When it comes to teething, if you’re anything like me, you’ll try just about anything to help ease the pain. It’s simply pitiful seeing our babies suffering. And no matter how miserable she gets, I absolutely hate pumping her little body with medicines. Whenever Joy Belle started teething, I searched for other remedies, found a few that worked for us, and thought I’d share a few.

  • Copaiba is an essential oil traditionally used to aid in discomfort, while supporting the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. I put a drop on the tip of my finger and rub it across Joy Belle’s gums. The flavor is a bit strong, so diluting it with a drop of coconut oil is an option too. We’ve used this in place of over-the-counter gels.
  • Wet/cold washcloths. We initially tried frozen washcloths, but Joy Belle hates to hold them frozen.
  • Teething toys. Sophie®, she’s the best when it comes to teething babies. We actually have the original Sophie® teether, along with the one pictured. Joy Belle loves to chew on her and her friends.
  • Peppermint + Lemon in the diffuser to aid with a fever. With the 4 teeth she’s cutting right now, Joy Belle has kept a low-grade fever. This combination has helped reduce her temperature.
  • Rotation of Tylenol/Motrin, because even though I try to use oils for everything – I’m not hippie enough to throw out the pediatrician’s recommendations. But, I will say these are my last resorts!

The past couple of days have been the worst for Joy Belle. She’s currently welcoming 4 new teeth and they’ve been a bit of a nuisance to our usually happy baby. But, she’s a trooper and tagged along for all of our Memorial Day weekend adventures with a smile. I’m so glad she’s such a tough little girl.


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, what are your teething remedies? But now I’m asking you, what’s worked for your little ones?

summer bucket list


We are so excited for the summer months – birthdays, sunscreen lathered skin, pruned fingers and toes, beach escapes, and road trips. This summer will be filled with lots of firsts for Joy Belle and I’m excited to see her discover so many new things. Because it’s bound to be a summer to remember, I decided to create a short… Read More

oils for the little ones


Back in February, I shared how we’d introduced and embraced essential oils into our home. Since then, I’ve had several of you inquire about them, specifically about how I use the oils with Joy Belle and which oils are safe for babies. To be honest with you, I was a bit leery of the oils in the beginning, especially when… Read More

mother’s day craft


This year for Mother’s Day, I wanted to give the grandmothers something crafted by Joy Belle. I ooh and ah over baby handprints, so I knew I wanted to do something like this. Since we plan on her calling Justin’s mom, “Honey” and my mom, “Birdie,” I thought these little personalized handprints would be perfect. The grandmothers loved them! And… Read More

mother’s day


This time last year, I only dreamed of what great joys being a mother would bring. Now, after almost a year with our sweet Joy Belle, I am so much more appreciative of the sacrifices and love my mom and mother-in-law have shown me and Justin. We are truly blessed with selfless, Godly, encouraging, and sweet mothers. Today, we want… Read More

chipper turns one


About two months before Joy Belle was due to arrive, we got a puppy. As crazy as it seemed then, it seems even crazier now. But it was one of those things, that had to happen. Justin had been wanting an English Cocker-spaniel for years and it just didn’t work out until about a year ago. No one ever said… Read More


Click Photography®

Three. The number of years I’ve been married to the love of my life. Justin is so much to me – my best friend, my husband, my lover, the head of our household, and most recently my baby’s daddy. With each day, my love for him grows stronger. Whenever I look back over our years together, I’m reminded of how truly I… Read More