Saturday, November 22, 2014

six years.


Celebrating 6 years of amazing adventures with this incredible man today! Life is so much better with you by my side! Here's to a million more years of wild and crazy adventures! XOXO

Monday, November 17, 2014

what's all this talk about essential oils?


A few months ago I shared about our essential oils adventure.  Since then we've jumped head first into the world of essential oils and fallen more in love with how they're making us feel!  There is so much information out there about these oils that it can be very overwhelming!  Don't let this stop you from learning more about how essential oils can help your family.

Today I wanted to share a bit about what we've been learning in our journey to hopefully help you better understand why we use these precious oils.

So what exactly ARE essential oils?


Essential oils are often referred to as the healing, life-blood of the plant. They are distilled uniquely according to each plant. The timing of the distillation process is crucial to the efficacy of the essential oil. These oils can be used aromatically, topically, and internally to treat a number of discomforts.


Not all essential oils are created equal! Young Living oils are certified "Young Living Therapeutic Grade." This quality is above and beyond industry standards. The FDA considers essential oils a food additive and as a result there are essential oils on the market, containing as little as 3% essential oils, being labeled 100% pure! After receiving my starter kit, I could immediately smell the difference between Young Living's Lavender and the Lavender from another brand I had purchased online! 


What's the difference between Young Living Essential Oils and the other oils online or at the health food store? Young Living prides itself on setting the standard for pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. They do this by controlling the process from the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed into the bottle. There are currently no FDA regulations on essential oils. So, those sold online or in stores can be altered with other chemicals or water, or have not been distilled properly! Usually the cheaper the oil, the poorer the quality.

Essential oils are VERY powerful, quality isn't something I was willing to compromise with our family's health! We only use Young Living Essential Oils! For more information visit Young Living's new Seed to Seal Website

Young Living (and my family) follow the French school of thought regarding essential oils, which includes 3 main ways in which to use essential oils. Inhalation, topical application, and ingestion to treat ailments. This school of thought also promotes “neat” or undiluted usage of oils, unless they are “hot” and need to be diluted.  Learn more here


One of the easiest and most common ways to use essential oils is through inhalation. 
“When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain." (http://www.21drops.com/how-essential-oils-work/)


Young Living Essential Oils are 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade and safe to use directly on your skin. 
“When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Pulse points are the areas of the body where blood vessels are closes to the skin's surface. Applying essential oils to these areas allows for quicker absorption and help them get to work faster. We suggest applying to the wrists, temples and back of the neck.” (http://www.21drops.com/how-essential-oils-work/)

You can apply oils directly to the point of concern, or use the Vita-Flex Technique and apply to your feet. Our feet have some of the biggest pores in our body, making them a a great place to apply essential oils! The Vita Flex technique is a powerful ancient Tibetan healing methodology brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It is a very effective method used alone or with other healing modalities. It has a synergistic effect when combined with essential oils. And it can be used to stimulate all the body systems on a physical and emotional level. Read more about Vita-Flex here


Young Living's Essential Oils are 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade making them safe for internal use. Deciding to use essential oils internally, is a personal decision, and may not be for everyone! If you choose to use oils internally, I ONLY suggestion Young Living's oils!  

This is just a basic overview of essential oils, if you're hungry for more information, stick around.  I'll be sharing about some of our favorite oils over the next few days!!!  

Be sure to follow our new Facebook Page for regular updates on how we're using these fabulous oils! 

Ready to Get Oily?!?  If you're interested in learning more about how you can get started in your essential oils journey, I'd love to help you!  Just shoot me an email using the email button on the top right sidebar.  Or go here to sign up for a wholesale account.
Jessica Ankney YL#1967191

it's snowing!

Caleb Roscoe - 16 months

And he's loving it!  He could sit right here all day and watch the snow fall and gather on the trees and ground.  I love watching him take it all in.  Such wonder and excitement at experiencing something for the first time. (last year he was just too little to understand!)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Porch Progress.

So I realized recently that we never shared our new screened in porch.  I didn't do a very good job of documenting the process...but I was able to find a few pictures to show you!  


I found this photo from July. 
Dan did such an amazing job getting the railing up before Caleb's birthday party!  After the railing was up, the screening process didn't take too long.  But then the garden and yard took priority. 


Then later this fall, Dan re-built the steps!  Unfortunately, the steps will need to "cure" over the winter so we'll have to wait until spring to paint them white.

We cleaned up the flower beds this past weekend and planted some new bulbs, I'm excited to share pictures of the FINISHED project this spring with all the flowers in bloom!

And just to refresh your memory, here's a little before!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

happy halloween from our wiggly little rooster


Caleb HAD to be a rooster this year!  


His costume was a super easy DIY: hot glued some feathers to a onesie, added a red comb to a white hat (I made this hat from another onesie), and tape a pair of stuffed rubber gloves to his shoes!!  (check out more details here


Knowing that Caleb probably wouldn't be into the whole trick or treating thing, we decided to just stop by our church's trunk-or-treat event.  Unfortunately, it was a cold, rainy, windy, and SNOWY evening, so after about 3 cars, he was done!  We spent the rest of the time inside warming up with some cider then headed to our friends Chris & Alyssa's to play and hand out candy to other trick-or-treaters who braved the cold.


Despite the cold and SNOW, I think our little rooster had a great evening!  Maybe next year mama will remember to charge the camera batteries so we get some better pictures!


You can check out last years DIY costume here.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

tot school // the color yellow

The past two weeks we've been fighting an awful cold.  So our time spent on tot school has been very limited.

Caleb really loves playing in rice, so this week we mixed in a bunch of yellow items to explore.


This was our daily activity between extra naps and lots of snuggles.  Caleb has so much fun filling and dumping...usually keeping it all in the tub!

Because he loved the rice so much, we decided to make some fun colored rice for our upcoming "fall" theme.


Thursday, October 16, 2014