Why every home needs a bottle of Eucalyptus this summer

Welp. Summer is here. It’s been in the 90s, pool is open and a/c is rocking. We spend a fair amount of time outside, but I HATE getting over-heated. When I learned about liquid a/c, it was a very very happy day. The first oil I used to make this (extremely) popular spray was Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as well as soothing muscles. It will also “pepp” ...

Living your Best Life

What does it mean to live your best life -even with a chronic illness? Is it something only the rich or beautiful or smart get to experience? Or is it something all together different? I woke up last night about 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve been dealing with a bit of respiratory mess again than...

Lovely Leave-In Conditioning DIY Spray

Our family has been working to get replace of all the harsh products in our home with more natural options. When I began to study about natural living, I had no idea how many places harsh chemicals were hiding. Yes, in your shampoo and conditioner too . I started using the doTERRA shampoo and conditioner quite awhile ago and have had great results with both, but sometimes my hair needs some extra leave in love. Thankfully it's much healthier now then it was when I was on all those RA medications (wish I knew then what I know now). Chronic illness people, I know you know what I mean. Between better diet, great supplements, and an overall improved lifestyle my...

Does stubbornness help or hurt chronic illness?

Being both stubborn and chronically ill - when does it help and when does it hurt? I am one of the most stubborn people on the planet. And I hate being wrong. A LOT. And when I do end up giving up on something, I beat myself up over it. When Dave and I were first married (like 2 days married) we bot...

Simple Mother's Day DIY

Mother's Day and pampering DIY projects go hand in hand I'm keeping the grands for a few days. They'll be here over Mother's Day, so I figured it was the perfect time for a simple Mother's Day DIY as a nice gift for mom when she comes back to get them...

Three Tips for Better Time Management

I feel like lately I’ve lost control of managing my time. Days are speeding by, the things on my to-do list are growing and I’m not really enjoying life so much. STRESS is becoming my middle name. Time to stop, take a breath, and refocus for sure. I got stuck in a bit of a flare earlier in the year, which happens sometimes. As much as I have my disease under control, it feels the need to rear its ugly head now and again. After a long discussion with my rheumy we upped the one medication I take, and it kicked off a round of respiratory crud and fatigue. So I’m feeling healthier, joints are mostly better, but now it’s time to...

Out Like a Light - Sleep Help for Chronic Illness

Sometimes we all need a little help getting some rest. I know that I go through periods of time where sleep is very difficult . If I’m in a flare, or I just have too much on my mind, it can be rough to get good rest. And that sets me up for a bad day and the cycle continues. I’ve written several posts on sleep – it’s that important for us. Recent research agrees: “… even a modest loss of sleep for a single night increases inflammation, which is a key factor in the onset ofcardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis."said Dr. Michael Irwin, professor and director of the Cousins Centerfor Psychoneuroimmunology at the SemelInstitute for Neuroscie...