reset mode

this month i am putting myself into reset mode.

my post last week about a peek inside my introvert heart got me to thinking.

and reading.

and resting.

and reseting.

here’s the thing, i’ve known for at least a year, when i first started reading quiet (on my father in laws recommendation) that i am an introvert, but until recently i didn’t understand how that affected me…especially while being a mom.

people who know me, even my own parents, might think, “an introvert? no way!”

i’m not socially awkward, which most people think of when they think of an introvert.

the truth of the matter is that introverts can be just fine in social situations, have many friends,  like entertaining, and even like public speaking!

however, like i said in last weeks post, i have learned that when i get too much of a good thing and i am wiped out.

what i have realized through reading about introverts the last week is that being a parent and being an introvert can be very draining. it makes sense to me now.

as much as i love being a stay at home mom, being “on” from the moment i wake up until the moment the kids finally go to sleep is exhausting.

it’s exhausting for anybody, really, but for somebody who needs quiet and alone time to recharge it is really difficult.

i want to do everything…

go on a date with my husband.

volunteer in the kids classes.

go for runs with the dogs.

meet friends for coffee.

take a yoga class.

entertain on the weekend.

write a blog post {or two or three}.

got to all the kids activities.

read a book.

meet friends for dinner or drinks.

create something pretty.

have play dates with the kids friends.

and, sometimes i make it all happen, but when i do i take a big hit.

not only do i take a big hit, but my husband and kids take a big hit. i get cranky, i get sick, and i need more time than i should to reset.

i am taking this month to really go into reset mode.

i am going to do things that are good for me and, in turn, good for my family.

i’m also going to write more about this because it feels good to get it out there.

home is…30 days to reset.

a peek inside my introvert heart

yesterday, i crashed.

actually, it was a spiral downhill starting on tuesday.

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i love entertaining.

i love my family and my friends.

but when i get too much of a good thing it leaves me exhausted.

my sister-in-law and i talked about it on monday evening.

we talked about how i am an introvert, and as much as i love to entertain and be around MY people, i crave time alone.

and, when i have too much time being “on”, i crash.

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i crave silence.

any bit of noise yesterday and tuesday shot right to my raw nerves.

my throat got sore, my body ached, but most of all, my mind needed quiet.

i slept all day yesterday.

the sleep was needed…the quiet was needed even more.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.49.56 AMtoday, the noise isn’t so loud.

today, the to do list isn’t so daunting.

today, i will continue to recognize my need to recharge.

a year and a half ago, i began to read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking after my father-in-law recommended it to me.

i picked it up off my nightstand last night and am determined to finish it.

are you an introvert or an extrovert?

home is…life as an introvert.

march madness

the adorable bunny garland below {i know it’s blurry in the photo…but it is awesome}, my friend kelly made it. she has an etsy shop and you should go check it out! {she also made some awesome tooth fairy pillows that the kids LOVE}
IMG_9380 we are looking forward to a visit from my parents over spring break…hoping we get some dry weather for some fun adventures! IMG_9333 these monkeys sit in a tree in our neighborhood. no, they are not real. someday, it would be interesting to find out the story behind why they are there. IMG_9336 the grass is free, trees are getting leaves, and flowers are blooming! IMG_9362 baby girl loves her puppies. IMG_9368 i was privileged to sew a special birthday shirt for a little boy who turned one year old yesterday. {you can see more about the baby shower i co-hosted for him here} IMG_9398 the little guy started baseball this month…single a baseball. this year he will also play lacrosse…he’ll have to pick one spring sport eventually. IMG_9424 i made lip balm with organic coconut oil,  organic beeswax, and young living essential oils. i made 21 tubes…and still have tons of supplies (beeswax and coconut oil) leftover to make more! thinking i might host a “make and take”  with young living products at my house…anybody local interested?! IMG_9449 rainbow definitely adds a lot to our lives…fun and messes! she is the first to wake up every morning and when she hears the kids voices she races up the stairs whining for them. she adores these kids…and they adore her. it is so awesome to think that she will be the dog that they grow up with.  IMG_9477 ryan brought home jelly beans, and i thought they looked pretty in my vintage chicken bowl. IMG_9496 baby girl and i set up an elaborate leprechaun trap the other night, but he was a sneaky leprechaun… IMG_9497 he tried to get away with the gold, played with the play dough we left, and brought the bunny and turtle into the trap with him! IMG_9498 he also made himself some hot chocolate! IMG_9499 we made a ladder out of xylophones…we figured he would like the rainbows and think there was gold at the end! IMG_9500 he did leave breakfast and goodies for the kiddos, though! we hope to get to the coast, mt. hood, and the tulip farm next week! stay tuned… home is…an update with blurry photos from my iPhone.

home is essential

Living a healthy lifestyle is important to our family. Eating healthy foods and exercising are big parts of our routine. We are pretty careful about what we put into our bodies, meaning we eat organic, try not to eat too many processed foods, and stay away from too much alcohol and sugar.

Over the last 10 years I have been on and off of different antidepressant/anxiety medication. Although they have helped when I have needed them, I no longer want or feel the need to be putting the man made chemical concoctions into my body. So, I am tapering off of my medication with the guidance of my doctor and looking forward to moving forward without them!

home is essential

This decision, along with reading about essential oils all over the place, led me to give essential oils a try. Not only to help with the transition off of prescription medications, but also as a way to increase the health of our family and home as a whole.

In the last two months, I have almost completely depleted all of the oils that came in the premium starter kit that I ordered to become a young living wholesale member. I use them everyday in our home…that’s probably why they call them the “everyday oils”!

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Do you see anything these oils could help you with everyday?!

This is just a short list of how i use ours…

  • I turn on the diffuser in our kitchen first thing every morning…using Purification, Thieves or Stress Away.
  • I use Frankincense and Lavender everyday in a face cream that I mixed up with some coconut oil.
  • Lemon (or grapefruit, which I ordered separately from my premium starter kit) goes into my water all day, everyday.
  • Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender are used together in a roll on for on the go seasonal allergy relief.
  • We call Valor our “brave” oil when the kids are feeling a little scared.
  • And, Joy goes on my heart every morning.

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I also purchased the Thieves household cleaner when a friend asked if she could purchase some through me. I use it all over the house and love the fresh smell and knowing that chemicals are not cleaning our home.

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That being said, I just purchased a second premium starter kit to replenish our supply. It was a “no brainer” to me. Seriously, the $150 investment was totally worth it the first time…and now I will have a second diffuser!

I’m not saying that everybody who purchases a premium starter kit will need to buy a new one every two months. I shared a lot of the oils with friends, and experimented right away with all of the oils. I wanted to dive in head first and see how they would fit into our everyday lives.

What I AM saying is that I found found these little bottles if oil invaluable and didn’t want to wait to replace them one bottle at a time!

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Do you want to learn more?

click here

To join:

  • go to the member sign up page
  • select wholesale member (not retail customer)
  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
  • create your account, enter your personal information
  • select your starter kit (the premium starter kit, $150, is the best option)
  • welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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home is…essential.

*i am not a medical professional, and cannot 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.

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.

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.

a bright and shiny new year

It really is bright and shiny.

The sunshine is streaming through (desperately in need of a cleaning) windows in our home.

Today, the ornaments will come off of the 2014 tree, I’ll go to my first yoga class of 2015, we’ll watch football, take the puppy for a walk, and enjoy one of our last few slow days together before the chaos of getting back to school and work on Monday.

I am looking forward to the gift of this bright and shiny new year.

What makes it different from each new day we are given?

The turning of a calendar page?

The change of a number?

Perspective?

I’m not sure.

What I do know, is that I wish the best for each of you who come here to visit my little online space in this big, big world.

home is…the same, but different.