Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekend Getaway- Dauphin Island, AL

Monday. After a full day of traveling with babies yesterday I'm actually really enjoying this quite  Monday morning at home. AP is napping, I've got coffee in hand and a fire going. Every year after football season Barrett and I try to plan a long weekend getaway alone. Last year we didn't get to go because I was pregnant and felt like doing a whole lot of nothing but lying in bed. This year it just worked out where we got to take a long weekend to the beach kiddos included. We had a grand time. 

Every summer we plan a beach trip or two. Usually we go to Destin, FL or Orange Beach, AL. Destin is our favorite and Barrett has a yearly conference in Orange Beach so we make a family trip out of that. We have never been to Dauphin, Island so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. Have you ever read the book Safe Haven? I love the movie as well. That's the vibe I got. Completely small town and a low key feel. It was amazing. Our beach house was feet from the water, there were very few restaurants and the weather was perfect.  We ate at a little taco place numerous times. It was the kiddos favorite thing we did! We had the best time and can't wait to go back. 

Sharing some snaps from our trip. I had all the intentions to bring my cameras for pictures and videos but realized about an hour in I forgot them- along with a few other necessities but we made it work. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

All About the DoTERRA Dream Kit and Why You Need It

Friday. Oh how I love you!

When I was getting ready to put this post together I started thinking about how long it has been since our family was introduced to the world of Essential Oils. Three and a half years. We had just welcomed a sweet baby boy into the world when my sister Sara brought us a baby gift. It wasn't your average gift though. She had started her journey with DoTERRA and wanted to share with us how amazing it was. I remember opening the kit she gave to us and thinking to myself, " I have no clue what to do with all of this." The essential oil world can be scary when you first dive in! That's why it's important to have someone who knows all about them to give you all of the EO knowledge. Thank the lord for Sara! She was there to answer my every questions no matter how many times I asked. We started slowly with using Lavender at bedtime and before I knew it we were using these little bottles for multiple things throughout the day. Here we are- almost four years later. 

This post is all about the DoTERRA Dream Kit

What's Inside 
Green Mandarin (15ml)
Magnolia Touch (10mL)
Pink Pepper (5mL)
Turmeric (15mL) 

I have to start with my favorite part of the kit. The DoTERRA Kids Collection. You know we have four kiddos in our family. Our six year old and three year old love their oils! They know that when they don't feel well, their moods aren't the best or they need some help winding down at bedtime they can reach for the oils. DoTERRA has formulated a collection of pre-diluted blends made with kids in mind. They include these handy little flashcards that help them figure out which roller bottle is best for that particular situation. It's the complete "Whole Body" toolbox. Formulated specifically for developing minds, bodies, and emotions, these essential oil blends feature unique combinations therapeutically balanced to provide powerful benefits while being gentle on delicate skin.

Next Up is one I just can't go without these days! Copaiba Softgels- When taken internally, Copaiba essential oil may help support the nervous, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, and respiratory systems. Barrett and I have both added the soft gels to our nightly routine! You can read all about the benefits of Copaiba HERE.

I don't know about you guys but I ditched my regular deodorant a few years of go and have been on the hunt for a non-toxic one since. I have tried them all and have only found couple. The new DoTERRA Balancing deodorant is a must. Made with DoTERRA's Balance Blend it is every bit of heavenly goodness. 

I've been dying to add Turmeric to our Essential Oil collection. I have heard such great things about it. Did you know that when taken internally it promotes a positive immune function and response? Read more about it here.

Yarrow | Pom will be available in December to purchase if you don't have to Dream Kit. It's a little pricey but that's how I always know it's the good stuff. Just take Frankincense for example. It's one we use daily! Read more about it here.

Green Mandarin is known for supporting healthy digestive and immune systems which we could all use. A few ways you can use this oils is to incorporate it into your home. You can use this as a food preservative or dilute it in a spray bottle to clean your kitchen. You can use it in your oral hygiene routine to promote healthy-looking teeth. Read more about it here

Do you know how many toxins are lurking around in your beauty and personal care products. One of the main ones being Fragrance. Companies can hide a ton of toxins in the word "Fragrance." Use the Magnolia Touch as your daily fragrance. It can also be used to help when feeling anxious. (Which is me 90% of my life.) So I know what I'm including in my daily beauty routine now! Read more about it here. 

There are a ton of uses for this next oil- Pink Pepper. You can dilute it with fractionate coconut oil to use for a massage, it may help calm and soothe the nervous system, and it may help promote healthy cellular immune function. Read more about it here

When I started with DoTERRA one thing I wasn't aware of was just how versatile these oils are. So many oils can be used for numerous things. If you find it overwhelming just know that! 

Now I'm sure most of you have heard of DoTERRA's On Guard blend. It's known as the protective blend. Now you can get your daily dose of On Guard while using your mouthwash. Insane! You can read more about it here. 

You can sign up to become a member for only $35.00. When you are a member you save 25% on all DoTERRA products! Do you want to learn more about DoTERRA? You can contact Sara and she will answer ALL of your questions! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Designing A Nursery In Three Simple Steps

I have never been one of those moms who prepare's the baby's nursery months in advance. Mainly because with our first baby we lived in a two bedroom apartment. We set up the crib and hung a ew things but she also shared a room with a five year year old little boy. We moved into our new house I loved setting up her nursery. At that point she was about 7-8 months old. That's totally not normal lol. Setting up a special nursery at 8 months!?

Fast forward to our second baby. We quickly outgrew that house and then three year old still had her sweet nursery. Our new baby boy shared a room with his older brother. A few months later we moved again and all three kids had their own rooms. Again I loved setting up the nursery for our sweet boy in our new house.

Now on to today!
When we found out we were expecting our latest  we weren't exactly sure what to do. We had H in the nursery and AR in her room with. If you remember on our Instagram I posted about her staying in our room in a portable crib. We got that set up before she made her arrival! Once she got here she slept in a rock in play. When she outgrew that we moved her to a bassinet right beside the bed. After that she went into the portable crib for a couple of months at the foot of our bed until we realized it was time. Every time one of us would get out of bed it would wake her up. So we decided it was time to move her to her nursery. But I knew we had to make it special! It had been brother's nursery- filled with all of the little sports pictures and boy things.

I started looking into ways we could make this space special. This being my last baby- I wanted her to have the most perfect nursery. Thats when Rock Mountain Decals came into play. Did you know that you can make a space in your home unique and personal without having to spend a lot of time and effort changing it up? Rocky Mounting Decals is a company that create removable wall paper and decals. I had a vision in my head about what I wanted in to look like. Everything pink and girly!

For AP's nursery we went with the Peony Flower Wall Stickers. You can find them HERE. They are the perfect addition to any little girls room! I also wanted to add a personal touch so I got a Name Decal. You can customize it with different fonts and colors.

Here are THREE simple ways you can design a nursery-

1. Find a theme and don't overthink it. With all of our kiddos we never had a true theme. I looked on Pinterest, got ideas and put something together. Don't overthink it!

2. Find a couple of timeless pieces- These Pottery Barn chairs are great. They add a sweet touch to the space and it's also something they can use for years to come. THESE are on sale! Get some great crib sheets, an amazing quilt and your all set.

3. Personalize it- Decals are easy touches to put on the nursery to give it a unique feel. The Rocky Mountain decals we use are removable. You can change them up from time to time. Your baby's nursery can grow as he/she grows.

Thank you to Rocky Mountain Decals for sponsoring today's post!