Allergic to Dog Dander? A Natural Remedy to Keeping Your Pet

Our youngest son is allergic to dog dander. When he was born, he struggled with Trachea Malaysia so we never supected it for a few years. He always seemed to be catching colds that none of the family would get and because of his Trachea Malaysia we just assumed it was because of that all together. We were wrong and he was suffering without us understanding that he had an allergy to dog dander.

When someone has allergies to dog dander they experience swelling, redness, and itching around the eyes and nose. They develope a cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

Allergic to dog dander? A Natural Remedy to Keeping Your Pet - How one family found a solution to a serious condition without having to get rid of their family dogs.
Allergic to Dog Dander? A Natural Remedy to Keeping Your Pets

While our son was struggling with these symptoms of being allergic to dog dander, we were thinking things like our air vents needing to be clean or air conditioning was causing it. It took us some time to look at our beloved pet of thirteen years and point the finger to our son's best friend.

It was true, though. Our dog was causing our little boy to feel horrible but they were always together.

Allergic to dog dander means your best friend is causing your symptoms.

Time after time, our son would be feeling horrible and there was Shadow, by his side to comfort him and our little guy was always happiest to have his pal near him. Yet, it his symptoms would get worse and it was his best friend causing it all along.

We were loss to what we were going to do. Our son was devastated when we talked about one day Shadow wouldn't be with us because he was getting older and showing it. Our son would cry horribly and we started to look for a natural remedy to our family situation.

Then one day, I had the opportunity to review the Venta, a air purifier and humidifier all in one.

The Venta changed my son's life.

Within a few hours of it working in our home, we noticed that his symptoms improved. First his red, swollen eyes began to look better. His wheezing and coughing was improving as well.

We were quietly praying that this would be our solution and we could keep our dog until his life came to an end naturally.

Next thing we knew, our son was looking and sounding amazing! He was all over the dog more than ever and NOTHING was happening to him.

Little by little, we were growing relaxed with the Venta and allowing a few days to go without replacing the water. I would look at our son and see the redness, swollen eyes coming back and hearing some wheezing in his chest or even a couch. Immediately the Venta would get filled and it all disappeared.

Before I realized it, our son was connecting how he much better he felt with the Venta running continually. If he coughed, he would say “Mommy, the Venta needs to be filled.” He became our reminder on his own.

After our sweet Shadow passed away, our son was lost without a dog. He desperately missed his best friend and requested a new dog daily. Our hearts finally gave in and we purchased two Miniture Australian Shephards!

A boy and his two best friends.

These three are always together and thanks to the natural remedy of the Venta, we don't have to worry about the allergy of dog dander at home.

This past Thanksgiving, we traveled to visit family. While our family celebrated, I was keeping an eye on our son because in addition to our two dogs, there was another 4 dogs that he just couldn't leave along and we didn't have our Venta with us.

It hurts my heart to see the joy of my son diminish when his allergy of dog dander hits me and we are 400 miles away from the natural remedy that we all have appreciated so much. Befor we returned home, our son was struggling horribly. His cough was out of control and his eyes looked horrible.

The first thing we did when we entered our home was filled up our Venta.

This summer when we packed up our vehicle to head back to visit family, our son grabbed his two best friends and ran for the truck yelling, “Don't forget the Venta!”

Life shouldn't require you to pick your health over your best friend. Thankfully, the Venta has given our family the freedom to have both – health and our best friends!

The Venta does more than just clean your air of pet dander. Venta says it best when they say:

“You don't know how bad your air is until you know how good it can be.”

Learn more about Venta TODAY and make your tomorrow healthier!

 

Essential Oils for the Cold Season

Cold Season is always lurking, but there are ways to help keep it at bay, and to fight it before it gets out of control. For our family, we like to use essentials oils to combat the common cold, while building our immune system. Our favorite essential oils brand is Rocky Mountain Oils that provide many ready to use oils that include carrier oils and a new safe for kid’s line. (My adult daughter LOVES this line and uses them all of the time.)

You even get free shipping, and can buy one oil at a time.

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Essential Oils for the Cold Season

We love the simplicity and ease of essential oils for the care of our family. When I first started using essential oils, it was in the early 2000s. I started with just two or three oils that we used all the time. As I learned more about different ones, and how they worked, I was adding them into our home ‘medicine bag’ that goes on trips with us.

I would love to share some of my favorites with you, but I would like to pass along some important information that took me years to learn and understand.

Essential oils need to have a carrier oil mixed with them to allow your skin to absorb them properly.

In times past, I would just rub the oils into my skin. I actually loved the feeling of some of the oils without the carrier. However, I learned that the carrier oil serves the purpose of helping your skin to absorb them prior to the air absorbing them.

In addition to this fact, it helps the oils to go deeper and last longer, while using less oils which saves you a lot of money over time. Now, I can’t add oils without a carrier!

I currently use fractioned coconut oil, and love it, but I will be trying some of the new carries that Rocky Mountain oils launched.

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Common Cold

Here is a list of oils to use for the common cold.

Strengthen Immune System

Oils to use for the immune system

Overall Health

Oils that encourage good sleep patterns, and other things that contribute to good health.

Learn more about how to use essential oils.

How to Keep Ladybugs Out of Your House

When we moved into our new home several years ago, I was surprised by the ladybug invasion that happened in the fall. It was during that time that I learned that these ladybugs were actually lady beetles, looking for a place to hibernate, and our light colored home was the perfect location. Within just a few days, we have hundreds of these insects flying around our home and taking to our high ceilings in our entry way.

I was done, and on a mission!

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How to Keep Ladybugs Out of Your Home

All the research was showing how to provide alternative housing for these ladybugs or lady beetles, but honestly, I wasn’t willing to even be that hospitable to bugs.

I just wanted them gone, and out of my house for good!

We had no choice but to vacuum up as many as we could our first two years, but by the third year I was prepared for war!

I grabbed my Peppermint Oil bottle at the first signs of them flying in my home.

I was surprised to see how many of them had congregated on our front porch in just a matter of a day! Just stepping on the porch proved enough to allow several to fly right in, and to land on all parts of my body.

Prepared for battle, I began to apply straight Peppermint Oil to the edges of the front door, where the frame meets it. This was the exact place of entry for these ladybugs or lady beetles.

I knew most insect do not prefer the fragrance of this oil, but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw!

These lady beetles completely turned around before reaching the actual place where I put the oil. Again and again, I watched one after another try to find entry into our home, as the others did before them, but atlas I had stopped them.

The next year, I was prepared.

I was looking for them every day with my Peppermint Oil in hand, but I didn’t want to apply it too soon, in case it lost its potency before the invasion.

They beat me to it, but only with about 50 of them getting in before I applied straight Peppermint Oil to the edges of our front door for the second year in a row.

It stopped them again!

We only had a few to deal with and I felt as though I was winning.

This year, I had ran out of Peppermint Oil and the day of their arrival was quickly approaching (yes, I knew when they normally came to our front door), so I got it ordered and waited for them.

They next came!

Week after week, I scratched my head wondering where my opponents were, but they never showed up.

I was so shocked by the victory, but excited to know that this was such an easy way to keep ladybugs out of my house for good, without having to have the extra concern about setting up another alternative for them to hibernate for the winter.

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Clean Air Naturally to Combat Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies haven't been a big thing in our home. That is until the last few years. I have been getting more sensitive to seasonal and indoor allergens. While attending a blogging conference, I came across a sponsor table for Venta-Airwasher, mostly because I immediately noticed a difference in the air around their space.

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Clean Air Naturally to Combat Seasonal Allergies

I have always loved the first signs of spring, and will open my windows at the first possible weather to air my house out and give that fresh smell going through my entire house.

The problem with doing this will be that I'm also opening my home to pollen. In the past, it just meant that I needed to dust more. However, that has changed in the last few years. I realized that I would start getting more headaches near my sinuses, along with scratching in my throat and eyes.

I was shocked when someone told me that what I continued to experience were allergies. Thankfully they are still mild, and I'm able to continue with life without too many issues.

When Venta-Airwasher gave me the opportunity to review their home unit, I was quick to say, “Yes!” (This is my honest review of their product, and how it has helped our family with more than just seasonal allergies)

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We have been using it in our home for just over 2 months at the time of this writing and I'm so excited to share just how amazing this one unit has done for our big house.

Winters are hard in our home, as we experience really dry air. The dry air leaves our skin scratchy and chapped, even though we drink water all day long. Our daughter always gets so bad that her hands bleed, and she needs to use products to keep moisture in her skin. This was the first year in a very long time that this didn't happen.

In addition to our skin staying healthy through the winter months, our hardwood floors seemed to enjoy the added moisture this humidifier has provided.

However, the best experience of all of this has to be our youngest child's benefits from using Venta-Airwasher. He deals with dog dander allergies, which causes him to cough and sniff, ALL.DAY.LONG. Within the first day of having clean air in our home, his symptoms were completely gone.

We were sold!

There has been few days that we overlooked our new habit of just adding water to this humidifier and purifier in one, and his symptoms were back. We quickly would get it filled back up, and he would stop his sniffling and coughing. He loves it so much that he tries to help us keep it running all the time.

Having these experience, along with enjoying the windows open this week with gorgeous weather and not having the issues with the seasonal allergies that have been plaguing me over the last few years has been a huge joy in our home.

With the help of clean air in our home, I know that I now have a natural way to combat the seasonal allergies before they start invading my home and causing the havoc on my sinus.


Although this has been a sponsored post by Venta-Airwasher, my comments and experience have been shared without bias and exceeded my expectations. I'm certain that your family would find joy in having clean air in your own home, as well. 

 

How to Get Rid of the Stomach Bug

We all dread the horrible stomach bug, because we know that when one of your family members get it, it will make its way through the whole family. It doesn't have to be that way. I would love to share how to get rid of the stomach bug at the first sign, and even help others not get it themselves.

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How To Get Rid of the Stomach Bug

We all dread the stomach bug the most out of any sickness that can be past from one person to the next. It can leave a family so exhausted, and overflowing with laundry for weeks.

For over 10 years, I have been using the same natural remedy to get rid of the stomach bug, and often times we used it as a preventative to just keep it away when we know that we have been around someone that came down with it.

The natural remedy is as simple as chamomile tea and raw honey.

Let me share why it works, and almost immediately…

Chamomile is an herb that has been referred to as the ‘gardener's physician'. It earned this nickname because when planted in a garden that has been producing ill results, the chamomile plant seems to heal the problem and allows for a healthy garden to grow. It does the same to the gut.

Chamomile has been known to calm an upset stomach, and aid in relaxation.

Next, you also need raw honey that hasn't been processed. My favorite brand that I have used for these 10 years is Really Raw Honey.

Here is how raw honey works…

Raw honey is an antibiotic, and is full of good bacteria.

When taken without processing, the good bacteria in raw honey works to overtake the bad bacteria that is causing the upset stomach, and leads to the stomach bug with either vomiting or diarrhea. The more good bacteria a gut has the better. The good bacteria will literally kill off the bad bacteria.

Explaining the good bacteria as soldiers or a super hero and bad bacteria as a bad guy or villain will help younger children be willing to drink this tea, even if they haven't been willing before.

No wonder these two working together can make such an impact on a stomach bug and bring back health before it goes through the whole house hold.

Here is how to make this natural remedy for your own family…

Bring water to a boil. Then steep a chamomile tea bag in a cup of the boiling water for 5-10 minutes with a cover over the cup for the best results. I use this brand with success.

Once the tea has cooled down to room temperature, add the raw honey. Stir it and drink it quickly.

Note: Adding raw honey when the tea is too hot will destroy the medicinal properties in honey, causing it to be sweetened tea without any power for the gut.

If the stomach bug has already caused someone to vomit or have diarrhea, I will always boil a whole pot of water, steep it with chamomile tea  (1 tea bag for every cup of tea the water will provide, usually 8-10) and pour it in this coffee thermos so I can easily and quickly serve my family a cup of this natural remedy. This has been such a stress relieve when it hits us all at the same time or in the middle of the night, because I can take it with me to where I need to serve it.

In our home, once someone has vomited or had diarrhea, and we know that something is going around, I will have each of us take a cup and it is the last we see of it.


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How to Treat a Child’s Cold Naturally

We hate it when our child gets sick, especially when they are so little, and they just can't tell us what isn't feeling good to them. Finding ways to treat a child's cold naturally has always been how we like to do things in our home, but often times, the natural remedies aren't easily understood or easily accessible.

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How to Treat a Child's Cold Naturally

Helping a child fight a cold can be daunting, especially at night time, because they can't sleep well with coughing and wanting to breathe through their nose that is now stuffed up. Just knowing a few things that will help you to treat a child's cold naturally is all that you will need to do it easier.

There are a few things that we do in our home to help them through this sickness, and even shorten it all together.

Use Natural Cough Syrups

Cough Syrups are so effective in helping reduce coughing, however using the right kind of cough syrup that is naturally made and helps strengthen the immune system is very important as well. It can also shorten the duration of the cold and will help fight off any further germs that may come in contact to your child during that time, when their immune system is already lower.

We love using Maty's Organic Cough Syrup for our children, and have used Maty's Healthy Products for over 8 years. Not only is this cough syrup USDA certified to be 100% organic, but it contains 10 immune boosting whole-food ingredients that have no drug interactions and are completely safe for children 1 years old and older.  It is also dairy-free, gluten-free and wheat-free for those needing to avoid these for their child's dietary concerns.

I love how quick and effective this cough syrup has been for our children, and knowing that it has no side-effects, makes it easy for this mom to just pull out of our medicine cabinet and give our child a dose when we are helping to treat a cold naturally.

Use a Vapor Rub

I have always been a vapor rub fan for treating a common cold, but many of the products on the market are not meant for children. So, when I saw that Maty's Healthy Products manufactured a product for children, I bought it right away and began to use it on our children when they needed it.

The Maty's All Natural Vapor Rub is for children 2 years old and older and is petroleum-free, paraben-free and chemical-free. Moms love that, don't we!

The All Natural Vapor Rub is made with all natural ingredients, and additional benefits from healthy oils that make this product gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and safe for vegetarians as well as diabetics.

You can rub it on their chest for immediate relief, or when using it at the start of symptoms, just rub it on their feet and then put socks on.

They even have a similar product called Baby Chest Rub for children 3 months through 2 years of age.

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Use Warm Steam

There is something amazing about the power of steam to a child that is congested with a cold. We treat a child's cold naturally by allowing them to either sit in warm water or relax with their pillow and a blanket on the bathroom floor while one of us takes a hot shower. This allows the steam of the shower to assist in breaking up any congestion.

We love how easy it is to use Maty's Healthy Products for our children's needs and love seeing new products being developed all the time, like their Natural Cough Syrup Nighttime for Children.

I absolutely love how simple and easy to implement these three things can be for our family, and it really helps to keep our family functioning even when the youngest one doesn't feel very good.

This post has been sponsored by Maty's Healthy Products because I know how much my readers love learning about good things. 


 

You may also like to read 5 Ways to Strengthen a Child's Immune System

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5 Ways to Strengthen a Child’s Immune System

Who enjoys it when their child gets sick? No one does! When our youngest was a baby, his immune system was horrible and he caught everything. This all stemmed from him having a health issue that caused him not to be able to get into a good sleep, and it lowered his immune system. I would love to share with you these ways to strengthen a child's immune system, naturally and effectively.

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5 Ways to Strengthen a Child's Immune System

When you are a parent, you cringe when you see the first signs of your child coming down with something, especially if you have multiple children because when one of them catches it, they all catch it. Having a plan of attack, before the germs attack, is always the best strategy for parenting.

Anytime, one of these ways weren't followed, I could be sure that one of my children would pick up something and bring it into the home for a round of sickness that could keep us down for a week or more, depending on the type of sickness it was.

SLEEP

We all need a good night's sleep to stay healthy. However, children need around 10-12 hours of sleep each night to keep their immune systems strong and healthy. This is one thing that I have always been so thankful to be able to provide to our children through their homeschooling years, because whenever their sleeping hours are messed up, and they aren't getting much more than 8 hours of sleep, they are bound to get sick and quickly.

The best hours for children and adults to be in a deep sleep are between the 10 PM and 2 AM hours.

Sleep isn't just good for those who are sick, but it is a great way to keep from getting sick in the first place.

Need help with getting your kids to sleep better? Give the Counting Sheep Essential Oil for Kids a try!

WATER

Hydrating is so important for all people, and for children who are growing, it is very important as well, since all their cells need water to stay healthy.

For this reason, our children didn't grow up on having juice, milk or any other beverage on a daily basis, but instead, they normally would only drink water throughout the entire day.

Of course, there were times when we would allow for a small cup of juice or milk, but we restricted all soda for their growing years to not only help with their immune system but their overall health.

EXERCISE

Moving the body for a minimum of 30 minutes a day is a great way to build a strong immune system for children and adults.

Some great ways to get your child to be active every day are bike riding, roller skating, jumping on the trampoline, walking on a treadmill or elliptical machine, swimming, playing tag or just running.

Making it a family focused fitness and moving together for overall health improvement for your whole family is a great way to build a great habit for all your family's health.

Sometimes when kids begin using muscles that haven’t used much, they can develop soreness, just like adults. Give Muscle Sooth Essential Oil for kids a try!

LIMIT SUGAR

Sugar is one of the best way for anyone to lower their immune system, and it is in everything these days.  Limit sugar can be easier if you eliminate all drinks that include it, and replace it with water.

One of the ways that I got my children on my side when working on limiting sugar is teaching them how to read food labels and what it all meant in their way of thinking. I did this by teaching them that FOUR GRAMS OF SUGAR is the same as a TEASPOON OF SUGAR.

They were really surprised by how much sugar is in some of their favorite foods, and with just that knowledge alone, they helped me work on making better health choices for our whole family. They would often do math in the store to figure out just how many teaspoons of sugar per serving (and some servings are smaller than what they were eating during a helping) they would be eating if we purchased that item.

Cereals are one of the first places that I would recommend teaching this knowledge because it is appalling how much sugar is in popular brands.

Help support your child's immune system with Immunity Essential Oil for Kids!

WHOLEFOOD SUPPLEMENT

Having a prevention plan in place is always a great idea! Our family has trusted Juice Plus+ to fill in the gaps of our nutrition for over 10 years.

The Children's Health Study made it amazing for when our oldest children were young, and allowed both of them to take the Juice Plus+ chewables for four years while in the study.


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5 Essential Oils Fragrances Perfect for Homemade Products

Do you ever make your own homemade cleaners? Some homemade cleaners are a great way to save money but they don't all leave the kind of freshness that you would desire. Essential oil fragrances are perfect for homemade products. Rocky Mountain Oils can help you do that, one oil at a time, with a 90 day guarantee!

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5 Essential Oil Fragrances Perfect for Homemade Products

Who doesn’t love a fresh smelling house?

The problem with many cleaners is although the may smell good, they are often times toxic as well.

If you are like me, you may want to reduce or limit your cleaning toxins that you use to clean your home, but you may not know where to start.

Essential oils can help you do that, while saving you money on cleaning supplies!

We all have different favorites, but consumers show again and again that the most popular ones are keepers. Depending on the quantity of the homemade product, you will only need a few drops. If you find that you would prefer to have more, it is better to add a drop at a time than to over do it.

  1. Lavender Oil
  2. Lemon Oil
  3. Peppermint Oil
  4. Pine Oil
  5. Orange Oil

Essential oils have a lot of uses, not just cleaning. You may be new to essential oils and not sure exactly how or what to use them for, so I would love to share this helpful graphic that will give you easy ways to add them to you home, one oil at a time, as you desire to explore them.

I love to use lemon oil in my home, even to just freshen the air. We also enjoy Lemongrass and orange in the air!

With just a simple tip here and there, you will find the confidence to add more of these beneficial oils in your home, and in your household cleaning. It really only take a few drops to get the job done, saving you money in many places.

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So, if you are ready to add a little essential oil fragrance to your home, take a look at the Rocky Mountain Oils, one oil at a time. Have the peace of mind if for any reason you don’t like the oil or it doesn’t work for you, you can return it within 90 days. Oh, and there is FREE shipping on your products, so you can really save as you explore the health benefits and amazing fragrances of essential oils.

Email me if you have any questions about the oils!

 

31 Bible Verses for Families Affected By Cancer

Cancer. This word brings so many emotions when it is used in the same sentence as the name of someone you love and hold dear. It isn't a stranger to me by no means, as it has taken the lives of several family members and friends and we have known it to be beat by many as well. It is during these times, when cancer is mentioned, that we all desire some positive thinking, so why not use Bible verses for families affected by cancer? We use Bible verses for all parts of our lives, all the more reason to use them now.

In February 2015, we heard this word in the same sentences as my dad. I won't lie, my earth felt like it was falling out from underneath me and the 400 miles that separates us feels like thousands. Add that with the words ‘inoperable’ or ‘incurable‘ and things start to spin in your mind and fear grips your heart and our mind races at such a high speed.

It was in this time of overwhelmed concern that a friend stated, “Cancer isn't a death sentence.”  It was the thing that made me look at my faith and stand on the scriptures that I know to be true and need as my encouragement.

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31 Bible Verses for Families Affected by Cancer

Matthew 10:30-31 – And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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Psalms 62:6-8 – Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Deuteronomy 31:6  …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalms 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

I Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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Isaiah 58:8-9 – Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Malachi 4:2 – But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Psalms 138:3 – On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

Romans 15:4 – For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Psalms 103:2-4 – Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Psalms 33:20-22 – Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Psalms 34:9 – Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.

Psalms 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

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Matthew 17:20 – “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

James 1:3 – because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 5:13-14 – Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him

I Peter 1:21 – Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

I Peter 4:19 – So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Romans 10:17 – Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

I Corinthians 2:4-5 – My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I hope these verses build your faith, as they are building mine!

Staying Positive During Cancer

I've heard it said that fighting cancer takes 90% positive thinking and 10% plan of attack.

I know how true that has been in my Dad's fight against cancer. I wanted to help my readers learn how our family has discovered how to stay positive during cancer, even when we thought our Dad was slipping away.

I pulled 9 things we have been doing into one FREE resource to help others on their fight against cancer.

Here's a free download that can help you, or a loved one, stay positive during cancer.

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Cancer Resources

Are you looking for more resources to help you during a cancer trial? If so, these resources may help you as well.

In the beginning of December 2016, I was sick in bed with a high fever when I got a phone call from my parents. They asked me to three way my youngest sister because my other siblings were working and they had something to tell us.

Once my sister was on the phone with us, my parents began to tell us that my Dad was given 4-6 weeks to live and that hospice was the next step.

I can't even begin to explain the grief that shock me to the core. I muffled my cries, attempting to stay strong and positive for my parents and my devasted sister that was bawling.

The moment I got off the phone, I cried until I had no more tears.

My sickness kept me in bed for a few days and I spent the first 36 hours after that call manufacturing tears on the slight thought of my Dad's grime death sentence. I was spiraling into depression and feeling hopeless.

I'm the type of person that finds the silver lining in everything, so my family didn't know how to help me.

That is when I recommended my verses above. I began to use them to overcome my grief again and it worked.

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I started to remember the power of journaling, as I began to feel the power of positive thinking returning into my own life. I knew that journaling through cancer was something that would help us in that place.

Still sick with the flu, I called my daughter who does my book designs into my room. I told her I wanted to create a journal for those who are dealing with cancer and give it as gifts to my family for Christmas, as we faced losing our father and husband.

We started pouring our attention in creating a cancer journal for myself, and my family, as well as families touched by cancer. My children were all helping me find the right quotes on health and healing to fill these pages, while my daughter went to work putting it all into a journal that was building our faith in the process.

Before I did, I knew that my Mom was exhausted with the care of my father. I wanted to relieve her stress so she could spend time just being with him.

I excepted the offer of help from two of my friends and we went to work on creating freezer meals for my mom to just put in her crock pot in the morning. I wanted to do all I could for both of them but the 400 miles between us proved a challenge and this was a way that I could accomplish this.

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Other friends started pouring their love on me, asking how they could help. It was through this out pouring that I created a list of things for people to help those battling cancer.

We had decided that I was going to head to my parents on my own and spend some time with them, helping my mom where I could, while my husband and children joined me a few days before Christmas.

Before I left to go to my parents, the journal was done but I still needed to proof the printed copy before it was available for other families like ours that were hit with the fears of cancer. I ordered enough copies to help us through what felt like a ticking time bomb for my father.

I arrived to my parents and filled their freeze with the labor of love of friends and myself for our parents and awaiting the package of love from my own family that we all desperately needed.The 31 Days of Journaling Through Cancer arrived at my parent's house for my approval and I had tears running down my face, as I handed my parent's their own copy first.

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They were so emotional and thankful for the act of love.

Over the next few days, as I had to rush my Dad to the emergency room in the middle of the night, our family spoke the verses and quotes to each other for encouragement and faith building.

As we celebrated Christmas day, with my Dad asleep in his chair highly medicated for pain, we sat around him discussed just how these words were going to help us through this trial.

When my Dad finally woke up but still obviously feeling the effects of the drugs because his speech was slow and his head drooping, he told us that he wasn't done fighting.

My Dad is still with us and his tumor is shrinking as our faith is growing.

Most days he goes without his oxygen and is even doing home improvements around the house when he has the energy.

We know that one day will come when we will have to say a final goodbye to my Dad, but when we do, we will know that our faith fought the battle when doctors gave up home and set him home with medicine to make it easier on his passing.

If you or your loved one isn't ready to give up your cancer fight, I want to encourage you to use journaling to fight cancer with positive thinking but sometimes it does work.

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5 Ways to Eliminate Constipation

We all have times that we have a family member that is dealing with constipation, but it is really difficult to go through with a young child.  It is important to know how to eliminate constipation before it gets too difficult as it can cause a lot of abdominal pain and stressful for the bowels.

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5 Ways to Eliminate Constipation

  1. Increase Water – Water is a necessary component to staying regular, but most people do not drink enough of it. It is important to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces to stay hydrate and help with regularity. However, you should increase this some if you feel that constipation is a factor.
  2. Drink Prune Juice – Prune juice is a great drink to add when constipation has hit. Young children should have this diluted some.
  3. Bath in Epsom SaltEpsom salt can be consumed but our family uses it in warm baths when someone is constipated.  The bag will tell you the exact amount to add to either a bath or for a consumable treatment for constipation. If our child is really young and struggling with the pain constipation can cause while pushing, we will keep them in the bath while they have the urge to push, giving them the benefits of the water.
  4. Eliminate Bulking Foods – Bananas and cheese are often culprits to causing constipation. Eliminating these during bouts of constipating is a healthy choice.
  5. Bowel Inducers – If the constipation is really bad, you may need to do something a little more aggressive. You may want to use a saline enema or suppositories. Always read the labels for appropriate uses for young children.

You may like to also read Fever Induce Seizures: What Every Parent Should Know

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How to Fight a Fever Naturally with an Onion

I needed to find a natural remedy to fight a fever so when I heard that onions work to bring down a temperature, I decided to try it.
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My youngest son has had three fever induced seizures, and has been on a medicine routine with each of his fevers since his first Febrile seizure when he was 14 months old.  His body no longer reacts to Tylenol and can be very scary to not have something to keep his fever in check. My younger sister was the first to tell me that I could fight his fever naturally with an onion.

The next time he got a fever, I sent my husband to the store for a fresh yellow onion. He sliced it and we placed one slice in each of his socks.  I gently rubbed the juice of the onion onto the base of his foot, as I held his feverish body.

It worked so well that we now have a fresh onion as one of our ingredients to our traveling medicine bag.

How to Fight a Fever Naturally with an Onion

Use Fresh Yellow Onions
If the onions have been sitting around for a while, they won't be as potent and may not be effective.

Do NOT Refrigerate the Onions

Cold onions will not be welcomed by a feverish person, so we keep our onions in room temperature.

Slice 1/2 -3/4 Inch Wide

You want to slice the onion thick enough so that will stay together for the most part. You want to go from the top of the onion to the bottom, not from side to side.

Place Remaining Onion in a Ziplock Bag

Place the unused onion in a ziplock bag, to use for the next administration.

Gently Massage the Onion into Your Foot

Once the onion is secure in the sock, massage the onion juice into the foot gently to help the healing benefits of the onion to get into the body.

Place Slices on the Bottom of the Foot

The best way to do this is to have the person lie down and elevate their foot. Put the onion on the bottom of their foot, and hold it there, while carefully placing a sock over the foot and onion.

Walk with Caution

If the person with the onion in the sock needs to get up, walk with caution because the onion is slippery and could cause an injury if you fall.

Replace Sliced Onions Every 4-6 Hours

Being careful not to touch the onion, remove the sock with the onion still inside. Take the sock to the garbage and turn it inside out to remove the onion straight into the garbage without touching it. Replace the onion with a fresh slice in each sock. Repeat until the fever is gone.

Place Sliced Onions in Bowls throughout the House

We also place a bowl with sliced onions through the house to help remove the germs from the air.

These are the steps we do when anyone in our house is sick with a fever. Within 24 hours, the fever and the symptoms are gone and health seems to be returning.