Sweet Living | Camping

Y'all... it's been forever since I chatted here in this space.  I almost forgot how to even create a blog post.  It has been quite a full spring.  Full of goodness- sunshine, book reading, and play dates.  There has been some not so good aspects that have left me a little sluggish, which is part of the reason there are so many cobwebs collecting on my little blog.  I just do not like a full calendar.  I'm selfish with my " family" time and make no apologies for that.  I want it slow and simple, without a lot of hoop-la.

Anyway, that's where our camping adventures take shape.  We spend the week preparing slowly for our adventure.  Our home gets closed up and the blinds get pulled, leaving it cool, quiet, and dark.  We load in the car, many of us giggling with delight, and head out to the campsite.  It's always a new experience and the whole way I have to answer, "Are we getting closer, mama?"

I am a creature of habit, so this is a big 180 for me.  Letting go and allowing uncertainty to creep in is counter to my personality.  There has been something so sweet about our camping time, though, that has me loving it more and more.

When we set off, I leave behind all of my regular 'to dos' that keep me from connecting with my kids.  I get to spend time looking them in the eyes and saying, "yes," to their requests to go ride bikes, or go look at the tree stump in the forested area, or go play at the play set.  We turn our phones off and roast s'mores not worrying about how sticky or gooey our hands and clothes get.

Camping isn't something that I would have pictured myself doing as an adult- packing in my four babes and taking to the road hand-in-hand with my fella.  It has been a nice, quiet surprise for me.  There's just something about being crammed in, sleeping the night away right next to one another, and then opening the doors to nature first thing in the morning.  It's quite lovely.

Style | Spring Wardrobe

For the past (many) years I have had a changing body- pregnant, post-pregnant, "not your 18 year old body" body.  At that point, I had decided that I was going to buy less expensive clothes since my body was constantly in a state of change.  Now that my figure is a bit more predictable, I decided that it was time to have fewer clothes, but have better quality pieces.

I want my clothes to fit well and suite my figure- cover my arms, tush, and cleavage.  I also don't want to have to worry about the hems and seams coming loose.  That has been such a problem for me with the cheaper clothing.  They don't last and I end up frustrated that I spent the money on them.

So, along with better quality clothing, I need less clothing.  Our move last fall resulted in a shared closet that is quite a bit smaller than I was used to.  Before the move, I donated an obscene amount of clothes (some from high school!!!) and pared down to just those items that I love and wear often.  Still, the closet is packed and I can't see the clothes that are available.  The solution was a Capsule Wardrobe for each season of the year.

A Capsule Wardrobe is where you have 5-10 pieces of each type of clothing (5 pants, 5 nice tops, 5 shoes, 5 dressy outfits, etc) in your closet to wear and they ALL fit great and wear well.  These items are those that you wear every day and are items that can be worn with one another and mixed.  I was worried that I would be discontent with the "less clothing" process, but it is actually quite freeing to get rid of those items you think you will wear and then four years later, never have. It also makes it so easy to get ready in the mornings.

I put together my wardrobe and wanted to share it with you as well as a great place to shop (from your home!!!) for high-quality clothing for a fraction of the cost! Yay!  For me, I needed transition pieces.  Springtime in the Midwest can range from the 30s to 70s.  I needed layering pieces that were easy to put together.  Here are a few ideas to inspire you and your capsule:

Top: Banana Republic- c/o thredUp
original price: $39.99 thredUp price: $15.49
Jacket: Tulle- c/o thredUp
original price: $78.00 thredUp price: $12.49
Jeans: Target
Shoes: TJMaxx

Top: UmGee c/o thredUp
original price: $60.00 thredUp price: $18.99
Sandals: ShoeMint c/o thredUp
original price: $80.00 thredUp price: $13.99
Pants: Kohl's

Top: UmGee c/o Farm Girl Boutique
Booties: Popsugar
Hat: Target

Kimono: UmGee via Fancy Free Shop

and... because I need a 'yoga pant' day. ;)
Top: We the Free c/o thredUp
original price: $36.00 thredUp price: $11.99
Pants: Albion Fit

ThredUp is the best place to get quality clothing for a fraction of the cost.  They are very honest about the quality of the clothing and I have yet to receive an item that I wasn't happy with.  Another thing I love about thredUp is that the clothing are name brands (Nordstrom, Anthropology, Ann Taylor, Zara, Madewell, etc) that I wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.  I can feel put together and have lovely clothes without feeling guilty about the price tag.  This is so much better than sifting through racks of stained, worn out clothes.  I get to sit, sip coffee, and peruse the aisles of thredUp! :)  

And, for you... if you want to try out thredUp, click here to get a special $10 offer for your first shopping experience!  I hope you enjoyed this quick capsule wardrobe post.  Let me know if you wear a capsule and what you love about it!   

Oils | Fitting them into Your Life

I get asked about oils almost on a daily basis.  Many women and mamas want to incorporate oils into their daily routine, but are unsure of how to do so.  They are overwhelmed and feel like it's a daunting task.  Luckily, I am on a team that has so many different support systems in place and that has made my oily journey pretty seamless.  

One thing I always encourage new oil users to do is to start with one oil, usually Lavender, and get comfortable with that one oil.  Once you are, then gradually add in more oils to your daily routine.  The best way to dip your toes into oils is to diffuse oils in your home.  It is such a gentle way to begin and get your feet wet.  

I have also noticed that if I don't have things in place to use oils conveniently, I won't use them.  They need to be accessible and ready to go!  A quick tip is to set up oily stations in your home.  Have everything ready to use and then you will really see the benefits of the oils in your home.  Above is an example of an oily station.  It has a diffuser, three oils that I am loving, a jar to pour the water into the diffuser, and a sweet succulent- just because. ;)  It is a no-hassle system and makes oils simple. 

Another easy tip is to create oily roller bottles.  I have diluted roller bottles for myself and my kids.  The kids can grab the bottles and put them on their scratches and bumps without me having to cater to them.  They are accessible to the kiddos and perfect for them!  I also have roller bottles for myself is convenient locations.  I have Progessence Plus and Frankincense oils in my bathroom vanity since I am more likely to use them when I get ready in the morning.  Stress Away is in my kitchen cabinet and ready to go when I am in the midst of little people, homeschooling, and lunchtime.  It's all about making it convenient!

This month, my team is celebrating The Clean Home- Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils.  I am blessed with a creative and supportive team of women who invest in one another.  If you are interested in Young Living oils, shoot me an email and I will get you started!  When you join, you will get a link for this month's ISSUU giving detailed descriptions of how to use Young Living oils in your cleaning routine.  It was creatively curated by women on our team and is exclusive to us!  We would love to have you, too!!!

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Style | The Perfect Glasses

otto frame

Glasses can be the pits to pick out.  You head into a store packed with frames covering the walls and you are supposed to pick out a pair on the spot.  You don't get time to mull them over or see what they look like with different hairstyles (or no makeup... eeek!).  

When I found David Kind glasses I was so impressed with the process.  You pick out a few frames that spark your interest and you gravitate towards.  Then their professional stylists pick out three frames that they think would look fabulous on you.  The process really is so easy:

+ Upload a picture so the stylist can see your face/eye shape
+ Fill out a short questionnaire about what you do and don't like- color, shape, etc
+ Their stylist will match you with the 3 frames they think would compliment your face

otto frames

The awesome part is that they ship you the frames and you get 6 days to try the glasses and see which pair you like the best.  Once you decide, you fill out a little card and ship them back.  Your glasses are then made and shipped to you.  You don't even have to leave your house (except to go to the mailbox!).  

baldwin frame

One of the first things I noticed when I picked up the frames was how sturdy and substantial they felt.  That is kind of important when you are being mauled by four kiddos all day long. 

Your glasses arrive in this case with all of the frames tucked neatly inside.  Try them on. Wear them for a day or two. Pick your frame. And enjoy!  It really is that easy.  

You can find more out about David Kind glasses any of these places:

Do you struggle to find glasses you love?  Let me know what you think about the "bring the glasses to you" thought process.  I think it's brilliant!

Home | Out With the Old Lights

We are slowly making updates to our outdated 90's ranch.  This home is full of yellow/orange oak, metal blinds, heavily spackled walls, and stained, off-white carpet. Although, we can't change the knock-down on the walls we are taking small bites at the rest of the home.  Painting has really helped lighten up this place and give it a fresh, clean feel, but there's so much more to tackle.

I had already updated the light over the kitchen table and our foyer lights, but the can lights in the kitchen were really messing up the aesthetic.  I didn't know how I would change the lights without needing an electrician to come and do it for me, which isn't really in our reno budget, so I was thrilled when I stumbled across Worth Home Products.  They provide instant pendant lights and let me tell you... they are so easy to install!

Take a look and make sure you check out the discount at the bottom of this post and a few "before" pictures!

To install these fixtures, you unscrew the can light bulb and screw in the pendant- that's it!  They look nice and give it the rustic-industrial feel I was going for.  I replaced one can light over our kitchen sink with this fixture and our bar top lights were replaced with this fixture which is a little less substantial compared to the kitchen sink fixture.  

 These three fixtures made such a difference to our kitchen space and I have had so many people ask about them, so I wanted to blog the details for everyone.  If you are wanting to make quick updates to your space without going overboard- check out these lights!!!

I'm excited to share a sweet deal with you all!  If you are wanting to purchase a few fixtures from Worth Home Products I have a discount to pass along.  When you call (713-660-0025) and order over the phone and mention The Quick Journey blog you will get a 15% discount on all of their products!!!  So run fast and grab this great deal!  If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them my way and I will answer them as best as I can!


 (forgive the mess... keeping it real!) ;)

Style | Easy Sundays

Sometimes, Sunday mornings can be stressful.  Between later-than-usual Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings, it can make an otherwise lovely day a bit unenjoyable.  One thing that I do to help my Sundays be calm and chaos-free is to have a few items that I wear on Sundays on rotation.  Sort of like a Sunday Capsule Wardrobe, if you will.  I have my go-to clothes that are a bit dressier, but also fuss free.  I can't stand bending over to pick up a toy or kiddo and then having to rearrange my clothing upon rising.  Am I the only one who gets annoyed by this? 

Anyway, I wanted to share one of my "signature" Sunday looks to help you streamline your morning if you feel the same pinch of time that I do when getting your entire family church appropriate.  My fall/winter apparel has consisted mainly of tunics, leggings, and boots. Tunics are flattering on most body types and allow me to wear leggings, which look dressier than jeans, and boots (which are perfect for snowy, wet weather).  Mark told me the other day, "I guess once you go "leggings" you never go back," referring to the fact that I can pretty much be found in leggings any day of the week.

One of my favorite tunics is this Red-Diamond Tunic (which is on sale now!) by PinkBlush, a trendy online boutique.  They offer cute dresses for women and also maternity clothing.  What I love about this tunic is the length and comfort.  It is so comfortable and cozy on these cold winter days.  It's a top that I can go home and lounge in, as well, instead of getting back in my sweats after church.

I love ShopPinkBlush so much that I'm giving away a $50 store credit to a lucky follower over on my Instagram feed (@thequickjourney).  All you have to do is hop over there and follow the simple directions!

This post is sponsored by PinkBlush boutique, but all stated opinions are my own.  I was not monetarily compensated to share my opinion of their products.  

Recipe | No-knead Bread

So, we eat a lot of carbs over here.  I am either baking or looking for new recipes to bake pretty much on the daily.  I tend to lean towards the easy recipes that don't take a lot of ingredients.  I've found that those recipes go over better with my family than the unusual ones.  Also, if it's too difficult, it won't be worth the effort.  I want it to be rewarding and not exhausting.

I stumbled upon this recipe via Instagram and it quickly became a regular in our bready-rotation.  I start it the night before and then it's ready to be thrown in the oven the next day.  I can't even explain how easy this is.  My only tip would be to make sure you generously dust the towel with flour when you wrap the dough for the second rise.  If you are new to bread making... use this recipe.  It will be a hit, I promise!!!

Easy, No-knead Bread
Adapted from here

  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  •  Extra flour as needed


  1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir with hand until blended; dough will be sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature.
  2. After 12-18 hours, lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
  3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size.
  4. When dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (I use a Pampered Chef covered pot) in oven as it heats. Remove pot from oven. Place the bread dough in the pot and cover with the lid. Bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.  Enjoy!