How to stay cool this summer naturally

Summer in North Carolina is HOT. And those temps are energy suckers. With a chronic illness, low energy is something we deal with already - we certainly don't need any more help feeling sluggish. Here's a simple AND natural way to stay cool this summer (and give you more energy!). I love using essential oils to improve my overall health - and this DIY is a simple and effective way to beat the heat. We are headed out on another camping adventure the end of the week, so you better believe that I'll be mixing some of this up before we leave. Here's the recipe: Summer Cooling Spray 2 oz spray bottle 5 drops peppermint es...

How can I prevent sunburn naturally?

We hear reminders all the time about using sunscreen. Good or Bad Advice? Recently the middle and youngest dear daughter took off on an adventure day to the beach. I love that we live close enough to the beach that spur of the moment trips are possible. Well, they just grabbed some sunscreen at the store and hit the road. Great idea? Sounds like it, but in reality, not so much. Hana ended up with some sunburn AND a crazy rash from the lotion. We used some lavender and melaleuca to soothe the rash, but it left me wondering – there must be ways to prevent sunburn naturally. If you’re dealing with chronic illness this is especially important because many meds make us more sensitive to sun exposure. W...

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” you if yo...

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 thanks to my good ol’ RA med. Having a chronic illness is a blast. I wandered in to the bathroom and this random thought hit me. Like a ton of bricks. “Is this my best life??&...

Respiratory support with Douglas Fir and a whole lot more

So as you all know I’ve been struggling with some respiratory muckity-much for the past few weeks. And what I tend to when I’m dealing with something is research the heck out of it. I know not everyone is like that, but I really enjoy finding new ways to deal with stuff – and then y’all can benefit from it ‘cause I’ll share what I learn with you. So I haven’t been able to completely shake this crud. I know a lot of...

New YouTube Show--Essential DIY!!

Hey amazing readers! I'm starting a crazy adventure with my sweet Mollypop. We are DIYing and sharing our adventures with you. Mo hasn't been a crafty person in the past, so it makes this extra fun (and probably extra funny at times). We'll start having some cool projects next episode, but for now we are looking for some feedback. What are the top things you're interested in learning? Please share in the comments.

Spring into a Healthier Home

April in NC is beautiful…… blooms everywhere. But also pollen……EVERYWHERE. If you’ve never experienced full blown pine pollen you have NO FREAKIN’ IDEA what a mess it makes everything. It actually hasn’t been as bad this year as in past years because we had a weird snap of really warm weat...

A Spring Restart: Getting my life back on track 

How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution and fell flat? Great intentions, but winter blahs, sickness, short days—lots of things set us up for failure. Yet every year we do it all over again. I have a new proposition . How about a Spring Restart ? The days are longer, flowers are blooming, weather is warmer so it’s easier to get out and be active….there is generally an air of renewal around. I know my energy levels make a huge leap about this time of year. So I’ve decided THIS is the time of year I am going to re-evaluate where I’m at and set some new...

How to survive life when everything bottlenecks

Life has been over the top crazy the past few weeks. I'm exhausted and overwhelmed and oiling like crazy. Yes, I am thankful since not too long ago there would have been no way I could have kept up with a fraction of what has been going on in my life. Even so, there are only 24 hours in a day and some things have to give. So what gets put aside? First, let me give you a glimpse into my world: See little Wes? The expression on his face matches mine about now. Hubby was away for 3 weeks for work. While he was gone we were in the throws of refinancing the house and de...

Road Trips with RA

Road Trips with RA don’t have to be miserable This week I had the privilege to travel 8 plus hours to Orlando for the doTERRA Leadership Conference. It was an incredible experience, and oh-so-valuable for my business and personal growth. But road trips with RA is a challenge fr sure. It made more sense for us to drive, so my bud Kelli and I set off on our Thelma and Louise adventure. RA Warriors, you know what a long car trip can mean right? Stiff & painful joints, extreme fatigue, brain fog, and the risk of illnes...

Apple Cider Vinegar & Amazing Health Benefits for Spoonies

Apple Cider Vinegar – miracle or a bunch of hype? I have noticed in the past year, after hitting 50, my metabolism is grinding to a halt. I gained a bit of weight that I’d like to ditch before it gets any worse. Not sure if it’s age, the one med I take, or what (yes, I did get a little lazy with my diet for a bit, but not toooo lazy) Anyway, my normal tricks to kick start weight loss were not working, and I started seeing info about drinking Apple Cider Vinegar being good for weight loss, among other many things. Curiosity got ...

Finding Spoons – Energy for Autoimmune Peeps

Finding spoons in unexpected places I think one of the toughest parts of managing RA is the ever changing number of spoons you have each day. Wonder what the heck I’m talking about? Read The Spoon Theory . Christine Miserandino does a fantastic job of expla...

Chronic Stress and Autoimmune Issues

Is there a connection between chronic stress and autoimmune issues? When I was diagnosed with RA, I read and researched and read and researched about what caused it. Genetics maybe, trauma maybe, diet maybe…….not a lot of definitive info out there. In fact, at least 50% of autoimmune disorders have been attributed to “unknown trigger factors”. In the past six years, I’ve learned a lot though about what makes things worse. I have some dietary triggers (wheat and dairy for example) and changes in weather could drive me to drink. And something we all experience is a definite issues …… CHRONIC STRESS There are a lot of differen...

How to have a better period

Desperate for a better period? Periods suck. That is no surprise to the females of the world. While everyones cycle are different, either in length, flow or symptoms. We can’t control or manage the length or flow, but we can try to manage our symptoms. There are w...

Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficult I go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods that he doesn’t like (squash, eggplant, asparagus, etc.) It did not happen nearly as much as e...

AHHHmazing Vegan Granola

Nutty, fruity, slightly sweet Vegan Granola My 15 year old plays travel volleyball. When we go to all day tournaments, the parents take turns bringing food for everyone. It’s fun to come up with healthy and tasty food to fuel the girls for competition. My friend Valerie and I have teamed up several times to come up with some deliciousness. One of the things we’ve made that has been very popular is fruit salad, yogurt, and granola so they can make their own parfaits. Her daughter and the coach are vegan, so I went in search of ways to make sure they could enjoy the parfaits too- super ea...

Orange Chicken anyone?

Orange Chicken in a flash I have fallen in love with my Instant Pot. This Orange Chicken was done so fast – even with zoodling the zucchinis. I love that it’s super healthy, much more so than the deep fried Orange Chicken you often find at restaurants. The Wild Orange oil gives this such amazing orange flavor without begin overpowering. We tossed our zoodles with a little sesame oil and heated them up for just a few minutes. It doesn’t take much for zoodles to get overdone and mushy – I like to keep them as close to raw as possible. We try to stick to a ...

Hydration Challenge

Join the 2017 Hydration Challenge! Staying hydrated makes a huge difference in our overall health: Energy Metabolism Joint pain Focus Skin Health Strength and that's just a partial list. Join our HYDRATION CHALLENGE January 9th through January 29th to make a habit of staying hydrated. It takes 21 days to make something a habit, so here we go! Eight 8oz glasses of water a day. Can you do it? How about we sweeten the pot and throw some prizes in? Each week I'll giveaway the following: Week One - Lemon Essential Oil Week Two - Wild Orange Essential Oil Week Three - Lime Essential Oil (and if you don't currently have a doTERRA ac...

oh that blue

What color is your gateway oil? Could it be DEEP Blue? As the oil community grows, so do the fun off-shoot businesses, like clever tshirts. Saw one the other day that said "Lavender is the gateway oil." Well. Personally, I think Deep Blue is the gateway oil. It's pretty freakin' amazing. I've heard it called just "Blue", " that blue stuff", and even "THE Blue". I've had countless volleyball girls fall in love with it and have had numerous folks get their wholesale account set up JUST for this stuff. I teach a lot of classes online to hel...

Sleep, such a precious commodity

Do you struggle with sleep issues? You and I both know that dealing with chronic health issues spells trouble for our sleep patterns. In fact I've written about it multiple times on the blog. I definitely go through cycles where I have more sleep issues than others. Lately I've been stuck in a bad cycle. I messed up my back (doing nothing unusual of course) and my shoulders have been in a bit of a flare. One or the other and ...