Are You Waiting to Shop Small?

Once a year we’re encouraged to “shop small.” I’m glad someone is bringing attention to the Mom & Pop Stores, even if it is a credit card company (eye roll and a frown), and encouraging people to step out of their big-box store and discover places to shop where the owners of the business are established members of their local community. But why wait??

I know this will seem random but I am going somewhere with it. Did you know that Starbucks belongs to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a large food industry group that fights against food labeling that would let you know exactly what you’re putting in your one-and-only body? (great article here)  Today Starbucks is starting their holiday drink promotion which inspired me to post this “spur-of-the-moment rally” to start shopping small today. For a moment, I almost jumped in on their clever “bogo” deal for their reward members (no, I am not one) that makes you want to grab your best friend and “Share Joy” while sipping eggnog lattes from their cheery, red holiday cups. It only takes a minute to really think it through before you start to wonder –

What is that free drink really costing me?”

Followed by a reminder from John Maxwell to –

“Make the decision once, then manage it daily.”

So I’ll be sharing joy at my favorite local coffee shop instead and I’m hoping you will do the same.

Don’t wait for a yearly “movement” to roll around before shopping small.

♥ Jane




Essential Oils: Use & Safety

As a lover of all things nature and natural, I am on a mission to keep my house as green as green can be. It is a journey and I’m no expert by any means. As I continue to use essential oils and study for my Master Herbalist Certification, I find myself doing lots of reading and research on uses AND safety of essential oils. So, today, I’m going to share with you some information from someone near the top of the list when you search for “experts” on these issues, and that is Robert Tisserand (you can read about him here).

Here is a link from his aromatherapy website that tells how to use essential oils AND how to use them safely.  But before you go there, (or after you go there, it’s totally your call) I would like to share something he posted in one of his blogs. Someone asked him about using essential oils for diaper rash (read the full post here) and then threw this in at the end:

“Also, if you wouldn’t mind touching on your opinion of doTERRA’S line and in your professional opinion sharing with me if you think it is a credible product.”

And this was his reply:

“In my opinion, DoTerra essential oils are good quality though over-priced.” 

First of all, I’m thrilled that he approves of the quality!! As for the oils being “over-priced” I believe that with the membership, which allows you to purchase at the wholesale price, the price of the oils are comparable to other brands. In addition, as with all customer loyalty reward programs, there are perks that further add to the affordability of using the oils. I believe that’s all that needs to be said since I’m really not here to give you the sales pitch. My main focus when it comes to essential oils is on education. We all just need to be informed so we can all make informed decisions. Right?

I believe that essential oils have value. And I only have to think about three gifts to see how they rank. Those three gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

♥ Jane

Check out Robert Tisserand on youtube for more information on essential oils


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Bud Nip?

This was not exactly what I intended to share this week but I just was so surprised by this – don’t ask me why.  It’s true. You learn something new everyday.

This article is from June 2011. How did I miss this? Ahh, I was still in the first month of newly wedded bliss. In those days, when it came to food choices I was still swaying repeatedly from discipline to desire. Well, this may be old news to some of you. In fact, I hope it is and you’ve moved on. But for those of us that were kind of busy and may have missed this one, here it is.  The not-so-latest scoop about one of the tastiest tubers out there – the sweet potato.



October in Florida

Oddly, October in Florida makes me think of March in Florida.

Okay, so let’s just go over all the obvious differences that I just can’t help but point out.

March means the promise of new life! Not only do the birds, trees, flowers and all of nature feel it but we feel it. We’re excited! Spring is here and there is so much to look forward to when Spring arrives. We start to come out of our houses as the days get a little warmer.  We spring forward with that controversial tradition of taking an hour of sunlight in the morning and tacking it on the end of our day (according to our clocks).  Some of our favorite fruits and vegetables will finally be in season. School will be out soon and life will seem to slow down a little more.

October has plenty to excite us as well. The nights get a little cooler and the Pensacola Interstate Fair comes to town. Weekends begin to fill up with local festivals.  We look forward to lots of family gatherings with the approach of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then, there is the excitement of the New Year’s celebration and making plans for the year ahead.

So why does October make me think of March??  It’s one of those strange childhood memory triggers like the smell of apple pie or fresh, baked cookies.

March is the month that I remember our house having open windows when I was growing up. This may seem unimportant but it’s actually very important.  I  have an immense love of the outdoors and open windows just seemed to fill me with this continual state of something I can’t even put into words! Since I left home I’ve opened the windows throughout the year but it’s the month of October that lets me get away with it for longer periods of time without making other family members uncomfortable. There are also four birthdays in March in my family so the month was full of celebrations.

Okay. So why are all these great memories from my childhood that revolve around open windows important?  Because they are happy thoughts! And we want this. We want to think those happy thoughts. We need to think those happy thoughts.

Check out the video below to find out why and then open a window…or whatever makes you think good thoughts :) And just remember…

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”   Philippians 4:8

♥ Jane