Sunday, July 27, 2014

little dress//big heart

she's been begging me to sew her a dress. i had something different in mind - something fancier. but it just never happened. so i put it off. 



then this thought crossed my mind - in 15 years when she pulls dresses sewn by mama out of her hope chest - is she going to care how fancy they are? nope. she's going to notice the love poured into them. and then we will laugh about what was in style.



and maybe, just maybe, this little simple dress will be passed on to a new generation.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

making over your medicine cabinet with essential oils.




one of the main reasons we started using essential oils was to boost our immune systems + replace OTC medicines with a healthier, natural option. it's been on my never ending to-do list to clean out our hallway closet that holds all of our first aid, cold + flu, etc. medicines. the hubby + i were amazed at how we no longer rely on those OTCs! we've literally replaced all of them with essential oils. 




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we use our oils on a daily basis around here. the kids have a cut? we reach for the oils. headache? we reach for the oils. back pain? we reach for the oils. i know that i like hearing exactly how other families use the oils in their homes (because i am crazy nosey, ha!) so i thought i would share here.....




lavender: we use this in place of neosporin for cuts. instead of aloe vera we mix coconut oil with lavender to soothe sunburns. not to mention lavender is so calming.

lemon: is incredibly great for immune boosting. i add it to my water, add a few drops to our morning smoothies (my kids don't even notice) + hands down one of my favs to diffuse. wondering what 'diffusing' means? check out my oily faq page here.

peppermint: awesome for headaches + tummy aches. i've yet to use it for a fever (thankfully) but i am prepared if we ever do need to!

frankincense: a wonderful healing oil. we use this one a lot for helping to heal cuts + scrapes. i've also used it on my face to heal breakouts.

panaway: the hubby works a very labor intensive job and panaway is always our go-to for sore muscles.

purification: great for cleaning cuts + scrapes. and i've heard it's amazing for bug bites. i love love love the way purification smells. if we have company coming over, you can bet i will be diffusing purification.

valor: it's been referred to as the 'chiropractor in a bottle'. my hubby swears by it!

peace + calming: before we started using essential oils, melatonin was the only way i could turn my brain off + fall asleep. now we diffuse p+c in our room at night, i fall asleep fast + don't wake up with that groggy feeling.

thieves: oh thieves. such an amazing oil. the ultimate germ fighter. we rub this on the kids feet every night before bed, which helps boost their immune systems + keep those flu germs away.

all of these oils are in the premium starter kit, which you can find out more about on my oily page here.

if you are reading this in july, you are in luck! join the young living family with a premium starter kit and i will send you an essential oils reference guide + bottle cap labels for free. find out more here.




xo becky




Sunday, June 29, 2014

just call me the crazy chicken lady.






jonah's class hatched baby chicks in their classroom + he was chosen to bring one home. well, the hubby felt bad for the one lonely chick so he surprised us one afternoon with another little one. so meet abigail + rosabelle.

and just in case you thought i was the chicken whisperer, here are a few outtakes....



"but moooom, i was NOT ready for my close up!"


"check out the junk in THAT trunk!"

xo becky

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

how we use essential oils.

when i first heard about essential oils i have to admit i was a bit overwhelmed. my thoughts were...how the heck do i use them....how do i know where to apply them....what oils are good for what ailment? and i never expected these little bottles to completely takeover our medicine cabinet. so to take some of the mystery out of essential oils, i thought i would share a typical day in our home.



morning: my alarm goes off. ella is up + ready to eat soon after...she's my morning girl. jonah is fighting it + doing everything humanely possible to keep from getting up. i turn on the diffuser with some brain power in it. i find it helps my brain get a jump start + it helps jonah get moving. while i'm making the kiddos breakfast, i take an inner defense capsule and one drop of ocotea {for my blood sugar} in a capsule. before Jonah heads out to the bus stop, i apply some brain power to the back of his neck + each of his big toes, some cedarwood to each of his big toes, and lavender behind his ears. you can read more about how the oils have helped his adhd here


afternoon: i have a headache from leaning over my sewing machine all morning...ha...so i apply some deep relief to the back of my neck. headache fades away. ella falls while chasing the chickens in the garden, i put a drop of lavender on the cut and she's good to go! before jonah gets off the school bus i start diffusing some thieves (an amazing germ fighter!)....take that nasty school germs.



evening: dinner is going, the hubby is home, the kiddos are wild so i turn on some cartoons and diffuse some peace + calming. we eat and the kiddos head out to play in the backyard while the hubby mows the grass + i get a few moments of quiet. ahhh. bedtime comes and the kids put their little feet up in the air ready for their nightly oils...cedarwood on the back of Jonah's neck and thieves on the bottom of both of their feet. the hubby + i cuddle on the couch while watching our shows. he complains that his back is hurting so i use some relaxation massage oil on his back. we diffuse peace + calming in our room at night. i find it's the only thing that doesn't make me groggy the next morning!


of course, everyday is a little different. if we get exposed to flu germs or one of us is feeling a bit blah, then we adjust for that. the one thing i have learned with the oils is consistency is key! just because it doesn't miraculously work the first time it's applied doesn't mean it isn't working for your body. keep at it! 

now, i'm sure you have a whole bunch of questions, so jump on over to my oily faqs page. if it isn't answered there, feel free to send me an email thebarefootseamstress@yahoo.com

but before you go, i am running a special....buy a premium starter kit ($150 + tax/shipping), which is everything you need to get started and i will send you an essential oils reference guide for free! this special only lasts through 5/31/14 and is only available by ordering through me here. 



xo becky

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

driftwood + doily chandelier

hello there, lovely! i have a quick + easy diy project for you today.

we are lucky enough to live near some amazing beaches with tons of driftwood. i love incorporating little bits of nature into my decorating. a spark of an idea grew when we were playing at the beach one day. doilies + driftwood = yes please. 




my love of doilies has been growing since i was a kid. we used to tease my grandma + call her the 'doily queen'. she would be proud of me now!




this diy really needs no instructions but here is how i whipped it up....

to stiffen the doilies i used the magic of modge podge. paint a coat of modge podge on both sides of the doily. i put down some freezer paper on my painting table for easy cleanup. make sure as the doilies are drying that you flip them over every half hour or so. this will prevent the doilies from sticking to your surface, the modge podge is messy but it gets the job done. you could also try spray starch! i just used what i had on hand. 




i had the hubby drill holes into the driftwood for me. then i ran jute twine through the holes, tied the top of + tied my doilies on the other end of the twine. i wrapped twine around each end of the driftwood, brought the two pieces together + tied them together to create the hanger. 

can i be honest with you here? besides waiting for the doilies to dry, this diy took me 30 minutes tops. love me an easy project!

now go hang your new pretty up!




xo becky

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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.





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