Why I use essential oils

I've never been a big fan of medicines. When I needed to use them, I put it off as much as possible. (Except of course under doctor's orders.) I started seeing a doctor that practices bio-identical types of medicine and supplements, which has been a great combination with my Juice Plus+ whole food nutrition products. Recently, we also started to use BeautyCounter and Honest Co. products to rid our products of toxins.

But the other thing we really like are our Young Living Essential Oils.

It all started after meeting with our new doctor and after Seth was born. Seth had RSV at the age of 5 months and since he was so young, we couldn't give him much of a treatment. A few of my friends and a favorite blog of mine, Still Being Molly, always talked about essential oils. I figured this was the time. We borrowed some lavender and Thieves from a friend and we used them in Seth's recovery. I'm not sure if it was the oils that helped, the fact that my child is strong, or God answering our prayers, but I believe they really worked.

I then began my journey with essential oils. I mean why not, they were used in biblical times! I loved everything I had learned and heard from friends so I jumped right in with a Young Living Starter Pack, which includes some of my now favorite oils. Throughout the year or so that we have been using oils, I have learned some fun things and I wanted to share my favorite oils.

Lavender
I ran out of this when before taking my pictures, so none for this one. Lavender is really a jack of all trades. Our favorite uses for this one are for diffusing while sleeping for a great night sleep or applying to a bug bite or cut for healing. I use this one in a lot of my blends too which I will be posting about soon.

Thieves
One of my all time favorites! Thieves is my favorite go to when we have the sniffles. It also smells great too. It is also good for disinfecting and cleaning. Young Living has a Thieves cleaning line which works great!!

Peppermint
I am prone to headaches and migraines so I just dab some Peppermint along my forehead, my temples, and behind my ears. Within a few minutes I can already feel the headache/migraine getting better. The scent is an added bonus! 

Purification
This one is one of my favorites to diffuse especially around cold season along with Thieves. I use it a lot in my blends I make too for bug bites or my zit zapper recipe, it is a great disinfectant. 

PanAway
This was a great help right after my knee injury earlier this summer and with all of our other injuries. It is great help for pain and you can use it like some would use Icy/Hot, smells similar too. I've been having some bad neck pain and it has been my life saver! There is another oil I haven't tried yet but have been recommended a lot by others is OrthoSport.

Here is just a start of my experience with essential oils. Soon I will be sharing my favorite blends I make myself so you can too! Click the following link if you want to start your journey with essential oils.

Mommy School: Tractor Painting

During the school year, our little guy goes to day school twice a week so I knew I wanted to keep him busy throughout the summer. One day our activity didn't really work out, so I improvised and since my little boy loves tractors. Of course, I looked to Pinterest and found the great idea for tractor painting

It was a big hit with my little boy.






Rewarding good behavior

Discipling a toddler is no easy feat. We have one strong-willed little boy who is also sensitive when in trouble. I read every book I was recommended by friends and got great advice. 

I realized what he needed was more positive reinforcement than punishment. So after a lot of Pinterest research and ideas for rewarding good behavior, I found a lot of great ideas. 

The first thing we did was make a "caught you being good" jar. Got the jar prepped then told our little guy that each time we caught him being good, he could put a ball (pom pom) in the jar. Once the jar was filled he could have a trip to the toy store to pick out a toy of his choice. He was a big fan of the idea! And he loves having the opportunity to put the ball in the jar.


Here is what you need:


And here is how our jar turned out:

Book Review: The Rumor


by Elin Hilderbrand

Synopsis:
Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.
And rumor has it...
...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;
...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;
...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;
...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.
As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

Review:
I read this book in the time it took me to fly to Lake Tahoe and back! It was a great and easy read. Just the kind I like to read on a plane. I am not a fan of books about cheating but I had to finish to read about the other stories that were going on in the book. Hilderbrand is a great author and I would love to read more of her book as long as they don't involve a cheating storyline. She really is a great author to read!

our Spring so far

So I am writing this and realizing I have really slacked on my blogging even though I said I was back. It just seemed so overwhelming to me because I knew I had so much to blog about so I could catch up. Every time I sat down to write I found something else to distract me and I never got around to it. Finally getting around to posting about what we have been up to this spring. Hope I will get my summer post up in a timely manner!!




watching construction in our neighborhood

MONSTER JAM!!




Pajama day at school


playdate with Avery


Zoo with Oliver


Rodeo date

checking out the fire truck

helping daddy fix the lawnmower

painting with cotton balls


celebrating mine and my friend's 30th

baby shower for my bestie



catching crawfish

fishing with Papa

dislocated my knee, this was my few for a couple days

at the county fair




trying to be like mama


making daddy a birthday cake

#jacsthree0intahoe


At the end of April, I took a little weekend trip to celebrate my friend Jaclyn's birthday. We spent the weekend with some college friends in Lake Tahoe celebrating her 30th birthday.

On Friday, Emily and I flew to Lake Tahoe. It was a early and long travel day (I have a fresh knee injury and she is pregnant) but we made the most of it. We met two other friends at the airport and drove to meet the other girls at Lake Tahoe. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking pictures at scenic locations. After we drove around the majority of the lake, we did a little shopping and had pizza at a really great place! We then finally settled in to our rental home. Emily and I had almost been awake for a full day. But it was great to spend time with our friends.








Sic 'Em Bears!

The next day we had a great breakfast at a quaint local joint and it was delicious! After we ate, we got on a large paddle boat and took a tour of Lake Tahoe. It was a fun way to see the beautiful area. 









We then took some time to rest and play games before heading out to a fancy dinner to celebrate the birthday girl. We ate at the top of a casino so after dinner some of the girls did a bit of gambling.



The last day was a breakfast in with the girls and then another long day of traveling. My poor ankle was the size of a baseball at the end of all the traveling, on account of my injury.

Love Lake Tahoe and can't wait to make another trip to go back and visit.