Ready for something New?

This last weekend was the convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, for Young Living. I have only been with the company a few short months, but I already know that I want to go next year!

My sweet upline couple, Denita and JD, along with countless others, shared their experiences there at the convention on Facebook with us and it was a site to see!

I wanted to share with you some of the things introduced!

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A chemical free sunscreen? Yes! Don’t worry about that SPF. It’s how it should be. Questions? I have the answers, but that’s for a later post, but feel free to contact me if you want answers now.

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Thank you! If you’re allergic to grass, this may not be a solution for you, but that’s pretty rare, right? I only heard of that allergy since my daughter was found allergic to… well, most of the world. I’m going to try it though!

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The best thing, though, I think about all the new things are the baby products. After looking at so many things we have gotten rid of because of the ‘yuck’ in them, I cringe at what we have always used on our babies. I didn’t know any different, but now I do and I want you to know the difference, too.

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There are so many ways to start ridding your house of all the chemicals that are SO bad for our bodies. I would love to help you get started! You will definitely notice a difference.

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Let me know if you want to learn more! I can help with that!

 

 

So! How is the Diet Going?

Eight days in and, I suppose you can say we’re doing well.

Not having sugar is the hardest and the easiest, I guess. There isn’t any in the house. We swapped out regular 2% milk with Almond milk not too long ago. Not having bread is not so bad. I guess.

We all love vegetables, so when we decided to have our freshly sliced Boars Head meat on leafy green peices of lettuce and roll it up, it was really good the first day! Yeah! I can do this!

Second day, lettuce is brown, spotted and pretty gross despite our careful washing and storing of said lettuce.

Mary has been awesome finding meals for dinner and with her doing the planning and preparing it has been wonderful. Bill has been grilling the meat a couple of nights taking that off her plate, so to speak.

I know I should feel like this–

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Doesn’t she look content? Looking for recipes with her fresh veggies all spread out, half way prepared on the counter.

I’m supposed to be cooking for the family, providing nourshment, participating in the new healthy lifestyle that we need. Really need.

But I’m a lot more like this —

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I eat simple and soft. The meat is tough. It’s got stuff on it. I don’t like it.

And I feel bad about that, too.

Mary is my cheerleader and I hope she knows it has nothing to do with the cooking. She is doing awesome!!

But I have to be real.

This is really hard.

Want some more honesty?

I’m STILL working on not smoking.

I have quit SO many times I could not even count.

I think I’m doing okay, though. I slip a time or two, but doing better than I thought I would. That, I know, is because of this.

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No. Doubt. In. My. Mind.

(about 2 months or so since I dropped the smokes)

All kinds of other crazy stuff in my mind right now, but I love this stuff. I may bathe in it.

All in all, it’s going okay. We have tons of room in the pantry now. This is the pantry that I hated when we moved in because there wasn’t enough room in it four years ago.

The refrigerator is pretty empty now, too, since we only buy meat and veggies for a couple of days at a time.

I know it’s going to take time. I know that my body is going through changes, but I don’t like it and that’s okay, I guess.

On the bright side, we have two trips coming up, Mary and I! Two events for Young Living and I am so excited to go! Birminham on the 24th of this month and Venice, Florida the 9th of next month.

I need a snack.

 

Cleaning House

Well, the kitchen, actually.

Tomorrow, June 1st, here in the Anthony house, we are starting a 30 day No Sugar, No Dairy and No Gluten diet.

No. You did not read that wrong.

I have been doing a lot of reading. You know, I don’t read fiction much anymore. I’ve been reading about essential oils, of course, but all kinds of other things have left Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other online establishments.

I’ll get a list going soon to share. I promise.

Tonights quick post is really just for this.

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Mary and I worked up a couple of meal plans for the week, went off to the store to get the ingredients we needed and came home and prepped the kitchen for the month.

Mary emptied the pantry and the fridge from all the things we won’t be eating this month. There is a collection of stuff in the fridge that won’t be used and will probably go to someone who will use it.

Hope you follow along with our adventure! (it’s going to be rough. encouragement will be good)

Follow #TheNOdiet on Instagram and here on the blog!

What Do You Clean With?

I started learning about how many toxic chemicals we used in every day cleaning a while back and I was really pleased using cleaning supplies that were better for our health. I wasn’t too keen on the other company, though.

Since I found Young Living and started using Thieves to clean with it has been amazing! It’s true! One bottle of Thieves can be used to clean just about everything! We haven’t tried it on everything, yet, but we are on our way!

So far, we use it for cleaning the counters, the stove, the stainless appliances. We dilute it and use as an air freshener! I spray it inside the washer to keep the yuck out of there. Bathrooms? Every inch! We even use the Thieves laundry soap. Love it!

So here is a little graphic to see all the things you can do with Thieves!everyday-oils-thieves-clean-safely

You can also go on my website and check everything out!

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As Plain as the Nose on your Face…

Or not.

My last post was about the incredible discoveries the allergist made.

We were off to an ENT not too many days after we saw the allergist and he announced that her nose had been broken, according to the CT. They had trouble finding someone who was still taking our insurance and taking new patients.

The doctor looks at the CT and tells us that, no, Mary’s nose was not broken, but it looks like there is an old break on her jaw. What? So, we sit and discuss why Mary is not a good candidate for surgery, but we should see the oral surgeon about that xray that shows her jaw may have been broken. He discusses why Mary is so congested and we have an in-depth discussion about how the sinus works and, in Mary’s case, do not work.

There you go. Have a nice day.

We were so stunned at everything, we did not think to say, ‘Well, what now?’

No broken nose.

Off to the dentist office. I explain to the receptionist what I need and she is off to talk to the dentist. A few minutes later the dentist comes out and, after looking at the xray, says that there is no break and there never was one. She is curious as to why the ENT thinks that and asks if we Mary can come in and get another xray so she can look at a new one. The new xray confirms to the dentist that there is no break. Never was one.

Good.

So, even though it took a lot of running around, we know there is not break. That gets rid of a whole lot of rotten stuff. But it doesn’t help Mary’s current condition.

So, off to the ENT again. I call the office and explain that we had not asked what we SHOULD be doing, so they got us in the next day and we got to talk to someone again.

Now she is on a 21 day course of antibiotic, which I wasn’t too keen on, but she’s got a full blown sinus infection… again. We were armed with an arsenal of things to do and are doing it all. One minute she can be feeling better and one minute she’s not.

It’s a mess.

But we talk every day and go through the good things going on and trying to keep the negative to a minimum. Day to day. Hour by hour. Minute by minute.

One of the few things that seem to be helping her is losing herself in lavendar.

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Doctors Make Me Sick

I have really neglected my blog for quite some time. I know. You’ve noticed. You’ve been on Face Book, though, right? There has been a lot of posts. Probably too many. You’re probably scrolling right past them. That’s okay. Let me start from the beginning.

Back in November, Mary had a car accident. It was horrifying. The Honda was great. It did its job. The airbags went off and no one was seriously hurt. For the next two months we dealt with doctors, physical therapists and insurance companies.

Mary came through it all fine, despite the physical therapy and the guilt that riddled her because she had a friend in the car.

We thought.

In January her sinus’ started acting up. This has happened before, so off we went to the doctor and got the usual. Antibiotics and steroids.

By the end of January things weren’t getting any better.  To the doc again. A new round.

I started looking for answers. What else can I do for the poor thing? Her head was so full, the pressure was horrible and she was miserable.

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I called the doctor again and asked for an appointment with the ENT. It took a week before they called me and by then I realized that we needed an allergist.

We had a humidifier going in her room, pretty much non stop, switching between just a cool mist and using the Vick’s pads to get that in the air, hoping it would help. She said it did to some extent, but wasn’t doing too much. It helped her sleep at night a bit, but her sinus’ were not clearing up.

We finally got an appointment with the allergist. March 27.

We had a good conversation with the allergist before he administered all the poisonous drops to Mary’s arms to see what she was allergic to and found out some really interesting things.

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She is allergic to pretty much everything.

Mold, trees, grass, dogs, cats, dust; pretty much everything,

Good to know.

This answers so many questions, like why she sneezes every time she goes outside. Instantly.

But it didn’t give us the answer to the congestion problem. He asked us how long this particular episode had been going on and as Mary and I discussed it, the car accident came up in our recollection of the timeline.

The doctor immediately turned around and said, ‘Car accident?’

He left the room for a minute and came back with a scope to look up inside her nose.

He thought he saw polyps, but was not sure and said we were going to be sent for a CT to see what was going on there.

He started  her on allergy shots after what he saw on her arms. Apparently, her body treats grass like a venom causing a horrendous reaction.

Allergy shots every week that will, hopefully, get a handle on the congestion issues.

April 10th Mary and Bill went to her follow-up appointment to get a shot and to get the results of the CT.

Mary’s nose had been broken in the car accident.

Her glasses had been bent, but there were no outward signs of a breakage. Her face hurts all the time with the damn allergies!

So, he says that we will continue the shots and see how it goes.

What?

See how it goes?

She is still miserable. Her sinus’ won’t drain. Her face hurts. Her head. Her neck. Her TEETH!

Tomorrow we will be heading down to the allergist’s office for her weekly shot, but there is going to be a bigger discussion going on.

This waiting to see what happens is not going to continue, considering that the MRI she had wasn’t addressed as to ‘something going on with her sinus on the right side, but looks like nothing’, no xrays were taken at the ER after the accident and it took the ALLERGIST to connect the accident to her sinus’ and did not hesitate to get a CT done.

I am just a bit pissed.

 

 

Pets and Pedicures


They are all very attentive when there is food involved! I love to get pictures of the whole pack when I can, though. Our three, plus the houseguests have been getting along well! Maddie, the biggest Lab, is her usual grumpy self from time to time, but I think she enjoys being grumpy sometimes. 

It’s really fun watching all of them play in the back yard! The tiny dog keeps up, bouncing and barking along with the big dogs. The big dogs are pretty good at pouncing up and over the tiny one. There have been no injuries. 

This morning I had to leave the pack for a while so I could go downtown to Spa Bleu for a much needed pedicure! When the feet start resembling a hobbit, it’s just time to go. 

It’s a cute little place right off Broughton Street in Savannah. If you’re in town and want to be pampered, stop in and ask for Lacey! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Why are they so rude?

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It’s no secret to those around me that I don’t care much for most people. They are irritating. I don’t understand them. They are rude. So caught up in their own little world they are oblivious to everyday niceties. Thank you and excuse me seem to be excluded from their vocabulary. This annoys me.

I try to be polite. I hold the door open for someone following me into the store; I say ‘May I?’ instead of ‘I want.’, and ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ is most definitely in my vocabulary.

The tone may not always be nice.

Have you ever been invisible in the grocery store? I am not a petite person, so I really don’t think it’s a matter of not being seen behind the grocery cart, but I constantly have to move or I will be mowed down by the other shoppers. I will move out of the way when someone comes up to peruse the shelf where I have been looking for what I need; I say ‘excuse me’ when I pass in front of someone else gazing upon the shelves looking for that certain item on their list.

No one says ‘Thank you’ or ‘Excuse me’.

I realize everyone is in their own little world, but it isn’t their own little world! It’s a world full of other people making their way through their day just like everyone else.

I have been banging my head on the wall about this for so long.

This morning I read Matthew 22:37-39. Again.

And we all know this one, right?

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Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.

Why has it taken so long for me to understand this?

When I do something that I think is right, or polite, I have always been upset when it was not returned. Why don’t they see I’m being nice? Why aren’t they returning the nicety?

Over and over. Every day. I’ve tortured myself.

It always comes back to the thought that it must me something about me.

But as I read Matthew 22 this morning, I realized that I am not responsible for people to reciprocate my behavior. I am only responsible for exhibiting that behavior.

So simple, I know.

Now, to remember this when I venture out into the sea of humanity. The ocean of rudeness and self-centered action of people all around me continually tests me.

Maybe now the answer to the test was finally found in a few lines of scripture.

Maybe this is where I needed to be to really learn this.

Here are a couple other scriptures that need to go with me whenever I go out.

Ephesians 4:31-32  Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

2 Timothy 2:24  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach,
and be patient with difficult people.

Complaining

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It’s so easy to complain.

Especially when I’m behind the wheel of the car.

I just want to get there in one piece, on time and in the most efficient manner. The latter is difficult here in Savannah. If you need to go to Southside Savannah there is really only two ways in and two ways out.

I usually leave early enough to get there, but coming home, I just want to get home.

Then the obstacles set in.

Someone driving too slow, too close; and almost everywhere I look people are driving while looking at their cell phone.

I can complain about it being too hot; too cold; too windy; too dark too early.

And let’s not forget about the house always needing to be cleaned; the dogs needing attention, and the insufferable question, what’s for dinner?

The list goes on and on.

I try not to complain too much, but it comes out anyway.

Until I started actually paying attention, I didn’t really realize how MUCH complaining was going on.

So, here is what I’m doing to make an intentional effort to end the complaining. (At least hit the brakes and make a nice skid mark along the way before I get too far into a complaint.)

On Bible.com there is a reading plan called The 10-Day Word Fast.  If you aren’t familiar with Bible.com you can find it HERE.

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