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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.

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HUGE news!! 🌿 I'm thrilled to share that I'll be going LIVE this Friday with one of my best friends @maraferreira to share about our mutual love of essential oils. πŸ’• Meet us online this Friday, 4/28 at 2:30p Pacific Time, as we share about how we use essential oils in our daily lives. It will be tons of fun and we are giving away an ENTIRE Premium Starter Kit (11 oils + diffuser, priced at $160 and worth twice that) to one very lucky viewer. If you can't watch live, we will have a way to enter the giveaway by watching the replay over the weekend. More details coming over the next few days but mark your calendar now for Friday at 2:30p PT and see you soon! // #essentialoils101 #essentialoilgiveaway

You are magic and I could watch you for hours on end. 🌾✨ // another snap from yesterday because it makes my heart burst. #senseofwonder #letthembelittle

Two nights ago, Olive prayed for God to give her "spots" (aka freckles) so she could look more like me. 😭 Every bit of this girl is special and I am so honored to be her mama. πŸ’• // #motherhood #myheart #momstaysinthepicture #motherdaughter

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." -John Muir πŸŒŽπŸ’• // I stand in constant awe of nature's sweeping beauty, because it points me to the creative, artistic beauty of my creator. // #earthday #iheartnature #thegreatoutdoors

We kicked off the weekend with a perfect #beachday. The seaside is one of my happiest places, and I can already tell Olive and Noah feel the same. 🌞 I still pinch myself when I consider that I live only 1.5 miles from this shore! We collected shells, shoveled massive holes and brought home 5 pounds of sand. πŸ˜‚ Looking forward to many more days like today. πŸ’— Thank you to my friend @alohamidori for the photo! // #vitaminsea #motherhood #momstaysinthepicture #centralcoast

There are few meals simpler or cozier than whole roasted chicken. πŸ’› The entire house smells incredible and I have plenty of beautiful meat and stock for soup tomorrow. Anytime I make dinner for my family (5-6 nights a week), I'm filled with gratitude for the opportunity to nourish these bellies and hearts. I have always loved cooking and see it as an extension of my creativity. What did you have for dinner? We served this chicken alongside sautΓ©ed zucchini and rice. // #roastedchicken #simplemeals #inthekitchenwithangel

On our walk yesterday, we carefully collected a single leaf from every unique tree we observed. πŸŒΏπŸƒ It was a captivating exercise as we marveled at the stunning variety of foliage in such a small area. Our plan is to identify each leaf (I only know about half off-hand) and illustrate them for Olive's nature journal. Can anyone name the dainty leaves and accompanying white flowers (which grew together on a huge tree)? They're beautifully fragrant, too. 😍 And PS yes I know I have poison oak on here. 😜 // #homeschool #naturejournal #leaves

Olive snapped this pic of me in my Easter dress and I'm not gonna lie, I'm glad she did. πŸ˜‚ I adore this dress and feel completely myself in it. I wore an old skirt underneath it (which happened to be the perfect palette match) to give me some extra length. πŸ’— These days I want to purge half of what I own, all across the board. Anytime I clean my closet or do laundry I am appalled by the excess. Most of it just gathers dust. My goal is to continually pare down to fewer, well-made items which reflect all the quirky and colorful parts of my heart. Bonus points for natural fibers, pull-on styling and hand or machine washable. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ Anyone else trying to simplify their wardrobe this season? // #fewerbetterthings #aceandjig #liveinit

I think he likes me. 😍❀ There's something so special about this mama-son bond. I love laughing and snuggling and spotting otters under the pier with him. πŸ’• Also, can we talk about his crystal blue eyes?! // #avilabeach #portsanluis #mamasboy #motherhood #knittogetherbyadoption

We didn't get a "dressed up" photo today but we went out to fish on the pier at sunset and a kind stranger snapped this one. πŸ’— Technically I just tucked my Easter dress into my jeans and wore it as a top here so... πŸ˜‚ Beautiful night to cap off a wonderful soul-refreshing day of remembrance. He is risen and because of that, I'll never be the same. Happy Easter from our grateful hearts to yours. πŸ’— // #myheart #avilabeach #centralcoast

Thankful for the reminder on #goodfriday that the gospel that gave me life is the same gospel that continues to stoke the flames of passion and gratitude in my heart. Rejoicing in the good news that "His wounds have paid my ransom," and praying that I never take lightly the deep, deep love of a God who drew me to Himself. πŸ’— // magical forest photo taken on a walk last month 🌿

In my natural habitat, snacking in the sunshine. 🌞 I'm in love with my new @downlitebedding x Pendleton blanket. It's light and airy, easy to clean and stow/carry, and striking with its signature #glaciernationalpark stripe design. I know it'll accompany us on countless adventures this year! If you wanna grab one, use the code GLACIER15 to get 15% off this exact throw! 🌿 A few #fridayintroductions facts for you: 1) My favorite place on earth is Lake Tahoe; 2) I love packing πŸ˜‚ To me it's the first part of the travel experience and I typically start packing days in advance of a trip; 3) I collect and play intense German board games (Catan is child's play and doesn't count πŸ˜‚); 4) I prefer my coffee iced unless it's raining or snowing outside; 5) I rarely watch TV but when I do, it's usually sci fi (currently enjoying Travelers on Netflix). // What about you?? I'd love to learn something about you. Share in the comments below and I'll draw a winner on Monday for a Starbucks gift card. ✨ For more facts, check out #angelsfridayintros 😘

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