Monday, April 14, 2014

garden party

thursday was a  b e a u t i f u l day. plain & simple. i'm so excited for spring & summer that are coming right around the corner. it's the best feeling. today was a good day. i took a nap, the 3 of us went on a walk around town, went to the grocery store & had a garden party. we brought lunch home & enjoyed the warmth & sunshine by eating it outside. i can't wait for school to be over so that my days can consist of garden party days, because they are the best. 
sandals: dolce vita
top: anthropologie 



Thursday, April 10, 2014

# 1 fan

i don't know what i would do without these. & i can't believe how long it took me to get them. i have wanted essential oils for a very, very long time. i have had eucalyptus and lavender for a while, but i wanted more. i just could never bring myself to actually buy them. oils are expensive! every single time we were at whole foods i would go through & look at all the oils, smell them & wish i had them, but i couldn't do it. i couldn't justify to myself spending $20 or $40 on a tiny bottle of oil.

then, one weekend when my mom was in town & cedar was sick, she said how one of her friends was telling her how great essential oils are & how helpful, & that maybe we should get some for cedar. after she mentioned that it would be a good idea, i immediately sparked up! & told her how badly i've wanted some, but can't bring myself to buy them. that we got eucalyptus so i can put it in cedars humidifier at night to help him breath & hopefully prevent colds, but that was all we had.

after that weekend, my mom being the incredibly giving & nice mom that she is, offered to buy us one of the doterra essential oil kits. i was so excited. everyday i would hope that the box would arrive & when it finally did i was the happiest.

since getting the oils i have literally used them daily. i use them on myself, i use them for cedar & i have gotten austin to use them. i've made candles with them, used a couple of flavoring food & drinks. i put them in my hair. i use them a lot. i love them. i never want to go without them again. they truly are so great & can be used for SO many different things. if you have never used essential oils, i highly recommend that you try them, they are worth the money. i promise.

a few of my favorite & most used oils are:
lavender- sometimes if cedar is having a rough night sleeping i rub a drop onto his feet to calm him & i put it in my hair sometimes, as well as my wrists to smell if i'm feeling restless

digestZen- austin & i both get stomach aches ALOT. i rub this on my belly & it helps so, so much.

frankincense- i have really dry skin, so i mix this with my face lotion a couple days a week. it's also really good for bug bites to help itching & makes them go away quicker.

breathe- i put it in cedars humidifier when he sleeps a couple nights a week. i also will dilute it with coconut oil & rub it on his chest to help if he has a cough &/or cold. it helps open airways for breathing, especially if he has a cold.

Friday, April 4, 2014

days like these


in life i have learned that some days are easier than others & for no necessary reason some days are harder. lately, life has been feeling a little different for me. it hasn't been hard, but i have been unmotivated to do hardly anything. unmotivated in school, unmotivated to workout, unmotivated to plan/attend activities, unmotivated. i don't know what has brought it on, but this new feeling has been here longer than i would like.

my life right now is perfect. both austin & i will be graduating at the end of this month, cedar is adorable, fun & happy, great friends & family, & we have this  h u g e  adventure ahead of us. there is no reason for me to feel unmotivated or lethargic towards life, but i guess thats how i feel.

before i had cedar whenever i had these feelings i would get it out through drawing or painting, rock climbing & yoga. i had a vent. i was able to have the freedom to do these things whenever i wanted. after having cedar i've realized that the quality ME time i truly loved is harder & harder to find. i would never trade places with my old life, having this adorable little baby to watch grow & learn that i love more than anything has been, by far the biggest blessing & best adventure i can ever imagine. it just means that i have to readjust a few aspects my life.

there are so many changes that are happening in our life right now that i find myself wishing for more ME time. for the chance to gather my thoughts & feelings, express them in one way or another, whether in my journal, painting or through yoga. a way to meditate on the life i have been given & am living. i have learned some of the biggest lessons in life through doing this, but it has gotten harder to practice because my head is constantly swarming with what i must do next.

i need to remember to put myself forward. to remember that my emotional state does not only effect me, but those around me & i need to be as mentally healthy & happy as i can be. not just for those around me, but for myself. i need to remember that i'm not being a bad parent or selfish when i ask for help in order to release my own thoughts, to mentally gain control & to be healthy. there is no shame in asking for help & there is no need to feel guilty in doing so.

sidenote: the photo has nothing to do with this post. it's just one of my favorites from a trip to amsterdam in 2011

Thursday, April 3, 2014

a future home.

since december we've been living in salt lake in my mom's 2nd home. it's fully furnished & decorated, so we really just moved in clothes & a couple little knick-knacks, but nothing major of ours. we didn't need to bring our dishes in or to put up pictures because it was already done. all of our things are in storage in the garage. & now that we're moving to spain, we'll be moving into a furnished apartment so that we don't have to deal with hauling all our stuff over for there. 
by the end of it all, it'll be over 2 years since living with our own things, our furniture, dishes, anything. so for now i look at things that i like online. thanks to pinterest i've been creating a dream home & gathering ideas to incorporate in a home in the future. 
right now i'm in love with wooden beams in ceilings, welcoming cozy spaces,  plush rugs on wood floors, books throughout the house, arched doorways, large windows, dark cabinets with bright accents,  open islands in the kitchen, colorful back splashes, black walls with white accents & vice versa with pops of color throughout.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

a playlist

i'm not clever enough to come up with an april fools joke, so instead, here is the monthly playlist. happy april everybody!