Monday, June 15, 2015

Essential Oil Scavenger Hunt

I decided to walk around my house today and show you some of the places where essential oils are residing.  If you are an essential oil user or you are beginning to use oils, then this will show you a few ways we use the oils in our family.  The possibilities are endless as to how we will use the oils.  These are a few of the ways we are using them this week!

Dill and Cumin are tucked in our spice cabinet right now.  We just used Dill for canning some cucumbers for pickles.  We will use the Cumin in some dishes soon.  We use Cumin spice quite a bit for cooking, so can't wait to try this oil instead.  We keep Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, and Basil in our bathroom drawer (with all the other oils) as we use them for more than cooking.  Ginger is also being used in the diffuser right now.
 
I have Slim and Sassy on the kitchen counter to drop in my water during the day to give me a pep and a boost in energy.  I do not use it to aid my body in metabolizing fats, but many people can and do use it for that.
 
I found Lemon tucked in a little wooden dish by the sink.  I was using it earlier this week to take sticky residue off some jars.  I do drop this in my water once-in-a-while as well.
 
Bergamot, Lime, and Ginger are the choices of oils for my diffuser right now.  Try them together.. you will LOVE it! 
 
My husband keeps Vetiver by his bedside as his go-to oil to aid in helping him get a restful sleep.  As you can see, the bottle is almost empty.  My choice of nighttime sleepy oils is Lavender and Cedarwood.
 
There is Lavender and Myrrh on the bathroom counter at this time, for a reminder to my husband to put on his neck and face where he has some skin cancer spots.  He is supporting his immune system to clear up these spots while waiting weeks for an appointment with his dermatologist for surgery.  Not shown, but used daily as well, is Frankincense, which he carries in his pocket.  He also has a Lavender at work that soothes any itchiness in those two spots.
 
I keep DDR Prime, Geranium, and the Detox Blend on my side of the bathroom counter that I take internally daily.  I also have in the blue bottle with the rubber top a face blend that I made, along with some Fractionated Coconut Oil to mix with any oils I want, and some homemade sunscreen.
 
I found Melaluca (tea tree) in the shower.  I used it during a bout of itchy scalp due to a big food allergy reaction.  I got hive bumps on my scalp! 
 
 
How do you use the essential oils and where do you have them tucked away in your house?
 
 
 
*FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

 
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bookshelves...Makes a Teacher Happy!

I am moving into a new classroom and was shocked at the lack of storage built in.  I was in a slight panic as to how to organize all my teaching material for the kids and myself.  I found this great pink shelf at the thrift store and loved the size and shape of it (for behind my teacher desk).  Didn't love the color so much, so I have painted the first, pink shelf yellow and LOVE the look!
 
I spent some time sketching out a bookshelf design that I wanted and getting the dimensions figured out so that we could cut the wood without a ton of hassle.
 
 

So, my husband took my pleas to heart and is helping me make some new bookshelves to accommodate my students' books and their center activity buckets.

As we prepared to get working, we took a moment for a selfie of us, looking a bit silly!



I have decided that I have just become the official plywood steadier (holding the plywood still while my husband is guiding the wood past the blade that I am petrified to be near!) and the runner to get tools!

We made one bookshelf, with our antiquated table saw, and realized that our wood was slightly askew in places (millimeters off- too much to sand down in places), but caused an issue with not being able to put a frame on the back.  Albeit, we went to Home Depot and bought more plywood and had them cut it on their table saw... so much straighter.  Now, we can put the next two shelves together.  If you look closely, the bottom and middle shelves are the same height, but the top one is slightly smaller as that is where I want to put the center papers and center work containers.  I have a lot of containers, so hopefully the three bookshelves will be enough for that.  They are 4 feet wide and 3 feet high... positive thinking that will be enough!

Edit:  I have now sanded and painted the shelf and am very happy with the outcome! 


 
 



 

Tote Bags, Pillows, and Prints

I have Tote Bags!  I have Pillows!  And, I have Prints!

I am so excited to offer the newest product that you can have with my photo printed on it... Tote Bags.  Fineartamerica offers 3 sizes to choose from and the image covers the whole bag and is printed on both sides.

 
I am also excited to say that I can offer you Throw Pillows as well!  These are also printed on both sides of the pillow.
 
 
Or, you can find something to place on your walls that is to your liking!  I have Prints of all different sizes! 
 
 



Friday, April 3, 2015

"How-To" Create an LRP Order (Loyalty Rewards Program)

Now that you have signed on as a Wholesale Buyer  ("How-To" Sign Up With My Team), I will walk you through the steps to set up an LRP order (Loyalty Reward Program) to begin earning product credit, compensation, and/or free products of the month offers.

Keep in mind:

  • 1-49pv (Personal Volume) order keeps you on the program, and maintains your points though you do not increase in percentages.
  • 50pv+ earns points, as well as earning a percentage back on your order.
  • 100pv qualifies you for bonuses and full dōTERRA commission.
  • 125pv+ Set your LRP order to ship between the 2nd and the 15th of the month will get you a Free Product of the Month and option to any other special promotions.
  • Set to ship between the 1st- 28th of each month – can be changed along with items up to 24 hours before processed.
  • Points are processed on the 15th of every month, so they will show up in your account the following month on the 15th.

  • Step 1:  Sign into your own account at mydoterra.com (use your user number and password you created earlier.)



    Step 2:  Click on, "Create New LRP Order"

     
     
     
    Step 3:  Choose Your Shipping Date
     
    Pay close attention to the days you choose.  If you set the shipping dates between the 1st and 15th of the month, and your order is 125+ PV (personal volume), then you get the Free Product of the Month.
     
    If you set a shipping date, but find that you do not want it to process at that time, you can go in and edit your order to change the shipping date to a later date.
     
     
     
    Step 4:  Start Shopping! 
     
    Step 5:  Go to Your Cart and see what you've placed in it.  Edit, Continue Shopping, and/or Continue to Checkout!
     
     
     
    
     If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!!  I would love to help you.
    



    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

    "How To" Sign Up with My Team

    Go to my website:  https://www.mydoterra.com/kerrimortenson/

    Click Join and Save


    Choose your language and country.


     
    Decide if you would like to sign on as a Preferred Member or Wellness Advocate (Wholesale Prices).  The Wellness Advocate option is definitely your better cost-saving option, giving you access to the Product of the Month promotion, 25% discount on each order, plus the opportunity to earn Doterra credit and compensation.  You don’t have to “sell” the oils if you sign up with the Wellness Advocate option, the oils sell themselves.   I’ve been able to use my product credits for bottles of oils that I can use to share with others!  It’s a win-win for me and another way to help someone else find the love of essential oils.
     


    The website then directs you to the sign-up page (for Wellness Advocate option you will need to provide your SSN in the event you receive compensation from DoTerra.) 



    Sponsor ID Number:  Leave this number alone- you don’t have to do anything with it.  It is me!!  It lets DoTerra know who you signed up underneath (I am your Enroller and Sponsor right now and am your go-to person for help.)


    After that page, you can place your first order at this time.  I would definitely look at the Enrollment Kits to see if any fit your need for you and your family.  If you sign up as a Wellness Advocate, your $35.00 initial fee is waived at checkout and you end up only having to pay for the Enrollment Kit. But, if your budget is tight, then start with one oil, like I did and go from there!  I started with Myrrh, which is one of my most favorite oils to this day!  You’ll be like a kid in the candy store reading about all the oils and seeing which ones would work for you!  J

     
    Please remember to double check your shipping and make sure you have the one you want.  I like to have it ship by UPS SurePost for a few dollars cheaper.  Also make sure you mark “This is for For Personal Consumption”.



     

    When you get set up and want to learn "How-To" Create an LRP Order, let me know!!  :)  Happy oil shopping to you!



    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

     

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Pass Along Your Knowledge




    As a teacher, there are those times when you question your own abilities. Yet, when you look at your own abilities with more depth, you notice they are as strong as ever. When you feel yourself slipping into self-doubt, step back and reflect on your own schooling and your own knowledge. It's there. Maybe you have let it sit dormant for a time, yet when you need to use what you know; it is there at the ready.

    Do not allow self-negative talk to disrupt your abilities as a teacher to pass along the knowledge you possess. Use that knowledge to expand the minds and hearts of those sitting in front of you waiting for you to share all that you know.

    Stop the abuse to your own self and halt your ego's restlessness for drama by being kind to yourself. Walk confidently in the wisdom you hold within your heart and let it reach all those wishing to hear and learn.

    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Spring Storms

    It's that time of the year for some Spring storms to come rolling through our area!  Please feel free to look through my photography website and share my photos using the Social Media links beside them.  If you click on each photo, it will take you to my photography as well! 
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    Upcycle a Vintage Spice Rack

    I dug out of my garage this vintage spice rack that I had used years ago to hold my kitchen spices.  Now that I am increasing my essential oils, I thought to hang this in the kitchen to organize my oils and have an accessible place for the whole family.

    I do think I am going to have my husband put two more shelves inside the cabinet since there is enough room above the oil bottles.





    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Essential Oil Dilution Guide

    When using essential oils, please properly dilute the oils if using them topically.  I created this guideline to help you understand how much oil needs to be added to a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, etc... ).  As an adult, you may increase your dilution amounts up to 3% for short-term temporary health issues. 

    Lavender oil and Melaluca are a few of the oils that may be used "neat" (applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil).  Some oils may be used neat for wounds, cuts or burns.  There's a really great chart on this site, EverythingEssential.me that shows the essential oils and their skin sensitivity. 

    **Dilution of essential oils is important to reduce skin sensitivity and irritation.**
     

     
     
    


    *FDA Disclaimer:   I am not in the medical field, just a woman discovering natural ways to use essential oils to supplement healing in my body.  I share what has worked/ is working for me and my family. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Advocate and may receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Change is Inevitable


    Change is inevitable.  There are times it takes change in order to see the blessings bestowed upon you and your life.  Sit back, let go of the expectations that you have placed around a situation, and let the events unfold as they will; unencumbered from your own energy block.  Release the preconceived notions that accompany the mind and its own thoughts, and let the heart speak to you with its quiet wisdom.  Know that the energy coming from your heart is pure; trust it and embrace its flow of goodness.