for the love of the world

ryan’s mom is great at sending the kids postcards.

most recently, she sent a postcard to lorelai with a beautiful poem.

yesterday, lorelai drew a fabulous self portrait with rainy and hobbes.

i felt like the poem and the self portrait belonged together.

for the love of the world

home is…kids artwork.

all natural allergy relief

i know many of you are still under a blanket of snow and freezing temperatures, but in the beautiful pacific northwest we are dealing with this…

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and this…

spring allergies 2

and this…

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which means…

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seasonal allergies!

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this year we hope to set aside all of the OTC allergy medicine by using essential oils to fight our seasonal sniffles and scratches.

currently, we are diffusing these oils each day in the home diffuser…all of which we received in our premium starter kit.

you can find out more about how to do the same here.

home is…allergy relief, naturally..

why i pin a pillowcase up on the wall

in november we finally got around to painting our bedroom.

a long overdue home project.

we painted it the same white that we have been using throughout our home. it all started when i got the crazy itch to paint the walls in our kitchen, that then turned into the cabinets, that then turned into the hall, that then turned into the entry, playroom, and upstairs hall.

each time i painted, i also got crazy hives on my hands…a reaction i have had all my life when my body doesn’t get along with something well.

painful welts that itched and burned…on the palms of my hands, between my fingers and up and down my fingers! it hurt to do anything with my hands, and nothing would help except to not paint again.

i wore gloves, and i would still get hives.

needless to say, i wanted to get the bedroom painted as quickly as possible and be done with the paint.

once the room was done, we also got rid of our bulky headboard. so, our bed was (and is now) pushed up against the freshly painted wall.

well, all of my hives eventually settled down except for the pinky finger on my left hand and the ring and pinky finger on my right hand.

i thought it was bug bites.

i thought my skin was just dry from the cold dry december we were having.

i tried benadryl.

i tried steroid cream.

i tried antibiotic cream.

i tried extra moisturizer.

nothing worked.

this all started in november and lasted until sometime in january when i finally figured out.

one saturday morning my hands were hurting and i took some benadryl and went back up to bed.

i’m a stomach sleeper and put my arm under my pillow. when i did this, my hand touched the freshly painted wall.

my left pinky rubbed against the wall when i faced right and my right pinky and ring finger rubbed against the wall when i faced left.

exactly where my hives were.

the paint.

even the DRY paint was giving me the same hives that i got each time i painted a new room in our home.

the thing is, when we first moved into this house i made sure to use low-voc or no-voc paint. i cared about what we were breathing in…i didn’t want our babies breathing in toxic fumes.

8 years later, i just wanted to slap up paint that would stick…and be easy. so, i chose a paint with the primer…talk about lots of chemicals. {i’m not going to get into which paint, because i don’t even know WHAT chemical i react to}

it’s no wonder that my hands were reacting WHEN i was painting, but when i realized that it was still causing a reaction, just from contact, when it was DRY.

wow.

and, what about all the off-gasing that has been happening in our home for the last two years?!

ugh.

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so, now i pin a pillowcase up on the wall until we figure out our headboard situation.

the timing worked out great, and my young living premium starter kit showed up at the end of december. i have been diving into all of the uses for them…including detoxing our home.

i am back in the game as far as “green” interiors are concerned. thrifting, reuse, recycled and  sustainable materials are all back on the plate. and i will be sharing information about them here.

we don’t have a lot of control over things in this world, but we DO have control over what happens in our homes.

let’s keep them healthy.

i can’t wait to share more of this journey with you.

home is…taking control of the health of your home.

{everyday oils} purification

i began this journey with essential oils just over 6 weeks ago. while researching what oils to buy i came across rebecca’s blog. she wrote a great series (you can find it here) about how she chose young living essential oils. essentially {pun intended}, she did all the research that i just did not have the patience to do.

while i am still new to using them and have lots and lots to learn, i am going to share with you how i am using them every day in our home.

each of the oils that i will share about comes in the premium starter kit which is how i started my journey with young living essential oils.

today, i am going to briefly share about…
purification

in the diffuser: with two dogs and a cat in the house it doesn’t hurt to clean the air and neutralize odors. this was the first oil that i put into our diffuser when i received our premium starter kit.

in the vacuum: yesterday, i put a few drops on a couple of cotton balls and dropped them into a new vacuum cleaner bag. it was so pleasant to vacuum. who doesn’t want to make chores more pleasant to do?!

in the laundry: i add a drop of purification to my laundry detergent each time i do a load of laundry (which, if you ask my husband, is not often enough). we use “free and clear” laundry detergent now, but i  am interested in learning how to make our own eventually!

i am sure this is just the beginning of the uses for this essential oil blend! i look forward to learning more and sharing with you as i do.

if you are interested in learning more about young living essential oils email me at young living (at) stephanytaddeo (dot) com or visit my facebook page young living by stephany.

home is…purification.

*i am not a medical professional, and can not treat, cure or diagnose you. always consult a doctor first. more than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first. we are our own advocate.

hippie at heart

when i first started this blog…actually, it was another blog, that turned into another blog, that turned into this blog, but i digress…

when i first started blogging it was because i missed my job in interior design and wanted to keep my feet in the world of design…particularly green design.

recently, my husband mentioned to my daughter that i was a hippie (he actually said that i am “37.5% hippie”). i responded to him that i have been thinking the same thing lately.

you see, i’ve always been a hippie at heart. born in boulder, colorado in 1975, it was bound to happen.

i went college in boulder in the 90’s and received a bachelors degree in environmental studies. it boggles my mind that some of the information that is FINALLY becoming mainstream (facts about GMOs, plastics, organic food, etc) are what we were studying 20 years ago in my classes, but it was considered extremist back then.

i ended up going back to school in 2000 to earn a degree in interior design. when i graduated in 2003 my final project was focused on residential green design.

at any rate, green design is in my hippie blood, and it’s here to stay.

i have some stories to share and some learning to do, so i’m going to do it here.

first, i am working on earning my Green Classroom Certificate. i spend a lot of time in my kids classrooms and would love to be a able to help educate the teachers and staff on how they can make the classrooms environmentally safe for our children.

second, i will be working on becoming a REGREEN Trained Professional. this is where i hope to focus my business in the future (when both kids are in school this fall). i am excited about this program and hope to share more information as i go through it.

third, i have recently become an independent distributor for young living essential oils. the chemicals in our environment and that we put into our body can wreak havoc on our health…mentally and physically. i hope to implement essential oils into every aspect of my daily life and share with you in the journey. if you are interested in more information please contact me at youngliving (at) stephanytaddeo (dot) com.

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i am excited to get back to my roots…what i am passionate about. and, you can be sure there will be more creating and thrifting involved in this journey…both are integral parts of my green living.

home is…living green.