Thursday, September 11, 2014

Immortelle...For FREE!

Immortelle blend from dōTERRA is touted as the anti-aging blend. I am not so sure about that. I have been using it for a year now, and my 40th birthday is still looming! 

CAN tell you what it does not do: It does not stop time!

My kids still need new shoes every 4-5 months and their pants get shorter too. I am certainly more forgetful as I totally missed my flight this morning because I "forgot" to get there an hour early. So, clearly for us, it has not kept us from aging!




 I CAN tell you what it does for sure! It does wonders for the skin!

A few months ago, my sister was sitting next to a woman on an airplane and they started chatting about what they had been doing in Dallas. My sister confessed she was there at a dōTERRA event. The woman asked if she had anything to put on her burn. It was red and full of puss and rather unpleasant. Usually, we would recommend lavender (which is in Immortelle, by the way) but the only oil she had with her was a bottle of Immortelle that she won at the conference. They rolled it on over Denver and by the time they landed in Portland, the puss was gone and the burn was pink instead of red. Talk about instant results! Wahoo! Guess who bought a bottle of that! Here are 20 more uses for Immortelle:

(Photo used with permission from RTC)

Immortelle is $93 retail. It has heavy hitters in it like Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Rose! It is free this month with any order that equals 200PV. So, stock up on all your oils or sign up for a wholesale account to get even more bang for your buck! Learn the benefits of a dōTERRA wholesale account here.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Roller Bottle Make and Take

Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Retail Cost breakdown: (For 5 ml! Double the price for a full 10 ml bottle)
You can select the ones you want or buy the whole kit!

5 ml bottles:
Allergy Bomb: $2 
Aching Muscles: $4
Belly Blend: $5.50
Bruise Blend: $7
Cough Blend: $8
Flu Bomb: $6.00
Focus Blend: $4.50
Owie Blend: $4
Sleepy Time: $11
Stuffy Nose: $7
Hand Sanitizer: $3.50

Total kit price for 5 ml: $62.50
Total kit price for 10 ml: $125


Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Here is a wonderful clutch to hold them in. You can purchase these online.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cinnamon Popcorn

Do you use your essential oils in cooking? Not all brands are appropriate for that, but I love how I can use doTERRA as a healthy alternative to synthetic food flavorings and extracts. Many of the oils add an extra level of sweetness without adding sugar. The amount used varies by taste. For really potent oils like oregano, basil, and black pepper, a tooth pick dipped in the oil and swirled into the pot is sufficient. For other recipes, I have found that 2-3 drops replace 1 tsp of extract. But play around with it drop by drop. Ready for a sweet and salty treat without adding any actual sweetener to the pot? Then you gotta try this popcorn flavored with all my favorite oils. Butter, coconut oil and amazing healthy doTERRA cinnamon...which tastes like a nice hot tamale, minus the HFCS and steroid filled gelatin! It takes no special equipment, but can easily be made in a popcorn popper too. 
 
 


2 T coconut oil (divided)
1/3 cup organic popping corn
2 T butter
3-4 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil
Sea Salt to taste.

1.  Heat 1 T coconut oil in a large pot with tight fitting lid.
2.  Add the popcorn
Once it starts popping, lightly shake the pot back and forth on the burner. Once the popping slows, take it off the heat. Remove the lid immediately. Melt the butter, mix with the coconut oil and drop in the oils. Pour over the hot popcorn, sprinkle with salt, replace the lid and shake until it is evenly distributed.

If using an air popper, mix the coconut oil with the butter and cinnamon oil and pour over the popped corn. For other treats made with essential oils, check out these recipes:

Orange Creamsicles



Smoothies



Chocoilates



Flourless Orange Chocolate Cake



Cranberry Orange Oatmeal



Key Lime Pie



Avocado Pesto



Lemonies




Go ahead and give them a try. If you need to purchase these wonderfully versatile oils, you can do that here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Grain Free Spaghetti

Have you seen one of these before?
Can you guess what it is used for?
Clue number one: It is recommended for use in the kitchen, but it is so easy, you can use it anyplace.
Clue number two: it is really sharp inside, so fingers should be cautious.
Clue number three: it is not a pencil sharpener, but you would never know that by looking at the end result.
Clue number four, it helps to make a really fun dinner.
Clue number five...oh to heck with the clues...


 It is the most exciting thing since the Chia Pet..I think. I can take zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes or even a nice sized log if I wanted (oh, so that is where whole wheat pasta comes from :) and make it into spaghetti! Cool, yes?

I do not have anything against regular spaghetti. But I am always looking for a way to add more veggies to my diet in a way that doesn't make me want to amputate my tongue. Which would happen by the way if you were to put your tongue inside the Veggeti, so don't, kay?

Making "pasta" is so fast. Scrub you squash, then insert into the wide funnel and twist the vegetable. The long strings come out. Make as much as you want. It takes at least a whole medium squash to make a meal. Then steam it in some water for 2-3 minutes. Top with your favorite sauce or sprinkle with parmesean.

This is my favorite recipe:
1 yellow and 1 green zucchini
1 T butter
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce (there is a new jar sauce at Walmart that is 100% organic and $1.88 a jar!)

Make your Veggeti magic, and lightly steam the squash, drain. Then add the butter and garlic to a fry pan and toss in the cooked "noodles." Fry it up until there is garlic goodness on every strand. Then eat. I prefer this to spaghetti squash. As in, I will probably never buy spaghetti squash again because it kinda makes me gag. Serve this up with a salad and you have a full plate of veggies that vegetarians go nuts over and us carbivores omnivores eat because we know we should.

Have you tried veggeti? If not you can get it here (affiliate link).

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Introducing Blendfresh!

I have a new love at my house. Blendfresh is raw, clean, Non-GMO, and full of flavor and nutrition! Buying organic can get very costly. I don't have a problem with that as much as I do with my forgetting it on the counter or back of the fridge. Remember that organic spinach I got for $6.95 at whole foods? Oh yea, it is a stinking sticky black goo...Our chickens eat well! I know I am not the only one in the world who buys fruit and vegetables because I know they are good for me, but when it comes time to prepare them...well, I will reach for, um, anything else! Blendfresh has solved the problem solved here folks! I can not wait to share all the recipes I come up with hiding raw, dehydrated diverse fruits and veggies inside. My whole body is waiting with anticipation for the added nutrition. Launched on July 12 and ready to ship is a brand new product, backed by Blendtec, the most awesome blender ever. Time to whip up a smoothie!


One Tablespoon of raw veggie powder is equal to 1/2 cup serving of 12 fruits and veggies. Ones I would never think to purchase, and least of all know how to use, I consume on a regular basis. This has been a huge money saver for me. There are so many best things about this fruit and veggie powder but the big sale for me...there are no added ingredients. No -oxides or "natural flavor" or color or anything! What you see on the bottle is what is in the bottle!

All blends are:

Clean: 100% natural, unprocessed, GMO, and pesticide free (Overall organic product certification is being pursued.)
Rich: 100% nutrient-dense whole foods
Raw: Prepared at low temperatures to keep active nutrients alive
Diverse: Nutrients from multiple sources from every color group
Centsible: Substantial savings in every bottle

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Make a Portable Cleaning Tote

I am the least qualified person on the planet to write on organization. Seriously! But I am the person that I know most in need of it.  This is almost a foreign language to me. It is so important to get it right however, because let's face it, you can not be self sufficient if you lack organization. DIY becomes highly overwhelming if you can't make habits that fit into your day. But a wise woman recently told me, once you can make time work for you, the rest is cake.

So, baby step number one. (I think I saw this idea on Flylady.net.) Get all your cleaners in one place.


Oh wait....I actually have to back up one baby step here. My baby step number one was realize that you can't do it all and hire some help. Only I can be my kids mom. Only I can write my blog. Only I can nurture my business relationships, but someone....anyone....but me can come help clean my house. So, I asked a sweet young lady to come for 4 hours a week this summer and help. Oh my, what a relief. Problem is, every time she gets here, I run around the house looking for the cleaning supplies I want her to use. I have certain ways I like things done...aka, no chemicals, but my "cleaners" have a myriad of uses, so they could be anyplace. Time to stop all that time wasting nonsense and have everything I need in one place. Brilliant? I think so! Also, it makes it easy for the kids to do their daily chores.

So, here are the things we need to clean bathroom, kitchen and living room. (Disclaimer, I use doTERRA and Norwex products as part of my cleaning. They work for me. They are by no means required for a chemical free home. But if you are looking for something great, these totally rock!)

So, here are my must haves for my cleaning tote:
(Some affiliate links included)



1. Hired help...admit it, it feels good. (You can pay someone or trade a service for it)
2. Vinegar...just for cleaning
3. Baking Soda...just for cleaning
4. Shower cleaner (I use Norwex Descaler....awesome!)
5. Essential oils that are just for cleaning...I use lemon, On Guard, and melaleuca (Where to find)
6. Liquid Castile Soap... One bottle just for the cleaning bag.
7. Scotch Bright pad
8. A scouring cleaner: you can make one or use Norwex cleaning paste (love that stuff!)
9. Counter cleaner (I use doTERRA OnGuard cleaner concentrate because it is awesome, but you can use all kinds of natural home made guys.)
10. Cleaning cloths (I like Norwex travel Enviro Cloths) One for toilets and one for everything else.
11. Glass Cleaner...again easy to make, but I prefer just plain water and the Norwex Window cloth.
12. A micro fiber cloth or dusting instrument of your choosing.
13. Oil polish for wood. So easy to make. Spray down wood doors and cabinets lightly and wipe with microfiber.
13. A handy dandy tote for holding them all together so you don't have to waste precious time hunting.

How do I use them? Many of these ideas have links to original post. Feel free to click away and browse these natural cleaning solutions.


Bathroom:
Use the baking soda, vinegar and melaleuca on the toilet bowl like so... (Click here for a chemical free toilet)
Spray the outside of the toilet with the On Guard cleaner (Or vinegar) and wipe down with cloth.
Use the descaler or scouring cleanser and scotch bright pad to clean tub and shower
Use the scouring cleanser or Norwex Cleaning Paste for sinks
Use your glass cleaner or water and window cloth for mirrors and faucets.
Sweep and mop (not included in the tote, but wouldn't that be awesome)
Refill hand soap dispensers with castile soap and onguard.
Wood polish on cabinets

Kitchen:
Clean the stove top with lemon oil and baking soda.
Wipe down counters, tables and chairs with OnGuard cleaner
Shine the appliances with Polishing cloth or glass cleaner
Use the scouring paste on your sink
Dust the cupboards and apply wood polish...occasionally
Sweep and Mop floors. I really love the Norwex mop... only requires water, which is an awesome solvent and generally non-toxic.

Living room:
Use water and polishing cloth on windows
Dust surfaces and apply wood polish as needed.
Vacuum

Toss the soiled cloths in the laundry and once clean, return them to the bag. Now, help with laundry folding....is there an oil for that? Dang, first thing I have found that oils don't make it easier. Oh yea, I have 5 kids for that! Wahoo, let's get folding.

Do you have a portable cleaning kit? Has it simplified cleaning time?



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Goat's Milk Ice Cream

You can't have the 4th of July without ice cream. I think it is unpatriotic and grounds for impeachment if you are in a position that can be impeached.  We like making our own with ingredients we can pronounce and preferably come from our own farm. I tried out goat's milk ice cream for the first time! The results were delicious! And all of July has become ice cream month for us.
 

Here are recipes for the three classics of ice cream!

Vanilla
First, make a custard:
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups goat milk
1 T Vanilla

Whisk all together (except vanilla) and then stir over medium heat until it thickens a bit. Stir in the vanilla and let sit until cool. (The vanilla custard is not super thick.)

Once the custard is cool, Add 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and make according to manufacturer's instructions.

Strawberry
 

Make the vanilla custard and once it is cool, put in a blender and add 6 oz frozen organic strawberries. Give it all a whirl, then add to the ice cream maker with 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream.
Process according to the ice cream maker's directions.

Creamy Chocolate Chunk
 

Chocolate custard:

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cups cocoa powder
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups goat milk

Additional Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 Cup Chocolate Chunks (optional)

Whisk all the ingredients together and heat over medium until consistency is of a thick custard. Allow to cool completely, then add to ice cream maker with 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and follow manufacturer's instruction. Add chocolate chunks in the last 5-10 minutes. The consistency is that of soft serve. Store leftovers in freezer and to use, allow to thaw on the counter for 5-10 minutes before scooping.

Are you a classic flavors lover or do you prefer something more exotic?

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