Pregnancy loss and the recovery process.

August 1, 2018

 

I’ve tried to write this post for weeks. It is never easy to write about the hardest parts of your life. I have not had much motivation to blog at all these past few months, but it is so important to me all the same to speak out about miscarriage recovery. After I wrote about the loss of our baby, it felt like so many of you reached through your screens and came through with so much compassion, love, empathy, and understanding. I heard many of your stories. It helped me tremendously, and I will never be able to thank each of you personally the way I wish I could! A few very important people in my life also told me it was okay to take my time to grieve. If writing about what has helped me in miscarriage recovery can also help someone else walking this difficult road, it is 100 percent worth it to me. If you know someone who is going through this, I hope this post can help you understand the best ways to reach out to them as well.
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Home Organization and School Year Prep.

July 30, 2018

 

With 5 children, I have to rely on systems of organization for my own sanity! I wanted to show you a closer look on how we (attempt to) keep clutter under control, where we store things for the school year, and some of the items we use for organization.

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Introducing: The IHOD SHOP!

July 20, 2018

 

Life has been a little fast paced for the Liesemeyer family these last few years….. babies, moves, loss, job changes, school changes, and the list goes on. Although Gabe and I dreamed about opening a shop together some years ago, it was always just in the theoretical department. We kept receiving little nudges from many of you readers and friends, and when the window opened, we decided to turn it into a door and barge through. Imperfections and fears aside, we decided to launch an IHOD SHOP! We hope it can be a place that helps make your house a home, because we know just how important “home” can be. You will be able to watch it grow in phases as we add more products every month! Go ahead and have a peek:

 

VISIT THE IHOD SHOP

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The best of Amazon Prime Day

July 16, 2018

 

AMAZON PRIME DAY! We use Amazon Prime weekly around here, and we save some of our bigger home purchases for prime day! (If you don’t have a membership try the 30 day free trial and you can still take advantage of the below deals). They are flash deals with limited stock, so I hope this post can be helpful for narrowing down the best deals in different categories: Home, Electronics, Family and Kids. Many of the items are ones Gabe and I have used and loved. We will be updating it throughout the day! If there is anything you are looking for specifically, let us know and we will see what we can find….
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Summer proofing our home + Prime Day Sale

July 15, 2018

We’ve been HIVE users since the fall now, and I am pretty sure Gabe is their #1 fan. Being someone who takes pride in protecting his family, keeping the home safe, and finding ways to save money, Hive smart products make it easy to do all of that. I had him write out some additional features to the smart home products that he especially loves…

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How our family uses essential oils.

July 9, 2018

 

I’ve gotten so many requests on how our family uses essential oils, but never took the time to write it out! Finally sharing how we use them for our family on a daily and seasonal basis. There are few regulations here in the U.S. on what is allowed to be manufactured and sold in our common household and personal care products Therefore, I started a while ago to be my own health care advocate for myself and my children. Not everything is in our control, but cutting out toxins and chemicals in our lives certainly improves the quality of it. With the recent release of the study confirming the connection between Formaldehyde to Leukemia, I am convicted now more than ever of this. We need safer FDA regulations, but until then I have to actively read labels, and understand what certain ingredients mean. Formaldehyde was found in products I trusted, and it is disguised under different names. When I find companies I can trust that are committed to clean labels and transparency, I stick with them! A few being Seventh Generation, Honest, Beautycounter, Follain, Young Living, etc. Since I keep receiving requests on how I use essential oils for our family, I went ahead and wrote out this post of ways I have integrated them over the past 5 years. If you have any questions please let me know!

Why are essential oils effective?

This is something I didn’t really get when I first started using them so it was hard to find the motivation to actually use them consistently. Essential oils are the lifeblood of a plant that can be found in a plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark, or fruit. What is fascinating is that they can reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes when topically applied! They can transport nutrients, are powerful antioxidants, help support cellular regeneration, digestive, nervous, and immune systems, and can even purify the air. These oils are highly concentrated and complex which deliver the human body the purest and best parts of the earth we live on. It does matter where you buy your oils from as many that are sold on amazon or wal-mart have been diluted.

There are a million and one ways to use oils, but finding simple routines that work for you and your family is what will help incorporate those healthier lifestyle changes. I was overwhelmed at first and the oils sat in my cabinet for a year until I started reading about ways that didn’t seem as intimidating to try. I hope this post proves to be the same for you!
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Home Update: Lower Patio

July 2, 2018

 

The weather stays warm through November here in Atlanta, and we use our deck and patio areas more than any other areas of the home during the spring and summer seasons. When we bought this home there was already a large lower cement patio to work with, so we knew we wanted to create a space more conducive to what we use our yard for so we can put it to good use over the years! Always impressed with the quality of Article pieces, so we teamed up again to design an outdoor patio area that would work for our family.

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