Friday, August 7, 2015

Wild Orange: Essential Oil Spotlight

 
Wild Orange is not only for uplifting mind and body, it protects against seasonal and environmental threats, is high in antioxidants, and can be a powerful cleaner and purifying agent for your home.
 
 

*FDA Disclaimer:   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.


Embrace Change


A new school year brings about new changes.  We enter our classrooms and get busy clearing out the old papers and tearing down the old bulletin boards to make room for something new.  We wipe away the old dust, old memories, old worries letting the mark of cleanliness filter in to our classrooms and our minds.  By the end of the preparation time before school, the whiteboards have been sprayed clean, the desks all sit in a pattern, and the floors have a shiny coat of wax or carpets devoid of last year’s stains.  We await the arrival of the students with anticipation in our organized classroom that is de-cluttered, spiffed up, and smelling great. 

The summer was a time to spend clearing our bodies of stress and unwanted negative thoughts.  It seems to take a month to unwind from the previous school year and get into the rhythm of taking it easy.  We decompress the worries of yesterdays into oblivion while soaking up the rays on the beach, hiking, or just reading a great novel.  Summer brings about new changes for your soul, shifting from work, work, work to a time of rest.  We all need the rest so that the new school year arrives full of fresh ideas and eagerness.

The newness of the year rushes in on the first day with new haircuts and new clothes, new backpacks and new school supplies.  Everything is fresh and clean, devoid of dust and smudge marks.  The students are eager to get to work and the teachers are as eager to teach.  A new year brings in new opportunities for teaching, for friendships, and for change.  It is a time to let go of any past hurts, worries, or fears and embrace the new school year with enthusiasm.  Let go of the past, for it serves no purpose and place all your energy into a year full of excitement and enlightenment.  Let all your slates be wiped clean and begin anew; embrace change.
 
 
 
I spent some time yesterday afternoon meeting many of my new students and parents.  Such a joy to see their faces excited for the school year, yet nervous for that which is unknown.  I will be truly blessed with a great group of students and parents this new school year.  Along with that, I am working with an incredible group of teachers who are fully committed to the education of children.  New school, new classroom, new students, new parents— embracing change and moving forward!
 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Supplement Your Body with Goodness!




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I work so hard at adding organic foods and herbs to my daily routine, but find that I fall short of enough goodness throughout the day. I supplement my healthier eating lifestyle with amazing gluten-free, non-gmo, food-dye free supplements (yep, can you say a whole lot of food issues?!) and a plethora of essential oils to support healthier body system functioning. I apply topically, take internally (for those only ear-marked that way), and inhale aromatically the oils. When you are more in-tune with your body, you will know what it needs... support it and nurture it.



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Many people have asked me what essential oils I use every day or quite regularly. Even though I cannot tell you the reasons as to "why" I use them, let's just say I use them for healthy body system functioning purposes. If you have used oils for a bit, you will be able to figure out the method to my oil madness!

On a daily basis these are the oils I use.  I cannot put any name brand oils on this site, so you will see a generic name mentioned.  I use a grounding blend, a cellular complex blend, a digestive blend, Geranium, sometimes Roman Chamomile (but this one is out of stock lately, so not using it as much) and sometimes Frankincense- which is already in my cellular complex blend. In my water when I remember (to get citrus in my body daily for those times I don't have real fruit slices to use)...lemon, wild orange, or a metabolic blend. 


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I have also worked with my naturopathic doctor to look at blood work and make sure the many supplements I have incorporated into my daily routine are essential for my body at this time.  Intuitively, I knew what my body needed, but it was nice to visit a doctor to confirm my instincts.  Pay attention to your body- you know what it needs, along with a dose of healthy foods!

On a daily basis these are the supplements I take.  No, I will not put name brands on here, but do your research and find the ones best for you.  I had to go food-dye free, and gluten-free with mine as I am dealing with food issues that are wreaking havoc on my body.  I take pantothenic acid, rhodiola with ashwagandha, turmeric, omega fish oils, probiotics, multi-vitamin, gingko biloba, super-green, and B12.  I have split them up between morning and night as some give me a bit of pep-in-my-step.. does not work well at night! 

Do what you need to do to support your own body's system to be functioning healthy! 




*FDA Disclaimer:   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

An Essential Oil Crush!!

I have a love, love relationship with Myrrh.  It was the first essential oil I purchased, and I have not been disappointed.  I have found myself reaching in my pile of essential oils and usually grabbing for Myrrh first.

What oil is your essential oil crush?






*FDA Disclaimer:   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.






Friday, July 10, 2015

At the Top


Move away from the dark that swirls around the world and seek the light.  The light resides always within your heart and within your soul.  Do not gravitate toward the road that is dark and ominous, yet travel the road that is light and filled with love. 

This does not always mean that the road of love is the easiest road to travel, for many times the challenges of life lessons create mountains to climb.  Yet, when you climb that mountain filled with the light and love of the Holy Spirit, then, when you reach the top, the reward is that much more fulfilling.

Have you ever climbed to the top of the mountain and not appreciated the view?  Have you stopped yourself from seeing the magnificence of God's creation laid before you?  I know you have stood in awe at the top of that mountain.  I know you have shouted to the sky because of the pure beauty lying in a wondrous palette of color on the canvas of life before your eyes.  I know that you have sat in contemplation with this magnificently, beautiful scene before you and blessed the Lord for these gifts.

That is the feeling you will feel each time you reach the top of the mountain you climb when the darkness seems to consume you, yet you persevere, you trust in your faith, you trust in yourself, and you allow yourself to be challenged.  You allow yourself to keep moving forward on this path of life.  You learn to pay attention to those feelings of greatness within your heart and keep traveling forward with those feelings of love leading you on.

The challenges are a new notch in your mountain.  As you face them head-on and learn to accept the reality of its existence, then the climb become easier and the mountain does not seem so ominous and challenging.  Take each challenge, one at a time, tackle it, don't back down from it, and surround the situations in love and move forward.  Do not look back, for the view behind you is clouded in darkness.  Look forward to the horizon awaiting you and seek the light.

Stand at the top of that mountain and feel the Oneness with the Universe.  Inhale the clean air and let it purify your soul.  Spread your arms and accept the scene in front of you into your heart, mind, body, and soul, for it is the artwork of the Universe.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Intuitive Diffuser Blend #1

I am trusting my own body to let me know what essential oils I should be placing in my diffuser for the day, week, or month.  I'm still completely in LOVE with my new diffuser combination right now! I picked the oils because I was attracted to the smells of them right away — got a strong feeling I wanted to douse myself in them, hence the combination in the diffuser.

Bergamot for its uplifting and calming properties, Ginger supports overall digestion, and Lime supports a healthy immune system.

Let your intuitiveness out and see which oils you are attracted to right away. What essential oils are in your diffuser and you can't get enough of them?



 
 
 

*FDA Disclaimer:   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bookshelves...Makes a Teacher Happy!

I am moving into a new classroom and was shocked at the lack of storage built in.  I was in a slight panic as to how to organize all my teaching material for the kids and myself.  I found this great pink shelf at the thrift store and loved the size and shape of it (for behind my teacher desk).  Didn't love the color so much, so I have painted the first, pink shelf yellow and LOVE the look!
 
I spent some time sketching out a bookshelf design that I wanted and getting the dimensions figured out so that we could cut the wood without a ton of hassle.
 
 

So, my husband took my pleas to heart and is helping me make some new bookshelves to accommodate my students' books and their center activity buckets.

As we prepared to get working, we took a moment for a selfie of us, looking a bit silly!



I have decided that I have just become the official plywood steadier (holding the plywood still while my husband is guiding the wood past the blade that I am petrified to be near!) and the runner to get tools!

We made one bookshelf, with our antiquated table saw, and realized that our wood was slightly askew in places (millimeters off- too much to sand down in places), but caused an issue with not being able to put a frame on the back.  Albeit, we went to Home Depot and bought more plywood and had them cut it on their table saw... so much straighter.  Now, we can put the next two shelves together.  If you look closely, the bottom and middle shelves are the same height, but the top one is slightly smaller as that is where I want to put the center papers and center work containers.  I have a lot of containers, so hopefully the three bookshelves will be enough for that.  They are 4 feet wide and 3 feet high... positive thinking that will be enough!

Edit:  I have now sanded and painted the shelf and am very happy with the outcome! 


 
 



 

Tote Bags, Pillows, and Prints

I have Tote Bags!  I have Pillows!  And, I have Prints!

I am so excited to offer the newest product that you can have with my photo printed on it... Tote Bags.  Fineartamerica offers 3 sizes to choose from and the image covers the whole bag and is printed on both sides.

 
I am also excited to say that I can offer you Throw Pillows as well!  These are also printed on both sides of the pillow.
 
 
Or, you can find something to place on your walls that is to your liking!  I have Prints of all different sizes! 
 
 



Monday, March 30, 2015

Pass Along Your Knowledge




As a teacher, there are those times when you question your own abilities. Yet, when you look at your own abilities with more depth, you notice they are as strong as ever. When you feel yourself slipping into self-doubt, step back and reflect on your own schooling and your own knowledge. It's there. Maybe you have let it sit dormant for a time, yet when you need to use what you know; it is there at the ready.

Do not allow self-negative talk to disrupt your abilities as a teacher to pass along the knowledge you possess. Use that knowledge to expand the minds and hearts of those sitting in front of you waiting for you to share all that you know.

Stop the abuse to your own self and halt your ego's restlessness for drama by being kind to yourself. Walk confidently in the wisdom you hold within your heart and let it reach all those wishing to hear and learn.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring Storms

It's that time of the year for some Spring storms to come rolling through our area!  Please feel free to look through my photography website and share my photos using the Social Media links beside them.  If you click on each photo, it will take you to my photography as well! 
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