Simple Kombucha Flavors (also the best you’ll ever have)

Dear doubtful,

My kombucha is the best. That is a completely relative and unqualified statement, but this is my blog so I can say what I want on here (sardines are good! I don’t like kidney beans! Some essential oils smell weird!).

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But let’s be real. Everybody says my kombucha is the best, and by everybody, I mean everybody that has tried it. Obviously, we already have a lack of scientific sampling here, but let’s keep going like I know what I’m talking about.

(This is fun!)

My original, unflavored kombucha recipe is a light, fruity, airy, delicious and bubbly drink that has been acclaimed by kombucha enthusiasts, kombucha snobs and kombucha experts. Dave Matthews bought 2 gallons (did you know he has a chef that travels with the band and shops at local farms wherever they go? I mean you gotta love the guy).

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Make my basic kombucha recipe here, or use your own personal best (which is probably insanely awesome, and way good, and suited exactly to your tastes and The Best Kombucha of YOUR blog!).

Let’s talk flavoring.

Everybody always asks me how long I second ferment, when I’m going to get pregnant again and why do I think it’s safe to co-sleep. Let’s focus on that first point today.

I don’t do second ferments.

Heresy!

Burn her!

Make her eat kidney beans!

I have a little secret to let you in on – I am literally quite lazy. You don’t get this far in life without being a little lazy. Ha! I say that jokingly, but let me explain my philosophy: by being kind of lazy, and wanting to find shortcuts and better ways and focusing only on what is really important, I can get a lot more done in a day or in a week than I would otherwise be able to do. (And if making kombucha is not your thing, you might just want to buy kombucha, and that’s fine, too, or maybe you don’t even want to DRINK the stuff. Skip the rest of the blog and go to the crochet section because now you can make that bobble hat finally!!!)

Second ferments take time, and I have to remember to Do Things and move things around. My personal version of flavoring kombucha is basically foolproof.

 

  1. Make plain, original kombucha. Yummy!
  2. Take the stuff I want my kombucha to taste like (strawberries, or cinnamon sticks, or whatever), and put them in a jar.
  3. Pour the plain, original kombucha in to the jar and close the lid.
  4. Place in the fridge and forget about it for three weeks or whatever, and drink it cold.

How easy is that? It’s stupid easy. The reason I leave it for at least three weeks is because I was always flavoring my kombuchas for three or four days, like I saw People Online doing. Then one day I packed a jar with strawberries and filled it with bucha, put it in the fridge and forgot it was there for three weeks. When I pulled it out and strained it, it was LITERALLY THE BEST kombucha I had EVER had in my life and I was Totally Freaking OUT!

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Favorite Flavors

Strawberry Kombucha 

Forget about strawberry soda or strawberry lemonade – this is lightyears better! Fill a half-gallon jar halfway or more with fresh or frozen strawberries, whole or cut, stems or not. The more surface you expose, the more juicy flavor can come out of the berries. If you remove the stems, use them to make scrap vinegar. Cover with kombucha and refrigerate for three weeks; strain out strawberries and serve. Use fermented strawberries for salad, add to smoothies, eat them plain or compost them.

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Strawberry Sunshine 

I could drink enough of this to make me sick, it’s that good. Make Strawberry Kombucha. In one 8-ounce serving, add 1 drop of Vitality Jade Lemon oil*.

Strawberry Lavender Sunshine 

Who needs lavender lemonade when you have this! Make Strawberry Sunshine, and add 1 drop of Vitality Lavender oil*.

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Cream of Vanilla Chai Spice 

Creamy and delicious, the vanilla adds a smooth flavor. Put whole or ground cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, grated nutmeg, black pepper and a vanilla bean in a half-gallon jar or carboy. I use a lot of cinnamon, and a little less of everything else. Full disclosure, I have NEVER measured it. Pour in kombucha and let sit for three weeks or more before straining.

Berry Sunshine Kombucha 

Bursts of summer  … I use bags of frozen berries to make this in the dead of winter. Fill a half-gallon jar halfway with mixed whole or crushed berries, 1/2 cup lemon juice, lemon zest and 1/8 cup pure vanilla extract or the scrapings of a vanilla bean. Fill jar with unflavored kombucha and let steep for three weeks in the refrigerator before straining and serving.

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Ginger and Wild Pear

Pungent – refreshing – and soothing for the belly. A true tonic! I LOVE this one. Dice up wild pears (let’s be real, any pear from the store will do, but we used wild ones hence the name), and fill a half-gallon jar halfway. Add five to ten drops of Vitality Ginger oil*, and fill the jar with plain kombucha. Let steep three weeks before serving!

Cream of Mulled Cider 

This ranks as my fall favorite. I adore. It’s the first flavored kombucha I ever made! Dice apples (various flavors, but really, use what you’ve got. Gala is nice and sweet. Red might have too much tannin), and fill a half-gallon jar halfway. Add cinnamon sticks, orange peel, five drops Vitality Orange oil*, whole or ground star anise, clove, nutmeg and ground allspice. Add one vanilla bean with the seeds scraped out and stirred in, or 1/8 cup vanilla extract or a lesser amount of two-fold extract or a strong store-bought extract.

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Happy Flavoring!

And now you know my secret – I never second ferment my kombucha. Ever! Too lazy!!!!

Cheers!!!!

Mrs H

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*Where to buy Vitality Essential Oils:

I only ingest essential oils from Young Living. As you know, essential oils are a popular food flavoring throughout the food industry, in products ranging from La Croix drinks to medication to candies. Synthetic versions are now being used to reduce the cost of adding flavorings to foods in many cases, but essential oils have been our flavorings for generations!

Vitality Oils are a line of cooking and ingesting oils from Young Living that have been labeled and approved by the FDA as a supplement for internal use. The oils are the same, i.e. the oil in a Vitality bottle of Lavender from Young Living is the same as the oil in a regular bottle of Lavender from Young Living, but the Vitality Label makes them FDA-approved for ingesting! Awesome!

You can buy a few Vitality Oils here by going through as a Retail Customer, or click Wholesale to buy a 50% discounted bundle of oils that includes five of my favorite vitality oils, plus six other oils and a free diffuser!

Favorite Young Living Gifts – guest post by my mom!!!

Thanks to my mom, Leslie, for coming up with this fabulous list of non-toxic Young Living gifts and guest-posting it on my blog today!
If you aren’t a Young Living member yet, you can order a Premium Starter Kit by
clicking the link here and selecting “Member”.
You’ll have access to all these wonderful gifts at the wholesale price (shown on the items below) and my mom will send you a cute welcome gift!!  
If you prefer retail, you can buy all these same wonderful items at the retail cost (24% more)!
Click the link here, and select “Retail”!
 Happy Holidays!!!
 
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Dear Farm and Hearth Readers,
You want to go Christmas shopping, be smart, stick to your December budget – and you still want to get oils to increase the health and vitality in your home … this is how you can do both!
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Ranging from little stocking stuffers to larger gifts, and including some bundles of discounted oils or gifts that you could break up and gift separately – I assure you I will happily take any of these as a gift (hehe!), and anyone in your life would enjoy these!!! I’ve organized them by price, starting with the smallest!
 
Feel free to share your own oily gift ideas in the comments! 

My Favorite Young Living Gifts 

Click the link here to order, or log in to your own account at www.youngliving.com!
Thieves Dental Floss $3.25
The tiniest little way to stuff some Thieves in their stocking! You can buy the three pack ($8.75) if you want to keep some yourself and give some away.
 
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Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier $5.00
Slip this in their stocking, or put it in the pocket of a new backpack as a surprise gift. Buy the three-pack ($13.75) to share more clean holiday spirit. This hand purifier is not only toxin-free, but safe for the thriving gut biome you’ve nurtured with your healthy eating. 
 
Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray $8.25
New Years Day is when everyone wants to start eating clean and fresh! Tie on a nice curly ribbon and tuck this spray into the stocking to support their next Whole30 or juice cleanse!
 
Chocolessence 3-ounce Bar $8.75
Choose between tangerine-ginger or cinnamon-nutmeg-clove, or buy the 8-pack bundle (keep reading!). Delicious and infused with your favorite essential oils!
Essential Oil Samples $10.00
Did you know you can buy 10-packs of essential oils in little foil sample packets? Slip them into glass bottles, pair them up with a bag of bath salts, and share your love of oils! Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Purification, or Thieves are all available.
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Bar Soap $10.45
Luxury bar soap, completely toxin-free! Share your love of health and well-being with these cute stocking stuffers. Lemon Sandalwood, Melaleuca Geranium, Peppermint Cedarwood, Sacred Mountain, or Lavender Oatmeal. For an increased price ($19.75), you can treat your man to the masculine scent of the Shutran Bar Soap.
 
2016 Lip Balm Set $16.00
Four delicious lip balms, including Vanillamint which is ONLY available in this special holiday set until December 31st! Lavender, grapefruit and cinnamint make up the rest of the pack, and you can gift them together in the cute gift packaging included, or separately.
 
Ningxia Red Glasses $16.00
Put your shot of Ningxia in this elegant stemware, or gift a bottle with a pair of these glasses! Nothing like a fine dinner where you can drink to the health of the party, and actually make them healthier at the same time!
 
Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak $19.25
Imagine gifting a big fruit basket with a Thieves fruit and veggie soak tucked inside! This is an excellent soak for cleansing fruits and veggies, and remember – you need to clean the organic produce, too! Just a teaspoon is enough for a whole gallon of water.
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Shutran Shave Oil $19.75
Shave oil for men – a close, clean shave with hydrating oils and the Shutran oil blend. Stuff this in his stocking with a pack of fresh new razors!
 
Mirah Shave Oil $22.75
A silky-smooth shave that nourishes and heals, introducing pure essential oils to your skin as a part of your morning routine. Designed for women, this shave oil is aromatic and soft!
 
Shutran Aftershave Lotion $26.00
Just for men – the masculine, woodsy cologne of Shutran is invigorating and uplifting, and keeps his routine toxin-free and healthy.
 
Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste 5-pack $28.00
A five-pack of travel-size toothpastes makes an inexpensive and easy way to fill stockings with cheer since everyone is gnawing on candy canes and presumably rotting their teeth out! Gift them with some toothbrushes or a pack of floss to round out the full package.
 
Thieves Mints Three-Pack $34.50
Are they candy, or are they immune-supporting breath mints? Does it really matter? They are delicious! You can buy as a single tin ($12.75 each) or as a three-pack. Stuff in stockings or hang on the tree as a tasty surprise!
 
Ningxia Zyng 12-pack $34.75
Ice-cold and carbonated, perfect stocking stuffers for everyone who needs a shot of energy and delicious flavor. If you’re opening the pack to share, you might as well take one (or two) for yourself, heh, heh.
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KidScents Bath Time Set $37.50
For the favorite kids or grandkids in your life (heh, heh). Proven favorites of my own grandkids (!), the shampoo and bath gel comes with a cute little bath scrubbie. Include a set of fun bath toys from any store, and you’ve got a bundle!
 
Ningxia Nitro 15-pack $38.75 (FREE with 250PV promos!!)
The Ningxia Nitros are fabulous little energy shots for any time of day! Surviving the Christmas shopping, or worse yet the Christmas wrapping (!!!), and finding those scissors for the eighieth time – I’m not sure if you should gift these or keep them for yourself?!
 
L’Briante Lip Gloss and Scent $39.75
This is the one every woman wants! There are a variety of glosses and essential oil duos to choose from in this brilliant pairing of lip gloss with an oil, all in one handy, elegant stick. The RED lip gloss comes with Amoresscence – an exotic, romantic aroma that you can ONLY get with this L’Briante Lip Gloss or by attending Beauty School with Young Living!!
 
Bon Voyage Travel Pack $55.00
A darling bundle of ten travel-size items from the Young Living personal care products collection! Gift the whole package in the included travel bag, or use them as cute little stocking stuffers.
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KidScents Oils Mini Set $55.25
Owie, SniffleEase, and TummyGize – a health-supporting trio for the kids to help keep them going all year long. Ready to roll right on, these go in mom’s purse or the kid’s backpack and the day is ready!
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Chocolessence Combo Pack $66.50
This combo pack gives you a little discount on buying them individually. Eight of the 3-ounce bars of Equadorian chocolate – four of each flavor. These make an excellent healthful sweet to gift, or to give with a sweet Christmas card.
 
EndoShield $79.75
Another exellent bundle that can be given as a set or gifted separately, EndoShield contains a collection of oils and a supplement geared towards protecting your body from premature aging and endocrine issues. Longevity softgels, Melrose 15mL, Citrus Fresh 15mL, and EndoFlex 15mL create a powerful, supercharged physical barrier of protection.
 
Ningxia Red Holiday Set $85.00
What could you bring a hostess instead of a bottle of wine? Obviously – Ningxia Red! The Holiday Set comes with two bottles, five greeting cards and a $5 donation to the Young Living Foundation. (Alternatively – buy the two-pack of Ningxia Red for $71.00)
 
QuadShield $100.00
This is the gift you’ll want to keep (!) or maybe gift part of, and keep part of!? All of these make a fabulous set to help shield yourself from all the wintery bugs. Super C, Melrose 15mL, Longevity Softgels and Thyromin give you a total health package.
 
2016 Essential Oil Culinary Collection $110.25
10 5-mL bottles of Vitality Oils! The bundle price saves you 10% off the price of buying the oils individually. Gift them all to one lucky recipient, or break them up and gift them with a wooden spoon or a glass drinking bottle!
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Feelings Kit $170.75
You’ve heard of it, but it has been out of stock for SO LONG – now it is BACK for an unknown length of time!! The Feelings Kit is all about the emotional base of the oils – reaching deep into the limbic system and cleansing emotions and old habits and patterns. Gift the whole set, or separate the oils and gift them individually. Harmony, Forgiveness, Inner Child, Present Time, Release and Valor II make up this outstanding collection.
 
AnimalScents
Don’t forget the furred family members! A whole line of essential oil blends geared towards your pets, as well as an animal ointment, dental chews and and shampoo support their healthy pet lifestyle, too.
To order any of these gifts, log in to your account at www.youngliving.com or click here for a first-time order. Try ordering them on Essential Rewards if you haven’t use that yet, or place a Quick Order! If you have any questions about how to order, I will be happy to chat with you over e-mail! wheelsturn (a) gmail (dot) com
Have fun and happy gifting!
Leslie

Ginger Ice Cubes & Good Girl Moonshine Hack

Dear summer,

Visiting the Domestic Endeavors farm is always an exploration in creativity and analysis. Miz Carmen is one of the most creative and innovative minds I know and it is pure pleasure to visit her, any time of year. At our last canning soiree, it was a pleasantly baking 90ish degrees (anything is pleasant after the saturating humidity and soul-sucking heat of 110 in Virginia Beach, right?), and she kept us all hydrated with a variety of homemade drinks, including her custom tweak of a Trim Healthy Mama favorite, the Good Girl Moonshine.

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One of the greatest features in this icy drink is the ginger ice cubes, which can be used in any of a hundred thousand of your own beverages – adding zip and raw goodness to lemonade, apple cider tonics, Ningxia Red, sparkling water or whatever else your dehydrated body yearns for.

Ginger Ice Cubes

Printable Recipe
How potent should they be? That’s up to you. Miz Carmen states that she uses five ounces of peeled root per Vitamix-load of water. Stronger ice cube flavor means saving more room in your freezer, because you can use just one, instead of two – so mess with the numbers and find your happy place! (Comment below if you have a dream measurement
!)

Organic ginger root, peeled with a spoon
Filtered or clean water
Nut milk bag (I like this one) or linen cloth
Ice cube trays
Vitamix or blender

Throw ginger in a Vitamix or blender and fill to manufacturer’s recommended volume (so, do not OVER fill) with filtered water. Blend and increase speed to HIGH for about a minute, to hyper-rupture the cells of the ginger for maximum flavor and nutrient release.

Strain through a linen cloth or mesh nut-milk bag, squeezing the root to get all that goodness.

Pour liquid into ice cube trays and freeze until solid; store in the freezer, obviously. Use in the following recipe.

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Peeling ginger with a spoon is a handy trick I learned in the restaurant kitchens of Virginia Beach!

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How much water you use – it is entirely up to you.

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Blend on HIGH. The Vitamix has the capability to hyper-rupture plant cells, like the advanced cold-press systems used for making juice today. Read more about ways to use the Vitamix on my popular blog post, 70 Awesome Things to do With Your Vitamix!

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And enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

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Domestic Endeavors Makes Good Girl Moonshine

Printable Recipe
The original recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook – you can read more about their food philosophy in the Trim Healthy Mama Plan.  They call this an all-day sipper – a metabolism booster that doesn’t spike insulin or provide significant fuel that could throw your fuel/burn plan. 

1/2 Tablespoon THM Gentle Sweet or Super Sweet (depending on your sweet tooth)
1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) to 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar or make your own
2 teaspoons caramel extract (Miz Carmen used this one, so I got some on Amazon)
1 – 2 ginger ice cubes (see recipe above)
Handful of regular ice cubes
12 ounces filtered water or sparkling water (or one can of La Croix)

Load a quart jar with ice cubes and the ginger cubes. Add other ingredients and stir briskly to combine. Sip all day!

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Salute to staying cool and hydrated even on the hottest days!!! You are my sunshine!!!!!!

 

Cut the Crap – alternative energy that’s healthy and stuff

Dear Groggy,

We all know those energy drinks are so horrid for you. And beautiful, lovely coffee is a toxin that, as fragrant and heavenly as it is, brings our frequency down, raises our acidity and makes our heart race.

What are some other alternative sources of energy?

To start with, getting sleep on track is the most important factor. According to neurologists, if you wake up to an alarm – you’re sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation is the start of a slippery slope of brain damage. Scary, right? I’ll share more about sleep in a follow-up post (link will be added here when it is live).

So here we are, and we need energy. What are some alternative sources?

Choffy: Brewed Chocolate

Choffy is super delicious. It’s crushed cacao beans that you can brew in a French press just like coffee – it’s high in iron, has the delicious aroma of chocolate, and packs a punch of clean energy that doesn’t have a caffeine crash. It is non-addicting, but I have to say I love it so much that maybe I got addicted after all? Pictured here: my Paleo bulletproof Choffy latte (vegan option), recipe follows!

I think you have to purchase through a distributor, but I get a steady supply from my aunt who has a friend who sells it, so I’ve never actually purchased it myself (lucky, right?!). If I ever find out where she gets it from, I’ll add the link here!

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Bulletproof Choffy – Paleo, Vegan
Printable PDF Recipe

Brew 8 ounces Choffy – I love the dark chocolate version.

Heat 4 – 8 ounces almond milk (the frothiest) or coconut milk while Choffy is brewing.

Pour hot milk, hot Choffy, and a tablespooon of grassfed butter, ghee or coconut oil in a blender; hit on high for a few second or until frothy!

Serve immediately. Yum!!!! 

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Ningxia Red, Ningxia Nitro, and Ningxia Zyng 

Essential oils are loaded with pure energy that boost your body’s natural ability to burn, fuel and clean up any systems that are clogged with synthetic chemicals or addictive substances. You can order Ningxia products by going here.

Ningxia Red is loaded with powerful plant purees and essential oils all known for feeding our body and cleaning out the “rust” we build up over time. Cleaning up your own body is one way to start to burn cleaner, more efficiently and feel better all at the same time!

Ningxia Nitro is a tiny energy shot that has all the same energy plus a boost from black pepper and green tea. Ningxia Zyng is a canned beverage that is fizzy and loaded with plant power!

My favorite Ningxia Mocktail recipe follows!

NINGXIA RED v1.1

Ningxia Red Mocktail
Printable PDF Recipe

16 ounces carbonated water (La Croix, Soda Stream, Pellegrino, mineral water)
2 ounces Ningxia Red
4 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil
1 tablespoon dried Ningxia wolfberries

Combine all four ingredients in a glass jar or bottle. Swirl to blend and serve in a wine glass!

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Diffusing 

You can apply oils to your body – blends such as En-R-Gee, Motivation and Citrus Fresh are designed to help boost your energy capacity and get more done!

You can also diffuse them – citrus oils are great for boosting energy, and frankincense makes a great pair with any citrus.

Do you have a favorite diffuser blend for increasing energy?

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Love and energy to ALL!

Andrea

Black Friday to Cyber Monday – Etsy stuff and free stuff

Adoring loving Readers,

This is the official BLOG LAUNCH of my Etsy store! WHAT? YEAH! MY ETSY STORE!

I just had to read that again to make sure it’s for real. #pinchme

I am running awesome Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals. Because discount? So yeah.

All those amazing and incredible things I’ve been posting about from our Make & Takes – yes, you TOO can have them! (That was supposed to sound cheesy!) But for real. I am so excited!!!!!

If you have some essential oils already, or dried herbs from your garden that you want to incorporate into lotions and salves, check out the pre-made “unflavored” base lotion, salve, rub and balm on the Etsy page!

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Just a sampling of the items in the store right now (items in store may vary)

That Tummy Tuck tho? I can’t keep it in stock! It flies off the shelf! I make more every few days! It’s AMAZING.

All the deals I am running begin

Friday 11/27 and run through Monday 11/30

Details on the Black Friday Specials

1. Order your first oils kit! Are you getting interested in adding essential oils to your daily routine and home remedy cabinet? I know, crazy stuff and lots to learn. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. You’ll be an educated, efficient and effective oiler! Your premium starter kit will come from Young Living, not my Etsy store. Go here to order your kit! Use PIN 4321.

Once your order your kit, Young Living will send me an email. I will immediately send you a custom code for $20 off a purchase in my Etsy store! This code will not expire so you do not need to use it right away.

2. Join Essential Rewards! Did you already get your oils kit? This promo applies only to kit owners in my oiling group (are you in? Ask me at andrea.globetrotter(a)gmail.com if you aren’t sure). If you sign up for Essential Rewards, I’ll send you a pack of containers, rollers, a foaming pump, and a base salve to get you started using your wonderful oils every day of the year!

Essential Rewards? This is the $50 minimum monthly order from Young Living. You earn points back for free oils and OTHER things that Young Living offers – like non-toxic and essential oil-infused dish soap, laundry soap, supplements, probiotics, diffusers, gift packs, fruit and veggie wash and more!

3. Make a purchase from my Etsy store – $50 or more – and take 30% off your total order with coupon code ALLTHETHINGS50. EVERYBODY gets in on this deal no matter what. Triple winning? You can combine this with the above two orders and walk out of here with your first premium starter kit, the Essential Rewards program, $20 worth of product in my Etsy store, a gift pack of containers and base for your oils, and 30% off whatever else you need to buy in my Etsy store!

There’s really no fine print on this one. Everybody gets this awesome gift!

MIND BLOWN? Christmas gonna be sweet at your house this year!!!!!

Ideas for using your oils …. make your family a customer roller for each person! Focus for the student, immunity for the kids, calming for mom, sleeping for dad … Make some healing lip balm. Aromatic sachets that calm and soothe for travel and drawers? Some oils to go with a beautiful diffuser bracelet or leather watch … Spritz your cards with Frankincense before you drop them in the mail.

YOU ARE THE BEST BLOG READERS IN THE WORLD!!!! Thanks for the love you send me from the other side of the screen every day – Happy Thanksgiving Aftermath, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond!!!!!

love love love

Andrea

Bump me! andrea.globetrotter (a) gmail.com