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Essential Oils Every Home Needs: Panaway!
Jocie | July 2, 2014

Sometimes I love my essential oils so much it’s hard to pick a favorite! But, Young Living makes it easy and puts all the most used (and loved oils) into an easy to use, affordable package – the Premium Starter Kit. I teamed up with a few of my blogger buds to introduce you to them all!! Plus, we’re giving away every oil in the kit. That’s right, you can visit each blog to learn more about each oil and enter to win each of the 11 amazing oils in the Premium Starter Kit! Panaway Panaway? Yup. Think of it like “Pain... 

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Giveaway & 50 Easy Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils!
Jocie | June 18, 2014
Giveaway & 50 Easy Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils!

First things first, we have an AMAZING giveaway for you all! Whether you have your Young Living Premium Starter Kit or just starting to learn about essential oils, this is the giveaway for you. But first, me and some bloggers teamed up to give you 50 easy ways to use Young Living Essential Oils and SAVE MONEY in the process!50 Ways to Use your YL Essential Oils! There are so many ways to use your oils, and often it ends up being cheaper than the mainstream, store bought method. And I don’t know about your family, but our Young... 

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All Natural Sunburn Relief: After Sun Spray
Jocie | June 16, 2014
All Natural Sunburn Relief: After Sun Spray

As I get older, I become one big freckle in the summer, but honestly, I don’t burn as much as I used to. However every once in awhile I do burn pretty bad. Usually, at the beginning on the summer. But then, there’s my red-headed, fair skinned daughter, Izzie. She burns. Super easy. Even with constant re-application of SPF 50. Now we have found our new favorite all natural, sunburn relief remedy – DIY After Sun Spray with Essential Oils!It wasn’t my idea to start with. Last month, Young Living’s monthly promotion... 

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Easy Bug Repellent with Essential Oils!
Jocie | June 11, 2014
Easy Bug Repellent with Essential Oils!

You know who loves me? More than anyone else? BUGS. They love me LOTS. We’re outside a lot in the spring and summer with the kids and after 5 minutes and OTC bug spray, I am covered in bug bites. Big ones. Meanwhile, Ethan, who is sitting right next to me is bug-free, living the good life. Last summer I stopped going outside sometimes because I was so miserable. Because you know its not just the momentary bite, its the itching and subsequent scratching until they bleed in the middle of the night. Now, I really hate bug, and bug... 

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Just Call Me Clark Kent: A Sponsored Post
Jocie | June 3, 2014
Just Call Me Clark Kent: A Sponsored Post

Kim and I received free glasses in exchange for this post but opinions and thoughts are 100% mine…as if anyone could shut me up. lol.I know you don’t see many pix of me on the blog. Usually that’s because I’m behind the camera. But the pictures you do see, I am wearing contacts. I try to pretty myself up, put on a little makeup, maybe even shower if I’m going to have my picture taken, let alone put on the blog. The reality is, that I don’t love wearing contacts and 90% of the time I wear glasses! Who... 

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Joining the Cool Kids: Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!
Jocie | May 28, 2014
Joining the Cool Kids:  Painted Mason Jars with Flowers!

This post on Painted Mason Jars with Flowers originally ran on July 2013 but still remains one of my favorite mantel pieces. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out my other DIY stuff! I know, I know, all the cool kids are doing painted mason jars with flowers these days. So I didn’t create anything original, but I do love them and wanted to share them with you.I was inspired by Linda from It All Started With Paint - she paints mason jars with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, then distresses them. Talk about fabulous! If you don’t... 

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{Healthier} Iced Lemon Pound Cake
Jocie | May 20, 2014
{Healthier} Iced Lemon Pound Cake

One of my favorite desserts to bake for company is Iced Lemon Pound Cake! I made my version last week for my first Essential Oils 101 class, using Young Living Essential Oil. It was a huge hit! The girls were a bit sad I didn’t bring any home for them, so I had to make a second cake the next day for the family.I adapted the recipe from one of my absolute favorite food guru bloggers, Ann from On Sutton Place. Everything she bakes is just amazing! Her Starbuck’s knock-off Lemon Loaf is my favorite, but I made a few changes... 

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$5 Spray Paint Scooter Makeover!
Jocie | May 6, 2014
$5 Spray Paint Scooter Makeover!

Izzie recently used her allowance money to buy a razor scooter from an old co-worker on mine, after which Lucy was very sad she didn’t have a new scooter too! In all fairness, Lucy’s scooter was pretty old and beat up. It was Izzie’s first and spent the Spring, Summer, and Fall sitting in our yard. Can you tell it used to be a princess scooter?I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? The scooter certainly couldn’t look any worse. I started by taping off the wheels and handles with painter’s... 

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The Mother of All Giveaways!!
Jocie | May 5, 2014
The Mother of All Giveaways!!

Mother’s Day is coming up and to celebrate, me and a few bloggy friends are having the mother of all giveaways! You don’t have to be a mom to enter or even give it to your mother for a gift. And who wouldn’t love a $350 gift card to Amazon?What will you buy? Will you keet it? Give it away? Personally, I have a mental list of things that I would love to buy: an industrial mixer, a new iPhone Speck case, a gold watch, some glass bottles for my YL Essential Oils. I could go on forever, given its a guilt-free shopping spree. Although... 

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Vintage Shaving Kit for Men!
Jocie | April 29, 2014
Vintage Shaving Kit for Men!

This is my post but really, it’s Ethan’s baby! Several months ago, he started researching shaving with an double-edged safety razor. From there and a little help from me, it snow balled into the perfect vintage shaving kit for men.A Good Way to Shave a Buck Ethan, like me, hates spending a crazy amount of money on disposable blades, but there aren’t lots of cheaper alternatives out there, especially if you want a good shave. Ethan was using the Gillette Mach3, which costs about $25 for 10 blades…that seriously... 

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