As I look over some of my latest paintings, I see the big difference changing my color palette makes. I really love the richer, deeper colors I’ve been using. They seem to evoke a whole story all by themselves. Maybe that’s because they are new to me–probably so. Just adding a couple new colors makes the biggest difference.
And, my fascination with faces has continued to grow. I don’t think it well ever end. This is a random piece sketched with charcoal and pastels. Can I just say working on a full sized easel is an enormous change, too? So exciting. I sat by the window and let the morning light stream over this sketch as it came to life. Yup, still loving having my studio upstairs!
After I wrote on here about my about how much my family and I are loving our essential oils, some pretty amazing things started to happen. Scratch that — some very amazing things. Blow your mind, what on earth is going on kinda things. Before I clue you in, here is the first post where I wrote about bringing essential oils into our lives: here.
Okay now what we are all on the same page, I’ll tell you a little bit about what’s been happening since then! A couple weeks ago I realized that I hadn’t taken any over the counter headache medicines. No Advil, Aleve, nothing of the sort. I typically take those meds 2-3 times a week. Maybe more. I took them because well I had a headache or a back ache or was just all around achy. They always helped. If I was having to take them for a few days in a row, I always got creeped out thinking about how bad they are for you over a period of 4-5 days. Of course, the makers of those products don’t tell you that kind of thing, but your doctor will.
Anyhoo, so I noticed I hadn’t had any headaches, or any back aches…or aches of any kind–just not needing those medicines. I couldn’t believe it! In a freak out moment, I texted my hubby and he said hadn’t needed them either as routinely as he used to take them either. He had only used Advil once in a couple weeks–also wayyyy out of character for him. What?!
This was something I hadn’t even considered when I introduced the Essential Oils into my life. But, wow, I gotta tell you…not taking those medicines (for over a month now) is pretty amazing to me. Isn’t it?
So what am I using? Some of these oils. They were the only ones I had for a while and they were all we needed. The oils I’ve been using are are all in the kit I got:
Best set of every day oils ever. There are 11 essential oils in this bad boy, and they have been miracle workers. I know I said I got these to help my son with his allergies. And that is 100% the truth. BUT, I thought I’d try them out for a few things, too.
Okay the oils I’ve been using:
1. We (hubby and me) use a couple oils (Valor and Peace & Calming) before bed time. We’ve been using them right before bedtime and I no longer wake up 3-4 times a night now. I sleep like a baby. Seriously! To be honest, I haven’t slept this well in probably 20 years. And snoring? It’s pretty much nill. I should add about ten exclamation points in this paragraph right now-but I won’t! This is just one more benefit I wasn’t even counting on when I took the plunge and got these oils. I just wanted to help our son with his allergies.
2. I use Frankincense, Lemon and Purification mixed with a tiny bit of Coconut Oil on my face twice a day. Smells incredible, and I can’t wait to use it every day. Ahhhhh….so yummy!
3. I also use the Stress Away. This blend of oils also smells incredible. It’s kinda become my new perfume. I keep it in my purse! Very helpful when I’m feeling anxious and stressing. Good stuff.
So somewhere in those 3 applications of oils I’ve been using is my cure for headaches. Plus the sleeping better, improving my skin, and feeling less stressed. I wasn’t intending to stop using Advil, it just sort of happened. Big plus. It makes me so happy to say I’m not using any over the counter anythings anymore. Isn’t that so great? I can’t recommend them enough. I wish I had the $ to get oils for everyone I know. I truly would!
As if my ranting wasn’t enough, here is a great video that was going around the Lemon Dropper Lounge recently. I am so happy to be a Lemon Dropper! There is a humongous and very active group of essential oils on Facebook–so inspiring. I loved seeing this video…thought I’d share it with you.
Cool…right? Oh, yes, it’s VERY cool. I LOVE to hear other’s tell how these oils are benefiting them.
The Everyday Oils Kit is the route I tell EVERYONE they should go “IF” their budget allows. I can NOT tell you how many people have told me they are using their tax refund money to buy this kit. This just makes my heart happy. I LOVE that SO many folks are about finding alternative ways to treat and help their family.
So you might be thinking about that kit of oils for yourself right about now. Are you? No shame in saying it..I did the same thing, right?
In that kit you get 11 essential oils: Lemon, Lavender, Valor, Peace & Calming, Peppermint, Stress Away, Purification, Joy, Frankincense, Panaway, and Thieves (Thieves was the oil that cured my cold last month). You also get that diffuser ($98 value), and now they give you samples of Ning Xia Red.
This is just the best deal hands down. It’s $150 plus shipping. If you were to buy the oils separately and the diffuser, it’d cost you over $400. So yeah…great deal. So worth it!!!
Are you thinking about getting a kit for yourself/family? I can’t blame you. Not one bit.
I’ll walk you through it. You can become a member and get the kit for yourself: here.
That should bring up their website and now click in the top right corner where it says “Member Sign Up”
Don’t let the word “member” freak you out…think, I AM A MEMBER. Click the become a member button. Not customer…customer just means you pay retail…you want distributor prices (saving you 24% on future orders-yes!)
My enroller # and sponsor #: 1634832 will be there in the boxes.
Enter your name, addy, etc.
Create your username and password.
The pin # is if you need to go to the live help section or call in…they ask for your pin #.
Now, pick your kit. There are several there. I have only informed you about the $150 Essential Oil Kits (best value for your money). Feel free to look at the other options. The Thieves cleaner is on my radar for my next order and so is grapefruit essential oil) , but I started with this oil kit.
Click that you agree, pay, and you are done.
That’s it! I remember how excited I was to receive my starter kit. It took about a week to get. Not bad! I have had several friends recently sign up and they kept emailing and texting me saying how excited they were about getting their oils…it was like you were waiting for Christmas Day…it is! We love sharing our stories. The energy is building quickly when we get to chatting about the great changes we are witnessing!
Today, I started this little regimen. My son’s track season starts today. Good time for me to get more fit and lose a few pounds that crept up on me.
I’ll let ya know how it goes! I’m so excited about it!
Feel free to email me: email@example.com if you have questions about any of this. It’s all amazing and changing our lives for the better. Some people have questions…I get that. So shoot me an email if you need to.
I have been meaning to write about some of these books for a while now. Ahhh! Time flies. These 4 books are some of my keepers. Before I tell you about them, please know that I don’t take a lot of time to read. Typically, it’s not high on my radar. I do love to read, I just don’t have a lot of time to DO it, so when I do, I am sure to do my homework first, and make sure it’s worth my while. There is nothing worse than spending a couple hours diving into a book, and then realize the book isn’t for me. I’ve got a list of those too from the past year–ugh. But let’s talk about the keepers!
Okay, so first up is my most favorite book of 2013. I’ve introduced it to so many friends this past year. Bread & Wine is a gathering of short stories by a passionate young Mom, Shauna Neiquist. She is the wife of Worship Leader, Aaron. Such a neat and inspiring young family. They love to have people over and she loves to cook.
So she tells short stories about her life then finishes every story with a recipe. So it’s inspirational Christian based stories, and then a recipe. The recipes in this book? OHMYWORD. Some of our families very favorites. I know I’ve written about them on my blog this past year. Delish! So that’s my most fav book of 2013. Shauna’s other 2 books are also short stories and faith based. Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. Both are excellent. I’ve recommended those two books to lots of friends/family this past year, too!
Moving on. This next book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Powerful and thought provoking Author. Wow. This is a popular book and after reading the first couple pages I instantly knew why. Great book for creatives of all levels. A must read in fact.
The next book, Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed. This Author is the writer of Wild, a book I’ve yet to read but it’s about to be a motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon. Yay! But Tiny Beautiful Things in intense and hardcore advice to folks from all walks of life. This Author was Dear Sugar–an advice columnist. Sorta like a modern day Ann Landers.
The stories get to you. They sure did me. They pull every emotion from you. Wow. My sis, Mom and I are actually doing a book club with this book. Just us 3. Some of the content is scandalous…oh my.
And last book I have to share is one I’m not yet finished reading but I love it so far. It’s called Restless: Because You Were Made For More, by Jennie Allen. I pulled this from her book: Jennie is a passionate leader following God’scall on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe. She is the author of Anything and the Bible studies Stuck and Chase, and is the founder andvisionary of IF: Gathering.Jennie is married to her best friend, Zac, and they havebeen blessed with four children, the youngestof whom was adoptedfrom Rwanda.
She has so many great books and I want to read them all. Have you read any of her books?
This book was just released last month so it’s fairly new but it’s getting fantastic reviews from all over the place.
Here is a trailer that helps explain the book Restless:
Anyway, so that’s what Ive been reading and am reading! I’d love to hear about your fav reads.
(By the way, I don’t get any commissions or freebies for writing about any of these books. These are my opinions only, and I love to share them)
Hey guys, I just added 3 new paintings to my Etsy shop! It’s been a while—oh how I know! I hope they make you smile. I’ve finally gotten my life “caught up” and am able to move forward a bit…and spend some time doing what I love so much. That feels great.
I think these three will be the last in my whimsical style series for a while. I love doing them so much, but I also love trying new things. So we will see where those thoughts take me on this journey that I love so much.
I’ve been working with some awfully adorable little Girl Scouts lately. Together, we’ve been doing some creating in my studio. I worked with Girl Scouts last year and wrote about that here. I loved that session and this year’s too. They are so cute. So curious. So thirsty to learn and creative. They are exhausting. And they are worth it.
This year I created a new lesson for the scouts. We studied Picasso! They created self portraits, Picasso style. We played games to make it extra interesting. This was a dice game where the girls rolled the dice to see what to add to their piece next. They loved that! We also did some blind contour drawing. Because that is just so fun!
Besides creating their own Picasso style portraits, they had to do a cooperative style art piece for the ArtVenture Auction coming up. We experimented and explored bleeding art tissue to create a colorful background. They they begged to add their spin on their fav Picasso style features. We all loved seeing our abstract style portrait come to life!
Here is a shot of the girls and me, courtesy of our very helpful Volunteer, Miss Amy.
I so enjoyed working with these little Miss Picasso’s! They have hearts of gold and are so eager to learn. I am a big fan of working with our youth and art. Putting the two together warms my heart on these cold Winter days.