Wednesday, February 19, 2014

So, you want an update...

Clearly, I'm too busy to blog. I'm too busy to even walk across my room to get coffee in the morning. I welcome this busy because it is serving my family well. I LOVE my job. Did I mean to get a job this year? Nope. Did I mean to throw a wrench in the plans our family had as far as my husband's career is concerned? Nope. Did God care what I meant to do? You guessed it, nope. We are here and we are walking through the doors that He is opening for us.

I have been asked for an update on how business was shaping up since last I wrote (summer) and I've finally decided that it's time to just write it. What you're looking at here is a 1-year-at-a-glance business outline. I'm showing it to you guys so you know it's doable and real, not so I can do the happy dance with you. I do the happy dance every day when I think about this stuff...I do, don't judge. If you're reading this, you're probably a) friends with a lemon dropper b) curious about what to expect or c) have no idea what I'm talking about, in which case, "hi! sorry for the regular blog hijack!" I hope this information helps you on your path. If it's to become a Lemon Dropper, that's awesome. If it's to just use the oils for your family, that's awesome too, because, guys, the oils are LEGIT!!!

FEBRUARY
I started with Young Living in February. I got my kit (which I paid $150 for 11 oils and have run a train on those things) and had 2 friends that said they wanted to try a few oils too and they signed up right behind me with my number. I still wasn't sure that this whole oils business was for me as far as the direct marketing thing, but I sure was down to get my oils paid for every month, and so, that was my goal. I'll just sign up enough people so that I can have free oils every month. SCORE. Here's what February looked like for me
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 6
Total number of people "under me": 8 (one person that signed up under me signed up 2 people)
Check total for February: $389.82
There were 8 people in my "team" at the end of the first month of having these oils in my house. What did I do to get them? I just posted a couple of pictures of my oils on my facebook so that my friends could see what I was up to and I told the truth about what I thought about them. What did I not do? chase people down. I never once sent an email to someone who didn't ask me for information first and that's the God's honest truth. That's not my bag. At this point,  I was not open to doing this as a business so it never occurred to me that people would try to "sell" this product.


MARCH
Totally shocked by the fact that in my first month with almost no work, I was able to get my oils paid for plus some, I decided, "hmmmm, maybe this could work in March too." By this time, my friend, Monique, who has the same vision for what does and does not work in this arena started putting together videos with strategies on how to most effectively earn the most money within the YL payout confines. It's a numbers game and she figured it out. The awesome thing about that? I didn't have to sit and watch the compensation video 800 times to get it. She did it for me and then spelled it out for me so that I could understand it. So, I just continued doing what I was doing, I started to understand the pay structure through YL and I started directing my friends that thought they might be interested in working the business to the same videos. Here's what March looked like:
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 4
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous month as well, it just keeps building): 28
Check total for March: $640.94
Unknowingly, in March, I laid a lot of foundation. I build a new Brand alongside Monique for the Lemon Droppers, I decided 100% I was going to do this thing after I was inspired to create a marketing piece to explain how to use oils. I answered A LOT of emails...a lot. Obviously, they didn't all sign up in March, though. Which is cool. I don't chase people and I don't pressure people. So let's move onto April.


APRIL
April was the first full month that I was in this thing for the long haul and I was now not only looking to get my oils paid for, I was prepared to make money.  A lot of it. The more the better. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it, dang it! I was divinely inspired to start creating marketing one night at the end of the previous month and it was out of my hands after that. It was a BIG month. What did I do differently? Not a thing. I answered emails, I posted what I'm up to and what I think the oils could do for people, I made some marketing materials that I believe are relevant and not cheesy, typical, multi-level stuff, I posted pictures and I was honest about what these oils were doing for my family. That's the key. I am being so real about them. I'm not going to compromise that about this adventure.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 26
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 97
Check total for April: $3,033.15

MAY
Month #4 for me. May was the beginning of summer and the first month that is typically much slower than the previous months and the fall months. Every month I get nervous that what we did the previous months were just a fluke but despite the typically slow months we still grew. Our growth rate was slower than in April but we still grew by 165%! WHAT?!?!
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 23
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 207
Check total for May: $3,686,16


JUNE
June was my 5th month. Again, June is a summer month, which means slow growth for most people. We took it as a challenge this month and really worked to organize our large number and make sure we were prepared for the fall. Our growth was 160%!
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 10
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 358
Check total for June: $4,824.36



JULY 
Month #6. We weren't sure how July was going to go because YL was making some changes to their starter kit. We thought we had enough momentum to really bring it home with the awesome deal on the new kit, but we just weren't sure if people were going to be as excited about it as we were. You know how you get all jacked up about things and other people are like, "ummm, what's the big deal?" Well, we sure didn't want that. Good news, the new kit was a GIGANTIC home run and we more than doubled our business from the months previous.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 22
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 824
Check total for July: $7,623.00


AUGUST
Ugh...August. Tough month. I was literally blindsided by a massive kidney stone in August. HUGE. 5-6mm. That sucker would NOT come out. I dealt with it for the month of August. Guess how much I worked? Yea, not a lot. That doesn't mean we didn't still see growth, however because I don't do this alone. I have the best team in all the land and we work with each other, not against. We have a common vision and it is exciting...even when you feel like you're dying.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 8
Total number of people "under me": 1,172
Check total for August: $5,813.32


SEPTEMBER
In September I had kidney surgery to have my stone removed and a stent was put in. Let me tell you what, I'll never, ever, ever do that again. I'd rather suffer with a stone than feel that kind of bladder pain. I finally got back into the swing by the end of the month. Between August and September I feel like the slow growth as a whole was my own fault for not being "in" during that time.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 14
Total People that were signed "under me"): 1,495
Check total for September: $7,084.35


OCTOBER
We were really working in October. I was knee-deep in 2 huge marketing projects for our team and our growth was big. Real big. At this point we had started seeing a lot of replication of our own success below us and we KNEW we were onto something really special and really rare. It was an amazing month.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 17
Total People that were signed "under me": 2,192
Check total for October: $8,815.23

NOVEMBER
Prepping for Christmas. It was a crazy month...crazy awesome. Seriously, I have no words about the place my paycheck has gone from this month on. Clearly, God is driving this train down the tracks because it's moving with our without me.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 12
Total People that were signed "under me": 3,050
Check total for November: $12,156.40


DECEMBER
December was my first vacation since I started on this oils thing. It was much needed and I was completely away from work for 11 days. Christmas also means a bit slower month as people are busy and focused on their families...as they should be. Still saw growth but just not at our average 60%.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 6
Total People that were signed "under me": 4,177
Check total for December: $14,226.39



JANUARY 
Wow. Just wow. January blew away my expectations. So big. We had a HUGE jump. This team is blowing. my. mind. I can't believe this journey. I can't believe how big this is. I can't believe what a huge blessing this has been. I just can't believe it. It almost makes me ugly face cry because who am I? It's so beyond me. I truly have the most amazing, enthusiastic, excited team that cares more about the product than the paycheck and THAT, my friends, is the key. The oils are so good and the money is a great, big, giant cherry on top of that sundae.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 6
Total People that were signed "under me": 6,355
Check total for January: $23,354.13

Here's YL's income disclosure statement so you can see the average incomes, which has the "weird factor" that I try to avoid in this business, but it's required to post if I'm going to be honest with you about my numbers: http://tinyurl.com/olth4sy. Why do typical direct sales people always have to make this business weird? I'll never understand...but I digress.


So...what are your thoughts? If you're thinking to yourself, "this can't be real" yea, I feel you. You can believe that I'm thinking the same thing. If your'e thinking, "this is too good to be true," yea, me too. If you're thinking, "there's no way I can do that," I'm gonna have to stop you there because I've seen too many people do exactly this behind me to support you on that. It all starts with loving the oils. Truly it does. If you do that, the rest will follow you. It just will. This is my path. This is where I'm supposed to be and I've never loved a "job" so much in my life...ever. The Lemon Droppers are a special group. We do things differently, we're breaking the mold, we couldn't be more excited about it.

You guys know you can always come to me with questions and I'm willing to be 100% transparent with you. I want to take all of the weird and the mystery out of this. Always. http://thelemondroplounge.com/portfolio-droppers/lindsay-teague-moreno

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

time is keeping me down but there's just something I have got to tell you...

Look, I am gravely behind in much of my life right now, especially where it pertains to Project Life and  free time. I know, I know...you have to make the time. I realize that. The opportunity cost to catch up is just too great right now.

I'm going to share with you a continuation of THIS POST from a few months back even though it feels strange to do it now just like it did back then. As you know, essential oils have completely consumed my life. I didn't expect it, I didn't even want it but I find myself in the middle of what might be the biggest financial blessing in my life on the coat tails of what might be the best health choice I've ever made for myself and my family. All-around, I'm feeling very much like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. I'm right where God needs me to be. I'm not sure how this is going to fulfill His plan for my life, but I just know it is as long as I keep my eyes open.

So, it's time to get brutally honest with you guys again. I've said from the beginning that I'm not going to go into this and hide anything and I refuse to play that traditional "multi-level" game. I want to be completely open and honest so you guys can see a) how amazing these oils are for you and how well they work and b) how much potential is here to actually bring in good money; not just some, not just enough to pay for your oils each month, but a really good amount of money that might allow you to quit your job or pay off your student loans (whatever the case may be).

Last month marked 6 months for me in this whole essential oils thing. I fell in love with them and fell backwards right into a new job. Here is exactly what each month has looked like for me. I'm sharing here not to brag or to boost myself, but so you can see that I'm not hiding anything and that it truly is coming to me. If you're anything like me, you just want to see the numbers. I get it, so let's do this thing.

FEBRUARY
I started with Young Living in February. I got my kit (which I paid $150 for 11 oils and have run a train on those things) and had 2 friends that said they wanted to try a few oils too and they signed up right behind me with my number. I still wasn't sure that this whole oils business was for me as far as the multi-level thing, but I sure was down to get my oils paid for every month, and so, that was my goal. I'll just sign up enough people so that I can have free oils every month. SCORE. Here's what February looked like for me
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 6
Total number of people "under me": 8 (one person that signed up under me signed up 2 people)
Check total for February: $389.82
There were 8 people in my "team" at the end of what would become my first month in the business (though I still wasn't on board for calling it that yet). What did I do to get them? I just posted a couple of pictures of my oils on my facebook so that my friends could see what I was up to and I told the truth about what I thought about them. What did I not do? chase people down. I never once sent an email to someone who didn't ask me for information first and that's the God's honest truth. That's not my bag.

MARCH
Totally shocked by the fact that in my first month with almost no work, I was able to get my oils paid for plus some, I decided, "hmmmm, maybe this could work in March too." By this time, my friend, Monique, who has the same vision for what does and does not work in this arena started putting together videos with strategies on how to most effectively earn the most money within the YL payout confines. It's a numbers game and she figured it out. The awesome thing about that? I didn't have to sit and watch the compensation video 800 times to get it. She did it for me and then spelled it out for me so that I could understand it. So, I just continued doing what I was doing, I started to understand the pay structure through YL and I started directing my friends that thought they might be interested in working the business to the same videos. Here's what March looked like:
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 4
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous month as well, it just keeps building): 28
Check total for March: $640.94
Unknowingly, in March, I laid a lot of foundation. I build a new Brand alongside Monique and Kelli for the Lemon Droppers, I decided 100% I was going to do this thing and I answered A LOT of emails...a lot. Obviously, they didn't all sign up in March, though. Which is cool. I don't chase people and I don't pressure people. So let's move onto April.

APRIL
My 3rd month. April was also the first full month that I was in this thing for the long haul and I was now not only looking to get my oils paid for, I was prepared to make money. A lot of it. The more the better. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it, dang it! It was a BIG month. What did I do differently? Not a thing. I answered emails, I posted what I'm up to and what I think the oils could do for people, I made some marketing materials that I believe are relevant and not cheesy, typical, multi-level stuff, I posted pictures and I was honest about what these oils were doing for my family. That's the key. I am being so real about them. I'm not going to compromise that about this adventure.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 26
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 97
Check total for April: $3,033.15


MAY
Month #4 for me. May was the beginning of summer and the first month that is typically much slower than the previous months and the fall months. Every month I get nervous that what we did the previous months were just a fluke but despite the typically slow months we still grew. Our growth rate was slower than in April but we still grew by 165%! WHAT?!?!
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 23
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 207
Check total for April: $3,686,16

JUNE
June was my 5th month. Again, June is a summer month, which means slow growth for most people. We took it as a challenge this month and really worked to organize our large number and make sure we were prepared for the fall. Our growth was 160%!
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 10
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 358
Check total for April: $4,824.36

JULY 
Month #6. We weren't sure how July was going to go because YL was making some changes to their starter kit. We thought we had enough momentum to really bring it home with the awesome deal on the new kit, but we just weren't sure if people were going to be as excited about it as we were. You know how you get all jacked up about things and other people are like, "ummm, what's the big deal?" Well, we sure didn't want that. Good news, the new kit was a GIGANTIC home run and we more than doubled our business from the months previous.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 22
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 824
Check total for April: $7,623.00

I'm sorry, WHAT? Did you see that number? I mean, that's not just a paycheck, that's A LOT more than I was making at University of Phoenix. I have a graduate degree and that's a good salary even with that! 6 months. If this is the first 6 months, I can't friggin wait to see the next 6 months. I'm so excited to see where we Lemon Droppers go from here. Up, up, up. We're all reaching milestones faster than it's been done in Young Living history. That tells me we have a good system in place and we understand the business end of this thing. We also have a deep seeded passion for essential oils. We are actually replicating this success, not just once, not twice but A LOT! And so I ask you, what in the HECK are you waiting for?

If you have been hesitant to stick your feet in the water a) I get it and b) lucky for you that new kit is sticking around. It now comes with the everyday oils kit (9 different oils), a free bottle of stress-away, some reading materials, some sample packets to travel with PLUS a FREE diffuser for the same price as before. Huge score. I bought another one just for the diffuser and the stock-up on the everyday oils at the discounted price. BAM!


We've got some great resources on helping you understand not only how to use the oils, but how to understand the back end of this thing. We aren't in the business of leaving people hanging. It's an amazing group...very supportive. No hard nosed sales stuff. No minimums or anything like that. Just give me ONE chance to prove to you that this is different. I promise you'll see.


And so I ask you again, what in the HECK are you waiting for? Here's a link with more info.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

My Project Life Book Revealed!!!

Well, kids, I have my Project Life book printed and in my hand. Because I do this digitally, I have to delay the gratification of having the book out to look at and see come together. Everything's tucked into a file on my computer (and my hard drive, and the cloud back-up system...I don't take chances, folks), but I can't actually touch it...until now.

I got my book back from my printer and I'm so happy with the way it came out. You ready to take a little look at it?

The cover. This book is hard backed and has think board pages. The pages are a bit thinner than a child's board book,  but still thicker than paper.

The back cover. I took a little month by month look at the year and put down the major "events" that happened. Like a snapshot of what people might see in the book.

Okay, I'm not going to lie, the book is heavy. 12x12 thick pages. It's so heavy I think it might just stand up to the beating that my 3 little girls are likely to give it throughout the years. 

This is a lay-flat style of page. You can see how it's not floppy like paper so my kids can't rip the pages out. It also lays so nicely when it's open so that the entire 12x24 layout can be seen together without a dip in the middle.




Really high quality photo printing on these pages. I'm very happy. They are darker than on the computer so this year I'll be sure to lighten everything before I send it in. 





I put the dedication on the back cover for my family.


The girls love looking at it. They ask if its them in every single picture, "is that me? is that me? is that me?" haha.

So where did I end up printing and how and how much and all that?

Well let me just say first, yea, it was pricey. It could have been done much cheaper on regular paper but I want this to last forever. I don't want pages torn out. I don't want dog ears. I just want it to look pretty when I'm old and I'm looking through this book for the 8,347,462nd time.

I ended up printing through Millers Pro Lab. 
12x12 Size, 35 spreads (70 pages)
Wrap-around custom image cover
Thin pages (1/32" thick, you can order up to 50 pages/100 sides)
E-Surface Photographic paper
Price: $450

So there it is. I figure that with what I didn't spend on scrapbook product and all that this year, I'm probably still saving money doing it this way. No binder, no filler pages, no papers, no embellishments.  Plus, it's nice and compact. 

So there you have it. I hope you are loving your Project Life book as much as I am!!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Can We Be Frank & Can We Pretend We're Friends?



Okay, I've been thinking about writing this for the last month and a half but something stops me as soon as I start because, well, it's awkward and I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression about how amazing Essential Oils are. I really, really, really don't want what I'm about to write about to overshadow what I know about Young Living Essential Oils, which is that they're legit, people and they will work for you if you're consistent and educated on their uses. So let's just be frank, can we? Let's pretend that you and I are friends and you know in your heart of hearts that I wouldn't sell you some crap that doesn't work and try to suck you into something shady, because truly, that's who I am. I would never do that to the people that I love the most in this world. I would REALLY appreciate it if you'll read through this entire post and not just turn it off when you see something you think might be a "trick." I promise you I am not trying to trick anyone into anything and I'm not one to be easily snowed. I swear to you, I'm trying to help you and open your eyes to a path that you might have never thought of going down. Two roads diverged, folks, and here you are. Let me tell you, this one ain't traveled often. We know what Robert Frost would tell you to do... Alright here we go...

Young Living is a multi-level marketing company. There, if you didn't know, now you do. I have that same feeling inside my gut when I so much as write it. I have had the same experiences with people that try to get you to buy-in to some product that you don't really want and then they chase you all over God's green earth to get you to buy more. I get it. I promise you I do. I would even go so far as to say that there are Young Living members that do that exact thing to get people to try the oils. Even my own mother about drove me CRAZY over a MLM company she was involved in. She tried to get me to purchase product from her when she knew we didn't have the money to do it because she was so focused on her MLM goals. I love my mama, but ugh, that sucked. Personally, I believe this "sales tactic" is ineffective and I think it's not the right way to really reach people if the product is good. The fact is that most people have tuned you out before they even try the product because you're pushing them. This is EXACTLY why the Lemon Droppers were created. It's a breath of fresh air in the muti-level world. You still with me? Okay, good, it's like a bandaid, just rip it off. Let's move on. 

Now, the good news is that YL products are the bomb shizzle, and by that, I mean they'll rock your face off, and by that, I mean they're great. They work. They transform lives. They can help us with aches, pains, annoyances, health, wellness and pretty much everything you could imagine. Truly. You name it, there's an oil for that. The best part? There's no catch! You're not going to feel good temporarily at the expense of another problem popping up down the road (i.e. taking 5 Advil a day causing you to need a liver transplant in 10 years). Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure, natural, therapeutic grade oils. They're good for you, dude, so get into it! So why would anyone go and ruin that perfectly good product by trying to "sell" it to someone? WHY, GOD, WHY? Oh, hey, sorry, forgot you were here for a minute. I'm obviously passionate about my hatred of multi-level marketers. 

We lemon droppers? We get that. We have set out on a mission to spread the EO love without force-feeding them to our friends and family. You want to know the best part about this plan? It works. Yea, buddy. It's not rocket science. It's not even hard. In fact, I'd venture to say it's dang easy. Does it take time? Yep. Are you gonna need to be dedicated to it? Yep. Will you have someone helping you? Guaranteed. Will it pay off in the end? YES, bigger than you can imagine, I would bet. I can tell you that it's so much bigger than I imagined it would be. Now, in order to show you how much bigger it is than I thought, I'm going to actually give you my numbers. Does this sound fair? I am going to be honest about what I've done and the kind of money that I'm making by being a Lemon Dropper and building a business with this team of people. Okay? Okay. I'm nervous all of the sudden...bandaid, bandaid, bandaid. Let 'er rip...

FEBRUARY
I started with Young Living in February. I got my kit (which I paid $150 for 11 oils and have run a train on those things) and had 2 friends that said they wanted to try a few oils too and they signed up right behind me with my number. I still wasn't sure that this whole oils business was for me as far as the multi-level thing, but I sure was down to get my oils paid for every month, and so, that was my goal. I'll just sign up enough people so that I can have free oils every month. SCORE. Here's what February looked like for me

Total People that signed up to try the oils: 6
Total number of people "under me": 8 (one person that signed up under me signed up 2 people)
Check total for February: $389.82

There were 8 people in my "team" at the end of what would become my first month in the business (though I still wasn't on board for calling it that yet). What did I do to get them? I just posted a couple of pictures of my oils on my facebook so that my friends could see what I was up to and I told the truth about what I thought about them. What did I not do? chase people down. I never once sent an email to someone who didn't ask me for information first and that's the God's honest truth. That's not my bag.

MARCH
Totally shocked by the fact that in my first month with almost no work, I was able to get my oils paid for plus some, I decided, "hmmmm, maybe this could work in March too." By this time, my friend, Monique, who has the same vision for what does and does not work in this arena started putting together videos with strategies on how to most effectively earn the most money within the YL payout confines. It's a numbers game and she figured it out. The awesome thing about that? I didn't have to sit and watch the compensation video 800 times to get it. She did it for me and then spelled it out for me so that I could understand it. So, I just continued doing what I was doing, I started to understand the pay structure through YL and I started directing my friends that thought they might be interested in working the business to the same videos. Here's what March looked like:

Total People that signed up to try the oils: 4
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous month as well, it just keeps building): 28
Check total for March: $640.94

Unknowingly, in March, I laid a lot of foundation. I build a new Brand alongside Monique and Kelli for the Lemon Droppers, I decided 100% I was going to do this thing and I answered A LOT of emails...a lot. Obviously, they didn't all sign up in March, though. Which is cool. I don't chase people and I don't pressure people. So let's move onto April. The month we just finished. See? I've only been in it for 3 months.

APRIL
So April was the first full month that I was in this thing for the long haul and I was now not only looking to get my oils paid for, I was prepared to make money. A lot of it. The more the better. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it, dang it! It was a BIG month. What did I do differently? Not a thing. I answered emails, I posted what I'm up to and what I think the oils could do for people, I made some marketing materials that I believe are relevant and not cheesy, typical, multi-level stuff, I posted pictures and I was honest about what these oils were doing for my family. That's the key. I am being so real about them. I'm not going to compromise that about this adventure.
Total People that signed up to try the oils: 26
Total People that were signed "under me" (this includes the previous months as well, it just keeps building): 97
Check total for April: $3,171.20

I'm sorry, what?!?!?! Yea, that just happened. You know what I did? The same thing I did the months before. I've noticed my numbers are doubling (plus some) every month and you know what? I'm not the only one. This is something that Monique has done in her own structure and that the people that are working this with me are doing as well. We work together to double our number every month and help each other reach the next milestone so that we can earn at a higher level. I put a lot of hours into it this month. I spent a lot of time answering questions and helping the people that are learning this structure so that they can do the same for the people that come after them.

Look, I'm not telling you that we're all going to be making $50,000 a month by the summer, but an extra $3,000 in our vacation fund sure isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I think the way we're training our people to train their people is the right way and working so closely as a team to help replicate our success is working. It's not every man for himself; we are growing WILDY as a group. We work together, we talk goals, we talk out ideas, we see what works and what doesn't. Most of all we don't spend all of our time putting together boring classes and meetings to sell people into this business. The product does it for us. In our experience (especially my team, I've noticed), they fall into doing the business end of Young Living because people come to them. People want an alternative for pain relief. They've tried everything and this WORKS! Why wouldn't they tell their friends about it? Why wouldn't they get their oils for free? Give them your number to sign up for that kit. It's awesome.

I would LOVE to work with you guys if you're thinking this might be cool to try and you think this is the right move for you or your family. I will put absolutely EVERYTHING out there for you guys to see. I hope you can learn from what I'm doing (though, come on, I don't have it all figured out and I'm certainly not expert). Come and watch a few of the videos that we've made to simplify the learning curve that comes with this business structure. Come see a few of the materials we've made that will help your friends and family see how essential oils can help them. You'll be absolutely AMAZED by what you can do. I just know it. The Lemon Droppers are different. We're not looking to have you purchase a kit and then move on. We want you around for, well, ever! Ask me any questions you have. Let's see what we can do together.

The bottom line of this thing is that this is a total God thing in my life. I feel the pull from something "else." I have prayed about it. I even fasted about it, which I realize might sound totally strange to you guys, but I just want to make sure I'm doing this as God would want me to. I want to make sure this is all Him and not all me. It's so unexpected. I could never have predicted this. I am SO happy and SO filled up about where this is leading. I know what kind of change this could bring for my family. I see Christian school and college for my girls. I see summer camp at Kanakuk for them. I see mission trips as a family. I see things that I never thought were possible becoming a reality. I see the blessings in our family turning into blessings for others. I just want to share it.

Love to you all, truly. My cup runneth over.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Family Pictures Melissa Koehler Style | My Someday Photographer

We all have the one photographer in our mind that we say to ourselves "someday that person is going to take my family photos." Right? Or is it just me? I don't think it's just me. You should make note of those photographers that you love and set out to have your photos created by them. They're your "someday" photographer.

Well, I've drooled over Melissa Koehler's photos for YEARS now (one tiny look and you'll see why). When I was living in Colorado she was actually thinking about making a trip out and I was trying to scramble for ideas on how I might be able to afford to do it then. Melissa lives in California (San Diego to be exact) so getting a session with her would be tricky for sure. When we made plans to be in So Cal for vacation this year, a photo session with Melissa became a reality. I booked like 8 months in advance or something to make sure she had room for us and we drove from LA to San Diego just for this shoot. Look, when you want something, you gotta make it happen, right?!?! You don't get the opportunity to have your family pictures done by someone you admire and love just every day!

Here she is. How cute is she? She's good peeps.

Well, folks, we did it and I'm happy to say that I love EVERY. STINKING. ONE. of the photos Melissa took of the family. She's adorable and funny and sweet and talented and I could go on and on. Money well spent. If you're in the San Diego area or you ever plan to be. Save your pennies because she's worth 8 times what she charges. True story.

Who wants to see some photos, huh?
Still can't believe this is us. We're like a real, live family and all that. I don't know why it's taking me 3 kids and 4.5 years to figure that out. Still feels strange.

Boston (left), Teagan (right). 4-years-old. Identical mirror twins. Can you believe that? What am I doing with twins? That's one question I'll be asking God once I get to heaven. Believe that.

 Kenendy Elise. My little ninja. She looks so innocent here. Like she'd be the last child on EARTH to stick unknown objects up her nose and sneak candy into other rooms to eat it.

This is one of my faves. Look at those colors all around us. So good, Melissa. So good.

 lovin' on my dude. yep. we still got it goin' on.

Me and my Addy girl. Still my baby. Don't want her to EVER grow up! 

These girls loved being at the beach with their daddy. It's the thing they talk about the most about our vacation and considering we went to Disney Land, that means something. They ran away from waves for HOURS. He's so good at being a girl daddy. That's one question I never have to ask God about because the answer is so obvious. He's just meant to be a daddy of girls.


haha. this makes me laugh. look at B & T laughing. Adorable. 

Yea, I'd say this pretty much sums it up.

 Daddy & Addy. BFF's. I'm pretty sure she's his! ;)

Boston Bean. Love this girl. She has decided to take the "give mom a run for her money" crown from Teagan lately. She's lucky she's cute!

Teagan. Sigh. Can this possibly be the same tiny baby I held on December 7th at 4 pounds?

 

 Yep, he's a superstud and yep, he still looks smokin' hot in pink.

 My little girls. This picture makes me so happy. I'm going to hang it on my wall and it will be there until the day I die. I'll look back on it when I'm old and they're having their own babies and I'll remember how much I love them and that all the time and energy is 100% worth it. THIS picture right here is why you hire your favorite photographer and not the one that's the cheapest. There's just something different about it and it's about the artist who creates it. Love you, Melissa, for this photo...well, all of them, but this one especially.

 How long until they stop holding my hand? Hopefully never.

So who's your "someday" photographer? Don't let these years slip through your fingers, they'll be gone before you know it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

I haven't done this kind of post in a while. I'm due! Let's get to it shall we?

1. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Perfume
Have you guys smelled this stuff? I smelled it on vacation when my sister in law let me use some of her perfume when I forgot to apply one evening and I am in LOVE with it. I ran out to get some as soon as I got back. It smells different on different body chemistries. I got 3 compliments on how good I smelled the day I bought it. I'm telling you, it's good. There are 3 different scents in the Chance line. I got the pink. Awesome. The French lady that helped me at Nordies told me it's their best selling perfume and that the ingredients aren't commonly used in perfume right now.



2. Young Living Essential Oils
You didn't think I was going to leave this off, did you? No, no, me either. I can't go an hour without using one right now so they're going on this list! The everyday oils is a great place to start if you haven't ever tried EO's before simply because of the HUGE variety of oils that come in the kit. I am seriously diggin Purification and Frankincense these days for headaches and acne. If you haven't jumped on board yet, I just don't know what you're waiting for...they're that good. PROMISE.


3. The Lemon Drop Lounge
I've been writing a few blog posts over at The Lemon Drop Lounge recently. The blog is awesome, the "street cred" section rocks my face off. It just explains everything in easy-to-understand, non-hippie-freak-witch-doctor language!
Love that place and I love spreading the stories about what these oils are really capable of. Here are a couple of my most recent posts:
Something You'll Never Regret
4 Drops a Day Keeps the Inches Away

Pic-Tap-Go
Behold the power of Totally Rad Actions on your cell phone. Pic-Tap-Go. I can't post an instagram without it. I'm not even kidding you. I try and I just can't post it without running it through this app first. My favorite actions are High Fives, Sweet Tooth, Brightside and Lux.

Here's a video.

PicTapGo! The photo app that likes you back. from Totally Rad! on Vimeo.

See? Cool. Go buy the app. Totally worth a couple of bucks. Plus, the logo? Adorable. Love it.



Lush Bath Products
So, I made the huge mistake of happening upon a Lush store on my girls night out with my friends Liz and Stacy a couple of weeks ago. It's horrifyingly expensive in there but you get what you pay for (100% believe that in pretty much any facet of life) and you're gonna get a good product for your hard earned money. Also the people are WAY over-the-top excited and enthusiastic about the way you bathe yourself (think high school drama club enthusiastic), but it's kinda nice considering the state of customer service at most stores these days.

 I tried the Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub. LOVE. Smells like heaven and is great for creating soft skin.



I also tried the Floating Island Bath Melt. TDF, y'all. Soooooo soft. You gotta try it.


Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Bar (Peanut)
So, my mother-in-law is the woman that is prepared for any situation. When we met in California for vacation last month, she came prepared to feed and take care of an army. In her bag (read: 8 bags) of tricks, she had some of these Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Bars. God love her for bringing these and keeping my kids happy at Disney Land. Love that woman.

Now, I'm not a peanut butter girl and I am SURE not a nuts fan, but I LOVE these things. It tastes similar to a Scotcharoo a little bit but only better for you and no chocolate. I can't explain it. They're just awesome. I bought 2 boxes at Costco last week lest they stop carrying them between now and refill day.

Starbucks Customizable Cold Cup with Straw
Stop it right now. I love this thing. I got the double-extra-grande-venti sized cup (or 24 ounces for those of you that aren't down with the 'bux lingo) for my water and I use it every day. The straw won't come out the top when my kids pull on it. It doesn't condensate down the sides because it's double lined.
oh Starbucks, i love your clean marketing and the fact that you're on every corner in this city I now live in.

Soma Vanishing Edge Panties (...nope, can't even write that word without feeling gross) Underwear
Soma. Why did I not shop here before this year? WHY? Is it strange that I'm telling you what kind of underwear I wear? Probably, but I don't even care. They're amazing.

They don't ride (seriously, they don't) and they don't show lines (seriously, they don't).


 Yep. Go buy some. They're like buy 3, get 2 free every day. The bikini style is my fave with the hipsters close behind (no pun intended).

Project Life Honey Edition
Shut your mouth, how cute is this kit?



I die of cuteness. I think this is the one I'm most excited about for this year's releases!!! Run over to AC Digitals and get ya some of this kit.


So that's all I've got. Any of you tried any of these things? Anybody have anything that they can't stop talking about and using lately? Love to hear it.