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Why Does My Face Hurt? : The Fight Against TMJ Pain

Grab a glass of wine and settle in, because today, we're talking about aging.
Unfortunately, we all go through it.
As each year passes, I get to add body parts to the list of things that have gone "bad."
Bad back.
Bad neck.
Bad sinuses...
Father Time is laughing at me.
Turn my head too fast? "Haha now you can't look left."
Cross my leg for too long? "Here's some sharp shooting knee pain."
Lord help us all if I managed to "sleep funny."
So why not add a little something new to the mix?
How about a nice dose of TMJ?
The long, technical form is Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, but as I said, I'm aging rapidly and I ain't got time for that, so TMJ it is.
Basically, it's "an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication (the muscles that move the jaw) and the temporomandibular joints (the joints which connect the mandible to the skull). The most important feature is pain, followed by restri…
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Sleepyize, Not Just A Term About Being Tired. A Miracle Bottle of Drops For Children And Their Parents Too

We've all been there as parents.  Shoot our friends and family members, who don't have children, have been there trying to help us out.  But let me refresh your memory with a little scenario...

You're exhausted, you've had a long day and all you can think about is a peaceful bubble bath, a glass of wine, followed by your most comfy pajamas and your favorite blanket in bed.  Preferably all before 9 pm.  The problem is, it's already 7:30 and your child/children do not appear to be in on your plan.  In fact, you're pretty sure they are trying to tear the whole neighborhood down, starting with your house and your nerves.

Now, you could try the normal options of bribery, but let's face it, that usually involves some sort of sugar intake in the form of candy or ice cream, which can lead to a high end sugar crash and eventually a weeping child.  Guaranteeing your night is going to be even longer.  Or, you can think of a more natural, subtle way to get them to start …

Orange for White....Teeth that is.

As a tea and coffee drinker the teeth stain struggle is real.  But even more so, as the parent of a preteen, who likes to find any reason not to brush their teeth, the struggle is even more real.

Whether we like it or not, as a society, people judge off a person’s smile.  So, keeping those chompers as healthy and as pearly white as possible is important.  Not to mention that our mouth is the key to most of our health.  But we can discuss the latter later.

I get it, we all get busy.  We can wake up late so a breathe mint seems like the easy way out.  Or we can be super tired and bed seems more logical than 3-5 minutes over a sink.  But what if I could help you make both those times better and keep your smile looking good at the same time?

Well, I can’t.  But Young Livings Orange Vitality Essential Oil can offer some great help.

The orange as a citrus fruit has both circulatory and mental awareness properties to help get you through the day.  Thus, the smell, taste and ingestion can h…

What is Clarity?...

It is super late as I write this.  Maybe not for everyone, but for me it's 11:34 pm, on a Monday night.  The first Monday night of me going back to school/work.  It's also the first day my child saw his new school (middle school) schedule.  While he saw this way earlier in the day, the realization that momma can't fix it has been traumatic.

He wanted classes with certain kids, lunch with other kids, and socialization times with a mix of both groups.  For the first time in his "school career" I can't make it happen.

In his defense, that may be my fault.  I'm always doing what's best for my child, for the last 6 years (K-5th) , at least in my opinion.  No, I didn't just fight so he got what he wanted, I fought as a parent who raised the child and didn't let someone else tell me I'm wrong without a good argument as to why my mindset was incorrect.  Statistics don't work on me.

But now, I am in a position where mom voice becomes more mute…

Get Up, Wake Up, Get Out!

Getting ready for the school day or work day can be hectic.  And let’s be honest, it sucks.  It’s hard enough somedays to get yourself up and going and now school is starting and you either have to get little people ready too and/or (if you don’t have kids) you still have to deal with that annoying school traffic again.

Now I know some of you are Mary Poppins in the morning.  I swear my husband is.  But I, I am more like a gremlin when it gets wet.  It’s not pretty or pleasant. And my child has inherited this trait from me.

So, to help us all survive, the diffusers must be turned on the second I’m awake.

And I’ll be honest.  99% of the time the same oil goes in all 3-4 diffusers every time.

Citrus Fresh baby!

All the way(s) everyday!

It has such a bright invigorating aroma that you can’t help but crack a smile and feel better.

(Quick insight, it’s blend contains lemon, orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit and spearmint, so basically happiness in a bottle.)

This is definitely an …

Sprains, Strains and Boy Mom Life

The full effects of boy mom life.  Back to school functions are a prime time for shenanigans.  Especially when you haven’t seen your friends for a bit.  And, well, someone is always going to get injured. It just seems to be inevitable.  We were the lucky recipients this time around.   It’s just the luck of the draw, as they say.  
So here we are on the couch, foot elevated, wrapped and iced.  Typical treatment.  What isn’t typical, although in my opinion should be, is that under that wrap, I gently rubbed Young Living’s Copaiba Essential Oil over the bruising and inflammation.
Copaiba is amazing as a helpful aid in inflammation reduction and to help ward off stiffness.  

Both major problems with a strained/sprained ankle. 
In our experience, since it’s not too major a strain, the wrap will be off tomorrow and he’ll be back on the karate mat within 48 hours.  
Copaiba is definitely a must for the first aid kit, and it’s a starter kit oil.  So you’re guaranteed to get it if you have a …

The end of summer fun doesn’t have equal pain

Today I took my son and a friend to the water park.  Let’s call it a before school mini hoorah.  We have another planned for Monday.  
And well part of my ancestry got to me.  I’m gonna blame it on the Scottish part.  
Yes it got my son, too.  But he refused to let me take a picture. 
He didn’t want a “coppertone brand type picture of the top of his bum”  out there.  
I guess I don’t blame him. 
Yes, we are red. Yes we used YL’s 50 spf on liberally and often.  (No, this isn’t to say their sunscreen doesn’t work). Anyone who’s out in the sun on the water knows, or should know, the sun is amplified when in water.
Here’s why I’m not super concerned.  When we got home we showered, to get rid of the nasty pool chemicals, then wiped ourselves down with the Young Living Lavender Seedling wipes.  These wipes are part of the baby line.  Waited for that to dry, sprayed ourselves down with YL Lavaderm, and then added Geranium and Lavender Essential Oils to pure aloe and let out skin soak that up.  
Tomo…