Let be Honest Mamas : Flu Season

Its been a minute since I participated with the other beautiful ladies of the Lets be Honest Mamas group. I am LOVING these questions Kacie  came up with about flu season. We all do something different and I think its fun to learn new ways to help our bodies do what they were created to do. When you’re done reading my answers to these five questions head on over to the other ladies involved in this months post. All their links are at the bottom of this post. 

Nobody wants their child to catch the cold or flu. Do you have any tips or tricks for preventing the flu from hitting your house?

I thieves everything. Haha. If you don’t know what thieves is please let me humor you for a moment. Back in the 1500’s grave robbers wore it to keep the stench and decaying bodies from making them sick. So if it can keep them from getting sick imma thieves my whole house. Haha. In all honesty though I really do use thieves EVERYDAY. I use Young Livings Thieves Concentrate to make my own household cleaner, and even to clean little mans toys. I also use the oil to help keep our immune systems up. (If you’re interested in getting thieves concentrate to make your own cleaner I am putting my contact info at bottom of post. comes out to .81c/bottle VS. toxic cleaners (i.e. clorox/lysol at $2.99/bottle)

I personally take Elderberry Syrup when the flu is going around. Its pretty much magic. You can make your own or buy it from the store.

I have a special little rollerbottle concoction that is pure magic. The last time I was sick was in 2016. So let that be the proof. Its a magic rollerbottle with oregano, frankincense, lavender, lemon, and thieves. I roll it on my feet, spine, and neck/throat every couple hours when there are cold/flus going around. I have yet to get sick. Soooooo WINNING. 

 

 

Some parents rush their children to the doctor at the first sign of being sick or injured, while others choose to take care of the situation at home. Which category do you fall into and when do you know it’s time to see a doctor?

Going to the doctor for us only occurs in extreme medical emergencies. Im talking life or death. Our bodies know how to heal themselves and if we do a good job at helping keep our immune system up our bodies can typically do the work needed to heal. We just have a responsibility to take care of our bodies. We live in world where we want instant change but sometimes we need to just let our bodies do the work even if that means waiting extra long.

What are some natural remedies that you use to help your child feel better when he/she comes down with the flu/cold.

Little man has yet to come down with a cold since he was a couple months old. I like to think its my oily usage in our house. We are also fairly strict with our diet to keep our immune system working at capacity. We limit our dairy use (if any) along with sugar. A lot of people eat a lot of sugar during winter months which will CRASH your immune system. I get flack for not giving my son sugary foods, but I am okay with that. Knowing I am keeping his body healthy is whats most important to me. 

Are you an advocate for the flu vaccine or do you choose to skip it? Why?

We choose not to get the flu vaccine. Just my personal beliefs. 

For solidarity, share your worse flu story. Have you been thrown up on? Did one flu bug cycle through your entire family causing you to have weeks of taking of a sick child (or husband)? Let all the moms reading this know they’re not alone in the struggles of taking care of sick children.

I don’t have any crazy sick stories. Thank you Jesus. The worst sickness has been without kiddos always at thanksgiving. Go figure. haha. So heres to thieves, elderberry preventing it all. Okay, okay not all. But a lot. haha.

Follow along with all the other beautiful mamas taking part in this months post:

Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Stephanie Pollock stephpollock.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com

 

 

 

Interested in thieves cleaner? I did a blog post on how many bottles of cleaner one bottle of concentrate can make HERE. I am putting in my monthly order in next week.

Message me if you want me to add a bottle for you.  Kymberlyjanelle@gmail.com. If you’re local and order 2 or more Ill throw in a free oregano oil! Message me.

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DIY Kids play kitchen

When I scored this kitchen set for free. Yes, FREE I knew it was going to need a full makeover. I mean looking at this ahem *beauty*. As a neutral lover I couldn’t stand the idea of this many colors in my house. haha.  Bring me ALLLLLL the black, white, gray and gold. I mean what more do you need? Seriously?

Lets take a moment and admire the beauty that is the BEFORE.

It was bad you guys. haha. Well loved and too many colors for my eyes. 

Enter lots of tender loving care.

First up was to take off all the hardware. Easy enough. I then painted each set white. This probably helped transform them the quickest and helped me get a vision for the complete transformation.  I was able to just do two coats of paint. The biggest pain in a** was painting inside the kitchen sets. But hey, its done and it looks great.

 

I also spray painted the “sink” aka baking pan black. I was hoping to find something to replace it but its functional. So I kept it. And it saved me a good $20. Finding a play kitchen sink is nearly impossible FYI.

Next up was applying the marble contact paper for the counters. Happy to say it was super easy to cut, and apply. Highly suggest doing this on your DIY kitchen. It completely  transforms the kitchen. And for under $10 it is the biggest bang for your buck on a kids kitchen. My BFF joked my sons kitchen is going to be better than hers.

TIP FOR APPLYING MARBLE CONTACT PAPER: The marble contact paper is extremely sticky duh! So learn from me and I don’t cut it longer than you need cause your paint WILL peel off. 

Marble Contact Paper: $9:  Amazon 

I also changed out the hardware. I knew I wanted gold hardware for his play kitchen. I was able to score these on amazon for under $15 for a set of five of them. Perfect size for little man.   Gold Handles: $15/5pk : Amazon  



Well what do you think? Would love to hear what you think of the transformation.

Have you attempted DIY a kids kitchen before?? 

Gold Handles: $15/5pk : Amazon  

Marble Contact Paper: $9:  Amazon 

Stove Top Sticker Decals: Etsy

Play Food: Target

Felt Fish: $8.99/3pk Target

Pots +Pans : Melissa + Doug (I scored his for free from a friend 🙂

 

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Apartment Tour | Neutral Modern Nursery Toddler

If you know me you know I LOVE neutrals. My favorite color in that spectrum hands down being white. I need white walls and big windows for my heart to come alive. When I saw the light in this space I KNEW this was our new home. I have surprisingly loved NOT having curtains which surprises me more than anyone. I love a good set of floor to ceiling drapes but the light and windows are just to good to cover in any way. So the only room that has curtains is my room.

 

His rocking horse was a hand me down that was re-painted with his name on the back. He loves his “neigh, neigh”

I love me a good fiddle fig plant. I found this cute little fiddle fig leaf for $4 at Michaels this summer! SCORE! (Side note, all my fiddle figs I have scored for $5 or under. Um thank you JESUS!)

His Azteca Natural rug from Lorena Canals is one of my favorite rugs for a kids room because of how easy it is to clean. I can just throw it in the wash!! With a toddler, that is necessary at times 😉 Its under $250 too and comes in two sizes HERE.


I made his ‘son you are a legend’ sign for his nursery and loved it so much I decided to keep it in his new space. Just a reminder for him as he grows up.

My favorite thing in his room has to be his play kitchen that I did a complete 180 to that he I gave to him as his christmas gift this year. And yes, a diy blog post is coming next week on how I did it all for under $50. Consider this a sneak peek 😉





 

 

 

Have any questions or where I got something? Just ask in the comments!

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The only natural deodorant I use

When I decided to switch over my deodorant to a natural one I will admit I was nervous. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer (and eventually passed away) one of the first things I learned about was our bodies need to rid itself of toxins and how most deodorants prevented us from sweating.

Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum which blocks pores, thereby preventing toxins from leaving the body. Some scientists have suggested that this may be a risk factor in the development of breast cancer. Random fact tidbit. Most people put 168 chemicals in their body every day. EVERYDAY! Yikes.

However being a woman I really didn’t wanna be known as that hippie with pit stains and smelly armpits. I may be from the PNW but it wasn’t a stigma I wanted my name associated with. I knew there had to be something out there that didn’t burn your pits like a lot the the natural ones do. Sidetone, its because of the baking soda in it. So steer clear of baking soda deodorants if you don’t want that. There are ways around it but lets be honest I don’t have time for an extra step. I wanna put on my deodorant and go.

Enter Kaia Natural Charcoal deodorant. If you go on their website this is one of the first things they talk about “Creating natural and minimalist products that benefit busy people is second nature to kaia naturals.” They are my kinda people.

The first thing I loved was of course the packaging. Made my neutral heart happy. Second was the smell. Can I be honest? I don’t think I have ever found a deodorant I have loved the smell of. They are all so artificial and either to girly, or just not my jam. The takesumi detox Kaia deodorant that I use is Lime + Mint. Perfectly refreshing and super light.

I took their 30 day challenge and I kid you not, this is my favorite deodorant to use. I will not go back to the other brands. I don’t have any odor, and I can trust what I am putting on my body is safe. So back to the 30 day detox challenge. Here is what you can expect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I honestly was super nervous I would STANK. Either my friends were lying to me or my body did a great job of not embarrassing me. haha. I only had one day where I noticed a not friendly odor but I just reapplied deodorant and seemed to lessen.

You’ll notice the deodorant is gray. Honestly I was a little worried. I was definitely that person that emailed customer service and asked if it was going to stain my clothes or get on my clothes. They assured me it wasn’t a silly question and that it wouldn’t. Guess what? It doesn’t. It goes on almost clear like and I haven’t had any issues with staining.

So how does it work? Well the activated charcoal helps fight the odor causing bacteria meaning I stay smelling good AND the charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out the bacteria and toxins.

Since partnering with Kaia Naturals they are offering all my readers a 15% off discount. So get on it! Just type in “kymberlyjanelle” at checkout to get your discount.

Discount available until October 31st!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

 

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Bringing back the art of Thank you Cards with Basic Invite

Growing up writing thank you cards was a must. The day after a birthday or holiday we were sat down and given thank you cards to write in.

As I have grown up Ill be the first to admit I am not as good at it as I wish I was but I know the delight in receiving snail mail so I was determined to send out thank you cards. Its just harder now being a mom, but I know how much I appreciate a little thank you note when we attend parties. I of course used basic invite to create little mans first birthday invites for his WILD ONE birthday party.

So when creating his thank you cards I knew I wanted something more than just a plain white thank you card. Because as sweet as they are they usually get thrown in the trash a couple days later no? So I decided to use images from his Wild One Cake Smash that I photographed last month. This way they get a sweet little picture of him and a thank you card! Can you say genius?

Basic Invite is a little different than most printing companies. Not only do they allow customers to print a sample so you can see what it looks like they have almost unlimited colors! 180 colors to be exact. I didn’t even know there were 180 colors! With forty envelope colors your invites or thank you cards are going to be an exact match every time.

And one of my favorite features they collect addresses for you so you have them all in one place. This is something I love because other wise I have all my addresses in different spreadsheets and post it notes scattered around the house.

 

What about you? Did you grow up required to write thank you cards?

 

 

 

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First Birthday Party

Somehow the day has come, and now gone. His first birthday. I put so much thought into what I wanted to do. Wild has been a theme since having little man so I knew right off the bat that I wanted to do a “Wild One” party. However in the beginning I wasn’t going to do it based off of Where the wild things are. I was going to do a lumberjack outdoorsy themed but since his birthday is in June I realized thats kinda out of season and decided to go with the classic Where the Wild Things are. 

This birthday was a labor of love and such a fun collaboration with soooooo many incredible companies. Cannot wait to share all the pictures with you guys. So lets get started.

His invites were designed by Kelly Jo Studio on etsy and printed by Basic Invite. I’ve used several different printers over the years being a photographer and these honestly were the best quality. These are velvet ❤ Ummmmm, I didn’t even know that was an option till I found basic invite. So obviously I had to choose those.



Cannot wait to print our thank you cards through Basic Invite for all those who attended his birthday party. Ill be using one of the images from his first birthday cake smash.  

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw. Oh, and they have free address collection service. Talk about a one stop shop. Basic Invite is my new go-to!

Sidenote. Is RSVP’ing a thing of the past? Not one person RSVP’d. haha. I had to create a Facebook group where people actually rsvp’d. haha. Maybe they just all assumed I knew they were coming. haha.

Anyways, I digress. I knew I wanted to try and stick pretty close to the theme of the book with just some minor tweaks here are there.

His outfit, well it just slays me. His crown was handmade by Jessica at NuggetteCouture on Etsy. We just sent her his dimensions and she custom made it for him. You guys Jessica is AMAZING!!!! Please, go send her some love and go follow her on instagram HERE.  The quality is way better than anything you’re going to find at the store. We are keeping the crown and tail for his ‘dress up box’ later down the road and because hello that crown is so stinking cute. Instant heart melt.

His cupcake toppers are all from Glitter Designs Co . You guys Etsy is where you wanna look for everything party related! I am telling you there is so much talent there!! If you remember in his first birthday cake smash I had a cake topper. This was also made by Glitter Designs Co. 


 

His tree cake platters are from Targets Christmas Clearance when it went to 90%. I got them for $0.50 each!!



 


 

We had so much fun. I’ve discovered one of my favorite things is having a house full of laughter and noise. It was the best feeling ever having our friends and family come celebrate our little man.



Thanks to everyone who made his birthday such an amazing success ❤

 

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First Birthday Cake Smash

Littles mans cake smash was such an amazing collaboration of five different vendors that I absolutely love. Please make sure and check them out and let them know I sent you!!!

I am not to going chat to much cause you guys these photos just melt me.

 

Sweet n Swag provided the bow tie and suspenders. I just can’t even. So stinking cute.
I made his “A Wild One” banner. The other banner underneath was purchased at targets dollar spot clearance last fall for $.30. Blog post coming later this week on how to make it for under $1.

 

 

Amy at J. Harlow & CO hand knit his navy blue romper. Which is adjustable and so perfect for this outfit. Make sure and find Amy over on instagram HERE. Let her know I sent you ❤



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nugget Couture on etsy custom made his Where the Wild Things are crown + tail. 

And now for the best part….the cake smash. I had NO IDEA how he would respond. He actually did pretty great. He tried it. He didn’t hate it.


Cake Topper: Glitter Designs Co 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a little bit though he was done with it and was staring at me like why are you taking so many pictures of me eating? I mean seriously that face you guys!! haha. I have no one to blame but myself. Guaranteed I make that face. daily. haha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie + Suspenders: Sweet n Swag

Custom Where the Wild Things are crown + tail: Nugget Couture

Knit Romper:  J. Harlow & CO 

Cake Topper: Glitter Designs Co

Cake: I made it myself- recipe coming soon!

 

 

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My favorite young living oils | May Favorites

I thought I would start a little series on my blog each month where I will feature my favorite oils for that month.

Oils can be intimidating I know. Where do you start? What oils do you need first? Should you purchase a starter kit first? So many questions and I want to take time each month to address all of these questions for you. Yes, getting the starter kit is absolutely the smartest way to go for what you get in it (we will talk more about that next month:). Today I wanna chat about 4 oils that are not in the starter kit that we are using EVERY DAY.

This months favorite oils are: Peace + Calming, Orange, Valor, and Grounding.


First up is GROUNDING oil. Grounding oil is the oil I have talked about the most this month if you follow me on instagram. We have been dealing with ALOT of overwhelming anxious feelings and grounding is helping stop those emotions in their tracks. I personally just take a whiff and find myself becoming a little more centered.

I have so many friends with children on the autism spectrum that have story after story about how this oil has helped stop their tantrums and fits with just smelling it. You can apply this oil topically or just smell it.

Toddlers + tantrums are another reason you will want this oil.

Grounding oil has : Abies concolor† (White fir) branch/leaf/wood oil, Picea mariana† (Black spruce) leaf oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pinus sylvestris† (Pine) leaf oil, Cedrus atlantica† (Cedarwood) bark oil, Angelica archangelica† (Angelica) root oil, Juniperus osteosperma† (Juniper) oil

For under $20 this oil is a must have for any mama

 

Next up is VALOR. My husband has used this daily for the past couple years. We nicknamed it “courage in a bottle”. It is that extra confidence boost that you need going into work, or an interview. Its just the perfect way to get yourself in a positive mindset as you start the day. Its a very uplifting smell. My husband typically goes through a bottle a year.

Valor has: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Picea mariana † (Black spruce) leaf oil, Cinnamomum camphora † (Camphor) wood oil, Tanacetum annuum † (Blue tansy) flower oil, Boswellia carterii † (Frankincense) oil, Pelargonium graveolens † (Geranium) flower oil

Valor is $39.75 wholesale

 

 

Orange oil is so stinking affordable at $10.75 and its the only thing that works as a teeth whitener on my teeth and doesn’t hurt them. I have pretty sensitive teeth and I cannot use any kind of teeth whitener strips. So orange oil is what I have been using daily. I use it once in afternoon and once at night.

Peace & Calming was the oil that got us hooked on young living oils 3 years ago. The first time I used it I slept better than I had slept in over 10+ years. I actually freaked me out I slept so soundly. We now use it every night. We just apply drop to our feet and rub our feet together. I am not a bad sleeper, I just have a hard time turning off my brain at night. I typically scroll through my phone and wait till I get sleepy. So instead of doing that I put on peace & calming as I am starting bedtime routine. Put my phone on my nightstand and am off to sleep.

Peace & Calming blend has: Citrus reticulata† (Tangerine) peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis† (Orange) peel oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil, Tanacetum annuum† (Blue tansy) oil

Peace & Calming is $34.75 wholesale

This oil is EXTREMELY popular and is limited to ONE bottle per month per customer. 

 

If you’ve been following my blog you will have noticed I just started selling Young Living oils. I have been using them for 3+ years though. Now that we are selling them I am able to get hundreds of dollars of free oils each month and get a paycheck. WOHOO. Honestly, knowing I am able to help keep our household a little less toxic free feels amazing. We are currently in process of switching out all our cleaners, laundry detergents and soaps to young living products.

If you’re interested in getting your oils for free each month as well send me at email at: kymberlyjanelle@gmail.com and lets chat. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a starter kit you can do so HERE. Just make sure you select member so you can get wholesale pricing. Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions you have. This month (May) when you purchase your starter kit you get a FREE tangerine oil AND I’ll pay for your shipping. 

When you join my team you join an incredible group of women who truly root for each other and are more than willing to help the other one out.

 

 

 

 

 

For those interested I will be doing a motherhood + essential oils Facebook live event June 1st in the evening. If you’re interested in joining along click HERE . This event is for those who are not currently signed up with Young Living to give more insight into how oils can help you and your household as a mama. There will be giveaways and promos!!

 

More blog posts I’ve written on essential oils:

Making your own DIY cleaner

Living Simply & Spring Cleaning