thinking out loud.

by Janetha on February 5, 2015

in fox,products,random rambles

hello and happy thursday! i just typed wednesday, actually, and had to back space.. so three cheers for it really being thursday!

what’s new with you? not a ton is going on in my world. just the usual.. working, eating, momming. i’m gonna ramble today, kay?

not a ton to report on the food front, but i have been eating the same wrap for lunch every day this week and it’s so good.

a sun dried tomato wrap with avocado, chicken, sprouts, and hummus. i forgot about wraps! i used to eat them all the time and it’s like i just rediscovered them. not sure why i stopped making them for lunch for, oh, three years or so. duh.

we took fox to the chiropractor on monday and again today for his GI issues. a few little taps was all it took to align him and, what do you know, it has actually seemed to help! he has slept a lot better and he pooped tuesday morning and i am a believer. he has been SO happy.. none of that crying-for-who-knows-what-reason and he’s been super smiley. hopefully after a few sessions he will be good to go.  he’s already a changed little guy!

locals—if you are looking for an amazing, reputable chiropractor, you must check out kirk wersland at integrated wellness in bountiful. my insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care, but i was still just charged my $25 copay and nothing else. i feel like he was super knowledgeable and helpful. he’s been working on babies for 15 years with great success. i am so happy to have this option and am confident it will help my little man!

while i am on the subject of alternative medicine.. i have been spending so much time reading about essential oils lately!

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i use a few different ones on myself and on fox, and i really want to learn more about them and start using them more often. my friend ashley was kind enough to send a TON of info about them and i have been going through the links she sent. there is so much to learn! but i have had great success with the oils i have used in the past, so i definitely want to get more and learn how to use them. the problem with me is i buy them and then i am never sure exactly what to do with them. i rub a few different ones on fox’s feet and i have put drops into his bath.

i need to educate myself and then buy the ones i know i will use. because they are not cheap! but a little bottle goes a long way, so that’s good. anyone else use essential oils? what are your favorites? what about using them on your kiddos? i would love to hear how you use them.

i got a pressure cooker for christmas and i still haven’t used it. i actually don’t even know where to start and i am a little intimidated by it! i checked google and pinterest to see what i could make, but i honestly just got overwhelmed and decided to cook my pork loin in the slow cooker instead. i need this book hahaha.

any pressure cooker pros out there that want to help me get started?! i want to put that bad boy to use!

speaking of kitchen tools.. we are in the market for new pots and pans. we have had ours since we got married (almost five years ago, weird!) and they are starting to flake and chip and ugh. we looked at costco the other day but weren’t too impressed with the selection. it’s such an investment that i want to be sure to get ones we love and that will last for a long time. there are so many to choose from.. stainless steel, nonstick, cast iron.. ahhhh my brain can’t take it. do you love your pots and pans? what brand/material is the best?


you have probably heard about fabletics. they are allllll the rage. i have had a gift card for an outfit since last june! i got it at blend retreat and i didn’t ever cash it in because i was pregnant. i recently remembered it and so i had been checking the site to see what outfit i wanted. most times, sizes were sold out in the outfits i liked. since you have to order the outfit as a whole, i just kept checking back to see if there was ever an outfit i liked with all the sizes i needed in stock. i finally had success!


i ended up ordering this outfit and i can’t wait to get it! so many people rave about the quality and fit of fabletics, so it will be nice to see firsthand if it’s really all that. i am not sure that i will order again.. we’ll see. it’s a good deal, you get an outfit every month for fifty bucks and you can skip any month you want, no obligations, but i really just don’t need a ton of workout clothes, ya know? a new outfit every month is fun, but not really a priority these days. we’ll see.

well, that’s about all that is going on in my head for now. thanks for reading my rambles! hope the rest of your week is great!


1. how often do you buy new workout clothes? have you tried fabletics?

2. what do you think about alternative medicine?

xo. janetha g.

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Erica February 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm

SO glad to hear the chiro is helping the little man! Yayy for sleep (and poop :) :)) I know nothing about the oils, but if you find out good stuff- share!!

SuzanneU February 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

I haven’t bought workout clothes in a while. I am 24 weeks pregnant and much like you I am on a workout hiatus at the moment. I am just so tired.

I love essential oils! I use doterra oils. Lavendar oil is fabulous. The physician’s kit is a great starter kit. I belong to some local doterra boards on facebook and they are a tremendous resource as to uses.

Purelytwins February 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

we love essential oils, we use DoTerra and love them. I use them on Madison – well just a few. We suggest taking it slow, it can be overwhelming. Any question just let us know :)
and we just got our first fabletics order today and super excited to try it!

Becky @ TheBexFactor February 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I have placed one order with Fabletics and love the quality of it. Plus I didn’t order an outfit, I ordered individual pieces that I preferred together.

I took my little guy to the chiro from just a few weeks old and have great success. Sometimes when he has a cold I will take him there before the regular doctor. I’m also a huge fan of essential oils. My favourite is the Thieves blend from Young Living. Lemon is a good one to kill viruses, we put it down the spine. Peppermint for headache or stomach ache. There’s so many different oils out there. Just make sure you dilute them in coconut or olive oil when using on Fox.

Wendy February 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

I received Calphalon pots when I got married in 2001, and they are still holding up great. I also have one of those Rachel Ray pots – had it for a few years (though not as long as the other) and it has also help up well.

Katheryn February 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

I’m so glad Fox is getting some relief! My daughter had similar issues, but we were living out of the country and was told to just wait it out. Finally at 6 months she started to get better.

I love the idea of company’s like Fabletics, but I’ll never use them. I have three shorts, three short sleeve, three long sleeve, one capris and one pant. I exercise 6 days a week, and this does the job.

Jessica February 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

I buy new workout clothes pretty much any time I go into TJMaxx or Target. I’m kind of compulsive about it, but I’m never a big spender. Gotta love a good deal!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Oh girl… I think oils are a MUST. I diffuse and use oils topically on the baby and us. I love Young Living oils. They have helped with the flu, teething, sleeping, allergies, and cuts/ bruises… I could go on and on!

Colleen February 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm

I’m just starting out my EO research but I’ve learned that a lot of oils that are deemed “safe” for littles are actually NOT safe (eucalyptus for example). check out the Scentsable Health FB page and webpage for some information about safe usage (

Katie February 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm

I always forget about making wraps for lunch toO! Thanks ;) I LOVE oils :)… I use them on Drake all the time. Every night before bed he will ask for his “massage” & go lay on the floor to wait while I get the lotion/oil mix ready! Little stinker has been asking in the morning too lately! Also I would just get a basic essential oils book from like amazon or barns & noble to get more info! My favorite is the grapefruit/lemon mix, it’s super refreshing & nice for the early wake up calls!

Christa February 6, 2015 at 8:25 am

OMG, I wish I could buy all new cookware!
My two cents: nonstick is great but they don’t last all that long (at least not for me) and you have to be careful not to scratch off the coating.

Personally I am a fan of cast iron and stainless steel.
Cast iron lasts FOREVER and is basically indestructable. There is a subreddit (you are familiar with reddit I hope?) that is dedicated entirely to cast iron and they teach you how to properly season the pan and make it really last.

Stainless steel is beautiful, but there have been times where I found them really hard to clean if I accidentally burned some food onto the bottom.

Brittney February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

Do you know where you got your pots and pans from? We got the Calphalon brand for our wedding a little over two years ago and they already started chipping. We took them back to Bed, Bath and Beyond (where we were registered) and they replaced them with new pans, no questions asked! We didn’t have to give a registry number or anything. Might be worth a shot to try!

Paige @ Your Trainer Paige February 6, 2015 at 9:33 am

Fox’s little face is so damn cute. Can’t wait to meet him (and see YOUR cute face) at Blend!

Corrie Anne February 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

So happy the chiro worked. I’ve heard so many good things about it for babies at the midwifery I’m going to. We’re also lucky to have an integrative pediatrics practice in our neighborhood that’s willing to incorporate things like chiro, essential oils, and even acupuncture (which I find terrifying!). Oh man, the struggle of not buying new workout clothes while pregnant. Haha.

Olga February 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I rarely comment but just had to this time so I could recommend Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel set for cookware.

Before settling on that set, I obsessively researched everything and read consumer reports, etc. My top choice would be All-Clad but that’s RIDICULOUSLY priced. All legit websites suggested the Cuisinart set as a budget-friendly alternative.

I have zero issues with mine! Stainless steel all the way.

Bonus: Macy’s almost always has a sale on it! :)

Eleonora February 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

No idea about oils…But I second the idea of stainless steel pots, and I am also a long time pressure cooker enthusiast! What model/brand do you have? Feel free to ask about it!

Debbie February 7, 2015 at 10:15 am

I have been replacing my nonstick skillets with Greenpan brand because they are safer to use.

I also use cast iron and stainless steel.

I don’t have to have a matching set because many times there a size pan I just won’t use in the set.

AJ February 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm

For saucepans stainless all the way. I still have some of my grandmas pots that are probably older than me. For skippers either cast iron or caphelon

Linz @ Itz Linz February 8, 2015 at 8:55 pm

i’m all about alternative medicine to try at first…. but i also think we’ve come a long way with our traditional medicine, too, so i definitely use that when i feel it’s necessary! and i love essential oils! for me, “breathe” by doterra is my absolute favorite! i spread it on my chest when i’m sick, i dilute it in coconut oil for william when he was congested, and i diffuse it! what do you put in his bath?

Janetha February 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

I have the Doterra Balance and the Serenity and I alternate the two. I diffuse one and put the other in his bath. Smells so good!

Kristen February 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

I tend to get my workout clothes at Target. I’m there all the time so it’s more a matter of restraint in not buying all the cute workout clothes!
I’m definitely a fan of mixing traditional and alternative medicine.

Mollie @ Sprinkles of Life February 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

Yay, glad the chiropractor worked! We visit almost weekly. Helped my crazy back pain. It’s not completely gone and I still tweak it and get stiff alot but I think it’s helping our overall health.

Essential oils all the way!!! I use Young Living. We have sooo many and they are so fun to research and learn about. For kids, definitely Peace and Calming to help sleep, theives to kill germs, lemon for germs and overall wellness, orange for teething. I like adding a drop or two of lemon to hot water and sipping on that in the mornings at work. Peppermint is good for sore muscles and headaches. Definitley get a reference guide. Really helpful. This one is REALLY comprehensive- Reference Guide for Essential Oils- can be found on amazon.

I’ve loved all the Fabletics stuff I’ve gotten. The Solar leggings are really comfortable!

Jessica @ Absurd, She Wrote February 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I buy more workout clothes than actual clothes clothes ;)

My new motto as a first time mom to a 3 month old girl is whatever works. As long as it’s safe, I don’t care if it’s mainstream, adhering to baby books (which I just stopped reading), or deviating from my mom’s advice. WHATEVER WORKS.

betty February 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

we got 2 sets (2 different size combos) of pampered chef stainless steal pots and pans 3 years ago and i still love them. i swear by them. my MIL sells it, and i had a party that i received so much product credit, we went for it. best decision i ever made.

i sweeeeear by the chiropractor. i’ve seen a lot of people mention essential oils, so i’ve been reading up on them some, as well.

Janetha February 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

thanks for the recommendation! i love PC stuff so that’s good to know. love you!

jodie February 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Young Living oils!!! And the book Gentle Babies:)

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