Sharing My Hawaiian Adventure



I hardly know where to begin to share with you my story of my trip to Hawaii last week. I still have to pinch myself to help remind myself that it was really true and I am not photo shopped into these pictures or they weren’t taken by someone else!

It all started back in October when someone let me know I was on the leaderboard for earning a trip to Hawaii with 60 other Young Living Distributors.  I was like, “WHAAAAAT?”  

Sure enough, I was and when all was said and done at the end of the promotion period, I came in with a spot that earned an all-expense paid trip to the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort and the chance to visit Young Living newest partner farm, Haloa Aina.  God is incredible and full of surprises, isn’t HE????

I feel so blessed to be part of a company that not only helps others live a healthier life, but also values it’s employees and knows how to spoil them – everyone likes to be appreciated.  This trip for me was a HUGE ‘spoiling’ trip for sure!

This is by far the condensed version of my 5 day trip – but I wanted to share with you some of the amazing things that are going on behind the scenes at Young Living that I was able to experience and can share with you.  There are a lot of photos, so feel free to breeze through or grab a cup of coffee and relax in paradise a bit – via your computer screen!

I was delighted that my husband could come along and that I met such amazing people.  {This was the first time my husband and I had been away for more than 2 nights since we were married!!!}

Hilton Waikoloa Village 


The resort was incredible, this was the view from our amazing room – seriously YES!  I was able to have my devotional time while looking at the ocean, admiring God’s creation and watch the dolphins below us frolic around – it was literally incredible.


Here is a glimpse of the sunrise one morning – simply breathtaking!  I hope one day I can return and take the rest of my family with me, the resort has everything you could need and more.

The Sandalwood Farm

Young Living has partnered with Jeff Lee, who owns Haloa Aina, Young Living’s newest partner farm, which is approximately 6 square miles – 2800 acres.  


This land is part of a wild forest recovery project.  Most of the native sandalwood trees were destroyed by cattle many years ago, but now this farm is the most dense sandalwood farm worldwide.  Incredible!

No non-native trees exist here, which is pretty unique in of itself for Hawaii.  There are more trees on this farm, 200,000 trees which are less than 4 years old,  than what is on the entire planet.    These newer trees are being grown from the old, distressed trees.  All the trees are grown, harvested and distilled on the farm.  

The dying trees produce  a much more therapeutic oil than a healthy tree.  The more distressed the trees are – the better their hardwood is, it has more strength and produce a better oil at a higher quantity.The struggle to survive makes the oil even stronger, it was amazing to learn all the pieces to the puzzle and why this Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil is so sought after.


The Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood has a nutty, woodsy, sweet aroma that is uplifting and invigorating.  Availability to purchase is on the horizon; but I got to go home with a bottle of my own!!  So exciting!

We spent the afternoon looking at the equipment on the farm and even got to do some work on the farm!  We were able to participate in gathering seeds from growing sandalwood trees for planting, planting baby sandalwood trees and applying a protection boundary about existing trees to aid in growth.  I chose to gather seeds!


These are what Sandalwood seeds look like.  The small dark colored seeds are ready to be picked.  We walked around the farm gathering seeds and taking in the incredible beauty of the scenery.

It was really interesting to learn what makes Hawaiian Sandalwood so unique, making it preferred to Sandalwood normally grown in Sri Lanka and India are the lava tubes that are here.  Sandalwood trees are a parasite; the grow off of other plants and also draw from the gases and minerals found in the lava tubes which are below ground.  The roots go into the cavity of the lava tube, obtaining the minerals from the gases that have been held there – which was incredible to learn.  Also the high altitude of this farm, at 5000 ft above sea level helps with the efficacy of the oil.

Here I am sharing with you what I was doing – hope you can feel the Hawaiian air blowing!


Meeting Gary Young


There were so many great parts of my trip, but the incredible highlight was the chance to meet Gary Young, the founder and CEO of Young Living and hear his stories, his heart for healing people and seeing his desire to partner with Jeff Lee and create opportunity.  

I saw first hand the high standards that are placed not only on our own Young Living farms, but the partner farms as well.  Both are operated with the same integrity that a Young Living owned farm does.


We were able to see the area where distilling takes place and Gary Young was seen observing equipment and taking measures to ensure quality. 

It was an incredible day and everyone who came was thrilled to see what was happening on this farm.  On the bus ride out to the farm, Gary Young rode on our bus and for over an hour I was blessed by his conversation, sharing with us what he had been working on.


Here we all are celebrating at the farm together!  It was so memorable.


We had the opportunity to pick a fun activity to do the day before we left – either Horseback riding {um, not so much my favorite} snorkeling {yeah, don’t really like swimming with all those little fish wanting to nibble on me} or going Zip Lining {this was would not have been my first choice either, but you know, you gotta go for it sometimes!}

So I picked Zip Lining – even though I am a bit scared of heights and certainly do not feel the need to get some speed sipping across big canyons.  But my friend Myra {who I met for the first time in person on this trip  —– SQUEEL —-} was going, so I decided, why not.


It was so fun to do it with a group that I had begun to know so well – what a great group of encouraging ladies, oh…and my husband.  We laughed as he often joked, he felt like he was on a group date on the Bachelor!  He was always with a bunch of ladies!

I do have control issues and certainly like to stay in control, so this was a trusting exercise for me.  You truly had to let go and trust – and ladies, it was the best thing for me.  I laughed and smiled – I cannot even remember that last time I had so much fun.  As a mama busy behind a desk a lot of the time, this certainly ranks up there with being a bit crazy, especially at 46!!


Here was one of our first obstacles – a bridge that hung high above a gully and waterfall – yeah – you had to walk across it – seriously!

So on I went.


The walk through the woods was so beautiful – every time we turned around there was a great site to be had.


It was a treasured memory that I will hold dear – seriously I think my face still is sore from all the smiling!  {My helmet did say HONEY on it, but the letter peeled – it was not meant to say loney!}

You will get a kick out of this video for sure!



I loved so many things about this trip, but one of the best was meeting my blogging friend Myra, {My Blessed Life} who I have come to know so well over the past year.  When you work online, you create a lot of relationships, so when you actually get to meet someone in person you really treasure that.  I had that privilege and was so blessed.  She also earned her way to Hawaii!  It was awesome – and we are both gals that need to stay out of the sun too, thus the classy hats!  You can hop over and read her post about the trip too!


I feel spoiled beyond measure – and was so thankful that my husband could come along and join me.  


What an incredible experience we shared together and I will never forget it.  I loved that he learned more about the oils we are using in our home, how he can support me in that journey and now he is even asking to use more things because of what Gary Young talked about on the bus!  I am so thankful for that.  Sharing in the oily journey is so much better in pairs!

I chose Young Living as my essential oil company after doing much research, it was the right fit for our family.  I am so grateful for what they provide and even more blessed to have personally met Gary Young as well as other Young Living family members who share in the journey of spreading the word about God’s healing oils.  

If you would like to know more about Young Living and how you can become a member and start your family on a journey of better health – check it out HERE.

Summer Water Safety



Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Twenty Six

Beaches and pools are synonymous with summer, in fact, when you’ve got a hot day brewing – there is no better place to cool off than the beach, lake, water park or swimming pool.  But amid all the fun and games it is important to put safety first.

Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).   CDC

That statistic is certainly one to catch your attention.  Learning to swim and be safe in and around the water are important survival skills. Accidents only take a few seconds to occur, but they can often be prevented by ensuring your loved ones follow simple water safety guidelines.

Earlier this summer I ran across this article which talks about what drowning really looks like and how we’ve made mistakes in the past with how we ‘thought’ a person acted when they were drowning.  You will want to check it out if you have not read it.

Water safety is important.  In order to keep safety at the top of the list, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

General Tips

  • Make sure children are supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail.
  • No one, not even adults, should ever swim alone.  Always be in the water with a buddy.
  • Always have a cell phone available near the pool.
  • Be prepared in an emergency by learning lifesaving, first aid and CPR techniques.stearns-life-vest
  • If your child does not swim, make sure you have life vest on them.
    This one from Stearns is very popular and isn’t as confining as a traditional life vest for pool or beach swimming.

At the beach or lake

  • Only swim where lifeguards are visible and stay where you can see them.  If you can see them, they can see you.
  • Be aware of any signs posted on the beach regarding restricted areas and be sure to follow them.
  • Follow all lifeguard instructions.  If you see a lifeguard signaling you to come out of the water, do so immediately.
  • Stay out of the water if you notice strong winds or choppy water.
  • Keep an eye on your kids at all times – make sure they are close enough that you can swim to get them if need be.

Pool Safety

  • If you have your own backyard pool, make sure you lock the entrance to the pool and that it is fenced in, so the kids can’t access it.
  • If you have a small wading pool, after your children are finished playing, drain it, and store it away.  Don’t allow the pool to sit with water in it.
  • If you have an above-ground pool, secure and lock the steps or remove them completely when not in use.
  • Be aware of water depth, incline and any underwater obstructions before diving. Never dive in water less than nine feet deep.
  • If you have toys in your backyard pool, make sure you take them out, and put them away.  Children are very curious and can be drawn to getting to those toys.

No matter how diligent you may be, there is always the possibility of something going wrong.  When you feel your child is ready, enroll them in swim lessons.  Whether enjoying the pool or the beach, it just takes a matter of minutes for any type of situation to emerge. Be careful, be cautious, and watch your kids like a hawk!

Does your family have specific water safety rules?




Summer Job Ideas



Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Eighteen

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time for your teen to get a job.  This will be good preparation for their future role in the workplace.  It also teaches responsibility outside the home and gives your teen the opportunity to venture outside and learn more about themselves – and of course earn some extra spending money!

There were some technical difficulties with this episode and it did not record – sorry!  Please find the job topics below for those that I feel would be great first time jobs for kids.

Nanny/Mother’s Helper/Babysitting

This is a great first job – especially as a mother’s helper.  A child can go into a home while a parent it still present, but learn some valuable skills that can be carried into the future to babysit and become a nanny with more skills.


If your child loves to swim, grab the opportunity to take the life guarding test and use their love of swimming to have a fun job over the summer.

Lawn Mower/Yard Work

A great self-starter job.  Get some business cards made from a site like Vistaprint and set out on gaining a few customers to mow and do yard work for.

Car Washing

Another great self-starter job – gather supplies and go door to door in your neighborhood washing cars.

Craft Maker

Making craft items to sell either at the local farmer’s market or on ebay is a fun way to make some extra money and learn to manage money and customers.


Is your child successful in a particular subject?  Allow them to use that in a positive way to help other children excel.

Local Shop Help

Do you live in a small community?  Perhaps a local shop could use some help during the summer months and your chidl is the perfect fit.

Sports Instructor

I shared about this one in the 10 Strategies for a Successful Summer Action Guide – if your child is particularly good at a sport, why not offer to teach kids and or families that sport.  Tennis is a great example of one that could be shared with others and you could earn some extra money.

Camp Counselor

Does your church offer a summer camp your child could help at?  Or perhaps your local YMCA has one?  Look locally for opportunities for your child to get a job helping with other kids.

House Cleaning

Great life skills here – if your child likes to clean, help them find opportunities to use those skills to make some extra money.  Finding local friends/neighbors who are interested in allowing your child to hone their skills will give them confidence.

What are other summer job ideas?


Guarding Our Kids



Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Twelve

America’s children are avid consumers of movies, music and video games. But sometimes their entertainment choices may not be appropriate for them. How is a parent to make sure that the latest hit movie, hot video game or chart-busting album is right for their child?

The summer months provide freedom to get out and explore, especially for older kids.  I can remember my kids venturing out for the first time to go to a movie with friends.  It can be a great way to help your kids spend time together connecting and to find independence.  Kids also enjoying spending time buying their own products, which can be difficult if you do not set up boundaries regarding those.  We’ve had to set expectations on what they can purchase, listen to and watch over the years – obviously changing with the maturity level. [Read more…]

Save on Family Vacations {Day Thirteen}




Become a Frugali$ta in 30 Days

This extremely popular blog series has been compiled into a Kindle book and you can find it on amazon now! Busy Family Managers will be able to keep to their budget and earn extra money while saving on everything from entertainment and dining out to household expenses and groceries.

Learn to live well by spending less!


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