Back From My Mini Vacay

Back From My Mini Vacay

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Guys!

It’s been a week since I last posted and I am SO sorry. Remember how I said summer is a crazy time? I wasn’t wrong! It’s even busier than I thought it would be. This is my first summer with a toddler. I thought the baby stage was hard, but I didn’t know anything back then. If this is your first summer with a baby or toddler, check out this post for help. Or this one. Or even this one for the really hard days. It will get better, I promise.

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My family just got back from a super fun mini vacay in Port Townsend, Washington. It is so pretty over there and I love the “old” feel it has. We did some shopping and my daughter spent about a half hour picking out the perfect stuffed animal. It turned out to be a white cat, which isn’t so white anymore. Thank goodness for thieves cleaner. If you’re a momma, you need this cleaner. It’s all natural, safe around kids, and cleans just about any surface. Anyway, we also stopped at a tea and spice store where I purchased… You guessed it! Chai. I got a type called “Mint-Chilla Chai-Nilla” from The Spice and Tea Exchange. I am in LOVE. Want to make your own? First, check out this post. Then, brew some vanilla chai and add a drop of peppermint. For extra punch, throw in some cinnamon powder. Yum! I also purchased some Victorian Rose soap from another little shop down the way. It smells delish! I haven’t gotten to making my own soap yet, but if I ever do, you guys will be the first to know.

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I totally forgot to bring my bottle of lavender with me, which was a mistake. My daughter took at least three times as long to get to sleep. She wouldn’t nap at all during the day and night time was the hardest. Won’t be forgetting that again! Luckily we didn’t get a sunburn, or we would have been SOL.

Have you and your family taken a vacation this summer? Or do you have one planned? Tell me about it in the comments!

This is my personal testimony. Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement.

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Me? Get a Sunburn? Never! Oh, Wait. How Can I fix it?

Me? Get a Sunburn? Never! Oh, Wait. How Can I fix it?

thankmeHow is it the middle of June already? I feel like I’m going to blink and winter will be here. Anyone else in the same boat? These last few weeks have been such a blur for me and with the death of a friend and my grandmother. I feel like everything is going at a million miles a minute. My life has kind of turned upside down, but luckily I have essential oils to help keep me at least half sane.

Remember that post recently about the sunburn spray? I didn’t have any of it with me after this weekend’s burns (I know, I know. Sunblock is SO important but I somehow forgot in the midst of everything- but hey, at least I got my daughter smothered in it), so I ended up using coconut oil, tea tree, and lavender. It actually worked really well. I have it stashed in the wee one’s diaper bag because it’s a pretty versatile mix and it comes in handy with skin problem situations like diaper rashes and scrapes, as well as sunburns, apparently.

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My skin was slightly, um, super burned in random places like the back of my knees and neck. No where else seemed to get hit though. It hurt so bad to walk around and I needed to get rid of that nasty feeling fast. I figured since I had that mix with me I might as well give it a shot. Thankfully, it helped take away the sting and over the course of the evening, lessened the red tone of the sun’s markings. It no longer hurt to walk and I was back in business!

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Remember, sunblock is super important. I can’t stress that enough. Don’t ruin your skin, please. But, if you do end up getting a burn, try either the sunburn spray or this cream to help with the irritations that come along with burns. You will thank me. You’re welcome in advance.

Do you have any new and exciting summer plans? Tell us about them in the comments! Maybe we’ll vote on who has the most exciting plans 🙂 I know I won’t be the winner! Here’s to serving coffee and writing.

This is my personal testimony. Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement.

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Sunburn Relief

Sunburn Relief

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Summer is coming up on us at full speed this year. Even here in Washington, we’ve had a few really nice days. As we do our outside activities and life gets busy, we sometimes forget to apply sunblock. While the activities that lead to burns may be fun, the hot, sticky, and painful feeling that they bring is never welcomed. Aloe is a great way to help relieve those symptoms, but adding essential oils can give it a super boost.

My first piece of advise would be to use sunblock to prevent burns, but for those occasional and busy times that we forget, I suggest trying a mixture of lavender essential oils, aloe vera, and water to help soothe your skin. Aloe has great healing properties, but lavender can add that extra boost.

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I have four ounce spray bottles and aloe gel, so here is the mixture that we use for those painful burns: two ounces aloe gel, two ounces water, and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. If you have liquid aloe, you don’t have to use water as a mixer. 10 drops of rose essential oil is a great addition to this mixture, but it can be rather expensive. Shake up the ingredients and spray onto burns a few times daily or when needed. Lavender is great for skin and is also super relaxing. It is important to let your body rest after getting a burn, so it’s great that the lavender not only helps soothe burns, it also helps with relaxation and rest.

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Tell us in the comments below how you got your sunburn and for bonus points, make a promise that you won’t do it again!

Also, don’t forget that the May contest is on the brink of being over!

This is my personal testimony.  Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement.

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Play Now, Nap Later: Lavender Play Dough

Play Now, Nap Later: Lavender Play Dough

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I may or may not still be on my crafting spree. Ok, I am, and because I don’t want to overwhelm my shower with a million scrubs (even though there are a few more I want to make, like tangerine-orange and vanilla), I decided on making an oily play dough for my daughter. It was just about nap time, so I decided that lavender would be a nice, calming scent to wind her down from her tiny one year old destructive ways. I set to work by getting out olive oil, lavender oil, salt, water, and flour.

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I like to get my hands dirty, so I manually mixed all of the ingredients. You, of course, can use a mixer. I mixed the ingredients until it all came together, adding a little flour and a little water to the mix until I got the texture I wanted. I loved the smell that was wafting into the air as I mixed everything together. Lavender doesn’t just work to calm kids down, it works for us big people too! The result was a nice, gooey but not too gooey, play dough.

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As it turns out, my daughter doesn’t really like play dough, at all. She tried a little taste of it and decided it was not her favorite new toy. She did kind of mess around with it for a little bit but she didn’t have a desire to do too much more with it. I think she just isn’t old enough yet, but it did lead to a two hour long nap, so that was a huge plus. Lavender is super calming and helps her sleep so much better- read about that here.

If your child likes play dough, this natural alternative is a great choice. Peppermint, orange, lemon, or citrus fresh would make excellent play dough.

Gather your little people and make some dough! Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

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This is my personal testimony.  Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement.

Calm the Storm with Lavender

Calm the Storm with Lavender

It’s every mother’s dream for their children to be happy, calm beings all the time and for them to go to bed without a fuss. In a perfect world, children wouldn’t throw tantrums in the middle of the store or scream for an hour instead of napping, but we all know that those sorts of things happen every day. It’s just part of the blessing of having children. They scream, they cry, they throw fits, but we still love them.

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My daughter is going through her teething stage right now and is extremely testy. She’s been throwing herself around and screaming if I try to put her down for a nap or for bedtime, no matter how tired she is. I know, how horrible of me to try to make sure she gets enough sleep. She doesn’t seem to care how good my motives are, she just is not having it.

After a few days of that fun adventure, I decided to bring out the lavender at bedtime. I really can’t stand the smell of lavender and my daughter is just a year old, so I mixed just one drop of lavender with a few pumps of her normal lotion. I undressed her and rubbed the mixture all over her cute little tummy and the rest of her tiny body. Surprisingly, she didn’t even fight me. Normally she would screech, claw, dance around, etc.

I laid down with her like normal and she was a little bit fussy, but nothing like normal. Within a few minutes of us snuggling and nursing, she was out. It cut our routine time in over half.

Normally she wakes up around 10 p.m. and I lay with her until she falls back asleep and she wakes back up around midnight and we go get her and she sleeps in our bed. This time though, she didn’t wake up until after 2:00 a.m. The lavender not only helped calm her down, it helped her sleep longer and better too.

I added a drop of lavender to my mascara because I have read that it helps lengthen and strengthen lashes. More on that in the future!

How do you calm the storm with your children? Or husbands, they count too.

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This is my personal testimony.  Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement.