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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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{For more information on essential oils or to purchase your own, click here}

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.

Monday, September 8

Weekend Adventures // Girls Trip to PCB!

For the long Labor Day weekend, my mom, sister and I packed up our kiddos and headed south to a friend's condo on the Gulf of Mexico. Growing up, my family always went to Panama City Beach for summer vacation, so it still has a soft spot in my heart, despite some of its less desirable qualities {read: obnoxious high school/college partiers}. Since we went at the end of the season and since our condo was verrry far from the strip, it was a great place to hang out in the white sand, play in the waves and soak up some vitamin D by the pool. I really enjoyed hanging out with my nephews and chatting about their interests. My sister's oldest boy is a budding artist and told me all about the different types of pencils, coals and chalks he likes to sketch with. Her youngest told me all about what he was learning in school and about football. It was just great to be with them!

Elliot and I camped out under the umbrella on the beach and enjoyed the breeze. He also loved splashing around in the pool and dunking his older cousins. My nephews love hanging out with baby Elliot, as they call him. And they are so helpful! More than once they entertained E while I got dressed or put on makeup. It was so sweet to see the three on them playing on the floor. 

And just being with my mom and sister is restorative to my soul. I am so blessed to have them as family and to also call them my friends. It's been such a wonderful thing to share this new adventure of motherhood with both of them, but especially my sister. Talk about having a wealth of knowledge at hand - the two of them are priceless to me. 

{I am oh so smitten with this little boy, and moments such as these are priceless to me. Motherhood is a difficult journey, but one I am grateful to be on every single day.}


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Sunday, September 7

Essential Oils // Ancient Healing for Modern Life

As a pharmacist I am faced everyday with people who are suffering --  high blood pressure, sinus infections, diabetes, cancer, mood disorders, auto-immune diseases, I see it all. And all too often {umm, daily?} I leave work with such a heavy heart. I want to give people more than just a pill. I want to tell them everything I know about diet, exercise and alternative therapies. I truly believe that modern medicine is a gift from the Lord, but that being said, I also believe that we as a society are too quick to just take a pill to fix things. God has given us the gift of nature, holistic healing and food to use as medicine as well! I believe {and the science supports!} that health begins with diet. What you put into your temple is critically important, and in my opinion, the evidence to support a paleo diet* is unparalleled.

It comes down to this: I am so very passionate about wellness. Not just giving out medication or advice or information, but helping people live healthy lives and prevent diseases and heal their God-given temples.

Enter my long-time friend Lesley. We are made from the same cloth, I tell ya. We regularly have conversations about natural healing, essential oils and diet to promote a healthy lifestyle and as an alternative to traditional medicine when appropriate. I have been using essential oils for my family ever since I was in pharmacy school, so it made complete sense to me to get on board with Lesley as she took on a new adventure with Young Living Essential Oils.

Essential oils are the life force inside of a plant, the plant’s innate immune system. The oil is extracted from the plant via steam distillation to ensure that the vital natural components remain tact. This is key because each essential oil has a complex system of intricate compounds specific to the parent plant, and each constituent contributes to the oil’s therapeutic effect.

Essential oils are the missing link for me when it comes to a whole, healthy life. And I want to help all of you {especially you mamas!} live a healthy lifestyle and know how to prevent and heal sickness in your own families. Having little ones often means a revolving door of doctor visits, ear infections, colds from school or daycare, etc, but we have so much natural medicine at our disposal that can prevent this! As a pharmacist and as a mama, I am very passionate about using ancient techniques and holistic practices to promote wellness in this modern world. And I want to help you do the same!


If you are interested in joining my team, I'd love to have you! My primary goal is to help you build your own natural, holistic medicine cabinet and be able to prevent and treat some of the most common maladies that we all encounter. To enroll with my group, click this link and make sure the number 2038411 appears in both the Enroller and the Sponsor ID fields.

Option 1** // Wholesale customer // Click here

You can click this link to sign up as a distributor (the term 'distributor' does not mean you have to sell a thing! It's more like a membership.) and choose your starter kit. Distributors get 24% off retail prices which is incentive alone, especially for building a holistic medicine cabinet.

-  Think of the starter kit as a one-time membership fee. You receive lots of amazing oils, a diffuser and much more. This is a great price! I looked at just purchasing some of the oils, and quickly had more money invested for less product than I would have by becoming a distributor!
- There is no renewal fee. All you have to do is purchase a minimum of $50 of product (PV) per year and your account stays active. They have great things like toothpaste, vitamins, shampoo and soaps, and skin care products, all based on essential oil therapeutic properties!
- There is no order minimum! Order whenever you like, as often as you like at 24% off retail prices.
- Although wholesale customers are called “Distributors” you are not signing up to sell oils and there is absolutely no pressure to do so! If you do want to make this a business I am happy to help you and give you resources, just let me know if that is your intention!
- You will receive a member number to share with friends, and if they order using your member number, you’ll receive compensation. This is a great perk because once you start using these oils, you will definitely want to share with your friends and family!

When choosing a starter kit I recommend the Premium Starter Kit, which is what I purchased. This is hands down the best value, as it includes some really great oils:
-  Everyday Oils collection (1 - 5 ml Joy™, 1 - 5 ml Frankincense, 1 - 5 ml Lemon, 1 - 5 ml Lavender, 1 - 5 ml Peppermint, 1 - 5 ml Purification, 1 - 5 ml Panaway, 1 - 5 ml Peace & Calming®, 1 - 5 ml Thieves®, 1 - 5 ml Valor® $163 value) + BONUS Stress Away 5-ml
Home Diffuser ($96 value) -  It works as a humidifier, atomizer, air purifier and also has an optional glow setting. Perfect for little ones or just for the household! Purify your air, boost your immune system & make your home smell amazing, all at once!
Welcome to Young Living booklet, Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide, Distributor Resource Guide, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet
AromaGlide Roller Fitment
- Two Lavender Sample Packets, two Peppermint Sample Packets, two Peace & Calming Sample Packets, two Lemon Sample Packets, two Thieves Sample Packets, Sample Packet Business Cards
Two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
-Distributor Agreement, Product Guide and Product Price List.

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Photo credit: Kristen Rae Photography

Option 2 // Retail Customer // Click here
- There is no starter kit required for this option. You simply order products whenever you would like, but you pay 24% more than a wholesale customer.

Both options are a great way to experience and share essential oils and to build a medicine cabinet. However, I highly doubt you will regret enrolling as a wholesale customer (“distributor”) because the starter kit investment is very quickly recovered with the savings off of the retail price.

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Consider Essential Rewards: 
When checking out with your starter kit, feel free to select "no thank you" for the Essential Rewards to customize your own (see below for instructions) or choose a package and ship them together for extra savings.  I signed up for ER and strongly recommend it! You get 10-20% back in points each month and can purchase products that you would be buying anyways (shampoo, soap, cleaner) as well as try new oils, all while meeting the 100 PV (product value - typically one point per one dollar) to get commissions, discounted shipping and more! You do NOT have to sign up with a package, you can tailor it to meet your wishes. Note: this is the only way to make commissions if you are interested in building a business. BUT if you sign up for ER, you do not have to make this into a business or sell oils, ever!

Also, you can cancel at any time!

To make your own 'kit' for Essential Rewards:
Sign into your Virtual Office
Click on Essential Rewards
Click Continue to Autoship
Click Add Product
Choose which products you want
Click Save

Here are some of the products I am trying: Thieves household cleaner and hand soap, Lavender rosewood bar soap, Lavender Mint daily shampoo. I am also using the ER program to purchase oils for friends and family and products to give as gifts! (Never too early to start thinking about Christmas! I'm thinking oil(s) + diffuser.)

I will be posting uses and information on each of the oils in the starter kit soon!

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*I don't believe there is a 'one size fits all' diet. You have to eliminate things and reintroduce to find out what triggers you. However, I don't believe anyone should eat gluten at all that everyone should limit sugar.

** If you sign up as a distributor you will also have the option of participating in a smaller private Facebook group where we can discuss the business aspects, if earning income is your goal.
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Disclaimer:  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. Please consult your physician about your medical needs, and if you are currently taking medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Friday, September 5

September Whole30 Meal Plan // Week 2

Week one: done!
 In my opinion, week one is the hardest. I'm not sure about you but I battled a headache the majority of the week and had some pretty good dark chocolate cravings at night. Just goes to show how powerful sugar can be! I ended up eating most of my meals off the plan that I posted because I had absolutely no time for meal prep this week. More on what to do when that happens coming in a post soon!

You can find next week's meal plan here and the shopping list here.
Also, find week one's meal plan information here.
Happy Whole30 Week 2!


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Wednesday, September 3

Four Healthy Habits

I have read repeatedly that research shows that it takes at least thirty days of consistently doing something to create a new habit. Since we are at the the beginning of another Whole30, I decided that now would be a great time to make a few new habits. We have been doing the following things on and off for quite a long time, but I am really wanting to make them a routine. So, why not start now?

1 - Oil pulling
This is a practice I've been doing a few times a week and would like to make part of my daily routine. Oil pulling is great for oral health. It whitens teeth and helps to get rid of bacteria in the mouth. (Look mom, no cavities!) Just place about 1 tablespoonful of organic extra virgin coconut oil  in your mouth and swish around for fifteen minutes. I do this while I put on my makeup and get dressed. Then spit out in the trash can and brush your teeth as normal!
{Side note: I am also going to try my hand at making toothpaste soon, with a special ingredient!}

2 - Daily stretching and foam rolling
My body takes quite a beating on a daily basis, from carrying around my chunky monkey babe to standing/walking/bending all day at work to working out. It's important to stretch those muscles and work out any tension or tender spots. This guy has some great exercises.

3 - Ending the day with a book or scripture, not my phone:
There are many reasons that I want to make this new habit, but one of them is the interaction between the brightness of your room and your cortisol levels. The more lights, the higher your cortisol, the less easily you will fall asleep, the more insulin resistant you can become... It's a bad cycle. Also, reading before bed has been shown to improve brain function and slow degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. And finally, I want to start and end my day with the one and only thing that truly matters -- Jesus.

4 - Weekly (or more!) meditation:
Ideally I would like to find time to meditate daily, but with a five month old, a full time job and a household, that's just not practical. And instead of setting myself up with an unattainable goal, I'm starting with once a week. I'll probably find a few quite moments on Saturday or Sunday afternoon to meditate. If you have no idea how to get started with meditation (hand raised!), this site is a good place to start.

Do you have any practices that you want to make into habits?

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Saturday, August 30

September Whole30 Meal Plan // Week 1


Husband and I are starting another Whole30 on Monday, and I am honestly pretty excited. I am spending the long weekend looking at some new recipes, making meal plans and shopping lists (for you!), and drinking heavenly coffee with grass-fed heavy cream. Ha! 

A few changes from last time...

--> No more smoothies in the plan or during my Whole30. After reading this article and doing some research that sent me into a pretty substantial rabbit hole, I've broken up with my blender and removed smoothies from my diet. The bottom line from my research is this: no matter what you put in your smoothie or how green it may be, it's a direct sugar surge to your body. And sending a mainline of sugar to my liver first thing in the morning is most definitely not how I want to start my day. I still have the occasional post-workout smoothie (clean protein powder, almond milk, cocoa powder, avocado, ice cubes) and very  very seldom will use a smoothie as a meal replacement. (If you're interested, you can find some of my research on the subject here.)

--> I've long since changed my thinking regarding 'breakfast, lunch and dinner' and am completely on board with eating soup, chicken salad, or leftovers first thing in the morning and calling it breakfast. However, I think for people transitioning from a SAD or for those new to paleo, it is helpful to think of food in the terms of 'first, second and third meal' of the day.

--> We are tinkering with the ideas of cyclic low-carb diet and carb back-loading in hopes of improving athletic performance (especially me -- my cardiovascular endurance is pretty shot after having a babe). That being said, if that isn't your goal you can add in some fruits with your meals -- an apple with breakfast, refrigerated canned coconut milk + half a banana + a sprinkle of cinnamon. Just be sure you aren't using fruit as a substitute for dessert or to satisfy a craving for sweets.

 So... here is the meal plan for week one and the shopping list. I don't stick to this completely, meaning that I might eat leftover stew for breakfast and eggs for dinner, but this is the gist of what we are eating this week. If you want to prep on the weekends like we do, put the stew in the slow cooker, bake chicken in the oven for salads, make the coconut soup, and brown the ground meat for spaghetti. While that is cooking, chop up all your veggies for snacks and salads. We store veggie sticks in mason jars in the fridge and prepare our lunch salads in individual containers with the exception of the protein and dressing.

Happy Whole 30!

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Wednesday, August 27

Working Mom 101

Being a working mom is difficult no matter how you slice it. Whether you work part-time or full-time, at home or outside of the home, it's a tough balance to find. And while by no means do I have it all figured out, I thought I'd share some of my tips for surviving and enjoying being a working mama.

1 - Use your slow-cooker:
Every week I make a stew or soup in my slow cooker. Sometimes it's a kitchen sink sort of thing (meat + whatever vegetables we have + fresh herbs) and others it's more planned. Either way, having dinner simmering away with minimal effort on my part is priceless.

2 - Tell your spouse when you need help: 
Not to get all mushy, but my husband is so great you guys. He is always there at the ready when I need help or feel overwhelmed with life. Anything from figuring out what we will eat for dinner to bathing Elliot or getting him to sleep to watching the babe while I workout, my man is there. And I've learned that all I need to do is ask. I think dads aren't always sure how to care for the new babe (and the new mama!) and will wait for us to tell them what we need. And us gals usually expect our men to be mind readers. What a set up for miscommunication! So get vocal and tell your man what you need help with. 

3 - Find time to spend in the Word and with the Lord:
This is essential for everyone, but especially during seasons of change. The Lord uses times of change in my life to sift out the bad and replace it with His good. During the most difficult times of my life, I feel the Lord changing my heart and drawing me closer to Him. Practically, I've been following along at She Reads Truth. For me, having the lovely study packs in hand is tangible accountability to find time daily to renew my soul, even if I have to wait until I put Elliot to sleep. Those ten or fifteen minutes in the Word do more for me than the extra ten or fifteen minutes of sleep. I also download sermons for my daily commute. 

4 - Let it go:
Find something in your life that is overwhelming you and just let it go, at least for now. For me that was stressing over cloth diapering. It was something I really wanted to do, but with my alternating schedule and off days, it was difficult to stay on track with washing every other day. And well, things got a bit... smelly. Also, E's sitter isn't on board with cloth diapering, so when I'm at work, he is in disposables anyway. So, I made the compromise to do natural, plant-based disposables on my work days and put him in cloth dipes when I'm home with him.

5 - Spend some time outside:
Whether its a few minutes on the front porch on Saturday morning, sitting in our hammock chairs in the early evening, or a walk around the neighborhood, getting outside is key for me. On my off days I spend a lot of time inside taking care of E and getting our household in order. Spending just thirty minutes outside soothes my soul, provides a change of scenery for both me and little Elliot, and gives us a chance to soak up some vitamin D (even if it's overcast, you actually get more vitamin D outdoors than in a well-lit room!).

It's not much but it's a start, and everyday I am learning. None the less, little victories sometimes mean the most.


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Thursday, August 21

Whole30 Prep Work: Recipe Testing

{Baby E likes talking about vegetables and the benefits of eating a rainbow.}

I am gearing up for my next Whole30, starting in September, so the next couple weeks I plan to try out some new recipes in hopes of breaking up the mundane and finding some simple, busy-schedule-friendly ideas. I will post the meal plan next week or so if you want to follow along and complete the challenge with me! {You can find the meal plan for the last Whole30 here.}

I have been feeling pretty tired and rundown and just generally 'bleh' lately, so I decided that another Whole30 was in order. {And yes, 'bleh' is a perfectly acceptable medical  term.} For me, this means cutting out the following things:
-- Heavy cream in my coffee 
-- My nightly square of dark chocolate
-- Corn chips on the weekend
-- Red wine on the weekend

I think the dairy, grass-fed though it is, is making me congested and potentially causing some bell bloating. The corn chips, which are my vice, completely blow my low-carb diet out the window, so I think it's time to remove them, and giving up chocolate/sugar and wine for a month is definitely a good thing. 

All that being said, I'm trying out some new recipes over then next couple weeks. With a full time job and five month old taking over my life, I need to find some simple, easy to prepare recipes that I can make ahead of time. For me the key to success is preparation. Here are a few recipes on my list:

This would be good for breakfast or lunch or even dinner paired with a mixed green salad!

Homemade Almond Milk - Against All Grain
This is something I've been meaning to try for a while, so now seems like the perfect time. I will be drinking my coffee black during my Whole30, but sometimes a little almond milk is a nice addition.

Chicken Pesto Meatballs + Marinara - The Clothes Make the Girl
I'm a big fan of zucchini noodles, and with all the fresh basil in our garden, I really want to try a paleo pesto, so this recipe sounds right up my alley.

Shirred Eggs - Against All Grain
I'm always looking for ways to spice up my regular breakfast of scrambled eggs and chicken sausage, and this recipe sounds like a winner.

Check back late next week for the first week's meal plan.

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Jekyll Island 02

Part two of our weekend trip to the Georgia coast...

 The sunrise over the ocean was so lovely, with the long boardwalk and the natural beach making the perfect backdrop. I love the rocks separating the sand from the bushes and palm trees. At high tide, the water covers the bottom steps of the boardwalk.

We took little E to the salt water pool a couple times during the trip, and he learned how to splash! He had fun splashing himself in the face, getting startled by it, then laughing. I love that kid.

My sister in law was married on the hauntingly beautiful Driftwood beach, which reminded me of Hunting Island (one of our favorite camping destinations). The ceremony was simple and sweet, and the reception was perfect. Good food, sweet memories with friends and family.


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Tuesday, August 19

Jekyll Island 01

Our little family spent a long weekend at Jekyll Island last weekend to celebrate K's little sister's wedding, and let me tell you it was so lovely! We left on Thursday and came home on Sunday, so it was a slight whirlwind of a trip, but it was great nonetheless. 

Elliot loved splashing in the salt water pool and walking on the eerily lovely driftwood beaches. We explored the historic district on Saturday, and I fell completely in love with the big, sprawling trees covered in Spanish moss. We took our Stokke Scoot that the folks at Stokke so graciously gifted us, and it was perfect for strolling along the old streets. I love how E can see everything and still face me! I would really like to make a return trip in the fall or winter when the heat isn't quite so overbearing. 

The wedding itself was perfection, and we are so incredibly happy for the newlyweds. Weddings make me all sentimental about the day I tied my life to that amazing man of mine. I love being a part of that day in other people's lives. I think it is so very romantic to promise eternal companionship, to say 'I will daily choose you above all others for the rest of my life.'

 More pictures to come!

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