Essential Oils

If any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I recently became a Young Living member and ordered my own Starter Kit! These oils have seriously changed my life already and my family and I use them everyday. Since diffusing Lavender every evening around bedtime and all night long Jacob has now started sleeping through the night, every night! I am so confident that oils will change you and your families lives that I’m willing to let anyone interested sample any oil from Young Living that they may be interested in! Follow me on Instagram to see me open my monthly Essential Rewards box from Young Living and interact with my page to win giveaways and receive Young Living samples.

Click the link Young Living Sign UP

Sign up as a member to get all the benefits and to enroll in all my free oil classes!

I’m so excited for you all to start your journey to your new life of cleanliness where everything in your home is actually NON TOXIC! Young Living offers a cleaner alternative to pretty much all of my toxic household cleaners at home, it’s called thieves and one cap full of Thieves makes a 16 oz spray bottle. I use this on my countertops, floors, baby toys, laundry, carpet, shower, tub, etc. Thieves smells amazing and fresh and best of all is that all it’s made up of is essential oils! Its completely non-toxic and I’d love to send you a sample, the sample packet I’ll send you makes 2 16 oz bottles and believe me, you’ll save so much money not having to buy Clorox, Lysol, Pine sol, and all of those other toxic cleaning products I know I used for years. But as a mom once I knew better I had to do better, so when are you going to start doing better?

Love Always

Jessica

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Dreams

Hey everyone, happy Monday! I feel like I’m always apologizing for not posting enough, but it’s for good reason; I am officially enrolled in Saint Louis University School of Professional Studies. My goal is to get my Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree. For as long as I can remember I always knew I wanted a career where I helped people and came home feeling rewarded, like I made a difference. My aunt and fairy god mother, as I like to call her, worked as a social worker for many years, I would hear her talk about the sad situations she faced daily as an in home social worker and how it didn’t pay as much as she’d like. When she’d tell stories about her job as an in home social worker I wouldn’t pay any mind to the negative aspects, all I could think of were the children she helped to have a safe and happy home life. I just thought that it must feel so amazing knowing that everyday you’re making a difference in someone’s life for the better.

I’m not going to lie, this is one dream of mine that makes me nervous as well as excited! I worry that I won’t be able to handle the pressures of being a stay at home mom, housewife, home-maker, and student; it helps to know that I have friends and family who support me and are there to help me when I need it. I don’t like how long it took me to get the motivation up and go back to school, but I do like that I decided that now’s my time to shine.

I want my son to grow up and have everything that I didn’t have throughout my childhood; I feel the best way to accomplish this is to get my degree to ensure my family’s, as well as my own, future. He needs to see how important education is, and that we shouldn’t take it for granted (like I did for many years).

In all my previous posts I spoke of organizations and people that have helped my family and myself, most of the people who I’ve met with from these various groups have their degree in Social Work! Many of these women have helped me to take the plunge to further my academic career by sharing their experience, strength, and hope with me. I’m so grateful for the never ending support and help from my family and friends as I embark upon the adventure of a life-time fulfilling my “God-Sized Dream” as author Holley Gerth would say.

Holley Gerth wrote a book called “You’re Made For A God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has For You”, I was in the process of reading this book as I made the decision to apply for college. I really owe alot to Holley Gerth, if it weren’t for her books and corresponding questions for the reader to answer I may never have acted on pursuing my own personal dream.

I believe everyone has a purpose in this life, I always knew I wanted to help others and be a mother and wife. Follow me on the road to success, happiness, fulfillment, and gratitude.

Helping Hand Me Downs

I mentioned a place called Helping Hand Me Downs a couple of posts back but I never got around until now to tell you how awesome they are. A few months ago I was referred by The Crisis Nursery to Helping Hand Me Downs so I could go pick up some clothes for my son and some household items for my family. When I arrived there were two young ladies and a puppy dog in a big cage, all three were happy and in great spirits, my son Jacob was 9 months old at the time and couldn’t stop laughing at the puppy! I was greeted by a woman who took us into her office where she got some information from me then gave me some diapers, wipes, paper towels, and hand soap. After that we went back in the room with the puppy while the woman went to the back to retrieve us a bag of clothing, toys, and books for little Jacob. The women helped us out to my car with our abundance of goods and we were off!

Helping Hand Me Downs Website

Influenster

As most of you know I am the freebie queen! This past April I recieved my first Prep Vox Box from Influenster, my box contained a 10 in 1 hair perfector from Not Your Mother’s, a coffee scrub from Frank Bod, Moisturizing coconut lotion from Shea Moisture, and shoe inserts that are sooo comfy from Foot Petals! It was so easy reviewing these products and it was fun taking tons of pictures to share on social media! If you want free products sent to your door just for your honest reviews, you should really sign up for free today!

Influenster Sign Up Page

Moving Forward

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted due to life and motherhood, but I’m back! So if you actually read this blog or know anything about me you’ll know I’m constantly trying to better myself and my family, and that can be time consuming but well worth it. I’ve found many great resources and I feel by sharing them with you guys it’s helping me to spread the word and help other families. So Yay! 😊😊

For the past couple weeks I’ve also been utilizing a new resource I discovered called Family Forward. They offer in home counseling once a week for about an hour. The woman who comes to our home is named Bambi, she has a degree in counseling and is an awesome woman.

Along with bringing us many helpful items each week such as donated clothes, food, shoes, toys, books, and blankets; Bambi and I both take out our parenting handbooks, provided by Family Forward, and each appointment we’ll go over a lesson or two together. The lessons are mostly basic parenting topics new parents may find helpful. When we’re not going over a lesson together we usually talk about things such as how I want to parent, how I was raised, why I did some of the things I chose to do when I was younger, ways Jake and I can strengthen our relationship, etc. I personally find it really helpful to talk about these sometimes touchy topics with her, so far we’ve only been working together a few weeks and I already notice positive changes in my life regarding interactions with others.

This is a really good, solid, helpful, caring resource out there that I strongly encourage others to check out! I’m gonna attach a link like I usually do so it’s available to you.

Family Forward Link

Well I’m off of here for tonight but whenever I decide to post again you guys are in for a treat! I can’t wait to tell you all about a place I actually went to with little Jacob and we both loved it and came home with lots of goodies!!

Goodnight!

Jessica

Parents as Teachers

In my last post I spoke about how the Crisis Nursery was helpful to my family, and I hope some of you guys checked them out. While speaking to Kate during one of our visits she told me about a program through the Mehlville School District, the district we live in, it’s called Parents as Teachers. You don’t have to only live in that district to receive their services though. They are a non-profit organization which helps support and engage parents with their children’s learning, development and health; they work with families during home visits.

As parents we truly are our child’s first teachers so I saw this program, did some research, and realized I valued their mission statement and cause. Parents as Teachers really helps to transfer important information to parents on milestones, sleep, feeding, etc. They also do evaluations which help to identify developmental delays and health issues early on as well as make sure children succeed in elementary school. These evaluations also show that parents are more involved in their child’s schoolwork and learning after using Parents as Teachers.

Here is an infographic to show how much they’ve done to help families worldwide: Parents as Teacher Infographic 


The professional that comes to our home is Katie, she is wonderful with baby Jacob, very personable, and has worked with children for awhile now. She will occasionally bring us diapers as well which is always super helpful. I really love this program and it is open to anyone with a child who is up to 5 years old I believe. They are super flexible with scheduling home visits too. I’ll provide a link you can check them out as well.

https://parentsasteachers.org/

A Little Goes A Long Way

The first month home with baby Jacob I looked into alot of different places that I thought could offer our family assistace with helping Jake and the baby bond as well as other areas of struggle for us at the time. One of those places was The Crisis Nursery, which I had never heard of before. The Crisis Nursery offers parenting skill development, nurturing skills for families, family assessment and goal developement,all through montly home visits. Over time I’ve noticed this has helped our family get closer and better at communicating with one another.

Home visits aren’t all the Crisis Nursery offers, they also offer short term care for young children at any of their area locations, they advocate for children and families, help families through stress and crises, as well as offer empowering resources to all families.

Every month Kate, from the nursery, comes to our home and we discuss what’s been going on and things we’d like to work on or achieve as a family. She also helps out by bringing diapers, wipes, formula, toys and household items around Christmas time, and other helpful items when needed.

I encourage all new families and families going through tough times to check them out and give them a call, you’ll be happy you did.

https://www.crisisnurserykids.org/