A Journey of a Thousand Steps

I cannot believe it’s already July!!!! I’m sitting here drinking coffee and watching the Tour de France, it is amazing to me how much life has changed in the past year. The end of the month is when I found out I was pregnant with Jenson and my entire world changed!! It’s crazy to think that after 4 years, 48 months of a whirlwind of fertility we now have this beautiful little baby!

Jenson will be 4 months on the 10th and we just now realized that we do want to have another baby. Just writing that out is scary hahaha. Why do you ask if it’s scary well like I was saying it took us four years to get Jenson so how long is it going to take to get another one??

The reason why this conversation has been brought up so early is because it did take so long for us to get pregnant. I have this worried feeling that if we wait now that we’ve decided we do want to have another one that it might take the same amount of time and then at that point I’m going to be over 40. I told Tanner that if we’re going to do this we’re going to do it differently than how we did last time!! Ha ha Having JB I think will help alot in this journey as we start to work on getting him a sibling because that initial stress of wanting a child is gone. If that makes sense…we have him. Our miracle baby and we are hoping to have a second one but knowing we already have him makes the stress so much less!!!

I do not want to be stressed out I want to enjoy the time that we have with Jenson and enjoy the time we have with each other and not stress about getting pregnant. I know it’s a tall order hahaha!!! But I know we can do it! So I guess you can follow me now on this new path of fertility combined with natural living, and don’t forget this new business I started! Ha ha ha I only have a few things on my plate but hey they are all really awesome things so there is that!!

It is amazing the journey we have been on that has led us to where we are now. I have learned so much about who I am it is just crazy!! So cheers to the next year being an interesting one full of laughter, snuggles and happiness!!!

Post Partum and Where I am

When I started this postpartum Journey it felt overwhelming, scary and I felt very unsure of how I would get to the goals that I wanted to get to. I heard so many stories about women having a hard time losing the baby weight, women struggling emotionally to get back to where they used to be. To be honest it scared me I was afraid that I would fall back into my old ways and become obsessed with reading the scale and start to focus on just my weight.  The most important thing to me is being healthy. When I say healthy I’m not talking about a number on a scale I’m talking about Mental Health and physical health. This is why I have completely revamped the way we live in our house. We switched out products to use healthy products instead and we have now moved over to a more paleo style of eating. I’m not depriving myself because that is the worst thing that anyone could do as it can totally set you back from your goals. Having those treats now and again is totally healthy and should happen. The biggest thing to remember is moderation! 

This journey has been so interesting and I have learned so much about myself and how strong I am. It is amazing to see the progress I’ve made both mentally and physically to become healthier, happier and to see my body just feeling better in general.

I am definitely still on this journey and not where I want to be yet but today I decided to check the scale to see where I have come in the last month. I was shocked to find that I have lost 10 lb and it felt so good to know that I was on the right track! My biggest goal is to be healthy, healthy for Jenson, healthy for Tanner and really healthy for me. I haven’t really been working out because I wanted to focus mainly on my nutrition as that is 80% of weight loss! Plus eating healthy is only going to make me feel better and keep me going throughout my years! Weight loss is just a bonus! Like I was saying I have been moving over and back into paleo as I’ve always felt the best when I’ve eaten that way and I have also added in essential oils to help boost my metabolism!! I have to see I am really seeing the change I was hoping because of this! 

This is not a diet I’m on. THIS is me working towards a lifestyle change. I can happily say things are going amazingly and now I feel a huge push to start adding in fitness!! 

We all go through struggles trying to lose weight trying to feel better and it is really hard. I have struggled my entire life with my brain telling me one thing and not letting it try to sabotage myself. My biggest goal after having Jenson was to make sure I didn’t regress back into how I used to think. So far I feel like I’ve truly accomplished that and I have to say I’m thankful for the people around me, jumping into becoming a wellness advocate for Doterra and Jenson of course hahaha!! 

If you are curious about what I’ve been doing in my journey of postpartum you can always message me and I would love to share more!! 

The Think Dirty App!

So when I started on my natural living journey it was really hard to start investigating EVERY. SINGLE. PRODUCT.

It was soo much work! I ended up finding this amazing app called Think Dirty! All you do is type in what you are searching for and it will rate the product! Soo easy! PLUS Since it is on your phone you can search things while out shopping!

What products do you LOVE using? I would love to hear!!!

How I Make Face Oil using Essential Oils

I have been asked by several people HOW I make my Face Oil! I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my own Face Oil because it has saved me soo much money AND I know what is going into my products now! I have found that so many products are just terrible for us and the good products usually charge us a pretty penny!

Face Oil Ingredients & Directions

  • Glass Spray Jar
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Frankincense EO
  • Geranium EO
  • Helichrysum EO
  • Melaleuca EO
  • Lavender EO
  • Myrrh EO

Add 6-7 Drops of Each Essential Oil into Jar, then top off with FCO!! 

*Remember to not put this IN your eyes, so when you are putting this under your eyes just be careful! Spray in your hand and then put it on your face.

Email Me at natalie@changingnaturally.com if you would like to get started on using Essential Oils!

What product do you want to create using Essential Oils?

Happy Oiling!

Are Things Really Quieting Down? Yeah…Probably Not!

The last couple weeks have been a complete whirlwind!! Jenson, Tanner and I went on vacation to California and then I actually traveled home alone because Tanner had to get back to work. I am officially launching my new business in Essential Oils this weekend with 3 classes at my newly renovated home! You have no idea how excited I am about this!! It is just crazy to me the journey we have been on the past year, so much craziness has happened I honestly don’t know what I will do once things quiet

down. haha! We are completely finished with the remodel and now I am sitting at the kitchen table just loving it in here. It feels serene and peaceful and yet I feel so motivated to get some work done as Jenson sleeps.

It is really crazy to think about the incredible journey we went on to get this little guy! All the years of trying with no success, the years of tears because everyone around us was getting pregnant except us. Then all of a sudden it happened….and we got the most incredible little dude in the world! I have been asked by several people if I want more kids. It is an interesting question because I think to myself…I am 36 years old. If it takes 4 years again to get pregnant I will be 40 (goodness! lol) Do i want to go down that road of trying and possibly dealing with no success of pregnancy? That part scares me…I don’t want to stress over not getting pregnant again. I don’t want my sadness to come into play when I am with Jenson. I don’t want my sadness of possibly not getting pregnant again to come into play with my relationship with Tanner either. So when I get asked that …I don’t really have an answer. There is a small part of me that thinks it would be awesome to have one more so Jenson can grow up with a sibling but I also have a lot of doubt on whether that could ACTUALLY happen. I know I should be more positive about it and say let’s just go for it and not worry…but in the real world…I will worry! haha! I mean I think it is physically impossible to not completely worry about something.

So I have thought a lot about this…and if we do decide to go down that path again I will definitely change a lot of things we did. I will focus on a more homeopathic route, learning to meditate, use essential oils for my emotions to help balance me out, focus on keeping myself healthy for not just my body but my mind too! Working on just being calm I guess would be the best way to describe it! One HUGE Stressor that is no longer in my life though was my job. My job made me very stressed out due to the feeling of limbo we were all in there. Honestly that was a ginormous

stressor in my life that I am soo glad isn’t there anymore! We never really knew what was going to happen there and that didn’t feel good when Tanner and I were thinking of expanding our family! (IE: MORE MONEY TO SPEND! lol)

So I am left with lots to think about but I think the biggest thing I really need to focus on is my new business and my relationship with Tanner. It is important for us to get our time together now with the little here. Luckily the nugget usually goes to bed at 10p these days. Hoping to eventually get that to around 7 or 8 but I think he is still too young. It is all so interesting trying to figure out schedules! haha!

So as I was saying about my business, I am launching this weekend! I am doing 3 classes this weekend at my home that will be Essential Oil Basics classes, focusing on the top most popular oils and a few other goodies! I think what makes this even more exciting is that we are doing it in our home that was just remodeled! So now I get to show off all that hard work we went through! haha! Guys…the house just looks incredible! Plus, last night we had our first little dinner party and it just filled my heart! All I have wanted for awhile now was a place where people could come and sit, drink wine and talk about everything!! It is exactly what I needed and totally lifted my spirits knowing that we made the right decision!

So, I wanted to invite anyone interested in coming to learn more about Essential Oils, what they are and how they can help you in your daily life to these parties!

Below is a link to register if you would like to come!

REGISTER HERE

Ok and now I have a question for you guys…what has been the most interesting or challenging thing that has happened to you in the past year and how did you overcome it? What did you do, how did and do you feel about it all? I would love to know!

 

Sore and Feeling Good!

Health. When you hear that word what do you think of? For me I think of physical and mental health, I think of happiness and I think of a happy life! I have been through quite a lot and the most important thing is that I make choices that will keep me and my family healthy. This is one of the reasons my family calls me the hippie! haha! Which I am totally OK with! In fact this morning Tanner was giving me a hard time (in a loving way of course) about me getting super excited about finding a recipe to make my own sunscreen! ha ha! I just can’t help my self guys…after all that I have been through and all the information I have learned about the products we use on a daily basis and how they affect your cells, organs and everything else in your body I really want to make sure that the choices we make for what we eat, put on our body or inhale are the right choices. I want to give JB his best shot at life, I want him to be healthy and happy! If he is healthy and happy then I feel like I have succeeded at momhood!

So yesterday I woke up and it was very snowy out, the hubs woke up feeling terrible and Jenson slept 7 hours straight!! #win

I decided that I needed to make sure I still got my workout in before I did anything else because I am still trying to get my motivation to stay on track. In other words I have alot of conversations with myself to get at it! Well, I am so glad I did but man my core is sore! lol Sore in a good way though!! I am absolutely loving the Piyo program!! I am feeling stronger and my body just feels really good! I feel like I have more energy and am just mentally happier! However a nice hot bath with some Deep Blue essential oil may be in my future guys haha!

I also had my first online Oils Education Course last night and it went really really well! Krista, who is helping me get rolling, co-hosted with me and she did exceptionally well! 🙂 She gave me a great tip too! She puts a bit of Frankincense on her neck and roof of her mouth to help her get in focus and get her mind right before a class! I felt kind of all over the place because I was nervous so I went ahead and gave that a whirl and man she was right! I all of a sudden felt very focused! Then I thought…maybe I should be doing that more often! lol All in all I would say yesterday was a great day and I got alot accomplished! Somedays it just doesn’t happen that way dependent on how Jenson is! I am sure all my stay at home dads and moms know that! lol

So tonight I have another Online Education Oil 101 class and I am definitely going to be putting Frankincense on again! ha ha! I have quite the busy day today and I am so happy that Jenson slept well AGAIN! 11pm to 545am! Can you believe that? I am just hoping and praying he keeps going on this great sleep! If he is anything like me…he will because I have always loved my sleep! hahaha! So if everyone can send me the good juju, the prayers and all that so he can? THANKS! lol

If you guys do have an interest to learn more about the oils don’t forget to register!! Don’t have the link to register? Just let me know and I will send it to you!

Now off to get my workout in…yes I am forcing myself because today is ‘Upper Define’ and I have no upper body strength! If you don’t hear from me…get me an ambulance! lol Just kidding guys…I will make it through! …hopefully..lol

 

 

 

Workout, Work and Whining

EEK! I am officially in Week 2 of my workouts, week 2 of working towards my business/blog and other goals! This self journal has been extremely helpful and I feel like I am making some great headway!  I have to say I have quite the journey ahead of me but I am really excited about it because it is my journey and I plan to share it with you all as I go through it. I created a video right after my SWEAT workout yesterday! Check it out! (Still working on my video skills and all you pro’s I KNOW move the video horizontally! Tanner already shamed me for it! lol)

Someone is Happy this morning!

One thing that has been a bit hard the last week is Jenson is now going through his teething stage and he has a small flat spot on the right side of his head. The doctor told us this is completely normal as babies will tend to favor one side over the other. So during my workouts when he is sleeping I have to slyly move his head so he can not keep favoring that side! ha ha! It definitely makes my workouts interesting because I don’t want to wake him up!! Also, the teething…well I found out that Tanner started teething at 6 weeks! ha ha so it isn’t too surprising that Jenson is starting now! Looks like he is following in his dad’s footsteps! lol

Last night he had like a crazy meltdown about it! I felt so bad for him! I didn’t want to give him Tylenol right away as I don’t really want that to be the ‘go to’. I found out that we could give him some diluted Lavender. Rub it on his cheeks and jawbone and we also wrapped an ice cube in cotton t-shirt and let him ‘chew’ on that. Remember that lotion I made for him? Well i rubbed that all over him too just for added support. We ended up also giving him some Tylenol just to completely ‘bomb’ him lol but I don’t think the Tylenol really kicked in till later on. After we gave him the Lavender rub down he noticeable calmed down!! I applied it 2 hours later before we all went to bed as well just to help him over night.

Everything we did actually worked because he slept from 10 to 315am!! When he woke up then he seemed calm and happy and ready to eat! So I fed him, applied another dose of lavender and he went back to sleep until 645am! I would say that is a total win in my book! HOORAY! If you are a mom or dad I am sure you can understand how hard it is to hear your baby cry! Especially when they can’t tell you what hurts or what is wrong! Luckily the doctor warned us what teething symptoms looked like so we felt pretty prepared for it!

Happy Daddy & Son

Tonight I feel ready if he has another meltdown. It was recommended to freeze a wet wash cloth and let them chew on that (I think that is WAY better than the ice cube!!) and I also have a very very very diluted roller ball of Onguard essential oil blend with some Olive Oil mixed in. So what you do with that is rub it on their gums and it should help kind of numb it to ease the pain! I am hoping I don’t have to use it but I will have it in my tool belt just incase!

****Just a reminder that the Oils Education Webinars are THIS WEEK! So if you have any interest in learning more about how essential oils can help you in day to day life REGISTER HERE****

 

 

 

Living Naturally with Essential Oils

So about 2 years ago I decided to jump in on Essential Oils. I had gone to a class and learned all about them and this was the time I was working on moving to a more natural lifestyle.  I decided to get a kit called ‘Home Essentials’ through DoTerra and it was basically a bunch of oils to help get rid of all the medicine that we had. I have been on a slow process to rid our house of all the crap products (both cleaning and for your body)

Living Naturally for this little Monkey!

so that our bodies can have a better chance at being healthy. Especially with the fertility stuff I was going through it made since to get as natural as possible! I had learned that alot of the products I used on a daily basis affected reproductive organs…seriously!! Isn’t that crazy? But think about it..whatever you are putting on your skin, breathing in or even eating has an affect on your body…so it isn’t so far fetched!! Just crazy! In the words of Jimmy Fallon…EEWWW!!! hahaha I love that skit! ha ha

SO anyways…as I started using them I found that they really are little miracle workers in every bottle! I keep imagining little elves working in the bottles making my life so much better. Is that just me? OK I know I am kind of a nerd!!

They have helped me, Tanner and even Ace with lots of different things and now they will be used on Jenson! PLUS, they smell so good and I love to diffuse them in the house (Citrus Bliss blend is my jam people!)!

This got me thinking…with my huge love of living a more natural and healthy lifestyle (ok we can call it crunchy) it just made sense that maybe I should get more involved into the essential oil life. I recently decided th

at I was going to become a wellness advocate for DoTerra which means I am going to start sharing more about what I do with them, having education classes to help people learn about the like I have learned about them!

Click On Picture to Zoom In

 

 

With that said…I am having my FIRST education class that my girl, Krista and I will be co-hosting! It will be an online webinar that is live next week and so if you have any interest in learning more about these oils I would LOVE for you to jump on with us!! Just message me and let me know!!

REGISTER HERE to join the class!

 

Post Partum & Getting My Butt in Gear!

So in my self journal one of my goals is to lose weight. In order to make this goal measurable I needed to weigh myself, take measurements and also I did before pictures….that part sucked ass. Not gonna lie ha ha! In order to stay accountable I want to share this journey of postpartum, fitness and nutrition!! Hopefully it will also help you out as well!

I was quite sure what I wanted to do with my fitness regime so I started looking over the programs I had and also had to take into consideration the fact we are in a hotel. The more I thought about it the more I realize that Piyo would be a perfect program for me being that I am coming back from having a baby and I didn’t workout much during pregnancy due to exhaustion and other things.

Another reason is my body has felt super super stiff and kind of uneasy. I know that this is after effects of pregnancy and my body is different now that we are in the postpartum phase of life. Piyo just makes sense! It is an amazing program that is like a constantly moving yoga workout! It is based of stretching and strengthening.

The entire Piyo program is 2 months long and I am excited to see how I grow and change and get stronger! However …today was more of a hotmess than anything! I haven’t stretched much and so trying to hold any pose was more hilarious than anything! If only Tanner was here to film the entire workout today! It would have been quite funny to watch! lol I was saying earlier in another post that now that we have a kid I have to be much more intentional with my time. So once JB went to sleep I immediately  got some oils and put them in the diffuser and then threw on the program!!!

So the reason I diffused oils is because I wanted to give myself my best chance and staying motivated during this workout. It is my FIRST workout since I had Jenson and I was pretty nervous and anxious about it! I wanted to help ease my mind but also motivate my self. I went through a blend of the following…

  • Lavender – for calming and relaxation to help me push through my stretches and help me focus on deep breathing
  • Bergamot – for Optimism and help with that anxious feeling I had about working out
  • Citrus Bliss – for uplifting and energy to get me through the workout

It smells SOO Delicious in here guys!! I think this may be a normal house blend I use because not only does it smells good but I am soo motivated now to keep checking off my task list today! Today was a total win and I couldn’t be more stoked about the days to come! I know not all days are going to feel like this day but that is life! We just have to keep pushing through and not letting out excuses get the best of us! Let’s strive to be our best selves through love, acceptance and caring!

And to make it even better…I think Jenson approves of my new goals OR he is just excited that he is officially 2 months old!  Just can’t get over that face of his! I just want to squeeze it all the time! I am so happy that we are making it work where I can stay home with him! I have to say I never thought I would really want that until he came out into the world!

HAPPY 2 MONTHS Jenson Stewart! You are so loved and this Hotmess of a Momma is doing this all for you!

 

 

My Self Journal Journey

So I started on my Self Journal and it is a bit harder than I anticipated. haha I think the reason for that is because this is all very new to me, you have to really go into detail to really figure out your goals. Which is amazing but also makes you really think! lol

One of my most important goals is the business that I am starting! The reason why is the sooner I can get things rolling the easier staying home with the Nugget will be.  However, Jenson has been a little needy the last week! I was reading that this is a common thing to happen between weeks 6 and 8 and he will be 2 months this week! So it all made sense….I believe he must be going through a growth spurt.

My life has been having to hold him most of the day which don’t get me wrong I love love love to hold him!!! But when you are trying to get stuff done it makes it a little difficult so I really have to be intentional with my time! It is such a learning process!

I don’t know how all you stay at home mommas and pappas do it but I am definitely wanting to learn it!! ha ha!! I know I will get there I just have to keep on pushing!
So any ways…I haven’t gotten far on my SELF Journal yet ….I need to create 3 ‘end result’ goals to accomplish and so far I have 1 listed. Whoops. Talk about Fail! ha ha! The reason I say that is my goal was to get rolling on this today and I am 1/3rd the way there! That is OK though!! Tonight I plan to keep working on the goals. The journal is a 13 week roadmap so my end result goals I want to be accomplish by then. That could change but for now I want to just to 13 week stints. If that makes sense! If you are curious about this journal I highly recommend going to THIS SITE and getting one!! It would be fun to learn what your goals are and how you want to achieve them! We could work on them together! 🙂

One of my goals that I am working on putting into this journal is my business! I am working on building this blog/website to become more than what it is now and I am SUPER excited about it! I have so much I want to do and this book, I believe, is really going to help guide me in the right direction! So far it has already helped me reign in myself so I can steer my actions and thoughts in the right direction! I tend to be all over the place sometimes! That may be the artistic side of me….linear is not really in my vocabulary so that means I need to have something help me with that!

Now that the hubs is home I can actually take the time to put my 100% focus on this!!!

If you do end up getting one of these journals comment below and let me know!!

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