Aug 31, 2014

LAST DAY: Amazing Essential Oil FREEbies Promotion!!

Aug
31
2014
Sunday

Young Living Starter Kit Promotion!!  Only available in August!

**Today (8/31) is the last day to take advantage of this amazing freebies offer!**

As many of you now know, Ryan and I have jumped on board the essential oils bandwagon (yes, Ryan too!) We use them for our family for a natural way to fight allergies*, get rid of the discomfort of burns*, fight colds & the flu*, get rid of tummy aches, weight loss*, and even bug repellent! (And lots lots more! Have you heard the saying “there’s an oil for that”? There really seems to be!!)

The “medicine”* that God created is definitely powerful and created to work perfectly with our bodies. It’s funny that the media talks about essential oils like they’re a “new trend” when people have been using essential oils for thousands of years! :)

With company after company popping up (goodness, it sometimes seems like a new one pops up every week) to try to take advantage of the “new trend” of essential oils, I’m thrilled to have found a company that I trust and that was the pioneer in bringing the use of therapeutic essential oils here to the states.

Several of you have asked me when I’m bringing this special back, so if you’re interested in getting a starter kit of some of the most useful essential oils and essential oil blends, then I’m bringing back the special sale just for Surviving The Stores readers this month!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $150)…

Want to get started with essential oils?  Check out this awesome promotion for May!!

…then I will ALSO mail you a super helpful Essential Oils Reference Guide (you can look up almost anything in it and see which oils have been used to help with that problem), a set of essential oil labels to keep your oils organized, AND I will give you either a $20 Paypal deposit or $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Want to get started with essential oils?  Check out this awesome promotion for May!!

I’m using all of my commission that I would make off of your purchase to give you these freebies because I truly believe that you will absolutely fall in love with these essential oils as much as we have!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below by August 31st to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to 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 1423474 (so that I can send you your free book!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that’s the one where you get all of the freebies!) Those are the oils that I use almost every single day! You can get the kit that’s $150, or you can get a kit for $160 with an even nicer essential oil diffuser!

6. I’d recommend skipping the Step 3 (Optional) part of the sign-up process. I’ll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).

7. Go through the checkout process.

8.  After you sign up, send me a message through my contact form letting me know that you signed up through this promotion so that I will know to send you your freebies. :)

BONUS Step 9 (COMPLETELY Optional!)  If you would like to earn 2 bonus oils this month,  then get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values).  You could get the Start Living With Everyday Oils kit and automatically have 100 point value… then you’ll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oils.  For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the two BONUS oils!  (This step is completely optional!)

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1423474.  Also, if you recommend this promotion to a friend (or group of friends) and they sign up too through this promotion then please let me know so that you can get credit for referring them. :)

{Scroll down for several frequently asked questions!}

*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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Does signing up make me a “distributor”?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils!

The reference guide that I’m giving away as part of this promotion is also a HUGE resource. You can look up almost anything in it and see which essential oils and supplements can be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was suprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

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Jul 14, 2014

Why I Buy My Essential Oils From An MLM

Jul
14
2014
Monday

Why I Buy Essential Oils From An MLM




I was 18 and a freshman in college looking for a job so that I could earn some extra “fun money”.

The first place I looked was the classified ads and saw what seemed like an incredible opportunity…

“Make your own hours. Unlimited income potential. Must be a self-starter. Call for an interview.”

Well hey, I’d love to make my own hours. Unlimited income? Sign me up! Sure, I can be a self-starter, why not?

So I called.

I went in for my “interview” and guess what? They “hired” me!!

All I had to do was make a small investment in a kit (I actually don’t remember how much it was) and then I would be ready to tell others how to get the best knives ever.

I would start with my friends and family and then ask them for referrals.

I could also go through the records of people who had bought knives previously and give them a call to see if they wanted me to come out to their house to clean their knives. (Y’all… I’m laughing as I write this… I really called random people to see if I could come out to their house and CLEAN THEIR KNIVES!!)

Then while I was there, I would show them our new catalog to see if there was anything else they might like to order, and, of course, ask them for referrals.

I lasted less than 2 weeks.

After that experience I wrote off any type of sales at all for the next several years and got a job as a hostess at Chili’s instead.

Now don’t get me wrong, the knives were pretty amazing! Those scissors that the company sells… they *really* can cut through a penny! Have you tried cutting through a penny with the regular scissors in your kitchen? Probably not going to happen.

I still have my set of knives that I bought when I first signed up to sell them 16 years ago and I use them all of the time.

The products are quality products, but the method of selling just wasn’t for me.

I didn’t want my friends and family to feel pressure from me to buy things. I didn’t want to call random people and try to get them to buy more knives.

I never wanted to be part of another direct sales, network marketing, or Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company again.

~~~~Fast forward 8 years.~~~~

I was now married with a 3 year old and an almost 1 year old.

Ryan and I decided that we wanted to eat “healthier”, which at the time meant switching from white bread and white flour over to whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat flour.

We wanted to be ALL IN on the healthy train, so we decided to not just buy wheat flour, but to make it ourselves by grinding up our own wheat berries.

Some friends of ours were placing their order through Azure Standard and told us that we could buy wheat berries there.

How much did we buy? Oh, you know, a reasonable amount for people to buy when they are just getting started grinding their own flour.

Just seven 50 lb. vacuum-sealed buckets.

Hey, I was planning on making homemade bread every day! I could go through that pretty quickly, right?

Plus, it was a *really* good price and we figured that it would be good to have extra food on hand just in case there was ever a long-term emergency situation.

We had driven 2 hours with our two little kids to get these wheat berries, and by the time we had loaded up the car, our almost one year old had just had enough. Nothing I did could get him to stop crying and settle down.

The lady who owned the house that we picked up our wheat berries at asked me if she could get something that might help my little guy settle down.

Um, YES!!

So she came outside with a cotton ball with a drop of Young Living lavender essential oil on it.

Y’all. We just put it next to him in his car seat, he stopped crying almost immediately, and went to sleep within a minute.

Wonderful!! Where do I get this??

The lady said that I could get it through a company called Young Living and she gave me a brochure.

Oh…

It was one of those companies where I’d have to talk to everyone I knew about the product, get referrals, and do the whole thing that I told myself I’d never step foot into again.

So I said thank you, got in our car, and drove home.

I bought a few essential oils at our local health food store over the next several years to use as cleaners, and I bought a bottle of the cheapest lavender oil I could find hoping that it would have the same effect. (It didn’t.)

~~~Fast forward another 7 years.~~~

I had grown a lot in my “crunchy” ways over that time period. I was really into natural remedies, Ryan and I were GRAIN-FREE (no more use for those 350 pounds of wheat berries… we, um, still had about 325 pounds left!), and I was hearing from friends about how they were using essential oils to do a complete overhaul of their medicine cabinets.

Hmm… that sounded like my kind of thing!

So I researched. And I decided that if I was going to overhaul my medicine cabinet with essential oils too, then I wanted to make sure I was getting exactly what I was paying for.

Here was the criteria that I used to evaluate the companies that I looked at:

1. Can this company guarantee that the land used to grow their plants & herbs is free of residual herbicides, pesticides, & chemicals?
2. Does this company own their own lab to test an oil’s composition?
3. Does this company ever purchase oils from outside suppliers? If so, does the company visit the farms and oil distilleries to observe the process and make sure that there are no added chemicals to the distillation of the oils and that the herbs and plants are grown completely free from contamination with ANY herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers?
4. Does this company only use crops that were harvested at their peak time? And if so, does the grower test to make sure that the crop is at its peak time for harvesting?
5. Does this company continuously monitor the process of distillation to make sure that the oils produced from the distillation contain all of the correct therapeutic components?
6. Can this company guarantee that oils are discarded and not sold if mistakes were made during the distillation process that affect the quality of the oils?
7. Does this company’s oil suppliers use extra solvents during the distillation process to extract extra oil from the plants?
8. Can this company guarantee that nothing is added to the oils during bottling?

The only essential oils company that could answer those questions in a way that I felt comfortable with was Young Living.

It wasn’t because they had an MLM commission structure… that was one of the reasons that I didn’t want to buy from them back in 2006.

And I wish I would’ve known back in 2006 that 90% of the people who buy essential oils from Young Living don’t get into the business-side of it at all! They just use their discount to get high-quality essential oils. I would’ve been completely okay with that. :)

So I finally bought a starter kit back in February of 2013 and my plan was to just use the oils for our family (remember how I didn’t want to do the MLM thing? I really meant that!)

But then when something works for you or a family member you want to share that, right? So I would put up a post on Facebook about my nose clearing up, or how I got burned in the kitchen that day but it didn’t hurt at all because of using Young Living lavender right away, and people started asking questions about oils and about how they could get some.

Not long after that, some of my friends who had seen me posting on Facebook wanted me to come teach an essential oils class for them and their friends. This wasn’t the typical – “Hey, would you be willing to host a party for my business? If enough people come and buy things then I will give you a free gift” – type thing. This was others inviting me to come teach classes at their home so that they (and their friends) could learn more about keeping their family healthy.

And others fell in love with the oils and wanted to do a makeover of their medicine cabinets too.

I got into the business without really meaning to. Just by using the products that I had decided on for our family and sharing the results with others.

There are a lot of essential oils companies out there.

There are a lot of essential oils companies I could’ve made money off of as a blogger! Bloggers make money through products they recommend through affiliate programs (for example, bloggers can make a sizable income by linking to places like Amazon and other online companies), and just about everyone online who is recommending anything is making money off of that recommendation somehow.

But I wanted guaranteed quality.

I wanted to be able to see first-hand the farms, the distilleries, the labs, the bottling… and from what I have found, Young Living is the only company that allows all of that.

And what I didn’t know at the time that I needed, but now am so thankful for, is the support network of others who are studying about essential oils too.

I was extremely blessed to join a Young Living group that is filled with naturopathic doctors, RNs, chiropractors, midwives, and many others who have dedicated their lives to helping others, and are more than willing to offer their advice and experience.

I’m always asking questions and finding new uses for different essential oils in our team’s Facebook groups.

Even if the quality of Young Living hadn’t sold me 100%, our support group would have. There’s no way that I would be getting that kind of support and information anywhere else.

If you would like to join our “oily” team, either as a business or just to purchase the Young Living quality then you can find all of the instructions on how to do that (as well as more info on why I chose Young Living) at the bottom of this post here.

Why I Buy Essential Oils From Young Living Squ

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Jul 7, 2014

Canker Sore Natural Remedy Using Thieves Essential Oil!

Jul
7
2014
Monday

Canker Sore Natural Remedy Using Thieves Essential Oil!

Wow! Here is an incredible testimony from Julie over at Lemon Peony on how she not only numbed the pain from her canker sore but got rid of it within 24 hours using Thieves essential oil!

Thieves is an amazing blend of several different essential oils including clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. We have seen the effectiveness of Thieves to treat several different ailments including coughs, colds, and even mild pain in our gums.

Head over to Lemon Peony to read about how she used Thieves Oil to get rid of canker sores!

You can also read our post on 20 different ways to use Thieves oil.

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May 8, 2014

Thieves Tea – Naturally Fight Cold & Flu Symptoms With Essential Oils!

May
8
2014
Thursday

Thieves Tea For Flu and Colds



We’ve been using essential oils in place of our old medicine cabinet for over a year now and haven’t looked back*!

One of my favorites is an essential oil blend called Thieves™. It’s a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. I use a drop of it in the back of my throat whenever I feel a sore throat coming on and it knocks it out either immediately, or after a couple of times. (I wrote a whole post about 20 different ways to use Thieves™ essential oil blend here)*.

But when I get a full-blown cold or flu symptoms, then I step it up a notch and drink what I call “Thieves™ Tea”*.

It has seemed to really work for me (and for my friend Kristie!) so I wanted to share the recipe with you guys.

When I’m feeling sick, I drink this mix of hot tea and essential oils every 30 minutes to 1 hour until I start to feel better.


If you want to read more about the essential oils that our family uses, and why we chose to use the brand of essential oils that we use, then click here!

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 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. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Apr 15, 2014

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub With Essential Oils!

Apr
15
2014
Tuesday

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub
I love this idea!!

I’ve talked before about how my body reacts horribly to anything with harsh-chemicals in it (which is pretty much all health, beauty, and cleaning products at the store).

I had finally gotten rid of the eczema that had developed on my hands (going grain-free really really helped), and then I did a hand scrub at Bath & Body Works. UGH! I just wasn’t thinking! Within a couple of hours I had a major eczema flare-up that didn’t go away for weeks.

So, I am just completely staying away from putting any type of harsh chemicals on my body.

I use coconut oil and essential oils all of the time, so I was super excited to find this easy recipe for a homemade lip scrub using them!

Head over to Lemon Peony to read about how to make this DIY Lip Scrub With Peppermint Essential Oil!

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Apr 8, 2014

How To Dye Easter Eggs With A Whisk + More Egg Dyeing Tips!

Apr
8
2014
Tuesday

How To Dye Eggs With A Whisk - Mess Free!!



It’s that time of year again!

I generally try to stay away from most intentional messes (right now we are in the stage of life where we have PLENTY of unintentional messes) but dyeing eggs is one that I can’t (and don’t want to) resist.

Dyeing eggs can get pretty messy, but we’re trying something new this year to keep the mess to a minimum.

I’ve been looking for ways to make the process a little easier, especially for our 3 year old, and found this idea to use a whisk to dye the eggs.

You just open the whisk up a little to put the egg in and the whisk goes right back together once the egg is in there.  Then you dip the whisk in the dye solution and leave it in there for the right amount of time.

My big kids can use the regular egg dye dipper, but this idea is perfect for my little ones!

If you don’t want to use your nice kitchen whisks, then you can find them for $1 at your local dollar store.


Here are two more egg dyeing tips and tricks that you might find helpful this year:

How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs In The Oven!


1.  Bake your eggs instead of boiling them! 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Place room-temperature uncooked eggs in a muffin tin to keep them from rolling around everywhere.  Bake the eggs for 30 minutes.  When the 30 minutes are up, put the eggs in a bowl of ICE water.  That’s it!  PERFECTLY “boiled” eggs without any boiling water or cracking!

Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes!



2.   Dye eggs with ingredients you already have!

Whether you don’t want to go out to buy dye, are concerned with the chemicals in food dye, or just want to show your kids how people have made food coloring for centuries, you can use ingredients that you likely already have to dye your eggs!

Here are a few ways to make egg dye colors with natural ingredients:

Green Dye: boiled spinach leaves
Purple Dye: purple grape juice (a small amount), hibiscus tea, red wine, boiled red onion skins
Blue Dye: boiled red cabbage leaves, purple grape juice (a larger amount than for the purple), canned blueberries
Yellow Dye: boiled lemon peels, boiled carrot tops, boiled ground cumin or tumeric, green tea
Pink Dye: beets, cranberry juice, red grape juice, boiled raspberries
Red Dye: canned cherries with juice, boiled red onion skins (LOTS)
Brown Dye: strong coffee or instant coffee, black tea

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