{home is essential} AUGUST 2017

Summer is coming to a close, and school is just around the corner. Whether you’re sad to see the sunny season go or happy to have the structure of school back in your life, August’s PV promotion has everything you need to make a smooth transition.

Place your qualifying order and you’ll get favorites such as Citrus Fresh™ and Lemon Vitality™ in addition to five essential oils from our KidScents® collection!

AUGUST PV promotions…

As a reminder about how the monthly promotions work, if your order reaches one of the PV levels (100, 190, 250, 300PV, or 340PV), you will receive all the items at that level for FREE!  For example, with a single 340PV order in May, all the following will ship FREE with your order:

 

300 PV
Retail Value: $266.46

  • 5-ml KidScents Essential Oils: Get a great start to the school season with help from five of our KidScents essential oils. Use GeneYus™, TummyGize™, SleepyIze™, Owie™, and SniffleEase™to help you take on anything the school year may bring.
  • 15-ml Clarity™: With an earthy blend of Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon, and more, this oil’s aroma helps invite a feeling of clarity and alertness. Diffuse it while studying, sending off emails, or checking other items off your to-do list.
  • 15-ml Citrus Fresh™: School is important, but kids still need to have fun! Diffuse this bright, cheerful blend—made with Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint—during play time when homework is done.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Envision™: Got big dreams for the future? Chase them with help from the inviting and invigorating aroma of Envision! It uses Black Spruce, Orange, Lavender, and more to stimulate feelings of creativity and resourcefulness.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Lemon Vitality™: After-school snacks are an important part of every kid’s day. Use Lemon Vitality to whip up fast, fresh treats like lemon-infused fruit dip or citrus smoothies!

The best way to place orders is with Essential Rewards which is Young Living’s optional monthly autoship program, where you earn up to 25% back on your monthly orders!  You also receive less expensive shipping AND the “ER Exclusive” items that are part of the monthly promotion if your order reaches at least the 100 or 190PV level.  You can read more about Essential Rewards here.

august 2017 Young Living Monthly Promotion

100PV

If you order at least 100PV through the Essential Rewards program in August, you will get a FREE 5ml Lemon Vitality essential oil!

190PV

  • 15ml Citrus Fresh
  • 5ml Envision – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Lemon Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 15ml Clarity
  • 15ml Citrus Fresh
  • 5ml Envision – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Lemon Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • 5ml Kidscents Essential OIls: GeneYus, TummyGize, SleeyIze, Owie, and SniffleEase
  • 15ml Clarity
  • 15ml Citrus Fresh
  • 5ml Envision – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Lemon Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

Essential oils are a fantastic way to start swapping the toxins OUT of your home and using a much safer alternative.  If you are ready to make the change and get started with essential oils, the Young Living Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started! It is the only item that is 50% off and gets you started with essential oils and oil-infused products.

And, that’s not all…

You can now use PayPal to pay for your Premium Starter Kit and any other Young Living orders!

one last thing…

You no longer need to give Young Living your Social Security number to sign up as a Wholesale Member! If you have waited to become a member because you did not feel comfortable sharing that personal information, now is your time to do it!

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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{milestones} the little guy is ten

ten.

TEN.

10!

the little guy is not so little anymore.

don’t let his tough exterior fool you, he is incredibly caring and tenderhearted. he might like to play lacrosse, ride BMX bikes, and do all kinds of other crazy stuff, but he is sensitive to others needs and very loyal to his family and friends.

it’s really hard for me to put into words what an incredibly amazing person he is. i really enjoy spending time with him. he is one of my very favorite people. i love him to pieces.

i took a walk down memory lane of the last ten years with him in our lives. it has been filled to the brim, and many times is overflowing, with love, fun, challenges, and success. i cannot wait to see what the next 10 years brings.

as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so these photos should say many thousands…you can click on the photos below to scroll through them individually.

also, scroll all the way to the bottom to see the answers to the questions i try to ask him every year around his birthday.

i asked him some questions this morning to give us an idea of what he likes at ten…

  • favorite color:  purple and chrome
  • favorite toy:  fidget spinner
  • favorite t.v. show:  battle bots
  • favorite game:  destiny (ps4)
  • favorite snack:  flavor blasted goldfish
  • favorite animal:  turtle
  • favorite holiday:  my birthday
  • favorite book:  big nate
  • favorite song:  where are you now by justin bieber and jack ü
  • what do you take to bed:  stormy, his black puppy
  • favorite food:  bailey’s burgers
  • favorite thing to do outside:  go to the skate park
  • what do you want to be when you grow up:  law enforcement, preferably SWAT team
  • what are you most grateful for:  my family
  • favorite part of the day:  night time
  • what makes you happy:  food
  • what are you scared of:  spiders
  • what makes me special:  good with technology

home is…double digits!

{home is essential} it’s a lifestyle

young living just launched the most amazing new products and i am so excited to share them with you, but i also want to share a little bit about my own story of how i got here…

over 20 years ago, i received a degree in environmental studies from the university of colorado in boulder. during those four years i learned about public policy and planning related to the environment. i learned about the synthetic chemicals that man has created that are causing autoimmune diseases, cancer, birth defects, and much more in animals and humans.

when i was 25, i went back to school for interior design and became passionate about green design and healthy, environmentally friendly interiors.

when i was 30, we moved to oregon and i focused on helping my coworkers and others in the industry learn about green design.

when i was 32, i had our first child and decided to stay at home with my baby. it was the hardest decision i have ever made because i was so passionate about interior design and wanted to further my career in in creating healthy, environmentally friendly interiors. by 35, i was home with two kiddos and they were keeping me super busy!

in 2014, i bought my young living starter kit when both of my kids were coming home from school with yucky germs. i wanted thieves to boost their wellness!

guess what? i got more than essential oils when i bought that starter kit.

i found a lifestyle and a passion to help others create a healthy, family friendly, and environmentally friendly home and life of their own!

the truth is, not everybody can afford to build an environmentally friendly home from the ground up, but we can choose what products we introduce into our home and put into and on the bodies of our children and ourselves.

honestly, i still have a huge passion for interior design and i will be happy to help clients source environmentally friendly, recycled, handmade, and vintage options for their homes, but you can bet that i will also introduce them to the young living products that they can use in their home to further enhance a healthy, environmentally friendly lifestyle!


last month, young living broke ground on a new world headquarters…

“The world-class building was designed to complement Young Living’s philosophy of living harmoniously with nature. The flowing, organic design enhances a sense of community, connectivity, and communication, with a focus on green initiatives throughout the indoor and outdoor designs.”

young living is an amazingly thoughtful company dedicated to providing safe products for our homes and family, and is committed to the environment. you can join me on this family friendly and environmentally friendly adventure by going to home is essential!

{you can also learn more by following the adventure over on instagram!}

{in the garden} early june 2017

we  harvested {when i say “we” it was really lorelai and ryan} our first strawberries yesterday. they are a few weeks later than usual due to our LONG winter.

we got a late start on the gardening season this year due to weather. we had record rain and wet until just a few weeks ago. it was a LONG winter here in the pacific northwest.

our resident veggie gardener, ryan, also had knee surgery in march. he was in a full leg brace until late april/early may which limited his mobility and ability to really get down in the dirt!

ryan got the dirt turned and put tomatoes, kale, edamame, garlic and onions in the ground.

the strawberries and blueberries come back every year, so they were already going strong…just a bit delayed due to our LONG winter.

we will be adding a few other plants in the coming weeks, but i wanted to share a quick tour that i posted to my instagram stories!

we go all organic with our gardening…like bat guano, dead fish, chicken poop organic. as i mentioned in the video, we also have a resident snake…she/he and their offspring have lived in our rock wall for years and really keep a lot of the pests away {slugs, etc}.

we hadn’t seen the snake yet this year and i was afraid that the winter had been unkind to it…did i mention our LONG winter?!

sometime after ryan and lorelai picked strawberries, the snake shed it’s skin in the garden. the full skin was just nestled up in the strawberries when we returned from a family walk/bike ride yesterday.

we found the snake snuggled up in the rocks after we found the skin. i’m not a snake person, but i am happy to have a snake eating the pests in my garden because i am not going to spray chemicals on the garden to keep pests away!

although we garden organically, we still need to wash yucky stuff off of our fruits and vegetables and we use thieves fruit and veggie spray for that purpose. just spray it on, let it sit, and rinse.

hoping to share more of our garden as it grows. since we were gone most of last summer i missed our garden and backyard posts, so i am excited to get back to them this summer!

you can also see more garden posts on instagram at #homeisinthegarden and #ourfrontyardsuburbanfarm

home is…in the garden 2017!

 

{home is essential} JUNE 2017

With longer days and school breaks, it’s the perfect time to get out of town.

Whether you’re traveling across the country or sticking with something local, take on your summer trips with June’s PV promotion.

It’s full of on-the-go, travel-friendly products—including En-R-Gee™ and NingXia Nitro®—to help you stay moving!

JUNE PV promotions…

As a reminder about how the monthly promotions work, if your order reaches one of the PV levels (100, 190, 250, 300PV, or 340PV), you will receive all the items at that level for FREE!  For example, with a single 340PV order in May, all the following will ship FREE with your order:

300 PV Value*
Retail Value: $213.16

  • 15-ml En-R-Gee: En-R-Gee has a spicy, uplifting aroma and is made with herbaceous oils such as Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Balsam Fir. Use it for a refreshing aroma on the road, during long layovers, or while sightseeing.
  • NingXia Nitro®: Don’t let the afternoon slump slow down your adventure! Infused with essential oils, green tea extract, Korean ginseng, and D-ribose, NingXia Nitro supports alertness and cognitive fitness.**
  • 5-ml AromaEase™: Use the calming scent of AromaEase to unwind during the stress of planning and packing. It includes oils such as Peppermint, Spearmint, and Ginger for a refreshing, uplifting aroma.
  • 15-ml Cypress: Hit the road with the herbaceous aroma of Cypress. Diffuse it in the car to create a secure, grounded environment, or apply it to the wrists, nape of the neck, and temples while you’re taking a moment to refresh and refocus at pit stops.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 15-ml Patchouli: Revive travel-worn skin with the nourishing benefits of Patchouli. Dilute with a neutral moisturizer and store in your purse, backpack, or carry-on to replenish hydration lost on long flights.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Spearmint Vitality™: Been in the car, taxi, or plane too long? Add Spearmint Vitality to your water to stay hydrated and support normal digestion with its minty-sweet taste!**

The best way to place orders is with Essential Rewards which is Young Living’s optional monthly autoship program, where you earn up to 25% back on your monthly orders!  You also receive less expensive shipping AND the “ER Exclusive” items that are part of the monthly promotion if your order reaches at least the 100 or 190PV level.  You can read more about Essential Rewards here.

June 2017 Young Living Monthly Promotion

100PV

If you order at least 100PV through the Essential Rewards program in June, you will get a FREE 5ml Spearmint Vitality essential oil!

190PV

  • 15ml Cypress
  • 15ml Patchouli – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Spearmint Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 5ml Aroma Ease
  • 15ml Cypress
  • 15ml Patchouli – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Spearmint Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • Ningxia Nitro
  • 15ml En-R-Gee
  • 5ml Aroma Ease
  • 15ml Cypress
  • 15ml Patchouli – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Spearmint Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

Essential oils are a fantastic way to start swapping the toxins OUT of your home and using a much safer alternative.  If you are ready to make the change and get started with essential oils, the Young Living Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started! It is the only item that is 50% off and gets you started with essential oils and oil-infused products.

And, that’s not all…

You can now use PayPal to pay for your Premium Starter Kit and any other Young Living orders!

one last thing…

You no longer need to give Young Living your Social Security number to sign up as a Wholesale Member! If you have waited to become a member because you did not feel comfortable sharing that personal information, you can do it!

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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refreshing reveal

last year at this time we were packing up our entire house and getting ready for a big refresh of our spaces.

i never really got around to blogging about the updates, and I have really missed blogging, so i thought i would jump right back into it with posts about the updates we made in our home!

if you’ve followed my blog for years, then you have already seen the transformation of our kitchen BEFORE last summer…if you’re new, you can jump to this post to see where we came from.


2008…

9-kitchen 2-2008

4-kitchen 2-2008

12-kitchen 2-2008

2-kitchen 2-2008


fast forward to twenty-sixteen…

1-kitchen 2-2016

4-kitchen 2-2016

5-kitchen 2-2016

7-kitchen 2-2016


and, here is the PRESENT…

we didn’t change the layout.

we didn’t buy new cabinets.

we kept our appliances.

we didn’t change the lighting.

what did we change?!

i’ll tell you in my next post…stay tuned.

home is…finally revealing our refresh.

#laxmom

wow.

it was a LONG, cold, wet winter here in the pacific northwest, but i think we are finally out of the worst of it and spring is FINALLY here!

spring around here means lacrosse season.

reece is playing and ryan is coaching.

lorelai and i love to watch.

when they have home games {and it’s not a downpour} we bring odyssey along with us. he is the perfect lax dog.

luckily, only two of the games have been in a miserable downpour…there’s no such thing as a rainout in lacrosse!

it sure has been fun to watch this team play!

home is…loving being a #laxmom!