Just say NO to spiders!

Oh my goodness! Last night before I went to bed I saw a brown spider in our bathroom, I think it was a brown recluse! Of course I killed it, and then proceeded to spray our entire bathroom, bedroom, and ME with peppermint and arborvitae essential oil! I’m crossing my fingers that spiders hate peppermint EO as much as they say they do!

For more info on what essential oils deter which pests, check out this blog post! http://doterrablog.com/customized-pest-control/
– Chandler



5 Reasons I Chose doTERRA Essential Oils

Don’t worry, I know that doTERRA is not the only oil company out there. I also know that essential oils are pretty popular right now, and choosing a good company is difficult. Let me tell you why I recommend doTERRA oils!

Gift of th Earth.indd

First, I’ve heard people complain about the up front cost of dT oils. For me, I know that corners are cut when you buy a cheap product. dT is a quality product, and they are worth the cost. dT uses outside testing to verify the purity of their products. These testing systems are not on the dT payroll, and will tell it like it is. If a batch is not pure, they don’t sell it.

Even though I think dT oils are worth the price, I always love a good deal! Signing up for doTERRA allows me to get a 25% off discount. Plus, when I signed up for the Loyalty rewards program I get my shipping costs back in points toward products, and I get a percentage of each order back in points as well. 1 point = $1 in oils. Right now I have about 146 points to use towards oils. I’m pumped to make a big order this month!

Support Team:
I am super thankful for the way dT is set up. I have an awesome upline of people who have been using oils a lot longer than I have. I can ask multiple people questions at any time if I need help with a health issue or how to use a particular oil. This is huge! If I had just bought oils but didn’t know how to use them, I would have stopped.

Co-Impact Sourcing:
If you have known me long, you know I have a heart for other countries. The owners of doTERRA have a similar heart as mine. Each oil is grown in its natural environment, meaning that the oils are grown all over the world. dT works hard to build good relationships with their growers. Not only does this ensure a quality product, but it also helps the community where the oils are grown. It provides jobs and income for the community. This is a short video that explains it better than I can! I love a company that has a heart for the world.


Customer Service:
The few times I’ve needed to call CS, they are amazing! They work with me and definitely make me feel like they care about me as a customer. They also have a chat option that helps when I’m doing a million other things at once.

Want to know more about essential oils? Join my Online Intro Class at https://www.facebook.com/events/832203986851848/

THIS is why I keep posting about doTERRA :)


Some people have noticed that I have been posting a lot about doTERRA essential oils recently on my fb page and asked me about it. I have blogged some about them, but not really the whole story.

I started using essential oils this summer at my cousin’s suggestion. She knew I was struggling with endometriosis, and had heard good things. I was skeptical at first, but she sent me a sample and the rest is history. I began using a blend called Clary Calm on a daily basis, and it has helped immensely. From there, I was hooked. I began using oils for many different things, including my face moisturizer/acne control, to help sleep (since my sleeping has been off since night shift), for pain and swelling in my knee, for nausea and upset stomach, when I was sick and had a terrible cough, congestion, drainage. I use them for my runny nose/allergies almost daily. I use them for headaches. I think of another use to try almost every day.

Besides the actual oils, I have started using their probiotic and multivitamin. I LOVE that I am using an all-natural product to help heal my gut and replace vitamin deficiencies in my body. I have noticed I have a lot more energy since starting this vitamin (versus the previous multivitamin I was taking). For me, this has been what I’ve been looking for for a long time. Yes, I still have to eat right and get sleep to feel my best, but I have noticed an overall increase in my energy each day. The best part is it is all natural, and there are no stimulants. I’d tried other options to try to boost my energy, but they included stimulants, which made my heart race and my body jittery. doTERRA’s definitely don’t do that!

Because of how much they have helped me, I have been loving sharing with others how dT can help them, too! I hope you don’t get annoyed at my facebook posts, but I don’t think I will be able to quit sharing them any time soon. I love doTERRA and how it has helped support my body in a completely natural way.

If you have heard about doTERRA and want to try out some oil samples, please let me know! It’s how I started, and I’d love to do the same for you!

Why did I choose doTERRA? Thanks for asking!… that post is coming next.


Why I Love Frankincense

Whenever I hear the word “Frankincense,” I think of of the story of the birth of Jesus and how the Wise Men brought Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

I recently found out that Frankincense is also a wonderfully useful essential oil. My cousin says, “When in doubt, get the Frankincense out.” Over the past few months I have found this to be true. When I over did it playing basketball and made my right knee angry, I rubbed Frankincense on it to help with swelling and it worked wonders! I also used Deep Blue to help with the pain, but the Frankincense is what took the swelling down and allowed my knee to work again! I’ve also been using Frankincense on my face, along with Melaleuca, for blemishes.

Just this past week I’ve been rubbing Frankincense on Luke’s neck after his tonsillectomy. His uvula and throat were still very swollen a week after surgery. The doctor suggested we could try Prednisone (a steroid) if we wanted to, to decrease swelling faster. However, Luke didn’t want to take more meds than necessary (and the doc said it was optional). Instead of going with the Prednisone, we went with good ol’ Frank instead. The other oil we’ve used a few times this past week is DigestZen. A couple times when Luke was feeling super nauseated, I grabbed the DigestZen to help keep him from puking.

Frankincense has been shown to help support our bodies in many ways! I love reading about all of them! In fact, I really wish I knew about essential oils years ago. It’s been kinda fun to discover my hippie side of late. I’ve slowly been trying to eliminate more synthetics and chemicals out of my daily life, including my shampoo and conditioner, face wash and makeup. Next I hope will be soaps and lotions, but haven’t quite gotten there, yet. Until I turn into a full fledged hippie with flowers in my hair and no deodorant (haha, not!), I’m happy to have found doTERRA essential oils. I’m also happy that whenever I’m in doubt, Frank and I can hang out. Wait, isn’t that how the saying goes?


Edit: Here is a link to another blog on Frankincense. This includes a testimony on how Frankincense has anti-cancer properties!!! I have also heard it helps with depression, vertigo… the list goes on and on!

Surgery Day

There we sat in a waiting room full of people. It never fails that we seem to attract interesting situations.

“Dude! What time is it?!” The fella sitting next to us asked Luke. I’d seen him glancing over here a few times and wondered what was up.


“For real? Good!! Both my wife and I’s phone say 6:30!”
We were sitting in the waiting room for Luke to go back for his tonsillectomy. Good Morning America on TV.  Nothing too exciting, but this guy looked panicked.

“I’ve been sitting here a while, since about 6 and checked my phone and it only said 6:30!! I was sure I’d been here longer than that!” Said the guy.

What messed him up even more was he was waiting for his wife’s surgery to be over and he also had her phone in his pocket. He checked it and it also said 6:30. An hour of his life disappeared, and he felt like he’d been sitting there for forever when, according to the 2 phones, it had only been 30 minutes.

We were able to give him the right time, even though we couldn’t fix the phones.

He breathed a sigh of relief.

Time does drag when you’re waiting for surgery to be over. Thankfully, Luke’s tonsillectomy was short. I was only half done eating my oatmeal when I saw the surgeon come out to the waiting room and look for me. I was surprised to see him so soon.

“Everything went well,” he said. Since I didn’t really have any questions he disappeared quickly. If I had any advice for family members in the surgery waiting room it would be to make a list of questions you’ll want to ask after surgery. It kinda takes you off guard when the surgeon comes out and says they’re done. The questions come later, after the surgeon is no longer around.

I had time to finish my oatmeal before the nurse came and called me back to see Luke. He was still very sleepy. They’d just taken out his oral airway they said. He half opened his eyes. Not sure if he saw me or not. The sweet nurse brought him warm blankets and covered him from head to toe. Then he rolled over onto his side and drifted back into that deep post-anesthesia sleep. I just sat there and stared at him, so glad that he was alright. I see post-op patients all the time. However, the patient had never been my husband before.

We were so thankful for an uneventful surgery, and post-op period. Luke had almost no pain, no nausea, and were able to leave fairly soon after he woke up. We headed home to rest and relax.