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Celebrating dads birthday with his favorite chocolate chip cheesecake. My whole tribe. They sure make my heart swell!


Essential Oils: For Beauty

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These are a few of the ways I use my essential oils in my daily beauty routine, and a few that I only use on an as-needed-basis.

1 drop of Lavender oil in my mascara. I have been doing this for months and my lashes have never been longer, and rarely clump anymore when I wear mascara.

Joy, Ylang Ylang, and Peace and Calming make the lovliest perfumes. Vetiver and Valor are good ones for men.

10 drops of Cedarwood in a spray bottle, with one pump of conditioner, and 4 oz of water for hair growth. Spray on after bath or shower and comb through hair. I have been doing this religiously at night and my hairline is finally starting to grow back! Highly recommend for after baby hair loss. Make sure to do it at night though because cedarwood makes you sleepy.

8 drops of Lavender and 8 drops of Frankincense right into your daily moisturizer for the skin of your dreams. Frank will diminish wrinkles for the win and lavender will keep your skin hydrated and clear.

1 drop of Vetiver on the back of your neck and on your feet to help with your beauty rest. When you are getting sufficient sleep those bags under your eyes will be smaller and lighter, and your skin will be healthier.

1 drop of Melaleuca as an acne spot treatment. I put this on a zit once and within hours it was clearing up and had shrunk significantly in size.

Diffuse Lemongrass and Marjoram if your face feels puffy and your skin is tight.

These wonderful oils have changed my beauty routine for the better: I love what they have done for my skin specifically.

I stand behind Young Livings essential oils exclusively, as they are pure, therapeutic grade oils, and come from crops that are grown organically and without the use of chemicals. If you want to learn more about how to get started with essential oils, check out my post here, or shoot me an e-mail! I love to talk oils. 



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Liam, “Mom you look like that guy from Peter Pan.”

Me, “Which one?”

Liam, “You know the one that is friends with Captain Hook, the one with the fat tummy.”

Me, “Mr. Smee?”

Liam, “Yeah! You look like Mr. Smee because you have a fat tummy too.”

So I did just get done feeding Lucy, my shirt was disheveled and my tummy was probably showing a bit. But still, I know. RUDE. After I removed Liam from our will, I couldn’t stop laughing. I feel like I should have been crying or something but I thought it was hilarious. I don’t know why but this is the first time after having a baby that I am enjoying and embracing my post baby body. Also, turns out the weight just isn’t melting off like every person ever says it will, while nursing. Boo. But really, nursing Lucy is so fulfilling (and time consuming), that I haven’t even thought about how I am going to start losing the weight. There are days when I wish I could just go to the gym because I miss it and how good I felt. Plus I would like to have more options when I am getting dressed in the morning. Right now 80% of my clothes don’t fit, and another 10% aren’t nursing friendly so that’s super fun. Honestly though, there truly are so many more days that my weight doesn’t even cross my mind. I feel like a super woman just because I can nurse a baby, finally! (I couldn’t nurse with my boys and had to pump the whole time.) I am continually amazed at the way God created my body to nourish another little being. When Lucy is hungry, my body just knows and is ready. I make just the right amount of milk to feed her. And all she needs to grow, and to be healthy, is ME. How incredible is that? When you start to look at your body this way, the extra chunk and stretch marks don’t seem to bother you as much. It probably helps that I am constantly on the go, so I don’t look in the mirror much. Some days I go to pick up the boys from school and I don’t realize until I get home, that I had crusted banana in my hair.

Anyway…I was going somewhere with this…oh right, Mr. Smee. There is a reason we have been watching lots of classic Disney movies. We decided to start planning a trip to Disney. All of the Home Alone-hands-slapped-on-cheeks-AHHHHHH-emojis. I mean I am beyond excited, but literally I thought, I’ll just go online, pick a place to stay, buy our tickets and we will just “go to Disney.” Guys, I am a huge dummy. Who knew there was so much that went into it? Not I. I have been planning and researching for about a month now and it turns out I am still feeling clueless. The good thing is there are a lot of Disney die-hards that know every single thing there is to know about planning a Disney trip, and they write great blogs to help a newbie out.

The other good news is that I made a special trip to Target just to get a pretty binder to organize all my Disney stuff, and I am started multiple spreadsheets comparing all of our options (nerds unite!). Plus we finally booked a place to stay this week, which feels like a huge victory in itself because we were hamming and hawing about a few different places. It was so hard to make a decision. It turns out when you have a “large” family, the options are limited and a lot more expensive. Who woulda thought?

So now its onto other important decisions like, is it worth it to do the Disney dining plan? What rides do we fast pass? What resturants do we want to book? What in the world is a magic band? What characters do we want to meet? Do we want to pay extra to get park hopper passes? Because these are things we have to decide months before we go apparently or we won’t get to do everything we want to do. Crazy. I just started digging in to the dining options and I think this will be the hardest part, because obviously that’s the part I am most excited for. So much good food I can hardly wait!

There just seems to be this pressure when you plan a trip to Disney…I didn’t even know it existed until I started doing my research. But you just want everything to be perfect. And believe me, I totally know that I shouldn’t expect a perfect trip when we go…but if we are spending this kind of moola, I want it to be pretty darn close! I’m sure that pressure definitely does not come from all the Disney movies that always end happily ever…nope…for sure not.

From what I have read, the more planned out your days are, the better. That I can work with. Planning is my love language. We have been saving all our extra change and dolla bills for a while now, as a family, and I think we almost have enough for one person to get into Disney, for one day. LOLS. But seriously, the kids have been asking about Disney for a looonnng time, and instead of just biting the bullet and paying for a trip, we really wanted them to understand how expensive it is to go on a trip like this. Kind of of like the $3000 smart TV that broke on NYE from a swift Wii remote to the screen, that will not be getting replaced for a LOOONNGGG time.

Anyway, if you have any Disney advice I want to hear from you! I want all the deets. Also any monies you want to send my way. Also, wine.

Hope you all have a great week, stay warm!


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1.  These 2 have been on a classic cartoon kick lately. Tom and Jerry is a favorite.

2. Crosby’s best friend and potty buddy in the freezing temps.

3. Always doing an art project, this one. Always finding scraps of paper and scissors all over the house.

4. Getting 4 teeth at one time….this week has been a doozy.


Overnight, pot roast in a bag

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This recipe for pot roast is my new favorite. Because one, look at all those pretty veggies. Dreamy. And two, so yummy that even your pickiest eaters will love it.

But the best thing about this meal is that you just throw it all together the day before in a giant bag, and let it sit in the fridge over night. So the next day all you have to do is just dump it in your crockpot and voila! You are super mom. Because if you are like me, you yell at your kids all too often, and the days are sometimes rough, you just need one win. Let it be this easy meal friends. Come dinner time, you just butter some bread to go with it and enjoy your delicious hard work, because you are a rockstar for planning ahead.

Did I mention there is wine in the recipe? So just give your kids as many seconds as they want and voila! Early bedtime. Hashtag parenting advice. No I’m kidding I would probably never do that. The alcohol cooks out right?

{overnight} Pot roast
  • 3-4 lb chuck roast
  • 5-6 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 5-6 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4-5 red potatoes, sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 4-5 tablespoons of your favorite seasoning (I used Wild tree's Absolutely Onion blend)
  1. Throw it all in a big ole plastic (food safe) bag and let it sit overnight in the fridge. After at least 15 hours in the fridge, dump it in the crock pot on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.

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