If you have been following along on my Instagram stories you might have heard me talking about essential oils. In January I took the plunge and signed up to be a part of Young Living Essential Oils. I never really knew much about them nor did I care to learn. I used lavender every once in awhile but thanks to an incident while pregnant I came to the conclusion they are worth all the hype.
In the third trimester of my pregnancy I thought it was a good idea to stand on a chair to do some artwork on the wall. It wasn’t a good idea and I ended up falling off the chair onto my knee causing a slight fracture to my fibula. Not my finest moment. What made matters worse was that I couldn’t take anything for the pain. That’s when my best friend and essential oils guru, Brittany, gave me Copaiba and PanAway® oils to help with the pain and to stimulate the healing process. To my surprise it worked! They helped with the throbbing pain and with the ugly bruise. I was even able to walk down the aisle in my friends wedding without my crutches, which I didn’t think would be possible. After that I started learning more about the benefits of essential oils and how they can improve everyday life.
Another big AH-HA moment took place after Logan was born. I was cleaning my house when I realized that my hands reeked of bleach and chemicals. I washed them as best as I could but they still stunk of cleaner. I didn’t want to touch my baby with my hands like that. That’s when I decided I wanted to switch to a chemical-free household. Thanks to the Thieves line from Young Living I am slowly making the switch to a chemical free household.
The seedlings line and KidScents line are absolute favorites. Logan has eczema (like his mama) and the seedlings line helps keep it under control plus it smells amazing! I use the baby oil every night after bathtime to help set the mood for a good night sleep. I also love diffusing the KidScents oils in his nursery.
The more I learn and use these little miracles in a jar the more passionate I am becoming about them and how they can truly make a difference in everyday life!
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Every year we go to Lone Oak Tree Farm for our family Christmas tree. It is a tradition we have been doing since we were kids. Over the years our family has grown and so has the size of our tree. This year our tree is the biggest it’s ever been, 16 feet tall! It is just shy of touching the ceiling. I look forward to sharing these holiday traditions with Logan has he grows up!
I can’t believe I’m nearing the end of my second trimester. So far pregnancy has been pretty great. In my first trimester I experienced extreme fatigue, but thankfully it went away here in my second trimester. I’ve had no sickness or other common aliments that some pregnant women seem to experience. I try to work out 2-3 times a week. Mostly just free weights (arms & legs) and cardio on the elliptical. Tom and I live a pretty active lifestyle so that keeps me on my feet days I don’t get to the gym.
Nesting is real and during this trimester we finished updating our living room, refinished the upstairs bathroom and started on the nursery. I’ve also reorganized my closet room and Tom finished installing the cabinets in our garage. The only room left in the house to do is our kitchen. I love the way everything is turning out. Our house is now a home and ready for baby… well almost!
Tom and I also took a trip to Colorado for our friends Danny and Chrys’s wedding. At the time of the trip I was 25 weeks pregnant. Flying wasn’t an issue at all. The baby was kicking on the flight out but nothing uncomfortable. While we were there we went fly fishing, hiked up a mountain and danced the night away at the wedding.
I enjoyed my second trimester and I am looking forward to the third. Three more months till we finally get to meet our little guy and I am getting more excited by the day!
Total weight gain: 10 pounds as of last week
Maternity clothes: I live in my maternity shorts from Motherhood maternity, they are the best! (Thanks Mom) I also love my belly band from Ingrid and Isabel.
Stretch marks: None. I apply coconut lotion and Palmer’s coco oil/Bio oil mix at least twice, sometimes three times, a day.
Sleep: Normal, minus waking up to use the bathroom a few times each night.
Miss anything: A good glass of red wine. I’ve had a few glasses of white wine here and there, but red wine hasn’t sat well with me during this pregnancy, so I’ve avoided it all together.
Movement: The last two weeks, he has been moving and grooving. I love it and I think it will be the thing I miss most about being pregnant.
Food cravings: Popsicle and lots of fruit. I was also craving a margarita so I made myself a virgin margarita which was delicious.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, I’ve been lucky.
Have you started to show yet: Just in the last few weeks.
Labor signs: Nope
Belly button in or out: Outtie
Wedding rings on or off: On, I never take them off.
Happy or moody most of the time: Mainly happy, unless I am hungry. Then I can be moody, poor Tom.
Names: A few we have in mind but we won’t know for sure until he is born.
Looking forward to: Finishing the baby’s nursery and my 3rd trimester ultrasound.
Last weekend I participated in the Total Archery Challenge at Seven Spring Mountain Resort in PA. I signed up for a two day pass and purchased a one day pass for Tom. He was golfing on Saturday so I went with a few girl friends. It was a blast! I am so happy I went. Not only was it a great time but I also had the pleasure of meeting some awesome people I follow on Instagram.
Hanging out with the girlies Lyss, me and Jessie
Tom Dickey Drone pilot strikes again!
Chatting with the Gritty Bowmen for an upcoming podcast!!! COOLEST THING EVER!
Finally got to meet Brian Call of the Gritty Bowmen and Jordan from Mtn Ops!
For more information on the Total Archery Challenge visit their website www.totalarcherychallenge.com !
Tom and I are so excited to announce we are expecting our first child this October. We are both ready for the next chapter in our lives and thrilled to be starting our family. I am currently 14 weeks into my pregnancy and so far I’ve felt pretty normal. Other than being tired more than normal pregnancy has been easy for me. No bump just yet but I have a feeling it is coming soon, no need to rush it! I plan to blog throughout my pregnancy and post pictures along the way!
Photography by: Christy Clementi
Tom’s Shirt: Express
Jean Jacket: American Eagle (old circa 2007)
Camo baby Socks: Mudpie
Baby Bear Sign: Hobby Lobby
I couldn’t have been more excited when I got a phone call from Jessica of Follow Her Arrow asking me to join her and a group of ladies on a Texas whitetail adventure. Her step-dad, Todd, was nice enough to invite her and a few friends to come hunt cull-buck at RBR Ranch in south Texas. This was my first time hunting in Texas so I had no idea what to expect.
I flew into Austin, TX where I was greeted by Jessica, her husband Braxton, Nicole Oliver and Jennifer Ferries. We all spent the night at Jessica and Braxton’s house which was basically an awesome slumber party where we shared hunting stories and talked about the upcoming hunt. The next morning we loaded up the truck and headed for Beeville, Tx.
The ranch was even more beautiful than I had imagined it. There’s the main house where the boys were staying, equipped with a beautiful large kitchen where Jeremiah, From Field to Plate, could work his culinary magic.
Behind the house was another cabin that us girls had all to ourselves. It reminded me of my days at girl scout camp with a big room full of bunk beds. It was decorated with true Texas flare and on the walls hung trophy bucks with some of the largest racks i’ve ever seen. We quickly unpacked our things and prepared for our first evening hunt.
We drew names to decided which guide we were going to be hunting with. I drew Todd, Jessica’s step-dad, which made me extremely nervous at first but that didn’t last long. Todd is a very nice guy who in a way reminded me of my own dad which made hunting with him a lot of fun.
On the first night of the hunt I took a shot at a beautiful 9 PT cull buck at 17 yards. Todd and I both watched at my arrow stuck into the bucks side and take off. The shot was slightly back from the ideal placement but Todd and I both thought it was a kill shot nonetheless. We waited until the sun went down and for the others to meet up with us before we started to track.
We had a good blood trail that lead us to my arrow and a pool of foamy looking deep red blood, but no dead deer. My excitement quickly turned to worry and I started to replay the whole thing in my mind over and over. We took a break for to eat and to meet up with Jeremiah Dougthery and Jeff Quigley who just arrived. After a quick bite we continued on the search for the deer I shot. Everyone gave 150% effort into finding this buck, we crawled through the thick south Texas bushes and muddy swamps with infested with rattlesnakes and wild hogs. Todd even called in dogs to track the wounded buck but still no luck. After hours of searching we were exhausted and decided to call it a night. We never ended up finding the buck although we looked again the next few days. It was a heartbreaking blow for me but also a learning experience. Jessica said it best while trying to stop the tears from rolling down my face, ” this is a part of hunting, as hunters we never want to see an animal wounded. It happens to the best of the best but keep your head up and your arrow flying straight.”
Jessica ended up harvesting a BEAUTIFUL buck and the next day she shot a doe, which Jeremiah used to made the farewell dinner. Venison lollipops that were to die for! I ended up harvesting a beautiful mature doe on the last morning of the hunt and Nicole also shot a buck the last day.
At the end of the trip I ended up taking home more just a cooler full of meat. I took with me friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you so much to RBR ranch for letting us come hunt. Also to Jessica and Braxton Byers for everything they did to make this trip so amazing!
Check out Follow her Arrow’s video of the weekend below!