Tuesday, July 15, 2014

our home: half bath redo

Our worthless space turned mudroom was a pretty big overhaul for us
especially because we did everything on our own.
That includes moving walls, doors, retiling and finish work.
I was pretty thrilled just to have that space so I wasn't in too big of a rush to finish the bathroom.
But it's finally done and ready to share.

This is what was behind that closed door…
And it seriously stayed like this for awhile.
I mean, I cleaned up the construction stuff…sort of.

Much better than staring at the toilet while making dinner. ;)

What I did (after door relocation):
- removed frameless mirror
- painted vanity black
- changed knobs
- painted walls
- added towel rack and toilet paper holder

rug and towel - Homegoods
knobs and mirror - Hobby Lobby
step stool - Ikea
print - here!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

my baby sister turned 21.

My little, and one and only, sister turned 21 last week.
This is a big birthday no matter who you are,
but it was even more exciting as she is 11 years my junior
and now officially an "adult" in my book. :)
I know as we age the gap between us will grow smaller and this felt like the first step.
Something I'm probably way more excited about than she is. ;)
It was such a big deal, I actually made a cake. And I don't do cakes.
I was super proud of the fact that it was 3 layered and pink ombre on the inside
only to end up with no good photos of it. Bummer.
Enjoy her summery, feminine party!

macaroons by: lula belle baking co.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Blessed Handmade Events: twinkle twinkle little star baby shower

I had so much fun doing this twinkle twinkle little star baby shower!
It was an intimate brunch for 6 and I kept the color palette simple
with pale aqua blue, natural colored muslin, gold and white.

{close up of the banners via instagram}

macaroons by: lula belle baking co.

Friday, June 6, 2014

YL essential oils: beauty

I have been amazed at all of the ways to use essential oils,
especially in my beauty routine.
I've slowly been replacing products with who knows what in them
with basically coconut oil and essential oils.
One thing I think we often forget is that our skin is an organ. A big one.
And it absorbs everything we come in contact with like a sponge.
Pollution, chemicals, you name it.
So when I use oils for beauty, it feels good knowing
good stuff is actually soaking into my system as well.
When I first got my kit,
I started using 1 drop of frankincense in about a teaspoon of coconut oil on my face each night.
Frankincense helps fight aging, lemon is great for acne and myrrh helps chapped skin.

I'm a fair skinned person and I have and get a lot of moles.
I've had some shady looking ones removed over the course of my life
- including one removal that left a giant frankenstein scar on my upper thigh -
so I'm always keeping an eye on them.
Towards the end of my pregnancy a tiny little bump appeared on my chest.
I still don't know if it was a mole, skin tag or small wart but I definitely wanted it gone.
I tried several different oils on it, including oregano neat (not diluted)
and it left a dark spot on my skin so don't do that - always dilute oregano!
Thankfully it sloughed off so I'm good.
Then I just started using thieves.
The amazing oil blend that comes with the starter kit and is good for pretty much every illness.
I just put one drop on it every night after my shower
- thieves is one of my favorite smelling oils too! -
and within a few weeks the bump was totally gone!
Now I'm trying it on a larger mole that really needs to be removed
but if I can get rid of it naturally without spending hundreds of dollars
and without ending up with a frankenstein scar I'd say that's a win win!

I'm also using pachouli to help tighten up my postpartum belly skin
and the gentle baby blend helps with stretch marks!

Carrot seed oil can be combined with coconut oil and used as a natural sunblock!

The possibilities are truly endless!

If you want any more information on essential oils
- how to order your own starter kit, if you want to try out a couple
or want to know more about how to use them -
feel free to email me!
I'm part of an awesome group called essential families
headed up by two of my dear friends and we have a great community
offering each other a wealth of information.
Becoming a part of this group would be a benefit of signing up with me! :)

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor
so always talk with yours before
making any changes to your health care routine!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Melt" Father Daughter Dance 2014

At the end of last year I was asked to plan the father daughter dance
that our church puts on every other year.
I was thrilled to be considered and even with Jagger's impending arrival
a couple of months before the event I knew I wanted to do it.
I had an INCREDIBLE team that was creative, reliable, efficient and hardworking
and an absolute joy to work with!

At our first meeting I had a theme in mind
but quickly found out it had already been done in the past
so we started brainstorming for new ones.
Someone of course suggested "Frozen" since, hello, every child from 2 to 10
is pretty much obsessed with it and it is so "right now".
The fact that the dance would be held in April put us off that theme a little
but then one of my team members had the brilliant idea
of a "frozen" themed dance melting into spring.
So the dance was half "frozen" half spring, the theme verse was
"Anyone in Christ is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17
and we called it "Melt"…

{my super talented friend, Leanne, did all the graphic design}

{beautiful photos taken by my friend Lizz}