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Giveaway Time!

In the spirit of merriment and sharing some love, I'm excited to gift away this lovely necklace from Lavender + Faith and some oil samples to one lucky person! It's so easy to enter, just do the following:

1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel here and share your favorite video.
2. Follow on Instagram here and tag a friend on the giveaway post.
Extra entries for tagging extra friends!

Winner will be announced on Thursday, December 10th. Happy weekend! 

In the Bag

I love having a peek into the lives of other people... what they keep in their fridge, what their pantry looks like, what they keep in their bags... those tiny details and nuances that make their world spin. Sometimes it's a camera or a pencil and paper. Sometimes it's a book or magazine or a favorite lip balm. I find it interesting to know what items people can and can't live without, what things they take with them wherever they go. So here's a peek into my life, the things currently residing in my day to day tote.

+ The standard things: a kelley green wallet, my iPhone, car key, weekly planner, sunnies.

+ As much as I love real books, I keep my Kindle loaded with some of my current favorites. (And the case for those interested)

+ My favorite vannila-mint lip balm + a turquoise hair tie.

+ A lovely turquoise moleskine journal from my husband + a pen for writing all the lists, ideas and dreams.

+ Oily info + oil samples for sharing with friends.

+ Thieves spray and waterless hand purifier for all the public things... shopping carts, gas stations, child seats, door handles, things that fall on dirty floors (which is everything with a toddler!). Also, DIY foaming hand soap to go so we don't have to use the terrible-smelling chemical-laden stuff in public restrooms.

+ Oils (naturally) + a gorgeous case gifted from a now dear-to-me-friend*:
- Stress away roller for braving the grocery store with a toddler. It's also my summer perfume because hello lime + vanilla.
- Sunshine roller blend because, hello happy. Another great summer perfume.
- Diluted peppermint for tension, digestive support, icy cool relief!
- Seasonal trio + Breathe again rollers
- Owie for little man 
- Lavender aka my swiss army knife for everything


*I am constantly amazed by the incredible friendships that I have built through this oils community and the ways that the Lord has blessed me through those relationships. There are so many strong, intelligent, inspiring women that I now call friends that I would never have met otherwise. This community is such a blessing in my life and one of the reasons I am so passionate about sharing oils and helping people start this journey. 

Saturday Dates + Water Bottles

This past Saturday husband and I went on a mini-adventure together, and it was just so fun. We woke up early and went to walk around and hike to the top of Stone Mountain, pushing ourselves to get in a mini-workout on the climb to the top. Then we sat and drank cold water and hot coffee and let the cool breeze blow in our faces and looked at the gorgeous landscape around and beneath us. There is just something about being on the top of the world that I just love. We talked and wandered and took pictures (me) and did hand stands (husband). Then we climbed back down the mountain and had a breakfast date.

It was so refreshing to spend some time alone with my man doing the things we really enjoy. I am learning as much as I adore spending time together as a family, it's easy to ignore the need for couple time, that this time that we have alone together is so vital to our relationship and well-being.  I tell you, I wouldn't want to share this life with anyone else. 

And to top it all off, my sweet man surprised me with what may seem like a trivial gift to a lot of people, but to me it was completely life-changing, a stainless steel insulated hydroflask. We both drink a ton of water and don't leave home without a 48oz water bottle in tow. And since I love having ice-cold water in the summer, I often tote around a dripping wet water bottle with half melted ice all summer long. But my thoughtful man used our dividend and a gift card to get us each one of the hydroflask bottles. LOVE. I had ice in my bottle all day Saturday, and even after sitting in the car for four hours, the ice hadn't melted! Life-Changing. Sometimes, it's the little things.

Warby Parker / Luminary Collection

If you read my old blog, Hiking in Stilettos, you will know that we are big fans of Warby Parker. I love their home try on program, and it is the way I found my perfect pair of glasses! Also, for every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need. Win Win! I've been in the market for a pair of WP sunnies for a while, and I love their newest collection. 

This collection is called the 'Luminary Collection' and is inspired by visionaries, artists, and icons that aren't afraid to be different. I love this! I feel like we all save or pin images of those people - inspiring and inherently confident - with hopes of achieving that ourselves. And not to get too deep in a post about sunnies, but if there is one thing I've learned in the last year of motherhood, it's that you just can't worry about what others think. Isn't that what we are seeking in those pinned images of inspiring and fiercely confident women? Just some food for thought.

Here are a few of my faves for both the guys and gals:
+ For me: the Abbott sunnies in heritage bronze are my favorite, with the Dempsey sunnies in antique gold a close second. 
+ For my man: the Dempsey sunnies in jet silver with the silver Upshaw pair a close second. Either pair would look great on him!

If you are in the market for a new pair of eyeglasses, I love the simple, lightweight look of the Abbot style. As much as I love my Webb frames, I wouldn't mind having a second pair of eyeglasses with wire frames to make a spring and summer look more artistic and free-spirited. 

Check out the collection here!



Giveaway Winner + Natural Beauty Month

We are wrapping up Natural Beauty month, but things are not quite over yet. I have been so overwhelmed with encouragement and an outpouring of love from my oily family, The Golden Drop Society, so until the end of the month, I am offering new members* a Satin Mint Facial scrub. This is a great way to jump start your natural beauty routine! This is one of my favorite non-toxic beauty products and one that I use daily. I'd love to send one your way! Sign up step-by-step here.

Image via my lovely friend Rebecca of Flora & Pine Essentials

Image via my lovely friend Rebecca of Flora & Pine Essentials

Also, the winner of our Root Pretty gift card is Eileen! Yay! I'll email you the e-voucher.


Happy Wednesday friends!


*Details: offer is good for new wholesale members who complete their enrollment with the purchase of a premium starter kit (everyday oils, thieves, Ningxia Red kits) before 5pm EST on March 31st. Make sure to comment here or email me at apothicholistic@gmail.com to make sure you receive credit for getting your product!

Unwinding with Netflix

Television is one of those luxurious weekend things that we look forward to as a way to unwind at the end of a long week. We like to record our favorite shows like Parenthood and New Girl, then catch up on the weekends. Over Christmas, we were lucky enough to receive a year subscription to Netflix, which has been an amazing way for us to find some down time. Here are a few things that we love watching:

+ Parenthood: This is hands down my favorite show right now. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. This show is in it's final season (last episode was this past week!), but all the previous seasons are still online

Revenge: I started watching this when I was pregnant and exhausted, and I still love it. It has a somewhat complex story line, but the gorgeous scenery and interesting characters keep me coming back. 

Gilmore Girls: Because, hello, we all need something totally mindless and fun, right? Not to mention that I am completely smitten with Lauren Graham (um, remember Parenthood?) and Alexis Bledel.

+ Peaky Blinders: We started this one on a whim, but it is really interesting. A good mix of history and drama, this show is about a gangster family in England in the early 1900s.

+ Madmen: We lost touch with this show for a while during the second or third season when the story line became really slow, but we are giving it another shot. I love the wardrobing, naturally.