A Supplement for Jollier Joints

There’s something about passing 40 that makes a person more aware of their joints and joint health. It’s probably that those joints suddenly seem a little more vulnerable to damage, a little more likely to hurt after a day of moving furniture or turning valves. Our bones may still be strong, but our joints, oh,…

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, part 2

Last week, We discussed two of the big names in insect repellents: Permethrin and DEET. Permethrin is an insecticide that, in addition to be used in some insect repellents, is also used in many large-scale spraying programs. Permethrin is had some serious side effects, especially if it’s ingested (it’s scary stuff). DEET is better known,…

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, Part 1

When I started researching the various types of insect repellent on the market, I expected simple, straightforward information. Some products would definitely have health concerns, others would be far safer, end of discussion (or blog post). Unlike many products, though, insect repellents include an increased level of risk assessment. Insect-borne diseases are imminent, frightening dangers…

Manic Monday: The Anxious Ballerina

The Ballerina is 11. It’s an odd age, not one of the little kids, not even one of the big kids, but not a teen either. For about a month, the usual struggles of being a tween have shaded over into anxious worries. It was quite a surprise–as we wrapped up May, our extra-curricular activities…

Is Sunscreen THAT Scary?

It’s 100 degrees here today, which is not normal for Wyoming in June. It’s “Help me, I’m melting, what a world, what a world,” weather, which is why I’m blogging from my basement.   Summer is here in every sense of the word. It means swimming lessons, evenings at the lake, cook-outs, and all those mean…

Beauty Should Not Be Toxic

Once upon a time, I was a Mary Kay Lady.  Not for very long, and I was terrible at it.  From a distance of fifteen years or so, I can recognize that I was a very different personality than my up-line.  I can also recognize that I was not ready to give Mary Kay the…

Using Essential Oils Around Pets (Safely)

The scare articles have been making the rounds (again). A few years ago it was the article claiming essential oils would suddenly cause your child to have seizures.  There’s the ever-popular (and false) assertion that lemon oil will eat through your esophagus just like it eats through Styrofoam.  This year I’ve seen two Facebook posts…

The Most Important Minimalism

Minimalism has become one of the big buzzwords of the past few years. There are thousands of pins, blogs, articles, and books on decluttering, being minimalistic, the benefits of minimalism, and on and on.  I personally love the idea of minimalism.  I am, however, terribly, terribly bad at the actual living part of minimalism.  In…

Create a Thriving Life

We all know when we are thriving.  We have energy. Our to-do list turns into a got-it-done list.  The family is happy.  When we are thriving, we look forward to life.  Sure, we might be tired at the end of the day, and there are hiccups in life, but  overall, we know we can handle…

Lemon Oil, Limonene, and Logic

There are plenty of hot-button issues in the the essential oil community.  One of the biggest, hottest, buttoniest issues is lemon oil.  Specifically, is it safe to ingest lemon oil (or any other citrus oil)?  Take a minute to Google, “Dangers of ingesting lemon oil,” and you’ll find articles with a whole range of opinions….