Monthly Archives: March 2016

Dreams Can Come True

Our actions and decisions today will shape the way we will be living in the future.

Share Your Dreams/Goals:
I have many dreams and goals that I hope to achieve. I am just sharing a few of them today.  I have a dream to go on a mission trip to Haiti to visit the children at Blessing the Children Ministry Orphanage in Croix des Bouquets. I know this dream with happen in a few years when I am no longer breastfeeding.I want to fulfill my purpose. I am still figuring this out and God will lead me. I want to raise strong, compassionate children who care about people and animals. I have a goal to eat better and get in better shape. It will take discipline and work on my part. I tend to care for others and forget about my own self-care.  I have a dream to visit every state in the US and I have many to visit yet. I dream about owning a boat and just cruising on lakes in PA and NJ. I dream about meeting more Vegans in my area. It has started to happen for me. I have a dream to help supplement our income so my husband does not have to work so hard and worry so much. Also, I want to teach my 4 girls, that they can raise a family and make money at the same time if they choose to. Currently, I am working on that through creating a Vegan Beauty Care line and sharing about essential oils.
 
What are some of your goals/dreams?

 

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

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Add one to two drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil to your favorite moisturizer, shampoo, or conditioner to promote youthful-looking skin and hair.  Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime.  Diffuse to soothe anger and irritability.  Apply to wrists and neck for a peaceful evening at home.  Apply to chest over heart for feelings of well-being.

Thank You to my Vegan Online Pals

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I wanted to say thanks to my online community of Vegans that I have been meeting.  Some of you are now on my personal Facebook page.  These individuals are from all parts of the US and world.  It give me comfort to be a part of the certain groups, and pages on Facebook.  It gives me comfort to hear your stories.  What you are cooking for your family, and what challenges you are facing.  Some people in the groups are just beginning their Vegan lifestyle.  I enjoy everyone’s stories.  If you are looking for support here are some groups to go Vegan Family Meal Planning, Vegan Moms, Raising Little Vegans, Vegan Moms and Dads, How Vegan Children Thrive, Plant-Powered Families, Vegans with Non Vegan Partners, and Instant Pot Users Group- G-Bombs the nuts and bolts of Eating to Live (Dr. Fuhrman’s Current Health Recommendations – be sure to read the description.) Do not be afraid to reach out to those in the group. We are here to support each other.   Peace and much love to you all!

Rose Essential Oil

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Combine Rose essential oil with Hand and Body Lotion for a moisturizing application or combines well with other moisturizers to help balance moisture levels in the skin.
Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.  It promotes an even skin tone and healthy complexion.  Rose is emotionally uplifting, and promotes feelings of relaxation

An Answered Prayer

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Yesterday morning was not the best start to my day.  We were all tired from getting home late and the Daylight Savings Time.  Somehow we rounded everyone up on time to get to Sunday school and then church service following.  After church, I felt the need to take the girls to the local playground.  It was nice weather and a few other families were there.

Two of the Moms had been chatting. I knew the one Mom, Gina and the other Mom I had not met yet.  Mike, the other Mom’s husband started chatting my husband and I up.  They had moved from Baltimore 4 years ago so he could work at his wife’s uncle’s business.

Finally I went over to Kim to talk to her.  It was strange because I felt drawn to her but did not understand why.  Of course I asked her if she knew about MOPS but she had not heard of it.  I told her how she must come to the next meeting and that you do not have to be a member of our church to be in MOPS.

It was time for us to leave and we said our goodbyes.  We get in our van and drive away.  My husband needed to buy something at the Dollar General so that is where we were headed.  I was regretting not having shared contact information.  My husband and I talk about it and he felt the same way.  We wanted to get together with that kind family we had just met.

We agree that we will drive back to the park to see if they were still there.  Their van identical to ours is still parked in the parking lot.  I gain courage and walk up to them as my husband sits in the van with our girls, explaining how we both felt we should have exchanged numbers and we would love to get together real soon.  They explained they felt the same way.  As I am standing there I notice the pizza their daughter is eating. It looks like Daiya cheese but I thought my mind was playing tricks on me.  In our conversation they shared how they were just on a Holistic Cruise.  Now I am jumping up and down inside. Could it be true? Could they be Vegan too? Sure enough it came out that they were Vegan too! Mike told me he wasn’t Vegan all the time.

I told them, “God is so good! I have been praying for a Vegan friend in my area for a long time because I have been feeling lonely! I need someone who understands what it is like to be a Vegan. I am so happy I might cry.  I am so happy that now Jessica has a Vegan friend too. ”

Kim was so excited that she hugged me!  She explained that she had Vegan friends in Baltimore but none here in PA.

Kim and Mike were so excited because their daughter just asked yesterday, “Why don’t I have any Vegan friends?”

Their daughter wanted to come to the van to say hello to her new Vegan friends.  She said, “Hi, I am Vegan!”  so stinking cute.

Kim had been a Vegetarian since 2002, and had switched to Vegan when she got pregnant with her oldest.  Ironically we have been Vegan for a bout the same amount of time.  Unfortunately, I had been an Omni for most of my life.

I cannot say how long I have been praying for a local, Vegan friend but it has been a long time.  Sometimes it is difficult for me living in a predominately meat eating, hunting town.  Though I love this area, it is hard at times.  I do love my Omni friends but they do not really get it.  A few get it more than others.  I am thrilled that I will not be taking the journey alone any longer.  In time, I am thinking God will have us meet some more local Vegans.

Whatever you are praying to God about, I am here to tell you if it is His will, He will grant it to you.  I have seen several of my prayers answered lately.  His timing is impeccable.  Keep the faith!

Rosemary Essential Oil

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Apply to scalp and massage for an abundant looking head of hair.Add one to two drops of Rosemary essential oil to favorite entrees.  Blend with Wintergreen and lotion for

a soothing massage experience.  Blends with Melalueca and Basil for a stimulating
scalp massage.  Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration.  Combine with Epsom salts and Frankincense for a rejuvenating bath experience.
Blends with Cardamom, Lemongrass, Geranium or Clary Sage.  Naturally repels insects.

Lack of a Sleep Schedule

As a Mom, there are a few areas I struggle with.  I struggle with many things actually.  My two biggest struggles are sleeping schedules and potty training.  Today, I want to focus on sleeping schedule.  I know this is something that I struggled with all my babies at one time or another.  Now, I have 3 girls that sleep very well through the night with very few night wakings.  Their night wakings are: they need to go to the bathroom, had a nightmare, needing some attention so I will lay with them, or they are sick.

Just when I think Briella is on a schedule, she is not.  I know you are not to wake up a sleeping baby, but here we sit at 10:15 AM and Briella is still sleeping.  Granted I did not get her asleep until midnight last night.  She has proven that she can sleep long periods of time straight.   I need to adjust these long stretches to occur earlier in the night.  I am thinking I need to give her a later bath time to set the mood for sleep time.  Today since she slept in so long, I know nap schedule is totally off too.  Normally I would be okay with winging it, but not knowing when I will have alone time with my husband or me time, is not sitting well with me.  Frankly, it is getting old.  I just need to try to get her on a schedule again.  I just need to remember that this too shall pass.

Mark 9:23

Everything is possible for him who believes

“If you can”? said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (NIV)

There was a boy who was possessed by an evil spirit who would throw him into fire or water.  The father asked the disciples to cure the boy.  They could not.  “If you can”? said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Immediately the father yelled, “I believe!”

Jesus rebuked the Spirit.  “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out.

If you believe, then God can do anything in your life.  If you believe you see God can do all things according to his plan.  You need faith! It’s through faith in Jesus Christ that you’re enabled to accomplish things you never dreamed possible! If you can believe, all things are possible! Faith is the most powerful force a man can have. This statement of Jesus’ was for the man and for all generations to come. Pray and believe.

 

Presto Griddle

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As you can see, this griddle has been used a lot.  I will hold onto this for a long time and most likely pass it on to one of my girls.  Several years ago, this was a gift from my Grandma Wilma, who has since passed on.  I was so excited to receive this gift since I hadn’t owned one at the time.  Now when I use it, I always think of her and her quirky personality.

What do I cook on this? I cook Vegan grilled cheese and pancakes of course.  You can refer back to March 5th’s post for a pancake recipe.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

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Add to your shampoo or moisturizer to improve the look of your skin and hair.  Diffuse in your bedroom after a long, stressful day or before meditation.  Apply to your skin the day before a big photo shoot or presentation.  Diffuse or apply to the neck and shoulders at
bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.  After a long day of working on your honey-do-list, add one to two drops to your hot bath to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Promotes healthy-looking, smooth skin.  Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.  Enhances mood.  Frequently used in meditation for its grounding and uplifting properties.  For an at-home spa experience, fill a large bowl with steaming water, then apply one to two drops
of Sandalwood to your face and cover head with a towel. Place your face above the steaming water.  Your skin will feel nourished and rejuvenated.