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3/29/15

Good Stuff

Hey guys.  It's about to get a little P-13 up in the house in the most holy, God-ordained way possible. . . so consider yourself warned. haha


Several Monday nights ago, Adam and I were having our normal nightly routine.

The routine where
I pick up toys and clutter and make his lunch and
he showers, cleans up his stuff and gets his work bags ready for the next day.
Definitely not the stuff that chic-flicks are made of.


Apparently my little yellow dress was setting his little heart on fire because he had gone all mushy-heart-eyes for at least the last hour.  Four years of marriage and two babies later, I have to be honest.  These moments are my favorite.  My favorite because it means we still are crushing on each other, even though my belly's a big saggier and his tired eyes are a bit tired-er.  It means the fight to stay true to each other, day in and day out it paying off.  It means that day after day, night after night, thanks to a good God's grace despite all our short comings and failures, our marriage vows are getting stronger.  And in our culture of cheap promises and easy divorces, this is worth the weight of pure gold.


So midway through my laundry-sorting-toy-tidying motions, this sweet boy of mine grabbed me and kissed me straight on the mouth.

I just can't get enough of you, he whispered.
And right about then my heart just melted into a puddle.  There is something so incredible about being unconditionally loved and desired.
^^ a little throwback to a summer wedding last year with a teeny little gideon in my belly ^^

You guys.  This is the good stuff.  The stuff worth fighting for.  The stuff worth holding out for.  The good stuff worth not settling before finding.  To all my sweet single friends.  Don't settle.  No matter how hard it gets.  No matter how lonely the nights.  I promise you that waiting somehow, someday becomes worth it.

And for those of us that are married.  Let's cherish on purpose.  Let's speak our love to our husbands.  Let's intentionally act in adoration and respect of these precious men God has given us.

Because let's be honest.  I don't believe in perfect matches.  But I do believe that in our imperfections, in our blunderings at life, God has the perfectly-imperfect one for each of use to do life with.  And that is something worth celebrating.



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3/26/15

10 Simple Uses For Frankincense // An Essential Oils Series

Hey girls!  So excited to be sharing about frankincense oil. Adam's always jokes 'where's the gold?!' haha!  This oil has a lot of wonderful anti-aging properties so it's great for scars, sun spots, skin blemishes and more.  Also I can't believe that we are almost halfway through this essential oils series.  I feel like even though I have been sharing, I have been learning the most! Now onto the vlog where I obviously mess with my hair waaaay tooo much. haha! xo
Be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel so you can follow along on this lifestyle journey with us!
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1// Lessen Cough Symptoms: Use a few drops mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed onto your chest OR diffused to reduce couch symptoms.

2// Soothe Bug Bites: A few drops directly onto bug bites to soothe the itch and sting. 

3// Concentration: 1-2 drops on the back of your neck to improve concentration

4//  Warts & Cysts: 1-2 drops on the affected area twice daily to help them disappear. 

5// Sun Spots: 1-2 drops on sunspots twice daily to help them fade.

6// Reduce Stretch Marks: Rub several drops directly onto stretch marks on a daily basis to reduce their visibility over time.

7// Brittle Fingernails 1-3 drops at the base of your fingernails 3 times a week to strengthen your nails 

8// Reduce Scars: Mix several drops with a carrier oil or apply directly to scars to help reduce visibility.

9// Immune Boosting: Diffuse or massage a few drops onto your feet with a carrier oil when you feel cold symptoms coming on.

10// Overnight Face Cream: Use coconut oil, shea butter and frankincense and lavender oil to make this overnight face cream.
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Are you wanting to try out these 10 simple ways to use frankincense essential oil but you don't have a bottle of your own?! If you want to purchase this individual oil or the entire Premium Starter Kit referenced in this series, be sure to check out my Essential Oils page where I have step by step instructions for ordering here.

If you already use essential oils, do you have a favorite way to use frankincense?!


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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

3/25/15

Anti-Aging Face Cream // DIY

I not always been the best at caring for my skin. . . rarely a washing routine or facial creams at night.  Shhhh!! Don't tell the skin care fairies!! haha  As I have been exploring the oils that came with my Young Living Premium Starter Kit, I have realized there are so many included that are wonderful for skin health.
Frankincense is one of the oils that have a lot of anti-aging properties in them.  So I decided to throw together a simple cream that I could put on my face each night.  It's amazing how I can actually feel my skin tightening after I apply this cream.  It's that gentle pull that you experience when doing facials or beauty masks.

I love knowing exactly what I am putting on my skin and the fact that I can pronounce every ingredient in this cream.  Not something I can say about most of the products I've bought from the store in past.  So if you are looking for a simple way to hydrate and care for your face, try this out and let me know what you think.
Anti-Aging Face Cream

5 drops frankincense esssential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
1 T coconut oil
1 T 100% unrefined shea butter
Soften shea butter and coconut oil in the microwave. Stir in essential oils and mix until smooth.  Store in a glass jar with a lid and apply a small amount to your face each night.  Preferably after warm water face rinse.
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Are you wanting to try out this face creme but you don't have a frankincense or lavender essential oils of your own?! Even if you don't purchase essential oils through me, I highly recommend researching the purity of whatever oils you choose.  Not all essential oils are created equal!! If you want to purchase these individual oil or the entire Premium Starter Kit referenced at the beginning of the post, be sure to check out my Essential Oils page where I have step by step instructions for ordering here.


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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

3/24/15

Baby Moccs // SweetnSwag

This winter has been long and cold and all that warm spring-like weather us midwesterners had last week?! It was nothing but a cruel tease.  Ahhhh! We are so ready for daily walks and picnics in the park and generally escaping this house that has cooped us up for the last five months.

Our biggest outing each week is usually to the post office to mail out little packages to friends.  I think the post office workers must cringe when they see me walking up the steps because I always have a bagful.  Emmett turns into the sweetest little helper as he patiently sits on the counter awaiting his sucker prize.  You guys.  These are the little things about my life right now that I never want to forget.
^^ do you see that little sucker and mini dinosaur?! his favorites right now. ^^

And while we normally chill in our lazy clothes all winter long, one of my favorite things is to have a few cute clothing items we can throw on in a jiff before heading out.  You already know of my love affair with mini clothes for Emmett and Gideon and these tiny little moccasins are no exception.  The deal just gets sweeter when you can deck out your little people with fashion for a great price, especially when babies and toddlers grow at the speed of light and rarely fit into clothing items for more than a few months at a time.  Moccasins made to stay on your baby's feet for a fraction of the normal price are a done deal in my book.
Be sure to shop for your own little's mini moccasins from SweetnSwag on their website here and see a whole gallery of mini-mocc-wearing-babies on their Instagram feed here.

PS. If you have a little girl, take my recommendation and snag up a pair of the blush pink and polka dot version here. Ahhh!!! All the heart eyes in the world! 




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