Sunday, August 31, 2014

Whipped Coconut Body Butter + Peace & Calming Epsom Salt Bath


Happy Labor Day! Is it terrible to admit that I don't really understand what this day is for? Not complaining about the long weekend and I'm off to look that up. First! If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen a little announcement that I have started a new and totally amazing adventure with essential oils (you can read more here!). I also started a Facebook group that will be closed and allow for a really beautiful community to grow for people to share tips + tricks with oils as well as to ask questions. Did I mention I was excited?

I've had a couple of wonderful friends share essential oils with me and I'm so grateful! At the time though I just did not understand how they worked and it was overwhelming. That's why I want to share what I'm learning and to really simplify how to use oils and I am learning more and more cool uses for them every day. I wanted to go through all of my new oils and share uses for each one. First up is Peace & Calming. I don't know if it's my inner hippie or what but this oil speaks to me! It smells like patchouli but with a feminine twist.

Below are two ways to use it. It's also a wonderful oil to use on kids at bedtime. Dilute with coconut oil and apply to their feet OR you can take a little bit and give their heads a little massage. This allows for the oils to naturally get on their pillows and then they'll breathe in those relaxing aromas. Love.

Whipped Coconut Body Butter

You will need:

- 1 cup solid coconut oil
- 3-4 drops of essential oil

Add both to a mixer and beat for about a minute. You can use this as an amazing moisturizer or shaving cream.

Salt Bath

You will need:

- 1/4 c epsom salt
- 3-4 drops of oil

Take oil and drop onto salt in measuring cup. Slowly let bathwater pour into the cup to disperse the scent and the oils throughout the bath.

If you'd like to sign up to purchase oils or to learn more click here.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Notes 25


You guys, this weekend really can't come quick enough. Yesterday I broke down in tears in front of the girls (I usually save that for the shower!) after Phoebe got into something and I had to dial poison control (she's fine!). Matilda ran upstairs and I thought she was running away because I was freaking out. No. She came down with her blanket, which is like her most prized possession, and wrapped it around me. She gave me the most profound pep talk that I'll just keep between us and my heart filled up beyond its capacity with love. This week was tough, but I am SO thankful for my family and the blessings that are poured out daily for one undeserving soul. Lemme tell ya. So thankful.

These family photos (as seen above) are so gorgeous!

This is the prettiest bottle opener. I miss wine. Yes, I do.

Was honored to have the girls' old room featured on Mother Mag this week. So much great shared room inspiration!

Have you tried these? The Coconut Karma ones are just insane.

There are some amazing sales this weekend if you're looking for new fall clothes (I keep pretending it's fall and then sweating profusely as a result). I've got my eye on this beauty.

Alright, if you need me I'll be catching up on Pretty Little Liars and giving myself a little break. Sometimes I'm just way too serious. The end.

Doing anything fun for the long weekend?! Enjoy!!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tips for Moms: 10 Minute Snack Mix



If you're like me, sometimes it takes a little extra energy to get through the long afternoons (aka the witching hours). This snack mix can be whipped up in 10 min flat, provides lots of great nutrition and is low carb/gluten free/paleo/vegan etc.



You will need:

- One package of  raw, organic almonds
- Sprinkle or cardamom + cinnamon + 2 pinches of real salt (stir in small bowl to mix)
- Unsweetened coconut flakes



Start by taking organic, raw almonds and pouring a single layer onto a baking sheet. Place them in a cold oven and then bake at 350 until fragrant (about 10-12 minutes).



Get the nuts out of the oven and place the baking sheet on a cooling rack. Pour 1 T melted coconut oil on the nuts and then use a spatula or spoon to toss them. Drag nuts to center of baking sheet and sprinkle with spices, slowly making your way up and down the sheet. Add unsweetened coconut flakes and mix.

Let cool and then devour. Voila!



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lately...



I've had a lot of friends ask recently how kindergarten is going and it's starting to become somewhat of a new normal. The mornings are still hard. I think Matilda would choose hanging out in her pjs and loungy mornings (who wouldn't) over "doing work," but she's learning so much and I'm learning the rules too and we have a fun routine after with friends. Really thankful for those people that you just instantly click with, where it's never awkward or forced. I just love hanging out with like-minded mamas. I've also for the first time been around more moms that aren't in the baby or toddler years which is weird because I was somehow convinced that those years last forever (sometimes it feels like it!) and here we are discussing after school sports and PTA. As everyone says time really does fly.

My heart right now is to arm these little women with God's grace, to speak life in to them, to discipline them in a way that strengthens and encourages them (easier said than done sometimes), and to build them up in Christ. That can be a challenge when I'm praying for the same things for myself but I want to teach them to bind their little hearts to God's love for them and for others. I want them to be kind and good friends and to be armed with scripture in their little spirits when things are hard, because I know they will be sometimes. I'm just so proud.

I need to break out my real camera so I don't miss a second of this tender time. I've really enjoyed spending the mornings with little Bee and seeing what she loves to do (other than yesterday - someone invaded her cute little body! ;)) and having a little more time to straighten the house and get things done but I miss my girl. The weekends are that much sweeter, having everyone home and I got a great tip from my friend Dana to have as many pajama moments as possible on the weekend so that everyone can rest. I think that was key last weekend, so wanted to pass that along to any other mamas of kindergarteners. xo

photo taken from instagram

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Market Monday 01



So, I'm trying something new today and hope you guys like it! Market Monday is a popular hashtag on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to bring it to the blog along with some easy links! These are things/products that I am currently loving and using (or the girls are!). Would love to know anything that you are loving right now as well.

1. These Life Factory bottles are the perfect size for little hands. I just ordered these for the girls to use at home and when we're out and about. I love that I don't have to worry about plastic chemicals leaching into the water, especially if they get warm in the car.

2. I asked everyone on Facebook what their favorite Tessemae flavor was and Zesty Ranch was the overwhelming winner. Love that it's paleo and has tons of great flavors. So good!

3. My friend Jessie got me using Bee Pollen (make sure yours in local) and I love it. You start out with just a few granules of pollen and work up to 1 tablespoon. Here are a few of the benefits: strengthens immunity, provides anti-oxidants, complete form of amino acids, essential vitamins, enzymes, minerals, protein, growth hormones, and essential fatty acids!

4. Ginger - my dear Jen recommended added grated ginger to my warm lemon tea in the morning. I woke up with a scratchy throat and I swear this concoction made it go away. It's highly anti-inflammatory and detoxifying and also amazing at aiding in digestion.

5. I bought this Crofter's super fruit spread because it was so darling and it's been a big hit. It's low in sugar and has all organic, yummy ingredients.

6. I found this pesto paste with the tomato sauce at Whole Foods but you can also purchase it here. I love adding this to soups and homemade pizza boats (recipes here and here in the comment section).

Hope you have a happy and healthy week!!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Lunch Box 02 + Weekend Notes 24



Hey friday! So glad to see you. I need to get better about taking pictures of M's lunches because I'm having a lot of fun with it. I've been challenging myself to think outside the sandwich (har har). Here's a simple lunch with a seed and nut granola bar, cashews, celery (a new fave - yay!), nut butter, blueberries and gummy vitamins. I don't usually get things right the first time but I'm loving this lunch box, stainless container (really trying to phase out plastic), and this ice pack - the perfect combination. Seriously. I'm also having a lot of fun switching up the colors of the little silicon muffin liners. You can see more kid lunches here.

A few notes from the week:

- I'm in the midst of getting organized to try something new and you know what happens when I start that process? Nothing. I get totally overwhelmed by the details and just freeze. In the meantime I'm eating almond butter and cracking up at this book. I needed a light read.

- I've started going to barre classes and really love it. Have you tried it?

- I've been sharing my whole30 journey over here. Five days in! Two days without coffee. Sigh. Yesterday my head felt like it might explode.

- I adore this photo.

- My talented friend Ashley is having a major sale until midnight. This would be my pick!


I'm really excited about the promise of fall in the air. I feel like I say it every month, but I can't believe that it will be September soon. Love to all of you and I'm so thankful to have the sweetest community here. My heart swells. Thank you for all of the love and kindness on my last post. Have the best weekend!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Anxiety.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6) "

Anxious Christians are bad advertisements for the God of all comforts. But 'not being anxious' doesn't come without the sweat of faith . . . Really, prayer and worry are of the same essence. They are both a rehearsing of circumstances, a mulling over, and a kind of mental and emotional chewing. But in worry, there's no connection, no traction, no relational receiver. It's like spinning our wheels. Worrying is like trying to travel in a rocking chair. But when we 'pray', we are 'worrying' to God. We take those anxieties and cast them Godward, taking them to Him, and -- of utmost importance -- handing them over." - Matt Chandler

Amen, right? Anxiety is something that I've struggled with for as long as I can remember. When I saw this shared here this week, it really struck a cord with me. I had a terrible dream last night which I don't often have because I'm pretty protective of my mind. I grew up watching "Unsolved Mysteries" and Lifetime, but as an adult I have tried not to watch anything like that because it creates unnecessary fear. As a mama those thoughts become magnified. This morning shook me to the core. I woke up wanting to delete this entire thing and get off all social media. The world (and people in it) can be frightening, but I truly feel that God wants to use this hobby for His good. I pray that this is the case. With Matilda starting school and a few odd happenings, I've been on high alert with worry.

Some interesting things happened this morning. I've had this feeling that God has wanted me to give up coffee (sigh) and "feeling" doesn't really do this justice. I've actually been completely convicted but have prayed for it not to be so and have continued to drink it (sigh). This morning after literally years of undiagnosed issues with my ears and other skin related problems, I finally have some answers. I also found that one of the things I should be abstaining from is... YOU GUESSED IT. I have a feeling it has been triggering some anxiety as well. I feel like I need a support group for this, but I am so thankful that God led me down a rabbit hole to find these answers. He's so good!

All these rambling, personal thoughts to share that I'm so thankful that God doesn't give up on us. That He continues to pursue us, to give us guides even on earth. It's truly amazing. I'm so thankful and excited to share more of my journey towards health and hope that I can inspire even just one person to join me. You can follow along here!

photo credit: Emily Magers

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