All the Feelings

posted on: Tuesday, February 5

Brayden turned two in November and we've entered the dinosaur stage as I've dubbed it. Needless to say we've been dealing with A LOT of emotions lately. Not only from the kids but from myself as well. We all have our ups and downs and the best reminder I can give myself when we're in the thick of it is that, this too is a phase and we'll soon be onto the next one. But I do have a handful of tricks up my sleeve! 

First up are our favorite books. The kids love reading and these three have been in constant rotation in our house lately. 

1. Brave - this book is written and illustrated by my absolute favorite letter designer, Jessica Hische. I've met Jessica a couple of times and worked with her on a project as well and she is just all around lovely. This book is not only beautiful with a sweet message but the kids love seeing the words and letters illustrated in such fun and different ways. 

2. The Color Monster - this book is wonderful and follows a little girl who helps a monster sort out all of his feelings. I love how it goes through each one and reinforces that it is ok to have ALL of the feelings. The kids love the new feeling that the monster discovers at the very end.

3. In My Heart - this book follows a character whose heart is full of feelings. Each feeling is described so well and the kids really relate to each little story. They request this one a lot and I love reading it to them. 

Next up in our arsenal are our rollers. Each of the kids have a roller to help them cope with their emotions. We call them their princess and dinosaur rollers but a lot of people call them tantrum tamers. Here is the recipe:

Tantrum Tamer Essential Oil Roller
3 drops Valor
3 drops Gentle Baby
5 drops Lavender
2 drops Peace & Calming

Add to 10ml roller bottle and top with carrier oil, roll on heart, wrists and feet.

And last up my go-to oils for dealing with the tantrums are Stress Away, Valor and Joy. I love these on their own or all together and I love having these little bottles in my toolbox for the every day struggles of motherhood. Amen to that! 

Lemon Crinkle Cookies: With Essential Oils

posted on: Thursday, January 31

I recently made these cookies while I was hosting some friends in my home for a fun little oils class. They were GONE after the class and the recipe was requested by everyone so I thought I would share it here as well. They are SUPER easy to make... as are pretty much all the recipes I share. Did you know you can cook with essential oils? I did not! And it took me a little time after using oils to warm up to the idea. What I've found is that using essential oils in recipes is SO darn easy. No zesting, cutting, dicing. Just add some drops and you are done. A huge time saver, especially when you'v got two little monkeys helping you cook. The kids made these with me and they loved making the little balls and dropping them into the powdered sugar. I'll be making another batch this coming weekend for the Super Bowl.

*Just a quick note... it is very important to consider the oils you use in your recipes. You’ll want to use the best you can get your hands on, especially for ingestion. Young Living has an entire line of oils that are labeled as Vitality oils that are safe to ingest, which makes it especially easy and great for cooking ALL the things! I chose Young Living oils specifically so that I could be assured there are no chemical fillers or fragrances going into (or on) my body. YL produces 100% therapeutic grade essential oils and they have a seed to seal promise which means nothing is altered from the time the essential oil begins AS A SEED to when it is sealed in the bottle. Pretty amazing!

Ok, recipe time:

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup + 2 tablespoons organic sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 large egg
8-12 drops lemon essential oil (I used 8 in my recipe and they were perfect!) OR 1Tbsp lemon zest (from about 2 medium lemons) BUT use the oil, I promise they are better that way!
2 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Seriously just mix it all together. So easy! Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on un-greased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes. The bottoms will be light golden brown. Cool before moving to a cooling rack. For extra points sprinkle some powdered sugar on top! Store in airtight container. 

If you're looking to get your hands on some lemon oil (for 24% off) grab a starter kit here (it comes in the kit) and, as always, reach out with any and all questions!! 

This recipe is originally sourced via Cooking Classy

All Things Mookie

posted on: Wednesday, January 23

We finally got our kitty! We have had SO many questions about our new little fuzz ball that I figured I would tally them up into one post, so here it is! 

We welcomed Mookie into our family just after Christmas and he is the sweetest little kitten ever. He is SUCH a lover and cuddle bug. The kids simply adore him and he is pretty much solving any ounce of baby fever I have left in me. SO, diving right in.

The first question I've been getting from everyone is what kind of cat is he? Mookie is a blue point mitted ragdoll. We got him from a breeder but I've grown up my entire life with shelter cats and have loved every one of them. Because we have very young kids we really wanted a cat that would be extremely calm, tame and not scare easily. Our kiddos run around a lot and can be very loud, which for lots of kitties can be really overwhelming. For this reason it was important to us to find a cat whose disposition fit in with our family. We did a lot of research on different types of cats and landed on ragdolls because of their temperament. Then we were lucky to find a breeder locally. We were on a  wait list for about 8 months but we weren't in a rush to have a kitty right away so the timing wasn't a factor for us. If you are interested in where we got him, send me an email and I'll be happy to provide more information! Our breeder was SO helpful and truly cares deeply about each cat that they bring into this world with a goal of finding them loving families.

How old is he? How big is he? And, how big will he get? We were able to take Mookie home when he was 3 months old. At his first checkup he was about 5 pounds. So, right now he is pretty teeny. BUT he will grow to be around 18 to 20 pounds or more. HAHAHA this cracks me up because it is hard to imagine him as such a big cat, but ragdolls do get big!

What is his temperament like? Guys, he is THE sweetest cat ever. He follows the kids and I around the house all day long and just wants to be wherever we are. The kids are constantly in his face and he is so gentle with them. He never swipes at them and they pick him up and play with him all day long. The ragdoll breed got its name because when you physically pick them up they kind of flop and just hang like a ragdoll. Perfect for little kids!! He also does not have a lot of fear. Even when I vacuum or the kids are running or screaming and making a lot of noise, he never gets scared or overly excited. He is still a kitten so we're teaching him that toes aren't toys but that is pretty normal for all kitties. He cuddles all day long with both the kids when they'll let him and I can't say enough good things about how sweet he is. We're just smitten!


What kitty gear or items would you recommend?

Lots of toys! Here are some of our favorites: Feather toys, ALL the feather toys but specifically a feather wand, which the kids call "fishing with Mookie". He loves these little crinkle balls and springs. He also loves this motorized toy, which is great if he wants to play but we're in the middle of dinner or have to run an errand.

A litter box. We have one upstairs and one downstairs.

A cat tree. I fought this one for a while because, eye sore, BUT Mookie loves his darn cat tree. He sleeps in the little hammock every day and loves all of the different levels. We got this one on Amazon.

A cat carrier. I found this one and absolutely love it because it is soft (not hard plastic) and is also collapsable for easy storage.

The best part about cats is that they are so easy and lovable. Do you want a ragdoll now? I bet you do!

DIY Essential Oils Play Doh

posted on: Friday, January 11

I love me a good essential oil DIY. If your kids love play doh as much as mine do, this recipe is for you! It is super easy, essential oil infused and we made ours a year ago and they still use it alllll the time so it lasts quite a while!! Scroll down for the full recipe. 

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 tsp cream of tartar1/3 cup salt
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
natural food coloring6-10 drops of essential oils. We used orange, lime, lavender, grapefruit, lemon and peppermint. Smells SO good!

plastic jars

In a saucepan, combine all dry ingredients. Add wand vegetable oil. Over medium to low heat, stir mixture until it thickens (approx. 2-3 mins). Continue to stir until play doh begins to gather around your spoon. Remove from heat. Knead out any remaining lumps. Separate the play doh into individual balls. Add natural food coloring and essential oils. We made 3 batches and divided each batch in half for a total of six colors/scents. We used these plastic jars to store the play doh.

PJs All Day

posted on: Sunday, December 16

During the winter months in New England, we sometimes live in our pajamas! Burts Bees has always been a favorite brand of mine and we loooove their pajamas, which are certified organic and so soft and cozy.

While the kids are up for twinning I'll be matching them as much as possible, an easy task because Burts Bees has the cutest prints. The kiddos are wearing the vintage multi stripe set in these pics (also great to transition to Spring).

You can see all of Burts Bees pajamas here.

Thank you Burts Bees for partnering with me on today's post.