hosting a make and take with friends

Make and takes are a great way to get together with friends and get crafty. They can take a bit of work to put together but in all that I’ve done, I’ve never seen someone who has looked sad to be there. Everyone has a great time and makes what they want. I charge for materials for my make & takes. Feel free to be generous and pay for supplies if you want to have a crafty night with friends and you’re able to financially do so. Per Young Living’s policies, you can’t charge for the essential oils. Because of that, I add up the cost of the bottles, labels, etc plus my time to prepare and that is the cost that I apply to each item or event as a whole if there is a flat fee.

I’ve done make and takes a few different ways: 1) a list of items to choose from, make whatever you want in whatever quantities and each item is priced individually or 2) we have X number of items to make, you make them all for a flat fee. Both work well, it just depends on what you want to do and how much prep you want to have…. 

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easy DIY’s

I’m so excited to talk to you about some easy DIY’s today. If you search online you will find a plethora of recipes and concoctions to get you going. I’m going to share just a few today to help you get inspired to try creating your own goodies for around the house. Let’s get started! The first is my Calming Bath Soak. So easy!

Some other great pampering DIY’s are:
Lotion Bar | Hair Mask | Body Butter | Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak

How about DIY’s for travel? I’ve got you covered there too. I make this bed spray for when I travel. It is a blend of relaxing oils to help you sleep as well as oils that are beneficial when you’re in a bed that’s not your own. I will say, this bottle isn’t quite large enough so now I make it in a larger spray bottle for travel. I also like to take this sleepy roller with me!… 

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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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paleo peppermint mocha

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Paleo Peppermint Mocha

8-10oz coffee
dash of your favorite non-dairy milk
1t cocoa powder
2t maple syrup
1 drop Peppermint Vitality

Simply mix all of the ingredients. You can customize the taste by changing the amount of milk, cocoa or syrup. This blend was just perfect for me. I personally chose to put them in my individual-sized blender to froth the milk but you can also simply use a whisk to do so or choose to not froth the milk at all. An extra bonus with the peppermint oil in addition to it tasting great is that it supports normal digestion and helps with gastrointestinal comfort. Yay for that!


I personally use and trust Young Living as my source for essential oils. They have a line of essential oils that are labeled for internal/dietary use called the Vitality line. When I speak about ingesting essential oils, the only brand that I can recommend from my experience is Young Living. There are many opinions about ingesting essential oils and the French school of thought is the route I go: some essential oils are safe for internal consumption. Young Living’s integrity and quality is so important to me and I love their Seed to Seal process. The fact that I can visit the farms and see how the oils are produced speaks volumes to me. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, I’d love to talk to you more about them and how to purchase them or click here to learn about becoming a wholesale member.

calming bath soak

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It’s time to start making your DIY Christmas gifts! These are SUPER easy, inexpensive and something everyone can use!

Calming Bath Soak:
Combine 4c epsom salt, 1c baking soda and 25 drops lavender in a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes for the lavender to soak into the epsom salt. Take 10 baggies (mine are 3×5″ and fit perfectly) and put 1/2c of the mixture in each baggie. Make a cute label with some scrapbook paper and you’re all set!… 

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DIY deodorant

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Deodorant. Something that everyone needs and something that can be filled with lots of harmful ingredients like aluminum which has been linked to breast cancer. Making your own deodorant is really easy and very inexpensive. The one real thing that you have to get used to with this recipe is that you apply the deodorant with your fingers – so unlike the deodorant that you get from the store. Once you mentally get past that, this deodorant works wonderfully.

You only need four ingredients for this deodorant:
1/3c coconut oil (softened is best)
1/4c arrowroot powder
1/4c baking soda
1/4tsp essential oils (I used equal parts of lemongrass, lavender and tea tree)… 

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homemade bath salts

IMG_4592A few weeks ago I did a make & take at my house with a few friends. We made diffuser pendants, bath salts & sugar scrub. Today I want to share with you how to make an easy bath salt that is perfect for gift giving! It’s not too late to whip some of these up for gifts!

The original recipe is from TidyMom. To make Lemon Rosemary Bath Salt you simply mix together the following:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh rosemary; finely chopped
  • 6-8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon zest (optional)

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roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes {whole30 & paleo}

IMG_8941About a month ago I roasted a chicken for the first time – before that I always threw the whole chicken in the slow cooker all day long. Roasting it just creates a different taste – the skin gets crispy and the veggies almost caramelize in this recipe. It’s all just so delicious and super easy.

I don’t have exact measurements, because I just made how much I thought would fit in the dish and how much we’d eat. I don’t have a roasting pan, so I had to use a glass casserole dish. I need to get a roasting pan so that I can fit more veggies in there because they are so good, especially the carrots. Yum! I hope you enjoy it and if you have chicken left over, it’s perfect for soups or chicken tacos…. 

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simple spicy chili {whole30 & paleo}

IMG_8949This is Dave’s favorite chili and I’ve adapted it from this recipe (didn’t take much amending) to make it whole30 compliant and Paleo. Like all recipes, check your ingredient list for canned goods to make sure there isn’t any hidden sugar or other things that you don’t want while doing whole30. This is a spicy chili, but not overly hot. Our kids like it too so it’s a great way for them to get some veggies. This is a great recipe to double and freeze some for later. Our family of 4 eats almost all of this in one sitting…. 

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chocolate chip coconut bars

chocolate chip coconut barsSo I’ve found my new favorite easy, tasty sweet treat. They’re chewy, chocolatey and coconutty – a true winner in my book. There are just 4 ingredients (5 if you make them with two different types of coconut like I did). You can add other things instead of or in addition to the chocolate like nuts or dried fruit. There are so many possibilities!

I adapted this recipe from The Paleo Mom’s Simple Chocolate Coconut Squares. Enjoy!… 

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