Lemons, Lavender, Anxiety, Autism and Awesomism

 

I am sure by now if you follow me on social media you have seen these five words… all over my social media…Lemons, Lavender, Anxiety, Autism and Awesomism

Last week I launched in all natural, plant-based product line… Our Products are truly All Natural! no chemicals…The launch of this product line was so much bigger than just the six products we’re launching!

All six of the products that we launched smell of lemon and lavender. Lemon and lavender are proven smells that promote relaxation/are soothing…I designed this product line with Native Organics, LLC. They are an awesome all natural. plant based product line out of New Jersey. Please check out their website here! I love their products because you never have to worry about having chemicals, you don’t want or need

I am writing this blog so that I can explain my vision behind my AwesomismMom product line!

I have been blogging for several years now, and nothing makes me happier than when others reach out to me and tell me they have “learned” from my blogs! I started blogging as a labor of Love and as a way for me to work through my anxiety. I also, wanted to share our lives as an Autism Family…. I now decided I wanted to take my “activism” even further!

If you follow my blog and/or my social media accounts… You will know as I’ve shared with you, that I suffer from GAD. There are times that my General Anxiety Disorder really gets to me… I have a hard time even getting out of bed, some mornings.

It isn’t always easy to work through my anxiety… But I try, because I know I have to. I find a hot bath… Especially with a lavender candle, and lavender bath salts really helps me. Peyton loves the smell of Lavender, also. We both find it to be very soothing!

Life can be stressful full of up and downs, I’m sure you have heard of the expression.. when Life Gives you lemons make ( fill in the blank) ……We have our version on that … It is When Life Gives You Lemons make Lavender! I decided to take that expression and carry it farther!

I wanted to have a product line that was an actual “true example” of this! We all have tough times in our lives, and we all have to find a way to work through those times…the expression “when Life Gives you Lemons” is often associated with tough times. Lavender on the other hand is associated with calming, soothing etc…There have actually been Studies done that show the combination of Lemon and Lavender….improve a person’s mood and decrease stress levels both of which impact the special needs community and people with elevated stress and anxiety.This is how and why we came up with the type of products… Lemon and Lavender!

If you look at the labels on our bottles you will see that we talk about how we want those who purchase our product, to stop and think about how they can help raise Awareness,Acceptance and Activism for those in both the Autism and the Anxiety communities!

My hope is that when people are using our product line, they stop and think about how they can make a difference! Maybe it is reaching out to a friend or family member that is autistic.. and offering support.. maybe it is helping the family of an autistic child, teen or adult. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to help those in the Autism community, and I truly hope that when people use our Products.. it helps “remind” them of how together we can and will make a HUGE difference!

My hope is also that our products help bring acceptance and awareness and activism to the Anxiety community! living with any form of severe anxiety is NOT fun…and many times just a simple show of kindness and support, can make a lot of difference!

We’re proud to partner with UnderdogKids Foundation in promoting Awareness, Acceptance and Activism on their behalf. 10% of every bottle sold will go the Foundation to help Special needs families that are in need!

I hope that you have a clearer understanding of what we are trying to achieve! our goals are big… but we will never get to where we want, if we don’t start!

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you will visit my store and help us spread the word! Also, Please check out Peyton’s Store as well! 10% of everything he sells will also go to UnderdogKids Foundation!

Lynne “AwesomismMom”

No place like home for the Holidays


I absolutely love my husband… To me he is the best husband on this planet. Being married to an oil guy means you have absolutely no set schedule. You live according to an “oil schedule” Which is just fine with me. I miss him when he’s gone, but our love is stronger than distance.

My husband was supposed to be home a week and a half before Thanksgiving… That didn’t work out… He got home on Thanksgiving day. We decided to have Thanksgiving with our third child, who lives close, on Sunday… We watched football and relaxed, on Thanksgiving. 🦃

I had this feeling that he wasn’t going to be able to be home when he thought he would be. I decided that I was going to decorate the whole house… Mind you we have 4100 ft.²… For Christmas, before he came home.

I usually have a rule that I don’t start putting any Christmas decorations up until Thanksgiving is over… I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I don’t like to dismiss it, by having Christmas stuff up. This year I made an exception!

I wanted to make sure, that if my husband didn’t make it home for Christmas… That he still got to enjoy Christmas in our home. I absolutely positively love decorating… Very few people know this about me, but my background is interior design.…Even though I chose not to pursue it professionally, after college.

I love designing and decorating my own home. The holidays to me are like an empty canvas and I get to paint with passion and love. I go all out. This year was no exception. In fact this year I went above and beyond what I have done for the last five years combined.

I put a 7 foot plus tree in our sitting room… And I decorated it with all little white lights and lots of gold, silver with angels, beautiful ribbon etc. the rest of the room was decorated the same.

I did the lights down the staircase with Garland swags and bows… In our office I did our sports Christmas tree!  Each room in the house has a different theme.

Our family room and kitchen I put our family Christmas tree… And that was decorated with the ornaments that we’ve collected over the years from our children and family ornaments. Multicolored lights on the tree & fireplace.The fireplace has the garland and the stockings 

I must admit when I was all done, even though it was a lot of work, I loved it. I loved it even more when Mark walk through the door and I could see by the smile on his face, and that twinkle in his eyes how much he loved it!

As I said at the beginning of this blog my hubby is awesome. Doing things like this for him makes me happy.  He not only is an awesome husband… He is an amazing stepfather… He’s actually their dad. Peyton and my older kids all absolutely adore him.

Peyton helped me decorate the whole house… He loves the lights part,  which is so awesome for me because I get so frustrated when the light to get all tangled up! He has the patience of a saint.  😂🎄

In fact Peyton  even wrote a blog about why he loves Christmas lights so much! https://teamawesomism.com/merry-awesomism-christmas/

My hubby works very hard… He never complains… So making his Holidays a little bit better by having the house cozy, loving and festive is the least I can do. My goal was to have Mark feel ” There is no place home for the Holidays” I think I achieved that! I know he felt the love In every Christmas decoration! ❤️🎄❤️

The Holland Lighthouse

When I was growing up my parents had a summer home in Holland, Michigan. Although I must admit, we always called it a cottage. even though  it was definitely bigger than a cottage.

I love Holland, Michigan. The highlight of my year was always going up there for the summer. Our home was on the lake,we had a dock, a boat,paddle boat etc… There was so much to do.

I used to love it at night when we would have the windows open and the only sound we would hear was an occasional motorboat out on the lake. There was something very soothing about that to me. I also loved when the water was kind a rolling to the shore and you just hear it kind of hitting the beach.

My summers in Holland are some of my favorite memories from my childhood. I also loved it when my family would go up to the family cottage in Minocqua, Wisconsin. It was something very magical and safe and comforting about how it was.

Although, I was born and raised in a large city… Chicago, and I live in a large city… Houston… I truly do prefer smaller towns. I think I develop the love of them because of Holland, Michigan.

There’s something very soothing and comforting to me about small towns. I’ve not really lived in one per say since being an adult. I’ve lived in suburbs of large cities primarily. I do think I’d like to retire to a smaller town though.

I’m sure you’re probably wondering why I’m writing this in a  Sunday Soothing blog. The point of this blog is more about finding that comfort zone… You may not be in the situation at the time… Like I live in a big city now, but there is soothing comfort to me in the memories of being in Holland during the summer.

For me nothing represents Holland better than the lighthouse. I’ve always loved that lighthouse, there was just something so magical about it for me. To this day I smile every time I see a picture, think about it or look at the lighthouse statue, I have in my office. 

I purposely put the statue in my office so that when I do get really  stressed I can look at it. One of the things that I’ve really learned with my GAD… General anxiety disorder… Is when I’m starting to feel overwhelmed, I have to go to my comfort zone/happy place.

I have several comfort zone/happy places… And that’s good because sometimes somethings don’t destress me at the time, so I need other things.  Do you have comforting memories that bring you to your comfort zone? I’d love to hear about them.

This past week was a particularly tough week for me I had a lot going on. There are several really stressful situations I’m dealing with right now… So my comfort zone/happy places have been needed a lot this week.

I was trying to think about what I wanted to write in my Sunday soothing blog… I was sitting in the comfortable chair in my office, and I looked at my Holland lighthouse and realized how many times this week I looked at it and smiled. I knew then I needed to have my Soothing  Sunday blog… about the Holland lighthouse! 

Thanks so much to Terry Potter for allowing me to use this awesome picture of the Lighthouse… please check out her amazing photography on Flipboard https://flipboard.com/@TPorter2

As always thanks so much for reading my blog and your support!

Check out Peyton’s website for more comfort zones/happyplaces. https://teamawesomism.com/

 

 

Monday’s Potpourri Blog

I absolutely love Potpourri… Especially in the fall and winter. I love having a pot of potpourri on the stove at low temperature, when it’s cold out. Nothing makes the house smell better, than apples, cinnamon etc.…

This blog isn’t really about Potpourri… Although, I do have a surprise at the end. It’s more about a mixture of different announcements in a blog. 😊

First and foremost I want to talk about this amazing podcast that I was on… It’s called “this podcast has autism”. It’s run by an autistic adult and his wife, who has anxiety issues. I had such a good time on their podcast… Hope you take the time to listen to it here. Also, please follow them on Twitter @tphautism and Instagram! Thispodcasthasautism http://www.thispodcasthasautism.com/episode-14-lynne/

I also have another big announcement to make! Not only are we  launching Team Awesomism On September 15!! But I’m going to make some changes to this blog as well. I will be updating the theme and having a little different blogs structure.

Monday blogs… Will be written by me… About my current and past experiences as an Awesomism Mom…  as well as our family experiences.

Wednesday blogs… Will be by guest bloggers on a variety of topics. They will encompass everything from autism, stress, Anxiety and more.

Friday Food blogs… Will be our Friday food recipes … Where I will share recipes that we cook at home… As well as friends and family recipes, that they share.

Soothing Sunday blogs…This blog will be all about getting that “time out”… Even if it’s only for 10 minutes…I’ve got lots of cool surprises and I hope you join me in finding that 10 minute break… And soothing Sunday!

Remember I said I was going to have a surprise at the end of the blog… Well here is my fall/winter potpourri recipe that I’ve been making for years with my kids.

Start out with 6 to 8 cups of water depending on how big the pot is that you’re going to use. Add 3 Apples, I like to take ones that are a little bit past eating, but perfect for potpourri….slice them up into thin slices and put them in the pot. Add a third of a cup of brown sugar, yes brown sugar… A tablespoon of cloves… I like to use lemons, but you can use oranges, or have both.

Believe it or not, I add a little bit of maple syrup in it… Add 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks… And here’s my favorite thing to add… I add teabags… yes you read that right tea bags! My favorite to use is  wild sweet orange tea and Chai tea.  Sometimes I add a little bit of cranberries in it as well.

Turn it on the stove on low temperature… It will make your house smell like you’re baking. But PLEASE  make sure you check the water level, so that it doesn’t burn dry, as well as make sure you turn it off after a few hours. You don’t want to forget it’s on and have a fire.

As always thanks for following us on our blog… And our journey through life… We love connecting with you and reading your comments. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, we would love to have you! Have an awesome day and please spread love 💙life is too short to be angry!