My venture into DIY laundry detergent…

My venture into DIY laundry detergent…

  • You guys. It finally happened. My beloved Young Living Thieves laundry detergent ran out. Gone. Zilch. Nada. And I have a confession. It ran out 4 months ago. And I caved and went and bought Arm and Hammer detergent and…and…and… my cloth diapers HATE it. So I switched to Tide. And they STILL hated it. Also, my son started breaking out in hives. AGAIN! (YAY for super sensitive skin, NOT!) Anyway, lesson learned, I finally added another bottle of my trusty Thieves laundry detergent to my monthly Young Living subscription box, which, if you haven’t checked out yet, YOU SHOULD! (side note: Anyone else have an addiction to subby boxes?? No?? Just me?? Alrighty then!) In the mean time, I needed a “clean” detergent option so I decided to wade into the intimidating world of DIY laundry detergent, and let me just say, #mindblown!!! I can honestly say, SUCCESS! First of all, let’s talk about how Lavender and Tangerine essential oil is a match made in heaven and my clothes seriously smell the yummiest, EVER. So easy to make, I couldn’t believe it! So far I have been using this for 3 weeks now, and I’ve washed everything from stinky, dirty cloth diapers, AND a load of nasty, wet clothes from 3 days ago when the kids played out in the rain that I totally forgot to throw it in the washer. I am extremely pleased with the results, and that’s a lot coming from this cloth-diapering mama of 5! This recipe is seriously, SUPER DUPER EASY (I found it on Pinterest, and followed the link to this blog) and took 5 minutes to mix up, and it’s borax free!!   The recipe is as follows:
  • 1/4 C. Super washing soda
  • 1/4 C. Baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. Liquid Castille soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented from Amazon)
  • 20 drops of essential oil of choice

    13950999_10208104101453596_374356996_oFor this recipe I used Lavender and Tangerine because I loved the smell! Our family only uses Young Living essential oils exclusively because they are the only company with a seed to seal guarantee so I have peace of mind about no chemical additives. (If you’re curious about how to snag Young Living oils, click here!) So, grab your gallon sized container (I used a glass pitcher at first, but then dumped the remainder or my Arm and Hammer stuff and poured my mix in there) and a long spoon to mix with. Pour in your super washing soda and cover it with hot tap water, mix until it is dissolved. Once it is dissolved, add in your other ingredients except for your essential oils, then fill up your jug with hot tap water and stir it up. Lastly, add in your drops of EO, close your bottle and give it a shake and BAM! You are good to go! I have an HE front loader and use about half a capful (about 1/3 of a cup) for each regular load. Make sure to give a shake before you pour as some of the ingredients will settle to the bottom. Now enjoy your homemade detergent and peace of mind! Leave me some feedback below and let me know how you liked it, and if it worked for you as well as it did for me.




Let’s get our learn on!!!

Let’s get our learn on!!!


Guys, I’m about to geek out on you. Before you roll your eyes and click out because you’re thinking “This is one CRAAAAZZZZZYYYY Asian chick!”,  listen to this!


– Every cell in your body, every single living thing, has a vibrationalfrequency. When we consume things that have frequency (such as plants which are living things), we can increase our body’s frequency which will increase our health.

– Healthy human body frequency: 62+ MHz

– Illness starts at 57-60 MHz

– Our bodies are receptive to cancer at 42 MHz

– Death begins at 25 MHz

– Essentail oils have frequencies as well, which can raise our bodies’frequency. They range from 52-320 MHz

– One of the most important modalities of essential oils is their ability to raise our body’s frequency to a level where disease cannot exist

– Processed food: 0 MHz, meaning it does nothing positive for your health

– Raw, real food (things that are alive) are the only foods that will raise your frequency! (Juicing/smoothies are where it’s at, y’all! We loooove our raw breakfast smoothies in this house!)

– The essential oils with high frequencies are Rose (320 MHz), helichrysum (181 MHz), and frankincense (147 MHz)

– Coffee: Even holding a cup of coffee can lower your body frequency by 8 MHz (yikes!) Taking a sip lowers it by 14 MHz. BUT! Listen to this: When essential oils are inhaled following exposure to coffee, the bodily frequencies restore themselves in less than a minute. But if no oils are administered, it can take up to 3 days for the body to recover from even one drink of coffee. How crazy is that?

Now for some MIND BLOWING stuff.


– Negative thoughts decrease our frequency by up to 12 MHz

– A positive thought can increase our frequency by 10 MHz

– Prayer/meditation increase our frequency by 15 MHz

How incredible is this?!

How incredible is the God we serve and His plans for us to care for the bodies that He gave us? When we treat our bodies well and surround them with things that are raw, vibrant, and alive, we too are raw, vibrant, and alive! I don’t know about you but this stuff makes me come alive. y’all! When our family first grabbed our Premium Starter Kit and jumped into oils (you can read that story here), we literally had NO IDEA the awesomeness we were getting in to!! Every day I learn something new about these little bottles of awesome, and every day I love them just a little bit more! $160 to get started on the road to TAKING BACK OUR HEALTH. I would not trade it for the WORLD and I can’t keep my mouth shut, I want to shout it from the rooftops!!!


If you are ready to jump in and get started using essential oils, NOW IS THE TIME! You can find all you need to know here. The Premium Starter Kit is the way to go and better yet, it is 10%  off until the end of February! Once you’ve grabbed your kit, PLEASE connect with me! I want to help you get plugged into our community of AMAZING people that will be here to walk with you on this journey to better health and wellness!

Also, If you don’t have a reference book for essential oils, GET. ONE. NOW. Highly recommend the Desk Reference from Life Science Publishing, it’s my absolute FAVE! It’s where I got this info (well, that book and the book, The Chemistry of Essential Oils) I’ll leave y’all with this for now.




Be afraid… be very afraid…

Be afraid… be very afraid…

It has begun… my little warriors are officially enrolled in Faith Academy of Tae Kwon Do! I am so excited for them! The boys tested for and received their yellow belts, I couldn’t be prouder! Here they are on the morning of their test, looking all handsome!



Of course, they had to have their morning shot of Ningxia Red a.k.a. “Ninja Juice” to get in a super concentration of antioxidants for the big test! This is a MUST HAVE in our family’s daily wellness routine, because of #allthehealthbenefits, we love our Ningxia! Here is a cute little video that shows why we take it!

Also worth mentioning, these two Ninja Warriors broke some boards!!! As in, broke a wooden board with the heel of their hand. WHAT????? #proudmamastatus right here!!!! Also, couldn’t end without letting you guys see my little Princess Warriors in the uniforms. ❤ Aren’t they adorable??


It’s so good to be BREATHING!

It’s so good to be BREATHING!

Last week started off, stuffy, to say the least! That’s why I thank God for this guy, who has been my bestie alllllllllll week long, through thick and thin! (<<Haha, see what I did there??? Thick and thin, stuffy nose, need I say more??? You get it right??)View More:

So because I am AWESOME and I want to share the love, I’ve compiled a list of reasons you need this roller bottle of awesome in your life.

You need Breathe Again because:
-Immunity Support
-Healthy Respiratory Function -Invigorating
-Balance Inflammation

Ok I wanna tell you guys something but before I do…

Essential Oils’s are NOT medicine. Nor should they be treated as such. Medicine is used to treat a symptom or for the intention to kill at a sickness or disease from your body. Essential oil do not have the same intention! Oils are used to support your body, to help it do what it was created by a perfect God to do perfectly, to build up your systems and to keep them working in great condition! I don’t know about you, but I want to support my God-given, perfectly designed body systems and live in HEALTH, not just get rid of symptoms and live in a constant battle, right?
Now on to my original point. Did you know that over the counter medications, again, which are used to treat symptoms and not support bodily systems, are available to help with breathing clearly? Nasal sprays are one of those. But here is the problem: those are only meant to be used for 3 to 4 days at a time, since they are not long term help, or building up your body. But they do work in the moment, so many people continue to use them beyond the suggested dosage. This can cause a rebound where the nasal congestion is actually worse than before you administer the spray, and then in order to get the same amount of decongestant, you need to use more and more and more of it. So when you use them longer, that’s when you increase the risk of becoming addicted to a medication! That’s a problem, considering there are risks to over using those sprays. In addition to worsening congestion, you can get headaches and increase blood pressure since the spray is absorbed from the nasal passages right into the bloodstream!!! 😱😱😱 Again, I don’t know about you guys but I say NO THANK YOU to all of that! I’d much rather support my body, and build it up to a functioning state that is REALLY good. I want to use products that help my body both short-term and ESPECIALLY long term, both for myself and my babies! I am so very, very glad we chose to start a journey to health and wellness. If you are considering starting this journey too, now is a GREAT time to check out the Premium Starter kit from Young Living. They are on sale right now at 10% off and in the history of the company, they’ve never been this discounted! In addition to that, I am offering $25 cash back via Paypal or Young Living account credit as a THANK YOU for trusting me and letting me guide on this journey to health and wellness with essential oils! The Premium Starter kit comes with:

-Diffuser of your choice (We looooove the DewDrop, it comes for FREE in the PSK! You have the option to upgrade to other awesome diffuser for more $$, but I recommend this one if you are just starting out!)

-Eleven of the most popular essential oils

-Pack of 10 “Love it, Share it!” drams, perfect for sharing with friends and family, or throwing in your purse for on the go!

-sample packets of Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, and Peace & Calming, to share or keep for yourself!

-2 sample packets of the AWESOME antioxidant drink, Ningxia Red. our whole family take this daily, it’s YUMMMMMM-O!

In addition to alllll that awesomeness, you’ll receive a digital copy of our exclusive Happy Oiler handbooks (back-to-school, Valentine themed, Christmas themed, you name it, you get them all!) and they’re full of fun recipes to get you using and loving your oils! PLUS, you will also receive a packet of oil goodies from YOURS TRULY to help get you started on this oily journey! I will also make sure to support you by plugging you in to some AHHH-MAY-ZING Facebook groups where you can talk all things oily with my Tribe of essential oils users. I seriously just love everything I see these bottles of awesome doing for myself and my family, and I want YOU in on that goodness too! Follow this link if you are ready to jump in! Your time is NOW!




Attack of the Pink Eye!

Attack of the Pink Eye!

I knowwwwwwwwwww with as many kids as I have, there’s no way we escape the winter season completely unscathed, but good grief does it HAVE to be pink eye???? I  came home on Saturday night (from an AMAZING business trip to see some of my Young Living team, WOOT WOOT!) to find Dalton with one red eye. Thought it was allergies since it was pretty much gone by Sunday morning, but boyyyyyyy was I wrong! It all went downhill from there! And since OF COURSE the kids are passing it around one by one, here we are today, 5 days later and Aaliyah was the last one down. I was hoping to escape this round of germs unscathed, but ALAS! I felt my eye begin to twitch late Tuesday afternoon, and thought SURELY it was my overactive imagination. I walked past the mirror a half hour later aaaaaand yeah, one big, itchy, red eye staring back at me. I don’t think I’ve had pink eye since I was five or six! On the bright side, everyone seems to be on the upside of this and hopefully we can resume our usual schedule next week. I was (of course) using our essential oils to help sooth the irritation (Lavender EO was very soothing, diluted in coconut oil and applied carefully around the eye bone, NOT in the eye!!) but the winner of this week’s HOME REMEDY AWARD goes to breastmilk!!! Haha! But hey, it worked! And being as my boys are 10 and 7, you won’t even believe the amount of bribery it took for me to get them to let me put “Booboo milk” in their eye. (Don’t freak out y’all, it was in a bottle and I had a dropper!!) I am $10 poorer but, the boys are all better.  My 2-year-old thought it was the most HILARIOUS thing, getting breastmilk in her eye, and as I was dropping it into Isabella’s eye (who kept trying to suck on the dropper, lol) Aaliyah says with all the wisdom her 5 year old self could muster, “MOMMY!!! Isabella wants that in her MOUTH not her EYE!” (Yep folks, she’s brilliant I tell ya.) Hopefully tomorrow I can go erase the red X from the front door!. 😷lavender


Back to clean eating…

Back to clean eating…

My days are full of cleaning, running errands, endless grocery shopping, wiping rear ends, soothing the teething baby, teaching Callie the alphabet, teaching Aaliyah to read, being stumped at 4th grade math, and running a business from home in between… it’s been a hectic week.. In the midst of it all, our family went back to clean eating this week. That is to say, the kids and I. My health freak, super healthy, vegan husband was never once tempted by all the holiday yumminess. His favorite remark to make when he sees me stuffing my face is “How are you gonna have the strength to RUN if there’e a zombie apocalypse??” (And I’m all like, “Well YOU better stay fit then, cause SOMEBODY’s gotta carry me!) The despair in my heart as we left Sam’s Club this month without a box of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups was a very real thing, y’all. I could feel my eyes leaking from the stress (Just joking…maybe.) Howwwwwwww am I gonna get through the next few weeks of back-to-school and finding a routine again, without chocolate? Good this there’s an oil for that, huh?

Aaaaaaanyway, last night I was not on top of things and so dinner wasn’t on the table until 7:30, which means the boys had to go to their martial arts class without dinner. (Bad mommy, I know. Don’t worry, I gave them an apple before they left!) Dinner conversation with the 5-year-old while Daddy was picking up the boys went something like this:

Aaliyah: Mom, who can be invisible?
Me: No one.
Aaliyah: So it’s impossible for ANYBODY to be invisible?
Me: Yep.
Aaliyah: Well, Dalton said God is invisible.
Me. (😨) Well, He is. Only God can be invisible.
Aaliyah: So, are you saying God is an invisible guy in the sky???

Sad to say, my brain was too fried to have a great theological answer for her, because it was after 5PM, and I was having some major chocolate withdrawals, so I did what any good mom would do. “That’s a GREAT question for Daddy, Hun! Let’s ask him as soon as he gets home!”


All  that to say, I think you guys should prepared to hear from me pretty regularly, because in spite of the sadness I feel, having no junk food in my house, I really am looking forward to spamming y’all with food pictures!!!! YAY for clean eating! Who’s with me??

Happy 1 Year Anniversary To Me!!!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary To Me!!!

I haven’t shared much about our Young Living journey on my blog  before. Maybe it’s because of the stigma that MLM companies have, and I am afraid people will see this first paragraph and not read any further. Maybe because I am afraid that people won’t believe me, or because I feel like it’s too good to be true. But, I think I just need to get over myself and share my journey with you. You deserve to know.

When I first saw blog posts, and social media posts about essential oils, I felt like it must be a hype. The newest trend, if you will. All of these people, close friends that I trusted, talking about moving towards a healthier, happier lifestyle and replacing toxic chemicals with essential oils. But, after seeing them experience awesome things by using essential oils,  I was intrigued. I was desperate for a change in our family’s lifestyle and I thought there might be something to this essential oil thing. I was looking for better sleep, not just for me but for my kids (can I get a HALLELUJAH Mommas??) My husband’s anxiety and my nerves were out. of. control. And I needed better alternative to the toxic crap we had in our bathroom, and our home over all, because of my son who has a myriad of skin and respiratory issues.  

I decided to give them a go because I wanted I wanted wellness, and I was not finding that with my current routine. I had just found out we were expecting baby # 5 and the thought of more of  the endless cycle of YUCK that happened every October-March because 4 kids + winter = perpetual nastiness passing around at my house made me want to scream! And adding another little one to that mix? I needed to try something different, that actually WORKED! So, exactly 1 year ago today, I scraped together my pennies and bought my Young Living Premium Starter Kit.

AND GUESS WHAT????? They actually worked.
Here are just a few of the things our family has experienced over this past year.

  1. Stronger Immunity (Ya feel me, Mommas??)
  2. Emotional Stability (Don’t laugh, it’s true!)
  3. Amazing Sleep. Like, epic-ly amazing.
  4. Financial Blessings

That last one though. If you had asked me the day I bought my kit, if I thought we could make enough income to support our family through Young Living, I would have laughed in your face. The most I hoped for was getting my monthly subscription box paid for (something TOTALLY AWESOME that Young Living offers) and maybe a little extra for an occasional out-to-dinner treat. But then I made more. And I began to dream bigger. Like, EPIC-LY BIG. (Y’all. Epic is my favorite word!) My new goal? Bring my husband home. So we can homeschool our kids TOGETHER! So he can grocery shop with me and  baby wear, because the baby is a fatty and my back hurts, dang it!  So we can say YES when God moves us to, without having to worry about the finances involved! So we can have a life we don’t need a vacation from! So we can live debt free! And you know what?? The way things are going now, we are right on track for that goal, and maybe more, lots more. And we are so very thankful for deciding to give essential oils a try.

Another thing I am thankful for is the team I landed in. I am so very thankful to be on this journey with them. Shout out to my fellow Royal Oilers!  I am so very thankful to the amazing team of people under me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I am so very thankful to my uplines, and so very proud to call myself a Lemon Dropper, and a Happy Oiler! Lastly, I am pumped to see what 2016 has in store for the Smallwood family!

If you have any questions at all about my journey, and how you can join our amazing team, PLEASE, don’t hesitate to ask! I would LOVE to help you out. Until next time!