why start a side business?

For those of you who have been around here for a while, you know that I’ve been making jewelry for a really long time. Like 14 years. Jewelry has been in my blood since the first beaded bracelet I made and sold my Freshman year of high school to earn money for Spring Break. It’s such a joy hearing the stories of what my customers have stamped on your items – memorials, celebrations, words that impact your lives.

Owning your own business definitely has its perks: you choose your schedule, you get all of the profits, the flexibility and being your own boss is amazing. But there are also some potential downsides to owning your own business: never knowing exactly what your income will be, sometimes having to work long hours during busy seasons, not being able to shut off your mind…. 

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when worlds collide: what my 80 year old accountant and I have in common

Today we got our taxes done, which is always a stressful time for us. Being that I’m self-employed, it’s always a mystery if we’re setting aside enough for taxes. As our 80 year old accountant was doing our taxes, he saw Young Living on my income spreadsheet. He proceeded to say that he still plays tennis regularly and that he drinks “that red drink in the big bottle” from Young Living to help support his joints as he plays. He continued to tell me how he’s noticed a positive difference in his body since he started taking it.

That “drink in the big bottle” is NingXia Red from Young Living. NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces is a whole-body supplement that helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants. I also drink NingXia Red every morning (2oz) and also notice a difference in my body, specifically my energy levels. … 

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kids blends: owie

Sometimes our kids take a little tumble and need some soothing to their little bodies. This blend is perfect for that. Lavender is soothing to the skin, Tea Tree is also used for the skin for its cleansing properties and White Fir is soothing to the muscles. Young Living no longer sells White Fir, so if you’re not able to source it you can do three drops of each of the other oils.

In a 10mL roller bottle blend:
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
2 drops White Fir
fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6 blend)… 

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whole30, again

“Hey, it’s been almost a year. Let’s do Whole30 again. It’s so fun.”

Okay, so that’s not really how it went. It really went, “my pants don’t fit, I’m the heaviest I’ve been since I was pregnant, something’s gotta give and I need structure.” So there you have it. I’m doing my fifth Whole30 and I started on Monday. I’m calling this a modified whole30, because of a few reasons.

  1. The obvious – I’m doing it to lose weight and that’s totally not the premise of a true Whole30.
  2. I already know what my body doesn’t like, so I won’t be doing reintroduction like a true Whole30.
  3. If I go out to eat and want bacon on my bun-less, cheese-less burger, I’m going to have bacon even though it might have a little added sugar in it.
  4. I’m still taking my supplements. I take this to regulate my blood pressure and you better believe I don’t drink this stuff for the sugary taste. My bp is more important than the tiny bit of stevia that’s in it.


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sleepy blend rollerball recipe


This has become one of my favorite combinations before bedtime. I love it so much that I’ve made a blend in a 15ml bottle to keep by my bed to put in my diffuser. If you would rather have the blend as a rollerball – here you go! It’s super easy to make and you’ll just rub it on your feet and wrists before you slip under the sheets. Sweet dreams.

In a 10mL roller bottle blend:
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Bergamot
10 drops Cedarwood (or Lavender)
fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6 blend)… 

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kid blends: focus

Focusing while doing homework can be a challenge for most kids…let’s set them up for success! This blend is full of energizing and uplifting oils (but in a good way!) that can help your child when working homework or even on test day. Apply this blend to the base of the skull or feet before they do their homework or take a test.

In a 10mL roller bottle blend:
2 drops Black Pepper
2 drops Grapefruit
4 drops Lime
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Rosemary
fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6 blend)… 

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paleo coffee creamer

My husband and I are slightly obsessed with Califia Farms Chocolate Coconut Almond Milk. It’s so creamy and delicious and now that they’ve taken out carrageenan, I feel comfortable drinking it. The other day when I was at the grocery I saw that they now carry Toasted Coconut Coconut Almond Milk blend (still carrageenan free) with no added sugar. Now, it still has some of the “gums” in it, so you can decide wether or not to drink it. I brought it home to try it in my coffee and decided to make a creamer out of it. It’s sweet and slightly coconutty…. 

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can I get a little focus??


We can all use a little bit of help in the area of focus sometimes, am I right? This blend is energizing and is perfect for studying, working or simply when you need some extra focus. You can apply it to your forehead, behind your ears, to the back of your neck or rub it in your palms and inhale it aromatically.

In a 10mL roller bottle blend:
20 drops Orange
20 drops Peppermint
fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6 blend)


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travel bed spray


Soon, hubby and I are going on our 15th anniversary trip and you better believe I will bring this bottle with me! I think nearly all of us have that hesitation with traveling and sleeping in a bed that is not our own. You just never know how clean it is or what unwanted guests are there. My friend Jodi posted this recipe a while back after an unfortunate hotel experience and I wanted to share it with you. This is perfect because it’s a small bottle, perfect for travel – you can even take it in your carryon if you need to (just as you would any other liquid)…. 

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essential oils 101


Today I came across one of the best audio recordings to get someone started in the realm of natural living through using essential oils. Sarah hits on such great topics like: why Young Living vs. oils at the store? how do they work? how do I use them? and more.

So today’s post is super simple. If you’ve been wanting to know more about essential oils, how you can trade out the chemicals in your home and how to stay above the wellness line by using essential oils – take a listen here. And when you’re ready to give oils a shot, I’d love to help you out. You can purchase a starter kit here or enroll as a retail customer without a kit (but the kit is 50% off, so it’s the way most people start out).

Once you’ve listened to the audio, I’d love to know your favorite takeway so be sure to leave a comment below.