My favorite young living oils | May Favorites

I thought I would start a little series on my blog each month where I will feature my favorite oils for that month.

Oils can be intimidating I know. Where do you start? What oils do you need first? Should you purchase a starter kit first? So many questions and I want to take time each month to address all of these questions for you. Yes, getting the starter kit is absolutely the smartest way to go for what you get in it (we will talk more about that next month:). Today I wanna chat about 4 oils that are not in the starter kit that we are using EVERY DAY.

This months favorite oils are: Peace + Calming, Orange, Valor, and Grounding.

First up is GROUNDING oil. Grounding oil is the oil I have talked about the most this month if you follow me on instagram. We have been dealing with ALOT of overwhelming anxious feelings and grounding is helping stop those emotions in their tracks. I personally just take a whiff and find myself becoming a little more centered.

I have so many friends with children on the autism spectrum that have story after story about how this oil has helped stop their tantrums and fits with just smelling it. You can apply this oil topically or just smell it.

Toddlers + tantrums are another reason you will want this oil.

Grounding oil has : Abies concolor† (White fir) branch/leaf/wood oil, Picea mariana† (Black spruce) leaf oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pinus sylvestris† (Pine) leaf oil, Cedrus atlantica† (Cedarwood) bark oil, Angelica archangelica† (Angelica) root oil, Juniperus osteosperma† (Juniper) oil

For under $20 this oil is a must have for any mama


Next up is VALOR. My husband has used this daily for the past couple years. We nicknamed it “courage in a bottle”. It is that extra confidence boost that you need going into work, or an interview. Its just the perfect way to get yourself in a positive mindset as you start the day. Its a very uplifting smell. My husband typically goes through a bottle a year.

Valor has: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Picea mariana † (Black spruce) leaf oil, Cinnamomum camphora † (Camphor) wood oil, Tanacetum annuum † (Blue tansy) flower oil, Boswellia carterii † (Frankincense) oil, Pelargonium graveolens † (Geranium) flower oil

Valor is $39.75 wholesale



Orange oil is so stinking affordable at $10.75 and its the only thing that works as a teeth whitener on my teeth and doesn’t hurt them. I have pretty sensitive teeth and I cannot use any kind of teeth whitener strips. So orange oil is what I have been using daily. I use it once in afternoon and once at night.

Peace & Calming was the oil that got us hooked on young living oils 3 years ago. The first time I used it I slept better than I had slept in over 10+ years. I actually freaked me out I slept so soundly. We now use it every night. We just apply drop to our feet and rub our feet together. I am not a bad sleeper, I just have a hard time turning off my brain at night. I typically scroll through my phone and wait till I get sleepy. So instead of doing that I put on peace & calming as I am starting bedtime routine. Put my phone on my nightstand and am off to sleep.

Peace & Calming blend has: Citrus reticulata† (Tangerine) peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis† (Orange) peel oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil, Tanacetum annuum† (Blue tansy) oil

Peace & Calming is $34.75 wholesale

This oil is EXTREMELY popular and is limited to ONE bottle per month per customer. 


If you’ve been following my blog you will have noticed I just started selling Young Living oils. I have been using them for 3+ years though. Now that we are selling them I am able to get hundreds of dollars of free oils each month and get a paycheck. WOHOO. Honestly, knowing I am able to help keep our household a little less toxic free feels amazing. We are currently in process of switching out all our cleaners, laundry detergents and soaps to young living products.

If you’re interested in getting your oils for free each month as well send me at email at: and lets chat. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a starter kit you can do so HERE. Just make sure you select member so you can get wholesale pricing. Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions you have. This month (May) when you purchase your starter kit you get a FREE tangerine oil AND I’ll pay for your shipping. 

When you join my team you join an incredible group of women who truly root for each other and are more than willing to help the other one out.






For those interested I will be doing a motherhood + essential oils Facebook live event June 1st in the evening. If you’re interested in joining along click HERE . This event is for those who are not currently signed up with Young Living to give more insight into how oils can help you and your household as a mama. There will be giveaways and promos!!


More blog posts I’ve written on essential oils:

Making your own DIY cleaner

Living Simply & Spring Cleaning 


The things they never told me about Motherhood

Going into motherhood I knew I wouldn’t know everything. I knew there would be frustrating days. Exhausting days. Joyful days. Treasured moments…


…What I didn’t realize was how much I would learn about myself. 

Since having Isaac I have found myself in situations I never imagined. Both good and bad. In those situations I have found a strength within me that I didn’t know existed. When you have a child there truly is a mama bear, lioness that emerges. No one; nothing, will ever get between you and your child. You want the best for that little human and won’t let anything stop you. Not even yourself.

I remember the first few weeks he was born you would have found me on the floor balling my eyes out wanting the night to end so I could simply get sleep as I rocked him back as this little piranha fed what seemed like 24/7. I was part hysterics because I was exhausted and could barely function. Part mama bear. It was the mama bear that kept me going. It was the ‘no, I will provide for my baby, I will feed him, I will take care of him’ no matter what I am feeling, no matter what I am thinking.

You push past limitations you previously had. You find yourself doing things you never imaged you’d be able to do and think nothing of it.


You find yourself opening up in ways you never imagined. I am pretty sure its impossible to not look at a baby and have your heart melt just a little bit. Its in those moments that I choose to open my heart fully and soak up every second of his little person and who he is that day. I’ve begun verbally saying what I am thankful for about him as a person. Speaking destiny and truth over him daily. Theres something about saying it outloud that almost re-affrims and makes it even more real. I really believe in the power of words. I am a verbal processor so that may be where this comes from.

Its in the moments when he is on my hip. His arm curled around mine and he strokes my hair out of security that I am undone. To be his safe place is the highest honor and the scariest thing you could ask someone to be. To be his all.

He has taught me more about what it means to live than anyone. Each day I take time to just sit back and watch him. I watch him unassisted making choices, decisions by himself. What is it that he does? What does he choose to spend his time with?

He loves deeply. He laughs without care. He throws his body back without fear when he is overcome with joy. His eyes light up like he’s never been hurt.

I wanna be more like him in those moments.



What about you mamas? What have you learned about motherhood?


Top is from PinkBlush and can be found HERE ( I am wearing a small for reference)

Currently on sale for $30!


what they never told me about motherhood

Assumptions on Social Media

I wanna talk about something that’s been on my heart for awhile.


I’m discovering just how deadly assumptions can be you guys. They can leave desperately hurting people alone. They doubt insecurity. They assume perfection.

Thanks to social media we seem to naturally assume everyone’s life is perfect but what if we turned that around and assumed that everyone was going through something. Would it make us more inclined to reach out to those around us and build up those around us? Instead of sitting back and assuming people are all OK. .


Because really when it comes down to it every single person in my life has gone through some kind of crazy or traumatic thing in the last year. And if almost all the people in my life are going through something like that then I’m pretty sure everyone in general is. .


ASSUMPTIONS assume that the gals that post all the time about her and her husband have the perfect marriage. When really it could be really that she’s posting those things because those are the only good times that she has to remember in her marriage because they’ve been fighting to save their marriage the past couple years. .

Or when a girl post selfie’s. It could be that those are the only time she truly feels beautiful and she’s putting herself out there… .

Assumptions assume the girl who posts bump pictures all the time had such an easy time getting pregnant when really it took five year and three babies in heaven to get to where she is. .

I wanna challenge you to scroll through social media without assumptions. Full of love. Share the love. If you’ve been going through hard times I can guarantee you someone else is as well. Be the love tonight.


Favorite cold shoulder spring top

I am a sucker for anything off the shoulder or “cold shoulder” cut outs. This adorable mint flowy cold shoulder top from PinkBlush is a new staple. Its super light weight so I’ll be wearing it all through summer. If we’re being honest they make me feel a little younger. Well its kind of a flashback to my high school days if we’re being honest. When I was a junior + senior in high school it was all about bomber jackets, cold shoulder tops, and off the shoulder shirts. Now fast forward a decade and their back.


You can purchase this mint top HERE . I am wearing a small for reference.


Thanks to Crazy Bananas for the images.

Mothers Day with Hallmark

Losing my mom four years ago to cancer makes Mothers Day a bittersweet day. It is a day of remembrance and a day of looking forward. I have my beautiful son that I get to share memories with. Hallmark is a household name when it comes to cards. What I didn’t know was all the gifts they have. This mothers day is a one stop shop at Hallmark.

I love this little “mommy prayers” books. Sometimes when I am out of words this book gives me the words I need. You know those times when you’re at your wits end with your little one? Or to exhausted to put two words together. Or maybe thats just me 😉




This was a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Lets be honest mamas : All about sleep

Lets be honest mamas is back! So thankful my blogger friend Hannah over at Hannah Renee Blog started this all. Last months post was all about cleaning/tidying up make sure and check it out if you haven’t already.

This month is I think every mamas favorite and worst topic to talk about. Sleep. We all want it, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. I feel extremely thankful for the amount of sleep I am getting these days because it wasn’t always this way.

Now if I’m not getting sleep I have no one but myself to blame 😉


How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? 😉

I have to say I feel so incredibly blessed with how much little man LOVES sleep. In the beginning it took some getting use to how much he needed to eat to be able to sleep longer stretches but we’ve got it down now. He has been sleeping through the night since 7 months old. Once he started sleeping through the night I am pretty sure every angel in heaven rejoiced. I personally do not operate well on no sleep and was doubting my capabilities of ever wanting to ever bring another baby into the world because if this lack of sleep thing was going to be a recurring theme there was no way. haha. At 11 months old he currently takes 2 two hour naps. He is teething (top two teeth) and when he is teething he typically naps longer. So some naps have been 2.5-3hrs.

Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it?

I did a very baby led sleep training. I don’t believe that every baby is the same. Every baby needs are different. I didn’t want to put him in the same category as any other baby. So I loosely followed suggested guidelines and let him lead and show us what he needed. I am a firm believer that he knows what he needs better than we do. So I trust him to show/tell us what he needs.  I am apart of the Respectful Sleep Training Facebook group and that helped me SO MUCH! (I highly recommend joining, they only accept new members on wednesday) I followed the baby wake times. Little guy has always been on the lower end of wake times. So if he needs to sleep longer than they suggest thats fine. Or if he needs to go to bed sooner than most babies do thats okay.

This is the wake time chart I used. 

Little man is currently 11 months old and typically does 3 hour wake times. Occasionally we do 4 hour wake times but thats rare.

Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

He LOVES bedtime/naptime routine. On the weekends I put little man to bed, on the weekdays daddy does. Its his time with little guy since daddy works all day. Some nights we do bath (typically 2-3xs a week). While one of us is bathing him in his Duck Inflatable tub the other one starts his bottle. After bath time we lotion him up (baby lotion or coconut oil depending on how dry or soft his skin is), put nighttime diaper, and pajamas. By this point he is so beyond ready for his bottle. We give him his last bottle of the night and hold him with his lovey while he drinks.

Once he chugs his bottle (no joke!) we put him in his crib. This is his favorite part. He LOVES his crib and loves sleep. haha. We zip him up in his sleeping bag (we’ve been using sleep sack for the last 7 months and its the BEST thing ever. Especially at this age. It prevents him from trying to climb out of the crib and indicates its time to sleep. My favorite thing about the aden +anais sleeping bag is how long it is. I have little man in their Large Sleep Sack and there is soooooo much extra. I won’t buy any other sleeping bag. Seriously. This sleeping bag is super light weight so he can wear it all summer.

I put 2-3 pacifiers in his crib along with his favorite blanket and loves. He has had that little lovey since he was born. He has always had to have something touching/over his face to sleep.

We also use a white noise machine. We have used this from day one. I’m sure we could take it away, but it definitely helps him know its sleep time.

For nap times we always sing a little song that I made up as we bounce along on my hip to his nursery “Its time to go to bed. It’s time to go to bed. Its time, its time, its time. Its time to go to bed” By this time he is giggling, bouncing and SO EXCITED to get thrown into his crib. We turn on his white noise, close the windows. I sing the song again while zipping him up in sleeping bag + give him his paci and “teddy” (lovey) We play a couple games of peek a boo while he’s flailing his legs in excitement and then I say goodnight and walk out.

We leave him in his crib until nap time or bedtime is done. That is the one thing I am very strict about. He must be in his crib for one hour for naps, and in the morning he isn’t taken out of crib until 7am.

Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?

At 11 months old he takes a 1-2 hour nap at 9:30am and 1:30pm. We are pretty strict with this cause he loves his sleep and he is like mama and NEEDS his sleep. He is a great sleeper so even if we aren’t home he will still sleep. I just make sure we have his blanket, lovey, sleep sack and white noise and he is good.

How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?

 We choose not to co-sleep. We had him in a bassinet next to our bed the first six weeks. We put him in his crib though for naps so he was use to it right away and never had any issues transitioning him to the crib (well except me checking on him five millions times to make sure he was breathing)
ALSO we are doing a HUGE giveaway on Instagram for a $100 gift card to aden + anais! Go HERE to check it out! (Giveaway post will be live by noon today)
Make sure you check out all these other amazing mamas in the Lets Be Honest Mamas group:
 Amber Hill // Amanda Krovic // Britt Havens // Carla Thompson // Emily Lindsey // Kacie Ellis //Mary Salas // Hannah Renee // Victoria Schneider //  Stephanie Pollock // Sophia Johnson // Tanya Taylor