Monday, September 29, 2014

Alaskan Cruise and Seattle

This post is practically a decade late but hey, but late than never, right? In May I finished grad school and Keith and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. To celebrate we crossed off two dream vacations in one trip...Alaska and Seattle.

The following post will contain lots of pictures of Alaskan landscape covered up by our faces. If you have seen too much of us lately, this post may push you over the edge and you may never want to see our faces again. But if you are having Boyd withdrawals you have come to the right place...or post.

Our first stop was Ketchikan where we went kayaking in Orca's Cove. And true to the name, we saw a large pod of orcas!

We woke up early in the morning to see Tracy Arm Fjord and it was absolutely beautiful!

In Juneau, we went on a whale-watching tour. We saw quite a few humpbacks on our journey but nothing compared to the view we had of them from our tour boat.  

After the whale-watching tour, we went on a quick hike to see the Mendenhall glacier. Right next to the glacier was the most beautiful waterfall you could imagine. I could feel God's presence when I stood in front of it. IT. WAS. BREATHTAKING.

Skagway was our last Alaskan stop and one of my favorite places. We went on a long hike and really took in the beauty of Alaska. 

Seattle was pretty baller. All time fav = Molly Moon's Ice Cream. The earl grey ice cream will change your life.

 That was the short version of our trip.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Essential Oils for Babies

Teething:  Easing the pain of teething is something that all parents face.  Thieves, Melaleuca, German Chamomile mixed with carrier oil and applied often to the teething area will help soothe gums.  Also try: Copaiba (rub on without carrier oil).
Ear Infection:  Lavender, Melrose or Purification rubbed around the outside of the ear and down the side of the neck. Lavender helps to encourage the fluid  (that’s causing the discomfort) to drain and to reduce any congestion. Melrose or Purification work to kill any infection in the ear. Remember to use the oils often.
Eczema: Melrose or Lavender applied to the area daily. Apply as often as you feel necessary. I apply three times a day with my daughter. Remember that there is more to helping eczema, look into food allergies and even candida
Diaper Rash:  It’s not always possible to air out babies bum when there is diaper rash. Lavender and Melaleuca with carrier oil will not only soothe diaper rash but also help the redness go away.
Upset Stomach/Gas: Digize and Gentle Baby are safe options for your little ones when dealing with the those gas pains and reflux.
Fussiness & Sleep: Apply Peace & Calming or Lavender every night to help your little one get a good nights rest. May be applied to bottoms of feet or diffused prior to bedtime. Also great to use during a tantrum, I apply Peace & Calming on the bottoms of my sons feet, and almost instantly he is able to relax.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Workout Must-Haves with Essential Oils

Recently, Keith and I decided it was time to take charge of our lives and get healthy. We kick started our healthy lifestyle with the Adovocare 24 day challenge. I'm pleased to see the carryover beyond the 24 day mark! We try to workout 3-4 times per week and I just wanted to share some of the oils I have been using in my new healthy routine.

Essential Oils for your workout routine- The Pretty Oil

Lemon Essential Oil: Adding 2 drops in my water just gives me a boost during water breaks. Lemon essential oil is known to energize the mind.

PanAway Essential Oil: Currently a must have after work-outs. I dilute it with coconut oil and massage it over sore muscles.

Ningxia Nitro: This is a great pre-workout drink. It’s a natural energy shot so you don’t have to worry about any unsafe side effects like other types of drinks cause.

So tell me, what’s your work out routine look like?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

What is my love language you ask? Why, food of course! If you give me anything scrumptious, particularly fried or sweet, I will instantly be your BFF. Needless to say Keith and I quickly became BFFs with Princess Cruises around a month ago thanks to the never ending delicious pizza bar, desserts, and coffee. (oh and the awesome trip to Alaska) On our way back to Texas, we stopped in Seattle and what else were we to do but eat at all of the recommended restaurants we could fit in a 72 hour period....oops. 

So this is how the Advocare 24 day challenge came to be.

As Cross Canadian Ragweed once sang, we were "sick and tired of being sick and tired." We talked about "getting healthy" when we returned from our trip and it was at that time that our sweet friend Shayna posted her 24 day challenge success photos. What intrigued us most was that this mother of two young kids was able to cut out coffee (multiple cups a day) and had even more energy now than she did with the coffee! Keith teaches 2nd grade and I just finished grad school. We LIVED survived off of coffee during the school year and yet we still had no energy. We had a strong desire to get healthy and take care of our bodies and so we started the 24 day challenge.

I will post soon about our meal plan and how we ate healthy(ish) on our week long vacation. The nerd in me really helped out because I researched and planned so many meals before we received our box of Advocare goodies. Shayna recommended that I became familiar with the challenge guidelines before it came so I wouldn't be so overwhelmed. That was such a great tip and I would recommend that to anyone planning to do the challenge. It was good to know what foods were encouraged vs which were allowed in moderation BEFORE we started so that I could stock up on the good foods. 
Throughout the challenge I found myself craving less and less of the bad fats and sweets. Natural peanut butter with a few sneaky chocolate chips became my guilty pleasure. I no longer drink coffee and don't get any headaches from not drinking it. In the last 24 days I have not fallen asleep in a movie and that is a huge victory! All in all I feel like a healthier person with loads of energy!!!

It's amazing what you can do with the right nutrition, healthy eating, and working out 3x/week.

I am thankful for this challenge because it taught me tons about discipline and God's call for us to take care of our bodies. I realize that when I take care of my body I have more energy to spend serving Him. Thank you Shayna for your encouragement throughout this challenge! Keith and I truly appreciate you!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Essential Oils for Bee Stings

"I'm bringin' home my baby bumble bee. Won't my momma be so proud of me? I'm bringin' home my baby bumble bee...OUCH! It stung me!"

It's summer time and the bees are buzzin'. Don't get caught without a natural remedy for you or your little ones. Here is a really easy and natural regimen for bee stings with essential oils. 

naturally treat a bee sting with essential oils- The Pretty Oil
If you don’t have these oils you in your cabinet here is a list of other recommended Young Living essential oils for bee stings:
  • Lavender (Included in Premium Starter Kit)
  • Idaho Tansy
  • Peppermint (Included in Premium Starter Kit)
  • Palo Santo
  • Spikenard
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Purification (Included in Premium Starter Kit)
  • PanAway (Included in Premium Starter Kit)
  • Melrose
  • Deep Relief Roll-On

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Woohoooooo! I finally made it. (Well in May, as I am a tad bit late in writing this post...meh) I began my journey of obtaining my master's in speech and language pathology three years ago and can't believe I have finally graduated! What started as a "full-time" two-year adventure turned into a "part-time" three-year adventure. I use the quotation marks because those of you that know the program at the University of Houston know that "part-time" still exceeds the requirements to be considered full-time and "full-time" really means every minute of your life. Half-way through my first semester I decided to go part-time in order to spend more time at home with Keith since we had JUST gotten married. It was a very difficult decision to make, but looking back I see how God used His plans for my good.

"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God; those who are called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28

God's plan allowed me to make friends from two different graduating classes, gave me great externship placements, and blessed me with a fellowship and a supervisor that made such an impact on me. His plan allowed me and Keith to become directors of our Sunday school class, spend time with friends and family.

These three years included many projects, tears, research papers galore, buckets of tears, great clients, happy tears, and a particular client that punched me in the nose, which of course ensued more tears. I learned about diseases, disorders, and differences, but learned even more about caring for people. In August I will begin my adventure working with children with speech and language disorders! Dream come true :)

I am thankful for Keith's family who understood when I needed to lock myself in the back room at Bill and Mema's to work on projects. You never once complained about my anti-socialness when I had to study for my board exam instead of hanging out. I'm thankful for my family who understood when I had to turn them down in order to study. Instead I had family who encouraged me through all of the difficult times and continually prayed for me. Without your love and understanding I would not have made it through graduate school!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Top 5 Essential Oils in Our Home

The new tagline in our house is "there's an oil for that." The hubs was a bit skeptical at first and used this line to poke fun at me but now he is all about the oils! I have been rubbing lavender on his feet and neck before bed to help him sleep and that is what made him a believer, or maybe it was the free foot rub that did it? :) Thursday night I came home when Keith was already asleep and caught a huge whiff of lavender when I walked in the room. The next morning he made sure to mention that giving yourself a foot rub is not nearly as fun as having someone else do it...

Our daily oils:
  • JOY: 3-4 drops in the diffuser every morning while I have my quiet time and drink a cup (or two) of hot tea
  • VALOR: 1-2 drops on my feet and wrists when I feel anxious
  • LEMON: 2 drops in my glass of water for an energy boost during the day
  • THIEVES: I use thieves in my natural disinfectant spray
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or white (non-GMO) vinegar
    • 20 drops of THIEVES oil
  • LAVENDER: 1-2 drops on Keith's feet and neck before bed
What are the oils you use daily???

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day Shenanigans

This Monday I woke up with a sudden urge to do something random and the Houston Arboretum popped into mind. I don't even know what made me think of it, especially since I had never been there before. But any-who, it did and we went. Unfortunately Keith had to work on Memorial Day (make up for one of the ice days) so instead I brought my trusted companion Troub with me.

Troub begged to jump in the pond but I wasn't having it. I made him sit by the water so I could snap this photo and he kept inching his way forward to put at least his paw in the water. He's a rebel.

That's right, I took a selfie with my dog. #unashamed

It started raining on our drive home and that just made the day even more perfect! While driving, I heard a commercial on the radio for a sale at Half Price Books. Next up on the Memorial Day adventure, BOOKSTORE!!! I knew that I wanted to buy Jane Eyre because I lost my copy from high school wanted to re-read it since it was my favorite book back then. Guys, I'm not joking when I say I stared at four different copies of Jane Eyre just trying to decide which cover I wanted. (If you are one of my family members you know how true this statement really is). I cannot make decisions for the life of me. For some reason I decided upon this little lady and she made a wonderful addition to my rainy day. 

Speaking of wonderful additions, I just added this recipe to the "keeper" pile.  If you love shortbread and tea, this will be your jam. It was a super easy and quick recipe to make, plus I felt really fancy drinking my ginger peach tea with some tea cookies. 

At the beginning of my time off, I was really struggling. I wanted to make sure each day was packed with productive activities. I was praying one night that I would quit stressing myself out about my time off and really enjoy the blessing it is. Keith has been so encouraging and always asks what fun things I got to do each day. I am so blessed by a man who doesn't want me to feel bad about doing fun things while he works to provide for us!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beauty Tips and Tricks with Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil has so many uses. Keith uses it every night to help him sleep and I use it on cuts and for my allergies. I tried out this beauty trick last week and I love it! It is so refreshing to get a whiff of lavender every morning when I put my make up on. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Preparing for Swimsuit Season with Essential Oils

Eeeek! It's May and I should have started preparing for swimsuit season a while ago! Now that I'm out of school I have had three pool/beach days, gotten burned once, and have experienced super dry skin as a result. I'm so thankful for all of these oil resources from the Pretty Oil to help me to now tackle swim suit season like a pro. No more sunburn and dry skin for this girl. 

Anyone else experience the problem of EXTREME exhaustion following a day of laying out in the sun? I come home and immediately have the desire to take a nap, which is outrageous since that is basically all I did while laying out in the sun. Now I don't have to face the fear of losing a day's worth of productivity when I lay out. "Thanks peppermint oil!"

Along with the resources from the Pretty Oil, I have a variety of Pinterest boards I now follow. I feel like I am DIYing/life hacking everything with oils these days and it makes me feel too legit. Too legit to quit. (Sorry not sorry) 

Here are a few of the boards I follow:

Please feel free to share any recipes or helpful tips for using oils!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lavender Lemonade

This morning I woke up feeling like a million bucks. I had a surge of energy and couldn't wait to jump out of bed and get my day going. You know who else had a TON of energy? Troubadour of course. Troub and I headed out to the park for a beautiful walk in the 60 degree weather (in Texas, in May). #SWOON. When I came home I wanted a refreshing drink and what did I come across on The Pretty Oil blog? A yummy recipe for lavender lemonade! I wanted to share the deliciousness with you so here you go:

3 lemons
7 cups cold water
1-2 drops Young Living lavender essential oil
¾ cup organic raw agave
Handful ice cubes
Optional: lemon or lime slices for garnish
Juice the lemons into a pitcher
Add the water, lavender and agave
Stir well to mix, then add ice & enjoy!
 I didn't have agave so I used some honey instead. Still super yummm.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Must have essential oils for summer!

Problem: Sunburn
Solution: Mix 10 drops of lavender oil with coconut oil and rub on.
Problem: Bugs
Solution: Purification oil is a natural insect repellent.
Problem: Allergies
Solution: The allergy-bomb. Diffuse equal drops peppermint, lemon and lavender oils.
Problem: Summer Cold
Solution: Thieves oil – a drop in a glass of water, or rub on bottom of your feet.
Problem: Your kids are 2 days into summer vacation and are already BORED.
Solution: Peace & Calming – diffused, dropped in bath, inhaled… let’s be honest, we suggest you stock up on this one.
When you purchase the premium starter kit during the month of May, the Pretty Oil Team would like to send you the Essential Oils Pocket Reference guide as a welcome gift! Click on the "Order Oils" tab in my menu bar for more information.

Pinterest Party

Pinterest party - a party where people finally make a few of the things they've "pinned" on Pinterest. 

My cousin Jackie turned 26 and to celebrate, she threw a Pinterest party. She picked out three crafts for us to complete: monogrammed wine glass tumblers, dinosaur wine corks, and terrariums. All of the food was made from recipes found on Pinterest. 

First up: Terrariums!!! All of the glass bowls and bags of potting soil were purchased at Dollar Tree. The succulents were purchased at Lowes; we also used some rocks and a little bit of moss. Each person added anywhere from two to three succulents per bowl and of course a dino.

The inspiration: (Found HERE)

Our version:




Next we completed our monogrammed wine glass tumblers. The tumblers were purchased at Dollar Tree...what a steal right?! The Cricut was used to cut out vinyl letters to stick on to our cups. I'm pretty sure everyone opted to do initials instead of monograms and I think they turned out to be adorable!

The inspiration: (Found HERE)

Monogrammed Wine Tumbler

Our version:



Our final craft was more of a Pinterest fail... the spray paint we used came out chunky and made the dinosaurs look like they had a crazy disease. So I went without paint and and just hot glued the guy on there.

The inspiration: (Found HERE)

Gilded Animal Wine Stopper DIY - Twinkle and Toast 

Our version:



Here are a few more photos from this awesome party:

 I hope everyone gets the chance to go to a Pinterest party one day. I'm telling you, it will change your life.