Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happiness is...

  • Coffee first thing in the morning.
  • A warm dog sleeping on your feet.
  • Toddler snuggles.
  • Going through nursing school with your best friend.
  • Hearing a newborn baby cry for the first time.
  • Positive thinking.
  • A way of travel, not a destination.
  • Painting.
  • Warm hugs.
  • Lavender smell on my boys.
  • Cameron.
  • Dominic.
  • Sloppy baby kisses.
  • Massages.
  • Vacations.
  • Colorful jewelry.
  • Being yourself.
  • The colors peach and teal.
  • Sparrows.
  • Birthday parties.
  • A good book.
  • The smell of the ocean.
  • Pictures.
  • The smell of your mothers perfume.
  • Videos of your children really small.
  • Walking through nature.
  • Honeydew.
  • Cameras.
  • Cloth diapers hanging in the sun.
  • A husbands embrace.
  • A newborn skin to skin.
  • Being inspired.
  • Walking barefoot.
  • Homemade.
  • Glitter nail polish.
  • Loving what you have.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Oil review :: Thieves

 My precious!
That's what I think about thieves. As I type this I'm patiently waiting for my new bottle to come in the mail. Hopefully by mid week. This was one of the first oils I tried. In fact I received the kit in the mail the day Dominic had flu symptoms. I took a friends advice and rubbed some on the bottom of his feet every three hours. I also diffused it too. Dominic took a lengthy nap and by that night he was feeling more spunky and his fever was starting to break.
  About a week after that I had the chance to use it on myself. I had a sore throat. Awful, like dry as the desert. And scratchy. I used thieves on the bottom of my feet and I put two drops in a glass shot glass and did some thieves shots! The shots helped quickly and I also applied peppermint and lemon on the front of my neck under my chin. To sum it up my bottle of Thieves was gone within a few weeks. It kept us healthier, and I 100% believe that when we did get sick it shortened the length of illness. Natural is always best in my mind, as well in the mind of many of my like-minded friends. Natural way to boost the immune system, yes please!
   Now onto cleaning. I used a few drops of the Thieves oil in my dishwater when doing the dishes. It is a powerful degreaser, and made my dishes smell amazing while killing bacteria. Then I bought the Thieves household cleaner. This stuff rocks! First of all, its only $22. From that bottle you cam make like 20 bottles of cleaner (probably more actually!). You can clean literary anything with the cleaner too. I have done my entire kitchen from wall to wall, floor to cabinets. I also used it a lot in the basement since we are making it more livable down there. Dog cage - check, bathroom - check, hardwood floors - check.

Directly from Young Living's website :
 "Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health."

 Other ways to use Young Living Thieves Oil:
  • On a cotton ball, apply 4-6 drops of oil and place in a vent to help control household odors, especially with pets.
  • Using a few drops of the Thieves oil on a washcloth will help to remove permanent ink on many different surfaces.
  • Improve gum health by putting a drop on your toothbrush everytime you brush you teeth.
  • Cleans ovens, stoves, refrigerators and microwaves super quickly.
  • Cleaning high chairs, cribs, and disinfecting toys.
  • diffusing thieves oil has been proven to kill airborne bacteria.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Oil review :: Peppermint

  I have decided that I would make a few blog posts on some of my favorite Young Living Essential Oils. Please be aware that these are all my own personal testimonies and I'm sure there are 1000+ more uses for each oil then I have tried so far. My love for these oils have exploded and I just want everyone to recognize how great they are!

  My favorite uses for peppermint are :
  1. Headaches - I get tension headaches often. A few times a week at least. They usually start behind my eyes and wrap around the back of my neck at the bottom of my skull. They typically come on mid-afternoon. Maybe its because that's when my coffee has wore off??? I don't know but they are VERY annoying. And sometimes debilitating, especially when I'm trying to edit photos or do some school work on the computer. For headaches I will apply some oil behind my ears, neck, and on my temples. When I say instant relief I'm not lying. The cool-tingly sensation kicks in right away and helps ease my headache away. Often I will also inhale the scent directly from the bottle to help.\
  2. Energy - I use this one mixed with lemon for my boost of energy in the morning. I wake up everyday at 4 or 5 am. This gives me quiet alone time to edit or do school work/study. I also put it in the diffuser when I'm cleaning or walking on the treadmill for an extra boost.
  3. Pain - I had no idea peppermint had pain relief uses besides with headaches. Until I found a recipe for pain cream that called for Valor, Panaway, and of course....Peppermint. The peppermint really helps with the instant coolness to help ease pain away. I use it on achy feet, achy neck etc. 
  4. Massage - Every time I give, or ask for a massage, I mix peppermint with whatever I'm using. It has some serious soothing capabilities!
  5. Cooking - I made peppermint cookies around the holidays that were delish! 
Here is some information on Young Living Peppermint oils, straight from Young Living's website :

 "Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter."

Other uses for Peppermint that I have heard of:
  • nausea
  • fever
  • turning a breech baby
  • heartburn
  • cold sores
  • depression
  • weight loss
  • motion sickness
  • congestion
  • inflammation

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mental health rotation finished!

  Today was the last day of mental health nursing! I went to the college and took my final test, and picked up my pediatric nursing syllabus and packets. From what I have heard, we hit the ground running in this class, so this weekend I have my head in the books. We start class Monday. I will be in lecture on Monday and Thursday from 8-12ish, then clinical Tuesday and Wednesday 8-1ish. Clinical will be held at Allegiance pediatric ward, and the emergency room. I excited about both! From a friend who just finished this rotation, she said she very much enjoyed it and took lots from it.
  The past 5 weeks of mental health rotation rent buy preeeeeety quick. We did have 1 clinical cancelled related to weather issues, which we did not have to make up! I learned I do like mental health a little more then I thought. Going into the rotation I had no excitement really, but as I took care of patients with different disorders I realized that there is SO much to that area of nursing. Just like with any area of nursing. Like women's health and obstetrics, its a specialized area and you could tell that the staff on the unit really "got" their role. They knew what they were doing, how to act in certain situations, what to expect, and how to handle almost anything.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Today Cameron turned 6! Where have the years gone?

We celebrated with friends and family at the Michigan Theatre and watched the movie Turbo. It was a lot of fun :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Vegas bound :)

  Tony and I are going on our first vacation together, alone without kids since we became parents. Our last getaway together was our honeymoon to Jamaica. So this is quite exciting!
  We were really considering Walt Disney world instead at first. But through lots of research we decided it is not the right time for us. Besides the cost for a comfortable Disney vacation, and by comfortable I'm talking plane rides, staying on site in one of the Disney resorts, tickets, entertainment and food. With my research that would cost $4,000+. We have decided to wait until spring/summer 2015 to look into going. Dominic will also be a little older then so it will be easier on all of us.
  Then we looked into going to south Florida with the boys. Except the place tickets were extremely expensive. Add in the cost of a resort and food etc, might as well just go on the Disney vacation. Out of frustration and exhaustion of researching vacations....we decided on Vegas. No the kids cant go (well they can, and we even thought about taking them but not sure they would have fun especially since the pools are not open until April in Vegas). We are still planning our summer trip south this summer, so we are still taking a family vacation this year.
  At first I was determined to book the vacation myself through Then Tony's grandpa told us to try a travel agent to see if we can get a better deal. So we went back to Aloha Travel and talked to Jen. She is the lady who set us up with our wonderful honeymoon so we trusted her a lot. After some research of her own, she was able to get our vacation for about the same price I could have gotten it for online, except she was able to get us more desirable flight times and put us on Southwest airlines, which has no baggage fees. That was a huge plus because if I had booked it by myself we would probably pay an extra $100 on just our baggage.
  We are staying at the Luxor. We knew that if we ever went to Vegas that's where we would stay. Tony had always had an interest in pyramids and Egypt so it was perfect for him. We planned on seeing a Chris Angle show, but sadly he is on leave from a shoulder surgery the time that we will be out there. Talk about DISAPPOINTMENT! But none the less there are about 2000 shows to choose from out there. We are hoping to maybe even take a trip to the Hoover dam.
  Since the pools are closed, I really wanted to at least get a hotel room with a jacuzzi. I just cant wait to close my eyes and relax and perhaps even fall asleep in the tub! We were able to book a suite with a jacuzzi overlooking the strip. I stole this image off Google of what type of room we reserved :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

10 wishes

  Do you remember when you were a child and you watched movies about fairies, and princesses, magical wands and wishes? I certainly do. I remember wishing I could fly. That was my biggest childhood wish - to be able to fly like a bird. I remember building my own airplane. I took an AVON box (my mom use to be a distributor, so we had AVON boxes everywhere), and I took apart a broken box fan. Then I tied the blade from the fan onto the box and colored the box. I remember sitting in the yard on a summer day, with the sun shining just sitting in my little plane. I hoped and wished that it would just take off because I wanted to just fly so bad! But it never did.
  Today Cameron came up to me and said "mom, I wish I could fly". Whoa...flashback! I told him that I wished we could fly too, and I reminded him that when humans get in airplanes it's almost like we are flying. But I knew what he meant. Then my mind started wandering on about wishes. How some come true, and some don't. Why some come true for some people, and they don't for others. Then I decided that I wanted to make a list of wishes for my sweet boys.

Ten wishes for my children :
  1. Be kind. Not only to others, but to yourself. Be kind to you're intuition and you're inner voice. Plant kindness everywhere you go.
  2. Don't rush. Put the hard work in, only then you will get true solid rewards and gratification. 
  3. Dream and follow those dreams. Never let anyone tell you that they are unachievable.
  4. Know that happiness is not in a paycheck or a big house. Its not a top paying job or being rich and handsome. Trust your heart, it will let you know when you are happy.
  5. Forgive those that hurt you. Forgiveness will make you grow.
  6. Have perseverance. Finish what you start, no matter how big or little the task may be.
  7. Self confidence.
  8. Find joy in small things.
  9. Always thirst for knowledge and truth, but be humble in doing so.
  10. Find love and have fun!