Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A week in the life of essential oils

We have had a week, ya'll.  I am talking one of those that you want to just run away and never come back kinds.  I know I posted a loooooooong time ago about how I was jumping on this whole witch's brew bandwagon of oils.  And then, life happened and I didn't actually blog in real time, for oh 7 months.  I thought I would update you and tell you how we use them daily.  This week was a rough week, so I thought it would show a great typical use and also when trouble strikes.    I am just going to list out the oils and write by them what we used them for this week:

In the starter kit-
Lavender- put in Ellie's diffuser to help her sleep at night, used on any bump or bruise that Benjamin finds on himself, put into a spray bottle with water and the boys pillows sprayed each night to help with sleep, put into a pain mix for Zeke's jaw after his teeth stuff, in my allergy blend because we are all battling a cold or something
Lemon- in the allergy blend, in my water because my kidneys have been screaming at me for drinking not enough water and too much coke (but caffeine y'all), in a roller to help with wake up and getting some energy
Peppermint- on Zeke's belly and feet when he started throwing up, in the allergy blend, across my head for a headache, in the pain mix for Zeke's jaw, in a roller to help wake me up and give me a boost of energy
Valor- in Ellie's diffuser for sleeping, in Zeke's pain mix, on Zeke before he went to the dentist to help him calm down and not be anxious
Peace & Calming- for all our crazy afternoons
Stress Away- all.day.every.day, not really but almost, I took a bath with it and some epsom salts, I diffuse it when I felt like I was thisclose to losing it, I rubbed it on my wrists before I took Zeke to the dr
Purification- with all the stress, I am breaking out so I put a drop on any blemishes, around Zeke's ear, in the laundry to help get out pukey smell, clean out germs, and oh yeah all that laundry I forgot was in the washer, I also diffused this in the bathroom to get rid of stinky smells, and diffused it in the kitchen to clean the air and get rid of germs
Thieves- on everyone's feet to boost our immunity and get rid of germs, diffused to clear the air, I actually also have a Thieves toothpaste that I use daily as well, we have Thieves cleaner that we use for all cleaning,  Thieves soap in the kitchen, and Thieves hand sanitizer in the diaper bag
Frankincense- in the pain mix for Zeke's tooth pain
Pan-Away- in the pain mix for Zeke's tooth pain

Extras I have
Digize- for Zeke's tummy troubles
Orange- I diffused this with Stress Away because it smells so so good
Deep Relief- head aches, lent to a friend with a migraine
RC- on the chest for clearing up a cough
Cedarwood- on my big toe to help me sleep (yes I did go to bed one night at 7:30 and except for being awakened off and on by kids, I fell right back to sleep and stayed there until 7:00 am)
Oregano- with Thieves to kick all these colds and sickness to the curb
Ningxia Red- this is a juice, I drank one tube (2 oz) when my kidneys started acting up to boost my immune system

As you can see, a lot of stuff is just part of our routine and what we do everyday.  I love being able to fight back with all the junk with out having to run to prescription meds with each little thing our family has.  I am not anti-doctor or anti-meds.  Zeke took some Tylenol and some Motrin this week because I was so worried about his pain but the oils helped faster and better.  He asked for those but never asked for medicine.  He is also currently on a prescription for his ear, but I am using my oils also alongside it because well I don't want him to have hearing loss obviously.  I also feel like I need to say, this is what our family does.  I have researched and weeded out what we feel comfortable doing.  I am not a doctor and will not diagnose you. :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Interview with a 6 year old

Nicknames Zeke, Zekers
How old are you?
What is your favorite color? 
What is your favorite animal? ram
What is your favorite book? 1001 Things to Spot books
What is your favorite TV show? Wild Kratts
What is your favorite movie? Planes Fire and Rescue
What is your favorite song? Disney songs
What is your favorite food? 
chicken, pizza, breadsticks, fruits
What is your favorite drink? kool-aid, lemonade
What is your favorite breakfast food? butter toast with no crust
What is your favorite snack? crackers, pretzels, chex mix
What is your favorite outfit? running shorts and shirt
What is your favorite game? sports
What is your favorite toy? rescue bots
Who is your best friend? Ben
What is your favorite thing to do? play
What is your favorite thing to do outside? play basketball
What is your favorite holiday? all of them
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? stuffed animals, books, and cars
Where is your favorite place to go? Great Wolf Lodge
What is your favorite restaurant? Red Robins
Where do you want to go on vacation? Disney World
What do you want to be when you grow up? Olympian
What did you do on your birthday? flew planes, have fun

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My 8/8/08 baby turned 6

Zeke's birthday was on a Friday this year and he was tracked out.  We let him pretty much plan the whole day.  We started it with cake for breakfast and presents from us.  We let him choose lunch and dinner.  We had a great day telling him about the day he was born and how exciting and unexpected it was.  His party was a Planes:Fire and Rescue party and was supposed to be at the airport.  We had to move the party to our house though because of the weather.  We themed out everything in orange, blue and white.  We made paper airplanes, threw paper airplanes and gliders through different hoola hoops, my sister in law even made balloon animals (which let's be honest was the H I T of the party). We had cupcakes from a friend who is raising money to go on a mission trip by baking.  Ya'll they were amazing and she even made a big cupcake for Zeke.  It was so sweet and special.  He had a great 6th birthday!

birthday morning

birthday cake breakfast

birthday selfie

his huge cupcake

Happy happy birthday to our boy

Monday, August 11, 2014


A weeeeeee bit late, but because I am late I am doing a few extra pictures

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My birthday

Spence got me so good, ya'll.  I mean. I had no idea what so ever.  He got us ice cream cupcakes earlier in the day.  Had a big story about why our baby sitter (Lindsay) had to leave by 8, so we had to go out earlier, which meant i had to feed and put Haddie down earlier.  I was so annoyed with him by the time we left, that I was almost wishing we had just done it another night.  

cupcakes with the boys

dinner at The Pit

And then, we got home.  The house filled with people I love.  I have never had a surprise party.  And he really hit this one out of the park.  I had such a great time.  It was so so wonderful for so many of my dear friends to be able to come and celebrate.  I loved it.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beach Week 2014

We took advantage of Zeke's year round schedule, and spent his first track out week at Holden Beach.  We were able to rent a fantastic house from some sweet friends of ours. It was seriously the perfect house.  PLENTY of room, a pool, great spot on the beach, toys because they also have kids.  We fell in love with Holden Beach as well.  There was a fun ice cream place, awesome dinner spot, putt putt, italian ice, a candy shop, and more!  We can't wait to go back!

Loved the pool

The hot tub doesn't work so we used it as a small pool.  It was perfect!

The kids all loved swinging in the hammock

GORGEOUS rainbow

The boys learned to play UNO

Ben does not have a poker face

Zeke enjoyed making Uncle Scott draw LOTS of cards

this wild girl, honestly the ocean reminds me so much of her.  It's crazy, unpredictable, beautiful, fun. All things we could use to describe our girl

She enjoyed waking up EARLY everyday.  I'm talking before 5:00 so most mornings she fell back to sleep on the couch watching tv.

early morning snuggles

He takes such good care of all of his siblings, but he has the sweetest relationship with both his sisters

This is Haddie, on the beach.  She didn't like the sand

Girl, can jump

So, Spence and the boys enjoyed this raft.  There is a fantastic video that includes me screaming Spencer's name repeatedly while our kids were flung out of the raft and grasping desperately for their lives (and I may exaggerate a wee bit, but this is my blog so I can tell the story how I please so there)

on the way to the ferry, every.single.kid fell asleep. and it was glorious

Our family at Provision Co.

our whole beach crew

Stomp Rocket

The boys love it!

Italian ice

Spence and I had it twice in less than 24 hours

more sweetness

happy for a bit on the blanket

super cool guy

brave boy loved the water so much

wild one