Saturday, November 22, 2014

Paleo-Friendly Thanksgiving Sides

So without boring you all to tears with my food allergies I thought I would share some amazing paleo-friendly Thanksgiving sides! The eating situation has been tough lately. I am back to eating a pretty strict diet (no cheats even!). I need to come up with two sides to make so I decided to scour pinterest for some amazing (I want mouth-watering here) and healthy Thanksgiving recipes.

This paleo green bean casserole looks insanely awesome. I'm going to skip the mushrooms but keep the rest. Yum!

This sweet potato casserole is low on sugar which is something I'm also working on... cutting out sugar! Easier said than done, this time of year especially, but it makes me feel so much better. These scalloped sweet potatoes look drool-worthy too.

This recipe for honey maple roasted carrots is SO gorgeous! The pomogranate seeds are such a beautiful and thanksgiving-y addition.

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving: STUFFING. Like, I want to stuff my face with it. This grain-free recipe is for sure making the cut this year.

This roasted butternut squash recipe looks heavenly. I love roasted vegetables! It reminds me of a side that my friend Joni makes that I absolutely love.

Any great recipes you want to share? Excited to get in the kitchen and cook for my loved ones.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just Like That... She's Two!


Today our Phoebe Lynn turned two. Just like that and I got no say in the matter. It literally feels like just yesterday that she was born. The amount of joy that little blonde package brings to our lives is just unreal. I seriously can't believe that she was almost not in the picture. I'll never forget reluctantly telling God that if we were meant to have another little one, then let it be so and then literally I was pregnant within the month. Funny how prayer works, isn't it?! I can't for a single second imagine life any other way.

My mama came up today to give Phoebe some special things to which Phoebe cooed, "how cuteeee!" She especially has a thing for shoes and if these aren't just the cutest ever!! I also adore this polka dot top and these sweet pale pink cords. Oh, so adorable. She also picked up some darling things at seed factory (our favorite!!).

We don't have sweets in the house often so it's always a super big treat to bake something together. For today it was just Pamela's Brownie Mix (amazing btw!!) but the girls were clearly in heaven and they both got to help make them. We did just a really simple family celebration. My favorite kind of birthday. Love to you all tonight. Think I'm going to cry a few tears into my hot tea. There's just so much to be thankful for.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Intro Class at 200 Mill


Over the weekend I taught my first in-person class on essential oils at the gorgeous 200 Mill. Talk about a dream location for a workshop. When they aren't hosting a pop-up shop you can rent out the space for events, workshops, parties, etc.


I co-hosted the class with my dear friend Katie who came in town from Tennessee. We had the prettiest class and it ended up being a perfect sized group. We were worried we had overbooked but with the expected last minute cancellations it was a body per chair exactly. Amazing! We will be hosting many more classes in the new year so just let me know if you are local and interested in coming to one. We kept things really simple with a fruit and cheese plate and Katie's sweet friend brought some pound cake. Yum. After mingling for a few minutes, Katie and I shared our stories and taught the basics of essential oils as well as going over how to use all of the everyday oils that you get in your starter kit.

Aren't Ashley's prints just amazing?! Speaking of amazing, my super handy and talented husband made that collapsible chalkboard display to showcase the every day oils and some of our favorites. Pretty sure I won't be entering any hand-lettering competitions anytime soon... sigh. We diffused Christmas Spirit and Peppermint for our class and then Citrus Fresh at the end. Some of my favorite oils outside the everyday ones are Progessence Plus for balancing hormones, Dragon Time for that time of the month ;), Elemi for skincare, Breathe-again Roll-on for supporting the respiratory system and cedarwood for focus and relaxing.

We handed out gift bags with lavender and stress away infused epsom salts. They were a big hit!

Sam is actually participating in 200 Mill's December pop-up so stay tuned!! xx

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lately...


Oh you guys! This week has been a big one and it's only wednesday! Wanted to update you on some new life happenings. On Monday we got dressed up (I wore this dress and these boots - crazy bout em!) for a family photo shoot with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Super flattered that they asked us to pose. The maple leaves look like the prettiest gold confetti right now.

My big girl lost her first tooth - eating a corn dog!! Ha! She has been wiggling that tiny tooth for weeks and I had a very good feeling it was on its way out this week. She proudly ran out of school with a little plastic tooth necklace with it carefully nestled inside. All the kids wanted to hold it. Ack! I could not be prouder of my girl. She is donating 10" of her hair in a Locks of Love school assembly this afternoon. You will have to hold me back from bawling. Can't.even.think.about.it. without tearing up.


I went to the most fun cakes and cards party at The Goat Farm last night with Southern Living and Minted. Lots of hanging out with some of my favorite ladies, tasting Southern Living's December cover cake (good grief it's delicious!) and I also got to meet the loveliest creative people. Here's a somewhat blurry peek at this year's card. I'll post a better one after we've sent them.

I have not one but two classes that I'm teaching this week on essential oils. One is sold out at 200 Mill this weekend and the other tonight and online, join us! You can read more about essential oils here and please join my facebook group if you're interested in learning more! Anyone that signs up with me this month gets those two super cute pouches for holiday travels... xo

all photos shot on for phone instagram 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

200 Mill


I am so, so excited about the opening of 200 Mill this weekend. Some very dear friends of mine (the talented designer Dana Poor of Boxtree Designs, Ashley Woodson Bailey and Lindsay Troutman of Copper and Torch) have been pouring their creative hearts and souls into this gorgeous space on the Marietta Square. 200 Mill will host monthly pop-up shops and the first one will begin tomorrow!! Their vision (besides the space serving as a working studio for their businesses during the week) is "to host monthly pop up shops and support makers in getting their product to you!" They will be featuring new vendors and new merchandise each show. When it's gone it's gone! They will be open this Friday from 10 am to 10 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.

When they aren't set up for a shop the space is also available for hosting small creative gatherings or workshops. My friend Katie and I are actually hosting a sold out class on essential oils there next week. I cannot wait! Such a gorgeous backdrop for small events and classes. This chandelier kills me in all the best ways and these framed photos are by part-owner Ashley Woodson Bailey. Obsessed with this gallery wall.

This show is really incredible. I was lucky enough to get a little sneak peek last week and wanted one of everything! I love being able to shop local and to support many of my friends who are participating! Gorgeous bags from A Very Fine South, prints by Jenn Gietzen of Write on! Design, stationary and other fun gifts from Yes Ma'am Paper + Goods, framed art and holiday cards by Ashley Woodson Bailey, stunning copper and glass terrariums and wall hangings from Copper & Torch, stamps from Natty Michelle Paperie, ceramics from Honeycomb Studio (I snagged this apothecary jar!), prints and accessories from Britt Bass and so much more!

Love these gorgeous hand-dyed scarves!

Great textiles and even some accessories for you bar cart!

Accessories from Gunner & Lux and Little Lux. Pretty crazy about every single one.

This Copper & Torch wall just takes my breath away. Lindsay is just so good at what she does! Stunning, huh?!

More from Yes Ma'am Paper + Goods and Honeycomb Studio. Crazy about these ladies!

200 Mill

31 Mill St Suite 100
Marietta, GA

(813) 598-5386

gorgeous photos by Rustic White Photography

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Boden Active Wear



Oh hey guys, Lesley here, your non-committal exerciser and yogi un-extraordinaire. Not sure what it is but I usually get a bee in my bonnet about getting back at in the fall. When Boden told me about their new active wear line I was inspired to get back in the game.

You already know I love Boden (see here and here) so I was so excited to see that they were expanding into yoga clothing. We are lucky enough to be in walking distance to some amazing studios and it's my favorite thing in the world to get a warm drink before or after this time of year. True to their brand, their bright colors and patterns are represented well in this line as well. The clothes are flattering, breathable and super comfortable. I also love the ankle zippers that you can't see here. We've had quite the cold snap this week!

Want your own? Click here to see the whole line and use the code YOGA for 15% off.

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