What’s in my bag!

So I’ve had a ton of questions lately about what all is in my bag that is actually for me, since I carry my Totesavvy  diaper bag insert on a daily basis! I emptied the contents and reorganized my purse the other day and here is what I’ve got! Right now I am using a GM Goyard tote.

  1. Totesavvy-
    If you’re a Mama still carrying a traditional diaper bag- STOP! Go read this post and check out the Totesavvy website. They’re having a huge sale right now too! This insert keeps me organized and ready for anything!
  2. Thieves
    I love the Thieves line of products from Young Living. It smells divine, is toxin free and best of all, its effective! The story behind Thieves is that Gary Young was studying the legends of French Thieves who would roll themselves in spices before looting graves during the plague. Turns out it wasn’t all legend and was featured in some medical journals way back when! Its a combo of cinnamon bark, clove, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils.
    The hand purifier and travel spray are always in my bag! Think dirty high chairs and public restrooms!! Sign up here for a wholesale membership and get yours now! Plus Young Living is having a sale on starter kits that ends today! Huge!! Want to read more about oils? Head here
  3. Lipgloss
    I’m always on the run so I rarely remember to put lipstick on at home! I’m loving this combo from Savvy Minerals . Bright, bold and toxin free! Best way to be!
  4. Sunnies
    I have a couple pairs of sunglasses that I change out pretty regularly depending on my mood and outfit! I know I know, I’m crazy. Right now I’m loving these pink aviators from Diff Eyewear! They’re from the Khloe Kardashian line so you know they’re fabulous right 🙂
  5. Key Chain
    How adorable is this fuzzy key bob! Even though my ToteSavvy does have a clip for my keys, when I’m running around I rarely remember to actually clip my keys on. I then end up digging around trying to find my keys. Not anymore- now all I have to do is feel around for my fuzzy pouf! My sweet sister-in-law gave me this one but here is a similar one!
  6. “Emergency” Bag
    I think every woman probably has something like this in her purse, but maybe it’s just me. I’ve got a pouch that I call my “emergency” pouch. No it’s not First Aid items 🙂 It’s full of items for a beauty emergency! Ponytail holders, safety pins, floss, tweezers, oil rollers etc. If you don’t keep tweezers in your purse you should start! For some reason I’m always seeing those pesky unwanted hairs when I’m out and about!
  7. Sunscreen and Bug Spray
    With Summer basically already being here I have found it necessary to keep both of these essential items in my bag. I’m loving this mineral sunscreen by Young Living for both Keely and I this Summer. Its gentle, toxin-free and effective! Same with the bug detterent spray I made up using Citronella and Purification essential oils!What do you have in your bag that I need to be carrying??? Of course in my Totesavvy I have everything I need for Keely- diapers, toys, sippy, but with her getting older and needing less “stuff” I’ve got more room in my bag for me!!

XOXO,

Sallie

Life Lately

Happy Almost Summer!! Can you believe its here?!? In Alabama its definitely felt like summer! Big, loud thunder storms and high, humid temps! Not going to lie, I love it. Except for humidity. Humidity is a curse.

Our life has been crazy busy lately and I really do love it that way! Just living up to my motto “Mom on the Go.”  We’ve done a little traveling, a lot of birthday partying and just tons of general fun!

We started the month with Keely’s one year check up! Girl is always on the move and looked fabulous and healthy! This was literally the only picture I could snap while we were there.

Of course we’ve been keeping up the tradition of popsicle Fridays! I’m definitely not complaining!

How sweet are these two girls! We’ve loved going to all of Keely’s little friends birthday parties! I just think its so adorable watching them all interact with each other!

Little bird has been such a daddy’s girl lately and I love it. I’ll admit it does make me jealous but he’s the best dad so I can’t blame her for loving on him more 🙂

Although he has been in and  out of town a bit and us girls have been having lots of fun playing while he’s gone.

She’s been playing all his Xbox games for him and “winning”. Just kidding K!! (I’m sure he’s reading this and flipping out!) It is so funny to me though, how much toddler’s love remotes, phones and controllers!! She’s officially obsessed!!

We didn’t escape K’s business travel without the stomach bug- me not her- thank goodness!! It was pretty rough and of course the absolute worst week for it to happen! But my awesome friend Katie stepped up and helped me get Keely to school and back! So thankful for my tribe! Am I cool enough to say tribe? No! Do I care? Heck no!!

My favorite Saturday spent in May was taking Keely’s one year photos! Read all about that here

I’m still trying to decide between photos! It’s incredibly hard because they’re all so perfect! I do love this one because there is a little bird (besides Keely) in the top right corner. One of these days I’ll write a blog and really tell y’all all about my bird obsession. For me they are a huge reminder of my grandmother and I just can’t get over the fact that one photo bombed us 🙂

This past weekend wasn’t any different than the rest of our month- jam packed! We started out the weekend at the Lake, helping my folks throw a moving sale. That’s right, they’ve sold our family lake house after almost 18 years. I’m not upset about it at all, can’t you tell 🙂  It was time but still it’s just hard to say goodbye to place that has been such a big part of my life. I mean just take a look at the view

I managed to sneak this picture of my mom and Keely, playing. Melts my heart!!

We got home early evening on Saturday and my parents treated us to a kid free night! We headed to a late dinner at our favorite downtown restaurant, Purveyor and sat out on the patio. If you haven’t been yet, you are missing out! You definitely have to get dessert- we recommend the chocolate melting cake! I wish I had recordings of every time Kyle eats this dish! He cracks me up with his one liners about how delicious it is!

We strolled around downtown before heading home, just taking in the sights and sounds of our cool city! It blows my mind how this city has grown!

Y’all can I just say this- we are old- like we can’t hang anymore at all! We came home got in our pj’s and fell asleep 5 minutes into the movie we rented.

Sunday was indeed a FUNDAY! My friend Katherine and I hosted a trunk show with Regan Stanfield of Regan Allison Designs! She is a super fun, mom of 3 who designs incredible jewelry! We had so much fun seeing everyone and trying on all the things! Just take a look! Oh and FYI the “party” is open a few more days so message me if you want to shop it! Regan takes pre-orders on pieces and then custom makes and ships yours to you!!

And to round off a crazy weekend our friend Jim came Sunday evening to help us get started on our Kitchen backsplash!! Y’all have no idea how excited I am!!

That red stripe is finally going away!!

So with no slowing down in sight, I’m signing off! Have y’all had as busy of a month as us??

XOXO,

Sallie

Friday Favs- Summer Staples

Summer is fast approaching- If you live in AL it already feels like summer outside, 95 degrees why?!? We are taking a big, family beach trip this summer. I’m a big time planner- like months in advance. Don’t believe me? Go read Keely’s Birthday Party blog, here. I’m insane.

Anyways- I thought I’d share some of my favorite summer staples with y’all today!

Swimsuits

I know, I know. No one, I repeat No ONE likes swimsuit shopping. But it is necessary! I’m here to tell you its not as bad as you think it is! I ventured into the dressing room a few weeks ago with about 15 different one pieces, because well #mombod. I didn’t leave in tears as I had prepared myself for. Instead I left with two really fabulous suits

  1. Bleu Rod Beattie- Oh So Knotty One Piece
    Y’all it is possible to look and feel sexy in a one piece suit!! I was blown away! This color is fabulous too- a great shade of plumb to make you look tanner! The thickness of the material and the construction had me feeling secure and the look is very flattering! I sized up and got an 8

2.  Anne Cole- Twist Front Bandeau One Piece
You can’t got wrong with a black strapless bathing suit! This one has some rushing around
the tummy which I definitely benefitted from! Plus it’s currently on sale!! I got an 8

 

Pajamas

With the Royal Wedding happening tomorrow, and my general obsession for fabulous pajamas, I decided I needed a great PJ set perfect for viewing all the royal goodness. Target for the win!

Y’allllllllll! Seriously this set is so comfortable- not to mention super cute with its soft floral pattern! It’s made of Tencel which makes them perfect for Summer. Tencel is a fiber made from wood pulp- it absorbs moisture more efficiently than other natural fibers- meaning it helps keep you cool and dry!

Top Bottoms

Platform Sandals

I love that platform sandals are back in style!!! Maybe they never really went out but I’m drooling over these four styles and I can’t decide which to order!!  Which is your fav?? Click the picture to order and let me know which you get!

Sunscreen and after sun spray

A true summer staple-Sunscreen! Don’t leave home without it! I’ve been using both the Mineral Sunscreen and the Lavaderm after Sunspray for Keely and I already this month!! I was really worried about this sunscreen because I’ve used other Natural/Mineral Sunscreens before and they don’t always rub in great. This one from Young Living is really amazing! It blends in well and protects my baby’s sensitive skin! Its SPF 10 but I encourage you to read here as to why you really don’t need a high SPF.

Not only is this good for minor sunburns its also great for minor rash, itch and bug bites! Its a great combo of aloe, lavender and helichrysum essential oils and its incredibly moisturizing! These two items have stayed in my bag since I ordered them in April!!

For more on essential oils and natural toxin – free products- head here

 

What are some of your summer staples?? Let me know!

XOXO,

Sallie

Keely’s One Year Photos

We spent Cinco De Mayo with Lindsey of 17th+Pear taking our 1 year photos!!

She is an amazing photographer and from our very first shoot Keely has been wrapped around her finger!

Backstory:

We found 17th+Pear through some friends who had used them to do their Baby packages- Newborn, 6 month, 1 year etc. The minute we found out our due date I was calling Lindsey to get us booked!

For our Newborn photos I chose our house for the location. I wanted Keely to have photos of her first home for years to come!

For Keely’s 6 month photos we traveled to the 17th+Pear studio- it’s so cute! They’ve got this adorable little house in Downtown Athens!

For the 1 year photos I wanted something fun and different.I couldn’t make up my mind on the location. Originally I thought about walking down to our little park where we had Keely’s birthday party. Then I came across this photo and the light bulb came on…..

My good friend Casee took this photo a few years ago for our Christmas card. This is the Old State Bank of Alabama building in Downtown Huntsville. You may call it First National Bank, Regions bank, or the bank that Jesse James robbed. Kyle and I had our rehearsal dinner here and it has a very rich History in our city!  I knew we needed to recreate this picture!

Of course we had to fight off a few prom couples- sorry……. And my vision of K and I holding hands while Keely bird sat below us, didn’t really work for our little walker. However I think we nailed it! Definitely hanging this one in our house!

The rain held off for us, although Lindsey did have a back up plan that involved a clear umbrella! One thing I’ve learned this year is always have a backup plan. And snacks. And an outfit change. 🙂

After I got my bank picture we headed down to the park to let our girl run around and show off her personality!

That bow didn’t last long. Keely’s sweet birdie dress came from one of my favorite pre-order smocked groups- The Smocking Bug! They currently have some extras of this dress- get it here.

Sassiest girl you’ve ever met…..

Of course being in Big Spring Park meant we had to take a photo in front of the incredible Rocket City Mural! Have you seen it yet?

We live in such a fun city! Huntsville, you’re out of this world…… see what I did there!

Last stop was U.G. White for some candy!!

Side Note- I’m the worst Mama- we just looked at the pretty candy and didn’t buy any…..

here are my tips for a photo shoot with a toddler!

  • Buy a leash- just kidding….but not really
  • Bring all the snacks- seriously all of them
  • Don’t forget an outfit change for baby- you never know what’s going to happen, juice box spill, mud from sitting in the grass, a blowout…..
  • If you’re taking your photos outside- have a backup plan in case of rain
  • Have fun- your photographer is a pro and you’ve hired them for their expertise. Find a photographer you’re comfortable with and trust. I love Lindsey, she’s always up for my ideas but puts her own spin on them. I never worry that she’s not getting my good side, and she’s amazing with my kid!
  • Chose simple outfits- I know it sounds cliche but chose timeless, easy pieces and think about your surroundings. My seersucker dress was the perfect match for a muggy day in May, and how handsome does Kyle look in his linen oxford. Of course Keely really stole the show- it was after all her photo shoot.

What are your tips for photos with kids?? I’d love to hear them!

 

XOXO,

Sallie

 

LINKS

My dress and earrings- Elitaire Boutique

Nude Platform Sandal- Michael Kors- These are similar

Kyle’s Linen Button Down- Here Its on sale!!

Keely’s Dress- The Smocking Bug- Here

Keely’s Sandals- Freshly Picked- Here Best sandals ever- they’re prong less meaning I don’t have to worry about punching an extra hole when her foot gets bigger!

 

 

Simple DIY Teacher Gifts

With the end of the school year fast approaching have you started thinking about Teacher Gifts!? No?!? Well don’t worry! I’ve compiled some easy DIY gifts to shower your Teachers, Co-Workers, Friends and Neighbors with!

Teacher Appreciation for Keely’s School is next week- but she’s moving up to the 1 year olds class on Monday (insert sobs from mom here), so we decided to take our gifts this week to thank three of our favorite ladies! They’ve been amazing caretakers of our little girl and she loves them very much!

There are tons of ideas out there on Pinterest but I’m a fan of simple things that pack a big punch!  I’m also a fan of DIY gifts! It’s been a fun year with this being the first time I get to shower our favorite ladies  with gifts! Keely definitely has the best daycare teachers and so far I’ve taken them a few different tokens of our appreciation! Here are my favorite, simple DIY teacher gifts!

Spa in a Cup

My friend Beth had this fabulous idea to gift “Spauccinos” to friends and family for Christmas using epsom salts and essential oils! You can check out her full post here

I took that idea and ran with it to use as DIY teacher gifts! I asked my favorite barista for a few grande frappuccino cups and lids, with my morning coffee order. I did offer to pay him but he gave them to me!

Supplies

Unscented Epsom Salts- These are my favorite

Travel size shower pouf- you can use these– I found mine at the Dollar Tree

Parfait cups with lids- you can get unlabeled ones here or just sweet talk your favorite barista

Your favorite 5ml bottles of essential oils! Get my favorites here

Instructions

I filled my grande cups about a 1/3 of the way full with my epsom salts. Pop the  pouf on top, place the lid on and perch your EO on top!

Easiest teacher, neighbor, friend gift ever! Just make sure they realize these are for the bathtub and not to drink!!

 

Treat Yo Self

I gave these as Christmas gifts for Keely’s teachers! I included my favorite hot chocolate packets, a Stress Away bath bomb and these sassy mugs!

I paired little notes wishing them a Merry Christmas and encouraging our favorite teachers to relax in a bath with a mug of hot cocoa! I add a little bit of rumchata to mine 🙂

Supplies

Fillable Ornaments- Varies based on size of your bath bombs. You’ll need this 70 mm for the stress away bath bomb size.

Stress Away Bath Bombs– comes as a 4 pack

Sassy Mug- mine came from the Dollar Tree but these are cute too!

Your favorite hot chocolate!

Instructions

Pop your S.A. Bath Bomb in the fillable ornament and close. I sealed mine with clear scotch tape just to make sure they didn’t open up! Tie a cute ribbon to the top and Voila the cutest, most relaxing ornament!

I filled my mug with a little bit of gold crinkle and slipped the Hot Cocoa pouch, ornament and note inside! Done!

I know what you’re thinking. “Thats cute Sallie but it’s MAY!!! I can’t  gift an ornament in May!!” Sure you can, just don’t call it an ornament! Get a happy mug and a springy ribbon and you’re all set!

Hugs & Kisses

Maybe the teachers in your life aren’t into relaxing baths- I’ve never met anyone like that but I’m sure they’re out there.  This next DIY will surely please anyone- because its Chocolate!!

Supplies

Metal Containers- I snagged mine in the Dollar Spot at Target but this one from Amazon is super cute

Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses- I did this at Valentines so Hugs were really easy to find! Amazon has them though!

Cello Bags- here

Instructions

I filled our cello bags up with a mixture of Hugs and Kisses. Tied with a ribbon and added a note that said “XOXO Hugs and Kisses Love Keely”

I used a little bit of watercolors and hand painted our tags! It was super simple!

Once I had my treat bags done I place them in our metal container and send them to school with Keely. The perfect treat- when my child is being anything but!

 

“Here’s Soapin’….

You have a great summer!!”

For the end of the year I’ve got a fun and useful gift to give! Everyone needs hand soap at home- so why not give our favorite, toxin-free foaming hand wash!!

Y’all know how much I love my Thieves and all my essential oil infused products! This was literally a no brainer!

** If you don’t know why I love Young Living and why you should too- read here

Supplies

Thieves Foaming Hand Wash- Here or your favorite hand soap. If you get the Thieves- buy the 3 pack and you’ll save some money! Better yet add it to your Essential Rewards order and get rewards points!

Tag- Heres Soapin’– I’m linking my printable for y’all here! Just save it to your computer and use Avery’s design software to print on business card paper!

Instructions

Get your hand soaps, print your tag and tie on with some adorable ribbon or raffia and you’re good to go!

Just remember you don’t have to do something elaborate for it to be meaningful! So shower you teachers and caretakers and let them know how thankful you are for them!

XOXO-

Sallie