It’s that time of year, friends! It seems like most everyone I know has gotten some kind of crud or flu and it’s definitely making its way through the school. I know both my kiddos have gotten it. My parents and nephew were sick for a bit. Even Matt caught a nasty cold on his way back from Chicago. Wear a mask out there, peeps! Orrrr… make some elderberry syrup!

Now if you are new to the benefits of elderberry you are probably wondering, is this just another fad? I can assure you it is not. In fact, people have been using Elderberry (also known as the Sambucas plant!) for hundreds of years for its healing properties. I know it’s helped us stay above the wellness line and supported us in our times of need where we did not have to get antibiotics or prescribed medications. I’m currently taking it so I don’t get sick, and guess who’s the only one in this household to make it this season unscathed by the ickies? This lady, that’s who!

Benefits of Elderberry

There are quite a few reasons to have elderberry on hand. The following are some of the main reasons why this is essential in our wellness toolbox:

  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It helps to fight off colds, the flu, and respiratory infections.
  • Elderberry is loaded with Vitamin A & C.
  • It is full of antioxidants to help combat those free radicals.
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Safe for children.

Now you may have seen bottles of this good, all-natural medicinal liquid gold at the store, but I highly encourage you to try making your own. What?! Make my own?! YES! It’s super easy and it will definitely be more cost effective in the long run. Trust me, I wasn’t a big DIY girl back in the day, but there are so many benefits to taking a little bit more time into products you know will be life changing for your family. Besides, you want to get this goodness into your body before you get sick, and this is a great way to pump your body full of that goodness at a great price.

How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

There are many recipes out there on the interwebs, and honestly, I don’t know where I first got my recipe, but a huge shout out to Annie Hauser for incorporating the Young Living Vitality oils into her recipe, so naturally I add it to mine too! But generally, the measurements are the same – 1 cup of water per 1/4 cup of dried elderberry, 1 cup of honey, and the amount of herbs or oils you wish to incorporate into your syrup.

  • 3/4 cup of dried elderberry. I got mine here. But Mountain Rose Herbs carries them, but usually, they are out.
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of raw local honey
  • Thieves, Clove, Frankincense, Copaiba, Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Nutmeg essential oils. You can use all of these or just some. I start off with a drop and adjust it as I see fit.

That’s it! Here’s my method, which you can also find in my highlights on my Instagram in my DIY stories:

  • Combine dried elderberry and water in a pot. Mix together and then bring to a boil with lid off. Heads up – uncooked elderberry is unsafe and toxic! Keep away from kids and animals!
  • Once it boils, bring the temperature down to a simmer and simmer this liquid with the lid on for about 45 minutes to an hour. You want this reduce by half.
  • After you reduce turn off the heat and let cool.
  • Once cooled smash the berries in your pot with the back of your ladle, spatula spoon.
  • Drain into another container. You can also smash the berries more while draining. You want every ounce of that goodness!
  • Add honey and herbs or oils. Friends, if you don’t have oils, you are making life a lot harder than it needs to be!
  • Put into a mason jar and store in fridge.

Voila! That’s it. Seriously. More than anything it is just a process, but definitely not hard. So what are you waiting for? Click that link above and get you some dried elderberry and make it this weekend. Let me know if you do!

Happy DIY-ing!

Share:
Reading time: 3 min

*THIS COULD BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME AS I TALK ABOUT MY BROTHER’S DEATH*

I abruptly woke up not realizing where I had fallen asleep. For a split second I had forgotten Adrian was fighting for his life. For a good few minutes I prayed and felt that everything would be ok.

Deep breathe. Breathe, Joie.He will be fine. He will make it through.

How terribly wrong I was.

Ten minutes later I look online and see one of his “friends” tagging him in a post and begging everyone to pray for him and his family. Word on the street is he did not help him that day. Instead, left him to suffer and proceeded to steal stuff from my parent’s home. A friend, indeed. I then make a post of my own because…well, because half of our family didn’t know anything was wrong yet and I needed some prayer warriors. I was getting a sinking sensation as the minutes went by.

I woke Matt up saying we needed to make the drive home to FL. I started packing things, loading up the car. During this time I had tried to call my parents and no one answered.

Twenty minutes later I check Facebook and my Uncle, my Tito, had messaged me saying he was sorry for my brother’s passing. What the actual FUCK?! Even typing it now triggers me. Even thinking about it makes me so incredibly angry & sad for so many reasons.

Hysterically I sob to Matt trying to get the words out. Adrian died. I keep moving, I need to get home! I now start thinking that I have to find something black to pack. Everything feels surreal. The kids hear me crying and I don’t even know if they are at this point. I simply don’t have the energy or the emotional capacity to comfort them.

We finally get everything prepared enough to where we can leave. We head out on a 12-hour drive, six hours after my parents left my house after getting the phone call. I remember Matt merging onto the interstate and the sunrise was so bright and beautiful that day. I remember thinking that this wasn’t real. He died. My kids are crying now, at least Gabriel is. I remember my son sobbing in the back seat and my husband trying to console me as I drive. For a moment a stop crying and stare out of the window with tears in my eyes. The sun is higher now, so bright. I remember the sun.

Share:
Reading time: 2 min

If you follow me on Instagram, then you prob know that Gabriel was sick M-W of this week. Which was a bummer because he was actually chosen as student of the week this week. So only 2 days in the big cozy chair for him! 🙃

Anyway, as of yesterday his little buddy was still out sick. We are 100% sure that is how G got sick, he caught it from his friend, also because G told us that his friend’s older brother was sick when he was over there hanging out. But guess who was back at school yesterday?! YUP. This guy!🙌🏽

We didn’t have to go to the doctor’s office or have him get put on any type of antibiotic, thank God. Not that I’m against doctor and medicine, I know it has helped so many and there is a time and a place for it. (We used Children’s Tylenol 2 of the days he was sick!) It is my personal belief that I try to do everything else before we have to resort to that. Keeping us ABOVE the wellness line is of the upmost importance around here.

So, so, thankful to have been at home to apply, diffuse, & have him ingest all the oils, give him all the elderberry, make him tea, force him to rest, have him take baths, spray Thieves cleaner everywhere he went so we wouldn’t get sick also, and constantly wash sheets & towels. I truly feel like I nursed him back to health and it made my heart soar. 

I’m 100% that his quick turn around was because of all my “weird” ways. Because I am an oiler. Because I am able to work at home because of these oils.

Maybe you are still skeptical about oils. Maybe you think I’m trying to pull one over on you? I can assure you that is not the case. But just know, if you ever wanna chat more about how these oils can support you… you know where to find me.

Share:
Reading time: 1 min

Where my Work at Home Moms at? High five to you, sisters! We are doing this thing, am I right?! Well, that’s how I feel a few days out of the week. Today, eh… I’m struggling.

I’m going to be honest. Sometimes working from home can be a little too cozy for me. Like, I just want to stay in bed. Sleep in a little. Tell myself that this is a perk to actually being able to work from home. But I know this isn’t true. My guides tell me so. They give me the nudges to do more, and those days where it is hard for me to get motivated there are 5 things I need to do to get me focused and in the zone. Hopefully, they work for you!


5 Things I Do to Get Work Done at Home

Make Your Bed I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel as if I can really start my day if my bed is not made. I wasn’t always like this. In fact, before I met my husband I very rarely made my bed. I just never saw the need. After all, when I would return home from work/school I would eventually hop back in there. Why waste time making the bed in the first place? My husband and winters in Chicago changed all that. Those nicely tucked in sheets and smoothed out comforter makes for a super inviting, cozy environment after you’ve been battling negative degree weather all day. And now, since I work from home, going into my room and seeing an unmade bed just makes me feel unaccomplished. Like, if I make my bed for the day, then at least I’ve done something productive. And truly, it really ignites something to get other things done and checked off my to-do list!

Shower I have to rinse off daily. Soap my body. Feel the water wash over me and clear off any bad lingering energy. It’s so rejuvenating and refreshing. I hope we never, as stewards of this Earth, have to worry about a lack of water. Do not take this luxury for granted, friends. This is just another item on my list to really take on my day and keep me focused. I don’t go all out every day, washing my hair or taking a long bath. A nice clean off with soap, ending the shower on the coldest setting? YES. I can climb mountains after an icy cold ending to my shower!

Meditate I squeeze this in most days. In part, because it is part of the job. If I can’t connect to my own energy and ground it, how am I supposed to connect for you and deliver messages from the Divine? It won’t happen. In order to do the work, you have to DO THE WORK. Also, it helps me get super focused and I receive nice little messages to help keep me in my creative flow. It’s a super win-win for all.

Get Off Social Media Seriously, who else can relate? There are days I get online to work on some things and I glance at the clock to see that two hours went by. WHAT?! I spent two hours of my time doing nothing?! Friends, let’s not waste our time doing this. We’ve got things to accomplish. No amount of resharing spiritual quotes, researching food recipes, or watching funny videos is going to help us achieve all the things. It’s not. This also goes hand in hand with…

Block Time Yes. You need to block off your time. Seriously. Do you have a planner? Maybe you are into making lists? If either one of these things are your jam then you are two steps ahead! Create time to be on social media. Make space to check your email at certain times and don’t be allured by the constant dinging of your phone. If you have to, turn off all notifications. That’s how I manage. Sometimes I get off track, but I really am so much more productive when I go into my calendar and see what I’ve planned for myself.

What are five things you need in order to make your day more productive?

Share:
Reading time: 3 min

Ah, a new month. There’s something in the air. Something besides the smell of the breakfast I recently made. Is it love? A fresh start? There’s definitely an uplifting electric energy about. I am diffusing nutmeg right now, maybe it’s the high vibes from that? Did you know that nutmeg can give you a little pep in your step? It’s true, but let’s save all that for another day.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m definitely feeling some high vibes. I’m super excited for this month. I’ve got a lot going on! I don’t feel overwhelmed about it at all. I feel PUMPED! I’ve got two mentorship groups that I’ve committed to that started this month and I’m also making a commitment to myself to practice meditation every day this month and to practice gratitude.

Who else is excited for the month? What are you most excited for?

Share:
Reading time: 1 min

These past couple of months I’ve been kind of in isolation mode. Really trying to figure things out. Trying to get aligned not only with my spiritual practice and health & wellness, but also with the people I surround myself with.

There’s that saying, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” but in my mentorship group we say “Your tribe attracts your vibe.” I’ve noticed since moving back home that a lot of my “tribe” has been doing the same old thing. That’s fine and all but that’s not who I am anymore, and I was really feeling the disconnect. I’m not trying to pass judgement on them, to each their own, I say, but I don’t feel like I was getting that same vibe back. I was being judged for the things I’m currently embarking on right now. And again, that’s cool – kinda. I get to choose if I want to surround myself with those peeps and to make a long story short, I’m choosing not to.

Thinking about that these past few days has made me think of my why. Why am I doing the things I am doing. Why am I marching to the beat of a different drum, one that many are turning their noses up at?

Freedom, Wellness, Purpose, & Abundance

Since my kiddos were born I’ve been seeking a different kind of life. One that allows me to have all that I desire. I know I’ve been told many times that as a mother I cannot have that. My life should “be all about the kids.” No thank you. We are gonna have to agree to disagree on that one. While I love my kids and will do anything for them, I refuse to lose myself in the process. Who out there feels me on this? I won’t go into all the detail here in this post on the countless times I’ve had this happen, and why should I focus on all that negative energy. It doesn’t do anyone any good!

No today I’m going to share a few of my whys. Why I’ve decided to focus on growing my spiritual based business as well as my Young Living business and not go out and get a “real” job. Why I’ve decided to make these two things my main source of income and anything else a PT endeavor to help supplement me on my journey. So without further ado and because I know you are dying to know… Why are you doing this silly, hard, thing?

Why, Joie?

I AM doing this to help support my family. I AM doing this so my husband will be able to quit his job one day and live out his dreams. I AM showing my kids that you can do anything you put your mind to. I AM setting a good example. I AM proving that you don’t have to give in to this idea of how a woman should live her life after having children. Everyone should know you can still achieve ALL your dream; all of them, no matter how silly, extravagant, & misunderstood they may be for some. No matter if you are a mother. In fact, work a bit harder because you are. You can do this at any age. (I’m going to be 40 this year, y’all!) You are allowed to embody your full, true self and present that to the world whenever you damn well feel like it. I AM showing that we as mothers make the best entrepreneurs. I AM living out my purpose. I AM doing what I committed to- my life contract. I AM helping others. I AM guiding others to realize and take hold of their sparks and see that they too can live a life fully aligned. I AM making my imprint here on Earth less wasteful and more purposeful. I AM living life out on my terms. I AM creating my own schedule. I AM believing in what I do. I AM loving what I do. I AM living my life to the fullest to the best of my ability, with the opportunities that have presented themselves. I AM taking full advantage, because I know all too well how some don’t get that chance, that opportunity, so I’m not letting this gift from God go to waste.

This is why I do what I do. And while it may slightly change over the next few months/years, one thing remains constant – I AM made to do this and I will succeed. And when I do, no one will ask me “why?,” instead the question they will ask me is “HOW?!”

Share:
Reading time: 3 min

Today I noticed the number 4. Everywhere I went the number four was waving his little hands at me. “Hey take notice!” Don’t worry, I do! More often than not though, I see repetitive numbers. Have you ever wondered what it meant to see repeating numbers as you go about your day? You glance at the clock. 11:11. You are driving down the highway. 55mph. You notice an address on the side of the street 8888 Tennessee Ct. A local billboard that has been in your town for forever is just now catching your eye and it has the numbers 444.

What Does This All Mean?!

There are different directions to go when it comes to numbers and repetitive numbers. Numerology, Life Path numbers, Angel meanings, just to name a few. To narrow it down, and what I tend to focus on the most, is what type of energy the number holds and Angel meanings. However, I find it all so very interesting. How many of you have ever explored numerology? How many of you know what numerology is? Well, according to Wikipedia, Numerology “is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events.” A good online source I like to go for all things numerology is www.numerology.com.  But for the focus of this blog post, the relationship I talk about in the next paragraph is the one with Angels. My main person, and friend, is Gina Nicole. Another source I trust for all my Angel knowledge is Ask-Angels.

The Angels Are Speaking to You

No seriously, they are. Nothing in this world is a coincidence. It is all synchronistic, and truly, you are noticing these things for a reason. The Angels are trying to grab your attention. They want you to take notice and be aware. They are also probably nudging you to take action. But the main reason they are giving you signs – to remind you that you are not alone, that you are loved. That they are there for you to call on. So go on, call on them, they are ready to help guide and provide for you!

So what can you do when you see these numbers? First off, take a deep breathe and offer your thanks. “Thank you, Angels, for the beautiful sign.” Angels enjoy the recognition every now and then. At least, that’s what they have told me! And while we can explore this topic and subject in great detail, I will go over simply & briefly what each number represents to me and how I use it to help guide and support me. Maybe it will resonate with you for you to use in your daily life. But as I was taught, and will continue to share wholeheartedly, there are NO RULES. Feel into what these numbers represent and mean to YOU.

Numbers

Just to reiterate, the following is how I interpret these numbers in the simplest of ways. Also, to clarify, I focus more on a singular meaning when I see the same single number over and over. If I keep seeing the same numbers in a repetitive sequence, I also know the Angels are really giving me the sign to take action!

1- I AM presence. Divine connection. Manifestation! Visually I think of my energy connection, a beam of light, to the Divine and to my higher self.

2 – Partnership. The duality of self. It also signifies that our Angels are very near to us and they are ready to assist.

3 – Connection & Growth. It also symbolizes the beginning of good things to come or at least new beginnings. I also associate it with union and unity and how it can also relate to the Holy Trinity. On a visual level, I immediately think of the number 8. 8 is significant to me because of my brother, so aligned with that, I see the 3 as one side of a pair of wings and think of spirit. This connects for me with the Holy Trinity and the Holy Spirit. 

4 – Represents balance, perhaps even an unbalance. Take a minute and tune in. How do you feel? This is a sign to get grounded into one’s space. This also signifies that a decision needs to be made. Perhaps you are at a crossroads of some sort? Visually the 4 reminds me of crossroads and that imbalance. Make a decision to choose which path to walk at that given time.

5 -CHANGES. When I see the number 5, I know things are shifting. Repeating 5’s? Big changes, my friend! Tune in and get grounded!

6 – Who else grew up with the narrative that sixes are bad? Especially 666? These days I am delighted to see a 6. The number 6 to me is reminding me to take notice and pause. It also represents two things coming together to create, continuing those changes that have recently presented itself.

7 – Level UP!!! This number reminds me that some serious up-leveling is happening and that the Angels are taking notice too. It’s their way of saying, I see you and you are amazing! With that said, it is a reminder to also be ready for the big up-leveling one is destined for.

8 – The number eight is a very special number to me indeed. It holds the energy of an ending and a beginning. Infinity! It very much represents spirit to me and the action that we know is going on, but cannot physically see.

9 – Moving forward. The continuation of what you’ve already started. Clearing out and making way for the new. Visually it reminds me of a flower, as it starts to grow and lift its bud and petals, releasing that which doesn’t serve it to blossom into something even more beautiful.

0 – Continuation. Coming full circle. Never ending. It reminds me that we are all connected and whole. Visually I think of a ring or a circle. I know a few people who also visually related it to an egg, and an egg to me represents life and rebirth, which is all part of the cycle.

Again, this is all just a short explanation of what numbers are for me. For those of you into numerology and Angel meanings. What do these numbers signify and represent for you?

Share:
Reading time: 5 min

One of the first things I encourage people to do when they get their oils is make an essential oil roller. Surprisingly, it is one of the things people are nervous about doing. They are not quite sure what to do and are afraid they will mess it up, which I don’t think is possible. However, there are some oils I would rather NOT pair together. Even so, you can’t really mess it up, and in fact, having rollers are an easy way to travel with your oils and more importantly, they are super easy to make!

Let’s Roll

Essential Oil Rollers
Carrier Oil
Essential Oil

For this post, I decided to use make a small 5ml “Chill” roller. The two oils I used were Stress Away and Lavender. For the carrier oil, I chose Young Living’s V-6. You can use whichever oil you prefer. I use coconut oil a lot in our home but I also really like olive oil and rosehip oil, depending on where I’m applying the oil. 

I decided to roll (pun intended) with a 5ml roller ball that I could attach to the inside of my bag. I bought them off Amazon and buy most of my oil supplies from there, mainly because it is convenient. They came with a nifty little bottle opener and some tiny funnels to help fill them up, but most of the time I don’t even use them. The roller tops are usually super easy to get on and off. Although, be cautious when putting the roller top back on. You don’t want to push on the ball itself. That could cause it to leak. 

So first thing, I gather up all my supplies. I add my oils into the bottle (do whatever you like, I think I did three (3) of each oil), then I add the carrier oil (up to below where you screw the cover), pop the top back on, and screw the cover on. Voila!

THAT’S IT?!

Yes, my friend. That is it. Easy. Peasy. Now go! Go make some rollers of your own. What combinations are you excited to try?

Share:
Reading time: 1 min

I watched a video on Facebook today that really struck me, right in my heart. It also went along with part of the conversation I had with my friend, Amy, yesterday. 

Maybe you’ve seen it make its rounds? The speaker talks about how every day we need to dress for a party. What if we only had “X” amount of time left on this earth? How would we live our lives? When Adri died I spent a lot of time reflecting on life and what is important. I also asked myself a lot of questions like, why do I wait to do anything? Why do we hold off on doing the things we love? What would happen if I just did things according on my own terms? In the thick of all that I reacted from a very different space. I almost forgot.

I turned 39 last month and I vowed to myself to do all the things that bring me joy. That thing I’ve been wanting to do. I’m gonna do it. Curious about something? I’m gonna give it a shot. One thing I have been curious about is how all those fashion Instagrammers look so, well…fashionable? I’m jeans and t-shirt kind of lady. But some days I want to mix it up a bit and looking at all these fashion bloggers inspire me to look my best. I want to leave the house cute all the time! Yet, I usually find myself stuck in my closet looking at things thinking, ‘I don’t have anything to wear!’ Can anyone else relate?

Cue my fashionista friend, Amy. She recently started an Instagram account where she shows how she restyles the items she has in her closet. So right up my alley! Because here’s the other thing – I’m not a big shopper. In fact, sometimes I feel mom guilt for shopping for myself instead of the kids. Seriously, I have to have this whole internal dialogue of how I birthed them so I DESERVE this to make it feel ok. So not ok. But nevertheless, it is true, and I’ll bet the rest of my money in my savings account (it’s not much, sorry) that other moms feel this way too. Anyway, I reached out to my friend Amy to help me style a few things in my closet and in the process I learned so much more. I won’t go into all of it, but it was definitely what I needed and it inspired me to really change my attitude towards the clothes in my closet and even shopping for myself. The three looks in the photo above are me giving this whole fashion thing a go. The idea, to restyle one item (the skirt, obvi) three different ways to show how versatile it was. Two of those stylings were my friend’s suggestions. The challenge, take photos of the outfits and put them on Instagram. That’s the cool thing to do anyway, right?!

Challenge accepted! However – Truth be told, I was going to wait to start on this. Procrastination is something I am really, really good at! Ha! But I watched that video today and thought to myself, why wait? And in the spirit of new things, the New Year, and the releasing with the New Moon, I’m leaving that narrative of being a procrastinator behind. I’m not a procrastinator! I am a go-getter! So here I am in my versatile skirt with its three different looks. And while I don’t think I’ve fully embodied my style with any of these looks, it was pretty fun. I felt pretty!! A huge thanks to my dear friend, Amy, for all her pairing recommendations.

I know out of the three, my most favorite look is #2. Which one do you like best?

Share:
Reading time: 3 min
Page 1 of 3123