DIY | Beeswax Jar Candles


We (ahem, I) tend to fill our home with beeswax candles every fall and winter.  The soft yellow glow and sweet smell makes our early mornings and late evenings extra cozy.  Last year, I made some jarred beeswax candles as Christmas gifts and it was so fun to make them.  There's just something special about making something, instead of just buying.  :)


I will link the products I used both last year and this year for those who want to make some for yourself. :) It really is an easy process.  Tie the jar with some twine and a handmade label and you've got yourself a great gift for neighbors, teachers, or friends!


What you will need:


Rhythm | Afternoon Tea


Rhythms make such a difference for us, which is why I talk about them often.  We can be flexible, but there are things that create pillars in our days and as we transition from season to season.  

Afternoon Tea Time is something that gets lost when the warm months arrive and we spend all of our time outside, but at the first sign of fall, tea time comes back.  It's a simple ritual to have in that hard part of the day where the kids are working through being both tired and, maybe even, a bit bored.

Tea and cookies and chatter always makes the afternoon go better.  We usually talk about our morning and then about what the kiddos can do for the rest of the day as we slide into the evening hours.

  

I made a short video sharing how tea time gets prepped.  I hope you enjoy it. Oh, and make sure you turn up the sound... music is a very important part of tea time. :)

Seasons | Fall Diffuser Blends


I love that I can change how my home smells with just a few drops of essential oils.  I can take it from fresh and citrusy to pumpkin spice in no time... and leave all of the nasty candle chemicals behind.

When I started digging into the health benefits of oils I also noticed the bad effects of the chemical laden products I was using in my home.  Candles were the hardest thing for me to let go of.  I love how they smell and the flicker of the light was always so comforting and cozy.  :)


Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find that diffusing has tossed out all of my candle woes and beeswax candles have satisfied my need for the flicker.  As we roll into fall, I wanted to share a few of my favorite fall diffuser blends.

Fall Wreath | Eucalyptus + Rosemary + Balsam Fir

Fireside | Vetiver + Cinnamon Bark

Flannel Shirt | Northern Lights Black Spruce + Stress Away

Holiday Hustle | Thieves + Lemon + RC

Orchard Stroll | Bergamot + Orange + Cedarwood

Pumpkin Spice | Clove + Nutmeg + Cinnamon Bark

Mulled Cider | Orange + Ginger + Cinnamon Bark

Thanksgiving | Thieves + Idaho Blue Spruce


See... it's fall in a bottle!  I hope you enjoy these blends.  Not only do they smell incredible, but they have so many health benefits, too!

Style | Fall Capsule Wardrobe


Three years ago, Mark and I made our fourth move into a cute, little ranch home. Prior to that, we had ample closet space in each home.  When we moved into our ranch home, we both shared a quaint master closet.  We didn't have much room for any extras, so I decided to seriously downsize my wardrobe.  I took everything that I either couldn't fit in, or that I no longer wore, to the thrift store.  It was a bit scary... what if I needed that black sweater ten years from now??? :)


That little closet in our sweet ranch home was the beginning of my capsule wardrobe.  Our current home, once again, has plenty of space in our master closet, but I still embrace the capsule wardrobe because of so many other reasons.  What started out as an "I don't have room" problem ended up solving so many other problems for me.

The whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to have pieces that you love and can wear without much thought.  It's about combining and mixing and matching pieces in fun, unique ways.  When you wake up in the morning, you don't have to stand and stare into a closet of clothes that you aren't wanting to put on because your closet will only be filled with clothes that you do love and feel good in.  


With that being said, I'm working on my fall capsule wardrobe and I'm going to be participating in a fun "10 in 10" challenge.  It doesn't start for a couple of weeks, but I wanted to mention it now so you can get your own 10 in 10 pieces ready.  :) It isn't anything serious, but I'm going to share it in hopes that you might want to join me.  I have two other mama friends that are going to be doing it and we are sharing our "looks" on our Instagram feeds.  I am not a "fashion" blogger, but I am a mama that wants to look pulled together and not sloppy all of the time.  The capsule has really helped me to do that.


Here's how the 10 in 10 works.  You pick out 10 items in your closet (this includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes) and wear only those ten items for ten days.  You will mix and match them and see how easy it is to live with less when it comes to clothes.  Now, this 10 item wardrobe does not include things like bags, jammies, camis, or things like gym clothes.  We are talking about "real" outfits. ;)

Not only does having a capsule make getting dressed easier, but it also makes me want to get dressed.    I can grab anything from my closet, because I love it all and I know it all fits well (this was very hard for me to do when my body was still changing a lot after having kids, so make sure to let this be a fun thing and not a stressful one).  This challenge starts on October 22, so let me know if you will be joining me!  Tag me on Instagram or send me a message telling me you are participating.  :)