3 Things I Wish I Hadn’t Done with Essential Oils

 

 

I honestly thought I would save this part of my “oily experience” until later in the conversation but, the more I thought about it, the more important I thought it was to just get it out there. I’m going to tell you about a few ways in which I used my oils early [...]

Let’s Talk About Essential Oils, pt. 1

 

 

Opening the Conversation

 

 

1. Where it all started:

 

Let me take you all back in time to when I was, oh, about eleven years old. I was obsessed with a series of books called Sunfire and I was especially obsessed with one called Cassie. Anyway, long story short, that [...]

Mid-November Grocery Shopping with JL

 

 

I know everyone prefers the nice, clear table shots, showing all the food. I’ll be honest– it was “feels like 8 degrees” yesterday and I was in a hurry. I’ll still list everything out for you, though– promise. Fair enough?

 

Alrighty, let’s go shopping!

 

 

Dairy

 

1 qt. vanilla [...]

How Honoring Varying Choices & Methods Supports Preemie Parents

 

 

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. That makes this a good time to talk a little bit about preemie stuff. I get asked frequently how people can help support preemie mom and dads, so I’m going out on a limb and sharing some ideas you may never have thought of.

 

 

Even [...]

Sucky Drivers Need Grace Too

 

 

 

Several weeks ago, I headed out in search of some very tall athletic socks for my son to wear with his shorts. Is that a trend where you live? Probably. But, if not, give it a little while– we tend to be at the front of the pack for trends here in [...]

Dear Daughters– I’m trying so hard to not screw you up.

 

 

 

Dear Daughters,

 

You’re both still little girls, reallly, at five- and eight-years-old. I’d love to think I don’t even need to worry about this, that it’s something so far off, I can rest on my laurels ’til the teen years. But I know I can’t.

 

I’m trying so hard to [...]

Lollipop

 

 

 

I dug through the cabinet for the biggest skillet I could find as you loped into the room, stretching one arm high, while the other adjusted glasses over tired eyes. I didn’t blame you one bit for heading straight to make coffee– little sounds better, other than more sleep, when little people [...]

Making the Decision to Pass in Arms

 

 

It’s not easy.

 

I guess that’s what I really want you all to know. It’s just not as simple as it sounds. But let me back up a bit…

 

When I tell C’s birth story, I can typically tell it in under two minutes. To be honest, as much as I [...]

How to “Fix” Your Body in 20 Seconds

 

 

I spent half of yesterday feeling uncomfortable.

 

I felt bloated. Or chubby. Or lumpy. Or SOMETHING.

 

I couldn’t get myself to look right. I couldn’t make myself comfortable.

 

 

 

I tugged at the hem of my top, trying to get it down further.

 

I adjusted the [...]

You Need Happier Friends

 

 

 

We dragged our toes through the sand, watching the grains spill over painted toenails– hers berry, mine bubblegum pink.

 

“It was just so NICE to get away. To steal those quiet moments with the waves crashing in the background, knowing our kids were safely tucked in nearby. To just enjoy each [...]

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