A Great Blog Planner

This Blog Planner for 2015 contains 100 pages for you!

 

Check out this list of pages:

  • Year-at-a-glance
  • 1-page monthly calendar
  • 2-page monthly calendar
  • Monthly calendar – lined
  • Monthly calendar – lined (2 posts per day)
  • Monthly to-do/monthly goals list
  • 1-page week-at-a-glance
  • 2-page week-at-a-glance
  • Ideas for future posts
  • Ideas for future posts by category
  • Project/post planner
  • Yearly stats
  • Social media tracker (all on one page)
  • Pinterest tracker
  • Facebook tracker
  • Google+ tracker
  • Link-Up tracker
  • Affiliate info tracker
  • Reviews & Giveaways tracker
  • Guest/contributor posts (incoming & outgoing)
  • Blog post checklist
  • Daily blogger checklist
  • Review checklist
  • Giveaway checklist
  • Advertisers/Sponsors tracker
  • Expenses/Earnings page
  • Long term goals
  • Notes page
  • Binder spine

*The ones in bold are new additions to the blog planner.

What I love most:

  • Checklists.
  • Social media trackers.
  • Calendars.
  • Pages for planning future posts.

These pages will help me set blogging goals for the new year.

Perfect to print and place in a binder or have it bound for a really professional, streamlined look!

Just a reminder – This is NOT a physical item!  You will NOT receive anything in the mail.  This is an item that you download and print out yourself.

Buy your 2015 Blog Planner NOW for $4.99!

10% off Premium Starter Kits

Have you been sitting on the fence about essential oils?

Start Living with Thieves or NingxiaRed at 10% off Enrollment!

Premium Enrollment Kits Sale

To take advantage of this great enrollment special deal, follow these directions:

1. Go to this signup page: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?isoCountryCode=US&sponsorid=1381822&enrollerid=1381822

2. Choose your country if it’s not set to the one where you reside.

3. Select: Signup Wholesale Member

4. The Enroller ID and Sponsor ID boxes should be already filled in for you. If not, add in 1381822 in both boxes.

5. Fill out the form. Your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact information. (You are asked to list your social security number is for tax purposes, if you do this as a business. If you make over $600 per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living will never share this with anyone. I will never see your SSN.) You are never expected to do this as a business. I didn’t even consider it for a year!

6. Create your password and PIN. You will use these to login to your account and for future oils purchases. You will use your PIN when you call or live chat with customer service – for added security.

7. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. The Thieves and NingxiaRed are discounted this week! You must sign up with any of these starter kits to become a Wholesale Member. To keep your 24% member discount, you only need to spend $50 each year with Young Living on any product in their store.  You can also add on any other items with your first order.

8. Set up your optional Essential Rewards Program. This is optional. Buying one of the ER kits is not a requirement to sign up as a Wholesale Member. This is a rewards program you can opt into to start earning money and points to help pay for your oils. You are welcome to skip it and click “No, thank you.” But if you know you are ready to get your family started or you like one of the kits, add it! I will send you more info about this when you enroll. You are able to enroll in this rewards program at any time. You must maintain a purchase of 50 PV each month to maintain the program or you lose your points!

9. Agree to Terms & Conditions.

10. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER.  Don’t forget this step!

I will receive an email confirming your signup and will contact you and mail you some information and goodies! We have private Facebook groups to help with learning the products and business building.

MadeOn Skin Care Black Friday Sale

Here’s what’s going on at the MadeOn store for Black Friday:

  1. New! U-Pick Lip Balm. Choose any 10 lip balms for $40. That’s a savings of up to $15!
  2. New! Cocoa Butter Wafers. Whip up your favorite chocolate body mousse with easy-to-weigh cocoa butter wafers! cocoa butter wafers
  3. New! The DIY Lotion and Lip Balm Kit with eBook download now gives you the option to choose cocoa butter wafers instead of shea butter. You can replace the shea for cocoa in your skin care recipes with no change in amount. Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. Beesilk hard lotion kit contains coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter, pocket size bar, lip balm tubes and medicine dropper.

 

Friday FREE Gifts!

 

  1. FREE Peppermint Lip Balm with any purchase. Just add to cart on Friday, November 28, and it’s FREE.
  2. FREE 5 Pack of Natural Lip Balms on orders over $50. When your cart reaches $50, add a 5 pack to your cart, and they’re FREE. Natural lip balm in a pack of five for easy gift giving
  3. FREE 5 Pack of Beesilk pocket size bars on orders over $100. When your cart reaches $100, add a 5 pack to cart, and they’re FREE. Beesilk hard lotion contains coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter, pocket size and natural lip balm in a gift bag

Then on Cyber Monday…. You can enjoy Free Shipping.

So choose your shopping day, or go for both.

Content Brew Sale

For 3 days, Content Brew is just $35.

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  • The sale runs for 3 days starting at 12 am EST on Monday, November 24 and running to midnight Wednesday, November 26
  • The code for $15 off is: novbrew14

What is Content Brew?

It’s a self-paced blogging eCourse where you’ll learn how to plan and share amazing content. You’ll end up with about a quarter’s worth of incredible blog content!

Here’s the course outline:

  • Lesson 1: Prepwork- Content Planning Questionnaire
  • Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Content Calendar
  • Lesson 3: Planning and Creating Blog Content Ideas (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4: Planning and Creating Blog Content Ideas (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5: Planning and Creating Content for Facebook and Twitter
  • Lesson 6: The Art of Using the Right Words to Drive Traffic
  • Lesson 7: Keep Fresh Content Brewing Using Evernote
  • Lesson 8: Finding and Keeping Track of Content to Share
  • Lesson 9 (Bonus): Easy Automation to Shelve Ideas and Articles for Content Planning

Sign up for Content Brew NOW!

iBloom Gratitude Sale

It’s time for the annual iBloom Gratitude Sale!

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Check out the iBloom Coupon Codes:

50% off

Coupon Code: GRATEFUL – Save 50% on all Downloadable Products from the iBloom Store. If it’s marked as DOWNLOADABLE, then it will be 50% off with your coupon code.

Free Shipping

Coupon Code: FreeShipping – Enjoy FREE Shipping on all mailable products including the 2015 iBloom Life & Business Planner, iChoose2 Love My Life book, iBloom in Business book, and the iBloom journal. This is the PERFECT time to stock up on goodies for yourself or gifts for family and friends! You can find all of these products in the iBloom Store.

iBloom Book Bundle PLUS

THIS WEEK ONLY: Get the iBloom Book Bundle PLUS for just $77 and FREE Shipping {use Coupon Code: FreeShipping}!

This bundle includes a 2015 iBloom Life & Business Planner, iChoose2 Love My Life book, iBloom in Business book, and the iBloom Journal. Grab this deal!


Enjoy these fabulous iBloom deals!

15 Diffusers Under $50

15 Gorgeous and Useful Diffusers Under $50 for Gifts or Yourself

Diffusers make great gifts for the seasoned oiler or a newbie. We use diffusers in every room in our house with various oil blends year-round. I’m sure you’ll find a fun diffuser to fit your needs and budget. You don’t have to spend more than $50 to get a great diffuser!

15 Diffusers Under $50

7 New models from Aroma2Go:

  • Ultrasonic Diffusion
  • Silent Motors
  • Runs for hours without needing to be refilled
  • Glass, Porcelain, Plastic and Rubber coated options
  • 7 color light changing options
    These models are all under $50 and offer great diffusing, colors, and light:

1. Babs – Ultrasonic Porcelain Diffuser – $49.99

2. Barbara – White Porcelain Diffuser – $49.99

3. Fred – Ultrasonic Frosted Diffuser – $49.99

4. Leo – Silent Ultrasonic Diffuser – $49.99

5. Perfect Purifier Diffuser – $47.99

These models are from various companies. Lovely patterns and lights!

6. Signstek with Chrysanthemum Pattern – $29.08

7. Greenair Aroma Diffuser – $29.99

8. Greenair Spa Vapor for $29.99

 

9. GreenAir Porcelain Silver Flowers – $49.98

10. Greenair Aquacool – $49.98

11. Greenair Aquamist – $27.99

12. Greenair Zen – $29.99

13. GreenAir SpaMister White Flower Petal – $39.99

14. Greenair Spamister with Butterfly Design – $39.99

15. Aroma Atomizer – $25.46

These are some of my favorite diffusers from third party companies. They work well with all essential oils and have fun features. The kids like having diffusers in their rooms and we use them in all our public spaces and when we travel. You can never have too many diffusers!

Check out my favorite diffuser blends.

Essential Beauty Face Oil

I’ve LOVE using essential oils in my beauty routine. I don’t like all the chemicals in commercial beauty products.

My teen daughter and I typically use coconut oil and some essential oils after morning cleansing.

When we want something with a little more moisture and nourishment, we add several essential oils to a blend of nourishing carrier oils.

Essential Beauty Face Oil

Here’s my favorite recipe for Essential Beauty Face Oil:

  • 1 oz. Sweet Almond Oil (Hydrates, brightens, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Use another carrier oil if you’re allergic to tree nuts!)
  • 3 Tsp. Vitamin E Oil (Nourishes. Antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.)
  • 3 Tsp. Castor Oil (Moisturizes and stimulates lash growth. Reduces puffiness and helps eliminate wrinkles and scars.)
  • 5-7 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3-5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 Evening Primrose Oil capsule (Hydrates the skin and increases circulation. Also reduces inflammation and clears pores.)

Mix the carrier oils together in a dark glass bottle (I typically use a dropper bottle). Puncture the Evening Primrose Oil capsule and squirt it in. Apply every night all over face (especially the sensitive and thin eyelids!), neck, and décolleté before going to bed. It smells heavenly and nourishes the skin.

Dropper bottle

Here are some options for specific combinations that can suit your skin’s needs.

Experiment. Have fun. Smell great! Have gorgeous skin.

Pick a Carrier Oil or a Few:

  • Carrier oils for Normal skin: Almond, Hazelnut, Apricot kernel, Jojoba, Evening Primrose
  • Carrier oils for Dry skin: Almond, Olive oil, Apricot kernel, Soy bean, Avocado, Wheatgerm, Jojoba, Carrot, Evening Primrose
  • Carrier oils for Oily skin: Almond, Hazelnut, Apricot kernel, Grapeseed, Jojoba
  • Carrier oil for Mature skin: Almond, Hazelnut, Apricot kernel, Wheatgerm, Evening Primrose, Carrot, Rosehip, Pomegranate, Borage

Pick the Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type and the Scents You Love:

  • Essential oils for Normal skin: German Chamomile, Lemon, Geranium, Fennel, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli, Frankincense, Carrot Seed
  • Essential oils for Dry skin: German Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula, Sandalwood, Geranium, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Neroli
  • Essential oils for Oily skin: Cedarwood, Geranium, Clary Sage, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Juniper, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Neroli
  • Essential oils for Mature skin: Rose, Geranium, Myrrh, Patchouli, Lavender, Citrus, Frankincense, Neroli, Fennel, Clary Sage, Sage, Cypress, Sandalwood
    I see an improvement in my skin texture and clarity, especially with the dryer colder air as winter approaches.
    What are your favorite scents?

10 DIY Gifts with Essential Oils

Want some DIY gift ideas? Someone into natural health and beauty would love these items!

Check out these ten DIY gifts with essential oils:

10 DIY Essential Oils Gifts

 

1. Simple Homemade Cleaner. As simple as baking soda and essential oils in a pretty jar. I like the oily combination of Thieves, Peppermint, and Citrus. Perfect for cleaning the bathroom and scrubbing your nose. Super safe and smells great! For really good cleaning, add some vinegar.

2. Scented Play Dough. Add essential oils (or even dry spice blends like Apple or Pumpkin!), glitter, and natural food coloring for pretty fun!

Simple play dough recipe: Mix in warm nonstick pan.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

Add essential oils, glitter, and natural food coloring and knead until desired consistency. Store in pretty jar with a ribbon. I like Christmas Spirit, Lavender, Citrus, or Peppermint.

3. Beauty Serum: Great for all skin types and smells amazing. Check out the recipe here. What lady wouldn’t love to find this in her stocking? Great way to get teens into a good skin care routine. Another super easy skin recipe is whipped coconut oil with Lavender.

4. Shower Soothers. Add about 10-15 drops of any of these: Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Rosemary, Lavender, Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint (decide what scents you love) to a baking soda paste (about 1-2 cups of baking soda with about 1/2 c water until it’s pasty like putty). Place in a pretty silicone muffin tin tray to dry for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in a pretty bag with a ribbon. (Beware use with children. These are “hot” oils and could irritate lungs.)

5. Roll-on Blends. Add essential oils to a carrier oil like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, fractionated Coconut Oil, or V-6 for personalized blends in pretty and easy roll-on bottles. Some of my favorite oils and blends are Cedarwood and Lavender, Frankincense and Lemon, Thieves, Valor, Pine and Orange.

6. Scented Bath Salts. 1 c Epsom Salt, 1/2 c baking soda, 10 drops of a soothing essential oil like Lavender. Mix and place in a pretty jar! Add a sprig of dried lavender and a little scoop to the ribbon for a pretty and useful present. Check out this lovely post about a relaxing bath.

7. Scented Salt Dough Ornaments. Pretty and fun for the whole family. Great for an ornament exchange party!

Recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

Add essential oils and natural food coloring to dough. Cut out in pretty shapes. Acrylic paints and glitter (optional). Bake at 225 F for 3-6 hours. Seal with lacquer (optional) but they will last longer and be shiny. Not sure if they will smell as great though. Add a hanging ribbon.

8. Pretty Soap. You can get a goat’s milk soap base and melt it down. Add essential oils and oatmeal or dried herbs for extra oomp. Place in a pretty soap mold or silicone muffin tin to harden. Pop out and wrap up in pretty paper!

9. Sugar Scrub. A great pampering gift for anyone! Makes skin smooth and smell great!

Recipe: Melt coconut oil in a double boiler (I often just use a glass jar). Stir in white or brown sugar until desired consistency. Add essential oil and 1 drop of natural food coloring, if desired.

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ – 2 cups sugar
  • 5-10 drops Peppermint oil

I also really love this coffee sugar scrub!

10. Lip Balm. Soothe those wintery dry lips!

Recipe: Melt wax, honey, butter, and oil together in a glass jar or double boiler. Remove from heat and add essential oils. While still liquid, pour into a lip balm containers and cool until hardened. You can also use old mint tins or little balm jars.

  • 1/4 Cup Beeswax
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup shea or cocoa butter
  • 10 drops of essential oil (whatever you like – Thieves, Peppermint, Lavender, Citrus)

These fun and easy DIY items are great for a make and take party too.

Linking up: Golden Reflections Blog

New Cowgirl Dirt Mineral Foundation Colors

I’m so excited to introduce you to THREE new Mineral Color Foundation colors from Cowgirl Dirt!

Now introducing Cremello 1, Grullo 1, and Champagne 7 Mineral Powder Foundation!

They’re also combining the regular (6 grams) and large (12 grams) Mineral Powder Foundations into one new product.

Your Mineral Powder will no longer be packed into the same size container as your blush, bronzer, and finishing powder. All Mineral Powder will come in a large foundation container. The new container will include 9 grams for the amazing price of $25.99.

Check out all the GREAT products at Cowgirl Dirt:

Click here to visit Cowgirl Dirt!

Why I Wont Bash the FDA

I will not respond to medical questions. Do your research. Be compliant. Quit your whining and blaming the FDA.

Does every child obey 100% when parents aren’t watching?

But I should have a higher level of integrity since I proclaim Jesus.

Some oilers complain that no one wants to know the science. Science is boring. Really?!

We’re told: keep it duplicable. I’m supposed to be all about the business and not to discuss any claims about the products.

I tried to comply. I updated all my blog posts and added links to PubMed.

It wasn’t enough.

Apparently I have to quote the whole abstract.

My account got put on hold.

There were lots of emails and voicemails and removing more posts that they deemed were not in compliance.

I was told I had posts that contained content that may be viewed in violation.

I was told I had posts with statements that could be considered medical claims.

Like posts with Bible verses that mentioned oils. Nothing medical.

So all those posts? They’re gone.

EDIT: The posts are back up with no mention to brand.

Am I mad?

Kinda.

Will bashing the FDA help?

Nope.

So I won’t be posting about natural health for a while, maybe not ever again. It’s near and dear to my heart, and I’m sad.