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Monday, July 6, 2015

How Do You Homeschool or Life-School with Chronic Illness In The Way? #homeschooling #lifeschool #chronicillness

So how do you homeschool your children effectively if you are depressed or chronically ill?
Maybe you have a parent that is sick or your spouse is sick?
Believe it or not those are some of the best reason's on earth to homeschool or "life-school" ,as we call it here at our house, your children.



In 2009 my father passed away from a long battle with 3 different types of cancer, first prostate, then colon, and finally the nasty liver cancer devil took hold and would not let go. I feel blessed that he was able to spend an additional 10 years with us here on earth due to the advances of modern medicine. Homeschooling enabled my 3 children to travel back and forth from NC to SC with me to stay with him anytime we wanted to, even when he was in a hospice house facility, they were right there at his side. Those years we will never get back and will cherish forever. They learned lessons that traditional schools can never teach.




Fast forward to 2013 the unthinkable begins to unfold, our beloved grandmother, my momma starts failing fast with pneumonia that ends up being " lung cancer" that has eaten thru to her ribs. She was so ill and hospitalized after falling at home unconscious due to sepsis. My youngest daughter stayed with me in SC to help care for her until she passed away the first night in hospice ( we still believe my daddy came to get her that night, they are now together in heaven).


My husband and I both have chronic illness's, my husband is now disabled and home all the time now, which has been good for our homeschool actually. He is a great help to me when my kids need some extra motivation (if you know what I mean), especially on Mondays since I work night shift on the weekends as an ER nurse and need my sleep.

The number one thing to share about homeschooling if you or your family have a chronic illness is flexibility! You have to learn how to be flexible and that it is very ok to do things your own way.
We learned a long time ago that a more eclectic style of schooling (using many different styles of homeschooling) worked great for our family, even some un-schooling at times works for us. As long as your children are learning and growing, happy and healthy what else matters.....right!


We use a variety of online sites including Time4Learning and The Khan Academy in addition to You-tube videos to learn. I like to print off worksheets if we are on the road or need some extra practice on a particular topic. You can find many free or cheaper sites to print worksheets, such as TeachersPayTeachers, Educents, ABCTeach, and Enchanted Learning. There are so many more and many are listed here on my blog if you search for my older articles.

No matter what you use, as long as your kids are learning, thriving and growing in knowledge, nothing else matters. Others will try to tell you how to school your children, but you are their parent, you know what is best for each one. Don't let others sway your decisions or sink your ship. You are fabulous and you know it!!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Photography: Ultimate Impact For Your Blog or Website #ultimatebundles #photography



I’m about to tell you something that might surprise you…
You might think the photography industry is closed-off to people like you – that it’s impenetrable for anyone who’s always had a “regular” job and just taken photos as a passion or a hobby.
But let me tell you: there’s a HUGE market out there for digital photography. And what’s more, you don’t need to have been born in a darkroom to gain access to it. You need mad skills, of course. And passion – lots of passion. But contacts? Referrals? A studio? You need none of it to get started.
Every month, millions of digital photos are purchased online for use in websites, blogs, articles, marketing, materials and more. People like you are taking those photos… AND they’re getting paid for them! They’re making hundreds of dollars – and sometimes much more than that – per day.
If you truly love the idea of being a professional photographer but always believed it was out of your reach, it’s time to change those beliefs!
Not sure where to start? That’s where I come in. If you can bring the passion and photography skills, I can point you in the direction of a collection of resources that will teach you exactly how to start making money from your photos. It’s called The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Business Edition), and it’s been created by the fantastic team over at Ultimate Bundles. It contains all the tools and resources you’ll need to start your own photography business NOW and create income with your pictures.
Inside the bundle you’ll find a whole range of ebooks, video training and useful document templates from today’s biggest names in digital photography – containing their secrets to not only producing stunning digital shots, but also their blueprints to building a profitable, sustainable business that puts money in your pocket on a consistent basis.
Here’s a breakdown of the topics included in The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Business Edition):
  • Marketing (techniques, strategies, templates, and even software to help you market your services)
  • Adobe Lightroom (inspirational insights into how some of the advanced tools work)
  • Studios (information for those who want to set up their own studio)
  • Skills improvement (taking you beyond photography, with ebooks and video training on topics included videography and natural posing)
  • Templates (an assortment of Photoshop templates and storyboards)
  • Forms (business forms, policy documents, print release templates… rather boring but totally necessary – so it’s all here ready for you!)
The price? Well the combined value of everything inside the bundle is $2,036.36. If you were to buy each product separately, that’s what you’d pay.
But The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Business Edition) will cost you just $97! That’s because the Ultimate Bundles team have persuaded these experts to provide their products at a hugely discounted rate!
Ready for even more good news? Ryan and Steph have also thrown in some extra-special gifts worth over $400 in total:
  • $20 gift certificate toward any SpinLight 360 Package
  • $15 gift certificate to Lightscoop (for pro-like photos with your built-in flash)
  • $15 gift certificate to Porteen Gear (where you can buy custom-made, stylish and functional camera bags and gear)
  • FREE choice of a premium video photography course from Craftsy.com (up to $50 value)
  • FREE three-month subscription to the Light Inspired Women’s Photography Forum
  • FREE marketing set of your choice from the Seaside Creative collection ($75 value)
  • x4 FREE Volumes of Clarity Magazine – including video tutorials from top photography educators
  • FREE FX Photo Studio Pro PLUS Snapheal Pro AND Intensify Pro software from MacPhun which will help to give you a vast number of ultra-powerful adjustments for your photos (combined value $129.97)
There’s a catch, of course – but I think it’s a pretty reasonable one. The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Business Edition) is available this week only! On Monday, June 29, 2015 at Midnight, it comes off sale for good.
Click here to check out The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Business Edition)!
You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full month to try out all the ebooks and video courses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they justify the price or they weren’t what you were hoping for, you can get a full refund.
But remember: it’s on sale for this week only – until Monday, June 29, 2015 at midnight! After that, it’s gone for good!

HURRY!! Last Day is TODAY!!

Last Day! Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle : Capture Those Moments and Memories!


One of the thoughts that creeps into my mind frequently is, “Why couldn’t I capture that moment in time perfectly?” That beautiful sunset witnessed on a perfect vacation. My child’s first belly laugh. The expression of joy on my father’s face at his surprise party. I don’t want to forget any of it.
It’s SO important to savor it all… to relish those moments. But you know what’s equally important, if you ask me? To be able to look back and relish those moments all over again. A month from now. A year from now. Fifty years from now.
And that’s where photographs come in. These days, it’s so easy to get snap-happy at a moment’s notice: we just reach into our purses for our smartphones or miniscule cameras and start clicking away at anything and everything.
The problem is… it’s so easy for those photos to come out badly! You think you’ve taken a wonderful picture of your beautiful boy standing by himself for the first time, but actually you’ve managed to capture the moment when he falls down and starts wailing! You think you’ve snapped a stunning image of a horse galloping along the beach, but actually it’s just a dark blob against an overexposed background. You think you’ve achieved the perfect shot of your wonderful parents laughing together on their anniversary, but you take a look and you’ve managed to capture… a blur.
If you can relate, I have good news for you! My friends Ryan and Steph at Ultimate Bundles have put together an incredible product to help with your photography woes. It’s called The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition), and it contains a curated collection of ebooks and video training guides to help you become a better photographer.


All the resources have been provided by professional, world-renowned photographers who are experts in teaching others – even complete beginners. You won’t need to switch up to a more expensive camera to make full use of the bundle (even if you just use your iPhone for photographs), and you don’t need to neglect your family for weeks upon weeks of training! You can learn everything in little chunks – whenever you have a spare moment.
Click here to see the full range of ebooks and training courses included in The Ultimate Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition).
There’s even better news! Everything in the bundle has a combined total value of $555, but for this week only, The Ultimate Bundles Team is selling the entire bundle for just $37 – a discount of more than 90%! What’s more, they’re also throwing in a FREE copy of FX Photo Studio Pro software from MacPhun (which provides stunning filters and photography effects) worth $29.99!
Click here to buy The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37.
No blurriness, no exposure nightmares, no bad angles. Just perfect, happy memories!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Essential Recipe: Kale Chips

Don't knock them until you try them, they are incredibly yummy, and healthy for your family.
We snack all the time at home since we are doing school at home, its so easy to fall into bad habits, so I have been searching for healthier options for my kids snack habits (and my own).
These chips will disappear as soon as you get them out of the oven. Try this recipe for original flavored kale chips or spice them up with other herbs and essential oils for more options. Try garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and Lemon essential oil for an Italian twist, or cumin and Cilantro essential oil for Mexican-style chips. The options are endless!



What You Need:

1 large bunch kale, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 drops Lemon essential oil (add others that you like)
Salt & Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 2oo degrees.
2. Wash and dry kale thoroughly.
3. Combine olive oil and Lemon essential oil in a large mixing bowl.
4. Put kale in a large mixing bowl and toss in oils.
5. Make sure all of the kale is well coated with oils by massaging each piece. Once coated, place on a baking sheet in a single layer. 
6. Salt and Pepper as desired
7. Bake on the center rack for 45-50 minutes (or until nice and crispy). 

Keep an eye on the smaller pieces and take them out if they are done earlier, otherwise they will burn. 


  Place in a bowl or basket and watch your family gobble them up.

So what is all the good stuff in Lemon Oil.......its an amazing oil, that's what! Smells so good, I use it myself for a daily pick me up, put it in my water to detox and give me energy, rub it on my neck to sooth my sore neck muscles after a long weekend at work. Lemon Oil has so many uses it is great to keep in your Dr mom box.


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Have a blessed day! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Do It Yourself Pest Control Naturally #DIY #essentialoils #naturalliving


Nobody likes a pest in the house, the little creepy crawly boogers can overrun your household before you know it. There are many home remedies that you can use very simply to rid your home of pests. Keeping it simple is always better, safer than harsh chemicals.

This awesome infographic by PartSelect.com  shows how to start your DIY pest control at home. 

Starting at the source -

  • Wipe down counters with vinegar and water
  • Fix leaky faucets- insects are attracted to the water
  • Transfer dry goods (cereals, flour, rice etc) to sealed containers or jars
  • Rinse your recycles- jars, cans etc 
  • Use a trash can with a lid (I spray some essential oils in mine to deter pests and help with odor)
  • Make sure your drains are clean from leftovers- pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain (cool homeschool science project) and then after 5 min. rinse with boiling hot water to clean. 
  • Removing excess food particles and sources of food for the pests can send them packing in search for other food.
DIY Home remedies for pests
  • To eliminate ant traffic, sprinkle coffee grounds around windows and doors
  • For Ants mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 cup of sugar. Pour mix into small jars, poke holes in the jar lids. The sweet smell of the sugar will lure in the ants and dead they will be.
  • Spiders can be kept at bay by combining equal parts vinegar and water, then spraying the mixture over the places the spiders are entering. Peppermint oil works well too. 
  • Fight fruit flies with apple cider vinegar! The sweet smell of the vinegar will attract the flies. Place a couple tablespoons of vinegar in a cup, cover the top with plastic wrap and poke holes in the plastic.
  • Repel cockroaches with beer- pour into saucers and place on floor or in cabinets etc.
  • DIY cleaning all purpose cleaning, mix plain castile soap with a few drops each of peppermint and lemon essential oils, add water. Put in a spray bottle and use anywhere you need a clean fresh scent with great cleaning properties. 
  • Keep bugs out with Essential Oils, check out the infographic for all the great uses of oils and which ones to use. 


Keeping bugs from biting you and the kids:

  • Whip up your own insect repellent with essential oils of rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, lavender, and mint. Add witch hazel and water, mix together in a spray bottle. Great smelling and bugs don't like it. 
  • Try TerraShield- repellent blend by Doterra ( my favorite blend for working in my yard) 
Before reaching for the toxic cleaning and bug repellent chemicals, try to make something more health, family and earth friendly. Keep it simple, it works so much better. Mother nature has some  great ideas you know....



Until next time, God bless you and your home

Interested in more about Essential oils and saving at least 25% when you order your own, email me leslieblockrn@gmail.com for a free sample and more information. Visit my website HERE to order and start living a much healthier lifestyle.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Jewels In My Mother's Crown #HappyMothersDay #AngelMother


Mother's Day is for me bittersweet as I lost my mother to lung cancer in February of 2014. My wounds are still raw and sore internally, as I continue thru the grieving process. Knowing that she is in heaven with my dad is such comfort to me and this poem I found tonight online was so touching to me. I wanted to share with others that might be grieving the loss of a loved one on the Mother's Day 2015 too.



A Mother’s Crown

Heaven lit up with a mighty presence,
as the Angels all looked down.
Today the Lord was placing the jewels
Into my mother’s crown.
He held up a golden crown,
as my darling mother looked on.
He said in His gentle voice,
‘I will now explain each one.’
‘The first gem,’ He said, ‘is a Ruby,
and it’s for endurance alone,
for all the nights you waited up
for your children to come home.’
‘For all the nights by their bedside,
you stayed till the fever went down.
For nursing every little wound,
I add this ruby to your crown.’
‘An emerald, I’ll place by the ruby,
for leading your child in the right way.
For teaching them the lessons,
That made them who they are today.’
‘For always being right there,
through all life’s important events.
I give you a sapphire stone,
for the time and love you spent.’
‘For untying the strings that held them,
when they grew up and left home.
I give you this one for courage.’
Then the Lord added a garnet stone.
‘I’ll place a stone of amethyst,’ He said.
‘For all the times you spent on your knees,
when you asked if I’d take care of your children,
and then for having faith in Me.’
‘I have a pearl for every little sacrifice
that you made without them knowing.
For all the times you went without,
to keep them happy, healthy and growing.’
‘And last of all I have a diamond,
the greatest one of all,
for sharing unconditional love
whether they were big or small.’
‘It was your love that helped them grow
Feeling safe and happy and proud
A love so strong and pure
It could shift the darkest cloud.’
After the Lord placed the last jewel in,
He said, ‘Your crown is now complete,
You've earned your place in Heaven
With your children at your feet.’
~~Unknown author
God can turn burden's into blessings, let him turn your life around today! 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Do You Need Help?, Well Help Is Here!.... #homemakers #moms #parenting #overwhelmed




Dear Homemaker,
Are the inmates running the asylum?
I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.
I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.
I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:
  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.
And then real life happened…
…laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours (or maybe does not), a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.
And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn't always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.
It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.
Here they are:
  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking and Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays and Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy and Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health and Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.
Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?
Of course not!
Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”
But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.
Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?
So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!
To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.
They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.
And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:
  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs
…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)
That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.
  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…
“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”
The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.
This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.
But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

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After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.
Act now!

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

I do receive a monetary commission (that helps my family)from each purchase, see my disclosure policy for more information.

I am in love with this awesome bundle!! ordering mine right now! I can't believe it's only $29.97, wow!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Celebrate Pi Day With Some Kitchen Math

CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY JEFFREY COOLIDGE / GETTY
"To infinity and beyond" Pi day is just another day to most people, unless you realize the significance of this year's "Pi" day..... 3-14-15 (teaching moment here people)
No it's not a day to make and eat yummy pies as my youngest daughter thought it was, even though we are celebrating this math wonder by making pie.
"Pi" does deserve some celebration and education. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same.
The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to edge, measuring straight through the center. The circumference of a circle is the distance around.
Pi Day Countdown
Learn more here www.Piday.org

So let's have some fun in the kitchen now and learn some math while we cook!
Photo credit: Allfood.recipes
Brownie Marshmallow Fudge Pie
This easy to make and take pie is a great kid friendly helper recipe. Using math in the kitchen is a great way to teach life skills that your homeschoolers will remember later on. I keep a vast assortment of measuring tools in my kitchen to help teach them weights and measures.
(double the ingredients and use a larger pan for cooking)
Need these ingredients:
  • Brownie box mix (make 8×8 pan size)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup marshmallows (any size)
  • 1 chocolate frosting (Can of "creamy home style frosting")
Prepare brownie as shown in the box, add nuts to the mixture, and bake as indicated by the box.
When ready remove from oven and add the marshmallow, bake for 3 minutes more or until the marshmallows are golden brown, remove from oven.
Heat in microwave the chocolate frosting approximately 30 seconds to make it more liquid.
Pour over brownie (do not use everything, just a little, use 1/4 of the can.)
Cool and serve!


Happy homeschooling

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Depression: Learning How To Sail My Ship


How many of you suffer from depression, sadness ,dysthymia, constant feelings of worthlessness or guilt over something out of your control? Well join the club sista, we are all in this together!
Depression is a life sucking debilitating problem that has followed me for many years now, beginning when I was a teenager.
I have learned to hide my sadness fairly well until the last few years, I am usually a smiling happy go lucky appearing person on the outside, in public mostly. My family can attest that at home it is a totally different story. Home is where you find me in bed on bad days, no energy to do anything, up all night due to insomnia. On medication I am better some days, but it is a constant struggle to get anything done.
Slowly and day by day, I am learning how to sail my ship myself with prayerful guidance from above.
Without prayer and turning my struggles over to God, I would be nothing, He is my Rock and my salvation.

Lets focus on just what is depression, you need to recognize and then accept that you have an actual problem. It is really easy to blame your problems on other people, but take a good hard look at yourself first. It's ok, we all make mistakes and take the wrong paths in life. I have taken many paths of resistance and learned how to get back on the right path again.

From Healthline.com

Symptoms of depression can vary. They may manifest themselves differently from person to person. People who suffer from the condition often experience several of the following.

Sadness

The most common symptom of depression is a feeling of sadness or emptiness that lasts for more than two weeks. In the case of dysthymia, it can last for longer than two years. Dysthymia is a type of chronic depression in which a person’s moods are consistently low.


Worthlessness

Continual feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or helplessness often accompany the condition. People tend to focus on personal shortcomings or past failures and blame themselves when their life does not go the way they would like.

Irritability

Depression may cause people to get easily frustrated or angered, even over small or insignificant matters.

Fatigue

People with depression often experience lack of energy or feel tired all the time. Small tasks, like showering or getting out of bed, may seem to require more effort than one can manage.

Crying Spells

Sufferers may find themselves crying frequently for no apparent reason.

Apathy

People with depression commonly lose interest or stop finding pleasure in activities that they used to enjoy, including sex.

Restlessness

Agitation and restlessness, including pacing, an inability to sit still, or hand wringing, may occur with depression.

Lack of Concentration

People with depression may have a difficult time remembering, maintaining focus, or making decisions.

Withdrawal

Many people with depression shut themselves off from the world. They may isolate themselves, not answer the phone, or refuse to go out with friends.

Sleep Problems

People’s sleep habits are likely to change as a result of depression. They may not be able to fall asleep or stay asleep, or they may wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep. Other people may find they sleep for long periods and don’t want to get out of bed.

Overeating or Loss of Appetite

Depression can often cause a lack of interest in food and weight loss. In other people, depression leads to overeating and weight gain.

Thoughts of Suicide

Thinking or fantasizing about death is a serious sign that needs to be addressed right away.

Physical Pain

Physical symptoms, such as body pain, headaches, cramps, and digestive problems also can occur.

Wow, do you have almost all of those symptoms, me too at one time or another. Taking it day by day for me is the best plan, thinking of what good things you have in your life instead of all the bad.

Getting help immediately for deep feelings of suicide or self harm is imperitive, it is not failure to want to kill yourself, I have had these feelings myself, attempted several times ( yes I am a suicide surviver and thankful for everyday I am alive now!) but there is help for those feelings and people that do care about you and love you, even though you hate yourself right now.


Take overwhelming projects in small sections will help you accomplish them and feel good about yourself.
I have this huge mess right now out in my sun-room, it seems to be a catch all for everything that I don't want to deal with. I know that it needs to be cleaned up and I stare at the overwhelming pile of mess everyday. That room has become a source of anxiety, depression and avoidance for me, so I made a choice to take that chore in small sections. I will update you on my progress, if you will share with me some of your overwhelming anxiety producers too, deal?

Let's sail our ships into the sunset each day with faith, hope and love. Praying for you until next time.



 

 

Monday, February 16, 2015

We Have Snow, But This Is HOT!! #BigGreenGiveaway #organic #greenliving

As I sit here looking out my window snow and sleet are falling and the news is reporting a night full of more wet, cold nasty stuff. I pray that where ever you are it is warm and safe tonight. Here in NC we get snow and ice only a few times a year and people literally freak out, running to the grocery store to stock up on their bread ,milk...........and toilet paper. Across the country it is bitter cold, but I have a HOT Giveaway to tell you about!!

This giveaway is awesome $6000 worth of natural, eco-friendly, green living love! Starting today 2/16 and running until 2/23 you have the chance to win some sweet prizes!

So enter now!! It will warm your heart for sure! Be sure to tell your friends and family.


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 Living green, healthy and organic is more than the products you buy or the lingo you use. It's about the day to day choices we make. Buying from a company that has our family's health at the core of their being or choosing to recycle. Simply taking a moment to pick trash off the ground or buying used are small steps that make a huge difference. The #BigGreenGiveaway is one more step. Each of the companies listed here are all living green, healthy and organic and they want to help you as you make those green or greener choices.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Big Green Giveaway, Natural Organic Goodies #biggreengiveaway #greenliving #naturalliving


WOW!!
Super excited about participating in the Big Green Giveaway. I try my best to eat as much organic type foods and try to promote a healthy lifestyle to my family. I always want to learn more about natural and organic living, it is such a better lifestyle for our families.
I am eager to see what the Natural Organic Network is all about. They are kicking off their site with a crunchtastic giveaway!!

The giveaway begins on February 16th so you gotta join now and get in on all the good stuff that is coming, time is running out. Sign Up HERE

If you are a blogger and want to get in on all the action, you can sign up as a blogging guru and join in the giveaway promoting your blog in the process. 

A new group, Natural Organic Network has put together a giveaway of all natural and organic products currently valued at over $5000.00!

The giveaway starts Monday, February, 16th at 7 am est till Tuesday, the 24th at 12:00 am est.
I also wanted to let you know about it ahead of time because Natural Organic Network has something special JUST for my readers! They're providing you with the chance to obtain additional entries by subscribing to their email list! Don't worry they won't sell your info and you'll only receive one email a day at the most. Each day an email with information leading to a free entry will be sent out to you special readers. This is ONLY for those who subscribe between now and the giveaway! You will want to open the emails and follow the directions each day to receive your additional codes for the 16th. So click here to sign up as a subscriber and get those additional entries! If you're a blogger and would like to join in the giveaway visit their National Organic Network for additional information.


Come on and lets learn more about being crunchy!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Become a January Stylist #stella&dot

 


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This is your last chance to take advantage of the Stella & Dot January Stylist signup special. Through 1/31, every stylist who signs up will get $450 in free accessories, plus the chance to earn a $199 starter kit rebate. Don't wait for your opportunity, create it by signing up today! -http://www.stelladot.com/stylist

 

 

Finish Each Day and Be Done With It.....Learning How To Love You #love


 We are nearing February, the month of #Love, for me it will be the one year anniversary of my mother's death. The last year has been a challenge for me, as I already suffer from chronic depression problems. I am slowly learning to love myself again and have been struggling to accept my life as it is now and move on. Join me for several posts about depression and how I have dealt with the crippling grip it can have on your life.

Finish Every Day and Be Done With It
You have done what you could
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
Forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a New Day;
You Shall Begin It serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense

"Ralph Waldo Emerson" 





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