For the Love of Oils
On Tuesday, July 30th my water broke at 7:20, just before getting up for the day. At first I wasn't 100% sure but after a few minutes I had more liquid come out and continue to come out. I spoke to my midwife and we set up a check in for 10:30 at the clinic.
We assumed things would be well on their way by the time we got there. Unfortunately nothing had progressed by then and she sent us home. That day I did ALL the things to try and get things moving. Nipple stimulation, a long walk, stairs, red raspberry tea, clary sage and spicy food. I'd get dull "contractions" here and there but nothing worth talking about.
We were all hoping some rest would get things moving in the night. I had some decent sleep that night but was still concerned for baby every time I woke up. By morning I decided I would like to be induced so my worries could turn into baby snuggles. I also had gone through tons of pads due to the constant leaking going on so I was a little over that part. We dropped the boys off at Tim's sister's place (PTL for her) and headed to the hospital for 10:30. Our midwife had a room reserved for us already and we got straight to work. We set up my essential oils and Maggie our midwife set up the oxytocin for induction. At this point I was having zero contractions. Shortly after setting up, our secondary midwife arrived and they began the drip.
During the day things started very slowly. I was having contractions but nothing substantial. At around 5pm I finally had to start breathing through my contractions. By 5:30 things were moving quickly and I was having strong contractions very close together. The secondary midwife said "I'm not lying when I say you're almost ready to have this baby". At 5:55 I started feeling the urge to push so I did a few short slow pushes. I quickly felt like I wanted to be off my knees and moved to my back. As soon as I did that I was urged to push harder and longer. I didn't want to, I didn't feel strong enough yet and it felt like things were happening too fast. I was barely done pushing when another contraction started and I was told I NEEDED to push. Little did I know Avery's heart rate kept dipping and they wanted him out and safe. I started to panic and all the great breathing I'd been doing went out the window. The amount of pressure and pain I was feeling felt nauseating and I wanted to give up. The secondary midwife all of a sudden appeared in front of my face, put her hand on my chest and told me to breath. I heard myself gulp for air and then she said , now PUSH. Pain, so much pain. I said "please tell me something came out". Tim told me to look down. There was my little babies face. Then I pushed 1 more time and out came the rest of my perfect boy at 6:08. I felt in shock by what just happened and I had to take a minute to register there was a baby on my chest, let alone MY baby.
I couldn't stop crying. I probably cried for 20 minutes. I felt in shock, blessed and in awe of what my body had done and so thankful God gave me the strength for what I just went through. We cuddled for about an hour before they weighed him and checked him over. After cleaning things up a little Avery started rooting so we got him latched and he did so good. After a good feed we packed up and headed home. We were home around 9pm. I fed him again and then we all headed to bed. He had an amazing first night. I napped the next day before the boys came home and met their little brother.
I felt a little defeated by the power of the birth but I think it taught me my strength is not in myself but in the God who made it all possible. When it felt like I had no strength to keep going He is who I called to and He is who gave me the power to birth our beautiful boy.
Over the last couple of months its crazy to see and feel the negativity that Vegans get, It's hard to understand why people are so negative and rude towards people who decide not to eat animals or animal products. When I used to tell people I was going sugar free they used to say "good for you" or "man, I should really try that". But now when I say I've gone Vegan people's kind hearts and words disappear. I hear "Oh I could never" and "oh so you're a werido". A couple of months ago someone was trying to justify that the pigs seemed happy in their pens when he had seen them. What he didn't mention is their happy level when they were ripped from their mom at birth, or how their teeth were pulled out without any pain killers. Or how their tails get cut off and how they're shocked over and over again to get them into the trailer. Yeah, I'm sure they're happy about that.
If people really don't think there is anything wrong with eating factory farmed meat then why are they so defensive about it? How I'm deciding to eat shouldn't make your rude side come out, should it?
Lets say your sister's friend told her she had a cat that she just couldn't stand anymore. The cat peed over everything, constantly scratched her and was always hissing and growling at her. Your sister's friend told your sister she could take that cat after it had been butchered to eat it. The next day you go to your sister's house for dinner. She tells you about her friend's cat and that you will be eating the cat for dinner. Would you eat it?
You go to china to visit an exchange student you had a few years ago. While there you go out to dinner. On the menu is "dog". These are those dogs who are in pens, in dirty conditions and not fed well. Would you eat it?
What makes the cat different from a cow? What makes the dog different from a pig?
Is your answer "well their meat doesn't taste as good ( how the heck would you know )" or "cats and dogs are cuter than cows and pigs ( in who's opinion? ) ? Than those are some pretty lame excuses. You know that has nothing to do with it. Our society has been brainwashed into thinking animals that don't live in our houses don't feel anything and whether they live in a field or a barn their whole lives (wopping 6-18mo) doesn't matter. As long as we get to eat our steak on the bbq, rotissere chicken and our bacon then it doesn't matter how we get it. Our tastes buds are more important than how an animal is treated.
I used to be someone who didn't even think about the fact that I was eating meat. It just seemed normal to me. When someone talked about being Vegan I just didn't think twice about why they would be. I was completely uneducated. I was never told about the conditions the animals I was eating went through to get to my plate. If I can't eat it raw or stomach doing it myself, then it doesn't seem like something I should be eating.
The sad part to me is that people don't even want to consider testing the world of plant based food. My husband and I have said so many times "we would have never tried all these amazing foods if we hadn't gone vegan". A whole new world of food has come into our pallet. I've eaten some of the best food I've ever tasted now that I eat Vegan.
I've attached a video that is very disturbing but it shows the truth behind factory farms. If this doesn't effect you at all then I don't know what has happened to the hearts of the people in this world.
This video is very graphic and not appropriate for kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnpsEAHAEnY
Facts about factory farms.
- male chicks get ground alive
- baby chicks get their beaks cut short at birth
- if a chicken is getting pecked, nothing is done for the chicken, they get left to be pecked to death
- baby pigs are ripped from their moms at birth
- baby pigs get their teeth ripped out of their mouth without painkillers
- baby pigs get their tails cut short at birth
- baby cows get taken away from their moms within 24 hours after birth
- mother cows cry for days after having their calves taken away from them
- dairy cows are injected to trick their bodies into thinking they are pregnant so they keep producing milk
A couple days ago Tim asked me if I had ever considered getting a Health and Wellness Certificate to be a coach in that area. Honestly I had never thought about getting a degree but I had thought about how I could help people struggling with their health. Then I was listening to a Podcast, Goal Digger by Jenna Kutcher. She was talking with someone about the business they had started and it got me thinking about what Tim had asked me.
Now here I am dreaming about getting some sort of certificate so I could better help people become the healthy they want to be. I am by no means where I want to be in my health journey but I can definitely see myself getting closer and I'd love to help even just one person get into a different path when it comes to health.
So guess what? I'm going to get myself a certificate and I'm going to start doing some more researching and writing down ideas.
So far I'm thinking to focus on people just starting out on their Vegan journey.
I recently decided to go Vegan but felt a little lost on knowing where to look for support as a Vegan newbie. I'm still learning so much and want to share it. I would also like to help moms out firstly by helping them get to the body they know they can achieve but are struggling to attain. For me it has been a challenge with people around me accepting that I want my kids to vegan too. People are very stuck in tradition thinking that to have a balance of nutrition you have to have animal products in your diet. This just isn't so and I think Mom's should have the resources to find a well rounded Vegan diet that their kids can enjoy too.
I also think it'll pair well with my passion of Young Living's products and using their oils in my cooking. So stay tuned as I post my journey of this new venture <3
Last nights blog was on a spare of the moment feeling and I poured it and posted before I changed my mind. Blogging is a scary thing to me and yet I feel so much better after I do. Here is the rest of what I wanted to say before my internal clock ran out.
All this time had passed and I started becoming aware of things happening that I didn't like seeing. I was beyond exhausted all of the time, my patience with my boys was a disaster and I did not like looking at the woman and mama I was seeing in the mirror. Despite how much sleep I got and how positive a light I tried to look through I still felt like I was only walking backwards. I did a bunch of research, went through all my symptoms and came up with nothing substantial but my symptoms were on a lot of lists pointing to the thyroid. This seemed possible to me as a close family member also has had thyroid issues. So, although I hadn't seen a doctor to confirm anything I decided to see what oils there might be to help support the thyroid. I found Endoflex! I started taking it in a capsule with Sacred Frankincense, Grapefruit and Copaiba. I'm starting into my 4th week of taking it and I'll tell you I have felt happier, way more energy and the mama I knew was in me is back! I still haven't seen a doctor ( because lets face it, trying to see a doctor with 2 kiddos is tough, especially in the winter), but for now I feel renewed and thankful. I am thankful for a God who who put people into my life who truly care about me and thankful for creating nature to have what our bodies need to be their best.
My last blog was over a year ago! I wish it wasn't but I'm not disappointed in myself because I wasn't in the right space to write. The last year has been a roller coaster and I finally feel like I'm figuring out the new and improved roller coaster I have been upgraded to.
Last year I finished up MAT leave with Dallas and scrambled for a job in the area so I didn't have to travel too far. I got a full time job working 3:30-12 at a job I wished I wasn't at, even before I started. But, I had all day with kiddos and still could work full time. My hubby and I hardly saw each other and I started falling in to a rabbit hole I try so hard to stay out of. I cried out to God every night on my way home, I cried to Him in the shower, when I went outside to take the garbage out, pretty much anytime I was alone.
Of course, God being the God of Love heard me. Out of no where my old boss in London offered me management at one of his stores. Little did he know God was using him as the answer to my prayers. Although things got much better I was still left feeling awful having to leave the kiddos everyday and pray those I left them with would teach them right from wrong, would hug them when they cried and would wipe their dirty faces. My heart would break when my 3 year old would say "I miss you Mommy, I wish you didn't go to work". But on I went feeling like right now this was a trial I'd have to go through. Over the next 6 months our 3 day babysitter days had us stressed to the max! Our first babysitter had to start school in the fall, the second babysitter's Grandpa was ill and she had to move in to help him, then our 3rd babysitter lost her housing situation and had to move away. After the 3rd time I was beaten down. It felt like God was trying to tell us something. Was He telling me to quit the job He so abundantly provided us? It just didn't feel right! I was sick thinking about telling my ever gracious store owners I would have to leave.
God had other plans. When I told my boss my dilemma he quickly shut down the idea of leaving. He was adamant we could find a way! And... because of the kind hearts God had placed over me, my boss found a secondary online position that could fill 2 days at HOME! HOME people! With my kiddos! Then, our 2 day babysitter (which we all LOVE), without any prompting or hinting told us she would take the boys for a 3rd day! Bless her heart! And just like that my body full of anxiety and stress was calmed and God's love was poured out once again.
Like most people my New Years resultions quickly get forgotten about and you soon decide you've gotten to far behind or you've fallen off the wagon too many times and you might as well wait till next year to try again. This year no resolutions were made. Instead I made goals. All the successful people I look up to at this time in my life keep saying to write goals. I kept thinking that I just didn't think goals would work for me. It seemed silly to write something down even though on my head I already knew I wanted it. Last year I did not write down my goals and guess what? None of my goals became a reality. So as a new year begins what could be the harm in writing down my goals? I figure if I write them down in public I'm more likely to revisit them and work towards them with all the passion I have here in this moment. So here we go.
1) Go from my 60% Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle to a 90% to ultimatly reach my before baby weight
2) Reach Executive in my Young Living business
3) LIVE. My thought on this word is that we will strive each day to seek out ways to live better, live stonger, live passionatly, live brighter, live happier, live simpler and at then end of it all to live for Jesus. We want to make memories in each day. We want others to remember the days with us because Jesus was there. LIVE with a purpose EACH day.
Go make your goals friends! Write them down and make them meaningful!
This time of the year is a ticking time bomb when it comes to flus and colds. What can you do to defend prepare your body for the worst? My number one go-to is Thieves Essential Oil from Young Living.
What is Thieves Essential Oil?Thieves is an essential oil blend and one of the best-selling products available from Young Living. It’s a blend made with Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary and Lemon essential oils. It’s one of my favorite essential oils. It smells like Christmas and can be used as a dietary supplement.
But trust me, not all Thieves is created the same. Young Living has the original Thieves essential oil blend (how to order Young Living) that is often imitated. I wouldn’t use anything else and certainly wouldn’t take anything else internally – and Thieves essential oil from Young Living is labeled for dietary use.
This blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who used a special combination of spices and botanicals, such as clove and rosemary, to use to while robbing the dead and dying. What an interesting story, right? I definitely encourage you to do more research on the legend of the four thieves. It’s a great read.
So how do you use Thieves essential oil? I’ve got 10 great uses – keep reading…
10 Uses for Thieves Essential Oil
1. Make a Wellness Tea
Add a drop of Thieves and a spoonful of raw honey to a warm cup of water. Enjoy in the morning or anytime you need a boost.
2. Spice Up Apple Cider
Add a drop of Thieves to a cup of warm apple cider. It can help to spice it up and enhance the flavor of the apple.
3. Add Flavor to Applesauce
Add Thieves to a batch of homemade applesauce to spice it up. Start with a drop or two and add more Thieves as needed.
4. Support Healthy Immune Function*
When taken internally, Thieves can help to support health immune function*. Add a drop to a spoonful of honey or even add a vegetable capsule and top with coconut oil to take as a dietary supplement.
5. Support a Healthy Respiratory System*
The Thieves essential oil blend contains Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system, when taken as a dietary supplement.*
6. Add to Your Toothpaste
If you like to DIY, you can make homemade toothpaste and add Thieves essential oil. It tastes fantastic. Ready-made Thieves toothpaste is also available from Young Living (how to order).
7. Ditch Your Air Freshener
Make your home smell like fresh-baked cookies (that’s what I think Thieves smells like in the diffuser) or like your favorite fall scent. Just add a few drops to your diffuser. If you have friends or family over at your home or need to showcase your home (realtors, listen up), Thieves is the perfect essential oil to diffuse. Everyone will be looking for the batch of cookies.
8. Clean Your Home
You can make your own DIY household cleaner or use Thieves Household Cleaner to clean virtually every surface of your home. It smells great too.
9. Eliminate or Shorten Cold Sores
Not everyone gets Cold Sores, but those of us that do know how annoying they are. You feel like everyone is staring at your lip while you talk and then it itches and stings. After trying a veriety of pharmacy bought cold sore products, I tried Thieves. What a difference! Since starting Oils 2 years ago I've only had one actually get past my lip. Instead of it lasting 10 days, it lasted 5! You need this ;)
10. Make a DIY Breath Spray
I have a fantastic recipe to make a DIY breath spray with Peppermint essential oil to freshen breath, but Thieves is another alternative – kind of like a red, hot cinnamon gum flavor. Just add 2-3 drops of Thieves essential oil to a mini spray bottle and fill with water. Use as needed to freshen breath.
I used to love perfume and cologne, but then I learned how horrible fragrances are for you and stopped wearing it. One day I put a drop of Thieves on my scarf and smelled it all day long. This got me thinking that I could create my own mixture of oils to create whatever smells I liked. Not only are the oils not harmful but they're beneficial and medicinal. Below is my recipe on how to make your own perfume/cologne.
You'll need a roller bottle or small spray bottle, a veriety of oils, 70%+ alcahol and distilled water. When combining oils you need to choose a heavy, medium and light oil. The ratio of oils should be 20% heavy, 50% medium and 30% light.
Once you've gathered your oils, take one from each weight and wiff them together under your nose. Decide what smells you like together. In a 10ml bottle you'll want 1-2 of the heavy oil, 4-5 of the medium oil and 3 or 4 of the light oil. Once your oils are in the bottle fill the bottle 1/3 full of the alcahol. Let the oils and alcahol sit for 24-48 hours. After the resting time carefully pour the distilled water to just below the neck of the bottle. And you're done. Below are a few manly smells I've created.
"Into the Woods" 1 vanilla. 4 Northern Lights Black Spruce. 3 Orange.
"Spicy Myrrh" 2 Myrrh. 4 Clove. 3 Bergamot
"Norhern Lights Citrus" 1 Cedarwood. 4 Northern Lights Black Spruce. 3 Citrus Fresh
"Frankly Cinnamon" 2 Frank. 3 Cinnamon. 3 Orange
"Sacred Mountain" 2 Vanilla. 4 Sacred Mountain. 1 Peppermint.
Five years ago someone mentioned to me that washing my tub with fantastic would result in the chemicals left behind going into my body. I laughed at that. It sounded ridiculous to me, but I hadn't done any research on the damage they can have on your body. In summer 2015 my oldest son was teething and I started feeling guilty that I had nothing else to give him but Tylenol. I had heard about Essential Oils in a mom's group and soon found my Enroller who educated me on the benefits of Essential Oils. After trying a couple bottles I decided to go all in and bought the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. Since then the cupboards full of dangerous cleaning products, detergents, beauty products and pharmacy purchased pain killers have been cleaned out and replaced with products I know are safe for my family.
Young Living's Thieves Cleaner is not only safe to use it also BENEFITS your body when you use it! If you haven't hopped on board the chemical free train, I'd love to help you do so.
Hi, I'm Kim, a believer in all things Jesus, including the oils he's provided us. I love yoga, it's what gets me on the right path every morning. I have a part time job, which is perfect as I have more time with my 2 boys, Desmond and Dallas. I have an amazing husband who shares all the happy in my world and holds me through the not so happy. We love the simple life and strive for a little more simplicity every day.