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Tuesday, September 30

A Weekend in Pictures

I feel like every weekend I try to soak up as much time with husband and E as I possibly can. The weeks are usually pretty hectic with work schedules, making dinner and bedtimes, so carefree time together is so precious to me. We spent the weekend at home, simultaneously saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall. We dined al fresco on our patio, sipped on white sangria, swayed in the hammock swings and talked about history, science and upcoming adventures. We stayed in our pajamas a little longer, left the beds unmade and made paleo waffles (as has become our weekend custom), and played in the dirt. We went for a long walk on the wooded trails and dreamed of all kinds of things.

I wish weekends could last forever. 

Monday, September 29

Thieves Hand Sanitizer // Two Ways

With a little guy in tow at all times, I have hand sanitizer or wipes stashed everywhere -- diaper bag, car console, purse, changing table, husband's truck. And since I am on a journey to seriously limit the bizarre chemicals we are all exposed to (and save money at the same time!) I decided to make my own version using my favorite of the essential oil blends, Thieves.

This is definitely one of my favorite and most used oils. It smells so wonderful and promotes a healthy immune system. Win win. We diffuse it regularly, put it in our car vents, rub it on our feet, and drink a drop in our chamomile tea to boost our immune systems. So, naturally I chose this oil to make hand sanitizer! So simple and quick to make, this took less than five minutes and it used things I already had at home! Not  to mention that it smells so wonderful.

A little bit about the thieves oil... Thieves oil is based on a legend of four thieves in France who robbed plague victims without contracting the disease themselves. They used a blend of clove, rosemary, lemon & eucalyptus to protect themselves from illness. So interesting to me!

Option 1 // Gel Sanitizer

You will need:
5 T pure aloe vera gel
4 T water
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
9 drops of Thieves oil
A small plastic* squeeze container (BPA free!)

Place aloe vera and vitamin E oil in a bowl and combine well. Add in the thieves essential oil and mix again, then add in water and mix to a smooth consistency. I added the water one tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. If you want a slightly thinner gel, add one extra tablespoon of water. Place into a plastic squeeze container -- I found the scoop, scrapr, tap method to work best (scoop some gel onto a spatula, scrape into the container, and tap the container lightly on the counter). Keep in your purse/back pack/car/diaper bag or wherever!


Option 2 // Spray Sanitizer

You will need:
Witch hazel (you can also use rubbing alcohol)
9 drops of Thieves oil
1 tsp aloe vera gel (optional)
Filtered water
4 ounce spray bottle

Fill your spray bottle about 1/3 full with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, then add the thieves essential oil. If you're using the aloe vera, add it to the bottle, then fill with water and shake well. (The aloe vera just helps to keep the spray from drying out your hands.) I keep this one in my purse at all times  and use for shopping carts, high chairs, or anything else you fancy!

Find more information on our favorite essential oils for the diaper bag here and general information about essential oils here.

*You can use high quality plastic containers for essential oils when you are significantly diluting them (as in this recipe), otherwise glass is recommended to maintain purity!


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Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. Keep out of reach from children. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Sunday, September 28

Fall Colors + Front Porches

I mentioned last week that I wanted to spend some time cleaning and updating our outdoor spaces to bring a bit of fall, and this weekend I was able to do just that! My dear mama came over on Friday to lend me a hand (I'd be lost without that woman. #thankGodformoms, can I get an amen?) and we set to work arranging mums, scavenging for branches and doing some good old fashion piddling. (That's Southern for rearranging/decorating if you're stumped.) I am beyond pleased with the simple, rustic result and the red, orange and purple hues of the coming season. Elliot and I spent the majority of Saturday on the porch swing enjoying the breeze.

A quick tip about the mums that my wise mama passed down to me: leave them in their plastic containers instead of actually planting them in pots! You can surround them with dirt (see the pot to the right of the front door) or just place in a larger container. They will be fine for the month or so that they are out on the porch, then I will plant them in a flower bed beneath Elliot's window. The ones from the past two years have come back and are flourishing!

Happy porch weather!

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Friday, September 26

Hello Weekend 01

Oh hello weekend, it's good to see you.

I am off work today (praise!) so we are spending some extra time at home in our pajamas. We had a lot of early mornings this week -- out of the house by 6am -- so I feel like little bit needs some time to roll around and play at home. (And so do I!) Also, I have decided that there is nothing cuter in this world that babes in footie pajamas. 

A few things for your weekend:

I'm in LOVE with these leather plant hangers.
In keeping with a plant theme, these fall flowers are gorgeous. I'm particularly smitten with the arrangement in the test tubes, naturally.
Also, gilded terracotta pots because, hello!
My fall wardrobe will consist of leggings, long sweaters & sweatshirts, topknots & boots.
Who wants to buy me this bag for my birthday? ;) Or this one, I'm not picky. Ha!
Elliot's favorite hymns are It is well with my soul and How great thou art, so he loves this song.

Happy weekend.

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Wednesday, September 24

Essential Oil Diaper Bag

Essential oils are a part of our everyday routine around here, and there are a handful that I simply couldn't live without when it comes to having a babe. Whether we use them neat (undiluted), diluted or diffused, here are a few that are priceless (for both mama and babe!) and stay in our diaper bag at all times.

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Thieves: a great all-around germ killer and immune system booster, this is the oil that got me interested in Young Living. We use the spray to disinfect shopping carts and sanitize our hands when we're out and about. We also diffuse the oil in our living room and dilute a drop in coconut oil to rub on Elliot's feet at night. Hands down, a favorite!

Lavender: the Swiss army knife of oils, this gentle oil is great for everything from bug bites, scrapes and cradle cap (use neat on the affected site) to seasonal allergies and earaches (apply to the outside of the ear). Lavender soothes inflamed skin and helps wound healing so it's also great for diaper rash. The gentle scent is also wonderful for easing headaches and stress. A must have for little ones and mamas alike!

Peppermint: one of the most highly regarded herbs for digestion issues, we use peppermint for baby constipation  -- dilute 1-2 drops in coconut oil and rub in a circular, clockwise motion on the lower abdomen. It is also good for headaches. It can be used neat on the temples, forehead and back of the neck in adults, but I'd recommend diluting a drop or two in coconut oil. You can also use diluted peppermint as a bug repellent!

Stress Away: great for releasing daily stress in both mamas and babes, this is a wonderful way to promote relaxation and ease tension. I love the smell and have pretty much adopted it as my own personal scent. Apply liberally to wrists, neck and temples as needed!

Eucalyptus Blue: a great oil for supporting healthy lung function, this is great battling colds, allergies, and for breaking up congestion. Eucalyptus is often a main ingredient in over the counter chest rubs! Dilute one or two drops in coconut oil and rub on the bottoms of feet, place a drop in the bathtub, on pjs or pillowcases, or diffuse. If you're out&nbsp and about and don't have a travel diffuser, place one drop on a cotton ball and place it in the vents of your car. You can also use this oil diluted on fungal skin infections.

Copaiba: effective for inflamed and painful gums, this gentle oils is great for the littles! It's good for teething, scrapes, bug bites, has a mild flavor and can be used directly on the gums or diluted with coconut oil. It's also great for sore throats and has been used medicinally in Peru and Brazil for centuries.
{*Note: The first four of these oils are available in the starter kit!}

I love that there are multiple uses for all of the oils. It just feels so good to be able to take care of my little guy's needs naturally. Do you have any oils in your diaper bag that are essential for your family?

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Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. Keep out of reach from children. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Tuesday, September 23

A Weekend in Pictures

This past weekend went by in a blur of laughter and stories, baby smiles and squeals, so much good food, two parties for two sweet babes, porch swings, and wonderful moments with friends. 
So so good.

{high school buddies + our friends amazing new home. hello! that wall!}

{#reallife: pjs, an unmade bed & no makeup}

{obligatory first birthday cupcake face!}


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Monday, September 22

Roasted Winter Squash + Onions*

*Alternative titles include The Easiest Recipe Ever and My New Favorite Side Dish for Every Meal, Including Breakfast

I've been trying really hard lately to increase my vegetable intake, which for me pretty much means adding something green to breakfast. Lunch and dinner are pretty easy to get the veggies in since we usually do salads or soup for lunch and meat + veggies or a one pot dish for dinner. So, on my last trip to the farmer's market I picked up a couple winter squash on sale with the intention of doing something with them for breakfast. Then, the weekend got busier than expected, the tiny being in our lives required more attention than usual & I ran out of time for food prep. BUT, the result was pretty stellar. 

You will need:
one medium acorn squash
one small to medium delica (kabocha) squash
1/2 or so red onion
olive oil
salt + pepper + garlic

How to:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash the squash and cut in half. Scoop out the seeds, then cut into chunks or quarters or slices, whatever suits your fancy! Cut your red onion in to triangle size chunks. Add all vegetables to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil (about 2T). Toss, then sprinkle with salt + pepper + garlic.
(I don't measure these things, sorry! But really who has time to measure when your six month old is barreling head first through the living room in pursuit of everything that is not a toy and immediately putting said items into his mouth?!)
Roast for about 25 minutes or until the squash is tender. Cool for 15 minutes and eat! Or place in the fridge and reheat in a toaster oven or on the stove as a quick and delicious side for any meal.

These were just the ones that I found at the market, but you could use any winter squash - acorn, delicata, autumn cup, butternut. The flavors are great, and the squash is super filling. Win, win!

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Sunday, September 21

September Whole30 Meal Plan // Week 4

Week four!

How are you feeling? I'm going to be totally honest here and tell you that I ended my Whole30 early*. I didn't cheat, slip up, or break the rules, either. I made a conscious, adult decision to eat some chicken and potatoes that had been cooked in peanut oil and some vegetable soup that contained corn. The decisions I made aren't that terrible, but they will definitely require me to restart my Whole30. 

Nonetheless, we are still following the meal plans since we eat 99% paleo anyway!

Happy Whole30.

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*In an effort to prevent any hateful comments, I made this decision because I was totally overwhelmed, my husband was out of town, my poor child was teething and tired, and I had absolutely zero meal prep done. I also had no time to do any meal prep, so I ate what I had access to. Sometimes something just has to give, know what I mean?

Saturday, September 20

Welcome Fall

Like so many others of you, fall is my absolute favorite season. Changing leaves, camping trips, the smell of campfires, mine and husband's birthdays, apples, pears & pumpkins, the promise of the holiday season and sweet memories made with family. In just a couple weeks October will be here - my favorite month - with so much to look forward to!

{Isn't this gorgeous? I can has this please? via}

We really want to make the most of this season and start traditions to share with little E. With the mornings and evening bringing cooler weather, I am absolutely itching to get outside, play in the dirt and climb some mountains! Here is our bucket list of sorts for this fall season:

1 - Annual camping trip to Standing Indian Mountain, complete with a sunrise hike, campfire s'mores, a visit from my family, and birthday carrot cake (GF!).

2 - Make homemade apple cider and drink it on the porch in the afternoon. The setting sun makes the trees taller than normal and backlights the leaves with a lovely golden glow.

3 - Take as many Sunday afternoon walks as possible, ideally on the nearby hiking trails.

4 - Finally make it to the north Georgia apple orchard and do some apple picking. Also, stop by a roadside stand and pick up some pumpkins and squash for Thanksgiving decorations.

5 - Revamp our porch and back patio: add some colorful mums, finish the wooden bench we started making, spray paint the porch swing, add some twinkle lights.

6 - Crunch leaves with little Elliot :)

Some other fall favorites & paleoish treats:

-- Geometric painted pumpkins
-- Would LOVE for our patio to look similar to this.
-- Love this mix of plants for our front porch.
 -- A paleo ginger chai latte (I'd add almond milk & forgo the ice)
-- A Salted Nutella Latte (use almond milk & Justin's chocolate hazelnut butter or make your own)
-- Delicious Roasted garlic & parsnip soup
-- Seriously loving scarves (always) and mixed neutrals for fall.
-- Also this hoodie, please (ahem, my birthday is just around the corner...)

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Thursday, September 18

Everyday Essentials // Stress Away + Joy Body Butter

Stress Away is definitely one of my favorite oils from the starter kit and one that I use daily. I keep the roller bottle in my purse or diaper bag and apply it a couple times a day. Honestly, it's replaced my daily perfume! I love the smell so much - cedarwood, lavender and vanilla with feminine undertones of lime, ocotea and copaiba. Since I feel like I can always use a little decompressing, I decided to make a body butter using the Stress Away oil. And it's simple to make and customize to whatever oils you like!

I made half of this recipe using only Stress Away, then I added a few drops of Joy to the remaining coconut butter to give to my mama. She was the first person that I thought of when I opened the bottle of Joy oil. It's such a happy smell and so feminine. The geranium, tangerine and jasmine make me think of my sweet mama - so loving, thoughtful and joyful.

You will need:
1 cup solid coconut oil
20 drops Stress Away oil
5-8 drops Joy oil (optional)

How to:
Whip 1 cup solid organic coconut oil with a mixer* 
Once the oil is smooth, add in the Stress Away oil, then Joy if using.
(*I used my KitchenAid and cleaned it well afterwards!)

Use daily as you would any other lotion or moisturizer! I've been trying to help my poor, dry feet out by putting this on at night, then sleeping in socks.

Let me know if you try any other combinations and what you like!

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Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. Keep out of reach from children. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Wednesday, September 17

Elliot West // Six Months

You guys, my baby boy is six months old today.
I just need to let that sink in.

 He is sleeping peacefully in his crib in his room and will {hopefully} not wake up to eat until around 3am. Gone are the days of feeding every two or three hours, of hourly diaper changes. But also, gone are the days of tiny, incoherent squeals, the days of tiny fingers and toes and blonde fuzz in place of hair, of him sleeping peacefully between us. My boy is so strong and handsome and growing like a weed. He sleeps in the most insane positions and flips from front to back to front all night long. He is so loving, fun and laid back, he smiles and laughs so much! He scoots his way across the floor to get to my slippers, a toy or Sambo - he will be crawling so soon. He loves when I sing to him at night. He looks up at me with the sweetest expression and often reaches out his little hand to touch my face and my heart simultaneously melts and soars. It's hard to remember just how tiny and fragile he was. And part of me misses those precious early days, but part of me is so excited for all the things our future holds. Motherhood truly is bittersweet.


Happy six months bean.
I would always choose you to be mine.

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Tuesday, September 16

Everyday Essentials // Lavender for Babes

One of my favorite, most frequently used essential oil is lavender. I just love the way it smells and the sense of calm it brings me. Lavender has some amazing properties - skin healing, burns/scrapes and acne, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic to name a few. It is a great place to start with essential oils and a major player in a holistic medicine cabinet. I used it quite a bit to help me relax and sleep when I was pregnant with Elliot. I also used it postpartum in Epsom salt baths to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and promote wound healing as well as relax and calm me with the overwhelming (and joyful!) new life of having a newborn. 

Now that little man is here, I like  to use lavender for him as well. Here are two ways that I am currently using lavender on Elliot.

1 - Dilute in coconut oil & rub on the feet
Place 1-2 drops into your palm and mix with a handful of coconut oil. Rub and gently massage onto the bottoms of babe's feet and ankles. Cover with socks or footed pajamas. We do this after the bath and sing Jesus Loves Me. It's such a sweet time with my boy, and it helps him relax and wind down at the end of a hectic day. Also, he is teething (!!!), so it has been harder for him to wind down this past week, and the lavender really helps.

2 - Use neat (undiluted) on the outer ear for earaches
Because little bit is growing some top teeth, he has been pulling at his ear a lot this weekend. It's impossible to truly tell if his ear hurts, but since it seemed to bother him, I decided to use lavender on his ear as well. I used one drop, rubbed it between my fingers and gently massaged it on his outer ear and behind his ear. Apply to the outer and back of the ear, under the ear lobe and down towards the throat. (I placed the remainder on my wrists and breathed it in. A relaxed mama helps too!) Note: Do not place oils directly into the ear canal. Only use outside of the ear.

The Everyday Oils collection that I purchased is just that - what you would use everyday. Within the first 12 hours of having them in our home, we had used four of the ten oils! Also, in case you are interested, I created a separate Instagram account at @ashleycribbessentials for all things essential oil and wellness related.

{For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, click here.}

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 Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. This information is based on my research, The YL Essential Oils Guide and the book Gentle Babies. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP

Monday, September 15

Monday Musings

I received my Young Living oils over the weekend, and I am already loving using the diffuser with Thieves oil to purify our living room. It smells like Christmas - clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon. I've been fighting the beginnings of a sore throat for a few days, so the antimicrobial effects of the Thieves is much needed. Stay away germs!

 I've also used the Peace & Calming as a post-bath time foot rub for Elliot and diffused it along with lavender in his room to help him (and me!) relax at the end of the day. Poor buddy is having a hard time teething. This oil smells so relaxing -patchouli and blue tansy with slightly sweet citrus undertones. Love me some patchouli.

We've used lavender neat (just one drop!) as well as diluted in coconut oil on his outer ear to help with a potential teething-associated earache. 

I personally have been using Stress-Away daily on my wrists and neck. Love the roller ball attachment! And the smell is heavenly - cedarwood, vanilla and lavender, oh my! I kind of think of it as my new perfume with the added bonus of helping me ease some anxiety.

A few other things:

Love these boots, which I ordered in black on major sale. Hoping they work!

My sister-in-law graciously gave us their old sectional, and we love it! We are making the trek to Ikea next weekend to get some pillow covers that will match our current furniture. I'm thinking these for the larger pillows and two of these for accents.

I'm excited for my girlfriends that are expecting in December and March, so I am taking mental notes of things that I thought were helpful after having E. Most of the items are on this baby-centered list and this mama-centered list

I'm so excited for cooler weather. We spent some time on Sunday in north Georgia and needed long sleeves! Can't wait to make this pumpkin bread, take Elliot on our annual camping trip to Standing Indian, and carve pumpkins. We are also tentatively planning a fall get together for some friends.

Happy Monday. Here's to a great week!

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Saturday, September 13

September Whole30 Meal Plan // Week 3

Y'all, it's been a long week. Somehow last week carried over into this week, and come Friday I was done. And I mean DONE. My husband was out of town for a week and got home late last Saturday, so needless to say, I was stressed. Then I worked all week, had little to no time for meal prep, stressed over my teething babe, planned 898714 side projects and blog posts, and slept very little. But! There is light at the end of the tunnel. It's Saturday evening. I got all my errands taken care of yesterday and today. I am sitting on our new-to-us and comfortable-as-heaven couch and breathing in the spicy smell of Thieves oil diffusing into our living room and the relaxing scent of Stress Away on my wrists and neck. The Georgia game is on and my man is beside me. #ThankGodfor finally having some down time (and ignoring the 898713 other things on my todo list). 

But that's not what you came here for. You came here for meal plans, and you can find the meal plan for week three here and the shopping list here. Also, important note: the butternut squash soup from last week is AMAZING when topped with a little coconut milk/cream. Just sayin.

Happy Whole30ing

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Tuesday, September 9

Essential Oils 101

Happy Tuesday friends!
I just wanted to let you know that I will be guest co-hosting an online 'Intro to Essential Oils' class with my dear friend Lesley tonight at 7:30 and Thursday evening at 7:30! We would absolutely love for you to join us and learn about some EO basics as well as all of the amazing uses for the oils that come in the starter kit

The invite to the class will be posted over on my Facebook new group, Ashley Cribb Essentials and starts at 7:30. If you can't make it at that time, the recording will be available after the class is over for your reference. I will update this post with the link to the completed class on Friday, and it will also be available on the sidebar.

Also, feel free to join my closed Facebook group for information, research, uses and recipes for these amazing essential oils. It's such a great platform to ask questions, share information and cultivate community. I love hearing from others who are as passionate about this as I am! Anyone is welcome!

For more information on Young Living Essential Oils and to hear about my journey into essential oils, click here.