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!



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.

10 Things To Say To Empower Yourself! 

What do you say to yourself? 

We’ve all done it, have felt inadequate or worried what others will think… 

Let’s turn these 10 things you should never say into 10 amazing positive things you should say to empower yourself! 

  1. What will they think of me. -> I LOVE INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING OTHERS!
  2. I’m so embarrassed I could die. -> I DREAM AND LIVE WITH PASSION.
  3. I can’t do it. -> I CAN DO ANYTHING! 
  4. I’m so useless. -> I HAVE UNIQUE SKILLS! SUCH AS… Sports, Art, Photography, Language, Math, Helping others etc…
  5. I’m not good enough. -> I AM ENOUGH!
  6. Nobody loves me.  -> I AM LOVED AND RESPECTED! 
  7. Life is so unfair. -> I AM THE ARCHITECT OF MY LIFE!

I will admit, I am guilty of the negative self talk, we all are, we are human.  It is so much more empowering to speak highly of yourself with love and confidence – even if possibly at the time you do not completely believe it! That’s totally ok! It will come. With an open heart and mind, invite in the power of the law of attraction! Begin to feel the shift in your life 💖! 

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*


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! 


•   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 💖

Release Yourself From Their Expectations

I inspire and educate families on real, simple ways to positive change in their health.

This is something that I have chosen to step into and take control of myself in my own life. For years I turned a blind eye and followed with what I thought ‘should’ happen or what I ‘should’ do.

I read this blog post the other day and it completely resonated with my heart in a couple ways.  

For myself, it truly was not that long ago that I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and PCOS. I have also been challenged with Depression – a symptom of both of these invisible illnesses. For a while I followed the norm of how I should handle these illnesses, I even down played them to others. Even though this completely rocked me to my core and I felt very lost. Compounded with past emotional hurt from years before these diagnoses and learning to trust again.

For my children, to embrace their individuality and unique personalities. Each of them learns differently and every part of their individuality must be supportive to their learning style, emotions and health. 

I began to step forward into what I knew needed to happen – regardless of what others may say and did say.

I chose to make my health a priority in a natural {life changing} way and although scary at first to “go against the grain” I am loving where this journey has taken us and how great I am {finally} feeling! 

What expectations do you need to let go of to fully open your heart, mind and life 💗😄?


She asked me, “What is the biggest lesson you have learned from founding your own company?” Release yourself from people’s expectations of your decisions. If you’re looking for people to “get” you or applaud your career-switching decisions, you may be searching for a long time.

The vast majority of people are afraid of trying something new, but–more so–afraid of failing publicly. Most people don’t want to be vulnerable and run the risk of closing the doors to a dream.

Your responsibility isn’t to handle the naysayers, nor is it to convince others that your decision is right. Your only job is to do what you’ve been created to do.

You must stand in the rightness of your vision and let your success silence their doubts.

via Release Yourself from Their Expectations — Jasmine Star