Sunday, July 19, 2015

A letter to the 17yr old me.

I turned 40 today. Last night I did a lot of thinking back to where I've come from and it's hard looking back but encouraging.

Even those who know me may not know how bad things were during my teen years . I honestly didn't think I'd make it to 40.

I wasn't sick physically but mentally. I started battling depression at the young age of 13. It was pretty severe. Of course as expected most assumed it was normal teen behavior. This was 1989 and teens were expected to be moody, isolated in their room and down. But I was way more than that. I was self harming, thinking horrible thoughts of death and felt so alone. 

Things got worse over the years and by 17 I was in a mental health hospital for my own protection. I was there twice during my 17th year and I think it saved my life and got me on the path of healing. I was in treatment for my past childhood sexual abuse and my family joined some therapy sessions too.

My journey changed in a very positive way when I met my husband at 18. He took to church and to meet his family on our second date. I got to know my husband & God at the same time. We soon got married. 

My life soon took on meaning. I was still in therapy and felt I had a reason to be alive! I was not only loved by God but also my husband & his family. We soon started to grow our own family and my love grew. I "graduated" therapy at about the age of 26 and also began a real intimate walk with God.

There have been struggles over the years and but looking back I can how God molded my life path to where I am today. 

I feel blessed as I look at those around me - I have a husband of 21yrs who loved me even when I felt broken, I have 3 amazing children who teach me life daily, I have my family of my parents and my sister plus her husband & daughter. I also have a large extended family on my husbands side, I'm blessed with not only close friends but also online friends and wonderful church family.

When I look back at my 17yr old self feeling so lost and alone in the grips of depression and seeing life not worth living I want to hug her and say just look . . . look at what is waiting for you. You may not feel loved but there are so many out there who will touch your life. Plus one day many people out there will need you in their life. They will need you as a wife, mom, teacher, friend and most a you are daughter of God forever loved no matter what.

Maybe my 17yr old self can't hear that but I hope and pray other teens will. I want them to know your life has a purpose and a meaning. You may not see it now and it may seem a long road to 40 but you are growing now. Where you are is important and there is a reason you are here. Cling to that hope as hard as you can even if your hope is tiny God can grow that hope with faith and He will hold you up when you have no more strength. 

I have made it 40 and still amazed at the journey that took me here. I can't wait for the next 40 years and they are going be a great adventure. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Everyday Essential Oils from Young Living Oils

My family has been using essential oils for a few months now. I have been amazed at how helpful they are. Just one oils has many benefits. I just find that fascinating.

For example something like peppermint can help with your allergies, bring down a fever, ease pain and help curb your appetite.

This booklet from Young Living Oils give you just a hint of what some of the most popular oils can do for your health. The booklet also explain why you should choose Young Living Oils. My simple reason to why is because they grow their own plants. If I'm going to use something for my health then I'm going to choose something that makes sure their oils are pure and without dangerous chemicals.

But, as Levar Burton says "Don't take my word for it". Click here and see for yourself.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bye Bye Allergies

 Our lives changed for the better the day we started using Young Living Essential Oils. One of the most surprising things has been my kids no longer need allergy pills. I'm still in awe.

 Young Living Oils has a blend (mix) of oils called The Allergy Trio. It is a blend of Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon. I bought some roller bottles from Amazon & filled them with drops of each oil then topped it off with fractionated coconut oil.

I use about 5 drops of each oil in a 10ml roller bottle then fill the rest with the coconut oil. My kids are teenagers. If your child is younger you may need to add less drops. Also keep in mind each person is different so you need to find the amount of drops that work for you. If you are new to oils start with the least drops and work your way up.

My kids apply the rollers to their feet each morning & put on their socks. Since lemon is a citrus oil it makes your skin sensitive to the sun so it is best to put it on your feet. Also the feet have many pores and the oil gets into the system faster. My kids also apply this as needed.

This oil blend has helped my kids so much they rarely take any allergy pills. My oldest is 18 & dog/house sits. She is allergic to certain dogs but has noticed since using the allergy roller she isn't bother at all by the dogs.

I've always had horrible allergies and prone to sinus infections. I have a bladder problem called IC     (interstitial cystitis) & I noticed the lemon was causing my bladder pain to flare up. At the time I was putting the oil on my wrists & behind my ears. I stopped using it and started using just the Peppermint. I had read Peppermint alone can help allergies & I was stunned that it has helped mine. I am now rarely taking allergy pills or sinus pills. I apply the peppermint to the back of my neck each morning & then when I have allergy symptoms I apply it again. I read in a book I have that pepper alone has helped people stop allergy shots. 

As I said I'm still in awe at how well this blend helps my kids allergies. We were once out shopping and it was a very high pollen count. All of 4 of us were symptoms free even though the car & parking lot were covered in yellow pollen. 

I'm not sure how it works but it does. 

So want to stop popping allergy pills? You can buy the allergy trio (lemon, peppermint & lavender) by contacting me by clicking this link.

Or read up on Young Living Oils and buy a starter kit to get you into the great oily world oils. Click here.

Our homemade diffuser necklaces

So we've been using Young Living Oils for about 2mts now. We have loved our essential oils & I started reading about diffuser necklaces. What is a diffuser necklace? Basically it is a necklace that holds and essential oil or oils. I read how diffuser necklaces were a great way to keep your favorite oil with you all day long.

I bought a diffuser necklace on Amazon. It was a cute locket that opened up to hold a pad where you placed the oil. I couldn't wait to get the necklace in the mail but when I did I was disappointed. The necklace was large & even after applying 4 drops of oil I still couldn't smell anything from the closed necklace. So I started doing research on how to make my own.

I found many different ways to make them on Pinterest. But, the way that most appealed to my teens & I were the clay necklaces. We wanted something all natural or close to all natural. So we used Crayola Terra Cotta Air Dry Clay 2.5 lb Bucket. The clay is pretty much red clay. It did seem to stain our hands but for us it quickly washed off when we washed our hands. The clay is air dry so it took about 2 days for the clay to harden which was fine for us.

We use stamps, cookie cutters & toothpicks to make designs for our necklaces. My teens have had fun customizing necklaces & making them for friends & family.

Here are few photos of our creations.

So you can make your own & let your creative juices flow or order one from us. You will get a clay diffuser on a leather necklace.

If you have your own oils you can buy just the necklace for $6.99. For the moment please email me & let me know what type of necklace you would like or ask what is available. My teens enjoy making these so much we often have plenty of left overs sitting around. Contact me

If you do not have your own oils you can buy a necklace & an oil sample for $9.99. You can request oil for waking you up in the morning, concentration, focus or to help calm you down. Email me to contact me & let me know what type of necklace you would like or ask what is available. You can also tell me what type of oil you would like try or I can suggest ones that may help you or your child. Contact me  here. We've made necklaces for kids who deal with anxiety & ADHD. My 18yr old daughter loves using her diffuser necklace for test anxiety. She said it helps calm her and helps her focus.

Also please note that we are brand new to all of this. My teens & I enjoy making these necklaces for others. They are far from perfect but we have had the joy of seeing other enjoy them so we thought we'd try to sell them. Yes, there are many nice & fancy necklaces out there that you can buy but we enjoy the basic natural look of these clay necklaces. The red clay color reminds me of my days as a kid in MS playing & digging in the dirt. My jeans were always stained red from our dirt. I'd say essential oils & red clay belong together.

Another plus using clay necklaces is the clay absorbs the oils & can hold the scent for up 3-4 days according to my oldest daughter who uses her necklace daily.

So I hope you have fun making your own or let us make one for you.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to talk to your kids about mental illness & suicide

Suicide is a tough topic to talk about for many reasons. I will admit for a long time I never thought of bringing up the topic with my kids. Most adults do not understand suicide, so how can you talk to your kids about something you don't understand? I'm sure some people feel it is inappropriate to even think about talking to your child about such a thing. But, the sad fact is troubled children (some even still elementary age) are choosing to commit suicide. Suicide among children and teens is being discussed in the media more than ever. I think most parents would agree they would rather their children about sensitive topics at home than on the playground.

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