First Birthday Party

Somehow the day has come, and now gone. His first birthday. I put so much thought into what I wanted to do. Wild has been a theme since having little man so I knew right off the bat that I wanted to do a “Wild One” party. However in the beginning I wasn’t going to do it based off of Where the wild things are. I was going to do a lumberjack outdoorsy themed but since his birthday is in June I realized thats kinda out of season and decided to go with the classic Where the Wild Things are. 

This birthday was a labor of love and such a fun collaboration with soooooo many incredible companies. Cannot wait to share all the pictures with you guys. So lets get started.

His invites were designed by Kelly Jo Studio on etsy and printed by Basic Invite. I’ve used several different printers over the years being a photographer and these honestly were the best quality. These are velvet ❤ Ummmmm, I didn’t even know that was an option till I found basic invite. So obviously I had to choose those.



Cannot wait to print our thank you cards through Basic Invite for all those who attended his birthday party. Ill be using one of the images from his first birthday cake smash.  

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw. Oh, and they have free address collection service. Talk about a one stop shop. Basic Invite is my new go-to!

Sidenote. Is RSVP’ing a thing of the past? Not one person RSVP’d. haha. I had to create a Facebook group where people actually rsvp’d. haha. Maybe they just all assumed I knew they were coming. haha.

Anyways, I digress. I knew I wanted to try and stick pretty close to the theme of the book with just some minor tweaks here are there.

His outfit, well it just slays me. His crown was handmade by Jessica at NuggetteCouture on Etsy. We just sent her his dimensions and she custom made it for him. You guys Jessica is AMAZING!!!! Please, go send her some love and go follow her on instagram HERE.  The quality is way better than anything you’re going to find at the store. We are keeping the crown and tail for his ‘dress up box’ later down the road and because hello that crown is so stinking cute. Instant heart melt.

His cupcake toppers are all from Glitter Designs Co . You guys Etsy is where you wanna look for everything party related! I am telling you there is so much talent there!! If you remember in his first birthday cake smash I had a cake topper. This was also made by Glitter Designs Co. 


 

His tree cake platters are from Targets Christmas Clearance when it went to 90%. I got them for $0.50 each!!



 


 

We had so much fun. I’ve discovered one of my favorite things is having a house full of laughter and noise. It was the best feeling ever having our friends and family come celebrate our little man.


Thanks to everyone who made his birthday such an amazing success ❤

 

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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: kymberlyjanelle@gmail.com 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 

 

Making Thieves Cleaner | Is thieves cheaper than store brand cleaner?

Thieves was the third oil we got when we first started out with Young Living oils a couple years ago and I refuse to be out of it. It’s one of my favorite smells. To me its like christmas. So when I learned they had a thieves household cleaner solution I knew I had to try it out. Since having our little guy I am working to rid our house from as many toxins as possible. I have always hated the strong chemical smell from our normal household cleaner so an opportunity to ditch it made me excited. My only concern was the price.

I have always been frugal and would typically get most of our household cleaners for $1 or under. Even though they retail for $2.99. So I wanted to see if how thieves compared price point wise to my frugal ways.

We would typically get Clorox spray which was $2.99 at Target for a 32 oz bottle.

Thieves is $28.95 (or $22 if you’re a member;) for a 14.4 fl oz bottle.

You use a capful of solution and 2-3 cups of water to make one bottle. Now to make a bottle equivalent to 32oz you would need to do 2 capfuls of Thieves cleaner.

There are 60-65 capfuls of thieves cleaner according to Young Living.

So……

I could make thirty 32oz bottles of thieves cleaner for $24.34 (this includes tax)

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$89.70 for thirty bottles of clorox cleaner.

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Whats that break down to per bottle? (Using  member prices $22)

Thieves cleaner (32oz bottle comparison) $.81 per bottle

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Clorox cleaner (32 oz bottle) $3.25 (thats including tax)

Even cheaper than my couponing ways you guys! You just can’t beat that. And possibly the best part, to store thirty 32oz bottles worth of cleaner takes up space in one bottle. Storying thirty clorox bottles? Um, no thanks.

Ready to make the switch?

Comment or email me and kymberlyjanelle@gmail.com to order your thieves cleaner.

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DIY: Modern Easter Eggs

If you have followed along on my blog for awhile you know I love a good deal. By good deal I mean 90% off. Two years ago I hit up walmart, and target when easter went to 90% off and scored these egg carton for $0.19! The permanent markers I used were also 90% off at Target for under $.20 as well!!

Our house is pretty neutral, so I wanted to stick with white and black eggs for our house since I am going to be using them as decor. The day will come soon enough when I have to make crazy colored eggs with little man. haha. Until then I am all about these black and white paper eggs.

 

 

You’ll notice there are not a lot of eggs with words on them…thats because turns out trying to write on a egg…well, its not exactly easy. Especially when you are looking at other peoples Pinterest eggs and they’re pretty much perfect.

 

A couple things I discovered along the way.

  • The fine tip permanent markers are a PAIN to write with.
  • The silver metallic markers for some reason have a thicker tip and they were SO EASY to do the lines with.
  • Unless you’re a calligraphy expert do yourself a favor and don’t try and write on them. Its a discouraging task. haha

Babies First Easter Basket

So random fact about me. I grew up never celebrating Easter due to religious reasons. As I grew up I made the choice for myself that I would celebrate. Now having a little one, well, how could I not spoil him with fun little gifts? Since he is 10 months old there won’t be any chocolate bunnies or peeps this year. I decided not to do anything food related this year. I’m sure next year will be another story 😉

I teamed up with some of my favorite brands to create the perfect easter basket for my little guy. He couldn’t wait to dig into his basket. These really are some of his favorite things.

 

JJ Rabbit has the most adorable cups with a little animal inside. The cup in his basket has the rabbit. Of course. Along with a rabbit plate. Stay tuned for a review on their products later this week.

I am convinced that all of Bannor Toys  products are amazing. We got little man their whale rattle with his name engraved so for easter we got the engraved blocks. Perfect for his age. Stacking for now, and soon letters. Best part is I can use them as decor in his room. If you hurry they have adorable little bunny push toys and teethers.

 

 

How beautiful are these engraved blocks?? Thank you Bannor Toys!! 

Next brand is one of my new favorites. Nature Baby . These Honey Stick Bees Wax Crayons are not only are they toxic free but they’re larger for his little hands than your normal crayons. A tad harder to eat without me noticing 😉 Cause lord knows he is at that faze in life. His adorable bunny print bodysuit and socks are from Nature Baby as well.

His favorite item is definitely the pacifiers. haha. These are the ONLY pacifiers he will take. AND MAM makes glow in the dark ones. If you don’t have them, you NEED them if you use pacifiers at night. They are a lifesaver. The moment he could grab them himself I scattered 2-4 of them in his crib and I slept way better. Because he would no longer scream bloody murder because his pacifier fell out and he couldn’t find it. haha.

 

The cute little bunny + basket are from Targets Easter Clearance when it hit 90% off last year. So the bunny was $0.19 and the basket was $0.10. Can’t go wrong with those prices.

 

P.S. The DIY easter eggs are coming the blog next week.

 

 

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

Lets be Honest Mamas: Living Simply & Spring Cleaning

 This right here is why I love social. One of my lovely IG friends Hannah has created this fun monthly blog collaboration with about a dozen of us mamas. Each month we chat about whatever the topic is that we’ve chosen and how we personally approach it. What I love about this collaboration is that while we are working to show other mamas how we each do things. This isn’t about all doing things the same way. Or saying there is one way you have to do things. We all have something to bring to the table. We can all learn from each other.
So this month is all about spring cleaning and simplifying.
If you know me you know I love to be organized and keep our house clean. I discovered when I got married its not as easy with a man. Then add in a baby and its a whole other ball game. But yes, as my husband points out. I love it. There is something about organizing and cleaning that is therapeutic to me. I feel really strongly about having your living spaces be as clutter free as possible. I am just able to breathe easier.
I don’t typically have a spring cleaning routine that I adhere by its usually more of a oh look I just spent the last 3 hours sorting through every paper in our house (no joke. I just did that last month), must be spring. haha. I just cannot stand clutter, even if its stowed away in a box in the back of a closet. It will haunt me. lol. Don’t laugh at me. Its a real thing people.
 
What does living simply mean to you?
Living simply for me means living with just the things that bring enjoyment to our life. If having extra things is causing me extra stress, or becoming a burden to myself or our household we have gone outside of the ‘living simply’ mentality. This could mean we have to many toys, gadgets, and clothing that we don’t even use but are cluttering up our house. Or it could be that we’re serving for things.
My five go-to products for my home would be the following:
1. IKEA wood hangers- Why? Because when you use wood hangers as opposed to plastic hangers they take up more room. So you have to only have what you love hanging in your closet. Especially when you have the itty bitty small closet that we do.
 
2. Essential Oils – My husband and I are those people that uses essential oils daily. We’ve been using oils for over 3 years and I wouldn’t ever go back. We diffuse them and apply them on ourselves each day. Whether its diffusing lemon to help give me extra pep in my step to get that huge mommy to do list done, or applying peace and calming to my feet to help calm myself. Oils have been such an important piece in our lives that helps us destress.  (See bottom of blog post for more info on how to start using essential oils)
3. Storage Baskets. Michaels and I are best friends. Whenever their baskets go to 90% off I usually buy them out. We have baskets for EVERYTHING, in every room. I personally need everything to have a place. And a lot of times a basket is where it belongs. Whether its DVDS, Isaacs puzzles, papers…

 

 4. Paper Filing Folders. I cannot even tell you how many I have. At least 5. I get mine at Target + IKEA. This helps every paper in our house have a place
5. Diffuser- This is for our essential oils. The diffuser is so important to be for several reasons. I typically would burn candles at an alarming rate to try and always have our house smell good. Or would stock up on those air freshener sprays around christmas time. When you start looking into the toxin levels of those you may do a double take. So instead of using those items I now diffuse oils to keep the house smelling good.
 
How do you tidy up your house? Or do you?
How I go about tidying things depends on my mood. The biggest thing that helps me is baskets. We have them all over the house. Now having a baby the amount of things we have has nearly tripled. So having baskets in every room helps keep it all at bay.
I do the majority of tidying up in the morning. After I make my coffee and get the baby changed while he is drinking his bottle I clean up the living room and kitchen (if need be), unload/load dishwasher, clean any bottles I found lying around house 😉
 How do you clean your house? Do you have daily/weekly chores? 
This is the one thing I could improve upon SO MUCH. I do not have a weekly to do list, or daily to do list. Its really more of look around the house, what needs to get done? Now delegate. Clean mama has some amazing sheets and ig posts on what day to do each thing. I would love to take a few Cues from her. The hardest part for me is that everyday looks different. Some days I am working, some days I am not. Some days I work 1-2 hours, some days I work 12 hours. Which means some weeks laundry gets done right away, other weeks it sits in baskets for two weeks 😉
 
                                        Don’t pretend your house never looks like this 😉
I would encourage you all to go check out these other ladies amazing blog posts on this topic. I know I am!
Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com //
Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com //
Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com //
Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com //
Amber Hill amberlately.com //
Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com//
Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com //
Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com //
Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com //
Britt Havens britthavens.com //
 Interested in starting to use essential oils for your family?
Email me: kymberlyjanelle@gmail.com

 

 

The perfect art piece for your fireplace mantle

This is NOT a sponsored post. This is 100% me.

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Spring is the HARDEST season to decorate for in my book. Especially when it comes right after Christmas which takes over every room. Spring somehow seems bland and boring. This year I was determined to love my home decor in the spring. After spending about half an hour searching online I found the perfect horse print on all posters.com. Then I went to IKEA and picked up this picture frame.

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I will be adding more flameless candles (different sizes + put them in the hurricane vases)  and probably swapping out the faux flowers on the base of the fireplace with euctalptus and put it on the mantle and move my metal bin back to the base with blankets and pillows.

 

What kind of decor do you do for spring?