“Why should I diffuse oils? How is it possibly going to benefit me? I mean it smells good. But so do candles.” I’ve heard that a few times. And honestly I used to think similarly! Well, friend, let me lay out for you why you should be diffusing essential oils. There are SO many reasons. So let’s cover the benefits of diffusing essential oils.
It’s been 3 weeks. Three weeks since I ran from my bathroom to the kids’ bedroom, praying that the house would stand and that we’d be protected. Three weeks since I clutched the kids in my arms under the bunk bed and prayed out loud over and over again, “Jesus, protect us. Keep the house up. Make the earth stop shaking.” For over a minute, just repeating those words. Over and over. Ninety seconds isn’t long. But when it’s an earthquake, it feels much longer. And in that ordeal, I’m learning that earthquake anxiety is a very real thing.
In this age where people have everything, holidays can be a stressful time. We need to buy so many different items for each kid, and then fill the stockings. And on top of that then we need to figure out how to keep a budget and hope and pray that our kids actually like the stuff we give them and don’t become entitled. Sounds stressful, right? There’s a better way. Keep it simple. Now don’t get me wrong – I love giving gifts. Giving gifts actually ranks pretty high as one of my love languages. But keeping it simple provides less stress on the budget and parents, as well as makes Christmas morning less overwhelming. So here are some quick little ideas for the best stocking stuffers for kids.
If you are a parent, you most likely know the benefits of a bedtime routine to help your children go to bed easily. Or perhaps you are here looking for ideas to make a bedtime routine an easier process! At the time of writing this, we have a 6-year-old, 4-year-old, and 2-year old sharing a bedroom. A bedtime routine allows them to get more sleep and supports physical wellness. But it also allows them to establish schedules and expectations which plays a role in emotional wellness. It is a simple step to obtain the overall goal of healthy kids!
It hit me like a lightning bolt. A gripping fear that something bad was about to happen. It feels so real in the moment. It’s terrifying. When anxious thoughts strike sometimes I have a trigger, and other times I don’t. This time I did, and I knew it. I had read a Facebook post from a friend about keeping her kids home from school because there had been another threat against the school. And it gripped me. Even though we homeschool, our oldest goes to school once a week. And immediately, I felt like that post was a warning to our family. “What if this is a warning that I should keep my child home from school this week?” “What if this is a foreshadowing of what’s to come for our family?” Wave after wave of anxious thoughts. Anxious thoughts that I knew had no foundation in truth, yet were real all the same.