Spring Wellness Guide

Happy almost Spring! With the seasons changing, losing an hour of sleep, and all the sickness happening everywhere I wanted to share a few things that we have been doing to keep ourselves healthy and just promote overall wellness. Our health is something that we should never be afraid to invest in. If we don’t feel well it hinders so many things and quite frankly makes everything miserable.

So it’s no secret we can help reduce our chances of getting sick by simply washing our hands with soap before we eat, cough, sneeze, touch something that has been touched by multiple people etc. Also, using warm water and washing for at least 25 seconds. I know it may feel like a long time, but it will be worth it in the long run. When I pick up the kids from school or soccer practice we this thieves waterless hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face. Also, taking vitamins helps. We take a multivitamin and vitamin C daily. You can also boost your immune system by eating fruits and green vegetables. We made some carrot, spinach, apple, and ginger juice the other morning and it tastes so good and knowing that it is full of nutrients makes me feel good. All the kids drink a small glass (even though I have some push back from Jonathan he manages to get it in his body). Staying hydrated, drink lots of water. Exercising is another essential key to your overall wellness. So walking the kids to school with the warmer weather coming or last night at Jonathan’s soccer practice I decided to jog a few laps around the park and then watch his practice. Making the most of my time when running around with the kids is how I am able to get a workout in. I just feel my best when I am active so I try to make that a priority.

Lastly, we have been utilizing essential oils for many things such as supporting sleep, diffusing thieves and frankincense. It smells so good and my go to blend stress away and orange is so good! Essential oils are great for emotional support too. Making roller blends that have 10 drops frankincense, 5 drops thieves, and 5 drops lemon. Oregano can be added also to this roller if you have it on hand and topping it off with a fractunated carrier oil. We roll this on our spines and feet each morning and before bed. These are just a few things that have helped us so far. If you are interested in getting started with essential oils you can sign up here. What are somethings that your family does to stay well?

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Making sure our bodies get the adequate hours of sleep will help to ensure wellness. If the kids feel run down I will not hesitate to keep them home from school. Also, adjusting their bedtimes if they had a long day or just not feeling well. I spray the kids bed with a lavender spray before bed and it is so dreamy. Basically, we need good rest to keep our energy going and be prepared for whatever the day may bring.

I love switching gears by turning on the diffuser with some lavender and peace and calming and reading before bed. I am currently reading Little Fires Everywhere and am enjoying it.

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Fractionated oil / Roller balls / Glass spray bottle / Label Maker / Little Fires Everywhere / City of Girls / Such a Fun Age

Stay healthy friends and please share any wellness tips or good book recommendations below! Xo

Valentine’s Week

Hello friends! It’s Valentine’s this week so we are making heart-shaped everything, pulling out the heart garland, completing Valentines’s boxes for school and making sure to spread all the love with one another. With life being filled with highs and lows and so much busyness I love Valentine’s day as a reminder to grab your loved ones and hold them tight and tell them how much you love them. Spreading love, smiling at strangers, holding the door for someone, and just doing small acts of kindness are a few things that we are doing to make this week extra special. In the end, all we need is love!

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So I recently jumped on the essential oil train and am so glad that I did. They have really made a difference in the sleep support that I was looking for with the kiddos. I have also, made some really fun roller blends (immune support, relaxation blend, and glow serums are just to name a few). Also, I have ditched all my candles and am diffusing oils instead. It has been so nice to play around with different scents. I am still dipping my toes in the oil world, but am loving the endless possibilities. Below is a linen spray I made using 10 drops peace and calming and 5 drops of lavender essential oil, a splash of witch hazel, and topped off with water. I spray this on the kiddos blankets, pillows, and sheets before bed. It is so dreamy and I’m obsessed so far.

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Snow Days

Happy Friday friends! We started our morning off waking up to some fresh snow and a two-hour delay for Jonathan to start school. He is always hopeful any night that we get snow that he will get a snow day the following day. I can’t blame the kid and am always happy to have him home with us for a few extra hours.

We have had a very mild Winter so far so we took advantage of Jonathan’s extra time this morning, bundled up and headed out the door. Our sidewalk has a pretty good incline so the kiddos love to sled down it. I love letting the kids get outside and burn off their endless energy supply. They are always much calmer for the remainder of the day when we get out to get some fresh air.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Xo

Hello, 2020!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and celebrated the New Year with friends and family. I am still wrapping my head around the fact that the Holidays have come and gone and that we are living in 2020! I always like to reflect on the past year and set new goals for the upcoming year. However, I realized I don’t necessarily have any new goals I just want to continue my current goals. Lots of laughing, loving, reading, exercising and trying to be the best version of myself. I am very optimistic about this year and am looking forward to seeing what it has in store for us.

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Check out our highlights from 2019 here. I am wishing you the very best in 2020! Xo

Christmas Spirit

Hello friends! I have been absent for a while from this space and I can’t believe here we are in mid-December already. It seems like once Halloween was over that everything was just flashing by us. We have been extremely busy with the kiddos school, homework, soccer, doctor appointments, and the list could go on as I am sure you are all right there with me.

The kiddos are so excited about Christmas this year. We decorated before Thanksgiving (which we never do), but since my family couldn’t make it up due to bad weather we decided to decorate early. Jasmine’s motto this year was to put all the decorations literally in one spot. We let her and then I told Jonathan to do Christmas tree patrol after she was done and to spread the love on the tree. Each year it seems like decorating the tree, listening to Christmas music, and wearing cozy festive pajamas just gets better and better. We still have plenty of fun things planned like making Christmas cookies, more crafting, and redeeming our selves on making a new gingerbread house. We attempted a few weeks ago and it was a complete mess! Below are some pictures I have taken over the past few weeks (warning it’s a lot) on what we have been up to.

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Jonathan’s pajamas/ Jordan’s pajamas/ Jasmine’s pajamas / stickers /

I hope you are having the most magical December! Xo

Pumpkin Carving

We have had the most beautiful cotton candy sunsets lately. It just heightens how beautiful the different colored leaves are and captures all of the Fall feels. I am so appreciative of our seasons!

So we finally carved our pumpkins (well almost all of them) and each year as the kiddos are getting older they get more involved in traditions that we have created. Jonathan dug right in and was not at all afraid to get his hands messy. Jordan, on the other hand, was reaching for any utensils that I had in the kitchen so he wouldn’t touch anything. He also was not a fan of the smell. Jasmine was still not feeling well and was a quiet bystander.

I am such a Martha Stewart fan and she is the Queen of Holidays so I was inspired by these ideas and knew I wanted to try to recreate her vision. All in all, I think we did a pretty good job! The kids had a blast and I did too. We have a few untouched pumpkins that the kids might paint before Halloween or who knows I still am dying to try her witch pumpkins.

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Four more days until Halloween! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

One Week until Halloween

Seven days until Halloween, woohoo!!! We are excited that one of our favorite nights of the year is so close. We still have tons of work to complete to get our Haunted garage all set up, but my husband is hands down the best guy for the job. He loves creating the Haunted garage and it is awesome to see all his hard work appreciated by our community on trick-or-treat night.

So just a recap on what has been happening this last week. We have literally been in a whirlwind of  teacher-parent conferences, finishing outdoor soccer, pizza parties, birthday parties, Jonathan getting out early all week from school, overcoming the dreaded cold/flu season that has smacked us all in the face (I totally blame Jordan’s daycare, ha) and still putting the finishing touches on all the Halloween decorating before Halloween night. Overall we have been extremely busy and time is flying by. I love October so much, but with all the busyness happening it is making this month go way too quickly. We planned on carving pumpkins last weekend but ran out of time. So this weekend we are planning to carve. I have some cool ideas that I want to try, stay tuned.

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Last Friday, Jordan talked me into making more Halloween colored homemade playdough. They love it so much and honestly, it is really easy to make, but in return, you do create a giant mess to clean up. However, the hours of imaginary play that comes from the giant mess is worth it. We have to pick our battles right?!

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So I am off to pick up Jonathan from school then Jordan from daycare shortly after. Jonathan is heading to a birthday party this evening at a local pumpkin patch and gets to try paintball zombies, he is overly excited! Jasmine is recovering still from being the last one to catch the colds that the boys had. So we plan on staying cozy and watching some Halloween shows.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!