Sunday, July 13, 2014

What kind of air freshener do you use?

It always makes me cringe a little when I see those plug in air fresheners in homes, offices, or even classrooms. They always give me a headache! The aroma is too strong for me! 
I wonder if people realize they are inhaling toxic chemicals? 
Here's proof that those other air fresheners are harmful to your health!

"A study of 14 common household air fresheners has found that most of the surveyed products contain chemicals that can aggravate asthma and affect reproductive development."

Hmmmm....that's not good for anyone!

The article also states that "Independent lab testing confirmed the presence of phthalates, or hormone-disrupting chemicals that may pose a particular health risk to babies and young children, in 12 of the 14 products---including those marked "all natural". None of the products had these chemicals listed on their labels."

WHAT?!? They can have harmful chemicals NOT on the label?!? Even on the ones that say "all natural"?!? Say it isn't so!

I love that when I diffuse my essential oils in my home in not only smells amazing, but I'm purifying the air naturally and the therapeutic properties of the oils benefits my whole family.

And by diffusing essential oils, I'm affecting the limbic system and creating a calmer mind and body!

When you order a Premium Starter kit, you get a diffuser for FREE! 

Getting the Premium Starter Kit gives you the benefits of being a wholesale member for an entire year with NO monthly minimums, NO pressure to sell, and NO cheesy sale pitches from me! You'll get 11 of the most popular oils, some sample sachets, a FREE diffuser and a membership to my secret Facebook group called The Apothecary Society--a place where you can learn about essential oil uses in a no-sales talk environment.
Contact Carol Yeh-Garner via her website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net for more info or go to this link to buy your kit now: Carol's Young Living Sign Up Link

Carol Yeh-Garner (Platinum member #1533467) is an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils & belongs to the Lemon Dropper team. She is not a doctor and does not claim to be one on TV. She does not give medical advise. If you have a medical issue, please seek medical attention.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder and Essential Oils

Did you know that 22 million vets suffer from PTSD? And that's only the ones that have gone to get help! So many other's suffer from PTSD too--adults & children who have suffered abuse, trauma, sudden loss of a loved one...even difficult divorces!

GREEN BERET ENDED 45 YEARS OF PTSD WITH ESSENTIAL OILS SERGEANT MAJOR JESS JOHNSON, ARMY GREEN BERET and VIETNAM VET shared his journey with PTSD. 45 years of trauma that started while in the Vietnam conflict has finally come to an end with Young Living. Jess joined the army when he was only 18. He was put in charge of triage in the 101st Airborne Division as their lead M.A.S.H. Medic. For the last 45 years, Jess has awakened every night between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. and could not sleep. These were the exact hours he was on radio watch back in the “War.” He tried several ways to heal, but nothing helped. This decorated soldier stayed in the army for 30 years went to special forces training, but that didn’t help. He put himself back in combat situations–went back to Iraq 11 times. And that didn’t help. But, as he joyfully shared with the Convention listeners: “I met Gary Young 7 months ago — his oils work!” For the first time in 45 years I now sleep a full 8 hours and no longer experience the nightmares. So powerful!” He also reported that just using a drop of frankincense under his tongue once a day has helped him be less rageful.

In a pilot study done by Gary Young earlier this year, a few other vets that suffered from Stage 4 or 5 PTSD (severe, debilitating, and unable to work) were given oils. Within the first night, they had slept a solid night's sleep with no nightmares. Within 5 days, they were off all of their pharmaceutical medications! One of them asked Gary--How will I know when I'm healed? Gary replied--When you can look forward in your life. A few weeks after the pilot study ended, Gary followed up with the group. All of them were getting a full night's sleep with no nightmares and were still off all of their medications. One of them had been able to get a job. All of them reported being more present & being less rageful, angry and resentful. And the one who asked Gary how he would know if he was healed told Gary--I have my life back again. I can see that I have a future.

Over 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States every single day because of PTSD. Royal Crown Diamond Kathy Farmer (pictured) lost her son to a military PTSD suicide. Other testimonials from a woman who had a traumatic divorce & a child who had 2 near death experience were given on the delivering power of the new Freedom Release Collection and Freedom Sleep Collection. These oils are helping people reclaim their life from the trauma of PTSD and the inability to sleep.


We heard the story below at the Young Living Convention by a counselor that treated this family. (It brought me to tears.)

As promised, here is Zac's story as told by his mom. The pain that we all felt after hearing this heart wrenching account of abuse was only eased by sharing in the mom's joy of healing for her son using prayer and nature's medicine - Young Living Essential Oils - Please feel free to share this hope with others who may suffer from severe stress symptoms or know someone who does. PTSD is no respecter of age, gender, or social condition.It is estimated that approximately 5.2 million people have PTSD in a given year. It is like being trapped in a living hell without any hope of peace and healing. I believe that there is hope and healing and while Zac's is perhaps the most profound healing I have witnessed, there are many other stories of lives that have been restored to normal using Young Living's new Freedom kits and other Young Living essential oils.
This is our story.
"My husband and I decided to adopt after our four children were getting ready to go on to college. We went through CPS and fostered then adopted two beautiful siblings. They came straight from their biological mother to our home. Zac was 2 and Ella was just an infant. They both had suffered unimaginable abuse and neglect. Zac is now 6 and his sister just turned 5. (editor's note: The children were apparently subjected to "Black Magic" and sexual abuse rituals as well)
Unfortunately for Zac, it was worse as he lived in those conditions for a full two years before The Lord brought them to our home. Zac has very vivid memories of the nightmare him and his sister lived, memories that torment him day and night. Because of this, he has been given multiple psychiatric diagnoses, not to mention they were both exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero.
Zac has what is known as “Reactive attachment Disorder” ( editor's note: a subcategory of PTSD). Basically, he couldn’t attach to me his mother because of what he suffered in the hands of his biological mother. I couldn’t hug my son because it was physically painful and terrifying for him, I couldn’t cuddle with him at bed time, and he had this dark look in his eyes when he looked at me. Zac would throw up almost daily on purpose if he did not get his way. Zac had not slept a full night without nightmares or getting up multiple times in the night since we got him four and a half years ago. He had been in a psychiatric hospital for violence, threatening to kill himself, his sister or me.(editor's note: Zac pulled a knife and threatened to kill both his mother and sister and broke his mother's leg).
He takes multiple psychotropic medications just to stabilize him and for the rest of the house to survive day to day. We installed monitors cameras, had someone move in with us for the times my husband travels just to take Ella out of the house during Zac's rages.
His post adoption services suggested it was time for us to “give Zac back to the custody of the state” to protect his sister, they sent the paperwork for us to fill out but my husband and I were not ok with this and we were in a desperate situation asking God for answers.
That’s when we were introduced to essential oils. I’ll be honest; at that point if someone told me that if they brought a cow to my house and sacrificed it, and it would help, I would have done it. I’m not one to buy anything from anyone. I run when I see the Avon lady or the Mary Kay lady. I had nothing else to lose and we didn’t want to lose our son.
The night I started the oils we have had a really “bad day” with Zac, he fell asleep after hours of screaming how much he hated me and he wanted me to die. Honestly I couldn’t remember exactly what oil to use but I remember frankincense was the “go to” so when it was “safe” for me to touch him I put them on...Zac slept all night, no screaming, no nightmares, no getting up 4,5,6,7,8 times a night. I know this because I didn’t sleep “waiting for the wrath” after the day we had.
The changes we have seen in Zac are huge. God is working in him through these oils. It is such a blessing for our family. He hugs me a lot, he allows for me to touch him and hold him, I can tuck him in at night, pray with him. He has only thrown up once in the last month. His occupational therapist reported after only one week of the oils that his hand writing had dramatically improved. His teacher came to me in tears the day after I started the oils to tell me what a “beautiful day” Zac had in the class.
He can have conversations with us and express his feeling instead of acting them out...the list goes on and on. We know we will have struggles but we have HOPE and that you can’t get in a pill.
The Lord placed these oils that he created in our hands and our son is able to feel the love that his forever family has for him. He can feel accepted, part of our family, like a child again.
My prayer is that if you are reading or hearing this testimony that you will know in your heart that there is hope and that God created these for a reason, not for a fad or for something else for people to cash in on. His purpose is for healing, for joy to be restored.
Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future...

Update: Zac has not had a single rage attack since starting the oils. The essential oils Release and Forgiveness were being used prior to the introduction of the Young Living Freedom kits and these were the ones that stabilized him.He uses Frankincense and Peace and Calming when his mind starts to race. He is off his medications. Mom uses the Feelings Kit in the diffuser and Zac releases many feelings. He can even talk about his birth mom, something that no psychologist has been able to do. He was also due to have an autism screening but mom cancelled it because the symptoms subsided. Praise God for this Healing!! Thank You Gary Young for following God's leading on your life and being steadfast in your commitment to bring Young Living essential oils into every home. Thank you Jenny M for having the compassion and courage to help out a struggling mom."

Young Living Essential Oils are changing the world. If you'd like more information about the newest additions (including the new Freedom Kits) to the 180+ essential oils we carry, please visit www.AWellLivedLife.Net & go to the Products section or comment below. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014


So, we've still got one more week before summer officially started, but I've already got summer on my mind! The nice people at Santa Cruz Organic® generously gave me a sample of their organic lemonade & organic mango lemonade to try. If you know me, I'm kind of stickler for organic stuff. I do my best to have my family use as many organic foods, beverages & products as possible. My kids loved the original lemonade & the mango lemonade was super yummy too. I can imagine a hot summer day with some mango lemonade and vodka being a really refreshing drink! But I can also imagine the kids really enjoying a cold glass of lemonade too. ;) When Santa Cruz Organic® offered to do a giveaway for my readers so they could try these delicious, yummy organic drinks, I said yes! Free stuff is another thing I love!

Here's some information about the products:

Summer fun pairs perfectly with these lemonades: enjoy them at picnics, backyard barbecues or make them the star of your favorite recipe.

Santa Cruz Organic® Lemonades and Limeades are made with Certified USDA Organic fruit juice and are a great addition to any summer activity. 

·         No artificial preservatives or ingredients
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·         Flavors include Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach Lemonade, Mango Lemonade, Cherry Lemonade and Limeade 
Reader Giveaway:
Santa Cruz Organic® wants to give my readers a fun way to celebrate summer, so they’re offering a giveaway! Two (2) randomly selected winners (U.S. only, please) will receive two Santa Cruz Organic® Lemonade Beverages!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils made it on the Today Show

The Cleveland Clinic was featured on the Today Show for using alternative medicine--specifically herbal remedies--to help their patients. Young Living oils made a cameo! The hospital uses our oils regularly & are just one of many hospitals around the US that use our oils. You'll hear Dr. Oz talk about the benefits of herbs--especially their oils--and he highlights sage and rosemary as oils that help with cognitive functioning. He also talks about being cautious because many "natural" products out there aren't good quality. Young Living makes the cut and is used by so many hospitals because they are unadulterated, PURE, 100% natural, therapeutically effective oils! 

Watch the clip by clicking HERE

Here's a list of some of the hospitals in the United States that are using Young Living essential oils:

Did you just read what the Cleveland Clinic has been using Young Living oils for in the picture above?!? "Gout, neuropathy, carpel tunnel, sinusitus, headaches, abdominal pain, kidney stone pain, neuralgia, tennis elbow, arthritis, back pain, leg cramps, post-op hip & knee pain & whatever else comes our way." What?!? Did you know that essential oils could help with so many issues? I certainly didn't until I started using Young Living oils!

Young Living has been around for 20 years. They are really pioneers of the essential oil business. Gary Young, the founder, was trained by some of the best essential oil developers in Europe and has continually refined the technique. They are the only essential company that owns their own farms or partners with farms willing to live up to the high standards of Young Living. The Seed to Seal guarantee is what helped me choose Young Living over doTerra and the other brands. After being able to go to their partner farm in Hawaii where Royal Sandalwood is being produced, I was even more impressed with their process! The farm land is growing only local plants on the farm--there are NO foreign plants on the several thousand acre farm. They do things by hand--digging the holes to plant the trees, tubing the sprouts, picking the seeds, etc. Everything was meticulously handled throughout the process. They honor the earth and the process. It really was impressive!

Many other essential oil companies will claim they have certain ratings or labeling that make them higher quality. Go to their farms to see how things are handled. Oh wait, you can't, because no other essential oil company owns their own farms & allows volunteers to come work on their farms. Young Living has farms all around the world--Somalia, Oman, Ecuador and many throughout the US. I am going to go visit the farm in Utah in June, the farm in Idaho in July & the farm in Ecuador in November. How many essential oil companies allow you to do that? ONLY Young Living!

If you're not impressed by now...or at least questioning the essential oil brand you're currently using, I'm not sure why not!

This is the amazing deal that you can get for yourself or for the special Mom in your life (reminder: Mother's Day is May 11th!):

What are YOU waiting for? 

Contact Carol for more information by visiting her website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net. You can learn more about the Young Living product line by going to her website's Products page and clicking on the Young Living link. You can also learn more at or joining Carol's team's essential oils educational Facebook group. Contact her for more information.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm so impressed!

I just love to hear success stories about what Young Living essential oils are doing for my friends & family--it really makes my day to know that I'm part of a company that is helping so many people.

Here is just one story from a friend's dad suffering from rheumatoid arthritis:

That is just 6 days of using Copaiba, Panaway & Frankincense topically daily & drinking 2 oz of Ningxia Red daily. WOW!

I'll be sharing more success stories about fibromyalgia, ADHD, autism, weight loss and more! Who knew that essential oils could help with so many issues! I certainly didn't before I started my oil journey!

We've been able to completely re-do our medicine cabinet with essential oils:

This whole essential oils thing has become so huge that I've created a Facebook group for people that are interested in learning more about oils. It's called Apothecary Society because we are all, in our way, our own modern apothecaries trying to navigate our way through health issues naturally with the least amount of side effects & chemicals. This Facebook group is for people to learn more about oils, to ask questions, to read success stories--and the cool thing is--there's absolutely NO sales talk in it! So, you can just join it & learn. You can leave it at any point too. If you're interested in joining it, friend me at Apothecary Carol and let me know you'd like to be added to the group. You'll learn a lot in a no-pressure environment.

This is the amazing kit that I started with. It comes with so many oils for you to try for so many different issues:
It comes with 11 oils (5 mL size), some samples, but the best part is, you'll also get a FREE diffuser! That thing is worth $98 (retail)! I didn't think I'd use all of the oils in this kit. I bought it mainly for the thieves oil & the diffuser because I wanted to be prepared for the cold & flu season. (Did I tell you that diffusing thieves kills 99.98% of the airborne bacteria & viruses?). But, let me tell you, I've used all of the oils & had to buy more because I love them so much. Stress Away & Peace & Calming--every mom's must-have oils! Valor--can you say no snoring? no clenched jaw at night? deeper sleep than I can ever remember having? Yes, please! Panaway--no sore muscles or back aches. Frankincense & lavender--can you say--softest skin ever? And the allergy trio--lavender, lemon & peppermint--love it!  I could go on & on, but I won't. :) 

Go to www.AWellLivedLife.Net to the Products section for more information about Young Living Essential Oils.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Katrina's Birth Story (AKA "Our Unplanned Homebirth" or "HypnoBirthing Really Works!"

Alanna & Mike took my Tuesday night HypnoBirthing classes in Encinitas (North County San Diego, CA) to prepare for their second birth. They had taken another birthing class for their first birth, but weren't happy with the outcome and decided that they wanted to learn more to be even more prepared for their second birth.

Katrina Eve Peters

Alanna's story:

On Monday and Tuesday (Feb 10 & 11) I started having some mild cramping sensations in my lower abdomen, almost like pre-menstrual cramps. They were infrequent and mainly only started in the afternoon through evening and went away by morning. They weren't uncomfortable at all but I practiced my slow breathing through them just to start preparing for labor, which I assumed was probably a few days away.
On Tuesday (11th) the cramping was becoming a little more intense and by that night I figured we were probably getting close to the start of labor. I researched prodromal labor (false labor), sat on my birth ball for a bit and drank some red raspberry leaf tea in hopes that my cramping would turn into labor surges rather than disappear again in the morning. I was convinced that this was going to drag out over several days.
Sometime between midnight and 1:00 AM on Wednesday morning (12th) I woke up with what I could tell were real uterine surges. I could actually feel everything tightening up and starting to push my baby down. I started listening to my Rainbow Relaxation and HypnoBirthing music playlist on my headphones and slowly breathed through each surge. Mike had fallen asleep in Sammy's room so he had no idea anything was going on. I figured I'd have a long time to go so I didn't want to wake him and bother him yet. One of us might as well get a good night's sleep! Around 3:30 AM I decided I should probably start timing the surges just to be sure that we didn't need to get ready for the hospital yet. I timed them for about an hour but they were all over the place - no rhythm or pattern to them at all. I went back to bed and continued my breathing and relaxation. Around 5:30 AM I noticed Mike was back in our bed and he realized that I was having real contractions. I assured him that nothing serious was happening yet and that we'd see if everything slowed down again in the morning as they had the two days before.
Around 7:30 AM on Wednesday 912th) I got up for the day. I had a cup of coffee, sat at my computer, and took care of some essential business, just in case. I let our friends know that there was a good chance we'd need them to watch Sammy that day. Then I hopped in the bathtub around 8:00 AM where I soaked for about an hour while listening to a podcast about "How to Know if You are in Real Labor" (I decided that it was still practice labor since my surges were still irregular) and then listened to my relaxation music. Getting in the tub slowed down my contractions for a while but eventually they became pretty consistently 5-7 minutes apart.
Mike was still home that morning and was getting Sammy ready for the day while preparing to go out and run some errands. I figured that since my surges were still pretty far apart (real labor would start when they were 4 minutes apart) he had plenty of time to go out and do some things before we had to go to the hospital. I was planning to call my aunt, who was going to be our birth companion at the hospital, and let her know that we would most likely be going to the hospital that afternoon. 
I sat up in the tub and started draining the water when a really strong surge hit me. I breathed through it and continued my process of getting dried and dressed. I did my best to get my hospital bag ready but from that point on, I just kept having surge after surge. I couldn't even properly brush my teeth because they were coming so fast. I started timing them and realized they were consistently 2 minutes apart and about 1 minute each. I was afraid I wasn't going to have time to track them for an hour to see if they fit the 2-1-1 timeframe! It was at this point I realized there was probably no way in hell we were making the 45-60 minute drive to Balboa Hospital down in San Diego.
While Mike made me some eggs for breakfast (so I'd have energy for the day ahead), I sat in my chair and kept breathing through the surges and relaxing. I got about two bites of my eggs and then had another surge. That one was SO intense that I suddenly had a moment of panic and felt like I couldn't take it anymore. I yelled to Mike that I didn't think I could handle this anymore. He came in the room, told me to calm down and relax. (While he was seriously concerned that I was already losing it so early into the labor process!) I relaxed for a minute until the next surge hit. This time I yelled again that I didn't know how long I could do this. 
All of a sudden I felt the urge to push. I thought that it was still way early in my labor so I figured I must just have to poop. I rushed past Mike into the bathroom and told him so. He said "no, I don't think you do" but figured that this pressure was just a part of labor. I sat down on the toilet and started pushing and instantly realized that it was NOT poop baby was ready to be born. Mike checked and at first didn't feel anything, but then I breathed down a little bit and he could feel her crowning. He made me scoot forward so he could see (and catch!) the baby. He handled it so calmly that it was easy for me to get back to my relaxed state. I remembered that I wasn't supposed to "push" and I just needed to bear down a bit with my breath whenever I had a surge. This is what I did, and I think it took about 4-5 breaths before my baby was fully born at 9:35 AM. She was still in her bag of waters, and thankfully we had seen this in a birthing video recently so Mike wasn't freaked out. He knew it was totally fine and once she came out he just broke it open and handed me our baby.
While I held her, Mike called 911 to ask for assistance. The EMT's showed up and helped transfer us to the hospital to deliver the placenta and make sure we were okay. It was pretty crazy and exciting! Meanwhile, Sammy was in the bathtub in the other bathroom, completely oblivious that her sister was being born. After the event, Mike went to get her so she could see her sister before we transferred to the hospital.

Mike’s story:

First let me say “I am the man”! Whoo. That aside, I went to sleep the night before labor with my daughter Sam aound 11, woke up around 2 and crawled into our bed. Alanna was awake and said she was feeling some tremors and I asked if we should get the birthing party started. She said the contractions weren't that strong or consistent yet so I went to sleep. I woke around 7:30 and Alanna was in the rocker recliner in the baby’s room covered in a blanket with her eyes closed and headphones on. She looked asleep. I knew that was part of the hypno-birthing deal so I took a pic when she wasn’t looking and went to my daily routine. After some coffee and some email checking I asked Alanna if she thought I should stay home from work. She said it wasn’t necessary but it would be nice to have someone around the house to help with Sam while she was in the pre-labor stage. While Alanna took a bath it slowly crept into my mind that this was going to be the day so I cleaned, had breakfast with Sam and then put her in the tub. When Alanna got out of the tub she said her contractions were coming hard and fast. I mentioned that maybe they slowed in the tub and now her body is catching up to make up for lost momentum. She agreed and I made some her eggs and an english muffin. 

Sitting in the baby chair again she started eating her breakfast. I went to the kitchen to clean up and I heard her scream, “Miiiiike, I don’t think I can do this anymore!”. I thought Whaaat? We didn’t even get to the hospital yet! Why did we take hypo-birthing lessons for the past month and a half if we’re going to just jump to freak out mode off the bat? I went into her room and reassured her and did some light massage on her legs. Then the next contraction came. She said “I have to poop” and she pushed me out of the way and started walking towards the bathroom. I said “You know you don’t need to poop”. My thinking was based on an anecdote provided by our birthing teacher. Wrong! We went into the bathroom and she said “I think the baby is coming. I feel like I have to push.” I said “The baby’s not coming”. So I told her to lean back and I looked. As I inspected I started to say “See, nothing is coming… Oh yea there’s something there”. I felt to see what it was and since it was so close to crowning I waited to see what it was. At first I thought it was just the bag of water that was coming out on it’s own before the birth actually started. Never saw that before but hey she wasn’t about to have a baby in the bathroom right? Then as I watched I saw hair under the shiny sack. Oh shit! I told her “Okay, were having a baby”. She started to tense and I reassured her that we can do this together. The baby was coming fast with every contraction so I grabbed my shower towel off the wall behind me and got my head together for the next couple rounds of contractions. I held Alanna’s butt up as she leaned back as to not drop the baby in the toilet. After 3-4 contractions the head came out. She was still in the bag of water. I think if I hadn’t seen this in one of the birthing movies we saw I would have freaked out. I knew she was still attached by the cord and that’s what was important, she didn’t need to breathe yet. Another couple of surges and she was out near her shoulders. I then used my finger nails to pop the bag between her head and shoulder. POP! Like a balloon. Another 2 contractions and out she came. She was as beautiful as a new born baby could be. Alanna said “Give her to me” so I did. We got the cord from around her neck and she sneezed and breathed in a couple times. 

I didn’t know what exactly to do at that point. I knew I should cut the cord after it stopped pulsing but I was kind of bewildered so I thought I’d call the pros. I then called 911 and they sent the EMT’s. While waiting for them we got Alanna's shirt off so the baby was skin to skin and the 911 person instructed me to tie a shoe lace around the umbilical cord and knot it. This is where my brain should have thought “I can do this, I saw Crab Man do this on My Name is Earl with some coupon scissors and some chip clips”, but I just followed the person's directions instead. The EMT’s showed up and I heard “Daddy, What’s going on?”, oh man Sammy is still in the tub. I told her to get out and dry herself while I did finally get the chance to cut the cord. I have a crappy iPhone pic that no one will see because my wife is buck naked in the shot, but I do have it. I got Sam dressed and told her she gets to see her baby sister. She looked dumbfounded. I don’t assume to know what a 3 1/2 year old is thinking when she hears that but it seemed to be surprise and excitement. I made room in our bedroom, now with 5 guys and a gurney and Sam got to see her baby sister. She said  “Ooohh, she’s so cute!”. As they moved Alanna and the baby together to the gurney Sam kept saying “Hi baby” and “She’s so cute” and making a happy little squealing sounds. They took Alanna and the now pinker Katrina to the Ambulance, we gave them Alanna’s hospital bag and they were off. Sammy and I followed to the not planned Tri-City hospital.

Alanna was supposed to birth at Balboa hospital in Downtown San Diego. Why? It was free that’s why. But like Alanna said “She wasn’t getting to the car let alone a hospital 45 minutes away”. So we ended up at the Tri-City hospital 5 minutes away. The hospital was not a good experience. Unknown to me while asking for directions to the birth area I met our doctor on the way in and told her our story. Once to the front desk of the baby ward they told me Sam can’t be there because of flu season. Grrrr. 15 min later our friend Joy came and got Sam and took her home for the evening to have her first sleepover with her best friend Audrey. After not seeing my wife or baby for about 45 minutes I finally made it back to the room where Alanna and Kat were. I was super relieved that they were both healthy and happy. Alanna still didn’t birth the placenta yet and the doctor was somewhere else. The nurses wouldn’t let Alanna try to push it out without the doctor so we waited. This is where Alanna would tell the story best but to summarize, the doctor wanted to give an IV & give Pitocin. Alanna refused both. The doctor was kind of pissed, you could tell by her body language while she explained why it was smarter to do what she wanted us to do. We knew everything was going smoothly so again Alanna refused. Alanna passed the placenta naturally by pushing a couple times. She did need to get sewn up a little since the baby came so fast out of the gate. And that was the extent of the medical involvement. Some stitches and catching the placenta. 

I do not recommend Tri-City at all to anyone. Out of the 5 nurses we had 2 that were considerate to our wants, the doctor was pushy, and the building itself… all the furniture was just destroyed, the dust on the bathroom vents and window cills were so thick you couldn’t see the actual metal. The crown jewel was a couch in the birthing room so used that the sitting surfaces were discolored about 10 shades darker than the sides of it. The best thing about Tri-City was the exit door.

We’re now happy and healthy and doing what we do, but now with a new Kat. The experience of helping birth my daughter was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I tried to liken it to something else I’ve done before. It’s pretty impossible, I was excited yet super relaxed, anxious and focused. It was awesome. While our culture doesn’t support it and most dudes would pass, I think dads should have the opportunity to receive their baby and bring them into this world. I would do it again in a second.

Alanna's story:
To make the rest of the story short, everything went fine - baby Katrina and I are both perfectly fine and healthy (even after me being GBS+ and not getting any antibiotics!) with no complications whatsoever. I was a little annoyed that they kept trying to push an IV and medications even after I had a 100% natural home birth, but we just kept refusing everything, to the doctor's annoyance. Like Mike said, the hospital experience was not good at all. If I were to have another birth (which I am NOT planning!) I would totally do it all at home. The labor and birth at home were AMAZING and I can only imagine how much more peaceful and relaxing it would have been to just finish up everything else with a midwife at home. I have no regrets though - this birth experience was absolutely amazing. I will never forget any minute of it!

Side Note: I highly recommend HypnoBirthing to anyone interested in a natural, peaceful birth experience. I am convinced that my labor went so smooth and easy because I was totally relaxed the entire time. My relaxation allowed each contraction to be so effective that I didn't even realize anything was really happening yet! On my contraction timer I started by noting each surge as "Mild", then gradually started marking them as "Moderate". Toward the end a couple of them brought tears to my eyes but I never really considered any of them to be painful. It wasn't until the last two surges (where I yelled out to Mike) that I considered them "Severe". It was just amazing. No words can really describe how awed and amazed I am about this experience. I can hardly believe it, but I did it!

Not sleeping...just totally relaxed.
Not sleeping...just totally relaxed.

From 5-7 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart!
From 5-7 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart!

WOW! Congratulations Alanna & Mike! I'm thrilled to hear that things went so well that you didn't even make it to the hospital...and yet, were still really prepared to handle anything that came your way! Mom, baby, mom's body (& dad) knew exactly what to do once the body is able to relax! So excited for you--thank you for sharing your story!

If you are interested in taking Carol Yeh-Garner's HypnoBirthing classes, please visit her website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net. If her classes do not fit your schedule, feel free to contact her for other local practitioners. If you're outside of the San Diego area, you can visit to find a practitioner near you.


Friday, January 24, 2014


So...I haven't posted anything on my blog in quite a while because....I'm obsessed....seriously, day & night--OBSESSED!

What am I obsessed with? OILS people...yep! Essential oils! 


I know, I know...sounds completely crazy, but I've gone a little crazy, I guess!

My first introduction into essential oils (EOs) was a few years ago. I heard about thieves oil and was impressed that these thieves long, long ago were able to stay healthy when they exposed themselves to the plague while stealing from dead people. They were in close contact with people that had died of the plague and when the thieves were finally caught, they received a lesser sentence by giving the police their secret--they'd slather themselves with a blend of essential oils.  I knew Young Living oils sold it & I wanted it, BUT when I saw how much it was ($44 for a 15 ml bottle), I thought...I can make my own for cheaper! So I looked online for the recipe & went to Sprouts, Jimbo's & Whole Foods to get the oils....mixed them up with a carrier oil and started using them in the hopes of avoiding sickness. I'd use them on the feet & chests of my kids when they'd get sick & I'd take a few drops internally every night. I wasn't THAT impressed with how it worked, but kept using it anyway.

I ran across a FB post of a friend, who posted about Young Living oils and decided to look into it a little more. I really wanted the real thieves oil and thought I'd bite the bullet & pay $44 for the bottle if it would help keep my family healthy this winter. I had also had a few people I knew use doTerra oils, so I did my research there too. They have a blend that is very similar to thieves oil, but they call it a different name and have one different ingredient. So, being the kind of person that researches and researches (and then researches some more) before committing to things, I did just that.

What I found was very surprising! A quick comparison shows that doTerra carries 39 single essential oils, and 18 blends while Young Living carries 87 single oils and 70 blends and has been around for 20 years! I like having more options and having products from an established company with an excellent record...Young Living oils is the ONLY essential oil company that owns its own farms (in five different continents)! That means they know the quality of the seed, the dirt (no pesticides or residues of pesticides, herbicides or chemicals in their dirt), etc. They know how their ingredients are harvested and processed (they often have their own distillery with their own distilling machinery on site on the farm) AND their oils are first distillations, which means they're distilled ONCE and only once--leaving you with the purest form of essential oil. Quality is important to me as is purity...I did enough research to feel confident to make MY choice. Other people will happily choose other essential oil companies and that's fine with me!

I decided to go with Young Living. I wasn't planning on doing the business end of things...I'm busy enough with my hypnotherapy practice, my hypnobirthing classes, a family and already being involved in two MLMs--Juice Plus+ and Miessence certified organic products. The whole MLM thing just wasn't my something that had been successful for me....or so I thought!

But...then, a funny thing happened! I joined an awesome FB group that discusses essential oils uses...I became addicted to reading the multitude of posts to learn more about all of the amazing things essential oils has helped people with. I couldn't believe it! I wanted all of the oils so I could completely re-do my medicine cabinet (which really only had ibuprofen and a bunch of homeopathic remedies in it) with essential oils. I was hooked, so signed on as a distributor. ( might say)

I purchased the Premium Starter Kit which comes with the 9 oils listed above along with Stress Away, Joy and a FREE cold-mist diffuser/humidifier. I couldn't wait for it to come! Well, in my first month of using Young Living oils, I used almost every oil in my kit and ran out of thieves, peppermint, lemon, and lavender! (time to reorder!) 

Right when I got my kit, my daughter had a cold/cough and usually would have a wet cough for 1-2 weeks. I put thieves in the free diffuser (love that thing!) in her room at night & rubbed diluted thieves on her chest & feet at bedtime. Her cold & cough went away in two days!

I started taking peppermint, lemon & lavender for allergies & post-nasal drip. I took one capsule in the morning & one at night starting with 2 drops of each and increasing over a week and a half's time to 4 drops of each mixed with fractionated (liquid) organic cold-pressed coconut oil that I got on Amazon. The post-nasal drip stopped & the sneezing, itchy eyes allergies that I had grown accustomed to went away. What the what?!?

I used Peace & Calming and Stress Away during the days after my dad died and I had a work schedule that was full, a family schedule that was full & no chance of getting any down time. It helped me get through those difficult days. I've since used those when I'm feeling like I'm about to blow my sh#% and instantly feel my whole body calm down. They've become my daily "perfume"!

My husband often snores like a chainsaw...whose husband doesn't? Right? Well, I had read on that great FB group that talks about oils that putting a drop of Valor oil on the big toes can stop snoring. Sounds weird, but I figured I'd give it a try. Operation Stop Snoring began that night--went to bed and my husband was snoring away. I lifted the covers to put the oil on his toes. Got one toe oiled up & he woke up when I was putting oil on his other toe. He looked at me like, "What the HELL are you doing?!?" I just smiled & said, "It's ok! I'm just putting some oil on you so you can stop snoring!" He rolled his eyes & went back to sleep. And...the snoring stopped. I thought that it was maybe because he woke up and he just wasn't sleeping deeply enough. I kept waking up through out the night to see if it was working & it did! No snoring out of him the whole night! Well, a few nights later, we were talking about how Valor was helping him stop snoring & he says, "Well, you snore too, you know!", so I figured I'd try it too. I had also learned on that great FB group that putting a drop of Valor on your jaw can help you stop clenching your jaw (which I do while I sleep according to my dentist & confirmed by my sore jaw when I wake up). Wouldn't you know it?!? My husband said that my snoring had stopped AND my jaw wasn't tight when I woke up! But you know the best part about using Valor on my big toes at night? I sleep the deepest sleep that I've ever had--EVER! I fall asleep and don't even wake up once during the night! I wake up in the morning and have no recollection of ever turning over and sometimes I'm in the same position I was when I fell asleep! Now THIS was awesome because I usually am the lightest sleeper--waking up whenever my husband would roll over, waking up whenever I'd hear my kids sneeze down the hallway. 

I offered thieves to a friend of mine, who felt like she was coming down with the same cold that her daughter had. She used the thieves & didn't get sick! I offered thieves to another friend of mine whose daughter had a bad cough & cold...she used it & it helped her daughter get better faster.

Are you catching on? Do you see why I'm obsessed yet? Just look at what thieves oil can do:

Studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 have shown Thieves to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves oil blend was diffused for a given amount of time.
After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of
82% in Micrococcus luteus
96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
44% in Staphylococcus aureus

Needless to say, I won't EVER be without thieves oil in my household! 

But, let's talk now about how Young Living oils is changing my life in a way I had never imagined!

So, when I started with Young Living in the middle of October, I figured I'd give the business end of things a go. The way that the Lemon Droppers Young Living team had everything broken down in a really easy-to-understand way made the whole MLM thing seem do-able & not pyramid-scheme-y. So, I posted a picture of my new oil kit with my awesome diffuser on my FB page & got some interest and signed up two of my friends.

So, at the end of October 2013, I had 2 people that signed up (bought the awesome kit that I did).  My commission check was $108.18. I thought that was pretty cool for just signing up myself & two other people. I figured,"Ok, I'll give this whole business thing a whirl! If I can make some extra money for my family, it's worth giving it a go!" Ha ha....the Universe is so wise...just wait til you see what happened!

November came & I continued to post a few things about how the oils were helping me & my family with so many issues. Well, by the end of November, I had signed up 18 people and my commission check for November was $1589.99. By the end of the month, I had 55 people on my team because people I signed up had also signed up people. There was also a contest that Young Living was offering--Drive to Win--a car & a trip to Hawaii. It had started in August, so I figured I had no chance of even qualifying for the top 60 since I had just started in October. By the end of the month, I was on the leaderboard for the top 300 fastest growing teams in the entire Young Living  organization! I decided I was going to buckle-down & do my best to get to the top 60 so I could win a trip to Hawaii.

December was busy! I was the busiest I had ever been with my hypnotherapy practice. I had HypnoBirthing classes. I was dealing with the holidays & getting everything ready for that. I was still grieving my Dad's death.  I wasn't sure how I was going to do it all and if it was even possible to do as well as I had in November. I kind of figured that December was going to be slower because everyone was saving or spending their money on presents. But...again, the Universe had different plans for me. I had 15 sign ups that month and my team did amazingly well! By the end of December, I had 109 people on my team AND I made it to 55th place in the Hawaii contest--meaning I had the 55th fastest growing Young Living business in the entire Young Living organization (WHAT?!? Didn't I just start this whole thing in October?!?)--but even more importantly, I had won the hotel accommodations for a 5 day/4 night trip to Kona, Hawaii in February! My commission check for December was $2299.95! Unbelievable! That money allowed me to be able to buy two plane tickets and extra days in Hawaii so that my family could join me on this amazing trip! AND I had done so well this month, that I made it to Silver level in the business (something that Young Living says usually takes people about a year to achieve). Because I did it so fast, I earned an Aroma Complete essential oils kit worth over $2500! I am now stalking my email inbox waiting for the email letting me know it's on its way. 

It's now late in January. My team is now up to 179 people and my team & I have already reached a total sales goal higher than I had anticipated. And the month isn't even over yet!

I'm SO thankful I took the plunge into the Young Living business and am even more thankful that I found the amazing Lemon Dropper team, who have made this business format so successful for me and all of the people on my team. We truly help each other out & build each other up! I'm so grateful for everything that I've been able to accomplish so far & look forward to what my team & I are able to accomplish this year!

If you would like to join me on this incredible journey, know that it's unlike what you think a typical MLM is about. You will get tons of support and training from me but also from our team. The Lemon Dropper team is the fastest growing team in Young Living history. The team leaders know what they're doing & they're sharing their knowledge with the rest of us. If you're even just the tiniest bit interested in learning more, just let me know. There's no pressure because I totally understand that everyone needs to figure things out in their own time and in their own way.

If you want to see what all the hype is about in regards to these oils that I'm OBSESSED about, check out the insane amount of stuff YOU can get if you get the Premium Starter Kit:--11 oils, some sample packets to keep in your purse or share with a friend, and a FREE diffuser! 

So, if you've made it this far and been patient enough to get to the end of this blog post, I applaud you! :) Please contact me if you'd like more information about joining the awesome FB group that talks about oil uses (there's no sales talk), joining my team or buying a kit so you can start seeing how these oils will change your life! No pressure, I promise! I'll just share information with you & let you decide what you want to do with it.

Best way to contact me is by messaging me on FB or visiting my website at www.AWellLivedLife.Net & contacting me through my Contact Form. You won't regret it!