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I Have a Sinus Infection So I’m Giving Away Essential Oils (A Whole Kit!)



This is me today. Blech.

And if it were more honest there would be tissues shoved up my nose.

So yea, I’m sick, with what seems to be a sinus infection. Basically this means that I CAN’T TASTE MY COFFEE AND BACON. Which is horrid.

I am hosting an event this weekend called, A Night to BreatheThe irony of the name is not lost on me right now. Clearly, I need to get better STAT so I called my sister-in-law the nurse and asked her to pray for me and give me tips to help the situation. She asked if I had any essential oils. I told her that my friend Michelle gave me a Doterra Physician kit but that I really wasn’t sure how to use it. She told me to put some On Guard on my neck and under my tongue (WHOA SPICEY GOOD THING I CAN’T TASTE). She also looked up a steaming remedy for me that I’ll put at the end of the post for all of you who are sick with colds/sinus infections.

I then called up my friend Michelle who gave me the oils and asked her help. She told me to take a about a quarter size of my coconut cooking oil and put one drop of Oregano in it and rub it on my feet. She said I’d smell like a pizza, but it would help me.

Can you tell I’m sick? This is the worst post ever, but it’s about to get good because I’M GIVING AWAY A DOTERRA PHYSICIAN KIT! And by “I’m” I mean my generous friend Michelle. She’s giving away the kit to one of you. :)




Relief for Those With a Cold or Sinus Infection

3 Tips from My Friend Michelle:

  1. Rub diluted DigestZen EO on sinus areas (cheeks, forehead and back of neck/base of skull) avoiding eye area. Be prepared to blow your nose!
  2. Add Breathe EO to a diffuser while you sleep or to a washcloth on the bottom of the tub while you shower and feel the vapors working! Works great for typical coughs or post-nasal drip.
  3. Dilute Lemon Oil and rub on chest, neck or feet to knock out mucous from seasonal irritants. This is great to use with little ones!

Dilution is simple! Just remember this “rule of thumb”: Your thumb, from closest joint to tip, is roughly one tsp in volume. To a “thumb-ful” of carrier, add 1 drop of EO for babies, elderly and sensitive people. Add 2 or 3 drops for adults. Want to learn more about dilution, carriers and EO safety? Join our FB education group!

Here’s the video my sister-in-law sent me:

And here’s more from Michelle…

If you’re brand new to essential oils, I would love to send you some to try! I have a limited amount to give away, so if you’re willing to try an oil and share your feedback, I’d love to partner with you! Click here to learn more.

Special Promotion!

My friend Michelle is not only giving away the Physician Kit, but anyone who gets started using essential oils with a Starter Kit in March will receive a 6-week EO training, 30-minute personal wellness consultation, and the Modern Essential Guide to EOs – an amazing resource for learning about EOs! Michelle has some other great deals that go along with the starter kit, so if you want to learn more just shoot her an email (eocrush@gmail.com) and she’ll tell you all about it with no pressure! If emailing feels too scary, just check out her essential oil FB group!


If you are dealing with colds and flu junk, and you want some relief, enter below to win a FREE Doterra Family Physician Kit! The kit includes a 5 mL bottle of:

  • lavender,
  • lemon,
  • peppermint,
  • melaleuca,
  • oregano,
  • frankincense,
  • Deep Blue®,
  • Breathe,
  • DigestZen® and
  • On Guard®

Giveaway is open to U.S. only, and the contest ends Friday night at 11:59pm, EST! Good “luck”!

The winner of the kit is Sandra Huizar!!!!!! WOOT!

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Here’s to quick healing!

Love, SM

P.S. Michelle said I had to add this:

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product. 

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Trying to Live True (Why I’m Giving Up My iPhone)


My kids were splashing and playing at the indoor pool at the rec center near my house.

I was sitting on a bench watching them, while also perusing through my iPhone, checking email, reading blogs, looking at Instagram, etc. And this thought kept surfacing, “What if someone recognizes me as the girl who wrote the unwired book, and here I am sitting on my iPhone while my kids play without me.”

I looked around.

When I went to the pool yesterday, I took a notebook and pen and convinced myself I’d use my time to write: I’d sketch out bits of life and notes and intersections on how I really want to live. I like making life-maps.

But I didn’t write, I got online, for pretty much the whole time. And there is nothing wrong with doing that, but for me, I felt…not true.

I knew I wasn’t just on my iPhone; I had to be on it. The pull was so great. And so I took my notebook and pen and I wrote a list of pros and cons for having an iPhone:


I can look up phone numbers (Internet)

I can get directions (Internet)

I can listen to podcasts/music/audiobooks wherever I am

I can use it in my house to play music/audiobooks over our Wi-Fi speaker

Voxer (I love this app)

Sharing life on Instagram


Constant pull to be online – check email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Always on it, even while driving

The pros list is longer, but the cons list is heavier.

I made some calls to find out if there was some device that I could use to listen to podcasts, music, and audiobooks without having a phone or Internet attached. The kind lady at the Apple store told me about the iPod Nano, which would do what I wanted, but would cost $149. I then called the Verizon store because I’m up for a free new phone in two weeks. I told her what I was looking for and she said I could get a cell phone (not a smart phone = no Internet) but I could keep my iPhone and use it without a data plan. In other words, I could still use the iPhone for podcasts, music, and audiobooks and use the Wi-Fi function in my home (since we have Wi-Fi) to play those things over our Wi-Fi speakers, but not have Internet or phone when I left my house. Perfect.

Come July 11th, I will be Internet free while out and about.

I will miss Voxer (Logan, how will you ever do without my morning songs?).

I will miss the easy access to phone numbers and directions.

I will miss Instagram.

I will miss a lot of things, I’m sure. I might even kick myself. But I’ve got to be authentic, and I’ve got to be free.

Many of you will read this and think, “Girl, why are you so drastic? Just use a little self-control! For the love!”

I hear you, I do. But I know myself and my weaknesses, and I would just rather be drastic in this case.

So it is.

Here’s to living true.

Love, SM

Have Cell Phones Taken Over Our Lives? Must watch:

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4 Ways to Forgive (When You Don’t Know What to Do With The Unfairness of it All)

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

Recap of the video:

Recently, I was wronged by someone, and I have been really having a hard time letting it go. The situation feels so unfair, and I have just felt so angry and lost as to how to deal with it. Last night I was up at midnight praying and asking God what to do with my feelings, with all the unfairness, and how to genuinely move on. Below are the thoughts that were impressed on my heart.

4 Ways to Forgive (When You Don’t Know What to Do With The Unfairness of it All)

1. Say to God, “Lord, I feel like this situation is so unfair and I feel so wronged and I don’t know what to do with it, but I trust that you do know what to do with it. You know me, you know them, and you see all the things I don’t. Plus, I know you love me and have my back (as well as their’s), so here you go God, it’s all yours.” In other words, trust God with the person and the situation.

2. Would you agree that life is hard? It is, and the fact is, nobody gets a free pass to skip the battle, not even the person who wronged you. When I remember that truth, that everyone is facing a hard battle, I can have compassion on the person who wronged me. Also? Think about all the times you have wronged someone. Yea, that helps me to be more compassionate as well.

3. Is there something I have done that I should ask forgiveness for with the person who wronged me? Ask it. And ask without expectation that you will be asked for forgiveness in return. Free and clear, ask genuinely (ask God to show you where you may have gone wrong/offended).

4. Choose to be a person of the light. The enemy wants nothing more than to keep you in the dark – seething, feeling vengeful, getting worked up, having major lack of peace – he wants you faraway from forgiveness, because forgiveness shines blindingly, beautifully bright.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that…” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes 

Love, SM

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Allume Pics! Oh, and that 31 Days thing…

With Jessica (Allume co-host)

With the hubs

With Christin

With @Claire

With the DaySpring crew (and other friends)

With Jessica, again

With Logan

With Darren Rowse (AKA Problogger)

With Crystal Paine and Sally Clarkson

With the hubs and other great friends


With Elizabeth and Trina

There was just so much goodness and beauty. Will post more soon. Oh, and about that 31 Days thing, clearly, did NOT count the cost. 


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Rejecting Second-Hand Living

“…significant figures in the life of faith were fashioned from the same clay as the rest of us…fan clubs encourage second hand living…scripture, however, doesn’t play that game. Something very different takes place in the life of faith: each person discovers all the elements of a unique and original adventure…each life is a fresh canvas…” Eugene Peterson, Run with the Horses

I used to morph into other people.

I hid myself behind a series of manufactured lives.

Being someone else, living out all the good and beautiful things I saw in them seemed better than the vision I had of myself. I was immature, never good enough, awkward, and sad. There was this cloud over me that showered me with lies. This “morphing” began when I met her.

I wanted to be vibrant and wise and mature, all of the things I figured I wasn’t; all of the things she was.

She was smart and alive and I had never met anyone like her. I hated her, but wanted to be her. For years I fought comparing myself to her.


Read the rest of my story here

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