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Almond Orange Scrub

This just sounds wonderful for a Saturday morning start.
Just be careful with sun exposure while using any citrus essential oils right after the scrub.

Exfoliate with Wild Orange

Which Essential Oil Company?

If anyone has doubts which Essential Oil company to use for their Family, in Aromatherapy, as a Health Coach or just for yourself you can watch this video, which will take that question away and leave you with an answer!

4 minutes that’s all it takes.

Happy watching!


Vitamins! Look, feel, and live younger, longer


My Vitamin Trip

Since my move to America I have been introduced to Vitamins and Supplements in a small pill form in mass production. For a very long time I found it completely unnecessary to go down the road of purchasing expensive vitamins. How do I know if they will help? And if they help on which level should I see results? Is there a way of knowing?

I have been reading and experimenting with a lot of brands and different combination in order to see full results. Most of the time I have not seen or felt a difference. Quite the opposite. My body got rid of any excessive vitamins, which resulted in money wasted. When it comes to vitamins; more is not better. The quality is important.

I had more obvious results doing my juicing, detoxing, fasting and eating my 80/20 raw food diet. Also another amazing way of a daily start is my Lemon, Turmeric & Ginger drink. This is another subject matter though.

I did finally come across vitamins which leave me with more Energy, Better Skin and a Boosted Immune system.

Do you have those days where you feel you can’t get out of this lethargic and foggy state you are in, the missing mental focus you needed to perform another great presentation at work, the missing immune system when your kids bring all their germs from school home? Breaking of your nails and dull skin?

Often these are signs that your body is missing something.

For me, I found, that I was doing most of the basics: Healthy diet, Exercise and some days I had better sleep than others. I knew I needed to get my stress level way down (hence the move to Portugal and away from a corporate job) but in addition I wanted to boost my Immune system and keep a balanced level of vitamins in my system which can’t be derived from natural food sources anymore or are rarely accessible. Especially in the US.

After using my doTERRA oils for a while and seeing great success, I wanted to expand my self-tests to the next level. I stumbled over the vitamin section of doTERRA.

I heard a lot of good things about their choices on how to combine the necessary vitamins. Watch a video here.

They provide potent levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, co-factors of cellular energy production, and a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.

These daily vitamins have become a routine and part of my staple diet. I do feel a difference once I don’t have my monthly supply available. I have them now on my monthly and automated order system with doTERRA and I can only give praise. At the end they are also doTERRA’s #1 seller.

It is a given that a body won’t heal, feel energized and complete if we don’t treat it the way it deserves to be treated.

If we don’t exercise, eat right, reduce our stress to a manageable amounts or if we try to conquer the world with non-natural  toxic sources we most likely will experience a let down at one point in our life.

I would say, you decide. Just make sure that you take the good, plant-based vitamins and don’t waste money.

Thanks for reading!



If you are already part of our dōTERRA community you should definitely add them to your next order! And good for you to have made that choice! Especially with your wholesale account you will save a good amount of money and get points!

If you are not familiar with dōTERRA send me an email and I will give you a free 101 Essential Oil Training class and I will also be able to give you many details about Pure Essential Oils you have not heard about before!

Classes in person if you are in the Lisbon, Portugal area or an Online Class. Both options will give you everything you need to know to change your life and become aware of possibilities and ways to enhance your health.

A great starter kit to vitamins is our: Cleanse and Restore Enrollment Kit

This kit includes:
• Lifelong Vitality Pack
• GX Assist®
• PB Assist +®
• Lemon Essential Oil, 15 mL
• Terrazyme
• Zendocrine Softgels
• dōTERRA IPC Introductory Packet Enrollment

The dōTERRA Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet includes a Living dōTERRA Naturally, Sharing dōTERRA Naturally, Building dōTERRA Naturally, Product Guide, cap stickers, and a welcome letter.

EU: Retail 233,33 Euro + VAT

USA: Retail $259,93 + Tax

Wholesale 175,00 Euro + VAT 140PV (Learn how to become a Wholesale member and save on your purchases with doTERRA)

We have many other kits, oils and vitamin pack options available. You can customize each order. Email me for the best pricing option for you.


Our move from California to Portugal

Ericeira, Portugal Waterfront
Max in Ericeira, Portugal 2015

Ahhhh. You are from California? Why are you here?

This is the question we often hear from Portuguese folks. Well let me tell you why.

Since our move from Santa Cruz, California to Lisbon, Portugal I have not found any motivation to write about our move. While my husband has been writing away (you can read his blog posts here) I have decided to wait until I found a moment feeling inclined to write.

Partially it is because we have experienced one hundred thousand and ten things in 10 month and partially it is because I would like to write in detail what our experience was like. Good and Bad.

Here we go:

Why did we decide to move?

Well….this question is not hard to answer at all. My life has nothing else been BUT a move.

A move from either a house to another. From one apartment to another. From one city to another. From one country to another.

It all started very early and at here I need to point the finger at my mum. I have a mum “on the go” and there is nothing, which excites her more than the slight possibility of a move or the visit of a new city or country. She is a Lady who enjoys new environments and feeds her soul of these wonderful new experiences when you get into a new city or house. I’m nothing less than this Lady.

Zurich Switzerland
My mum. Zurich, Switzerland 2015

There are possibilities, you know! There is a new wall, which needs new decoration. There is new entrance, which can be lined with flower pots. There is a new city which can be discovered step by step. Train by Train. There is this distinct new smell of something different when you walk out the front door or when you open your window to the new view. It is hard to convince or explain this sensation when one is not inclined to experience new sights or enjoys to fully inhale this new smell.

With every move I have done in my life I found new challenges to overcome. One would think that challenges are not always needed. And this is true. But there is something else what happens in your brain when you encounter a new country or a new language. My whole body seems to light up and feels alive. Always a bit more than the last time. I sometimes explain my urge to move like an addiction without the necessity of drugs.

I have a theory that I was never inclined to do drugs like alcohol in excessive amounts or drugs of any sorts because my life was too busy to get adjusted to a new situation. I had no time to “hang out” and do drugs.

Anyway…I’m getting of the question a little bit here. Well there is just so much to talk about. Anyway.

We have two kids. At the time of writing they are aged 12 and 5. At the time of the move they were 11 and 4. Max was finishing up 6th grade in California. Sasha was still in a fantastic preschool.

This was the time to move. Max was still in an age where he could have one more change before the teenage years started. I did not want to have the same experience for I had when my parents moved from Germany to Switzerland at the age of 14. Now at the age of 40 I’m not saying that it was a bad move but it REALLY hurt at the age of 14. You are starting to build your own life. It felt like I got ripped out of my circle of friends and Switzerland was not a piece of cake at that age.

So for me it was clear that I would not do this to Max or Sasha.

Max needing to change to Junior High after 6th grade was the point of now or never.

The school system seriously sucks in the California and maybe even the entire United States (I could write a whole post about that too as we have done a lot of comparison in schools systems. Yikes). Another big decision point why we wanted to move. We could not afford private school in California as the price tag comes at 1700-2000 Dollars per child. Haha. How much more should we work in our two corporate jobs we had in order to pay this amount per month. Take some side jobs so we wouldn’t see our children at all anymore. Sick! Sasha’s daycare was already 1200 per month, which is a normal sum for daycare in California. Again, this daycare was amazing! I could write another post here too as this farm-like upbringing every child should experience.

Anyhow. Our monthly costs were almost exceeding our income and we were working like dogs. Let’s not even start talking about the vacation time we did not have.

A decision needed to be made. Kids were included in the decision process as this was not a trivial move. Max, as always, could not wait to step into this airplane to go to Europe. He is VERY much a habit person. Don’t you move his animal, flower, toy or even think about discarding this old, filthy smelling T-Shirt which he outgrew 2 years ago. He did not like to loose any of what was dear to him BUT he is a mover. He enjoys traveling, he gets a kick out of moving and he loves to see new environments. Really strange but I could go out and steal horses with my son. I so love him for his excitement of traveling and moving. I guess no wonder given my history.

Sasha was surely to little to comprehend what a move like this meant.

Knowing very little about Portugal (visited it once for a week 6 month before we moved) I was still concerned about Max getting adapted. New country, new language and new everything.

Sasha, I thought, would adapt really fast. It was exactly the opposite. It took Sasha 8 month to be okay. Every morning she would cry. She wanted her “brown house” back. She wanted to see her friend Amelia who lived down the road. Little did we knew HOW much she loved her environment. Heartbraking. It all got better after 8 month.

Aptos Califnornia
Sasha in our “brown house” in Aptos, California 2015

And then there were these corporate jobs. I worked for IntraLinks, which was a remote job position. So I worked from home. I had the best boss and team on earth. The best job experience I could have wished for given the fact that working in a corporate environment can make you feel just like another number. Not this one. As far as it goes for corporate job this job was as good as it gets compared to any other one I had before. It was certainly VERY stressful at times but I would always return if need would be.

My heart was longing for this opportunity to show my children the world. To make them understand that there is so much more to life than working your ass off to make a living. To show them that we, as parents, can make choices. The choice to not be in this, very well-known, Hamster wheel you get plugged in. Schwuppsdiwupps.

Sleep, Work, Weekend. Sleep, work, weekend. Sleep, Work, Weekend. Oh wait, there was a Holiday. Yeah. A long weekend.

40 years later. DEATH.

I also was craving my creative side again. Luckily I have the best partner in the world. This man is one amazing human being, which entered my life in 2009. He is Alaskan. He acts like one too (means: He is a real MAN. He stands to his words. He loves like a man. I can let myself fall and NOT be superwoman all the time. No bullshit. No therapy is necessary. No freaking thinking “When the children are 18 I’m out of this relationship”. Just straight forward honesty and love. Life is difficult enough, right? J ) I love him to pieces and without him it would be either impossible or soooo much harder to follow through with the above. I would have done it no matter what but how lucky am I to have him by my side.

So he has currently a remote corporate job working for a company in Florida. But wait! This wasn’t all that easy to get to the point we are now.


Algarve, Portugal 2016

I will write more later. Now it is Saturday. Coffee time and Sasha time as Max is having a sleep over at a friend’s house after a Dance party yesterday and before a big Birthday party. This Dude is enjoying life, like never before and he does not want to move back to California!

Happy Saturday everybody!


P.s. If I’m writing a in a funky English…it is because I’m having to many languages in my head, no coffee yet and I’m writing as my heart goes. I might correct mistakes later. You can look for corrections then J



  • Packing up in Santa Cruz, California
  • Arrival in Portugal
  • June 2015 through May 2016

Vanilla & Lavender Salt Scrub – DIY

A skin soothing shower scrub

Are you ready for the weekend? It’s time to have some fun again!

3 oz (84 gm) salts (I like 2 oz/56 gm of pink Himalayan salts mixed with 1 oz/28 gm of Epsom salts)
3 oz (90 ml) vanilla jojoba (Check this link on how to make your own Vanilla infused Jojoba oil)
1 oz (28 gm) dried organic lavender flowers
15 drops Lavender essential oil
4 oz (120 ml) jar


  1. Grind all the salts and the lavender flowers in a small coffee grinder until they are a fine texture.
  2. Add the vanilla jojoba to the salts and stir.
  3. Add your essential oils and mix.
  4. Use a little Glas Container and use it within 1 week.
doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

I love this recipe and it has a very calming and relaxing sensation.

Happy Scrubbing!

This recipe is from Aromahead.

TerraShield – Insect Repellent

Highly effective for the upcoming mosquito season – Order here

No more Mosquito Spray Toxins for your body! Choose the natural way:

TerraShield combines a proprietary blend of highly effective and safe essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil to help ward off insects. A primary function of essential oils in plants is protecting against insects and other predators. Unlike other products that contain synthetic and toxic chemicals, TerraShield is a natural approach to managing exposure to biting insects. TerraShield’s fresh, light citrus scent is wonderfully invigorating and can be used safely by everyone in the family. One application provides coverage that lasts up to 6 hours.

dōTERRA - TerraShield Natural Insect Repellent
doTERRA’s Mosquito Repellent

In the video below Dr. Hill explains the effectiveness of this Essential Oil blend a bit further!

dōTERRA’s Dr. David Hill explains the benefits of using TerraShield® as a safe and natural insect repellent.

Essential Oils for your Laundry and so much more!

Purify – Cleansing Blend

Adding 2-3 drops to your Laundry detergent will surprise you with a fantastic fresh smell! So good. This Blend should not be missing from your next order. Contact me if you would like to know all the ins and outs of our Essential Oils!

Ingredients: Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils.
Purify is an exclusive combination of essential oils that purify and eradicate odors in a natural, safe way. This uplifting blend combines citrus and pine essential oils that leave an airy, fresh scent on surfaces and in the air. A favorite among dōTERRA users, Purify can replace foul odors quickly and be an effective cleaner throughout the home. Purify contains Lemon, Lime, and Pine essential oils, known for their powerful cleaning properties, along with Siberian and Austrian Firs to purify the air and protect against environmental threats. The addition of Citronella, Melaleuca, and Cilantro give this blend an enticing aroma that’s uniquely dōTERRA and unmatched in purification properties.
• Diffuse to purify and freshen the air.
• Freshen smaller rooms (or a car) by placing a few drops
of Purify Cleansing Blend on a cotton ball and putting it
into the air vent.
• Add 5 drops to a small spray bottle with water and use to
wipe down countertops.
• Use to soothe away irritations from bug bites.
• Add a few drops to the rinse cycle when doing laundry to
help eliminate odor.
Contact me for any questions on how to become a Wholesale Member of dōTERRA and receive the purest therapeutic oils.
Product Information found here.

Essential oil blend for head and neck tension

PastTense, dōTERRA’s proprietary blend for tension and the discomfort associated with head and neck tension, provides calming comfort
with the strength of CPTG® essential oils of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, marjoram, roman chamomile, basil, and rosemary. Packaged for convenient application in a roll-on bottle.

Happy rolling! Katrin