Monday, September 12, 2016

Our New Adventure in Homeschooling

This year we have decided to home school our three children for grades 4, 6 and 8.  There are numerous reasons as to why we made the decision to home school but it really came down to the belief that we didn't think our children were thriving in the regular school system.

Many of you have read my posts about my daughter on the spectrum and how difficult that has been for her both socially and academically.  However, even my other two children who don't have any particular special needs weren't really thriving at school.   It is our hope and desire that we can help our children not only realize their potential but also to provide them a less stressful environment for learning.

Having said that, I can honestly say it's been a little difficult watching all our friends' children head back to school.  I still receive highlights from our old school's Facebook page and it's with a small pang that I watched the flag raising ceremony and see all the faces that I have been used to seeing over the past 4 years.

What I didn't miss was the frantic scrambling for shoes, backpacks and uniforms the last few weeks of summer.  Or the money spent.

I also don't miss making those dreaded school lunches that never get eaten.

I don't miss having to dig through backpacks looking for papers.

I don't miss signing the daily agenda and nagging my kid to pack it.

I don't miss the homework.

So here we are having finished the first week and I think it went well.  While we're still getting things figured out, I have to remind myself not to pressure myself overly much because even in the regular school system they don't have it all figured out right away.  It is a little overwhelming trying to put curriculum together for three separate grades but at the same time it is exciting because there are so many neat things that we can do together.

We were also blown away by the support that our DL program is giving us.  Not only are they providing full ASD funding for our daughter but they are going to pay to have her assessments updated and provide us with an EA and more.  We're very excited at the possibility of having so many of her needs met!  It's almost unbelievable that it's been so easy - we didn't even have to ask for much they just keep offering!

What do the kids enjoy most so far?   The freedom to get up and grab a snack or a drink and getting their work done equals free time.

When asked if they miss school all three say a definite "No".

What have I enjoyed the most?  Well, despite the fact that I am busier than I have ever been trying to juggle their school work and my own work along with the household daily tasks, I think my favourite part has been our daily bible study.  While we're doing just a simple daily family devotion at the moment, it has been nice connecting with the kids on a prayer level.  They each record the day's verse, make a list of prayer requests and then we each take turns praying.

Yes, there are definitely times where I feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and it really is a cruel twist of fate that back to school has coincided with my monthly cycle and a wicked bout of PMS but I know that in a few weeks we'll be into a new routine and everything will just flow.

Well, at least I'm hopeful it will be so!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Stress Away Essential Oil

Have you heard about Essential Oils?  I had been reading Facebook posts for months about them before I finally decided to cave and buy a Premium Starter Kit through Young Living.

What attracted me to the use of oils was reading about their use with children who have ADHD and/or Autism and how using oils may help these children focus and even calm down.  When you have a child who struggles with either of these issues, you tend to grasp for anything that might help.

At first, I was completely overwhelmed and unsure exactly what to do with the premium starter kit.  If you've googled or been on Pinterest, you will know what I am talking about when I say there is a plethora of information on essential oils out there. Fortunately, I received a quick reference guide with my oils and I was soon diffusing citrus oils throughout the house.  The kids were cautious, they liked it but not completely.  I even found my son hiding the little dish of purification oil I had stashed in the bathroom because he wasn't crazy about the smell.

Young Living Essential Oils - Starter Kit

I have been using essential oils for about a year now.  When friends ask me if I'm selling essential oils now, I say "no, I'm not".  Because really what I'm doing is sharing about the positive effects essential oils have had in my life.  I don't sell anything but I will give you the opportunity to become a wholesale member, like me, and qualify for a 24 to 44% discount on regular retail prices.

So why Young Living? 

First - their Seed to Seal Quality Commitment!

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Education and Support

When you become a Young Living member, you get a whole team of people who will guide you and support you at no extra costs.  It's through education and support that Young Living promotes whole body wellness which is why they offer extra layers of support to current members through private groups and an e-course you receive once you sign up for your wholesale membership.

Whole Sale Pricing

You can save 24-44% off retail pricing on Young Living products.  You can also save even more money with exclusive specials and promotions every months.

Essential Rewards

As a member you are eligible to enroll in the Essential Rewards program and earn as much as 20 % back from each order in Essential Rewards points.  These points can then be used like cash on some of your favourite products.

Exclusive Experiences 

You are welcome to show up at a Young Living farm anywhere in the world and experience their Seed to Seal process firsthand at farm harvests and planting.


A close-knit community of support.  In addition to your sponsor, the entire Young Living family is read to assist you and encourage you in your journey. There are private facebook groups for members as well as public groups for anyone wanting to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils.


Young living provides educational opportunities through annual conferences, events and newsletters to keep your informed.  Many seasoned essential oil users, run a variety of classes both in person and online through Facebook.  Contact me if you'd like more information on the latest upcoming classes.

To sum it up -  Essential Oils:

Are immune enhancing • Support the body’s natural defenses • Support the immune, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems.• Aid in maintaining normal cellular regeneration• Are mood elevating• Are antiseptic (topical use only)• Are high in antioxidants• Are aromatic• Are oxygenating• Boost stamina and energy• Help you relax• Help manage stress and frustration• Help reduce the appearance of aging• Improve mental clarity• Promote overall health, vitality, and longevity• Support normal cellular function• Help with focus and concentration• Encourage proper nasal function• Support the lungs and sinuses

Young Living premium starter kit wholesale membershipIf you purchase the premium starter kit, this will enroll you as a wholesale member which will qualify you for the ongoing 24% discount.
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In addition to receiving what's in the kit, you will also receive: 

  • an introductory email course covering essential oil basics
  • access to the Joyful Oilers Facebook Group for essential oil information and support
  • a reference guide to help you know when and how to use your essential oils. 

If you are ready to purchase a starter kit - Here's how

1.  Head over the Young Living page here and fill out your information.

2.  Be sure the "wholesale member" option is checked so that you don't end up paying retail prices.

3.  Be sure the "sponsor id" and "enroller id" say 3156589 (so I can send you your freebies!)

4.  Select which starter kit you want to get.  My recommendation is the Premium Starter Kit because there are oils there that you'll use everyday and combined with a fantastic oil diffuser it's such a great deal.

5. Go through the check-out process and pick the kit right for you!

6. Leave a comment on this blog - letting me know you purchased the premium starter kit and I'll get in touch with you for more information to send out your freebies!


Does signing up make me a "distributor"?

NO! You are not required to sell anything to anyone.  When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link you can share with friends and get credit for their purchases.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month? 

There are NO minimum monthly purchase requirements.  To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50.00 work of purchases per YEAR to keep your membership.  But if there's a year that you don't make a $50.00 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50.00 order.

If you do find that you're making regular purchases every month, then Young Living has a rewards program called Essential Rewards where you can make a percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases.

How will I know which oils to use for what? 

One of the benefits of purchasing this starter kit through this website is that you'll be added to our private Facebook groups that's specifically for questions about essential oils.  Also the reference guide I will be sending you is an excellent resource.

Thank you so much for reading and please let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you!  Zeemaid

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

It's Been Three Years and It Still Hurts

It's been 3 years today since I lost my mother and yet I still have the tendency to refer to her in the present tense.  While my grief may not be as fresh or present every day, it certainly seems like it is never really that far away.  So many things that I have come from her.  Like clothes or teddy bears she sewed for the children, the little knick knacks and china cups and plates in my china cabinet, decorations she made for my wedding.

I was re-watching the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility yesterday evening and you may recall the scene where Marianne is lying at death's door and the doctor tells Elinor "prepare yourself".  As in prepare yourself for the worst.  This scene hit me especially hard as that was exactly what the doctor said to our family.  We fought those words and the thoughts of what that meant and hoped against hope for her recovery.  It was not to be.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Do You Know How Lucky You Are?

Judgemental_mum_476x290I am extremely tired of parents of so called “normal” children who choose to remain ignorant about what it must be like to have a special needs child.  They sit on their little thrones and pass judgment on these children who don’t fit the norm.  A kid acts up in the hallway, they roll their eyes at the other parents in the hallway.  They will even stand around and say things like “God, that kid is a nightmare.”  When a parent was confronted by her child’s continually bullying of another child, her basic response was “But my kid thinks your kid is weird”.  And…. that justifies what?

In a casual conversation about picky eaters from sensory issues, one parent pipes in with kids should eat what they’re given or go hungry.  When I tune in with that it’s not always possible to be rigid like that because of sensory issues it waved off with a “bah, I don’t believe in that stuff.”  You don’t believe in that stuff?  It’s not like we’re talking about the tooth fairy or Santa Clause.  Thousands of children are just making it up and their gullible parents are buying into it?  I also see that your child is being given a weight belt and ear phones during class time to help keep him grounded.  Oh right, you don’t believe in that stuff so the teacher shouldn’t be helping him. Wiggle seats – throw those out the window.


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