Favorite Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas is my favorite holiday! This whole holiday season is one of my very favorite times of year! There’s just so much fun stuff that’s going on – music, decorations, trees, parties, family get togethers, picking out gifts, and so much more!

As a child, we had a cute little advent calendar that hung on our hallway closet door, just below our stairs. There was a little yellow star that moved to a new pocket/date each day. My brother and I each got to move it every other day (this avoided racing down the stairs to beat the other!). Of course, as we got older, we realized that YOU wanted to be the one to move the star to its final pocket – Christmas Eve. Fortunately, our mom has a good memory and would remember whose “year” it was. These are the kinds of Christmas memories that I love! And I love that my mom still has the same little calendar hanging in her dining room.

My brother and I may not live at home anymore, but Mom and I are still able to do an advent calendar “together.” Thanks, technology! The past several years, we have been faithful to this Continue reading

Starting Your Day at Disneyland

Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but it can also be one of the busiest places on earth! Learning to use your time wisely and going in prepared can make all the difference between a super fun day and a stressful day.

When my husband and I visit the parks, our goal is to maximize our time so that we can get as much done as possible during the day – rides, shows, food, and all the other fun things Disneyland has to offer. We’ve learned lots of tricks along the way to make that happen, but I think that my best suggestion is this: start your day out right!

Yes, that means that we get up early, even on our vacation. But it’s SO WORTH it! Mornings are the slowest the parks are going to be all day, so Continue reading

Disneyland & Oils

It’s probably no secret by now that Disneyland is my happy place! My husband and I have had the opportunity to visit for the past 3 years, and each trip just gets better and better! I’ve learned more about the parks, getting on rides efficiently, and just having a FUN time.

Of course, one of the most important parts of having fun is feeling good! Between traveling (we fly), tons of walking, early mornings, late nights, junk food, and well, just being on vacation, it can be a lot on our bodies. But it’s worth it and so much fun!

The title of the post gives it away, but one of my favorite tools for making sure that we feel our best on vacation are oils – plus various oily products. And guess what? We made it to Disneyland and back (7 days total) COMPLETELY above the wellness line. Love it! Here’s a quick list of what I used Continue reading

Meal Planning + Prepping

Meal planning and preparation were hard for me to incorporate into my weekly routine. Though I’m not entirely sure why, because, really, it’s not that hard. It just takes a little bit of time and the more you do it, the more efficient you become! Now, I am able to  look forward to having  extra time during the week that I would have otherwise spent in the kitchen.

Part of the reason this works so well for us is Continue reading

Lemon Trifle

Lemon! One of our family’s favorite flavors and in one of our favorite forms: a trifle. I personally love how easy trifles are to make. Its pretty layered look is easy to assemble, and also easy to serve.

We’ve made this recipe for years, and it’s always a HUGE hit whether for holidays, birthdays, or catered events. It has a shortbread crust layer, a tangy lemon layer, and lastly a cheesecake-like layer. Individually they are all are good , but even better Continue reading

Acure Hydrating Conditioner

Finding the right hair products can be a challenge! When you are trying to find healthy alternatives, it can be even more of a challenge! Add to that extreme sensitivity to fragrances, and your options are quite limited!!!

For years, I tried to find hair products that my nose/head could tolerate! I tried many salon brands and also tried some drugstore brands. I usually found that if a product did work Continue reading

Fresh Harvest Cafe | Florence, Oregon

I love when we find fun little restaurants on our travels! This unassuming cafe is one of them! It’s located on Highway 101 in Florence on the north end of town. We’ve never really had a “favorite” spot in Florence, so we’re glad to have discovered a place now that we can look forward to returning to next time.

I’ve been to Florence countless times, but hadn’t noticed this cafe before. It’s a quaint yellow Continue reading

What Wellness Means to Me

Wellness is a term that seems to get thrown around a lot these days – not in a bad way, but in a “general” way. It means different things to different people. Even in the course of my own life, my definition of wellness has changed.

To preface a bit, my wellness journey – even though I had no idea it would become that – started when I was just 14. I broke into full-body hives and had them every single day for years. I was on all kinds of nasty medication, like prednisone, just to keep them under control so life was bearable. To keep a long story short, my mom (who also has chronic hives) found us a naturopath/medical doctor who worked with us. My hives eventually Continue reading

Omiana Vegan Primer Review

I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t have a ton of experience with makeup primers. In fact, the only one I’ve ever used is the bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer. But, in our journey to choose healthy makeup products without harmful ingredients, it was time to find something new! My eyelids are far too creased to get away without using a primer!

First I tried Beautycounter’s CONCEALER PEN, which worked fine as a concealer, but not as a primer. So, on to the next thing! I’ve loved all Continue reading

Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen Review

Concealer is a girl’s best friend sometimes, isn’t it? This pen is the TOUCHUP SKIN CONCEALER PEN by Beautycounter. You can read our full review of the company HERE.

The main reason that I purchased this pen was actually two-fold: concealer + eye shadow primer. My eye shadow primer was one of my unhealthy makeup products that I had not yet replaced because I hadn’t found a worthy replacement. I have some serious creases in my eyelids, so Continue reading