Thursday, May 21, 2015

JA Spotlight ~ Samantha and her Royal Walkers

Today's JA Spotlight is a special one! On Saturday, May 30, the Arthritis Foundation is holding their annual Walk to Cure Arthritis and today's JA Spotlight also happens to be one of the child honorees for this years walk. Today's feature is all about Samantha. Here is her story as told my her mother, Cori. 

Samantha was diagnosed when she was 2 1/2 years old.  When she was learning how to walk she continually kept falling down.  At that point we noticed that her knee was swollen. From there we did a bone scan, blood work and multiple trips to Children's Hospital.  

When the doctor came in and said it was arthritis we just didn't know what to think.  We, like many, thought that this was a disease that only affected the older generations. We were wrong.  We tried a few different medications and are now finally on Humira which seems to be our wonder drug.  Although with all medications you wonder when it may stop working and if we have to start all over again.   

Samantha has a secondary condition from the arthritis which is the uveitis.  This is usually what gives her the most trouble.  Any time we start to try to ween off the biologics she gets eye inflammation.  

Between the doctors appointments, the being aware of people being sick, the watching of others being sick and being around her, and her just plain being down and out keep our family busy.  Do I wish she didn't have arthritis? Yes.  But I'm glad that if she has to have it that she was diagnosed at such a young age and she knows no different. Doctor appointments, weekly shots, lab work are all just normal things to her.   She is a super strong warrior.  She rarely stops going.  She won't let this disease beat her.  She may be exhausted after keeping up with her friends but she will NOT be left behind. I applaud her for this.  I can see when it is too much but sometimes you just have to let her go.  Have we kept her out of some activities, yes.  Should we maybe have let her try, yes.  But sometimes you just have to go with your gut.  

We are honored that Samantha has been selected as the child honoree this year for the walk to cure arthritis.  We want to help educate, fundraise and hopefully help find better medicines or even better find a cure.

Samantha's Royal Walkers are SO close to their goal of raising of $5,000.00.  If you would like to help Samantha and her family reach there goal you can donate directly on their walk page. You can also follow Samantha's Royal Walkers by following them on Facebook

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Blog Makeover from the #1000MomBlogMakeovers project by #Blogelina!

I've been blogging for about four years (wow) and since the beginning I've been a Blogger girl but I've been thinking lately it might be time to switch to Wordpress. Problem is, I'm terrified. Yep, you read that right. Change scares me a little and so do things I don't really know anything about. I'm so familiar with how things work with my blog right now that I've been to scared to learn about Wordpress and such. 

BUT, I found Blogelina and saw she is doing something pretty amazing. She is doing a #1000MomBlogMakeovers project! Well, when a friend shared this with me I figured maybe this was my nudge to make the move. You can read more about the project on the Blogelina post if you are interested in being one of the 1000 blogs! I know I'm excited and a little nervous. But, change is good right? And so is helping others. xo

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hello, my name is Ashley and I'm an essential oil addict...

That's right my's time I admit it. I am an essential oil addict. No joke. Ask my husband and his family...I'm hooked! Got an itch...I have an oil for that! Can't sleep? Let me rub some oil behind your ears! Feeling sick? Let me rub your feet with this oil! Just got a tattoo? Let me apply this oil infused salve! I could go on but for now I'll stop. ;) 

I'm excited to share with you that after all these years of being hooked on essential oils I have decided to jump in and share my addiction, er I mean, love of these oils with you! I am now officially part of the Young Living family! Young Living is the world leader in cultivation, distillation, and production of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and aromatherapy oils. Their 'seed-to-seal' process ensures that they produce the best, most authentic essential oils in the world. Sure you can find a variety of other oils out there but when you want to experience the true benefits of pure essential oil, Young Living is definitely the way to go!

I can't wait to share more about this journey with you as I get more involved. Right now I'm just excited about my new adventure and wanted to be sure to pass a little bit of that along to you! Once I receive all my information I'll be planning some fun events both in person and on Facebook to help education those who are interested in learning more about how essential oils can help YOU!

For now I'll leave you with some awesome facts on my absolute favorite oil...LAVENDER!!! Seriously you guys...this is the BEST oil! If you could only purchase ONE oil right now this is the one I'd highly recommend. I don't think a day goes by that I do not use my lavender oil! 

Are you interested in learning more about how essential oils can change your life? Let me know! I'd love to help! Ready to order some of your own? You can do that too! Just click here to go straight to my page and purchase your own life changing oils (just enter my distributor number at checkout 2850747)! Want to take a step and be part of the Young Living family with here...I'd love to have you join me! 

Love and oily joy to you! xoxo Ashley