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After a few years of sitting back and watching my friend’s doTERRA business grow, we decided it was finally time to jump on board. We have been using doTERRA oils off and on for a few years and have seen the wonderful benefits that they provide. Also, this last school year was the FIRST year that both Sean and I were working full-time AND the kids were in school. The kids came down with fevers and colds a few times throughout the year, and it seemed like we were flipping a coin to see who was going to stay home with them. We decided it was time to use more preventative measures of healthcare. Also, two Catholic school teachers tend to not bring home large paychecks nor have a large retirement built up, so we decided it was time to look for another source of income to assist us with our current bills and to help us save more money for retirement.

doTERRA is the perfect fit. We get to share these amazing oils with our family and friends. It is incredibly inexpensive to join, and there are no monthly requirements. Here are some of the benefits to becoming a Wellness Advocate.

  • Low Enrollment Fee – Only $35 (waived if you purchase an enrollment kit, which is what we did).
  • 25% Off Retail Price
  • Free Product of the Month On Qualifying Orders
  • Loyalty Rewards Program – Earn Free Product (this is similar to accruing frequent flyer miles).
  • Online Account to Manage Orders
  • Business Site Others Can Order Product From – see my link at the bottom
  • No Monthly Sales Required/No Monthly Purchases Required – this is another thing that sold me. No PRESSURE.

What are Essential Oils?

Why did we choose doTERRA essential oils?

How do you become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate?

Which kit should you buy?

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We chose the $150 FAMILY PHYSICIAN KIT  (savings of $34.50) because it held the oils that we wanted to try first. Here are 150 different ways to use the kit.

I now wish I had purchased the HOME ESSENTIALS KIT for $275 (savings of $86.25) because the bottles are larger 15mL vs 5mL. I knew before I ordered that the bottles were larger, but I just wasn’t sure my family would like the oils as much as we do! AND it comes with the amazing doTERRA diffuser. Isn’t the diffuser gorgeous?!

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Since my purchase of the Physician’s Kit, I went ahead and purchased the diffuser too. I LOVE DIFFUSING OILS. I was not sure I would, but I do. Here is a LINK to 150 ways to use the Home Essentials Kit.

So, have I peeked your interest? Are you ready to look at more natural remedies for your family’s health while earning a little extra money? Please feel free to look through my website for more information or to sign up and purchase an enrollment kit. You can also purchase individual oils or blends at wholesale prices. http://mydoterra.com/eilisrose 

Also, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. eilisrose@yahoo.com

Many know the changes our family have gone through over these past few years, but I thought I would update here anyway. Due to how busy life became, I was unable to post much to this blog. We definitely continued various sewing and embroidery projects. Kathleen has become very skilled!

We are now living in Louisiana near Lafayette. Sean was hired at an amazing K-12 academy, John Paul the Great Academy (JPG), right before the beginning of last school year. We quickly packed up our life in Virginia and moved down south. I was hired at a tiny country Catholic elementary school in Iota as the middle school Language Arts Teacher. After homeschooling for many years, the kids are now attending school at JPG and thriving.

This spring, I began offering sewing classes at my school in Iota for interested students. These were held one day a week after school and on Saturdays. There is now a nice group of students that continue to come to classes.

sewing table sewing in the classroom

Since these classes have been such a huge success, I am now organizing summer camps for JPG students.

Some of the projects that will be offered are…

PILLOWCASE – Even boys love this project as they can pick sports or super hero material.

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APRON – Kids can choose two types of fabric, and therefore this can be reversible. A few of the girls below did that.

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PAJAMA PANTS – This is always a fun project. Kathleen and I make pajama pants every year for her and the boys. This first picture is the pair Kathleen made when she was 8. The other is two of my students in Iota.

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ZIPPER BAG – Sewing with zippers is so easy with this project! These are some that my daughter has made…all done in one afternoon! Also, two of my Iota students are posing with the ones they made during one of my classes.

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ZIPPER PURSE – below is a zipper bag that Kathleen designed and then quilted. We then used the same material to add a shoulder strap and some key fobs. It turned out absolutely adorable!

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I look forward to sharing more pictures as these classes and camps continue on.

EASTER LAMB CAKES

I grew up in Milwaukee, but we would spend Easter in Chicago every year visiting with the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I have many wonderful memories from these times. One good memory was the Easter Lamb Cake my Grandma Ita would make each year. At the time, I was not a big fan of coconut, and she covered hers in coconut. A few years back, I started making these. My children and husband love them as much as I do! I make them with a very tasty butter-cream frosting, and I make the grass out of coconut. This way if you like coconut, you can have it also.

My daughter has become quite the baker. She is also trying to earn some funds to purchase an Irish Dancing dress for the fall. She and her brothers take lessons with The Boyle School of Irish dance and LOVE it! Thankfully, there are no expensive costumes for the boys!

Anyway, I suggested that the two of us bake up some of these hard to find lamb cakes for families from our parish. Hopefully we will get some orders. Here is a picture of one we made a few years ago. Isn’t it cute?

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After we learned how and where to download fun fonts and pictures of cute babies, our blankets started improving. The one below I made as a gift for a friend.  It did get caught in the back of the embroidery machine…oops! And this was not the first time this happened. Fortunately, I was able to salvage it, but I did have to cut off the bottom right side about an inch. That is why it does not look too centered. If this was an actual order, I would have done it over. I think it turned out beautifully!

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This is a second attempt with this blanket. I blocked out the last name for security reasons. This was ordered from a friend, so it had to be done right. I was working on this before Christmas. Remember the frustration I was talking about before?! Making this blanket was the first time I caught material in the back of the embroidery machine. I could not save the letter ‘s’ on the end of Frances, so I knew I would have to embroider it again. I also had made a burp cloth with this material, but soon learned I had no idea how to sew stretchy materials (the brown rose fabric is not flannel). After researching it, I learned I had to use A LOT of pins before sewing it to the flannel fabric. I then finished it off all around with a zig zag stitch. My friend was very happy with her purchase.

Brown and Rose Flannel Baby Blanket

Brown and Rose Flannel Baby Blanket

This blanket was made for another friend of a friend. I think it came out nice! (Blocking out the last name)

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This was the first blanket I embroidered. It was a bit off center which is one reason why I am now embroidering on the corners diagonally.

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As you can see, the final product has improved, so I feel ready to sell these. For orders, I will be charging $35-$40. These are double-sided with soft, cuddly, coordinating flannel or minky fabric. Let me know if I can make one for the special baby in your life!

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My daughter and I have been improving our skills using our new embroidery machine. We had to walk away from it over Christmas due to high levels of frustration, but now we think we are getting the hang of it. We have learned where to download adorable fonts at low-cost. We have learned, using a special computer program, how to merge these fonts with adorable pictures that we also find on-line. There is so much still to learn, but we are finally having TONS of fun!

Here are some aprons we did for friends over the weekend. Kathleen wanted to do one for her very good friend Natalie. She used to live next door to us in Steubenville, OH, but now they live about 15 hours away. The girls have remained good friends by being pen-pals! We hope Natalie will be very surprised as Kathleen did not tell her she was doing this.

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Here is a closeup of this apron. A very sweet little little girl will be surprised when she gets this in the mail in a few days.

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Now, we are going to start taking orders from our local community. We have some great designs to put on these aprons!

Cost: $20…Contact us so we can personalize an apron for you!

The Nursing Cover

 

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A friend of my suggested I make nursing covers as she really hated hers. I decided to give it a try. As always, before I begin any project, I start by searching tutorials out there. My searching led to three possibilities. I used ideas from all three to create a pattern that worked for me.

This is the one I based most of my design from.

http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/04/nursing-cover-tutorial.html

I liked the idea of this one as it is reversible. This way the mom gets to choose which side she prefers depending on the mood of the day…smile.

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2008/12/nursing-cover.html

The link below shows the added corner pockets. I decided to make mine using flannel triangles.

http://freshly-picked.com/breastfeeding-cover-tutorial/

All of them use a D-ring for the neck, but after asking many other nursing mothers, most do not like this option.

Here are some pictures of the nursing covers I made:

These first two pictures are from the first cover I made. I went ahead and made the square pockets, but I wasn’t completely happy with them.

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Nursing Cover 1 – Side 1

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Nursing cover 1 – side 2

This is a second cover I made for a friend’s sister. She loved the black on white look. I only took this picture, so you need to look closely to see the opposite side. I liked the triangle pocket much better!

Nursing cover 2-side 1

Nursing cover 2-side 1

This was my fourth attempt. This was for a friend that loves the color brown. I just mailed it off to her today, so I can’t wait to hear if she likes it.

Nursing Cover 3 - Side 1

Nursing Cover 3 – Side 1

Nursing Cover 3 - Side 2

Nursing Cover 3 – Side 2

My plan now is to start making ones to have on hand to sell. Are you interested in one??

Wristband Key Chains

As I was thinking of different items to make for an upcoming craft fair at our church, a friend suggested key chains.  After looking up different tutorials, I decided on this one:

http://www.theidearoom.net/2009/08/fashionable-fabric-key-chains.html

(The only change I made to the tutorial was to use a piece of fabric 4 inches by 2 3/4 inches instead of the ribbon).

I am constantly misplacing my keys, or I think I have misplaced them when actually they are in the bottom of my purse. This key chain has solved everything! When I am not using them, they are attached to the outside of my purse, so they can be quickly found.

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When I just want to leave my purse in the car, the key chain slips around my wrist, and I am hands free.

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My kids also love it because they no longer have to search for my keys 🙂

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So, here are a few more I have made for the craft show. Each are made of two coordinating fabrics. I LOVE all the different colors!  Whatever doesn’t sell this weekend, I will sell on ETSY.

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