Monday, March 7, 2016


Hello, dear friends! I've been excited to share this post with you! Recently Cody got me these beautiful mala beads, as a little belated birthday gift. I absolutely love them! I'm so happy to be incorporating them into my daily practice. 

 I've gotten a couple questions about what mala beads are and how to use them, so I wanted to give you a little bit of info about them. Maybe you'll find yourself interested in a set! 

The run down on mala is this: Mala is a string of 108 beads (sometimes less) with a focus bead (called the Guru bead.) in the middle. This is the largest bead on the string and often has little tassels etc (you can see mine above, tapering off with a silver bow bead and smaller coloured beads.).

Now, mala beads are beautiful, so you could just wear them as an accessory, but they are so much more than that! Most often they are used as a tool for meditation and yoga. 

They are used to count your mantras during meditation, and then (if you'd like) can be worn as a reminder of whatever intentions you are working towards. 

You can wear them around your neck, or wrap them around your wrist. 

Why 108 beads?  There are tons of explanations out there as to why the number 108. A few being: 

-There are said to be 108 Earthly Desires in mortals. 
-9 & 12. 9 and 12 are considered to be sacred numbers with spiritual significance in many traditions. 9 times 12 = 108. 
-Heart Chakra. The chakras are intersections of energy lines and there are said to be 108 converging to form the heart chakra. 
-8 extra beads. reciting a mantra 100 times is considered completed. The extra 8 are there for errors or omissions, also said to be an offering to one's higher power, Guru, highest truth. 

There really are tons more! 

 I really don't think there is a right or wrong way to choose a mala. Typically the one that draws you most is meant for you.

There are different meanings for the material each mala is made with, or the gemstones used. So its best to just choose the one you gravitate towards most.

Once you get a mala you can "bless" or "cleanse" it, if you'd like . some people get them blessed by a lama (not a llama..) but for everyone else, you can pray over it to your higher truth/power/god/universe etc. you can hold it over sage or juniper smoke while setting an intention over it.

Honestly though, it doesn't have to be fancy/religious/ hippie ish at all. I simply lay it in the window sill to soak up the moon or sunlight. You could do nothing though and that's cool too.

You can be very traditional in the mantas you use during your meditation. Or you can use modern mantras like these:

  • “I change my thoughts, I change my world.”
  • “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
  • “I surround myself by those who make me better.”
  • “Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.”
  • “I am at peace with what is, what was, and what will be. I forgive you. I forgive me.”
  • “I have a purpose in this life.”
  • “I am open to the abundance of the universe.”
  • “I am enough.”
  • “I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance.”
  • “Money flows easily and effortlessly to me.”

  • But really, the most important one and really the only one you need is


    Using your mala beads is really simple. you just start at the on closest to the big (guru) bead, and use your thumb to "count" each mantra, gently pulling it towards you when the mantra is completed and moving on to the next bead. there are more technical ways to hold it, but that's entirely up to you if you'd like to look into that. 

    If your mala happens to break, no worries, it's considered good luck. A sign of progression or a breakthrough in your personal growth. 

    I got this one (for a steal) on amazon right here if you want to check out this particular one. 

    I hope you enjoyed this little chat about mala beads. Do you use them? have you been wanting to? 



    Saturday, March 5, 2016


     Hello dear friends! How have you been? 

     I've been pretty quiet on everything in the last month. The kids were hit with a cold, which brought down everyone's immune systems, and then we were slammed by that terrible flu going around. I hope you all escape it because it is genuinely awful. Thankfully, Grayson was spared (THANK YOU BREASTFEEDING🙌🏼) and I got it the worst. 

     This was two weeks ago. Now, I won't go into detail, but I was the most sick, the most times. To the point that my throat bled 🙊. 

    Skip ahead to earlier this week, I was doing dishes, blasting Italian opera and Italian-American hits, singing along with full gusto. As one does... Well apparently my throat was not completely healed, because the following morning I woke up and could hardly talk. 

    Today's the third or fourth day and I'm able to mostly talk, but I still sound pretty rough. As you can imagine, making videos is pretty tough without a voice.

    *croak* "word...Wo-cough/weird puberty noise-rd... W-odd goose call- or....d"  NOPE!  

    It's not all bad though. I've actually been really enjoying getting back to the simple (most important) things. Really focusing on the kids and enjoying each interaction. Organizing and brain storming the coming months of homeschool. Laughing and cooking and just not stressing about getting videos up or anything of the sort. Put my eggs back into my basket if you will. 

    So, I guess in a weird way, thank you flu. Sometimes it takes praying you don't shit your pants, to appreciate those little moments again. That could be on a hallmark card... 

    In other news, I've downloaded an app to blog on my phone which, turns out, is very productive. So expect more in this space. 

     Also BIG shout out to Cody! He built me my computer this week, and as soon as the editing program is on there and ready, videos will be back up on my YouTube channel. Woot-woot 🎊

     Sharing a computer with your avid gaming husband, in the small space of "kids are sleeping, mom will pass out soon", is quite challenging. Now thanks to his hot nerdiness, problem solved. My computer is beautiful. I got stickers for the case and have named him Wall-E (seriously you have to call your computer something when you set it up. Why not give the poor thing a name?)

     Alright friends, there is a little update for you. I will see you soon. I have some videos that have been waiting to be posted, and lots of things I want to talk to you about here. 

     I hope you are all keeping well, and enjoying those little moments as much as you can. 

    ✌🏼️ Xx


    Thursday, January 28, 2016


    Well, this feels new. Old new. Like when you find your old jeans from high school and they fit and they have a picture of your best friend in the pocket. Good, old new.

    Hello everyone, how have you been? I am so happy to bring life back to this space! My first little slice of internet home. Anyone here from the very begining? That was a long time ago!

    (back in the day with baby Mackynzie!) 

    As most of you know, I moved over to YouTube and left this space to collect dust bunnies. But lately I've been wanting a space to share a little deeper, and maybe even a bit more random.

    So without further ado, welcome to Rainbow and the Millers blog! I'm going to be sharing things like recipies, some more feel-y thoughts, more photos, things I like, and sometimes things I wanted to talk about but didn't have the time to in one of our vlogs. Basically this is my youtube channels partner in crime. An adorable little sister.

    I feel like this gives us a place to talk to each other more too. It's easier to have conversations in this space, and we can sort of tie it together with the videos.

    You're welcome to check out the posts here -there are tons! You can search through the tags on the right hand side there, check out the info section if you're a new friend, and enjoy!

    If there is anything you want to have a discussion about or see in this space, let me know and i'd be happy to make it work!

    I am going to see how much time I have to post here, and get a feel for how writing here fits into life before I commit to a schedule, but I'll let you know (and I'm sure a pattern will emerge) as I figure that out! (Thank you for your patience like always!)

    So welcome! welcome, welcome friends. Sit back, grab a hot beverage of choice and lets chat and laugh and cry and be awkward humans together.

    This will be fun.


    Friday, June 6, 2014

    The Field of Wishes

    Happy Friday! Today was the first farmers market of the summer for our town. We came home with lots of goodies, but on our way, we stopped to play in the "field of wishes" to blow our dandelion wishes and frolic in the sunshine.

    Friday is "girls night" for us. A special night where we play and laugh and paint nails. Sometimes we watch movies too! We end the night with a "sleep over" where Mackynzie and Cody switch spots and she sleeps with me and Grayson (since she now sleeps in her own bed.). It's a fun little tradition that I am absolutely loving!

    If you want to see today's vlog click here!


    Monday, May 26, 2014

    Cody and Rainbow Talk: Our Love Story (Bonus Post)

    Check out this weeks Cody and Rainbow Talk by clicking right HERE!

    What's a love story without some throw back photos for your viewing pleasure?

    (engagement weekend)

    (engagement weekend)

    (engagement party)



    Sunday, May 25, 2014

    From Blog to Vlog

     I completely forgot that I never really "announced" that we switched to YouTube here on the blog. I figured most of you link through social media, but just in case, we switched from blogging to vlogging!

    Before Grayson was born, I decided I needed to figure out what I was going to do with the blog. I wasn't really feeling it anymore. That's when Cody and I started chatting about doing daily vlogs on YouTube. We filmed Grayson's birth and then eased our way into vogging, and now we are putting up daily videos! We really love it. It's fun and such a nice keepsake for our kids when they grow up (and us too!)

    We decided we wanted to introduce this space as an addition to the vlog. We will be posting things like the occasional recipe, or photos, or little blurbs of things we didn't get a chance to chat about on the vlog, or more detailed things. You get the idea.

    If you haven't already, you can go to the links tab at the top of the blog, and go check out our channel.

    Be sure to check out the new "About Us" section for more info.

    Hugs, friends!


    Monday, March 10, 2014

    Welcome To The World Grayson Wyatt: A Birth Story

    Grayson Wyatt Miller was born on February 26th, at 8:35pm, weighing 9lbs 4oz and 21 inches long. He was born 3 hours and 10 minutes after my water broke. He was born at our free standing birth center.

    This is part 2 of his 4 part birth story. The photo portion.
    For his birth video, visit part 1
    For the video where I  tell his birth story, visit part 3
    For the Q and A about his birth, labor, delivery, and postpartum, visit part 4

    Since there are several parts of his birth story, I will only be sharing photos with a brief description of what is happening in each photo if needed. To get the full story, you will have to visit each part! :)

    41 weeks, 1 day pregnant. 9am, heading to see our beautiful midwife to hopefully get labor started. his head was very low, and my cervix and body were very ready. he just needed a tiny little natural boost.

    5:40ishpm, my water just broke! on the phone with my mom. We left right after this. Midwife, doula and family are all called and headed to meet at the birth center.

    Laboring in the tub with Cody. We got to the birth center around 6:30pm.

    I moved to the bed at the very last minute because I was too hot in the tub! 8:35pm we welcome our son!

    The lady right above my head with glasses is my mother-in-law. beside her in purple is my doula Carla(well, part of her haha), and the lady in stripes is our assisting midwife, Cassie.

    This is my beautiful, amazing, super-awesome midwife, Janna (pronounced jane-ah.) with the rad tats.

    We face-timed with papa (Cody's dad) quickly so he could see our little boy.

    Cassie is explaining his positioning to me. Everyone was pretty shocked when he  came out facing my right side. if i'm not mistaken, he was LOT, or left occupant transverse. this means that the largest part of his head came out first and his shoulders came out one towards my bum, one towards the sky. this position usually results in an emergency c section, forceps, or some pretty serious episiotomys. what was so surprising is that nobody had any idea! My hips were flexible enough to birth him on my own. but it explains why things were SO intense and why I pushed for so long. (had he been in the 'right' position he would have come out way sooner I think.)
    This is also why he has a hefty bruise and swollen head. his head goes back to normal after only a few hours though.

    there's my amazing doula, Carla

    his first latch.

    Mackynzie holding her brother's hand.

    Cody's mom and sister.

    After his cord finished pulsing, Cody and Mackynzie cut his cord.

    Cody holding Grayson so I could birth the placenta. you can see his crazy head here and below.

    My midwife, Janna, on the left, the student midwife who was such a joy to have there, Rae, in the middle, and our assisting midwife on the left who was also incredibly fantastic, Cassie.

    We are so incredibly in love with this little soul. his birth was fast and amazing. It strengthened and healed me right where I needed. Welcome to our family beautiful boy. Happy birthday Grayson Wyatt Miller!