Wives, I Implore You: Date Your Husband

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Sometimes, we all need a little encouragement to thrive intentionally. ❤


Should you fear the cleaners in your home?

I’ve made it my mission to make people aware of the toxins surrounding us. What they choose to do with that information is entirely their choice! But – are you aware of the toxins lurking in your home?

What’s your favorite cleaner? Below is a list of the cleaners I used to keep on hand in my home. I’m a bit mortified at the information I found on the Environmental Working Group website.

Pine Sol – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2852-PineSolAllPurposeCleanerOriginal#.WbqWNsiGOM8

Murphy Oil Soap Original Formula- http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/349-MurphyOilSoapOriginalFormula#.WbqWcMiGOM8

Murphy Oil Soap All Purpose Cleaner – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/3328-MurphyOilSoapMurphyAllPurposeMultiSurfaceCleaner#.WbqWg8iGOM8

Clorox Bleach – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2576-CloroxBleachRegular#.WbqW2ciGOM8

Windex – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/1418-WindexAdvancedGlassMultiSurfaceCleaner#.WbqXFMiGOM8

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/1216-LYSOLICDisinfectantWipes#.WbqXSMiGOM8

Comet Powder – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2228-CometDisinfectantCleanserPowderwithBleach#.WbqYBsiGOM8

Kaboom Toilet Cleaner – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2285-KaboomFoamTasticToiletCleaner#.WbqYSsiGOM8

All of the above listed cleaners are linked to a health concern of some kind. Endocrine (hormone) disruptions, reproductive disruptions, respiratory disruptions, cancer, etc.

Most, if not all, of the above listed cleaners have poor ingredient disclosures. It is not mandated that every ingredient be listed on the label in the cleaning product industry. What in the world? The ingredients that *are* listed in these products are scary enough. I don’t even want to begin to imagine the level of unknown we’re dealing with for the ingredients that aren’t listed.

Guys, there’s over 100,000 chemicals on the market today. Only approximately 15% have been tested and have health and safety data available for them. That means there’s roughly 85,000 chemicals being used that we as consumers have NO idea the consequences of being exposed to.

According to the American Cancer Society, at best 10% of cancer is genetic. That means 90% of gene mutations that lead to cancer are caused by environmental factors. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. The number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by 70% over the next two decades.

Those statistics are terrifying. I’m afraid for the generations to come if there is no change. You can exercise and eat right all day long, but these chemicals still exist if you don’t eliminate the products that contain them. Can you control the environment outside of your home? I doubt it. But you *CAN* control the environment inside your home. You can be the gatekeeper. You are the only person that can make that decision.

I’m not saying your’re not going to get cancer if you quit using these chemical-laden products. I’m not saying you will get cancer if you use these chemical-laden products. (You bet there’s more than just cleaners at play here! We’re going to cover those, too. But for the sake of not writing a novel on one blog post, this one is exclusive to cleaners.)

But if you could make the decision to be the gatekeeper to your home, would you? If you could begin eliminating products from your home that we already know do harm, would you?

Thieves Household Cleaner hands down gets my vote. Every single day. Not only do I know what ingredients are being used, because Young Living feels very strongly about transparency and letting the consumer know what they’re *really* getting, the price on it is a fraction of other organic, “clean” cleaners. The price point alone is worth it, AND it is multi-purpose. No other cleaner needs to lurk in household cupboards anymore.

I’ll break down the cost comparison for you real quick. I am a wholesale member.

  • Wholesale price of Thieves Household Cleaner 14.4 ounce bottle: $22
  • Dilution ratio per Young Living : One part cleaner to 30 parts water
  • Spray bottles of cleaner utilized from one bottle of concentrated cleaner : 14
  • $22 divided by 14 = $1.57 per 30 ounce spray bottle

I’m not here to tell you this is the only option on the market to reduce chemical exposure, but it is by far the best cleaner I have found. No more worrying if one of my boys squirts the bottle right in his brothers face or right in his mouth. Because yes, that has happened. No, I don’t encourage it. But in this house, surviving motherhood means not hovering over every little thing they do. (They’d still do it anyway.)

Only you can decide what’s best for your family. You have an intuition. For my family, I am *so* thankful to have found something that’s affordable AND 100% plant derived.

Be an advocate for your family. You won’t regret it. I promise.

*Visit my home page or message me to learn how to get wholesale pricing for your family.


Then life happened.

Life is crazy. I haven’t even looked at a blog post in over a week. I feel like a failure! I had big plans for the blog over the last 14 days, but then life happened.

There wasn’t a set winner(s) of the 100 Followers Game for blog features, so I’m going to put that on hold for a bit! Totally have just been overcome with a ton of stuff lately that I need to put my focus elsewhere.

We were blessed to be able to pick up and take the boys to Sandusky to experience Cedar Point for the first time a few days ago. It was amazing, I’d never been and the boys are already asking if we can plan our trip for next summer! But laundry has piled up. Apparently I can’t empty that laundry basket if my life depended on it. The house didn’t side itself when we were gone. I mopped the downstairs floors for the first time since the remodel started and it took me half the dang day. Pre-school orientation. School registration. A random date night (because when you’re brother texts and tells your husband he can baby-sit, you say YES!). Dry wall. Cleaning up after the dry wall. The one time I tried to turn on the computer and get work done the power went out. Getting Young Living Welcome packets in the mail to new members. Keeping the tiny tyrants alive and thriving.

Time consuming and exhausting. Especially the last part. (Haha.) And I can’t keep up with the blog right now. EEEEK. But I’ll be back! I hope everyone has an awesome Labor Day!

Until next time.


100 Followers!? Game Day 3

My life got crazy the last few days with classes, a jewelry party, grocery shopping, and the tiny tyrants and I totally forgot to take the time to come back and blog! Hopefully you guys will forgive me! 😉

Currently my favorite inspirational quote is:


It changes depending on where I am in life, but right now this one gets the fire burning in my soul. 😊

Game Day 3: Netflix Series – 50 points each recommendation

Anybody have Netflix? My husband and I finally broke after months of just watching YouTube with the kids. We couldn’t stand watching one more kid push around tractors in dirt. I mean, really. The tiny tyrants won’t play with their very expensive tractors, but they’ll watch other kids play. I don’t get it. Blows my mind.

So, we watched The Ranch together and loved it. We laughed so hard. I highly recommend it for anyone who doesn’t mind swearing or excessive drinking, haha.

Anyway, we’re on the hunt for a new Netflix series to watch. What do you recommend?

Have an awesome Friday!


100 Followers!? Game Day #2: Inspire

Happy Tuesday!

J over at Beauty’s Expert Amateur is the *only* person who asked me a question from my 100 Followers “Random Something Game: Day 1“. Remember – the first 5 bloggers to reach 500 points will be featured on my blog the week of September 4th. If you want in on that, be sure to participate throughout this week!

J’s question: People always say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, there doesn’t seem to be any choice in the matter! Would you want your children to be like you, and if not, why not?

This one makes me sit back and really think. I’ve thought about this one for over 24 hours. And here’s what I’ve come up with:

Yes and no! Yes because I’ve overcome some really ugly things already in this lifetime and I’d like to believe I’ve come out a stronger, better version of myself. I’d love to see them pursue a lifestyle with Young Living, live lives full of purpose, wellness, and abundance, and for them to have the same desire to help others achieve the burning desires in their hearts. No because I don’t wish for my worst enemy to feel the way I did in my darkest days. I can’t imagine the way my mama felt when I thought there was no way out, and I hope and pray that none of my children ever feel that there’s no help left.

Thanks so much for your question(s), J! AND! This 2 part question really made me say hmm and feel a little vulnerable, so you’ve also earned the 50 point bonus leaving you with a total of 70 points so far! Congratulations, you are in the lead for being featured on my blog!!

Today’s “Random Something Game”:

What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

I love feeling inspired. It makes me want to take on my day with real purpose and abundance. 50 points earned for every inspirational quote shared. I CANNOT wait to see what inspires everyone! I’ll share mine tomorrow.


100 Followers!? Let’s play a game!

I’ve been a bit distant with my blog lately because it’s August which is usually a crazy time for us anyway, add on my new oils journey and the house renovation and we’re extra crazy. But logging on this afternoon and seeing Essential Living with Dakota has received it’s first 100 followers is super exciting!

When I started blogging in February, I had no idea if anyone would even read what I blogged about. But if gave me an outlet to talk about motherhood, it’s ups and downs, and how I’m surviving being a mama to 3 little boys.

So, to say thank you, I’m going to feature 5 blogs! Each blog will be featured for one day the week of September 4th. It can be a guest post, a compilation of my thoughts on our blog, a re-blog of your favorite post, etc. It will be your choice! So, to figure out who will be featured, let’s place a game! I’m going to dub it the “Random Something Game”.

Each day this week, I will post a random something. If you participate, you will earn points toward being featured. First five bloggers to reach 500 points will win! Posts could be:

  • Favorite meme.
  • Favorite inspirational quote.
  • Favorite Disney Movie.
  • Best holiday DIY’s. (Cuz holidays are quickly approaching and I struggle with DIY’ing with my kids.)
  • Best back to school survival tips.

Today’s “Random Something Game”: Ask me questions! Each question asked earns you 10 points towards being featured. (Just to save my butt from any potential craziness: Any question that is just totally out of line will be deleted.) Tomorrow’s post will answer your questions and hold Tuesday’s “Random Something.”

**Bonus: the question that I think is the most unique/fun/makes me think the most will earn a BONUS 50 points!

Guys, I’m so stinking excited for this! I cannot wait to see what creative juices this brings me, hopefully find some awesome new blogs to follow along the way, and to feature five of you awesome-sauce bloggers SOON!

I hope you’re having an awesome Monday and are enjoying the eclipse! I made pinpoint projectors with my oldest son and my youngest sister, and we are super excited to keep running out and testing them. We aren’t in the line of totality, but it’s still neat to experience.



Meet and Greet: 8/12/17

Dream Big, Dream Often


It’s the bimonthly Meet and Greet everyone!! Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times! It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want. It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media. Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

See ya on Monday!!

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