An Evening for Freedom

18
Jun
2019

Freedom Dinners

Last Friday evening I attended an event that was simply, magical.

A group of about twenty five food lovers, purchased tickets for $75 to have dinner in the middle of an orchard with strangers.  As an introvert, and one who often struggles with small talk conversations, this was truly stepping outside my comfort zone.

I had begun following CiderPress Lane on Instagram, shortly after attending a women’s conference outside Seattle in May.  The organization, Rescue Freedom International was highlighted during that conference and I learned about how Kelly Welk, of CiderPress Lane, began hosting #freedomdinners in order to raise money for Rescue Freedom International.

I had it on my wishlist to attend one of these dinners, to see what it was all about and that wish came true last Friday!  A few last minute tickets were released and I grabbed one!

freedom dinners
One Dinner at a Time

As I sat next to Kelly that evening, she shared the story of how she was deeply touched to learn about the human trafficking industry over five years ago.  She had a desire to do something, and she had this ‘crazy‘ idea to host guests at her home ‘potluck style’, where those in her community would donate their services and food items, charge a ticket price for those dining and donate 100% of the proceeds to Rescue Freedom International.

Since that first dinner 5 years ago she has hosted over 500 people and donated over $35,000.

That my friends, is the power of making one small change and stepping out to do what you can.

My mind was blown away by her heart, her desire, her vision and how she has overcome obstacles to see lives changed.  This is the power of people giving what they can, and using their God given gifts for good.

It’s About Community

Here is the key piece to her vision that I want to make sure you pick up here. These dinners are not about one person doing it all, they are about everyone doing what they do best.   Everyone using their gifts and talents in a way to collaborate to create the most beautiful piece of art.

“When we invite people to help in a way that they love creating, we give them a place to connect their heart to purpose.”  Kelly Welk

The evening was simply relaxing, invigorating, full of wonderful conversation and inspiring.   I have been given a vision of how I could start these #freedom dinners in my own area – to use what I have to make a difference!

Kelly has step-by-step instructions on how you can host your own dinner.  And she has a beautiful cookbook, Dinner Changes Everything with wonderful set menus, recipes and instructions as well, I picked up my own copy and had it signed by Kelly!!

I am currently making a list of friends to invite over so I can practice making some of the recipes in Kelly’s book, as well as sharing this vision.  How incredible to create community alongside an urgent need to make a difference in the lives of others?

So how can you make a difference?  If it’s not dinner, perhaps it’s another fun gathering where you can invite people together.  A dessert buffet?  An appetizer evening?  A Saturday brunch?

The possibilities are endless my friend, just say yes!

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

28
May
2019

A few years back I truly discovered the danger of chemicals in all our household cleaners. As someone who is in remission from an autoimmune disease, I need to be very aware of what I am coming into contact with in my home.

I’ve spent years educating myself about what we expose our bodies to on a daily basis…from what we ingest, to what we apply topically on our bodies, to what we inhale, and also what we come in contact with in our surroundings.

Because of my wellness journey, I’ve made chemical-filled cleaners a part of my past, and I am forever grateful!

When I discovered Thieves Household Cleaner, I was simply amazed. Did you know you can replace ALL the cleaners in your home with this PLANT-based cleaner—safe for everyone in your house, including little ones and furry friends. It’s a 100% plant- and mineral-based ingredient cleaner and will clean any surface in your home.

Not only is it safe to use, but it is cost-effective too. This concentrated cleaner can be diluted for an all-purpose cleaner at just $0.67 a bottle. I have several spray bottles mixed up in different ratios for different cleaning jobs. It’s so simple!

Learn more about dilution ratios and everyday household applications here. (link to other blog article)

No more having 152 bottles of cleaners under my kitchen and bathroom sink. Safe, simple, and perfect for a minimalist lifestyle.

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE.

Thieves Household Cleaner Recipes

Here are some of my favorite DIY Thieves Household Cleaner recipes I like to use in my home.

Scrubbing Soft Scrub Cleaner 

You can use your Thieves cleaner to make a heavy-duty Thieves scrub to get off hard stains.

Natural Soft Scrub cleaner

DIY All Natural Whitening Bleach

When life gives you lemons, you make an all-natural whitener. Skip the harsh chemicals and make this safe and effective whitener. Use it in your laundry, the bathtub, and any other surface that needs a little brightening.

All Natural Whitening Bleach

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Many of us have hardwood floors and need to keep all the outside stuff we track in cleaned off. I love to walk around barefoot, but not if I have to be worried about my feet absorbing toxins from the cleaner I am using. I love this simple way to clean all my floors!

hardwood floor cleaner with thieves

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

No more streaks!! HOORAY!!! I love using easy-to-use toxin-free mixture.

All Natural Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Laundry Stain Prespot

Ever have nasty laundry stains and not sure what to do? This is a fool-proof stain remover!!

 

Which recipe are you excited to try?

Do you need to get your own Thieves Household Cleaner?

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE

You can get started with Young Living right now, and get this valuable cleaner for a 24% discount!

Let today be your day to step into a new wellness journey!!!

 

Learn the basics about how to use Essential Oils in a short 3 day text series, delivered right to your phone. I would love to answer any questions you have.

Text INFO to  360-712-7206

Cleaning with Thieves Household Cleaner

24
May
2019

Thieves household cleaner

One of the number one things we ALL use for a clean home is household cleaner.

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization focused on environment and public health, recently came out with their Cleaners Hall of Shame list. The list includes common products you use to clean your home every day. These products contain ingredients containing carcinogens, asthma instigators, and poisons, which mean some sparkly cleaners might come at a high price to your health.

Most Cleaners contain Endocrine Disruptors 

Many cleaners contain phthalates, which interfere with hormones and are known carcinogens.

And there have been very little resources devoted to evaluating the effects of these nasty toxins to the brain, nervous system, and other organs. Imagine what they might find when they do!

I know I don’t want that in my home, do you?

All Natural Cleaner Option

If you want to detoxify your home of chemical cleaners, toss those Hall of Shame products and replace them with just one cleaner—Thieves Household Cleaner by Young Living. It is an all-natural, all-purpose, nontoxic cleaner made with the powerful Thieves essential oil blend.

It does NOT contain those big bad phthalates.

Instead of phthalates, it contains two different sulfates that are derived from coconut oil and sugar. These all-natural and safe sulfates are considered surfactants, which contain a molecule that loves water and a molecule that hates water. That means the Thieves Household Cleaner sticks to the surface and grabs the oil and then washes away easily with water.

Considered an all-purpose cleaner, it can be used on many different surfaces: counters, bathrooms, floors, toys, clothes, carpet, mirrors, windows, and more. Spot check a small area before you use your Thieves cleaner on a new surface.

Cost Effective

This cleaner is also insanely cost-effective. It is highly concentrated, so you only need about a capful of this all-purpose cleaner in about one cup of water. With this ratio, one small bottle will yield you about twenty-nine 16-oz spray bottles of safe, all-purpose cleaner. That means it’s under $1 for one spray bottle. Can’t beat that price!

Time to ditch and switch all your household cleaners for the all-purpose Thieves Household Cleaner. Living above the wellness line and saving money at the same time—double bonus!

When I said “all-purpose” cleaner…I really meant ALL-PURPOSE! It can literally replace almost every harmful cleaning product in your home. Below are a dozen ways I can think of right off the top of my head how to use Thieves Household Cleaner in your home—YES, really…a dozen ways!!!!

Remember, Thieves Household Cleaner is highly concentrated, so use this handy ratio guide for diluting the cleaner (and to also save you money!).

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE

All that?!?

Yes, really!

This is one cleaner you never want to be without in your home! Not only are you NOT exposing your family to toxic products, but exposing them to one that SUPPORTS WELLNESS. Oh, and did I mention it smells great too?!

Find out how to get wholesale pricing HERE

You can get started with Young Living right now, and get this valuable cleaner for a 24% discount!

Let today be your day to step into a new wellness journey, the time has never been better to dip your toes into the natural lifestyle.

Not only will you be cleaning better, but you will also get a great toolkit of oils that will help you with issues like allergies, depression, anxiety, calming kids with sensory and attention issues, and more.

It’s been a life saver for me.

Let today be your day to step into a new wellness journey!!!

 

Learn the basics about how to use Essential Oils in a short 3 day text series, delivered right to your phone.  I would love to answer any questions you have.

Text INFO to  360-712-7206

My Journey Overcoming Lupus

3
May
2019

I have been ask hundreds of times over the past five years about my journey with the Autoimmune disease, Lupus. I was diagnosed with both Cutaneous (Discoid) as well as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

During the course of the past eight years, I’ve managed to learn how to support my body in the best ways possible to lessen any symptoms of this disease.

I recently did a LIVE Facebook event where I shared my story.  How I discovered my diagnosis, educated and advocated for myself, as well as what I chose to focus on and how I have been virtually symptom free for the past three and a half years.

If you have someone in your life who has Lupus or another type of auto-immune issue, this will be worth your time to watch.

I had an amazing time sharing information and giving hope to many.  I want all who have been diagnosed to realize that it is not a life long sentence.  The body is a miraculous machine designed to heal itself given the right environment.

You can download a copy of the outline here:  http://bit.ly/2LjFaMQ

 

I shared during the video these photos, it is pretty dramatic and emotional for me.  Celebrating God’s goodness in my life!

 

40 Days of Strategic Prayer

12
Mar
2019

praying for your husband

Is your marriage where you want it to be?

Perhaps your marriage is good, but what would it look like if it was better?  What if it was FABULOUS?!!

I just returned from a weekend with some sweet friends, where we chatted about our marriages.  We shared some very personal information, were extremely vulnerable, shed some tears and decided it was time to be powerful in our prayer life for our marriage and for our husbands.

Hope

If you’re anything like me, I have went through stages of being a wife who prayers consistently for her husband, to one who rarely prays.  It embarrasses me, but honestly, that is where the devil would like me to stay, embarrassed, helpless and powerless.  He wins then and can wreak havoc in our homes.

During the time I was together with my girlfriends, another friend of ours posted that she was feel very convicted to start a prayer series and a group to allow a sacred space for women to pray for their husbands.  When we first saw this announcement, we sat with mouths wide open – in shock!  We had said we wanted to start a 30 Days of Praying for our Husband’s, using a book we all had read years ago, The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian.

Be Intentional

My friend Erin Rodgers shared a heartfelt post on Facebook, the one that we read Sunday afternoon that had us in shock!  And, I knew I needed to share this resource and community with all of you. I asked her if that was okay and she replied back with a big YES!!!  There is a need for this space, this community and for a place for women to gather and pray.  So, this is an invitation for you to join The Excellent Wife Facebook group, a place you will find to share encouragement and prayer needs with one another.

A Wife’s 40-day Fasting & Prayer Journal” by Kaylene Yoder, the resource we will use, is NOT 40 straight days of fasting, but rather a thought provoking daily journal & prayer with one fasting “item” each day.

Are you with me?  Are you ready to fight for your marriage and lift your husband up to be the man the Lord desires him to be?  This is your time friend… this is your time!  You will find a community of women who will encourage you and accept you.

Here’s what you need to do

I am so excited to see how this group unfolds, the miracles that will happen and the marriages that will be restored and be used for His glory.  It will be amazing, and you need to be part of it!

I’ll see you there – don’t miss out!!