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With every postpartum recovery around 6/7 weeks I start to get homesick. Not the homesick like in I miss my house but homesick like I feel trapped in my house and need an out. I start to get bored, as if I should ever be bored with 3 kids, but I do. I feel a need to be in environments with people over the age of 3. This postpartum hasn’t been much different. Currently I feel the need to plan vacations, take random meaningless drives around the neighborhood and make random target trips… but all with my kiddos in tow. Is it just me? Do you mamas have the same desire around the 6/7 week postpartum recovery?

Thank God for my husband. He totally gets me and understands my need for spontaneity and the need to be outdoors. Even if outdoors means a trip to the ice cream restaurant Ferrell’s. This was our first trip out of the house as a family of 5 + my beautiful niece, who without I probably would’ve lost my mind by now. I’ll get everything in order and on a routine soon but currently getting out is a work in progress.

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Ferrell’s was amazing! Have you tried Ferrell’s? We indulged in burgers, chili dogs, pizza and of course ice cream sundaes. Perfect for the mama who needs an outing that the kids will love. Heres to many more fun, spontaneous and wild outings with these beautiful souls of mine. Heres to being a family of five!!!

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dōTERRA tips… can dōTERRA essential oils be taken internally?

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Every Friday I’ll be posting doTERRA tips. This way you can get familiar with essential oils along with ways you can incorporate natural living + natural healthcare into your lifestyle. This week I’m focusing on taking doTERRA essential oils internally. I get tons of questions regarding if it is safe to internally take these oils. And the answer is YES! As long as the bottle states “SUPPLEMENTAL FACTS”. Not all essential oil brands are equal. Make sure your using Pure Essential Oils made with no fillers or synthetics especially if taking internally. The MAJOR difference between doTERRA essential oils and other brands is doTERRA is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. 

WHAT EXACTLY DOES CPTG MEAN?

Every batch of dōTERRA® essential oils is subjected to strict requirements set forth in the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency batch to batch.

The CPTG testing begins immediately after distillation with each oil being reviewed for its chemical composition. A second round of testing is carried out at our production facility to ensure that what was distilled and tested is the same essential oil as was received. A third review of the chemistry of the oil is conducted in a three-phase procedure as the oils are packaged into the bottles we use as consumers. Each of these tests confirms that the essential oil is free of contaminants and unexpected alterations during production.

The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol includes the following tests:

  • Organoleptic testing
  • Microbial testing
  • Gas chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Chirality testing
  • Isotopic analysis
  • Heavy metal testing

Remember to make sure that if your using essential oils the quality is Pure Grade. You do not want to start your quest for natural living full of   synthetics and fillers.

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dōTERRA tips… Infertility

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Generally when you look at my families size one wouldn’t think we struggled with fertility. But the truth is we did. I was the wife, like many, that truly believed I may not ever have a child of my own. Obviously this was before my second and third child, this struggle was with our first. Which also was before I started on my quest to live a more natural lifestyle. After around 9 months of trying to conceive we decided to visit a fertility doctor. Immediately we were told I probably had PCOS and was urged to start clomid. And we did, month after month on clomid hoping this would help us to conceive. After the third month of regular ovulation, clomid and still no baby our doctor advised us that we may need to proceed with an IUI. IUI is defined as: Intrauterine insemination (IUI) — a type of artificial insemination — is a procedure for treating infertility. Sperm that have been washed and concentrated are placed directly in your uterus around the time your ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized. We agreed, went through the shots to prepare, pills and procedure and still no baby! Around this time we began to give up hope. Our doctor started to talk about IVF, which was way more expensive than an IUI and ultimately something I wasn’t really too excited to go through. I just felt I needed a break, that my body needed a break from the pills and shots and appointments. This decision came after a movie date with my hubby in which my vision became very blurry. Almost to the point where I needed him to guide me to the car. Although my doctor claimed this was probably from stress I knew it more than likely had to do with the chemicals I was putting in my body. So we decided a break is what we needed. The disappointment and now blurry vision was enough to say, “Uncle” and take a couple months off. But before we were going on a break from “trying”, I wanted to try a procedure I had read about. It’s called hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This is a medical test where dye is injected into a woman’s uterus and her fallopian tubes. A reproductive endocrinologist takes X-rays to determine if the dye can pass through her tubes. The actual test itself can help clear out tiny blockages in the fallopian tubes. During the test the endocrinologist informed me that my tubes were indeed blocked and fortunately the dye had cleared the blockage. Blessed to say a couple weeks after the test we were pregnant with JJ our now almost 4 year old.

I wanted to share my story with you because I want anyone out there struggling with fertility to know you are not alone and to never give up hope! Also, I wish I knew what I know now. I wish I knew about natural treatments. I wish I knew about dōTERRA back then. I’ve read so many great reviews about this infertility routine using dōTERRA’s products that I had to share it with you all. Here is more info on the routine from one of my favorite books titled, “Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies”, by Stephanie Fritz.

“Below is the protocol I recommend to anyone who struggles with infertility. This protocol should be followed until pregnancy occurs. You can then discontinue GX Assist and continue everything else throughout pregnancy.

* GX Assist (a candida cleanse): Take the first ten days of the month, one or two capsules three times a day.

* PB Assist (pre and pro0biotic): Take on days eleven through fifteen, one tablet three times a day, then one a day until end of the month to finish remaining tablets.

* Phytoestrogen: Take one or two tablets every day to help eliminate bad estrogens in your body and balance out the good estrogens.

* Grapefruit essential oil: Take sixteen drops under the tongue or in a capsule every morning to help balance progesterone. (When our bodies are under stress cortisol inhibits our production of progesterone; grapefruit prevents cortisol from blocking progesterone production.)

* ClaryCalm: Apply to the bottom of your feet, lower abdomen, and wrists everyday to help to balance your hormones and help to manage mood swings.

* LIfeLong Vitality: Take supplements everyday as directed on box. DDR Prime gel caps provide antioxidant support for the cell and promotes a healthy cell apoptosis and renewal. It provides repair and regeneration to the cells as well as aids in the body’s inflammation response. Take as directed on bottle.

* Avoid eating any refined sugar and grains such as white flour or white rice. I recommend cutting out any and all refined sugar and white flour from the third trimester on. It’s best to cut it out from the beginning, but at the very least you should abstain beginning in the third trimester.

 

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and he’s here!!! baby number three and mama has never felt so great

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Baby Jameson is here!!! Thank God everything went well with labor and delivery and we have a healthy and happy baby boy. Also, thanks to each and every one of you who sent a sweet message via text or social media wishing us well. Get ready for an overload of baby pictures. xo

 

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diy diaper changing area spray

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Being that I currently have one still in diapers and another due to arrive any day now who will be in diapers and needing changing almost every hour I have been looking around for some “diaper area changing” recipes. I came across a few good ones, but knew there would be a few tweaks and additions to my recipe. This recipe I consider, “my little helper” when diaper changing. It makes those dirty diaper yuck yucks easy to clean without having to use tons of wipes. I switch between the soap I add to the recipe to keep it fun for me and currently I am obsessed with Honest Companies Wash & Shampoo so I added it to my spray this go round. OF COURSE I add my DoTerra Melaleuca & Lavender essential oils to the recipe. Melaleuca more commonly known as “Tea Tree”, has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. It’s renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It promotes healthy immune function and protects against environmental and seasonal threats. Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad of therapeutic benefits. It;s widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities, soothes occasional skin irritations and helps skin to recover quickly.

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Hope this little recipe helps with your little ones diaper changing also:

 

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of water

- 1 tbsp coconut oil

- 1 tbsp baby wash

- 2 drops of Melaleuca Oil

- 1 drop of Lavender Oil

 

Directions:

- In a glass bottle add all ingredients, shake well and begin to use. Yeap… that easy!!

 

 

 

 

 

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jj & kaila mama is 37 weeks preggo and feeling…

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Hi my little loves. Mama is 37 weeks preggo and have officially hit the “any day now” point in this pregnancy with your little brother Jameson. Mama lately has been feeling very blessed, appreciative and overwhelmed with emotions thinking that our time as a family of four is coming to an end and we are about to all embark on a very special journey. That journey is welcoming a new member to our family and more than anything welcoming a new sibling for you guys. What’s so crazy is that since you both came so close together, being only 14 months apart, you two have truly both taught me how to be a mama equally. It wasn’t like we had a lot of “first born” time. Kaila you came when JJ was only 6 months old. We were so surprised to find out we were pregnant again but nonetheless we were so excited to add to our family.

 

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You two have been mama’s little ones and I’m so grateful for you guys. I’m nervous about balance, giving equal attention to all three of you, getting back into the swing of things after Jameson’s arrival, leaving you both for the hospital delivery and so much more. But I am equally excited about having three beautiful children to love on, inspire, teach, watch grow up and share so many memories with. My hopes for you three is that you will always know that there is NO ONE like your very own blood, that strength is in numbers, that your dad and I had each of you out of true love, that we prayed for you guys and that you were all wanted. That we knew having more than one baby and having them so close in age would be difficult but we welcomed challenge with happiness in our hearts. We wanted you guys to grow up close in age, right by each others sides and always having the comfort of knowing “I have a sibling”. We know that not many people are able to have one or even multiple kids so just know that we appreciate you three more than you’ll ever know and that we are honestly so honored to call you ours.

 

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xoxo & Sincerely, Mama

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essential oil tips & tutorials… backache relief

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With the launch of the Essential Oil Tip & Tutorial section on Sincerely Mama I wanted to start off with a recipe of oils that has helped me tremendously in my pregnancy. Currently I am in my third trimester and feeling extremely sore specifically I’ve been having lower back pain. One of my go-to mixtures for back pain is Lavender, Deep Blue & Rosemary. I usually combine this mix with fractionated coconut oil which is basically liquified coconut oil instead of the thick solid stuff you usually get when you buy coconut oil at the store.

Mixture:

Combine 3-5 drops each of lavender, deep blue and rosemary, and apply 2-3 drops on location. Like I mentioned you do not need to use a carrier oil but if you plan on getting a massage (wink wink hubby duties) then a carrier oil would be great to help massage oils into skin.

If you would like to purchase any of the above oils you can here.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is always best to first consult with your physician before making any medical choices.  

Information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. Individual articles and information on other websites are based upon the opinions of the respective authors, who retain copyright as marked.

 

 

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hospital bag must-have’s

 

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Now that I’ve delivered two babies and preparing to deliver our third I think I have the hospital bag thing down. When I delivered JJ, my first, I overpacked beyond the term. For Kaila, my second birth I under-packed and forgot a charger. So this time around I truly believe I have it down, third times the charm right? I’ve included all my favorite items and some that aren’t included on the above image like: Havaianas Sandals for the shower, Hair Tie, Belly Bandit and Alba Chapstick.

Now as to what is pictured above as my Hospital Bag Must-Have’s:

Weekender/ Zoe B Organic Sleepy Hat/ Under The Nile Onesie/ Aden&Anais Swaddle/ In2Green Zig Zag Blanket/ Honest Co. Diapers/ Honest Co. Wipes/ Zoe Organics Nipple Balm/ Earth Mama Angel New Mama Bottom Spray/ American Apparel Deep V-Neck T-shirt/ Nursing/Sleeping Bras (2-pack)/ Yoga Pants/ Comfy Socks/ Silicone Travel Containers / Toothbrush/ Charger

 

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saturday fun at the pumpkin patch

 

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Since the kids were born we’ve made a tradition of going to a pumpkin patch for the Halloween season. It’s always fun to get out and let the kids run around, pick pumpkins and get into the spirit of Halloween. This year we decided to try our local pumpkin patch which is a lot smaller than the usual ones we visit but to our surprise it was our favorite. This is also the site that we get our Christmas tree from every year. Funny thing is we’ve always done local as in LA county but as of recently we’ve been doing more local as in “our city” and we have been loving it. You never know what’s in your own backyard!!! After our fun trip to the pumpkin patch we decided to end the night off with Red Robin burgers and shakes.

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public schooling… the struggle or just my latest fears

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If you’ve been keeping up with me here you more than likely know how I really struggle with whether to homeschool or send my kids to public school. Both options have pros and cons. Recently, I say a month ago, I started the kids in a once a week, local, mom and me type class. It’s amazing! It’s been such a blessing to see them bond with other kids, sit and listen to the teacher, play with shared toys and all other things most public school kids get to do daily. I started both the kids in this local city program to prepare them for the idea of school if we decided to place them in public school. I wanted them to not be shocked or weirded out by a class room setting. And what a better way to introduce them with mama right by their sides all day long.I truly cannot say anything bad about the program. It started in September and scheduled to last until late November.

But as of recently I have been really debating if I wanted them to stay in the class. With all the diseases and illnesses going around I began to find myself sort-of paranoid about bringing them around large groups of kids. I know this may sounds crazy to most but these are my honest feelings. I know I cannot shield them from everything or everyone and also that germs are not always bad and that being around other kids help to build their immune systems but I can’t shake the anxiety that comes along with hearing new stories of kids actually dying from Enterovirus 68 and now these crazy stories of Ebola. Please don’t judge… I know I may be totally overacting but as a mom, especially a mom of two small children and another on the way, I totally am in protection mode. We’ve still been doing our occasional Disneyland visits and local vacations but I think we will be halting a few of those activities too. I don’t want to live in fear but I think it’s best to just have my kiddos close, teach them at home and just try to ride this wave out of crazy sickness’ hitting families as of recently.

In the meantime I plan to prepare for baby #3, order some great homeschooling supplies, diffuse my DoTerra Oils and just be in our little safe zone even if it’s just to keep my pregnant, non-sleeping, over paranoid mind at ease. Tell me do you mama’s have these same types of worries?

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