Monday, October 19, 2020

You're Invited to Join My Book Launch Team!

 It's finally happening! It's been almost exactly two years since I wrote my book during NaNoWriMo 2018 (an annual writing challenge with participation from writers around the world) and a year since I announced that I signed a publishing contract with Ambassador International

Yet Will I Praise Him: Living and Parenting with a Chronic Illness will be released November 17, 2020 and I'm so excited to share it with you all! 

Book description:
Motherhood can often feel overwhelming and isolating, but for moms with a chronic illness, those feelings are often intensified. When your life is a constant battle with pain, fatigue, and isolation, it’s easy to lose sight of any joy in your life. 

Wife and mother Hannah Wingert knows this all too well. After finally being diagnosed with a chronic illness following the birth of her fourth child, Hannah has had to come to terms with her diagnosis and learn to be a wife and mother in the midst of her invisible illness. 

In her inspirational book, Yet Will I Praise Him, Hannah opens up candidly about her own struggles of living and parenting with a chronic illness. She will help you understand how to use your chronic illness to grow in your faith, balance your marriage and parenting, and live each day with hope so you can not only survive the challenges you face, but also thrive

Hannah covers everything from the tough questions such as “Why doesn’t God heal me?” to “Why doesn’t my husband ‘get it?’” She also provides savvy advice and practical tips she’s learned along her journey. 

Though Yet Will I Praise Him is written by a mom for moms, it also covers information such as how the five stages of grief work when you have a chronic illness and what not to say to a parent with a chronic illness, making it beneficial for anyone who has a loved one who lives with a chronic illness. 

So here's where you come into all of're invited to join my book launch team! Here's what it entails:

+ Launch team members will help spread the word about Yet Will I Praise Him on social media and other places online. Specific tasks will be shared in the Facebook launch group to make it easy for you to do so.

Here's what you will receive:

+ You will receive free sneak peeks and chapter samples of the book.
+ Your name will be entered into a drawing (prizes will include canvas tote bags, mugs, t-shirts, autographed copies of the book, etc.) each time you complete a task.

Join the book launch team for Yet Will I Praise Him: Living and Parenting with a Chronic Illness! Apply here:


Other details:

+ The launch will run from November 5-December 1.

Click on the button below and apply to join the team! We're going to have so much fun and I can't wait to see you there!

Monday, October 12, 2020

How to Get Rid of Lice Fast and Naturally

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Just seeing that word makes your head itch, doesn't it?

How to get rid of lice fast and naturally

It's been eight months and I think I'm ready to talk about what happened last February. The month started out okay, but then I got the flu. After spending a week in bed, I was finally starting to feel well enough to rejoin the family when Anna announced that her head was really itchy. I keep a lice comb on hand to check the kids periodically so I pulled it out of the medicine cabinet and ran it through her hair. 

Lice. Live crawling lice of varying sizes.


Anna was beyond horrified to realize that there were bugs in her beautiful, blonde, nearly waist-length hair. I knew there were hours of intensive hair combing in our immediate future so I brought up the possibility of a haircut. Up until then, every time I had suggested cutting her hair, I was met with firm rejection, but this time, she was so eager to chop it off that she practically grabbed the scissors from me to do it herself. She probably would have agreed to shaving her head at that point.

BTW, she looked absolutely adorable in her bob haircut and loved it so much that she still keeps it that short.

I emailed Anna's teacher to let her know about the lice and ask if anyone else in the classroom had them. Anna was the only one and no one else ever got them so we think she probably picked them up at the clinic because that was the only other place she had been.

I checked everyone else's heads and sure enough, Davy had them too. The next day, I also found some in Bobby's hair so I pulled the clippers out of the bathroom closet and shaved both of the boys' heads down to 1/2 inch to make it easier to treat them.

At this point, I had all three of the lice-affected children sleeping and quarantined in the same room. I spent most of my time vacuuming, washing bedding and pillows, bleaching everything in the house and the van, and combing hair over and over again. I also hit up Amazon for some products to help us kick the lice to the curb aka annihilate every. single. one.

Then I noticed that my head was itchy and, with trepidation, I ran a lice comb through my hair. Yup. I had them too. That terrified me more than the kids getting them because it was going to be harder to treat and comb out my hair by myself than it was for me to do it for the kids. Thankfully, I have a friend who had recently regaled me with tales of her days as a nanny which included treating a round of lice for the kids she nannied. I called her up and asked her for the biggest favor of my life. To my shock, she agreed to come help me get rid of the lice in my hair and arrived a short time later with a bag full of tea tree oil shampoo, hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil, shower caps, and more. I still owe her big. 

Within a week, the lice were all gone and although, I continued to check everyone daily for over a month, I never saw any more. Thankfully, Katie never caught them and neither did Hubby despite sleeping next to me while I had them.

Here are the steps we took to get rid of the lice in a week...

>Combing. So much combing! I combed everybody's hair four times a day for the first few days and then went down to twice a day after that until I was sure the lice were gone for good. I tried several kinds of lice combs and found the one that comes in this kit to be the best one for combing out lice and nits. I also used the Rosemary Repel spray on our hair and continue to do so. I also liked using these combs as they have magnifying glasses built in. 

>I vacuumed every single day, usually twice a day.

>I washed ALL of the bedding every single day in hot water and dried it on high heat. 

>I sprayed this lice killing spray on our leather couch and the mattresses twice a day. I also used it in our van.

>Each of us had our hair completely coated in a coconut oil/ essential oil mixture using a recipe like this one before bed one night and then slept in shower caps. Yes, it was a little messy and kind of uncomfortable to sleep in, but not as bad as I thought it would be. The next morning, we washed it out a round of Dawn dish soap and then regular shampoo. 

 How to get rid of lice fast and naturally:


All in all, it was a lot of extra work (SO MUCH LAUNDRY), but it wasn't as hard to get rid of the lice as I thought it would be and we didn't use any heavy chemicals to do so

While I hope you never have to deal with lice, I hope the tips I've shared here help you get rid of them if you do!