Giveaway Time!

     juiceplus  Hey ya’ll! Time for our first giveaway!! I’m so pleased to get to share a review for you of an awesome product that I would endorse to anyone who doesn’t feel like they are getting enough fruits and vegetables everyday. Let’s face it, the latest data shows that 23 percent of Americans eat less than one serving of fruits or vegetables per day. (link) Studies have shown that so much of our health issues in America can be resolved by just changing our diet. Food can be healing. Vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense foods, that contain disease fighting antioxidants that are hard to find other places. They reduce our toxins, help fight cancer causing substances, help regulate and grow new cells and lower risk of all kinds of diseases; including; Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and many more. Studies have also shown that people who eat more than 7 servings of veggies daily have a 42% less chance of dying from one of these causes- that’s almost 50%!

    Most of us know how important it is to be eating fruits and vegetables, but still we fall short of the daily recommended amount of 6-8 servings of vegetables per day. While fruit is also important, the healing is really in the veggies. Of course the best way to get nutrition is straight from the whole food. Organic is always preferable. But for many, eating that many servings really is a challenge. That’s where Juice Plus + comes in. I love that they offer a product that can pack your daily (and more) servings of fruits in veggies in one little capsule, knowing that you are bettering your health with one little pill. The awesome thing is, they also have gummies for the kiddos that do the exact same thing. Tabitha has graciously agreed to testify about how Juice Plus + has helped her and her family feel better and heal all at the same time. Thanks Tabitha!

” Everyone is on a health journey. A journey of making better choices every day. You might be at the very beginning, just trying to drink more water. You might be a “health nut” who does yoga, eats organic foods, and manages stress well. I love how a healthy lifestyle is reached over time with many small changes that add up to healthy living.

 My health journey started with my mother. She fed us healthy food, made us eat our vegetables, and was constantly encouraging healthier living. When I was a teenager, she heard about an amazing way to get lots of high quality fruits and vegetables into our diets without the constant battle of “it doesn’t taste good” at the dinner table. You can bet she jumped all over it.

 I continued to eat these fruits and veggies every day but after my husband and I got married we had a budget meeting and although I knew it was good for me, we decided to cut out the added expense. Within several months, I noticed a tremendous negative effect in my hormonal stability and overall sense of well being. My husband did too! He encouraged me to add back all the extra nutrition and actually started doing it himself because the difference was so obvious!

 He was on two prescriptions, one for high blood pressure caused by stress, and one for adderall to help him focus in college. In the past, he had tried to wean himself off of the adderall prescription because of the negative side effects but he was not able to maintain his grades.  After several months of flooding his body with the nutrition from fruits and vegetables, he stopped taking adderall, came off of his blood pressure medications, and maintained his good grades!

 So what is this amazing way to bridge the gap between what we eat and what we know we should eat?!  It’s called JuicePlus+. It is the nutrition from 30 different fruits and vegetables that has been extracted and put into a capsule. That’s crazy right?!

 Actually, it’s crazy awesome. So how do we know that it really is all that nutrition in a capsule? A lot of supplements make claims, but the incredible thing about JuicePlus+ is that they back it up with published, clinical, third party, peer-reviewed research. More than 30 Juice Plus+ research studies have been conducted in leading hospitals and universities around the world, including Vanderbilt, MD Anderson, and Georgetown. The studies show marked improvement from taking JuicePlus+ in areas such as heart health, immune system function, DNA protection, inflammation, periodontal health, and oxidative stress.

 Over the past year, my husband and I have been very intentional about taking our JuicePlus+ every day. We were recently talking about how so many of our friends had been sick so often and it got us thinking. It has been over a year since either of us has been sick, even with just a cold! And my nine month old daughter has had two runny noses, no ear infections, no fevers, nothing. Our lives have been impacted so much by adding whole food nutrition to our diet that we started sharing it with our family and friends. It is so fulfilling to watch lives be changed around us by the power of fruits and veggies!  What could it do for you?

 If the idea of fruits and veggies having healing power sounds strange to you, check out this short video that explains the concept by Dr. Reginald Fowler who practices medicine at Piedmont Physicians in Atlanta. http://bit.ly/DrReginaldFowler For more information about JuicePlus+ or to order, visit our website at dickman.juiceplus.com”

Please feel free to check out her site and give Juice Plus+ a try! And now…it’s giveaway time!! Share this post on a social media outlet, and comment below how you and your family have made or are attempting to make some healthier life choices and you will be entered to win two packets of Juice Plus+ Complete- a whole food protein smoothie in a delicious chocolate flavor! Good luck!

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Yucky Bugs and Helpful Hints

April has turned into crazy month. More on that here. As I’ve mentioned my little one was sicker than he has ever been this last week. Makes a mother’s heart hurt to watch her kiddo that sick. I was reminded that he is on loan to me and I am so privileged to be his momma for however long we are together. With that said, I wanted to review a few of the tips and tricks that have helped us get through the yuckiness this last week.

The back story is that E has been teething for 3 weeks. Hard core. The front two teeth have been blistered, raised, and red for 3 weeks- 3 weeks of misery for all of us. So runny nose, cough, and crabbiness have been a part of our last few weeks thanks to those teeth. I wasn’t really too concerned about the symptoms because I know it really is just all part of teething. A few things we have been doing are; frozen washcloth (sometimes dipped in chamomile tea at night time) to chew on, frozen bananas, strawberries for his raw gummies. Hyland’s teething tablets (these rock!), Tylenol for the really bad nights, lavender oil for sleep and comfort, and lots and lots of snuggles from mommy and daddy. With that said, that about summarizes our 3 weeks of teething with our child who is normally the happiest, smiley, most social baby you have ever met.

This week the ball dropped. E woke up yesterday morning burning up. I knew instantly that he had a high fever. The night before had been awful. We were up most of the night and in the morning I realized why. Poor kid laid lethargic in my arms, burning up all day. If you know my kiddo you know that he never stops moving, so for him to sleep on me all day meant something was really wrong. I immediately started my protocols and prayer. I am reminded that I first and foremost need to go to the Great Physician and ask for health that only He can give. Covering E in prayer is my job and privilege as his momma. Next we started our Lavender oil on his feet and spine, wild orange on his spine (immune boosting and calming), tea tree oil on his feet to fight infection (viral or bacterial), melrose on the back of his ears, just in case. Garlic drops in his ears (only do this if you know the ear drum is not ruptured). Garlic is an amazing super antibiotic that will kill anything and everything. Coconut water and lots of breast milk to replace his fluid losses. A lukewarm bath and compresses to bring his fever down and a few drops of peppermint to help with that as well. Vitamin C tablets to boost his immune system. His fever did rise to 103.5 and at that point I decided it was time for him to be seen, just in case. My instincts were correct and we just need a Rx for more snuggles, loving, hydration, and a little time. So, we continued applying the oils every hour and did intermittent Tylenol to bring the fever under 103 degrees.

Time is the hardest part I feel when you are momma to a sick one. As I’ve talked about before, it’s not about not getting sick. I want him to build up an immune system, which, unfortunately means there will be sickness. It’s about supporting his system so that he can get back on track while we wait out the nasty little bugs. These oils have been that for me. They are a tool to help your child/family/yourself, support that system when you do inevitably hit these times in life. The amazing thing is, the body is designed to handle these times; we just have to provide the best environment for that to happen in.

If you have a little one, sickness if going to hit. You know that, I know that. I am so thankful to be prepared for those times and have these oils on hand when it does come. This is by no means making up for medical care if and when it is necessary but I hope it will provide you some tips on ways you can use these oils.

A little more grace

These last few weeks I’ve been learning a lot about grace. Today we are going to take a break from your typical healthy living posts and talking about living healthy in our spiritual lives. These past few weeks have been crazy. Survival mode at it’s finest. Husband sick, watching two extra kiddos for a few days, sister having a baby with health issues, kid gets sickest he’s ever been and we end up in urgent care, baby showers, etc. All good (well mostly good) things that are just compounding all at one time. When the waves of life feel like they are about to drown me, I am remind. Grace. Grace for me when I’m stressed and overwhelmed. Grace to live a life worthy of the calling that Jesus has put on me as a mom, wife, sister, friend, daughter, etc.

Being a mom has not been anything like I expected it to be. I knew it would be hard, but no one can prepare you for the reality. It’s 24/7. There are no breaks, no 5 pm clock out times, no sleeping at night, or at naptime, endless laundry, dishes, and chores, but somewhere in there, there is joy. Joy that I get to be with my little one day in and day out. Joy that I know him better than anyone (except Jesus). Joy that I am able to serve my family in these ways. Sanctification in washing dishes and cleaning up puke. Redemption as I seek to be the best mom I can be; knowing that Jesus is really the only one who can meet all of E’s needs.. but overall, GRACE. Grace when I am imperfect, grace when I mess up, grace when I loose patience, grace when it feels like these days will never end; and yet are going all too quickly at the same time. Grace to point my family to Jesus knowing that I need Him more than I ever had. Grace to run this earthly race as hard as I can and when I fall to get back up again and keep going.

I needed to hear this, this week as I was beginning to be overwhelmed by the pressures around me. Grace. I will live in it. I will get up each morning and put it on. I will seek to walk in it throughout my day. And when the laundry doesn’t get done, the house is messy again, I am puked on for the 6th time, there is grace. More than I will ever need. Because He loves me. I pray that you are encouraged, no matter where you are. There is grace at the foot of the cross. Live in the light of His grace today. Being the best mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, mentor you can be. Praying like it’s all up to Him and living like it’s all up to you. Your reward is great, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Blessings to you today.