How I Keep My Kiddos Healthy!

It ain't easy, but I have TRIED to get into a routine with my kiddos! Doing so has kept them (and me!) healthy, even when winter germs abound.

And guess what you guys?? Lately, I have STUNK at our routine. And you know what happened? We all got sick for like 3 weeks. I know it's not a coincidence.

So that's why I am taking a break from our BACK TO BASICS email series to share with you my family's essential oil routine. It is not fun to be sick this time of year. In fact, being sick made me realize how wonderful it is to be healthy!! I know without a doubt that creating a consistent essential oil routine in your home WORKS because when we stopped...we got sick.

I realize that life happens and hello...we can't control that. And seriously, routine???

Even the word kind of makes me cringe!! You see...

routines...schedules...consistency...

those are NOT my forte...at ALL. In fact, I often have such lofty goals that the overwhelm keeps me from even trying. Basically...if you struggle with this too, trust me, I get it.

That's why creating a SIMPLE routine that works has been so key for me! It doesn't stress me out, it feels doable, and it keeps my kids healthy. The amazing side benefit is that I sit down, one on one, with each kiddo and focus on them...even if it's only for a minute. It's a special time to bond.

So if you've fallen out of the habit like I did, or if you've never even created an essential oil routine, here is some info just for you! I hope you love it and that it helps you just as much as it's helped me.

How I keep my kiddos healthy! Our [EASY] daily routine!

PREVENT - A Protective Blend applied daily is a fabulous preventative step. It is an essential oil blend that supports healthy immune function and smells wonderful, to boot!

What we do:

  1. Diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser in the kitchen when all of the family is gathered for breakfast or dinner. Also, diffuse a drop or two at night in the bedrooms.
  2. Place 10 drops of Protective Blend in a 10 mL roller bottle and fill to the top with carrier oil. Roll on kiddo spines and feet each day.
  3. Gargle with 1 drop at the first sign of feeling under the weather (this tip is to keep you healthy as an adult!). Kids can use an Protective Blend Beadlet or a throatdrop.

BOOST - Frankincense is such a powerful oil and is a wonderful secondary boost. In fact, it is often referred to as the "King" of all oils. Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function and when inhaled or diffused, it promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

What we do:

  1. Diffuse at bedtime - 1 drop along with any other oil. Frankincense enhances all other oils! I love it combined with Marjoram.
  2. Rub 1 drop on the bottoms of the feet at bed to boost the immune system and calm the mind.

CALM - Part of having a strong immune system is reducing stress! Did you know that stress lowers immune function? Boosting our nutrition reduces stress on the physical body, but emotional stress also plays a role in our overall health. I like to use Lavender daily on my kiddos because it so soothing. It promotes feelings of relaxation and also reduces tension. An added benefit to this is helping any anxious or nervous kiddos to feel more calm before heading to school. Do your best to limit sugar (I know...so hard this time of year!), drink lots of water, and use your calming oils!

What we do:

  1. Place 1 drop of lavender on the bottoms of each foot at night, after On Guard and Frankincense. 
  2. Use 1-2 drops in 1/2 cup of epsom salt for a calming bedtime bath.
  3. Rub on the back of the neck before leaving for school.

KEEP IT MOVING - Digestion is a huge part of staying healthy, so while this doesn't boost the immune system per se, it's a critical step in maintaining optimal health. I like to use our Digestive Blend on the tummy (rolled in a circular motion) to help support healthy digestive processes. The Digestive Blend we use is a unique blend of Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway. All of these beautiful essential oils work together to help maintain a healthy digestive tract.

What we do:

  1. Put 10 drops of Digestive Blend in a 10 mL roller bottle and fill to the top with carrier oil. Rub on the tummy around the belly button daily.

SUPPORT - Having daily nutrient support is a key part of wellness. Using a wholefood multivitamin fills in the gaps in our diet as well as supports healthy cell development and longevity when taken daily. A quality fish oil supplement supports healthy brain, cardiovascular, immune, and joint function.

What we do:

  1. Kiddos take wholefood chewable vitamins in the morning before school.
  2. At bedtime, the kids drink 1 teaspoon of wild orange flavored fish oil in a small cup with about 1 teaspoon of my homemade elderberry syrup.
  3. To keep me healthy and full of energy, I take a special trio of supplements which combines a whole food vitamin and mineral, fish oil, and antioxidants. I feel SO much better when I am consistent with these.

Additional essential oils or other supplements can be added as needed, depending on any individual support your child is needing.

If you have specific concerns or questions and want some individualized routine ideas, feel free to email me back! I have personal experience with kiddos who struggle with Autism/ADHD/Allergies as my oldest son, Max, is on the spectrum. Essential oils, nutritional support, and digestive support have been KEY for him especially.

What I outlined above is a fabulous baseline support to keep your kiddos' bodies strong all year long! This oil routine is simple, making it easy and completely doable for even the busiest families. If *I* can do this routine, you can too!


If you are ready to create your own routine with essential oils, then you will LOVE a special essential oil kit I've put together for you - I am only offering FIVE of these - and they will go QUICK.. You'll get everything you need (and more!) to start your wellness journey.

Santa is coming soon, so it's the perfect time to grab a gift!

Here's what you'll be getting:

  • My favorite diffuser!
  • My top 10 essential oils that can be used for calming, immune health, skin issues, muscle relaxation, stress, cleaning, and more. You'll get Frankincense, Peppermint, Lavender, Digestive Blend, Lemon, Protective Blend, Melaleuca, Oregano, Respiratory Blend, and Soothing Blend. I'll show you hundreds of ways to use these 10 oils.

PLUS, you'll get:

  • A surprise gift from me - think dryer balls, extra oils, natural hand lotion...etc...it's a little Christmas surprise! Each gift is valued at $40 - they are all different and I only have 5 to offer!
  • An EXTRA Frankincense...for FREE! Guys. This is $93!!! It is literally my favorite oil and I want you to have it in abundant supply so you can use it freely and see how amazing it is for yourself.
  • An essential oil guidebook so have something to reference immediately as you dive into using your oils!

Wait...there's more...you also get:

  • One on one guidance from me!! When you get your oils, we will chat on the phone and go over what you got - making sure you feel confident in knowing how to use your oils.
  • You also get access to me any time via text so I can help you whenever you need as well as access to our private community Facebook group.
  • Exclusive giveaways + free product every month for our essential oil community.

I call this kit my Medicine Cabinet Makeover Kit and it is $275 - you're saving over $200 with this offer, only available through me - and only for a limited time. The offer ends 12/31 - but remember, I only have five available and they'll go quickly!

Fill out the form below to send me an email to learn more about this offer!


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Learn more about Essential Oils from me HERE. You can also see my Natural Healing Spotlights!

5 Reasons Why I've Decided To Do Another Whole30

Well, I am dusting off the old blog!!

I remember the days where I used to blog every day...the days when I only had one kid. Haha! And I literally couldn't imagine a time where I wouldn't have the time to blog.

Well, as you have all probably noticed...that day has come. I no longer MAKE the time to write on this poor blog but I always think about it!

Thank goodness for Instagram...THAT is a pace I can keep up with as a busy mama. However, I do want to write here more. Let's call it a New Year Resolution...maybe.

Anyways. So, over the years, I have written extensively about my health journey - both here on this blog and on my Instagram.

Most of you know how much I have struggled with depression over the years. Well, once more, perhaps because of the winter season, I am fighting a bit of depression. Mostly very low energy and NO motivation to be healthy. That sucks! Especially as a health coach and as someone who is extremely conscientious about their health and loves to share that passion with others!

But it's true. I'm having a hard time eating healthy. I always feel best mentally, emotionally, and physically when I am eating really well - and I tend to feel awesome when I'm eating a Whole30 type diet, so it's been on my mind the past few months to do another one.

However, I've had to be gentle with myself because I knew I just couldn't take on that type of task yet with my depression. I am feeling well enough now that I *might* be able to handle it, which is why I am contemplating it more seriously. So I thought I'd share what that journey looks like for me and why I have decided to do yet another round of the good old Whole30.

  1. I feel REALLY good when I am on Whole30. More energy than normal. Amazing sleep. A happier mood. A clearer mind and complexion.
  2. When I have mentally committed to something, it is much easier for me to stick with it. For me, the strictness of a program like Whole30 is helpful. I am a lot less likely to fall off the bandwagon if I have a clear goal in mind.
  3. I do better when it's ALL OR NOTHING. Meaning, if I say I am going to go off of sugar but I don't really mean it and I still allow all sorts of cheats, I always end up failing. When I make a conscious decision to go off of ALL sugar, I just do better. Period.
  4. With a program like Whole30, I can commit to taking better care of myself for 30 days. My self-care goes way downhill during depressive episodes (including not even feeding myself for hours and hours at a time), so this is sort of a way to say to myself "I love you and I am willing to work hard for you." It feels like a huge sacrifice and it's actually super scary to commit to, though.
  5. I have been eating emotionally to cope with depression and I need to kick that habit...and lose the pounds I've gained in the meantime. Whole30 isn't about weight loss, but that's a nice side effect that comes with better health. I would be lying if I said I wasn't interested in losing a few pounds.

So, there you have it. Those are my thoughts - and I am sure I'll think of more the second I hit publish. I mostly just feel like I need to do this. It feels intuitive and that's what I think is most important.

Whatever you do in life, make sure it feels good and intuitive for you.

I'd like to quickly share my thoughts on some of the criticisms of Whole30:

Often times, people have a hard time transitioning back to a regular diet without guilt. I totally get this because I've been there. I think it's a journey we've all taken. I am grateful to say I have mostly been able to overcome those feelings of guilt and shame that come with eating things that are "bad' or labeled as "unhealthy." If I do a round of Whole30, and then eat some sugar or something that is not Whole30 approved, I am not for a minute going to feel bad about myself (and I'd argue, that is not what the creators of Whole30 intended)! I have worked so hard over the past few years to really approach life from a place of love and that is how I am approaching this. I am doing it because I love myself and every action I take is to show myself more love. So whether I am eating a donut or a bowl of salad, I am loveable and enough...exactly as I am in that moment.

Whole30 is not for everyone but it is something that helps me! I personally cannot stick to it for months and months at a time like some people do but once more that doesn't mean I am not enough or not doing "healthy" right. We all have to find our balance - and I am still trying to find mine. This round is part of it!

What are your thoughts? Have you done Whole30? Are you totally turned off by the idea? If you have depression, do you feel better when eating healthy too? I'd love to hear from you!


PS, I am updating my Cleanse Your Life Healing Program - so if you want to get Whole30 approved recipes, this e-book would be perfect for you! Don't buy it yet though...I am doing a sale just as soon as I get it updated and would love for you to wait for the deal <3 Stay tuned.

A New Look!

I recently sat down and completely revamped my STAY HEALTHY NATURALLY e-book and I'm so excited to share it with you!!

Not only does it have my famous Elderberry Syrup recipe in it, it also details EXACTLY what we do to stay healthy all year round.

I've got four kiddos and we rarely need to visit the doctor's office in the winter. That saves us TIME and MONEY! I show you exactly what we do in this free e-book. I know you'll love it! Click the picture to download.

xo Kami

Bringing back a favorite!!

Today I decided to post an old favorite recipe...I hope you enjoy it!

Guys, this pad thai is amaaaaaaazing!! You don't even miss the noodles. When your plate is almost entirely veggies, you know you're doing something right! 

In my family, my kiddos eat what the adults are eating. Sometimes that goes well, sometimes it doesn't. The first time I made this recipe, there were A LOT of complaints. This time, there were still a lot of complaints but my kids actually gave it a shot instead of whining! I kindly encouraged them to eat 5 bites (not just chicken, but with vegetables too) - and I admit, I might have bribed them with picking a toy out of our little prize box - and they all did it! I didn't even have to bribe my baby - he loved it and ate seconds! After 5 bites, my kids liked the meal and though they didn't finish, I was so proud of them for trying something new. It really pays off to serve your kiddos healthy food. Yes there will be complaints and yes there will be tears sometimes, but if you consistently serve them good food, they will come to like it. It is said that food has to be introduced over 15 times for it to be accepted - I have found that to be true! Just keep trying! I've wrote some of my thoughts about feeding kids healthy food HERE. And to see one of my recent motherhood "HOORAY!" moments, see HERE.

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Paleo Pad Thai

5 medium zucchini or squash
Real salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups grated carrots
4 green onions, sliced
2-3 precooked chicken breasts, sliced
1/4 cup peanuts, toasted*
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Peel and spiralize the zucchini, then place in a strainer in the sink, sprinkle with a moderate amount of Real salt, and let sit for 20 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water with paper towels and set aside.

Make the sauce by combining the honey, coconut aminos, fish sauce, cayenne, lime juice, garlic, and chicken stock in a small bowl.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add coconut oil and beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs until cooked but still moist. Next add the carrots and green onions. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken breasts and sauce, then stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes and let the liquid reduce slightly. Stir in the spiralized zucchini noodles and cook for 1 minute. Remove promptly from heat.

Serve on plates and top with peanuts and cilantro. Enjoy!

*Omit peanuts for strict Paleo. You can choose to replace the peanuts with cashews, or just go without nuts.

Announcing!

It's time to announce our next free educational email series...I am SO excited about it!!

Raise your hand if you're one tired mama after this summer?! (*raises hand*)

Well in this next 3-part series, we are going to learn some quick ways that we can rejuvenate as mothers. Self-care doesn't come easy to me which is why it's had to become such a focus! I am excited to share some of the things that help me to nourish, soothe, and replenish when I'm weary.

This series will begin on August 18th - so be sure to watch for the first email! All you have to do receive it is click the link below to sign up. If you signed up for the Back to School series in July, you are already on the list and good to go!!

Can't wait to learn together!

xo Kami

My Journey

Disclaimer - I am not an expert on health and nutrition. I'm just a mom doing what's best for my family and our situation. As life changes and new experiences arise, my views change and evolve. My thoughts and advice should not be viewed as medical advice. 

My journey to real and whole foods is probably similar to yours and perhaps different in some ways too. Many people take baby steps as they move towards a more unprocessed diet, but because of our circumstances, we kind of dove right in! Looking back, it fits well with my personality because I'm kind of an "all or nothin'" kind of girl. Within about four months, we moved from a standard american diet to gluten free, whole foods, non-toxic, natural, etc. Here's our story.

In July 2009, my 15 month old son suffered two grand-mal seizures of an unknown cause. It was quite a terrible experience. We moved on, accepting that it was probably just a "fluke" and hoped for the best. In April 2010, he suffered another (his third) grand-mal seizure. This time I went to work. I did not accept that he would need to be put on anti-seizure medication for time the being (per his former neurologist's recommendation) and wanted to find another way. He had symptoms of food intolerances and candida (frequent loose, grainy stools, constant diaper rash, etc), so I researched and began digging to see if I could find any links. Although the evidence is not strong, there are some links between food intolerances/allergies and seizures. In April 2010, we decided to remove gluten from his diet upon the recommendation of a Naturopathic physician. It was overwhelming and difficult at first, and I still have my moments of wishing he could be like every other child, but it is now a way of life for him. In August 2010, we noticed that he was constantly itching his hips and back after we took his diaper off. He was always red and bumpy and appeared to have hives on most days. My motherly intuition (based on what I had previously studied and learned) told me it had to be linked to food. I took a look at the things he liked most - usually allergies are things you really love, because they act as opiates to your brain - and I decided to try removing corn from his diet. The moment corn was removed from his diet, the hives disappeared. It is sad that he can no longer enjoy his favorite snacks like home cooked popcorn, but it is wonderful to see that he is no longer itching and covered in hives! We had him officially tested by an Allergist in May 2011 and discovered that he was allergic to 15 of the 19 foods he was tested for, including many of the gluten free grains he was eating. This confirmed my suspicions of him dealing with a leaky gut and led us down the path towards doing all we can to healing his little gut. In May 2011, Max was diagnosed with a moderate receptive and expressive language delay. In September 2011, he was diagnosed with dyspraxia. Attending a special needs preschool and receiving speech therapy has been so helpful for his communication. He is still delayed and has a lot of trouble expressing more than just routine things. Recounting stories or events and emotions are difficult for him. I haven't written much about it but we did NAET allergy treatments in the summer of 2011 for Max and had mild results. In December 2013, Max was diagnosed with high functioning Autism. He attended a full time Montessori kindergarten, did homeschool, and currently attends a school designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Hopefully with some accommodations and social/behavioral instruction, he will be able to be successful in school, not only academically but socially too. He is extremely smart but his behavioral difficulties can make focusing hard. 

These experiences with my son led me to begin seeking knowledge about health and nutrition. Seeing his digestive problems and hives go away immediately upon removing allergens from his diet taught me how closely our bodies are linked to the food we're eating. As I seek to heal my son, I find myself craving knowledge. Knowledge is power and I truly feel that I have been empowered as a mother as I have learned more about nutrition. I hope that the changes I have made in my family's life will continue to benefit all of us, especially my son. I do not know what the future holds for him - and I pray that the days of having seizures are long gone, but I find comfort in the fact that I know I am doing my absolute best to ensure that his body is getting the nutrition it needs to function at it's best.

(Update: As of 2016, he has been seizure free for SIX years!!!).

The birth of my daughter Maude kind of kick-started my journey into the natural health world - we began using non-toxic household products and started looking at life in a more holistic way. She was a big catalyst for the changes we made in our life.

I began having severe abdominal and digestive upset in January 2011 and decided to cut out gluten in July 2011. My digestive upset disappeared with the removal of gluten. So did my life long joint paint. My depression also improved, but is like a roller coaster and sort of ebbs and flows. You can read about my experiences with depression here. In December 2012, I began seeing a chiropractor who used NMT techniques to help with my fatigue, allergies, depression, and anxiety. I had good results from that. I am also doing some emotional work which has helped me tremendously. I have dealt with chronic fatigue most of my adult life (beginning in my teens) and it worsened after the birth of my third baby. Sticking to a strict diet seems to alleviate my symptoms but not all the way. I am still on my journey of figuring out the chronic fatigue.

My daughters also experience issues related to food allergies/intolerances. Maude gets eczema from wheat and dairy products as well as constipation. Olive is severely allergic to eggs and gets eczema from dairy products - UPDATE: My sweet Olive has grown out of her egg allergy and is now able to tolerate them in baked goods, but does not like to eat them plain. My baby Walter is also sensitive to dairy (including raw).

In August 2011, we began the GAPS diet as a family. My children and I followed the diet strictly for nine months and then resumed eating a gluten and mostly dairy free diet because of some big life changes (an out of state move). I journaled the first part of the diet here, if you are considering starting the diet and would like to read about it. We saw good results on that diet. We also did an anti-candida diet in April/May 2013, which I journaled about here. We are currently gluten, dairy, corn, soy, egg, and refined sugar free (and always food dye free). It is challenging but with the help of the internet, it's doable. For a long time, there wasn't a second of the day that goes by that I wasn't thinking about how we can heal our allergies so that we can tolerate a wider range of foods. I have now come into a place of acceptance and while I'm still actively seeking to heal and obtain optimal health, I have peace about where we are.

My philosophy on food and natural living is pretty simple. I want to eat food that is in its natural form, as close to the way God made it as possible. I want it to be clean and free of pesticides and other additives. I want it to be nutrient dense, so that it nourishes my body and gives me the energy I need to sustain myself. I want to live a non-toxic life so that I don't pollute my body, my children's bodies, or my earth with harmful chemicals. I want to do better at taking care of this beautiful body I've been blessed to receive and be a good steward over this gorgeous earth which I get to inhabit.

Besides living an allergy free life out of necessity, I don't fuss over labels...I am not vegan, primal, vegetarian...etc. I simply strive to eat nutrient dense, whole foods, with lots of plants involved.

I'd love to hear about you! If you've decided to pursue a healthier lifestyle, what led to that decision?

Ooey Gooey Hazelnut Brownie Bites

Today I am bringing back a post from a year ago - these delicious brownie bites! I love making these because they're nutrient dense and so yummy - truly a wonderful little treat to enjoy.


Craving a sugary treat? Make these instead. They are packed with goodness! Your taste buds (and let's face it, the rest of your body) will thank you.

Ooey Gooey Hazelnut Brownie Bites
(Makes about 50 bites)

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup almonds
Pinch of real salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups pitted dates*
2/3 cup raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons vanilla (no sugar)
Water

Put the nuts and salt in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely broken down. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend, adding drops of water as needed to make the mixture come together. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat baking mat or parchment paper and scoop into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or serve immediately. You'll be happy either way! 

*Add more or less dates depending on your personal sweetness preference. I am off sugar and 2 cups of dates is nearly too sweet for me. If you're regularly eating sugar, your taste buds are likely different than mine.