Friday, May 22, 2015

Mamas Oils: Getting Started

I have recently had a few friends sign up for their premium starter kits with Young Living! I am so excited for them to experience their 11 different oils & diffuser.  I decided to write up a few things for them that I learned the hard way when receiving my oils, because although it can feel overwhelming, it doesn't have to.  Take time in life, especially the good things in life!




Safety First:  

Each bottle has instructions for best use as well as warnings.  Read, and find out what works for you.

Always keep oils on a shelf out of reach of children.  These bright-colored bottles are magnets for little hands, we teach that they are "mamas oils" and therefore, I need to administer them. (Daddy helps from time-to-time, too...)

Also, keep oils screwed really tightly when transporting.

Avoid direct contact with eyes, and do not insert in ear canal.

Hot Oils are a real thing- they may create a quick, sharp sensation when first applied. Peppermint, clove (in thieves), oregano, are a couple hot oils.

Essential Oils break down petrochemicals so are no good in plastic- always drink out of glass. (Young Living diffusers are hospital-grade plastic, so the oils won't break them down).  They also can cause photo-sensitivity, so be careful about applying on skin before sun exposure.


A Little Goes a Loooonng Way

Young Living Oils are extremely concentrated & pure.  This means that you can use sparingly, we'll talk about more ways to do that, but start with your diffuser - the manual directs you to use 8 drops I think,  but I've found that usually just a couple drops is plenty.  Also, you don't have to fill it the whole way with water, if you are feeling like diffusing for a short amount of time and don't to waste product.


Jar of coconut oil + a few favorite oils


Carry Me

There are ways you can help the oil distribute better.  Like, using a carrier oil when applying oils topically.  I always use a carrier oil for my girls, and I often use one on James and I, too, usually Coconut Oil, which we keep in little jars in each room.  I just grab a small amount in my palm, add one drop of Young Living Oil, and massage between my hands, then I'm ready to apply.

I also use coconut oil with a drop of thieves, frankincense, or tea tree for Oil Pulling every so often.

You should also use a 'carrier' to use your oils in the bath.  If you just drop the oil in the water, it won't disperse throughout, and if it is a hot oil, it might hurt!  So, put a pump of bodywash or bubbles (we use Honest), and add a few drops in your hand.  Mix it up a bit before putting under the spout.  OR, add to epsom salts, which has become a great thing to do (and is a great way to soak up all the oil from your applicators when you are recycling tops you have replaced with roller fitiments


Topical Topics

Essential Oils work very well topically beyond just the area you rub it on.  This is evident when pushing a drop of peppermint to the roof of your mouth for a headache, or using minty oils on feet to reduce a child's cough.  Think of a nicotine or birthcontrol patch, while you are only putting this on a small part of the body, the product works beyond that area to make a change.

I have also started adding apricot oil to bottles that are getting down there and caped with a roller for easy application!  Since Young Living oils are so potent, this has been an amazing way to extend the life of my oils and make diluted roll-ons of favorites like thieves and peace & calming for my girls.


Smells Like.... 

They call it aromatherapy for a reason.  Inhaling, or smelling, these oils can be the best way for your body and mind to heal.  When you are trying oils, feel free to take time, and just experience the aroma. Start noticing the scent when you first open the bottle.  Slowly bring it to your nostrils, try inhaling through each one separately, then together.  It might sound a little strange, but opening up your nose does a lot for your pituitary gland!  I love sharing the smells with our little girl and talking about them!

I've also started noticing that the scents stay with me, and it feels like they can help set my mind on a better wavelength or tone.  Peace & Calming and Endoflex are two of my favorites for that reason.

Not every order looks like this, but don't you want to smell them all?


Drink Water.  Lots!

When you begin using the oils, they can start a detoxing effect on your cells throughout your body, helping .  Think of the effects of a massage.  If you don't drink enough water, you may feel achy and sore or get a headache.  Same with eo's, so drink up.


Look for the Little Dot

The big hole you see in the center of your bottle is not where the oil comes out, it's actually a little tiny hole to the side.  If you can find this (especially with the faster-flowing oils), it will be easier to control the amount you use.

Hard to see, but it's right above my thumb here.  



Give yourself time.

On first smell, some, few, or many of the oils might smell strange to you.  There is a saying in the apothecary world that if you really don't like the smell of a certain oil, it's actually because there is a component in that oil's makeup that your body needs.  What?!  While that might seriously sound like crazy talk, I have found it to be true.  When I first smelled "Joy", I didn't like the smell.  Now, wearing the scent makes me happier and helps me feel more balanced when I'm feeling hormonal.


Use a Resource You Like, and Keep Learning!

I've gotten started with downloading the Reference Guide for Essential Oils App on my phone and have loved reading the uses, properties, and applications of the different oils.  I also bought the Gentle Babies book, and it is a great resource to have on hand for treating non-emergency issues that come up for children & mamas.  You can also check out this oily testimonial site.  While these are just personal stories (which is why you have to sign up for the site & verify you are a real person), they can give you a good idea of how oils have worked for other people and some ideas to try if you have a specific issue you are trying to solve.


Find what works for you.

There is so much information out there about essential oils, they have kindof exploded on the internet/mom blog/pinterest scene.  There are differing opinions on many aspects of the oils, and they are being researched for their benefits in many areas of medicine, and the FDA has been getting involved as well. I know this for sure:  Oils are different than modern medicine, they come from Mother Nature herself.  They are not synthetic and while they don't always give you that instant change (although diffusing lavendar + lemon + cedarwood has helped me feel big relief in this month of allergies), they also won't give you side-effects like so so many of the prescriptions on the market.  Use your intuition and your intellect, you know your family and you know yourself.



 If you have any questions about essential oils, feel free to comment, facebook or email me!  Oh, and I have an instagram account where I try to share things I'm learning, it's called MamasOils if you want to follow.  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

mtn mama: welcoming waterbaby



In celebration of James' birthday back in November at the Oregon beach, I asked his favorite moments of the year.  Immediately, his answer was Eliza.  She was also on the top of our list as we reflected at New Year's, and turned one today.  I started this document shortly after her birth, and have been opening it every month or two since.  By publishing I'm just hoping to bring the whole experience more full circle and share her birthstory.  We are so in love with our little girl, now, and I was blogging more while pregnant with her, and shared about finding out I was pregnant, seeing our ultrasound, and preparing for a homebirth.

One of the first things I felt immediately after Eliza's birth is grounding.  I still feel that way with her. On Mondays, Josey has a day of learning and friendship at daycare, and I get to spend the day with the baby.  She is truly, like water in her personality.  Flowing, hydrating, enhancing... I can't help but wonder what that has to do with being a waterbaby and what can just be chalked up to her own God-given personality.  I know that her presence balances us as a family and I couldn't be more grateful.


Happy Birthday, Eliza May!







On May Day 2014, I was determined to have this baby.  After having contractions for over a week, and feeling like I could go into labor anytime, I was ready to incite the big change we'd been anticipating.  I had worked through the last day of April, my student-teacher/substitute Ceri had my classes dialed and I was starting to feel like I was just at work to answer to "no baby yet?" and "why are you still here?"  Leaving was a double-edged sword for me, because I had resigned from my postition and I knew that once I left to have the baby, things would never be the same at school.

Nonetheless, May arrived, and I felt ready to have this baby.  I called in to work, James took Josey to daycare, and I spent the day writing, stretching, walking, napping.  I could feel it was close and I was secretly hoping the baby would be born on May 1.  


Brushing teeth

Around dinner time, I lost my mucus plug, which didn't happen with Josey's labor that I noticed.  As we were getting J in the bath & doing bedtime routine, I was starting to have stronger contractions, but no consistent pattern picking up.  I had a strong urge to pick up the house- get everything in place as well as I thought it should be, contractions were about 10 min apart.  We watched Nashville, and as we went to sleep, I was texting Sheehan (my midwife) to warn her I thought it was happening!



Flossing with that big belly right before baby sis was born
I continued to have contractions in my sleep and woke up around 2am after a very strange dream: I had the baby in my sleep and the midwives didn't make it!  Dream-baby was huge and had a strange wire thing/ wig-like hair.  I was looking it over, and found it was a girl, and declared that "this isn't our baby!"  What?!  Maybe I knew that I needed to WAKE up and really have a baby.  In retrospect, I wonder if the wirelike hair was influenced by the painful contractions while sleeping?  I've always had such crazy dreams.  

I made some Baby Mama Tea (which has Red Raspberry Leaf for the uterus) and took a walk around the house, doing some lunges and making the neighbor dogs bark in the night.  I came in, and asked James to fill up the tub.  Moving quietly, my contractions were getting stronger and I called Sheehan. 




She suggested I get in the water, which did slow things down temporarily, but then I continued to have stronger contractions which made me feel like I had to go to the bathroom!  I alternated between bed/water/toilet for awhile.  Transition has to be the worst thing about giving birth.  Around 530, I called and asked the midwives to come.  I wanted them here to help.  I was in the water for awhile, moving from edge to edge, stretching. 


I was beginning to feel so tired.  The contractions were coming in bunches at this point- maybe a 10-minute break, then what felt like several waves riding on top of the others for about 20 min.  I had been reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth throughout the whole pregnancy, and the idea of breathing into contractions (and thinking of them as rushes) was helping me a little.  Regardless, contractions really feel like they're wringing me out.  Things tense up and then release, and it is tiring.  


James and I laid on the guest bed together, I heard Sheehan and Gina out in the kitchen, quietly calling their families to make arrangements for the school day (it was Friday) coming up.  I felt guilty for messing up their day, then reminded myself that this was their job.  We got up and walked around the house.  Beautiful sunrise, birds singing, knowing we would have this baby soon.  We discussed plans for Josey, as her morning routine was arriving & so was her sibling. 


James got Josey dressed & ready, and took her to daycare (and surprised Miss Vickie by being so early to arrive- so funny!)  I became more full with the pressure of this baby, my water still hadn't broken.  I wanted it to.  Fortunately, when Daddy returned, nothing had progressed too much as I was still going through transition (worst part of labor if you ask me, not going to include these details).  I asked Gina to check my cervix, I wanted to know why this baby wasn't coming yet!  Fully dilated, but my bag of waters was a cushion for this baby about to come through.  I remembered when the nurse at Community checked me and felt Josephine's hair, after having felt her head at my tailbone for what felt like hours.


Full with the pressure of this baby, the bag of waters, this undeniable truth of a life change about to happen, I laid on the bed, looking out at the beautiful morning at one of my favorite views in the world, and the Bitterroot Mountains were shimmering.  I was filled with fear and anxiety and baby, and that feeling of when you don't want to do something hard, but you know you'll feel so, SO much better after.  I do believe I said the explicit version of "Let's do this __ thing," and James, Sheehan & Gina knew it was really time.  Haha!  I got back in the pool, determined.


The midwives made quick, quiet preparations, while James set the scene a little more, placing the Philip Aaberg record on the player.  I told them I just felt so tired!  They asked James to get me a spoonful of honey, which helped so much!  Gina talked me through squatting to break my water, she was such a calm coach, and once that cushion started leaking into the pool, I could really feel the baby, whose body had been so close, but so protected, the whole time.I began to hurt - more seething, intense pain.  I remembered my Grandma talking about the truck driving through you.  


Tears, keys, primal noises starting to come from me, leaning back, leaning in, squeezing James' hand as always.  Water.  Gina gently telling me to push again.  The piano music was gaining momentum, and we could sense a bigger poignancy to it all.  Our moment was happening, it really was surreal.


"Beautiful."  All three of them were cooing at me, and I could sense the awe that was filling the room as it does when miracles happen. 

I instinctively put a hand down there, feeling my second child's head of fuzzy hair.  Squeezing James' hand with the other.  

We waited for the next contraction, mentally, reminding myself it was ok- baby's mouth and nose were suspended in the only element known so far- water.  I pushed again, then feeling janky bumps, which as Sheehan explained as a hand/elbow.arm, followed by shoulders and the rest of the sweetness slipping out.  (Sheehan later explained that her hand being right by her face while I was in labor may have been preventing my contractions from picking up a regular pattern in labor)


8:34am our baby was born.  This sweet little soul was covered in a thick white vernix, and when brought to me, I was so excited she almost slipped out of my hands in the water, the midwives and James helping me recover into my arms.  Once stable, I just looked at this child, unbelieving that we had done it, it was over, but everything had just begun.


Peace enveloped us like a blanket and the three of us just looked at eachother.  The music now calm and serene, and this quiet gaze, from our new child was most grounding look anyone has ever given me.  James and I sat there, and I felt us, relishing that moment of peace, and a baby who was just looking quietly at us, no crying, just these sweet, deep eyes.  

We looked to see the gender.  A girl!  In those first few moments of peace, I thought 'a boy', but was delighted at the news of sister.  A sister with a very very long umbilical cord which was uniquely attached to the placenta.  Maybe because she loved moving so much in the womb.

First look at this grounding child



Father with fresh baby, taken from the pool



We named her  Elizabeth May, who we later serendipitously found out is my Great-Grandma's name (we called her Grandma May), and that they share the same birthday!  May 2!


My parents arrived about an hour after she was born, and the reality of accomplishing our homebirth had set in.  My sweet parents met working in St. Peter Hospital, and they worried over us doing this all at our house and not in a hospital (as did many of our family members).  It was relieving to show them that we made it, and their worries could ease.  For me, I felt better knowing that women had given birth to babies forever, having a woman come visit them and help them in this time, and didn't need the hospital.  I have rarely been comfortable at the doctor.
Newborn baby feets, weighing in at 8.2 just under her sis and I

Anyway, Sheehan & Gina did their midwife magic... I will spare all my physical details (which are thankfully becoming foggier and foggier).

Part of Eliza's exam was checking for the tongue-tie which Josey had.  Sheehan noticed it immediately and my eyes welled up when she told me this baby had one too.  We would see how nursing would go, but would be quicker to schedule a correction at the ENT like we did with Josey.  (I have had several friends since with babies born with tongue and lip ties.  It is genetic, and correcting it really helps with breastfeeding!)

We took a nap, I nursed her, we ate,  Eventually Josephine came home to meet her sister!




My parents had picked Josey up from daycare, and her life was forever changed when they brought her home to welcome her new baby sister.  I was happy that Josey was able to get to know the midwives, the growing belly, the birthing pool.  Even though she was only two, she had an idea of what was going on.  Just last week she asked me, "Momma! Remember when you had a big belly?  And then you had Eliza?  I'm pretending to have a big belly right now."  (one of her friends from Morning Melodies just had a baby so she is experiencing the wonder again.  So cool)






We had a beautiful celebratory meal that night, grilled steaks, asparagus and wine.  We said a prayer of thanks.  Eliza was so tiny and sleeping.  I felt myself sparkle into the idea of being mother of two, the experience of a different birthstory and meeting this new, completely different child of ours.  I have never felt so complete, Eliza May was the missing puzzle piece to us, and our family. 

I was thankful then, and I'll always be thankful- for the gift of being their mother, the gift of words and photos to document this life, which is completely different than what I pictured.

Thankful for James, thankful our babies and their Grandparents and relatives and all our ancestors.
These girls will hear these birth stories, as we've learned our own, they will learn of their family.



I'm thankful for Midwives, all of them and especially Sheehan and Gina.  For all their amazing visits before, during, and after the birth, for showing me love and knowledge of my body through pregnancy.  The experience of working with a Midwife is unique, and I'm so glad that we decided to go that route!




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.....During this whole process, from morning sickness through postpartum, I drank Baby Mama Tea by Bija Body.  {My esthetician friend Melissa developed this and a few other beauty tea blends with Bija Body, an amazing tea & skincare line developed in Montana.  I shared about them in a post here.   If you are interested in Bija products, they are now only available only in bulk through this site.  

While we are sad that BijaBody is no longer on local shelves and easily bought online, Melissa and I are giving away a sealed tin of this goodness today!  I'm lucky enough to live in the same location as Melissa's new studio, Skin + Sky.  I took Josey in for a mini-manicure for their opening this Winter, and when I shared about publishing this story, and reiterated my love for Baby Mama Tea, Melissa nsisted I giveaway one of the last Baby Mama tins!  Yay!

This tea is a mellow combination of helpful herbs, from Red Raspberry to tone the uterus, ginger for queasiness, to notes of citrus, rosehips, and cacao (and many more beautiful ingredients to boot).  It comes in a beautiful lavendar tin, and is safe for pregnant & nursing mamas and their kiddos to drink.  I love it.  

If you'd like a chance win this lovely tea, leave a comment below.  I will choose a winner on May 17 and send the tea to you, or the person you'd like to gift it to.  Also, it is truly worth investing in BulkBija- I went in 4-ways on a gallon of anti-aging creme and have had extras to share and plenty for myself!  Amazing products.  

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Thank you, as always, for reading here, and sorry for the sporadic posts as of late.  Hope you are all enjoying Spring and feeling revitalized in life!  I'll leave you with a poem a good friend (who is now a mama-to-be) shared with me while pregnant with Josey.  It was great to meditate on in labor, and I love to share with friends. 

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Willow Tree
Anonymous
I am a willow tree,

Strong, yet fluid
graceful.
I can bend with the wind,

but my roots are tough,
indestructible.
Opening to birth my child

is flowing with the wind:
from a soft and gentle breeze

to a stormy gale
back to a soft and gentle breeze.

My body is strong, but flexible.

It is my friend, it knows how to open.
I am a friend to my body

eating well, walking, and loving myself.
I shall birth safely, freely, openly . . .
among my loved and trusted ones.
I am the willow, flexible
beautiful resilient

endowed with the power of surrender
to the wind rustling through my leaves,
my branches.
My roots reach deep into Mother Earth

Anchored in Her strength
I bring forth life

In joy!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Peace and Calming // Shop Talk



the lake is long-melted now.
A good night here in the Flathead.... it was the Pond Skim at Ski Whitefish, and so we all drove up after the girls' nap.  Josey and I took Chair 3 and looked down on the blue body of water, with a shark in it, and watched a guy ski across and another sink in the pool.  It was easy getting off the lift, I am so excited to ski with her 8 months from now! We skied to the right and down around // thru the slushy snow... Josey was "getting stressed".  When we realized the chairlift was no longer running, and it was time to find our friends.  She followed me down the stairs, which quickly clogged up with festive end-of-season, pond skimmers// spotting friends, making friends.  Josephine is so friendly!

I am always wanting to write, but of late become distracted by life happening around me and less likely to take an idea from sprout to fruition.

There are many wonderful personalities in this life.  My friends from grade school to now come through my memories and while it's completely impossible for all to be present at the once, lately, I've thought about how poignant one's past (which is but a collection of present moments stored for later) can be to creating a more influential now.

Also, I've been feeling super lucky to have made the move from the Bitterroot to the Flathead, and on Friday, which is my favorite since James is Home in the mornings and then I head East to teach a few music classes.  That time in the classroom is huge for my ego.  This week, I ran into a past choir student, Madeline, visiting her mama's Elementary school, miles from the classroom & stage we share memories together.  Seeing her reminded me how close our experiences can still be, how worth pursuing and finding.  She told me that I'm missed in Florence.  I was teary and flushed, and drove away with a pit in my heart, which I felt for so many students in Florence.  I miss you all!  Keep singing.  

While being "stay at home" is great and all, it's really hard for me to create our own daily schedule and basically impossible unless I can procure a paycheck and a feeling of self-worth beyond my immediate family.

Asking myself- what does an ideal day look like?  Complete with the cleaning and cooking and adventuring that I want to get done.

I have been wanting to post my work schedule because a couple of you who follow my blog have commented on my working part time which I have to say all moms of littles should consider! I also just want it here as a timestamp to look back on and say- I love the amount of work I'm doing right now. //

Part time weekly schedule
Until the End of May,

North Valley Music
T- 3:15-7 :: Voice/Piano
W- 4:30-7 :: Voice/Piano
F- 1-5
(Cayuse Prairie :: 2-3 and Child Development Center 3:45-4:15)

and Outside Kids at 10 on alternating days!

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I dock 5-10 hours per week over at Glacier Park Boat Company's Website/Social Media as well.  I need to create more of a set schedule for myself for this work in the evening hours.  This is my first experience on Wordpress, it's a great way to practice blogging and social media practice, and I'm learning a TON.  I feel thankful for the opportunity to have potential income and growth in this avenue, and I have been working more on how to do a better job in this area over the summer.

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Over this summer, I will be working with Glacier National Park Lodges to facilitate music at Many Glacier Hotel.  Playing piano there was a dream job I received as a young college student, and now it is my dream to continue music there.  I am volunteering now, as I've been all along, until I start getting paid in May, to keep the Hootenanny going.  Once upon a time, there was employee music showcased in the Hotel each and every night of the week.  This summer, you can count on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9 pm as well as other dates for employee music.  Contact me here if you have any interest or questions!  Thanks!


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On top of all of it, I have signed on as a wholesale member with Young Living, as you've probably noticed if you've been reading along.  If you go ahead and look into this company, you'll see that they have the best selection of essential oils, they have an excellent commitment to each stage of this product's development, and a ridiculously interesting list of health benefits.

Those of you who've already begun to love aromatherapy and its effects on psychology, relaxation, immunity, etc, you know that it's can be a bit of an addiction.  It's exciting to experience those scents and sensations develop and heal.  Scents like "Peace and Calming" can have a profound effect on a person, and to think that it's all from distillation of god-made plants?  Ah!!

While I love the products, and don't see myself wanting to ever stop using them, my life's mission is music.  BUUUUUT.  I hope to keep going with my Essential Rewards orders (each month, I order $50 minimum of worth of product.... for me + friends.  I get a percentage back and have a wishlist so it will hopefully work out!)  Increasing my family's, and my own, personal health through this is huge, but I don't want to be obsessed.

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On the day-to-day, I still feel tired, and guilty about it.  Then people tell me how energetic my girls are, and I try to cut myself some slack.  I experiment with cutting caffeine, gluten etc.... with sleeping more and running and stretching... and I guess it helps a little.  Overall, I think I'll just always be a little bit tired as a mama.  Although I'd like to find a balance where I'm accomplishing more and sleeping really hard.  More energy, yes!

We'll see.

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This published post is brought to you by a few yummy cocktails on the skihill and a will to publish.  Happy reading, happy weekending, y'all!






Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March 31





Well the month is basically over, and I have so many small snippets of writing in the cue here, but nothing to really grab onto.  I wanted to publish something before the month is over (and may retroactively go in for some 52 weeks archives.)


James was so sweet and got our friend Margaret to babysit on Sunday so we could have some one-on-one.  We had a ball on the slopes and even had a Bloody Mary before picking them up!


They had a ball dying eggs!





Also, thought I'd do a little writing about our day, some mommy blogs I read do posts like these - a normal day, preserved, and I like it.  I'm including the essential oils because I had an extra oily day. Didn't take many pics today though:


-Last night, the girls had Lavender in the diffuser.  I put some Cedarwood on my hairline (for sleep and hair growth.  Yes, sometimes I feel like my hairline is receding...), Valor on my feet and back (for balance and help with teeth-grinding) before bed.  I stayed up late reading Gentle Babies, a great reference on EO use for mamas, babies, and children.

-Eliza woke around 4:00 and we let her cry and argued for an hour before James finally gave her a bottle and she went back to sleep. For the most part, she's been sleeping through the night, but it's hard when she has those early-morning wake ups and wants a bottle.  Then, James dealt with the girls in the morning because I was sleeping so hard!  He kissed me goodbye and said they were eating breakfast. 

-I walked out to the living room, said good morning and put Endoflex on my thyroid and back, and made a cup of yogi tea.

-We had a mellow morning with some eating, coloring and book-reading, and then Josey watched Frozen while Eliza napped and I tried to fix our vacuum (duh- wash the filter every two months like it says). 

-Once E woke up, I brought the girls down to the WAVE daycare because I wanted to get some more cleaning done in peace. I packed their snacks in the new Olaf lunch bag and set them up outside in the play area on some play cars when we got there.  Eliza waved "bye" to me and watched me drive away!  So sweet seeing them grow older.

-Got home and drank some coffee... (maybe should have chosen peppermint tea instead)
too much coffee.  Cleaned the laundry room, folded clothes, swept, did dishes, sprayed my Thieves spray and wiped off everything, decided it might be my favorite smell in the world.

-I started diffusing Peace and Calming for them and got their room presentable for naptime.  Maybe it's silly that I take them to daycare so I can clean their room... Couldn't find my keys while I was leaving and started to panic ... remembered *pockets!* I wore a coat when I dropped them off (doh.)

-The girls were so happy to see me when I got there!  I had missed them, too. We came home and played with some musical instruments and I made lunch (steamed cauliflower and fruit and cheese + crackers and dried seaweed).  They were getting really tired so we did our Naptime routine (bathroom/diaper, read a book/bottle for Liza).

-My vision started getting spotty and I was having a hard time saying the words I was thinking as I was talking Josey down and feeding Eliza.  Once I put them down, I came out and realized I had a bad headache (I get mild ones pretty often but never like this).  I took two ibuprofen, and I took my bottle of Peppermint (which has been great for relieving my past mild headaches) and inhaled a few times in each nostril separately, then together.  Big, deep breaths.... still lots of pain.

-I tried laying down and it was worse so I kept folding laundry and washed dishes.  I did a Neti-pot... I took my Panaway mixture and gave myself a neck massage.  Everything seemed to give temporarily relief, then the headache came back hard.  I laid down and finally emailed James that I thought it was a migraine and if he could come home, I would love it.

-Josey woke up after I had been laying down for awhile and was so sweet when I told her I didn't feel well.  She gave me a bunch of hugs and some water and when James came in the door she told him "Mom doesn't feel good Dada!"

-He brought Excedrin and told me to put pressure behind my neck.  I took one and then laid down with the bottle behind my neck.  I rarely ever have migraines and after this day I feel so bad for people who do!  After I finally put earplugs in and fell asleep, I was better for awhile.

-I got up and played with the girls while James made Tacos for Tuesday.  We ate and put the girls in a bath with a few drops of lavender in the bubbles.  



-We got them in their jams and read a few books.  I diffused one drop Eucalyptus with two drops Valor and didn't hear a peep after we left the room (we will see about 4 in the morning though)!

-I made my own bath while James went to go skateboarding.  Four drops of Peace and Calming in a big cup of Epsom salts and to relax in the water.

-Now I'm ending my day with my husband, Birdman, a cup of Citrus Fresh tea with Glacier County Honey. I took one more Excedrin, and rubbed more Panaway mix on my sinuses, because I thought I felt the migraine creeping back in.  I used more oils today than usual to try and help with that blasted headache, but I am so glad that I have them and can experiment with their natural relief!  If you want to know more, contact me, or read the other essential oils posts on my blog!


...March is closing out and I am so excited for April and May!  Big birthday months around here and we are going to have a lot of fun this Spring in Whitefish! 

Have a great Easter week!

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