Witch’s Brew with Young Living

I’ve been using YL essential oils for about 3 years now. I shared this on my essential oils blog a while back, but since I don’t post there very often anymore, I wanted to share here, too!

WITCH’S BREW

2 quarts fresh apple cider

1 orange, sliced (leave the orange peel on)

3 drops YL Lemon Essential Oil

1 drop YL Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

1 drop Nutmeg Essential Oil

1 drop Clove Essential Oil

Combine all and simmer for 10 minutes or so…

Strain into glass (it’s super cute in mason jars, too!)

Garnish with a few cinnamon sticks and ta-da! 

Enjoy my friends! xo

(Recipe originally posted on the Young Living blog)

flowers + milk

This weekend I treated the girls to a flower + milk bath. Have you ever had one? I made one for myself when I was pregnant and it was calming and so pretty. I knew they’d love the idea and of course they both were so excited to help sprinkle in the powdered milk and put the flowers into the water. They always think it’s a little bit special to get to bathe in our big tub, anyway, so it was something fun for them to do while Caleb was napping.DSC_0856If you’re interested in trying, go for it! Don’t be intimidated and don’t think it’s only for special occasions! It’s a perfect way to break up the monotony of daily bath time and it can be super relaxing. Why not make a nice afternoon bath a little extra special? Collage4DSC_0901Collage1DSC_0873DSC_0912The carnation flowers were a bit heavy and kept tipping over, so I gently opened them up and that helped. The chamomile flowers were perfect, they floated well and were simple and pretty. I tried this with dahlias once before and they started falling apart almost immediately, so this definitely isn’t for every flower! 😉 For the milk, I just used some inexpensive powdered milk from the grocery store. If you google “milk bath” I believe there are some other ways to achieve the milk bath look, but this worked just fine for us. Collage2DSC_0940Finally, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, light a candle or two, grab your favorite book and enjoy for yourself, or treat your kiddos to a day at the “spa”! DSC_0948DSC_0945DSC_0963Collage3DSC_1014Collage7DSC_1092DSC_1104DSC_0982DSC_1079

Splish, splash! Enjoy!

xo

Renee

Madelyn is wearing a favorite suit by Minnowswim

Kora is in a J. Crew suit that used to be Madelyn’s

Christmastime

It’s here, it’s here! We are smack dab in the middle of the season and the countdown is ON! It’s the first Christmas at our new home, so it was fun unpacking all of our Christmas bins and sprucing up our home for the first time. It actually inspired me to finally hang things on the walls and I turned the built-in bar (that we don’t use) into a hot coco bar (which Madelyn now uses daily). It’s been a process, though. My kids were sick after Thanksgiving and so I could only do things here and there, but it got done and we even did some gingerbread house building, orange drying and marshmallow making in the last few weeks. Decorating for Christmas has been one of my favorite things since I was a little girl and I’m constantly looking for inspiration on Pinterest. It’s so fun! I also finally got my little tree in a basket this year. I was so giddy about that! This season creeps up on us so quickly and I’m trying to savor every moment! Merry, merry Christmas!