Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How I Organized My Young Living Business

We have considered ourselves a holistic-minded family for quite a few years now.  I remember back when our little ones were babies and my husband and I were both working full time and traveling with our careers.  I remember staying up late hand washing fresh, organic spinach, then chopping and lightly steaming that spinach so I could prepare tiny ice frozen cubes of the best produce I could get to send with our babies for their day care lunch.  A lot has changed since then, but we still try to do our best to provide healthy meals and a wellness-focused, Christ-based lifestyle for our "babies".  

Last year we started sharing about one of the tools we use in our wellness-focused life - Young Living Essential Oils.  Wow!   Has it ever been an amazing year of business and personal growth.  I had no idea that sharing a few simple testimonies would open the door to an amazing business.   Learning to keep up with an ever-growing business, while maintaining relationships, homeschooling, and all the other things we are passionate about in life has been the biggest opportunity for personal growth.  I can't think of a bigger personal growth accelerator.   

One of the things that I wanted to tame is how the business can take over my small office area.  I don't  have a bunch of paperwork, inventory or "stuff" to keep track of, because this business does not work that way - Praise the Lord!  But what I do have I like to keep accessible and organized.  I also like to keep it mobile because we are an on-the-go family.  It's so easy to meet a friend for tea before I pick up groceries or while the kids are at gymnastics, so I like to have a small class-on-the-go bag ready so I'm not spending time gathering things.  I also love teaching essential oil education and make and take classes, but again - as a busy mom I want to be efficient with my time so I am not spending time gathering items.  We LOVE our oils and we are constantly amazed at the power behind these essential oils that God created on the third day, but I can't effectively share about these oils if I'm constantly looking for my pocket reference or my keys.  

So this is how I got myself organized this month.  And yes, most people would get organized BEFORE they started a business.  But we didn't intend to start a business, we were just sharing about what we loved.  And so here I am a year later trying to get organized so we can reclaim our homeschool room for it's intended purpose - housing incredible books.

I set up class bags.  That's it.  It's that simple.  I can get most everything I need for just about any type of class into two bags.  Granted, they are sturdy and have pockets.  But it all fits and doesn't look messy.  I can set these bags onto a shelf or closet in the room we have designated for business use and I'm ready to run.

Here is what I assembled to make my business ready to run.  This bag (Thirty-One Essential Storage Tote) contains the kit / kits that I have on hand for local friends and family who need oils and diffuser urgently.  It also contains a cute little "welcome to the oily family" gift.

This "Class in a Bag" is the Deluxe Utility Tote.  I stock this with:
  • Premium Starter Kit to display
  • Starter Guide Booklets from Oil Revolution Designs (I use those to teach 101 classes from and gift to new members.)
  • Welcome Kits (all the little supplies a new member would need, including a cute oils bag)
  • Product Guide
  • Golden Touch Kit - because everyone needs to know about DiGize, right??
  • Lavender Lotion - because it's awesome.
  • Pocket References (an usually a Desk Reference, too.)
  • Silver in 6 Pad Folio with an iPad
  • Clip boards for attendees to take notes, if they like
  • And then there is a little room left over for anything else I might want to take like a new Premium Starter Kit, maybe some Ningxia Red to share, or a laptop.
The Starter Guides, Product Guide, and anything else that is paper is kept secure in a Fold N' File to prevent any bent pages.  Love that thing!

This is a smaller version of a "Class in a Bag" using the Large Utility Tote from Thirty-One bags.  I put this together to show you how well it fits.  This bag will actually become my home supply storage bag and will be kept up on a shelf in the office.  It will be holding (in more Fold N File containers) note cards and envelops to send gifts and cards to friends.  There is also plenty of space to store supplies to make Epsom salt gifts and roller bottles.  Sweet!

All gathered together... we are organized, ready to share, ready to run.  I love it!!  

If you love these bags, too, please consider purchasing from this online fundraiser party.  This party closes at the end of April.  And in April - personalization is only $3.50 for each item.  Thank you so much!!

And if you need oils (or just more information on essential oils) - use the link at the top or email me at mgeis01@gmail.com.  We have a wonderful, supportive team to help you whether you are interested in a healthy lifestyle or in a home-based business.  We LOVE what we do and are always looking for more amazing people to share with.

Be healthy, befficient, be organized, be successful - all so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Power Meal - Perfect Dairy Free Protein Shake

We absolutely love having Young Living's Power Meal at our home.   Nourishing kids with food allergies who are also active, athletic, and on the go can be a challenge, especially when you are trying to avoid food dyes, perservatives, artificial sweeteners and other junk.  I am thrilled to have this supplement!!  Anytime I can get more nutrition into my kids and they actually like it and it's easy??  I am really thankful for Young Living's committment to providing the best.  

We use Power Meal as a meal supplement on days that the kids are training for 2 or more hours at gymnastics.  They generally eat pretty well, but the extra protein and calories are needed on those days, not to mention all the wonderful nutrients in Power Meal.  And they just think they are sipping down a cool and tasty treat.   
For myself, I love using Power Meal as a meal replacement for breakfast or even lunch on those really busy days.  And when I'm working hard to get my protein macros up, this is my go to supplement.  I have tried MANY different protein supplements but I just cannot tolerate the whey or soy products, not to mention that many protein shakes out there either have a ton of sugar or they have artificial sweeteners.  No thanks.  After much searching, this is where we are staying.  

Power Meal is enhanced with 6 essential oils, provides 20 grams of protein, is dairy-free, easily absorbed, and is rich in amino acids and selenium (among other great nutrients).  It is a rice-based protein shake and my kids prefer it blended with some fruit, kale, raw cacao, or coconut milk.  They love to plan little chef and try different recipes everytime we make it.  Some of our favorite recipes are listed here on this graphic.  Below is a video of our all time favorite way to prepare it, but the options are endless.  Just today I blended up recipe #1 above.  Then I added about 3 drops of Young Living Orange Essential oil to my glass mason jar before pouring in the Power Meal smoothie.  I mixed that up with a glass straw and it was soooo good.  Try it and see what you think!!  Then come back and let us know.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Coupon Code - Glass Straws!

Who loves a discount?  Especially with Christmas just around the corner.  Enjoy a 10% discount on Glass Straws at Glass Dharma when you use the code AHG.  That's a fundraising code.  Every time you use that code, not only do YOU get 10% off, but Glass Dharma will send a small percentage to help support our local American Heritage Girls troop.  Win-win!  Please pin, share, comment and spread the word.  Thanks so much for helping to support the troop and empower these young girls!!
Still here?  Want to know more?  Glass Dharma's products are made right here in the USA.  Triple win!  Hand made glass straws that come with a lifetime guarantee.  They have a small size that even fits into the Eco Jarz canning jar lids.  So if you like to keep your green juices plastic free or maybe you enjoy a refreshing glass of water with some lemon essential oil, then consider picking up a glass straw.  1) Lifetime guarantee.  I mentioned that already, but it's great enough news to mention it again.  2) Dishwasher safe.  Bonus.  3) No plastics!  Did you know that citrus essential oils dissolve petrochemicals?  Now that's awesome if you are interested in helping your body to detox.  But just don't try to add a drop of lemon to your plastic/Styrofoam cup or even a glass cup with a plastic straw.  Don't do it.

What else do you want to know?  Please comment below.  And for more info, head on over to www.glassdharma.com and remember to use the code AHG for 10% off.

Make it a great week!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving and Christmas Specials!

OFFER EXTENDED!!  Merry Christmas and happy December.  I hope you enjoy a month filled with worship for our One true light who gave life and meaning to Christmas.  

Practical, Versatile, but also decadent.  Luxurious, but also affordable.  If you are thinking about Essential Oils for Christmas, I'm making it easier for you!  I would love to help you out.  Feel free to print this graphic and hand it to your loved one.  Making a Pinterest WishList?  I would love it if you would Pin this!

You can find a file of this graphic for download here: DOWNLOAD

Now through New Years Eve, everyone purchasing a Premium Starter Kit from me will receive some sweet, sweet gifts. 

#1 An incredibly helpful Reference Text

#2 A welcome bag from me.

#3 Access to our Members Only education group on Facebook.

Please contact me at mgeis01@gmail.com for more information.  I love helping!  

If you are ready for your own oils, please purchase yours here.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.  I'm happy walk you through the process.

Young Living just sweetened this special time of year!  Now through Dec 5th, these kits are 10% off.  

And if someone else introduced you to oils, please follow up with them.  Otherwise, I would love to work with you.  Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

At this point in my life with kids, I don't make time for much makeup.  But I do love a nice line of  eyeliner and a little mascara even on the days we stay at home and school all day.  I just feel more put together and ready to take on the day.  That means I need to take the extra step to remove it before I fall into bed at night.  Here's my skin care recipe for cleaning my face... coconut oil.  So simple.  Healthy, nourishing for the skin, moisturizing, natural, and I can read all the ingredients.  

It's a little thing called oil cleansing and it works really well for me.  I've been using oil cleansing for years now because it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.  And my pores are smaller than they have ever been in my life - bonus.

A little coconut oil goes a long way, so even if you are buying the best coconut oil out there, it still makes an inexpensive face wash and face cream.  I like to spice up my cleanser with Young Living Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oil.  And in the summer, I will add in Lavender and Purification to really clean out those pores in the T-zone.  In the process of cleaning my skin this way I learned just how awesome coconut oil is for removing eye makeup, even the night-on-the-town kind of eye makeup.  So back to the DIY eye makeup remover...

Here is what you need to do to try it.  Head down to your kitchen and grab a tiny spoonful of coconut oil.  (If you don't already have some, you can pick some up at most grocery stores.  Look for the best quality you can spring for.)  Add a drop of Young Living Lavender essential oil to that spoon of coconut oil and mix it with your finger.  If it's cool where you are, it will stay solid.  Otherwise it make melt into a smooth liquid.  Take a small pea-sized amount onto your fingertips, massage until fully melted, and then gently massage around your eye area.  Grab a cotton ball and swipe down to remove.  Repeat as needed, usually I only have to do this once unless I have gone all out with a dark-lined smokey eye look.  Wash your face like normal.  Go try it and let me know what you think.  

Now if you like that little recipe, go ahead and mix up a batch to keep in your bathroom or whereever you remove your makeup.  I add about 5 drops of Lavender to every rounded Tablespoon of coconut oil and just gently mix the two ingredients together.

Store your makeup remover in a small glass jar or other container.  If you choose to use fractionated coconut oil it will remain liquid regardless of your room temperature.  In that case you can simply pour it into a small squeeze bottle that you can pick up off Amazon or the travel container section of Target.  If you use regular, extra virgin coconut oil like you would buy at the grocery store and it's solid, use a small glass jar canning jar (or baby food jar) or one of those awesome silicon travel tubes like GoToob from Amazon. 

As a bonus, I found that once I started using Lavender in my mascara (Yep, that's a whole other post.  I add 1 drop of Young Living Lavender essential oil to my mascara tubes.  Ah-Mazing.) and in my coconut oil for my face, my eyelashes now look fuller and thicker.  

Please feel free to message me for more information on Young Living oils.  You can also find out how to purchase your own collection of Young Living Oils HERE.  Be sure to message me because I like to send all my friends a welcome gift.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Book of James

This year in homeschool we are working through My Father's World Exploration to 1850.  One of our challenges is to study and memorize the book of James.  All of us - even momma.  What a great challenge!  I created digital note cards for our mobile devices to help us with memorizing and wanted to share them with you.  Please join us as we work through the book of James.  Feel free to Pin, share or download these digital note cards to spread the book of James across the web. 

Please stay tuned and join us in memorizing this wonderful letter.  Share your progress and what you have learned in the comments below.  I will be updating this post as we go along.  It's a work in progress and your comments are appreciated.  Let's make it a great study!

We are starting at the beginning.  James 1:1-3  If you are going to dig into the Word, it's good to know who is talking.  This letter is written by James, a servant of God.  He tells us who he is right up front, a servant of God - what a title!  What he doesn't say is that he is also the brother of Jesus.  Can you imagine?  

When he starts writing, he gets straight to the point with a hard challenge.  Consider it pure joy when you face challenges.  Pure joy, friends.  Meditate on that for a while.  He is challenging us to look beyond this hard time we are in right now and to toward the victory ahead.  To the growth, to what we will learn, to the finish line.  And to be joyful while we do it.  

There is no, "how are you?  Oh that's tough, I'm so sorry..."  No, right to the point.  Consider it pure joy, friends.  That can challenge you and if you let it, it can change you.
(Images may be downloaded on white background HERE.)

And not from James... But I love this scripture so I made a memory card for it as well.  Let us hold...

Much love,
Michelle @ My Blue Daisy

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My Favorite Sugar Scrub

There is something really awesome about skipping the commercial scrubs and shave creams (which can dry skin and often has synthetic fragrances and other non-happy ingredients).  Homemade sugar scrubs are easy, inexpensive and they work well for a luxurious and uplifting body scrub and shave cream.  The only catch is that I have heard it's not a great product to use frequently if you have a septic system.  So keep that in mind if you do.
The basic recipe is above on the info-graphic - basically 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil, then add essential oil to your 'taste'.  There are so many ways to customize this.  You can use any oil that you like: olive, coconut, sweet almond, apricot,  or sunflower.  Here is some information on carrier oils that may help you select the perfect one for you.  

Personally, I love organic, extra-virgin coconut oil.  If you use it in solid form, slightly chilled, it will whip up so nice.  Just use your stand mixer and let it go for a while to create a lovely whipped texture.  Other oils will not whip up the same way.  But that's ok!  This sugar scrub works great without a whipped oil, too.  I often use olive oil with brown sugar, too.  Which brings me to sugars.

Use your favorite sugar.  Non-GMO, organic sugars are always best.  Some of the more natural sugars are more coarse.  You can give them a spin in your blender or food processor to break them down into a softer texture.  While you do want a nice scrub, you certainly don't want to be scratching your skin off with large crystals of raw sugar.

A third way to customize is to switch up your essential oil.  My favorites (so far) are Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender+Frankincense, and Peppermint.  There are countless possibilities.  Mix, match and find your own sweet spot.
If you have sensitive skin, always try new oils on a small area first. And skip using citrus oils right before you head out for a day in the sun.  The citrus oils can act like tiny light intensifiers and make fair skin more sensitive to the sun.  If you are planning a day at the beach, try Lavender and Frankincense, instead of a citrus oil.

For a list of my other personal favorite DIY recipes, click here.