Weekend catch up and meal plan


We did some yard work after the rains this weekend and were just attacked by bug bites-I wish we had thought of this before getting eaten alive- Now we know- mixing up a batch to try before we go out on a walk or anywhere outside again.

Good news is that a little bit of peppermint oil and homemade thieves spray took the itch away quickly for us!

Before the downpour on Saturday afternoon we were able to enjoy a lovely Arizona Fall day and headed down to Desert Horizon nursery to look for a few new plants for the front yard planter.  They also have a farmers market there that actually sells produce– imagine that (unlike the “farmers markets” that are just mini boutiques with home based business product booths that hardly has any produce at all- I am speaking to you Gilbert Farmers market. We were immediately greeted and could tell right away that the family owned business was filled with pride– I love that little nursery and will be back often! We decided on a  few lantana shurbs in orange and red:


After that we were famished so headed to In and Out burger to fuel up.  For some reason we were all giddy and goofy and just plain happy.


It was great since little did we know the stresses that would hit us later in the day when the rains came.


I love the rain— L.O.V.E. everything about rain….


….except that it wrecks havoc on properties when it rains the way it has been raining here in AZ recently.  When your job is to “manage properties” havoc wrecking is not good. Not Good at all.  Praise God we only had one of the 4 sub-ground level apartment units in your portfolio experience any issues this time around.


Issues that Jason was able to keep minimal by going on site himself since the tenants were out of town to bail out water and get remediation happening quickly. He likely saved that owner several thousands of dollars by being proactive and not just waiting until the tenant was home and could let us know if there was any damage.

All in a days work right?

Anyways- in all of that- it was great to be prepared and have dinners planned and shopped for so at least one area of stress was lower than normal.


Here is this weeks meal plan:


Onion Chicken noodles and green beans (tried and true recipe)


Sloppy Joes, fries and fruit (tried and true recipe)
Picnic at the Concert (food trucks?)
Mongolian Beef and white rice with some asian side yet to be determined (new to me recipe)
Roasted Veggie Mac N Cheese with break sticks
Pork tenderloin with chimichurri, baked potato and grilled asparagus
Tortellini Soup with garlic toast

Essential Oils- Where Do I Start?


What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants.  The oil can be obtained from the seeds, roots, and entire shrub, flowers, leaves and trees.

Why did we look into using oils?

Our family has its share of ailments and we have been hearing about the amazing benefits of essential oils for a while now. I also see tons of posts on Pinterest with bath salt recipes and homemade cleaners to make that are better for your household etc.  A couple of years ago I got a trio set of essential oils off of a silent auction so we had played with a few of them and some good friends provided us with samples of a ton from another brand to try out as well.  We even dabbled in using Thyme to help alleviate Jason’s snoring.  The main things that sold us on oils was the effectiveness of pain relief we both felt using them to alleviate headaches.  After a severe headache was knocked out cold by essential oils we contacted a friend of ours that we know uses them herself for lots of the same issues we would be using them for and she was extremely helpful, kind and generous. Thus began our journey so if we can give the gift that we have found in essential oils for our family to anyone else we want to  and are sharing about it far and wide.  Some things we have seen benefits in while using Young Living Essential oils for just 3 weeks:



Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint: When used together, these are referred to as the “allergy trio.” Not only have both Jason and I felt more opened up, cleared out and simply refreshed but my mother in law has visited a few times when we have been diffusing this trio and she says it really has opened up her head and provided her with relief and she has battled with sinus issues for years!

Autism*** & Anxiety***:


In our home a lot of our emotional distress comes from various diagnosis  and mood disorders and while essential oils are not like pharmaceuticals and meant to target any specific disease or disorder- there are many aspects to the different ailments we are afflicted with that have been helped through the use of essential oils.  Ya’ll also know that Tyler has autism*** which comes with a variety of different “symptoms.” After reading about the different aspects of each oil we have played with Valor, Stress Away , Peace and Calming and Lavender.  You can use each of those as a single or you can blend stuff up to help support you moods.  Jason has felt tons of relief from panic attacks and his general feelings of anxiety using the Stress Away and the Valor.  We have put these both on Tyler at different times of the day and while we can not report how he feels about them since he seems indifferent, I think the act of putting the oils on itself is a calming one, so I look forward to seeing how continued use may improve things over time.  Obviously oils do not “cure” autism, they are intended to just help lessen some of the more difficult symptoms like mood swings, melt downs, attention span and have added a nice routine to our schedules that is pleasant etc. Connor however is absolutely addicted to using peace and calming every single night at bed time. He has asked to stop using his melatonin because he says he sleeps so well with the oils on that he is afraid he will sleep too well and sleep right through his alarm.



Thieves-the super cleaner. There is a really cool history with how this oil got its name. Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was created based on the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.  We used it when Tyler was down with a stomach bug, we spray it on our hands (and feet)  like hand sanitizer and we use it as a house holder cleaner as well.


Mood Lifting:


Joy, Purification and Lemon. I have to admit I am not a big fan of the smell of Joy (by itself) but we played around with some blends and found that combining it with Lemon and Purification is pretty much the perfect wake me up.  Whenever we are  diffusing this in the office I feel extremely productive, on task and motivated.

Pain Relief:


The Pan Away oil is by far the easiest for me to praise.  Within minutes of applying this to my temples any headache be it full-blown rager to a slight stressor is gone.  I am not exaggerating. It is like GOLD. I almost couldn’t find it to take this picture and I started to panic



Living  with  14 year old, & 12 year old boys, 2 dogs and my husband, I battle “odors” all the time.  Not since we started diffusing oils though.  Just the other day we came home and the house naturally smelled fresh and clean like essential oils (I had been diffusing purification earlier that day hours before)

How we got started with Essential Oils:

We jumped in heads, feet, wrists, necks and noses first and simply ponied up for a Premium Starter Kit. Why make a big purchase like that right out of the gate?  For us it was an investment.  We truly want to stop running to the medicine cabinet for all of life’s ailments and instead reach for something more natural and pleasant. The kit comes with 11 different oils (5 mls size each which contain at minimum 80 drops each) which is just a phenomenal value if you price out the cost retail or even whole sale of buying all those oils individually. Plus you also get a diffuser, some samples, and some great literature all come in the Premium Starter Kit.

Why did we choose Young Living Oils over other brands– especially since we had longer term experience with the other ones?

It pretty much boiled down to quality for us. There is a significant difference between essential oils that simply smell good and those that are Young Living Therapeutic Grade™

Independent laboratory testing proves that YLTG essential oils  meet and often exceed industry requirements, and as stewards of nature’s plant remedies, Young Living maintains higher internal standards, built upon the magnitude of our own rigorous quality assurance requirements. This standard is known as Young Living Therapeutic Grade. In order to achieve YLTG classification, each essential oil must achieve the designation naturally, without excess manipulation and refinement, and meet specific criteria in four key areas: Plants, Preparation, Purity, and Potency


How do you Use them?

Since the essential oils from Young Living are all therapeutic grade oils you can diffuse, apply topically, and ingest.  What does that mean?  Diffusing is essentially putting the oils in water and vaporizing them into the air similar to how a humidifier would work.  Topically is simply rubbing it directly on your body, whether that means on a pressure point, the actual spot of concern or just in your hands to inhale deeply from.  You can use them “neat” which means you are applying the oil directly to your skin or you can use a carrier oil such as coconut (I bought a jar of organic coconut oil at Wal-Mart) You can also ingest them by either dropping them directly on your tongue, cooking with them, adding them to water or placing drops of oils in capsules to take like a pill.

How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit like we did:

1. Click over to the sign-up page (it will open in a new browser window so you won’t lose us here)–>  Young Living- Sign Me Up!

2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders)

3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If they aren’t, fill in 2040532  in both spots.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law.)  Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligates to sell anything if you do not want to.

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.

6. Select your enrollment order.  This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend the Premium Kit because we really wanted a diffuser and all of those valuable oils to start playing with but there are several different options to get you started and all of the starter kits are full of great essential oil samples, usage tips, and all-new product and business literature.

• The Basic Starter Kit is $40 and contains the newly re-imagined product and business package, which includes Essential Oil Sample Packets, all-new product and business literature, and other popular product samples.

• The Basic Plus Starter Kit is $75 and includes everything in the Basic Starter Kit, plus an easy-to-use Home Diffuser.

• The Premium Kit is $150 and includes everything in the Basic Starter Kit, plus a Home Diffuser and an Everyday Oils collection.


7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. We are happy to explain this in more detail but in short it would be that you commit to spending a minimum of $50 per month.  This also opens the door to some additional bonuses and ways to earn free products.  Feel free to say no right now if you want to think on that.

8. Agree to Terms & Conditions

9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out.  To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

10. Wait for the mailman to arrive!

**Bonus for those of you that like detailed instructions on each step listed above here is a handy PDF that can help walk you through the process visually.


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***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Drugs can make claims of treating, mitigating, preventing, or alleviating disease, because of the rigorous testing protocols and procedures they undergo. The majority of Young Living products are considered dietary supplements, which contain limits on what can be said.  It is merely our intention to share our testimonial about how essential oils have contributed to a healthy lifestyle in our family and not to make any specific medical claims.

Welcome Autumn!!

While we may not be pulling out the knit sweaters and sipping cocoa like other parts of the country I have to say this year has given us the most mild temps we have felt in the last half a decade that’s for sure. (at the very least it at least FEELS that way)  I can look back on older fall blog posts and we are still complaining and whining that it’s so hot even at Halloween and while we are still flirting with 100 degrees on the thermometer right now for some reason this year just feels different and it’s not so miserable.  Although the humidity has been interesting and that let’s us know how much we really tend to appreciate the “dry” heat more.


I know we often get a “teaser” cool down and then it heats back up until nearly Thanksgiving time before we really feel a legitimate chill in the air but maybe this year will be different?  I can tell you that I have to actually wait at least a minute to hop in the shower or else I will be shocked by the pelting cold water which usually that only happens November through April here in the  valley.

Even though we will continue wearing shorts for several more weeks if not months I usually tend to go through clothing with every official season change and 2014 was no different in that regard.  I spent a good portion of this afternoon sorting through both boys closets and dressers.  Gone are the days of hand me down from Tyler to Connor- they simply have different body types and quite frankly “style” preferences.  So it was a little bitter-sweet to try to get Connor into Ty’s last year jeans only to have them not even rise above his thighs.  We have always been blessed with hand  me downs from my cousin Jackson but Ty is now pretty similar in build to Jack and I am not sure that there will be many more hand me downs coming our way Jack is a junior in high school and may have hit his growing peak by now so he likely is not growing out of clothes much anymore so much as growing out of styles.

We dug into the last bag of hand me downs we got from them and discovered that shorts that we had tried on both of the boys in March that were WAY too big now fit perfectly and a few we had even missed the window of wearing on. I also finally parted with a ton of stuff that for whatever reason I was deluding myself still fit Ty and Connor.  We ended up with:


TWO GINORMOUS bags to donate all which will be going to Connor’s junior high clothing drive.  Some weird initiative that they trade clothing for books for the library.  You would think that with that much going out they would have nothing left to wear…


Neither one of them will be going naked any time soon.

How often do you go through your kids clothes and rotate stuff in and out?

What other fall traditions do you like to mark the turning of the seasons with?

On October first we will put up all of our Halloween and “harvesty” type decorations.  I typically love to burn candles or simmer potpourri on the stove or in a mini crock pot to help set the mood as well.  This year I can not wait to try out a few oil blends in the diffuser.  I am a candle ADDICT and over the last few years I have had a harder time finding scents and brands of candles that did not cause me to get headaches or feel too overpowering.  Of course I should have listened to my body telling me that burning the candles was basically releasing pollution directly into my home and our lungs, all in the name of “pretty smells.”  Now with the oils we can have the lovely smells and the health benefits as well.

Here is my go to blend for the fall:

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Obviously Cinnamon will always put me in a “holiday” mood, as is Clove which is just warm and inviting.  The orange and lemon citrus notes both add an uplifting balance to the combo.

Some of the other oils that I love and look forward to diffusing as part of my “feels like fall” home makeover are:

Thieves-  is a super immune boosting germ fighter and Nutmeg (you know like in pumpkin pie??) which also supports a healthy immune system as well as fights fatigue and exhaustion.  It is sort of funny how all of these smells that we associate with “fall” tend to also have anti viral and anti-sickness properties to them– hmm pretty interesting!

Anyways- Happy Fall ya’ll!


***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Drugs can make claims of treating, mitigating, preventing, or alleviating disease, because of the rigorous testing protocols and procedures they undergo. The majority of Young Living products are considered dietary supplements, which contain limits on what can be said.  It is merely our intention to share our testimonial about how essential oils have contributed to a healthy lifestyle in our family and not to make any specific medical claims.

Essential Oils

So what is with the “business” logo on the blog there Jessie? I thought this was your little spot on the web to just journal and share and pontificate about the meaning of life not some money making gambit?


I am not some sponsored blogger that has tons of adds, or pop ups or readers for that matter. I have watched on twitter and pinterest and facebook while people I know and others that I have only ever met online become super absorbed in the “blogosphere” and vowed to never become one of them. Even if it meant that I would forgo ever attending a cool Disney conference packed with freebies or women’s blogger event in which I could party with some of my favorite web writers. Even if I was jealous of each one of them at some point or another.

That is not changing- I am still using this platform exactly as I always have- you just might see a few posts about the aspects of our lives that contribute to our livelihood and our health every now and then now as well. It occurred to me that I have never really talked about our real estate team on here before- maybe because I wanted to keep work separate from private life. Another area of life I want to start sharing about is our journey in using Essential Oils. While there is an income earning element to that, it is not the reason I want to share about it on here.

I just wanted to put this out there for anyone that is reading my little corner of the web that may have noticed the logo for Young Living in the sidebar. Keep following along because I really look forward to sharing with you more soon

Sneak Peak:


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