Essential Oil Whipped Sugar Lip Scrub DIY

posted on: Tuesday, October 16

One of my favorite parts of using essential oils is the ability to DIY SO many things. Today I'm bringing you a sugar lip scrub that I re-created from my absolute favorite lip scrub ever, but now a safe, all-natural version. I'll be gifting these to friends and loved ones. Hello stocking stuffers! 

What you'll need:

1T Kukui Nut Oil (if you have nut allergies leave this out)
1T Jojoba Oil (use 2T if you leave out the Kukui Oil)
2t Vanilla Extract
3-4T Sugar depending on consistency desired
1t honey (also optional)
8-12 drops of Essential Oils (mixed to your preference)

For oils, I opted for Orange, Grapefruit and Bergamot in my recipe. You can also try adding peppermint to soothe sore lips. I used oils from Young Living's Vitality line which are safe to ingest! In this recipe the shea butter leaves your lips moisturized while the kukui oil soothes and replenishes dry skin. 

Mix all ingredients together. It will feel light and fluffy when done. I added mine to these cute 1oz glass jars. These would work great as well!

Essential Oil Accessories

posted on: Sunday, September 2

When we started our essential oil journey I had so many questions and I was so excited to get my oils out and start using them! From diffusers to rollers, display shelves, bottles, books and more I've compiled a list of some of my favorite essential oil accessories that we love and use in our home! As always, if you ever have any questions don't hesitate to reach out and send me a message. xo

I highly recommend this as the first book to start with for great recipes and diffuser blends!

Great for diving in a little deeper and a perfect reference manual.

Fractionated Coconut Oil
For making all of your rollers!

Jojoba Oil
For your GLOW serum and beauty remedies.

Witch Hazel
For your linen/home spray, mermaid hair spray and more DIYs.

This was one of the first oily accessories I made for our shop! These cards are quick and easy to grab and offer a complete 101 guide for each of the oils in your  YL Starter Kit. We also have a digital version here.

This is perfect if you're just starting out and want to make some rollers, sprays and cleaners!
I would suggest purchasing this first to get you started. I'll be sharing a post on DIY recipes soon!

Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls
A few drops of your favorite essential oil on these, toss them in your dryer and thank me later! Dryer sheets are FULL of toxins so get rid of them if you have them and use these instead!

LEMON Diffuser
If you are looking for an inexpensive diffuser in addition to your YL diffusers this one is a great option!

Travel Diffuser
This diffuser is the size of an iPhone and perfect for traveling.

The Root and Petal Rainbow Roller Set
This is a great, inexpensive roller set, especially for kids rollers!

We've just started adding roller sets to our shop and we're so excited! I found that I didn't want to purchase roller bottles and labels separately so these sets are perfect for creating concoctions that complement one another and are useful for specific times. Our labels are also unique. I found that all of the labels looked the same and I wanted something different! We have a Beach/Travel set and are adding a Fall Set, Back to School Set, Beauty Set and Workout Set to the shop shortly!!

Amber Spray Bottles (16oz)
For your Thieves Cleaner to clean ALL the things - if you are purchasing bottles and rollers separately.

Essential Oils Opener
For easily removing the tops from your bottles and rollers.

Shades of Stone Roller Bottle Holder
I love this holder. It is a beautiful way to display your rollers! I keep mine right in my entryway.

I hope this list is helpful! These are products that we love and use in our home regularly. XO

Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Update + Our Essential Oils Journey

posted on: Thursday, August 30

Oh, hi! You might have noticed I fell off the blog wagon for QUITE some time. I'm back and I'm more excited than ever. What have I been up to? I'm going to summarize because it truly has been wayyyyyy too long. Let's just say I've been full-time mom-ing it and the kids are getting so big, so fast it hurts. They are beyond amazing and my heart is bursting with love for them on the daily. BUT, if you know me, I can never just do one thing at a time. So, I co-founded a local website, ran it for a year and then transitioned to working for the parent company and putting my design skills to use. During all of this I started my essential oil journey and got HOOKED! So naturally, I'm building a business around it because these little bottles of goodness have changed our lives. 

I'm going to be sharing a lot more around here about how we use essential oils for emotions, sleep support, immune support, toddler feelings and SO much more! I'll also talk about why I chose Young Living, how skeptical I was to get started and why I finally decided to purchase the Starter Kit. So much goodness. Stay up-to-date with my Essentials Newsletter and follow along on Instagram for daily life, love and craziness with the littles. XO

The Only Two Kids Cups You'll Ever Need

posted on: Wednesday, April 12

Anyone else's cabinets look like this? We have too much shit. Why? How? We have a handful of kid's bowls, plates, spoons and forks. Nothing amazing there to talk about BUT we have collected almost every kid's cup out there. And NONE of them were great. How did this happen, you ask? Sydney looooooved her bottle. She was a year old and I tried really hard to transition her from a bottle to a cup. Everyone told me it was time. This is where the collection began. I just kept buying new cups to see if she would like one better than the other. I figured maybe one would seem more like her bottle and she'd love it and that would be that. NOPE. So we ended up accidentally reviewing every kid's cup out there and I've narrowed it down to TWO. You only need TWO cups! Your wallet can thank me later. 

My criteria: Spill-proof, I wanted an option for a spout AND a straw to put her beloved smoothies in, and I hate cups with lots of little parts that need to be put together and then go missing.
Sydney's criteria: Pink. That's it. Had we purchased one cup and given it to her and just cold-turkey'd the bottle that's likely the cup she would have used. DONE and DONE. (Mom face smack, first child syndrome?) Something like that. 

Fast forward a year later and a cabinet FULL of unused cups, here are the ones that don't work and why we don't like them, short and simple. Zoli - seemed like a great option but the straw doesn't clean well and milk comes out the top! Nuk - the nipple part breaks when the kids chew on it (which they do) and it spills. Tommee Tippee - Syd had a hard time getting liquids out of this one and the parts were odd for cleaning. Munchkin trainer/sippy - milk and liquids come out the top and the straw and parts required too much assembly every time they needed cleaning. Nuby - exact same problem. Pura - simply didn't work. Every time Syd drank the nipple part would get stuck and she couldn't get more out. Aaaaand the winners are...

Boon snug fit cups! Hands down favorite cup option on the market. The straw option is great for just about anything but specifically smoothies! SUPER easy cleanup. The straws are durable (as you can see in the pic our straw is squished because Syd bites them but they've all held up great considering). If this cup gets knocked over, obviously things can spill out of the straw portion but we've never had a problem. And if you want juices/milk etc. just slip on the snug spout. This will not spill! I've walked into our living room many times to find Syd's juice knocked over on the floor and we've never had a spill. 

Munchkin miracle 360. It's awesome! As mentioned above I'm not a big fan of their other cups but this one makes up for it. It never spills. Ever. Kids can drink from any side around the entire cup. It's super easy to clean. Kids do have to be a little older for this cup. It took Syd a little while to get the hang of it but once she did it became our go-to. 

So there you have it. This post is not sponsored. Just straight up Mom to Mom - don't waste your money talk. There's a lot more where this came from. Should I do a wipes post? We've tried them all too! Feel free to reach out with any questions but these are the only cups we use. Now please excuse me while I go throw away all the other ones and clean out the cabinet! Cheers!

Milk and Cookies

posted on: Monday, April 3

Ahhh breastfeeding. It is beautiful and amazing and hard!! I am four months into my breastfeeding journey with my son and it has been SO completely different than with my daughter. I was lucky enough to breastfeed my daughter for a year. It was a very rough start with her. I had problems latching and ended up with sore, cracked nipples and mastitis. Despite the pain(s) I had amazing support from my husband and parents whom we were living with at the time. And a year later there we were. Fast forward to now. I was fully prepared for the physical pain that can come with breastfeeding since that was my experience the first time around. But this time it has been so easy! It truly felt like I picked up with my son right where I had left off with my daughter. With both my children however supply has always been a concern. 

As a breastfeeding Mom, the biggest question in my head (especially when something is off) is DO I HAVE ENOUGH MILK??? And, when I pump two lousy ounces I immediately start worrying. Maybe this is why he woke up last night? Is he growing well? How many diapers have I changed today? You get it. And to all the other pumping Mamas out there, I FEEL YA! Especially when you start comparing your pumping supply with others. I love talking to other Moms about my kids. I love comparing notes and seeing how they tackle the same issues I'm dealing with. They get it cause they're fully in the thick of it as well! It's refreshing. But when you're talking about breastfeeding and you hear about Moms pumping 5oz on each side in under ten minutes — my head just explodes. WHO has that kind of supply?! Where is all that milk going? 

The truth is women do have that kind of supply and it is called an over-supply and you do not need it to have a happy, healthy baby! Lots of women who have an over-supply have a lovely freezer stash and/or donate their milk which I think is amazing. Me? Not so much. Wahhh wahhhhhhhh. The milk in the above pic was not pumped in one or even two sessions! In fact, it took about three to four different pumping sessions to get the above. I typically combine two pumping sessions for one bottle (4-5 oz). But sometimes it takes even more pumping. I breastfeed my baby full-time. I pump if/when I miss a feeding (if I go out and he has a bottle) and/or sometimes I pump in between feedings to get a small freezer stash for those times we may want to plan a date night, and because I like to have a small stash at all times just incase. But, I loathe pumping. There, I said it. 

When I pump I simply never feel like I have enough and it makes me question whether or not my baby is getting enough. So I started doing research and I found some great info! I've basically summed up three things to remind yourself if you're feeling down about pumping. These are pulled directly from the resources listed at the end of this post!

1No pump can remove milk from the breast as well as an effectively nursing baby, so pumping does not maintain milk supply as well as a nursing baby. It is not unusual to need to pump 2-3 times to get enough milk for one feeding for baby. It is totally normal to have to pump a TON in order to get enough for one feeding! Which kinda sucks (literally and figuratively) especially for working Moms!

2. It is typical for a mother who is breastfeeding full-time to be able to pump around 1/2 to 2 ounces total (for both breasts) per pumping session. These numbers are averages but again it reiterates that even a little half an ounce (per side) is normal.

3. It is normal for pumping output to vary from session to session and day to day. I love when I have a great day and get way more than usual but some days it just isn't working. There are a lot of factors that affect milk yield (again, see resources below for more). For me personally I need to drink LOTS of water. If I get dehydrated I immediately notice a difference when I pump. 

One of the things that also truly helps my pumping output is hands on pumping. It's fascinating stuff! And I really love this pump, especially if I need to pump when I'm not at home! So I hope that if there are any other nursing Mamas out there with anxieties like mine that this information puts you at ease. It certainly helped me to realize that my baby is getting exactly what he needs!

NOW see below for an amazing Lactation Cookie Recipe shared with me by my sister-in-law. They recommend eating four cookies a day to help with supply. Ummmmmm, twist my arm!

Lactation Cookie Recipe
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 4 T water
  • 2 T flaxseed meal (DO NOT substitute)
  • 2 Lg eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 C Thick cut oats
  • 1 C Chocolate chips
  • 2 T Brewers Yeast (DO NOT substitute)
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
  6. Beat until well blended.
  7. Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
  8. Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
  9. Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
  10. Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
  11. Bake 8-12 minutes.
There is A LOT more information where this came from. Specifically from my go-to resource for any and all breastfeeding related questions/anxieties. See this post in particular. I've also found this post helpful as well as La Leche League, which is great! 

Recipe via Simply Real Moms