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!!



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!!


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




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.


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


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 …


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.


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.


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!!