Valentine Love.

February 15, 2019



Holidays have always meant so much to me. For as long as I can remember, my mom has been so intentional about making them special. It was never about being lavish..... It was just thoughtful and wonderful and so special. 



We’d make special cards, she’d decorate with sweet little things she found when she was out and about. It’s something I’ve taken with me into my own motherhood, the way that I want to create special moments for my kids, ones I hope they’ll always treasure like I have.



A tradition we always had with my dad growing up was pancakes for every occasion. I can remember him in the kitchen, mixing up the batter, pouring it into the pan… creating these simple, meaningful moments that shaped my childhood. My sweet husband has carried that into our marriage, and created that for our kids. 



There is nothing more magical than watching him pour out his love in small, simple ways that I know my kids will remember all the way through their own family traditions. He will make pancakes and waffles special for all different occasions… and Valentine’s day is no different! Heart shapes and lots of love in every bite for each one of our kids.



Sometimes creating these moments withs them is just a matter of speaking it out loud. That’s what Chris and I do with each of them - we will have our own little family parties right at our kitchen table. “This is our Valentine’s party!” I’ll tell them, and we set the mood with fun music, and little decorations from the dollar spot. Setting the tone for togetherness and joy. 



A beautiful cake, pretty little cookies… sweet treats to sweeten day. I love making little handmade cards with them. Watching their creativity flourish in those moments brings me so much joy. We make Valentine’s play dough, nibbling on our cookies, laughing. Being together. That’s most important part of all of it. 



Whatever your holiday looks like with your own little ones, I hope it is filled with joy and laughter and a little bit of glitter.

2 Easy Juicing Recipes for kids.

February 10, 2019




Our family has just recently started juicing and we seriously cannot get enough! I love that I am providing such important nutrients for my kiddos every single day through fresh produce they might not typically choose on their own. As we’ve started exploring the benefits of juicing, I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself!




Did you know that juicing can help you absorb nutrients more efficiently? There is no way we’d be able to eat a few pounds of produce in our diet every single day, but by juicing all those things, we’re getting all of that packed into one cup! Not only that, our kids are trying things they might not try otherwise - things like celery and kale aren’t their first choice, but we can sneak it into their juice and they love it!!




As we’ve gotten more into health and wellness over the last few years, we’ve come to learn just how much of our wellness is tied to gut health. It’s so important to make sure we have healthy bacteria to keep everything functioning correctly, and we have to get the bad bacteria out. That’s where prebiotics and probiotics play a key role in our overall health - and veggies are one of the best natural resources for probiotics - that’s the good stuff!



Juicing has been shown as some of the best preventative care you can give your body. We love that we can so easily make it a part of our morning routine, and one that can include our kids! I love grabbing my littles and choosing what we’re going to make together for the whole family to enjoy.

You need to pick a juicer that works well for your family - THIS is the juicer that we chose and LOVE!!!!

Once you have your juicer set up and ready to go, pick out your favorite produce and prep it for juicing.


We always wash our fruits and veggies in Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak from Young Living - it safely and effectively washes produce! You just add a capful to about a gallon of water, soak your fruits and veggies for a minute or two, rinse, and you’re ready!



I am going to share with you two of our family’s favorite juicing recipes - these are so so easy, and the perfect way to get started when you’re new to juicing! EASY!



Apple Carrot Juice
6 carrots
4 apples
1 lemon

Once you’ve washed and dried your produce, add the carrots and apples to your juicer. You can peel the lemon and add it in, or squeeze it into the juice by hand. Give it a quick swirl and divide between four glasses!

Carrots are great for eyesight and heart health, and packed with vitamin A. Apples can help reduce cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, and are a great source of Vitamin B! Both are brimming with antioxidants!! Lemon detoxes and balances blood sugar.


Apple Celery Juice

8 stalks celery
4 apples
1 lemon

Wash and dry your produce. Add apples and celery to the juicer. Peel lemon and juice, or squeeze by hand. Give the juice a swirl and divide between four glasses.

Celery is a big immunity booster, and works as an anti-inflammatory. Lemon is great at masking that celery flavor for little tastebuds.


Keep your recipes simple, let your kids help you choose their ingredients, and you’re sure to have a whole family of little juicers before you know it!


sleepy love crib spray.

February 09, 2019

There are so many beautiful ways to use essential oils to support almost every area of our lives - and sleep is one of my favorites! Creating cozy environments that feel safe, welcoming and warm, that promote good, healthy sleep and sweet dreams - it’s such a gift to our little ones, to our guests, even to ourselves!

I love making little bottles of linen spray to mist our pillows and bedding before we settle in for the night - it makes all the difference in transitioning to a good night’s rest! And it is so easy!! Just gently spray pillows, crib sheets, blankets....if holding a baby, I even like to gently mist myself!

All you need to get started is a few of your favorite oils, a little distilled water and witch hazel, and a two ounce spray bottle. (These are my favorite! here and here)


Here are a couple of my favorite combos:

FOR LITTLE ONES
Add 10 drops of Gentle Baby and 4 drops of Lavender to a 2oz spray bottle.
Add in a 1/2 tablespoon of witch hazel, and top off with distilled water.
Screw on the top, and you are ready to send your kiddos off to dream land!

FOR GROWN UPS
Add 10 drops of Frankincense, 8 drops of Orange, and 6 drops of Cedarwood to your spray bottle. Add in 1/2 tablespoon of witch hazel, and top off with distilled water.
Screw on your spray top and gently mist your pillows and bedding for a dreamy night!

Have you ever made your own linen spray? 
Tell me your favorite things to use!

And here is a video of me walking through a DIY Lavender spray! 



I could go on and on....oils don't have to be intimidating! FOREVER grateful for what they have done for me and my little fam! 


This is also a GREAT podcast on kiddos and oils. Click here. 
"Have you had a moment as a parent where you’ve paused because you weren’t sure about using essential oils with your kids? If so, this episode is for you. There is a lot of conversation around this topic and we wanted to join. We invited Dr. Lindsey Elmore and Royal Crown Diamond Debra Raybern onto Drop of Inspiration—both of whom are experts in their fields."

Ombre Pink Valentine Cake & Cookies

February 07, 2019



If you have followed me for awhile you know that Holidays are my FAVORITE. I love any opportunity to go all out- let my kiddos feel extra special and their day extra fun!



I really wanted this year for Valentine's day Ombre pink heart cookies, and Ombre cake and some pretty pink play dough for some fun celebrating at home! 



Even when we didn't have fancy beautiful cakes or fresh flowers, we always tried to make holidays something special in various ways. It's the sweetest to make the magic for our little ones! 

That could even mean twinkle lights, a fun blanket fort, dollar store prizes and homemade heart bingo! 



What are you doing this Valentines day?!

Cake & Cookies via Tincy’s Tastries

Winnie Love in Photos.

February 06, 2019

Winnie is a Red Mini Goldendoodle from Doodles in the Ruff!

5 TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

February 05, 2019



Getting back to school can bring out the butterflies in our homes and a lot of emotions.

School, especially the start of school, can be a time where our kids are not feeling confident. New things, new people, new routine & more tend to make some children a little wary in some situations, lets support them! And lets be honest, even as a mama of 4 kiddos- sending my 5 year old to Kindergarten this year has me feeling all the feels!



5 TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

IMMUNE SUPPORT
Keeping our family well is something that I think moms benefit from the most!!

We all want to be proactive with our kiddos so that we can stay ahead of the game! Thieves is an oil to have in our tool kit and use AHEAD of time!

Oils are different then what we are used to….we need to be using them DAILY. Make this a priority to add into your daily routine, it’s worth it!!

 My go to: Thieves essential oil, Mom’s best friend. Thieves is a blend of essential oils specifically designed to support the body's immune system health.

+Roll onto bottom of the feet daily ( I put in a roller diluted with coconut oil)
+Diffuse after school

I love having this one out in the morning when they are getting dressed before school, I roll right on before they put their shoes on!


CARPOOL LINE
We have all been there. Sitting in carpool line and tired littles hop in the car after a long day. Here are a few ideas for you as you navigate carpool daily!

+ How about a roller for you mama? Have your tranquil roller in the car and roll on your wrists as you sit and wait. Carpool, snack, homework, dinner, bedtime is always a RACE afterschool so taking a second to reset will be so important for you before the craziness begins!

+ Grab a few cotton balls and put a few drops of your little ones favorite oil on them! Then stick them in your air vents before you get driving! We love Peace and Calming oil!

+ Have a bottle of cold water and a lovie ready in the carseat. I like to put a few drops of SleepyIze on the lovie so they can small/snuggle it when they hop in the car.

+ I have a roller with 10 drops joy + 10 drops valor ( the rest with V6 carrier oil) all ready to go and hand it back as we pull away heading TO school. My kiddos roll on their wrists and take a second to smell it.



BEFORE SCHOOL BUTTERFLIES

Feeling nervous can be the foundation for lots of emotional and behavioral issues. Essential oils provide support to our emotions and offer a calming effect as they are inhaled and/or applied! Get those diffusers going :) Let’s help our families embrace this year with CONFIDENCE!

As with anything, using essential oils to support our kiddos emotional health doesn't happen with one application. It's not a one and done thing, there's no quick fix.

ENTER the Butterfly Blend! This one is a beautiful emotional support, remember stay consistent!

+Roll onto chest, feet and wrists.
+Pack in their backpack and teach them how to apply when feeling the butterflies.
+Diffuse this blend at night and after school

My 4 favorites: Lavender oil, Stress Away Oil, Valor oil ( this is my #1) and Joy oil.



FOCUS SUPPORT
It's homework time!

Whether you’re educating your children at home or sending them off to school in the mornings, or a combination of both -helping them to stay focused is important!

So many children associate school, and specifically "homework", with an immediate feeling of overwhelm.

Apply these oils below to the back of their neck, top of their head, and their big toes.
Allow your child to inhale these oils from the bottle or out of the diffuser.
Remember that consistency is key with the use of essential oils.
Many people try to be consistent with a routine for 3-4 months to really see a difference.

My go to oils: GeneYus, Brain Power, Cedarwood and Vetiver!



A GOOD NIGHTS REST
Proud mama here....I have 4 precious angels!

For me, mama to 4 littles, a good bedtime routine for us is SUPER important! Some insight into what this looks like for us!!

1. a routine.
Same bedtime everynight!

First up, a calming bath with bath salts. I also love a mellow playlist going while they are in there.

Once out of the bath ( we loveeeee YL's bath bombs), they put on their jammies and I rub their little backs and legs with YL kidscents lotion and then roll the Tranquil roller on their feet and down their spines.

2. One drop of SleepIze on their chests.

3. Fill up all of their diffusers with Peace&Calming or Lavender!

4. We loveeeee having a box fan going, a sound machine, soft twinkle lights in each of their rooms....all of this really sets the tone to a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere!

5. Seedlings Linen spray! Gently spray pillows, crib sheets, blankets....if holding a baby, I like to gently mist myself!

Even my kiddos "lovies" get a spray at bedtime!

Many people believe these oils are new & trendy when in reality people have been using oils for such a long time! What are your essential oil School Ready Favorites?!

Want more info?? Read more HERE!
We have the sweetest community waiting for you! 

2019. My word.

December 31, 2018



Every year I choose a word and its a beautiful thing. I pray about it, I think over it for weeks and then once its chosen: to see how it is weaved through my year- it blows me away every time. If I look back on our story, each year has had so much of the word deeply in it. 

This year I kept praying for my word- and I kept hearing 
Fall. 
I was like, um thats not my word. 

But I kept praying all a few things kept coming up. 

Fall and RISE. 

1. Fall and RISE anew. 

2. Fall, falling full abandon into trust and growth and FREEDOM from things that have held me back my whole life. 

3. " Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." 
I kept thinking about this quote and the season of fall and what it can represent- and kept thinking of what this could mean for me. 


So Fall it is. 
and then Rise. 

I am excited for things that have already been stirring in my heart and what God is doing with this simple little 4 letter word. 

What is your word for 2019?

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Little snippets from previous years:

2018. 
Favor, Fruitful. 
producing much fruit.
to regard with favor.

You will recognize them by their fruits. 
Claiming & praying favor and fruitfulness. 

Over myself, my family, my loved ones. 

I pray and pray and pray and think about what word He is pressing on my heart. Each time I can look back at the year and the word and see EXACTLY why He gave me that word. Each year I have needed that word, it has been a theme, it has defined the year. 

2017. Soar:
fly or rise high in the air.
increase rapidly above the usual level.

SOAR was a theme for this past year absolutely...its incredible looking back and seeing it weaved perfectly throughout.


2016, was absolutely everything ABUNDANCE
I mean it was a life changing year in so many ways. Abundance in life, abundance in redemption.... it was literally the perfect word for the year. There was an entire life switch into abundance. 

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us."

2015. FREEDOM. 

"Little did I know how much I would need to embrace the word brave this year past year. So many things happened, so many hard roads, so much heartache. 2014 taught us much and I believe with my whole heart that 2015 is the spring after the long rain. It is the year of FREEDOM. My words for 2015 are BELIEVE & FREEDOM. I am going to claim them and let them take over every bit of me. I am claiming it now so that a year from now I can look back and say wow, those words were perfect for 2015.  

2014. BRAVE

For the past few years I have chosen a "word" for the year. 2014... my word is BRAVE. My whole life I have basically been the opposite of brave. I have been careful and I have been anxious. Ever since this post  I have been praying that I would be brave. I want my faith to be strong and to rest in His plan above my own...no matter what it holds. I have a feeling in my gut that this year is going to entail trusting Him a lot. 
I want to be brave. 
I want to take this one, beautiful, precious life and I want to live it well. 
I want to literally run towards the plans that He has for me. I don't want to hesitate, I want to soar... arms spread wide open. 

This morning I woke up and Aiden's arms were around my neck. I pulled back and the sunlight was perfectly shining in on his face. I ran my hands across his forehead to brush back his sweet hair and just  thanked God for him. Then I turned my head and Ainsleigh was there too. They must have crept down the hall in the night and snuck in beside us. Her eyelashes and pouty lips were perfectly still as her tiny little lungs rose and fell. I could hear Apple stirring nearby. My precious Appie. These babies are such a gift.... I mean truly a gift. And having open hands with their precious lives is such a struggle for me.
But this is my year...the year where I am brave. 

2013 was HOPE.

" I have tangible hope in multiple areas. God redeemed my heartache. Sometimes I wonder if we as humans encounter heartache, loss and sadness not only because this is a fallen and sinful world. An imperfect world. But also so that we can truly appreciate the joys as well. On a new level of appreciation. A new level of thanks. To balance out human perspective.This isn't heaven so we can't understand the whole picture. We must have hope to come out on the other side of tasting incredible sadness. I want to matter. and not in the "I am awesome and matter so much kind of way", I want my life to mean something. God has me here for a purpose and I am constantly seeking out what that is and what that looks like. I want my life to matter. I want to give hope. "

2012 was CHANGE.

"I have roots that run deep. 
The old me that I am constantly fighting... insecure, unforgiving, entitled....it's time to uproot and CHANGE.
 So this year I will keep the word peace as a daily mission and add the word change. 
Because it's time. 
Those poisonous roots have been in me far too long."

2011 was PEACE.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 My all time favorite book, "A Beautiful Offering" has a chapter on peace... "When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life." It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh. "He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don't have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ."