Tummy Tamer

I’ve always known that dōTERRA’s essential oils work fast…I mean, dōTERRA’s Peppermint oil helps relieve my stroke migraines in about 2 minutes flat! But I have never seen something work so fast and so well like the new Tamer blend from dōTERRA’s Kids Collection does on my baby girls’ belly.

Jemma is exclusively breastfed and I am so thankful that I am able to breastfeed her because I feel it’s helped develop my bond with her to be even stronger. And with breastfeeding, comes pumping…that is, if your baby takes a bottle. Which fortunately, after some getting used to, Jemma gladly takes a bottle of breastmilk when we need her too. That being said, we don’t often give her bottles unless she’s being watched by her grandparents, if she’s still hungry when she’s been cluster feeding for so long that my milk is taking some time to come back in, or for the purpose of this testimony: yesterday’s example…we gave her a bottle at church.

So I fed her right before we left for church and we had to get there early because I had praise band practice before service. Our praise band plays the worship music for service towards the beginning of service. And yesterday, during worship songs, she decided she was hungry so daddy fed her a bottle since I was a little busy with singing. Now, we do pace feed and we do have bottles to help reduce air intake when feeding your baby, however babies can still get air in their tummy’s which can cause them to be gassy, bloated, and sometimes fussy. This happens almost every time we have to feed Jemma a bottle. But we don’t worry, because we’ve found that Tamer is our go-to rescue in these circumstances.

Usually after getting a bottle, that same night she will start to grunt A LOT, her belly will look bloated, and she probably won’t poop for a little while. This happened last night. It’s important to note that it’s actually common for breastfed babies to not poop for anywhere up to a couple of weeks because the breastmilk metabolizes so quickly in their bodies. However, Jemma poops quite a bit and she only ever doesn’t after she’s had a bottle and clearly has some air in her belly. So this morning, I picked up our handy-dandy Tamer blend, rolled it right onto her belly and within 2 minutes, she was calm…another 10 minutes and she pooped! Then she peacefully went down for a nap. It seriously worked that fast! Even if she doesn’t poop right away, the Tamer blend ALWAYS calms her down and she no longer grunts within 2 minutes of it being topically applied.

dōTERRA’s Tamer blend was just released at this year’s 2019 Together Convention and was added to the Kids Oil Collection! It’s a synergistic blend of Spearmint, Jasmine Peppermint, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Parsley Seed and it comes pre-diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil making it safe to apply to little one’s and great for on-the-go convenience. We keep the Tamer blend on her dresser right beside the changing mat so we have it on hand at all times when needed.

Both R.J. and I have been very much in love with dōTERRA’s oils since we were first introduced…but now seeing the benefits and effects the oils have on our little girl just makes us fall in love with them even more. I’m so thankful to dōTERRA for providing us with these 100% pure, best quality natural solutions that I can use not only on me, but my child, my pets…my whole family.

Want to try Tamer for yourself? Click here to order yourself the roller bottle! It’s only $20 retail and $15 wholesale! Better yet…want to get it for the wholesale price? Click here and then click “Become a member”, choose your kit and start receiving the world’s purest essential oils at wholesale price along with all of the incredible benefits dōTERRA has to offer!

This too Shall Pass…

Hey pretty mama,

Congratulations on your beautiful baby! This new life you’ve brought into the world is a miraculous gift from God and this is just such an exciting time for you and your hubby!

Props to you for getting out of the house at two weeks postpartum! You look incredible and you look like you have it all together! Wow!

This new part of your life comes with a whirlwind of emotions. There is just so much joy that comes with having a baby…but there’s also this deep and dark sadness that is difficult to talk about or admit. I get it. I’ve been there.

You spend so much time now memorizing every detail of that beautiful tiny human’s face. Then, you look in the mirror at your own face and your body…now this foreign vessel you no longer recognize. Where you should be seeing joy that other’s see in you, you see bags under your eyes from these new sleepless nights and hours spent crying. Then you see the rest of your body, this body that people are saying “you don’t even look like you had a baby!”, this body that you should be incredibly proud of because it carried and protected and gave you your child, but instead you experience shame because you now have stretch marks that cover the entirety of your abdomen and you have this belly pouch that requires tight jeans or spanks to hide. You’re even embarrassed now to be intimate with your husband because your body no longer looks as it did before. I understand these feelings and thoughts too well.

You used to be able to wake up at whatever time you wanted to. You knew exactly how long it would take you to get ready, you were always on time, and you could just come and go as you please. Now you have this little one who is 100% reliant on you. You now run on this little ones’ schedule. If they want to eat five minutes before walking out the door, guess what? Plan on being about a half-hour late. You now have to plan your schedule accordingly as to how often you want to assemble and disassemble a stroller just to make your day a little bit easier. Did you remember to pack an extra shirt in the diaper bag? Because there’s a good chance you may end up with pee, spit-up, or breastmilk…you name it, it’ll be on the shirt you’re currently wearing.

After a busy day of working and running errands, there’s still the part of needing to cook meals and keep the house in order that needs to happen too. All while wearing the most comfy and baggy clothes you have around the house because it’s easier and more convenient when the baby wants to eat but this just adds to those feelings of embarrassment when your husband gets home and sees how you look.

Your husband reassures you that you’re beautiful and that he loves you…he is the most amazing person in the world and yet you feel like you need to fight like hell to feel connected to him again. Your family and friends can’t wait to meet the baby and you used to be a huge extrovert that always wanted to be surrounded by people, now you’re just wishing no-one would talk to you because their compliments and love just fill you with sadness since you don’t feel confident in yourself. 

Let’s not forget the physical pain you feel either. The sore, chaffed, and bleeding nipples from learning to breastfeed. The bleeding that just seems like it’s never going to end. The exhaustion from trying to catch up on sleep that’s just never going to happen. The stickiness and gross feeling of being covered in breastmilk…

Then let’s tie all of these dark feelings and thoughts up with a bow of the feeling of failure…It’s only been a couple of weeks and yet you already feel like a failure as a mom. You feel like a failure because mastitis and thrush caused you to not be able to nurse your baby on the breast for a few days so she had to have a bottle of your breastmilk. You feel like a failure because the floors haven’t been swept in days, you haven’t been in the mood to cook dinner, and for the thousandth time now, your husband has come home to you still in your PJ’s with a Haaka hooked up to one breast and your baby on the other thanks to a cluster feeding schedule.
All of these feelings you feel are normal and completely okay.

You are having to embrace this new life at light speed.
You see, Postpartum Depression is a very real and serious thing. These dark and sad feelings and thoughts you’re having, you’re not alone in them though. I know this, because I wasn’t alone with mine. After realizing that my depression was starting to have an effect on our marriage, I opened up to my husband about what I was feeling. He encouraged me to reach out to someone who understood what I was going through while he continued and still continues to be the amazing husband he is by supporting, loving, and providing me with many words of affirmation each and every day. I then contacted a dear friend of mine and after hearing her story, that’s when I realized I wasn’t alone. That’s when I realized I would get through this.
I won’t lie, I’m still not through it yet. There are days that are really hard. But now, those days are becoming fewer.
And these dark days will become fewer for you too. You have to keep fighting to get through this. You will start adjusting to this new normal. And don’t worry mama, I get it. I know that all of the darkness you feel doesn’t even compare to the joy you do have for this new life. That soon when this darkness begins to pass and you’ll find humor in the days you get covered in pee, spit-up, and breastmilk. You’ll still cry but you’ll be crying happy tears because your baby is cooing in her sleep and it’s just the sweetest sound. You’ll go to a store and try on a new dress for the first time since being pregnant and you’ll be so happy and feel so confident in it that you just can’t wait to go home and show your husband. And then one night, you’ll be listening to music and a song will come on that just makes you feel good and so you’ll dance around in your nursing bra and PJ pants…and that’ll be the moment you fall in love with your new body. You will begin to admire those mommy stripes that you so valiantly earned and you’ll say “thank you” to that belly pouch that carried your beautiful baby for 9 months.

It’s okay mama. Though it may be hard to hear and accept this right now, please know my words are true. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are an incredible mom. You’ve got this! The sun eventually comes out after every storm…And this new normal will begin the best chapter of your life.

With love,
A mom friend.

Breaking the Chains of Judgement

I’m going to be brutally honest…I struggle with being afraid of what people think of me. Judgement…it is one of the WORST feelings in the world in my opinion. Growing up in a VERY difficult family with a terrible childhood and very little guidance, wisdom, and support is the perfect recipe for anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, and little confidence to grow within an individual. AKA, me. And I’m willing to bet some of you reading this understand how this feels 100%.

Trying to break free from the chains of judgment and caring about what people think of you is painful, terrifying, and insanely difficult. But once you do, it’s also the most freeing feeling.

Right now, I struggle with a few areas in which I feel anxiety creep up over me when I start to care about what people think. One of those areas is my business. My husband and I run a successful essential oil business where we help educate families on the uses of essential oils and empower them to live more natural and simple lives. We love every second of it, but there are days when it gets very challenging because of people saying “no”, people not believing they’ll work, people thinking what we do is a scam…and the list goes on.

But on those days, I need to remember WHY we are doing what we do. I remember the relief in people’s expressions when they’ve been struggling for so long with something and an oil provides them with the solution they’ve been looking for. I remember my own personal testimonies on how dōTERRA’s essential oils have drastically changed mine and R.J.’s lives. I think about the ways dōTERRA is not only providing us with the best essential oils but actively changing the world. I think not of the “business” we are in, but the MOVEMENT we are a part of. Doing this has helped make those difficult days so much easier.

Another area I struggle with right now is becoming a mom. I am beyond excited for our little girl to join us in just a few short months and I thank God everyday for blessing me with the opportunity to be a mom. But being a first time mom, or really just a mom in general, comes with people CONSTANTLY telling you what you should and should not do. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the advice and wisdom very much! But there’s other times where it really bothers me. Let’s take this past week for example.

I’ve been struggling with getting up early in the mornings and it really began frustrating me because I want to become a “morning person” so bad! When I do get up early, I’m always much more motivated, I get things done, and I feel more accomplished throughout the day. Yes, pregnancy takes a huge toll on energy levels but I refuse to let that hold me back. And when people started realizing I was getting up early, (4:30/5am early), and am starting this motivational virtual accountability group to help create this early morning habit…the messages began. “You need your rest,” “You’ll wish you had that sleep when the baby comes”, “Don’t worry about stuff, you need to sleep”, “You’ve got that baby to take care of and grow”, “Creating this habit now is pointless because everything will change when she comes”…it doesn’t end.

Though I understand people are trying to be loving and supportive and caring…I feel if they really wanted to help me, they wouldn’t say that stuff. At least I would hope they wouldn’t. The things people were saying bothered me for two very distinctive reasons:

  1. My husband also works full time and is starting grad school in August right before she is due and yet no one is telling him to slow down…
    I get it, he’s not the one who’s pregnant. But I seriously believe that him having to deal with me during the pregnancy is harder than the actual pregnancy most days. Also, him and I have agreed that both of us will share equal responsibility with her. He’s going to help with feedings and late night diaper changes and deal with sleep deprivation too. Think that’s going to hold him back? No! He’s going to be tired for sure, but he needs to work and he is still going to go after his own dreams and goals for his career and I fully support him for doing so. (R.J., when you read this, you got this babe!)
  2. Having a baby does NOT mean MY life is over!
    Yes, mine and R.J.’s lives will change GREATLY. We will have to adjust to new schedules, learn how to adapt to this new life, and most importantly, we will now be having to keep our beautiful little human alive and raise her. But that doesn’t mean the way I live my life needs to stop.
    I am going to be a WORK from home mom. I have the utmost respect for stay-at-home moms, full-time working moms, work-from-home moms, every type of mom there is! If you’re a mom and you’re loving your child, YOU ARE AMAZING! I am choosing to be a work-from-home mom because I LOVE our business, what we do, and why we do it. I want my child to see what it looks like to work hard. I want to empower and inspire my child to want to do big things, not be afraid of what life throws at her, volunteer, join missions she believes in, and build the life of her dreams.
    I am working very hard with my husband to help us build the life of our dreams, be able to offer our children every opportunity in life possible, and become the people we believe God has intended us to be. But in order for me to become that person and for us to have that life we dream of, it takes hard work, perseverance, dedication, and commitment. “Slowing down” won’t get me there. Creating good habits every day will. Constantly striving to better myself will. Learning to adapt to our new life when she arrives and still pushing forward is what’s going to get us to where we dream of being.

There is one thing I would also like to make clear; I’m getting enough rest, I promise. With wanting to get up earlier, I just make sure I go to bed earlier. Mid-day naps are THE BEST. Rest is crucial for good health! But slowing down will not be an option for me.

Being able to write and say everything I just listed above has been so hard for me to be able to finally do. I used to just hear people’s advice and opinions and then shrink into my turtle shell and wish I had never said anything in the first place. But coming to the realization that God gave me a voice for a reason and that I don’t have to listen to what anyone has to say, has been beyond emotionally rewarding.

Some things I did to help overcome this fear of judgement include:

  • Praying…a lot
  • Talking about it with my husband
  • Therapy (I highly recommend therapy for just about anyone…it is so beneficial for your mental health!)
  • Embracing stoicism
  • and reading every book and listening to every podcast by Rachel Hollis!
    (Rachel, if you ever for whatever reason read our blog and read this…THANK YOU for being one of my biggest heroes!)

People are always going to have opinions and advice to give. You’re not always going to like it. And guess what, you don’t have to! You are your own person, you are living your own life, you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone or do anything anyone says. You want to build your own successful business? Go do it! I pray for nothing but the best for it! You want to lose 100 pounds? You got this! You have dreams of winning a hotdog eating contest? Find one local, enter, and let me join you because I’m hungry all the time and love hotdogs. (Thank you pregnancy). Seriously, do what you want! Dream big or small! Just. Be. You.

To those who have given me recommendations and advice, I love you. Please don’t take what I’m saying as a negative thing. I do honestly appreciate everything. But I’m not slowing down and I’m okay with that.

It’s time to free yourself of feelings of judgement and shame. If you have not done anything wrong, then those feelings shouldn’t exist within you. Go be the person God intended you to be and let go of the fear of what others may think of you.

Written by: Jillian Hughes
June 25th, 2019

The Friend Request You Wouldn’t Want to Ignore

John 15:14-17 of the Bible, Jesus says:
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”

During my morning Bible study time, that part of scripture really spoke to me. You see, when I opened my Bible app, that wasn’t the piece of scripture being presented as “the verse of the day”. Actually, the verse of the day is John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you“. But I had decided to read the entire chapter which is where I read John 15:14-17, let it sink in for a moment, and then I felt this call to write about it.

Multiple times throughout scripture, we are referred to as servants of God and Christ. I personally have always felt humbled to be called to serve God and share His word. However, in this verse, Christ is calling us His friends. Wow… Talk about an overwhelming rush of excitement, humility, and overall feeling of love reading that part where Jesus Christ calls us His friends!

Growing up, I had a rough past. To say I’m not very close with my blood-related family would be a bit of an understatement. So the beautiful and wonderful individuals that I have the privilege of calling my “friends”, are actually who I consider to be my family. Friendship, to me, takes on a whole new meaning. To me, my friends are people I would sacrifice whatever I needed to for; I would do whatever I possibly could to help them in a time of need. My friends are my family. And so when I think about this scripture verse, it means so much to me. We are God’s children. Jesus is calling us His friends. To me, this means we are family.

Have you ever had someone ask you, “how do you think you’d react if Jesus walked into the room right now”? I can’t honestly say how I’d react because I don’t fully know…but I have this feeling that if He walked in the room, I would probably drop to my knees first in awe, then I’d get up and run and hug Him as tight as I possibly could and tears of joy and relief would rain down my cheeks. Just thinking about that moment puts a smile on my face and puts my anxious feelings at ease.

R.J. and I are starting a family of our own. We are due to have a little girl at the end of September and we couldn’t be more excited. Being able to carry her for 9 months is one of the biggest blessings I’ve ever felt in my life. I can’t wait to show our little one the joys of life and the love of Jesus Christ.

Jesus calls us His friends and has called us to help share God’s word. That makes each and every one of us brothers and sisters in Christ. That makes all of us family. That’s almost 8 billion people in the world that you get to call your family. And in every family, there’s dysfunction. There’s arguments, people don’t get along…we are human. But we are still family. We can still love one another. We are called to love each other no matter what. R.J. and I feel called to share His love through so many areas of our everyday life. What are ways in which you feel you are being called to share His love? And I want to challenge you to take a minute and think about what it means to you that Jesus is calling YOU His friend.

Written by Jillian Hughes
June 18th, 2019

Adventure Is Out There

A couple of weeks ago while on our family vacation to the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, R.J. and I decided to take a hike…literally. We hiked 10.5 miles near Lake Logan outside of Canton, N.C. and climbed over 6,000 elevation to reach the summit of Sam Knob Mountain. Let’s keep in mind neither R.J. or I have ever hiked anything like that before in our lives and I was 20 weeks pregnant. But let me tell you, it was worth it. And we can’t wait to do it again.

R.J. and I at the beginning of what ended up being, our 7 hour hike.

You see, when R.J. first presented this idea to me, I immediately jumped on board because I had never done something like this before and I really wanted to see some beautiful waterfalls and spend a day with my husband where there was zero cell service and we were disconnected for a few hours from everyday society. At first though, it was supposed to be about a 9 mile hike and only take around 4 hours. (Again, neither him nor I have ever done this before). So, we get to our starting point, spray our dōTERRA TerraShield to repel bugs, cover ourselves in sunscreen, and we were on our way. Him, carrying a huge pack on his back with supplies in case we decided to swim, lots of water, and plenty of snacks. And me, carrying a 20 week along baby belly and using a walking stick. We were excited, eager, and motivated.

About an hour into the hike, we had already seen some beautiful waterfalls, fallen in love with the mountain views on the trail we were hiking, and getting more and more excited to climb Sam Knob Mountain. Then, about 3 hours into the hike, we finally reached the base of Sam Knob…it was climbing time. And I don’t mean like rock climbing. We were still walking a trail, that trail just happened to be very steep and did in fact, contain A LOT of very large rocks and boulders we had to maneuver over and around. After about 45 minutes of climbing, we made it to the top of Sam Knob Mountain! Over 6,000 elevation, we were out of breath, covered in sweat, exhausted, but we were proud. That view from the top of the mountain was beyond majestic. The climb was worth it.

Just one of the views from the top of Sam Knob.

We stayed up at the top for about a half hour. We took lots of pictures, ate some snacks, talked about our dreams and plans, and we admired the view. Then it was time to climb back down and finish the hike. It took us about 30 minutes to get back down to the base of Sam Knob and then we got to cross such a beautiful meadow that was placed in the valley of a bunch of surrounding mountains. To finish the hike took about 2 1/2-3 more hours…Keep in mind, the original plan was for this entire hike to take only 4 hours and we were already long past that time frame. The rest of the hike also wasn’t super easy. In fact, some parts were very difficult because a good portion of the trail was rocky and very muddy and we were both trying very hard not to fall or get hurt. There was even one point where someone had placed trail markers incorrectly to lead you off the trail and we briefly got lost in a ton of pine trees as the sun was setting. I was starting to wonder if we would make it back to the car before dark. But then we made it back to the car while the sun was still setting, safe and sound, unscathed, exhausted, and relieved.

This is what our faces looked like after finally making it back to our car.

Though the hike took much, much longer than anticipated…I loved every second of it. R.J. and I bonded so much during that hike and he was very supportive of me and encouraging every step of the way. Here’s the thing, a year ago, I was still in physical therapy 4 days a week recovering from a grade 3 concussion and couldn’t walk for 10 minutes let alone even think about doing the hike we did. But one year later, I did it. We did it. I am so beyond proud of my husband for completing this hike and I’m so thankful for him having us do it together. This was an experience neither him or I will ever forget and we can’t wait to do again. Throughout our entire lives, neither of us have ever done something like that before and yet we did it. On a whim, just the two of us…we conquered a mountain together. When we got home, we thought we didn’t hike that far because we cut our trip shorter from the original hiking trip we planned due to time. But then we realized we hiked 10.5 miles…1.5 miles longer than we planned for. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but for newbie hikers, we were proud.

A picture taken along our 10.5 mile trail of God’s beautiful creation.

On this day, we spent 7+ hours of uninterrupted bonding time between my husband and I. We talked, we laughed, we planned, we dreamed, and we conquered our goal. This day cost us zero dollars and it will forever be one of my most treasured memories. It doesn’t take much to spend time with the one you love. Now, we are back home, back to our everyday crazy schedules, and back to reality…but this day will forever hold a special place in both our hearts and we can’t wait for the next hike and our next adventure.

Written by:
Jillian Hughes
May 22nd, 2019

Join The Movement

All month long we’ve posted and shared DIY recipes, spring cleaning hacks and more. Now, it’s time we show you how to get your hands on these exceptional essential oils and products that dōTERRA offers.

First, I want to start by saying that dōTERRA isn’t just another company you purchase products from. It isn’t another membership, it isn’t another order you place for products you like. It’s a movement. It’s a powerful, massive, wave of a movement that when you join, you’re not just purchasing essential oils…you’re changing lives; yours and others. Each bottle of essential oil you purchase is not only being used by you with the hopes of improving you and your family’s health, but it is also supporting the farmers and families that dōTERRA partners with globally to get the world’s purest and best quality essential oils. Each dōTERRA product you purchase whether it be skin care treatment or metabolic shakes or more, is providing you and your family with natural, pure, safe, and non-toxic products for your home and health. dōTERRA isn’t just another company…dōTERRA is changing the face of health care.
dōTERRA is opening up Prime Meridian Healthcare Clinics to provide individuals with the best, cost effective, and natural healthcare. dōTERRA is recognized and backed by universities, hospitals, and now even health insurance companies are supporting dōTERRA. dōTERRA funds numerous organizations that make huge impacts in our world to help end human slavery, poverty, and the list goes on. dōTERRA is a multi-billion dollar company that is changing the world and our health, one drop of essential oil at a time. It’s not a trend or a fad and it for sure isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So if you’re looking for another company to buy “stuff” from…dōTERRA isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to change and better the health of you and your family’s, if you’re looking to help make an impact in the world, if you’re striving for a better life, if you want to be a part of something bigger than you…then dōTERRA is the MOVEMENT you need to join. And here’s how:

Step 1: Experience the essential oils for yourself.

You need an oil experience. You need to smell the invigorating aromas from the different oils and feel for yourself the difference the oils can make in your life. If you’d like to experience this for yourself, email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com and we’d be happy to send you some samples for you to try.

Step 2: Enroll with a dōTERRA membership
I know what you’re probably thinking…”ugh, another membership…”, “I don’t want to place orders every month…”, “I don’t want to commit…”,”It’s too expensive…”. Well, remember how I said earlier that it’s not another membership? I wasn’t lying. dōTERRA’s membership is an investment in your health. And when you break down the costs of oils per drop versus over the counter medicine or prescriptions, the oils are actually less expensive. A dōTERRA membership offers you the ability to receive all dōTERRA products at wholesale cost, opportunities to receive free products, free shipping, free product credits, access to unlimited education…and it only costs $25 every year after to renew your membership and dōTERRA will then send you a bottle of Peppermint as a thank you! You also don’t have to place orders every month as a dōTERRA Wholesale Customer unless you set up a Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) order, which we will explain in detail momentarily but you can cancel at anytime.
There’s two membership options to choose from with dōTERRA: Wholesale Customer or Wellness Advocate. Let’s break down the benefits of both:

Wholesale Customer:
*Receive all products at wholesale prices (25% off retail price)
*Opportunity to receive free products of the month
*Opportunity to earn free product credits
*Opportunity to earn free shipping points
*Edit & customize your orders on your own time, to your own liking and order as much or as little as you like
*Access to unlimited education on dōTERRA’s oils, products, and the company
*Opportunity to attend dōTERRA’s global convention if you’d like

Wellness Advocate:
*All of the same benefits as a Wholesale Customer
*Opportunity to make an income if you ever wanted to (Can be a side job, part-time, or full-time.)

After you’ve decided which membership account you’d like, it’s time to pick your enrollment kit. dōTERRA offers many different kits to choose from based on what your health needs are and how quickly you want to “upgrade your medicine cabinet”. Enrolling with a kit will waive the membership fee and different kits offer different promotions as well! To look at the different kits and enroll with a dōTERRA membership, go to my.doterra.com/hugheshomestead and click the “Become a Member” tab.

Step 3: Enroll in the Loyalty Rewards Program

As a dōTERRA member, you have the option of taking advantage of dōTERRA’s Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP)! Now, you don’t have to place LRP orders, you can just use Standard One-Time orders…however, everyone we know who is on LRP, LOVES IT and all the free stuff they get!
The Loyalty Rewards Program is a monthly order in which you pick the date it processes and can edit at anytime. LRP is a great way to earn free product credits, free shipping points, and even get the free product of the month! To be on LRP, you must place at least a 1PV (PV = Product Value and usually 1PV = $1.00 but not on all products) order each month. But any LRP order over 50PV qualifies you to earn a percentage back in free product credits to use on your next order. Any LRP order over 125PV before the 15th of the month gets you the free product of the month. With your LRP order, you will also gain a percentage back in free shipping points to use towards your next orders as well! SO MUCH FREE STUFF!! Check out the images below that help to explain LRP as well.

Step 4: Welcome to the Movement!

Congratulations! After you’ve completed all the steps above, you are now a dōTERRA member and are now able to receive dōTERRA’s products at wholesale cost, earn lots of freebies with LRP, and you’re now a part of the movement that is changing our world. Once enrolled, you would receive a welcome email from dōTERRA as well as from R.J. and I. We would also schedule a consult with you to go over your kit, your membership, and discuss any specific health goals you have as well. And we will always be here if you have any questions or need support.

That’s it…3 simple steps. And dōTERRA’s website makes it super easy too with tutorials to show you how to navigate the website and your account. But it’s just 3 simple steps and you’re a part of this MOVEMENT. 3 simple steps and you’re moving towards a more natural and simple life for you and your family. 3 simple steps, and you’re making a difference in the world. What are you waiting for? Go to my.doterra.com/hugheshomestead and join the movement!

Be Well,
Jillian Hughes
April 26, 2019

Spring Cleaning, Naturally

It’s that time of year again when we purge the piles of junk we’ve collected throughout the winter months, clean the windows, scrub the floors, dust the ceiling fans, and all of the other fun stuff we must do to spring clean our homes. And though using heavy chemical filled cleaners and products may provide a “citrus” aroma and make your home feel cleaned, they are actually causing more harm to your body and don’t actually clean that well…oops. That’s okay! We are here to show you how you can not only clean your home using natural, pure, plant based products, but how you can help benefit your health, provide pure, uplifting aromas, and eliminate toxins and chemicals from your home.

The first piece of advice, or shall we say recommendation, that we’d like to offer you, is the knowledge of dōTERRA’s On Guard blend. On Guard is dōTERRA’s protective blend that helps to support a healthy immune system and contains cleansing properties. In our home, this blend is a MUST HAVE. This blend is so good, dōTERRA has an entire On Guard line that consists of laundry detergent, concentrate cleaner, foaming hand soap, hand sanitizing spray, and so much more! We personally love it all! We use the concentrate cleaner and On Guard oil blend in our homemade all purpose cleaner. We diffuse On Guard all of the time in our home, all of our sinks have the foaming hand soap, and the list goes on. Thanks to dōTERRA’s extensive line of On Guard products, this allows you the opportunity to switch your entire home over to non-toxic, chemical free cleaners and products.

Our next favorite oil to use in cleaning our home is Lemon. This uplifting citrus blend provides cleansing and detoxifying properties for your cleaning needs. Have hard-to-scrub, baked on pans or grease stains? Add some Lemon essential oil. Want that wonderful, positive, clean smelling of citrus throughout your home? You get that with the world’s purest form of Lemon essential oil thanks to dōTERRA. Constantly having the need to wipe down your counter tops, windows, door knobs, and anything else that gets covered in gross germs? Use Lemon essential oil to help disinfect those surfaces. The possibilities are endless!

Yesterday, we posted a video of how to make our DIY all purpose cleaner using dōTERRA’s On Guard Concentrate Cleaner, On Guard oil blend, and Lemon. Want to learn how to make it for yourself? Click here to check out the video! Then, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for education, DIY recipes, and more!

Of course, we’ve got lots of other recipes too! Such as DIY carpet deodorizer! Just take 4 TBSP’s of baking soda and add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil, (we love Grapefruit or Wild Orange), then sprinkle it on your carpet and let it sit. Don’t rub it in, just let it sit on the carpet for a minimum of 10 minutes, but best would be overnight. Then just vacuum it all up! You’re going to love the pure, uplifting, invigorating aroma it adds to your carpet and you’ll especially love the fact that any stinky odors will now be gone.

When it comes to switching your home over to non-toxic, chemical free, pure cleaning supplies, it can feel overwhelming at first. But by taking small steps and staying educated you can make it significantly less overwhelming. In fact, what you’ll find, is that you’re not only cleaning your home better than before, but you’re providing positive health benefits to you and your family, and you’re saving tons of money by throwing out the 5-15 different types of cleaners you had before for 1 or 2 DIY recipe cleaners you make at home. For us, it’s made a world of a difference cleaning our home with natural, pure, plant based cleaners. Our immune systems have been stronger than ever, our home smells wonderful and stays clean, our moods have been very positive, and it’s the most comforting feeling knowing that the products we are using are totally safe and beneficial for our pets and future children.

If you want to learn more about how to clean your home naturally, you can email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com and follow us on all things social media! If you want to go ahead and start switching your home over to dōTERRA’s products, click here and check out all they have to offer along with their membership options!

Written by: Jillian Hughes

Free Deep Blue + How to Use

All throughout the month of March, dōTERRA was offering free Deep Blue Rub and a free 5mL bottle of Deep Blue with any 200PV order. The deal was so good that they’ve extended it until April 15th! Which means you’ve still got 13 days to get your hands on this incredible deal.

How to take advantage of this promotion:

If you’re already a dōTERRA customer, just log into your account, add products you’d love to have in your home to your LRP cart until it’s at or over 200PV, then the Deep Blue promotion will automatically be added to your order.

Not yet a dōTERRA member? That’s okay! This promotion works for enrollments too! What a better way to not only get free Deep Blue into your home but also with the membership, you’ll receive every dōTERRA product at wholesale price, you can place orders whenever you want, earn free shipping and free product points on Loyalty Rewards Points (LRP) orders ,and more! Then, every year to renew your membership, it’s just $25 and dōTERRA sends you a bottle of Peppermint as a thank you. It’s that easy! Click here and then choose the tab, “Become A Member”, choose if you’d like to be a Wholesale Customer or Wellness Advocate, (they are the same accounts except Wellness Advocates have the opportunity to make an income if they ever want to), and then enter your information and choose your kit. Any kit over 200PV (Home Essentials Kit or above) will qualify you for the free Deep Blue promotion until April 15th.

The Science

dōTERRA’s Deep Blue is made up of the following oils: Blue Chamomile, Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, and Osmanthus. Each of these oils are sourced from all over the world and have been tested to ensure they’re CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). Deep Blue is a soothing blend that has been formulated to help provide relief and comfort to sore joints and muscles after a long day of work or strenuous exercise.

Our Favorite Uses for Deep Blue

  1. After a long day, we love to apply Deep Blue Rub to the back of our necks and shoulders to relieve tension and stress.
  2. During pregnancy, I’ve been experiencing hip pain and lower back pain. Every time the pain flares up, I apply Deep Blue and within minutes the pain is gone.
  3. After an intense workout whether it be weight lifting, cardio, swimming, yoga, etc., we like to apply Deep Blue to help soothe our muscles.
  4. Just this past weekend we were moving brand new furniture into our home…Deep Blue came to the rescue after all of the heavy lifting, stair climbing, and building.
  5. Working from home has its perks! I’m on the road quite a bit, getting to meet new people all of the time, making my own schedule. But there are days when I’m at home working on my laptop while sitting at my desk for hours. Whether it’s in an office or at home, Deep Blue has been wonderful with relieving stress and soothing slight headaches after a long day of work or staring at computer screens.

Remember, this Deal is Only Here Until the 15th!

Deep Blue is a must have staple in our home. Did you know that the Home Essentials kit already comes with a 5mL bottle of Deep Blue? That means, if you enroll with that kit before the 15th, you’ll get an EXTRA bottle of Deep Blue and you’ll receive Deep Blue Rub for FREE! You’re not going to want to miss out on this deal! Want more information on Deep Blue or a dōTERRA membership? Email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com.

Written by Jillian Hughes
April 3rd, 2019

February BOGO Week: Day 5!

It’s the final day of BOGO week where dōTERRA has been offering buy one get one free deals all week long! And for the final deal, dōTERRA is offering what is, in my opinion, the best BOGO deal this entire week! Buy a 15mL bottle of Serenity and receive a 15mL bottle of Balance FREE! I absolutely love this deal due to my own personal testimonies with these oil blends…let me tell you about them. First, Serenity.


About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I suffered from severe nightmares that made sleeping an incredibly difficult challenge. Then, I was introduced to dōTERRA because of their Peppermint oil that helps relieve my migraines. After learning more and more about dōTERRA’s oils, I decided to give Serenity a try. In the two years I’ve used dōTERRA’s oils I have started incorporating Serenity into my routine, I don’t have difficulty sleeping anymore from the PTSD. In fact, when I diffuse the oil blend, apply it topically to my feet and palms of my hands, or take the soft-gels internally; I sleep like a baby.

Serenity is dōTERRA’s “restful blend”. It helps to calm your senses, promote feelings of relaxation, and supports a restful night’s sleep. The blend is made up of the following oils:

Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood

It has a very calming, relaxing, and soothing aroma. Serenity comes in a 15mL bottle as the oil blend, but dōTERRA also has Serenity Softgels. This blend can be used internally, topically, and aromatically. To learn more about dōTERRA’s Serenity blend, click here.


Balance is an all-time favorite of mine. It’s another must-have in our household and I keep it on me at all times. Being someone with anxiety, Balance has helped me to remain calm throughout the day and now I barely struggle with my anxiety. I love to add a drop of it to my diffuser necklace each day and my lava stone bracelets.

Balance is dōTERRA’s grounding blend. It helps to promote feelings of tranquility, calmness, and provides a sense of harmony to your mind and body. It also promotes feelings of full-body relaxation and helps to “balance” your emotions. The following oils make up the blend:

Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

To learn more about dōTERRA’s Balance blend, click here.

Today’s deal for existing dōTERRA members cost $32. For non-customers, it is $42.67 retail. However, if you’re a non-customer and you’d like to get a membership with dōTERRA, check out the New Member Kit Savings image above on how you can get the most out of your enrollment plus more free oils! (This offer is only valid for today, February 22nd, 2019)

This week has been insane and loads of fun! I want to thank everyone who took the time to read our blogs and stay in touch throughout the week. As always, if you have questions or want more information, feel free to email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com.

February BOGO Week: Day 4

It’s day 4 of dōTERRA’s BOGO week and we are ecstatic about today’s BOGO deal of buy one 15mL bottle of On Guard and receive a 15mL bottle of Slim & Sassy FREE! On Guard is a staple in our home. We diffuse it all of the time in our house or our cars, we use it to clean our house, we take it internally to support a healthy immune system, and I even use it when I make my Flu Bomb during cold and flu season. Slim & Sassy is dōTERRA’s metabolic blend to help regulate your body’s metabolism and assist in weight loss…We personally love dōTERRA’s Slim & Sassy Trim shakes they have to offer. (Click here to check out the shakes!)

On Guard:

On Guard is dōTERRA’s protective blend formulated to help support a healthy immune system and it contains cleansing properties. The ingredients that make up the proprietary blend of On Guard are:

Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils

You can use  On Guard topically, internally, and aromatically. It helps to protect against environmental threats, and when diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air. We personally use dōTERRA’s On Guard Concentrate Cleaner to clean our entire home. Click here to check out more information about dōTERRA’s On Guard blend.

Slim & Sassy

Slim & Sassy is dōTERRA’s metabolic blend formulated to help assist in a healthy weight management plan. The oils that make up the Slim & Sassy blend are:

Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

This blend helps to promote a healthy metabolism and fight hunger cravings. It can be used topically, internally, and aromatically too. Click here to read more about Slim & Sassy.

How can you get these blends into your home?

Well, if you’re already a dōTERRA customer, then go ahead and add On Guard to your cart under your account and Slim & Sassy will automatically be added as the promo as long as you purchase it by midnight tonight. (February 21st, 2019). As a dōTERRA customer, you’ll receive this fantastic BOGO deal for just $34!

Not yet a dōTERRA customer? That’s okay! You can email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com and place your order through us for retail cost of $45.33. OR, check out the awesome New Member Savings Deal being offered only for today with this BOGO deal and how you can get even more free oils for becoming a dōTERRA customer:

Thanks for checking in on Day 4 of BOGO week! If you have any questions or want to learn more about the amazing benefits of becoming a dōTERRA customer, email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com.