Wishing everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.
This year was our second year away from family during the Christmas season, but I have decided in my heart to not let that bring me or my little ones down. This year we were blessed to spend the day volunteering at church and to share Christmas Eve with a dear friend and her family.
After getting home, I asked my little Ethan if he had fun and his answer blew me away… “of course Mom, what do you think?! We had a party, we played games, I won cool prizes and ate good food. How can I not have fun with things like this?!” I was so happy to hear the excitement in his voice.
All of this was way before we even opened any presents, as we had opened them today after breakfast. Do not allow not being with family, not having presents wrapped on time or not having presents at all, or things not going as planned ruin the moment to create beautiful memories with the ones that you are presently with.
Christmas Day is not yet over… You still have time to make it special for yourself and others. Be of good cheer!
Wishing everyone a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.
No matter what the day may (or may not) bring, always remember that you have control of what you choose to be grateful for. 💜 I thank God everyday for the beautiful family He has allowed me to create with my husband and for moments we transform into memories. May today be filled with love, fun and laughter with the ones that make your heart sing. And if you feel like if you don’t have anyone to share with, go find someone! Family, friends, neighbors, church, and charities all could use some love, don’t let yours go to waste!
Back to school means splurging on discounted school supplies, getting back on a rigid schedule, and having that bittersweet feeling we all get at the first day of drop-off. Back to school was also the time I used to hide my face inside my shirt and run around with a bottle of Lysol spraying everything, everywhere inside my home. Doorknobs, bed-sheets, sofa cushions, remotes, my kid, even the hubby got caught up in my crazy compulsions. The moment I heard either one of them coughing, I was determined I would not allow myself to get sick. However, no matter how much I washed, cleaned and sanitized, we would all fall prey to the back to school germs.
Fast forward to this year, we now have Ethan in his second year of preschool and a one year old at home. During car line pickup I noticed Ethan, in all of his wonderful innocence, loving on his little brother as soon as the car doors opened. Not two weeks into school, I had my baby coming down with the sniffles. Not long after that, my husband and I were starting to feel a sore throat coming on, meanwhile, little Ethan has been walking around with a hop to his skip, all happy and healthy. Naturally, one would think I should have my face-in-shirt and Lysol-in-hand defense position ready. (Can you imagine how ridiculous I looked doing so? I have!) However, this time I found a healthier, safer, and natural way to up our immunities.
I always had an interest in essential oils and their “magical power”. Turns out it’s the power of basic science that makes essential oils so effective. Essential oils are natural as they are extracted and distilled from plants. Pure oils are safe as they can communicate with the body to address root causes, without building resistance, and can cross the lipid bilayer at the cellular lever to combat even viral threats. They allow their users a peace of mind and serve as an enhancement of physical and emotional health without the side effects that accompany the modern approach. For these reasons, and many more, I couldn’t help but to join the dōTERRA community of essential oil users.
With pre-diluted oils made especially for babies and young children, doTERRA made it easy for this mama to make back to school a breeze. No more hiding from school germs, instead we have been able to keep them away by using the special blends in the children’s oil kit to keep my boys healthy – naturally. Simply applying Stronger (similar to the popular On Guard blend) down Ethan’s and the baby’s neck and back everyday before school and before bed, we have been able to prevent both boys from getting sick even though they continue to share germs – I mean LOVE each other…
Not only do we love Stronger but also have learned to incorporate the other wonderful blends into our daily routine. Along with the protective blend, Ethan enjoys applying Thinker every morning on his temples to help him focus his mind while he is at school. He’s even gotten several compliments of smelling great from his friends. I also love carrying Rescuer (the blue soothing blend) for any sudden aches and pains, not only for them but, for me as well. Lately, Ethan has been having growing leg pains, the baby as he learns to walk has bumps from falling down and even I, with just tension on my own shoulders and neck, a simply application has definitely rescued us from long hours of unnecessary aching. My two favorites to use with the baby are Calmer (the purple restful bend) and Steady (the green grounding blend) as he tends to be living with FOMO (fear of missing out). He fights for hours just to nap and when bedtime rolls around, he starts playing and laughing from pure exhaustion. Some Calmer on the bottom of his feet and on his little wrists and Steady on the back of his ears helps tremendously to relax my little one and to be on his way to restful sleep, giving us all a peace of mind.
Probably the best protective blend yet – with FLOOM, I no longer have to worry about being on the look out for a cough or a sneeze, and I definitely don’t need to have my Lysol ready either. It is a magnificent blend of powerful Frankincense, cleansing Lemon, protective On Guard, antiviral Oregano and antibacterial Melaleuca. Equal parts of each, topped off with your choice of carrier oil gives you a pocket-sized intense immune support. I rub some of this FLOOM magic down the neck and the back of the ears on my husband and myself and I kid you not, this stuff really works. Erick goes from having a scratchy throat and potential ear aches to being completely better within just 20 minutes. And I don’t take any chances, instead of hiding from the germs they all love sharing, I just apply some FLOOM on myself and my oils take care of the rest. I can proudly say I am five months strong, without getting sick. As a stay at home mother, I cannot afford to go down with the flu or to call out. I need to make sure I am taking the necessary steps to protect myself and my family. I appreciate that doTERRA has made this a reality for us and I can rest assured that I am not adding toxic chemicals to our bodies or to the air we breathe in order to protect our immune systems.
Well guys, I loved sharing a little of what we do. Please stay tune for the next blog on what oils I like using in my diffuser to keep the air clean and set the right mood at home.
We just want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Years! Looking forward to growing this blog with you and posting with frequency. I might change Workout Wednesdays to Whatever Wednesdays in order to be able to blog off-topic posts there as I don’t intend in documenting every single step of my weight-loss journey.
I have been working on a new post (kinda lengthy) for weeks now (as I’ve been overwhelmed with the holidays) and started reading a book that I will be reviewing and posting about as well. Additionally, I have some ideas about setting goals and sticking to them throughout the year that I would like to eventually share with you before the month is up along with some random crafty activities for the kids.
Little Emmanuel was not feeling so great since the 31st which didn’t allow Mama Bear to have more than 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night the first week of the year. It’s hard to function, let alone blog when one is extremely sleep-deprived. However, the baby’s health is greatly improving and I’m slowly making my way back up to 6 to 7 hours of sleep at night. Fingers crossed, I’ll be blogging and posting mini stories on IG soon enough.
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