Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Blog Hop For An Awesome New Year

It's over, ugh. The best day of the year,  I blinked and bam it's over.  Instead of being sad and gorging on left overs I'm using this week to start thinking about January and the fresh start that comes with a New Year. And maybe still gorging, as I eat my 2nd box of Hot Tamales from Santa.

I'm joining up with some of my most favorite blogger friends to give you some great ideas to kick start your New Year. I hope you follow along with these ladies all year!! They inspire me everyday!
I'm sharing an Essential Oils 101 post. I've loved incorporating these into my everyday routines for allergies, sleep support & so much more.
614 Mom-Vision Boards, How to Make One, Why They Work. First up is Eryn w the cutest post on how to make a Vision Board. As a recovering scrapbook-a- holic Vision Boards are right up my alley. Such a fun cute way to help  visualize your goals for the year.
Mission to Save- Penny Challenge. See how saving pennies each day can add up to $600+ savings. It’s a simple way to show kids the power of a penny saved! Includes a printable too.

Just Keep it Simple Fitness - Build your own workout plan in 6 easy steps! If you're like me walking into the gym with all the crazy equipment & body builders abound can be intimidating!!!!  Read Kathleen's guide to becoming more independent at the gym!!!!

Zen Life and Travel - How To Stay Healthy While Traveling. You don't have to totally get out of the healthy habits you formed at home when your on vacation!!  Here are 7 tips to stay on track while still enjoying your trip!!!

Find Where You Fit- Balance: It’s time to Re-Think Health  I love how Lindsey talks about "Letting in the Happy," and letting go of the guilt!!!!!

Lakes and Lattes - 2018 Personal Project - What Death Teaches about Life and a simple action that can have a BIG impact. Malini's post on how dealing with deal taught her to follow her heart seriously gave me goosebumps!! Read It!!!!

Wear Love Wanders - 10 things I’ve learned about myself from my struggle with weight loss. Kim lays out exactly what she feels she's done wrong in past attempts to over haul her health and I'm pretty sure we can all relate to every single one of them!!!!

My Life in the Blink- Wherever you are, be fully there. How to embrace life right where you are this coming year.  If you're in the season of the constant balancing, multi tasking and feeling like you aren't doing any of it well than this is the post for you!!!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Essential Oils 101

Happy almost New Year!! Lets get busy dieting, exercising, starting our capsule wardrobes, paying off our credit cards, keeping a clean house & organizing our 2018 calenders!!!! At least until February rolls around and all my will power is gone. These are just a few of my goals over the past few years that still tend to come & go. The one that has been consistent for almost 3 years now? My love and daily usage of essential oils.

I have 4 kiddos six and under, two of them school age. So you know my house is creeping with all the germs. Pink eye, croup, coughing, cold, flu, you name it! We also have our share of night terrors, allergies and STRESS (more so the adults on that one). I was treating myself and the kiddos with the usual rounds of antibiotics, ibuprofen, cough syrup, Zyrtec, whenever we needed it. Then in May 2016 I had a very rare reaction to antibiotics that left me in the hospital for 5 days when my twins were only 2 months old. Once I recovered I became very wary of taking anything. I was using oils already but this incident really kick started me into  using them everyday, to kill germs, prevent illness & even occasionally treat symptoms.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or any sort of health practitioner. Consult your doctor before you change your health routine in any way!!! These practices are simply things that have helped my family be a little healthier and a little happier. I still seek medical care for myself and my family as needed!!!

Before we start with some everyday ways I incorporate oils here are a few basics.

1. Oils vary in quality and potency.  The oils you buy from Target may be less potent then ones from companies like Doterra or Young Living. Find a trusted guide to help you become knowledgeable in the differences.

2. Good quality oils are EXTREMELY potent and should never be put directly on the skin with out a carrier oil to dilute them. NEVER put oils up your nose or in your eyes!!

3.  Dilution ratios are higher for children than adults.

4. Some oils are considered hot (Ex. oregano) and should be handled with care (again always use a carrier oil). While others can cause sun sensitivity (Ex. grapefruit.).

5. I guess my point is ALWAYS use caution when incorporating oils into your routine!  Feel free to find me on Instagram @lizbon_j and ask any questions you might have!!

Head Ache
Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Frankincense,

Cold/Flu Bomb
Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree oil), Lemon, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense

Tummy Troubles
Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Anise

Stress & Anxiety
YlangYlang, Vetiver, Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Bergamot

Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint

Energy Booster
Peppermint, Wild Orange, Thyme, Grapefruit, Cinnamon

Metabolism Assistance
Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Lemon, Ginger

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Pumpkins and Goblins

The pumpkin patch was a bit chaotic this year, as life with four kiddos always is. I'm just proud we made it all. We got there at 5, they close at 7, dinner time is 5:30 & the twins go to bed at 6:30p. We rushed from one activity to the next , shoving bits of food in babies mouths just waiting for them to start melting down. They actually held their own and were mostly just fussy because they waited to stay out of the stroller & walk.
In true Wesley fashion he made this face a few times but for the most part he had a great time riding the tractors & drinking apple cider.
To make up for the so so pumpkin patch visit we had our BEST Halloween yet. Which is a miracle considering I ordered the babies costumes on Amazon 2 days before trick or treat! Amazon Prime to the rescue because, seriously look how cute?! I ended up being off work, if i hadn't been there is know way we would have made it. My best friends and my mom ended up coming over. We drank wine in solo cups as the big kids RACED from house to house & the twins stayed bundled in the stroller. It was FREEZING!!! The Storm Trooper kept impressing the neighbors as he would say, "have a great nite!" each time we left a house. Damon stayed home with his Clark Griswold,  giant Halloween blow ups and gave out candy. My fingers started to freeze off so we made it back in time for Mia to stand out there with him and give out candy to the older kids who were still out. The best of both worlds. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Harvest Fun

Growing up all of my extended family was in Indiana. We went and visited once or twice a year but being an only child  I always wished for more big family celebrations . Lucky for me my Aunt and her hubby bought some land 17 minutes from my house. This weekend we went out for our 2nd annual hay ride and eat all the sugar party!! She even made a little pumpkin patch for all the kids.
Love seeing how the kids have changed since last years visit. Obvi the babies have gotten bigger but the changes in my Mia Isabelle are most noticeable. She's lost the last traces of pre-schooler and become this know it all, smarty, independant six-nager. It's hard completely losing my baby girl but I love hanging with this little woman, spitfire. Tonite she was singing under her breath one of my fav country songs and it just blew my mind that she likes it as much as I do. Definitely my little mini me. It takes the sting away a little to at least have 2 babies still toddling around & a preschooler writing all his letter backwards.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August Roundup

1. Mia started First Grade. She totally nailed the 1st day of school! Her first time riding the bus & she hopped on like it was nothing! She ate her packed lunch in the "capateria" which was a dream come true! The next day was even better bc she got to buy😂❤️
 I on the other hand was a neurotic person! I drove to her school right after she got on the bus to see her walk in & make sure she got there okay. I waited about 10 minutes, went inside to make sure I had missed the bus and they said "no the bus hasn't come yet, but we're aware they're not here." I told the ladies at the desk, "I'll be sitting out front waiting!". I sat on the curb and must have looked like a vagabond bc these cute grandparents drive up in a minivan & ask me if I need a ride bc they thought my car had broken down 😂😂😂 Keep in mind school started at 9:15. By 9:45 I go back in and the ladies at the front desk say, "oh all the buses are here." I said, "well that's funny because I've been sitting out front 🤦🏼‍♀️ They said, "Oh honey the buses arrive in the back!" I'm like great, could you have told me that before I sat out front looking like an escapee from the mental ward? #happy1stdayofschool #imthatmom

2. I hadn't read a book since the twins were born despite the fact we go to the library like every weekend. Not sure what happened but I tore it up this month and read a bunch!! I would highly recommend all 3 of these!!  We also watched the most recent  Game of Thrones which has been SOOOOO good. Pretty sure I'm going to be depressed when the series ends.
3. We took the big kids tent camping in Wayne National Forest. It was a ton of work for just one nite but we had an absolute blast! We stayed at Iron Ridge Campground #19.  I would totally snag this spot again. The next morning we spent kayaking on Lake Vesuvius. So happy to have checked this off our Summer Live List!!! I have a more to share about our adventure but I recently became a collaborator for the Columbus Moms Blog. I've got longer posts with tons more pics I'll be sharing over there!
 4. Wyatt & Grayson turned 17 months.  The theme of the month "So Much Screaming." Wyatt gives the most amazing hugs & is my adventurer. He loves to dance. He refuses to eat meat & just throws it on the floor if I attempt to give him any. He has been biting his brother to the point of leaving teeth marks although yesterday he tried to pin him down and possibly give him a hug. Grayson still loves to look at books esp Brown Bear, Brown Bear 🐻 He puts random toys up to his ear and says hello, hello? He'll eat anything we give him but loves to ask for "cookie," which is actually a Live G Free bar (treenut/peanut safe) from Aldi. They aren't walking quite yet but love to "go, go" with push toys or in the stroller. We've been taking walks almost every day to help w the witching times. Can't say witching hour bc there are multiple times/day where the only thing to do is get out of the house. Not an easy feat w a 6y/o, 4y/o and two 17 months olds.
5. We made it to COSI for Farm Days. The kids loved the giant tractors and we also had a blast exploring kid space. The have the cutest farmer's market play area, a chemistry lab & of course the water area for babies. Bring a change of clothes for sure. Wyatt had tons of fun splashing around (Gray screamed and had to be held) but ended up with some weird rash for ten days after.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4 Things to Love About Goldfish Swim School

1. I love that they listen. The first few months Wesley took his lessons, he struggled. The teachers would dip him under and he hated it. It actually got to the point he didn't even look forward to swim lessons. He didn't want to go. So I talked to his teachers and they agreed to ask each time if he wanted to go under. If he said no, they didn't force him. The used other tools like dumping water on his head or dipping just down to his nose. Finally of his own accord, he decide going under was awesome.  He graduated to the next level a few weeks later.
2. Lessons at Goldfish have helped remind us, Change is Good.
When Wes moved up to the next level, we had to switch our whole schedule. New day, new time, new swim friend & new teacher.  Within five minutes of meeting Mr. Mina, Mia overcame her nervousness at having a male teacher! We've literally loved every teacher we've had at Goldfish Swim School & my kids are learning how to adapt & thrive in different social settings!
3. It Gets Us Out of the House
My big kids are in a season of bickering. It's all "mom, she touched me,  Dad he's looking at me." It's exhausting. Our lessons at Goldfish provide a break from the monotony of the week nite hustle.  It's not just home from work, dinner, bath, books bed. We blast our favorite songs on the way to lessons. We visit with friends they've made while they color Bubbles the Goldfish . They have a blast during their lesson  & then I  let them pick a treat from the snack shack. Pretty much Heaven!!!

4. Goldfish Gives Back
PANCAKES!!!  Goldfish Swim School is teaming up with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to grant a wish to a few very special children! Saturday, July 29 from at 8:30am - 10:30am Chris Cakes will be at Goldfish Swim School DUBLIN serving up all you can eat pancakes for $6 a plate! All profits will go directly to Make A Wish!

This post is in partnership with Goldfish Swim School.
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