Weekend in Review

Y’alllllllll!! Has anyone else had a crazy summer? Just us? Ok….. well anyways I’m back blogging and I missed y’all! I’ve got a lot I want to share with y’all but I can’t promise to be a great blogger until after October 26th! I’m in the throws of Apple Annie- the Junior League of Huntsville’s biggest fundraiser! Somehow they chose me to be the Chair of this year’s fundraiser and while I’m loving every minute of it, well it just takes a lot of time! Anyways I do plan on sharing with y’all my heart for our community and why apples matter in a blog post soon!

We had so much fun this weekend! My in-laws came to town for their 39th wedding anniversary and we spent the weekend exploring HSV and doing all the things!

Friday night we picked up our house for company and someone decided to rock an Old School Apple Annie tee- circa 2011.

Saturday morning we stopped by our favorite- Big Foot’s Little Donuts! I think we’ve been every week since they reopened! The Caramel Cake was delicious but don’t let this picture fool you- I also got a box of my fav- Cookies and Cream! Keely made a huge leap and actually touched the Big Foot statue! If you’ve got littles you know why thats a big deal :). Of course when I tried to take her picture with him she wouldn’t oblige.

 

Grammy and Papa got to town mid-morning and played at our house for a while! Had to take them to Shaggy’s another one of our favorite spots and get a pocket taco and a hot dog! Seriously the best, most genius food pairing ever! When then stopped by the Boutique Closet Consignment sale and snagged some great pieces for Keely including these Natives! Y’all they were pretty raunchy when I bought them but I knew I could use my Thieves cleaner to get them looking brand new! What do you think??

 

Before

After- Thanks to Thieves!!

Speaking of Young Living…….

This guy officially became a part of the team! Oh don’t let him fool you- he’s been a huge part of my Young Living Business but now he’s got his own account and his own business! Make sure you’re following him on insta- @stokesk- for tons of ways to use YL products when training and working out!

Saturday night we headed downtown and sat out on the patio at Humphrey’s but not before stopping by our little park to swing!

Suddenly she’s graduated to the big swings and I’m not ok. Stop Growing Please!!!

Anyways right after dinner the power went out downtown- of course it just happened to go dark right as I was buying these gorgeous flowers from In Bloom. I can’t wait for their new and improved shop at Clinton Row to open!

We then decided to walk around downtown to see what all the commotion was about- lots of big firetrucks investigating smoke around the courthouse! Turns out a squirrel had found its way into the power grid! Yikes!

We loved having Kyle’s parents in town- Keely in particular enjoyed them the most! Lots of hugs and tears when they left!

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend??

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

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

Time to get Savvy

Have you heard?? Young Living launched a brand new TOXIN FREE, mineral makeup line! The official launch was this summer at convention but you could say the unofficial launch was a little over a month ago with the announcement of the Savvy Minerals Starter Kits!

Just a few days after the kits launched my friend Katherine and I threw a Makeup and Mimosas party! Katherine is an awesome Mom Boss and has a fabulous event planning business, Practically Chic Designs ! Y’all my house has never looked so cute!! It was for sure the swankiest makeup and mimosas party to be had by anyone, ever! Ever!!

Gorgeous!!

Floral ice cubes for our Mimosa Bar

Gotta have the Makeup of course!

Let me rewind and tell you a bit about Savvy Minerals!! Savvy Minerals is the brain child of Melissa Poepping- a YL distributor- who created a clean, natural, mineral makeup that actually works! She was tired of not having a good answer to the question “you’ve ditched and switched everything else, what about your makeup?” Young Living approached her about partnering with them and turning Sweet Savvy Minerals into Savvy Minerals by Young Living! Thankfully she said yes! They spent some time reformulating a few things and adding essential oils to products- peppermint in the Lipgloss is divine, fyi!! Read more about that here

Safe enough for Keely! 😉

Savvy Minerals is formulated without:

Gluten, mineral oil, petrochemicals, talc, parabens, nano-particles, phtalates, bismuth, metals, synthetic dyes and fragrance

Mineral oils can actually damage your skin and its barrier and can increase water loss! AKA dry you out!
Talc is a hot button ingredient and has been linked to cancers, especially ovarian cancer! It is still very prevalent in makeup and beauty products on the market.
Bismuth is used as an adherent in other makeups, especially other mineral makeups. Its a common, cheap filler that can actually exasperate skin irritation and acne
Phthalates are a plasticizer found in cosmetics, used especially as a solvent and fixative. Can also be found in fragrance!
Parabens are preservatives that are known hormone disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer and other reproductive issues

Don’t believe me? Google those ingredients and then download the THINKDIRTY APP, scan your makeup, do yourself a favor and get some Savvy!

Savvy Minerals is Formulated With:

Kaolin Clay, JoJoba Oil, Mica, Aloe, Pure Essential Oils, Aspen Bark Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil, just to name a few

Kaolin Clay is a fine light clay- making it very good for sensitive skin types. It has a silky texture and has been know to have detoxifying properties as well as absorbent properties
Aspen Bark Extract is an all natural preservative and has skin softening properties
Sweet Almond Oil contains Vitamin K and is full of good fatty acids. It is extremely nourshing and can even promote hair growth- think Lashes!!
Mica is used for coloring- especially in the lipgloss to protect us from Lead which can be found in synthetic dyes! Yuck! The Mica we used is mined in the U.S. Not only does it eliminate Lead but it eliminates, coal, tar, petrochemicals and other synthetics that lurk in fake dyes.

What is Savvy all about??

Savvy is all about making us feel beautiful with easy to use, safe, buildable coverage! I’ve done everything from a 5- minute face to a full glam photo shoot look with Savvy Minerals and I’ve been impressed every step of the way! No major learning curve, no hour and a half spent applying either!

My full glam look for a recent photoshoot!

Up until Savvy, I had been a tinted moisturizer and cream blush kind of girl. I was completely freaked out at the idea of using a powder foundation! I had bad flashbacks to “swirl and tap” informercials if you catch my drift! No swirling and tapping that brush, unless you want too.

The Misting Spray is an awesome tool and it smells incredible- formulated with EO’s that are fabulous for our skin it is the glue, so to speak, that holds the look together! I’ve even been able to create my own tinted moisturizer by adding some foundation powder in with my Sheerlume brightening creme every morning! It sets a great base on my face and the oils in the moisturizer, misting spray and my naturally occurring oils help the minerals stick to my face! Here is one of my favorite Savvy tutorial videos of all time!

All the products are completely versatile since they are  all completely natural! I’ve used an eyeshadow, the diamond dust or a lighter foundation as “highlighter” on several different occasions. I’ve used bronzer, eyes shadow or a darker foundation as “contour”. I love the multi-tasker product because I use it for eyeliner and an eyebrow filler- I’ve even seen someone make a dark lipgloss with it! You don’t have to have 500,000 products in your makeup bag! How incredible is that!

Feelin’ Hot

Speaking of lipgloss- Savvy lipglosses have Peppermint EO in them- talk about a natural lip plumper! And that shot of peppermint is so refreshing every time I swipe on my color!

Savvy Minerals

There are four different color options for the Savvy Starter Kits- Warm 2, Cool 2, Dark 1 and Dark 4. Each is pair with a Blush, 3 eyeshadows and a lipgloss that coordinate and work with each other. Every kit comes with the amazing foundation brush, the misting spray and a 5ml bottle of Lavender EO.

Not sure what color foundation?

Ask yourself the following questions:

Credit: Groworkspace

So are you ready to give Savvy a shot???

Go ahead and click here to get your Savvy Minerals Starter Kit and sign up as a YL member- no gimmicks, no selling, no ordering ever again, unless you want to! read all about YL here and why we chose it!

Credit: Groworkspace

Credit: Groworkspace

Are you local??? I’m having a Spring Soirée at Elitaire Boutique this Saturday 3/10! I’ll have the majority of the line there and would love to talk with you more about it!!

 

Be sure to check out my oily instagram @essentiallystokes for more info, DIY and tutorials

XOXO

Sallie

 

How I became an oily mama

Hey y’all-

So for those of you who don’t know me, check out my Welcome post here or my about me page!

I’ve been using essential oils for 2 years, have you heard of them? Have you seen them at the drugstore, grocery store, heck I’ve seen them at the craft store.

TO PURCHASE AMAZING YOUNG LIVING OILS CLICK HERE!

These tiny bottles of plant juices are taking the world by storm and I’m going to tell you my WHY for using them and why I’m purchasing my oils and oily infused products from Young Living!

Two years ago in the Spring of 2016 Kyle and I were talking about starting a family, we were talking about renovating our house, we were talking about the upcoming races he was going to run and our trip that summer, to the beach. We weren’t talking about essential oils or even our family’s wellness!

I had some friends at the time who had been trying to get me hooked on essential oils

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I’m a hUUUUGE skeptic! Even though I had a number of friends using them, and I was seeing their great results I was wary to get on board the oily train. I just didn’t understand how they could possibly work and if they did work, why wasn’t everyone already using them- real logical – mental head slap! There is so much science behind EO’s and if you’re interested in the science I can direct you to the research!

Back to Oils

Our dog Nova is an older pup and in the spring of 2016 she was waking us up in the middle of the night, every night- to go outside, to eat, to play. She just didn’t want to sleep or calm down. Little did we know she was preparing us for a kid 🙂

My friend Rebecca also had a senior dog and was using essential oils on him, at night time, to help him relax and calm down. She was seeing results- he was calm and relaxed at bedtime! I was at my wits end so I ordered a bottle of Peace and Calming and the Satin Mint Face Scrub from her! I wasn’t ready to order a premium starer kit- because what if Rebecca’s results weren’t my results?!

Got my little tiny bottle in the mail and …

WOAH

It worked!! She relaxed, calmed down and slept! One night could’ve been a fluke, multiple nights was a miracle in my opinion! We even started rubbing a drop of the Peace & Calming oil on the bottoms of our feet (crazy 🙂 ) at night to help promote sound sleep!!

Our Sweet Nova Girl

The face scrub was just the cherry on top of the sundae at this point- I was hooked on Young Living and Kyle agreed that we could order a kit.  I’ll admit I was still skeptical.  I found myself saying things like “Ok the oil worked, the face scrub was great- but I’ll probably never order anything else after this kit” or “I’ll use the oils but don’t expect me to get on board with the cleaner or that red drink (ningxia)” “Don’t expect me to sell this stuff!” That’s the beauty of Young Living- I had the option to never order again, without getting penalized! It was literally like buying a Costco membership! I had access to wholesale pricing but I never had to do anything with it if I didn’t want to!

Our kit came and I began diffusing and researching and learning all about these tiny bottles and all about Young Living. I had blindly jumped on board with YL because my  good friends were all using Young Living. The more I researched the more I was so happy I had taken that blind leap!

Seed to Seal

Through my research I discovered that not all oil companies are alike! In fact not all oils are 100% pure essential oil! The FDA only requires a bottle to have 5% essential oil in order to be labeled as a  PURE essential oil- that means lots of fillers or adulterated oils are out there! Young Living has a Seed to Seal guarantee. This means they are committed to only giving us the best! Every ingredient goes through rigorous quality control and even third party testing! I encourage you to read more about Young Living’s policies and farms.

Fast Forward 1 Year

We had been happily using our oils and a few oil infused products (thieves cleaner, hand purifier, cough drops) for about a year. When I was 7 months pregnant and was researching laundry detergents. I wanted to find one I could use for both baby laundry and mommy/daddy laundry. I discovered through my research that even baby detergents still contained optical brighteners just like regular detergents. Optical brighteners sit on top of your clothes and make them look cleaner than they are!! That blew my mind! I immediately started researching Young Living’s Thieves Laundry soap. Again I was  so skeptical, would it really get our clothes clean, didn’t we need harsh chemicals to get laundry done??  Again super logical.

I found this amazing blog post by Emily over at Butter Believer. She lays it all out for you and gives the facts! She convinced me and I immediately added a bottle of Laundry Soap to our Essential Rewards order. I continue to be amazed by YL- it actually worked and not just on the teeny baby clothes, but on my husband’s stinky running clothes as well!! Everything got clean and smelled amazing, plus the bottle is extremely concentrated so it lasts forever! I became hooked on the entire thieves line of products but it wasn’t until our daughter Keely was born that we started making a real effort to know what we were putting on our bodies, in our bodies and in our home.

Ditch&Switch

Once Keely was born a friend encouraged me to download the ThinkDirty App on my phone and start scanning the products I was using.

This post needed some Keely!

I had already swapped to Thieves Laundry, Dish and Hand soap and had just started taking Ningxia Red to boost our energy and load up on antioxidants. I immediately started scanning products in our bathroom with the ThinkDirty App and was shocked. Fragrance, Petrochemicals, Sodium Laurel Sulfates (SLS), DMDM Hydantoin, a known carcinogen was hanging out in my body wash.  The worst offender by far was the baby wash I was using for Keely! It received a 9 out of 10 on the app. PEG- 80 Sorbitan Laurate-  was the worst ingredient. The concern with PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, is it has the potential to be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane.  The FDA does not require 1,4-dioxane to be listed as an ingredient on product labels because the chemical is a contaminant produced during manufacturing. However it is a known carinogin and here I was slathering my newborn in potentially hazardous, cancerous stuff- all for some unnecessary SUDS! Read more about 1.4 Dioxane here . I threw it out and began using some of the Honest Company samples I had until I could research replacements. I now use the Honest Company body wash and shampoo on myself- get it here.

Seedlings

Fortunately for us, this was about the same time the Young Living Seedlings Line arrived! I was so excited to start ordering it for Keely- body wash, baby oil, wipes (I use as makeup remover wipes) and diaper rash cream!

YL has had a kidscents line- formulated for children 2 and up. But this summer they released the Seedlings line- a product line specially formulated for infants! Completely plant-based and free from synthetic fragrances, sulfates, paragons, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals. Its an amazing line of products- not only are they soothing and the EO’s in them help promote a calm environment (perfect for bedtime) but the scent is wonderful and I don’t have to worry about a synthetic fragrance!

I’m beyond thankful that I’ve discovered Young Living. They are committed to us, the consumer and providing safe, natural, essential oil infused products to use on our families! The number of products they have are endless- supplements, food, cleaners, baby, animal, kids, skincare, beauty products, even makeup (be on the look out for a post on Savvy Minerals soon!)

For more info shoot me a message! I’d love to tell you more!

Want to get started now!!??! It’s so easy to order YL- here are a few ways to do it:

  1. Message me and add something to my monthly order and take advantage of my wholesale discount (like Costco, remember)
  2. Sign up to become a wholesale member with a premium starter kit (so many options) here and get your own wholesale discount
  3. Sign up to be a retail customer here.

That’s my “WHY”. What’s your “WHY”? Leave me a comment!!

xoxo

Sallie