Guess what?!

 

Yup, there are a couple of girls who are being promoted to Big and Bigger sister come September!

They are {mostly} excited.

We all are!

We are also just a bit nervous to have 3 under the age 4!  Any tips?

xoxo-kimberly rennee

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a new listing in my etsy shop

Hey friends!

There have been a lot of inquiries about the kind of portrait rendering that I’ve been doing for friends and for my family lately, so I thought I’d add a listing to my etsy shop.

These little renderings that I take from pictures are so fun and sweet. I feel like they are so simple and almost childish but I love them. I’ve been making them for gifts a lot recently but I’m always nervous to know if the receiver is really going to like them. It’s funny how nervous I can still get about my art. Anyway, I’ve SO enjoyed having ours framed and hanging in our dining room and I plan to keep updating it as time goes on.

I love having a custom little rendering of our family. And I know lots of other people do too!

If you are interested, please go check it out here!

Of course you can always find me at: Miss Grace Designs 🙂 I haven’t had the energy to keep up with adding much to my shop lately but I’m still there!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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Have lemons?

Make Lemonade! OR Lemon essential oil!

Yup, that’s right. I’m back to talking about my little buddies. They are just extra tools in my tool-kit. They are not a “save all” “answer to everything”. But they are AWESOME, so I’m here to share some more with you today!

Today we are talking about Lemon. I wanted to share about Lemon because I don’t think we talk about how awesome this plant is enough, and then what a great oil it makes! And also, a  family member of mine ordered this oil and I wanted to provide some information for her! 😉

Lemon Essential Oil

Anyway… back to lemon.

Has anyone ever washed their cutting board with half a lemon and some salt? You know how awesome it works, right?

It’s such a purifying little fruit, a gift from God, that everyone who had lemons available to them from the beginning of time has used to clean and keep themselves healthy!

I love the smell of it too! And I have very fond memories of walking around Capri (which is covered in lemon trees) when I was studying in Italy, tasting lemoncello with a dear, dear friend.

yup. i thought you all needed some pictures of Capri right then and there. And me from 2006.

Alrighty, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the essential oil!

It is exhaustive how much we could talk about Lemon EO, so I’m just going to share a few of my favorite uses. If you want to know more, ask me!

🍋Lemon Fun Facts: It takes about 75 lemons to make one 15mL bottle of Lemon Essential Oil. It is cold pressed from the rind rather than steam distilled. It is so high in Monoterpenes, you can use it to clean the blackest grime off of surfaces with ease! Young Living offers Lemon in the normal line as well as the Vitality line for consumption, but they are the exact same oil inside the bottles.

Lemon promotes feeling of fullness, stimulates creativity, cleans, purifies!, uplifts the body and mind, supports wellness(Vitamin C!) and cleanses toxins, energizes, aids in digestion, enhances flavor of food and drink…and the list goes on!

To use, {note: DO NOT take any oil internally that is not Young Living!} 🍋

  • Smell it! Boost your emotional system and make you feel happier. {hello Capri! lol}
  • Add to homemade hand soap for purification and the smell! Or just add to a water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces!
  • add a drop or two to your water glass for lemon water,  it helps you feel full.
  • I like to put a drop in a spoon of honey and mix in either tea, hot water, or eat straight up to help with a sore throat.
  • I really like to use it with peppermint and lavender to help with allergies! #bringonspring! Oh man does it help, you can make a rub with coconut oil to put on your chest to clear your sinuses, you can diffuse the mix, or you can take the three, a couple drops of each in a capsule.
  • Apply a drop to a greasy spot to disolve.
  • and a new idea I just learned: put a drop on your nail bed to make it stronger!

 

Young Living’s Lemon essential oil is made from the lemon rind so it is much easier on your teeth and stomach than regular lemon juice.

There are so many ways to use this refreshing oil! Let me know if you have any fun ways to use it!

 

If you’re interested in starting with oils:

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂 I’ll keep posting info in the coming weeks(hopefully) to tell you some of my other oily love!

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- as a PRECAUTION: Lemon and other citrus oils is photosensitive, meaning it will attract UV rays from the sun exposure. Avoid applying directly to the skin that will be exposed to the sun within 24 hours.

Young Living's Seed to Seal Promise is one-of-a-kind. No other company offers this kind of purity and potency.

*pss- if you find “cheaper” oils on the market, let me just warn you. A lot of them include synthetics and things that are actually horrible for your body. You can do your own research but I just ask you to be careful. The whole point of using essential oils is to have all natural ways to help your health, if you use the fake stuff, you may get hurt. If you want more info on that, let me know.

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a word for the year… in February.

Oh HIiiiii blog…. it’s been a month since I was last here… or more.

Ha. Well, let’s just say January is always rough on me. I had a hard time getting my act together to write anything. I have had this post in my mind since, oh, January 4th or 5th? Anyway, I just wanted to share, more for personal accountability then anything else, my word for the year. I’ve posted about this a few times in the past… like here, and here.

Last year my word was HOPE. Mainly because I dealt with a lot of panic and post partum at the beginning of the year last year. But it was the perfect word to carry me through another hard year.

This year, it seems cliche to say, my word is GRACE.

There was a point in the last year, I’m not exactly sure when, sometime in the fall when I remember crying before bed and talking to Husbuddy about all the things that were stressing me out. And I remember him saying to me, it has stuck with me clear as day, “Kim, it’s like you think that no one else has to be perfect, that they are all covered in the grace of Christ, but YOU expect yourself to be perfect. You put such impossible expectations on yourself and you hold yourself to such a high standard that there is no way you can meet that! You need Jesus’s Grace to meet you in all of this!”

wisdom right there, am I right?

So, the word :: Grace.

I need the grace of Jesus to permeate EVERY.SINGLE.INCH of my heart, my soul, my brain.

like I said, cliche. But I can’t get over it because this verse keeps popping in my head:

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” John 1:16

I mean, wow. Grace UPON Grace.

Like a cup overflowing with grace. That is what I’m picturing in my head. It’s hard to imagine when I’m such a cup half empty kind of person sometimes!

Grace for TODAY.

Grace for my heart.

I was hoping to make a pretty picture like I have before to hang and remind myself of my word… but hey. That didn’t happen the entire month so I’m just going for this blog post. I mean, that’s kinda my word right?

Grace for myself when I can’t get everything done.

Grace TO myself. Speak grace TO myself! Not condemnation!

Grace for those around me when they don’t fulfill my expectations…

Grace for my husband, for my girls.

Grace for my parenting. I’m not perfect, how can I be? I’m still new to this and I’m learning!

Grace to be a more Grace-FULL person.

Grace to be able to serve others better.

Grace to fail. -this one feels huge to me. Sometimes I’m so scared of failing I don’t start. Or I fail and I beat myself up so hard.

I know all about Grace in my head. Or so sometimes I tell myself I think I do. But this year I want to focus on grace so it penetrates into my heart.

“There is a remnant, chosen by grace. but if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11:6

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:8

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

These are just some of my thoughts today. Hopefully I will continue to grow and think about Grace this year. That is the goal anyway. Ha!

I guess my word kind of works for the fact that I didn’t get this post out until February, right?

at least I’ll keep telling myself that!

So, what about you? Do you have a word for the year? Anyone else just putting their thoughts together now that it is February? #tellmei’mnottheonlyone! #canwejuststartthenewyearinFeb?

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

God bless you this Christmas!

We are blessed by the love of our Father, in heaven, sending His Son for us! May you know that love!

Love, The Holdermans.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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oils for sickness

Here is where I eat my words. Here I was sharing how excited I was about these oils just a couple posts ago because they keep us SO well! da da dun…

Well, we’ve been sick for about two weeks now. Taking turns, some getting better some getting worse. Now the dreaded “man cold” has arrived so we’re all feeling over it. {tee hee. Love ya husbuddy… 😉 }

YES, we still get sick when using oils because hello, we have a toddler in the house. A toddler who, I caught last week LICKING THE WINDOW GLASS AT A COFFEE SHOP. what?! yes. really. {gross! blech!} we still get sick because of said toddler(and guess what, she’s almost 4 years old…)

So, I thought I’d come on here and share some of my “go-to” oil recipes for colds. This is the third post in this oil OR “Unicorn Tears” Series {haha} and I just need to state, these are not in replacement for medicines. Think of it like another tool for your toolbelt. Another way to help you feel better. I am not making any sort of statement saying these heal us! The FDA would not allow me to say such things! I’m just saying these help give some relief, a tool I can pull out first, before pulling out the big guns, or second, after I’ve already given them medicine.

Anyway, so first up:

What I rub on the kiddos:

Thieves diluted with a roller top so I can just roll it right under their toes. Sometimes I do it on their spine too. The Sniffle-ease is an ALREADY diluted mix of oils that helps children to be able to breathe! It’s awesome. Sometimes Sophia asks me not to put it on because it actually makes her have to blow her nose…um… dear, that means it’s working and we want that…but try explaining that to a little threenager. haha.

What I diffuse for the coughs (this is best for kids, for adults I sometimes make it stronger!) I love this though, because even for me when I am sitting in this room with the diffuser going with Lemon and purification I feel the cough stop. Sometimes when Sophia can’t stop coughing to go to sleep I put this in her bedroom and her little lungs relax. She stops coughing almost immediately.  Other ideas to diffuse for coughs is RC or Melrose. Both have worked but the one above is the best!

And now this little magic bullet:

This is the magic “cold bomb” that helps me (and hubs!!)get better faster: 

I admit I don’t always make it the same way. If I’m not sick yet, I don’t use oregano(that’s good for fighting off sinus infections!) And if I’m fighting it I might add extra vitamin C through lemon and grapefruit and orange.

This is what I use when I have a coughing fit or before trying to get to sleep with a cough:

Guys, to warn you that is one INTENSE spoonful. But it numbs the throat a bit and it seriously takes away the cough!

Now, I’m going to need to order me some more thieves because we are running on low in this household at the moment.

Do you have any “go-to” essential oil recipes for when you’re sick? Please share!

xoxo-kimberly renee

If you’re interested in starting with oils:

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂

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let’s talk about lavender

This is post #2 in my new Essential oil series. I’m trying to think of a clever name for the series, but mombrain is not helping. So in the mean time, let’s talk about lavender oil.

Y’all. This is the swiss army knife of essential oils! I use it all.the.time. And I recommend it all.the.time!

Because it gets used so much it’s probably my next favorite oil. I love that it is so versatile and it’s naturally mild, beautiful smelling and SO effective for so many different things.

You know how sometimes when a baby or someone you love isn’t feeling the best and you just want to help but you don’t know how? This. This has turned into my “little jar of help” for both my babies. Well, maybe all three. haha.

One of my favorite ways of using it is to put a couple drops in a little jar with some coconut oil and use it as a baby oil. I rub it on Cora’s chest and feet and even as a diaper cream with my cloth diapers! When she is stuffy it clears her sinuses and helps her to breath. When she has a fever it helps to bring it down!! That is huge! I’d much rather be able to help her with something natural, that works really fast, rather then more tylonel. Yes, I use the tylonel when needed, but it’s so nice to be able to help right away.

If you know me at all, you know that I love my lavender plants in my front yard. I’ve harvested those two or three plants a couple of times and it takes a while, you guys, it takes 175 pounds of dried lavender to produce our medicinal grade oil (!WHAT!)

 

So, what gets me is that it is so lovely, the oils is so useful and we all think we know what it should smell like. Lavender has been around forever and it’s in all sorts of perfumes…but I had no idea how wonderful it would smell until I got the oil. See, a lot of the perfumes are a synthetic, manufactured version of the plant. Ummmm… they are nothing like the oil. If you want to know more info on that, let me know.* Let me just say, the real thing is REAL.

Here’s a little bit of the science behind it:

“Essential oils have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. The unique, lipid-soluble structure of essential oils is very similar to the makeup of our cell membranes. The molecules of essential oils are also relatively small which enhances their ability to penetrate into the cells. When topically applied to the feet or elsewhere, essential oils can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes.

“Because EOs are composites of hundreds of different chemicals, they can exert many different effects on the body. For example, clove oil can be simultaneously antiseptic and anesthetic when applied topically. It can also be antitumoral. Lavender oil has been used for burns, insect bites, headaches, PMS, insomnia, stress and hair growth.

Importantly, because of their complexity, EOs do not disturb the body’s natural balance or homeostasis; if one constituent exerts too strong an effect, another constituent may block or counteract it. Synthetic chemicals, in contrast, usually have only one action and often disrupt the body’s hormones.”

[From the Essential Oils Pocket Reference]

So what does Lavender do? IT does this and so much more:

  • Lowers stress which allows the body to fight off illness
  • Improves sleep which stimulates the immune system
  • Promotes feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension
  • Has balancing properties that calm the mind and body
  • Cleanses and soothes minor skin irritations
  • Can be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • Supports aging skin
  • Includes the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene
  • It is perfect for little ones because it is so mild, calming and helps their immune system!
  • It clears sinuses and provides respiratory support
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Supports healthy emotions and lymphatic sustem

So, Another way I love to use this is in a little mix called the Allergy Trio. I mix together Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint and voila, my sinuses are happy. haha. It sounds silly I know, but seriously, it clears them up SO WELL! Husbuddy is constantly asking me during the spring and fall, “what’s in the allergy mix again?” ha. Because it works! And he wants to use it! So,  I either take them in a little capsule or I diffuse it or I rub the mix on my neck and chest.

There are so many ways to use this! It’s such a beautiful little purple bottle.  But I think what gets me the most is that God is SO creative. HE made a little purple plant beautiful AND soooooo useful. So cool!

If you’re interested in starting with oils:

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂 I’ll keep posting info in the coming weeks(hopefully) to tell you some of my other oily love!

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- I mean, look at all that lavender:

*pss- if you find “cheaper” oils on the market, let me just warn you. A lot of them include synthetics and things that are actually horrible for your body. You can do your own research but I just ask you to be careful. The whole point of using essential oils is to have all natural ways to help your health, if you use the fake stuff, you may get hurt. If you want more info on that, let me know.

 

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