Drinking More Water with Essential Oils

Using doTerra essential oils in your water. After a holiday season (shoot – it’s been since summer) of absolute gluttony my body is screaming for me to be more healthy. A bought of the stomach flu was the perfect transition in to living a healthier lifestyle. It made me quit junk food cold turkey. And it made me not like coffee!!! I’m drinking it again, and like it finally, but I’m no longer drinking more than one cup a day and some days I don’t even finish that first one. I mean, I don’t recommend trying to go find someone with the stomach flu to infect you. But if you want to start off the new year being a little more health conscious, I suggest starting with water. Easy, right?

New to life with essential oils #doTerraWe all need more water each day. And while we need the calcium from milk, we really don’t need any other types of drinks if we are trying to be eating more cleanly. Well, wine. You HAVE to have wine. So I’ve been drinking a bunch of water but it can get a little boring. I’ve started adding a drop of my fave citrus based essential oils to my glass to take things up a notch. Oh yeah, and I totally fell down the essential oil rabbit hole. (So I’m totally in love with them and was spending so much with my dealer – I call her that because it is a little bit like buying crack – that she had me sign up to be a wellness advocate so I can now sell them. I promise this blog won’t turn in to a hard sell of essential oils, but I will share them from time to time. My mind is vibrating with all kinds of ideas of how to use them in the kitchen! {not all are ok for ingesting – read labels, yo!}) You guys! I’ve been using a blend for my allergies that has changed my life. Maybe it is a placebo but WHATEVER! They help my symptoms and headaches but nothing else it all smells amazing!

Adding Wild Orange Essential Oil to your water #doterraJust a drop of this Wild Orange oil adds huge flavor to my water. And since the oil is derived from orange peels, it tastes like real orange. I’m not going to lie, it made my lips burn a little. But really it just felt like one of those lip plumper lipsticks. Wild Orange oil has “immune-enhancing benefits and is energizing and revitalizing to the mind and body.” At least that is what my book says because I literally just started using oils a few weeks ago and am still learning what each thing does. My kids like to have it in the diffuser too which is awesome for when you are having people over. It smells like you just cleaned your house! Water with essential oils is my new jam. And wine. I won’t quit you wine!

Looking for non-essential oil ways to drink more water? Try these recipes:

Muddled Tangerine and Basil Infused Water

Muddled Ginger Strawberry Sparkling Water

Muddled Raspberry Lemon Water

Muddled Ginger Lime Water

Visit my doTerra page if you want to see more about essential oils. OMG you guys, for real, the BREATHE blend is perfect for those days when my allergy medicine just isn’t cutting it. If you have a fave oil, let me know in the comments so I can keep learning. And I thought my husband was going to freak out but he started to feel sick and asked me to put some OnGuard on to his feet! Miracles do happen. Or if you have questions, email me! cupcakesandcutlery@gmail dot com.

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A Baby Shower Playlist for Melissa!

melissa_shower-image-revisedSurprise!!! Today is a surprise online virtual baby shower for my dear friend Melissa, of Melissa Creates! She’s expecting her first sweet baby in February and I couldn’t be happier for her! She’s going to make the best mom ever and I can’t wait to see her raise this little guy (a boy!)! Carmen and I gathered some friends to help celebrate Melissa since we are spread out all over the United States and couldn’t attend her real shower. I hope you’ll hop around and check out all their fabulous posts!

baby-shower-invitationCarmen and I talked a little bit about what the shower should look like. I knew that I wanted the theme to be this song lyric from Paramore, one of Melissa’s favorite bands. We quickly discussed colors and then Carmen took that information and passed it along to Sarah, of Sarah Hearts, who created what is my most favorite baby shower invitation ever which was also used at a real baby shower held in Melissa’s honor. We’re just going to ignore my remedial Photoshop job of hiding important info…

The other gals will be sharing a variety of things from gift down downloads to printable quotes to cocktail recipes. I’ll have links to each gal at the end of the post!

Spring Boy Baby Shower Idea. Iced Tea Bar! If I got to throw Melissa a real life shower, this is what it would look like. I took my cues from the invitation and pulled out some “boy” colors and mixed them with some brighter, spring-like colors. I’d set out an iced tea bar (full post on this coming soon to Babyshower.com – I’ll link up when it’s live) but have a special cup for the guest of honor. And while some people won’t be drinking, I’d make sure there is a little something special for the people who want to.

Serve easy foods at a baby shower.For the food, I’d keep it really simple. I’d serve snacky foods, because who doesn’t love snacks? Popcorn is always a hit. And my fave goat cheese appetizer never disappoints. And when you have Firefly Confections doing your favors, you better order some extra to have out on the tables. Sandy’s caramels are so stop you in your tracks delicious that EVERY single person will be talking about them. No exaggeration. And Sandy might be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I’d round out the food with a delicious dessert and maybe a salad of some kind. Maybe. Salad just isn’t that exciting.

Confetti from The Flair Exchange.It’s not a party without confetti but I like to keep it a little bit more contained. Confetti is a great way to add color to a party table no matter how you use it. So I try to keep the mess down by keeping most of it in a vessel like this cup or even in small glass baby food jars. I like fun.  Just controlled fun.

(confetti from The Flair Exchange)

Caramel favors by Firefly Confections for a baby shower. I always do a treat favor at my parties. I’ve found guests love them especially because they know they don’t have to feel bad for throwing a tchotchke away. Most ladies will take their favor and say they are on a diet but you know they eat it the minute they get to the car. What’s even better is that these came ready to go, including gift tags so I it didn’t add to my work load. Reach out to Sandy to coordinate your next party favors. She’s amazing to work with and also a friend of Melissa’s. Favors are a great way to also play up personality traits of the guest of honor. If we had had more time, Sandy would have made butterbeer flavored caramels since Melissa is a huge Harry Potter fan. It’s all about making her feel extra special, right? And are you seeing a pattern? It would appear, from reading this post, that I’m pretty lazy about my party throwing.  And that assessment wouldn’t be wrong…But trust me if I was throwing this for Melissa for real, she would feel the love.  But I do not show my love through making layer cakes and scratch baked goods…Or even ironed tablecloths. :)

(Sea Salt Caramel Favors from Firefly Confections)

Baby Shower Playlist!! And because Melissa and I share a love of music, I decided that my contribution would be a baby shower playlist. To help me, I brought in another music loving friend of ours, Amy Belle Isle, to create the playlist with me. Amy and I met online when she had her own party planning blog. She has since left to work on event planning full-time for a non-profit but she has always kept in touch and supported us bloggers so I wanted to make sure she had a way to show Melissa the love also. We hope you enjoy it!

Head to Melissa’s site to see why we love her!

Attend the whole online shower!

The Flair Exchange  //  A Fabulous Fete

Aimee Broussard  //  Brave Creative Design

Casa de Crews  //  Giggles Galore

Kori Clark Designs  //  Live the Fancy Life

Sarah Hearts  //  Thoughtfully Simple

Visit Firefly Confections for all your caramel needs!

Head Shots in Palm Springs

New head shots by Tammy of Dez and Tam Photography.Before Christmas I got to take a super quick trip to shoot some new head shots in Palm Springs with my friend, Tammy, of Dez and Tam Photography! Not only is Tammy a crazy amazing photographer, she is an all around awesome gal. She, Lauren and I decided that the desert would provide the perfect backdrop for the photos. You know we love our time in the desert! We also shot a quick cocktail recipe and DIY post out there and I can’t wait to share those! They came out amazing!

New head shots from Tammy of Dez and Tam Photography! I was dreading having these photos taken. I HATE being in front of the camera. I am so grateful that Tammy is such a good friend and photographer. She was so easy to work with and was really able to pull me out of myself. I ended up with a bunch of great shots that I’ll be able to use in all different ways. Somehow she managed to capture me not looking like a lunatic, in between looking like a lunatic.

My fave furry coat.She really got me to be me and do things that felt natural (if standing in the middle of the desert in a furry coat can feel natural)…

New head shots shot by Tammy of Dez and Tam Photography shot in Palm Springs.If you need head shots done, you have to contact Dez and Tam! And totally go to the desert. The light there is SO good!

Desert head shots shot by Tammy of Dez and Tam PhotographyWhich one do you think should be my “head shot” head shot? Thank you SO much to Tammy!!!!!!! I’ll be sharing more work from this trip soon!

All images by Dez and Tam Photography

And go check out this great cocktail post that Tammy shot for Lauren while we were there. So pretty!

 

Winter Break

First time in the snow!Why, oh why is winter break over?! I took a legit blog break this year and didn’t even think about “work” related stuff the entire time the kids were off of school. It was GLORIOUS! And I’m going to be honest, I’m having a rough time getting started again. I’ve been thinking about things to post but I can’t seem to motivate myself to actually doing anything more than that. And I’m okay with that. We had a fantastic break and I really enjoyed the down time with the kids. It wasn’t super glamorous.  The pictures aren’t styled and pretty. But that is winning, I think. 2015 is the year we live life for real. And it may end up on the computer. But we aren’t going to do stuff just to post it. I know I am not the only one that falls in to that trap. My thinking has shifted which means this blog will probably be changing too. But that sounds like too much work so instead I’ll just let you know posts will be sort of spotty this month. And now I’ll share what we did on winter break.

The kids got to experience snow for the first time!  Saddleback, a local church, invited us to come and check out the snow they brought in for after all their holiday services. They had SO much fun! And I felt like a big jerk since they are old and hadn’t been to the snow yet. We were pretty ill-equipped in the clothing department. Especially the gloves. They were silly little fabric things from Target that got really wet. And cold. Which in turn made their hands really wet and cold. I was sure my youngest had frostbite when we left. He didn’t, thank goodness. Then we got all bundled up and saw the new Annie. We loved it! Did you see it?

Almost got stitches...Then my little one decided it would be a good idea to try to slide down the hallway on a Pillow Pet. Needless to say that didn’t end well and we ended up at Urgent Care to see if he needed stitches. Thank goodness it was under his chin. They said it would scar but we didn’t have to do stitches if we didn’t want to. So we didn’t and as I sent him back to school this morning, it is all but healed! That could have ended up much worse and I’m so grateful for how it all turned out.

Allergy Testing.My oldest son got some allergy testing done to see where we are at with his food allergies. While the skin tests are pretty rough, I really felt like it was a good idea to let us know what’s going on with his nut allergies. He had never been tested for tree nuts before, only peanuts. He is still showing a pretty hearty peanut allergy but it has led us to look into tree nuts a little further. He tested negative for an allergy to cashews but walnuts came back super positive (that is totally my medical assessment…). We did a blood test to get a better look at the other nuts and have an appointment in a few weeks to find out those results. We also found out he wasn’t allergic to shellfish. He got to try shrimp on Christmas (thank you Grandma Marilyn for surprising him with it!) and he didn’t like it, but I have no doubts that he’ll really love coconut shrimp. We also found out that he is allergic to horses which is so random to me. He got the all clear to eat all the milk and eggs he wants which is awesome! So at least he has grown out of some of his allergies. I know it must absolutely suck to not be able to eat all the things like the other kids and he is really so good about it! He’s such an awesome kid!

Opening Christmas presents. Christmas Eve was spent with my husband’s side of the family eating his grandmother’s special Slovak meal. It was a big year for me. I blew out the candle from Jesus’ birthday cake. I don’t even know if anyone noticed, but usually one of the kids gets to it and they were at the kid’s table so I took it upon myself to blow it out. I’ve enjoyed their holiday tradition for probably 14 years now and I think that was my first time blowing it out. It’s the little things…And presents. Let’s not forget the presents.

Matching family pajamas.We woke up the next morning and guess what, we opened more presents! Every year we wear our matching family pajamas. Never mind the pocketknife my husband is wielding. Most of us were holding our favorite gifts and that was his. Mine was not the Nerf gun I am holding, but I felt like it would be odd to hold picture frames. My husband had the boys draw pictures of presidents for me and they turned out awesome! Then my parents came over for breakfast and we opened more presents.

Quality sister time.My sister came down for Christmas this year and it was so amazing to have her. We got to spend time hanging out drinking mimosas, chatting, watching the boys, and it was so needed for both of us. I didn’t want her to go home. I’m super excited to get to visit her in April!

6th birthday! OMG. How cute is this kid?! My baby turned six a few days after Christmas. So…more presents. This kid is silly and funny and so special. And I love being his mom. I can’t wait to see the grown up version of this kid. I mean, I can. I don’t want him to grow up fast. But this guy is interesting. I wonder what he’ll become. It’s exciting. And see, you can’t even tell he split his chin open a week earlier. I also learned that if the fate of the world rested on my cake decorating skills we would all die. I am just TERRIBLE at it!

Wine Tasting in Temecula.Then I got to head back to Temecula for some wine tasting. This was a mother/daughter trip with some very close friend’s of the family and it was an amazing time! We visited Lorimar again (because I just can’t get enough) and wrapped up with Almond Champagne at Wilson Creek. It was a quick getaway, but super fun.

Snow in Temecula! And we woke up on New Year’s Eve morning in Temecula to snow!!!!! It was sheer luck that we were there when it snowed as it is not something that happens often. My car was covered and I was a little worried about driving on the roads. We stopped and had breakfast before heading home to let the roads melt a little. I managed to get all the way back to my house in Orange County with snow still on my car. The boys were able to have a snow ball fight in front of our house! We wrapped up 2014 by taking the boys to Dave and Busters for some afternoon gaming and then came home to enjoy some family time, trying to make it until midnight. The boys were fine. I almost didn’t make it.  And then I welcomed in the new year with the stomach flu. Not cool. I’m still not back to normal. So I’m probably going to go sit on the couch and watch Food Network now. I’m sure there are good things to come from this blog. At some point. :)

Happy New Year!

 

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! In an effort to find balance and actually share the holiday joy with my family I’ve decided to take a few weeks off of blogging! I’ll be back next year to have some more crafty fun. And you’ll totally understand why we are wearing turtlenecks when I post our Christmas card for this year…Now I’m off to bake and decorate and spend some quality time with my family! Merry Christmas!