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You Can Do It! A Family Integrated Home Business


I would like to share with you a guest post by Stacy McDonald who has been a wonderful mentor to me along the way.  I have been with Young Living for a little over 2 years now, and although I began it for personal use, there is something called the “accidental paycheck” that I stumbled upon and grew very excited in sharing with others about using essential oils, and the wonderful benefits my family and I have received.  If you are interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils after reading this post, please contact me so we can talk. And now, here is Stacy…


Most families are separated during the work day, whether or not they want to be. Dad goes off to work. Maybe mom does too. If mom stays home with the children, there is often a harsh financial sacrifice.

But, what if your family could stay home together and work together on a family business? What if you could do it without some huge financial investment, without hours and hours of time and focus? What if mom could get it started by basically doing what she’s doing anyway (using and talking about her essential oils), and dad could help in the background if he wanted to – until her business exploded and he decided he could come home and be with the family all day, every day! Yeah. Really.

dreamstime_xs_29536991 home business faith family workIn 2010, when a friend sent me my first sample of oils, I discovered the huge difference between the essential oils I had been using and Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. I was blown away by the difference.  I had always assumed all oils were basically the same; but, the amazing results we began to experience proved me wrong!

Young Living oils are so pure and so expertly grown and distilled…this is what made the difference! We used them for cuts, scrapes, bruises, cold sores, ear aches, dizziness, headaches, attention span, sleep, snoring, pain management, stress, wart removal, fungus, household mold issues, air cleansing, pregnancy, muscle cramps, PMS, blemishes, bug bites, and the list went on! My husband stopped calling them my “snake oils” and started asking me what oil would work for whatever his needs were! Ha!

But, beyond the health benefits, we discovered that God had more in store for us! He not only wanted us to use the oils for ourselves, He also expected us to share what we had discovered with others! And, in the process, we found that Young Living was an amazing source of additional income for us, as well as for our family and friends!

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As I used my oils in everyday life, I started to get questions from others. Eventually, people wanted to know how they too could get started using essential oils. All I did was give them my member number, so that they could list me as the one who referred them (as their enroller). I quickly discovered just how generous Young Living’s referral program was!

A Family Integrated Business

As a homeschooling mom and pastor’s wife, I was convinced that I didn’t have time to “sell” anything. So, I resisted the “business” aspect of Young Living for quite a while. I simply used my oils and wrote about them on my blog.

At first, I just earned enough to cover the cost of my oils, plus a little extra; but, as I became more deliberate with my sharing habits (offering samples, giving gifts, talking and writing about the oils etc.), it became clear that I was building a growing, thriving organization.

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And it only got better! Other homeschooling and stay-at-home moms—moms who absolutely loved their oils—started to contact me with questions about how to make Young Living a home business. Some of them had already “accidentally” earned paychecks. Others were interested more out of necessity—they needed more income in their households for various reasons (husband’s layoff, medical needs etc.).

Before I knew it, James and I had a strong, growing group of leaders in our organization who were in turn establishing their own strong leaders. And we continued to grow…like crazy!

Stay-at-Home Daughters

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Jessica McDonald, Young Living Senior Star

Recently, our 23-year-old daughter established her own business in our organization, Therapeutically Yours. We found this was a wonderful way for her to earn an income from home—an income from a business she will be able to take into her future marriage. And all that she’s learned about essential oils will be invaluable to her in  her own family someday.

At the same time, we are able to help her build—we work on it together as a family. Even our youngest children like to share with others how much the oils help them!


Which brings me to another great reason to make Young Living your family business! The very business structure of Young Living is based on biblical principles. That isn’t to say that Young Living is a “Christian company,” or that it’s run by all Christians, but the business model itself requires that you help others. You cannot succeed in Young Living unless you help others to succeed. If you focus only on yourself, you will never get anywhere. It’s just the way it works.

Which also makes it ideal for helping your children to establish their own business—a business that is ultimately tied to your business, making it easy to invest in their success. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Five of our adult children have now established businesses in our organization. Some are thriving and others are just getting started, but they all have reachable goals; and we’re able to invest in their success in a way that also helps us to reach our own personal goals for the future too!


McDonald VI Family
Young Living Silvers


Blanchard Family
Young Living Senior Stars


Hector Family
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Sanford Family
Just Getting Started!

Reasons to Consider a Home Business with Young Living

  • Low cost investment (Your only initial investment is a $150.00 starter kit containing products you use!)
  • Stay-at-home mom (and daughter) friendly
  • Stay-at-Home Dad (and son)-friendly
  • Homeschool family-friendly
  • Invest as much or as little time as you want!
  • No bookkeeping
  • No inventory to manage
  • No employees to manage
  • No shipping
  • Self-paced efforts
  • Helps and serves others
  • Finances your family’s healthy lifestyle
  • Tax benefits
  • Travel opportunities (visiting and volunteering at one of the farms would make a great homeschool field trip!)
  • You’ll have help to establish and grow your business by people who have an incentive to teach you everything they know!
  • You decide how much you want to make by how much time and effort you put into it
  • A chance to develop a residual income that offers more time for family and ministry, as well as old age security

Whether you’re simply interested in earning your first Accidental Paycheck or your family is ready to establish a thriving Young Living business, I am here to help you get started!

People get involved in Young Living as a business for various reasons. Here are a few:

  • A desire to help and bless people
  • Need extra income
  • Get out of debt
  • Education costs
  • Looking to build a residual income
  • Vacation/Travel

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now!


By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

~Thank you so very much Stacy for the opportunity to do a guest post today.  If you are interested in getting started with Young Living and have any questions, please feel free to contact me. ~


Scented Autumn Pumpkin Craft for Kids


This is a fun project we did this year to decorate a little for fall.  It’s simple, great for all ages (hey, I’m an adult and love paper crafts, lol! :D ) and a fantastic way to work on shapes with little ones.  The simple shapes to make each pumpkin are by using 3 ovals for the body and 1 rectangle for the stem. When completed with the project, simply spritz with a little cinnamon bark essential oil and hang.  You home will smell wonderful with the scent of fall.


Supplies needed:

* an oval shape cutter (there are great die-cut machines available to do this, or simply hand cut with scissors)

* a couple of sheets of orange cardstock

* A small strip of brown cardstock for the stem

* scissors

* glue or tape runner

* string to hang pumpkins from

* Cinnamon Bark essential oil

* a small spray bottle for mixing the water and essential oil to spritz on finished project



I was able to cut 27 small ovals from one piece of cardstock (making a total of 9 completed pumpkins), depending on your die cut you may end up with more or less so a couple of pieces of cardstock may be necessary to achiever your desired results.


Cut the strip of brown cardstock into 9 rectangles, this will be used for the pumpkin stems (size & width isn’t important as long as you have 9).


Place 2 ovals side by side.  With the top oval, apply a little glue or adhesive from the tape runner to the under side and gently press onto the 2 bottom ovals.  Add a little adhesive to the bottom of a rectangle piece and gently press to the underside of the pumpkin with just enough showing to form a stem.


Turn you pumpkins over so that the undersides are facing up (not shown in above photo), and tape your string to the backside.  Add 3-5 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil to a small spray bottle filled with about 3 oz. of water.  Spritz your finished project and than hang up to display your child’s artwork (or yours ;-) ).  Spritz some into the air as a room freshener as well.


There are so many ways to use these little pumpkins, you can even use on on the front of a homemade greeting card to send a warm fall greeting to someone you love.

Have fun making fall memories with your children.

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The NEW Starter Kits Are Here!


Young Living has come out bigger and better with these new, FANTASTIC starter kits!  If ever there is a time to get started with your journey to a healthier lifestyle, this would be it!

Who wants to pay full price for anything?  Not me.  Becoming a wholesale member with Young Living  is quick, easy and helps you begin saving as soon as you start shopping.  Who doesn’t like instant wholesale discounts???  As soon as you receive your member number, which only takes minutes of signing up, you are off to shop, save AND most importantly enhance your healthier lifestyle.

Just like any wholesale buying club, there is a fee to join (Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s,  etc.).  The difference here is that you don’t just pay a fee to start shopping – you will receive your starter kit filled with wonderful products!  And, unlike Costco or Sam’s, there is NO yearly fee; you simply need to spend $50 each year on Young Living products to maintain your wholesale member discount.  So you aren’t just handing money over to join a “club,”  you are are receiving product in return, wholesale prices (a 24% savings compared to paying retail), and the opportunity to earn FREE product in the process!  It’s a Win/Win and that’s why I love it and many others do too!

Starter Kits


With the NEW Basic Starter Kit ($40 – pictured left), you will get 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples, 5-ml Stress Away blend, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, 10 Essential Oil Sample Packets, plus all-new educational materials, including Welcome to Young Living, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success, Distributor Resource Guide, and Essential Oils at a Glance


The new Basic PLUS Starter Kit ($75), includes everything in the Basic Starter Kit, plus an easy-to-use Home Diffuser.

*If you purchase the Basic Plus Starter Kit, I will send you a copy of the Primary Usage Guide (featured below).


This fantastic 63-page pocket reference guide is packed with information, yet small enough to carry with you anywhere! Inside this booklet you will discover hundreds of amazing uses for Young Living’s essential oils and blends. Includes a wonderfully useful guide to essential oils that are commonly used for over 250 health conditions. Ideal for introducing your friends and prospects to the world of aromatherapy!

The Premium Starter Kit – $150


The Premium Start Kit ($150), includes Everything in the Basic Plus Starter Kit above, PLUS  an Everyday Oils collection.  The Everyday Oils collection includes 5ml bottles of the following essential oils:

Singles: Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense 

Blends: Purification, Thieves, Peace & Calming, Joy, PanAway and Valor.   

Essential oils are beneficial for so many things and this kit is the ultimate way to go if you are interested in using therapeutic-grade essential oils for healthy, body, mind and emotions.

If you purchase the Premium enrollment kit, I will personally send you a copy of the Reference Guide for Essential Oils FREE It truly is a “must have” in your arsenal of resources when it comes to learning about Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.  I want you to be equipped with the tools you need so that you not only have your essential oils, but can fall in love with them as well. :D


Essential Rewards 

Along with the new Starter Kits, Young Living has launched the NEW Essential Rewards Kits!  For additional savings, you can join the Essential Rewards Program upon signing up with your starter kit and receive even more discounts such as discounted shipping, and points toward more FREE product!  Young Living believes that your health is so important that it rewards you to shop!

NEW Essential Rewards Kits, click here!

Get Started

As a wholesale member/independent distributor you will receive the following benefits:

  • Enjoy 24% off retail prices
  • Have access to distributor resources on the Young Living website
  • Have no obligation to sell anything, ever (but, the option is there)!
  • Pay no annual fee

For more information, or to order your kit today and begin shopping today, click here!

~Scentsable Living~

Scented Pinecones

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I cannot walk by the bags of scented pine cones in the grocery store.  They make me sneeze, terribly.  They give me headaches…and yet, I would love to have them around my home. I think it adds that special touch of fall and would have my home smelling absolutely amazing.

Well, Young Living has a much better alternative.  This one uses essential oils that I have around the home.  Not only can I do this without fits of sneezing and onsets of terrible headaches, I can do this knowing that my body is receiving health supporting benefits from the use of my essential oils.

LOVE this! Go ahead and give it a try. Let me know if you think this is as awesome as I do!


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Homemade Playdough

~ Tanya Patterson ~

There are days where we love to play with playdough, there are other days where I, as a mom, have learned that it can be used for stress relief.  Something as simple as squeezing a ball in the hand can relieve a world of tension, even in children who just need an outlet for pent up energy sometimes.

It dawned on me one day as we were making homemade play-dough, to try adding a little essential oil to stimulate their minds, yet equally calm them down.  That day I used Peppermint and to great success, the energy levels balanced and the creativity flowed.

Homemade play-dough can last for a while when stored in an airtight container.  We are going on 4 months with our first batch and it’s still going strong.  This recipe can be modified to fit your family’s needs, see below for gluten-free options, alternatives to store-bought artificial food colorings, and you can use any oil that you prefer instead of vegetable oil.

Food Coloring

There have been some concerns with artificial food coloring and although I am not sure of any effects when added to playdough I am aware of the effects of it when ingested so I wanted to share a few helpful links for food coloring alternatives.

Gluten-Free Alternatives

  •  You can use arrowroot or cornstarch in place of the flour
  •  You can make your own food coloring (see 8 Ways to Make Organic Food Coloring above
  •  or, purchase gluten-free food coloring at Maggie’s Naturals (also posted above).

Essential Oils

You can use any essential oil to your liking.  You can use it for it’s aroma and/or it’s therapeutic benefits.  For example, if I have a high-energy child who needs to be doing something and yet really needs some help to calm down, I could add in lavender, or Peace & Calming.  If I have a child with low self-esteem that day, I could add Ylang ylang. For concentration or mental clarity, I could try peppermint.  If one of us is feeling down or just needs some lifting up, citrus scents work well…lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit or even a blend of all of them together called Citrus Fresh.

The possibilities are endless, the key here is to have fun!

Enjoy! :D


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