How the heck is it Friday already?? Seriously, this week zoomed by. It’s been kind of a blur to be honest with you. After coming back from our little trip in Waco I’ve been feeling so inspired and motivated to do-all-the-things-right-now. I have ideas out the wazoo–like writing and launching an e-book, starting online design services, creating a weekly newsletter full of tips and tricks, etc etc. I was actually starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything I wanted to get done and I had to stop and remind myself to just slow down and breathe. Does that ever happen to you? It’s like your mind goes crazy thinking of all the things you could or should be doing and then you suddenly feel like a huge slacker. I do that a lot actually. But the truth is this blog has become my passion and I could easily spend 10 hours a day working on it–I absolutely love it. I just have to remind myself this is a one-woman show and I can’t do it all. I have a family and little people to take care of, which will always be my first priority. And as much as I’d love to put my 241 ideas into action right now, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. And that’s ok. I’ll keep doing my thing and plugging along, taking one thing at a time. You know what they say, slow and steady wins the race. Right?? I hope so. Anyway, that’s enough rambling. Let’s get on with today’s post, which is all about 5 awesome things I am loving right now!
Essential Oil Diffuser
I’ve had this diffuser from Amazon for about a year now. I used it occasionally, but over the past few months I’ve become really interested in using more non-toxic products in our home like essential oils and other natural alternatives. Since then I’ve been using this guy every day. My favorite oil to diffuse is lavender, it’s just so calming and refreshing. But I also love using it with grapefruit oil (helps ward off illness), sweet orange (improves mood & energy) and peppermint (helps with congestion). There are sooooo many health benefits to using a diffuser–I’d say it’s probably my favorite way to use essential oil. Plus I think it’s especially perfect for springtime when I’m craving a clean and fresh house.
Raven + Lily Fair Trade Soap
During out trip to Magnolia Market I discovered the most amazing handmilled soap from Raven + Lily. I bought the honey and oatmeal scent and it’s ammmmmaazzzzing. This little bar makes the entire room smell like heaven. After getting it home and realizing how awesome it was, I did a quick Google search to find more. That’s when I discovered that Raven + Lily is an incredible company that works to alleviate poverty among women in economically-challenged countries like Pakistan, India, and Ethiopia. They employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to safe jobs, sustainable income, health care, and education. They’re doing amazing work. One thing I haven’t mentioned here on the blog is my passion for empowering women in developing nations. That passion actually took me to Uganda in 2009 with the amazing organization One City Ministries, which was an experience that completely changed my outlook on life. After that I worked with several nonprofit organizations that empower women around the world, such as She’s the First and Project Education South Sudan. So the mission of Raven + Lily is very near and dear to my heart. And this soap is the bomb.com.
I’m a sucker for big bags, especially a good weekender bag. I picked this one up from Target before our trip to Waco last weekend and it worked perfectly for my in-flight carry on. Plus it has plenty of space and compartments for all kinds of fun goodies–big and small. I think it’s the perfect bag for trips to the pool this summer and weekend getaways.
Just a happy pregnant lady, shopping away at an antique store in Waco with my weekender bag.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer
You guys, I have a confession. I’m a bit of a foundation junkie–it’s by far my favorite makeup product. I finally tried this Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer after hearing so many good things about it and I have to say–it is awesome. Definitely one of the best foundations I’ve ever used. Not only does it last all day, but the coverage is amazing and it doesn’t get greasy. Plus it doesn’t break me out, which is a ginormous bonus in my book. I think I’ll be sticking with this one for a while.
Happy Farms Seed Company Pillow
Say howdy to my new favorite pillow! How cute is this?! I absolutely love the “happy farms” slogan and it’s the perfect addition to my out-of-control-pillow-obsession. I tell ya, a girl can never have too many cute pillows. This one is really well made and it’s from the CoverLove on Etsy, which is run by the sweetest gal, Courtney. She has a ton of adorable farmhouse style options, but she also makes custom pillows. And she gives 15% off with the code INSTAGRAMLOVE. Score!
Well that’s all for me today peeps. I hope you enjoyed this post–I think it’s a fun way to share more about myself and some of the random things I’m loving at the moment. And I’m thinking maybe something like this should become a regular thing around here. Let me know what you think!
Before I go, I want to take a minute to thank you all for your support. Really, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to do what I love and have such incredible people reading my blog. I never take it for granted and I just hope you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you. The encouragement and kindness you give me on a daily basis is more than I could have ever imagined. This blogging world can be tough at times, so it truly means so much to have you in my corner. I just feel so insanely blessed by all. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Have a fabulous weekend my sweet friends!!