Dragon Manor Farms

I awoke one morning with this heavy realization that this was in fact happening. Our family was moving and not just into another neighborhood or town but an entirely new Country. We would be getting on a plane in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and flying to Bangor Maine USA to get into a car and drive another 2h on to the Island of Mount Dessert to a small town on the coast called Southwest Harbor. We would leave our 1400sq ft modern home to rent a 800sq ft home built in 1865 that cost almost as much to heat as it did to rent!! As I began the packing process we quickly realized relocating all of our possessions was not in our budget. I don’t think our belongings were even worth the 10,000 plus dollars it would have been to move them, but were the memories? As I began to sort though the baby clothing, toys, artwork, family heirlooms the tears came in waves. All I could do was cry out to God for help. How does one get a lifetime of memories into two suitcases a person? My husband was already in Maine. He had been living between the two Countries since we were married. Being an eel and lobster fisherman there wasn’t much work for him in land locked Winnipeg. So I had 8 suitcases I could fill, but we were also all needed clothing lol. At first it was so hard then a cathartic peace washed over me, a peace that can only come from the Holly Spirit. I know this because I could not ever have done it under my own strength. I should have known then that something  big was in the works. But I was to involved with the task at hand, and thinking to hard about anything seemed overwhelming and completely daunting.IMG_9423

We settled into our beautiful quaint home just at the hight of spring and it was gorgeous. I had a beautiful and romantic introduction to Maine. The simple and refreshing way many live their lives here was so foreign to me but so exciting. I was born and raised in a city,  but I have always been a county girl at heart. So deeply renewed and refreshed by the simplicity of Gods beautiful creation. But as the Summer came to a close. Fall was usered in by cool winds and foliage that I’d never seen before, it was breathtaking! The tourists all went home and the Island became quiet. The reality that I was not in Kansas anymore began to hit and God came in like wild-fire. I have struggled my whole life with mental health and feelings of inadequacy. As a result I probably had a pretty co-dependant relationship with my mother. For she was how I processed my life, she was my filter. I was taught not to trust my own perception. But out here I was on my own and had no choice but to find my feet. But well I didn’t find my feet in the way I thought a person should. What I am finding are these beautifully well made footprints to follow in the snow. Growing up on the Canadian prairies finding a path someone else has already made that morning in the newly fallen 4ft of snow it like winning a lottery! This is what I feel its like, there is this constant blizzard of life I am trying to find my way through. First there is my everyday life and the stuff that comes up. Being a momma of three kids 2,8,11 a wife, homeschooler a hobby homesteader and trying to run a lifestyle business, oh my gosh the hats I try on lol! Then there is the years of fog I’m trying to let go of and find my true self within. So there in lies the blizzard but everyday I seem to somehow find this well made footprint path to follow and when I stray it’s so darn deep I simply can’t continue and am lovingly reminded to make my way back to the path. So as the walls began to close and I was feeling very lost out here at the end of the world. I had a very vivid dream. Our family owned a farm, a beautiful large property with tons of land, and on it was our family home, a church, a daycare, a school, and a  leadership retreat. We had a beautiful private home hobby farm and many animals. I woke up from this dream so full of hope and overflowing with ideas and inspiration. But how in the world was any of this ever going to happen. We had been house hunting for months already and there was NO WAY we could afford anything that would allow us that much space. So I just continued to pray and daydream not ever knowing what was in store. Now fast forward 1 year and God has given us an amazing home with 17 acres so much room to grow and develop the property into whatever He leads us towards. Right now its a daily comical development of a city atheist, pop culture “pretty girl’  becomes an accidental  homeschooling, homesteading, crunchy christian. My mom was recently teasing me in a phone conversation that I can’t seem to fit into a box. I always seen to be pushing boundaries no matter what I do. Even as I sit here writing this I am constantly interrupted by having to go shoo our  free ranging flock of chickens out of my garden! They are eating all my sprouts, an experienced farmer would probably have had some forethought there. Yesterday I had to go rescue a duckling who got his foot caught and is now hobbling around with a splint made from a broken bbq skewer, old sweatpants and medical tape! We have lovingly named this lovely little duckling Watermelon. After spending a few weeks in the basement under a heat lamp the littles were finally able to move out to the barn with the ladies (our 9 chickens). Our children often share their fruit and veggie scraps from their various snacks out in the yard with them. Calling them over and tossing them apple cores carrots nubs of whatever they happen to be nibbling. This particular duckling got his name after our eldest son accidentally hit the duckling over the head when tossing his watermelon rind. The poor little tyke was knocked right over behind over tea kettle, for a moment they were all very concerned! But he soon shook it off and waddled away. But this is now the THIRD event for this little duck so we are beginning to question if this rind incident may have caused permanent damage. We can’t ever share these thoughts with our poor son though he’s still traumatized about the whole thing. So off little Watermelon hobbles with his homemade duckie splint with prayer and well wishes.

My essential oils are spread from one end of our home to the other making salves, roller balls and sprays to deter bugs and treat the various bites, scraps and random rashes developing from being outside trying to develop and get this farm off the ground. My husband and I are learning as we go and its total trial by error. As I am forced to really think on the past few months I am overcome with Joy at how incredibly luck we are on so many levels. The work that is being done within our family through this scary life altering move across the country is nothing short of miraculous. This morning we bottled a new batch of fire cider, set kombucha and water kiefer to brew, made granola from scratch collected all the eggs, fed and watered the chickens, ducks and dog and its only 10:00am. We still have school to get through and tons of work developing and preparing the property and farm. What will become of our little endeavor only God truly knows. But the gifts and growth, awareness and lessons we are being given as individuals, a married couple, parents and a family are absolutely priceless. I am so thankful that I was plucked from my comfort zone. I was totally stuck and completely blind to it! If you offered my house back full of all our memories and things I would give them all away again to end up here. But even more I would also freely give up all we have built thus far here and start all over again for a second, third , fourth and fifth time. For I know now that one gains so much more through experiences, growth and giving. As opposed to holding on to the past protecting and guarding a vision of what we feel we should be attaining to find happiness. There is complete freedom in true surrender and release. I would not change our beautiful uncertain chaos for anything. That is possibly the biggest gift of them all a genuine thanks, love and appreciation for my life, my marriage our home our children absolutely just as they are. I adore you Adam Dragon you are my life and my heart forever, and I am so blessed to be on this crazy ride with you! God lead us and we will follow hand in hand ❤IMG_9555

 

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DIY – After Sun Spray

Hey Everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I burn very easily. And of course, I wasn’t thinking yesterday when I was out on the back porch all morning.  It was the first truly beautiful and warm day that we have had. Sunscreen was not on my top priorities for myself. Huge mistake!

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • FILTERED WATER
  • WITCH HAZEL
  • ALOE VERA GEL
  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
  • TEA TREE (MELALEUCA) ESSENTIAL OIL
  • EMPTY 15ML BOTTLE OR ANY SPRAY BOTTLE YOU MAY HAVE
  • SPRAY TOP FOR YOUR 15ML BOTTLE

STEP ONE

I personally don’t think that it matters the exact quantity, but rather the ratio. Everyone’s bottle will be different and it is just easier this way.

In your bottle you will want to add 1/3 aloe vera gel, 1/3 witch hazel, and 1/3 water.

The aloe vera will help cool the burn, while the witch hazel will reduce the inflammation.

STEP TWO

Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil.

The both oils will support discomfort in the are as well as support the natural healing process of the skin.

STEP THREE

Add your spray top and shake the bottle well before use. Make sure you label your bottle with what it is and the ingredients. Then shake and spray on your sun burn. You can apply this as often as you need to help heal and soothe the skin.

Note: this dilution is safe for children. But please use sunscreen on them! Apply your sunscreen 30 mins. before going outside and reapply every few hours and after coming out of the water!

 

DIY – Powder Laundry Detergent

Hello everyone!

Here is my FAVOURITE powder laundry detergent! It cleans like a charm, saves you money and all natural! I have truly fallen in love with making my own natural laundry. Knowing what ingredients are in the day to day items I use has come very important to me. I strive to reduce our toxic load and irritants in our every day life.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Baking Soda 10 cups
  • Coarse Sea Salt 3 1/3 cup
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap 6 bars
  • Cheese Grater or Food Processor
  • Large Bucket or Container
  • (OPTIONAL) doTERRA PURIFY Essential Oil Blend
  • (OPTIONAL) Knuckle Band-Aids (haha)

 

I have learned my lesson from previous times to cover my 3 fingers with knuckle band-aids to protect my finger tips. My cheese greater is extremely sharp and this is a highly recommended easy step. Some people also use a food processor with the grater attachment to shave their bars of soap. I find it much easier to just do it by hand. I can grate the 6 bars in less than 10 mins.

So with that said grate all 6 bars of soap! I love the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap. It is all natural and fair trade. Here is a list of the ingredients; Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.

This soap does not create suds and is safe for all types of washing machines.

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Proceed by adding the entire content of the baking soda and coarse sea salt content into your container. Mix well.

Baking soda will boost the natural cleaning properties of the castile soap, controls detergent suds (if there are any), reduces and removes laundry odors, softens water and laundry (no need for toxic fabric softners) and is safe to use in HE / front load washers.

Coarse Sea Salt is a great natural stain fighting agent (pre-wash and during wash), it keeps colours colourful, removes stickyness to clothes, reduces yellowing of clothes and controls mildew (in your machine).

OPTIONAL

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Purify is a special essential oil blend that is meant to eradicate foul odors in a natural and safe way. It is a bright uplifting blend that combines citrus and pine essential oils. I absolutely love the fresh and airy scent that it leaves behind! I also add this blend to my dryer balls. Here are the ingredients; Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils.

You can choose to add about 20 drops to your container or add 1 drop per load. All depends on how you want to function.

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I use 1/4 cup each load. Sometimes with the very dirty toddler/preschooler clothing I tend to bump it up to 2.

How much is this all going to cost?

Here is the break down

(I buy my items at my local grocery store, you can find cheaper prices at Bulk Barn or other similar stores. ALL PRICES IN CAD, and does not include taxes.)

  • Baking Soda – 2kg box – $5.99
  • Coarse Sea Salt – 750mg – $5.99
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap) – $4.99 X 6ea = 17.99$
  • (OPTIONAL) doTERRA Purify – 15ml – $23.00 (wholesale price) = $0.09 per drop x 20 drops = $1.84

For the sake of the laundry cost per load calculation I will not include the essential oils as they are not necessary.

SAVING MONEY

Based on the weight/contents of the ingredients (minus essential oils) and using 1/4 cup per load… you will get 50 loads per recipe. which ends up being about $0.59 per load!!!

AND if you wanted to add the essential oils in your laundry detergent it would bump the cost up to $0.63 per load!

So depending on how often you do laundry this detergent can last you from 60 months to 1 year! How is that for savings!!!

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In conclusion, you do what is right for you and your family. I did not always do this. I always just went for the store bought stuff because it was so easy. However after taking the 15 mins it takes to make this all natural detergent, I was hooked! Hooked on giving my family a healthier alternative, hooked on saving money, and hooked on living naturally!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

When Sleeping Woman Wake Mountains will MOVE

Ok so I wanted to write the second part to my story. But as I sit here trying to knock something out in the limited amount of time I have before one of my three children or husband comes in and I have to step away yet a again. I am feeling lead to just simply write. Because really we all have these stories, these sagas and they have helped us become who we are today but they do not define us. They do however help us relate to each other and allow others to possibly learn and grow though us sharing them. But sometimes I feel like the more I talk about them the more I like etch it to my soul and the more I allow it to define my now and allow them to let me make excuses for myself. I feel sometimes like I’m speaking to the wind and whats the point of all the posts and blogs. Is anyone really even reading them? But well there is always a point and slowly He is revealing his plan as I go. If anyone would have told me even two years ago that I would get personal messages from people I barely know genuinely complimenting and thanking me for my candor or the recipe post I made, even asking advice!!! I seriously would have fallen off my chair! 7 years ago I was in an emergency room laying face down on a hospital bed as a doctor carefully picked out tiny shards of glass from my back with surgical tools. It was the result of yet another fight and the wine glass my husband had thrown at me. I’d love to say I left there and had made this cathartic breakthrough and from that moment on everything changed. But really if we are honest with ourselves does anything ever really work that way?! Is real true change instant or does it require deep raw ongoing hard work. Full of gut wrenching self-realization that sometimes we are not ready to face. It would have been very easy to blame my ex-husband. It would have been very easy to blame my father for leaving in search of a “better” life that didn’t really include us. Or blame a pharmaceutical company and failing medical system. But really where would all that blaming, explaining and excusing get me?  Through all of my therapy,  personal growth, development mentoring and schooling. The biggest obstacle I discovered I had, was me. I had had a life time of set backs and big events that I allowed to shape who I was but not in a way that served me. I personally have found recognizing that if I would like to be a happier more fulfilled person the only place to look is at myself the most encouraging and freeing discovery. Because guess what I can’t alter the actions of others or what happens around me. But I can choose how I act and react to everything. I am seeking a different result in my world I need to be the ripple of change I want to see in my life. It has been the hardest lifestyle shift to make yet. But the one that is making the biggest impact. Growing up in today’s world  we are hardwired for this mindset that holds very little accountability and our life skills can only ever really be as strong as the ones that were demonstrated to us. Unless we recognize a point of needed growth within ourselves we can become stuck. We may hold this beautiful vision of where we would like to see ourselves but not the faintest idea how to get there. We are so focused on looking at outward sources that we lack the skills of looking within. We are educated more by teachers and care staff than our families, we see doctors when we are sick and psychologists when we feel sad. We watch a movie when we are board and go to the drive thru when we are hungry, get a new dress or lipstick when we are feeling down on our bodies. Buy a big house and nice car when we want to feel and appear successful. My gosh the list could go on and on and is the source of this perpetuating circle of individuals who are like me stuck and unable to find a way out. I never thought the hardest skill I would need to learn was ME. I recently heard the most poignant quote.

“I am not here for your understanding of me. I am here for your understanding of who you are. I am your mirror. How you feel about me, what you see in me, the thoughts that arise of your encounter of me, the judgments you hold about me are all reflections of you. They have nothing to do with me.” Emily Maroutian

I was guilty of looking at everyone and everything in my life making excuses, finding fault and placing blame. I saw so much injustice in the cards I was handed and faulted those who were a part of them. But life really is pretty simple if we can learn to know ourselves sit with our heartbreak accept the injustices as an opportunity for growth and change. Look to those people you’ve separated from yourself because they challenged you, and explore why. I truly believe we have the power to speak life or death over ourselves and our lives with the power of our thoughts, actions and words. More often than not we are our biggest obstacle. And our complaints are e reflection of the areas within ourselves that requires some unpacking and growth. What is holding you back? Look in the mirror voice out loud the blame and fault you have misplaced that you feel is the reason for your road block. Then truly reflect on if they are an accurate source in hinderance or simply a reflection of your own personal areas where you might be avoiding truth and growth. I challenge you to stop blaming and complaining and be the change you wish to see in your life. Then you will find true release and growth. Get out of your own way. Be all that you are called to be. I feel like often God places specific people and situations in our life because he needs you to be brought to your knees by the challenge so he can speak in to you and weed out that which needs to Go!

Let me Introduce Myself, Part 1

Hello, I’m Brittany wife and momma of three. Health and wellness Advocate and Oil Educator on a mission to help bring full awareness. I have many large life events that have been the driving forces behind my mission to educate and serve others to achieve their whole wellness and healthiest self.  so I thought it about time I formally introduce myself with a little bit of my life story. When I ask my mom about my early years she reports on a less than lovely pregnancy followed by a very difficult birth with much medical intervention during and after. I had allot of colic, reflux and sever eczema and skin irritations. I underwent various allergy testing and nothing showed up so I was continued to be fed the foods there was a suspected allergy to (dairy) even though I reacted when fed them. This forced my body to ‘cope’ having to find a way to manage. I was given  dairy based formula at 6 months and my mother discontinued breastfeeding. I give you all this back story for if one is ever truly to heal they need to return to where it all began. And for myself my struggles began right out the gates lol.

As I grew these undiscovered food sensitivities caused a domino of health issues. Leaky Gut that was mis-diagnosed as IBS Honestly I’m not sure IBS is a real thing or just a diagnosis given to explain a reaction in the body to foods that cannot be explain by simple western allergy testing. This domino hit a head when my parents divorced and my unhealthy body, that was already under so much stress to attempt to maintain functioning at the level it was at with such depleted resources just crashed. My leaky unhealthy Gut was not creating and regulation serration properly and the heavy saddness and huge emotions were just to much for that already struggling 9 year old body. My outward health began to reflect my inward health. Every area of my life was effected Scholastics, physical health, mental health, cognitive function, coping and relationship skills and self confidance and worth. As a result my loving parent took my then 10 year old self to see a child counselor. After a few visits with the counselor I was referred to a psychiatrist. There after a few visits I was given the label at 11 of depressed. One of these events was that then I became one of the pre-teens put on paxil. after over a year of taking it. I was in a deeper depression and thoughts of wanting to do harm to myself. I was then at 13.5 given the heavy diagnosis of Bi-Polar disorder. This resulted in the addition of more medication but not a deeper look into the medication itself.  After a few suicied attempts the Paxil was eventually switched out for something else along the way but the damage had been done. And in the years following my 9 year old selfs breakdown very little life and coping skills were attempted to be really taught. It was more about getting me to survive the day. So I continued my journey completely lost medication after medication and not really ever feeling better just less and less like a person and more and more like Zombie patient #568. I nerve grew to love or appreciate myself but to see a flawed sick, broken person and stupid person. I had pretty much retained next to no scholastic information past probably grade 4.still all the while struggling allot severs stomach and skin issues but no one ever considered, there was a connection. Even after many drugs nothing help my mental health.

Later as an adult researching my life timeline to explore alternative holistic healing. I found out that there was a very large headline court case. Were Paxil was forced to pay out millions . This was due to the fact that they had pushed approval through the FDA for adolescent use when it had not been adequately tested. It was later discovered that it resulted in a deeper further depression and suicide attempts in many adolescence due to adverse reactions. When I had this reaction to Paxil the result was a further diagnosis of bipolar disorder, from a diagnosis of simple situational depression due to my parents divorce. One of the biggest shockers to myself was the loss of trust I had in my doctor and the medical system after this discovery. It shocked me that they had not ever discovered this court case themselves or ever made a connection to the fact that very soon after I was removed from the drug it was actually prohibited from being prescribed to children.  I was a mother myself when I discovered all this and it drove me to dig deeper. There are most certainly large bodies of regulating forces put in place to oversee our pharmaceutical industry. But we must realize that these pharmaceutical industries are still run by mere humans. And they are not impervious to influence and bribery. This industry is one of the largest grossing industries in the entire world. The amount of millions forced to pay out on behalf of those affected by the negative impact of unwelcome side effects is HUGE.  But sadly more often than not does not even put a large dent in these companies bottom line. They were able to function and continue turning a very large profit with little to no effect. This experience along with many others in my life have been the driving factors in being a advocate for objective thought and awareness around our own health care.

The foundation of cellular energy

For those of you who went to the regional summit will have heard this term a lot. Mitochondria! We have heard a lot about how the Life Long Vitality (LLV) pack, truly nourishes cells and promote healthy organisms.

The mitochondria is the aspect of the cell that creates energy ! So it’s huge when it comes to making energetic cells, to make energetic tissues, organs and to then energize the system!

I found that my energy has definitely increased since I have started the doTERRa supplement line! And more recently the Mito2Max!

I highly encourage anyone who is still feeling a bit off to get on track with these. They will help supplement some possible missing links in your diet.

For the brainy folk out there here is wiki’s definition of a mitochondrion;
” They make most of the cell’s supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that cells use as a source of energy. Their main job is this energy conversion. They oxidise glucose to provide energy for the cell. The process makes ATP, and is called cellular respiration.[2]

In addition to supplying cellular energy, mitochondria are involved in a range of other processes, such as signalling, cellular differentiation, cell death, as well as the control of the cell division cycle and cell growth.[3]”

The pun is just hilarious and made me think of the regional summit and all those docs!

Enjoy!

DIY – FREE Breeze


Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients in Febreze? The list is massive!

Here is a simple safe alternative to the chemically filled Febreze. It is Free of chemicals and will leave its fresh natural scent behind!

All you need is;

Spray bottle 500ml

Witch hazel

Filtered water

Your favourite doTERRA essential oils
I personally prefer Thayers Witch Hazel ! They have been around for 140years, get more info here.  I also prefer getting the unscented one however the last time I went to the store they only had the lavender in stock which was fine for me.
Fill your bottle about 1/3 of the way with witch hazel. Top off with filtered water and add your 20-30 drop of essential oils. Before use make sure that you shake your bottle to break up the molecules of essential oils as they are not water soluble.  Then spray in the room of choice! The witch hazel is great for a quick evaporation of the spray. Leaving only the minuscule beads of essential oils. The frangeance will be refreshing and safe for your family and pets.
My top essential oils for this type of DIY are;

Lavender
Wild Orange
Lemon
Lemongrass
Citrus Bliss

Feel free to experiment as well and make your own blends!