Monday, April 13, 2015

Relief from Insomnia and Snoring

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. They told me after my sleep study that my sleep was interrupted 230 times. No wonder I was so tired! The solution, a CPAP machine. Which I hated immensely. Not only was it not even remotely sexy, I was waking up constantly because I need to fix its placement or I was coughing due to asthma.

Sleep Apnea and Valor

Look at that photo. I felt like a fighter pilot getting ready for a test flight. It was not something I wanted wear. It was bulky, and totally nixed any notion of being romantic.

Fast forward 6 years, and after not using my CPAP for years I started snoring like a freight train. Seriously, my husband would get up and leave the room just to have some peace and quiet at night.

Now, I am premenopausal and that comes with its own myriad of fun symptoms. The biggest one for me has been the insomnia. It's been at least a year since I have been able to get to sleep in a decent amount of time and stay that way.


I'm not the only one who snores by the way. When I get woken up by snoring or him waking me up to tell me I'm snoring, I can't get back to sleep. It's almost ridiculous for me to even try. With insomnia comes, lack of focus, quick to anger, no energy, weight gain, forgetfulness and much more.

Is there a natural solution for Snoring and Apnea?

As I continued on my journey of essential oils a friend of mine (Thanks, Jenn!) suggested that I use Valor. She told me to place a drop of it on my big toe before I went to bed and see what happens.  Now, my husband is not a huge believer in essential oils but he wanted to see if it worked on me before he tried it himself.

To be honest, I was skeptical. But I had heard so many others have such success that I did eventually try it for myself. That first night, I fell asleep in minutes and this was even after I had a 3 hour nap because I could no longer hold my head up to function. Normally, when I take a nap there's no sleeping for me for most of the night. I did get up once in the night, but it took me mere minutes to get back to sleep, not my normal two hours.  The next morning much to my delight, my husband declared it a snore free night!!!

He was so impressed with how well it worked that he too now uses Valor. It's been 5 days and I am well rested, more focused, calmer and have even lost 3 pounds!

This stuff is like the holy grail of sleep aids. Best of all, it's a plant-derived oil, is 100% Therapeutic Grade and it smells divine. Valor aids in snoring and apnea but that is just two uses for this oil.

Young Living Valor

Now that you know how well it works, how do you get your hands on Valor? Young Living gives you the opportunity to purchase essential oils at wholesale prices. For more information about buying essential oils wholesale visit: Wholesale Essential Oils – Young Living. You save 24% off retail prices when you join. If you are interested in retail pricing visit
If you are ready to get started with essential oils at home you can purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit for $150 (you save $120 over retail prices) and you will have everything you need to begin your essential oil journey. And I'll be here to help you along the way!

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*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How to Get Kids with Autism to Lower there Voices

Over the years, one of the biggest issues we have had as parents of kids on the Autism Spectrum is talking at a respectable level. I have two children that are sensory seeking and one that is a sensory avoider.  In my family, the sensory avoider talks very low, often mumbling, to the point of having to ask him to repeat it.

For that sensory avoider, asking him to repeat what he says can push him towards a meltdown. As he can't stand repeating words or phrases. Here in, is another issue I will talk about later.

Having two sensory seekers tends to make the house very loud. Now I am an avoider. I like quiet and loud noises cause pain to my ears. My daughter is now an adult and has mastered the art of lowering her voice. But for my youngest son, that's another story. It's like he's speaking through a megaphone ALL the time and it hurts my ears.

Autism and loud talkers

I have been emailed or have had notes sent home telling me that he talks too loud and that they can't get him to listen or lower his voice.  He would get yellows and reds on his behavior reports because he could not control his volume. It wasn't until I explained to them that because he was a sensory seeker he tended to speak louder that they stopped counting that on his daily reports. The problem is, he doesn't realize he's being loud.

How do you get them to turn down the volume?

 It may not even occur to these kids that talking too loud inside, is not appropriate behavior. They need to be told and reminded many times before it will sink in. They may not even realize they are speaking that loudly.

Demonstration is the key with kids on the spectrum. Show them the different volume levels don't just tell them. You can demonstrate with your voice how they sound right at that moment and also speak in a normal or quieter voice and explain that this is the appropriate voice for indoors and why.

Come up with a subtle signal between the two of you that lets your child know they need to lower their voices. I rub my chin when I think my son is getting too loud. He's learned to watch me and I can quietly correct him. You don't want to embarrass them but at the same time they need to know their volume is too loud.

Turn Down the Volume

At times, certain social situations will arise that they are not comfortable with. Some kids stim in certain ways. For example, flapping hands, spinning, chewing on clothes. It's a way for them to calm themselves, a coping mechanism based on the overwhelming circumstances.  Talking loudly can be a way of stimming.  Observe them in these situations and see if that is the cause and try to avoid them if at all possible.

Role play can help him see when it's appropriate to speak loudly. Acting out certain situations can show him how he needs to speak. Eventually, he will get it on his own.

Preparation is a must. I always tell my son before we get out of the car the appropriate volume that he is to speak at. I also remind him of our signal and that he needs to watch me if he has questions about his volume level.

Lastly, don't forget to praise them when you have noticed that they did well. They need positive re-enforcement. These kids have so many things they do or don't understand is not correct that they often feel that they can't get anything right. Knowing that they tried hard and did a wonderful job just affirms that they can do this.

Be patient, moms. It will happen. It takes time, and lots of teaching for them to get it. But they will eventually!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Coconut-Lavender Dream Cream

Perimenopause came early for this chic. At 38, I started having some hot flashes, night sweats, and the occasional night that I couldn't sleep. Fast forward 5 years, and I'm plagued with insomnia.  Admit it, you just counted in your head and figured out my age. Don't go blabbing it to the world!

Some of you know me fairly well and have seen my rants on Facebook at 3 am. Rather than spending my nights tossing and turning, calculating how much sleep I would get if I fell asleep right that second, and waking up Mr. Right I tend to spend those late nights with a good book or getting work done on my computer.  It takes hours for me to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Those nights that I don't sleep cause some really rough days. I'm cranky, unfocused,  and exhausted. My squirrel moments happen every few minutes and I can't finish anything I started. The insomnia has been worse the last few months and for a while I was contemplating very briefly, 'cause you know I can't focus on one thing for long with no sleep, taking an over the counter medication.

Now that I am on this journey of healthier living, I'd rather not take medicine when there is a more natural way to help me get to sleep. I'm sure you have used the sleepy baby shampoo with lavender and know that this fragrant plant can help your little one relax. But it's not just for kids.

Lavender Oil

What is Lavender Used for?

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. 

It is great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It can be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

With my insomnia, my husbands Chronic Fatigue, and my sons sleep disorders. Its a wonder we are all healthy. I scoured the Internet looking for ways to introduce my kids to lavender without having to diffuse it at night (since we only have one at the moment).  I found a safe alternative that also helps soften the skin. 

Dream Cream


.75 oz. (approx. 29ml) Beeswax Pellets 

4 oz. Organic Coconut Oil

8-12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

2 - 2oz. jars or one 4-6 oz. jar


Melt the beeswax, slowly in a double boiler. I used my Pyrex measuring cup so I could easily pour it in the jar when it was done. 

Coconut Lavender Dream Cream

Next, add the coconut oil. This part takes me back to the beach.  You will start to smell the coconut. Too bad computers don't have scent technology. That would be so cool!

Lavender Coconut Dream Cream

Once it's all melted add 8 - 12 drops of Lavender Essential oil. I didn't want it too strong since my husband and son have very sensitive noses. Ten drops was just the right amount for them. 

Once you have stirred it around to incorporate the lavender oil. Pour it in your jar/jars and decorate. 

How do I use it?

Apply about 20 minutes before bed on the bottom of your feet. Make sure you put some comfy socks on or you will slide everywhere.  It doesn't take long for the oils to absorb into your skin. The socks will prevent you from falling and also from getting it all over your furniture, sheets, etc. 

After about 20 minutes you will feel so relaxed. My husband was skeptical and told me to try it first and see how it works and then he will try it. He's hooked! He has chronic fatigue and it's coming out of remission. Not the greatest time for that. So he needs the best and most sleep out of all of us.  My youngest son has a sleep disorder and this helps him fall asleep in minutes and he stays asleep. It's amazing. And best of all there are no chemicals you can't pronounce or dyes. And you get soft smooth feet in the morning as well as a well rested family. 

I get my 100% therapeutic essential oils from Young Living. You can buy them wholesale which is a great money saver! I have to say this was the best decision for my family. It's a natural way to help ease stress, pain, allergy symptoms and so much more. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easy Peasy Strawberry Cake

It's inevitable. You are having guests over  and you have been working your butt off cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and making dinner. When you realize you don't have a dessert! And you barely have time to take a shower and get ready. No worries, just do what I do. Text your husband as he's walking out the door from work (men love that) and beg him to pick up the ingredients for my Easy Peasy Strawberry Cake.

Strawberry Cake

It's light and airy and takes only a few minutes to make. No baking, no cake pans, just spread and forget it! Growing up my favorite thing in all the world was strawberries (i've grown up now I like chocolate too). So for my birthday my mom would make a strawberry cake that was so delicious. For years I thought this cake was time consuming. But she shared her secret with me and I, dear readers love ya'll so much that I thought I'd share and make your lives a little easier.

Easy Peasy Strawberry Cake

Three Ingredients


1 Angel Food Cake
1 16 oz. Container of Whipped Cream
1 1 lb container of Frozen Sliced Strawberries


1. Open up your Angel Food Cake and put it on a pretty cake plate

2. Drain the strawberry juice from the container. You don't want to make the whip cream too runny. 

3. Dump the thawed strawberries  and whipped cream in a bowl. No need for daintiness here. Just Dump! You are pressed for time! Mix it up well. 

4. Slop that mixture on the angel food cake. You can make it as pretty as you can  if you want but you still have to take that shower. Hurry up!

5. If you have some fresh strawberries in the fridge garnish your cake with a few and find a place to shove the easiest cake you'll ever make in the fridge. 


A Slice of Strawberry Cake

See wasn't that easy?

You can thank me later!