I love being involved in education because I am always learning something new and exciting. I have been teaching and helping students for over 25 years with computer applications and keyboarding classes. Before computers, I helped students learn how to use dedicated word processors. It was a long time ago!
Currently, I work at MiraCosta College, a community college in California, where I teach computer applications for the Computer Applications Department and keyboarding classes for the Business Office Technology Department. I teach one- and two-day computer courses through Community Services, and work as an Instructional Assistant II for the Academic Information Services Department. I’ve been enjoying my jobs at MiraCosta for over 20 years! Prior to MiraCosta, I worked at Eldorado Business College teaching word processing and business courses.
And, for about 15 years I’ve been teaching online courses (PowerPoint 2010, 2007, & 2003, and Keyboarding) through Education to Go, a division of Cengage Learning. I find teaching and learning online an awarding experience.
I enjoy reading, learning, traveling, and spending time with my family.
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Got pain? I think we all do at some point. One thing that I find helpful for pain relief is Young Living’s Deep Relief Roll-On which is a blend of peppermint, wintergreen, dorado azul, and helichrysum essential oils in a convenient roll-on. This blend of popular oils is a great companion for your trips to the gym and busy daily routine. I use it for knee pain before and after a long beach walk. I love the cooling sensation and invigorating scent of peppermint and wintergreen essential oils. The roll-on packaging makes it easy to quickly apply Deep Relief when needed. I keep one with me in my purse at all times so I have it handy at work, home, and outdoors. If you’d like to hear a bit about the science of this blend, listen to what Lindsey Elmore says about the Deep Relief Roll-on.
A similar but different product I use is Young Living’s Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream. It provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. I’ve rubbed it on my hands for joint pain, on my lower back and spine, and on my knee as well. This plant-based formula combines the power of Wintergreen essential oil with our exclusive Cool Azul essential oil blend. With two powerful, synergistic active ingredients, this cream provides pain-relieving benefits in two ways: methyl salicylate found in Wintergreen helps alleviate pain deep in the muscles and joints, and natural menthol found in Peppermint provides a cooling effect. If you need relief without synthetic ingredients, Young Living’s Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream is the answer! I keep this at home and take it on vacation because I don’t want to be without it.
Check out Lindsey Elmore’s Cool Azul video to learn more about the science behind Cool Azul.
If you’re interested, you can order these products from my website. Choose Retail to pay full price; or choose Wholesale to save 24% (requires a free membership).
Feel free to contact me for more information about Deep Relief Roll-on or Cool Azul or becoming a member. I’m here to help!
There’s no place like home—a clean home, that is. When you prepare for family and friends to visit and when you tidy up for yourself, we want you to be confident in the cleaning products you use.
Toxins in cleaning products
According to the American Lung Association, the ingredients in some household cleaning products can cause health problems like headaches, irritation of the eyes and throat, respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and maybe even cancer.
Some product may release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These gases come from paint, air fresheners, gasoline, tobacco smoke, wood-burning stoves, and a handful of household cleaners and disinfectants. Research shows that some VOCs can irritate eyes, nose, and throat; create difficulty breathing and nausea; and cause harm to the central nervous system and other organs.
Products that can include VOCs and toxic substances include:*
Oven and appliance cleaners
Dishwashing liquid and detergent
Carpet and upholstery cleaners
*This is not a complete list.
How do you clean without toxic chemicals?
Avoiding harsh chemicals in your cleaning supplies starts with reading labels. Choose products that have few to no VOCs, fragrances, or irritants. Your best bet? Find natural cleaning products made with plant-based formulas.
Join the trend and start tidying up! Grab your cleaning products, check their labels, and get cleaning with only the best of the best!
What are the best natural cleaning products?
Making the switch to toxin-free cleaning products is easier than you think! Use household ingredients like baking soda and white vinegar with Young Living products to create cleaners you’re ready to use around tiny humans, cute creatures, and your favorite family members.
Thieves® Household Cleaner
Thieves Household Cleaner to the rescue! Once you start cleaning with Mother Nature’s best, you won’t look back. No more dealing with nasty chemicals that irritate your skin or harsh scents that sting your nose. This highly concentrated, versatile product produces results you’ll love for everything from simple wipe downs to heavy degreasing. Bonus: It’s made with plant materials and is great for the whole family!
Since you know that checking your labels is vital to a safe, happy home, take a look at Thieves Household Cleaner. In addition to essential oils, this cleaning superstar includes sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate. Both are natural, plant-based surfactants that provide excellent detergency and make Thieves Household Cleaner biodegradable.
Jazz up any natural cleaning product with our not-so-secret secret ingredient: essential oils!
Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil
When cleaning, it’s best to start by tackling the most undesirable areas. Grab your bottle of Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil and head to the bathrooms and garbage cans. A few drops added to your cleaning solution or a soaked cotton ball stashed under your garbage bag will work wonders. Unwanted smells will be gone faster than you can get through your groovy cleaning playlist.
Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
You know we’re serious about cleaning with an oil when it’s included in our Thieves® Home Cleaning Kit. After you’ve added Citrus Fresh essential oil blend to your diffuser, sprayed it in every guest room, and added it to your floor cleaner and window cleaning solution, visitors will be begging to know the secret to your “Here comes the sun” scent.
Use the champion of odor elimination the next time you get to scrubbing: Tea Tree essential oil! There’s a myriad of ways we recommend using it—to banish stale odors, as a linen spray and room air freshener, or combined with household cleaners. Our favorite? Revamp musty clothes left in the wash by adding Tea Tree to your laundry soap and restarting your cycle.
Lemon essential oil
After cleaning with harsh chemicals, you’ll be tempted to light a candle to cover the scent. Not if you clean with Thieves and Lemon essential oil! Add it to any spray bottle or cleaner and you’ll ditch your candles in no time! Bonus uses: When added to your dishwasher, Lemon delivers a spot-free rinse. When added to sticky residue, Lemon leaves behind a gummy-free surface.
YL tip: Most citrus oils like Orange, Lime, and Grapefruit elevate your household cleaners. They’re fantastic at fighting grease and smell great doing it!
Lemongrass essential oil
Like Lemon, Lemongrass essential oil works to brighten any area. However, it’s got another magic trick up its sleeve: Use it as an outdoor spray to clean outdoor furniture and areas. The sunshiney-smelling spray will be your go-to after swim days and BBQ nights.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil
Lean into the fall-inspired aroma you find in Thieves Household Cleaner when you use Cinnamon Bark essential oil. After you’ve channeled Julia Child and whipped up a masterpiece in the kitchen, add a drop or two of this nostalgic fragrance to a sink full of soapy dishes. This warm, comforting scent is the opposite of the bracing aroma you get from harsh chemicals.
Cleaning ideas to make your house shine
Ready to take the rest of your house from so-so to shiny? Get more tips here:
If you’d like to change a table’s borders in PowerPoint 2010, use the Borders button in the Table Styles group on the Table Tools Design tab as shown here:
The above example is a screen shot from my wide-screen monitor. A smaller screen or one that is not maximized or one with a lower resolution might look like the example below. The Borders button is still present, but the word Borders does not display.
Notice in the example below that cells cells B2 through F2 are formatted as dates. You can verify the formatting of a cell by clicking the cell and looking at the Number Format box in the Number group on the Home tab in Excel. In the example, find the word Date in the Number Format box.
To change the format of the numbers (yes, dates are numbers to Excel), select cells B2 through F2; click the down arrow in the Number Format box and choose the desired format. To choose a number without any special formatting (no dollar sign or decimal places, for example), choose General as shown in the example below.
After formatting the numbers with the General format, your numbers will look like this:
Notice that the newly formatted numbers in cells B2 through F2 are right-aligned in each cell. Right alignment is the default format for numbers. Numbers formatted with the General format have no decimal places, commas, or dollar sign.
The best way to get started with essential oils is to become a Young Living member by purchasing one of the Premium Starter Kits. With your membership, you’ll save 24% off the retail price of Young Living’s products, and can save more with the monthly promotions. You can get your online membership here today. Oils with a diffuser is a good way to get started on your wellness journey and is the most popular option. You’ll get a chance to choose one of the diffusers shown in the image below. Or, other wellness options include the NingXia Red Kit, the Thieves Kit, or the Savvy Minerals Makeup Kit. Regardless of the Kit you choose, I’m here to educate and help you along the way, and I’d like to offer you a FREE and easy online essential oils class. There are no quizzes or final exam…just fun stuff to learn. Get your Oil on and have some FUN!
I’ve had so much fun teaching the past 30 plus years, I’ve decided to expand my horizons and teach something new. I enjoy doing research and learning new things, so learning about the wellness benefits of essential oils has been fun.
What are the wellness benefits of oils? There are many, depending on the person and need. I find that diffusing Cedarwood, Lavender, Vetiver, and Valor oils in the evening helps me (and hubby) sleep. Sometimes I’ll change it up and diffuser Harmony, Peace and Calming, or Stress Away. Here’s a peak at my sleepy blend…
A few other favorite products of mine are AgilEase for joint support; Super Calc Plus as a bone health supplement; Immupro for sleep and immune support; and Thieves Cough Drops for a cough, sore throat, or stuffy nose. These are the BEST! I take the AgilEase and Super Calc Plus daily and the Immupro and Thieves Cough Drops as needed.