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2/27/15

10 Simple Ways To Use Lavender Oil // An Essential Oil Series

Our essential oil journey started all thanks to a sweet sister-friend that insisted we try lavender oil right after Gideon was born.  So naturally this one will always be a bit of a first love!! Then it lead me to this post collaboration with Ashley from Evening Grace Essentials and the rest is history.  I love how lavender oil covers almost every aspect of childhood from allergies to skin issues and earaches to cuts.  After Thieves, I would definitely recommend adding Lavender to your natural medicine cabinet!


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1// Burns: Apply 1-2 drops to relieve the sting of minor burns

2// Baby Eczema: Mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil like coconut and apply to your baby's dry skin.

3// Neck Pain: I had gotten kinks in my neck for a variety of reasons and have felt a release of tension after rubbing a few drops of lavender into the tight spot.

4// Cleaning Solution:  If you every use vinegar and water as a natural cleaner for your home, mix in several drops of lavender oil to soften the smell.

5// Monthly Cramps: Using coconut oil and several drops of lavender, massage around your belly to relieve period cramps.

6// Ear Pain: Rub 1-2 drops around the outside of the ear, along the jawline and down the throat to relieve ear pain. This is great for teething babies! Remember to never put oil inside the ear.

7// Refreshing Drink: Add one drop of lavender to lemonade for a refreshing drink or for a soothing tea, use warm water, honey and lavender.

8// Soothing Sleep: Rub 1-2 drops on the back of the neck, temples or feet before bed to induce soothing sleep.  Diffusing lavender before bedtime is also a great way to calm children and adults before sleep.

9// Longer Eye Lashes: Add a few drops to a new tube of mascara and enjoy longer lashes

10// Soothing Lavender Pillow Mist: 
5-6 drops of lavender oil
1/4 teaspoon epsom salts
distilled water
glass spray bottle //affiliate link included //

Mix oil and salt in the bottle and add distilled water. Shake thoroughly and use to mist your pillow each night before sleeping for soothing rest.
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Are you wanting to try out these 10 simple ways to use Lavender essential oil but you don't have a bottle of your own?! If you want to purchase this individual oil or the entire Premium Starter Kit referenced in this series, be sure to check out my Essential Oils page where I have step by step instructions for ordering here.

If you already use essential oils, do you have a favorite way to use Lavender?!


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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

2/26/15

#beeskneegrams

Just a few of my favorite Instagrams lately.  You can also check out this new account I set up where I share daily tips from our journey with essential oils.  It's a party over there!! xo
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2/25/15

A Creative Office // A Tour

Creating a space where I can be creative and work on projects has been such a fun aspect of our home remodeling over the last year.  You can see how this space used to be when it was our bedroom here and even further back how it looked before we renovated the entire room at the end of this post.  I've slowly been adding pieces and decorating but it really started to come together when I showed Adam my ideas for a large white desk space. He ran with it, drew up plans and then built this beautiful piece for me.  Gosh, I hit the jack pot with this man!!

Just to clear the air. . . I promise you this space is never this clean -- haha! I usually have 27 different projects strew across the desk and the floor is covered with trains and crayons and left over chip pieces.  I guess that's a nice thing about blogging your space. . . it forces you to get things put in their place. At least for the afternoon. 
I love how a few unique pieces can really bring a room together and create a atmosphere that speaks to you.  That is why I feel so so grateful to be collaborating with my sweet friend, Sandra from SM Art Shop.  She sent me some of the most beautiful prints to put up on the office walls.  My two favorites are this bicycle print and of course this lovely watercolor print of a summer in Paris.  I feel like her art gives such a pop of happiness to this space.  

Be sure to check the end of this post for your own chance to win your own print!!
^^ my $3 treasure find in this old ironing board!! ^^
^^ if you saw my christmas toys post, you will remember this work bench that my dad built for emmett. he is still so addicted to building things and i am really happy that he can play alongside me while i work. ^^
^^ i still have the yard sign i made for our wedding to direct guests to different places around the property. i haven't erased the lettering after almost 4 years. . . i feel so nostalgic about our wedding day and love having that little bit of history from that magical day. ^^
^^ diffusing peppermint and joy is my favorite way to make this space smell amazing without the use of harsh chemicals ^^
^^ do you spy the gorgeous prints up there?!! ahhh! in love! ^^
^^ a little rock and wire art from one of my little sisters.  these little things make a space truly your own.  ^^


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Do you have a designated spot in your home for being creative?! What makes it special to you??

Also, Sandra was so so generous and sent me an extra copy of her 'oh the places she'll go' bicycle print for one of you to win! Be sure to check out all her wonderful social media accounts.  She is definitely a gem.

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2/24/15

A Little Trip To Raleigh

We had so much fun visiting Adam's twin brother and his family last weekend!!  It's so crazy that within three years, our two families explode with four little babies!  We ate and talked and ate and talked and watched the entire season of Galavant and laughed over the craziest card game we've ever played.  It was a weekend for the books and now we just want to move to Raleigh to keep these little cousins together.  And maybe also for the food.  Probably more for the food. haha
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^^ these two played non-stop. . . from morning to night. and they had little sleep overs each night. we even got to sleep in a bit each morning because they would wake up and play quietly in their room for an hour or two. plush! ^^
^^ sweet chunk of love!! ^^
^^ besides the massive quantities of food we consumed that weekend, there was so much talking that went on. i'm pretty sure we covered all the topics in the world! ^^
^^ so in love with juliet's adorable room! and that little reading nook in the cupboard?! so in love! ^^
^^ bed time stories with auntie jess-jess ^^

^^ how adorable is this little astronaut and princess?!! ^^ 
^^ give me a spoon and let me eat those curls and dimples right up ^^
^^ i wish your screen had a scratch and taste feature. those waffles were all the heart eyes in the world!! ^^
^^ emmett tried snow for the first time. . . oh golly! haha ^^
^^ cannot even tell you how adorable these two were together all weekend. they played so much better than we could have ever hoped. it rarely saw them the whole four days we were there because they were off playing the entire time. i actually cried a little bit when we had to leave because i hated to see them part. ^^
^^ love you favorite people!! ^^

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