Got too Much on Your Plate?

Think Outside the Box.  via~  Debra Raybern and Lauren Bretz

Think Outside the Box. via~ Debra Raybern and Lauren Bretz

“DiGize™ is one of Young Living’s exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils, and includes naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen.”

Ask me about Digize.   Ask me about Young Living.

Want to try it for free?

Want to try it for free?

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Brown Sugar Peppermint Scrub


Easy mid-day wake up!

Originally posted on Abundant Health Blog:

After a long day at home or at the office, treat yourself to a relaxing foot or hand bath with this Brown Sugar Peppermint Scrub! The scrub is so easy to make, and it makes a great gift for friends and family members or a great project for a make-and-take essential oils class.


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…one unusual source of contamination was the hair dryer?

“While leaking gas, frayed power cords, and garbage disposal mishaps continue to plague users of appliances, automated domestic assistance used to be more dangerous—a lot more dangerous. Take a look at some products no one but a personal injury lawyer would still endorse.”

Read more herehouseworkkillyou.

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When Life Hands you a Lemon, Make an Oil.

My grocery list is shrinking!
The first store-bought item to get crossed off?  Those netted bags of lemons that used to fill my shopping bags, challenge my biceps, and cover my kitchen counter.
 lemon peel
When I wasn’t buying them in bulk, I was buying 4 of those yellow yummies for $5.00 a pop!   :(   They often went bad before I had time to wash them, slice them up, pick out the seeds…and toss away the best part.
The best part?
The rind!  Did you know, “…wait, wait, wait, THAT lemon PEEL contains even more nutrients, vitamins, and health benefits than the lemon juice?”
Too much work?  Don’t want to eat the peel?
Want to scratch those netted fruits of your grocery list?  Want a fruit that doesn’t go bad?
Here’s a healthy, economical solution:
Young Living Lemon Essential Oil; no lemon of a deal at all!  ;)
Because it’s Young Living, you can rely on their ‘Seed to Seal’ guarantee.  Use that oil right from the bottle, just like you would a lemon that you sliced up and dropped in your glass of water!  I wake up with fresh lemon water every single morning; no seeds floating in my sleeveless water bottle!
Economical?  Oh Yes!
Young Living Essential oils don’t ‘go bad’.  There is nothing in that bottle of lemon, except LEMON oil; it has a not-stop shelf life.  I tuck that bottle of lemon in my bag every morning; pop one drop in my water throughout the workday.
One drop is allll you need (trust me, I’m an extremist who learned you only need ONE drop), hence the economical part.
In a 15ml bottle of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil, you will have over 250 drops of liquid lemon (from the RIND)!   THAT’s the best part, remember?
When you add this oil to your collection of household staples, you can count on shaving $11.25 off that grocery bill.
Invest in your health before you tote another bag of netted lemons home from Walmart Super Center.
If you’re ready to make that investment, or if you want more information on Young Living Essential Oils, contact me at
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Get Uncomfortable.

“Comfort is what keeps people mediocre.”

Do any of us know what we can possibly do if we weren’t so afraid to fail?

It's okay to fall. It's okay to fail.

It’s okay to fall. It’s okay to fail.

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Daring to Grow up.


When they are little, we get an occasional glimpse of their independence.  They want to pour their own cereal.  They want to pick out their own clothes.  They want to cross the street without holding your hand.

When they are little, we dream for them.

Then, just as it should be they cross that street without you, they dream their own dreams… and they make their own plans.

As I watch my daughters grow, I continue to be in awe of their fearless independence, their adventurous spirit, and their daring ability to make a difference in this world.

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free    

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How To Make Non-Toxic Homemade Deodorant

Brittany Ostebo, thank you for your recipe, your research, and your easy-to-follow directions!

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It’s not about the smell.

Originally posted on Tuesday2's Blog:

via Google Images via Google Images I have an addictive personality.

I know this because my daughter, Allie told me so.

I also know this because I’m on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest more than I am on my feet.

My latest obsession? My interest in oil spills.

More specifically, Young Living Essential Oils.

I was first lured by the scent.

However, “…to be perfectly honest, some of them may not smell good to you at all. The fact is, an essential oil should most often smell like the plants they are distilled from, and if they don’t you have a problem. If the peppermint oil you are using smells like a candy cane, ask yourself what a peppermint plant smells like in nature.

NOT like candy, right? If it does then the “essential oil” you are using has most definitely been adulterated somehow, and I wouldn’t recommend using it for therapeutic purposes.” Read…

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But you don’t look that old on the outside?

Old souls and young souls.

Sometimes they are housed in bodies that disguise their true age.

Wisdom talks through wrinkles.  Wisdom shines through the toothless grins of those fearless five-year-olds inside every kindergarten classroom.

There’s a quote that speaks of wisdom on the faded brick façade of the elementary school that my daughters attended.

I remember the feel of the classic blackboard, the smell of the dusty chalk, the beauty of the now sealed up fireplace, and squeak of the wooden floor boards that gave lasting character to George Washington Elementary school.

I remember the teachers even more vividly.

What I don’t remember vividly, is the exact wording of the quote on the front of the school.  I do remember what it meant to me.

Isn’t that what learning is all about?  It’s not what people (or quotes) actually say that makes a difference, it’s how they make you feel.  That’s what we remember.

That’s what we hope to learn from.

I teach kindergarten, I work with fascinating 5yr- olds.  I’ve also worked in a nursing home, working with fascinating 95yr- olds.

They are the same.  Really.  Souls that hold wisdom.  Housed in different bodies.

timeWe just need to learn to listen to both of them.

That quote on my daughter’s elementary school?


It was something like this…

“Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.”   -William Cowper


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No Soap for Me!

I don’t look through the Sunday paper for a BOGO sale on Zzzquil anymore.  I know the label says ‘non-habit forming’.    I also know I relied on it every. single. night.

No one in our home has a prescription for Ambien anymore.  Even if the doctor did continue to offer it.  Cedarwood and Vetiver sit on the nightstand.

I don’t buy hand soap with Triclosan; I make my own using Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap and Thieves essential oil; it’s less expensive too!   Here is just one recipe.

You won’t find chemical laden products like Lysol, bleach, or Scrubbing Bubbles in my cleaning bucket.  Thieves Household Cleaner is my all-purpose solution.  Oh!  …and you don’t need to wear gloves when you use this non-chemical cleaning product; it’s actually good for you AND your home.

I’ve discovered ‘natural chemicals’ with no side effects… only lasting benefits.

” One species of essential oil can provide a wide array of health benefits as it contains a combination of many types of these natural chemicals. Lavender can relax your mind and improve skin tone, for example.

Frankincense can combat depression and help ulcers. The great thing about them is that there are no side effects. Just side benefits. Learning how to use them takes time. Every oil is different and provides different therapeutic benefits. They can be used in a variety of ways: topically, internally or diffused.

Referred to as mother nature’s original medicine, they can also help regenerate, oxygenate and strengthen our immune system. Essential oils assist in setting the body to help itself.

They do not cover up problems of an underlying disease or health problem. Using essential oils daily to promote health is a great way to integrate natural solutions in to your lifestyle.”   quote via Athlete Wellness.

Read the rest of this article on the Therapeutic benefits of just one of the 11 oils that come in the Young Living Starter kit.  Take a look here.

I’m not a doctor with a medical background, I don’t claim to heal, treat, or diagnose.  I’m a mom, a wife, and I’m a kindergarten teacher.

If you’d like more information about Young Living Essential Oils, I’m happy to share what I know; I use them in my daily life for both my physical health and my emotional well-being.

Reach out to me via my blog or my email: and I will gift you a small token from the Oily World.

I feel just as strongly about the soap.

I feel just as strongly about the soap.

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