Friday, April 4, 2014

Spot It! Awesome! (Review)

Today I got to spend a little time in my son's class at school.  He's in an Extended Day Kindergarten class to help bolster up some skills, before going on to 1st grade.  His teacher had me spend a little time with the kids playing this:


It's a card game where you pull out two cards, and the kids try to find a matching letter or shape, one on each card.  There are six shapes/letters on each card, and you're guaranteed to find a matching combo out of any card in the set.  The teacher has them slap the table when they find it, and if they guess it, they keep the cards.  The one with the most cards at the end wins!  

I had so much fun playing this with the kids, that we didn't want to quit!  I came home and looked it up on Amazon right away.  Highly recommend!  I could see the whole family having some fun with this.  

5 stars!
~Jen:)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 35 - 90 Day Challenge - Active Healing Oil Team Launch!

It's been a long time coming!  But it's about time I shared.  My team's doTERRA website is FINALLY launched!  It actually launched a few months ago, but I've been so swamped with traveling and sharing about oils that I have hardly been able to keep up!  So here it is: the link to the coolest team website ever... well, I hope at least! ;)


Check it out!  There are profiles of my team leaders who have chosen to invest in the site along with me.  In addition to those highlighted, I also have several other team leaders looking to make their mark and their way in this world, so feel free to look around and see if there might be a team member you might enjoy learning more about, or even learn more about their downlines who have yet to get their profiles up.  I have not found another team highlighting their members like this, so I hope this will be a great resource for not only my team, but for those searching for a team to join!  We love sharing oils!  

~Jen:)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Day 34 - 90 Day Challenge - Health Food Store Owner vs. Idiot doTERRA User

Today I flew into Florida to participate in a Diamond Club event.  This is where doTERRA covers my travel expenses and I get to teach in areas I would otherwise not be able to reach.  Upon arrival, my host took me to a health food store to pick up some ingredients for our event tonight.  I was thrilled at the selection available, as in my home area our health food stores are typically very small.  Plus I find our health food store owners to be beyond rude, 99% of the time I shop.  However this one was about 4 times as large as our small, one-room store in my hometown, and I was excited to try some new items.

I turned around a corner when shopping to interrupt three men doing some sort of video-taping in the store.  I apologized for interrupting their video, and they seemed to want to be jovial and friendly about pointing their camera at me.  I posed in good fun, and asked what the video was for.  They told me of an online tv program they were creating for health and wellness.  I love learning about health and wellness!  I asked how I could learn more.  They offered me a business card, and I took it.  They said they were teaching a series of classes about a given number of products.  I told them I was in town teaching classes too.  The conversation quickly spiraled downward shortly thereafter, to where one man was openly mocking everything I said, and the store owner (who was behind the camera) began belitting my education, inferring that I was young and because he was "trained in aromatherapy" he knew more that me (who was clearly "young"), and saying all the things he didn't appreciate that doTERRA IPCs teach.  All after knowing absolutely NOTHING about me, the spirit and tone of my classes, or even anything of my personal life or experience.

At my classes I never call out other companies by name.  Yes I share that doTERRA is my favorite, and I trust it because of their 3rd party testing.  I don't belittle other companies EVER, however I stress my beliefs regarding purity, especially as these products are so very highly potent.  Using a product which may contain steam distilled pesticide along with its plant substance is nowhere remotely wise in my opinion.  Scientifically it's stupid.  However that is my opinion, as I am seeking a life increasingly free of unknown toxins.

As the conversation quickly spiraled downward, and the fat man trying to promote health continued mocking my words as I was speaking to the (also fat) owner, I ended up wishing them a good day and leaving the conversation.  I left EVERYTHING I was going to purchase on the end of an aisle.  I wasn't done shopping, but for my few ingredients I was already upwards of $35.

Health food store owners, what the hell is wrong with you?  Sure, you get sick of doTERRA IPCs approaching you.  Are we not on the same team?  Is it the fact that we do direct sales and you pay hundreds for a store front much different?  We all are working to support our families and make a living.  We all seek the health and well being of our contacts, however because doTERRA claims to have the best, you are insulted that now your "not-shitty" product is not selling?  Oops!  I mean, you're super awesome oil that really is great, however we can only use it aromatically, and the "in-house sophisticated testing capabilities" that the companies you source from really allows me to feel great confidence that I'm using the best, except I can only use it topically, never ever internally.  (But wait... the skin is our largest organ, so applying these is safe?)  No, really.  I get that you think doTERRA sucks.  The heart of it is that I am a walking competitor, and you are just as greedy as I am.  THAT, is the bottom line.

99% of the health food stores I walk into have exceptionally friendly employees, and 99% of the owners I have met seem to have a pole in their ass.  No matter how I have interacted with them, they have been some of the rudest, most condescending people I have ever met, regardless of the question or comment posed to them.  And on most occasions, I have never even mentioned the word doTERRA.  This is why I will continue my pattern of only shopping online for healthy alternatives.  Just like most claim doTERRA to be, I could claim the health food stores overcharge on just about everything.  I could get "cheaper" by going straight to the farmer, website, manufacturer.  And after today's run-in, I most assuredly will, despite my love of supporting small business.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 33 - 90 Day Challenge - Lavender, the Anti-histamine Oil

Did you know that one of the inherent properties of a lavender plant is that it is "anti-histamine".  When distilling an essential oil, we find that the natural properties are amplified, and the essential oil is naturally supportive of promoting a healthy immune response?  Lavender has been found in one study with mice and rats to inhibit the histamine reaction.  The results concluded that "lavender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in vivo and in vitro" (J Pharm Pharmacol. 1999 Feb;51(2):221-6. Kim HM, Cho SH. Department of Oriental Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Chonbuk, South Korea.  Study summary reported here.).

(photo source)

What does this mean for the non-mice/rat population?  If you experience an allergic reaction, you may find that Lavender oil is a great solution!  My personal experience has been that when driving down a particular patch of country road, routinely I find my throat starting to itch.  I usually grab my tiny bottle which contains a blend of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint oils, and just swipe the oil off the lid with my finger to get enough to stop the reaction.  One quick lick and literally my throat is back to normal in a ridiculously short amount of time, and I do not experience any sort of drowsy effects, despite the also inherent calming properties of lavender.  

Alternatively, I have had personal acquaintances who have had success with bee stings and severe coughing using this oil, which also signal to me a histamine-type issue at hand.  Coming from the Labiatae (mint) botanical family, doTERRA sources their Lavender oil from the "high altitudes of France" (http://www.doterra.com/us/faqs.php).  It is included in several of their blends, and describing its uses could fill several posts alone.  

How do you use your Lavender oil?  

~Jen:)

Overhauling

It's that time of year again!  Time when I get a little bit inspired by melting snow and realize that I haven't blogged in forever.  That helps me to realize that I've personally changed faster than I can keep this blog up to speed with.  I figure it's time for an overhaul!  This blog has shifted from random blog to review blog to doTERRA blog to whatever I'm dreaming it will be now.  Life's journey has changed me so much in the last few years that in changing things up, I almost wonder if I should close it out entirely.  But if I were to do that, it'd be more difficult to see the shifts.

One quote that has inspired me of late is this one:

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)  I know nothing of the man who coined it, but heard it in a sports documentary my husband was watching.  It stuck out enough in my mind that I memorized it, and have made it the theme for the year -- until I get tired of it next year and want to overhaul!
While I don't have any set idea on what this will become, I hope the changes here will be something useful, and help those around me grow in their journey as well.  It's definitely more wonderful to grow and progress than I ever thought it'd be.  Hope you enjoy!

~Jen:)

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