A Tutu Tea Party

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Sometimes, you just need to invite your cousin over to have a tea party with tutus and your finest play china.

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These smiley girls are nine months apart, but they’re looking closer and closer in age every month! They were so cute pouring tea for each other at their little tea party.

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My grandpa made this little table they’re playing at, and the tea set is vintage from a cousin of ours! The little mat is from Gathre (in the Mini size.)

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B and Skylar’s tutus are from iloveplum.com and their hair accessories are from Avery & Grey Co.!

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Ahhhh I have a secret, guys. I’ve been quietly obsessed with essential oils for awhile, and just haven’t really gotten into it on the blog because A. There’s a lot happening over here, and B. It’s so ingrained into our lives that I forget to share! I also don’t know a ton about them, but that’s changed recently thanks to a sweet friend who’s been teaching me more and more about all oils can do.

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When I was pregnant with B, I remember looking at all the labels on our cleaning supplies and thinking “How the heck am I going to clean our house now?” Everything freaked me out - so many warning labels and toxic products, and it took me getting pregnant to realize just how toxic a lot of everyday household items are. I’ve been a longtime lover of Thieves, which I’ll share below, but there’s so much more you can do with just the starter kit from Young Living - it’s absolutely mind-blowing!

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I know smelly-good things are at the top of my list, but the fact that oils support my body, immune system, focus, emotions and so much more makes me feel even better about using them on a daily basis. It brings out the mama bear in me in the best way - anything I can do to help make my family healthier and happier brings me so much joy. Okay okay I’m done rambling. Scroll down for some super easy DIY’s!

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Carpet Refresh // 10-20 drops of lavender + 2 cups baking soda
I use this primarily on our basement carpet, and it’s amazing! You just sprinkle it on your carpet, and vacuum up after 15 min or so. It smells so much better, and it’s a great way to deep clean your carpet.

Room Spray // 10 drops of lavender + 10 drops of peppermint + 2 tbsp witch hazel + water
I have one of these in our guest bedroom for visitors, and it makes for a nice pillow spray refresher too! I personally love a good fragrance, but this is an all-natural super safe version that makes me feel better about using around our family.

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Dryer Sheet Replacement // Wool ball + 2-3 drops of lavender
Okayyyy I had no idea how toxic dryer sheets were until recently, and I was super glad I had been using these wool balls my mom gifted me at Christmas. I just add a few drops of lavender (or an oil of your choice) to one wool ball, throw it in the dryer, and it does the exact same job as a dryer sheet minus all the toxins! Plus how cute are these little wool balls??

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Blends
If you’ve heard of oils, you’ve heard of diffusers! The YL starter kit comes with a diffuser (SCORE!) And it completely replaces any need for candles while supporting you and your family’s systems. Below are some of my favorite spring blends for diffusing:

2 drops of lemon + 2 drops of lavender + 2 drops of peppermint
3 drops of citrus fresh + 2 drops of peppermint

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All-Purpose Cleaner
Thieves is admittedly my first love in the Young Living world thanks to its immune system support and cleaning powers. Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate, so all you need to use is 1-2 capfuls of the cleaner mixed with water in a large spray bottle. You can use it to clean your countertops, floors, toilets, mirrors, tubs, - essentially anything and everything in your home. It’s totally safe to use around your babies, kids, animals, and elderly family members, without toxins and harsh chemicals that could be damaging to the body.

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Feel like this is right up your alley? You can sign up for your starter kit here: https://yl.pe/br4h. Signing up as a Member does not mean you are signing up to sell oils - it’s simply signing you up for 24% off retail prices with Young Living! There are zero hidden fees (TRUST me, I don’t like those) and you’ll get over $400 worth of product for only $165 including that awesome 24% discount. (Psst - If you ever do decide to sell them, you don’t have to do anything else either. Being a member automatically gives you that option!)

Be sure to select your premium starter kit + add on any additional items (Cedarwood, Gentle Baby, Thieves hand soap, and Thieves all-purpose cleaner are a few of my personal favorites.) Once you're signed up you'll be plugged into FaceBook groups with tons of resources on how to use your oils, and be guided through learning to integrate oils in your daily life. Trust me, you’ll be glad you’re getting the education! It’s incredible all you can do with oils.

Midwest Modern Woman Summit

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Last Friday was an amazing day! I was invited to speak and teach a workshop on Instagram photography to a great group of girl bosses at the Midwest Modern Woman Summit.

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Mary from Love of Character and Angela from Wichita Moms Blog were the hostesses for the event, and absolutely killed it with the decor, swag, and topics. I felt so honored to be included, and loved to meet all the talented local female entrepreneurs. Like how cool is this wreath by Free State Flora?!

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Erin Bartel of Elite Media Ink spoke in the morning about Digital Marketing, and covered everything from email lists to SEO to social media.

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When you walked in there was a great spread of Songbird Juice Co. mimosas and coffee + muffin tops from Leslie Coffee Co. I was double-fisting my coffee with a mimosa, not gonna lie.

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Swag goals, am I right?! I was geeking out over the branding, and how well everything was incorporated throughout the event.

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We were lucky to have the talented Sally Cavanaugh there taking headshots as part of the event. She’s photographing one of my favorite local girl bosses Juliana Cavender of Everyday Beaut and Clifton Collective!

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September Moon Cupcakery did B’s first birthday cupcakes (adorable little cactus cupcakes - linked here), and she’s a magician with frosting and batter! I was popping these to calm my nerves before I presented, and they totally helped ;).

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The whole day took place in Love of Character’s new event space right next door to their original shop. They’ll be connecting the two spaces soon (adding a doorway where there’s a shared wall), and I’m really excited to see how the space gets used.

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Had to document my lack of yoga pants and this fantastic floor! So many good details happening at Love of Character.

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Literally couldn’t wait to wear my new MWMW shirt, so I made B pose with me wearing her Avery & Grey flowers. I’m grateful to be raising her in a community where women are lifting each other up and supporting one another’s businesses!

MWMW is a new collaborative entrepreneurial community that’s bringing women together in the Wichita area. Want to learn more? Check out their Instagram page here for updates and more info: @midwestmodernwoman