Friday, December 19, 2014

tulle and lace

What girl doesn't love getting dolled up for the holidays? I can assure you, yours truly is always looking for a reason to put on her sparkly shoes and red lipstick.

This fabulous skirt was all the reason I needed. When the lovely ladies from Lily & Sparrow asked me to take a peek at their Holiday Collection, this darling tulle number had me at hello! With its ivory polka dot stitching and whimsy flowy figure, this little beauty is the perfect party piece this Christmas!

I paired it with a cropped lace top and gold sparkly pumps, but the possibilities are limitless. Graphic tee, cable knit sweater, chambray and booties... a skirt for all occasions. Get it here!

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And a special THANK YOU to my sweet friend, Jacki Johnston from Ohhvnlyday, for making this gorgeous floral crown! She is one talented lady who deserves a post all her own (hint hint). 

Photography by the darling Violet Short of Blythe Ponytail Parades.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Headache Remedy

Sometimes I get these intense headaches. aka migraines. aka hell for a day. And usually the moment that little aura creeps in, I know I'm out of commission for the rest of the day. But I'm here to tell you I finally found a little wonder that actually brings some relief. Peppermint oil by Young Living.

The moment I felt like I was getting a migraine, I quickly grabbed my peppermint and massaged it on my temples. Not only did it help me relax, it also allowed me to get on with my day once the headache subsided. Usually my migraines linger for the rest of the day, but not this time! 

I also like to diffuse lavender during my headache and apply Pan Away to release those tight muscles.

Good news, mommas to be! You can also use this oil during those icky hormonal headaches! 

After years of dealing with these nasty migraines, I'm beyond thankful to have finally found something that helps.

***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

lately through my lens

There is so much to love about this time of year. Flannel, cozy sweaters, and plenty of warm mugs. So much to celebrate. Christmas, family+friend gatherings, and some pretty fantastic accomplishments.

Caleb is officially finished with grad school! Eeee! I can barely contain myself. Despite the season's norm, life is actually slowing down a bit for us. This two and a half year chapter has come to an end and boy were we ready.

I'm so proud of him for sticking to this goal even through all the big changes in our life these past two years. It was quite the balancing act and he certainly made it look easy.

I love doing life with him and I'm so happy we get to enter into the Christmas season this way.
Less hustle. More enjoyment and celebration.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thoughts on twenty seven

Looking back on the last year honestly makes me a tad weepy. I wrote this post on my last birthday and woah. What began as a year without goals turned into way more than I could have hoped for.  I can't begin to comprehend the beauty and blessings that have been poured over my life since those words were written.

Dreams came true and prayers answered. New and dear friendships have been made. Countless celebrations of life and love have taken place. So much to be thankful for.

Twenty-Seven has brought...
a better understanding of the freedom that comes with being myself and being vulnerable.
a joy that wells up inside when I pour my heart and soul into the people and things I'm passionate about.
an overwhelming calm that happens when I release my tight grip and allow life to just be.
a greater sense of His sweet peace and assurance when I'm still figuring out how to balance it all.
an understanding that when I get out of my own way, He has room to work. And it's more beautiful and fulfilling than anything I could ever imagine for myself.

It has been quite a year. A year of growth, of learning, of being stretched and molded. A year of blood, sweat, and definitely some tears. It's been a year I will always hold dear.

Thank you to everyone who sent me a birthday wish! My heart is overflowing from your loving words and support. ♡