Author Archives: DHopkins

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Lilac Girls [Book In Review]

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This book stays with you and makes your heart think and process history a bit. I am Polish, a third generation immigrant and up until this summer I have not read very much about what the Polish people went through during Hitler’s reign. With movies like the Zoo Keeper’s wife and this book, Lilac Girls, it has intrigued me and helped me understand my heritage better as real life stories from the work camps were what the author based her storyline from. Great inspirational read with a hint of forgiveness and healing towards the end. I also liked how the author continued on the storyline in part 2 when she could have easily ended the book on a triumphant note. A must read for this summer!


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High as the Heavens {Book In Review]

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Kate Breslin knocked it out of the park with this suspense/action adventure book. She expertly sets up the storyline to have you rooting for the main characters, Eve and Simon from the beginning of the book. Eve becomes a war hero, spy and protector of her family all while grieving the death of her poor husband. She is a inspiration to all with her fearless choices. I found myself telling her not to go, don’t do it and stop countless times when I sensed danger ahead but of course she prevails in the end. I would recommend this book for older teens and adults.

I received a free copy of this book for my review.


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Blemishes And Non Cystic Acne: My Journey

hormonal acneI have made a lot of progress on my skin since this picture was taken in 2011.When your face looks like this, your body is trying to send a message. It’s hurting and it needs help. I’ve found a lot of natural tools to tackle the problem of adult hormonal acne. In my first and second posts of this series, I explain that there are three different reasons for acne: bacteria on the skin, food intolerances and hormone imbalances.  Read about those more here.       Part 1       &   Part 2

This is part 3 of the series.

 

For me, this was a 3-way war. I didn’t just have one cause for my adult acne, I had three. Once I realized I needed to heal from the inside out, my journey began taking on momentum. In the beginning, it’s always hard to try to find something that will work because we expect a one-prong answer. Just like a three legged stool, I needed to support all three legs of my stool in order for it to work properly. The last leg on my stool was my hormones and figuring out natural and safe ways to support my body. I had gone to the Doctor and had only been offered synthetic substances. It didn’t make sense to me to begin adding fake, man made chemicals into my body when I was trying to be healthy from the inside out. It felt like that would be adding to the problem. It wasn’t until I found Young Living, that I was able to trust the products that I was putting into my body.

All of the products that I highlight on my journey have added essential oils. Progessence Plus is a natural way to support the body. It’s wild yam based and helps to balance the luteal phase of the woman’s cycle. (Day 14- end) It does not need to be cycled. Lack of progesterone can be a precursor to many problems related to the woman’s reproductive cycle and lack of hormones. I use this daily.

Joy is a wonderful blend for hormonal support with singles such as Geranium and Ylang Ylang. 

Prenolone+ is a unique product in the fact that it delivers pregnenolone, DHEA and black cohosh to help maintain healthy estrogen levels. This supplement is meant to be cycled for 21 days. As we age, our bodies will naturally produce less hormones, but we can support the decrease like a well made pair of Spanx! 

Lastly, this blend of oils will support the Thyroid. It’s so versatile, I give it to my pre-teen daughter for growth spurts and menstrual help. It amplifies metabolism and creates hormone balance with oils like spearmint, sage, myrtle, and nutmeg. It also smells WONDERFUL! 

For more help on hormonal balance, please consult your Doctor. There are many tests that can reveal deficits and imbalances that can give you an overall picture of your health as a starting point of reference. I do not pretend to know everything, nor am I a physician. Only one of these products has been tested and approved by the FDA, while the others are still awaiting their trial. Please use your own discernment and start slowly when you are supporting the endocrine system.

2009 (without make-up)

2014 (without make-up)

2016 (mascara, no foundation)

Mother’s Day 2017 (light foundation)

 

Here’s the progress, from the beginning of my journey, until now. My face has dramatically improved, but so has my digestion, skin elasticity, energy, hair and nail strength and mental agility. When you heal your body from the inside out, there are so many benefits. I’d love to go on this journey with you. If you are at all interested in any of these products, please contact me or use this web link to Sign Up. May your health and wellness start today!

 

 


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Wings of the Wind [Book In Review]

Category : Stretch n' Grow

I have read Out From Egypt 1& 2 which is the first and second book in this series and loved them both, so it was a no brainer to request this book for review. I love following the timeline and stories of the slaves from Israel as they wander the dessert and eventually find the promised land. This book recounts as a fiction read, with characters that would depict the life of an Israelite. Cossette follows generation after generation as her template. She does a fantastic job using the tradition and culture of Israel to form a storyline with twists and turns along the way. I cheered for each character because they grab your heart right away. Recommended for all readers!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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How To Beat A UTI… Naturally

Category : Essential Oils , Health

Last weekend my 7 year old was going to the bathroom, A LOT. I noticed he used the bathroom 4 times in 2 hours. When I asked him if his tummy hurt, he said no, but it’s hard to go pee! I knew exactly what the problem was right away and looked up bladder infection in my EODR (Essential Oil Desk Reference.)

The oils and supplements listed to treat a Urinary Tract Infection included:
Myrrh                                                   Endoflex
Spikenard                                            RC
Lemon                                                 Melrose
Melissa                                                Purification
Mountain Savory                                 Thieves
Thyme                                                 K & B  (Kidney & Bladder)
Rosemary                                            Immupro
Clove                                                   Alkalime
Tea Tree (Melaleuca A.)
Juniper
Oregano

 

 

 

 

 

 

I gave my son the K&B supplement twice a day, which I happened to have in my supplement storage from a past UTI that I had been healing from. It was exactly what I needed with ingredients like juniper, parsley, dandelion and royal jelly to work on the UTI from the inside out. I used most of the oils listed above topically on the abdomen as well as Juva Flex on his kidney area and Ninxia Red as a morning supplement.
On Monday morning we went to the Pediatrician, to check on the infection and possibly recieve the standard antibiotics. (I do still use them when necessary but this child happens to be allergic to penicillin.) The Dr. reported that the urine sample was clean and as long as the other symptoms were subsiding as the week progressed, “whatever” we were doing was working. No antibiotics needed! 


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Copiaba Oil

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Category : Essential Oils

Funny story, the other day I came home from work with a headache. I grabbed what I thought was my Copiaba bottle and quickly applied to my head. After a minute or two, i noticed my head was a bit spicy and thought, “huh that’s weird?” I looked at the bottle and realized I had actually applied Clove! No wonder my skin felt spicy. No big deal, a little coconut oil and some Copiaba for the win. The spicy feeling and the headache went away. What I love about these oils is that I never worry or fret about using the “wrong” one. For example, I didn’t just put a muscle relaxer into my body when I really meant to find a digestive aid. THAT could have been disastrous! With natural, 100% pure products, the worry is gone.


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Invitation [Book In Review]

Category : Stretch n' Grow

I love the organization of this book! Written in four smaller stories, told in the point of view of four different characters, you will have a well rounded understanding of the team by the end of the book. These four authors have collaborated to give the reader something amazing. I liked reading short stories, and having an “ending” while continuing in a larger with each story, much like a TV series.

My favorite character was Tank of course, but I think each character had it’s own quirks to love. I will definitely be ordering the next book in this series.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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Gifts From Heaven [A Book In Review]

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This collection of stories compiled by James Stuart Bell is an encouraging read for anyone. There is a wide variety of miracles that range from death defying close encounters to emotional and relational miracles. I would often read this book in the morning or evenings to help encourage my faith in the supernatural. I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter how old as I would sometimes read a story or two to my children as well.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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Murder On The Moor [Book In Review]

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This is the second book I’ve read by Julianna Deering and it was as good as the first. The main characters, Drew and Madaline are the dreamy perfect couple who love adventure and romance. They go together like peanut butter and jelly and it’s a fun way to solve a mystery. In both of the author’s books, I have tried to guess from the beginning of the novel who the culprit is and each time I have been left guessing until the end.
In the book, Murder On The Moor, the author sets you up to suspect several characters and the end is filled with twists. The setting is in a rainy, old town and I happened to read the book over a rainy weekend. Perfect fiction novel for a long read over a holiday weekend! I would allow my preteen daughter to read this book because it is a clean and free from junk and filth.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review.