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Weekly Wellness ... Cleaning Products

Happy Thursday!  I am so excited about the post today, I have so much to share and so much great information I hope helps you as much as it has helped us.  When I embarked on this journey my goal was to go as green as I could in the house, never thinking it would save us money.  I have only been working on the green journey for a few weeks and I have already found I was spending crazy amounts on laundry and cleaning products that I didn't need to.  Not only am I switching out our products to make them green, but I have cut down on the number of products I am using by a shocking amount. Every single step I make I learn so much and with every single thing I uncover I am more and more convinced I have made the right decision, both financially and for our health + well being.


Book Recs + A Book Club

A few weeks ago when I was heading to Arlington, Virginia for the weekend I asked for a great recommendation for a book to read.  I wanted something light, uplifting and just enjoyable.  I got so many amazing recommendations which I promised to share with you, and today I have those recommendations for you along with the book club I will be joining on February 1.  I am really excited because by joining I will be guaranteed to have read 12 books by the end of the year which is more books in one year than I have read in the last three.  (As I type that I realize how sad that really is!) I call that a major goal buster, and I am really excited about it.


12 Happies Du Jour

Happiest of Tuesdays to you!!   I hope your week is off to an amazing start and you are starting this day fully caffeinated and ready to take on the world. The weather has been super cloudy as we are preparing for some winter weather, but it was gorgeous and sunny on Saturday and we loved every single second!  It was super cold so I wore my favorite pale pink sweater + white jeans + my new loafers.  The perfect outfit for a sunny day!


All The Pink Please

February 1 is inching closer and closer and I must share that I absolutely love February.  I think I have mentioned it before over the years, but it is one of my favorite months.  It is nice and short, the weather is beginning to show signs of spring, and of course, I feel like it is the month of love.  We all need more love in our lives, don't you agree?


A Tale of Two Sweaters + My Favorite Necklace

 As I told you a few weeks ago I found that I had a sweater problem, as in I had a large number of grey, black, navy, and cream with a tiny sprinkling of pink and light blue.  It was a shock to me when I was looking to add a colorful sweater to my outfit on a gloomy day.  I also noticed I had a lot of sweaters and most of them I had not worn for quite some time.  I hang my sweaters on wood hangers since my folded space in my closet is next to nil and the sweater section was taking up a good four feet which, honestly, is embarrassing.


Starting With Young Living Oils

Happy Thursday to you all!  I had to make a break in the regularly scheduled Weekly Wellness schedule to bring you a post that so many of you asked for regarding purchasing and using essential oils.  So to sum up, I am new to the essential oil + clean living journey as I just began about two weeks ago.  This year we have committed as a family to living as clean as we can.  Why?  Well after last year and our journey with mental health + cancer life just isn't the same.  We aren't the same and to support our family as best as we can, in any way possible, it is time to examine what we expose our bodies and minds to and so the journey to clean living has begun. 


Introducing Pippa Goetz

I am not sure when I started following Pippa Goetz on Instagram, I just know recently that I realized that her feed was more than just pretty + inspiration, it was fabulous.  Pippa fills her feed with incredible styling mixed in with incredible wit.  It was late in the fall that I spotted some pumpkins she had painted and my hand literally did a double take as my fingers scrolled back to her photo so I could read all about them.  Fast forward to a post announcing she was selling some hand painted oyster shells and I could not order them fast enough.  This was just the tip of the iceberg of her talents beginning to show themselves and I could not have be happier. 


12 Happies Du Jour

Oh I have so many fun things to share today, but traveling always inspires me, so I am truly not surprised at all.  I may have mentioned on Instagram (in excess) I had a wonderful weekend having some girl time in DC.  I have never been to DC or to Virginia and will be going back as a tourist with the kids, so this was just a best friend bonding, soak up time weekend and it was perfect for both of us.  Holly and I met our senior year at UCF and have been completely attached at the heart ever since.  One of my children is named after her, she is that close to family for us.  She moved to Arlington last year but since I have not had the time to just go and be with her this was a way overdue visit.


Do You Swipe Up?

Shopping links have become an every day occurrence in our lives.  I remember the first time I wanted to know what someone was wearing and had to swipe up to get the details. I was a little overwhelmed.  It was something I had to register for, then like the photo, and then wait until the email came to get the details.  It was a multi step process and I was very late to the game to understand it all and to be able to how to use it. 


Flowers + Citrus With Parker Kennedy Living

One of the many, many, many benefits of being best friends with Lance Jackson is his floral talent. (And I say this with like 1,000 + many because he is wicked talented in every single way possible!!)  He swears he isn't a florist, yet creates so many stunning and jaw dropping arrangements and makes it look so very easy you would swear he was fibbing.  I love fresh flowers and shop for them each Monday to have in the house.  As I buy them I remember every single tip he has shared along with how to keep them fresh, and most of all, which ones to choose. I have always loved flowers, but he has taught me so much that my floral game has seen a major jump in the last few years.  I am a roses girl.  I love roses and almost every single color they come in.  I am partial to pale pink and hot pink, but I am just as happy with vases of orange, white, and or yellow all over the house.  As luck would have it Lance shared some of his tips in a live video on Instagram yesterday to show how he styles roses and how he incorporates citrus into arrangements. 


Weekly Wellness ... Laundry Room

Last week I started a Weekly Wellness journey with you and this week I am back with a second area of the home.  If you are just joining me you can read all about my Why and the changes we made in the self care + beauty areas in last weeks post.  Since I have already made our bathrooms clean it was time to tackle area number two. My goal is to end this year with our home and the things we consume being as close to 100% clean and green as possible.  With this weekly commitment I am hoping to make the changes easy for me and for our family and for you as you follow along.


Shopping With Amazon

We all love Amazon.  I don't think that is a news flash for anyone.  You get to shop from home, have it delivered in less than two days with a Prime membership, and its like shopping from a huge shop that carries every single thing from aspirin + Q-tips to luggage + luxury items.  I have shared many items I have bought from Amazon in the past but recently I started buying more that I have yet to share, and today I am sharing some of my favorite things I have purchased and truly think are fabulous.  And the best part ... most of them will show up at your door with Prime shipping.  That to me is just the icing on the cake. Get ready to make it an add to cart kind of day!


12 Happies du Jour

My friend Nicole sent this to me yesterday and it really spoke to me.  The fact that she thinks I may be the woman described here made all the difference in my day which was starting with me on the struggle bus.  If you know someone you feel like this applies to ... share it with her and let it speak to her heart the way it spoke to mine! ❤


Introducing Young Living

I have told you I am going green this year and every single week I am taking on one area of the house and our lives.  At the end of the year I will as close as we can to a green house and making green choices.  The first decision I made for the year to put us on the right track was to purchase a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living.  I jumped in with both feet and completely committed to the products.  They arrived 10 days ago and I haven't had one single regret.


Weekly Wellness ... Skin + Beauty

I didn't make resolutions this year but I did make some goals.  My first goal was to stick to my word of the year, but more coming on that soon.  My second goal was to go completely (or as close as I can) green in our home.  With every single visit at the oncologist office I learn more and more and you can't ever un-hear what they tell you.  As we have walked this path I have made steps to change the products we use in the home and on our bodies and so far its been an easy transition. Last year I traded out my makeup and skincare and the products in our shower.  This year it will be all about our home and rest of the products we use.  Some of it will require me to trade out products that are unsafe and some of it will require me to trade out products that are not earth friendly.  I will tackle it week by week and I would love for you to join me.  Any changes you make will make a big dent, and it does take time to make changes that stick.  I am really excited about this journey! 


What I Splurged On Last Year

As we all know last year was a rocky one and, honestly, I didn't buy that much for myself.  It was good in a lot of ways as I really need so little.  I did buy a number of things I needed (new pair of jeans, car seat for Millie, settee for my office) that were really useful and made a impact in my days. Anyone who buys a great pair of jeans knows how fabulous they are and how often you wear them. Am I right?  On top of the things I needed ... I bought a handful of things I wanted that I really am happy I purchased.  All these months later I am thrilled I have them and use them literally all the time.  I can't wait to share them with you today.  I would love to hear what you splurged on that you are really excited about so DM me and email me and share those purchases!


12 Happies du Jour

I have really missed this series.  I had to put it aside for all the Christmas and holiday content but I am so happy to bring it back. I make lists all week of things that catch my eye and I always save them for this post.  I always feel a little like it is a good phone call with a bestie where you get to catch up and share all the things you have been thinking about. I have so many things to share and I may not be able to keep it at 12 items, but I am completely fine with that.


It's Monday!!

Wow ... Christmas vacation is officially over and the kids are on their way to school for their first day of the new year.  We had the best weekend and I soaked up every single second of time with them since the schedule will officially ramp up this week for both them and me.  It is market week here in Atlanta and I have so many things on the schedule and so many friends to meet up with.  It is a lunch, dinner, meeting galore week and I love it! 


Word Of The Year

Last year I took the plunge and set a word for the year.  I knew I wanted to be intentional about the word I chose, as I wanted it to set the tone for the year.  When I chose it my son had recently hit a major crisis with his health and it just seemed fitting.  I wanted to lean completely into my faith and use the time to grow spiritually as I felt I clearly needed God to help me through the situation we were in.  I know I am summing it up here but honestly when I chose the word I knew I wanted to grow my faith but honestly I had no idea how powerful the word I chose would be for my year.  I was sure I would grow but ... I had zero idea of what it would all mean.


My Favorite Glass

I have told you before in this post that I love Opaline blue glass.  I think it is the most gorgeous blue and pairs with so many of my antique and vintage dishes.  This summer I added six glasses to my collection and yesterday I added another champagne glass. Little by little I am adding to my ever growing collection.  I really just love this glasses and my heart skips a beat when I spot one while I am out and about.


Happy 2019

Waking up this morning with the sun shining, the birds chirping and the most beautiful feeling in the air was just heavenly.  As I was walking Millie it just felt like the best day of the year, which quite possibly, it is since it is the first day of the year.   I am really focused on peace in the chaos this year and waking up this morning and being greeted by the lovely day was a major plus to feeling peaceful.


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