FREE Back to School Goodie Bag!

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I’ve been using essential oils to create skincare products and natural cleaning products for years. Ever since I started using the Young Living essential oil line, I have been having so much fun discovering new oils and new blends of oils. We now also use oils for healing purposes. We use them for sore muscles after hard workouts, to clear up stuffy noses, to clear the occasional pimple, to boost our immunity and much more.

If you want to learn more about essential oils, you are welcome to join my closed Facebook group, where I share info and members ask questions. Join my Facebook group HERE.

What we use essential oils for:

Boost Immunity and Avoid Colds!

I have spent a lot of time on planes this past month. All the germs on airplanes, combined with lack of sleep is the perfect recipe for getting sick. At the very start of my trip, I felt something coming on. I religiously rubbed thieves on my feet and used lemon essential oil to disinfect my hands. Although, I came home feeling exhausted, any hint of a cold creeping on was long gone!

Reducing colds caught at daycare or at school!

Now that I am a mama, I find the healing aspects of essential oils so important and crucial to our lives. I do think kids need to get sick sometimes to build their immunity, but if your kid has ever gone to daycare, then you know the weekly cold is no fun for anyone in the house! I have a 2 year old and I am sure you all know how they love to touch everything and anything, and then stick their hands in their mouths.

We have had our fair share of colds, especially when my little one has been in group settings with a lot of kids. Ever since using essential oils, we have either prevented her colds or fought them off, as soon as the first symptoms started.

Natural and Healthy Air Freshener! 

We haven’t used candles in years, as most of them are filled with toxins and they actually make the air we are breathing unhealthy. Until I got a diffuser, my house basically smelled like meat and broth ALL.THE.TIME. Now, my house smells like lavender, lemongrass, peppermint or chamomile! Every time someone comes in, they comment on how good it smells!

In addition to smelling nice, with essential oils we benefit from the therapeutic effects of the aromatherapy. We diffuse essential oils to uplift our moods, help us relax and improve our concentration.

Real Food, First!

As most of you know, I think real food is at the front line of a healthy immune system. Using essential oils won’t counter a poor diet, but it is a great compliment to a healthy diet. This is why for my back to school goodie bag, I want to offer you cookbooks that will help you pack easy, healthy meals for you and your children.

How to Get a Goodie Bag!

If you sign up as a wholesale member (also referred to as a distributor) with Young Living, you get 24% off all of your essential oil purchases! Often people are turned off by the word “distributor”, not realizing that there is nothing required of them as a “distributor”. If you sign up as a distributor you have absolutely no obligation to purchase more oils or to sell the oils, ever!

If you want to keep your wholesale membership, then you have to order 50PV worth of oils a year, that’s all. If you don’t do that, there is no penalty, you’ll just lose your 24% discount.premium-starter-kit

And if you sign up as a distributor with me and order a Premium Starter Kit, you get these SPECIAL BONUSES:


You will receive a welcome goodie bag from me including:

  1. Gluten-Free Cookbooks: Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go OR Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love: Irresistible and Nutritious Gluten-Free Sandwiches, Wraps and Other Easy Eats :: Enjoying healthy meals is the most important line of defense for our immune system. These books will help you save time in the kitchen, while making delicious, nutrient rich recipes for your family.
  2. Roll on vial :: Perfect for taking essential oils to go or making your own perfume!
  3. 4 ounce glass container :: These are great for making your own deodorants, lotions, sunblocks, etc. You can also use it to make an immune boosting cream to apply to your kid’s feet every night and morning, to help them keep the colds at bay!
  4. Gelatin Capsules :: Before you take therapeutic grade essential oils internally (please educate yourself first on which oils you can take internally. You can find more information on my EO Facebook Group or on the Young Living website.)
  5. Elegant Spray Bottle :: Perfect for making hand sanitizer, air freshener, perfume and much more!


The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you. If they aren’t for some reason, my ID is 1778307, and you can fill both the boxes with this number.

Let me tell you a little bit about the Premium Starter Kit (it’s how I got started with Young Living oils!)


The Premium Starter Kit includes:
  • The 10 Everyday Oils Collection (5 mL bottles) – see below for a more detailed description of each oil included.
  • A home diffuser
  • A bonus oil! 5 mL bottle of Stress Away (stress support blend)
  • Aroma Glide roller fitment turn your most used oil bottle into a convenient roll on
  • 10 sample packets total of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves I keep these in my purse for traveling and emergencies while out
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples (antioxident supplement)

All of these items retail for $261.84 and when you sign up as a distributor you get them for $150!!!

Everyday Oils Essential Oil Collection includes:



Uplifts the spirit and increases a positive mood. The powerful antioxidants in Lemon essential oil disarm free radicals in the body to help fight disease. It is also useful for liver detoxification and can be used in cooking.


Perfect for calming anxiety, Lavender essential oil can also be used to heal burns, cuts and scraps quickly. It is known for its soothing properties to disarm itchy skin and bug bites.


Awesome for body massages, Panaway relieves sore muscles. It can also aid to decrease swelling when there has been sprains and broken bones.


A single drop over the heart upon raising can help with uplifting the spirit. Frequently this blend is used to uplift the spirit, relieve anxiety, and reduce stress.

Peace and Calming

It relaxes and calms the nervous system. It’s a great one for helping little ones to sleep!


Used for thousands of years, Frank is known to boost the immune system and heal skin blemishes. Frequently known as the cure all essential oil this fantastic single oil can calm inflammation and help you feel better fast!


The energy oil! This is essential oil is energy in a bottle. It can also be fantastic for relieving headaches and calming tummy aches.


One of my favorite oil blends ever created, Valor EO can ease anxiety and give courage.


This wonderful blend cures ear infections, and can keep pests away. It is also fantastic to take the itch out of bug bites or heal spider bites.


Young Living’s most popular blend is the ultimate immune booster. Thieves not only boosts the immune system and can help you heal faster, but it can kill airborne viruses and germs spread around your home. This is a must have oil to keep on hand!



Feel free to email me with questions at any time. You can also message me through my Facebook Group. I am happy to help! arsy [at] rubiesandradishes [dot] com.

Mini Grain-Free Pound Cakes with Peaches, Blackberries and Cream

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Hi All! I’ve been traveling lately, working on some exciting projects. If you receive my newsletter, then you got to see a little sneak peek! Tomorrow, I am off to the Ancestral Health Symposium in Berkeley. If you are going too and see me, please say hi! I love meeting blog readers. I asked my friend Caroline to share a recipe with you this week, to keep the healthy living inspiration going and to introduce you to some new bloggers!

I was thrilled when my friend Caroline of Colorful Eats agreed to share her delicious recipe from her brand new eBook, A Backyard Summer: Grain, Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Recipes for Summer Entertaining. I am a huge fan of Caroline’s work. Make sure to connect with her on Instagram, so you can stay up to date with her latest recipes and gorgeous photos. You can also find Caroline on Facebook and Pinterest

Thank you Arsy for letting me share one of my favorite desserts from my ebook A Backyard Summer: Grain, Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Recipes for Summer Entertaining. To me, the best way to enjoy a meal is with family and friends, gathered around tables of all shapes and sizes, passing, sharing and laughing. I was inspired to create simple recipes, for all to enjoy, from a gluten, grain and refined sugar free perspective. Recipes that taste great and leave you satisfied. Recipes that are healthy, without feeling restricted or limited, and truly delicious.

Summertime foods have always been my favorite—maybe its the smell of the BBQ, the color and sweetness of bright red strawberries, or the way food somehow seems to taste better after a long swim in the ocean. Summer is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sunshine, sip on a refreshing drink and enjoy the cooking process, sharing in food and laughter with friends and family.

A Backyard Summer celebrates life at the table with simple grain free and paleo recipes designed to be passed and shared. Each recipe comes with an entertaining tip so that you can focus on the people who come to gather at your table rather than stressing about the menu.

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See more recipes from A Backyard Summer here!

So now on to the dessert! Growing up, in the summer my mom always made the best pound-cake served with fluffy cream and berries. I wanted to recreate this classic dessert using grain and refined sugar free ingredients. Hints of orange and honey provide these dense cakes with extra sweetness and moisture. Baking with coconut flour results in a denser cake, but once you garnish with whipped cream or coconut cream and fresh fruit, the presentation and taste is delicious with every bite! Enjoy!

paleo pound cake

Mini Grain Free Pound Cakes with Peaches, Blackberries and Cream

makes 12 individual pound cakes

3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted (find my favorite coconut flour here)
3/4 tsp baking soda (I use this kind)
6 eggs
6 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup whole fat sour cream (I like the consistency of sour cream best, yet whole fat, plain coconut yogurt for paleo will work too)
1/4 cup raw honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (find gluten-free, organic vanilla here)
1 tsp (heaping full) fresh orange zest
butter, for greasing muffin tins

To garnish
8 oz fresh blackberries
2 peaches, pealed and sliced
8 oz heaving whipping cream or whipped coconut cream (see how I made coconut whipped cream in 30 seconds here)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease muffin tins with butter or line tins with baking cups.
  2. In a bowl, use a hand blender to mix together wet ingredients. Sift in dry ingredients and continue to blend until a smooth batter forms. Fold in orange zest.
  3. Spoon batter into baking tins about 2/3 way full.
  4. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. As the cakes are cooling, prepare the whipping cream by using a hand blender to whip for 2-3 minutes or until cream is thick and fluffy. Prepare peaches and blackberries.
  6. Assemble by cutting the mini cakes in half and garnishing with a large spoonful of cream and fruit.
Entertaining Tip


  • Make the shortcakes the night or morning before serving, cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • This is a great dessert to serve to those with nut allergies!
  • If there are children in the group, have them help assemble the cakes to get them involved in the cooking process. They will love making their own and the scooping the fluffy cream onto their plates!

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Moscow Mule Paleo

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Paleo Coconut-Lime Fruit Salad

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Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing

Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing

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Paleo Root Beer Gelatin Float

Paleo Root Beer Float

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