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So we've picked out a name for baby girl...

 Monday, December 24, 2012


Annabelle Mileah Martha Vande Slunt

which means 

"Lady of Beautiful Grace and Gentle Strength" 

We have loved the name Annabelle for some time now. It has always been on our list.  

Now, there is a reason the rest of her name is a wee bit long...

The 1st middle name, Mileah, is after Noel's grandmother on his mother's side of the family, whose name is Mildred. (We used a variant of it as we thought it might flow a little bit better.) Grandma Westerveld is an amazing lady that we look up to. She turned 101 years old this past May! She loves the Lord, loves her family, keeps a good sense of humor at all times and is a lady who draws her strength and positive outlook from the Lord.

 The 2nd middle name, Martha, was Noel's grandmother on his father's side of the family. I unfortunately never got to meet Grandma Vande Slunt, as she passed away shortly after Noel and I met, but I have heard such loving stories from Noel about her. She loved the Lord, cared dearly for her family, was a hard worker helping her husband on their farm, and made some delicious pies.

We pray that the Lord would shape this little girl's heart so that she would rise up to truly be a lady of beautiful grace and gentle strength, as of course that grace and strength would come from Him.

Thank you for letting us share!  


Our Recent Uses For Essential Oils and Our Bout with the Whooping Cough

 Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Noel...Grapefruit Oil to help with weight loss. He really does notice that it curbs his hunger. The great thing is that Grapefruit Oil has many other benefits to the body. To find out more, click here.

Myself...Lavender on my tummy at night. This has helped many expecting moms with stretch marks, and it also has helped me to sleep much deeper. I end up feeling more refreshed and energetic during the day because I have slept better. I also used it for a headache I had gotten a few weeks ago, and it offered some relief so that I didn't need to grab the tylenol. I am going to start putting a drop of Lemon oil in my water 3 times a day as well. Lemon oil has been known to have many health benefits as well. I am also looking forward to receiving the Gentle Baby oil blend that I ordered, as it is a great oil for pregnancy and newborns.

Julianna...Purification oil in, around and below her ear for what seemed to be the start of an ear infection. We did this for a couple of days and it never grew into anything worse. This was due to a cold that they all got at the end of the whooping cough.

Rebecca...Peppermint oil on her tummy for a tummy ache and lavender on her feet to help her relax and sleep during it.

Thomas...He is my Eucalyptus boy! Due to his lung issues from RSV/Bronchiolitis at 5 months and then recurrent pneumonia until 18 months, when he gets a cold, he has a harder time working the mucus out of his lungs. Eucalyptus opens up the passageways better than Albuterol or any steroid like Pulmicort ever could. What a blessing this has been! When he is dealing with a cold, his oil regimen is Thieves on the soles of his feet, RC on the tops of his feet, a little bit of peppermint on the soles of his feet and on his chest, and Eucalyptus on his chest. I do the Eucalyptus 3-4 times a day, and the rest 2 times a day. He was able to get through the whooping cough, when a year ago a little cold would have him in bad shape and he would end up with another round of antibiotics.

Also, for the whooping cough, the girls also received Thomas' oil regimen. They all also had mega doses of Vitamin C which is wonderful for controlling the coughing fits and helping to keep them to a minimum. We also made sure they had Vitamin D and we made sure they had very limited sugar and no dairy. Hopefully, you will never have to deal with the whooping cough, but if you do those are natural ways to handle it and not have to use an antibiotic. Of course, we did have to hibernate for a few weeks, as it is very contagious and that contagious period is about 3 weeks, with a slight possible chance of it lasting until 6-8 weeks. Having to "hide" for so long wasn't easy, but I was glad that I didn't have to use an antibiotic, and that their system was able to fight it and build strength through it. Obviously, if your child is an infant, you might have to take different measures, as it is harder for them to work through those coughing fits.


Wonderful Christmas Idea for a Little Girl...under $20.00!

 Friday, December 14, 2012

I can customize these bow holders for you and send them out in 2 days! 

 Also, if you subscribe to follow my blog by email, you will be entered to win a free customized hair bow holder, so make sure to do that!

CHILDREN: Hair Bow Holders

Hair Bow Holders
Here are some beautiful hair bow holders that you can choose from for that sweet little girl you know. I will  be happy to customize the hair bow holder with her name on the middle canvas. These hair bow holders are painted and ready to be sold and shipped after customization. Their price is reduced, as I will be selling new custom hair bow holders in which you can completely design. Those will be coming soon!
Pick which hair bow holder you would like to purchase, and enter it's number (which is underneath the picture) into the box when you check out. Don't forget to fill in what name you would like, as well.

Also, if you'd like more close up pictures, please let me know which ones and I'd be happy to email them to you.




Hair Bow Holder Number
Name for Middle Canvas


Today we found out that we're having...a sweet little baby...

 Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Today we were able to see our newest little one that the Lord has blessed us with. It was so wonderful to be able to see that our baby is healthy and doing well. I am always amazed at our Creator when I am watching the screen, seeing all of the bones and organs at work. this little Vande Slunt going to have these colors in his/her room?

Or these colors?

If you were thinking in the pink family, then you were right! 
The Lord has blessed us with another little GIRL!

 We are all so very thankful and excited that we have been blessed with another daughter. 
Thank you for sharing in our excitement!

Sweet little girl, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.  Numbers 6:24-26


Birth Stories...Our sweet little Rebecca's birthday

 Friday, December 7, 2012

To our sweet Rebecca Dorothy,

You will be six weeks old on Monday. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone and how much you've grown! I have been wanting to write this to you and I'm realizing I better do so soon before I forget all of the wonderful details of your time growing in my womb and your beautiful arrival.

It was about two weeks before Christmas when we found out we had been blessed with another sweet baby. We were so excited! I am so thankful that it was another great pregnancy. During the 18th week ultrasound, we were surprised and so happy when we found out that you were to be our second little girl, and that all was well with you. We loved feeling your little kicks and movements as you grew in my belly. The weeks seemed to fly by, as it was a busy time in our lives. You painted many murals with me! :-)

Before we knew it, August arrived! Your due date was the 21st, so we started getting things ready and organized. On July 31st, I had a midwife appointment. I had her check my cervix, just to see where we were at. It is a long way into Chapel Hill, so I wanted to know what we would be starting at when I went into labor. She assured me we wouldn't have an “I-40 baby” and to not worry so much. She didn't think you'd be coming any time soon as she said something along the lines of, “Your cervix is so posterior, I can barely reach it! And you're totally closed-Relax”. With three weeks to go, I was a bit relieved. There was still a lot I wanted to get done before you arrived.

Well, you can imagine our surprise when that Sunday, the 3rd, I woke up with contractions. I hadn't slept well at all the night before, I might have been contracting through the night, too. I woke up around 4:45, and decided to just get started on my day. It was when I was in the shower and getting ready that I realized these contractions felt real and had some rhythm to them. At 6:00 I decided to time them. They were about 4 minutes apart. At 6:30 I woke your father and told him that today might actually be the day. I could see the surprise and excitement in his eyes. I was excited, too!

I decided to take a bath and drink a lot of water to rule out false labor. While in the bath they were 5 minutes apart. At around 7:00 I called Grandma Bear to give her the heads up. She was going to be the one to come get Julianna and bring her to Uncle Jason and Aunt Kim's. I then paged the midwife and received a call back from Deb O'Connell. She was the midwife who delivered Jules! She advised me to just relax and go about my day and see if the contractions intensify.

The contractions got closer to 3 minutes apart as I talked more to Grandma Bear on the phone. We decided it would be best for her to come and hang out just in case things progressed. I went to lie down to try and get some rest. The contractions then slowed to 7-10 minutes apart. I started getting a bit discouraged as I thought maybe this wasn't going to be your birthday. Daddy was getting everything together on the list, just in case it was the day. Grandma Bear arrived around 9:00 or so. Julie was playing in the exercauser and having fun while everything was going on. After an hour or two of going between laying down, sitting down, and pacing around, I decided I would just get up and go about my day. I couldn't sleep with the contractions anyhow, and thinking about it was making me crazy!. By that time it was about 11:00 or 12:00.

So I made two meatloaves, one to freeze and one to take to Aunt Kim's. We finished cleaning the apartment and putting things in storage. From about 1:00-3:30 the contractions were consistently about 3 minutes apart. We started talking about how it might be smart to make the 40 min. drive to Chapel Hill, so we knew if Grandma Bear should take Julie to Aunt Kim's for the night. In the next hour the contractions got more intense, so I told Daddy, we should probably hurry up a little bit, just in case.

I called Deb and told her we would be coming in. We left around 4:30 or so, and got to the hospital around 5:15. We waited in the waiting room while they got a triage room ready....which leads to a funny story. I was finishing a contraction and I heard somebody say, “Do you eat a lot of salt?”, so I looked up just to see who he was asking, and this young man asked again, “Do you eat a lot of salt?”, and I realized he was talking to me! And he said, “Because your feet are kinda swollen.” So I said, “Well, I am kinda pregnant”....(Wow)....He explained his wife was in labor, and she too had swollen feet due to eating a lot of salt and kool-aid. All I could think was that it was probably good he was waiting out in the waiting room.

Around 5:30 Deb checked me and I was 3 cm. dilated, 80% effaced and at a + 1 station. She was amazed at how low your head was! She told us to walk around some and then come back to see if we should be admitted or not. We made some calls, and decided that Grandma Bear would take Julianna to Aunt Kim's. We went to the cafe and got some food to eat.

At around 7:30, Deb checked me again, and I was now 3-4 cm. She left us for a half an hour to monitor the contractions, which were growing in intensity. Dad read some scriptures out of my journal. It was a sweet time together. At 8:00 Deb decided to admit us due to the fact that I was GBS positive and needed antibiotics.

The next 14 hours are a bit drawn out, so I will write a little synopsis. Throughout the night, I worked on relaxing through the contractions, made many a trip to the bathroom. Daddy raided the pantry many times, and ate a lot of cereal. He got a few hours of sleep in here and there. Of course, I didn't get much sleep except for a few dozes in between contractions. I was so antsy at times-the hours seemed to go by so slowly, as I just longed to hold you in my arms! I watched a few episodes of The Cosby Show, and did a lot of walking around the halls, as well as hanging out on the birthing ball a bunch and praying.

I got checked a few times throughout the night-Deb was so great as well as our nurse Cherese. At 10:15, I was 4 cm, and completely thinned out. At 2:30, I was 5-6 cm. At 4:30, 6 cm. At 7:30 we got new nurses Margaux and Wendy, and Susan Nickel came on as the midwife. At 8:30 she checked me and I was 7 cm. She advised me to keep walking and to try some different positions during contractions to open up my pelvis. At 10:30 I was still 7 cm, so after much consideration we decided it would be best to break my water, as at this point I would only progress, and I was growing very tired. The whole labor was just like Julianna's....very gradual. Thankfully, your heart rate remained beautiful and everything was fine, and the midwives weren't one bit worried at the slow labor. I feel so blessed by them and their confidence in the whole birthing process.

The water leaked out slow at first, and then began to come out very fast. It was then that I really moved into active labor and the contractions grew very intense. From about 11:15 to 12:00 I tried a few different positions, just doing my best to relax and breath through the contractions. I ended up standing and leaning over the bed side table on wheels and doing a lot of rocking. Daddy kept the table steady for me and just encouraged me as I worked through the contractions. Once again, he was my rock.

Here is the part that just amazes me. We had wanted to hire Robin and Lara,the doulas that helped us through Julianna's birth, but weren't able to. We were a bit disappointed about this, because they were such an amazing help! Well at noon, our nurses took their lunch so they had the hospital's volunteer doulas come to help us. This is right when things started getting really intense, and I was having contractions right on top of each other, so this was such a blessing! They took turns with one keeping me cool with a fan and wash cloth, one rubbing my lower back, and both them and Daddy encouraged me through each contraction. We saw that as such a blessing from God, that He provided that help right when I really needed it. At times I felt as though I couldn't go on, but was encouraged by that as I remember Robin and Lara reminding me just a few days before that when I felt like that, it means I would be holding you soon!

Soon the nurses came back and checked your heart rate and were getting everything ready as it looked like you would be here soon. I heard Susan back in the room, and really started feeling a lot of pressure, like I might have to start pushing. I felt the need to tell Susan, (as if she didn't know), but all I could get out was “Sue!.....Sue!!!....” It was funny looking back on it. Susan assured me that she was right there and ready to catch you, so I could start pushing when I felt the urge. Well I most certainly did in the next few contractions so I began to push, still in that standing up position. Everyone was commenting on your full head of hair! Susan warned me that soon my legs might give out, so if we needed to, we would move to the bed. Well sure enough, the next contraction I felt really wobbly-and I think Daddy was growing tired as I was holding on to him with all of my might!

Susan said, Okay, we're going to move you to the bed and you're going to be on all fours. Those two feet seemed like a mile, but I thought, let's do it! In the middle of moving I had to push again, so I had three people holding me sort of in mid-air as I pushed! Thankfully, I was able to get on the bed for the last two contractions. I pushed with all of my might, just knowing I would be holding you soon, and felt your little head pop through and then the rest of your body slither out. What an amazing feeling!!! I was able to see you right away in this position, and what a beautiful sight!!! You came out posterior-sunny-side up, or down, due to my position, that is. :-) That explains all of the pain I felt in my back at the end. You were worth every second, of course.

You let out a nice cry and shortly after, Daddy cut the cord. I turned over and laid in bed and then the nurses placed you on my chest and Daddy and I were just so thrilled to see you and hold you!! You calmed down quickly in my arms and we just stared and stared at you. We were just so thankful that God had blessed us with anther beautiful girl. Soon after, I pushed out the placenta, and then began to nurse you, and everything just seemed absolutely perfect.

You were 7 lb. 1 oz and 18.5 inches, and so beautiful. God is such an amazing Creator, and we are just so thankful to Him that He gave you to us. We will do our best to follow Him as we raise you, with our prayers being that you may grow up to know Him and love Him with all of your mind, heart and soul.

We love you, sweet girl.


Current Projects and Design Ideas: Decorating your own Picture Frames

 Thursday, December 6, 2012

We are renting a house for the next couple of years, while we hope to save up for our own house. When we moved in to the house in October, I had a hard time with the color in the upstairs bathroom. Our landlord said that we could repaint if we okay the color with him, but with having moved around so much in the past few years I just really don't want to start painting walls until it's our house that we'll be in for a while. So...I was hoping it would just grow on me. Thankfully, I found some picture frames that I had decorated that actually went very nice with the color and the blue that they had painted the cabinet under the sink. With some additional decor, I've actually ended up liking the at first hideous color. 

I decorated these wooden picture frames with scrapbook paper and mod podge. It's really easy to do. I also had done this for my girl's old bedroom decor, with using some old canvases.

All you have to do is pick up scrapbook paper that you like, some stretched canvas or wood picture frames, mod podge, and a foam brush. You just have to cut the paper to the size that you need it. Next, add a layer of mod podge to the frame or stretched canvas. Then, lay your scrapbook paper on and smooth it out. Last, cover it with another layer of mod podge.

This project really worked well during a more busy time in my life, so if you don't have a lot of time, and are looking for an inexpensive way to decorate, this might be the next project for you!

 My next project is my girl's new room, in which I'll use the upcycled old crib that I had found and painted small murals on the sides to hang on the wall. That post will be coming soon!


A Unique Mural Idea: Painted Closet Doors!

 Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Most people don't think of using their closet doors as a work of art, but I have had some clients who have had me do so and have loved it. Especially if you rent your apartment or home, this is a great way to add artwork to the room without doing something permanent on the walls. Painted doors can also be used as a large mural by simply attaching it flat to the wall with L brackets. The beauty of using closet doors as a mural is that if you have to unexpectedly move, or if you just want to keep it as a memoir, you can just fold them up and keep them forever. Many clients have told me that they were so sad when they found out they had to move and couldn't peel their mural off the wall. Also, as your little one grows and decides he or she is no longer a baby, their mural can easily be just folded up and kept somewhere safe...possibly even for a grandchild to use in his or her room someday!

Here are some examples of closet door murals, but remember, anything that can be painted on the wall or canvas, can usually be painted on a closet door. 
Contact me and we can start making plans for your closet door mural.


December Special:Celebrate an Ancient Holiday Tradition with Free Frankincense

 Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I am excited to announce this month's Young Living essential reward member special-Frankincense! Every month there are promotion specials for essential reward members which if you spend a certain amount, you can receive free products! This has a retail value of $91.78. This works really well on months where you want to stock up on a lot of items.

Celebrate an Ancient Holiday Tradition with Free Frankincense


Celebrate an Ancient Holiday Tradition with Free Frankincense

One of the world’s oldest and most beloved holiday symbols, frankincense is as prized today as when it was a luxury reserved for ancient royalty. Create new traditions for your family this year when you order 220 PV of product and receive a free 15-ml frankincense—that is a retail value of $91.78!

Frankincense: With its sweet, balsamic aroma and storied history, frankincense is especially important to D. Gary Young. Because frankincense is rich in properties known to open the mind, elevate the spirit, and alleviate occasional anxiety, Gary and other prominent researchers consider it to be a powerful addition to a healthy lifestyle.* Diffuse or apply diluted frankincense topically as you reconnect with what is really important this holiday season.

Item packaging may be different from what is pictured.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Learn From the Essential Oil Experts

Listen to December’s audio education piece by clicking the button below.

Frankincense, A Gift More Precious Than Gold
By Doug Corrigan, Director of Training and Education


  • Offer is valid from 12 midnight, MT, December 1, 2012, to 11:59 p.m., MT, December 31, 2012.
  • Limit of one free 15-ml frankincense essential oil per order.
  • Offer is valid on orders of 220 PV or more. Limit of five qualifying orders per month.
  • PV minimum must be reached in a single order. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying month cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • Offer is available to Young Living Independent Distributors and retail customers.
  • Offer is valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • PV is not earned on free product.
  • Member is responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer is valid in the U.S. and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.


Offering Artwork with Many Customizing Options...

 Monday, December 3, 2012

The store is all ready with our different pieces of artwork that we offer as well as the customizing options!

You can check out our children's room items, like growth charts, name plaques, monogram sets, birth certificate plaques and canvas letters here. From there you will be able to design your very own piece of artwork by visiting our Customizing Options Page. Remember, if you don't see what you are looking for, just email me and we can discuss your ideas.

Here are just some of the different customizing options that you can choose from:


Snail- 1

Dragonfly- 2

Pastel Ladybug- 3

Pig- 4

Cow- 5

Hen- 6

Lamb- 7

Duck- 8


WP 1 Light Blue
WP 2 Bright Blue
WP 3 Light Green

 WP 4 Lime Green

ST 5 Pink

ST 6 Fuschia

ST 7 Lavender

ST 8 Yellow

SW 11 Peach

SW 12 Brown

SW 13 Rose

SW 14 Sage

G1 Light Blue

G2 Bright Blue

G3 Light Green

G4 Lime Green









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