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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Organize Winter Gear

Well, it's that time of year again, the weather is changing and summer has given way to fall.  Whether you're ready or not, it's time to start digging out those hats, mittens and scarves to chase away the chills.

Today, I'm guest posting over at the Stay At Home Mom's Survival Guide where I share my tips on How to Organize Your Winter Gear!



Monday, October 3, 2016

Young Living's October Promos for Canada

It's the first year that I've really been excited about the upcoming holiday season because of essential oils.  Already, my Facebook feed is full of great recipes for spicy fall drinks and diffuser blends that will have your house smelling like pumpkin pie or falling leaves.  I can't wait to try a few.

I also look forward to the end of each month for the next month's promos.  One of the things that I appreciate most about Young Living is that they give you freebies just for ordering products you were already going to order.  You also have an opportunity to earn a percentage back on what you spent as credits towards a future order.

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living's Essential Oils, please check out my page here or send me an email and I'll be happy to answer your questions.  


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

4 Weeks of Homeschooling

I can't believe it's already been 4 weeks since we've started homeschooling.  What else can't I believe?  How easily the kids have taken to it. I'm not going to lie and say it's been all sunshine and roses or unicorns and rainbows but it's definitely been smoother than I would have thought.

The kids sleep in until 8:00 a.m. at which point I turn their lights on and tell them to start getting up and usually they do get up fairly quickly.  My oldest (she's 13) is still struggling with this but since we've instituted the "you'll be grounded from screen time" if I have to ask you more than once, is much more motivated in getting out of bed.  By 9:00 a.m. they've breakfasted and are ready to start. That's a far cry from the days where I was up before 7:00 a.m. and nagging them from 7:15 to 7:45 to get up and then rush around trying to get them ready to leave for school.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our New Adventure in Homeschooling

This year we have decided to home school our three children for grades 4, 6 and 8.  There are numerous reasons as to why we made the decision to home school but it really came down to the belief that we didn't think our children were thriving in the regular school system.

Many of you have read my posts about my daughter on the spectrum and how difficult that has been for her both socially and academically.  However, even my other two children who don't have any particular special needs weren't really thriving at school.   It is our hope and desire that we can help our children not only realize their potential but also to provide them a less stressful environment for learning.

Having said that, I can honestly say it's been a little difficult watching all our friends' children head back to school.  I still receive highlights from our old school's Facebook page and it's with a small pang that I watched the flag raising ceremony and see all the faces that I have been used to seeing over the past 4 years.

What I didn't miss was the frantic scrambling for shoes, backpacks and uniforms the last few weeks of summer.  Or the money spent.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Stress Away Essential Oil

Have you heard about Essential Oils?  I had been reading Facebook posts for months about them before I finally decided to cave and buy a Premium Starter Kit through Young Living.

What attracted me to the use of oils was reading about their use with children who have ADHD and/or Autism and how using oils may help these children focus and even calm down.  When you have a child who struggles with either of these issues, you tend to grasp for anything that might help.

At first, I was completely overwhelmed and unsure exactly what to do with the premium starter kit.  If you've googled or been on Pinterest, you will know what I am talking about when I say there is a plethora of information on essential oils out there. Fortunately, I received a quick reference guide with my oils and I was soon diffusing citrus oils throughout the house.  The kids were cautious, they liked it but not completely.  I even found my son hiding the little dish of purification oil I had stashed in the bathroom because he wasn't crazy about the smell.

Young Living Essential Oils - Starter Kit

I have been using essential oils for a while now.

So why Young Living? 

First - their Seed to Seal Quality Commitment!

Education and Support

When you become a Young Living member, you get a whole team of people who will guide you and support you at no extra costs.  It's through education and support that Young Living promotes whole-body wellness which is why they offer extra layers of support to current members through private groups and an e-course you receive once you sign up for your wholesale membership.

Whole Sale Pricing

You can save 24-44% off retail pricing on Young Living products.  You can also save even more money with exclusive specials and promotions every month.

Essential Rewards

As a member, you are eligible to enroll in the Essential Rewards program and earn as much as 20 % back from each order in Essential Rewards points.  These points can then be used like cash on some of your favorite products.

Exclusive Experiences 

You are welcome to show up at a Young Living farm anywhere in the world and experience their Seed to Seal process firsthand at farm harvests and planting.


A close-knit community of support.  In addition to your sponsor, the entire Young Living family is ready to assist you and encourage you in your journey. There are private Facebook groups for members as well as public groups for anyone wanting to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils.


Young living provides educational opportunities through annual conferences, events and newsletters to keep your informed.  Many seasoned essential oil users, run a variety of classes both in person and online through Facebook.  Contact me if you'd like more information on the latest upcoming classes.

To sum it up -  Essential Oils:

Are immune enhancing • Support the body’s natural defenses • Support the immune, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems • Aid in maintaining normal cellular regeneration• Are mood elevating• Are antiseptic (topical use only)• Are high in antioxidants• Are aromatic• Are oxygenating• Boost stamina and energy• Help you relax• Help manage stress and frustration• Help reduce the appearance of aging• Improve mental clarity• Promote overall health, vitality, and longevity• Support normal cellular function• Help with focus and concentration• Encourage proper nasal function• Support the lungs and sinuses

Premium Starter Kits

If you purchase the premium starter kit, this will enroll you as a wholesale member which will qualify you for the ongoing 24% discount.  Depending on which country you reside in there are different options for the starter kids.  In Canada, we are offered the Thieves Premium Starter kit with diffuser or the 11 Essential Oils with and Diffuser.

In addition to receiving what's in the kit, you will also receive: 
  • Essential Oils Resource Guide
  • a free introductory e-course covering essential oil basics
  • access to the Oily Tipsters Facebook Group for essential oil information and support
  • 99 Ways to Use your Starter Kit 
  • A personal wellness plan created by me. 
If you are thinking of purchasing a starter kit but have questions - send me an email zeemaid@gmail.com and let me know which is the best way to contact you. Let me know some of your wellness goals.   I'm happy to chat by email, Facebook, Facebook messenger or even text.

If you are ready to purchase a starter kit - Here's how

1.  Head over the Young Living page here and fill out your information.

2.  Be sure the "wholesale member" option is checked so that you don't end up paying retail prices.

3.  Be sure the "sponsor id" and "enroller id" say 3156589 (so I can send you your freebies!)

4.  Select which starter kit you want to get.  My recommendation is the Premium Starter Kit because there are oils there that you'll use every day and combined with a fantastic oil diffuser it's such a great deal.

5. Go through the check-out process and pick the kit right for you!

6. Leave a comment on this blog - letting me know you purchased the premium starter kit and I'll get in touch with you for more information to send out your freebies!

Does it all sound confusing and you  need help walking through the process?  I can do that too.  Just send me an email  zeemaid@gmail.com and we can set up a time to talk and go through the process.


Does signing up make me a "distributor"?

NO! You are not required to sell anything to anyone.  When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link you can share with friends and get credit for their purchases.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month? 

There are NO minimum monthly purchase requirements.  To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50.00 worth of purchases per YEAR to keep your membership.  But if there's a year that you don't make a $50.00 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50.00 order.

If you do find that you're making regular purchases every month, then Young Living has a rewards program called Essential Rewards where you can make a percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases.

How will I know which oils to use for what? 

One of the benefits of purchasing this starter kit through this website is that you'll be added to our private Facebook groups that's specifically for questions about essential oils.  Also the reference guide I will be sending you is an excellent resource.

Thank you so much for reading and please let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you!  Patricia (Zeemaid)

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

It's Been Three Years and It Still Hurts

It's been 3 years today since I lost my mother and yet I still have the tendency to refer to her in the present tense.  While my grief may not be as fresh or present every day, it certainly seems like it is never really that far away.  So many things that I have come from her.  Like clothes or teddy bears she sewed for the children, the little knick knacks and china cups and plates in my china cabinet, decorations she made for my wedding.

I was re-watching the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility yesterday evening and you may recall the scene where Marianne is lying at death's door and the doctor tells Elinor "prepare yourself".  As in prepare yourself for the worst.  This scene hit me especially hard as that was exactly what the doctor said to our family.  We fought those words and the thoughts of what that meant and hoped against hope for her recovery.  It was not to be.