Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What I'm watching

So for about 6 years or so we haven't had cable and just use Netflix and Hulu. We also have Amazon Prime so we have access to movies and TV shows on there. With it being Summer, pretty much all of my shows that I watch are on hiatus until the fall. I especially can't wait until This Is Us comes back and I just saw yesterday that it comes back September 26th!! Grey's Anatomy comes back September 21st!! My sister-in-law got me hooked on that show years ago and I caught up one summer before the next season started. It isn't the same since you-know-who died, but I can't stop watching it.

My husband and I started watching Designated Survivor but we only got through the first 7 episodes. So somehow (and someday) we will have to figure out how we're gonna catch up with that show. I doubt it will be anytime during the summer because we're busy watching Shameless and the latest season of Orange is the New Black. Oh, and we also have to finish watching Breaking Bad sometime. We got into that, but then we had a bunch of other shows that we got into and didn't have time to watch Breaking Bad.

Right now the only show I watch that has new episodes is Born This Way on A&E. It follows a group of young adults that have down syndrome. This is a show that my step-mom got me hooked on and it's pretty good!!

June 28th is the premiere of season 19 (19!!) of Big Brother. I may or may not watch it, I haven't decided yet. My hubby and I used to watch it together but now he doesn't like watching it because it's on too many times during the week (3).

On Netflix, I've been watching Gilmore Girls, The Fosters, and Parenthood, all for the second time. Hubby and I watched Parenthood together and we absolutely loved it so I just had to start watching it again!

What shows are you watching? And what are some shows on Netflix that I should start watching? What about Amazon Prime? I really haven't been taking advantage of the shows and movies on there. It mostly just gets used by my daughter to watch Daniel Tiger.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

He's no longer a baby...

Little E turned 1 year old 2 weeks ago!! I can't believe it!! Where did my little baby go?? Time really does go by way too fast!!

I wanted to talk about my breastfeeding journey with Little E. But first, let me talk a little bit about my experience with Big E. As I may have mentioned before, she was born 8 weeks early. While she was in the NICU for the first 16 days of her life, we eventually started breastfeeding and she was doing great. Then she did alright once we got home but eventually, she was taking an hour to eat. Then when she was finished, she would be ready to start eating again in about an hour. That's when I decided to start pumping and giving her bottles. I did this from about 2 months until she was close to a year. When she was almost 1 year old, I slowly stopped pumping until I was dried up and gave her frozen milk until she could have regular milk.

So when I got pregnant with Little E, I was determined to make breastfeeding work. But I also decided from the very beginning that I wasn't going to pump because I knew that would be rough with a toddler and newborn. I am happy to say that we made it to a year!! There were a few times in the early months that I thought of quitting, but I didn't. I'm so glad I was able to able to make it work this time around and still can't believe what the human body can do!! But at the same time, it feels really good to not be attached to Little E 24/7!

So my advice for anyone who is expecting, if you want to try breastfeeding and it doesn't work, don't beat yourself up about it. Just do the best you can and get help when needed. Just know that even if you do have to use formula, it isn't poison. As long as your baby is getting fed, that's all that matters!

Monday, June 5, 2017

I'm back!

I really am bad at this. I keep saying and writing about how I want to write more posts and it happens for a little bit but then I stop writing again. But I really am going to try harder now. And I thought I would start off by writing a post all about me so my readers can get to know me a little better. 
So my name is Nicole. I graduated from college in December of 2012 with a degree in special education and elementary education. Then in May of 2013, I married the love of my life. We've been together for a little over 8 years now and couldn't be happier!! We now have an almost 3 year old girl and a 1 year old boy. Before my oldest was born, I was a substitute teacher for about a year and a half. I plan on going back to doing that and looking for a full time teaching job once one or both of my kids start school. For now, I'm enjoying staying home with both of them full-time while also running my Young Living business. I've been using oils for a little over a year now and doing the business side of it for about 5 months. It's great because I love what the oils have done for me and my family and I want others to get the same benefits that I'm getting! Right now I'm only putting in a few hours a week and it doesn't really take away any time from my kids because I do my work activities while they are napping and teach online 101 classes at night once they are in bed. 

So starting this week, you'll be seeing more posts from me! I've definitely got a lot to write about so now I just need to type out those thoughts and get them out to you, my readers!! I hope everyone had a great Monday and a great rest of your week!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I can really see clearly now!

Last night, I finally got to leave Pearle Vision with my contacts in my eyes!! They had to find just the right pair of contacts so I could have as close to 20/20 vision as possible! The optometrist said that my right eye is 20/20 and the left one is one line below 20/20. Because of my astigmatism, she did the best she could do. I wore them this morning for 4 hours (working my way up to 12 hours by adding an hour each day), and it was an amazing 4 hours!! We went to the park for a playdate and my first thought when we got into the car and I started it was "Where are my glasses?" It's so weird not wearing my glasses after wearing them constantly for 15 years! It's definitely going to take some time getting used to it! Being able to see clearly without my glasses is awesome!

And getting them in and out is a lot easier now! After that first training (which I talked about here) I seriously thought I wasn't going to be able to get contacts to work. But I've definitely improved since then! It did take me a little bit to get them out earlier, but I did it!! What are your thoughts on contacts? Leave me a comment! Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beach time!

How many people out there need to make a list when packing for a trip? I know I definitely do! And if I didn't before, I definitely need to with 2 kids!! I gotta make sure nothing is forgotten!! Also, how many people start thinking about everything they've packed as soon as you start driving away from home, and then you always think of at least one small thing you forgot? Yup, I've done that plenty of times!!
While making the list to pack, I always just think about a typical day and all of the things I use throughout my day, all the way up to getting ready for bed. 
We leave for the beach tonight when my hubby gets home from work. I'm pretty much all packed except for my oils. That's the most important thing to pack!! Gotta make sure we have our diffusers and the oils we diffuse at bedtime. Also gotta have the rollers that I use on a daily basis. But I've still got time to pack all that. We're going to the library for storytime soon then when we come back it's time for lunch and naptime. While the kiddos are napping, I'll get my packing done and then the countdown to 5:00 begins!!

What are some of your best packing tips? Have a great weekend everyone!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekend Recap- 5/14/17

Friday night my mom and I went out to do some karaoke! It wasn't as crowded as it always is when we go there so we were actually able to sing 3 songs each instead of just 2. My mom's last song was dedicated to me; she sang "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride. And my last song, "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood, was dedicated to my mama!

Then on Saturday morning we went to the grand opening of the new YMCA in our area. They were offering 30 minute classes of some of the popular classes they teach and one of them was Zumba! So my mom watched the kiddos while I got my Zumba in for the day! I was looking at the class schedules and just found out that one of the branches near me offers Zumba on Friday mornings, so I'm gonna start going to that one along with my Thursday and Saturday classes!!

Little E took some more steps on his own, 17 to be exact!! He's gonna be a walker any day now, I just know it!!!

Saturday night around 10, my hubby had to go into work for a few hours. It was supposed to be on Sunday around noon, but it got pushed to Saturday night because they were ahead of schedule with things. So I sat downstairs in the living room, enjoyed a bowl of birthday cake ice cream, and watched my favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz.

I ended up falling asleep (after I was done eating my ice cream of course) and woke up around 12:30. My hubby was still at work so I went up to bed and ended up getting to sleep in till about 8:30. I would have gotten breakfast in bed if it weren't for Little E waking me up and needing fed. There's always next year! We went out and did a little shopping at Target (walked out with nothing though), Five Below, and Lowes. Both the hubby and I took a nice, long nap while the kiddos did and then we went outside to play for a bit. I was so happy it was finally a decent day so we could play outside! It was a bit windy, but I'll take that over the rain!!

After both kids got a bath and got all cleaned up, we had dinner and then just relaxed the rest of the evening before putting them to bed. Then my hubby and I played some video games before we went up to bed. But before we did, we got all caught up on Last Man Standing, which I just found out the other day that it got cancelled! So needless to say, I didn't like how the last episode ended because they didn't know it was going to be the last episode when they filmed it.

There you go. It's a little late but there's my weekend recap. Hope you had a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oily Wednesday

Yesterday I got my Essential Rewards order in the mail! This is my monthly order that I can change each month and I get 20% back in points to use for oils and other products from Young Living! It's the greatest rewards program out there!! Every month after my order processes, I'm almost constantly changing my next months order! There's just so much I have to restock and new oils and products I want to try!

This past weekend we went to a local thrift shop and my hubby found a cube portrait studio for $10. He thought it looked cool and said I could use it to take pictures of my oils. When he said that, I wasn't thinking about using it for my Essential Rewards order each month, but that's exactly what I'm going to do! So here we go...check out my order and then I'll explain what I got.

I want to start cooking with some of the Vitality oils so I got 4 different spices to try out: Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, and Nutmeg. I also got the Orange Vitality for free for having a 100 PV order.

These 3 oils are diffused in me and my husband's room every single night. Sometimes I might swap out the Cedarwood and Lavender with Peace and Calming or Valor, but I always diffuse RC. It definitely helps keep the passageways open at night.