Crafty

So I decided to get crafty and make diffuser bracelets to give as holiday gifts. I coupled them with small dram sizes of Orange or Lavender Oil. They are a big hit among my friends and colleagues! The school smells great! Back to the craft store I go!!! I see a weekend of crafting ahead! Also making Chest rub for my hacking school friends!IMG_8959[1]

Five for Friday #2

This week has had many highs and lows! Roller coaster of emotions! Not sure if it is hormonal or just the stage of life…

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My 5 for Friday Gratitude – This week I am grateful for…

1. My son received an invitation to the Honor Society. So for most parents this is just a blink but for this kid it is an amazing feat! A year ago he was set on not graduating High School. He was doing online virtual school and very unmotivated and did not see the future that laid ahead of him. Enter summer and he had a big wake up call and made the decision himself to go back to school. He had been in virtual school for three years, it started out great but lack intrinsic motivation was his downfall. Now back in school even with 3,000 students he is doing great! School and his future is NOW important to him! Nothing can stand in his way!

2. I received my kit of 120 essential oils. What an awesome reward!!! Whoo Hoo! Still overwhelmed by this! It is worth $2,000. CRAZY!!! When it arrived I was so excited! Then the feeling of being overwhelmed hit!  I have banged against a wall and am not quite ready to dig in yet! Hopefully this weekend I will have time to organize it and have a testing fest!!! I am ready to conquer any health issue with this set!

3. Sooo thankful for my pups this week! They have been my comfort while hubby is working. Officers wife can get tough.

4. Gelato- Specifically Bryers Tiramisu I read about this from a fellow blogger. I searched it out and OHHHH MY!!! Heavenly!!!! I am rationing it out for myself!

5. Next week is National Literacy Week and my school does a lot of fun activities and the kids get so excited!

Five for Friday #1

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I am naturally a very grateful person. I grew up with very little. My mom was a single mom in the 70’s and she taught me to be grateful for even the littlest things we are given. At one point after moving from Florida to Chicago we lived in a lady’s basement, I was 11 years old.  We had only a few items. I carried all of my belongings in one small box. One toy was my constant companion! He wasn’t much but he was everything to me. I had no friends so he WAS IT!!! That simple stuffed Kermit the Frog was all I needed.

When I am feeling low I go back to the thought of this time. I learned much from my childhood and gratitude was one great gift my mother left me.

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My 5 for Friday Gratitude – This week I am grateful for…

1. Resiliency in children- We took Diagnostic tests this week in school. My students who struggle greatly came in each day ready to attempt the challenge before them. Even though,  the text was more than a year above their level they plugged along through it. Most of us would have thrown in the towel.

2. Friends- Last night, I went to go to bunco with a circle of friends, on the way I picked up one of the gals and not 5 minutes into the drive we were STUCK. When I say stuck I mean stuck! A bad traffic accident was ahead and we sat for 40 minutes in one spot. As we watched Trauma hawk come and go instead of being frustrated that we did not make it to our destination on fun and food we chatted, and gave thanks to our safety. And of course we prayed for the families involved.

3. My hubby- He helps me so much in the house! He didn’t used to but when I was very sick he started. He has just kept with it and takes the added pressure off. Now we share in the housework!! Blessed I know!

4. LEO Wives- (Law Enforcement Officers Wives)- One of the ladies in our group decided to make THANK You cards, they are small business size cards with a thank you and the other side is a Prayer for Safety. We are handing them out to Law Enforcement Officers we see on duty. I have handed out 3 personally. The men and women have been so grateful! Gave hubby enough to take to the guys (no gals) on his squad and they were ever so thankful! A bit of Sunshine in their days! 🙂

5. Chik-Fil-A Arnold Palmer- They helped me get through my mornings. No coffee here!

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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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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Once a Teacher – Always a Teacher

Spending my day writing online classes… I have done many 101 Beginner classes to help people learn how to use Essential Oils. Now venturing out into the 102 Class…Special Needs Part 1 and Part 2, Women’s Health and perhaps more! Feeling adventurous… What else does a teacher with two weeks off do?

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I have been a teacher for 22 years. Special Education, Reading Specialist. Something magical happens when you depart information to people and they grasp on to it and take it on as their own. I have always enjoyed learning and found my passion for teaching early on. Blessed would be the WORD for this!

Finding great success with the oils myself I feel like I want to go to the highest mountain top and shout… “Just try them!” I see people suffering with ailments that the oils can help even if it is temporary it is relief.

I love the forum on Facebook events for the classes! What a GODSEND this has been! I have been able to reach people I could never get face to face with! I have even reached out in other countries! Although face to face education is BEST online is a great opportunity to reach anyone! OK… Anyone on Facebook!

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Wanna invite? Look me up on Facebook! Michelle Ecker Siegel Shoot me a message and let me know what you are interested in!

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Come Get your Learn On!

The Nose Knows

I have not found an appliance I have been more in love with! Love my Keurig, microwave, hair dryer, Crock Pot and Magic Bullet, but none hold a candle to my Home Diffuser!

Never heard of a diffuser? Neither had I before July 2013 until I entered the world of essential oils. And now I CAN NOT live without one! This is what it is! It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a spa-like atmosphere. Sounds glorious right? Well let me tell you it is! What one product can take you back to your childhood, put you to sleep, help you when you are sick? None… The key is in the nose!

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The olfactory system includes all physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to, the sense of smell. When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain.

Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways.

Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)

During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”

The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller

So, depending on the oil you place in the diffuser the reaction of the body is different.

Once taking 2 different sleep medications now just Cedarwood Oil, Peace and Calming Oil (tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy), valerian root and melatonin I can get a great night’s sleep. This was something I once thought an impossibility without a script! Natural products allow me to function daily with a clear brain. two years ago I would have NEVER believed this to be possible.

I now have 3 diffusers! One in my bedroom for sleep, kitchen for the common areas and in my classroom (my home away from home).

CAUTION: I had someone who had heard me talk about my diffuser and they ordered one online. Within a week theirs had broken and they wanted to know how long mine lasted. All I can say is Young Living’s diffusers come with a 1 Year warranty. I would NOT be buying mine online from Amazon or from Whole Foods as I like that I can return it within a year if it were to break. I can say my first two diffusers, that are over a year a still going strong. My latest one the Bamboo Diffuser used EVERYDAY!!

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From the scent of Christmas with cinnamon and orange to sleepy scents like cedarwood, Peace and Calming and Lavender to waking up with Lemon and Peppermint I will NEVER be without one of these handy appliances again. Addicted? YES!!!!!

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