Manic writer

Are you a manic writer?

This isn’t to condemn or poke fun at someone that suffers with manic episodes.  As I encounter my own struggles with depression and anxiety I find that up and down is a perfect way to describe my life.  A roller coaster that kicks me off and pulls me back on with no direction or routine.

I go through these phases where I’m so enthused at the idea of writing. I take on any writing job that comes my way and happily punch away at my keyboard enticing readers in.

Then there’s these phases where the mere idea of writing causes my brain to freeze, and all creativity is sucked out on the dark horse it rode in on.

Since I was a little girl I loved to write.

I wrote my first book about an ostrich when I was maybe 8.

Writing is my outlet. But then there’s these phases where life is too crazy. My brain is too foggy that I can’t seem to find the energy to write anything but my reminders on a sticky note.

I’m simply a manic writer. Up and down. No in between.

Any project I take on I dive in.

All in.

It’s all or nothing. Then it seems a few weeks pass and I’m onto the next. But I always come back to writing.

And when I do. I’m reminded of how great it feels to jot down some thoughts.

Happy Wednesday.

Danielle

 

Why I choose essential oils over western medicine more days than not.

Tired of popping a different prescription for an ailment?  Or maybe you are just looking for alternative medicines?

If so, I hope you read this and find a “non salesy”, true account of how essential oils have changed my life.

I know how annoying it is, scrolling through social media seeing the latest and greatest product someone is trying to sell.  So I’m going to skip the sales pitch and share a true account of why and how I use essential oils in my everyday.

I truly love them.  And I truly notice a difference in so many different aspects of my life.

Hopefully this doesn’t bore you, but in fact enlightens you to the benefits of using essential oils without the desperate plea of please buy from me.  Warning, I will include a link if you do in fact have an interest.  I will not however beg anyone to purchase from me.  I am happily oiling over here, and am happy to just share some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

I am the worlds worst salesperson.  I hate the cheesiness it brings.

So let’s dive into some essential oils.  I’ll share some potions that I use daily.  As well as some potions that help with common ailments and help both my spectrum kids daily.

Note: Essential oils are more of a tool not a cure all.

Germ Buster:

Apply 2 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oils to the bottom of your feet nightly.

  • With two kids with compromised immune systems, and myself with an immune disorder this has really been helpful in keeping us healthy.  This is a preventative potion, and can be diffused throughout the house as well.  It has an earthy spicy smell that my olfactory sensitive kids don’t seem to mind.
  • Young Living offers Thieves wipes that we use all day everyday to keep our hands germ free.

Peppermint, Lavender, & Lemon Diffuser Potion:

  • This is perfect when you are feeling stuffy.  With the change of seasons I’ve had some serious allergy struggles.  I diffuse this daily.  I notice the peppermint gives me a pep in my step as well.  Something about a minty, citrusy scent gets me moving.
  • 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon, and 5 drops peppermint

Copaiba, Panaway, Cedarwood, Lavender Night Rub

  • This potion will send the worst sleep offenders into a deep, restful sleep.
  • 7 drops copaiba, 3 drops panaway, 7 drops cedarwood, and 7 drops lavender, dilute with a carrier oil about 10-15 drops.
  • This can also be added to a bath for an all over pain relief, body relaxed state.

Carsickness

  • HB gets really car sick.  Sometimes a trip to the grocery store can cause her to get sick.  I add a drop of aromaease behind her ears before we take off.  And add 7 drops aromaease to my car diffuser.  She has some equilibrium issues and so do I.  This is a favorite essential oil to use around here.

There are so many more potions I’d like to share, until next time.

Or you can download my ebook on Amazon.  It has some simple potions and recipes for beginner oilers.

I hope you find something useful.  I hope if you have questions you reach out to me.  I promise I won’t beg you to buy from me.  But I am always happy to chat and share some essential oils that aid in the day to day struggles and ailments.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

If you would like to purchase and try out a few different essential oils click here.

Or if you have been wanting to sign up to receive the benefits of a being a Young Living distributor click here.

I found that the most affordable way for me use essential oils was to sign up as a distributor through Young Living.  The essential oils are so much more affordable at wholesale value, not to mention the kit and diffusers included when signing up to distribute.  Receiving a check in the mail monthly is always an added bonus.

Happy Sunday!

Danielle

 

 

 

Sensory benefits and struggles of gardening

I decided to get some new plants for my yard today. Usually planting gives me a peaceful feeling. The kids love it and I think it teaches them some important pieces to life. Not to mention the sensory input it provides.

Nevada’s high winds and hellish soil can make it quite the experience. My own sensory quirks made it a tad bit annoying today when things weren’t going as perfectly as I’d like.

My youngest loves to plant. Each plant she calls a “bible”. I have started my biblical garden adding plants and herbs found in the Bible. It will take some time but it’s something I love and can’t wait to one day finish.

Hyssop has an earthy mint smell that I just love.

We found some anemone but need to find a partially shady space for it before I add it.

HB calls it the Jesus flower. Referred to as the wild lilies in the Bible.

Love my sensory seeker. She loves getting her hands and feet all up in the dirt.

I love that it’s a family affair. Teaching them about gardening. Sharing the importance of flowers and herbs with them.

My sensory avoider doesn’t do messy. He’s a tad like me.

But even he couldn’t resist getting his toes all in.

Gardening gives kids with sensory challenges such great input.

It provides grounding. (Yes we garden barefoot)

I will say I was a tad bit agitated the wind was driving me insane. My things were blowing away faster than I could plant them. But welcome to Nevada.

I plant mums every year. They were the flowers at my wedding. So I just love them a little extra. And they scream fall.

I found this beautiful hibiscus tree to add to the walkway that will be stunning year round once I can dig through the soil from hell.

Todays planting extravaganza did not go as I had planned. Simple as that. But I do love all the new beauty around us and I’m guessing the kids sensory needs were met so they should sleep soundly with a little copaiba after an afternoon of fresh air and a lot of dirt.

Danielle

Lining up doesn’t necessarily mean Autism is going to haunt you don’t believe everything you read

I’m lucky to have two spectrum kiddos.

Be fearless parents.

Autism isn’t something to be feared.

After a few day vacation from my kids. When we brought them back from my in-laws their sensory systems are on overload. They are edgy. They are lining things up all over my house.

I have to say it’s pretty impressive. Please line up my house. I love order. Start with my laundry…thanks 😘

I hate the red flags to watch for with autism. Stop scaring people into something they don’t understand.

I want to scream when I read the latest article scaring parents into watching the latest flags to search for in their kids. What if you looked at it from a positive perspective?

So my kids line shit up. I don’t care. And neither should you.

It’s an organizational skill. A way to put order back into a life that can feel chaotic and confusing.

Cheers to the kids lining stuff up. I see you. And I like what I see.

Quick & simple peach cobbler

My sweet neighbor gifted us with the option to pick as many peaches as we’d like.

Let me advise that this recipe is not for the health conscious. Sometimes it feels good to chow down on some sugary sweetness.

My kids picked bags and bags full of peaches. The chickens got some. We ate a ton. Yet I was left with quite the peach supply. And I hate to waste anything. Especially free produce!

So I whipped up this delicious and quite simple peach cobbler in my beloved skillet. Skillet cooking makes everything better. The less dishes the better too 😉

Ingredients

5-6 peaches peeled (I skipped the peeling I wasn’t in the mood for the full peach bath)

I use thieves by Young Living to clean all of our fruits and vegetables and even eggs!

1 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar (I substituted with coconut sugar it’s all I had)

1/2 cup flour

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

Directions:

Slice and peel if desired all the peaches. Put them into the skillet. Pour melted butter over the top.

In a separate bowl combine flour, white sugar, milk in a bowl. Stir well pour over peach and butter mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake for one hour at 375.

It was as easy as that.

And so very tasty. The chickens enjoyed the leftovers as well!

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Autism & Wandering – One moms worries

My husband and I were having a debate this evening.

And the topic of our youngest being a wanderer and our concerns for her as parents came up.

We both don’t want to be overbearing, or controlling but with a child with an Autism diagnosis the truth behind kids with Autism wandering off is it actually is a big scary thing for a parent.

I know for both of us even on a daily basis we worry about her. She wanders far less now that she has gotten older, but she also has the sweetest most trusting little soul. Sometimes she gets lost in thought and will wander into the arms of just about anyone.

She has minimal boundaries with people she doesn’t know.

We talk about strangers. We try to instill safety into her teachings but sometimes when lost in thought or what we call zonked somewhere else she wanders off.

And it’s fucking scary for a parent.

There’s no hiding behind that truth.

One day I picked HBE up after ballet and noticed her zonked expression as she wandered off towards the door even after I called her name and waved to show where we were waiting.

When they are away from me I get pretty bad anxiety. I worry probably more than most parents.

But for an understandable reason. I think.

I hope as she grows older and socially matures I hope my worries grow less. And with age comes a maturity and understanding for danger.

Her wandering goes in phases.

She has an ability to slip off within what feels like seconds leaving us all in a panic looking for her.

Our property is fenced in which gives me a huge piece of mind.

But I’m grateful she doesn’t wander daily. I don’t think my nerves could take it.

Maria

My kids are the biggest fans of The Book of Life.

So it’s only fitting that are newest goat member goes by Maria.

This sweet little beauty has joined our mini farm.

Goats are social animals and do best with a friend or two. After Gus was sent to heaven we needed to find Randy someone to spend his days with.

We have sweet friends that also have their own little ranch. So it was easy to add this gem to our mini farm.

She has the sweetest blue eyes. And a gentle demeanor.

Once her nerves dissipate I think she will find that she found a loving little farm to spend her days weed eating.

I am not sold on my ability to be a farm animal owner.

I can’t stand the heartbreak when something goes wrong.

But seeing the joy on the kids faces makes it all worth it.

Welcome home Maria.