DIY Chocolate Candy Wedding Party Favor Gifts 

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DIY Chocolate Candy Wedding Party Favor Gifts 

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Isn’t it funny where inspiration comes from? At times, it’s somewhere completely random or even unknown. I’m thinking the inspiration for these DIY chocolate candy wedding party favor gifts may have been handmade soaps or even those beautiful yogurt bowls I’ve seen on Instagram. To be honest, I’m not sure – I’ve done some searching and haven’t stumbled across anything similar. 

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I made these up as a hostess party gift/favor and got drafted to make up some bridal shower favors. So here’s my DIY tutorial for beautiful chocolate/candy melts. They are so easy! Some affiliate links included.

Supplies I used:  DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea

Total Time: Approximately 30 min. 

Serves: This silicone mold is a large size (3×3 inch). Two bags of melts makes 6. 

What I did:

I transferred candy melts to quart sized baggy (I used two: light cocoa and white) and melted according to package instructions – either in the microwave or in a double boiler. My experience: I carefully set both bags (unzipped) into the microwave on ‘defrost’ for 50 seconds then checked and repeated and re-checked until melted. Instructions warn against overheating and I didn’t have any issue. 

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*Melted candy will be hot. Please use caution!

I set my silicone mold on a small cookie sheet (a tray or something that gives the mold support to be moved and that will fit into your freezer works). 

Once my candy was melted, I added 2-4 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to the melted white candy, zipped the bag and kneaded the baggy to mix. I didn’t do it with both colors, just one. 

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Then I snipped off a bottom corner of the baggy (very small snip!) with scissors and piped the candy into the silicone mold and repeated with the other color. I filled each silicone space with half and half of each candy into each square. 

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Next I gently shook/shimmied the mold to level the melted candy. 

Using the skewer, while candy was still melted, I swirled the colors to create a beautiful unique design where the colors meet. 

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I am in LOVE with how each square is a unique and one of a kind design! I think this was my favorite step! I started out with just more of a zig zag but then discovered that the more swirly, the better.   DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

Then quickly decorated with icing roses, sprinkles, colored sugar, edible decorations, etc. 

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I placed the tray/silicone mold in freezer to set the candy. It didn’t seem to take long at all…probably about 15-20 minutes if that. Sometime I let it sit overnight if I got busy. 

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Then I removed them from freezer and carefully popped the bars out of silicone mold. 

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I placed them into a bag and secured with a personalized label. 

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Beautiful! I love that each design is unique, don’t you? They’re so pretty, so professional and designer-looking but so easy to create! I can’t wait to make more! 

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So.many.photos! lol But I’m just so happy with how pretty they are! DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

This batch was a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme. 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's I whipped up 60-70 of these for a bridal shower but since you can personalize them with any candy melts (so many colors!) and any deco ratings (so many colors and shapes and ideas!), they’d work for not only bridal showers but for Mother’s Day, baby showers, wedding favors, party favors, hostess and teacher gifts, prizes, etc. I made a few every evening over a couple of weeks’ time. I gave a few out as essential oil infused door prizes and at Easter to my family too. I even had my grandson helping me decorate a few!

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's Warning – not only are they a beautiful sweet treat, they’re so addicting to create! Here is the very first batch that started my madness (without the swirl technique)…

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DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

Cannonbaaaaallllllll!!!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

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“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

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Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

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Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

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  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

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Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

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Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

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I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

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The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

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Toss in fun accessories.

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So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

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Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

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Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Happy Unicorn {Essential Oil-Infused} Roller-Blend Make & Take and Giveaway

Earlier this week I shared the anniversary of the journey to a healthier me and this week, a few friends gathered with me to celebrate with a happy hour/make & take and I wanted to share a few of the highlights…

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“Being a person is getting too complicated. Time to be a unicorn.”

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The DIY Make & Take:

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Magic Unicorn Blend

What we used: (some affiliate links below)

*Note: I only recommend Young Living essential oils. See below for more info. 

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What we did: 

Add 10 drops of each essential oil (Joy, Bergamot, Grapefruit) to the roller bottle, top off with carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, V6 or carrier oil of your choice). Secure the rollerball fitment and lid. It has a pretty perfume-y smell with an uplifting scent. WARNING: Citrus essential oils are photosensitive. Do not apply if you’ll be out in the sun or apply topically where the sun don’t shine! 

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More Details& Ideas

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Bergamot//Bergamot’s aroma is tart yet sweet and uplifting yet relaxing.

Grapefruit//sweet, invigorating aroma that members enjoy for its ability to encourage feelings of joy, satisfaction, and playfulness.

Joy//invites a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth when diffused. When worn as a fragrance, it invites togetherness.

Light (essential oil infused) refreshments included: Beverages consisted of guest’s choice of Ice water bar with citrus Vitality essential oils (use glass or stainless steel containers), Sangria, Pink Moscato. 

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Fresh fruits in rainbow colors and fruit dip. Fruit dip: 1 large container of greek yogurt, 8 oz. cream cheese, a splash of vanilla extract, sweetener to taste, lemon Vitality essential oil. I blended ingredients with my hand mixer and refrigerated until served. 

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Sweet Potato/Beet Chips (2 bags) with dip. Dip: No photo…oops! But SO good! I hand mixed 8 oz. sour cream, 3/4 cup of avocado mayo, onion powder/garlic powder to taste, sea salt to taste, fresh dill and about 5-7 drops of dill Vitality essential oil. Yum! 

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Party Favors: You can’t see them around the water bottle in the photo below but these are perfect for applying essential oil and wearing as a hair accessory or bracelet. Get them here and you’ll have lots left over for welcome gifts, incentives, etc. —>{elastic knotted hair elastics}

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Prizes: Nitro packets and Wolfberry Crisp Bars. 

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Raffles: Just an idea of some fun raffles I put together: (Most items found at Michaels).

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Fun Game: Also search Google and print: “What’s Your Unicorn Name”.

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We also covered some material from a Balancing Healthy Emotions with Essential Oils. 

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The giveaway: Share a happy moment from your week in the comments below to be entered to win. Giveaway runs now through May 31st at midnight EST. Winner will be randomly drawn and announced here June 1st, 2017. Winner will receive the roller blend above and a $25 Amazon gift card. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! MY RANDON WINNER PICKER PLUG IN CHOSE THE WINNER. AND THE WINNER IS…

SAMANTHA! “I got to go to my prenatal appointment and hear my precious baby’s heartbeat and got to plan the ultrasound for my gender reveal!”

CONGRATULATIONS, Samantha! I’ll be in touch! 

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Pin for later reference:  thanks! xo

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Love your essential oils? Check out these awesome essential oil infused summer recipes and ideas HERE

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Halloween (essential oil infused optional) Marshmallow Treats

Hosting a Halloween party? Me too! And these (essential oils optional) treats make the cutest edible party favors! 

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Shopping List: (All supplies except marshmallows and essential oils are available at Michaels).

  • Wilson (Halloween) Decorating Kit (shown: jack-o-lantern and witches/ravens)
  • Recollections BOO Paper Straw Kit (or 24 color coordinating straws)
  • Celebrate Treat Bags (4x2x9.5 in, 25 count))
  • Wilson Candy Melts (I used orange and black)
  • Essential Oils (orange = Tangerine Vitality / Clove Vitality, black = peppermint Vitality) – I recommend THIS BRAND
  • Coordinating Ribbon
  • Jumbo Marshmallows

Time frame: about an hour. 

What I did: 

  1. Melt candy melts according to package instructions. (I use a glass mixing bowl/4 cup glass measuring cup.)
  2. Add 1-2 drops of essential oils and stir. (Frequently stir mixture with butter knife, keep mixture to one side/tilted for easier marshmallow swirling.)
  3. Poke straw into the center of a giant marshmallow.
  4. Swirl marshmallow into candy melt mixture. (Imperfections are cute! No need to be so serious about it. Aim for one pretty side.)
  5. Remove excess candy melt from bottom with a butter knife. 
  6. Place on wax paper. 
  7. Add candy decorations while candy melt surface is still wet. 
  8. Let cool completely.
  9. Add to treat bag and tie closed with ribbon. 

So cute and tasty too! So boutique-looking, right? Your guests will love them!

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See The Raven inspired Halloween party decor post for more ideas. 

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See the Monster Make & Take for free printables

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More Halloween make & take inspiration: 

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Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 20th. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

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Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

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Hosting an Essential Oils, Chocolate & Massage Party (Graphics and Tips)

Planning a fun get together with friends? In the midst of DIY projects and spring cleaning, I recently hosted a fun gathering of close friends. A day of pampering and friends, chocolate, wine, essential oil and massages. How fun! I spent some time making up some pretty pictures and thought I’d share with my essential oil lovin’ DIY ShowOff friends too. You’re welcome to use the graphics and ideas below as inspiration for hosting your own event {for personal use only}. You may add your own text to the blank flyer but I ask that you keep my watermark. Thank you! Enjoy!

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{Facebook event cover photo} How fun! Get free graphics, tips and ideas for hosting an essential oils party with a chocolate & massage theme @diyshowoff

{use Picmonkey to add your own text including date, time, location, rsvp info}

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{graphics for sharing on your Facebook event page}

A reminder to take care of “you”… How fun! Get free graphics, tips and ideas for hosting an essential oils party with a chocolate & massage theme @diyshowoff

I generally stick to essential oil infused ice water and healthy organic/non GMO refreshments at my gatherings but on special rare occasions, I like to switch things up. Because…chocolate. And wine. Then back to regularly scheduled healthy dietary habits, okay?

{a gentle reminder for the day before your event}

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a wine punch recipe (wine optional, substitutions: Ningxia Zyng, sparkling cider)

How fun! Get free graphics, tips and ideas for hosting an essential oils party with a chocolate & massage theme @diyshowoff

Tips & Suggestions: I only recommend Young Living brand essential oils and products. I invite you to learn more and to get started here. 🙂

  • I have a friend who is a massage therapist but you can hire one to do 10 min. mini massages (hand, foot or neck and shoulders). Allow the massage therapist to bring business cards to distribute and provide the massage oil. (Suggestions: Relaxation, OrthoSport, OrthoEase or V-6 with Peace & Calming or Lavender, etc.)
  • Create a Facebook event page, post a graphic a day or every other day leading to the event. Send a reminder to guests in a personal private message a day or two before the event date. 
  • Host a short & sweet Essential Oils 101 class.
  • Have incentives for joining or bringing a guest handy.
  • Diffuse a calming/relaxing/uplifting essential oil (Suggestions: Lemon+Lavender+Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, Citrus Fresh, Grapefruit+Bergamot, Lavender+YlangYlang).
  • Supplies: pretty plates, napkins, glass bottles and straws.
  • Optional: a sugar scrub or bath salt make & take. See recipes here DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff
  • Serve light essential oil infused refreshments (ideas: ice water bar with citrus essential oils, wine punch (shown above) or wine, essential oil infused chocolate – melt chocolate, add a few drops of essential oil and spoon/pour into a silicone mold. Remove and display or wrap in a baggy and tie with a pretty ribbon for use as a party favor. Or get fancy with essential oil infused chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse. Yum! essential oil infused chocolate mousse @diyshowoff
  • Charge a small fee to help cover massage/etc. costs.
  • Limit space (5-12 guests).
  • Require an rsvp.

If you’re not familiar with essential oils, let’s talk! Learn more on my Young Living website. Embrace wellness!

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