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Joyful Mama Blend

Most of us have those days when we get into a “funk” as I call it and some days no matter what we have going on, it’s just hard to shake it.  I sometimes don’t even know why I’m in a funk or how to snap out of it. Maybe it’s God’s way of letting us know we need to take a little time for ourselves.  As a busy Mom of 4, my plate is usually running over with responsibilities, I do sometimes need a reminder to stop and do something for me.  So maybe those “funks” are just wake up calls to take a break & do something for yourself or just do nothing at all.

I do find that scents can really help me when I get in these “funks”.  I recently got the Young Living Joy essential oil and I must say, it’s amazing.  It’s a blend of bergamot, lemon, palmarosa, jasmine, Roman chamomile, rose, coriander, tangerine, ylang ylang and geranium.  It’s definitely a very floral scent but I like these kinds of scents.  Just a whiff of it brings a smile to my face!

Joy essential oil is definitely a mood booster.  It can also calm anxiety, reduce stress, relieve tension, calm cramps and help your libido.  This essential oil is photosensitive, so you want to avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after using it.

I decided to make a blend of Joy essential oil & Orange essential oil because I thought the two would be a perfect spring & summer blend that would be both calming & uplifting.  Many years ago I visited Arizona in the summer and I will always remember the amazing smell of the orange blossoms.  This was sort of my inspiration for this blend.

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Here’s my “Joyful Mamaroller ball blend:

  • 10 drops Joy essential oil
  • 15 drops Orange essential oil
  • Carrier Oil (I had almond oil & apricot oil on hand but you could also use any carrier oil you have on hand)
  • 1 glass roller ball bottle

        I simply add the Joy and Orange essential oil to the bottle & then fill it up with the carrier oil.

This blend can be applied to your wrists, temples, feet or even over your heart.  You can diffuse it or even add it to your bath.  I like to put a little in my hands and just breath it in.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Why Walnuts?

Walnuts are an amazing nut! Up until just recently, I was an “almond girl”.  Almonds were my “go to” quick snack and I always keep a canister of them on the counter.  Recently, I read an article about the benefits of walnuts and now I’ve got both walnuts and almonds in glass canisters on my counter. I’ve always enjoy walnuts in baked goods…breads, cookies, brownies and etc but I’ve never kept them around for snacking, that is until I realized just how perfect these little guys are for my health!

My kids are not too fond of the taste of walnuts.  They do have a slightly bitter taste but I personally love them.  I grab a small handful (about 7) and off I go! It’s one of the best snacks for your health, skin and even hair.

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Here are 10 reasons to start eating walnuts (organic is best) every day:

1. IMPROVE HEART HEALTH

Walnuts are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for heart health. These Omega-3’s help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol while boosting good cholesterol which is good for your heart.

2. FEED YOUR BRAIN

Omega-3 fatty acids that are in walnuts are also good for your brain health.  Improve your memory and keep your brain functioning at it’s best.  Isn’t it ironic that a walnut looks like your brain?

3. RELIEVE CONSTIPATION & IBS

Walnuts are high in fiber which is crucial for maintaining a healthy functioning digestive system.  To have proper bowel movements, we need fiber.

4.  SLEEP BETTER WITH LESS STRESS

Walnuts contain melatonin which helps with sleep patterns.  And since the Omega-3’s keep your blood pressure in check, you feel less stressed.

5. LOWER YOUR RISK OF BREAST CANCER

Research suggests that walnuts inhibit an anti-inflammatory enzyme that advances breast cancer while it activates 2 breast cancer genes that actually help prevent cancer development.

6. BUILD STRONGER BONES

Walnuts contain and essential fatty acid known as alpha linolenic acid which can help bones grow stronger and healthier over time.

7. BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Walnuts contain good amounts of antioxidants to keep the immune system healthy and protected from many diseases.

8. CURE INFLAMMATORY DISEASES

The high amounts of fatty acids in walnuts helps with inflammation which can be beneficial to those with inflammatory diseases like asthma, arthritis and eczema.

9.  DELAY SKIN AGING

Walnuts are filled with Vitamin B’s & Vitamin E which are amazing for your skin.

10. GET HEALTHIER, LONGER, SHINIER HAIR

Walnuts are a great source of Omega 6, potassium, Omega 3 and Omega 9 fatty acids which all help strengthen the hair follicles.  The proteins in walnuts improve hair color while adding a healthy shine. You can consume walnuts or even apply the walnut oil to your hair for best results.

 

My secret to living a happy life…

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Happy March!! It’s hard to believe the winter months here in Indiana are almost behind us! I’m not a big fan of winter, however I really do love the changing seasons and the pretty white snow after a big snow storm is beautiful.  It’s just too cold and messy! 😉

Today I want to share with you something that is truly important to me and makes me who I am.  I was recently invited to be a part of a Christian blog talk radio show.  After much prayer and thought, I decided to go for it! Yes, my plate runneth over with far too many commitments and responsibilities, but I felt like this was not only a huge challenge for me that’s way out of my comfort zone but it’s also a great way to reach people who are seeking spiritual health as well as physical health and wellness.  So, I will be talking about my Christian journey along a path to better health and wellness.  Hopefully I can inspire a few people…at least that’s my plan!

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Someone asked my husband recently if I was, “Always so happy!” This person is someone I have met in person only once but she sees my posts on social media.  I apparently exude happiness on Facebook which is awesome! Now, he told me that he told her that yes, my wife is always happy for the most part.  I have my moments…trust me! But he’s right! For the most part, I am a very happy person these days.  I haven’t always been happy and I’d say it’s been a struggle over the last 5 years or so.

You see, 5 years ago my family of 6 moved from the area where my husband and I grew up in Illinois to central Indiana which was 3 hours away.  We left behind our parents and siblings and of course friends, coworkers, neighbors and etc. for my husband to pursue a new career.  It wasn’t easy but yet it was something I was so excited about! I wasn’t happy living in our small rural community.  I was bored.  I was lonely.  I just needed more out of life.  We had a great small church community but this church was not “my type” of church.  Singing hymnal music just doesn’t get me as hyped up and happy as singing “I Will Follow You” by Chris Tomlin.  Anyway, back to our move…it was hardest on our family’s to see us move away because over the past 5 years, we’ve built ourselves a pretty amazing life.  We’ve struggled a lot! We’ve had financial burdens that we should never have had to deal with.  We’ve had family drama.  We’ve had disappointment and sadness.  We’ve had to make new friends and meet new people which has helped me get over my shyness a bit.  The best part about this move is that my husband and I really had to rely and lean on each other.  We also found a church home we love and our family is more centered around God.  I’ve found over the years that just when you think you can’t possibly take any more, God steps in and comforts you.  He’s always there for us.  He’s pushed us to almost our breaking point but in doing so, he’s brought us closer to him.  We pray and we know He’s got our backs.  I think what helps me to remain so “happy” is that I’ve come to accept that everything happens for a reason and that God has a plan for me.  If something doesn’t go the way I hoped it would or thought it should, I know that it’s because He has a plan.  Everything always works out exactly as it’s supposed to.  I don’t worry or stress about stuff like I used to.  I also don’t get offended as easily as I used to.  I pray a lot and I’m thankful for all that God has given me.

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We’ve been through some crazy stuff over the past 6 months.  Our home we were renting was hit my lightning which resulted in a fire.  At the time, we were looking to rent an apartment until the home we were building was finished.  The guy who owned the house we were renting had put our house up for sale so we were going to have to find a temporary place to live while our home was being built.  In the mean time, the entire process of fixing and repairing the rental we were in took way longer than it should have and we were able to stay there until our home was finished and we got to move in a week before Christmas.  It’s amazing how it all worked out!! It worked out exactly as God had planned for us.

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My secret to living a happy life is simple, stop stressing and worrying about the things you have no control over.  Reach out to God and let him lead you where you are supposed to go.  He has a plan for your life.  You may struggle before you find peace.  You may think you can’t take anymore pain, disappointment, sadness, etc but you can and you will come out on top.  Trust that He has your back and that He will lead you on an amazing journey.  He never gives us more than we can handle.  Going through those tough times is what brings us closer to him.  Knowing that He has a plan for my life, makes me happy.  Knowing that I’m exactly where He wants me to be makes me happy.  Turn to God and just be happy with all that He’s blessed you with.

Have an amazing Tuesday!

~ Michelle

10 Commandments for Busy Moms

10 Commandments for Busy Moms

I take my role as a Mom pretty seriously.  I always try to do the best for my family & make each day special.  I am big on making memories & giving my kiddos the best childhood I can.  I don’t try to be “perfect”.  I just try to be the best Mom I can be.  God gifted me with 4 amazing humans and they deserve my very best.  Now granted there have been many days that I have been stressed out and cranky but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that so many times we get upset and cranky about the stuff that just doesn’t really matter.

I keep adding more and more commitments these days.  Maybe because my kids are getting older and are more “self sufficient” I feel like I can devote more time to other things.  I don’t know what I’m thinking actually.  I’m so busy most days! I did tell my husband recently though, that I’m NOT going to complain about any of it though because I am the one who signed up for all that is going on in my life right now.  I could have said, “No”, but I chose be a part of everything that I’m involved in right now.  Sure there will be days when I’m stressed, tired, need to cry, and feeling very cranky but I will do my best to not take it out on my family…that’s what friends are for! Ha Ha 🙂

Seriously, though as Moms we tend to sometimes take on too much and we need to really take a step back and look at what’s really important and weed out the stuff that’s not.  We are all different and we all handle stress differently.  Some can handle a lot that gets thrown at them and some can’t handle very much at all.  Know your limits and learn to deal with the daily stresses of being a busy Mom.

 Here are 10 Commandments that I will be printing and putting up in my office to remind myself of.  Some of these I REALLY need to work on.

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10 Commandments for Busy Moms

I. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try to be.

Just be the best Mom you can be for your kids but that doesn’t mean you are “perfect”.  We all have our bad days.  Don’t stress about it and move on.

II. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.

You can not please everyone so don’t even try.  Do your best and help people to understand that you are one person.

III. Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone.

It’s ok to leave dishes in the sink and laundry piling up in the hamper.  It’s also ok to take a nap when you need it if you can.

IV. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.

Don’t over commit yourself.  Do what you can with the time you have.

V. Thou shalt learn to say “no”.

It’s ok to say “NO”.  Really it is! You CAN NOT do it all so learn what your limits are and what you can handle without stressing out too much.  Say “yes” to what’s really important!

VI. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.

Make time for yourself.  Go get a mani or pedi.  Take time to read a book or enjoy a hobby.  Spend time with friends who lift you up.

VII. Thou shalt switch thyself off, and do nothing regularly.

Make sure you take time to do nothing.  Give yourself a break.  Your brain needs to turn off and recharge. (This one is a tough one for me!)

VIII. Thou shalt not even feel guilty for doing nothing, or saying no.

Nope! Don’t feel guilty for taking some time to do nothing or for saying no to something you really don’t want to do.  You deserve a break so enjoy it!

IX. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant, and unattractive at times.

It’s ok to stay in your yoga pants.  It’s ok to not do your hair or makeup (although I rarely go without makeup).  It’s okay to be lazy!

X. Thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy but be thine own best friend.

Love yourself! Love all your faults, your wrongs, your rights, your worst days and your best days.  You are human & don’t forget that!