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A lake getaway + Why we only use Non-toxic Mineral Sunscreen

It was a quick 3 days but it was one of those getaways that felt longer than it was. In a good way. In a refreshing way. Heading into the trip, I couldn’t quite think past how we’d survive the 5+ hour drive with a potty-training 21 month old who had never been on a car ride longer than 2 hours (which she slept half of). She’s been on over 20 plane rides in her life but being restrained in a carseat, or anywhere for that matter, is not something she’s cool with.

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Tummy Trouble – the first essential oil blend I made for baby

You can read more here about how and why I started exploring essential oils, and how the first oils I bought were the Digestive Blend and Lavender to help with Ellie’s reflux as a newborn. I can’t keep track of how many times I’ve blended these oils in the last year and a half. It’s the only blend I have in a BIG roller bottle, and I swipe it on E’s torso at any sign of tummy discomfort (including gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea…)

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Beauty Product Purge – Getting rid of unsafe products the right way

I am a beauty product junkie. And apparently a product hoarder. We moved a few months ago and I had the opportunity to purge – and I failed. I have drawers and containers full of half-used lotions and gels, sprays and makeup. It’s kind of embarrassing. And totally unnecessary.

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Natural Responses to Baby’s First Fever

Ellie got her first really high fever this weekend. I can’t lie – it freaked me out to see her temperature nearing 103°! I kept swiping the thermometer thinking it was somehow a mistake. I had the 100.2° number in my mind from when she was a newborn and the doctors warned us of the dangers of a high temperature. Thanks to a call to the advice nurse, we learned that an ER visit wasn’t mandatory and were told to keep her hydrated and to do whatever we could to bring her temperature down. Instead of running to grab the children’s tylenol, I decided to see if peppermint essential oil could cool her down. I swiped some coconut oil in my palm, dropped 2 drops of oil, rubbed them together and applied it to her forehead, back of her neck and the bottoms of her feet. Poor thing was so hot! I repeated the process 15 minutes later and took her temperature again. It had dropped over a degree. Relief!

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