Our (Top 6) favorite essential oils – Great for DIY cleaning, skin care health and more

Good essential oil advice and of course, we share a love for Coconut Oil!

Natural Frugal: Raising 6 kids

Essential oils are a big part of our natural DIY life.

My top 6 essential oils for everything DIY

 Florihana brand essential oils 

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I get asked a lot by those just starting out what 6 essential oils I recommend the most for the most uses & how we use them, so I hope this blog post clears up that these questions. Essential oils can cost a bit at first but with proper use one bottle can last you a year, I buy them once a year. They are listed by the most used, so if you can only afford 3 I recommend the first 3, But the top 4 we could not live without I swear.

Some of our most used essential oils in our home:Eucalyptus, Lemon (or other citrus), Lavender, Peppermint, Tea tree oil & Lemongrass we do use others but…

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Growing Compassion for Bipolar Disorder

Gwen Tuinman

header shot Anyone whose had a cold will tell you it’s uncomfortable. There’s a headachy feeling that renders us pale and listless. It comes on the heels of sleepless-can’t-breathe nights that leave our eyes ringed in shadows.

The thing about having a cold, is that everyone understands what ails us. We usually garner some degree of sympathy from those around us. Folks understand that the coughing, sneezing, and snuffling are symptoms. We don’t worry that people will find out we’ve gone to the doctor for help when the cold gets the better of us.

What if we changed the wording in the previous paragraph? Suppose that cold turned to bipolar disorder. Imagine that coughing, sneezing, and snuffling became mood swings, altered judgment, and puzzling behavior. What if we could change the words and the paragraphs still rang true?

shells 2 Those whose loved ones are involved and supportive tend…

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Catching Fire

Reblogging, because I LOVE this! Britt is so immensely talented. I think she has captured truly gifted writers SO beautifully. 

Fairytale Epidemic

If you fall for a girl that writes
Be prepared to live through her eyes
As you kiss her ink stained fingers
Forgive the pen from lips it’d dye

Smell her scent between each sheet
Hear her voice inserted in verse
Taste the comfort in her words
Each line of scripture unrehearsed

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If you desire to fill her pages
Supersede ones that others took
Redefine happily ever after
Emerge as the hero of her book

Then kneel down on the pews
In the Kingdom of her chest
Feel her flame bestowed on your body
The unstoppable fire you now possess

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Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?

Too good a post not to share.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Today is a tad of a touchy subject, but in this New year, I want everyone to have a the greatest gift any of us can have…peace. Bullies, in my opinion, are among the lowest known existing lifeforms. I wouldn’t want to insult cockroaches and fleas by drawing a comparison.

Kristen’s History With Bullies

I grew up most of my life being bullied. I switched schools at least once a year and there was always a new gaggle of Mean Girls to make my daily life a veritable hell. I think this is why I grew to love books. I skipped school so much (to seek sanctuary at the public library), that I’m fairly certain I’m the reason for the current Texas truancy laws.

I couldn’t get out of bed. I became ill at the thought of even walking through the front doors of my school. I was poor and…

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