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What we’ve been up to!

22 Feb

What’s happening at our house?

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Lots of family snuggles to keep warm while we are in almost a foot of snow and ice.

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Some play doh playing! Check out that pumpkin! (One proud momma here)

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Some cleaning and reorganizing!

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Some sisterly bonding time.

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Some lovely painting!

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And some prepping for a DIY event!

Great DIY Classes Coming Up!

18 Feb

Hey Everyone!! Since I love DIY’s, showing how to do DIY’s, and I have been loving making my own things using essential oils – I thought I’d offer up some free classes on how to DIY some great items with essential oils.

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DIY Natural Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils – Currently one date – check back for more!

Learn how to make your own sugar scrub with essential oils, what oils are best for your skin, and how they can benefit you!

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DIY Face Mask with Essential Oils – Currently one date – check back for more!

Learn how to make your own face mask, what essential oils are great for your skin, and how they can benefit you!

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Essential Oils 101 – Multiple dates available

Learn about the basics of essential oils, how they are made, what they are used for, how they can help you, and get your questions answered!


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DIY Odor Absorber using Essential Oils – Currently one date – check back for more!

Learn how to make your own odor absorber with Essential Oils, what oils to use, and how they can help!

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DIY Reed Diffuser – Currently one date – check back for more!

Learn how to make your own diffuser, what oils are great for diffusing, and what the benefits of diffusing are!
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DIY Natural Hairspray with Essential Oils – Currently one date – check back for more!

Make your own natural hair spray with essential oils. Learn what you need, how to make it, and what oils are great for your hair!

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DIY Dry Shampoo with Essential Oils – Currently one date – check back for more!

Learn how to make your own natural dry shampoo with essential oils! Find out what essential oils are great for your hair and what benefits they have!

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Cooking with Essential Oils – Multiple Dates Available

Learn what oils are great for cooking, how to use them, and some great recipes to get you started!

If you are interested but can’t find dates and times that work for you let me know in the comments below, I can always schedule another class at a better time for you!

A Payton update!

16 Feb

Someone is six months old! Eating oatmeal, veggies, fruits, and rolling all over the floor!

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She has been the quietest baby I’ve ever seen but she’s finally starting to find her voice.

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Her favorite things are to take her socks off and play with her toes, put absolutely everything in her mouth, and refuse tummy time by immediately rolling over.

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I love this little one to pieces!

Learning lessons.

14 Feb

It seems like the best posts I write about are the ones that consist of things I’m learning as a mother along the way.

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I was stumped with Emma not to long ago. Her behavior caught my attention, her lack of staying healthy had me worried, and her overall mood was at an all time low.

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Brian and I were struggling to find what the cause of it was and it hit me. Your immune system can’t function properly if you are not happy, you aren’t happy if you aren’t eating, exercising, and getting your emotions out properly.

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For a while now, we have struggled with Emma’s diet due to eczema and we finally got that set and have now found out she is showing symptoms of hypoglycemia which will change her diet again.

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With being sick so much, she hasn’t had the chance to just enjoy being a kid. It’s been rest up, fluids, and make up homework!

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With me adjusting my work schedule and load, she has had less time with me. I want her to be able to roll with the punches and understand that not everything goes as a planned. But more importantly, I want her to be happy and healthy.

Happy Birthday To ME!

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Although today is my official birthday – my amazing family got together this past weekend for an early birthday celebration! We ate dinner, came home to my mom’s amazing homemade cheescake and mint squares and they surprised me with a new kitchen accessory:

 

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This momma got an amazing KitchenAid Mixer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This new addition got me so pumped, I cleaned out and rearranged my entire kitchen to give it a nice new home! But of course I didn’t stop there. I found some awesome pins to keep me busy for the next year making delicious things for my family. Here’s some great things I found:

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A must know, to me it really is the most important thing first!

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We love banana bread in this house so that will be the first thing I attempt to make!

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Now that I have this sweet thing, I am going to need to re-organize my baking things!!

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And here comes my wishlist for Christmas next year haha!

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Let’s just say I’ll be busy ;) and I will be sharing all the fun things I make with you as well!

Some Great Valentines Day Craft Ideas

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With Valentines Day around the corner I thought we could all use a little inspiration on some great DIY crafts:

Valentines Day Embroidery Hoop Art. These darling embroidery hoops make a fun & surprisingly easy craft to do with kids! A few simple stitches are all you need to learn to make almost any design. Post includes a great little video tutorial!
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I love a project that you can use year round. These are cute enough to keep up all the time!

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This is adorable and easy! You can get fabric paint and a canvas bag or you can be super crafty and make the entire bag from start to finish!

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I love the idea of this one, I think I would put some essential oils in it as well and make it smell amazing!!

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A project that looks tough and expensive, but is easy and beautiful is a win win!

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I’m still not over the canvas phase! I can’t get over how great this looks.

Will you be doing any Valentines crafts this year?

Are You Taking Care Of You?

29 Jan 1.25.15-13

I can just hear my mom’s voice in my head. “You can’t take care of everyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” She’s a genius.

So need to start doing this more often. It is definitely a MUST! Tired of letting myself be a pushover.

When your life is full of a list of things to do for everyone else, you tend to forget what you need. Last year I realized I was balancing too much and if I kept going at the rate I was, I was going to break. As much as that would hurt me, I was more worried about my family. Two little girls are dependent on me, and my husband – although he could do it on his own, he deserves someone who is there.

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This year I made some major changes in my life. I hired help to get me through the work and dedicated that time back to my family. We are spending more time together and focusing on what’s really important in our lives. Each other.

This is not an easy thing to do so I gathered up some things to help you remind yourself how to get back to what’s really important in your life.

1. Find a schedule that works for you, not against you.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

3. Learn to say no graciously. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s fine to have a role model to look up to, but don’t beat yourself up trying to be them.

5. Worrying only takes up precious time. We can’t control everything, and we shouldn’t.

6. Enjoy the small moments and victories.

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After all, these moments won’t last forever!

What do you do to refocus and take care of you?

What I’m Working On

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With my new year goals in full gear I have been getting busy with some exciting new things :)

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I have a few new hats in that will be coming in the store soon as well as some new mittens!!

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With Payton hiking out the snow with me to pick Emma up from the bus stop, I decided it was about time we made her some cute mittens (the baby ones just don’t fit anymore!) But of course I couldn’t stop there – my brain is on new year new goals.

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Instead of just MAKING them, I’m making the pattern and it will be available for purchase too! Stay tuned on my facebook to see when they are live or check out my etsy shop if you are interested!

What are you working on?

A New Kind of Health

25 Jan 1.18.15-7

My family is changing up the way we do things around here. I’ve been looking for alternative ways to keep this family healthy. More along the natural side of things, mostly because of Payton! With her being so young and not being able to take medications (also me being terrified to give them to her) I was looking for something that would help us through this. Emma also started Kindergarten this year and with that comes A LOT of germs. Way too many for a newborn to tackle!

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Luckily one of the clients I work with opened my eyes to a new possibility. The first few weeks of school Emma came down with pneumonia. What little girl gets pneumonia? I was terrified and shocked. The first thing the doctors told me was to keep the girls separate. With Brian at work, me being the only one at home, and breastfeeding (which means I was skin on skin with Payton), that was going to be difficult.

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The only good news that came out of the doctors visit was that I had kept her hydrated and her lungs weren’t struggling for air as badly as he had seen with others. Thank goodness I hovered and had her drinking a lot of water. They gave us some medicine and sent her home and I cried. Even with the medicine she was weak, miserable, incoherent, and I felt like I was lost.

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If you know Emma at all – this is not her. She is always smiling, can hardly sit still, and ready for anything. My little girl needed me the most and I was struggling to get her on the mend as well as being terrified that Payton would get it. Newborns can’t take medicine like we can, newborns can’t fight like we can, newborns die from things like this. My heart was hurting.

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If you haven’t heard of essential oils then you may want to do some serious research on them. A client of mine drove (an hour!!) to drop some DoTERRA Essential Oils off for Emma and Payton. Used correctly, they are safe for newborns. Within hours of applying them to Emma and diffusing them in the house for the rest of us. I could tell a difference. These two little bottles changed the way I looked at taking care of my children.

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Within a few days Emma started acting like herself again, after a week she was 100% herself and ready go! That fear and panic that had taken over my life had gone away and with oils in my hands I new I could prevent something like this happening again. This was a new way of life I felt comfortable living.

If you are interested in hearing more about how I use them, what they are, or have any questions let me know! I’ll be hosting a webinar about them Thursday January 29th at 8:00 pm! To RSVP click here! You can also check out their website here. Be sure to keep in touch on my facebook for more information about the class.

#girlboss Book Review

23 Jan 1.18.15-6

I put this book on my wishlist for Christmas and was ECSTATIC when I got it! For a while I have been searching for a book that is uplifting, motivating, funny, interesting, and geared towards running your own business. I wasn’t looking for self help, tips & tricks, or guidelines. I wanted something easy and fun to read. I had heard about this book through the grapevine, read the summary, and immediately got excited. It was the one I had been searching for.

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For those of you who have sensitive ears, be forewarned it does have some language in it. But if you put all that aside you’ll see this book is about taking a leap of faith, changing your point of view on what work should be, and encouraging you to do what you love.

It’s about picking yourself up off the floor, realizing you can do it on your own, and when it’s time – ask for help. This book is what got me back on my feet. I am a SUPER slow reader. I tend to read one or two books a year because, let’s face it, it’s hard to find time to read! I used to love reading back when I didn’t have lists upon lists of things to do! I read this book in two days. TWO DAYS! That’s ridiculous for me considering it takes months and maybe even a year for me to get through a book!

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Who should read this?

1. Someone who is looking for a change in their life.

2. Someone who doesn’t want a traditional job.

3. Someone who could use some motivation.

4. Someone who takes interest in the way other’s live their lives.

5. Anyone who enjoys an easy fun read.

I hope you’ll give this book a chance and tell me what you think of it below!

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