Monday, November 24, 2014

If we were to get together today over coffee, I would tell you that...

This year has been so good and so hard all wrapped up into one. I think it has been a really difficult year for just about everyone I know (me included). And yet it's been incredibly amazing at the same time. New baby? Loss? Personal growth? Death? It's so odd how much of a mixture of the two it has been for me this year.

I would tell you that a year ago today I found out I was pregnant with Everly and my entire world changed yet again. I wrapped up that positive pregnancy test in Christmas wrapping paper and gave it to Joshua after I had had a few hours to digest it and put Eden to sleep as a "big sister." What a year! 

I don't really like coffee much anymore, can you believe it? I never thought I would say that! I've really started not drinking as much of it & I've started enjoying it less and less...

I loved this article on what it's like to have two kids under two... such sweet encouragement for me after I experienced my toddler having a meltdown and my three-month-old wailing for food both at the same time on the corner of 4th Avenue this weekend! 

I would tell you that my heart is aching for a dear friend of mine that got some horrible news today. And it is overjoyed at the same time for another who got some incredible news today. Funny how you can get news of such vast difference just hours shy of one another.

I would tell you that I'm super energized today and am feeling extremely productive.

I would tell you how excited I am to dress my girls up in warm, snuggly clothes for the holidays!

I would tell you that I really miss writing and the creative outlet of blogging. I always love it when I do it! 

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Any fun plans? I would tell you how wonderful it is to just sit and chat with you. Thanks for having a quick cup of coffee with me today ;) 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Everly Kate: 3 Months


Everly-- my sweet girl. 
Where do I start? 
You are the definition of a happy baby.
I really do believe God gave us you this year to bring us so many smiles.
I am loving watching you grow each month and change as you discover your fingers, toes, and the world around you. 
You fit into our family just so perfectly. 
You are so loved xo

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Essential Oils 101: Lavender

I mentioned last Thursday that I would be doing a little essential oils (EO's) 101 basic class here.
I know when I was starting out with essential oils, I wanted to know exactly what each one did specifically. EO's are for far more than just aromatic purposes. 

The first oil I believe everyone should own is Lavender. Often called the "Swiss Army knife" of oils, it's versatility ranges from helping with sleep issues, sunburns, burns, headaches, dry skin, cramps, fevers and stress. It's one of my favorites to throw in a warm bath at night or to mix with a carrier oil (like vegetable oil/coconut oil, used to get more out of your oil for massage/dilution) for a relaxing massage. We often diffuse it in our bedroom at night with Cedarwood (my absolute favorite for sleep) for a restful night's sleep. 

Here are some awesome ways to use Lavender EO:

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and am in no way diagnosing medical conditions or prescribing medical treatment. 
You should always seek a doctors opinion before changing, adding, or modifying any medical treatments that have previously been prescribed.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Adapted via Damn Delicious
  • We went to a BBQ over the weekend, and I made this easy side dish to share. It probably took me about 30 min from start to finish (using my beloved rice cooker to make the quinoa) and my sweet girlfriends seemed to like it. Easy cooking and happy bellies? I'll call that a winner. Perfect for a Veteran's Day BBQ tomorrow. Enjoy! xo

Ingredients //

  • 1 cup quinoa 
  • 2 large navel oranges, cut into segments 
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced 
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained 
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For the Orange Vinaigrette //

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • Orange zest or 3 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, orange zest and sugar in a small bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, oranges, bell pepper, jalapeno, black beans, corn, onion and cilantro. Pour the vinaigrette on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Essential Oils: Not Just Another Trend.

Essential oils -- simply, oils that have been extracted from plants-- have been around for YEARS. 
Unfortunately, a lot of us are getting the memo about them.
Sad. Some might say they are the "new trend" and others might say it's a "trend" that's around for good. I believe it's the latter. Why? Because people are sick of using stuff that doesn't work. Sick of masking problems. And tired of being tired. 

We were. So we found something that works and it works so well I'm here talking about it. 
Almost a year ago, we discovered them and they have changed our family for the good. I honestly wish I had known about them a long, long time ago but that's besides the point. 

So I found them. I did my research. Young Living was a no-brainer. I could stand by them ethically (no, they were not stealing ideas and bottling it up and calling it something else, cough cough) and yes, I could trust it for my family (SeedToSeal, need I say more). 

I've gotten a lot of questions and emails about essential oils and how we are using them so I'm going to be doing a little 101 class here on my blog. NO sales. NO pressure. This is just info. You want to know more? Email me ( The last thing you want is another blog SELLING.YOU.SOMETHING.

So stick around. First topic on the agenda: Lavender. 
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