A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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As we say good-bye to June, I want to send a big SHOUT OUT to the lavender farms in Kansas!  Let’s take a tour of a lavender farm together!  One last look before the season ends…

Whether your goal is to create your own craft project or just take in the massive scent and muted hue of lavender, if you want to relax and have a good time, a visit to Lavender Farm is what the doctor ordered.

https://discoverlavender.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/lavender-on-the-high-plains-of-kansas/

Prairie Lavender Farm is in Bennington, KS.  Though they are a small farm, they are dedicated to growing and developing the highest quality lavender and lavender products from the High Plains Prairie.  They offer over 80 bath and beauty products, culinary items along with their wonderful lavender.  They have over 4,000 plants of 9 different varieties!  They welcome visitors, but request that you call first.

http://www.prairielavenderfarm.com/photos.html

There’s another nice lavender farm close to Topeka, KS.  Ingwerson Lavender Farm was once a traditional farm with cattle and hay, but Jim and Mary gave up a couple of acres and began growing lavender.

Washington Creek Lavender is in Lawrence, KS.  They have a great website with handmade products at reasonable prices.  I like the lavender pottery they make!

http://www.washingtoncreeklavender.com/

Do you know someone who is hyperactive and has a difficult time shutting down at night?  Why is everyone saying MY name?  No, no…  I mean someone in your family or a friend – LOL!!!  Wouldn’t it be nice to get them an eye pillow infused with lavender scent?  Lavender has a calming quality and may help them drift off into dreamland.

You know I love baskets, but a basket with lavender inside is especially gorgeous!  I happened to find a photo that spoke to me.  I asked Lucinda Berry Hill if she would write a poem for the photo and she graciously agreed to do so.  It’s so purty…  I knew it would be!  LAVENDER IN A BASKET

God’s gifts are all fantastic…  that’s true.  One of the best gifts He gave Kansas was its lavender farms!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BATHTUB PARTY DAY

TL 12-5 BATHTUB PARTY DAY

 

12-5 YOU DESERVE A BATHTUB PARTY

Let’s review:

You helped the kids have a fantastic Halloween.  You made everyone’s favorite food for Thanksgiving.  You helped your friends and family in a million different ways this year, sometimes at the expense of your own well-being.

It’s time to turn off the cell phone, put your favorite CD in the player, get the rubber ducky out of the bathroom closet, light the candles around the tub, draw a nice warm bath, adding a generous dose of your favorite bath oil and have a personal party!  Today is BATHTUB PARTY DAY!

Don’t feel guilty – you deserve this!  If you’re like me, you don’t always take much “me” time because you’re too busy making sure everyone else is taken care of.  So make arrangements to have someone watch the kids while you focus on relaxing and rejuvenating.

You and the ducky will soon be so much happier and healthier.  There is something about self-care that makes you more effective in caring for others.  This holiday was created and is provided courtesy of  Wellcat.com

and it is copyrighted.

This is cute…  lol.

That Garfield…  he’s a wild one.

If you want to use an essential oil in your bath that you’ve not tried before, make sure you do a little test on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin like me.  Some oils may cause you to break out in a rash (which would definitely work against the goal of relaxation).  Just put a drop or two on the back of your hand.  If there’s no reaction after a few minutes, go ahead and add about 7 drops to your bath water.

The best scents to relax your senses and sore muscles are lavender and Chamomile.  Did you think it was only good for tea?  No – these essential oils work wonders in your bath.

Are you tired and need something to kick you into high gear?  Just as you would drink a mint tea, the peppermint essential oil will soon tell you to “Get up and get going!”

Most of us take quick showers every day because we lead busy lives.  Today you need to plan a nice long soak with your favorite music, candlelight, essential oil that will either make you relax or get you moving and a snack or whatever else makes you smile!  🙂

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx