Saturday, April 23, 2016


Back in January we had the opportunity to go on an unbelievable trip to Cancun with Aaron's family. (Why yes, I do have the best in-laws.) It was a really special time because we live four hours away from them and our nephew now lives in Australia. For those few days all 13 of us were together and it was a blast!
We went to some amazing places including Isla Mujeres, Xcaret, and Xplor. Here are a few photos of our time there.
Talia loved zip lining, she did this all day! (iphone photo)
Of course night swims in an empty pool was one of our favorite things

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!

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