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Monday, September 22, 2014

Open Hands, Full Heart

This summer...where to begin! From the move to the start of school, our days have been full. And while we are still settling in, still making new friends and relying on google maps to get around, we have filled our days with fun and adventure!
More than any other location we find ourself living outside here and I love love love it! Salty air in our lungs and sunshine on our faces. The boys play hard and sleep even harder. The street we moved to if full of kids and I'm back in a community that I've missed so very much.

Life is really really sweet right now and I am crazy thankful for that!

The boys have started school and I have a feeling it's going to be a great year! I fine tuned our curriculum from last year and so far we are humming along. I'll do a big curriculum share down the road. Teaching active boys has kept me on my toes!



I was in need of some "mommy time" when Ainsley from the Wild and Free conference contacted me about a project. I had the opportunity to create 125 swag bags for the ladies attending. After unpacking boxes and being in move mode it was the perfect release and getting a chance to be a part of something bigger was awesome!

We also have been taking advantage of our final days of summer. Camping with the boys is by far my favorite family activity. Unplugged, in nature, campfires and s'mores....seriously my favorite place to be. We have a handful of trips planned before winter hits and are dreaming up a big Summer 15' trip to Acadia National Park!

One thing I had to share with y'all are the quiet time books we brought with us camping this past weekend. We usually spend all morning through lunchtime hiking and geocaching with the boys. Once we are back at camp it's quiet time. I paint or read, Mr. Doozie snoozes in a hammock and the boys can explore around the camp, paint with me or read books. These doodle books were a HUGE hit last weekend!
Usborne books has by far the best activity books I've seen. Just type "color" or "doodle" in their search bar and be prepared to be amazed! Here's the link: Usborne Books & More

I'll be sharing more books with y'all down the road. Especially some amazing ones for school! 

Feels good to finally catch up here! Our goal for the house being finished is Thanksgiving so, yep I'm waiting to post pictures till then :) Hope your Monday is happy!

xxoo
~ko





Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday's Oils! Lavender and Lemon!

Happy Friday! We are headed out on a little family adventure so this will be short and sweet. I've loved sharing our family's journey with y'all this week. From here on out I will be posting on my oil page once or twice a week. I'll share tips and things we've learned as well as opportunities to try new oils! Thank you to everyone who has commented, emailed, texted and messaged me! I hope I've been an encouragement to y'all, I know you have been to me!

The last two oils for this week are Lavender and Lemon. These oils brought the very first relief to our family's seasonal allergies. They were the first oils we used with the boys and I'm still singing their praises.

Lavender is pretty much my back pocket oil. It has a million different uses and !hello! it smells amazing. Remember in My Big Fat Greek Wedding how the father swore by windex for all aliments? That's lavender for me, bets are that if you come over to my house and tell me something is bothering you, you'll be walking out my door with lavender on  


Lemon oil is known for boosting your immune system which in turn helps you fight those pesky allergies. It's also fantastic for you to take internally and can perk up a sluggish liver and even help with weight loss! One of the reason's I love YL is their commitment to pure oils, making me completely comfortable with ingesting ones that are meant for that purpose. 


Lemon oil is Lavender's best friend in my opinion. They make a dynamite team when it comes to battling allergies! We diffuse it in the boys room when pollen count is super high. Your house will smell like heaven and those itchy eyes and runny noses will disappear. 


We also use Lavender as a sleep aid. A drop rubbed on the soles of the feet or base of neck and I can bank on the fact I won't see my kiddos till the morning (next week I'll share a few more sleep oils we use as well).


Lavender has also taken the place of Neosporin for us. I've seen fast healing on scrapes and cuts! So much so that boys ask for it over anything else!


Lavender and Lemon are another two oils that come in the starter kit and are ones that our family truly love!


xxoo,~ko


If you'd like to purchase a starter kit please follow these simple instructions:* Go to: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US
*Click "Member Sign-Up" in the upper right corner
*Please make sure you've checked Wholesale Member (and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)
*Enter 1685363 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas
*Fill out your info
*Select your kit ($150 premium starter kit is the best value. You get 10 oils plus a home diffuser in this kit)
*You can say no to the Essential Rewards--in fact, I recommend this until you've tried the oils and know if you like them or not.
*At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like
*All finished!
If you do sign up, I can invite you to a private group page that will be a huge resource to you and has helped me learn so much!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Panaway, My Go To Oil!

Fourth oil of the week? Panaway! Fourth family member? Me! 

Argh! I'll just come right out with it, I was hooked on Ibuprofen. Between tension headaches and monthly knock-you-out cramps, I had Motrin bottles stashed in my purse, the car and all over the house. It was not good y'all. Not good at all. I knew my liver and kidneys were not happy campers. I knew I needed another option.

The thing about essential oils and a journey to health and healing is that it is so very very personal.

And in an effort to be completely honest here, I've got to get a little personal. Skip the next paragraph or so if you need 

Ever since middle school my periods have been horrible. Cramping that would send me into the fetal position with a heating pad and as much Motrin as I was allowed to take. I remember rocking back and forth, trying to just focus on a spot on the wall and telling myself to hang on for 20 more minutes and the medicine would kick in. Sometimes the pain would be so intense I would get sick to my stomach. Every. single. month. was like this. During the years I've tried different things looking for an answer. Diet changes, birth control pills, even yam cream (google that one). I always ended up with a handful of Ibuprofen and a heating pad, useless to my family and accepting that those days were just a complete loss.

NOT ANYMORE!!!! Since I've started using the oil I'm sharing with you today I haven't needed a single does of Motrin when my cramping starts! This is HUGE for me, Bill was in total amazement, so much so he had me order an extra bottle just so I will never be without. I can be pain free during this time, totally functional and available to my family! Isn't God so so so good! I love that He created these plants for us to use. 

So, lets talk a bit about Panaway. This power packed blend has wintergreen, clove and peppermint in it. Because those oils are considered "hot" oils, this blend needs to be diluted when applied. It's like a heating pad in a bottle and the relief it brings is almost instant!

I apply it to my abdomen and it stops my cramping in it's tracks. The warmth from the oil is as if I have a cordless heating pad on and I am free to get on with my day! Because my pain is so intense I apply the oil straight to my lower stomach undiluted and if it becomes too hot for me I'll rub a little coconut oil over it. It took some trial and error figuring out what worked best for me. The main thing is you have to figure out what works for YOU.

For tension headaches I dilute it and apply to my forehead, temples and sometimes back of neck. You will smell pretty minty but I'll take that over the awful amounts of Motrin I was taking. The boys actually love the scent, they always tell me "mommy you smell soooo yummy, can I have some gum too please?". 

The third way I use this oil is for growing pains with Will and Jack. Applied diluted over their shins gives them amazing relief and lets us all get back to sleep! Why oh why do growing pains come in the middle of the night? Just plain rude if you ask me. But now we have a fast effective answer, I even keep a little tub of coconut oil with Panaway already in it in our upstairs bathroom! A quick go to in the middle of the night.

I do think I should say here that we still keep Motrin in our house and that I'm not advocating a "throw all your medicines away, never take antibiotics" mindset. I'm just saying wouldn't it be awesome to try the natural route first and if it's working for you then awesome! I totally believe God created these oils for us but I also very much believe that God gave man brilliant brains that have figured out some amazing medical advances. Balance is all I'm striving for here.

Okay, off the soap box 

Panaway, is a pretty pricy oil. I'll be honest and warn you about that. However, it comes in your starter kit, which is a steal if you ask me and because it's such a powerful oil it will last a long time. I just opened a new bottle, which means my starter kit bottle lasted nearly 8 months. Impressive!

So there you have it! If you have any questions let me hear them!

xxoo
~ko

If you'd like to purchase a starter kit please follow these simple instructions:
* Go to: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US

*Click "Member Sign-Up" in the upper right corner

*Please make sure you've checked Wholesale Member (and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)

*Enter 1685363 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas

*Fill out your info

*Select your kit ($150 premium starter kit is the best value. You get 10 oils plus a home diffuser in this kit)

*You can say no to the Essential Rewards--in fact, I recommend this until you've tried the oils and know if you like them or not.

*At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like

*All finished!

If you do sign up, I can invite you to a private group page that will be a huge resource to you and has helped me learn so much!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our third favorite oil, Frankincense!

Third oil of the week? Frankincense! Third family member? Bill! Or as y'all know him, Mr. Doozie!

God knew just what He was doing when he placed this man in my life. I am passionate by heart, jump into things with both feet, a figure it out as we go kinda gal. The husband I am blessed with is tempered, a thinker, a show me the facts and research kinda guy. He even majored in math at the Naval Academy! I do my 9's multiplication on my fingers! Get the picture? He balances me and for that I am so very thankful.

So, when I approached him about starting in with essential oils he was skeptical. As frustrating as that was to me, it was a good good thing. It made me research like crazy, because like any good wife I wanted to prove him wrong  haha

When we received our starter kit our focus was mainly on the boys and how we could best help them. As we saw improvements with the kids, his willingness to try them for himself increased.

The first big win for me...I mean wonderful experience Bill had  was dealing with his allergies while doing yard work. Normally he wears a mask while working and still comes in eyes watering, sneezing like crazy which results in a benedryl and then a drugged up hubby on the couch. Not fun for anyone. He let me put several drops of oil on his mask before heading out, a combo I'll share later with y'all, and what do ya know!?! He came in from working outside completely normal! Not a single sneeze, or eyes watering, just a little smirk that his wife might be right about these oils.

It was his run in with frankincense that sealed the deal. Ever since I've known him he has dealt with eczema on his face. Poor guy. It seems to be stress induced and he is incredibly embarrassed by it. Since we've been married his doc has had him on eucerin cream and a steroid cream to keep it at bay. This option has never fully worked so when I suggested we try frankincense he was open to it.

For a week I had him gently exfoliate the area and then apply Kiss My Face Aloe and Olive lotion with two to three drops of Frankincense mixed in. Y'all!!!!! It totally worked! Healthy fresh skin! We were amazed!!!! He was trying this during an incredibly stressful time at work and his face was perfectly normal!!

He still has flare ups here and there but they are far and few between and now he has an answer that works. With healing that comes in a couple of days versus a constant battle to keep it at bay. I've known him for eleven years and this is the best his face has ever looked!

Frankincense has lots of other benefits but its the skin care properties that we use it for the most. I love adding it to my moisturizer, it helps with aging and sun spots, even breakouts and there is a ton of research done on how it can help fight cancer! Research it people!!

So, the mister is on board with essential oils now, even set up a monthly budget for me! He's smart like that 

xxoo
~ko

If you'd like to purchase a starter kit please follow these simple instructions:
* Go to: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US

*Click "Member Sign-Up" in the upper right corner

*Please make sure you've checked Wholesale Member (and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)

*Enter 1685363 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas

*Fill out your info

*Select your kit ($150 premium starter kit is the best value. You get 10 oils plus a home diffuser in this kit)

*You can say no to the Essential Rewards--in fact, I recommend this until you've tried the oils and know if you like them or not.

*At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like

*All finished!

If you do sign up, I can invite you to a private group page that will be a huge resource to you and has helped me learn so much!

Have any question? Please feel free to ask me here or message me. 

Also, I highly recommend this book. It's my go to resource when I am looking for a specific answer plus the first section explains all the science behind why essential oils work!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Purification..my second favorite oil!

Second oil of the week? Purification! Second family member? Jack!


Let's talk about Jack a bit. He's my second born, my wild card with a joyful heart that kindness just bubbles over from. I seriously love being his momma. Just like his brother this kiddo is prone to "the cough" especially when it is allergy related from a post nasal drip.

Like I said yesterday, Thieves oil works great when they are sick sick. But when I know we are dealing with allergies it's Purification that grab.

This powerful blend has Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavadin, and Myrtle oil in it. The scent is bright fresh and lemony

All these oils have antihistamine properties in one way or another, especially Rosemary which is known for its benefits to respiratory health and its anti inflammatory properties.

Tea Tree oil is antibacterial and antiviral!!! What in the world!?! I am constantly amazed at how God designed these plants. Y'all he wasn't just making a beautiful world for us to live in, He was creating with purpose because He truly cares for us!

Because I'm a big believer in researching these oils for yourself, I dare you today to search out these oils in this blend and read up! You'll be amazed at what you can find.

At this point in my research is when I discovered that there are really two main oil companies. You can find flaws with both, but in the end I chose Young Living because it was right for OUR family. I felt confident in their Seed to Seal promise. What you can buy at Whole Foods or your local health store is not what you can purchase from YL. Most oils in the stores are overly processed and include fillers making them weak, causing you to use more and still not see the same results. After everything we went through with Will I knew we wanted quality and a product I didn't have to worry would have extra "stuff".

So, let me tell you how we use Purification around here:

*Diffuse in the boys room when allergies are threatening.

*Diffuse in the house, especially the kitchen if I'm trying to clear out a cooking smell. This oil is excellent for purifying the air, not only does it knock out any lingering smells but thanks to the antibacterial and antiviral properties you are actually getting cleaner air!
*A little testimony; my SIL had fried up a TON of bacon one
morning. (my brother was on some sort of high protein kick,
haha) and the smell of bacon had permitted the entire
house. She added Purification to her diffuser and when he
arrived home there wasn't even a hint of fried bacon!

*Apply topically to bug bites. We live in a very buggy area and Jack especially is targeted by those pesky mosquitos. A drop on the bite and the swelling and itching are gone within a few minutes!

*Apply topically to repel mosquitos. When I'm on the ball and can actually remember this trick, it works wonders and smells so much better than that nasty Deet stuff. 



So far, both oils I've shared with you come in the starter kit, plus you get a diffuser! I don't like ending my posts with a sales plug, but if you want the oils this is how you get them. Just please know that I'm sharing from my heart and wouldn't be on here if I was just trying to make a dollar  It's an awkward balance of being open with y'all about what our family has experienced and telling you how to buy the product. Can it even be done gracefully? lol

xxoo
~ko

If you'd like to purchase a starter kit please follow these simple instructions:
* Go to: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US

*Click "Member Sign-Up" in the upper right corner

*Please make sure you've checked Wholesale Member (and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)

*Enter 1685363 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas

*Fill out your info

*Select your kit ($150 premium starter kit is the best value. You get 10 oils plus a home diffuser in this kit)

*You can say no to the Essential Rewards--in fact, I recommend this until you've tried the oils and know if you like them or not.

*At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like

*All finished!

If you do sign up, I can invite you to a private group page that will be a huge resource to you and has helped me learn so much!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally Confident!!

Hello hello!
I've kept fairly quiet the past 8 months as our family has incorporated essential oils into our daily routine. 

My reservation with going public was that so many already had and I wanted to make sure that when/if I did I could say without reservation, THESE OILS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! 

Starting today I will introduce one oil a day that our family has benefited from as well as share with you how a specific family member has benefited. 



First oil of the week? Thieves! First family member? Will!



I'm sure all you moms can relate, it is awful to see your child suffer! We will do anything in our power to stand between suffering and our children. Our mister Will is a string bean of a 7 year old and being our firstborn, pretty much had a room waiting for him at the ER from the age of newborn to six. He caught every cold, every cough, every bug we came in contact with. Then the seasonal (all the seasons) allergies hit him and the wild ride of fighting off allergies plus bugs begun.

This is what a NORMAL MONTH looked like for us: a nasally sniffle on DAY ONE, me wondering if we have another cold or could it be allergies, the doctor would tell me to make sure he was never off his allergy meds. Zyrtec, Claritin...you name it he's been on it. DAY  THREE, the cough....oh the cough....a wet rattle that would attack mostly at night, dark circles under his eyes from lack of rest, my stomach in knots because medicines are not working, we add to the allergy meds an over the counter cough and cold, trying to dry that cough up. DAY SIX, no one is sleeping, the coughing is making him throw up....we head to the ER. Hello breathing treatments for the next week and a prescription antibiotic. By WEEK THREE you would find medicine lined up on the counter, a list of when he was receiving what, air purifiers on high all over the house, and a momma who felt like she was FAILING her child. I would look at him and burst into tears, what in the world was all this medication doing to his kidneys, he's such a skinny thing and I felt like everything the doctors were telling me to do only kept us in a vicious cycle. By the end of the month we would enjoy a few healthy days and then it would seem we were right back into DAY ONE.

Sometimes at night I would hear him cough and my mind would race....are we starting the cycle again??? The fear is what drove me to research, the research is what drove me to find a natural option.

You see, in the middle of all of the drama of just trying to keep him healthy, everything we added into his system to "help" of course has a long list of side effects. Will developed a rash around his mouth and our pediatrician told us "that may be a side effect you have to deal with from the allergy medication".....ummmmm a permanent rash??? No thank you! There were other side effects behaviorally too. Not monumental but just like y'all know every detail of your child, I knew my normal Will was slipping from my grasp. And at the moment I wanted off this roller coaster.

We started by dropping the allergy meds and switching to an herbal remedy. Poof, the rash was gone within a week and has NEVER returned.

Then we looked further into essential oils and this is where I feel God gave me that "momma nudge". I just knew we were on to something.

I'll stop here and say, I am not a doctor, this choice we made with Will involved a lot of prayer. Please don't yank your kids off their inhalers because I'm saying this works. Read up, ask questions, start small, stay consistent. Consistency is key.

Will has not stepped foot in the doctor's office or ER since last February! LAST FEBRUARY!!!! I seriously have to hold back tears when I type that. I am armed with knowledge and faith that God made these plants for us, these oils were created by Him with a purpose and it is making a night and day difference for my family.

There are 2 oils we are never without in our home and the first I want to share with you today is THIEVES. This oil blend has clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary in it. It smells like Christmas and is one powerful oil for fighting off germs and boosting your immunity. In fact it gets it name from grave robbers who coated themselves with this oil during the black plague and it kept them from getting sick. Pretty impressive.


Now when I hear a sniffle or the start of a cough, I don't panic, I don't worry about how all the rounds of medicine will take it's toll on him. Not at all! Instead, I thank God for healing my kid and grab my Thieves ;)

We diffuse it, put it on the bottoms of his feet (did you know your feet have the most absorbent pores?) and if I'm really thinking he is starting to get sick a drop under his tongue twice a day (I would say 6yrs and up on this and do it to yourself first, its like a cinnamon altoid on steroids)

We can stop a cough, sniffles, sore throat in a matter of 2-3 days! No ER trips, no antibiotics, no prescriptions whatsoever! No pesky side effects and my boy is rested and peaceful!

Another more precautionary way I use Thieves is by applying it behind their ears (kinda near those glands your doc feels on your neck) before heading into a public place like sunday school or ummm Chuck E Cheese ;) It is a hot oil so it is recommended that you dilute it when applying. We don't, but I have to put it out there. My boys tell me it makes their neck feel warm, not the end of the world.

I also drink the tea recipe below and I haven't had strep in 8 months, something I was prone to!


I was going to go into how each plant oil works in this blend but you can google that ;) This post is way longer than I anticipated. If you have any questions though, feel free to ask them here and I will do my best to answer them or at least send you to a source I recommend.

And if you are wanting to start this journey with me you can follow the steps below :)

xxoo
~ko

If you'd like to purchase a starter kit please follow these simple instructions:
* Go to:  http://www.youngliving.com/en_US

*Click "Member Sign-Up" in the upper right corner

*Please make sure you've checked Wholesale Member (and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)

*Enter 1685363 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas

*Fill out your info

*Select your kit ($150 premium starter kit is the best value.  You get 10 oils plus a home diffuser in this kit)

*You can say no to the Essential Rewards--in fact, I recommend this until you've tried the oils and know if you like them or not.

*At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like

*All finished!

If you do sign up, I can invite you to a private group page that will be a huge resource to you and has helped me learn so much! And of course you can email me with any questions:
domesticdoozie (at) gmail (dot) com

Thursday, August 7, 2014

North Carolina Home Sweet Home


Moving in....

It's physically and emotionally exhausting!

But we are here! 
Tackling the walls of boxes before us and checking off some DIY updates to the house as we go!

I always love sharing with y'all how we make these duty station houses feel like home
and this go around may be the most epic yet!

We are loving the area and the community is more wonderful than I dreamed it would be!

I'll be in and out of here until the house is settled but I truly can't wait to share with y'all what has been taking place in our home and in my heart!

xxoo
~ko

PS. It's a Jack-In-The-Box! Best paper stomper this side of the Mississippi!