Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How to Be There for Your Teen

How to Be There for Your Teen

While hormonal changes are a natural part of growing up, as a parent or guardian, they can certainly be a challenge to deal with. I'm 6 years away from having a teenager and already scared to death! Did you know the hormonal changes caused by puberty can start in children as young as 7 or 8? What!? And they can lead to mood swings, impulsive behavior or even mental health issues. It’s natural for parents to feel a little helpless while this is happening to their child or teen, but there are steps you can take to help them through this challenging time.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Simply Earth Ocean Scent Set

Simply Earth Ocean Scent Set

Are you a family that loves to have your home smelling nice? We like to have candles in the winter, but in the summer we are all about our diffuser! I normally set it up in the morning and it runs for most of the day. We favor light, fresh scents in the warmer months. Lately our favorites have been diffuser blends from past Simply Earth recipe boxes including Fresh Air and Spring Day. I was thrilled when I was asked to review their brand new Ocean Scent Set. This is different from the monthly recipe box. The monthly kits are just one part of what Simply Earth does! There are gift sets, accessories, jewelry, roll-ons, single oils, and blends you can purchase. With the Ocean Scent Set, you have a choice of 2 different kinds; basic ($42.99) or the deluxe version ($79.99). It comes with lime, rosemary, spearmint and himalayan cedarwood. Both sets include a recipe card for many different diffuser blends and the deluxe kit includes a diffuser.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

3 Unmissable Online Shopping Opportunities in Quarantine

3 Unmissable Online Shopping Opportunities in Quarantine

We are all missing our normal lives, wishing we could be going about our routines as usual. Wouldn't we all love a shopping trip right now? It has been a crazy time, and we’ve all had to make sacrifices, big and small. Think about those luxuries we all took for granted, like brunches with the girls or heading out for a drink or two on the weekend, are gone - for now. It seems like forever, but soon, we’ll be back to normal, and appreciating our lives so much more than before, too!

So have you been getting a little stir crazy lately? Between home-schooling the kids, keeping everything clean, and staying sane indoors, it feels like we’re living in a bit of a crazy world right now. Celebrating national events like Memorial Day, or more personal occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, in quarantine, makes the absence of family and friends especially apparent. And now the weather is nice and warm, it makes you want to get together and celebrate even more! The saving grace of our upside-down lives at the moment is continuing to give these milestones the attention they deserve. That means getting out of your quarantine sweats and dressing up- even if it is only for yourself!

With that in mind, there is one luxury we haven’t had to give up: the online world. And thank goodness for that! The internet has been my saving grace many a time over the past few months! . You might not be able to go to the store and try on new clothes or test out new makeup, but there are ways around this! Here are some online gems you don't want to miss! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover

Now that we've been living in our new home for a year and a half, we've slowly been redoing some rooms in our home. Our home is far from a fixer-upper, but it's nice to be able to add some touches to it here and there. Not to mention that most of our furniture we purchased when we got married or shortly afterwards so it's starting to show wear. It wasn't the best quality either and we are starting to replace it with nicer things. I am not sure if I could live in a place without imaging how I can switch it around and change it! If you need a refresher of how our home looked after we moved in, my original home tour post is here. After getting an under the counter microwave installed this past fall, our second project was to get wood floors installed in the living room and sunroom. We initially had an ivory carpet which was fine. But as spring came, the dog brought muddy paws in and it was looking awful. It was also the oldest carpet in the house. So after getting some quotes, we found an amazing local flooring company to work with and had Brazilian Cherry hardwood put in. We also have Brazilian cherry in the dining room and office so eventually as our new flooring ages it will look the same. We also had them put in a border with a Peruvian Walnut strip of wood around the living room to really set it off and I am SO happy with how it turned out!