Friday, January 6, 2017

Young Living's January 2017 Promotion

Kick off 2017 with inspiring, essential oil-infused freebies!

To get 2017 off to a great start, Young Living has put together a handpicked group of rewards that you won’t want to miss out on, including the return of the original Peace & Calming®*—just in time to set the tone for a happy new year! 

Check out everything they're offering throughout January with your qualifying order:

300pv tier
Retail Value: $255.25
• 5-ml Peace & Calming
• 5-ml Helichrysum
• 15-ml Joy™
• 15-ml Eucalyptus Globulus
Bonus ER exclusives:
• 5-ml Basil Vitality
• 5-ml Citrus Fresh Vitality

250pv tier
Retail Value: $97.69
• 15-ml Joy™
• 15-ml Eucalyptus Globulus
Bonus ER exclusives:
• 5-ml Basil Vitality
• 5-ml Citrus Fresh Vitality

190pv tier
Retail Value: $42.76
• 15-ml Eucalyptus Globulus
Bonus ER exclusives:
• 5-ml Basil Vitality
• 5-ml Citrus Fresh Vitality

Retail Value: $9.54
  Bonus ER exclusives:
• 5-ml Citrus Fresh Vitality

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Young Living's Promos and Perks for December 2016!

Here are the YL December PV Freebies/Rewards for Regular & Essential Rewards (ER) Orders for members:

- 100 PV (ER Only): 5ml bottle of Tea Tree eo
Retail Value: $14.80

- 190 PV:(ER Only): The above + 5ml bottle of Orange eo + Nutmeg eoRetail Value: $39.80

 - 250 PV: All of the above + NingXia Nitro (14-count box)Retail Value: $90.79
- 300 PV: All of the above +
5ml bottle of Excite eo blend + 5 ml bottle of Abundance eo blend
Retail Value: $207.89

December 2016 PV promotion-excusives and information:
  • 5-ml Excite:
    Available only in this month’s PV promotion, Excite was crafted for the busy holiday season by D. Gary Young with Ocotea, Nutmeg, and more. Use this unique essential oil blend to support and inspire a sense of energy and excitement during the holidays and step confidently into the new year, ready to move forward and achieve your goals and ambitions.
  • 15-ml Abundance™ :
    Formulated with Orange, Frankincense, Patchouli, and Ginger essential oils, Abundance is a combination of traditional aromas that ancient cultures used to attract prosperity and magnify joy and peace.
  • NingXia Nitro®:
    Skip the sugary drinks when you need a quick boost, and reach for NingXia Nitro instead! Keep a few NingXia Nitros in your bag when setting out on busy holiday excursions to support alertness, as well as cognitive and physical fitness.* Each box contains 14 20-ml tubes.
  • 5-ml Orange Vitality™:
    Orange Vitality delivers the concentrated flavor
    of fresh oranges, making it a great addition in seasonal baked goods, daily NingXia Red® shots, and hot cups of tea.
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Nutmeg:
    Perfect for the
    holiday season, Nutmeg essential oil has a warm, spicy aroma that’s both energizing and uplifting. Diffuse by itself or with Orange, Clove, and Ginger to create a welcoming atmosphere that your guests will love!
  • Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Tea Tree:
    Known for its
    cleansing properties, the oil of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree is perfect for topical applications to keep your skin looking radiant and smooth, which is especially vital during cold winter months.

PLUS Don't miss out on the Spirit of Sharing Promo

From November 1- December 31, 2016:
-Enroll 10 NEW people with a PSK, receive a 5ml bottle of Rose eo.
Retail Value: $244.08
-Enroll 20 NEW people with a PSK, receive a Rain Stone Diffuser.
Retail Value: $223.36
-Enroll 25 NEW people with a PSK, receive a YL branded iPad Pro.
Retail Value: $599.00

-The top TWO enrollers of this incentive will win a trip to Ecuador to visit the Young Living farm!!! Value: Up to $5,000 per person

And this particular promo is stackable! If you enroll 25 people you will receive all 3 of the gifts above!

***These promotions do not include reactivations.

Details for the Spirit of Sharing promo can be found here:

Not a member of Young Living yet? I'd love to have you join my team! Learn how to sign-up here, get 24% off of retail prices, plus grab your free bottle of Christmas Spirit with the order of your awesome Premium Starter Kit:

Monday, October 31, 2016

Card Making 103 - Celebrations

Eventually I'll get caught up.  But until then, here are some more cards I've made.

This one was to my good friend, Karie (who I sent the super hero card previously).  It was her one year anniversary with Young Living and using essential oils.  Believing in something and using products to better your life for an entire year is a big thing.  If you are unfamiliar with essential oils and want to know what they are and which ones are the absolute best, you can learn about them here

For the front of her card, I used two sizes of candle bases that came with a Happy Birthday stamp set.  I used an ombre effect for the candle sticks but used different patterns for each candle.  I used silver paper and silver sequins for the flames.  I love this blue and silver combination for these candles so trust me, that combination will be used again.  I used the same silver paper for an accent underneath the sentiment and some complimentary blue dotted paper to add to the bottom of the card.

For the inside, since it was Karie's one year anniversary, I put just one other candle and surrounded it with a glittery blue oval.  Simple.

This next card went out to Shirley, my father's significant other.  Hi, Shirley! *waves*  Shirley's birthday is in August, so I sent her a birthday card.  I had some flower stamps that I was wanting to use and so I stamped those on the front panel along with some leaves.  I used color stamps because the stamps themselves were mostly solid.  Then I added some details with markers and glitter pens.  There are also sequins on the front in complimentary colors.  The 'happy birthday' isn't a stamp, but a die that I cut several times and glued together and then adhered the entire thing to the card so the words are raised.

For the inside of the card, I used the same candle set as I did for Karie's card above.  I used my favorite of the candle patterns and made an ombre effect with the same colors as the flowers.  I stamped more flowers along with some hearts for added interest.  This time, the flame was in gold as to match the gold letters in the 'happy birthday' on the front.  I also die cut a squiggle pattern and put it behind the candle flame to represent the light aura.  I added more sequins and a bit of deep red twine to finish the card.  I really liked the combination of gold and the deep reds for this card as well as the blue and silver above.

I've also started stamping the back of the cards and signing my name so that people who are not aware, know that I've actually made the card myself.  I found a small feather stamp and now stamp it with blue ink right next to my name as sort of a personal icon or sigil.

This next card went out to my nephew, Oliver, who's birthday is in September.   My kids told me that he loves dinosaurs so I made sure to put a couple on the front.  I added some balloons that I actually cut and pasted from several sets so that I could make a balloon bouquet.  The 'happy birthday' sentiment is stamped on and some festive sequins were glued to the front.

For the inside of the card, I wanted to make something a little interactive.  I used the same candle set as before and switched back to the blue ombre and silver theme. The flames are actually cut out of the inside panel so what you're seeing in the photo below is the white of a tab that is inserted between that inside card panel (right behind the flame cut-outs) and another card panel that I put on the very back.  The original sentiment said, "Blow out the Candles", but I masked off some words of other sentiments and made my own that says, "Light the Candles" as you'll see why below.

This way when Oliver pulled the tab, the candles would 'light' up in silver.  The silver flames are stamped on the very back panel so that when you pull the white tab, it uncovers the flames.  I made a channel on the inside of the very back bit of card so that the tab pulls nicely without wobbling about.  Ta Daa!

The last card for this post went out to my mother-in-law, Jackie, for her birthday.  I had no idea she was going out of town, so this card was a bit of a rush to get in the mail so that it would arrive in time where she was visiting.  

For the front of the card, I used several different papers.  At the top is a white, wide strip that I had stamped with some flowers (the outlines of the flowers only).  I used Copic markers to color the flowers in and then I adhered that strip to a blank card panel.  Under the flower strip is a rectangle of tannish colored paper that extends from the flowers on down.  On top of the tan paper, I used green strips to border the 'happy birthday' sentiment which is stamped on yet another paper that compliments all the colors thus far.  I embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder to produce a slightly raised shine along the words and I added some sequins because they were pretty.  And shiny.  And I like them so there.

The inside of the card is a combination of stamped images and die cut images.  I put some tan strips on the top and bottom of the card for continuity from the front.  The large flower on the bottom left and the small one at the top left are die cuts and that's why they are seen placed over the tan strips of paper.  I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers and added some glittery shine over the top. 

As you can see from these cards, my collection of stamps and Copic markers is slowly growing.  Also I have a healthy supply of various colored card stock now.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October is Where the Chaos Begins

The month of October signals the busy time of panic and chaos part of the year for us me.  Well not as much panic as in the past since the addition of an anti-anxiety medication I was prescribed that takes the edge off and has subdued the panic state of affairs into a heart palpitation now and then and a flutter of nerves when the situation calls for it.  But at least it's not a full blown panic attack where I get so overwhelmed that I cease to function.  The time of chaos, which I lovingly refer to as The End of Days, used to start off with one of my daughter's birthdays.  Since I started creating the draft for this post (yeah yeah, a month late and a dollar short - I told you it was chaotic!), we had an early birth of my new grandson.  So yay for a new grandson and boo for expanding the chaotic time of year into late September.  Which puts it close to my mother-in-law's birthday so I might as well add that to the mix.  Ugggggh.  

So far in the last month, we've had a brand new birthday for a bouncing baby grandson, a birthday for my four year old other grandson, a birthday celebration for our 14 year old daughter (yes, I said FOURTEEN!) and an 18th wedding anniversary the very day after.  Side note: Our girls really know how to make an entrance.  One was born the day before our anniversary, and the other was born the day before my birthday.  

We've also had a Halloween party, and a couple days from now is the Halloween trick-or-treating.  Hubby's birthday follows five days later.  Then there's a brief respite of a couple of weeks to gear up for Thanksgiving which is usually at our house.  My soon to be 12 year old's birthday follows by about a week with my own birthday being the day after.  My niece's birthday is in the middle of December, followed by Christmas, and finally New Year's.   Add to that a scattering of other events that have yet to be scheduled (ie. Hubby's work Holiday party and so on...) and the end of the year is packed full of crazy.

Now, I know that everyone has at least the major holidays in the last three months of the year, and I'm sure there are some folks that have a lot going on and possibly even more than I have scheduled.  But being that I'm a severe introvert, this time of year is not all that exciting for me.  I mean, I love that we have so many celebrations because I'm happy for the people that are doing the actual celebrating.  I'm happy they are having a good time and having fun and I'm overjoyed to witness it.  However, on a personal level, I'm forced to attend social events where I'm uncomfortable, to meet people, to do the dreaded small-talk, to smile and nod and put on a face that outwardly indicates that I'm enjoying myself and doesn't warrant people to wonder what's wrong and why I'm there in the first place.  These are the events that basically, I make an appearance, make the rounds, make sure I've said hello to everyone that I should, make sure people see me there, and then wait for an appropriate time that I can extricate myself and go home and hide under the blankets to recover from so much energy expenditure and stress and people.  Oh the people!  Give me fifty animals running around, weaving in and out and making noise ANY day compared to a mixed group of people which includes both strangers and acquaintances.

I try and avoid going out shopping when it comes closer to the holidays.  I avoid malls like the plague.  Amazon is my really good friend.  To avoid the holiday rush and stress, I often find myself shopping early.  Months early.  I've even tried shopping throughout the year to not feel that stressful rush at the end of the year.  The problem with that is that I often forget that I've bought something, or swear that I did and can't find it anywhere.  I've even had designated boxes for people so that I know what I have for who and can add to that throughout the year.  That worked for a time except that now we have nowhere to allocate for that many boxes - storage room is at a premium around here.

Because I tend to do the majority of my holiday shopping early, I am forced to tell some people that they are in the 'no buy zone'.  Basically this means that they shouldn't be buying something that they wouldn't normally purchase on a day-to-day basis because I might have already acquired it.  This has happened on numerous occasions with my husband.  He'll go out and get something that I've actually purchased six months beforehand.  Either that or we'll be out somewhere and I have to hem and haw and try to convince him to not buy something because I already have it and what that winds up being is just a really awkward 15 minute conversation where I'm trying very hard to be non specific and gently sway him from buying something and he getting very frustrated because he wants said object and doesn't understand why I don't want him to get it.  Ultimately, I might as well have blurted out that I already got object x for him because after 15 minutes of pouty mcpouty face, I'm fed up and have run out of ways to say, "Just put it back on the shelf because it's already wrapped up and waiting for you in a few weeks," without actually saying that.  Maybe I should try mime or interpretive dance.  They'd probably be just as effective and perhaps a bit more entertaining.  At least to the people walking nearby.

I'd love to hear if anyone has any stellar holiday tips to make things a bit easier and less stressful in the long run!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Card Making 102

Here are a few more of my beginning-stage cards.

This first one went out to my good friend Karie who is doing simply AWESOME with her fitness routines.  I really admire how hard Karie has worked and that she feels and looks absolutely amazing.  I wanted to send her a little encouraging card and let her know how much she's appreciated.

Card front.  I used distress inks for the background and made a night sky with a circle of 'glow' where I wanted to put the super hero.  I used a city stamp to use as a backdrop, having to stamp it twice because it didn't extend the width of the card.  Sequins adorn the front and the super hero is colored with various pens and some sparkle pens to add glitter.

I chose to pop the super hero out from the front of the card so I used some foam tape on the back of her.

Card interior.  For the inside of the card, I kept it white but added various stamps and used pens to add color.  I heat embossed the 'Awesome' word on a separate bit of card stock and I cut out a super hero mask, covered it in red glitter, and then adhered it to the card.  There is a 'K' for Karie on the star on the shield. :)  I love personalizing things.

This next one I sent out to my eldest daughter who is up in Chicago.  At the time, she was pregnant with my second grandson and she wasn't feeling very well.  I wanted to send her something to cheer her up and let her know I was thinking of her.

Card front.  I hand colored a tree with various shades of brown.  The leaves are cut out of the front card panel and there is a sheet of green tissue behind the panel that make the leaves both green and somewhat translucent.  I added some other colored leaves to the tree itself.  I just used a gold glitter pen to color in the sentiment.

Card interior.  I kept this card white and added another tree to the inside and perched birds high up in the branches.  I also stamped and colored leaves in and falling from the tree.  I stamped and colored a lot of flowers on the grass at the bottom of the card.  I wanted to add more things (ALL OF THE THINGS!), so I carried the design over to the inside front of the card.  I popped out the two butterflies with foam tape.  Everything was colored in various pens and markers that I found around the house.

 This is of two of my cats, Rasha and Rune.  How'd that get in there???

Sadly, I had forgotten to take a picture of the card that I sent to my father for Father's Day - I was trying to hurry and get it mailed.  I think it was pretty cute but I don't have a photo. :(  Sad face.

This next card went to my wonderful hubby on Father's Day.  Again, nothing really fancy here, I still didn't have a lot of neat toys to play with as far as card making goes.

Card front.  I used a bit of scrap paper (in yellow) where I cut out a panel for another card and kept the outside to use as a frame for this card.  The little elephants are cut out of gray card stock and the grass is cut out of two different green card stocks.  Behind it all is some blue paper I had sitting around that worked perfectly for the sky.  The shadows under the elephants are from a darker gray card stock.  Butterflies and details on the elephants were done in pen.  I added a bit of glitter glue for some accents to the front and I heat embossed the 'Happy Father's Day' on a strip of gray cardstock at the bottom.

Card interior.  I couldn't resist using another cute little elephant for the inside.  I kept the grass theme and stamped a couple of flowers.  I added a heart-shaped balloon from red card stock for the little elephant to hold.  I put all the layered card stocks and design on the right side of the card so that the 'Love You Dad' really stood out on the left.  Again, details were in pen.  There was so much layered paper on this card that I didn't pop anything out - it would have been overkill.

More cards to come.  I MAY have an addiction.
PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this blog. I will not ever endorse anything that I would not personally use or give to my family.