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Fighting Mastitis with Essential Oils

The main thing that I’ve noticed with using doTERRA oils this past year and a half is how my household isn’t sick. DoTerra-Oils-LogoBefore doTERRA we seriously were ALWAYS SICK! We have this beautiful collection of oils, and we use them…. we use them A LOT! We’ve been fortunate to not have to use them for many illnesses, but I know that it’s because of my oils that our immune systems are so strong and we’ve done so well.

Last weekend I was presented with an opportunity to put my trust into my oils and fight something that sends people running for antibiotics….MASTITIS! My story was so amazing I need to share it with others so they know what to do to get rid of it FAST and naturally.

I started realizing after about an hour of being completely engorged without relief after feeding and a bruised feeling that I might possibly be seeing the signs of mastitis. I jumped on the computer and started to googling symptoms of mastitis when the body aches started and the redness on my breast started appearing, and my breast was HOT to the touch. It was official….according to Dr. Google I had mastitis.

Through all of my googling and reading at Everything Essential I had a game plan in place. Here is EXACTLY what I did:

5:30pm on Saturday was my first topical & internal application:

Every hour topically (I had an alarm set in my phone to remind me):

2 drops each of Frankincence, On Guard, Basil, Lavender & Citrus Bliss

Every 2 hours in a capsule (I had another alarm set in my phone to remind me):

3 drops each of Frankincense & On Guard

By 12:30pm I had applied my last topical application and had taken my last capsule. I looked at my husband and said…. my body aches are gone and I’m feeling a lot better. 7 hours later.

Let me tell you… that 7 hours was not enjoyable. In order for me to feel somewhat okay I had to be laying in a hot bath with oils (Deep Blue, Frankincense, Lavender & Aromatouch).

I went to bed after that last application and fell asleep…. and I slept all night long. I woke up the next morning and layed there trying to feel exactly how I felt – my body wasn’t achy… my breast still felt slightly bruised and still had a redness to it, but nothing like before. I felt SO much better. It was like I was a new person compared to how I felt the day before.

I continued the oils through that day – topically every couple of hours, and internally once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. I never went back to feeling horrible, and by that night the redness and bruised feeling was completely gone.

My mastitis was gone… GONE!

During my research on mastitis I had come across a forum and a girl was giving advice to another girl and saying that once she started antibiotics when she had mastitis she started feeling better about 48 hours after starting the antibiotics and all symptoms were completely gone about 5 days after.

7 hours of feeling better versus 48 hours.

24 hours of all symptoms completely gone versus 5 days.

I avoided a doctor, a co-pay, buying an antibiotic, and a lot of time and headache….and I was able to not have to be miserable for a ridiculously long time. Most importantly, I was able to be empowered to take care of myself. I’ll tell you what, when you are fighting an ailment with oils it’s not going to be an every 12 hour application like most antibiotics are. You’re going to have to apply a small amount much more frequently, and you’re going to have to be consistent. I knew that it was either I set alarms to be on it, or I was looking at ending up at the doctors with how horrible mastitis can be. I kept thinking about how my baby could end up with thrush if I went on antibiotics and how I KNEW that these oils are powerful and WILL do what they are supposed to do….

and they did.

By the end of last Sunday I felt a little more blessed than normal to have these oils in my life. We’ve done a great a job at preventing illnesses in our home, and since I haven’t gotten sick since using the oils, being able to personally feel how these oils can go in and attack something like this and really make you just feel 100% better so quickly is amazing.


If you want to learn more about doTERRA oils you can read my jam packed information page {HERE}

doTERRA InTune a Focus Blend

My son Jayden was diagnosed with a written communication disability. Getting him to write anything was so intunedifficult. It would end in tears for him and heartache for his teacher and me. We could sometimes get a couple of sentences out of him, but other children in his class were writing paragraphs. Knowing that Jayden would soon be going into middle school I was stressed out!  I was already using Balance, Serenity & Vetiver on Jayden with pretty good results. He was coming out of his shell and his focus seemed to be improving as well. I was pretty pleased with everything that we were seeing. The written communication disability was something I didn’t even think of with oils.

doTERRA came out with their new product InTune and I ordered it to try it out. I put it on Jayden and he came home from school the first day and said that kids could smell it so he didn’t want to use it anymore – I wrote it off and it just sat unused…..for months. I was at a class when my dear friend and mentor told me that when a smell is too strong she’ll use lemon or wild orange to cover it up, and that inTune had been a huge blessing for her. SO I tried it out. I put it on me and Jayden – daily. I was using lemon to cover up the scent and after the first day I asked Jayden if anyone said anything to him and he said no…so we continued.

During that week, his teacher was walking through the class during writing time and when she glanced down at Jayden’s notebook there was a 5 1/2 paragraph story written. InTune….wow. This year for Mother’s Day I got a hand written letter from my son and my gosh it made me cry and STILL makes me cry. I am forever grateful for this amazing oil!


Let me tell you a little bit about InTune ~

InTune is a proprietary blend of essential oils, carefully selected for their ability to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes. This blend helps those who have difficulty paying attention to stay on task and sustain focus. The carefully selected essential oils in dōTERRA’s InTune Focus Blend work together supporting efforts to remain calm and focused on a desired task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime contribute to clarity and focus, while the benefits of Amryis, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing. {Quoted from}

InTune is a blend to help you stay focused, have mental clarity, have more clearer thoughts and be more alert.


Ways InTune has been used:

  • For focus – apply in the morning down the spine – this has shown an improvement with attention span.
  • Diffuse in the air for autism along with applying to the back of the neck & legs
  • The elderly has reported improved memory after applying to the back of the neck in an upward motion every morning.
  • Helps with neurological disorders, depression, stress, and any kind of transition
  • Use it for signs of dementia and nervous system challenges like strokes, Parkinson’s, Tourettes, MS, and even lupus. It calms and sedates the nervous system.
  • If you inhale before chemotherapy, your body can be more receptive to the medication. When you relieve fear it enhances oxygenation of cells.


How do you apply InTune?

Intune can be applied to the bottoms of your feet and along your spine and brain stem. You can do either or, or both. I do both on my son and usually just do my brain stem for myself.


For the entire month of August 2013 you can get inTune along with another amazing oil called Past Tense for free. This is a $70.67 retail value. Please contact me for information on how you can get these oils for free with a fabulous promotion doTERRA has. You an email me at


For more information on doTERRA oils, please {CLICK HERE}

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Project Life – Week 28 & Mia’s Babybook

This past week I started to back track and worked on Week 28 and started my new baby Mia’s baby album. Today she’s 8 weeks old! These past 8 weeks she’s been giving little glimpses of the personality that dwells inside of her. Every time she gives me that crooked little smile and her eyes light up I think to myself….there she is. There’s that sweet little soul who will one day be running around with her sisters, or going on a mommy/daughter date with me. I soak up the moments of screaming and snuggling and nursing and rocking, because I know that inside of this precious little body is a little person who is growing every day. This all will pass, and I’ll be looking back missing these early days with her.

This is a huge reason why I’m so grateful for Project Life coming into my life. I look back on the past years and it’s all a blur, because I haven’t been documenting everything and I don’t have my pictures in albums to look back on. THAT IS CHANGING!



 Week28 Layout

Here is the Left Side

Here is the Right Side

And this….this is my little Mia’s beginning to her baby book. I am so excited to work on this while she’s in her first year! I hate that my other kids it will be me going back and trying to remember. Shame on me!
First Page

The Mom Creative

Project Life – 2013 Week 29

Pictures give me anxiety…

absolute anxiety.

I take them…I take a lot of them, but then I do NOTHING with them. They sit on my computer, get shared on facebook & instagram and don’t even get printed to be put up in my home. AND I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER! Such a situation.

I’ve been searching for a way to start recording our family memories without feeling like I have to do a million scrapbook layouts. SO I came across Project Life. I’m addicted. Absolutely addicted. I feel like I have an answer to my prayers with this. The paper way of Project Life seems amazing and beautiful and SO much fun. BUT I’m a technology girl, and things are easier for me if I can do them on my computer….so I’m doing Digital Project Life. I haven’t decided if I’m going to order a Project Life binder and just stick my 12×12 layouts in a page protector or if I’ll just order a hardcover book of the year. For those of you who do digital I’d love to know your thoughts on this.

I decided to start with the current week which was from 7/15-7/21 {Week 29} and I’ll just continue to go forward while I start going backwards as well and eventually will be totally caught up with 2013. Once that happens I’ll start tackling prior years.

Here is my first Project Life layout ever.

Week29 Layout




You can learn more about Project Life {HERE}

doTERRA Giveaway – Intro to oils

I haven’t been blogging much lately – life has been exciting! I’ve been writing a novel, preparing for a new baby due in June, and have been sharing my new love of doTERRA essential oils.

A little over a year ago I started using the oils for any ailments that happened in our home, then started using them to help my son with his ADD and Autism. This past year and a couple of months we have been able to help with allergies, anxiety, RSV, bladder infections, ADD, prevent the flu and other illnesses our family has continually been exposed to, sleep issues, ear infections, weight loss, pain from a hiatal hernia, acid reflex, I could go on and on and on. We have yet to use an oil and not have it help.

Ever since we started using doTERRA, we naturally started sharing the oils with other people. It’s hard not to, when you have something NATURAL that works. I personally believe that every single home should have a family physician kit. To be able to help someone in your home without having to run to a doctor’s office to have them mask your symptoms and not care about what is causing them is empowering. I can tell you that when my daughter woke up in the middle of the night screaming with an ear ache being able to avoid running to the hospital and not only making her feel better quickly, but the ear infection completely going away without antibiotics was VERY eye opening to me.

My mission in life right now is to educate people; educate them on a better option out there for them. In the past year I’ve been able to personally help so many families be able to implement doTERRA in their homes, they in turn have done the same. Together, we all have put doTERRA in 127 homes in a short year. Amazing.

So why doTERRA? Why not an essential oil from the local health food store? doTERRA is the highest of the highest quality that you can imagine when it comes to essential oils. doTERRA not only goes to the place where the oil is grown at its best, where it is indigenous from to extract it. Example – our lemon comes from Italy, our lavender from France, our Frankincense comes from Oman. BUT it uses an external source not affiliated with doTERRA to run 7 different tests on the oils to make sure that it is the purest of the purest {higher quality than organic}, they ensure that there is NO outside sources affecting the oil. They deem this as certified pure therapeutic grade….they are so pure that you can actually ingest them. THAT is why I choose doTERRA. I trust these oils with my children; in my children.

I’m going to start doing some more frequent blog posts here addressing specific things to help have a spot for everyone who I work with to go to and learn.

I’m also feeling like giving away an Intro to Oils kit. This kit has 3 of my favorite oils that doTERRA has to offer. There is SO much that you can do with lemon, lavender & peppermint….this is a great way for you to experience doTERRA for the first time. This is a list of 101 things you can do with this kit

So enter! Spread the word and please come back and learn more as I continue to share these oils with you.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And the winner is……….

I am so happy to say that we have raised $775.00 for this family!!!  Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible.

The winner of the giveaway is…..

Out of 246 raffle tickets, #59 is the lucky winner!!!  Brenna Guderian, CONGRATS!!!!

I will email the winner and she has 3 days to respond :)


A HUGE signed book giveaway for Elliot

Sometimes the unthinkable in life happens.

This happened recently to a very dear friend of mine’s sister.  She lost her baby boy in a very tragic accident only 2 short months of her husband had a very horrible accident at work leaving him paralyzed.

When you hear of stories like these you rush to your children and squeeze them tight.  As a parent this is a very unfathomable thing – I just can’t even begin to imagine what emotional heartache they are going through.

The financial burden from her husband’s accident has now been intensified with funeral costs of having to bury their baby boy :(  I wanted to help in any way that I could, so I have contacted some of the best of the best indie authors who I love and adore so much to see if they would like to donate a signed book for a raffle that I’m going to hold.

To win ALL of these signed books you can purchase a spot in the raffle that will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2012:

1 Entry: $5.00

3 Entries: $10.00

5 Entries: $20.00


I want to thank all of the authors who are donating books to help this family out.  My heart is just absolutely crushed for them, and your generosity means the world to me and will to them as well.

You can see sweet Elliot’s memorial facebook page here


A little perspective oh…and I’m writing a book!


I don’t think I compared myself too much to others before, because their life wasn’t publicly put into my face – daily. There are so many beautiful benefits to the internet, and keeping in touch and being able to follow along with your friends and family is top of the list. One of the downfalls is feeling as though you aren’t good enough in the things you do, because Sally over here is doing it SO. MUCH. BETTER.  Well, newsflash….she’s not – she’s doing it her way, and your way is perfect for YOU.

We’re all traveling a journey of our own. I love that I can pick and choose aspects of my friends’ and families’ lives that would make mine a bit easier and implement them into mine, but I also love that the things I’m not a fan of I don’t have to acknowledge. When they are doing things that I sit back and think….how the heck do they do it?! I have to remember that it’s their journey. We’re all traveling on these curvy, straight, bumpy, rocky, and glorious roads, and when you’re on one road I might be on another – that’s the point….it’s OUR own journeys.

So comparing?  It’s a sucky, sucky, PRIDEFUL thing to do – and we as humans just can’t help it.

I’m trucking down a new road on my journey – I imagine it to be a little bit of bumpy, rocky and in the home stretch I hope to find it glorious.

I’m writing my first book.

I’ve got this bucket list that I’ve got to get to working on, and writing a novel is on that thing.  I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  I’m scared.  I’m thankful.  I’m so thankful, because there’s this REALLY amazing community of indie authors and readers that have been helping me and supporting so much.

I’m surrounded by some of the MOST amazing, successful authors like – E L James, S C Stephens,  Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Tammara Webber – the list can go on and on and on.  I’ve watched them traveling on their own roads, and their own journeys and I admire them and respect them ALL – even the ones I didn’t list.  Their books and their friendships have all have had a VERY profound effect on me.  A lot of their books I still think about months after I’ve read them….. before I started reading Indie authors that didn’t really happen very often for me.

It’s hard to start on a book writing journey when you have so much amazing talent so close to home.  You can’t help but start to, well, PANIC, that your book isn’t going to be nearly as good as theirs, or as successful.  Those were the first thoughts I had when I made my author facebook page four days ago.  Right when I announced it was made I started to panic….and then the # of likes kept rising and rising and it all became more and more real.

I remembered in my public speaking class what my teacher told us  - it’s all about perspective.  You can take your nervousness and turn it into excitement.  After she said that, and my heart fluttered back to Andy Andrews book the Noticer, I realized she’s so dang right.  Life is all about a little perspective, and I am realizing VERY early on that all of this nerve wrenching, scared to death fear that has been going through me just needs a little perspective.

I don’t really need to be scared, because this is MY journey.  If I allow my nerves and fears and comparisons to overtake me, then I will push my dream away from me, and I definitely don’t want that.  It’s all about perspective and I’ll just be allowing the intoxication of it all seep into me and MAKE this a glorious journey….. because it’s MY journey.

I posted a preview of my book on my new {AUTHOR FACEBOOK PAGE}, but I’ll post it here as well.  When my facebook page gets to 300 likes (not very far away) I’ll be posting the prologue to my new novel…..and VERY shortly after I’ll be doing a cover/title reveal as well.  This is happening, and I am so grateful to everyone who is supporting me and pushing me towards my dreams.


We were fifteen when Dawson first called me Bay.

He grabbed my hand as we ran through my back property out to the lake. The type of swimmin’ we’d do never required any clothing; I loved my private property for that reason. That day I could hear all of the crickets chirping and there was a light breeze givin’ me the chills. Dawson held me in his arms and whispered in my ear, “Bay, I know that Liam was the first boy to ask you to marry him, but I promise you right now that I’ll be the last. I swear to God”. The tiny little bumps erupting over my skin had nothing to do with that light breeze and everything to do with Dawson James.

“You’re so beautiful, Lyla Bayou, that I can’t help but feel exactly as I do when I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay.” He started singing the song; I always melted at the sound of his voice. “So, from here on out, you’re my Bay.”

After that moment, the only time he called me Lyla was when he was angry or hurt. I sure as hell didn’t like to piss that boy off and hurting him was the same as hurting me. I quickly grew to dislike the sound of my name escaping his perfect lips.


Where I raise my hand and say…..

As a mom it’s hard to raise your hand and say…. “Yup, I’m in over in my head.  Please help me!”

Social media sites have a really fantastic way of making you look out to be like you have it all together.  Everything is perfectly lined up and slapped with a beautiful rose on top.  I didn’t realize that I myself sometimes come off like that until somebody from my husband’s work said to me, I don’t know how you manage to do everything and still have time for Facebook.  Um…..then I started thinking….does everyone think I have this perfect life and I don’t let the ball drop on everything?

I don’t.  Plain and simply I absolutely don’t.  I might have a lot of “jobs” that I do from home, but just because I’m a photographer doesn’t mean I’m out there every day doing pictures – heck, lately I’m lucky is once every couple of months I have somebody in front of my lens…honestly.  Scentsy?  I’ve had 1 home party – the rest, online.  doTERRA?  I’m JUST sharing what is working for me and hoping to be able to help lots and lots of people.  Is there a business side to doTERRA? Yes.  Do I care about the business side to doTERRA? No.  It’s definitely a nice little bonus, but my main goal from day 1 has just been to enlighten other people on a natural way to replace medicines and cleaners in our home.  That’s it.

And then there’s homeschooling, my school, and now my new found bookkeeping job that I’m going to take on.  Homeschooling and my school have 100% always been at the top of the important list….honestly, above everything.  I’ll let the house go all to hell before I skip out on these, because THESE are the most important.  My education is my family’s future, all of our goals and dreams are based around my education.  My children’s education is a whole other story…..

2 years ago I made the decision to homeschool Jayden.   I wasn’t one of those anti public school system people who was adamant that the government is ruining our children.  I just merely was not happy with the way Jayden wasn’t grasping things due to his communication disabilities, AND I didn’t like how kids treated him differently.  Since I was homeschooling Jayden I automatically figured I would homeschool Ella.  I started getting this sick feeling inside like I wasn’t doing the right thing by keeping my social little butterfly at home.  So after praying and speaking with my husband, we decided that while we would continue to homeschool Jayden, Ella needed to be in school.

Fast forward to the past couple weeks and once again I have this sick feeling inside like I’m not doing the right thing with Jayden by keeping him home anymore either.  I know that he is going to have different struggles in school, but I honestly know from within the depths of my soul that because of the doTERRA oils, Jayden will be okay.  He will be okay to go back to school, because first and foremost his ADHD is under control.  With his ADHD being under control he’s now being able to write his thoughts out.  I’m noticing him being able to focus so much better with school work, and I know without an ounce of doubt that this decision that we are making is the RIGHT decision for Jayden.  In regards to the social aspect, ever since Jayden has been using the doTERRA oils, his social skills shock me.  He isn’t so introverted as he once was, and is very social with other kids.  

Come 5th grade, Jayden WILL be back in school.  I will of course be VERY involved and the second I feel like it’s not working, we can decide what step to take next.  I feel as if I don’t try that I’ll be doing an injustice to my son.

If I wasn’t such a busy mom, I might be thinking about this differently. But I AM a busy mom, who doesn’t have the stay at home mom plan forever.  Yes, I know that stay at home moms are very busy too, trust me!  I’ve been there, I AM there – but I’m not JUST a stay at home mom.  I’m a full time student and about to have a part time job to expand my experience in the field I’m going into.  I am a working mom, and even if I am home, I’m working when I am here with the kids.  If I’m not working I’m doing school work of my own.  As much as I wish that I could be the all mighty mom that feels so passionate about homeschooling her kids, I’m honestly not.  I’m okay with the school system teaching my kids.  I know that just because I’m sending them off to school where there are influences, that we do a WONDERFUL job instilling values into them at home.  These are things that I know they will keep with them.  We are VERY active parents, and just because we are choosing to not homeschool doesn’t mean they are doomed.  Once I started homeschooling I started seeing the different reasons that people normally choose this way of life.  I don’t hold the same values in this as they do, and that’s okay!!  We’re all supposed to be different, and having different people in this world is EXACTLY what makes it go round.

So the end result is this: With everything that I have stacked up on my plate, I’m raising my hand and saying…

“I can’t do this all on my own.”

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