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Natural ADD Help

ADD runs in the family.  When I saw that there was an essential oil for ADD that helps you focus but is NOT a prescription drug, I ordered it right away just to see.  Both my brother and Andrew have been medicated for ADD in their lives with literally terrible results.  They told me about loosing appetite, feeling emotionless even depression, depression!  None of which seems worth it to me, although it did help them ‘focus.’  Focus without the joy of life.

So I ordered the InTune, which is a Focus blend.  I gave it to Andrew and I started using it on Finley when we did his morning workbook a few mornings a week.  After a few weeks, I was emailing with a mom who was looking for help with her daughter’s focus and I told her about InTune, and I told her I would do a trial with and without because I had forgotten how Finley had done prior to us using it.  I needed a control group.

I decided to film it to send it to her.

Dannnnng, it was a CRAZY DIFFERENCE!! You can see that is was immediate.  Notice the two most important things to me; 1. He still has his sweet, kind personality.  2.  He is able to absorb information, learn and practice his writing.  Again–immediately.  Before I applied the InTune he wasn’t able to!

InTune from TinyGreen46 on Vimeo.

I know this would be SO big for little ones who struggle in school even though they want to do well.  That’s the hard part about ADD, they actually are trying very hard, but don’t always have a lot to show for it.  I would love to get the word out about this, it is effective for children and adults, and most importantly is safe, effective, and so much cheaper than going through the process of prescription while keeping personality in tact.  If you have a need for focus in your family, get a roller and use it on everyone, takes .7 seconds and lasts forever.

If you have a little one with attention problems or ADD, try this out.  For us, getting on a prescription did not work out and has so many unknowns and negatives, while this is so effective and as you could see immediate.

I use this with a lavender on Elijah so he can focus as well as be calm while he is in gymnastics so he can follow directions and listen to his teacher.


“InTune is a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully
selected for their ability to enhance focus and support
healthy thought processes. This blend helps those who
have difficulty paying attention stay on task and sustain
focus. No matter your age, staying focused on the task
at hand is sometimes difficult. This is especially critical
during the formative years when learning and growing
create habits and a foundation for life. The carefully
selected essential oils in dōTERRA InTune Focus Blend
work together, supporting your efforts to remain calm
and focused on a desired task. Sandalwood, Frankincense,
and Lime contribute to clarity and focus, while the
benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile
are calming and soothing. The pleasing aroma of InTune
Focus Blend makes this solution an easy and delightful
one to use.”

Order here: http://www.mydoterra.com/tinygreenelephants/

and please take a moment to share with someone you know who is, or has a loved one who struggles with ADD or focus.

(If you want to read the real life side effects of the most common ADD prescription, see these, if you have a while.)

(All proceeds go to the adoption of an orphan and your natural good health and in this case, focus to accomplish what you need to)


Pumpkin Night

What month is it?  Just kidding.

Mandatory Pumpkin photos, am I right?




Each year our real estate agent rents out Bates Nut Farm and has a party there at night.  It was such a special treat because that place is usually packed with people.  Us San Diegans try to wear ‘warm clothes’ in the fall, but then it ends up being a cool 99 degrees so all the kids are sweating in the pictures under the sun with sweaters.

But in the evening, it was nice.  We could take our time.  The boys tried to be brave feeding the goats, but the grains turned to confetti shooting into the air when the goat’s tongue touched the palms of their hands as they shrieked in laughter.

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There was a BBQ food catering service, so naturally Maria ate two huge BBQ sandwiches, two servings of salad, 3 helpings of beans and coleslaw.  Growing girl.


There were lawn games out, face painting and Anna and Elsa blowing balloons with lots of kids and families.  It kind of had the feel of living in a cute small town somewhere with normal seasons.

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Outdoor soccer with papa.

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Frozen was playing, much to the kids delight, and they each got a snowflake painted on their cheeks, Elijah a snowman.  Elijah would not look Elsa in the eye, and held Finley’s hand the entire time Anna painted it on, refusing to look at her either.  Clammed up in front of his main girls, who would have thought?


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Ok, so I am going to take this pumpkin post and write a little note to myself of a couple of the sweet things they have said at this stage in their lives:


Each day, Finley says, “Mama, you are beautiful and cute!  Beautiful and cute mama!”  Sometimes, he will follow up, “Mama, I will call you flower because you are beautiful and cute…and flower, and kind and SMART!!!”

He does not hold back with his words of affirmation.  Then, sometimes he says, “Ok, now you tell me about my smart…” and wants kind words back, hee hee.

The other day I met a gal who said, “Oh you’re Finley’s mom?”  No one had ever referred to me that way before, but I told her yes.  She said she worked in his Sunday school room, which surprised me she would know him since there are about 45 kids in his class.

“Yes, I know him, he was always such a good listener and kind and funny, and I told my husband I was so sad when he moved up to the next room.”  I told her that was the kindest compliment I’ve ever received.




Elijah loves going to Speech Therapy twice a week.  The other day I picked him up after his 30 minute session, “Mama, I love my teacher.”

“Awww, you do, that’s so sweet.  What do you love about her?”

“She has keys….unlock the door.”

“Wow, do you wish you had your own keys?”


Elijah is going to be the best daddy.  He loves all things babies and taking care of them.  His favorite two right now are a turquoise stuff kitty and a teddy bear.  Every day we hear, “WAIT!!  My babies!” and he wraps them up and shoves them under his arms, or into a backpack.  Sometimes I wonder if his obsession with baby care stems from his early days of being in an orphanage.



All Maria says all day long is so cute, and sweet and thoughtful.  I hold myself back from writing it all down because it would give you a tooth ache from the sweetness.  She is genuine and pure in her thoughts and motives in all things.

“When I grow up, I am going to have my own farm, with horses.  And all the people will have to pay $5 to ride them, but my family is free!”

“Mom, I’m trying to feel how I’m blinking!!”

“Mama, I just like helping, everyone!”


The Back Cover of a Book

“Mama, here are my barbies, we can give them to friends, I just like books now.  And notebooks.”


“Ummm…wait, what!?  Well, ok, actually, that’s ok.   Ok.”

We donated them to Alex and Yana’s garage sale, and found her perfect Christmas dress in the piles.


The day Malala won the Noble Peace prize, Maria and I went and got her her own library card.  She started Italian at her school.

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“Extremists have shown what frightens them the most: A girl with a book.” -Malala Yousafzai


Goodbye ladies.  Their exit resembles to me the closing of a door, a step out of childhood, and towards her future.

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Yet, also, to the entrance of restoration, the place that is supposed to be.  The cliche of children growing up quickly feels stronger here.  When we adopted a 10 year old, the extent of her life left her very young, and we were fortunate to participate in stages that would have otherwise been long gone.  Yet I know, as her interests change, her heart, kind and strong, filled with caring and compassion and awed joy at the world, is still the same.

So we packed up the plastic girls, and tucked this life stage away.  Closing the back cover of a book.  Gladness for the time we got in those stages, knowing well that they were stepping stones in her life to where she is today.  Barbies to books and confidence.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” 
― E.E. Cummings

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We remain with a sense of busyness, and not.  The state of our lives, and the current pursuits leave us with little choices for extravagance.  Yet, this is one of the things God often reminds me is a secret pearl of goodness, one of his better plans.

Elijah forms full sentences these days.  He is busy, equal parts tender and spritely with toddler mischief, lip out.

Brave and filled with life, to the brim.

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“E, what’s your favorite part about being alive?”
“Hippos, tacos, and snuggle you.”

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