To Sunblock Or Not To Sunblock…That Is The Question

There is so much in the news about sunblock being vital to avoid skin cancer and now we are hearing that sunblock is the reason for skin cancer, it is very hard to know what is true.

You can find research for both sides of the argument, so who do you believe? I really don’t have the answer for YOU ( I know what I prefer for my family) what I can do is post a few links that I’ve read and allow you to do your own deciding.

I can also tell you from my own experience you can’t believe that all natural sunblocks are actually all natural. Or just because the company adds words like clean, natural or even organic to their product or name of their company that it will be completely clean, natural or organic. I ended up with a chemical burn using Babyganics Kids SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray this winter when I went to Mexico. I have since discovered and app called “Think Dirty” That shows you rating on how clean and natural or how dirty and chemical laden your products are. This one gets an 8/10…you want to keep your numbers low to have a clean product.

Unfortunately I never got a before pic. This is when it was mostly healed

The other thing I can do is give you a recipe for a natural sunscreen that I’ve made, tried and tested it on my sensitive Minnesotan skin, and give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Here’s what you need: Grape Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Lavender, Melaleuca, Sandalwood and Helichrysm Essential Oil. A 2 oz spray bottle and distilled water.

I actually did the whole blogger thing and took pics while I was making the blend. I was so proud of myself…well…most of them disappeared somewhere in the digital ether. So here you go just make it and you can take pics yourself if you really need all that LOL

I will tell you that I used this recipe and then went out with my boys paddleboarding for a few hours on a full sun, 90 degree day. I DID NOT BURN!!!! That was amazing! Now I will tell you that this recipe is NOT waterproof and I’m not sure how often to reapply yet. As I figure this stuff out I will let you know.

Now get out there and enjoy summer!

I Earned It!!!

I’m in Puerto Vallarta Mexico!!! Its 85 and sunny, back home the Polar Vortex is raging with incredibly low temps and dumping tons of snow.

I EARNED it. Its so funny this is the 4th time that I’ve earned the incentive trip with doTERRA and each time people will say “that’s so cool that you won a trip”.

Just to be clear, my name wasn’t chosen out of a hat, I didn’t pick number and magically get to go on this trip, I worked hard and was rewarded for my efforts. *rant over*

Now for the good stuff!!

Oh my goodness people, this is AMAZING!!! Earning my way here I truly do feel like a winner. Each of the 4 trips that I’ve earned has been completely magical! The All-inclusive hotels are always beautiful, the swag that we get is so fun and the time that we get with the owners of the company is priceless. doTERRA really does a great job of showing their appreciation for all of our hard work.

My favorite part of the whole trip, besides having Michael here with me, is that we do a Voluntourism day.

This time we had the great privilege of serving at Pasitos de Luz (Little Steps of Light) in Mexico. They support underprivileged children with severe physical disabilities and autism. The children come to get therapy, schooling and day care so their parents, almost 50% of which are single moms can work. This is the only facility of its kind in Mexico.

This place is so BEAUTIFUL!!! It is run completely off of donations. Today the donations of our time as well as the financial donation for supplies from dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation made so many different projects possible. It was AMAZING!!!

We mixed and poured cement for flooring for a storage room for the horse feed. Added to the equine therapy space. Helped build a fence so the children can have outdoor therapy, adding to the vegetable garden, painted where needed, taught the therapist how to use essential oils, loaded backpacks full of supplies for the kids…it was all so beautiful to be a part of.

I can’t believe how much we were able to do in such a short period of time but with so many of us all working together (About 500) we made a huge impact,

My favorite part of working with this amazing company is that doTERRA makes it their mission that where ever we go in the world we leave it better than we found it by making a difference in the communities that we visit.

If you want to know more about this facility and maybe even donate please go to their website