Sourcing doTERRA Vetiver with Co-Impact Sourcing Practices

When was the last time you walked three miles just to get clean water? Can you remember the last time you’ve made a difference in helping those in need become self-reliant?

In sourcing doTERRA Vetiver, the profound impact of co-impact sourcing and fostering self-reliance is abundantly clear.

Watch this compelling video to learn how doTERRA has partnered with Haitians who have formed a Vetiver growing cooperative. See first-hand what a difference it makes in creating a sustainable source of income and a better life in this impoverished nation.

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12 Simple Steps for Going Green in 2012

12 Simple Steps for Going Green in 2012.

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Fall’s Greening Traditions

The Fall Season brings thoughts of Halloween, family gatherings and colorful leaves on trees heralding in the upcoming holiday season.  In our household Fall represents all these things but it also heralds in a period that we can really be “green”.  As a single mother, of a very active and all boy 8 year old, I am continually searching for ways to save money but wanting to keep and expand on our family’s green journey.  So how do we make Fall green and while saving the green?

Pile of leaves (autumn)

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Well, what could be better than on a clear crisp fall day raking the leaves in the yard into a great big pile and then letting the giggling excitement ensue that ends up in a raucous melee of tumbling and rolling in the leaves.   Afterwards it just takes a quick rake onto the tarp and then into our compost bin.  By putting the leaves into the compost bin, and adding a little water, our kitchen scraps, post Halloween pumpkins, lint from the dryer, vacuum cleaner debris, and holiday greenery by Spring we produce the luscious “black gold” of compost that we use in the spring to replenish our gardens of vital nutrients.  In addition to the leaves, every year my son will select a “treasure”, maybe a toy, bottle or some other item and we bury it in the compost pile.  In the spring, we have a treasure hunt to harvest the compost pile and find the item to see what happened to it.  Not only do we save money on commercial fertilizers, but it also reduces the chemicals introduced into our environment.

As Fall nears and the summer harvest comes to an end, for most it is time to put away the spring/summer garden supplies.  Not in our house!  Those wire tomato trellises don’t make their way into the trash and we don’t try to store them; we turn them into a ring of ghostly goblins, followed by thankful pilgrims and later angelic angels.  We go to friends’ houses and pickup pine cones to make natural feeders for the birds and holiday decorations and we always make sure to make plenty to use as gifts at Christmas time.

Another Fall tradition is that we sit down as a family and figure out what “green” challenge we are going to undertake over the winter months.  Last year’s challenge was to see how little trash we can take to the curbside.  Other challenges have been:  how many days can we pack a waste free lunch and “Outen the Light” challenge.  And yes, some years we do more than one challenge and many of these challenges have just naturally morphed into our everyday life once the challenge is over.   So what will be your families challenge this year?

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Before I was a Mom


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Before I was a Mom,
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.
Before I was a Mom,
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
Before I was Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words of lullabies.
Before I was a Mom
I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on
Pooped on
Spit on
Chewed on
Peed on
Or pinched by tiny fingers
Before I was a Mom
I had complete control of:
My thoughts
My body
And my mind.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So that doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom
I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
Could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay
I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonder
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

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A Wake-Up Story, by Healthy Child Healthy World

If you don’t do anything else today, take 3 1/2 minutes to watch this awesome video put out by Healthy Child, Healthy World.

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About MooselyEco and me

I strongly believe everybody can do something green today and everyday.  MooselyEco is all about taking small, simple steps in your everyday life that make sense. We can’t do everything at once and it’s totally impossible to be perfectly Green anyway. I invite you to join us on this journey by picking your sweet “green” spot: any area of your life that you’d enjoy changing and join us in this sometimes hilarious, sometimes stoic, sometimes sobering travels to a greener and better planet.  I welcome all comments, idea’s for post or just general feedback.

Why MooselyEco?

Moose are gentle creatures that demonstrate what we need to gain back from being so removed from nature in our hectic modern and industrialized lives. They do not seek to harm, but are strong, quiet and graceful creatures. For me the Moose represents a natural grace, strength of character and fortitude and a return to a somewhat simpler lifestyle less harmful chemicals and toxins in our everyday products.

Why Bother?

I do not claim to be the most active environmentalist, but I have known, long before Al Gore appeared on the scene with his movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, that we have not been good stewards of this planet and its resources. In working with my son on his schoolwork and the cub scouts on their environmental achievements I have come to strongly recognize that some of the conveniences of modern life are not conveniences because of the price we pay in their development and production, use, disposal and lasting long term impacts to the planet. This makes me even more energized to do more, use less, reuse more and recycle more to reduce our carbon footprint, and above all educate others on small changes that can make a big difference while continuing to learn and grow.

My Background

  • Certified Habitat Steward
  • Hiker, flat water kayaker, canoer, camper and all round outdoor enthusiast
  • Organic Home Gardener
  • Over 10 years in Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
  • Worms Eat My Garbage – Yes, I compost with worms
  • Leave No Trace advocate
  • Mom to a very active, all boy 8 year old boy
  • Known cynic and like to verify what I learn.
  • Artist
  • Speaker
  • Educator
  • Proud Tree Hugger!
Please email me at: or leave some feedback on my website.
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Play Again, What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?

I must be totally honest, I don’t think I live on another planet – even though some might say I was from one.  I have always loved nature and being outside, have taken courses in Leave No Trace, Habitat Steward, Forestry, Wild Animal Rehabilitation, love to kayak and hike and in my own small world thought that this is what everyone does and enjoy.  Yes, I have friends that refuse to car camp and their thought of “roughing” it is a hotel without room service.  Yes, I even have friends that if it requires being outside with bugs and other creepy crawlies and not being able to have their hair and makeup just so, they will peel out of the parking lot leaving you in their dust.   But I didn’t really realize the extent that our world has removed itself from nature until recently when I went to a showing of the documentary “PLAY AGAIN” at our local Community College.

PLAY AGAIN is a wonderful documentary featuring tech savvy teens and leading experts including Rich Louv, Bill McKibben, Martin LeBlanc, Juliet Schor, Diane Levin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, John Sarbanes, David Suzuki and others. PLAY AGAIN investigates and explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole? What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature.  PLAY AGAIN unplugs this group of tech savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure, documenting the wonder that comes from time spent in nature and inspiring action for a sustainable future.  We live in an age of children playing and spending time at an average of 5 hours per day and up to and over 15 hours on the weekend, behind TV, video games, cell phones, and computers screens versus a few years ago when that time was spent outdoors.  I remember growing up and we only came in for meals and then only if we had too!  But the world is different today.  One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii. Concerns about child predators and other scary stuff, plus usually two working parents, severely limits the time available for children (and adults) to be outside just playing.  But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how does this impact our children’s well being, our society and the very future of our planet?

This got me thinking, how much time do I spend behind a screen and what example am I setting for my son.  I go to work and that is at least 8 hours behind a screen, more like 10 on the average if I am being realistic.  Then add the computer time I log at home doing research, conversing with friends, doing email, etc. I gave that at least 2 hours.  Then my “recreational” wind down TV time that is another hour.  Hmmm, I am also reading email and sending text on my cell phone so let’s say that is another hour.  Then before I go to sleep, I need to read, guess what, another screen as I usually read a book on my Kindle, so lets chalk up another hour.  So on an average work day I am behind a screen at least 14 hours a day!  Wow!

No wonder I crave the outdoors and nature probably only because I have been exposed to it; but, the question I ask myself is . . . what if I wasn’t?  Would I be so concerned about the environment or sustainability issues or where my food comes from as I am?  Probably not.  If our children and our children’s children are going to inherit this planet will they know what nature truly is or the benefits derived from it, so in essence not see the need or the benefits to protect and enjoy it?  Scary thought, huh? I remember after I brought my son home from Russia at 23 months, introducing him to grass to walk on with bare feet for the first time in his life.  It was a scary experience for him until he realized the joys of grass tickling his feet and the sweet pleasure of mud oozing up between his toes.  Now fast forward and imagine that 23 month old as a teenager that still has not connected with nature.  Can you picture in your mind what would his reaction be?  In my mind, it reveals how we are allowing our young people to be so profoundly disconnected from the natural world and denying them the opportunity to fully develop their senses.

So how do we reintroduce children to the benefits of play and nature and alert adults to the health, learning, and developmental consequences of their absence?   William Ruckelshaus argued in the Wall Street Journal in April of 2010 that “Today’s environmental challenges are far different from those of 40 years ago. And so the solutions must change as well.”  40 years ago, before the advent of all the technology, we were outside more versus today and the changes were driven from the top (i.e. government) down.  Today the changes need to be driven from the bottom up back to grass roots initiatives and selective consumer spending .  So how can we effect solutions to protect our planet besides today’s marketing catch phrase “going green”?  I believe the first step is getting ourselves and our children back in touch with nature. So how can we and our children get outside more?  We can’t all send our kids away to a camp but we can promise to eat one meal outside per week with no technology around.  Instead of going to the gym, go to one of many local parks and take a walk, play on the equipment with your kids, enjoy the seemingly quiet of nature.  Take advantage of your local parks offerings of free or for a small fee classes or tours.  You will feel better for it, your kids will feel better for it and the planet will too!  And if you can, budget 80 minutes of your screen time to gather with friends and family and watch this documentary at a local screening or it is available for purchase or it just may be at your local library!

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