Monday, July 17, 2017

doTERRA Deals: Summer BOGO Week

It's that time again: doTERRA's BOGO Promotion! This week doTERRA is offering a daily Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) deal with different essential oils and products—a great way to build up your essential oils supply!

Friday's Deal:

The weekend is here and it's time to relax...I can't think of two better blends for doing just that. I like to diffuse and apply these blends when I want to de-stress: Serenity while I sleep, and Balance while I work!

Serenity is a calming blend of oils such as lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, and vanilla. It promotes a calm feeling and restful sleep, lessening tension. I like to apply it to the bottoms of my feet and my wrists as I get ready for bed. 

Balance is a blend of oils such as frankincense, chamomile, and spruce that promotes tranquility and harmony, while easing anxious feelings. In addition to diffusing it in my office, I like to put in on the back of my neck to help me feel balanced.

To take advantage of today's deal, please visit my doTERRA site:, select Shop on my site, search Serenity and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Balance will automatically be added to your cart!

Thursday's Deal:

You will never buy perfume again once you have these lovelies in your life! Part of the Emotional Aromatherapy Touch Collection, these blends of oils are created to balance your moods as they change. I already have the Cheer and Peace Touch roll-ons, and I'm excited to add these two to my collection!

Passion is a blend of oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Clove Bud, Sandalwood Wood, and Vanilla Bean Absolute, that work together to ignite feelings of excitement and joy, while counteracting feelings of boredom and disinterest.

Console blends oils such as Frankincense Resin, Patchouli Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, and Rose Flower to promote feelings of comfort and hope in time of grief and hopelessness. 

To take advantage of today's deal, please visit my doTERRA site:, select Shop on my site, search Passion Touch and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Console Touch will automatically be added to your cart!

Wednesday's Deal:
I'm really excited about this deal because these are two products that I use frequently! 

Peppermint is one of the most useful oils! Alone, it can be applied topically to ward off spiders, open airways, and prevent nausea. It can also be diffused or taken internally along with lemon and lavender to protect from allergens. 

PastTense is a blend of oils, such as peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and chamomile, in a convenient roll-on bottle. I apply it to my temples and the back of my neck when I have tension headaches or tense muscles. It has a calming effect on both the mind and body!

To take advantage of today's deal, please visit my doTERRA site:, select Shop on my site, search Peppermint 15mL and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free PastTense will automatically be added to your cart!

Tuesday's Deal:
In other words, this deal is a savings of over $40!

  • Contains 10 digestive enzymes designed to help break down food when it is deficient as a result of being cooked, processed, and filled with preservatives
  • Take 1 if food is healthy and organic
  • Take 3 if eating highly processed food
This blend of oils is designed to aid in digestion, soothe upset stomach, and maintain overall digestive health. You can apply topically to your stomach or drink 1-2 drops in water (it tastes like licorice). I like to take 2 drops in a Veggie Cap, and I also use it to relieve sinus pressure around my ears and forehead (dilute it with coconut oil first for sensitivity).

To take advantage of today's deal, please visit my doTERRA site:, select Shop on my site, search TerraZyme and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free DigestZen will automatically be added to your cart!

Monday's Deal: 

Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil, Melaleuca has so many health benefits! It's great for skin care and cleaning:
  • Combine 1 drop with your favorite lotion along with 1 drop of Lavender Oil after shaving to prevent razor burn
  • Blend a drop or two with your shampoo to promote a healthy scalp
  • Apply to finger nails and toe nails with a cotton swab after showering to keep nails looking healthy
  • Use 1 drop with your favorite facial cleanser for added cleansing properties
  • Add 5 drops to a spray bottle with water to use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats

Purify has wonderful aromatic and cleansing properties as well:
  • Diffuse to purify and freshen the air
  • Freshen smaller rooms (or a car) by placing a few drops of Purify Cleansing Blend on a cotton ball and putting it into the air vent
  • Add 5 drops to a small spray bottle with water and use to wipe down countertops
  • Use to soothe away irritations from bug bites
  • Add a few drops to the rinse cycle when doing laundry to help eliminate odor
To take advantage of today's deal, please visit my doTERRA site:, select Shop on my site, search Melaleuca 15mL and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Purify will automatically be added to your cart!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Y'ALL. For the first time in the history of lake trips, I did NOT get bitten by any bugs. This is BIG. I have a love-hate relationship with mosquitos, as in I hate how much they love me. As someone who usually comes home from the lake with multiple bug bites, to be sitting here itch-free feels like a miracle. 

I've tried every citronella candle and bug spray on the market, and nothing has worked. I love essential oils (so much so that I became a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Oils) and I'm always looking for new ways to use them. I stumbled upon a homemade bug spray recipe on via Pinterest (naturally), and tweaked it a little bit in hopes that it would ward off ants, spiders, gnats, and of course, mosquitos. If you had told me a year ago that I'd be making my own bug spray, I would have laughed. But, well, here we are. 

In a 5 oz. spray bottle I added the following:
2 oz. water
2 oz. witch hazel 
20 drops lavender essential oil 
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil 
10 drops peppermint oil

I'm so thankful this little potion told those bugs to buzz off! I sprayed in on my feet, legs, and arms, and I also applied it to any other areas of skin that were exposed (I would recommend spraying it on your children's clothes instead of directly on their skin due to possible sensitivity). When I got home, I sprayed it around all of my doors and windows, as well as around my bed and on my pillows. If you decide to make this spray for yourself, be sure to shake it up before each use. Diffusing these four oils together would also be a great way to keep those unwanted critters away.

If I can answer any questions about essential oils for you, please leave a comment. If you're interested in ordering doTERRA Oils, please visit my website: Happy June!

Monday, February 20, 2017

doTERRA Deal Days: BOGO

This week doTERRA has been offering a daily Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) deal with different oils/products--a great way to build up your essential oils supply!

If you are interested, please visit my doTERRA site:

Saturday's BOGO:

Peace promotes feelings of peace, reassurance, and contentment. It counteracts anxious and fearful emotions. 
Cheer promotes feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, and happiness. It counteracts negative emotions.
Let the good times roll...on your temples, back of neck, or bottom of feet!

To take advantage of today's deal, select Shop on my site, search Peace Touch and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Cheer Touch will automatically be added to your cart!

Friday's BOGO: 

This is a great time to get a second diffuser for work/home, or to give as a gift!
Breathe is an awesome blend of oils such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, and Lemon that promotes feelings of clear airways & easy breathing, as well minimizes the threat of seasonal illnesses. If you suffer from allergies and frequent colds, Breathe is the best blend to have!
Wild Orange has an energizing aroma, and when added to your water, it can promote overall health and antioxidant support. It smells lovely and is one of my favorite oils to diffuse!

To take advantage of today's deal, select Shop on my site, search Petal Diffuser and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Breathe and Wild Orange will automatically be added to your cart!

Thursday's BOGO:
Douglas Fir can be used to purify your skin and the air. You can use it to clean and to promote positive feelings, especially when used with a citrus oil like Lime.
Speaking of Lime, not only does this lovely oil purify the air and promote positivity like Douglas Fir does, it's also great in the kitchen! You can use it in guacamole, drink recipes, desserts, and more!
I like to think of this deal as "Christmas in Margaritaville"!

To take advantage of today's deal, select Shop on my site, search Douglas Fir 15mL and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Lime will automatically be added to your cart!

Wednesday's BOGO:

DigestZen is terrific for treating an upset stomach. I also like to put it on my forehead to break up sinus pressure, which comes in handy since I live in the allergy capital of the world.
Marjoram has an array of benefits: it promotes cardiovascular and immune health, it's great to cook with, and to calm feelings of stress. 
This duo is a wealth of health!

To take advantage of today's deal, select Shop on my site, search DigestZen 15mL and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Marjoram will automatically be added to your cart!

Tuesday's BOGO:
I heart the way Spearmint smells! It's one of my favorites to diffuse. Spearmint is a great go-to for an upset stomach, and it is a good alternative to Peppermint on younger children's sensitive skin. It increases focus & has an uplifting effect on mood.
Peppermint is right up there with Lavender & Lemon as one of my most-used oils. Not only does it work well for allergies, Peppermint both calms anxious feelings and focuses attention. It's a great oil to fight feelings of nausea. I like to use Peppermint when the afternoon food coma kicks in as an energy boost! Basically, you'll be in "mint condition" with this duo.

To take advantage of today's deal, select Shop on my site, search Spearmint 15mL and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Peppermint will automatically be added to your cart!

Monday's BOGO:

These are two of my favorite doTERRA products! I like to diffuse On Guard, take it orally (2-3 drops in a veggie capsule), and put it on the bottom of my feet to boost my immune system. I find it especially soothing when my throat feels sore. With its blend of such oils as Wild Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon, it smells like the holidays! 
And meanwhile my love for Lavender knows no bounds! In other words, this first deal is downright dreamy.

To take advantage of Monday's deal, select Shop on my site, search On Guard 15mL and select Add to Cart. Once you have finished shopping, click Proceed to Checkout. The free Lavender will automatically be added to your cart!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

An Ode to Lavender

In the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love [lavender]? Let me count the ways.”

 I’ve always had an affinity for the scent of lavender (and the color). But since being introduced to the power of lavender essential oil, I’ve fallen for this flower even more. If I were only allowed to purchase one essential oil, I would choose lavender. It’s the most versatile essential oil—I use it everyday!

Lavender is known for it’s calming properties, and thus, I use it each night to wind down. I put a few drops on my pillow & sheets, as well as on the bottom of my feet. I also diffuse it while I sleep. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can put a few drops on your air filter (which I also do from time to time).

 In addition, I put several drops of lavender with water in a spray bottle to create a natural spider repellant. I sprayed the carpet around my doorways and windows, as well as the curtains. Not only has it made my house smell pleasant, I’m happy to report that I’ve seen a lot less arachnids around these parts.

I’ve been using Norwex dryer balls instead of dryer sheets for nearly two years now. I like to put a few drops of lavender on each dryer ball, which leaves my laundry smelling lovely!

I’ve also stopped using perfumes & body sprays in favor of essential oils. Naturally, lavender is one of my favorites to use.

For a girl like me who suffers from environmental allergies, lavender is a lifesaver. When ingested with lemon & peppermint essential oil, lavender helps me to breathe easier. The doTERRA TriEase Softgels are part of my morning routine. Diffusing these three oils together can also help promote a healthy respiratory system. The Introduction to Essential OilsKit includes one 5mL bottle of lavender, lemon, and peppermint, and is an inexpensive way to begin using these fabulous oils. 

I could go on and on about my love of lavender! For more information on this wonderful essential oil, please visit the doTERRA website.

If you would like to order your own bottle of lavender essential oil, please contact me or visit my webpage

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

I’m pretty sure that the worldwide consensus is that the past 365 days have been the worst, and I’m not here to dispute that by any means. On a personal level, this has been the toughest year I’ve ever experienced.

Normally, when I blog on the last day of the year, I reflect on all the blessings bestowed upon me. But I’m not going to do that this time. I’m ready to move on from 2016 and look ahead to 2017.

Please don’t interpret this as me saying that nothing positive happened this year, because there were still plenty of things that occurred for which I’m grateful; namely that I was reminded yet again what a phenomenal support system of family and friends that I have. I tried to write about the good stuff, you guys, I really did. But I just kept thinking about the struggles and ended up staring at a blank computer screen.

So this time around, I’m dedicating my energy on the last day of the year to the next 365 days. There’s a lot to look forward to…

Improved Health: Thanks to the Weight Watchers app, I lost 50 pounds this year! I’m planning to keep this train rolling while also increasing my physical fitness (my new job comes with a free gym membership-woo hoo!). Cheers to buying smaller clothes and feeling great!

A New Career Path (emphasis on the word, Career): It was always my dream to be back at my alma mater one day, and the highlight of the year was definitely making that dream come true. After two weeks as the Assistant Director of Career Development at my beloved university, I’m happy to say it has truly felt like coming home. I’m looking forward to being the primary Career Advisor for students, as well as teaching an internship preparation course, and collaborating with other departments on campus. It’s amazing to me that on this day last year I was at the lowest point on my career path, and just 365 days later, I am elated about the direction my professional life is headed.

A New Business Venture: I must say, I never saw myself as the type of person to be involved with sales of any kind, but after using doTERRA essential oils & products for the past two years, I decided in November to become a Wellness Advocate. I’m excited to educate others about the health benefits of essential oils and how to use them in their daily lives. I have MUCH more to say about this, so stay tuned for future blog posts. In the meantime, please visit my website to learn more.

Volunteering: I haven’t quite decided where or how, but I know that I want to give back to my community. I’ve spent the past three years mentoring college students at my alma mater, (which is what ultimately led me to discover my passion for career advising), but I’m ready to donate my time in another way. I’ve considered being a Big Sister for years, and I’ve also looked at the Metro United Way volunteer site for tutoring/mentoring opportunities. What is something you’ve done as a volunteer that you loved? Any recommendations are welcome!

More Time With Family: After the health scares our family experienced this year, I’m beyond grateful that we make it a priority to get together every week. If you’ve visited my blog before, you probably know that being an aunt to my sweet niece and nephew is my favorite thing in the world. I’m looking forward to watching them grow and learn, and I’m going to soak up as many minutes laughing with my family as possible.

More Doing What I Love: A lot of my energy was focused on my career this past year, and I let the things that I love to do fall to the wayside. I used to be the queen of leisure time, but I swear I forgot how to relax. This year I’m looking forward to reading & writing more, traveling more (I need a beach vacation like yesterday), and spending more time with my friends (in other words: restaurant visits, concerts, and hosting get-togethers). These are the things that make my heart happy and these are the things of which I need much more in the coming year.

I feel like if I asked the Magic 8-Ball how 2017 was going to go, it would say, “Outlook Is Good”. And speaking of good, it’s officially time to say GOODbye (and GOOD riddance) to 2016, and hello to Twenty-Seventeen. Cheers to the year ahead!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

LCM is O-N-E

Happiest 1st Birthday to the happiest boy I know! I can't believe it has already been a year since he came into our lives.

My precious nephew loves to eat, go on wagon rides, and play peekaboo. He adores his sister! He likes to roar like a lion, but there is no better sound than his giggle. When he blows me a kiss or waves his little hand bye-bye, it melts my heart every time. 

In a year that has been particularly challenging for our family, he has been a constant ray of sunshine. He is truly a blessing!

No matter what we call him-Lucas, Hamcat, Hammy, Luker, or Bubski-he answers to each name with a smile that lights up the room. He's the best nephew an aunt could ever hope to have. I've loved getting to see him grow over the past year and I look forward to many, many birthdays to come. Happy 1st Birthday, sweet boy!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad

I’m a hopeless romantic, and it’s all my parents’ fault.

In July of 1976, at the age of 18, my dad and his friend went on vacation to Daytona Beach. They weren’t happy with the location of their original hotel, so they checked into a different hotel closer to the pier, a move that would prove to change my parents' lives forever.

My dad walked out on the balcony of his new room, and noticed my mom in the pool. As the story goes, they met shortly thereafter in the hotel elevator, and were inseparable the rest of the week. 

As Dad tells it, he no sooner left Daytona, and Mom wrote him a letter to send to his home in Louisville, Kentucky. He wrote one back and sent it to her home in LaSalle, Illinois. That was just the beginning of the several letters, long-distance phone calls, and road trips to come over the next few months, a courtship I find especially impressive considering it was in an age without cell phones or the Internet; an early sign of their dedication to one another.

Dad proposed to Mom on Valentine’s Day in 1977, and they were married a few months later in LaSalle on August 7, 1977--40 years ago today!

This morning, they were back in LaSalle, having breakfast with my sister, her husband, and me as we were all in town to visit my grandma. A lot has happened for my parents in 40 years—a home in Louisville, job changes, Dad’s heart attack, Mom’s kidney cancer, 3 children, 2 grandchildren—and through it all they’ve remained dedicated to one another.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize just how rare a relationship like theirs is. My siblings and I are extremely blessed to have been born to these two individuals who have always put family first. I’m incredibly grateful for their fateful meeting in Daytona so many years ago. My parents are two imperfect people who have been a perfect model of devotion, hard work, and love. Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad!