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Do you know L-O-V-E

What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, don’t me, no more <—— Whaaaaat is that?  Well that’s a song from my era and totally irrelevant to today’s post 😀 Because this is about TRUE love!!

❤ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17
Meme Tucker first                                THIS IS REAL, TRUE LOVE!!!  THE FIRST GRANDBABY!!

I thought having children of my own was the most precious gift of life I would ever receive.  Oh my goodness especially that first born.  Of course it didn’t start off like a bed full of roses (she had colic for the first year, only slept while on my chest and would projectile vomit across the room) but once she got older she was my constant side kick!  Even as a teenager she was never rebellious, always compliant, and I was young enough that her friends enjoyed hanging out with me so I always knew where they were, what they were doing and who they were with.  She’s my friend, confidant and cohort lol~ (of course I have two other children that are also the loves of my life but this isn’t about them haha)

Ya know, bless the hearts of the first born children!  Those kids get “practice parents”, they get the trial and errors of “training”, the strictest of rules, the mistakes and mess ups.

BUT, firstborns also are the only kids who get all the one-on-one attention (no interruptions), the hours of sitting and being held, and the all nighters in mommy and daddy’ bed.  They definitely hold a special place in our hearts while teaching us unconditional love that compares to nothing else….. UNTIL

IT HAPPENS!  You watch that firstborn grow up and mature to honor, follow and serve God in their own lives with their whole hearts… THEN have their own firstborn ❤ ❤

I never ever thought I could love my daughter MORE than I always have but the last couple days seeing her with that little fella… I realize I was wrong! My heart has been so full!!  So full in fact that it’s just spilling over and I can’t contain my emotions (AT ALL) and though I know some of that is pure exhaustion I find myself looking at pictures over and over willing my phone to ring with an invite for Me-Me to come visit
Awake 130amOur little man was hanging on for dear life… literally… two lives actually!
Let me explain.  My girl was due on the 25th and when I spent the day with her on the 28th she was still wobbling.  Beginning to think he would never arrive she had an appointment scheduled for 31st to talk about induction…. as we know His ways are better than ours 😉

About 7:45 pm Sunday (29th) I got a very calm phone call that started “I am not in labor, I am not having contractions but we on our way to the hospital because I am gushing blood”.  I literally dropped whatever I had while she was explaining to grab my cooler bag (because you know I go nowhere without my snacks & water lol seriously I swiped what little was laying on the counter into the bag and zipped it in the truck) and headed out out.  I was already out the door when she proceeded to give me a list of items to get from her house and bring to the hospital.  Keep in mind this hospital is an hour from my home and I had to go to her house and locate belongings and bags… I arrived approx. 8:30 pm!  Yes I prayed all the way there for hers’ and baby’s safety but also that God would just open up the roads and keep the cops at bay (I did pass several patrolman on the other side of the highway).  I had a pretty good idea of what was happening and told my son-in-law so he would be prepared but simply told my girl “everything will be ok”. Upon arriving of course I wasn’t allowed to see her but his parents (who lived closer) did and said “she was good, she’s just in labor and didn’t realize what was going on”.  I wasn’t there long before receiving a (group) text that the doctor’s had checked her and because she had been bleeding consistently for more than an hour and labor wasn’t progressing there were doing emergency C-section.  That’s when I knew my suspicions were right and she indeed had a (RARE) placental abruption.

I felt fear grip hold and I had to stop and pray again because FEAR DOESN’T COME FROM GOD! I won’t go into all the gory details but my daughter had a 20% blood loss which was fortunate because she never lost consciousness and baby arrived safely.  Other than being pale, weak, headache and typical surgery pain/issues both mommy and baby are healthy #GodIsGood
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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28

 

 

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Brownies for breakfast?

Yes we have Brownies for breakfast!!
You mean you DONT? 😱
Get this, some times (like this morning) even brownies with “ice cream” (aka SO Delicious coconut whip topping but it flipping tastes like ice cream because word to the wise, this DOES contain sugar so when following sugar-free lifestyle it’s a NoNoNo unless you make your own which is so SUPER simple)
sweet pot brownie

What are the “requirements” for a Healthy Breakfast in our home?

Macronutrients
+ Micronutrients & bonus points for including Superfoods I love saying that word but you know when I say it’s more like Frozo in The Incredibles when he asks his wife, “Where’s my supa-suit?” LOL~

*Macronutrients are Protein, Fat & Carbohydrates
*Micronutrients are Vitamins, Minerals & Antioxidants (these protect our bodies from disease & slow the aging process 👏🏼 can I getta whoop whoop)

YES, I believe breakfast IS the most important meal of the day & sets the tone for how your body will perform the next 12-16 hours

@elavegan offers up a GlutenFree Vegan PlantBased brownie w/ the perfect mix of health AND taste(she has another recipe for brownies that I found AFTER making the ones I did that include even less ingredients which will be put on my TO-DO-LIST)

~Sweet potato for Antioxidant boost, Vitamin C & E which work synergistically w/ each other, it has fiber, is low-fat & loaded w/potassium

~Almond (ground almonds & milk) for protein, Vitamin E, good Fat with fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium & zinc.  Almonds are the perfect portable snack 😛 

~Bananas are rich in healthy Carbs w/ a potent mix of B vitamins. Did you know they’re good for nerve & muscle function? Or that they lower blood pressure & protect against heart disease?I mean heck, we just like ’em and try to never run out, I honestly didn’t know they could lower BP ❤

~Cacao is healthy Chocolate yep you read that right! It’s the source of Natural chocolate. Has a variety of unique Phytonutrients like sulfur, magnesium, phenylethylamine (say that real fast 3 times haha) & flavonoids. Contains magnesium, fiber, iron, antioxidants, polyphenols, natural carbs, healthy fat, vitamins & even protein #NutrientDense #Raw #Superfood
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~Cinnamon is great for digestive upset, aching muscles (which my son ALWAYS complains of) & viral conditions. It carries a strong effect on the brain & mood. It has antibacterial & anti-fungal properties. It’s good for the heart, lowers cholesterol & boosts metabolism
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~Coconut oil has MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) which is good fat which assists in the absorption of calcium, magnesium & some amino acids AND they stimulate the metabolism!  Some of you are gonna rush out right now and buy this… AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS! 😉
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~Coconut Sugar is a natural sweetener which is better for diabetics & the gut than refined white sugar with trace amounts of vitamins & minerals (iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, polyphenols, & antioxidants)
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So whattayathink was this BROWNIE breakfast worthy?

I firmly believe with my whole that we can prevent and even reverse disease through nutrition 🙂 Heal thyself / Food IS medicine  **but I’ll interject here to say that God is the only true physician and by His hands, through his grace and mercy, we are healed.

Let’s go be healthy ❤️ (and ENJOY doing it!)

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.   I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with diplomas in Childhood Nutrition, Personal Nutrition and Advanced Nutrition using essential oils while striving to be the best Biblical Health Coach (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤

**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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Is water really that important?

Summer around these parts has been HAWT this year!!!!  I see people posting gorgeous pictures on their boats on the lake and there’s always someone holding a beer koozie in their hand.  Beach pictures same thing, booze’n it up and small kids with juice boxes.  Hey, I get it, special occasion, time off, “living life” and I’m not here to judge BUT I wonder…

Are you drinking enough water?

Is water really so important?  I mean, as long as we’re staying hydrated on the beach does it matter how?

Actually, yes, YES it does!  Let’s take the example of Diet Coke (which I was highly addicted to at one point in my life), (soft drinks) contains caffeine, a mild diuretic that makes you pee more, thereby eliminating water from your body. It also contains about 55 mg of salt, and when you take in salt and excrete water, you get what?  THIRSTIER!  Don’t tell me you’ve never noticed that before?  I can remember the LAST TIME we had soft drinks in our family (lawd, it was years ago) we were at a theme park where they sell these huge drinks that you could refill throughout the day (with soda) and the more we drank the more thirsty we were and my children kept saying, “Why am I so thirsty?  I can’t get enough to drink.”  but our cup was constantly full.  Caffeine will dehydrate you!

Ok, so aside from the DEhydrating effects of soft drinks, why should we consume water?

Staying hydrated has been found to be beneficial to your skin, energy levels, appetite, and overall general health. While the exact amount of adequate intake is debated, it’s generally accepted that 8 cups per day is a good starting point. I firmly believe our goal should be to drink at least half our body weight in ounces.  If you’re spending the day outside, sweating, you need MORE!  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Drinking WATER is one of the most effective ways to keep your body clean and detoxifying effectively. Water comprises much of your body (about 60% of the body for adult men and 50% for women).  Our blood is 80% water, the human brain is 95% water, the lungs are composed of nearly 90% water…water is not only the body’s most plentiful nutrient, it is arguably its most essential. The development and long-term health of all your body’s systems are highly dependent on hydration levels. While you can survive several weeks without food, only three days without water can cause severe and often fatal health consequences. Optimal health is highly dependent on being mindful of your hydration levels.

There is no doubt that the trillions of cells that make up your body need water to fulfill their duties and function well so that that you can feel good.  The kidneys need water to process toxic substance and your colon needs water to help keep poop hydrated and easily moving out of your digestive tract. Water also will help keep the cells of your other detox organ (liver) hydrated and functioning optimally.

Maintaining proper cellular water levels supports the development of the brain, skin, bones, and pretty much every other body system. Adequate water intake has even been shown to naturally suppress appetite, promote healthy metabolism, and support weight loss efforts. More concerning are the acute and chronic effects of dehydration. Acutely, short periods of dehydration cause your body to ration water, resulting in short periods of symptoms that may be mistaken for illness such as acid reflux, muscular cramps, headache, nausea, and even allergies.

Chronically, miniscule decreases in body water levels can have drastic long-term effects on a number of body systems. In response to cellular water loss, the blood becomes thicker, causing impeded blood flow that results in elevated blood pressure. Furthermore, blood cholesterol rises and your brain actually shrinks. A team of scientists in the UK found that losses in blood water levels as minute as 1.1 percent, something that can occur with as little as 90 minutes of high-intensity physical activity without fluid replenishment, can shrink the brain as much as a year of normal aging or 2.5 months of Alzheimer’s Disease. This reduction in mass forces the brain to work harder, leading to struggles in short and long-term memory, problem solving, and other general cognitive tasks. If the condition persists, the results could be fatal.

Water is critical and essential for all systems of the body but especially for eliminating toxins and toxicants out through your pee and 

People who eat too many dehydrating processed foods typically drink little-no water (is that you?).  You claim you don’t enjoy the taste of plain water but sometimes this can be due to the flavor of the minerals present in your water, particularly tap water.  Realistically what’s actually the problem is that you’re so used to all that added sodium (& unmentionables) in your processed diet that water is just… bland.  So to those weirdos (she says w/ much love) ❤ here’s what I suggest…

Start drinking water LOL!
Try water infused with fruits and/or veggies.  Many people find that making a pitcher of infused water makes them more likely to drink the water they need to cleanse their body than they would with plain old boring-tasting water. By leaving fruits and veggies infusing in your water for hours, you’ll create delicious-tasting waters that are easy to drink down.  Now, I remember the very first time I drank cucumber water, it didn’t do a lot for me but I found myself going back for more because it made me feel more alive (plus, it was free and the diet coke wasn’t).  My soon-to-be (at the time) son-in-law sent my daughter, his mother and myself to the Rock Barn Spa for pedicures where there were pitchers of cucumber water all over the joint and at the time I really didn’t even care much for cucumbers so the first swig kinda gagged me a little… but by the end of the day it had grown on me and I couldn’t wait to get home fix my on 😀 (of course they also had these snacks I fell in love it… whole wheat tortilla wrap with peanut butter, granola and little pieces of apple YUM, yep I still make those too only I add a drizzle of honey)

Make it a daily practice to fill up enough water bottles to get you through the day. Or if you’re not on the go, fill a large carafe each morning.  Having water readily available means you’re more apt to reach for it.
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Purchase a few bottles of different sparkling mineral waters, such as La Croix, Pellegrino, or Perrier. They don’t all taste the same. Some come in flavored varieties as well as plain. Experiment to see if you find something you like. I recommend avoiding any with added sweeteners.

Try water at different temperatures. I like ice cold water, as a matter of fact I will sometimes put it in the freezer (when there’s room) and get it almost icy before drinking. Filling a pitcher every morning and refrigerating it helps me keep the water at the temperature I prefer as well as serves as a reminder to drink every time I’m in the kitchen.  Some people (like my children) prefer their water at room temperature, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

Add a slice or a few chunks of fruit or sprigs of herbs to your water, try using a variety of different essential oils (in glass only), I prefer the citrus ones but others may like those from herbs. *Consume the water within 4 hours to avoid bitterness when using the actual fruit/herb.

Experiment with different waters, water bottles (yes, it makes a difference), and flavorings. Will you drink more with a slice of lemon or a deluxe “spa water” recipe? Would it be better to stock a case of bottled water in your office for easy access? Do you need a large carafe in your bedroom so that you are never too tired to go get a glass of water? Try some infused water (you can find a plethora of recipes on Pinterest)

Use cool water to start. Add clean, sliced or chopped fruits, herbs or essential oils. Avoid any items that are bruised or don’t appear fresh. Slice foods thinly so that the flavor infuses quickly. Enjoy the water the same day you infuse it. Refrigerate water if infusing for more than 4 hours.

Some of my favorite waters might include:
Strawberries, lemons (or lemon essential oil), orange (or wild orange EO), blueberry, watermelon, pineapple, lime (or lime EO), kiwi, ginger (I always use ginger EO vs fresh) and yes cucumber 😀

Make notes on how much better you feel once you start adding enough hydration into your diet Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes Emoji (U+1F60D/U+E106)

Let’s go be healthy

 

**I can ONLY recommend adding Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade / CPTG oils to your water

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.   I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with diplomas in Childhood Nutrition, Personal Nutrition and Advanced Nutrition using essential oils while striving to be the best Biblical Health Coach (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤

**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤
**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂

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Do you BOGO? If not, you SHOULD!

OHHHH MYYYY WORD!!!

Did you hear the news? 🎉 dōTERRA is giving away a TON of free oils next week!! 👏Get ready for days of BOGOS starting Monday. This is THE week to stock up on oils you need to stay healthy all year round. It’s also a great time to get oils for all those DIY‘s 🌱you want to make and gifts you want to give and expanding your oils stash. Stay tuned in this group for daily education and announcements on each days deal

doTERRA is throwing out the BOGO Summer Specials again this year, starting tomorrow July 16th-20th

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What’s BOGO you ask?
It’s BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!!  It’s doTERRA’s way of helping you add to your collection or those you love add to theirs ❤

How does it work?
Every day you’ll be offered a different special BUT you won’t know what it is ahead of time (so don’t ask me!).  Also, the special is only good for THAT DAY (so again, don’t ask me tomorrow to order yesterday’s special).

This is THE MOST exciting time for Essential Oil users!!
I love when doTERRA does BOGO’s! I love adding to my stock pile arsenal and getting some of my most favorite items doTERRA has to offer! It’s like Christmas each and every morning when I wake at the butt crack of dawn to find out what the specials are that day!!

Each day I will share with you the daily bogo deal along with tips, tricks, and education on our beautiful essential oils and products!

But, first let’s talk about how you can buy the specials this week!
The best way to buy the BOGO deals this week is with a wholesale membership! If you already have one, awesome you’re ready to go! But if you don’t have a membership you can easily become a wholesale customer for just $35 and score these amazing deals all week!

The daily BOGO order can be added to your wholesale membership enrollment! It’s just like a Costco membership, you pay the fee, you get the discount, you save mulah! I recommend buying a kit of the 10 most popular/basic oils and then adding your BOGO order to that kit! It’s really a win/win!

Check out our enrollment kits and let me know if I can help you 😌
Not sure if you’re ready for your own account but still wanna get in on the specials? You can still buy them retail 😉

Worried you won’t know how to use these oils?  Well that’s just crazy talk right there because I’m happy to teach you everything I know lol or at least teach you where to search in order to learn all you can (y)

You do NOT have to be a wholesale member or wellness advocate to participate in the specials.  You can always visit my website and order as a retail customer.  All you do is put the “buy” oil in your cart and when you process the “free” oil will be added.  That simple!

However, if you’d like to pay wholesale prices for the week then you’ll need to become a member as a wholesale customer (and can’t say 100% but I’m willing to bet there will be another BOGO special before the end of the year… if we’re lucky).

There are sooooo many perks to joining.. one being the LRP / Loyalty Rewards Program which you can learn all about here 🙂  #FreeEssentialOils

Be sure to check back here each day for the DAILY SPECIAL!!

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.   I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with diplomas in Childhood Nutrition, Personal Nutrition and Advanced Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤

**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂

 

 

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