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Motherhood hasn’t always looked the way I thought it would. Sometimes it is cheering my face off at a little league game, other times it’s comforting a sick toddler nonstop on little sleep, and a lot of the time it’s playing the same silly game 50 times in a row because you’d do anything to hear your favorite giggle again 😊 In my Portrait of a Mother class at @clickawayconference we talked about how important it is to see and celebrate all mothers, right where they are. And this amazing woman here didn’t just model for the class, but she also inspired me to find more joy in the sometimes repetitive and mundane moments of motherhood (we all have them). I came home from Click Away a better photographer and a better mother ❤️ Grateful, grateful, grateful!
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“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible”.
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We are coming from a place of yes. Without discussing the reasons why we shouldn’t do something, instead we are discussing all the possibilities of it happening. I could come up with a million reasons not to follow my dreamy adventures. Instead I will come up with a millions reasons why.
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I am clearly inspired by this beach session @clickawayconference. @twyla.jones, the best of the best teaching us her magic. @iamjessicamax - your cutie of a son ❤️
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doTERRA BOGO's get better each day! 👉Aromatouch is one of my favorite blends to add to our unscented body lotion - it’s invigorating yet calming at the same time!
👉AromaTouch is my go-to blend to use on my children for growing pains. I add a few drops to my hand and then some FCO and rub it on their sore legs. 👉AromaTouch is great for pregnant women all throughout pregnancy. Rub on sore feet and muscles. It’s an excellent oil to be used during labor for back labor too.
👉AromaTouch is a great relaxing oil and great for tension!
👉Both oils can soothe muscular aches and stiffness, sore joints, sprains and other musculoskeletal discomforts. Try adding 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of fractionated coconut oil and massage into affected areas. It can also be used in a hot or cold compress as needed.
👉Marjoram provides relief from occasional constipation, indigestion, and flatulence. Use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on affected areas or the back.
👉It has proven to be able to alleviate menstrual discomfort around that time of the month.  Add 2-3 drops to a carrier oil and massage on lower abdomen and lower back. You could also use it in a hot compress or add 8-10 drops to your bath water for a refreshing bath.
👉Marjoram essential oil can help to alleviate occasional discomfort. You can use it topically by adding 1-2 drops to a carrier oil and massaging over the area of concern. You can also add a few drops to your diffuser or take 2 drops internally in a veggie capsule  One recipe in particular calls for 1 drop each of Frankincense and marjoram essential oil in an empty veggie capsule to take 2-3 times a day to help with discomfort.
👉Marjoram essential oil promotes perspiration and keeps you healthy by aiding in the removal of toxins, sodium salts and excess water from the body. It helps to increase the frequency of urination. This also brings down elevated body temperatures and may help you lose weight.
👉Marjoram is a great oil for soothing the discomforts of contractions. You can dilute it and apply to your lower abdomen. It’s also great for after birth for the cramps that come while nursing.
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Don’t tell her she’s pretty.
Tell her she’s fierce - that you can see her passions shine from her soul.
Tell her she’s brave - that she can conquer the world with her self-belief.
Tell her she’s strong - that no-one and nothing can break her.
Tell her she’s creative - that her imagination is full of inexplicably wondrous things.
Tell her she’s kind - that her tender heart has enough love to mend the struggle of others.
Tell her that she’s funny - that the laughter she brings into the day is irreplacably infectious.
Tell her that she’s loved - that she’s the entire universe to so many lucky people.
But, please, don’t tell my daughter that she’s pretty.
Because she is so much more than simply how she looks.

“Mommy, why is your tummy still fat?” My honest 4 year old asked tonight. The room goes silent, my husbands mouth falls open and my mind races to through reasons.
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Mommy’s to tired to work out. I have no time. I could eat healthier. Chocolate helps with the toddlers mood swings. My stomach stretched so far it’ll never go back. It’s not a priority. My mind soon wanders to my thighs, my arms, my hips...down a rabbit hole of judgment.
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Yet I caught myself in self shame. Because here’s the deal. They are always listening. Always. Self shaming is never something I want them to learn from me. I don’t ever want them to learn it’s ok for women to walk around calling themselves fat. Or even seeing curves as a negative. Especially as a postpartum mom. These boys will someday be married off and their wives deserve me to teach them better than what the world calls fat.
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So rather than simply list my reasons, I gave him the truth I knew yet am still learning to believe. “Mommy has a squishy tummy because once you and your brother grew inside. I was your home. And you two were so healthy that you grew so big in there and stretched it way way way out! Isn’t it cool that my skin can do that? And now you two are getting older and this tummy reminds me how little you once were and that once you lived in my tummy. And sometimes I miss that but I’ll always have my tummy to remind me”
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Lessons in self love first start with our example.

Ok so we did it! We added different pricing tiers for our boxes to the site!! There was an overwhelming response of ‘yes’ to our poll in our stories so we are going to test it out. I truly hope that if you have been wanting one of our boxes you will be able to get one that fits with your needs!! .
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Boxes are priced as follows...
Small Tier is $40+ shipping —-
Medium Tier is $65+ shipping —- and Large tier is $120+ shipping.
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If you have any questions about pricing or what you can expect to find inside please ask below!! It is likely someone else will want to know the answer too so this would be a great place to answer them all!!
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I seriously love you guys and appreciate your feedback to this recent pole from the bottom of my heart!! 💕
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A few weeks ago our pastor challenged us to share #MyTooGoodToBeTrueStory. To be honest it is actually the most devastating, rock my world, force me to my knees moments that have made my story too good to be true. It is those tough realities that have made my relationship with God intimate and His glory transparent. I have a million heavy threads that have been woven together to create my life novel. Individual threads intertwined to make my bright, bumpy life quilt with each thread holding a chapter of my days. It is motherhood that has taught me to love fiercely. It is my first husband's affair that has taught me genuine forgiveness. It is my six years of single parenting that has taught me strength. It is my second marriage that has taught me trust. It is my adopting his two beautiful girls and honoring their angel mama that has taught me humility. It is my parenting a child with mental illness that has taught me the power of prayer. It is all these beautiful, broken strands knitted together that make me who I am. I am so beyond grateful for #MyTooGoodToBeTrueStory.

Ran errands with Mulan (crown & all) this morning and when “Can’t Stop The Feeling” on the radio didn’t trigger its usual dance party response, I was pretty confused. Turns out that “Mulan doesn’t know ‘Trolls’ mom.” (🙄). Oh. Oops. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #ilivewithadisneyprincess

It’s crazy to me, how much time flies. There were a few beautiful mamas around insta when I was growing my last babe, whose bumps blossomed with mine and whose little ones came into the world, too, during the long hot summer of ‘17.
AND NOW THEY’RE ALL GROWING UP AND I CAN’T EVEN DEAL.
So here’s sweet Vera, breaking my heart with her bright eyed smile - and you should DEFINITELY go and check out her amazing first birthday costume over at amazing mama Erika’s feed - @clark_is_king - and then we can be all 😭😭😭 “all the babies are growing up wahhhhh!” together. 😭

Today's BOGO is Ah-mazing! Peace can be your go to before you enter a stressful situation, one drop on the palms of your hand, rub together and deeply inhale!
Peace essential oil is known as the Reassuring Blend, it can assist us emotionally with letting go (things you cannot control), being present, and negative thoughts. I apply Peace oil topically on my wrists and the back of the neck to help me release control and increase feelings of contentment and peace.
I used to spend a lot of money to buy all the oils that are included in this blend and to make a peaceful kid blend to help support Kit. I was so excited when doTERRA released this blend and I save a lot more money buying Peace!
I love to encourage folks to a 30 day balance challenge! Try a drop of balance on the back of your neck and feel the difference!

My team and I did the Dr. Hill’s protocol at the end of last year. One of the first things required upon waking, is to put a few drops of Balance on the bottoms of your feet. I didn’t realize the effects of doing this till I started to get out of the habit. My whole morning was *off* and I couldn’t pinpoint why. I realized it was because my bottle of Balance wasn’t sitting next to my morning chair where I read and I had gotten out of the habit of applying it during my miracle mornings. Now I never forget to put my Balance on immediately when I wake up!
Balance is known as the Grounding Blend and can assist us emotionally with  connection and groundedness. I apply 1-2 drops on the back of the neck and inhale when feeling disconnected or out of sorts. It helps me gain a bigger perspective of the present moment.
It's not too late to grab these two for the price of one! Send me a message and we'll get you yours :) #motheringessentials #bogoweek

The connection between a mother and child is out of this world. #janelpeytonphotography

Give me all the beaches...
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What I love about human nature, is that we learn to adapt. Our situations and circumstances, where we live and love - they all become the new norm to some extent. What a gift. I could have stayed in Florida. I could have left everything and had my family follow me. We aren’t as attached to material objects as we think we are. Where we are and the people we are with, make our home. And we adapt.
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This photo was taken of the beautiful @iamjessicamax and her daughter during one of @twyla.jones sessions on Amelia island, Florida. #clickaway2018. Highlight of my photography career was learning from one of the best ❤️
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Tickle fests and bed jumping photos are code for, we were all stir crazy, and melting down and mama needed a little reminder of just how fleeting and undeniably joyful motherhood is. I owe perspective to photography, and will forever be in debt to its hold on me.

Organizing. Ever feel like you’d be a much better mom if you could just keep your house tidy? Well, while your kids love you anyway & you’re exactly the mom God intended for them to have, keeping yourself (and the rest of the crew organized) can make all the difference in your home.⠀

If you’re discouraged that you’ll never be able to organize your home in a way that allows your family to function & flourish, you’ll want to jump in on the “Organizing your Life’ training in the Master Mom’s Community! ⠀

There are only a few days left to register for this online training on March 5!⠀
(Link @ali__christian)

“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” –Jonah Lehrer #doubleexposure

Two climbers, Lord help me. Someone is always hurt. 🤕 #AvenandFinn

Rainy day Tuesday ☔️🐶 #besties #americanbulldog

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