You know what you’re struggling with is more than just the “Wintertime Blahs,” so now what? Check out these tips for Finding a Way Out of Anxiety & Depression!
I know I’m not the only one who has felt in the grip of anxiety & depression this year. It seems like the more moms I talk with, the more women I find who are struggling with more than just the “Wintertime Blahs.” While we don’t always like to talk about it, we moms NEED to come up with a strong game plan for supporting our mental health.
Last month, I had the pleasure of doing a 2-part, Facebook LIVE interview with Karisa Kaye, a Marriage & Family Therapist from I Love Us Relationship & Intimacy Counseling. If you didn’t have a chance to catch these interviews live, be sure to watch the replays below. TONS of valuable tips & info for all of us! Read More
It is the #1 mistake cancer patients make during treatment — and it’s encouraged by their doctors! Let’s talk about how to avoid it and what to do instead…
In just a few days, it will have been one whole year since I finished my last chemo treatment for Follicular Lymphoma.
(If you don’t already know my story, you can read more about my cancer journey and how it all started in this post.)
I know I should be more excited, but it’s hard to feel like celebrating this first anniversary of finishing chemo when I still feel so crumby. Granted, I’ve been sick in some form or fashion most of my life, so it’s not anything entirely new, but having ZERO immune system — as opposed to just my previously LOW functioning immune system — means I’ve spent most of this past year sick on the couch with zero energy to do anything more than write.
I try not to write about how cruddy I feel most of the time because it’s just a downer. Really, who really wants to read that?
But today, it feels incredibly important to give just one fact and one quick piece of advice to other cancer patients and their caregivers on the biggest mistake we cancer patients make — and the most important thing you can do to help the situation. Read More
Do you keep going, going, going until you crash? Remember: if you don’t have time in your schedule to be sick, make sure you schedule time for self-care!
For weeks, I had been getting sick.
Now, for most people, getting sick is a pretty quick process. But for a Melancholy-Choleric, getting sick doesn’t fit into our schedules, so we just don’t allow our bodies to break down like they’re threatening to do.
I sucked on elderberry lozenges like hard candy, and I took up drinking Echinacea tea (though I typically loathe the taste of “dead leaves in water”) solely for the purpose of staying as well as possible.
You see, I had four major vocal events to get through that December, and I simply didn’t have time to be sick in bed or lose my voice, so I did anything and everything I could think of to not do so.
The week leading up to that last performance – singing two rather out-of-my-range songs for my cousin’s New Year’s Eve wedding – I had been coughing more frequently and feeling more and more tired.
But, I had no time for that nonsense, so I chugged more tea, popped more Echinacea pills, and sucked more elderberry lozenges.
I made it through, but barely. Read More
Not sure what to get that naturally-minded person on your list? Check out this list of the BEST gifts for Essential Oil Lovers!
Does someone you know absolutely LOVE essential oils? Maybe you would like to get them a gift this season that supports their passion, but you just don’t know where to start. If so, never fear! Just for you, I have rounded up the BEST gifts for Essential Oil Lovers! This list should give you PLENTY of ideas for every price range and experience level. 😃 Read More
Looking for natural remedies for cold & flu this season? This Bug Buster Protocol includes everything you need to support your body for a speedy recovery!
It’s that time of year again! It seems like everyone I know is or has been sick over the past couple of weeks. Once the weather changes, it’s like our immune systems just give up! With all the nastiness going around, I’ve found myself sending out text after text about my “Bug Buster Protocol” — or the natural remedies for cold & flu I use when they attack our house — to boost our immune systems and support our bodies, so they can do the healing work and get us back on our feet quickly. Read More
Nearly every day, our immune systems are under attack. Here are my top 5 essential oil recipes for daily immune system support!
As I’ve discussed in previous posts, my immune system is shot. Between a poorly functioning gut and then chemo on top of it, my body’s natural defenses are extremely limited. So, when “the nasties” are floating around, I’m doing everything I can to provide myself with daily immune system support — and keep the rest of my family healthy, too!
With school getting back in session and the holidays just around the corner (can you even believe that?!), many of you are looking for ways to support your immune systems, as well. So, here are my top 5 daily immune system support recipes to get you stocked up and ready for whatever nasties may threaten you and yours. Read More
Are you tired of being told you “just have a bug and there’s nothing you can do but let it run its course”? I AM!! While modern medicine has very little recourse when it comes to the nasties that float around every year, there IS something we can do to help! And it all starts with building your own Home Health Arsenal — a stash of ready-to-use roller bottles, spray bottles, and dropper bottles filled with the essential oil mixes you will love and trust to support your family’s health and wellness.
For the past 3 years, I’ve kept these 5 blends ready to go at all times to support my family’s health, and I could KICK myself for not learning about how to effectively use essential oils sooner! Here are my favorite EO recipes for building your own Home Health Arsenal!
Plus, you can get a BONUS recipe that’s great for kids on the FREE printable recipe cards at the end of this post! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to snag your freebie! 🙂 Read More
Are you tired of being told you “just have a bug and there’s nothing you can do but let it run its course”? I AM!! While modern medicine has very little recourse when it comes to the nasties that float around every year, those of us with a Home Health Arsenal full of immune-boosting and system-supporting essential oil blends know we can support our bodies WELL in the waiting.
You can learn to fight well, too!
The past two weeks, we’ve talked about how to reduce our toxic load by DIYing our own cleaning supplies (the only 3 you need to clean your ENTIRE house!) and making our own body products with essential oils. Now, we turn our toxin-slashing, essential-oil-loving attention to our home health remedies! Read More
Welcome back to our Essential Oil series! Last week, we talked about how I only use 3 DIY, nontoxic products to clean our whole house. It’s so much better than that chemical-laden kit I USED to lug around the house with me! Today, however, we’re switching gears to talk about my top 10 DIY Essential Oil Recipes for the Body! Read More
How many cleaning products do you have under sinks, in cabinets, or stuffed on shelving? Before I discovered there’s another way to clean, I had at least 10-15 different products in my cleaning kit. Each bottle had its singular, specialized use, and while they did all get used (on the rare occasion I did full-on cleaning… 😳), I had to wear a gas mask to keep from flaring up my asthma with the fumes.
In Detoxing for Chemo, we talked about the importance of reducing the toxic load on our bodies. So for the next 3 weeks, we’ll be talking about some DIY, nontoxic, essential oil based products to help reduce toxic load! I’m sharing all my secrets here.
So, guess how many cleaning products I use to clean my house NOW?
No, really. GUESS! Read More
A while back, I read an interesting post on Your Vibrant Family about 3 Simple Steps to Improve Your Family’s Health, and it got me thinking. Alicia Michelle (the awesome woman behind Your Vibrant Family) brought up some important tweaks to use to boost our families’ health, but for where I am in my health journey, I needed something a little deeper. Read More
I woke up that morning and couldn’t move.
Every joint in my body was stiff, tender to the touch, incredibly swollen, and so, SO painful. What was wrong with me??
I had ended chemo treatments over a month before. You’d think I would be on the upward swing health-wise, right? Read More
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that told you a bit about my cancer journey and how I learned to detox from chemo. I also promised in that post that there would be a follow-up soon to talk more about the third piece of the “thriving with cancer” puzzle: nutrition and NOURISHING the body to build it back up with GOOD things after we removed the bad. This is that post! Read More
If you or someone you know is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment, check out these tips on how detoxing for chemo can help!
July 14, 2016, is a day forever etched in my brain. My family and I were walking into Walmart to do our weekly grocery shopping when my phone rang. I’d been waiting on my GI to call back with results from my colonoscopy, so I picked up on the first ring, anxious to figure out why I had been in and out of the ER for the past 2 years.
“It’s Follicular Lymphoma. I’ve got you scheduled with an oncologist for…”
Wait… CANCER??? Read More
Do you have trouble deciding what to fix for dinner each night? Have you tried a few menu planning strategies and not been able to stick with any of them? Do you feel like a failure when it comes to how to succeed at meal planning?
You’re not alone! I’ve been attempting to meal plan in some way, shape, or fashion since getting married over 5 years ago. After 5 years of failing time after time, I was pretty convinced I just sucked at menu planning. I’d make a plan, but wouldn’t stick to it, and I’d have rotting spinach and tomatoes on my hands. Or I’d forget to make a plan at all and be scrambling to make a grocery list when we finally ran out of milk and eggs. Uuuuggggg…
Enter theme nights!
I cannot for the life of me remember which blogger first introduced me to the idea of thematic meal planning several months ago, but I wish I could shake her hand. This strategy is the ONLY thing that has worked for me so far! I’m finally SUCCEEDING at meal planning! Huzzah! Read More