Tranquil

I walked into McDonald’s today to let my kids play indoors because of the unbearable smoke from the California fires.

I could feel my anxiety and agitation growing as more people lined up behind me.  The cashier possibly was new, or just hated her job.  Not sure.

But her rudeness immediately started to agitate me.

By the time I had gotten our drink and french fries and sat down with the kids.  I could feel my anxiety taking over my entire being.  It was too loud.  There was someone who stunk.  Then there was the fact that a grown man was lurking in the slide.

I was appalled that not one parent had demanded he get out.  So I mentally prepared myself and went up to the play structure and demanded he get out.

He did.  And the alcohol he had consumed was very apparent.

By the time that fiasco was done I could feel my anxiety slowly creeping.  But having kids I don’t want them to see my own anxieties, I don’t want my personal feelings to reflect on them.

Thank God I always have my Young Living Tranquil roll on in my bag for occasions like this.  I marked one X with the oil on my left wrist, and another X on my right wrist.  And one more down the base of my neck.  When I’m really anxious I will count to ten while touching my thumb to each of my fingers until that suffocating feel dissipates.

I’m not sure why I have anxiety.  I’d guess it’s due to my genetics.  Most everyone in my family struggles with anxiety or depression.  But I also think this world can be to fast paced for people like me.  I’m an old soul, that prefers the company of good people as opposed to a bunch of strangers.  And I need a lot of alone time.  And sometimes that’s hard with two young kids at home.

Once I had ditched my prescribed anti-anxiety/anti-depressant last year I had to find a way to help when my anxiety starts spiraling out of control.

Once I started using Young Living Essential Oils I felt a positive change in my entire body.  Everyday I drink my water with lemon oil.

Diffuse different oils throughout the house.  If I’m feeling unmotivated and depressed I tend to diffuse Tangerine.  It’s citrus scent gives me the kick in my ass I need to get moving.

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When I get that suffocating, overwhelmed anxious feel I have a few different oils I use, but tend to consistently use Tranquil by Young Living.

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I used to think this essential oil potion was a trend, that there couldn’t possibly be any healing in it.  But going back to Biblical times essential oils were used even then.

So here are just a few tips and tricks that I use on a daily basis to maintain a healthy mental state.

  • Exercise, it’s a must.  Sometimes I feel to tired to workout, but I force myself to.  This is where Ningxia comes in to my rescue.  It gives me a clean energy that doesn’t affect my anxiety like caffeine does.
  • Getting out and about.
  • Setting a goal once a week to try something new, even if it’s as simple as pumping my own gas at a new gas station.
  • Drinking lots of water
  • NO caffeine, like ever.
  • Eating a healthy diet, no fast food or processed junk.
  • Prayer
  • Physical labor around the homestead.
  • Using Young Living Essential Oils by using them topically, internally, and diffusing them throughout the house.

These are some of the things I do daily.  They don’t always work and sometimes I slip up and drink caffeine and find myself spiraling into anxiety quickly.

How do you combat anxiety and depression?

 

 

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.

 

Autism and Essential Oils

Let’s first chat about Autism.

Maybe  you are familiar.  Maybe like myself you have one or two sensory kids in your household.

Maybe you are waiting on a diagnosis (I know the waiting can be awful)

Maybe you’ve had a child on the spectrum for years.

There is a misconception about Autism.  I know for me when I tell people my kids are on the spectrum I usually get some asinine comment.

You would never guess my kids have autism upon meeting them or seeing them.

Autism is a blanket diagnosis now, but they fall into the “higher functioning category”

Miss H actually has a severe autism diagnosis, but there are so many different things that played into that diagnosis.  She’s actually outgrown most all of the behaviors we saw when she was younger.  Now she just has different behaviors.

That’s not to downplay the time and hard work we have all put in as a family.

To an outsider you would see two typical kids ages 4 and 5.

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But they have their struggles.  We have our days with repetitive behavior, meltdowns, and zoning out.

Since my son was born he was a difficult baby.  He never slept (still has his nights)  He had so many issues with constipation.  At one point I took him to the doctor for 21 days of constipation.

That’s when I started researching diet, exercise, and oils.

It wasn’t until much later that I really started using oils consistently with the kids.

We went through phases where the kids would just eat horribly.  Goldfish, graham crackers.  Milk.  But having kids a year apart, being an exhausted mom I was just doing the best I knew how.

Once we really stepped back and researched the effects of diet and exercise everything changed for us.

We changed their diet.  We have always limited screen time.  And we started encouraging them to workout with us.  Use their obsessive behaviors for overall health.

Now oils.  I know some people think its hocus pocus.

I know others that truly believe in their ability to aid with behaviors associated with Autism.  I’m a believer.  I’d much rather try an oil potion than medication, but that’s just me.

Oils will never cure a child of Autism.  But they do have the ability to give an overly anxious child feelings of calm and peace.  They have the ability to increase mental clarity and focus.

They have a way of balancing out emotions.

If you know much about autism you know that often times studies discuss the effects of gut health.

I cannot stress enough how important gut health is speaking for my own kids.

Once we seemed to find a balance using diet, essential oils, and exercise we have noticed an amazing transformation in our kids.

Less meltdowns, more focus, less anxiety, and to be honest they love joining in with the mixing of potions.

If I had to choose three oils that we use consistently in our house they would be:

  • Lavender
  • TummyGize
  • Peppermint

If you have a sensory kid you probably know the struggle with going to the bathroom.  I rub TummyGize on their stomachs and feet as needed.

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Lavender is amazing.  I usually put it in our homemade playdough and pull that out after an overstimulating outing to help calm their senses.

Peppermint diluted with fractionated coconut oil is the perfect way to bring down a fever naturally.

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Those are only a few that I use consistently around here.  I love everything about Young Living.  I love that there is a way for me to help the kids feel regulated.  We don’t use labels in our house.  To be honest they don’t even know what Autism is yet.

I will spend my mama life helping them through their struggles but providing them with all different tools to manage any struggles.

Autism is truly life through a different lens.

Thanks for reading!

Danielle

 

Considering backyard chickens?

Then welcome!  Let’s talk chickens this week.

Last year if you had asked me if we’d ever have chickens I’d have told you absolutely not.

But I was misinformed.  Hadn’t really considered all the pros to being a chicken owner just had one disgusting experience involving chicken cannibalism as a teenager house sitting.

Our decision to add chickens to our homestead sort of just came to be.  It wasn’t a monumental moment that I could really jog from my memory.  But I do remember being sick of the prices of organic happy chicken eggs from the store.  Diet is important in our house.  And organic free range eggs are a staple.

I found someone locally getting rid of a few hens.  Quickly a few hens turned into 8, oh and plus one rooster.  The luck of the draw with pullets (unsexed baby chicks) locally hatched.

Not only we were saving money on eggs immediately, but we found that the chickens were actually a great form of sensory input for our children.

Raising good humans in this worlds current climate is necessary.  Providing our kids with opportunities to learn and encouraging growth is our job as their parents.  What better way to teach them about the food we consume than having chickens in the backyard.

When our pullet turned Rooster we decided to use the fertile eggs to hatch our own babies this spring.  Out of 10 eggs, 5 hatched all natural, compliments of our broody hen Harriett Ann.

It was really simple.  Nothing to crazy.  Harriett Ann did reject her first chick, but with the advice of others and an evening chick reverse kidnapping she happily took him under her wings just a few days later.

So here it is in a bullet version why I’d encourage you to consider backyard chickens (if you’re not a lengthy article reader)

  • Cost savings (Even with the price of chicken feed I’d say it was much more cost effective then buying eggs weekly from the grocery store)
  • If you have kids it’s an excellent learning opportunityIMG-3402
  • They are really simple and don’t require much.
  • Inexpensive to start you’re own backyard chicken flock.  I think our total cost to starting our little chicken family was about $50.
  • You can build your own coop using pallets or recycled wood.IMG-7735(1)
  • Feeders can be found on sale.
  • The best eggs I’ve ever tasted and they are much cuter than store bought eggs!IMG-2031
  • Fresh, I always wondered how long have the eggs I’m purchasing actually been sitting on the shelf.  Now I know how fresh mine are.
  • Organic eggs.
  • An extra way to make money on the side by selling farm fresh organic eggs to neighbors.  Also people looking to start their own backyard flock are willing to purchase hens.  You won’t get rich quickly, but it is a nice way to make a little money on the side.

There are cons to owning chickens too.  I mean they can be stinky.  But I use essential oils and natural products to keep their coop as clean as I can.

But overall I’d say the benefits to owning our own backyard chickens has exceeded the negatives.  And I’ve found myself fond of quite a few!

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Should I raise meat birds on my homestead?

If you happen to be a vegetarian you could skip out on this article.

If you spend a lot of money at the grocery store weekly and are sick of the prices of meat as well as the quality you might want to continue reading.

Part of our homesteading journey included possibly raising meat birds.  Me, being the biggest animal lover couldn’t really stomach the idea.

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That is until King Mabel went rogue and transformed into an aggressive Rooster.

Anyways.  As our trial meat bird.  King Mabel’s life came to an end and he was processed for dinner.

So let’s get into it.

Pros

  • You know what quality of meat you are getting.  In our case we have had King Mabel for 10 months and we fed him a high quality chicken feed. (He was handfed up until a few weeks ago when he got testy)

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  • Free Range
  • Quite tasty was the consensus from the family.
  • It gave us a perspective on how much we as American’s consume.  That was a huge eye opener.
  • Taught the children a valuable lesson regarding consumption, and being grateful for the food on the table.  (They were not present for King Mabel’s death)
  • Ease of plucking and preparing the chicken.
  • Gives the hen’s a break they were starting to look a little ragged.
  • No loud crowing at 3:30AM.

Cons

  • Death.  I have always had a love hate relationship with meat.  The animal lover in me can’t really stomach too much.  So I’ll be honest I cried.
  • Finding a quick way to kill the chicken.  Like I said this has been a learning experience.

So our consensus was that it was worth it as you can see the pros definitely outweigh the cons to raising meat birds on your homestead.  It really put the amount of food we consume into perspective.  I know I can speak for myself when I say that I will consume much less meat now knowing and seeing the process from start to finish.

I’d say if you are seeking a simpler way to living.  Consider the pros and cons before raising your own meat birds.

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5 Simple Steps to add more flowers to your homestead for free

I will cut to the chase on this. I know it can get frustrating reading a wordy article just to get to the 5 steps you chose to click on.

But I love anything free.  And I always love to add to the landscape of our ranch.

One of my favorite things to plant is the potato vine.  It has such a beautiful deep purple color and flourishes in our climate here in Nevada. (we will see how it survives the harsh winter next year)

Find a plant you want to propagate (I chose the Ornamental Sweet Potato)

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  1. cut a piece of the stem (I’ll be honest sometimes I just pinch them off but they say it should be a clean cut)
  2. dip in water
  3. dip in rooting powder
  4. place in the soil appropriate for the item you are propagating.
  5. water generously, I try to keep the soil pretty moist until it perks back up)

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And it’s truly as simple as that!  This method doesn’t always work for every flower, tree, or vine you are attempting to propagate.  I’d do a little googling before trying different items from your yard.  Also generally I put the new start into a pot, our soil here isn’t the most planter friendly.

Also if you have friendly neighbors you will find that people don’t mind if you take a cutting if you see something you’d like to add to your yard.

Happy Planting!

 

The Fate of the Backyard Rooster

When our sweet hen Mabel turned out to be a beautiful Blue Orphington rooster we were a little hesitant to keep him but chose to anyways and he was gifted with the name King Mabel.  Here we are about 8 months into it and I’m leaning towards taking the backyard rooster out of the equation for a bit.

If you’re considering a backyard rooster or find yourself with a surprise rooster in the flock here is my personal experience as a rooster owner.  If you have a rooster let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Pros

Protect the hens from predators.

Less yelling between hens.  They do seem to get along better with the Rooster around.

Introducing new chickens to the flock is a much easier transition with a Rooster around.

They are beautiful!

They do have a fascinating dance they perform to impress the hens.

The chicken family dynamic is pretty interesting to watch.

Fertile eggs.

Cons

I remember only a month ago bragging about the sweetness of my Rooster who is now about 10 months old.  However suddenly he’s taken a more aggressive approach and has resorted to chasing Miss H and pecking her anytime she comes into the chicken pen.

He posts up and now chases me out or lunges when I come into collect eggs.

They are loud.  Sometimes obnoxiously so.  It seems he’s really gotten the hang of his morning alert and it can be a bit irritating for those who sleep lighter.

The mating process appears to be quite violent.  It’s not something I enjoy seeing  in my backyard.  I know it’s nature, but yikes.

So there are my personal pros and cons to owning a backyard rooster.

The fate of King Mabel has yet to be decided.  Stay tuned.