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!!
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!!!
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
Add 6-7 Drops of Each Essential Oil into Jar, then top off with FCO!!
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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!
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!
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
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)
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!
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****
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)
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!
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!
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…
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!
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!!
So I have to say my husband is seriously the greatest!! This year is going to be my first Mother’s Day! I can’t even believe that this is gonna be my first ever Mother’s Day! It is really exciting because it took us so long to even get to this and now we have this perfect little nugget! I mean just look at that face!! ADORABLE PEOPLE! ha ha ha! I know..I am partial..
So going back to what I was originally saying…my husband is the greatest! Why? Well the other day I was having kind of a hard day emotionally. Basically lots of hormones running around. I had just gotten my period after not having it for quite a long time and it just really caught me off guard. It was just a weird funk…and well annoyingly it is totally normal.
So he comes home from work with early Mother’s Day gifts! I was so excited! Well first he got me a really nice bottle of Whiskey which I was soo excited to try! Yum! I craved it when I was pregnant so that was a tough one for me ha ha ha. The second gift was this thing called the SELF Journal. It is a book/journal that helps with time management, eating that frog, productivity and goal setting. After getting laid off it really pushed me to realize that it was time to work on ME and do what I really want to do. What I really want to do is be my own boss so that I can travel, do what I want to do and be able to be with Jenson! As I started working on getting rolling with my business I realized that I am all over the place and got really down on myself. I got down on myself because I overwhelmed myself and didn’t know how to get out of it. Well this journal is supposed to help get me to my goals in an organized way! Which is EXACTLY what I need! I am soo stoked to start working on it!!! Has anyone ever used this journal before? What did you think of it? Did it help you?
I think what I am most excited about with this is to help reign in all my thoughts and get my on a nice consistent track to make my goals happen!
Something I have been dealing with my whole life is for some reason I tend to worry about what others think or what others could potentially think about my choices. (This is something I don’t ever talk about..but to be totally honest with you guys I felt compelled to talk about this today)
I don’t know why I do this. . . I realize how dangerous this is and completely DUMB it is too! Why should I care about what others think? Why am I so worried that I will look a certain way to others? I am still working on that to get to the bottom of it but what I am also working on is to let it go. Everyday I talk to myself…ok not in the crazy way lol. I tell myself that I need to do what I WANT to do. I also tell myself lots of positive affirmations and that it is up to me to make the change.
I now have the time, the freedom to get whatever I want going, which is amazing!! Tanner can attest to this that I have been whining/complaining for years about wanting to do my own thing and not have a boss. Literally…I complain about it. What bugs me is that I shouldn’t be complaining about it..complaining gets you nowhere. It just creates your own pity party. NOPE. No Thank you! Not any more…now is the time to get my ass in gear and DO my passion. Put myself out there and work. It isn’t easy to do that but the end result makes it OH SO WORTH IT! I have seen other’s succeed at their passions because they put in the hardwork. Which is so inspiring and exciting!
I think that all of us have fears and some of those fears I think can become debilitating if you let them. You can either get consumed by fear OR you can get out there and start working your butt off and creating the life you want! So which one is it?
Letting your fears consume you will only lead you into a sad life. Honestly…it really will. If you don’t make this life worthwhile then what are you doing? What are those passions of yours? They are passions for a reason ….so get out show the world you are one bad ass chick (or guy!) and make life truly worth living. Is your passion to stay home and garden? OK…well do it or is your passion to get out make a huge change in the world? Or are you somewhere in between? Whatever it is…it is YOURS. So now I am taking my own advice and going to start doing. I can’t let things get to me…and when they do I need to go for a walk and let those feelings melt off of me. We are all human and each day is a new day full of new obstacles and learning opportunities.
So your lesson for the day is this….no more pity parties. Besides those are boring! If you want to make change the first step is DOING. So get up and get out! lol That is what I am doing! I am getting up and stopping from letting my mind tell me otherwise!!
P.S. This blog may have been more of a ‘you can do it Natalie’ blog than for anyone…but I do hope if anyone is feeling down today that it helps you! Today was my feeling down day but after getting this out and going for my walk I am not ready to get back at it and work! Love you guys!
So I wanted to update you guys on where I am with my breastfeeding journey..it has been an interesting ride. Like I told you earlier I am taking fenugreek and brewers yeast. I am still taking those but to be totally honest I haven’t seen much of a change from them. I know that some people had real success with the increased supply but that is definitely not me! haha
I was also told that drinking LOTS of water will help. I have been drinking water but I think some days I just am not drinking enough. So that is definitely something I need to change. When I am out and about I tend to drink less so I need to start coming up with ways to get me drinking while I am out. I think that is probably a very common problem with most people though! I just need a faucet to follow me where ever I am…new invention?
I am going to kind of update my routine to hopefully help the supply because as of now it is going down and not up. So that is something I REALLY want to change!! If I can breastfeed or even just get him to bottle feed with breast milk 80% of the time that would be amazing! I am aware that that could also just not happen. In fact yesterday it kind of hit me at how things are just not going the way I want them too. It really didn’t dawn me how much it was affecting me until Tanner asked why I was so on edge and if anyone knows Tanner it was more of a like ‘wtf dude’ hahaha! Of course I got super snippy when he asked me that…umm excuse me but don’t call me out on my snaptasticness! lol Once I got over myself I realized that the fact that I am not totally ‘winning’ at this breastfeeding thing is really bothering me. I am trying my hardest for it to work. SO WORK DAMN IT! haha! Just DO what I want you to do! OK? Thanks!
I, of course, apologized and explained to him where I was with it all. I would say 95% of time it doesn’t bother me but yesterday that 5% definitely came out. I needed to get the emotion out and move on. So that is what I did and I feel way better and ready to try some more! I don’t know how long I am going to actually give this a go but I am just going to until I feel like it is time to let it go. I decided this morning it was time to start trying out the essential oils. I am sure you all are surprised I haven’t tried these yet but I wanted to give the fenugreek and brewers yeast a chance before I added in more things!
So as of now…add more water, pump 2-4 times a day and add in Essential Oil potions. Hey, at least I will smell delightful! I spoke to my essential oil ladies and got some great advice, along with checking my essential oil bible for what oils would help with increasing milk supply. What I found is Fennel, Basil and Wild Orange Essential Oils are the key! So what I did was created a spray that I can put on my boobs throughout the day. One thing to keep in mind though is that Fennel you can’t use continuously and that you need to take breaks from it OR it can actually do the opposite affect on your supply. I have no idea why that is but that is just what I have learned. So what I will actually do is create 2 different blends, one with Fennel and one without. Then I will switch them every week. Also, I added in Lavender to the mix because it is a great calming oil and with all the action happening on my ta-tas I figured that would be a great add in! ha ha!
Now to help even more I will be taking veggie capsules of Wild Orange and Basil. I was told by a gal that did this to do it 3 times a day. So basically every time I need to take a vitamin I will be adding this in as well. So let’s just bomb the crap out of myself. Sound good? OK lol
If this doesn’t work for the milk supply it will certainly help me with my emotions because of the amazing benefits all of these oils have on your body. So either way it is a win win for me! Let’s just hope my little cocktails I created for myself do the job!!
I am feeling really positive about this journey and honestly…if it doesn’t work I can say that I tried my absolute best and gave it my all. That is in fact the most important thing about anything you want to accomplish. Not everything is going to happen the way you want it to. It just isn’t…life isn’t fair! BUT…I am learning more and more about who I am and what I want. I am also teaching myself that the most important thing is I try my best. I definitely will not be walking away from this with the horrible ‘regret’ that I didn’t try. Who would want to feel that way anyway..? This journey has been crazy but also has been a huge learning process for me! So no matter what the outcome of this breastfeeding is I will be coming out as a winner! Why? Because I have the coolest baby in the world that is being fed, loved and snuggled!