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essential oils

essential oils

For a little over a year, Justin and I have tried to lead healthier lifestyles. It took some getting use to, but we gradually incorporated more fruits and vegetables in place of processed foods. We kickstarted our healthy lifestyle with…

happy place

happy place

This past week, my sister and her husband rode an elephant. That’s right, an elephant. As insanely awesome as that is, I found my happy place watching my little one play in the bathtub and scrubbing her tiny toes. Don’t…

the heart shaped pink balloon

the heart shaped pink balloon

On the 23rd of each month, I like to celebrate Miss Joy Belle’s birthday. Nothing fancy, just a little something special for her. Last month was a little different than some of the past. Joy Belle had been battling a…

sweet giveaway

sweet giveaway

Words can’t express how thrilled I am to announce a very sweet giveaway! Not only are we giving away some of Joy Belle’s favorites, but something for mommy too. Now until Valentine’s day, you can enter for your chance to win: $25…

first taste

first taste

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to let Joy Belle have her first taste of real food. All along I had intentions of introducing foods at 6 months, but when the time rolled around, I just wouldn’t do…

seven months

seven months

It seems like just yesterday that Joy Belle reached the half-year mark. I can’t believe she’s already 7 months old! Over the last couple of months, she’s truly blossomed. Her little personality is shining and she’s growing and changing daily….

favorite things | 6 months

favorite things | 6 months

I thought it would be fun to share some of Joy Belle’s favorites from time to time. Since I’m slacking keeping her baby book updated, it’ll be fun for me to go back and reminisce one day. In the meantime,…

christmas morning brunch

christmas morning brunch

With this Christmas being Joy Belle’s first, I really wanted a way to share Christmas morning with our families. She’s the first and only grandchild on both sides, so we thought it would be nice to invite our parents and…

picture perfection

picture perfection

I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a hobby, but I absolutely love wrapping gifts. For years I’ve been a sucker for brown, builders paper (from Lowe’s). In the past, I’ve stamped fun holiday shapes, painted names and quotes,…

six months

six months

It’s so hard to believe that it’s already been half of a year since I first laid eyes on this tiny beauty. She’s taught me so much in her short span of life and filled my heart with more happiness…