Get oily with me. {Essential Oils}

Have you all heard about Essential oils?! I am seriously obsessed. OBSESSED. For a girl that used to have a candle burning at all times, having something that smells amazing while making my family healthier is like magic. Chris calls me our family medicine doctor and I am happy to have the title. I’m telling you these little bottles of oily goodness work! We were introduced to Essential Oils by my amazing friend Tara, founder of No 41. She had recently started using Young Living oils and shared some with me while Maya and I while we were visiting her. Before I even came home, I bought a Starter Kit of Young Living essential oils. I was so excited to get my kit and have LOVED learning more and using these oils on our little family.
We have been using essential oils in our family since February. When I first started using essential oils, I was a bit skeptical and there has been a bit of a learning curve, but now they have become a part of our every day routine. Maya loves them. She even has an empty bottle in her doctor kit to oil up her baby dolls. Alain is my very best “patient.” He is willing to try anything. He was the first one of us to try the hot tea/oil mixture for a sore throat. For the past several months, we’ve been experimenting and learning what works for each one of us. The great thing about the oils is that they are versatile. Each oil has several different uses and you can use several different oils for the same thing.  As the winter months (AKA cold and flu season) will be quickly upon us, I plan on using our oils to keep our family healthy. Is it weird that I’m a bit excited when I hear a sneeze, so I can try out my oils? I am beginning to feel like I am understanding which oils work for what and I am excited to write about how we are using them in our home. I plan on posting a little bit more about specific essential oils every week. Stay tuned!! I’ve also added some more information in the menu above under the “Essential Oils” section.
-Jenn

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If you are interested to get started with essential oils, I highly recommend the Premium Starter kit. Here is what you will get: Everyday Oils collection (10 of the most loved essential oils), Home Diffuser, Stress Away oil, samples of some of the most popular oils to share with friends. The kit is $150 and is without a doubt the best deal (The Everyday Oils collection alone is $124 and the diffuser is $100.) It is a great way to get started because you have enough oils to choose from and play with, but not too many to be overwhelmed. For information on how to order your starter kit, CLICK HERE. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.

Bubbles and Blessings.

This girl, ya’ll. All of the sudden it seems, she has turned into a child. She is no longer a baby. While that makes me sad for how fast time is speeding away, this age is just too much fun to linger in the melancholy. Maya is the perfect mix of sass and sweetness. Spontaneously, she will hug your neck and say, “I love you.” Her pretend play has gotten more creative. She is a snuggler, a dancer, a jumper and a helper. Sensitive and strong. We are so in love with our little girl. I feel like I say this in every single post, but I am BUH-LESSED , blessed, blessed, blessed to be her Mom. She will never doubt that she is adored. As she grows and changes so very quickly, I try to pull at my camera at every opportunity. Here she is testing out the bubbles for our upcoming Block Party.
-Jenn

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Itsy Bitsy Spider from Jennifer Verme on Vimeo.

The Best Birthday Book.

I’d love to be that super Pinterest mom who can make a book/craft/diy something or other for every occasion, but I’m not. Traditional baby books don’t work well with adoption, but I still wanted a book to write down memories and remember Maya as she is growing up. I found Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal  and it is just what I was looking for. Detailed enough to be fun and a great way to document Maya’s life, but not overwhelmingly time-consuming. There are a couple of cute pages for each birthday, places to add photos and a several pockets to add keepsakes, such as party invites and special items. I filled in the info for her first two years in less than thirty minutes. As she gets older, the questions change and there are interviews to do with your child at each birthday. It is going to be so fun to see how her answers change from year to year. I think I have decided this will be my go-to gift for 1st birthdays from now on. I thought it was too cute not to share with you :)
-Jenn

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bea - Love this. AND I love that you are back to posting!!!

Hair time with Bunny.

Last night right before bed, Maya pulled her baby doll chair over to the couch to “fix your hair, Bunny?” Bunny is her lovey that we have had since our embassy trip to Ethiopia. She is becoming a master at postponing her bedtime, but I just could not resist this cuteness. She had the spray bottle, rubber bands and comb. With such an active toddler, we have hair time often . I’ve been putting in protective styles that will last a few days to get us through those early morning school days. I love that she wanted to mimic this time in her play. Yay for hair time!!

-Jenn

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She “cheeses” on command now. Love this cheesy grin!
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Shewit - That is so cute, and she is getting so big from the last time you’ve posted!

DIY Colorful Felt Garland {A tutorial}

Ever since we went to The Idea Camp last year, we have been wanting to do something to create community in our neighborhood. Listening to all the amazing speakers, talking about what they are doing around the world, made Chris and I realize that we needed to be doing more. While I dream of moving to Rwanda, for fhe place that our family is in right now, it makes the most sense to work on creating community right outside our front door. We have lived in this house for years and know very, very few of our neighbors. Finally, we have set a date and are planning a Neighborhood Block Party. I am excited and scared all at the same time. What if no one comes? What if everyone comes and we run out of food? Ahhh!!! This weekend my super awesome husband went door to door in our neighborhood handing out invitations and personally inviting people to come the the party.
The fun part for me is planning and crafting. So here is my first Block Party craft. I have made this garland for nearly every party that we have had. It is cheap and easy. You can see it here at Chris’ 30th birthday party. Here at Alain’s birthday party. And here at Maya’s first birthday party. How to make a super easy felt garland.
-Jenn

SUPPLIES:
Felt (I bought mine at Michaels)
Yarn or other string, twine, etc.
Scissors
A needle

Since this garland is for a block party, I wanted it to be bright and festive. I bought red, yellow and teal. To emphasize the red, I bought twice as much red as the other colors. 10 pieces of red, 5 of yellow and 5 of teal.

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Fold the felt in half to find the middle, then cut down the center. I cut 3 pieces of felt at a time.
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Cut those halves in half. Now you should have 4 equal sections. It does not have to be perfect. A little variation adds interest :)
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Here is my cut felt in all three colors.
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Thread a needle with an eye large enough for the yarn.
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Fold a strip into 2 inch sections. Again, does not have to be perfect. Thread the needle through the center. A sharper needle with help with this. Keep threading until you have all of your felt on the yarn. You can keep the felt close to each other or spread it out depending on your preference.
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