Commit to get Fit

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Now that I am almost two months post-pregnancy, I think it’s time to really get my act together and start getting myself healthy and fit again. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (actually not bad weight gain!), and I’ve lost around 20 of those pounds. I haven’t actively done anything to shed the weight; it just came off from birth, breastfeeding, and chasing Ian around the house. But now I’ve hit a plateau, and I really want to push myself over that edge. I was about 15 pounds over my ideal weight when I got pregnant, so I have about 25 pounds I’d like to lose. That’s not going to happen unless I actually make some changes, including incorporating exercise into my daily routine. I’m challenging myself to a 90 day commitment to improve my overall wellness and get active. And here’s how I hope to achieve this:

1) Drink 64oz of water daily
I bought myself a 16oz glass water bottle so I can always have water with me. I will also add 4 drops of Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil to my water for the first 32oz, and 4 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil to my water for the second 32oz. Grapefruit Essential Oil supports healthy digestion, may act as an appetite suppressant, and may help support healthy weight loss. Lime Essential Oil supports weight management and the immune system. Both also taste great! Hopefully having these in my water will encourage me to drink more of it and hit my 64oz goal!

2) Drink 2oz Young Living NingXia Red daily
NingXia Red is an amazing antioxidant drink from Young Living that supports overall health and wellness. I love that you only need 1-2oz a day to feel the full effects of this powerful drink. I’m going to give it an extra boost by adding 1 drop of Young Living Ocotea Essential Oil every day to help curb snacking urges and preserve healthy eating habits.

3) Exercise daily
I’m terrible at motivating myself and doing exercises on my own, so I’ve decided to follow an exercise program. I picked the Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge. It’s free, requires very little equipment (just some dumbbells- and even those are optional), comes with videos on YouTube, and is less than 30 minutes a day. Currently the 4th challenge is underway, but I’m going to start with challenge 1.0; then I may move on to 2.0 and beyond if I like the program. I like that this will give me clear expectations and instructions on what I should be doing each day to get active.

4) Watch my diet
I’m not a dieter. It’s just not realistic to think I’ll be able to follow a diet plan. That said, I can at least be more mindful of what I’m eating. I don’t need to be snacking on chips and cookies. I also don’t need to have 3 scoops of ice cream at night- perhaps I can get by with 1.5 scoops instead. Little things that I think I can manage and stick with are going to be key for me.

So why am I putting all this here on my blog? Accountability. I need someone (outside of myself) to know that I’m challenging myself to get my rear in gear. I’ll post my progress and status as I go through this challenge, and I hope maybe some of you will join me, too! Here’s to a healthier me (or us)!

Hazel: One Month Old

Our baby girl turned one month old last week.  It’s hard to believe she’s been here that long already!  Her first month sped by pretty quickly thanks in part to the distraction of visiting family and the needs of her two year old brother.

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She has found her smile.  She even sometimes laughs to herself.
– Her face is very expressive and rapidly flits through a number of emotions in a short time span.
– She grunts… a lot. It’s sometimes cute, but mostly just really funny.
– She loves to watch Ian run around the room and play with his toys.
– If she’s overtired or inconsolably upset, she takes well to the swaddle and it quickly calms her; otherwise, you’d better not even say the word swaddle in her presence.
– She hates pacifiers…don’t even try it.
– She’s a champion sleeper- she will sleep through just about anything.
– She does not give up food easily- she tries her best to choke back spit up before it can make it out of her mouth.
– She’s amazing at filling a brand new diaper right after she’s been changed.
– We are all completely smitten with her.

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

I’m sure you’ve noticed I have been a bit absent lately.  That’s because our amazing little girl decided to arrive on the 15th at 9am! 

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She weighed 8 lb 3 oz, and measured 21.75 inches long. About the same length as her brother, but 6 ounces lighter (I wasn’t expecting that…I thought for sure she’d weigh more than Ian)! She has a perfect button nose and round face, and we are completely smitten.

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Welcome, Hazel Rose, we are so blessed to have you in our lives!!

Essential Oils Instagram Hop

 

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I am thrilled to announce that I’m organizing an Essential Oils Instagram Hop!  I’m sure you’ve heard of a blog hop, where a group of bloggers get together and post about a topic under a specific theme.  Well, an Instagram Hop is pretty similar, except it takes place on Instagram (obviously).

While I’m getting everything organized, I’m looking for TEN Instagram lovers to join me in the hop.  There are just a few requirements, but if you meet all of them and are interested in participating, let me know!  You’ll get a free sample of an oil to test out for yourself.

Requirements:

1) Must be curious about Essential Oils and genuinely interested in trying them out
2) Must not already be a Young Living Member
3) Must be willing and able to test your oil sample by the Instagram hop deadline
4) Must be willing and able to share a testimonial about your experience with the oil
5) Must commit to posting on the day of the hop within the Instagram hop time window

If this sounds like you, post a comment here, send me an email (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com) or send me a message on Instagram (@beingfrankenfield) to let me know you want to be part of the hop!  After ensuring they meet the requirements, participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.  To ensure you get a spot in the hop, don’t wait- contact me today!

40 Weeks…. and No Baby

Well my due date (May 9) has come and gone, and baby girl seems content to continue to just hang out.  I had a feeling (or maybe it was just a wish?) that she wouldn’t be late like her older brother, but apparently I was wrong.  My only hope now is that she won’t be QUITE as late as Ian.  He was 10 days overdue, and after going into the hospital to be induced he decided he’d rather do things on his own timetable than be forcibly evicted.  Oh what foreshadowing to his future personality!

If she doesn’t arrive before Thursday, we head back to the doctor for an ultrasound and check up just to make sure everything looks OK and then we start talking induction (probably to be scheduled for early next week).  While I’m certainly hoping we don’t have to wait ANOTHER week to meet this little girl, there are some fringe benefits to being induced.  It takes the element of uncertainty out of the whole thing- we know when exactly we’ll be going to the hospital, which will definitely help with the Ian watch situation.  My parents will be able to come into town early enough that we won’t have to inconvenience one of my incredibly generous and caring friends by dumping him off on them (even though they’ve said they are more than happy to help).

All that said, though, I’d be perfectly happy if she would make her arrival sooner rather than wait.  We are SO ready to meet her!  So, come on, baby girl!

Bathroom Remodel

Ever since we remodeled our kitchen (Jan 2010), we have been talking about remodeling the adjacent bathroom.  We put it off at the time because we just didn’t feel like doing it.  And we have majorly regretted it ever since.

We finally had enough and decided to just go for it.  So sometime in November, Jon decided to go into Tasmanian-devil demo mode and rip the bathroom apart.  We figured this would be the push we’d need to actually get started.

Well… then holidays came and insert any other number of excuses here.  And the bathroom remodel is still not finished.  But we’re at least making progress!

First we took everything out (including the toilet… not fun having to trek up 2 flights of stairs to go to the bathroom if you happen to be in the basement.  Or, worse, rush a toddler up the 2 flights of stairs so he can get to the potty on time).  That also included the light fixture (which we always hated) and the linoleum floor.  So we were essentially left with a little, dark box.  Ooh lovely.

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No light!

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Bye-Bye toilet!

It didn’t sit that way for too terribly long.  We soon got to work sanding and spackling walls so that we could repaint the bathroom.  It needed fresh paint desperately!  That took a few days since we did a few coats, but all in all wasn’t too difficult.  It was easily managed after Ian went to bed each night.

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Doesn’t everyone just LOVE painting?

Next we installed the new light fixture.  It was pretty easy, and it was SO NICE having a light source in “the box” again.

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We have LIGHT!

Then we moved on to the tile floor.  We wanted it to match the kitchen tile…FORTUNATELY it was still available- and not discontinued.  We had to do quite a bit of prep-work before we could finally lay the tile.  But, a few weeks later and the floor was installed, grouted, cleaned, and sealed!  Woo!

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Tile dry fit

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Grouted! Ready for a good clean and some sealer!

Now we’re working on installing the baseboard molding.  Once that’s in, we’ll be able to install the toilet and the new vanity- and we’ll be so close to having a complete bathroom again!  I’m so excited!

What’s the latest DIY remodel project you’ve started (or completed)?

{Honest Review} Regalo Baby Travel Tray

Disclosure: I received this product for free from Regalo Baby as part of a contest. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

It’s been nearly a year since I won this tray from Regalo Baby as part of a Facebook giveaway contest.

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I never win anything, so I was extremely excited to get this tray… even if I wasn’t 100% certain how I would be using it.  I certainly NEVER would have guessed that this would become the most utilized toddler item in our house.  I’m not lying or even exaggerating.  Ian uses this tray EVERY SINGLE DAY.

It is a near permanent fixture on our coffee table, and almost always has a drink of some kind in one of the cup holders.  I really like that the green part snaps off so if you don’t need (or want) a divided tray, you can have just a large flat surface.  When we first got the tray, and Ian was younger, we used the divider a lot.  We’d put some snacks in each section and it made it easier to contain the mess.  Now that he’s older and using plates and utensils, I like having just the flat portion of the tray available.  We can put his lunch plate (or a snack plate) on the tray and he can sit down at the coffee table and chow down.  It does a really good job of containing his mess.

Another thing I like about this tray is that it’s all plastic (minus the squishy padded bottom), so it is extremely easy to clean.  For a quick clean, I can spray it down with a gentle cleaner and wipe the mess away (my favorite thing to use right now is my Thieves Cleaner).  If I’ve neglected the tray for a few days (…or longer), I can just throw it in the sink and lightly scrub it with dish soap and a sponge.  After a quick towel (or air) dry, it’s ready to be used again.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about this tray- I love it!  So if you’re looking for a travel tray (or even a tray to use around the house, like we use it), you really should check it out.

Product Information from Regalo Baby:

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The Regalo Portable Play Travel Tray is a wonderful device that allows children their own place to snack and play on the go. It can be taken anywhere and includes side clips that securely attach to a car seat, a table or a plane seat belt. The baby travel tray has a flat design and a foam bottom that allows it to lie comfortably in your child’s lap or on a table surface. It includes a detachable dishwasher-safe food tray that can come off to help them get in and out, or for cleaning. The flat activity surface can hold toys and other items that baby might need. Also includes two compartments to hold drinks, snacks and toys. The car seat travel tray has a convertible shoulder strap to allow for convenient transport wherever you go. It is also easy to slip in a vehicle or behind a table. This convenient tray is sturdy, safe and easy to install.

Regalo Portable Travel Tray:
• On the go feeding
• Attaches to car seat, tables and plane seat belt
• Detachable food tray
• Flat activity surface
• Baby travel tray with 2 compartments for drinks, snacks and toys
• Food tray insert is dishwasher safe
• Convertible shoulder strap included for easy portability
• Plastic construction

Welcome May!

Ahhhh, May. I love this time of year- flowers are blooming, the weather is getting nicer, it’s staying lighter outside longer.

It’s also BABY MONTH! Baby girl will be making her arrival any time now (she’s due May 9th, but who knows when she’ll actually deign to grace us with her presence). Today’s my last day AT WORK (I’ll be working from home starting Monday until she arrives), which is a huge relief, and now we are just finalizing things to prepare for her arrival (washing the carseat cover, installing the carseat bases in the cars, packing hospital bags, etc).

May also marks just about two months into my oiling journey.

I have really enjoyed using my premium starter kit, and I’ve found that I’m even running low on some of my oils (and I think I’m completely out of Tea Tree!), which is a testament to the fact that I’m actually using them and incorporating them into my daily routine.

I’ve been playing around with different combinations in Ian’s diffuser at night (to help with sleep and his cough– since that’s really my BIGGEST issue at the moment), and I’ve found that my favorite (so far) is Thieves, Purification, and Valor. It curbs his cough and helps him sleep more restfully. Sometimes I’ll add a drop or two of Lavender, but I usually find that it’s really not necessary. Having that diffuser and these oils going at night has brought such relief!

I also recently ran out of body butter (NOT good- especially if you are a pregnant lady with an itchy belly!), but thanks to my oils I was able to whip up a new batch, which I actually like better than the store bought one I was using previously.

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I whipped coconut oil and then mixed in Lavender, Frankincense, and Gentle Baby. It goes on really smoothly and isn’t greasy, which I love! And it keeps me non-itchy all day.

Now that I’ve had time to really get to know my oils, I get excited when I’m able to share them and my experiences with others. Oils are just part of my life now, so it’s so natural and fun to talk about them!

I also love the learning and education component. I get so much out of all the classes I attend that I want to give back and start holding classes for others who are interested/skeptical/curious/etc about Young Living and Essential Oils. If this sounds like you, and you’d like to learn more, let me run a class for you on Facebook!! For the month of May, I’m offering my hosts some oily goodies that will help expand their exposure to oils.
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You have nothing to lose but so much to gain! Send me an email, connect with me on facebook/instagram/twitter, or add a comment here to get your class scheduled!

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!

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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 healthieroilthethyme@gmail.com, or email me directly (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com).  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!