Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Setting an Authentic Vision & Tone in Your Home

When I started blogging almost five years ago, I had one main purpose. I wanted to shine through with my writing. I wanted to be authentic, and show other mamas how authentic motherhood starts in the heart and in the home.

The definition of authenticity is saying something and actually doing it. It's having a purpose, it's being real. 

Truly friend, you set the tone in your home. There is the funny, silly quote if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. 

But there is so so much truth wrapped in this quote. Martha Peace says in one of her books:

The wife and mother who views life as a "cross to bear" influences the others in the home to think the same way. She easily robs everyone else of joy and like the yeast in the bread she bakes, her ungodly attitudes spread to everyone else. 

This is such a hard truth to swallow. God gave us a beautiful role to encompass.....

Sharing more over on Motherhood Inspired this month and I would love for you to hop over and check it out! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#1 item to have in your car

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Ever since having my oldest son almost seven years ago I've become more and more conscious of what we eat and use- especially when it comes to everyday items! One item that I've been buying ever since I became a mama is wipes. Honestly, what mom would ever stop using them? 

We use them for EVERYTHING- wiping hands after eating if out and about, wiping down counters and even giving a few to the boys to wipe down the back of the car or clean the counters in their bathroom! They are easy on the go and a great item to keep in the kitchen or bathroom too. 

So I was SO excited to find a company that makes non toxic, fragrance and alcohol free and natural baby wipes. They are stronger and thicker wet wipes suitable to use on your newborn to even you! 

They are pure and gentle made up of only 2 ingredients! Water and fruit extract. Now you might be wondering- do they actually get the job done? Yes! After my kiddos had a donut one weekend these wipes were easy to use and got the job done. 

It's so hard to go to the store and wonder which item to pick up for our little ones so I was so excited to find WaterWipes and know I'm guaranteed an honest company making chemical free wipes. 

Now you can find WaterWipes fully stocked at your local Walgreens. These are durable and effective without containing any of the potentially harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes, WaterWipes proves a safer, natural option for your kiddos. 

You can check out more on their site and find your local Walgreens here. 

You can grab the 4 pack of wipes for $14.99 at Walgreens. You can keep one in the car, in your kitchen, bathroom and an extra for when you run out! 

WaterWipes Walgreens Giveaway I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).

Friday, September 23, 2016

This Journey is Only Beginning

When I first jumped into essential oils two years ago I didn't go with Young Living. I went with a competing company and honestly after a few short months quickly became overloaded with pressure to sell and I didn't feel right not knowing exactly where my oils were coming from. I really became unsatisfied with them and honestly felt all their oils smelled the same or too sweet or just not how an organic 100% pure essential oil should smell.

So I gradually stepped away from them and their oils sat in a drawer never finished.

I've always had a passion for women's health and educating other mamas on overall wellness and support. This past summer when I noticed an IG friend post about joining her community with Young Living and how much it has helped support her emotions, immune system, school with the kiddos and more- I knew this was something I could do.

I've always said on my blog and even to friends - do what your passionate about. Do something you love. Make time for it! This looked like my way to combine my passion for women's health but still be able to be at home with my boys.

You can read the reasons WHY I chose Young Living over here.

Since jumping in this past summer I've noticed a HUGE difference with using Young Living. I've noticed an amazing support for our immune systems, focus when doing school, emotions, cleaning with no chemicals and more! I am sharing daily bits over on IG and how we use them each day.

I wanted to hop over here and let you guys know - these oils have really been a life changer. I love our oily station in our kitchen, I love hearing the boys ask for oils on their feet each night and I love seeing them use rollers on their wrists! Makes this mama heart happy to see.

I'd love to share more with you and that's why I would LOVE to host an online FB class/party for you and your friends. A simple and cozy night sharing my story and I have a slew of topics to choose from! As the host you'll receive a FREE oil from me AND $25 for every friend that signs up at the class. It's the best way to dip your toes in and see what you think of the oils for health & wellness in your home!

If you're interested send me a message in the contact form on this blog or through my FB page! I'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When God works (buying our house) vol. 3

You can catch vol. 1 and vol. 2 if this is your first time here or if you missed them!

We moved to our in laws end of June and our goal was to hopefully by the end of the summer have a job lined up in Raleigh. Even though we didn't have rent to pay anymore there is still the cost of the cell phone bill, credit card debt, car insurance bill and food. We knew we could maybe last two months with no income coming in.

We made so many sweet memories with my in laws last summer while staying with them. The boys had a blast swimming, planting flowers with Grandma and playing countless games with Pop-Pop. I recently went and scrolled through the photos and videos from that time and I'm so so grateful we were able to make it an enjoyable and fun experience for the boys even with all the stress and unknown!

Josh and I tried to "earn our keep" each day while living there. We would start the morning with helping in the kitchen and then find our way outside and try to trim bushes, trees and even power wash the side of the house. While doing the yard work the boys would roam and had such a blast exploring! The second day we were at their house we found quite a few bee hives in the ground so we made even more memories. Late at night we would head out to the bee hive we found during the day and terminate them -- oh if only these moments were caught on video!!

Each day, Josh would also head out and for most of the afternoon and try to make connections online with recruiters and companies in Raleigh. Just a few days after moving in he was contacted by a recruiter looking to hire down in Raleigh. Josh didn't think much of it but sent him his resume and the recruiter immediately contacted him back and set him up for a phone screen.

Long story short- He landed a job 9 days after moving into my in-laws! We were ecstatic. We knew God has His hand in it all and couldn't believe this was really happening.

We stayed at my in laws for exactly a month and from one of the day trips down to Raleigh that month we found a cute apartment in a little small town near Raleigh that reminded us so much of Warrenton- which we adored in Northern VA.

Our first rent payment was due for the following month a week before Josh's first paycheck from his new job. We knew if God made a way for us to move this quickly he would make a way for us to make our payment. Josh had recently launched a side coaching gig on his blog to help others land tech jobs since that is exactly what he did a few short years before. (You can read more about it on his blog).

When he launched it soon after he landed TWO coaching clients and we were able to make our rental payment with no late fees! It was another huge blessing and testimony that Raleigh is where He wanted us to be....

Next up our house searching begins!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why You Should Clean Your Dishwasher

The beautiful machine in our kitchen that magically cleans dishes also needs to be cleaned on its own. Yes, it's true and if this isn't part of your regimen- let's do it today all together!!

Over time grease, grime, soap scum and food debris build up in the dishwasher. It suddenly becomes a breeding ground for germs and yucky other unmentionables and it REDUCES the efficiency of your appliance.

According to experts you should clean your dishwasher once a month. Let's just say this was not happening in our home....yep, we will leave it at that. Honestly, it's not something that crossed my mind but it makes sense!

So over the past weekend this is what I did, it's simple, smells SO clean and the first load I did afterwards was extremely shiny and smelled heavenly.

  • Clear the drain 
Remove the bottom dish rack, inspect the dishwasher drain, remove any food or gunk caught in there. If your dishwasher has a drain button (mine does) let it run 1-2 times. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency & prevent damage.

  • Grab supplies 
The following is what I grabbed to clean with. Vinegar (white), baking soda, 3 lemon peels, Purification essential oil, a tiny bowl. Pour & mix about 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 3 lemon peels and 8 drops of Purification oil in the bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda across bottom of dishwasher and place bowl on upper rack of dishwasher. Run a hot water cycle or normal cycle.

  • Ta-Da! 
Open up, check out your fresh smelling and brightened stain-free interior and repeat about once a month.

A little about the Purification essential oil:

It is an air purifier, it helps eliminate airborne microbes, it has Lemongrass which is an anti-fungal/parasitical and it has Melaleuca which is an anti-bacterial. It is a refreshing, bright scent that is safe for the whole family and so so helpful to have around with cleaning too! You can find out more here.