Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to encourage a love for nature with children + free printable

For some reason summertime sometimes brings the uncertainty. If you are a stay at home mom with littles we suddenly have no creativity or ideas of what to do! Ok, it might just be me. 🙂
I lose sight every so often of how magical and wonderful the outdoors is and how many ideas can branch from it! It’s easy to miss the fireflies at night, butterflies fluttering during the day and birds splashing in the water. But if we took a minute and got down at child level and looked through their eyes, it would change our perspective on the creativity and adventures waiting to be found and discovered!!
We can slow down and touch the water and sand with our toes, look and find new clouds and birds, and listen for the frogs and crickets....
Head over to Motherhood Inspired and read more about encouraging a love for nature + a free printable! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Starting our New Essential Oils Journey

Essential oils have been in our home since 2014. I was previously part of a competing company and increasingly became dissatisfied with them. I felt they were never open enough about their farms and distillation process. They didn't promote the Seed to Seal promise or even close to as Young Living does. I felt it was more about selling than about the products.

I have used Young Living since 2014 also off and on. I've always felt more comfortable using theirs and knowing I could instantly look up where this oil came from and when. I've seen countless videos of their harvesting, distillation and touring of farms. I sincerely and genuinely love their products and enjoy sharing them knowing that they are keeping a Seed to Seal promise.

I'm excited to begin a new journey and to be a part of a beautiful community with Young Living! It is all about natural health and wellness in our home. Essential Oils have the beautiful benefits of enhancing this in our home and day to day lives.

I'll be sharing bits about our essential oil journey here on the blog occasionally and more day to day over on IG @lavenderbitsessentials. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me and no pressure to purchase! I want you to fall in love with the oils as much as our family has. You can read more over here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Five Things I Love// Vol .3

I love dishing out this post every few months and sharing my latest items and things I love! I highly recommend documenting yours in a journal or in the notes app on your phone. Would love to hear yours!
You can check out the previous posts here and here. 

1. Mason jars. I love the simple look these bring and the versatile ways you can use them! I have been using mine for flowers, filling with coffee grounds, flour for cooking and more. I might be painting some in the future to use even more.

2. Method cleaning products. These are so essential, especially since the boys help with cleaning during the week with chores. My favorite is Pink Grapefruit, hmm smells so good and makes me want to clean the kitchen and table frequently.  

3. Homemade laundry detergent. My friend Allie reintroduced this post recently on her FB and even did a Periscope video of making it. I went out, bought the ingredients, made it and now I actually look forward to doing laundry and am almost caught up. 

4. THIS book is a must read for all parents. It's so so good and I have learned so much over the last month after finishing it. I keep going back to it for the little tips at the end of each chapter and slowly have implemented some in our parenting and have noticed HUGE changes. 

5. I love nightly snacks and honestly just snacking in general. But it can get you into trouble, am I right? So I have found my new found love of snacking on oranges, watermelon or cantaloupe at night while watching some Amazing Race with Josh (our new favorite show). It hydrates you, doesn't leave you feeling bloated when headed to bed and is healthy! I mean why not? 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mama needs a second

It wasn't even 8AM and all the pillows were in the family room and the boys were using them as a DIY trampoline. I had just finished breakfast and was ready to call it quits. Forget school today. Just go and take a bath. Leave the house. It's all over. 

Needless to say it wasn't turning out to be the perfect day I had planned. Have you had those days? Those days you just don't want to get up or continue plowing through because it just seems hopeless? I know I do.....

You can read the rest over at Motherhood Inspired!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What rebranding looks like and why

I've been happily distracted the past few months by the precious cargo in our home. The boys have finished another school year together and it was good but we also learned so much about learning styles I can't wait to share about.

I've felt recently as if I have gotten in a good groove as a mom of two young boys who are no longer in diapers and don't need an extra bag of goodies and clothes to carry everywhere along with no stroller! We are saying goodbye to our apartment soon and that has brought on a little extra cleaning and decluttering. Even if you are practicing a simple living in your home, as we have for the past six years, you still collect stuff. We aim to purge about every few months.

I've decided to rebrand and speak about what I love to really talk about here on the blog which is

Simple Living 
Your Passions

Also about how to integrate all of these together to bring you authentic, real and messy content.  A life you can relate to hopefully!

I'll be sharing more content about it through Facebook and Instagram. So follow along and share with your friends who might be interested in any of these topics!