{home is essential} JULY 2018

Inspired by this past month’s International Grand Convention and its theme—Freedom—the July PV promotion is all about living free and fearless!

Bring the energy and excitement of the convention to your home with essential oils and products that keep you motivated even in the face of obstacles, fears, and critics. Place your qualifying order and get empowering essential oils such as Aroma Life™Valor®, and more to help you enjoy your best life!

Explore this month’s products!

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 July, all the following will ship FREE with your order:

300 PV
Retail Value: $207.23

15-ml Aroma Life™

  • Apply Aroma Life to your wrists and over your heart to bring an empowered feeling to your day and help you push through the barriers that hold you back.
  • Energize your spirit and create a sense of connection by diffusing Aroma Life in your bedroom as you begin the day.

15-ml Geranium

  • Diffuse Geranium for an uplifting aroma when you dive deep into your soul and spend a moment reflecting on what you’ve achieved.
  • Add a comforting aroma and a feeling of fearlessness to your home or office the next time you have to hustle.

5-ml Valor®

  • Do something adventurous! Climb a new summit, try a new hobby, or meet someone new. Whatever you do, be sure to bring your trusty friend Valor.
  • Apply Valor to your neck and chest after your morning shower to get excited for a new day full of opportunities.

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: LavaDerm™ Cooling Mist

  • Head outside to explore, reconnect with nature, and let the great outdoors inspire you. Wherever you wander, stay cool with LavaDerm Cooling Mist.
  • Add extra moisturization to your evening routine by spritzing your face with this gentle mist before bed.

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Lavender Vitality™

  • After a day of tackling obstacles, add 2 drops to a capsule before bed to support general wellness and promote a restful night’s sleep.*
  • Reward yourself for all your hard work with a view of the sunset and a drop of Lavender Vitality in your favorite lemonade.

*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.

JUly 2018 Young Living Monthly Promotion

100PV

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

190PV

  • 5 ml Valor
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5 ml Lavender Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 15 ml Greanium
  • 5 ml Valor
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5 ml Lavender Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • 15 ml Aroma Life
  • 15 ml Greanium
  • 5 ml Valor
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5 ml Lavender 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.

*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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happy summer

summer came in with a bang.

literally.

we fell asleep to a thunderstorm last night, and woke up to thunder rolling again this morning.

unusual for portland.

not only is today the summer solstice, it is also international yoga day.

so, what better way to celebrate than to practice some yoga?!

i was able to go to my favorite yin yoga class this morning, which always helps me reset.

i, personally, needed a bit of a reset after this first week of the kids being home.

i love having them home.

it is such a blessing to be home with them all day long, but as they get older and they have their own ideas of what they want to do each day it gets harder to manage keeping everybody (including me) happy.

so, i came home from yoga with a better perspective than i left the house with.

happy international yoga day!


it was HOTyesterday, so we stayed in the house most of the day.

i have been fighting off a summer cold (not cool), and when i get sick i need to REST.

i do not like it when colds hang on, and i have found that rest is the main thing that helps me to get over a cold quickly.

after being cooped up in the house most of the day yesterday i was bound and determined to get us out of the house for a bit today.

i thought a visit to a local farm would be fun on the first day of summer!

we have never been to a local lavender farm and i knew there was one that i used to drive by all the time when i would get in the car and just drive to get the kids to nap when they were little.

i “searched it up” (this is what the kids always tell me to do) and we ventured out to Mountainside Lavender Farm.

we were greeted by kiefer, one of the family farm dogs, who lorelai instantly fell in love with.

with the cooler temperatures today, it was a perfect day to spend time cutting lavender.

 

although there were a few other people there, we really had the whole place to ourselves.

the english lavender is currently in bloom, so we each collected our own little bundle.

they also distill their own lavender essential oil at the farm!

how cool is that?!

stay tuned for more summer adventures!

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summer zen

today is the first day of summer break for my kiddos.

i love summer because i don’t always like a task list.

i like a bit of structure, but i don’t thrive with structure.

however, i do thrive in a calm environment, and without structure calm is sometimes elusive.

one of my favorite ways to find some calm is with yoga.

i have recently stepped up my home practice and my goal for the summer is to devote at least 20 minutes a day, at home, to yoga.

i hope to make it to 3 classes per week at our health club, but would love to practice everyday at home.

another way i love to add calm to our home is with essential oils and i plan to use both in my yoga practice this summer.


in fact, i found an awesome kit with roller bottle blend recipes, labels, bottles, and instructions for yoga and meditation roller and diffuser blends from Got Oil Supplies!

today, i put a few of the blends together…

the kit includes 1 recipe tear sheet, 1 label sheet and 10 glass rollerball bottles (oils, mala beads, and yoga props not included).

i am looking forward to using these blends during my at home yoga from some summer zen.

you can also get your own Yoga & Meditation Rollerball DIY Kit at Got Oil Supplies!

clarity is my word for the year, so the clarity blend happens to be my favorite so far!

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hello, it’s me…

long time no blog.

i’m still here.

as always, i have missed this space.

it’s a place that, for just short of 10 years, i have calledmy very own.

sure, i share it with you (if there are any of you left out there that might check back in occasionally), but it’s a place that i come to when i need a place to call my own.

it’s a place to come to share the story of my life.

the ups.

the downs.

the in-betweens.

the projects i’ve worked on.

the things my kids do.

the things i enjoy.

the things i create.

the adventures we go on.

i’ve missed sharing in this space.

this space i call my own.

coming back here to type these words feels like home.

for many years, i would spend naptime, time when the kids were at preschool, and nights after they went to bed editing photos and typing blog posts on my laptop.

i would also sit outside while my kids played, while we watched a movie together, or other times when i could grab a few minutes on my laptop.

part of the reason i haven’t been here as much is because i got a new computer two years ago. it is awesome, but it sits at a desk in a corner.

it’s in a main room in our house, but it’s not portable.

see, home is kind of like that.

home doesn’t have to be one place that you come back to over and over again.

it CAN be that place, but it can also be something that you carry with you.

home is what you make it.

this space is one of the places that i call home.

i like to bring it along with me wherever i go.

i may have to take back my laptop from the roblox and minecraft world and turn it back into my portable home.

hopefully, you will stick around to join me.

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my thoughts on prayers

i have a few thoughts on prayers.

for a long time i was afraid to pray.

i didn’t know who to pray to or what to say.

what i found is that it doesn’t matter who you pray to or what you say…it just matters that you do it.

here’s the thing,

we can choose to hear emptiness when people send out their prayers & thoughts

or

we can choose to change our thoughts about prayers and use our prayers to change our thoughts.


prayer

  • a solemn request for help
  • an earnest hope or wish

thought

  • an idea or opinion produced by thinking
  • the product of mental activity

look at the definitions above…

we all have requests for help.

we all have earnest hopes and wishes.

we all have opinions and ideas produced by thinking.

we all have products of mental activity.


i decided to look up synonyms for prayers and thoughts to help me work through my frustration with how easily those words are tossed out in times of trauma and grief.

in other words we could…

ask for hope.

urge logic.

beg for understanding.

petition for consideration.

require ideation.

implore regard.

plead for rumination.

solicit attention.

demand reasoning.

implore scrutiny.

so while we may be judging how other are using the words PRAYERS & THOUGHTS, we could use our own prayers (ask, urge, beg, petition, require, implore plead, solicit, demand, and implore), to who or whatever you choose, for our own thoughts (hope, logic, understanding, consideration, ideation, regard, rumination, attention, reasoning, scrutiny).


i ask to be free from judgement and fear.

i ask to let love in.

valentine’s day 2013: you color my world friend

I am happy to say that my kids agreed to give their friends something that is NOT candy this year!  

We’ve decided on ideas for each of them, but have to wait until this weekend to put them together.

Until then, I thought I would revisit our no candy valentines from years past…this one is from 2013.


valentines

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I found these adorable crayon packages at Target (in 2013, but haven’t seen them since)…you can currently find them here.

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Tear pages out of the atlas (you can purchase an atlas here).

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Cut out heart shapes…about 6″ large.

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Glue a crayon pack onto one side of the heart.

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Write “You color my world, friend!” on the other side.

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Sign your name.

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Share the love!

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home is…homemade valentines.

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{home is essential} FEBRUARY 2018

Love is in the Air…or is that sensation diffusing?

It’s time for red paper hearts, bouquets of roses, romantic slow songs, candlelit dinners, and lots of love! That’s why this month’s PV promotion is filled with YL favorites you’ll adore in February and the whole year through. Place your qualifying order and you’ll be ready to plan a relaxing massage with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex, prep for every date with Patchouli, unwind with the romantic aroma of Sensation™, and more!

FEBRUARY 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 February, all the following will ship FREE with your order:

300 PV
Retail Value: $173.69

  • 5-ml Sensation™: This blend combines Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Jasmine, and more for an indulgent aroma. Diffuse it during a romantic homemade dinner or wear it as a personal perfume on your big date!
  • 15-ml Patchouli: Show your skin some love with Patchouli essential oil! A few drops give your skin a youthful, healthy-looking glow. Plus, the scent is a favorite in soaps and perfumes.
  • V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex: Relax and unwind with a custom massage oil made from your favorite essential oils and this base. It features six different carrier oils, including coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and sunflower oil.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: Lavender Calming Bath Bombs: Treat yourself to some self-care with these bath bombs or gift them to someone you love! They’re made with pure Lavender essential oil and coconut oil for a relaxing at-home spa indulgence.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml SclarEssence™ Vitality™: Made with Clary Sage, Peppermint, Spanish Sage, and Fennel, SclarEssence Vitality essential oil blend supports overall well-being, especially for women, so you can celebrate every special day!*

*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.

february 2018 Young Living Monthly Promotion

100PV

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

190PV

  • V-6 Vegetable OIl Complex
  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml SclarEssence Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 15ml Patchouli
  • V-6 Vegetable OIl Complex
  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml SclarEssence Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • 5ml Sensation
  • 15ml Patchouli
  • V-6 Vegetable OIl Complex
  • Lavender Calming Bath Bombs – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml SclarEssence 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.

 

*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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