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 ...

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 sunburn AND a crazy rash from the lotion. We used some lavender and melaleuca to soothe the rash, but it left me wondering – there must be ways to prevent sunburn naturally....

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 my brain is ready to shut down. There are definitely some nights when nothing helps, when it’s just been one of ...

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 More Monster Spray. Which is actually perfect if you have little rugrats who need a bit of calming in the crazy department. AND it's perfect for you too. I have found since dealing with my autoimmune issues, I've really struggled with focus and moods that can ...

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 Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as well as soothing muscles. It will also “pepp” you if you’re feeling drowsy – especially helpful on a hot summer day. Some folks find peppermint too intense, so Spearmint is a great altern...

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 bathroom and this random thought hit me. ...

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 supplements, and an overall improved lifestyle my hair and skin have definitely ...

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 in the freakin’ world I ever got it into the apart...

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 deserves extra pampering for sure.Since we're talking pampering here, the DIY had to fit the bill but also be super simple so two active little boys would be able to do it. Enter these awesome Sugar Scrub Cubes. I love these little cubes too - it makes this simple Mother's Day DIY simple to use (so easy to grab a cube and take into the shower). Feels so good on skin and with Balance and Citrus Bliss essential oil blends in them, they smell FAN-TAB-ULOUS Sugar scr...

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 rheumy we upped the one medication I take, and it kicked off a round of respiratory crud and fatigue.So I’m feeling healthier, joints are mostly better,...

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...

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 old shrubs needed to come out. They weren’t what would be my choice anyway...

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 wha...

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 mul...

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 simply overcome with a little positive thinking or an energy drink.3.Cured by sleep – being “sleep tired” and being exhausted are not mutually exclusive but they’re not the same thing. Getting some Zzzs does not equal a body that’s got energy.4.An excuse – It’s a rea...

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 ...

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….Thankfully the worst of it was the hair. Crinkly, brittle, can’t run the brush through it burned, but other than that I was no worse for wear. And, yes, I make light of it now, but I do realize ho...

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 t...

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 ...