Looking Back

It’s been three years since Michael Luke and I worked on designing and creating Noah’s nursery.  nursery

And three years since we have really done much to the room aside from removing the crib and adding a bed a few pieces of artwork here and there.  That was our original goal and just the other day Michael Luke and I were talking about how that has made things (and the budget) easy over the past three years.  We’ve even added a child to the mix and still haven’t had to adjust much.

noahs room 1

How did we do this?  We planned for a room from the beginning that would grow with our children.  I chose neutral walls and decorated with bold colors.  We used pink minimally. Mainly because it isn’t one of my favorite colors.  Places where girly colors are used can easily be switched out if ever needed.  In essence, the room for the most part is a gender neutral room with some girly accents thrown on top.  All of this made for a budget friendly room transformation.

I love inspiring other people to use budget friendly design. So, when Hometalk asked me to curate a “gender neutral baby room” board I was delighted.

colortransformedfamily2710I worked to compile a collection of fun and sophisticated rooms that could easily grow with the child and be used for either sex.  There are so many creative ideas out there that your options really are limitless.  You can design beyond the traditional yellow and green gender neutral color scheme.

So head on over and check out all the wonderful projects pinned.  In fact, check out all of Hometalk. It’s a really neat site where you can ask design questions or clip projects for reference.   Oh, and if you have thought about blogging or have some home diy projects that you are proud of but don’t have the time to devote to a blog then go post your stuff on Hometalk.  They have a simple easy to share template where you upload project pictures and share a little bit about each one.  I’ll see you over there.

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Mommy, I Don’t Feel Like Smiling Today

I shared a couple of weeks ago that Esther had had surgery.  We are about five weeks into the tissue expanders actually expanding and have at least three more weeks left of the process.  She receives injections in the expanders every two to three days and for the most part they have been fairly painless… which is incredibly surprising to me.

Noah and Esther at Pumpkin Patch

Esther is such a brave girl and Noah is doing an incredible job of being the supportive sister.  Last Thursday was especially tough for Esther though.  Over the past couple of weeks ML had been doing the injections for the expanders at home.  It sounds a little odd but the doctor had worked with him and felt that we was competent (because I’m certainly not) to do them at home.  It made things a lot easier than having to wake up before six and get to the hospital by seven on mornings when we needed to get an injection from the doctor.  We had gotten into a routine of doing them just before bed time and letting Esther pick a show (Barney is her distraction of choice) to watch while ML injected her expanders.  It worked great and normally we could get through the entire process with her barely noticing anything was going on. It was awesome!!!

But then last Thursday happened.  Thursday we had to go back to Children’s of Alabama so that her doctor could check on her progress and get some measurements.  Like I said earlier her appointment was at 7:00 a.m.  For the record y’all, I barely function at that time of the morning.  He went ahead and did her injection for that day… which is no big deal except that he injected a lot more than we had been in one of her expanders and it was immediate discomfort and pain for her.

I brought her home and took her straight to bed because she just wanted to try and sleep the pain off.  Before and after the injections I applied some of my pain cream mixture of essential oils.  She really felt like this helped and asked for it often that day but despite all the cream and sleep it was still uncomfortable for her.  She would wake up crying and scared and beg for me to lay with her.  I took her up on her offer and enjoyed snuggling with her and loving on her. It was really a nice bonding time for us.

As I lay there with her I couldn’t help but think over her first few months of life.  The first few months when she was in the hospital.  I wondered how often she had cried out and no one was there to cradle her or feed her.  No doubt, I believe she was well cared for her and she definitely had one special lady in her life but I imagine there were still times that she cried and no one was available to come meet her needs.  I enjoyed spending time Thursday and Friday doing just that.. meeting her needs.  Oh, that all the needs of orphaned children around the world could be met.  That they could cry to their mommy like Esther did and say to their mommy like Esther did, “mommy, I don’t feel like smiling today.” and then be reassured that it is ok to not feel like smiling when you don’t feel well and then rest in the arms of their mother.

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Doing Things You Never Thought You Would

For the past ten months my family has been using Young Living Essential Oils.  Honestly, this time last year I never would have imagined that we would turn to something as simple as essential oils for so many things in our life.  But here we are ten months later and completely in love with the safe and natural way we can care for our family.

Family picture August 2014

I shared back in this post how and why we started using Young Living Essential Oils.  As an adoptive mom… and mom in general I truly believe every mom should invest in the Premium Starter Kit.  Just consider it an add on to the sleep machine, beloved blankie/paci, and hugs you already give your little one. Why?  Because these oils are incredibly versatile and can easily become an integral part of your day to day life.  As an adoptive mom I wish I could give every other adoptive mom a bottle of Tranquil, Lavender, or Peace & Calming to help ease the stress their child has/is/ and/or will continue to go through.

Michael Luke and I were talking the other night about Esther and her stress.  We know it’s only natural for adoptive children to have stress issues…  I mean who wouldn’t when their whole world was turned completely upside down with out much say so in the matter.  It sure is nice to be able to manage it with something as simple as essential oils.  Because more than likely we would have never sought any other forms of help for it.  And if Esther is stressed Mommy and Daddy are stressed… and that’s not a good thing.

We like to keep our little girl well oiled and she’s knows to ask for it if she feels like she needs it.  Tranquil, her oil of choice, truly does help calm her down and for that I am forever grateful. For me it has truly been a blessing from God.

So along with Esther’s stress issues we have used Young Living Essential oils for a host of other things.  Like:

  • headaches
  • soreness
  • bruises
  • swelling
  • intestinal issues
  • runny noses
  • coughs and sore throats
  • congestion
  • headaches
  • unwanted red bumps on my face
  • moisturizer
  • cleaner
  • immunity booster
  • energy booster
  • cognitive focus
  • calming
  • grieving
  • rise in temperature
  • muscle pain

Which oils did we use?

EVERYDAY v1.1We have used the ten oils from the Everyday Oils Collection and StressAway that are included in the Premium Starter Kit for all of the issues listed above. 

The Everyday Oils Collection consists of:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Valor
  • Peace & Calming
  • Thieves
  • Purification
  • PanAway
  • Joy

If computers were scratch and sniff I would let you smell each one of them. These oils are more than just smells though.

Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally(.)  – Young Living Essential Oils

For more tips on how to use the oils and a few uses for each click on the video below.

What else comes in the Premium Starter Kit?


Starter Kit from Young Living on Vimeo.

So what is the diffuser and why would I want one?

Think of the diffuser like a cool mist humidifier but better… much better.

Young Living’s new Home Diffuser, with its rose-inspired design, combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one simple-to-use product that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a relaxing atmosphere. Its ultrasonic technology breaks any mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, disperses them into the air, and activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. Custom designed with ambient light control, and alternating 30-second on/off and continuous run settings(.) – Young Living Essential Oils

I use mine in the girls room.  It’s an easy way to get oils to both girls at the same time.  I diffuse Thieves throughout the house whenever I want to sanitize the rooms.  For instance, when one is sick and I want to disinfect the entire house.  Yep, call me lazy but I just diffuse from one room to the next.  It’s just one of the perks of being an oily girl!

We diffuse when we are congested, tired, grieving, or just want to purify the air in the house.  All it takes is a few drops in the diffuser of a single oil or several different ones to make an effective oily combination.


Ok, but what is NingXia Red?NINGXIA RED v1.1You get two 2oz. packets of NingXia Red in your Premium Starter Kit.  You can save these and use them whenever you feel like you need an immunity boost or you can integrate these into your daily routine like Michael Luke and I have.  We consider it an investment in our health because of all it’s health benefits and energy boosting capabilities.

This is a daily must for Michael Luke. I like to save mine and take it in the afternoon when all my body really wants to do is crawl in bed with the girls in take a nap.  But who’s got time for that? Not me… that’s why I like NingXia Red.

This is interesting at all but what’s the price?

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Purchasing any of the three kits gets you membership status with Young Living Essential Oils.  More on that here.  I debated between the three kits and seriously almost bought the $40. I mean $150 is a lot of money to spend on a product I’ve never used.  But knew of so many people already using Young Living Essential Oils and loved reading all the testimonies in the Facebook group I was a part of so I just had to try them for myself… and I’m so glad I did!

Feel free to message with me with any questions about essential oils and for information on how to get added to my own secret group on Facebook where you can hear from others and learn more about essential oils.  My hope is that you will fall in love with them like we have and in turn be able to care for your family with natural products that aren’t full of all those chemicals and toxins.  Who wants that stuff anyway?

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle or two but aren’t ready to become a member that’s perfectly ok. Young Living allows you to purchase any of their products as a Retail Customer… simply follow the instructions for joining Young Living here and instead of clicking wholesale member click Retail Customer.  It’s that simple. You can order whenever you want and the product ships directly to your house.  All I ask is that you use my name (Krystle Stanley) and member number (1605099) as who referred you so that I will receive credit for introducing you to Young Living… and so that I can keep in touch with you as you begin using your oils and answer any questions you may have.  Just consider me your personal oil assistant!

Want an incentive to purchase your Premium Starter Kit?  The first person who contacts me about purchasing a kit will receive an instant enrollment voucher for $20 off the price of the kit!  I only have one so it goes to the first person that contacts me.  I’m really excited about it because this is my first time to receive one and I want to share it with you!  Just comment below letting me know you are interested and then I will send you more information.


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