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Homemade DIY Sunscreen

I LOVE the sun. I grew up in Hawaii and now live in sunny San Diego, so being in the sun and spending a lot of time outdoors is just part of my daily life. And my kids love playing outside too. The struggle though has been to find sunscreen that can protect my kids […]

How to Make DIY Lotion Bars

Do you ever feel like you’re always on the go? With three kids, I feel like we are constantly driving to/from school, afterschool activities, family-fun outings, or just on the road to visit friends and family. With all that travel, you bet I need something to keep my skin (as well as my kids’ skin) […]

DIY Fabric Freshener Spray (Homemade Febreeze)

Okay, okay I’m so guilty. I used to use store-bought fabric fresheners in my home all the time, especially my clothes. You see, in an effort to avoid washing my clothes after every wash, I’d just spray my clothes for to freshen it up. But guess what? Those fabric fresheners are loaded with toxic chemicals. Those […]

10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is a must-have for the home. It’s great for cleaning nearly every surface of the home, purifying the air and has a fantastic refreshing scent. I often just uncap the bottle and smell the invigorating aroma. It literally feels like a fresh-cut lemon right under your nose. So did you know that […]

30 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

Not sure what essential oils to use for your diffuser? Check out my list of 30 essential oil diffuser recipes that you can use day or night.

NingXia Red Gummy Fruit Snacks

Make these delicious gummy NingXia Red fruit snacks made with grass-fed gelatin. It packs a lot of protein, collagen and other nutrients in every bite.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Make this nourishing and comforting Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup the whole family will enjoy. You can even make it in the Instant Pot.

Paleo Ginger Beef Stir Fry

After ditching the wheat, I admit there’s one thing I really miss… Chinese food. I grew up with my mother’s homemade Chinese dishes, but most of those recipes have wheat or soy sauce of some kind in it. So while I have to forgo the take-out, I’m always looking for recipes I can make at home. […]

Are Fevers Good or Bad? The Answer Will Surprise You

A low fever can actually benefit a sick child, and researchers have attributed parental tendencies to over-treat by “fever phobia”– a fear that fever is harmful –which they say originated after the introduction of anti-fever drugs like Tylenol (check out Tylenol Once a Month Raises a Child’s Asthma Risk 540 Percent). In addressing this important concern […]

Cobb Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing (Just 5 Ingredients)

Ditch the store-bought dressing and make your own Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing with just 5 ingredients. Enjoy it with this real food version of Cobb Salad.

VIDEO TUTORIAL: How to Support Emotions with Essential Oils

Feeling sad, overwhelmed, fearful, doubtful, or just plain moody? Find out how essential oils can help you to manage your moods and emotions. I’ve got a lot of great tips you can use to overcome and release emotional patterns with natural solutions. But, first, let’s back up a bit…. Did you know that scents are tied to […]

Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Oil Fat Bombs

Fat bombs. They sound terrible right? Who wants to have fat bombs – let alone coconut oil fat bombs? Well, let me tell you they are delicious and so GOOD for you! Years ago, I stayed away from fat. I ate a low-fat diet thinking that was the best way to stay thin and healthy. Boy, […]

VIDEO TUTORIAL: How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Blend

Want to make your own essential oil blend? Creating a customized essential oil blend is a bit of an art and science. There’s so much more to essential oils than looking up uses in a reference book or a website, or checking out testimonials from other people. Yes, there is science involved as essential oils have […]

Carrier Oils on the Go – No Mess, Easy to Use

  Looking for an easier way to travel with carrier oils? Check out this guide on how to take carrier oils on the go. I first thought about this blog post when I was packing my suitcase for a short trip across the country. I was just carrying on my luggage, but needed to find […]

DIY Mini Carrier Oil Stick – Make it for Just 20 Cents!

Love to use your essential oils on the go? Me too! There’s only one thing… carrying around carrier oil can be messy. So I came up with this mini DIY Carrier Oil Stick you can make for pennies to use on the go without the mess. First, what is a carrier oil? It’s a fatty […]

FREE Online Class: 50+ Ways to Use Essential Oils for Home and Wellness

Did you know essential oils can help to boost your mood, support your immune system, help with digestion, and even promote restful sleep? Want to learn how to use them for your entire family? Join me for this FREE online class to learn the basics on how to use essential oils, plus 50+ ways to […]

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe {Pressure Cooker, Gluten Free}

Sometimes I just crave soup. When it’s cold outside, and I want something warm and comforting… yep, it’s soup time. The only problem is that usually when I’m craving soup, I lack the desire to slave in the kitchen to make it. That’s why I LOVE this simple Instant Pot Minestrone Soup. I’m pretty sure […]

Delicious Chocolate Avocado Truffles Recipe {Paleo, Vegan}

Looking for a healthy treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth? These Chocolate Avocado Truffles are deliciously decadent, yet they’re made with simple ingredients to make them Paleo, gluten free and vegan. They are made with gluten-free, soy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips and fresh avocado. That’s basically it. You can add Peppermint essential oil (how to order), crushed […]

{Pressure Cooker} Instant Pot Applesauce

Applesauce is a food staple for pretty much every family. I’ve been making my own applesauce for years in my slow cooker. It’s easy, but I’ll be honest… sometimes my kids want their applesauce NOW. That’s what I love about the Instant Pot. It’s so easy to make this {Pressure Cooker} Instant Pot Applesauce in less […]

10 Surprising Reasons Why Sugar is Bad for You

These facts the food industry doesn’t want you to know. Find out the 10 surprising reasons why sugar is bad for you. #6 is shocking.