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So Many Changes So Little Time

Did you think I had a baby and suddenly fell off the face of the earth? Well, I kind of did! I have been soaking in TONS of family time, working, and schooling of course. There are so many changes going on in our little world, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

We are winding down our school year as we speak, and will be doing bits and pieces all throughout the summer. We are also gearing up for our trip to Dallas for Teach Them Diligently! I can not wait to finally hug some of my bloggy friend’s necks once we get there.  Some I have met before (over a year ago) and some will be the first time to meet face to face.

As far as changes in our homeschool…let’s just say we are jumping on board with so many others, with Classical Conversations. I have spent hours and hours reading books, and learning all about this amazing program. Our entire family is just giddy to begin in the fall. Of course, I will be blogging all about it. How it works for our family, what our schedule looks like, and the resources that we use.

If you aren’t familiar with CC, feel free to email me and I will share some of the info that I have come across during my research.

All that to say, the blog will be changing a bit in the homeschool realm. I will still be sharing encouragement, about “those” oils, and about my sweet little ones.

In the mean time I hope everyone is getting out to enjoy the amazing weather we are having. (well at least where I live) Do you have any big plans this summer?

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Using Essential Oils To Help With Mastitis

Any woman who has ever had mastitis can tell you it is one of the most painful things you can go through. I have never had mastitis before so this was a first for me. I think I would rather have another C-section than have another bout of mastitis. It was that painful!

How I Used Essential Oils to Help with Mastitis

Over the past few years our family has been transitioning to a more natural way of dealing with ailments. Back in the day I would have rushed to start taking the meds that the doc called in for me. Let me tell you it was tempting with the amount of pain that I was in. However, I decided to use the oils that I had on hand. Did you know using essential oils can help with mastitis?  I LOVE essential oils! I use them daily on just about everything you can think of. We have been using Essential Oils on various things throughout the last few years, but to be honest I wasn’t completely sure they could handle treating an infection that bad and painful.

I started dosing myself with oils morning, noon, and night. I used Frankincense, Thieves, and Oregano on the bottoms of my feet. Then I used Lavender, and Frankincense directly on my chest. Within 24 hours I noticed drastic improvement. After 48 hours, my fever was breaking on a regular basis, and I was feeling human again. By day 3, I was back to my old self. With the exception of being really tired, all the symptoms were gone.

I am now a fanatic when it comes to my Young Living Essential Oils!

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Overcoming the New Mommy Slump

I’m sure I am not the only woman out there that goes through the new mommy slump. It seems like every pregnancy I just let myself go. I don’t care about getting to the salon to get my roots covered, let alone spending time to put makeup on my face if I don’t have to leave the house. Usually it takes me a bit after I have my sweet little bundle to actually start caring again.

Overcoming The New Mommy Slump @TheJoyfulFamily.com

The difference is that after the baby, I am fighting exhaustion and am always out of time. So how does one overcome the new mommy slump when there aren’t enough hours in the day, and the moments you do have would rather be spent sleeping? I don’t have time to get to the nail salon, and I sure don’t have the time or energy to get all fussied up every single day.

I have started making time for ME! Yes, it sounds a little selfish but it is so important for me to steal a few minutes to myself. It doesn’t always happen, but I make a point to squeeze it in a few times a week. Most times it is just me getting away in the evening for a few minutes alone in the bubble bath.

I know it may seem silly, but having my nails painted makes me feel more “put together”. However, I don’t have time to keep up with nails at the salon every 2 weeks. So, my newest splurge on myself is a home mani. I hand the baby off for daddy time while I spruce my hands and feet up. It’s the little things that matter!

Another thing I let go during pregnancy is my hair. When I’m pregnant my hair grows way to fast to try and keep it blonde. So my natural dark starts quickly shining through. This time around I bought a box from the store and got it as close to my natural color as I could while the blonde grew off. But, now that our house is back into a routine with our time and our finances….I am headed back to the blonde. That 2 hours at the salon every other month is my happy getaway place. I realize this isn’t always an option so even if it is turning your bathroom into your personal salon, DO IT! I feel like a new person when my hair gets done.

It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Maybe it is just a few minutes with your feet up that makes you feel like a different more put together woman. Take those minutes and don’t feel guilty for it. Anything that can help you overcome the new mommy slump! When we are more refreshed, we are better at our daily tasks.

Overcoming The New Mommy Slump @TheJoyfulFamily.com

It is so easy to get in the habit of throwing on those yoga pants and t-shirt with your hair in a pony every single day. Trust me I pretty much lived that way over the last year! If I am honest with myself though I feel more human and “together” when I spend a little bit of time on myself. No, you won’t find me all fixed up everyday of the week, but you may find me with my nails done and some lipgloss with those yoga pants. Whatever makes me feel pretty and like I have it more together than I actually do!

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