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I just can’t do it yet…

Can I be honest? I haven’t read all the articles this week. You know the ones….Australia, Iceland.

Let’s wipe out all the babies with Down syndrome and then pat ourselves on the back.

Those articles.

I just haven’t had the heart to read it all yet. I plan to.

But I know the disgust that will come with the reading.

I’ve seen enough posts to know that I probably already know what they all say.

Friends, the world is not a safe place for my children. Yours either.

The world is not a safe place for “different”.

That becomes more and more obvious each day.

How about this quote from one article I skimmed….

“We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication… preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”

Disgust.

No other words.

I want to read all that my friends have written this week.

I want to go back and read all the articles.

Then, maybe, if I can stomach it, I can share more.

You and I need to talk about these things.

Lay it out on the table.

Shout from the rooftops about it.

Many of you have no clue what I’m talking about.

That’s part of the problem.

We have to do a better job of making sure you know.

Balance…

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I feel like I’ve had lots of conversations lately about balance with friends.  Don’t all moms struggle with this?  In just about every area…today let’s talk about wellness. As moms, we often put ourselves on the back burner. To be honest, we often don’t just put ourselves on the back burner of the stove top….we aren’t even in the KITCHEN.

We put everyone before ourselves. Especially our kids. We want them to eat healthy, be well, have a good education, have access to every extra curricular they could ever dream of and yet, we make no effort to do something for us.

I’m not talking about a girls’ night out or a mani/pedi. I’m talking about real change. Something for ourselves…something that will change our lives forever.

And why is that? Why don’t we invest in ourselves?

Do we not see the value in living a life of wellness? Do we not see how that will benefit not only us, but our children as well?

I was talking to a friend last night, I mentioned that I feel better than I did ten years ago. Yes, seriously. I eat better, take better care of my body (except for the exercise part….that is about to change!), my skin is clearer, I have really begun to understand how food affects my body.

But here’s the thing….I didn’t change all this stuff at once. I made small changes over the years. I guess it really started when I was pregnant with Ellie. I was worried to death that I would make a choice that would affect her for life. I remember even being worried about the one cup of coffee I was drinking a month…yes, a MONTH. The doctor looked at me like I had lost my mind when I asked about that.

Then, I was holding this precious little life in my hands. Every decision I was going to make would affect her. Such a responsibility.

We had already begun to try and use more natural cleaners. But we were still eating processed food straight out of their over marketed boxes. My poor big boys….I fed them lots of hamburger helper and canned vegetables. Hope they forgive me. I just didn’t know better.

At some point, I picked up cloth diapering and making my own baby food. I felt on top of my momma game. I nursed all four of my biological babies for over a year each and felt like I was earning my crunchy momma status. I was the mom who gave the pediatrician push-back if his suggestions didn’t sound quite crunchy enough for me. I know he loved me for that.

I bought the safest (I believed) baby products on the market. Research carseats brands. Wore my babies in a sling. Tried my best to make sure they had all the best.

Yet, somewhere in all this, I never really took care of me. I fed my kids a healthy lunch and crammed a candy bar in my mouth while hiding out in the kitchen. I gave them healthy drinks and I was chugging soft drinks at every turn. I made sure they went to bed at a reasonable time and yet stayed up into the wee hours myself trying to conquer the world (I still struggle with this one). I read my children Bible stories and talked about Jesus yet put my personal time with the Lord was way down on my priority list.

I was trying to keep all of those plates spinning and yet I was failing my own self miserably.

Four years ago, we started to make some purposeful changes. Bryan and I started to really look more closely at what we were putting into our bodies. We decided that we wanted to live a life of wellness…not a life where we reacted to symptoms. Do we realize that is how many in the world live? We just sit around doing nothing, waiting on something to happen with our bodies and THEN we react. I don’t want to live that life.

We started kicking the chemicals out of our home. That part was easiest, I think. You just shop differently. We replaced our cleaners, supplements, body care products with ones from Young Living. We threw away our candles (yes, all of them)..and we used to MAKE candles for a living. We replaced those candles with a diffuser and oils that come from plants. How much safer can you get than that?

What was hardest for me was the food part. Whole 30 played a huge part in helping us make some much needed changes. I learned how certain foods affected my body. Can I just say that I recommend a Whole 30 set to EVERYONE? You will learn so much about yourself in the process. And I can guarantee you’ll feel amazing afterward. It’s just thirty days. You can do anything for thirty days.

Now, exercise is my next big step. I’m ready to start an exercise program that I can do at home, in my living room with my babies. I knew that at this point, I was not going to get my hinney to  gym. Let’s be honest, I’ve been a member before. I lasted about a month and then I started making excuses.  I received the gift of this program from another work-at-home rockstar momma who has changed her life too with small changes. Such an inspiration. Will there be before and after pictures? Uhhhhmmmmm, don’t hold your breath. But, I’m ready.

My time with the Lord has been absent on many days. Prayers asking Him for all the things I need, but not the time spent in His Word to hear the answers. None of this matters without Him. So convicted to replace the time I waste with things that have a kingdom impact. I need accountability here more than anywhere. What about you? Do you struggle with this too. Why do we struggle? I have no excuses or eloquent words about this one. I just know I want to know Him more.


But since we are friends here, can I be honest about this whole wellness thing? You can’t get a bottle of lavender oil, put a drop on yourself and expect the world to change. You have to make some real changes. Is it easy? Uhhhmmm, no. But you can do it. You just have to start. I have some friends and we have been talking about oils and supplements for the entire FOUR years that we have been using Young Living products. They will attend every class I teach, ask lots of questions about what oils can help them, but make no real changes. I can’t imagine being where we were as a family four years ago. I don’t want to imagine it. I love that we’ve made changes and I want to see that for you too.

Friend, don’t say you don’t have the time to learn. Make the time. I can help point you in the right direction. I’d be honored to help you. Give me a holler. No judgment from me, promise. I just want to see you healthy and well. And your family too.


Ask me next time you see me how I’m doing on going to bed earlier and my walk with the Lord. I’m struggling with these. Ask me and stand waiting until I answer. We need each other friend.

Essential Oil Basics Course

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I’m excited to share with you our online Essential Oil Basics Course!

You could be one of the first to give it a try! Click HERE to see the outline of the course content. You can go through the course at your own pace!

Each class within the course is brief, so don’t worry about it taking you too long!

The password to login is “livingessentials”.

I’m so excited for you to jump in and learn more with us!

Love, Jenifer

Minimalist Easter

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Let me start by saying I am soooooo not a minimalist. I want to be. Like REALLY want to be. I feel like I am drowning in clutter daily. I want everything to have a home. I want to have no piles. But I’m not there yet. I’m not even close.

If minimalism were a road trip, I’m not even in the car, much less  with my seatbelt on. Nope. I’m still looking for my keys.

Now that we have THAT cleared up.

I’ve decided that minimalism is a journey. I’m enjoying the scenic route right now. I am trying to tackle small areas without giving away all my worldly possessions to the local donation center.

For the time being, I’ve decided to take a closer look at why and how we do things. I’ve really been looking at our clothing lately. This is probably the part of my life that is CLOSEST to minimal. Seriously. Clothes are just not my thing. I could wear the same thing everyday and never care. Give me a good pair of blue jeans, a black shirt and my Chucks and I am good.

Next topic on my mind has been Easter baskets.

Yep, deep, huh?

I loved waking up Easter Sunday morning to my basket of goodies. Mostly candy, maybe a few treats. I love candy and chocolate more than I could ever express. Chocolate especially is my love language.  We, of course, celebrated the resurrection of our Savior, got a beautiful new dress always handmade by my mom and went to church.

Easter baskets were just a fun celebration of spring at our house. Not the reason we celebrated….it wasn’t about the bunny…feel like we needed a disclaimer there.

So I asked my Facebook friends about their thoughts on a minimal Easter basket. Some answered not-s0-minimally. 😉 Some had some great ideas. Many bought things for baskets that they were already going to be buying anyway. Makes sense.

This year, I’m looking for fun treats that are consumable, maybe a few things that are activity related…something for them to DO…we don’t want to go overboard and treat Easter like a MAJOR gift giving holiday. We have six children still at home…baskets can get PRICEY. For real.

We also don’t want to load them up on junky sweets. I’ve read way too much to want to continue taking my kids down the path of unhealthy eating patterns. I struggle enough trying to break my own chains from the sweet monster. I don’t want them to have to do the same.

Below are a few things I’m looking at, as well as some suggestions from friends. I’d love to know any great ideas you have too!

  • For the last several years, we put out our baskets on Friday night and wake up to find them on Saturday morning. This is HUGE y’all. I mean HUGE. This was possibly one of the best parenting moments Bryan and I have ever had. HA! We get to wake up on Saturday, look through our baskets, eat chocolate for breakfast (kidding! Well, maybe!) and have a fun time checking out our goodies. Sunday morning we wake up ready to worship our risen Savior!
  • We always reuse the same baskets. Looks like lots of my friends do too. We kind of have a shabby assortment of them right now. This may be our last year to use them and they will all just go away. One less thing to store. A terra cotta pot might be nice, you think? Fairly inexpensive and we can reuse it!
  • What about grass? For years we have used the colorful plastic shredded grass. But it really just gets in the way. Who needs it? I say leave it out, no one really cares about the grass.
  • Lots of friends mentioned that consumables like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, crayons and even their favorite snack items were always popular basket stuffers.
  • A new toothbrush and toothpaste would be a great addition that another friend mentioned! Especially to combat any sweet treats!
  • Water bottles are a great reusable option too. We opt for stainless steel so we can use our essential oils with them but glass is a great option too!
  • Looks like lots of people help their kiddos get ready for spring and summer buy including swimsuits, goggles, flip flops, etc. That would make this momma-of-many go BROKE…but a great idea!

 

MORE IDEAS…..

Check out these seed bombs! Perfect for your baskets! You could even divide this set up among multiple kiddos!

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I am in love with these hair ties!!! So cute! Every girl needs these! Check out more like these at Sweet Emmeline Ltd. on Etsy.

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I love this Fairy Ribbon Wand from Modern TOT Shoppe. They have the most lovely Waldorf inspired play things. My little girls would love these!

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What about these vintage yarn hair ties? I was just thinking about these the other day! They were the bomb! I know two little girls at my house who might be needing these!! Mom do you remember these?!?!?!?

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TruJoy has a line of organic sweet treats! Pricey but much better for you! If you are only going with a few candy items, then spending more is not an issue.

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I’m loving these organic jelly beans from Surf Sweet! Maybe the kids will share!

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Check out these candies from Unreal…..looks like they are even available at Target! I’m going to look for them the next time I go! No GMOs and even Fair Trade!!!

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I’ll come back and add more things as I do more research! Share your ideas too and I’ll include them!

Love, Jenifer