Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Autumn Brings Changes

Hey there!

What? A blog update from Elisa? =) Did you think I had given up blogging for good? I have missed it so, but I have not been able to find the time to sit down and quiet my brain enough to type anything up. I haven't even had the time to go outside, walk around in the garden, and see what's growing - well, I have still been doing that, but with a baby on my arm, I haven't had any extra hands for the camera. (Let me know when you figure the extra hands things out. I still don't know why moms don't have at least four arms.)

The past few months have been a whirlwind, but in a really good way. I guess that is to be expected when you have a 4 month old baby and a bunch of older brothers who still have to go places! Lots of big changes around here. The biggest one is that we are no longer homeschooling. Our oldest is loving school at our parish. At home, unofficially, we are still "unschooling", like we always will - learning through living. It has been a little humbling for me, to swallow my big plans and expectations of homeschooling, my identity as a "homeschooling mom" for the past 8+ years (really since we had our firstborn), and just letting go and letting God nudge us in the direction He wants us to go, even if it is not at all what we expected.

Underneath it all, there is a deep peace and I know we are doing what is best for our family. It helps that our school is awesome!

Also, guess what? NO MORE MIGRAINES since 12 days!! This is HUGE for me! Last year, while pregnant, I thought I was cured. I had forgotten, that my migraines always go away during pregnancy, but come back with a vengeance, a few weeks after baby is born. This time has been no different. I have been having daily migraines, up until a few weeks ago. I thought I had tried everything. A few Thursdays ago, I was in tears at my chiropractors office (a wellness center), saying how hopeless it is and how I'm so frustrated and done with living my live in pain and not being able to be the mother my children deserve.

The nutritionist at the office noticed I was shaking and then I also noticed that my blood sugar was dropping because I hadn't felt well enough to eat breakfast that day. She does Nutrition Response Testing and we had a little consultation that same day. That weekend, I started measuring my blood sugar with one of those finger pricky glucose monitors you can get at Target, and low and migraines stayed away as long as I kept eating every couple of hours and had a protein shake before going to sleep for the night. She also found out my body doesn't like gluten, wheat, corn, and whole grains. I've been gluten free for almost two months now (for real!! - I'm finally DETACHED from food and it is wonderful). I eat mostly proteins and grain-free carbs and lots of nuts, seeds, veggies, and not as much fruit.

It's been sooo good not having migraines!!! I feel like a new person!

Okay, well, that is all for today, you got the main updates! I want to leave you with a fall photos that reflect the beauty in and around the house right about now.

Blessings, my dear friends!

Little pumpkins growing everywhere.

Mums coming back up from last year.

Flowers from the garden. This makes me so happy. =)

Flowers above the kitchen sink and lots of compost!

Time to bring the plants inside for the winter.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Elisa & doTERRA

​Hey Everyone! 

Happy Swiss Independence Day! =) I will be celebrating along with my Swiss family & friends this weekend down in Omaha. YAY! Road trip! My parents get to meet the adorable and charming 3 month old baby Will. I'm so excited!

As many of you know, back in February, I started my doTERRA home business. Basically, I meet people where they are in their journey towards better health with natural solutions, and teach them how essential oils can play a part in this journey. I relaly enjoy doing this! I wanted to let you know I put together a monthly newsletter with tips and uses. If you'd like to be part of this newsletter, just leave me a comment that you want it and make sure to include your e-mail. The e-mail won't show up online, but it will in my e-mail box. 

You can also find me online at my personal facebook page. I use facebook to share upcoming events, local & online. Friend me if you want to get these! Hope to "see" you there! 

I'm going to be using this blog more and more to promote my home business, but of course, you'll still get my very random posts about everything else. =) 

Here are some tips from the newsletter:

August means school is just around the corner! Where has the summer gone?? Seriously. This is crazy. Essential oils can really help kids in school (or at home "school"). I'll be using In Tune on my boys to help them focus, On Guard to keep germs away when we spend time in big groups, Lavender to calm the baby, Balance for my SANITY ;) and Serenity at the end of the day to help me fall asleep and get a good night's rest. Here's a cool graphic with essential oil ideas during the school season:
Of course, doTERRA is on top of things and this month's Product of the Month is a 5mL of On Guard! On Guard smells amazing and is very useful oil blend. The one little bottle contains purely: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, & 
Wild Orange. So basically, when you are looking up symptoms at the New Everything page, and it calls for can use On Guard! This is why I love doTERRA's blends. You can read more about On Guard and its uses here.


August 12th, 8pm ONLINE: Make over your Medicine Cabinet. Facebook event HERE. These webinars are super fun! I usually open it up at the end for discussion so we can chat oils! 

That's all for now!

  My Business website: dōTERRA         I'm also here: 
"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family."  ~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Garden, Food, and Baby

Hey. =) Long time no see.

Here's what's been going on at my house lately...

Today for lunch I made something super yummy:

You can find the recipe here. I found it in a magazine. I adapted it a little: left out the almonds and tomatoes. For the lemon sauce I mixed up in a little bowl: fresh chopped basil, garlic, white onion. Added a bit of red wine vinegar and lemon juice. Salt & pepper. Yum. (You can find the veggie slicer here.)

It's all part of my new gluten & dairy free diet. Yes, I know, I've been going back and forth on these for a while now. I tried gluten free back in 2013 to see it was related to the headaches. I did it for 3 weeks before we moved and I've been pretty much eating everything since. Well, after having no headaches throughout the pregnancy, they are back, with a vengeance! On the upside though, they are not nearly as bad as any of the headaches/migraines I experienced in Texas. I know stressful lifestyle (military & deployments) played a big part with those.

My essential oils don't take them away completely and neither does chiropractic care, although both help a little bit. This past weekend, I tried acupuncture for the first time ever and it seemed to end my 4 day headache. While talking with the acupuncture lady, I noticed some things in my health history and am pretty sure now that dairy could be playing a part with the headaches. Gluten is just bad for you, so I don't plan on ever eating it again, except during Mass - where I feel that nothing bad could come from consuming Jesus' body in the Holy Eucharist. (Obviously this doesn't work for people with gluten intolerance. They can receive just the Precious Blood, or a special, very low-gluten host.)

I know the headaches are caused by a combination of things. For me those are: Hormones, food (dairy, gluten), stress, and not drinking enough water. What else is new, right? Seems like those four things cause just about all health issues on the planet.  So, I'm feeling really great now and ready to finally give up the dairy/gluten. I just don't care anymore about not being able to eat certain things. I crave things, but then I will just eat something gluten/dairy free and when I am full, I don't crave anything. =) I have to do everything I possibly can to avoid the headaches.

Okay, enough about headaches. Let's talk about the garden!

My Cimicifuga James Compton is nearly dead. I took a pic, but the pic was basically dead too (all blurry), so never mind. I have no clue what's wrong with it. Probably a combo of things: soil is probably not good enough, too much water, or too little. We had a little heat wave (you Southerners are going to laugh at me), but it was in the upper 80's/low 90's and I had a headache or something, so I didn't get around to watering the plants. So, I sprayed it with my homemade anti-fungal remedy (hydrogen peroxide mixed with oregano essential oil), just in case, and hopefully it will life. I paid for this plant, so I want it to live!!

Other things are alive and well though. The flowers in my window box make me so happy.

The marigolds I planted from seed (Thanks for the seeds, Mom!) are growing nicely! Alongside them are some pumpkins grown from seeds, onions from a friend and some weeds. =)

In my borders, we randomly planted pumpkin and zinnia seeds. They're growing! The bunnies ate the tops off my sunflowers, so we won't be having any of those this summer. Our fruit trees are being snacks for the deer that we never see, so we sprayed them with something natural. We should have left up that horrid 6 foot tall privacy fence until our fruit trees were well established. Oh well. =)

That's all for now! No more Nature Walks, no more regular blogging. Life is good & full. I will be here every now and then.
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