When planning for 2021, our family decided it was all about being intentional. Each month we would plan a bucket list of fun trips, moments and experiences we wanted to make happen. At the end of the month, we start planning (okay sometimes it is …
Pregnancy is a beautiful time when you planning and preparing to welcome a new addition to your family. Your body and emotions are ever changing. Trying to make healthy choices in our world of abundant options can be a daunting task. When we were expecting our first born is around the time I began researching healthier, non-toxic options for our family. It was overwhelming and during pregnancy was not the time to make mistakes. I am not a doctor, midwife, or medical professional, just another mom who has been there too!
My hope is these resources will help you as you eat and think for two. Adjusting to a healthy lifestyle is easier when taken in baby steps. Why should you consider a healthy eating, cleaning and wellness support? Numerous studies show a healthy lifestyle allows your body to adjust easier with the ever changing physical and emotional ups and downs pregnancy brings. I’ve only been through this journey two times in my life. My hope is to share trusted resources and information with you that I have gathered and researched along the way.
Toxic cleaners were the FIRST items removed from our house! All I will say is “google” health concerns with cleaning products and you will find your “why” for switching out cleaning products.
Our family chose to use Young Living Essential Oil Thieves cleaning line. We started small with replacement buying. When we ran out of all purpose cleaner, we purchased Thieves All Purpose Cleaner and it is amazing!! Our daughter accidentally spilled something sticky on her carpet. I placed a cap full on the 2 inch bright red mess and was going to let it sit for ten minutes. I forgot and came back 30 minutes later….. it was GONE!!! There was not even a slight bit left. It was amazing.
If you would like more information on Thieves, reach out to me via our Contact Us page. I am happy to get you a sample. It is amazing. That was where I took the replacement buying plunge. I was able to replace everything from dish washing soap to toothpaste! Thieves has been a life saver. Got stains in the shower grout? Got stains on the carpet? Need a tough degreaser? Need hand soap? Thieves Household Cleaner will clean it all! I would have this on hand for your clothe diapers and spit ups that are sure to come your way. Thieves also does an amazing job on floors! When your little starts to crawl you will rest easy knowing their space is clean with no toxins.
We also use baking soda, vinegar and water a lot for cleaning! What are some of your “go-to” recipes for non-toxic cleaning?
Use “what to look for in cleaning products” as a guide to determine is safe for your family.
Healthy eating during pregnancy is not always easy. Everyone wants to offer advice. I believe following a healthy protein and fat driven diet helps mom and baby.
Foods to focus on during pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding:
- Protein: Most women need 80+ grams of protein everyday for a healthy pregnancy. Research supports the facts by demonstrating lower preclampsia and other complications when consuming high amounts of protein. Do you research to determine if you need to increase your protein and how it will benefit your body during pregnancy.
- Fats: This is often the biggest hurdle for many women, but consuming adequate fats is absolutely vital to baby’s organ and brain development. Women should focus on healthy sources of fat like meat (including red meat), butter, eggs, olive/oil, coconut/oil, nuts, limited dairy, etc. Use your best judgement. If it is high in sugar, it is probably not the healthiest choice.
- Vegetables and Fruits: Vegetables and fruits have a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber that are helpful during pregnancy. Eating a varied diet including a lot of green leafy vegetables can also help raise Vitamin K levels.
- Water: Water shows amazing benefits for the body. My mom’s was diagnosed with cancer recently. One of the main recommendations was to double her water intake in order for her body to carry the protein she is eating to the correct places. She is doing radiation and needs protein to help heal her neck and mouth. A woman’s blood volume actually increases during pregnancy and her body has to supply fluid to replenish the amniotic fluid the baby is in. Drinking enough water (usually around a gallon a day) can help fight off morning sickness and also helps prevent constipation and make sure mom and baby are properly hydrated.
Supplement needs can vary by woman, and all supplements should be approved by a doctor or midwife to ensure safety during pregnancy. In general, pregnant women have higher nutrient needs and often supplements are the only way to get adequate nutrients.
These basic supplements are ones that are often beneficial during pregnancy:
- Probiotics: I love Young Living probiotics. If you decide to incorporate them into your diet, obtain high quality supplements, fermented foods, and beverages like water kefir and kombocha. Babies are born with a sterile gut and their gut bacteria begins to develop based on the beneficial gut flora of the mother. Adequate probiotics can also help reduce the risk of Group B strep.
- Omega-3s, DHA, RHA: Again I love Young Living OmegaGize! Good fats are essential for a baby’s development. Today’s modern diet makes it difficult to get enough from our everyday meals. Supplementing high quality sources can help reduce the risk of complications and give the baby necessary nutrients for good development.
- Vitamin D: This amazing supplement needs to be taken from a high quality source. Do you research! 4,000 IU could help keep your blood sugar and blood pressure in check. Ask your doctor what level they suggest for your pregnancy. Every one is different.
- Folate: This super hero is best known for its preventative effects against spina bifida and other developmental struggles. Ask your doctor for their dosage recommendation. It is water soluble and difficult to overdose.
- Iron: Anemia may cause serious complications during delivery, and is easy to prevent. If your blood tests show low iron levels, look to iron supplements. Ideas to keep your iron up are cooking with cast iron pans, eating red meat/grass fed liver and eating a variety of fats and vegetables can help optimize iron levels. It is much better to get your iron from food verses supplements.
Herbs During Pregnancy:
Consult with a qualified herbalist, midwife, or doctor before taking any herbs during pregnancy. All herbs are not created equal.
Essential Oils During Pregnancy:
Consult with a qualified midwife or doctor before using essential oils during pregnancy.
Last year my sister kick-started this idea for me as she gave both of my kids a super cute certificate for a date night with Aunt Ra-ra. It included dinner at a restaurant of their choice, arts and crafts, special dessert, and a sleepover. BEST …
We attended the grand opening of the new section of the Middle Fork Greenway trail this past week and were excited to see such a large turnout. There have been many people involved in this project that have committed countless hours, resources, and energy …
I just realized the title of this post sounds more like a confessional than a blog post…..and it just might be. I get cabin fever after two days of back-to-back rain and not being able to go outside. So while I love when Fall comes each year, it also brings with it a little sinking feeling that winter is quickly approaching. I have come a long way with winter since first having babies. My kids are now 5 and 3. For the longest time, I adhered to the principle that the time OUTSIDE in the snow must be equal to or greater than the amount of time getting READY inside. So in that regard, life may have gotten a lot easier this past year or so, but it does still require a lot of planning. And for me, that planning starts as early as NOW to make the winter go by smoothly. Here are some things that help me get along. If you have any tips of your own, I would LOVE to hear them too!
*Wii Fit: This was a life-saver as a Christmas gift last year. You get the winter bonus of being inside AND getting energy out. We only allow them to play the FIT games that require exercise. And it really works! Both of my kids LOVE it and actually start to complain that their legs are hurting from so many squats.
*Craft Enrichment Programs at ASU: My husband first signed me up for a beginner pottery class when my oldest son was first born. It was a great evening activity that lets the creative juices flow and takes your mind off things. I will be taking the spring 2015 pottery class again this year. Give this hint to the hubby as a Christmas gift idea! Their classes include: basket making, drawing, glass, jewelry, beadmaking, painting, photography, pottery, weaving, metalworking and woodworking. Get a group of friends together to sign up for a class and make it even more enjoyable!
*The Children’s Playhouse: We all know this as a great indoor space AND a family membership would make a great Christmas gift! Do you know about the Parents Nights Out? When ASU is in session they usually schedule them once a month on a Friday night from 5:30-8:30. The cost for non-members is $15/first child and $8 each additional. Members are $12/first child and $6 each additional child. We usually try to plan our date nights around this schedule.
*GOOD snow gear: I’m not shy about liking the good stuff. ESPECIALLY when it comes to outdoor and snow gear. I think it pays off and retains its value in resell opportunities.
*APP SKI homeschool days: this was awesome last year. Now that Caleb is in kindergarten, I will get to use these times to teach Ellie to ski! Here is the info from App Ski Mtn French-Swiss Ski School designed for ages 5-18 and family members.
–Dates: Dec.12, 17; Jan. 7, 13, 27-28; Feb.4, 9-10, 18, 24-25; March 2-3, 10.
–Pricing: $8 slope ticket (this flex ticket is good for 8 consecutive ski hrs), $7 group lesson (required), $6 ski equipment rental (optional) OR $14 snowboard equipment rental (optional).
–Times: Beginner lessons are at 11:15 and Intermediate at 12:30.
-It is recommended that you reserve a spot up to 1 week in advance. You can call the French Ski office at the mtn to do so.
*Winter hanging cart: My new purchase to make winter more tolerable for my type-A personality. I am sure there are prettier ones out there but I found this guy at Wal-mart. One thing I never like about winter is the coats, gloves, hats, boots, etc. scattered and hanging all over the house. This guy will stay in our basement right next to the door, Problem. Solved.
*Baking: Anyone can tell you that I don’t really cook. However, baking is a bit easier for me as it only requires the timing of ONE dish to be the focus at a time. I will be challenging myself this winter to spend more time in the kitchen and involving the children in the process. Added bonus: it heats the house.
*Trip planning: The other three seasons in Boone I really don’t need a vacation or to get out of town. Winter is another story. I NEED to stretch my legs and can usually last till about the end of February. This year we are planning our first BIG ski trip as a family out west to Crested Butte, CO. In my opinion, the winter is when we REALLY need to take a vacation!
*Time out: You may laugh, but I put myself in “time out” all the time, usually for the same behavior that my children are in time out for. I think it’s healthy for them to see the value in quiet, reflective time. Maybe it’s the lack of vitamin D, but winter usually requires a higher volume of time-outs.
*Potlucks: I have to be really diligent in planning these. I always like the idea but the winter blues keeps me from following through alot. When I DO follow through though, I really appreciate it and it’s well worth the effort.
*Christmas gifts that keep on giving: I am going to do a whole blog post on this topic soon but wanted to get the ball rolling as you might have early family Christmas shoppers who are already requesting a list. We have opted for a children’s theme of “life experiences” this year. That could include a date night with a favorite aunt, ski tickets, ice skating, bowling, sleepover with the grandparents, tea party with friends, the list is really endless. This is also great because it helps fill up the calendar days for the rest of winter with fun activities that everybody gets to enjoy. AND it doesn’t break the bank for loved ones and takes the focus off of gifts! I will roll out that blog post soon and share some more fun ideas we have been thinking of!
I would LOVE to hear any plans or ideas that you have as a SAHM or a family for the winter! Please leave a comment below!
This was such a great event last year, and you should be sure not to miss it this year! The Rocky Knob Fall Festival combined with International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (no joke-it’s for real an international holiday) is coming this weekend ! …
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#4 Young Living Disclosure –
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#6 Essential Oils 101 – First, a little essential oils intro .
HOW ESSENTIAL OILS WORK – Essential oils are steam distilled from plants – from the leaves, roots, bark, stems, and seeds.
They are called plant medicine as they protect the plant from disease, fungus, drought, and pests and do much of that in our bodies, too! They are much more concentrated, and therefore, more potent than dried herbs.
One drop contains 40 million, trillion molecules which means they are very small in size and can easily penetrate the skin & cell wall to correct the cause of disease at the ROOT.
The oils can also cross blood-brain barrier – the protective barrier membrane – and ease emotional and mental trauma, anguish and disease.
EO’s Work WITH the body to help it heal itself – drugs mask symptoms and cause adverse reactions, side effects, take over the functions the body is designed to perform itself, which leads to dependency on drugs. EO’s lead to wellness and independence from drugs!
Drugs are designed to perform ONE action, EO’s are made of many different chemical constituents, Lavender has 400 constituents that can each perform a different action in the body, which is why it is so useful for so many different problems!
The purpose of essential oils – 4 things:
• to bring oxygen to the plant
• to reduce inflammation and infection in the plant, to protect the plant from disease, weather fluctuations and pests, the plants’ immune system
• to bring hormonal balance to the plant
• to protect against DNA damage and to repair cellular damage at the DNA level.
ALL essential oils will do those 4 things, You don’t have to have every essential oil to get the job done, though some will be more effective than others for certain conditions. Can always try lavender or frankincense first!
#7 How to Use Essential Oils:
- Diffuser – my favorite way to use EO’s.
- Changes mood & emotions, kills airborne bacteria, odors & germs
- Easy, safe, less is more
- Takes just 2-3 sec for oil to reach bloodstream when used topically.
- Takes 20 min for an oil to reach every cell in the body.
- This is a powerful and effective way to use oils!
- Use vegetable carrier oils, organic is best, like Sweet Almond, Olive, Jojoba, Coconut, Fractionated Coconut, etc.
- Do a skin patch test first to make sure you won’t have a reaction, especially when new to oils.
- Use VITA FLEX POINTS – reflexology, this chart comes in the guide book we give to all those who purchase the Premium Starter Kit.
- Great for chronic diseases like allergies, especially those related to digestion, diabetes, etc.
- Put a drop of lemon in water, or dilute in coconut oil and add to herbal tea
- Put in enteric coated gelatin capsules (doesn’t dissolve until it’s in the intestines, safer), Young Living sells these capsules.
#8 – What is all the fuss about respiratory, colds, flu, OH MY We do not want to get caught up in the media “scaring” everyone with information. This is what we “know” about the Respiratory Virus –
a. As of September 7th, there were more than 1,000 children who had been put in the hospital due to the virus;
b. It has been identified as “human enterovirus 68”
c. Starts out as a cold with runny nose, sneezing and coughing, but when the wheezing starts you know you might have a problem;
d. Seasonal allergies can play a part in the virus;
e. It is of particular concern for children with asthma and should make sure their inhalers are easily accessible and a plan is in place if the attack gets worse;
#9 We “prepare” our family every year to help prevent sickness of any kind. How do you prepare your family for a healthy cold/flu season?
#10 GIVEAWAY – What is one health concern you have that you would like to work on? Only online
#11 Build Our Immunity: Natural Immune System Boosters:
a. Thieves Essential Oil – Thieves is such an amazing oil and kills 99% of airborne bacteria in 12 minutes. Diffuse it in your home. Rub it on the bottom of your children’s feet before they go to school. Apply down their spine with a roller ball (dilute it with a carrier oil for young children and children with sensitive skin.
#12 Thieves Continued for your household – Watch Kate’s Video to see how she uses Thieves in her home
#13 Avoid refined sugar and processed foods. If you do nothing else, do your body a favor and don’t eat junky sweets because they suppress immunity thus making us more susceptible to catching “junk.” Easier said than done when you are not feeling your best! What are your tips or “go to” snacks that help you stay away from refined sugar?
#14 Eat Raw Fruits + Veggies – find creative ways to enjoy raw fruits and veggies to help your body’s pH more alkaline than acidic which helps you stay well. Yummy smoothies are an excellent way to down lots of fruits and veggies. Where do you find inspiration for eating raw fruits + veggies?
#16 NingXia Red – We love it in our household and call it Ninja Juice(-:
NingXia Red is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree that comes from the town of Ningxia in China. It is a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. Along with helping energy levels, it supports vision health and balances the blood sugar. I personally have seen it affect my energy, and my focus is amazing. I also think it is delicious, and my kids drink it on a daily basis with me. You only need to take 1-2 ounces a day to get the benefits. It is the perfect supplement to drink daily and give your immune system a big hand!
Does anyone else use NingXia Red?
#17 Oregano Essential Oil –
#18 R.C. and/or Raven Essential Oil – R.C. (Respiratory Congestion) is our go-to oil for cough and congestion. We mix a few drops with some coconut oi8l and make a chest/foot rub, place a few drops in a warm bath with Epsom salts, or put right on our chest when we are stuffy or coughing. Raven offers respiratory support specifically for respiratory viral infections. Have you used these oils?
#20 Lime – Lime is an instant mood lifting oil! If you are feeling a little stressed or under the weather, put this one in the diffuser and feel your attitude just perk up.
#21 Frankincense Essential Oil – Our family loves Frankincense. It has been known to help so many problems. Warts, Anxiety, Skin Spots, Headaches, Joint Pain, and so much more. We use this oil as part of a “treatment” when one of use is beginning to feel a little under the weather. We put Frankincense on our tummy, Lemon/Lavender/Peppermint on our spine, Thieves on our feet. We use this method two to three times on day one and then if we need it again on day two. How do you use Frankincense?
Lemon Essential Oil – highly antibacterial and boosts white blood cell count, safe for babies and young children. Also a gentle detox for your liver.
Peppermint Essential Oil (not recommended for children under 3) and great for upset tummy and energy boost and Lavender Essential Oil: promotes sleep and relaxation.
#23 Breathe Again Essential Oil – Finally able to breathe again! Have you tried Breathe Again? If so, how did you use it?
#24 Valor Essential Oil – Called Chiropractor in a Bottle!! Valor helps align the body physically, emotionally and mentally. We apply Valor on our feet every morning before we head out. It has been known to improve confidence, help with anxiety and sooth neck pain. VALOR is a blend of Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense and Blue Tansy.
— Builds confidence, courage and self-esteem because it is emotionally and physically balancing to the body. Great to use for a child who’s reluctant to go to school or is facing difficult social issues there, like a bully or mean friends. Or to go to a new school, start a new sport, task, etc.How do you use Valor(-:
#25 Supplements: It is nice to have a supplement line of kid’s vitamins and some quick meals that aren’t laden with toxic and synthetic chemicals. Instead, these products contains super foods that are natural and whole and also offer some nutrition when everyone sleeps in and has to make it to school on time. Has anyone tried these supplements?
#26 GIVEAWAY TIME – Online Only
#27 When Illness Strikes – We wanted to share some helpful tips when illness does strike. If it does strike, consistency is the key! So, what do you do once illness strikes? Start using your oils at the FIRST sign of sickness and frequency of use is VERY important as oils are metabolized, or used up in the body every 2 ½ to 3 hours. Gotta attack it and stay at it till the illness is gone, otherwise, they will not be as effective.
There are many, many great oils for fighting illness and when you buy the Premium Starter Kit through one of us, we give you a 458 -age guidebook that lists every ailment known to mankind and the oil to apply for it!
#28 Fire Cider Recipe: Start this NOW because it takes a month to mature. http://www.mommypotamus.com/fire-cider-recipe/
#29 Rest It is difficult to rest when you feel bad or when a little one is not well. I’m going to teach you about the oils that help with anxiety and sleep! There are many that do this job well, but here are three I recommend and they all come in the Premium Starter Kit!
- PEACE AND CALMING
— A blend of Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange, and Blue Tansy
— It was designed by the founder of YL, Gary Young, with children in mind! It is safe to use on even young children.
— It does exactly what the name suggests! Good for insomnia, anxiety, and the nervous system. I’ve found it to be very effective in calming my children down when they have trouble going to sleep. I diffuse it and rub it on the bottoms of their feet.
— Due to the citrus oils in it, it is also good for depression!
— A blend of a BUNCH of flowers – Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Mandarin and Palmarosa
— Commonly used for grief, sadness and depression because it is very emotionally balancing. Great to use for a child who is overwhelmed, worried, stressed. OR an adult! I use it a lot myself when I’m overwhelmed taking care of my three boys.
— Could be a nice oil to use in the morning to put a pep in your step, give you optimism and hope
— Use on the Auricular Vita Flex points on the ears, this chart comes in the 458 page guidebook I give to everyone who buys the Premium Starter Kit!
— Most researched oil for reducing anxiety
— It has a very calming effect on the body, many use it for insomnia and to help them go to sleep at night.
— You could make a lavender pillow spray out of it and spray on your child’s pillow, diffuse at night or roll on their feet at night to help them calm down to go to sleep.
— Other good oils would be Frankincense, Vetiver and Cedarwood, and Stress Away. All have worked very well for my kids!
#30 Chest Rub
#31 Flu Bomb
#32 Cold, Cough, Flu got you down?
#33 Runny Nose – How often do your kids come home from school with a runny nose? Here are some oils to help combat those runny noses!
#34 Proper Dilution
#35 Our Next Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/768405326610959/
#36. How to Get the Kit: So, now we’re going to talk about how to get these amazing oils! So, there are two ways to get oils from Young Living, as a retail customer or as a wholesale member. A retail customer gets no discounts and no reduced shipping, but a wholesale member gets 24% off of everything when you buy one of the three starter kits!
Think of it like a Costco Membership, or an Amazon Prime membership, but it’s even better because there is NO membership fee!
- You get 24% off of everything!
- Opportunity to get reduced shipping & earn free oils through the Essential Rewards program
- No contract, no minimum monthly order, no penalty fees
- To keep your membership after one year, you have to purchase about $50, or 50 PV, a YEAR, not a month, a year. Easy to do!
We highly recommend the Premium Starter Kit as it includes everything you need to get a proper start with Essential Oils. Plus, it is an amazing value – you save over $150 by buying it as a bundled gift.
It comes with an aromatherapy diffuser, can’t just use a humidifier for essential oils. It must be one designed for oils. It is also an atomizer and ionizer, with several settings.
It also comes with ELEVEN oils, yes 11! The 10 oils from the Everyday Oils collection, which include Frankincense, Joy, Purification, Lemon, Peace and Calming, Peppermint, PanAway, Valor, Lavender and Thieves.
Comes with a bonus oil, Stress Away, which is another good one for stress, anxiety, and sleep.
It also comes with 10 oil samples and Ningxia Red samples, which as we discussed earlier, is an excellent antioxidant supplement drink made from wolfberry juice.
The diffuser alone costs $98 retail, the one shown in the picture is $110 retail
The 10 Everyday Oils set costs $160 retail, so right there, you save $108 by buying them together
Plus, we will send you a 450-page guidebook that lists every ailment known to humans and the oils it suggests to use with it! Like this post if you’re already a member! What have these oils helped your family with?
#37 Ditch the drugstore – Leave a message here if you would like to receive an email on how to “Ditch the Drugstore” – what oils help with everyday illnesses or Contact Me
#38 Final GIVEAWAY!! What is one thing you will take away and implement from the class tonight? Online Only
#39 Thank you so much for being a part of our journey. If you would like to order, please contact the person who invited you:
c. Gael Wood
f. Kate Doubler
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