3.13.2018

Spring Baskets & Gift Guide

One of my favorite things as Spring approaches is putting together Spring Baskets for my girls. You can see what I put in last year's baskets here. Having three little girls makes everything sweet but especially at their current ages I feel like I had so many options of what to fill them with & I had so much fun!


I love doing a mix of practical things they'll use (books, pajamas, sunglasses, bubble bath) as well as some fun things I know the girls will play with every day. I picked some new clothes for the warmer weather & the cutest swimsuits by one of my favorite brands, Tea Collection, a few new sets of their favorite Maileg Mice from My Sweet Muffin, bows & bracelets, hair clips and for Della, some new cuddly things! I always try to choose baskets that aren't traditional Easter baskets so they can be reused around the house instead of sitting in storage for 364 days out of the year ;) Last year I used Pehr Designs Pint Bins and now we use them for their toys, dolls and shoes. This year I fell in love with these darling wire baskets from the Hearth & Hand line and I know the girls will love carrying things around the house in them and I'll also use them for decor and in our kitchen.

One of my very favorite parts of their baskets is something that doesn't actually fit in them -- new floral rainboots from London Littles! Olivia and Poppy love puddle jumping (and I swear they can spot a puddle a mile away) and I love all things floral, so these seemed like the perfect addition. I even got Della a pair so she can be just like her big sisters.


OLIVIA'S BASKET:


PENELOPE'S BASKET:


ADALINE'S BASKET:
Briar Handmade Spring Bonnets
{Use code NEST15 for 15% off your purchase through the end of March}


Other favorite items to fill baskets with are new art supplies, bubbles (the perfect backyard entertainment as the weather warms up), stickers or small bath toys. Once it arrives, I'll be adding the Tubby Sweets Bundle, with one bottle in each of their baskets. We did this last year and it was perfect!

What are you gifting this Spring?? Have you filled your little one's baskets or are you still on the hunt for the perfect thing??

3.02.2018

spring playlist

We always have music on, whether in the car, on my phone or through our Google Home in the kitchen, especially when I'm cooking dinner. The girls love to dance and I'm convinced you just can't be in a bad mood when you're listening to good music, so I thought it would be fun to share a few favorites of ours that have been on repeat lately! 


Hope some new tunes get your weekend started right!! XO

2.22.2018

5 of our favorite traditions

It's been awhile since I've posted on here and as I was folding the laundry last night a post idea came to me that I wanted to share right away with you guys!! After (almost) 5 years of being a Mom and especially as our family has grown, we've added so many special traditions in to our everyday routine. For us, we often do them without thinking but for many of you they might be totally new or spark other ideas of how to have some extra fun and make your days with your kids a little more special!!


one / Taco Dates

Perhaps one of my favorite things ever, twice a month Olivia and I go out for tacos for lunch (and chips & guacamole of course). We both love tacos and it's an excuse to get out of the house, just the two of us, and really spend some uninterrupted time together. Olivia is my best little helper -- when she's not at school, she's at home helping me dress her sisters, fold laundry, empty the dishwasher etc. Two nights ago we were eating lasagna and Olivia stood next to Adaline, feeding her with a spoon and said, "I'll feed Della, Mama, so you can eat your food while it's hot." I just melted when she said that. She has such a servant heart!! As a way to celebrate her, I love taking her to lunch, talking & listening with her, asking her questions, laughing and just being together. If you have an older child that you could do this with, even if it was one time a month, I highly recommend it. Maybe it's not lunch and instead it's going to a coffee shop for hot cocoa or going out for icecream or to the book store to choose a new book...whatever they love, integrate more one on one dates with your child in to your routine. Especially for the oldest child who was used to being the only one but now has younger siblings and has to share you, it fills them up so much!!

two / Painting Pajamas

Our girls love art. They ask to color or paint multiple times a day, every single day. I was getting tired of always scrubbing their clothes (even if they weren't wearing anything special) and painting had become such a chore because I dreaded the mess it always created and the laundry that piled up. Then it dawned on me: just like a child has "play" clothes for the park, we are going to have an outfit that the girls can put on any time they want to paint, that I won't ever scrub the paint out of, and then I'll toss it once they've outgrown it. Of course, pajamas are basically the most fun thing to wear ever, so a few times a year I buy a very inexpensive pair of pajamas for both Olivia & Penelope and anytime they want to paint, they know they need to put on their painting pajamas. Theirs are covered in every color imaginable and even though I wash them each week, the stains are definitely staying. They love putting them on and getting out their painting supplies and I don't care how messy they get, a total win-win.

three / Bedtime Calm

I'm pretty sure our girls would snack all day long if we let them, and I feel like 10 minutes after dinner, they are already asking for more snacks!! Instead of getting in the habit of a bedtime snack each night, we make our girls a calm drink (they sell it at Whole Foods & online). I've shared about this supplement in the past, because Dustin and I both drink this one, but it's basically a liquid magnesium supplement that tastes fruity and sweet. Studies have suggested that more than 60% of people in the world are deficient in magnesium so there is a good chance you and your kids might be too. About half an hour before bed, Dustin makes Olivia and Penelope a "calm" and they sit on the couch and drink it together. Then they go upstairs to get washed up and brush their teeth. They request one every single night and the best part is...magnesium not only supports your bones, heart and mood but it relaxes you and helps you sleep!! I notice they sleep so much better after they've had one and it satisfies their craving for that bedtime snack while benefitting their little bodies!

four  / Penny Jar

I mentioned how Olivia helps me so much around the house and about a year ago (around age 3.5/4), we introduced what we call a Penny Jar. We wanted a way to reward Olivia for how much she helped and for obeying, listening, etc. that she could physically see. We did do sticker charts for awhile (especially when we potty trained her) but noticed she loved taking coins out of her piggy bank and counting them on her bed so we thought pennies would be perfect. For many of the things she does around the house, she gets a penny. If she folds her laundry and puts it away, she gets a penny. If she does something that I don't even ask her to do (like bring Penelope and Adaline's water bottles to the table at lunchtime), she gets a penny. If I have something that I need help with, I say, "I've got a penny job for you! Let me know if you want it!" About 9 out of 10 times she wants to do whatever I'm asking and then gets rewarded with a penny to put in her jar. Certain things have become part of her routine (like getting Adaline's coat on her every morning before we leave the house) that I don't give her pennies for that anymore, but I did the very first time she did it. The concept is to introduce a new task or chore, reward them for it, and then encourage them as they learn it so it becomes part of their routine and they complete the task without hesitation or needing a reward. Then when you notice something above and beyond (maybe something they've never done or something they don't do often) or you introduce a totally new task, you reward them. You can then decide if you want to offer a "big gift" like a new book, a movie night, a new toy etc. once they reach a certain amount of pennies, but really it's the process that Olivia enjoys. Working hard, helping out and earning something she can see and count. She feels good about herself and her abilities when she sees she has earned something, but because it varies how she earns them, it's not necessarily something that feels like an allowance or a chore. 

five / 3 x 3 x 3

I shared this on instagram earlier this week and so many of you commented how you want to start doing it with your kids. I don't even remember how I started but once Olivia was really able to speak in full sentences, I began asking her the same three questions every night at bedtime: What were your 3 favorite parts of the day? What 3 things are you thankful for today? What 3 things are you looking forward to? As I lay in bed with her each night, I ask her these and it gives me a beautiful look in to her heart. Sometimes her favorite parts of the day were things I completely overlooked (like eating breakfast together or reading a certain book or hearing a specific song on the radio on the way to school) and other times she shares things she is thankful for that I had never even thought of or taken the time to appreciate. I also love hearing what she is most looking forward to -- I think it's so important not only to live each day in the present as it's happening, but to make and share plans with our kids that they can look forward to and get excited about. Think about that feeling of having something awesome to look forward to, it's one of the best ever. I love knowing Olivia can experience that feeling too, each night as she thinks about what she can look forward to that week or weekend or even coming later that month. 

I hope this gives you some new ideas of fun things to do with your kids and create some new traditions in your home!! I'd love to hear how you make your day to day special and what you do in your family that others may not! Have a wonderful rest of your week!! XO

2.05.2018

february love list

We are almost a week in to February and I have so many favorite things to share!! We celebrated Adaline's Golden birthday last week when she turned 1 on February 1st. She started the day with a pumpkin muffin and wasn't quite sure what to think about the candle and singing and all the excitement (this is hands down one of my favorite photos of her ever because of her cute little expression -- she looks just like Dustin). Then that evening we had a small family party for her and had so much fun watching her dive in to a big cupcake and open her presents. This past year since she was born has gone by so fast -- I'm convinced that the more babies you have, the faster time flies by. It's so bittersweet to watch them grow so quickly but deep down I know we're not quite done having babies so there is also so much to look forward to!


I wanted to share a few of the things I've been LOVING lately!! 

one | If you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your girlfriends, your Mom or sisters, try this grapefruit & peppermint sugar scrub made using coconut oil and essential oils. It's so simple to make and you can personalize it with a cute hand stamped or hand-written tag and message. A thoughtful way to pamper the mamas in your life and it smells incredible! 

two | And if you love essential oils as much as we do, Essential Glow has become my new favorite book for all things DIY.

three | How darling is this polka dot sweatshirt?! I recently got it for Adaline and its even cuter in person. It's so Springy and fun.

four | The sweetest book we have been reading nonstop lately with the girls.

five | The espadrille sandals that have me dreaming of Spring. I got mine in cognac but they also come in black.

six | The cutest popsicle nightgowns for the girls. We love everything Tea Collection makes and their newest arrivals are so much fun. Thinking the nightgowns will have to make their way in to Olivia and Penelope's Spring baskets this year!! Also loving these cute socks for Della, this Make Waves swimsuit and this Tropical Floral swimsuit. Clearly, Summertime is on the brain over here. I blame it on being knee-deep in snow and below zero temperatures.

seven | If you're looking for a Valentine's book for your little ones, If I Wrote A Book About You is a favorite of ours. The girls have also been requesting Snow Sisters nonstop. They love reading it together and pointing out which girl is Poppy and which girl is Olivia (the one with the braids of course). They also love the kitchen baking scenes where Poppy makes scones and then a few pages later, Olivia puts the icing on, especially since we make scones together a lot. This would make a sweet gift for one sister to give to another.

eight | The coziest sleep hoodie ever. I haven't bought new pajamas in so long and stumbled upon this the other day with Olivia. It's lightweight enough to sleep in and so so soft. I have been living in it!!

nine | The book I recently picked up for myself but that would also make a great gift for a new Mom. I am always finding new books to read and my stack is ever-growing, but this one seemed like a perfect fit. Excited to dive in soon!

ten | Polka dot shoes with Poppy's name all over them. I mean, how cute?! She has outgrown her current pair of tennis shoes so I've got my eye on these for her. Bonus: Thinking they will be easy enough for her to get on and strap by herself.

eleven | The Valentine's cards I just couldn't pass up for Olivia's class party. She is so excited to pass them out to all her friends!

Hope the month of love has been wonderful for you so far!! If you've got any favorite things this month, send them my way!! XO

1.04.2018

lemon scones

In my love list last week I shared my favorite scone recipe ever. I didn't think it was possible for them to get any better and then I made a lemon version of them. Oh my goodness. Talk about the yummiest pastry I've ever tasted. I used The Pioneer Woman's basic scone recipe and then added a few of my own twists using lemon essential oil. My recipe is below.


What you'll need

SCONES
+ 3 cups all purpose flour (I used Cup4Cup gluten free flour)
+ 2/3 cup sugar
+ 5 teaspoons baking powder
+ 1/4 teaspoon salt
+ 2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, chilled
+ 1 whole large egg
+ 3/4 cups heavy cream (more if needed)
+ Zest of two lemons
+ Young Living's Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

GLAZE
+ 4 cups powedered sugar, sifted
+ 1/2 cup whole milk
+ Zest of one lemon
+ 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
+ Young Living's Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

What you'll do

1. Start by pouring heavy cream into a bowl and add the zest of two lemons, plus 8-10 drops Lemon Vitality EO; set aside

2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt

3. Cut cold butter into pats and using a pastry blender (or your hands), cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles crumbs

4. Add an egg in to the lemon cream (from Step 1) and whisk gently

5. Combine lemon cream with flour mixture; stir gently with a fork until it just comes together (do not overmix); if it seems too crumbly, add a splash of heavy cream (I always need to add a little)

6. Turn dough on to a floured surface and lightly press together until it forms a rough rectangle (mixture will be pretty crumbly but should stay together enough to form)

7. Using a rolling pin, roll the rectangle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick 

8. Use a knife to trim into a symmetrical rectangle, then cut the rectangle in to 12 symmetrical squares/rectangles. Next, cut each square diaganolly to end up with two small triangles (if you dont get 12 squares, use leftover dough to repeat process)

9. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill in fridge 15-20 minutes

10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

11. While scones are chilling, time to whip up your glaze! In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup whole milk with the zest of one lemon. Stir in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Then add 8-10 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil. If glaze needs to be thinned out, use lemon juice.

12. After scones have chilled, bake for 17-18 minutes, removing them from the oven just before they start to turn golden. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.

13. Once they've cooled, dip each scone in to the glaze on one side, then the other, to fully coat it. Transfer to parchment paper (I use the parchment I baked them on and flip it over) or wire cooling rack. Allow the glaze to set completely, about an hour. 

14. Store in sealed glass container for 2-4 days. I usually take half my batch and freeze them that night in a freezer bag and then leave the rest out to enjoy! 

Using the Lemon Vitality gave them such an incredible lemon flavor. Wish I could send each of you one, I am already ready to make them again!! To see lots more ways we love using essential oils, follow along on instagram @blessednestessentials. Hope your New Year is off to the best start!! XO

12.27.2017

love list

Happy Wednesday! All 3 girls are napping at the exact same time this afternoon so I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things we've been loving lately! I have been taking some very intentional breaks from blogging and instagram to focus on my girls and to be present for every moment, especially when it feels like time is passing much too fast. I know I will never regret the time I spent with them. So thanks for your patience while things are quiet!! 

Dustin went back to work today after almost a week off and although we miss him, it feels so good to be back to our normal routine. All our Christmas decorations are down and the house is clean & quiet. We kept gifts super simple this year and mainly gave the girls a bunch of art supplies, a few new books and things to occupy them. Best decision ever ;)

one | This darling bead set is 50% off. We gave it to Olivia for Christmas and she has made necklaces for everyone in our family; she asks to do beads every morning when she wakes up. Her and Penelope love play jewelry and instead of buying it for them, I figured giving them something to make their own would be even better. It would also make a great birthday gift for your little girl! Poppy is 2 and can use it with supervision but its best for kids 4 and up. 


two | The cutest book comes out next week and I can't wait to give it to the girls as a New Year's gift (is there such a thing??). We put all our Christmas books away yesterday and are now filling their book shelves with some old favorites and some new ones. This one is also releasing next week and this series is one of our favorites so I'm excited to add it to our collection.

three | This sweet potato waffle breakfast sandwich recipe has been on my brain since I came across it last week. Planning to make them this weekend for NYE brunch!

four | If you're dreaming of Springtime like I am, I can't wait to put this chambray dress on Della. Sizes 12-18 months up to 5T. On sale + an extra 20% off {no code needed}.

five | One of the gifts we gave Olivia this year for Christmas was this stencial art kit. Perfect for quiet time or rainy days inside.

six | The cutest floral shirt {on sale!} that I picked up for Adaline last week. Even cuter in person.

seven | My best friend first made these vanilla bean scones for me last year and they were one of the yummiest treats ever. I made them on Christmas Eve for our whole family and they were a huge hit. We've got a batch in the freezer for easy breakfasts (they are great paired with scrambled eggs) and just a few left on our counter because they're that good. Tips: Chill cut scones on baking sheet for 15-20 minutes before baking and don't overmix. If dough is way too crumbly to even form (which it usually is), add a splash of heavy cream!


eight | I've shared our love of essential oils here on the blog as an integral part of pursing a natural lifesyle, and if you're not yet following along, jump on over to my oils account @blessednestessentials where you can learn so much more. We started using oils in 2015 after Penelope was born, mainly because I was just curious what all the hype was about and figured, "Why not?" Here we are, over two years later and my only regret was that I didn't start sooner. 

If you are tired of having sick kids, need sleep suport for yourself and your little ones, want to ditch the chemicals and create a natural home or just improve your health + wellness by integrating oils in to your daily routine, let 2018 be the year to do that!! Starting on your oil journey is an investment in yourself + your family and how often, as busy Moms, do we get to invest in ourselves? I'll be offering a special New Years promotion for anyone who joins my team so watch for that on my @blessednestessentials account!! These 3 oils above are hands down favorites for my girls.

What has been on your radar lately?? Are you going out or staying in for New Years this weekend?! We've got a date night on Friday and then will be ringing in the New Year with our girl squad at home on Sunday. We are excited for all that is ahead in 2018!! XO

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