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Essential Oils for Spring

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we love essential oils & use them all day, everyday for just about everything. With Spring just around the corner (give me all the fresh flowers + sunshine!) I thought I would share a few of the ways we are using oils in our home for this season.

Cleaning // We use Thieves Cleaner + Lemon essential oil for almost all of the cleaning in our home. Thieves cleaner is a concentrated cleaner that we add a capfull of to a 16 oz. spray bottle and use for all of our kitchen & bathroom surfaces and it has replaced all of the other surface and glass cleaners in our home! We have a white porcelain sink & white quartz countertops (hello, stains!) so any time we have a coffee or wine stain, I will mix up a soft scrub with 2 tbsp. baking soda, a capful of Thieves Cleaner & a few drops of Lemon oil to wipe them away super easily! This same mixture, with a cup of hot water, makes an amazing jewelry cleaner!

Diffusing // We have ditched candles in our house (aside from using as decoration or when we are entertaining) and love diffusing as a non-toxic option. Not only do oils smell so good, but they also support our bodies in other ways, like immune support & emotional support!! A few of my favorite diffuser blends for Spring are Citrus Fresh + Grapefruit, Geranium + Tangerine, or Lavender, Lemon + Peppermint!

Beauty // We are over dry winter skin & love the way that oils are an all natural way to help moisturize & rejuvenate. Each night I use my favorite Glow Serum which is 20 drops Frankincense, 20 drops Copaiba, 10 drops Geranium & topped with Jojoba Oil as the carrier. I has done wonders for my skin & I absolutely love the way it smells!! I also use Lavender Oil + Castor Oil on my lashes, and a lip scrub (equal parts white sugar + coconut oil with 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil) ever few days as an exfoliator for my lips.

Sleep // This is definitely something we do year round, but my favorite sleep blend just smells like Spring so it feels like it should be included!! I loooove falling asleep to 3 drops each Lavender, Frankincense and Tangerine. Sahhhhweeeeet dreams!!!!

DIYsΒ  // Keep your flowers fresh with 2-3 drops Purification in your vase of water. Add a drop of Purification to a cotton ball to get rid of odors (in bottom of trash can, diaper pails, shoe closet, etc.). Add a few drops of Lavender to wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets to keep laundry fresh & smelling amazing. And a few drops of Peppermint + Lavender added to a small spray bottle with water + a splash of witch hazel will help keep all the ants away when eating on your patio. And

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, you can read more here & come join our community! Happy weekend, friends!! And Happy almost spring!! XO


Bathroom Before & Afters

We got started on the two upstairs bathrooms shortly after the new year & I am excited to finally share the details as well as some before & after pictures! These bathrooms were so fun to update, I think bathrooms might be my favorite room in the house to remodel. Give me all the subway + hex tile!

In our second upstairs bathroom, which is smaller & we use for guests, we did a very similar style but used one large mirror & undermount sinks.

sources: faucets // overmount sinks // overmount faucets // mirrors (similar here and here) // light fixtures

A lot of you have asked about doing bathroom updates on a budget so I wanted to share a few of the things we did here to save money & some tips for adding style while doing it yourself!

  1. Salvage whatever you can, most importantly the tub & existing cabinets. This can easily add up to a few thousand dollars, but also helps to keep the original feel of the house. We painted the cabinets using an oil based paint (Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore in eggshell finish) & added new black hardware. If you are able to leave existing vanities, you don’t have to mess with flooring, and in our case was hardwoods, so it saved us a ton of money.
  2. The countertops were super dated, but by finding an affordable style of quartz (under $50 per square foot) we were able to replace them which completely updated the look of the vanities. We added new sinks & faucets, all for around $50 each from Amazon (significantly less expensive than high end hardware companies).
  3. White subway tile & hex tile on the floors are both crazy inexpensive, but allow you to update a bathroom and still feel super classic. I don’t think they will ever go out of style!! They also make a huge statement, so if you can carry them to the ceiling or wrap them around a water closet, it wouldn’t cost much more! Our tile for both of these bathrooms cost less than $500!
  4. Skip traditional towel bars for fun wall hooks, lots of style and a custom feel for little money & work.
  5. Don’t skimp on lighting or mirrors, they’re the custom pieces that will make the room, and again, you can do these quite inexpensively, look at amazon or home goods!

And here is a shot of one of the bathrooms before (the only picture I could find which I think is from the original house listing!).

I would love to still add some framed art on the walls but we will have to save that for another day, it’s bath time! XO


Harper Turns Six!

This weekend we celebrated our Harper girl’s SIXTH birthday! It seems like just yesterday we were planning her little princess party for her third birthday, I’m not sure why that one vividly stands out so much to me but it just doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. Harper wanted unicorns & lemonade for her birthday this year, so that is just what we did! Lots of balloons, strawberry unicorn cupcakes & every flavor of lemonade you could think of! All of her little besties came over and the weather was beautiful, a sunshine day in the middle of two weeks of straight rain! The girls ate lunch, birthday cake & then ran around the yard for two hours taking turns jumping on the trampoline & doing sidewalk chalk. Also worth noting, Harper chose peanut butter & jelly uncrustables for her fancy birthday party meal & Eloise refused to change out of pajamas.

SIX things I want to remember about Harper right now:

1. She loves to express herself with art, she is always making the sweetest pictures of our family with thought bubbles and writing what people are saying or thinking. It is SO sweet. She loves to draw us love notes and leave them on our night stands. I will treasure her art forever!

2. She takes the best care of her sisters (and really everyone!) but will always find a way to make them happy. She reads to them, always lets them play with her dolls & tells them jokes when they’re upset (or getting their hair brushed and are unhappy about it!)

3. She is the girliest girl, always dancing, always singing & always wants to dress up.

4. She is such a daddy’s girl (how can you not be?!) she loves to ride in his truck or hang out in the garage with him.

5. She has such a sweet tooth, loves pancakes & wants to eat candy canes all year round.

6. She is so much fun to hang out with!!! It is so fun to take her places (just the two of us!) or even sit with her and scroll pinterest or watch cooking shows! I love my little six year old best friend!

Happy birthday, Harper doodle!! We love you so so much, stay magical sweet girl!