homemade orange garland

this morning wes and i decided to get a little crafty. last year we made an orange garland and the kids loved the way it looked hanging above our fireplace. so, we decided to make it again, and this time i thought i’d share how we did it in case you’d like to give it a try! i needed a reminder myself on the recipe, so i’ll have it filed here forever.


here’s the recipe for ya:

• slice oranges thin

• dab with paper towels

• line them on parchment paper or a non-stick cookie sheet

• bake at 250 for 1 hour and flip orange slices, baking for 1 more hour (check every 15 minutes or so to make sure they’re not getting too brown around the edge’s)


i like using twine to hang ours, using a needle to string it through. i don’t let wes help with this part, but he watches and observes. i’ve found it to be quite therapeutic for me and calming activity for the kiddos!

B9D064B2-FAB9-4386-BB43-FE514861FCB6this is a nice way to brighten things up on the cold, and sometimes gray days this time of year.  i also like adding fresh pine throughout our home to bring some of the outside in! plus it smells SO good! eucalyptus is another lovely scent during the winter months (its one one of my favorite essential oils too, to help knock out and prevent excess congestion)

cinnamon, orange, and black spruce are my favorite combo of oils to diffuse in the winter to help promote a peaceful environment and beat winter blues. who couldn’t use that while we’re all stuffed up in the house?! it’s a great way to rid the air of germs too!!

i hope you’re all keeping warm and cozy and staying well this season!

best regards,


essential oils for emotional support



I was chatting with my littlest (we call him Wes, or Wessie if you’re new here) the other day when he asked, “what would happen if our toilet overflowed?” I went on to explain the large, YUCKY mess it would make along with the potential damage it could cause to our home. I began thinking how emotions can be quite comparable to an overflowing toilet.

Our feelings and emotions can get overwhelming at times, making life messy, causing damage to our bodies and minds if left unchecked. Emotions come and go, but often times we hold on to some emotions longer than we’d like to. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about the never ending to do lists and become frustrated. If you’re a parent like me, these are all feelings you have likely encountered often.

Of course some amount of stress is not a bad thing as it gives motivation while helping us stay focused. With a large focus on productivity in today’s world though, it’s easy for emotions to pull us in many directions. It’s an absolute necessity to set priorities, make time to recharge and enjoy what matters most to us.

I love the way essential oils have helped our family to slow things down a bit and pull us closer together, giving the feeling of connection. Nature offers so many powerful benefits to us, always reminding us of the need to slow down. A simple massage or foot rub with the use of oils after a long day eases tension, letting each other know you care, giving a sense of belonging.

Touch is so often neglected in our hurried lives, yet a very basic human need. Without it we can become very disconnected and out of sync with one another. Little ones especially need to be held and feel loved. But big people do too and if we don’t take the time for it, then we end up pouring from an empty cup!

Motherhood can present a fluctuation of emotions due to everyday demands of caring for children, taking care of a home, trying to squeeze time in for self-care and everything in between. The use of essential oil’s have been an amazing way to support our emotions as family, both for my husband and myself along with our kiddos.

We don’t often understand the way children experience feelings, but little ones can experience big emotions. The way we express our emotions as adults has a strong impact on how children learn to express themselves and handle their problems and feelings. Teaching them to respond instead of react is so important. Of course, we’re all human and sometimes we stretch ourselves a little too thin. Carving out time for self care is a must if we want to give our best to our family and others. Try practicing one thing each day that you enjoy doing. Little by little it will become part of your daily rhythm, and you’ll find you’re able to give more of yourself with a more grateful spirit. Remember, a happier mama makes for happier kiddos.

The use of essential oils is an easy way to lift your mood, promote restful sleep, and overall sense of well-being. They can also help with balancing hormones, which more often than not gets disrupted through mothering. Since hormones are so closely related to emotions, using essential oils can offer many benefits in this regard by creating feelings of balance. Our family uses Young Living essential oils, which are safe and effective therapeutic grade oils. You can read more about their promise of purity at http://seedtoseal.com

  1. I love keeping roller blends nearby either in my purse, near my bed, or anywhere i often go in the house. I also love the wooden diffuser necklaces handmade by gardenia and grit, shown in the picture above. You can have one custom made for you at gardeniaandgrit.com! Below are blends I use for our kiddos, myself and a blend for my husband to take to work which he puts on his mustache.

hubby’s roller blend:

vetiver, frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang, patchouli  (this blend gives a grounding effect, while easing anxiety and promoting focus)

calm mama blend: 

patchouli, lavender, bergamot, frankincense, ylang ylang (i usually have patchouli and bergamot in my purse)

massage oil:

1/4 cup coconut oil, 8 drops wintergreen, 6 drops peppermint, 6 drops lavender, 5 drops copaiba (perfect for soothing sore muscles to promote deep relaxation, encouraging healing to happen)

nighttime diffuser blend: 

lavender, cedarwood, orange
oils for calming little ones:
gentle baby, frankincense, lavender, orange, peace and calming

I also like using a lavender linen spray to promote restful sleep with lavender, water and a dash of salt (to keep the oil from floating to the top) in a 4oz spray bottle

If you’re interested in purchasing oils, follow this link:

https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=3279914&enrollerid=3279914&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member  and you will be directed to the Young Living website. Choose the WHOLESALE MEMBER option to receive the following:

  • PREMIUM STARTER KIT is $160 and gives you therapeutic-grade essential oils: Lavender Oil, Thieves Oil Blend, Peppermint Oil, Lemon Oil, Citrus Fresh Oil, Raven Oil, Digize Oil Blend, Stress Away Oil Blend, Copaiba Oil, Frankincense Oil, and PanAway Oil Blend.
  • Team membership with continuing education.
  • 24% discount off your oils!
  • No monthly fees, just a $50 yearly minimum purchase which is covered by your kit the first year
  • You never have to sell as a wholesale member, but it is an option if you would like to bring in income for your family or if you want to get your oils paid for.
  • Ability to be part of Young Living’s ESSENTIAL REWARDS program, as a way to get free products or if you want to stock up your holistic medicine cabinet

24% off of all Young Living products, only requiring that you spend $50 in a year to maintain membership status. Once a member, you will have access to support from other members to ask questions as you navigate your wellness journey!

If you would like to try one or two oils but are not interested in getting a discount or team membership, you can choose the RETAIL CUSTOMER option.  This enables you to get Young Living products shipped right to your door. However, wholesale membership opportunities are not provided to you through the retail membership.

How to Order?

CLICK HERE TO ORDER and get your Young Living account set up. My Sponsor & Enroller ID number should be there, but it does not show up, please enter: 3279914. If you have any questions, please contact me personally. I am happy to guide you along your wellness journey!

I hope you have found this helpful and I’m always glad to hear any input or questions. Wishing you a lovely day!

Best regards,