Monday, November 28, 2016

Be Brave Monday: Create Your Future

When you're wondering which way to go, make your own way.
When you're wondering who you want to be, be your best self.
When you're wondering what the future will bring, decide what you want it to be and make it so.

What brave thing will you do TODAY to make your dreams come true tomorrow?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Easy DIY Essential Oil Diffuser for Your Car

It is finally feeling like fall today and I couldn't resist adding the beautiful orange leaves from the vines on the front of our home to this photo.  Today I'm sharing a great way to use two of the oils that come in Young Living's essential oil starter kit:  Purification and Peppermint.  Peppermint is great for adding to your tea to aid in digestion and also to add to your daily water bottle.  I like to use it in my diffuser in the morning to wake me up (I need all the help I can get!)

Purification is a great blend made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors- Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree.  It helps with cooking orders in the home, dirty laundry (kids' athletic clothes, anyone?) and the car.

My favorite way to use these oils together is in my car.  I add one drop of peppermint and two drops of purification to a cotton round pad (like the kind you use for make up removal).  We always have these in the house for make-up, craft projects--there are a million ways that they come in handy.

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After I've added the drops of oil to the pad, I clip it onto the air vent in the car with a cute wooden clothespin.  I buy them in the dollar bin at Michael's whenever they're available because I like to have them around for attaching cards to gifts, closing chip bags, and lots of other little needs.  Here are some cute ones I found:

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This makes a cute and easy essential oil diffuser for your car.  There's minimal clean up.  I use the pad several days because I like the same scent.  If you want to change it out, just get a new pad and add the oil you'd like (Christmas Spirit is nice this time of year!)

If you'd like a more permanent type of diffuser for your car, this one's a nice option that fits in your cup holder and has gotten good reviews:

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Diffusing essential oils in the car has made riding around in the mom-mobile much more pleasant.  Even though we're long past the stage of finding funky sippy cups in strange places, Peppermint and Purification essentail oils make the car a happier place to be!

If you are interested in trying Young Living Essential Oils, the premium starter kit is a great beginner kit.  Plus, I'm offering a $25 gift card if you sign up through my subscriber # (link below) along with membership in our wonderful facebook group!  

The premium starter kit comes with:

  • Dewdrop™ Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

order here Christmas Spirit giveaway only good through 12/31/16

To enroll with my group, click here and make sure the number 10358214 appears in both the “Enroller” and “Sponsor ID” fields.
By signing up as a wholesale member, you will get 24% off retail prices which is the only way to go!

If you have questions, feel free to email me at  I'd be glad to help you and would love to have you join up with our wonderful sisterhood!  We have an awesome facebook group that will support you in your journey to better health.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Be Brave Monday: A Goal Properly Set

Reaching your destination requires planning 
and properly equipping yourself for the journey.  

What brave thing will you do TODAY 
to make your dreams come true tomorrow?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

So Travel Lightly In My Heart

Carpenter's Bluff Bridge

So travel lightly in my heart
You and I will never part
And far beyond this world we see
There's a place for you and me ~ Rodney Crowell

I went home this week to a place I haven't lived in for thirty years.  This little town will always be home in my heart even though all the family has moved on.  As I drove down the highway that connects me to my memories, I thought about all the different roads we'd all gone down.  Some of my childhood friends stayed; some of us moved on but still carry those rolling hills and muddy creeks close when we think about home.

My friends and I met to see another one go Home.  Her journey here on earth ended far too soon and we joined together to remember and laugh and cry.  Together.  To wish we had done it sooner.  To wish we hadn't waited for when we weren't as busy or for when our children were grown.  To promise each other that we would all find a time to get together and share our lives with friends who "knew us when."

My sweet friend would have loved seeing us there.  She would have been in the middle of us all, laughing about driving out to a country cemetery to find the glowing tombstone, driving down a one-lane rickety bridge across the river, carving notches in her dashboard every time she had a wreck in her old car.  She was smart and funny and, most of all, loyal to her friends.  She loved with a big heart and I will miss her always.

Driving back, I thought about the home I've made with my family.  I wish for my kids the happy memories I have of growing up and the kind of friends you can just sit down with and pick up right where you left off.  Those are the things that matter; the things that count.  I haven't always remembered that but I want to.  I want home, no matter where they go, to be that safe place where they are known and loved.  And I think that's about the best thing you can wish for in this life.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Testimonials: 2 Essential Oil Take Alongs

This fall I have been trying to be more mindful about my health and taking time and care to make good choices.  One step I've taken is essential oils and I am brand new to the Young Living Essential Oils family.  I have been curious about them for a long time and finally took the plunge to see what all the fuss was about.  I have really enjoyed exploring my starter kit!    This week I took a short road trip and I made sure to take these two new favorites along.

First up:  Lemon Vitality Oil!

I have been adding 2-3 drops of lemon vitality oil to my water bottle every morning and love how it helps my digestive system.  And--big bonus--it actually tastes good and makes me actually want to drink water.  Oils shouldn't be used in plastic bottles, so, I use this glass bottle, with a protective silicone cover.  (Note:  the vitality line of Young Living  is designed for internal consumption.)

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These bottles are a perfect size (which means it fits in my cup holders in the SUV) and there are three different kinds of lids that come with it--a wide mouth cap with a carry loop, easy flow straw cap and a simple flip cap.  I kind of like it.  A lot.

The other oil I took with me was Stress Away.  I use it with the snap-on roller top.  One swipe is the same as 1-2 drops and I just rub some on my neck when I start feeling some tension from gripping a steering wheel for a long time or any other time I need a little feel good pick-me-up (like every afternoon.)

The little bag I carry them in is a make up bag I won at a silent auction once upon a time.  I sewed some elastic to the inside lining and put my little bottles in there to carry with me.  Lemon and Stress Away are always in there!

If you're an essential oils fan, I would love to hear about your favorites and how you use them!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trailer Talk: Backyard Camper Getaways

This photo makes me smile every time I see it!  And every time I see it, I try to pin it which makes the Pinterest ghost-in-the-machine says "Pssst! Looks like you've already saved this Pin to 2015 Shasta Airflyte Reissue & 1967 Playmor 140.."  Eventually my message will look something like "For the love of all that is holy, WE KNOW YOU LIKE THIS PHOTO!"

Anyway... This little backyard oasis is what I have in mind for Jolene, our 1967 PlayMor 140.  I want enough of a shelter to keep the rain and occasional hail off of her, a little porch, and some groovy chairs to hang out in next to my random cactus plantings.  

On the Jolene front, there isn't much to share.  There hasn't been a lot of free time the past couple of weeks to work on her.  Painting is something that is going to have a certain amount of blocked off time and I'm trying to set that aside very soon.  Meanwhile, I go out in the garage, pat her and reassure her that her makeover is coming.  Pinky swear.

So, instead of a super cool paint job on my sweet little canned ham, I thought I'd share some other ideas for backyard camper getaways.

I love this little porch and pergola.  If you wanted to protect the camper more, you could build it taller and wider so that you could pull the camper under it.  

This is a custom RV shelter, so, I guess you could order it in a smaller size.  I love the roof and design.

Here's another large shelter for a bigger RV.  It could be sized for smaller backyard campers, too.


I always come back to these little garden spots, though.  Love the flamingos!!

I'll end with this little gem.  What a gorgeous garden!  I don't think I'd ever go inside if this was my backyard.

I would love to hear about your own camper adventures!  And if you're looking for more great ideas on vintage campers, renovating tips and more backyard getaways, be sure to follow my camper Pinterest board

Last week was the CMA awards and I watched it for the first time in a long while.  One of the acts got a lot of media attention, but this was the one that stood out to me.  Seven Spanish Angels is one of my all-time favorite songs and Dwight Yoakum, Chris and Morgane Stapleton killed it.  Enjoy!