My Daily Wellness Habits

 Post workout with my little guy. All photos copyright. 

Post workout with my little guy. All photos copyright. 

Sticking to a routine can sometimes be tricky, #momlife. Our nights of sleep and our morning start can all play a role in just how well we do with balancing our days with the routines that we know are helpful and good for us. 

I went through a time in my life where everyday I took my supplements and oiled up just as I had the day before. I had more energy, more grounded emotions and just an overall better feeling, and that was when I was a brand new postpartum mother. I realized then how important that routine was to helping me feel so balanced and grounded and have strived to continue to keep it up ever since then. 

 My Oily station. 

My Oily station. 

Sometimes I get asked by others, "How do you do it all?" and sometimes as flattering as the question is it is also a very hard question for me to answer. I suppose like so many other mothers, in my mind I feel like I am not successfully doing it all. There are indeed clothes that need to be washed, chores I didn't do, blog posts that I didn't write and a child who wanted me to color with them today and I never did. I think we are all guilty of holding onto mom guilt and believing that we're just not doing good enough. But...I digress...back to my wellness routine. 

I suppose that my wellness habits are a tool that helps me do it all. And while every day I may not feel like I'm on top of the world, most days I feel pretty darn good. I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the things that I take and the oils that I use daily for my own health regimen. Essential oils have changed the game for me. When used daily and consistently and when using the right brand, your body can respond in ways that you never dreamed. Essential oils can offer support for emotions, sleep, anxiousness, mood, skin, digestive health, respiratory health, immunity, energy and SO MUCH MORE (but this post isn't just about oils - so keep reading!). 

 An excellent blend for your diffuser in the mornings! 

An excellent blend for your diffuser in the mornings! 

Before I share my routine, I want to point out that some of these things are not always achieved every day. Life happens and sometimes I can be forgetful. But when all of these things are achieved, my days are just simply better. 

Here lately I have been rising before the kids to have some quiet time for reading scriptures and praying. I have noticed how this greatly impacts my day for the better! Sometimes I am also able to squeeze in some work and chores. Rising before the kids, truly makes a difference! 

MORNING ROUTINE: 

  • Wake before the kids for quiet time - I like to spend this time on my front porch 
  • Diffuse Peppermint with a citrus oil to wake up and become alert
  • Take two Super B tablets with breakfast 
  • Take two Multigreens capsules
  • Take 1-2 Vitamin D gummies from Nordic Naturals
  • Take one plant based iron capsule from Rainbow Light 
  • Apply Progessance Plus to my forearms 
  • Apply Valor oil over heart and behind ears
  • Apply Tranquil oil when heading out the door 

MID MORNING ROUTINE:

  • Drink 1-2 oz of Ningxia Red 
  • Workout for about 15-20 mins if I can (or want to)
 Go outside for some fresh air. 

Go outside for some fresh air. 

MIDDAY SLUMP:

  • Diffuse oils based on what I want/need: sometimes it's for a pick me up and others for more joy in our day
  • Drink a NingXia Zyng (it would also be wise to do an ounce of Ningxia Red in the morning and another ounce in the afternoon for a pick me up)
  • Apply Tranquil oil for some afternoon zen
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to my water
  • Go outside for a bit to walk or ride bikes with the kids, water the flowers or simply pull weeds! Sometimes we just eat our afternoon snacks on the porch 
  • Go for a change of scenery - if we have been stuck inside all day, we may run to grab ice cream to go for a change of scenery 
  • Also I like to nap. While this is happening less these days, I will listen to my body during the kids' nap time and get myself a power nap in. 

EVENINGS:

  • Diffuse calming oils such as Lavender + Cedarwood, Stress Away + Orange, White Angelica + Orange or Gentle Baby 
  • Soak in the bath (obviously this isn't always a possibility) 
  • Read something if I can 
  • Apply Rutavala before bed (especially on days where my mind won't stop and I can't settle for sleep)
 Ending the day in my own little paradise. 

Ending the day in my own little paradise. 

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into how my days typically go around here when it comes to the things I do to keep going. It can be hard to keep the adrenaline going and believe me, I'll nap during the kids' nap time if my body needs it. 

Listen to your body and treat it the right way. It will thank you in your mind, body and spirit. 

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Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Recipe

I have never in my life made banana bread. In fact, I've only eaten banana bread a few times that I can remember. I knew though that I wanted to make some and give it a go. 

I almost purchased the store bought mix when I decided to try it on my own by searching for recipes and then making it my own. So today, I am sharing with you this easy and super moist and  OH MY GOSH so yummy recipe!

Most of my readers know that I am an oiler. So for an added punch, I added 4 drops of Lemon Vitality oil to my banana bread recipe. This isn't something that you have to do for this recipe, but if you're an oiler - I totally recommend it. Every now and again, I would taste the tiniest hint of Lemon zest and it was so good. 

Ingredients for Recipe:

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 5 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 5-6 Tbsp of Whole Milk 
  • 3/4 bag chocolate chips (or the whole bag)
  • 2-3 mashed over ripe bananas 
  • 1 cup soft butter or margarine 
  • 4-5 drops of Lemon Vitality oil (optional) 

Step One:

Mix together sugar, eggs, milk and soft butter. Add in flour, baking powder and bananas. Mix on low or spoon in the chocolate chips. Add lemon oil if desired for one final mix in. 

Step Two: 

Let it set. I let mine sit out for about 30 minutes before cooking. Meanwhile I greased my bundt pan and cleaned up my mess. A Happy kitchen is a clean kitchen...amen. 

Step Three: 

Bake. I baked mine at 350 for about 35 minutes (maybe longer). Check after around 30 minutes too see if it is done. Sometimes in the bundt pan the middle of the cake will still be raw, just leave it in for another couple of minutes. 

Step Four:

After your cake has been removed from the pan and has cooled off, slice a giant piece and savor the yummiest and easiest dessert ever. Now, you have no excuse for having brown bananas in the home. Make a simple recipe with real ingredients. And have no shame in serving the kids this for dessert, snack time and mayyyybeeee even breakfast! ;) 

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Essential Oils and More for Babies

Using essential oils for babies is a beautiful, wonderful thing. With the right guidance, you can easily help support your little one from head to toe with just a simple touch of nature. 

While using essential oils on little ones can be intimidating for some, it's honestly a very easy and glorious task. Essential oils can support your baby and help them sleep better, feel better and even cry less. Why yes, that sounds beautiful right? 

When using oils for babies, you want to use only true, 100% pure oils. Unfortunately many labels out there are misleading and claim to be 100% pure when in fact they are not. In fact, they only have to be 5% pure to receive that fancy label. This means that other brands often contain synthetic ingredients or they are heavily watered down. Some companies even add man made smells to make their oils smell better - so crazy!

I only trust Young Living oils for my little ones because I know that by using just a drop or two, I am giving them all that they need because it is so pure and effective. I know that no toxins or chemicals are going into their bloodstream. It's a beautiful thing when you can support your family naturally. In our home, we strive hard to kick the toxins out and use only plant based products and essential oils. We aren't perfect, but we are pretty mindful and everything that touches our skin is pure. It's a passion I have as a mother, and if it's not yours, that's totally okay. We all get there in different ways eventually or perhaps just a few small changes is all that you are looking for. 

Below are some tips for using essential oils for babies and what to use them for:

  • Always dilute. There are some people who don't dilute, but I like to recommend to my readers to dilute for their little ones. You can easily search Pinterest for dilution ratios but honestly, we always do about two drops of oil to one, heaping tablespoon of coconut oil. Or we use one drop with a few pumps of the Young Living V6 carrier oil. Normally the ratio for babies is 1:30. 
  • Read Gentle Babies. Gentle Babies is a great book for pregnancy, mothers and babies. You can find this on amazon and it will breakdown a lot of the safety of oils for little ones. 
  • Invest in the Kidscents oils. These oils are already diluted, so just add a roller top to them and they are safe for your little ones. 
  • Do not apply citrus or photosensitive oils to areas that will be in direct sunlight. Normally your little one won't be in the direct sunlight anyway and typically citrus oils are rarely applied, so this is just something to file away and remember if needed. 

So what can you use your oils for? 

  • Baby Massage
  • Dry Skin, Irritations and bites 
  • Fussiness, Colic 
  • Gassiness, Indigestion, bellyaches
  • Immune support
  • Calming 
  • Teething 
  • Constipation
  • Coughing 
  • Cradle Cap
  • Diaper Rash 
  • Even cleaning! 

Which oils are great for what?

  • Sleep: Lavender, Frankincense, Orange, Peace and Calming, Dream Catcher, White Angelica, Sleepyize, Gentle Baby
  • Fussiness: Gentle Baby, Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, Peace and Calming, White Angelia, Joy, 
  • Tummy Troubles: Peppermint, Tummygize or DiGize
  • Immune: Frankincense and Thieves
  • Teething: Clove Vitality or Copaiba Vitality
  • Skin + Diaper Rash: Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium 
  • Constipation: Peppermint, Fennel, DiGize, Tummygize 
  • Respiratory: Snifflease, RC, Eucalyptus 

Where to apply them? 

Essential oils can be either diffused to be inhaled or applied topically. Young Living oils are so pure you can even ingest some of them, but we're not recommending that for the little ones. Just a simple diffuser in their nursery or a rub on the feet is typically all it takes. 

Most frequently you'll want to apply them to the bottoms of the feet for things like immune support, sleep and bellyaches. You can also massage the belly in a circular motion and for skin and calming support, a baby massage (or diffusing) is the perfect choice. For respiratory support, you can make a chest rub or diffuse for baby. We apply Copaiba Vitality oil straight to the gums for teething and it helps nix the fussiness. 

Oils for emotions. 

Young Living has many oils and essential oils blends that can be safely used for emotions. Since little ones aren't dealing with a ton emotions though, most of the time you can just get by with using Lavender + Frankincense (available in the starter kit) and maybe Gentle Baby (a favorite of mine!). 

Oils for sleep. 

Again, the possibilities are endless for oils for sleep. There are so many recipes and blends that you can use to help your little ones sleep. In fact, this is often the biggest testimony I receive from people is that oils helped their little ones to sleep better. Most people again just use Lavender and Frankincense from the starter kit and see success with this (we do!). Others often love Gentle Baby, White Angelica, Orange, Peace and Calming or Dream Catcher. 

Beyond the oils. 

The beauty of Young Living is that their products for little ones goes well beyond just essential oils. While you can easily make your own DIY products with essential oils, sometimes you just like the ease of ordering the essentials and being done. Young Living has a new baby line, Seedlings, that is so wonderful. Pure and natural products with a scent of essential oils that smells so incredibly dreamy. Their products include wash, diaper cream, linen spray, lotion, baby oil and baby wipes. 

I love the security and confidence I can have with using safe products and truly pure oils on my baby and even my older children. And this is just the start. Essential oils can support you and your emotions SO much (hello and goodbye postpartum ickiness). 

If you think that this is something for you and you still have more questions or it seems overwhelming, it's my job to take care of that and help guide you on this journey. Email me at themushymommy@gmail.com or chat with me on my Facebook page. Lastly, if you're ready to go in to this natural journey with no fees, no monthly obligations and no crazy rules or obligations, then check out this link here to learn more. I would love to hold your hand down this journey to wellness, health and hopefully more sleep! 

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Essential Oils and babies