Alternative Ways for Taking Care of Your Family

As a mom of four, I am always looking for new ways of keeping my family healthy. I have been using different homeopathic remedies for my children since baby number one. Why? Most generic or name brand remedies are not for children under a certain age. I got tired of seeing my children ill because they couldn’t take any medicine. I usually would stick with the cough medicine after they were one because it contained honey.

Well, I was recently approached by a friend to see if I would be interested in coming to her essential oil class. She gave me a little information on essential oils and I said sure! Why not? I am open to hearing about new all natural ways of to taking care of my family. Of course, essential oils are not new. They have been around this earth even before what we called “traditional” medication.

I attended this doTerra© Essential Oils class and was blown away. I loved the idea of taking something all natural for things that were bothering me. I figure if God put in on this earth for me to use, then it should be used. So I tried them. I told my friend when I wanted to sign up and how. I wanted to give this a running chance to work. I won some On Guard Beadlets while at this party. I was happy and love to use these. They are safe to use for your children. When my family gets ill or shows signs of getting ill, my son eagerly wants to take some On Guard Beadlets to aid in his speedy recovery. Building up his immune system with these On Guard Beadlets.

I ordered some Peppermint Beadlets online. Little did I know I was going to love it. Some initial benefits for the Peppermint Beadlets are bloating, gas, indigestion. They can also be used for healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. I love them!! I have had issues for upset tummies and digestion. Now when I get an upset tummy I just pop one in my mouth and take it with some water, not that long after my tummy is feeling a lot better.

They also have Peppermint Oil that you can buy among other things. I have that on my list for my next purchase. Why? Because I now feel the need and want to fill my medicine cabinet with essential oils.

I wanted to share my new-found love for essential oils with you. As moms we have to lead the way to a healthy family lifestyle. Are there some products you love to use? Have you tried some essential oils?

If you are interested in trying some products for yourself or your family, you can click the link on my blog and go straight to my doTerra© Wellness Advocate page or click here on this post.

Please note: if you purchase from my site I will be paid a percentage. I am not an employee of doTerra©, I am an advocate for their products. They have not asked me in any way to write this post. I am writing this post to share my new-found love. I will be sharing from time to time new products from them I love in my journey for an overall wellness of my mind, body, & soul.
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Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind

When we think about spring cleaning it usually is wrapped around the idea of just cleaning out some of the noticeable things in our home. Do you ever think, maybe I should really clean my home? I should declutter the whole house. Start off the holiday weekend with a new prospective.

Well, I’ve been on a Mind, Body, and Soul rejuvenation for 2017.  The whole working on my mind and soul & spiritually came to me very easily. I have been reading more books and reading my bible on an ongoing basis. For my body, I’ve been trying to eat better along with squeezing in working out. That is still a task I am trying to defeat daily.

But, in this rejuvenation of myself, I really didn’t consider the whole “spring cleaning” idea until recently. I have been wanting to thoroughly go through my children’s rooms and get rid of a lot of toys and clothes they don’t use anymore and donate them to people who could really use them. I tried the “selling” them thing, but that takes up too much time and effort for me. I’d rather just give them to those that really need them.

I decided to take a whole afternoon to clean out my girls room. Wow!! They had a lot of toys that they have collected over the years. Granted, my girls are young, but if you include birthdays and holidays toys can really stack up. It took me a total of 4 hours to clean their room. Of course, by the end I felt so much better. It was a huge weight off my mind that I didn’t even realize was there.

It really showed. By the end, I gave my girls their new rules for their room. The continuing factor/standard, keep your room clean and neat. lol. My girls were so happy to have what they felt like was a new room. They even planned a sleep over in their new room. Of course, it was with their siblings whom camped out on the floor. They turned it into Camp Henderson.

I was happy they were so happy. Appreciative of the work I did, they were ecstatic to be helping out other children whom were less fortunate. Two birds with one stone. I was able to release the mind clutter and help continue my girls on a good path of giving back to others.

If you think about the whole mind, body & soul connection, it is very strong. We don’t even realize how much sometimes. If you are trying to accomplish things in your work life, home life, and personal growth, it is hard to get anywhere when you have a space that is consumed with too much. It doesn’t leave you any room to be creative.

So, that’s what I’m doing. Removing the clutter, giving back to those in need, in order to continue to grow and do all things creative. Won’t you join me on this journey? Have you already started on your own personal growth journey? Remember this, if you’re no learning, you’re not growing.

What Happens When You Have Faith in Yourself?

The timeless question, what happens when you have faith in yourself? The answer everyone is wanting to hear. Well, I am here to tell you. When you have faith in what you can do, you actually start doing it. You are able to start putting action to those words, “I have faith in myself.”

It can be hard for some to fathom the idea of not believing in oneself. But, it is hard for some people. I have known from time to time some who need a little reminder when things get tough. To believe in yourself is an amazing thing that we often take for granted. Doing what you thing you’re supposed to do out of obligation or out of necessity. For instance, getting an everyday job it’s great for some people. But, when you see someone in agony because they have to go to that 9-5 that they really don’t enjoy and doing it out of obligation. It can be heart breaking.

What makes it heart breaking is to have desires to do other things and to not actually follow through with trying to do what those desires are or to even explore the possibility of making changes for you to do them. 

Exploring oneself with those intimate desires that you have is worth all the pudding. I believe you have to give it a shot. You may never know what will come of it unless you try.

It is like one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible.

 

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. Hebrews 11:1

I have stepped out in my faith in the Lord. Growing in his word daily is something I love to do. Reading the Bible for myself has helped me grow individually as a person. I have found that it helps me in my everyday living. It has given me a confidence that I have never had. I can’t speak on everyone. However, I know how it has helped me by believing in Him.

Yes, like so many others, different people have their interpretations of the Bible and that is for themselves to interpret. I am not here to go in to deep discussion on your faith in the Bible. But, I can tell you what I believe. What I feel as a society we should have more faith in the Lord and ourselves. Ultimately, it is your decision and how it would benefit your individual life.

In my everyday living, I stepped out in faith to try something different. Something I longed for as a child and never had the confidence to even think that me, I would be able to do. Wow. Right. I love to help others and I love to write. Hence, the lifestyle blog, the book for moms hoping to come out soon. I have different ideas that I can’t wait to explore. All because I have faith in myself.

What a concept right? Lol. It’s all apart of my Mind-Body-Spirit transformation for 2017.

What are you longing for? Are you looking to build in faith in yourself? How are you going about doing it? Let’s talk. Keep up with my Instagram for my inspirational quotes from the Bible.

#mbs2017

Isn’t Spring Break Irresistibly Fun?

My favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming. The sun is shinning and my kids are out on vacation! Not your usual spring break excitement. But, if you are like me, a parent with kids in school, they too get a spring break. It is our job to make sure it’s just as fun as any other break from school is.

Think about it. If you were on spring break from college, you want to relax, have some fun with your friends and do any and all things that do not represent school. Well, that’s why I always feel compelled to get my kids moving for spring break.

Never really considering this would make their time memorable when they were younger. As time went on, I realized that I have to be bold in helping them create memories of a lifetime.

Whether or not we go away for spring break or stay near home, I try to make their time fun and memorable. Some fun things that we like to do while we are on spring break are going to a local museum, the zoo and others.

I have always like to go to the museum. I love that my kids enjoy this with me. Some museums can be a little boring for younger children. I try to take them to one that is full of kid fun activities and exhibits.

One of our favorite museums is free to get in and full of different exhibits. Although, some exhibits do have a small fee for entry, it is still worth the price.

I like to say living in California everywhere you go is going to cost. If the venue is free to get in, you are paying a small fee for parking. It’s just the way of life here in Cali. Sad but true statement.

Some families like to venture out on spring break and go on a fabulous vacation for most of their time off. I say, hey if that’s how you roll, awesome!! Make those fabulous memories either way. Spending time with the family is what counts. Our kids are only young once, we have to cherish every little moment given to us.

Be blessed! Have a great spring break! I know I will enjoy our staycation!! Check out my IG for my fave staycation pics.

 

WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FAVORITE BAND?

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Do you remember growing up and you heard a sound from a new group. A group that absolutely took you to your happy place? A place where you were dancing around like a wiggly worm. Hopefully, it was a wiggle worm with some rhythm. If it wasn’t, who cared!

You were young, full of energy and no cares in the world. As long as you had fun, that’s all that mattered. Right?

That is exactly how I felt about one particular R&B group, New Edition. I can almost remember the day I first heard them. But, I can’t. I do remember my continuing love of their sound. The lyrics, the melody, the boys.

Ha. Yes as a girl, who can deny the good-looking men in a group. Boys at the time of their stardom, it didn’t matter to a girl like me.

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1980’s (Photo Credit: 93.9 the beat.com)

With Top Hits like

“Candy Girl” 1983

“Mr. Telephone Man” 1984

“Cool It Now” 1984

“N.E. Heart Break” 1988

“If It Isn’t Love” 1988

“Can You Stand the Rain” 1988

With others in between, the group separated and went on to different paths. Which spawned solo careers for Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill. Last but not least the group BBD which was formed of Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell.

New Edition (Photo Credit: Live Nation)
New Edition (Photo Credit: Live Nation)

In 1996, the group came back together for a “Home Again” album. I was so excited. A loyal, I had to go out and purchase their CD. Being grown men, this album had their “grown and sexy”  hits like “Hit Me Off” and “How Do You Like Your Love Served?”

Too grown and sexy for me at as a teen about to turn 18. Who cared. Those were my men. You couldn’t tell me anything different.

In 2016, New Edition set off on tour with Baby Face. I was not going to miss this concert. New Edition had been to town prior to that. I missed that concert. Like anything else in LA, you have to jump on it immediately. At that time, I didn’t jump on it as fast as I should have.

 

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My Husband & I at NE Concert 2016

Eager to attend, I grabbed my tickets for my husband and myself and I was off!! I was not prepared to feel the way I felt seeing my childhood boy band crush. I felt like I was a little girl all over again. OK, only in the sense of crushing on guys like I did when I was a kid.

Luckily, my husband didn’t mind a bit. Although, he probably would if I was face to face with any one of the group members.

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Episode “Hollywood At Last” (Photo Credit: I Love Lucy Pinterest)

 

 

Married and all, I would probably pull a “Lucy.”

You know, get all silly crazy behind a celebrity. Like pictured to the right. Lucy excited to be in Hollywood goes to the Brown Derby to see if she can spot a celebrity. Low and behold she spots her favorite actor Bill Holden.

But seriously, I don’t get that crazy.

I do enjoy attending a good concert from my favorite band.

New Edition has some exciting news. Their story will finally be told. Next week, New Edition’s story will be told on BET starting on Tuesday January 24th . In a three-part edition that will run Tuesday through Thursday.

You will believe my DVR is set to record.

The most exciting thing I find about listening to your favorite band is the reminiscing. Going back in time through song. A lot of memories can be link to a song. For example, your first kiss. What song was playing when this happened? Your first date with that special someone. The first time you met your future spouse. The song that reminds you of your grandmother.

Songs can be linked to all sorts of emotions, including the sad ones. The thing to remember is the joy that comes to all people through song. No matter what genre is your favorite, songs all produce an emotional connection between the artist and the listener.

How do you remember your first love of music?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! AN ULTIMATE NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

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Happy New Year!!! 2017 is here and its time to start preparing for those New Year’s Resolutions if you haven’t done so already. I love the new year. It gives a sense of renewal. A chance to get something right, if you feel like the prior year could have needed some work.

Let’s face it. If we look at the headline’s in 2016, it could have used some work. Personally, I choose to continue to work on myself as well as the necessary things I need to do as a business woman.

My ultimate-goal and New Year’s Resolution is to work on my Mind, Body, and Soul. Why? It’s important to continue to grow as a person.

                                            If you are not growing, you’re not living.

It is important to live life to the fullest. Do what is truly in your heart to do. Too many people wait until it’s too late.

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I have a plan in which, consist of taking care of the things that will be good for my mind, body and soul.

My Plan:

1) Reading

Opening a new book and expanding your mind is a great way to exercise the brain. Even if you don’t necessarily pick a book for you. Read a book for your child or niece/ nephew.

2) Fun Activities

My plan is to get my kids back involved in their favorite activities. For me, while they are enjoying their activities I will take some time out for me. Maybe join a yoga class. In which, is not only great for my body. But, also for my mind. My husband bought me a Simply Fit Board for my Christmas present. I will be using this on top of alternative methods of exercise to help my body obtain a total body fitness. We will see how it works. Maybe, I will show you a split screen of a before and after later down the line.

3) Pausing

I recently learned the concept of Pausing. Taking time out for me. However, in actuality I am taking time out for the Lord. I have decided it will be great for me to work on my spirituality. I am taking my pastor’s word phrase, pause, and taking time out to devote to reading my bible and working on my spirituality. In which, will work on my soul.

I hope this year will bring your great prosperity, clarity, and a healthy lifestyle. Leave your comments on how you plan on spending 2017. #MBS2017

 

 

 

WRAPPING UP 2016

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Did you stick to the goals you set out for yourself in the beginning of the year? Certainly, there are some goals that may not have come to pass completely. However, the goal is to try to completely our goals with grace and expectancy.

goals for 2016These were my goals for 2016.

  • Exercise
  • Pay off Bills
  • Save Money
  • Eat Healthy

 

Well, I will say I add heard to most of my goals for the year. I will say I exercised this year. Although, I did not do at as frequent as I hoped for. However, I am excited to continue this process of making exercise a routine and not a chore.

I paid off all my bills!! Woo Hoo!! Financial Freedom. Yes, it feels great to set out a goal and complete it. Especially, one of financial freedom. Now, I know it is hard to achieve these goals for some. There are ways to help even the smallest of budgets get on track to these financial freedoms I speak of. I have heard many people I know go through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class. Although, I am not one that went through this class, I know how it has helped those people that surround me. I think it is worth giving it a look over and seeing if it is worth it for you and your family. Remember, do your research before committing to this program or any program for that matter. Researching, before you purchase items/programs such as this is worth all the effort.

I have managed to do the other two items on my list also, save money and eat healthy. Although, it may not be in the millions, in regards to money and calories, I know I am on the right track to where I want to be as a person and a mother. Yes, a mother.

I have to be the example my children need in order to learn from. If I don’t teach them they will not know anything about working hard and saving towards your future. It will take them that much longer and harder for them to learn that lesson in life.

Including they way we manage our calorie intake. All lessons to learn that will assist in the growing up stage. When you think about these aspects go hand-in-hand. Eating healthier, exercising, and saving money. The obvious combination of eating healthier and exercising are a given. If you through in saving money, you will help yourself in not spending money on things you don’t need. For instance, spending money on food you want and don’t need. An over-intake of calories when we indulge in the things that will lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. A lesson I am learning in my adult age. However, it is a lesson I am willing to teach my children about so they can lead a healthier lifestyle.

I would love to hear how you are wrapping up your year. Leave a post. Lets discuss.

 

ARE YOU OPEN TO OPTIONS?

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Today is not like yesterday. Growing up as a child there didn’t seem like their were different things to choose from. As I go day by day, looking around every corner there are restaurants of the same type of food, clothing stores fighting for your attention, and schools eager to market for your children to attend their school.

The thing that gets to me is we were never given the amount of choices, it’s almost overwhelming. As you go on, day by day, month by month, and year by year, you grow accustomed to having options to choose from.

What do you do when you feel like there are no options for you? Do you allow yourself to fall back into a phase of boredom? A lack of self drive? Allowing someone to dictate your life? Or, do you go out and see what your options are? Having a choice in how you and your family will live.

Well, that’s what is the motto of my family… Options. Why? Because it is a great way to ensure you are doing everything you can for yourself and your family. Options can mean different things to you and yours. For us, its to live life were we can dictate our own happiness.

Making the best decision in finding a middle school for our son. Branching out of our comfort zone, doing what we love to do. In which, for me is writing and helping others.

For you, it may be something totally different. That’s the exciting thing. Do having options scare you or excite your Inner core?

It used to scare me. What do I choose? Am I making the right decision? What if I fail? Wow… that’s the topper right there. Failure. No one’s best friend. I can finally say as I am a year older and wiser, failure is alright. We aren’t perfect. It’s good to make mistakes because we can learn from them and move on. Hopefully, with the failure comes realization and acceptance that we can get back up and do it again with better insight then we had prior to.

 

 

SELF-IMAGE: STARTS WHEN WE ARE YOUNG

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A good self-image is important for everyone to have. A major benefit of a good self-image is a good self-esteem. Why? Having a good self-esteem brings confidence for the individual to have. Why is it so important to talk about self-image & self-esteem to your child?

Talking about self-esteem to your young daughter or son is important to who they are going to be in life. Not many people consider this idea. If you take a moment to think about it, it really does come down to how we as parents teach our children to respect who they are, love who they are and all else will come.

It is hard to be a child in today’s society. Let’s just say it’s hard to be a child in any generation when you look at it. Bullies at school, the Mean Girls, the Mean Boys, we can think of more but truly who wants to.

That’s why it’s so important we teach our children how to love who they are inside and out. Our kids are going to go through things we can’t keep them from. For instance, the heartbreak from a relationship/friendship gone sour. As a parent, we want to save them from all the hurt in the world. But, we can’t. That’s a reality. A sad reality.

We can however, give them the tools that even though they may experience some downs they can always go up. Whether it be a bad breakup, a disappointing interaction at school with a “cool” kid, or a disappointing grade.

Tools:

1. Reassurance that who they are IS good enough. Some people aren’t made to stay in our life throughout our book of life.

2. Disappointing Grade: Trying your best is the important thing to remember. You can not fault anyone for giving it all that you’ve got. If you still need assistance, we can get you the assistance you need.

3. Ongoing Support. Knowing that you will always be there for them is an important fact. Constant support is a great tool that everyone needs. As a child growing up, knowing that your parent/s are there for you is a big confidence boost. Knowing you can lean on them when you choose to, is a foundation every child needs and they don’t realize they do until they need it.

I was given a thought to this discussion as I was conversing with another parent about self-image and self-confidence. It reminded me that how important it is to ensure our children have the best self-image they can. All we can do is give them the tools and teach them how to use them. With constant nurturing and love, they can use the tools to navigate through their book of life.

REASONS WE LABOR: WHY IT’S GOOD WE DO

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There are different reasons we labor and choose to be in the working labor force. The absolute main reason for many are the mighty dollar. Yes, I said it. The mighty dollar. The mighty dollar sounds funny when we say it, but in actuality it is a major part in today’s society for many to work.

In some industries the wage is not enough for one to support a whole family of four or even a family of six. Both parents need to work in some way shape or form. Now, there are some that are doing great enough that one parent can stay home. I say to those, that’s great!!

When I was pregnant with my first child and asked that very question, “are you going to stay home?” I was so insulted. Perhaps, because at the time I had a different mentality. I had to provide for my family, so that means I have to work. Now, I would say if someone asked me would I stay at home. The answer would be very different.

Yes! If, I can earn a living while staying at home, raising my children, being able to enjoy both sides. I would definitely do it.

I do have to give it up to the stay at home moms. That’s hard work literally. I do know many stay at home moms that work from home. I think it’s a blessing. Kudos to you!

It is a great thing to be productive in life. As a parent, a laborer outside the home and in the home, it is a good thing to do.

As a young adult I didn’t understand the full reason why I would see older generations working when I thought you shouldn’t have to. As I grew older and wiser, I understood.

It is always a good thing to be productive. It keeps you healthy. Think about it. If you weren’t a productive individual what would you be doing, nothing. Which would leave your body unhealthy and bring on aches and pains that would not have been there prior to. Productivity keeps us healthy by having us exercise. For instance, in being productive in your yard gardening gives your bones & muscles exercise. Not to mention you mind and soul. It can be calming and soothing to the soul to be one with nature.

So here’s a big cheers to us laborers. Happy Labor Day!!