From Slug to Motivated -A moms simple tips to get moving and motivated for the day

Some days I wake up so tired and have a hard time getting moving.  This isn’t just I didn’t sleep well tired, it’s I’m so life tired that the task of even getting up to brush my teeth seems impossible.

But then the mom guilt kicks in and I get up.  Stumbling my way through the next 3 to 4 hours hoping something I eat or drink will get me moving.

But awhile back I woke up sick of this feeling of constant exhaustion.

So I decided to take note.  And make some changes to the start of my day.  After all the only person that can truly change this is me.  Don’t look to your husband to make you happy or just your kids.  I wonder if you jotted down what makes you happy did you include yourself?  I know it didn’t even cross my mind.

I gave myself 1 minute to write down things that have been stressing me out.

  • money
  • student loans
  • keeping the house clean
  • procrastinating on shit I don’t want to do
  • Needing a new car
  • missing out on my purpose in life even though I don’t know what the hell it is supposed to be.

Then I prayed about each one.  And continued to throughout the day.  It’s a way for me to let go and just let someone else take my worries for a while.

Then I jotted down the things that make me happy

  • the kids, and MJE (as long as we aren’t stressed to the max over bullet number 1)
  • my family
  • the farm of animals we have
  • building wooden things
  • being outside
  • and my girlfriends.  Without them I’d be lonely and I enjoy our daily chatter, MJE wouldn’t care to here about the latest and greatest on the group text chat.  We may only get together once a year or never at all.  Group text-the modern day penpal. But I love having a little circle that gets lifes ups and downs with you.

Anyways, I prayed over all these things that make me happy in my life.

Then I made myself move.  But I started with a quick little jot of things that need to be done and things I would like to accomplish for the day.

Then I mixed up the following potion in the diffuser:

5 drops Peppermint

5 drops tangerine

3 drops valor

3 drops frankincense

I take a powergize supplement twice a day from Young Living.  SO far I’m really liking it.  One odd thing I feel like I get from it is a heat to my body but it gets me moving so no complaints.

Then I spend 30 minutes to an hour cleaning and tidying.  (I give myself a little room to cut it short or prolong the cleaning because I have some OCD tendencies)

In my schedule I include an entire hour and a half to do what I want in the afternoon after school.  The kids are to the age now where I can stick them in front of tv or give them some books so that I can have an hour and a half to recharge.  (It won’t kill them to be in their rooms quietly for an hour and a half something I have to keep reminding myself of)

I include yoga on my schedule..  Daily.  Our bedroom has become my yoga sanctuary.

I started small on the first day from slug to motivated.  And with each passing day I’ve felt more relaxed, more motivated.  It’s not an overnight cure, but a daily challenge.  Not to mention my house is much cleaner with my designated cleaning in the mornings.  Less clutter, more cleanliness instantly helps ease my anxiety.

I think challenging ourselves daily is really the only way we can grow.

I think moms get lost sometimes.  I think we lose ourselves in pleasing our families catering to demands from all different angles.

I know I’ve forgotten about myself lately.

My list will be different from yours of course, but if you are feeling sluggish, hard to get motivated maybe you will find comfort in not being alone.  Maybe a few things I try daily will help you combat the morning slug!

Thanks for reading!

Pass on Roundup in your cereal and give Nature’s Path a try instead

The latest report on the dangers lurking in our food should be a huge alert to our country.

I know for me the latest which included breakfast cereals with Roundup chemical has been a huge eye opener for me.  For one how is this poison getting into our food and two what are we going to do about it.

I know for me my small stance against these companies includes paying a little more for organic and then documenting and sharing with others what foods are a better option then Cheerios with a side of Roundup.

I also have started emailing the companies that provide safe quality food and thanking them for their products.  It may seem stupid, but in my mind I wonder if we started supporting the good businesses would we see a demise in the pollution to our food.  If everyone truly stopped funding these large companies maybe there would be a change in the food industry.

It’s a tiny gesture but I’d like to think it helps some.

If you are eating processed food the odds are you are ingesting Glyphosate.

I strongly encourage you to take just a moment and read about it.

I notice a huge change in my kids behaviors depending on what they’ve eaten.  Goldfish, chocolate graham crackers, Quaker oats bars are like poison to my kids.  Behaviors almost immediately come to the surface.

It makes me question more of what is put into all these processed foods that are so readily available.  It makes me question what sort of harmful effects this will have on our generation and generations to come.

I am in no way saying food causes Autism, but I am saying that I do believe there is a correlation into the unhealthy ingredients in a lot of foods on the shelves and how could this not hinder our children’s development?

So today I wanted to feature one of our most favorite staple items in our house.

Nature’s Path Organic instant Oatmeal Brown Sugar Maple

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This oatmeal is affordable, and almost has some sort of sale to make it affordable for our family.

I think its time that more people took a stance.  Bake some banana bread, start somewhere.  Try replacing one thing at a time.  It’s hard to start a new diet, change a way of living, but it’s worth it.  Why would you want to subjectively eat a daily dose of Roundup with your morning cereal.

Danielle

YL Natural sponge cleaner

Yeah it’s actually Friday night and I’m writing down my latest thoughts on my favorite natural sponge cleaner.  What has my life come to?

But it’s about the only time in the day I have a few moments for free thought.  As I write this Lucile Ball is batting at the keys with her tiny kitty paws.  If it’s not kids it’s an animal.

It’s no secret I’m frugal.  I’m not one to have a lot of possessions.  And I try to use products I truly believe in.  I use a variety of cleaners but for sanitizing my sponge I use this every single time.  My sponges last longer because I’m not likely to throw them out in a few days.

I hate the thought of what can lurk on a sponge.  Mine was looking a little funky today.

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A quick google search may freak you out enough to sanitize your dish sponge.

I have some serious smell aversions, and a stinky sponge is something that I just can’t have.

Here’s my recipe!

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YL Natural sponge cleaner 4 ingredients

  • Fill a bowl with water and submerge your sponge.
  • 5 drops Purification Young Living Essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemon Young Living Essential Oil
  • 2 drop Melaluca Young Living Essential Oil

Directions:

Microwave on high for 1 minute.  That’s it!

There are quite a few different oils that are great for cleaning, but these three together allow my OCD to relax on what could be lurking in the sponge.

If you give it a try please share your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!

If you ever have an interest in essential oils, come take a look at all Young Living has to offer.  I’ve always loved oils, but felt like I couldn’t afford them until my mama so sweetly signed me up to distribute them.  It’s a nice little way to make some extra money doing something I truly believe in.

Danielle

 

Homegrown french fries for picky eaters

Both my kids would be considered picky eaters.  And anytime you think you have it figured out that they like something they change it up on you.

But something they will both eat consistently is french fries.  With all the horrible stuff in the news about what is actually in some of our store bought food products I’m encouraged to grow more and eat healthier.

The kids dug 27 potatoes out of the garden.  They had a blast doing it.

And today we ate the fruit of our labor.  I’d say it was a good lesson in all and everything tasted so delicious!

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Hopefully this is something your picky eaters will like.

Homegrown french fries for picky eaters

  • 10 potatoes cut into whatever sort of shapes or wedges you’d like.
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Lay potatoes on lightly oiled (I use a little avocado oil or coconut oil) pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes on 400.

I don’t get any complaints about these.

Hope you enjoy!

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Pros & Cons to goat ownership

I’ve been discussing autism lately, and thought I’d switch gears for a bit and share in our homesteading journey.

I want to talk about goats.  And share just some thoughts on them.  Maybe you are a long time goat owner, maybe you are considering getting a goat (remember if you get one you should get two.)

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Goats are social animals so you should always get at least two, that’s how we ended up with Gus and Randy.  If you were a fan of Love on Netflix you might recognize the names.

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So here are just my personal pros and cons to goat ownership from my own experience.

We purchased two baby nigerian dwarf wethers.

Side note a wether is a castrated male goat.

I know I can still get confused with goat lingo.

Pros

  • They will most definitely eat your weeds.
  • Gentle animals.  Ours are so gentle with our kids.
  • They don’t cost much to feed especially if they have some where to graze.
  • You can feed a lot of your yard trimmings to them.  I’m all about recycling.
  • They don’t require much time or effort.
  • They are really cute and funny.  (The humping cracks everyone up)
  • It’s a great experience if you have kids
  • It doesn’t cost much to startup.  We built our goat house from repurposed barnwood.
  • Goat poop when added to compost is great for gardening.You can make a little extra money renting goats out to neighbors needed help with weed control.  With the recent fires in California neighborhoods are seeing an increase in rental goats to help control the brush.

     

Now let’s talk the cons.

Cons

  • They will most definitely eat something of yours that you don’t want them to.
  • They are little Houdini’s, ours eventually find a way to jail break at some point, and they let all the animals out too.
  • They poop everywhere.
  • The poop is seriously hard to rake up.  (just being honest here)
  • They beg, and beg, and I usually give in and give them a treat or two.
  • They jump on everything.
  • One of the most stubborn animals I’ve ever owned.  Have you tried pulling your goat somewhere you want him to go?  It’s harder than you’d think.
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All in all I think adding Gus and Randy to our mini farm has been great.  It’s nice to be able to throw them a lot of yard waste as we clear more areas on the farm.  They are really sweet and gentle with the kids and our other animals.  I think it teaches the kids such a valuable lesson as well.

If you are considering adding goats to your homestead do you have any questions?

I know before getting goats we researched and researched.  But overall it’s been a pretty simple adjustment and we’ve really loved having them around.  I’ve been letting them wander in the evenings while I do yoga, and I think the belly laughing has done some soul healing.  It’s not nearly magestic as people on social media would have you believe.

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Danielle

 

Benefits of gardening with young children with sensory challenges

Gardening is a great way for children to get the sensory input their bodies crave.

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You can’t deny all of the input you receive from being outside, digging in the dirt, (barefoot if you are related to me and my children.)

I made sure to really understand and learn from the occupational therapists about the children’s different sensory needs.

Before Miss H and EBEs diagnosis’s I didn’t understand the term; sensory seeker, undersensitive, hypersensitive, avoider, just to name a few.

But I’ve made it a priority to learn, to take notes, to ask when something isn’t working.

Anyways I am a firm believer that we do need to go back to our roots sometimes.  No you don’t need to throw out your WiFi router, or toss your computer.  But, we’ve become a society obsessed with labels, obsessed with quick fixes, overly medicated, instead of making maybe a few life changes.

This is my first big garden.  Most of it was started from seed.  It was back breaking labor, but I love seeing our progress.  I love being able to teach the kids about the importance of diet (because in our home it truly does make a difference with behaviors).

I love knowing how things were raised, no pesticides, truly organic food.

I don’t have enough this year so of course I still buy from the grocery store.

It not only teaches the importance of working hard for what we eat.  Being grateful, and not being wasteful as well.

The kids absolutely love it.

Usually they are barefoot, which I wholeheartedly support.  If you haven’t researched grounding and barefoot walking you should.  It’s pretty interesting.

I have a sensory seeker, and a sensory avoider, one loves to be barefoot and one doesn’t.

EBE is the sensory avoider.  Somehow after we had spent 30 minutes digging for potatoes he barely had dirt on his fingers and asked for it to be immediately washed off.

Miss H and I had dirt in our hair, up to our elbows and were barefoot.

EBE is the avoider, and Miss H is a sensory seeker.

Both were so excited to be picking their own food and were tasting it along the way.

EBE has a lot of food aversions, but even he was so thrilled at our garden finds that he happily ate some freshly pulled carrots.

There is so much value in teaching your kids about healthy diet choices, teaching them to grow their own food.

I know for our house food really affects the behaviors we see.  I can always tell if we’ve been a bit to relaxed on diet and snacks.

Have you noticed a change in your child with autism or sensory processing disorder depending on their diet?

I find that whole foods and non processed foods are the best way to go for us.  I tried gluten free, but it didn’t make a difference for us I didn’t see a noticeable change in behaviors like I do with whole, natural foods, and lots of water.

Thank you for reading!

Danielle

 

How to naturally increase Iron absorption with skillet cooking

Symptoms of low Iron

  1. Unusual Tiredness
  2. Paleness
  3. Shortness of Breath
  4. Headache and Dizziness
  5. Heart Palpatations
  6. Dry & Damaged hair& skin
  7. Restless Legs (which can result in poor sleep)
  8. Brittle or spoon shaped fingernails
  9. More frequent infections
  10. Feeling anxious

These are just a few symptoms associated with low iron levels.

When EBE was about 2 years old we started consistently talking to the doctors about his inability to sleep.  He was always tired yet never slept.  We referred to a psychiatrist who talked about a lot of nonsense and pushed prescription medication.  Needless to say I got up and left in the middle of his prescription medication rant.

I did what mama’s do best and started researching and demanding blood work.

He did in fact have low iron levels which made sense considering I could barely get him to eat anything but a milk and graham cracker diet.

Fast forward to today.  I cook almost everything I can in a cast iron skillet.

Did you know a cast iron skillet has the ability to naturally increase your iron?

Scrambling eggs in a new iron skillet increased the iron content from 1.5 mg to almost 5mg

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I will warn you that children under the age of three can in fact get to much iron, resulting in iron toxicity so I’d encourage you to speak with your Doctor or do you research beforehand.

Plus I think everything tastes better in the cast iron skillet.