My Experiences with doTERRA Essential Oils

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I'm sure you have heard of DoTERRA Essential Oils by now as I have from all over the various social media accounts I have.  Many of my friends represent the product or use it and love it.  Curiosity got the best of me so I had to give it a try.  I purchased the Physician Kit's and received a Slim & Sassy with it to help with weight loss.  I'm starting my exploration phase with all of them and can't wait to see how great they really are.  


Since starting to use DoTERRA, I have found different ways to start using it.  My recipes are simple as I'm only using a carrier oil to massage into the area I want relief.


For sore muscles, I'm mixing coconut oil (pure virgin organic) with a little Deep Blue® (Soothing Blend).  Per the website, according to recent studies, more than half of us are sufferers of ongoing discomfort. Deep Blue® is dōTERRA®'s soothing solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, Deep Blue's cool therapeutic benefit will be felt almost immediately. For topical use only.  It seems to really help the leg cramps I get from jogging/walking.

For digestive problems, namely pain in the abdomen area, I'm using the same coconut oil mixed with DigestZen® (Digestive Blend( and Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frereana).  I tried it this morning and I have felt better all day which is a change from how I was feeling.  Perhaps coincidental?  I don't know but I feel better.  I also massage it into the soles of my feet to feel better as an extra kick.  Per the website, it states it's used for relaxation, immune support, and mood enhancement. For aromatic, topical or dietary use.

For my face to treat wrinkles and acne, I use Melaleuca Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).   Per the website, it's recognized by its more common name "tea tree", melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, melaleuca has limitless therapeutic applications. For aromatic, dietary, or topical use.  I've noticed my face is clearing up from the acne and it feels very soft afterwards.  I'll have to update later on the wrinkle effect but I do have a glow in the morning and I don't feel oil residue from the coconut oil

I use Breathe (Respiratory Blend) for any stuffiness myself or my youngest experiences.  It really works to open the sinuses. Per the site, it's a proprietary blend including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for night time diffusion allowing for restful sleep. For aromatic or topical use.

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About Essential Oils:


f you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices



Essential oils have been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and in religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

Borrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties.

In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burnt hand with pure lavender oil. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

Aromatic Uses

Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body's predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.

Topical Uses

Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

Internal Uses

Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

What Downton Abbey's Lady Cora has Taught Me

Not the scene I was referring to but it is the look.

As silly as it may be, I have found that I'm a very strong opinionated person and I've always had a hard time backing down.  I usually am very passionate about my view points and admittedly, at times, I'm quite rigid.  I never handled confrontations very well and have at last, found a way to control myself when I want to continue the conversation.  When I have acknowledged it's pointless to try to leverage my common sense or stance, I now think of a scene I just saw on Downton Abbey.  I'm an ardent Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 5 and couldn't wait for season five.  It took me until this past fall to realize how much I love it.  Since I'm a dual citizen, I love all things British so the show has me hooked.  I first started watching an old BBC show titled Upstairs Downstairs on Netflix.  I watched every episode over and over and then I found The Duchess of Duke Street on Amazon Prime and really enjoyed that too.  I think I found a curiosity in the food and how they lived back then.  Out of boredom, I turned to Downton.

I deviated a bit so back to my original topic.  On season five, episode two, Lady Cora was speaking to Lord Grantham about Isobel and his mother played by Dame Maggie Smith.  Lady Cora has the Dowager Countess of Grantham's number.  Lord Grantham was discussing how his mother, the Dowager, was wanting Isobel to get connected to Lord Merton.  Lady Cora gave him the look of all looks and she ended it with that.  She knew he was clueless and rather than continuing to get him to see the light, she just left it at that.  That look resonated with me as it's a look I've had time and time again but unlike Lady Cora, I continued to try to sway the person of the moment to see my point.  I realized it's pointless so from that point forward, I think of what Lady Cora did and that will save me endless arguments and fights.  Sort of a silly way for behavior modification but I think in our lives, we find ways to make things work and that is working for me.  Just give the look of absurdity and move on.  I will admit though, Lady Cora is the most annoying character on the show for me in that her demeanor appears odd.

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British Beef Tenderloin Pie - Modified



I previously wrote and shared our British Pork Pie recipe since we started on a little road of discovery all about Britain.  I'm a dual citizen (by descent) since my mom is from there thanks to a changed law that recognizes the maternal link.  I'm also an ardent Jane Austen fan and that is slowly creeping into my daughter's interest.  I instantly fell for a quirky movie based on the love of Austen titled Austenland.  Low and behold, my younger who is a self-proclaimed 'mini-me', loves it too which has inspired all this new found interest in England.  We previously had our first tea party with homemade strawberry scones followed by a luncheon with finger sandwiches which didn't go over well since they are not egg fans.  


Our latest dish was a modified pork pie using beef tenderloin or filet mignon which was very tedious to make.  

So, with only three dishes on hand, we proceeded to make our British modified pork pies.  I called my mom since she's the resident expert in this area and when I told her what the recipe entailed, she proclaimed it wasn't like the pork pies she grew up with and that they ate them cold and they had a gel substance inside.  I can honestly say I can do without the gel thank you very much!  So here are our pictures of the long process but very condensed:


The dough is made after the beef and bacon mixture have been prepared and is cooling in the refrigerator.  It was a basic flour and lard recipe and was simple to make.




I added small bits of potatoes this time.


The skillet included onions, garlic and green apple:
Half the beef and thick bacon mixture is pulsed in a food processor and returned with the other half.   It does not look too appetizing!






My two girls are the pickiest eaters ever but they really enjoyed the filet mignon pot pies!  It was a win!


Not quite like the recipe picture but it was still good!  Want to try it?  Here is the link for British Pork Pie recipe.


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Free Homeschool Inspired Kindle Books Today - 1/6/15


Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs [Kindle Edition]


When her true love is abducted by mysterious creatures, a girl must summon the strength to save him

From the moment they met as young children, Bee and George have been bound together by a deep love. But when George goes off on a quest to a forbidden lake, home to dangerous water nymphs, it is up to Bee to rescue him. On her adventure she meets Loc, the king of the dwarfs, who proves to be more kind and generous than the humans she knows. Even as he showers her with riches in an attempt to make her stay, Bee never loses sight of her purpose: finding George. She will do anything to get him back.

A fairy tale for all ages, Bee: The Princess of the Dwarves is a classic that has delighted children and adults alike for more than a century with its ebullient characters and wondrous worlds.

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Mind Hurdles Grade 3 is a distinct and innovative departure from the often boring question-and-and-answer quiz games of the past. It is the dazzling new interactive standards-based, accelerated cool game that ensures that your kids are not just keeping pace, but are moving toward a successful future. 

Mind Hurdles was created to prepare your child for life’s hurdles, and while it is fun to play, it certainly is not fluff. The self-pacing game keeps prompting until your child gets the right answer. Positive reinforcement is built into the game. Imagine your child having the opportunity to review, learn and apply concepts before the tests are even given. This is exactly what Mind Hurdles Grade 3 delivers. 

Responsible parents can feel confident that the content is challenging and aligns with standardized testing, yet kids love to play it either alone or with school friends. Among children’s books ages 9-12, it is a fun game book that offers inquisitive and budding minds a new and fast way to master 3rd grade material. As with all the Mind Hurdles children’s books, its contents are overseen by the Mind Hurdles Advisory Board. 




GENRE: Children’s Adventure 

Book One: Attacked by the Griefers (The Unofficial Minecraft Adventure Short Stories) 

Mike, is living a peaceful life on his newly built farm, after defeating the evil Herobrine and saving the world of Minecraft from falling under his dark reign. 

But Mike’s peaceful existence is shaken up by two of his friends that up until that moment, he thought he had lost. Jerry, Mike’s best friend and his former enemy, turned ally, Micah, bring Mike news of a far away mountain that holds an unimaginable treasure. 

It doesn’t take long until Mike is convinced to embark on an adventure alongside his two buddies. 

House Party Happenings: Hasbro Brought the Fun #hasbrogamingparty


Over the holiday, we had our family visiting and although I didn't get enough pictures of the good times we had, I did get some of our gaming night with Hasbro.  The girls love board games and discovered they like some new ones compliments of our House Party Hasbro Games!  Of course they already loved Sorry and Twister but they had no idea how much fun they would have with Taboo Buzz'd.  They still play it regularly.  Unfortunately, our hour glass timer was broken in the Yahtzee Classic game so it made it a little harder to play with the full effect of that but the girls still had a great time along with everyone else.

The girls loved the Ring Pops too!  They were gone very fast and it was nice to receive Duracell Quantum Batteries to place in Taboo.  We also received a Papermate Inkjoy pen that was immediately confiscated by my little one who proclaimed 'it was the best pen ever!'
This is where we realized the hour glass was broken and my oldest has a perplexed look on her face while holding my new grandson.  Have no worry as we still had GREAT fun!




Our party occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday so our dessert table was in a Jane Austen theme.  Had I thought about it, I really had should have coordinated with our party them and done more game type features.




Hasbro games are perfect for anytime.  Whether it's just you and your kids or an excuse to have family or friends over!  The games are not only fun but they can be educational as well.  As a homeschooling mom, I greatly appreciate any opportunity to interject fun and learning!  Our party was a result of my participation with House Party.




About our Hasbro Games Party Pack:

TABOO BUZZ’D game
The TABOO BUZZ'D game is an electronic, hand-held party game that's easy to play, auto scores for you, and it all comes in one handy unit. Get your team to guess as many words as you can while you race against the clock, but if you say a Taboo game word, the other team will hit the buzzer and your team loses a point.
  • Ages 12 and up
  • For 2 teams

YAHTZEE game

YAHTZEE game is the classic dice game with a unique combination of luck and strategy. Every game is an exciting challenge to rack up the highest score. Seriously high scores come from multiple YAHTZEE game bonus points, but your luck could change with every roll!

  • Ages 8+
  • 2+ Players

SORRY! game

This classic SORRY! board game is fun, challenging, and filled with unpredictable twists and turns. You never know who is going to move ahead or get bumped all the way back to the beginning. There are so many possibilities depending on the card you pick and the strategy you choose.
  • Ages 6 and up
  • For 2 − 4 Players

TWISTER game

Get moving with the TWISTER game! It's the on-the-floor party game where the spinner calls the shots and you make the moves. The classic TWISTER game spots and laugh-out-loud action will have you and your friends tangled up in fun in no time.

  • Ages 6 and up
  • 2 or more players

SCATTERGORIES game

Fun, face-paced game of categories! Come up with unique answers for each category and points if your answers are different from all the other teams’ answers.
  • Ages 13 years and up
  • For 2 - 4 teams

Duracell® Quantum Batteries

Duracell® Quantum Batteries last up to 35% longer vs. the next leading competitive brand.* Combined with a Hi-Density Core™ for unbeatable long-lasting power and PowerCheck™, it’s a Quantum leap in battery power.

Ring Pop® Party Pack

The whole party can show off their sweet style with the Ring Pop® Party Pack. With a big flashy gem and a rainbow of delicious flavors, now everyone can Rock That Rock and own the spotlight with Ring Pop®!

Paper Mate® InkJoy®

Experience the joy of effortless writing.

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Maleficent Birthday Party

My middle one is turning 12 in April and she chose Maleficent as her party theme.  I normally use Pinterest and Word for my planning but this time, I decided to blog as I go to share what I'm doing.  I started with designing the invitation although I'm not completely sure I like this.  If I use this one, I will use my Cricut to cut out the scalloped outer circle and then my HP Printer for the glitter circled printed area.  I could have used the Silhouette but will opt to just print it and use the Cricut for the largest area.  

I tried another couple of examples by using a movie ticket type design and just a different background and she ended up choosing the movie ticket so here is the "current" final design followed up by the runner up's.  The envelope is actually black along with the circle and paper.









I will also make the banner out of the same files for both the scalloped outer circle and the printer for the inner circle.  See below for an example middle section and the first letter "H" with a picture of the completed banner together.




The cupcake picks were also created the same way using the same shape to simplify the preparations.  I will hot glue a pick or toothpick to the back and if I don't want the back to be unsightly, I will just place another one on that side to cover it.



I just ordered the book holder and will recreate the spell book with a real book to look like this.  I used old, online, manuscript paper and printed with the HP Printer after copying and pasting using the Maleficent font and clipart.



Next step was putting together potion labels and drink bottle labels.  When I create the finished label, I will be using the Cricut again for the scalloped shape so the image on the bottle below is very crude but the finished image will not look like that.


I've been playing with labels again and am probably going with these except I will print them on a light brown paper or on parchment to give it an old time feel.




I am borrowing ideas from Catch My Party.  I already purchased my glitter dust from Etsy seller A Heavenly Touch Cakes to create the cake pops in purple and green.  I will also make Rice Krispie Treats dipped half in chocolate and drizzled with colored white chocolate. 



The ornaments for the food picks were purchased from Etsy seller The Amateur Naturalist.  I also borrowed the idea from Catch My Party.  This is where a hot glue gun comes in handy for placing the ornaments on top and I'll use the HP Printer to print the flags.



I'll have my oldest make these cookies because she's good at hand drawing images and making cookies look and taste magnificent!





For some of the room decor for the set up, I just ordered this through Etsy although I could have made it with my Silhouette.



I'm still trying to decide which picture I will print from the one's I altered as well as making the candle that follows using the HP Printer and Silhouette this time.






Stay tuned for additional items as I have a little time to plan the complete party!

Silver and Gray Foil Wedding Invitation Sets

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I previously wrote that I'm helping a friend plan her wedding and so far, we have come up with a purple and gold flowery wedding theme below and now we are trying a silver foil wedding set design. We have put together non-traditional invitations, matching envelopes, postage stamps, RSVP cards as well as round stickers, wine labels and a "forever" box. I definitely love the purple since it's also used for epilepsy awareness but just not too sure about the layout. The silver or gray is for asthma awareness which also fits well with my other daughter who has a severe form when she contracts a cold.






I think purple and gold would definitely works and it does look elegant but I'm starting to like the silver one more.  Any thoughts?