Eating Animals

About a month ago I watched the movie Eating Animals. It was eye opening.

And a graphic depiction of our meat industry, animal treatment, and our environment.

I’ve always eaten meat. There were a few times when I was pregnant that I took a hiatus from meat eating due to my extreme day sickness.  But then I went right back to it. I’ve always been into fitness so eating meat was a staple item in my diet.

Fast forward to a month ago. I was horrified.

Horrified by the farms providing our nation with it’s meat.  It’s been 17 days since I’ve consumed meat and I’ll be honest I’ve never felt better.  I have been testing out milk alternatives, but haven’t been able to find one that tastes palatable.

Appalled by the Ag Gag laws. Shocked by factory farming, facilities where our nation gets the bulk of our meat from are downright cruel to the animals, the environment, and to the consumers. I have a heart for animals and watching the pain they endure it made me absolutely sick. It draws the question why does our nation have so many health concerns? Could it be that eating sick, and stressed animals is a cause for our health issues?

Now I do agree with eating meat from healthy animals that have lived a good life.  The animals raised in factory farming are not healthy.  They are sick, drugged, oh the list is endless.  I’d just say you have to see it to believe it.  I don’t, and can’t believe that all the farmers treat their animals this way.  Eating Animals did document the few good farmers as well.  We need more people like that raising our food.

Part of our homesteading journey was to raise our own meat.  I don’t think it’s going to be an easy experience, but I do think it’s important to raise our kids to choose better for their generation.

My husband plans to do a little hunting this year as well.  I know some people don’t agree with hunting, but I’d argue for a few reasons.

I found myself thinking about the movie for weeks after I watched it.  Sharing it with everyone I knew.

Wondering, how do we fix this?  How do we solve this?

I think a smaller scale resolution would be for us to band together and start raising our own food.  We see problems all throughout the year warning us of the latest recall on food products.  And it isn’t always the meat products we purchase.

I think it’s important that we educate ourselves, and our children to do good and be good in this world.

Just some random Saturday morning thoughts.

If you are interested I’d strongly encourage you to watch the movie.

Danielle

 

 

Can you earn income selling Young Living Essential Oils?

Yes!  For the person looking to avoid my ramble, ready to seize the day make easy side cash click here

If not, come on let’s really chat…

How I first found Essential Oils

I started using essential oils around the time my oldest pretty much stopped sleeping all together.  Thanks to my mother in law and mom for sharing their samples with me.

Desperate for any sort of sleep advice, I started to try essential oils.  I never was really consistent.  And they sat on my shelf for a long time.

Then my mom gifted me with the gift of becoming a distributor underneath her.   I was hesitant at first thinking I didn’t want to be part of a pozi scheme and spend extra money.

However this time was different.  I figured if I was going to really give Young Living Essential Oils a chance I needed to practice consistency and really try out the products.  I didn’t go crazy.  I waited each month to try something new.  I spent my time really looking into all that Young Living is, and have fallen in love with it.

I started to use essential oils daily and found myself loving every thing about them.  They are great for children, wonderful in dishes, great for the garden, helpful around the homestead.  Young Living isn’t just oils, it’s cleaning products, personal hygiene products, baby products, massage oils.  So many varieties of good, natural products to try.

I started to share with my girlfriends because I was truly enjoying this new green style of living.   I didn’t seek them out with the intention of them signing up underneath me, but they did, and it’s been so fun learning all things oils together.

Then they shared with a few friends.

It’s like a game of telephone with a paycheck.  You can opt in to purchase oils, but you don’t need to keep any in stock.

The thing about Young Living that I love is it sells itself.  It’s product driven.

Unlike most other MLM companies, Young Living products are consumable.  You can literally use essential oils in so many different ways in your life.

Part of our homesteading journey has been to live a more green life.

I use Young Living for cleaning products, supplements, for the kids, for the animals, I’ve even begun switching my makeup line over to Savvy Minerals by Young Living.

It’s such a versatile investment, Young Living Essential Oils can be used for so many purposes.  Not only can you make a little side cash.  But you can green up your lifestyle.

Do you actually make money?

After a few months I’m now consistently receiving a paycheck from Young Living.

It’s nice to have the extra cash, and always comes as bit of a surprise because I’m not actively selling anything.  I don’t have any extra oils in stock.  I only purchase what I use.  Like I said the product sells itself.

If you are interested in seeing actual $$$ you could potentially earn by selling Young Living take a look.

 

How do I sign up?

If you aren’t sure where to start, I’d suggest here

Premium Starter Kit Desert Mist Diffuser

desert mist

So what am I buying?

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

  • Desert Mist™ Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
  • Lavender 5-ml
  • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Frankincense 5-ml
  • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Citrus Fresh™ 5-ml
  • Raven™ 5-ml
  • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
  • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oils Magazine
  • Essential Edge News
  • Member Resources

you don’t have to sign up to sell anything.  But I think you will find if you are heading on a more green journey this year, essential oils are nice to have around.

There are different kits to start with.  It’s really up to you.

And who doesn’t want to get a paycheck for a game of telephone?

Come join my team of tattooed, nature loving, good witches.

Happy New Year!

Danielle

P.S. And please shoot me an email I’m happy to discuss essentials oils if you have any questions.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils a Fad? Or necessity?

It seems that essential oils are the latest fad right?

Everywhere you turn someone is pushing their personal business.

I’ve taken a break from pretty much everything in my life.  I’ve had life burnout so bad.

In my time away from social media, writing, social gatherings I’ve been testing out Essential Oils and really trying to see are they truly worth the money or is this another scheme to get me to spend money.

I personally use the brands Young Living and Doterra.

Over the past 6 months I’ve come to the realization some of them do truly work, and some of the products were in fact a waste of money.

It all depends on personal preference, what exactly you are hoping to gain from using Essential Oils in your life.

I have found that there are oils that help treat colds, viruses, minor aches and pains.  Saving me on a trip to the Doctor’s office.  Sometimes in conjunction with Western medicine as well.

I’ve found I enjoy mixing and matching different essential oils to find scents that are pleasing to me.

I don’t always notice a difference, but sometimes the sweet aroma is enough to kick my bad mood.

I’ve been ingesting Copaiba regularly and often to help fight off my immune disorder.  This for sure is not a cure, but it has most definitely helped my immune system.

I love using Myrhh and Frankincense in my moisturizer to combat acne and wrinkles.

Instead of rushing to the Doctor for an antibiotic I have found that ingesting Oregano pills for 5 days will kick a sinus infection just as quickly without the side effects of an antibiotics.

Cooking with essential oils has become an enjoyable past time of mine as well.  A drop of Lemon Essential Oil will work just as nicely as a fresh lemon replacement.

So without begging and pleading for you to give Essential Oils a try I’m softly suggesting maybe you look into it.

Maybe it’s time our medicine cabinets reverted back to the olden days.  Ditch the cough suppressants for an Essential Oil instead.  Substitute a household cleaner for an all natural cleaner using Essential Oils.

There are so many different ways to use and enjoy Essential Oils.  It isn’t necessarily some scheme to take all your money.  As much as I love bleach and some modern medicine I find that I too really enjoy my natural medicine cabinet for everyday ailments.

If you are interested in seeing what Young Living has to offer feel free to click here.

You may be wondering why Young Living, and to be honest I don’t have an answer other than I have tried multiple brands of Essential Oils and have found I love Young Living the most.  It’s personal preference, and it happens to be the brand that I choose.

Full Disclosure:  I am not a Doctor, or an expert in Essential Oils.  I’m a mama, pretty basic, I do my research before using each and every essential oil and choose them for me and my family based on my own research and I strongly suggest you do the same.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Demise of Social Media

I’ve found that I have zero interest in social media.

Deleting apps off my phone has given me a newfound peace. More focus on things I enjoy.

I don’t care to see the latest selfie. The latest look what I’m doing. Or worse shame post.

I noticed I lost interest in social media when it became more about how shitty can I make someone else feel by posting the latest asinine comments. And how many more booty shots can we all see. Just because you display your body on Instagram it doesn’t make you a model.

I have friends on social media I adore. When I do take the time to go on Facebook or Instagram it’s to like people’s posts I genuinely like. To catch up on friends and family.

I think what started as a way to share with friends and family quickly turned into something else.

The demise of social media started with politics. Then shaming. Everyone seems to be a warrior behind their keyboards.

I see it on local groups. Acquaintances posts.

Political differences ravaging friendships and families.

In a world so easily offended social media is like pouring salt on a wound.

I feel like I’ve grown out of posting. What I used to enjoy I’ve started to loathe.

I’d rather have a friend or family member text me photos of their lives. I enjoy blogging there is so much more behind a photo. A story to share. A feeling to discuss.

So I still have my social media accounts. Until I find the time to print my beloved photos I’ve shared. Then I will delete it for good.

But I’ve taken a stance against WCW, MCM, social media has become the latest joke.

I started noticing moms posting some seriously staged photos. No one cooks with their kids in their kitchens while getting the perfect photo. That’s just not reality.

When I bake with my kids. There is usually a massive mess, sometimes arguing, and I’m never dressed in matching clothes with a fake smile on my face while doing it. That’s not reality. Yet millions of people flock to these posts. Trying to replicate this false idea of perfection.

Happiness isn’t created online with random strangers liking posts that aren’t reality.

Life is meant to be lived.

Taking a social media break has really given me a different perspective.

Freed up a lot of time.

Time for me to continue writing my own books. Time to enjoy and sometimes struggle with the demands of life. Just because their isn’t a post it doesn’t mean someone isn’t living their best life. Odds are they are living a better life than those plastered with a fake smile.

I wonder if people started living their lives instead of posting about it. Would society be happier?

If you have been feeling that you’ve outgrown social media maybe it’s time to take a break.

Live your life. Who cares who knows about it.

Danielle

Suffocation

Have you ever had a dream where you are suffocating?

Only to wake gasping for air. Realizing you have been holding your breath in your sleep?

That’s how depression and anxiety feel for me.

Like I’m suffocating. Those around me stealing my breath. Until there’s no breath left and I’m left to either scream or claw my way out. Demanding my own breath back.

Depression and anxiety are ugly. But with my depression and anxiety comes a compassion and a need to help others. It’s a slippery slope and one I’m working on boundaries with.

The more I give of myself the less I have left of me.

When you are sliding down the black of hole depression what helps pull you back to the surface?

Is it friendship? A spouse? An addiction?

I have a depression toolbox that I use. No one thing works each time.

For me first accepting that this is how I feel in this moment is where I start.

Then I start grabbing shit from toolbox maybe its a joint, a bible verse, an essential oil. Maybe it’s running in the middle of nowhere. Maybe it’s crying for a solid hour before I get my life back together and move on.

Depression is tricky. And I used to mask it with a prescription medication. But all it did was prolong the suffering.

Now I give it to God. I use my toolkit. I allow myself to feel this way because it’s a valid feeling. Depression and anxiety will suffocate you if you allow them to. It’s a daily struggle.

One that can’t be cured with a tiny little pill. I don’t know that there truly is a cure. I think as time goes on at least for me I have learned to acknowledge my feelings. Allow myself to be depressed over a certain situation. But not for long. Then I move on.

Depression doesn’t define me. It’s just a piece to my life, and small hiccup in my makeup. Life has humbled me, but it’s also broken my heart so many times that it makes sense that I suffer from depression and anxiety.

Do you find that your depression comes and goes? Is it a daily struggle?