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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hot/Cold Rice Packs infused with Lavender Essential Oils

I've been busy the last couple weeks getting ready for a booth this Sunday at Santa's Woods & also a booth at the AppleJack Festival Craft Show! The AppleJack show is expecting 16,000 people - I have no idea how I'm going to be able to get through that one on my own! I will have hot/cold rice packs infused with Lavender Essential Oil, handwarmers, cute little Rice Owls if I manage to get their eyes on and also a variety of Lotions, Bath Salts & Bath Sugars which are all made with natural ingredients and Simply Aroma essential oils.

I thought I'd share a little about the Hot/Cold Rice Packs and how I made them. =D

First I purchased several Kitchen Towels from Dollar Tree & Dollar General for $1. I cut up 1/2 into 2 pieces by folding it in half and cutting along the center line. Then I used fat quarters to make the back section. Sewed a 1/4" seam all the way around except for a 2" section so I could turn it right side out and fill with the rice. Before you fill the pack with rice sew another 1/4" seam all the way around the pack to make it look more finished and make it more sturdy. =D

Step 1: Infuse the Rice
I bought the largest bag of Rice I could find at Walmart, poured 1/2 in a large bowl and then dropped about 5 drops of Simply Aroma Lavender Essential Oil, mixed it with my hands, covered it with Saran Wrap (Plastic Wrap) and let it rest for about 1 hour,

Step 2: Fill the cloth bag 1/2 full with infused rice and then sew up the area left open for filling the pack. At this point you can sew down the center - be sure to split the rice in the bag in half so half is on each side of that center seam. It will create 2 chambers and keep your rice from bunching up on one side of your bag.


I am selling each of these smaller sized rice packs. They are perfect for headaches, sinus pain, cramps, achy muscles, lower back pain and lots more! Here are a few of the ways you can use your new Hot/Cold Rice Pack to help you feel a little better....
  • Centre Blend - helps with focusing & concentration! click here
  • Simmer helps relieve cramps & Peri/Menopause symptoms! click here
  • Relaxation relieves anxiety, depression and hypertension! click here
  • Digestese relieves Upset Stomach, Indigestion or Diarrhea! click here
  • Lemongrass helps with Pain, Lactation issues & digestion! click here
  • Peppermint relieves nausea, pain, reduces fever & relieves cold symptoms  (Do not use if you are on Blood Thinners!) click here
  • Spearmint relieves headaches & respiratory conditions! click here
  • Tea Tree is great for Arthritis Relief, congestion, aches & pains! click here

You can learn more about any of the oils by clicking here.....

I'm linked up at:
Amanda’s Books and More Friendship Friday at Create With Joy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Flu, Cold and Winter Illness - Review your Natural Options!

Last night it was brought to my attention that there is a virus that is going around and attacking kids. It's no your normal Flu Bug or your normal Summer Cold - this one attacks the lungs. It starts with cold symptoms and can cause complications in kids with asthma or other respiratory problems.If your child is wheezing, having difficulty breathing take him/her to the Dr right away.

The illness also can cause coughing, sneezing, fever, aches and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

There isn't a huge percentage of kids hospitalized - this is a good opportunity to review precautions we can all take to avoid illness this winter....

1) Teach your kids to WASH THEIR HANDS after going to the bathroom & when ever they sneeze or cough. 
2) Teach your kids to Sneeze or Cough into their elbow sleeves.
3) Disinfect your door knobs, phones, TV remotes, light switches every night before bed. Hand each child big enough to reach their light switches or the bathroom counter a Lysol Wipe (or handmade wipes made with Deflect or Shield Essential Oils) - and teach them to wipe up bathroom counters & light switches before they leave the room. You may want to leave a canister of wipes on the bathroom counter for them to use as they leave each time.

Here's a recipe for Natural Lemon Disinfecting Wipes: 

This recipe uses Simply Aroma's Natural Lemon & Tea Tree Essential Oils. I love the smell of Lemons and there are many natural benefits to using essential oils....

Lemon does more than smell good - it helps to calm coughs and wheezing, helps your body naturally cleanse and detoxify, helps to reduce blood pressure & improve mental clarity. It's also a Fever reducer and you can use it as a disinfectant around your house. 

Tea Tree is antiviral, antibacterial and helps to relieve earaches, may kill bacteria and fungus, and reduce allergic skin reactions. It also alleviates infections such as acne, fungal nails, lice, scabies and ringworm. Adults with respiratory colds can boil water and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water then after removing the pot from the heat put a towel over your head and breathe it in for 10-15 minutes to help relieve congestion.****

Shield: Another Essential Oil that I personally use whenever I or one of my kiddos gets a cold is Shield. It's my favorite blend from Simply Aroma! From Simply Aroma's webiste: (Shield is a protective blend that covers a broad spectrum of anitimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system.This oil is a blend of 6 different therapeutic grade essential oils, including cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary and frankincense. 

Article about the Respiratory Virus: http://bit.ly/1ry4xV0

Disclaimer: This blog is not a replacement for medical advice from your Dr, Dentist or Chiropractor. I am not a Dr - these are just tips and ideas that have helped me personally. Please seek their advice at all times and if you have any concerns please wait to try these methods until you've spoken to your medical professional.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Upcoming Review: the NEW Libre Life Tea Glass Collection

Press Release:

Feel Good and Look Great – stay hydrated all day!!
Back to school with the NEW Libre Life Tea Glass Collection

In the morning hot tea, noon citrus water, afternoon protein shake and evening herbal teas – the easy wash glass interior ensures a fresh taste for every beverage. And the unique double wall construction keeps your drinks HOT or COLD while the exterior layer of poly protects the glass interior. This combination makes it practical to take anywhere - to work, on the commute, yoga class and even hiking.
And yes, pretty – Starburst blue, Lively Leaves bright green and classic Black Brush – each with their own attractive graphics. This new collection adds to Libre tea’s Classic silver trimmed, beautiful, original line with the same great features.

The practical and unique removable Libre tea stainless steel filter - it’s easy and economical to make your own herbal refreshment with garden herbs, cucumbers, citrus or berries - just add water and with the removable filter they all stay in the glass not in your mouth!
These new tea glass models show new way to do beverages for back to school. And back to busy times! They can be used 3 ways and can be used by all ages alike. With their glass interior, the newest tea glasses can be used both for hot and cold drinks. The product is now available in Unites States and in Canada. They hold 420ml/14oz of one’s favorite beverage.

You can order your NEW Tea Glass (or start your holiday shopping now!) @ http://www.libretea.com/

Disclaimer: I have been offered a sample of one of the NEW Libre Life Tea Glasses to review on GivingNSharing. Please stay tuned for more information!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tea Tree Essential Oils - Versatile & Helpful

I Was Featured on Mommy Monday

Tea Tree Essential Oils
This week I will be sharing tips & a few recipes on my Simply Aroma FB page from the I Love Essential Oils FB page for the use of Tea Tree Oil in your home and with your families - 

This week you will learn:
9/2:  Did you know Tea Tree can help disinfect & freshen clothing & towels?
9/3: Insect & Mosquito Bites
9/4: Tea Tree Oil kills bacteria and fungus, and reduce allergic skin reactions & Everyday & Toilet Bowl Cleaner recipes
9/5: Healing with Tea Tree Oil & Like Homemade Neosporin recipe

Tea Tree Oil is available from Simply Aroma and if you'd like more information or a sample of Bug Bite Itch Free Salve that I made using Simply Aroma's Lavender & Tea Tree Oils let me know and I'd be happy to send you some to try (sample to US readers only please - help yourself to the recipes though!). =D

You can email me @ DefendYourself.Tina (at) gmail.com - one sample per address please and continental US addresses only.

I'd love to have some comments & LIKES/Shares - Thanks so much!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The benefits of Lavender Essential Oils

In June, I signed up to sell Simply Aroma (no this is not a sales pitch - but if you'd like to order just click on the link). I was curious to see if Essential Oils could help me combat the constant pain and achiness. It's usually bone deep and not even Chiropractic can do much more than lighten the pain for a day or two. (Chiropractic has helped me get rid of 80% of the headaches I used to get and I very rarely have migraines anymore.)

One of the oils that came in my Free Kit (which is still available till 9/15/14) was Lavender. I wasn't going to touch it. I don't like the smell of Lavender - the only thing I do like is the deep beautiful purple on the plants. Then I heard it would help the baby I watch sleep better. She was only sleeping 45 minutes if I was lucky, refused to sleep in the packnplay as her last sitter just let her sleep on the bed & at almost 6 months that definitely wasn't going to work. So, I decided to try the Lavender on myself first & got out the diffuser.

I loved the smell. It was light and refreshing and while I didn't notice a difference in my own sleep right away - I sure did with the baby. She went to 2 hour naps in the AM and 2 hour naps in the PM! I didn't really notice anything for myself in quite a while - until about a month ago.

For over 30 years I haven't reached the REM stage of sleep which is very common with Fibromyalgia patients. Lately I hurt at night and was tossing and turning. I just couldn't get comfortable. Plus I was hot! (I'm nearly always cold & no it's not due to Menopause or Perimenopause)

I started noticing I was more relaxed during the day. Then I started thinking about my sleep and realized that I haven't been tossing and turning as much. I'm still not dreaming and really don't think I'll ever get back to that point (see this post). About 2 weeks ago I realized I haven't been as stiff. Actually I'm not stiff at all in the morning when I go to stand up. My back pain has gone down at least 70% when I get out of bed and while I don't think it has anything to do with the Lavender or my sleep my hips haven't been going out as much and there is no stabbing pain.

Then I read the Fact Sheet that is available to customers:

I'm amazed! I've always noticed that natural - or alternative methods have helped me more than drugs and just going to bed. But this is amazing!

Have you ever used Essential Oils? How have they benefited you the most?

Linked up to: Friendship Friday, Sincerely Paula, BloggyMoms, Turn It Up Tuesday

Fibromyalgia & Sleep Disfunction...

One of the issues I've had my whole life is trouble sleeping. I'm not talking NOT sleeping - but not deep, body healing sleep. As a child I had nightmares - every night the same 3, full color, full sound, in the same order. Two of those dreams were waking dreams - I didn't see the images but I felt their movement. I hate being rushed from one place to the next - that is what one of those dreams was. I felt like I was being pushed along and I couldn't slow down while my surroundings were going past me at a faster pace and it made me feel awful. The other dream something (usually a garbage truck - hey, I was 3-4 years old) was trying to crush me or eat me. To this day I hate things that tower over me - or are empty under me. I hate not feeling secure.

When I was 14 I begged God to take away the dreams - and He did.

Unfortunately when I begged Him for peaceful dreaming I didn't realize that we need to reach a dream state (REM) in order for our bodies to heal. Over the last 30 years I can count the number of dreams I've had on 1 hand. Literally. Again the few dreams I've had over the last 30 years are vivid, full color, full sound and often I feel like I'm falling. (Sometimes I have that falling feeling when I'm awake too.)

Being a Fibromyalgia patient I do have the sleep issues many of us do. I've noticed Brain Fog, difficulty understanding written words and especially verbal instruction. I struggle with basic remembering. (An example is: putting the wet bag for diapers, my purse and the diaper bag on the edge of the trunk and after putting the stroller in the trunk turning and picking up my purse & diaper bag and not even realizing the wet bag was gone. To this day, I still can't find it. It's so frustrating to be looking at something and 2 minutes later have no memory of it whatsoever.) This is scary to me - how bad can I expect it to get? 

Along with the inability to remember things - I've noticed a bone deep achiness & tiredness, stiffness in the morning, exhaustion and frustration with noise, my surroundings, idiots (you get the idea)... I've noticed when I get that tired it's just better to separate myself from others. To almost hibernate in my apartment after the kiddos got home and surround myself with silence until I get enough sleep to tolerate noise again. It almost feels like I'm deep under water and I'm struggling to swim through jello..

In June, I tried something new..... stay tuned and I'll tell you whats been helping me.

Articles you might find interesting:
Fibromyalgia & Sleep by Jan Sheehan

Sleep Disorders

Hopefully linking up to:
Missional Women http://christianmommyblogger.com 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stress Relieving Decision Making

I know, it's been a while since I've been on. It's been a tough year and a 1/2 and I just had to take a step back and re-examine my priorities. I had to stop and consider where I was going with my daycare kiddos, both blogs, my health wasn't getting any better (in fact my pain got way out of control for months) and I also had to consider what I was doing with Damsel in Defense since it wasn't everything I thought it would be. Here's what I decided & have done....

Cut It Out:
Damsel in Defense (this was an easy decision)
I love the idea behind the company but well, they needed to go. Enough said.

Cut back on it:
Daycare: I had my one stressful family (no communication and mom was hard to deal with) decide to get a nanny when they discovered they were expecting #3. Hopefully it works out for them.

My decision: to begin accepting infants, reset my rates and focus on getting 2 full time kiddos and leave slot #3 open for drop ins. We aren't going to be on the go as much since they are just babies. We'll still go to the park, go for walks and meet other kiddos to play with. I've been stressing the need for communication with parents at the interview & I've made the decision that I'm going to wait to make sure I can find the right family to join us - I want a team playing parent/daycare relationship! Please pray that I can find one more family. I'm going to need it badly and rather quick in order for me to continue to stay at home.
Blogging: I have 2 literacy blogs and between them they were taking all of my time. I was often up to all hours of the night typing, setting up giveaways and tweaking the blog. I found I no longer wanted to read and wasn't meeting deadlines. I hated that. 

My decision: 
~ I am letting Classic Children's Books go. I am moving all new reviews for that blog over to this one (altho you can always access older reviews on that blog. I'll leave a button on the side bar and you can just switch on over to that blog if you'd like. All future and new reviews will be on this blog. Probably will not continue the Summer Book Club - it's a ton of work unfortunately.
~ I will continue with health related reviews & posts for people with Chronic Pain. 
~ Posts will not be daily, every other day or even weekly at this time. They will be maybe 2-3 times a month if I can get to the library. 
I'm still dealing with stress related headaches. Still going to the Chiropractor weekly. Still fighting my weight, exhaustion and frustration BUT due to some positive changes the exhaustion is finally under control and my pain is too (at least for summer). I've got to make sure I'm at the chiropractor every week or my pain goes way up and so do my headaches. 

My decision: I have begun learning about Essential Oils and using Lavender every night. My sleep has gotten so much better - I'm actually feeling so much more rested, sleeping the night through and getting at least 6 hours of sleep. I'll share more with you shortly in another post. I'm also cutting back on soda (which is huge for me!) and plan on taking the babies for walks every nice day.
Stress - Financially, Health and Lifestyle
I am starting to consider what I'm going to do when I can't continue daycare. I'd love to continue to watch kids when needed & keep it a ministry - but I need to consider what's going to help me the most. I'm considering a possible move when these kiddos leave (they are 8 mo & 16 mo so that could be a while) - it would be out of state. Nebraska didn't sign up for Medicaid so I wasn't eligible for insurance (even tho the idea of low income people getting insurance was the whole idea between Obama's insurance plan.... ) so moving out of state even 10 miles away from where I live would mean I can get insurance (make any sense to you?).... I just don't know where the $$$ would come from for a move, to get set up and to cover the time it would take to get a few more kids to watch.

Anyway, Please stay tuned as I figure out where I'm going with this.... and leave a few comments. I'd love some prayer too!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

I'm back! with a Giveaway & News!

Hi everyone - it's been one of those winters! Between kids being sick, extremely cold weather and a really bad bout of isomnia as well as finding out all my daycare kiddos have new plans for care this summer - life has been tough and difficult. I've been writing up my reviews tho from home, just haven't made it to the library unfortunately - so, I'm hoping to start getting posts prescheduled & posted at least 1x a week....

Thank you all for staying in touch and reading for the last 3 months!

I do have 1 major change that is going to be happening - I am officially closing out my children's blog Classic Children's Books and from now on all of my reviews for Big & Little People will be on GivingNSharing. You'll still be able to visit CCB - just click on the link. =D I will also be cutting way back on my book reviews - at least for a time as my schedule is extremely tight & I need to focus on finding 2 awesome families to visit my daycare and start bringing their kiddos everyday for their daily dose of LOVE from Aunt Tina!


Today, I have a giveaway to share with you and this weekend I will have my review of Six Sisters' Newest Book: "A Year with Six SistersSTUFF -
52 Menu Plans, Recipes, and Ideas to Bring Families Together"

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