Category Archives: Business Side of Life

My Best Friend Forever is DigestZen

My Best Friend Forever is DigestZen.  It is the jam in my jelly roll.  The cheese to my cracker.  It is the be all and end all of my essential oils.  To add to its greatness, it comes in 3 different forms!

Everybody say HEY!

*Echo* HEY!

 

My Best Friend Forever is DigestZen

Like my yellow bowl? It has the BEST Loaded Dip in it and I’m snacking away! Recipe can be found on my blog.

Fun Factoid

I thought, moons ago when I first started in the oily life, that applying oils “neat” was the way to go.  You could get better results, so to speak.  Then, I used Oregano neat and burned the crap out of myself (it is a “hot” oil and not all oils are “hot”).  I thought diluting oils would weaken the oil itself and that I would have to use a ton to get the benefits.

#WRONG

Using an oil “neat” is all well and good BUT using it diluted is BETTER.  When you drop oil on your hand, it stays and absorbs in that spot.  Yes, you can rub it and let it extend a bit, but overall, it absorbs in that area.

When you dilute it, it has the same amazing benefits but it spreads to larger areas of your body.  Instead of it just helping your toe (neat), it can go (quite well) over your entire foot.  Just using that as an example.

General Rule

In a 10 ml roller bottle (pictured to the far left above), you would put 15 drops of your favorite oil or combination of oils.  Then, you would top off with a carrier oil.  Carrier oils can be olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) Shake and then roll on wherever you need it.

The foot is the best place to put any oils.  Down the spine or on the neck are good places too.  Temples for headaches…you get the picture.  I didn’t realize that.  Sadly, I would hoard and not use the oils I had because I didn’t want to run out.  Now, I know better.

Free Oils

By SIGNING UP to become a wholesale customer or a wellness advocate, you have the ability to have a monthly LRP order.  This order needs to be 125 PV (point value).  When you reach that PV, you AUTOMATICALLY get the free oil of the month.  If you place a 200 PV, then you get another incentive that ranges from oils to diffusers to rubs.

Also, monthly, there is usually a product that is featured (for April 2019) it is TriEase and that is 10% off.  Each oil that you purchase has a PV attached to it.  On the 15th of every month, you will be able to use these points to “buy” oils.  The trick to that is that you buy something inexpensive (there are DoTerra items that are like $6).  Then, you can use up all your points on whatever you want to use them for.

Building Up Stock

That is how I built up my stock.  By placing orders (my personal orders and then orders from other people) to reach 200 PV and getting the free oil of the month and then the free incentive.  Then, on the 15th of the month, I use my points to buy oils or stockpile my favorite oils.

By becoming a wholesale customer, you automatically save 25% off of all retail costs.  There is a $35 one time fee and then yearly, that fee moves to $25.  To avoid those fees, you can become an advocate (you don’t necessarily have to sell but it sort of just happens).  Either way…it is a good thing.

 

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Taking the Snot Out of Allergy Season

Taking the Snot Out of Allergy Season.  The flowers and trees are blooming!  I LOVE spring.  The newness of rebirth and color flashing across the trees…it warms my heart.

However, Spring Does NOT Love Me.

For as long as I can remember, I have been plagued with severe allergies.  I am allergic to all the things.  If the Lord created it, I sneeze to it.  My mom had me do allergy shots for years, in hopes that I would have some relief.

Due to Insurance Reasons

I had to stop getting the shots for a long time.  Luckily, as an adult, I (along with most of my children) was able to start them back up for a while.  It really didn’t help too much.  I was reduced to using nasal sprays, eye drops, OTC allergy meds, prescribed allergy meds, shots, and lots of tissues.

I was Miserable with Copious Snot

Sadly, I have learned to just deal with it.  Spring and fall are the worst parts of the year for my face.  Ironically, those are still my 2 favorite seasons because of the sheer beauty that surrounds me.  So much snot.  I can’t even. Eventually, I was going to bottle and sell my snot in order to pay for my tissues.

Enter My Game Changer:  Breathe, Lavender, Purify, Roman Chamomile, and Zendocrine

Taking the Snot Out of Allergy Season

Now, let’s bear in mind that this works FOR ME!  I have done away with all prescription meds, OTC, nasal sprays, and eye drops.  It is simple:  I no longer need them.  I will post in a couple of days my day to day, carry with me, allergy relief.  I use these oils and I diffuse them.

Once they get going and it permeates the air, my nose stops running.  My mouth and eyes stop itching.  I use 3 drops of each for my smaller diffusers and I use 4 drops of each in my big diffusers.

Breakdown of Costs

I do not run this every day!  On the days when I realize that I’m going through a box of tissues in an hour, I run them.  On the offseason, I do not use this at all.  The 15 ml bottles contain 250 drops.  The 5 ml bottle contains 85 drops.  So, if I did this daily (3 drops of each) and used the ENTIRE bottle of Roman Chamomile, that would give me 28 days straight.  I would still have 165 drops of each of other oils left, so there’s that 🙂

Breathe:  $22 is $.08 per drop, $0.24 per day

Lavender:  $23 is $.08 per drop, $0.24 per day

Purify:  $20 is $.07 per drop, $0.21 per day

Roman Chamomile:  $45 is $.54 per drop, $1.62 per day

Zendocrine:  $24 is $.10 per drop, $.30 per day

That total is $2.61 PER DAY of relief.  That is for a month.  It is natural and it works.  Remember, IF you just did this for the length of time it takes to empty the Roman Chamomile bottle, that is 28 days. You can buy your Roman Chamomile again (you will earn points if you become a customer or rep to earn this for free, eventually) and you would not have to buy your other oils again for 5 mths!

Here is a GREAT visual on Cost Per Drop.

How to Buy

By checking out this link >>>How To Buy Doterra, you can learn how to get these costs at the price that I have listed, which is wholesale costs.  You can become a wholesale customer or you can skip that $35 fee and become a DoTerra Rep (you do not necessarily have to sell anything).

The link above tells you how you can set up your LRP order to earn FREE oils every month.  By having an LRP or placing an order, you get “points” that can accrue to get even MORE FREE oils.

This month (April 2019), I received a FREE bottle of 5 ml Deep Blue ($33), 4 oz. Deep Blue Rub ($32), 10 ml Breathe Touch ($14), AND I had enough points to pay for my Roman Chamomile.  That’s a lot of free oils!

Taking the Snot Out of Allergy Season

I will be posting other things that I use for allergy relief in the next few days.  If you have any questions, you can email me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com.

 

The Pilgrim’s Progress Movie Review

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Perspective of a 5 yr Old

I like Christian.  I didn’t like the dragon, the mean guy, or the shadows.  It was awesome but I wanna watch it again.

I liked that angel girl.  I just told you that it was awesome, mommy.

Perspective of a 14 yr old

People think they have control over you when they really don’t.  You can’t control people when you think they have that power.  There are 2 paths to choose, evil or good.  If you choose a good way, there are always hardships.  You may stumble and fall but after every single bad thing, something good comes from it.

People will always try to deceive you, don’t let them.  That leads you to the wrong path instead of the one that is good for you.  The wrong path leads you to the wrong place, a place you do not want to go.  If you stay on a good path, it will lead you to a good Kingdom.  Kingdom of joy, love, and always be a King there that will help you.

Be patient.  From patience, comes great things.  You cannot always say you want something right now, that will lead you down the wrong path.  The good King is on the right path and He will protect you.

Perspective of an 18 yr old

It was a good movie.  It helps teach that the path that we believe is the right path, is not always the right path.  When we call on His Name, there will be things and temptations that lead us astray.  Just to trust God and not others.  Others may not always be the right thing.

Timing is Everything

Wow, I could not have had my kids watch this at a better time.  I have several children, two of whom have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  They struggle with lying, manipulation, and cause/effect of their choices.  One of my children, that is struggling, does not have this disorder.

It is almost like none of them have the concept of right versus wrong.  Constant.  The struggle.  I have always had my children in church.  We have had them in Christian counseling, they read the Bible, and have been taught about prayer.  Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are constant discussions.

This has been a rough season

I had 3 of my kids watching while I worked on supper.  Why I didn’t have my 12 yr old watch is beyond me.  He has been writing the book of Genesis and continued to do so.  I know he was probably watching/listening.

At one point, in the movie, you knew the main character was struggling with which path to take.  The easy path or the harder path.  He chose wrong and then he dealt with the natural consequences of his choices.

Light Bulb

I looked up and saw 2 of my kids engrossed.  It was like a light bulb went off in their heads.  They both said “oh my gosh, we understand!  We get it.”  I just stood there, mouth open and no words escaped from my voice.

They are both writing about the movie, though I am giving you the highlights of what they thought.  I will say this movie is WONDERFUL but INTENSE for younger viewers.  Hunter is too young to understand the concept of this movie.

There were some scary parts for younger kids, so use your own discretion with that.  However, he has asked 3 times to watch it again.  He wants to watch it with daddy when he gets home.

I am excited for this movie to come out and for the DVD to come out.  In my mind’s eye, The Star movie was the be all and end all.  This one is equally as great, but with a visual of making right and wrong choices.

ABOUT

Based on John Bunyan’s epic masterpiece, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is one of the most popular books of all time, and one of the most important stories of our faith! Second to the Bible in total copies and translations, the story was written by John Bunyan a pastor, imprisoned for sharing his faith.

This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

OVERVIEW

Product category: film
Title: THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS
Campaign focus: theatrical release
Genre: drama/ animated
Rating: NR
Run time: 1:45
Studio: Revelation Media
Talent: John Rhys-Davies (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Kristyn Getty, Ben Price

THEATRICAL RELEASE

2 days only! April 18 & 20, Easter weekend!
Thursday, April 18, 7:00p
Saturday, April 20, 12:55p
Get tickets

Themes

  • Faith
  • Redemption
  • Hope
  • Perseverance

Trailers

Facebook (click here)

YouTube (click here)

Call To Action

Giveaway:

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  • The Pilgrim’s Progress illustrated storybook
    • 3 separate giveaway contest winners!
  • 6 Movie tickets
    • To see THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS in theaters on 4/18/19 or 4/20/19.
    • 1 pair each for 3 separate giveaway contest winners (6 tickets total)!

How to Enter:

Comment with your name and email address on any social media post.  All social media links are on the righthand side of this post.   I will contact you if your name was drawn.  You must reply within 3 days of my email (check spam folder).  If you do not reply, I will have to draw another name!

Rules:

Note: Only US-based bloggers and giveaway winners are eligible for the Fandango movie tickets due to Fandango limitations in Canada and outside the US.
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Review & Giveaway: The Pilgrim’s Progress

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I am VERY excited about this review and giveaway!  This is going to be a 2 part type of thing, so be on the lookout for my FULL review of this new movie.  Paul Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress will be in theatre’s on 4/18/19 or 4/20/19.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

  • The Pilgrim’s Progress illustrated storybook
    • 1 for 3 SEPARATE give-away contest winners!
  • 6 Movie tickets to see THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS in theaters on 4/18/19 or 4/20/19.
    • 1 pair for 3 separate give-away contest winners!

Did you catch all that?  I will be drawing SEVERAL names (6 total winners) for this giveaway.  LEV3L Promotions is going above and beyond to create a wonderful giveaway to some lucky people!

 

ABOUT

Based on John Bunyan’s epic masterpiece, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is one of the most popular books of all time, and one of the most important stories of our faith! Second to the Bible in total copies and translations, the story was written by John Bunyan a pastor, imprisoned for sharing his faith.

This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

TRAILER

The Pilgrim’s Progress Movie Trailer

The Pilgrim’s Progress Facebook Trailer

OVERVIEW

Product category: film
Title: THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS
Campaign focus: theatrical release
Genre: drama/ animated
Rating: NR
Run time: 1:45
Studio: Revelation Media
Talent: John Rhys-Davies (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Kristyn Getty, Ben Price

THEATRICAL RELEASE

2 days only! April 18 & 20, Easter weekend!
Thursday, April 18, 7:00p
Saturday, April 20, 12:55p
Get tickets

Themes

  • Faith
  • Redemption
  • Hope
  • Perseverance

Related Posts:

Pilgrim’s Progress Full Movie Review and Giveaway

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

So excited to get a new book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible!  As an added bonus, it is something that I can COMPLETELY accomplish.  I can accomplish this because Max Anders, the author, has made it DOABLE.  Do you know how important that is to me?

I have a busy life.

As a mom of 7, who also homeschools most of this brood…and has a medically fragile child, I need doable.  There are days when I do not have time to go to the bathroom.  However, I can take this book to the bathroom and still feel like I have gotten into the Word.  Also, I’ve accomplished something.

Crazy, I know.  This is the season of life I am in right now, though.  A girl has to do what a girl has to do.  I’m pretty certain Mr. Anders didn’t set out to write a book for me to read while I’m in the bathroom.  Alas, here I am…with his book…in the bathroom!

I will be drawing a name to receive a copy of this book on January 26, 2019.  If you are interested in winning a copy, please like or comment.  You can do that on this post or any social media platform that I have.  The links are >>>>> in the sidebar!

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

About 30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Do you want to learn the Bible but don’t have a lot of time? Do you need a quick refresher on what you already know? If so, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible is for you. With just fifteen minutes a day, for one month, you’ll learn the Bible’s key people, events, and doctrines. Using a proven study plan, author Max Anders breaks down the Bible’s structure so you can learn and remember the key points of the Bible’s text quickly.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible is the straightforward, easy-to-use guide to learning that Bible that’s been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for 30 years.

About the Author

Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor. Max was also one of the original team members with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. He provides resources and discipleship strategies at MaxAnders.com to help people grow spiritually.

Social Media Links

BUY LINK

PROMO VIDEO LINK

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway

This is so exciting!  I have a CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway going on right now!

CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway

 

CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway

Many people are unfamiliar with the stories of the Bible and how they fit together into the grand narrative of God’s Word. God gave us the Bible to reveal great truth about himself and about our lives, and he wants to draw us into the ongoing story of what he is doing in the world. The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible features a clear narrative approach to the Bible, arranging the complete text into a fresh chronological reading plan with daily readings guided by Dr. George Guthrie.

CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway

In this plan, the books, chapters, and verses of the Bible are thoughtfully arranged so readers can track the story of Scripture, day-by-day, from beginning to end, understanding the flow of events and how the grand narrative of Scripture applies to everyday life. Unlike other chronological Bibles, this arrangement is not date specific (e.g. “January 1”), so the reading plan can begin at any point in the calendar year.

Features Include: 52 weeks of readings (six readings per week) in chronological order, Scripture presented in three main acts (God’s Plan for All People; God’s Covenant People; God’s New Covenant People) and seventeen total scenes, an introduction for each act and scene to orient the reader to its importance in the grand story, single-column text with plenty of space for taking notes, concordance, smyth-sewn binding, presentation page, and full-color maps.

CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway

The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

CSB Day By Day Chronological Bible Giveaway

 

OVERVIEW

Product category: Bible
Title: Day-by-day Chronological Bible
Campaign focus: release date
Release date: January 2019
Publisher: Lifeway Christian Resources
Bible Translation: CSB

I love Bibles.

There are so many things I just love about getting a new Bible.  This one, in particular, is super cool because it is a chronological Bible.  My children know the stories, they grew up in church BUT allowing them this perspective is priceless.

The never knew that Genesis did come first, then Job.  Next comes Exodus and Nehemiah is the last book of the Old Testament?  Cue mind-blowing.  The Bible is God’s Word, undeniably.  Also, it is a history book and it is not laid out in historical order.  This Bible is, that is what makes it unique.

I will be drawing a name on January 27, 2019, for a lucky winner!  Please like or comment on this post, here or on any other social media platform that I have.  The links are in the sidebar!

Improving on my Blogging Skills

Improving on my Blogging Skills

Lately, I have been Improving on my Blogging Skills.  I have been studying, reading, taking notes, brainstorming, and all sorts of mind-numbing things in regards to my blog.

My blog was started about 6 yrs ago, on another platform, to record our adoption story with our 6th child Jude.  I moved over to WordPress and continued to do a little here and there.

Now, I want to get serious with my writing.  It is very therapeutic for me, especially during this time with Hunter and his illness.  This is very much an outlet for me.  I want to be able to do more, revamp some things, make some posts a little sharper with better headers….ya know….sprucing things up.

I have completely organized my entire house and vehicle….I’ve organized 10 yrs worth of digital pictures and edited 98% of them.  I’m running out of things to keep me sane, so this is what I’m going to do.

Here are a few series that I want to do:

  • How to begin getting out of debt
  • Budgeting
  • Biblical Submission
  • Soup Ebook
  • Organization tips
  • Parenting from baby’s too young married
  • Self Preservation/Mental Illness
  • Doing things on a budget
  • Special needs/Medically fragile children
  • Homeschooling multiple age groups
  • Adoption

Those are just a few of the things I have planned…I want to start doing more on my other social media platforms.  So, I’m still growing/reading/learning and I’m excited about all that this could be for me, personally.

You can subscribe to this blog and I will be trying to send out emails (once I figure out how to do that LOL).  Here are my other social media sites.

Please subscribe, share, like, comment

Give me some love so other people can find my site….the more eyes, the more chances of someone else out there being/living/helping cases like Hunter’s.

#HunterStrong Fundraiser on Facebook

The Barefoot Homeschooler FB Page

Youtube

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

YouTube Faves

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YouTube Faves

At night, when I’m taking time for myself, I watch some YouTube videos.  These are all family friendly.  I’d say they are G or PG rating (Itsjustkelli is probably the only PG rating and it is only because of her period videos but they are clearly marked and you can skip over them).  I thought I’d give you a glimpse into what I watch and share our own Youtube channel that contains snippets of Hunter and his ATLD journey.  Please consider subscribing to any or all of these youtube channels!

Homeschooling

THIS GATHERED NEST

We are a family of 7, just trying to love each other well and live out our faith every day. We are high school sweethearts, blessed with 5 children! Two grew in my belly and three grew in our hearts. We homeschool and love to go on adventures, believing that how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.

MYKA STAUFFER

Hey, I’m Myka! Welcome to my awesome place of the internet. Youtube is my absolute passion I love creating content and getting to know my subscribers! Please Subscribe 🙂 I’m a Mommy of 3 from Ohio and have a new little boy entering our family from China this fall, and Married to my best friend. I LOVE sharing videos about Mommy life, DIYs, Organization, fitness, cleaning, lifestyle, and Day in the Life videos! Join in and get inspired!

JAMERILL’S LARGE FAMILY TABLE

Hi, friends! Welcome to Jamerrill’s Large Family Table, where mega motherhood and real life met. Here you’ll find enjoyable homeschooling, large family life, tips and tricks on practical strategies for feeding a herd, and more! As a mom of seven with baby #8 on the way, my days are full of homeschooling a houseful, toddler chasing, & overworking my slow cooker until it begs for mercy.

A BAREFOOT HOMESCHOOLER

Child of the King. Wife to Big Daddy. Mom to 7. I have 3 children born under the heart and 4 born in the heart. Our journey through life and all the ups and downs it encompasses.

Lifestyle

ITS JUST KELLI

I post lifestyle, day in the life, #beauty, #family, #productreview, #fitness, #cooking, do it yourself, #parenting, and many more awkward videos three times a week. I am An Ex-teen mom, A Wife, A Mother, An Adoptee, A Beauty Junkee, A Runner, A Yogi, An Endometriosis fighter, An Egg donor, And a Survivor. In no particular order.

THE STAUFFER LIFE

Welcome to The Stauffer Life! We post family vlogs and welcome to our little space on the internet! We are a family of 6: Myka, James, Kova, Jaka, Radley, and Huxley. As vloggers, we vlog the most raw version of our lives! Would love to have you join our family by subscribing for all of our future adventures! We love you guys so much!! See you in our next family-friendly vlog! Love the Stauffer Family

Frugal  Living

DO IT ON A DIME

Hi, I’m Kathryn! I’m on a mission to lead a beautiful, organized lifestyle on a frugal budget. Let me show you how I live life on a dime! Follow my blog for budget organizing, money-saving finds, free printables, and more from me!: http://www.doitonadimeblog.com/

LYDIA SENN

Hi, I am Lydia Senn and I make videos about simple living, how to save money and getting out of debt. We paid off $36,000 in two years and we are showing you how we did it. Good living shouldn’t cost a fortune. You can have a BIG life on a LITTLE budget.

Here I provide easy, money saving tips, quick fixes, tips to going on a family adventure, all for a bargain. Being frugal can be fun, it just takes a little creativity. I put up new videos every Monday and Friday. For inquiries email me five4fivemeals@gmail.com Hit me up at Frugaldebtfreelife.com Come say hi on Facebook. I love new friends.