You all already know that I love my essential oils. Of course, now they’re becoming more “mainstream”, and people have been coming to me asking about my “magic potions.” Now, I’m a doTERRA devotee ever since we brought our puppy, Myles, home almost three years ago. Our breeder used oils on all of her dogs and the health benefits were evident. Naturally, Keith and I started using them. Once Leo was over 6 months old, I started using oils on him. First, I diffused them in our bedroom and throughout the house. Now, diffusing is part of our sleepytime routine. Soon after, I started making up rollerball blends that met our needs. I get my labels from small shops to make them special. Here is Leo’s routine/recipes for 10 mL roller bottles:
- Well Baby Blend – 1 drop Frankincense, 1 drop Lemon, top with FCO* – Frank supports total body health in a gentle way and Lemon cleanses and disinfects. I roll this on Leo’s feet morning and night, extra if we go somewhere germy (parties, playdates, large areas with lots of people).
- Chompers Blend – 1 drop Lavender, ! drop Frankincense, 1 Drop Roman Chamomile, top with FCO – Again, Frank is a great all purpose oil. It promotes relaxation and cellular health while Lavender helps swelling and stress! Roman Chamomile also prevents swelling and discomfort. I roll this on Leo’s jawline as needed.
- Lullaby – 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Frankincense, 1 drop Cedarwood, top with FCO – Lullaby is similar to Chompers, but Cedarwood really helps knock us both out! You can add 1 drop of Copaiba to the feet to soothe any anxious feelings, too.
- Baby Belly – 1 drop Lemon, 1 drop Wild Orange, 1 drop Frankincense, top with FCO. Anytime Leo is a little gassy I roll this around his bellybutton. It works like a charm, however, keep the skin out of the sunlight for 12 hours as citrus oils react to the sunlight!
Of course make sure that you start slow, watch your baby for any signs of allergy, and consult your ped! But my oily baby loves his roller bottles and so do I! What natural care or oils have you used for baby? Yourself? Want to get started and learn more? Get. At. Me!
I am so damn glad that leggings are still a “thing.” I wear them all the time when I’m home, and until recently didn’t really know how to dress them up the right way without looking like a hungover college girl. This holiday season we keep it pretty simple. The in-laws come over for Christmas Eve and we cook, eat, and be merry. Christmas Day is spent with my parents and no one has to do too much traveling. Last year, I was 4 weeks postpartum, my Mom had a broken foot, and my father-in-law had just had hip surgery. Talk about a dramatic holiday. We didn’t do much. I lived in pajamas and cried about everyone being home, my family was homebound as well, and I had a newborn who didn’t let me do much either.
This holiday season I have a toddler (holy crap…a toddler??), and I’m starting to really enjoy looking human again when I’m at home. I have to dress every day for work, but now that my pre-Leo clothes are fitting I’m happy to start looking well put together and comfortable at the same time. So long ratty leggings and Tasmanian Devil t-shirts. Here’s what I’m wearing this holiday season:
- A big ass comfy sweater – because I hate wearing a coat and just want to look pretty.
- Black leggings that are THICK – because I’m over everyone seeing my underwear. TBH? They’re probably maternity leggings. Once you go maternity leggings in black, you never…well, you figure it out…
- A festive scarf – I love a good, bright scarf to balance out the dark colors.
- Ankle boots (read: NOT UGGS). My Mom recently gave me all of her black ankle boots. Some are velour like these featured, some have a chunky buckle, and some almost look like slippers! Give me all the ankle boots and make me look tall and thin~
- A soft bralette that looks cute when my kid grabs at me to nurse–because no one wants to see your beige nursing bra.
I thought now that I hit my late 20s/early 30s I was missing out on the leggings/sweater trend which made me mad because I finally learned how to do it right. I’m never giving this look up, especially when chasing a kid and eating all the carbs happen simultaneously.
Listen, you can take the old blog out of the girl but you can’t take the girl…I don’t know. I’m not sure that was really going the way I wanted it to. There’s really nothing I like more than talking about makeup, even if I don’t get gussied up like I used to circa 2006 when I had time to do nothing but smoke cigarettes and go to the gym twice a day. But, I digress. Winter wreaks havoc on my skin. Always has, always will. No amount of straight up coconut oil can help me. I have a small arsenal of products I can use at night when no one sees me, but my day game was lacking seriously. Not anymore, my friends! I present to you the best of the best (and really all you need!)
- Pacifica Beauty Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream ($16 USD) – this cream is a legit lifesaver! My skin goes through its own hangover when the weather changes. This cream, night and day, gets my skin feeling hydrated and repaired like no other. The best part? It’s so light! Usually, I’ve found that heavy duty repair creams feel like a weight on your face. Not this one! And it smells like a tropical paradise.
- Ulta Beautifully Bare Eye Palette – ($10 USD and up) This baby is only available in store, but is a nice dupe for your NAKED palettes and much more budget friendly, too! I love how the colors compliment one another so I can create easy looks right from the get-go, no drama. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
- YUNI Beauty Aromatic Body Mist ($28 USD) – I’ve talked about two things on Curls.nu a lot: essential oils and yoga. That hasn’t changed. YUNI’s Yoga-inspired products are still a fan favorite. Holiday time stresses me out, so a quick spritz of this Bergamot and Sage infused spray helps me find my chill. Not to mention, organic Kukui Seed Oil provides soothing essential fatty acids plus antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E to protect skin from free radical damage. So it soothes and you smell deliciously zen.
- Pacifica Beauty Lips Like Sugar Scrub ($5 USD) – You know how it goes: the heat goes on and your lips feel like a forgotten Triscuit cracker on a party platter. So, how do you buff away all of that dry skin without ending up looking like the joker? Pacifica’s sugar scrub is gentle and effective and packed with jojoba, sugar, and grapeseed oil. It’s also no fuss–the lip balm style packaging is easy to use. I use this after a shower when skin is still soft and finish with a Pacifica lip balm.
So, products under $30? Sign me up amirite? I think you’ll love all of these just as much as I do! Happy almost holidays and cheers to getting pretty without bunnies, nasty chemicals, and soul crushing prices.
No one really talks about that, do they? When you feel isolated in your own home and despite being head over heels in love with your new baby you feel like you lost a little part of yourself, too. Now that I’m coming up on Leo’s first birthday (cue the ugly crying), I’ve been reflecting back on the past year a lot, especially since some of my friends are joining the mom club. In short, it’s the world’s best sorority with the cruelest, most grueling hazing you’ve ever experienced. When you have no idea what you’re doing, and a little person who depends on you also has no idea what they’re doing things can get overwhelming quickly. I still put a lot of pressure on myself to “do it all,” but here’s what I’d tell myself a year ago with what I know now:
- Get off the damn couch (for sleeping that is!). No one should be sleeping sitting up.
- Get in bed. With your baby. Cribs are stupid and overrated.
- Spend the money on the nursing bras. You’ll be happy you did!
- Put that baby on the boob and let everyone else wait on you.
- Stop with the schedules! When baby needs to eat, they need to eat!
- Everyone will give you advice. Accept it graciously and then do what you want.
- Stop trying to cook dinner until they are at least 6 months old and can sit in a high chair.
- Cleaning? Cool. Ok.
- Pajamas are pants for the fourth trimester.
- Anything you or your husband/baby daddy/partner say to each other between the hours of 2-4am does not count.
I’m probably forgetting a few things, but the most important thing I’d tell new Mom me is to do what feels right for your family regardless of what anyone says. If everyone is safe, happy, fed, and loved tell the haters where they can go.
If you’ve followed me here from Curls.nu, then you know I was having some major blog issues lately. I love blogging and I love talking about all things lifestyle, but something was missing. It was turning into work, lacked a common brand, and I just wanted something that had a real name. If you know me well, you know I am a yoga loving vegetarian mama who just wants to find more ways to live compassionately. I’m still into makeup, skincare, and beauty as much as any other #bblogger out there, but I missed being stuck in the niche. I needed room to expand, and I needed to feel like this wasn’t WORK! I work enough as it is between teaching, momming, and wifing. I needed this to be a break. So without further ado, welcome to what is going to be the artist formerly known as Curls (heh). To start kick it off? I’ll announce the winner from my Curls.nu giveaway (the last post from my former blog). I did not forget about you!
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So this blog is going to be for those of you who want a more authentic, useful discussion about mom life, plant based living, essential oils, crazy yoga poses, recipes, reflections, and shopping lists. Are you ready? Because I KNOW I am!