Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nearly burned my house down this morning...today can only get better from here right?!



I hate our stove. 

You know how there is/should be a safety measure on stoves where you have to push the knob down before you can turn them?  Well on our stove this safety measure is slim to none.  I think our cats could turn on the burners if they tried, in fact- I'm going to blame this morning's incident on our cats.  That should make me feel better.



I was in the kitchen making smoothies and out of nowhere I smelled something strange- a chemical kind of smell.  I turned around to see where it was coming from and I see Gavin's coat in flames on top of the stove and the flames were nearly up to the ceiling.  About 848 thoughts ran through my head in half a second- FIRE!, STAY CALM!, don't scare the kids, yell for Steve, get the fire extinguisher, I don't know how to use the fire extinguisher, get the coat into the sink.....and so on.

Thankfully the kids were happily playing in another room so they had no clue this was even happening. I'm still not sure how the knob got turned, I must've bumped it when I was getting my smoothie cup down from the cabinet. 




Holy shit.

And, this has happened before.  One of the kid's plastic plates caught on fire once.  I know, I know- learn your lesson and don't put shit on the stove.  Lesson has definitely been learned today.  But to defend our putting shit on the stove habit, our stove is a built-in so it's part of the counter- it's also a little peninsula in the main area of the kitchen- where we dump everything when we get home.




Things learned: don't put shit on the stove and learn how to use the fire extinguisher. Nothing like a little adrenaline to get your day off to a good start.


Now, on to the original post I was going to write today. 

doTERRA has a really great Mother's Day special going on right now!



You get 3- 5mL bottles of my favorite oils in a cute little wooden box for $35.00 (!!!)- this is a perfect gift for anyone in your life or a great way to test out some oils for yourself!!

Balance Grounding Blend:  this is hands down my favorite oil.  I put it on the soles of my feet every morning and night. I also use it on the kids and I believe it has cut down on their tantrums for sure. Balance blend brings a feeling of calmness, peace & relaxation.  It can also aid in balancing the various physiological systems of the body.  Common primary uses:  anxiety, back pain, confusion, depression, energy, fear, grief/sorrow, hyperactivity, balancing metabolism, mood swings, Parkinson's Disease & seizures. Love, love, love.

Serenity Calming Blend:  this is my 2nd favorite oil.  I put this one behind my ears and on my feet before bed.  And I like to diffuse it in the kids rooms.  Serenity contains oils that are often used to help calm and soothe feelings of stress, excitement, and anxiety in order to help the body maintain it's natural state of health.  Common primary uses: ADD/ADHD, addictions, anger, calming, hyperactivity, insomnia, itching, mental fatigue, mood swings, teeth grinding, & tension.

Whisper Blend for Women:  this oil is newer to me but I am really, really liking it.  The great thing about Whisper is that it works with each person's unique chemistry to create an appealing aroma, so it smells different on everyone and it will smell different on your skin than it does out of the bottle.  Common primary uses:  aphrodisiac, frigidity & hormonal balance.  Trouble in the bedroom?  This oil is for you!

There is a limited supply of this kit, so let me know if you want to order one!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap

The sunshine was out in full effect this weekend and we could not get enough of it!

Saturday started off with a girls day for me & my MIL.  We went to a doTERRA class called Healthy from the Inside Out- the class was about cleansing/detoxing and it was amazing!  We learned so much and I can't wait to get started on this cleanse.  doTERRA's protocol is different than most I have heard of.  It's all about supporting your organs, clearing out heavy metals & all of the nasty stuff we come into contact with daily (like petrochemicals), and getting candida overgrowth under control. It is not the kind of cleanse where you can only eat vegetables and drink water.

The products in the cleanse are:  The Lifelong Vitality Pack, TerraZyme, Zendocrine capsules, Zendocrine oil blend, Slim & Sassy soft gels, GX Assist, & PB Assist.



It's a 30 day cleanse and I will keep you all updated on how it works for Steve & I- because of course I'm making him do it with me.

If you're interested in watching a video of the class click HERE.


Sunday we were outside all day.  It was 75+ degrees and after the longest.winter.ever. it was a much needed day of playing outside. We went to a park and the kids had so much fun exploring and running around.  I learned that my kids are obsessed with slides and that it's impossible to get them back inside without screaming and crying.  I took the 'real' camera and I'm so glad I did. Ready for a photo dump? Enjoy.

Emily, "I don't want a picture, I want to go down the slide!!"



getting sleepy

going down the biggest slide!  She kept saying, "it's piddy high mommy!"
 
best buds
 


getting them to stop for lunch was nearly impossible.







Life is good.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Siblings



I guess yesterday was National Sibling Day?  I didn't know until I looked at facebook and saw so many great pictures of brothers and sisters!





 So here's my shout out to my siblings- Kelsey, Niki & Randl.





I saw this quote somewhere and I don't know who wrote it, but the day I saw it I immediately texted it to my siblings- because it's so true.


"To the outside world we all grow old. 
But not to brothers and sisters. 
We know each other as we always were. 
We know each others' hearts. 
We share private family jokes. 
We remember family feuds and secrets, family grief's and joys. 
We live outside the touch of time."
 
 
 
 
 
The oldest of our group is Kelsey.  I like to call her Martha Stewart because she is so damn crafty. She can sew anything and cook anything.  She is an amazing mom to four beautiful girls.  She's a planner, she's responsible, and we can always count on her to host Thanksgiving dinner or any family gathering for that matter!
 

 
 
 
 
Then there's Niki (I call her Niki, her name is actually Nicole).  Niki is smart as hell and she can argue her point with the best of 'em.  She loves animals- like really, really loves animals.  She is loyal and will kick anyone's ass who messes with our family.  If I had to choose one word to describe Niki I think it would be feisty.
 

 
 
{I'm the third child, that's where all my issues come from- joke, but seriously.}
 
 
And Randl is the baby.  He's funny, outgoing and surprisingly frugal.  He's a genius with graphic art and storytelling.  He loves sports- playing them and watching them. And people naturally gravitate towards him - if you were to meet him, you'd see why. 
 

 

 
My siblings are the best people- they are my people.  We are all so different but we are also the same.  I have many, many great memories from growing up with them and I wouldn't change a thing.  We have been through a lot and have always stuck by each other's sides no matter what.  That's what having siblings is all about, you always have a friend.
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

a sleep update & the LavHa bracelet winner!



Gavin has slept through the night a total of two times in his life- for real.  He is the most inconsistent sleeper that there ever was, I'm sure of it.

Up until two nights ago he was still waking once or twice a night to eat (oink, oink) and he would wake up at 5:00am (sometimes earlier) and want to be up for the day.  Not cool buddy.

The past two nights I have been using Vetiver and Lavender on his big toes to help him sleep.  I use this combo on myself every night and I have been sleeping SO good, waking up feeling great and all that jazz. So when we got home from our trip I thought, hey let's try it on Gavin and see if it helps him! 

I am knocking on all of the wood right now because it has only been a couple of nights, BUT- he has slept from 7:30- 6:45 for two nights in a row!! PleaseGod let it continue.

Here's what I do:  a small amount of Vetiver (it's a super thick oil and you don't need a whole drop) rubbed on the bottom of his big toes followed by a drop of lavender rubbed on his big toes.  I also put Digest Zen on his belly for reflux and I diffuse 4 drops of Breathe with 2 drops of Vetiver in his room during the night.  Voila, sleeping baby (again, knocking on wood).

Other uses for Vetiver include: ADD/ADHD, relieving stress, recovery from trauma and shock, emotional balance, acne, oily skin, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, insomnia & post partum depression.

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Now let's switch gears and find out who won this amazing LavHa Bracelet! 



Fiona Austin!!

Fiona, email me with your address and we will get the bracelet sent right out!
Congrats!!    


The winner was chosen at random by Rafflecopter.  If the winner doesn't claim the prize within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen at random.             
               



Monday, April 7, 2014

A weekend trip to Iowa

First things first- make sure you have entered to win the LavHa Bracelet-
I will be picking a winner on Wednesday!!


Now on to our weekend! Our family celebrated my dad's 65th birthday this weekend in Iowa.  So we loaded the babies (and half our house) in the minivan and made the trip back home on Thursday. 

A few things you should know....in the past I have been a terrible traveler.  I'm scared of flying so we usually drive (this trip took us about 12 hours) and I don't like being away from home (I get anxiety), so every time I try to go somewhere I end up stressed to the max just thinking about the trip.  I was adamant that this trip was not going to be like every other trip.  So I started preparing in advance for the trip- making lists, getting things packed, loading up the ipads with Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and just trying to be in a good/positive mental space.

The drive went really well but I started feeling anxious about 2 hours in at the first rest stop because I knew we had so much farther to go and I was worried about the kids being uncomfortable.  I had my oils with me and I started using citrus bliss & serenity (like an addict) the rest of the time we were in the car and my anxiety disappeared.  I put them on Emily & Gavin every couple of hours and they were happy as could be sitting in their seats watching their shows. They even fell asleep at the same time-  Success!


When we got to the hotel it was late- about 9:00 pm central time which is 10:00 our time.  The kids were cranky and tired so I started diffusing on guard (to kill any germs in the hotel room) and lavender (to calm everyone down) and got them settled for bed. 

Friday we spent time with my sister Kelsey and her daughter Elena who is a few months older than Emily.  The kids had a good time playing together and I got to catch up with my sister.  My dad and his wife stopped by and we all hung out for a few hours.

Emily, Elena & Grandpa

Grandma, Emily, Elena & Grandpa

While we were playing at Kelsey's, my awesome in-laws were driving to meet us so they could celebrate my dad's birthday with the family and help with the kids- they were seriously SO much help with the kids, I can't thank them enough!  They probably walked 2,439 laps around that hotel just to make E&G happy.

Friday night Steve and I went to see some old friends- I can't even tell you how happy I was to see them.  They are the kind of friends you can go months and months without seeing and when you do see them, you pick up right where you left off.  Love you guys.

Saturday morning Emily got to play in the hotel pool with daddy, while we tried to get Gavin to nap. She had a ton of fun climbing up and down the ladder, "swimming", "catching fish" and "feeding seagulls".  This girl has a serious imagination. 

climbing up and down the ladder was her favorite!

sleepy head Gavin

Later in the morning we went to my dad's birthday party and it was wonderful to see my family (bummed I didn't get pictures of everyone)!  The kids had fun playing outside and we watched old family videos from when we were all babies.  I now know that Gavin is a mini version of myself.

Aunt Niki & Booty

all the cousins- Emily had to be bribed with M&M's to even get this picture

Emily, Erin & Elena

Gavin was outnumbered by the girls

 
and this is what happens when we try to get a family picture

On Sunday my brother Randl and my sister in law Julie made breakfast for everyone before we had to get on the road and we said our goodbyes and off we went. 

It was a quick trip but totally worth it, happy birthday dad!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Essential Oil Resources



Today I'm sharing my favorite essential oil resources and how I go about finding the answers I need when I'm asking myself, "which oil can I use for this?".  I use these books/websites daily, looking up answers for myself, friends & family.  I love learning (and teaching) about the possibilities of essential oil use and if I didn't have so many resources, I probably wouldn't use the oils as much-  or at least not to their full potential. 

The book I almost always grab first is Everything Essential.  This is an amazing book- I call it my oil encyclopedia.  It's a hardcover, 320 page book full of information about essential oils. The science behind them, how to use them- so much good info.

You can either look up each oil individually (ex: lavender oil)



Or you can look up a personal use you might be interested in (ex: disinfectant) and the oils that can help will be listed.



My second favorite book is Emotions and Essential Oils. I love looking through this book to read how essential oils can positively affect our emotions.

So if you are interested in an oil (ex: Bergamot) you can look it up to see what it can help you with emotionally.



Or you can look up a specific emotion and it will tell you what oils will support you (ex: forgiveness)




Next up is Living Healthy & Happily Ever After.  I have found some really great blends and recipes in this book (ex: allergies)




The last book I use is called Essential Oil for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies.  This book is basically everything you could need or want to know about what oils to use to help with fertility, during pregnancy- broken up by trimesters, labor & birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and using oils on babies and children- fantastic!



And if I am out and about and don't have my books with me, I go to the website Everything Essential because they have a great search function, a lot of great oil protocols along with personal testimonials.

As always, if you have any questions about how essential oils can help you, send me an email - I'd love to help!  If there is one thing I have learned since January it's that there is an oil for everything! 

Don't forget to enter to win a LavHa bracelet!  I got mine on Tuesday and put Citrus Bliss and Serenity on the lava beads and I've gotten so many compliments on how pretty it is and how great it smells- two thumbs up!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Lavha Essential Oil Jewelry- Giveaway!!!


** Today is the last day to get in on the Free Intro Kit!!  Email me today!**

Recently I have been coming across many situations in my life that can only be described as- 'everything happens for a reason'. Ever had that happen to you?  It's kind of amazing.  Last week I had an Access Consciousness Bars session with my friend Julie where we worked on a lot of very deep emotional "stuff".  I love Julie and consider our friendship one of those- 'everything happens for a reason' moments in my life.  At the end of our session she handed me a citrine gemstone and told me it might help me.  That night I was on one of the essential oil facebook groups I belong to and I saw a link to LavHa Jewelry's website.  I clicked over and wow(!!) I was impressed by what I saw! And- it seemed to fit perfectly into what Julie and I had been talking about earlier in the day....again, everything happens for a reason.

After looking through the LavHa website I emailed Jessica, one of the owners, and asked her if she would be willing to do a giveaway on the blog and she said yes!  She also answered about a million questions I had about gemstones and how they work.  I'm telling you, she was beyond nice and very thorough with all of her explanations.

Here is a little background from Jessica on her & Nancy's business:

LavHa started when I moved into my neighborhood and Nancy and I met. We both had a background in western medicine and I had a passion and interest in eastern medicine and she has her doctorate in Holistic Nutrition. Nancy was already making and passionate about yoga bracelets using gemstones and learning about their healing properties. I had been using essential oils for years and introduced her to medical grade oils (the purest on the market). My whole extended family uses the oils and I’ve had many amazing experiences with them that it was easy to share. We started talking and LavHa just “happened”. I don’t know how else to describe it. 
 
We both have worked in hospital settings and have learned that, although the advancements in western medicine is a blessing, that getting back to nature and what’s been provided and created for us by God is just as, if not, more powerful. 
 
We started to design bracelets using our combined knowledge of stones and oils. We believe that when you combine the mental and physical healing properties of the stones and oils, they amplify each other. The bracelets act as a personal diffuser, through the lava stone. .Each bracelet is made with high grade gemstones and at least one lava stone that acts as a natural diffuser. The oils will, microscopically, absorb into your skin and you have the aromatherapy benefit as you wear them as well. You put a drop on each lava bead and it absorbs the oils and will diffuse the oils for up 3 or more days.
 
The name LavHa comes from combining “lava”, which represent the "power of the fire within", and Ha, which means “breath of life” in Hawaiian.  Each piece comes with a woven bag, a gem guide, and a 1 oz. vial of oil to be used on your bracelet. We also make earrings and necklaces. We are excited to also “give back” and use our jewelry as a way to make the world a better place by giving part of our profit to non-profits, but also by spreading health and wellness both emotionally and physically to those that benefit from wearing our creations. 
 
Pretty amazing right?
 
And just look at how beautiful these bracelets are!
 

I already ordered my own with Jessica's help and I can't wait to get it!

Now for our giveaway!  LavHa is generously giving away this Fire Cracked Agate & Lava bracelet to one of my lucky readers. 

 
This bracelet is part of their Elements collection.  Need more physical and emotional balancing? Then this beautiful agate and lava strand is for you. Known as a powerful and universal body balancer, crackled agate is believed to evoke mental and physiological wellness.
 
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Good Luck!!