DIY – All Purpose Cleaner


It’s been about 6 months since I have not bought a chemical cleaner!! And boy does it feel great! I do not have to worry about my kids and our family dog, I know that what I make will not harm them in any way.

Every since I learned about the chemicals present in household cleaners, I was just terrified!

Here is what I use;

  • 500ml spray bottle
  • 1/2cup castile soap (unscented)
  • 30 drop favourite doTERRA essential oils
  • Distilled or filtered water (filled to the top)

These are the different essential oils I love to use for this purpose.


dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

As one of doTERRA’s most popular oils, doTERRA On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.


Wild Orange Citrus sinensis

With multiple health benefits and an energizing aroma that can uplift the mind and body, Wild Orange has become one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils.*

Lemon Citrus limon

The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils, not to mention the top-selling essential oil that doTERRA offers.


www.doterra.com
If you want more information please refer to our  essential oil page 🙂
Happy cleaning!

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The first year – a Journey through postpartum depression

NOTE; THIS POST IS EMOTIONAL & COULD BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME

 

 

Once the c-section was was complete, I laid there… wondering what was next. They took Benjamin up to the maternity ward, I was left in the operating room for a half hour. The room was cold, I could not move, and my husband and baby had left. That was the longest half hour.

I clearly remember them moving me from the table to a bed, I just looked at my legs.. they felt like weighted 1 000 lbs! I had no control or feeling, it was so strange. I was thankful when I was finally on my way up! I was greeted in the maternity ward hallway by my husband holding our little 4 lbs 15 oz peanut. He was so small, and also not impressed. He had just gotten his vitamin K shot. He was just the cutest little peanut ever! For most of the nurses, he was the smallest baby they have ever had on the ward.

That night the nurses decided to keep Benjamin in a separate room than me. There was no nursery at this hospital … but they needed to keep a close eye on him. He was placed in an incubator, his umbilical cord was kept long and moist to have IV access if needed. (thank goodness they did not need to use it)

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It was really appreciated that they had let me rest for the rest of the night and morning. We had one nurse on staff that night that was a blessing. She used to work at a children’s hospital, she had been around many premies and even super-premies. She had figured out a way to get Benjamin to start sucking, she gave him a pacifier and fed him formula through a syringe and feeding tube! This was amazing, it did not take him long before he was able to take a bottle.

I was trying to breast feed in the beginning, but because he was so small I had to supplement him with formula anyways. I was breast feeding with a nipple shield, pumped and supplemented. This was when I found out that not all women are built to breast feed. I was one of them. Plus having a baby with such a tiny mouth.. there was no way he was getting a good latch. This was all very exhausting, emotionally and physically.

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Finally after 4 days in the hospital we were able to leave. Benjamin left weighing 4.5 lbs, did you know that this is the minimum weight for a car seat… I had never even thought about that until we got so many comments over the fact that he was so small. Unfortunately, this became a trigger for me… that saying that he was so small. Thank you world I know he is small! I was starting to get very frustrated over those comments. No mater how big he got people always thought he was younger than what he actually was. At that time I had a hard time processing this, but I know that he was premie and I should of not taken those comments negatively. However, in that mindset it was just too much for me.

A lot of my friends and co-workers were shocked with the news about the delivery, they had so many questions for me. I was initially okay with talking about everything, but after a while it got really frustrating and really sad. People would make comments like     “well at least you don’t have stretch marks”, that’s just it! I missed 5 weeks of my pregnancy! I don’t know what it feels to be very uncomfortable, I don’t know what it feels like to have your water break, I don’t know what contractions feel like, and the list goes on. All these things are some what of a right of passage into mother hood. After a while I started describing it as being robbed of my last 5 weeks of pregnancy. That’s right, robbed! There was no answers as to why I had a severe placenta abrupto and that really messed with my mind.

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I started loosing my mind. There were times where he would cry so much that I would just make him a bottle, and bring him to my neighbours to care for him for a few hours. I would be in tears, not believing that I mentally could not do it at that time. Other times, I would just place him in his crib and would go sit on the front step of the house. I just needed a break. I hated the fact that I couldn’t not mentally deal with it. I thought motherhood was supposed to be something amazing. I was in denial of having depression. I did not know exactly what was going on. I hated the person that I had become. I used to be oh so bubbly, always able to stand my ground. This was not me. What did I become.

I had officially lost my smile…

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The Birth – a journey through postpartum depression

Caution: this blog post might be triggering for some people

 

I find it so ironic that when you are expecting your first child people always recommend that you attend a prenatal class. Both my husband and I being trained paramedics, we have done obstetric rotations… we knew the medical aspect of birthing. With that said, we still decided to attend a local prenatal class offered by public health. It was fun, we had some good times. did we learn anything? no. However, one thing that they do push towards is having a birth plan. Know what you want…. What kind of birth do you want… do you want family there? And the list goes on. I did not really have a plan. Just basic generic stuff. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided, “okay I’m running the show, this is how its going to happen.”  Boy was I wrong…

I was 34 weeks pregnant, I had a doctors appointment and my obstetrician checked everything with his fancy little ultrasound machine in his office. “EVERYTHING IS PERECT”, he would tell me. This was always a great relief, so I went home and back to my day to day activities which still included full work days. This was okay, I was getting really tired in the afternoon but my work was very accommodating. The following day I remember dropping off some stuff after work at a friends house. She too was expecting a baby and I had gotten some free baby stuff for her. After that visit I went home to cook supper. As my husband and I ate our supper on the couch, I remember telling him that I had just peed myself.  I was so upset, upset that I didn’t even feel the urge to urinate. It was normal for me to have a weak bladder at this point in my pregnancy…but not to the point of being incontinent. I went upstairs to the bathroom to sort myself out. Nothing was out of the normal initially, so I took my time. Once I was “done” I got up … my heart sank and I screamed!! The toilet bowl was FILLED with blood! My husband ran upstairs, and then rushed me to the local emergency room (rural) which was thankfully only 2 minutes away.

Once I got to emerged I swiftly waddled my way to triage and told them I was having third trimester bleeding. Immediately, they rushed me into a room where I could get into a exam robe. My wonderful husband was helping me undress and get into a robe. As I removed my pants, I saw a good litre of blood pour out of me… all down my legs and on my clothes. I screamed in fear as I shook, my husband held me up. Nurses rushed in to see what was going on. They immediately laid me on the exam bed. I had several doctors come in an assess the situation. There was no going back. I was rushed to the hearest General Hospital to be assessed by my obstetrician. I faintly remember in the ambulance the nurse was asking me if I was having contractions… I told her yes because I could feel squeezing in my abdomen followed by a gush of fluid between my legs, but there wasn’t much pain.  I was getting weak, things were blurry. My husband was such a huge support for me, but he feared for our lives.

After arriving at the nearest general hospital my obstetrician was waiting there for me. He was absolutely confused as to what could of happened. He confirmed that with what he could see that I was a grade 3.  I was so out of it at this point. My husband had to tell me all about it again because my memory was not really there. My doctor mentioned that I needed to be rushed to the a the Ottawa General Hospital (Ontario, Canada). My son would need to have access to CHEO’s (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) NICU, because the hospital that we were at were not equipped for premie babies.  We were located 2 hours north west from there. But because of the shock that I was in and the severity of the blood loss (and still loosing) my doctor mentioned that we would not survive the 30 minute helicopter flight down to Ottawa. They asked for my blood type and prepped for an emergency cesearian section.

As they rushed me down the hallways and into elevators my husband almost missed the boat because he was trying to get himself all scrubbed up. He mentioned to me that I was getting my spinal anesthesia, and if I wasn’t getting numb fast enough for them I would be put totally under and my husband would no be able to be present for the birth. Apparently for my husband, waiting in that hallway was the longest wait of his life.

I specifically remember this part… they were constantly pinching my abdomen to see if I was numb. As soon as I said I can’t feel it, they began to cut me open…and then the curtain went up… that memory was not a good one for me for the longest time.

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My doctor told me (afterwards) that my amniotic sac had not broken and all that I felt was my placenta ripping off the uterine wall.  That mental picture haunted me.. but I had asked for those answers. Three quarters of my placenta had ripped of. The cause is still unknown… I do not fall into any of the “high risk” category.

That night my son Benjamin was born. 4 lbs 15 oz. he was a small little guy. But had a strong cry! Thank goodness! Doctors were please and he would not have to be sent to the children’s hospital. I truly believe that being physically active during my pregnancy enabled my son to be as strong as he was.

My son and I are alive today thanks to a doctors swift decisions… I am forever grateful. But this is when the true battle began…

 

for more information on abruptio placentae;

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/252810-overview

the pregnancy – a journey through postpartum depression

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The pregnancy; it was a time of joy and concern.

All the signs were there, my husband was bugging me to take a pregnancy test. While he was busy on the phone I decided I would take the silly test and get it over with. I waited the required amount of time before I read the test. NEGATIVE! Perfect just what I had thought! Away in the trash it went.

10 mins later my husband bugged me about that silly test… I told him that I had taken one and that it was negative. If you knew my husband you would know how funny he can be at times. He told me that he wanted to make sure the test wasn’t expired and asked for the test and the wrapper that it came in. I was very annoyed by this request. How could he not trust me! well, away I went to the trash.

I handed him the wrapper as I told him that it wasn’t expired thus it being negative. As he took at the expiration date, I nonchalantly looked at the test again. To by disbelief it was POSITIVE! I was just shocked… my jaw dropped! My husband was over the moon, and I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. “we’re not ready”, “how will be able to afford a child”, “how will we pay for daycare”, and the list went on…

After the news sunk in I was still trembling but happy about the unexpected miracle. Everyone was happy for us and life went on and we prepared for the addition.

We decided to find out that we were expecting a boy! Our little love bug! The pregnancy went very well. I only gained a total of 35 lbs, ensuring I ate healthy food and appropriate portions, ha ha.  I exercised 5 days a week for 1 hour. Ensuring that kept with my old routine but with modifications. As I got “large and in charge” my exercise went to simply walking for an hour.

Every time I went into my obstetrician’s office everything was just perfect! Perfect weight gain, perfect fundal length, perfect heartbeat, etc. I was extremely happy and thankful that I was able to keep up my exercise routine. It had been getting harder and harder to motivate myself to move for an hour, if you can just imagine.

We decided to get maternity pictures done. So I called up a good friend of mine and photographer at Raw Sugar Imagery .  I was 33 weeks and a few days when we had these done! Which ended up being a blessing… because the following week changed my life forever…

Elise

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Pick me up – cheer & motivate

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Well the other day I was having a rough start. I think some people can relate to that. When you just want to stay in your pyjamas and not want to get anything done. Enter Cheer and Motivate! These are great (prediluted) roller bottles with doTERRA’s essential oil blends.

CHEER  – This blend promotes a feeling of optimism, cheerfulness and happiness. Great for when your feeling down, blue or in a low. This was exactly how I was feeling…  The aromatic description is; Fresh, spicy, warm.

MOTIVATE – This blend promotes a feeling of confidence, courage and belief. If there is any sense of doubt, pessimism, or cynicism, this would be the blend for you. The aromatic description is; Fresh, clean, minty.

I applied cheer to the base of my skull and behind the ears. Motivate was applied at my radial pulse points. Roughly a half hour later, I felt like I had a little pick me up. This was exactly what I needed!

Elise

Let’s just face it….

Let’s just face it… we tend to neglect our face. I don’t know about you but for me its one of the first things that I tend to let go. Self care when you are a busy tends to be the last thing you want to do… We typically say that we do not have the time for it. But as a busy mom, I need to understand that it’s extremely important to take care of myself. If I can not take care of myself, then how can I take care of others.

Today’s self care;

Detoxifying Face Mask

Clay face masks are a great way to rid your skin of toxins and increase the blood flow. Here is my DIY secret;

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  • Clay Powder
  • Vitamin E
  • HD Clear, Essential Oil Blend
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil

(description of each at the bottom of this page)

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Wash your face thoroughly. You can use any cleanser that you like or
you can use the mild face scrub recipe (link to come) that I use!

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In a bowl, mix in 1.5 tbsp of clay powder, 2 droppers of Vitamin E,
1 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 1 drop of Geranium Essential oil,
and 1 drops of Frankincense.

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Add just enough filtered water to create a nice paste.

 

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Apply to your face and neck. Be careful around the eyes, nose
and mouth. Leave it on for roughly 10 minutes. After that time wash off with a lukewarm water and a clean washcloth.

Note: your face may be red, this is caused by the increase blood flow.
Not to worry unless your face is burning. In that case wash off
and contact your doctor.You may have a sensitivity to one of the
ingredients.

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Once the mask is washed off, pat dry. Finally, apply some HD Clear to your face.

Enjoy!

Clay – Removes toxins, increase circulation, decreases inflammation, exfoliates, tightens pores, absorbs excess oil.

Bentonite Clay (green)- good generic clay, and for oily skin.

Blue Clay – most potent and highest in detoxification effect.

Kaolin Clay (white) – least absorbent, great for sensitive, irritated, dry, aged skin.

Yellow Clay – for oily sensitive skin.

Red Clay – for normal, dry and dull skin.

Pink Clay – for sensitive skin.

Lavender Essential Oil – great for soothing skin irritations, and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.

Geranium Essential Oil – great smoothing effect, and beautifies skin.

Frankincense Essential Oil – reduces the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin.

Vitamin E – blocks free radicals to help reduce wrinkles and keep skin young-looking.

HD Clear smooths out imperfections on your face.  This essential oil Blend helps keep skin clear, clean and hydrated.

Elise

Wooly Traditions

The reasons as to why I chose the name “Wooly Traditions”…

You know when your grand-mother or other relative makes you something… mostly knits, they are so soft and comfy and just heart warming. A lot of people these days always talk about how they grand-mother or mother use to knit. It always seems to bring a nice warm fuzy feeling…

Back in the day people had to make their own things… it was either way to expensive to buy or the manufacturing process was not quite in place yet. It was sort of a survival mode. If you wanted to  have a pair of socks to keep you warm you had to make them. So in a way it became somewhat of a “tradition” if I can put it that way. Also, they only had access to natural fibres and thus wool was more prominent and easy to work with (unlike linen).

So there we have it… simple reason as to why I chose the name “Wooly Traditions” for my micro business.

I absolutely love working with natural fibres and incorporate them into my crafts in various ways.

🙂

Elise