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Deal for (2015) April 1-15 + DIY Runner’s Relief

Hello, everyone! Easter is TODAY! I hope everyone has their Easter eggs ready and their chocolates in the baskets :] Or, ya know, if you’ve eaten them already, that’s completely acceptable as well. I would have by now if Lilyian would allow me to have chocolate and I wasn’t too lazy to find some soy-free chocolates. That’s okay, I’ll just drink my Soy Almond Dark Chocolate milk from a wineglass. Sophisticated AND delicious!

 

Anyways. This post is a little update on the freebies available from doTERRA until the 15th of this month. If you become a Wellness Advocate (aka you sign up instead of just ordering products), you get wholesale prices on all oils. If you reach at least 125 PV (points), you get a free Oil of the Month (DigestZen). 175 PV = DigestZen + Purify. 200 PV = DigestZen + Purify + Deep Blue + Deep Blue rub.

As a personal Welcome, I’m adding a free keychain (your choice of black or purple) for anyone who signs up and anyone who signs up underneath you :] You can carry up to 8 oils with you at anytime for emergencies (I keep my Allergy Bomb in mine! I’ll make a DIY post for that recipe soon).

My membership ID is 1807900 if you decide to join! If you have any questions, truly feel free to ask them. I’m here to help anyone and everyone who is even remotely intrigued by essential oils, whether for personal use or as a business opportunity.

 

And now for the DIY Runner’s Relief spray. My husband is a soldier in the US Army and he runs constantly. He’s about to join 160th and his running is going to increase tenfold. We used some Runner’s Relief on his legs BEFORE he went running last night.. he wasn’t sore after running. Okay, well we will wait and see what happens in the morning because he usually hurts after a long run. Nope, no pain, no aches. This has become a staple in our house (literally) overnight.

Runner’s Relief Spray

  1. Add about 1/8-1/4 inch of coconut oil to your spray bottle.
  2. Add 3-5 drops of Deep Blue essential oil blend
  3. Fill the rest of the way with water
  4. When ready to use: PRIOR to running, oscillate the bottle a few times and spray on legs!

My husband also sprays this on his arms before doing his pushups and notices a significant difference in soreness.

Here’s a video about the Deep Blue blend, provided by doTERRA

 

Uses for the Purify oil!

Uses for the Purify oil!

GREAT uses for the DigestZen oil!!! especially for little ones!

GREAT uses for the DigestZen oil!!! especially for little ones!

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DIY Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

NOTE: Essentials oils must be kept in glass containers. Essential oils CAN be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.

 

Hand sanitizer

Roughly 6oz bottle:

-5 tablespoons 100% aloe vera gel

-4 tablespoons water + more

-1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil

-8-10 drops On Guard Protective Blend

-Small Squeeze Container or 6oz spray bottle

You can either mix it in the bottle or mix in a bowl and pour into your container afterwards. Mix the aloe vera and vitamin E oil together (or add to the bottle). Add the On Guard and the water. Mix then pour into the bottle (or simply shake the bottle!). You want it to look slightly creamy/white. If it’s too watery, add more more aloe!

 

Wipes

-Bounty paper towels (trust me, you want Bounty. For some reason, almost all other brands fall apart)

-2 cups lukewarm water (you don’t want the water too warm or you’ll destroy the oils’ healing properties)

-1 or 2 TBsp coconut oil

-3 to 5 drops lavender oil

– 3 to 5 drops malaleuca oil  (aka tea tree)

-Large enough container to hold your paper towels (we use a Folgers container!)

Cut your paper towels in half so you have to mini sized power towel rolls. Mix your water, coconut oil, lavender oil, and malaleuca oils together. Place one of the paper towel halves into the container and slowly pour your oil mixture around the paper towels. Let sit for an hour, remove the cardboard center, and you now have pull-from-the-center wipes the moisturize and heal all at the same time!

 

If you have any questions, leave a comment. If you’re interested in essential oils, visit my page: http://www.mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315/#/

One of my favorite oil blends is the PastTense. My husband gets horrendous headaches that last three days no matter what we do. I used PastTense on him (both temples and where the hairline meets the back of the neck) and it was gone within an hour.. and it hasn’t come back. That was YESTERDAY. This isn’t a “oh look what it can dooooo” story.. it is a real life experience of ours and wow, we’re hooked on THAT oil blend now!

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Cloth Diaper Review!

We’ve been using cloth diapers for two days now (we’re so experts, right?) so I figured I should write down what we like, what works best for us, our experiences, etc etc. Here we go!

Prepped: Hot water with extra rinse + all free and clear (military) + cold wash with extra rinse (no detergent) -> 4-6 times

My diapers were ready after 3 washes but I wanted to make sure we were GOOD. TO. GO.

Night time: Flip cover + Flip organic night time prefold -> Lily goes anywhere from 7-11 hours in this diaper without a wake up and if she does wake up, it is because she’s hungry but we go ahead and change her anyways. We haven’t had a leak yet (mind you, this is only night number 4 with cloth diapering)

Daytime: We prefer covers + prefolds! Pockets are a bit of a hassle and seem a lot bulkier when using prefolds. We’re using both though until we build up a great diaper cover stash (if anyone can point us to some super cute covers, leave a comment PLEASE!)

Inserts: Hands down the winner is Green Mountain Diapers unbleached prefolds. We are currently using the small (yellow) ones and they are perfect for my 13lb baby and her diapers which are on the smallest setting (unless it is the Thirsties covers, she’s on the biggest setting for the size 1 because I’m pretty sure they run smaller than advertised). We’re also using GM hemp doublers which are pretty darn awesome, we just lay them in the prefold then padfold! The SoftBums one size DryTouch pod with newborn insert are pretty nice, they can also snap into the AI2s. We also like the Bumkins contour soakers and Perfect Bum booster s/m.

Washing:

1. Thoroughly soak a towel and toss it + the diapers + the pail liner into the washer (HE front loader)

2. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, low speed, NO detergent : 57 minutes

3. Fill a kettle halfway with water and set it to boil

4. Once the washer is done, fill the kettle the rest of the way with cold water and pour into onto the towel and diapers IN the washer

5. Whites + extra rinse -> hot, high soil, high speed, detergent filled half way up to the 1 marker: 1hr 54 minutes

6. Speed wash + extra rinse -> cold, high soil, high speed, NO detergent: 57 minutes

7. Tumble dry on medium or hang dry. Stains automatically going into the sun

 

I am so beyond happy we switched to cloth diapers. They’re not nearly as hard as they seem on the surface and I just adore them.

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

LOOK AT THEM. HER BUTT WILL BE MAGICAL

 

 

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I love food

Ah food. The relationship I have with food is a complicated one. I grew up watching my mom use food as a therapist and I inherited that tendency from her. I vividly remember stepping on the scale in 5th grade and weighing in at 146lbs then running away crying while my classmates snickered at me. I grew to love..hate..love?.. no hate! food throughout my teenage years. I resented my mom for taking the easy way out of her obesity by getting a gastric bypass (and now, years later, she admits it was her way to cheat exercising the weight off. She exercises and eats correctly now though!). I worked off my weight and sophomore, bow chica bow wow!

taken in fraaaaaance

taken in fraaaaaance

I married Eric the summer before my senior year, 6 days before he left for basic training. I exercised and focus on my wedding a few months later. Then we moved in together, 7 hours away from my family. I was depressed. Super depressed. And I turned to my old friend, food. I gained 100lbs in a year. One. Hundred. Pounds. All i did was sit around the apartment, eating, growing more depressed because I didn’t know anything and I didn’t have anything to do and omg my clothes are getting tighter so lets eat away the sadness. Vicious cycle and I didn’t see the problem until I started college and this picture was taken of me.

fun fact: I was going to a religious college at the time sooo yep fun fact #2: look at Eric's adoring eyeballs at me :]

fun fact: I was going to a religious college at the time sooo yep
fun fact #2: look at Eric’s adoring eyeballs at me :]

Eyes wide open. Mayday mayday we have a problem. I was tired just walking around. I was grumpy. My marriage wasn’t falling apart quite yet but we were close.. and it was all on me and it took that picture to realize it. Eric deployed and I started to cook more, walk more, do more. I lost 40lbs during his 12 month deployment and MAN did I like how I felt!! I had energy, I was happier, our marriage flourished (we haven’t had a Major Fight since his R&R during deployment. Which was 4 years ago. we’ve fought but they weren’t “I want a divorce!” quality), and.. then I had a miscarriage. I gained a little bit of my weight back, about 10lbs, and then I decided I wanted to look and feel better again. I started making a real effort to lose weight, especially once Eric and I were living in two different states for a year so I could finish my Bachelor’s degree while he was stationed elsewhere. I lost about 16lbs, graduated!, and moved back with my husband. I once again gained some weight (and I’ve noticed the pattern. I gain weight when I’m with Eric. We get lazy and eat out more. Good thing I’m keeping track now, huh?!) Then I got pregnant with Lilyian and food became the enemy once more. I couldn’t keep anything down! I hated all foods but especially chicken and garlic (I love chicken and garlic so this was saddening…)

Now I’m me again, but as a mom. I’m Lilyian’s mom and she NEEDS me to be here for her. I need to have the energy to chase her little butt all around, to keep her entertained, to make sure she learns enough to develop to her fullest potential. So we are having a lifestyle change. I cook again, all the time. I didn’t realize how much I missed cooking! I spent all of Sunday preparing food for lunches so we wouldn’t grab crappy foods.

And this entire post started because my lunch was quinoa, homemade salad dressing, a plum, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Ah, I love food.

 

Note: There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with being a bigger person. Embrace yo’ curves! Love every single inch of you! WORK IT! You’re beautiful, period.

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This mama is getting crunchy.

I am preeeeeetty darn excited to say that this household is about to start cloth diapering and essential oils! I will be keeping track of both adventures via this blog so keep an eye out :]

I am beyond excited to start essential oils for Lilyian. She’s been my problem child since the get go (did you know there are essential oils for jaundice?!?!?!) and I’m ready to jump into this! If anyone has any questions or you are interested in essential oils, leave a comment! I would absolutely love to start this journey with someone so we can bounce ideas, experiences, and ailments off one another.

I was first drawn into the oils for helping Lily sleep but wooooow there are a billion uses for them! Lavender alone can help with SO MUCH STUFF.  It helped with Lilyian’s contact dermatitis (we don’t react well to Papa Bear’s beard), and cleared up my allergies. Peppermint = headache aid (but don’t get it on your breasts if you are breastfeeding! Peppermint can decrease milk supply). Lemon? CLEANING!

the three biggies

the three biggies

If you’d like to start this journey with me, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 If you want to try a specific oil or some other products, my page is http://www.mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 and I am more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

Also! Eric and I are starting to eat clean. We are cutting out a lot of (delicious *sad face*) food and I’m going to start posting about that as well 🙂 get ready! This is about to be an active blog all around!

In closing, here is my little one in all her 3 month old glory!

one, two, three my lil baby!

one, two, three
my lil baby!

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Judging other moms is silly

I’ve said before that you shouldn’t judge other moms and then I stumbled across this amusing video. Watch, chuckle, embrace your motherhood, and enjoy your time with your child because they grow up way too fast.

Lilyian is already 3 months old (tomorrow but she hit 12 weeks on 3/16 so whatever). Where did the time go??? She’s currently coo’ing at Papa Bear while throwing her new rattle around. My baby isn’t going to stay a baby much longer and it makes me sad.. but also happy because she’s learning so much so fast. I feel privileged that I get to be part of her life.

 

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I don’t know how to be a mother

My daughter is 10 weeks old and I have no idea how to be a mom. What am I doing? What do I do next? I ask questions and no one seems able to give me a good answer because they just knew what to do and I feel like I’m failing when I’ve just barely begun.

 

My husband is on 24 hour duty (more like 26 and that’s if his replacement shows up on time) so this is the first time I’m taking care of Lilyian completely by myself. I can’t have him come home and help for twenty minutes. I can’t pass her to him for night shift and she’s sobbing. I’ll be getting up at 1am/4am (depending on her last feed) to pull her out of the crib and get myself situated for feeding and change her diaper then put her back to sleep. All by myself. And this is possibly the worst day for that to be happening.

First off, she’s feeling off or something because she’s barely eaten all day. She’s probably spent about half the time at the breast than she usually does. She’s cranky, she’s fussy, she.. SMILES FOR MAMA!!!.. cries. She napped this morning (thank god) but its been a rollercoaster since 10am onward (7pm at the moment for reference). All of this I could deal with even though it’d be frustrating.. but I’m also sick and it decided to fully hit today. I ache, my neck and shoulder blades are killing me, I’m nauseated, and I have a killer headache. So I’m bending over to soothe a screaming baby while holding her to my chest. Everything is getting hit at the same time and I feel like crying. Because I feel like crap. Because I feel like a bad mom. Because I feel like I’m failing her….

But then I strap her to my chest, I hum her sleep songs (Lullaby and Goodnight + Hush Little Baby), and I turn on her rain app… and she falls sleep against my chest. A little arm sticks out of the carrier and she holds my finger while she sighs in her sleep. And I remember that I’m the one who got her to fall asleep last night when she refused to have anything to do with Eric. I’m the one she gives her first big smile of the day to every morning, whether or not someone else is there. I figured out what her favorite sleep position is (mind you, it didn’t work for this last nap but I also have a stubborn daughter so….). I don’t know how to be a mother… but I know how to be her mother and that’s enough.

mama's little teddy bear

mama’s little teddy bear

TWO. MONTHS. OLD.

TWO. MONTHS. OLD.