Wellnessversary

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This is a photo of our children, 3 years ago today,
in, what we called at the time, the “infirmary”.
This is, also, when we first began using essential oils
to promote and support wellness in our home.
And it has REVOLUTIONIZED our lives –
physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and more!

We are so thankful that these Gifts of the Earth
came into our lives… and for the person
that helped us get on this amazing path!

If this is a path that YOU are interested in,
I invite you to message me. My passion truly is
to help empower others in their journey of life…
just like someone did for me.

It IS worth it. YOU are worth it.

 

 

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Eyes to see

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“Nature as God left it is so much, has such a pensive delight, and serves as evangel of a gospel of contentment and peace. They are not poor who see. Riches unspeakable are theirs. I would for myself and for others pray, “Teach me to see lest I be poor beyond the depth of poverty.” If I had might, as I would guide travelers to a mountain which swept eyes over a visionary scene, so would I guide to the vision of every day’s delight. To go abroad is not our need. To stay at home and have a variant world report to us as if we were emperors, that is traveledness.”
– William A. Quayle
In God’s Out-of-Doors

 

 

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Retirement Can Get Hairy

One of the things I LOVE about retirement…
is not only more time with my honey hubs…
but also… seeing what he is growing on his face!

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I just love beards.  🙂

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Excellent Mornings

Excellent mornings…
are spent with coffee and conversation in the country
with one of my beloved children

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What are some of your excellent mornings?

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Cinnamon Chai “Good-for-you” Coffee

The buzz about coffee tends to go back and forth…
Good for you or not good for you.
Regardless, there are massive amounts of coffee
being consumed every day around the world.
Please research the pros and cons of coffee and decide for yourself.
And, as in all things, moderate is important.

Sooooo… If you are a coffee drinker – or know one –
this is a great recipe for a “good-for-you” coffee…
or, in the VERY least, a “MUCH-better-for-you” coffee.
… A great alternative to sugars, fake creamers and such.

When I drink coffee, this is how I love to drink mine!
I just love the flavor! And I appreciate the benefits of the ingredients!

Before the recipe, let’s look at some of those benefits…

Coffee – When I speak about coffee, I refer to an organic (preferably fair-trade) coffee, free of chemicals and pesticides… oh, and the darker, the better.
A study published in the journal “Plant Foods for Human Nutrition” found the antioxidants in coffee decrease oxidative stress in the body and therefore reduce risk of diseases like cancer and reduce inflammation in the body.
Another study, published in the “Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism,” found coffee may help to prevent and treat diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels after meals.
In some research, coffee has been shown to be beneficial to those at risk for Type 2  Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Prostate, Liver, Kidney, and Colorectal Cancers, Heart Rhythm Problems, Pulmonary Function, Stroke, and Gastrointestinal Flora. (credit)

Coconut Oil – A superfood with many benefits! A wonderful source of healthy fatty acids!
It can helps increase your energy, helping you burn more fat. It can help kill harmful pathogens, like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. (more here)
It can, also, have an appetite reducing effect. It has been known to help reduce seizures, improve blood cholesterol levels, and may lower your risk for heart disease.
It can protect hair, moisturize skin, and act as a sunscreen. (more info here)
It’s benefits go far beyond this post. There’s tons of information out there to google!

Grass-Fed Butter – Yum! Yum! Butter has gotten a bad rep for years!
But healthy, grass-fed butter is making a comeback and more people are learning about it!
It contains, similar to coconut oil, healthy, saturated fats which can support healthy cholesterol levels. It is loaded with Vitamin K2, which can help to keep calcium out of your arteries. It is, also, loaded with an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that could help lower the risk of heart disease and more. You can read more HERE or HERE or just google “benefits of grass-fed butter”.
I use Kerrygold brand because it seems to be more readily available where I live.

Cinnamon essential oil – In addition to smelling and tasting amazing, this powerful essential oil is among the “big hitters” of ancient spices and medicines. Cinnamon promotes circulation, helps to maintain a healthy immune system, promotes oral health, helps alleviate sore muscles and joints, and has been long used for its internal health benefits and as a natural flavoring.

Cardamom essential oil – I’ve long loved Cardamom in my teas but having the essential oil has been fabulous!
It has many historical uses (google it)! It supports the respiratory system, promotes healthy digestion and circulation, helps soothe, sore, achy joints, and promotes mental clarity. It has a warm and uplifting aroma.

So, as you can see, there are many possible benefits!
Now… for the recipe 🙂

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Cinnamon Chai Coffee/Latte
3-4 cups hot water
3 Tablespoons organic coffee
2-3 Tablespoons of organic coconut oil
2-3 Tablespoons of grass-fed butter
1 drop therapeutic-grade Cinnamon essential oil
1-2 drops therapeutic-grade Cardamom essential oil
optional: 1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla

I steep my coffee for about 6 minutes in my French Press
then add all ingredients to my blender and blend!
And Viola! A creamy, frothy, cinnamon chai coffee (latte)!
Nom nom nom!
Enjoy!

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Essential Wellness Spotlight – Black Pepper

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Black Pepper has been used for thousands of years for a variety of things.
Black Pepper essential oil is steam distilled from the unripe, sun-dried fruit (peppercorns) of the Piper nigrum plant of the Piperacease family. It has a warm and spicy aroma and its aromatic influence is comforting and stimulating.

I confess… this is an essential oil that I have used minimally in the past… but after researching and learning more about it, I look forward to using it more!
Check out a few of its many benefits!

Black Pepper is a highly antioxidant essential oil and can support victory over addictions, stimulate the endocrine system, increase energy, support digestive glands and the immune system, assist with poor circulation, increase warmth of body and mind, provide some relief to sore muscles & joints, great with food, and much more!

Emotionally, it is considered the Oil of Unmasking, inviting the individual to “get real” by digging deep for understanding within oneself and promotes emotional honesty and strength to overcome. It, also, can address emotions such as repressed, feeling trapped, prideful, superficial, and judgmental.

How do you use Black Pepper essential oil?


Ideas on how to use Black Pepper essential oil:

  • Blend 1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil with 2 drops black pepper and 5 drops marjoram and massage on abdomen throughout the day to aid in digestion and support relief from constipation or gas.
  • Blend 2 drops black pepper, 5 drops rosemary with 1 Tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and apply to calves before a run to support the prevention of leg cramps.
  • Dilute 1-2 drops of black pepper and apply to the soles of the feet when chilled
  • Take 1-2 drops in a veggie cap daily when seasonal threats are high
  • Add to meats, soups, entrees, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.

*Recommended dilution – can cause skin irritation.
*Use sparingly


 

DISCLAIMER: This information provides benefits and uses of essential oils. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. This information is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone with a disease, illness, injury or medical condition should consult a qualified health care professional.

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As Sand in an Hourglass… So is Life

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How does a whole month pass by so quickly? … like sand in an hour glass?
Sometimes it’s like I look away for a second and when I look back, I discover more time had passed than a mere second. Life truly is a vapor.

The month of June was eventful to be sure…

I celebrated my 39th birthday… the first one without Mama.
I passed on the traditional birthday cake and went for something much better…
something that celebrates life and supports future life…
and delicious, of course.

Raw fruit birthday cake

Raw fruit birthday cake

I, also, enjoyed a meal of salmon on salad
and some breakfast wine with a dear friend.

Healthy food & healthy fellowship are a blessing

Healthy food & healthy fellowship are a blessing

This was a sweet, funny and completely appropriate gift from my family…
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Our eldest took me to Busch Gardens for their Food & Wine Festival…
A whole day of international cuisine and wine … awesome!
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I, also, got a pair of some favorite shoes…
which I haven’t owned since I was a teenager…
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I thank Doctor Who for this renewed obsession.

Our Suzie (aussie and shih-tzu mix) got a summer haircut…
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And our youngest ‘baby’ opted to have her first salon haircut
instead of having me cut it at home… which was fine… but bittersweet 🙂
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Hubby got the opposite of a haircut…
In his newly found retirement from the Marine Corps,
he has grown some of his hair out…
including a very attractive beard…
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This month, we enjoyed our first homeschool bowling day
with local homeschoolers…
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We, also, had a wonderful time at our congregations first Hebraic Dance Camp!
I meant to get photos… but I was way too busy dancing!

It was, also, another month filled with the 3 D’s…
Dialysis, dentist, and doctor appointments with Dad.
Those keep us busy…
but I sure am thankful for the time spent with him.

I, also, taught a few classes about essential oil healthcare
and one of them was at a lovely Turkish restaurant…
The food was amazing!
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I love mixing business and pleasure…
especially at home…

I love being a work at home mom

I love being a work at home mom

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I, also, spent some well-needed time in the early morning
just listening… and getting reconnected with The Mystery…

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In the busyness & chaos of life, don't forget to look up

In the busyness & chaos of life,
don’t forget to look up

I remembered and was reassured…
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Here’s to the time that passes… that is part of the journey of who we are
and who we are becoming… filled with so many moments, people, and things
that we have to be thankful for.

May we have eyes that see and ears that hear
and hearts that overflow with gratitude.

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A Birthday is Different When…

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… it is spent without the one that birthed you.

This past week I celebrated my 39th birthday…
and it was my first birthday without Mama.

In years past, it would be the day I would call her
or walk up to her to hug her and thank her for choosing to be a mother
and for giving me the gift of life…
and how, without her, there would be no me…
telling her “Happy Birth(ing) Day”.

She was my greatest mentor, influence, supporter,
encourager, confidant, friend, and more.

And though I had to spend my birthday without her,
I still give thanks to and for her …
for all she did and for who she was.

She is missed so much. Every day.

But I am forever blessed that she was my mama.

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I Love It Snow Much

There’s just something about snow
that seems to invoke a sense of calm and peace…
of relaxation and contemplation…
there’s just something about snow days that makes you slow down…
and enjoy and appreciate what you have…
and snuggle with who you have.

We welcomed our snow days with happy hearts and open arms this past month…

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early morning view of the fresh snow

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scrambled eggs and turkey bacon with a glass of kombucha by the fire… a great way to spend breakfast on an Arctic-like day

snow with Daddy

Building with Daddy

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her first igloo

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snowman the children built together

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snow hiking through the property… a snowy adventure

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snow hiking… racing… he won

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a favorite hangout on the property

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view from our snowy backyard

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our dear children… walking together up our country lane

Oh… I think we will like it here just fine 🙂

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Home…

The place we have called home for 2 1/2 years
has been packed up, emptied out, and vacated…

… And HOME has a new face… again…

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HOME has had many faces in my life.

But, then again… home IS many faces.

Home is not the building in which we reside…

It is found in the faces of those I love…

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in memories…

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in moments…

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Home really is where the heart is.

HOME doesn’t change… it goes with me…

May our home be a place of refuge, peace, joy, and blessing.

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