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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Purify Blend Essential Oil

One of the easiest ways to use essential oils is through diffusing! So many of them smell deliciously delightful but are intended for different purposes. An oil that we have only used aromatically (opposed to topically, should not be used internally) is the blend Purify. Just as its name alludes to, it's meant to clean the air. Yes, clean the air, not just mask odor in the air! Purify is a blend of lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca, and cilantro essential oil. Some of the included oils are known for their ability to remove odor while others are known for their ability to not only disinfect but remove harmful microorganisms. As you can see, it's a pretty powerful oil to have in your cabinet to diffuse during such times as cold, flu, and allergy season(s)!

If you're into the natural deodorant thing, Purify would be a fabulous addition to your recipe. If you cloth diaper, just add a drop to the wet bag. Use a drop to freshen up the hamper before laundry day or that stinky gym bag! If you're looking for a natural air freshener for your car put a couple drops on a cotton ball and place it in the air vent. Carpets need a cleaning? Add a couple drops to some baking soda and sprinkle on your carpet before vacuuming! Oh, and don't forget that it can also be used to relieve bug bite pain. I like to diffuse Purify a couple hours a day, several days a week when the bug is going around to fight off any airborne bacteria and honestly it just smells clean! Here's what other people I know use it for:

"I love putting a few drops of Purify in some baking soda and then dumping it into my washing machine. Takes any smell out of any laundry!"-Alayna H.

If you're new to essential oils you may be interested in reading my 'Getting Started' post. If you're looking to purchase any oils and don't already have a wellness consultant, feel free to visit my page {HERE}. If you have any oil questions you are also welcome to leave them in the comment section or email me at rootandblossom{at}gmail{dot}com. Above information can be found in the book Modern Essentials a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils 5th edition. Also, I am no doctor, just an oil enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love of essential oils. 15ml bottle: $24.00 (Retail), $18.00 (wholesale)

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stuffed Rabbit Tutorial

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Easter is just around the corner! With our oldest being only 2 years old we haven't done anything yet with the secular side of the holiday. This year we have talked about doing a little egg hunt for him in our unit but with Chris having to work that day, and a friend flying in, I think we might just stick to talking about Jesus, dying eggs and wearing bunny ears I bought at The Daiso (Japanese dollar store). As a child I personally had an extravagantly amazing egg hunt across our 2.5 acres with my siblings each year, it was glorious and I hope to have our boys experience that in the future. Some day we'll actually be in The States during spring, please enjoy all the tulips and daffodils for us!

In honor of easter I put together a little tutorial to make a darling little rabbit for a little in your life! I don't know about yours but my little guy loves stuffed animals so a plush rabbit made from scraps in my cabinet was the perfect project.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two and a Half Years Young


Gabriel is a quiet and gentle spirit. He's an internal processor like his daddy and a heavy-duty observer before he's a participant. He wears his heart on his sleeve like his mama, is compassionate and caring but also stubborn like both his parents. His perfectionism can trigger mama's hot headedness so thank goodness he also carries Christopher's mellow demeanor. He enjoys calm activities like jigsaw puzzles, books, and play-doh and thrives off routine. So much of his personality is already quite visibly a reflection of our (Chris and mine) own behavior which holds us accountable to our words and actions more than I ever imagined. There is a strong desire within him to have independence, as I imagine is burning within every 2 year old, so we are challenged daily to honor, foster and direct that in appropriate ways that satisfies both of our needs. We get glimpses of his desire to wrestle around with Brenik and look forward to watching that play relationship develop. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 Months Old! (Brenik)


I'll cut to the chase, the highlight of this month (one of the most exciting moments of his life, let's be real) is that Brenik started sleeping straight through the night! Not an adult 8hrs kind of straight through the night but a textbook baby 12-13hr straight sleep! At the beginning of January he slept through the night and Chris and I didn't know what to do with ourselves, we didn't get our hopes up but then it happened again! After three straight nights of uninterrupted sleep I was reminded of something I read awhile back on how babies between 4-6 months will start sleeping through the night but then try to go back to nursing and you're advised not to. The idea is that baby already showed you he doesn't need to eat to make it through the night so don't make nursing at night a habit. Sure enough after about a week of sleeping through the night around 2am he started fussing around. We decided not to go grab him unless our parental instincts told us something was wrong so he fussed on and off for 20 minutes before falling back asleep until morning. The proceeding nights he was back to sleeping straight through. As mentioned before, so thankful for how the time and energy that has gone into a consistent routine has paid off in spades! Naps however are not as perfect. When naps are taken at home they're great, out and about is the problem. He's down to three naps now so we try to get 2 of the 3 solid at home in his room.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Box Bottom Drawstring Bag Tutorial

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What's a box bottom bag? One that sits up by its self! Drawstring bags can be a fun way to package a gift and when done yourself can be entirely customizable to shape, size, and height! Sometimes, the most appropriate gift bag (or most esthetically appealing) is one that can sit up on its own which requires a stable bottom (scroll drown to see picture). The following is a tutorial on how to make a drawstring bag roughly 8" tall with a bottom 4.5"x4.5". Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 pieces of main (outside) and 2 pieces of fabric for the lining both measuring 10" by 9"
  • 2 pieces of twine (string, ribbon) measuring 28"
  • matching thread and sewing accessories
  • safety pin

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Day with the Royals!

Okay, I'll admit that was misleading. By royals I meant the Imperial family though I recently read that Prince William will be in Japan next month, maybe that will be a future blog post?

The Imperial family is most commonly compared to the royal family of England. The Emperor used to control the country like a president but is now a figurehead. Twice a year the Imperial family makes an appearing to the public, on the Emperor's birthday and January 2nd, both of which we've never been in Japan for. With our early arrival to Japan we sieged the opportunity and took a trip up to Tokyo to see the family for our self!

Since we anticipated a large crowd we decided to embrace the Japanese way by forgoing the mammoth stroller and travel only with the SollyBaby Wrap and Toddler Tula. This was our first large outing without a stroller my life line. Going sans stroller is pretty out of my comfort zone especially now with two litters but I took one for the team and moved past my anxieties. Not to get ahead of myself with sharing about our day but flash forward a few hours to when we're sardined with thousands of people taking shuffle steps no longer than an inch we noticed a special expedited pathway for those with stroller. Dang it. Anyways...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two to Four Months

-two months-
When Gabriel was a baby and I heard that mamas could put their babies to bed awake and they'd actually fall asleep sweetly on their own, I thought it was all lies... It is actually possible! Like I've mentioned before, sleep was downright awful with Gabriel so we vowed to humble ourselves, seek out advice from parents we respected who had good sleepers, and read different books. Well, truth be told it's working. Going to sleep is a piece of cake for this kid but we're still working on transitioning through naps. Over the last couple months we have have made progress, have moved past the 25-30 mark and get at least 1 super good nap during the day. The last couple months we've encouraged him to keep sleeping by going in to rock him while humming amazing grace until he settled down (still awake, just calm) then we'd lay him back to bed, kiss his head and hope he goes back to sleep. Some times he did, sometimes we needed to do this 2,3,4 times. It was a lot of work, sometimes with tears but since getting to Japan we haven't felt it necessary and our hard work is paying off. At two months he seemed so incredibly close to sleeping through the night. He had slept through the night once and an hour from it a couple times but typically woke around 3am-4am to nurse before getting up at 7am. This continued right up to 4 months.

Brenik is a great nurser, sometimes he chose to be a major flirt instead- he'll latch, take a little drink, then start cooing up a storm. I couldn't help but smile at him and giggle which just fed the flirting frenzy. Sadly though at this point we're confident that Brenik has a sensitivity/allergy to any and all forms of dairy as well as eggs. When I consume any of it he gets eczema on his cheeks, elbows and inner thighs. It's been hard for me to wrap my mind around not eating any of these foods for 1-2 years. I wish I knew more about all of this but medical care is a bit finicky here for us so it's most likely going to have to wait until late spring. Speaking of nutrition, at his 2 month appointment he came in at the 90th percentile for both height and weight, as if that should be a surprise. Poor kid didn't handle the immunizations nearly as well as Gabriel (Gabe held his ears looking super concerned the whole time about what was happening to his brother), and desired to be held for most of the following 24 hours. His full tongue inclusion tie still is no issue when it comes to nursing but we're at a point now where we wished we had known more about it when he was born because now we both feel strongly about getting it clipped... and we're in Japan. I think what hit me was that kids who have a tie as sever as Brenik's won't be able to lick an ice cream cone, so sad! Obviously there are other more serious reasons but that one for some reason struck a cord.

-four months-
His eyes are blue! BLUE! How did that happen twice in a row? Yes I have blue eyes but with Chris' brown I thought we got lucky with Gabe. Oh man, at two months I was thinking that I was finally going to have a baby with rolls on his legs, but that didn't last long. He's tall and at 2 months seemed a lot more sturdy than Gabriel, Gabe was strong but always seemed long and lean, but now I feel like their builds are comparable. At two months despite little tummy time (when he wasn't nursing, burping, or getting a diaper changed he was sleeping...) his upper body strength according to the doctor was a few months advanced. Still no rolling over but he's a crazy wiggle worm! I never know where in the crib he's going to be after a nap or in the middle of the night. One evening my heart sank because I couldn't find him. He was of course there but moved really far down and to the side of the crib- not where I was looking or expecting to find him in the dark.

Little man was officially out of 3 month cloths  at two months and out of 6 month clothes at 4 months, he's currently wearing 9-12months. I love seeing all of Gabriel's old clothes again, some are looking pretty loved though and probably won't be seeing a third child. There are also pieces that didn't work well with Gabriel but I held on to them assuming they'd work for another child... nope. Those pieces are obviously out. Last year I forgot all of my clothes when packing for Japan, this year I forgot Brenik's jackets. I remember pulling them out and putting them aside a month-ish before leaving but I guess they never made it to a suitcase. Taking bets now on what super important item I'll forget next year when we travel.

We are having so much fun having a baby again but are also really looking forward to Brenik being old enough to play with Gabriel. We see glimpses of it here and there and Gabriel is definitely ready. Poor Gabriel gets sent to his room more times for being too rough with Brenik than anything else. Gabe's love for his brother so obviously grows daily. When we're out and about and the Japanese talk to Gabriel, he eventually gets around to pointing at 'Bren-kin' and talking about him as if he's showing off his brother. Yes, he calls him Brenkin and we now do so as well, it's going to be that family pet name I'm sure. If you ask Gabe to say 'Bren' and then 'Nik' he does just fun but putting the two together always so lovingly becomes Brenkin.

Brenik has been such a God send to us during our time of transition here in Japan. Through all the crazy, stress, and high emotions he has unwaveringly been a true delight always filled with so much joy and laughter. I cannot put into words our thankfulness that the Lord chose and gifted him into our family, he truly makes it better.

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