{wellness wednesday} mother nature and mother nurture

i have had a little one home with me all week.

i am so thankful to be able to easily make the choice to have them home with me when they are not feeling well. and, while i may not get the things done that i normally would do while they are at school, i don’t have to take a personal day or worry about getting a sub when they need to be home. what a blessing.i have been topically applying snifflease to her chest and thieves on her back. RC and raven have been in the diffuser. snuggles, christmas movies, snacks, and plenty of fluids all day long.

no toxins.

no chemicals.

just mother nature and mother nurture at our house.

essential oils are not going to keep our kids from staying home from school once in a while, but they will help support their bodies systems to get back above the wellness line.

if you are interested in finding out more about how to support your body and keep your family above the wellenss line, leave a comment or contact me!



{mindful monday} each moment


[mahyndfuh l]

  1. attentive, aware, or careful
  2. noting or relating to the psychological technique of mindfulness


  1. the quality or state of being mindful
  2. the practice of maintaining a nonjudgemental state of heightened or complete awarenesss of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis

through my yin yoga practice over the last few years i have truly learned mindfulness. in those minutes, in that hour, i can truly focus on my breath while thoughts come into and out of my mind without judgement of myself or others.

in those moments i feel whole, confident, and content.

when i miss those practices because i let other things get in the way i feel it in all aspects of my life.

however, i should not let missing those yoga classes affect my mindfulness practice…mindfulness can be practiced without yoga.

mindfulness can be practiced every day.

each moment.

as best you can.


{home is essential} DECEMBER 2017

No humbugs here!

The glow of twinkling lights, flickering candles, and beaming faces has us in a holly jolly mood, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite seasonal products for December’s PV promotion.

Fill your home with the festive scent of Northern Lights Black Spruce, infuse holiday baking with Nutmeg Vitality™, and treat yourself to the grounding benefits of Sacred Frankincense™!

december PV promotions…

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

300 PV

Retail Value: $219

  • 15-ml Sacred Frankincense*Distilled from the Boswellia sacra frankincense tree, Sacred Frankincense helps take your meditation or spiritual environment to a higher level, while its connection to the holidays makes it especially significant this time of year.
  • Life 9™Life 9—our high-potency probiotic—promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function to help you stay on your feet this busy season.†
  • 5-ml Northern Lights Black Spruce*This Young Living exclusive uses trees from our Northern Lights Farm in British Columbia, Canada. Its rich, woodsy aroma is the perfect addition to your holiday hosting and family gatherings.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 15-ml LemonBrighten the holidays with a burst of citrus aroma! This fresh scent is a family favorite all year long.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Nutmeg Vitality*A favorite flavor of the holiday season, Nutmeg Vitality makes it easy to instantly spice up your traditions! Make homemade cider, truffles, spiced pumpkin bread, and more with this versatile dietary oil.

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

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.

december 2017 Young Living Monthly Promotion


If you order at least 100PV through the Essential Rewards program in November, you will get a FREE 5 ml Nutmeg Votalityessential oil!


  • 5 ml Nortern Lights Black Spruce
  • 5 ml Nutmeg Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 15 ml Lemon – Essential Rewards Exclusive


  • Life 9
  • 5 ml Nortern Lights Black Spruce
  • 5 ml Nutmeg Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 15 ml Lemon – Essential Rewards Exclusive


  • 15 ml Sacred Frankincense
  • Life 9
  • 5 ml Nortern Lights Black Spruce
  • 5 ml Nutmeg Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 15 ml Lemon – 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.


*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.





{home is essential} give yourself the gift of wellness

thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. i love to cook the meal, watch football, and  enjoy time with family and friends.

this year i am thankful, once again, for young living essential oils and what they do for our family. i am hoping that some of you will decide to give yourselves the gift of wellness this holiday season and want to say thank you to new members who sign up for a premium starter kit with me.

when you sign up to become a young living member with a premium starter kit between now and friday, november 17th at midnight (pacific time) i will send you a $25 amazon gift card that you can use to help give a gift to somebody on your holiday list!

start the season of giving by giving your family the gift of toxin free wellness.

what you’ll get from Young Living: 11 of the best quality, most versatile oils available, a diffuser of your choice, a bunch of extra samples, and a membership that gives you a 24% discount with no pressure attached (think Costco!)

what you’ll get from me: a reference book (because it’s so helpful to be able to learn how to use your oils and have a resource to look things up), the best education and oils community on facebook, oodles of classes if you are interested, a $25 Amazon Gift card, and ME…as your personal cheerleader, ready to teach you how to be successful in your wellness journey!

this deal will only be good until friday, november 17th at midnight (pacific time) so if you want to take advantage of it go here to give yourself the gift of toxin free wellness!


colorful holidays

i have been inspired by a couple of my favorite color loving instagram feeds lately…



so, while we wait to cut our christmas tree until the day after thanksgiving, and the santa’s still stay in attic storage i have started planning for the crossing over of holidays that comes when thanksgiving and christmas collide.

i am also not afraid to make it smell like christmas before thanksgiving.

my parents will be visiting us for thanksgiving. while they have taken in the traditions of cutting down the tree and starting to decorate for christmas they have never actually been here for christmas.

i want a bit more christmas in the house when they get here so they can get a feeling for what it is like here on christmas morning. unfortunately, i cannot replicate the excitement of our children on christmas morning…something i will cherish even more this year as they are getting older.

my aunt gifted me with colored vintage glassware that my grandmother had collected for her. it will play a part as our thanksgiving centerpiece, and then i have some other plans for it during the christmas season!

the open shelving in our kitchen continues to be a favorite place to change up the displays for the seasons. this year i mixed up the fiesta ware and some of my vintage shiny brite collection. i also added some led uplighting which was super easy to do!

the pacific northwest continues to put on a beautiful show for us this fall.

our japanese maple is one of the last trees to lose its leaves each fall. the leaves are a purple color all summer and turn to a bright red.

the front garden is mostly put to bed except for some carrots, kale, herbs, and the strawberry plants.

i’ve been collecting leaves from our yard…we only have the douglas fir trees and the japanese maple, but we get leaves from the neighbors…this is a giant leafed maple!

are you a wait until after thanksgiving to bring out christmas?

or, do you let them play nicely together?

or, are you a “what’s thanksgiving?! it’s all christmas all the time after halloween” person?

no matter what, i hope you are enjoying whatever you choose!

comfortable with the uncomfortable

i take a yin yoga class 2-4 times a week. if you are not familiar with yin yoga it is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. for beginners this may range from 45 seconds to two minutes with more advanced practitioners holding poses for 5 minutes or more.

last thursday we held a pose for eight minutes.

EIGHT minutes.

eight minutes in paschimottanasana.

what is paschimottanasana you might ask? (and how do you pronounce it?!)

paschimottanasana (POSH-ee-moh-tan-AHS-anna) is a seated forward fold and can be used to help your distracted mind (and your hamstrings) unwind.

the benefits of paschimottanasana are as follows:

  • calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
  • stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
  • improves digestion
  • helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
  • soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
  • traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity, and cures diseases

our instructor said the hardest part of staying in the pose would be staying in the pose for EIGHT minutes because you start to feel uncomfortable about the TIME you are spending in the pose.

he said that by being focused on our breath, our body would relax, and our mind would follow allowing us to become comfortable with the uncomfortable task of holding the pose for eight minutes.

to tell you the truth, i would have liked to hold it even longer.

and, to be completely honest, i look nothing like the image above when i am in paschimottanasana.

in yin yoga we use all kinds of straps and props to support our poses so we can hold them for long periods of time. i probably had my head resting on blocks or a bolster, and maybe even a strap around my feet. my head was nowhere near my knees and my hands were not wrapped around my feet.

someday, maybe. someday.

i have really come to love my mornings with yin yoga and can really tell a difference when i have missed a class. it’s not necessarily that i become out of shape, or stiff, but i find myself becoming un-comfortable with the uncomfortable.

i don’t always want to be comfortable with the uncomfortable because there are some uncomfortable situations you should be uncomfortable with. however, i sure like being able to deal with uncomfortable situations with a clear mind and that is what yoga helps me do.

are you a yogi? if so, what style of yoga is your favorite and why?

baby steps, too

Sometimes I go down the rabbit hole of old blog posts. I have blogged since 2008 and there were many years that I blogged multiple times a week. I miss it.

This short post from November 2010 brought back so many memories…

Lately, it seems like things are very out of control in my life. A very busy 3 year old and a 1 year old who wants to keep up with her big brother keep this momma very busy.  My head is always spinning with what needs to get done, what I would like to get done, and what I have forgotten to get done.  Right when I feel like I have it all under control something happens (like a little guy getting sick, or a baby girl who is teething) and I just fall apart.

I have always been independent.

I am a control freak.

I don’t like to ask for help.

I hate the feeling of not being able to handle everything by myself.

Sometimes I feel all alone.

And, yet, I know I am not alone.

At any rate, i’m moving forward.  And, just like my baby girl who recently started walking, I am taking baby steps.

Recently, when talking with a family member who has a newborn and almost two year old I was reminded that there were times that I was barely making it through the days of being at home with two little ones. Somehow I made it through the lack of sleep and tireless physical exhaustion of taking care of little ones. I am so thankful that I was able to be with them everyday.

Lately, I miss those days. Those days filled with taking care of my babies.With both of my kids in school full time my job as “stay at home mom” has turned into more of a job of housecleaner and errand runner, which I am not very fond of.

They are away from home 6+ hours a day and I miss them. I miss how they filled my days.

The short time span I get with them each day after school is so full, but such a small amount of time with them.

They come home to do homework, and most days, want to play with friends as soon as that is done.

Some days there is a sports or school activity thrown in the mix.

Then dinner. Always dinner.It all seems so rushed. I miss the slow days of not having to be anywhere. And, just being together.

I absolutely love the people who my kids are becoming, but I miss being the one that got to spend my days with them.

This is an updated version of that blog post from 2010, 7 years later…

Lately, it seems like things are very out of control in my life. A very busy 10 year old and an 8 year old who wants to keep up with her big brother keep this momma very busy.  My head is always spinning with what needs to get done, what I would like to get done, and what I have forgotten to get done.  Right when I feel like I have it all under control something happens (like a little guy feeling left out, or a baby girl getting upset that she has to clean up messes) and I just fall apart.

I have always been independent, but spending the days by myself can be a bit lonely.

I like to be in control, but am learning that I am not in control of so many things…and it is hard.

I don’t like to ask for help, but there are also things I just don’t want to do and that I would rather have somebody help me with.

I hate the feeling of not being able to do everything well, but want to be able to do so much more.

Sometimes I feel all alone.

And, yet, I know I am not alone.

At any rate, I’m moving forward.  And, just like my kids who are taking more and more baby steps towards independence, I am taking baby steps, too.