1 Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug

Chocolate makes everything a little better doesn’t it?

I’m always on the hunt for chocolate snacks that satisfy with my sweet tooth without overloading me on the sugar!

Note: If you didn’t know, I have struggled with Gestational Diabetes with each of my pregnancies, here’s some info on how I beat it naturally!

Given my history and just being honest with myself, if I don’t find sweet things (with chocolate hopefully!) that is satisfying I’m going to end up chowing down on cookies or ice cream. read more

A Baby Journal You Will Actually Use!

So be honest with me…

How many of you were actually good about putting things in your children’s “Baby Books”?

My eldest daughter Aidalyn found her baby book when were going through some things in her room, and she guilted me pretty hard on not having much of anything in it! Total #MomWin right there 

I love the idea of using a Baby book to remember things that I KNOW I’ll end up forgetting, but a written book just wasn’t cutting it for me. read more

DIY Holiday Coffee Sugar Scrub

The holidays are here! Which means a great opportunity for some homemade gift ideas to share or just to treat yourself!

This season also means drier air which means we can’t ignore our skin –

I love making these homemade sugar scrubs because they are so fun and easy too – Plus, this is the perfect way for me to keep my skin healthy all through the winter.

Watch How to Make DIY Holiday Coffee Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

1/2 cup of coconut oil

1 cup of ground coffee

3 tablespoons of sugar

10 drops of Defend

Directions

Mix all ingredients in glass bowl and store in container with lid. read more

DIY: Holiday Scented Pinecones

The best thing about fall is the holiday scents… what am I saying? The best thing about fall is EVERYTHING!! 

 

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But mama can’t be simmering a pot of apple cider on the stove every day, amiright?

and I don’t love burning candles… fires and kids sort of make me visualize this happening in my house:

 

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Plus, you really don’t know what you are breathing in when you burn a conventional candle. Most are filled with artificial scents – and I’m just not sure I want to be breathing that in all day. read more

Four “No Carve” Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

It’s Fall Ya’ll! 

And that means it is time for all your fall bucket list ideas!

Our Fall Bucket List includes:

Leaf Scavenger Hunts

Making Wassail

Baking yummy Pumpkin Treats

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

and Decorating Pumpkins!! 

Traditionally, most people CARVE their pumpkins.

However, when you carve a pumpkin there are some downsides…

When you carve it, it may ROT!

No one wants a stinky pumpkin rotting on their front porch! There are a few tips to help your pumpkin last longer – Click here to check them out!

Knives are scary

I’m a mom… and my internal safety alarm goes off randomly. When big sharp knives are involved I always have this BIG flashing red light go off in my head. DANGER! DANGER! read more

Essential Oil Bathtub Crayons

When a rainy day strikes, bring the fun inside with bathtub crayons. Add a little Essential Oil for play time that can be as calming or energizing as Mom wants!

The girls have really enjoyed these, and sometimes it’s nice to have something that can be messy in a controlled way!

What You’ll Need:

• 1 bar Unscented Castile Soap (grated)

• 2 Tbs. hot water

• Natural food coloring (I like this one myself)

• Small ice cube tray, silicone mold, or cookie cutters on a baking sheet

• Small mixing bowls read more

DIY Pom Pom Rug

 How to Make: Pom Pom Rug 

We are back to school! I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE doing crafts together.

I had some yarn left over from when I was trying to learn to crochet. The girls had this great idea to make a rug out of yarn Pom Poms {How fun!!}

I said – Let’s do this! It was super easy and fun for the whole family!! You can pick whatever colors you want to use too

Share with a friend someone who needs to make this!

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The Perfect DIY Shaving Cream Slime

My girls (especially my oldest) LOVE science and experimenting at home. My mom gave us a book full of science experiments to do together this year and it is one of their favorite things.

Whether you homeschool or not, This saline solution slime is perfect for kids as a science and sensory play activity.

I get stressed out easily when my kids are making a mess in my kitchen (which happens often, haha!) But this is pretty contained in one big bowl (and as you can see, you can bring the fun outside too). read more

Snowman Essential Oil Air Freshener

Christmas is the perfect time to get the whole family together and make really fun crafts to give. I found this Snowman Essential Oil Air Freshener from Designs by Miss Mandee and I just knew it would be a big hit!

This time of year is a great time to teach our kids about giving and not just getting what is on their own Christmas list – plus if your kids are anything like mine… they LOVE craft time! My girls love it when they can make something and give it to someone they love.

One reason this idea stuck out to me is because we love using essential oils to freshen our whole house naturally. About 10 years ago, we started making steps to live a more natural life… and that started with eating whole foods and quickly moved to using essential oils to remove some chemicals and toxins from our home (for cleaning and freshening).  Plus, Essential Oils also can make really great DIY gifts just in time for Christmas and these Snowman Air Fresheners were really fun to make (plus the girls got to practice their cutting skills). read more

Tips To Keep You Healthy Through The Holidays!

The holidays are a time where it may take a little more planning to stay healthy.

Temptation is around every corner, and it isn’t easy to stay on your diet or even avoid the average 7 pound weight gain – Yikes!!

I want to take this time to share with you an easy tip to help you stay healthy even when it isn’t the easiest and

I would love hearing your ideas on staying healthy through the holidays!

Here’s a little tip that we’ve been implementing in the Parker House: read more