The temple in Independence MO

There is an amazing Temple here in Independence. Looks like a huge seashell. Went went a few weeks ago to their organ service on Sunday and it was amazing. They have public prayer 🙏 for the world everyday at 1:00. They also have a labyrinth maze to walk in. It was great. 


Cafe Verona and Yogurtini in Independence MO

We went out to eat last weekend and it was an amazing Italian place in downtown independence. This place was so cute and the food was amazing. It was Cafe Verona. They have love ❤️ locks all over there entry way. It was really pretty. Some had couples names engraved on them. So for food I got prosciutto wrapped shrimp 🍤 with a tomato basil polenta and asparagus with a sauce! My hubby got a rotini pasta with a vodka sauce and mushrooms 🍄 My sis and bro in law got seafood pasta 🍝 Kids of corse got grilled cheese, fries and cheese sticks, lol. We also got calamari that was amazing. 


Yogurtini was on the street before Cafe Verona and it was great for dessert. You pick any flavor frozen yogurt 🍦 and then pick from a million toppings 🍒 

Pioneer trails museum in Independence MO and visiting with family!

Since we are living in Independence MO we went to the pioneer trails museum. I remember learning about the Oregon trail, California trail and Santa Fe trail when I was a child so I thought it would be a great learning experience for the girls. I learned why all the trails started here in Independence it was because this was the last westward town all the way till their destinations in Oregon, California or Santa Fe which took 4-6 months to walk, ride a horse or sit in a wagon. I bought a book in the gift shop that was a page turner. I read it in a few days and recommended it to anyone probably 3rd grade and up for more info on the trails. It was the Donner party I read about called All We Left Behind. It was very interesting to learn how they actually traveled and mistakes that were made ending them up stuck in the snowy mountains for months starving. 

They also have wagon rides pulled by mules that take you through some trails and the tour guide tells you more history.

We had some family come down that weekend so the girls went swimming in their hotel pool and they played all day. 

Coffeyville Kansas

We moved to coffeyville ks on August 1st. It was so hot when we got there we almost kept driving, lol. We decided to stay and see how work went andweendedupstaying until Dec 10th. We did a lot of fun things in this town. Mostly fishing but my husband caught some monster catfish and they tasted amazing! The Verdigris River is pretty big and has a lot of fish in it. 

The girls had a lot of fun fishing with their dad. We also found some nice spots to hang out for some hot summer days. 
We met a lot of new friends here!

Keeping your family healthy

It’s so frustrating taking yourself your kids to the doctor for every little thing. That’s until I learned about essential oils. I always thought they were for aromatherapy to keep your house smelling good to to use as a massage oil but they do so much more. For example you can use peppermint for a fever, lavender for a headache or to relax, orange or lemon to clean with, oregano for athletes foot or combo oils like digest zen for heartburn, upset stomach or breath for allergies, colds Etc. You may want to know what are essential oils exactly?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize dōTERRA’s superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oils.

There are three ways to use essential oils:

Aromatic Uses

Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.

Topical Uses

Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

Internal Uses

Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

There are a ton of oils out there and some are a lot cheaper then these but these are the safest most therapeutic oils in the world. A lot of other oils say do not ingest so you know they must not be safe. This brand is doTerra and there is three ways to purchase them. Go to http://www.mydoterra.com/shannonatkins/ and you can buy them for retail and have them shipped straight to your home. Or if you would like 20% off you can become a preferred member under the ‘join’ button for only $10 for a lifetime. That pays for its self pretty much the first order you make. Then the best way is becoming a independent product consultant and you get everything at wholesale prices (25%) off and you get special promotions and discounts through my link at http://www.mydoterra.com/shannonatkins/ its $35 enrollment fee but is included with your first enrollment kit! That’s a special price kit you get to choose from that has oils to try. If you sign up before the end of april through my link you get $124 worth of Deep Blue product for free with $200pv. You also get paid with checks in the mail if you do sell to anyone or sign them up. If you don’t want to bother selling you can just receive your discount on the products. No pressure on selling or parties. But it’s hard not to tell people about the product once you start using it. For free you can also participate in the loyalty rewards program. That is where you get credits to purchase oils for free by making monthly purchases. It’s all lined out over at my link. Hope you enjoyed my post about doTerra oils and please stop by at http://www.mydoterra.com/shannonatkins/

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