Change Lives (including Yours!)

Got a passion for people, for helping people change their lives?

Reflecting back this year on helping the single moms, the moms of big adoptive families, the moms in the process of adopting, the family whose husband lost his job, ALL create the income they need!

Watch this video I made to find out more on how YOU can start creating an income from Home with that Passion.

Ready to get started? Click here! 

Blessings!

Amanda

Fall is coming! Young Living Essential Oils

The best part of fall is here!  The pumpkin flavored everything, the leaves are turning, the fields are finishing!

Now is the time to purchase oils and products that help prepare you for fall also!  Some of my favorite products are in stock and available.

Golden Touch kit

This is the Golden Touch Kit! This is a prepacked kit perfect to have on hand to enhance your winter months.  The Golden Touch kit  includes RC, Thieves, Raven, Melrose, Juva Flex, EndoFlex and Di-gize. The Young Living website says: Golden Touch 1™ provides immune protection all throughout the year. The oil blend formulas in this collection have been specifically created to take advantage of essential oil constituents that support many functions of the body.  This is a great value as you get all 7 oils in 5ml bottles at a great price!

Some supplements that I love for supporting the immune system include

Inner Defense:  Young Living’s Inner Defense liquid softgels reinforce systemic defenses, promote healthy respiratory function, and are rich in immune-supporting ingredients.

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Immupro: ImmuPro provides the benefits of natural immune-supporting Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium, and copper, all in the convenience of a delicious fruit-flavored chewable supplement.

Immupro

NingXia Red:  and of course NingXia Red.. This is one of my favorite supplements and as soon we need to boost immune systems, the kiddos in my house get their NingXia Red cups out!

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If you aren’t already a member with Young Living, now is the time! Please check out the information at http://www.familyhomesteadoils.com and enroll at bit.ly/FamilyScentsTeam  – we would love to help you get started!  We have a special this month with purchase, so be sure to contact us!

Blessings!

Amanda

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

The Golden Touch is one of those kits .

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Vulnerability

Vulnerable.

When I think of us at out bottom, I think of vultures, yes the bird, but the human form too.  The lowest of the low, waiting until the screw up happens and then they just attack.  

haha Brats made from a sloth..  Sorry, couldn’t help myself!

anyway, when we have those moments in our life when we are weak, when we are caught in our sin, our circumstances, our human-ness, it seems to be when we are attacked the most.  This comes even as a mom (to MANY)…  seems like they (the little ones)  of all people can sense our weakest points!  They know when we’re tired, they know when we’re stressed, hormonal – (they know more than Santa Claus!)

Anyway, my new goal is to work on my peeps children, not attacking each other when they are down but uplifting them and encouraging them!

Here are some verses we’re going to be working on memorizing!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.               1 Thess. 5:11

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.   Eph.4:29

Hmmm.. wonder if this Word would be very good for anyone else?

With great grace ~

Amanda

Why I quit blogging..

I was never a good blogger. It sort of goes along with my list of things I’ve started and never finished.  Scrapbooks, baby albums, a knitted shawl, a baby quilt for a friend (she’s now 2.)

Blogging though for me is different than crafts and I didn’t quit because I didn’t know how to go on.  The honest and somewhat painful truth for me is that I quit blogging because the only way I knew to go on was to become more vulnerable.  As I share more and more about our lives, it becomes evident that the little homestead isn’t perfect.

And folks, vulnerable is scary.  Blogging, is scary. It’s putting your  entire heart out there. It’s making your life open for scrutiny.  It’s letting everyone see the moments that don’t work. Sure – people celebrate the successes BUT like it or not, people love to glorify the MOMENTS where you fail.  They gloat on them, they reminded you “that they told you, this wouldn’t work.”

People want to know why we don’t write a book about our stories, I default to ” I don’t have time to write about it.”  The reality is that writing about it, is too painful.  The reminder to me that God isn’t done with our story yet is the comfort that gets me to the next day.  The reminder that His mercies are new each morning, helps me wake up. The reminder that He will provide each and every grace as I need it.

And that, is why I’m sharing today.

Earn Free Oils in April with promotions!

april promo

April is a great month for promotions from Young Living!!

Earn extra bonuses if you are on Essential Rewards!  If you aren’t a member of the oily family, let us help you join our amazing Family Scents Team!  contact us today at http://www.familyhomesteadoils.com to learn about more sign-up promotions!

Life goes on

in spite of not blogging,  life is at work.

life is constantly changing isn’t it?  A friend lost her dad yesterday, a mom lost her son this last week.

you are never guaranteed any moments in time.  take this time to say “I love you.” to those you love.  spend that time together.  Make special memories together.  Be with those you love.

In James 413-15 it says “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”… (New International Version)

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The year of 2014 was filled with dramatic changes in our lives.  We  added the parenting of 2 more children to our clan permanently.  Brian went through an unplanned job change.  We lost our church family of 10 years.  We added a business that has completely changed our lives. School has changed, even the farm is facing changes this upcoming year as we look ahead.

But in the 2015 mode – we’re taking each day at a time, remembering that we plan our steps but it is the Lord who gives us each moment.

Be blessed,

Amanda

A Science We LOVE for homeschooling – Christian Kids Explore series

So, we’ve been using the Book Series Christian Kids Explore for over 9 years in our local homeschool cooperative.  We do the 4 books in the cycle 🙂

Christian Kids Explore Biology

Christian Kids Explore chemistry

Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space

Christian Kids Explore Physics

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Well ~ the deal is, the content is easy to use for a big family.

It covers multigrades and you can expand it!  If you have littles, add some fun readers in the same topics 🙂   The Biology is probably the easiest, so if you have the younger ages – (grades 2-6) start there! The Physics is the hardest, think my edition is labeled grades 4-8.  You can really easily help kiddos on either end get a great exposure!

It is awesome hands on 🙂   (this is the inner core, outer core, mantles and crust!)

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(plate tectonics!)

If you love homeschooling and hands on application of Science, consider this great series!

Peaches- cut, sealed and finished.

This song was going over and over in my head

Like a fool, here I am.

Bought too many, for me to can.

Oh yah, baby… here I am, cut, sealed and finished.

Ummm.  in that time that I spent over the stove. 

I just thought about to cry.

seen a lot of produce in this world.  

Here I am, cut, sealed and finished!

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We actually did 250 lbs –  each quart jar has on average 2lbs of peaches.  We did 108 quarts so some peaches may have been harmed in the making of this blog post. (Eaten, they were eaten).  Little piggies are happy,t hey had some skins. 

Peaches are one of the easier canning items to do.  You blanch them first (dip them into boiling water) and then immediately put into ice-cold water to stop the cooking process of the peach.  You then peel (having blanched them, the skins come off easily.)  Cut them in half, pull out pit, then cut into your size chunks. (Ours are sliced.)

Fill your jars and make simple sugar syrup to pour over the top:  I follow this guideline (from simplycanning.com) 

  • Light – 2 cups sugar to 1-quart water
  • Medium -3 cups sugar to 1-quart water

You can also make a syrup with honey if you don’t want to use processed sugar.

  • light – 1 1/2 cups honey to 4 cups water
  • medium – 2 cups honey to 4 cups water

then you water bath or pressure can according to your times. 

Yum! We use these weekly ~ cobbler or baked oatmeals!! 

Blessings!

Amanda