Thursday, August 14, 2014

Girl's Night with Butterfly Kiss

*I received this product complimentary from the company, in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own!*
There's nothing better than a night with your best friend. A couple of weeks ago, Terren and I realized that we had NEVER spent time together without a munchkin in tow (or in bed). She's my best friend and we've never spent a lunch, a dinner, anything, just us! Needless to say, that got fixed as soon as Ryan got home Saturday night from flying. Her husband was on cross country, Ryan was home. It was the perfect storm for Ryan to parent (NOT babysit) Matthew solo and for us to spend an evening together.

We went to the local sushi place (shocking in our tiny town, but it's actually pretty good!) and got pomegranate martinis at the bar while we waited for our table. We ate a few sushi rolls, spent the evening talking and laughing and just unwinding. Afterwards was The Sex Tape, where we might have spiked our Diet Cokes with Malibu that T snuck in in her purse. It was seriously one of the best nights I've had in a LONG time, and I'm so thankful to have such a sweet, supportive, sarcastic friend. She is the reason I'm going to sob as we drive away from Columbus.

Of course, every great girl's night requires wine and a chick flick. So, when Butterfly Kiss wine sent me two bottles and The Other Woman, I knew just who to call: Ryan and T! I couldn't wait to open up one of the bottles to try, so Ryan and I shared the chardonnay with dinner before he left for cross country the next day. After all, the point of a girl's night is to spend the evening with your best friend, right? Normally, I'm more of a sweet wine girl, but this one was SO smooth that I'd sip it after dinner with dessert, too.

T came over while our husbands were off eating and drinking in another city together (story of our lives). We put Matthew to bed, grabbed a few pieces of Hawaiian BBQ pizza (yet another reason she and I were made for each other... we have the same favorite pizza), and collapsed on the couch with our half-bottle glasses of riesling to watch The Other Woman. Y'all, I loved the chardonnay, but I LOVED the riesling. Sweet, fruity, smooth... So tasty. We downed half a bottle a piece a little more easily than we probably should have, but at least we had planned a sleepover! The Other Woman was SO funny and super cute. It was the perfect light, entertaining movie for our girl's night.

We've been cramming as much time in as possible before I move, so T and I were super grateful to have one more excuse to drink wine, watch movies, and girl talk.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What Oils? Wednesday: Stress Relief

We currently have people packing up our house, after I've spent the last few weeks packing the things we need for the next six months, getting rid of a TON (I'm talking two Salvation Army truckloads) of stuff that we just didn't need and could give to someone who would benefit from it, parenting our toddler mostly on my own while Ryan traveled for work, taking care of our home, trying to spend as much time with friends as possible, trying to get my doTERRA business up and going, and maintaining this little piece of the internet. There's more than enough stress in my life right now, and I'm beyond thankful for my diffuser with some stress-relieving oils in it. They not only make my home smell delicious, but they help keep me a little more zen than I normally would be right now!


This one will brighten your day and make your home smell like summertime!


We diffuse this one at night to relax ourselves and get us ready to sleep soundly (and while we sleep to ensure a good night's sleep).

Drop in your bath:

It'll help restore your body back to a stress-free, relaxed state. It can also help with depression and other hormonal imbalances!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Planning Your Life: Life Notebook

*I received this product complimentary from the company, in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own!*

With all the craziness going on in my life right now between coordinating essentially two moves (one to Austin and one to somewhere else), parenting our toddler, packing our house, having Ryan gone last weekend and most of this week, our going away party at our house on Saturday, his fini flight (requiring me to look cute AND provide food for the squadron), this blog, and all my doTERRA business... Needless to say, planners are my lifeline. I have one that I use for my blog planning, one for my business, one for our home, and one for the rest of my life.

I'm beyond thrilled to have had Kelly of Kelly Bangs Creative send me this BEAUTIFUL life notebook right before we move. After all, there's always so many pieces of paper and notes to take about our utilities, contacts, family members, home, you name it. Being able to not only organize each aspect of our home in one binder, but also to be able to keep track of all of our important documents, is incredible and a HUGE weight off my shoulders. The binder itself is super pretty and durable, and the tabs are color-coded to go with the pages that go behind them, reinforced to last forever. You get the pages as a printable, so you can print as many copies as you need!

The family tab includes ALL members of your family, including the furry kind! The pets page lets me keep track of their microchip number, any meds they're on, their shot dates, vet info, etc. My new favorite page (possibly in the whole binder) is the address history page. After all, we've had six addresses in the last six years. YOU try remembering all those! It also lets you keep track of move in and move out dates!
The home tab has pages to write all of the info down for your utilities, home entertainment, and community. That way, if something happens to your power or internet, you don't have to use the power or internet to be able to call and get it fixed! It has pages for notes about your vehicle maintenance, insurance, VIN number, etc. One important page in this section is the Neighborhood page. You make notes of your neighbors' names, numbers, email, etc. as well as a diagram of where they live. Super useful for babysitters, should they need to find someone in an emergency!
Matthew and I are moving in with my parents while Ryan does all of his interviews, training, etc. all over the place. Of course, this means that Grandma and Granddaddy are going to have a much larger role in Matthew's life than they have the first 18 months, which will be really fun for all of them, but there will also be a learning curve when it comes to my little man's routine, schedules, likes/dislikes, favorites, etc. There's a section in this binder for all of the kiddo's routines: morning, afternoon, and night. This means that Ryan and I might actually get a date night (thank you, built-in babysitters) and not have to worry about whether Matthew is going to bed well, or that Mom and Dad might have questions, because it'll all be right there for them!

Speaking of babysitters, there's a page in the emergency section for you to pull out and leave on the counter for your babysitter (along with the routines and neighborhood pages, if you wish) with where you're going, how you can be reached, all the important phone numbers for your area, and of course, any instructions you may have for your kiddos.
Anyone who reads this blog... uh... ever... knows what a superfan I am of Christmas. The fact that this binder has an ENTIRE section for holidays may or may not have sold me on it. This year, I'll be home for Christmas. That means baking galore, decorating, and a ridiculous number of presents to buy (and not all for Matthew, either!). I love that there are pages to plan out the baking, meals, and to keep track of all of the gift ideas and (much to my chagrin) budgeting.
Of course, even among all of the craziness of moving, I still have to feed our family. Thankfully, this binder includes multiple ways to meal plan and make my grocery list so I can plan a week in detail, sketch out my next couple of weeks of meals, and make lists of recipes I want to try and where I found them. How easy is that?! It almost makes me WANT to meal plan in the midst of my chaos.
If you're as in love with this notebook as I am, head over to Kelly Bangs Creative on etsy and use the code TAKEFIVEOFF through October 31st to get $5 off of a purchase $20 or more! Wondering what else is in the notebook?

The Life Notebook features thirteen sections and twelve tabs. 

  • To do
  • Routines
  • Family
  • Home
  • Money
  • Food
  • Contacts
  • Me
  • Events
  • Holidays
  • Travel
  • Misc.
  • Emergency