Thursday, December 18, 2014

The sweetest moment

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The sweetest moment

When we first brought Kade home from the hospital, both the boys were kind of hesitant about him. They would look at him when I held him or when he was in his bouncer, they would let Kade wrap his little fingers around their hands, but that's as far as it went. I don't blame them though because Kade is tiny, if I wasn't a momma, I might be hesitant to hold him too. I've been offering for Jay to hold him, but he's been saying no. Well, the other day he decided he wanted to hold him for a minute so, I let him.

It was absolutely adorable and I had to grab my camera and snap a couple of pictures. Jay was smiling almost the whole time. He truly loves his little brother. After school, Jay asks me several times, "Mommy can I give Kade a kiss." Of course I say yes and smile as he kisses Kade's head. Jay will sit there and talk to him and show him his toys. It is just so adorable to watch. I love watching their bond form and being able to see these sweet memories. He watches over him so much. When Kade is sleeping and Jay is talking to me, he will come up to me and say, "mommy, I love you soooo much." :) My heart melts.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The sweetest moment

Does your child have a younger sibling that they adore?!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Young Living Essential oil: Peppermint

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Young Living Essential oil: Peppermint

A couple of weeks ago I started my young living essential oil series. You can see six of my favorite oils here and you can see the oil I shared on December 3rd, which was Joy. Today, I'm going to share another absolute favorite! Peppermint. I seriously love the heck out of peppermint oil. I mainly use peppermint for headaches. I apply one drop to each side of my temple and one drop on the back of my neck, it works wonders! I've also stared using it on Kade for his reflux and he's not doing it as much now, yay! I dilute it alot with olive oil and put one drop peppermint oil in a bowl with olive oil, mix it up, then i apply one drop to the bottom of each of his feet.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Young Living Essential oil: Peppermint

A few other things it can be used for:

Headaches
Itching
Breech babies
Lactation decrease
Constipation
Energy increase
Nausea

Peppermint is seriously my best friend. I get headaches pretty often so I make sure to carry peppermint with me wherever I go. I highly recommend peppermint oil and I think you will love it if you get it. It's truly helped me and I'm making sure I never run out of it! :)

If you would like to order oils for yourself, you can do so through my link! :)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Word for the Year Jar

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Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

If you've been following posts in the blog world for the past couple of years, you've probably seen that people are starting to throw resolutions out the window and are embracing a word for the year instead. As a matter of fact, I've done in the past two years and I've loved having a word for the year to embrace, instead of having resolutions that never happen. In 2013, my words were Live Life. I simply just wanted to embrace this life and to really live it and it was something I felt I could do, it was something I knew I could actually strive for. In 2014, my word was fearless. I didn't conquer being fearless in all areas of my life, but I did conquer quite a few and I enjoyed getting over those fears and realizing what I was capable of. I'll be sharing my word for 2015 in January, but until then I thought it would be fun to create this word for the year jar.

It would be great for a new years party, everyone can draw a word out of the jar and apply that word to their life in the new year. One word can have a different meaning for everyone. Or you could write down words that you like and draw one out of the jar for the new year. While choosing a word is great, I feel like it's comfortable. You are picking a word that you've thought over and know you can do, but I think having a list of words to choose from and sticking to the one you pick from the jar presents a little more of a challenge. I can't wait to share what word I wind up getting out of my jar. I loved this craft and idea so much that I decided to share with you how to make your own!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

You will need:
- A Vase
- Glue
- Gold Glitter
- A gold sharpie paint marker

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

First, I simply wrote Word For The Year on the front of the vase. You can decorate the vase further if you like, but I like the simplicity of it since I knew I would be adding glitter.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Next, I used a glue stick and slid it around the rim of the vase twice and then sprinkled glitter all around the rim. Make sure you put something down to catch the glitter that doesn't go into the vase and something to dump the glitter that did fall into the vase, out. After I let the glitter on top dry, I turned the vase over and tapped it all the way around to get most of the glitter out of the inside.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

I then cut up little squares of black construction paper and wrote words that I liked on each piece. A few I put in there are: Embrace, Live, Love, Explore, and Create. There was more I wrote down too, just choose words {or have your guest choose words} that inspire you. I could apply any of the ones I just listed to my life in the new year because there is always something I want to do better, more of, or embrace more.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Fold the pieces of paper up and drop them in the jar! Your jar is officially complete! Have fun letting your guests select words or having the fun challenge of choosing your own word for the year at random!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Do you choose a word for the year? If not, do you think you might start?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

10 Favorite Christmas Pins

In October I shared ten of my favorite Halloween pins and seeing how Christmas is my all time favorite holiday, I thought it was only right to share my ten favorite Christmas pin. You can see other pins I love on my Christmas pinterest board!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 10 Favorite Christmas Pins

1. I think this is such a neat idea for wrapping Christmas presents! It's so unique and so fun!

2. I love everything about this Christmas mantel from Decorchick, but I especially love that beautiful mirror wreath! I want to make one to hang in my house year round.

3. I adore these printable stockings made by Desiree @ The 36th Avenue! I'm printing these out this weekend and making them with the boys!

4. I have always wanted to make a snow globe since seeing them on pinterest and I think I finally found the one I want to make. This one from Sarah @ Whimsy & Hope is beautiful.

5. I love these adorable Santa and Elf Jars made by Summer @ Summer Scraps. They are so cute and would make a super cute gift idea! I may have to whip these up for Jay's teacher this year!

6. How perfect are these peppermint trays?! I'm making some this year FOR SURE!

7. I'm also loving this mantel. I'm always decorating with ornaments for Christmas because they are so easy to decorate with and so pretty. I really love them in these vases!

8. This STUNNING Christmas tree is just so dang beautiful. If I could have a Christmas Tree exactly like this one, I absolutely would.

9. I love decorating with candy canes during Christmas so coming across these fun ideas on Kristine @ The Foley Family's blog, made this girl happy!

10. This is such an adorable advent calendar idea! I didn't have time to do it this year, but I definitely want to next year!

What's your favorite pin from this list?!

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