How to stay cool this summer naturally

Summer in North Carolina is HOT. And those temps are energy suckers. With a chronic illness, low energy is something we deal with already - we certainly don't need any more help feeling sluggish. Here's a simple AND natural way to stay cool this summer (and give you more energy!). I love using essential oils to improve my overall health - and this DIY is a simple and effective way to beat the heat. We are headed out on another camping adventu...

How can I prevent sunburn naturally?

We hear reminders all the time about using sunscreen. Good or Bad Advice? Recently the middle and youngest dear daughter took off on an adventure day to the beach. I love that we live close enough to the beach that spur of the moment trips are possible. Well, they just grabbed some sunscreen at the store and hit the road. Great idea? Sounds like it, but in reality, not so much. Hana ended up with some sunburn AND a crazy rash from the lotion. We used some lavender and mel...

Why every home needs a bottle of Eucalyptus this summer

Welp. Summer is here. It’s been in the 90s, pool is open and a/c is rocking. We spend a fair amount of time outside, but I HATE getting over-heated. When I learned about liquid a/c, it was a very very happy day. The first oil I used to make this (extremely) popular spray was Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as well as soothing muscles. It will also “pepp” you if you’re feeling drowsy – especially helpful on a hot summer day. Some folks find peppermint too intense, so Spearmint is a great al...

Living your Best Life

What does it mean to live your best life -even with a chronic illness? Is it something only the rich or beautiful or smart get to experience? Or is it something all together different? I woke up last night about 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve been dealing with a bit of respiratory mess again thanks to my good ol’ RA med. Having a chronic illness is a blast. I wand...

Respiratory support with Douglas Fir and a whole lot more

So as you all know I’ve been struggling with some respiratory muckity-much for the past few weeks. And what I tend to when I’m dealing with something is research the heck out of it. I know not everyone is like that, but I really enjoy finding new ways to deal with stuff – and then y’all can benefit from it ‘cause I’ll share what I learn with you. So I haven’t been able to completely shake this crud. I know a lot of it has to do with Actemra, but I still want it to go away. Last week I sat down with my favorite oil reference book, checked the index for respiratory support and *bingo* I learned...

New YouTube Show--Essential DIY!!

Hey amazing readers! I'm starting a crazy adventure with my sweet Mollypop. We are DIYing and sharing our adventures with you. Mo hasn't been a crafty person in the past, so it makes this extra fun (and probably extra funny at times). We'll start having some cool projects next episode, but for now we are looking for some feedback. What are the top things you're interested in learning? Please share in the comments.

Spring into a Healthier Home

April in NC is beautiful…… blooms everywhere. But also pollen……EVERYWHERE. If you’ve never experienced full blown pine pollen you have NO FREAKIN’ IDEA what a mess it makes everything. It actually hasn’t been as bad this year as in past years because we had a weird snap of really warm weather in early February. Some years it’s so think you can practically shovel it. Which brings me to spring cleaning. I think people love to give everything a deep clean in the Spring because the days are brighter, our energy picks up, and we want to start the season fresh. Add in pollen…..and you have no ...

A Spring Restart: Getting my life back on track 

How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution and fell flat? Great intentions, but winter blahs, sickness, short days—lots of things set us up for failure. Yet every year we do it all over again. I have a new proposition . How about a Spring Restart ? The days are longer, flowers are blooming, weather is warmer so it’s easier to get out and be active….there is generally an air of renewal around. I know my energy levels make a huge leap about this time of year. So I’ve decided THIS is the time of year I am going to re-evaluate where I’m at and set some new goals, both personal and business. I’m going to share my personal eval and goals with you all and hopefully motivate you all to join me on this Restart. 1. D...

How to survive life when everything bottlenecks

Life has been over the top crazy the past few weeks. I'm exhausted and overwhelmed and oiling like crazy. Yes, I am thankful since not too long ago there would have been no way I could have kept up with a fraction of what has been going on in my life. Even so, there are only 24 hours in a day and some things have to give. So what gets put aside? First, let me give you a glimpse into my world: See little Wes? The expression on his face matches mine ab...

Road Trips with RA

Road Trips with RA don’t have to be miserable This week I had the privilege to travel 8 plus hours to Orlando for the doTERRA Leadership Conference. It was an incredible experience, and oh-so-valuable for my business and personal growth. But road trips with RA is a challenge fr sure. It made more sense for us to drive, so my bud Kelli and I set off on our Thelma and Louise adventure. RA War...

Apple Cider Vinegar & Amazing Health Benefits for Spoonies

Apple Cider Vinegar – miracle or a bunch of hype? I have noticed in the past year, after hitting 50, my metabolism is grinding to a halt. I gained a bit of weight that I’d like to ditch before it gets any worse. Not sure if it’s age, the one med I take, or what (yes, I did get a little lazy wi...

Finding Spoons – Energy for Autoimmune Peeps

Finding spoons in unexpected places I think one of the toughest parts of managing RA is the ever changing number of spoons you have each day. Wonder what the heck I’m talking about? Read The Spoon Theory . Christine Miserandino does a fantastic job of explaining what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Finding spoons wherever I can has helped me tremendously. Some days I have a whole fistful of spoons , and other days they must all be in the dishwasher or something. So I’m always mindful of how I spend my energy and on the look out for areas that I can conserve. What’s...

Chronic Stress and Autoimmune Issues

Is there a connection between chronic stress and autoimmune issues? When I was diagnosed with RA, I read and researched and read and researched about what caused it. Genetics maybe, trauma maybe, diet maybe…….not a lot of definitive info out there. In fact, at least 50% of autoimmune disorders have been attributed to “unknown trigger factors”. In the past six years, I’ve learned a lot though about what makes things worse. I have some dietary triggers (wheat and dairy for example) and changes in weather could drive me to drink. And something we all experience is a definite issues …… CHRONIC STRESS There are a lot of different kinds of stressors. Some people excel under a bit of stress. There ...

How to have a better period

Desperate for a better period? Periods suck. That is no surprise to the females of the world. While everyones cycle are different, either in length, flow or symptoms. We can’t control or manage the length or flow, but we can try to manage our symptoms. There ...

Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficult I go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods that ...

AHHHmazing Vegan Granola

Nutty, fruity, slightly sweet Vegan Granola My 15 year old plays travel volleyball. When we go to all day tournaments, the parents take turns bringing food for everyone. It’s fun to come up with healthy and tasty food to fuel the girls for competition. My friend Valerie and I have teamed up several times to come up with some deliciousness. One of the things we’ve made that has been very popular is fruit salad, yogurt, and granola so they can make their own parfaits. Her daughter and the coach are vegan, so I went in search of ways to make sure they could enjoy the parfaits too- super easy: coconut yogurt and vegan granola! This past batch of granola was probably the best I’ve ever made. No...

Orange Chicken anyone?

Orange Chicken in a flash I have fallen in love with my Instant Pot. This Orange Chicken was done so fast – even with zoodling the zucchinis. I love that it’s super healthy, much more so than the deep fried Orange Chicken you often find at restaurants. The Wild Orange oil gives this such amazing orange flavor without begin overpowering. We tossed our zoodles with a little sesame oil and heated them up for just a few minutes. It doesn’t take much for zoodles to get overdone and mushy – I like to keep them as close to raw as possible. We try to stick to a paleo-ish...

Hydration Challenge

Join the 2017 Hydration Challenge! Staying hydrated makes a huge difference in our overall health: Energy Metabolism Joint pain Focus Skin Health Strength and that's just a partial list. Join our HYDRATION CHALLENGE January 9th through January 29th to make a habit of staying hydrat...

oh that blue

What color is your gateway oil? Could it be DEEP Blue? As the oil community grows, so do the fun off-shoot businesses, like clever tshirts. Saw one the other day that said "Lavender is the gateway oil." Well. Personally, I think Deep Blue is the gateway oil. It's pretty freakin' amazing. I've heard it called just "Blue", " that blue stuff", and even "THE Blue". I've had countless volleyball girls fall in love with it and have had numerous folks get their wholesale account set up JUST for this stu...

Sleep, such a precious commodity

Do you struggle with sleep issues? You and I both know that dealing with chronic health issues spells trouble for our sleep patterns. In fact I've written about it multiple times on the blog. I definitely go through cycles where I have more sleep issues than others. Lately I've been stuck in a bad cycle. I messed up my back (doing nothing unusual of course) and my shoulders have been in a bit of a flare. One or the other and I'd probably be a-okay, but the combo plus traveling for Christmas, and my sleep has been crap for the past week. Wish I was like Ethel the foster pup and could sleep anywhere! Don't leave home with the oils! Thankfully now that we're back home to my full doT stash, I'm getting back on track. I need to j...