Monday Morning Wake Up.

I like Monday morning.  I like Monday.

I like Friday too, but I don’t count it down or super celebrate  Hump Day every Wednesday.

If you’re waking up today and dreading the work week ahead, it may be time for you to take another look at your career (and your priorities).

I’ve discovered two of my passions in this working world.

#1 I teach 5-year olds.  Kindergarten kiddos are my career; they are my reason to look forward to Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday…) and snow days.  :)

#2 I teach people how to maintain their healthy lifestyle.  I share Young Living essential oils.

If you have found your passion, your calling, your WHY…  make sure you thank God for that every single day.

Be sure to thank Him even more on the hard days … that’s when he’s helping you grow.

You can grow to anticipate the week ahead.

Do you realize how many people are waking up on this Monday morning dreading the day (the 5 days) ahead?

Do you know how many people back their car into that parking spot just so they can pull out of work as fast as possible?

If you’re not doing what you love every single day, take a day off this week and begin to think about how you would like to wake up on  Monday morning.

Make a plan.  Set a goal.  Follow through.  Find your passion.  Change your Monday morning.

I have been blessed to be able to put my passion and my career into an amazing 7-day work week;  I am grateful for finding my passions; I just happen to get paid to follow those passions.

It’s not called work when passion drives you.  It’s not work when you have a purpose.

It’s not work when you pull face first into that parking spot.

Comment below if you'd like to try one of these essential oil infused wake up tools!  I will choose 1 name from the comments and gift that person a Young Living product!

Comment below if you’d like to try one of these essential oil infused wake up tools! I will choose 1 name from the comments and gift that person a Young Living product!

Make this Monday morning your wake up call.

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Fan by Marriage

I married a Boston fanatic and I suddenly became one of them (minus the fanatic part).

I wear that hat, I sing the Neal Diamond song, and I don’t complain when that time of year comes around and my our t.v. is occupied by highly paid men playing a game.

So, the hat.

I wear it when we (my husband the fanatic and I)  go to local baseball games, family picnics, and basically any sports event where there might be a Yankee fan (or two).

Mostly, I wear the hat when I’m too lazy to wash my hair.

You know those Saturdays when you have to run to the grocery store but hope you see no one you know?

You throw a hat on while planning to avoid eye contact with those people who actually did shower.

That’s the plan.

Not true with a Red Sox hat.  You can hide under that hat.

I stopped at the post office before the grocery store.  I held the door open for a gentleman in front of me; he smiled smirked and said, “Thanks.  In spite of that hat.”

Next stop before I brave the grocery store?  The book return at the downtown library.  I park the car and head to the book drop only to be accompanied by an apparent Yankee fan.  “Awwww!  Hope you were reading up on converting.”  (Enter 2nd smirk).

So, at Wegmans I find a friend.  The guy behind the pizza bar greets me with a pretty long story about how he spent his birthday at the game where Pedro’s number was retired.   He assumed I knew what he was talking about (vs being a fan by marriage) so I just acted very impressed.

And I smiled; no smirk needed.

Boston fans do that.

The curse of hat head.

The curse of hat head.

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I don’t want to be part of an experiment.

I don’t have grandchildren (yet).

I am looking ahead to that time in my life when and if it comes.

I am not daydreaming about buying cute outfits, stocking up on Christmas gifts, or even collecting classic storybooks for any grandchildren.

What I am doing is my research and what I’m discovering doesn’t always come with a storybook ending.

When I raised my children, I didn’t know how many choices I had. I didn’t know how much responsibility I had to educate myself to better care for them.

I just listened to the experts and thought that anyone who questioned the ‘norm’ was simply a crunchy mom with too much time on her hands.
Now, I know better and I plan to do better.  For them.

I now know there are choices. We do have choices.

I’m doing my research; I’m keeping my eyes open.

Keep the Faith. Ask questions. Trust your instincts.

Do the research.

Do the research.



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Take a look… then look a little closer.

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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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