Thursday, December 10, 2015

diy {diffuser necklace}

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the essential oil lover in your life, these necklaces are sure to be a hit! I love the simple style of these with the added benefit of keeping your favorite smell throughout the day. With a few simple steps you can make one of these pretty pieces for yourself or a friend.
- needle nose pliers
- eye pin
- jump rings
- lobster clasp
- chain
- leather links (I found these at Hobby Lobby)
- beads or stones (I used lapis, adventurine and lava stones.)

Slide the beads onto the eye pin. Leave about 1/3 inch and cut off the excess. Grab the end of the wire with your needle nose pliers and roll towards the bead until it forms a loop. It should now look like a P, twist back the neck with your pliers to straighten your loop.
Attach chain to each side with jump rings
Finish off the necklace with a clasp, leather link, and jump rings
The beautiful finished product!
I love these necklaces and I wear them often! I apply a drop of essential oil to the bottom side of the leather link to use as a "nape diffuser." For the lave stone necklace I put a drop of oil directly on the lava bead.
These are a few of the essential oils that I like using on my necklaces. My recent favorite to use is tangerine, such a happy smell!
Interested in learning more about essential oils? Take a look at our website, 

Monday, August 10, 2015

stella indie

Our beautiful daughter has arrived! Stella Indie was born July 8 at 8:20 pm. She weighed in at 9 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. 

I had a routine doctor appointment that morning and then ran some errands like normal. Our nephew was in town visiting us so we took him out for a late lunch at Huckleberries. As soon as we finished our meal (around 3:20 pm) I began feeling contractions and started to time them. We headed up to Avila Beach to walk around and the contractions kept coming closer together. We soon drove home to gather our bags and made our way to the hospital. We got checked in at about 5:45 pm and I was 5 cm. Everything felt so calm and Aaron was an amazing support to me. We had an incredible doctor who stayed with us for a good portion of the labor and we all chatted in between contractions. She just sat on the end of my bed and was laughing at how smooth a labor it was! Things progressed quickly and just two hours after our arrival to the hospital I was at 10 cm. When the doctor told me it was time to push I almost didn't believe her! As soon as Stella arrived they placed her right away on my chest and I will never forget that feeling. She melted our hearts at first sight. Our little beautiful star. 

Ps- if you're wondering, Indie is short for India. When Aaron and I first met we travelled to three countries together (Costa Rica, India and Holland) and each of our kids has a middle name that represents one of those countries. 
four days old
one of my favorites 
one month!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Oh Canada!

Last month Liam and I flew up to Canada to spend some time with my family. I have been making Summer visits to Alberta for the last few years and each time I bring one of the kids with me. It is a really special trip that I look forward to every year. Liam did so well traveling and I really enjoyed having some one-on-one time with him. The time spent with my family was very sweet and I tried to soak up as much a I could. Here are some photos from my beautiful homeland, enjoy!
Elbow Falls
One afternoon we met up with my sister and two of her three boys for a little adventure in Kananaskis. We picnicked by a river, threw rocks in a lake, made forts in the sand and finished off the day with ice-cream at Bragg Creek.
two and three year old boys doing what they do best :)
My mom and I spent a day in the mountains and we started off in beautiful Canmore.
Whitemans Pond
Grassi Lakes Trail
We had time for one more stop so we headed up to Banff to go to Johnston Canyon.
Lower Falls
A few more shots from our visit- my parents live on a golf course so Liam loved playing in the practice sand trap at the end of the day.
Evening walk to fetch the mail
I love the long Summer nights in Alberta, it didn't get dark until 10!

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