How you can avoid the dangers of loneliness

Having a chronic illness can be very isolating.Many times people who have lived an extremely active, social lifestyle find themselves turning down invitations, because going out requires too much. It uses too many spoons, or is too painful, or sometimes they just don’t want to hear, “you’re still sick??” This can lead to some serious feelings of loneliness.I totally get it. Getting hit with any kind of chronic condition completely turned my world upside down. Even now, that I largely have my RA under control, there are times where I have to hang back because of a fl...

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...

How can essential oils help with fatigue?

I’ve often talk about how essentials oils can help with energy. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s something that is a constant battle for me. No matter what chronic illness you deal with, you understand what I’m talking about. My days have been super full lately, so when I sit down to work in the evening m...

Get Rid of the Mood Monsters

Essential oils are powerful helps for managing moodsWhenever my grandson Ben comes to visit, he loves to do DIY videos with me. We call it Make It Monday. It doesn't matter if it's Wednesday or Thursday or Saturday -- he always asks to do a Make It Monday video. This time we decided to make No Mor...

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 Pepper...

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 bathro...

Lovely Leave-In Conditioning DIY Spray

Our family has been working to get replace of all the harsh products in our home with more natural options.When I began to study about natural living, I had no idea how many places harsh chemicals were hiding. Yes, in your shampoo and conditioner too. I started using the doTERRA shampoo and conditioner quite awhile ago and have had great results with both, but sometimes my hair needs some extra leave in love. Thankfully it's much healthier now then it was when I was on all those RA medications (wish I knew then what I know now). Chronic illness people, I know you know what I mean. Between better diet, great ...

Does stubbornness help or hurt chronic illness?

Being both stubborn and chronically ill - when does it help and when does it hurt?I am one of the most stubborn people on the planet. And I hate being wrong. A LOT. And when I do end up giving up on something, I beat myself up over it. When Dave and I were first married (like 2 days married) we both realized that we were equally matched I the stubborn department. We were moving my furniture into the moving truck so I could join him at his duty station in NC. Well. We had to do it during the week, when all my peeps were working, so we were on our own. And I had this massive couch. How i...

Simple Mother's Day DIY

Mother's Day and pampering DIY projects go hand in handI'm keeping the grands for a few days. They'll be here over Mother's Day, so I figured it was the perfect time for a simple Mother's Day DIY as a nice gift for mom when she comes back to get them. Dad's deployed, so Mom de...

Three Tips for Better Time Management

I feel like lately I’ve lost control of managing my time. Days are speeding by, the things on my to-do list are growing and I’m not really enjoying life so much. STRESS is becoming my middle name. Time to stop, take a breath, and refocus for sure.I got stuck in a bit of a flare earlier in the year, which happens sometimes. As much as I have my disease under control, it feels the need to rear its ugly head now and again. After a long discussion with my rhe...

Out Like a Light - Sleep Help for Chronic Illness

Sometimes we all need a little help getting some rest. I know that I go through periods of time where sleep is very difficult. If I’m in a flare, or I just have too much on my mind, it can be rough to get good rest. And that sets me up for a bad day and the cycle continues. I’ve written several posts on sleep – it’s that important for us.Recent research agrees: “…even a modest loss of sleep for asingle night increases inflammation, which is a key factor in the onset ofcardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis."said Dr. Michael Irwin, professor and director of the Cousins Centerfor Psychoneuroimmu...

Weekend Yard Work - muscle and joint recovery with essential oils

Some of you have been following along with our many home repairs and renovations lately. I’m still trying to finish things up inside, but I have to parcel out my spoons carefully so I still have a BUTT-ton of trim to prime and paint.In the meantime, we had our driveway repoured and in the process, all the...

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 it h...

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.

Medication Side Effects and Pie

Good gravy it’s been a little rough lately. My immune system is on vacation or something. Actually I think it has to do with the recent change in my meds, which is the motivation for this post.Thankfully I only take one medication these days, Actemra. At first I took it every two weeks, but that wasn’t quite enough – even with diet, exercise, and oils, I need a little help with m...

The Reality of Exhaustion & Fatigue

I'd like to welcome Caz from InsvisiblyMe.com with a great post that gives you insight into what people with chronic illnesses struggle with. Make sure you check out her blog and Facebook page and give her some love!What exhaustion and fatigue are not …1.Laziness – it’s not simply not “wanting” to do something or not being bothered.2.A temporary state that you can...

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 weather in early February. Some years it&rsqu...

My adventures with grilling and hair

Okay, so there is never a freakin’ dull moment in my life. Ever.Went to start up the grill -- which I’ve done probably a million times. I grill way more than Dave does. Well. This time I got a little bit of a surprise. The dern thing went WOOOOOSHHHHH and a burst of flame shot up and singed the heck out of my hair. It was a lovely (& smelly) new look. My first thought was “Lord I hope I still have eyebrows.” I mean have you seen how ridiculous people look when they make attempts to draw them on…...

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...

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 dealing with a nit-picky appraiser, installing new carpet upstairs as...