It’s Allume’s 6th Year! Plus Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway!

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Six years, friends. SIX years.

It’s hard to believe it’s already in its sixth year. Allume, formerly Relevant, was born out of a desire to see kindred spirits connect in person, grow in faith and skill, and have some fun. It’s been a great ride.

And that ride continues this October. Although I’m no longer at the helm, I’ll be there handing out 6 second hugs and speaking on how not to grow weary in your Kingdom work. I can’t wait!

What Can You Expect From Allume?

If you are looking for a warm and welcoming place to meet with bloggers from all over the U.S. (and even the world) to learn about storytelling, effective writing, monetizing your blog, diversity in the blog and social media space, avoiding comparison, and all sorts of topics related to this crazy blogging thing we do, COME! If you aren’t a blogger, STILL COME! My dear friend Amy came last year and was able to connect with an agent for a book that’s been on her heart for awhile. She has no blog, no Facebook, no Twitter. Allume is like that, it’s just friends getting together learning and growing and deepening our faith. It’s a wonderful, beautiful time.

I really hope you can join me there!

“Our goal at Allume is to minister to the woman, the blogger, the story teller. We want to love well, encourage, and spur women on to shine the Light that lives within them. We want to serve you in ways that cultivate the Light of Christ in you, help you expand your influence, use your influence well (in your home, your community, or around the world) and encourage you with stories of those who are living out that Light.”

Check out the Speakers HERE!

Ticket Giveaway and Discount Code!

Want to book your ticket (sure you do!)? Go HERE to get $25 off by using code: sarahmae (This code is ONLY good until this Wed at 9pm EST!)

(Make sure you book a hotel room before they’re gone!)

You can also enter below to WIN a ticket!!!! WOOT! This giveaway ends Tuesday, the 7th at 9pm EST! Good “luck”!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. The winner is Gayle Wright! Congrats!

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See you in October!

Love, SM

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The Day I Learned that Food is Not a Gift

~ savoring treats with my favorite people ~

For the first time in my life, I lost my sense of smell and taste.

It was the strangest thing not to be able to taste my morning coffee and bacon, or smell my children’s heads. At one point I tried to eat a banana, one of my favorite foods, only to be disgusted because apparently no taste and all texture makes bananas unbearable.

Food became pleasureless. I had no desire to eat anymore, except for the pure necessity of surviving. The silver lining, of course, was that since I couldn’t taste, I didn’t overeat, and I could drink green tea without any sugar or honey, and that has to be healthy. I even lost a few pounds.

Through my experience, I realized that food is not a gift. The taste of food is the gift, and the pleasure we receive from it.

Read the rest of this article on (in)courage today!

Love, SM

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Day 31 – WE ARE DONE! Plus, an Announcement! #31DaysToClean


We are done, done, DONE with the 31 Days to Clean challenge (that took WAY more than 31 days)! :)

Whew! My house is pretty clean, and it is certainly more organized!

Now that we are done, I have a little announcement…

Remember when I told you that 31 Days to Clean would also be available in a paperback, and then it wasn’t. And remember WAY back when I signed a contract with Tyndale to publish 31 Days to Clean and then it never happened? Some background: In 2012 I signed a contract with Tyndale to publish 31 Days to Clean. But as I was working on it, I just felt like it wasn’t something I was ready to publish. I think my exact words were something like, “It will kill my soul if I have to talk about write and talk cleaning, can I please write something different?” Drama much? Obviously. Anyway, my gracious editors at Tyndale agreed to let me write something different, which I did, and which you will see soon. Fast forward to December 2014 and OH MY GOODNESS my home was out-of-control. I felt overwhelmed by it and I couldn’t seem to keep up with the housework. I decided then to revive 31 Days to Clean because I NEEDED IT. Hence, the revised version.

As I worked through the challenge for a second time, I realized that not only is this book important because it is helping women practically, but the soul aspect of the book is important because it leads women towards freedom, identity, and peace. I have actually come to love the book. So instead of publishing it in paperback form, I went back to Tyndale and asked them if they would still be willing to publish it. THEY SAID YES.

So here’s what’s going to happen: I am going to pull it from Amazon tomorrow (April 1st). Then I am going to work more on the challenges, deepening the Mary challenges and making the Martha challenges more doable for the everyday woman. I am excited about this because I am not only revising it (again) for you, but for me; it has to make sense for the woman who doesn’t spend all day cleaning (and doesn’t want to).

Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul is set to hit shelves April 2016.

I am so excited about this project and can’t wait to have it in your hands. FINALLY.

Thank you all who have been a part of the journey; it is you who have made this little book so successful.

Now…back to work! ;)

(And by back to work I mean back to bed because I am STILL sick and so is my sweet Caroline.)

Love, SM

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Day 30 – Project Day! #31DaysToClean


I have not finished the laundry room. Or the kitchen cabinets, because SICKNESS. But I’m feeling a bit better and am going to give it a go since today is project day (or, you know, catch-up day)! I especially want to finish because I have some news for you all on Monday! ;) Come back then…

After Pics!

The after pics of the laundry room are HERE! :)

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

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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 ( 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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