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.

Intro to Elle

It’s Saturday, but it is my Friday. Tonight at 6pm when I walk out the doors of this building I will be starting my 2 week vacation. What do I do for work? I am a 911 Public Safety Dispatcher. Long hours, stressful calls, and people yelling fill my day. It is an exhausting and thankless but rewarding career. Why do I tell you this? Because I want you to know me and what I do apart from the time that I am learning about essential oils and being a Mom, Wife and Wellness Advocate.

I am not always the best with words but I will try to communicate what I do and what my passions are in life through the words that I type on this screen.

How rude of me, I forgot to introduce myself…. I’m Elle. This is how I describe myself. I am a wife, mother, mom boss times 2 (Yes, I am crazy enough to have 2 businesses), and  public safety dispatcher. I am a lover of life, outdoors, and family time.

I live in one of the most beautiful areas, where California meets Nevada at the Eastern edge of the Sierra Mountains. Lakes, mountains, valleys and deserts surround me and if I want I can jump in the car and cruise down to the ocean and be there in 3 hours.

You will learn more about me as I continue to write in the posts to follow.

I LOVE my job(s). Dispatching gives me the opportunity to help people in what could be the worst day of their lives. Photography gives me the opportunity to capture people on some of the happiest days of their lives. Being a Wellness Advocate with dōTERRA gives me the opportunity to help people live their life with alternative solutions to today’s pharmaceuticals or toxic cleaning products. I am in the business of helping people no matter what job you see me doing.

Helping people is my PASSION. Follow along as I continue to learn about essential oils, photograph people and places and tell cops where to go 😉