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Physical therapy + doTERRA DIY + I’m making another blog!

Hello, world! I have finished physical therapy! A little background information: I started physical therapy in March after my doctor (finally) accepted the fact that my postpartum pain wasn’t going to resolve itself and recommended me to a physical therapist. It turns out that my hips were staying misaligned and a nerve was getting pinched. After several sessions with at home exercises and deep muscle massages (oh my goodness <3), my hips are staying where they are meant to be and I am PAIN FREE! Thank goodness, I can finally sleep! Eric rubs my hip once a week with doTERRA Deep Blue rub which helps immensely as well.

 

This doTERRA DIY is.. Razor Burn Relief! Now the story behind this is simple and one many moms can understand… I just don’t have time to shave anymore. It is a happy day when I get my calves done but my thighs… I don’t think they had been shaved in the year 2015 until the other day. Well, I finally got the time + dedication to weed whack and, of course, I broke out in some bad razor burn. I decided to look up how to get rid of razor bumps with essential oils and stumbled across Atwood Avenue’s post which suggested using lavender and melaleuca. I sprayed my Owie Spray on my legs as it contains both oils plus frankincense which is pretty much a miracle in a bottle for anything you need and.. tadah! My bumps are GONE! I am so happy because I also do not have a thigh gap so my puppies get even more irritated from rubbing against each other.

 

Finally, I’m making another blog! I want to be more active online since Lilyian is now 6 months old (tomorrow!) so I have a bit more freedom as she likes doing things on her own now. This new blog will be a daily news blog where I post information and links to kid-friendly news. I always liked hearing about the world as a child but it was hard to sift through the negative to find the positive stories and I know we don’t want to spend 20 minutes sorting through age-inappropriate articles before we find one that we can share with our children. This blog will encourage us as parents to connect with our children through what is happening around the world and who doesn’t want that?! Leave a comment on what kind of news you would be interested in hearing about + the age of your child/children. Thanks so much!!

 

And a Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers around the world!

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Another month passes

Lilyian is FIVE MONTHS OLD as of the 22nd of May. Whoa! She’s growing too fast. This kid is a champ too. She hates sitting because all the cool kids are standing, didn’t ya hear, so MOM STAND ME UP! She hugs if you ask her to, squeals when I say “nom nom nom” because she knows I’m about to nibble on her legs and stomach, she loves to play Up Fall which is where I stand her on my collarbone aaaaaand let her fall (with my arms constantly right behind her because I’m not insane enough to let her fall on her own) then I catch her before she hits the ground! She squeals and giggles and her eyes light up. Lily goes nuts when Daddy comes home, she thinks her puppy is the bees knees, and she really really wants to pet the kitties but mean old Mama and Daddy won’t let her. Everything in the entire world belongs to her. Everything. I belong to her. You belong to her. She discovered her toes a few weeks ago and now they are a constant play toy! Which is not fun for me at bedtime because “TOES WILL KEEP ME AWAKE!” yay. Lilyian has started to grab her crinkle books and “read” them to herself. She holds it above her, looks intently at the pages, and tries to turn the pages on her own (which only works when she is on her belly). I’m so proud of her! It is AMAZING to watch her grow up. Absolutely astounding.

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Oh hey by the way! I have decided to challenge myself to post a photo to Instagram every day so come follow me and the daily adventures of Mom and Baby!

Here we are!

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I promise I’m still kicking over here!

PHEW! I haven’t written anything in over a month! Where has the time gone? Well, Lilyian would know since she hogged all of it. I don’t mind, I love spending my time with her. However this now means I have a LOT to post about! I’ll be working on these posts over the weekend but here’s what we have to look forward to:

  • The Little Bee Co. diapers review
  • doTERRA DIY
  • Lily turn 5 months old!
  • My mom visiting (Grandmama Lisa + Lily = perfect)
  • Physical therapy overview
  • Packing and cleaning and Army oh my!

While I have you here. Does anyone have any fox nursery decorations they can point me to? I’ll post pictures of what we have but I want to actually decorate Lilyian’s room when we finally move and I would love any suggestions you have!

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Oils… diapers… life OH MY!

phew it has been super busy in this household lately. Where to even start… lets start with the weekend before Earth Day!

Lilyian decided to drop her fourth nap over that weekend and oh boy was it hell on wheels. She didn’t WANT that nap but her body sure did! It was Zero fun for about 4 days then she finally got into a rhythm:

8am – wake up

9:30ish – nap

10:30ish – wake up

1pm – nap

1:30pm – wake up

3:30pm – nap

4pm – wake up

7:30pm – bedtime

As you can see, we need to work this out a little because she’s up too long before going to bed-bed and by that time she’s fighting and cranky. We’re going to start her bedtime routine at 6:30pm instead of waiting until 7pm to try to even her out. And we’re trying to wean off the nightime feedings that the four month regression brought back. She can go 12 straight hours but this regression has had her up every four hours for the last couple weeks. We’re getting better though!

My friend, Leah, invited Lily and I to an Earth Day get together with her and her daughter. We decorated pots and planted a flower! Lily got her first lily flower.

11109147_10205798292252987_5313961923960102814_oThen followed the hilarious fails that prove I am not meant to be a photographer

Attempt 1 - my kid says NINJA NOPE

Attempt 1 – my kid says NINJA NOPE

Attempt 2 - meh better

Attempt 2 – meh betterish

My child is not photogenic.

My child is not photogenic.

and then I went a little.. Earth Day sale crazy. I ordered a bunch of diapers BUT THEY WERE SO CUTE, HOW COULD I RESIST? Some of the goodies:

I have a problem. I'm addicted to buying  cloth diapers.

I have a problem. I’m addicted to buying cloth diapers.

This has become my life….

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sorry for the blur.. only image I could find

because I ALSO placed an order with The Little Bee Co. who has an amazing amazing AMAZING promotion going on. This company usually does a Diaper Drop – for every diaper purchased, they send another to a baby in need. But they’re currently doing a Diaper Drop with a Twist where they send you TWO diapers – one you purchased and another free to give to someone interested in starting cloth diapers (like I will be) or someone in need of diapers. I am SO amazed by this company and I cannot wait to try their diapers out. I’ll definitely be writing a review once they arrive!

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Lily and I had a little mini bug over this past weekend so I’ve been running On Guard and Breathe blends in the diffuser. Our magical oil moments were as follows:

Eric had a HUGE migraine yesterday – Deep Blue on the temples + PastTense on the base of his skull + Frankincense under his tongue = gone in no time.

My allergies have been taken care of by the allergy bomb – lavender + peppermint + lemon on the bottom of my feet.

We’ve been running Serenity in the bedroom at night to help relax Lily and it has definitely been helping in calming her down. We give her a massage nightly with lavender and coconut oil but I really see a difference when we run the blend in the humidifier.

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and finally… BUG SPRAY! doTERRA has an oil blend called TerraShield that seriously has been keeping the bugs off of me. I am a mosquito magnet with my O+ blood.. I’ve only been bit twice so far this year and that is when I forgot to put a drop on my legs. Now, I’m really sensitive to the stuff so I have to dilute with coconut oil or else I get hives (everything gives me hives so.. I’m really not surprised) but I’ve just made up a 1:1 ratio of essential oil to coconut oil and spray it on and away I go!

My doTERRA link: mydoterra.com/brittanylane1315 if you have any questions or if you just want to meander!

and finally… my baby turned 4 months old on the 22nd. She is AMAZING! We stood her in front of the mirror the other day and she just stepstepstep’ed right up to her reflection! She has been taking steps ever since, we can barely keep her in one spot for two minutes anymore. She rolls constantly, has suddenly become a tummy sleeper (which led to an order of nighttime diapers with tummy panels since she super leaked during a 13 hour sleep), and loooooooves when I “nibble” at her neck and belly. She talks all the time, just ahhhhhh ah ah ah AHHHHH, she blows angry bubbles when she fights naptime, and I am the happiest mama to ever live

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I simply cannot do it

I’ve tried.

I’ve looked up dozens of sites.

I’ve researched so many different recipes.

I’ve TESTED so many different recipes.

And they’ve all led me to one conclusion.

 

I. Hate. Coconut. Flour.

I cannot stand it! I love coconut – coconut milk, coconut water, coconut flakes, I am COCONUT 4 LYF.. but my god, if I’m left with coconut flour then I guess I’m not eating because it simply does not work for me. blargh no that’s one healthy switch getting kicked to the curb in this household.

We HAVE made the switch to Almond milk. Silk dark chocolate Almond milk is the ABSOLUTE best. And bonus – almonds help with breast milk supply. That’s really why I’m drinking it.. really..

And I’m making these banana dark chocolate almond pancakes this coming weekend!!! I’ll let you know what we think of them!

 

In further news, me and the Little were sick last week. Like super duper sick. She started Monday off coughing and congested and steadily worsened throughout the day. Her temp was hovering around 100.5 until evening when it hit 100.8 so we took her to the ER…where it hit 102.4. They dosed her up with Tylenol and sent us on our merry way after her fever broke and she started acting like her normal self.

fe fi fo fum I'm the sickest baby bum!

fe fi fo fum
I’m the sickest baby bum!

many hours after bedtime..

many hours after bedtime..

 

Tuesday, I had a super sore throat where I couldn’t drink anything let alone eat but Lily was finally gracing us with smiles so I knew she was on the mend. I went to bed, woke up around 1am to a crying baby, fed and medicated her.. and then proceeded to lay there for 2 hours twitching and shivering from an extreme fever. That fever finally broke and I got some sleep. Wednesday, my fevers were all over the place from 100 to 102.5 degrees. I was so sick I couldn’t carry Lily five feet and Eric had to come home from work in the morning. My fever finally hit 102.8 then broke. We both went to our doctors on Thursday. I was diagnosed with HFMD which has no treatment and no test to prove it so rest + liquids + doctors note for my physical therapy and I was released. We then went to Lily’s doctor for an ER follow up. This is the first time I met that doctor and I immediately disliked her. She wasn’t very personable (which I wouldn’t care if she was my doctor and not personable buuuut you’re handling my kid so we gots ta have some good vibes) and she abandoned Lily and myself for 15 minutes to find a nasal swab to test Lilyian for RSV… even after I said the ER had already done that. She returned with no nasal swab, bitching that the ER didn’t run a urine sample because that’s what SHE would have done… then proceeded to inform me that allowing my 4 month old to stand would bow her legs and I should not be letting her do that but “that’s just MY advice.. you don’t HAVE to follow it… but it’s my MEDICAL advice.” kk so I get that you’re an old woman but.. if you’re not going to keep up to date on the research which disproves that myth*** then I don’t want you near my child.. so Lily has a new doctor!!

**I’m going to look up the original source found at the bottom of the article(s)

Super random post, I’m sorry. I just felt like rambling. I’ve been running On Guard in the house since we got sick so everything smells great and clean at the same time and I’m just in a ramble-ly mood!

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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!