Diffuser Necklaces

Look what I started making so we can have longer lasting benefits of using essential oils!

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They are made of clay and retain the therapeutic effects for hours. One drop on the back and one on the front is all you need!

I have around 15 styles and 20 colors available now and more coming soon!

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They are completely customizable. Pick your style and color!

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Because they are each handmade, by yours truly, they are definitely one of a kind.

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Boys and girls. Adults and children. There is a necklace for everyone just like there is an oil for just about anything!

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With winter coming and threats of horrible viruses I am loading ours up with Thieves…..

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I cannot wait to make you your own! Visit me on Etsy NOW Boutique and Ebay

For more information on oils please visit my website @ Young Living

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He said I wrote like a PRO!

Ahh…. summertime!

For us, summer translates to boat time.

I guess you could say we have two seasons here: boating and hunting.

We work as a family all week to take care of chores and maintenance around the camp so that when the weekend comes we can BOAT!

With 4 school age children at home we have daily chores, weekly chores and school work that must be completed.

Summer bridge work is very important to us here. Not the kids, the parents.

This summer it seems Handsome Hubby and I have some extra work too! Writing books! Meeting our own deadlines!

Handsome Hubby’s author page is linked here

His second book “Jesus Held Me” is a wonderful story of a terrible time in our lives.

“Prophecy of Honor”, his first book is close to becoming a “best seller” on Amazon.

He is rewriting it to add some character depth as I type this!

My second book

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will be released soon! Like real soon!

Look for the first, which I must say is not my best writing but is a story of triumph over struggles with weight. I consider it a “must read”. Don’t judge the second book based on the first.

When Handsome Hubby read the second he told me he thought a professional wrote it! His comment for the first was “get it published, it’s a great story”. Both compliments! I like being a PRO THO!

You can link to that here.

My third book will be fiction and I am scared to say the least! I may have to write under a pen name? We will see!

Being Brave Anonymously

My sister in law asked me in December to write a piece for her new blog Live Braver.

She asked me to write about my weight loss journey, how I have inspired others and about my success despite the obstacles I have been presented with.

To be honest I have sat down many times to write about my weight loss. I can’t. My weight loss did not require bravery. It required discipline.

I have gone through difficult, horrible times in my life that did require bravery but writing about them puts my family in an awkward position.
For that reason I will not write about those things.

I would like to post something anonymously but something tells me that isn’t too brave. Hiding behind words on a computer screen while telling someone they too can overcome horrible situations isn’t brave, is it? Putting a name to a story shouldn’t matter. The story is what matters, right?

The placebo effect……

High quality essential oils are , to me, our God given medicine. Pure. Simple. Clean. Nourishing. Chemical free.

Quite a few years ago I began my journey of attempting to live cleaner. This task is both easily done and difficult all at once. Conflicting product information, conflicting views, as well as what our government allows in our food and products makes it difficult, to name as few things. Companies and individuals that share the “live clean” common interest make it easy to weed through the malarky.

The desire to live clean occurred by chance. A freak accident. I was Matron of Honor in one of my best friends wedding. We were making bags for
out of town guests to leave at their hotels. There were a lot, as the wedding was out of town. My hands full I walk into her house I did not greet her dog first as I always did. Merely leaning down to put the things on the floor I started to turn to greet the dog. As I turned he growled and lunged forward. His left fang grabbed my upper cheek and pulled down. 2 1/2 inches.

I honestly don’t remember how many stitches I had. I can barely remember the dogs name. There’s a way I remember names– going through every letter of the alphabet, sounding out almost every phonetic sound possible. Finally,,,,, MAVERICK came out of my mouth. That’s it. I’d known him since he was a puppy. Other than me not greeting him first and being at his level when I finally did we still don’t know why he bit me. A guard dog— pit bull and Dalmatian mix. I was lucky he let go. I was lucky he wasn’t an inch higher or my eye would have been part of the bite. Plain and simple,I was lucky.

My doctor said to keep it covered with sunscreen. Thick white coverage. I wanted the best. In my research I found there was not a “best”. Each has pros and cons.

At the same time another great friends sister was getting involved with a startup company out of Austin, NUTRITION FOR THE SKIN. Now know as Nuvante

This was my introduction to “clean” products. I got in at the ground level of the company as a forefather or something like that. I learned a lot about protecting your skin but soon realized there were many chemicals in these products. They helped people but I didn’t see a difference chemically between them and over the counter products and no one could explain it to me well enough.

A few years went by. My sons kindergarten teacher and I become best friends. She is part of a wonderful company, Arbonne

PURE. SAFE. BOTANICAL.
These are products that I understood and still do today.

But I wanted more. We did more. We eat our own meats such as venison and wild hog.

We have had free range chickens but need to replenish our stock We fish, crab, shrimp. We live off the land to avoid hormones and chemicals as much as possible. If I have to buy meat it upsets me.

I still needed more. I’ve used essential oils to make presents. Candles, pot pourri, bath scrubs and sachets, for example. For personal use, wipes and fabric softeners.

Never premium quality.

My youngest became ill this summer. For months he had a cold. Throwing up, hacking cough cold. 3 doctors and 15-17 medications later he was not well. Using Vicks only sparingly I changed tactics. I stopped all medicine and used Vicks solely. Within a few days he was well. Essential oils needed to be a bigger part of our lives. My research began. I compared 4 different companies and the different grade levels. Deciding Young Living was the best I ordered a small kit.

My son and daughter do not sleep well or fall asleep easily. One is 3 and the other 14. Stress Away, described in the catalog as relieves daily stress, encourages relaxation and reduces nervous tension, was in the kit. This would not be my first choice outbid all the oils to chose from to help with sleep but it is what I have…..My 14 year old had needed melatonin to sleep for a while. She ran out the night before last. I’ve always put my 3 year old to sleep until this week. Sunday night he ran around, wouldn’t stay in bed. I understood. Monday was easier but
more of the same. Tuesday I decided to use the oil on his feet and in our diffuser. He relaxed quicker as well as fell asleep faster. Last night the same. My husband told my daughter she didn’t need melatonin. It was in her head. We could give her a placebo and she would sleep fine. We put a few drops on her feet. She slept great.

My question is this…… Is there a placebo effect when you don’t know you are supposed to feel a certain way as in the case with my 3 year old?

I can’t wait to order more oils than the 5 I have. If you want any information I will help in any way I can.

Thanks for reading my long winded , round about post. For me it’s not a good story without a back story.

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How many inches did she lose?

Well, let’s do a recap of last weeks loss.

Monday- 151
Tuesday- 149.6
Wednesday – 146
Thursday – 142.4
Friday- 143.4
Saturday – out of town
Sunday- out of town
Monday- out of town
Tuesday- 149.6

Wow! Back to square one! I did cheat while gone although I didn’t plan on it. I brought plenty of food to keep me from cheating to our farm house. Somehow I found a way. Tamales, little kit kats, Reece’s peanut butter cups, and biscuits were my downfall.

But the beauty of Metabolism Miracle happens when you measure yourself. All was not lost- or should I say some was lost?—-after all.

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As you can see there was a 4.5 inch loss. I’ll take that any day!!!!!

Believe me part of me wanted more off my hips and waist but losing almost half of my inches gained in a week is something to be excited about.

Please share your success stories. Sometimes success is measured by not cheating when it would have been so easy or making a better choice when it would have been easier not to. Sometimes it is maintaining during a difficult week. Sometimes successes are huge weight losses or major measurement losses. Sometimes it’s getting out of bed!!!

We are a forum here to cheer one another on. I encourage you to share you stories. THEY WILL ENCOURAGE ALL OF US!

Too 10 Reasons Not To Blog According To Me

I have not attempted an entry in this blog in over a month. I have quite a few reasons for this. In fact, although I am not a fan of David Letterman I think I’ll explain in Top 10 format.

10. Who reads this thing anyway?
9. The anniversary of the death of my first real pet was October 4.
8. One of my best friends passed away
7. One of my brothers got married
6. Another had a baby– well his wife.
5. I wanted to see if I missed writing.
4. I found out that there is a whole other world out there that I cannot begin to fathom.
3. We had a hurricane/ tropical storm
2. Research and development for a new venture
1. My hands are too cold to type!

So there you have it- my Top 10 reason not to write. Let’s debunk those.

10: who cares
9. My Freckles would want me to write
8. My friend would definitely want me to write. Her Instagram name was beachwriter.
7. I could write about their very beautiful wedding
6. He’s so cute
5. I did.
4. The storm did no damage
3. Oh my goodness, I’m still processing
2. I could write about the new venture
1. My hands and feet are ice all the time. I need to work more in my thyroid issues not stop writing.

Lame first day back but there it is. I think ill write again later!

Thoughtful Thursday— “get over yourself”

Thoughtful Thursday……one of my favorite posts of the week. I love writing about the book I’m currently reading. These books are always spiritually based and thought provoking. There are still a few books that I want to write about and always forget! One, The Four Agreements, by Miguel Ruiz. Two, The Twelve Gifts of Birth. by Charlene Costanzo. Three, Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I’m sure there are more that will pop up but these 3 are wonderful pieces of literature.

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Four simple things: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best. Hum? I mess up on all of these daily. Read the image above. Do you too? Why do we do this? If I could figure out why maybe I could figure out how to stop! I focus on being impeccable with my word. Saying what I mean and meaning what I say are very important. Gossiping about others is not an issue either. Speaking against myself is my problem. Marianne Williamson, my favorite author, says that people with poor self image need to ” get over their self”. Who are we to say we aren’t good enough? By doing this we are basically telling God he did not create us good enough! Well, obviously I’m happy with God’s creation. I look at my children. Each of them beautiful in their own unique way. When they have negative self talk it hurts my heart. I don’t want them to feel that way. I imagine God feels the same. You are going to think I’m crazy but to avoid negative thoughts I have avoided looking in the mirror. It’s true. I don’t have to wear makeup so it’s an easy thing to do. I don’t have to look at myself wearing sweats and I know how all of my other clothes look on me. I just avoid the mirror. Probably not the best choice of cognitive behavioral therapy! Some would say to dress nicely ever day, wear makeup, do your hair, etc. These things will make you feel better about yourself. I say no. That is not me. Makeup on my face is not me. Dressed up to stay home playing and cleaning– uh, not going to happen. Handsome hubby says I should only care what he thinks. Well it’s not that easy. Others say abused children have lower self esteem. I know personally that is not always the case. I can pinpoint where my negative self talk came. It was embedded in my head from a young age. It is not of God. It is earthly. It is not of Love. It therefore is not real. Our self image, self esteem and self talk create our tomorrow. I chose my tomorrow to be better than today. For a proper cognitive behavioral therapy lesson I’m going to look in the mirror and tell you something about my head, my torso and my lower body that I like. I’m grateful for all of it. By the grace of God I have a fully functioning body. I’m thankful for that everyday. Ok so here goes!………………….
Head——-eyes and dog bite scar
Torso ———–wrists. Don’t laugh! They are tiny! Birthmark on my back– it is the same shape as my grandfathers and in the same place!
Lower body——-pigment scarring on my right ankle

I think that’s enough for now. This has taken me forever to get through! I hope to have time to continue writing later.