PanAway Oil blend {Essential Oils}

PanAway is one of the reason that the Premium Starter kit is such a great deal. The bottle that comes in the starter kit is $32 if purchased separately. PanAway is a blend of wintergreen, clove, peppermint and other essential oils that help sooth skin while promoting muscle recovery. We use it often for sore muscles and apply it directly to the area of pain. I can feel relief within 15 minutes most of the time. I also use it as the last layer when applying several oils for stress related muscle aches. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, please message me or check out this post.
-Jenn

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The information in this blog is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any disease, illness or condition and should not be used as a substitute for seeking professional medical advice. I am not a doctor. Statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. The testimonials provided here are for informational purposes only. You should not stop taking any prescribed medication without consulting your physician. I am simply stating are family’s experiences.

ABC Me Flashcards.

When I find something awesome, I want to share it. I love these cards.  First of all the art is beautiful. And secondly, they are educational. It is important for us to have mirrors of our children in our home. Our art, media, and music should reflect back to them images of themselves. Maya cannot look at me and see herself reflected. She needs to see beautiful women of color to know that she too is beautiful. The creator of ABC Flash cards, Leilani Brooks, says, “I wanted not only my children, but all African American children to know that they are not defined by the images they see in the media. They come from a long line of leaders and rule changers that broke through and are still breaking through barriers.” Love it so much.
GIVEAWAY: I have an extra set of cards to share. Leave a comment on this post and tell me who you would love to share a set of cards with to have a chance to win! I will draw a name and contact the winner on Monday, February 2nd.
-Jenn

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Catherine Bertossi - These are beautiful, and so is your family! Thanks for sharing.

Cindy - These have been on my wish list for a while! I’d love to have them for my boys!!

Bridgette - My husband and I are adopting from Ethiopia, and I would love to win these amazing flash cards to use to teach our child not only the ABC’s, but also about what each card stands for! I also teach kindergarten, and would love to incorporate these into my classroom, which is very diverse. I am constantly looking for books with characters from different cultures/about different cultures, and these flash cards would be a great addition!

Erin - I would love these for my precious daughter who is from Ethiopia. What an amazing way of teaching!! Thanks for always sharing in ways that encourage and challenge!!

Katie - These are just perfect. Thanks for sharing! I will have to get a set for Quinn. I think it would be a great giveaway at the adoptive/foster conference I’m organizing too!

Ginny - These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource. I will be adding these to my gift list, especially for friends with little ones.

Allison - Thanks for sharing this! I’d love to share this lovely set of cards with our future son or daughter from Lesotho. We are in the adoption process right now and excited for our little one to come home.

Jessica - i would love to share these with my two children, who are children of color. They can never have enough examples of positive role models, especially if they are people of color. These look awesome!

Marching for the Dream.

I wish I could say that I saw the significance of Dr. King’s life in years past, but the truth is, I didn’t think much about before we started down our journey towards adoption. I didn’t have a lot of diversity in my life in my younger years, so I didn’t spend much time thinking about all the people who have struggled, fought oppression, spoke up, protested, and sacrificed for equal rights in our country. The reality is that before the Civil Rights Movement, families like ours could not exist. Interracial marriages were illegal until 1967-that is less than 50 years ago. We have come so far, but we have not fully fulfilled Dr. King’s dream. I don’t want to be a silent bystander, hoping that changes will come. I want to be an active participant. Complacency, silence, moderation, thinking that it is someone else’s responsibility is not good enough when it comes to justice. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Letter form Birmingham Jail

Yesterday, our family marched side by side, with people of all different races, genders, religions, backgrounds and experiences. The march in our city is one of the biggest in the country. Being a part of it, is an honor and a privilege for us. Maya has a book that called, “We’re different, we’re the same, we’re wonderful.” I love it. So simple. We should celebrate how God made us all different, yet the same. All with the desire for love, the need for some hope and all equal in His sight.
-Jenn

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Purification Oil Blend {Essential Oils}

Now that the holidays are over, I want to get back in the swing of thing with the blog. I got lots of great essential oil related presents from my sweet husband (more on those soon!). Great storage solutions and ways to make my oils more convenient for our family. Needless to say, I’ve got oils on the brain :) If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, please message me or check out this post.
Purification is an essential oil blend that contains citronella, lemongrass , rosemary, melaleuca, lavandin and myrtle. In our house it has been used mostly for skin issues, such as bug bites and pimples. I personally used it around my ear for an earache and it worked wonderfully. I swear that I could feel my ear draining. Amazing. I’m ordering a new bottle in my monthly shipment for February to use for diffusing and cleaning the air in our house. Purifiaction is one of the 11 oils included in the Premium starter kit.
-Jenn

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The information in this blog is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any disease, illness or condition and should not be used as a substitute for seeking professional medical advice. I am not a doctor. Statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. The testimonials provided here are for informational purposes only. You should not stop taking any prescribed medication without consulting your physician. I am simply stating are family’s experiences.

Redecorating my mind.

I’ve never been a new year’s resolution kind of girl. After Christmas, I am pretty quickly back to business as usual. This year, however, I am ready for a change. My life has been feeling a bit stale for a while. I want to be a do-er, a go-er, but my passion has been buried under all the things I think I should be doing. The new year gives me the perfect time to rediscover my joy, my faith, and my passion. I’m starting small, but I can already feel my heart filling with hope.
The first step for me is to set my alarm clock. My husband gets up long before the sun, while I sleep in until little Miss screams”Mommy-O!!!!” through the monitor. I’ve decided to get up before Maya, slowly drink a cup of coffee while doing a Bible study (I’m following along with She Reads Truth). This is making such a difference. Taking the time for myself and spending even a little time with Jesus before I start being Mommy gives me the focus I need for a great day.
The next step for me is a little redecorating our home. I’m a thinker, an over-thinker, and can so easily get overwhelmed with nothing and everything. We’ve had a few big things happen in our family lately that I usually would let take over my mind and my heart. I’ve been searching for just the right prints to display in our house to help focus my mind on the positive. There will be a new print in our bathroom to remind me right after I’ve gotten out of the shower that God’s got this. And a collection of four quotes in the hallway, to remind us all that the choices we make matter. The plan is for the redecoration in our home to encourage the redecoration of my mind. This year, may we keep our focus on the beauty in our life and push towards doing bigger and better things every day.
And because today is the day we celebrate the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., here is a free download of a few of my favorite quotes from him. I haven’t decided yet which one is going to be displayed in our home…maybe all of them.
-Jenn

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