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 t...

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 my joints. So last rheumy appointment we increased the dose to weekly. Joint wise, it was exactly what I needed, but I’ve been sick twice in the past month. I can’t tell you the last time I was in bed sick all day, for multiple days – it’s been a WHILE.I haven’t missed it.It’s the balancing act many chr...

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 som...

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’s so think you can practically shovel it.Which brings me to spring cleaning. I think people love to give everything a deep clean in the Spring because the days are brighter, our energy picks up, and we want to start the season fresh. Add in pollen…..and you have no choice but to Spring Clean. The thing is, a great deal of what is used in th...

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 s...

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 are longer, flowers are blooming, weather is warmer so it’s easier to get out and be active….there is generally an air of renewal around. I know my energy levels make a huge leap about this time of year. So I’ve decided THIS is the time of year I am going to re-eva...

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 ...

Road Trips with RA

Road Trips with RA don’t have to be miserableThis week I had the privilege to travel 8 plus hours to Orlando for the doTERRA Leadership Conference. It was an incredible experience, and oh-so-valuable for my business and personal growth. But road tr...

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Saves the World

Apple Cider Vinegar – miracle or a bunch of hype?I have noticed in the past year, after hitting 50, my metabolism is grinding to a halt. I gained a bit of weight that I’d like to ditch before it gets any worse. Not sure if it’s age, the one med I take, or what (yes, I did get a little lazy with my diet for a bit, but not toooo lazy) Anyway, my normal tricks to kick start weight loss were not working, and I started seeing info about drinking Apple Cider Vinegar being good for weight loss, among other many things. Curiosity got the best of me, and I start looking into it. And woah...

Gluten Free Apple Tart

Need a tasty treat? Gluten Free Apple Tart to the resuceI made this yummy gluten free apple tart yesterday for an event at my house. Man it turned out DELISH. Now I know some of you cannot eat oats, for me, I can handle them without any problem. There are other flours I’m sure you could sub here if oats are not on your okay eating list (I do make sure they are Glu...

Finding Spoons – Energy for Autoimmune Peeps

Finding spoons in unexpected placesI think one of the toughest parts of managing RA is the ever changing number of spoons you have each day. Wonder what the heck I’m talking about? Read The Spoon Theory. Christine Miserandino does a fantastic job of explaining what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Finding spoons wherever I can has helped me tremendously.Some days I have a whole fistful of spoons, and other days they must all be in the dishwasher or something. So I’m always mindful of how I spend my energy and on the look out for areas that I can conserve. What’s worth using a few spoons for? The main thing I am always willing to spend my spoons on is exercise. Eve...

Chronic Stress and Autoimmune Issues

Is there a connection between chronic stress and autoimmune issues?When I was diagnosed with RA, I read and researched and read and researched about what caused it. Genetics maybe, trauma maybe, diet maybe…….not a lot of definitive info out there. In fact, at least 50% of autoimmune disorders have been attributed to “unknown trigger factors”. In the past six years, I’ve learned a lot though about what makes thing...

How to have a better period

Desperate for a better period?Periods suck. That is no surprise to the females of the world. While everyones cycle are different, either in length, flow or symptoms. We can’t control or manage the length or flow, but we can try to manage our symptoms. There are ways to have a better period.I’ve complied a small list of some tricks I’ve found that have greatly helped me manage my period symptoms1. ClaryCalm! This has been a lifesaver for me and my cramps. ClaryCalm is a blend of 11 different Essential Oils that can help calm and sooth you and give you a bett...

Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficultI go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods that he doesn’t like (squash, eggplant, asparagus, etc.) It did not happen nearly as much ...

Oh My! Ostrich Balm

Ostrich Balm for the winI recently wrote about Ostrich Oil and have been really amazed with the results I’m getting with it. Many of you have heard of using Emu oil, so this really isn’t much of a stretch from there. It has some great properties to it that make it the perfect addition to this salve to soothe my joints and muscles. If you’ve been following me lately, you know I’ve been dealing with some issues with my hands. Lemongrass & Birch have been helpful, but not with everything. I made this ostrich balm and started alternating the salve with my little lemongrass/birch roller. I’m still pretty stiff when I get up (though that is gradually improving), but by the time I’m getting ready to get to work, I’m back in busin...

AHHHmazing Vegan Granola

Nutty, fruity, slightly sweet Vegan GranolaMy 15 year old plays travel volleyball. When we go to all day tournaments, the parents take turns bringing food for everyone. It’s fun to come up with healthy and tasty food to fuel the girls for competition. My friend...

Orange Chicken anyone?

Orange Chicken in a flashI have fallen in love with my Instant Pot. This Orange Chicken was done so fast – even with zoodling the zucchinis. I love that it’s super healthy, much more so than the deep fried Orange Chicken you often find at restaurants. T...

The Benefits of Probiotics for RA Warriors

The benefits of probiotics are certainly a hot topic right nowWhat are probiotics anyway?? They are living organisms – bacteria- that can be added to one’s diet in order to restore or maintain a healthy balance of gut microbes. It’s the good bacteria that we hear about. And the list of the benefits of probiotics keeps growing Many patients and clinician...

Ostrich Oil: is it really from an Ostrich?

Yes, actual oil from OstrichesOstrich oil. After all this time of exploring natural options, why have I not heard of this before? I mentioned it to another one of my knowledgeable oil friends and she was clueless too. Did you know Ostrich oil has been used for...