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.