This past Friday, the women of our family held a surprise baby shower for my sister-in-law Ansley. She is currently 7 months pregnant with their first child and we knew that while we were all in the same place for the holiday, we wanted to also celebrate our newest incoming member!
I also wanted to do something a little extra special for Ansley and celebrate her transition into motherhood. I had heard about Blessingways which are traditional Navajo ceremonies where the women of the community come together to celebrate a woman's rite of passage into becoming a mother. The biggest difference from our now traditional baby showers is that while they tend to focus on the baby, a blessingway focuses on the mama. I loved this idea and knew that it would also be something that Ansley would align with! In fact, she is the first person to ever introduce me to essential oils and what they can do!
So as I was looking up all kinds of Blessingway ceremonies to do, I came up with an idea of my own that centered around oils. I got to thinking about how something I would want to bestow upon my sister-in-law or any new mama is the importance of self-care and how it directly translates and effects how we care for our little ones. And one of my favorite self-care practices is carving out the time to take a long, relaxing bath myself. It most likely means that I am going to have to clean up all of the bath toys that were used earlier that night while bathing my daughter, but there is even something ceremonious about that. It's as if I am saying "Ok I cared for you all day, will do the same tomorrow but for now it is my turn to care for me." I will dim the lights, light some candles and listen to music, a podcast that I love or simply sit in the peace of silence.
I also thought that perhaps she will have the opportunity to, while in labor, care for herself in this way. This ended up not being an option myself, however I did offer myself a bath often throughout my pregnancy.
So, I bought some epsom salts and gathered some of my favorite oils for just the occasion. I then went to my Emotions and Essential Oils book and simply printed out each oil and the emotional meaning behind it
At the shower, after we played some really fun games, right before we went to opening presents, I brought out the salts in a large bowl and placed the oils next to it with the paper of meanings. I then explained to everyone that each of us would take a turn, come up and pick an oil that resonated with us to be used as a blessing for Ansley. I told them that they could simply pick an oil because they loved the smell, or they loved the emotional meaning or if they had a very specific blessing and or words of love that they wanted to share with her they could do that. They would each then place a drop of their chosen oil into the salts. What she would be left with is a gorgeous blend of epsom salt soak and essential oils, but each time she would use it, she would be surrounded by the love, support and blessings of each of the women in the room that day.
If I may humbly say, it was a beautiful moment in the day and one that I am surely going to use again and again. My journey of motherhood has taught me that the role of sisterhood in the lives of women is ever so important. A ceremony such as this reminds us of that importance and encourages us to continue to uplift and support each other on our individual journeys, collectively. It is, yet again, a stunning reminder how we can use essential oils to connect us to ourselves and each other.
Klutz the Kind Elf has been visiting us each day for 6 days now and we are going strong! So far he has asked Audrey to give hugs to everyone, share, make something special for someone, be a helper, give away toys that she no longer plays with and write letters to people she loves! Tomorrow he is ready to go with the kind request of sharing her voice to brighten someone's day! She will be asked to sing a song, record it and send it to someone who could use a smile. In all honesty, she doesn't love being recorded on video singing, so I may try to do it as a voice memo instead!
I have loved watching her enthusiasm grow each day. The first couple of days she definitely wasn't so sure about this new guy who would show up every day in a different spot. But the last couple of day she has come downstairs with such excitement wondering where Klutz will be that day. It has also been so fun to weave Klutz's kindness message throughout each day. We have talked to her about why it's so important to show and tell people that you love them and to be someone who is a helper. Today we talked about why it matters that she recognizes how privileged she is to have all of the toys that she does and that not everyone is as fortunate is she is. So we give when we can, as much as we can because it matters in the lives of others, even if we can't see how.
All in all, it is going well. I do know that there are some bigger tasks coming up and as we have been away from home still following Thanksgiving, it will become more of a challenge to stick with it some days! And yet, we will as I can already feel the impact Klutz is having on making this season so much more about the feeling and the action vs. the presents!
In case you are still looking to begin your Klutz journey, I am re-sharing his notes! And I would love to hear from anyone who is doing it, how it is going for you!
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and I want to proudly and humbly ask you to consider creating a Supportful Care Page for someone you know who could use some practical support right now.
My daughter is named after the actress Audrey Hepburn. I grew up absolutely loving and idolizing her. It would be easy to think it was because of her beauty and grace and the glamour that seemingly comes with being a famous Hollywood actress. In some ways it was. But what I honestly remember the most about her and what made a huge impact on me when I was younger was that even with all that she had, many being things that I desired for myself, her most cherished roles were that of being a mother and an ambassador for UNICEF.
Now a mother myself, I can understand the immense importance of having a giving heart. Not just so that I give to my daughter, but so I may help to leave some lasting imprint on how important it is to think of others and ask the question "How can I Help?".
I am no Audrey Hepburn, but I am the Community Manager of Supportful.com and I believe so strongly and wholeheartedly in what we are creating. And so as we enter this season of giving, I am posing the question to us all: How can we Help? A Care Page may just be the answer to this question. And if I can be of service to you so that you get the support you need, please don't hesitate to reach out!
To create a free Care Page head to www.Supportful.com
I have been working with and talking to so many people lately who are looking to support their thyroid health by way of integrative and holistic approaches, and wish to use essential oils. I absolutely love this article that Dr. Mariza Snyder wrote for mindbodygreen.com that helps to shed light on exactly how essential oils can be used when it comes to keeping our hormones in check, healing from and preventing issues with our thyroid.
You can read the full article HERE
Then head over to mydoterra.com/sarapackard to check out the oils she mentions in the article.
Finally, I would love to jump on a call with you this week to help answer any questions you may have and get you started using essential oils in a way that will support your overall health!
Did you know that I am my own small business? Both with One OM at a Time Yoga Classes and being a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I make much of my income through running my own small organization. When you purchase essential oils from me, a portion of what you buy goes directly to me and a subscription to One OM at a Time online yoga is 100% profit for myself and my mama who teach the classes. For a long time, I brushed off the importance of shopping small and now I am planning on doing the majority of my Christmas shopping by supporting other small businesses. I especially love supporting other women who are involved in their own direct sales companies. Where once I was a total skeptic of this business model, I am now a fully fledged believer. Imagine that when you need to purchase something, you could go to your friend or neighbor, buy from them and not only get what you want, but also know who your money is going towards supporting. We often balk at this model because it is so unlike and unfamiliar with how we have set up enterprise in our culture. And yet, I am always the advocate for doing the things that are the least popular and off the beaten path.
So this Holiday Season, I would love for you to support me and anyone in your life who you know runs their own small business. If you are looking for anything essential oil related or to purchase yoga classes that you can practice anytime and anywhere, I am your gal! Shop small, it makes a BIG impact!
Admittedly, I am still new to Copaiba. Although it has been swirling around me for some time now, and I have known that I must know more, I have yet to uncover it. And that is what I love about this work and these oils, there is always something new to learn and it is a continuous lifelong process!
So in my quest for knowledge, I have turned to those I admire and trust and am sharing their words of wisdom in regards to Copaiba. And here is one thing I have learned today, I am PSYCHED that today's BOGO and the universe has thrown this oil my way today and my attention has finally been turned towards it! I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
From Dr. Robin Fawcett - The Essential GP
It’s time to talk about COPAIBA 💫 Did you know that cannabis plants are NOT the only source of cannabinoids?
The news here in Europe has been full of discussion about balancing the potential health benefits of plant cannabinoids with the risks posed by the psychoactive effects of cannabis extracts and the need to regulate the trade.
Enter copaiba essential oil, distilled from protected copaifera trees in S. American rainforests. Copaiba is extremely high in beta-caryophyllene, a powerful phytocannabinoid compound which is selectively active on CB2 receptors and therefore completely spares the psychoactive receptors which are activated by other cannabinoids.
The scientific literature on copaiba and beta-carophyllene is growing rapidly and I highly recommend doing a search on Pub Med to learn about some of the astonishing discoveries ✨ We have been using this oil in our home since September, and it is definitely a favourite 🙌
This is an oil with limitless uses, but here are a few ideas:
🌿 Add 1-3 drops to drinking water daily (adults) to promote healthy levels of inflammation
🌿 Use a drop under your tongue (adults) to support your immune system when needed
🌿 Massage with carrier oil to soothe occasional aches and pains
🌿 Add to skin care serums/creams to promote glowing skin
🌿 Drink in water (adults) or apply with carrier oil to the abdomen to support the digestive system
🌿 Diffuse with citrus oils and/or other tree oils to lift a low mood or reduce anxious feelings
🌿 Apply a drop to the roof of the mouth to support neurological function
There are SO many incredible testimonies about this essential oil — I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!
And an amazing video from her!
And finally, from my Teacher Elena Brower, the Emotional Benefits of Copaiba!
And to purchase today's BOGO, which is buy a bottle of Copaiba, get a bottle of Deep Blue for free, click on the button below!
You will also be entered into a raffle today for some Deep Blue Rub travel packs, and anyone who creates a Wholesale Account will receive something special at the end of the week!
I know that the official day for expressing gratitude is two days away, but today I just want to say that I am incredibly grateful that just over a year ago, I stepped into the world of doTERRA, became a wellness advocate, but most importantly began to shift my own inner vision. I am grateful for the oils themselves, and the daily offerings they provide, I am grateful for the community, leadership and inspiration of my mentors. I am grateful for the constant connection that I get to make with each and every person who I get to support in using essential oils and for those who join my team. I was a skeptic and a doubter for the longest time. Perhaps it wasn't always the right time or the right people, but the truth is, I had to get out of my own way. So mostly I am grateful for that. That instead of sticking to my own story of why it won't work, or getting caught up in the fear of what others would think of me, or thinking it was work for someone else to do and not me (aka I don't belong), I pushed all of that aside and said yes. In the last few months, I have seen a shift in how my inner vision is going to become a reality. There is still so much work to do, so much to say yes to, but tonight I am taking a moment to pause and feel the gratitude. I hope that we all do that this week, as often as possible. As the quote goes "Gratitude turns what we have into enough".
Some of you may remember this same time last year when I introduced our magical Elf Klutz. He is my alternative version of other popular Elves that tend to visit homes at this time of the year! While I absolutely love the magic and fun of traditional holiday elves, I have never loved some of the messaging. So, after being gifted an adorable elf at a holiday party, I decided to make my own version of a daily holiday visitor for Audrey! And so Klutz, the Kindness Elf was born!
Klutz is an amalgamation of all of the different areas in my life and my work that I value and find inspiring. He cultivates mindfulness, awareness and consciousness much like my work as a yoga teacher and doTERRA Wellness Advocate.. He touches on taking action that can make a difference in the same spirit as the work I get to do with Supportful. And he offers the opportunity for us as parents to instill in Audrey what we believe the spirit of this season is really about which is being kind, generous and giving towards others, when it can be especially easy to get caught up in what we will be receiving! My husband and I both love this time of year, and being people who are not in any way religious, we find that this is an excellent way for us to create a spiritual yet incredibly important lesson of how important it is to be a good human to other humans lesson. Not because she will receive gifts in return, but because it is simply the right way to be.
So this year, with Audrey being three and having much more awareness than every before, I knew that if I was going to bring on Klutz, I was going to have to be prepared! I have decided that he is going to make his first appearance this Thursday on Thanksgiving, mostly because this year we will have family all around and I think the first finding of Klutz will be fun for all! However, last year I believe I waited until the first of December, which means that by doing it this early, we are going to have a lot more time to spend with our special elf friend. So...I spent the few days writing a letter for each day that Klutz will appear! Instead of cramming it in each night over the next month, I have crammed it all in these last several nights, often staying up much past my bedtime. The notes are brief and nothing too poetic, but each one has a task for her to do that day that will promote kindness and generosity of spirit and other things!
Much like his counterparts, Klutz is not allowed to be touched or he will lose his magic and he will reappear each morning in a new spot! He does not go back each night however to report to Santa on Audrey's behavior. Instead he goes back home to hang with his friends Rudolph and Frosty and other North Pole Elves! Perhaps in upcoming years, I will even write out much more about his evenings of adventures! For now though, the notes are completely geared towards Audrey and how she can be of service this Holiday Season! 35 of them to be exact, because even though I only needed 33 days, I wanted to have just a couple extra, both for myself and for YOU!
Yeah, so here is the exciting part...recalling what a big response I got from my post last year about this, I decided to go ahead and publish these notes on Google! This way anyone who is interested can use them yourself! Of course, there will have to be a name change unless you brilliantly named your child Audrey, but all 35 notes are there for the taking! You can copy, paste and simply print them out, or even hand write them each night and use them as a reference! I personally may print them on some fun, colorful paper!
My hope is that those of you who were inspired by this last year, will perhaps join me in it this year! I am super passionate about raising a conscious, kind-hearted and mindful human. I also believe that she already is all of those things, it is simply our job as her parents to give her the opportunity to nourish it within herself. We could all use more kindness and mindfulness in our world today. Who better to lead that, than our children?
I you wish to access the notes of Klutz, the Kindness Elf click on the button below!
It's BOGO Week!!! AND the First BOGO has already been announced and it's FANTASTIC!!
If you buy a bottle of OnGuard, you will get a bottle of Breathe for free!
These are two of the most incredible blends and are PERFECT for this time of year!!
So...HERE are the details and "rules" of the week:
1. Each day will be a new Buy One, Get One deal! The offer is good for that day only!
2. Each day I will have 5 wholesale orders available for anyone who does not already have a wholesale account of their own!!
3. I will first post each deal over on my Facebook Group, which you are welcome to join in order to get first dibs! As the day goes on, I will post on broader social media!
4. In order for me to place the order, you must Venmo me or PayPal me by 8pm each day, the price of that days BOGO plus $3 shipping!
5. I will hold a raffle each day for anyone who makes a purchase!! There will be daily drawings and raffles and I will give away other fun doTERRA items!
6. I will hold a larger raffle at the end of the week for all who participated!
7. If you sign up for a wholesale account this week, there will be an extra special BONUS coming your way this week!
And that is it!
This is the perfect way for you to stock up on the very best essential oils the planet has to offer and take big steps towards empowered health, wellness and care!
Email me or comment below with ANY questions!
is a Mama, Wife, Teacher, Writer and Creator of One OM at a time. She has been teaching and studying yoga since 2008 and has taught at studios in Syracuse, Boston and New York City. For two years her hOMe was wherever she, her husband Justin, their daughter Audrey and pug Oscar find themselves as they traveled for Justin's job on the national tour of Matilda the Musical. This way of living has really taught Sara that yoga and mediation requires nothing more than some time and a space for your mat. You can find Sara teaching regular classes in NYC, workshops and retreats all over the country as well as in her very own online studio right here!