Monday, March 6, 2017

Success stories with doTERRA

Everyone has a different story of how they got started in dōTERRA. I got involved after the birth of my seventh child while looking for natural ways to care for my family and support my body in recovering from so many c-sections, (eight total c-sections in all). I am loving getting to know so many of our doTERRA leaders. They are authentic and this company is a real source of income and inspiration! So many of our leaders did not start building in dōTERRA to become rich. They simply shared their story and their genuine desire to help others find their own success. In doing that, their team grew organically into the business they have today. This is Brad and Dawna Toewse’s story of how dōTERRA changed their lives and how they strive to help dōTERRA change the lives of those around them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Change is Hard, How Cheer and Wintergeen Helped

We had a fantastic summer with all eight of our kids still at home!

(Our eight crazy kids all together in July 2016)

But change was coming...

In August, our oldest son flew off to Italy to study abroad in Rome!
I packed up the little kids in our 12 passenger van and we dropped big brother off at the bus station! What an incredibly bittersweet day that was! We were so excited for Brandon, but he sure left an empty hole in ALL our hearts!

Then, less than two weeks later, we dropped our second oldest son off at college!

My husband took the day off from work and drove the entire family, minus Brandon of course, up to Orono, Maine to begin his Freshman year of college!

We all helped Jacob move into his dorm room! It was about 90 degrees out that day too! EVERYONE across campus looked like a marathon runner at the end of a race, staggering around, dying of thirst! (They all sure could have used some peppermint!)
It was a day I won't soon forget for sure! There were many tears that day too. Our 6 year-old sobbed for nearly a half an hour on the nearly three hour ride home. 


Change is hard, but it is a part of life. None of us will grow to be better people without some degree of change in our life. Embracing change is the only way to move forward. Cheer emotional blend has been a fantastic support for my emotions during this season of so many changes! I apply it to my wrists and diffuse it to break out of my selfishness and occasional feelings of sadness to remember that change IS good, even though it can often be very, very hard.
With Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Star Anise Fruit/Seed, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, Nutmeg Kernel, Vanilla Bean Extract, Ginger Rhizome, Cinnamon Bark, and Zdravetz Herb, this uplifting blend is one I highly recommend!

Preparing for upcoming change was helpful. Before dropping Jacob off at college, we tried to have a little bit of fun and make some more memories with the family. We took a long ATV ride a week before he left for college.

One thing I hadn't prepared though, was Jacob insisting on taking one of my diffusers with him to college! 

I had randomly begun diffusing Wintergreen because I wanted to try it and everyone was loving it. Jacob insisted on taking my entire bottle of Wintergreen with him. (It was actually my deepest pleasure that he would want to bring oils and diffuser to college.)
So off he went to college and I never gave another thought to the diffuser and oil choice until I was in Utah at convention.

(Lilly and I sleep on the plane headed back to Maine from convention in Utah)

 I was actually on one of our plane rides flying home when I shared with my cousin that Jacob's choice for the diffuser for college happened to be Wintergreen. She looked it up and found that Wintergreen was a fantastic choice!

Wintergreen is also known as "Gaultheria fragrantissima".
It is harvested from the rural mountains of Nepal. It is very soothing and stimulating to the senses. Wintergreen has an uplifting aroma and is minty, even refreshing flavor. It's powerful odor promotes a powerful response in the body on many levels. It is the perfect essential oil during times of change.
Wintergreen penetrates deep within the body and may help support the body's ability to feel "grounded". It is thought that it may support the body's awareness and can be particularly helpful to those who are left-brained (more logical) and need to expand to a more right-brained (intuitive side). 
Because of its cleansing and stimulant properties, Wintergreen has been thought to aid the body in many of its own cleansing organs such as kidneys, lungs, and digestive system.

For more information on how doTERRA processes Wintergreen through co-impact sourcing watch the following short video. Every bottle of doTERRA Wintergreen sold supports these women trying to care for their children in Nepal.
Just another example of why I only buy directly wholesale from doTERRA so these women earn the money they work so hard for.

I love being able to share about the hard work of these women. It makes me happy to think that I am just a mom in rural Maine raising eight kids, but I can buy the purest Wintergreen on the planet and in doing so, it helps women in Nepal feel empowered that they are earning incomes to support their families!

What life changes are you anticipating? Or maybe you are in the midst of a life change that happened to you that was beyond your control. Give Wintergreen a try and let me know if it has helped!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SLEEP-The Silent Crisis



As caregivers and first-responders we have spent the last 20 years "losing sleep". From eight babies, to wailing toddlers, to teenagers, to night shifts, and call-outs, you name it, we've probably done it, MULTIPLE TIMES.

When I had the pleasure of hearing from Russell G. Foster, a  circadian neuroscientist at doTERRA convention in September I was truly blown away at how ignorant our society is in regards to what sleep actually is and why it's so important to get a good night's rest.

Be sure to check out several of his TED talks. He really opens your eyes to the utmost importance of our body's need for REST. I mean,even God, himself, rested after all that creating! Shouldn't we follow suit too?

The following are some of the high lights I came away with after hearing Russell speak.

If you are lucky enough to be married 60 years to the same partner, did you know you weren't really married 60 years? You actually spent 21.5 years of your marriage ASLEEP! So Happy 38.5th Anniversary!

We live in a 24 hour circadian rhythm, we cannot escape it despite the innovation of the light bulb which has been robbing us since the moment we adopted artificial light into our societies.

Here is a list of the body's processes that are affected by our circadian rhtyms.

  • mood
  • core body temperature
  • urine production
  • growth hormone
  • blood pressure
  • alertness
  • melatonin production
  • cortisol production

Here are a few important things the body does at rest we all ought to consider:

  • Processes info 
  • Processes emotions
  • Develops memories
  • Regulates growth and repair
  • Removes waste
  • Rebuilds metabolism
  • Replaces energy reserves

Scientists are discovering more about the amazing structure of our eyes including new studies on vision ad brightness cells that play a crucial role in overcoming "jet lag" and regulating sleep patterns.

It has been discovered that mental illness and sleep disruption share overlapping pathways in the brain.  

We NEED to make sleep a priority!

So what can we do? If sleep is so important and you are like us in care-giver or first-responder roles, sleep can feel like "a waste of time" and lead us to feel a bit selfish for requiring more rest when we actually feel tired. But we need to make sleep a priority.

Here are a few tips that Russell Foster recommends:

  • Remove distractions (no cell phones)
  • Keep your room dark, not too warm
  • Have a good mattress
  • Don't lay in bed frustrated
  • Create a relaxing routine (hint: fill your diffuser!)
  • Address snoring issues (hint: talk to your doctor)
  • Prepare for sleep (hint: use your favorite oils, pray)
  • Minimize light exposure 30 min. prior to bedtime
  • Keep meals regular
  • Avoid caffeine ad alcohol
  • Exercise, but early in the day
  • Avoid napping-no longer than 20 minutes

Nicole Stevens, MS, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing and a Master’s degree in Botany and Integrative Biology from Brigham Young University. She followed up Russell's presentation with a brand new sleep study being released utilizing two new products available now by doTERRA, Serenity updated and Serenity Softgels.

In all their concluding findings in a nutshell, those who participated in this scientific study who had difficulty with sleep all reported better sleep after taking Serenity Softgels! 

"doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex is a unique combination of Lavender essential oil and natural plant extracts in a vegetarian softgel to help you get the refreshing sleep you need without leaving you feeling groggy and sleepy the next day.* doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex combines the well-researched, relaxing benefits of Lavender essential oil and L-Theanine along with lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile to gently promote relaxation and sleep.*"-doTERRA blog

We are excited to try this new product in our sleep routine as we endeavor to make sleep a priority in our home!

Want to try it too?

*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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

What Is a Wholesale Customer?


We are so glad to have you aboard with us as a wholesale customer!

What? You aren't a Wholesale Customer yet?

As a Wholesale Customer or (WC), you have all the same access to wholesale prices as a Wellness Advocate (one who purchases their products wholesale but who also shares and sells essential oils). You are however, under no obligation to SELL essential oils. You will NEVER be pressured to sell, EVER!

Here are the details on the differences between a Wholesale Customer and a Wellness Advocate. 


If you ever find you desire to share these oils like we did, we are here to help!

Thank you, but I only am interested in being Wholesale Customer.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

How To Get Started with Essential Oils

So you think you're ready
 to step outside of the box 
and jump into essential oils?

But where do you get the BEST AND Most Cost-Effective oils?

There are so many options out there to purchase essential oils. Every week it seems a new essential oil company is vying for my business. 

What Company Do I Use and Trust?

Only doTERRA!

You are in good hands here, and you can trust you are making the right decision! When I was first introduced to essential oils after the birth of my seventh child I didn't have a CLUE the POWER and FREEDOM that I held right there in the palm of my hand. I had dabbled a bit in off the shelf essential oils, like lavender and tea tree oil, but NOTHING compared to the quality of doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils!

I now had the power to take back my home health care into my own hands and the freedom to choose how I would best take care of my family with the most tested, most trusted, natural products available on the market.

The culture of doTERRA is incredible. I've spent time with top leaders, and their integrity and heart to serve others is astounding. I'm proud to be associated with them.

(Can you find me here with my baby in my front pack?)

DoTERRA is always looking for ways to give back to the farmers and people who help grow and supply our oils. They call it "co-impact sourcing" and have a special non-profit program called "Healing Hands Foundation" where all proceeds go to help fund projects around the globe including building schools, gaining access to fresh drinking water to villages and their newest announced project, a partnership with Operation Underground Railroad. If I am going to work with a company, it is extremely important to me that they have a global view and are dedicated to the people who work so hard to supply us with these life-changing oils. Giving back is important to me. It should be important to you too. When you get your wholesale membership kit you are joining this global impact to change lives, one drop at a time!

Each batch of doTERRA essential oil undergoes seven different testing procedures by a third-party laboratory, and surpasses USDA organic standards. Coming soon we will be able to actually track EVERY bottle by entering its batch number into a special website. I just love how doTERRA is constantly improving the way we can be ever certain that the oils and products we are buying are the purest on the planet, so safe to use on my smallest family members and pets too!

The products are AMAZING and I hear or read testimonies from people ALL THE TIME on how they have worked to support their health needs!


I LOVE bundles! DoTERRA bundles the top ten most popular oils and WAIVES your $35 membership fee! All three of these top selling bundled kits contain:

1. Wholesale Membership (giving you 25%-55% savings on future orders)
2. NO obligation to purchase monthly or sell
3. Welcome Pack from us (Mike and Jen)
4. FREE 30-Minute Phone Consult with a knowledgable team mentor

5. Exclusive training & access to support. You can expect multiple-levels of support from our team so you can use your oils with confidence. (These are exclusive to wholesale members on Mike and Jen's team.)

Family Essentials Kit


  • 5 mL bottles of: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue blend, Breathe blend, DigestZen blend, On Guard blend
  • On Guard Beadlets
  • Peppermint Beadlets

Home Essentials Kit


  • 15 mL bottles of: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano, Peppermint, Breathe blend, DigestZen blend, On Guard blend
  • 5 mL bottle of Deep Blue Soothing Blend
  • Full-Size Petal Diffuser

Natural Solutions Kit

  • 15 mL bottles of: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Slim & Sassy blend, Lemongrass, On Guard blend, Citrus Bliss blend
  • 10 mL roller bottles of: PastTense blend and ClaryCalm blend
  • 5 mL bottles of: Frankincense, Melaleuca, Oregano, DigestZen blend, Purify blend, AromaTouch blend, Serenity blend, Breathe blend, Balance blend
  • On Guard Product Line: On Guard Toothpaste, On Guard Beadlets, On Guard Foaming Hand Wash & Dispensers
  • Lifelong Vitality Supplement Set & Terrazyme Enzyme
  • HD Clear Foaming Face Wash, Deep Blue Muscle Rub, Breathe Vapor Stick, Correct-X Ointment
  • AromaLite Diffuser, Fractionated Coconut Oil, & Wooden Storage Box


What's the difference between 'wholesale customer' and 'wellness advocate'?

A Wholesale Customer is someone who enjoys full wholesale pricing (25% off), their own account dashboard, and all the perks and free products possibilities that come with being a doTERRA member. However, a wholesale customer can NOT receive compensation or commissions for sharing doTERRA products with others.

A Wellness Advocate has the same discount and perks as a wholesale customer. The difference is that a Wellness Advocate has the possibility of sharing oils with others and earning an income. 

One is not necessarily better than the other, it just depends on what you are interested in. If you are not sure, I suggest starting as a Wholesale Customer, as you can always upgrade (for FREE!) to a Wellness Advocate later.

What if I want to start with other products?

The wholesale membership (like a Sam’s Club or BJ's or Costco) is $35 on its own, and then you are free to order whatever individual oils or products you’d like at wholesale prices. However, most people usually start with a kit because the membership fee is automatically included and the kits save you even more than wholesale pricing alone.

Do I have to order every month to keep my wholesale account?

Absolutely not.
As a wholesale member, you can order as little, or as much, as you like. However, if you do plan on ordering frequently, be sure to check out the Loyalty Rewards program. It’s basically a “frequent flyer” program that gives you free oils every time you place a monthly order and there are a couple of products that are bundled for savings that can only be purchased in the "LRP" program.

If I sign up with a wholesale account, do I have to sell the oils?

If you want the option to create an income for your family we are here to help, but you are free to choose how you want to use your wholesale account. We will never pester you to sell oils!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Congratulations On Becoming A Wellness Advocate!

Congratulations on joining our fast growing team as a Wellness Advocate!

 Now that you have a Wellness Advocate account number  and your kit is on its way, many of you are probably wondering what the next step is. And, if you want to share these essential oils and are considering building a business, it can be hard to know what to do first. To make this early season in doTERRA a little easier, I have a few tips and suggestions that may help.

1. Order a Modern Essentials book! You can find this at or Amazon. The newest 8th edition was just released in September 2016. It is compliant and up to date with all the newly released products coming out!

2. Once your kit arrives, read the Living, Sharing, and Building brochures in your Introductory Packet in your first few days. This way, you continue the research you started before you joined doTERRA. Reading all three brochures can help you learn the doTERRA language, as well as how to share the oils and how to build. 

3. Use your oils! Keep trying and experimenting with them! Your experiences and testimonies are the keys to why doTERRA chose the MLM method to sell these oils! YOUR opinion matters! Incorporate the oils and products into every area of your life; morning routine, cleaning, vitamins/supplements, cooking with essential oils, relaxation, bedtime routine, etc!

4. Get in touch with your mentor! I will contact you via email. Then the two of us can determine how you best want to proceed with your daily/weekly goals!

5. Launch! Get your first class on your calendar! I will teach your first class while you watch, then you will teach your second class while I help you! Soon you will be on your way leading others to experience the life-changing benefits of these essential oils! 

6. If you want to build a team and really make an impact in the lives of others, talk about the business opportunity with other people. You don’t have to pressure anyone into doing the business, just let them know that the option is available. It will be impossible to find someone to do the business with you if you never tell anyone that it exists. If you feel hesitant at first, simply mention something small at the end of every class. Why keep this amazing business opportunity to yourself?! There are so many people who need to know they have opportunities waiting for them! You make some amazing friends along the way too!

8. Join the larger team training under our Platinum leader Spring Gouette! I am so excited about this!
Simply go to our team web page . It is a password protected site. (Message me for the password.)
(If you need more help, visit our doTERRA Business Lingo post)
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doTERRA offers product through a yearly wholesale membership. For a low membership fee of $35.00, a Wellness Advocate will be able to purchase products at wholesale prices 25 percent below retail. 

After becoming a Wellness Advocate, the yearly renewal fee for a wholesale membership is $25.00. This renewal fee comes with a free bottle of Peppermint, one of the most popular oils doTERRA offers, a retail value of $27.33.

(Please refer to our Opportunities and Income Disclosure Statement)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bodies, Bellies, and Brains: The Keys to Building Great Kids!

When I was a young mom and busy running a family child care while raising two very active little boys of my own I would often struggle with meal preparation. 
(This is my Apple Fritter French Toast)

It was so exhausting each night after I closed my child care to think about making another meal that was both tasty and healthy. I had several friends whose children wrestled with ADD/ADHD. In the late 1990's it became a huge deal that kids who wouldn't sit still needed to be evaluated for this disorder and go on prescription drugs so they could function in school. My own boys were very active and I noticed significant changes in their behavior after sweets. I always blamed the sugar and food dyes because there was no way I was going to let a public school tell me my kid needed drugs to sit still. Homeschooling proved to be the very best decision for my very active little third grader and has been our preferred method for schooling the rest of our children so far as well.
(Art class in our home)
One day it hit me though. I sat down and calculated how many meals I was going to be required to come up with in order to grow these precious boys into men. Roughly 19,710 meals! I realized I needed to make every meal count as I wasn't just satisfying hunger but actually building my children's bodies so they could be healthy adults. That decision transformed the way I looked at meal times forevermore. Now I'm not saying I don't still struggle with meal times now that we've added five more children to the home and that we don't grab an occasional pizza because it's easy, but I try to make nutrition a priority in our home.

When I came across this article on "Is Your Son's brain Starving?"
it reminded me of the day I sat down and figured out how many meals I was expected to prepare over the 18 years of each one of my kids. Based on Dianne Craft's suggestions children with behavior issues is only a symptom of an underlying health issue, usually related to food and not consuming enough healthy fats.
Thanks to me starting the Trim Healthy Mama diet last Spring of 2014 it has helped me to see how to increase good fats like coconut oil and real butter into my own diet but more importantly into my children's diets as well.

Dianne Craft has created a 2 CD set on The Biology of Behavior where she gives suggested supplements and doses while exploring the causes of behaviors and attention problems in children. 

Nutrition really is the cornerstone of our health and the health of our children. 

Are you starving your kid's brain today? Why not look into his fat, protein, and healthy carb intake and consider a quality children's vitamin and Omega 3 supplement. I believe it is an insurance to good health especially when we are on the go and don't always get the proper nutrition our kids' growing bodies need.

We are so excited to have found three amazing products made JUST FOR KIDS to help them build strong bodies, bellies, and minds. 
The first is the children's multivitamin, also known as "a2z".
I am happy to announce that it now comes in TWO flavors, strawberry AND WATERMELON!! Both come with that special smile stamped on them. :) My kids ask for "those smiley vitamins".
They taste so good my kids always want more than the recommended dose, but PLEASE DO NOT DO THAT! The bottle warns:
"Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately."

This complete multivitamin does not contain gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, or nut products.
What it does contain though will amaze you! I promise you you won't find anything like this comparable on the shelf at Wal-mart!

From their product page:

*Safe for children 4 years of age and older and adults who prefer a  chewable to capsules
*Easy to chew
*Great strawberry flavor (NOW WATERMELON!!!)
*No high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors
*Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness
*Formulated with doTERRA’s proprietary Alpha CRS+® Blend
A balanced blend of essential vitamins including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and a cellular energy complex of B vitamins*

Includes a blend of bioavailable minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese

The really cool thing about these vitamins is that they are meant to work alongside a second amazing product: IQ mega
DoTERRA does a fantastic job taking that "fishy smell" out of this product and providing a wonderful Wild Orange flavoring. I like to hide this in smoothies the best for my pickier children. I also put it in peanut butter for a yummy twist. My kids don't even know it is actually GOOD FOR THEM! :)

From the product page:

Promotes cardiovascular health*
Supports healthy joint function and comfort*
Provides important modulating nutrients for healthy immune function*
Protects against lipid oxidation and supports healthy function of the brain*
Promotes healthy skin*
Delivers 1,000 mg of pure, concentrated, molecularly-filtered, and completely deodorized marine lipids with 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg of DHA per daily serving
Formulated with doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Wild Orange essential oil
Specifically formulated to use daily with doTERRA a2z Chewable™ as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness 

*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.

Lastly, is the newest, most exciting product just being released in October! Introducing...
I can't even begin to tell you HOW AMAZING THIS PRODUCT IS!!!! All I can say is it tastes like a "Pixy Stix" and YOU may want to eat them yourself! (But that won't be a problem since they are formulated to be used by adults too! So you're good!)

From the product page:

Provides 5 billion live cells of 6 strains of friendly flora selected for both their unique stability at room temperature as well as their remarkable ability to survive the harsh extremes of acidity, alkalinity, and digestive enzymes in the digestive system
Includes prebiotic FOS to help sustain a healthy balance of beneficial friendly flora*
Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of nutrients*
Probiotic administration during childhood offers a means of promoting healthy microflora balance and favorably supporting immune and gastrointestinal system function*
Probiotic consumption during childhood has established health benefits and may support long-term well-being*
Maintaining a healthy GI tract is also important for healthy brain and nervous system function*
Promotes healthy lung and respiratory tract function*
Contributes to an internal balance and support for the health of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract, as well as the female reproductive system*

My oldest daughter has suffered with a variety of health problems including cavities, tummy trouble, and a non-cancerous growth removed from her neck near her thyroid. I have been PRAYING for a product that will help her to grow into a strong, healthy young woman, and I think I found it! She ACTUALLY LOVES IT! 

Here are my kids after they just tried their first Pixy Stix, eh hem, I mean PB Assist Jr. Stick:


I know you are going to want to know how to get these for your kids too! But you can't just go buy these off the shelf at any store. You can, however, get your own store! Want to learn more? It's called a doTERRA Wholesale account! That's right! These probiotic sticks can be yours every month, shipped right to your door at a fraction of the retail cost! I'll show you how! It's super easy and FAST!