Thursday, January 22, 2015

Love my essential oils

I am in love with essential oils, I am so happy when I get my shipment email and when my now favorite UPS man shows up, he gets greeted with a big smile and a happy squeak. "You have my oils"! Ha I am sure he thinks I am some sort of a nut job. 

Last summer I read up on a natural insect repellant because of my kids being so little. We also had a problem with wasps at our house and I did not want to throw chemical bombs around me. I researched a little and found out that peppermint oil was your friend to keep those wasps away which worked like a charm. I made my own natural insect repellant and my kids did not get bothered by those painful sweat bee bites and Mosquitos. 

I loved it so much that I started to read up more and found out that there are many amazing ways to pamper yourself and feel good! For a busy mom that sounded like a beach vacation. I made some body scrubs:
Wake up: 
- Epson salt
- sugar 
- almond oil 
- orange peel
- peppermint oil 
- wild orange oil 

Night night: 
- Epson salt 
- sugar 
- almond oil 
- Lavender 

Less chemicals 
One day I ran out on all purpose cleaner and had no time to go to the store so I made my own cleaner and it smelled so good, to my surprise it cleaned so well and I felt really good about it knowing exactly what I just sprayed on my counters, high chair, and kids table.
All purpose cleaner:
- lemon oil
- white vinegar
- water 

Glass/mirror cleaner 
- water
- rubbing alcohol
- lemon oil (little) 

A few drops of lemon oil on a sponge makes your stainless steel sink shine and leaves your sponge smelling great.

When flu season was around the corner I really started stocking up on my oils and trying to be as much preventive as I could. With three little ones I know once we get a bug/ virus in the house it will linger and spread which means poor sick little bodies, exhausted parents and being home bound for a very long time. No no no not an option. 
There is so much that you can do and I am learning everyday. 
We are applying oils on the bottom of our feet every day for preventative measures. Let me tell you so far we knocked out an ear infection, my baby had a viral bronchitis and I was able to keep her more comfortable at night while diffusing an oil blend. Fever was gently reduced with peppermint oil. 
Essential oils don't cure your sickness but here is what convinced me, in the past when my kids had a fever I would medicate them with common OTC medication. After the Meds worked my kids had high energy, bouncing on the couch, running and playing hard, it was impossible for me to keep their little sick bodies still for a while. After the Meds wore off we started over again. 
Last time I rubbed peppermint oil down their spine and on the bottom of their feet, I checked their temperature every 30 minutes and it worked. The fever went down and it stayed down much longer, but their little bodies still let them know that they need to rest, they did not get that (high) from OCT Meds and we kicked the virus out in 2 days vs. 5 days. One happy Mommy. 

There is so much more about these therapeutic grade oils and I will blog about them more. Most important is to use these oils safely they are therapeutic grade and should be used only when you are informed. 

hope you have a great today 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

3 under 5

Happy New Year everyone! 
Wonder where I have been? Well read the title of the post again:). Life in the past 5 month have been interesting! We had an amazing summer and a great fall season. 
Julia has been such a great baby and her brothers are really sweet with her. They cater to her, when her blanket falls out of her bassinet they pick it up and rock her back to sleep while signing (more like shouting ) Rock-a-bye baby! 

When I was pregnant one of my concerns was that I won't have enough time to enjoy this short newborn stage with snuggles and hours of staring at our miracle. But that turned out wonderful, as soon as my hubby went back to work we worked on napping all at the same time and it worked well. Now my oldest is weaning himself of his naps and it's almost a blessing (most days) because we get to spend some one on one time and he also likes to spend some time by himself playing with his castle. Oh and you know what I cherish forever in my heart is listening to him play from afar, I learn so much about him. It gets interesting though when the enemies get punished by the knights and all of a sudden I am holding my breath because the knights take on the Mom talk. Bam there you have it! 

 Like every parent of multiple children I constantly struggling with the question "am I spending enough time with each child"? It's not an easy formula like 33% for each child or taking turns. It's more like being aware of how they are doing and what they need from us. My oldest lately expressed that he does not want me to have my phone with me when I play with him. I would text my mom or setup our lawn care and it bothered him. And he is right, everything else can wait I want to be right here with you in this moment and defeat dragons. 
I found out that our middle chil, A.J. Likes to help out Mommy. He is very passionate about it and gets upset when I don't include him:)
As soon as I start cooking he pushes a chair in front of the island and asked to "crack a egg"? That's how we get our quality time in. He is also my independent little soul, doesn't want any help and wants to do most everything on his own. 

Our baby, Julia is now on the move and that changed the game a bit. She seems very content that she can now get to her brothers:) 
She still wakes up quiet a bit and it is exhausting at times but for the most part we enjoy this time together and embrace this moment. 

My husband recently made a comment after our family overcame a two week stretch of sickness. His comment was, whoever said that going from 2 to 3 kids is easy and doesn't make much of a difference is wrong, 3 fevers, more diapers, more laundry and less sleep. Ha poor guy didn't get much sleep recently. But it was exhausting, we were supposed to be on vacation and one after another came down with the stomach bug. I definitely could have used more hands, more labs and another set of washer and dryer:) 

I so love being a Mom, this is my calling. I am growing with them everyday, learning so much about myself and about them. This is our journey together and most important they teach me how to love, love unconditionally and passionately. I am a better person because of them. 

Bathtime is super fun right now. They asked to bathe together. It's getting crowded and we may have another few weeks left:) 

Daddy's first day of. Vacation after six weeks of almost constant travel. Excitement all over. 

Fun Christmas season. They are holding Tickets to enter the rudolph sleigh (my decorated car) to go for a Christmas sleigh ride ( looking at x-mas lights). We had snacks and good music.