French Snacks For All!

Is it just us or is 'toddler life' synonymous with 'all day grazing'?! These boys are hungry + pawing through the pantry cupboards all day long. Dare I think about the teenage years?!?!?!? 
*insert all the shocked + crying emoji faces* haha
I was super excited when Bakerly reached out to me + ask if they could send us some of their French snacks.  Check this out. . . 

Bakerly announced their debut in the U.S. market by "crossing the Atlantic" with the famous Transat bakerly solo sailing race that takes place in May and finishes in Brooklyn, NYC. You can see more of their journey here // http://www.thetransat.com/
 How cool is that?!?! A little bit of french snackery right here in the Grand 'Ole USofA. Yahoooo!!
Plus all their bakery treats are non-GMO and completely free of preservatives, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, zero high fructose corn syrup and zero trans fat.  So while it's not exactly a kale salad, I felt good knowing their little bodies weren't being pumped full of toxic yuck!
 Here's the rundown on French treats you can purchase //

Mini Brioches
Sponge Cakes
Crepes <---- the chocolate filled were my person fav

You can purchase them at all kinds of grocery stores here in California and even at Lucky's Market in Iowa City Iowa  ---- in case my home girls are reading. haha

So be sure to look up your hometown on their website here to see where you can get your own French snacks for your next spring picnic.



Wee Adventurers

An observant child should be put in front of observant things // Charlotte Mason

I am so excited to announce the launch of a brand new project I am organizing for southern California mamas + their little ones! I know the daily struggle of intentionally getting outside to explore God's creation when the days so quickly fill with mealtime routines, laundry + the daily grind of the little years.

The mission of Wee Adventurers is to empower mamas + their little ones to get outside + adventure.  We will organize the dates + outings + you simply show up + join the community atmosphere with other mamas. 

Each outing will be for two hours on a Friday morning with the option of joining us for a picnic lunch afterwards.  All locations will be within the greater Los Angeles area + safe for children of all ages. 

Our first adventure is Friday, May 13 at the tidepools in Corona Del Mar. Simply fill out this form to get all the specific details.  Our second adventure will be two weeks later at the Monrovia Canyon Park Waterfall Trail. Be sure to fill out the form if you want to join us for one or both of those adventures! 

You can also follow along on our Instagram feed here for continued inspiration + information on all our upcoming adventures.  See you all soon!!! xoxo

If you are a mama, I'd love to hear about your favorite ways to get outside + adventure!!  


Snail Mail Love

When I was little, I my favorite time of day was rushing out to the mailbox at 3 o'clock in the afternoon to see who had send me letters.  I had so many penpals from around the country + writing letters was truly one of my favorite things to fill my days.  I actually remember getting in trouble for something as a kid + my punishment was not being able to write any letters for a set amount of time! haha
Fast forward to the world of texting + Facebook, blogs + instant messengers. . . it's a rare day when anything but bills shows up at 3 o'clock each day.  

I'm working to make a conscientious effort to change that. . .  that's one of the reasons I love my wellness community, The Village Gathering, because it has made me become intentional all over again with connecting in the good old fashion way of handwritten letters.  I take weekly trips to the post office to send out little packages + goodies for my favorite girls + there is always a little card inside with encouragements + things I value about them.  

When Basic Invite reached out + asked to send me some of their customizable cards, I was just elated + grateful because I'm already mailing them out so often.  As I got onto their website, I was shocked + amazed at how truly customizable everything was. It was almost like a DIY card station on line. haha 
I got lots of thank you cards for my Village girls as well as for Emmett's birthday gifts, but they have so many more options! Birth announcements,  baby shower invitations, first birthdays, graduation announcements, even bar + bat mitzvah invitations!  Here's what they say about their selection 

"Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online.  Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 160 different color options.  So you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.  This is what we feel like sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and it what we feel is our biggest draw."
I am so so thankful they reached out to me because now I know exactly where to go for all my customized cards for . . . . everything! My favorite part about working with Basic Invite was how I could switch up every little thing on the card from the font color, the the variation of dots + colors on a card + more. It's truly like a custom candy store for cards. haha

I'd love to hear from you. . .  what are your favorite ways to send out pretty mail to those your love?! 


Essential Oils For Mamas //

Hey sweet friends! My name is Nicole, wife to my blonde California husband, mama to little Emmett + Gideon!  We live in Los Angeles where we love spending family afternoons at the beach. In the cracks of time throughout my days, I am building a wellness community with women around the world with the focused on health + natural living through essential oils.
Right after Gideon was born, a friend shared a bottle of Young Living lavender + thieves essential oils with us + it didn't take long for me to fall in love with these little bottles of plant goodness.  What a gift to use God-given nature to support the health + wellness in our family!  We have gone on to learn ways to use oils to clear the toxins from our home in cleaning, body + beauty products + it feels so good knowing that our home isn't a chemical landmine for bodies of our littlest guys!!  I couldn't be more grateful for how they have simplified our living in so many ways.

I am really excited to share three simple tips on ways we love using oils in our home each day.
1 // Diffuse Diffuse Diffuse // Diffusing essential oils is on the simplest + safe ways to use around your little ones.  Be sure you are only using the highest quality essential oils // we have found Young Living to be the best brand because of this amazing promise of purity // in a cool mist diffuser to be sure the oils aren't damaged by heat.

I love diffusing calming oils in the nursery during naptime to help the babies rest well, immune supporting oils to keep us healthy + strong throughout the year + of course cleansing oils to keep all the stinky baby boys smells at bay. haha

I also have found many essential oils to be supportive for my postpartum emotions as well as creating an uplifting environment in our home.

2 // Thieves Household Cleaner // I need simple when it comes to cleaning my house because let's be honest.  I don't have time for intense scrubbing + degreasing SO I'm really thankful for a one stop shop with the Thieves Household Cleaner. This is a plant based cleaner that is infused with the proprietary blend, Thieves. Not only does this cleaner smell like Christmas but I love how I don't have to worry about using it on high chairs, counter tops + other areas the babies play everyday. I can also use it as a teaching tool for our three year old in learning how to clean messes without worrying about toxic chemical overspray.
3 // Fresh Laundry // I love my laundry to smell fresh + clean but freshening products from the store have so many chemicals that can affect the respiratory health of our family.  I cannot believe I waited so long to get some unscented wool dryer balls // like these // because once I did, I fell in love! I simply add a few drops of my essential oil choice to two dryer balls + throw them in with the laundry. 

Not only do the clothes dry faster, but they smell amazing + I can rest assured my babies aren't breathing anything harmful afterwards!

I know essential oils can be overwhelming so like I said, I have created a space where other families can learn + grow with us on this wellness journey!! You can check out our website here // www.thevillagegathering.net to learn a bit more.

I will also be hosting a free online class on Thursday, March 31 at 8PM CDT. We will be covering some of the basics of essentials oils + ways we love using them in our home for cleaning, wellness + on the little ones. Simply leave your email in the comments below if you would like to join us!