Family Pictures

Through my work at the Cincinnati Mom’s Blog, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience a mini photo session with a local mom and photography business owner (Allie t. Photography)!  I was super excited to get pictures done since our last set of family photos were about 6 months old (and Ian has changed A LOT since then). I was also excited because we’d get some maternity pictures. This was something I didn’t do when I was pregnant with Ian, but I wish I had! But since I haven’t been diligent about taking belly photos with this baby, I was glad to at least have some nice, professional pictures taken to commemorate my second pregnancy.

I really thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot. It lasted about 45 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time. And the weather was gorgeous so we managed to do the shoot outside; we ended up with some fantastic pictures!




I am so glad we did this photo session! Now the hard part is figuring out which ones to get printed and where to hang them. But that at least is a GOOD problem to have! I’ll never be sorry that I have too many wonderful photos from this time in our lives!

Essential Oils 101 Facebook Class Recap

On Sunday night I hosted an Essential Oils 101 class on Facebook and talked about the 10 Every Day Oils from Young Living (as well as some safety and other information about Essential Oils). The turnout for the class was great and there was some fantastic discussion! I had such a blast, and I even learned some stuff which is so neat.

Here’s a peek at the 10 oils we discussed: YLEO-collage1 YLEO-collage2 YLEO-collage3

We also talked about Thieves Cleaner and Ningxia Red. NingXia-Red-Healthier-Oil-the-Thyme Thieves Cleaner - Healthier Oil the Thyme

We wrapped the class with some prizes (yay!) and information about getting your own oils- either through being a customer (and buying some oils through a Young Living member) or through buying the Premium Starter Kit and becoming a Young Living Member.

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Are you interested in learning more about Young Living and Essential Oils? Would you like to host your own Essential Oils 101 Class on Facebook? Contact me to find out how!

The ideas in this post are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.  If you are interested learning more about Young Living Essential Oils or would like to purchase individual oils, the kit, or start your own Young Living business, please check out my team’s website Healthier Oil the Thyme, send an email to, or email me directly (  I love that my mentors and friends in this business always focus on education over sales, and we are always willing and happy to help others learn more about Young Living and Essential Oils!

37 Weeks…WHAT?!

So I am officially 37 weeks along.  This little girl could literally make her appearance any day now (though I’m kind of hoping she hangs out a bit longer).

Her room is all set up and ready for her (minus her “name art”, which I’m planning to finish in the next few days- it’s almost done, I PROMISE!).  We have clothes and burp cloths and bottles and a car seat and everything else we could need to get her settled in at home.

The only thing that’s weighing on my mind still is… Ian.  Not concern over how he’ll react; I’m sure he’ll be fine.  But what to actually DO with the toddler monster when this baby girl decides she’s ready to get the show started.  With no family nearby (10 hour drive), no regular babysitter (seriously, we have never used a babysitter before), and our close friends/coworkers (who I’m sure would be more than happy to watch Ian) being 45 minutes in the WRONG direction, I’m starting to get just a tad nervous about the uncertainty of this whole birth thing.  So, I’ve been soliciting babysitter recommendations and looking up drop in daycare and even debated looking into to find a reliable on-call nanny.  I’m sure we’ll figure SOMETHING out, but since I don’t have a plan in place just yet, I’m really not too anxious for this baby to get here before May 9…

Here’s a recap of my pregnancy experience/feelings over the last few weeks:
– Still getting occassional heartburn, though my Pepcid AC and my diy Young Living Essential Oil rub (which I shared in this previous post) have both been saving my bacon!
– Having issues sleeping at night… getting comfortable seems to be the main problem.  Normally, once I’m asleep, I’m good- it’s just getting to sleep that is tricky.  Again, my Young Living Lavender Oil seems to be helping with this…when I don’t apply a drop to my wrists and inhale before bed, I really notice a difference.
– I feel like I live in the bathroom.  Seriously, this kid must be snuggling up close with my bladder. No real remedy for that other than to continue to make bathroom trips…
– Lower back pain comes and goes.  Sometimes my back is fine, other times it feels like I need to be stretched and massaged and pulled to get my back to feel better.  I’ve been rubbing some of my Young Living Joy Oil on my lower back, though I’m not sure if that’s really made a huge difference.  I also mixed up an ache oil with Young Living PanAway and Valor oil, but I haven’t had a chance to really use that yet.  So, in the meantime, I’m just dealing.

Other than that, this baby girl is still kicking and moving like crazy, and I continue to feel as if I’m growing exponentially.  But considering all the problems I could be experiencing, I’m counting my blessings and am very thankful that (on the whole) this has been another easy pregnancy.  And, in 3-ish weeks it will all be over (which is surprisingly bittersweet), so there’s always that to keep things in perspective.  Oh gosh, we are excited, anxious, nervous….we’ll be seeing you soon, baby girl!

Essential Oils 101

As you all have seen, I have been having a lot of fun trying out my Young Living Essential Oils and seeing the benefits they bring me and my family.  Thanks for following along as I share my experiences!  I can’t wait to dive even deeper into the oils in my kit and the oily world in general.

Have my posts to date piqued your interest? Are you starting to get curious about Young Living and Essential Oils? Want to learn more?

If so, I have good news!  I am having an “Essential Oils 101” class on Facebook at 8:30PM (Eastern) Sunday night (4/19).


This is an education and information event about Young Living and Essential Oils. There will be giveaways and a chance to buy oils and/or the starter kit, but the main focus is on learning. If you’ve ever been curious about EOs or Young Living, I’d love for you to to pop by and check it out.  Here’s a link to the event page:

Hope to see some of you there!  Oiling is always more fun with friends, so let’s get oily together!

Another Oily Update

It’s been about two weeks since my last post about my experience so far with my Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit (PSK). I’ve actually been able to try out almost all of the oils from my kit, and so far I’m pretty pleased.  I’m still diffusing in Ian’s room at night, though I’ve changed the formula again (yes, I know- this is the third time) to 4 drops Thieves, 3 drops Purification, 2 drops Lavender (in about 300-400mL of water).  This seems to be the most successful combination to date- Ian has slept soundly ALL night since I’ve started this combination, so I’ll take it!

The two oils I’m really loving right now for myself, though, are Lemon and Peppermint!

With this pregnancy, I have been getting some pretty annoying heartburn.  Given that I’ve never experienced this in my life (until now), it’s not something I was prepared to handle.  When my heartburn gets really bad, I turn to my trusty Pepcid AC, and that normally knocks it right out.  But sometimes I don’t really need the Pepcid… my heartburn is more mild.  Annoying and uncomfortable, sure, but not full blown acid attacks that feel as if my chest is on fire.  Enter my new heartburn relief rub- my new favorite remedy for these scenarios.


Anytime I feel heartburn coming on, I rub a dab of this mixture onto my chest and it keeps my heartburn at bay (I MUCH prefer this to having to choke down a chalky, nasty chew… plus, it smells good!).  I decided not to whip the coconut oil first, though you could certainly do that if you wanted the balm to have a creamy consistency.  Or you could use fractionated coconut oil (or some other liquid oil) and put the mixture in a roller bottle for even easier application.

Have you tried Lemon and/or Peppermint?  What are your favorite uses for these oils?

The ideas in this post are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.  If you are interested learning more about Young Living Essential Oils or would like to purchase individual oils, the kit, or start your own Young Living business, please check out my team’s website Healthier Oil the Thyme, send an email to, or email me directly (  I love that my mentors and friends in this business always focus on education over sales, and we are always willing and happy to help others learn more about Young Living and Essential Oils!

Barefoot Books Facebook Party Recap

Last night’s Barefoot Books Facebook party was a lot of fun! I was so glad to have so many folks join me- some new friends, as well as some old ones. The party page is still open and available for folks who want to browse through the posts and conversation. And anyone is welcome to get in on the party order- just make sure you contact me before April 18th since that’s when I’ll be finalizing everything.

You’ll have to go to the Facebook party page for all the conversation and reading-together tips that we discussed, but here’s a look at the books I highlighted last night.  I still can’t get enough of our new releases…





You’re Invited!!


I’m hosting a virtual (live, online) Barefoot Books Facebook Party on April 13 (8:00PM Eastern), and you are invited!

Spring has bought some awesome new releases to the Barefoot Books inventory, and I would love the opportunity to share them with you!  Of course we also have some of our “old” favorites that I absolutely have to mention, so we’ll be looking at those, as well.  Just for attending, you’ll be entered into a raffle for a FREE surprise book!  And each friend you invite (who also attends) will earn you an additional raffle entry.  We’ll also have some other prizes throughout the evening, so you definitely don’t want to miss out.

Hop over to the event page and RSVP by clicking “Join” so you will be added to the event.  And don’t forget to log onto Facebook and visit the event page on April 13 at 8:00PM (Eastern) to participate and see all the amazing things Barefoot has to offer!

Hope to “see” you there!

Happy (belated) Easter!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter yesterday!  I spent the day playing with Ian and Jon and enjoying candy and the other goodies Ian received in his Easter basket.  Easter is such a happy and joyous holiday- and the weather yesterday only served to highlight that fact and put the whole family in a wonderful mood.

It was so fun to see Ian explore his Easter basket and marvel at the items the Easter Bunny delivered.  We didn’t go too crazy, and definitely avoided a huge pile of candy, but he was supremely excited with what he did find: books, hand stamps, bubbles, 2 little water guns, sidewalk chalk, 2 small bags of candy, a chocolate bunny, and “Frozen” (the movie). 


He was especially thrilled with the hand stamps and the bubbles, and we spent most of the gorgeous afternoon blowing and catching bubbles outside.


I also was the reluctant recipient of an assortment of hand stamps.  It was a little ridiculous how excited he was to have HIS VERY OWN hand stamps, but hey- if he’s happy, I’m happy!  And that $3 package of stamps and ink was WELL worth it!


We also tried our hand at dyeing eggs (via the shaving cream and food coloring method).  It was EXTREMELY messy, and I haven’t cleaned the shaving cream off yet to see how our eggs turned out, but it was a lot of fun.  So even if our eggs have absolutely zero color, I’d still consider it a success.  We got to do a project together that we both really enjoyed.


Later in the evening, we snuggled up together on the couch and watched “Frozen” while Ian ate some of his chocolate bunny.


All in all, it was a wonderful Easter. 

How did you spend your Easter?  Does the bunny visit your house or do you have some other tradition(s)?

A Barefoot Books Story Time!


I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be doing my first Barefoot Books story time this weekend!  If you are in the Cincinnati area and have littles you’re looking to entertain, why not come out and join me (and bring a friend, or two, or more)?  The story time will be targeted to kids under 5, but all ages are more than welcome to attend!  I promise to make it a fun and engaging afternoon.

We’ll get the wiggles and the giggles out as we roar along with “I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur“, practice our counting and animal sounds with “The Gigantic Turnip“, and get our groove on with “The Animal Boogie“.  If we have time, there may also be some other surprise books for us to explore!

I’ll also have some copies of the books we’re reading available for purchase, as well as a selection of other great titles for this age group.  Of course, if I don’t have something on hand, I can always order it for you, or, better yet, you can book a party and get it for free!  Party hosts who commit to a party on Saturday will get a special deal from me, on top of the great incentives provided by Barefoot Books!

I do hope you’ll join me!  Questions?  Ping my Barefoot Books page on Facebook or post a comment here!

Hope to see you there… happy reading!