Archive | February 2015

Reasons I Love Cedarwood Essential Oil

 

Many uses for Cedarwood essential oil.

I have been enjoying linking up each week at Wellness Wednesday’s, and the prompt this week was to write about a natural remedy you swear by. While I could technically write a post about all Young Living essential oils because I love them so much, I decided to highlight just one.

Cedarwood essential oil from Young Living is one of those obscure oils that doesn’t get enough credit, in my opinion.

I never see a blog post about Cedarwood, or hear people talking about it. That needs to change, because it is such a versatile oil, and one that I would not want to be without!

I first tried Cedarwood in the second trimester of my pregnancy. I could not fall asleep, no matter what I tried, and I was turning into a big, mean, mama bear. If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy! And if mama doesn’t get sleep, she ain’t happy, believe me.

I had read a couple testimonies on the FB group, so I decided to give it a shot. I figured it wasn’t a very expensive oil anyway, so I wouldn’t be missing out on much if it didn’t work. I sure am glad I took the chance! As soon as I got it, I began applying a couple drops to the bottom of my feet right before getting into bed at night. All I remember from that night is waking up hours later (because I was pregnant and had to make a bathroom trip) and not remembering falling asleep. I was so refreshed in the morning!

I continued to use on the bottom of my feet every night as I was climbing into bed, and it worked every time! I think I was always asleep within 15 minutes of lying down, when before I would be laying in bed for hours, unable to quiet my brain and doze off. Now, if my children are very restless at night, I rub Cedarwood with Lavender on their backs to help them to relax.

I love Cedarwood so much that I always am telling people about it when they mention they are having a hard time falling asleep. I also started researching more about it, and found that Cedarwood actually has quite a few more uses.

I have seen before and after pictures (on the Facebook group) of people who have been using Cedarwood for hair growth. It is amazing! Some people add it to their shampoo, and others massage a few drops daily into the areas they want to encourage more hair growth.

Cedarwood is also good for oily skin. You can rub a few drops onto your oily spots after washing your face, or make your own face cream or make-up removing cream with it.

Cedarwood is also a great oil to increase focus during the long hours of school. It is used in a blend with Vetiver and Lavender for those children that seem to have an over abundance of energy and have difficulties sitting still for very long. Of course, putting this blend on a child with a regular energy level will probably make them go to sleep!

If you are ready to try essential oils for yourself, check out my monthly specials. I am always excited to help people get started on their oily journey, and will be available for support for any questions you have.

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Ask Away Friday with The Mad Mommy

I’m excited to be doing my second post for Ask Away Friday, this time swapping questions with Echo, who blogs at The Domain of The Mad Mommy. Are you wondering why she is called that? I did too, and so I asked her! If you’d like to know, you will have to give her a visit and find out. Hint: It has to do with a book.

Ask Away Friday with Echo from The Mad Mommy

If you don’t know what Ask Away Friday is, it is basically a Q and A session with another blogger, to get to know each other and build friendships. If you are a blogger and would like to join, I would love to swap questions with you! Join the Facebook page here for more info.

On to the questions:

1) Naming my blog was a long and hard process. How did you come up with the name of your blog?  I guess to understand the name of my blog, you would have to know who Rahab was. She was the harlot in the Bible who hid the spies for Joshua’s army when they were going to take over Jericho. Because of her faith in God and His people (Joshua and his army), her and her family were spared and she had a changed life, becoming one of the ancestor’s of Jesus. I love this story so much because it shows how incredible God’s grace is. You would think that a harlot would never be welcome into the family of God, but this proves otherwise. God changes lives and makes them so much better. I was a drug addict, promiscuous, living a life full of sin, but God welcomed me into His family with open arms and my life has never been the same. Although I write about all kinds of things on my blog, I wanted to give glory to Him in a big way, and what better way to do that than with the name.

2) What is your favorite part of blogging? Definitely the writing. And I love reading comments on my posts.

3) You are a homeschooler and a blogger, like me! How do you balance the two? Well, to be honest, I don’t feel like I am qualified to answer this! I just started blogging back in September, so I am still figuring it all out. I can tell you that at first I wasn’t balancing them very well. LOTS of my time was going into blogging and promoting on social media and all that fun stuff, and I wasn’t putting the same attention into my kids schooling as they deserved. I have since changed some things. For example, I now wake up at 5:30 am (which totally isn’t like me!) to read my Bible and then blog for a while before my kids get up. Then during school time I focus completely on them, and I usually try to get a little blogging done while they nap, or after they are in bed if I have a post I want to get up.

4) What is your favorite thing about homeschooling? Getting to spend all day with my kids. I know some moms are totally thinking I’m crazy right now, but I don’t know what I would do with myself if they weren’t around. Every day is an adventure and a comedy!

5) With 5 kids, you have to have an arsenal or quick and easy recipes. What is your go-to quick recipe? This is something that changes frequently. For a while it was spaghetti, during colder seasons it is usually chicken and rice soup, and in the summer it is often carne asada on the grill. Right now we have been eating chicken fajitas A LOT! I grill up a bunch of chicken on the George Foreman, then saute some bell peppers and onions and serve with rice and beans, which are a staple in my house. My hubby is mexican, so he has to have them, lol.

6) What is your absolute favorite thing to cook? Probably Albondigas. It is a mexican meatball soup with carrots and potatoes. The only thing I don’t like to do is peel the potatoes, but I usually ask my teenager to do that part! I also really like to bake bread. It makes the whole house smell delicious and tastes so yummy right out of the oven with some butter. Totally not good for my weight but great for my taste buds!

7) What is your #1 comfort food? Bread. And chocolate. I could live on bread and chocolate!

8) My biggest guilty pleasure is watching bad reality TV. What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Hmmmm…..I plead the 5th!

9) If you could have one thing given to you right now, what would it be? This one is easy. It is my husband’s and my dream to one day own a ranch house on a couple acres of land. So if anyone has one they are willing to part with…(smile)

10) I am craving a tropical vacation! If you could go on a tropical vacation, all expenses paid, where would you go? I really don’t know. I’ve never been to Mexico and my husband really wants to take me to Cancun. I would like to go to Hawaii. Really anywhere exotic and tropical. I’ve never traveled father than a couple states away, so it would all be new and exiting to me!

And that’s it! I’d love to hear any of your answers to these questions in the comments! I hope you’ll come back next week for another exciting episode of Ask Away Friday!

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Handling Stress: Prayer and Essential Oils

Are you stressed out? Find out ways to cope with and manage your stress.

Every person has stress in their lives. Stress can be a good thing. It can motivate us to reach our goals, reach a deadline, and increase our overall productivity. But stress can also be extremely damaging to our health if it is allowed to get out of control. Stress can lead to cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease, and is also a contributor to obesity and diabetes (source).

Unfortunately, as mom’s,  bad stress can become so commonplace that it seems like it is just a fact of life. Whether you are a stay at home mom, work from home, or work outside the home doesn’t matter. Motherhood is extremely stressful. There are sleepless nights, messy houses, and screaming children on a daily basis. If we don’t learn how to control our stress, it can overwhelm us and suck the joy out of our lives. I’ve been there. It’s not a happy place for me, for my children, or my husband.

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I have found a few different methods of stress relief that have been working for me, and I would like to share them with you. These should work for you no matter if you are a mom or not, I am just speaking from my experience.

1) Prayer- This is a biggie for me. When I get stressed, my attitude is the first thing to take a nosedive. As soon as I feel myself getting all knotted up and snappy, my prayer is “Create in me a clean heart, O God,  and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Especially if I am busy, I will just stop what I am doing and ask God to help my spirit. This only takes a couple seconds and it does help! I also will often ask God in prayer to guide my steps and help me to figure out what to do. When I feel the need to complain, I will pour it all out to God, and usually within a couple minutes I feel better and my complaints don’t seem half as bad as they did before. I have found that if I take my complaints to God, I feel better, but if I take my complaints to my husband, we both end up feeling worse.

2) Recognize Your Stressors- What is causing you to be stressed? My biggest stressors are a dirty house and whiny children. If I wake up in the morning and there are dishes in the sink or laundry on the floor, my day is already off to a bad start. Since I know this, I can take a few minutes before bed to tidy up. This week we had revival meetings at our church every night, so I’m too tired by time I get home to focus much on the house. I can definitely tell the difference in my morning mood. As for whiny children, since I know this stresses me out so much, I have been working with my especially whiny one by having her use her words and talk in a sweet voice instead of getting overwhelmed and whiny. Children get stressed out too and need to learn coping skills.

3) Clean- This kind of goes with #2, because if I’m cleaning I am removing a major stressor. Plus the act of putting things in order and bringing beauty to my surroundings seems to put me in a better mood. I wasn’t always this way. I used to despise cleaning and would be in a bad mood the whole time. I have asked God so many times to help me to love to clean, and while I’m not there yet, I am learning to like it.

4) Get Active- Sometimes stress gets so built up that it needs an outlet. A brisk walk or a few jumping jacks helps to dissipate some of the stress and clears my mind, so I am better able to focus on what needs to be done.

5) Essential Oils- When essential oils are inhaled, they work directly with the limbic system of the brain, which activates memories and emotions. Have you ever smelled something, and it brought back a long forgotten memory from childhood? The smell triggered that memory in your brain. Essential oils work in much the same way. Some have the ability to calm and soothe, while others have the ability to focus and energize. When I am stressed out, my favorite oils to use are Stress Away (which totally works like it’s name implies), Frankincense, and Geranium. I just put a couple drops behind my ears and am usually feeling much calmer within minutes. I also like to diffuse Orange or Lemon, which are both uplifting and energizing scents, so when the house is a mess and I’ve got to get to it, these enable me to tackle the mess with a happy heart. You can find out more about essential oils here and here.

I hope some of these methods will work for you. Do you have any proven stress relievers you would like to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

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February Printable Bible Verses

 

February Bible Verse Printables

Happy February everyone! This month is decidedly my favorite, since it is the month of love, and also my birthday.

Did anyone memorize any verses in January? If you would like to see the verses I memorized and maybe print them out, you can click here to be taken to my January post. One of my goals this year is to memorize 4 verses each month. I would love for you to join along with me.

The first verse I chose to memorize in February is actually a chapter. Since February is the shortest month in the year, I thought it would be appropriate to memorize the shortest chapter in the Bible-Psalm 117.

Psalm 117- The shortest chapter

If you’ve been following along since the January verses, you know that I also want to memorize all the verses about the Proverbs 31 woman this year and strive to me more like her in my daily life. This month I am memorizing verses 13 and 14. These verses tell me that the Proverbs 31 woman was creative, making things for her family by hand. She was also creative when buying necessities for her household. I am sure she sought out the best deals so as not to waste her families finances. There are definitely seasons of my life when I feel more creative and enjoy working with my hands, but I would like to make it more of a regular hobby, especially since my children love when I crochet and make them things. As for bringing our food from afar, most of us live within minutes of a variety of stores, so I think the modern equivalent of this would be searching out deals and staying within budget. This is something I am usually pretty good at, but can definitely improve upon.

Proverbs 31:13-14

The next verse, Psalm 119:165, is a great reminder to everyone. I am hanging this one somewhere in my kitchen so I can look at it everyday and remember not to be easily offended.

Psalm 119:165

This last verse I chose from Song of Solomon, the love chapter in the Bible. I originally chose this specific verse because it sounds so poetic, but as I was making up the printable God gave me a deeper understanding of it. A part of the verse says, “…for love is strong as death.” God’s love for us is as strong as death. He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that we could one day live in Heaven with Him. That is a love beyond comprehension. God’s love is so much stronger than any love we could ever feel. I don’t know of anyone who would willingly send their son, their only son, to die for someone else. I know I wouldn’t. Yet God did just that. His love is amazing and never ending. If you don’t know the love of God, or don’t know for sure if you are going to Heaven, please read this. You never know if today might be your last.

Song of Solomon 8:6

Click here for the PDF version of these verses you can print out for yourself.

I hope you all have a great month! I’d love to hear if you are memorizing these verses, or any other ones.

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