Considering Others

We went to an amusement park today and I was appalled at some of the behavior practiced there. Some of the people were fine, and even nice. But, like everything else, a few bad apples spoil the batch.

We first had an issue, with what used to be called the whirligig. It is now called something else, but that is besides the point. The girl that was running the ride practiced fat-shaming. I was amazed when she insisted that the woman in front of me take off her waist purse. Instead, the woman left the ride! Then she targeted me. It took me a while to unwrap my purse and hand it over. This makes me extremely uncomfortable because they are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Great!

Not ashamed. Don’t shame me!

It wasn’t until after the ride that I found out that though Child #4 had to surrender her waist purse, Child #2 (who is slimmer) didn’t have that same experience. What?!!! So, because you didn’t like the look of some of the patrons, you decided that they needed to be punished by taking away their belongings, even though the seatbelt clicked over them AND their belongings. What is that crap?

I am so tired of people thinking that they know what’s best for me! Do you know why I look like I do? Maybe I have breathing problems and need to take steroids and those put weight on. Maybe, I’ve just suffered from cancer, and haven’t quite beaten the treatment! You don’t know!

So, stop thinking you know what’s best. You don’t, unless, of course, you have walked a mile in their shoes! No judging!!!

Sharing Saturday: Thieves Laundry Soap

Here it is – the answer to your laundry woes!

Ok. You’ve heard me wax poetic about thieves vitality essential oil and thieves cleaner. Now we have Thieves Laundry Soap!

Our family has very sensitive skin, so I always look for laundry soap without dyes or colors. We’ve had some really bad reactions to laundry soap, so extra caution needed!

I didn’t have any qualms about trying Young Living’s thieves laundry soap simply because we’ve so loved all the products we’ve gotten from them. Yes. I know. I hear myself. I sound like a walking advertisement for Young Living, but I can’t help it! The products are truly that amazing!

When I got my new Thieves Laundry Soap. I was a little surprised; it was so small. 64 loads, huh? How? The reason was that you only use about half a capful per load! It might be small, but it is indeed mighty!

But, the big question ❓ Does it work? In a word, YES! The details? It makes your clothes smell amazing! Also, you know that there are no toxic ingredients, since it comes from YL. No one has had any bad reactions to this soap. In fact, the only remarks I’ve heard are how great the clothes smell and how clean they come, even without pre-treatment!

So, do you want to save money on your laundry? Order some thieves laundry soap and save not just on the laundry soap itself, but also on pre-treatment options!

To order any of these or other amazing Young Living products, please use my link below. This will really help our family, who really could use your support and prayers! Thanks, everyone!

Amazing Thieves Cleaner!

If you want to read more about Thieves cleaner, here is the link to my blog post about that:

Sharing Saturdays: Thieves Cleaner

Yay Thieves Vitality!

If you want to learn about Thieves Vitality essential oil, here is the link to my blog post about that:

Sharing Saturday: Thieves Essential Oil

Sorry this is so late, but child #4 took a tumble and we had to go to the ER to get her foot x-rayed. It’s not broken, thank God, but it was a busy night!

Sharing Saturday: Lemongrass Update

My favorite – no imposters, please!

I have been sharing many Young Living products with you over the past few weeks. I just wanted to give you a little heads up here regarding another brand of lemongrass essential oil, that claims it is perfectly pure.

As I have shared before, we use Young Living lemongrass essential oil to prevent mosquito and other bug bites. This has been wildly successful, a fact for which I am eternally grateful! I detest mosquitoes and their nasty, itchy bites and I never want to catch a tick on me, my children, or my dogs!

However, a couple mornings ago, I couldn’t find my YL lemongrass. I was desperate and found another “100% pure lemongrass essential oil,” according to its label. I applied it and forgot about it. After that day, I noticed that I had a few mosquito bites! So much for 100% pure off-brand lemongrass essential oil! Give me my Young Living! That’s why YL has the seed to seal promise. To learn more, see the link below.

If you are interested in ordering any of the amazing products from Young Living, my link is below. You can help me a great deal by ordering using this link and starting your own YL journey! Also, as a side note, YL is adjusting their prices on July 1st for existing products, so now is a great time to order at the current price!

Hope you all are having a wonderful start to Summer! To all those awesome dads out there – Happy Father’s Day! To all those amazing single moms – Happy Second Mother’s Day! Relax and enjoy; you will not pass this way again.

God bless you all!


Circling the Wagons

Ok. I tried to find a pic of circling wagons, but this single wagon was the best I could find. Just imagine them end to end in a circle!

Today we circled the wagons in our family. Not sure what I mean? Well, in the old days, well before I was born, (no snarky remarks, please!) families traveling West in the U.S. toward new lands and adventure, would circle their wagons with other families who were also traveling West in their caravan at night when they camped. This formed an inside circle to protect the families from any ill-meaning people who were trying to steal from or harm them.

Today it was my mother’s brother, Chuck’s turn. You see, we lost his wife, Aunt Judy about eight years ago. It was quite a blow to my uncle, who had been married for fifty years to this wonderful woman. In his grief, he reached out to an old school chum. He and Nancy rekindled their friendship and spent a few short years together. Recently, Nancy passed unexpectedly. It was a shock, to say the least, and the loss of a truly devout and fun-loving lady.

Today was Nancy’s funeral. I drove mom the hour and a half drive to the Church where 10 am Mass was celebrated in honor of Nancy. We didn’t know Nancy nearly well enough, but Uncle Chuck did. We were there for Nancy and her family, but mostly for Uncle Chuck.

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I also got to reconnect with my cousin, Laura! Shout out to Laura and her beautiful family! We had a really nice conversation, something we rarely get to do, since she lives in a completely different part of the U.S.

Prayers, please!

So, please, as you say your prayers (hopefully including our family!) please include Uncle Chuck, Nancy, and her family.

Thanks and God bless,


Sharing Saturdays: Thieves Cleaner

My favorite cleaner!

Hello, blogging family! As you may or may not know, I am a brand partner for Young Living. I absolutely love the products! One that I have come to use in multiple ways is the thieves cleaner.

Thieves cleaner is a wonderful substitute for those toxic cleaners most of us still have in our homes. I am slowly getting rid of said toxic cleaners and replacing them with natural products.

I dilute the thieves cleaner concentrate in a 3 to 1 ratio to clean, well, pretty much anything! It’s fantastic in a spray bottle to clean up pet messes! I also use about a capful in all my loads of laundry. This not only cleans the clothes, but also makes them smell fantastic, no yucky, overpowering scent products!

This wonderful cleaner is so extremely concentrated that a bottle will last an amazingly long time. I still have so much cleaner left and I’ve been using it for about three months now. Also, this can replace all of your other not-so- earth-friendly cleaners. Yay!

Yay for cleaning naturally!

So, if you’re interested in a wonderful new way to clean, give thieves cleaner concentrate a try! If you would like to find out more about thieves vitality essential oil, you can click on the link below for my post about that:

http://Sharing Saturdays: Thieves Vitality Essential Oils

If you would like to help our family and order thieves cleaner or another product or products from Young Living, please do click the link below:

NOTE: I am not a medical professional in any sense of the word. These observations come from my own experiences.

Thanks, everyone! Have a blessed day!

Never Just a Cake Mix

Will the sun shine on my cake creation?

Today I decided to use up some of last Summer’s homemade peach jam. But what to do with it? I have, on occasion, used baking mixes. Mostly they are a base for something tasty. That was the case today. I don’t exactly have my own kitchen right now, so I have to borrow one to bake. The logistics are challenging to say the least!

Cake mix mixed up.

So, I started out by using a white cake mix for a 9″ x 13″ pan. I made the cake mix according to the directions, just substituting milk for the water for which was called. I mixed up the cake batter and spread it in my pre-greased pan. On top of the cake batter, I spooned about three cups of my homemade peach jam, though I would think that your favorite jam would work well too. Just think of all the flavors you could try; combinations galore!

Add that jam!!!!

The baking directions were a little tricky, since the cake was not originally designed for jam. The directions read to bake the cake for 16 – 19 minutes. However, I ended up baking it with the jam on it for about 45 minutes. Totally worth the wait!

One word – yummmmm!

Sharing Saturday: Lemongrass Essential Oil

Go away, mosquitoes!

I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of lemons! Lemongrass is similar, but stronger; like lemon drops. I also love this smell. In fact, one of my favorite gluten-free noodle soups is lemongrass and chili, especially if it’s mixed with spring onion. Yummy!

But I digress. Lemongrass essential oil is one of my favorites. I have found, quite by accident, that this lovely scent helps me to keep mosquito-bite free. Yay! This is a huge bonus for the Summer in the Midwest, where mosquitoes are practically the Midwestern bird!

Bye-bye you nasty buggers!
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What I do is put a small amount of lemongrass essential oil on my arms, legs, neck, face, or any other body part that is not covered. This not only smells awesome, but works really well for me to avoid those pesky Summer mosquito bites. I have noticed, too, that it seems to repel ticks. Yay!

Lemongrass is also recommended to ease pain in bones, joints, and muscles. I have noticed a marked improvement in my broken foot from when I started using lemongrass on it. Two of our pups like it too. Ducky, who is getting on in years, was crying every time he came out of his sleeping crate in the mornings. He would cry all the way to the back door, where he would be let out to do his business. Even sometimes during the day, he would whimper and cry in pain. This broke my heart, because Ducky is such a sweet boy. So, after I saw how the Young Living lemongrass essential oil worked out my foot, I decided to try it out on our Duck. He is like a new dog. There is no more crying and whining! He is no longer hurting. Yay!

Delilah, was hugged so much as a pup and tried to jump up on things that were too high for her little legs, that she has a few back issues. I administered a small bit of YL lemongrass essential oil onto my finger and then on her back, using the feathering technique I had learned. It worked. Now she loves her oils and she isn’t moaning because she hurts. Yay!

This YL lemongrass essential oil is such a multitasker, plus, I just love the smell, that it has quickly become a favorite in our house. If fact, I have it in my car diffuser right now. No more mosquitoes want to come along for the ride! Now that’s what I call a win!

If you are interested in learning about the Young Living company and there products, here is a link to the Young Living Learning Center:

If you are interested in ordering Young Living Lemongrass essential oil or any other Young Living product, here is my link:

Every time you order something through my link at Young Living, you are helping to support our family and a company who gives back and has amazing products. I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed every product from Young Living that I have tried. My subscription order will be coming soon and I will let you know what I got. There just might be some all-natural, animal-cruelty-free, vegan-friendly products in there, but then, when are there not? I think everything that I’ve had from YL fits into that category! Yay, Young Living!

IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not a medical professional and this blog is not offering medical advice (because I am not a medical professional in any stretch of the imagination!!!) All of the products that I talk about and how they have worked are from my personal experience.

Sharing Saturdays: White Angelica

So very amazing at reducing my trauma!

Hello, everyone! This Saturday I have decided to share a new oil that I just tried. First, why I tried it.

On Tuesday, just when I thought it was safe to visit my local mart store, I came face to face with the ex’s minion. I looked over and there was the ex. Trauma! Trauma! Trauma! Now, by rights I could have called the police or made the store throw him out (I do have a restraining order, after all, and a copy with me at all times!)

I couldn’t even think of that. I looked away and pretended it didn’t bother me – that he wasn’t worth my time, which he’s not. However, I was shaken. I left as soon as I had paid for my groceries.

I was still shaking when I went to my Young Living Zoom meeting. My friends suggested that I get out my White Angelica essential oil and put it in my hair and down my body, over my clothes. Okaaaay. Seemed odd to me, but then I know exactly how powerful the Young Living oils are.

So, I did as suggested. I felt better, but didn’t realize how much until I had washed my hair and gotten ready for bed. As I was explaining to Child #1 what had transpired, I started having a panic attack. I realized what was happening and went to put on more White Angelica. It completely calmed me. It was like the trauma of seeing him happened a long time ago and it could no longer hurt me. Amazing. This is one oil with which I never want to be without!

Interested? Here’s my link:

I hope my story inspires you to try Young Living essential oils. They are amazing! God bless and please send along prayers for housing. We are still struggling on that front.