Archive for the ‘YOUR WORLD’ Category




Posted November 30, 2012


Need a wake up call?  I want to re-post the first video below in case you missed it the first time and add another powerful video.  Both are from the non-profit organization called Healthy Child, Healthy World.  I love their website filled with valuable information about health and wellness for our families. 


The first video is only 3:39 minutes and the second video is only 8:30 minutes.  Please take time to watch!  Both powerful and informative.   


 A WAKE-UP STORY:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxYLWQ_pL1I


 PROTECT YOUR FAMILY:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TbzqNE9pUnI


We have the power to make changes!  Even starting with little changes will make a big difference!


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Posted August 30, 2012


There are many things to help us out in our daily lives, but the one item that I use the most in my household is Tea Tree Oil!  Ever heard of it?  I was finally introduced to it almost 2 years ago.  Wish it could have been sooner….this is nature at its best!



Tea Tree oil, which is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, has been used by the Australian aborigines for centuries as an antiseptic and antifungal treatment.  This incredible essential oil should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.  It’s been called a “medicine cabinet in a bottle” and is “effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses and stimulates the immune system.”   Because of its ability to disinfect and heal without damaging tissue every Australian soldier during the Second World War had Tea Tree oil in their first aid kits.



There are plenty of companies out there that sell Tea Tree oil, so be sure you are getting the real thing and select only oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia.  To be sure you have the authentic Australian Tea Tree oil, it must be labeled as oil of the “Melaleuca alternifolia”. 



A few other criteria include:

  • Oil that contains 35% terpinen-4-ol or higher

  • Oil that contains less than 7% Cineole 1,8

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil that comes only from Australia

  • Oil that is fresh and properly stored in a dark brown glass bottle to prevent oxidation from light exposure





For more information on health benefits and uses, read on…..


Health Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil


20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil



Here are a few more uses….

  • Mouth wash – 2-3 drops of the oil in a cup of warm water.

  • Diaper rash – Mix a few drops with a carrier oil.

  • Ear aches – I have tried this for my younger son and had great success! Dilute in warm olive, almond, or coconut oil and use a few drops in the ear.  Hold head to the side for one minute and then let the ear drain, using a cotton ball or wash cloth to collect excess oil.

  • Sunburns – A few drops of tea tree with coconut oil can help with any soreness and will reduce blistering or peeling.


Put this gift from nature on your next shopping list!  It is a true treasure!




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Posted: June 29, 2012

Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better….  – Albert Einstein


For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to Nature. The great outdoors is a powerful place! Nothing is as relaxing and invigorating as Mother Nature!  Maybe spending 4 years of my childhood on a farm brought about a love of nature that has stuck with me.  Thanks mom and dad for providing that experience!  I’m traveling with my two boys this week.  Back to Illinois and my parents’ mini-farm.  The gentle breeze, corn fields, and abundant opportunity to explore and teach my boys the beauty of nature is all around. 



The fresh air and calmness of nature brings such a different peace compared to being indoors.  By taking the time to experience all that is around us, we can renew ourselves.  Our sensations come alive.  We feel invigorated!  Hiking through a forest, camping, canoing or kayaking, swimming, boating, and even just taking a stroll through the neighborhood park all seem to provide a “healing” element to life. Whether it is relieving stress, getting your body moving, or providing you with fresh air, being in nature can really make a difference!



Check out the two articles below for an interesting look at the Healing Power of Nature…..

Forest Bathing: The Healing Power of a Walk in the Woods

Forest Bathing



Grab your hiking boots or tennis shoes and explore the great outdoors!  Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of nature’s gifts.  Wherever you live, there are plenty of opportunities!  



If you want to find places off the beaten path, download Google Earth for the World’s geographic information at your fingertips.  My husband has found countless opportunities for our family to explore through Google Earth. 


Walk, relax and enjoy this amazing earth!  It does a body good!

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24301 * Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada * 1152 x 864 * (244KB)

25493 * Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, Japan * 1152 x 864 * (328KB)
  12462 * Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming * 1152 x 864 * (156KB)
OK, time to be honest.  Although I have stepped up my efforts in health and safety for my family, my efforts on the “green” front haven’t been as forthcoming.  I am trying!  Just looking at the pictures above, reminds me how blessed we all are to live in such an absolutely beautiful world.  Breathtaking!
I believe that many of the things we can do to help protect the environment, can also help protect our own health at the same time.  Here is a helpful article I found in “Natural Awakenings”!
Here are a few highlights: Read the whole article to find out reasons behind each of these steps listed.
1. Eat up food
2. Dispense with disposables
3. Clean naturally
4. Shop for the Energy Star logo
5. Filter water with less waste
6. Conserve water
7. Phase out non-stick skillets
8. Avoid cheap reusable shopping bags
1. Start with a good foundation
2. Don’t sleep on a cloud of chemicals
3. Block the afternoon sun
4. Go wireless
5. Leave the lights off
Laundry Room
1. Select cold water
2. Install a clothesline
3. Replace an old machine
4. Choose eco-friendly laundry products
5. Switch to concentrates
6. Stop static cling without dryer sheets
7. Forget fabric softeners
1. Slow the flow
2. Flush responsibly
3. Heat water wisely
4. Shun a plastic shower curtain
5. Ban antibacterial products
6. Install a shower filter that removes chlorine
7. Use recycled and unbleached paper products
8. Remove bad odors instead of covering them up
The author ends with a “GREEN UN-ROOM CHECKLIST” including ideas for the Garage, Attic, Entry Hall and Closets.
Obviously, with our busy lifestyles, I’m the first to admit not all of these steps are right for everyone.  However, I believe a good start is to pick what you think is doable for your household.  Little steps = BIG RESULTS in the end.
Enjoy this amazing earth we have been given!
18975 * Mirror Reflections, Mount Shuksan, Washington * 1152 x 864 * (223KB)

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