My Top Ten Oils + YL Products

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Well, hey there old blog!  It has been months since I even opened this page.  But today I'm back to help all my oil girls and my soon-to-be oils girls (and guys!)

It all started for me 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Reid and was terrified of Carter (in daycare at the time) bringing home one of the many, many germs that got him sick constantly the year previously.   I wish I would have known about oils that year when I was an anxiety-ridden mess of a full-time first grade teacher and practically single parent (while Christian was working non-stop.)

But I digress.  The number one reason I gave oils a chance was for wellness so that's number 1 on my list of my top 10.

***Now I have to start by saying there's a law called compliance, which makes this more difficult, so I can't come out and blatantly say what I use the oils for, but instead have to kind of hint around it.  So if you're like, come on, just tell me the real thing- that's why I can't.  But you can message me and then we can chat more!

1. Thieves


A blend of cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and a bunch of other oils that keep us staying well!  It is amazing.  I roll this baby on my boys every.single.night year round.

My once-skeptical husband even admitted that our boys immunity was crazy after a winter of wellness!

Make yourself a Thieves roller:  10 drops Thieves and fill roller with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Thieves somehow also helps when you're cutting onions.  Open the bottle next to you while chopping and it stops your eyes from burning.  So crazy!

2. Lavender

A few years ago I was the worst sleeper.  I would be awake for hours in the middle of the night.  Now I roll on some lavender on my chest, behind my ears and I sleep so much better.

I started out hating the smell of lavender so I mixed lavender with lemon in the diffuser at night and I loved it and then started using less lemon and more lavender and now I use it for everything.

When there's any sort of skin problem that's what I use on all of us.

It smells so good in the diffuser and is perfect for relaxation with a few drops of orange.  I love it with lemon, grapefruit, citrus fresh.

When the seasons are changing and Reid is non-stop clearing his throat I put lavender, peppermint, and lemon in the diffuser and in a roller and it helps him so much!

And add a drop or two to your mascara to help with make long lashes (and smell calming when you're rushing around in the morning!)

3. Peppermint

When you have a hangover or just need a little pep you need peppermint.  It helps when I'm scattered and need to focus and it just smells so good- like the North Pole!

My favorite is peppermint in the diffuser with any citrus.  It's refreshing and uplifting!

Peppermint in a roller with copaiba and lavender helps so much with tension too!

And you can even put a drop in hot chocolate for a festive drink!

4. Joy


When you enroll with me I give you a roller of grapefruit and joy because I absolutely love it.

I absolutely hated it at first but after reading about how it scientifically improves mood and raises your frequency I knew I had to try it.  I rolled it on my feet at first and then started to love it (just like lavender!)  Now I could bathe in it!

I apply it every morning on my neck and forearm and whenever I need a little mood boost I roll it on and breathe it in and feel better.  It's floral and sweet.

5. Digize


Another surprise here!  This is a must have.  I swear by this oil for all things tummy.  You can ingest it, (and I've heard great reviews from people who use it this way)  but I just take a drop and roll it around my belly button when I have an upset tummy and it is amazing!

You can mix in some peppermint too if the smell isn't your favorite.

6. Lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, citrus fresh, grapefruit


Give me all the citrus oils.  They are so fresh smelling and instantly make the room smell sweet and uplifting.

Mix in some peppermint or spearmint or wintergreen or lavender or pretty much anything and they will make your house smell dreamy!

Lemon in the diffuser is my go-to when my boys are sniffly or coughing.

Also when you add a drop to your water bottle you will drink so much more water and get all the amazing benefits of the oil in your body.

7. Frankincense & Copaiba


These babies will take care of your skin.  Make a glow roller for your face and your skin will feel soft and smooth.

Copaiba is from a tree resin in Brazil and is amazing for teething babies and for any sort of discomfort and for aging skin.  Who knew!?

And frankincense is a grounding oil for yoga, meditation, or just to help keep your skin looking youthful.  It also is calming for nighttime and supports your kids when they aren't feeling so good.

8. Sniffleease

Sniffleease is an oil from the KidScents line and a go-to for my sniffly/ throat-clearing 4 year old.  It's a safe alternative to RC and Raven for kids.  (RC and Raven are perfect for adults, but I'm a worrier so I stick to Sniffleease for my boys.)

When he gets the sniffles he asks for Sniffleease and goes right back to sleep.  (He's typically sniffly at night time.)

I love it because I put an aromaglide roller on the top of the bottle and roll on his chest or neck and don't have to worry about dilution or making it too strong or too weak.

9. Savvy Minerals

90% of my make-up is Savvy Minerals and I love it.

I use the foundation powder, blush, bronzer, eye shadows, lipstick, lip gloss, and brushes.  They are healthy but most importantly they look great on!  I'm all about making good choices and having safe products, but if they don't work or have other side effects (not good coverage, drying etc) then I won't use them.  I honestly love all of the Savvy products that I've tried.

The brushes are so soft and wash and dry amazingly well.  They are a deal too- only $85 for 5 brushes!

The lip glosses (embrace is my everyday fave) are smooth, not sticky, and have a hint of peppermint oil in them to plump and taste good!

10. Skincare

Ok, I'm kind of cheating because there's more than one product here, but I couldn't choose!

Wolfberry eye cream- I love the smell of this eye cream.  It's moisturing, yet light!

Orange blossom face wash- another amazing smelling face wash that leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.  (It was perfect for my summer skin and even now.  But I'm thinking in the depth of the cold, dry winter I may switch to the Art cleanser.)

Peppermint facial scrub- Love using this every few days for exfoliating.

So there you have some of my favorites and definitely not all of them- I struggled to pick just 10 and not include Thieves hand soap, Thieves household cleaner, Thieves laundry soap, and Ningxia Red and Super B supplement...and so many more.

Honestly my goal is not to make you buy things you don't need, but I have to share that I truly love these oils and products and love that they are safe.  They are formulated with plant-based products from truly good ingredients and not fillers.  I feel good about swapping out my Dove body wash full of dangerous ingredients which could lead to illness and now using and loving a safe body wash base that I can make smell any way I'd like.  Who knew that a blush I used forever had dangerous ingredients in it?  I made the switch to a Savvy blush immediately and love the results.

When you enroll to get started with Young Living with me you become a member of the best groups that help educate you on how to use oils and help you better understand the science behind them.  You will feel confident in making changes.

Message me or click here to get your starter kit and get started with oils and good, clean products!   bit.ly/pagmina




working on wellness

Monday, January 8, 2018




I'm feeling inspired to post some things I've been working on and need to work on with some definite wellness goals in mind!

Essential Oils have been a big part of my life for the last few years, as you know.  They have brought so much peace to our family.  When in doubt, try an oil.  And most times they fix what needs to be fixed!  Love that they are natural and we rely less and less on chemical-laden products.

Being a part of a bunch of oil groups I am inspired daily to make other changes to promote wellness and make changes for our family.  In 2004 I had Melanoma removed from my arm and I am reminded of how scary that was at every doctor's appointment when she checks my lymph nodes.  Every day I'm conscious that Cancer has lived in my body and could very well come back.  I don't live in fear of it but I know there are many better choices I could make to live a less toxic life.

Last summer wellness and diet came up often during our family beach weekends.  I participated in a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet group on FB, we watched What the Health, Food Inc. and debated best choices for diet often.  (Christian is on team Keto diet and we all learned that it's not worth even thinking of debating that with him!)

But something that made a huge impact on me was when my sister shared a link from ChrisbeatCancer.com 

Chris has a website and a series of videos of him telling about how his enormous lifestyle change cured him from Stage 3 Colon Cancer.  These videos are inspiring and informational and backed by research.  I did not have the opportunity to watch all of the videos but what I did see made a big impact on me. 

I've pretty much told everyone close to me about these life-changing videos. 

So with wellness being everywhere lately I thought I'd share some ways I am working on making better choices.  Please comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Oils, of course have replaced candles to fragrance my house.  My diffusers are pretty much running all of the day and night!  And I do not miss candles at all!  I actually find most scented candles to be overwhelming when I'm around them.  Oils have also replaced all room freshening sprays! 


We take a lot less ibuprofen and tylenol now although I still am fine with medicine, just not unless it's totally necessary.

Lavender has replaced my prescription for meds to help me sleep (for the most part!)  I will occasionally take 1/4 of a pill if I had too much cold brew!

Switching to natural deodorant has been something I've tried unsuccessfully in the past, but I'm determined to find one that works for me (and doesn't give me a rash!)  I just started using Native this week.  I just read a whole post on detoxing from deodorant completely but I don't think I'm quite ready for that....yet.


I am loving some changes I've made in the shower.  I no longer buy body scrubs and instead make my own!  It's so cheap, easy, and smells good with no chemicals!  Organic Sugar, Organic Coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oils is all it takes and the whole shower smells so good and my skin is so moisturized!

I've switched from Dove body wash to Young Living body wash with no scent.  I add 10 drops of grapefruit and I love it!  It lathers great and only takes a little bit!  (I tried unscented castile soap but found that to be drying.)

If I take a bath I add 1/4 cup essential oil-infused epsom salts for a little detoxing.

For my face I still use Burt's Bees Sensitive face wash in the morning but I skip all of my previous R + F products now and use Young Living Satin Mint Facial Scrub at night.  I use Aveda Morning Renewing cream and Aveda Wedding Masque at night and I use Young Living Wolfberry Eye cream everyday. 

I recently started trying a few products from Savvy Minerals.  I was hesitant about the loose powders but absolutely love the blush, the brushes, and the lip glosses.  This month I'm getting the bronzer and a few eye shadows to try!  I also use It Cosmetics CC cream and really like it!

For cleaning products I mostly use Thieves cleaner but I still use a couple of not-so-natural bathroom cleaning products. 

For our laundry I'm making the switch to Thieves laundry detergent from All free & clear. 

We recently got rid of all of our calphalon pans and replaced them with greenpans that do not have the coating.  Because who wants that chemical coating in what you eat?

But that leads me to the area that I need to work on the most----food and water!  I am not a clean eater and although I feel like I know what I should be eating I have the hardest time making the good choices when it comes to food.  And drinking water?  I'm the worst.

True. The gym today was wonderful. I can leg press 240!! Idk if that impressive, but when we started going I was only at 190, so progress has been made. My legs actually haven't looked this wonderful in a long time.

So tell me, what suggestions do you have for wellness or what changes are you making?  I'd love to hear what works for you! 


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Essential Oil Make & Takes

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hey Ladies!  It has been a while!  Lately I've been spending more time on Essential Oils and posting a bunch on my oils IG account @pagmina_essentials.  

Yesterday I had another make & take and a few girls messaged me wanting the details.  So here you go!  

I've done a bunch of make & takes this year.  So each one is a little different.  This time most of the people I invited had either been to another one already and were interested or I had previously talked to them about oils.

So I eliminated the "class" at the beginning.  In most of my previous m & t's I did a short basics of essential oils class explaining what they are, how to use them, and why Young Living.  I keep it brief because I think most of the girls want to a learn a little, but primarily talk and drink wine.  Just sayin!  I try not to blab on and on!

Also in the past I had 3 specific products for them to make, usually 2 rollers and a spray or a scrub.  But this time I decided to make it much more customizeable.  So I brought out a bunch of my oils and all the supplies to make up diffuser blends, rollers, and a scrub or carpet powder.  Then they chose what the wanted to try or I asked what needs they had and then helped them figure out what to make.

Yesterday was primarily drinking wine, catching up, and making some rollers, scrubs etc-just how we like it!  

Here are some pictures!  












 







I wish all of you could come over and drink some wine and mix up some oils because we always have so much fun!  If you are interested but don't live in PA let me know.  I can do a facebook class or talk to you about how amazing oils are and how they have helped our family in so many ways.  I am happy to send you a roller to try too!  Message me and we can figure it out!

If you want more info on essential oils you can click here.



And here are some links of things I used:

The Green Market wooden crate  (similar)

The Green Market taller box (similar)

Wire Basket- Target dollar spot

Clear Jars- Target dollar spot





The Bachelorette: Lashes and my skincare routine

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Why is it that I just can't stop with The Bachelorette?! 

 I barely watched this season but I felt compelled to watch the finale and I couldn't go to bed until I saw who she picked.  I wasn't invested in any of the guys but watching the short time that I did I was all TEAM PETER!!  

And my favorite part was during their goodbye and she was bawling so much that her eyelashes fell off.  Because I know it's TV but come on, she was soooo done up every time I saw her and I loved seeing her real lashes and what she really looks like.  And even through the tears I thought she looked so much better after she cried all her makeup and lashes off!  

I was thinking R & F girls must be shouting at their TVs trying to get her to use lash boost, because truth be told, her real lashes needed some help.  And I've heard many girls rave about it.

But since I'm trying to use fewer chemicals and don't want to spend $150 for my lashes I've been using an Eyelash Serum ($11.95 on amazon) and Lavender every night.  I brush on a little Majestic Pure eyelash serum oil on my lashes before bed and put a few drops of lavender (which helps with healthy hair growth) in my mascara.  

my camera battery was about to die so the blurry pic will have to do!

I finally love my skincare routine and totally recommend the products I'm using so I'm going to share with you in case you want a little change in your routine.  My skin is normal, not oily & not dry.

And this post is in no way sponsored by Aveda, although I would love it to be!  However I am using affiliate links, just FYI! 

My facial cleansers:

(keep watching on Target.com the price changes a lot it's usually cheaper than in the store!) 
 My Aveda facialist recommended it and I love it- not drying at all.

I used to use R & F Reverse scrub and I like it but wanted to try the YL scrub since it's half the price. 
It smells good and my skin is soft after using it.

Makeup Removing Cloths: Burt's Bees sensitive wipes 
(and today they are $2.99- the cheapest I've ever seen them!)


Now the products that I love and look forward to using every day!!! 

 It's kind of weird that I look forward to my skincare routine but they smell so good- a natural smell, not chemical smell.  I feel so much better not using all the chemicals that are in most skin care and instead using plant-based products.


It's so smooth and I love to apply it first after I was my face.  And the pure-fume oils that are in it smell so good. 

It's formulated to help even skintone and brighten your skin.  I definitely have freckles and sun spots so I chose this serum.  There is a Soothe Concentrate for sensitive skin and a Firm concentrate for aging skin (which I need too) but I have been using the Bright and love it!

In the morning I follow that with R & F Soothe SPF 30.  I still use this because a lot of SPF makes my face break out and this doesn't.  And who wants to experiment with that, not me.  

If my skin is feeling dry I'll apply Burt's Bees Sensitive day moisturizer.  

BUT Aveda just came out with a new Tulasara Morning Creme and I can't wait to get it!  My facialist said that since I love the Tulasara Wedding Masque (more about this in a minute) I will love this!

So I will be getting the morning creme ASAP!

But in the evening after I remove my makeup and use the YL satin mint facial scrub I use the 

I love it!  It's thick but not greasy at all.  It brightens and firms and I love the smell.

I had a sample of the AVEDA Tulasara Wedding Masque Eye Cream and loved that too!  But for now I'm just finishing up my R & F multi-function eye cream.

I am looking for a toner to add too.  I still have R & F Reverse but I feel like every time I use it I can taste it- weird right.  That can't be good...

What are your favorite skincare products?




WFPB diet, sunscreen, #Nsale , a little bit of everything

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A few things floating around my head this week...

my mom and me in our dresses inspired from designer bags and dirty diapers
Over the weekend we had family beach pictures.  2 two year-olds, 2 five year-olds and 6 adults.  Beach pictures always sound like a good idea, but our little two year-olds were super uncooperative and the wind!  Oh beach hair is never easy!  Hopefully we got a few good pictures because that sweet photographer was so patient as the boys took turns freaking out and being impossible!


One of my friends is finishing her graduate work to become a PA and she's having a week-long facebook group about Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet.  It's been interesting to follow along and learn about this life-style. It's similar to Vegan, no meat, or dairy, but also no refined carbs etc.  

I was talking about it with my sister who suggested I watch the Netflix documentary, What the Health.  And now I'm intrigued!  I know this is just one viewpoint, but it is definitely making me think twice about what I'm eating and what I'm giving to my children.

I've always hated cooking (and touching) meat so I'm totally game for eliminating meat.  However my husband, who is currently on a ketogenic diet (eats only meat and cheese etc) disagrees!  He started watching What the Health and the next day my phone was flooded with articles & podcasts disputing it!  But that did not surprise me in the least!

What are your thoughts?

I'm still loving Beauty by Earth sunless tanner and highly recommend it.  It gives me so much color with just one application.  But I do feel that I need to apply every 3-4 days.

I also finally found a sunscreen that I love too.  It was so confusing this summer with all the lists of what sunscreen to use and what not to use etc.  So I went to Trader Joe's to get their highly rated sunscreen spray, but it was sold out so I grabbed the lotion (can't find a link other than ebay!).  LOVE IT!  It is lightweight, rubs in super easily, and not greasy!  I have to stock up!

Are you soooooo over the Nordstrom Sale?!  I absolutely am tired of all the Instastories and blogs about it and I placed a few more orders but did not go crazy in the least...

But if you are interested in my thoughts, here are my hits and misses:

KEEPING:
Lush side split tank (super cute and flattering!)
BP Striped long sleeve tee (on the fence- super long, but soft)

RETURNING:
Zella top (totally sheer!)
Tory Burch sandals (my feet are too narrow)
Adidas tank (too long!)

Still WAITING to get:
Nikes (for Carter)
Converse (for Carter)
Zella Hoodie (do you know I don't own a hoodie?!)
Nike Tank (hoping this one is better than the Adidas!)


What are you keeping?



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Friday Faves: Nordstrom Sale (What I Ordered) and An Essential Oils class

Friday, July 14, 2017


I'm having a Facebook Essential Oils class on Monday 7.17.17 at 8pm EST.  If you are interested in essential oils but not sure where to start then message me or comment below with your e-mail address and I'll add you to the class.  I will post throughout the night on Monday but all of the posts will be available for you to view for 1 week.  Oils have helped my family in so many ways so I always love to share about them!

And now onto the Nordstrom sale:

I popped out of bed on Thursday morning to check out the sale and honestly, I was kind of disappointed.  I did however order a few basic things that I know I'll wear so here they are if you are interested.

Articles of Society Jeans have been my go-to for the last year or so.  They are so comfy and regular price of $59.  I've been super happy with my 2 pairs so I ordered 2 more!

Articles of Society Distressed denim

Articles of Society frayed hem

I also got this lush tank and this basic long sleeved tee that so many people have raved about.

And lastly I ordered this Zella racerback tank.

I just got new Nikes but I was tempted to get these.

And if you don't have a barefoot dreams blardigan then it's time you order one- you'll love it, I promise!

I guess it's good that I stayed away from any splurge deals, but the sale is young and I still have time to find a few new must- haves!


Prime day deals

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I remember a few years ago on the first Prime Day it was so disappointing but this year there seems to be such great deals!  Here are just a few things that I have and recommend!


I've been raving about this tanner for a few weeks.  Click here for My favorite sunless tanner ($19.49)  I paid $27.99 for it!


I have a set of wool dryer balls (reg. $24.95) that I use for every load of laundry.  They dry your clothes faster and don't leave any chemicals on your clothes.  You can add essential oils to them or just use them alone.  I do both!



Both of my boys used and loved this duck tub!

And I have a diffuser just like this one.  And it's $13.95 today so it's a perfect diffuser to try if you are just thinking of starting with oils.

So far today I bought these TKees and this oil for eye lashes (more on that soon!)

I'll keep adding as I see deals and as long as naptime lasts!