Welcoming our little flower, Daisy Alice.

My husband and I decided to keep something very personal offline.

But now that she’s here, I want to share her with all of you.

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On August 24, 2018 Josiah and I welcomed our daughter Daisy Alice into the world. We wanted to keep our pregnancy journey more intimate which is why we decided to not make any announcements until she arrived. Josiah and I also decided not to find out the gender of our baby so this little lady was a complete surprise for us. I’m going to share some photos from our pregnancy photo shoot and I also want to write her birth story, but for the time being, I just want to remember my little flower as she is in these photos. One day old, and perfect at just over 6 lbs.

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When the hubby has a headache.

My husband has always had bad headaches. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to help him with but had no idea how to. I am very lucky, because I rarely (if at all) get headaches, so it’s hard for me to know what he goes through with the pain.

Yesterday was a particularly difficult day, so I immediately went online and started to look up different recipes for my oils. I have the Essential Oils Pocket Reference Book, but yesterday I was at the beach with my husband and my family and didn’t have it handy. A little reminder to me to always carry it in my bag! It’s the pocket reference book after all!

I immediately started to see Copaiba pop up again and again. It has a gentle, woodsy aroma. It’s a product of steam distilling the gum resin tapped from Brazilian Copaifera Reticulata Tree. I learned that it helps to support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. It also helps to magnify the properties of oils that it’s mixed with. So I added lavender. Lavender is one of those oils that I use for EVERYTHING. Can’t sleep? Lavender. Stressed out? Lavender. Sore muscles? Lavender. I always have lavender essential oil on me and a million backups….just in case.

Lastly, I added peppermint. Since I was making a roller bottle, I knew that when he applied the peppermint oil it would immediately create a cooling sensation that would help. It has such a refreshing smell to it and I use it a lot of times if I feel sick or nauseous, which I know sometimes his headaches can do to him. Peppermint is another oil that I always have backups of. There are just so many different uses for so many oils and I feel confident in my family’s health that we are using all natural products from the earth. I bought these roller bottles off of Amazon a few months back and love them! They are so easy to fill and assemble.

 

For this recipe, I added:

5 drops Peppermint

10 drops Copaiba

15 drops Lavender

Filled the bottle with a carrier oil (I used coconut oil)

 

The aroma and healing properties of the oils immediately helped my husband. He applies it as needed to his temples and back of his neck. He was able to take a nap today and get some rest, all while using natural plants from the earth. Gosh, I love Young Living!

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Lavender, Lindy, & a good night sleep.

A huge part of my life is incorporating essential oils into our everyday, so essential oils will often make appearances in this space. How I use them, how they’ve helped me, and why I believe our lives are healthier because of them.

I started my journey with no knowledge about essential oils. I had no idea that there were differences between companies and the products that they put out. Somehow, I lucked out and became involved with Young Living, a company that embraces “rigorous quality control standards” by using the seed to seal method. I don’t trust anyone else.

Essential oils can be very overwhelming, at least they were (and at times still can be) for me, so I started as basic as I could; lavender. Lavender has a relaxing and calming fragrance, which is why I found myself grabbing it a few months ago when I first started having problems sleeping through the night. For anyone who knows me, they would be surprised at the fact that I was having problems sleeping, because I’m somewhat of a pro at it. So it was a new experience tossing and turning during the night.

I put a few drops of lavender into my diffuser right before bed and all of a sudden I found myself sleeping like a baby. My husband even loves it. He’ll even ask for oils before bed if for some off-chance he curls up under the covers before I do! For a funeral director and a husband who is unfortunately also subjected to the late night death calls since we share the same bed, anything we can do to improve our quality of sleep is a no-brainer for us! Our pup Lindy Ruff even loves it! I mean, just look at that face!

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Something new.

I suppose it’s good to start at the beginning. My name is Lauren and for quite a long time my identity has been in what I’ve chosen to do for a living. Which is a little bit unique, I suppose. You see, I’m a funeral director. I’ve been writing all about that stuff for a few years now. If you’re interested in that sort of thing you can read all about it here.

Writing about death, and my experiences with it, has been very therapeutic for me. So much so, in fact, that I’ve recently found myself wondering about writing about different aspects of my life. Non-death related aspects, like my family. I’ve also recently found my old flickr account. Looking back at those photos, I can’t help but smile and remember that time in my life. I’m glad the internet exists and that I was a goofy teenager who always carried a camera around. Memories are a beautiful thing.

So, my hope for LeRoy Living is to just share the average, day-to-day stuff that I go through, away from the funeral home. Family, food, home life, adventures, outfits; whatever I decide upon that day. I hope you all realize that this is a selfish blog. A memory chest for myself. But regardless, I’m glad you’re here.