Helping Trauma Kids Heal

There are many different kinds trauma that kids can experience; it can be bullying, community violence, disasters, domestic violence, medical trauma, abuse or neglect. Any kind of trauma can have long lasting and very serious effects on kids. A lot of the behaviors that we see in foster care are the result of trauma but unless you are trauma informed you t...

What is in your Pure Essential Oils?

My bottle says 100% Pure Essential Oil; this is what most will say. But, what does 100% Pure or Therapeutic Grade mean when it comes to Essential Oils? Essential oils and other natural remedies are considered health products by the FDA and are not regulated in regards to standard of quality. Because of this, anyone can slap a label on bottle and label 100...

Happy New Year - 2019

As I sit here tonight, 12/31/2018 at 11:10 pm, I can't help but to reflect on all that I have been blessed with in 2018. Moved to a new home that is big enough to comfortably hold our growing family. We gained a new daughter in July, she will officially have our last name in February or early March. We finally are moving closer to adoption on our sweet si...

Our Family Holiday Time - So Amazing

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza or any other holiday you celebrate this time of year!!! Well, it has been a while since I have posted. Life has been crazy! You know we have five kids at home ages 7, 9, 12, 12 and 15. Our 9 year old has been in the hospital for the last 10 weeks - thank you Lord, he is coming home tomorrow. We decided not to...

Back to School - Fall is coming!

Fall is coming! This is my favorite time of year because it is so colorful with earthy tones. I love the changing of the leaves and how cool and crisp the air is. Thankfully I get to experience the aromas of fall any time I desire, thanks to my essential oils. But with fall comes a whole new line of seasonal threats which are particularly worrisome to tho...

Our Kids Go to Summer Camp

This time last week I was dropping off 3 of our 5 still at home kids to go to summer camp for a whole week. I was a real mixed bag of feelings - excited for them, worried about them, and sad that I would not see them for 5 days. To help me deal with how I was feeling as we drove, I had Balance and Citrus Bliss diffusing in the van. It helped us all to be ...

Summertime Bugs Buggin You?

Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying this fabulous summer with your kiddos. Our kiddos and I have been having a blast. We are enjoying the park, the water park, the beach (but just for a week :-( ) and we have a lot more planned. But this is the time of year that I use to hate because of all the pesky bug buggin me. If we opened the door they ...

Wow - what a year we have had!

Hey everyone! Our past year has been a definite life changing year. We are foster parents and we thought initially we would only do one foster at a time. But, all the sudden, we had 5 fosters and our son - life with six kids is busy! We got to see one sibling group get to go back home to a safe environment and a sibling group of 3 we decided to adopt and...

Wow - June has been a crazy month - love my life!

Wow is all I can say about the month of June - it got away from me too fast! We have been so busy but it has been amazing. We went on a family vacation - all our kids (except our oldest son and his wife) and grandchildren enjoyed a week in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were blessed to have added 2 beautiful foster daughters just before the trip. It was the first ...