Tuesday, January 12, 2016

notes from the underbelly (with a giveaway!)

Don't worry, this isn't a full-on link-list post, I know better than to be entirely absent from the interwebs for 3 months and then come back and act like I have a wealth of good clicks for you, this is mostly a good old fashioned Ana-ramble post, with a few good places to click within (and completely random pictures, unrelated to the content).

Fear not, read on.

First things first, Kate from the wonderfully unique and fun Catholic baby name blog, Sanctinomina, wrote a positively delightful post with baby name suggestions for the fifth Hahn nugget and they are so worth reading. We do not know baby Hahn's gender yet, but are planning to find out and I am especially thrilled about her baby girl name ideas because Mike and I are fresh out of ideas for girls. What can I say? We've used all the ones we like? Yes, I'll say that for now. But she has actually got me thinking with some really beautiful ideas. Click thee over and read!

Have I ever told you that I am the least, the very least crunchy person in all the world? I am. I am going to go ahead and say that it's because being crunchy is a little too trendy for me right now (but it's also because I'm lazy. And poor), so I've been doing what I do with all trendy things and staying far away from most overly crunchy things. You see, I am one of those people who very deliberately doesn't see the movies everyone won't stop talking about (we still have not viewed Frozen here in our home with 3 small females), I could not tell you with any degree of accuracy any currently popular songs, I STILL HAVE A FLIP PHONE, and I DON'T HAVE A TEXTING PLAN. There, I said it, and that's just me. I take a little bit of pride in these things insofar as I can act like a 90 year old woman and whine about "those kids with their noses in their smart phones all day" and it's legit because I kind of am.

So it pretty much goes without saying that 1) I've never used dry shampoo, 2) I don't eat kale (the horror! I know!) And 3) I am not an essential oils user. Please don't cast the first stone! If you're utterly appalled, then you'll be pleased to learn that as of a couple if months ago when sweet Haley asked me about doing a little review/giveaway for her Young Living oils, I have now dabbled the tiniest bit in oils.

I am however completely clueless about it and am still pretty sure I'm using them wrong, but I'm trying! I have thus far tried them in the dishwasher-- because I am always on the hunt for something that will help it clean my dishes better. I've sipped tea with a couple drops of Thieves and thoroughly enjoyed it, and have recently gotten really desperate and rubbed some on my temples to try to alleviate yet another pregnancy migraine, which mostly just made me smell like I washed my hair with a chai latte from Starbucks and in the end I think it was the chugging of a cup of coffee with a dose of Tylenol that did the trick with the headache. I told you, I'm not crunchy, but the mere fact that I tried an essential oil as a remedy for anything is a huge step for me, I'm getting there.

So give me all your tips! How do you use your oils? I think I need a diffuser to be a true essential oils user, but I'm sure I'm ready to take that kind of step yet. I'm all ears!

Haley is running a promo right now where she is offering $20 cash back or $25 credit on starter kits until the end of January, so it's a good month to get going. If you're looking to get started with oils, definitely hit up Haley! And as a little treat, I'm sending a bottle of Thieves to one lucky reader, just comment below and I'll choose a winner next week!

40 comments :

  1. Oooh if there's any chance that Thieves can help with a pregnancy migraine, just go ahead and send that bottle my way ;)

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  2. I use a lot of oils, but one of my favorite tricks is to use them as a natural alternative to dryer sheets. Put a few drops of oil on a damp cloth and toss into the dryer with your clothes. They smell heavenly!!!

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  3. I got my diffuser from a local vitamin store - I think it was $10 - and plugs straight into the outlet!

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  4. Leomon gets just about any stain out of laundry :) especially grease stains that got put through the dryer. Not that I've had to use that tip though ;) lol

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    1. So excited to go try this one!! Thanks!

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  5. I am clueless about oils too, but I've been meaning to try them! Thieves is the one I would start with too- everyone seems to think it's very useful.

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  6. I use oils in cleaning and add tea tree oil to laundry sometimes.

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  7. I have three bottles of oils and really want to get a diffuser. Ill go check out Haley!

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  8. My favorite oil is lavender! It's safe for everyone (babies and pregnant mamas) so I've read. I diffuse it around fussy babies and nearby when I have a cold. Put some directly on my wrist when I had tendinitis and it felt so much better by morning! Second favorite oils are lemon and tea tree for cleaning. Frankincense smells beautiful and is great for your skin.

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  9. Pretty much my only essential oil I use is tea tree oil in my cloth wipes solution to keep them from mildewing (ask me how that worked while we were gone for Christmas!). Also, I detest kale except in soup. You really should give the dry shampoo thing a whirl, though. It's kind of amazing.

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  10. I don't know anything about essential oils...but would love to win the Thieves one to start my adventure in this phenomenon! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

    sheilathabet@gmail.com

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  11. I use oils, but I'd classify myself as the overly cautious user since I always seem to be pregnant, nursing, or around an under 2 year old (or some combo of those), and certain oils aren't super safe for each of those scenarios. So I've only ever tried Thieves, lemon, orange, lavender, and tea tree. I use several of them to clean with, and I love diffusing Thieves- half for the smell and half for the killing of the germs. ;)

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  12. Oooh, I've been wanting to get adventurous and try diffusing some oils, particularly Thieves, in the hopes of staving off some illness this winter. But I've been afraid to pull the trigger (and spend the money, because we are also poor.) :) A free bottle would be wonderful!

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  13. I've never used oils either, but they look interesting! I honestly can't believe you haven't watched Frozen yet, that's one of the downsides to traditional schooling, you can't keep anything like that hidden from my kids. Keep on keeping on, Hahn family :)

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  14. I have a difffuser, but do not have Thieves yet. I loved reading your name consultation! Curiosity killed the cat but when are you finding out the gender? So exciting!

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  15. You remind me of me! Well, except for the Frozen and smart phone bits. Both are favorites around here. But, yes, no uncrunchy. I'm interested in oils, though. I just haven't been ready to commit financially yet.

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  16. I think we managed to hold off on Frozen for a year or so before the kids finally watched it... once. I blame all of Grace's little school friends for her obsession. Also the fact that you still have a flip phone kind of makes me love you even more. Is that weird? haha

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  17. Ooo such a nice giveaway! I used peppermint for headaches until mine ran out -- a dab behind the ears and on the temples and POOF my headaches were gone. (And that was the cheap-o version I can't even remember where it went.)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I just realized I put peppermint when I meant LAVENDER. Not peppermint for headaches, lavender. Mom brain!

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  18. I've only tried peppermint and lavender but have just had okay results when using them- I was secretly hoping for some amazing healing result like I've heard about. ;) But I've been wanting to give Thieves a try!

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  19. I am a YL user, but unfortunately I'm very sensitive to smells and even burning most of them makes me extremely nauseous. My go-to scents: lemon, peppermint, and Thieves. :)

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  20. I love reading your rambling posts. A note on the trendiness of dry shampoo. My mom the nurse said they used it on patients with a bed bath in the 70s,so you could be retro trendy. I have three oils. Peppermint I put on a kleenex and inhale when I have a stuffy nose. Eucalyptus we put in a small simple humidifier when the baby is sick like right now, and lemon that I put in a pot of boiling water on the stove when I've cooked bacon or the kitchen is otherwise smelling weird but I don't have time to investigate. I would give theives a try as a cleaning product.

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  21. I like to add lemon to my vinegar/water cleaning solution for mopping the floor. It removes the odor of the vinegar.

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  22. Baby girl names terrify me. I don't know what we're going to do if/when we have a girl. Good luck with the naming! As for the essential oils, I've just been getting my toes wet. Peppermint has been good for headaches. I haven't tried Thieves yet. Everyone talks about it like it's pure magic though.

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  23. I've only used lavender and clove and have loved them! Interested in a starter kit but it's just not in the budget. Thanks for blogging, I love reading :)

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  24. congrats on number five!! what a great giveaway!! i am also an essential oils newbie, but i am trying frankincense mixed with cream on my face, especially my eyes. because... thirties :):). thank you, anna!! analise (analise dot hess at gmail -- ignore that old blog that is listed in my profile!)

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  25. I love lavender, lemon, and peppermint. But I usually can't afford oils

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  26. Thieves is awesome (I'm currently out, thanks for the giveaway), I recall using it the first time when my youngest was one month old and his 3 year old sister came down with croup! I was convinced he would catch it (they slept in the same room) but diffusing thieves in the room appeared to save the day. Also I sip tea with lemon in it when I feel a sore throat coming on and it always seems to do the trick. Don't feel bad about the homeschooling, most moms I know get a slow start in January. Should I admit that my hubby and I just got rid of our flip phones and got a texting plan a little over a year ago? Our high school children forced us on the technology train...ya'll have plenty of time.

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  27. I'm fairly "oily" and even though I'm a deep believer in medicine, I love using oils as a first line of defense...which turns out we don't have to go the dr. much at all! Thieves is great in staving off sickness (I apply diluted to little ones' feet and back of the neck), and when I'm starting to feel something come on, hot tea with a drop or two or straight to the back of the throat does AMAZING things (I think I "cured" at least 2 bouts of strep/bad sore throats with just a few uses of Thieves). For runny noses/allergies, diffusing lavender/lemon/peppermint is magic! I'll also diffuse eucalyptus/peppermint when little ones are stuffy while they sleep.

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  28. I've always wanted to try Thieves! I'd love something to help my headaches. The only essential oils I use are on my feet after I walk and it works amazing!
    mrsbrockavich48 (at)gmail (dot)com

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  29. I've always wanted to try Thieves! I'd love something to help my headaches. The only essential oils I use are on my feet after I walk and it works amazing!
    mrsbrockavich48 (at)gmail (dot)com

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  30. I would love to try this oil - thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. My kids seem to be constantly sick this winter, so I'd love to give Thieves a try. Particularly on Sundays when they are around those germy kids at church ;)

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  32. hahahah....i'm glad i'm not the only one with an aversion to all things trendy. #basicphone forever (though mine isn't cool enough to be a flip one :p). my hubby got me some peppermint essential oil from a different oil company for christmas and i must say i really like it. i get nauseous a lot and he gets headaches a lot and by rubbing it on my belly or his temples its helped us both. essential oils are one trendy thing i'm willing to embrace ;) so i'd love to try out thieves -- and a different essential oil company. all the 'starter kits' are wayyyyyyy expensive so it'd be nice to try a few different companies before committing to one if i ever decide to!

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  33. We diffuse lavender and orange in our house. Supposedly the orange helps clean the air or some such. We're all sick here today, so we're diffusing the orange because I'll try anything to get well!!!

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  34. I SO want to get into the oils thing but it seemed best to put things off until after baby arrives for fear of harming the little one in-utero. I'd love to have that Thieves to get me started. :)

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  35. Great giveaway! Thanks, Ana. I was just at a Christmas party (well, before Christmas, obviously - because no one in this culture seems to understand that Christmas lasts 12 days. But I digress). Anyway, there was a lady at the party raving about Thieves, and saying I needed to get with the times and use it to keep the nasty recurrent cough away from my children for good. So this giveaway is perfectly timed.

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