Fabulous Finds

For Every Woman Out There

I want to tell you about my personal (but amazing) experience with the Women’s Health Kit from DoTerra. To put is as delicately (and least TMI) as I can, I am going to use weather as the reference guide to my lovely monthly cycle. Not trying to gross anyone out.

I am always regular, no issues there. Once a month, for an entire week, it storms. Now the first two days of the storm it is painfully lightning, thundering, and raining cats and dogs. Shoot, it’s a darn near typhoon! For the rest of the week it just rains and rains and then the last two days of the whole week its lightly drizzling. 7 full days of no sunshine. Cramps, bloating, pigging out on sweets and comfort foods, the whole bit.

Last month, on the last day of my stormy, dreary week, I got my order of Phytoestrogen pills in the mail and began taking them. Truthfully, I was a bit skeptical and didn’t foresee my having a huge change in things. As I said, I am always so regular and never more than a day off from beginning my stormy week again that I assumed things were normal. I did however have some other issues that made me want to begin the Phytoestrogen pills (weight gain, hair loss, etc – all pointing at hormonal issues)

The very next month, two days prior to my next stormy week to begin, I got my next order in the mail of the full Women’s Health Kit, which includes the Phytoestrogen pills, the Bone Nutrient Pills and the ClaryCalm Monthly Blend (which smells HEAVENLY). So for two days before my cycle was to begin I had been adding in the Bone Nutrient Pills (preserving your bone mass and density is critical starting early) and the ClaryCalm on my pulsepoints. The first thing that I noticed was that my storm wasn’t thundering and lighting or raining cats and dogs. It was just a normal storm, like my typical days 3 and 4. No cramps and no desires to munch on everything in sight. I still had a little bit of bloat the day prior to the storm beginning and the day of the storm beginning, but nothing terrible. I thought that was awesome! But to top it off, it was going to get better. My storm only lasted for 2 days! Two full days later, I had no rain. Not even a drizzle!.

If you have PMS, horrendous cramping, irregular cycles, hormonal issues, are pre-menopausal, basically if you are a WOMAN, this kit will be a godsend! I even joked with my friend saying, although I can totally wait, I’m almost excited to see how my next month goes. If it is this easy again I am completely sold and telling every single female friend I know about it!

“Normal hormone levels influence a woman’s good health and emotional well-being from her early teens to her transition through menopause. doTERRA Women gently supports a woman through the menstrual cycle and helps to diminish the normal symptoms of menopause.* doTERRA Women supports healthy bones and heart as women age, while the essential oil blend provides temporary relief from heightened emotions related to regular hormone cycles in women. The doTERRA Women line of products provide natural support throughout the different phases of life.”

This kit includes: Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex, Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex, and Clarycalm Monthly Blend for Women. For more info on each item, click on their name. Or to view the whole Kit at once, click here.

Fabulous Finds, Fun With The Fam

In our Dance Bag

We are headed out first thing tomorrow morning to our first competition of the year, Showstopper Regional competition in Sandusky,OH. We have had conventions, master classes, and busy dance schedules all year long with extra weekend practices here and there. But this weekend (and nationals in July) is what we have worked SO hard for all year round! As usual, when heading out of town on any kind of trip, I stress out about what I need to pack and if I will forget something vital. Dance trips are even more stressful.

You have all the costumes and their pieces, dance shoes, headpieces, hats (for some of my son’s classes), rack and rolls, makeup, glitter, jewels, endless hair products, safety pins, super glue, extra tights, clear nail polish, needle and thread, lotions, snacks, waters, studio jackets/gear, warm-up items, Bloch booties, and I am sure I am missing some other vital items. All of that on top of your normal travel items like: clothing to out to eat, swimsuits (since we are competing at the awesome Kalahari Resort and Waterpark, toiletries…you get the gist of that.

See what I mean? Super stressful. I always have to make a list of items as I think of them about a week before we leave because I know if I don’t write it all down, I will forget what I need to grab. The rack and rolls have been a lifesaver with storing most of their dance needs all in one place, especially since I have a dancer of each gender which means they are in completely separate changing rooms and areas. If you haven’t already invested in rack and roll for your dancer, I highly suggest you do. They were the “big” Christmas gift from their grandma this year and have been extremely helpful. I honestly couldn’t imagine this year without them since my 6 year old went from 4 costumes to 7 this year. Gamechanger!

But the reason I really started this post was to discuss some of the items I have begun taking with us on busy weekends and to conventions, and now to our first competition this year. Some of these items are things that you would not consider in the hustle and bustle of remembering those vital items that we talked about above. That list alone seems endless, right? But the below items have become essential to my kids to have with us, and they love using them. Our health during these trips is vital too, right? So read on to figure out what else you might want to consider packing for your busy little dancer and why you would need it. And at the bottom I will share a link to where you can find these items.

First off, the most important thing to me and my family is that all of the items discussed below are completely all natural, safe, purely effective, and therapeutic-grade essential oils. They can be used in place of the items we tend to grab at the store full of chemicals and fillers that are terrible for our bodies, especially our poor little growing kiddos. So here we go:

Deep Blue Rub Packets – This one is my favorite to talk about. Our Deep Blue Rub is amazing for before and after workouts for sore muscles. It is blended in a base of moisturizing emollients that leave your skin feeling soft, not greasy. And is a top choice of massage therapists and sports practitioners. If provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas. I keep the big bottle at home for us to use throughout day to day for my basketball playing husband and uber-active children. Works on growing pains too! But these sample packets are perfect for a weekend getaway. They come in a box of 10 single-use packets that won’t leak in your travel bags! They are essential for your dance/gym bag or bathroom! Enjoy sharing the soothing blend with others at sporting events, the gym or on the go with these sweet little packets! And again, having two kids in different areas, I can stick a pack or two in each rack and roll and off we go!

On Guard – I love this protective blend to help kill the germs around us, and at dance the germs are ALL around us. I swear our entire studio came back from Tremaine Dance Convention with illnesses. Some were vomiting, some had terrible colds. Just too many kiddos in one area to not pass the germs around! On Guard is a powerful blend that contains natural and effective cleaning properties, protects against environmental threats and supports healthy immune system. The wonderful thing about On Guard is that it can be used topically, internally or even in our favorite household tasks such as laundry detergents, dish detergents, and counter cleaning, with no preservatives added! But my most favorite way to use On Guard on trips like this is to pack the On Guard Sanitizing Mist into my purse and both of their dance bags. They can continually mist their hands and sanitize all day long, as well as aromatically take in the beautiful, uplifting scent, all while preventing the spread of bacteria!

Breathe – Breathe is our respiratory blend, clearing airways and maintaining the feeling of easy breathing. This was not initially one I had thought of, but a dear friend told me how she used it on her daughter before their big cheer weekends and sporting events. She claimed that her daughter felt as though she was able to give more during her performances due to breathing better. My favorite way to incorporate this blend into our weekend is with our Breathe Vapor Stick. I just rub it on their chest, costume on, and onto the stage they go!

Cheer/Motivate – These two, in the touch roller-balls, are my most favorite scents to just wear throughout any day, so I always have these handy. During the days of competitions and conventions, rolling these on their pulse points and back of the neck, or taking deep breaths of these blends in can really promote feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, confidence, courage, belief and happiness. These counteract any negative feelings and doubt. Which, obviously, I do not need to explain why these would be beneficial to our awesome dancers before, and during, their stage presence.

Balance/Serenity (lavender) – I make a roller-ball, which I call Antsy-Pants, consisting of both Balance and Serenity. For dance weekends, these items are two-fold for us. IF you have an anxious or nervous dancer, these two will evoke feelings of balance and tranquility, calming their emotions, and lessening feelings of tension. If you do not have a nervous nancy, these are pertinent for a restful and tranquil nights sleep before their big day(s)! During the day for the nervous dancers I would suggest rubbing on the pulse points and back of the neck. For the best nights sleep I would suggest rubbing on the bottoms of their feet and putting socks on. And Goooooood Night!

Wild Orange – this last item supports healthy immune system and is uplifting to the mind and body. I suggest using it internally with just 1 drop in 4 oz of water. It also acts as a really nice flavor to their boring water bottles when they want a taste of something. Just be sure they are using a metal or glass bottle to drink it out of, because the oils don’t mix well with plastic bottles. Ello is my favorite brand of rubber-protected glass bottles (so no worries about shards of glass if you drop it!)

I hope that I gave you some ideas for items you might want to start bringing with you on outings or trips. These are all kid-approved and most importantly – safe! If you have any questions about these items or any other items from the website below, please feel free to shoot me a message or reach out via text/email. I am happy to help you find a natural and therapeutic-grade option for the issues that ail you or your family members.

And, if you are headed out to a competition this weekend too, or any other fun event – have a blast and break a leg!

Find the items listed above and more here.

Fabulous Finds

Cobblestone Road Hand Lettering

Jenn is the founder of Cobblestone Road Hand Lettering, a small business creating hand lettered goods. She lives with her husband and three kids in Newark, Ohio and is a believer in strong coffee. She wants to leave Christmas lights up all year, and could eat pizza for every meal. When Jenn isn’t chasing after their toddler- she loves date nights and laughing with friends. She is pumped seeing where God is leading Cobblestone Road Hand Lettering and the opportunities He’s providing in the future.

I came to know of Jenn because I work with her husband Corey in our local ER nine years ago – before he left for Cincinnati – and again for the past several years. Corey went to the same private school my son currently attends, which is extremely close-knit. Some of his friends are friends of my husband as well. He is the biggest supporter of his wife and gushes about her all the time. You can really tell when you talk to Corey that he could not be more proud of Jenn and her work.

I had run into Jenn at Real Deals in Granville,OH during one of their women’s nights out events and fell in love with her style and overall energy. There is something about a faith-driven, woman entrepreneur and mother that is wonderful at what she does that inspires the mother and woman inside of me. I love to multi-task and take on new art projects and to see someone be so successful at both, all while being a wonderful wife and mother, is so motivational.

The look and feel behind Jenn’s work is all the rave right now. It’s that vintage, customized, repurposed look and, most important, it is that item that you will give or receive that gives ALL the feels. The items she creates are gifts for literally anyone or any occasion. From graduation gifts to nursery rooms, Jenn can create you a one-of-a-kind piece for any special moment.

Enjoy the interview below and please visit her social media pages listed at the bottom. As a token to you readers, Jenn has created a coupon code that is $5 off any web purchase! (Use Code: mrsaugie)

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  1. When did you begin Cobblestone Road Lettering and how did you come up with the name?

Cobblestone Road started three years ago this July. I came up with the name because the house we lived in was set on the cutest little cobblestone street and I loved the idea that amidst all the asphalt and blacktop there was a remnant from the past with all it’s stories breaking through.  That’s a reflection of what we do here at Cobblestone Road- we look for places to help commemorate your story!

  1. What did you do prior to Cobblestone and what made you decide to take the jump and begin this business?

Since the birth of our oldest son, my primary job has been mama. I homeschooled the kids for a while, and then we had some hard circumstances happen that made it necessary for me to go back to work.  Having been out of the world of working outside the home for so long- I didn’t know what I would do.  I started substitute teaching in the same school district with the kids and would sneak lunches with them and drive them to and from school.  After being told enough times I should go for starting a small business doing lettering, Corey gave me one final encouragement to go for it!  Owning our own business has given us the same schedule flexibility along with doing something I’m so passionate about.

  1. What types of items do you currently offer and which are your top three most favorite you have done?

Many of our products are unique because they are created on repurposed and vintage items. I love taking items like vintage piano scrolls and old maps and books and finding fresh ways to use them to create pieces that have new purpose for people’s homes.  All of our items are also lettered by hand- never using vinyl or stencils- which makes it much more personal and easy to get a unique custom item for your home. The other pieces we create come from portions of my own story that other people resonate with- mugs, shirts, and paper prints that have phrases that are significant to me or have been meaningful in my own story- which other people also see value in.

One of my all-time favorite custom orders was for a woman who had recently battled cancer. She had brought a vintage wood piece and asked me to letter it with a Bible verse that carried her through her treatments.  When she saw the finished piece she got tears in her eyes, and so did I!  It meant so much that she trusted me with it.  We get to hear stories like this all the time and they are the most meaningful.  Stories of love, overcoming, sickness, comfort, and joy- we get to hear them and be trusted to create the reminders of them!

  1. You have been spotted at the Country Living Fair in Columbus and Real Deals in Granville. What else is on the schedule for you? Where can we see you? Do you have a shop or currently work out of the home?

All of our work is currently done out of our home- and boy is it crowded! We are scheduled to do several markets this summer, including Charm at the Farm and TWO Country Living Fairs this summer, along with the Vintage and Made Market in Lancaster.  We will definitely be back at Real Deals and have a really big announcement in the works as well (sorry, it’s top secret!)

  1. What has been one of your biggest challenges within your business?

Aside from the normal challenges of juggling three kids and a home-based business- anything that requires the left side of my brain is a challenge. This would include math, taxes, paperwork, measuring, spreadsheets…stuff like that.

  1. What has been your greatest achievement thus far?

Being the featured artisan by Joann Fabrics at the Country Living Fair last year was a pretty exciting thing for us, as well as traveling to Texas, Colorado, and Florida to teach workshops in the last year. Honestly though- getting the privilege of meeting the other business owners and customers we get to interact with is the most rewarding part. We have had the chance to work with the best people and most supportive community on the planet- and that’s something we don’t take lightly.

  1. Customization – you can literally, BEAUTIFULLY, write whatever we would like onto almost any type of surface, what has been the hardest item thus far?

Last summer I had to letter a quote on the bottom inside of a wooden crate. It was a really hard angle to get to, as the box was about 18 inches deep and I couldn’t brace my wrist on anything so it was really challenging.

  1. How has the Bible inspired you to not only take this leap but also in the items you create?

God’s word is amazing because it’s the only book you ever read where the author is present with you while you read it! It’s also unique because you can read the same verse years apart and learn something different every time, so it’s really an honor to get to share those words with the products we create.  We have constantly seen the Lord’s provision to guide this little business where He wants it to go, and that’s the most motivating factor there is!

  1. You have begun holding workshops, tell us what these entail and where we can sign up for the next one.

We do all sorts of fun workshops! We teach hand lettering, have make and take workshops and just started doing wedding workshops for bridal parties!  The best way to stay in touch about when we’re hosting them is to follow us on social media- and to grab your spots quickly because they sell fast.

  1. Tell us about your World Changer Campaign, what prompted this?

Our World Changer campaign is a way for kids to learn they can be world changers and fundraise for causes they’re passionate about. We love the chance to give kids a platform to do big things- and we have not been disappointed.  Being able to use our business and social media platform to empower young people to believe they can be used in big ways is one of my favorite things we’ve done.

  1. You certainly are an inspiration to other small business owners or women who may be wanting to begin their business. Who was your inspiration or muse?

There are so many times I feel inadequate and overwhelmed and it’s easy to get dragged down and discouraged when I begin comparing myself to others, or feel like I don’t measure up. My husband is not only my best friend but the most level head and encourager when I’m feeling down.  He really believes in this business every step of the way, and is a steady source of encouragement, support, and redirection to what is true when I forget.

Here are some of my favorite creations by Jenn:

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And here is one special design Jenn created with her children for an awesome purpose, check it out below:

“With all the heartbreak that happens in our schools these days it’s easy to get down about them. But there is also so much good that happens in them every day. Kids that show kindness to others, brave leaders, teachers who are invested, compassionate and brilliant, laughter, friendships, music, art and pizza day in the cafeteria (obviously)

For our kiddos last day of school I recruited my two favorite artists (my kids) to help me come up with an epic mural!

Three hours (and some awkward tan lines) later the school is all ready to welcome all those sweet little faces tomorrow.”

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Visit Jenn on her site Cobblestone Road Hand Lettering or stay connected on social media with her:

Fabulous Finds

Healing Heart Designs

On my journey of selling the “magic” shampoo, Monat hair care line, I met an amazing and inspiring woman. We worked a Wine & Wash together and realized we had a lot in common. We are both moms, work in the healthcare field (I actually work with her husband directly) and clearly both love Monat. We became Facebook friends and that is when I became aware of her home business Healing Heart Designs.

I watched her post cute, customized t-shirts among many other items and quickly became a big fan. I tend to flock towards businesses that can customize items for their customers because – I mean let’s be real – we all want something that is original and designed to our liking, right? I have also watched her give back to the community or to special organizations with her business, and I think that is just awesome!

To give you guys a little bit more info about Brandi and her homegrown business, I interviewed her. Below you’ll find our interview and some photos of the items she most recently has made, or is most proud of. I hope that you enjoy and the next time you need a shirt for an event or just for fun, that you’ll shop small business and chat with Brandi. You can visit her Etsy Shop or connect with her on Facebook.

Here she is with firefighter, farming husband. Aren’t they adorable!?

When did you begin Healing Hearts Design and what is the story behind this business?

Healing Heart Designs started February 6, 2016 on our twins, Aiden and Parker, 1st birthday. They are the reason Healing Heart Designs began. We lost them at 32 weeks gestation to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. After they passed I found comfort in sewing and began making handmade baby blankets and burp cloths for friends. After several months of hearing how much their little bundles of joy loved their handmade gifts, friends and coworkers were requesting items to give to their loved ones as gifts. So Healing Heart Designs was born!

What did you do prior to Healing Hearts and what made you decide to take the jump to begin this as a business?

I am also a pediatric nurse, and have been blessed enough to be able to work part time for the last 3 years. The support of my husband, as well as the encouragement of my family and friends is what really helped my decision to turn this into a business.  The idea of doing something I already loved to do and being able to spend more time with our first son while doing it was very appealing.

What all types of products do you currently offer?

Currently t-shirts are a hot commodity in my shop. I also continue to sew baby blankets and burp cloths, and decorate wine glasses and coffee mugs. I am constantly expanding items based on what customers are requesting or showing interest in.

Which three items have been your most favorite?

Only three, that’s tough! I have had so many recent orders that I’ve absolutely loved. I really enjoyed the Santa’s Cookies and Milk set I did last Christmas probably because I’m still a kid at heart and the magic of Christmas each year gets more fun with having children. The group of Disney shirts I made for my good friend for their family vacation last fall was a lot of fun. There were 9 of them and I made each of them a personalized shirt for a day at a Disney park and then one for their cruise.  I guess if I can only pick 3, then my last one would have to be the team shirts I made for a group walking for the March of Dimes. It was an honor to be asked to make them, and it’s been fun designing them with my customer.

I know that you like to do events and popups, when and where can we expect to see you stationed next?

As of now, the next event I’m scheduled for is Matilda’s Heart Vendor and Craft Fair July 21st at First Community Church in Buckeye Lake, OH.

What has been one of your biggest challenges within this business?

One of the biggest challenges is getting your name out there, as I’m sure you can relate. Finding my niche and what people are looking for.

What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

You mean other than being highlighted in your blog? Oh man, this year has been amazing so far by the grace of God. I have been working with 3 boutiques for the last couple of months, 2 are local in the Newark area (My Mariah’s Boutique and MiahBella Boutique) and the other one is in Maryland (BellaBlu Boutique).

What are your plans for Healing Hearts in the next 5 years?

Continued growth. With my business only being 2 years old, it’s still a baby. Turning a hobby into a business has been wonderful, and if I could continue to be home more and more with my family it would be amazing. As far as new products, I’ve always been intrigued by embroidery so possibly incorporating that into some of that in the future. As well as t-shirt quilts and memory blankets/quilts made from baby clothes.  The possibilities are endless really, I guess. I love incorporating new things into my business and hearing what type of items my customers are wanting. As always wherever God leads me with my business I will be blessed and pray I can bless others along the way.

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Check out Healing Heart Designs on Etsy Shop or on Facebook.
Fabulous Finds

Mac & Mia

Being a mother of three children I fully suffer from the hassle of trying to shop in public. Let’s not mention the amount of times a year it’s needed as the children grow like weeds, at different intervals! I learned about this fabulous delivery shopping service that not only delivers quickly, but includes hand picked items by your personal stylist. The best part, you only have to pay for the items you would like to keep.

This is NOT a subscription service. You request a box when you’d like one. And you have the option to request specific items like: “wedding attire needed”, “favorite color is blue” or “stick with earth friendly attire”. It’s truly easy breezy and high quality clothing as well. Read more to learn all about Mac & Mia, their amazing perks and scroll all the way down and for photos of two of my adorable children wearing the outfits they received in their first boxes!

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Mac & Mia is curated unique styles from boutique brands around the world. The stylists have done the legwork so we don’t have to. That means we get more time to enjoy our children, discovering great brands and spend less time shopping.

Insider tips:


Once you’ve completed your child’s style profile (gender, clothing size, a series of 10 outfits that you decide if you like or don’t like, and preferred style), you’ll be introduced to your personal Mac & Mia stylist (if you don’t already know them)! Request your first box, then sit back and relax (i.e. try to relax). Just like Stitch Fix for us, ladies!


You decide how much you wish to spend!  Your box will have 6 to 9 items (and one accessory) with average prices of $35 each, but you only keep what you love, and send the rest back on us. You will receive $20 off just from using my link. So you’re in the black already!


A $20 styling fee is charged for each box we send, but if you keep two or more items you’ll get that $20 credited back towards your payment every time (including the first order, so a total of $40 if you use my link). And if you love and keep all your items you’ll receive 15% off your entire order!


What Is So Amazing?

The Deal: I’m from the south and I LOVE a great deal on high quality items! When I heard about the $20 sign up credit and the $20 styling fee being waived (if you buy 2 or more items), I was sold immediately. The least I could do was take a chance right?

Your Own Stylist: No chances needed. My personal stylist, Lisa Martin, and I have become Facebook friends even. I know that she understands my children’s style. And she gets busy immediately putting a box together suited JUST for my kiddos as soon as I hit that “request box” button! It’s nice to personally know her and how hard she works.

High Quality Materials: All the pieces that we received in our boxes felt very well made. We have a lot of Gap Kids clothing and I would compare the price and quality to Gap Kids, if not better! The stitching was tight, and the fabric was soft, yet not thin. Everything felt so nice and durable. The sizing was spot on as well, so no worries there. Silas received one tank that was a little roomy, but still…we have a few months before tanks are needed and lord knows he’ll grow some more!

No shopping: It is so nice to sit back on the couch and exercise your fingers while the kids wreck havoc on the household (LOL). But to not have to wrangle the youngest into a stroller, play hide-and-go-seek in the clothing racks with the middle and listen to the oldest complain about how bored he is. Now THAT is priceless! Plus, you aren’t even spending money yet. You get to decide on that later, after to get your Christmas-like surprises in the mail.

Shipping: Free shipping to you, free shipping back. IF for some reason you don’t LOVE some or all of the items that were sent to you, a pre-labeled return bag is in the box also! You don’t pay for any of the return charges.

No Subscription: There is NO membership fee, NO monthly requirement. In fact, no requirement at all. If you want to purchase just one box for $20 to see what it is all about, they’ll never hassle you again. You aren’t jipped into anything. If you decide, “man I want some awesome summer clothes for the kids” (like I just did), you can hop back on, login and request a box, all at your leisure. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Is There A Downside?

The only con is just the upfront $20 styling fee. If you decide you don’t like anything that comes, you are out that fee. But honestly – these stylists are awesome and the clothes are such high quality – you will love everything  you receive. Or at least 2 of the items, which gets you your $20 back! So, not much of a con if you ask me!

Final Decision?

It was definitely worth it. And I will definitely by requesting more boxes in the future. It was fun to go through with the kids and with our beach vacation coming up, they are almost all set on their wardrobe! I received my box in literally 2 days. That is insanely fast shipping! I now know I can purchase a box and let my stylist know it is for wedding apparel, color coded family photos or a Christmas gathering. I know I will more than likely love at least one of the outfits, and it will come before the week is out! Most importantly, it won’t be that generic outfit from that big department store that every other little girl will be in.

If you do decide to try Mac & Mia, click here to get that first $20 credit! You’re stylist will be Lisa and she’s amazing! She’s very efficient, quick to answer questions and super helpful!

Let me know if you try it, I would love to hear about or even see what you received!

Now, to what you all have been waiting for….here are two of my adorable children modeling their new outfits

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The above Hatley skirt and the below Hatley leggings were my daughter’s favorite pieces of the box. Above you will also find an adorable top from Babyface, and below my favorite top (so stinking soft, it was crazy!) by Chaser.

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The above dress is by Splendid, and below is Joules. The Splendid dress had an awesome inner arm panel that was perfect for coverage and gave a very feminine sleeve. And we LOVED the deep pockets on the Joules dress, perfect for her many lip glosses and mini Hatchimals!

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This Seahorse tank by Minymo was also a fave because, well… sequins – and the split bottom on the back is too cute!

And I cannot even say enough how perfect this romper by Pink Peony Kids was. Leighton received skates for her birthday from her awesome Aunt (and refuses to ever take them off). This was the perfect find and I am not sure Lisa could ever know how perfect of a pick this was! And how cool is that strap, the tie doesn’t have to be undone, it just buttons – genius!!

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These pom pom shorts by Bitz Kids are adorable and SO in style, we paired them back up with the Babyface tee. Too cute. Pockets on almost everything sent which is a great find!

Leighton’s accessory for this box was this cute bow hair-tie from Lali. Isn’t it adorable?!


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So above was our favorite outfit from the box. Those shorts by Joules are made of sharks, maybe that is why they are KILLER! Best score of the box! The tank is from Egg Baby and the awesome sunglasses, those are from Teeny Tiny Optics. Isn’t he the cutest?!

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This tank from Tiny Whales is so perfect. It is a little roomy, but we have a few months yet before our beach vacay. To be fair we also have a few months before he turns three (we ordered 3T). The shorts above and below are from Miki Miette, super soft and comfy and stretchy. These are made of every mother’s dream material, probably better even than LulaRoe (LOL). The adorable Octopus shirt by Minymo below is such a nice thick quality, yet soft. It was Silas’ favorite pick.

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Above is the perfect “night out” outfit for our beach vacay. Palm Trees everywhere in this super dapper Mayoral duo.

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This slub Henley shirt from Splendid is so soft and the color blue is one I’m unable to capture on camera – but so so pretty, and again very comfy and soft! So important in the toddler stage!

Below, last but certainly not least is a fun and colorful tee from Toobydoo. Again, the quality of this shirt was on point – so soft and well-made!

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We had so much fun receiving these adorable outfits and loved each and every one. We can’t thank our stylist Lisa Martin enough and cannot wait to do more business with her in the near future. We know (but still hope) that you will love your items as well when you use this link to get set up with her as well. Enjoy and please share your thoughts and photos in the comments below!

Fabulous Finds

Pretty Vibes Jewelry

Mandi Ramsey, of Pretty Vibes Jewelry, and I met back when we both lived in Charlotte, NC. We had several mutual friends and would run in the same circles. She had gotten a degree in Marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte and has always loved fashion. Now we both live in the Columbus, OH area, both hold careers in the healthcare field and we even share the same wedding anniversary month!
Another thing we have in common is a love for yoga, crystals and pretty things. She has taken this to a creative level and has created her business, Pretty Vibes Jewelry. I am more than ecstatic to share her adorable designs with you. Pretty Vibes Jewelry is made with only the purest materials known for their ancient healing properties. Each unique piece is made specifically for you and saged prior to being sent out.

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So, as a treat for you all, I interviewed Mandi so you could get to know her and Pretty Vibes Jewelry even better. And an even bigger treat – Mandi has given you all a special discount from her shop for your first order from her, using code MELSTRIBE at checkout. So read on and when ready, take a peek at what she has to offer. Remember, she can be contacted to create a special piece for you. Enjoy the discount and please share your beautiful pieces once you receive them!
1. When did you begin Pretty Vibes Jewelry and what made you decide to begin this business?
My journey with Pretty Vibes actually started when I was pregnant with my daughter Riley. My yoga practice got me interested in crystals and energy, and when I found out I was pregnant I wanted to get something I could wear every day to remind me to stay positive about my pregnancy. I had a miscarriage before my son was born, and the idea of being pregnant again, although exhilarating, also terrified me. I searched Etsy and other shops for metaphysical jewelry, and couldn’t find any pieces that were both functional with the crystal properties, and stylish at the same time. Having studied fashion in college, and owning a smaller sized online boutique in the past, I thought it would be fun to start making my own pieces. I wore my first piece, (my pregnancy bracelet that I named “The Riley” after my daughter) all the way throughout my pregnancy and even through delivery. Its such a special piece to me in that it helped calm my nerves with my pregnancy and also birthed Pretty Vibes.
2. What types of products do you offer? What do these products mean to you?
All of my jewelry pieces are hand made by me. I feel like that, along with the healing properties of the crystals, and the Reiki energy I infuse every piece with, are what make my pieces special. I offer a variety of gemstone pieces, and also take special orders. I’m also branching out and going to be adding stamped jewelry with positive affirmations to my collection soon.
3. What are the importance of crystals and how can they be used?
This is my favorite question! I actually have a whole blog post about this on my website. Believe it or not, there was a time when I didn’t believe in crystals! They are truly one of those things that you have to experience to really believe in their magic. Crystals have been used for thousands of years for their metaphysical properties. Each crystal does something different and vibrates at a different level. Rose quartz, for example, is the stone of the heart. It is a subtle energy that heals emotional wounds, and can also aide in self love, and fertility. Each crystal vibrates on its own special level which makes it unique. By wearing a crystal, not only are you in line with the vibration of the crystal, but your also reminded to focus on your intention for the crystal. This is why crystals are often used in meditation or yoga. When you set a clear intention, it is automatically magnified by having the energy of a crystal in your presence. This is also why I love wearing crystals in jewelry form. Every time I look at my wrist and see my crystal bracelet, I am reminded of my intention, and what I want to attract into my life. When I was pregnant with Riley and wore my rose quartz bracelet, I said over and over “Healthy Baby, Healthy Mama” It was a visual reminder to say my positive mantra.
4. What is the easiest way to cleanse your crystals and ground yourself?
It is SO important to cleanse your crystals! The easiest way of doing this is to just lay your crystal in the window sill of a full moon. You can also sage them (I do this before I package all my jewelry pieces so they are ready to go for my customers) Some people recommend soaking them in salt water or leaving them in the sun, but I have found that this can actually damage some delicate crystals so I stick with putting them in the moonlight and saging.
5. How do we go about finding out which chakra may need unblocked? How do we go about doing that?
This is a great question too – I am actually in the middle of doing an educational series on each chakra in my newsletter. Chakras are the energy centers of the body and when they are blocked you can experience both physical and emotional pain. For example, if you are often anxious, your root chakra may be blocked and you need to ground yourself, and say an affirmation such as “I am safe. All is well, and I am well.” You can also wear grounding gemstones such as labradorite or onyx. To find out what chakra is blocked you really need to tune into your own energy. What is bothering you? What emotion are you feeling? Every emotion is connected to some part of the body, so thats the easiest way to figure out where you need to do your work.
6. Tell us – which are your favorite crystals and why?
Rose quartz is my absolute favorite, because not only is it pretty, but I have such a connection to it from the start of my business. I have had so many customers tell me how much this crystal has transformed their lives when they were pregnant, and it just fills me up every time I hear that feedback. I also love lava stone, which is the black stone with small little holes in it that you use to diffuse essential oils.
7. What are your plans for Pretty Vibes in the next 5 years?
I have big plans for Pretty Vibes! In the next five years I want to be in a couple more yoga studios, and boutiques around Columbus. I also want to expand my line, and spread the word on how these jewelry pieces aren’t just pretty little things that you can add to our outfit, but that they can really help you. My ultimate goal is to help people grow in their spiritual practice, and realize just how magical the world really is, if you have a little bit of faith.

Stay tuned with Pretty Vibes Jewelry for all their updates and information:

Fabulous Finds

Gypsy Life Coach

Kessley McCormick is a Certified Life Coach who is obsessed with what she does. She is a master in helping women become expert decision makers and achieving their Life Purpose through self awareness and intuition. She has all the skills of a professional Life Coach, but also has been blessed with the special gifts of Claircognizance, Clairsentience and Psychic Empathy.

This woman is a rockstar. She has put together amazing women retreats and master classes. She also has a wonderfully entertaining podcast available, read more about it below!

I have personally received a session by Kessley and it was filled with amazing insight. It’s like talking to your absolute best friend, she is as sweet as can be. If you are long distance she will have you send her a photo of both of your palms and walk you through what each nook and cranny of them mean. I chatted with Kessley to ask her a few questions so I can provide you all with more information about her, what she does and can what she provides. She’s a superstar with a lot in store for her future, make sure you follow her on your favorite social media accounts – links below!

You are always doing so much – tell us, what all services do you provide currently?

“I am a very productive woman! And it’s really my love of creating and my purpose of healing that helps drive my work! The services I am currently offering are Intuitive Coaching Sessions which incorporate all of my skills as a Licensed Life Purpose Coach and Spiritual Coach and my gifts of a Claircognizant and Clairsentient. I also offer a Palm Analysis that helps to explain who you are at soul level. This service also reveals places you may need to heal that will help end cycles and patterns that are keeping you from success in a certain area and will give you a high vibe boost! I also offer Goddess Readings. This is a fave of my clients but will be only available to the public for a little while longer. I am discontinuing this service in July 2018, although it will still be available for package holders.”

What was it that prompted you to finally make the jump and leave your medical profession to go “full-time” with your passion?

“My medical profession was a blessing. It taught me so much about myself, my healing work, and where I was supposed to be. It really lead me to my Life Purpose. I was pushed more then prompted to leave due to a horrific car wreck. However, the timing was divine. I had just graduated from WCI with my first Coaching Certification!”

When did you first realize what special gifts you have?

“I realized at a young age that I knew things to be true even though I didn’t have all of the rationale to explain the how or why I knew. My gifts are strong because I practice them daily by simply listening to my intuition. When I started taking clients in my coaching business I would immediately know things, sense or feel energy around them and even be able to tell with some patient’s physical ailments. Denying these gifts were no longer an option!”

This travels up your family line, right?

“My mothers side of the family is Native American Indian, although there has been some confusion on whether they were Cherokee or Shawnee. My great great grandmother was born with a “veil” over her face. It is a piece of foreskin that is attached over the face and can be removed easily. Traditionally, this symbolizes someone who will be able to foresee the future.”

Clairsentient, claircognizance and psychic empathy….what do all of these mean?

“The short answer to these questions is Claircognizance is clear knowing Clairsentience is clear sensing due to heightened intuition. These gifts show up in a number of different ways for me. Pictures, smells, feeling or sensory, and words! Psychic empathy also has many different levels but I use this very carefully because when I do I will take on the energy around these ailments. Mostly I use this gift for Chakra Cleansing Season and in meditation or occasional body scans at the beginning of each session with clients. This is helpful and my clients love the healing property of this gift!”

Tell us all about your podcast and what readers can expect from it – I absolutely am LOVING it by the way!!

“My podcast Intuitive Bombshell is a blast! This is the place I am the most raw and share many stories from my life as well as magical insight on how to help my listeners stay motivated, inspired, and confident.”

You even have had a book published – tell us should we expect more from you in the future?

“I am working on an E-Guide on manifesting that is going to be so phenomenal. It incorporates many new ways to help you manifest everything you want. I am also working on a signature program called High Vibe Recovery that is going to help those who feel stuck, low vibe, and hopeless achieve everything they want in life. They will be working with me for 12 weeks and I am hoping to launch that in late August. There are a number of ways to keep up with my future programs or connect. I am also going to be launching a You Tube channel as well!!!”

Snap: twistedgypsyklm
Website: www.thegypsylifecoach.com


Fabulous Finds

GiGi’s Boutique

I may find some awesome finds and deals – but nothing beats Gigi’s Boutique! Nestled in the small rustic Tennessee town of Crossville, this boutique has all the hot trends! They treat their customers like gold! I fell in love with this boutique when I found it while my family and I were on a vacation in the mountains. We decided to go to the nearby town to do a little shopping. I got a Pandora charm to commemorate our week in the mountains (a horse, since I got Matt and our son Ashur to go horseback riding for the first time!) and an adorable pair of cowgirl boots. I wanted to buy so much more but my hubby was pulling me out the door!

So…I couldn’t resist when I found their website – and ordered more!

Here is Gigi Boutique’s Facebook page. On their page they post updated stock items, new items, great deals, ways to win a $15 gift card and they are always giving you the option to “be the buyer”. They will post some outfits or items and ask you which one you would get for their boutique if you were their “buyer” and they will usually follow the majority!
You can also follow Gigi’s Boutique on Twitter
They have a large amount of Lilly Pulitzer, Pandora and Michael Kors items! As well as many name brand Cowgirl boots that are FABULOUS!
Shipping is free on orders over $100 and typical shipping on smaller orders are only $5 due to the flat rate shipping boxes they use.
They make ordering so convenient by allowing you to order via facebook, email, phone or their website. They also offer gift certificates!
The best part about Gigi’s Boutique, other than their adorable styles, is their very reasonable pricing! I have found so many original and gorgeous pieces from this cute shop and really appreciate that they make shopping their such an ease and doesn’t hurt the wallet too bad! And it doesn’t hurt that the ladies that work and own the store are sweet as can be – must be that southern girl charm! 😉
I hope you all find that you love Gigi’s as much as I do!
Fabulous Finds

Katie Read Designs

I am part of a large group of fellow moms on Facebook. We are all from, or have ties to, the central Ohio area. Most of us, or our husbands, grew up together. We connect to get advice on many levels and sometimes we even have small outings and get together with or without our children. I really enjoy this group so much and want to thank Amy, our dear leader or who started the group so many years ago now. Such a great idea!

Many of our members have found creative ways to work from home so we can make our own schedule, be our own boss, and most importantly – spend time with our children!
One of our members and one of my good friends now, Katie Read, has a business – Katie Read Design – that has just skyrocketed! She is doing so well and it’s obvious why, her bags are adorable! She creates all sizes of handbags including large diaper bags, camera bags, dance bags and clutches. She takes pride in her bold and unique fabric patterns. Below are a few of her items shown in her Etsy shop.

I had my daughter’s dance bag made by Katie and it was so much fun to choose from the fabric swatches she showed me. She even added sweet, little, personal touches upon my request.

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Katie has recently taken to perfectly printed dresses for little girls. These are so sweet and innocent and have the best amount of fabric for that graceful twirl every little girl performs. I wouldn’t be surprised if she starts making adorable little boy outfits too, since she’s had her sweet little boy. Hint, Hint Katie!

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Katie is from Granville,OH and graduated with a degree in residential interior design and fashion merchandising from Ohio State University. She then went on to be a technical designer with Abercrombie & Fitch. With the knowledge she learned at A&F she finally decided to follow her life long dream and start her own business! And what a success it is! I hope that the next time you consider getting a new bag, you will chose an original, handmade design from Mrs. Katie Read!

Check out her website here.

“Like” her Facebook page here.

Fabulous Finds

Damn Good Popcorn!

Oh my gosh!

So I heard about this awesome place downtown that sells gourmet popcorn of so many flavors. From Maple Bacon to Dill Pickle, they have any flavor you could conjure up!

My kids LOVE popcorn so of course this had to be a trip we made for some treats this week.

First off, they have more than just popcorn. From old fashioned candy to cotton candy push pops, slushie machines, gender reveal options and more… the kiddos were in heaven!

We ended up going home with 6 different bags, and walked out discussing what flavors we will be back to try. We purchased: 2 bags of Cheddar Bacon Chipotle, Cheddar Sriracha, 2 bags of Rainbow Party, and Caramel Cashew.

If you aren’t local to me, no worries they ship to almost everywhere. From the reviews I read prior to checking it out, its all very fresh and a quick delivery. I even asked the owner how long these would keep and was told that unopened they can have a shelf life of 6 months. It all tasted fresh and amazing to us!

Please check out this awesome small business and enjoy!

We are a small family owned artisan popcorn store located on the beautiful downtown Newark Ohio square at 39 S Park Place. We use only the highest quality ingredients and pop popcorn every day! Every flavor is handmade by us.

Kay and her son Kyle run this sweet business and are so helpful. They also offer prices on bulk bags for weddings or parties! Go check them out!