Thanks and No Thanks

by Lauren on November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving this year was wonderful as always.  We traveled to Connecticut to spend the holiday with John’s family since we don’t get to see them very often.  

Here are some pictures from our day:






As you can see, we all gobbled til we wobbled. 

Friday, I was up for the first time (for me) adventure of braving the Black Friday crowds with my mother in-laws.  


I’ve never been Black Friday shopping in my life and I took away a few observations from this experiences. 

  1. Malls were no where near as busy as I imagined.  In fact, I’d go as far to even say they weren’t busy at all. 
  2. The “deals” weren’t that great.  I did get a few things but overall, I wasn’t really impressed. 

But aside from that, it was the experience and I had a great time spending the day with my mother in-laws.  

They had a blast shopping for their grandson.  


They couldn’t be stopped at Toys R Us! 

We did a quick turnaround and left Friday night for home so that Grayson could sleep the whole way.   As nice as it is to get away, it’s also nice to be back in our routine. 

Although what’s not very nice is the stomach bug I got.  Grayson started acting funny on Friday and I could tell he had a stomach ache.  Well yesterday afternoon, I could tell something was brewing for me.  I started to feel awful last night and woke up this morning feeling worse. I wasn’t exactly thankful for the flu this year….


Do you know how terrible it is to take care of a busy toddler while you have the stomach flu?  Thankfully, it seems like it’s a 24 hour thing because I’m feeling a lot better now. 

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful for many things in my life but being a mother to this little joy is topping my list.  


Now, let Christmas begin! 



It is that time of year when people pass around germs like they do smiles.  The looming doom of illness is one major reason why I loath this time of year; however, I know it’s inevitable now more than ever while raising a small child.  I heard that babies  are supposed to get 10-12 colds or cold symptoms from year 1-2, as it helps build their immune system tremendously.  Knowing that makes me realize two things – Grayson’s body is doing exactly what it needs to and it pretty much sucks for my body.  

Aside from getting a few runny noses and random things here and there, Grayson has stayed relatively healthy up until a week ago when he came down with his first bad cold. 


It was the worst!  Runny nose and eyes, cough, congestion, and just plain miserable from lack of sleep.  As hard as it was to watch him go through it, I knew it was good for his body and certainly didn’t want to suppress the sickness, but I did want to support it.  My goal was to make him feel as comfortable as he could be without prolonging his symptoms.  Thankfully, he didn’t have a fever but if he did, I wouldn’t use Tylenol or any other fever reducer.  I actually don’t even think we own any children’s Tylenol and I don’t think we ever will. 

But despite not resorting to OTC (over the counter) medicine, I obviously didn’t want him to suffer, so I went straight to oils and watch them work their magic. 

I started to get into essential oils earlier this year.  I’ve always been curious but I never knew enough about them until a good friend of mine started teaching me overtime.  She is a wealth of helpful knowledge when it comes to oils and even teaches classes on them.  Plus, I trust her 100%.  After months of wondering, questioning, reading, and sampling, I finally made the investment and purchased myself the Young Living Starter Kit. I can tell you wholeheartedly that this was one of the best purchases I have ever made. We use oils every single day and I’ve even eliminated all chemical cleaners and replaced them with homemade essential oil-based cleaners. 

Okay, but back to Grayson’s cold….here is how I treated him. 


Thieves is probably my favorite oil and the one that I use the most.  I clean with it, I drink it, I use it on everyone in my family, especially Grayson.  Thieves is great for SO many things, but particularly, for eliminating bacteria and boosting immunity.  If Grayson would have a fever, I would dilute Thieves and rub this all down his spine and on the bottom of his feet. 


To help with Grayson’s cough, I made a homemade rub of Thieves, Lemon and Peppermint and rubbed it all over the bottom of his feet. 


Peppermint is probably the only oil you have to be careful with on babies or young children because it is so very potent.  I recommend using a small amount and diluting it heavily.  I used one drop of peppermint, 3 drops of lemon, and 3 drops of lavender in a few tablespoons of coconut oil for this rub.  


I diffused R.C., Lemon, and Lavender in Grayson’s room at night.  I also put some of this on a blanket in his crib so he really was able to breath it in all night. 

So throughout the week, we relied on oils heavily and Grayson handled his cold like a champ!  His cold lasted about 5 days total but he never really got very sick beyond the typical cold symptoms.  He was comfortable for the most part and started sleeping better once we implemented this routine at night. 

Now I managed to avoid his little illness for a week, but wouldn’t you know come Friday, it finally hit me. I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst ear ache.  It was horrible. 

I came downstairs and immediately put these oils in my ear (NOT down the ear canal, just on the ear and gently in the inner ear). 


I also put a drop of lavender on a cotton ball and inserted that into my ear all night. 

My ear pain went away within a few minutes and completely the next day. 

Unfortunately, my sinuses were completely blocked the next morning so I rubbed the same oils all along my sinus canals on my face and rubbed the chest rub mixture all over my feet. 


I also went to town with my Netty Pot. 


I kid you not, I woke up the next day 1000X better!  Seriously, what once before would have probably turned into a week long sinus infection was a 24 hour cold.  

So these are the reasons why we gave up on OTC medication and put our trust in well being in oils.  Now a few things I have to mention about oils if you are considering them is to DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Trust me when I say this….Not all Oils are Created Equal!!!  There are so many companies out there trying to sell knock-off products simply because oils have become trendy.  It makes me sick really.  I saw Walmart is now even selling their own brand of oils.  Ha! 

When you go with a company who solely produces and distributes oils, you are more likely to be working with a company that makes it their livelihood.  You also want to make sure you are using Therapeutic Grade, and Food Grade oils, meaning if you or your child were to ingest the oils, it would cause no harm. Young Living has an amazing Seed to Seal promise on all of their oils to ensure complete purity and authenticity, which is a big reason why I chose them to source my oils. 

Lastly, you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your family.  Please don’t jump on the oil bandwagon just because it’s trendy.  What’s crazy is that people have been using essential oils for centuries…in fact, baby Jesus was covered in them!  So it’s nothing new here….it’s a scared practice of natural medicine but like any health choice you choose to implement, it has to be right for you.  It took me months to transition and I still am constantly learning and questioning what to use and how to use it.  It’s a huge learning process but one that I enjoy and one that I can see worthwhile results.  

I am fully aware that we may face certain situations that require the use of more Western medicine and I’m not completely opposed in any way, I’m just trying to keep my family healthy and if I can eliminate synthetic drugs and replace them with a more natural remedy first….I’m all about it.  


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and in no way am I prescribing oils.  I’m simply sharing my positive experience in hopes that it may provide healthy alternatives or provoke curiosity.



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