I’m so glad the weather is finally warming up! While autumn is my favorite season and I can’t wait for it to turn cool and crisp, by time we get to January or February I’m ready for spring. Maybe I just like the steadiness of the earth’s cyclical changes. Whatever it may be, we were happy to get outside today, especially after being cooped up in the house over Easter with sick ones. I hadn’t been grocery shopping at all since we had been dealing with illness, and we had completely run out of leftovers, so Golden Chick was on the menu. It’s nowhere near healthy and wasn’t remotely satisfying for me, although the kids loved it, but oh well, don’t judge! Ha ha! We put a blanket out under the tree in the backyard and had a super fun picnic!
Okay ladies, truth time: when you find something that is just amazing, what do you do? You SHARE IT! Hairdresser who gave you a fabulous new ‘do? Great pediatrician? Sale at your favorite store or website? No matter what it is, when we find something that works for us, we tend to shout it from the rooftops, telling anyone who will stop long enough to listen. Well consider this my shouting voice: I LOVE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS!!! If you’ve read my other blog posts, you know that I’m passionate about all things natural (crunchy, as I like to call it). I’ve grown very skeptical of drugs, whether over the counter medications, prescriptions, antibiotics, or vaccines. Wait, don’t stop reading yet… If you don’t share my skepticism that’s okay. Stay with me for just another minute and give me a chance to explain before you dismiss me. Are you still here? Good! Think about all the warnings on medicine bottles. Think about the possible side effects. Think about how many TV ads you’ve seen regarding the FDA recalling a medication, telling you “if you or someone you know have had any of these side effects, you may be entitled to compensation.” Do I think all drugs are bad all the time? Absolutely not. Do I think that they are used too often, many times used to treat the symptoms instead of the actual problem, and can induce a list of side effects for which other drugs are needed? Yes, yes I do. I believe that medications are great when they’re needed, but not so much as a first resort. And I believe antibiotics are overprescribed, especially when prescribed for a viral infection since antibiotics target bacterial infections. This improper use has been suspected of contributing to the rise in antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA. The CDC says:
“When someone takes an antibiotic that they do not need, they are needlessly exposed to the side effects of the drug and do not get any benefit from it. Moreover, taking an antibiotic when it is not needed can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance . When resistance develops, antibiotics may not be able to stop future infections. Every time someone takes an antibiotic they don’t need, they increase their risk of developing a resistant infection in the future.” 
So what is my crunchy solution for natural medicine without the harmful side effects? Young Living Essential Oils.
The Homemaker’s Conundrum
You know something we are bombarded with in this technological world? Tons and tons of advice. We have information available to us from so many sources, and everybody’s got an opinion (I’m saying this as I’m sitting here typing my own opinion…ironic, no?). There is one topic that I’ve seen over and over again that really does impact me, and that topic is the cleanliness of our homes. There is a loud voice that tells moms, “Hey, don’t worry about it! You have kids, your house won’t be clean until they leave for college! Who cares if it’s a wreck, if people can’t like you for you mess and all, then they’re not really your friends.” Then there is the other side, the white-glove, spic and span people who tell you how important it is to always have a clean house, complete with rigorous lists and cleaning schedules. They tell you it’s your “job” as a homemaker…meaning since we don’t have a J-O-B outside of our homes, that our homes are our jobs. We manage the home from chores to cooking family scheduling. So which one is it? Should I break my back making this perfectly clean home, or do I just say to heck with it and spend all day with the kids and embrace our mess?