Sleepless in suburbia

It’s 830 pm and the two younger kiddos are finally tucked snug in their beds. The smart move for this tired mama would have been to finish up last minute chores and hit the sack myself but no! Instead I decide to try to catch up on ‘This is Us’ with my oldest. Of course one episode turns into two (how can you just watch one episode?! It’s just too good.) and before I know it is 11 o’clock. By the time I finally lay down it almost 1130 but hey, if Penn can sleep til at least 630 I’m good!

Well of course, just my luck, clock hits 145 am and Penn is awake! Typically in these situations I pull him into bed with me and shortly after he dozes back off to sleep. Not this time though! Baby boy was ready to play, clapping his hands and talking up a storm-wide AWAKE! And of course, I just used the last of the sleepyIze essential oil the night before (probably the reason Penn slept great that night!)

SleepyIze is an oil in Young Living’s children’s line. It’s a blend of lavender, Roman chamomile, geranium, bergamot, frankincense, and tangerine. It is used to promote relaxation at bedtime or nap time to help little ones unwind and drift off to sleep. I could’ve ran out to my car to grab the lavender I had in my work bag but it was about 17 degrees out there and I thought it’d be crazy to venture out into that! Penn would be asleep soon…I thought.

It’s now 330 am and Penn is still bright eyed and bushy tailed and this mama was beyond exhausted. Out the car for the lavender it was after all! A couple drops diluted in coconut oil and warmed up in my hands before massaging it onto his back and five minutes later, just like magic, baby boy was sleeping soundly! Definitely getting lavender and sleepyIze this month so I always have back up for emergencies like this!

Penn ended up sleeping til almost 9 which would’ve been amazing except for the fact that I had to be up at 630 to wake Taylor for school. Mama tired! Of course, oils to the rescue!

There are numerous oils that are great for energy. My all time favorite is Geranium. It’s considered the great balancer, helping to keep our hormones in check. It’s also uplifting-great when feeling run down and tired. I apply geranium to my wrists neat (undiluted) and inhale it’s floral scent throughout the day. Other oils great for energy include orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, bergamot, grapefruit, pine, and black pepper. Next time you are feeling tired, grab yourself some oils instead of that second (or third) cup of coffee. You will be amazed at how refreshed you feel!

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Until next time!

🖤Coco

All green, all week!

It’s super bowl week!!

That’s right… just 6 days til super bowl 52. And our team is going! The Philadelphia eagles are going to the super bowl! Crazy, right?! This town has been buzzing since last Sunday’s demolishing of the Minnesota Vikings. With a beat down like that, how could we not be riding high? It’s everything green in the city of brotherly love and we could not be more excited! We have waiting a long 13 years for this. Could it be a better scenario than to face the cheaters who robbed us of the Lombardi trophy more than a decade ago? It couldn’t be in my opinion! I love it! In addition to being the “underdogs” (yet again) we are afforded a rematch! With our backup quarterback none the less! Insane! Let’s not forget how we got here though-the success of Carson Wentz, locking in 10 wins before going down in week 13 against the rams. Morale was low but was quickly lifted as Nick Foles stepped up and jumped into that leadership role. Flash forward to today…super bowl bound, the country on our side, ready to fly to victory.

It’s gonna be white angelica in the diffuser all week this week! White angelica is a blend of bergamot, myrrh, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang, coriander, black spruce, melissa, hyssop, and rose essential oils and is known to promote feelings of security and protect against negative energy. Good vibes only for the birds this week! (Side note- after the Vikings scored that first touchdown in last week’s matchup, I immediately grabbed my white angelica and fired up the diffuser! You all know what happened after that! 😜🙌🏼) To all of you that already have white angelica…diffuse is, rub it on your wrist, do whatever you have to do to bring the eagles positive energy this week. And to those who don’t…get some! Starter Kit Happy Monday friends!

🖤Coco

Winter Skin

It’s that time of year when extreme cold begins to wreck havoc on your skin. This winter has been especially brutal. Exposing ourselves to the elements can take a toll on our skin. Even walking from your house to your car without gloves can begin to dry them out.

December and January in the Philadelphia area have been crazy cold! Colder that any winter I can remember in recent years. So cold that the hose for my washing machine froze and cracked 😬! To make matters worse, it’s been cold but we have not gotten too much snow. I’m the type that is like “if it’s gonna be cold, bring on the snow!”. I’m a beach lover but I have to admit I love the magic of winter. There’s nothing quite like being snowed in with the fam, watching the fresh flakes falling from the sky, hot chocolate in hand (or more likely coffee for me!), getting warm next to a crackling fire, snuggled up with the babes under a cozy blanket! It’s simply the best-pure magic! <
nfortunately along with that often comes something not so magical-extremely dry skin! Luckily I have discovered some ways to significantly reduce the occurrence of dry skin for myself and my kids. Number one tip, moisturize! There are a number of products out there that promise relief of even the driest of skin. They may work but most of them contain harsh chemicals that present other dangers to your family. My go to is lavender and cedarwood! I combine a couple drops of each oil with a couple pumps of fractionated coconut oil (I use Ellie’s Best, found on amazon (Ellie’s best) and massage over entire body. It leaves skin silky smooth and smells amazing too! I even add a couple drops of lavender to bath water to keep skin from drying out from hot water. It also is a great way to get the babes relaxed before bed!

Another negative impact of winter on the skin is, believe it or not, acne. I was so surprised to learn that acne was just as common in winter months as it is in the summer. I figured, hot temperatures mean excessive sweating, hence greater incidence of breakouts. The fact is, the wind and the dry, cold temperatures of the winter months dehydrate the skin causing it to produce extra oils as a result, making it more prone to bacterial growth and breakouts!

Essential oils are a great natural remedy for acne. My teenage daughter kept getting bouts of acne. It was painful and the appearance bothered her. Tea tree to the rescue! We applied tea tree essential oil neat (undiluted) to her face each night. After one treatment the acne improved. Within three days the acne was totally gone! To keep things in check, she applies a blend of lavender, tea tree, and coconut oils on her face daily. So far, so good! No more breakouts!

Since we are on the topic of skin…Penn developed a horrible rash last night. It covered his back, belly, neck, and face. He had been on an antibiotic (5th ear infection😬, remember?!) for three days. Viral rash? That was my first thought considering he had been on this antibiotic before and not developed a rash of any sort. Then I remembered, sometimes it takes 2-3 exposures before developing an allergic reaction. An emergency visit to the drs this morning, we learned it was in fact likely a reaction to the antibiotic. Luckily his ears are good so no need for another antibiotic. Management of his symptoms is all that is necessary at this point. The doctor offered me steroid cream but I turned it down. I wanted to keep it natural if possible. It was oatmeal baths and oils only for this babe! After his oatmeal bath he seemed much more comfortable. (We use Aveno Oatmeal bath and gentle baby soap by Babo Botanicals) After bath, I used a combination of lavender, geranium, and coconut oil to rub down his entire body. Lavender and geranium are known to sooth skin rashes; control itching and help heal. 🤞🏼 With a couple more winter months still to come, remember using essential oils on a regular basis can help prevent skin issues. Don’t wait, go get some NOW! You will thank me! Starter kit
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