Why I Don’t Sell doTERRA

It’s the question I get the most and the answer is always “No – I don’t sell doTERRA products.” Here’s why.

“Do you sell doTERRA products?” That’s the one question I get the most from family and friends. It’s followed closely by “Can I buy some doTERRA products off of you?” The answers to those questions are always, in order: “no, I don’t sell doTERRA,” and, while slightly sighing, “okay, but just this once.”

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The truth is, between a full-time job, freelance writing, blogging, a clingy dog, and a sweet husband, I don’t have time to sell doTERRA – or anything else for that matter. And guess what? You don’t need me in order to buy them. You can buy them directly from doTERRA. Ready for another truth bomb?

I use and share doTERRA products because they have been game-changing and I am passionate about what they have done in my life. I want the people I love to use them because they are life-changing and I know you’ll feel just as passionately once you experience how empowering they are.

That’s it. It’s that simple. Essential oils have allowed me to:

✔ lighten our home’s toxic load
✔ save money by replacing certain herbs and extracts in the kitchen
✔ save more money by replacing expensive cleaning products
✔ save even more money by replacing expensive beauty products
✔ feel empowered by taking care of myself and my family, beautifully and naturally

I don’t sell doTERRA essential oils. I joined doTERRA to use the products, not to sell them. I buy them for myself and that’s it. I choose to buy my essential oils wholesale (instead of from storefront brands) because they’re more economically priced and are the highest purity available on the market. Plus, the company supports third world farmers around the world through doTERRA’s global initiatives, and that’s something I can get behind.

Like I said above, you don’t need me or anyone else to buy these essential oils. However, wholesale membership, of course, has its undeniable perks. Like points for purchases (think Shoppers Optimum). Lots and lots and lots of awesome points that I use to get more and more essential oils for free. If you want in on that– and why wouldn’t you? – I’m willing to reimburse* your wholesale membership fee so you can get started for free.

*I’m only offering this until October 31, 2016, so send me an email ASAP if you want to know how!

The Naturally Clean Bathroom

Use these quick and easy recipes for a naturally clean bathroom without harsh chemicals!

I live with boys. Two of them! Okay, they’re men, but they outnumber me 2:1 and that means that my bathroom is no longer the plumeria and lavender-scented sanctuary it once was. My husband and my cousin, combined, have created a humid place that’s permeated with the lingering odours of Old Spice and men’s body wash. And don’t even get me started on how our towels have started to smell.

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My fight against all scents manly is not a futile effort! I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to bring the freshness back – and all without Febrezin’ it up in there. If you’re like me, the scents of Febreze, Windex, or other household cleaners are enough to make you gag. And you know that no exhaust fan or opened bathroom window will make a difference.

How do I “de-manfunk” the space and get a naturally clean bathroom? Here are three super simple ways:

1. Freshen Up the Towels

At last year’s Circle Craft Market in Vancouver, I picked up three wool dryer balls from Ulat. They’re a premium wool blend made in Vancouver, and come in a rainbow of fun colours. Not only do they cut down on drying time, but in doing so, they save on our hydro bills. But, here’s where the freshness comes in: a drop of Purify cleaning blend essential oil on each ball before tossing them in the dryer works wonders! Think lemon and pine and cilantro and every other fresh scent you can think of, beautifully blended together.

P.S. Use Serenity on your bedsheets for a sweet, deep sleep – naturally!

2. Scrub the Tub

I just… I can’t even. I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve got soap scum in my scope. Mix the following together for a scrub so effective you can even ditch the brush!

– 1 or 2 cups baking soda
– 1-2 tablespoons unscented castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s is perfect!)
– 6-8 drops of tea tree essential oil
– enough water to make a paste

Slather it in the tub and on the tiles, brush it in if desired, rinse off and let it sparkle.

3. Toothpaste Spatters Be Gone!

Kiss your Windex goodbye. For a gleaming, sparkling shine on mirrors and glass that’s so wow-worthy even my husband noticed, you’ll want to whip this up. Get a 16-ounce glass spray bottle (plastic breaks down the natural chemical components of essential oils), and fill it with the following:

– 1 and 1/2 cups white vinegar
– 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
– 8-10 drops of lemon essential oil (or any other citruses you like, such as bergamot, grapefruit, or lime)

That’s it! A naturally clean bathroom doesn’t take a lot of work, a lot of money, or a lot of time. Looking for more recipes and ideas? Zip me an email! If you want to know more about the essential oils I personally use and trust, then let’s chat!

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20 Questions with Marc Smith

Marc Smith answers this week’s 20 Questions instalment. 20Q profiles bloggers, creators, artists, inspiring people, innovators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. Don’t miss these past features.

 

20 Questions with Marc Smith

It’s rare that I cross paths with Marc Smith these days. Defining the term “globetrotter,” it seems that Marc is more often than not exploring an exciting destination in a far-off land. His story is inspiring: after many years as event planner in Vancouver, Marc developed a hunger for change. On somewhat of a whim, he packed it in and started his blog, 30 Day Adventures. The blog has since become a platform for sharing his experiences, travel ideas, where to eat, where to drink, and where to stay in the places he visits. A BC boy born and raised, I’ve known Marc for a few years. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to get to really know him, so I was thrilled that he was game to answer 20 Questions!

1. What are you really excited about these days?

I am really excited about planning my 2017 year of travel. I’m hoping to base myself out of London for at least three months while I explore England, Scotland, and other parts of Europe.

Marc Smith

2.What was the last picture you took on your phone?

This selfie with my best friend over coffee in Toronto.

3. 30 Day Adventures really thrusts you in the spotlight. Making yourself accessible like that can open the door to admiration but also criticism. How do you handle criticism?

Feedback in general is something I take with a grain of salt. I listen to it all, and then weigh the context and who it’s coming from. If I admire, respect, and trust the person that is giving it to me, I absolutely consider it with more weight. If it is from a stranger I try my best to take the emotion out it and then ask myself if the feedback is valid. If I disagree with it, I move on. While having a healthy ego when you are in the public eye is very necessary, having that ego and not being an ass when things go well is a constant struggle to maintain.

In my 20s I would have been an ass if this success had happened to me. Now, I hope I am fairly balanced in my appreciation, and don’t take anything for granted.

4. What’s an upcoming adventure you’re about to embark on?

I just came back from two weeks in Great Britain where I didn’t write a single story about the trip. I’m excited to return once in 2017 for a longer period of time, and really explore the history and culture in depth. I haven’t had the luxury of being able to spend a huge chunk of time there until now.

5. The career you’ve built for yourself is pretty dreamy, but if you weren’t running your blog, what would you be doing instead?

It’s very likely that I’d still be running the event planning company I transitioned out of to focus 100% on my blog. If I was still doing that I would be very, very unhappy.

6. The Breakfast Club featured a rebel, a princess, a brainiac, an outcast, and a jock. Who were you in high school?

[Laughing] I was all four! I got pretty much straight A’s in high school, didn’t belong to any cliques, but I was obsessed with brands, labels, and dressing in the cool, new look. I got my first job was at 13 because I wanted to buy clothes that my parents wouldn’t pay for. As for the “jock” label… does golf count?


Marc Smith

7. If I gave you three airline tickets to anywhere in the world, which three destinations would you choose?

London, Amsterdam and Vienna. I want to do a Sound of Music tour!

8. What’s your all-time favourite jam from the ‘80s or ‘90s?

I loved Erasure. And Seal’s original Seal album.

9. Where do you see yourself in 2021?

I want to continue sharing my travel adventures on the blog, host a web or TV-based series and speak at conferences and events all over the world. The goal here is to create a career and life that I’m always happy with. If you don’t dream big, don’t bother dreaming!

10. Pretend I’m a fantastic bartender. What drink are you ordering from me?

I want you to create something boozy and unique just for me. Maybe something you’ve been experimenting with but haven’t served to anyone else yet.

11. Oh boy – the pressure is on! Okay, it’s now 2:00 a.m. and I’ve served you half a dozen intoxicating specialties. Where are you going for your greasy food fix?

OMG I want a burger with poutine! Back in the early 90s in Vancouver, I would end every night at the bar with a visit to Doll & Penny’s for a Chicken Mexicali Burger and Frenchy Fries (aka their version of poutine). I still crave it more than 20 years later.


Marc Smith

12. In your travels, what’s the one restaurant that you’d love to go back and eat at again?

Easy – Torc in Napa, California. I had one of the best meals of my life there. Veal Sweetbreads are to die for!

13. What’s the biggest misconception people have about you in real life?

People often say how much they want my life, but I often wonder if they realize how much work happens behind the scenes. People also think I talk all the time, because when I’m in public I do, but I also crave alone time. I’ve spent entire weekends doing nothing and talking to no one just so that I don’t have to talk.


14. If you could star as any character in the remake of any movie, which famous role would you reprise?

Well, I’ve watched The Sound of Music at least 50 times in my life so I immediately think I’d want to be Maria, but secretly the real movie character I want to be is Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel movie. Can you make a remake of a movie that hasn’t been released?

Marc Smith

15. If you could learn a new skill, language, or hobby, what would it be?

OMG, absolutely language. I’d love to be able to speak French and Spanish. Perhaps I’ll start ticking that goal off my list this year.


16. Who are you most proud of?

My mom is amazing. When my father passed away unexpectedly 16 years ago, my mom adapted and created a new life for herself. She did what she wanted to do and didn’t bow to pressure from friends or family.


17. Who is (or was) the single most influential person in your life?

That has to be my parents. I am a composite of their skills, personality, and work ethic. They taught me through doing and by being an exemplary example every day of their lives.

18. I’m throwing a dinner party next weekend. You’re invited and can bring three others with you (dead or alive). Who should I set the table for?

I would first ask who else you have invited. I have a long guest list of people I’d invite so based on your other guests I would choose who I think would add to the chemistry. If it was just us then I think I’d invite Julie Andrews, Cole Porter, and Oscar Wilde


Marc Smith

19. What’s the one question you wish someone would ask you?

Are you available to speak at our 5000-person conference?


20. That’s brave! So are you available to speak at our 5000-person conference?


YES!

Meet Marc Smith:
Blog: 30 Day Adventures
Facebook: /30DayAdventures
Twitter: @TheMarcSmith
Instagram: @themarcsmith

All photos are provided courtesy of Marc Smith.

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Great Skin Without Makeup

Not a myth, and certainly not impossible, I’ve discovered that great skin without makeup is achievable by following a few easy steps.

Most women (and some men) are no strangers to makeup. Some of the earliest makeup can be traced back to 3100 BC! Unfortunately for us, somewhere along the way society in general decided to adopt the notion that women need makeup – and lots of it – to feel or look their best.

Year ago, when I taught preschool, I was less worried about how I looked and was more concerned about the job I was doing. On one particularly hurried morning, I pulled on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, tied my hair in a ponytail, and went to work. At craft time, one of the little girls exclaimed:

“Teacher Keira! You’re not wearing any makeup today!”

I was surprised that she even noticed, and confirmed with her that she was right.

Her reply? “You look ugly without makeup!”

Where the heck do five-year-olds get that idea from?

Fresh-faced and loving it. Photo by Ashley Kitchen.
Great Skin Without Makeup

I’m not about to dive into a deep diatribe on the unrealistic standards that society tends to hold women up to. Don’t get me wrong. I love makeup! I love playing around with colours and styles, I love the transformation it can create, and I am especially grateful for the pick-me-up that wearing makeup can sometimes provide. My point is that not only is makeup not necessary to be beautiful, but also that it’s very possible have great skin without makeup!

As I’ve reached my 30s, I have come to realize that there are some things about my skin I can’t change: my pore size, how many blemishes I get, or its texture. Genetics plays a part in skin health, sure, but there are also some quick-and-easy rules we can all implement to ensure that our skin looks as good as possible.

1. Lemon – Adding some lemon juice or a drop or two of lemon essential oil to your morning water (either hot or cold) can help kick-start detoxification. Lemon has long been known for its purification properties, and the flavour will give your mood a boost!

2. Cleanse – A gentle, nourishing, non-toxic skincare routine is a must. I love METRIN‘s simple five-step system for that very reason. The key is to be consistent: just like a “gym bod” doesn’t develop in one visit, great skin takes time, consistency, and effort.

3. Protect – I don’t need to remind you how damaging the sun can be to our skin. Its harm is often irreversible, and things like spots, sagging skin, and wrinkles can all be prevented with a great sunscreen. Look for one with SPF 30 and make sure to use it on each of the 365 days of the year – even the cloudy days.

4. Hands Off! – Our cell phones, grip bars on public transit, door knobs: they all carry a seemingly infinite amount of creepy, crawly germs. Every time you touch your face, that’s where the bacteria is getting transferred to. The “10-Second Rule” doesn’t apply, so keep your hands to yourself and stop picking!

5. Sweet Dreams – A great night’s sleep does more than make you feel great. It can replenish your moisture, nourish your skin’s pH level, and help avoid bags and dark circles. Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your immune levels, making troubling skin problems much worse.

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What are some challenges you face on your journey to great skin without makeup? Do you have any tried-and-true tips that work for you? Share them below!

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Some things are synonymous with each other: peanut butter and jelly, Bill and Ted, Vancouver and rain. “Liquid sunshine” is simply a fact of life on the west coast. We are, after all, in a temperate rainforest. Waterproof boots, Gore-Tex, and a sturdy umbrella are de rigueur in Vancouver as a means of survival, but the super-sweet gals at rain on me umbrellas wanted their gear to be more than just functional.

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