Brokenness, Horses, Kids and A Dream

Well I have not been here in a about a year and a lot has changed.

I will still be involved in the natural and organic bath & beauty biz for a little while anyway. I hope to have my etsy shop back up and going soon. I guess it’s only fair for those of you who had faithfully read my blog here and subscribed via e-mail, to explain where the heck I went. To do that, I have to back up about a decade and give you “the back-story”….

It all started a little over 10 years ago. My husband and I have been talking and praying about starting a non-profit organization to pair abused & neglected horses with abused, neglected, bullied and at-risk youth. I have experience with rescuing and rehabbing horses and my hubby was horribly bullied for 6 years.

His bullying was so extreme that the families involved went to court and his family ended up moving out of their house to a different neighborhood across the city. We also had done inner-city youth ministry in the “bad lands” of Philadelphia for a few years and loved it! In fact, we still keep in touch with some of the youth to this day.

We began looking into all the necessities to start a non-profit organization. Just the paperwork alone seemed overwhelming but, we were willing to forge ahead. So right when I got started with researching things, God had other ideas.

I unexpectedly became pregnant with our second child at 36 years of age. Our first daughter was already 9 years old and we both nearly died when she was born.

We thought we were done having babies and were blessed to just have the one but, God said, “Hold on, I have other plans.”

So thus, our plans for the non-profit were shelved. My pregnancy became a bit scary when I was told I was high risk again and had high blood pressure and gestational diabetes early on in the pregnancy. I was the bread winner at the time and had to continue working despite my physical conditions.

Things went along okay for a while. Then during a routine check-up, an ultrasound revealed that our child would most likely be born with Downs Syndrome or Spinal Bifida or be severely handicapped in some way.

We were ushered into a conference room at the hospital and encouraged to “make the educated choice”. Translation = [abort the baby]. We were told that due to my “advanced age” that these genetic anomalies were more common in older women and that it would not be fair or “responsible” to the child to allow them to “live like that”.

Of course we were appalled and chose to carry on with the pregnancy and leave the rest in God’s capable hands. So almost mid-term, I switched to a reputable doctor affiliated with a different hospital and went on as if nothing was wrong.

I was moving ahead and trying to trust God to handle everything and work it all out for me and my baby. Working full-time helped to keep my mind off of the growing life inside of me and how we would deal with things when delivery day arrived.I was scheduled to be induced about 2 weeks before my due date and arrived at the hospital three hours late.I was still at my office giving last minute instructions to my temp who would perform some critical tasks in my stead while I was out. The database failed in the middle of instructing her so I had to repair it then, teach her how to repair it in case it happened again.Now that I look back, I was stalling for time for more than one reason. I looked forward to meeting my new baby but also was nervous at the same time.My daughter was born July 3rd 2003 weighing 7 pounds 0 ounces. A happy, healthy red head, white as a sheet! But, with no issues what-so-ever. I was relieved and happy. All was right with the world once more.Then on the 3rd evening in the hospital, I awoke to my baby’s cries from the standard issue plexi-glass crib at the foot of my bed. I pressed the controls to put the head of my bed up and realized, I was not breathing.I was on a mega dose of Magnesium Sulfate to prevent seizures due to the high blood pressure. One of the side effects of such a high dosage is apparently fluid on the lungs. I looked over at my husband who was sleeping on a fold-out chair in the room. He too had awakened at the baby’s cries. Our eyes locked and I said good-bye / I’m dying / I love you / take care of our baby all with my eyes. I could not speak. I could suck breath in but could not exhale.I pressed the call button for the nurse’s station and got out..a throaty, breathless, “I can’t breathe” My nurses were in my room in less than 10 seconds! They immediately hooked me up to a pulse oximeter – it told the tale that my blood now had only 88% oxygen saturation and was dropping rapidly. There was a flurry of activity in the room, a resident doctor wanted to use a chest tube to punch a hole between my ribs and into my lung to drain the fluid, a nurse was calling for my doctor as they did not agree with the chest tube puncture treatment. I was scared. I felt like I was drowning in mid-air. Wild thoughts about how I would not see what my daughter would look like when she got older, what my husband would do for work, etc.. flooded my mind.My husband held my hands and cried and prayed over me out loud. I was starting to black out. Then suddenly while my husband was praying, my oxygen levels started to climb back up.Then the nurse came back and pushed a huge dose of Lasix through my I.V. This helped get the fluid off of my lungs and soon I was able to breathe a little. The resident doctor who had wanted to puncture me with the chest tube was ushered out by my nurses.

After I could breathe a little again, we realized after all that commotion, the baby had only cried enough to wake us up. She went peacefully back to sleep even through all the noise and commotion. We realized, that if she had not cried when she did, I would have died in my sleep. 

I spent a total of 5 days in the hospital after delivery and went home. Only to have emergency gall bladder surgery 6 weeks later. When things settled down, we focused on me getting healthy again and getting back to “normal”.

Time went by and ideas of the non-profit went by the wayside. During this time, for many various reasons, we found ourselves in a battle to hold on to our marriage and family let alone being able to minister to others. We had come through some very difficult trials throughout our marriage and were falling apart instead of being strengthened.

We were unworthy, failures, we were physically and spiritually broken, not to mention getting older. We did not have faith in each other, in ourselves and lacked faith in our once shared vision. We wondered what happened to us and our dream of helping kids and horses.

Then it happened. We broke. We became broken for things of the LORD instead of holding on to our own vain ambitions and selfish pride. Our marriage reconciled, our relationship became stronger and more solid than ever. Our baby grew, our older daughter bloomed and found successes in school and her writing interests.

Now we can see that God had this all planned for us to grow through those trials so that we could truly minister to the children AND their parents. Parents who may be struggling with their relationship, marriage etc.. He put us through many fires of varying intensity so that we could know what those fires felt like first hand.

WOW. How wise He is indeed. If we had started this ministry years ago, it was doomed to fail. Now we are ready and God has put many people in place to help us get started. We are fund raising to get the legal / paper work fees out of the way so that we can apply for grants and other funding as an official non-profit 501(c)(3).

We have begun working with two families and their children. We will have our second session on April 21st with the first family to participate. Their boys enjoyed our horse and pony tremendously and we are excited to have them come back! The positive feedback has been such an encouragement and blessing to us!

Well thanks so very much for taking the time to read my blog.

If you are so led, would you please contribute to help make this long-realized dream a reality? Click this link to contribute http://thelordsleadline.chipin.com/non-profit-status-legal-fees

ANY amount is a blessing!

Thank you & God Bless! x0x0x

The Cianflone Family

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Eco-Chic Great Green Goodies!

Hey All!

Here are some GREAT DIY instructions and ideas to turn your garbage into great green goodies! Click on Link>> Great Green Goodies! Happy Earth Week! Or The Pic Below!

Enjoy!

Patti THE Eco-Chic Boutique

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Hair Hair Everywhere…

Hey All,

A few years ago I started losing hair. I tried every beauty remedy I knew. Time and again nothing helped much so I decided to see the doctor. It turned out that I had a thyroid condition and that was the root of my hair loss issue (no pun intended) 🙂

Still to this day, every now and again I lose some hair even though my condition is under control with medication. Like most women, I really hate losing my hair. For one thing, my hair is already thin. I have a lot of it, but it is thin.

Here are some quick and effective hair tips that have worked for me in the past.

Oily Hair?

Remove excess oil from hair: Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo.

Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.

 

Use A Lot Of Hairspray?

Hairspray remover: Mix 1 gallon water, 1 cup of lemon juice (fresh squeezed) and 1 cup epsom salt. Mix well and cover. Let this concoction sit for 24 hours.

The next day, pour the mixture into your freshly brushed, dry hair.  Let it sit for 20 minutes. Pin your hair up and take a nice soak while you wait. Then shampoo as normal. This will eliminate all hairspray residue from your hair. It will be shiny and bouncy too!

Need A Lift?

Turn Up The Volume: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes.

Pin your hair up and take a nice soak while you wait. Rinse and enjoy your new bounce!

Here is another great volumizing recipe {originally posted in the article “Football, Beer & Hair

Beer Boost 

Is your hair limp and lifeless? use a beer rinse to restore bounce and body. Vitamin B and natural sugars in beer add body and shine, while acting as a natural setting lotion that increases resilience, vitality, and hold. WOW! can you believe it? all that from beer! So go to the fridge, grab one and try this.

  • Pour one cup of beer into a glass and allow it to go flat and warm.
  • Shampoo and rinse hair as usual.
  • Pour the flat warm beer on your hair and work it through.
  • Rinse thoroughly with luke warm to cool water.

I hope you have enjoyed these super simple and effective recipes! As always, please let me know if you try them and how they worked for you!

Make It A Green Kinda Clean Day! & All The Best To You!!!

Patti (Yeshuazgirl)

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The Wagon and 911

I have been a little absent from this blog for a couple of weeks.

I apologize for not notifying you guys. Some have emailed and asked if all is well. Yes all is just fine thanks! I have just been ultra busy but promise not to neglect you all in the future. *SMILE*

On my recent lists of busyness lately, I have been walking a few miles a day (well mostly every day) and sticking to a strict low-calorie diet and exercise regimen. I fell off the wagon so to speak and now am firmly seat-belted in the wagon. Some days I feel like I’m pulling it! 🙂

Let me explain why the sudden dog-with-a-bone level of commitment. I had an incident that spurred me to resurrect my shelved dream of a better body and health.

You see, I have a 7-year-old and we were at the playground a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to run around and play with her and the other kids. Pretty soon my heart started pounding, a lightning bolt pain shot through in my chest, I broke out in a cold sweat, my vision blurred, the whole 9 yards! 

My little one saw me wince and asked worriedly, “Are you OK Mommy?” in my best calm and cool voice I said, “Sure beauty, I’m fine I just need to sit a minute”

While on the inside I am screaming “Oh my God! somebody call 911! I’m having a coronary!”

So I sat for a few minutes shivering and clutching my chest. When the pain subsided, I called to my little one and told her “5 more minutes! then we have to get home”.

I vowed right then and there to change my ways. I wondered what the Hell happened to me?!

I want to be around to see my daughters down the aisle, grandkids etc.. So like my wise step mother always says “We all have choices”.

So I chose to stop making excuses and start being healthy. I hope that you are taking good care of yourself as well! Do you have a desire to get the ball rolling but, don’t know where to start? Here is a great site to start with for all things nutritious and healthy. Dr.Weil’s Optimum Health Plan

I hope that my little story has inspired you to get to it and get healthy!

Make it a Beautiful Day! x0x0x

P.S. I’ll resume great beauty tips and recipes tomorrow! YIPPEE!!! I just needed to get this little story off my chest (no pun intended) *SMILE*

Patti (yeshuazgirl)

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The Agony Of “De Teeth”

Hey All,

My hubby is suffering with a bad toothache. A call has been placed to the dentist but he hasn’t heard back for any available appointments as of yet.

I think that toothaches have got to be one of the worst pains! You can’t hold it, wrap it, put medication on it and your saliva soon renders it diluted and useless. Pretty soon the only thing numb is your tongue and you sound like a mumbling idiot trying to communicate anything intelligible! What to do..what to do…

In my hubby’s case, he decided while awaiting an appointment that self-help was in order to cope in the meantime.

So he looked up some natural remedies online and came upon some great effective advice.

The number one helpful remedy for a toothache was a simple one. The recommendation was to gargle with warm salt water. Not table salt but the article specifically mentioned using sea salt.

Being the chef that he is, my hubby had a myriad of salts to choose from. He chose a Hawaiian black volcano salt that he had in the pantry. He followed the directions and after a few gargles, hubby was feeling much better!

It’s amazing how something so simple can be dismissed as too simple to work. Many of us would have run to the drug store to find a cure and spent lots of money doing it. Many times we have a great home-made remedy right under our noses – or in this case in the cupboard to the left of the stove *SMILE*.

Our parents knew a lot about home remedies and cures.

Currently, I am studying more in depth about herbs, essential oils and organic botanicals that are very beneficial for health and beauty and how to formulate them properly to create amazing products. It’s some pretty fascinating stuff!

Anyway, back to my hubby’s tooth, the pain is still threatening to spike at times. The pain  is at least much more manageable now after the salt treatment.

We also came across a great recipe for home-made toothpaste that is helping him tremendously as well! I have shared the recipe below:

Ingredients:

6 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
3 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide
10 drops peppermint oil

Directions:
Mix thoroughly until pasty. Store in a container – leave lid loose until the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda action settles then seal with tight fitting lid.  

*you can substitute 1 tablespoon cinnamon in place of the peppermint oil if desired*

I hope that we can get his tooth fixed soon but, am relieved that we found two very effective remedies to help in the meantime. As always, thanks for reading! If you try any recipes or remedies in my blog, please let me know how it works for you! x0x0x0

Have a GREEN Kinda Clean Day!

~ Patti (yeshuazgirl) * THE Eco-Chic Boutique Shop THE Eco-Chic Boutique Online @ http://theecochicboutique.etsy.com

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Euerka!

Hey All!

I have been diligently studying botanicals, essential oils, herbs, carrier oils and their properties and related benefits.

In doing so, I have hit upon a great organic formula for super sleek and shiny hair! I will be finalizing the formulations and adding essential oil scents in the next few weeks. I am also working on an astonishingly effective organic anti-wrinkle formula!

I am VERY excited but patient.

I will not release them for sale until my testers have had their experimentation time with them. But, rest assured once they are released for sale, you won’t want to use anything else! 

I am THAT confident that you will LOVE these new products so much!

Using anything less will be just unthinkable!

Here is a quick recipe for you to try while I get back to formulation calculations 🙂

Olive Oil & Ground Cloves Intensive Hot Oil Treatment

  1. Warm 1/2 cup olive oil in a small pan, and add 2 tablespoons ground cloves.
  2. Heat until hot but not boiling, and remove from heat.
  3. Let sit overnight, and then strain into a small jar or bottle. 
  4. When ready to shower, rub some clove-olive oil between your hands to warm it up, and then rub into your scalp and comb through to the ends of your hair.
  5. Wrap in a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes.
  6. In the shower, rinse oil out (and rub into your skin as you rinse!) and be careful not to slip on the oily floor.
  7. Shampoo as usual. You may need to shampoo twice

 

Recipe Credit: Melissa Breyer

 Enjoy! and Have a GREEN Kinda Clean Day!

~ Patti (yeshuazgirl) * THE Eco-Chic Boutique Shop THE Eco-Chic Boutique Online @ http://theecochicboutique.etsy.com

 

 

 

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Wacky Weather…

Hey All,

I don’t know about your neck of the woods but here in PA, we’ve been experiencing some really wacky weather patterns! One day it will be 50 degrees and sunny, the next, a gray day with 2 to 4 inches of snow.  This morning I woke up to the latter condition outside my window.

So I decided to post two great recipes one to warm your insides and one to keep your outsides looking great no matter what it decides to dish up outside 🙂

The first recipe is for amazing roasted veggie soup. Easy to make and hearty for your soul!

Recipe: Delicious Roasted Veggies Soup

This is a thick, creamy (using no actual cream), delicious soup!   The roasted veggies take about an hour but you can do this the day before to save time.  After the veggies are all roasted, it takes only a few minutes til soup’s on! 

The Veggies: 

  • 1 sweet potato or yam – sliced
  • 1 red pepper, cut in half and seeded
  • 1 green pepper  cut in half, seeded
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes – sliced 
  • 1 large white or yellow onion – cut into quarters
  • 5 cloves garlic – peeled
  • 1 large carrot – sliced 

The Marinade:

3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary or 2 tsp  dried rosemary & 1 tsp thyme (can be fresh or dried) 

Mix all marinade ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

Place all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl.  Toss with the marinade until coated.  Make sure you use a large mixing bowl to accommodate all veggies and have plenty of room to toss ‘em around and coat them completely. 

Place all of the vegetables on a large baking tray or stone.  Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 1 hour or until vegetables are tender and soft. 

Place all your delicious veggies in a food processor or blender, add hot water or chicken stock to thin to desired consistency. Heat & Serve.  Add ground sea salt and pepper to taste. 

Enjoy!

  ** Recipe For This Soup Can Be Found In: The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan: A Program for Greater Energy, Health, and Vitality By Michelle Schoffro Cook**
  

Now for the beauty recipe that’s sure to keep your face glowing even in the harshest weather!  

 Sweet Roses Facial Mask

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. Oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. Rose Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Yogurt
  • 3 Drops Rose Essential Oil

 

The How To Of It All:

Combine the oatmeal, honey and yogurt. Stir well and wait until the oats soften and begin to break apart. Creamy consistency is achieved by adjusting the amount of rose water used. Add your rose essential oil last.

After mixing well, spread the mask over your clean face and neck and relax for 10-15 minutes. When the mask is dry, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Your skin will be, renewed, refreshed and revitalized!  

I hope that you have enjoyed these recipes! As always, please let me know if you have tried them and let me know how you liked them.

Have a Beautiful Day!

~ Patti (Yeshuazgirl) * THE Eco-Chic Boutique 

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