How To Use Essential Oils Throughout The Home

Essential oils may be great for aromatherapy, but can they really be used to help clean your home? In fact, lemon, tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint essential oils are all naturally antibacterial, whereas many more, like orange, pine, and eucalyptus, are often major ingredients in less-natural cleaning products. For me, the initial purchase of a bunch of essential oils was absolutely worth it; only a few drops are ever used at once, and they have plenty of uses around the home. Here are just a few of the ways you can clean and freshen your house with them

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100 year celebration for Women being in the USMC

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Katie served from 1998 to 2003 in the logistics field with 1st Force Service Support Group (1st FSSG), Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 15 (MSSG-15), and Combat Service Support Company-151 (CSSC-151). 


I reported for boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina in February 1998. I will always remember the feeling when my Drill Instructor handed me my Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) while they played: “Proud to be an American.” 


In October 1998, I reported to General Support Maintenance Company (GSM Co.), 1st Maintenance Bn., 1st FSSG, after completing training to become a 0411/Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management Systems Clerk (Logistics Management).


It was in 2000 that I volunteered to serve with the (MSSG-15) for the 15th MEU.  We deployed in August 2001. I served on the USS Peleliu and it wasn’t long after we deployed when the attacks of September 11 took place. We were one of the first units called in direct support of 911/OEF, and we didn’t return until March of 2002.


In early 2003 President Bush initiated stop-loss, and I deployed to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving in Kuwait I grew to have an even greater appreciation for all those who serve (especially during war time), my strength and courage, and for angels watching over me during a time when I wasn’t sure I would survive. 


After 5 ½ years, I was discharged. I am so proud to be a Marine, through all the beautiful memories and challenges; it is one of my most proud accomplishments and experiences. 

Although we have a long way to go, I do believe we have made huge strides in supporting and helping those who have served our country. 



Since leaving the Marine Corps, I served as a therapist to fellow Veterans at Veterans Village of San Diego and it was one of my most rewarding jobs. I have enjoyed meeting and connecting with so many Veterans through various organizations. I love being a yoga teacher now, along with operating a business with my husband that also focuses on helping the veteran/military community. It is only because of those who have served that we all get to enjoy this country, this world, and this life. God Bless America, I am proud to be an American! Semper Fidelis!

The Power of music

Just two weeks after American forces landed at Normandy on D-Day, Jack Leroy Tueller, one of those Americans, was taking sniper fire with the rest of his unit. Tueller played the sniper a beautiful song from his trumpet.

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Eight weeks to a better brain

"Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day," says the study’s senior author Sara Lazar, a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

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I Journey Artist section created

I Journey has started an Art corner on the website to promote the different ways art helps people heal from their traumatic experiences.  I Journey has chosen Shawn Augustson to be the first artist recognized.


Shawn Augustson, a self taught artist living in the United States began doing art as therapy. He joined the military after 9/11 where he served with the US Army in combat operations in Iraq from 2004 to 2006. Upon returning home from the war, he was diagnosed with PTSD, Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorder and injuries to his lower back.

With the encouragement of an art therapist during one of his hospital stays he began using art as a therapy tool to help him cope with the obtrusive thoughts and emotions he was experiencing.  Shawn believes his work is best described as Post Traumatic Expression™


Battle of Belleau Wood, June 6, 1918

Marine rifles, firing with deadly accuracy at long range, ushered in a new epoch in the war and in the history of the Corps when they halted Germans pushing toward Paris on 3 June 1918. Three days later, in their initial assault into Belleau Wood, near the Marne River in France, the 4th Marine Brigade suffered 1,087 casualties to German machine gun and artillery fire. After 150 years of service in the colonial-infantry pattern, marines for the first time faced a full-scale engagement with a well-armed first-class antagonist. Three weeks later, they emerged triumphant.

Stalwart Marines, with tough and determined leaders, four of whom would become commandants of the Marine Corps, achieved victory at harrowing cost. Belleau Wood became a touchstone battle in the annals of the Corps, clearly marking the birth of the modern United States Marines.

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The famed Gurkha warriors have taken Everest

For the first time in history, currently serving Gurkha soldiers have reached the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest.


The team reached the summit on May 16 and received congratulations from the British Army on their achievement.

The Gurkhas had previously attempted the climb the mountain in 2015 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Gurkha Brigade, but the climb was abandoned when a massive earthquake struck the area around the mountain, triggering an avalanche that destroyed the base camp.

The 2015 team abandoned the climb and rushed to aid those affected by the quake. Gurkhas are recruited out of a small region of Nepal that sits in the same mountain range as Everest, and many of the team members had immediate family affected by the quake. 

They returned in 2017 thanks to a decision by the Nepal Ministry of Tourism to honor all 2015 Everest permits for an additional two years.

The climb is a grueling challenge under even the best of conditions. The base camp sits over three miles above sea level and each camp above that is more than half a mile above the previous camp.

The summit sits 5.5 miles above sea level, where the air is so thin that most climbers rely on bottled oxygen for much of the climb.


Ape feed monkey eat

  • The 33lb long-tailed macaque weighs twice the normal weight of a macaque
  • Nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty', the monkey was fed by tourists in a Bangkok market
  • Wildlife officials took him in for a health check and monkey 'fat camp'
  • He has been put on a strict diet and made to run a around with other animals
  • They say the monkey is not sick and that they want him to return to the wild

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