Episode 002 - Travel Life: Amy introduces Montenegro

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a podcast I recorded with my friend Amy. I met Amy at the non-profit organization I work for. We met on break one day and have been friends ever since. I found out that Amy grew up across the world in Montenegro. I have asked her about this romantic country a few times but when I decided to start this podcast series I knew Amy had to be a part of it. When I asked her to join me on the show she was super excited and wanted to share about the beautiful country she grew up in with all of you!

Recipes with Rob: Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hello friends! We hope you are having an amazing Friday! Last night Robert and I had our friend Kim over who has never tried food flavored with essential oils. Robert and I are both really picky about the flavors and types of veggies in our beef stir fry so he makes them in separate pots! Kim was able to try both. Check out the video:

Top 3 Uses of Helichrysum

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Are you a fan of a good curry dish? Did you know that you can cook with helichrysum to add the flavor of curry? Helicrysum is also useful for skin imperfections and healing emotional wounds as well.

5 questions to ask yourself before you start a blog.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

In the introduction to the #BlogLife101 series I told you what a blog is, gave you a little history about blogging, and told you that I would be back with a post called "Should you start a blog?"

Today we are  going over 5 questions you should ask yourself before you start your blog such as: Would your blog be a business or a personal blog & What is your motivation?

Having a blog is great! You know, as the blogger, that you have one cozy little corner of the world wide web all to yourself... that you control. You can tailor posts to your audience, or write posts simply to amuse yourself!

A blog can be minimal, without bells and whistles, or high tech and flashy!

Each blogger blogs for a different reason. Why would you blog?

I'm going to ask you to take out a pen/pencil and a notepad that you can keep with you during the #BlogLife101 series because the questions I ask you today will be beneficial to future posts and valuable for you to hold on to.
  1. Will your blog be a personal journal, lifestyle blog , or a business blog?
    • A personal journal would be a blog where you post your inner most thoughts and feelings to the world and you don't really care if people are reading it. 
    • A lifestyle blog is similar to a magazine or newspaper in the sense that you are building a brand, have followers, and need to post on a regular basis to keep your readers coming back (such as ApotheKayla).
    • A business blog would be attached to a business website and would be in place to describe your products or what goes on behind the scenes at your business.
  2. What is your motive and your motivation?
    • Motive is the general reason you are wanting to blog. Do you want to share your art, or teach others about a subject that interests you? Or are you trying to spread the word about a cause like The Venus Project?
    • Motivation keeps you blogging. When you wake up you are motivated to write posts that your readers will enjoy. Are you wanting to show the world that a Mama's job is never done, or that one hundred years ago organic food was simply known as food?
  3. Are you an expert at a skill and want to showcase your talent?
    • You don't have to be an expert at everything you write about, but if you are great at quilting and you enjoy showing others how to quilt then by all means share your talent.
    • A good way to think about your skill and if you should blog about it is this: will your writing/ or video blogging help to answer commonly asked questions about your particular skill. Also will your point of view be useful to your reader?
  4. Do you want to build relationships with your readers and keep them coming back?
    • A static webpage may have a "contact me" option but a blog allows your readers the chance to get to know you. When your readers learn about you and why you blog they are more likely to return to your blog. 
    • A good reader-blogger relationship can really make the difference in your life and your readers life. The reader who feels like they have a friendly relationship with a blogger will also be more likely to spread the word about your blog, and able to give you advice about your blog that you wouldn't have thought of.
    • If you are not fond of interacting with people you can still blog, but you may end up being one of your only readers.
    • The comments section of any blog is one of my favorite part, readers can connect with you there or through social media.
  5. Are you open to improving your writing and computer skills?
    • Bloggers, for the most part, would be yelled at by their English Professor. (Myself included) The great thing about blogging  is that you will not be using the typical APA Essay format when writing (I will write more about this later).
    • You don't have to be the best author in the world but you need to be open to learning about how to write a blog, and how to keep people interested. 
    • Some bloggers barely write at all; you can be a vlogger (video blogger) or share artwork/ graphics that represent what you want to share with the world. 
    • You also will not need to be proficient in HTML code, if you already are then you will be able to use this skill but it's not necessary.
    • You will need a basic understanding of the internet, social media, and research skills. 
    • Blogging will improve your computer skills, but it will take time and practice.
    These questions are pretty basic. If you have answered them honestly and you still believe a blog is right for you then stay tuned! I have many awesome posts coming up!

    In a few days I will be back with a post called "What's a niche and how to find yours!"
Thanks for reading ya'll!
Be well - Kayla

What is Coriander

Monday, June 25, 2018

Coriander oil is steam distilled from the seeds of the cilantro plant. The seeds and the leaf of the cilantro plant have distinct flavoring and medical properties.  Believed to have originated in Iran it spread quickly throughout Asia Europe and North Africa for its use as a spice, a medicine and a perfume.  

Week of June 18th

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Good morning friends!

This was a really busy week. It was packed full of friends, fun, good food, and new projects on the blog!

Episode 001 - Introduction and tips to becoming your best self

Saturday, June 23, 2018

You're listening to the very first episode of Life on purpose a podcast by ApotheKayla. Welcome to the show if you're anything like me you want a podcast to feel cozy... On this podcast I will interview friends from all over the country and family members including my super smart and super suave husband. 

Recipes with Rob: Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Friday, June 22, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of Recipes with Rob. This week Robert makes one of my all time favorite dishes using essential oils instead of spices. We had our dear friends Fernando and Jess over to taste test; the recipe was enjoyed by all!

Blog Life 101: A Blogger Blog Series! Introduction

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Want to blog but not sure where to start? Let me help you with the formation of your blog foundation!

Since I began blogging in 2008 I have learned so much about "Blog Life". I have learned the hard way for the most part and I have spent numerous hours making things just right, because I can be a little over the top when it comes to perfection. 

I can't blog for you, but I can show you what I have learned!

As you all know I love to learn, create, and share... so get ready because I'm starting a series of "Blog Life" posts here on ApotheKayla to:
  • Help you decide if you should blog
  • Help you decide what you should blog about
  • Teach you the tricks of the trade & helpful shortcuts
  • Keep you motivated while you start your first blog!
  • & Much more!
Yes this series is going to revolve around the Blogger platform, but I assure you there will be some great tips for any blogging platform out there! ;)

But first... 

A short intro into "Blog Life"

What is a blog?

  • In 1997 the term "blog" was coined by Jorn Barger, and was used to shorten the phrase web-log. 
  • A web-log was akin to an online journal entry used as a means to publicly, yet discretely, share a persons inner most thoughts or ideas.
  • Since 2009 though, blogs have developed into something more... something bigger!
  • Now there are many blog platforms, and you can share a blog with several authors.

There are almost as many blogs in the "blogosphere" as there are people in America. Wow!!

A "blogger" is a person who writes on a blog. While some blogs are still personal blogs, most are business blogs in the sense that the owner is building a brand and a following.

Some blogs "monetize" (make money from advertisements or sponsors) other blogs simply share information.

The "Blogger Platform" is a self contained blog powerhouse owned by Google and available for free for anyone that wants to start a blog whether it be a personal blog or a business blog. We will discuss why I choose to stick with the Blogger platform during week one!

A "post" is equivalent to an entry, or submission.

Are You Ready?

The next time you see the "Blog Life 101" title I will be discussing the question: Should you start a blog?

Use the hashtag #BlogLife101 to tell the social media world your thoughts about starting a blog. I will share it on my social media pages as well!

Interested in more of my nerdy side?

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What is Sandalwood

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sandalwoods are medium-sized hemiparasitic trees, and part of the same botanical family as European mistletoe. We steam distil the oil from the wood of the tree. Sandalwoods are found all over the world and have various spiritual and medicinal uses. The wood is valued for its ability to hold its scent for a long time, this same property is found in the oil making for a potent and long-lasting and potent perfume.

Week of June 11th

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hello wellness friends!

This week was full of abundant moments. I wanted to take a moment a share a few of those with you.

Top 3 uses of Cassia

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cassia is one of my favorite essential oil scents. I love adding Cassia to my perfume blends. Check out our top three uses of this oil below:

What is Helichrysum

Monday, June 4, 2018

Helichrysum Italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family. We extract the oil from the flowers through steam distillation. It is found in the rocky, dry terrain of the Mediterranean. Often picked by hand on the island of Corsica it is known there as liquid stitches for its fast healing properties.

Recipes with Rob: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, June 1, 2018

This week on Recipes with Rob, Robert makes his famous chocolate chip cookies with peppermint essential oil! Even those who don't really like mint chocolate loved the cookies!!

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