Monday, March 31, 2014

oh sweet spring.

i've really missed blogging about randomness. there is something about getting out my "big girl camera", editing photos and typing away that i have genuinely missed. so you may hear more from me...but no promises, ok? :)

you can always tell spring has come to the pacific northwest by the daffodils popping up. and the random rain showers. spring is such a tease. our front porch need to be spring-ified so a broken chair + this planter were just what it needed. i have plans to paint our front door...yet again. here's a hint: my fav color :)

we've been letting the chicks free range a bit in our backyard. at first they were cautious, never venturing far from the coop. now they wait not-so-patiently for one of us to let them out each morning. they have grown so much from last year, it just amazes me. the kids have been busy digging up worms in the garden and tossing them to the hens. pretty sure Jonah is our future chicken farmer. 

our mantle has been rather bare since christmas. i tried a few times to decorate it but nothing was inspiring me. does that ever happen to you? 

inspiration came when my mom found this amazing wild flowers tea towel. the hubby even complimented my unique yard stick as a hanger :)

one of my goals for this year was to be fearless in how i decorate our home. i love getting inspiration from others but then i find myself decorating with someone else's style other than my own. i want our home to feel like just what it is: a home. someplace that makes us feel happy + comforted. 

i've gone on a bit of a pom pom frenzy lately. they are just so darn easy to make. i like mine a little on the wild side because who needs perfection?

i'm in love with succulents. but they aren't so fond of me. i've killed two of them so far. this poor little guy is barely hanging on. hopefully these happy flags from the inspiring natalie creates will pep him up. 

and now i'm off to enjoy spring break with these two.....wellllll, really to keep the peace.

happy spring!
xo becky

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

oily journey.

today i have something new to share with you + i am really excited about it!

i wish you could come sit at my dining room table with the sunlight pouring in + have a cup of chai tea with me.

so for now, let's just pretend, m'kay?

let's start with some background.....2012 was a tough year for our family. we moved. we remodeled. our son, jonah, started kindergarten and had a tough time adjusting. my business boomed. we got sick a lot. like non stop sickness. it was not fun.

i knew when 2013's flu season rolled around that things needed to change. then my friend, katy, introduced me to young living essential oils. she had been using them on her family with crazy awesome success.

we finally bit the bullet + ordered the premium starter kit.

the day it showed up on our doorstep the kids were just getting over two weeks of the horrible nasty flu and i was on my way to coming down with it.

three days later, i posted a photo on my instagram + facebook with my testimonial of how i had just beat the flu.

beat the flu, y'all! hallelujah!

that was the moment when i knew these oils could change our health + our lives.

as i began diving deeper into learning about essential oils, i was blown away by testimonials of parents of kids with adhd + autism + ocd + the list goes on. 

ok, i had just beat the flu but could these oils really help jonah's adhd? i prayed on this for a while.

in january, i got a call from jonah's teacher that he had a really tough day + his behavior had increasingly gotten worse the past several weeks. we knew something needed to change. he was already on a gluten free diet but he needed something more. 

my research showed me that vetiver, cedarwood + lavender were helping kids with adhd. as soon as the oils showed up, we started diffusing them in his room at night + layering them on his big toe at least twice a day.

it took a week before i noticed changes in him. he seemed calmer + less distracted. 

two weeks after starting the oils on him, his teacher sent me an email.

my heart dropped

this could either be a good email or another "your kid is in trouble again" email.

her words were, "jonah's behavior has greatly improved since we last talked and he has also jumped up to the highest reading group in the class."

can i get a hallelujah?! my eyes teared up + the water works flowed.

this was just what my sweet boy needed. 

the longer we have been using the oils on him the more benefits i am seeing. he sleeps better. less anger + frustration. more independence. and my favorite, he can't get enough to read!

now a little disclaimer. he is still a 7 year old boy who forgets his manners, gets wild + crazy when his cousins come over to play and burps at the dinner table. he is still a kid with lots of growing + learning left to do, as it should be. the oils are bringing out the best in him and that is an answer to many prayers. 

thank so much for stopping by to read our journey!

if you would like to know more about young living essential oils, head on over to my oily page.

UPDATE: i have had several emails asking exactly what oils we use on him. here is a typical day: we diffuse believe as soon as he wakes up. then we apply one drop of  vetiver + cedarwood  to each of his big toes. sometimes, i will rub one drop vetiver on the back of his neck. if he's having anxiety about something at school, i will apply one drop of believe on his wrists. when he gets home from school, we diffuse either thieves or lavender or peace + calming. at bed time we apply the vetiver + cedarwood again to each of his big toes. then depending on his mood we will diffuse lavender or cedarwood or vetiver in his room while he sleeps. 

and don't forget to stop by the other bloggers in our moms on a mission series, katy at goodness gathering and annalise at sweet annas. you will love hearing their journeys, pinky promise.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

coming clean.

hi, i'm becky and i am a food addict. 

what a way to start a post, huh? but i'm trying to be honest with myself (and you) here.

food addiction is not widely discussed. more like pitied and ignored like the "bigger" girl at prom (that was me, btw).

stressed? i eat. tired? i eat. happy? i eat. sad? i eat. nervous? i eat.

food calls to me from the kitchen "becky, just come on over here and have one little bite". which, of course results in more than one little bite.

years and years of this results in some really unhealthy choices. i had a great childhood. we all sat around the dinner table every night with healthy foods in front of us. so i only have myself to blame here.

i am tired of being a slave to food. i am tired of being that "bigger" girl.

i don't let my kids eat unhealthy foods so why was i allowing myself to eat this way? 

at the beginning of the year i started exercising a bit + trying to eat healthier. the typical new years resolution. i didn't see much loss on the scale which led to a loss of motivation. and of course more eating. ugh. 

i picked myself up and started over fresh two weeks ago. i am not focusing on the scale this time. i am choosing to focus on the other victories. i have more energy. more self confidence. more endurance. exercises that i wasn't able to do at the beginning of the year, i can push myself through. my body doesn't ache anymore after waking up. i am learning to ignore that pesky food voice. and most of all, i am learning that i am worthy.

do i want to lose weight? heck yeah. that will come with time.

my goals for now are:

  • eat a clean, whole foods diet
  • exercise at least 5 days a week (i love fitness blender workouts)
  • learn to make time for myself
  • fit into my wedding ring again
  • be more active with my kids

phew, if you made it through my ranting, you are a rockstar! 

do you struggle with food choices? how do you overcome that? i would love to hear from you!

xo Becky

Monday, January 20, 2014

goodness gathering.

have you ever met a friend that you had an instant connection with despite the distance between you? katy @ goodness gathering is mine. we met on instagram and bonded over our love for burlap, all things rustic, thrifting, and raising our littles.

 katy is one of those people that radiates love. and her smile is completely contagious! 

katy is opening her etsy shop this morning! i had to share her creations with you all because i know you will love them as much as i do. 

loving the vintage look her jewelry has. and i'm pretty sure that "must. buy. fabric." was meant for me!

that little key charm...gah the cuteness! each of the pieces in katy's shop are unique and custom made by her. 

well, y'all know i'm a lover of burlap. these sweet little pins are perfect to add to bags and hats. 

katy was kind enough to share a discount code for you!
use coupon code "sewbarefoot" at checkout for 10% off your purchase in her shop

follow along with katy...guaranteed you will walk away with a smile on your face :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

shop opening.

My Etsy shop is open for the holidays!

pssst....check out these awesome ladies for a discount code...

Monday, November 18, 2013

christmas gift tags {free printable}

I am crazy excited for Christmas this year. Can we skip all the other holidays and just go straight to the main event? Like seriously. 

I signed up for a few secret Santa swaps this year and was having a hard time finding tags that I liked to put on packages. So I made my own. Enter: Picmonkey. Thank you to the genius who created this site.

And of course I couldn't just stop at one tag, I had to make a whole set.

This one is my fav. So corny. I. love. it.

I also made a little flag to adorn Christmas packages. Because who doesn't love happy mail, right?

You can find the whole set of free printables here.

xo Becky

Thursday, October 17, 2013

pumpkins in the craft room.

Because every craft room needs pumpkins, right?
I'm glad we are in agreement. 

Dollar store pumpkins (you know those hideous foam ones)
+ vintage pattern paper + modge podge
 + twine + rick rack for good measure.

And a sneak peek at part of my craft room makeover. Check back next week ish for a full reveal :)

xo Becky


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