Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Essential Oils

I've just recently REALLY discovered essential oils.  I mean, I've always known about them and used them occasionally.  But recently, I've discovered how good they REALLY are and have started using them daily.  I didn't realize how handy they are.

Since our grand-daughter was born our lifestyle has moved to a more and more organic and natural one, making most of our household products and using less and less store bought cleaning supplies and personal products.  The oils just fit in perfectly.

I began seeing Doterra Oils a lot.  What I first liked about them is they are delivered through the mail!!!  I love that I can have them delivered because I really hate shopping.  Then I found out how to get discounted oils.

Doterra allows you to pay a fee (kind of like Costco) and you get wholesale pricing.  Nothing minimum to buy, just buy what you use, if you want.  You can go on to sell them if you want, but it's not necessary.  From what I read there are a lot of people who are making a really good living.  I like the mixtures they sell, and their oils are first rate and I'm happy with that, so they are worth the fee.  And considering how much we use them that discount way out does the fee.  If I go on to sell some, that's a bonus.

As time goes on I'll learn more and more.  I'm so happy with what I've learned and experienced so far I can't wait to share.  It's the easiest "help yourself" I've ever run across.  Besides, they smell awesome, make the house smell great and I can even use them for perfume.  If you'd like to look it over yourself and read some great information on your own, you can visit here.

I hope you come back for more as I hope to post some more information on oils.  I hope others can get as much out of them as we have.  And I'd love to know what you've discovered about essential oils and their uses.  Leave me a note on how you use them.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The End of the Weekend

Tis true, Sunday evening and the weekend is almost over. 

Ah well, a hot bath, candles, the right essential oils, a glass of wine and a homemade face mask will make tomorrow morning okay again.

Have a great evening and I hope your weekend was a great one.

Good Night.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Practicing to Relax

Do you ever feel like you need to work at relaxation?  Sounds like an oxy-moron, doesn't it?  But nonetheless, it's true.  For most of us relaxation actually is close to impossible.  In our day in age, relaxation has become an art...a hard earned art and only if you practice it.

I have to remind myself several times a day to relax.  It's not something I remember to do naturally.  If I don't my shoulders and neck start to hurt and I can get a headache before I even realize it's starting.

I've learned to relax in a number of different ways, depending on where I am and what I'm doing.

If I'm at work, I have to be able to use a quick method and is pretty low key as to what I'm doing.

I sit at a desk all day and in some cases I can sit there for several hours at a time using a computer so I try to stop every hour or so.  I'll put my hands in my lap, sit up straight, feet flat on the floor and take several deep breaths with my eyes closed.  While doing this I visualize a white/yellow light above my head and as I exhale, that light rains down on and through my head and body.  With each breath my shoulders and/or neck will feel just a little more relaxed.  After about 4 or 5 breaths, I'm ready again.

Or, I'll take a deep breath and lift and tighten my shoulders, hold both for a count of 4 or 5 and then release my breath and relax and roll my shoulders slowly, again to a count of 4 or 5.  Repeating this for 4 or 5 times.

While I'm at home I can use longer methods that are a bit more involved and more fun.

Sometimes a hot bath with epsom salts, or maybe some bubble bath always with essential oils and of course candles.
A bit of music maybe a mask made of crushed oats, yogurt and honey.

Listening  to music and just watching the flame dance on the candle can be magic.

Maybe take a walk and enjoy nature.
As the saying goes, stop and smell the roses (so to speak), enjoy the view, listen to the birds and even the wind blowing through the trees.

 The point is instead of thinking of all the things that need done, just listen to what's around you, enjoy what you see.  Look for the simple things and fill your head with paying attention to those things.

Whatever works for you, use it.  We don't do it enough and it makes all the difference in dealing with stress and strain in our full everyday lives.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Keeping a 3 year old Entertained

Early last month my grandson was born.  It was SO VERY AWESOME!!!  He was born on a Wednesday, so that afternoon and the rest of the week I kept my 3 year old granddaughter.  I have her overnight about every other weekend regularly, so I didn't think this would be a big deal.  Obviously, I was wrong.  It's been 34 years since my son was born and I am WAY out of practice, even after 3 years.  My granddaughter isn't a bad girl but her attention span is about a quarter inch long.  OMG, that lovely little girl wore this old lady OUT!!

She was so excited for her new "baby brother".  As far as she's concerned he belongs to her.  It was really cute to watch.  First thing I heard every morning was "Is it time to go see my baby brother?" and again every 10 minutes after that.  Just an FYI, that's a 25 mile drive.

It was so hard to keep her attention after coming home from the hospital. We tried everything.  We made Yule/Christmas presents with glitter, glue, paint and crayons.

What 3 year old doesn't love that stuff.  She did love it, but only about about 30 min at a time and then she was ready for something else.  I truly thought glitter would last a lot longer than that.  Glue and glitter should have had an hour life, at least, I thought.  Man, was I wrong....try 20-30 minutes and then she was actually ready for bed so it would be morning and she could go see her baby brother again.

It's been more than a month and she still is highly enamored with him.  She loves touching him and staring at him, which is so cute.  I must say there was nothing more exciting than seeing her baby brother.  I can only hope that continues as they grow up.

The Cute "Baby Brother"
By Friday afternoon mom and baby brother got to go home and she wanted to go home with them.  Grandma's place is cool, but can't compare to her new baby brother.  Oh well, that's okay, I can't blame her.  He's pretty cute and I was ready for the rest too.

She loves to come to grandma's place now, but after an overnight stay and all day, she's ready to go home to "mommy, daddy and her little brother".  Next I think we'll work on teaching her his actual name.  She knows it, but I think she may forever call him "my baby brother".

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meditation Is Easy

I have a friend who has been having anxiety issues.  She's had them for a while and was on medication, then she quit taking it for about a year, started taking it again and recently the anxiety has gotten worse and they have almost doubled her meds.  This has all been over about a five year period.  She told me she doesn't want to be on all these meds and asked  my opinion.  My idea was exercise and meditation.

She knew both of these answers but like most of us, it's more effort than we want to put out.  I told


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I'm a country girl working in the city (50 miles/day). I want to learn all I can about how to do for myself. My husband and I dream of a self-reliant homestead where we can live and work together, raising chickens, goats and rabbits, and growing and canning our own food.