Friday, July 25, 2014

shower singer

I recently purchased this speaker for our shower and I love it! It's connected by Bluetooth so you can connected from your phone to your iTunes or Pandora. Even can answer the phone in the shower!!!! Now I know a lot of y'all might be shaking your heads thinking our world is too connected, for me it's another avenue for me not to miss my husbands phone call. Either way, this little speaker is pretty awesome!

***Just a warning, you will most likely break out in dance moves in mid-shower, so just be careful. Oh yeah, and that water bill may have a slight increase.

I loved mine so much that I got it as a gift for a friend, it's the perfect little treat for music lovers!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

thank you.

When Ben first arrived to Georgia, he told me that the base has a group of local ladies that worked in the kitchen, offering the boys 3 meals a day and separately, another handful of ladies doing their (and other military stationed on the base) laundry for the duration of their stay. At home, I cook the meals most of the times and always do the laundry, so to know he had those amenities made my heart feel comforted and grateful. A few days later, I called my momma and told her I wanted to do something to thank these women for everything.

After throwing around a few ideas, my mom said, "Why don't I make them some scarves?!" I loved it! So my sweet momma got to work on crocheting, then boxed up her handmade goodies and sent them off with a little letter I wrote. 

Yesterday, he gave them our "thank you" to for taking care of our boys.
They were really happy and even kind enough to pose for a picture, which Ben knew I would have wanted.

My heart feels full to have the opportunity to thank these ladies for their support (even if it's their job) of our military deployed overseas, my momma for making these beautiful scarves for these woman, and my husband for supporting my plan the entire time.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spell of the sea

The ocean inspires me. 
Any time I feel alone, it's a place I can always run to for inclusion.
In turn when I crave solitude, it's a place I can run to for peace. 
The ocean, somehow always seems to know what to say with it's many colors and wildlife, welcoming you every time without judgement or reservation.

I spent the better part of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the beach. Between flipping through magazines, chatting with friends, 8AM yoga, and a walk along the pier watching all the fishermen patiently waiting for that big catch, it's there, always available to offer entertainment or serenity...
[Friday afternoon]

[Saturday Morning]

[Sunday afternoon]

Monday, July 14, 2014

refresh & revive

Yesterday, a friend invited me over for dinner, but after a weekend of a night on the town, beach yoga followed by probably too many hours in the sun...I just wanted a day to re-cooperate and prepare for the upcoming week. Do you do that? I think this mentality stems from our family rule growing up. During the weekend, you could go out, but one of the days was spent at home and with family. It's something I appreciate so much more now than I did growing up (like most things). So yesterday, I tidied up the house, walked across the street to get a mani/pedi (OPI No Spain No Gain), dyed my hair (back to black...again), and read on the back patio.
[Beatles tank: The Beat (this was actually the first thing I bought living out here in California) , Under tank: Kohls, Shorts: Target, Necklace: Forever 21, Shoes: Forever 21]

Another we goooooooo!

Friday, July 11, 2014

a promise kept.

"When change is hard and not so nice, 
You listen to your heart the whole night through,
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you."

I sure do miss you, my sweet. We haven't talked in a few days which is extra hard when you are over 7000 miles away, doing lord knows what. The girls and I went to 333 last night, one of our favorites when we want a little romantic evening. I was excited to watch the sunset over the pier from the restaurant.

Kim even brought wine back from her trip to Europe! I got a bottle from France and from Germany - YUMMMMMM. Saving them until you get home.
They are taking such good care of me, just like you asked them to.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

essential oils - getting started

I am excited to see some of y'all interested in essential oils after my last post! I love them so far. I wanted to give you all a few starter tips that I would personally recommend and I have either learned through friends or my personal research.
1. Research! I would highly recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy! A friend recommended it to me; it's educational and a recipe book to help you get started. First and foremost, you need to research before you start using essential oils. I rolled my eyes when my friend first told me this, but after learning about them (thinking I can just use Pinterst recipes)...but it's true. Essential oils are extremely potent, and should be treated with care. For example, ingesting essential oils can be dangerous, you should research a lot before you consider using them for dieting and other purposes (looking at you MLM companies). 

2. Order your supplies. You can look for starter kits or order what you need seperately, like I did. I started small so I didn't want an entire starter kit. You will need labels (these are the ones I use) and bottles to start out with; I started with these and this bottle. Aromatools is a great website build your container collection. Preferably, you want to have dark glass bottles, essential oils break down plastic over time. You should be storing your oils and mixtures away from sunlight to prevent the speeding up the oxidation process.

3. Order your carrier oils. I personally think Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil are two great starters. Sweet Almond Oil is extremely versatile and can be used as a base oil up to 100%. Carrier oils are useful creating aromatherapy applications. Many essential oils are much to powerful to be used neat, carrier oils allow them to go further.

4. Understand your essential oils. Throughout my research I noticed a HUGE debate between whether or not to go with MLM company. I personally chose not to, because unless your a consultant, I think you pay for the brand on top of the expensive prices of oils. Not that I would never use doTerra, Young Living, or Be Young, I believe their product is good, I just chose to go with another company. When choosing any essential oils, look for 100% pure oil and certified organic. If it's a 1oz bottle with a price that is too good to be true it probably is. It takes 600lbs of rose petals to make a single ounce of oil. 1oz of Absolute Rose Essential Oil is more along the lines of $230, not $10 (see below).
If you read the back of this bottle you will see that this oil (or even the front) is already diluted.
The company I use to order my oils and other items is Mountain Rose Herbs. A friend recommended them and I am so pleased with their product, knowledge and passion, and prices. Check them out, you'll see why I use them!

5. Purchase your essential oils. Essential Oils were the very last thing I did when getting started and Like I said before, start out small. You can do hours of research on which essential oils to start out with. Personally, I started with 6: Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Geranium, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), and Peppermint. All of these oils are extremely versatile. Tea Tree is pretty much my favorite thing ever.  Also, a note when ordering, .5 oz may look small, but will take you far. I wouldn't recommend buying over 1oz bottles when first getting started.

I hope these tips have been informative and I would love to (try and) answer any questions, if you have them! Or, if you have your own starter tips...leave them below!

Monday, July 07, 2014

"Create Your Own" Cocktail Bar

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a Gender Reveal for some friends. I set up a "Create Your Own" Cocktail Bar that was a huge hit for the drinks and the non-drinkers. Guests were able to customize their own cocktails, there were so many fresh and delicious options offering endless possibilities.
Listed below are the ingredients I used for my personal cocktail bar.

Rosemary Vodka
Sparking Wine

Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Orange Juice
Organic Lemonade
Iced Tea
Simple Syrup (SO EASY to make!)
Diet Ginger Ale

Mint Leaves
Rock Candy

Wooden Muddle
Glasses (Dollar Tree)

Some of the favorite creations were:
Coconut Vodka, Lemonade, Strawberry and Mint Garnish
Ginger Ale, Lemonade, and Strawberry Garnish
Iced Tea, Peaches, Simple Syrup
Vodka, Grapefruit Juice, Rosemary Garnish
and of course...
Sparking Wine and Orange Juice