Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to school


It's that time of year again!  Time to get the kids ready to go back to school.  Show of hands who is ready  ✋✋  I know for sure I am ready.  This year I have a second year preschooler, third grade, and sixth grader.   Now my sixth grader is the one with the biggest adjustment.

In our school district sixth grade you move to the Jr. High, have lockers with combination locks on them, and change classrooms.  I have come across some ideas to help our littles transition and wanted to share.

One big thing is how to use a combination lock.  I remember learning how to do this and it can be frustrating so I have found some information to help.  So run to Dollar General or somewhere close and just get a cheap combination lock for them to use to practice with.

Her is a great video I came across


And here is a great graphic



Another big step is having a schedule to follow and remembering it.  You need to not only remember it but be sure you have your books and supplies for that class.  It can be a hassle at first to dig out your schedule every time you go to your locker but I found an awesome way to put it on your locker door and make it so that you can rearrange if it changes:


Popsicle sticks!!  You can decorate the sticks by coloring, painting, or using decorative tape.  Each stick is a class and room number and then put magnets on the back.  Tada!!  Open your door and there is your schedule.


 The next thing I came across when searching around was help remembering passwords.   I know my elementary school kid has like 4 passwords to use in school!!!!!  I know I Have a hard time remembering mine so I can't imagine with everything they have to remember it being difficult to remember.  So I found this idea:


Simple, cute, and easy.  They can stash this in their backpack and if they need it, it's there.

I found another cute idea that I think I am going to do for my step daughter as well.  Its a school survival kit.  Now I found some different ones but you need to be sure to check your schools policy on carrying Tylenol and such with them.  Most schools do not allow this. Here are a couple ideas that I am going to run with:



Basic idea is a cute little bag or container.  I have seen an altoid container used and that would be more up the alley of what a boy would want ;).  Place random things that they may need during the day.  Lotion, chapstick, wet wipe, sanitary things for girls ;), deodorant, band aids, hair ties or bobby pins, kleenex, and hand sanitizer.  I know our school is a gum free zone.  So be sure to check on gum or mints things of those nature as well.

Anything to help our kids feel a little more comfortable and less stressed I am all for it.  Do you have any other ideas let us know.  Like this blog click the follow button for more great blogs  :)


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hillsboro, IL Rocks!!!


So there is a new trend going around small communities in Illinois.  Painting and hiding rocks in local spots around town.  I the idea is to go out find the rocks and either collect or re hide them. What is this being called.........  Hillsboro Rocks or Litchfield Rocks....  Whatever your town is ROCKS!!!!!!




















My kids have had a blast doing this already.  We have yet to paint any ourselves, but we have hunt and re hid lots :)  

Now rules.....  Not to many and most are obvious.   Do not place them anywhere that a lawn mower may hit them 😆  That could be very bad as some of the rocks are a good size.  Hide them in any public location.  Here are hot spots for Hillsboro where rocks have been hidden at already:

Main street Hillsboro
Old Courthouse
Beckemeyer Elementary School
Hillsboro Jr. High School

Other ideas I had was  maybe at the Public Library, Central Park, Sports Complex and maybe even the campgrounds.  The main thing is keep it safe  :)  

We are going to be making a way for everyone to publicly post when they are hiding and a photo if they would like of what they are hiding.  You can give clues, you can tell what spot you are hiding at that day.  When posting you can add the hashtag #hillsbororocks as well and then people can search that way as well.





Now the best part decorating the rocks.  You can use just about anything from paint, fingernail polish, markers, glue on jewels, etc.  If you use marker I would probably use a sealer on it.  On the back right Hillsboro rocks keep or re hide.  Here is a cute idea we have seen and started:




 Once we get the facebook page all set up and ready I will place a link in this blog so you can find it.

HAPPY ROCK HUNTING!!!!!!!



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Buy one, Get one free Oils

This week is the buy one get one free special with doTERRA.  I will spotlight each special each day.  The specials are only good for one day and you must order it the day of the special.  This is a great way to build your oils as well

7/17/2017

Buy a 15 mL Melaleuca, get a 15 mL Purify for free



Here is a little about each oil.  These are 2 of my all time favorites that is for sure.  I use Melaleuca on a daily basis almost and purify goes in my laundry :)  It helps combat stinky odors in the laundry.  Especially from my puppies.

Friday, July 14, 2017

What does Animal Control Actually Do

As most of you know I was an employee at Montgomery County Animal Control.  It amazed me how many people had no clue what we did or even about calling them to check for a lost pet.  So I am going to help explain who they are and what they do.

The first thing I want to explain is the difference between them and Montgomery County Paws Care.  PAWS is a volunteer group that adopts out dogs and cats.  They do not have a facility to go and see the pets though.  They are foster based, meaning all animals are in a foster home until they are adopted.  Montgomery County Animal Control (MCAC) is a county owned facility.  They run off of county funds.  They are not able to do fundraisers like PAWS.  They are able however to accept donations that anyone is to give them.  This has got to be one of the biggest things they get asked about.  I hope that helps explain the difference.



MCAC does have a facebook page that is run by volunteers.  On this page they will post animals that they have found that do not have a microchip, animals that people send them that they have lost, and items the shelter may be needing.  So if you ever loose a pet you can check here and see if it is posted as well as calling or visiting the facility to check.  If you loose a pet send them a picture and they will post the information for people to be on the look out for your pet.

MCAC is considered a low kill facility.  They do not put down animals to make room like some facilities may do.  They will put an animal down if it is severely injured or ill and it is in the animals better interests.



Another thing that they get calls a lot for is wildlife.  Unfortunately MCAC only deals with dogs and cats.  If you have a wildlife problem MCAC has numbers on hand they can give you to call to try and receive help.  The same thing for farm animals.



MCAC does offer vouchers for spay/neuter of cats and dogs.  If you receive a LINK card and are a resident of MCAC you can go to the facility and receive a voucher that covers almost the entire cost of the procedure.  MCAC also offers a low cost shot clinic for Montgomery County residents twice a year.  Usually there is one in the spring and one in the fall.  They will publish this in the local paper and on the facebook page.  They also offer micro chipping at this clinic.



MCAC is who you need to call if you ever see a case of animal abuse.  There phone is 217-532-3334.  Anytime that you see an abused animal give them a call and they will tell you what can or will be done.  Everything is confidential.  They will never give out your name or tell who placed the call.    The only way for them to help is to call.  Be the voice for the animal.



MCAC also picks up stray animals.  They do have some limitations to this though.  If you live within city limits they need to have authorization from the city or police to pick up the animal.  If you are in the country out of city limits they do not.



If you ever have to get rid of your animal because of a move or family member going in a nursing home you can contact MCAC and do an owner relinquish.  What this means is that you sign your animal over to MCAC and give us permission to find them a loving home.  There is a $25 fee per animal to sign them over and it is up to MCAC discretion if they can take them at the time.  They have to have the room before they can accept.  The $25 fee will cover housing and feeding the animal and getting any vetting that needs to be done to get them ready for adoption.



MCAC loves volunteers.  If you love animals go down and walk the dogs or play with the cats.  The animals love it!!!!!  You must be 18 in order to get the dogs out due to insurance reasons.  If you do have kids they can come and read to the animals.  The animals love to be read to.  Not only is it great practice for the kids, it is great socialization for the animals.  There are also prize packs for the kids when they are done.  


I hope this helps a little and explains a little bit about animal control.  If you have any specific questions you can give them a call or ask me here.  



Thursday, July 13, 2017

All Natural Supplements That Have Changed My Life

I wanted to talk a little today about some new products I have started in my life that have changed everything!!!!!!

So a little over a month ago I started this little pill:


Doesn't look like much until you read the description.  This little pill reduced my stress by 90%!!!!!!!!  I was truly amazed at how it worked.  Normal things that I would have snapped about I was totally ok with.  I also noticed my body detox a little when I started it.  So what does that mean....  It was pushing out some bad microbes from my gut.

Once having the success with this product I ordered the Triplex Combo and started it.   IT is recommended that you start slowly with this product.  The best way to do this is drink the Slim for 3 days or so then add in a Probio 5 for a few more days and then add the BioCleanse.  This will keep you from rapidly detoxing all at once.


So how do you use these products and what exactly do they do for your body.

This is a great visual for you to look at.   When you want to promote something healthy to grow you first need to weed out the bad.  That is where the probio5 and biocleanse come into play.  They help to get the yeast in balance and cleanse the GI system.  I take these 2 before bed.

Once you have weeded the bad you need to seed or plant the good.  That is the vitalbiome.  It promotes the good microbiome to grow. You need to see everyday.  I slipped up and missed a few days and the stress intsanlty came back.  I take this first thing in the morning.

Next you need to water your garden.  That is the Slim.  The newly reformulated Slim contains prebiotics that feed and water the vitalbiome, or seeds, that you just planted.  I try to get my slim in around lunch time.  Everyone is different with how it works best for them.  Some do first thing in the morning.

Lastly you want to protect everything you just planted.  The Xfactor plus does just this, plus much much more.

I have not slept this good in years.  I am not stressed out over the little things anymore.  I can actually relax and enjoy things instead of stressing over the little thing.  Since I am sleeping more I also have more energy to do more things.  And best of all these products are all natural!!!!!

If you would like more information or would like to see what other amazing products are offered you can go HERE and check them out.  Without these products I would still be a walking zombie from lack of sleep and a stressed out anxiety mess. Plexus for the win!!!!!



Friday, July 7, 2017

New Challenge, New page

I wanted to take a moment and let you know that I have started a facebook page to go with my blog.  I will share my blog posts onto that page along with other things.  If you enjoy my blogs please click follow  on my blog page and head to my facebook page to follow there as well.

I was also invited to do a 30 day video challenge.  I started that yesterday.  I will video on many subjects so please feel free to follow along with those as well.

Since leaving the shelter the end of June I have been able to catch up on many things at home.  I have started meal planning and prepping again.  I was able to get away for a weekend to a friends house and go off grid and decompress.

On July 4th I found my mom has high blood pressure again so we are starting her on some amazing supplements to lower her blood pressure a more natural way.  So I will be blogging her progress as well.  She hated the blood pressure medications and they had horrible side effects.  I am anxious to get her and dad started on the supplements and see how well they help them.  I know they have changed my life for the better that is for sure.

Spotlight on Wild Orange Essential Oil

Wild Orange oil is one of dōTERRA’s most popular oils—and with good reason! Not only does Wild Orange oil have a variety of uses, but its invigorating, energizing aroma is hard to resist. One of my favorite ways to use Wild Orange is to add a few drops to my drinking water for a flavorful beverage. I also love to combine a few drops of Wild Orange oil with water in a spray bottle and use the mixture as an all-purpose spray for cleaning the surfaces around my home. As a citrus oil, Wild Orange has cleansing properties that make it useful for purifying surfaces like countertops and tables throughout the home. Not only do I love having clean surfaces, but the all-purpose spray leaves behind a lovely citrus aroma! To learn more about dōTERRA orange oil, visit the Wild Orange product information page on dōterra.com.













Here is a recipe for an Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Orange Gelee that uses the Wild Orange essential oil.  I know I love to add Wild Orange to my oatmeal in the morning or to my tea for a yummy addition to them.  

**Always remember any citrus oil is uv sensitive when applied to the skin.  IF you apply to your skin and will be in the sunlight always wait at least 12 hours after applying or cover the area.**

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spotlight on TerraShield Oil


TerraShield is my family’s favorite blend for the summer. We spend a lot of time outside and this is the magic that wards off any insects that want to join our summer festivities. This oil is safe for everyone in your family and can even help your garden flourish by giving it a protective barrier. TerraShield has recently been updated to include Tamanu oil which not only provided extra benefits for your use but is positively impacting families in Madagascar through dōTERRA’s Cō-Impact Sourcing. This blend can be diffused or applied topically using the TerraShield Spray to provide a defense against the annoyances of outdoor activities. 

  • Diffuse TerraShield to protect you from insects during your summer barbeque
  • Apply to kid’s arms and legs to help them get the most out of their summer vacation
  • To focus on experiencing nature instead of avoiding it, apply TerraShield before a hike
  • Apply topically or place on aromatherapy jewelry while camping or on a fishing trip
  • Acts as an effective insect repellent
  • Helps ward off insects
  • Don’t let Mosquitos ruin your outdoor experience, use TerraShield







I actually ramp up my bug spray and mix a big spray bottle of it.  Besides TerraShield I will add lavendar, peppermint, lemongrass, and cedarwood.  Our bugs have been extra bad this summer but by using this spray I do not get any bites, nor do the kids.  I walked to the trash one day and got bites all over, but camped all weekend and used my spray and didn't get a single bite.  Here is my recipe I am using this year:

8 oz glass spray bottle
Filled with distilled water and about 2 tbsp of witch hazel
20 drops of terrashield
20 lemongrass
10 of lavender
10 cedarwood
5 peppermint
Shake and apply   

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Welcome to Plexus

Alright everyone.  I signed up as a Plexus ambassador 2 days ago.  3 weeks ago I started 1 little product that made such a HUGE change in my life I signed on to be an ambassador.

Now I am going to be the first to tell you I was a huge skeptic of Plexus.  I had always heard it was weight loss, help for diabetics....  NOT what I needed.  I sure as heck didn't need weight loss, I am not diabetic.   I did still follow the girls on it.  3 weeks ago Caitlyn posted about a new product that caught my attention, Vitalbiome.



Now read that really closely.  I have to say the past year I have come to a very very stressful point in my life.  To much all going on at once and stress, lets just say I had it by the bucketful.  GI Distress....  I have always had that from a child.   Stabilize stress hormones and promote relaxation.  Yes please !!!!!!   I decided to take the leap and purchase this product.  In a matter of 1 week I noticed the stress level had greatly decreased.  I noticed my GI system starting to detox some.  Not the holy moly run to the bathroom, but a gentle cleanse a little a day.  By week 2 I could tell hormone stress was starting to level out.  I Had a partial hysterectomy almost 3 years ago so hormones for me, well they SUCK.  But all of a sudden with this product I could tell a major difference ;).   By week 3 holy moly, Where do I sign up.  And I did.

I am so excited to get the companion products that go with this.  I ordered the Triplex Combo



I will soon have the Probio5, Bio Cleanse, and the Slim products to go with my VitalBiome.  I am supper excited to get them started.  Look at all the benefits that come with using them together.

You take your VitalBiome in the morning with your slim.  (feed your seed)  Then before bed you take the other 2.  This is because your stomach will be empty and they can go to work weeding.  All these products work hand in hand to help get you a healthy gut.  A healthy gut is where everything starts.

So who wants to take this amazing journey with me!!!!!!

My Plexus Page

Friday, June 23, 2017

I'm back!!!!

Hello!!!!!!!   Wow it has been since January that I made my last blog.   Let me explain.......

As most of you know I started to work at the animal control here in town to help support my daughters ballet competition fees.   What was a part time job turned quickly into an almost full time job.  On top of that I had the kids activities, school, and house to tend to so blogging.....  Well blogging was low on the list.

This week I had to resign from the shelter.  It was becoming to much for me to handle.  I wasn't able to do the things with my kids like I wanted, unable to help my parents the way I wanted.  The house was a disaster almost all the time.  Something had to give.  I also missed my oil family dearly.  I still spoke with my customers but the education was not there.  I didn't have time to do anything with the certification that I received for my blog.   Well now I can go back to educating and sharing  :)

My amazing and loving husband got me a great new laptop so I am taking full advantage.

So within the next month I will start sharing lots of oil education things that I have been saving for months and months since becoming certified.

And to recap in 2 photos.....  This is how the ballet season ended.....  I couldn't be more proud of these girls.  They had a great season.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DoTERRA Certified

I am proud to announce that my site has been officially approved
to hold the DoTERRA seal of approval.


I am very proud to be able to hold this seal.  It means I am in compliance with all the regulations put forth by the FDA :)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stomach flu and oils

So yesterday at 530 am I get woke up by Colton.  Not in a great way but to him getting ready to get sick.  Fever of 101.  Great the stomach bug that is going around has hit......

This bug going around is the nastiest thing I have heard of for a while.  Lasting 3-4 days and is relentless.

So as an oil mom the first thing I did was run to the kitchen and grab the DigestZen oil and applied this to his stomach.  This oil  helps to ease queasiness.  This greatly helped me the last time I had the flu so I knew this was my go to oil.

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Once we awoke around 730 mom went to work.  The next thing I did was get out the OnGuard roller and OnGuard oil.  This oil is an effective alternative to a more natural way to boost immunity.  You can diffuse in the air to cleanse it.  It supports healthy immune function.  

Purchase here


I rolled this on Colton's feet and my feet.  To help support both of our immune systems.  I then started to diffuse it to cleanse the air.  

Colton slept most of the day.  When he would wake up I would oil his belly and feet again.  Luckily he only got sick one time  and had minimal diarrhea.  

Before bed I oiled him up  again and added Lavender and Frankincense to his chest.  Frank is another great oil to help support healthy cellular function.  It can also be used to help promote relaxation.  Lavender is also used to help relaxation.    I would say they worked well we slept all night and today he woke up and says mommy my belly is all better!!!!!!!!!

I am a firm believer of these oils.  Everyone who has had this bug it has lasted days and has been nasty!!.  I really believe had we not had the oils he would have been much sicker and it wold have lasted way longer.  

I love my oils!!!!!  If you would like to purchase them you can go here.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Year, New Me

Hello Hello!!!!  So last year I failed t my blogging goal :(   This year I am going to try again.  I did help on another blogging website get some blogs out though :)  And still send from time to time to her.

So this year I am going to try the whole blogging thing again.  Blogging on a little bit of everything as usual.

I have noticed in the past year since my major surgery I am still working on alot of issues caused from the nasty little things they removed.  One major thing is hormone balance.  So I have been researching some all natural oil options and have a plan in line I think.   IT works I will be sharing.

What else is new....  Lets see Bailey is in full ballet mode gearing up for her competitions.  Hailey is loving being back in tumbling.  And Colton loves Pre K.  And I absolutely love my new job at Animal control

We have a new animal in the house.






















Meet Nemo.  HE came to us at the shelter on 9/27 barely 3 days old.  Eyes still shut.  The girls and I thought for sure this was going to be a bad outcome but I would give it a hell of  a shot syringe and bottle feeding him.   Low and behold I am a cat whisperer!!!  Who knew?!?!?!  Well now he is my baby and I his mommy.  We have a tru mother "son" relationship.  HE will even whine until I lean over and pick him up and he stands up on his hind legs to be picked up!!!!!  HE is now a full fledge Christian.  We adopted him on the girls Birthday.  There was no way with the bond we had I cold take him back to the shelter.  So he is our Foster Fail lol


IF there is anything you would like me to blog on let me know!!  I have some ideas in the works hoping to get to this once a week or more