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Improve Your Focus With Essential Oils, a DIY

Improve Your Focus With Essential Oils, a DIY

Are you or anyone in your family having trouble focusing? It can be difficult when you’re at work or school and can’t seem to concentrate. For many of you, it even creates stress and that’s no good.

When my daughter was young, school was tough because she not only has dyslexia, but ADHD and some other issues. I always let her know she was very capable, but that most schools didn’t teach toward her learning style. It is a learning style, NOT a disability. Do you agree? 

Oh how I wish I’d known about the many benefits of pure essential oils! It would have made her life so much easier, though I know she used the experiences to shape her character and build strength. But, you know how mothers are, right? She survived, is in college, and has a 4.0. I learned lots. 

Anyway, back to oils. Coffee can give you jitters and a crash in energy later, so that’s really not a good choice. To improve your focus in a natural and healthy way, try this DIY essential oil recipe.

~1 drop Eucalyptus

~1 drop Rosemary

~1 drop Ginger

~4 drops Bergamot

Mix this mixture with hot water (not boiling-it will kill the health benefits), inhale for five or more minutes, and then splash your face with cold water. You can put a towel over your head to better direct the steam and aroma.

Some other very effective oils you can try swapping in are lemon, basil, and peppermint. Aromatherapy is very beneficial.

If that method is too much trouble, try one of these. I make them for my daughter and she loves them. 

Focus–Feet, Wrists, Brainstem 

I used a 1mL roller with a stainless ball.

2 Frankincense, Cedarwood, Vetiver


3 Northern Lights Black Spruce, Copaiba 

2 Lime

Let me know how they work for you.


I’m not a doctor. I don’t diagnose, treat or prescribe treatments for any health conditions or diseases. Before choosing to use any alternative medicines, natural supplements or vitamins you should discuss them with your Primary Care Physician, especially if pregnant, nursing, trying to become pregnant or if you have any other medical condition.

Everything I write about is based on my personal experiences, that of friends, and my research. It is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace medical advice given by your doctor. You should not use this information for making self-diagnosis.


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Free Egypt & Africa Notebooking Pages

Motherhood on a Dime is offering a set of 186 different ancient Egypt and Africa notebooking pages. The site says the pages are geared for ages 5-13, and goes on to say:

About the download:  “This set of 186 notebooking pages covers a variety of topics pertaining to Ancient Egyptian and African cultures. Each topic includes a variety of notebooking layouts as well as varying amounts of lines, frames, and graphics. Perfect for all ages and writing abilities.”

Please note:  Notebooking pages are plain pages designed for your child to fill with quotes, stories, and information about whatever you are studying.  These are not worksheets, but the author has given a great outline for study of these cultures with her topics and page designs.


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Digital Natives

This is a post I wrote at 3D Learners Blog: Digital Natives & Academics. Check it out; I posed several questions. So, click on over to the blog and take a few minutes to leave a comment letting me know how you feel.


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Rainbow Tot Pack–FREE

1+1+1=1 is offering a free tot (approx. ages 2-4) pack for download. The title is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


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Constitution 101


Hillsdale College is offering a free course to anyone interested.

Here is the information:

About Constitution 101

“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.

Featuring an expanded format from the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

In this course, you can:

  • watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus;

  • study the same readings taught in the College course;

  • submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty;

  • access a course study guide;

  • test your knowledge through weekly quizzes; and

  • upon completion of the course, receive a certificate from Hillsdale College.


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How To Homeschool

If you are new to homeschooling, then you might find this e-book about how to homeschool a valuable read. It was written by homeschooling families for homeschooling families. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming at only 12 pages. It is not a big download or a long read.

  • Learn Your Reasons for Homeschooling
  • Understand Your Child Academically
  • Learn the Laws
  • Learn About Learning
  • Get Connected
  • Go Online Your Year
  • Plan Your Day
  • Use the Right Materials at the Right Time… And For the Right Child
  • Keep a Portfolio
  • Learn the Lingo – A Homeschooling Glossary
  • Have Fun! 


Leave me a comment after reading the e-book telling me whether or not it helped, and why or why not. I am really interested because I recommend the book to new homeschooling families quite a bit.


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Decisions or Dilemma?


We have been unschooling the last several years and it works for us. It’s a great way to learn life skills for sure.  However, my DD is heading into high school now, so I am trying to unscramble all the different options for her. She is interested in returning to public school, well, for now she is interested in it. Tomorrow may be a different story. Smile  Her mind changes as fast as the wind. My husband and I are giving her that option for now. I don’t want her to look back in thirty years and regret not being able to at least try public high school. It is a small county school and appears to offer a good bit of choice as far as electives go.

I am sure she will have to test to see where they want to place her. She is behind, well according to public school she is behind. Her dyslexia and CAPD, among other things, has set her back just a little. She has a high IQ and is quite smart. I am not so sure she will be happy with their decision, and I am not convinced she will even like going to school! She hates large crowds, she hates lots of noise, she will have to ride the bus about an hour one way, she is not used to homework, she is not used to changing classes… However, she can roll with the punches–she is a survivor. She is a leader and not a follower. She has what it takes, just not sure she will want what it takes, know what I mean? Even if she does choose to tough it out in public school, we will still have to work at home as if we were still homeschooling. Actually, we will have to work harder to keep up with all the junk they require. Yes, I think most of it is pure junk.

Are any of you facing a similar situation? Leave a comment and share with me. I will keep you posted on our dilemma.


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I Love History, How About You?

I love history! I almost have a minor in it–only short two classes. My daughter doesn’t like history at all. I love to read about history, and then go see it when I can. Seeing places I’ve read about makes them come to life for me. I can picture myself as being there when things happened. However, my daughter doesn’t see it that way. She sees history as something dry and boring. How about your kids? How do they view history?

Presidents and women in history, such as the wife of a president, are important areas of study when learning about U.S. history. It’s fun to learn interesting facts about the presidents and their wives. Many times, first ladies influence their husband’s decisions. They contribute much during their husband’s time in office. A few presidents in the past didn’t have a wife while they were in office, so either nobody or another lady served as first lady.

I remember visiting Washington D.C. when I was 14. It was so exciting to see the White House, all the monuments, the Smithsonian, the Capitol, the mint… I went on a bus tour from Texas to Washington with a bunch of old folks and my grandmother. Since I was the only kid on the bus, they all treated me super. I think they actually enjoyed the enthusiasm of a teenager who loved history. What can I say, my father was a history major!

Since my daughter doesn’t care too much for history, I have to find creative ways to make it a bit more appealing for her. One way I do this is by having her learn via an online history program. When the lesson is interactive and has flash animation, she is more apt to listen and learn. Also, playing online history games makes learning a little more fun. When a child is playing a game, it’s not as threatening or

Presidents and First Ladies

“school like” for them.

I wish she had my zeal for history, but then again, I bet she wishes I had her zeal for astronomy!


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