How Our Family Uses Essential Oils

I am sure you all have heard of essential oils, I feel like they are everywhere these days! However with so much information floating around, the whole concept can get get pretty confusing, especially if you are new to the world of oils. I chat about them regularly over on Instagram, and how we integrate them into our lifestyle, so I am excited to share in more detail how we use essential oils in our home!

A little background on why I decided to give them a go

I was raised in a home that was health concious as far as the foods we ate, however it wasn’t until I was in college that I started paying attention to the effects of our environment and the products we put on our skin – the body’s largest organ. Through a series of health related issues, and headaches whenever an artificial plug in or scented candle was around, I started dedicating more of my time to researching and really enlightening myself on the presence of the chemicals and toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis.
What I found was both saddening and empowering at the same time – I was sad to learn that the U.S has very few regulations on what is allowed to be manufactured and sold in our beauty and household products. It left me feeling angry, realizing that our government really ISN’T looking out for us, which in turn made me feel empowered to become my own healthcare advocate for myself and my family.

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Your Health At Your Fingertips – I took an At-Home Food Sensitivity Test and here’s what I thought

Disclaimer – I was given the Food Sensitivity Test by Everlywell in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Let me tell you a little story….

I grew up playing soccer, riding horses, eating what every other normal person ate, with no issues. I was healthy. When I was 19, I had a sports related knee injury, requiring surgery. A week post surgery, I found myself back in the hospital with a severe infection, requiring a PICC line in my arm for daily rounds of IV antibiotics. I recovered just fine, so I thought. In the months and years that followed, I had frequent unexplained stomach cramps, headaches, and just generally feeling “out of it”.

Why am I telling you all of this?? 

Through a series of visits with various doctors, allergists, and conversations with knowledgeable people… I was told the best course of action would be to try an elimination diet. I wasn’t having an “allergic reaction” but perhaps these symptoms were a result of a food sensitivity – brought on by the disruption of my gut health from the antibiotics (fascinating right?).  Continue reading

A Romantic Floral Nursery

My sweet little Evie spent her first 8 months of life living out of a pack and play, so her nursery is special to both of us! She arrived just weeks before selling our home, moving temporarily in with my parents, and then moving to our new (fixer upper) home in Florida.

When we finally were able to put together her room I was beyond thrilled!! I mean, it’s still not completely finished, but I was too excited not to share! 🙂  Continue reading

Why Your Baby’s Gut Health Matters

This post is sponsored by Evivo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My personal whole health journey began when I ended up on months of IV of antibiotics after getting a secondary infection after my knee surgery. The antibiotics completely destroyed my gut health, resulting in various ailments, intolerances and sensitivities in the years that followed.

Now as a mother of two, I am very conscious of the importance of gut health and the vital role it plays in our immune systems and the overall well-being of our bodies. I’ve recently spent some time researching probiotic use in babies, and how it can strengthen the immune system, help with allergies, ease eczema, etc. Continue reading

Travel Approved: The Perfect Day Trip Diaper Bag

This post is sponsored by JJ Cole but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We’ve been lucky enough to go to Disney twice so far this year. The first time was completely on a whim, so absolutely no preplanning, crazy I know. The second time I had a bit more time to plan ahead and bring everything I wish I had the first go round. We are an active family and I travel with the kids pretty frequently, but I have to say a trip to Disney is a great gauge for the durability and versatility of any kid product!  

One of the things I wish I had was a bag that was large enough (but not too large) to hold two kids (and two adults) worth of stuff. And stuff meaning, drinks, snacks, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, ibuprofen, bandaids, extra bows (hello, girl mom), ponchos, toys, sunscreen, makeup, money, an umbrella, and anything else we would need for a sun-up to sun-down day at the parks. Basically, it needed to be large enough to fit everything in my magic mom bag, but not too big. It needed to be comfortable to wear and versatile enough to bring with us on rides, in restaurants, hook onto the stroller, etc. And of course it needed to look good! Continue reading

5 Ways We Use Our DockATot Grand

5 Ways We Use Our DockATot Grand

This post is sponsored by DockATot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

If you are a new parent or soon to be parent, chances are you have heard of the DockATot. If you haven’t then don’t worry, I’ll enlighten you! In a nutshell, the DockATot is a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. They are offered in two sizes, the Deluxe for ages 0-8 months and the Grand for ages 9-36 months.

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Before Everly was born, I had heard great things about the brand and how well babies were sleeping in it. So I went ahead and got the Deluxe size DockATot in preparation for having another horrible sleeper…. I wanted to have options! She initially slept in a rock and play due to reflux, but once we had that figured out, she started sleeping in the DockATot and slept like a total dream…. anywhere… and everywhere.
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Easy Toddler Meals for Busy Families

This post is sponsored by Happy Family Brands but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I can’t believe I am sharing my little Evie girl eating big girl food! I mean, I basically just brought her home from the hospital!

Eating healthy has always been a priority for me, especially now that I have kids. We try to eat organic and non-GMO whenever possible – I follow the Dirty Dozen List on items we try to always get organic. But, we are also really busy. We all know that eating healthy can be a real challenge for busy families – especially when you have kids sensitive to artificial colors and preservatives.  Continue reading

Potty Training Tips and Tricks!

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Have you begun potty training yet? Waiting for the right timing or signs of readiness in your little one? Since June is National Potty Training Month, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I learned while potty training my toddler + an update on where we are today.

I began introducing the idea of “being a big girl” when my daughter was just about 2 years old. We bought her a potty, read her potty books, made a sticker chart, and….. it all came crashing to a halt. She loved the idea at first, but being the strong-willed, non-compliant, sensitive creature that she is, decided it was too much, too soon. So, we quit.  Continue reading

Horse Inspired + Modern Chic Little Girls Room: Bedding + Details

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I have been busy with renovation projects in our new Florida home! First on my list was getting my three year old daughter’s room completed.

Combining her love of horses and princess gave me a pretty good idea of what I wanted the room to look like. Adding horse elements with a little bit of whimsy while keeping things very girly chic was my goal.

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The Art of Being Grateful + 5 Tips On Starting a Gratitude Journal

Earlier this month I shared some personal experiences and realizations that spurred my my goals for 2018. Reset + Refresh + Renew is a little snapshot of a bigger story. It’s the “why” in why I am focusing on self care this year, particularly through enriching my Body, Mind and Soul while also working to discover the connection between the three.

Today’s post can be nestled under caring for the MIND.

Gratitude as an Art Form

Life is hard. Life is unfair. Life sometimes leaves you confused, overwhelmed, and sad. Life can be lonely. Life is also beautiful. Life is joyful. Life is generous. Life is brilliantly full. Continue reading