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  • About Heather

    Hi and thanks for stopping by!

    My name is Heather and I'm a Follower of Jesus, wife of 10 years, and mom to two young boys.

    I have been blogging on and off since 2003 and have covered a variety of topics: recipes, cooking, photography, being a stay-at-home-mom, surviving melanoma, retiring from photography, my faith, hobbies and mommyhood.

    I'm far from perfect but am passionate about my relationship with God, organic food, holistic health, essential oils, exercise & enjoy chocolate. (Yes, I realize that's nearly sacrilegious to cluster all these things together on one phrase)

car trips with essential oils

Many of my friends are traveling the month before school starts. Whether it’s for a few days or a week or two, there are some essential oils I would highly recommend traveling with.

Here’s what we travel with (on a car trip):

  • DeepBlue: aches & pains
  • Sleep Combo: restful sleep
  • Balance & Serenity: anxiety, stress
  • The Bomb: lemon, Melaleuca (tea tree), Oregano, On Guard combo in case we feel like we are getting sick
  • Bug Bites: Purify and Roman Chamomile combo
  • Myrrh: I roll it on my neck for thyroid function but it can also be used to fight infections
  • + Milk Supply: Fennel and Clary Sage combo helps boost milk supply… also remember to drink plenty of water!
  • Whisper: it wouldn’t be a vacation without
  • DigestZen: helps with ANY tummy trouble
  • Sleep Combo Kids: a milder version of the Sleep Combo hubby and I use
  • Breathe: great for any congestion
  • Lavender: roll it on Little Brother’s jawline for teething
  • InTune: roll it on Little Brother’s feet for focus/attention/cooperation
  • labeled traveling with essential oils 900x675 car trips with essential oils

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dōTERRA essential oils replaces over-the-counter medicine

It’s pretty difficult to find an exhaustive list of over-the-counter medicines dōTERRA essential oils replace.  

I put together a visual representation of MANY of the OTC (over the counter) medicine you won’t need when you choose to invest in Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.  It’s crucial to note that you can’t use store-bought essential oils and get the same effects.  Make sure they are safe! 

When my husband gets the hiccups, it takes ONE drop of peppermint on his chest (rubbed in with some lotion or carrier oil) and his hiccups are GONE.

I use one drop of DigestZen with carrier oil on upset tummies – whether it’s caused by a bug, stress, food, or morning sickness – this oil works SO well for us!

With that being said, most of dōTERRA’s essential oils come in a 15 mL bottle which contain 250 drops of oil.  That’s a LOT of uses and when you do the math, it’s cost-effective! 

Have you added up the cost of your conventional over-the-counter medicine cabinet? I was at CostCo the other day and was FLOORED at how much some of these cost!


Please check out my dōTERRA site and be sure to check out the Family Physician Kit under the “Product Package” section. It’s a great way to get started with these oils:

The Family Physician® Kit is a collection of ten nurturing essential oils, including six single oils and four blends. The stunning box includes tips for using the oils, as well as an audio CD featuring dōTERRA®’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David K. Hill. In this audio presentation, Dr. Hill teaches listeners how to care for their family’s everyday health needs with simple and safe methods using the ten essential oils included in this kit. Includes 5 ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen®, and On Guard to help families address a multitude of health issues.

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Little Brother’s Physical Therapy notes 7/22/14

It’s already been a week since we started Little Brother’s physical therapy.  He has ALREADY improved!  Yes, we have been very intentional and worked with him a lot but he’s rolled from his tummy to his back!

Today he enjoyed the physio-roll ball – it’s like a little yoga ball for babies, but is more oblong shaped.  He was able to roll side to side and practice touching his feet to the ground and loosen his hips.  He also rolled his tummy on it and practiced being on all-fours (the crawling position).


Here’s Little Brother’s physical therapy notes from 7/22/14


  • put cushions beside Little Brother when he’s sitting
  • place toys on cushions (use high-contrast & experiment with placement on cushion so Little Brother can see it
  • practice turning from side to side to reach for a toy – putting hand down and crossing over with the other
  • may start with just rotating trunk and hips
  • slightly tip Little Brother side to side when sitting on your lap, pausing at each side
  • lower Little Brother down from sit to laying by lowering to side when he is done sitting

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King of the Hill or King of Kings?

I love Little Dude. So. Much!!

He’s a kid after my own heart.  I didn’t rush into introducing him to sweets… knowing how much of a sweet tooth I have (mainly for chocolate), I didn’t even teach him the word chocolate until he was older.

I know. Crazy. Weird. Controlling. Hypocritical. Whatever.

I would be having a bite (or handful) of chocolate and he’d say “momma, can I have some brown snack?”

The first time he asked for it, it took every fiber in me to keep my poker face, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” (Lie)

He pointed and showed me “that one. Brown snack.”

At 2-ish years old, he was on to me.

Now: At nearly 4 years old, Little Dude is so compliant, however he is at an age where he’s learning the limits.

I left Little Dude in the family room watching Signing Time while I nursed Little Brother and put him down for a nap upstairs…

While I was up there, I heard him DRAAAAAG a kitchen chair across the bumpy tile floor, the THUNK of a cupboard door open.

I figured he was getting a snack. He’s a bottomless pit on swim lesson days.  But I looked down at Little Brother and saw I he wasn’t quite down nursing yet. Yes, I nurse him until he’s drowsy/sleepy.

A few minutes later, I came back downstairs to the family room.

He found the Mega Chips (they are amazing chocolate chips) and there was a still screen of King of the Hill & he was holding the remote?!?!

It wasn’t playing. But I have no idea how much he watched.

I asked him “what’s this about?”

He said “Jesus.”

I turned it off. Not quite, dude. Not even close, really.

Time to up my game.

mega chunks King of the Hill or King of Kings?

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Kasia - July 19, 2014 - 5:29 pm

let’s be real, aren’t mom and baby both drowsy (at the least) after nursing, pretty much anytime?

Heather - July 20, 2014 - 10:53 am

Kasia – very!

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Books for Visually Impaired Baby or Toddler

Have you ever walked around blindfolded?

Or have you put in earplugs and assumed regular daily tasks?

Did you notice that your other senses had to work in overdrive to compensate?

This had me thinking the other day… Little Dude, Little Brother & I were playing piano and singing and Little Brother was just SO happy!

It’s a different kind of response I get from him when we listen to music (which we do a fair amount) – there’s just something about creating music/sounds that makes him light up and bounce.

Similar to the way his big brother did listening to books as a baby.  Little Dude was immediately into books as a baby.  Part of this seems to be his personality and now that I look back, I believe part of it is having good vision, so he can see the pages of book we are reading.

Little Brother is farsighted and has glasses to help him see things up-close.  It’s still staggering to me to think that he didn’t clearly see our faces until he got his glasses at 5 months old. 

But his eyes also don’t track straight.  I don’t have a medical diagnosis (yet) to share, but it is highly likely that he doesn’t have depth perception.

He uses one eye at a time and at this point favors his stronger eye (the left) when he’s not wearing an eye patch.

With this being said, as I sit down to read him a book, he doesn’t sink into my lap to soak in what momma is about to read.

He is generally wiggly and arches his back, flaps his arms/legs (his physical therapist suggested it was the Moro reflex) or he grabs the book to pull into his mouth. He is teething, so I ask Little Dude to bring his brother a baby teether before we start to read, and he still ends up with the book in his mouth.

Age appropriate? Probably.

Anyways, I am a reader and use the library regularly.  They have a wonderful selection and if they don’t have it, they can get it via interlibrary loan (borrowing from another library district) or they will order it.  Awesome!

When Little Dude was a baby he used to listen to the audio book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in his swing when I edited pictures.  He loved it so much his first birthday party was that theme!

Little Brother hasn’t heard it as much as his big brother, but he actually sits still to listen to it!  Whether or not his eyes or personality play a bigger role, it seems he is an auditory learner.  

I decided to use the chat feature on our library’s website to ask how to find more AUDIO books like Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  We have a ton of Adventures in Odyssey, but Little Brother still needs some baby books!

She said to go to the Advanced search tab at the top, find “Books – Children’s Kits” in the Format options.  These are the types of books that come with a BOOK (for Little Dude to follow along) and AUDIO CD (for Little Brother).  Pretty cool! There’s lots of choices and if you see one on Amazon you are interested in, you can use the “Don’t See It?” button and request a title.

Easy as that! You don’t have to spend hours physically searching the library simultaneously keeping tabs of your kids – request it, they’ll find it, put it on the Holding shelf and you will get an e-mail saying when it’s ready to pick up.  I’ve used this feature for years and it saves so much time.  Time that can be spent reading instead of researching what to read next!icon wink Books for Visually Impaired Baby or Toddler

I’ll be sharing what Children’s Kits we find and like.  Stay tuned!icon smile Books for Visually Impaired Baby or Toddler

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