Tuesday, July 28, 2015


My two daughters and I are currently collaborating on a new blog, so come on over and check out fiftyseventyninety.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


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Well, that would be a YES!  I don't have a long list of ailments that have been cured, but I do have my reasons for continuing my oil journey which I will include below.

I thought I'd link a few products that have made my oils last longer or my use of the products more enjoyable!

I save the bottles when emptied and fill them with either sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil along with ten or twelve drops of whatever oil used to live in the bottle. Then I top off with a rollerball. The scent remains very strong, and I have the freedom--without worrying about the budget--to apply liberally.  The oils are of such high quality, that even diluted, they are powerful!  Rollerballs that fit the oil bottles  can be purchased through Young Living.  If you don't have empty bottles yet or want to make your own concoctions, you can purchase rollerball bottles from Amazon.

Both oils and the bottles are linked below.  And again I will include a link for the best-ever cleaning cloths because pairing them with the Thieves cleaner has made them more wonderful to me!

To sign up to purchase Young Living essential oils wholesale as a distributor, click here or shoot me an email, dmvoccola@hotmail.com.  As always, anyone signing up through me gets the Essential Oil Pocket Reference Guide for FREE!

So now for my reasons for LOVING essential oils:

1. Smell:  I am totally a smell person. While others are shopping the sale racks at TJ Maxx, I'm sniffing the marked down candles and reed diffusers.  Seriously.  That's the way I am at perfume counters, too. And laundry detergent aisles. Good smells just make me happy.  Come to find out that there are scientific studies that explain this kind of stuff that I have absolutely no intention of citing here.  Who cares?  If something makes me happy, happy, happy, then I'm a believer. I really had no idea how good essential oils could smell in a diffuser--and how good they are for me--and everybody around me.  

I was willing to overlook all the chemicals in my candles and plug-ins before, but not anymore.  I love, love, love the scents and the therapeutic value smelling the oils adds to my everyday life.  Yes, I am happy--all the time--or at least when I am diffusing--which is almost all the time.  Favorites to diffuse (or apply for the scent):  Peace and Calming, Citrus Fresh, Lavender, Joy

2. Healing:  I have always been into alternative treatments for everyday illnesses for many reasons, not the least is that I hate spending money on medicine and for the opinions of healthcare providers that may or may not work and that always come with a long list of side effects and/or disclosures.  Hence where the term "practicing medicine" comes from.  I also have great faith in our bodies to heal themselves with a little help from natural products, and am more than willing to allow the practicing to take place on someone else.

My family is usually pretty healthy--which is a huge blessing!  I have stocked up on herbs and products with expiration dates in the past that have ended up in the garbage because we never had a reason to use them.  I like that the oils do not expire, so I can have products ready "in case" we get hit with something.  And since the oils can be diffused or used to treat so many things, I doubt the bottles will be hanging around forever!

Favorites to have on hand in case of illness:  Thieves, Oregano, Lavender, Lemon, Purification

3. Pain Management:  I suffer with chronic back pain from a car accident years ago. While I always hope and pray for an instant miracle, I am also realistic.  Oils are not going to set a broken bone or "cure" a chronic illness overnight.  What I have experienced is that applying certain oils two or more times a day has helped to minimize the discomfort in my lower back.  

Favorites for pain:  Deep Relief, Copaiba, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Valor, Pan-away

4. Cleaning:  I am totally hooked on Thieves Cleaner.  That stuff really works and is probably the most cost-effective cleaning supply ever.  I am obsessed with spraying down my countertops because I just want to smell the stuff--what a big surprise!  I have successfully used it on floors, furniture, windows and upholstery as well!  Love it!

Favorites to add to water:  Lime, Grapefruit, Slique Essence

Favorite supplement:  Ningxia Red

Since I have only been at this for three months, I expect the list to continue to grow and change!

Friday, January 16, 2015


This was originally posted March 6, 2010, 28 months before the accident that took Nate's life.  

My eight-year-old grandson, Nate, drew this picture the other day to go with a report that he is doing on Dr. Seuss.  It is obvious to me that this is talent.  He has been drawing this well for years--with either hand.  We are all pretty impressed.  Amazing.  Talented.  Gifted.  And guess what?  He came that way--straight from God.

Nate's Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


This post was written in 2009, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.  


Everyone one of us will have that aha moment when we realize that no matter what we do or what we are willing to pay or how much we wish it, some things just ain't (yes, I have used the forbidden word) reversible. Like when you're 52, you're 52. A--HA! It doesn't matter that your mind lives in denial and you're willing to spend whatever it costs (well, excluding investing in surgical procedures and anything involving needles with puff-it-up or plump-it-out or freeze-in-place capabilities) or you've blown out a zillion wish candles--my point again. Time waits for no man--or woman.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


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I have been making these two products for quite a while now, and can honestly say that I love them both!  The deodorant takes a little time to get used to because your body has to adjust to not having chemicals applied.  Winter is a great season to make the switch.  One of the things I worried about in the beginning was the possibility of the coconut oil staining my clothing.  It has not.  This deodorant has even seen me through an outdoor wedding in south Florida in May!  It is good stuff!  I recently made the little batch in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.  The important thing is to mix it up several times during the cooling process and before you put it in the container.

I am including links to the hard-to-find products that I buy from Amazon: 

I typically buy my coconut oil from Trader Joe's.  To sign up to purchase Young Living essential oils wholesale as a distributor, click here.

Monday, January 05, 2015


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This year I committed to unofficially homeschooling  my granddaughter and her friend a few days a week.  Mostly, we read great literature together, write a lot, learn a ton of new vocabulary words, memorize all kinds of things, and touch on history and geography. Science and math are their mothers' problems responsibilities.  
Kenzie working with Bennett . . . doing what Bennett does
After homeschooling my own kiddos for 14 years, I went to work at a classical Christian school for 7; and if there is one thing I took away that has changed the way I now homeschool my granddaughter, it is a better understanding of children's capabilities. Again and again, I witnessed the unbelievable ability children have to memorize.  On my first go-around, my expectations were in direct proportion to my ability--or I should say, my inability--to memorize or assimilate new knowledge.  

I often said during school tours, that if I had to do it again, I would expect so much more from my children.

Kenzie and Anna have given me that chance, and I have likewise challenged them quite a bit.  And they have cheerfully accepted that challenge.  Why?  Because it is not difficult for them to memorize or learn new things.  Their ten-year-old brains are designed to do so.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


furtive, sly

I have a very vivid memory of being sneaky when I was very young, definitely pre-school age.  My dad was not flexible at all.  If he said something, he was not inclined to back down.  This particular night, he decided that I would not be allowed up from the table until I finished everything on my plate.  I was not in the mood for mashed potatoes that particular night, so I was stuck sitting there for a very long time.  So long that everyone finally left the room, which gave me the perfect opportunity to scrape them back into the serving dish and announce that I had finished.  

I can't believe that my mother did not figure that out.  Maybe she didn't think I should have to eat the potatoes either.

Easter morning with the family who apparently did not own a lawnmower.  We had a cool bird bath though.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014


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