Relationships are the Key to Life

Life is about relationships. It’s about connections to those around you. Connections to people you grew up with, share the same blood with, school friends, and even those you just met 5 minutes ago. Our connections to people on this planet are truly what’s most important in life.

Think about it.

When a celebratory event happens in life, what is it about? What about a tragedy? They are all about people when you get down to the heart of the issue. Graduations, marriages, births, adoptions, promotions, and on the flip side, divorces, orphans, firings, even homes burning down. The most rewarding and the most sad events have to do with people… and everything in between.

Connections to people are also what bring us the best doctors for our kids. Or perhaps even the best therapists that understand our needs. It’s connections that find us a new place to live, a better school, or the best tutor in town.

Yet it’s people that we tear down all the time. It’s people we make fun of and ridicule. It’s people we gossip about and talk badly about behind their backs. It’s the very people that we are called to love that we criticize the most.

We don’t understand why they aren’t like us. We don’t “get” them. The saddest thing to me is that most of us brush it off as “their” fault and “they” are the ones with problems. How is that love? How is that acceptance?

As the mom to 3 special needs kids, I have learned a lot about people, a lot about children, and a lot about prejudices, judgments, and assumptions. I have learned that people don’t know much about the special needs world, don’t want to know, and blow kids off as being “weird,” “dumb,” “stupid,” or “slow.” They pass them off as being “too unfocused” or “too hyper” without getting to know the child and what makes them unique, motivated, and special. They try to slap labels on them to classify them as a certain way.

There is only one problem…

Each person is uniquely different ~ uniquely made by a Creator who placed every hair on your head. Everyone has their own personality, their own circumstances, their own experiences, and their own character that makes them unique. There is not one child or one adult who is alike on planet earth. We are all a work in progress.

We like to think we are perfect. We like to think we are the best. We like to think we are the most popular or we help out the most.

Reality: we are ALL works in progress.

The faster we realize that, the faster we accept people for who they are, offer them grace to be themselves, and appreciate the gifts they have that can touch OUR lives.

Open your heart. Open your mind. You just might find greater love sneaking in when you aren’t looking!

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JessBio200 Relationships are the Key to LifeJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Relationships are the Key to Life

Recipe: Living Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe makes one of the best afternoon snacks or even dessert. Because I only make two Living Chocolate Chip Cookies at a time and there are minimal ingredients, there is a lot of approximating on the quantities. For now, let’s start with the wonderful ingredients that make these raw chocolate chip cookies so delicious… and extremely healthy!

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of raw, organic cashews
1 good squeeze of honey or agave nectar, approximately 1 tbsp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp of raw cacao nibs

Pulse cashews in food processor until they are finely ground. Add the pinch of sea salt, drizzle of honey, and vanilla extract to the cashews and pulse until well mixed. Add raw cacao nibs and spin just for a second to mix, but not break apart the nibs.

Mix should stick together well when pinched between fingers. If necessary, add a bit more honey to make the mixture more sticky. Once it sticks together well, separate the mixture into two equal parts. Press one part into the shape of a cookie, Repeat with the remaining mixture.

Makes 2 large cookies or 3 small ones, if you prefer.

Enjoy!

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JessBio200 Recipe: Living Raw Chocolate Chip CookiesJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Recipe: Living Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Healing Power of Thieves, Peppermint, and Frankincense Essential Oils

Don’t you just hate it when you little one is sick? I do. They are so precious and little, and you don’t want to see them suffer or be in pain. Our daughter recently was in pain when she would cough hard. Her chest would hurt a bit, which I knew was not a good thing.

I really debated taking her to one of those urgent med places to get her checked out. However, the only thing I could think they’d do for her (or push ME to do for her) is give her steroids. Unfortunately, her brother that is very similar to her had a crazy reaction to steroids the only time he’s had them. He got the shakes, couldn’t get comfortable, and even was acting restless, aggitated, and jittery.

Since I determined that’s probably where they would start, I would try a natural alternative first and see what it would do. I could always take her to a doctor if the natural method didn’t work.

I recently purchased the Young Living Everyday Oils kit which has 9 essential oils, including Frankincense, Thieves, and Peppermint. I had heard how well all these oils worked and even had personal success with Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, and Thieves.

I decided to put Peppermint diluted in olive oil directly on her chest to help her lungs and boost her breathing. Also, feet are a very good receptive area of the body to rub oils into. I chose Thieves for it’s anti-microbial properties in case the cough was bacteria or viral related. I chose Frankincense because of it’s amazing healing properties, even on the cellular level. Of course, these also had to be diluted with the olive oil because they were going on a child and because Thieves, especially, can burn when put directly, undiluted on the skin.

I started one afternoon with the application. Almost instantly, her cough was cut down by 70%. That evening, I rubbed a second dose of Peppermint on her chest. The next evening, I used all three oils on her again at bedtime.

Each day her cough got more and more weakened and less frequent! She complained even less about her chest.

After four full days, her cough disappeared almost totally and she rarely, if ever, complained about her chest. Amazing what essential oils from plants can do for the human body!!

Here are a few other great uses for these oils…

Thieves
-Removes mildew smell, mold, and bacteria from the air when diffused
-Removes smells from laundry with a few drops added to the water
-Kills bacteria
-Cleans and deodorizes with a few drops running through the dishwasher
-Freshens breath
-Strep throat
-Fungal infections

Frankincense
-Dissolves fatty tumors
-Helps with concentration & mental clarity
-Boosts immune system
-Stretch marks
-Depression
-Great for skin

Peppermint
-Aids indegestion
-Settles stomach
-Freshens breath
-Inflammation
-Fever
-Itching
-Poison Ivy
-Headaches
-Congestion

Of course, there are MANY more uses for all of these. This list is just a few. Find out more information how Thieves, Frankincense, and Peppermint can help your family!

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JessBio200 The Healing Power of Thieves, Peppermint, and Frankincense Essential OilsJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

The Healing Power of Thieves, Peppermint, and Frankincense Essential Oils

Recipe: Paleo Strawberry Shortcake

This makes a wonderfully healthy dessert or afternoon snack. Since it’s base is almond flour, it’s extremely good for you and your kids. I hope you enjoy this delicious Paleo Strawberry Shortcake!

Ingredients:

2 cups almond meal or almond flour*
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp coconut oil or butter
2 eggs
1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz organic strawberries
2 tsp honey or agave nectar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice or chop strawberries as small as you’d like and place in a bowl. Add the 2 tsp of honey and mix well. Let the mixture stand while making the shortcake.

Mix almond meal, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon together. Cut in coconut oil / butter with a fork until there are small balls of mixture.

In separate bowl, mix eggs, honey, and vanilla well. Add to dry almond mixture. stir well until all wet and dry ingredients are combined.

Spoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving space between the 8 balls of dough. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until browned on top and a toothpick inserted into them comes out clean.

Once baked, slice each shortcake across from side-to-side, making a top and bottom. Add strawberries and honey that have been sitting on top of the bottom half of each shortcake and top them with each top, making a strawberry sandwich.

Enjoy!

Serves 8

*Depending on whether or not you are using almond meal or flour, your cakes may look more bumpy or smooth. Either way, they are still delicious!

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Recipe: Paleo Strawberry Shortcake

What’s Your Kid’s Personality Have to Do With It? Everything.

“Don’t do that!” “Stop hitting your brother!” “Go clean your room!” “Didn’t I tell you it’s time to go? Now, let’s GO!” “Focus.” “It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just leave it.” “Stop climbing the furniture!” “No, you can’t jump from up there!!”

Have any of these phrases come out of your mouth?

Did you know that you are most likely saying them because of your child’s personality and not because they are being defiant, lazy, competitive, or even rebellious?

Kids have personalities built into them from birth just like adults do. Some are more obvious in others, just like adults. You have the very focused, driven, bossy kids. You have the fun, energetic, want-to-get-into-everything-and-go-everywhere kind of kids. You have the laid-back, easy-going, peaceful kids. And even the OCD, perfectionist, tidy and orderly kids.

Personalities may also drive their interests. Some kids like bugs. Some like sports. Some like books. Some like the dramatic arts, like acting and dance.

You may have done research already on personality types. A lot of companies have potential employees take one or more tests to determine their personality prior to hiring them to see if they will be a good fit for the company and the job. You may have heard of them as animals, like oxen or lions, or perhaps colors. Or even some weird words like Sanguine and Phlegmatic, or even GEMS, like multi-millionaire, Dani Johnson, teaches.

Each of these personalities is based on a dominant neurotransmitter in their brains that they have from birth, which Dr. Eric Braverman talks about in his book, The Edge Effect. Those four neurotransmitters are GABA, acetylcholine, dopamine, and serotonin.

Why is this important, you ask? Because knowing your child’s personality-type will open up a whole new world to why they act the way they do, seek the things they do, how to motivate them to do what’s necessary in the household, and how to respect them and their role to play in your family.

Here are short explanations of what each personality may look like in a child:

An acetylcholine-driven child will be the one wanting to go out and do things. They will be fairly popular in school. Unfortunately, these are also the kids that tend to be labeled ADD or ADHD because of their difficulty staying focused on tasks and their learning style. They tend to be the risk-takers ~ the ones who want to leap from the top bunk onto the floor, rolling when landing, and get up pretend sword-fighting with their siblings. They love playing team sports. They are hardly ever on time.

A GABA-driven child will be the one who is fairly quiet, thinks Science and Math are cool, and get great grades most of the time. They are perfectionists when it comes to just about everything. They are orderly. They may or may not have a clean room, however, if you ask them, they will wish their room was clean and probably, even in the mess, know exactly where everything is. They are very particular about things, especially when someone else moves something of theirs out of place. They prefer things neat and tidy. And they may need to be taught how to get along with others. They are almost always on time.

A dopamine-driven child is extremely driven to excel, both at school and in sports. They prefer one-on-one sports, such as fencing or wrestling rather than baseball or football. They love name-brand things and feel like they always need the greatest and the best of whatever item they are looking to buy. They are helpful and are always seeking out the next thing to accomplish.

A serotonin-driven child is one of the easiest to raise. They are extremely easy-going, relaxed, and definitely a people-pleaser. They don’t like confrontation. They are the peace-keepers. They also love animals and are very helpful, even sometimes without being asked. They are very compliant and don’t need a lot of reasoning behind things.

Are you starting to understand your child better?

In a family of 6, I have, I believe, 3 acetylcholine dominant natures, 2 GABA natures, and 1 serotonin nature. However, I personally have some dopamine tendancies in me, so I’m very familiar with the way that one works, as well. And just because each person has a dominant nature, it’s not good to be deficient in any of the neurotransmitters. However, a dominant one will almost always show itself through your child’s personality.

Of course, there are several combinations of these personalities in people. Children can be groomed to be more of a people-person or not be easily offended and hold a grudge, for instance, if that’s not in their nature. However, raising kids works best if you let them be them and work WITH their personality-type. For example, an acetylcholine-driven child is motivated by fun! Next time he needs to clean his room, try telling him he has more time to play soccer with his friends if he will cut his cleaning time in half than normal. See what happens! A serotonin-driven child is motivated by a cause. Tell them you need their help with some kittens found in your backyard, but only after they clean their room.

Above all, don’t try to change your children into you. They are who they are. It’s built into them. You can try to fight them on things all you want, but you aren’t able to change the chemical connections and dominating neurotransmitters in their brains, no matter how much you bribe, yell, nag, or repeat yourself. Some of these tendancies are built into them. You just need to learn to embrace who they are and figure out the best way to work with that, encouraging them in their strengths and training them in their weaknesses.

They love you for who you are, just as you are. Never forget that!

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I hope you realize how precious your child is, just like they are… and that the best way to support and encourage them is through building on their strengths and grooming into them their weaknesses. I know other parents need to get this information, too. Please partner with me to get this to your family & friends. Simply use the sharing buttons below!

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JessBio200 Whats Your Kids Personality Have to Do With It?  Everything.Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

What’s Your Kid’s Personality Have to Do With It? Everything.