Floor cleaning and care

I have used this Bona floor mop for more than 5 years, and love it. My former house cleaner recommended it, I’ve received great customer care from Bona, and it’s reasonably priced.

I especially like that I can use my Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate in it. Just 1 capful of the concentrate in a full reservoir

I bought spare pads for it because they’re washable I really like being able to access clean ones whenever I need or if I am doing the whole house. Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate works fine on all hard surfaces (hardwood, laminate, tile etc).

For carpet, hands down my favorite vacuum ever is this Shark Navigator Freestyle Upright Stick Cordless Bagless Vacuum.

My friend Jessi gets the credit for introducing me to this!

It’s able to be taken apart and fully cleaned (the filter comes out, too!) — with Thieves Household Cleaner, of course. 😉 The canister is easy to empty without making a mess. Best of all, it’s cordless! This makes it so easy to access daily, and my kiddo has been using it since he was tiny. If you have kids, limited space, mobility issues, or are just plain lazy and like a job done well: get it.

I like to use Honey Gold (a web browser extension) to check for price drops and apply coupon codes automatically! This has saved me so much money over the years and it’s free.

New convention products

Young Living released 13 new products at the 2019 Convention, and officially announced the procedures for purchasing 12 Nature’s Ultra essential oil-infused CBD products!


The owl diffuser is a huge hit at our house, but aside from hardware I have to admit my favorite things are the new toothpaste and deodorant!

I have been using natural deo for a couple years now, but not Young Living brand. The new formula (available in two scents) is amazing! I love being able to buy it from my own company now.

Thieves toothpaste is incredible and versatile, but having a whitening version is exciting because it tastes even better than Aromabright (IMO) and you don’t have to worry about it causing tooth pain or sensitivity.

More to follow on other new products! Follow the link above. 🙂

Taming Teenagers

Life with a teenager is an adventure that changes day by day, and sometimes moment by moment. I don’t have a teenager, but I *was* one once, and I have had a three-nager (does that count?). Toddlers and teens can be alike in their moodiness and lots of changes in their bodies! Having an arsenal of essential oils and essential oil products can help you navigate life with a teenager.

2 drops each of Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Peppermint can help uplift moods and give
energy. Citrus Fresh is also good for uplifting moods.

Mornings can be a mystery, never knowing what mood the teenager will be in when they wake up. This isn’t because your teen is the worst child ever raised, although it may feel like it sometimes!

Diffusing essential oils can help improve moods and even encourage good moods while someone is still waking up (not to mention, even if your teen is still a turd — you’ll feel better with oils going!). The more consistent of a routine you can get in with your teenager in the morning, the more reliable their moods can become. Incorporating your kids (of all ages!) into that routine, with both oil and non-oil related tasks can help them feel like they have ownership in what goes on in the mornings. Giving them the support of essential oils before they head off to school can help make their time at school better, both emotionally and mentally.

Thieves Vitality in a smoothie or a cup of tea can help support their immune systems.

Making a roller bottle for your teens for their feet (at the least), and the back of their neck or their forehead (if they will tolerate it) is a great way to help them focus and feel calm. Try 10 drops each of GeneYus with orange; Clarity with orange; or just pop a roller on your Brain Power. Orange is really calming and uplifting, and goes well with oils that are stronger in scent.

“Mom, I’m home!”

Does hearing this yelled through the house in the afternoon or evening make you cringe a little? It’s ok if it does. 😉 Diffusing an uplifting blend like Joy can either keep their good mood going or help pull them out of a bad one. Again, citrus oils pair well with it and do a good job of uplifting and calming at the same time. I especially love grapefruit with Joy because of the high monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are the lightweight molecules that make you happy. I like to picture them like butterflies in the air.

The Tranquil roll-on can be good for both parents and teenagers for diffusing outbursts and swells of negative emotions. I like to roll it on my neck and wrists like perfume. It’s pretty convenient to have in a roll-on form to take anywhere.

When you know emotions are high, diffusing Peace & Calming (original or the 2nd Gen, Peace & Calming II) and applying Lavender can be a good way to calm down.

Rejection, betrayal, and heartache all become more real and frequent in the life of a
teenager. Forgiveness is good for seeing the bigger picture and forgiving all parties involved in the heartache (including themselves), and Valor can be good for calming AND giving them the confidence to know they can deal with anything (plus confidence in themselves).

Whether it’s hormones, junk food, or anything in between, most teenagers will experience acne and breakouts on their face and sometimes back. The Maximum Strength Acne Treatment will be your teen’s new best friend as they fight acne throughout the teen years. It has naturally-derived salicylic acid from wintergreen to help clear acne blemishes, pimples, and blackheads; but its plant-based powers don’t stop there! Tea tree essential oil helps cleanse your skin, while manuka oil reduces the appearance of blemishes. Aside from encouraging healthy eating habits, getting into a daily face care routine (outside of spot acne treatment) is a big part in combatting breakouts. Orange Blossom Facial Wash can be used comfortably for boys and girls and helps keep faces cleansed.

As teenagers are still growing and their minds are still developing, a good night’s sleep is crucial in their physical and emotional health.

● Dream Catcher is a great oil blend to diffuse for a teenager as their heads are filled with emotions and thoughts, and Dream Catcher calms both the mind and the body. 7 drops in the diffuser is a “perfect” number.

● Peace & Calming with Frankincense is also good as it can help calm the mind and body.

● Lavender, Orange, and Cedarwood helps parents sleep well at night — usually after staying up till curfew making sure they’re actually home, amiright?

You can make a custom roller for bedtime and diffuse. I like to switch up what I use according to my mood and what “sounds good” to me. You can totally do it based on your feelings and intuition. That usually indicates what you need most. For your teen, have them pick what smells best to them!

Friends, I have saved the best tip for last: There’s actually a significant connection between gut health and mental health. When I first heard that fact, I thought it was hooey; but it’s actually science. You can learn more here, or do a little research on your own. If you want a happy teen, start with MightyPro as a probiotic. They’re individually wrapped and taste like pixie sticks.

Hope this was helpful info for you as a starting point for helping your teens (or tots!) navigate the deep waters of physical, mental and emotional growth.

To get started with essential oils, click here or if you are already part of Young Living simply log into YoungLiving.org with your username and password.

True Grit

This roller is one I made up for a friend on the fly. She was in a book club learning with about two dozen others and she actually didn’t have a book yet.

Many others fell behind while she continued to show up, read the messages in the group, and do her best to participate without even owning the book!

That’s some True Grit right there.

Motivation stimulates feelings of action and accomplishment, providing positive energy to help overcome feelings of fear and procrastination.

Magnify Your Purpose stimulates the endocrine system for greater energy flow to the right hemisphere of the brain, activating creativity, motivation, and focus. This helps strengthen commitment to purpose, desire, and intentions until you realize your goals.

Peppermint acts as a driver for the other oils. It’s purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind. Research indicates that peppermint aroma, inhaled during mental tasks, may help attention, performance, and focus (Barker, et al., 2003).

I added red aventurine chips to the roller. I did so intuitively, but looked up this stone for the sake of my readers.

Red Aventurine is stone of manifestation through action. It draws upon the elements of Earth and Fire to increase the flow of prana, or life force, in re-vitalizing the physical body and focusing its energy to get things done.

Well, no wonder.

My gritty friend loves the blend. I got the roller from Root and Petal and I get my crystal chips for rollers from Shelly’s Rock Shop & Classroom. They’re $1.25/teaspoon and I love them in the clear roller bottles with colorful tops. Hope you enjoy this blend.

Elderberry syrup with essential oils

It’s time to get your elderberries for flu season, folks! The prices have gone UP by nearly 100% in the last month, so get them now before they’re all SOLD OUT like they were last year. You REALLY want organic berries because you are making a concentrate, and a private seller is more likely to be truly organic (no herbicides, pesticides). You don’t want concentrated herbicides and pesticides in your syrup! Defeats the point.

Currently, this is the best deal of all Amazon sellers and the brand I have bought for the season. I use the Honey internet browser extension to see price changes. It’s only gone UP, so I would get it before it goes up again or is sold out. ($40/lb is expensive but still much more affordable than purchasing bottled syrup!)

This is my favorite recipe:

Combine 2/3 cup elderberries and 3.5 cups water in your Instant Pot. Set the manual time to 5 minutes. NPR 10 mins, release pressure, remove lid, and put on Saute for about 20 mins or until liquid is reduced by about half. Let cool to lukewarm. Strain the liquid into your storage jar and discard the elderberries. Add 1 c. raw honey, 5 drops Young Living Thieves essential oil, and 10 drops Young Living orange essential oil. Both of these can be found in our “vitality” line and are FDA-approved for internal use. Get your essential oils here.

Stir to combine and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a month, OR water bath or pressure can your syrup in jelly jars so that you can store and share.

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Newby shopping list

So you just got your oils, and you need #AllTheThings to use them, like:

  • roller bottles
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • spray bottles for Thieves Household Cleaner
  • etc etc etc

I’ve got you covered! Behold, your master shopping list of EO accessories!

First of all, use Amazon Prime. Obvs. I’ve been a member since 2006. That’s 12 years of paying $119/yr for free shipping on everything I buy cuz it’s worth it. No pants required to click ‘Buy Now’ and have it ship to your door free in 2 days.

(And if you’re doing Amazon Prime, make sure you’re also taking advantage of Essential Rewards and using YL GO or GO+ to get free shipping from YL, too.)

First of all, you need a quality carrier oil because essentials can be spicy on the skin. You absolutely must have some quality carrier on hand if you are using oils at all. You can use grapeseed or olive oil from the store, as well as avocado or sesame oil right from the cooking section. Please do not use canola oil or a generic “vegetable” oil, which is processed and NOT at all healthy. I love the Young Living V-6, but if you have a wheat or tree nut allergy you can’t use it. So be sure to grab some quality Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO).

Some fun accessories to help you maximize your oils:

1. Roller bottles allow you to dilute and keep handy for easy application. Perfect for kids! Digize + Pep for tummy support when you go out to eat, Thieves for immune support, Raven for lung support, Lavender to CALM yourself on the fly. I like these because they are glass rollers, color coded, and the clear bottle allows you to either add a label or display dried flowers or crystals inside these cuties. These labels are really cute and a good way to remember what’s what. I prefer vinyl labels to any others I have tried.

2. A glass spray bottle (or two) for your cleaner! In your starter kit, you get a sachet of Thieves household cleaner! There are 4 tablespoons in the sample, allowing you to make 1 bottle of all purpose cleaner (replacing all your glass cleaner, counter tops, wood cleaner, and all the surfaces), 1 bottle of HEAVY DUTY cleaner for your bathrooms and stubborn kitchen areas and then a LAUNDRY STAIN STICK for removing suborn stains from your clothes and kids clothes! (Just use one of the roller bottles linked above for the stain stick).

3. Epsom Salts! Baking soda and magnesium baths are detoxing and relaxing, a perfect way to end the day! Adding oils allows for them to seep in and do their magic! I love lavender, Panaway, copaiba…all the things. Baking soda is a SUUUPER awesome way to clean your house! Carpets, bathrooms, kitchen sink…ESPECIALLY with Citrus fresh! Deodorizing and clean.

4. The Fearless book ($5, usually a gift from me with your welcome packet) and the Life Science Publishing Pocket Reference App (Pocket on the Go). You will have to purchase the app on the publisher’s website, then follow the instructions in the email they send you to download the app properly. It’s a GOLD MINE of info!

5. If you want to be fancy or you are a little type-A about labeling and marking things consistently, you can get this label maker. I got the Silhouette Cameo 3 because I’m extra like that.

That’s just a starter list. You could also get castile soap and some foaming pump bottles to add your own EOs to, for really cheap easy naturally scented hand soap at every sink!

If you buy oils through me, I send you a little starter bundle of some cute things like this including Fearless and the app. 🙂

Don’t forget, you never want to put essential oils like lemon into a plastic vessel. Use glass, ceramic or stainless steel. I love my Yeti. 🙂

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Formula 303

My friend Laura turned me on to this supplement called Formula 303. It’s sooooo good.
  • All-natural muscle relaxant. Completely safe and completely effective
  • Effective for those with difficulty sleeping, snoring, restlessness
  • Natural tension and stress relief, relaxation

It’s magnesium and valerian and another herb. Pills are stinky but taste fine and you don’t burp anything up even on an empty stomach. I’ve been using them for period cramps, aches and pains, and stress! 🌿 

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Toxin-Free Living With Thieves

Toxins in our homes can contribute to serious mood issues, considering that a lot of chemicals are neurotoxins and nervous system toxicity overload can contribute to memory loss, nerve disorders, infertility, mood swings and more. Infants, children and pets are especially sensitive.

Young Living offers an entire household product line derived from Thieves essential oil, which you can learn more about here. They’re pet safe, kid safe, and aren’t harsh on your lungs, brain, skin, etc.

By far the BEST deal for Thieves home products is a Thieves Essential Rewards kit! It contains:

  • Thieves essential oil blend, 15 ml
  • Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, 4 oz.
  • Thieves Household Cleaner, 14.4 oz., 2 bottles
  • Thieves Mouthwash, 8 oz.
  • Thieves Foaming Hand Soap, 8 oz., 2 bottles
  • Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 1 oz., 2 bottles
  • Thieves Spray, 1 oz., 2 bottles

I priced these out, and if you purchased them on Quick Order or even on Essential Rewards, NOT bundled, it would cost you $156.50. With the Rewards kit, it’s $118.50! That’s a $38 or 24.28% savings over purchasing them wholesale separately.

And since it’s a Rewards kit, you will get a minimum of 10% ($11.85) back if you are just starting Rewards; 20% back ($23.70) if you have been on Rewards 4-24 months; or 25% ($29.63) back if you have been on Rewards more than 2 years!

That is some impressive savings. $138 with $29.63 back is $108.37! Retail, this would have cost you $207.89. That means the Thieves Essential Rewards kit is almost half price, folks.

In addition, if you sign up for YL GO or GO+, you will have free shipping for the year. It’s the “Amazon Prime” of Young Living. Learn more here (or click the image below).




Fall diffuser recipes that aren’t toxic!

I was recently talking to a neighbor whose husband is an engineer here in Tucson, and he tests water and air quality for a living. She mentioned how much he hates scented candles because he knows how toxic they are!

If you love the smell of fall in your home (even when it’s 100* out, like it is here!) but don’t want a side of carcinogens, try getting a diffuser and diffusing essential oils.

Remember, not all essential oils are created equally! Young Living is the world leader in essential oils … with good reason!

  1. Young Living is is the only essential oil company that owns their own farms or partners with farms that are willing to live up to their standards for growing, harvesting and distilling.
  2. Essential oils sold in most health food stores are aroma-grade or fragrance-grade oils and while they do smell good, they don’t offer the same therapeutic and medicinal benefits. These oils may have an essential oil base, but may contain additives, fillers, and synthetics to increase volume or fragrance. Pure essential oils contain all desired therapeutic compounds – nothing more, nothing less.
  3. Most essential oils have expiration dates, Young Living oils do not. 100% pure essential oils (excluding citrus) will last indefinitely if properly stored away from heat and sunlight.
  4. Young Living has been producing the finest quality oils for over 20 years and with over 180 different oils they have the greatest selection of singles & blends of any essential oil company. But, if an oil doesn’t pass Young Living’s strict quality standards, they won’t offer it for sale so sometimes not all of these oils are available until they can produce more. Click here for the 2018 Young Living Product Guide.
  5. Young Living uses the finest production practices in the industry. They distill oils once at low temperatures and pressures, using chemical-free water and medical-grade stainless steel distillers.
  6. Young Living is the only essential oil company in the world with a Seed to Seal process since they control every single aspect of production.
  7. Anyone can visit the Young Living farms around the globe and participate in the harvest & distillation process. We highly recommend this experience! No other essential oil company owns their own farms and can offer this opportunity.
  8. Young Living oils ­meet all industry AFNOR and ISO standards and are subjected to isotopic ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) analysis which determines whether a particular essential oil is naturally sourced or synthetic (created in a lab).
  9. There are no minimum sales or purchase requirements for Young Living members. Ever. The only thing you have to do to keep your membership active is to place $50 in orders per year.
  10. When you join Young Living with me as your referrer, you get access to me and my private team group of 500+ users. I am quadruple-certified in four aromatherapy modalities, and offer plenty of free knowledge and training to my entire team! I’d love to have you!

Mona Farm (r)ice cream

This month, Lavender vitality oil ($12 value) is FREE with your 100PV Essential Rewards order, so I wanted to give you a great idea for how to USE IT.

Vitality oils, in case you wondered, are the SAME EXACT oil with a different label. They are labeled to be compliant with FDA approved-use claims. They do not allow us to label the same oil for internal use and “cosmetic” (topical) use. Additionally, Young Living is one of the ONLY companies that exists that has oils pure enough for internal use. So being able to compliantly label them as a dietary supplement is something that definitely sets Young Living apart as the world leader in essential oils (just ask Siri, “Who’s the world leader in essential oils?”).

Really quickly, before I get to the recipe … some of you wonder why RICE cream? Many people choose to be dairy-free for many health reasons, similar to the way many people choose wheat-free or grain-free diets. If you’re interested in gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo recipes, there’s this great cookbook Against All Grain by Danielle Walker.

So without further ado …

Here is the original “Rice Cream” recipe that Gary created and was served at the Young Living farm in Mona, Utah, for many years.

You can add any of our Vitality oils that you like. I love to make this with Grapefruit Vitality oil and use about 15 drops of it. You can add a drop or two of Peppermint Vitality oil and add chocolate or carob chips. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy and be amazed at the deliciousness of it all!

Comment below when you have tried this and tell us what flavor you made and how you liked it!

For more great recipes using Young Living’s line of dietary essential oils, visit https://www.youngliving.com/blog/tag/vitality-essential-oils/