say hello to farm + flower
Hey friend, is it time to up your health game? I feel you. I was there 4 1/2 years ago. We brought Young Living into our home and that's when changes started happening, some quickly and some over time. Want to know what we loved, what we hoard and what we turn to stay above the wellness line?
Check out my new dedicated oil journey space me over on Instagram: Farm + Flower. I'll be doing some awesome giveaways there soon to launch this new space! :) Come join the adventure!
Thoughts about a Better Lifestyle
Oh, she's crayyy with that lifestyle, is that what you're thinking?
Why does she care so much about skin care products and all those ingredients? What I've always used is safe, it's sold in stores and that's good enough for me. We've been using these products for years and haven't had any issues. Is that you mindset right now?
I get it, I do! I used to be the same. I shopped for convenience, for good price points and when I could swing it, for luxury brand names. I was that girl, too.
If by cray you mean I'm the research warrior that finds the best non toxic options for my family to make sure that I'm keeping them away from as much cancer causing garbage and as few body system disruptions (including emotional) that I AM THAT CRAZY girl. We have been using EO's, all natural make up and skin care, guzzling better water and eating healthier. These lifestyle changes keep us above the wellness line because that's where our lives perform best. We have way fewer sick days, doctor visits and illness.
I care about soaps, cleaners, lotions, and moisturizers and make up because our skin in the largest organ on our body. The average woman uses more than 100 toxic chemicals on herself and home every day. Before she even leaves the house. Those things are fine, they are on the shelves...is that what you are thinking right now?
Every time you spray that fancy (synthetic) fragrance and then hold your babies, remember this: synthetic fragrance is a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor.
And, no, your'e not fine. None of us are fine. Not even your kiddos.
All on the rise in children: respiratory problems (asthma), sensory issues, ADHD, autoimmune disease, the big C word.
Adults: Also the big C word, autoimmune disease, depression anxiety, horn disruption, allergies to so many things...the list goes on and on.
I will toss up some links but I encourage you to do your homework. Empower yourself. Make better choices.
I'll just be hanging out here with the other crazies.
Now about those links...what the big manufacturers don’t want you to know:
And this one is about the formaldehyde in your household cleaning products. Tell me you know this. You did know, right?
So, have I got your attention yet?
Where to begin...where to start? With what’s broken. Let’s find that out and then we’ll address what to do about it. Your family depends on you to be the gatekeepers your home and to be the health giver. I've got a class on July 26 that is going to help. I do classes every month, I don't always get them up here...my bad.
I will try and get better about posting the classes I offer each month! Email me today and let's get you in this private online class.
That Premium Starter Kit I picked up 4 years ago...was the biggest and best change I made for myself and my fam.
If you are impatient, I understand. I was too. Here is my Quick Sign Up Link to get The Premium Starter Kit:
I am excited to say that when you do, I will add you to my private oil chat group and you can get all the help and friendship you need there. We cray, healthy girls stick together! :
The Winter can be harsh on your skin. Here's a must try salt scrub to exfoliate your skin. I love to make things using as few toxins as possible and this recipe is so uplifting, but it also exfoliates beautifully!
UPLIFTING SEA SALT SCRUB
One trick I've learned is the importance of a scrub before quenching your skin. Makes sense right? Slough off those dead cells and thennnn use your fav lotion or lotion bar.
The vanilla-lime-jasmine makes a BEAUTIFUL combo!! Ahhhhh....
3/4 C ground sea salt
2-3 T melted Coconut Vanilla Tiki Tahini Oil
12 D Young Living Lime Essential Oil
8 D Young Living Jasmine Oil
1-2 t loose tea
Mix together and store in a glass container.
I like my scrubs with less oil and more chunk. If you prefer more oil add it!
Use it in the shower.
The quest for a toxin free lifestyle continues! And it just got a whole lot better. Have you heard about Savvy Minerals yet? It's a gorgeous natural make up Collection and I've fallen in love with it.
Everything from foundation, blushes, bronzers (great for contouring), eyeshadows, misting spray, lipsticks and lip glosses to those brushes...are my fav splurge! If you are concerned about what's in your make up (which you totally should be) this make up will make your face SO happy. I am happy to report that after using it for 2 months now, I've had zero breakouts.
- have allergies, big or small
- are concerned about cancer and carcinogens
- get sick at the drop of a hat
- break out easily
check out the ingredients in what you are putting on your skin and the ingredients in your make up. This is my serious face talking to you right now.
What's in Savvy Minerals make up? Kaolin Clay, Arrowroot powder, jojoba oil, aloe, and Aspen bark (a natural preservative).
Here's a swatch card showing you all the colors in The Collection.
You can check out the products on my Amazing Frank site here:
I've been sharing lots of how to's via live video over on Facebook. Go check them out!
february 3, 2017
Have you been following my essential oil adventures to wellness? As of this month my family and I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for 3 years. Not a fad. Just a better lifestyle. We aren't crunchy woo woo tree hugging folks, we just know a good thing when we see it.
I've got a new website that is super helpful for curious folks: Amazing Frank. You can have a look see and even subscribe to get a mini course delivered to your inbox. Pretty simple!
November 21, 2016
I actually made these the other night. It was dark out so I didn't get a great photo of how mine turned out...but imagine these...SO Yummy! And beautiful...and simple. :) Click the photo for the recipe. Amaze your crowd over the holidays!
Hey friends! I will be hosting a Live Quick Class over on my Facebook Wall September 27 at 7:00 pm CST.
Email me for a quick Class Guide so you can take notes during the Live Class. See you soon!
June 26, 2016
Two years of using essential oils and I am still fascinated by them. My team and I have helped hundreds of people with their wellness needs. All kinds of issues ranging from sleep (raising my hand on that one), emotions (another biggy for me), and so many physical issues...all helped naturally with a couple drops of essential oils.
I am now studying to get my aromatherapy certification. I look forward to this Fall when I will be finished with the coursework.
If someone would have told me a few years back that I was going to be studying phytochemistry and helping people with essential oils I would have looked at them like they were speaking a foreign language. Seriously. My heart has grown so rich and so happy helping others in this way. I am grateful, yet again, for nature's gifts.
March 3, 2016
Wanna peek at my oil wall? I've been working on primping up my studio little by little, here and there, and this is my area for essential oils. The OIL WALL! I had them in a wooden box for the longest time, but I outgrew it. This is much prettier, too, I think.
I have to tell my hubby soon that I need another shelf or two, but I'll wait a bit. :)
The oils I use everyday, on my face, in a diffuser necklace, in lotions on my skin, and in the diffuser in my studio are making me smile and be a better person!
Interested in knowing more? Click here
February 9, 2016
Exciting news you guys! I am pleased as punch to share that I am now able to conduct Itovi scans! What is Itovi? It's a very state of the art way to measure what your body needs. This device uses GSR (galvanic skin response) technology, similar to fitness devices, and after the scan it tell you what essential oils or supplements your body is craving...and maybe trying to tell you. I got the device last week and have been scanning myself every day (of course) and it's been spot on every time.
I am able to give scans in my area, email me if you are wanting rates or to set up a session. I am so grateful for this device...now I can help people with natural, healthy solutions...on the fly! Happy dance!
February 2, 2016
A couple days ago I had an Online Event all about making candles with my essential oils. It was awesome! It was also a total rush to make candles all by myself. Super simple, and I'm so glad I did this! Now I have lots of candles that are actually good for our home. There are some really nasty ingredients in the candles we buy in stores. Lead in wicks is another reason I will never look back and keep on making these. The essential oils recipes I shared were all natural (of course), and so full of benefits for our well being. I want to share a couple recipes here because they are THAT good...
Perfect for kitchens. This is a great candle to make in Mason jars, or in this case I used a Weck jar. I love those. The jar isn't really big, it's a little on the small side. Basically a jelly jar size. Use what you like.
Ingredients and How To:
1 1/4 C. Bees wax pellets
14-16 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil
14-16 drops Young Living Lemon Oil
14-16 drops Young Living Rosemary Essential Oil
Weck 80 jar
Glue bottom of candle wick to bottom center of container. Make sure it's as centered as you can get it for even burning later. Wrap the wick around a long stick, pencil or skewer to keep wick in place.
Pour about 1 1/4 cups of bees wax pellets in Pyrex glass measuring cup. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir with skewer or stick. Put bees wax back in the microwave for 25 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat this process, at 20-25 second intervals until bees wax is almost completely melted. I did this about 6-8 times. Microwaves cook at uneven temps so it's important to stir bees wax around each time. When the bees wax starts looking like chunky cheese curds, it's almost ready! Take it out and stir until all is melted.
When all is melted, let bees wax cool to approx. 140 degrees.
Add essential oil drops and stir.
Pour into container or jar.
Allow to cool 3-4 hours in a cool dry place, undisturbed, before trimming wick.
If after pouring wax into container you wish you had a bit more wax to fill the container, just let the wax cool completely and pour melted wax/oils onto top of existing wax/oils. You can top it off that way.
This candle, in a teacup is so cute. I picked up several tea cups at Anthropologie last week and made candles in them. The recipe I shared above is the same one I used for this one...bees wax is the way to go in my opinion, and these oils are refreshing and calming.
One more I have to share...it turned out so cute. I am not into cute really but I collect Molly Hatch (Anthropololgie again) and love this candle I made. Again, same base recipe as above, just a different container and this amazing relaxing, inviting oil combo.
Pretty fun right? I think so! My daughter and I are going to repurpose some old candle containers next! :)
I have been helping folks with their lifestyle changes for two years now.We chat or email about what will help them (again naturally and quickly) then tell them to order them from here.
Last night I had the pleasure of hostessing an online class all about making handmade soaps! It was soooo fun! And simple....crazy simple. I have been wanting to try soap making for a while, but didn't know how...and I thought it was a complex process and full of trial and error. And messes and epic fails. Boy was I wrong. I had to share...cuz...well just look at what I made.
I am so grateful for my friends for showing me how to do this! Yes, there is the old fashioned way of soap making...and I'm all for that too. But honestly, I am pretty sure I am not that person. I just like whipping up this in my kitchen and microwave in less than 10 minutes. That's more my speed. I won't share all of the recipes we did, but I will share what I made below.
First tho, why made your own soap? Is that what you are thinking?
Anyone that spends less that 2 minutes on Google researching what is in store bought soaps, how they are made or looking at their profit margins can easily see that store bought soaps are not good for your skin. At all. Period. Try reading the back of that soap box...good luck. Now that we got that out of the way, let's look at a better way. Honestly, I am so glad there is a better way AND it's not difficult. Let's do this!
Here is my recipe:
Here are the ingredients and recipe to make 2 bars:
3-4 bars goats milk glycerin soap
4-5 drops lime soap coloring
9-10 drops Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil
1/2 bag Tazo Peachy Green Tea
Melt bars of goats milk glycerin in a Pryrex dish for 30 seconds in a microwave. Stir. Return to microwave and melt an additional 10 seconds. Stir. Repeat at 10 second intervals until melted but never boiling.
Cut open bag of tea. Stir in loose tea. Stir in coloring. I used lime coloring for 2 bars and copper coloring for two bars.
Stir in Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil.
Pour into soap molds.
Refrigerate 30-60 minutes.
Remove from molds. Package soap bars to your liking.
The goats milk glycerin soap and the soap coloring (which is optional) can be purchased at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Hello coupons!
The Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil I get wholesale (Member # 1634832). This is my quick link: here.
The soap molds I ordered thru Amazon: here.
Lastly, a friend of mine contacted my yesterday about using more environmentally friendly packaging. I made the switch from toxic plastic to paper bags. Lovely right?! And much better for our earth. Thanks Kim Wood Beller!
And thanks Nikkee Vincent, for sharing your soap making skills with me!
October 13, 2015
My oils are an integral part of my daily life. They have been for a year and a half now. I use them everyday. I didn't think I would but like I said in my earlier post (below) one sniff and I was in love and the rest was history. My friend was right! And they have changed me for the better in so many ways. So what does my typical day look like with oils in int?
I think folks would like to know so let's do this! I'll give your the 411. I almost hesitate to share because it's so easy. Is it share worthy tho? Yes! So here we go!
Every morning I use these oils. After a big cuppa joe and journaling, I'm ready to get the day started.
After I wash my face, I use 2-3 drops of Frankincense and Patchouli with a Jojoba Oil (a great carrier oil). The scents of these oils are, of course, amazing. I'm always careful about what I put on my skin and I love that these oils are pure and are words I can pronounce. Both of these oils are very emotional balancing. The Patchouli has a big chill out factor which is great for me. I am an easily overstimulated, anxious type of person and this oils is such a help with calming those things down. Frankincense (the oil that is referenced over 50 times in the bible) helps me have a better attitude and lifts any dark clouds in my day. Which I don't have anymore...thank goodness...but I'm not taking any chances. I don't want dark clouds to return so it's more preventative for me at this point.
The other oil in the above photo, Highest Potential, is one that I use for confidence building. I add 2 drops to a small amount of lotion and put it on the bottoms of my feet. Love this oil! It helps set the tone for my day.
If I am particularly tired I will also dab a drop of Peppermint over my temples. But that doesn't happen much either tho...because I sleep so much better now. I'm getting ahead of myself tho...I'll share more about that in a bit.
Let's fast forward to mid afternoon.
3:00 might be too soon, but it's almost always an oil I use late afternoon. When the kids come from home from school and hit me with this and that and the door bell rings and I didn't get the third load of laundry done and I have dinner still to figure out...you know what I mean, right? That's when I require a deep breathe and roll of this on my wrists and the back of my neck. This blend smells like rich limes and vanilla. It's awesome. That is a his and hers photo above. My hubby uses it too! We are both almost out and we will be arm wrestling for the new bottle. Doesn't it come in a pretty case? Yes!
Around dinner I diffuse this oil.
I add 8-10 drops of Thieves to tap water and put it in this diffuser. Not a great photo but that's where it usually sits in our living area. This oil helps support healthy immune function. It's amazing how great it works! I like to diffuse in the room when we are all in there so we all enjoy the benefits of this oil. I also use Thieves Cleaner in the house. Clove, nutmeg, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus are in this blend. So it smells like Fall...my favorite time of the year!!
Now that it's almost bedtime, we use these two oils.
Just adding a drop or two of each oil to the back of our necks (we both use it) and the bottom of our big toe helps us sleep thru the night. NO MORE waking up 3 times a night! I'm sure you know how great that feels...a restful night's sleep...no waking up. Right?! Remember those? Amazing. My son treasures his bottle of Peace and Calming, too. The son who is like me and has trouble turning off life at the end of the day.
So there you have it! The oils I use (we use) on the daily. I love that they are all natural and that they are 100% pure therapeutic oils and I'll never be without them!
October 8, 2015
Early in 2014 I started using these game changers, quite by accident. I was reluctant initially and didn't see how these little bottles could help myself or my family. I trusted a friend who mentioned them to me for a variety of things. From the day I opened the first bottle, it was love at first drop.
I now use them everyday. My whole family does for a variety of things. Best decision for our wellness and lifestyle, ever. I will never be without these all natural bottles of goodness in my life. I would never want to. I changed so much, for the better after introducing these oils into my daily routine!
The first three oils in the above photo are the reason I got the oils initially. For our son who wasn't getting relief or help with some of his issues and it was very frustrating. They helped quickly and naturally...which still amazes me to this day. The fourth bottle, the Frank, is the bottle that changed me. It brought me to such a better emotional place. If we had a chance to sit down with a cup of coffee, I would share the story with you and you would probably get as teary eyed as I do just thinking about how I felt then vs. now. As I look back through older pieces I've painted, the change is very present in my artwork.
From an artist perspective, I have had two oil crushes for a while now. These two:
I diffuse Inner Child in my studio almost every time I am in there. I can't get over how wonderful it smells. That smell is the "thing" that fills up the room and it fills up me, too. Such a wonderful oil for emotional balance.
The other oil, Northern Lights Black Spruce is my daily jam. Ahhhhhh. I carry it around like I do my water bottle. It's a new oil, and it's fabulous! I recommend both of these oils...to friends all the time.
I have been helping folks with their lifestyle changes for over a year now. We chat or email about what will help them (again naturally and quickly) and then I tell them to order them from: here
That is a link to get the Kit I got initially. My family and I have loved that Kit of 11 oils and a diffuser! I am frequently offering educational classes about oils because I want to make sure folks that come to me get the best of their oils. There is a learning curve and I want to make sure folks have the help they need. :)
Oils aren't scary. At all. I am the biggest chicken on the face of the earth....seriously. But someone was watching out for me that day I finally took the plunge and placed that order. A week later when they came I never looked back.
I am doing to feature "A Day in the Life of an Oiler" here soon...stay tuned!