You have to love Social Media and how it can spread things like wildfire. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. And of course, the pin thin models propped ever so perfectly on pool lounge chairs with sun-kissed glowing skin. I know half the world is buzzing about the whole “Fake Social Media” craze that has erupted over the last couple of days and as much as I am guilty for stopping too long at a stop sign to snap that beautiful sunset photo for Instagram, I am pro-Social Media because of all the good it does and awareness it brings. Plus, what am I really guilty of? Wanting to share something as beautiful as a sunset with my friends and family? I honestly, don’t see any wrong or “fake” in that – but on to a lighter topic. When I found The Small Seed’s “Give With Thanks” challenge I was a little disheartened that we need things such as “challenges” to promote doing good – but at the same time happy that there are things like this to remind us because amongst Social Media we can quickly get swept away with superficial things and often lose sight of the good that Social Media can bring.

I love the idea of giving back and spreading cheer throughout the year and this season is perfect for that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to volunteer at a Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving but have found that the list was full! So I’ve found other ways to donate my time and believe it or not, these small acts add up. Even though Hera is a little young to completely comprehend the impact that “doing good” has, I’d like to think that I’m instilling kindness into her subconscious. Plus, I can’t tell you how excited she gets when she adds a leaf to her tree. So this month, or any month really, I invite you to join in on this challenge and let’s spread a little love and kindness around the world and show what good Social Media is capable of. Lord knows we need it.

For more information on Give With Thanks, visit The Small Seed.

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A Sweet Baby Shower.

I just wanted to share a couple of the details from my cousin’s baby shower from this past weekend. It was so nice to have her visiting from the East Coast and to be able to shower her with love (and gifts!) Alexis, from AE&Co did an amazing job of transforming my house into a beautiful woodland scene perfect for welcoming a sweet baby boy. Everything was definitely in the details at this little party, from the vintage depression glass to mother of pearl flatware. We cannot wait to head back East early next year to meet this little guy. He has no idea how loved he already is. We’re patiently awaiting your arrival, little one.A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, especially you Alexis. Check her out here.

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Natural Ant Spray

We just came back from a wonderful trip from the East Coast to home full of ants, not quite the “welcome home” party I was expecting. With this abnormally hot summer/fall we’ve been having in Los Angeles lately has really brought out all the creepy critters. So to combat this I went straight to my essential oils and concocted an all natural “ant spray” to take back my home. I love this stuff because not only is it effective but it smells great and I know it’s safe to use around my daughter.

Natural Ant Spray

1 Cup of Distilled Water
½ Cup of Witch Hazel
20-25 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
20-25 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 drops of Clove Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. This works great because the blend of oils help masks their scent trails as well as contains natural occurring chemicals, which are safe to humans but toxic to ants. Spray as needed or around the baseboards and entry ways to prevent ants from visiting.

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Elderberry + Chamomile Popsicles

It’s been one of those whirlwind weeks so I’m not surprised that the we’re sick. My poor little girl is pushing through this head cold like a trooper but I on the other hand am moping around like 13-year old complaining of a sore throat. We’re currently diffusing peppermint and lemon throughout the house and I’ve been gulping down chamomile tea and honey. After rubbing a little lavender on the bottoms of Hera’s feet and putting her down for a nap, I went to the kitchen to throw out the remaining chamomile tea that had gone cold; then I thought, why not freeze it into popsicles. This way Hera could enjoy a little of my favorite cold remedy as well. To make them prettier and pack more of a “cold-busting punch” I added a little bit of Elderberry syrup to the popsicle molds. Elderberry is awesome for fighting colds; it boosts the immune system while also fighting of upper respiratory infections by reducing mucous secretions and swelling of the passages, which means less discomfort and trouble breathing and soothing coughs! You can add in a little lemon and honey into the tea which I usually do, but I skipped on the honey for the popsicles since the elderberry syrup basically does what the honey does, plus more.

Elderberry + Chamomile Popsicles
Makes a Dozen Popsicles

4 Cups of Boiling Water (We use Alkaline Water in our home, you can read more about it here.)
6 Bags of Organic Chamomile Tea
Natural Elderberry Syrup
The Juice of 1 Lemon
Honey, optional

Method //
Steep the chamomile tea in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. If you’d like to add honey, do so while the tea is still hot. Transfer the tea to the fridge to chill.

Add about ½ ounces of the Elderberry syrup to bottom of your popsicle molds. Add a few drops of the lemon juice to the syrup followed by a splash of water. Place the popsicle molds into the freezer and allow them to freeze for about 20 minutes.

Once the tea has chilled, fill the remainder of the popsicle mold with the chilled tea. Add popsicle sticks and return to the fridge. Allow the popsicles to fully freeze for about 2 hours. Enjoy! (… and feel better!)

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Hello there, old friend.

After a brief moment of panic when I accidentally deleted my hosting account, therefore losing my entire blog, I pleaded with my hosting account (and paid a lot of money) for them to access their emergency servers to retrieve all of my blog data (a.k.a. years of memories) that were floating aimlessly around in the vas interwebs so that I could get back to my roots, sort to speak. With my daughter, turning 2 in December, things have finally fallen into routine, this mama wants to get back into the swing of things herself. So for all the hiatuses that I have taken, this one definitely deserves an apology. I’m sorry. But I’m back. With Fall right around the corner and us finally moved into our new home, there is just too much that I have to share!

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Create // Halloween Boo’s!

One of my favorite memories of Halloween as a child was going “boo’ing”. If you’re not familiar with this tradition then you are seriously missing out. I haven’t been “boo’ing” since I was about 10 years old but the thought of going again has crossed my mind every year since. Now that we have Hera to celebrate Halloween with this year, I thought it was time to start up this tradition again! Even though she may only be 9 months old, it won’t stop me from using her as an excuse to spread a little Halloween cheer. Okay, so for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to explain: Boo’ing is when you wrap up little baskets filled with Halloween treats and secretly deliver them to your friends. Once you’ve received your “Boo!” you place a sign in your window letting others know that you have already been “boo’d”. You then make two copies of the little notes inside, make two Halloween treat bags, and then secretly deliver them to two of your friends that have yet to be “boo’d”. It’s so fun to see the neighborhood streets become lined with “We’ve Been Boo’d!” signs as Halloween draws nearer and nearer and it’s such a simple way to spread some festive cheer. I’ve been counting down the days until October 1st so Hera and I can set out to “Boo!”. I thought I’d share with you guys the little treat bags I put together for Hera’s friends along with some free printable “Boo!” signs and notes that I whipped up for you to do your own Boo’ing! So have at it!

Every year we go to our family friend’s big Halloween Party; last year I was pregnant – so this will be Hera’s first Halloween! I cannot wait to take her to the pumpkin patch! If you follow me on Instagram then you have already seen Hera’s Halloween costume I have been working on. She’s going as Little Red Riding Hood! I’ve yet to still figure out what I’m going to be, I was kind of thinking about being the BIG BAD WOLF! What do you think? Do you guys have any awesome Halloween traditions?

Want to go “Boo’ing” in your neighborhood? Download Your Boo Signs Here! // Boo Poem + Instructions, “We’ve Been Boo’d!” Sign

For our “Boo!” Bags I hand drew the children’s name in a metallic paint pen and filled them with fun (and cheap!) treasures we picked up such as: a “design your own” coffee mug, some stickers, classic spider rings and some sweet treats! I also found some super cute ribbon that resembled spiderwebs at Michael’s Craft store that I couldn’t resist. It was only $1! I tied on a few seasonal findings that I had laying around and viola! A cute, fun and festive little goody bag for our “spook”tacular friends! (And yes, I’m going to be that cheesy person with horrible Halloween jokes, don’t get me started on my “Howl”aween Dog Treats I made last year! Hope you guys have as much fun spreading a little Halloween cheer as we did!

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October 6, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Julie - I CANNOT wait to go Boo’ing! That is such a great idea, and the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer!