You all, listen to me. I am between a rock and a hard place.
I ADORE Fall, its my favorite time of year. I love everything about it! The smells, the crisp air, fire in the fireplace, scarves, boots, sweaters, the fall favorite foods to make without sweating to death in the kitchen. And this year, I AM LOVING FALL in our new apartment!
The views are amazing! This place is such a joy to live in.....we are living it up!
CAN WE GO TRAVEL NOW? Pleeeeeeease?!
We are getting SO SO antsy! We are calling this "The Year of Kansas" because in the almost 3 years we have been on the road, we have yet to be at our home base SO MUCH! Our family is loving it, and we are too, but once you get used to travel, well, being in one place for so long - its tricky.
I miss the sounds of the RV starting up, the feeling I get in my heart, and the excited chatter of the kids as they set up their hang out spots for a travel day. I miss flipping open the Trip Advisor app to study up on local things to see, eat and do. I miss getting to shop at funky cool farmers markets weekly, and unique grocery stores. I miss the simplicity of a 400 square foot space to live in. I miss my family! When we are home, we are way busier and see less of each other, unless we MAKE it happen.
I am telling you, we love being here, this space is such a JOY to live in. It is simple, but beautiful and we love how it turned out. We love being close to our family and church family, to local favorite shops and fall festivities. We love being gone. We love being in our tiny home on wheels. We love seeing new sites and countryside each day.....
OH MY GOODNESS, HOW CONFUSING! ;)
So while I have you here, let me show you what we have been doing on the apartment.....
We have made the decision to pause the porch until next Spring. We really want to do this smart and not go in debt over it. So daydream it with me for now!
There is a roof on here now, I just don't seem to have an updated pic of the whole thing, sorry!
We will do cement at that time, and build a screened in area on the far side over there and make it into an outdoor living and dining room......
There will be a sidewalk here leading from the front to back, and we'll add landscaping etc. See how pretty it looks when it's all lit up at night? I think its going to look nice.
We will make sure bushes hide those pipe thingies.
Then we want to add a little gravel path through the trees here and making a circle around our fire pit. I'd like to find some cool wooden chairs that can just always sit out here in a circle.
Inside, we are enjoying our new hearth and new to us pellet stove. It's in and cranking!!!!! Man it puts out good heat and its actually currently the only heat source we use. House is 74 upstairs and totally cozy!!! IMPRESSIVE.
I haven't been up to running into Hobby Lobby, but hope to get a tall FALL sign or something with some height variety this week to finish our mantel. I just used what I had kept from the old house for now. (Mostly I am just excited to decorate it for Christmas)
Do you all have fun Thanksgiving plans?
We are going to meet my dad, step mom and Florida family in Georgia at a really cool RV park with horses, hiking and beautiful views. I am so so excited! Then we think we'll be back here for our first Christmas in the apartment......
It may all depend on when the guy building our staircase can fit us in. We still need to get that project started!
I am thinking finding orange, white and blue decor for a tree and mantel could be REALLY fun and REALLY challenging. I am up for it! :)
If you follow us on Instagram you know I FINALLY found a retro clock for the main floor. No more searching for phones to see what time it is!!!!
Finding a retro clock is harder than you think, they all seem to be "barn" and antique in the rustic sense right now. But then, I found KitCat! Eeeeek!
It's tail and eyes move back and forth with every single tick tock!!!!!
Last night was the Trunk or Treat at our church, my throat has been bothering me, so I stayed home, but sweet Nana took the kids. I should've made her jump in the photo, but Destiny the sassy teenager went as "HERSELF". Haha! :)
That's all from here for now! Praying you have such a good week......
You are invited to be my guest at a facebook event, an essential oils class, from the comfort of your home! I plan to post to our Facebook event page, and you can simply read along!
Here is a sneak peek video of our topic. Remember, this is round 2, due to popular demand, so the dates have changed, but the info remains the same. :)
October 23rd at 7pm CST right here.
Can't wait to spend time with you!
I am so so sorry its been so quiet on the personal part of this blog. We lost Dale's grandma, and in a whirlwind of emotions, celebrated her life and spent a lot of time with the family in her weeks on earth.
Alot of the family managed to share a bug in the process. Thank goodness for oils! We are on our feet and back to normal life again.
Check out these amazing photos that were part of the memorial service slideshow:
We are teaching oil classes every weekend, next ones coming up in Kansas city and Dallas. Even Dale taught a real men love oils mens panel class, they had so much fun! :) I can never get photos once class starts, cause I am the teacher, haha, but here are some pics of our set up!
We had a massive moving/garage sale and got rid of 150 boxes worth of house hold items that had been in storage for 2 1/2 years, feels good to officially get it GONE!
The rest got donated to charity yesterday! :)
The girls worked super hard for several days, preparing a bake sale. They made Brown Sugar Pumpkin cookies and Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies. Mmmmm!!!!
We have 3 major projects to work on yet, and so many tiny annoying detail projects, before we leave for the winter. We want to get further on the porch, get stair railing put in, and put the pellet stove in our living room, with back splash and mantel. Right now, all those bigger things require a professional to come in and help, so we are playing the waiting game for parts and our turn.
Take a look around! :)
The big photo travel wall by the blue USA will have to wait, it sure adds up when you want to order 50 canvas prints at a time! ;)
Waiting for railing:
Light are up in bathroom, outlet in the phone box, this is where the cell phones park at night, and cannot be checked out by a certain 14 year old, until all her school is DONE!
Future spot for pellet stove. After MONTHS of looking, we found WHITE! And at a wonderful price.
Yay! I thought black would be too "cabin" for our retro theme. And we love that there is no big pipe going out the ceiling or having to put the stove practically in the middle of the room to get enough clearance, like the wood burning stoves we looked at.
We love the wood heat so much, but are willing to give pellet a go for the space saving and for the little we plan to winter here. We plan to heat the whole home this way!
I am anxious for Dale to get these silver backsplash tiles up, and build me a mantel! White of course.
In the meantime, we are baking up a storm and enjoying our new place! I spend a lot of time hunting my family down in this GIANT (to us) space! Hahaha :)
We really love this place, and our forest around us has been a joy to relax in, in the evenings.
That's it from here! Hope you all are doing well....tomorrow I have an invite going out for you that I hope you'll consider! :)
We are wrapping up our oil series today. Catch up by clicking the FALL in Love with oils category.
Did you learn a lot? Did you FALL in love with natural solutions to your health?
I hope you eyes were open to all the amazing possibilites!!!
So just to be sure everybody’s got it, let's review what we covered yesterday:
Becoming a Wholesale Member and participating in the Loyalty Rewards Program, is going to save you the MOST money! You cannot buy safe, natural, beyond organic products this affordably at the store. PLUS, this one comes to your home with paid back shipping too!
Friends DO NOT let friends pay retail! I became a wholesale member with an enrollment kit. The kits are bundled so that you are receiving your products below even the wholesale price. And did I mention your membership is included in the cost of the kit? It really is the best way to get started!
Dale and I save 25% with our doTERRA wholesale membership AND another 30% comes back to us in points that I get to go shopping with, for more amazing doTERRA for our home. That is an AMAZING 55% off of the products we use and love in our home that are healthy and safe for our family too!!!!
Did you see a kit you wanted yesterday? What are you waiting for? Lets get your kit picked out and I'll help you get your order in!
Did you know, in general people can not keep a secret? Especially when they are SUPER EXCITED about something!!!!
It’s totally true. People who experience and love essential oils are naturally inclined to share with others. For those who are interested in earning some part-time money, or even making REAL income, doTERRA is a great business opportunity.
Dale and I are Diamonds with doTERRA, and we have an AMAZING team of people all over the country who share the oils and get paid.
We know LOTS of men and women who are making consistent money each month. No inventory. No delivering products. No monthly quotas.
It's all about sharing the oils and helping others discover a better way. If you think this is something you’d be interested in learning more about leave a comment and let's chat more!
One last thing, before I go.
Do you dream of living a life you don’t need a vacation from?
Dale and I do doTERRA full time as our job, and we adore it. Dale was able to retire from his 14 year insurance job at age 34 because doTERRA completely changed our home in not only health, but healthy finances too.
Now, we share our passion for oils and natural health, and get to bless families along the way with healing products for their home, free oils, AND income that is completely life changing.
What a joy!
We are always looking for people who are passionate about helping others. Motivated people who seek extra income and want to change their lives.
Maybe its YOU we've been praying for?! :)
Use the contact form on this website to get a hold of me and we can chat more. I am so excited to visit with you! We can talk oils, we can talk opportunity, or we can talk BOTH. DoTERRA is for all people, whether you want to use the oils yourself, share them in passing with others, or intentionally build a pipeline of residual income in the process.
Thanks for joining me for our FALL in Love with doTERRA oils event. I'd love to answer any questions you have or visit more.
Prizes will be drawn soon, from commenters collected from each days blog!!!!!!!!!
We are on day 4 of 5 of our oil series....
Catch up using the FALL in Love with Oils category on the right hand side of this blog!!
Have you discovered that there is an oil for EVERYTHING life throws your way this time of year?
It's SO TRUE! You can empower your family to live better, chose better and feel better with doTERRA.
You never oil alone, we offer an amazing community of online support for all your oil questions!
We call ourselves the doTERRA Dorothy’s as a little nod to our OZ Kansas roots, where our team began. There are now Dorothy’s all over the globe. We’d love to have you join our oil family!
So how do we know which oils to use for what?
It’s easy! We just look it up! Everything we’ve talked about in this series, I have read in a book or learned on our support pages simply by reading.
There are several reference books available. All are published by 3rd parties and contain excellent information to get you started with essential oils. They contain things from the latest research, science behind the oils, reflexology charts, recipes, and an alphabetical guide to health concerns and protocols. If you know your ABC’s and can read, YOU CAN USE ESSENTIAL OILS!
I’m all about getting the most value for your dollar and saving some money. You can buy your oils retail but WHY?!
DoTERRA gives away a FREE wholesale membership with an enrollment kit.
What is an enrollment kit?
Well, it’s a bundle of deeply discounted oils that belong together. The best ones for starting to heal from home naturally, thus eliminating the guessing game for you!
DoTERRA throws in a free wholesale membership in every kit, that saves you 25% off future purchases AND all the good kits, come with a FREE DIFFUSER!!!
This Natural Solutions kit is my BEST seller, because of all its amazing savings and perks! It comes with $100 in product credit to shop with AND everyones favorite diffuser, valued at almost $100 as well.
I can explain how it all works later, after we get it ordered for you.
You get a little bit of everything, on guard immune boosting and household products, the awesome vitamins you need for energized living, and some of the spa line!
Check out all the enrollment kits here and then let us know which one you have selected! We want to help you order so you can for sure get the best value, and end up in our Dorothy family!
Which one do you want the MOST!?
There is a way that you can buy your doTERRA products and save even MORE money. It’s called our Loyalty Rewards Program. It's basically like frequent flyer miles for oil shoppers, the more you shop, the more you save.
You earn points off your monthly purchases that you can spend like dollars on more items, as well as getting FREE products and paid back shipping costs.
Sign up for the LRP and you can save up to 30% MORE on your regular purchases. Yup, 25% off with wholesale membership and an extra 30% savings because of loyalty rewards points. Thats a combined savings of 55% off the safe, natural, beyond organic products I want to fill my home with, WITHOUT breaking the bank!
OH and do I ever love cashing in my free points!!! Last month I had $200 to spend!!!!!! SHOPPING SPREEEEEEEE!!!
This short 2 min video will explain the awesome perks even better. Watch it before going on!
You are going to LOVE your new oils! And we will be with you every step of the way to show you how to use them and use them WELL!!!
I am wrapping up this series tomorrow, then we give out PRIZES!!! Comment below and tell me what you are most excited about for an extra chance to win.
Welcome back! Part 3 of FALL into love with oils, and preparation for the under the weather season, just around the corner. Breathe easy, we have an oil for ANYTHING life throws your way!
Catch up here:
This Breathe stick is a must have for the upcoming fall/winter weather. All natural ingredients to help with upper respiratory problems.
Eucalyptus: With a light, airy scent, Eucalyptus essential oil has been known to promote feelings of clear breathing and relaxation.
Peppermint: A member of the mint family, Peppermint oil can help promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function.
Melaleuca: Among many benefits, Melaleuca oil can help protect against environmental and seasonal threats and support healthy immune system function.
Lemon: Not only does Lemon essential oil possess a clean, fresh scent, but it is also known to support healthy respiratory function.
Cardamom: A warm, spicy essential oil, Cardamom oil promotes clear breathing and respiratory health, making it an important part of the doTERRA Breathe blend.
Smells amazing and works amazing! Use for chest tightness, congestion, before a work out to improve performance. We also have a breathe respiratory drop!
Needing more support? Check out this Sinus Steamer.
Give our Steam Cup a try, you will be amazed how it opens chest and stuffy nasal passages. It is also great for a nagging cough.
Close your eyes, its mentholy! 😊 I also like to replace oregano with breathe oil in the above recipe, unless it’s a really deep chest cough, then you want that powerhouse oil in there.
This works INSTANTLY!
Speaking of Oregano, when we are down, I also apply oregano and on guard to our feet bottoms often for their amazing properties!
You can make up a roller of the following oils and kick some COOTIES before they make your family feel BAD! Apply often to feet bottoms and feel better quickly.
Do you all do fall sports at your house? Do you need relief from minor aches and pains?
This is definitely a doTERRA favorite......
Sometimes, fall can bring some extra STRESS with the holidays and work stresses......UGH!
Do not worry, we have an oil for that!
Fall means back to school, earlier bedtimes and extra rest to promote good immunity! If you aren’t sleeping, you are healing, restoring or re-builiding your body.
My go to for our 4 children is balance, serenity and serenity softgels. They fall asleep quicker, and they get better rest! I have a griner, a yeller, a thrasher and a buzzer, they all can tell a difference when we run out of serenity softgels. Mommy can tell who hasn’t taken their’s when she tucks them in.
I haven’t ever slept as good as I do with serenity and balance in my diffuser and serenity softgels internally!
Depriving your body of sleep has been associated with many health risks and places a tremendous burden on virtually every organ system in your body! The average American does NOT get enough sleep!
Lack of adequate sleep affects our ability to lose or maintain a healthy weight; influences how we feel, learn, and behave; and negatively impacts our cardiovascular health and overall wellness. The less sleep you get, the less opportunity you give your body to heal and prepare itself for the following day, reducing overall quality of life.
In other words, SLEEP IS IMPORTANT!!!!! :)
Essential oils like Lavender and Bergamot are rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, compounds that have well-known relaxing properties. These oils can be diffused aromatically in the bedroom to create a calming and peaceful environment, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep. They can also be used topically and taken internally to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and lead to a restful sleep.
Try placing two to four drops of Lavender or Bergamot essential oil in a warm, herbal tea (Chamomile, Lemongrass, etc.), or another favorite uncaffeinated beverage about 30 minutes before going to bed, or add two to four drops of Lavender into an empty capsule and swallow about 30 minutes before bed.
Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation:
•Serenity Calming Blend
Balance and serenity can be found here, where you can read more about the amazing oils they contain.
Fall can also bring SPIDERS and other creepy crawlies into your home. EWWWWW!!!!!
We have an oil for that too!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Do you have mice?
Add peppermint oil to cotton balls and throw it in your garage, basement and attic spaces. Works like a charm! We use this under the RV all the time. Smells awesome! And no poison dangerous for my kids and dogs.
Are you learning a ton? FALLing in love with oils? I know I sure have. They have changed our home for good in so many ways!
Leave a comment and share this post to FB and I'll select some winners to receive a sample of balance and serenity oil and serenity pills for a good nights rest.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow! :)
When we left off yesterday, we were discussing On Guard, my FAVORITE oil for the upcoming under the weather season.
Did you know you can enjoy On Guard Oil internally too? Yup! Tastes amazing!
Check out the immune boosting flavors of fall in this delicious On Guard Pumpkin Smoothie
Looking for other ways to boost your immunity and support your body this fall? Today I have so much more to share about other great items to have on hand.
Probiotics are an excellent way! Because over 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive system, gut health should be the major focal point of a healthy immune system.
A high-quality probiotic can help with:
- digestion and absorption
- producing vitamins, absorbing minerals and eliminating toxins
- keeping the "bad" bacteria numbers un control
- seasonal distress
- providing important support for the immune system
Along with healthy eating, proper sleep and a healthy mindset, you can really enjoy all the fall has to offer!
Did you know doTERRA probiotics contain 5 BILLION cfu’s of live bacteria? The ones at the store have about 3,000, thats a big difference!
Did you know doTERRA Probioitcs are dual encapsulated with a prebiotic that opens in your tummy, allowing the probiotic to “survive” the tummy acids and do its work deep in your intestines?
Yup, and our kids Probiotic Jr is encapsulated as well with a prebiotic too. GENIUS!
Do you suffer from seasonal distress in Fall AND Spring? We have oils for those itchy, sneeszy, watery problems!
Do you experience these seasonal discomforts in the fall?
When they start, I know it's time to grab my lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils. Looking back, I don't know how I did without them. I hated the side effects of over the counter options, not to mention the cost. Now I get relief with just pennies a drop!
You can enjoy your oils aromatically too, all natural scents, no fragrance and no chemicals.
Forget wax melts and candles that are harmful top your family, use oils and water in your diffuser to make your house smell AWESOME 8 hours at a time. My aromalite diffuser is going 24x7. I love that I can pick a smell and craft a recipe with just a few oils and have something new.
Make the inside of your home smell like all things warm and amazing with dōTERRA essential oils, but also boost immune systems, eliminate airborne pathogens and germs, all while making your house smell GOOD!!!! Safe, pure, natural, non-toxic and with health and wellness benefits! 😊
And more diffuser recipes then you can even imagine for you to try.....
Don’t have a diffuser yet? You should get one! They come free with all the good enrollment kits!
For now, bring the essence of Fall into your home with this easy, DIY potpourri!
Looking for gift giving ideas for your fall party or gatherings? How about a festive sugar scrub? Or room spray? Easy to make and pennies on the dollar!
Comment and share this post on FB and be entered to win a 2 ounce sample of your choice of the above fall room sprays!
Tomorrow we dig deeper into sniffles and sneezes, aches and pains and more......
Pumpkins, Apple Cider, Leaves and Cheer, uh oh "under the weather" season is here!
It's FALL! Oh how I love fall. Boots and sweaters, apple and pumpkin spice everything, crisp air and cooler temps!
Sadly, with that ushers in lowered immune systems and more days under the weather!
Over the next few days, I am going to talk about some of the ways our family uses oils during the fall and winter to stay healthy. We haven't had to go to the doctor for an UNwell visit in 3 years now, thanks to the powerhouse essential oils that now fill my bathroom cabinet.
I want to help you be prepared for whatever life throws your way!
Immune Boosting Smells GOOD!!!!!
Meet On Guard.
Think Fall. In a bottle.
Oh my lanta does it smell awesome! :) Oranges, clove and cinnamon. Non-toxic with health benefits.
We use this DAILY, all throughout the "feeling under the weather" season with amazing results!!!!!
Apply to pulse points on the way out the door, sip 2 drops in a mug of hot water with raw honey, or diffuse in your home to make it smell like fall AND boost immunity.
Support a strong healthy immune system this fall with doTERRA's On Guard.
•supports healthy immune function
•protects against environmental threats
•purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
•energizing and uplifting aroma
I will not be without this POWERHOUSE oil in our home! Its a fav! I love how it smells, how it tastes, how it WORKS.
Need an extra big pick me up for the immune system?! Check out this bad boy, On Guard +! This soft gel is PACKED with on guard and extra ninja fighters.
doTERRA On Guard+
Providing an easy way to enjoy the benefits of the doTERRA On Guard blend, doTERRA On Guard+ Softgels are full of essential oils known for strengthening and maintaining the immune system, particularly when environmental threats are high. Each doTERRA On Guard+ Softgel is encapsulated in a vegetarian capsule, and offers all of the immune-supporting benefits that doTERRA On Guard oils like Melissa, Oregano, and Black Pepper have to offer.
Wild Orange: One major benefit of Wild Orange oil is that it can help protect the body against seasonal threats—making it the perfect addition to the doTERRA On Guard blend.*
Clove: Clove essential oil can be used to support a healthy immune system.*
Black Pepper: To help support healthy circulation, doTERRA uses Black Pepper oil in the doTERRA On Guard formula.*
Cinnamon: A key ingredient in the doTERRA On Guard Blend, Cinnamon oil is known to promote healthy immune function.*
Eucalyptus: The cleansing, purifying nature of Eucalyptus oil makes it a helpful addition to doTERRA On Guard+ Softgels.*
Oregano: Helpful for maintaining a healthy immune system, Oregano oil plays a major role in the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend formula.*
Rosemary: Also used in doTERRA On Guard, Rosemary oil may help support the digestive system.*
Melissa: Many people use Melissa oil to help support a healthy immune system.
You can read more here:
Another great way I keep our family healthy is to wipe down surfaces.....
Good bye germs, hello amazing smelling clean house!
I use On Guard Cleaner Concentrate in a spray bottle to surfaces like countertops, toilets, sink faucets, door knobs, remotes and the like around our home. We can stay germ free using NATURAL products that smell amazing like orange, clove and cinnamon!
The doTERRA On Guard cleaning products are a highly effective way to clean surfaces while preventing exposure to toxins. I also suggest using Lemon, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Purify Cleansing Blend, or the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend. I use this concentrate for dish soap and toilet bowel cleaner too!
Look how many bottles of cleaner, one little concentrate can make! This is going to save you so much money!
The real key to a healthy home is good HAND WASHING! I make my kids go wash the second we come in the door from church or the store.
I love that we no longer have to use the nasty antibacterial soaps, that are harsh and hand drying, that strip your body of all the natural bacteria needed to live. Its dangerous for our earth too, as it washes into waterways and upsets the delicate balance in nature.
In fact, did you know that recently the FDA banned antibacterial soaps? Yup. They finally are seeing how harmful it really is. Stores have until April to get it off their shelves.
DoTERRA foaming hand soap is not antibacterial, so it just goes after the bad bacteria, while leaving the good behind to help you live healthy! We love it so much, Dale asks if we can pack it in my purse when we leave for the day so we don't have to use the nasty public restroom soaps.
Did you know that regular alcohol based sanitizers strip your hands of their natural oils, making them prone to dry and crack? Also that killing 99.99% of bacteria isn't a great thing, as listed above?
You can choose better and make your OWN or buy the brand NEW doTERRA On Guard ready made one! It smells so good, people are ALWAYS asking me what I have in my bottle.
Can't wait to continue our series with you, I want you ready for anything life throws your way this fall and winter......
Comment AND share this post on FB for a chance to win an on guard sanitizing mist of your very own!