{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!

{home is essential} mother’s day essentials

Oh, how I wish I had known about Young Living Essential Oils when I was a new mom…or when I was pregnant! Last week I hosted a Facebook class on Essential Oils for Baby and Mom-to-be and there are so many good oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit that promote wellness while you are pregnant and when you have a new baby!Seriously, there are so many ways to spoil a new mom-to-be, or your own mom,  with Young Living…As a reminder, if you sign up with a Premium Starter Kit in May, you will also get a 15-ml bottle of Tangerine! Tangerine is one of the oils in a mood boosting diffuser blend that was included in the Baby and Mama class I hosted on Facebook last week…Check back here often, as I will be sharing a few more tips and recipes for Baby and Mama before Mother’s Day!

{home is essential} MAY 2017

May is the perfect time to show the women in your life some extra love and young living has some awesome opportunities to do just that with some incredible promotions that are worth sharing with your boss, parent, daughter, or anyone you feel makes a difference!

WOO-HOO!!

Young Living is offering its first enrollment promo in months…

May 1–31, Young Living is offering new members a free 15-ml bottle of Tangerine essential oil when they enroll with a Premium Starter Kit.* With its sweet, sunny aroma, Tangerine is the perfect introduction to how Young Living essential oils can brighten your life!If you join Young Living in May with the Premium Starter Kit, you will receive a FREE TANGERINE ESSENTIAL OIL!!

May PV promotions…

In addition to the awesome enrollment promotion, Young Living has some pretty amazing PV promotions for May! It always love to place an order

and get such incredible freebies!

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:

 

    • 5-ml Valor®: Known for its empowering aroma, Valor is perfect for strong women everywhere. With Black Spruce, Geranium, and Camphor Wood, Valor has a spicy-sweet and grounding aroma that’s made it a YL favorite.
    • AgilEase™: With a long list of to-dos, busy women are often on the go. Give the gift of easy movement to loved ones or yourself! AgilEase supports joint health and reduces inflammation, so it’s easier to keep up.*
    • 5-ml Manuka: Also known as New Zealand Tea Tree, Manuka is great for women looking for natural skin care solutions. Use its beautifying properties to support healthy-looking skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
    • 5-ml Ravintsara: Know a yoga-loving lady? Ravintsara has a clean, crisp aroma that’s popular in meditation and spiritual practices. Its Eucalyptus-like scent is perfect for creating a clear headspace before or after a busy day.
    • 5-ml Jade Lemon™: Jade Lemon’s sweet, uplifting, and lemon-lime scent makes it truly unique, just like the women in your life. It can be diffused to create an inviting space or simply worn on its own as a signature scent.
    • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 15-ml Citronella: A relative of Lemongrass, Citronella has a slightly citrus scent that’s made it popular in perfumes and cosmetics. Share it with your free-spirited friend or family member to support her bright, fresh take on life.
    • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Orange Vitality™: Use Orange Vitality to give a lucky lady a surprise treat. This oil easily enhances water, juice, and smoothies and upgrades breakfast in bed with citrusy-sweet pancakes, waffles, or yogurt!

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.

May 2017 Young Living Monthly Promotion

100PV

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

190PV

  • 5ml Jade Lemon
  • 15ml Citronella – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Orange Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 5ml Ravintsara
  • 5ml Jade Lemon
  • 15ml Citronella – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Orange Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • AgilEase
  • 5ml Manuka
  • 5ml Ravintsara
  • 5ml Jade Lemon
  • 15ml Citronella – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Orange Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

340PV

  • 5ml Valor!!!
  • AgilEase
  • 5ml Manuka
  • 5ml Ravintsara
  • 5ml Jade Lemon
  • 15ml Citronella – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Orange 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.