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How to Help a Loved One Who Is Battling Cancer

They are in for the fight of their life, and you want to help, but HOW?? Here are 20+ ways to help a loved one battling cancer.

“The good news is Leah is 10 weeks pregnant. The bad news is she also has stage 3 breast cancer.”

At that moment, it felt like all the air had been sucked out of the room. The phone in my hand threatened to slide out and crash to the floor, so I gripped it even harder than necessary. Even though my mind started racing in a million different directions, and all that came out of my mouth was, “Ryan, no…”

Eventually, we ended the call, and my family went back to the business of making pizza for our weekly pizza & a movie night, but I couldn’t focus on anything but my sister-in-law’s situation.

Pregnant AND cancer. Flashing back, I remembered so clearly making my own “it’s cancer” calls. Good grief, I thought, it feels just as helpless on THIS side of the diagnosis… Read More

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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5 Tips for Fighting Discouragement

It’s so easy to become discouraged as moms. Whether we’re facing trouble in our home lives, workplace drama, or everyday annoyances, there IS hope! No matter where your frustrations are coming from, here are 5 tips for fighting discouragement from the beautiful Trista Laborn of A Driven Wife. We’re praying these tips are encouraging for you today — right where you are!

When it comes to being a mom, wife, entrepreneur and everything in between, and in all my years of navigating those roles, discouragement has always raised its head to stop me in my tracks. But, along the way, I’ve learned to recognize the signs of such an attack and keep going.

Let me share with you five tips for fighting discouragement in every area of your life: Read More

Interested in writing for Scattered Woman? We’re always looking for other mamas to collaborate with us! If you have guest post ideas about healing health, finding faith, restoring relationships, or crafting careers, please email laura{at}scatteredwoman{dot}com. We’re excited to work with you!

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15 Tips for Getting Started with Essential Oils

Are you interested in essential oils, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are two long-time oilers’ top tips for getting started with essential oils – including everything we wish someone had told US!

Your sister uses them. Your best friend uses them. Shoot, even your mom uses them! Essential oils are all the rage right now – and for good reason! With as many different varieties as there are plants on God’s green Earth, essential oils are phenomenal supports for our bodies and awesome additions to our Home Health Arsenals!

If you’re interested in essential oils – or even if you’re already dipping your toes into this oily world – it’s important to know a few key pieces of information as you begin. Read More

Interested in writing for Scattered Woman? We’re always looking for other mamas to collaborate with us! If you have guest post ideas about healing health, finding faith, restoring relationships, or crafting careers, please email laura{at}scatteredwoman{dot}com. We’re excited to work with you!

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Best Holiday Gifts for the Essential Oil Lover in Your Life

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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The Bug Buster Protocol

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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Top 5 Recipes for Daily Immune System Support

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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Build Your Home Health Arsenal (+ FREE printable EO recipe cards!)

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! Read More

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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Top 5 Essential Oil Blends for your Home Health Arsenal (+ the Herb & Essential Oil Super Bundle!)

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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Top 10 DIY Essential Oil Recipes for the Body

If you’re serious about reducing toxic load, take a look at your favorite body products. Then, try my Top 10 DIY essential oil body care recipes!

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 Body Care Recipes! Read More

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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The 3 DIY Essential Oil Recipes You Need to Clean Your Home (Yes, ALL of it!)

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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3 Baby Steps to a Healthier Family

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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What No One Tells You About Ending Chemo

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

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.

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Detoxing for Chemo

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…”

Lymphoma? Oncologist?

Wait… CANCER??? Read More

As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.