Sunday, January 25, 2015

Essential Oils 101

Back in August I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils. I was already interested in clean, natural living, and I was excited at the prospect of being able to incorporate essential oils into this lifestyle. I attended an Essential Oil 101 class, which was fabulous! It explained how to use essential oils, the benefits of essential oils, what sets Young Living apart from other companies, and the 10 most commonly used oils and their benefits and uses.

It didn't take long for me to realize that essential oils were something that could really enhance the health and happiness of my family. At the time I was entering into the third trimester of my pregnancy and I was dealing with a lot of hard emotions. I began using the oils to deal with sleeplessness, worry, and feeling down. I experienced so many benefits from the oils, and I really feel like they helped me through those final few months. My favorite oils I used were Lavender, Peace & Calming, Valor (can't say enough about this one-I about went through a whole bottle), Stress Away, and Bergamot. I took my oils to the hospital with me when I delivered Lilah, and I used them during some of the hardest moments of our stay to calm and center myself. During my postpartum period I have enjoyed using the oils listed above in addition to Joy and Grounding.
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Throughout the last several months I have spent a lot of time learning about essential oils and the ways I can safely use them with my family. I've had fun experimenting with the oils and enjoying their benefits. I'm so thankful that I discovered Young Living and I'd like to give you all the same opportunity. I am hosting a free online Essential Oils 101 class. It is open to the public so I encourage you and anyone you know to join us. It is a completely laid back, no pressure event. There won't be sales gimmicks or pressure to buy or sell anything. I am excited about the oils and I want to offer an opportunity for those who are interested to learn about them too. If you'd like to join us click here to join our Facebook event. There will be lots of great information, opportunities for questions and discussion, and of course some prizes! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have or if you're interested in buying or selling the oils. :) You can also learn more on our team Facebook page and on Instagram @healthieroilthethyme.




Friday, January 23, 2015

Balance

Recently an inspirational mama, and talented etsy shop owner (check out her beautiful hand stamped pieces here!), posted a giveaway on Instagram asking which word or Bible verse you would choose to represent 2015 for yourself. The word "balance" immediately came to mind. I have always been someone who struggles with saying no and takes on way more than I should. Having a newborn baby really brought this into perspective. I've realized that I need to cut some things out and find balance in my life. I can't and don't need to do it all, and I want to make sure that what I am doing I am doing well--first and foremost being a wife and mommy.

Before I started this sacred space for Emma I had another blog, A T-Shirt and Pearls. The more time I put into On A Butterfly's Wings the less I put into A T-Shirt and Pearls. Along with everything else I've committed myself to, managing two blogs was too much. The time factor aside, I didn't have the energy or desire to blog about "trivial" things when I had so much raw aching emotion I needed to work through here. Keeping the word "balance" in mind, I have decided to stop pretending that I plan to write again on A T-Shirt and Pearls, and I will be consolidating everything here onto On A Butterfly's Wings.

The grief over Emma's death is still real and present, but it is no longer my only identity. My story is changing and growing, and On A Butterfly's Wings will represent that. There will still be posts dealing with grief and sharing about my sweet Emma, but there will be other posts too. Recipes, DIY projects, baby stuff. On A Butterfly's Wings is where I found myself again and I will continue to share myself here. This blog will change as I have changed.

I hope that you will continue to visit with me here. I hope we can connect whether we're aching, hoping, living, loving, or just having a little fun. Thank you for sharing in my journey. xoxo


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Life Lately

It's been quite awhile since I have really written on this blog. The third trimester of pregnancy was hard for me. In addition to the physical discomforts, I had a lot of anxiety about Lilah's birth. It is very hard to prepare to give birth to a living child when your only experience is giving birth to a child who has passed away. My coping mechanism was to shut down and cling to what was close and comfortable. Finding the words and sharing them here wasn't something I wanted to do.

Then came November 24, the day that my bright beautiful rainbow was born. The first few weeks were tough. Really tough. There were the physical aspects of recovering from a c-section and the emotional aspects of getting to know Lilah and learning to mother her, all while feeling the rawness of Emma's death all over again. Not to mention learning how to breastfeed--man that was hard!

Lilah is now 8 weeks old and I can finally say that I have the hang of things. I love spending my days with her and I love her more and more each day. The fog of the first few weeks has worn off and (most days) I actually feel like this is my life. It's such a strange dichotomy, parenting one child who is living and one who is not. It's hard.

Here's a picture of Lilah that I took this morning. She has grown so much!