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Sugar Scrub

DIY Day 10! Our last day of DIY ends with a super fun gift idea!

SUGAR SCRUB (candy cane)


¾ cup white sugar

½ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

12 drops Peppermint oil*

Skin safe food coloring

Tip: In place of white sugar, you could use sea salt. In place of Fractionated Coconut Oil you could use almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.


Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl.

Divide mixture equally into two bowls.

In one bowl, add red skin safe food coloring.

Layer red and white scrub to create a ‘candy cane’ effect.

*any essential oil can be used for this recipe


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Hello…this is me

Hey Everyone! We have many new members and I thought it would be neat to re-introduce myself and say hello. Since I don’t know all of you personally, I thought I should share a bit about myself to those who don’t know me.
1️⃣ I teach adaptive yoga to adults with disabilities, specifically traumatic brain injuries, in my community.
2️⃣I love nature and refuel by walking twice a day! rain, snow or shine I get out there!
3️⃣I am an introvert! I love teaching but also treasure alone time.
4️⃣ I am a mom to 3 adults kids (two guys and a gal, who lives with me and is disabled)
5️⃣I am a native to colorado and recently bought my childhood home! It is amazing!
6️⃣I am passionate about service-I love my Fridays because I volunteer applying essential oils to people in hospice.
7️⃣I have had THREE hip surgeries in the last year and have been humbled.
8️⃣ I have 3 dogs and a cat. They keep me busy and bring me joy!
9️⃣I am a wellness coach and level 1 healing touch practitioner AND I used to weigh 100 pounds more than I do today! I have walked the path to health!
🔟 I believe in the power of gratitude and goodness.
Thanks for being in this group and I hope you can be inspired. I would love to know a little about you! Tell me!
Job Title- Giver of Goodness

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DIY Beard Oil

For the MEN! I am making these up for my fellas for their stockings 🙂
The blend below is both woodsy and spicy. For a more earthy aroma, use vetiver, patchouli and spikenard. Or mix and match, you can’t go wrong.
4oz glass bottle
10 drops melaleuca
5 drops white fir or Siberian fir
3 drops black pepper (or other spicy oil like clove)
4 drops peppermint
4 drops cypress or cedarwood
Top off with fractionated coconut oil. 
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Mid-Month News

Hey Everyone!
I appreciate you all taking the time to read and follow my blog. Truly, I am grateful. I wanted to pass along my mid-month newsletter….I typically only write one per month, but there is just too many good things to wait.  Enjoy!

I was reading this morning and came across a quote that really describes my state of being these days….and that is gratitude.  “…sometimes we get so focused on the difficulty of the climb, we lose sight of being grateful that we have a mountain to climb…” And that is EXACTLY where I have been the last few weeks. The recovery from this surgery has not been easy, but I am reminded on those really hard days of a sweet lady who I am fortunate to share Yoga with. When I asked her one day how she was doing, her response was, “My body is reminding me that I am alive….and that means I am grateful”. Although I still have quite a mountain ahead of me, I am grateful that I have the ability (with lots of support) to go climb it.  I am thankful I am determined, capable and very focused on staying present with what today offers me, whether it is pain or relief.

With that, I am also so excited to share that this past week I became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by passing a rigorous exam.  One of the blessings of surgery is that I had time to study as well as my focus being on my body, I was not too overly stressed if I passed or not. Boom!

I wanted to share also for those who aren’t on followers on social media that I just completed a great project with an organization called Unmasking Brain Injury.  Through a month long process of identifying emotions and often trapped feelings, to was an honor to work with 30 individuals living with brain injuries to complete a really intimate and challenging display of the impact of their injury on their life. Check out the pictures below to see just a snippet of their work. I am so proud of who they are.

Finally, I wanted to pass along an amazing special if you have been watching me with essential oils and wonder how they might fit into your own healthy lifestyle.  I use essential oils for everything from pain support, help with sleep, reducing the toxic load in my home by cleaning naturally and many, many emotional benefits.  If you are skeptical, I challenge you to give me 30 minutes of your time, a book to borrow and some samples to try.  If you are inspired and ready, lets get together and get you started. This month there are several starter kits 20% off!  You will get your oils, a year-long wholesale pricing membership (like costco ) and mentoring with me. With this membership there is no requirement to purchase monthly or sell–just the same discount as me!  Plus, when you get these amazing oils in your home, I will arm you a in-depth resource book to empower your knowledge, as well as other goodies to get you on your way.

Also as of this week, I am returning to LifeTime fitness to teach Yoga and Pilates AND I have a few spots open in my home studio for private or small group classes.

Here’s to health and happiness,

20% off select enrollment kits

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To see all the kits go here & and to get started just go here


Unmasking Brain Injury


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Obsessively Grateful

Imagine how awesome your outlook would be if you focused on the good, instead of the not so good. It can be the big things—like a home, a great job, plenty of all you need, AND it can be focusing the little things—a smile, someone holding a door, blueberries on sale at the store, a giggle from a kid.

When you become obsessed with gratitude, you begin to see so much.

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DIY Lip Balm



1/2 ounce beeswax

1/2 ounce coconut oil

1/4 ounce shea butter

1/4 ounce cocoa butter

30 drops essential oils

Lip balm containers (I buy at aroma tools or amazon)


  • Place everything, but essential oil and vanilla extract into glass measuring cup or bowl, or mason jar.
  • Fill large saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to boil.
  • Once boiling, place glass measuring cup in center of saucepan.
  • Stir every few minutes until ingredients have melted and are combined.
  • Once all wax is melted, remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
  • Add essential oils
  • Pour mixture into lip balm containers and let cool.

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Day 1 DIY–Lotion Bars

Day 1 DIY:

⅔ cup beeswax
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa butter
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
15 drops of doTERRA essential oil

Recommended essential oils: Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Lavender

Measure all ingredients, except for essential oils, in large glass jar.
Place jar in saucepan with one to one and a half inches of boiling water.
Stir ingredients until combined.
Once melted, remove from heat. Let rest three minutes.
Add essential oils and stir.
Pour mixture into silicone mold.
Massage lotion bar on skin for moisture.

Wrap in a fun paper and tie with twine for a cute gift.