Monday, January 19, 2015

Make it Happen Brunch


This past weekend was such a fun whirlwind. I taught a class was some incredible people on friday night (see here) and then had some of my teammates over for a goal setting brunch saturday morning. I can think of nothing more fun than yummy food, inspiring women and goal setting! It's one of my favorite things. My friend Katie and I wanted to surprise the girls with some fun treats like this amazing book and a binder full of ideas and tools to get started with their goals and businesses. Helping other women support their families is a huge passion of mine!
Because we had the class the night before everyone came with a healthy dish the following morning, which was so awesome and I loved trying some new recipes! We had chia pudding (a new fave!), grain and sugar free chocolate pumpkin muffins (yum!), bacon and onion fritattas, fresh fruit, granola, a delicious cucumber salad, mixed greens and ningxia red. :)

I am so excited about 2015 and spreading health and wellness! Just brings so much joy to my heart. I heard so many heart breaking stories over the weekend of health issues and chronic illness. Thankful that God gave us natural resources. Praying for healing all the time!

That's a pretty group of ladies!! Wish I could have gotten a photo of all of us! If you're interested in getting started with essential oils and joining this incredible team you can click here for more info. <3

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

10 Years


Last weekend the talented Alea Moore came over to shoot some promo pictures for re/prom which I mentioned last friday. Joni brought over 25 heart balloons and we had the best time playing in confetti and laughing with our husbands while a sweet babysitter wrangled our 8 girls (combined :)) upstairs. Not a bad way to spend a sunday morning, huh? Joni has tons more photos and info about this incredible event on her beautiful blog. Ticket prices go up tomorrow, so don't delay! Best Valentine's Day ever!

Back to the title of this blog post... this March Sam and I will have been married for 10 years, a whole decade. I don't know that I've gleaned anything mind blowing to share about what makes a marriage work. I feel like we are both still learning every day. I do know that I love Sam more than ever. We've been through a tremendous amount in our marriage: death, natural disasters, divorce, terrible jobs, great jobs, babies, five moves, you name it and it seems to have found us. At the end of the day though, I wouldn't trade a single second for that naive 24 year old love we had when we first got married.

I remember feeling sort of disappointed on my honeymoon, the let down after the wedding hit me kind of hard, I was more interested in the time at what my friends thought of my wedding that actually starting a new life with my husband (shows my age doesn't it?!). I was overwhelmed by a reality not meeting a fantasy. Weren't we supposed to lay around in bed all day feeding each other strawberries?! I had zero clue of what it meant to be a wife and honestly, I'm still learning, along with learning how to be the best mama I can be and having that all fall into balance. I'm a firm believer in God, husband, children, but sometimes the order gets messed up and sometimes I end up at the very top, putting my own wishes first. That's one of my goals this year is to serve more.

Sam and I are taking a big trip to Big Sur this year to celebrate and I've just honestly never been happier. I'm so thankful to be able to say that. I love getting to do life with this incredible man. It may sound cheesy but he really does make me want to be a better person. Sam is so giving of himself and his time. He's never too tired to put out that last bag of garbage on the street, to wash that last pot, to tuck in the girls. He never complains about it, he just does it. I married up. SO thankful that he sees good things in me, even when I'm my worst. Three cheers to making it last, babe! XO

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekend Notes 33

Happy Friday!! Weeks that call for readjusting to early rising and *gasp* schedules - are the happiest on fridays. Can I get an amen?! Tonight I am looking forward to a girl date with one of my favorites. Any great Atlanta restaurant recommendations? I'd love to try something new!

I've been working on some of my goals, like EXERCISE. Totally like a mythical unicorn over the last six months but I've managed to squeeze it in over the last week. My kitchen's a wreck, but I moved my body. Cheers!

I'm currently reading this book and absolutely loving it.

Sam and I are watching every episode of Friends on Netflix right now. He has never seen the show?!!

I am crazy about my water intake these days. How beautiful is my new glass bottle?

This weekend I'm really hoping to get caught up on laundry and life and just to soak up some of the word and my favorite people. Wishing you all the happiest weekend!!!

Mark Your Calendars!

+ Today marks the one year anniversary of losing a dear friend and incredibly inspiring human. Buying tickets to this in his and Jen's honor. If you can't make it to the event, you can donate here.

+ If you are local and want to party with a purpose... join us here for Valentine's Day!! I am so excited to get a do-over for prom and for an awesome cause. Already picking out my dress!

+ I am teaching an online class next wednesday night on full-circle health (exercise, nutrition and oils) and an in-person class on getting started with essential oils. Would love to have you! You can RSVP right here.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Geocaching


Hey you guys! OK, so I am still alive. On New Year's Eve my computer crashed along with all of my software (tear) so it has taken some time to get up and running. My camera lens also took a two year old beating so working on getting that fixed too. Just have to laugh! Anyways, I'm back and thankful for the new year. One of our New Year goals as a family this year is to have more FUN. Sam (who is way more fun than me) got the girls all packed up for an adventure a couple of saturdays ago.

Adventure necessities: back pack, princess toy, flash light, blanket, and tutu. Naturally!

Have you heard of geocaching? It's basically treasure hunting. You can download the app and find the ones near you. People hide these little boxes and then you have to find them. Once you do you can leave a note with your names and the date and typically you can take something from the box but you must leave something in return.

Sam showed Matilda how to read a compass and how to find it on the phone. I would say this is SO awesome for the 4+ crowd. Bee hung in there though and we actually found two of them. There is seriously no greater thrill and Matilda got unbelievably pumped to discover one and Sam found the other.

We found one behind some bushes and another buried under some bricks. The boxes can be all different sizes and typically the app will give you a tiny clue as to what you are looking for.


Have fun!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thoughts for 2015


Happy New Year!! Just like that it is January and 2015 (!!). We had a blast last night ringing in the new year with some awesome folks that came all gussied up. Makes me so happy. I have the highest hopes for this year. I feel so blessed and thankful right now more than ever. I just love my family so much, love what I'm doing, love our sweet friends and thank God every chance I get. I know some people are all anti-resolutions but I love them. I love a clean slate, the energy that comes with the new year, the hope and optimism of creating and conquering. I love it all! With great passion and enthusiasm I am dreaming today about this year. I wanted to share some of my goals here as accountability. Sometimes that bites me in the rear, but I like putting dreams out there! Would love to hear from you too. What are your goals for 2015?!

Here are a few goals for this year:

+ Travel! I feel like I haven't done much of that in the past decade and really want to see some new places. Already on the books: San Francisco, Big Sur, Monterey, Dallas, Utah (fingers crossed!) and Florida.

+ Church - getting planted somewhere and going every Sunday. This is so important to me! We have really struggled with this and I want it to be a main priority.

+ Read through the Bible - She Reads Truth is doing an awesome study on their app that guides you through in 365 days.

+ Health - whole foods + paleo all day long. I feel my BEST when I eat this way and I simply don't want to feel any other way.

+ Fitness - I am doing a challenge with my essential oils member community this month and I am going to also do the Tone it Up "Love Your Body" challenge. I just love them! There is still time to join us, our challenge starts this monday - exercise tips, incorporating oils in to your family's daily life, meal plans, etc.

+ Video - I want to really dip my toes into the video world. My passions are teaching people about health and wellness and I want to bring what I've learned to as many people as possible. You can join my wellness communities here and here.

+ Family time - I want more fun activities with my family, more time outdoors, more JOY!

+ Blog - creating beautiful content to share with you guys!! Having set aside time to create.

My word for this year is WELLNESS. I want to be the healthiest I can be and to share that with others. Blessings to all of you as we start this beautiful and shiny new year. XO

Photos from instagram.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cheers to 2015!


Happy Sunday! Hope you all had an amazing Christmas! Such a sweet flurry isn't it and then it's over. I tried really hard to be present this year and focused on what Christmas is really about but I let stress and worry get the best of me. Every year I say I'll be better! Bee ended up getting strep throat and cutting her 2 year molars so there were quite a few tears shed. All that aside, Matilda was precious and overjoyed on Christmas morning. So many memories that I'll treasure, all the other hard things always fade away. One of my favorite presents this year was a record player. We have been spinning records non-stop. Makes me so happy!

Sam and I are spending New Years together for the first time in a decade. His cover band was always playing shows and I ended up alone until last year when Matilda stayed up until midnight with me. :) I am thrilled to be able to ring in the new year together. Having some appetizers and bubbles with some new friends that are also neighbors which makes things simple and so fun! Picked up this fun pretzel bottle opener and jigger for Sam's stocking and grabbed tons of cute supplies from Shop Sweet Lulu and etsy. Can't wait!

Working on some thoughts for the new year. I joked that wednesday would include vision board making (which I would totally go through with if it weren't for Sam reeling me in). I love the freshness that comes with January. I'm doing a really fun challenge with my team at the start of the year with recipes, exercise ideas, healing with essential oils and accountability. Would love for you to join us! Not too late. This is for anyone that has signed up with me to mentor them in their journey with essential oils. More info right here. Cheers!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unwinding with Netflix Over the Holidays

Well, look a there, somehow a week has gone by without posting?! That's what happens I guess when husbands who help a ton go out of town and sweet little crazy two year olds break your camera (and then catch a cold) and the hustle and bustle of Christmas hits full swing (we are going to FIVE parties this weekend). I may or may not have sobbed myself to sleep last night. Just too much! Loved hearing you guys weigh in on the notsofair dolling of responsibilities this time of year, but the truth is that I wouldn't have it any other way. I love being a big part of the sweet memories our family will treasure for ever. Come Christmas morning it will all be worth it! (below image found here)

So, about that unwinding. What are some of your Christmas traditions? Sam and I love a good binge session on Netflix because it's so rare that we get to do that these days! Would love your viewing suggestions as well. I like not too scary, funny, teenish, suspenseful, clever, etc. :) I am not crazy about overly vulgar or bloody. k thanks. Click through to see some candidates:
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