Wednesday, May 25, 2016

life lately

Seeing as I took a couple month hiatus, I thought I would share what we've been up to via photos lately.

Friday, May 20, 2016

friday loves vol. 1

Silence is so good, sometimes. While I'm glad I was able to step away and take time to focus on other things, I'm also really happy to be back and writing here again. Here's a handful of things I have been loving lately!

obnoxious amounts of plants
Live plants, ya'll. I read an article once that grown ups don't put fake plants in their homes, and I cringed because we had one of those fake flower arrangements from Michaels. Out it went (I had been unsure of it for a while before anyways) and over a few years, I have slowly learned how to keep real plants alive. Now, I think I am a boarder line hoarder. We have 12, or something like that. They are just so fresh and spring-y and cheerful. I highly recommend cute little plants throughout your house.

I feel like these might just be a hippie night light that looks really cute, and I don't care if they are or if they do have health benefits. We have one in our family room that we keep on almost 24 hours a day and it's so much better than a night light in the hallway. Because yes, our 15 month old still wakes up throughout the night. If the hippie night light makes me happy at 3:15am, so be it. (& BB&B has 20% off coupons go out in the mail every so often, and they now carry salt lamps in their stores. you can thank me later.

gold spray paint
I want to spray paint all the boring things gold. It's ridiculous. We've been going through our house to finish donations and started packing up, and it's been fun to give a fresh life to pieces that serve a purpose but were otherwise kind of dull. Like the silver chains to a hanging planter, or old picture frames, or nursery bookends.

Freshly Picked moccs
If you haven't heard about FP moccs yet, you need to check them out stat. I love the brand that Susan Petersen built, her story of starting a small business without a college background, to Shark Tank, to just their customer service. Austen loves how easy they are to put on our wiggly toddler, and I love how dang cute they are. So much more to come on this (like a full review + giveaway!!) so stay close, ya'll.

easy, toddler-friendly meals
I feel like this deserves a blog post all for itself, so I probably will soon. But being a working mama from out of the house, any meals that are fast, minimal prep, and are things that we can all eat are a win-win-win in my book. And if it mentions "crock pot" anywhere in the directions, put it down for my meal planning.

Monday, February 1, 2016

february goals

The first month of the new year is gone and past. Honestly, I'm glad. It was a good one, don't get me wrong, but it was a hard one. We were able to get into a really good groove in our marriage following winter break, I went back to work after two weeks off, and we had Austen's sister + boyfriend come out for a long weekend. But Sophia also got her first sickness (roseola) the first week I was back at work, and there were a lot of sleepless nights for us during Sophia's teething. I can look back on the month as a positive overall, but am glad to be moving forward! Onto Sophia's birthday month (& Lilly's, because we're that kind of dog parents) and a really crazy busy one at that. 

My January goals were: 

1. Finish my b&c swap blocks, and begin b&c farm girl vintage swap blocks
2. Continue reading (because clearly other hobbies trump this, but I do enjoy the quietness of a book)
3. Begin the She Reads Truth Genesis bible study
4. Finish little brother's quilt in time for his second birthday
5. Take donation bags to the thrift store + get a tax write off 

I managed to finish my blocks for one swap, and have the others cut (just not sewn). I started the SRT Genesis study, but it wasn't really grabbing me. I find myself dipping in and out of the Word lately but praying all. the. time. Just sort of my season of life spiritually right now. Little brother's quilt is done (just needs its binding) and I'm bringing it in person when we go back for Sophia's birthday. Also, all the praise hands for people unloading your very full truck bed of donations for you! And a baby who sleeps through the whole thing. 

For February, my goals are:

1. January + February swap blocks
2. Begin reading a new book
3. Host two parties for Sophia's first birthday (and consider crying in the fetal position that we have a one year old)
3. Spending freeze for me 
4. Cut down on sugar (aka: no ice cream after work and before bed...)
5. Technology free evenings 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

essential oils, a year later

It's been over a year since we started using essential oils in our home, and I'm amazed at the change we've made in that short amount of time. In the past few years, we've been really conscious of what we put into our bodies, so it was a natural progression to be conscious about what we put on our bodies. My goal by the end of 2015 was to have a chemical free home, and aside from a few areas (cough cough - anthro candles) we have really made such a huge improvement towards that goal!

We love love love to diffuse in our home. Some of our favorites in the family room area include thieves, purification, and the allergy bomb (lavender + peppermint + lemon). In Sophia's nursery, she loves lavender, cedarwood, gentle baby, and rc. Our room is typically purification, thieves, or peace & calming.

When it comes to using essential oils topically, we apply them to our feet most often. Sophia is my little lavender baby. She also gets a combo of thieves + rc + lavender, all heavily diluted, on her feet before bedtime. Austen & I love the allergy bomb on our forearms, and emotional oils to promote well being on the back of our necks. Our favorite is valor, but I also love peace & calming and stress away.

If our skin is the biggest organ of our bodies, then it makes sense that we absorb everything we touch, including cleaners. So we made the switch to using thieves cleaner for surfaces and thieves laundry soap. I began using art's gentle cleanser for my face as well. We checked all of our household products in the "think dirty" app and whatever got poor ratings, we switched. Not everything became a Young Living brand name, as there are other great alternatives out there. We love honest co., and burt's bees for Sophia. Jāsön brand has a lot of good options for bath products (+ tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner for my teacher friends out there! ain't nobody got time for lice.). Wool dryer balls in replacement of dryer sheets are also fantastic. A couple of drops of essential oil (or plain) and they leave the laundry smelling fabulous, and dried faster than without. I love to toss them in with a quilt, so they smell fresh, the dog hair is gone, but the wear and tear of a full wash cycle is avoided.

Being a new momma is overwhelming, but I love knowing there are natural, holistic options for my little family. If this is the change we've seen in a year, I can't wait to see what it'll look like in ten+ years!
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