Posts tagged home
Natural Home, Happy Home
IMG_0018.JPG

I have always preferred to use holistic or naturopathic remedies before resorting to prescriptions-I even avoid taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen if I just have a headache. I knew that once we had littles running around I wanted to use safer cleaning products as well as avoid unnecessary medications.  

A few months back I reached out to a woman within my Instagram community about using essential oils. I had used a diffuser for quite a while, but never thought to use oils as remedies for ailments or illnesses or overall wellness. I want to point out that essential oils are not labeled as something to use to cure illnesses, as most other natural approaches are not- they have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am, however, one to believe that diet and herbal approaches can be effective in many ways. 

I have just recently began this oily journey, so I have decided to share a few of my favorites with y'all: 

FullSizeRender.jpg

CITRUS:

My favorite citrus oils are Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine. I have used Orange and Lemon quite a bit for both cleaning and cooking. I will share a few of my favorite recipes in a later post.   I have yet to use Tangerine often, but I have made a "refresher" using it with baking soda. I took a small mason jar and poked a few holes in the lid, mixed in some essential oils with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. I will sprinkle it on our mattress every couple of weeks then vacuum it up, as well as use it as a scrub when I clean the sink after doing dishes. 

FullSizeRender.jpg

BUG REPELLENT:

Earlier this Spring we had some nasty mosquitoes! We've also had a couple black fly bites, even on little Jasper. While I will use regular bug spray if it's around, I don't want to be spraying it on Jasper! I ordered up some Citronella and got to concocting! In a spray bottle, I mixed about 20 drops of Citronella, 15 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Rosemary. Rosemary has a very strong smell, so I use it sparingly. I filled the bottle with water and so far have not had an issue with bug bites.

FullSizeRender.jpg

A GREAT COMBO: 

I LOVE cloves. I think it's because it reminds me of winter time, which is the best. Anyway, I like to make oatmeal for breakfast (when I remember, HELLO mom brain!), my favorite recipe is old fashioned oats with chocolate chips, a few drops of Orange and only ONE drop of Clove. This blend is also a great one to diffuse. 

FullSizeRender.jpg

THIEVES: 

This oil blend is one of my favorites by far. I use it in my diffuser to make my house smell fresh and clean, as well as use it as part of my daily beauty routine. It is worth mentioning that Thieves is considered a "hot" oil, meaning, it has a warming sensation when applied topically. I only use 1-2 drops on my face, making sure to keep it away from my eyes. After a moment, I apply 2 drops of Lavender to cool off the sensation. Thieves is also a powerful cleaner and can be added to a load of laundry or dishes. I have also tried the YL Thieves Toothpaste and really liked it.

 

Overall, I have had nothing but a great experience with essential oils and the community I have found within it. Personally, I use Young Living; it is important to use 100% pure essential oils, no matter where you choose to get them from.  If you want to learn more about using essential oils or would like to begin using them, feel free to contact me-while I am still learning myself, I am happy to help!

IMG_0019.PNG
life update

Holy smokes! My little boy is already six months old, how did the time go by so fast?? If you follow me on instagram you might have noticed that I am way better about updating things on there than I am on here. Most of my instagram is filled with Jasper anyway... The little man rolls like a champion and spins around in circles to move. He's quite the giggler nowadays too, fills my heart up every time he laughs. He's trying to pop out a tooth, he's chewing on anything and everything. We've also started giving him some purées usually once a day, so bring on the stinky diapers. 

IMG_4467.JPG

I've been insanely busy with school since the beginning of last month, and on top of that I have a morning women's group on Tuesday's and we hold another small group in our home on Tuesday evenings, so you could say I'm a little busy. I've been trying to keep up on homework and laundry, if I don't get to mop my floors at least once a week I go crazy. If you have been to our house since we had Jasper you might have noticed that there is baby stuff pretty much everywhere. Clothes, diapers (clean ones!), binkies, toys, etc. It's not necessarily that our house is messy, it's just a little cluttered. In efforts to battle against the clutter, today I cleaned out Jaspers room (that he never sleeps in btw...), packed away tiny little 0-3 month size clothes <insert crying mom face here>, moved one of the ottoman's to his room and started to clean off my desk. While it isn't all the way cleaned up yet, I already feel so much better-cleaning and rearranging always settles my mind. Plus++, I got to mop today too, I have Thieves goin' in my diffuser and my house smells a m a z i n g. I'm one happy momma.

Now that the house is partially cleaned and my brain is at ease I can finish one last homework assignment and I'm done for the weekend! Tomorrow is mother's day so I actually want to be able to enjoy my FIRST mother's day with the rest of my family. On Thursday I turned in my application for graduation, it was one of the most nerve-wracking things I've had to do in a while. I only have to take 4 more classes and I am finished!!! GO ME! It's been a long and hard road to get to this point, but by the grace of God I'm almost there.  

tree hunting

A couple of weeks ago I posted on Instagram about some nostalgia I was having about where I grew up. 

The weekend after Thanksgiving, our little family of three went to the farm. It's about 20 miles north of Sandpoint, Idaho, surrounded by rivers, fields, trees and more trees. My parents own 40 acres of an old Christmas tree farm so I knew where we'd be getting our tree-here's some photos from our hunt, enjoy! 

I've got a hottie of a husband, guys

w e l c o m e
Photo by my lovely friend Hailey from  Verse and Venture .

Photo by my lovely friend Hailey from Verse and Venture.

For the last few months an idea has been creeping in and out of my mind: start a blog. I have started and stopped a few other blogs because I simply got burnt out on what my initial niche was. However, this time around, I hope this blog can be something that grows.

I am 33 weeks pregnant with our first baby and currently stretched out on our couch with a heating pad 'cause this little bear loves kicking my ribs. I am definitely feeling 33 weeks pregnant and am hoping I don't get too much more uncomfortable in the next few weeks.

Growing this miracle inside me has been the main inspiration for wanting to start this blog-I want to document our life as a family and as a mother. I want to share products we believe in, home inspiration and décor ideas and recipes. I want to have a community of people that read this and can relate to the struggles of being a first time mother (or even a mother of multiples), I want others to share their insights on motherhood and faith with me as well. Community is what I seek in this, even if it's from afar and from behind a screen. 

I look forward to sharing more and hearing from all of you who read this-

Cheers,

Brooke