When Mother Nature Strikes | Friday Flood

The other morning my family awoke to a nightmare! Our newly finished basement was flooded 😣!

This rain storm affected so many people in and around our community. Some people with as much as 5′ of water in their basements.  

Thankfully we did not have that much. We did however have enough to affect everything in our newly finished basement. 

I was waiting until we finished upstairs to figure out all the “little things” like hanging photos, putting up shelves, building the kids homework station, organizing the book shelves. So literally all of our kids belongings… were under water. Family photos, photo books (the kids love looking at them before bed), pieces of art from when I was a child, canvases, hand made items from family etc. Some things that have SO much value, but maybe can’t be replaced or how could you put a value on it. 

What really hurts is we JUST finished the basement. My hubby went room to room and completely redid the rooms with new insulation, drywall, flooring, trim, fireplace. Going room by room to minimize the disruption to our family, especially our children. We had it set up perfectly with plans literally in the works for how we were going to organize down there. A project I was going to take on with hubby’s guidance after the kitchen was finished (which is beginning this week)! 

Sometimes life stops you in your tracks and says nope we have other plans. Challenges are so incredibly hard at times when it involves change. Change is hard for me. The basement the first time around was very hard on me and it was a room at a time. This is heavy.  Very heavy and incredibly emotional. After all of our hard work our basement has to be completely gutted! Completely – not one room at a time! Thankfully when we were renovating we invested in some upgrades that actually helped minimize the damage in most rooms. 

It’s been a very upside down weekend. I have had to be ok with being vulnerable. OK with letting people help me, this is actually quite hard for me. I have to be ok with the unknown and letting go. I have to be ok with change. 

So instead of finishing off our ‘whole home renovations’ with our main floor renovations with all new floors, kitchen and mudroom… we now move back to completely redo the basement… again! 

In the middle of the night, early Sunday morning, the stress of the situation took hold of me and I was having some painful stomach pains. Stress typically affects my body in a physical way. Being soothed by my Digest Zen Touch and then after lunch boosting it up with Geranium, Ginger, Peppermint and Digest Zen/ZenGest. Sleep and my oils and I am beginning to feel better. 

A drop of each in some Fractionated Coconut Oil and I felt wonderful calming, soothing relief. 

It’s heavy. We were nearing the end of our whole home renovations. I realize we are lucky and I’m in no way thinking our situation is the worst, but it’s a loss and after all our hard work, it’s feeling very heavy. 

Of course there are positives, that I remind ourselves of many times.  We are safe. Our structure of our home is safe. What we invested in for the basement were very smart choices. We can begin to live with even less “stuff” simply because right now we are literally in half the amount of space! We can give back by donating what we can’t use at this moment or that was getting a bit tight on the kids. The kids can spend the summer bonding even closer sharing the same room to sleep in. Movie nights just got a lot more fun to be cuddled on their beds all together in the living room. LOL however we can be positive in the situation the better for me and my own mental health.  Having previous challenges with depression I have learned I need to listen to my body. Yesterday afternoon without a doubt in the midst of the ‘waiting for the next step’ we all had to rest. 

What this has also taught us is to be appreciative and proud of our hard work. We had been holding off to “share” our transformation until it was all done, all the finishing touches, but you know what that doesn’t matter. Life throws us these curve balls and there will always be an opportunity for growth. I am so proud of my husband and the work he’s put into our house to make it our home. 💕 Although much of his hard work was under water, it is repairable. As much as this hurts my heart that we are going to be in reno mode for even longer, I can adjust to change and our new way of living for right now. 

The mildew smell is already quite prevalent and our diffusers have been running almost non stop! Yesterday afternoon a great one not only for helping with the odour but also for cleansing negative energy from the space. 

2 drops each of white fir, lemongrass and Frankincense. Both frankincense and white fir providing grounding and stability. 

We now move forward to rebuild and vow to our children it’s going to be better than ever! A somewhat backwards approach to truly decluttering and purging our home, however this is what we’ve been dealt and we CAN and will handle it! 

The Art of Bacon

It’s a beautifully relaxing art to cooking bacon. I love my bacon to be completely and evenly cooked. I love the crispy soft smoked  bacon.

Good bacon takes time. Low and slow! Time I can just simply do what I need to do, cook the bacon. For the moment just let everything (and everyone) just BE. While reflecting on my day I thought, WOW one experience after another just had me feeling from one emotion to another.  

Somedays you experience a great variety of feelings and emotions! Happy, sad, frustrated, excited, nervous, eager, motivated, exhausted, experiences in our life shift us to feel these ways. Today was a day for me that I felt those shifts. I FELT the shifts and recognized what I began feeling. 

Going from feeling happy and excited for the weekend, pumped to get our flooring installed to exhausted with the renovations and just wanting to get away to unrealistic people who need some blessings and a kids frustrating moment.  

Being in our home and just being OK with how everything is. RIGHT NOW. As I’m cooking the bacon for our gourmet grilled cheese, I am enjoying the peace while we all each have some time to do whatever we want. To decompress from the day and the week. It’s been a goal hitting week. Longer days into nighys, but fulfilling.

Accomplishments are being reached and things are productively moving forward.  I really am overall so happy for this renovation, but living in it has become very tiring.  

Of course, “We all have those days…”. Life happens. It is however how we choose to react and handle experiences as they arise. 

I am ready for life to fall into our new “normal”. The ease of organization and enjoying time together! Truly enjoying the art of cooking bacon. Perfectly cooked with maximum flavour bursts! Letting my to-do list be something I begin tackling in the morning, with a fresh relaxed mind and open heart. 

Being more emotionally balanced myself to experience these shifts and know it’s OK to let it happen. Give myself permission to relax and recharge. It’s exactly what I need! 💕

I’ve been craving down time at home! True quality downtime… and we are almost there. I am truly excited, grateful and feeling so blessed for our new kitchen and living space ! 

As I envision what is soon to be our reality, I enjoy the beauty that is this gourmet grilled cheese with two types of cheese, sliced dill pickles, bacon on while wheat bread with butter and cooked in a pan with coconut oil. Simply heaven! Especially when enjoyed with a Greek yogurt garlic dip! Flavored with doTERRA Lemon essential oil, garlic and onion spice. 
Have an amazing Friday night! 💖

For anyone with digestion challenges, I personally am grateful for my TerraZyme Digestive enzymes supplements! My body has a love, hate relationship with cheese. Has to be good quality! When eating a meal like this I take 2 TerraZyme and am able to completely enjoy the cheesy treat! 

The art of cooking bacon is to let it simply be that. 🤗 Enjoy the time it takes! 

All Natural After Sun Rub & Spray

Have you been enjoying the sunshine? Perhaps a little bit too much? I know my kids and my skin was sunkissed a couple weeks ago and my Aloe & Oil Rub certainly came in handy for myself and my kids!

After Sun Aloe & Oil Rub
1 cup Aloe Vera
8 drops Lavender
8 drops Peppermint
8 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
4 drops Frankincense
We store this in a small jar in the fridge, its also great for any type of skin irritation as well!

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After Sun Spray
2 tablespoons witch hazel
10 drops Lavender
2 drops Peppermint
1/4 cup aloe vera
1/2 teaspoon vitamin e
2 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
Shake before every use!

 

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Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential Oils for Beginners

New to essential oils? Here is a simple guide to help you get started in your essential oil journey.

Expand Your Health In June with Pam and doTERRA! 

A lot happens in June especially for children and parents… the end of the school year, beginning of Summer! A new routine and much more time outside 🌞! 

Expand your health this June with Pam and doTERRA! Since your routines are adjusting anyway, get a jump start on boosting up the kids (and your) immune system before back to school in the fall! 

This month from the Canadian Warehouse enjoy 10% off our beautiful natural shampoo and conditioner to leave your hair healthy, soft and smelling amazing! 

With a 125PV Loyalty Rewards Order by June 15th the Oil of the month you will receive is Juniper Berry! 

Juniper Berry

•    Used in Aromatherapy as a nervine and calmative.*  

•   Used in Aromatherapy for symptomatic relief of acne and boils.*

•   Used in Aromatherapy to relieve eczema and dermatitis.*

•   Used in Aromatherapy to relieve minor skin irritation.*

•  Used in Aromatherapy to relieve cuts.*

•  Used in Aromatherapy to relieve bruises.*

•  Used in Aromatherapy to relieve burns.*

•   Used in Aromatherapy to relieve to help relieve joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains, or rheumatoid arthritis.*

•   Add one to two drops to your next green or fruit smoothie.

•  Reduces the appearance of skin blemishes.

•   Acts as a natural cleansing agent for the skin.  

•   Apply one drop to promote a clear, healthy complexion.

•  Diffuse with citrus oils to freshen and purify the air. Blends with Grapefruit, Bergamot, or Cypress.   

*  Claim is approved for this Natural Health Product. Reference Juniper Berry NPN80060933

10% off products from the US Warehouse is PB Assist and TerraZyme! Both incredible for the digestive tract! 

PB Assist

PB Assist+ is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and probiotic microorganisms in a double-layer vegetable capsule. It delivers 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) that encourage friendly bacterial growth.*
Primary Benefits

    Promotes a positive balance and proliferation of beneficial bacteria*

    Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*

    Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*

    Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*

    Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of food*

TerraZyme

DigestZen TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex is a blend of whole-food enzymes and supporting cofactors that help strengthen the body’s production of enzymes which is important in the process of healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy.*

Primary Benefits

    Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods*

    Supports conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy*

    Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance*

    Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes*

    Proprietary blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes

    Contains the doTERRA tummy tamer blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway Seed

    Sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules

    Safe and effective

The product of the month from the US Warehouse is a 5ml Serenity blend!  With a 125PV Loyalty Rewards Order by June 15th the Oil of the month you will receive is the 5ml Serenity! 

Recently reformulated last fall to include Vetiver, Ho Wood and Cedarwood in the blend it’s even more relaxing and grounding! Beautiful in the diffuser at bedtime! 

•   Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime before going to sleep.

•  Creates a perfect escape with its renewing fragrance. 

•   Diffuses into a subtle aroma. 

•  Add two to three drops to a warm bath with Epsom salts to create a peaceful, renewing aroma. 

• Diffuse to help promote relaxation.   

The 200PV Promotion this month for any order is Immortelle! 

Immortelle®

•   Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

•   Helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin. 

•   Helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin. 

•   Apply as part of your morning and night facial routine. 

•   Apply topically to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.

•   Apply under your arms after a sweaty workout or a day in the sun. 

•   Helps to beautify the skin. 

•  A blend of powerful oils in every drop.

Canadian and United States Warehouse Promotions! 

If you are interested in any of the above products and/or would like to get started with a kit in your home this month I would be honored to support you! 

These kits below are available in Canada and the United States with kits also available for Europe and Australia. 

Please connect with me via email pam AT yourlifeasartphotography DOT com (replacing the AT with @ and DOT with .) You can also order online if you feel comfortable www.mydoterra.com/pamelazmija WA 1028607 . 

Curious how to use the oils in these kits? Check out My Top 12 Essential Oils here

I look forward to helping you on your own journey to health and wellness custom to your life 💖

ADHD and Me

Almost 3 years ago I was drawn to a local ‘mood management’ class in an attempt to find a way to naturally support my little man. Back then I didn’t need a doctor or psychologist to tell me, I already knew. My son has Inattentive ADHD.

This past November it was confirmed and I literally broke down in tears.

Tears of happiness.

For years we were challenged, by the norm. I quite honestly focused too much on what “should” be happening or “stages” rather than focusing on my child as an individual. As a mother I felt compelled to do what I “should do” and not what I felt in my heart as right.

In grade 1 our son was told by his teacher and in front of the principal (at that time) that he isn’t smart, he doesn’t know how to do this and that and is just wasting her time.

I’ve unfortunately also witnessed the way some adults {with authority} speak to children with more sensitive needs… educators, coaches, police officers…

Our children are hearing all of this and it’s condemning to their success and future. What if this was your child?

What if instead of having this “perfect” image in our mind, we simple embraced every single child for who they are and what they have been brought into this world to do. 

It has taken years to rebuild his confidence and empower him that just because he learns ‘outside’ of this “box” that he IS smart. He was made to feel like he was stupid, he was singled out and he simply gave up and hated going to school. Do you know how this affects a child… we do and its very sad. He began pulling away, was not the happy go lucky kid we once knew, began getting in trouble at school and then we found out that he was being teased and bullied.

My childhood was what I would consider ‘normal’ when we were sick we went to the doctor, took prescriptions and medications etc. However something in my heart was leading me in another direction for my child.

Given his grade 1 year, this was tough. But we persevered. We followed all the recommended steps, going to the pediatrician, seeing a therapist and more recently a psychological assessment, after a long 3 year wait. Our son has Inattentive ADHD – I knew this year’s ago. What had me bawling like a baby in the meeting was when she said… The results also showed he IS a very smart boy. However he has a unique need for the way he learns. With a learning disability in combination with being inattentive ADHD it makes learning in a “typical” classroom much more challenging for him, especially for a sensitive child.

Truthfully leaving that meeting in November my husband and I both agreed that given the information, we both too would technically be diagnosed with ADHD as well.
So what does this mean for us? Almost 3 years ago I began my own research with essential oils and supporting emotional and brain health. Much of this was trial and error, reading the various properties of oils and which ones may benefit, various blends to try etc. This process for us wasn’t simple and everyday still we are learning. I was introducing a natural way to support our bodies – emotionally and physically, which prior to, was unheard of in our home, while trying to get a grasp on what was actually happening and most important how to support him!

What I have personally learned is this. Your heart will lead you to where you need to be. Sleep is SO incredibly important. Eating healthy real food is equally important. Best of all, if your child is open to learning,  go with it.

From the very get go our boy was intrigued with these oils. I first began my own journey with about 5 or 6 oils which looked like were ones we needed to start with for our own health goals. As I learned more, I added more to our oily tool box in ways that could also support him better as well as my own health and the rest of our family. More importantly I began to {quietly} let go of being afraid of what others may think.

Thankfully my son’s teachers since grade 1 have been more supportive. We truly have been blessed, but as his parents we still must be advocates for him and his learning. Just a few months ago he proved that grade 1 teacher completely wrong when his testing came back proving he has great intelligence and IS incredibly smart … he learns and works for what comes natural to him. Not everyone learns from a book or simply being told what to do, movement is important as well as hands on learning, visual components, technology, the learning atmosphere and being supportive emotionally with any sensitivies of how children learn in a more unique way! 

I’m very thankful for our small school and the educators our children have. Be an advocate for your child. It’s simply too easy to get ‘lost in the system’ and then have to play catch up with skills and knowledge. Take the reins, take control and follow your heart!

Take 6 minutes and watch this. Truly let it sink into your core. Every single child has unique needs when it comes to education and how they learn.

How We Support ADHD Naturally…

What I honestly recommend people to do first is to begin to make a lifestyle shift. Yes it takes time and work. BUT if I can do it and our family did it, YOU CAN TOO!

  1. Introduce The Top 10 Essential Oils into your home.
    Why is this important?
    So that you and your family have natural options to turn to for a very long list of ailments such as headaches, cuts, burns, bruises, sleep, coughs, colds, digestive discomfort, respiratory support, skin irritation, acne, muscle aches and pain, sprains, strains, calming, cooling and so much more.
  2. Take a closer look at what you are eating and drinking… we found a direct link to processed foods and lesser quality food and our kids behaviour (yes even our non ADHD child). Preservatives, dyes, sugar, anything “white” or bleached,  etc.
  3. Sleep is extremely important. I remember when our children were young and sitting outside of their bedrooms to ensure they stayed in bed and went to sleep. Our kids were a week less than 18 months apart so their younger years are very much a blur however we made it work. Now we use essential oils every night with them topically and in their diffusers.
  4. I also then did research on which specific oils would support his body and mind for his specific needs. The Oils we are using daily to support our son are Balance, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, Lemon and In Tune. We’ve also added in high quality plant based supplements.  (Frankincense and Lemon are in the top 10 oils).
  5. Routine and organization are key – which have been challenging during a whole home renovation! We also have our oils sitting in our kitchen available for them to pick and choose which oils they are drawn to for a back massage or if they need something different for their bedtime diffusers. We are empowering them with choices, natural options to support physical and emotional health.

As I mentioned above, consistency is key as well as incorporating healthy sleeping and eating habits as well. Be easy on yourself as a parent, it can be stressful and frustrating, it’s also the same for your child. There will be hiccups, adjustments, learning curves for your child, you, siblings, family, friends and educators.  Everyone has a bad day and that’s OK! This was and still is a learning experience for our entire family, however sometimes life lessons are the best kind! ❤

I was once quiet and similar to my own health just wanted for us to live a “normal” life and not be labeled by a diagnosis. At first we didn’t talk much about what ADHD is or why it is important to our lifestyle. Learning opportunity for us as this contributed to him feeling singled out.

THIS IS OUR NORMAL LIFE. I wouldn’t change my family and our life for anything.  We are all unique and I am so grateful to have been chosen as my kids mom. They were given to me because 1. I needed them and 2. They needed me. So we have chosen to empower and educate. Yes he had ADHD and learns differently, truth be told he gets it honestly from his dad, myself and other family members. This is us and I am so happy we’ve been given this life together ! 💗

Sleepless night and headaches!

Being a mom, sleepless nights are something I am very familiar with. However as the kids get older any sleepless nights have become much lesser and much harder on me when they do happen ;). Anyone else? LOL!

The other night one of our little’s didn’t sleep well and ended up in bed with us. Thankfully we have a king size bed, however when my sleep is disrupted I typically have a harder time falling back asleep. Any other moms out there have this challenge after a little joins you in your bed and they and dad fall happily back to sleep? 😉

So needless to say I woke up feeling like I hadn’t slept a wink after 130am and thus had a horrible head tension, headache and almost felt sick being so over tired. Awesome way to start a Friday, before a long weekend…

Two  and a half years ago I would have reached for my trusty bottle of over the counter pain pills (which my body was becoming immune to and thus I needed the pills more often). Today however I lathered up with Deep Blue and Frankincense on my neck and temples, lavender down the bridge of my nose and then pulled out my PastTense.

Thankfully since making these lifestyle changes my headaches are far and few between now – amazing because I used to have them alot 😦 I took my supplements and drank lots of water. Difficult when you feel sick! Its been so long since Ive used my PastTense I honestly forgot how simply AMAZING it is!!!

PastTense really is an incredible blend to use topically to feel relief! It worked beautifully and I was feeling like myself again, enjoyed time with the littles after school and then had a real class that night! 

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