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! 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/

 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/

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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Joy, Joy, Joy


There is a new sound in the air that rings of Joy and happiness.  Open up your hearts this year to see the world from a lens on love and light.  Let go of the lenses that filter that love out and leave only despair and heartache, yearning and wanting.  There is no greater want than the love that permeates the air with the season of giving and receiving.  Leave the expectation of getting at the front door when you enter a house of a family member or a friend, and embrace the feelings of giving to those you love, wholeheartedly, without reservation.  This season of love is not about what we receive, but how we can give a piece of our love to another being and accept that feeling with unconditional love and joy.
Be the one who steps into the role of giving to others without the attachment of having to receive anything in return.  In time, that which you shall receive shall be a greater reward.  Your heart will flourish with love for others and yourself.  Your perceptional lens will only see with the joy and goodness that a season of giving will reveal.  Step back and see the joy on the faces of those who receive and feel the joy permeate from their hearts to the air around you.  Step forward into that air and absorb the love into your heart — binding the feeling from one divine human being to another.  Embrace the love.  Embrace the joy.  Cherish the memories and be happy and content with that which flowed through your family and friends; Joy, Happiness, Goodness, and Love.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happiness



Happiness and healing energies flow endlessly around you and your loved ones today.  Be ever vigilant in your thoughts to hold the highest vibration of happiness for yourself.  Guard your thoughts to be positive and upbeat instead of focusing on the negative.  Raise yourself up in the energies of Source by doing what makes you feel heavenly; dance, sing, hum, twirl, laugh, giggle, shine your light outward and inward.  Feel the joy from the smallest of things; a baby’s laugh, a ride in the car with the wind blowing in your hair, silence.  Let those vibrations hold you up all day and into the evening as you remind yourself of the gratefulness and utter abundance and joy you have in your life.  There is always a spark of hope and faith if you take a quiet moment and observe the world around you.  Start with something small, such as the glorious color on a flower petal.  It is all good and grand.  Let those feelings envelop you and bring your heart into a space of love and light.  Be well.  Be happy.  Be joyous.  Be you!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Zen Photo.. Placed in a Contest

I have just placed this photo of my river stones titled, "Zen" in the Fineartamerica television contest.  Please vote for me if you feel the photo is worthy of the contest.  Just click on the photo and it will take you to the link to vote.  Thank you!!

http://fineartamerica.com/contests/national-tv-photo-contest-3.html?tab=vote&artworkid=7773257

Sunday, January 18, 2015

doTerra Wholesale Advocate

 
If you are a person who is very interested in essential oils and has been looking at buying essential oils, then there are a few things you should know. 

First of all, the best way to sign up to purchase DoTerra oils is through the Wholesale Advocate plan.  You pay a one-time $35 fee for the first year and $25 each year after.
  
  • Wholesale pricing (25% discount)
  • No Monthly Order Required!
  • Option to receive 10-30% of your total purchase back in FREE product points
  • Eligibility to receive dōTERRA's FREE Product of the Month
  • Ability to earn compensation and bonuses
  • This is the lowest overall product cost & smartest way to buy

  • The LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program) provides free product credit toward future purchases ,but is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL!  When I first signed on, I only had enough money to buy my first oil, Myrhh.  I don't want to tell you what to buy, as I do not know your family's needs  You do what you can do as you explore the oils and supplement them into your family health routine.  But, signing on as a Wholesale Advocate gives you the opportunity in the future to supplement your family income when you become more comfortable with the oils and your word-of-mouth sharing will circulate to your friends.  It is up to you how much you want to commit to for your own family and what you can purchase or not each month.  This does not commit you to have to sell anything.  I think you will be surprised after a month or two, though, that your friends will become interested and want to join you in this journey of healing.

  • 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.

  • If you are interested, you can contact me personally or click on my dōTERRA essential oil tab above and Join the team.  If you are on FB, there is a support group for our Team to answer questions and help each other find great ways to use the oils in our lives.  I would LOVE to have you on my team!

    *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 3, 2015

    Stand Up


     
    There are times I must stand up, plant my feet firmly to the ground, and declare, “Enough, Enough, Enough!”  I am me.  I am my own person.  I am worthy of all that I desire and dream.  I am releasing all that has dragged me down to a level of despair, and I pick myself up, dust myself off and stand firm in my own convictions.  I am strong.  I am willing to change for the better.  I am standing on my own, with my own energies, letting that which serves me no purpose fall to the ground.  I AM. 

    In the moment, I am proud to be a person who is loved, who loves, and one who gives love to an unfettered level.  I embrace all that I hold dear to me, yet reach out to that which has scared me in the past and feel no fear.  I can feel the life force of the divine moving back inside me with a cleansing property that was not present before this moment.  I feel the strength of resolve moving around in my soul and moving me toward that which I am; GREAT, GOOD, LOVING, KIND, STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, and OPEN to all that I deserve.  And, YES, I am worthy of all that appears in my life, as I am a child of God.

    I have the strength to stand on my own and use my own energies to raise my levels of awareness above that which is holding me down.  I no longer need to wallow in defeat over that which I cannot control.  I have the strength and fortitude to let go of anything not serving me a higher purpose and that which does not bring me joy.  JOY!  A place I allow myself to be.  HAPPY!  An emotion flooding into my being.  LOVE!  All encompassing of my heart space and spilling out to touch others.  I do have LIFE inside me that allows me to embrace and accept all good.  I do have enough love for myself to block that which does not sit well within my newly cleansed spiritual being.  I transmute all that is not pure with divine energies to love and light.  May I receive all that is pure and divine with the acceptance of LOVE and LIGHT in my life.  It is ever-increasing to heal my own spiritual self, yet also touch the lives and hearts of others as well.  I AM okay.

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Pancakes- Gluten-Free and Much, Much More

    I have a long list of food sensitivities that give me a good kick-in-the-fanny when accidentally ingested.  I am beginning to miss eating some foods as I trudge down the path of finding and creating meals each day.  Breakfast, right now, has become my challenge as I am getting tired of oatmeal (that I know I shouldn't eat due to possible cross-contamination of wheat, but do because I am downright hungry!)  The list of ingredients to avoid is quite long and the reactions from my body to those ingredients is quite varied. 

    Just a sample of what I must avoid:  dairy products (except yogurt and some soft cheeses do okay in my body), honey, wheat, rye, barley, almonds, peanuts, egg whites, basil (what? it is in everything), yeast, corn, and a few more along with chocolate.  As you can see, to create a scrumptious recipe without all these ingredients is quite the challenge, and I have resorted to eating a lot of Spanish/Mexican dishes.  Fajitas, here I come!!

    I played with a non-satisfying pancake recipe I had created a while ago, which was a bit too grainy with thin, wafer-like pancakes.  The results were much better, with fluffy pancakes and a great texture.  I am rather satisfied and cannot wait to eat the remaining pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.


    Pancakes- A lot of Ingredients Free!!
    (Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Yeast-Free)

    1 Tbsp. Flax Seed (ground)
    3 Tbsp water
    1 C. Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (used Bob's Red Mill)
    1/4 C. Xantham Gum
    2 tsp. Baking Powder
    3/4 C. Rice Milk
    1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

    Mix Flax Seed and Water together and let sit for a few minutes while mixing the remaining ingredients.  This is your egg substitute.  Mix all dry ingredients together, then add liquid ingredients, adding in the Flax Seed liquid as well.  Stir well.