Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer sabbatical

I forgot to alert my little blog that I was taking a sabbatical for the summer.  I didn't really intend to, but I didn't really expect to be so exhausted and mentally drained from parenting of two amazing, but very energetic, spirit-filled children this summer!  

I snagged a few pics from the summer to add to this post!  I do hope to be back to blogging some B {sniff sniff} is officially in kindergarten now!  Wow, how the years have flown by!  

Hope all of you had wonderful summers and are thrilled to have your children back to school!  

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Got allergies?

I have been working with Young Living Essential Oils for the past three months and we have loved having a way to boost immunity, reduce longevity of sicknesses, and improve overall health completely naturally!  My mom came to visit this past week from Atlanta.  I was excited to show her all the things I have been learning about essential oils over the last few months.  I was especially interested in helping her with her allergies!  I always remember my mom sneezing her head off at some allergen and not being able to stop for the rest of the day and only receiving minimal relief from allergy OTC.  At the first hint of a sneeze, I asked her if she wanted to try some oils.  I mixed up the three above oils with a little bit of coconut oil and applied it to the back of her neck and bottom of her feet, along with having her swipe a small drop of lavender oil under her nose.  She almost immediately sneezed five more times and then it all went away!  I sent her home with a little roll-on bottle and she said she used it when she was traveling and it immediately helped!  I was so excited that it worked that quickly, that of course I wanted to share with you all!

Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint Essential Oils

1. Apply Topically
-Take a drop of each oil and a couple drops of a carrier oil (coconut, olive, etc) into the palm of your hand. Take your other hand and rub together to mix up. Swipe the oils along the back of the neck and on the bottom of your feet.
-Rub lavender under nose or in nose, if you are comfortable. You may also massage lavender into irritated sinuses.

1. Apply w/ a Roll-on.
- Add 30 drops of each oil [Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint] into an amber glass roll-on bottle.
- Then add an equal amount of coconut oil [fractionated] to the current EO level. This is the oil I use for roll-on bottles: Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil
- Shake bottle before each use.  
*Roll-on bottles can be purchased here.

- Add 3 drops of Peppermint, 3 drops Lemon, 3 drops Lavender.
- Fill the rest of the capsule with olive oil.
- Seal and lightly shake. You can pre-make a few to store in the refrigerator.
- Take one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a glass of water!
*Recommended to be taken with a probiotic if planning to use capsules frequently.

3. Diffuse.
- Add 5 drops of each oil.
- Fill Diffuser with filtered water to the water line.

Frankincense + Lavender Essential Oils
create a NASAL SPRAY for allergies!

- 6 drops Lavender
- 4 drops Frankincense [immune boosting]
- Tiny pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
- Distilled water
- Amber Nasal Spray bottle purchased here.
Directions: Put a pinch of salt in the bottom of the empty/dry amber glass bottle, then add essential oils, wait a few seconds for the salt to absorb the oils, then add distilled water to fill the bottle. Shake well before each use.

All of these oils are a part of the premium starter kit through Young Living.

Step by step directions to Sign-Up for your kit here:
  • Please make that Wholesale Member is checked in the top right hand corner(and not retail customer---you will not get wholesale prices as a customer)
  • Makre sure it says: #1693216 in the sponsor ID and enroller ID areas.
  • Fill out your information.
  • Select your kit ($150 premium starter kit is the best value. You get 11 oils plus a home diffuser in this kit).
  • You can say no to the Essential Rewards--in fact, I recommend this until you've tried the oils.
  • At this point you can add more to your order if you'd like!  Some of my other favorites are Cedarwood (sleep help), RC (for respiratory congestion), Melrose (ear infections). 
  • All finished!

As a Distributor you will automatically receive wholesale prices, 24% off consumer retail. You never have to sell anything. There are no minimums or requirements!  You can purchase the starter kit simply to enjoy the wholesale prices!

When you sign up under me, I will mail you an Essential Oils pocket guide, a dropper + Veggie Capsules, along with basic information on where to begin. You will also become a part of the Young Living Essential Families team - our blog - & be added to our private Facebook group where we all ask questions & receive support.
Please contact me via email if you have ANY questions - Amber@bumbersbumblings.com. I am here to answer them for you! :)

(Of course, I'm not a doctor, and these tips are not meant to diagnose or cure anything. I'm just excited to share what has been working for our family, in hopes that it will help with yours. I also only recommend using Young Living oils, as they are the only company that controls their seed to seal process, keeping their oils chemical free.)

Interested in bug repellent spray? Check my other blog post about it here!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Children's Chapter Book Review - One Tooth Tim and Pirate Jim

One Tooth Tim and Pirate Jim is a chapter e-book with a target audience of 4-9 year old children.  I read it over a week's time with B, who is now five years old.  He loved it and hung on every word! Pirates are a big deal to him, and he was not disappointed with this heartwarming story of two very brave pirates!

"You've heard of a pirate with only one eye, or a pirate with only one leg. But how about a pirate who has only one tooth, because he spends all of his gold on candy? Such a pirate is One Tooth Tim, first-mate and best friend to Pirate Jim. 

Join them as they untangle the surprising schemes of the Backward Man, the Pirate Princess of Kendor and Randolph Macon. In a fast moving finale that has more twists than One Tooth Tim’s beloved cinnamon sticks, our hero must test the limits of his courage to save the one thing that matters most to him. Buy the book and join the adventures! Perfect for 4-9 year olds."

I'm just breaking into the boy's chapter book scene and our son has never really watched more than Disney Jr, so it's a bit shocking to me at the lack of wholesome literature or television for elementary age boys.  Of course, there were some conflicts between the pirates and bad guys but the book did not include all the name-calling and unnecessary gory details and questionable language that plagues so much children's literature today.  It was a delightful, wholesome, and endearing adventure of a book!

I have high hopes that Peter decides to make this a series and add many more volumes!  Though my son is a boy and loves pirates, I believe many girls would enjoy this book as well.

You can view a Free preview of the book, or purchase it via One Tooth Tim and Pirate Jim amazon, or One Tooth Tim and Pirate Jim for ibooks.  Check out the OneToothTim.com website for more info!

I hope you'll snag this fun e-book to start off your summer with your children!

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of the e-book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  The amazon link is an affiliate link where I may generate a few pennies per purchase. 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Easy Essential Oil Bug Repellent Spray

If you haven't noticed from my social media posts, I became a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor a few months ago! I have a blog post coming later this week all about how that came along and why we have begun to use essential oils to support our immune, respiratory, and digestive systems and learn how to care
for our bodies better, and why I actually signed up to sell something that uses network marketing!  I've never been tempted to sell anything like this in my life, but have fallen in love with these oils and the organization.

Easy Essential Oil Bug Repellent

I had a friend reach out to me recently about an all natural bug spray.  The ticks are really bad this year and everyone is understandably paranoid about them. Using mainstream bug spray on my children is not an option for me and the eco-friendly options are terrible smelling and usually ineffective.   I did a little research and came up with a recipe using only the oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit.  I whipped it up together with a friend last week and I'm excited to share it with you.

1 cup of water
3 TBSP of Witch Hazel with aloe (click link for the amazon affiliate link to the brand I purchased)
10 drops of Purification Essential Oil Blend
10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Mix them all up and use a funnel to pour into bottles.

I also added a few drops of Clove oil since I had it on hand and it smells good (but is not necessary)! Citronella oil would be a great one to add as well, though it is definitely out of stock at young living at this time of the year.

Shake well before spraying on your skin and rub in! I reapply every 2 hours or so, just because I'm paranoid.  I sprayed some on our clothes as well and in our hair.  It didn't leave any greasy grimy film or bad fragrance. 

I purchased the bottles for $.79 each on Abundant Health.  Add a dropper to your order for $.40 as well!  This recipe should make enough for two bottles of bug spray.  Just watch out when you take it to a party though, because half of my bottle disappeared once my friends caught a whiff of it!

The first chance to test it out was this past Memorial Day weekend when we had two cookouts and one campout (baby girl and I came home to sleep, but Nate and B survived the nighttime camping at a friend's house).  On Sunday, we were outside from 4 - 10 p.m. and then Monday from 3-7 p.m.  Between the four of us we had ..... DRUMROLL.... no bites!  On this post from memorial day two years ago, we had 15 bites between the three of us and that was with using the bad for you bug spray!

Besides working effectively, the smell of it is amazing!  It's like Christmas in a bottle! I am so relieved to find something that works for us and our children.  Our son swells up at the slightest bug bite on his skin and is really afraid of them!

Here are the 10 oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit + Stress Away roller bottle oil! The premium starter kit comes with 11 oils and the diffuser, which is amazing!

Here are three ways we use Essential Oils around here:

* Inhale – deep breaths of the bottle or by diffusing {my favorite method} 
* Topically – apply directly to the skin or diluted with a carrier oil 
* Ingest – through drops placed in water or foods or by vegetable gelatin capsule

Please feel free to email me at amber@bumbersbumblings.com for more information! Also, I am not able to actually make and sell this bug spray, but if you'd like info on ordering these oils, I'm happy to help you with that and offer you the option to add on a couple oils with my montly wholesale order for a 24% discount.   My distributor number is: 1693216. You are welcome to sign up as a wholesale member, buy purchasing a premium starter kit or order as a retail customer.

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Disclaimer: The statements and information contained on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult individual products labels for safety information.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Building the nest

I wanted to take a minute to share about a wonderful organization that I am thrilled to be partnering with this month!  There is one week left to be a part of this fundraising effort and be eligible to win an iPad Mini!  
The Sparrow Fund is an organization committed to encouraging and supporting  families in the adventure of adoption. We do this by providing regular training opportunities as well as grants to families in financial need to enroll in programs specifically designed to provide counsel and comprehensive medical reviews of their referred child.

Together Called is one of the many ways that The Sparrow Fund has helped our family.  Every May they have a fundraising effort called  Building the nest!  Click on the graphic below to read all about it!

My Etsy shop, Bumber's Baubles, is a partner this month and would love one of my customers to win the iPad Mini!  I've added some adorable dresses that my mom created to the shop this month as well!  Click on any of the below graphics to purchase and view other items that are available!  Just don't forget to go back and visit The Sparrow Fund blog to enter the contest! 



I also picked out some more favorite items from other partners this month! Check them out and many more! 

Pearls and Joy Etsy shop
Peace of Mind Etsy shop

Bead it for Disney Etsy shop

Echoes of Mercy Etsy shop 

Happy Shopping with a purpose!!

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The End of Preschool for B

I know I know, I sound like everyone else!  I can't believe that preschool is over for my little buddy!  So glad I have another little one to follow in his footsteps! From the first day to the last day is quite the change.  Goodbye to the baby look and hello big boy!

We all loved the time at that he spent at this wonderful school! I don't think I could ever thank these two amazing women enough for the pouring out of love, patience, and learning into their hearts and lives. I never even thought we'd send him to preschool, but when I went back to work when he was two, it became a necessity.  Though I wasn't thrilled about that, it has been great to see him love and really thrive in the school setting.  

Preschool was so much more than just learning the abc's and a little math, but was truly about learning how to work together, to be caring, kind and loyal, and to respect authority. 

Please excuse all the blurry iPhone photos from here on out. One of these days I'm going to buy a real camera!  

Nate's parents with the graduate

Ash and her family

So thankful to have Ash be a part of this wonderful day!

Of course...

Two sets of grandparents!  So much love!

We are so excited that B was accepted into a local charter school that we have been hoping for years that he would get into!  At the same time, this mama is a little nervous to leave behind the sweet small christian school family that he's been a part of these past two years!  

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

We had such a great weekend celebrating our risen Savior with family and friends!  We loved being in our own church on Easter Sunday and then the rest of the weekend filled up with family and fun (except I was missing seeing my family)! 

We didn't exactly catch a family shot all together, but everyone at least had their picture taken together in some fashion.  Maybe the picture taking will improve in the coming years, maybe not.  For now, I just take what I can get! 

Yup, we are a hot mess!  
Lah-Lah is crazily on the move at all times!!  Whew, she's hilarious and exhausting!!

But these cuties are awesome!  

B requested the cross painted on his face at an Easter egg hunt at a local church.  He said he needed the cross, because that's what Easter is all about -- "Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead"!  Thankfully, daddy convinced him to wash it off before Easter sunday!  

B was soo excited for a visit from his grandparents and Great Grandpa on Saturday!  

We spent Easter evening at B's birth mom's extended family like we do every year!  We eat lots of good food and the kids have a treasure hunt for all the goodies that the different families bring.  B looks forward to this tradition every year and loves spending time with all his little second cousins!

Hope you, my friends, had a wonderful weekend as well! 

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