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.

The Sleep Potion

Today I wanted to talk about sleep.

And share our family sleep cure.

When I say that we struggled with sleep in our household, I mean my oldest son would wake anywhere from 5-15 times a night screaming.  Almost every night since we brought him home from the hospital.

I tried everything I could think of.  I spent my days and nights researching, praying, changing diets, weighted blankets you name it.  We tried it.  We tried different oils with no assistance.  Tired Teddies would help the kids fall asleep, but he would never stay asleep.  He was always restless and seemed uncomfortable even while sleeping.  I had doctors run tests, so many different things and nothing seemed to give.

We even saw a sleep specialist.

Anyways after doing some research on different essential oils I decided to mix up a whipped coconut potion.  That night I put it on the kids and they slept perfectly.  So MJE and I decided to try it on ourselves the next night, and we slept the best we had slept in years.  We are seriously amazed.  No one goes to bed without MamaD’s Sleep Potion.  What started as a joke has turned into something amazing.  For once we feel good.  We wake up feeling refreshed, pain free.  Thinking maybe it was all a placebo effect I sent some to friends to try and all said they slept the best they had ever slept.  I noticed EBE isn’t restless in his sleep anymore.  He’s actually sleeping and it’s been months he has been sleeping through the night.

The Sleep Potion contains all natural ingredients.  Whipped from my kitchen to your home.  I only tease I don’t think I’m a witch but we do call them potions in our home.  So the name seemed fitting because we often are shocked by an oils ability to heal.  Considering we’ve been told most of our lives to find a pill for this or that.  So potions seem silly, but I’ll tell you this potion has the sleep cure.

The sleep potion contains copaiba oil, also known as the “marijuana oil”, lavender, panaway, and cedarwood essential oils.

It truly has a healing ability.  It’s all natural ingredients make it safe for all ages to try.

This has been a Godsend in our household.

I’ll have The Sleep Potion up in the Etsy shop for sale on September 1st.  Made with all natural ingredients from one ex sleep deprived mama.

Why I choose Young Living Copaiba Oil

  • It is way more affordable than CBD
  • 100% drug-free with no risk of containing THC and 100% legal
  • Young Living extensively tests all products, including third-party testing. Young Living guarantees all oils are oils free of pesticides, heavy metals, and contaminants.
  • Not from the cannabis plant, so using Copaiba won’t affect a drug test

Everything is whipped and created in my kitchen.

From my home to yours.  Hope you find some sleep in your journey.

Danielle

 

 

What I wish I knew about sensory meltdowns before the diagnosis

There was a time when sensory wasn’t in my vocabulary and I was clueless to a lot of behaviors.  But these are just my thoughts on what I’ve learned over the years and how we handle meltdowns in our house.

When one of the kids is having a meltdown.  I don’t mean a tantrum either I mean a full blown sensory meltdown…I always try to take a moment and step back to look at the entire picture.  See what is causing the meltdown.  I let both my kids meltdown as they need to.  It needs to come out, then we need to work together to see how we could have helped prevent the meltdown.

The meltdown is always a product of a variety of things.  You see your child isn’t sobbing uncontrollably, or hyperventilating over the fact that they couldn’t get their pants up  easily or because they dropped their toy.  It was the straw that broke the camels back.

In our case it’s been a major upset in our routine.  We started school this week, and even though its at home there are different rules in place and it’s different than the usual.  Then there’s the fact that Miss H has started ballet and has been gone from the house for 2 hours a day.  EBE has struggled the most with this.  And he worries about her, he’s a sweet little soul.

And Miss H is loving her new profession as a ballerina, she is such a social butterfly.  But anytime we get home (or in the car) from exciting activities like this we usually have a lot of struggles after.  As exciting as it is, it does cause sensory overload.  She doesn’t remember to use the bathroom as often, she forgets to eat, it’s a combination of things.  Thankfully we have weighted blanket that someone so generously gifted to us.  It’s gotten so much use, and truly is helpful when the kids are on overload.

And in these moments I’m exhausted.  It’s hard to watch your child struggle.

But it’s only a fleeting moment in time.  And I know the meltdown will end.  This is just part of growing, and changing.  This is part of our journey with Autism.

But I will tell you.  There’s a gentleness to both my spectrum kiddos, a kindness for everyone, and heart for things that the typical don’t always see or understand.

So I will tell you this.  If you are overwhelmed and exhausted after your child’s meltdown.  Also think about how they feel.  They are growing and working through something.  Help them. Rather than give it another label.

Labeling it won’t effect the outcome, but providing coping tools, sensory input, a lot of love can make it easier on everyone.  A few essential oils helps out too.

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.

 

The Potholes- Hidden gem in Northern California

I contemplated blogging about The Potholes in Lake Tahoe, California because it was told to me by word of mouth.  At one time it used to be a little secret gem tucked away in Northern California.

Once we arrived we realized its a site well traveled.  But not too traveled.  People are respectful and take their trash and belongings out with them.

It’s located in Northern California, and a quick google search will actually give you directions.  If google knows about it, it’s not so hidden anymore.

Anyways.  It’s a quick half mile hike in if I’d have to guess.  I’m not the greatest with estimating distance, but I survived it carrying my four year old.

Surrounded by beautiful landscape and enormous boulders for the kids to climb on.

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I even found two enormous heart rocks!

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We found a quiet little place to set up for the day.  Where the kids enjoyed putting their toes in and leaping across the rocks.

The water was cold and refreshing.  Clear and beautiful.  We did happen to come across a large water snake that scared my husband enough to pack up and head out.  I’m kidding, but it did make us a little hesitant to put our feet in and by that time the kids were done anyways.

If you are looking for a serene and peaceful getaway and happen up near Kit Carson Pass I’d encourage you to take a chance and explore the potholes.  It’s a beautiful place in the middle of the mountains of California.

Oh and no dogs allowed off leash, although I saw some rule breakers while we were there.

A perfect way to spend an afternoon with my favorite people.

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To my beautiful blue-eyed baby girl

As I was sifting through old blog posts I’ve written.  I came across this post from two years ago the night before my daughter received a hefty Autism diagnosis.  It brought me to tears.

I remember writing this.  I remember all the unknowns we faced as a family.

I remember feeling completely overwhelmed by all the assessment forms and endless doctors appointments we faced as a family.  And I remember this gut feeling that they were just wrong in the way they viewed Autism.  Special needs or not she was and still is my baby and I will encourage her to succeed in life no matter what hiccups we may face along the way.

But as I read through it.  I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the journey that God has put us on.  All the growth I’ve made as a Mama.  All the growth my beautiful blue-eyed baby girl has made.

If you are facing an impending diagnosis, or maybe you’ve just received a diagnosis.  Or maybe it’s been a day full of Autism quirks and you are just overwhelmed.  Things will look up, everything will be okay.  Don’t let the Doctors convince you that your child is less.  They are not.  You’ve been given a different lens to view life.

I’ve always hated using the term special needs.  I feel like somehow that makes Autism seem like something negative, and I’ve always viewed my kids as earth angels.  Sent here to teach me and this world a different way to view the world.

It’s a blessing.

To my beautiful, blue-eyed, baby girl.

I loved you the moment I found out I was pregnant with you. You were the most beautiful surprise and you continue to amaze me and surprise me with each passing day.

Tomorrow is a big day for you baby girl, but remember, tomorrow does not define you baby girl.

God has a plan for you baby girl. And we’re in this together.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

God has a special plan for you that only He can see right now.

I’m scared for tomorrow, I’m scared for the unknown, I’m scared to think that you may struggle in your life. But I know why he chose you baby girl, you are strong, and kind, and beautiful. I may think you are fearless at times, but you are brave. You are so brave. I know why he chose me too. Because as much as I find myself in tears lately sweet girl, I know that this uncomfortable feeling, this ache that takes over my entire being is because I’m growing. I’m growing right alongside you sweet girl. I’m growing into the mommy you need me to be.

These are growing pains. We are in this together. We will grow together.

I don’t think for a minute this is going to be easy. It’s going to be hard at times. It’s going to bring me to my knees sometimes. But it’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful to watch you progress, to receive the care you need, to be the person God wants you to be.

I don’t know what tomorrow brings for you, for me as your mom, or for our family, but I do know that we love you to the moon and back. That whatever comes of your assessment tomorrow, or your hearing test in a few weeks you are exactly as God wants you to be.


Tomorrow will not define you. Tomorrow is a merely a compass to guide you into becoming the person God meant you to be.
I love you always.

Mama