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You know that feeling when you read a good book and your whole soul fills up with hope and encouragement? Naturally after feeling like this you want to tell everyone about it! That is how we felt when reading Box of Butterflies by Roma Downey. It is an absolutely beautiful book including poems and art, but most importantly Roma’s words about faith, God’s grace and love, and the value of living a life dependent on and thankful for Him.
There is one part toward the end that we felt so inclined to share, but be sure to pick up a copy to read the entire book. It is a treasure of a book, one that you will want to hold on to forever and loan to dear friends and family. On page 207, Roma writes an incredible passage comparing our journey here on earth to Dorthy’s journey in The Wizard of Oz, stating that our “true home is within us. True home is in God.” We can search the earth and think we need certain things to make us whole and make us feel at home, but who we truly need, God, is with us all along!
“I hope that in this book you have begun to see the beauty in your journey. How it may have twisted and turned, and had ups and downs, but ultimately that you were never alone on the Yellow Brick Road. That even in the dark forest, God was preparing you. That even as you danced in Munchkinland, it was time to say thank you. That even though when you arrive back home and nothing has changed on the outside, you’ll see that you’ve been changed on the inside. And that is all that matters. When we awaken fully to God, it’s as if we finally remember that we are not merely caterpillars but that we are, in face, beautiful butterflies with wings to fly.” -Roma Downey in Box of Butterflies
Thank you, Roma for such beautiful, wise, love-filled words that encourage, inspire, and uplift us as the beauty in all of our journey unfolds, even after twists and turns and ups and downs.
First of all, happy 2020 to you all! We are incredibly grateful for the community that has developed on LSK. It is truly one of the greatest highlights from this past decade! As you guys probably know by now, I am so passionate about living a clean and nontoxic lifestyle. My life experiences, personal research and wellness journey has all led me to where I am now, which I am ultimately so grateful for!
Okay, so…I have so much to fill you in on. We have been in a bit of a holding pattern as this past year was wild yet exciting, challenging, and quite adventurous to say the least. I will get into way more detail in blog posts to come, but a small portion of this year was digging into the renovation and remediation of our new home!
Long story short, we were in escrow on a house we fell in love with, and it happened to be in the Woolsey Fire 4 days before we closed. We first made sure our house was still there as the house next door burned down, prayed if we should continue forward, felt extreme clarity to do that, and then the remediation and renovation process began! What an intense learning curve this last year has been. We truly had no idea what we were getting into, but I must say, it ultimately has been so rewarding and worth it.
We aimed to do a fully nontoxic renovation + made sure to remove all toxic contamination in our home caused by the fires and smoke damage. We installed a special HVAC system, we painted the interior of our home twice with non-toxic, no-VOC paint, had several deep cleanings, replaced insulation, installed a whole house water filtration system, and did multiple toxicity examinations with solutions to follow.
Even though we installed a rare and highly productive HVAC system to filter toxic air that could remain, I felt like there was more we could do to make sure we had the cleanest air circulating through our home. This has been my top priority. I did extensive research to find the most effective air purifier , and through many recommendations and research, Austin Air takes the cake. We chose to get the HealthMate Plus because it removes the widest range of gases, chemicals, VOC’s and formaldehyde. This broad-spectrum adsorption makes it the best choice for anyone exposed to smoke from wildfires and people living close to busy highways. The HM+ filters the broadest range of pollutants, so it totally won me over.
We run our filter 24/7 as they are designed to do. I love to know that our air is being filtered all day; it is the most settling feeling! They have three different levels of filtering strength, and we love turning it on high when we are out of the room or house so it’s extra productive when we are gone. At night, we put it on level two. For max health benefits, it is so great to run the unit in your bedroom when you sleep. And the best part is, it’s so easy to move, so we run it in other areas of the house during the day, but we always do it in our bedroom at night.
My favorite part is seeing how pure air inside our home, thanks to Austin Air, physically affects our health!
-Eases headaches and reduces nausea related to chemical exposure
-Strengthens the immune system
-Eases coughing, wheezing and sneezing
-Reduces dry mouth and runny nose
-Lessens night time allergies and asthma attacks
Another bonus: it actually filters viruses and bacteria! What’s not to love?
Jase and I are so thankful to have this running in our home. It is worth the investment as the air we breathe is one of the most important aspects of our wellness. Also, Austin Air is so kind and is offering a code for you to use to receive 15% off your purchase!! Use code: LSK15 at checkout.
If like me, you’d like to clean up the air in your home, check out the Austin Air HealthMate Plus here. And its free shipping if you order direct with Austin Air. And thank you, Austin Air, for this collaboration!
Now that we are all moved-in to our new home, I am spending so much time in our renovated kitchen! It is so nice to be settled and have a space to create home-cooked meals again. Winter is also such a cozy time and makes me want to stay in and cook yummy, warm meals. Who’s with me? Below are five winter recipes I am wanting to try.
When looking at them, there are definitely a few edits I would make to the recipes, like making them gluten and dairy free. Typically, this is very simple to do! Whenever following a recipe, there are many times I don’t follow it exactly. There is such freedom when cooking, so don’t feel like you have to use every ingredient listed in a recipe. Take out what doesn’t suit your body or health plan!
Do you have any recipes on your to-try list? Please share in the comments! xo
Today I want to pay all the attention to the soothing mask because soothing is just one part of this incredible product! It is definitely my new favorite face mask, and I have to tell everyone about it. It soothes and nourishes my skin, leaving my face noticeably healthier than moments before the face went on. It is gentle yet powerful, light yet impactful. Crafted with raw honey, spirulina, chlorella, and more of the purest ingredients work to soothe the skin and help heal it from irritation.
Treat yourself to a mask at home that your skin will love you for! And bonus, a little goes a long way, so this mask will last you for many spa-mornings-at-home. Even better, take 10% off your first Primally Pure order with code: LSK10. Enjoy!
As we walk boldly into this new year, we also take a moment to look back graciously on the past year. We thought it would be fun to round-up our favorite from from 2019 on LSK, so see below for our list of what we loved a little extra this past year. What were your favorite posts here on LSK? Let us know in the comments below!