Icy roads, white knuckles and neck tension

(This post was written on Dec 28th, Due to a death in the family and our daughters wedding this is the first opportunity I’ve had to post it)

This morning I got up very early because I had a “30 min” drive to the airport, and allowing myself the 2 hour before flight time meant that I had to be up at 5 am out the door by 5:45 gives and extra 15 mins if roads are bad. No problem.  Well it’s a good thing that I was ready 20 mins early. The news had been reporting that 6am-3pm the twin cities would be under a winter storm advisory. I figured our drive in would be easy-peasy and my husband might have a bit of weather to deal with on the way home.

The drive started out fine but about 15 mins in it starts to rain a little, no problem. I’ve lived in MN since I was 7 and my hubby has been here the last 24 years so we are totally fine with winter driving. Then we go over an overpass and the car starts to slide to the side, and up ahead of use we start seeing people’s hazard lights come on. So, my husband slows down, then slows down some more. We now understand why the hazards, it was completely unsafe to drive faster than 15-20 miles an hour. Next thing I know a huge garbage truck is sliding sideways in our direction. It almost hit us, as in less than a foot from us.

The lights should not be facing us on this side of the highway

I’d like to say that I had the presence of mind to get my oils out at this point, but I did not. I spent the next half an hour watching out for cars that wanted to slide into us, and there were more than a few. We ended up stopped on the highway with a pile up in front of us, 2 cars tried to go around and almost slide into us. (I’m talking inches close to our car) Michael had to pull off into the grass at one point to avoid one car. Just the way the road was banked was enough that cars were sliding wiley-niley. A food truck slide into a park-and-go shuttle. And all the while I’m watching the time tick closer to us missing the flight. I’d love to say that I thought about grabbing my oils here, but again I was so stressed out I didn’t even think of it.

Here we are in the grass

We finally got moving and were able to go around the 8-9 car pile-up and were so close to the airport I thought “Oh we are going to make it” Then I saw the line of red lights, then the emergency lights, and I knew that was going to be the end of it. Thankfully my son saw the “service” road sign and we were able to exit and take the service road for the airport.

We got out of the car at the hotel airport, took the skyway to the tram and were able to make our flight on time. The flight however was delayed 45 mins while they waited for the flight crew that was stuck in that 8-9 car pileup…yikes.

When I finally was able to calm down at the gate I realized a few things. First, I’m not sure that I put on deodorant this morning and mine is packed. On Guard Hand Sanitizing Mist to the rescue. It totally works in a pinch. If you’ve just shaved though it might sting a bit.

Next, I was stressed! That was a hard, stressful ride, so I pulled out my oils and went to work. A little Brave because well… I wasn’t feeling all that excited about Michael driving home. I’m not worried about his driving skills, he’s amazing. I did however witness a lot of people making very foolish choices and affecting others cars. I also just really love the aroma of Brave. I know its our kids blend but as Tara says “I was so Brave!”


I also noticed a lot of tension in my neck and jaw.  I have a habit of clenching when stressed so I pulled out my Past Tense and applied it to both of those areas. I only wish I would have thought of it sooner.

So, today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is a reminder that even the most diligent oil users can get overwhelmed and not think about the tools they have right in front of them until the crisis has passed. I’m just thankful that when I did think about what my body needed; I had those tools with me.

Side note… Got a call right before my plane took off that my son crashed my van, he is ok ? but the van is not drive-able. Hug your loved ones, cuddle up and stay warm.  #doyoudoTERRAdaily 

Diffuse to get in the Mood!

Remember when I said yesterday that I haven’t decorated, at all. This is very true and to tell you the truth I’m feeling a bit less than festive. So today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is how I changed that really fast.

Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse!!! It really didn’t take much, I just added Holiday Joy in the diffuser in the living room and Holiday Peace and Citrus Bliss in the diffuser in the kitchen. Both smell AMAZING and have put me in a right festive mood.

You might ask Why Holiday Peace and Citrus Bliss. I never would have thought of it myself but last month doTERRA did a BOGO and paired the two together and I thought I’d try it… MAGIC!!!

Just a heads up that tomorrow is Christmas and I will be (diffusing) taking the day off from writing to spend it being present with my family. I wish you and your’s health and happiness. Merry Christmas!


EO Hack for when the pressure is too much!

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is inspired by a friend that is all stuffed up. He is feeling a bit miserable and asked what Essential Oils could help. Of course, I gave him all the usual immune support help.

Onguard internally and on his feet. Breathe to help open the airways (check out this short video) and Breathe Touch or Breath Vapor Stick to rub on his chest.

Lots of water and rest. But then I surprised him when I said to rub a little Digestzen Touch on the bridge of his nose to cheek bones ( think sinus passages) forehead (upper sinuses) and bellybutton.

Wait… I thought Digestzen was for digestive health. Well my friend, here is a little EO hack that not a lot of people know but they should. Digestzen helps to break up mucus so it is the perfect blend to use when you are feeling a bit stuffed up.

Hope you don’t need this little fun fact, but if you do… you’re welcome ?


Lemon Eucalyptus changing lives!!!

Let me tell you a powerful story about what is happening on the other side of that Lemon Eucalyptus bottle…

This is Melle pictured with one of our founders, Emily Wright. Melle lives in Lunga Lunga, near the Tanzania border in Kenya. It is one of the poorest regions in the country, with an average family income of less than $1 a day. Melle is one of several female farmers we employ in Lunga Lunga. She has eight children, and before dōTERRA, it was not uncommon for them to go days without eating because there wasn’t enough food to go around.

When doTERRA realized this region was ideal for growing tea tree plants, we knew we could bring industry and opportunity to people in desperate need. The doTERRA Sourcing Team gave Melle some young tea tree starts, helped her plant them, and taught her how to cultivate and care for them. Six months later, we returned to teach her how to harvest tea tree. She was paid immediately for the crop she had cared for. It was more money than she dreamed of making in her lifetime, and she will have a harvest every six months.

On that return trip, our sourcing team noticed some wild Lemon Eucalyptus growing around her farm… The wheels began turning. What if we could create another stream of income for Melle and the other farmers with the Lemon Eucalyptus?

Melle harvested, we distilled and to our delight, we were pleased to see that after our battery of quality testings, the Lemon Eucalyptus oil met our CPTG standards! But we didn’t stop there. We worked with her to set up a savings account and taught her how to budget her money. In three years Melle will have enough money to become a landowner through the program we have established for our small-scale farmer partners in the Lunga Lunga region!

How amazing is that?!

From day one, doTERRA has looked for every possible way to lift people up from beginning to end of the sourcing process starting with our wonderful farmers. This is not the easy way, nor the inexpensive way, but it’s the right way. And for doTERRA, that is the ONLY way.

Where we circulate our money matters. I am so proud to purchase and use my Lemon Eucalyptus and you should be too! Now you know the beautiful story on the other side of the bottle!For more on this story, check out this link: http://bit.ly/2oulKKl

Happy Anniversary!!!

Today Michael and I are celebrating 24 years of marriage. That seems unreal as I really don’t feel much older than 27.

***warning*** super mushy words ahead.

I just wanted to say publicly HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my love Michael.  Thank you for your kind heart and beautiful soul. Thank you for loving me through all the years and all my flaws. Thank you for 4 amazing kids and for being such an incredible dad, our kids are so blessed by you.

Thank you for never giving up even when things looked hopeless. Thank you for fighting for us through the hard times and for being so fun through the easy times.

You are my best friend and the best thing that ever happened to me and I plan on showing you how important you are everyday for the rest of our lives and beyond. 

#myhubbyrocks#wegotthis #familyfirst #anniversary #iloveyou #inlovewithmylife #inlovewithhim #thankful


It’s time to celebrate!! (Yes I am dancing around right now to Kool and the Gang)

I have so very much in my life to celebrate; I have an amazing husband and we are getting ready to celebrate 24 years of marriage at the end of this month. We have 4 fantastic young adults that we’ve raised and we are proud of each of them and the paths that they have chosen to follow. 

It’s the holiday season and whatever holiday you choose to celebrate I honor your decision. As for me and mine we are celebrating Christmas. Happy Birthday Jesus! The giving of gifts is fun, but I love our family tradition of giving time to each other. Spending time together is my favorite!

The thing that I would love to celebrate with all of you is honoring one of my best friends by sharing with you her talent. Last night Nicole Eveleth, Owner of MN Creative Studio, was honored by The Twin Cities Collective with 2 awards Best of the Twin Cities Award for Best Web Designer along with Best Graphic / Brand Designer. Woo Hoo!!!

What better way to show off her talent then to re-launch my website? 

Nicole has made this whole project effortless… for me anyway. A few simple questions and she knew exactly what I wanted, without me having to spell it all out (everyone knows I can’t spell, thank goodness for spell check). Thank goodness for Nicole, she is a magical fairy godmother especially for the busy small business owner that doesn’t have time to do anything more than run their own business. (That would be me) Or the small business owner that doesn’t know what it is she needs when it comes to branding, cards, website, social media guidance…etc (all me again)

Nicole, I know you were in shock last night when you received your awards but your bestie here and all of your clients were not. Your talent speaks for itself and we, your clients, all voted to show the rest of the Twin Cities our gratitude. 

Love you girl!

Now to really show off her talent…Welcome to my new website! Poke around, check it out and let me know what you think. I will be adding more classes and content after Christmas so make sure to come back often.

Cue more Kool and the Gang…

In it for the Long Run…

People ask me all the time, “Do you sell essential oils?” Me…”No, I’m an essential oils educator. I educate and I share an opportunity.” For me this is key, I have a problem with “Selling” to my friends. I LOVE essential oils. I think every house should be using it. I’m definitely “That oil lady” but to me selling is not my focus. My focus is to help people be healthy, physically and emotionally first. Now if financial healing happens along the way woohoo!!!

This is not a “get rich quick” scheme, a pyramid scheme or any other kind of scheme. In fact there is no “Scheme” to it at all. It is network marketing, a legitimate business. In network marketing there is always the next goal, that next rank to achieve. Don’t get me wrong goals and ranks are a good thing. It is a way that I can measure how many families I’ve helped, how many lives I’ve been able to touch through this great business…but these goals are not MY goals or what we refer to as our “why.” For me, I am in the business of building relationships. Helping families heal. That is the most important thing to me. Along the way yes this did turn into a “business”, but I’ve noticed when I turn away from my “why” (Helping people heal) then my business fails. When I focus on the individual that I can help, the family in need then I am able to help them and my business at the same time.

Spending time working with essential oils and taking on new team members to mentor I have learned the importance of investing in the long run and making sure others do as well. Think of what you feed your body. If you invest in fresh fruit and veg now, which can cost more (financially and with your time), instead of an over processed meal, which is cheaper and faster, in the long run what will that cost you consistently? More than likely a few heart surgeries and the cost of your overall health and wellness. Now I’ll ask you what is more cost effective and a better use of time? Just like eating healthy (and exercise), this is a long term investment, in people, in health and in finances. There is really no way to go wrong. Unless you don’t go.

There’s a mountain of encouragement to keep you going. “I think I can, I think I can.” “Keep your chin up.” “Reach for the stars.” All of these are great but the one that sticks with me? “If you don’t quit, you win.” Just don’t quit. I don’t want to climb ranks and propel through an ever increasing trajectory but I do want to help people and I want to live a healthy life. I don’t think I want to quit that and I think that’s a pretty good “win.”

If you are interested in the long-term benefits of using essential oils or sharing essential oils, let me know! I am “that oil lady” and loving sharing my oils.

What could be better than that.

If you would like more information about which essential oil brand I use that is safe for me and my family, please email me.

Sleep is important because…

Did you know that good sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle? Did you know that lack of sleep can be incredibly harmful to the body and decrease one’s quality of life? Everyone knows that diet and exercise are critical for a healthy lifestyle but equally important and arguably even more so is sleep.

Sleep is important because it is the time our bodies use to physically and mentally repair themselves. Lack of sleep affects nearly every organ in our bodies and has been associated with many health risks. Depriving our bodies of sleep affects our ability to maintain a healthy weight, influences our thoughts and actions, and negatively impacts our cardiovascular health and overall wellbeing.

So now that we know this… what can we do?

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Bug Off!!! – Natural Bug Repellent

I love to garden, I love getting fresh veggies that I had a part in growing. What I don’t love is that I live in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 lakes and unlimited mosquitos.

For years I would cover myself in deet and go outside only to come back in a little while later still covered in mosquito bites. I’d have to shower because I felt so gross from all the chemicals on my skin. But not anymore!!!

Thankfully I’ve found a natural bug repellent that actually works. doTERRA Essential oils are AMAZING!!! And here is a blend that my friend Micki sent me that is the best! THANK YOU Micki 🙂

Natural Bug Repellent

  • 30 drops Terrashield
  • 20 Cedarwood
  • 20 Lemongrass
  • 15 Arborvitae
  • Pinch Epson salt, Water and Fractionated coconut oil
  • 4oz glass spray bottle

Here is to a happy deet and bite free summer 🙂 What could be better than that??

Expensive Friend

I have a friend that lovingly calls me her “Expensive Friend.” It got me to thinking about my shopping habits and how my shopping habits have changed over the years. I thought I would take a few minutes and share my thoughts with you.

What is your first thought when you hear the words Network Marketing, Direct Sales or MLM? Most people (me included a few years ago) have a really bad taste in their mouth right now. Everyone knows that person that was promised that they would make it big in this MLM or here’s a “get rich quick” scheme. I’d like to help you change that old image and replace it with a new one.

As I look around my house I see the wonderful things that were introduced to me by my friends. Of course, the number one thing on my list are my doTERRA Essential oils that were introduced to me by my good friend Rebecca. She wasn’t trying to sell me a bunch of stuff I didn’t need. She saw that I was in pain and reached out to offer a solution and for that I will forever be grateful. I now share doTERRA daily, do I make money on this??? Yes, I do, but that is not my main focus. Helping others like Rebecca helped me is my focus.

Next is Choffy…oh my goodness how I love this chocolate yummy goodness every morning. My sweet friend LeeAnn got me hooked on Choffy, not because she was trying to sell me anything but because she is a sharing person and knew I would love it. Now it is my turn I share Choffy with others whenever they are over. Do I make money on this…nope I just love to share unique things when I find them.

How to order!!!!!!!!
1- Enter your order on my website below and click the party Days for Girls Fundraiser
2- PM me your order and I can call you to get your CC #
3- Order tonight at the party live with cash, check or Visa/MasterCard!

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