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Esther Hawkins
Natural Health Educator
Interests: knitting, yoga, church, jane austen, friendship, reading, family, swimming, cross-stitch, traveling, vacations, cuddles, talking, healthy cooking, giving gifts, bargains, zumba, mineral make-up, action movies with my husband, chick flicks with the girls, organizing & simplifying, dancing shows on tv, playing outside with my kids, hand written letters, hot but not humid weather, a new hair cut, ruby tuesday's salad bar, a clean tidy house, big family meals, supporting charitable organizations, toning at the gym, listening to my toddler talk, fireflies at dusk, mountain top views, toxin-free cleaning
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I'm so glad you've found my blog where I share my thoughts on many aspects of natural health. I hope you can take a few minutes to search my posts and find some inspiration and encouragement in your own journey... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
I have to wonder what our definition of 'fine' is too. I think we can look at people and think they are doing OK but we don't realize the emotional scars they carry. Our parents are the only ones who can provide safety and security for us as children when our awareness of God is so limited. Our parents are supposed to represent Him in our lives. When we communicate to our children that God is distant, unavailable and detached, it will take a move of God and some healing for us to become convinced of a loving, ever present, merciful God when we are adults.
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I remember talking to my midwife about my plans to get my 2 week old on a 'schedule'. She looked at me with one of those looks and said, "why?" It was a defining moment in my life and changed the way I have mothered. I had been conditioned and trained that my child must sleep through the night and adhere to my set of rules and expectations. That made me feel safe and in control, but what a price my child would have paid! Each child has a different personality and there may be some who can fit into the schedule model but I would suggest that they are few and I would also suggest that they still have the occasional off day (don't we all). I believe that where fear comes into play is in our need to be in control which absolutely goes against what God asks of us when we surrendered our lives to Him. How can God have the freedom to lead us as parents if we impose our own set of rules on our children. He did not give them to us as our possessions. He entrusts them to us because He has a purpose for them. What are we really afraid of if we 'lose control' of our children? That they will embarrass us (pride!)? That we might lose a bit of sleep (selfishness!)? That others will look down on us (fear of man!) I know that I battle these issues every day. Sin is not restricted to one school of thought or another. However, I believe that God wants to heal us of those issues that have caused fear in our lives that may lead us to a need to feel in control.
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This book is VITAL and indeed God breathed! I can hardly believe that God has led me to your blog at the precise moment that I am dealing with the same questions. I am currently working through the 'fall-out' in my own life of my Mom's method of detachment parenting and pursuing a different approach in how I mother my 2 year old and 10 month old. I also run our Baby Church and I can tell you that the difference is vast between the children who are 'scheduled' and, let's face it 'controlled' and those who are under more grace. I believe that God is passionate about this subject of mothering and has so much that He wants to speak. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for writing this book and sharing your heart! There will be much healing coming out of this, and a new generation of children who will be more equipped to step into their destinies!
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How inspiring! You make birth sound FUN! If we ever have another, I'm going for that - fun I mean, not the parking lot :0
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Hi Lori This is a good question. I'm assuming you're asking because you're experiencing some digestive issues when you eat certain foods. Certainly, food combining is a valid way to eat. Different foods; meat; grains; fruits; vegetables, are digested in the stomach at different rates. This can cause some distress to the stomach as it has to manage the different types of food eg. fruit takes about 20 minutes to digest, but meat can take several hours. While this can be a difficult way to eat, especially socially, I've heard a lot of people say that it has helped them a lot. My main suggestion is to eat fruit away from any other types of food - so mainly between meals. Something else you can do is to take a digestive enzyme (eg. Food Enzymes) with your meals to aid your body in digesting the food.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2009 on Your comments at Natural Health Educator
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Hi Becca, I just wrote a post that hopefully will help to answer some of your questions. I recommended Ultimate Greenzone which I think will help with her 'plant cravings'. It's certainly one to watch as some plants can be upsetting to the stomach. If she does get sick from anything she eats you can give her Hydrated Bentonite which is a clay that absorbs toxins. I wonder if her chalk craving is in a way helping to neutralize the effect on her stomach of some of the other things she has been eating by absorbing the toxins. I hope this helps. Please email me if you need more clarification or more help along the way.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2009 on Your comments at Natural Health Educator
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What a wonderful story! It's great to hear a positive hospital birth story. I love what you said about making informed decisions that are the best choice for each individual. My experience in preparing was very similar to yours except that I had mine at home. Thanks for a clear and unbiased account and for encouraging women to make informed decisions!
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You are hilerious!! I had a similar experience yesterday with my 2 year but it was in my bedroom. That was mortifying enough so I can't imagine the same situation in the library! You have my sympathy - and I"m sure the sympathy of most of those librarians if they've had children of their own. Maybe it's experiences like this that are the true rite-of-passage into parenthood :)
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2009 on There Will Be Poop at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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Excellent post - thank you so much for giving a gracious and balanced perspective. You clearly advocate natural and home birth but leave room for those instances when a hospital birth my be necessary.
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Sourdough Waffles 1 1/2 cups sourdough starter 1/2 cup buttermilk (I just use milk to make it less sour) 1/2 cup oil 1 egg slightly beaten 1 tsp salt (optional) 1 tsp baking soda 3 tblsp sugar (I use honey)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
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I have to say that this cake was nothing short of FABULOUS! I'm not much of a baker but I reluctantly decided to make this cake last night as a belated Father's Day cake. It was well worth it and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
Thanks for your comment Kimberly. I usually proof read my posts but somehow this one was missed. All corrections are made now. I hope the post can still be of some use to you. Thanks for your input.
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Fibromyalgia is a relatively new syndrome characterized by chronic achy muscular pain that has no obvious physical cause. The pain can be burning, throbbing, shooting and stabbing and may be accompanied by chronic headaches, strange sensations in the skin, insomnia,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
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I have been trying to lose weight for a long time but it has slowly been creeping on. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 20 years ago and had my thyroid irradiated which changed my condition to hypothyroidism which made my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
No problem! It has really helped me. Now I'm just trying to find a safe place to put the cotton buds with essential oil. Niela seems to find everything right now :)
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Natural Deodorizing Tips at Natural Health Educator
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Torticollis, or wry neck, is a condition in which the head is tilted toward one side, and the chin is elevated and turned toward the opposite side. Congenital torticollis is most commonly found in infants and is usually caused by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
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My house is smelling wonderful and it's such a relief. The fruit flies are gone and I'm starting to feel like I have the house back under control, finally. It's important to avoid chemical air fresheners and deodorizers as these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2009 at Natural Health Educator
Ohhhhh that's not fun! It won't hurt your eyes but they'll burn and water a bit. I usually try to wash them after I've used it in case I forget.
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Glad to help. Let me know if you have further questions. Pavla, when you order the products at my online store, you'll get them at the membership price which is about 30% off retail. Those two products come to just under $40. You're first order has to be $40 so that you get free membership, but then there's no obligation after that. You get free shipping on your second order.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2009 on Ear Infection at Natural Health Educator
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I'm glad you're enjoying it. I love posting and have been learning a lot myself!
Toggle Commented May 30, 2009 on Eczema at Natural Health Educator
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Wow Donna. I'm so glad you caught it and for reinforcing the need to be careful and to work towards prevention.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2009 on Human Papillomavirus at Natural Health Educator
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Ahhh, I'm glad I'm not alone! You're both right on the not opening the box / not having it in the house advice. I have decided not to buy anymore cookies. I have a wonderful 'sugar free cookie recipe' that you can find on my blog. I'll have a look at that book too. I can definitely see how easy it is to be a 'mindless eater'. It shows you how much of what we do is emotional.
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I just weaned my 2 1/2 year old after tandem nursing him and my newborn for 7 months. It was a sweet process - I was expecting trauma but it went really smoothly. I got a lot of strange looks and comments but nursing my toddler, and especially tandem nursing is one of my proudest accomplishments. I'll never regret it! It's great to hear about others that are doing it too.
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