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Angel Swanson  Event designer on the California coast. Named a Top Planner by Martha Stewart Weddings. Wife + Mama. Essential oil obsessed. Daughter of the King.


With autumn around the corner, I realized I'm almost at my oil anniversary! 🍁 I have used essential oils every single day since receiving my kit, and my only regret is not jumping in sooner! These little bottles of plant power have become critical components of every routine in my home: wellness, cleaning, skincare, beauty, sleep and more. πŸ‚ Pictured here are some favorites, alongside mouth-watering concord grapes from my friend's garden. 🍁 I'm hosting an online #essentialoils101 class next Monday, 9/25 at 8p PT. If you're not using essential oils yet but want to learn about them, this your chance! I'll share my own oil story as well as how I actually use them daily. πŸ‚ If you can't watch live at that time, you can still join and watch the class on replay for 48 hours. DM me or comment below and I'd love to add you to the private class! xox // #essentialoils #yleo #alltheoilsforallthethings

Today's homeschool adventure was a field trip to #montanadeoro for some tidepooling! πŸ¦€ I was so excited (and touched) that @jenanninga reached out to me on IG as another local homeschooling mama. She warmly invited me to join her on this trip (with a handful of other lovely families). I brought my dear friend @onelifeforhisglory and together we had a wonderful day. β˜€οΈ It made me think about how a simple gesture (in this case, sending a DM to someone with whom you have something in common) can lead to beautiful things. I love connecting with new people here (and in real life) and hope to consistently extend the same kind of openness and hospitality to others. Grateful for new friendships, new experiences and living on this magical coastline! 🌊 // #centralcoast #homeschooling #tidepooling #hazardcanyonreef #gratitude #homeschoolkindergarten #kindergartenhomeschool

For #flashbackfriday, I'm sharing this photo of me at 34 weeks pregnant with Olive in January 2012. πŸ’— After walking such a long road to conceive, I knew I wanted to capture this precious time with very special photos. I was so honored to have the incredible @josevilla take these priceless images for us. πŸ’— I remember thinking that I might never carry another child in my womb. Today I have two beautiful children and my body holds new life again. 😭 I will never run out of gratitude. // #fbf #flashbackfridays #bumpstyle #maternityphoto #firstpregnancy

Happiest birthday to my baby sis @annacranmer! πŸŽ‚ A sister is a unique and precious treasure; we are two women with a shared heritage but markedly different paths. Nonetheless, we have a bond that no one else can understand. πŸ’— Many may be surprised to learn that we lived as near strangers through my adolescence. It wasn't until I moved to college that we began to grow closer. I developed the habit of sending her a (carefully selected) postcard every week or so. And it was then, as pen pals, we became best friends. I love this girl SO much and am overcome with joy as I consider her beautiful growth over the years. She is an amazing wife, mama, and friend with a tender heart and the most generous spirit. I just wish we didn't have 2700 miles between us!! 😭 Love and miss you, sitter!! Thankful that God gave me the gift of a sister, 31 years ago today. πŸ’« // #sisters #therewereneversuchdevotedsisters (name that movie!)

I'm pretty sure I'm just modeling a belly full of burgers at this point, but I had to snap at least one bump pic before I head out of the first trimester! 😜 If nothing else, it captures how full of JOY I am. 11w2d today and thankful for every moment with this growing babe. I'm still extremely exhausted and queasy almost around the clock, but today I felt pretty wonderful. I hope I'm turning a corner (and it wasn't just a fluke)! // #motherhood #pregnancyaftermiscarriage #11weekspregnant #elevenweekspregnant #bumpshot #dressthebump #myrainbowbaby

Our first week of homeschool was so rich and fun! πŸ“š Olive is an incredibly self-motivated learner, and I have to pull her away from the school table everyday! 🀣 Since deciding to homeschool, I planned to make art (the study and practice of) an important part of our curriculum, as it is a great personal love (and a significant part of my family culture). 🎨 We studied Degas this week but when she learned that he was friends with Monet, she asked to paint haystacks instead of ballerinas. (She already has a Monet book and loves him!) Who was I to thwart her artistic inspiration?? 😜 I have already seen that my engaged and active involvement in her schooling only further sparks her joy for learning. So, while I could have enjoyed a much-desired nap while she painted (or even just folded some laundry nearby), I chose instead to paint alongside her. I'm no artist but I found it extremely relaxing! It was such a sweet time of chatting, too. I plan to keep all of our "twin" paintings in a book together. Grateful to make these memories with my girl! // #kindergarten #homeschool #homeschoolkindergarten #motherhood #monet #motherdaughter #homeschooling #kindergartenhomeschool

This is my miracle. ✨ Just one month ago, I was shocked to discover I was pregnant. Though we earnestly desired a third child and were even praying about another adoption, I NEVER would have imagined that I would or could get pregnant again. If you don't know my fertility story, this is my fifth pregnancy but only the second baby I've carried to this point (the first was obviously Olive). I have a multitude of diagnosed conditions and hormonal issues and yet, in God's magnificent kindness, He has seen fit to create new life in me. Today, through tears, I watched this child move and wriggle in my womb. I am 10w4d and we hope to welcome this baby in late March 2018. Though this is all still very surreal, I am rejoicing in this tremendous gift and cannot wait to meet this little one!! 😭😭😭 PS second photo is my no makeup cry face just moments after I found out. // #myrainbowbaby #rainbowbaby #pregnancyafterinfertility #pregnancyaftermiscarriage #tenweekspregnant #10weekspregnant #mymiraclebaby

We embarked on our homeschool kindergarten adventure today and it was pure JOY! 🍎 Olive raised her hand three different times just to say she loved me. 😭 She asked for more work when we were done (ha!!), too. We read good books to each other, began working on memorizing a Tolkien poem, studied Degas and some US geography and had lots of laughs in between. I can already tell we are going to have an amazing year ahead of us. So thankful for this sweet girl and my opportunity to pour into her education and heart. πŸ’— // #kindergarten #homeschoolkindergarten #homeschoolmama #homeschooling #centralcoast #motherhood #firstdayofkindergarten

Me and my mini at the @santabarbarazoo. πŸ’— Noah wasn't into the pics today but I'm glad that Olive is always willing to pose with mama. 😜 I am grateful to have tons of photos *with* my kiddos and encourage other parents to try to hop in once in a while. The days are so precious and I hope my kids look back on these images and see how joyful I was just to be with them. There's nowhere I'd rather be. ✨ // #momstaysinthepicture #littlemomentsthatfeelbig #motherdaughter #motherhood #centralcoast

Today we celebrated the start of the school year with a welcome celebration for the homeschooling families in our local charter. It was an unexpected treat to spot a few familiar faces, including my dear @jess_and_the_boys! I loved watching Olive jump right in, chatting with adults and kids alike, immersing herself in an art project. She is such a resilient, adaptable child and I learn from her everyday. πŸ’— Thank you for your encouragement on my last post; I can't wait to dive into our adventure on Tuesday! πŸ’— PS why are my kiddos looking so big?! 😫😭 // #homeschooling #letthembelittle #homeschoolkindergarten #charlottemasonhomeschool

Just about a month ago, we decided to pull Olive from her hybrid private school (which we loved) and embark on a new full-time homeschooling journey for kindergarten! 🍎 With so little lead time, I don't have all of her curriculum yet (though it has been ordered; whew!) and we kick off next Tuesday. πŸ˜… Thankfully we have a great collection of books and resources at home (and many were gifted to us by my sweet friend @juliebethmartin) to get us started. I also have been reminded in these weeks of preparation of just how little Olive really *needs.* She doesn't need 50 workbooks and world class projects everyday -- she needs attentive, thoughtful, loving instruction. I know I'm equipped to give that to her. ☺️ I was concerned she would be so sad to leave her old school but she has only been overjoyed at the thought of homeschool. "Mama, you're my teacher?? I can't wait!!" 😭 I'm especially looking forward to teaching her French and art history. 🎨 Looking forward to a fun, creative, horizon-expanding year that I'm sure will stretch both of us. I'll be sharing more of our homeschool journey here as it unfolds. πŸ’— Anyone else out there homeschooling? // #homeschooling #classicaleducation #letthembelittle #kindergartenhomeschool

Twinning with my favorite girl! 😍 Thank you to my sweet friend @chouette_bazaar for lending us her daughter's dress and making this magic happen! ✨ Olive has been on cloud 9 all day, announcing to everyone that we're "matchies." Wish we had an entire coordinating wardrobe. πŸ˜œπŸ’— // #littlemomentsthatfeelbig #motherdaughter #dreamcometrue #aceandjig #aceandjigfriends #aceandjigkids #aceandjigmerry #motherhood

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