Saturday, December 29, 2012

Second Hand Can Be Cool

     When I was in grade school is was not cool to have second hand clothes. That is all I had because we couldn't afford anything else, not that I understood this at the time. I was made fun of for wearing the same pants everyday. I had 3 pairs of the same color blue slacks that were given to me. I wasn't wearing the same ones everyday they just looked the same. Needless to say kids can be cruel. When I got my first job my senior year of high school I spent almost all of my extra money on new clothes. I was able to dress like the other kids for the first time in my life. Now that I am grown I hardly ever buy new cloths and I feel great! I have a nice fashionable wardrobe that is almost all second hand. I have learned that you can go to a thrift store and get all the same brands of clothes that you could get from the mall. Even though my husband makes a decent salary I love thrift store shopping because I can look cool and help our planet. Our whole family gets most of their clothes second hand. I feel like its a waste not to.

     I think it is funny how some people react to the idea of thrift store shopping. The only difference between now and when I was a kid is no one knows I shop at thrift stores in less I tell them. People are still just as weirded out at the idea of shopping second hand. Some wont even fiddle with the idea of going with me but are OK with the idea of garage sales (which is essentially the same thing). I tell them whats the point of buying a 30 dollar outfit for my daughter if all shes going to do it grow out of it in six months and I can get something equally as cute if not the same thing for 2 dollars at a thrift store. Buying new is just such a waste. I know that there would not be second hand stores if some people people did not buy new but there is so much at these stores that they could have more people buying second hand.

     I feel like its is such a waste of money to buy new clothes. You are not helping anyone that way either. The only store I have heard of that gives back to the community is Target and that's 5%. As if they couldn't afford to give more. The Arc thrift stores mission "is to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families". After retail operations, 100% of their profit is distributed to the Arc Chapters, Advocacy Denver and the Association for Community Living, all here in Colorado. So not only do I get a great deal I know I am helping my community by shopping there. 

     I like to donate to the thrift stores as well. It makes me feel good to know that it's not going to a landfill. I keep a container in my dinning room and when it gets full of things we don't want or need we take it down to donate. It's also a tax write off so make sure you inventory it and get a receipt. We keep our house from getting clutter, help our landfill and help our community. It a win,win, win!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Essential Oils

     I Have to apologize to any one who read or used to read my blog. I am new at this and my husband and I decided to become foster parents. So with classes and a new placement I have been a busy girl. I am going to continue to blog about my journey. I have been doing a few new things that you may think is interesting.

     I Recently went to a seminar about what I thought was going to be about natural healing. I received a call from my midwife's phone number and it was her daughter on the phone. She asked if I would be interested in a natural healing I excitedly said YES! So I invited one of my good friends to attend with me. It ended up being a pyramid Seminar, We all know these types, the most popular I can think of is MayKay. Anyway I was a little bummed that is was more of a sales pitch. I did bring samples of my new Etsy store When Nature Calls where we are making and selling reusable things that you normally dispose of I thought it would be rude to leave so I stayed the duration of the power point and I found it really fascinating!

     I have never been fond of over the counter drugs. If I REALLY didn't need it I didn't take anything for it. Except when I was pregnant. I took a lot of drugs. I had Hyperemesis and pre-term labor. I listened to my doctors and thought that they knew more than me and what to do. I don't regret taking the meds as I am sure that I would have died if I didn't but I wish I would have tried more things that were natural before resorting to such strong medications. Sorry, I had to get that out. As I was saying I was intrigued by this seminar. They talked about how bad over the counter medications are and how we use them as a society way to much. They even talked about some prescription medications and how we get dependent on them and immune to them. Not to mention all of the side affects. I mean you know, you have probably seen the commercials of some lawyers lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and they have a long list of side effects, if you are experiencing any of ....please give us a call we can help. Do not forget the long list of cautions and side effects they give you at the pharmacy when you get the prescription. How many of  us actually read those? Well apparently There is another way! A better way! A way that has no side effects, you don't need to go to the store every time and it costs significantly less!

     I have used essential oils around the house for a while but what I didn't know is that they can be really good for treating many health concerns and aliments. Also in general they are good for your mind and soul. I basically replaced my entire medicine cabinet. I love them they work the same as or better than any drug I have used in the past and I wish I knew about this when I was pregnant. This seminar which will remain unnamed was great because it turned me on to using essential oils the part that I didnt like is how the were trying to sell me their brand and how expensive it was. For example they have a 15ml bottle of frankincense for 93 dollars and I got my 30ml bottle for ten dollars. So I will not be promoting this brand as I think they are way over priced and they say that there oils are natural so they are not Organic as far as I can tell. 

    The oils have many uses and I had to get a book to get a better understanding of what each type of oil is used for and how to treat the symptom. I got "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils". This book tells you the history of essential oils, you can look up the symptom you are having and it will tell which oil to use and how to apply it and it goes into a deep description of the oil. In the last month I have treated headache, nausea, cold sores, the flu, acne, my husbands moods, cuts and sore muscles. I have treated not only myself but everyone in my family even the 1 year old. Of course I diluted it as her skin is more sensitive. Essential oils are derived from plants. Literally the oils from plants so this "medicine" is straight from the earth. You can't get more green then that. It doesn't take a factory to make them if you really wanted to you can even make your own. I love it and now I can't imagine my life without them and I can't see myself or my family going back. 

      Well if you are more like me and do not like over the counter medications and want or have been looking for something that is natural and works I recommend trying essential oils. Make sure you do a little homework first as you could harm yourself, a good example would be you really should not take internally but if you Google it you will see that some people do this. Stay tuned and I will be bringing more information on this topic.