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

 

 

Adding Mini Cows to our Homestead

While I’ve been away taking a break from life.

I’ve acquired two of the sweetest mini cows.

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Ferdinand & Clarabelle.

They arrived home on November 8th.  I used an Essential Oil concoction with Lavender Essential Oil to make their ride a little less overwhelming.  They were after all both being removed from their Mama’s for the first time.  I will say they were pretty calm and relaxed considering.

To be honest for the months leading up to their arrival there was a phase where I begged and pleaded with my husband to reconsider the arrival of these mini cows.

Fast forward almost a month later and I couldn’t be more in love.  In a few years when they breed we will be able to get our own fresh daily milk.  I am excited at the idea of providing ourselves with a little more sustainability.

After a lot of research we decided on the Mini Belted Galloway  breed known for their hardiness since we happen to live in the arctic some days.  They are feed efficient, and naturally polled.  For the inexperienced that just means in simple terms the bull does not have horns naturally.

I’ll be honest the bull is in fact the sweetest.  He’s like an enormous dog with a hoarse raspy moooooo that loves apples and carrots.

Both greet me each day with such enthusiasm and the sweetest cow faces.

Clarabelle is a little more reserved, but being an introvert myself I don’t fault her one bit.  In time she will come around.

Part of our homesteading journey was to get animals that would give back to us in some way.  Provide us with a service.  For now they eat hay (and not that much I might add) and they help eat the green waste around our homestead.

I love that they aren’t full size.  It makes handling them, feeding them, and space requirements much easier to handle.  Considering I barely know a thing about cow ownership it’s going pretty flawless.  Even with a mild escape a few weeks back.

I would most definitely recommend adding mini cows to your homestead if you are considering it.

There is something so sweet and gentle about a mini cow.

 

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

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.

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

 

Ending my toxic relationship with my iphone

I’ve been feeling this way for a while.  I don’t know if I’m just mean.  Have minimal patience or what.  I continually find myself rolling my eyes at the latest troll on social media.  It seems like people are so much more confident behind a keyboard.  Hatred is spewed much more than if we didn’t have Facebook or Instagram.

They aren’t personal attacks on me, but I think I’m just tired of people’s opinions.  Rude comments.  And God forbid you block or delete anyone someone might get their feelings hurt and post about it to the latest community page on Facebook.

I’ve felt this awakening for a while.  And decided it’s time.  I’ve deleted all social media apps off my phone.  And won’t be downloading them again for a long time.  Shoot ultimately I may end up deleting my accounts altogether.

It’s not that I don’t want to see what friends and family are doing.

It’s their asinine comments and opinions that seem to just rub me the wrong way and life is to short.

It doesn’t stop with friends and family it’s everywhere.  Everywhere you turn someone is being shamed on social media for something truly irrelevant to my everyday.

So today starts Day 1 of who knows how many days where I steer clear of my iphone except to make important calls of course.  Gone are the days of an immediate response via text.  No I won’t be answering my phone, but I will get back to you maybe on the weekend, maybe in a few weeks.  I’m not sure.  But I’ve been feeling this pull for a while to eliminate toxic relationships, and I’d say my iphone and I are in a toxic relationship.  It keeps notifying me of things I need to check out, but in reality I have one life to live and I do not care what other people are doing on social media.  I just don’t.  Sorry not sorry.

I’m 31 years old with two young kids I need to make family my priority.  All the hate will still be there when I get back I’m sure.

I used to love to follow people on social media to get ideas for workouts, dieting, kid activities you name it.  But it seems that all anyone cares about on social media is one upping someone else.  I’m sick of seeing the same people in the same pose talking about the same things.  I’m sick of the latest politically charged attack on Facebook.  There is nothing wrong with having opposing views, but there is something wrong in violently attacking people we care about over political differences.

I’m just tired of it.  I don’t know if I’m getting old or what.  But every time I’ve checked into Facebook or Instagram to see what is going on I’m inundated with horrific atrocities occurring around the world.  The latest and greatest gadget I need to buy to be happy.  It’s tiring, truly tiring.

And to be honest makes me embarrassed to call some people friends or family.

Sometimes I think ignorance is bliss.

So today starts my journey

Day 1-Ending my toxic relationship with my iphone

Don’t get me wrong I love my iphone, but I don’t love this pull that I feel to check into social media.  So I’m putting my foot down for my own sanity.

Here are just a few simple steps I’m taking on Day 1.

  • Unfriending those that seem to get under my skin (sorry it’s not you it’s me)
  • Deleting all social media platform apps off my phone
  • Turning off my phone for the day
  • Drinking a cup of tea on my porch taking in all the beauty we’ve built around us.
  • Writing.  I get paid to write not to check my social media accounts.
  • Diffusing Young Living Essential oils
  • And lastly living

The last bullet of living I think is by far the most important.

I think has a whole our iphones have taken us away from truly living.

I’m not sure what Day 2 will hold for me, but I’ll let you know.

Let the toxicity be cleansed.

Danielle

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