Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Wednesday

We had another little photo shoot over the weekend. This kid is too cute...it is really hard to resist taking pictures of him! Anyway, here is the kiddo...fang-tooth and all!






If you haven't noticed I have a habit of taking WAY too many pictures...and I can never pick a favorite! And these little sessions on Mommy and Daddy's bed are quickly becoming some of our favorite! 




Saturday, July 25, 2015

15 Weeks of Rowan (Part Two)

Well, another 15 weeks has managed to slip by! Rowan is getting so big. He loves bath time and giggling at Mommy and Daddy, and his new tricks include growing teeth and not sleeping through the night! (If anyone needs to chat at 2 am, just give me a buzz...I am probably awake.) Here are some pictures of our growing baby boy! We love you so much, Rowan!













Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Magnolia Market

Recently, my family took a vacation to Waco, Texas...without me! While they were there, they visited the Magnolia Market. To say that I was a bit jealous, would be an understatement. I have mentioned before (here) that I am hooked on Fixer Upper, and I would love to visit the shop at some point. So, while my mom called me from the store to tell me how cute everything was, I decided to do a little Magnolia shopping of my own! I have put together some of my favorites items that they offer online.


Are you a fan of Chip and Joanna? I got a kick out of this...28 Signs You're a Fixer Upper Fanatic. If you haven't heard of Fixer Upper, you should really check it out!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Essential Oils

Lets talk about essential oils for a minute. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I have recently started using different oils around my house. I had first heard of oils from some of my family. I had heard of people diffusing them and using them for things like bug spray and sugar scrubs, but I wasn't really convinced that it was something that I needed. A few months went by, we had a baby, and I started hearing more and more about these essential oils.

I started doing a little more research about what kinds of things they were good for, and found that people were using them to help with seasonal sniffles. My husband is usually pretty miserable during the spring and summer months, so I thought we would give them a try. I finally decided to get a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living, and I am so glad that I did! We have seen so many benefits from these oils, so I thought I would tell you a little bit about how they have helped us.

Luckily, we don't have a ton issues, but I like the idea of being proactive about my family's health. These are some of the oils that we have used, with success, so far!

Purification: (Possibly, my favorite oil...if I had to pick) We use this on bug bites, in the laundry, in stinky shoes, diaper pails, vacuum filters, and we diffuse it to make the whole house smell fresh and clean.

Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint: These three together have helped Dane with his seasonal sickness. We diffuse the combination, and I made him a little roller bottle in case he is feeling sniffly. (It has worked wonders!)

Frankincense: Another favorite...this is what I use in my face wash, and some homemade body cream. It smells SO good, and has so many great benefits!

Stress Away: This one doesn't really need an explanation! It is awesome!

Thieves: We use this to fight off sickness. It can also be used for teething.

These are just a few of the oils that come in the starter kit, and just a few of the ways that we use them!



How to get your own Premium Starter Kit:
2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this gets you the 24% off discount on all future orders...who doesn't love a discount!?)
3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If not, put 2835279 in both spots.
4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law.  Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligates to sell anything if you do not want to. I promise!)

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.
6. Select your enrollment order.  This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend the Premium Kit with the Bamboo Diffuser.
7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. There is no need to worry about that right now. 
8. Agree to Terms & Conditions
9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER.
10. Wait for your kit to arrive...this is the most difficult step! ;)
11. Make sure you friend me on Facebook so that I can add you to some fun oily Facebook groups...and just get to know you! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Style

Summer is in full swing. It seems like it has been especially rainy, but we have been trying to spend as much time outside as possible! The kiddo loves to be outside. If the sun is out, you better believe we are soaking it up.

I thought it would be fun to put together some of our favorite summer style choices! We are big fans of casual around here, so if it fits and feels like a vintage tee, we are all for it!










Peplum Tank • Crop Pants • Be Brave one-piece • MoccosSandalsLoved + Forgiven teeI'm Not Tired tee

Peplum tops are perfect for hiding my still-not-gone bit of baby belly and loose fitting tees paired with some cute sandals are always in style. One-piece outfits are what we usually reach for in the morning, and I feel like Rowan needs that "I'm Not Tired" tee to throw on during our 3 a.m. milk dates we have been having lately...seriously, what does a full night of sleep feel like?!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Planked Wall + A Peek at the Nursery

Well, Rowan is 6 months old and the nursery is still not quite "reveal" ready, but there is one thing that is done...and I LOVE it! It was kind of a last minute decision, but it was such a great one! After doing some repair to one of the walls, we decided to plank it! 


Originally, we were going to patch up the spot and texture it like the rest of the walls in the room. Then, I got hooked on Fixer Upper, and fell in love with the look of shiplap. We went to Lowe's and picked out some thin, smooth plywood and had them cut it into strips. The Lowe's in our area didn't charge anything to cut the plywood, but some may. 

Once we were home, we began nailing the boards into place starting at the top and leaving a small gap in between each one. We used a penny to make sure the gaps were all the same size. Once the boards were all in place, we painted the wall. This is where I would make a change to our plan! We really should have painted the wood and the wall before we nailed all of the boards in place. It still worked the way we did it, but it probably wouldn't have been as difficult to paint. (Thanks to my mom, Aunt Selena, Ceara, Dane, and Patty for painting it while my very pregnant self took a nap!) 


I love the way that it looks...in fact, it may be my favorite wall in the whole house! I can't wait to share the rest of the nursery with you. Hopefully, we will get it done soon!

Want some more DIY inspiration? Click on over to I Heart Naptime for their Link Party Palooza

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fletcher

Warning: I am probably the only one who will get a kick out of this, but I had to share it! I have to thank A Quiver Full for bringing this to my attention!

I have told you before, that I love arrows...if you missed my DIY arrows, you can check them out here.  

My last name is Fletcher...let's look that up in the dictionary! 

Fletch-er : noun 
a person who makes arrows

I am already loving this, but it gets better...just you wait! 

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 127:3-5.



Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. -Psalm 127:3-5

So, children are like arrows, right? So, as a mother, I am a maker of "arrows" AND my last name is Fletcher! 

I told you that this was a stretch, and you probably weren't going to find it very exciting!

And because no post is complete without a picture of my little arrow... 



I could handle a quiver full of these little sweeties, for sure!