Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Neil {3 months}


Saturday, March 29, 2014

YLEOs {Samples!}


Don't be annoyed (get some Peace & Calming! Oily joke!), but I'm talking about Young Living Essential Oils again. It's just that they work! and I love them! I have a tab along the top of the blog- ESSENTIALS- where you can see everything from the beginning. There are a few more things I want to write about, but for now I thought I would stop and do a little giveaway. 

The picture above is made up of YLEO samples. I have Lavender, Peace & Calming, Lemon, Thieves, and Peppermint. This is not an official or formal giveaway, I just have some samples and want to share them! I will mail a couple oil packets to the first 3 or 4 people that email me with their contact information. If you have a preference on which oils you want to try, let me know, and I'll try to take that into account too.

I'm a little nervous that no one wants oil samples. I've never done anything like this before. 

Email me if you're the least bit interested. I promise I won't sell or share your information (duh). And of course I would never pressure or guilt you into buying anything (never!). If you want to start a conversation and learn more, I'm happy to help. If you want the samples and don't want to hear from me again, I can do that too. See? Easy and fun.

Ok, go.

myheadtomytoes (at) gmail (dot) com

The obligatory disclaimer: I am not an expert, I am a learner. Everything I am posting is opinion based on MY experiences and resources. Take it as that. When deciding about using essential oils for your family, please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional. My statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Also, I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils. They are the only company they controls their seed to seal process, therefore ensuring the quality of the oil.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A thought on fostering

Our whole family has been called to set aside our own needs so we can love and serve C. It's a hard hard thing; a daily act of dying to self that doesn't come naturally. It reminds me to be thankful for the one who gave up more than a clean house or a roomful of toys. We are praying for grace and forgiveness every minute of the day. We are praying that Jesus would work in this little boy's heart despite our shortcomings.


// Lilah putting her princess shoes on C's feet //

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guess who

So, you'll never guess who is in our home again..... C. Yep, that same little boy we were fostering just before I had the baby. Crazy, I know. We got a call yesterday saying he needed emergency placement, said yes, and a couple hours later were driving to pick him up. 

Sometimes it takes me a while to really gain perspective and see how God is working in my life, but not so much with this. The Lord has already been preparing all of our hearts for this change before we even knew it was coming. Lilah, about a month ago, started regularly asking about C- saying she missed him and loved him and was sad he was gone. After a week of her persistent reminders, I sent a message asking if we could meet up for a play date just to visit him again. This never worked out, but this was when we got a heads up that he wasn't doing as well as we hoped he would. It was then that the Lord really started working in our hearts. We started praying and talking about C- all those what ifs? and what do you thinks? and maybes? The call yesterday was an unexpected emergency, but we knew the answer was yes. 

All along, my biggest desire with C was to have a second chance at a first-start with him. When we accepted the placement the first time I was very newly pregnant, we were moving, and also dealing with some other big things. It was hard. Really really hard, and I never felt like I got a chance to emotionally bond with him. We are so grateful to have that  first-start with C we never thought we could have. God is so good!

If you have questions we probably don't have answers. There are still a lot of unknowns with his parents and/or his relatives. Right now we are prepared to keep C as long as necessary (and are even preparing and praying about forever). 

Big news, I know. 

We need prayers for protection and wisdom and patience. 

Also, I'm the one staying home full time with these kiddos (3-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 2 month old) so I'll probably be swallowed up by mothering. At this moment though, I am doing it like a boss- all three kids asleep at the same time. Say what?!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Neil {2 months}


These photos do not reflect the awesomeness of this kid but they are kind of funny. Truly though, Neil is the sweetest, best baby I've ever known. He is so special. 

Right now he loves people in general, but especially loves me. He loves the vacuum and blow dryer. He really likes being held. He still likes being swaddled. He's not that into dirty diapers or being left alone.

I love how tiny he is. I love the way he smells. I love that he is great at nursing. I love his blond hair and blue eyes. 

Side note, this is my 300th post!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

YLEOs {Other resources and how to purchase}


Other resources

So if you're still reading these oily posts, you're probably interested in using the oils for yourself. I am going to encourage you to do some research and learning outside of my blog. Here are my favorites:

This website is wonderful tool for searching testimonials specific to Young Living oils and seeing what has worked for others. I like to use the search option to look for specifics, like "asthma" or "arthritis" or even search by oils like "Lemon". You do have to create an account- it's completely free, just necessary for credibility reasons. You'll need my YL member number when creating the account, it's 1441562.

Lauren is the dear friend who first introduced me to YL, and this is her Facebook page. She posts little tidbits every day that can be helpful. Right now she is doing a series on allergies- really focusing on how our bodies work and how to find healing.

Another great Facebook page filled with encouraging little tidbits about YL.

This is a reference book that is almost 400 pages of everything you would ever want to know about YL oils and how to use them. A must-have investment for those using oils! I just purchased mine recently (after using oils for a year) and regret that I didn't get it sooner. 

This book is about essential oils and natural remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, infants, and young children. It's is such an easy read and another must-have. I am constantly referring back to this book for things like "baby acne", "fever", and "diaper rash". I also used this book as a reference when putting together my birth plan. 

How to purchase

I realize that purchasing oils is probably not a decision you will make on a whim. I will never pressure you or guilt you into make the same decisions as my family. I've just shared what has worked for us. If you think you would like to try oils for yourself, great. If not, great too. 

I'm just going to post some directions on how to become a member and purchase the Young Living Premium Starter Kit so if/when you're ready the information is available. 

1. Go to the Member Sign Up page.
2. Select Wholesale Member.
3. Enter my Sponsor Number- 1441562- for both the Sponsor ID and for Enroller ID.
4. Fill out your info.
5. Select your kit. I recommend the Premium Starter Kit ($150), I think it is the first selection.
6. Decide whether or not you want to sign up for the optional Essential Rewards Program.* 
7. Complete the payment information, then hit Next.
8. At this point you can add any other products to your order if you'd like, then finalize your order.

*The Essential Rewards Program is not something I've mentioned yet, but it is YL's auto-ship reward program. It requires you spend 50 PV (usually equivalent to $50) a month; in return you get 10-20% back in points for free product. Just select the No, thank you option if you're not ready to commit yet. You can always join later if you find yourself regularly purchasing oils.

And as always, please email me- myheadtomytoes (at) gmail (dot) com- or leave a comment if you have more questions. I'm here to serve you; let's start a conversation.

The obligatory disclaimer: I am not an expert, I am a learner. Everything I am posting is opinion based on MY experiences and resources. Take it as that. When deciding about using essential oils for your family, please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional. My statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Also, I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils. They are the only company they controls their seed to seal process, therefore ensuring the quality of the oil.
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