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Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

Mom/wife tip: even when you can do something yourself, it's still good to ask for help for bonding moments like these I could have put this together while my son was napping, but instead I decided to save it as a project for my husband and son to work on together. My husband is way more patient than me when it comes to teaching our son new skills ...

DIY Seasoning Salts

DIY SEASONING SALTS Did you know you can flavor salt using essential oils? This comes in really handy as expats when certain fresh or dried herbs and spices are difficult to source Add a few drops of your desired certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil to a couple of tablespoons of salt. Stir and add to an empty spice shaker bottle for con...

Mama Tip Monday

MAMA TIP MONDAY First tip, get your kids involved in the cooking prep - especially if it involves vegetables. They are more likely to taste the veggies if they helped prepare it! Including them in dinner preparation also helps them have a sense of belonging and significance. Those moments of quality time help lessen bored or attention seeking mis...

Caption this

CAPTION THIS I don't even know where to start, but every time I see this picture I smile I can see his independence through the outfit he picked out, even if it doesn't exactly match. His favorite shirt because of the material and the football (soccer) on it, even though he has no idea how to play football (soccer). His favorite jacket because it...

Got hives? No problem!

GOT HIVES? NO PROBLEM My son is highly sensitive to bug bites, and they often cause hives to appear all over his body. When it first happened, I was shocked and worried about how it would affect him. Would it hinder his breathing? Did I need to take him to the emergency room? Now, I've got a special blend of oils that we roll on the welts, as we...

Lifestyle Event!

LIFESTYLE EVENT HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! Are you curious about essential oils, but maybe have been afraid to ask questions? Or maybe you felt like natural solutions would be too difficult or time consuming? Or maybe you're like I was, and you are skeptical that they would even do anything more than smell nice! That is where I started too......

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 ...