I’ve never been super in to the beach. I’m a planner so I have to make sure that we are covered for everything. I need plenty of snacks (my kids totally take after me in that department), plenty of towels, sunscreen, a big hat, a chair, cute towels…The list keeps going which makes the idea of a beach day super overwhelming. Plus I hate coming home and feeling sweaty and dirty. But once I am there, staring out in to the ocean, I really love it. I’m really trying to embrace the beach days this summer and instead of planning on hanging out for hours, we’re going for smaller stretches and everything seems much more manageable. I still have plenty of beach essentials, though. I still probably over pack for the beach but that’s just who I am. I’m so grateful my kids are big enough to finally help carry things!
Do you ever have one of those days? Yeah, one of THOSE days where either everything is going wrong or you just feel blah? I’ve been having way more of them than I would like to. So I decided that I needed to figure out how to get myself out of my funk when I find myself in a downward spiral headed towards rocking back and forth in a corner. I love essential oils and have tons of them. So I decided I needed to be more intentional with using them. Regardless of your belief in oils, they smell amazing. And to me, good smells help me shift my mind frame. Plus I’m a border-line hippie. So there’s that. I made this DIY room spray to bring the good vibes. I think you’re going to like it.
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On an unexpected rainy day this summer, my family and I got into a car accident. We were headed to meet up with extended family for a week-long vacation. We were all fine, but really shaken up. We made it on to our vacation and had a mostly enjoyable time (after renting a car to complete the 6 hour drive and dealing with adjusters between fishing trips). But I never expected to have this incident leave me in a state of panic about natural disasters. What I am finding amongst my mom friends is that I am not the only one concerned about natural disaster preparedness. I found a great resource that I want to share with you so we can all make it a priority to get our emergency plans together. And it isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
How is February almost over? Valentine’s Day is over but it still feels very celebratory around here and I’ve been craving champagne. It doesn’t need to be saved only for special occasions. There are great bottles that are delicious and won’t totally ruin your budget. So invite some friends over or pop a bottle with your husband on a Tuesday. I promise you it will make your meat loaf seem so much more gourmet.
Fave cocktails with champagne:
I want one of these pear ginger sage champagne cocktails in my mouth right now.
Pineapple and coconut don’t usually make you think of champagne but I’m dying to try this bubbly concoction.
How stinking pretty are these pink champagne jello shots!
A watermelon mimosa sounds SO refreshing!
Here’s a punch twist on a classic French 75.
Have you made a peach bellini recently? You should.
My favorite links from the blogs:
Make this painted ice bucket for your bubbly!
What kid wouldn’t love these edible DIY sprinkle bowls for ice cream?
I need to make this DIY kindle cover. Too pretty!
If you are a stay at home/ work at home mom you need to read these tips!
I’m obsessed with zoodles right now and this is a great round up of recipes.
Here are 5 super easy ways to make your day a little healthier. I’m not kidding, you need to be taking Vitamin D!
While you usually come to Cupcakes and Cutlery looking for pretty photos and simple recipes today I need to share something a little bit different. 4 years ago we met the most special little boy, named Michael. He is funny and silly, just like you hope a 9-year-old boy would be. But he’s also the most brave human being I have ever come across. He has a genetic skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa. But the term “skin disorder” makes it sound tolerable. It is not. I’m sharing Michael’s story in the hopes that you will become aware of the disease, what it might be like for him to live with it and be moved to help in some way, whether it is to share his video, send in a donation or send positive thought vibes to our friend, Michael.
I’ve been monitoring the chatter about New Year’s resolutions over the last few weeks. There’s a lot of really noble ones about things like turning over a healthy new leaf and spending more quality time with the family. But mine isn’t like that. Mine is to spend more time on me, doing things that bring me joy. Selfish? Nope. Over the last few years I’ve come to learn that I am a better mom if I give myself a break. Working at home and maintaining a household is no easy feat and causes stress and loads of mom guilt. This year I vow to lose the guilt (sometimes that can feel like losing 10 pounds) and do more things that I enjoy! I’ve partnered with Pique Tea to share why I think every mom should put herself first (if not first, at least not last all the time!). Tea time has never been so fulfilling!