Monday, December 1, 2014

Diffusers & Cyber Week!

I am so happy to tell you that this is Cyber Week at Spark Naturals (! On top of great deals, use coupon Berry when checking out to get an additional 10% off your order.

Why Spark Naturals? "What separates Spark Naturals is our variety of top quality products and our competitive pricing.  Each oil, whether it is a component of a blend or a pure essential oil, is selected from the best geographic area in the world to cultivate and grow that particular plant or tree. Spark Naturals’ Essential Oil product line is made up of oils from just about every corner of the world. For instance, our lavender comes from France, our Eucalyptus from Australia, our Lemon oil is sourced from Italy, and our Wild Orange is harvested in the Dominican Republic – to name just a few. Spark Naturals oils are the purest Essential Oils available, because we carefully and strategically source them.  Luxury products found at our prices are rare in the marketplace. We purchase each oil in large quantities to ensure lower pricing. Our exclusive agreements with the farmers, distilleries and cold press houses mean a cheaper, higher quality raw material." There is a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee with your order. To read more, go to Spark Naturals and read about the company.

My favorite diffuser, the Zaq Mirage Diffuser, is on sale for $55.80 (original $62.80), during Cyber Week at and now would be the perfect opportunity to try diffusing Essential Oils (EOs).
 "ZAQ mirage activates your senses to soothe and invigorate your mind, body, and spirit. With LiteMist technology ZAQ break up the blending of essential (or fragrant) oil and water into mist of micro-particles and disperses them into the air. Benefit from the aromatherapy of the oils, and the ionizing and humidifying effect of the water vapor. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down. Low energy use. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down.Low energy use. Safe auto off when water runs out. "
Thanks to this diffuser and the EO blend Shield, my household has not had our annual dose of sinus or upper respiratory problems. I use this blend every night and cannot imagine my life without it. I was diagnosed with a lung disease, Chronic Beryllium Disease, in 2004, and since that time, I have had so much trouble with asthma, sleep deprivation, upper respiratory, etc. I truly feel that the EOs are improving my health. I have been able to stop taking some of my prescription medications and hope to get off all of them with the help of EOs and a healthy diet and exercise.
Shield EO Blend:  "Spark Naturals is pleased to present this ancient blend based upon legend. The legend has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague. Grave robbers thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims. This potent blend only contains the essential oils and no carrier oil."

This oil can diffused or used topically (it can also be consumed although I haven't tried that yet). I put the EO in a roller ball with a carrier oil (I love the Hemp Oil) and roll on the bottom of my feet and cover with socks when I feel any symptoms and so far, I feel it has prevented my getting sick.

You can find all of the products that I have mentioned above on Spark Naturals website ( Don't forget to use the coupon Berry for an additional 10% off.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Essential Oils are Changing my Life - Black Pepper for Cold and Raynaud's

I have been researching and using essential oils (EO) for some time with wonderful results! I have bought several diffusers for my home and my husband's office and we have avoided our yearly upper respiratory problems. I will share information on that soon. A new topic I'm discovering is Raynaud's syndrome and how Black Pepper EO can help!

Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm).
Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud's disease, also known as Raynaud or Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome. It appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates.

Black pepper with carrier oil can also be rubbed on feet and hands before going out in the cold...skiing, working, shoveling snow, etc.
If you have cold feet at night, poor circulation or have been diagnosed with Raynaud's disease, Black Pepper EO, along with a carrier oil or salve can change your life for the better. My husband got off his Calcium Channel Blocker (with side effects- not for heart conditions but for circulation- Raynaud's). This has been amazing and now he is a true believer in EO's. Now, before you quit taking any prescription medication, talk to your doctor. But in the meanwhile, you can check this out!
 The best way I have found to apply this oil:
1 roller ball
Carrier Oil such as Hemp Oil, Jajoba Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Black Pepper - I only use pure EO and I use Spark Naturals ( - use coupon Berry for 10% off). Remember to wash hands before rubbing eyes or nose!
I fill the roller ball at about 4 parts carrier oil to 1 part black pepper. You can adjust if you want, but this oil is a hot oil and needs to be diluted with carrier oil. The Black Pepper may seem pricey ~$55 per 15 oz bottle. however, it is well worth it to not have to take a prescription or use heating blanket! This will go quite a long way. Be careful to not get in your eyes...hence roller bottle! We are going on 1 month with the 15 oz bottle and it is still a little over half full...remember he uses liberally twice per day.
Rub on at night before bed and cover feet with socks. I no longer need heating blanket on bottom of bed! Yay! Because the Pepper is so pure, it will smell very strong. No worry about the smell after you put socks on...all you will discover is warm feet and also soft heels!
Remember to use coupon Berry for an additional 10% off at! Black Pepper is on sale now for $49.25!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Make It Monday #131 - Striped Embossing

For this Make it Monday Challenge, I made a card on Classic Kraft paper and used a wooden stamp that I have to make the splatter pattern for the background using Classic Kraft ink. I really love the technique of striped embossing and I think it would really have popped better if I had bigger sentiment images to stamp with (on my wish list). I used a stamp and die from Autumn Abundance and used Copic markers to fill in the image. I placed the smaller piece of Classic Kraft onto a white card base. I think it turned out cute!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring 2013

Well, it is Spring again and thanks to my son, I got some new pecan mulch in my flower beds and planted some beautiful flowers in my grandfather's old wheelbarrow. I'll show you a few pictures of the work in progress and keep you posted on how the plants work out! I think they are beautiful.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Card 2

This is the second card I made for the Papertrey Ink challenge. This card was also used blending copic inks (still hoping Papertrey dye ink pads will soon be available to order...). I used white cardstock from Papertrey Ink, a Flourishes stamp and Cuttlebug embossing folder. Love this one too!