8 months

Our little Katie bug is 8 months today! 8 months of sweetness that I am obsessed with. She is slowly coming out of her shell with each passing day. She crawls, she stands when holding on something sturdy, and she currently has 2 teeth. 
8 months, it is hard to believe. I feel that once a baby starts crawling, times just speeds up quicker. From crawling to standing to cruising around the room then finally to walking, it can all happen in what seems like a blink of an eye. I love just seeing her crawl right now. Can she do that forever? I don't want time to speed up faster than it needs to. 
Here are some photos to capture her 8 months with us!

Pumpkin Patch Fun

If you live down in southern California, I'm sure you have heard of Tanaka Farms. They are known for their strawberry fields and of course pumpkins. I have taken Caleb there before in March and we did u-pick vegetables. Given its popularity, we attempted to go on Saturday. However, we saw the line of cars waiting to get into the farm and I quickly did a Yelp search for pumpkin patches. My search led up to Manassero Farms, just a few miles away from Tanaka. It was practically perfect, as perfect as a farm/pumpkin patch could be. The best part? All pumpkins that day were 50% off. 

Literally, there was no one there at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. There were games for the kids to play, a photo op set up, tire swings and we only had to pay for the pumpkins we wanted. This is where we are going every year to get pumpkins from now on!

So my recommendation is skip the long lines and crowds and head to Manassero Farms for an easier fallish experience in southern California. Maybe one of these years, we won't be wearing shorts!

Hey momma, where is the room to breathe?

It happens at times. It happens when I least expect it and it is ugly. It is my reaction to when life hasn't given me sufficient times or opportunities to just breathe and think. Life is just go, go, go from when we all wake up to when everyone lays their head down on the pillow in the night. From feeding to changing, to making sure Caleb has his share item on certain preschool days to do we have enough toilet paper, oh we have one roll left, ok when will I have time to get to the store today? We don't have any corn husks as a makeshift toilet paper in the mean time. 

But what happens if there is no room as a mom to breathe? When is your time to sit and think and have all the thoughts throughout the day catch up to you? Do you even get a minute or maybe a few more to collect yourself? How do you keep going when your emotions are preventing you from? Your emotions want you to stop, just for a minute, just for a hot cup of coffee to sip, gather up all that is moving at a fast pace around you and just breathe. 

How do you respond when life is like this?

Also here is a pretty photo to help you if you are feeling the above, or need decorations ideas or need inspiration on all things fall decor!

Friday Five

Here is my favorite posts of the week, the Friday Five, the opportunity to share with you some of my favorite things of the week. 
The first thing is baby girl clothes, I get it now. I get when everyone was saying they are so cute, and why they are so cute because of the sweet girls who wear the clothes. Every outfit I put Kate in every day, my heart beats a little faster in love with her. So baby girl clothes, I get it now! Especially give me all the chambray items!

The second thing is I heard on the radio actually is we invest in what makes us feel good. That is one of the reason why we use the highest quality of essential oils is because they make us feel good, whether it is physically or emotionally too.  What do you invest in that makes you feel good?

Third, you can't walked by pumpkins especially at Trader Joe's and not take photos of them. I mean it is October after all. It is no secret that October is one of the favorite months of many people and it is in my book so definitely worth mentioning in the Friday Five. 

The fourth thing I want to mention is my Acts bible study. We are three weeks into the study and my heart, every time I study His Word, draws closer to Him, becomes more in awe of the wonderfulness He is, and thankfulness for the actions of Jesus. 

Lastly, lets sing the praises of being able to wear booties and field jackets even this early in the year! 
What are some of your fall favorite items to wear?

Essential Oils - Why You Should Care

If you follow me frequently on IG, you know that my family uses essential oils, and we have for almost 4 years. It was Thieves, our first bottle we bought that got us interested in learning more. Since then we have started taking Young Living's supplements, using their home cleaning products, their personal care products, the list goes on. You might be thinking, why, should I care about essential oils? 
  1. Because essential oils have been around longer than any current essential oil company. They were used in ancient times, they were used in Biblical times. People used what they have available to them to help with issues and what was available was plants. 
  2. You should care because they work. Do you think that if they didn't work, I would still be raving about them almost 4 years later and putting them on myself, my husband and my kids every day if they were a poor product. Would I be sharing about these great essential oils if the results didn't produce over and over and over again. Would I tell you about why you need to try essential oils if we haven't felt this healthy and stay out of the offices from professionals who deal with issues of the human body because we don't have a reason to go see them i.e feeling poorly. 
  3. The science behind essential oils are legitimate. They aren't some shame thing, they aren't trying to rip you off and make you believe that these products, they work because they are proven. 
Have some more questions about essential oils? I use only Young Living oils so I will only provide answers with those oils because I have seen results using this company as I can't attest to the results by other oils, I wouldn't want to mislead you. 

I'd love to teach you more. Show you how to use your oils properly and introduce you to a lifestyle that is oils and beyond! Yes, I am a distributor, yes I do essential oils as a business but I do it because I care, and because if these oils work for me and my family, they are bound to work for yours. So if a CEO gets paid to promote his product, I can get paid to product these essential oils because they are true and real and I am just being 100%  honest with you about it as 100% honest as Young Living is with their essential oils.

Ready to sign up and start using oils? Sign up here http://bit.ly/2rCmdud! Once you sign up, I'll contact you, send you a bunch of educational materials and make sure you use your oils! So whether you want to use essential oils to reach your 

or use them for a great day using the great day protocol. 
Essential oils really can change your life. Believe the hype or at least give in and start with just one bottle as my family did, you never know where that one bottle can lead.

Want some more pretty photo of essential oils and suggestions of what you should order? Take a look!
 This combo can help with issues that occur when trees start to blossom and then stuff flies in the air.

Tree oils are great for promoting calmness, supporting the ability to fall asleep and they just smell great diffused especially in the fall!