Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweet Summer Time.


"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost." -Marion C. Garretty

The other day, the girls and I rolled out a large blanket and enjoyed a sweet snack under a shady tree. It was one of those perfect summer days where the sun was so warm and the breeze was just right and my girls were giggling and playing with each other and I remember thinking, "This is one of those Summers I hope we remember always." Our first with our sweet little peach. We traveled such a hard road to get here, to meet her, to get to know her sweet spirit. It feels like a lifetime ago and just yesterday all at once that we were struggling through losses and hormone treatments, hoping one day we would finally bring her earthside and make our family a little more complete. 
Watching her grow through each stage has been such a light in our lives. She puts a smile on all of our faces even on the messiest, most difficult days, and with three kids you can guarantee that there are plenty of those to go around. 


When we decide to expand our families sometimes we may question ourselves or worry "What if I cannot love another child the way I love my first?". Maybe it's because the love we have for that tiny person feels so huge we don't think our hearts can handle more or maybe we feel as though we are not enough but now that I've welcomed this third little one to the mix I can say for certain that our love as mothers is limitless. Each child brings their own story, their own gifts, their own challenges. Each one fits so perfectly into our little hive. Each one fits so perfectly into our hearts. 


When I was watching them play on that blanket together, gratitude flooded my heart. There is so much beauty in the simple little moments of our everyday life. 
Witnessing our children love on each other, seeing how perfectly the journey unfolds.
It was pure magic. 


Bonnet // Sweet As April

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just leap.


Ever since I created this space it's felt like home to me. I've always come here to pour my heart out, share the greatest joys of my life, and find comfort and healing during the difficult times. I find that no matter where my journey takes me I always end up here, wanting to share all of the twists and turns with you. I've tried to quit you, sometimes I even gave ya the cold shoulder when the going was pretty tough but I come back time and time again because you are special to me. When something big happens in my life I start feeling that pull, that whisper to come back and share it with you. So here I am, showing up and showing you my heart.
Sometimes there are moments in life where you're standing on the edge of a decision. You're shaking and unsure, your vision blurs and your palms sweat. You know that there are only two options ahead, back down or take the leap. I don't know how many times, especially in my businesses, I have been on that cliff. Afraid of rejection or failure or worse. Afraid I am not enough. Afraid. There have been so many times when I have stood on the edge and then talked myself down. So many times I let fear make the decisions in my life. So many times. And that's all of us right?! Because the unknown is scary and unpredictable and well, unknown.

"The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I'm willing to show you. In you, it's courage and daring. In me, it's weakness."
-Brene Brown

I read this quote the other day and it sort of smacked me in the face like a ton of bricks because isn't that the truth?! We hold ourselves back from being authentic and vulnerable because we don't want others to see our weaknesses but the truth is that when we show up, ready to take that big scary leap others don't see our weaknesses at all! They see that we are committed. They see that we are courageous. They see that we are human. And that sparks connection.

A few months ago I was standing on the edge of another one of those scary cliffs. I wanted so badly to make that leap, I wanted to free myself of that paralyzing fear and I knew the only way I was ever going to move is if I just closed my eyes and threw myself off the edge.
So I did. 
I'm still on the long fall down but the view is great and for the first time in a long time, I feel like I can breathe. No more waiting, no more fear.

These past few months have opened me up, made me uncomfortable, forced me to grow, and have shown me that my ability to lean into vulnerability is a strength. The more I say yes, the more I put myself out there, the more I stretch and change. I have to admit, sometimes it's a little painful, this personal growth thing. But if you stick it out you'll start to see all the fruits of your labor revealed and your cup will run over and spill all over the floor.
You'll find yourself smiling a little more.
You'll make friends who are honest, beautiful people and they will walk the journey with you. 
You'll become a better mother, wife, boss, friend, and human.
You'll find purpose and abundance in all forms. 
You'll find freedom.

So I leave you with this my friends. Leap.
Say YES.
Take a chance.
Even if your voice shakes and your knees are weak and you kinda wanna puke. Lean into the uncomfortable and open yourself up to all the possibilities life can offer you. I promise, you won't be disappointed. 

xo.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

EIGHT MONTHS WITH LUNA.


It's hard to believe that our sweet little rainbow baby is eight months old already! I snapped these sweet photos the other day while she was playing and I knew I needed to share them here. You can see her personality shining through and that bonnet, come on!

Bonnet // Sweet As April
Crochet Bib // Little Dribble Co.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Support Your Supply // A Nursing Mommas Snack!

We've made it seven months breastfeeding and even though Luna enjoys a few fruits and avocado she's still eating about 90% breast milk.  At this point in our nursing journey I'm noticing more and more that food is everything when your supplying the nutrients for two people. If my body isn't getting enough of something it tells me (by making me cranky or super emotional)! Making sure I have enough snacks to eat is crucial for my mood and keeping my supply strong for my sweet baby is a non-negotiable since we are still aren't using bottles at all. When I start to get hangry these banana oat muffins are another one of my go-to's! Packed with tons of supply boosting goodness and real food ingredients they get gobbled up quickly. Then BAM! I'm feeling good again. THANK GOODNESS!
Coconut sugar, coconut flour, oats, flax seeds, chai seeds, fennel oil, copaiba oil...those are some seriously amazing ingredients for you momma! These muffins are the perfect support for your supply whether you're trying to establish or maintain but before I hand over the recipe I want to chat about cooking with essential oils. Several Young Living oils are safe to cook with but always remember that not all oils are created equally!! This recipe is only to be made using Young Living Essential Oils- I personally wouldn't trust any other essential oil company. At Young Living we are SO PROUD of our Vitality Line and have used them in creating these recipes!! What is the Vitality Line?  Essential oils that have passed the FDA requirements for suggested internal use- so you can feel 100% confident serving these up to your family and friends! Ingesting essential oils is a touchy subject, too much of a good thing can be bad for you...like water poisoning for example! Safety is import when using oils so always make sure to read labels, follow recommended usage on the label, and of course always do what you feel is safe and comfortable for you and your family!
Now on to the goodies!

What You'll Need//

Muffins:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar, packed
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup mixture of flax seeds, rolled oats, and chai seeds
  • 1 drop copabia essential oil 
  • 1 drop fennel essential oil 
  • (Vitamin D optional)

Crunchy Oat Topping:  ⅓ cup oats
  1 tablespoon melted butter
  1 tablespoon raw honey or real maple syrup
  1 teaspoon coconut sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your muffin tin if necessary! In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey together with a whisk. Add egg and beat well. Mix in the mashed bananas and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, essential oils, salt, and cinnamon. Now for the dry ingredients! Add both flours and your oat and seed mix to the bowl and combine with a large spoon. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, now's the time to fold them in! Then let's make the topping! This is definitely my favorite part of the whole muffin! Stir together your ingredients into a small bowl until well combined and set aside until your ready to top! Divide the batter evenly between the 11 muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of your crunch oat topping. Bake muffins for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. You can enjoy these warm on their own or with a little nut butter spread over the top for a little bit o protein too. Muffins are great because you can pack so much punch into such a tasty little treat. I love whipping these up for breakfast when I feel like I could use some support or as a snack during the day when my nursing hunger strikes

I hope that you love this recipe and that it rescues you when you're feeling a snack attack coming along! if you make this recipe I'd love to hear how you enjoyed it! Let me know!
Want to get started on your oily journey or want the oils featured in this recipe? I would love to help you get started on your journey to essential living! Email me at mommabeeeoils.com, follow THIS LINK, or find me on social media and send me a DM! Let's chat!

The statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. All suggestions and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult a physician. If you are currently taking a medication please do not stop taking it. 
I do not take place of your licensed health care professional. If you are on a medication please discuss the use of oils with those medications before use. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2/12


“A portrait of my children, once a month, every month, in 2017.” 

Matching rompers for the girls from Sweet Cottontail, Shirt for the boy from Colored Organics!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Weekly Wear // getting ready for spring with JORD Wood Watches

Spring is on it's way and here in the Midwest we've been leaving the coats behind in favor of light knits and sometimes even short sleeves, can you believe it!? I'm so excited for this transition because coats really cramp my style and cover up all of my fun accessories. Recently my friends at JORD Wood Watches sent me one of their eco-friendly and ethically sourced wood watches to pair with all of my favorite spring outfits and I definitely want to show it off. I am a huge fan of accessories that are good to the earth as well as stylish, so I was so happy to partner with their company and share their cool watches with you. They also happen to be from my hometown St. Louis, so let's just say that teaming up with them was meant to be.
I decided to pick out the Reece watch in walnut and navy because I loved the dark wood and I knew it would go great with so much of my wardrobe. The contrast of the hard wood with the soft knit of a sweater or a casual t-shirt is such a good look. I always like to add details to my outfits that add fun texture since I often prefer more neutral colors. Little details like that are always what catch my eye. I'm excited to see this watch mix and match with all of my spring wardrobe favorites since more warm weather is on it's way!
You can shop more  women's watches on their website, they have such a great selection and they even offer engraving so you can give them a little personal touch. They make the perfect gift!
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Our favorite books for Black History Month!

February is Black History Month so even though we include learning about people of color all year round we are spending a lot more time recognizing black Americans and their contributions to our country this month. We have books that range from slavery to the civil rights movement, touching on topics like peaceful protest, segregation, the integration of schools, and beyond. I asked my kids to pick out their favorite books from our Black History Unit and these are the books they chose :

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow recommended!)

The Montgomery Story Comic 1957

What was the March on Washington?

I am Martin Luther King Jr. (Ordinary People Change The World)

One Crazy Summer (Newbery Honor Winner)

The Story Of Ruby Bridges

A Kid's Guide To African American History (has over 70 activities included)

If A Bus Could Talk: The Story Of Rosa Parks

The March Series by Senator John Lewis (these are great for older kids, graphic novels!)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X

Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down

It was really hard narrowing down our favorites, but we love these books so much! They each have their own unique and beautiful artwork and they tell stories that are deeply touching and motivating.
Looking for some great Black History Month activities for you kids to do at home? Check out this Martin Luther King Jr. Activity Pack over at Educents! It's filled with great activities for all ages!
Do you have any book recommendations for Black History Month? Leave them for me in the comments!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

1/12

“A portrait of my children, once a month, every month, in 2017.” 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Surviving the Icepocalypse

 This weekend the Midwest was supposed to be hit with one of the worst ice storms we've seen in ten years so we planned a weekend inside away from the elements. We've seen  a little ice and some chilly temperatures but nothing worthy of the hype it got all week...still waiting though! I've been spending as much of my free time as possible knitting lately so when the little babe went down for a nap you better believe I got out my yarn and settled with with a cup of coffee and a project or two. I'm hoping I can wrap up the piece on my needles by the end of the long weekend because I have new yarn on its way to me and I'm excited to use it. Yarn can be so addicting! I have so many skeins lying around and it is always so hard to decide what project to tackle with it. The woes of a crafter!
 I love cozy weekends in with no plans and plenty of time to dedicate to my hobbies. I rush around all week long so when I have the time and the backup in the form of my lovely husband I try to treat myself and take advantage! If there is a positive to dreary weather it's that it gives you an excuse to stay in your pj's and enjoy some down time!  Here's a little peek at my long weekend:
 CURRENTLY //
spinning - Rage Against The Machine

knitting - I've been whipping up these easy knit wash cloths a lot lately!

diffusing - Peppermint and Citrus Fresh Young Living Essential Oils

eating - I saw this quick and easy artisan bread recipe on Facebook and it's been our go-to snack all weekend. Add Asiago cheese on the top, you won't be sorry!

drinking -  Sumatra Dark Coffee

enjoying - A little peace and quiet, a little self care goes a long way!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Real Food // Breastfeeding Fuel.

I have been exclusively breastfeeding Luna for three and a half months now and if I've learned anything it's that water and supply/energy boosting snacks are a must have for any nursing momma. This is my third time breastfeeding and it has definitely been my most successful attempt thanks to these little bites full of supply boosting ingredients like flax seeds, oats, and healthy fats. Breastfeeding in itself is a hard task, so whipping up a snack that also ups your supply should be super easy! While nursing I don't just get hungry, I get hannnngryyyyyyy and snack time cannot wait. These no-bake treats are easy to prepare in under ten minutes and everyone in the whole family will enjoy them. My kids love helping me mix all of the ingredients together and I love that they are enjoying a healthy snack disguised as desert. Everyone is happy!
The best part about these bites is that they are so easy to customize! You can add all kinds of mix-ins to really make them your own. My kids have named these the pb&j flavor because of the peanut butter and dried berries, but you could add dates, nuts, and even almond butter to name a few.  
WHAT YOU'LL NEED //
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup dried berries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla

In a bowl mix all of your ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Roll 2 tablespoon sized balls out in your hand and then place on parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator to set or enjoy right away. I know sometimes snacking can't wait! After your bites have set transfer them to an airtight container and enjoy for up to two weeks...if they last that long!
If you try out this recipe let me know what you think!
Have you ever tried lactation cookies or bites? Did they help increase your supply?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cold Weather Diffuser Oil Blend.


Winter is here and it seems like my essential oil stash always gets more use when the cold weather hits. Diffusing oils is one of the easiest ways to start using essential oils, so if you're a beginner and not sure how to start using your oils this one is for you! If you're already a pro then you know that there are so many diffuser blends it's almost overwhelming. You can find everything from headache relievers to blends that smell like gingerbread cookies! I love to diffuse warm and spicy scents during the cold months, so this blend is always my go to. The hint of citrus is my favorite part, it makes my whole house smell so cozy. I also love the immune boosting qualities of the oils in this blend, perfect for keeping all the winter bugs away!

Each essential oil hold it's own magical powers, the oils in this blend are great for:
enhancing your immune system 
boosting your mood
kicking stress to the curb
helping to keep seasonal sicknesses away
To make this blend combine the following oils in your diffuser:
2 drops Thieves Essential Oil
3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2-3 drops Orange Essential Oil
Let me know if you try this blend out, i'd love to know what you think!
What are some of your favorite essential oil blends to diffuse around the house?
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Baby Faves // Winter Wear.


When I found out I was pregnant with a fall/winter baby I was so excited to start shopping for clothes! Baby knits, warm hats, and tons of layers not only make baby feel cozy, they are cute as heck! Knitwear for babies is a little pricey, so I love stocking up on gender neutral pieces that I can keep and hand down. Brands like Rylee and Cru have some of the cutest knit pieces, I've especially been swooning over their bonnets and bloomers. Etsy also has so many great small businesses that sell knitwear, it's hard to choose my favorite shop! I've been keeping a little wishlist on my Baby Pinterest board because there were just too many cute pieces to keep track of.
Here are some of my current favorite winter baby picks:





What is your favorite shop for winter baby essentials? Leave a comment and let me know, I always love discovering new shops and small businesses!