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:

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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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falling in love with thieves

You know how sometimes you find something that you just love and just have to share? That is how i feel about Young Living Oils. I’ve been using these little unicorn tears in a bottle(tee hee) for three years now and a lot of people have been asking me about them recently so I thought I’d start a post series on my blog to share. take it or leave it, but these little oils have been life changing and so how can I not share?

I wanted to start with the oil that really rocked our world, Because let’s be honest, when I first heard about these little bottles of magic, i was intrigued…and my husband was SUPER skeptical of these “witch oils” as he called them at first. I can laugh about that now, but at first it was a major stumbling block, because with a limited income as a pastors family, I had to get him on board if i was going to try these all out.

Any waaaayyy, back to the story.

If you know my family, and you know our journey with health that started in Princeton NJ, then it isn’t a surprise to you that I am always on the lookout for things to help!  Here’s the brief back story: Back in seminary, my sweet husbuddy lost 30 pounds IN A MONTH. Y’all. It was scary. He was so sick. He couldn’t keep things in, he proceeded to have multiple rounds of colds that immediately turned to sinus infections etc…on top of it all his body was attacking itself with anxiety attacks. You know, just cause he needed to be hit while he was down.  it took months of doctor appointments, all sorts of tests, all sorts of different directions and we finally figured out it all came back to his diet. …mostly.

I say mostly because once we fixed his diet, he felt so much better(!!praise hands!!) and he was able to actually function. BUT… he still got sick. ALL.THE.TIME. He has an immune deficiency. The doctors basically said this is just who he is and he needs to live with it.

Well… when I heard about this magic little bottle called Thieves, I knew we HAD to try it.

This is what I had heard:

  • ” Thieves is a proprietary blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils.  Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic blend composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals to use while robbing dead and dying victims of the plague.”
  • “99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria”
  • “It boosts the immune system”
  • “It fights colds and sickness!”
  • “Supports digestive health”
  • “really, strengthens all the systems of the body!”
  • “Cleanses and detoxes household objects”

you guys, the list goes on. Anyway, I finally saved up some of my own money to buy this little bottle of gold. I bought it in the fall, knowing that as soon as the weather gets cold, BAM, Husband gets sick. He was super skeptical. But one day he felt a cold coming on. I told him to let me try it, let me put some drops of oil on the bottom of his feet. And let’s just see what happens…

WELL, it worked. He fought off a cold for the FIRST TIME IN OUR MARRIAGE. it was crazy. So, then he was intrigued too!

Now we use it all.the.time! We dilute it and put it on our girls before going to the church nursery(cause, germs!), we put it in tea when our throats hurt, we put it in capsules with other oils to boost our immune system, we use it multiple times a day when we are sick.

Yes, we still get sick. Because, hello, nothing is going to keep us perfect. BUT, the difference is drastic. We used to to have multiple weeks each winter where Husband was home sick in bed. But now? It maybe happens once or twice. And he rarely gets a sinus infection any more. WHAT?! IT was a given before.

MY husband is a believer.

haha. I am a believer. And so began my journey into oils… {more to come!}

My plan is to keep sharing my journey, in hopes that anyone else who deals with some of these issues, can have hope too.

But really, once I started, I found that essential oils help all the time, with everything. I am constantly learning new things and finding new ways to use them! That’s what’s kind of fun! You don’t have to have it figured out to jump in!

So, who else has tried Thieves and loves it as much as I do? Who would like to try it? I’ve included some directions for how to start if you’re interested. And of course, please contact me with all.the.questions.

xoxo-kimberly renee

#wearelivingwell #whyiloveoils

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!

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Corinne Hope is 1 year old!

coraand well, that went quickly. 1 year flew by sweet little thing. we love you so much Cora!  we love peekabo!  and we are still making that “piggy” face! bawhaha

Cora at 12 months:

  • 29 1/2″ tall (64%)
  • 21 lbs (70%)
  • has 6 teeth +2 popping through this moment
  • sings and dances in her own special way (haha)
  • gives hugs and blows kisses
  • says “Hi”, dada, doggy, moo, mmm(for when she wants food), dogdog(for a lovey)
  • can give a high 5
  • wears 12-18 month/18 month clothes!
  • is just SO BUSY
  • climbs like a crazy girl. she climbed on top of a side table the other night while I was doing the dishes and gave me a heart attack! loves to climb the stairs. loves to just climb!
  • takes her shoes off ALL.THE.TIME.
  • loves her sister so much and follows her around with all the smiles
  • grunts and tries to “use the force” for things. haha. at least that’s what we call it.
  • tries to ride her little bike but just goes backwards.
  • is just about the sweetest little firecracker ever.

touching her toes!   she’s been sick this week, so a lot of snot and coughing and grossness…but this photo is just so sweet.  dancing!   hey, what’s this on my shirt? ok mama, i am ALL DONE! with photos! hahah. i still think her crying face is just the cutest. and this photo was taken by my three year old! good job Sophia! I just love my girls and I’m so thankful for this year with sweet adorable, Cora!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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11 months already(!?)

she is SUCH a delight! 

Cora at 11 months:

  • runs. I’m not even joking
  • has 6 teeth
  • wears 12-18 month size
  • brings me books to read. it’s so cute because she brings it and then scoots her little booty back into my lap to prepare for reading time! haha
  • wrinkles up her nose and sniffs to make a pig noise. yes, I realize that pigs say “oink” but in a couple of our baby books, we read that they sniff and snort looking for food or along the ground, so when we read the book, Sophia and I used to sniff all over her and made her laugh. well, now she wants to find all the pigs in all the books. tee hee hee. it cracks me up!
  • is sleeping through the night! FINALLY!! we’ve done some serious sleep training the last week with Sophia in a different room. (which is why there is another bed in these pictures! sophia’s bed is in the guest room at the moment!)
  • loves to eat finger food or whatever we are eating. baby food? why do we insult her by even trying to feed her this?
  • shakes her head no. I can’t figure out if she is really saying no or just thinks it’s funny.
  • calls all the animals doggies.
  • constantly is taking off her shoes when we are out. le sigh.
  • still puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. oh when will this end?
  • lays her head down on my shoulder to snuggle and when i’m putting her down for night, will put her little arm around my neck as i’m rocking her to give me her version of a hug. it’s just about the sweetest thing ever.
  • is shy with her smiles but when she smiles for you it really lights up her face

she is a very sweet, happy baby.   “piggy face” haha.     i love her so much. i can’t believe it’s already been almost a year! time needs to slow down now! 

mama and daddy love you sweet baby girl. slow down! you don’t have to catch up with big sister!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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what 10 months looks like

10 months looks like this: lots and lots of walking (!!) 

i really can’t get over how mobile she is. She is getting faster every day!

Cora at 10 months:

  • loves to walk!
  • wears size 12/12-18. she just seems really long
  • loves to eat big people food! baby food? don’t give me that stuff! i want something to pick up like the rest of you!
  • says “doggy” and “daddy” ALL the time. they do sound slightly different, but she says it when she sees one of them… (or a horse, that’s a doggy too. or a strange tall man in the parking lot wearing glasses, that’s daddy too. lol)
  • wrinkles her nose and sniffs when somethings kind of funny…it’s so hilarious
  • thinks climbing the stairs is a game because one of us goes running to catch her and pick her up when she starts. she is getting so fast and just gets so excited for us to come get her! shoot!! how do i fix this?!
  • was a total ham for this photoshoot
  • has 5 teeth
  • loves her “Pat the zoo” book! she brings it to me and giggles. totally melts my heart.
  • still ADORES big sister. and wants to play with whatever big sister is playing with…so it begins.
  • dances when daddy plays guitar. her dance moves consist of squats. it’s so cute.
  • is still so LOUD when she wants something!
  • knows “all done” in sign language…but i’m pretty sure she thinks it means- “i’ve finished everything on my plate so give me more.” so when i ask her if she wants more she keeps doing it and just gets louder. it also means, “get this baby food out of my face NOW mom”
  • claps to music in the car or when sister sings
  • puts EVERYTHING in her mouth(still). as quick as she can. she is starting to be so sneaky about it and then is also a PRO at hiding it from my finger trying to fish it out. dude, when will this end?
  • this month has been much better for sleep for us. thank the Lord. she can usually go right back down with a little pat about once a night and then wakes up around 5 for a quick pre-breakfast before getting up around 6:30. so that is WAY better then August! seriously, we are PTL over here.
  • she is such a sweetheart!


  i mean, look at that face. such a ham.   Stop growing! just stay this sweet and cute and snuggly! ok…maybe we want you to learn how to master the stairs but then seriously, stop it. we adore you so much! i can never get enough snuggles in because you just want to move move move!

we love you, Cora!!

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps. if you want to see Sophie pictures at 10 months, click HERE. you will note, i was still able to get a laying down picture with her. she had barely started to walk at 10 months.

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my sweet helper


so my dearest little 3 year old likes to help.

a lot.

for the photos that i posted of Cora the other day, she was there by my side the whole time trying to help me. and then she begged me to let her have a turn in front of the camera! how could i resist? i know one day she will roll her eyes at me taking her picture or just not like it. so i’ll do it whenever i’m asked now! she’s so sweet right now.

when she’s not a  difficult, whiny, temper tantrum throwing, telling me “NO!”, independent, “i’ll do it myself”, complete and total three year old.

you know, the rest of the time.

she even told me the other day, when i told her to not do something to Cora, “but mom, i’m the little mama!”


Sophia Grace, you are just such a sweetheart and oh so loved. thank you for being my little helper with Cora!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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