Friday, August 15, 2014

New Pieces

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite treasures that are brand new to the shop.  Everything I'll be posting on the LooBee Designs facebook page is for sale, just so you know. 

First up is the amazing little scale.  I found it sitting in dirt in a cow barn.  And I have a secret crush on it.  I have considered keeping it for my own because it's one of those antique pieces that I always look for when I go junkin'.  I even thought about painting it to give it some color, but then, after I cleaned it up, I really liked the chippy-peely paint on it. 

Then there comes my love affair with bike rims.  I have wanted one for quite a while to paint pink and hang in Kid1's room to clip artwork and pictures to.  It would be fabulous!  So, my search began and I scored a load of old bike rims.  I'm so excited!!  This is the first one that is ready and, instead of painting it and keeping it, I'm going to sell this one.

Fabulous, right?!?  This one actually SOLD within minutes of me posting it.  After hanging it and clipping tiny Instagram pictures to it, I kind of want one for myself too!  It's a great way to add dimension to any space and to have an eye catching piece that everyone will comment on.  This one sold as is, which I love.  Sometimes no paint is required to reuse an old item.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's a new thing

My close friends and family know that I change my mind quite frequently.  I also get big dreams in my head and can't shake them sometimes.  Sometimes those dreams fall to the wayside.  But sometimes ... sometimes they come to life.  I wouldn't say this has always been a dream of mine.  Owning a coffee shop has.  Living in a beach house has.  But having a business where I revamp, revise, and reuse old things and make them new again hasn't been.  It just came to me and I decided to run with it.

The Lord has blessed me multiple times over, you know.  With a husband who supports me and encourages me.  With three children.  With family who know me and still love me.  And a long list of other people and things.  One of my biggest blessings, however, is having the ability to be home to raise our three children.  With a husband who is a teacher, this hasn't always been {financially} easy.  I will do whatever it takes to make it work though because being home with my babies is one of the most important things to me and something I've always treasured.

This endeavor is fresh.  It's not a get rich quick scheme.  It's not taking place of my essential oil business, which I also love.  My Young Living business has been a tremendous blessing.  Absolutely.  God has given me that as a means to help others and my family be healthy and I will continue in that journey to get Young Living oils in the homes of as many people as I can.  LooBee Designs is my attempt to take something that I love to do, and share it with you.  A hobby, if you will.  I'm praying God blesses this journey as well.

Why LooBee Designs?  Picking a name for something is always a challenge for me because I change my mind so often.  I threw names back and forth.  Had a few friends sharing ideas with me as well.  My mind drifted from picking a name, to remembering that tomorrow marks one year since my sweet mother-in-law, Lola Beth, went to be with Jesus.  She always encouraged me, pushed me, and loved everything I ever created.  She had so many nicknames, but LooBee was one that came to mind and the pieces fell together after that.

I plan on revamping old things. Reviving pieces once covered in dust.  And reusing what I already have to make treasures that I hope you love too.  I will be posting things along the way, steps in the revamping process, and new treasures I find to revive.  Thank you so much for your support and I hope this endeavor blesses you in some way.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stress Away

If I HAD to pick one essential oil to smell all day, every day, I would pick Stress Away.  It's a sweet combination of lime, lavender, and vanilla and oh-so-YUMMY.  I diffuse it a lot, but I also keep these handy little roller bottles with me at all times.  I use this oil most on the toddler.  For some reason, he HATES getting his diaper changed.  I think it's more because he has to lay still for a few minutes than anything else.  Stress Away is a staple on his changing table and has been for months now.  A little rolled behind his ears and he is calm as a cucumber.

I use Stress Away in the car a lot too.  Being cooped up in a car with 3 kids = stress.  I either roll it on everyone or put a few drops on a cotton ball and stick that in the air vents.  I'm in heaven with the smell AND the calmness of everyone in the car.

Another way I use it is when I have a headache.  Typically, my headaches are stress induced.  In addition to applying PanAway or Peppermint on my forehead and temples, I apply Stress Away on the back of my neck and on my wrists.  It helps so much!

While Stress Away isn't one of the Everyday Oils, it still comes in the Premium Starter Kit as a bonus oil.  You also get a roller top to put on it if you want, which makes it crazy easy to use.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It's the name of an oil I don't even know how to pronounce, but it has suddenly become a part of my daily oily routine.  I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, so managing my blood sugar and insulin levels is key.  My doctor put me on medicine to help, but I found this essential oil that will help do the same (but BETTER!). 

I just put 1 drop under my tongue morning and evening.  This is very new for me, so I don't have a miraculous testimony just yet, BUT I can already tell a big difference in my sugar cravings.  Today, I didn't think about sugar even once.  No soda, which has become an addiction once again.  I give Ocotea two thumbs UP! 

Essential Oils : Is it just another trend?

What are your thoughts on this?  Is this burst of popularity of essential oils just another trend that has peaked and will slowly fade away in the next few years? 

{photo by Young Living : flickr}

When I first heard of Young Living essential oils, I was intrigued.  Everything I heard about the company and the products - specifically what they could do for my family - had me sold.  Something all natural.  An alternative to drugging my children for every snotty nose and cough.  Something that friends - people I actually knew - were having great results with. 

The rise in popularity in essential oils has exploded!  I'm not sure why.  I can't explain it.  But I'm so thankful our family was lead to using them and I pray daily for God to lead more families like my own to them as well.  

This sudden surge hasn't only caught everyone by surprise, but Young Living was caught a little off guard as well.  I think they've done a fabulous job working at getting all of the products that have gone out of stock back, plus attaining more farmland to grow more plants and trees.  They have jumped on hiring new people to help with customer service and have made some crazy awesome changes.  

In my eyes, and in my home, essential oils aren't just a trend.  They have changed our lives.  And I hope you would look into your medicine cabinet and see that there are safe, natural alternatives for everyone.  With no expiration dates like drugs have, we will have Young Living Essential Oils in our home forever.  Not just for this year.