Hand, Foot and Mouth

The thought of fall conjures up thoughts of crisp apples, round pumpkins and the smell of cinnamon.  And if you are a parent of school aged children, illness.

My three year old, who just started preschool a few weeks ago fell asleep at church on Sunday.  He’s never done that before, so I knew something was up.  When he got home, he immediately fell asleep on the couch.

When he woke up he had a 103 degree fever which lasted for about 36 hours.  He slept most of the time.

He stayed home from school on Monday and Tuesday.  On Tuesday he asked for orange juice and I gave him some.  He took a sip and started crying, saying that it hurt.  Strep throat popped into my head.  Then I looked down at his feet and noticed a rash.

A grabbed a flashlight and looked in his mouth.  Uh oh…he had sores on the roof of his mouth.  I checked his hands and you guessed it, a few blisters.

The nurse at the doctor’s office confirmed that he had hand, foot and mouth disease.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a virus and therefore there is no cure.  The doctor’s orders were to treat the symptoms.

Surprisingly, my older two children have never had it, so this is a bit of trial and error for me as I watch the virus work its way through his system.

Tuesday night he had trouble falling asleep and I rubbed lavender on his feet to help him, but it didn’t do much good.  He was still quite restless.  Next, I tried melaleuca aka. tea tree oil and within 15 minutes he stopped rubbing his feet and fell asleep.


When he woke up the next morning, he had more blisters on his feet and hands, but his mouth was clear.

Before he went to bed Wednesday night, I applied doTERRA’s Purify, a blend of essential oils, which just I arrived in the mail as part my September oil order (more on that in another post).  Purify helps to strengthen the immune system.  I applied it again when he woke up in the middle of the night.


This is what his blisters look like today.  He had more than he did yesterday, but they weren’t itchy.  I’ll apply Purify again at bed time.




I’m so grateful for essential oils and to help my son get a restful night’s sleep event though he is battle hand, foot and mouth disease.

Want to know more about essential oils and how they can help your family?  Check out my essential oils page.


Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


My Story: Miscarriages, Part 3

After my first miscarriage in December of 2006, I was disappointed, angry, and scared.

I was disappointed that the baby we had conceived would never be born.  I was angry that there was nothing I could do about it.  I was scared that it would happen again.

Yet, I was hopeful that the next time I got pregnant I would carry and deliver a healthy baby.

I took a pregnancy test on April 5, 2007 and it was positive.  I was excited, but guarded with my excitement because I was fearful that it would end the same way my last pregnancy did.

I called my doctor and scheduled an appointment for Wednesday, April 25.

I was so happy and hopeful when I made it to my appointment without any complications.  They confirmed that I was pregnant and that things were progressing normally.  I was still guarded, but my hopes were beginning to rise.

Until the next morning when I had some spotting.  I called my doctor and they said it could simply be from the exam I had the previous day.  They wanted me to go for blood work and an ultrasound on Monday, the 30th.

The ultrasound confirmed that I lost this baby too.

The ultrasound technician and the doctor were kind and sympathetic.  Again the doctor advised that I should wait a month before trying again.

All I could think was, why?!?  What am I doing wrong?  Am I causing these miscarriages?  Are we not meant to have any more children?

I was so grateful to have my son to focus on because without him I could have easily been totally consumed by my thoughts and my self-blame.

If you are going through the heartbreak of miscarriage and would like to chat with someone who knows what you are going through, please leave your email address in the comments and I will contact you.  

If you missed the first two posts of this series, please click the links below.

My Story:  Miscarriages, Part 1

My Story:  Miscarriages, Part 2


My Story: Miscarriages, Part 2

After our oldest child was born, there were many days that my husband and I thought that we couldn’t handle any more children.  Our son was a tough baby.  He was colicky.  He never slept, and by that I mean he would wake up 8 or 10 times a night and he only napped if we were in the car.  He was sick with colds, ear infections, and stomach bugs quite often.

I was working full time and he was in daycare which contributed to the poor sleep habits and frequent illnesses.

Some of you are probably thinking, “Well that’s just life with a baby!”, but as first time parents, we couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

He had a great personality and we loved being with him, but we really needed some good quality sleep.  Until that happened, we couldn’t considered growing our family.

When he was about 18 months, things started to get better and by the time his second birthday rolled around, we were ready to add to our family.

So when I took a pregnancy test on December 3, 2006 and it was positive, I was beyond excited!  Not only were we happy to know that I was pregnant, but we were also relieved that it didn’t take us long to conceive.  (It had taken us 18 months to conceive our oldest, but that another story for another post.)

I immediately started dreaming and planning for this new little life growing inside of me.  Then two days later, I learned that I would not be carrying this pregnancy to term.

I was devastated!  My husband was upset too, but it was different for him.  He hadn’t made a connection with the baby yet, but I had.  In two short days, I had so many thoughts about who this baby would be.  What (s)he would look like.  What (s)he would be when (s)he grew up.  I thought about everything that this little life could possibly be or achieve.

The one thing I never thought about was losing this baby.  The thought simply never occurred to me.

Yes I knew that miscarriage was always a possibility.  My first pregnancy was uneventful (until the delivery, which again is another story for another post).  I knew only one or two other women that had a miscarriage.  So miscarriage just wasn’t something I was worried about.

I called my doctor’s office.  They told me that I should go through a monthly cycle (so that I would have a LMP date to reference) and then we could try again.  They were polite but not very sympathetic.

Luckily I had my husband and my son to help me go through the heartbreak I was feeling.  Little did I know how many times I would need to lean on them during the next few years.

If you are going through the heartbreak of miscarriage and would like to chat with someone who knows what you are going through, please leave your email address in the comments and I will contact you.  

If you missed part 1 of this series please click here to read it.

Beets with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

My husband and I love beets! (Our kids are learning to love them too!)

We love them roasted.

We love them pickled.

And we especially love them served simply with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Yum!

beets vinegar oilThis was my sad, little harvest of beets from my garden.  With only four small ones, they weren’t enough to serve on their own, so I added them to a pasta salad that I made.

DSC_0458Thankfully, our CSA is much better at growing beets than I am and these were in my share this week!  These are chioggia beets.  Wait to you see what they look like inside!

DSC_0464Here is my favorite way of preparing and serving beets.

Beets with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil


1 bunch beets
1 T white vinegar
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste


1)  Cut leaves from beets leaving about 1 inch of the stems attached.

DSC_04652)  Place beets in pot.  Cover with plenty of water.  Add 1 T of white vinegar (this helps to preserve the color).

DSC_04683)  Bring to boil over medium/high heat.  Boil for 45 – 60 minutes over medium heat until easily pierced with a sharp knife.

4)  Remove beets from water and place on cutting board to cool.

5)  Once cool, cut off root end and leaf end.  Remove peels.  They should slip off easily, but if they don’t just use a pairing knife to cut them off.  Aren’t they beautiful?

DSC_04766)  Slice or cut beets into chunks and place in bowl.

7)  Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Toss to coat.  Serve chilled or room temperature.

DSC_0479I hope you enjoy this family favorite!

What’s your favorite way to serve beets?