Ready to dip your toes in oils?

I get tons of questions all the time from people searching for answers. And there’s a great deal of conflicting information out there too that can leave you feeling more confused than ever. Eat this, don’t eat that….wait…no….do the reverse. Use meds, don’t use meds. Natural all the way, natural stuff is garbage…. You name it, you’ll find it out there in the land of the internets, right? So, my advice is always consider your source...

Saying Goodbye to Ethel

We said good bye to our sweet little Ethel pup last weekend. We first met Ethel about a year and a half ago at the animal shelter we volunteered at. She was older, not in outstanding health, and scared to death. She had an instant bond with my Hana - INSTANT - she was shaking, hiding from everyone else, but climbed right in Hana’s lap and wanted love. We brought her home to foster her, and well, she never left ;-) To my husband, she was “Moaning Myrtle” because she would howl and mope whenever Hana wasn’t at home. That did get better once she decided we were all okay after all. But she had a bad heart, arthritis, 4 teeth, and some...

Lessons RA Taught Me

Things RA has taught me: Self Care does not mean a day at the spa If you’re a mom (or any other busy adult), I know you understand how often in life we shove what we need to the bottom of the list. We’ve all done it - got the new shoes for the kiddo instead of you, maybe you put of...

Super Soups for Keeping Warm

Sipping on a nice warm bowl of soup can warm you from the inside out .......... plus there are a lot of simple AND healthy recipes out there. Here are a few of my favorites, from one of my go-to recipe sites, PaleoLeap.com We had Basic Winter Vegetable Soup last night for dinner and I just had a bowl for an early lunch. Buying prechopped veggies can help if your joints are bothering you....

4 Tips for Surviving the Cold

It’s currently warmer in ALASKA than it is here in North Carolina . Something is definitely wrong with this picture. So I seem to have more swelling in the humidity of summer, but more joint pain in the cold of winter. And……Baby.It’s.Cold.Outside. While I’d love to just curl up under my heated blanket and sleep until it warms up, that isn’t really practical. So what’s a Spoonie to do when it’s cold??? Make a warming Salve Combine the following in a Pyrex measuring cup and ...

Cleansing doesn't have to be overwhelming

In the whirlwind of wrapping paper, ribbons, and Christmas deliciousness, it’s so easy to get off track and eat things we shouldn’t. I’m definitely feeling the effects of some Christmas cookies and other unfortunate choices. And dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Well, that just adds to the excitement. However the last few days were so much fun. We played games, watched movies, and laughed until we cried. So, while I’m feeling it today, it’s okay. Hopping back on the whe...

Three Must Have Gifts for Spoonies

Three gifts ideas for the Spoonie in your life (even its it’s YOU!) Shopping sucks. I know some of you enjoy it out there, but I don’t like crowds so getting out this time of year just isn’t pleasant for me at all. So, here are a few ideas that really are great gifts for anyone, but particularly anyone who deals with chronic mess - and you can order online with your ...

Three helps for stiff & sore joints

Feeling like the TinMan really drags you down. Especially when you are trying to be active. It’s a cycle - if you’re stiff and sore and don’t move, you’ll get more stiff and sore - BUT if you get moving, you’ll be able to keep moving. So which one will you pick. It...

Spoonie's Roadtrip Survival Guide

Do you relate to the TinMan from the Wizard of Oz? Yeah, me too. Especially after a long car ride. I know you know what I mean if you have an autoimmune issue. We are prepping for a 14 hour drive tomorrow (and then we’ll turn around and do it again on Sunday) And a Spoonie’s prep is a bit more involved. Here’s how I survive the ride - and enjoy the visit once we get there: #1 stop every 2-3 hours and stretch . Don’t just get out, pee, and get back in the car. Walk around the building a couple times, then try these two stretches: Full-Body Stretch : Stand tall, feet slightly less than shoulder width, take a big breath in, and sweep your arms all the out to the sides, then up. On your...

What's the big deal about eating a bagel anyway?

So I’ve talked to you all about cutting wheat from my diet, but why? I know it’s asking a big thing to completely turn how you eat upside down. But would it be worth it if you felt better? Could you give up your bagels? Most of you have probably heard about celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction triggered by even a tiny amount of gluten. It is imperative that a person with celiac avoid ALL gluten. And it’s hidden in lots of places. So if you don’t have celiac’s, are you in the clear? ...

One simple way to do a WHOLE lotta Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping. You love it or you hate it. There really isn’t much in-between I hate crowds, so online shopping is my friend. I also enjoy making gifts for people (which we will talk about in the next post) . I love to give gifts that are fun - but have an element of practicality to them as well. Well. What if you could purchase something that would not only help you start feeling great again, but could also cross a bunch of gifts off your shopping list? I LOVE the Natural Solutions Kit from doTERRA. It’s such a great value and includes so many key products for those of us with autoimmune issues, but what’s really cool is that it has more than just tha...

Calming Magnesium Body Butter DIY

I did a little research on magnesium recently You may have read my DIY post for magnesium spray. It was surprising to learn that many of us are deficient in magnesium. Dr. Amy Myers says, “ Magnesium, which is important not only for immune function but also heart health, is a mineral most people are chronically low in due t...

4 Simple Steps to Feeling Great Again - Lifestyle changes that STICK

I talk to a lot of people. Which is kind of humorous to me since I’m basically an introvert. But get me going on something I’m passionate about?? Well, that changes everything. Lately I have been asked a lot of questions about where to start when it comes to incorporating more natural components into a wellness plan. We’ve all seen the mass rush toward health and fitness on January 1st, only to see most everyone back to their “normal” before the end of February, right? I think often it comes with trying to do too many things at once, and then we are overwhelmed, and don’t necessarily see all the results we want in a short enough time f...

Simple DIY Magnesium Spray for Sore Muscles

According to the National Institute for Health , " Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA." Yet a great number of us have a magnesium deficiency. They go on to say, "Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. Extreme magnesium deficiency can cause numbness, tingling, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and an a...

Pansomnia..... Tips to end the no sleep cycle

Painsomnia Spoonies everywhere know exactly what I’m talking about, right? Too miserable, too uncomfortable to fall asleep. Or stay asleep. I’ve spent many a night up binge watching tv shows (it’s when I became obsessed with Downton Abbey…) And then I’ve spent many a day in the fog and fatigue mode from not getting enough rest. That exhaustion makes it difficult to function, so getting some exercise, pre...

Tips to Breaking the Stress Cycle

Stress. We all feel it. Usually too much of it. And it causes us all kinds of health issues. It’s even possible that this constant “flight or fight” state we keep ourselves in could be the trigger for some of our autoimmune issues. I wonder about that with my RA. Back in 2010, I was under a ton of stress. There were some things going on in my life that had broken my heart and my spirit. Then I broke something else — my wrist. If that wasn’t bad enough, it didn’t heal properly and the docs I was dealing with were giving ...

Let's learn about Blue Tansy. Is it really blue?

I've been really enjoying learning about the new oils that doTERRA recently released. I just sat down today to dig into uses for Blue Tansy. I knew it was an important component of Deep Blue Rub (SO many people's favorite), but I haven't used it yet for anything else, Guess I've been too obsessed with Copaiba ! Blue Tansy actually comes from a YELLOW flower in the Chamomile family, harvest...

Have we found a Silver Bullet for Spoonies?

One of the new doTERRA oils I’m the most excited about is Copaiba. It is versatile like Frankincense, and seems just as powerful. I’m including it in my daily oil routine to help me have a solid foundation to build on, Copaiba essential oil, with its sweet, woodsy aroma, is a product of steam distilling the gum resin tapped from the Brazilian Copaifera reticulata tree. What makes it super special is the impact in can have on our Endocannabinoid System. It’s aroma reminds me of sandalwood, rich, deep, and calming. Endocannabinoid What? Yeah, I asked the same question. The Endocannabinoid system consists of receptors in t...

Roll on this amazing oil & watch your stress melt away

Once again, my trip to Salt Lake City for the doTERRA convention was tiring but oh-so-worth it. I’ve learned to listen to my body and rest when I need to - and even how to say no to some fun events in order to be able to enjoy the real meat of the convention: learning much about the science behind the oils, supplements, and products. It was a great new product year for us spoonie folks ! So many of the oils have huge benefits for our overall health a...

Instant Pot Carnitas

No time or energy to cook? InstantPot to the rescue I love using my InstantPot. It's a great way to get a healthy dinner on the table in a short period of time. Yesterday I was super busy and super tired, so an easy dinner was definitely on the agenda. It's so tempting to resort to junk food or unhealthy take out on days like this, but it just makes our autoimmune issues worse. So the Instant Pot is a godsend. I also love w...