R E F L E C T I O N S & My Word of the Year.

Friday, December 29, 2017

When this year began I was hopeful for a fresh start. 
I spent 2015 reeling over two back to back pregnancy losses, searching for ways to heal, and realizing just how fragile and unpredictable life could be. I searched my soul, certified as a doula, started a spiritual practice, and started taking my life back. I made steps toward detoxing my body and my mind by cleaning up my diet, my relationships, the products i used, and the way I spent my time. Oils became a daily practice for me and I started seeing a shift. The personal growth that came from that year was monumental, but there was a lot of sadness and hurt i was ready to leave behind. 
In 2016 we were given such a blessing and with so much support and care we brought our rainbow girl into the world. My pregnancy was full of anxiety and hormone injections and never ending morning sickness but we made it to almost 42 weeks and she was born into my hands perfect and healthy, our redemption song. After so long our dreams of another baby had come true. We ended that year grateful and exhausted and feeling more whole and full than we knew what to do with. 
2017 was my YES year. I had change on my heart ya’ll!  I had dug myself out from my lowest low, spent a year dedicated to growing a human, and I was ready to step into something new. When this year began I didn’t know where it would bring me but I was ready to jump in (so typical of my blue personality). I knew I wanted to feel more fulfilled personally, I wanted more happiness, and I wanted to find connection and community with others who wanted those things too. Unsure and voice trembling, I started my oily business and what has come from that leap of faith has been transformational. This past year I feel like I have reclaimed so much of myself. I shattered my own expectations, I let myself be more vulnerable, did bigger and braver things, dreamed harder, loved better, said YES more, and gained so much self love and self confidence in the process. I stopped thinking good and life changing things weren’t for me and found so much power in speaking life over myself and my business. This year has changed me, it has changed my family. 
My word of the year for 2017 was Gratitude and now that the year is through it couldn’t have been a more appropriate choice. I have so much gratitude for this year. For the people I have met, the friendships I have gained, the opportunities I have been given, and the growth i haven seen, I am so blown away by it all. 
The New Year is fast approaching and I am receiving it with open arms and a full and grateful heart. In 2018 I’m ready to watch all of the seeds I have so lovingly planted sprout and bloom. I’m ready for new and bigger opportunities. I’m ready to serve in greater ways. I’m ready to step into my full potential with wild abandon. 
For 2018 my word is FLOURISH- to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment. 
This is the year I plan better, work smarter, create healthier boundaries, share my gifts, grow in my weakness, and allow myself the opportunity to flourish in all areas of my life. 
So many good things are ahead, I can just feel it. 

I hope that wherever your heart may be, broken like mine was not that long ago or in a place of transformation and awakening, this new year inspires you to find fulfillment and joy that is authentic to you. I hope that you find it and grab onto it and never let it go. I hope you fight for it even when it’s difficult and the road is long and you feel like giving up. Because it is worth it and you are worth it. Goodness and happiness and fulfillment are not just for me or her or that guy, they are for you, too. You just have to want it and be willing to keep going until it’s yours. 
Sending you all so much love on your journey, this is our year. 

Christmas Tree Hunting // A New Family Tradition

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy December, friends!
This is one of my favorite times of year because there are so many special traditions and holidays to enjoy. Each year I love adding new ways for our family to connect to each other and the seasons around us. We enjoy an advent tradition, make a winter bucket list, and we always spend the last week of November decorating the house for the Holidays! These special traditions are a wonderful way to create memories and truly embrace all that the season has to offer.
Last weekend after struggling between whether or not we should get a new Christmas Tree we came to the conclusion that it was about time we got our first REAL tree, so we headed to the Christmas tree farm, Country Pines, to pick out the perfect one!
I visited a Christmas tree farm as a kid and it is still one of my favorite childhood holiday memories so I knew that our children would find the whole experience magical. Boy, was I right!
We had the most fun scouting out the perfect tree, sipping on hot cocoa, and we even saw Santa and Mrs. Claus for the first time this season. The boys got dirty and did the honors of cutting down our sweet tree while us girls cheered them on with excitement. Then dad dragged it off to be trimmed, tied. and ready to take home with us.
The big kids watched our shadow the whole way home as we drove, making sure we didn't lose our precious tree and couldn't wait a minute to get it home and decorate it! Needless to say, I think we've found a new family tradition that we can enjoy year after year!
 Have you ever had a real tree?
What did you think of the experience?

4 Simple Fall Essential Oil Room Sprays

Monday, September 18, 2017

One of my favorite ways to incorporate essential oils into my daily rhythm is with the use of room and linen sprays. They are a breeze to whip up, they leave your house smelling divine without the harmful ingredients, and they really stretch your essential oil stash! I love to make seasonal blends to really get into the spirit of things so the minute the leaves started changing here in the Midwest I was whipping up spicy, warm fall scents to spray around the house! I use these little sprays in our bathrooms, bedrooms, and sometimes I even spray them all over myself because who doesn't want to smell like the best season of the year?!

These little room sprays are so simple to put together, even the most anti-diy person can whip them up pain free but first here are the ingredients you'll need and a few tips to help get you started!


Amber Glass Spray Bottles//
Because essential oils pack a powerful punch you'll want to store them in glass, not plastic. Essential Oils can break down plastic and that could contaminate your oils and make a mess. The dark glass ensures a long and happy shelf life from your precious oils.

Distilled Water//
Because of the impurities in tap water you'll want to use distilled so that your sprays stay fresh and don't start to lose their fragrance over time.

Witch Hazel//
Adding this ingredient helps the essential oils and water bind together. You could also use a pinch of salt or a splash of coconut oil.

Essential Oils//
Using the best of the best is so important when it comes to essential oils. The FDA doesn't regulate the market so a lot of the times oils that you buy on the super market shelves and online are made from artificial fragrances and chemicals, not pure essential oils after all. Impure essential oils can actually work against your health, they are made from all the yucky stuff you're trying to avoid by reaching for oils in the first place. Our family has chosen Young Living because they have an amazing seed to seal standard and after years of trying all the oils they were our most reach for time and time again. You can read more about YL oils here.

Label Maker//
This one isn't a must have but it's super duper handy and will help you keep track of all of your sprays! I purchased this one off of amazon and it's been a definite game changer.
ORCHARD MIST// (a favorite for the loo)
Add to a 2 oz. amber glass bottle:
1 tbs witch hazel or carrier oil
20 drops Bergamot
15 drops Orange
10 drops Cedarwood
Fill the rest up with distilled water.
Shake and enjoy!

SEASONAL SPICE//(basically heaven)
Add to a 2 oz. amber glass bottle:
1 tbs witch hazel or carrier oil
20 drops Thieves
10 drops Cinnamon Bark
5 drops Clove
10 drops Orange
Fill the rest up with distilled water.
Shake and enjoy!

FLANNEL SHIRT//(on all the sweaters and blankets)
Add to a 2 oz. amber glass bottle:
1 tbs witch hazel or carrier oil
10 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
20 drops Stress Away
10 drops Cedarwood
Fill the rest up with distilled water.
Shake and enjoy!

MULLED CIDER//(i'm such a cider girl, this is a fave!)
Add to a 2 oz. amber glass bottle:
1 tbs witch hazel or carrier oil
20 drops Orange
15 drops Ginger
10 drops Cinnamon Bark
Fill the rest up with distilled water.
Shake and enjoy!
 Don't ask me to pick a favorite! My kiddos even like to mix and match them when they spray their rooms. Get creative with your oils and create your own sprays too!

Let me know if you try these, i'd love to know how you liked them!

The Power of Attention.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy September, friends! We spent our day soaking in beautiful, fall like weather and a quote that I love came to mind so I thought I would share it with you here today. Mindfulness is something that I have a deep love for and I try my best to practice it daily. For some, slowing down and tuning in comes more naturally, for others...(basically me) it becomes a practice that we have to infuse into our daily lives. I have certain moments in my day blocked out for my mindfulness practice and that helps me make sure i'm slowing down and focusing on what's most important. I'll share more about my mindfulness practice later in the month and give you a few easy and practical tips that help me be a little more intentional every day.
For now I leave you with this quote to chew on. It is a beautiful reminder to nurture our life and relationships through being intentional and awake in our daily lives. Enjoy!
"The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention. Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives. Every relationship, every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted attention we bring to it. In the complexities of our minds and lives we easily forget the power of attention, yet without attention we live only on the surface of existence. It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of another and be touched. We need to be fully present in order to love a single thing wholeheartedly. We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to receive and respond to the learning inherent in it."
-  Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield, Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart
My favorite piece of this quote is this line:
"Every relationship, every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted attention we bring to it."
It is amazing how much our relationships and our minds can bloom when we just show them a little love and devotion.

How will you pay attention today?

A Week In The Wildflowers.

Friday, August 25, 2017

"The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration."
-Claude Monet 

For the past week or so the kids and I have been easing back into our home school routine. I always find the first week to be the most challenging after we've had a short break so I knew that I wanted to make our lessons easy but still engaging. Over the spring we hatched butterflies so I thought it would be a nice, easy transition to continue our life cycle study and talk a little bit more in depth about plant life, specifically flowers. It gave us a chance to still soak up these warm summer days but also fall back into a rhythm that works well for us during the school seasons. I love the freedom of Summer but structure is something I crave so much more now that I have three little ones. 
There is a sweet little lavender farm, Long Row Lavender not far from where we live so I thought that would be such a fun place to start our week of wild blooms.We went early in the day and walked up and down the rows of lavender, watching the bees buzz from flower to flower. Luna loved running up and down the rows of purple, most of the day I couldn't keep up with her! At the farm the kids and I snacked on lavender infused baked goods, enjoyed a rest on the cutest porch swing, and we even took home a few little goodies. It was the perfect little adventure to get us into the groove.
"As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees."
-Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth

Over the course of the week we stopped by a few of our local state parks and studied wildflowers more closely. We discussed pollination, foraging for edibles, and the importance of preserving our wildlife. We went on several walks through preservation areas filled with flowers of all types and enjoyed the sights and sounds of everything around us. 
I strongly feel that we do our best learning through experiencing, through walking in nature, through looking up close with our own eyes, through touching with our own hands. It keeps us connected, it keeps us curious. I love throwing our Nature Journals into a back pack and heading out for an adventure at one of our state parks. There is so much to observe and record, we usually have a hard time pulling ourselves away.
When we weren't out adventuring we were reading a few flower themed books and doing a lot of hands on projects.We had so much fun pressing a few blooms, making sun prints, painting our own wildflower fields, and we even whipped up our own geranium and lavender scented play dough. 
Here's a short list of some of the books and activities we used:



"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock."
-Henry Ward Beecher
We ended the week by visiting a sunflower field not far from us, if you're local I definitely suggest a visit to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area during the summer months when the field is in bloom. It was quite an experience seeing so many happy yellow flowers in one field, and we weren't even there during peak bloom time. We are going to be planning a trip next summer so we can really see it in all of it's glory.
So that was our first week back to school! I cannot wait to dive into our next unit, I feel so much more energized and ready for our lessons now that we've ripped the band aid off and jumped in! I'm already busy making lists of activities and topics I want to touch on for the rest of the year.

Are you back to school yet? I'd love to hear what you and your little ones are working on!

Sweet Summer Time.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"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

Just leap.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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. 



Thursday, June 1, 2017

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.

Support Your Supply // A Nursing Mommas Snack!

Monday, May 8, 2017

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 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//


  • 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, 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

“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!

Getting ready for spring with JORD Wood Watches

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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!
Would you like one of your own JORD Watches? We are working together to give one of my readers a $100 credit towards your own JORD wood watch. Even if you don't win, you'll be a winner because everyone who enters gets a $25 credit, how neat?!
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