Weekend in Pictures

Our weekend is a little different than the normal Mon-Fri 9 to 5 kind, so for me this is my Monday :)

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How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the weather? We sure did :)

Ask Doctor Hill about Essential Oils

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Dr. David K. Hill is an expert on wellness and essential oils and is the Chief Medical Officer at dōTERRA.

How do I use essential oils to meet my personal needs?

There are always indicators with our health. We have indicators in what types of foods are good for us and which ones aren’t. This is a normal process we go through. The same holds true for essential oils. It may not always be the case that each essential oil will affect each of us in exactly the same way. It’s that individual characteristic of the oil matched with the individual characteristic of our own personal need and health that allows us to achieve the benefits we are most looking for. Finding that requires that we spend a little bit of time learning how the essential oils interact with our own unique circumstances. Once you master that—once you have that basic understanding—essential oils provide something for you that cannot be found anywhere else.

Why does the aroma of an essential oil sometimes vary?

One of the benefits of essential oils is the variability they offer. Essential oils are pure botanical extracts that will have slight variances from time to time. This variance is sometimes caused by uncontrollable environmental factors including weather conditions, temperature, sunlight, moisture content, and soil conditions at the time of harvest. On the other hand, there are many things that affect the quality of an essential oil that we can control through proper sourcing, distillation techniques, production procedures, and quality testing. Humans have a keen sense of smell, so even slight variances can be detected, even if the therapeutic properties of the oil remain unchanged. It is important to remember that although aroma is important, it is often a reflection of environmental factors and not always an indicator of quality. These natural variances are in no way a sign of a low quality product, but instead demonstrate the incredible versatility of plants and their ability to adapt to their environment. This adaptability is one of the many reasons individuals continue to have great experiences when using essential oils.

What are the basic fundamentals I should follow for enhancing immunity with my family?

We tend to be extra conscious of our immunity during the winter months when cold and flu season is upon us. It is important to develop a daily routine of essential oil use that includes diffusion, surface contact, and personal application during this time when the immune system may be especially compromised. Along with essential oils, good nutrition is another key aspect in maintaining strong immunity for all members of the family. The Lifelong Vitality products and citrus oils are powerful immune stabilizers that should be used daily. Citrus oils can increase the production of glutathione. We know that glutathione fortifies cellular structures of the immune system, so improving glutathione levels gives us greater resiliency in all tissues of the body. We also need to be aware of immune detractors (stress, poor diet, etc.) and similarly manage these issues through lifestyle modification and daily use of essential oils.

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dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from me! Contact me at Alissa.Smith@gmail.com to learn how to earn 100PV of FREE PRODUCT! 

Disneyland Adventures

I first off want to state that in the many years I worked at Disney, one of my favorite tasks to do was rope drop. My dear friend Suzie is a we mystery be there at rope drop kind of person, and personally I agree.

This year marked the 3rd time I had ever been to Disneyland and the second time staying on property. We stayed at the Grand Califoria and I will always stay there from now on! I figured this can happen since I only go about once every 7 years. It is completely worth paying the extra to get in for extra magic hour.

Our first day was Disneyland, we were able to ride 70% of our must ride list by 10am! Even though it was a sold out weekend, for the first two hours it was as if we had the park to ourselves. Early Magic hour is also key because a Disneyland is very old school and doesn’t have a lot of places with fast passes. I personally feel this was a great bonus, and that Disneyworld is over flooded with them so it’s not as enjoyable as it once was.

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The Matterhorn, we waited about 5 mins!

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For Space Mountain it took us longer to walk to the start of the ride than anything else, it was a ghost town!

 

 

The Castle! If this picture doesn’t talk you into extra magic hour, then I don’t know what will :)
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RunDisney Princess Expo

We were again able to go to the RunDisney Expo late morning on the second day as we did the last month for the Tinkerbell in California. The parking was crazy, though I lucked out and got front row parking, my friend who got there a little earlier than me had to park on the far back.

Getting the race bib was easy as 1,2,3. Then the walk to the expo was nice, I completely missed the Dooney & Burke area but in the end it was very much for the best. The Expo was packed and a lot of the RunDisney products were already sold out.

My favorite parts of the expo were: SparklySoul was there! My all time favorite headbands! They stay in place through everything, I wear them during my workouts straight though work. I found out that at each race they are at they pick a different color to be on sale. The Princess race was silver, but since I already had one I got a gold one for the same price! It matches perfectly for my half marathon outfit! Pictures will be up after the weekend, it needs to be a surprise.

My second favorite vendor at the expo was Running Skirts. One of my favorite bloggers Heather, at Through Heather’s Looking Glass, talks about them all the time on her blog. I have been wanting one but I wanted to try it one first. I lucked out that they were at the expo, and I was able to get one! I wore it all around on this evening around Downtown Disney and I will 100% be buying more. They are so comfortable, don’t ride up like some do, and have pockets! Really the pockets just sold me on them. This is the one I got!

 

I think this one will be my next one.

Are you racing this weekend? What is your favorite, just see vendors at the expo?

Disneyland resort review: Grand California

The time as come, it’s RunDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend and I thought I would keep sharing my amazing time in California for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon to get me pumped up for my run on Sunday!

First off let me tell you that I would have never in a million years even thought to book at Disneyland’s Grand California, and now I will ALWAYS stay there for races. Why, simple, the starting line is right outside of the hotel. We woke up at 3:45am got dressed, ate a light snack, and headed downstairs at 4:30am. When it’s over you simple walk across a couple of parking lots and you are back at the hotel. I was able to walk straight into California Adventure and load up on Fastpasses before heading back to the room to cool down.  I can tell you that the Princess this weekend, this plan will not be happening!

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This was the view from our room! We booked it back in October and were able to use my Military discount, this view was a courtyard view though I feel it counts as a pool view. Yes, that is California Adventure in the background, it was great being so close to the parks. If you didn’t know, the Grand Californian has it’s very own entrance into the park that ONLY guest staying on property can use. There is also an entrance right into the middle of Downtown Disney!

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WP_20140117_026 WP_20140117_027We had two queen size beds, and it was more than enough room for the both of us. We used the tv cabinet to store all of our snacks, and the mini frig for waters. It pays to stop by a Target before hand and pick up some stuff, we saved a TON of money this way! Which was important for me, due to Jrod giving me a $50 a day challenge that included food & souvenir’s.

The bathroom was great! Clean, no mold, working perfect, and the bonus is that the shower head SPINS! I took as many showers as I could because it was so amazing! The toiletries they give you don’t go very far when you have two ladies with super long hair, but thankfully I still had supplies from my Disney Cruise and used them. It is the same products just in different packaging. The shower curtain is Thumper and Bambi!

WP_20140117_025 WP_20140117_028Over all this is a GREAT Resort and I will be bringing Jrod back here whenever we can get out to California again. I would really like to do the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in 2015. Just running the first 6 miles through the parks was worth every penny of the whole vacation.

What is your favorite place to stay in Disneyland? What about Disneyworld?

 

 

 

Princess Half Marathon adventure time!

Just wanted to drop a quick line before I head off to work. I feel more like a kid than ever, I couldn’t sleep last night just thinking about my day! After work today I will be boarding a plane and land in time for dinner at…..

DISNEYWORLD!

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I will be posting while I am on this vacation ;) I plotted ahead this time. Looking forward to see all my fellow RunDisney Princess Half Marathoners this weekend!

Giving Essential Oils for Wedding & Bridal Shower Gifts

 Many happy couples will be saying their “I do’s” this summer and odds are that most of us will be attending a wedding or two.

Why not use this opportunity to share the power of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade dōTERRA essential oils with the newlyweds in your life by gifting them this home care starter kit filled with natural homemade cleaning supplies?

All items in the gift basket have step-by-step tutorials on this blog. Click on the link in the item list to learn how to make them.

This Home Care Starter Kit Includes:

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Window Cleaner: 16 oz. Spray Bottle, 1 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup distilled water, 8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice

Wood Polish: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 10 drops Wild Orange or Lemon essential oils

All Purpose Cleaner: 16 oz. glass spray bottle, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 3/4 cups water, 30 drops Lemon essential oil, 1 teaspoon borax

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Toilet Soft Scrub: 3/4 rounded cup baking soda, 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 5-10 drops Lemon essential oil

Mattress Cleaner: 1 cup baking soda, 10 drops Lavender essential oil

Air Freshener: 1/4 cup baking soda, 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil

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Dryer Balls

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On Guard Cleaner Concentrate: Item No. 3814

On Guard Foaming Hand Wash with 2 Foaming Dispensers: Item No. 3807

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Make Sure to Include Essential Oils so They Can Make Their Own Cleaning Supplies:

Lemon Essential Oil: Item No. 3012

On Guard Essential Oil: Item No. 3110

Lavender Essential Oil: Item No. 3011

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Item No. 3017

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Assorted Cleaning Supplies:

Towels

Scrub Brush

Sponges

Other Recommended Gift Ideas:

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Family Physical Kit: Item No. 3279

Introductory Kit: Item No. 3218

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dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online,  or connect with me at Alissa.Smith@gmail.com for more information on how to earn 100pv of FREE doTERRA’s products!