Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Essential Oils for Babies

-Danica here-
I have had friends asking me what I use essential oils for and how I use them on my baby Crew, so I thought I would do a post explaining the different ones I use and their purpose!

My Mom introduced me to the use of essential oils, she sells them so it makes it really easy for me to get my hands on the ones I need.

The oil I reach for the most is called OnGuard. We put it in these cute little roller bottles and mix it with fractionated coconut oil to dilute it for Crew's skin. This is the one I use almost every single day on the bottoms of his feet. I seriously SWEAR by this stuff. Crew was born in the fall just in time for flu season to start so I was super paranoid about him getting sick. To this day he has had 1 cold. Doterra also has capsules of this oil that I take when I feel like I might be getting something and again, I swear to you, it gets rid of it before it starts.

Lavender is an oil I reach for on a daily basis as well. It has such a soothing scent and can do absolutely no harm, it has SO many uses. Any time Crew gets a scratch or rash or anything like that I use my roller bottle mixed with coconut oil and rub it wherever he needs it, within hours all of the redness is gone. I also use this on the bottoms of his feet at night to help calm him for sleep. I prefer it over the lavender scented baby lotions that are on the market.

Ginger is one of my favorites to use on Crew's belly when he is showing signs of an upset stomach. I just roll it clockwise from the roller bottle a couple times and rub it in. It really helped when he was a newborn and had air in his tummy or just seemed fussy for no reason. A lot of people recommended Gripe Water to me but I found Ginger worked better and faster for Crew.

I haven't used this next one a ton, but during the one cold Crew had this last Winter Breathe was a lifesaver! It is basically just a more natural version of Vick's. You dilute with coconut oil as usual and rub it on the chest to assist in opening the airway and helping them to breathe a little better when they are super congested. I'm sure I will get more use out of this oil as time goes on! This oil is also a great one to use in the diffuser. I just drop a couple drops in when Jantzen or I get a cold and diffuse it while we sleep.

This is just one of the diffusers that is available, I love it!

Another one that has come in handy a lot the last few months is Roman Chamomile mixed with Lavender. I use this one on the sides of his face for teething when he is extra fussy or hitting his face like his teeth hurt.

A couple of oils that I love to use for myself are Lemon and Wild Orange. Lemon is awesome in water if you are a lemon water lover like me. I also love to diffuse it in my kitchen after I clean up from dinner! It really helps to get rid of any food odors left behind.

Wild Orange is absolutely my favorite scent, I love to diffuse it, rub it on my arms, or just sniff it when I need a pick me up. This scent is known for its mood boosting capabilities and I swear by it. The smell of citrus helped with my nausea during pregnancy sooo much so I would just carry it around and smell it all day long. (I probably looked like a crazy person).

I hope this gives you guys some new ideas for how to use your essential oils! Let us know if you have any questions!

If you are interested in trying any of the oils just let me know or contact debyjohnston@hotmail.com


Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites

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So excited to be back with Friday Favorites! No. 1 on the list are these lace-up flats I scored during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I get so many compliments every time I wear them and they are holding up really well. No. 2 is my new favorite foundation from my favorite beauty blogger, Maskcara. I will probably do a post solely on the foundation but until then you should definitely give it a try. It allows you to contour your face cheaply and in around 5 minutes. I love it! No. 3 is my favorite drink. I have been off caffeine for several months now but I still crave the carbonation that I get from my favorite sodas. Crystal Ice to the rescue. There's a million flavors to try and they are all so good! Great to help you get off your soda habit, and all the flavors have zero calories! No. 4 is this cute Kate Spade passport holder. I bought a pink one during the last 75% off sale for my upcoming trip to Italy and I'm so excited to bust that baby out! No. 5 are these adorable Kate Spade earrings. These were again a score from the Anniversary sale. I already owned a larger pair but I love how these smaller ones look. They are a great affordable gift to give as well!

What are your favorite items this week?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crew's Birth Story


 Jess and I have decided its time to get our blog back up and going. We had so much fun together while doing it, and we both miss the creative outlet.

I am embarrassed to say the main reason the blog came to a halt was because of my pregnancy and my insecurities that I developed about my body during those 9 months. The constant nausea and vomiting didn't help the cause either! I had a breast cancer scare during the pregnancy and had to have a mammogram and biopsy done that took my attention elsewhere while we were waiting on the results of that. Thankfully it ended up being chronic inflammation.

I looked back at our posts to see where I left off and week 31 was my last pregnancy update. Baby Boy (Crew) ended up making his appearance 6 days past his due date! He was born on October 14, 2015 at 2:45 A.M. We went into the hospital the afternoon of the 13th because I was leaking some mysterious fluid. I had my membranes stripped the day before and had been cramping and bleeding the night before so I thought for sure it was my water leaking! They did some tests and it ended up not being my water, they didn't know what the heck it was to be honest! The doctor decided to let me stay and be induced anyways because I was scheduled to come back the following night for induction.

They started me on Pitocin around 2:00 in the afternoon, so we let our families know that it was time! My contractions started to get pretty painful and close together within an hour. I went into it wanting to make it as far as I could without the epidural...yeah that didn't last long. I was dilated to about a 1 when I went to the hospital and made it to a 2 before getting the epidural. That thing was amazing! I had a really experienced older man give me the epidural and I could totally still feel my legs and the pressure from each contraction. It stopped working a few times and I was little freaked out that I was going to have to push Crew out with no pain killers, I was so not prepared for that! Luckily they got it working again.

We pretty much just rested and watched movies the rest of the night. I had my Husband, Mom, Mother in Law, and my really good friend Esther in the room. I reached a 10 at about 11:30 p.m., however they wanted me to "rest and descend" for an hour. I wasn't super happy about that as I was ready to push and could feel that I needed to. After the hour the doctor came in about 12:30 a.m. and I started pushing. I ended up pushing for 2 hours..I have never been so tired in all my life. Towards the end of that 2 hours Crew's heart rate dropped dramatically and gave us all a scare, at that point my mama bear instinct kicked in and I gave it all I had and got him out on the next push.

There is absolutely no better feeling in this world than the moment you see your little baby's face for the first time. He was perfect, weighing in at 9 pounds 3 ounces, and 21 inches long. We are so in love with our baby Crew, he has brought such a sweet spirit into our home and we can't imagine life without him.

Patiently waiting:

All the doctors preparing for baby Crew's arrival:

Resting between contractions!

Meeting my baby for the first time!

Welcome to the world:

Daddy looking at his baby:

6 month pictures:

10 months (current)"

Thanks for reading!