We unearthed this little gem just in time for Mother’s Day next week, it still brings us to tears and makes us laugh! We hope you all still love it, too!
Happy Saturday, everyone! One of our top posts ever is regarding our use of Essential Oils and the below graphic about how to combine essential oils to help with any of your Summertime health issues! Lately we’ve been getting loads of questions regarding that post, so we wanted to update with a new post so those of you using a RSS reader wouldn’t miss it. So here are some frequently asked questions for anyone those who have asked!
We all use DoTerra brand Essential Oils because they are the purest we’ve found. Meaning they aren’t diluted with alcohol and other additives, and they are super safe – most can even be ingested. As mothers, when our kids aren’t feeling well, when they are acting out or in ways not normal to their nature, its easy to get frustrated and feel helpless. Using oils has been such an awesome addition to our arsenal. An additional way to help them, to give us peace of mind, to be able to have another option to try when waiting for results feels like torture!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know I’ve started a little place for my cooking called @jennaskitchen. It’s been such a fun space for me to share my journey through two Whole30 programs and recipes that I enjoy making! In the process I started a collaboration with Melanie Burk who took something I said on Instagram and made it in to a beautiful piece of art. I love it. And the more I read it the more I truly understand how much this journey has impacted my life.
The last five weeks have truly been the most difficult of my life. Oh wait just kidding, the last year! I’ve been a single mom these last five weeks while my husband is out of town working (hats off to all you permanently single moms you are my HERO) & it’s truly left me feeling so vulnerable & alone. And as much as I want to have ANOTHER pity party on here, I’ll save you and myself from the agony. Let’s just say this year keeps dishing out all sorts of obstacles, trials and frustrations which had let me to a very destructive relationship with food. I used it to be happy, used it to be sad and used it and abused it for every other excuse in the book until I was sluggish, self loathing and depressed by how far I had lost my former healthy life! I decided to gain back control of this area of my life at a time when I can’t seem to control much else. This idea that I have one thing in my day that I manage, that is just my very own and that in turn makes me feel awesome, really has carried me through!
I like to share with people that I am not naturally thin. It takes a TON of work for me to be healthy & fit. I can’t eat anything I want & when I do, I look like the left picture (a few months after I had my second son.) I can go on and on about healthy foods and how crucial they are to our lifestyle, health and well-being, but let me just report that the affects go way beyond pounds lost. What you gain is far more then what you lose in the game of wholesome eating. So with this growing community on Instagram having a desire to eat clean & gain a healthy lifestyle, we are asking you readers if you would be interested in having more healthy posts here! Perhaps on a separate page…or even an email subscription list with recipes & workouts for busy women. Let us know your thoughts!
We promised the link to our latest segment on the TV show Studio 5! Check out our 10 favorite baby shower gifts right here! We are so certain you’ll love these gifts we’re giving away two Saranoni blankets on our Instagram today! Head here to enter.
We were so touched by all the entries for the Jonas Paul Eyewear giveaway, so many dedicated parents who want the best for their kids! Jonas Paul noticed too, and wanted to offer this discount for any of you who are looking for frames or sunglasses for your kids! 20% using “SMALLFRY20″
If you’ve had a baby or been in the labor and delivery room, you know exactly what this is. It might even conjure some memories – amazing and painful as they may be. Emily has special ties to them and created a DIY for Mother’s Day! We’ll let her explain:
“I remember when I had Hayes, my little sister was in the room with us taking pictures (and likely being scarred for life.) I opted for a natural delivery and really had no idea what I was getting her into, nevertheless she was the most amazing support and she captured one photo I couldn’t seem to get over. She took a picture of the contractions monitoring chart. I looked at that photo often: its spikes and dips, the space between the two shortening until eventually the chart stopped tracking – Hayes was born! I think about that chart a lot, how it represents so many things about motherhood all in one image. The anticipation, the highs and lows, the heartbreak and the heart-bursting we experience at any given moment. How much we worry and plan and long to hold them. That moment in time where we cross over to a new life, and we become a new person. A mom! Where forevermore a piece of heart walks around outside of our body.
When I pitched this idea to Nicole and Jenna I was totally apprehensive because the concept is so weird. Maybe even a little morbid if you don’t know the back story. But, I wanted a way to display that feeling, to stand as a reminder that I wanted this role, so badly. Since I was a little girl. I diapered baby dolls, flyered my neighborhood for babysitting jobs, I cried at every month that passed waiting to get pregnant just five years ago. This is the part of my life I am most passionate about, and when the days are long and my patience is short, having this print in my home is an immediate reminder of all of those things.
Here’s how I did it… I measured poster board to fit in a standard Ikea 19×27 frame. I went off my own contractions photo, and just eye-balled the last few contractions before the big moment on March 10th, 2010 at 11:12 pm. I painted a poster board with black acrylic paint, ending it with a red heart. Let it dry completely and then drop it in the frame!
It might only hold this sort of meaning for me, but if you’re looking for a fresh idea that is simple and filled with symbolism to gift a mother in your life, or a reminder for yourself, this couldn’t be easier!”
Celebrating mothers continues today with a free printable by Collected Blog to create a gift for all the wonderful mother-figures in your life! Print it off and give it to teachers, friends, sisters, and anyone who has played this role in your life! To help us make these printables come to life, Dove sent their favorite Dark Chocolates! Dark chocolate is such a great upgrade to regular milk chocolate, it’s filled with anti-oxidants and has several other health benefits, as if we needed a reason to enjoy!
The printable (download below!) has four candy wrappers, “Happy Mother’s Day” “Have a Nap and Some Chocolate” in a couple sizes for the large and small Dove bars, and “I love you more than chocolate”, too!
To dress it up and add even more color we stuck in a few of the chocolates that come in the Dove Bag of Promises…
The printable is all sized and ready to go for Dove’s large and small bars, so all you need to do is send to your favorite printer, cut out and tape or glue on!
Which we couldn’t help but try a few flavors, here are our favorites – Mint and Dark Chocolate Swirl not pictured, because they were all already eaten. Oops!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, good mothers deserve the world, but a Dove bar is an excellent place to start! See how our fellow Dove-lovers styled their chocolate into Mother’s Day gifts via Dove’s Twitter and Facebook pages!
Printable design by Collected Blog for Small Fry.
Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or Momtrends.