Fulfill Your Essential Oils Curiosities with dōTERRA #Giveaway

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Essential Oils was a topic that I was very curious about, but I will admit, it seemed overwhelming to me; I had no idea where to start and I wasn’t sure I could afford what it would cost to get started.

Enter Alexandra Kingston, dōTERRA Independent Wellness Advocate. With Alexandra’s help, I was able to try a few of the most popular essential oils from the dōTERRA line. I was also able to sit down for a Q & A session with Alexandra to gain some insight on the uses and benefits of essential oils.

Q&A WITH ALEXANDRA KINGSTON – dōTERRA WELLNESS ADVOCATE

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  1. What attracted you to working with dōTerra Essential Oils?
    • I did a lot of research and but what really got me about dōTERRA was the CPTG, Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. This means their oils are free of pesticides and contaminants. There is 3rd party testing used to certify purity, chemistry and potency, and the plants are sourced from their native ( indigenous) growing region.
  2. If you had only 30 seconds to explain the benefits of essential oils, what would you say?
    • I would tell people that essential oils are compounds naturally extracted from plants ( flowers, stems, bark, roots, etc.) Oils are 50-70 times more potent than herbs. Essential oils can penetrate the cell membrane to fight viruses, antibiotics cannot.
  3. What positive impacts have you seen within your family by using dōTerra oils?
    • I have made gradual changes over the past few years and have eliminated almost all cleaning products and now I make my own. I have spent a lot of time researching the products I was using on myself and my children and have found that most of these ( bath soap, tooth paste, laundry soap, hand soap, dryer sheets etc.) can be and have been replaced in my home with a much safer and natural approach. I cook with my essential oils, I clean with my essential oils and I support my family’s health with essential oils.
  4. If someone wanted to easily get started using essential oils, but didn’t know how or where to start, what would you suggest?
    • I would suggest a starter kit, the basics, our top ten essential oils in a kit with hundreds of ideas on how to use them.
  5. How can someone become a dōTerra member?
    • You can shop retail on my website, or you can purchase your own membership, similar to a Costco membership. $42 for a one year membership which lets you shop at wholesale as often or as little as you want. There are also Canadian enrollment kits available that will include the membership right in there and come with different oils and accessories.

MY dōTERRA EXPERIENCE

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I started with the Introductory Kit by dōTerra which includes the Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. Alexandra had also included an extensive list on all the different uses for these three oils. From odor reduction to polishing wood floors to easing sore joints, the uses for essential oils are endless.

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Perhaps my favourite use of the essential oils I was given was the Peppermint Essential Oil used on mosquito bites. Not only does it stop the itch, it soothes the pain in a minty, tingly way!

 

I also found many uses for the Lavender (aromatic, soothing bath…ahhh) and Lemon (cleaning my stainless steel appliances  naturally, easily and beautifully smelling) essential oils. There are an endless array of uses. And I’ve just scratched the surface; there are over 60 different oils to choose from.

Like Patchouli for a glowing complexion or Thyme to promote alertness; lift your mood with Ylang Ylang or sooth your family’s dry winter skin with Ginger.

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

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The dōTerra Essential Oil bottles may look small, but that is because, as Alexandra mentioned, they are up to 70% more potent than regular herbs. Add a drop or two to your bath and it goes a long way. Diffuse your oils, dilute them with water or use them topically, one bottle will last you a long time.

LEARN MORE AND CONNECT WITH ALEXANDRA

There are so many amazing products offered by dōTerra and I highly recommend that you take a look at Alexandra’s site to discover all of the exciting options. By now we are all aware that many of our traditional products are filled with unhealthy chemicals; there is no better time than now to start investigating essential oils.

Find Alexandra on Instagram or contact her through email. She’ll be able to get you started on your journey with essential oils.

ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN dōTERRA INTRO KIT

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Alexandra is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance your and that of your family’s health. Today she is offering on City Mom reader one dōTERRA Introductory Kit which includes one each 5ml Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils.

Please use the widget below to enter to win. Good luck!

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Canada Day Events in #LdnOnt 2016

Local Events Listing London Ontario

Happy 149th Birthday Canada!

Once again we’ve gathered all the fun, family friendly events taking place on the 2016 Canada Day long weekend. Check them out below and celebrate Canada!

Don’t forget to Like City Mom on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest activities taking place in London this summer!

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Canada Day Events in London

LONDON CELEBRATES CANADA AT HARRIS PARK

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Harris Park/Fork of the Thames
  • Time: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Fireworks begin at 10 pm)
  • What: Festivities include First Nations gathering, Citizenship Ceremony, Canada’s birthday cake, tree planting, vendors and community exhibits, great entertainment and spectacular fireworks!
  • Cost: Free admission!
  • For more info: Visit celebratecanada.info

Canada Day Events in London

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SUMMERSIDE

  • When: Thursday June 30, 2016
  • Where: Meadowgate Park – 3155 Meadowgate Blvd.
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (fireworks at dusk)
  • What: Gather with neighbours and community members to celebrate with music provided by Schwartzentruber Music Services
  • Cost: Concession stand & donations to the Summerside Optimist Club are appreciated
  • For more info: Visit summersideoptimistclub.com

Canada Day Events in London

SOUTH LONDON CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: South London Community Centre, 1119 Jalna Bvld.
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm (fireworks at 10 pm)
  • What: Live entertainment, Kid Zone, face painting, various food vendors, cake cutting ceremony and more.
  • Cost: Various costs see more information
  • For more info: Visit southlondoncanadaday.com

Canada Day Events in London

DOMINION DAY

  • Friday July 1, 2016
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • A country tea, patriotic speeches, Victorian games, cake, lemonade, a buffet lunch and more.
  • Regular Fanshawe Pioneer Village admission $7. Enjoy a red and white special at the Pioneer Village Cafe: BBQ ribs and chicken with potato salad coleslaw and traditional rice pudding – cost $14 adults, $7 children.
  • Visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Canada Day Events in LondonGRAND BEND CANADA DAY

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Grand Bend, ON – Main Beach
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Fireworks to start promptly at 10 pm.
  • What: Grand Bend’s Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks attracts thousands of people from throughout Southwestern Ontario – enjoy the beach and lake while listening to live music (A tribute band to the music of Led Zeppelin, ZED) and end the day with a professional fireworks display.
  • Cost: Free. Other costs may apply.
  • For more info: Visit canadadaygrandbend.ca

Canada Day Events in LondonCANADA DAY CELEBRATION AT ELDON HOUSE

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Eldon House
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • What: Enjoy a tour of Eldon House and its grounds. Special entertainment, activities for children and adults are planned to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
  • Cost: Free!
  • For more info: Visit eldonhouse.ca

Canada Day Events in LondonCANADA DAY AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Children’s Museum
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • What: Enjoy fun, hands-on Canada Day themed activities all day at Canada’s first children’s museum.
  • Cost: Regular museum admission
  • For more info: Visit childrensmuseum.ca

However you choose to celebrate this Canada’s birthday, we hope that you have a fun and safe weekend!

If you know of other local, family friendly Canada Day events, feel free to share in a comment below!

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What Does Having it All Mean to You? Share & You Could Win!

Food Basics I Want it All Contest

What does “having it all” mean to me?

Ten years ago, my answer would have been very different than it is today. Back then I think I would have answered something along the lines of a marriage, a family, a big house, a fancy car, a prestigious career, extravagant vacations, and a wardrobe that would make J-Lo jealous.
Not that there is anything wrong with that answer but as I’ve matured and gained more wisdom and become a mom, my answer is very different than the one I just made up.

Today my answer to the question, “what does having it all mean to me?” is pretty simple…having it all means that my family and I have our health and happiness and the general necessities in life like a roof over our head, clean water, access to healthy foods that are readily available, education, the ability to participate in our community, opportunities for physical fitness, access to healthcare and so on; anything else is gravy! Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy gravy, but for me I don’t need it to feel like I have it all.

Have it All

I believe that when my daughter looks back on her childhood, she is not going to wish that we had a bigger house, a fancier car or more “things”. The memories that fill her story will be that of the simplest things like laughter, unconditional love, special milestones, her friendships, her teachers, her extended family, family vacations (regardless of their location and star rating associated) and the fact that we were there for her through it all.

WHAT DOES HAVING IT ALL MEAN TO YOU?

Having it all means different things to different people and there is no right or wrong answer. We are all driven by different things and it takes such a variety of personalities to make our world what it is.

Today Food Basics is asking you to answer the question “If you won free groceries for a an entire year, what would you do with the savings?” and you could win $1,000 worth of groceries.

It’s really easy to enter…just follow these simple steps at foodbasics.ca/videocontest and to learn about the contest rules. Contest runs from May 19, 2016 to June 29, 2016.

Food Basics Contest

WIN FREE GROCERIES FOR A YEAR

And guess what?! It gets better…visit a Food Basics store starting on June 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win 1 of 3 grand prizes of groceries for a year ($10,000 in Food Basics Gift Cards)!

That’s almost $200 extra in your pocket each week! When speaking of having it all – how would that extra cash help you achieve your dream of having it all?

For me I think that I would use the savings to go towards my “gravy” like saving it up to take an extra vacation or to treat Little S to some new adventures and/or splurge a little and have some fancy date nights with my husband…the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to visit foodbasics.ca/videocontest to enter. Have fun and good luck!

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