Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New website!

Hey y'all!  I have a new website that I am posting to now.  

You can now find me at www.healthyhearthealthyhome.com

Also, connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthyhearthealthyhome

Connect with me on Twitter at twitter.com/healthhome7



Youtube as Brandi Smith 

God bless you!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Young Living Oils, January Promos!

Hey y'all,

Happy New Year!  I hope y'all had a great Christmas season!  We got to see our family in Georgia and that was a blessing, even though it was a quick trip.

I wanted to let you know about the January Young Living promotions.  Copaiba is a favorite for a lot of folks who deal with pain on a regular basis.  The freebies are Copaiba, Spearmint, and Sleep Essence.

Copaiba Essential Oil supports the body's natural response to physical irritation or injury.  It aids digestion, helps regulate the body's natural immune response, and soothes minor physical discomforts and stiffness.  It helps pain and disease caused by inflammation like Arthritis, Lupus, MS, and Fibromyalgia.  Copaiba is also good for respiratory congestion, sinusitis and bronchitis

It magnifies the properties of other oils when you combine them with Copaiba.  Combine Copaiba and Oregano 2 to 1 or Blue Spruce and Copaiba 1 to 1.  

You can use this directly as needed topically or put 2 drops in a capsule and take 3 times a day or diffuse up to 1 hour a day.   

Spearmint Essential Oil boosts metabolism, assists in digestive upset, contains antioxidants, and supports the respiratory and nervous systems.  Spearmint is in the Citrus Fresh blend which I LOVE to drink daily in my water with Sweetleaf stevia.  This stuff is amazing!  You can put one drop in a glass of water or tea.  It helpscombat stress, release emotional blocks and bring balance.  

Use diluted (1 part spearmint to 2 parts vegetable oil).  Apply on abdomen, temples or Vitaflex points, inhale or ingest.

Sleep Essence supplement:  This is a safe, natural way to enable a full night's rest.  We all need good quality sleep to stay healthy.  When I was pregnant, my Doula told me "Sleep is medicine."  Well, I had always had trouble falling asleep until I started using Young Living.  I am so thankful to say that I have no trouble falling asleep now!  Praise God!   

Sleep Essence contains lavender, vetiver, valerian and ruta which contain natural melatonin.

Don't forget to sign up for Essential Rewards to save on shipping and get points for FREE products.  I just got 5 products for free with my reward points!

Go here to order: www.healthyhearthealthyhome.com

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Scrambled Eggs and Kale

This morning I cracked 2 eggs, scrambled them in a hot skillet with coconut oil and added some kale. I cooked it until the eggs were to my liking. It was so easy and so good and so healthy! Go for it!

2 eggs
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-1/2 cups kale

Friday, November 7, 2014

How I stay a size 3 after 3 kids

OK, sometimes it’s a size 4-6, just depends on where I buy my clothes at. Don’t you love that commercial where the ladies are getting measured for jeans and there are no sizes except “Confident”, “Strong”, etc.? The size really DOES NOT MATTER, but your health does. Are you healthy? Do you have energy to play with your kids? Do you have energy to cook healthy meals for your family? (Eating healthy requires more cooking time…unless you live off salads and smoothies I guess). Do you want to live a long life and be able to travel and play with your grand kids? Do you want to feel confident and beautiful?

I’m going to share with you what I have done over the past 8 years to maintain a healthy weight after having 3 kids. My kids are 8, 6, and 4 by the way. :)
I do not diet. I have never dieted. I actually ate really unhealthy all my life except for the past 8 years. When my son was born it made me think about what kind of food I was going to put into his precious body. I breastfed all 3 of my babies. That is the healthiest thing you can give them. Breastfeeding is God’s natural way of helping you lose that baby weight!

As I became an avid health researcher I learned that eating whole foods was the best way to go. I also learned that white sugar and white flour are really bad for you. And they are in about everything! I began grinding my own natural whole grains into flour and baking all of our own bread, pizza dough, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls from scratch. I stopped baking bread after my 3rd child because he is a handful and I don’t have the time, honestly.
And let me just say here that I did not know how to cook until I got married (10 years ago) and I taught myself how to bake and cook from scratch. You can do it! Just find good recipes and follow them!
I also quit using sugar and used sucanat (Natural Sugar Cane, it looks like brown granules) and honey. I started drinking only water and herbal tea with honey. Now I use Sweetleaf Stevia to sweeten my tea, smoothies and Oily Weightloss Healthy Water (This is amazing, I will tell you in a minute).

When we ate out at restaurants I chose healthier meals and quit ordering dessert. Now, I also take my healthy oily water with me when we eat out.
I became aware that I was sensitive to dairy and gluten. So I avoid dairy, gluten, and sugar. Keep in mind, I used to be addicted to sugar and white flour products. I lived on muffins and pancakes! But I was also sick all the time, tired all the time, had acne all the time, was on medicine all the time, was constipated (sorry, TMI) and had to eat every 2 hours. Not fun.

I bought me some really good cookbooks with healthy recipes in them to get me started on this new way of eating. I have figured out how to make healthy desserts, gluten free, dairy free desserts and more. I did not change all of this in one day. Healthy eating and living is a choice. It is hard sometimes to eat this way, but I have gotten used to it and I love the benefits!
One thing I do now is drink my oily water daily. I use a Big Berkey water filter and put water in a glass water bottle, glass cup or mason jar. I add 1 packet of Sweetleaf Stevia and 2-6 drops of Young Living Citrus Fresh Oil (or Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine or Lime..whatever you like). Stir it up and drink that fat away. These citrus oils, especially grapefruit oil DISSOLVE FAT. They actually digest it! I have seen women lose weight by drinking this, and I actually went down a pants size since drinking it. I wasn’t evern trying to lose weight! I was just drinking it because it tastes so good and it is so healthy for you! (Order at youngliving.com with this Member #1288141)

Since my last child was born I have not even been exercising regularly. Growing up and into my 20′s I did exercise on a regular basis, so that gave me a good foundation. Now I will wear my shape up shoes around the house. I hardly ever sit down during the day because I home school 3 active boys. I always find ways to move, whether its dancing while I’m cooking or doing push ups or squats while watching the Pioneer Woman. Just move.
So, that’s about it. Don’t starve yourself. Don’t diet. Don’t try to have someone else’s body shape. We are all created with different body shapes, but we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Read Psalm 139:)

Friday, October 31, 2014

November Specials

Hey y'all!  I hope you are enjoying the pretty leaves like I am.  I love fall and everything that goes with it.  I love the pumpkins, the squash, the apple cider and cinnamon pumpkin spices in everything.  I like to drink hot herbal tea this time of year and put either peppermint, cinnamon, nutmeg, bergamot or orange oil in it.

I wanted to let you in on the Young Living specials for November.  I am enjoying all my free oils from last months special!  

The first one is Christmas Spirit oil: This oil blend contains prange, cinnamon bark and spruce oils.  Spruce is superb for the lungs.  You can even use it as a suppository for lung issues that you are ready to get rid of.  Spruce is also good emotionally for grounding and balance.  It is used in the popular blend Valor.

The second one is Ginger oil:   This one is great for traveling, especially if you are prone to getting carsick or nauseous.  Are you traveling for the holidays coming up?  You may want ginger:)  Ginger is in the popular blend Digize for digestion.  This is antitumoral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiflagulent (blood thinner).  If you are on blood thinners or aspirin then do not take much of this oil.

The third special is Thyromin.  This helps your thyroid which helps your energy, regulates your body temperature, metabolism, and balances hormones.  This supplement nourishes the thyroid with minerals and vitamins.  You can take it in the morning to help your adrenals and take it at night to help your thyroid.  Consider this supplement if you are tired all the time, have dry skin, or thinning hair.  Founder and Dr. Gary Young says that taking Super C, Melrose, Longevity and Thyromin together creates a synergistic effect on the hormones and immune system.  Thyromin helps if you have been exposed to radiation. 

Visit Young Living.com to see more.  My Member # is 1288141

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What makes a godly woman?

My husband preached tonight on the qualities of a godly woman, so I thought I would share.  A godly woman is:

1. A good manager (Proverbs 31:11, Luke 8:3)  Be a good manager of your time and your money.  Manage your money so well that your husband will not worry that you will spend all the money he has made.  You have the freedom to be industrious and make money and manage it well for the betterment  of your family.

2. A positive influence (Proverbs 31:12, 14:1)  Be the thermostat of the room and determine the atmosphere of your home or your workplace.  Women have great influence.  Have you ever heard the saying, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."?  

3. Diligent in her purpose (Acts 16:14-15)  Don't be lazy OR be a busybody.  Work with a purpose and a plan.  The woman in Proverbs considered a field and bought it.  She had a plan. 

4. Prepared and equipped for every task (Proverbs 31:17)  Take care of your body and your health so you can take care of those you love.  Eat healthy and get enough sleep and rest so you can do this. 

5. Confident in her gifts and abilities (Proverbs 31:18)  "She perceiveth that her merchandise is good.."  Use your gifts to the glory of God!

6. She is sacrificial (Proverbs 31:20)  "She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."  Women have hearts of compassion, love, and that desire to nurture and care for others.  We must sacrifice our bodies to months of pregnancy and childbirth, nursing and caring for babies.  We sacrifice sleep and leisure time to do all that is required to feed, clothe and care for our family and home.  God sees all this.  He knows what it is to sacrifice His One and only Son for us.

7. She is honorable in her words and behavior (Judges 4:6-9)  Honor the Word of God if you want to be honorable.

8.  She is wise and kind (Proverbs 31:26)  Every time you open your mouth does wisdom come out?  Do you speak with kindness or sarcasm?  

This message was convicting and uplifting at the same time.  I have a lot I need to work on, but I am encouraged that God gave women such great influence.  God created women and He knows how we feel and where we struggle.  He knows our inmost being.  When your husband cannot understand you, God can.  We have a choice to make each day.  Will we choose to manage our money and time well?  Will we choose to be positive and diligent?  Will we choose to be prepared and confident?  Will we choose to be sacrificial or selfish?  Will we choose to be wise and kind or harsh and critical?  

When we choose the latter it always comes with emptiness and guilt.  When we choose to refresh others we end up being refreshed.  There is fullness in loving and giving and serving.  Choose to live an honorable life unto the Lord!  Don't let others determine your mood or your day or your life.  Be the best you can be to the glory of God!             

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Anger and cabbage boiling over

Tonight I was cleaning up after supper while listening to a good sermon on the radio.  After it went off the house was quiet and I was scraping off the stove top where water had boiled over.  I thought to myself what a hard job it was to clean the stove top just because water boiled over while I was cooking cabbage.  When the water hit the hot stove top it turned black.  I was able to clean it all off, but I thought about how much easier it would have been if I would have never let the cabbage boil over.  

Same thing with my anger.  Earlier that night I had envisioned a nice family time together with rest afterward.  However, things didn't go as planned.  I became ill because I was hungry and tired...not a good combination.  I let my anger boil over onto my husband and I spewed at him with hot words.  I made myself a mess to clean up.  I "burnt" him just like the boiling water burned the stove top.  I had to go back and humbly apologize to him and ask for his forgiveness. 

I could have prevented the mess if I would have eaten me a little snack, sat down to rest a minute and prayed.  I could have prevented the water boiling over if I would have taken some of the water out of the pot.  

Sometimes life gets too full and too busy and our pots are so full that we easily boil over.  

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:26, "In your anger do not sin". 

Take some time this week to empty your pot.  Maybe take a walk, read a good book, pray, journal, or go out with friends.  

Ask God to help you not explode in anger.   

By the way, the cabbage turned out good:)