Calculator – CBD Dosing Guidelines

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not considered medical advise. I make no claims regarding the effectiveness of this product. These are only estimates and guidelines and should be monitored consistently. Please consult a medical professional before beginning any new treatment.

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Recommended Brands – If you are still confused about where to buy, we’ve already done your research. Check out which brands we recommend HERE.

Quality Standards Checklist – We also have a checklist available to help with your own research. Check it out HERE.

You can increase your dosage whenever you feel comfortable doing so, but look for these side effects for taking too much, too quick.

  • Headaches
  • Increased hyperactivity
  • Moody or irritable


CBD Hemp Shopping Checklist – Quality Standards

Shopping for a quality CBD Hemp Wellness Product is overwhelming.  There are so many new companies in this emerging market, it can get confusing and absolutely frustrating.

To learn more about CBD and it’s benefits, read our article CBD: What To Know Before You Buy.

Recommended Companies

The companies below pass our high standards of quality, are recognized as leaders in the industry, have excellent customer service and outstanding customer reviews.

There are hundreds of companies in this emerging market and shopping can be rigorous, so we made a check list to use in the process. (See below for our check list)

CBDPure –  Absolutely pure CBD oil with no additives or fillers.  They offer lower dose bottles for initially beginning or for young children who don’t benefit from high doses due to body weight.

NuLeaf Naturals –  Use ADHD15, to get 15% off all orders, not just the first order.

Green Roads World – Use CBDOFFER20 For 20% Off.  Green Roads offers edibles like gummies, suckers and candy using natural and organic additives, which is why we love them so much!!

Bluebird Botanicals – Bluebird has an excellent, affordable sample pack to trial under $25.

CBDistillery – 5% Discount With Code CBD4ADHD.  These guys have an assortment of CBD products including beneficial Terpenes to choose from.

Receptra Naturals – Organic, hand picked hemp that only uses the best parts (not stalk, stem or seeds) to produce the cleanest oil.

Lazarus Naturals – One of the founders of the industry and operating since 2012.  Great customer reviews and feedback on the brand.  Offers financial assistance if eligible.

To determine your beneficial dose, we have a calculator to figure it out, based on body weight.  Click HERE to go to our calculator.

All the quality standards on our checklist should be easily found on the companiy’s website.  If it is not easily found, then the company lacks transparency and that’s a huge red flag.

CBD Wellness Products/Brands Shopping Check List

_______When was company founded  (if less than 2 years, move on)

_______Is it a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) company? If so, move on, no one likes to be pressured to buy a product and I hate seeing “PM me for the link”, like it’s a big secret. Don’t fall in the trap, just say “No”! (Known MLM companies are: HempWorx, Club8, Kannaway, My Daily Choice, Green HoriZen, Zilis/Pur 7, Prime My Body)

_______Where is the Hemp sourced? (Colorado or Europe is good, but most importantly it’s found on the website…this shows transparency)

_________Grown organically? Is the hemp grown using organic farming practices? This refers to the hemp extract only. Artificial colors and flavors may be added to improve the taste.

_______Third Party Independent Lab Tested.  Every company will say lab tested, make sure it’s an independent lab, if not move on.

_______Is it Full Spectrum?  Full spectrum refers to the whole plant extraction. CBD should be extracted from all parts of the hemp plant to receive benefits.  Flowers and leaves have the most concentrated CBD.  CBD has varying benefits depending on the part of the plant it is extracted from, so a whole plant extraction is the most beneficial.

CBD Hemp Oil: What To Know Before You Buy

Cannabidiol (CBD) is improving the lives of people and making life more enjoyable for those who use it.  These positive results are reflected in online forums as well as research.  

With the emerging market, and the legality of Hemp CBD across the US, the question becomes…Which companies are the best? Which ones are affordable?  How do I know which is a reputable company?  How do I know if their product is of high quality.  What does the MG on the bottle mean?  What dose do I begin with? (See how we rated each company in the tables below.)

It really is a personal decision by each person.  Some people, like myself, prefer a brand that guarantees ZERO THC, while others prefer a brand that is grown exclusively in the US.  Others will prefer a brand that promotes social conscience, proactively helps children who are sick and provides financial assistance to those in need.

The CBD Oil industry is relatively new and therefore is unregulated.  Without regulations there is very little standardization of terms when looking for a quality oil.  The terms vary from the ingredients, to the measurements, to the description, which makes it very confusing when shopping.

Before we start looking at each brand or company, let’s look at some of the research related to ADHD.


Fitness to drive in spite (because) of THC

Cannabinoids in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A randomised-controlled trial

Cannabis improves symptoms of ADHD

A Qualitative Analysis of Online Forum Discussions on Cannabis Use and ADHD.

Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients.

Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report.

Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report.

The endocannabinoid system and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Is It Legal?

Hemp and Marijuana are similar because they both have CBD in their genetic makeup.  However, hemp has very little or only trace amounts of THC, which is the component that creates the “high” effect.

The Federal Government has established limits on legal content of THC.  The law states any product with less than 0.3% THC is legal in the United States

This means CBD Hemp Oil is legal in all fifty states. However, CBD derived from cannabis/medical marijuana is only legal in designated states. And some states have laws preventing CBD Hemp companies from shipping to their state.  Always check the fine print.

Is It Full Spectrum?

What are the ingredients?  Full Spectrum, Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) and Whole Plant are all the same thing.  They mean the CBD comes from all parts of the hemp plant (not just one, such as only the stalk, only the seed, only the leaves or only the flower).

Cannabinoids – CBD has many different strains and variations which provide more benefits as a whole, than any single cannabinoid alone.  In order to gain all the benefits of CBD oil, it should be full Spectrum (or Phytocannabinoid Rich, or Whole Plant).  However, if you choose to avoid all THC, you can opt for an CBD Isolate, which only includes CBD (Without other cannabinoids, including THC).

CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil – There is very little to no CBD in Hemp seeds, therefore there is no benefits of CBD in hemp seed oil.  However, the seeds providenutritional value as a food source, but no value as CBD.  The process of extracting CBD from the hemp plant is more expensive and complex than extracting the oil from hemp seeds.  Hemp Seed Oil can be purchased at the grocery store or Amazon for a fraction of the price of CBD oil because it costs considerably less to extract the oil from the seeds.


Because the CBD oil industry is not regulated, there is no standardization of measurement.

Bottled CBD oils come in ounces (oz), grams (g), and milliliters (ML).  Potency (or strength) is measured in milligrams (MG) and comes PER bottle.  The bottles range from 1oz, 4oz, 15 ML, or 30 ML and more.  Since they are measured differently, how does a person compare and contrast them?

1000 MG Bottle = 500 MG Bottle

Just because a bottle reflects a high potency does not mean it is stronger than a lower potency bottle.

1000 MG CBD in 30 ML bottle has the same potency as a 500 MG CBD in 15 ML bottle.

1000 MG/30 ML = 33.33 MG of CBD per 1 ML of oil

500 MG/15 ML = 33.33 MG of CBD per 1 ML of oil.

How To Find The Exact Potency To Compare to Other Oils

The first thing you should do is convert every bottle’s measurement to CBD MG/ML

Step 1 –  find the total CBD MG on the bottle and the total ML of liquid in the bottle. (You may need to convert bottle size to ML.)

Step 2 – Divide the MG by the ML to get the amount of CBD per each ML (CBD MG/ML).

Do you need help with deciding how much to give/take?  Our calculator will give you exact dosing recommendations based on body weight.  Click HERE to go to our Dosing Guideline Calculator.

Extraction Process

CO2 extraction – This method does not require heat or solvents, and the entire spectrum of cannabinoids are retained in the blend. It is an expensive process but considered to the a cleanest process.

CO2 extraction is a process that requires skill to perform correctly, and it’s a more costly process than others, but it’s the safest method there is and it produces the highest quality products. It’s an environmentally safe element, and it’s recyclable. CO2 extraction processes don’t contribute to carbon emission increases in the atmosphere, and this process doesn’t bring any flammable petroleum based solvents (like butane) into contact with your product.

Ethanol/Alcohol Extraction – the most historically used method for cannabis/hemp extracts. It is a clean and cold extraction method that allows for optimal retention of terpenes and other sensitive compounds.

Other Factors to Consider

Founded:  How long has the company been operating?  There is experience associated with a company that has been operating since the beginning of this emerging industry.

Guarantee vs Return/Refund Policy

There is value to a Satisfaction Guarantee.  Many of these oils are expensive because of the extraction process and the cost of doing business.  If the oil does not work for you, because every individual is different, it’s less stressful to know you can get your money back if it’s not a good fit.

“Satisfaction Guarantee” is defined as – an opened and used product can be returned to the company for a refund within a set period of time.

Return/Refund Policy – The product must be unopened and in new condition to receive a refund within a set period of time.

Organic/NonGMO:   All, except two of the companies are using Organic farming practices to source their Hemp.  The remaining two companies are considered NonGMO.

Third Party Lab Tested:  All the companies listed say they are tested by independent third party labs to insure a clean Hemp product.  A company that provides batch test results is going one more step to prove the value of their oil and is considered transparent to their customers.

Sourced:  Where is the Hemp grown?  I’m very much on the fence with this one.  I love that hemp is sourced in the US, because I’m a bit patriotic and I love my country and I want to support locally grown crops.  However, Europe is more forward thinking in terms of organic farming practices by banning toxic chemicals and substances the US still uses.  European grown hemp may be cleaner than American grown.  But here’s the flip side….In my research I found that some European growers may actually obtain their crop from China which is not known for organic farming practices.

“Zero THC” Products:  There are several companies that market products which include ZERO THC (the substance that creates a “high” in cannabis) such as HempMeds, HempWorx, FarmaceuticalCBD and Green Roads.  The US federal government has set a  max of 0.3% THC a product can have to be legal in the states.  So every CBD Hemp Oil product sold online, without a prescription, has 0.3% THC or less.

The stars were applied based on each of the following categories.  Founded 2014 or earlier, Satisfaction Guarantee, Organic, Independent Lab tested, Financial Assistance Program, Full Spectrum, and CO2 Extraction, and provide batch lab results to customers.   1 star (⭐️) per category if applicable.

Rule Of Thumb

The most important thing to remember is to always start at a very, very low dose so the body can adjust.  Slowly increase your dosage over time until you see your desired results.  Every person and body is different, so do not try to compare your dose to someone else.

CompanyNuLeaf NaturalsBluebird BotanicalsCBDPureGreen Roads HempMedsHempWorxDiamond CBDFarmaceuticalCBDCharlotte's WebHaleigh's Hope
Discount Codes:ADHD15 (On Every Order)firsttime (On First Order)CBDOFFER20
Return Policy:30 Day Return Policy14 day return policy 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee30 Day Return policy14 Day Return Policy30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee15 Day Return PolicyReturn/Refund Policy30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee30 Day Return Policy
Lab Tested:✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬✅🔬
Provide Lab Results (by request/online)By RequestOnlineBy RequestOnlineBy request
Sourced:Colorado ColoradoDenmarkEuropeEuropeKentuckyScandinaviaColoradoColoradoColorado
Ships to:US & 40 countries (European Union, Switzerland, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more)US (excluding South Dakota) and InternationalUS (excluding AR, IN, KS, LA)US OnlyUS OnlyUS and 150 countries thru distributorsUS & InternationalUS OnlyUS, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Canada and UruguayUS and has international distribution centers
CBD DeliveryFull SpectrumFull Spectrum hemp extracts (not from seed) Full SpectrumCBD Isolate concentrate and Full Spectrum CBD OilFull SpectrumPCR Hemp (seed) oil.Unclear from WebsitePhytocannabinoid Rich Hemp OilUnclear from WebsiteUnclear from Website
Potency:50 mg/1 ml8.3mg/ml (250mg bottle)- 50+mg/ml (1500+ mg bottle)3.3-20 mg/daily serving7 mg/1 mL - 50 mg/1 mL1 - 120 mg/serving depending on product from tincture, capsules and liquids.10mg/.6 ml (500 mg bottle) to 15 mg/.6 ml (750 mg bottle) - 30 ml bottles.1 mg/1 ml to 50 mg/1 ml (25-1500 mg/bottle - 15 ml bottles)sample bottles range from 150-5000 mg but no info on serving size or servings in bottle10-25 mg/1 ml and 50 mg/0.6 mlCBD is measured as ratio to THC (20:1) - no measure of CBD exclusively
Extraction Process:CO2 ExtractionEthanol/Alcohol ExtractionCO2 ExtractionCO2 ExtractionCO2 ExtractionCO2 ExtractionCO2 ExtractionProprietary Extraction TechnologyIsopropyl Alcohol (IPA) and CO2 Extraction - depends on productNo Info On Website

CBD Oil Brands - Product Comparison Sorted by MG/ML

CBD MG/ML1 Drop = CBD MGCompanyProduct NameProduct ImageCBD MGMLCostRating 
1.67 MG/ML.06 - .08 MG/dropCBDPureCBDPure Hemp Oil 100MG10060$29.99⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
1.67 MG/ML.06 - .08 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 25MG2515$19.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
3.33 MG/ML0.11 - 0.17 MG/dropHempMedsDixie 1oz 100MG Dew Drops (Flavored)10030$29.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
3.33 MG/ML0.11 - 0.17 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 50 MG5015$29.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
6.67 MG/ML0.22 - 0.33 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 100MG10015$39.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
6.67 MG/ML0.22 - 0.33 MG/dropGreen RoadsCBD Oil10015$26.99 (On Sale)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropHempMedsDixie 2OZ 500MG Dew Drops (flavored)50060$99.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropBluebird BotanicalsHemp Classic CBD Oil50060$44.95⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropHempMedsRSHO-X (Zero THC)1000120$165.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropHempMedsGreen 4OZ Liquid1000120$119.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropHempMedsBlue 4OZ Liquid1000120$129.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropHempMedsGold 4OZ1000120$139.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropBluebird BotanicalsHemp Classic CBD Oil1000120$79.95⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropBluebird BotanicalsHemp Complete CBD Oil1000120$89.95⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
8.33 MG/ML0.28 - 0.42 MG/dropBluebird BotanicalsHemp Signature CBD Oil1000120$89.95⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
16.67 MG/ML0.56 - 0.83 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 250MG25015$59.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
16.67 MG/ML0.56 - 0.83 MG/dropGreen RoadsCBD Oil25015$45.99 (On Sale)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
16.67 MG/ML0.56 - 0.83 MG/dropHempWorxHemp Oil50030$69.00⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
23.33 MG/ML0.78 - 1.17 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 350MG35015$69.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
23.33 MG/ML0.78 - 1.17 MG/dropGreen RoadsCBD Oil35015$64.99 (On Sale)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
25 MG/ML0.83 - 1.25 MG/dropCharlotte's WebEveryday Plus Hemp75030$74.99⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
25 MG/ML0.83 - 1.25 MG/dropHempWorxHemp Oil75030$89.00⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
30.33 MG/ML1.01 - 1.52 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 1000MG100030$169.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
30.33 MG/ML1.01 - 1.52 MG/dropFarmaceuticalCBD1000MG CBD Hemp Oil tinture 1OZ - flavored100030$159.95⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
30.33 MG/ML1.01 - 1.52 MG/dropGreen RoadsCBD Oil100030$162.99⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
36.67 MG/ML1.22 - 1.83MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 550MG55015$89.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
36.67 MG/ML1.22 - 1.83MG/dropGreen RoadsCBD Oil55015$84.99⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropNuLeafHigh Grade CBD Oil, max CBD Oil 1450145030$179.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropHempMedsGreen Label 15G Oral Applicator150030$189.00⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropDiamond CBDUnflavored Diamond CBD Oil 1500 MG150030$219.99⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropFarmaceuticalCBD1500MG CBD Hemp Oil Tincture 1OZ- Flavored150030$220.00⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropBluebird BotanicalsHemp Classic 6X150030$109.95⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropBluebird BotanicalsHemp Signature 6X150030$119.95⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropGreen RoadsCBD Oil150030$209.99 (On Sale)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW
50 MG/ML1.66 - 2.5 MG/dropCharlotte's WebEveryday Advanced Hemp Oil150030$149.99⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️BUY NOW


Pros:  NuLeaf ships internationally thru it’s website without any red-tape.  They ship to the European Union, Switzerland, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more.  I love that they offer pet oils as well.  They use organic farming practices, no artificial ingredients added, just pure CBD oil.  Their oil is full spectrum.

Cons:  Not much variety in products or potency.  NuLeaf only offers one potency of 50 mg/1 ml.  The only variety is the size of the bottle.


Pros:  Lots of variety in products, including skincare, Zero THC products, various potency levels.  Hemp meds is a full spectrum oil, sourced in Europe.

Cons:  They are NonGMO instead of organic.  HempMeds only ships to the US.


Pros:  Affordable options with various potency levels. They offer a 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee so you can return the bottle if you don’t see any benefit. Hemp sourced in Denmark.

Cons:  No variety of products. Relatively new company that was founded in 2016.

Diamond CBD:

Pros:  Large variety of potency and CBD products including gummies, candy and even Cake Pops and Honey Sticks.  Also promotes pet products infused with CBD.

Cons:  New company founded in 2017. Could not find on website if Diamond CBD is a full spectrum oil.

Farmaceutical CBD:

Pros:  Large variety of products including gummies, capsules and lipbalm as well as oil.  I love the samples of almost everything that is affordably priced for consumers to try.

Cons:  Relatively new company founded in 2017.  Not using CO2 Extraction.

Bluebird Botanicals:

Pros:  Longevity in the market – founded in 2012.  Large variety of products including pet products. Uses organic farming practices.  Affordable prices.  Offers Financial Assistance programs to the disabled, low-income and/or US veterans. Provides Lab Results per batch on website.

Cons:  Does not ship to South Dakota and no “Satisfaction Guarantee”.  Does not use CO2 Extraction.


Pros:  Large variety of products.  Offers “Zero THC” products.

Cons:  It’s a Multi-Level-Marketing Company, founded in 2017, and new to the CBD market.  Users can not order from website unless they have a reference name.  Very little information is included on the website and what is there seems inaccurate, contradicting and/or confusing.  The legal limit of THC is 0.3%, not .03%.  It’s unclear if HempWorx uses supercritical, sub-critical, or CO2 Total extraction, but it’s CO2, at least. In the FAQ regarding Hemp Seed Oil vs High CBD Hemp extracts (not from seed), seems to contradict the ingredient label which reflects “PCR Hemp (Seed) Oil”, since the contents and descriptions are not standardized across brands, this could simply be a unclear description issue. The Satisfaction Guarantee is 30 Days from Order date, not the date you receive, so if it takes two weeks to ship, you only have two weeks to find beneficial dose, which is not enough time.  I’ve heard numerous complaints regarding harassment from the company to sell, sell, sell, once you buy.  Probably best to just avoid this company.

Charlotte’s Web (CWHemp):

Pros:  This company has been around since the beginning.  They catapulted CBD oil into the spotlight by helping improve the life of Charlotte.  CW Hemp has a 30 day Satisfaction Guarantee and was founded in 2011.  Offers pet products. Provide Lab Results per batch upon request.

Cons:  The raw hemp they harvest is not organic.  There is almost no information on the website regarding how the hemp is extracted, where or how it’s grown (Colorado), when the company was founded, or if the oil is a full spectrum oil.

Haleigh’s Hope:

Pros:  Utilizes organic farming practices.  Has longevity in the market since founded in 2012.  Offers Low Income Assistance Program.

Cons:  Cannot determine from website if oil is full spectrum.  The potency is listed as a ratio of CBD to THC (20:1), without a disclosure of potency per MG.  Can not convert to a MG/ML unit.

Green Roads:

Pros:  Green Roads practices organic farming practices and  the only brand that promotes a full spectrum oil plus a pure crystalline isolate 99% to create an entourage effect.  The company was founded in 2011, therefore has lots of longevity in the market. Provides lab reports online, but not per batch.

Cons:  Does not ship internationally.











Harnessing The Holidays: Stress Free Festive Season

Get The Party Started

Who else is exhausted just thinking about the holidays? Why, why, why does cold and flu season land smack dab on top of them? Can we please move one or the other to June?

My solemn pledge is to get organized! Stay well! I’m going to be a list-making master this holiday season!  I’m going to start shopping for presents early, have every item on my check list completed early so I can enjoy the holidays.

Tell Me What You Want! What You Really, Really Want!

Here’s a hint….teachers don’t want another coffee mug.  Silly, naive me, I’ve been buying Starbucks mugs for teachers for the last 3 years.  Last year, I asked my daughter what everyone else got the teacher.  Mugs!!  This year, I’m going to get them something they can enjoy. (At least I hope so.)

If you’re a teacher, what is the most unique present you’ve received from a parent?  What would you really enjoy after a long semester?  Please share your favorites.  We know how hard your job is and want to say “Thank You” and “Merry Christmas” with something you really want and love.

Don’t Stop Believin’

I love the holidays, my kids love the holidays, but life gets so busy it’s hard for me to really relax and enjoy them.

I’m a mom with ADHD. I’m overwhelmed on an easy day. I’m usually 5 steps behind other moms. If my kids are neat, tidy and put together, then I’m a walking disaster. It’s a trade off.

So let me ask…Is it really necessary to have 5 different pies at Thanksgiving? Do we need both mashed potatoes and yams, because both are technically potatoes?

Can I tell the kids the elves are sleeping late from jet lag and that’s why they didn’t move last night? Or the elves must really, really like that spot and came right back to it.

Let’s Get Physical!

This year I’m going to get ahead of it all. I’m going to eat better, start exercising daily, continue taking my favorite supplements (and a bonus…I’ve lost 12 lbs since I started taking these little jewels) to get my immune system stronger when it all gets overwhelming and I know it will. I’m going to do some yoga every morning (that’s my plan at least) to calm my soul and prepare myself for the day.

Remember When

And no matter what, I’m going to enjoy the holiday season. I’m going to make long lasting memories for my children they will cherish with their own kids one day.

DoTERRA vs Young Living: How To Decide

Decisions, Decisions!!

Which oil is best for gaining better focus, aiding in sleep, or uplifting my mood?  Which is best for my children?  Which is best for my budget?

It seems everyone is trying to sell either DoTERRA or Young Living essential oils.  Why??

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade

Is it because both claim to be Therapeutic Grade?

[According to Burfield and Kirkham (2006-07), “many aromatherapists have unfortunately become unwitting victims of a marketing ploy by essential oil traders that advertise “approved” essential oils of ʻtherapeutic gradeʼ. Let us be quite clear on this – there is no such thing as a ʻtherapeutic gradeʼ essential oil, and no quality standards for the authentication of essential oils specifically exist in aromatherapy.”] (1)

Has anyone seen an essential oil company market themselves as non-therapeutic grade?  Or grade B, C, D?

That is because “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (CPTG) is a trademark term, and in order to use the verbiage, a company has to purchase those rights. Therefore it’s a marketing tactic.  Nothing more, nothing less.


This is a relatively new trademark by a multi-level marketing company. It gives the appearance of being approved by some kind of higher authority and it has been said that the company states it is a FDA approved to use this label. According to Elston (2009), “This registered word mark has not been provided to them by the FDA as they claim and is meaningless in proving that an outside certifying body has declared or designated that DoTERRAʼs essential oils are certified pure therapeutic grade. DoTERRA, LLC owns the right to exclusive use of the mark (however not the exclusive right to the actual words “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” which is revealing) This seal or word mark is nothing more than a commercial trademark that they have registered and paid a fee for”.] (1)

Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM)

So why is everyone you know trying to sell you one or the other?  Because these two companies are Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) companies and your friends earn a big commission on each sale, and even better if they can get you to sell the products too, with them as your leader.  In this case, their commission gets even bigger.

Why Are They So Expensive?

Which leads me to the actual costs of the oils.  Young Living and DoTERRA are expensive!!  The are expensive not because they are the best quality oils.  They are expensive because of all the people in the upline and downline that get paid from your one purchase.

Better, More Affordable Option!!

Let’s compare MY favorite essential oil company, Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO), to DoTERRA and Young Living.  How does RMO stand up to the competition?

But before we go further, for full disclosure, I make a small commission from Rocky Mountain Oil affiliate links on this website, but because I feel so strongly about Rocky Mountain Oils and their dedication to quality and safety, I’m donating ALL proceeds from this article to the Beagle Freedom Project, which rescues dogs from laboratory testing and use.

The Beagle Freedom Project promotes Cruelty Free products and companies that never tests on animals.

Rocky Mountain Oils is a Cruelty Free company.



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Single Oils for ADHD – Price Comparison

15 ml bottle (unless noted)


Young Living

Rocky Mountain Oils







$27.30 (5 ml bottle)


















Oil Blends for ADHD – Price Comparison

15 ml bottle (unless noted)


Young Living

Rocky Mountain Oils


InTune; $46.00 (10 ml)

Clarity; $53.29


Attention Assist

InTune; $46.00 (10 ml)




InTune; $46.00 (10 ml)

Brain Power; $85.20 (5 ml)



Serenity; $40.00

Peace & Calming; $45.72 (5 ml)



Balance; $26.67

Valor; $52.30 (5 ml)




Don’t sweat it: 6 Things To Do After An ADHD Diagnosis

Your Super Hero just got diagnosed with ADHD.  You’re not sure what to do next.  Where to research.  Who to call.  Who will understand.  Do I request a pediatrician, developmental pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, neurologist?  I don’t want to ruin the ending for you, but it’s all going to work out.

Don’t sweat it.  Did you know some of the most gifted, talented and famous people also have a diagnosis of ADHD?  Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Richard Branson, and Albert Einstein are only a small list.

Our children have amazing minds that will change the world.  These gifts make them different because their purpose in life is unique.  If we maintain their self esteem, build them up and keep the education system from tearing them down, they will do amazing things.

Our 6 items below help you navigate the education system, which is a large part of our Super Heroes lives, and how to manage and improve our Super Heroes gifts as they learn how to navigate through a world that loves to put labels on people.

Get An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) –

If your Super Hero attends public school in the United States, request an evaluation for special education services right now.  Learning Disabilities are common among our Super Heroes because their brains think differently from other kids in the education system.  Stephen Spielberg has dyslexia and he is brilliant.  Even though our kids are brilliant, the education system is structured in a way that our Super Heroes struggle because they don’t fit in with the herd mentality.  Because they think differently, they learn differently.  Therefore, it’s necessary to make accommodations to their education plan to level the playing field.

Unless your state has established different timelines, The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act IDEA requires that testing be completed within 60 calendar days of written notification (parent request) and another 30 days to assess the testing results and complete an Individualized Education Plan if eligible.

In Texas, the school district has 45 school days to complete testing and 30 calendar days to schedule and conduct a meeting to go over the results with the parents.

It’s not a quick process.  The faster a parent can request the evaluation, the quicker the student can receive much needed accommodations.

If the student does not qualify for special education services, they can still be eligible for a 504 Plan due to an ADHD diagnoses and receive accommodations as well.

An IEP is a legally binding contract the school district is required by law to follow, while a 504 Plan is an agreement or a handshake between the parents and the school to help accommodate a medical need of the child.

Download a sample letter (written notification of parent request for testing) by Clicking Here.

Additional Resources:

Whole Food Nutrition –

ADHD comes with many gifts and talents.  If not managed, it comes with traits such as extreme independence (defiance), never-ending energy, sleep problems, lack of focus, meltdowns, and tics.

Our Super Heroes are more sensitive to additives in processed food so it is important to monitor and control their diet.  A racehorse doesn’t perform well if he eats cotton candy and sodas and neither does your child.

Many parents have found that these traits can be managed by maintaining a whole food approach with minimal or no processed or artificial ingredients.

Start with eliminating

  • red dye (red 40)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

If significant improvement is not achieved after one week, move to eliminating other artificial additives such as colors and flavors.

Next try:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free.

The Feingold Diet is and excellent structured diet if parents need help following a plan and knowing which foods are the most detrimental and beneficial.

“Healing without Hurting” by Jennifer Giustra-kozek which outlines various non-medicine methods to control ADHD symptoms.

Other Resources:

Behavior Modification –

Our Super Heroes are highly independent and occasionally hard to manage, so they need a consistent, structured behavior and discipline plan. The key to any structured program is consistency. Parents must be consistent every single time. The consequences must fit the offense and rewards and incentives are valued most.

Our heroes thrive on positive reinforcement….look for positives and give lots of compliments. Pay more compliments than complaints!

1-2-3 Magic was a game changer for our family.  It provided us a way to be consistent every time and eliminated the frustration, emotional outbursts and anger we were showing our son which was counter-productive.

Our super heroes must learn that every action and decision they make has a consequence… either positive or negative. This is a life lesson that leads to more positive behavior and decisions as long as the consequences are always consistent. Consistency is key!

Other great resources:

Sleep –

Is your Super Hero getting enough sleep? The ADHD mind is very powerful and is always moving, thinking, and actively assessing every scenario. This is one of the gifts of ADHD. But even Super Heroes need to rest or the mind becomes less efficient.

Because their minds are so active, they may need some help relaxing and settling before bedtime.

There are several ways to help them.

  • A consistent routine before bedtime is helpful…Bath, Book, Bed, every night, same time, same routine.
  • Essential oils like “Peace & Quiet” and “Dreamtime” are amazing for relaxation and preparing for bed time.  Diffuse a few drops just before bed.  Both of these are favorites in our house.
  • Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body that promotes relaxation and sleep.  Many doctors recommend it for our Super Heroes.
  • Play some relaxing music.

Organize and De-clutter –

As a parent, this is the hardest step for me.  I have ADHD too, so I live with a feeling of being overwhelmed and always two steps behind other moms.

Organize your home. Minimize and de-clutter your child’s space.  Keep everything neat and in it’s place.

My house is usually a mess, which means my mind is a mess, which means my Super Hero’s mind is a chaotic mess when he gets home and needs to do homework.  This makes sense…if you are surrounded by chaos, it’s difficult to organize your thoughts, which means it is difficult to be focused and productive.

A chore chart with incentives is a great way to motivate your Super Hero to make the bed, keep his/her room clean and other chores needed to be completed.

My mission lately is to improve my health (as a mother) and organize our home and space.  A surprising way that has helped with keeping our living space organized, is I started using a supplement line called Tohi.

Tohi is an all natural supplement line from Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) for adults.   I’ve trusted RMO for years with my family’s health, using their 100% Pure Essential Oils and this line is another WIN for my family.

Since I’ve been taking these supplements, the house has stayed neat and tidy, I find I’m more productive, my to-do list is completed daily, I’m able to prioritize projects and, a bonus, I eat less and make better food choices without constant cravings (this is my weakness).

Research Other Natural (Non RX Medicine) Methods

Besides a whole food nutrition plan free of artificial additives and chemicals, behavior  modification,  and improved sleep, there are additional ways to improve and manage ADHD through natural methods.

100% Pure Essential Oils

CBD Hemp Oil

Continuous And Courteous Open Communication With School

How To Improve Focus and Attention Without Meds

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In modern culture, our food is loaded with toxins, fillers, additives and chemicals that disrupt the natural rhythm of our bodies.  To create an efficient and healthy brain and body, we must start with what we consume as fuel to improve focus and attention.

Not every additive will inflame those ADHD symptoms, first start with the items below to determine if it’s the culprit to inattention and lack of focus.

  • Eliminate Red 40 (food coloring/artificial color) completely from diet. (Red dye can last up to 3 days in the body, so you may not see immediate improvement.
  • Eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from diet.

If eliminating Red 40 and HFCS from your child’s diet doesn’t help, in addition to those above, consider removing other additives, such as artificial flavors, other artificial colors, nitrates, nitrites, soy, gluten, sugar or dairy.

The Feingold Diet is a structured diet that parents will turn to for their children diagnosed with a ADHD.

Other diet and cookbooks to improve ADHD:

Healing Without Hurting” is a great resource for treating ADHD without Meds.   The author is a therapist and has a son with Autism, so she is an expert in her field as a mother and a professional.  She also manages a Facebook Group  “ADHD Natural/Non Medication Children Support Group” and a Facebook Page, “Healing ADHD and Aspergers Without Hurting Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC“.


  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Omega 3 fatty acid
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C

Recommended Multi Vitamins –

  1. ChildLife Multi Vitamin & Mineral Liquid For Children
  2. Nordic Berries, Multi-Vitamin Gummies
  3. Carlson Labs Children’s Formulas – Carlson for Kids Chewable Vitamins
  4. Rainbow Light Memory/Cognitive Support – Brain & Focus for Teens & Adults

Essential Oils

Essential Oil Blends

I prefer to diffuse oils in our home simply to avoid measuring for dilution purposes, or skin irritations.  Applying topically can be beneficial and if you consider applying topically, please research how to dilute HERE.

Diffuse a blend of oils containing one or a combination of oils while studying or doing homework.  Also consider a diffuser necklace or bracelet for your child to wear to school.

Ask your child’s teacher to diffuse a focus blend throughout the day.  Every child can benefit from a boost in Attention.

To receive a more comprehensive list of oils that help focus and attention, CLICK HERE

Exercise and Movement

Kids today need to move more, not just hyperactive kids.  Every child in the class can improve focus from frequent active breaks.

Allow several 5-10 minute breaks during the school day and in the afternoon while doing homework.  The mind of a child diagnosed with ADHD works best and is most effective during movement.  Do jumping jacks while reciting math facts.

Fidget Toys

Research has proven time and time again that children and adults with ADHD think, and focus best, when moving.  Allow your child/student to use a fidget toy in class or during homework time.

When my son was in the third grade his teacher let him quietly fidget with mini lego’s during class.


It seems counter-productive, but for children with ADHD, they tend to focus better when listening to music as they study or do homework.

Allow your child/student to use headphones if they would like, to complete assignments, study or complete homework.

CBD Hemp Oil

Since I initially wrote this article, I have learned so much about CBD Hemp oil and it benefits.  To see our other articles, just select CBD from the Menu at the top of our site.

If considering CBD, read my post “CBD: What To Know Before You Buy” and My Checklist to do your own research.

I also developed a calculator to help learn about how to dose and how to begin with CBD oil.  This calculator also helps you budget just how long a bottle will last you.

It’s very important to do research since there are so many companies starting, hoping to cash in on this emerging market with cheap, synthetic CBD oil.  Please help me spread the word to always research and know a  company is reputable and a product is made using high quality standards.

My original posts…

I was worried about starting CBD Hemp Oil, but felt I at least owed it to my 13 year old son to give it a try.

I wasn’t sure I should put it on this list since it’s controversial, but remember, CBD Hemp Oil is legal in all 50 states because it does not contain (or only has trace amounts of) THC which is the substance that creates a “high” in cannabis.

I personally was looking for a product with zero HTC and found a product at HempMeds.

The first CBD hemp oil product of its kind, RSHO-X™ is a completely THC-free version of our customer favorite Real Scientific Hemp Oil™. Since RSHO-X™ contains absolutely no THC, the compound in cannabis that gets users high, it has become the CBD supplement of choice for parents of small children, first responders, competitive athletes, or anyone subject to a drug test. In fact, RSHO-X™ is the first cannabinoid supplement available that meets the rigid drug testing restrictions set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Each 4 oz bottle comes with 1000 mg of CBD and absolutely no THC.

He struggles with focus and attention and also a mild delay in short term memory.  Therefore, vocabulary tests, review quizzes, and note-taking are difficult due to his learning disability, which in turn, compromised his self esteem.

We’ve been using CBD Oil for a week and it is amazing.  His teachers are emailing me about how much more attentive he is, and his grades have significantly improved.  His grades are not perfect, but improved, which is always a win in our house.

I’ve heard great things about CBDPure as well.  It’s a great, affordable option to begin your CBD journey with and it has a 90 day guarantee.  If you don’t see beneficial results in 90 days (which you should), just return the bottle for a full refund.  There is no downside!


Ships to all 50 States EXCEPT Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas and Louisiana.
Third Party Verified
Sourced from Denmark
90 Day Guarantee (100% Satisfaction or return the product or full refund within 90 days)
CBDPure has a high quality Oil Extract in three different strengths (100 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg). CBDPure is an affordable option with a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy. This company is a great place to start if you are just starting out.

CBD Hemp Oil – The Myth, The Magic, The Mystery

It seems CBD is trending everywhere in ADHD circles these days.

So many questions surround CBD Oil

  • What is CBD?
  • Is it legal?
  • Benefits of CBD Oil
  • Is it safe?
  • Does it work?
  • How do I take it?
  • How much do I take?

Stay with us and we’ll answer all these questions and more.

What is CBD oil?

According to Wikipedia, “Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.”

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp (cannabis sativa) plants.

It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for numerous reasons.

Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD is a non psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high.

Is it legal?

The Federal Government and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) state any product with less than 0.3% THC is legal.

This means that CBD Hemp Oil is legal in all fifty states. However, CBD derived from cannabis/medical marijuana is only legal in designated states.

It’s important to do as much research as possible. Although CBD Hemp Oil is legal in all 50 states, some CBD companies are not allowed to ship to certain states. When researching companies, make sure they are allowed to ship to your state.

Benefits of CBD Hemp Oil

A nonprofit called Project CBD has examined peer-reviewed scientific studies and determined cannabis oil could be beneficial and therapeutic for individuals with:

Sleep disorders
And many others!

Is it Safe?

Overall, we found that scientists and doctors consider CBD oil to be safe for most people to use, and there are few, if any, serious side effects. However, if you are experiencing detrimental side effects, it’s likely due to the purity of the oil.  If you are experiencing side effects, it is likely due to the quality of the oil and not the oil itself.

Always looks for third party verified testing results before purchasing any CBD oil product. These tests determine how pure and clean the oil is and if it’s free of mercury, lead and other toxins and contaminants.

What people are saying about CBD Hemp Oil

“I was worried CBD oil would make me feel “high” so I put off trying it for years. Now I wish I had used it sooner. It has been a great addition to my regiment of supplements I take for good mental health. Life feels lighter and brighter. I love, love, love it!!!”

“CBD has improved my son’s life in ways I couldn’t have previously fathomed. His overall well-being is truly an answer to our prayers.”

“I’ve enjoyed swimming since I was in elementary school and was competitive in high school and college. After taking a decade off, I’m back in the pool 5 days a week with pain-free movements. CBD has been the best addition to my daily routine I could have asked for.”

“He’s completely changed with CBD. I hope to eventually wean him off his meds (ADHD Stimulants) someday.”

“We use CBD for my son’s anxiety and ADHD. Its done miraculous things! I did a ton of research about the brand and talked to many people about the results and dosage. We’ve been thoroughly impressed as to how this has impacted our son.”

“I am skeptical by nature… But these drops are! amazing!”

“I am in LOVE with the CBD oil! Day 5 and I feel awesome! Here is how it helped me: Heartburn – gone. Neuropathy pain – managed. Restless Leg Syndrome – haven’t had symptoms in 3 days! Focus – increased. Motivation – increased. Mood – I feel so happy…nothing negative.”

“My Son Is Doing So Much Better!
I just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to the CBD oil. It has changed my son. I don’t have to remind him to take it because he knows it’s helping him. Thank you! I feel like I almost have my sweet boy back. You are a life saver because I didn’t know what I was going to do. He got bullied in school so he then started bullying kids and was diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder. Thank you again!”

How to take CBD Oil

CBD is most commonly taken orally in a paste or drops/ tincture format.

To consume CBD oil add several drops under your tongue and hold it to be absorbed in the mouth prior to swallowing (sublingual).

Other oral methods are capsules, mouth strips, and edibles such as infused water or chewing gum.  Others use CBD oil by taking it through the skin using products like lotions, balms, creams or patches.

Because there are many ways to take CBD oil, it’s important to find a method and product that works best for your body and your condition.  Again, everyone is different therefore different methods work for different bodies.

It’s important to start at a low dose so your body can acclimate to the new substance.

Over time, gradually increase your dosage to your desired effect.

CBD Oil comes in different strengths, therefore you may need more drops of a lower strength and less drops of a higher strength.

Dosing is subjective and depends on the ailment and severity of the condition.  If a cancer patient is in pain from cancer treatments, the patient will likely take more than a person who has anxiety.  Start at a low dose and gradually increase the dosage until reaching the desired benefit level.

What to look for before you purchase

  • Amount/Strength of CBD
  • Budget
  • Taste & Convenience
  • Organic/Non-GMO
  • Third Party Lab Tested for impurities and contaminants 


Amount of CBD

Most CBD oil products contain anywhere from 5mg of CBD per serving, all the way up to 190mg per serving. You should always start at a low concentration or dose and gradually increase until you reach a desired benefit level.


Typically, the price increases with the amount of CBD in a product. Starting at a low dose will initially be less expensive. Considering the cost of pharmaceutical medications, CBD Oil will most likely be more cost effective even after you find your desired benefit level.

Taste & Convenience

In general CBD oil extracts are the most potent products, but they’re not for everyone. If you’d prefer something with a great flavor (or no taste at all), or a product you can take with you on the go, there are plenty of options such as capsules, liquids, and chewing gum.

Is it Organic?

CBD Hemp Oil is a natural substance derived from the earth.  It is only contaminated through the fertilizing and harvesting process.  Was the Hemp produced using Organic and Non-GMO methods and fertilization practices?

Third Party Lab Tested

To insure the Hemp oil is pure, reputable growers will have their product tested to insure it’s free of chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and other impurities. Was the hemp oil tested for impurities and contaminants by a third party lab to insure the oil is clean and of high quality?

Outstanding Companies

Through our research for this article we found 3 outstanding CBD Oil companies that met all of our high quality standards.  However, there are many more great companies to choose from.

Nuleaf Naturals

  • Organic/NonGMO
  • Ships to all 50 States
  • Ships to 40 Countries
  • Third Party Verified
  • Grown in Colorado (US)
  • 30 Day return policy

Nuleaf Naturals products include High Grade Oils that can be taken orally or used topically (Dosing and instructions included with product).






  • Organic/Non-GMO
  • Ships to all 50 States EXCEPT Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas and Louisiana.
  • Third Party Verified
  • Sourced from Denmark
  • 90 Day Guarantee (100% Satisfaction or return the product or full refund within 90 days)

CBDPure has a high quality Oil Extract in three different strengths (100 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg).  CBDPure is an affordable option with a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy.  This company is a great place to start if you are just starting out.  There is no downside if you decide CBD oil is not for you.


  • Organic/NonGMO
  • Ships to all 50 States
  • Ships to 40 Countries
  • Third Party Verified
  • Sourced from Europe
  • 14 Day Returns

Hemp Meds offers several products such as capsules, tinctures, topicals and extracts.  They have several brands under the Hemp Meds website:  RSHO (Real Scientific Hemp Oil),  Dixie Botanicals, Cannabis Beauty Defined (Skincare), Cibex, Cibaderm (body care).









Fall Is In The Air – Making Memories And Building Traditions

Pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cookies, big juicy turkey legs, Halloween candy and trick-r-treating, running and rolling thru huge piles of leaves, crisp mornings and cool evenings. I love fall!

Why is it still HOT?

Here in the south it doesn’t come fast enough. We’re in our knee high boots, jeans and sweaters, sipping pumpkin spice lattes as quick as the temp hits 78 degrees. We’re desperate for a cool front. We’re desperate to end summer!! We’re dreaming of 75 degree days somewhere around July 20th.

Building Traditions

Fall is sitting by cozy bonfires and making s’mores, we’re making memories, and creating experiences our kids will remember and cherish long into adulthood. These experiences transform into traditions and traditions are important to families. Traditions mean roots and a place of comfort and growth.

Fall is a great opportunity to start making memories for our families but especially our little ones. How can I start when the temperature is still 95 degrees? How can I get motivated to embrace autumn? Easy solution…Diffuse some essential oils!!

Sometimes it takes a song to take you back to a memory and sometimes it just takes a scent to bring you back to happier moments.


What is that yummy smell?

These Fall blends will get you started when Mother Nature is taking a nap and keeps hitting snooze instead of getting up and starting Fall!! Come on, Mother Nature, get up already…’s September!!!

Immerse yourself in the enticing aromas of these yummy fall scents.  Imagine fall leaves under your feet, the cool crisp air, being wrapped in a blanket and drinking a warm, spicy latte. These blends evoke feelings of Fall in a whole new way.

Pumpkin Spice Latte :

Pumpkin Spice Latte blend includes an inviting combination of holiday spices. Coffee, Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Clove Bud, Vanilla, Balsam of Peru combine to offer a warm, spicy aroma. Go ahead and do a few deep inhalations with Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy all that fall has to offer.

Did you know due to the high demand of vanilla beans, Vanilla essential oil has become increasingly difficult to source? Rocky Mountain Oils is proud to offer premium vanilla essential oil in our Pumpkin Spice Latte essential oil blend.

Benefits of individual oils in Pumpkin Spice Latte:

Coffee EO:

  • Anti-Depressant
  • uplifting and helps you fight your low moments.

Cinnamon Bark EO:

  • stimulate self-acceptance and/or self-confidence
  • clear detrimental emotions from previous trauma.

Orange EO:

  • reduces anxiety, anger and depression
  • boost immunity.

Clove Bud EO:

  • stimulates metabolism
  • improves blood circulation
  • reducing body temperature
  • relieves stress
  • lessens mental fatigue
  • Anti-depressant
  • Improves anxiety
  • Sleep aid

Balsam of Peru EO:

  • helps heal respiratory conditions including cough, cold, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia
  • clears airways and lungs
  • acts as an expectorant relieving congestion.

Vanilla EO:

  • sedative, and fights depression
  • soothes inflammation
  • lowers blood pressure
  • protects the body from infection.

Peppermint Mocha:

Reminiscent of a favorite holiday drink, Peppermint Mocha blend brings together Peppermint, Balsam of Peru and Coffee to delight the senses. Offering a minty, slightly chocolate like scent followed by hints of coffee that start off smelling cool and crisp yet the blend inspires a feeling of warmth and comfort. 

Our Peppermint Mocha essential oil blend is like coffee in a bottle! Diffuse the rich aroma of mocha and peppermint in your home or office and create your own coffee shop experience.

Benefits of individual oils in Peppermit Mocha:

Peppermint EO:

  • improves mental focus so is great for ADHD kids and adults. It also is a natural energy booster
  • aids in colds and flu because it clears the respiratory tract and it can also relieve headaches.

Balsam of Peru EO:

  • helps heal respiratory conditions including cough, cold, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia
  • clears airways and lungs
  • acts as an expectorant relieving congestion.

Coffee EO:

  • Anti-Depressant
  • uplifting and helps you fight your low moments.

Fun Crafts To Do Together 

Wine Cork Turkeys

(add a drop of Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint Mocha to each cork before starting)


Spooky Spiders

(Add a drop of Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint Mocha to pine after it’s been painted and paint is dry.)

21 Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving




Back To School- Positive Communication – Letter Of Introduction


It’s so hard to prepare our teachers for our children.  The teachers start the year with an IEP (if you have one) and very little else to prepare them for our little Super Heroes.

This year I decided to send them a detailed email with all the background, historical, and special tidbits of information they would need in order to understand and help my son.  I included a text he received from a classmate as a result of teachers consistently treating him differently or exposing his limitations to the class, not intentionally or maliciously, but with little regard of how his classmates would view or treat him later.

I also put together a video of all the things he loves to do outside of school.  Just a reminder that he is more than his Math Grade or STAAR test scores.

I encourage you to write a similar letter.  I’ve had great feedback from his school and it prompted a meeting with one of his teachers and now she has a better understanding of how to help him.

Good Morning Teachers,

Welcome back to school! I wanted to give you a week or so with Sam before I bombarded you with information about him….and started asking for favors, sending chocolates, amazon gift cards and requesting lots of lots of your patience.

Sam is one of my most favorite people…I’m not saying this because he’s my son. He has a glowing personality, a wicked sense of humor and an uncanny intuition about what’s happening around him.


When Sam was in the first grade he struggled with reading, following directions, and focusing on and completing a task. Initially, he was diagnosed as ADHD and medicated, but stimulants never helped improve his focus, they only made him lethargic without any real benefit.

Over the years, we searched for other options, but few have helped him focus. Eventually, we landed on a blood pressure medication that took the edge off his hyperactivity to make him slightly less impulsive. It worked to some degree over the years. With a bit of maturity, a mostly clean diet, free of artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup, and a strong sense of self discipline, I believe he has learned to control his hyperactivity and impulsivity. Cross your fingers and say a prayer that setbacks and relapses are few and far between.

Learning Disability

At the end of first grade, he was evaluated for special education services and qualified due to a deficit in Long Term Retrieval and a mild delay in Processing Speed and Short Term Memory. As a result of losing an entire year without any accommodations and very little empathy from his teachers, he was too far behind to be promoted in second grade and had to repeat.

Being Left Behind In Spite Of Hard Work

He’s often discouraged as he sees his first and second grade classmates move on in the class ahead of him. He tries exceptionally hard, doing more homework and studying longer and harder than his sister who barely studies, does little to no homework, but makes straight A’s while he makes B’s and C’s (with Accommodations). It’s defeating and a true test of his pure grit, that he hasn’t completely given up.

Here in the Real World

Due to these limitations, it’s difficult for Sam to score well on tests since he needs long term retrieval, short term memory and adequate processing speed to excel. It’s also because of these difficulties that Sam struggles in the classroom setting.

Imagine, if you struggle with long term retrieval, working memory and processing speed and the teacher calls on you to answer a question about a chapter you were supposed to read last night. You read it, but can’t remember the most basic components….you stumble thru your answer and your classmates laugh and giggle at your lack of an answer and your teacher probably makes a sarcastic and condescending comment about how you definitely didn’t do your homework…see below, the pic of a text that Sam received last year…this is what life looks like at 13 years old with a learning disability.

Be Discrete

So I ask, beg, and plead with you to please be discrete when applying his accommodations. Please don’t bring attention to him unless you have given him fair warning and you know he will respond with the correct answer.

Life is difficult and often unfair at 13! Life is difficult in a classroom when you have a learning disability, without the other students knowing your limitations. It’s impossible when everyone knows that you can’t remember your math facts, much less the definition of a hyperbole vs simile, or the exact location of Zimbabwe.

Functional Learning

I ask that you please remember that he will always live with this disability, so if he doesn’t learn his vocabulary words on the revolutionary war, or a quadratic formula, or the formula for methyl acetate, that’s ok. What he needs to learn to be successful, is HOW TO FIND answers.

I want him to always keep trying and moving forward. In reality, he’s not likely to pursue a job in academia, or an office, or anything that requires him to sit for long periods or write long articles. His purpose in life is to move, to jump, to climb, to encourage and motivate others. He might be a game warden, police officer, camp director, sky dive instructor, fishing guide or a YouTube star. Nothing is off the table and he can do anything he chooses, but his direction will likely be an active direction.

His standardized test scores do not predict his level of potential success, BUT HIS SELF WORTH DOES. I ask that you help him pursue functional skills that will enhance his future? Guide him to learn the skills needed to find answers, pursue his strengths, find new strengths, but mostly just keep moving forward.


Let’s talk about his strengths….Sam excels on physical projects. He’s a builder, creator, and inventor. He also has a business mind and is continually looking for ways to make money, negotiate better deals at home, or strategize an existing arrangement. He’s also very good at pushing boundaries. He is excellent at reading people. Even with the best poker face, he knows when you’re annoyed, disgusted, happy, angry, being sarcastic and/or condescending.

He Wants You To Know

He wants you to know that he HATES his accommodations! He hates being different from the rest of the class. He hates that his friends and classmates see him as different. He hates having to leave the class to take an oral exam, or use a calculator when no one else does. He hates that he has to do fewer problems than anyone else. He hates that he has to leave the room to do his STAAR test on the computer and others don’t. He hates that he has to study longer and work harder than his classmates to make mediocre grades, while others barely try and get A’s. He doesn’t want to be different. He wants learning to be easy so he can fit in and not singled out.

What I Want You To Know

You have the hardest and most important job on the planet. You’re pulled in a dozen directions from parents, to peers, to admin, to government regulators. I respect the job you do and I know it’s not easy. I only ask that you be kind, patient, and giving with Sam. If he feels like he’s being called out, he’s likely to distract the class from his lack of answers by being a class clown. I’m sure you’ll see this as disrespectful or acting out. Please see it for what it is. What happened just prior? How about his last class? Try to encourage him. He responds more to positive reinforcement. He’s highly independent (as most teens are), but he is never allowed to be blatantly disrespectful to you. An important life lesson is being made accountable for your actions, and he will have to be accountable for his. He needs to know there are consequences to his actions…both good and bad.

Learning Differences

Having ADHD and a learning disability does not make him less smart, or less likely to succeed in life. It’s simply a different way of thinking. Some of the most notable and distinguished people of our time, and in history, have been known to have ADHD and learning disabilities. Below is only a small sample.

Bill Gates
Abe Lincoln
Mark Twain
Michael Phelps
Michael Jordan’s
Richard Branson
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
Frank Lloyd Wright
Lisa Ling
Simone Biles
Steven Spielberg
Justin Timberlake
Robert Frost

Now that you know a little of what to expect in the classroom, let me show you who Sam is outside of the classroom.

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I hope you have a fantastic day and week.

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