Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bits of Life Lately

Family mini-golf on Father's Day
Outside his hole in one - this little kid is getting SO good at golf 
Adventures continuing at a new water park
Snuggs <3
'but I'm too big for this pool mum.' 😐
The birthday boy (we had his party was last week, pics here)
My beautiful lettuce growing abundantly :)
First time growing strawberries....have to pick 'em quick, the deer are pretty aggressive about these :/
Blair's first 'little ballerina' class 💝

Feel free to follow along with more of our daily adventures over at my instagram (lisab3) and snapchat (mummassnaps) 
Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Best Preggo Mocktail Ever (& A Giveaway!)

At 33 weeks pregnant now and many days still feeling nauseous, which I never experienced to this extent and length before. But with a mix of diffusing peppermint essential oil, I've been loving this new Apple Ginger juice by R.W. Knuden Family which has helped a TON with the nausea. This juice tastes really good and it's a super easy way to incorporate ginger into your diet when you lack the energy and time to cook. Today I'm also hosting a giveaway for you to win two bottles of your own Apple Ginger juice! 
A quick low down on why ginger is only the best thing ever -- Ginger is among one of the healthiest spices on the earth, loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. It has a long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine and has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea, as well as help fight the flu and common cold, and it also contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects as well. I saw some studies even site it may be just as effective as prescription medication(!) It has a long history of use in combating sea-sickness, relieving nausea and vomiting after surgery, in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and is cited as the most effective against nausea related to pregnancy morning sickness.
In addition to the ginger, this juice also contains apple juice and lemon juice, both of which are very high in vitamin C, which aids in the production of white blood cells, boosting your immune system and helping to ward off common colds and flu. Vitamin C additionally aids in digestion and detoxing, and has additionally been proven to naturally boost energy levels as well. So good stuff here.

On special occasions, I like to fancy this juice up and turn it into a little mocktail by adding in a splash of gingerale and garnishing with some fresh mint sprigs and cranberries, apples, or cherries. (Would be a great drink to serve to one of your preggo friends at your next dinner or cocktail party!) 
I love R.W. Knudsen Juice over other juice brands because their juices are made completely from wholesome ingredients without any artificial flavors or preservatives - all of their juices are made from organic single-fruits, with no added sweeteners and are 100% sweetened straight from the fruit, and they taste amazing. The R.W. Knudsen Family offers over 100 types of natural, organic fruit and vegetable juices, as well as celebratory beverages, bubbly Spritzers, and natural sports drinks, and you can find them at your local grocery stores, Walmart, and Target. But you may just be the lucky one to win two bottles of your own through entering my giveaway below!:)
All You Need To Do To Enter:
1. Simply comment on this blog post!! Please leave your email address so I know how to contact you if you're the lucky winner!
Good luck!!
*giveaway will run for one week from today and will close on 6/27/16 at 12:00pm. Winner will be notified via the email they provided.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Landon's SIXTH Birthday Party!

Celebrated Landon's SIXTH birthday yesterday and had such a great day. So proud of the little boy he is and is growing up to be- he is sweet, sensitive, thoughtful, & compassionate and kind. 
It was 95 degrees out yesterday but everyone had a blast in the slip n slide, pool and water games and couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for him. I stole these few pics from my friends, as hosting parties doesn't lend to photographing them too well but you can see some more snaps on my snapchat at mummassnaps :)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bits of Life Lately

Garden shopping
Sifting for gold
Landon's pose
The kids + a detective dog (?) at Touch a Truck

Thursday, June 2, 2016

DIY Sunscreen with Essential Oils

Well it's June 1 and we're already out spending most of our days outside in this gorgeous weather we've been having. For the first time I started experimenting with a DIY sunscreen with some of my oils and really love the way it came out! It's very simple to make and is completely customizable to a variety of oils you have on hand. Here is the handy chart I used as a reference guide when making mine:
I filled a 2oz amber glass spray bottle with 3/4 coconut oil (which has an SPF of 4) and 1/4 sesame oil (which has an SPF of 6) and then I added in about 4 drops lavender eo (SPF 6), 4 drops peppermint eo (SPF 7), and 10 drops carrot seed eo (SPF 30-40!).
It smells great and the peppermint has additional benefits to your circulatory system and amazing benefits for your muscles and skin tone. And  of course, best of all, this is 100% natural!! So I have no guilt spraying and rubbing this all over me and my pregnant belly. BUT, because of the coconut oil, I do not put this on my face. Coconut oil is comedogemic, meaning it can clog your pores, so I'm still on the hunt for a good (natural) facial sunscreen, let me know if you have any recommendations! 
Happy & Safe tanning and fun in the sun! 

*As always, with any of my DIY posts containing essential oils, the only essential oils I use and trust for my family are Young Living. We used to go the cheaper route way back when but have noticed a HUGE difference in quality once I started using Young Living. If you try this recipe or any other of my DIY skincare recipes, I recommend Young Living essential oils for the best results and guaranteed purity. Feel free to email me at mummascorner@gmail.com if you have any questions about them or are interested in starting your own wholesale membership (& joining an amazing support team of oily enthusiasts!)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

Spent the past couple of days in Lake Geneva with Chris celebrating a friend's beautiful wedding. I can't even express how nice it was to take a break from the kids and the constant cleaning and cooking and housework for a couple of days and nights. It's always so hard and I come up with millions of excuses not to leave but once I finally come around, I never regret it. Good times with good friends, adult conversation, getting dressed up and putting on make up for once, and spending quality time with the one I love. It's so, so important to take the time to nourish ourselves outside of being a mother. And usually we don't realize that until it gets too late. If you have the opportunity to get away without the kids, don't let one of your excuses take you from it. Do it, do it, do it.
29 week bump (dress is maternity from asos.com; necklace is francesca's)

Came home to some beautiful peonies in bloom at the front of our house...
& these little nuggets, completely fine and taken care of without my micromanagement. (I had no cell service! Which was actually kind of nice.. 😏)

Also, side note- I'm on snapchat! Come find me/follow me @mummassnaps 👻

Hope you all had a wonderful, long holiday weekend!:)
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