Monday, August 11, 2014

Transitioning to a big girl bed

The time has come....for Emily to sleep in a big girl bed.  I was always the mom who saw other kids going into big kid beds and said- NO WAY, crib for life (right Kelly?).  But when we went to Illinois a few weeks ago, we had Emily sleep on an inflatable mattress and she did so great and she really loved it!  So when we got home Steve and I started talking about re-decorating her room for her 3rd birthday and getting her a big girl bed. 

To start with the trasition to a twin bed we decided to take the front off of her crib.  She LOVED it!  So she's been sleeping in her crib like this for probably 2 weeks, maybe more, and she does really well.  We put a big padded mat next to her bed in case she ever rolls out- which she has done a couple of times- but she always goes right back to sleep.



So fast forward to this weekend.... Grandma & Grandpa graciously got Emily a big girl bed as an early birthday present and we put it together last night.  I wish I had a video of how excited Emily was- it was priceless!





She slept so great last night, barely moved at all and announced this morning that she "slept all night in her big bed!"



thanks G&G!!


How did (almost) 3 years go by so fast??

Friday, August 8, 2014

back to school time





Back to school time usually means- my kids get sick.

There have been a few illnesses/viruses making the rounds at daycare the past couple of weeks and last year at this time my kids were spending a lot of time at the doctor and at home- sick.  This year, I have high hopes of keeping the sickness at bay and if Emily and Gavin do happen to catch something, I know I will be able to help them get over it quickly- thanks to our use of essential oils.

Gavin has already started to come down with a couple of illnesses (surely because everything he sees goes directly in his mouth).  Two weeks ago was the runny nose/cough/beginning of a cold symptoms.  We were able to knock it out quickly (in two days) using On Guard, Frankincense and Oregano (all diluted) on the bottoms of his feet 2-3 times a day.  I also diffused Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint to help with his congestion and it cleared him right up.  It never even had a chance to turn into a full blown cold.

And then last weekend he woke up with a fever and was definitely not his normal self.  I had heard a few fevers had been going around school so I started diffusing On Guard and Lavender and he also got Oregano and Frankincense on his feet twice a day and Peppermint oil on the back of his neck helped to keep his fever low.

Thankfully, Emily has been so healthy since we started using essential oils in January- meaning she hasn't been sick in 8 months!! I believe this is because of her On Guard strengthened immune system.  Emily gets On Guard on the soles of her feet morning and night to keep her immune system strong and to fight any germs/viruses/bacteria that she might come into contact with (and now I am knocking on all of the wood).

The oils included in doTERRA's Family Physician Kit are the oils that I turn to any time the kids are sick, have a rash, get a scrape, sunburn, upset tummy....basically- it is our first aid kit.  And I'm not sure what I ever did without it- it saves us on a weekly (if not daily) basis.


The oils in included in this kit are: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Deep Blue, Breathe, DigestZen, OnGuard & Slim and Sassy.

Click here to read 150 uses for the Family Physician Kit.

The best news is that through the 15th of August, doTERRA has a great promotion going on for new wholesale members.  If you become a wholesale member and purchase $100.00 in oils you get a $50.00 credit on your account to purchase more oils! 

So if you really want to get the best deal possible, you can purchase the Family Physician Kit for $150.00 and it includes your wholesale membership for FREE and you get $50.00 to buy any other oils you might want!

Email me with questions!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ever have one of those days?

I know you all have.  The kind where you're asking yourself all day, "is it a full moon??"

To set the mood, these are the texts my husband got from me yesterday:

10:21am (side note: I held off texting until mid-morning so I feel like a should get an award):  Today is terrible and you better be coming home for lunch. (he didn't make it home for lunch)

12:00pm: This has been my whole day.... (video of screaming children throwing themselves on the ground)

12:50pm:  Steve seriously I can't handle this.

2:00pm:  G napped for like an hour.  Back to screaming.  I'm leaving when you get home.

3:00pm:  Emily can't poop and she's been crying about it all day.  I don't know what to do.

A little over the top?  Maybe.  Today I look back and think it was a tiny bit dramatic but yesterday- no way was it dramatic.  Gavin and Emily woke up at 5:30am on the WRONG side of the crib.  They then took turns crying for the entire day.  And I literally mean the entire day.  And sometimes they cried together just for the extra effect.  I could do nothing right.  They even cried on our walk which is usually their favorite thing.

I'm not even sure what was wrong with Gavin.  He's been in this crying about everything and throwing fits phase.  I remember it with Emily around this age too.  He isn't talking yet so if you can't figure out his grunts and points you are in serious trouble.  And he hates when Emily is sad so that makes him cry too.

Sorry for the TMI, but I'm keeping it real here.  Emily could not poop.  She needed to poop and she couldn't.  She would try and start screaming and shaking.  And I did everything to try to help her.  It was awful.  When Steve got home I ran out to get children's suppositories- I will leave that description out but let me just say I hope to never have to do that again.  And 2 hours of laying on me and crying later, still no poop.  She didn't want dinner and she kept saying she was tired so I put her down for bed. Before she went down I rubbed rosemary and ginger oil on her belly doing the "I love you" massage. At about 10:00 Steve said she was crying so I went in to check on her.  She had finally pooped in her sleep- hallelujah!! 

I stood in the kitchen with Steve and I just cried.  I can't remember the last time my day was so hard that it actually made me cry.  I felt physically and emotionally exhausted and beat up.  I felt like a crap mom.

But this morning, when I went to get Emily out of her bed and she smiled at me and said, "mommy I so happy to see you and I feelin so much better today", the struggle of yesterday was (mostly) erased and I knew I could do it all again today.

Monday, July 28, 2014

family reunion in Illinois

Last weekend we made the long drive back to Illinois for my family reunion.  When I say the drive was long- I really mean it.  We hit stand still traffic at least 4 times, Gavin cried most of the way and we stopped more times than I could count.  On the bright side- Emily did fantastic and was a huge help with Gavin- as you can tell from the pictures.

Our first stop was only two hours into the drive- Gavin was ecstatic to be out of the car and didn't sit or stand still the whole time we were at the rest stop (thus the blurry picture).  Pretty sure this is when Steve and I knew we were in for it.
 
 


 
 Our last stop on the way to Illinois was by accident.  We were coming up on our 5th traffic jam and I screamed at Steve to take the exit that was literally right next to us on the interstate.  I knew none of us would keep our sanity if we had to sit in traffic again.  Thankfully there was a huge outdoor mall right off the exit and we ate dinner and the kids ran around.  It was a lifesaver.




these two kill me

When we got to my Grandpa's house it was about 9:00pm (we left at 8:30am) and the kids were WIRED.  We unpacked the car and started to get things settled.  My kids are shy- there's no doubt about that.  When they meet new people or see someone they haven't seen for awhile they hide behind my legs and take a bit to warm up.  But when they saw my Grandpa they walked right up to him and started showing him their "friends", it was absolutely heartwarming.


The next day we spent a lot of time at my dad's farm (where I grew up).  The kids had a lot of fun playing with some of their cousins and seeing lots of new things.

eating sour apples picked from Grandpa's tree

checking out grandpa's soy beans and throwing apples

exploring


shucking sweet corn for lunch

cousins!
jumping on a tractor inner tube like mommy used to do


and of course- climbing trees!

That night most of the family went to Jungle Bungle and the kids had a blast while the parents did a lot of chasing the kids around. 





Sunday morning we went to visit my mom's grave.  The kids have never been to it so it was pretty emotional for me.  When we got out of the car and walked up to her grave, Gavin squatted down right in front of it and wiped her picture off and just stayed there looking at it.  Cue tears.

 

 


Then we went to my family reunion.  I've been going to these every year since I can remember but since we moved to PA, we haven't made it back for one in a couple of years.  It's basically a pot luck and a "meeting" where they record marriages, births, deaths, etc. I didn't get many pictures but I did get one of my Dad and Regina with most of their grandkids- I love it!


After the reunion we went back to the farm for more playing! Grandpa got one of his tractors out to take all the grandkids on rides but Emily and Gavin wanted no part of it...



These sweeties were all born in 2011 (can you believe Emily is the youngest of the three??)


 Future farmer Gavin- youngest (and possibly naughtiest) of the grandkids.



Minus the drive, it was a great trip back home. I was so happy to see my family and the kids were troopers.  Next time we visit I do believe we will be flying!

Monday, July 14, 2014

even grandpas use essential oils



My father in law, Stan, is a great guy- he puts up with me & my mother in law, Jeanne, using oils, diffusing oils and talking about oils (a lot) and he probably rolls his eyes at us and is just a bit skeptical about how these oils work.

So when he came down with a cold on Friday we attacked him with oils (joke, but really).

He had a sore throat so Jeanne rubbed Melaleuca and On Guard on his neck several times the first day and he took the On Guard throat lozenges.  This combo works like magic for a sore throat- it takes the pain away so fast!

He was also coughing so Jeanne put the diffuser right next to him when he slept and had On Guard going all night.  Stan admitted that the diffuser helped him feel better, which is kind of a big deal!

Saturday he was still coughing so I had him take a capsule with 6 drops of Oregano and 6 drops of Frankincense- he didn't complain, but I think he knew he didn't really have a choice.

Today he's here at work looking & feeling much better.  And Jeanne thinks we cut 4-5 days off this cold using essential oils because when Stan gets a cold it tends to hold on for awhile.

Don't tell him, but I'm about to go make him another capsule...


Cold Protocol:

Antiviral: Frankincense, Melaleuca, Oregano, On Guard (and numerous other oils) are antiviral. 
 
Use 2 to 4 drops of oil applied topically to the bottoms of the feet, chest, or throat or take internally in a capsule. Begin using oils at the first signs for the most successful outcome. Please be aware that I only use doTERRA essential oils because I know that they have been thoroughly tested and only contain certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Note: Oregano is a "hot" oil- meaning it can cause skin or other irritations with those that may be sensitive. Always dilute with a carrier oil or consider alternatives if you suspect sensitivity. I use a 1:3 ratio with Oregano oil- meaning 1 drop of Oregano to 3 drops of fractionated coconut oil.

Fever: Eucalyptus, Peppermint topically applied to forehead (away from your eyes- near your hair line), back of the neck, chest, or feet.

Note:  Peppermint and Eucalyptus are "cooling" oils- meaning they will feel cold on your skin.  If you don't want the cooling feeling dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.

Nasal congestion: Breathe, Lavender, Peppermint inhaled via a diffuser or the simple cup and inhale technique.

Cough and chest congestion: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lime, Melaleuca, or Peppermint applied topically to the chest or with a lymph massage. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Essential Oils, Modern Medicine & Prayer

Andy and Natalie Goddard are my "up-lines" at doTERRA.  Meaning they are like my higher-ups if you look at the business org chart.  They are amazing mentors, wonderful people and they have a very strong faith.

Their son Max (15 years old) was badly burned on July 2nd in a firework accident.  He was life flighted to the Burn Center at University of Utah and his Doctors were not sure he would make it. He had 3rd degree burns on 30% of his body and 2nd degree burns on 10% of his body.

I feel I should share his story because I have been so touched by it.  It is wonderful to hear how the Burn Center is working with Max's parents to utilize essential oils in his treatment AND how well the treatment is working. I've been following his story since I heard the news and I have been amazed at the daily updates from his parents on how well he is recovering. 

Posted on Max's webpage on July 2nd:

Dr. L. described escharotomy, a procedure of releasing pressure in areas where the blood flow is restricted by the burnt skin. The loss of blood flow can result in dead tissue. In Max’s case, his hands had really high pressure. The nurse said that if we didn’t do escharotomy right away, he could lose fingers (or worse). She said the pressure in the eyes was so great he could go blind. Natalie stated very clearly that we wanted to be as minimally invasive as possible. Dr. L. said we could wait another 30 minutes to decide.
We started rubbing Frankincense & Grapefruit on Max’s feet every 5 minutes and applying to pressure points for liver and kidney. One of the goals of the first night is to reduce the liquid intake from 1000 ml/hr to 190 ml/hr. In order to reduce the liquid, they need to see enough urine coming out.
Miracle #1: He totally started urinating and met the goal of going down to 190!
An hour later, the head of the Burn Center, Dr. M., came to talk to us with Dr. L. He spoke about his 30 years of experience in burn care. He said he is a man of faith, and that he believes in a balance of allopathic and homeopathic care. He was open to us using essential oils in Max’s treatment. We agreed to give Max 1 more hour to see if the pressure had gone down in his arms and hands. We kept slathering the oils on him, Dr. M. did the test, and his numbers were all within acceptable range. The escharotomy that Dr. L. was planning on doing just hours earlier was evaded!


 July 7th Andy posted this on his facebook page:

Thank you for overwhelming shower of faith and prayers! At 9:00 am today, we felt like we stepped into a column of pure light!

Here are the miracles today:

1. During the changing of the dressing, Dr. L. said that Max’s 3rd degree burns are more like 25%, not the 30% they originally thought.

2. Max’s swelling has come down significantly. He can now open his eyes!

3. The burns require an environment that is moist and antibacterial. Up until last night, we would mist his body once a day with a combination of oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, and Helichrysum) and then they would apply Silvadene creme with silver in it. We were feeling like Max needed more and wasn’t getting enough for the level of healing that he was ready for. We explored options together. We were both frustrated and couldn’t see another way. Natalie said a silent prayer that angels could work with the doctor and the head nurse to inspire them. The head nurse suddenly blurted out, what if we use the Sulfur irrigation method that we use after skin grafts. This method uses tubes with holes to literally irrigate and carry an antibacterial solution to the burns. So last night, they switched from the dressings being a Silvadene cream to this “irrigation” method. First, they put gauze on the burns, then liquid in rubber tubes with holes in them, then medical bandages. They are allowing us to pour our oil mixture through the rubber tubes every 4 hours (and we just transitioned to every 2 hours!!) instead of applying oils once per day with the Silvadene!

4. He is breathing better than ever. He is rocking at 60% ventilation support. His target is 40% and clear lungs to say good bye to the ventilator.

5. Overall, Max’s body is stabilizing from the burn. His pH and SATs are good, and he is making progress towards coming off the ventilator. However, his lungs are starting to fill with liquid, which delays his ability to breathe on his own.

Many have asked if Max is conscious. He is being sedated for several reasons
1. He has a tube down his throat
2. He has a feeding tube down his nose
3. He has 6 other tubes going into his body
4. His body is in a lot of pain, and heals better while sedated

If he weren’t sedated, he would try to pull the tubes out. He can still hear everything around him and is somewhat responsive. About 2 times per day, he opens his eyes and we can ask him a couple questions. He’ll respond by shaking or nodding his head or gesturing with his arms. Then he’ll fade back to sleep. Every time we ask him if he’s in pain, he shakes his head that he isn’t. Almost every nurse Max has had has said he’s the best patient they’ve ever had. He even gave a thumbs up once. They love him and feel the brilliance of who he is.

If you’re still up to it, we invite your continued prayers for:
1. Bowels to start moving
2. Lungs to clear up
3. More skin to be healed.

We have a vision of Max whole in every way: body, mind, and spirit. That is who our boy is. Whatever that is to look like now we accept AND we claim every blessing for this amazing young man. There are moments it feels like he may be going through this to help many others who are suffering know a better way.
 

Here are the miracles today:
1. During the changing of the dressing, Dr. L. said that Max’s 3rd degree burns are more like 25%, not the 30% they originally thought.
2. Max’s swelling has come down significantly. He can now open his eyes!
3. The burns require an environment that is moist and antibacterial. Up until last night, we would mist his body once a day with a combination of oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, and Helichrysum) and then they would apply Silvadene creme with silver in it. We were feeling like Max needed more and wasn’t getting enough for the level of healing that he was ready for. We explored options together. We were both frustrated and couldn’t see another way. Natalie said a silent prayer that angels could work with the doctor and the head nurse to inspire them. The head nurse suddenly blurted out, what if we use the Sulfur irrigation method that we use after skin grafts. This method uses tubes with holes to literally irrigate and carry an antibacterial solution to the burns. So last night, they switched from the dressings being a Silvadene cream to this “irrigation” method. First, they put gauze on the burns, then liquid in rubber tubes with holes in them, then medical bandages. They are allowing us to pour our oil mixture through the rubber tubes every 4 hours (and we just transitioned to every 2 hours!!) instead of applying oils once per day with the Silvadene!
4. He is breathing better than ever. He is rocking at 60% ventilation support. His target is 40% and clear lungs to say good bye to the ventilator.
5. Overall, Max’s body is stabilizing from the burn. His pH and SATs are good, and he is making progress towards coming off the ventilator. However, his lungs are starting to fill with liquid, which delays his ability to breathe on his own.
 

And yesterday Natalie posted this on her facebook page:

Oh what a day! We were informed that Max was scheduled for the operating room on Friday for skin grafting. Then dear friends sat with Max as Andy & I ran outside to find sunshine and open our hearts to the heavens. The heavens opened. We felt God's love & care for us and His desire to continue to heal Max. We pleaded that if it was Gods will, Maxs original skin could heal without skin grafts. We felt inspired to claim that blessing!
An hour later they changed Max's wound dressing (my least favorite part of the day) this is where they wash over the wounds to pull off any other dead skin, apply the spritzer of oils, let it soak in, and wrap again. The dr. came in to review the burn. She looked dumbfounded!! She said the only skin that she wanted to watch for grafting was collar, neck, under and tops of hands. Oh my goodness, we rejoiced! Close to half of what has been 3rd degree leathery skin has now come off and is already healing. Prayers, the oils, and modern medicine coming together in brilliance has my heart so full tonight!
Max is getting better in every way! Please pray that he can be clear of fluid and get off the ventilator AND that those last patches of leathery skin will release and give way to new skin in the perfect timing. Thank you for witnessing amazing miracles from Heaven with us! We are so grateful for your care and faith.


You can read more about his accident and the progress he has made HERE.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

my favorite doTERRA products right now


Since I'm an oil addict, I use many oils on a daily basis. 
But there are definitely oils and products that I reach for before anything else.




The 3 B's- Balance/Basil/Bergamot-  I use these every day.  They help me stay stress-free, grounded and happy.  In fact, yesterday I was feeling frazzled and stressed and I realized at lunch I hadn't put these three on yet.  I grabbed them, put them on and within 20 minutes I was feeling much better.  These get me through some rough days for sure.

Basil has a ton of uses including: bronchitis, colds and flu, depression, earaches, migraines, insect bites and stress.  I use it daily because it calms the nervous system. 

Balance contains oils that are geared toward the central nervous system and other body systems. It helps with mood swings, anxiety, temper problems (hello, toddlers!), feeling confused, doubtful, unsettled, or in need of a sense of well-being.  It can also help children who deal with ADD, ADHD, autism or bi-polar conditions.

Bergamot can be used for anxiety, depression, eczema, indigestion, insomnia, psoriasis and urinary tract infections.  Since it is a citrus oil it is very uplifting and calming and I love the smell. 
 

DDR Prime capsules-  I started taking this about a month ago and I really love it.  It's called the cellular complex because it supports cellular health.  It has been shown in clinical studies to help protect cells against free-radical damage while supporting healthy cellular function.

"Concept: As the basic structure of all living things, cells perform three primary functions: they make copies of themselves, they perform a specialized function, and they self-destruct when they are not performing their first two functions correctly. As we age, cellular function can be compromised by poor nutrition, obesity, stress, and exposure to harmful environmental influences such as infectious microorganisms and toxic chemicals. When cellular DNA and other structures are compromised, cells can fail to regenerate, fail to function as programmed, and fail to initiate the normal and healthy process of cellular turnover and renewal."   From everythingessential.me

The capsules contain the following essential oils:
Frankincense: promotes a healthy inflammatory response
Wild Orange:  supports healthy cellular response
Lemongrass:  protects against environmental threats
Thyme:  broad spectrum activity in promoting immunity and cellular health
Summer Savory:  helps reduce oxidative stress
Clove:  powerful antioxidant properties
Niaouli:  supports cellular immunity


Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo/Conditioner- this stuff is awesome!  It smells SO good, helps my color last longer and my hair is softer and growing faster. 

Roman Chamomile/Frankincense/Bergamot-  This is our new sleep blend.  And it works great!  The kids go down easily and sleep through the night and I am able to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep as well.

Lemon/Lime-  Lemon oil is always in my water.  It helps my body to get rid of toxins, gives me energy and it helps me drink more water because it tastes so great!  I keep lime on hand for Steve, he likes to put a couple of drops in his Corona :)

On Guard-  this blend will always and forever be on my favorite oils list.  It keeps us healthy and boosts our immune systems.  We use it every morning and night and Emily hasn't been sick since she started using this in January (knock on wood)!  I ordered the On Guard Cleaning Concentrate this month and I can't wait to try it.  It is derived from plant-based ingredients and contains On Guard essential oil so it provides natural protection from harmful surface-borne microbes. And it's non-toxic and biodegradable.

doTERRA has a great promotion for new wholesale members this month:  if you become a wholesale member and place a $100.00 order you will get a $50.00 credit back to spend on oils- so you basically get half your money back- such a great deal- email me if you want to take advantage of this!