My Favorite Oil: Peace & Calming


There’s this little oil I keep handy and seriously couldn’t wait to purchase through my Essential Rewards. This little oil is my Peace & Calming blend. Oh baby. This stuff is my miracle in a bottle. I use it during days I’m feeling a little bit on edge. I use it each night for the kid when he’s going to sleep. I use it when I’m having a particularly frustrating or difficult day at work. I use it when I need a little extra help clearing my head. It’s so versatile.


This bottle of goodness has completely changed my days. It smells wonderful. I’m so in love with the citrus scents of Tangerine and Orange, mixed with the softly flowered scents of Ylang Ylang and Blue Tansy. Patchouli rounds out this brilliantly mixed blend to keep me coming back for more. Continue reading


A Natural Boost of Energy and Focus

We’ve been using Young Living products since July now, and I seriously can’t say enough about how great they are. It’s my goal through these posts to share the benefits I’ve personally experienced and the new things I’m trying. 

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Wellness is important to me and my family, especially with a toddler running around. With all the cooties he brings home from school and everything my husband and I bring home from our days working, we need to be in tip top shape each and every day. 

Now, I work two jobs – I work an 8-5 during the day and then go home and edit at night. I’m also on a steering committee for a professionals group in my area, go on work trips, and much more. With my body constantly pulled in many directions, you bet I feel the drag of the day wear on me quickly. 

Now, I’ve never been a coffee drinker (yuck) and I don’t do those energy drinks from the convenience store. Tea is a great option for me when I’m in the mood, but even then, I want something quick. 

Insert NingXia Nitro. 

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Oily Adventures Await Me

It’s been a while, huh? Well, I’ve been up to a lot of things over the course of the last 18 months. Holy cow! 18?!

I now have a two-year-old plus some-odd months. He’s energetic, incredibly smart, a snuggle bug when he wants to be, and is amazingly curious about everything. He gets into trouble and loves to push our buttons, which is exactly what we expect with a tiny tot running our lives.

I’ve been on the go constantly these days, running amok between my full time job (45-50 hours/week), carting the kid around, editing, getting our house in order, and dealing with some other things. Feeling overwhelmed, dealing with some health things, and falling asleep each night right after J goes to bed, I decided it was time to try something new and get my life in order.

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I’m Not A Mommy Wasteland

My stretch marks are marks of courage and strength. My hollow, flabby stomach is the deserted home of my greatest accomplishment. My now-larger thighs and rock-hard, wider calves are the carriers of a happily burdened superhero.

I swore to myself that I wouldn’t look at my stomach and my thighs with anything but pride, and I did really well with this creed for many moons, allowing myself time to adjust without pressure. Well, here I am today, staring at my extra bits here and flabby bits there. I can feel the pressure building to get back to before.

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A-to-Z Reflections

Well, for my first A-to-Z on this blog I’d say I did alright. Unfortunately I didn’t anticipate the course I was taking for my grad program to be so involved and take up so much of my time. I finished the challenge over on my book blog a little late, but still finished. This one wasn’t so fortunate. I just looked in my drafts folder and saw some letter posts sitting there half-finished. These were the nights I fell asleep at my laptop. Haha.

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(M) Me Time

One thing I’ve learned over the last few months is how important it is for me to take time to myself. I don’t necessarily mean an entire weekend of time away, but just something for me. Maybe the includes going to the gym, grocery shopping, taking a walk… Just getting away for a bit.

Having those moments to myself work to get my mind back in place. Re-centering is so important when us parents have to be so focused on the safety, happiness, and development of our little loved ones.

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(L) Love You Forever

I wanted to do two L posts. 😀 I’m silly, behind, AND an over-achiever!

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch is the first book from my childhood that had a seriously profound impact on me. There’s something musical about the word crafting throughout, along with simple, yet effective, illustrations that pulled me in. Every single time. I remember the joy through read alouds and then a deep sadness at the end of the story. I think this story actually played a role in why I am who I am.

It’s funny that something seemingly so small can affect us at such a young age. Books change us, regardless of our years here.

What book do you remember the most from childhood? Why?


(L) Little Things

Little feet
Tiny toes
Squishy cheeks
Stylish clothes

Funny socks
Up to your knees
Cooing loudly
Kicking your feet

A breath away
From where you are
We love you so
Our shining star

(Written by me. Belongs to me. Give me credit if you use this for anything, please. Definitely not my best work, just spur of the moment.)