Monday, October 29, 2012

The doTERRA Story

Here's a short video about DoTERRA. It talks about how they source the plants to make the oils as well as a couple uses.

Monday, October 22, 2012


This past weekend I taught a class on iWriteNetwork on how to use Animoto. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a drag and drop video maker. You can sign up and get more options template and music wise for only $2.50 a month($30.00 annually) to $20.75 a month ($249.00 annually) or have limited templates, sound and length (30 sec only), but still, there are plenty of good choices for free. You can register at once you make your video you can share it via email or social media.
Here's one I made:

Make your own slideshow at Animoto.

These can be for anything; book trailers, author profiles, blog tours etc… let your imagination be your guide.

Step 1: Register your account. Go to
Step 2: Choose a style/template for your video
Step 3: Click on the small type below the purchase button that says Make a 30 second video for free
Step 4: - OPTIONAL – Watch the Anamoto tutorial video, or close the box, continue to step 5
Step 5: Add pictures and/or video clips **Only use pictures you own the copyright for**
Step 6: Add desired text.
Step 7: Drag text to desired location.
Step 8: Add music.
Step 9: Preview your video, it will take a minute to buffer first, be patient. When you watch it this time, the quality isn’t as high as it will be in the final product, don’t worry.
Step 10: Title your video, and give a description.
Step 11: Click the Produce button.
Step 12: Now you can watch your video!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Essential Oils

So what exactly are essential oils and how are they used? Here's what I know:

Essential oils are liquids distilled from plants--from different parts, not just the leaves. It can be from bark, flowers, seeds, roots etc... But you need to know that not all essential oils are the same, there's purity to consider as well as therapeutic value. It depends on the part of the plant that was used, soil condition, organic or not, region/climate/altitude, harvest time/method and distillation process. It's a lot to think about but it's important because you could be paying for something not as potent or even artificial.
DoTERRA is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). This means they actively pursue the purest quality and highest grade possible.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years as mankind's first medicine. Manuscripts from China talk about usages and alabaster jars have been found filled with essential

Now that you know what it is here's why they work:

Essential oils are so small on the molecular level that it's easy for them to absorb into your skin. They are lipid soluble which mean they can go through the cellular wall, within 20 minutes they can be metabolized into every sell in the body, being processed like other nutrients. Essential oils are powerful antioxidants and create a unfriendly environment for free radicals. They can be used topically, aromatically and internally.

All info is from Modern Essentials, A Contemporary Guide To The Therapeutic Use Of Essential Oils, Second Edition

Monday, October 8, 2012

Good Books

It seems like reading for me comes and goes in waves. I will read like 10 books one week and then nothing for the next. I'm sure part of it boils down to the fact that life is life and it gets busy. But here's a couple books that I've recently read and enjoyed.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Friday, October 5, 2012

I love all things natural and side-effect free. I garden organically, bike everywhere I can and even go natural with having babies, so when I first learned about doTERRA I was very interested. Once I tried it myself I was hooked. This blog isn't only about doTERRA but I will feature their products often, If you are interested in learning more about it and try it for yourself you can click here:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy Tears

Thanks to Gabbie at DesignMom for posting this. It made me cry happy tears. I thought I'd post it here for you too.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Wreath

I'm starting to want cooler temps, cardigans, boots and pumpkin cookies. How about you?

This is the first year I've put a wreath on our door. I guess I didn't put one out because I never had them on our door when I was younger. But now I've made one that stays in the living room for the spring and summer and one that's on the door, same: spring/summer. Now I need a fall wreath. I've been looking around for inspiration, here's what I've found.

This is from Pinterest so I don't know who owns the image--if you know let me know and I'll add it. :)

      This is from I love the top left and middle left wreaths they are fall with out being only Halloween you know?

This comes from I love the little sign inside the wreath.

And this last one is from I think the simple design looks nice and quick to make too.

Do you put out a wreath?

Which do you like?