dōTERRA arōmatouch Technique Certification

Sorry I have been MIA for the last week. I ended up working an 8, 12, and two 16 hour days on top of getting certified for aromatouch Technique through dōTERRA essential oils.

This certification training was the first experience that I had with the aromatouch Technique. I was blown away with how relaxing it was even with 12 other people in the room talking.

This is not a massage as there is not muscle manipulation going on. But, it is as relaxing if not more relaxing than a massage. For me massages tend to hurt when they are really digging into knots in the muscles. With the aromatouch there is no pain. It is a series of touch movements paired with 8 different oils that have been combined for their relaxation, detoxifying, soothing and invigorating properties. Even with eight different oils being used the scent that you are left with is not overpowering or off putting.

When I took this training I did not have a massage table and to do this training as effective and relaxing as possible for the person on the table I purchased one through Amazon. I love Amazon Prime! This table was delivered yesterday…. on a SUNDAY! Who does that? I don’t know who delivered it but I love that they did. As soon as I unpacked the table and set it up my husband jumped up on the table ready for his session.

Tables up and husband is ready.

Remington couldn’t wait for his

This technique is done on the back, head and feet. Starting just above your booty going all the way to the crown of your head. Different touches are used to help you relax with your sympathetic and parasympathetic areas being worked on. 

Your feet get 3 different techniques used on them

My husband ended up falling asleep on the table and slept amazing last night. 

If you are local to the Reno/Tahoe/Truckee area and are interested in this technique please contact me. I would love to introduce you to this amazing technique. 

And just for giggles my cats have decided that my massage table is now theirs. 


Took a Drive

After my last blog writing session I decided I needed to get out of the house and clear my head. Best way to do that? Drive up the curviest road in the area and head into Virginia City. Now usually I don’t go all the way up to this quaint small town, but that day I wasn’t done driving once I got to my normal turn around spot.

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It was  a little hazy on looking across the valley from Geiger Grade. I usually try to do this drive in my littler car but it was under the weather and so my jeep did the trek with me. Not as fun going around those corners so slowly but still good enough to clear my head and just drive.

Once I got up to Virginia City, I drove around town for a bit and only stopped once for this set of pictures.

This is the courthouse. Notice anything different about their Justice? She isn’t blinded with a handkerchief. I don’t know why but I have always liked this about her.

Continuing on my journey. I drove around some more but then my husband text me to run an errand. So, I headed back down the hill….. well, I stopped at the outskirts of town because there was a few pictures that I wanted to get of town from the top of a hillside right at the town limits.

I pulled into the large dirt turnout, grabbed my camera and realized that the hill was steeper then I had first thought. Oh yeah, I was also in flip flops…. What kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t at least try to hike up the vertical wall in front of me? So off I went, slipping and sliding, trying will all my might trying not to slide back down to the bottom. Just so you know, sage brush is very strong and will help you traverse the rocky terrain of Northern Nevada. I struggled my way to the top and started snapping photos.

After I took these I started looking around trying to figure out how I was going to get back down and then I saw the gate…… there was a road/trail that had a nice sloping way up from the dirt lot I parked in. But on that gate I could see the back of a sign. Yup you guessed it. A NO TRESPASSING sign. o_O Uh oh…..


I hightailed it back to the correct side of the gate to confirm my intuition… yep, not only one but two signs stated the not so obvious while climbing the hill. In all honesty, there was no sign at the bottom of the hill… well there are two (that you can see from the picture) but none of them said NO TRESPASSING. Now that I was on the correct side I thought it a bit humorous so I took this.



I meandered my way back down the nice slope of a road no longer trespassing. Took a couple more photos and then headed back home.

This type of drive was exactly what I needed to clear my head and face the feelings that were forcing their way to the surface. I will end here with a couple of the last photos I took. I’m ok and I’m getting better. I’m just glad I listen and know what to do when I have those “off” days.


I’m not sure what is going on today. I just feel off. Do you ever have those days? Where everything either drives you crazy or you just want to go back to your room and hide the rest of the day in hoping that tomorrow will be better.

I named this blog all things elle for a reason. You get the good, bad and sometimes ugly.

This vacation has been filled with a ton of family events, parties with said family, Aces baseball games and a lot of contemplation and introspection. Today is one of those days that I don’t want to do any introspection as I fear that I might find something that I don’t want to deal with at this time. And with that being said here come the waterworks.

I tend to be one of those people that holds their emotions in until they break me; like a volcano they build up pressure until that pressure cannot be contained by the hardened Earth around it and it explodes hurting everything and demolishing anything in it’s path. I really try hard not to let it get to the point where it affects those around me but on the rare occasion it does and I have to then seek forgiveness from those people that it hurt. For the most part, when I do feel like I’m going to emotionally explode, I remove myself from situations and take time alone to process what is causing it or why I cam feeling this way.

Today I am back in my oasis, praying that God will help me sort through the feelings that I am going through.

I am going to tell you something that people who know  me already know but to get it down on paper helps and it gets easier and a little less crushing each time I talk about it.

Being a Public Safety Dispatcher I handle emergencies everyday. Mostly it is the public people calling 911 to get help for what could possibly be the worst day of their lives. We do get the occasional officer requesting backup over the radio. What I am going to tell you about is when one of my officers needed help but couldn’t call out for it so a citizen did.

March 12, 2016 will forever be engraved in my mind. There was a snow storm in our area, people crashing their cars left and right. This particular officer was out of his vehicle trying to get a vehicle that spun out on its way. This is when his, his family’s, my other officer’s and my lives were changed. A citizen got on the radio and advised that there was an officer that was hit by a vehicle. Immediately I started checking officer’s status’, all answered back except for one. We started officers, medics and surrounding agencies officers to the area attempting to locate him. He had been hit by a vehicle traveling to fast for conditions. The officers and medics were able to get him awake and breathing and transport him to the nearest trauma center. But in the following 24 hours he took a turn for the worst and never recovered. The days that followed are a bit of a blur. I questioned if I as a dispatcher did everything that I was capable of. Could I have done more? What was he doing out of his car in that weather? Did I have what it took to return? Was this the end for me?

I was off work the following week to give me time to process. I thought long and hard questioning why things happened, wondering if I would go back, but then I thought about the other officers that also rely on my when I am on the radio. I knew at that moment I would push through any issues and continue my career.

I have pushed passed many of the feelings that I had but I don’t know if I have really faced them head on. It has been a year and almost 3 months since this all happened. I am still affected by it. The days get easier, I think of that day less than I used to but occasionally it jumps up out of no where and smacks me and I feel like I am back sitting in that waiting room hearing, “We lost a good one” for the first time again.

In the healing process, I have turned to people for comfort, but I have also turned to something that was “always there for me”…… food. I have gained weight back that I thought I had lost for good. Not feeling good about my body, my appearance, and just me in general does not help when I get in this funk. But, I will continue to work on me. because like I said the other day…. I can’t help my family or anyone else until I help me.

For now, grief and dealing with it in a non-destructive manner is what I’m working through. I’m sure other things will raise their ugly heads as I am working on me and working through my demons. I am not going to stay where I am. I can be a better version of me. I will strive to heal and move on. Not forgetting what I have been through because that has made me who I am today, but pushing forward, being stronger because of the things I have gone through.


Christmas in June

My dōTERRA order for this month just showed up via the wonderful service of UPS. I love being home when it is delivered so I can dive in and see what I received (I already know due to the fact that I ordered it but I still can’t wait). This month I did something I haven’t done in my time of using dōTERRA. I use some of my points I have built up from getting monthly orders and I got $100 dollars in free product as well as my free product of the month. 

So, a little while ago dōTERRA cqme out with a 32 oz pump bottle of their amazing shampoo and conditioner. 

My hair can get crazy sometimes but it loves these two products. I also use the other two products in the hair care line but more on them at another time. I usually will add a few extra drops of some hair strengthening and scalp nourishing essential oils just to give the shampoo and conditioner a little boost. 

Next is the Mother’s Day Citrus trio that they ran out of in .2 seconds. 

Let’s see if I can describe these oils and their amazing scents. 

Kumquat- smells like a mix of orange, lime and tangerine. Has an amazing sweet aroma cut by a slight bitterness, think biting into an Orange to give you a place to start pealing the fruit. Don’t do that? Oops. That’s how my dad thought us to start them. If you don’t do that, the next time you peel a citrus fruit bite into the peel that you just pulled off. You will never forget that bitterness. I say this not in a bad connotation either. It is just ever so slight in fragrance and it adds depth. I think it would smell too sweet without it. 

Sunny Citrus- this has Grapefruit, Orange and Peppermint in it. At the beginning of my education classes I always pass out a drop of each of Wild Orange and Peppermint. Have the people that are attending rub their hands together and smell it then run their hands down their neck for a cooling effect. This blend of Sunny Citrus will wake you up and get you ready for the day and cool you off leaving a heavenly minty citrus fragrance that will follow you around all day. 

Red Mandarin- wow, I had to smell this one for quite a while to even put my finger on how to even describe this one. Very light in citrus fragrance and you can almost smell how dark red this fruit is. The closest thing that I can attribute it to is the memory of eating the candy Starbursts. Mix an orange one and a cherry one and you will get a hint of what this oil smalls like. But I haven’t eaten starbursts in over 10 years so don’t quote me on this. I just remember mixing the different squares and that was the scent I remember smelling. 

I cannot wait to use these oils. They will be a wonderful addition to my usual oils I like to bake with and add to my water to give it some extra flavor. 

Next in the box is Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

This stuff is amazing! Here is a little historical fact that I found regarding this oil. The leaves of the melaleuca tree (or tea tree) have been used for centuries by the aborigines to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections. With twelve times the antiseptic power of phenol, it has some strong immune-building properties. I keep this in my first aid kit for just this reason. 

As for the rest of my box I got these completely free! Between using some of my points and the free products of the month I didn’t have to pay a dime. 

5ml Serenity – Free Product of the month

OnGuard Laundry Detergent

TerraShield Outdoor Blend


15 ml Serenity – Restful Blend

OnGuard Foaming hand wash refills

Serenity is one of my all time favorites. I use this at night in my diffuser to help my husband and I fall asleep. It can also help in calming when you are in situations that aren’t so. 

OnGuard is another favorite that I use close to everyday if not everyday he foaming handwash is a wonderful addition to any sink. I have yet to try the detergent but I will review once I have used it a couple times. 

TerraShield is for those days when you are outdoors, in the woods, camping, hiking or whatever else you do in the wild blue yonder. This is help those pesky pests steer clear of you and your family members. 

Last but not least. Lemon is also an everyday user. Just some of the wonderful things you can do with lemon is add it to you washing machine to clean and disinfect. Use in your water as a metabolism booster and flavor agent. 

The end of the box has come so I must stop this blog now. If there is a product that you would like further review of or want to learn more about please let me know and I will do my best. You can also use the links to my site to contact me or get more information. 

Vacation… Oasis

In helping others, I also have to make sure I help myself as well. If I am tired or run down I cannot help my family let alone the people that I may come in contact with. As I am typing this I am sitting in my beautiful back yard in the shade of my tree. The slight breeze is just enough to keep me cool in the 85 plus degree weather. Perfect for being outdoors. The birds are chirping and cooing as my cats attempt to lure them to the yard with their chatters, momentarily taking a break to chase a bug flying by.

This yard has become my oasis. Where I come to refill my tank once it runs dry from all of the hustle and bustle of work and life. It’s even better if my husband gets to join me. We will have morning coffee out here. Sometimes we talk about or plans for the day or future things we want to do (brainstorm more plans for the yard) :). Sometimes we just just sit in silence, or at least the silence of our yard, the neighbors dogs tend to interrupt the silence more than we would like. But, if you can get past the barking dogs and homeowners mowing lawns or trimming vines and bushes, this is the perfect place to be.

So far, this vacation is my favorite! I know it just started, but I get to be at home with my family. Even though this week has been more event filled then it is when I am answering 911 calls and radio traffic, I have found the time to spend with my husband son and our extended that is in from out of town. My husband has busted @$$ to finish the concrete wall for our courtyard and helped me in amazing ways getting my garden to be just perfect this year. I can’t wait to show you my new hanging strawberry patch!!!IMG_6552

We bought our house 4 years ago this passed February and every year we do just a little bit more. Is it perfect? Heck no! But, it is perfect for us in this moment, just like it was perfect in the moment we bought it. Imagine this…. A sage green with brown trim one story ranch style house on a less than busy side street. Perfect right? Just wait… The front yard has dirt and every weed that Northern Nevada has to offer, as well as the side yard, AND the back yard. There in the back stands this large sickly tree looming over the house. Has this thing ever been watered!?! An old clothes line takes up a large part of the yard. A patio cover extends from the roof and does provide some shade but has little effect when it rains as the rain makes it through the not even close to code, rickety tin roof and plywood. Can you see it? Not at all an oasis but it was ours.

So much planning and re-planning has been put into this place. A pond was dug, never filled with water and then filled back in with dirt then grass laid down. Trees have been planted, flowers bloom, and it even produces food! During the summer you can usually find large zucchini and squash plants trying to over take the patio, onions growing like crazy, endless amounts of strawberries (as long as you get to them before the earwigs and rolly pollies. Hence the new hanging patch), tomato plants growing out of their cages and bell peppers in every color. Insert long sigh here. Sweat equity abounds.

This is my life, the more I take the time to enjoy the little things, the hear and now; I get my tank refilled and am ready to step back into the rolls of wife, mom and dispatcher. I don’t get to spend nearly enough time for me with work, overtime and life. I am taking time for me this vacation. No traveling. No schedule. Just me, my family and whatever we choose to do.