What is a “Hot Oil” in Regard to Essential Oils

As a Doterra Wellness Advocate I know what using essential oils safely can do.  Essential oils have helped me with my depression, anxiety, and even helped ease some of my stomach issues.  I’ve used them to clear up chapped lips and ease fevers.  Using essential oils that are 100% pure  like Doterra can naturally help with a lot of issues if used properly.

Today I want to talk about Hot Oils.  I never heard the term until I became a Doterra Wellness Advocate.  I figure, If I hadn’t heard of it, there’s probably a few others out there that haven’t.

What are Hot Oils?

Hot Oils are essential oils that should not be applied directly to the skin. They can literally give a hot even burning feeling if applied directly.  So what do you do with hot oils when you want to apply them to the skin? An oil like Thyme is considered a hot oil but can help ease discomfort of athlete’s foot among other things. So of course you would want to apply  Thyme to your feet.  You would use a carrier oil in this case.  Remember that pure essential oils are up to 100x concentrated. They do have effects on the body. Similar to medications, if used improperly won’t have the desired effect.

What is a Carrier Oil?

Carrier oils are oils like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or even olive oil just to name a few. You would put a drop of Thyme in with a carrier oil to massage it onto your skin. I like to use 1 drop of hot oil to 1 tablespoon ratio when dealing with hot oils.

Doterra makes a wonderful fractionated coconut oil that is a carrier oil.  Kits like the Aromatouch kit come with a bottle of fractionated coconut oil. You can also just buy a bottle of coconut oil individually.

Kits like the Aromatouch Kit come with Doterra fractionated coconut oil

Which oils are Hot Oils?

Hot oils include: Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Cinnamon/Cinnamon bark, Cassia, Hyssop, and Ocotea.  The last two, Doterra does not yet carry but I think it’s important to list them as I know some people will search “hot oils” not necessarily for the Doterra brand.

Carrier oils can be used with all essential oils and still get the benefit of the essential oil. If you have sensitive skin, want to cover a larger area of your body, or are unsure about an oil use a carrier oil.  ALWAYS read the labels of essential oils. Some are hot oils, some should not be ingested, and some you should avoid sun exposure with.

Doterra Wellness Advocates like me are here to answer your questions too.  Lord knows I don’t know everything but I have an amazing sponsor I can turn to and wonderful resources including contacting Doterra directly.  I want you to have a positive experience using Doterra essential oils. I’m here to help.

You can visit my Doterra site: http://mydoterra.com/angiebeechan

or join my facebook page for even more info: https://www.facebook.com/EssentialOilswithAngieB/


Top 10 Tips for Saving Money at Giant Eagle

Top 10 Tips for Saving Money at Giant Eagle

If you are lucky enough to have a Giant Eagle near you you can save some serious money. I’ll be honest, years ago before I really got into couponing, when I compared prices from Giant Eagle to places like Walmart or BiLo I didn’t understand why people said they save so much money at Giant Eagle. But as I learned more he savings opportunities are plentiful.  So here are my top tips for saving money at Giant Eagle.

  1.  Get yourself a Giant Eagle Advantage card stat!

This FREE card gets you sale prices, doubles coupons, allows you to have coupons with you at all times, lets you earn FuelPerks and so much more.  Just go to your Giant Eagle customer service desk and ask to sign up for a Giant Eagle Advantage card.  It’s like a magic card for savings.  Register on GiantEagle.com too. Once you have your card and register on GiantEagle.com you can take advantage of the next few tips!

 

2.  Grab the eAdvantage items of the week

Got your GE Advantage card? Good because now you’ll be able to get the eAdvantage item of the week. What is the eAdvantage item of the week you ask?  It’s usually 1 item that’s either free or deeply discounted.  You can only get one of them the whole week but it’s worth it.  IMPORTANT: In order to be able to get the eAdvantage item you have to go to GiantEagle.com, click savings, then click eAdvantage and make sure that you check off that you want the eAdvantage item.  Who wouldn’t right? But you have to do it.  You never know what it will be.  Sometimes it’s free tomatoes, sometimes it’s 49 cent handsoap, sometimes it’s free mushrooms, etc.  It’s always in the sale papers and marked in stores.

3.  Coupons Double up to 99 cents

Coupons will double up to 99 cents but only when you scan your Giant Eagle card at the register.  When it says coupons double up to 99 cents it means a 99 cents coupon will double to $1.98, 50 cent coupons will double to $1, etc.  UNLESS the coupons says not to double.  Printed coupons and manufacturer coupons will double.  Ask your local Giant Eagle for their coupon policy though. Some independently run GEs don’t accept printed coupons.

4.  Never forget to take you coupons when you use eCoupons

Let’s face it. Sometimes you’re running in the store after work to pick up diapers and milk. Maybe you didn’t plan on it but you got a text from home asking you to pick them up.  You didn’t bring your coupons with you. No worries. You can go to GiantEagle.com or use the Giant Eagle app to load eCoupons to your advantage card.  Just scan your card at the register and the eCoupons automatically apply.   NOTE: eCoupons do not double.

5. Tipping my hat to a fellow blogger, LadySavings.

LadySavings.com is THE BEST site I’ve found for Giant Eagle coupon match ups.  They do all deal finding for you. All you have to do is write a list and print coupons (or clip coupons).  They have a full match up, Quick and Easy deals matchup, Top 10 Deals, and more.  Definitely subscribe to LadySavings emails too for notifications of new deals and matchups.

6.  Treat cards when shopping with kids

Sometimes you don’t have a choice but to shop with your kids. If your kids are anything like mine you have to say no 118 times when they want everything on the shelves.  Little Shopper treat cards save me money and sanity.  They are only $1 per kid and they are good for the whole calendar year.  Keep that card with you. When your kids go with you can they can get a free piece of fruit, slice of cheese, or cookie every time! AND that dollar you paid go to local children’s hospitals so win-win. Just go to the customer service desk and ask to buy a treat card.  The treat cards are good for kids up to 10 years old.  You child has to be present to use the treat card.

7.  Saving money on groceries means saving money on fuel

For every $50 your spend at Giant eagle you earn 10 cents in FuelPerks to use at GetGo gas stations.  That means if your grocery bill comes to $150 you earn 30 cents in FuelPerks. That is 30 cents off every gallon of gas up to 30 gallons! They sometimes have special FuelPerk deals where you can earn 20 cent FuelPerks when buying gift cards too.

8.  Say it with me, Catalina Coupons

The first time I heard someone say catalina coupons I thought they were talking about coupons for salad dressing.  (No? just me? ok anyway…) once you’ve shopped Giant Eagle a few times it starts to learn your shopping patterns I guess.  You’ll start to get catalina coupons. Those are coupons that print out at the register after you’ve paid your bill. They can only be used at Giant Eagle and don’t double but often times they are good coupons. Sometimes they have special deals. When  you buy so many of a particular item on a trip you might get a catalina coupon for $2 off your next trip or $5 off your next trip, etc. Some of them a coupons for particular items.

9.  Look for coupons on package

About two weeks ago they had a deal that if you bought 5 boxes of Keebler crackers you’d pay only $1.99 per box.  I wasn’t going to initially do it because I didn’t have coupons BUT the one particular type had a 50 cents off manufacturer coupon (or peelies as the professional couponers call it) When they have manufacturer coupons stuck to them they double too (unless it says do not double).  You know how much those boxes of Keebler crackers ended up being?  49 cents each.  Your darn right I bought 4 boxes of them and one of another kind (Giant Eagle only allows 4 like coupons at a time) So I got 5 boxes of Keeblers crackers for $3.95 total.  The coupons on package happens more than you’d think. Sometimes the cashiers don’t catch it though so make sure you point it out to them.

10.  GE Advantage card is also good at GetGo

You’ll use your GE Advantage card at GetGo too. Beside the already explained, FuelPerks benefit, you can get sale prices on items at GetGo. They will occasionally have an eAdvantage item at GetGo different from the one at Giant Eagle. You can also earn FuelPerks for different specials they have like when they do the 20 cents FuelPerks for gift cards. Sometimes they have specials like buying 2 of a particular drink and earn extra FuelPerks, etc.

 


Swagbucks Egg-cellent Easter Team Challenge

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Easter is bringing with it another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!

If you’ve never tried Swagbucks before because you didn’t know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the “Egg-cellent” Team Challenge, begins Monday, April 17th. 
Here’s how you can join the challenge and the site:  

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting April 17th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you’ll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you’ve contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before May 1st, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you’ve signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, April 21st and will expire on Sunday, May 7th 11:59pm PT


Swagbucks Discover Eggstravaganza

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To celebrate the beginning of Spring, Swagbucks is offering HUGE SB on Discover offers, so now’s the time to try out some of these products and services! If you’re not familiar, Swagbucks is a site where you earn points (called SB) for checking out deals and products from different companies. Then you redeem those SB for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and many more. You can also earn SB for things like shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, and searching the web!

To take advantage of the Spring Into Deals bonanza and check out over 100 Deals that are now more rewarding than ever, just click here to get started!

Here’s just a few deals you’ll find:

  • Divine Eats = earn 50 SB
  • Church’s Chicken = earn 100 SB
  • Auntie Anne’s = earn 100 SB
  • 60 Seconds Home Life Insurance = earn 100 SB

They’re also giving you even more SB on their most popular offers for a limited time:

  • Uber: Need extra cash? Earn with Uber & Get $90 in Gift Cards! Sign Up and Earn 3,250 SB. Take your first passenger and earn 5,750 SB?
  • Puzzle Buzz: Get 2 Free highlights Activity & Coloring Books + Stickers and earn 750 SB
  • Just Fab: Get 2 paris of shoes for the price of 1! Take a fun fashion quiz and earn 200 SB. Buy 1 pair of shoes and earn 2,500 SB
  • Winc: Discover your unique wine personality! Sign Up & earn –2,500 SB on your first order. + Earn an additional 2,000 SB when you stay subscribed for 2 months.
  • eStories: Find your next favorite Audiobook and earn 2,000 SB!?
  • Degustabox Receive delicious food straight to your door and earn 1,000 SB
  • Foodstirs: Introducing Foodstirs’ simply delicious Darling Daisy Cookie backing kit. Purchase a 3 month subscription NOW with code SB50 and earn 4,000 SB?

Check out all these great offers plus many many more! But hurry, this limited time offer is only good through April 16th. As a special bonus, if you sign up through my links this month and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you’ll get a bonus $3 (300 SB) added to your account at the beginning of next month!


Swagbucks Easter Sales Event

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Spring has sprung and at Swagbucks, the deals are in full bloom. They’re giving back BIG Cash Back on your favorite merchants. If you haven’t heard of Swagbucks, when you shop there you get cash back in the form of SB points for every dollar you spend. Then you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and more! Sign up here to get started

The weekend is upon us and the weather is warming up, so now’s the perfect time to do a little shopping! Need to update your wardrobe for the new season? Check out all the great Cash Back deals you can earn at:

JCPenney – 15% Cash Back
Nike – 20% Cash Back
Macy’s – 12% Cash Back
Gap – 8% Cash Back

Looking to do some spring cleaning and organizing? Check out great deals at these retailers:

Home Depot = 3% Cash Back
Target = 4% Cash Back
Walmart = Up to 8% Cash Back
Lowe’s = 3% Cash Back

Plus, if you’ve signed up through my links at some point this month (or do it now), you’ll get a $2 (200 SB) bonus added to your account when you get your shopping SB! 

You can earn SB in all sorts of ways, including discovering deals and trying new products/services, watching videos, taking surveys, or just searching the web!

Hurry though, because this deal ends on the 16th!