Pretty flowers and a new business

Tuesday, February 23

Spring is springing up all around us here in Northern California. It's a most delightful season as the blossoms on the almond trees grace the branches like snowy buds, and the daffodils spring up and scent the breeze so beautifully. My neighbor's tulip tree is blooming and I pause for a few seconds in front of it each day inhaling its sweet scent. This past week I cut a few branches of flowering quince that I spotted growing in our back yard, a gorgeous surprise that has been decorating my table the last few days.

My in-laws were here this past week, and my mother-in-law and I spent 3 days preparing and painting the bricks on the front of my house. Whew, it was hard work but sooo worth it in the end. I will show you pictures one day, the change is remarkable! My, my, what a little paint can do to freshen up a home!!

Speaking about freshening up my home, about a year ago, I got serious about eliminating toxic chemicals in all forms from my house. Pretty much everything I used to use, from make-up to cleaning products, had harsh chemicals that messed with my body.  U.S. researchers report that a majority of ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.

So…I started doing my own research on how I could clean my home without disrupting my hormones or putting toxins on my skin and in my house. This led me to essential oils. I know essential oils have been a bit of a hot topic these past few years, but it is for good reason. And if you haven't looked into them more, I'm challenging you to now:)

What essential oils have done for me is open a huge door for making my house toxin free. Essential oils have allowed me to make my own cleaning products (which were so easy and so much more cost efficient than buying them from the store), and empowered me to take my health into my own hands. Since buying my starter kit last year, i've made all purpose cleaner, bug spray, perfumes, and diffuse the oils for a toxin-free air freshener! I'm also able to buy toxin-free toothpaste, soaps, and all sorts of other care products from Young Living.

I love Young Living essential oils, and am so honored to be selling them now. Young Living has their own farms all over the world and offers therapeutic grade oils that are tested and approved! If you are curious about oils, or have more questions, please let me know. I hope to share with you how i've used them to keep my home clean and support my health!

Right now, Young Living has a sale on their starter kit. For the month of February only, the kit is $144 and comes with a diffuser (which on it's own is expensive!), and then 11 oils! You literally save so much money when you buy them all together in this starter kit! The oils in the kit are the ones I use the most, so it's perfect to have around. You also get some essential oil samples to stash in your purse, as well as 2 samples of NingXia Red, which is like an energy drink with only fruits and essential oils (that stuff is amazing!). When you purchase a starter kit, you also become a member and get 24% off all your future purchases!

The sale runs until the end of February, and if you've ever thought about purchasing essential oils, this is your chance! You'll also be invited to join a FB group where you can ask questions and learn more about the oils! If you still need some convincing, this is a great video explaining more about essential oils and the starter kit!

If you know you want to purchase one, here is a link where you can sign up under me. I will add you to an email list that shares tips about how to use your oils. Truly, these oils have helped open so many doors for my health journey. It may feel like a big investment now, but I promise you that it will be worth it!!

And lastly, I still have some gorgeous Santorini Calendars (just like the one in the pictures above). I'm selling them for a steal of a deal at $15 a calendar, plus shipping (which is basically just covering my costs without making a profit!!). I love how the calendar offers such a gorgeous touch of color to my home. If you want one, please email me and we'll make it happen! (

Happy Tuesday friends!

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