Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I am a Goat Owner and I'm Neither Famous nor Crazy

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This was taken after I had triumphantly wrestled the bully buck to the ground.  Sometimes you just have to show off the battle wounds...and the farmer's tan.



I just thought I would clear up the air here.  You know, because it's important for others to know who we really are.  People perceive me to be two things:  Crazy or famous.  Although the latter makes me feel kind of special, neither views are correct, the crazy one maybe...

Here is how it usually goes.

"So, you really have goats?  I mean, do you milk them and drink the milk and all of that?  Wow!  That is so cool!  I wish I lived out in the country.  I bet you are healthy too and no wonder your kids have such good attitudes and are hard workers.  Can I come over and watch and learn from you?  Is there anything you can't do?"

About this time, I have to keep my ego in check.  It sure feels nice to be so highly regarded just because I own a few goats.  Because you never know when that 'person' comes along and brings you down off your high horse...

"You have goats?  Ewww those billies sure do stink don't they?  And the milk is so nasty!  I tried goat's milk from Walmart and it about did me in!  My dad had goats and never did a thing with them.  He knew how to work us to the ground though.  I vowed never to go back to that craziness!  Well, at least you're happy..."

You know there is truth in each statement.  It is pretty nifty to raise goats and use their milk for lots of things.  My kids are hard workers and usually have good attitudes.  And yes, that buck is pretty hideous especially in the fall.  Oh and the Walmart goat's milk will make you gag!

Really, the truth is, I'm just a simple goat owner who likes to utilize the milk to benefit our health and to save a little money.  I appreciate those who appreciate what I do, and yes, sometimes when I look at that stinky buck with his tongue hanging out, or when I have to wrestle him to the ground, I do get a little nervous twitch...

Ahem.

I think I better stop there.  Maybe I am a little crazy.




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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Now is the Time to Get an Essential Oils Kit!

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Now is the time to just do it.  You've been seeing all of the hype about essential oils and wondering about it for awhile(been there).  You love natural healing and the ability to stay away from conventional drugs.  It's time to go for it!

Why?  Not only will you begin to take control of your health, but if you order the Home Essentials Kit, you will get a free 5 mL Deep Blue and a Deep Blue Rub.  That's worth over $90 in retail value! Deep Blue is known far and wide in the doTERRA world.  It can help relieve muscle aches, back pain and arthritic pain.  

And on the farm, you know that's kind of a given.

So what's included in this kit?  I started out with the smaller Family Physician's kit and I really wish I would've gone a step up and bought this one instead.  Check it out:

The Home Essentials Kit

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  • Frankincense (15 mL)
  • Lavender (15 mL)
  • Lemon (15 mL)
  • Melaleuca (15 mL)
  • Oregano (15 mL)
  • Peppermint (15 mL)
  • Breathe (15 mL)

  • DigestZen® (15 mL)
  • On Guard® (15 mL)
  • Deep Blue® (5 mL)
  • Petal Diffuser
  • d?TERRA Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet*
  • Enrollment
*The doTERRA Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet includes a Living doTERRA Naturally, Sharing doTERRA Naturally, Building doTERRA Naturally, Product Guide, cap stickers, and a welcome letter.

$275

As if that's not enough, you will also get more freebies:

Sign up with a Home Essentials Kit or larger and I'll send you...

  • Ten packets of Deep Blue Rub samples
  • Ten packets of OnGuard toothpaste samples
  • My very own handmade goody basket of goat's milk soaps and lotion
  • eBook on how to get started with essential oils
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Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Keep Your Kids Creative in a Technology-Crazed World (Part II)

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Video games.

Cell phones.

Kids

Computers.

iPads.

Our children are surrounded by so many technology temptations.  Whether you like to believe it or not, our kids really do not need all that it offers.  

If you've missed Part I in this series, I encourage you to hop on over and read it here.

I think we as parents have compromised a little too much when it comes to this whole technology issue.  After all, it is nice to take a break and have some peace and quiet everyday while they play video games.  After all, so and so has a cell phone and even though she is only 10, her parents thinks she needs it so it must be okay, right?

This is what happens when we don't set standards and stick with them.  

As I mentioned in my last post, my oldest daughter is very inquisitive.  Her occasional use on the computer for researching whatever she was somewhat obsessed with became just that, an obsession.  It was hard to pry her from the computer.  Although she was doing something kind of useful, research, she forgot about all of her awesome books she hadn't read yet.

It was born, the little craving for technology grew into an obsession that didn't just stop at the computer.  It then grew into wanting a cell phone, which then opened up a whole other obsession all in it's own.

Let me remind you that technology is not evil, but look around at the children, tweens, teens.  What do you see?  Most will have some sort of technological device.  I believe that this is a huge problem with the coming generations.  Why?

Because it is diminishing the flames of creativity.  What's creative about most video games?  What's creative about snapchat, texting, facebook, etc?  Even when they text, they don't use correct grammar, but the shortest possible spelling they can come up with.  Part of this is due to popular slang lingo, part of it is just laziness.

When our kids lose their creativity, there in it's place is a form of selfishness.  These kids need to be entertained because they forgot how to entertain themselves.  They can't just sit and read a book, draw or write because they have no desire to.  Their desire is to text someone so that they can get a text back.  Their desire is to show their friends a selfie, not because they are thinking of others, but themselves.

They don't have a desire to create an adventure outside, because they can play a video game that requires no effort.  Speaking of video games, we have had two game systems given to us because the previous owners bought newer versions.  My kids were ecstatic but they knew there were going to be limitations.

It's simple really, to set limits.  But, I think parents can cave too easily and give in to their child's wants.  That is key.  We must not compromise on this.

We give our kids one day of the week to play video games.  I let them play on Fridays only when their school is done and all of their chores are finished.  There are special circumstances, like if my husband and I go out on a date, where we allow them to play extra.

Even with that one day of video games, I notice their fixation on it.  Imagine if I let them do it daily?  If they momentarily have lost their creativity because of their once a week video game usage, I have been known to order them outside and lock the door(in warmer weather, of course!).  There is something about nature that gets those creative juices flowing.

As far as cell phones go, when our daughter was old enough to drive, we allowed her to get one.  She did become obsessed with it.  So, she was not allowed to have it in her room at night.  Once she went to college, we talked to her if we felt she was using it too much.  At 19, it's one of those things that we are more hands-off at this point.  She is in basic training right now and she is not allowed to have her phone for two months and I'm glad.

But, my other children will one day have the urge to get a cell phone.  My son is 14 and has no interest in computers or phones.  I'd like to keep it that way but also teach him the basics of computer usage.  

After seeing what cell phones are doing to other teens, we are adamant on just allowing him to use a cell phone when he can drive and is away from us.  There is no use for it when we are all together.  I think that is when the obsession starts.

And that is how it will be with my younger ones too.  

We also have to set the standards on ourselves as well.  Are we always on our phones or iPads?  If so, don't be surprised if your kids will want to follow your example.  It's easy to do, I admit.  I have a business and a blog and it requires a good bit of time on the internet.  Sometimes, I get sucked right in.

Then I remember what it must look like to my kids.  Am I constantly shoving their needs aside so that I can get something done on my website?   Granted, it is work and they know that.  If I were just sitting here playing games or scrolling through Facebook it would not be justifiable.  Sometimes work on here just needs to get done and I explain that to them, but business or not, our kids need us.


Always remember that they are watching you.  And one day they just might come back and use you as an example of why they think they can be on their phone so much.  Ouch.

So, to recap:

1.  Set limits.  Set your own standards on what you think is best for your kids.  

2.  The key is to not compromise those standards.  Things will go downhill pretty quickly if you do.

3.  Our kids need to earn their time with video games.  It's not a freebie in this house!

4.  Be their example.  

What are ways you keep the technology obsessions at bay?



















Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to Stop a Nosebleed with Essential Oils

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My 14 year old son is the only one in my family who tends to get nosebleeds.  Usually it's from trauma, even a light bump on the nose.  Sometimes it's the dryness in the air and other times, when he was younger, he brought it upon himself.


I don't think I need to go into detail on how he brought it upon himself, but you get the picture...ahem.

Now that I have started using essential oils, I am having so much fun experimenting!  When someone has an ailment, I jump up and say, "I've got an oil for that!"  

And so, here is my son with another nosebleed.  He played basketball all winter and got a little banged up on the court at times.  He was rockin' the defense by-the-way!  Second place in their tournament...

Anyway, nosebleeds.  They have been occurring a little more frequently due to his aggressive ball playing.  But, I am ready.

Lemon essential oil is haemostatic, meaning it helps stop bleeding by speeding up the coagulation process, while cypress essential oil has been known to promote blood clotting.  Here are some other amazing benefits of cypress essential oil from Organic Facts.




Here is what you need:

2 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
1 cup of water
papertowel

Put the water in a bowl, add the essential oils and dip the whole papertowel in the water.  Wring out the papertowel and place over the whole nose and apply pressure to the midsection to help speed up coagulation.  It only took a couple of minutes if that, to stop the bleeding.  Usually with my son, it normally takes up to ten minutes.

I have also read that helichrysum can do the trick even better, but I did not have it on hand.  Saturate a q-tip with the essential oil and apply to the interior of the nostril or simply use a tissue with helichrysum drops and hold over the nose.  This oil is next on my purchase list!

I have done this twice now, and the results are obvious compared to how long it normally takes his nose to stop bleeding.

This is just one out of a plethora of ways to use lemon and cypress essential oils.  

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