Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April DIY to Try

Looking for a way to "sneak" some aromatherapy time into your kid's day?  Why not try this great recipe for aromatherapy playdough from thdōTERRA blog?  

Think about a little relaxing playtime before nap and add some lavender or Calming Blend to your batch...  

Maybe a break when homework becomes frustrating with a little Focus Blend playdough...

Seasonal threats causing your little one to be in a fog?  Add some lavender, peppermint, and lemon in their dough to support their bodies while they play...

The possibilities are endless!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Crackers and Essential Oils

Last week I hosted a doTERRA “Makeover Your Medicine Cabinet” class.  I love those classes; I always learn so much!  Since I was hosting, I had to provide some yummy treats and drinks, of course!  I decided I would also experiment with adding some of the oils to the recipes.  Our teacher, Sara Derek, over at Oils for Life with Sara, asked me to share her favorite recipe, the bacon wrapped crackers with rosemary and oregano essential oils.  So, here it is!

This is not an original recipe.  I first had these at a Christmas party about five years ago and wanted to eat the whole tray.  I went home and Googled “bacon wrapped crackers” and found that one of my favorite blogs, The Pioneer Woman, by Ree Drummond, had the recipe.  Here is her original post.

These are my “go to” appetizer when I need to bring a treat and don’t know what to make.  They’re super easy and everyone gobbles them up (c’mon, it’s bacon!).  They consist, essentially of a teaspoon of parmesan cheese on a cracker that is wrapped with a strip of bacon and then cooked.  That’s what I made for the class.  Once they were done baking I brushed them with olive oil that I had added a few drops of oregano and rosemary essential oils to.  That put them Over. The. Top.

I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures…they went too fast!

I also make a sweet version of this tasty morsel.  Instead of a teaspoon of parm, use a teaspoon of brown sugar.  Oh my goodness! I don’t know which one I like more.  I didn’t make the brown sugar ones for the class but I would love to make them and try brushing them with the cinnamon essential oil (eek! I can’t wait to try this!).

In addition to the crackers, I also bought some dark chocolate shells.  I filled these with a Bavarian cream that I added Wild Orange EO to, then topped with some fresh blueberries and strawberries.  You don’t have to wonder…they were SO good.  At least I got to snap a couple of pictures of those before the class started.  

I have loved using essential oils for the last few months and thought it was nice to experiment with cooking.  I already use the doTerra Slim and Sassy, as well as Lemon in my water.  I really like the addition of the Wild Orange to the cream filling in the chocolates.  I’m looking forward to more experiments as I get more oils.
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1 package of club crackers
1 pound of regular sliced bacon – not thick cut (or more if you need to make lots—trust me, you’ll need to make lots)
Grated Parmesan Cheese (or substitute brown sugar)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 drops doTERRA CPTG Rosemary Essential Oil*
1 drop doTERRA CPTG Oregano Essential Oil*

* If using brown sugar, try doTERRA CPTG Cinnamon Essential Oil

Lay crackers out on your work area.
Scoop about 1 teaspoon of parmesan on each cracker
Cut bacon strips in half.  Take each half-strip and wrap around a cheese topped cracker. 
Place crackers on baking sheet that has a rack on it.
Bake at 250 degrees for about two hours.
Add essential oils to olive oil.  Brush with olive oil mixture and serve!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Advertising in Style!

Do you work for a direct sale company?  Do you know someone who does?  One thing I LOVE about selling Jamberry Nails is that I get to wear them and everywhere I go, they get attention.  I love that doing something so easy, like applying and wearing beautiful nail shields, brings attention to my business and starts a conversation about Jamberry.  I don't have to go out of my way to bring up the topic--it's a natural response to a comment on my fabulous nails!

While you may not sell Jamberry nails, wouldn't it be great to have a similarly easy way to bring attention to your product or business?  Take a look at the picture I created below.  You can see that some of Jamberry Nails beautiful designs tie in wonderfully with the theme and colors of many direct sales companies.  Imagine spending 15-20 minutes putting on a lovely set of nail shields and letting your beautiful manicure advertise for you wherever you go, without effort! 

When someone comments on how great your nails are, it's easy to say, "Thanks! I love this design because it's the same colors as Mary Kay's (or whatever you sell), which I sell.  Would you like my business card? I'd love to tell you more about our newest line..."   You get the picture.  You don't have to feel like a pushy sales person--people will bring up the topic themselves when they see your nails, and you simply steer the conversation toward your business.  What could be more natural, easy AND cost effective.  At $3-$4 a manicure or pedicure, you won't find fantastic advertising for any less.  

If you don't see your direct sales company listed below, just give me a call or browse through the catalog on my website:  These designs are, by no means, exhaustive--there's multiple designs that can apply to any direct sales company.  You can mix and match for more impact or to change up your manicure so you're not wearing the same thing every other week (did I mention a typical manicure will last about two weeks and a pedicure can last six-plus)?

If you're not familiar with Jamberry Nails yet, check out my website at and take a look at how easy they are to apply by watching the official YouTube application video at:  If you're totally sold on the idea, consider booking a party.  It's a great way to introduce friends to a fantastic product and earn FREE shields for yourself.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

A Healthy Body is a Beautiful Body

A simple entry today on fitness.  Remember, this is Outside-Inside Beauty and it matters to me what's going on inside my body as well as outside.   I think a healthy body is a radiant, beautiful body.  Right now, I do not have a healthy radiant body--to be honest, I've let myself go...a lot.  And I've had some recent health problems as a result.  Now that the kids are back in school, I have more time to devote to "me time", and I'm using it to take care of my body--this includes starting a regular workout routine.  I've checked in with my doctor and I'm good to go.

So, today I started out by walking the kids to school, which is all down hill for them, and all up hill for me on the way back.  It ends up being a mile and half round trip.  Then I did the first day of a new routine I found on Pinterest.  MY GOODNESS!  It about killed me but I like the variety of exercises and I'm looking forward to the feeling of it getting easier.  

Take a peek at the workout and feel free to copy it yourself or search for your own and start the journey towards getting fit (or staying fit)!
Source: via Angela on Pinterest

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Detoxing Smoothies

I've embarked on the world of "green" smoothies, recently, because my doctor told me I need to include more fiber in my diet as well as eat more healthy fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.  While I like smoothies as a general rule, I've never been a fan of meal replacement.  I've never found smoothies to satisfy me the way "real food" does.  If I drink a smoothie, I still want to eat--so I wasn't really excited about this prospect.

However, I went into it with an open mind.  I invested in a Ninja (I love saying that!). 

Who knew a Ninja would be so great in the kitchen...seriously, though, it's the best blender I've ever had.  It has individual serving cups and it's quick an easy to clean up (something I hated previously about using a standard blender, is taking it all apart and cleaning it every time).  

I've been drinking smoothies for three weeks now and I'm surprised at how full I feel afterward. I had never made smoothies like this before, incorporating vegetables as well as fruit (and no ice cream or yogurt!).  They taste good (wasn't expecting that either) and my difficulty with finding an acceptable morning meal has been solved (I don't care for most breakfast foods).  PLUS, Cainan has been having one for a snack everyday, as well--he's especially fond of kale and I pack it in there!

My standard smoothie has been a mix of frozen blueberries and cranberries, a big bunch of spinach and/or kale, frozen cherries or strawberries, some flax seed and a little orange juice to smooth it out.  The Ninja pulverizes everything into a sweet, frozen blend and I don't taste the greens or flax.  It's yummy and surprisingly filling.  

Recently, I came across a great picture resource for detoxing the major organs in your body.  I was pleased to see that my regular smoothie covers a lot of it but I'm glad for the information.  I can tweak them a bit if I want to work on a whole body detox (of course, the rest of my diet would need a big change, too).  Here it is for your perusal:

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Solving Foot Problems with Vinegar

It turns out that vinegar is a great remedy for many foot ailments, from tired feet to common toenail fungus to dry cracked skin.  I found a great blog that gives simple recipes and instructions for several types of vinegar soaks for the care of your feet. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Few Great Jamberry Ideas

One of the great things about being a Jamberry Consultant (besides having great nails, doing fun Girls' Nights and making extra income) is getting to know other fantastic Jamberry Nails independent consultants.  They have such great ideas and fashion sense!  Below, I've compiled a few of my favorite fliers and Jamberry manicure/pedicure ideas from the corporate office, as well as other consultants who have offered to share.  If you see something you love, contact me or go directly to my website to buy:

Show your colors during the games...these limited edition shields are only available for another week!

It's time to think about what kind of statement you'd like to make when you head back to school:

Football season's just around the corner...there's lots of colors you can coordinate with your favorite team:

Are you a country girl?  Like that Cowgirl Chic look?  Check out these great styles:

Earn extra income and have a blast: become an Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant!  Ask me how!