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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Roasted Cauliflower and Rosemary Oil Soup

This is a very filling soup with one of my favorite oils- perfect for a fall day.  Best of all my kids ate it - scraping their bowls and singing my praises.  :)  Enjoy!!

Roasted Cauliflower and Rosemary Soup

1 large head of cauliflower, trimmed
1 lb red potatoes (or your favorite)
2 cooking onions, papery skin removed
2 tbsp oil
salt and pepper
juice of 1/3 of a lemon (like 2 teaspoons)
5-6 cups vegetable stock
1 drop doTERRA's Rosemary Oil

optional toppin’s:
some kind of flavourful oil (truffle, extra virgin olive, walnut etc)
toasted + chopped nuts (my preference)
torn basil
flaky sea salt or fresh pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove the core from the cauliflower and chop it into rough florets. Place the florets into a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

Chop the potatoes into pieces about half the size of the cauliflower florets and toss them into the baking dish as well.

Chop the onions into rough 1-2 inch pieces and toss them into the dish. It doesn’t matter if the layers stick to each other.

Liberally salt the vegetables and season with pepper to taste. Add the olive oil and toss the vegetables until evenly coated..

Roast vegetables for about an hour, flipping and tossing them here and there with a metal spatula/spoon to promote even browning. When done, remove from the oven and squeeze the 1/3 lemon over the hot vegetables (I just drop the lemon into the warm pan when I’m done so that it can release some oil too). Using your metal spatula, toss the vegetables with the lemon juice, scraping the browned bits off the bottom.

Once the vegetables are cool enough for you to handle, start blending them in batches with the stock. Purée until smooth and pour into a big soup pot. Continue blending in batches until you’ve used up everything. Heat the large soup pot full of purée over medium heat until it boils. Add more stock or water to thin the soup out if necessary.  Finally add 1 drop of the rosemary oil and stir to combine.  Taste and adjust to your likeness - add another drop oil or salt, etc.  Serve hot with optional garnishes.

Leia Mais…
Monday, September 1, 2014

Why I love being part of an MLM (Take 2)

There was an article on the Forbes website talking about Network marketing in a very positive light - which is no surprise to me. It was called : "Would You Join A Multi-Level Marketing Company For Retirement Income?"  Click on the link to read the entire article.

The article was written by Robert Laura, with this description under his name: "I am a retirement activist." He is NOT a network marketer. Instead, he's "a social worker turned financial planner who uses both skill sets to help folks prepare for the mental, social, and physical, as well as the financial aspects of retirement. "

I added the red and underlined emphasis but the entire article is a great read.

"... there is a seemingly endless debate over whether these companies and programs are legitimate business opportunities or not, so I dug in and got the real scoop. As a result, I believe that the entire industry is poised for explosive growth and can be one of the most significant solutions to America’s current retirement savings crisis."

"Initially, that may sound like a bold statement, but it’s not if you understand retirement the way I do. The reality is, making a successful transition into retirement has more to do with psychology than with money… and the same may hold true for multi-level and network marketing."

"... more and more people are coming to terms with the fact that they probably aren’t going to be able to save enough money to just sit around and slowly deplete their nest egg from age 62 to 100."

AARP estimates "that half of all baby boomers (76 million) are interested in starting a business."
"The average 50 year-old estimated to have less than $50,000 in retirement savings," which leads to his conclusion that "there is an obvious need to find alternative ways to either save more or generate supplemental income starting now, and continuing throughout retirement."

"... the increasing number of baby boomers who are disenchanted with their current careers. They’re worn-out from years of the corporate grind and don’t feel the connection between their job and the people it impacts outside their office walls or company grounds. They’re shifting their focus from accumulating a giant nest egg to a desire to be part of something bigger and better… to have a positive effect on others… and working in retirement."

"MLM and direct selling programs also offer very low barriers into entrepreneurship, often providing training, support, and ample encouragement along the way. As retirees begin to realize they need activities that keep them busy, relevant, in good health, and connected to others, the time, energy and cost to participate in these kinds of companies make them very appealing to large segments of the population caught up in these dynamics."

"This is not a ringing endorsement for the entire industry. Like any investment of time, money, and energy, people need to be aware of what they are getting into and do their homework."

"Having studied the psychology and behavior of boomers, this example represents a major shift in my thinking about the industry. I no longer perceive these types of opportunities as money-making pyramid schemes. Instead, I now see it as a way to enhance many of the personal aspects of retirement that are rarely discussed let alone planned for, with the added benefit of supplementing other popular retirement income sources such as pension and social security."

He quotes Daria M. Brezinski, Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and former marketing director for a multi-level marketing magazine: "Many people don’t realize that multi-level marketing companies are successful because they help people satisfy a number of important human needs, including feeling significant, having connections, learning something new, and making a difference."

Then he quotes from an interview with Lorene Hochstetler, a network marketing rep from Ohio, who "recommends keeping your current job while slowly making the transition into MLM. She’s been able to replace her full-time income but explains, 'It didn’t happen overnight, and I still work every day. I am very disciplined with my business and wake up every day knowing what I have to do in order to succeed at this. You have to treat it like a business and be willing to follow advice from others who have made it.'"

Another rep he interviewed said, "'If you treat it like a hobby it won’t pay you like a business.' She also acknowledged that, in spite of her success, she doesn’t sit around eating bonbons every day waiting for residual checks to hit the mailbox. 'That’s a common misconception,' she said. 'I work hard at my business every day, although it doesn’t always feel like work.'"

He concludes by saying, "I believe the concept of starting a business for retirement income will become one of the most significant trends impacting retirement in the 21st century. But it has to start with redefining entrepreneurship and framing it into a retirement lifestyle. That means helping people find ways to turn a passion, hobby, or personal desire into extra money in their pocket… not to mention helping people see the importance of planning for the non-financial aspects of retirement such as replacing a work identity, staying relevant and connected, as well as keeping mentally and physically fit."

I love being a part of doTERRA because I know I'm making a difference in the lives of others.  It has helped me redefine myself outside of "mommy-hood."  (I love being a mom - it's my most important job...but I'm more than the cook, chauffeur, task master, etc.)  It's hard to explain how it's given me a better definition of myself and as a result has helped me be a better mom.  And it helps that's it's setting me up for a better financial retirement.

If you're looking to start your own business and are passionate about health and helping others - please feel free to contact me.

Leia Mais…
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Essential Oils and Skin Irritations

There are certain oils that I frequently use together.  Meleleuca, Lavender and Frankincense are my top 3 oils that I combine ALL. THE.TIME.  Last month my son was climbing a rope and it ended up wrapping around his leg.  This was a good thing as he ended up losing his grip and falling - the rope around his leg caught him.  But of course this took a toll on his skin!  I applied essential oils immediately.  Meleleuca, Frankincense, and Lavender to support his temporary skin irritation.  I applied lavender and frankincense every day, twice a day.  I'm pretty amazed at how it has improved in appearance in just 5 days.  This is a photo of day 1,3, and 5.

Day 1 (Above) - sort of. This was the next morning after one application of oils. It actually is already looking better. Right after it happened, the whole area was red and swollen in one huge patch. No defined lines.

Day 3 (Above)

Day 5 - Almost gone.  It was completely gone in just 7 days.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Natural Fruit Wash and Preservative

I love to wash my fruit with lemon essential oil.  It's a great way to naturally remove all the waxes, chemicals, and dirt that may be lurking on your fruit.  Plus I find it helps preserve the fruit for a longer period.  My strawberries will last 2 weeks in the fridge (if my kids don't gobble them up) instead of just 1.

Add 3-5 drops of lemon oil to a large glass bowl.

Fill bowl halfway to 3/4 full of water

Add fruit (apples, pears, strawberries, you name it) and let it soak for 1+ minutes.

You can enjoy your fruit immediately if you want to enjoy the lemon taste.  The lemon will fade after a while.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Essential Oils Success Story - Focus

This comes from Kimberly Keizur (June 2014):

My son, who just turned 12 years old, [he needed some support with focusing] in the 2nd grade. When I started with doTERRA, I was very skeptical but decided to give the oils a try anyway. I started him on 1/4 dose of the LLV(Life Long Vitality Supplements) and the Intune every morning before school.

He just finished his 6th grade year and let me tell you.....BEST YEAR EVER! With the LLV and Intune ... he stayed focused in school, his social life at school went from horrible (I hate school mom) to amazing (I love school), and he is HAPPY. No more walking around like he needs to take a nap; he is again the happy out-going boy... Oh! and by the way.... They told me he was doing so well he didn't need the extra help! I am one proud and happy momma. Thank you doTERRA for giving me back my little boy!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Why I love being a part of dōTERRA® an MLM company

A while back someone contacted me wanting to know more about essential oils and their health benefits.  I was more than happy to help them out but when they found out that I'm a dōTERRA rep they said that they would "never want to be associated with a company like THAT."  Then I never heard from her again and never got a chance to tell her of the benefits of the oils.  Well...that's really just so sad.  I love dōTERRA and everything they stand for and I love being a dōTERRA Rep.  Here's why:

They have the highest quality of essential oils on the market.
    dōTERRA takes great care in obtaining only the highest quality of oils from around the world.  Their oils come from plants that grow in their native lands.  Location (humidity, altitude, etc) makes a huge difference in the chemical constituents that are in the oils.  They do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities. Proper extraction and quality control methods also ensure that dōTERRA essential oils are free of any contaminants, such as pesticides or other chemical residues. In addition to being pure and natural, CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are subjected to additional quality testing that ensures the correct composition of the active natural compounds found in each oil.
   Having used a few essential oils prior to finding dōTERRA, I could tell a huge difference in the effectiveness of the oils.  The oils I first used didn't really seem to work at all which is why I stopped using them for years - just figured their healing properties were hocus pocus.  The last few years, I would hear people talk, post, blog, now and then about dōTERRA's oils and how much they loved them so when I saw my friend hosting a class, I gave essential oils another shot.  I am so very glad I did!!  They are THE BEST oils and they work so well!
A company that has high standards and gives back
     dōTERRA is the best company I have ever worked for - MLM or corporate - Period!  You can take a look at my ABOUT page and see the company's mission statement.  It's not just a bunch of words but if you get the opportunity to meet the founders and executives they truly stand by these high morals and standards.  The other reason it's the best company is because of the business model - which I will get to in a second...

     The other thing I love is that they formed the Healing Hands Foundation, which is a non-profit organization committed to improving lives through partnering with organizations that offer hope to millions around the world.  They have organized projects and have helped in various countries with dōTERRA reps offering their time, talents, and financial help in the process.  Check out their past projects if you want to know more.  They're really cool and I'm in awe.  There are other dōTERRA reps, ones I know personally, who also involve themselves in humanitarian projects outside of dōTERRA - it's just the kind of people they are.  The company and it's reps truly want to make the world a better place.

WHY dōTERRA® is different and why I love their business model - the MLM!
   I'm assuming that lady did not know any of the things listed above (or didn't care to know) or she wouldn't have run away so quickly.   But perhaps the biggest "problem" she saw (and one most people roll their eyes at) is the business model of the company - the MLM.   (duhn-Duhn- DUUUUHN!)  It's unfortunate that there are a lot of MLM companies out there who give the business model a really bad name.  They sell on hype and a promise of a lucrative opportunity without offering the consumer anything of value.  That's where the pushy- salesy MLM people go....The ones who are always in to the new and latest MLM (because their previous one probably went bankrupt) and all they care about is making a quick buck for themselves.  (Sorry I'm being overly general but we've all experienced at least one person like that - I know I have).  Those companies don't usually last long.

  In my experience, the people in doTERRA come from a place of truly wanting to serve and help others.  Now, that's not to say there aren't people in doTERRA who are in it just for the money - but I haven't personally come across them in my team.  I love the personal developement, mentorship and leadership those in my upline have helped me to cultivate.  I am glad I am being stretched out of my comfort zone - I don't always love it but I know it's good for me.

Desk jobs were never my thing.  I always did well at my jobs and worked my hardest but I hated the environment, hated having a boss to please, hated the inner office gossip and jealousy that sometimes occurred.  Especially hated the "I'm going to climb over your back to get a higher position" mentality that sometimes occurred.  Anyway, I was very happy to leave that world.  I love being my own boss and experiencing personal growth and being rewarded not only monetarily but by helping people.  Next to being a Mom - it's the best job I've ever had. :)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Essential Oil Success Story - Development Delay

I first read her story on Facebook and was just amazed.  I had to share it here (with her permission of course)  I'll use her words:

"(My son, Craig) was born on November 9th, 2008 a healthy 9 pound 4 ounce bundle of joy. He didn't begin to worry about his development until he was on his way to 3 years old and still not talking. He would look at us when we called his name but he didn't answer. He would play with his 5 older sisters and brother but only when they engaged him. He didn't like to wear a diaper but he would not use the toilet. He hated (and still would rather not) to wear clothes.

We cut processed foods and his behavior improved but still wasn't saying more than Momma and Daddy. I attended a (doTERRA) class in late April 2013 and it changed all of our lives in a truly awesome way. We started using frankincense and melaleuca, rubbing it down his spine and oregano on his feet (7 days out of the month). I was on fire and reading everything I could find on the internet about speech and developmental delays and doterra products. I read about the pituitary gland and how to activate the gland with frankincense. DDR Prime essential oil blend too. I started doing the DDR starting at the base of his skull and rubbed it in down his spine and on his tummy and doing the pituitary treatment and within 2 days of doing this he was talking. Within 2 weeks he was potty trained. Less than a year later he has "aged" 3 years. He plays with his siblings and has started following them around. He can count and say all of his letters and their sounds, he can even read level 1 and 2 words. He is doing so well and making amazing progress. I know that doTerra is the answer to our prayers."

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