6 days of BOGO starts NOW! 

Today’s buy one get one is buy On Guard get a free Lavender! These two oils are a must have for every household. If you’re alive, you need these two! haha On Guard is great for immune support and also helps kick a bug that already started. On Guard for daily diffusion makes sense since it purifies the air. Lavender is all things calming, great to soothe skin irritaions and helps comfort a teething baby! We love it in the bath and on pillow cases.

You can also watch doTERRA’s Facebook page this week to see the BOGO announcements each day, then login to your account and purchase – text me or email me if you need any help! 559-709-0250

If you’re already a wholesale account holder with me, watch for each day’s sale including lots of education on how to use each oil on our essential oil usage Facebook page, Drop by Drop.

Have a great week and BOGO! 🙂

Scented Ornaments 

I made salt dough ornaments scented with dōTERRA’s Holiday Joy essential oil. We (Adrienne & I) pressed rubber stamps into the dough before cutting them with Christmas cookie cutters. After baking, we added a drop of EO to the back of each ornament. THEN, I mixed 1 part acrylic paint to 1 part water and a drop of holiday joy to lightly brush the tops and make the imprint POP.  

These came out WAY better than I expected and they smell so festive! You can write on the back as a gift tag to a pretty package! An easy & thoughtful gift. 

Doing another batch tomorrow. 

Toodles and merry Christmas. 

❤️Andrea 

Soledad y café

An early fall morning, while in the 2nd grade, she poured it in a little white foam cup and handed it to me along with a chorizo burrito wrapped in a paper towel. She watched me from the dirt in front of the bushes that surrounded her corner house as I walked to the bus stop.

The kids at the bus stop asked if I had hot cocoa in the Styrofoam cup. When I said no, they insisted on tasting it because they thought I was lying.

It was coffee. She loved coffee. She drank it every day from breakfast to dinner. Sometimes she’d put cracked cinnamon sticks in the grounds before brewing. That was always my favorite.

She had a huge collection of coffee cups & mugs on a shelf in her home. One from every place she traveled. Betty Boop cups because she collected Betty too. Coffee cups that were gifts for all her birthdays over the years. That shelf must have housed over 100 cute java mugs in different colors. Some with jokes on them, pictures and quotes. She had me dust that shelf sometimes. A huge task but gratifying to complete. I’d ask her to tell me their stories. She was always happy to.

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She told me stories about her life and often mentioned coffee. When she lived in the desert she still drank her coffee hot. During the summer, after working in the produce fields in 100+ degree weather in California, they gathered for coffee after work, in the heat.

The smell of coffee filled the air every morning before I opened my eyes since I was a babe. It’s nostalgic smell makes me feel like I’m home. My mouth salivates when I walk down the coffee isle at Fred Meyer. Sounds of coffee brewing sends feelings of excitement through my body.

I enjoyed her company and had some of the most important conversations of my life with her over una taza de café.

Now, since she’s in heaven, my love of this fabulous, little bean makes me feel more connected to her then ever.

I miss her.

Happy National Coffee Day.

Little mama Middleton, a little more about me

Hola! I live in the rainy outskirts of Seattle, WA. Married to my handsome husband Jared Middleton for 9 years. I’m mommy to 3 boys, Oliver is 3, Forest is 2, and sweet baby Clive is 4 months. Yes, 3 children under 4! We’re doing it. Exhausted, emotional & rarely have any time to myself. (but thank you Jesus for essential oils & coffee!) And yes, as all the strangers tell me when we go out, “mama, you have your hands full”. I finally know what to say in response, “you should see my heart”.

I worked in beauty & fashion before, during and after I went to cosmetology school. The past 17 years I’ve done freelance makeup and worked for some pretty cool brands i.e., Chanel, Sephora, Shiseido, Aveda, True Colors (does anyone remember them?) and in the Gottschalks and Nordstrom cosmetic departments.

It’s a very superficial place to work. But I LOVE makeup! Always have, always will. I love painting faces, before & afters & seeing people light up when they look into the mirror. The goos & creams. The potions & lotions. I love perfumes, scrubs, oils & sprays. The thoughtful packaging, luxurious bath bubbles & salts & fancy limited edition collections. The way a beautiful cosmetics makes you feel when you first buy it, bring it home and try it on. Anyone who knows me knows. I’m obsessed. I get butterflies. And I truly LOVED what I did.

6 years ago I became interested in learning how to live a more natural & healthy lifestyle. Three years ago, after having my 1st son, Oliver, the health and well-being of my little family became more important to me than ever before.  Going into crazy mama bear research mode, I had to face the truth. No más mentiras.

You probably know as well as I do that I worked with poison. Toxins. Carcinogens. Fillers. Dyes. Synthetics. Every. Single. Day. It’s dangerous. I’ve done great at feeding my family healthy foods and trying to make better choices in what we put in our bodies. Reducing toxins & chemicals in our humble abode has been a “no duh dude” (again, thank you Jesus for essential oils!) My problem has been finding beauty products that are healthy for me, body products & hair care products that aren’t going to put all that junk into my system but still give me the butterflies!

Yes, there are tons of “natural” “organic” “pure” products out there but do you trust them? Regulations have gotten so out of control companies can put whatever they want on a product to sell it. “Green Washing”, they call it.  Not to mention as far as makeup goes, most of it sucks! yeah it’s “healthier” than my Shiseido, Dior, Nars, Loreal…but it sucks! The color pay off, blendability, texture, longevity, and lasting power just down right sucks. (most of it anyway) I’m sure you’re asking yourself “what is she getting at?” Well, honestly, I’m not sure. haha I try to cut the junk out of the rest of my life so I won’t feel so guilty about slathering poison on my face, hair and nails daily.

Over the years, in my research to find the good stuff for The Middleton’s, I’ve found great things that I like to use for myself, babies and husby. But I am always looking for better and best.

This is not all I blog about. I blog as an outlet. I blog to journal, to create, to express, to teach, to learn, to inspire, to love, to vent, to rave, to review. Recipes, crafts, essential oils, stories, truth, photos, …this is my life. All of it.

Thanks for hanging out with me.

Now please, tell me about you.

$20 flat iron review

Forgive this poor iPhone bathroom selfie photo quality but… 3 boys under 4.

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I can’t believe the results I get from this $20 Remington flat iron. It’s a “must share with the homies” kinda deal. I found it online and decided to check out the reviews.  how good of a job can this iron really do?

The last 2 flat irons I owned by T3 were $120 a pop and in my opinion broke or burned out way too soon. I have Conair curling irons that are like 12 years old. They were about 12 dolluhs ya’ll! So you can imagine my skepticism. It’s not always, “you get what you pay for”.

I gave it a try. It’s been 4 months. I still love it! I have thick, coarse, naturally curly hair. I love my natural curls but I’m able to go longer without shampooing when my hair is straight. I’m on day 4 now and it’s not too shabby. When my hair is curly it’s a nappy mess by day 2. This mamma just ain’t got the time.

The before pic is a finger comb blow dry and the after is my hair flat ironed in 3 sections from the nape up with the $20 Remington flat iron.

Well, what are you waiting for?! Go getchoo one! And let me know how  your tresses respond. Mmmkay?

Bye for now.

-Andrea

P.S.

This iron has 4 1/2 stars reviewed by 3,235 customers on amazon as of today. check it.

The Best Chocolate Bar

I love chocolate! I decided to make a short and sweet video with my sweet son about why it’s so important to know where your chocolate comes from.
Endangered Species Chocolate website:
http://www.chocolatebar.com/

Child Labor and Slavery in the Chocolate Industry:
http://www.foodispower.org/slavery-chocolate/

What is Beard oil? + Hero Beard Oil & Lip Balm Review

Hero & Co. was kind enough to send my husband Jared a couple of cool products to try. Have you heard of beard oil?

Here’s what Wikipedia has for a definition:

Beard oil is a cosmetic product that is used to moisturize the skin under the beard to keep it “soft, shiny, and smooth”. Beard oil mimics the natural oils produced by skin, such as sebum, and is composed mainly of carrier oils and essential oils.

Jared and I hadn’t heard of it until we discovered Hero Beard Oil. I find that odd for two reasons: 1. Up until 2 years ago I had worked in the beauty/cosmetic industry for over 10 years…was I just not paying attention? And 2. We live in the PNW…HELLO! I’m trippin’. Anyway, he’s been using it daily for a few weeks now.  We both love it! I say both because I’m enjoying him more since he’s been using it. Haha I think I’d be sad if he stopped wearing it now. I love the soft, warm, sexy scent. I’ve been nuzzling his face and neck with mine more lately for that reason. Me likey. He’s been digging it too and said that a few of his coworkers have told him that he smells good. He works in construction. Why is that funny to me?

If you follow me on any form of social media or have read my “about me” page here on ze’ bliggity blog, you know that natural home and personal care products are my jam. Well, Hero & Co. product ingredients are all safe and natural!  Jared’s honest opinion on the Hero goods are in this video below. Oh btw, the Hero Lip Balm is incredible under lipstick or even with lip liner alone. I know because I’ve worn it everyday. And it’s only $3.50!!! Quality goods for minor ducats. Yes ma’am. 

           

 Thanks for stopping by my little space on the web!

xoxo

2014 Recap

Thinking about 2014 and all the blessings, burdens, hurts and accomplishments. Last year was good to me. It flew by. All of a sudden it was Fall and I looked back and wondered how.

God answered many prayers, mainly my fear and anxiety struggles and healing my baby. I’m in awe of Him and pray with thanks and gratitude as I feel so unworthy of what I have. My husband and my children. Ugh. I still can’t believe it.

I continued to seek healthier home/food/lifestyle options. I turned 33, gave birth to my second son, quit my job at Nordstrom, started my business, officially became a work from home momma, lost my baby weight, chopped off all my hair, walked away from a toxic friend, became even more in love with coffee (if that’s even possible), strengthened many friendships, (the friends who are fellow coffee addicts, ya know what they say, “birds of a feather”) A lot of highs and lows. Wins and losses. Successes and Failures. Too many to mention but they all continue to make me feel like me. I know who I am. I feel good in my skin and I’m confident in my choices and my future planning. That’s something that I thought I had in my 20’s but realize now that I have it, that I was wrong.

The highlight of last year for me, I mean THE highlight was our 8 year wedding anniversary. My husband took me shopping and helped me pick out an ensemble. He surprised me with a romantic dinner date in a beautiful restaurant that served mouth-watering, delicious food. I ordered the fish and couscous and he got the wild boarSchnitzel. It was our firstSchnitzel and it wasgoooooood. Dirty martini’s with a giggly, flirty conversation. Afterwards we had a special salsa dance lesson before we danced the night away. As I type this I feel all warm and giddy. This was the first date that Jared planned and executed from start to finish and that he surprised me was the cherry on top. I LOVE surprises. We don’t get out much just the two of us and it felt so good to let loose and see each other in that light again. It had been too long. That night was the most romantic night of my life. I’ll remember it forever.

Thank you babe for sweeping me off my feet. I love you.

 

JANUARY ONE TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN

2015

It’s weird to see it, say it, read it, write it. I think about how weird it was to read, write and type the year 2000. Now it’s 2015 and my life is a completely different proposition than it was then. I’m married with children. Yes plural. These years are flying by and I don’t like it. I want more time and I want to slow it down. Since that’s impossible I pray that God help me live His purpose so that even though it’s fleeting, it’s not wasted.

I’m joining the Domestic Princess in Training in Bloguary. I’ll be blogging several posts a week for the entire month of January.

If you’ve been following me over the last 5 years and 3 blogs you know that I’m incredibly inconsistent. I truly love writing and blogging but I tend to put my hobbies and interests on the back burner of the daily grind. This year I’m going to try to do more of what I love and find fulfilling and I figured Bloguary is a great way to start.

Cheers to 2015! (weird)

 

DIY Mattress Cleaner

Recipe

1-2 cups baking soda (depending on size of mattress)

7 drops lavender oil

7 drops lemon oil

7 drops peppermint oil

stir  ingredients  in a GLASS container with a spoon DO NOT USE PLASTIC (I’ll post more on this soon) I sprinkled this mixture over my mattress but if you want to get fancy with it put it in a shaker or poke holes in the top of a mason jar to make your own shaker. Leave on for at least one hour. We ended up going to an impromptu BBQ at our friends house so I left it on for around 4 hours. No biggie. Use your vacuüm attachment to suck it all up and voilà! Fresh as new!

Peppermint and Lemon purify and kill dust mites while the lavender deodorized. These three oils do a mind-boggling amount of great things for mind. One example is minimizing discomfort with seasonal threats.

The biggest perk is smelling these soothing aromas in bed for the weeks following this spring cleaning treatment!

If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, attend a webinar or find out what brand I prefer, feel free to contact me directly.

Sleep well.

– Mrs. Middleton