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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

I can see clearly now...

Today I got an eye exam, my first one in almost 3 years! The last time I got one was a few months after Big E was born. They asked me at that appointment if I was breastfeeding because they said my eyes could still chance during that, but I didn't really care about that. And even though I'm breastfeeding again while I went to this exam, I didn't care again because I was in desperate need of an exam and new glasses! Take a look at my old glasses.

That's heat shrink tape holding my glasses together on the left side! A few weeks ago while I was changing Little E for bedtime, he grabbed a hold of my glasses and they broke! This was a little bit after I scheduled my eye exam and I even called them to see if they had anything sooner than today, but they didn't. So since then, I've just had to be super careful with my glasses to make sure they didn't break any further!!

I've had glasses since 6th grade so that would mean I've had them for a total of about 15  years now!! How awesome is that? 15 years of glasses and now I'm finally trying out...contacts!!! I've had enough of glasses! My little guy always goes after them, they get in the way when I lay my head on my hubby's chest to snuggle, they are annoying in the rain...I could go on and on!

Well, my first training session with contacts didn't go so well. I tried for a good 45+ min and only managed to get one contact in. I was trying to get the left one it first but then I dropped it on the floor so we switched to the right. I finally got that one in and was sitting there for a few minutes while they went to get another one for my left eye. It was so weird being able to see good in one eye and not the other! I couldn't get the left one in so then they had me take out the one in my right eye. Well, that didn't go so well at first but I eventually got it out. So now I have to wait until next Tuesday to try again. I really hope I can do it!! I was told that I'm not afraid to get my finger in there, by top eyelid just blinks too much and prevents the contact from going in. I'm determined to make this work so I'm gonna try, try again!! Anyone have any tips for a new contact user? Have a great night everyone!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekend Recap- 5/7/17

Another weekend has come and gone. Saturday morning we went to a big yard sale near us and got a few things. It was really cold out and sprinkling a little bit, but luckily it was nothing more than that!

Then after lunch and naptime we went to Lowes so my hubby could check some things out and get pricing on a project he wants to do. He wants to mulch the area around the swing set and play houses so that he doesn't have to keep moving them when he mows. It will look really nice once it's all done! I'll definitely be sure to take before and after pictures and post them on here.

Sunday we went through the garage and cleaned up the rest of the stuff from our yard sale that we had last week. We packed a bunch of it up and took it to our local thrift shop to get donated! A lot of the stuff we took we had from our yard sale 2 years ago!!

That was pretty much our weekend. We didn't really do anything too exciting. Next weekend's recap will be a little more exciting so stay tuned for that!! I hope everyone had a good weekend and has a good week!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Oily Wednesday

Alright so I know it isn't Wednesday, but I still wanted to get an oily post written and published today! I'm just a day late, but better late than never, right?

Today I've decided to write about Panaway. This is a blend made up of wintergreen, clove, helichrysum, and peppermint. This is a hot oil so you want to make sure to dilute it before using on your skin. The way I like to dilute this oil is by putting 10-15 drops in a 10 mL roller ball bottle and filling the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Then I roll this on my abdomen during my monthly cycle and it helps with cramps. I also put it on my muscles after any kind of physical activity such as Zumba! Panaway is also a wonderful oil to mix with Epsom salts and add to a bath at the end of a long, hard day! When putting any oil in a bath, always be sure to add it to Epsom salts before adding it to the bath or else the oils will just float on the top.

This one is mostly used topically, but when you take 4 drops of Panaway and 4 drops of Stress Away and put them in a diffuser, it smells like a root beer float!!

Panaway is a pretty amazing oil and there are other things I can't say due to the FDA regulations. So I encourage you to do your own research on Panaway to see what else this oil can do!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Little People toys are amazing!

I love my local kids consignment store because I know that every time I go in there, I'll find some kind of Little People playset! The problem is, soon our house is going to get taken over by these toys!! There are just so many options when it comes to these toys and I feel like my kids have to have them all!! Their like Pokemon, "Gotta catch 'em all!" These toys are great for kids' imagination because they can play with them in so many different ways!! Don't believe me? Check out this article here.

On Sunday when we got back from our little overnight adventure, my hubby when outside to mow and I got the idea to do a little rearranging of the toys! Here is what it used to look like in our living room:

And here is what it looks like now:

I bet you are wondering where these toys used to be. Here is what the corner in the playroom looked like before:

And after:

With the toys in the living room now, there is a lot more room to spread out and play with them! Plus, that bin organizer usually has a lot of toys in it, so with that being in the playroom, it keeps a lot more toys out there and less in the living room!

A little after I moved the Little People toys, Little E had them all out on the floor and was having a blast!!

And then of course Big E wanted to get in on the action and have her picture taken!!

She even had to be like her brother and have one of the Little People in her mouth!!

So what are your favorite Little People sets? I think my favorite out of all the ones they have is the Little People Camping Fun. I got this for Big E at Target and didn't get all the little extras that go with it, but it's still a great set!!

Disclaimer: All above thoughts are my own and I did not receive any free products or money from Fisher Price to write this post.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Better late than never...

So last month in this post I wrote about how I was going to do a 30 day Spring cleaning challenge. I was a few days behind but was going to catch up and I even said maybe some days I could double (or triple) up and maybe get the list done sooner. Ha! I have no idea what I was thinking when I said that. I started doing a few things from it actually, but then it got to be the middle of April and I realized I wasn't following the list so I just kind of gave up.

So now with it being May 1st, I'm going to start over and this time I'm making it through the list! I'm determined to keep my house cleaner this year and I know I can make it happen! If that means playing less video games, then that's what's gonna have to happen!

First up is the fridge! My fridge is ALWAYS a mess!! I've been looking up different ways on how to keep my fridge more organized and I'm determined to get it organized for good! I'll clean it out and then 2 days later, it's a mess!

I actually cleaned out my fridge last night and didn't take a before picture. But here is what it looks like now. I'm hoping it will actually stay this clean for longer than 2 days!!!

Instead of bombarding you with a post a day about my spring cleaning progress, I will only post about it twice a week with a few days worth of my progress. That's all for now! Have a great day!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekend Recap- 4/30/17

It's Sunday yet again! Saturday morning was a pretty lazy morning. My mom came over right before dinner time and after feeding Little E, my hubby and I were off to Baltimore for an overnight trip! It was supposed to be a celebration for my sister-in-law's 28th birthday, but about a week ago she decided that she wanted to do something a little more low key and less expensive. Well, I already had the hotel booked because I wanted to make sure we had something and at that point, we couldn't get a refund. So the hubby and I went anyway and just enjoyed a night out on our own! This was the first time that I left Little E overnight so I had to make sure I had plenty of milk in the fridge for him and I had to pump a few times while we were away.

We went to Baltimore for our honeymoon back in May of 2013. We're coming up on our 4th year anniversary!! So it was kinda cool being this close to our anniversary and getting to go back to where we spent our honeymoon! We definitely want to take the kids there someday and do the aquarium!! We went to the Georgia Aquarium in Georgia with Emma and she absolutely loved it!!

So anyway, there was one place that we went to on our honeymoon that I wanted to go to on this trip. There was a bar that we went to that had an old school Nintendo system hooked up to a TV that you could sit there, have a drink, and play some video games on!! It was awesome!! We played some Family Feud!!

Well, we went to The Cheesecake Factory and left with some leftovers and we're able to go into that bar with them. So back to the hotel we went and just watched some of Titanic before dozing off.

This morning we got up at 9:00 and missed the free breakfast at the hotel so we went to Dunkin Donuts instead! On the way home we went to a huge computer store and picked up some new wireless headsets for our computers!

Overall we both had a great time away, spending time just the 2 of us! We both missed our kiddos like crazy, but it's nice to recharge and enjoy some alone time every now and then! We've had a few date nights here and there but this was different because it was a whole night away!! And it was nice!! I feel refreshed and ready to take on the week!! I've said earlier this year and multiple times since then, that this is the year of "things happen for a reason", and that couldn't be more perfect for this situation. A night with just the 2 of us is just what we needed!! I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a great week!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Things I wish I had more time to do...

Anyone else feel like they have way too many hobbies? Too many things that they like to do in their free time? I definitely do! Most of my free time is spent cleaning the house because that can sometimes be difficult to do while the kids are awake. So I've made a list of things that I would do in my free time if I didn't have any other responsibilities to take care of.

1. Crochet: Now I am definitely not an advanced crocheter, but I like to dabble here and there. I actually have 3 blankets in the works right now, one for each of my kids and one for me. It has been months since I've actually touched any of them! I have a whole board on Pinterest of things I want to try and make and maybe eventually I'll get to them.

2. Blog: If I'm lucky, I've been blogging twice a week recently. I really want to change that. I've got a lot to say but just not enough time to type it out!! So I put a reminder on my phone for every Monday-Friday at 12:30 pm to sit down at my computer and work on a blog post or 2. If I'm able to do this, I can get a new post up every few days instead of just once or twice a week. So going forward, be on the lookout for more posts!!

3. Sew: About 3 years ago, before Big E was born I bought an old sewing machine from Craigslist. It's pretty sweet and came in a table with drawers and a spot under where the sewing machine is to put your legs while you're sewing. Here is a picture of my first project that I made!

A few months after I made that, I found an easier pattern for a tissue pouch and even made a bunch of them for Christmas gifts!

4. Reading: It seems like the only reading I'm doing these days is Dr. Seuss books or recipes for dinner meals! I love to read and currently have 36 books on my "To-read" list on my Goodreads app. If you don't have this app and you are an avid reader, I definitely recommend downloading it! It lets you keep track of books you want to read, are currently reading, and have read. I just checked out a book called The Beach House and have been reading that on my tablet or phone for a little bit before bed. So I'm going to start doing that every night so I can get my daily reading time in!

Sometimes I wish I could clone myself so I'd have more time to do the things I need to do and want to do! What things do you enjoy doing but just can't find the time to do? Any tips on how to work those things into your schedule? I'm thinking that maybe I need to start scheduling these things into my days so I can do them!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oily Wednesday

Are you a stressed out Mama who feels like she's being pulled in a million directions? Do you feel like you need a nice long vacation by yourself? Well I've got just the oil for you...Stress Away! This is a blend with lime, vanilla, lavender, and cedarwood. I have a roller of this oil that I roll on my temples, behind my ears, and wrists. I also have a spray so I can spritz myself with it before heading out the door. 

This is also a great oil to add to Epsom salts and then add to a nice relaxing bath!! When adding any oil to a bath, you always want to add the oils to Epsom salts first so the oils don't just float on the top. 

Stress Away is wonderful to diffuse! When you add it to the diffuser with Panaway, it smells like a root beer float and adding it to orange makes it smell like an orange creamsicle!! 

Diffusing in the car in a car diffuser is also great! But you don't even need a car diffuser. Just take a clothespin, clip it to a vent in your car, add a drop of oil on the end, and breathe in the wonderful scent!

So if you need to unwind from a long, stressful day, Stress Away is the perfect oil for you! Or use it throughout the day to keep you calm and collected! Being a mom of 2, this oil definitely helps me out!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekend Recap- 4/23/17

We had a pretty low key weekend this weekend. No plans at all and it was pretty nice! I feel like recently we have been busy, busy, busy, every single weekend!! So it's really nice when we have a weekend like this when we don't have anything to do or anywhere to go.

Saturday it was raining outside and a bit chilly so we didn't get to spend anytime outside. We did go to get our tire fixed on one of our cars. A few weeks ago my husband noticed the air pressure was low and then he found a small tack in it. Since then we were able to get by with just refilling it with air here and there. So we finally went to get it fixed and all it took was a simple $20 fix. Then we stopped at Five Below before going home. We didn't know what to do for dinner, so my hubby ended up getting a rotisserie chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and corn. It was like a mini Thanksgiving feast, except we had chicken instead of turkey.

 Oh, so before dinner, while the kiddos were napping, I started going through Big E's clothes that I'm going to be selling at our yard sale this coming weekend. I saved a few of her premie outfits because I couldn't part with all of them, but I did find a few in a box that I'm going to sell. She'll be 3 very soon and it's still hard to believe that she was ever this small!! Then today I was looking through a box of clothes that my husband's grandmother gave us that she got from someone and most of the clothes were bigger than the size she is in now. Looking at the bigger clothes it's hard to believe that she will someday fit those and be that big! Kids definitely grow up way too fast!! My oldest cousin just turned 18 yesterday, so crazy!!

Today was a bit more lazy than Saturday. Well for me at least. The grass was still too wet in the morning for my hubby to mow, but it was fine by this afternoon. So then around 4:00 we went outside with the kiddos and they had a blast!

Then my hubby made burgers and hot dogs for dinner and we enjoyed a lovely meal outside! After putting the kids to bed we went out in the garage to get things ready for the yard sale! And now we're playing some video games before heading to bed! Tomorrow is Monday and starts a whole new week! Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time Management

How many people out there wish that there were more hours in a day? I know I do! Well, reality is that we are all given the same 24 hours in a day and it is up to us to choose what we do with them. We have to choose wisely or we're going to tire ourselves out if we try to do too much or we will waste time if we choose not to do anything at all.

Back in January I was doing an online bootcamp with my Young Living leadership team called "Operation Silver Bootcamp" (Silver is one of the ranks you can hit within Young Living). There was a day all about time management and I wrote down that a plan is our what but a schedule is our when. I think most days I have a plan of what I want to get done, but I don't have a schedule of when I'm going to get those things done. Just the other night I put a reminder on my phone for every Monday-Friday at 12:30 pm to work on blog posts. This is a great time to do that because that's when both kiddos take their naps. I just need to start doing that task at the same time on weekdays so I can get it done.

Naptime is also a great time to get the dishes put away. Little E loves trying to get into the dishwasher and has even climbed up on it a few times! So it's so hard to get this task done while he is awake unless I put him in the playroom with the gates up or in his pack and play, both of which he doesn't care for that much. So by doing this while he's sleeping and not in the room, it will make it go a lot smoother for me because I won't have to hear him scream or keep moving him away.

My weekly cleaning schedule has definitely been helping me (for the most part). I will admit that there are weeks when I am a bit lazy and don't get everything done that I should. But for the most party, my house is pretty clean. I get the basics done such as the dishes, toilets, sinks, wash. But I don't always get to the vacuuming or changing of the bedsheets. I do those tasks at least every other week but I do try to get them done every week.

My Young Living business is another thing that I need to schedule time for. Right now the team beneath me isn't that large, but I'm working on making it grow and eventually hope to have a large team under me! But if I get in the habit of having set business hours now while my team is small, it will make it easier to stick to those hours once I have a bigger team to work with. Another thing that goes along with this is how I spend my time on social media. I just started using Instagram a lot more and find myself on there a lot more than I used to be. I have decided that I'm only going to get on 2 times per day, once around 1:30 when the kids are still sleeping and the other time right before bed.

I tried to schedule all my weekdays by printing out a schedule that had time blocks and then filling them in with things I needed to get done, but that didn't work for me. Maybe I just didn't give it enough time for me to get used to so I think I will try it again.

What are some good time management tips that you have that help you manage your time? And what is one thing you would do if you had an extra hour in the day? For me, it would be to do some reading or crocheting! Those are 2 things that I wish I could do more of!

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's storytime!!

We went to storytime at the library this morning and Big E actually did pretty good today! Recently I made an oil blend for her with lavender, cedarwood, and vetiver. It is supposed to help keep her focused and I think it kind of works. I think a big part of what determines how well she will sit at storytime is the atmosphere of the room and what the other kids are doing. Maybe I need to suggest to a librarian that they get a diffuser in the activity room and diffuse calming scents during storytime! But seriously, when other kids are sitting and listening, Big E will, too. But I think this blend did work. I apply it before leaving the house and then again when we get to the libary.

Little E was also really good today as well! Because we traveled to see family yesterday for Easter, we had to take the stroller out of the back of the car and I forgot to put it back in. A few weeks ago I left Little E in the stroller for storytime and he did great! But today without it, he still did alright. He just wants to crawl all over the place and doesn't wanna sit still!

At the end of stortyime, a lady from a local garden club was there and she had little cups of dirt and sunflower seeds for the kids to plant. Big E loved this! She was so excited to hold the cup with her seed all the way to the car and had a little fit when we got to the car and I had to take it away. When we got home, I put it on the windowsill where it can get some sun and will have Big E help me water it a few times a week! I'll be sure to post the progress of the flower on here so you can see how it grows! This will be the first time we've planed anything with Big E so I'm excited to see how she reacts! Now I am off to get some cleaning done before the kiddos wake up from their nap. Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekend Recap- 4/16/17

I'm getting so bad at this blogging thing! I need to set aside 30 minutes, maybe even just 15 minutes every day where I work on blog posts! That way I can be sure to post more regularly than I have been. 

Saturday from 9am-2pm I had a vender show with Young Living. The day started out by being very cold and windy but it did warm up as it got closer to noon. Due to it being cloudy out however, I didn't think I needed to put any sunscreen on. I took my hubby's car and found a sweatshirt in it so I wore that. So other than my legs from the knees down, the only other part of my body exposed to the sun was my face. Well, I got sunburn on my face and a little bit on my chest. This is the 2nd time that happened to me (the first being 2 weeks before my engagement pictures, or maybe it was a week, can't remember) and you would think that I would have learned my lesson the first time, but nope! Oh well, I'm just so glad I've got my lavender essential oil! I added 15 drops to a spray bottle filled with water and have been spraying my face with it! I don't think it's helping the redness at all but it sure feels good!!

Today we went to my husband's aunt's house for Easter and had a great meal there! She had an egg hunt for the kiddos and they had fun playing with their 2nd cousins. We just got home a little bit ago and put the kiddos to bed. Now I'm gonna grab something to eat since we had an early dinner and then relax for the rest of the evening! We've got a busy week coming up so I'm gonna need all the sleep I can get! I hope everyone had a great Easter!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oily Wednesday

Today's post is a little late but hey, better late than never, right? I decided to show you and tell you about what I got in my April Essential Rewards order. For those that don't know, when you are a wholesale member with Young Living, you get 24% off every order after your starter kit. There is also an awesome loyalty program called Essential Rewards. Each month you place an order for at least $50, which isn't hard to do at all, and then you earn points back on that purchase! The longer you are in the program, but higher the percentage you earn back. And you even get special gifts for being enrolled for so many months! It is honestly the best loyalty program I have seen. I'm using the oils on a daily basis and am always having to replace things I'm using. Plus I'm always wanting to try new things!

So here is my order for April.

Cedarwood- I diffuse this every night in my room. It helps promote restful sleep! I also made a detangler spray for Big E with Cedarwood, Lavender, and Rosemary that is awesome and smells great!

Stress Away- What mother doesn't need an oil called "Stress Away"? I have a roller bottle of this that I use on a daily basis and a spray so I can sprtiz myself before going out the door!

Thieves Laundry Soap- I'm never going back to other detergents filled with chemicals, this stuff is awesome! I also use a mixture of vinegar and oils in place of my fabric softener.

RC- This is a blend of 3 types of eucalyptus and goes out of stock often. You can only get one bottle per account per month so when it is in stock, I make sure I grab a bottle so that I don't run out when it goes out of stock! I now have 2 unopened bottles of this sitting on my shelf! It gets diffused in my room every night so we can't run out!

Orange- I love diffusing orange for an uplifting scent! I've also been putting a drop on my toothpaste and that is supposed to help whiten my teeth!

Tangerine Vitality- This was a free oil! When you place an order of 100 PV ($100) in April, you get this oil for free. This one is great to add to your water or you can even diffuse it!

So that's my April order! I'm already looking forward for my May order! Another great part of ER is that you can change your order each and every month! And the promos change every month so I look forward to seeing what they are the first of each month!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Weekend Recap- 4/9/17

Big E went to her grandparents for the weekend so Little E got a sister free weekend. We started sending Big E to my dad and step-mom's once a month a few months ago and it's kind of nice when she goes there. I love her so much, don't get me wrong there. But as a stay-at-home mom, I need a bit of a break every now and then. And while it's not a complete break since we still have Little E with us for the weekend that Big E is gone, he is easier to take care of right now than she is. He's at the stage where he's easy, doesn't talk back, doesn't get time-outs. Plus, he is just an overall, easier kid to take care of. He's got a really calm personality right now and I hope it stays that way!

Friday night I went out and did some karaoke with my mom and her boyfriend. The place we go does karaoke there about once a month. It runs from 8pm-1am on Saturday, but I usually leave around 11:30 or so and only get to sing 2 songs because of how many people are there. It's a pretty hopping place on a Friday night!!

Saturday morning I took Little E to the child watch at the Y while I did Zumba. I didn't go on Thursday so I definitely needed to go on Saturday. After that we went home, had lunch, and Little E went down for a nap. While he was napping my hubby and I played some video games. We downloaded GTA V (Grand Theft Auto 5) and then started playing that Saturday night. He had found a live stream of the game on Twitch on Friday night and it looked like so much fun so we decided to try it out! I used to play GTA years ago on PS2. But now it is multiplayer so you can play with other people online. That's what is really cool and interesting about it! I'm actually thinking about getting on for like an hour each day during the week to stream it on Twitch. There's people out there that make money doing that and my husband always says that since I'm a girl, I would have more viewers. I'm not expecting much of anything from it, but we'll see.

This morning Little E woke up at 7:30. He's been pretty good all of last week with sleeping and hasn't gotten up at all in the middle of the night! I wanted a bit more sleep since I was tired from some late night gaming the night before, so after I fed him I put him back in his crib to see if he would go back to sleep and he did! He then slept till 9:00 which was awesome!! Then after lunch and naptime (and even more gaming), we went to my dad and step-mom's to pick up Big E!!

And now that both kids are in bed, it's time to...you guessed it...game some more!! I hope everyone had a great weekend and I'll leave you with some pictures of ours!