Hope

Those 4 letters carried me through my darkest times with fibromyalgia and being a parent of a bipolar son. I found a ring that held those letters and when my hope of being better started to fade I had that ring to remind me to keep going! And in turn, when I thought I could not take another belittling session from my son, or endure one of his rage episodes I knew that “Hope” would get me through.

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Well recently I want to memorialize that word a bit more permanently. I began toying around with a tattoo. Now, let me tell you getting a tattoo was no light decision. My mother is probably rolling around in her grave, but this is what I needed to do for me! So, I thought long and hard about how to translate all I wanted into a tattoo, I came up with this…

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SO… the infinity symbol is for the love between my hubby and I. He has been by my side even at the bottom! He did all the cleaning, shuffling kids and grocery shopping when they were just beyond my ability to get done for the day. He chauffeured me to dr appointments when I could not get myself there. He fought with the doctors for answers…22 years of marriage + 7 dating so I think we are set for eternity.

Hubby is a police officer so that is the thin blue line in the middle that ties all officers and their families together. AND HOPE to remind me that with hope I can face any challenge. (Even the parenting a teenager with bipolar challenge)

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Making My Own Sunshine

If you have never experience a bipolar teen be thankful! The roller coaster is a hard and fast ride! Last night my 16 year old bipolar teen decided NOT to go to sleep (at all). AND YES he IS at school TODAY!!! Well this lady NEEDS sleep! So being woken up at 3:30 am to the sound of the television, then the shower, blender, cat meowing, dog barking all before MY real alarm was set to go off at 5:30 am does not make this lady happy! So no sleep and gray skies and cool weather means I AM MAKING MY OWN SUNSHINE today! Here’s my recipe for today!

1. Reading other people’s blogs feeling their pains, celebrating their celebrations sharing the joy in the images they share- SUNSHINE!

2. Diffusing peppermint, only way I am staying up. (Don’t drink caffeine although by three I MIGHT!!!)

3. Listening to children read. If you haven’t had the joy of listen to children read this is a must! Fills your heart with pure SUNSHINE!

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Share My World 2015 – Week #2

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These are all HAPPY questions for me! Cee must have sensed a need of Happiness on a Monday Morning!

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
I am a HUGGER! As a teacher many times we are told “DO NOT TOUCH the kids!” We are talking KIDS here people! I give hugs and probably will hug my students until I retire sorry big boss people. As for outside of school I hug too! For a few years my fibro was so bad I had to stop, even a light hug hurt so I am happy to be back to HUGGIN’

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Chocolate… Anything chocolate. the more chocolate the better!!! For close to 10 years if I ate more than i spoonful of ice cream I had a TERRIBLE Belly ache, with my DiGize Oil I can have lactose so that means LOTS of chocolate ice cream!!!

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?
Well, seeing as how I am finally with the 99% of American’s who LOVES food, I NEED to get moving more. I exercise my mind so much more than my body BUT having put on a few pounds, OK, not yet 100 but… more than I have been other than being pregnant I better get myself moving. No more excuse that my fibro is too bad to do so, I just gotta do it! need inspiration in this area!

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?
We currently have 3 dogs and 3 cats, our highest was 4 dogs and 6 cats. It is soooo hard to choose. I guess I love any animal who snuggles! Lately it has been my dogs who fall in this department. We have a Blue Tick Hound (Suzie), a Greyhound (Bosco), and a part beagle part German Shepherd (Jesse). My Minipin- Chihuahua(Peyton) just past away last month… In the need for another snuggle dog for sure! So I am going with dogs… for now.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful for my hubby Paul. He is a Law Enforcement Officer and my life-long love. In the light of all that is going on with officers he goes out there and does his thing! Scary for me, but proud to say he is FINALLY happy in his career! (this is his second)

And for the week coming up? I am excited for Bunco. I play with a group of ladies at my school, we are low key and just get together to have fun. Food + Friends = Fun

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Burst of Sunshine, PLEASE!!!

Whenever I am feeling a little bit down I find myself reaching for the citrus oils. Living in Florida we get spoiled for sure, so when a cloudy day comes enter a bit of sadness. That drab ho hum feeling when you just wanna go back to bed feeling. My little pick me up is Citrus Fresh and a touch of Peppermint in the diffuser for a happy wake up. Better than caffeine! WAY better than caffeine! PUT YOUR HEAD OVER THE DIFFUSER KINDA FEELING!

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Looking at all the citrus oils in this blend you can’t help but feel like summer is around the corner. Citrus oils have been shown to decrease Seasonal Affective Disorder. All I can say is thank goodness I only have a few days in a row of cloudy, cool weather because if I lived in a place with much more I would smell like a citrus orchard all the time!

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Good to the LAST Drop!

A sad day came last week when my Ningxia Red bottle was EMPTY! I started drinking this bunch of deliciousness about 5 months ago to give it a whirl. With fibro that run down, sluggish moving through sludge feeling is always a day away. So anything to try to rid my self of it or make it a bit better I was willing to try. The benefits seemed to great to not give it a “shot”! That is all that is needed a day…2 oz a “shot” a day! So I ordered a bottle.  Just look at the promises…

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I started 2 oz 2x a day… What I noticed over the course of several weeks, was the ability to recover from strenuous days better, the ability to think clearer and faster (fibro fog was fading), more energy to make it through the day, (I was not longing for a caffeine boost in the late afternoon, the muscle aches and pains fading. After a few weeks  dropped down to once a day and was able to maintain that wonderful feeling! Along with all my other oils I almost felt “cured” from fibro! Giddiness, euphoria, shock is all I can say!!

Enter the DAY… Panic mode… Empty bottle!!!! I bolted for the computer to check to see when my next delivery was due. A few days…Ugg… well I though heck what is a few days… I will be fine… Calendar…HOLIDAYS which only means DELAYED delivery! Double panic!! So at the mercy of Fed Ex wait was all I could do!

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You know teachers on winter break…high hopes of getting things done around the house? Yep, I did it! The dreaded chore of mine cleaning out the closet… the day I knew I would, could NEVER run out of this gem of a product EVER AGAIN. The day after cleaning out the closet, the up, down, climbing, reaching, stretching turned into aching, and pains like I have not felt in a LONG time! In the fibro world we say I used a month of “spoons” in just one day! “WHERE is my Ningxia Red???” I am ready to phone a friend to have her give up a bottle in her stash! Tracking my package like a hawk. I went on the internet again just to read all what this product could do! Just look at all the Ningxia Red Products.

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I feel like my life bar is draining. Scrambling to find other local products to “fill the gap”! Greedy for that feel good feeling for sure!!

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Lesson Learned! Always have a back up bottle… I guess like everything else we humans have to learn the hard way!!!

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Peace and Sleep… Zzzzz

Ohhh how my life has changed! From insomniac to snoozing in late! Who woulda thunk?

Tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy (enter scratch and sniff) is a powerful blend. Just two years ago I was up all hours of the night dreaming of getting a good night’s sleep, now melatonin, valerian root and Young Living’s Peace and Calming in the diffuser and 1 hour I am TOAST! That sweet feeling of being rested in the am and not being exhausted all day has returned. For years with fibro I dreamed that this feeling would return but even after many sleep meds I was not successful. Enter Peace and Calming and enter Great Sleep! This will be one oil I will NEVER be without. When traveling this is in my stash for sure!! A few weeks ago the dreaded empty bottle had me in tears. Thanks to a friend she gave up a bottle for the cause of my sleep, it only took a bit of begging! I truly have a love affair with this oil!

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6 Uses for Peace and Calming Essential Oil

Have a Relaxing Bath Let’s start with the most luxurious use! Mix 4-6 drops of Peace and Calming essential oil blend with 1/2 cup of epsom salts, then place directly into a warm bath for a relaxing bathing experience.

Halt Teeth Grinding Diffusing Peace and Calming essential oil blend while you sleep calms your body and can halt teeth grinding! Improve general sleep In addition to stopping teeth grinding, Peace and Calming essential oil blend can also help anyone for better quality sleep. Instead of diffusing the oil, rub 1-2 drops on your shoulders and on the bottoms of your feet to encourage good sleep.

Calm Children If you’re looking for a holistic way to calm down your child, even ADHD children diffuse Peace and Calming oil in the air in an area of high traffic.

Enjoy a Calming Massage Peace and Calming essential oil blend, mixed with a carrier massage oil, allows your muscles to relax easily and helps the massage itself be more effective.

Calm an Animal Rub on nape of neck, behind the ears or for dog pads of foot to calm an active animal. Even works on animals that are scared of thunderstorms.

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There are five different oils in Peace and Calming Blend. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.

  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil  has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote luxuriant hair. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
  • Patchouli Essential Oil  has a sweet and rich aroma that is very beneficial for the skin. Use to reduce wrinkled or chapped appearance. Patchouli is a general tonic that supports the digestive system and soothes occasional queasiness.
  • Tangerine Essential Oil  contains esters and aldehydes that are calming. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene it also helps to release stress and occasional nervous irritability.
  • Orange Essential Oil  is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration. Also has calming effects and may be used for feelings of peace.
  • Blue Tansy Essential Oil  has a slightly sweet and herbaceous aroma. Tansy plants have several species and this one is also called Moroccan Chamomile or Annual Tansy. Emotionally, it combats anger and negative emotions.

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Just for the Scent!

Not too may Essential Oils are created just for the purpose of filling the air with fragrance but boy am I glad they made this one!

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“Christmas Spirit is a sweet, spicy blend of orange, cinnamon, and spruce essential oils that tap into the happiness, joy, and security associated with the holiday season. With Christmas Spirit on hand, simply open a bottle and start diffusing!
For aromatic use. Diffuse or sprinkle on logs in the fireplace, on Christmas trees, on cedar chips for dresser drawers, or on potpourri. Use all year round.”
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This is what Young Living says about this product. I say it is the MOST WONDERFUL SCENT!! It transports me right back to my childhood! Cinnomony and warm. The perfect oil to go along with the hot cocoa and turkey cooking in the oven. I say this will certainly be used throughout the year to transport me to a happy place! Depression stands no chance against this JOYFUL scent! I think I will be wearing this in my diffuser necklace for days!! Happy Holidays Y’all!
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