Monday, August 17, 2015

Five Things


1. Over the weekend Sam and I took the girls to our family lake house. It was wonderful to get to be together and to get those last little beats of summer to fill our hearts for the cooler months ahead. We ended up catching a marathon of Fixer Upper on HGTV (I literally never watch tv, but we don't have HGTV and I got sucked in!!). I feel like Joanna has a very similar aesthetic (a little more country) and loved watching them bring these houses back to life. Love this mint green in her Magnolia Market. Sam and I started brainstorming about joining forces to flip some houses in our town...

2. The summer completely derailed me. I was rocking it with the bikini series but 7 days a week of hardcore exercise is just a bit much for this stage of life. Fit mamas... how did you survive the summer? My girls wanted NOTHING to do with the stroller. Ordering this today.

3. I'm reading this book which I think is an amazing book for any girl/person.

4. I received some powersheets as a gift from one of my inspiring mentors and I am plowing through them. Highly recommend them for goal setting and just clearing out the noise so that you can focus on what is important. If you haven't read Make it Happen, I also HIGHLY recommend that book as well. Lara Casey is just a force of encouragement. This somehow turned into a book post!

5. I have been wearing this multiple times a week. Love it paired with a drapey black cardigan, black skinnies and booties (these are perfect!). Bring on the fall wardrobe! Bootie season is upon us.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Convention




Oh my goodness! I just got home from a whirlwind five day trip to Texas for Young Living's International Convention. It was so surreal to be there with my Golden Drop girls and my precious mentor's Casey and Kristen. I missed my people something fierce but it was such a special and wonderful time and I can't wait to do it again next year! Casey and Kristen threw the cutest mocktail party the first night with cookies from Alicia the Cookie Girl and Ningxia Red (a super food drink) mixed with La Croix and grapefruit. Yum!

Ashley, Eryn, Erin, me, Kristina, Erin, Katie, Rebecca

This group of women right here I've been working with for a year, they are the heart and soul of the Golden Drop Society. They are smart, funny, wise, creative and obviously beautiful. So thankful for each and every one of them. They traveled from Tennessee, London, California! It was the first time I had met several of them in real life. So fun! The convention was hosted at the beautiful Gaylord hotel in Grapevine, Texas. This place is seriously unreal. The indoor atrium was so gorgeous.

I found the cutest customizable journals from Minted that I personalized with a note on the inside. My dear friend Erica from Yes Ma'am Paper + Goods did the hand lettering for me. I love it so much!

Here is some of our extended team with our amazing mentor Courtney Critz of the Babysteps team.


Katie and Ashley were the first to jump right in with me. They loved the oils from the beginning and have been my rocks and leaders from the get go. They are both incredible, strong, gorgeous women!

The RED bar at the Expo was so.much.fun. You could order Ningxia red slushies, shots with different oils (I loved the "Tingly Lips") as well as the new drink, "Zyng." One of the neatest parts about Convention was getting to hands-on experience all of the new products that they released before anyone else. I absolutely love the new Thieves laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid and Cool Azul feels amazing and tingly on tired body parts. Love! The new oil, "Northern Lights Farm Black Spruce" is also a new favorite. We diffused it the whole time we were there and they diffused it during the release as well. Amazing!


A special group of ladies got to ride in a Hummer limo to the Babysteps office where we were spoiled with the sweetest gifts and delicious treats from Courtney. I felt so lucky to be there!

I participated in my first ever organized run! The Light Up the Night fun run was a crazy explosion of neon glow and was for such an amazing cause. We got to learn more about the Young Living Foundation while we were there and their mission to partner with Sole Hope and to support children in Croatia and Ecuador. It was incredible to be a part of.

I feel so blessed to get to share health and wellness alongside some of my favorite people. Rebecca was one of the first people to introduce oils to me and Erin and I were pregnant with our sweet baby girls at the same time and met through blogging. It was so fun to get to hang out with everyone this weekend!


Kristen and Casey are my go-tos, some of my best friends, my business inspirations and more. They are such a huge blessing to my life and it was so fun to be with them for five days. It was surreal! Nothing better than working with your friends.

If you are interested at all in joining our amazing community and getting started with your own oils, you can click here to find out more. I was so inspired to hear the vision and history of Young Living and firmly believe more than ever that I made the right choice with signing up with them. They are precious, God loving people. Also, if you sign up for oils with a premium starter kit this month I will send you some goodies and this adorable oils pouch. Can't wait to welcome you to the Golden Drop Society!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Last Weekend of Summer





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It's here, the last weekend of summer. July flew by like a hot, sweaty little thing. We spent the week picking up school supplies and preparing our hearts. We made first day of school roller balls and have started talking about our new routines. My mama heart has been aching lately with worry over all sorts of things, but we are called to focus on the present and that's what I am trying so hard to do.

We have house warmings and birthday parties this weekend and lots of prep work to get done. i'm going to tryyy to be better about meal prepping and getting lunches under control on sundays. Saw this post which I am going to investigate and these boxes are still in excellent shape from last year and my favorite way to pack lunches.

Sam and I are still watching Friends (see my post here!) and haven't made it all the way through (I'll be sad when we do!) but we took a break the other night to watch a movie recommended by my friend Emily. She raved about Chef and I am here to rave some more. So heart warming and such a story of redemption. This is an all-star cast too (not sure how I missed this?). You will fall in love with Jon Favreau. Watch it this weekend!

Other netflix recommendations here.

Excited to dust off the cobwebs in here with school starting up again. I've missed this little creative space. xo

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Currently Watching on Netflix: 180 South


I have been a life long fan of the company Patagonia - their vision for sustainability and making quality gear are just my jam. My Dad has jackets that he still wears that are just as cool 30 years later. Not many companies can speak to that. They also did this ad which is totally rad:

So I was very interested in the documentary 180 South that was inspired by founder Yvon Chouinard and his best friend Doug Tompkins (founder of the North Face) and their trip from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile in the 60's. The home videos are so awesome and so are their stories that inspired the film. This 2010 documentary was directed by Chris Malloy and covers the journey of Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic trip. Johnson decided to make climbing the Corcovado Volcano in Patagonia his life goal after speaking to the pioneers and then planned his own adventure. Perfect summer flick.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

PLANNING THE FOURTH OF JULY MENU

Oh, the fourth. This is one of my very favorite holidays and of course it is about freedom and independence and those themes ring true for the holiday as well. Something about the zero pressure, warm weather, glorious summer food, makes it one of my most looked forward to days of the year. We normally host a party because we can see the fireworks from our house (love!) but this year our yard is in a state of shock and disarray and we were lucky enough to get our family lake house this year (we share it with two other families so holidays are alternated). Honestly the timing was perfect. Today a friend has Matilda so I am dreaming up a little menu. Some things healthy, some things healthy for the soul. ;)

This mexican corn dip is a take on the street food and looks like the perfect pre-dinner snack.

For small gatherings I love a signature cocktail. How yum do these Boozy Watermelon Coconut Refreshers look?! Also, my St Germain Rosemary Lemonade, obvs.

This flavor combination could sustain me for all time. Love avocado, cilantro, fresh tomatoes, red onion. Ah, this Mexi-cali Chopped Salad is perfection.

I'm sorry but there needs to be hot dogs. Love these creative topping ideas!

Last but duh not least, my friend Kristin posted about her banana pudding on instagram and I was like... zomg must have. I want to make this for dessert. It's fun and a little unexpected for my crowd. They will love it!

Hope you have such a fun time celebrating this great place we call home. xo

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Lately + Currently Reading

Summer is slipping away it seems. With early mornings and long days it is hard to believe! I have been working so hard on several passion projects. I created a new website for my oils community (so many exciting new things happening with the Golden Drop Society!), have been trying to tackle a big project in the back yard (plan b!) and most importantly I am getting to play my starring role of mama. It has been so nice having Matilda home and I know Phoebe treasures this time too. I took extra time with them last night with a proper bath and pampering, breathing in their little post-soapy skin while I brushed their hair. Heart breakingly sweet moments that I am trying to bottle up in my jar for the hard moments that come along with growing pains and two-year old tantrums. :)

my new bag from my friend jennifer

Currently reading:

+ For the girls: The Bear's Great Sea Escape (we found this darling book at my favorite, seed factory)
+ Home Making: re-reading this favorite because I feel like I need a constant reminder of what is really important. This book analyzes the qualities that each family member should possess to create an amazing Christian home life. So beautifully written it brings tears to my eyes.
+ The Best Yes - oh man, I am a people pleaser by nature and constantly feel guilty. This is such a breath of fresh air!

What is on your summer reading list? I am a self-help and spiritual inspiration lover haha and rarely read fiction. It's a little sad and I should read for fun more. So, hit me! I'm also on a podcast kick so if you have any great recommendations I would love those too.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Summer 2015 Bucket List

School is officially out a week from tomorrow so Matilda and I made a summer bucket list while we were cooking dinner one night. Oh the smell of fresh cut grass, chlorine and honeysuckle... bring it!

Last summer I got stressed out because I didn't plan. This year I have camps set up (do your homework - so many fun options and a lot of them very affordable!), scheduled 2 mornings a week to do what I need to do and I want to create structure to our week: mondays - library for story time, tuesday - meet up with friends, wednesday - go to the park, etc.

We are putting in our fence (I think...) this summer instead of going on a family vacation (here's our favorite spot) so I'm channeling all the beach vibes here.

+ Go to the lake
+ Light sparklers
+ Throw a neighborhood Fourth party
+ Go out to get ice cream
+ Go white water rafting
+ Try paddle boarding - this has been on my list for the past 3 years
+ Get a manicure with Matilda
+ Buy our summer sandals - sort of feeling these flashbacks to 7th grade, love them for kids too!
+ A weekend in Heflin
+ Grill out at least once a week. Holler!
+ Run in the sprinklers
+ Camping with s'mores of course (this is my kind of camping)
+ Night swimming
+ Watch the fireflies
+ Buy water buckets to play outside with
+ Get Matilda swimming!
+ Spin frozen margs
+ Have weekly date nights! We have never done this before and I think it is so important - even just 2 hours out with each other can be so good and such a great reset
+ Make homemade popsicles (love these molds!)

What is on your list?!

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