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I’m having a love affair with essential oils and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

standard January 15, 2018 Leave a response

My love affair with essential oils all started with a book club meeting.

Wait, that’s not entirely true. It all started with the lice situation years ago.

That’s when I first bought an essential oil. Considering the fact that the lice thing happened 5 years ago, I think I should get some serious kudos for resisting the lure until now.

Because, yes, I’m done resisting. As I said earlier, it all started with a book club meeting that was held at a friend’s house. When I walked in, book in hand, a full day’s stress and worries resting on my shoulders, a delightful smell greeted me. Five minutes later I realized that I was completely relaxed. I turned to my friend and raised a questioning eyebrow. She gestured to the diffuser quietly working on the kitchen counter.

It wasn’t until the next time we met at her house for another book club event that I finally started asking questions about what she was diffusing. With a bit of a glimmer in her eye, she told me and invited me to take a couple samples home. The samples wooed me. I spent much of my winter break researching essential oils, Young Living, and everything related to it.

You see, I’ve spent years thinking that essential oils are all about the smells and the act of believing in them. Basically, thinking that if you believe something enough, it’ll work to a certain extent. I’m not too proud to admit that I affectionately, possibly a little condescendingly, rolled my eyes at the friends who were all in.

But one of the samples that my friend sent me home with was Thieves, the Young Living blend designed to help keep the user healthy. C, my oldest, lives in fear of getting sick and was starting to ask for hand sanitizer to take to school with her. That’s a road I really didn’t want to go down, but I figured it couldn’t hurt for her to take a little Thieves to school.

Long story short, her sister and I caught a nasty bug flying to Chicago for Christmas. She, didn’t even get a sniffle. So I dove in.

And now I’m all in.

I’m loving learning about the different oils and their various properties. It’s fun to research healthy alternatives to things we currently use. I’m using Frankincense to try to reduce some nasty scars that are the result of a surgery I had a couple years ago. I’m diffusing some Stress Away at night to help M and I sleep better. I’m using Lemon to make the house smell fresh and clean and to boost my motivation in the morning. And, of course, I’m diffusing Thieves to keep this house as germ free as possible.

Oh, and clearly, I’m all over the business aspect of this. Because, have you met me? I love starting new businesses, especially when it’s about something I find fascinating and it gives me the opportunity to learn. And I’m SO getting a kick out all of the people who are reaching out to me via messenger or text to ask if I can recommend an oil or a blend for this or that.

So, of course, I now have a new website and a Facebook page.

But, don’t worry. I’m not turning this blog into an essential oil blog. I’ll be posting oil related things on the new website and doing my usual sporadic posting around here.

That said, if you’re interested in joining me on my exploration journey, you can

  • Like the Facebook page. I do some Facebook lives, share information as I discover it,
  • Sign up for my essential oils newsletter.
  • Check out my website. It’s chock full of helpful info and is where the oils blog will live!
  • Email me with any essential oils questions you might have! Whatever is ailing you or worrying you, there’s probably an essential oil that can help. It would be my joy to research it for you!

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A great new service to the rescue! Introducing ClubLocal to the Bay Area crowd.

standard June 10, 2013 Leave a response

Before I met my friend Beth I never knew who to call when I needed a plumber, a handyman, or anyone for that matter. Now, when my roof springs a leak, when my garbage disposal backs-up, when I realize that something needs to be fixed on the rather urgent side, I grab my phone and text her.

It’s wonderful having a Beth in your life.

Sadly, not everyone can have a Beth in their back pocket. (Hands off! She’s mine! Unless you’re moving to the Bay Area or already live here, want to move, and need a great realtor. Then I’ll lend her to you for a bit.) Lucky for you (if you live in the Bay Area or in Dallas), a new service, ClubLocal.com, has just launched. I’m pretty sure that you’ll come to love almost as much as I love my Beth.

Let me walk you through it.

The awesome people at ClubLocal have sat down and carefully vetted a large number of service providers. They’ve checked their background, their licences, even their insurance status. Then they set them up to be ClubLocal vendors.

Here’s where you come in.

You realize that you have something around the house that needs doing. A car that needs detailing. Some plumbing that needs tending to. A faulty switch that needs fixing. You hop onto the ClubLocal website, or the iPhone app, and type in your zip code.

And there you have it. In four easy steps (three if you’ve already done it once) you have booked your service.

ClubLocal booking page

Instead of spending precious time looking up vendors, checking with friends to see if they’re any good, and then calling around to set up appointments, ClubLocal does it all for you.

You pick the type of vendor you need and the date and time you want to see them, ClubLocal sends you the most highly rated service provider available at that time.

It really is that easy. I tried it.

I wanted someone to come convert some external lights into motion sensored lights. I hoped on to the ClubLocal website and asked for a handyman to come the next day at noon. (I could have had someone come the same day, but I wasn’t going to be home.)

Within minutes someone from ClubLocal called me to tell me that what I really needed to do the job I had described was an electrician so they’d gone ahead and cancelled the handyman and booked an electrician for the same time slot.

The next day, just before twelve I got an email letting me know that Ramon, my electrician, was on his way. The email included a picture of him, so I’d know that the right guy was at the door. At twelve on the dot, he showed up, sporting a clean uniform and a ClubLocal lanyard and ID card slung around his neck.

Within moments we had come to an agreement about what needed to be done and how much it was going to cost and he was off to collect supplies.

My service window was 12-2pm. Just before 2pm Ramon was done with my lights, had swiped my credit card payment, and was off with a cheery wave and the injuction to call if the lights weren’t working properly.

Done. Diddley. Done.

I always worry that any service provider is going to notice that I’m a mom, home with the kids, and is going to try to fleece me. What do I know about the cost of a basic electrical job?

To set minds at ease, ClubLocal negotiated with all their service providers and got them to agree to fixed prices for every service they provide. So, even before you book a job you can look on the website to see how much it’s going to cost.

Between work, the kids, the house, the cat, the husband, and all the time I seem to spend at the kids’ school I neither have the time nor the desire to hunt down the perfect guy. Even with Beth’s recommendations in hand I still have to sit down and call to make appointments. ClubLocal makes it ridiculously easy to schedule everything.

Which is a good thing because my husband hates the new lights and wants to switch back to the old ones. You just can’t win them all.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or in Dallas, check out ClubLocal. Just for signing up you’ll get a great credit towards your first service.

Please note: I have been working with ClubLocal to help promote their new Bay Area service and I am being compensated for this post. My experience and opinions about the company and the service and mine and mine alone.

Lawn Dreams

standard May 27, 2011 2 responses

Three years ago when the garden was just finished the grass was lush, green, and a joy to play on. It was like a thick outdoor carpet just begging to be touched, preferably with a back.

That lasted about a month.

Our pathetic excuse for a watering system was no match for the hot California Spring sun and long before school was fully out for the summer the back yard was once again a wasteland of patchy green grass surrounded by brown stretches of burnt grass and weeds.

We’re not even going to discuss the front yard beyond mentioning the fact that mowed weeds look realistically like a mowed lawn… until you set foot on them and feel the prickles.

The past two weeks I’ve been standing in the middle of my pathetic excuse for a lawn, hose in hand, aiming water at the brown patches and sad looking edges. It feels fruitless. I know the yard needs more water, but realistically I also know it needs other things. Like fertilizer. And grass seed. And… stuff.

Of course, I don’t have the faintest idea where to start.

I have visions of Home Depot carts loaded with Scott’s Turf Builder and other products. I have visions of kneeling on the grass to plant pretty flowers. But I need a little nudge to make reality connect with my visions.

Like always, I’m going to turn to the computer for help. I’m starting by signing up for some Scotts tips and lawn care reminders.

Then I’m going to actually make that trip to Home Depot to arm myself with a couple tools like the Turf Builder and the grass seed. I want to be able to snap pictures of my kids rolling around on the grass again. It’s a little embarrassing that they were babies in the last ones we snapped. I’d show you what the lawn looks like now… but they don’t want to set foot on it.

The lovely people from One2One Network and Scotts are sending me some Turf Builder to try to make my lawn dreams come true. Stay tuned. With luck in a few weeks you’ll be seeing some more updated back yard action shots!