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Thieves Laundry Soap Hack

Stretch your Thieves Laundry Soap farther with this simple hack!

Switching out your conventional laundry detergent for a plant-based, natural laundry soap is one of the best things you can do to reduce the toxins in your home! Check out this easy hack that stretches your Thieves Laundry Soap waaaay farther. I said in the video it lasted about 3 months, but looking back to when I actually made my first batch — it lasted 5 months with this method! (we are a family of 5). Cost-effective and better for you. Ready to get started with your own toxin-free home care products and essential oils? Contact me here, or click here to get started, and I will have a special offer for you!

Young Living now offers CBD Oil — with our Seed to Seal Guarantee

Now that CBD oil is legal in the United States, it begs the question — where should I buy CBD? The quality of CBD isn’t regulated, and some companies’s products contain little or no actual CBD at all. How to know what to buy?

Your best bet is Young Living / Nature’s Ultra. And here’s why:

What makes Nature’s Ultra CBD different?

1. Seed to Seal Standards.

Nature’s Ultra products are produced to Young Living’s exacting, industry-leading standards. Check out this short video here to learn more:

2. Smart Spectrum

CBD companies are popping up all over the world. Unfortunately, most of them do not really understand the plant, the oil, or the law and the consumer is ending up with products that may not work, may not be good for them, or may be illegal. What that means is that products are cropping up that are riddled with impurities, toxins, CBD dosage different than what the products is labelled, illegal levels of THC, synthetic CBD molecules, some of which are considered drugs with more hallucinogenic power than plant-based THC, again illegal to sell without a prescription.

1. Quality starts at the source. Nature’s Ultra CBD is grown high in the mountains of Colorado. High altitude farming comes with fewer pests, naturally, which allows CBD to be grown without toxic pesticides.

2. Nature’s Ultra has one of the first hemp farms in the United States to hold both a USDA organic certification and USDA organic handler’s certification. All products are tested in multiple stages throughout the manufacturing process for potency and purity.

3. No heavy metals. All products have been subjected to rigorous laboratory testing to ensure that it contains the optimal amount of CBD and is free of heavy metals.

4. No solvents. Harsh chemicals are never used in the manufacturing process thanks to the proprietary CO2 extraction methods.

5. The QR code on bottle will lead you to the lab test results. You can share and leverage these amazing results with anyone interested in using these products!

6. Quality extraction process. The green-friendly CO2 extraction process produces the purest CBD at 99% or higher.

7. All ingredients are natural, organic, vegan approved, and gluten free.

You buy essential oils from Young Living because we are experts in farming, distilling, and testing and you want the same expertise when you harvest and extract your CBD oil. Nature’s Ultra products offer pure CBD, paired with powerful Young Living essential oils.

Smart Spectrum™:

Nature’s Ultra products are pure, potent, Seed to Seal certified, and unlike any other brand on the market, offer the benefits of Smart Spectrum™ CBD science. Because there are little to no CBD regulations and with the whole hemp plant you don’t know what you are getting, we created our own Smart Spectrum™ products. This provides the best way to control purity and efficacy.

We take pure Seed to Seal Certified CBD isolate which is the best way to ensure there is no THC and control purity. You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about isolates versus full-spectrum oils. The term “full spectrum” is poorly defined and it currently means there are other compounds in the plant or “everything” in the plant is in the oil. We know, however, that full spectrum may contain other ingredients that you don’t want like THC, contaminants, or toxins. For these reasons, we have chosen to work with the pure CBD isolate.

We then add Young Living’s pure essential oils to the CBD isolate. We are able to use our leading knowledge of terpene chemistry to formulate specific combinations of CBD and natural terpenes to selectively broaden and round out the natural spectrum of Nature’s Ultra Products. The terpenes found in essential oils can increase the overall efficacy of a product and the terpene profile of hemp oil is miniscule compared to those of essential oils.

Anytime you use Nature’s Ultra products, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting pure, potent, clean, natural products, uniquely blended to work with your body in the smartest way.

Every state also has its own laws and regulations, PLEASE educate yourself on your state’s regulations prior to purchasing CBD; you are responsible for transportation and understanding your state’s laws.

Ready to get started with Nature’s Ultra CBD? Open a Young Living account and we will get you started! Click here or contact us to learn more!

DIY Succulent Diffusers

Everyone knows having plants inside the home is wonderful for our health, cleaning the air and giving off oxygen. They are beautiful to look at and improve our indoor environment. But not if they’re dead.

I kill plants. It’s a special talent I have — to kill plants in record time.

Succulents are adorable and easy-to-care for plants that thrive on neglect — perfect for me. And they’re really trendy right now. You can find a wide variety at most nurseries and garden centres.

Fun fact: certain cacti and succulents do not stop the photosynthesis process at night like most plants do! This means they continue working hard to release oxygen and absorb toxins from our environment even while we are sleeping.

A really fun project with these easy plants is to make a DIY Succulent Diffuser. You can apply the essential oils of your choice and set the arrangement anywhere you’d like to breathe in the aromatic benefits! It’s also a great idea for guest bathrooms and small spaces with no electric outlets.

Last week I hosted a DIY Succulent Diffuser Workshop at our house, for a dozen people. I was really nervous because plants are not my forte, but I was well-prepared and the workshop worked out great! Here are the details if you’d like to make a DIY Succulent Diffuser for yourself.

You will need:

Bowl, planter, plant pot… you can make a succulent arrangement in pretty much anything. I got ours from IKEA.

Pumice stone / perlite — goes at the bottom of the bowl for drainage

Soil — cactus soil is ideal because it drains and dries quickly so the roots don’t sit in dampness. 

I got mine for $3.99 a bag at Pepiniere Jasmin in St-Laurent. I got the pumice stone there too: www.jardinjasmin.com

Plants — shop around for these. I found a beautiful and very affordable selection at the Atwater Market (Montreal) because it’s June, but in the winter it may be harder and more expensive. American friends, you can order a box of succulents from Amazon (!) 


Moss, stones, etc — to give your arrangement the finishing touch! I bought some at Michael’s.

Lava stone — this is the “diffuser” part. Lava stone is porous, and will absorb the essential oils without letting them sink into the soil.

I got a bag from Amazon: 



United States:


Add 1/2 inch to an inch of pumice stone (perlite) in the bottom of the bowl.

Add the cactus soil.

Plant the succulents in the soil. I decided to give four plants for each person but you don’t need to do this many.

Add the moss, decorative stones and lava stone around the plants.

Succulents need a very shallow root bed, and how they store water in themselves. So they don’t like too much water (or their roots will rot) 

** don’t put too much moss or it will make the soil retain too much moisture and succulents don’t like that

Once your arrangement is complete, add a handful of lava stone. This is where you are going to drop the essential oils. Add a few drops. The aroma will last for several days!

The best essential oils you can use for your health needs — including aromatherapy with this diffuser — are Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living oils are pure oils of the highest quality, grown and distilled at YL farms all over the world. As the leader of the essential oils movement, YL’s Seed to Seal guarantee is the gold standard of quality for your family! 

Don’t have your own Young Living oils yet? Order yours here:


And our incredible Joy Droppers community will guide you and support you through your oils journey!

Raise Your Frequency

My friend Shannon gifted me this beautiful bracelet. It’s made of Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, and Sandalwood. Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, the Sandalwood beads are porous and absorb essential oil, making it a perfect diffuser bracelet.

The oil I chose today is called Gratitude. This oil blend is designed to elevate the spirit, calm emotions and foster a grateful attitude. I really like the sound of elevating the spirit.

I’m slowly learning (I know, I’m a little late to the party on this one) that thoughts are energy, and this energy radiates from us into the world around us. Every thought we have creates a frequency that becomes part of our personal energy field.

The higher our frequency, the LIGHTER we feel — physically, emotionally and mentally. And the more positive things we draw into our life. Think about it. Who are you more drawn to? Someone who is negative and critical; or someone who radiates joy and peace? When it comes to energy, like attracts like. So, if we’re living at high frequencies, we’ll attract people, circumstances and things that are also high frequency.

The good news is, there are lots of ways to increase our frequency. Certainly things like meditation and yoga. But there are also fun, practical ones like:
* Listening to music, singing and dancing
* Spending time with animals
* Being out in nature
* Laughing
* Hugging
* Practicing gratitude (hence the oil choice)

Another easy way to increase our frequency is to use pure essential oils. Clinical research shows that pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance. Oils such as rose, helichrysum, frankincense and Idaho blue spruce are especially high, but all essential oils will increase our frequency.

Raise your frequency, feel lighter.

I’m going to go hug my dog now.

Check out Tweak to see more of her fabulous creations.


Phew, what a weekend at the Ottawa National Women’s Show!

If we met you this weekend, it was our pleasure to introduce you to Young Living Essential Oils! We‘re excited to get you started on your journey with Young Living’s life-changing products that are:

  • 100% pure
  • Organic, vegan, kosher and fair trade
  • Toxin-free
  • A natural alternative to conventional products for health, personal care and home care!

Essential oils can seem overwhelming for newbies. No worries, we’ve got you covered with helpful resources, books, and our incredible Facebook community. We are here for you!

Here are some helpful links:

To check out our beautiful product catalogue and see our extensive product lines and collection of Health Canada approved natural health products, click here

To check out our lifestyle lookbook and learn about our farms, foundation and lifestyle, click here

To join our oils education group on Facebook, click here

To order a Premium Starter Kit or other Young Living products, click here

** Women’s Show weekend special — order one of our starter kits and get a $20 cash refund! Offer valid until Tuesday October 23rd **

We would love to hear from you! To connect with us, click here

Simple and Satisfying Brownies for One

Do you ever just want a warm fresh brownie-for-one? Usually about 10pm, while you’re watching your favourite show, curled up under a blanket — with or without a glass of red?

My daughter came up with this genius hack. Make a batch of rich, fudgy homemade brownie batter and keep it in the fridge (uncooked). When you are craving a warm home-baked brownie, scoop some into a mug and pop it in the microwave for about a minute. BOOM! Instant chocolatey goodness.

Here’s our favourite brownie recipe. It’s simple and satisfying. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can doctor it up with a handful of chocolate chips, nuts, or our fave — a few drops of Peppermint essential oil.


1/2 cup butter

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Optional add-ins:

1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips

4 drops pure Peppermint essential oil


In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in eggs, sugar, and vanilla (and optional Peppermint essential oil). Using a wooden spoon, beat lightly until just combined. Stir in flour (and optional nuts or chocolate chips).

Store in a covered container in the fridge. When a craving strikes, scoop out about a 1/2 cup into a mug, and microwave for about a minute. ENJOY!

** added bonus: pure Peppermint essential oil soothes upset stomach, so if you eat too many brownies… you are covered!


Being a happy mama sometimes takes a little help

This is my daily perfume. It’s got a permanent place in my purse, and I often gift it to friends. Because with three kids, two dogs and all the stuff a person needs to deal with on a regular basis, sometimes I need a little … uh … help staying in the best mood, and figure my friends could sometimes use a little help too.

If you’ve found something great, don’t keep it to yourself!