Welcome Back.. Alissa

Welcome back to AliSueonthemove, normally around the first couple months of the year I am a blogging junkie! It use to be my slow time at work, then it turned into my time to be in a new place without a job, and this year I dropped off the face of the earth. If you follow me via: blog, twitter, Facebook, or goggle you might have seen that I was a ghost unless my post were pre scheduled.

After Christmas my Dad had to go to his yearly check up and we got news that came out of left field. He had stage 4 pancreatic  cancer and was given six months to live without treatment. We dropped everything and headed down almost a month earlier then we were planning to. I am truly blessed that Jrod let me take off a whole month of work to help my parents, it was an adventure. My focus was just on helping my dad feel better, and my mom get thru the days. We made dinner, went on adventures, learned Netflix, watched more American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Impractical Jokers then you can imagine, and played boardgames in between naps.

While this adventure is happening, we are also in the process of getting tested to see if we are able to have children. We have been trying to almost two years now, and at our ages that is never a good sign. I was glad this past Christmas that Jrod had to work, and I could just be alone with my thoughts, which were sad but we all need a sad day every now and then.

Now we are back home in cold & snowy Virginia Beach, and I am just getting through the daily grind. I have tons of my mind, because we also get to pick station orders next month and if it looks like this month we are moving REALLY REALLY far away. I over think everything, and instead am just going to focus on the main situations at hand.

Next post will be happier, funnier, and all round the norm…. just wanted to keep you all in the loop.

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How personal development is taking over my life

Books

PUSH by Chalene Johnson: I am looking forward to doing her 30DayPush in February. I have owned the book PUSH, for a while but never finished it, my goal is that I AM going to finish the challenge this 2015.

One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds: This book was recommended to me by my friend Andrea over at Farm and Heath. I can’t wait to start reading it, I bought it for myself has a Christmas gift to myself. I will let you know what I think when I start reading it this week.

Podcast

I can’t stop listening to :

Wellness Mama: I LOVE listening and learning everything that I can from the Wellness Mama. I already have a list of new home recipes I want to try in the upcoming month, including homemade remineralizing toothpaste.

Build a Badass Business: I first found Diane Sanfilippo when I got her first book, Practical Paleo when it first came out. I loved how the front of the book was educational and the back was amazing recipes. When I saw she had a new podcast besides Balanced Bites, I knew I had to listen.  Build a Badass Business, is a very clean and clear podcast so far about the steps you need to make it from the start. I am really looking forward to more from Diane.

The Chalene Show: If you have been following me at all over the past 3 years you know that I LOVE Chalene Johnson. She is a woman who I look up in my personal and business life. She had two podcast that she started at the same time, but now is down to one. She covers a very wide variety of health & business topics, I was truly touched by her two part podcast about Anxiety, Fears, & Panic Attacks. I have listened to them a couple of times each.

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness: This is my newest podcast, and I have a TON to catch up on. A couple years back when we moved to Virginia we were following the Paleo lifestyle, but slowly got away from it. Jrod and I both decided that we need to move back to that lifestyle because that is when we felt the best. In this podcast they cover many different topics and answer questions from the listeners in each show. I love the banter back and forth, both Sara & Jason are get at explaining along with motivating you.

Blogs

Constructing Carrie: My friend Carrie decided a couple months back to revamp her blog and take it in a whole new direction, and let me tell you its a MUST read daily blog for me. It’s funny, inspirational, and down home true to heart. I love the Lemon Trees days, plus am jealous of her amazing DIY projects.

Healthy Living Blogs: This is my one stop shop for tons of different and amazing blogs. I LOVE their twice a year tea swap! I have found many of my favorite bloggers through this site. I could easily spend hours going through all the blogs on their member directory!

Then Heather Said: I have been following Heather for a couple of years now, and I feel like I can relate to her so much throughout her journey. Heather is down to earth, but has these amazing adventures too!  Definitely take some time to cruise this site.

What personal development are you doing this 2015 for yourself?

I would love to find more books, blogs, and podcast! Please share away!

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21 Simple steps to start detoxing your home environment in 2015

Many of us have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but how many of us do anything about the toxins in our homes? Common household and body care products are increasingly being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, and on our reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

Why is detoxing your home essential? 
The average home contains up to 1,000 chemicals, many of which we’re unable to see, smell or taste. While these chemicals may be tolerated individually and in small doses, problems can arise when one is exposed to them in combination or in larger doses.
Everyone’s tolerance level is different depending on genetics, nutritional status and previous contacts with chemicals, but the negative effects of household toxins are often compounded by the use of other drugs, especially the habitual use of alcohol, or prescription or recreational drugs.
Indoor air is about three times more polluted than outdoor air. Home insulation, so wonderful for keeping our homes warm in winter and cool in summer, doesn’t allow fresh air in, so we’re constantly breathing in the same stale air. Wall to wall carpeting keeps us cozy, but can introduce a myriad of toxins to our well insulated homes. It can also trap dirt, fleas, dust, dust-mites and lead.
Many of the cleaning products we use to clean our furniture, bathrooms, and windows are full of toxic chemicals, some of which do not even appear on the labels. Similarly with the many personal-care care products we put on our skin and the pet-care products we use on our pets.
Most tick and flea products contain active ingredients and solvents that might cause cancer in animals. Also, substantial human exposure is possible by absorption through the skin, while playing with and handling the pet.
The pesticides we use on our gardens eliminate not only plant pests, but also most of the insects that are beneficial to help control these pests. Of the 30 most commonly used lawn chemicals, 19 have studies pointing toward cancer and 15 are known to cause nervous system poisoning.
This is not to say that we should not keep our houses comfortable and clean and our yards looking good. What’s important is to understand that how we do this can have an important impact on our health. Abundant toxins can and do lead to health problems.
Taking more care to reduce our exposure to both internal and external toxins, by detoxing our bodies and our living space allows the body’s own detoxification to function more efficiently. This strengthens our resilience to the daily onslaught of factors impacting our health.
There are many things you can do to detox your home, some more practical than others. Here are 20 tips to get started:
1. No shoes in the house! That’s how a lot of household dirt, pesticides and lead come enter, via your shoes. Go barefoot or wear slippers once you’re home.
2.  Place floor mats vertically by your entryways to wipe your shoes. This way, more dirt and residue from your shoes stays outside on the mat
3. Keep the air clean. Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to ventilate. Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers. Remove odors with baking soda and essential oils, I use either doTERRA Purify or doTERRA Lavender.  Use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs like rosemary and sage to add a pleasant fragrance to rooms. Have your air ducts and vents cleaned with nontoxic cleaners, along with putting doTERRA Onguard on your air fillter. Get a portable air purifier, especially for the bedrooms. Want to learn more about essential oils and how to get a them at a wholesale price? Message me below for more information! I love sharing my passion!

Different ways to use doTERRA essential oils when making your own cleaning products.

4. Switch from the standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones. These don’t damage your health or the environment’s as much and work as well as the mass marketed ones. You can also use basic ingredients you have around the house, for instance, vinegar in place of bleach, baking soda to scrub your tiles and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. According to Annie Bond, the author of Better Basics For The Home, she can clean anything with water and these five basic ingredients:
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Vegetable based liquid Soap (eg Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap)
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Dryer Balls

Dryer Balls from Viola Mae’s Handmade store

5. Replace your skin care and personal products with less toxic and chemical free options. Deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, hair products, nail polish and perfumes are often loaded with toxins. Learn how to identify them and avoid them. My wonderful friend Lyndsay and I started a business on Etsy using all natural ingredients called Viola Mae’s Handmade, where we have skin care and other all natural personal products for everyday use.
6. Use plastics wisely. Some contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is linked to cancer, and Phtalates, which are linked to endocrine and developmental problems. Avoid plastic food packaging (when you can). Don’t wrap food in plastic, and don’t microwave food in plastic containers. Choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic. Avoid vinyl teethers for your baby. Stay away from children’s toys marked with a “3″ or “PVC.” Avoid plastic shower curtains.
7.  Avoid non stick pans, pots, bakeware and utensils. Teflon contains perfluorinated chemicals (PFC’s), which have been linked to cancer and developmental problems. Here are some better options.
8. Keep house dust to a minimum, as more dust means more toxins. Mop all surfaces at least once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner (with a HEPA filter, preferably) for your carpets. HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.
9. Avoid excess moisture, as it encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Check areas for moisture accumulation or leaks, particularly basements. Clean surfaces where mold usually grows, such as around showers and tubs and beneath sinks.
10. Get a shower filter, as many of the contaminants in tap water become gases at room temperature. A shower filter can help keep these toxins from becoming airborne.
11. Get a water filter, as more than 700 chemicals have been identified in drinking water. Filtering your tap water is better than drinking bottled water.
12. Avoid stain-guarded clothing, furniture and carpets, due to the presence of PFCs. Wrinkle-free and permanent press fabrics (used in clothing and bedding) commonly contain formaldehyde. Opt for untreated fabrics whenever possible.
13. Be conscious of toxins in carpeting, especially in products made from synthetic materials. Use natural fiber wool and cotton rugs. If possible, replace your wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors, all natural linoleum or ceramic tiles. Use nontoxic glues, adhesives, stains or sealers for installation.
14. Use non toxic sealers. Or replace particleboard walls, floors or cabinets (which often contain formaldehyde, which can emit irritating and unhealthy fumes for decades). Avoid plywood, fiberglass, fiberboard and paneling.
15. Go green with pet care. Avoid harmful pet-care products and avoid toxic pest control, including traditional termite exterminators.
16. Keep your lawn safe. Replace toxic lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides with less harmful natural ones.
17. Tell the dry cleaner not to use the plastic wrap or remove it as soon as possible. The plastic traps the dry cleaning chemicals on clothes and in your closet. Let your dry cleaning air out (preferably outside) before storing it. Use “wet cleaning” if you’re lucky enough to have it in your area.
18. Use low VOC, low odor latex (water based) paint. Open all windows to ventilate properly when painting indoors.
19. Have your house checked for carbon monoxide leaks. These are most commonly found in leaking gas stoves, gas fireplaces, furnaces, chimneys, and gas water heaters.
20. Check radon levels in poorly ventilated basements that have cracked walls and or floors.  Radon is an odorless gas that forms as uranium in rocks and soil breaks down. Radon is linked to lung cancer
21. Avoid toxic people. And finally, no amount of environmental toxins are as important as emotional toxicity. You can do all the above, but if your house is full of anger, resentment, jealousy, unhappiness and a lack of love, compassion and forgiveness, the house will remain toxic.
We can reduce our risk of chronic illness by limiting our exposure to these toxins but don’t let this become an obsession, which can cause so much stress that it creates more of a negative impact on your health than the toxins themselves.
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The end of a passion

Today I found out that my job that I did in Texas for six years is being eliminated. I am heart broken, for many reasons.

First: what is left of my amazing family of staffers don’t know yet. I feel some will be sad, but from what I understand it’s not a full surprise. Still, I feel that I have failed them.

Second: All those 60-80 hour weeks seem like a waste, though I know when I was working them they weren’t, and I wouldn’t trade a minute back. The reason that the new higher management team is getting rid of my department could be for many reasons, but I feel it’s because when I left the right people were trained correctly and they just weren’t put into the places they should have been. I gave a year warning, nice of this military spouse right, but no one was hired to train under me to learn the ropes. I did my best with my amazing crew & there was a wonderful young lady who would have made a great assistant manager if they would have only given her a chance.  My last year I was the manager, assistant manager, and one supervisor. When I got hired years before there was a manager, assistant manager, 2 supervisors, and 4 leads. One person can only do so much.

Third: They (higher management) thought that my job was just s’mores & kickball. I have to state not everyone did, but most did. Once I left it opened their eyes, and the person who finally filled my job months after I left was too overwhelmed so they had to start breaking up the department little by little.

Do I regret leaving, yes, but I learned a very hard lesson a very long time ago that you can NEVER go back. It’s never the same, what once was will never be again, and you can’t relive your past so why not build a new future.

Would I go back into that job again if they called me tomorrow: in a heartbeat… I would be the deployed half of this family, I basically already was for the first 4 years due to this job anyways.

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My MUST watch Christmas movies

For the first time in more years than I can remember I am not in the holiday mood at all, not for Halloweens, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Though Christmas movies always seem to help, we are packing them in since we only had 3 days, and have to get in the newest Hobbit too.

Here are my MUST watch movies each year:

The Muppet Christmas Carol. I am not a big fan of a Christmas Carol, the ghost of Christmas future has always freaked me out! I love this one, the music is just too fun.

Elf, I just got hooked on it and have only seen it twice but I feel a very close connection to Buddy though with my normal holiday spirit.

Scrooged, can’t get enough of Bill Murray but I have to watch it really late and high on hot chocolate & warm cookies. Just the crazy way that I roll there peeps.

The Ref, Jrod got me hooked on this one when we started dating. I had never seen it, but now it’s a must watch!

*sorry can’t get the picture to take*

White Christmas, my friend Emily showed me this movie when I was a senior in high school and I have been loving it ever since!

What are you favorite Christmas movies?

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Finding the need to focus on the Little Things and being Thankful.

I have to share that this week has been really rough on me, and it all came to a head Friday at work. I try not to talk about work to much on my blog, and that is not about to change, let’s just say that things were thrown, broken, kicked, along with a lot of screaming. I haven’t been this upset and pure angry since leaving Texas, it took me all night to calm down.

Thankfully after a while I just got to work with one person and we were on the same page about what needed to be done. It was the first time in a long time that I wished for 80 hour work weeks again, and having the daily headache of being micro managed, but at least it made life simpler.

I found myself being thankful for the little things, like being able to organize paint, filling bags with little toys, and such. I was so angry and I didn’t like myself at all, but I just couldn’t stop it because I would calm down and something else would set me off. Finding little breathing time to be thankful was what really got me through my 10 hour day, that was only suppose to be 8 hours but I had to stay and fix everyone’s situation.

I truly focused today on how to be a better person since yesterday. I needed to remember my morals, how to treat everyone with kindness, not to talk down to them, laugh at their idea’s, comprise in situations, and how to take deep breathes when your coworkers treat you like dirt because they have a different piece of paper, or title then you do, or just think you are a joke.

My angry does do one thing for me, it pushes me out of my comfort zone to do more of what I am afraid of doing. For me this is working on my business, prepping for a hopefully part time job on the farm, and really getting my life in order.

Did I need this week of hurt and disappoint to be topped off with being belittled and downgraded as a person? No, I didn’t I was doing just a fine job of that all by myself. Am I thankful for it? Yes, now that the week is over and I get to be with my family for the next two days with no outside interference. I am truly thankful and going to use this week to push myself.

Enough negative talk, time for a wonderful weekend!

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Apple Lover not a Pumpkin Spice lover

I understand that I am going against the way the main stream, but I am NOT a pumpkin lover at all. I am though a huge apple lover! Cider, jam, jelly, pies, breads, etc I am all over them! Though I don’t know how to peel an apple which would make a lot of the recipes I want to make a lot easier to do.

Which way to do you lean? Pumpkin or Apple?

Here are some surprising ways to use leftover apples!

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