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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mommy Moments #104

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to our very own Heather and and her post Keeping Marriage Alive After Baby! If you haven't stopped by to check out our Thursday One Year and Beyond Link Up, you are missing out! We have lots of fun topics for mamas to read up on! Thanks for sharing this great post Heather!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Tips To Help Siblings Prepare For A New Baby (GUEST POST)

I am thrilled to have Brittany from Sweet Country Roots here guest posting at The Life Of Faith!

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 Brittany Styron is a believer in Jesus Christ, a wife, and momma to four amazing kids. She has a passion for country living, cooking, gardening, homeschooling, and encouraging women in their roles as wives and mothers. She blogs honestly about all these things at Sweet Country Roots.

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10 Tips To Help Siblings Prepare For A New Baby
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 I have had the privilege of bringing 4 beautiful children in this world. I look forward to their birth to not only see their face for the first time, but to be able to get out of a chair all in one motion! Our children don't always sense the relief when the baby gets here as we do. In their eyes there is another baby taking time and attention. This can possibly leave room for bitterness and negative feelings to grow. This is where our attitude comes in play.

  We must prepare our little ones for the newest little one. Having taught this three different times now, it is becoming second nature and has been a tremendous help for the kids. This has also been great for me as well to knock out that darn momma guilt:)

  Here is a list of my tried and true greatest tips on encouraging your children to welcome the newest member of the family:

 1. When you first make the announcement be sure you are the one to tell them. Don't let them find out from someone else. Announce it to them in a way that shows them how special this is, and tell them all the wonderful changes that will be happening.

 2. Allow them to go to some of your doctor appointments. My kids always loved to be included on the journey of watching the baby grow in my belly.

 3. Make a copy of the ultrasound picture for them to hold onto and show their friends.

 4. Let them hear you pray for the baby in your growing belly, and pray that they will be best friends.

 5. Let them feel the baby kick. Mine loved this and would often fight over who got to lay their hand across my belly.

 6. When the baby's birth is getting closer prepare them for the days ahead when the baby will be home. Let them know how much you and the baby will need their help and talk to them about visitors coming to see the baby.

 7. Encourage them to draw a picture for the baby on the day they are born.

 8. Once the baby is here, pretend you are the baby talking in a silly voice. Really get into it and use the babies hands too. (Pretending to be the baby) say, "I love you sooo much! You're the best big brother or sister ever!" ...They are sure to laugh at this one.

 9. At the end of those busy tiresome days with a newborn tell them how you don't know how you would have made it through the day with out them. They are so helpful.

 10. Give them affection all through the day. A hug, a kiss, an I love you, and an I am so proud of you.

 Thus far I have never had a child to struggle with the adjustment. Children typically love new babies we just have to remind them how much they are loved. Pretty simple right? Do you have any tips that have worked for you? Where any of them a flop?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mommy Moments #103

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to Crazily Normal and her post Being A Working Mama. I love Alycia's attitude towards working mamas, working at home mamas, and stay at home mamas alike. We all have a job to do and we do it well. That's what's important! Thanks for the great post Alycia!

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Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Keeping Your Marriage Alive After Kids



One Year and Beyond is back!!  We just couldn't stay away from this awesome toddler series.  We've gotten so much positive response so far.  Motherhood can be difficult especially with a toddler at home.  So we're here to talk toddler issues, mom to mom.  We've got a great group of mamas who are offering their advice on getting through those challenging times with their child.  Be sure to check out their blogs and then link up your own post on the topic with us below!

I had originally titled this post, Staying In Love After Kids. After a few minutes of writing, I realized that marriage isn't always about being in love. It's about choosing to love that person you have committed yourself to, even when you may not be easy. There are often seasons within marriage where love seems dead, especially when you are raising a toddler! Sadly, many people give up at that point. But I want to remind you that marriage isn't all about feelings and love, it's about commitment and the choice to spend your life with that person and bring God glory no matter how hard that might be.
Mark 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.
There is no magic recipe for making a marriage work. Communicating, coordinating schedules, and making time for each other can be difficult in general. Throw a few tiny humans into the mix who can't function without our constant attention and supervision, and sometimes it feels like complete chaos.

Often in the midst of chaos, our marriages are the first to go. We think we can just put them on auto pilot and if it's meant to be, it should work, right? 
Wrong.
 It is so important that we be intentional about making our marriage work. It requires daily maintenance and effort on our parts to make sure that we are loving our spouse the way God has called us to! Here are five things to keep in mind in regards to keeping your marriage alive.

1. Your spouse doesn't exist to make you happy, or even to make you feel complete, needed, and loved! If I am relying on my husband to emotionally satisfy me, I am setting him up for failure. He is human and incapable of perfectly meeting all of my emotional needs! My feelings of worth, completeness, and belonging need to be found in Christ rather than in an imperfect human. If I am placing that pressure on my husband, it most certainly leads to disappointment, and bitterness. If we are both allowing Christ to fulfill our needs and looking to him as the source of our identity, then we are able to enjoy each other without the added pressure of trying to have our needs met in each other.

2. Both husbands and wives are sinners and that requires a lot of grace be given and received. After a long day, it's easy for us to be critical of one another, impatient, unkind, and just plain hurtful at times. I know I am guilty of that. I am still learning how to readily admit when I'm wrong and ask for my husbands grace and forgiveness towards me. We all have our share of things that we need to be forgiven for, so let's be quick to forgive as we have been forgiven. 
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

3. Adapt your marriage to each season of life. Before our daughter was born, we had several date nights every week where we just spent time alone together mini golfing, going to movies, dinner, walks by the river etc. That was a wonderful season of life and great for our marriage! Just because we can't have that now doesn't mean our marriage has to suffer. Making time to do those things, even with a toddler in tow can still be very beneficial for a marriage. We don't have to put our marriage on hold just because we have a child now, we just add a child into our marriage and make it work with her in the mix! We have learned to set aside our evening time after our daughter's bedtime to spend time together. Often that just means we fall asleep on the couch watching a show, but that's what works for us. It helps us reconnect and know that we are not alone.

4. Don't ever stop dating your spouse. This is so important. I don't mean that you must have a weekly dinner date with your spouse without your toddler or children. Just try to think back about the things you used to do while you were dating your husband. Did you leave him little notes in his car at work, give him a back rub while you were watching a movie, run to give him a hug when he came over, kiss him just because? Now that we are married, we tend to think all that is a given.

 It's not. 

You may think your spouse just knows now that you love them and are thinking about them, but the reality is, they may not. They may see you so distracted and caught up with taking care of your child(ren) and feel as though you really don't care about them anymore. 

You need to constantly remind them of your love: text it, write it, show it, more now than ever before!

5. Remember that your husband comes first. I know not everyone may agree with this statement, but I firmly believe that one of the best things you can do for your kids is have a great marriage. After all, isn't that what you want for them one day as well? 

Moms who get so caught up in the raising of their children often begin living almost as if their husband doesn't exist. They latch on to their role as mom and thrive there while leaving their role as wife to rot in the background. What happens then when kids grow up and leave home? There's an identity crisis. The role as mom is no longer as needed, but the role as wife has been forgotten.

Being a tired, exhausted, emotionally-drained mom is not a good excuse to stop being a good wife.
Just don't let yourself buy into that lie.

I'm definitely not advocating that you don't take care of your children! I just know how easy it is to pour all your time, energy and emotions into your busy toddler and at the end of the day have nothing left for your husband. He is going to be the one there after the kids have grown and gone so make sure you are investing in your relationship with him as well, whatever it takes!

July 10:  Keeping your marriage alive with a toddler
July 17:  Favorite summer toddler activities
July 24:  Helping Your Toddler to Communicate (Words, emotions, etc.)
July 31:  Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Aug 7:    Car Trip Necessities
Aug 14:  Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21:  Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies and Children + GIVEAWAY

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies and Children
We can go thru life with regrets or realize that people, places and things are put in our lives at exactly the right time. Do I wish that natural remedies would have been my first choice as we started having children...of course! Or when my babies experienced their first high fever and ear infection I would have had essential oils and herbs at my disposal....why yes! There is something very empowering and freeing when you have complete control over your families health. To know for almost any illness, there is powerful yet gentle "medicine" that provide peace and comfort to parents, especially when there are so few things that are safe for babies when they are hurting. I would have loved to have a stash of oils to get me through some of those tough times. Better late than never!
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 My knowledge and desire to be Dr. Mom came in its own perfect timing and has been a crucial part of healing our boys from autism. To be able to equip parents with options (other than pharmaceuticals and synthetics) is an absolute passion. I WILL change the world... more specifically our approach to modern medicine and the "quick fixes" that our society craves in all facets of life.

So let's focus on babies for a moment. They are our most valuable gift and that first few years are a critical time to establish a life of good health and immune function.

Below is a list of essential oils for babies, along with protocols for common issues that babies experience.
simple things to keep in mind: always dilute on babies with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Do not expect results from inferior oils.
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  #1 – Lavender My top pick is lavender because it is one of the most versatile oils. It instills a normal sleep pattern, and what mom doesn't need that in the first three months?? Lavender cleanses skin irritations, releases tension in the mind and body, among a long list of other things! Lavender is known as sort of the Swiss Army knife of oils, and has traditionally been known to balance the body and work where there is a need. When in doubt, use lavender is what you will always hear me say! **caution to know and trust your source of lavender. It is one of the easiest to make synthetically which provides zero therapeutic effect. Your essential oil company should have a S.E.E.D. to seal guarantee in place. Can be used for: Cradle Cap • Crying Baby • Diaper Rash • Clogged Tear Duct • Fever 
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#2 – Di-Gize What do I hear more than anything (next to eczema) that pretty much every baby is suffering from? Constipation, gas, colic, or diarrhea, and IT IS NOT NORMAL...so don't let your pediatrician get away with telling you it is and handing you a prescription for a drug that will cause life-long immune dysfunction. I have personally seen many infants suffering from gut issues, only to have it worsen with OTC's and Drugs; in each case, a small amount of Di-gize offered immediate relief....and stay away from the pasteurized milk people! Di-Gize is a blend containing tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. These oils help with problems related to the digestive system. Simply rub a little over the belly or the bottom of the feet. Eczema anyone?? The new "fashion" for babies and kids now. A combo of Di-gize to heal the gut and lavender to nourish the skin is a powerful one-two punch to nip that in the bud. Can be used for: Colic • Jaundice • Constipation • Diarrhea

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  #3 – Thieves A powerhouse of germ killing! Even superbugs like MRSA and C-diff are no match for this blend. Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiate, and rosemary. It is highly antiviral and antiseptic. I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking! Can be used for: Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

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  #4 – Melrose Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove. It has strong antiseptic properties and can fight infection. It also helps with tissue regeneration. This oil is also very gentle with little to no "hot" feeling on the skin. Little did I know how common molluscum contageousum and warts were until it happened to our middle son. This blend has been a part of our oil regimen to heal molluscum permanently! Can be used for: Ear Infection • Cradle Cap • Thrush Lavender Plus Melrose If you have both lavender and Melrose, this combination of oils is useful for pink eye, baby acne, eczema, dermatitis and warts. (never put oils directly in the eye)

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  #5 – Peace and Calming Peace and calming is a blend containing tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy. It offers up the most deep relaxing sleep you will ever experience! Peace and calming also helps with insomnia, and can reduce stress and anxiety. Mom also needs this oil, as it works wonders after a busy day and you find that your mind just won't shut off. This oil is a HUGE part of our Autism Protocol! Can be used for: Crying Baby • Sleeplessness • Coughing

Finding it hard to begin? Below are some simple protocols to use for many common childhood illnesses. They only apply to the use of Young Living Essential oils.

COLDS Thieves, Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change. COLIC Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon. CONSTIPATION Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBL of good carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy. COUGHING Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back. CRYING Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil. DIARRHEA Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBL good carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon. DIAPER RASH Combine 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes. FEVER Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks. JAUNDICE Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA treatment. TEETHING Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBL of quality carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line. Thieves and Clove are also amazing, but dilute well and apply to the gum line. TUMMY ACHE Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Wild Orange with 2 TBL of quality carrier oil. Add 1 Tsp of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. #2 One drop of Di-gize on the belly or bottom of the feet. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes. Other essential oils commonly used on infants: Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine

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  Children: COLDS Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest. Another great option is Thieves. CONSTIPATION Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet. (Di-gize as well) CUTS & SCRAPES Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly. EARACHE Apply Melaleuca and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal. Read Here about our Ear Infections and how we treat them. FEVER Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBLS of coconut or jojoba oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back. FLU Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath. MINOR BURNS Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area. SUNBURN Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area. The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano can be applied to the bottoms of the feet without discomfort. Be sure to put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive. It is truly magical to be able to sooth a burn or calm a distraught child will these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on. To read more on why Essential oils heal and drugs do not, click here. I have THREE Special gifts to send you for any Premium Membership with Young Living Essential Oils. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions! Read bout them by Clicking HERE One last thought. It is time we start taking health into our own hands and stop the cycle of "suppression" that our society has fallen into. What happens when we face anything uncomfortable whether it be illness or just in life? We want to suppress it, rather than heal it. We are taught from an early age that a trip to the pharmacy and some drugs will take away discomfort immediately, and in a time of quick fixes and immediate gratification, this is all we know. Our bodies, so perfectly designed, are not meant to be "quick fixes". A fever means the body is fighting germs, but if we trick it and do not allow this natural process to happen, then that virus or bacteria will never go away. There are compounding effects to that as well. Anything with a list of side-effects means those things can ACTUALLY happen!

Natural Medicine does not have side effects. Natural Medicine does not cause other organs and systems to shut down because of their use. More importantly, natural medicine is ancient in its roots and if you are looking for a medicine with the longest track record of safety, look no further than essential oils.

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 I am a wife and a mom who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. Please like and share the love! FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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Thanks for the great informational post, Jodie!


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