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I shared on my Instagram account my thoughts as I headed to dōTERRA’s convention 2 weeks ago, which you can read below.

“3:30am this morning I jumped in the car 🚗 with 2 people I’d never met until today to head to Salt Lake and continue pursuing dreams and jumping outside my comfortable box.

I hugged my babies and cried tears as I tucked them into bed last night. This is the longest I’ve left my girls and I know they’ll be just fine, but it was hard to say good-bye. Ellie was upset at my tears and told me I needed a blankie. When I didn’t get one, she jumped off her bed, grabbed me a blankie and handed it to me. She melted my heart and made me cry even more 😭😍

The last few months I’ve being doing things WAY outside my comfort zone… like, scary, fearful things that I wouldn’t naturally choose. Leaving my babies, putting myself out there, sharing my heart, chasing dreams… it’s not easy. But the more I take steps, the more courage finds me. I used to think courage came first, now I know, you just have to take steps of faith with fear chasing you down and believe the courage will come. And I believe in all my weakness and fear God shines his strength through me. He takes my open hands and equips me every day….
This introvert is standing outside my safe box and going to extrovert for 4 days while learning and growing. I’ll come back more equipped to share and help others fight for their dreams ✨and take steps towards natural lifestyle. 🍃

Everyday I hope and pray my passion from my heart comes through louder than the sound of fear trembling in my voice.

Here’s to getting outside of our safe zone, doing hard things and along the way discovering what journey God wants to take us on.”

And now I’ve been home for a few weeks digesting all I experienced, here are my top 3 Post Convention Recap Thoughts…

  1. Health Care Clinics
  2. Oils Are Amazing
  3. Healing Hands

Let me get right to the punch so you don’t have to wait till the end to know if I was happy with my decision to go… I am SO thankful and glad I went. I can’t believe I almost missed out on an incredible few days. I pushed my fears aside, decided to extrovert for a few day and I am thankful my friends encouraged me and helped me get there in the first place. It was my first time to Salt Lake City and I fell in love with the city. Visiting new cities is a favorite adventure of mine, I enjoy seeing how other people live and experience life in different parts of the country. The doTERRA convention brought 30,000 people to Salt Lake and 68 countries were represented so I really enjoyed chatting and meeting new friends from all around the world during my days in Salt Lake.


One of the biggest hesitations I had in going was that I wouldn’t fit in as a whole. I had anxiety before leaving because I was sure I would hate the experience and feel isolated that I wasn’t pursuing financial gain and mansions as my entire life goal. 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised to watch as the days unfolded, that this issn’t the culture of dōTERRA … that giving and serving is more important to them than giving cars and luxurious vacations away to their advocates.

One of the things that originally attracted me to dōTERRA was that they do not have debt and they want to see their people debt free as well. So much so that they offer a program designed to inspire Wellness Advocates to pay off debt and live abundantly while becoming free financially in order to be in a better position to give to others. Branden and I are big Dave Ramsey fans, and have a passion to live debt free and see other’s find that freedom… so when I saw doTERRA practiced what they preach at convention I was inspired to be a part of this great company and could rest easy the rest of my days knowing I was where I belonged.

“dōTERRA wants to be known as the company that helps the most people get out of debt.” – Corey Lindley Founding Executive, Chief Financial Officer doTERRA International

Recap #1. HealthCare: I joke often in my home, I have been rebelling against healthcare since the 1990’s. I don’t know how or why, but since I had some health issues when I was younger I immediately built a resistance to the way things were done… and ever since the 90’s I’ve been asking why and seeking out a better way. Part of my healthcare has been seeing alternative, integrative and naturopathic doctors for years and now for my family…  but it often comes with some challenges. There is such a polar divide between modern medicine and alternative and I sometimes I need/want them both.

So when doTERRA announced a revolutionary healthcare system they are launching I was doing a  happy dance celebrating a new way to experience healthcare for our family. Friends let me just say… Change is coming!

The U.S. healthcare system is broken. Out-of-pocket costs are rising and accessing quality care in a timely manner is increasingly difficult for many Americans.

dōTERRA is leading an innovative movement in healthcare in which medical providers take an integrative approach to keep their patients healthy and thriving. Proven methods of healthcare delivery – including traditional western methods, essential oil treatment, and wellness services – are utilized in an effort to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.

Recap #2. Oils are amazing: Not that I needed anymore convincing for myself, it was still exciting to hear stories, science, and research on the efficacy and power of essential oils. I loved learning and soaking in the education we received on how essential oils interact and work in our body. “It is not a mystery, Oils are powerful, it’s chemistry” 🙂 

  1. Essential Oils are lipid soluble
  2. Essential Oils have small molecular size and weight
  3. Essentials Oils provide cell signaling

I won’t lie, we learned a lot of science and chemistry and by the end of the second day my brain hurt so bad. It was good, yet I am still digesting all that I learned.

dōTERRA also launched several new oils:

  1.  Yoga Collection
  2. 3 floral rollerballs: Jasmine, Rose, and Neroli 
  3. Blue Tansy
  4. Copaiba
  5. and my favorite that I haven’t stopped using since I got home, Siberian Fir.

Recap #3 Healing Hands: The last day at Convention dōTERRA spent it’s entire day sharing stories and statistics how they are impacting the world through their foundation Healing Hands and Co-Impact Sourcing, and their partnerships with amazing organizations that help rescue kids out of sex trafficking, provide hygiene kits for girls, and so so much more! I think I sobbed my eyes out most of the day because I was so moved. Having visiting other countries on Missions trips along with my husband, seeing doTERRA work in parts of the world we are familiar with was moving. After I witnessed all doTERRA is doing to impact the world, I knew I was right where I belonged… with a company who serves and gives with their whole heart and encourages its people to do the same.

Here are a few notes of just a a couple of projects in 2017

    • Funded a forensic lab in Mesa, AZ to be used to help prosecute sex traffickers
    • Funded 2 K-9 dogs who are currently in training to be used in Florida and L.A to sniff out digital media that sexual predators hide in their home. The dogs names are Douglas Fir and Cinnamon Bark 🙂

  • Partnered with 2 more sex trafficking companies; 3 Strands from L.A and Rhapha House
    • We (dōTERRA ) are funding the construction of Rhapha House healing art center along with a work van used to transport the recused victims.
  • Somaliland 18,000 sq ft. Medical Clinic – 0 people have access to medical services in this community. The new medical clinic will serve 400,000 people and open in the Spring of 2018
    • dōTERRA is personally funding all 3.3 million of the project – paying for all construction, all equipment, and all the 1st year salaries.

This is only a tip of the ice berg… there are more schools, women’s clinics and medical clinics in other countries. My blog would be too long if I detailed it all for you. But you I hope you see, the love, services, and care they are doing in countries like Nepal, Haiti,Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda is overwhelming… and as I sat there soaking up all these stories I couldn’t stop thinking, how blessed am I that I get to be apart of this.

Essential oils are not just impacting my life and family, nor are they just impacting your home… when you open up your bottle of dōTERRA essential oils YŌU are impacting the world by providing income, resources, medical clinics, schools, and more! 

Since pregnancy 2 years ago I have been struggling with getting my skin back to pre-pregnancy condition 🙂 I only love to use all natural products on my skin and using essential oils along with doTERRA’s products have helped bring my skin back to almost pre-baby condition 🙂 I can’t forget to mention that I believe taking the LLV Vitamin Pack has made a big difference in my skin.

I use these 5 essential oils for Skin Care, sometimes all at once, sometimes I rotate them.

Frankincense – Helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections when applied topically
I use Frankincense 2-3x a week on my wrinkles and around my eyes.

Melaleuca – Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin
I use Melaleuca when I have a blemish or zit start coming through. I use it directly on the blemish.

Lavender -Soothes occasional skin irritations
I use Lavender for overall healthy skin

Geranium – Helps with skin hydration and balance
Geranium makes my skin feel SO soft. I combine a drop with my facial lotion and apply at nights to give my skin a boost of moisture and softness

Ylang Ylang – Promotes appearance of healthy skin
I use this oil most often. I add it to my moisturizer every morning to help brighten my skin.

Roller Bottle Blend: Combine 5 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Geranium, 3 drops Melaleuca, and 5 drops Lavender for a healthy skin blend!

Once a day I use the Facial Cleanser with my Clarisonic

Primary Benefits of the facial cleanser:

Macadamia nut oil conditions the skin
Proprietary vitamin blend supports healthy-looking skin
Vegetable extract blend keeps the skin looking vibrant
Pumpkin seed extract provides immediate soothing effects and is beneficial for all skin types

Verage Face Moisturizer 

Primary Benefits

  • CPTG essential oils of Jasmine, Geranium, Sea Buckthorn Berry, and Juniper Berry help improve the overall appearance of the skin
  • Juniper Berry is used to help improve the appearance of aging skin
  • Sea Buckthorn Berry nourishes and softens skin
  • Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, rice bran oil penetrates deeply into the skin, acting as an effective moisturizer
  • Shea Butter contains fatty acids that help keep the skin looking healthy
  • Amur Corktree bark extract conditions and soothes the skin

Every Sunday I do my weekly Mud Mask

The doTERRA SPA Detoxifying Mud Mask is a natural clay mask that provides purifying and detoxifying benefits while reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Infused with CPTG essential oils of Myrrh, Juniper Berry, and Grapefruit, this proprietary mask delivers a luxurious and aromatic spa treatment that pampers the skin and enlivens the senses.


And this week I learned that coming in November, the Anti-Aging Eye Cream will be released! 

The delicate skin under your eyes loses elasticity and is prone to fine lines and wrinkles as you age. The new Anti-Aging Eye Cream is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles and also their depth and severity. It also improves elasticity, texture, and puffiness.

Key Ingredients:

  • FrankincenseYlang Ylang, and Blue Tansy essential oils for their skin benefits.
  • Bakuchiol tones and tightens the skin and prevents future signs of aging.
  • Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose and Pullulan are both gums that tighten your skin from the first use.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice acts as the humectant to help your skin retain its natural moisture.
  • Shea Butter and Meadowfoam Seed Oil both act as the emollients in this product.

To use: Press pump until small amount of product appears around the rollerball. Using gentle pressure, apply to under-eye area until absorbed. Use morning and night. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

Oils for energy:

Basil – Stimulating & reviving
Peppermint – energizing
Wild Orange for a boost of energy.
Citrus Bliss – uplifting and rejuvenating
Lime – cleansing and refreshing
Motivate – diffuse or apply topically to temples & back of neck for mental fatigue and exhaustion or apply over adrenal glands and bottoms of feet to enhance endurance.

Energy For Moms!

I take Mito2Max in my house daily, one in the morning and one around lunch to keep me chasing twins all day long 🙂

What is Mito2Max?

Mito2Max promotes efficient production of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) in the mitochondria of cells. Mitochondria are like the power plants of our cells, and ATP transports energy within the cells to help with metabolism.

As mentioned, Mito2Max provides benefits for the mitochondria of cells, and mitochondria is responsible for both respiration and energy production.* Mito2Max supports increased energy and aerobic stamina though natural support of mitochondrial function.

If you want to avoid using energy drinks, coffee, or sugary caffeinated sodas to keep you going throughout the day, Mito2Max can provide a natural alternative to these unnatural stimulants. Mito2Max is designed to be taken daily for a stimulant-free energy boost.* Taken each morning, Mito2Max will support natural, sustainable energy to get you through your long day.


Energy Boost Recipes

Pick me up
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Peppermint
1 drop Wild Orange
inhale from cupped hand, massage on the back of the neck

Mid-Afternoon Slump Buster
15 drops Peppermint
20 drops Wild Orange or Citrus Bliss
Combine in a 10ml roller ball, fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil.
Apply to neck, base of skull, hairline.

Use this diffuser Blend in the morning to start the day off right.

Questions? Email Katie//
Don’t have these amazing essential oils in your home yet? Click here to pick the perfect kit for your family.

These series is not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat but for informational purposes only


When children don’t get the sleep they need, both physical and emotion development can be negatively affected. The necessity for regular, healthy sleeping patterns is apparent when one considers the serious difficulties and disorders caused by lack of sleep. Heading back to school with well rested kids will make for a smoother transition for all. 🙂

In our home our sleep has been impacted, for the better, by adding essential oils into our evening routine. The girls get sleep oils on their feet before bed and we diffuse in their room throughout the night. Then I use my own sleep blend, take Serenity softgels, and diffuse essential oils. This combination helps me fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling like I slept deeper.

Below are ways you can use essential oils to promote restful sleep in your home.

Sleepy Time Rollerball for kids
In a 10ml rollerball add:
2 drop Lavender
2 drop Cedarwood
2 drop Balance
Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil
Roll on feet & big toe before bed.
*adjust drops per dilution ratio based on kids age, size, and needs

Bad Dream Diffuser Blend: 
2 drops Lavender
3 drops Juniper Berry
Diffuse in the bedroom throughout the night.

Sleep-Promoting Bath Recipe:
Add a few drops of Lavender or Serenity essential oil to 1 Cup Epson Salts; dissolve in hot bath.
Epson salt is a great source of Magnesium, which support relaxations.

My Personal Favorite Sleep Rollerball for adults:
In a 10ml Rollerball add:
10-20 drops Serenity
10-20 drops Cedarwood
10-20 drops Vetiver
10-20 drops Balance
Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil
Rub on feet & toe before bed…. enjoy a restful sleep 🙂
*adjust drops per dilution ratio based on kids age, size, and needs

Sleep Rollerball Recipe #2 for adults:
In a 10ml Rollerball add:
3 drops Juniper Berry
3 drops Balance
3 drops Vetiver
3 drops Patchouli
3 drops Ylang Ylang
Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil
Rub on feet and back of the neck before bed.
*adjust drops per dilution ratio based on kids age, size, and needs

Sleep Rollerball Recipe #3 for adults:
In a 10ml Rollerball add:
15 drops Lavender
10 drops Vetiver
8 Roman Chamomile
5 drops Frankincese
5 drops Ylang Ylang
5 drops Wild Orange
Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil
Rub on feet and back of the neck before bed.
*adjust drops per dilution ratio based on kids age, size, and needs

Adding Serenity Softgels into my sleep routine has made a big difference in my sleep quality. Serenity Restful Complex is a unique combination of Lavender essential oil and natural plant extracts in a vegetarian softgel to help you get the refreshing sleep you need without leaving you feeling groggy and sleepy the next day.* Serenity softgels combines the well-researched, relaxing benefits of Lavender essential oil and L-Theanine along with lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile to gently promote relaxation and sleep.

Primary Benefits

  • Relieves occasional sleeplessness*
  • Promotes healthy relaxation and sleep*
  • Helps you get the refreshing sleep you need without leaving you feeling groggy or sleepy the next day*
  • Helps make a difference in the quality and the ease of going to sleep*
  • Encourages restful sleep*
  • Calms the nervous system*
  • Helps to reduce stress*

Additional Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation:

Wild Orange
Roman Chamomile


Try this diffuser Blend in the evening to promote restful sleep.

When an individual inhales an essential oil the olfactory bulb is activated and directly link to brain process that stimulate and encourage neural connections.

The simple act of diffusing an essential oil like lavender in the classroom, or inhaling peppermint from a bottle, can have immediate and effective impact on the learner. Simple yet powerful suggestion through essential oils and remedies have demonstrated that essential oils and nutritional support are powerful tools for improving focus, concentration and much more!¹

One of the best ways to helping enhance the senses and sustain focus, is using the InTune blend. It is perfect for staying on task when you are trying to study or concentrate.

Primary Benefits

  • Enhances and sustains a sense of focus
  • Supports efforts of those who have difficulty paying attention and staying on task
  • Study-time blend

Ways To Use InTune

  • Apply to the temples and back of neck when doing tasks that require concentration.
  • Apply to wrists or back of hands and inhale deeply to promote a sense of clarity.
  • Use InTune at work to stay on task or when feeling tired mid-afternoon.
  • Dispense InTune on a clay pendant and place on a desk or in other key areas in a classroom.
If a student or adult has problems calming down before focusing, use Balance essential oil first, to help ground emotions, and then use InTune for focus.

Other Oils that Promote Focus:
Vetiver – Promotes focus, concentration, mental performance
Clary Sage – Supports calm, clear, focused mind
Cedarwood – calms mind, supports improved mental performance.
Motivate – Promotes motivation, mental stimulation and movement

Improved Concentration Roller Ball Recipe:

In a 10ml rollerball add
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Roman Chamomile
1 drop Sandalwood
1 drop Vetiver
fill with fractionated coconut oil
Apply to feet when needed

Adjust blend/drops based on proper dilution ratio for ages, size, needs. 

Fidget Fixer Rollerball Blend:
In a 10ml rollerball add
3 drops Cedarwood
6 drops Balance
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Frankincense
fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil.
Apply to forehead, back of neck, down spine, or bottoms of feet.

Adjust blend/drops based on proper dilution ratio for ages, size, needs. 

Study Time Rollerball:
In a 10ml rollerball add
1 drops Peppermint
2 drops Wild Orange
2 drop Rosemary
fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil.

Adjust blend/drops based on proper dilution ratio for ages, size, needs. 

Focus Support: Take a drop of Frankincense and grapefruit with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, and massage into temples.


When kids are home studying, diffuse this blend for increased Focus. 

Questions? Email Katie//
Don’t have these amazing essential oils in your home yet? Click here to pick the perfect kit for your family.

¹ The Essential Life pg 255
These series is not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat but for informational purposes only