Essential Oil Blends for Babies.

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Essential oils are gaining momentum among those who lean towards alternative health options as well as among traditional doctors. I am so excited to hear about more practitioners of western medicine who are working with their patients to find natural health options. The great thing about essential oils is that they are wonderful for the whole family because people of any age can benefit from them. That’s one reason why they make a perfect baby shower gift!

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I am part of an amazing community of women who rally and support one another like nothing I have ever seen. This Baby of Mine is a virtual shower for our dear friend Amy of This Heart of Mine. We wanted to shower her with love and congratulations on her newest addition even though we live all over the country. Our posts are full of great ideas for sending love and help to a friend with a new baby, even when you live far away. I wanted to send Amy a few ready-made essential oil blends that she could use for common newborn problems, as well as a blend for her. I decided on these three roller bottle blends to start…

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The Happy Mama blend is a combination of dōTERRA’s Serenity and Balance blends. It smells divine! These two blends together are so grounding and calming. If you’ve had a newborn you know that sometimes you just want to throw in the towel. While babies are a gift, to be sure, they are also a whole lot of work and completely exhausting. I hope this blend makes Amy feel like she is doing something special for herself, just by applying it to her wrists or the back of her neck and smelling the wonderful aroma.

The Happy Ears blend is for baby’s earache. It’s a combination of lavender and melaleuca oils, mixed with fractionated coconut oil. It is to be rolled on behind the ears, where you would see a hearing aid. It can help provide relief from ear pain.

The Happy Baby blend is a bedtime massage blend. It is made of lavender and roman chamomile, mixed with fractionated coconut oil, and can be used to give baby a relaxing massage before bedtime.

The Happy Bum Blend pictured in the top photo is great for, you guessed it, diaper rash! It is made with Aloe juice, lavender and melaleuca oils, and fractionated coconut oil. I love that it’s a spray. As a spray it’s not necessary to touch skin that is already tender because of diaper rash. The melaleuca is anti-fungal which is a big win when you are dealing with a moist, warm environment like a diaper is at times.

I cannot wait to send these off to Amy and her precious new baby! I’m including a bar of dōTERRA’s Citrus Bliss soap for her as well…just for her. It smells so lovely and the perfect pick me up scent in the mornings. Or afternoons…you know how it is as a mom of a newborn. You take a shower whenever you can get one, right?

*All of the oils used in these blends are certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils from dōTERRA. These are the oils that I trust on my family’s skin and diffuse into the air that we breathe. They are amazing, which is why I love to share them with friends! I know Amy’s going to love them because she can trust that they are safe to use on her baby’s tender skin. I used only oils that are safe for babies and I used recommended dilution rates, as recommended by certified aromatherapists.

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See what all of the other guests have put together for the This Baby of Mine Virtual Baby Shower. All of these are great ideas for the new moms in your life!



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How to Get a Stitch Fix That You LOVE!

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Have you heard of Stitch Fix? I LOVE it! I get so excited when I get an email that my next Stitch Fix box has shipped, don’t you?

If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix here it is in a nutshell:

Stitch Fix is a personal shopping service that delivers to your doorstep. Sign up online at Stitchfix.com and fill out the style profile. You are assigned a stylist who will look at your profile and choose five pieces of clothing and/or accessories that they think you will love, based on your profile. You are charged a $20 styling fee that covers this service as well as shipping both ways. You get your box, try on the items, and decide which you want to keep. Your $20 styling fee is applied to your total, and if you keep all five pieces you get a 20% discount, which is a great deal!

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Obviously, you hope to love what you find in your box. It’s kind of like Christmas opening it up and discovering what is inside. It’s so much fun… such a treat!

I have a few tips to ensure that you will love what arrives in your Stitch Fix shipment…

1) Create a Pinterest board.

I HIGHLY recommend that you do this. When I finally created a Pinterest board specifically for my Stitch Fix stylist to look at it made a big difference in my love for Stitch Fix. Before the Pinterest board it was very hit or miss. Even though I had filled out the style profile to the best of my ability I did not feel like it truly captured what my personal style was, but rather what it wasn’t, if that makes any sense. I would get a box and think, “Meh”. Once I started pinning things that I loved I saw my style reflected much more accurately in my shipments and I was sooooo happy! So, my advice is to create a board and name it “Stitch Fix Style” or something like that. There’s a place in your style profile to link your Pinterest board and other social media accounts too… use those! You can follow my board at Jenny Yarbrough/Stitch Fix Style.

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2) Write your stylist a note.

Before you’re box ships you will always get an email letting you know that it’s shipping soon and allowing you the opportunity to send your stylist a note with any last minute requests. Take advantage of this to let your stylist know if there’s anything that you would love to see in your box… or if there’s anything that you really don’t need at the moment. This month I forgot to let my stylist know that I had just bought a new pair of my favorite jeans, so I didn’t need to see any in my shipment. Lo and behold there was a pair of jeans in my box. They were great and they fit, but I don’t need another pair of jeans, so back they went.

Stitch Fix note

3) Request a stylist.

Every shipment that you get comes with a note from the stylist who put it together for you. If you get a stylist who gets your style then request them again! It’s great to have a relationship with your stylist.

Stitch Fix is a fun and easy way to shop. It’s convenient, they have a great selection of clothing that spans many styles (including maternity and petite), and they really pay attention to what the customer wants. If you haven’t scheduled a box then what are you waiting for? Follow my tips for getting a great box and go for it! Sign up and schedule your Stitch Fix today!

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How to Create a Video Collage with Music.

Last week Abby and I participated in the Lyme Disease Challenge, which just so happens to be going on through the whole month of March. It’s a campaign to increase awareness around the this terrible disease that devastates so many lives and raise funds for more research, better testing, and more effective treatments. If you haven’t taken part in the challenge and donated, I urge you to do it today!

The challenge is to take a bite out of a lime, post a picture or a video of yourself doing just that, include a fact about Lyme disease, link to www.lymediseasechallenge.org, and make a donation. So, Abby and I recorded each other taking the challenge and I made a fun collage to post to Instagram. Here’s how it turned out. Just click play to start the loop and click the image to stop play.

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I really love the way it turned out, with it’s modern Brady Bunch feel. It was really easy to create right on my iPhone 5, and I had some people ask how it was done, so I thought I’d share it here.

Here’s how to create a video collage on your iPhone…

1. Record your videos on your iPhone.

2. Take screen shots of the images that you want to use in the boxes that will not be filled with video. Crop them down to square sized images in an app called Afterlight. (I love this app… use it on a daily basis to filter, crop, and frame all of my images.) Save them to your camera roll.

3. Go into the PicFrame app and choose the foursquare collage, click on each square separately and place your images and videos from your camera roll.

How To Make a Video Collage

Save the entire collage to your camera roll when you are done.

4. The last thing to do is to add music to your collage. Go into the PicPlayPost app and chose the single square layout since you now have one single collage image.

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5. Choose music, then add music. You now have the option of buying music or using your own music that you have already downloaded to your phone. You can choose whether to loop it for the entire video or not.

How To Make a Video Collage

6. Touch your image and touch the preview button at the bottom right of the screen to preview your video. If you love it, then touch the share button to save it to your camera roll or share it!

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How To make a video collage

That’s all there is to it! Have fun with it and let me know how it goes in the comments!