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I am looking for my fellow moms!
If you are a mom living this #momlife – I would love to connect!
I have life experience with adhd, pcos, hypothyroidism, ibs, weight gain/loss, insomnia, depression, stress, infertility, essential oils, being a working mom, wife, family, marriage, raising kids, lifestyle photography and home renovations.
I am new to living a more holistic life, phasing out as much waste from our life that we can, mindfully meal planning and decluttering our lives of physical materials.
I am learning that our family thrives on routine and being organized. I remember buying our 2nd house and laughing because there were labels on the shelves in every single cupboard. I would love to do that to my kitchen now – and just might 😉
Life truly is what we make it to be.
Invite in your hopes and desires – where do you feel you could make an improvement in your life.
For me this was my health – I was unsure however I put my trust in driving forward and thankfully have been blessed.
My value in your life is to be a wellness advocate and be the connection to a beautiful community of people living a holistic life of all various levels.
I invite you to mediate on this…
Where do I see my life in 5 years…
Truly visualize where you will be in 5 years.
Where you will live.
What your health is like.
How old your kids are.
Your relationship with your significant other.
Your financial freedom.
Goals and dreams.
I once held the belief that as the mom I had to do my job outside of the house and everything else inside the house and not spend any money on myself unless truly absolutely needed. This belief was false. As a mom, the best thing I did for myself and my family was investing in me. Every month I invest in me to support my body and health in a holistic way.
From one mom to another – I invite you to learn more about how you too can begin sleeping a full night, holistic natural health options from first aid to muscle ache and pain, colds & cough, supporting energy, stomach upset, emotions, calming, cleaning, exercise and so much more!
If you are a mom who truly *feels* she is ready for a change… a mom who is already working out but needs to clean up the products in your daily living… a mom who doesn’t know how she could fit “one more thing in her life”… a mom who hasn’t exercised since becoming a mom… a mom who enjoys keeping things simple… if you are a woman with kids…a mom who is a doctor or nutritionist… a fur mom!
Regardless of what kind of mom you are…
Im so happy you have found my website. I truly look forward to connecting with you.
I am a breathtaking photographer, number cruncher, essential oil lover, wife and mother! I am creative and conscious about the value of a dollar. I sell doTERRA Essential Oils and Health Products by empowering women and families to live their best life!
As your doTERRA Wellness Advocate I will ensure you receive the best value for your money, but also as a mother I know the importance of keeping things simple, offering lifelong support and friendship when needed for using your doTERRA products!
p.s. Its ok to let it go… you know the laundry, dirty dishes… to get your mind back on track. I did this yesterday and WOW… unbelievable actually. When my mind is “busy” – a word I really am not a fan of – I now know, its time to slow down! Check out my video yesterday of how I followed my heart and recharged. ❤
In this journey of making our house, our home we’ve learned a few key things in life!
Life lessons certainly are the best!
- Growth! Challenges make you grow even when you don’t think you have anymore in you.
- 2nd Chance. Sometimes a 2nd chance means you can get it exactly right as it should have been originally. Everything happens for a reason, although at times its difficult to understand why.
- Embrace your space. No matter the size you are living in. Make it yours and enjoy it. I admittedly, miss hearing the kids night time secret sharing and giggles – even the pestering back and forth ending in laughs when they were both sleeping in the living room all summer. Of course we love having our space back so everyone can have some alone time when needed – this is also crucial in my own opinion and experience for a healthy and happy life. However how much space does one or 4 people truly need?
- Animals do not like change. I can relate with the animals – I appreciate the before, love the after and feel my anxiety spike during. Our cat and bird unfortunately had a very negative experience after the newly finished basement was flooded and construction was underway to rebuild while under construction upstairs as well. Be sympathetic to them, ensure you provide adequate attention which also provides them with comfort.
- Communication is EVERYTHING! Going through the motions of life and renovating can prove daunting when you are also living in the same space. Finishing the basement this time was a big open space and proved to be easier, however required adjustments to our “normal life” such as not having a living room – at all and a partial kitchen and sometimes a dining room. Communicating as adults, as parents to our children – is SOOO key! Key for staying on track and staying sane!
- What really matters! Time together. Thats what really matters. Being forced into a much smaller space really clarifies that. The kids lost a lot of “stuff”… It had value, monetary and sentimental – however its just “stuff” and in the big picture isn’t what is most important!
- Declutter and get organized. Its ok to let go! If a physical possession does not give you a good feeling or you absolutely love – donate or sell. Only have things in your home that absolutely light you up and has a purpose! Clear surfaces and organization make my heart SO happy!
- Be YOU and do not worry about what others may think or say. This has been a mantra Ive been ingraining in my head. Our lifestyle is outside of the “norm” but we love it and are healthier because of it. I am so thankful we have embraced living a more holistic lifestyle! These oils got me through a lot of dark emotional times.
- Always follow your heart. If you are making a decision and it feels heavy – it’s not the right decision. Something is holding you back and you maybe need to re-evaluate.
- Always reach for your dreams and goals – no matter what!
I truly am thankful we are nearing the end of our whole home renovation – its been an incredible growth experience for all of us. To not only figure out HOW we want to live but also with WHAT we want to live with and having zero judgment for something that no longer serves us or our life purpose.
The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life
- Your material “stuff”
- Your time
- Your goals
- Your negative thoughts
- Your debt
- Your words
- Your artificial ingredients
- Your screen time
- Your connections to the world
- Your multi-tasking
If you asked me a year ago I would have said, yeah we need to do some decluttering but its not too bad.
TRUTH… we had way to much STUFF. I was tied emotionally to so much “stuff” – especially the kids stuff. In June when our basement flooded I was devastated. I felt defeated, again, by the universe. It was an incredible life lesson in what we truly need in our life and last summer taught us to take a giant step back and ~~ Simply Live ~~
This I have found has been HUGE for us living a successful adhd and pcos lifestyle. Clutter and stuff = stress and overwhelm.
The flood actually was a blessing in disguise to propel us forward to where we needed to be!
… and the journey continues ❤ 😀
Monday when I was getting the kids lunches ready for that day, I pulled out the “naturals” meat we picked up for their lunch and looked at the package.
When I was home with the kids 1 week ago on the Monday, the weekend of the snow and nice storm I listened to a TED Talk about a mid-20’s woman who was holding a glass mason jar in her hand. This jar held all of the garbage she had used in the past 3 years.
3 years in ONE jar.
I was blown away and extremely intrigued. HOW could she live with only that small amount of garbage. I found it absolutely fascinating! It requires a true dedication to living a smarter, simpler life. Similar actually, to our adjustment to life with our oils.
This really sparked something in side of me.
Yesterday morning as I was making their lunches and putting their carefully selected meats on their sandwiches I turned the package over, and over, and over. Not one recycle sign on the plastic package. My heart sank, the kids saw it and asked what was wrong. I showed them the hard package and told them its not recyclable. They were both shocked. Its plastic, why is it not recyclable!?
Tonight I looked up our local township’s recycling program. I was honestly shocked to see plastic bags are NOT recyclable.
That really got me thinking… What do I want to remember my life for? What could I do to help improve the world for my own future as well as my children and their future.
Ive found in my transformation over the past couple years Im becoming much more mindful in planning meals much more purposely. Looking for real food options vs convenience. Cleaning up our personal and health care options of what goes on our bodies. Now bringing in the packaging to the whole picture. Always room for improvement and it feels really good to be being even more mindful!
Time to bring even more simplicity into our life of simple living!
10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day
Living an ADHD, PCOS Mom filled live can feel overwhelming at times. Thats when I know I am too ‘up in my head’ and I need to get more grounded. I pull out my Balance oil blend and my body spray created with oils and get myself back in line.
Simplicity truly is a crucial part of our day – as a mom and for living our adhd pcos lifestyle!
Check out these great 10 Simple Steps To Make The Most of Every Day!
- Get up before everyone else.
- Eat healthy.
- Move your body.
- Set your intention – tackle the big thing first.
- Do something you love.
- Rest your body.
- Be present.
- Be generous.
- Be true to you.
- Clear the clutter.
Embracing my entire life – all the good and bad – one thing that I loved doing when I was younger was writing. Even simply in a journal, or poetry about my life and emotions. A part of me, I lost in my later high school years and have only begun to recently find again. I forgot the incredible release that comes with writing. Similar to the creative boost that I feel when I follow my artistic intuition. Here’s to bringing out more of me in 2018!
This past weekend was both fulfilling and productive.
I have had a vision for our home for many years. After we moved in I began visualizing how we could make it ours by taking the existing home and making some adjustments. The reno’s are more than I could have anticipated and my heart is so full with what we have accomplished.
We had decided to make another move and with doing so opened up a space for a beautiful piece of furniture for at the top of our stairs. I had a vision in mind of what I wanted, the vision of course wasn’t completely clear of how or where. I just knew when I saw it, I would know.
This weekend, on Saturday I was doing some running around downtown, dropped off a few boxes to donate at our local thrift store, picked up a couple things and was driving downtown headed in the direction of home, but feeling compelled to not yet head home, when it hit me… Go to the antique store in town there is something there!
I went into the store and began browsing for that perfect fit for our home. The owner came over and asked if I needed any help. I explained to her what I was looking for. Something about 4′ long and no taller than 4′. She turned around and right behind her was a small buffet with a marble top on it. The top looked very similar to our counter tops in our new kitchen. She grabbed a measuring tape and it measured 4′ 3/4″. I called home and had my son measure the space we had… 4′ 1″. Took a picture and sent it to my hubby to see what he thought – he gave the thumbs up! Bonus… it was 30% off!!! Hubby was working, so I asked the couple if they could help me load it into my van once I moved it in front of the store and folded the seats down (thank you Town and Country Stow and Go Seats!!!). I went outside and moved the van in front of the store, looked across the street and saw my brothers truck! What impeccable timing!!! He came into the store with me, loaded the marble top – it was heavy and I was nervous not wanting to break it lol – and then helped me load the cabinet! It fits perfect and bonus… its solid wood! Hubby got home and unloaded the cabinet with my son – it fits perfect – like the space was meant for it!
This was a big highlight of my weekend, something else that was falling into place. It feels good to set and intention and reap the rewards.
We also enjoyed family and creative time! I pushed my comfort zone to share my oily love in person online by making a few videos! Our girl Mads made a baby blanket with her grama. We celebrated our beautiful cousin at her baby shower and my hubby started a new little project thats allowing him to be creative and his construction skills and knowledge really shine! Best of all we accomplished significant things off our to-do list and we enjoyed downtime. It was awesome. Exactly the way I picture every weekend for us – exactly what we are working towards. Its so close ❤
As I sit here this afternoon listening to the freezing rain hitting the windows, the kids enjoying a movie and hubby finishing off the main bathroom renovation I am filled with gratitude.
Gratitude for our family being healthy and safe.
Gratitude for my husband’s carpentry talent to transform this house into our custom home.
Gratitude for our two children. I joke that the first few years of each of their lives was a complete blur. I love how our family fell into our heart.
Gratitude for patience.
Ive had many people reaching out and asking… “How did you do it?!”
How did I lose 40lbs in less than a year not living in a gym 😉
With Daily Healthy Habits that support my body exactly where it needs to be!
- Mindset – I was ready to make a solid change in my life. I didn’t exactly at the time know HOW it was going to happen – I was READY for it to happen.
- Daily Healthy Habits – This is where my daily use of my oils and plant based vitamins and minerals and sustainably sourced marine oil and land-sourced omega fatty acids.
- Eating healthy and moving my body properly – Cut out the processed boxed pre-made food and make healthier choices for foods. I began Yoga.
For many years I told myself I was “fine” and didn’t have time to take for me – even 10 minutes to meditate. I lived in a “busy” world and that’s exactly how I felt all the time. I felt unsettled for many years, even in our first house after a few major renovations, in our 2nd house I still didn’t feel like it was me. I knew last year with the physical changes happening in our space – our nest, I knew it was time to make my own physical changes to become healthy and stronger. Honestly its 100% about that. Being ok with having to buy new clothes during the transition and feeling the true value this was going to have on my life.
I now make time for ME. Am gentler on myself for needing downtime if I begin to feel mentally exhausted. These whole home renovations have been an incredible growth opportunity. I am thankful for that.
I appreciate the value of meditation and clearing my mind.
I visually could see myself stronger.
That I could do this – even though I didn’t really know how I was going to do it 😉
I deserve and am worthy of having a healthy, strong body and happy life!
Cause lets face it when you do not feel healthy – its easy to feel sad!
Daily Healthy Habits
Many people are reluctant to understand how using essential oils daily can improve your health. Ive experienced it first hand. My advice – keep the oils accessible and make a point of using them even if its just diffusing in your home at first.
We began using essential oils in our home in June 2014. I used to be sick all the time, no matter the season. I was physically and mentally exhausted every single day and in a lot of pain. I felt miserable more often than not. It was extremely hard to even begin to describe. Even doctors who I had worked with for years could not get pharmaceuticals to work for my body. It was “the norm” for me to have frequent visits to the doctor because of how I felt.
I began taking baby steps. Got the oils and committed to use them. Topically on my body and Aromatically in the diffuser. Yes this meant small changes in my daily habits. Instead of immediately reaching for a pain medication, I pushed myself to think outside of the box and educate myself of the natural options available to me to support my body. One of the biggest life lesson is patience. Slowing down. Whenever I would reach for a pain killer I did because I needed immediate relief. However my body was in pain for a reason… I was now figuring out, rather than cover up the pain, why not search for the reason!
Constant pain and discomfort from my digestive and endocrine systems. Years ago being diagnosed with PCOS and Hypothyroidism, also having challenges with IBS and Endometriosis, I was very upset with my body. I had little medical support and I became frustrated quite easily.
What I have learned is that when I honor my body in the way it needs to be – I CAN and DO live a pain free life! You can too!
So some of my daily healthy habits Ive changed are reaching for my natural health products (essential oils and supplements) vs over the counter medication or running to the doctor for a prescription.
Did you know your gut health is a significant factor in your overall health and happiness. Whenever you take a prescription antibiotic you kill off bad AND good bacteria. It is very important to ensure if you must take a prescription antibiotic you also take a high quality pro-biotic to re-populate the good bacteria. This was big for me. I had been on a lot of various prescribed and over the counter meds. In January 2017 I began a cleanse and restore program and this kick started a significant weight loss and more focused lifestyle change.
Use or make natural cleaners for your home. The cleaners you can buy in a store are filled with toxins that are damaging to your health – especially to the endocrine system – which is what PCOS and Hypothyroidism affects. Many cleaners and air fresheners for homes are also filled with fragrance which may “smell” good – however they are synthetic and also damaging to our health.
Sleep is important to ensure our body had adequate rest to repair and rejuvenate. Sleep has been a challenge for me for many years. With the use of the various oils I have found I am sleeping much better, my mind is able to relax and if I have any issues falling asleep I have various combinations of oils or natural supplements to use to support my body in relaxing vs med’s which can be addictive.
What you put on your body – goes in your body!
I switched out my commercial deodorant and experimented with some – I used a DIY for a while, however my underarms were sensitive to the baking soda. I have been using a deodorant crystal now for almost a year and Im really loving it. You do sweat still – which isn’t enjoyable to me, however it does help with any body odour, this of which is also linked to how clean you are eating!
Also think of soap, lotions, make up, shampoo, conditioner – anything that goes on your skin is going in your body and affecting your body in some way! We cleaned up those things in our life as well to much healthier options.
I began supporting my body’s daily required nutrition with plant based supplements and sustainably sourced marine omega oils. This was an adjustment for me to ensure I take them daily, this is still one that I must remind myself of everyday. Its a lifestyle change – however one that has had a significant impact on my life and health.
With using essential oils on our body, its easily recognizable as plants and our bodies are similar systems.
Eating Health & Moving Your Body
With having PCOS there are certain foods that are great to support your body – just like exercise. For years I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t loose weight when I was exercising or going to the gym – these exercises weren’t the right ones for my body type – someone with PCOS!
For someone with PCOS our body type is similar to someone with Diabetes and if not properly controlled can develop into Diabetes. I found for myself, cardio exercise isn’t the ideal way to move my body. This is actually common in women with PCOS. Although Aerobic Training does improve ones health, we know that with PCOS comes physical and emotional challenges. Yoga has actually been found to help with decreasing anxiety levels in girls with PCOS. I began taking Yoga classes October 2017 and have found an incredible outlet for relaxation as well as stretching and strength training.
Take a moment and think about what you eat in a day.
Do you really think about what you eat or just move through the day eating on the go? When I became much more conscious about what I was eating – including the ingredients in the food – I became more educated and empowered to make healthier choices. Choosing convenience over time was proving challenging to my health. Feeling the value of time in the kitchen to prepare healthy foods has made a significant difference in my overall health. Selecting foods supportive to my body, all of which are supportive to my health are also supportive to my ADHD boy, my daughter and husband too.
For example one switch I made years ago was for my love of dip. I switched out sour cream for greek yogurt. We buy wholegrain bread vs white bread. Whole wheat flour vs white flour. Make home made chicken fingers/burgers vs boxed frozen. Choosing organic when possible. Washing fruits and vegetables before eating. Choosing fresh vs pre-made. I also learned that my body isn’t able to process twice cooked starches like potatoes, pasta, rice etc which has helped with meal planning and being more comfortable!
Regardless of the changes you make in your life – YOU are the one who needs to be comfortable with these changes and committed to giving it a shot. To be able to open your mind to a different way of thinking of our health in a more proactive vs reactive way.
These changes truly are what helped me shift my lifestyle for my own health and my family. They can however help anyone make that shift they may need.
As a wellness advocate I am here to help you! If you think you are ready to make a change in your life and would like support – reach out lets connect!
Our home renovations have become so much more than just re-creating our space, in my previous post I shared about how much its also helped us grow and change to become better people we were before, tackling things in our life that perhaps once held us stagnant.
These oils have been a blessing in more ways than one. They smell incredible – which makes our home smell incredible, but there is actually so much more to that! Our oils have been supportive to our physical and our emotional health.
Did you see my FB or Instagram live’s on Saturday about the diffuser blend I selected for our day and what we were doing. I selected these oils without thinking too much into it. I actually saw it as a blend online and thought that is perfect for bringing the feelings of Spring inside when it was snowing like December…
One blend was Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit… The Oil of Focus, The Oil of Zest for Life, The Oil of Honoring The Body. That morning I had decided to clean out the the kids closets and get my clothes put away, including some that no longer served me since becoming healthier and stronger 😉
Sunday Morning I chose Fennel, Geranium, Copaiba, Eucalyptus and Grapefruit. The Oil of Responsibility, The Oil of Love and Trust, The Oil of Unveiling, The Oil of Wellness and The Oil of Honoring the Body.
This weekend was filled with renewal, growth, family and friends – my heart is full. The majority of the weekend, 80% of it has been in our home creating and enjoying the space and our time together.
Sunday I had the opportunity to have some alone time – purely alone in our home to enjoy the peace and quiet but more importantly to reflect on me.
I sat down and refilled our kids oil blends that we use every single day and were in need of topping up. I pushed my comfort zone to share why we use the oils we do and how we have embraced our ADHD lifestyle.
I then remembered to think of me…
I am consciously always thinking of what we need to do for the kids and keeping their routine intact – Im not as great with myself. But, I am getting better…
As I looked at the oils I had out, the ones I had just finished explaining the various uses and why (emotionally) we use them I knew I had to take better care of ME and needed to create my blend.
I took an empty Balance bottle and added in 4 drops each of Frankincense, Copaiba, Wild Orange, Balance, Vetiver and Neroli then topped with fractionated coconut oil and a spray bottle. Mama’s body spray to start the day! I did the same with an empty Neroli roller and added 3 of each topping with coconut oil for on the go use. Oils on and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
I also enjoyed an incredibly moving and powerful meditation by Louise Hay about “anger releasing”. It was by far the biggest shift I have ever felt during a meditation. As much as I though I had ‘gotten over’ some of the joy thief’s Ive had in my life, when she said to visualize the 1st person walking up, I felt the anger and anxiety build, I began to shake and I could see myself doing exactly as she said to do – tell them exactly what you think – how did they make you feel. Then she continued for person 2, person 3, person 4 and person 5. I knew without even thinking exactly who each person was and why. I was impressed at how this mediation exercise could uncover emotions like this and so quickly. I remember hearing the end of the meditation and then waking up on the couch, as soon as it finished I quickly feel into a deep sleep. I awoke feeling even more refreshed and renewed, committed to no longer letting these joy thief’s steal my thunder or have any control over my life. I woke feeling happy, at peace and ready!
For a “normal” weekend it has quite honestly felt like we’ve had 2 extra days. Its been productive, relaxing, fun, and I am going into this week feeling prepared, excited for what is to come and feeling so very grateful and abundant. ❤
What am I creating in my life… space, peace, ease, art, simplicity, love, gratitude, abundance, love, patience, freedom. What are you creating in yours?
Almost 4 years ago, the most loving, curious, inquisitive little boy set me off on a journey. A journey within to follow my heart. This special little man has ADHD, I knew in my heart before we heard the words. I embraced it and we welcomed this to our lifestyle.
On my journey I was in search of something natural that would support the body systems that ADHD affects. What I found was even better!
The essential oils we use to support ADHD in our home are:
- Balance – The Oil of Grounding
This is a blend of tree oils, frankincense and flower oils. A beautiful blend to calm and relax the mind and body.
- Cedarwood – The Oil of Community
Relaxing to the mind and body, peaceful, eases nervous tension.
- Vetiver – The Oil of Centering and Descent
Supportive to nervous or anxious feelings. Vetiver is rich in sesquiterpenes that have grounding properties. Calming and grounding on emotions. Immune supporting properties. Great for sleep and relaxation.
- Frankincense – The Oil of Truth
Grounding, supports immune system, promotes cellular health and a healthy inflammatory response.
- InTune – The Oil of Presence
Enhances sense of focus.
- Lemon – The Oil of Focus
Cleansing, uplifting, promotes positive mood, refreshing.
- Copaiba – The Oil of Unveiling
Supports cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems. Powerful antioxidant. Calms and soothes the nervous system.
- DDR Prime – The Oil of Transformation
Supports healthy cellular integrity, protects body and cells from oxidative stress.
- Zendocrine – The Oil of Vitality and Transition
Supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances. Supports healthy liver function. Detoxifying to body systems.
Its also important to support your body & mind naturally on a regular basis as well. To do this we use the Top 10 Essential Oils in our home! It is incredible what they can support for our physical and emotional health. Using the oils on a daily basis either topically, aromatically or internally can boost your immune system and support healthy function of your body.
If you are interested in supporting your body with doTERRA Essential Oils please reach out to me I would be delighted to help you experience the oils in your own home!
Also check out… ADHD and Me!