Friday, December 19, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments


Oh my goodness!!!  I can not even begin to tell you how amazing my home has smells as I write this post.  There is Christmas floating through the air...the scent of apples, cinnamon, and wild orange are intoxicating.


We decided to make these ornaments for my girls' teachers this year.  It just might become an obsession to my daughter Rose.  She enjoyed mixing and rolling out the dough so much. I think that she would have played withit all night if I had let her. Thankfully it was way past bedtime and as soon as they went into the oven my girls were ushered off to bed.

They really are extremely easy to make and appropriate for any child 3 years old or older to help with. 
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Great Cookie Exchange!

There's only one more week until Christmas is upon us!  I can't wait!!!  There is so much to do, but the little girl inside of me still loves the magical feeling of Christmas and can't wait to watch my kiddles tear into their gifts...while I sip on some coffee and munch on a few cookies.  (Cookies are Christmas breakfast fare, right?)

 
Since there is only a week left and I still have TONS of cookies to bake and create, in the spirit of those of us who just can't have too many cookie options in our cookie jars, I decided that a blogger cookie recipe exchange would be fun.  Plus, I love getting new recipes that are tried-and-true to bake with my girls.
 
So, gather up your favorite cookie recipe and LET THE COOKIE EXCHANGE BEGIN!

 



Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Tis The Season For A Giveaway! ~ doTERRA Citrus Bliss #Giveaway


'Tis the season when gifting seems to fly from the left and right.  So, let's have a giveaway to add to it all!

I am absolutely in love with doTERRA's products and felt that I needed to share a little something that I love with my readers. 


The Prizes:

  • 15ml bottle of Citrus Bliss (Invigorating Blend) essential oil
  • 2.5 oz. doTERRA Spa Citrus Bliss Hand Lotion  A perfect size to throw in your purse!
One lucky reader will have their choice of receiving either the Citrus Bliss Essential Oil or the Citrus Bliss Hand Lotion.  A second winner will receive the remaining prize. Honestly, either prize is a great "win".

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cinnamon Ornaments

Photos: dōTERRA International, LLC

doTERRA has come up with a very simple craft to trim your Christmas tree...or your office, or your car, or your closet...whatever.

 
Cinnamon ornaments scented with dōTERRA essential oils! I can't wait to make these tonight with my daughters.  They love to bake and they love doing crafts...and they LOVE Christmas. We're going to have so much fun and my home is going to smell amazing!
 

DYI Teacher, Co-worker or Just Plain Ole Friend Giftings

Every year I try to find some cute little gifts that I can make at home to share with my girls' teachers and our family friends. 
And every year I fail in getting everyone on our list covered. *boooo*  This year I am again making a valiant effort to accomplish one gift for everyone on my list.  *YAAAAY!*  Say a prayer for me because with my 8 month old son it's going to be quite a feat to accomplish this year.

Here are some of the wonderful homemade gifts that I have come across in my searching for the perfect gift...not to mention easy. I hope that this list inspires and perhaps takes care of your search at the same time.

Merry Christmas & Happy Gifting!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Spotlight: Oregano Essentail Oil

Oregano Essential Oil...It's not just for pizzas and pastas!



I have always only thought of Oregano in the terms of cooking...mostly in reference to pasta and pizza.  (I love me some homemade pizza!)  So finding that Oregano Essential Oil is good for a number of other things just amazes me.
 





Click HERE for an excerpt from The Dr. Oz Show where Dr. Oz talks about the benefits and uses of the anti-bacterial properties of oil of Oregano.  He makes the statement that he wants us all to have this in our medicine cabinets...not just kitchen cabinets.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do You Know YOU? I mean, REALLY know YOU?

I started writing this post with the title: Why I Love Being A Mom.  I transitioned into something very different from my initial thoughts...and I am so happy that it did.  There is wisdom here that I pass along to young women whenever I can.

 
There are so many things that make being a mom one of the most rewarding titles in the world.  Honestly there is nothing that you will put so much time, tears, frustration, and love into (other than a marriage) which yields such enormous rewards.  Those rewards don't come wrapped up in pretty paper and bound in elegant bows...they come in priceless moments and the eyes of your child.  There is no price tag that can be placed on that nor is it possible to give an adequate comparison to it.

Yes, being a mom can be beyond exhausting and try your patience more than heavy traffic, but there are these little nuggets that make it all worth it.

Giveaway Link-Up ~ Beginning or Ending In December

I am getting back into the swing of things and just in time for you to win some goodies right before Christmas!  Months without giveaways is what happens when you have an 8 month old demanding your time.
You are not going to want to miss out on these great finds!
There's not time like the present to enter. Here We GO!


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Do you LOVE entering giveaways? We have a nice little assortment for you to enjoy below! AND there is no limit to the number of giveaways you can access & enter!

OR

Do you have a giveaway beginning or ending in the month of December? 
Leave a comment with a link to your giveaway and I will add it to our ever growing list!
SO, why not link-up and share information for readers to find your great giveaways?! 

Giveaways in gray have ended, but the links remain active.
1. NutriBullet Pro 900 Series ~ Pawsitive Living (Ends 12/10)
2. Pearl Paradise Double Strand Freshwater Pearl Bracelet ~ Pawsitive Living (Ends 12/3)
3. Zipz Shoes ~ Mom Does Reviews (Ends 12/12)
4. Kindle Fire HD 7 ~ Mom Does Reviews (Ends 12/11)
5. COACH Phone Case ~ Giveaway Bandit (Ends 12/05)
6. Holiday For Her Gift Pack! ~ Giveaway Bandit (Ends 12/06)
7. The Ultimate Green Store $50 Gift Card Giveaway ~ Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life (Ends 12/07) 
8.Holiday KitchenAid Artisan Mixer Giveaway ~  Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life (Ends 12/15)
9. VTech InnoTab Max ~ Five Dollar Shake (Ends 12/03)
10. $25 Target E-Card ~ Five Dollar Shake (Ends 12/09)
11. 3 Months Netflix Streaming Giveaway  ~ Making of a Mom (Ends 12/08) 
12. ClickN Kids Tablet 2 ~ 2 Winners! ~  Tech Savvy Mama (Ends 12/14)
13. Le Creuset Prize Pack ~ The Rebel Chick (Ends 12/08) 
14. Sparkly Glitter Crafty Prize Pack ~ Sunshine and Sippy Cups (Ends 12/24) 

15. Girly Makeup $250+ Value Prize Package! ~ A Helicopter Mom (Ends 12/08) 

Monday, December 1, 2014

'Tis the Season To Save ~ doTERRA's December Specials

As we all get to work on our Christmas lists and shopping, there are some wonderful specials this month from doTERRA to take advantage of.

 
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For ANYONE (retail, wholesale or preferred members) placing an order of 200pv (personal volume) this month, doTERRA is giving you an amazing gift of FRANKINCENSE essential oil!  That means that even if you are just registering with doTERRA you are eligible to take advantage of this special!!  A 15ml bottle of Frankincense essential oil normally retails for $93.00!!  That's a HUGE SAVINGS(click the image above for more information about this promotion)
 
So, if you have been considering registering as a Preferred Member (one-time $10 membership fee for life) or a Wellness Advocate ($35 annual Wholesale Membership), this is the time to take advantage of the savings!  Registering as a wholesale member ($35 annual membership) opens you up to wholesale pricing on all of doTERRA's products and the opportunity to earn commissions for selling doTERRA's products!  PLUS, there are NO monthly purchase or sale requirements to receive Preferred Member or Wholesale Member pricing.  You can purchase a starter kit with a value of 200pv or more and qualify for this special promotion!
 
Click HERE to register with doTERRA!
Have a question or need a sample?  Click HERE to contact me.
To learn more about essential oils, Click HERE.
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December's 10% Savings: Wintergreen Essential Oil

Save 10% on your purchase of Wintergreen essential oil during the month of December.  Click HERE for more information on doTERRA's Wintergreen essential oil.  Savings available on orders placed by December 31, 2014.
 

December's Product of the Month

This is a very special offering since the Holiday Joy essential oil has sold out from the Holiday Gift Guide!  Receive a 5ml bottle of Holiday Joy and a doTERRA ornament for placing an LRP (loyalty rewards program) 125pv (personal volume) order by December 15th.