Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Shop Products & Promos!

As we approach the New Year I'm excited to share with you all some new products I've been working hard on, as well as some new beautiful packaging from American Sign Letters, AND the biggest coupon code I've EVER activated to help promote those Health & Wellness New Year's Resolutions!
First up - I am absolutely obsessed my new Rosewater Spray, it is a perfect daily (really as many times as you want throughout the day) additive to your oil cleansing routine. Made with 100% pure undiluted rose oil and distilled water, this spray can be spritzed on before and/or after your make up and helps hydrate and give your skin that dewy glow we all lose in these cold, dry winter months. Rose oil has been used for centuries to soothe, hydrate, and nourish the skin and unlike many rosewater sprays out there on the market this one contains NO artificial color, fragrance, or additives. Rosewater helps reduce redness of irritated skin, maintains skin's natural moisture balance, as well as fights acne, dermatitis, and eczema, and smoothes and tones skin. I started using it last month when I noticed my skin to need a little extra hydration and I've absolutely loved, loved, loved it and I'm positive you will too :)
Second up is this Beard Oil - it helps condition and nourish your man's beard and truly smells like a dream. It's made with organic jojoa oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil and Bergamot and Cedarwood essential oils for a masculine, musky scent and supports healthy hair, shine, and reduce coarseness and promotes hair growth. If your fella has a beard (or sporadically decides to have one), snag this up pronto, I promise you and he will love it equally. 
Last up is this new & improved Foot and Body Scrub - made with Himalayan salt, sea salt, organic sugar cane, castor oil, sweet almond oil, and grapefruit, rosemary, and peppermint essential oil, this scrub smells and is perfect in these winter months to exfoliate those dead skin cells and emolliate and soften your skin.
Are you ready for the kicker? I have never once before offered a coupon this big before (and I don't know when I ever will again;) ...You can use code NEWYEAR25 for a whopping 25% off your order now through the end of the month. (This code is not just for the highlighted products above, it applies to every single item in my shop). So get your order in for this new year and start your 2018 off with some 100% organic and plant-based skincare products you can feel good about!!
Do you guys love my new packaging?? My new stickers are from American Sign Letters, an awesome online shop that makes custom signs, wall decals, stickers, and lettering for your company. They were truly awesome to work with and helped me from start to finish to make the perfect sticker in the correct size and font and material that I needed. If you're a shop owner, or just enjoy making things, you should definitely check them out!! 
Happy New Year everyone!!!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Our cozy "Fireplace" Room Tour

This room has definitely taken some time to come together but is easily my most favorite room in the house. It's super super cozy and comfortable and opens to the TV room, kitchen, and Florida room, making it the most central room in the house as well. I'm still torn as to whether or not we will replace the two arm chairs at some point....I feel like something a little more mid-century and smaller would really tie the room together nicely but these chairs are insanely comfortable, and recline and rock. So I kinda feel like comfort over style is just gonna win here. I have been super impressed and in love with Target's new Project 62 line -  the large round mirror above the mantle is from there and was a whopping $39!!! I had been searching and searching and searching for that exact beauty in that exact size and dark wood frame for legit years. Speaking of being on the search for certain home goods, is a really great resource slash search engine to find all the (precise) things for your home from furniture to rugs to pillows, pulling from a variety of different websites and stores. All sources are linked at the bottom of the post. 

Paint" Benjamin Moore "Super White"
Sheepskin rug:
Thankful banner: Target (one spot!)
Decorative silver pumpkin: Home Goods
Faux fall berries in vase: Target (Project 62)
Decorative Pillows: Tuesday Morning
Love Your Family Wall Art: House of Belonging on Etsy
End Tables: Target & Tuesday Morning
Knit Blankets: handmade / handed down from Chris' grandma
Birch wood logs: They're real! Love the way it looks and lasts forever, totally deceiving everyone that we have a real wood burning fireplace
"Home Sweet Home" Wall Art: Kohl's

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Make your own Natural Deodorant Spray (that works!!)

I've been trying store bought natural deodorants for the past several months now and have been super unhappy with them - they either don't work, are too pasty/messy, or have too painfully irritated my skin. SO after some research and trial and error I have come up with a super simple, all natural deodorant spray that REALLY WORKS.
First thing I want to run by you is the importance of switching to a more natural deodorant - almost all conventional deodorants contain aluminum as the active ingredient, which is a known neurotoxin that has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer's. And this is put right under our arms, where many lymph nodes lie close to the skin. Aluminum effectively blocks our sweat glands, which is why they all use it, but the odor only comes when bacteria mixes with sweat. Sweating is your body's natural way to detox and to rid your body of toxins, really what we should want to do is not block our body from detoxing, but to prevent bacteria growth. And with certain anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory essential oils, you can make your own deodorant spray that is 100% natural and that still allows your body to detox, and that works.
For sake of this post, and any of my DIY posts, the only brand of essential oils I use and trust for myself and my family is Young Living. (If you are interested in Young Living oils, I'd be happy to talk with you more about them and get you started! Please feel free to email me at!) My recipe is fairly simple - I left out baking soda because it can irritate your skin, and does in fact irritate my own skin, but baking soda does have super duper effective deodorizing properties, so if you feel like you need a little extra deodorizing and can cringe through the initial sting, feel free to try adding about 1 tsp of baking soda to this.
-4 oz amber glass spray bottle (amber glass is the best way to store your essential oils - the glass does not absorb the oils like plastic can and the amber color protects from harmful UV rays).
- natural witch hazel (all natural, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and soothing. Also prevents razor burn!)
- distilled water
- ethanol (drinking alcohol, not rubbing alcohol. I used 80 proof or 40% alcohol)
- Himilayan salt. (Salt is known for anti-bacterial properties and inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria and also helps the essential oils bind because they will not mix with water or witch hazel alone).
- 12 drops of each of the following essential oils: patchouli, lime, grapefruit, tea tree, and clary sage. These are all the best eo's with the highest antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Directions: Fill your amber glass bottle half way with witch hazel. Then fill up to about 3/4 full with the ethanol. Add your essential oils. Add your Himalayan salt.  Then fill to top with distilled water. Shake well and apply as often as necessary. It can last all day but every person is different and have different bodies and different levels of exercising so depending you may apply once in the morning, or also again mid afternoon.

Hope you guys try this! Don't have the time or ingredients to make this yourself? I am now selling on my etsy shop for only $12! (View listing here). I also have a 2 oz plastic bottle listing in the drop down, perfect for traveling. You can use code "FREESHIP" for free shipping :)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A fun craft to do with your kids!

Here’s the thing with crafting, I LOVE crafting. But when it comes to crafting with my kids, it can take me on a straight, one way ticket to CRAZY TOWN. For reals, like I just want to micro manage how they’re doing it, I want to take over and show them how to just do it so that it comes out better. And one of mine in particular needs to do everything herself, her way. And she’s SUPER messy. And there I go to craaaazzzy town. But enter Stencil Revolution, there is seriously finally a FUN and really cute outcome craft to do with your kids! Literally they can have full range, complete power over their project and they still come out really good. They’re quick to do, don’t involve many steps and they really don’t require any adult help. They have SO many cute stencil designs to choose from (you can even submit a custom design for them to make into a stencil) and they are all washable andmade out of a re-usable and durable mylar material. We chose a Chicago Skyline and a mermaid, and I think if I were to get more I'd do this world map, and also this honeycomb. so cute. And so happy to have these on this rainy day and very excited to frame and hang in their bedrooms :)


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Family Photos!

We got our family photos taken in August by the super talented Emily Hernandez and absolutely love love love how they came out. Emily was so wonderful to work with and literally got soooo many good photos of ALL of us (rare for a family of 5!) We did them at the Fox River Preserve and Marina, about a mile from our house. The backdrop there was so gorgeous and would highly recommend both Emily and the marina if you are in the Barrington area! Here's just SOME of our favorites!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

East Coast Tour Stop 1: Hamptons

Just some pics from our massive summer road trip. First stop was the Hamptons visiting some college girlfriends and their kids:

For all those who asked, my palm bathing suit :)
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