Saturday, August 13, 2016

Baby Boy Quilt

So since last time we talked a lot has happened. I am expecting again... and its a boy. So if you're keeping a tally--that's 3 kids total and first boy. I'm due in about 5 weeks. But I have always gone late.... so he'll probably be here in about 6 weeks. So.... This pregnancy has flown by. Kid doesn't have a name....doesn't have a room (not that he'd sleep in one anyways)....doesn't even have his own closet or dresser... but Dang-it, he has a quilt.

If you know me... you know I tend to get an idea and then just immediately jump in with both feet....and become consumed with it until I get it out of my system..... which I consider to be a charming character trait. My husband tends to disagree bc that means I make a mess of everything for a few days and he loses his TV buddy. 

 I'm self taught in pretty much all things craft. Well, myself and youtube... bc who can do anything without youtube?! I got the nesting bug to make this quilt just before our trip to Memphis... which was perfect timing considering that my favorite fabric store, BumbleTees, is there. They have such cute and modern fabrics and some really cute ideas as well. And since I went to TN solo this time, I wouldn't have to worry about JR hassling me about buying *more* fabric. 

I found the idea for the pattern off Pinterest... and just sorta wung it... winged it... whatever. I'm not going to even pretend this is a tutorial bc the way I do things is probably not the proper way to do things... and bc that's what youtube and pinterest are for. I finished the front of the quilt in less than 24 hours when I was in Tennessee..... and once I got home, I gathered some coordinating fabric in my stash and took stock of the leftover scraps and came up with a back idea.... 

and then had steam coming out of my ears while I was trying to figure out how to miter corners for the binding.... like it's seriously mind boggling... those ladies on youtube make it look super easy... but it's not...... but I DID IT!!! and I'm all up myself about it because it looks awesome.... and because this kid will have something neither of my other children did... No, not that... but he will have a cute quilt made by mom... So he may not have much else right now... but my pregnancy hormones tell me that this quilt makes up for it. lol. 

And since I had the camera out and was taking pics... the girls wanted to get in on the action. Here's Lennon. It's probably been a while since you've seen her if you aren't my FB buddy. She's almost 3 now... I know! She's full of spunk and sass... and she is hilarious. Like I can't keep a straight face a lot of the time when she's being naughty.

She's super excited for baby boy to come. She keeps rubbing my belly and listening to it and covering it up bc "baby is cold"... We did a tour of the hospital the other day and she wanted to take home the baby that was in the nursery. Girl has a thing for babies. Which I imagine means she's going to be a great big sister... and I'm going to have to keep an eye on her with a newborn so she doesn't try and feed him snacks.

Lennon thinks we should name the baby transylvania... or "blah, blah, blah"... but she's been pretty much ok with any name we've thrown out there. Obviously she has a bizarre standard for boy names. Lennon has gotten so blonde and has a smile so big that she sorta looks like the joker... the cutest joker ever... but JR and I say all the time that we just can't handle the cuteness. This is the age we wish we could bottle up and keep forever. JR always says he wants to put her in his pocket... and somehow it just seems to fit that feeling of wanting to cherish every moment..... every moment except where she screams at the top of her lungs... we would just like to forget those. 

Milo on the other hand is a whole different story. She's 5 and a half. I mean, we're homeschooling but she's technically starting kindergarten this year.... Its crazy. She is stubborn... just like Lennon.... and just like me....  Which is great, but not always at 5 years old when your mom just says it's bedtime and you freak out. Don't let that grin fool you. She's a sweetheart but she's got a mischievous side. Although my pregnancy hormones have been getting the best of me... and although she is the source of some frustration, she always takes up for me and knows the right thing to say. Tonight when putting them to bed, I was being really strict and hard on them... and ended up leaving the room when they were still awake and made stern remarks as I was walking out.... and as I have attitude walking out briskly and closing the door coldly... Milo in her sweet little voice says "I love you mommy".... even when I was being such a punk... How can they be so infuriating and melt you at the same time... That's kids I guess. 

She also is about all things science.... she wants to learn about stars and planets and bugs and all that... so we've been trying to focus on that aspect of school....and she wants to do "experiments" all the time.... which basically consists of her mixing things like food coloring, ice, soap, etc... into some sort of witches brew. It's kindergarten. She's already learning to read.... I've learned from the wisdom of other homeschoolers that I need to cut us some slack and just enjoy her learning... bc if we both hate it, what's the point of homeschooling? 

So I imagine this boy... this third kid.... is going to have a very interesting childhood with these two girls as older sisters. I see lots of torture and arguments and snuggles and sweet moments in his future..... all while he's playing on this awesome quilt bc... hello, that's what I made it for. Lennon says she's going to watch movies with him and teach him puzzles... and Milo says she's going to teach him jokes and gymnastics. So I think they're all in for and adjustment once baby gets here.... and he will have a name soon so I can stop calling him baby... and we can hopefully teach it to the girls before his arrival. 

Which speaking of his arrival.... He will have a birthday somewhere close to Lennon. My due Date is one day after Lennon's due date... Who knows.. they could even share a birthday.... here's a belly pic from a couple weeks ago at around 33 weeks. Supposedly on ultrasound he measures a little big... but I'm not exactly sure how I'm carrying so small this time... but I'm not complaining. 


So, the end.... I hope you like my quilt. I love it... and I'm sure he will too...Looking forward to lots of sibling admiration, tummy time, rolling over, park time, and picnics happening on this thing. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Young Living Essential Oils Black Friday Sale!!!!!

If we're Facebook friends, you've probably seen my journey over the past year. On Black Friday last year, I took the plunge and finally got my premium starter kit from Young Living. I have been using oils for years but this last year has been a life changing journey. 

I had been wanting to get Young Living Oils for a LONG time. I'm so glad that I got my kit when I did. They have made a huge difference in our health and wellness... not just physically but emotionally.  I chose Young Living after hours of research. If you know me in person, you know I'm sort of OCD about things like this. You can find out more about Why I Chose Young Living here. 

But let's get to the real news here!!!! The BLACK FRIDAY SALE on Young Living's Premium Starter Kit!!!!!

Young Living Black Friday Sale 2015

I will be donating 20% of all proceeds to a couple at our church who is adopting a Little Boy named Gideon from China next month. The Donation will go to travel, adoption fees, clothes, etc.... It's a nice little way to give a little back during this season. 

If you're interested in getting a starter kit of some of the most useful essential oils and essential oil blends, then I'm offering a SPECIAL DEAL just for Readers and Facebook friends. 

The world of essential oils can be very confusing, so I'm using the commission money that I make to give you back freebies that will be a HUGE help in your oily journey!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $160) then I will ALSO mail you a package of awesome Essential Oils educational materials, a set of empty bottles to get you started,  a  laminated reference sheet for quick use, AND your choice of a $15 paypal gift card or a $20 Credit on your Young Living account. What a great little bonus to get some extra gifts this season!!!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this deal. Several people always ask each time I talk about this starter kit if it's just the samples. Nope, you get everything in the picture below with your kit including the 11 5 ml bottles of oils!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. {Please use your laptop or desktop to sign-up, instead of your smartphone or tablet.}

2.  Be sure the "Wholesale Member" option is checked so that you don't end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the "sponsor ID" and "enroller id" say 2293330 (so that I can send you your freebies!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get!  I'd recommend getting the Premium Starter Kit so that you get all of the oils to started above, AND you get FOUR different options for the diffuser!!   Here are the options for the diffuser (just click on the image below to enlarge it):

You'll likely end up getting all or most of these diffusers at some point down the road, so don't stress too much about which one to get now.  If you're looking for the absolute BEST deal, then I'd recommend spending the extra to get Aria diffuser.  The Aria diffuser is regularly $225 for wholesale members (it's a super NICE and absolutely beautiful diffuser!), so it's like you're just getting all of the oils for $35 more!  That's INCREDIBLE!! 

6. If you already know that you want to be ordering regularly, then you can go ahead and sign up for Essential Rewards right there when you order your starter kit!  It's an amazing way to earn FREE oils with your order every month!  It's a completely OPTIONAL program, so if you're just wanting the starter kit for now then you can just *skip* this part of the sign-up process.  I'll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up. :)

7. Go through the checkout process.


Step 8 (COMPLETELY Optional!)

If you would like to earn a BONUS essential oil, then you need to get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values). If you get the $160 Premium Starter Kit then you'll automatically have 100 point value... then you'll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oil. For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the BONUS oil! (This step is completely optional!)

Young Living November 2015 Promotion

(This step is completely optional!)

Step 9

Young Living Black friday sale!!!!! Young living has released it's OWN sale items!!! 

These are some AWESOME deals. As a new member you couldn't go wrong with any of these but the Thieves kit is a GREAT deal and those are products I use on a daily basis. The Ningxia Red would also be a nice addition to your kit... Giving you that extra boost and kick start towards health and wellness this season. And speaking of this season. Immune support and Digestive support are huge. Everyone should be on a probiotic... and you can't beat the quality of the life 5 probiotic. 

Young Living Black Friday Sale 2015

From November 23–27, we’re offering U.S. members a collection of giftable top-sellers at 20 percent off, including our most sought-after luxury diffuser: the Aria™. Place your order beginning November 23 and save 20 percent on these great products:
· 5-ml Helichrysum (‪#‎3563D‬)
· NingXia Red® 2-pack (‪#‎3042D‬)
· Life 5™ (‪#‎3099D‬)
· Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser, plus free 5-ml Black Spruce essential oil (‪#‎4524D‬)
· Thieves® Holiday Kit (‪#‎5518D‬) which includes Thieves® Household Cleaner 14.4 oz., Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, and Thieves® Spray

The best part? There is no limit on these sale products! Be sure to order yours while supplies lasts. The November monthly promo IS available when you place a qualifying ordering including these products!

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #2293330. 

I can't tell you have much I love my oils and I'm so glad I took the leap last Black Friday!!!

{Scroll down for several frequently asked questions!}

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does signing up make me a "distributor"?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don't do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there's a year that you don't make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that's a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it's not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn't it?

I can't speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That's not an option with any other company.

How will I know how to use my oils?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that's specifically for questions about essential oils!

The educational materials that I'm giving away as part of this promotion are also a HUGE resource. You can look up lots of things in it and see which essential oils and supplements may be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there's a wide variety of products available.

What if I live outside of the United States?

For those who live in Canada, we will mail the book and labels, but will need to either reduce or remove the gift card to cover the extra shipping charge.  

International orders of 100 PV or more will receive a $25 Amazon or Paypal gift card.  Many times the only kit that is offered to those that reside outside of the US doesn't have a PV at all.  To receive the gift card, you will need to have a minimum of 100 PV in your final order.

What about overseas US military?

If you are military with an APO/FPO address, you can still receive the same promotion as those in the United States since the address is here in the US.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

Limited-time promotion.  Only available until the end of November 2015 or until there are no more freebie packages.  This post will be updated if the promotion changes before it closes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DIY Kids Cupcake Costume.

So I love making the girl's halloween costumes... If it's not already obvious. 

We didn't really celebrate halloween growing up. But I think it's so fun for kids to dress up in costumes.... We got really into dressing up when we lived in Hawaii.... and once Milo came it just seemed like we should keep it going... and in true Heather Fashion, I had to make the costumes. Now JR and I don't really dress up. Spend too much time on the kiddos. I was literally finishing the costumes right before we walked out the door to trunk or treat. But before we get to the costumes. Let's review the History of Kid Costumes in the Booker Family. 

and Lennon at 1 month old had already outgrown her newborn sized owl hat. lol 

Then Milo at Age 3.5 decided she wanted to be Strawberry So Lennon at 1 was a lemon
This year Milo (4.5) Picked to be a cupcake... of course Lennon (2) was a cupcake too. 

I basically found the pottery barn cupcake costume online and made my own version of it... It's all felt. Felt is so forgiving. This cupcake costume was probably the most time consuming of all the costumes I made... probably because my models weren't always super willing to try it on for me to make adjustments. 

Today we went over to the Butterfly House at Faust Park and I discovered they had this awesome old village which really is a great photo spot. I'm always looking for good ones in the St. Louis Area. 
Milo picked out and helped place all the "sprinkles" on her cupcake. She also wanted a candle on top...of course it fell of any time she jerked her head quickly so it's more of a prop. 

Lennon had a Cherry on top. I assumed it would stay on better. Although I didn't account for the fact that she is younger and has no understanding of keeping her head still. They did amazing letting me take these pics though. Got it all done in about 15 minutes and went over to the playground to play. 

Of course before we went I snapped a good pic of the two of them because they were being so cooperative. What you don't see is that lennon is only wearing a tank top and diaper. She decided to pour her water all over her pants. 

We went over and played... it's such a great park. I wish it was closer, but we can go periodically.

and I had to snap a pic in the car bc the lighting was so good. Don't worry. I was still loading things into the car. Lennon was still in the process of buckling her top buckle.

So that's it... What we did for costumes this year. I would post the tutorial but I seriously just winged it. If you're trying to make it, just message me and I can tell you more in detail. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Simple DIY Girls Nightgown

So I have a habit of randomly deciding to do something and jumping in.... I like to say I'm spontaneous... but I'm not sure that's true. I just get my mind set on something and can't rest until I do it..... Several of my crafting projects have gone this way.... The time I made milo the doll.... when I taught myself to crochet when I was 8 months pregnant.... I could go on. I'm pretty sure it's a trait I acquired from my biological mother. I remember once we went to wal-mart at 10pm to get stuff to make candles bc we just had to do it right now! In some ways I am my mother's daughter. 

So, On to the night gown. My girls have outgrown most of their PJs... and Milo prefers to wear this particular night gown I got her at a consignment shop. I told her I'd go buy her another night gown because she needed one.... but where in the world do you buy a cotton night gown except online?!?!? 

So like most things, yesterday morning I had an idea. I'll just make them myself. Off to pinterest I go!!  Scrolling through photos, I came upon this blog post about turning an old pillow case into a nightgown. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing, but alas, I had no vintage pillow cases I wanted to cut up. 

I headed to JoAnn's because, well, they have everything. Shopping almost always seems like it will be an ok idea with my girls... Every time, I tell myself "It's fine, they'll do great." and every time... I'm wrong. Oh well. Onto the nightgown. 

You'll need:
Pillowcase or fabric
elastic trim
decorative trim optional

and that's it. Its a super easy project. I found this elastic trim in the sale section at JoAnn's. I wasn't sure I would find a fabric to go with it... until I spotted this one. Its gorgeous. Milo also helped pick out this decorative trim. 

I measured around the bust and doubled it since it was going to be gathered. Then measure the length you'd like it to be and add 1" for the hem. 

Before I tell you how I sewed this... Disclaimer... I am self taught when it comes to sewing. The way I do things may not be the proper way. So if you know a better way. Go right ahead and do it that way.  

So depending on the width your need and the size of your fabric, you may need a front and a back. I used one continuous rectangle and there is one seam in the back. I made the seam with a ½" seam allowance. Then turned it under like you can see in the pic above.... then stitched it down like below. See how neat it looks. I did this on the back side, but You could even do this on the outside if you wanted bc it just looks so clean. 

I hemmed the bottom and added the decorative trim. 

Next I ironed the top hem down and did a basting stitch. So If you don't know what that is....its the longest stitch setting on your sewing machine. And you don't want to Back up because you're going to be pulling on the bobbin to create the gathering.  Check out this photo below. I just hold the bobbin thread tightly and then slide the fabric down the thread to bunch it up. 

Once that's done, I pinned the elastic band section on turning one edge over where it met to cover the raw ends. To get this measurement I just used the waist measurement and added about ½". On Milo's I did it ½" Shorter and it was still plenty stretchy but she didn't like it being so snug. 

Before sewing the top band on, I measured the girls for the shoulder straps. Measuring over the shoulder from the top of the armpit on each side.... then add 2". I then pinned the straps on the inside of the fabric. I did it this way in case I wanted to adjust them later. If you want to keep it neater, You could put them in between the elastic band and the fabric. 

Then I did a ZIG ZAG stitch around the top of the band and the bottom of the band. I backed up over the section where the straps were. I also stitched down the area where the elastic band ends met up. 

Now you will need to go back in with your seam ripper and rip out the basting stitch... otherwise, it won't be stretchy. 

and VOILA! all done. 

Some tips to those of you who are not experienced sewers. Let me give you some of the tips I've learned the hard way. Pre-wash your fabric... I used to think this was bogus and I didn't really need to. However, If you don't. Your fabric will shrink up in the wash and your stitches will look puckered and lumpy. Also IRON your fabric. I'm lazy and I only see the end goal and I used to skip this step... Don't. Just don't. Its so much easier if you iron. Always pin. Not that I don't believe you can't do it without pinning, but speaking from experience, it cuts down on the number of mistakes made. Don't Rush. I struggle with this. Like I didn't have milo Try on her dress before I stitched the elastic band.... and she didn't like it that snug... But I sewed that sucker on good. So unless she changes her mind--which she might.... I'll have to take all these stitches out and redo the whole thing... bc you bet I already cut out that basting stitch. 

These things are the things everyone tells you when you start sewing..... but I thought that they didn't apply to me bc I wouldn't mess up.... umm. Wrong. 

So taking pictures of my girls is impossible these days... They are tornadoes of giggles and drama... I just follow them around hoping to get a good shot. 

This is Milo's new token face.... I don't know who taught it to her, but I'm betting it was my husband. 

She's getting so big... She's 4 ½. They're upstairs right now fighting over some toy... Sisterly love. I'm going to be going out of town on Sunday and leaving the girls home with JR. I left Milo with JR once for 1 night. I have yet to leave Lennon for more than 5 hours...and I'll be gone 5 days... I am officially freaking out. I know they will Survive. JR is an amazing dad. Sometimes I sneak back in the hallway to listen to them in the play room. He has tea with them, plays doctor, and horse..... They are so lucky to have him. I know he'll do great. However, I'm pretty sure Lennon will have some separation anxiety..... and I KNOW I will. Any tips from seasoned moms? 

I'm headed to Texas for Young Living's International Grand Convention!!!! It's going to be SO FUN!!! I am extremely excited.