Adventures in Cloth Diapering: A Beginning

Adventures in Cloth Diapering- A

Before I got pregnant with our twins, I dreamed of cloth diapering. But I didn’t want to clean the poop. There is a service here in our area that will pick up and clean your soiled prefold diapers so you don’t have to worry about it. That seemed perfect for us!

Then when I found out we were having twins, I quickly put aside the dream of cloth because I understood that I would have a lot on our plate to get used to two babies at once instead of just a singleton. That’s ok! I was being totally realistic.

And then I fell in love with Young Living essential oils. It was my second step into crunchy-dom, as I was already making the majority of the twins’ baby food at that point (about 6-8 months old at that time). I loved being able to have a more natural and chemical-free environment in our house. I became even crunchier when I turned the love of EOs into my Healthier Oil the Thyme business.

Then, a few days ago, my cloth dreams resurfaced when I was talking to an online group of mommies about their babies and the metallic smell of their child’s wet disposable diapers. Someone spoke about that probably being the chemicals from the diaper reacting to the urine. I realized very quickly that I knew that smell all too well. Ew. That was not what I wanted for my family.

But our babies are 15 months old. Who knows how much longer they will be in diapers! 4 months? 2 years? I couldn’t go out and buy all new diapers for them! So instead, I decided that we would work with what we have already and purchase the bare minimum.

We have about 60 prefold diapers that we used as burp cloths when the babies were younger. 30 each. That will do to start! Then I just needed to get covers. I went to a local cloth diaper and all-things natural store called Franklin Goose (Shout out FG! Love you guys!) and got a quick tutorial. With 3 covers (1 main one for each child + 1 extra) and 2 Snappi fasteners, I was ready to start!

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We had some fun last night (the night before the adventure started) with “pretending” to wear our cloth diapers. Hopefully you saw our silliness on Instagram!

 

 

 

 

And then, today the Adventures in Cloth Diapering began!

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I promise we will update as we get the hang of what we are doing with the wipes and the prefolds and get more experience! For now, I’m sure I’m doing a hundred things wrong, so I’d rather wait until I get a better feel of it.

Do you have any advice for us as we tackle this new adventure?

Healthier Oil the Thyme Website

Yes, I know things have been a little quiet here recently. I have been taking a little break from the blog after the flurry of activity leading up to and after the Essential Oil Blog Hop went live. It was a great experience, but organizing (and writing) over 30 posts and bloggers is exhausting!

Now, however, I wanted to introduce our new Healthier Oil the Thyme website! Tim and I have been working hard on it, but we are thrilled to finally unveil it! Please take a look around, and I hope you enjoy it!

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15 Months Old!

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While we haven’t had an actual Audrey/David blog update since Audrey and David turned 1, they have learned to do so much in the past 3 months! We can honestly say that they are little humans, totally different in their likes and wants, requesting (and sometimes demanding) things from us and each other, and forming their personalities that will carry with them into their childhood and adulthood.

Audrey

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Games

  • Mommy Jungle Gym
  • Airplane/Escalator/Elevator
  • Where’s Audrey?
  • Charge!
  • Interior Designer

Words

  • Bye bye
  • Hi
  • Dat (What’s that?)
  • Dada (daddy)
  • Mama (mommy)
  • Zoom! (airplane sound)
  • Sign language: more, milk, airplane, drink, no, yes
  • Animal noises: quack, moo, baa, (spit) for a llama

Favorite Food

  • All

Other Notables

  • Gives David food, toys, her milk if he is unhappy or might be unhappy
  • Smells flowers in books
  • Pushes over the chairs in the playroom to make jungle gyms
  • When she gets frustrated, will scrunch up face and scream (Popeye face) and then quickly get over it
  • Elmo. Loves Elmo.
  • Fish faces and duck faces (sometimes with kisses attached)
  • Puts hands in the air when we yell “touchdown!”

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Games

  • Where’s David? (extremely quiet so we literally have to search for him)
  • Charge!
  • Pick a book (wants to be picked up and held so he can check out all of the books to find just the right one)
  • Pop (tries to pop his finger out of his mouth)
  • Position the action figures

Words

  • “Puppa” (puppy)
  • “Up” (pick me up so we can look at that picture)
  • “Ma” (milk)
  • “Ah ah” (sound a monkey makes)
  • Sign language: more, milk, drink

Favorite Food

  • Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Banana

Other Notables

  • Favorite books: Hop on Pop, This is Not a Pumpkin, all Thomas books
  • Loves Sesame Street
  • Puts hands in the air when we yell “touchdown!”
  • Jumps on the bed
  • Will do the signs for “5 Little Monkeys” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
  • Favorite stuffed animal: Jordan the monkey

 

Different Essential Oil Diffusers

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*The information in this post has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.*

*In addition, I received a sample oil in exchange for my participation in this blog hop and for the purpose of a testimonial. All opinions are my own. By being a part of this hop, I have the chance to receive a referral bonus.

Essential Oil Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Essential Oil Blog Hop!

Each participating blog has a different post on a number of topics, from how to use essential oils in general to actual uses and testimonials for the oils themselves. We hope that you will have some fun and learn a bit as well! If you are new to essential oils, you may want to start with some of these introductory posts:

 

And now for some information about diffusers.

 

 

There are many different diffusers out there that you can use. Many of them work well, but there are some really important things to keep in mind when shopping for good diffusers for essential oils:

 

  1. Make sure that the diffuser is labeled for essential oil use, as it will have a stronger plastic or other material base. If you plan on using citrus oils, I would highly encourage sticking with a Young Living diffuser, as they have been tested and made for this use. Citrus oils have been known to eat plastic.
  2. Do not use essential oils in heated diffusers like Scentsy or candle-heated sources. It will ruin the chemical compounds that make essential oils beneficial.
  3. Do not add essential oils to humidifiers, as it may warp the plastic or clog up the machine. Some users will take a cotton ball soaked in an essential oil and place it at the mouth of the humidifier.

When you are looking for an essential oil diffuser, here are some questions you may want answered:

  • What is the capacity of the reservoir?
  • Does is use water?
  • Can the light be turned off?
  • How long does it last before needing to be refilled?
  • Does it have an auto shut-off feature or a timer?

 

While we don’t have the answers to all of those questions, here are some great options (both sold by Young Living and sold elsewhere) for you:

*Essential Oil Diffusers

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Essential Oil Blog Hop and Giveaway – Young Living DiGize

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*The information in this post has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.*

*In addition, I received a sample oil in exchange for my participation in this blog hop and for the purpose of a testimonial. All opinions are my own. By being a part of this hop, I have the chance to receive a referral bonus.

Essential Oil Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Essential Oil Blog Hop!

Each participating blog has a different post on a number of topics, from how to use essential oils in general to actual uses and testimonials for the oils themselves. We hope that you will have some fun and learn a bit as well! If you are new to essential oils, you may want to start with some of these introductory posts:

 

And now for some information about

 

DiGize - Healthier Oil the Thyme

 

Information and Uses

  • Acts as a dietary supplement or topical treatment
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Soothes stomach discomfort
  • Includes tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli

 

To Use

  • For dietary supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid.
  • Put one drop in a capsule, diluted with carrier oil.
  • Dilute 1:1 with a carrier oil and apply in a clockwise circular motion on the stomach.

 

My Testimonial

I am someone that carries my stress in my stomach. I am also a Type A personality, which means that I tend to give myself an excess of stress (though I will admit I have gotten better at this since becoming a mom). With that being said, we need something in our family to help our tummies, and for us DiGize is the answer. We have been using this Young Living blend for so many issues that have come up: nausea, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, heartburn, and even just tummy knots. This oil literally does it all! When the twins have issues pop up, we put a diluted mixture on their tummies. When I was sick and vomiting every hour all night long, DiGize came to the rescue (rubbed onto the bottom of the feet so I didn’t have to smell). When I had a very rich dinner, I alternated between smelling it, rubbing it on my stomach, and putting it in a capsule and swallowing it. I’ve also started adding it to my daily morning capsule to help fight the occasional acid-related issues. I truly can’t say enough for this little miracle oil!

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What are Essential Oils?

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Essential Oil Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Essential Oil Blog Hop!

Each participating blog has a different post on a number of topics, from how to use essential oils in general to actual uses and testimonials for the oils themselves. We hope that you will have some fun and learn a bit as well! If you are new to essential oils, you may want to start with some of these introductory posts:

 

So what exactly are essential oils?

 

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  • Essential Oils are the “life blood” of the plant. When a living plant is cut or damaged, the essential oils work their way to the damaged area to help regenerate cells for repair. Anything that our blood does for us is basically what the essential oils do for the plant – they carry nutrients and oxygen to the different organs in our body. Likewise, this same concept can be used when we cultivate these oils in the proper way. When correctly extracted and distilled, they can effectively combat the damaging effects of toxins, impurities, and harmful substances in and around our body.
  • The use of essential oils in humans dates back to about 4500 BCE, so although you may have only recently heard about essential oils, their use has been around for a very, very long time.
  • Another wonderful benefit is that, unlike modern medicine, essential oils will NEVER expire!

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Why Young Living as a Company?

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Essential Oil Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Essential Oil Blog Hop!

Each participating blog has a different post on a number of topics, from how to use essential oils in general to actual uses and testimonials for the oils themselves. We hope that you will have some fun and learn a bit as well! If you are new to essential oils, you may want to start with some of these introductory posts:

 

So why did I choose Young Living as a company?

Why Young Living-

When I first got interested in essential oils, I honestly thought that all of the different brands were the same, and I focused on the price (I wanted to save the most money possible). I went out and bought a bottle of lavender from my local grocery store to use for my family. Once I started doing the research, however, I was a little horrified at some of what I was discovering about claims and practices of other companies in creating their oils.

You might be wondering the difference between Young Living Essential Oils and the oils found in your local health food stores. I cannot attest to what is sold by other countries, and I want to make it clear that I am ONLY TALKING ABOUT Young Living Essential Oils. If an oil bottle label says “Topical,” “For External Use Only,” “Do not take internally,” or “Do not ingest,” then that’s your red flag that it’s been adulterated and is not safe.

Understand that if you go out to a garden and pick a peppermint leaf off of the plant, it is safe to eat. If the oil was 100% pure as it says it is, then you should be able to ingest it. Do not be fooled! There IS a difference between a $6 Lavender bottle and a $23.50 (wholesale cost) Young Living bottle of Lavender.

By the way, that old bottle that I bought at the grocery store… it is no longer in our home.

Young Living as a company was founded in 1993, and they have over 20 years of research and experience in the essential oil business. They are the only essential oil company with their own farms. If you were to walk through any of the Young Living farms, you would find weeds alongside the growing plants. That’s a good thing, because it means that these farms don’t use any chemicals on their plants.

 

WHY YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS ARE SO DIFFERENT: SEED TO SEAL PROCESS

Only 2% of essential oils sold in North America are suitable for medicinal purposes, and Young Living makes 98% of them! The reason Young Living’s oils are so different is a result of their strict, detailed method for producing the oils to obtain the purest, ‘un-messed-with’ plant essences. Young Living calls this their Seed to Seal process, where every step from planting to bottling is detailed and controlled. You KNOW where your product is coming from.

Young Living’s proprietary Seed to Seal process is the heart of their commitment to purity and authenticity. Young Living Essential Oils are genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and of unmatched purity. Seed to Seal® is both a promise to you and a reflection of our sense of global stewardship. Through each step of our production process on both our own farms and partner farms, we use the highest standards possible to make our products, your life, and the earth better. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, we apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended. Only one company can make the Seed to Seal promise, and that is Young Living. To learn more, I would encourage you to visit seedtoseal.com.

Seed to Seal Promise

 

YOUNG LIVING FARMS

  • Young Living is the world leader in producing and guaranteeing 100% pure and potent, Genuine THERAPEUTIC grade essential oils.
  • Gary Young has built 7 farms around the world, not including their partnered farms, that are completely open about their farming practices.
  • They love for their members to be a part of the seed plantings, all the way to the harvest and distillation process.
  • Young Living uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that international purity and potency standards are met and surpassed.
  • There are no pesticides or chemicals used on their farms. They have a crews that hand picks the weeds.
  • Young Living completes 8 different tests on EVERY BATCH OF OIL that is made, yet only 30% of oil samples tested are sold. The rest are used on Young Living farms as a natural herbicide.

 

THE PROBLEM WITH OTHER OILS:

The vast majority of other essential oils are extracted using high heat, high pressure, and chemical solvents. Although the final product may still contain the aroma of the plant, these harsh processing methods destroy the therapeutic qualities of the oils. Using lesser-quality oils for therapeutic purposes is never recommended and can be extremely toxic.

Another problem is that there are currently no standards when it comes to labeling a bottle of essential oil. If a bottle of oil contains just 5% essential oil, by law it can be labeled as 100% Pure Essential Oil!

So if you see labels like “Organic,” “100% Pure,” or “All Natural” on a bottle of oil at the health food store, you still have no way of knowing the quality of the oil. Especially if that bottle is $8 or $12, it has more than likely been mass produced very cheaply, with very little attention to the way it was processed. In a cheap bottle of oil, the therapeutic compounds have been destroyed by the heat, pressure, and/or chemical solvents.

Do you know that sweet or pleasant smell when you first open a peppermint candy cane? That’s not the actual peppermint… it’s the things that are added to it. Likewise, when you open a bottle of peppermint oil, you should not immediately smell a sweet smell. If you do, something has been added to it. I absolutely love the smells of (most of) my Young Living essential oils, but there are some that I personally don’t like. Honestly, I really don’t care if find the smell pleasing or not, as I focus on the essence of the oil and what it can do for our family. An example of this is Cedarwood. I couldn’t stand the smell at first, but once I started really getting into it and using it, I now love it (and the calming effects that it provides). We don’t have to love the smells to have it help us.

Questions to Ask an EO Company

QUESTIONS TO ASK ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANIES:

There is a wonderful post on Neat Oil Essentials that lists 12 questions (and answers) that you should ask any essential oil company about their practices. Here is an overview of the questions, and I would encourage you to check out the post for more information.

  1. Do they own their own farms to grow the plants for the oils?
  2. Are these new farms that have formerly used herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals or are they older, established farms with a cleaner history (at least 50 years)?
  3. Can the company test their own oil composition in their own labs?
  4. Is there anyone on staff with a trained nose to analyze the oils by smell (as there are less than 200 people in the world with this type of training to correctly discern the chemistry of fragrance)?
  5. If the company purchases oils from a supplier, do they visit the distilleries and farms?
  6. Does the grower have a testing lab to check on the peak oil harvesting time?
  7. Is there a way to check that the crops were harvested at the peak time?
  8. Was there a delay in between harvesting and taking the crops to the still and cookers?
  9. Does the distillery personally properly know the art of how to pack the cookers, administer the steam, maintain the proper minimum temperatures and pressure, continuously monitor the process, and make sure that the oils contain all of the components?
  10. What does the supplier do with oils that may be of an inferior grade? Do they discard them or still sell them?
  11. How does the supplier checks on the grade of the oil?
  12. What type of lids do the cookers use (cone-topped lids are better)?
  13. Does the supplier supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract the additional oil from the plant?
  14. Does the supplier bottle their oil directly from the distillery, or do they modify the composition?
  15. What data have they shown for testing their oil alongside other companies?

 

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Signing Up for the Premium Starter Kit with Young Living

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Essential Oil Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Essential Oil Blog Hop!

Each participating blog has a different post on a number of topics, from how to use essential oils in general to actual uses and testimonials for the oils themselves. We hope that you will have some fun and learn a bit as well! If you are new to essential oils, you may want to start with some of these introductory posts:

 

 

Order Young Living PSK with Chemical Free Home

Oils are an investment, I won’t deny that. It may seem like $150 is a lot to invest in the Premium Starter Kit, but I can tell you from experience, it has made a huge difference in my life and actually SAVES me money by cutting down on the other items in my medicine cabinet.

Of course, if you don’t want a full Premium Starter Kit, you can just get one or two oils, but most people have found that the PSK is the most cost-effective, because you get so much product and long-term benefits because of investing in the kit.

In the Premium Starter Kit, you will receive the following:

  • Everyday Oils Collection: 10 5mL bottles (peppermint, lavender, lemon, frankincense, melaleuca a., Stress Away, Thieves, PanAway, Purification, and Joy) + 1 bonus 5mL bottle (Citrus Fresh) = 11 bottles!
  • Home Diffuser (retails $98)
  • Samples to use or distribute (2 peppermint, 2 Peace & Calming, 2 lemon, 2 lavender, 2 Thieves, 2 NinXia Red 2-oz packets)
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment
  • Welcome to Young Living booklet
  • Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide
  • Distributor Resource Guide
  • S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet
  • Sample Packet Business Cards
  • Distributor Agreement, Product Guide, and Product Price List

In addition, anyone that wants to sign up under my team and gets the Premium Starter Kit will receive a FREE resource guide (worth about $25) so that you can have information on how to use the oils safely and effectively… right at your fingertips. You will also have access to several closed Facebook groups for our team with hundreds of other essential oil users so that you can have even more information right there on hand.

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Remember that “signing up” means that you will get approximately $300 of oils, a diffuser, and other products for $150 (plus shipping and tax). You do not have to sell Young Living at all. The best thing about this (besides the great deal on products) is that you can purchase any oils or supplies at the wholesale rate for the next year.

What’s the catch? There really isn’t any. You will have to spend $50 in the calendar year in order to keep that wholesale member account (with the 24% discount), but you will find it hard to limit yourself to that, once you open the door to oils. You can even get a couple of your favorites for a friend and then be done for the year!

So are you ready to join? Email Dory at healthieroilthethyme@gmail.com or click on the image below to get started!

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Coming Up… a Blog Hop!

It’s been a little quiet this week  as I’ve been preparing for a pretty huge blog hop next week, all about essential oils! Make sure to come back here on the 17th at9 AM Eastern!