Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Did you know 1 in 4 women go through a miscarriage, infant loss or stillbirth? Pretty crazy, huh? I really didn’t know many people who had a miscarriage/stillbirth before I had my own miscarriage. Shortly after I had my first miscarriage, my good friend had her first stillbirth. It was a hard time for a lot of us.

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Since having my miscarriage I realized a lot of women go through this- that doesn’t make it easy- but it’s nice to know I’m not walking this alone.

My first miscarriage  brought me so close to my Lord. Thank the Lord I didn’t go into depression or struggled too much, even though I was working at a crisis pregnancy center at that time. I love this post of Bible verses for finding hope in miscarriages.

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For those of you who have never gone through this loss- this is a great post on what not to say and how to help those grieving.

Just because we have gone through this loss does not mean we struggle with more than others do. We need to remember to turn to the Lord during any trial we are in and remember our Lord who dearly loves us has placed us in this trial for a reason. “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” ~Spurgeon

So, today, we remember those babies who left us too soon. And we pray for those who are still grieving their babies…and struggling with infertility. ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How I Use Oils on my Baby

All throughout my pregnancy, I used Young Living oils for feeling my best. If I had a longer birth experience, I totally would have used them for that, too! 😉 So it is totally natural for me to use oils on my baby….here are my favorites & why I use them!

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When using oils on your baby (or child), V6 or coconut oil will become your BFF. Known as a carrier oil, it helps make the oils “go further” and it also helps dilute some of the hotter oils for baby’s sensitive skin.

I have used these 6 oils since my son was 6hrs old. He is currently a year old and, although we add different oils for different occasions, these are STILL my go-to oils for him!

I use 1 drop of R.C. diluted in V6 on his chest. RC stands for Respiratory Care.

A drop of Valor (or Valor II) on the base of his neck after a chiropractic adjustment.

2-3 drops of Gentle Baby on his head before bed. This is great for skin- it definitely helps his cradle cap, and it’s also a calming, relaxing scent.

Diluted Thieves on his feet! I do this before bed, when he gets up, and before we go into town. A baby can use all the immune system support he can get!

Tranquil & Rutavala; this is the bedtime duo! If I forget to apply these to Caleb, he doesn’t sleep/nap as soundly, nor does he go to sleep quite as quickly! I roll Tranquil on behind his ears and Rutavala on his big toes.

I hope this helps you on your path of a healthy lifestyle! If you want more information on Young Living, check out my page here, or if you’re ready to jump feet first into a oily lifestyle & join my community, you can sign up HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Friday Happenings…

Happy Friday, lovely peeps! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and even longer since I’ve given y’all a little peek into our lives! So, without any more introductions, some thoughts and snippets….

Little Man turned 1!

I cannot believe my dude is a one year now! This year has flown by….I absolutely love seeing him turning into a little boy and less baby-like.

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Favorite blog post….

I recently went back to read some of my posts and my post about marriage re-spoke to my heart…you can read it here.

Marriage is a Thousand Little Things

Weight Loss….

I absolutely love the THM lifestyle, and even though I was shrinking s-l-o-w-l-y I wasn’t losing any weight. I had actually put some on. Sooo….I’ve started with Beachbody and am loving it! I started with the 21 Day Fix and am looking forward to doing my first challenge group in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more info! 🙂

Baking up a Storm!

Our favorite muffins right now are going back between these banana ones and these pumpkin ones….yum!

Pinning….

Lots & lots! Things like healthy recipes and fitness inspiration!

What have you been up to lately?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Cleaning My Baby’s Toys

I’m not a germaphobe. Really, I promise. Letting your child be exposed to some germs is perfectly fine. I mean, you can’t hide them away forever! I personally don’t disinfect all my child’s toys or anything they put in their mouth…plus, bleach? No way. I haven’t ever owned any in my life!

Why I Clean My Baby's Toys

So, what do I use? I use this amazing stuff called Thieves Cleaner! It’s so awesome, I’m in love!

I absolutely love that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals or fragrances that could hurt my baby. It’s just another part of having a chemical-free, healthy home!

So, how do I clean the toys? If it can be in the water, I just put some thieves dish soap & warm water in the sink, soak the toys, rinse and let dry. Easy peasy! If the toy needs to be “spot cleaned”, I just put some thieves cleaner on a rag, and clean the toys. I usually do this before & after I have other children in our home.

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I am so thankful for all of Young Living’s products that help me keep my home toxin free, while supporting our immune system! Would you like to know more about Young Living? Check out all the info & other posts that I’ve shared HERE, or to sign up with the Thieves Kit go HERE. You definitely won’t regret supporting your family’s wellness!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Super Easy DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

Happy Monday! Did you know I started using cloth diapers on Caleb a couple months ago? We’re loving it! I love that we’re using less chemicals, easier on the environment, and they are better for his skin!

DIY Cloth Wipes

But then, we ran into a problem. What do we do about wipes? You’ll have to have a separate bag for the disposable wipes and the cloth diapers….and it just wasn’t fun! So, my friend who taught me all about cloth diapers helped me out with making my own wipes. It’s so cheap, easy and chemical free!


You’ll need:

24 baby washclothes

Wipe container

Epsom salts

Young Living Lavender Oil

Water

Quart Jar

Directions:

Mix 6-10 drops of lavender oil & 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in a quart jar. Slowly add 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Put 6 washcloths in the bottom of the wipe container, then pour 1/2 cup of the mixture over the 6 washcloths. Continue with the rest of the washcloths. You might have to play around with the amount of water for your desired “wetness” of the wipes.


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It’s that quick, easy & affordable!

And now through June 30, 2016, the Premium Starter Kit (which includes lavender!) is 10% off! You can sign up HERE, or learn more HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Our Must-Haves for Teething

Y’all, motherhood is awesome. It’s also crazy hard sometimes. You bring home this new bundle of joy and you’re completely in love. Then reality hits….hel-lo, this little person needs your constant attention, time and love. It does get easier though….until teething hits.

New moms and moms-to-be….teething can hit wayyyyy sooner than you ever thought or dreamed. My little one started teething at the ripe old age of 2 months old. His first tooth popped through at 5 months old (yes, 3 months of painful teething with nothing to show for it!), and his second one is almost through and he’s 6 months old. Just because my boy got teeth that early doesn’t mean that’s what will happen with your sweet baby. But when teething hits…Mama, you’d better be prepared!

Teething Must Haves

Today I want to share with you some of my FAVORITE products for handling teething discomfort for your poor baby. And moms-to-be, don’t put off getting this stuff for after baby is born…make sure you have the stuff now! It will will be here sooner than you think!

Teething Supplies

The first thing I got Caleb was an amber necklace. NO, I don’t put it around his neck. I have lots of friends who let their babies do that, and that’s fine for them. That’s just not for me; I don’t feel comfortable with it. Amber beads are known for helping relieve pain. People ask me if I think it really works…and I believe it does! If we forget to put it back on his ankle after his bath, he’s definitely hurting and crankier. Once I put it back on, he settles down. SUCH a blessing! And, it’s super adorable and people are always commenting on it! 🙂 I got mine from a local herb shop, but I know you can get some on amazon.

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Say hello to Caleb’s favorite things! The amazing Sara from Saraisms sent Caleb these adorable teething rings! As the mom who cares about what goes into my son’s mouth, I appreciate that the wood is organic and so much safer than plastic!

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He adores snuggling with his teething lovey as he takes a nap, or on a chilly day out and about. I love the print- it’s so fun! The fabric piece can snap off so you can wash it when it gets soiled- so perfect!

Teething Toy

The teething toy can keep Caleb happy for a long time. Especially when he tooth is cutting, he will just sit in his highchair, chewing on and tossing it around. 🙂 It’s super handy to keep in my diaper bag, too!

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These oils are SUCH a blessing to have to help relieve teething discomfort! The above things I mentioned usually keep his fussiness and discomfort to a minimum, but on those really rough days….the big guns get brought it!

In my hand, I dilute a drop of Frankincense Vitality and a drop of Thieves Vitality with a “squirt” of V6 carrier oil and rub on his gums. He really enjoys it!

Teething Oils

I also rub Lavender & Copaiba undiluted along his jaw line. It always helps him calm down and stop acting like he’s uncomfortable. 🙂 And ALL of these oils come in the starter kit! You can learn more about Young Living HERE or sign up under me HERE, and I will send you a free guidebook to using oils with babies!

How did you get through the “terrible teething time”? How did you help ease your baby’s teething discomfort? It always hurts my “mama heart” to see him uncomfortable!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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