I’m Alive, and Life is Full

Well, hello there. There is NO excuse for my absence, and I do apologize. I’m alive! Yes, this is my space, but it’s rude to just up and be silent like that. Silence. What is that again? I haven’t heard it in nearly 12 years and the memory is vague…

Between life and oils (it’s become A Thing for me that is connecting me in so many ways to some of you and to my local community, and providing a much-needed second vehicle fund for us, that I’m just loving it and willing to put in some time and effort with it!) I can’t seem to muster the energy to get over here. But I miss it, and maybe, just maybe, our family is coming out of the fog that adding a sixth child blew our way. (It’s a beautiful fog, but I could barely see my own hand in front of my face there for a while!)

Here’s what we’ve been up to.
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Winter nearly forgot Kansas this year, but my children were desperate to sled in our last snow. It melted so fast that this is what was left by the time we gathered all the snow gear.

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Morning smiles. My bigs have a choice. Make breakfast or deal with Baby J. This one is dealing nicely.

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Speaking of Baby J, I’m pretty sure she was the only one who managed some intentional green for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

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We like to do a cousin swap during Spring Break, as my brother’s (seven!) children and ours pair up nicely. The big girls had a little spa night at our house. That wax dipper is one of my favorite gifts ever! (Too bad I rarely get to use it, anymore…)

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I’ve been fixing some yummy food and have a few recipes to share. And I’ve also rolled my eyes multiple times when the food is gone and THEN I think to snap a photo.

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I can’t even with this baby! It was nap time, and she was owning it. Going in for my nose!

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Baby fingernails are the Devil! Give me diapers any day.

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Reading is an adventure at our house!

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Someone found the dress I wore to both my eighth grade and high school graduation. “Mom! Why??? Whyyyy would you wear this?!” She had issues with the shoulder pads and the big bow in the back. Whatever, man.  (My mom is NOT a saver, but I’m so thrilled that spared just a few special dresses so my girls can make fun of me properly.) life11

These two are the best of buds.

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Nap time is rough around here. I usually end up with a finger or four in my mouth or up my nose.

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A red bird house. Doesn’t every family need one?

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I can’t win. (Or maybe I’ve just hit the Mommy Lottery.) No matter the mapping out of my schedule (that’s funny. I don’t do that) or the follow through of all my good intentions, mostly I just join ‘em.

Life is full.

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How to Use Your Essential Oils When You Don’t Like the Scent

It’s been two and a half years now that our family dove in and became oily. We have 5 diffusers. We use lots of oils for all manner of household and personal benefits. We’ve identified our favorites (Thieves, Christmas Spirit, Citrus Fresh, Valor) for scent and we’ve wrinkled our nose at some because they stink! Or so we thought.

These little drops of intense scent are just that. Intense. Concentrated. Powerful. And sometimes not all that pleasant. Waste not want not is the name of the game, and I’ve figured out ways to get good use out of all of my oils. Even the stinky ones.

How to Use Your Essential Oils When You Don't Like the Scent

Use the oil in a different way.

The scent of an essential oil when you sniff it straight out of the bottle is not always the way it smells on your body or even when diffused. I did not care at all for Stress Away out of the bottle, and really didn’t like it the first time I put some on like perfume as I had heard that so many people do. Therefore it sat unused on my shelf for months.

I’m a stubborn one, though, and I didn’t give up.  Epsom salt baths are one of my favorite methods of getting oily, so one night I thought, “Oh, why not?” and tried Stress Away in my bath. Love. It was perfect, and is now one of my favorite “unwind” scents.

If you don’t like the initial scent of a particular oil that others seem to rave about, give it a try using a different method.

  • Wear it in a diffuser necklace instead of directly on your body.
  • Mix it with Epsom salts for your bath.
  • Apply it to the back of your knees instead of behind your ears.
  • Diffuse it instead of sniffing directly from the bottle.

Use fewer drops.

More oil is not necessarily more of a good thing. Especially when you are just beginning your essential oil journey, take it easy! I read the instructions on my diffuser the very first time I fired it up. It said to use 8-12 drops, so I used 10 and was nearly blown away by the strong scent. My oily friends laughed at me, because half of that would do the job. Five drops ended up being much less assaulting to my senses and more pleasant for everyone!

These little bottles contain crazy powerful oils. A little dab will do the trick. Start small!

Blend it with an oil you DO like.

Joy on its own reminds me of the rose-shaped scented soaps in the little soap dish in my grandma’s bathroom growing up. (Raise your hand if you know the soap dish!) Too sweet. Too floral-y. Not a fan. 

However, I’ve got Joy running in my diffuser right this very minute, yes I do. With lemon.

Last fall when we found out we were expecting Baby #6!!! on the very same day our basement crew arrived, my world was spinning and I won’t lie, I had a come-apart. The come-apart came and went for weeks as I was stressed to the max, incredibly emotional, exhausted, not feeling well at.all. (hello, skid loader spewing fumes under my house from 8am to 5pm every single day), the holiday season was upon us, all of our things from the old storage basement were boxed in my bedroom and dining room, and we hadn’t told a soul about the baby. Mama needed some Joy, but Mama couldn’t stand the scent of Joy.

Lemon balances the sweetness of Joy for me, and Joy balances my emotions for me. They are quite the pair!

Take a single oil that you really enjoy, and experiment. Add it to one you don’t care for and see what happens. I have great success adding any citrus to different blends. I also like to use peppermint as a “smell better” oil. Lavender on its own = meh. Peppermint and lavender = awesome.

Add citrus because citrus is universally awesome.

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like at least some citrus oils. They truly are my favorite, and I promise it’s not just because they are so inexpensive (though that does help). Citrus oils are Happy Oils. They are fresh, clean, and easily blended with others.

I add citrus to almost everything, both because I love the scent and because they help me stretch the pricier blends. Orange + Thieves. Grapefruit + Joy. Lemon + Lavender + Peppermint (stops the snot and smells amazing).

Don’t be afraid to make citrus your oily BFF. Use it liberally and pair it with less enticing scents to see what happens!

Wear it on your feet and cover with socks to still get therapeutic benefits.

The beauty of essential oils is that they work even when we don’t care for their scent. ImmuPower. En-R-Gee. Di-Gize. Self-explanatory, right? They work great, but my nose doesn’t care for them. Some plants just don’t appeal to my senses, and that’s okay! Lucky for me, I still get therapeutic benefits from the oils even if they aren’t bombarding my olfactory nerve.

Scent is a big deal with essential oils, but it’s not the only deal. Rub the stinky ones onto the soles of your feet (use a roller fitment if you really don’t want to touch it), slip some socks on, and carry about your business, stink-free.

Give it some time, you may grow to love it.

I was blown away by scent when my Premium Starter Kit first arrived 2 1/2 years ago. I could smell it before I could see it in the unopened package, and I was quite intimidated. We had been basically a scent-free home (other than the dirty diapers and sweaty children, ahem) because any kind of artificial scent would give some of us headaches.

Essential oils are not artificial scents, though. Yipee! They are strong, however, and may be best enjoyed slowly. Fewer drops. Diluted with a favorite carrier oil. Used frequently, but sparingly. No need to bombard the senses! Allow your body time to get used to them by diffusing something pleasant every day. When you come across a scent that assaults your senses, feel free to cap that bottle and return to it little by little as you become more oily. Your body, and your senses, may adjust!

And if they don’t? Well, I have good news! Many plants have similar healing properties. Grab your pocket reference to find another oil that can balance the issue and be pleasing to your nose.

What are your favorite essential oil scents? Are there any you have grown to love? Any that work so well you don’t even care that they don’t smell good?

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Nine Decades

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Last night we made a pit stop on our way home from a ballgame. While the rest of the family was hee-hawing over my husband and 93-years-young grandpa playing a game of pitch, I visited with these two gems. Life is precious, and these girls, … [Keep reading…]

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Day in the Life {February 15}

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I went to bed early on Valentine's Day Night with a bizarre headache. Yes, really. I also went to bed hopeful that I would wake up without the headache because Sunday was to be a big day! Well, as I sat up with my 6:30 alarm, the pounding was … [Keep reading…]

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Capturing Memories from Bump to Baby Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Similac® StrongMoms® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My friend Connie had me simultaneously giggling and cringing this morning. I was a Creative Memories Consultant when our first baby … [Keep reading…]

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Imagination Overwhelm

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I realize this will sound ridiculous to many of you, but one of my stresses as a mom of many in our season of life is plain and simple logistics. (Truthfully, it's the thinking about ahead of time and getting myself in a tizzy, not the actual DOING … [Keep reading…]

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Thirty-One Gifts and Moms Making Money

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Look at one of my new favorites! Before Christmas (yes, friends, I am THAT far behind) Susan from Thirty-One gifts sent me this awesome thermal tote. Perfect timing as we hauled goodies from place to place for Christmas celebrations … [Keep reading…]

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Convenience and Savings Shipped to Your Door

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One of the things that I never seem to get around to writing about is how I manage this crazy family with six (6!!!) children. Mostly because I'm too busy actually managing the crazy family. I do want to share a life saver with you, though. Shop … [Keep reading…]

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Day in the Life ~ January 15, 2015

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Do you realize I've been writing these monthly Day in the Life posts for two whole years? Crazy! I just flipped back to one from 2013 and nearly flipped out at the photos of my BABIES. Goodness. Here's how this January day played out. 6:30 ~ … [Keep reading…]

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