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Adjusting to life as a third culture kid

CAN YOU SPOT HIM? Okay, that was too easy This picture always reminds of expat life, and the struggle he had settling in at his school his first year - and how much progress he has made. The adjustment from staying at home to going to school full time was difficult in itself. Add to that the commute on a motorbike in rain or shine, in heavy traff...

Hello fears

HELLO FEARS At the doTERRA convention this year, our keynote speaker was Michelle Poler of @hellofears. She was a powerful motivator, as well as funny and authentic When I came across this photo on my phone, I felt compelled to share about one of my fears that I conquered as an expat. Some of you might think I am always brave and adventurous sinc...

Working mom life

WORKING MOM LIFE I am so blessed to work at a school with a Montessori attached for this dude to attend! When we first moved to Hanoi, I stayed home with him to help us get settled into a new culture and new city. But that stay-at-home-mom life wasn't working for me emotionally. After a year, I finally found a school where I could work and he cou...

Oil safety tips for internal use

For those of you who are new to doTERRA essential oils, you may not know that some doTERRA essential oils can be taken internally in safe doses. All doTERRA essential oils are tested for purity and potency by the Aromatic Plant Research Center, and are free of foreign contaminants and fillers. While not all of their oils are safe to ingest (due to...

Toxin-free massage oil

I just wanted to share a quick tip to those who already use doTERRA essential oils. We all know how pure and potent these oils are. And personally, after experiencing the doTERRA difference compared to other oils, and learning about the purity testing from the Aromatic Plant Research Center, I refuse to use any other brand for fear it will have syn...

My top essential oil resources

Today's blog is a really important tip - especially for those of you that already have essential oils at home! Are you ready? Use your resources! Don't let those oils sit on the shelf, and don't suffer through an ailment when you have resources at your fingertips. There are apps and reference books that can help with that! I'm p...

Respiratory health tips from an asthmatic living in a polluted city

RESPIRATORY HEALTH TIPS FROM AN ASTHMATIC Last month, I offered my ebook all about respiratory health. Here is a brief recap of the tips that have worked for me, and have allowed me to be free of my inhaler for almost two years, even while living in a polluted city! - Run an air purifier in your home regularly - If you live in a polluted c...

The Ultimate Congestion Relief

THE ULTIMATE CONGESTION RELIEF It seems that with the start of school, everyone has been dealing with a bit of congestion lately. Whenever I'm dealing with congestion that won't seem to go away, I turn to the ultimate congestion relief - a Breathe tent. 1) Put one or two drops of Breathe essential oil blend in a mug of warm water 2) Put a to...

Beat those back to school germs with all natural foaming handsoap

It's back to school time! Which means lots of germs. This is a favorite of mine that I always gift to my son's classroom. One of his teachers loved it so much that she even bought one for her personal use at home. My favorite essential oil to use for this hand soap is the OnGuard protective blend, because it smells awesome and is great i...

My top 5 tips to promote good sleep in preschoolers

Do your kids have a bedtime routine? Routines in general are so important, but especially to encourage good sleep - for ourselves or our littles. I tried to establish a bedtime routine early on, since my son struggled with sleep as an infant due to his reflux. It helped my sanity and his mood, and now he is such a good sleeper! Here ...

How essential oils helped me find my tribe

In high school, I was taught that the stages of culture shock are: All is swell, All is hell, and All is well. I've definitely experienced these stages in each country we've traveled to and lived in. If it was just visiting a country for vacation, then I didn't always experience all of these stages. The "All is hell" stage lasted a good c...

2 easy green cleaning tips that will save money and reduce waste

My two favorite green cleaning tips have transformed our cleaning routine and reduced our waste drastically! 1) I've been using a natural all purpose cleaner for awhile now, using doTERRA's OnGuard cleaner concentrate . The concentrate is plant based and has an entire bottle of the OnGuard protective blend of essential oils in it for germ figh...

Two basic needs - reflections from a mama and a teacher

Everyone has two basic needs - to belong and to feel significant. This is something that has stuck with me each time I have gone through positive discipline training at the schools I have worked at. But I feel like this can be applied beyond the classroom, and to all ages across cultures (from a girl who has lived and taught in three different...

Guide to Taking Care of Your Oil Diffusers

Diffusing essential oils is one of the easiest yet most effective ways for you to experience the aromatic benefits of your favorite essential oil. Over time, your diffuser will develop an oil buildup that potentially can prevent it from working properly, so it is important to understand how to use and take care of it. Here are a few tips that will ...

Using the dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist

The doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist is the perfect addition to the well-loved doTERRA On Guard collection. It is infused with the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend you’ve grown to love. In addition, the active ingredient in doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria. The doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist will he...