Hazel: Four Months Old

Hazel turned four months old yesterday! She had her checkup today, and I’m excited to say she’s growing well! She’s still eating well and doing great at daycare.  Unfortunately our “sleeping through the night” run has ended, but she’s only waking up once (except for maybe once a week, when she wakes up more than that), and then she’s normally back to bed quickly.  We are fortunate that she goes down to sleep with relative ease- it’s not an hour long process like it was with Ian!

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Hazel, 4 months. 14lb 3oz, 25in.

Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She is really just a super happy baby.
– Except when she’s in the car seat for a long trip. Then she is NOT happy.
– She has officially busted the capacity of a size 1 diaper. Even though it fits her, it cannot contain her messes, especially overnight.
– She found her giggle- and it’s adorable!
– She loves to sit and stand (obviously with support).
– She is a rolling pro. Put her on her back and she’s on her belly in no time flat. Incidentally, she’s also now a belly sleeper.

{Update} Commit to Get Fit

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Longer ago than I care to admit, I publicly declared that I was going to buckle down and get myself back in shape and get healthier.

Yeah….that hasn’t happened yet.

I have no good reason for this. Sure, I have a lot of excuses, but none that are really worth anything. That ends today!

Today I’m starting fresh. I am committing to the following goals:
1. WATER: I WILL drink at least 64oz of water daily, infused with Essential Oils to keep it interesting and my intake up.
2. EXERCISE: I WILL participate in AND complete the new Bikini Body Mommy 6 week challenge.
3. DIET: I WILL make sure to get at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day. I WILL limit my snacks and unhealthy foods.
4. BALANCE: I WILL schedule and prioritize my time better so I have a balance between family, work, exercise, hobbies. Without balance, life can get overwhelming.
5. SPIRIT: I WILL make time to reconnect to church. I often let life get in the way and this area loses its priority status. That needs to stop- I feel more relaxed and together when I make time for my spiritual health.

So there you have it- my goals. I’ll be posting an update each week for the next 6 weeks. By then, hopefully I’ll have developed some healthy habits and will have some progress to show, too!!

Stay tuned and cheer me on!  And I want to hear YOUR health goals so I can cheer you on, too!

Join Me For an Essential Oils Instagram Hop!

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Back in May, just two short days before my amazing daughter was born, I announced that I was organizing an Essential Oils Instagram Hop.  Well, life got busy (it does that with a new baby!), Young Living released a NEW premium starter kit, and the hop took a back burner.

I’m excited to announce that I’m getting this going again!  I’m looking for ELEVEN instagrammers who are interested in trying one of the “everyday oils” from the new Premium Starter Kit.

Requirements are pretty much the same:
– Must not already be a Young Living member
– Must be willing and able to test/use your oil sample before the hop deadline
– Must be willing and able to share a testimonial (NOTE: I will need to pre-approve all testimonials due to the FDA restrictions on what we can/cannot say in regards to Essential Oils!)
– Must commit to posting on the day of the hop within the designated time window

If you’re interested, please fill out this google form to claim your spot!  Not sure which oil you’d like to try?  Check out this google doc that gives a high level outline of each of the 11 oils.  You can also email me (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com) or message me on instagram (@beingfrankenfield) if you’d like more information!

Once I have all the participants, I’ll send out more specifics.

*Note: the main purpose of this hop is to spread awareness of essential oils and Young Living and grow my network. There will also be a sign up special for participants AND visitors interested in joining Young Living. Furthermore, there will be a small referral bonus given to hop participants for any visitor that joins Young Living as a result of seeing your instagram post.*

{DIY} Fun Fall Decor

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Well, it’s hard to believe, but fall is just around the corner. As much as I love summer, I’m excited for fall. It’s probably my favorite season- everything gets that crisp, fresh feeling, pumpkins and mums are everywhere, kids dress up in costumes for Halloween, CANDY (especially the mellowcreme pumpkins- YUM) is in high supply. Plus, October is my baby boy’s birthday month (is he really going to be THREE already?!). So, clearly, there’s a lot to love about this season.

I also love the FOOD of the season. We love pumpkin, so we make it a point to make pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin pie. I also try to find at least one new pumpkin recipe to try- last year it was a pumpkin crunch cake, and it was awesome! I haven’t decided what it will be this year, but I’m sure Pinterest is just brimming with good ideas. Or maybe you guys can suggest something??

Of course, you can’t fully appreciate fall without dressing up your house a bit. And what better way than with some fun decorations you can make on your own? A few years ago I made a wreath for the front door and some mumkins! They have adorned our house ever since and are much loved, so I thought I’d share the tutorials with you all so you can make your own!

First, the wreath:
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What you need:
– Straw Wreath (mine is 12″, but any size will do. Pretty sure I got mine at Michaels, but they can be found at just about any craft store)
– Fake fall-colored leaves (I actually bought a leaf garland and pulled the leaves off it)
– Fake fall flowers (such as mums)
– Floral pins/staples (these are the ones I used)
– A cute owl (or other fall-ish critter)

Technique:
Place your first leaf slightly to the left of the center top of the wreath. Pin the leaf using a floral pin/staple (make sure you pin at the bottom of the leaf so the pin is hidden!). Layer another leaf on top of the first leaf, staggered and offset a bit, and pin in place. Repeat until you get to the middle/bottom of the wreath. Now, pick the ending point on the right side of wreath, maybe 1/3 of the way up, and pin a leaf there. Working backwards, towards the bottom middle of the wreath, layer another leaf on top, staggered and offset, and pin in place. Repeat until you meet up where you left off with the previous leaves. You may need to tweak a few leaves to get things to line up well and look “natural”. Once you have the leaves the way you want them, remove a few of your fake flowers from their stems/bouquets and attach to the wreath with a pin.  You can also leave the flowers on the stems, cut the stem shorter, and stick the stems through the wreath to hold the flowers in place.  Arrange to suit your preference.  Next, attach the owl (or other critter) by threading a floral pin/staple through the back of the critter to keep the pin hidden. Secure with additional pins if required. Ta-da! You have a wreath!

The great thing about this wreath is that you CANNOT go wrong! The design is completely up to you, and you can change things around if you don’t like how it turned out. The first time I did this wreath, I used hot glue. It held together perfectly…. until one day the sun came beating down on the wreath, melted the glue, and everything fell apart. So I went out to the store and got some floral pins instead- THEY WORK WONDERFULLY! And if you stagger the leaves, you can’t see the pins at all.

Now, the mumkin (aka- pumpkin covered in mums):
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I love how this turned out- and it was SO EASY

What you need:
– A foam pumpkin (any size)
– A few bouquets of fake mums

Technique:
Cut the individual mums off the bouquets, leaving a 2-4″ stem. Poke the stem into the pumpkin and push all the way in until just the flower is showing. You may need to pre-poke a small hole. Most of the mums went in for me without any problem- for the ones where I couldn’t get it poked, I used a knitting needle! Continue until the entire pumpkin is covered with mums!

Again, this is a project that really can’t go wrong.  Arrange the mums however you’d like until you’re satisfied.  Since nothing is glued or stapled in place, you can rearrange as often as you need to get your perfect mumkin!

How do you like to decorate for fall?

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink – 03

Welcome to Everything but the Kitchen Sink! We are so excited to be your hosts and to see what you’ve been up to! Join us twice a month to share your favorite projects, recipes, crafts, inspirations, pretty much everything (but the kitchen sink)! Then, stick around and check out the latest and greatest from your fellow bloggers.

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{DIY} Hazel’s Nursery Name Art

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You might remember that I was making things to personalize Hazel’s nursery. It used to belong to Ian, so I switched out a few things (the navy blue colors with deep purple) and added a few unique touches just for Hazel.

One of those is the name art I put on the wall. For Ian, I designed his in photoshop, printed it out at the Walmart photo center, and had it custom matted in a stock frame I picked up. I absolutely adored how it turned out, and it moved with him when he got his “big boy” room.

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I was planning to do pretty much the same thing for Hazel. But then, I was on Pinterest (dangerous, I know!), and I saw something that caught my eye. It was wall art for a nursery- not even name art- but I got an idea that I could use that as inspiration for Hazel’s name art!

Fortunately, my husband and I recently finished a slew of home improvement projects, so we had a lot of leftover wood in the garage just taking up space. It’s like it was meant to be!

Armed with a vision in my head, I quickly took some measurements in the nursery and made a sketch. And then, since I’m a visual person, I drew my design on the computer (with the appropriate colors). That part was totally unnecessary, but I found it fun!

Anyway, next I had the fun job of selecting pieces of wood and using power tools!  Hooray for saws!  In the end, I had my 5 pieces of wood and 2 backing/support pieces all cut and ready to be primed and painted.  I admit, that painting is not my favorite, but I took my time with it, and everything turned out so well!

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Next, I had to make letter stencils. My freehand paint skills are non-existent…Silhouette Cameo to the rescue! I measured how tall I wanted each letter and then cut them out on craft vinyl. Then I stuck them to the pieces of wood.

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Next it was time to paint! I couldn’t find the exact shade of purple I wanted, so I mixed some purple and black together to get a nice, deep plum. Then I just kept adding coats until the white was sufficiently covered!

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After letting it dry, I peeled off the vinyl, and ta-da!! We have name art.

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I absolutely love how it turned out. And it was actually pretty simple! Time consuming, to make sure it ended up looking great, but not hard.

Do you have your child’s name displayed in their room/nursery? How did you chose to show it?

Everything But the Kitchen Sink- 02

Welcome to Everything but the Kitchen Sink! We are so excited to be your hosts and to see what you’ve been up to! Join us twice a month to share your favorite projects, recipes, crafts, inspirations, pretty much everything (but the kitchen sink)! Then, stick around and check out the latest and greatest from your fellow bloggers.

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You clicked, we listened! Your favorite post from last week’s Link Party was brought to you by Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction! She shared a beautiful transformation to her washer and dryer! Find out how to give your own washer and dryer a makeover or apply the same concept to another area of your home!

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  • Check out your hosts on social media, we’d love to connect with you!
  • Link up to 3 of your most recent posts! Please link to a specific post, not just your blog.
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  • By submitting your post to this link party, you give the hosts permission to use one of the photos from your post in a feature on our sites, on the Everything but the Kitchen Sink Pinterest board, and/or other social media. Proper links to your site will be included.

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