace of mind' life insurance gave them. As I mentioned before, it is no secret that life insurance can leave a family devastated beyond the death of a loved one. The reassurance plays an acute role in the future of loved one’s after death.

Insurance is no doubt stressful, but confusing to say the least. “LIMRA found that the main reason people don’t buy insurance is because they believe they can’t afford it and they have other financial priorities. However, the survey also showed that consumers seriously overestimate the cost of life insurance by as much as threefold.”

YES, YES, YES! I couldn’t agree more. I had the opportunity to continue my education and learn about insurance, as well as have a 'crazy' mother. I mean that with much love. I love her more than I could ever express, but she is by far more informed that I could ever have dreamed about what life throws at you. As I became a young adult, she explained how much insurance cost and why we had to budget from month to month. I can’t lie, I dreaded the day I had to go out on my own with insurance, taxes, and etcetera. In the meantime, she emphasized the importance of having insurance. Yes, you have to budget but no, it won’t break you. You don’t need to have the biggest, best, and most expensive of everything (I think that was a hint outside of our then insurance based conversation too, if you know what I mean). I get it, I really do now! She instilled that it is not as much money as you think as long as you live within your means and shop around. We all know although we don't all admit, living 'within your means' is widely disoriented in today's society; as teenagers 'cannot' live without hairspray or their cell phones as well as much of society cannot find peace within themselves; but that is when we need to really dig deep and look at what is best for ourselves and our families- now and in the future. That’s right, it’s a little work on your end. It’s okay to make the wrong decision when choosing insurance too. It’s one of those ‘live and learn’ experiences sometimes. “10 percent of consumers were concerned about making the wrong decision and 8 percent simply gave up because of a lack of knowledge about insurance.” If you believe, you will achieve.

Take a look at a few basic steps that may help you find insurance, even through tough times:

-          Do you need insurance?
o   As I mentioned previously, life insurance isn’t right for everyone. It just isn’t. Some people will argue it is, but it’s a personal life choice of each individual. Many young adults without dependents opt to go without life insurance. In the meantime, some young adults that plan to have children dependent on them someday opt to buy insurance young to help guarantee them and their dependents future. (Just make sure you are paying your premiums or it is defrauding the entire concept.) It’s not always true that “you should buy insurance young to lock in your premiums.” As a general rule, insurance premiums are determined by your age, gender and risk classification.
-          There are a couple of way to estimate how much insurance you need.
o   Income Replacement: “This approach considers your age and earnings. It generally produces a higher number than a needs-based approach. You start with your age and determine how many years of income you would need to replace in the event of your death. For example, if you are 40 years old, you might decide to buy insurance that would pay 15 to 20 times your yearly income.” This method can be extremely vague, not modifying to your exact circumstances but works well for many people. 
o   Needs-based: “This approach considers your particular situation and assesses the impact of your death on your dependents. Factors to consider include whether your spouse or partner would continue or start to work, the number of children you have, whether there is a mortgage you want to pay off and the cost of educating your children.” It all depends on your circumstances and your needs. I prefer to look at insurance on a 'needs-based' method, but it does take more time and reflection on your life to get it correct. There are several websites that can aide in calculating the amount of insurance that would benefit you too.
-          Determine the type of insurance you need.
o   Term and Cash value insurance are the two 'most basic' types of insurance. Cash value insurance can also be referred to as 'permanent insurance'. Term has no 'investment component', meaning you basically decide how much coverage you want and the period of time you want to be protected. Term insurance generally has lower premiums than permanent insurance; meaning your monthly payment is less. Just because it’s 'cheaper' up front, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best plan for you. In most cases, people spend the difference in what they pay in premiums and what they would be paying for a different plan on non-necessities (shopping, pleasure, etc.). Meanwhile, those with younger children or those in financial binds, term insurance will provide the most coverage for the lowest premium. “By the end of the term, your need for the insurance may be reduced or eliminated.” Remember, don’t settle; you can shop for insurance on custom insurance company websites to find the best option for you.
o   Permanent insurance (Cash-value) is a bit more confusing, but we can work through it! Personal finance plays a big role when looking into a permanent insurance policy. It can be difficult to understand, but be of excellence at the same time! Be sure to find an insurance 'salesperson' that is willing to explain in detail your policy and all your options. You read that right, you have options! “Some insurance salespeople use its complexity to their advantage and attempt to sell high-commission policies when other policies would be more suitable.” Don’t be alarmed, it’s part of life. There will always be people who only look out for themselves and only themselves as the number 1. Doing a bit of research on insurance companies and their history is a great start to knowing where to start. It doesn’t have to be hours of research; simply google a few companies and look into ratings, history, etcetera. You can narrow it down as you go. Be sure to know what 'you want'. I say that vaguely because you don’t necessarily know what 'you want', but more the simple fact of " I want coverage."“If your annual premium for insurance will be $10,000 a year or more, consider retaining a fee-only insurance advisor, one who doesn’t have any financial stake in your decision.” I personally use Thrivent Financial for my life insurance needs because it works for ME. I personally feel my agent works for me, rather than the other way around. “These advisors can save you far more than their fee, and you can feel more assured their advice is objective and in your best interest.”

Again, shop around! Take a few minutes out of your day to look into what your future may and may not hold. Make goals for yourself, both short and long term. This will help you consider what is best for you and your family as well as what truly molds your personal well-being.




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Article Reference:

Dolin, Daniel. “3 Things You Should Know About Life Insurance” US News Money. US News & World Report LP, 18 February 2014. Web. 02 September 2015. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-smarter-mutual-fund-investor/2014/02/18/3-things-you-should-know-about-life-insurance

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What's New?

Life has been crazy in Wisconsin! Summer throws us rain after rain, hot dry days until the grass is crisp and of course those beautiful summer nights around a campfire. I am still catching up on my blog after a crazy couple of months. I've gotten married, bought a house, made an addition to our family (a puppy), been blessed to stand by one of my best friends as she wed her best friend last weekend, blessed beyond words again to stand by another bestie this weekend and reaching out to October for my brother's wedding! It's been CRAZY to say the least. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and remembering all the little things in life!

Don't forget to make some bug spray for those crisp nights when the mosquitoes come out! See my homemade recipe below!

Nicole's All Natural Insect Repellent

1/2 c. Witch Hazel
8 Drops Young Living Citronella Essential Oil
8 Drops Young Living Lemongrass Essential Oil
6 Drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
1 Drop Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)

Mix all ingredients and disperse into small spray bottles using a funnel. Gently shake before each use to ensure contents are mixed thoroughly. 

*This product is DEET free but not government regulated. Please use at your own risk. 


2015 Starter Kit Pricing



Monday, August 31, 2015

September PV Deals


September 1-30, 2015

"All about Dad"

ALL MEMBERS
190 PV: 5 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
250 PV: 5 ml Dream Catcher Essential Oil plus above oil
300 PV: MegaCal 450g plus above oils
400 PV: DewDrop Diffusser, 15 ml Myrtle Essential Oil, 5 ml Forgiveness Essential Oil Blend plus above products/oils

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE: NingXia Chrome

ESSENTIAL REWARDS MEMBERS 
190 PV: 5ml PanAway Essential Oil & 5 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
250 PV: 5ml Dream Catcher Essential Oil plus above oils
300 PV: MegaCal 450g plus above oils
400 PV: DewDrop Diffusser, 15 ml Myrtle Essential Oil, 5 ml Forgiveness Essential Oil Blend plus above products/oils

OFFER DETAILS: all deals valid September 1-30. Limit of 1 free DewDrop Diffuser, Myrtle, Forgiveness, MegaCal, Dream Catcher and Peppermint per Standard Oil. Limit one free DewDrop Diffuser, Myrtle, Forgiveness, MegaCal, Dream Catcher, PanAway and Peppermint per Essential Rewards order. No limit per member of the Buy One, Get One Free NingXia Chrome promotion. If any of these items become unavailable, Young Living may replace promotional products with equivalent products with similar values. PV must be reached in a single order. partial orders placed throughout the qualifying month cannot be combined to receive the offer. PV is not earned on free products. Single orders over 190, 250, 300 or 400 PV do not earn duplicate rewards. Offer does not apply when ordering using ER points. Offer is available to all Young Living members or Retail Customers. Contact your Young Living distributor today to order




Thursday, August 27, 2015

Toxins: Laundry Detergent... Just A Start

I recently read an article posted by a fellow Young Living user. It is a great article in regards specifically to "Natural" vs. "Organic". Young Living produces pure, organic products; never using synthetics or chemicals to "enhance" profitability or power.

Please continue to read the article below, as it give valuable information that could benefit your family.




Grapefruit

GRAPEFRUIT

Grapefruit essential oils has a natural limonene. It is a delightful way to enhance the flavor of many desserts and especially water. My husband is a true advocate for the water. His favorite "concoction" is Grapefruit essential oil and Lemon essential oil; with the occasional Citrus Fresh, Orange and Lime essential oils mixed in!

Grapefruit is also one of the main ingredients in Young Living Slique Essence and Power Meal. Made from the rind of Grapefruit, this is a must try if you haven't already enjoyed the refreshing scent and/or taste!













Northern Lights Black Spruce

Splash into the history of Young Living before they are gone!

D. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, has been invested in developing black spruce and other oil-producing tree farms for some time. Northern Lights Black Spruce comes from a farm in British Columbia, Canada. The Northern Lights Black Spruce 1st Distillation edition is only available in limited quantities; and while supplies last! It includes Black Spruce essential oil and essential water from the 1st distillation. It also includes a numbered certificated of authenticity to prove it's worth and a  commemorative booklet of D. Gary Young's first encounters with black spruce.

WAIT! When you purchase the Northern Lights Black Spruce 1st Distillation edition, you will also receive an additional 5-ml bottle of Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil for FREE! Don't wait, it's worth the rush.


Contents:
Northern Lights Black Spruce 1st Distillation- Essential Oil (10-ml)
Northern Lights Black Spruce 1st Distillation- Raw Essential Water (Distillate; 53-ml)
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Commemorative book
FREE Northern Lights Black Spruce- Essential Oil (5-ml)


Friday, August 21, 2015

The Power of Thieves

As we all know, chemical cleaners are hard on the nose and eye. What do you think they do to the inside of our body once we breath them in? Many over the counter cleaners are filled with strong chemicals and disinfectants that pose heath risks for people of all ages, let along our pets. Once those chemicals are washed down the drain, do you think if where they go? It's actually not hard to find out; as they often contaminate our waterways and the soil beneath our feet. It is hard to pick out the "most toxic" of them all, but drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners are among some of the worst; along with chlorinated disinfectants, mildew removers, wood and metal polishes and your basic ammonia and bleach disinfectants.

The most important thing to consider when looking for cleaning products is to read the labels. Manufactures are not required to disclose "all" the ingredients in their cleans. (of course!) Every chemical has a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). I am honored to have learned in detail about MSDS papers and their significance having earned my cosmetology degree. For those who don't know much about them, they are specifically designed to provide detailed information about a particular product which is to include chemical properties, physical and health hazards, routes of exposure, precautions for safe handling and use, emergency and first-aide procedures. That's just a start of the information MSDS papers may provide. You can obtain free MSDS papers online at http://www.msds.com/.

As mentioned earlier, bleach (chlorine bleach to be specific) can become very dangerous. It commonly causes irritation to the lungs as well as causing burns and burning sensations to the eyes and skin. Did I mentioned how harmful chlorine is to the environment? When released into the air or water, it can combine with organic compounds and other chemicals, harming plans and animal life; let alone the land our food and water is being produced from.

So what's the solution? All Natural! Thieves Household Cleaner (TC) is a staple in our household. I never run out and use on a daily basis, especially with a dog running around! It seems hard to believe, but Thieves Household Cleaner is 100% all natural and non-toxic. TC is 100% plant and mineral based; made from vegetable-based surfactants, Biodegradable cutting agents, and organic Thieves and Lemon Essential Oils; the highest quality and purity essential oils.

I always thought I'd never be able to keep up with Thieves, because to the naked eye, it seems pretty expensive. I bit the bullet and purchased my first bottle a couple of years ago. That is when I realized 1. you don't use but 1 part TC to 30 parts water. Yep, you read it right! I use so little when mixing that it lasts. When breaking down a 64 oz bottle of TC, it equals about 128 all-purpose 30 oz spray bottles for 88 cents a bottle. Can you get an ALL NATURAL cleaner for that price anywhere else?

You can essentially save even more money with wholesale pricing. A wholesale membership equals out to 67 cents per bottle. As for other Young Living products, you receive 24% off every product, every oil, every time you purchase... for a lifetime! Visit the How to sign up! page to find out more about becoming a member and what it all entails.


DILUTION RATIOS
-All-Purpose Cleaning: 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner (most common ratio)
-Heaving Degreasing: 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
-Light Degreasing: 60 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
-Glass & Windows: 50-100 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner

20 Ways to Clean Your Home with Thieves Household Cleaner #essentialoils #naturalcleaning - DontMesswithMama.com

Ways to use Thieves Household Cleaner

1. Floors
2. Walls
3. Pantries
4. Vanities
5. Light fixtures
6. Kitchen appliances
7. Cabinets
8. Sinks
9. Trash cans
10. Counter tops
11. Toilets
12. Showers
13. Windows
14. Grout
15. Vents
16. Tile
17. Toys
18. Exercise equipment
19. Carpet cleaner (mix 1 capful of TC with about  cups of water and add to carpet or steam cleaner.)
20. Stain remover (dilute with a little water, apply to stain and gently scrub)